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  1. Stability and oxide ion conductivity in rare-earth aluminium cuspidines

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    Martin-Sedeno, M.C.; Marrero-Lopez, D.; Losilla, E.R.; Bruque, S.; Nunez, P.; Aranda, M.A.G. . E-mail: g_aranda@uma.es

    2006-11-15

    RE{sub 4}(Al{sub 2-}{sub x}Ge{sub x}O{sub 7+}{sub x}{sub /2}{open_square}{sub 1-}{sub x}{sub /2})O{sub 2} (RE=Gd{sup 3+} and Nd{sup 3+}) oxy-cuspidine series have been prepared by ceramic method (RE=Gd{sup 3+}) and freeze-dried precursor method (RE=Nd{sup 3+}). The compositional ranges and the high temperature stability have been determined for both series. Gadolinium aluminium cuspidines are stable at very high temperatures but the analogous neodymium compounds are only stable below 1273 K. Joint Rietveld analyses of neutron powder diffraction (NPD) and laboratory X-ray powder diffraction (LXRPD) have been carried out for Nd{sub 4}(Al{sub 2}O{sub 7}{open_square}{sub 1})O{sub 2} and Nd{sub 4}(Al{sub 1.5}Ge{sub 0.5}O{sub 7.25}{open_square}{sub 0.75})O{sub 2} compositions. Furthermore, Rietveld refinement of synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction (SXRPD) data were carried out for Gd{sub 4}(Al{sub 1.0}Ge{sub 1.0}O{sub 7.5}{open_square}{sub 0.5})O{sub 2} composition. The refinements have confirmed the known structural features of the cuspidine framework. These cuspidines series are oxide ion conductors with negligible electronic contribution as determined from impedance spectroscopy at variable oxygen partial pressures. The enhancement in the overall oxide conductivity along the two oxy-cuspidine series is two orders of magnitude. Typical ionic conductivity values for doped samples are around 4x10{sup -5} S cm{sup -1} at 973 K. - Graphical abstract: The attached figure shows the changes in the oxygen distribution of oxy-cuspidines determined by neutron powder diffraction. These oxo-salts are e ion conductors with negligible electronic contribution.

  2. Oxygen ion conducting materials

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    Carter, J. David; Wang, Xiaoping; Vaughey, John; Krumpelt, Michael

    2004-11-23

    An oxygen ion conducting ceramic oxide that has applications in industry including fuel cells, oxygen pumps, oxygen sensors, and separation membranes. The material is based on the idea that substituting a dopant into the host perovskite lattice of (La,Sr)MnO.sub.3 that prefers a coordination number lower than 6 will induce oxygen ion vacancies to form in the lattice. Because the oxygen ion conductivity of (La,Sr)MnO.sub.3 is low over a very large temperature range, the material exhibits a high overpotential when used. The inclusion of oxygen vacancies into the lattice by doping the material has been found to maintain the desirable properties of (La,Sr)MnO.sub.3, while significantly decreasing the experimentally observed overpotential.

  3. Oxygen ion conducting materials

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    Vaughey, John; Krumpelt, Michael; Wang, Xiaoping; Carter, J. David

    2005-07-12

    An oxygen ion conducting ceramic oxide that has applications in industry including fuel cells, oxygen pumps, oxygen sensors, and separation membranes. The material is based on the idea that substituting a dopant into the host perovskite lattice of (La,Sr)MnO.sub.3 that prefers a coordination number lower than 6 will induce oxygen ion vacancies to form in the lattice. Because the oxygen ion conductivity of (La,Sr)MnO.sub.3 is low over a very large temperature range, the material exhibits a high overpotential when used. The inclusion of oxygen vacancies into the lattice by doping the material has been found to maintain the desirable properties of (La,Sr)MnO.sub.3, while significantly decreasing the experimentally observed overpotential.

  4. Oxygen ion conducting materials

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    Vaughey, John; Krumpelt, Michael; Wang, Xiaoping; Carter, J. David

    2003-01-01

    An oxygen ion conducting ceramic oxide that has applications in industry including fuel cells, oxygen pumps, oxygen sensors, and separation membranes. The material is based on the idea that substituting a dopant into the host perovskite lattice of (La,Sr)MnO.sub.3 that prefers a coordination number lower than 6 will induce oxygen ion vacancies to form in the lattice. Because the oxygen ion conductivity of (La,Sr)MnO.sub.3 is low over a very large temperature range, the material exhibits a high overpotential when used. The inclusion of oxygen vacancies into the lattice by doping the material has been found to maintain the desirable properties of (La,Sr)MnO.sub.3, while significantly decreasing the experimentally observed overpotential.

  5. Lithium ion conducting electrolytes

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    Angell, Charles Austen; Liu, Changle; Xu, Kang; Skotheim, Terje A.

    1999-01-01

    The present invention relates generally to highly conductive alkali-metal ion non-crystalline electrolyte systems, and more particularly to novel and unique molten (liquid), rubbery, and solid electrolyte systems which are especially well suited for use with high current density electrolytic cells such as primary and secondary batteries.

  6. Ion-conducting membranes

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    Masel, Richard L.; Chen, Qingmei; Liu, Zengcai; Kutz, Robert

    2016-06-21

    An ion conducting polymeric composition mixture comprises a copolymer of styrene and vinylbenzyl-R.sub.s. R.sub.s is selected from the group consisting of imidazoliums and pyridiniums. The composition contains 10%-90% by weight of vinylbenzyl-R.sub.s. The composition can further comprise a polyolefin comprising substituted polyolefins, a polymer comprising cyclic amine groups, a polymer comprising at least one of a phenylene group and a phenyl group, a polyamide, and/or the reaction product of a constituent having two carbon-carbon double bonds. The composition can be in the form of a membrane. In a preferred embodiment, the membrane is a Helper Membrane that increases the faradaic efficiency of an electrochemical cell into which the membrane is incorporated, and also allows product formation at lower voltages than in cells without the Helper Membrane.

  7. Ion-conducting membranes

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    Masel, Richard I.; Chen, Qingmei; Liu, Zengcai; Kutz, Robert

    2017-02-28

    An ion conducting polymeric composition mixture comprises a copolymer of styrene and vinylbenzyl-R.sub.s. R.sub.s is selected from the group consisting of imidazoliums, pyridiniums, pyrazoliums, pyrrolidiniums, pyrroliums, pyrimidiums, piperidiniums, indoliums, and triaziniums. The composition contains 10%-90% by weight of vinylbenzyl-R.sub.s. The composition can further comprise a polyolefin comprising substituted polyolefins, a polymer comprising cyclic amine groups, a polymer comprising at least one of a phenylene group and a phenyl group, a polyamide, and/or the reaction product of a constituent having two carbon-carbon double bonds. The composition can be in the form of a membrane. In a preferred embodiment, the membrane is a Helper Membrane that increases the faradaic efficiency of an electrochemical cell into which the membrane is incorporated, and also allows product formation at lower voltages than in cells without the Helper Membrane.

  8. Ion conductance in electrolyte solutions

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    Chandra, Amalendu; Bagchi, Biman

    1999-05-01

    We develop a new theoretical formulation to study ion conductance in electrolyte solutions, based on a mode coupling theory treatment of the electrolyte friction. The new theory provides expressions for both the ion atmosphere relaxation and electrophoretic contributions to the total electrolyte friction that acts on a moving ion. While the ion atmosphere relaxation term arises from the time-dependent microscopic interaction of the moving ion with the surrounding ions in the solution, the electrophoretic term originates from the coupling of the ion's velocity to the collective current mode of the ion atmosphere. Mode coupling theory, combined with time-dependent density functional theory of ion atmosphere fluctuations, leads to self-consistent expressions for these two terms which also include the effects of self-motion of the ion under consideration. These expressions have been solved for the concentration dependence of electrolyte friction and ion conductance. It is shown that in the limit of very low ion concentration, the present theory correctly reduces to the well-known Debye-Huckel-Onsager limiting law which predicts a linear dependence of conductance on the square root of ion concentration (c). At moderate and high concentrations, the present theory predicts a significant nonlinear and weaker dependence on √c which is in very good agreement with experimental results. The present theory is self-contained and does not involve any adjustable parameter.

  9. Lithium ion conducting electrolytes

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    Angell, C. Austen; Liu, Changle

    1996-01-01

    A liquid, predominantly lithium-conducting, ionic electrolyte having exceptionally high conductivity at temperatures of 100.degree. C. or lower, including room temperature, and comprising the lithium salts selected from the group consisting of the thiocyanate, iodide, bromide, chloride, perchlorate, acetate, tetrafluoroborate, perfluoromethane sulfonate, perfluoromethane sulfonamide, tetrahaloaluminate, and heptahaloaluminate salts of lithium, with or without a magnesium-salt selected from the group consisting of the perchlorate and acetate salts of magnesium. Certain of the latter embodiments may also contain molecular additives from the group of acetonitrile (CH.sub.3 CN) succinnonitrile (CH.sub.2 CN).sub.2, and tetraglyme (CH.sub.3 --O--CH.sub.2 --CH.sub.2 --O--).sub.2 (or like solvents) solvated to a Mg.sup.+2 cation to lower the freezing point of the electrolyte below room temperature. Other particularly useful embodiments contain up to about 40, but preferably not more than about 25, mol percent of a long chain polyether polymer dissolved in the lithium salts to provide an elastic or rubbery solid electrolyte of high ambient temperature conductivity and exceptional 100.degree. C. conductivity. Another embodiment contains up to about but not more than 10 mol percent of a molecular solvent such as acetone.

  10. Lithium ion conducting electrolytes

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    Angell, C.A.; Liu, C.

    1996-04-09

    A liquid, predominantly lithium-conducting, ionic electrolyte is described having exceptionally high conductivity at temperatures of 100 C or lower, including room temperature, and comprising the lithium salts selected from the group consisting of the thiocyanate, iodide, bromide, chloride, perchlorate, acetate, tetrafluoroborate, perfluoromethane sulfonate, perfluoromethane sulfonamide, tetrahaloaluminate, and heptahaloaluminate salts of lithium, with or without a magnesium-salt selected from the group consisting of the perchlorate and acetate salts of magnesium. Certain of the latter embodiments may also contain molecular additives from the group of acetonitrile (CH{sub 3}CN), succinnonitrile (CH{sub 2}CN){sub 2}, and tetraglyme (CH{sub 3}--O--CH{sub 2}--CH{sub 2}--O--){sub 2} (or like solvents) solvated to a Mg{sup +2} cation to lower the freezing point of the electrolyte below room temperature. Other particularly useful embodiments contain up to about 40, but preferably not more than about 25, mol percent of a long chain polyether polymer dissolved in the lithium salts to provide an elastic or rubbery solid electrolyte of high ambient temperature conductivity and exceptional 100 C conductivity. Another embodiment contains up to about but not more than 10 mol percent of a molecular solvent such as acetone. 2 figs.

  11. Thin film ion conducting coating

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    Goldner, Ronald B.; Haas, Terry; Wong, Kwok-Keung; Seward, George

    1989-01-01

    Durable thin film ion conducting coatings are formed on a transparent glass substrate by the controlled deposition of the mixed oxides of lithium:tantalum or lithium:niobium. The coatings provide durable ion transport sources for thin film solid state storage batteries and electrochromic energy conservation devices.

  12. Effect of alkaline-earth ions on the dynamics of alkali ions in bismuthate glasses

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    Dutta, A.; Ghosh, A.

    2005-12-01

    The effect of alkaline earth ions on the dynamics of Li+ ions in bismuthate glasses has been studied in the temperature range 353-503K and in the frequency range 10Hz-2MHz . The dc conductivity increases and activation energy decreases with the increase of a particular alkaline earth content for the glasses with a fixed alkali content. The increased modification of the network due to the increase in alkaline earth content in the compositions is responsible for the increasing conductivity. Also the compositions with smaller alkaline earth ions were found to exhibit higher conductivity. Although the conductivity increases with the decrease of ionic radii of alkaline earth ions, the activation energy shows a maximum for the Sr ion. The electric modulus and the conductivity formalisms have been employed to study the relaxation dynamics of charge carriers in these glasses. The alkali ions were observed to change their dynamics with the change of the alkaline earth ions. The same anomalous trend for activation energy for the conductivity relaxation frequency and the hopping frequency was also observed for glasses containing SrO. It was also observed that the mobile lithium ion concentrations are independent of nature of alkaline earth ions in these glasses.

  13. Instability of some divalent rare earth ions and photochromic effect

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    Egranov, A. V.; Sizova, T. Yu.; Shendrik, R. Yu.; Smirnova, N. A.

    2016-03-01

    It was shown that the divalent rare earth ions (La, Ce, Gd, Tb, Lu, and Y) in cubic sites in alkaline earth fluorides are unstable with respect to electron autodetachment since its d1(eg) ground state is located in the conduction band which is consistent with the general tendency of these ions in various compounds. The localization of doubly degenerate d1(eg) level in the conduction band creates a configuration instability around the divalent rare earth ion that leading to the formation of anion vacancy in the nearest neighborhood, as was reported in the previous paper [A. Egranov, T. Sizova, Configurational instability at the excited impurity ions in alkaline earth fluorites, J. Phys. Chem. Solids 74 (2013) 530-534]. Thus, the formation of the stable divalent ions as La, Ce, Gd, Tb, Lu, and Y (PC+ centers) in CaF2 and SrF2 crystals during x-ray irradiation occurs via the formation of charged anion vacancies near divalent ions (Re2+va), which lower the ground state of the divalent ion relative to the conductivity band. Photochromic effect occurs under thermally or optically stimulated electron transition from the divalent rare earth ion to the neighboring anion vacancy and reverse under ultraviolet light irradiation. It is shown that the optical absorption of the PC+ centers due to d → d and d → f transitions of the divalent rare-earth ion.

  14. New constraints on Earth's radial conductivity structure

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    Püthe, Christoph; Kuvshinov, Alexey; Olsen, Nils; Sabaka, Terence

    2014-05-01

    We present a new model of Earth's radial (1-D) conductivity structure at depths between 10 km and the core-mantle boundary. It is based on CM5, the latest version in the Comprehensive Model series that has been derived using 13 years (September 2000 to September 2013) of magnetic data collected by the three satellites Oersted, CHAMP and SAC-C and at the global network of geomagnetic observatories. CM5 describes contributions due to sources in core, lithosphere, ionosphere and magnetosphere (and corresponding induced parts) in form of spherical harmonic expansion (SHE) coefficients. Removing predictions of the core, lithospheric and ionospheric field contributions as given by CM5 from the observations, we determine time series of the dominating external and induced SHE coefficients of the magnetic potential due to the magnetospheric ring current. Scalar Q-responses are estimated from these coefficients. An iterative approach is used to correct the estimated responses for 3-D effects arising from lateral heterogeneities in the top 10 km. The corrected Q-responses are converted to C-responses; the latter are subsequently inverted for the layered 1-D mantle conductivity profile with the Newton method. The Hessian matrix of the misfit function, which is derived analytically, is used to estimate confidence limits for the conductivity of each layer. The resulting conductivity-depth profile is compared to 1-D conductivity models of Earth's mantle recovered in previous studies.

  15. Lithium ion conducting ionic electrolytes

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    Angell, C.A.; Xu, K.; Liu, C.

    1996-01-16

    A liquid, predominantly lithium-conducting, ionic electrolyte is described which has exceptionally high conductivity at temperatures of 100 C or lower, including room temperature. It comprises molten lithium salts or salt mixtures in which a small amount of an anionic polymer lithium salt is dissolved to stabilize the liquid against recrystallization. Further, a liquid ionic electrolyte which has been rubberized by addition of an extra proportion of anionic polymer, and which has good chemical and electrochemical stability, is described. This presents an attractive alternative to conventional salt-in-polymer electrolytes which are not cationic conductors. 4 figs.

  16. Lithium ion conducting ionic electrolytes

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    Angell, C. Austen; Xu, Kang; Liu, Changle

    1996-01-01

    A liquid, predominantly lithium-conducting, ionic electrolyte is described which has exceptionally high conductivity at temperatures of 100.degree. C. or lower, including room temperature. It comprises molten lithium salts or salt mixtures in which a small amount of an anionic polymer lithium salt is dissolved to stabilize the liquid against recrystallization. Further, a liquid ionic electrolyte which has been rubberized by addition of an extra proportion of anionic polymer, and which has good chemical and electrochemical stability, is described. This presents an attractive alternative to conventional salt-in-polymer electrolytes which are not cationic conductors.

  17. Effect of Ion Content on Conductivity and Morphology of Single-Ion Conducting Ionomers

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    Wang, Jing-Han Helen; Colby, Ralph H.

    2013-03-01

    Ionomers based on short poly(ethylene oxide) side chains and sodium sulfonated styrene are synthesized by reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization, to systematically study the effect of ion content and counterion species on ionic conductivity. Glass transition temperature increases gradually as ions are incorporated at low ion content then sharply as the ion content reaches 1:4 ions to ether oxygen (EO) ratio. Dielectric relaxation spectroscopy is used to measure the conductivity, dielectric constant and segmental relaxations in these ionomers. The ionomer with 1:80 ions to EO ratio shows highest room temperature conductivity that results from the best combination of number density of simultaneously conducting ions and their mobility, assessed by an electrode polarization model. The micro-phase separation that is anticipated in the ionomers with higher ion contents is probed by x-ray scattering. Sodium counterions are mostly trapped in ionic aggregates while larger counterions, such as tetramethylammonium, exhibit higher conductivity and conducting ion concentration.

  18. Conducting swift heavy ion track networks

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    Fink, D.; Kiv, A.; Fuks, D.; Saad, A.; Vacík, J.; Hnatowicz, V.; Chandra, A.

    2010-03-01

    In this paper, the electronic behavior of conducting swift heavy ion track networks is studied. On the one hand, the transient conductivity of ion tracks in metal oxides on silicon in status nascendi is exploited for this purpose, and on the other hand, conducting tracks are produced by ion irradiation of insulating membranes (either self-supported or deposited onto silicon substrates), subsequent etching and finally inserting conducting materials of whatever provenience (in this work preferentially electrolytes). Depending on their manufacture, the conducting tracks either act as electronically active or passive elements. When applying a voltage across individual tracks in the first case, one observes current spikes with negative differential resistances. These tracks interact among themselves, leading to phase-locked synchronous coupled oscillations with complex patterns that are quite similar to those emerging from neural networks. The other case corresponds to networks of electronically passive conducting tracks which become overall electronically active only through their collective interactions. Though the aforementioned effects had been experimentally described earlier, they are re-visited here to make clear that the corresponding systems have to be considered as being artificial neural networks. On this occasion, some new findings are added.

  19. Antibacterial, Antifungal and Nematicidal Activities of Rare Earth Ions.

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    Wakabayashi, Tokumitsu; Ymamoto, Ayumi; Kazaana, Akira; Nakano, Yuta; Nojiri, Yui; Kashiwazaki, Moeko

    2016-12-01

    Despite the name, rare earth elements are relatively abundant in soil. Therefore, these elements might interact with biosphere during the history of life. In this study, we have examined the effect of rare earth ions on the growth of bacteria, fungi and soil nematode. All rare earth ions, except radioactive promethium that we have not tested, showed antibacterial and antifungal activities comparable to that of copper ions, which is widely used as antibacterial metals in our daily life. Rare earth ions also have nematicidal activities as they strongly perturb the embryonic development of the nematode, Caenorhabditis elegans. Interestingly, the nematicidal activity increased with increasing atomic number of lanthanide ions. Since the rare earth ions did not show high toxicity to the human lymphoblastoid cell line or even stimulate the growth of the cultured cells at 1 mM, it raised the possibility that we can substitute rare earth elements for the antibacterial metals usually used because of their safety.

  20. Highly sensitive determination of hydrazine ion by ion-exclusion chromatography with ion-exchange enhancement of conductivity detection.

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    Mori, Masanobu; Tanaka, Kazuhiko; Xu, Qun; Ikedo, Mikaru; Taoda, Hiroshi; Hu, Wenzhi

    2004-06-11

    An ion-exclusion chromatography method with ion-exchange enhancement of conductivity was developed for the selective separation and sensitive determination of hydrazine ion from alkali/alkaline earth metal cations and ammonium ion. Hydrazine ion was separated by ion-exclusion/penetration effect from other cations on a weakly basic anion-exchange column in the OH- form (TSKgel DEAE-5PW). Moreover, two different ion-exchange resin columns were inserted between the separating column and conductimetric detector in order to improve the sensitivity of hydrazine ion. The first enhancement column packed with a strongly basic anion-exchange resin in the SO4(2-) form (TSKgel SAX) for hydrazine ion can convert from N2H5OH to (N2H5)2SO4. Moreover, the second enhancement column packed with a strongly acidic cation-change resin in the H+ form (TSKgel SCX) can convert to H2SO4. As a result, the sensitivity of hydrazine ion using two conductivity enhancement columns could be 26.8-times greater than using the separating column alone. This method was effectiveness also for the enhancement of ammonium ion (6.1-times) and sodium ion (1.2-times). The calibration graph of hydrazine ion detected as H2SO4 was linear over the concentration range of 0.001-100 ppm (r2 = 0.9988). The detection limit of hydrazine ion in this system was 0.64 ppb. Therefore, hydrazine ion in real boiler water sample could be accurately determined, avoiding the interference of other cations.

  1. Ion conducting organic/inorganic hybrid polymers

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    Meador, Maryann B. (Inventor); Kinder, James D. (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    This invention relates to a series of organic/inorganic hybrid polymers that are easy to fabricate into dimensionally stable films with good ion-conductivity over a wide range of temperatures for use in a variety of applications. The polymers are prepared by the reaction of amines, preferably diamines and mixtures thereof with monoamines with epoxy-functionalized alkoxysilanes. The products of the reaction are polymerized by hydrolysis of the alkoxysilane groups to produce an organic-containing silica network. Suitable functionality introduced into the amine and alkoxysilane groups produce solid polymeric membranes which conduct ions for use in fuel cells, high-performance solid state batteries, chemical sensors, electrochemical capacitors, electro-chromic windows or displays, analog memory devices and the like.

  2. Conductance of Ion Channels - Theory vs. Experiment

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    Pohorille, Andrew; Wilson, Michael; Mijajlovic, Milan

    2013-01-01

    Transmembrane ion channels mediate a number of essential physiological processes in a cell ranging from regulating osmotic pressure to transmission of neural signals. Kinetics and selectivity of ion transport is of critical importance to a cell and, not surprisingly, it is a subject of numerous experimental and theoretical studies. In this presentation we will analyze in detail computer simulations of two simple channels from fungi - antiamoebin and trichotoxin. Each of these channels is made of an alpha-helical bundle of small, nongenomically synthesized peptides containing a number of rare amino acids and exhibits strong antimicrobial activity. We will focus on calculating ionic conductance defined as the ratio of ionic current through the channel to applied voltage. From molecular dynamics simulations, conductance can be calculated in at least two ways, each involving different approximations. Specifically, the current, given as the number of charges transferred through the channel per unit of time, can be obtained from the number of events in which ions cross the channel during the simulation. This method works well for large currents (high conductance values and/or applied voltages). If the number of crossing events is small, reliable estimates of current are difficult to achieve. Alternatively, conductance can be estimated assuming that ion transport can be well approximated as diffusion in the external potential given by the free energy profile. Then, the current can be calculated by solving the one-dimensional diffusion equation in this external potential and applied voltage (the generalized Nernst-Planck equation). To do so three ingredients are needed: the free energy profile, the position-dependent diffusion coefficient and the diffusive flux of ions into the channel. All these quantities can be obtained from molecular dynamics simulations. An important advantage of this method is that it can be used equally well to estimating large and small currents

  3. Ion conduction in phosphonium-polysiloxane ionomers

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    Liang, Siwei; Hyeok Choi, U.; Runt, James; Colby, Ralph

    2012-02-01

    Low Tg ionomers with phosphonium cations covalently attached as side chains have potential application in energy conversion and storage devices. For example, alkaline fuel cells rely on membranes that transport hydroxide anions and some advanced batteries rely on membranes transporting fluoride anions. To better understand ion conduction in phosphonium-polysiloxane ionomers, allyl tributyl phosphonium bromide monomer was synthesized and, along with a vinyl ethylene oxide monomer, attached to polymethylhydrosiloxane by hydrosilylation. These ionomers maintain low Tg -74 ^oC with up to 10 mol% phosphonium and are fully water soluble, allowing easy anion exchange and purification. We report dielectric spectroscopy results for these ionomers with a variety of counter-anions. Electrode polarization at low frequencies is analyzed to determine the number density of simultaneously conducting counter ions and their mobility. This analysis reveals higher mobility and lower activation energy for conducting anions that are larger and more diffuse, such as bis(trifluoromethane sulfonyl)imide, contributing to better performance as anion-conducting membranes.

  4. Cuprous Ion Conducting Montmorillonite- Polypyrrole Nanocomposites

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    Krishantha, D. M. M.; Rajapakse, R. M. G.; Tennakoon, D. T. B.; Bandara, W. M. A. T.; Thilakarathna, P. N. L.

    2006-06-01

    Solid state polymer-Silicate nanocomposite based on Polypyrrole-Cu+-montmorilonite were prepared and electrical properties were investigated. In this preparation, Na-montmorillonite (Na+-MMT) was purified by repeated washing with distilled water and the intergallery cations were exchanged for Cu(II). The cupric ions exchanged-MMT(Cu(II)-- MMT) was again exposed to pyrrole in aqueous acidic solution to yield polypyrrole-Cu+-MMT nanocomposite. DC polarization test and AC impedance measurement reveal that the materials are mixed conductors. The ionic conductivity is due to the motion of cuprous ions which is facilitated by microstructure of polypyrrrole present in the intergalleries. An electrochemical cell was fabricated using the materials which can be represented by Cu(s)/ Cu+-PPY-MMT/Cu2SO4 (s)/Na2SO4(S)-Na2S2O8(s)/ and gave a 1.00 V. The cell is rechargeable.

  5. Hot pressed K+ ion conducting solid polymer electrolytes: synthesis, ion conduction and polymeric battery fabrication

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    Chandra, Angesh

    2016-07-01

    Synthesis and ion transport studies of hot pressed K+ ion conducting solid polymer electrolytes (SPEs): (1 - x) PEO: x KBr, where 0 < x < 50 in wt%, are reported. The solvent-free/hot-press method is used for synthesis of the present SPEs. The two orders of conductivity enhancement achieved after the polymer-salt complexation in SPE composition: (70:30) with conductivity ( σ) 5.01 × 10-7 S cm-1 from the room temperature conductivity measurements. Materials characterization and polymer-salt complexations of present SPEs have been explained with the help of various techniques viz. X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared, differential scanning calorimetry, thermogravimetric analysis, scanning electron microscopy technique. To explain the ion conduction in the present SPEs, temperature dependent ionic conductivity ( σ), ionic mobility ( μ), mobile ion concentration ( n), ionic transference number ( t ion ) and ionic drift velocity ( v d ) have been calculated with the help of various experimental techniques. A solid state polymer battery is also fabricated by using the present SPE as an electrolyte and have been calculated their important cell parameters at room temperature.

  6. Ion-Conducting Organic/Inorganic Polymers

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    Kinder, James D.; Meador, Mary Ann B.

    2007-01-01

    Ion-conducting polymers that are hybrids of organic and inorganic moieties and that are suitable for forming into solid-electrolyte membranes have been invented in an effort to improve upon the polymeric materials that have been used previously for such membranes. Examples of the prior materials include perfluorosulfonic acid-based formulations, polybenzimidazoles, sulfonated polyetherketone, sulfonated naphthalenic polyimides, and polyethylene oxide (PEO)-based formulations. Relative to the prior materials, the polymers of the present invention offer greater dimensional stability, greater ease of formation into mechanically resilient films, and acceptably high ionic conductivities over wider temperature ranges. Devices in which films made of these ion-conducting organic/inorganic polymers could be used include fuel cells, lithium batteries, chemical sensors, electrochemical capacitors, electrochromic windows and display devices, and analog memory devices. The synthesis of a polymer of this type (see Figure 1) starts with a reaction between an epoxide-functionalized alkoxysilane and a diamine. The product of this reaction is polymerized by hydrolysis and condensation of the alkoxysilane group, producing a molecular network that contains both organic and inorganic (silica) links. The silica in the network contributes to the ionic conductivity and to the desired thermal and mechanical properties. Examples of other diamines that have been used in the reaction sequence of Figure 1 are shown in Figure 2. One can use any of these diamines or any combination of them in proportions chosen to impart desired properties to the finished product. Alternatively or in addition, one could similarly vary the functionality of the alkoxysilane to obtain desired properties. The variety of available alkoxysilanes and diamines thus affords flexibility to optimize the organic/inorganic polymer for a given application.

  7. Persistent ion beam induced conductivity in zinc oxide nanowires

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    Johannes, Andreas; Niepelt, Raphael; Gnauck, Martin; Ronning, Carsten

    2011-12-19

    We report persistently increased conduction in ZnO nanowires irradiated by ion beam with various ion energies and species. This effect is shown to be related to the already known persistent photo conduction in ZnO and dubbed persistent ion beam induced conduction. Both effects show similar excitation efficiency, decay rates, and chemical sensitivity. Persistent ion beam induced conduction will potentially allow countable (i.e., single dopant) implantation in ZnO nanostructures and other materials showing persistent photo conduction.

  8. Persistent ion beam induced conductivity in zinc oxide nanowires

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    Johannes, Andreas; Niepelt, Raphael; Gnauck, Martin; Ronning, Carsten

    2011-12-01

    We report persistently increased conduction in ZnO nanowires irradiated by ion beam with various ion energies and species. This effect is shown to be related to the already known persistent photo conduction in ZnO and dubbed persistent ion beam induced conduction. Both effects show similar excitation efficiency, decay rates, and chemical sensitivity. Persistent ion beam induced conduction will potentially allow countable (i.e., single dopant) implantation in ZnO nanostructures and other materials showing persistent photo conduction.

  9. Magnetomigration of rare-earth ions in inhomogeneous magnetic fields.

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    Franczak, Agnieszka; Binnemans, Koen; Jan Fransaer

    2016-10-05

    The effects of external inhomogenous (gradient) magnetic fields on the movement of the rare-earth ions: Dy(3+), Gd(3+) and Y(3+), in initially homogeneous aqueous solutions have been investigated. Differences in the migration of rare-earth ions in gradient magnetic fields were observed, depending on the magnetic character of the ions: paramagnetic ions of Dy(3+) and Gd(3+) move towards regions of the sample where the magnetic field gradient is the strongest, while diamagnetic ions of Y(3+) move in the opposite direction. It has been showed that the low magnetic field gradients, such the ones generated by permanent magnets, are sufficient to observe the magnetomigration effects of the ions in solution. The present work clearly establishes the behavior of magnetically different ions in initially homogeneous aqueous solutions exposed to magnetic field gradients. To this avail, a methodology for measuring the local concentration differences of metal ions in liquid samples was developed.

  10. Scanning Ion Conductance Microscopy of Live Keratinocytes

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    Hegde, V.; Mason, A.; Saliev, T.; Smith, F. J. D.; McLean, W. H. I.; Campbell, P. A.

    2012-07-01

    Scanning ion conductance microscopy (SICM) is perhaps the least well known technique from the scanning probe microscopy (SPM) family of instruments. As with its more familiar counterpart, atomic force microscopy (AFM), the technique provides high-resolution topographic imaging, with the caveat that target structures must be immersed in a conducting solution so that a controllable ion current may be utilised as the basis for feedback. In operation, this non-contact characteristic of SICM makes it ideal for the study of delicate structures, such as live cells. Moreover, the intrinsic architecture of the instrument, incorporating as it does, a scanned micropipette, lends itself to combination approaches with complementary techniques such as patch-clamp electrophysiology: SICM therefore boasts the capability for both structural and functional imaging. For the present observations, an ICnano S system (Ionscope Ltd., Melbourn, UK) operating in 'hopping mode' was used, with the objective of assessing the instrument's utility for imaging live keratinocytes under physiological buffers. In scans employing cultured HaCaT cells (spontaneously immortalised, human keratinocytes), we compared the qualitative differences of live cells imaged with SICM and AFM, and also with their respective counterparts after chemical fixation in 4% paraformaldehyde. Characteristic surface microvilli were particularly prominent in live cell imaging by SICM. Moreover, time lapse SICM imaging on live cells revealed that changes in the pattern of microvilli could be tracked over time. By comparison, AFM imaging on live cells, even at very low contact forces (

  11. Angular Approach Scanning Ion Conductance Microscopy.

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    Shevchuk, Andrew; Tokar, Sergiy; Gopal, Sahana; Sanchez-Alonso, Jose L; Tarasov, Andrei I; Vélez-Ortega, A Catalina; Chiappini, Ciro; Rorsman, Patrik; Stevens, Molly M; Gorelik, Julia; Frolenkov, Gregory I; Klenerman, David; Korchev, Yuri E

    2016-05-24

    Scanning ion conductance microscopy (SICM) is a super-resolution live imaging technique that uses a glass nanopipette as an imaging probe to produce three-dimensional (3D) images of cell surface. SICM can be used to analyze cell morphology at nanoscale, follow membrane dynamics, precisely position an imaging nanopipette close to a structure of interest, and use it to obtain ion channel recordings or locally apply stimuli or drugs. Practical implementations of these SICM advantages, however, are often complicated due to the limitations of currently available SICM systems that inherited their design from other scanning probe microscopes in which the scan assembly is placed right above the specimen. Such arrangement makes the setting of optimal illumination necessary for phase contrast or the use of high magnification upright optics difficult. Here, we describe the designs that allow mounting SICM scan head on a standard patch-clamp micromanipulator and imaging the sample at an adjustable approach angle. This angle could be as shallow as the approach angle of a patch-clamp pipette between a water immersion objective and the specimen. Using this angular approach SICM, we obtained topographical images of cells grown on nontransparent nanoneedle arrays, of islets of Langerhans, and of hippocampal neurons under upright optical microscope. We also imaged previously inaccessible areas of cells such as the side surfaces of the hair cell stereocilia and the intercalated disks of isolated cardiac myocytes, and performed targeted patch-clamp recordings from the latter. Thus, our new, to our knowledge, angular approach SICM allows imaging of living cells on nontransparent substrates and a seamless integration with most patch-clamp setups on either inverted or upright microscopes, which would facilitate research in cell biophysics and physiology.

  12. Solid lithium ion conducting electrolytes and methods of preparation

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    Narula, Chaitanya K; Daniel, Claus

    2013-05-28

    A composition comprised of nanoparticles of lithium ion conducting solid oxide material, wherein the solid oxide material is comprised of lithium ions, and at least one type of metal ion selected from pentavalent metal ions and trivalent lanthanide metal ions. Solution methods useful for synthesizing these solid oxide materials, as well as precursor solutions and components thereof, are also described. The solid oxide materials are incorporated as electrolytes into lithium ion batteries.

  13. Solid lithium ion conducting electrolytes and methods of preparation

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    Narula, Chaitanya K.; Daniel, Claus

    2015-11-19

    A composition comprised of nanoparticles of lithium ion conducting solid oxide material, wherein the solid oxide material is comprised of lithium ions, and at least one type of metal ion selected from pentavalent metal ions and trivalent lanthanide metal ions. Solution methods useful for synthesizing these solid oxide materials, as well as precursor solutions and components thereof, are also described. The solid oxide materials are incorporated as electrolytes into lithium ion batteries.

  14. Thermal conductivity of ferropericlase in the Earth's lower mantle

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    Ohta, Kenji; Yagi, Takashi; Hirose, Kei; Ohishi, Yasuo

    2017-05-01

    (Mg, Fe)O ferropericlase (Fp) is one of the important minerals comprising Earth's lower mantle, and its thermal conductivity could be strongly influenced by the iron content and its spin state. We examined the lattice thermal conductivity of (Mg, Fe)O Fp containing 19 mol% iron up to 111 GPa and 300 K by means of the pulsed light heating thermoreflectance technique in a diamond anvil cell. We confirmed a strong reduction in the lattice thermal conductivity of Fp due to iron substitution as reported in previous studies. Our results also show that iron spin crossover in Fp reduces its lattice thermal conductivity as well as its radiative conduction. We also measured the electrical conductivity of an identical Fp sample up to 140 GPa and 2730 K, and found that Fp remained an insulator throughout the experimental conditions, indicating the electronic thermal conduction in Fp is negligible. Because of the effects of strong iron impurity scattering and spin crossover, the total thermal conductivity of Fp at the core-mantle boundary conditions is much smaller than that of bridgmanite (Bdg). Our findings indicate that Bdg (and post-perovskite) is the best heat conductor in the Earth's lower mantle, and distribution of iron and its valence state among the lower mantle minerals are key factors to control the lower mantle thermal conductivity.

  15. Thermal Expansion and Thermal Conductivity of Rare Earth Silicates

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    Zhu, Dongming; Lee, Kang N.; Bansal, Narottam P.

    2006-01-01

    Rare earth silicates are considered promising candidate materials for environmental barrier coatings applications at elevated temperature for ceramic matrix composites. High temperature thermophysical properties are of great importance for coating system design and development. In this study, the thermal expansion and thermal conductivity of hot-pressed rare earth silicate materials were characterized at temperatures up to 1400 C. The effects of specimen porosity, composition and microstructure on the properties were also investigated. The materials processing and testing issues affecting the measurements will also be discussed.

  16. Testing Conducted for Lithium-Ion Cell and Battery Verification

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    Reid, Concha M.; Miller, Thomas B.; Manzo, Michelle A.

    2004-01-01

    The NASA Glenn Research Center has been conducting in-house testing in support of NASA's Lithium-Ion Cell Verification Test Program, which is evaluating the performance of lithium-ion cells and batteries for NASA mission operations. The test program is supported by NASA's Office of Aerospace Technology under the NASA Aerospace Flight Battery Systems Program, which serves to bridge the gap between the development of technology advances and the realization of these advances into mission applications. During fiscal year 2003, much of the in-house testing effort focused on the evaluation of a flight battery originally intended for use on the Mars Surveyor Program 2001 Lander. Results of this testing will be compared with the results for similar batteries being tested at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Air Force Research Laboratory, and the Naval Research Laboratory. Ultimately, this work will be used to validate lithium-ion battery technology for future space missions. The Mars Surveyor Program 2001 Lander battery was characterized at several different voltages and temperatures before life-cycle testing was begun. During characterization, the battery displayed excellent capacity and efficiency characteristics across a range of temperatures and charge/discharge conditions. Currently, the battery is undergoing lifecycle testing at 0 C and 40-percent depth of discharge under low-Earth-orbit (LEO) conditions.

  17. Effect of conduction electrons on the paramagnetic susceptibility of rare earth intermetallics

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    Zajac, S.; Pesek, F.

    1994-03-01

    The authors have calculated the paramagnetic susceptibility of rare earth intermetallics in the model of the crystal-field split 4F ions interacting with conduction electrons by exchange coupling. Using the thermodynamic perturbation theory they have derived analytical formulae for the susceptibility to the second order. They have developed scheme to simultaneously optimize fitting of crystal-field and coupling parameters to the experimental data.

  18. Ab Initio Thermal Conductivity Model of the Earth's Lower Mantle

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    Tsuchiya, T.; Dekura, H.; Tsuchiya, J.

    2012-12-01

    Lattice thermal conductivity of minerals under pressure and temperature is a key property to understanding dynamics and evolution of the Earth's interior. However, determination of the thermal conductivity still remains technically challenging both experimentally and theoretically particularly at the deep mantle and core conditions. Here we show a new technique to calculate lattice thermal conductivity of minerals non-empirically. Since the anharmonic coupling strength is calculated efficiently based on the density functional perturbation theory, our technique can be applicable to minerals even with complex structure and chemistry such as perovskite and post-perovskite MgSiO3. Calculated lattice thermal conductivity of perovskite agrees satisfactorily with an experimental value at ambient condition, and those of perovskite and post-perovskite are found quite different at deep mantle pressures and temperatures. This indicates that the D" discontinuity is not only the phase transition boundary but also the boundary of conductivity. Using the obtained thermal conductivities, we determine the effective conductivity of the Earth's lower mantle and estimate the energy flow carried across the core-mantle boundary (CMB). Our results demonstrate that the CMB heat flux could change significantly from place to place by reflecting a possible temperature heterogeneity located atop the core. Research supported by KAKENHI and Grant from Senior Research Fellow Center, Ehime University.

  19. Observations of molecular ions in the earth's magnetosphere

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    Craven, P. D.; Chappell, C. R.; Kakani, L.; Olsen, R. C.

    1985-01-01

    The retarding ion mass spectrometer on Dynamics Explorer 1 operating over the polar cap during a large magnetic storm has measured fluxes of up to 10 to the 6th ions/sq cm s of the molecular ions N2(+), NO(+), and O2(+). These ions were measured beginning low in the satellite orbit (1.1 earth radii) and extending to about 3 earth radii geocentric altitude. Near perigee, the ions have a rammed distribution indicating a cold Maxwellian plasma (1000-2000 K). The molecular ions gradually shift to a field-aligned distribution at the higher alitudes. An upward flow of 5-10 km/s is found in these field-aligned measurements. The density of the molecular ions is on the order of 2/cu cm at all altitudes, and the energy of the ions generally increases as the satellite moves sunward across the southern polar cap. Kinetic energies of at least 20 eV were found at 2.5 earth-radii geocentric distance.

  20. Earth Glint Observations Conducted During the Deep Impact Spacecraft Flyby

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    Barry, R. K.; Deming, L. D.; Robinson, T.; Hewagama, T.

    2010-01-01

    We describe observations of Earth conducted using the High Resolution Instrument (HRI) - a 0.3 m f/35 telescope - on the Deep Impact (DI) spacecraft during its recent flybys. Earth was observed on five occasions: 2008-Mar-18 18:18 UT, 2008-May-28 20:05 UT, 2008-Jun-4 16:57 UT, 2009-Mar-27 16:19 and 2009-Oct-4 09:37 UT. Each set of observations was conducted over a full 24-hour rotation of Earth and a total of thirteen NIR spectra were taken on two-hour intervals during each observing period. Photometry in the 450, SSO, 650 and 8S0 nm filters was taken every fifteen minutes and every hour for the 350, 750 and 950 nm filters. The spacecraft was located over the equator for the three sets of observations in 2008, while the 2009- Mar and 2009-Oct were taken over the north and south Polar Regions, respectively. Observations of calibrator stars Canopus and Achernar were conducted on multiple occasions through all filters. The observations detected a strong specular glint not necessarily associated with a body of water. We describe spectroscopic characterization of the glint and evidence for the possibility of detection of reflection from high cirrus clouds. We describe implications for observations of extrasolar planets.

  1. Earth Glint Observations Conducted During the Deep Impact Spacecraft Flyby

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    Barry, R. K.; Deming, L. D.; Robinson, T.; Hewagama, T.

    2010-01-01

    We describe observations of Earth conducted using the High Resolution Instrument (HRI) - a 0.3 m f/35 telescope - on the Deep Impact (DI) spacecraft during its recent flybys. Earth was observed on five occasions: 2008-Mar-18 18:18 UT, 2008-May-28 20:05 UT, 2008-Jun-4 16:57 UT, 2009-Mar-27 16:19 and 2009-Oct-4 09:37 UT. Each set of observations was conducted over a full 24-hour rotation of Earth and a total of thirteen NIR spectra were taken on two-hour intervals during each observing period. Photometry in the 450, SSO, 650 and 8S0 nm filters was taken every fifteen minutes and every hour for the 350, 750 and 950 nm filters. The spacecraft was located over the equator for the three sets of observations in 2008, while the 2009- Mar and 2009-Oct were taken over the north and south Polar Regions, respectively. Observations of calibrator stars Canopus and Achernar were conducted on multiple occasions through all filters. The observations detected a strong specular glint not necessarily associated with a body of water. We describe spectroscopic characterization of the glint and evidence for the possibility of detection of reflection from high cirrus clouds. We describe implications for observations of extrasolar planets.

  2. Distribution of thermal oxygen ions in the near earth magnetosphere

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    Liu, W.; Cao, J.

    2013-12-01

    Based on eleven years of Cluster particle observations, we investigate the distribution of thermal oxygen ions in the near earth magnetosphere with full spatial coverage between 4 to 20 Re. Averaged oxygen ion fluxes are calculated for three energy ranges (E1: 25-136eV; E2: 136eV-3keV; E3 3-35keV) based on measurements from CIS instrument. In a preliminary analysis, we found that oxygen ions of E1 energy are observed mostly in the Polar Regions flowing toward the nightside with average speed of ~20 km/s at 5 Re. They are accelerated to E2 energy range before they arrive at plasmasheet. Clear dawn-dusk asymmetry is observed in the plasmasheet for oxygen ions of the E1 and E2 energy that they are distributed beyond 10 Re on the duskside and beyond 15 Re on the dawnside, suggesting the transportation from ionosphere to plasmasheet is asymmetric for dawn and dusk sides. These oxygen ions are further accelerated in the plasmasheet to E3 energy range and are transported toward the Earth, while they drift westward. These oxygen ions finally reach the dayside, and then either return to the ionosphere or escape from the dayside magnetopause to magnetosheeth. This study provides background knowledge on complete distribution of thermal oxygen ions in the near earth magnetosphere for the modelling and simulation studies on ionosphere-magnetosphere coupling.

  3. Earth's polar cap ionization patches lead to ion upflow

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    Zhang, Q. H.; Zong, Q.; Lockwood, M. M.; Liang, J.; Zhang, B.; Moen, J. I.; Zhang, S.; Zhang, Y.; Ruohoniemi, J. M.; Thomas, E. G.; Liu, R.; Dunlop, M. W.; Yang, H. G.; Hu, H.; Liu, Y.; Lester, M.

    2014-12-01

    The Earth constantly losses matter through ions escaping from the polar ionosphere. This makes the ionosphere as an important source of plasma for the magnetosphere and could modulate atmospheric isotope abundances on geological timescales, depending on what fraction of the upflowing ions subsequently return to the ionosphere and what fraction are ejected into interplanetary space. It has been proposed that the magnetosphere is dynamically modulated by the presence of the ionospheric ions, particularly heavy ions O+, during magnetic substorms and storms. The origin and formation mechanism of ionospheric ion upflow is, however, poorly understood, particularly under disturbed space weather conditions. We report simultaneous direct observations of ion upflow and a patch of ionization at the center of the polar cap region during a geomagnetic storm. Our observations indicate enhanced fluxes of upwelling O+ ions originate from the patch and were accelerated by the enhanced ambipolar electric field. This enhancement is caused by soft electron precipitations. Polar cap patches therefore provide an important source of upwelling ions for accelerations mechanisms at greater altitudes which can eject the ions. These observations give new insight into the processes of ionosphere-magnetosphere coupling and the potential loss of terrestrial water dissociation products into space which, although extremely slow in the case of Earth, may be significant for other planets and moons.

  4. Ion Concentration- and Voltage-Dependent Push and Pull Mechanisms of Potassium Channel Ion Conduction

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    Kasahara, Kota; Shirota, Matsuyuki; Kinoshita, Kengo

    2016-01-01

    The mechanism of ion conduction by potassium channels is one of the central issues in physiology. In particular, it is still unclear how the ion concentration and the membrane voltage drive ion conduction. We have investigated the dynamics of the ion conduction processes in the Kv1.2 pore domain, by molecular dynamics (MD) simulations with several different voltages and ion concentrations. By focusing on the detailed ion movements through the pore including selectivity filter (SF) and cavity, we found two major conduction mechanisms, called the III-IV-III and III-II-III mechanisms, and the balance between the ion concentration and the voltage determines the mechanism preference. In the III-IV-III mechanism, the outermost ion in the pore is pushed out by a new ion coming from the intracellular fluid, and four-ion states were transiently observed. In the III-II-III mechanism, the outermost ion is pulled out first, without pushing by incoming ions. Increases in the ion concentration and voltage accelerated ion conductions, but their mechanisms were different. The increase in the ion concentrations facilitated the III-IV-III conductions, while the higher voltages increased the III-II-III conductions, indicating that the pore domain of potassium channels permeates ions by using two different driving forces: a push by intracellular ions and a pull by voltage. PMID:26950215

  5. Ion Concentration- and Voltage-Dependent Push and Pull Mechanisms of Potassium Channel Ion Conduction.

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    Kasahara, Kota; Shirota, Matsuyuki; Kinoshita, Kengo

    2016-01-01

    The mechanism of ion conduction by potassium channels is one of the central issues in physiology. In particular, it is still unclear how the ion concentration and the membrane voltage drive ion conduction. We have investigated the dynamics of the ion conduction processes in the Kv1.2 pore domain, by molecular dynamics (MD) simulations with several different voltages and ion concentrations. By focusing on the detailed ion movements through the pore including selectivity filter (SF) and cavity, we found two major conduction mechanisms, called the III-IV-III and III-II-III mechanisms, and the balance between the ion concentration and the voltage determines the mechanism preference. In the III-IV-III mechanism, the outermost ion in the pore is pushed out by a new ion coming from the intracellular fluid, and four-ion states were transiently observed. In the III-II-III mechanism, the outermost ion is pulled out first, without pushing by incoming ions. Increases in the ion concentration and voltage accelerated ion conductions, but their mechanisms were different. The increase in the ion concentrations facilitated the III-IV-III conductions, while the higher voltages increased the III-II-III conductions, indicating that the pore domain of potassium channels permeates ions by using two different driving forces: a push by intracellular ions and a pull by voltage.

  6. Solar heavy ion Heinrich fluence spectrum at low earth orbit.

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    Croley, D R; Spitale, G C

    1998-01-01

    Solar heavy ions from the JPL Solar Heavy Ion Model have been transported into low earth orbit using the Schulz cutoff criterion for L-shell access by ions of a specific charge to mass ratio. The NASA Brouwer orbit generator was used to get L values along the orbit at 60 second time intervals. Heavy ion fluences of ions 2 < or = Z < or = 92 have been determined for the LET range 1 to 130 MeV-cm2/mg by 60, 120 or 250 mils of aluminum over a period of 24 hours in a 425 km circular orbit inclined 51 degrees. The ion fluence is time dependent in the sense that the position of the spacecraft in the orbit at the flare onset time fixes the relationship between particle flux and spacecraft passage through high L-values where particles have access to the spacecraft.

  7. Radiation from lightning return strokes over a finitely conducting earth

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    Le Vine, D. M.; Gesell, L.; Kao, Michael

    1986-01-01

    The effects of the conductivity of the earth on radiation from lightning return strokes are examined theoretically using a piecewise linear transmission line model for the return stroke. First, calculations are made of the electric field radiated during the return stroke, and then this electric field is used to compute the response of conventional AM radio receivers and electric field change systems during the return stroke. The calculations apply to the entire transient waveform (they are not restricted to the initial portions of the return stroke) and yield fast field changes and RF radiation in agreement with measurements made during real lightning. This research was motivated by measurements indicating that a time delay exists between the time of arrival of the fast electric field change and the RF radiation from first return strokes. The time delay is on the order of 20 microsec for frequencies in the HF-UHF range for lightning in Florida. The time delay is obtained theoretically in this paper. It occurs when both the effects of attenuation due to conductivity of the earth, and the finite velocity of propagation of the current pulse up the return stroke channel, are taken into account in the model.

  8. Ion Concentration-Dependent Ion Conduction Mechanism of a Voltage-Sensitive Potassium Channel

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    Kasahara, Kota; Shirota, Matsuyuki; Kinoshita, Kengo

    2013-01-01

    Voltage-sensitive potassium ion channels are essential for life, but the molecular basis of their ion conduction is not well understood. In particular, the impact of ion concentration on ion conduction has not been fully studied. We performed several micro-second molecular dynamics simulations of the pore domain of the Kv1.2 potassium channel in KCl solution at four different ion concentrations, and scrutinized each of the conduction events, based on graphical representations of the simulation trajectories. As a result, we observed that the conduction mechanism switched with different ion concentrations: at high ion concentrations, potassium conduction occurred by Hodgkin and Keynes' knock-on mechanism, where the association of an incoming ion with the channel is tightly coupled with the dissociation of an outgoing ion, in a one-step manner. On the other hand, at low ion concentrations, ions mainly permeated by a two-step association/dissociation mechanism, in which the association and dissociation of ions were not coupled, and occurred in two distinct steps. We also found that this switch was triggered by the facilitated association of an ion from the intracellular side within the channel pore and by the delayed dissociation of the outermost ion, as the ion concentration increased. PMID:23418558

  9. Water in the Earth's Mantle: Mineral-specific IR Absorption Coefficients and Radiative Thermal Conductivities

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    Thomas, S. M.

    2015-12-01

    Minor and trace element chemistry, phase relations, rheology, thermal structure and the role of volatiles and their abundance in the deep Earth mantle are still far from fully explored, but fundamental to understanding the processes involved in Earth formation and evolution. Theory and high pressure experiments imply a significant water storage capacity of nominally anhydrous minerals, such as majoritic garnet, olivine, wadsleyite and ringwoodite, composing the Earth's upper mantle and transition zone to a depth of 660 km. Studying the effect of water incorporation on chemical and physical mineral properties is of importance, because the presence of trace amounts of water, incorporated as OH through charge-coupled chemical substitutions into such nominally anhydrous high-pressure silicates, notably influences phase relations, melting behavior, conductivity, elasticity, viscosity and rheology. Knowledge of absolute water contents in nominally anhydrous minerals is essential for modeling the Earth's interior water cycle. One of the most common and sensitive tools for water quantification is IR spectroscopy for which mineral-specific absorption coefficients are required. Such calibration constants can be derived from hydrogen concentrations determined by independent techniques, such as secondary ion mass spectrometry, Raman spectroscopy or proton-proton(pp)-scattering. Here, analytical advances and mineral-specific IR absorption coefficients for the quantification of H2O in major phases of the Earth's mantle will be discussed. Furthermore, new data from optical absorption measurements in resistively heated diamond-anvil cells at high pressures and temperatures up to 1000 K will be presented. Experiments were performed on synthetic single-crystals of olivine, ringwoodite, majoritic garnet, and Al-bearing phase D with varying iron, aluminum and OH contents to calculate radiative thermal conductivities and study their contribution to heat transfer in the Earth's interior

  10. Thermal conductivity of earth materials at high temperatures.

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    Schatz, J. F.; Simmons, G.

    1972-01-01

    The total thermal conductivity (lattice plus radiative) of several important earth materials is measured in the temperature range from 500 to 1900 K. A new technique is used in which a CO2 laser generates a low-frequency temperature wave at one face of a small disk-shaped sample, and an infrared detector views the opposite face to detect the phase of the emerging radiation. Phase data at several frequencies yield the simultaneous determination of the thermal diffusivity and the mean extinction coefficient of the material. The lattice, radiative, and total thermal conductivities are then calculated. Results for single-crystal and polycrystalline forsterite-rich olivines and an enstatite indicate that, even in relatively pure large-grained material, the radiative conductivity does not increase rapidly with temperature. The predicted maximum total thermal conductivity at a depth of 400 km in an olivine mantle is 0.020 cal/cm/sec/deg C, which is less than twice the surface value.

  11. Ion acceleration and transport mechanisms in the Earth's magnetosphere

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    Tung, Yeh-Kai

    This thesis examines the role of ion transport and acceleration in the earth's magnetosphere in two important areas: (1) the entry of solar wind ions in the cusp region on the dayside, and (2) the outflow of ions in the form of ion conics from the pre-midnight aurora. On November 15, 1996, the Polar and FAST satellites were in magnetic conjunction in the cusp region near magnetic local noon. The ion data show that the solar wind plasma injections were bursty in time, but were spatially coherent for 5 hours of magnetic local time. Ion sensors on the two satellites measured particle populations of different energies, but a time-of-flight analysis indicated that Polar and FAST were observing the same bursts of plasma injections from the reconnection region. A convection model was used to estimate the size of the plasma bursts observed. A plasma width of 2412 km was mapped out to the magnetopause to obtain a reconnection injection region latitudinal width of 1.4 to 1.5 RE. On the nightside, the FAST satellite has observed large ion outflow fluxes (>108 cm-2 s-1) in the form of auroral ion conics adjacent to the polar cap boundary. A statistical study was performed to quantify the occurrence of the ion conics in magnetic local time, the relation of the ion conics to substorms, and the total contribution of the ion conics to the plasma sheet. The ion conics occur near magnetic midnight and are associated with substorm expansion phase but not exclusively. Furthermore, using Polar UVI images to estimate the width of the ion conics in local time and FAST ion data to determine the outflow fluxes and latitudinal extent, an estimate of 1022 to 1024 ions/sec is calculated for the outflow. When this outflow is assumed to persist over the duration of a 1000 sec substorm, the total contribution of 1025 to 1027 ions is only 0.01% to 0.1% of the plasma sheet ion number 1030 ions. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

  12. Thermal and electrical conductivity of iron at Earth's core conditions.

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    Pozzo, Monica; Davies, Chris; Gubbins, David; Alfè, Dario

    2012-04-11

    The Earth acts as a gigantic heat engine driven by the decay of radiogenic isotopes and slow cooling, which gives rise to plate tectonics, volcanoes and mountain building. Another key product is the geomagnetic field, generated in the liquid iron core by a dynamo running on heat released by cooling and freezing (as the solid inner core grows), and on chemical convection (due to light elements expelled from the liquid on freezing). The power supplied to the geodynamo, measured by the heat flux across the core-mantle boundary (CMB), places constraints on Earth's evolution. Estimates of CMB heat flux depend on properties of iron mixtures under the extreme pressure and temperature conditions in the core, most critically on the thermal and electrical conductivities. These quantities remain poorly known because of inherent experimental and theoretical difficulties. Here we use density functional theory to compute these conductivities in liquid iron mixtures at core conditions from first principles--unlike previous estimates, which relied on extrapolations. The mixtures of iron, oxygen, sulphur and silicon are taken from earlier work and fit the seismologically determined core density and inner-core boundary density jump. We find both conductivities to be two to three times higher than estimates in current use. The changes are so large that core thermal histories and power requirements need to be reassessed. New estimates indicate that the adiabatic heat flux is 15 to 16 terawatts at the CMB, higher than present estimates of CMB heat flux based on mantle convection; the top of the core must be thermally stratified and any convection in the upper core must be driven by chemical convection against the adverse thermal buoyancy or lateral variations in CMB heat flow. Power for the geodynamo is greatly restricted, and future models of mantle evolution will need to incorporate a high CMB heat flux and explain the recent formation of the inner core.

  13. Oxygen ion-conducting dense ceramic

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    Balachandran, Uthamalingam; Kleefisch, Mark S.; Kobylinski, Thaddeus P.; Morissette, Sherry L.; Pei, Shiyou

    1998-01-01

    Preparation, structure, and properties of mixed metal oxide compositions and their uses are described. Mixed metal oxide compositions of the invention have stratified crystalline structure identifiable by means of powder X-ray diffraction patterns. In the form of dense ceramic membranes, the present compositions demonstrate an ability to separate oxygen selectively from a gaseous mixture containing oxygen and one or more other volatile components by means of ionic conductivities.

  14. Origins of energetic ions in the Earth's magnetosheath

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    1994-01-01

    This final report describes activities under NASA contract NAS5-31213 to Lockheed Missiles and Space Company. The report covers the entire contract period from 8 May 1991 to 7 Jun. 1994. This is a contract under the NASA Guest Investigator Program for the analysis and interpretation of the combined scientific data from the Hot Plasma Composition Experiment (HPCE) and the Charge Energy Mass (CHEM) spectrometer on the AMPTE/Charge Composition Explorer (CCE) spacecraft. These combined data sets have been used to survey the energetic ion environment in the earth's magnetosheath to determine the origins and relative strengths of the energetic ion populations found there.

  15. Origins of energetic ions in the Earth's magnetosheath

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    1994-06-01

    This final report describes activities under NASA contract NAS5-31213 to Lockheed Missiles and Space Company. The report covers the entire contract period from 8 May 1991 to 7 Jun. 1994. This is a contract under the NASA Guest Investigator Program for the analysis and interpretation of the combined scientific data from the Hot Plasma Composition Experiment (HPCE) and the Charge Energy Mass (CHEM) spectrometer on the AMPTE/Charge Composition Explorer (CCE) spacecraft. These combined data sets have been used to survey the energetic ion environment in the earth's magnetosheath to determine the origins and relative strengths of the energetic ion populations found there.

  16. Thin film method of conducting lithium-ions

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    Zhang, J.G.; Benson, D.K.; Tracy, C.E.

    1998-11-10

    The present invention relates to the composition of a solid lithium-ion electrolyte based on the Li{sub 2}O-CeO{sub 2}-SiO{sub 2} system having good transparent characteristics and high ion conductivity suitable for uses in lithium batteries, electrochromic devices and other electrochemical applications. 12 figs.

  17. Thin film method of conducting lithium-ions

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    Zhang, Ji-Guang; Benson, David K.; Tracy, C. Edwin

    1998-11-10

    The present invention relates to the composition of a solid lithium-ion electrolyte based on the Li.sub.2 O--CeO.sub.2 --SiO.sub.2 system having good transparent characteristics and high ion conductivity suitable for uses in lithium batteries, electrochromic devices and other electrochemical applications.

  18. Ion-/proton-conducting apparatus and method

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    Yates, Matthew; Liu, Dongxia

    2011-05-17

    A c-axis-oriented HAP thin film synthesized by seeded growth on a palladium hydrogen membrane substrate. An exemplary synthetic process includes electrochemical seeding on the substrate, and secondary and tertiary hydrothermal treatments under conditions that favor growth along c-axes and a-axes in sequence. By adjusting corresponding synthetic conditions, an HAP this film can be grown to a controllable thickness with a dense coverage on the underlying substrate. The thin films have relatively high proton conductivity under hydrogen atmosphere and high temperature conditions. The c-axis oriented films may be integrated into fuel cells for application in the intermediate temperature range of 200-600.degree. C. The electrochemical-hydrothermal deposition technique may be applied to create other oriented crystal materials having optimized properties, useful for separations and catalysis as well as electronic and electrochemical applications, electrochemical membrane reactors, and in chemical sensors.

  19. Oxygen ion-conducting dense ceramic

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    Balachandran, Uthamalingam; Kleefisch, Mark S.; Kobylinski, Thaddeus P.; Morissette, Sherry L.; Pei, Shiyou

    1997-01-01

    Preparation, structure, and properties of mixed metal oxide compositions containing at least strontium, cobalt, iron and oxygen are described. The crystalline mixed metal oxide compositions of this invention have, for example, structure represented by Sr.sub..alpha. (Fe.sub.1-x Co.sub.x).sub..alpha.+.beta. O.sub..delta. where x is a number in a range from 0.01 to about 1, .alpha. is a number in a range from about 1 to about 4, .beta. is a number in a range upward from 0 to about 20, and .delta. is a number which renders the compound charge neutral, and wherein the composition has a non-perovskite structure. Use of the mixed metal oxides in dense ceramic membranes which exhibit oxygen ionic conductivity and selective oxygen separation, are described as well as their use in separation of oxygen from an oxygen-containing gaseous mixture.

  20. Oxygen ion-conducting dense ceramic

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    Balachandran, Uthamalingam; Kleefisch, Mark S.; Kobylinski, Thaddeus P.; Morissette, Sherry L.; Pei, Shiyou

    1996-01-01

    Preparation, structure, and properties of mixed metal oxide compositions containing at least strontium, cobalt, iron and oxygen are described. The crystalline mixed metal oxide compositions of this invention have, for example, structure represented by Sr.sub..alpha. (Fe.sub.1-x Co.sub.x).sub..alpha.+.beta. O.sub..delta. where x is a number in a range from 0.01 to about 1, .alpha. is a number in a range from about 1 to about 4, .beta. is a number in a range upward from 0 to about 20, and .delta. is a number which renders the compound charge neutral, and wherein the composition has a non-perovskite structure. Use of the mixed metal oxides in dense ceramic membranes which exhibit oxygen ionic conductivity and selective oxygen separation, are described as well as their use in separation of oxygen from an oxygen-containing gaseous mixture.

  1. Distribution coefficients of rare earth ions in cubic zirconium dioxide

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    Romer, H.; Luther, K.-D.; Assmus, W.

    1994-08-01

    Cubic zirconium dioxide crystals are grown with the skull melting technique. The effective distribution coefficients for Nd(exp 3+), Sm(exp 3+) and Er(sup 3+) as dopants are determined experimentally as a function of the crystal growth velocity. With the Burton-Prim-Slichter theory, the equilibrium distribution coefficients can be calculated. The distribution coefficients of all other trivalent rare earth ions can be estimated by applying the correlation towards the ionic radii.

  2. Ion probe measurement of rare earth elements in biogenic phosphates

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    Grandjean, P.; Albarede, F. )

    1989-12-01

    The rare earth element (REE) distributions in individuals fish teeth and conodonts have been measured by ion probe. Concentrations and La/Yb ratios show little variations, except in the enamel, which suggests that REE uptake from the sedimented biogenic debris takes place at the water-sediment interface as an essentially quantitative process without fractionation. Late diagenetic disturbances remained of marginal importance. Hence, REE in phosphatic debris might reflect the input from the overlying water column.

  3. Ion/proton-conducting apparatus and method

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    Yates, Matthew; Xue, Wei

    2014-12-23

    A c-axis-oriented HAP thin film synthesized by seeded growth on a palladium hydrogen membrane substrate. An exemplary synthetic process includes electrochemical seeding on the substrate, and secondary and tertiary hydrothermal treatments under conditions that favor growth along c-axes and a-axes in sequence. By adjusting corresponding synthetic conditions, an HAP this film can be grown to a controllable thickness with a dense coverage on the underlying substrate. The thin films have relatively high proton conductivity under hydrogen atmosphere and high temperature conditions. The c-axis oriented films may be integrated into fuel cells for application in the intermediate temperature range of 200-600.degree. C. The electrochemical-hydrothermal deposition technique may be applied to create other oriented crystal materials having optimized properties, useful for separations and catalysis as well as electronic and electrochemical applications, electrochemical membrane reactors, and in chemical sensors. Additional high-density and gas-tight HAP film compositions may be deposited using a two-step deposition method that includes an electrochemical deposition method followed by a hydrothermal deposition method. The two-step method uses a single hydrothermal deposition solution composition. The method may be used to deposit HAP films including but not limited to at least doped HAP films, and more particularly including carbonated HAP films. In addition, the high-density and gas-tight HAP films may be used in proton exchange membrane fuel cells.

  4. Defect association mediated ionic conductivity of rare earth doped nanoceria: Dependency on ionic radius

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    Anirban, Sk.; Sinha, A.; Bandyopadhyay, S.; Dutta, A.

    2016-05-01

    Rare earth doped nanoceria Ce0.9RE0.1O1.95 (RE = Pr, Nd, Eu and Gd) were prepared through citrate auto-ignition method. The single phase cubic fluorite structure with space group Fm3 ¯m of the compositions were confirmed from Rietveld analysis of XRD data. The particle size of the compositions were in the range 49.77 nm to 66.20 nm. An ionic radius dependent lattice parameter variation was found. The DC conductivity of each composition was evaluated using Random Barrier Model. The conductivity decreased and activation energy increased with increasing ionic radius from Gd to Pr doping due to the size mismatch with host ions and formation of stable defect associate. The formation of different defect associates and their correlation with ionic conductivity has been discussed.

  5. Radiated and conducted EMI from a 30-cm ion thruster

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    Whittlesey, A. C.; Peer, W.

    1981-01-01

    In order to properly assess the interaction of a spacecraft with the EMI environment produced by an ion thruster, the EMI environment was characterized. Therefore, radiated and conducted emissions were measured from a 30-cm mercury ion thruster. The ion thruster beam current varied from zero to 2.0 amperes and the emissions were measured from 5 KHz to 200 MHz. Several different types of antennas were used to obtain the measurements. The various measurements that were made included: magnetic field due to neutralizer/beam current loop; radiated electric fields of thruster and plume; and conducted emissions on arc discharge, neutralizer keeper and magnetic baffle lines.

  6. Iterative electromagnetic Born inversion applied to earth conductivity imaging

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    Alumbaugh, David Lee

    1993-08-01

    This thesis investigates the use of a fast imaging technique to deduce the spatial conductivity distribution in the earth from low frequency (< 1 MHz), cross well electromagnetic (EM) measurements. The theory embodied in this work is the extension of previous strategies and is based on the Born series approximation to solve both the forward and inverse problem. Nonlinear integral equations are employed to derive the series expansion which accounts for the scattered magnetic fields that are generated by inhomogeneities embedded in either a homogenous or a layered earth. A sinusoidally oscillating, vertically oriented magnetic dipole is employed as a source, and it is assumed that the scattering bodies are azimuthally symmetric about the source dipole axis. The use of this model geometry reduces the 3-D vector problem to a more manageable 2-D scalar form. The validity of the cross well EM method is tested by applying the imaging scheme to two sets of field data. Images of the data collected at the Devine, Texas test site show excellent correlation with the well logs. Unfortunately there is a drift error present in the data that limits the accuracy of the results. A more complete set of data collected at the Richmond field station in Richmond, California demonstrates that cross well EM can be successfully employed to monitor the position of an injected mass of salt water. Both the data and the resulting images clearly indicate the plume migrates toward the north-northwest. The plausibility of these conclusions is verified by applying the imaging code to synthetic data generated by a 3-D sheet model.

  7. Self-organized enhancement of conductivity in biological ion channels

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    Tindjong, R.; Kaufman, I.; Luchinsky, D. G.; McClintock, P. V. E.; Khovanov, I.; Eisenberg, R. S.

    2013-10-01

    We discuss an example of self-organization in a biological system. It arises from long-range ion-ion interactions, and it leads us to propose a new kind of enhanced conduction in ion channels. The underlying mechanism involves charge fluctuations near the channel mouth, amplified by the mismatch between the relative permittivities of water and the protein of the channel walls. We use Brownian dynamics simulations to show that, as in conventional ‘knock on’ permeation, these interactions can strongly enhance the channel current; but unlike the conventional mechanism, the enhancement occurs without the instigating bath ion entering the channel. The transition between these two mechanisms is clearly demonstrated, emphasizing their distinction. A simple model accurately reproduces the observed phenomena. We point out that electrolyte plus protein of low relative permittivity are universal in living systems, so that long-range ion-ion correlations of the kind considered must be common.

  8. Ion acoustic solitons in Earth's upward current region

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    Main, D. S.; Scholz, C.; Newman, D. L.; Ergun, R. E.

    2012-07-15

    The formation and evolution of ion acoustic solitons in Earth's auroral upward current region are studied using one- and two-dimensional (2D) electrostatic particle-in-cell simulations. The one-dimensional simulations are confined to processes that occur in the auroral cavity and include four plasma populations: hot electrons, H{sup +} and O{sup +} anti-earthward ion beams, and a hot H{sup +} background population. Ion acoustic solitons are found to form for auroral-cavity ion beams consistent with acceleration through double-layer (DL) potentials measured by FAST. A simplified one-dimensional model simulation is then presented in order to isolate the mechanisms that lead to the formation of the ion acoustic soliton. Results of a two-dimensional simulation, which include both the ionosphere and the auroral cavity, separated by a low-altitude DL, are then presented in order to confirm that the soliton forms in a more realistic 2D geometry. The 2D simulation is initialized with a U-shaped potential structure that mimics the inferred shape of the low altitude transition region based on observations. In this simulation, a soliton localized perpendicular to the geomagnetic field is observed to form and reside next to the DL. Finally, the 2D simulation results are compared with FAST data and it is found that certain aspects of the data can be explained by assuming the presence of an ion acoustic soliton.

  9. The air Earth conduction current and stratiform cloud edge charging

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    Nicoll, Keri; Harrison, R. Giles

    2010-05-01

    The air Earth conduction current density, Jc, flows through the fair weather regions of the atmosphere as a result of the atmospheric global electric circuit. In the presence of layer cloud, it has been assumed that the current density flows through the cloud if the cloud is of sufficient horizontal extent, such as a uniform horizon to horizon stratiform cloud. If the current flows through the cloud, electrostatics considerations resulting from the cloud-air conductivity transitions require there to be regions of unipolar charge at the upper and lower boundaries of the cloud. For symmetric upper and lower cloud edges, the charge will also be symmetric. Droplets and aerosol particles in these areas are likely to become charged, and it is known that cloud microphysical processes are sensitive to charge. Because of the radiative importance of clouds and the possibility of widespread small effects of charge on cloud processes, in-situ measurements to evaluate the existence of charge in layer clouds are desirable. A two step approach has been applied to investigate the prevalence of stratiform cloud edge charging in the atmosphere. First, the question of whether Jc flows through layer cloud has been considered by analysing surface measurements of Jc from three UK sites under different cloud conditions. Second, a balloon borne charge sensor has been specially developed to obtain high vertical resolution in-situ measurements of charge inside stratiform cloud. The sensor has frequently detected regions of charge near cloud edges, where net charges of several hundred pC m-3 are common.

  10. A microscopic view of ion conduction through the K+ channel

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    Bernèche, Simon; Roux, Benoît

    2003-07-01

    Recent results from x-ray crystallography and molecular dynamics free-energy simulations have revealed the existence of a number of specific cation-binding sites disposed along the narrow pore of the K+ channel from Streptomyces lividans (KcsA), suggesting that K+ ions might literally "hop" in single file from one binding site to the next as permeation proceeds. In support of this view, it was found that the ion configurations correspond to energy wells of similar depth and that ion translocation is opposed only by small energy barriers. Although such features of the multiion potential energy surface are certainly essential for achieving a high throughput rate, diffusional and dissipative dynamical factors must also be taken into consideration to understand how rapid conduction of K+ is possible. To elucidate the mechanism of ion conduction, we established a framework theory enabling the direct simulation of nonequilibrium fluxes by extending the results of molecular dynamics over macroscopically long times. In good accord with experimental measurements, the simulated maximum conductance of the channel at saturating concentration is on the order of 550 and 360 pS for outward and inward ions flux, respectively, with a unidirectional flux-ratio exponent of 3. Analysis of the ion-conduction process reveals a lack of equivalence between the cation-binding sites in the selectivity filter. molecular dynamics | Brownian dynamics | potential of mean force | membrane potential | Poisson-Boltzmann equation

  11. Anisotropic ion diffusivity in intervertebral disc: an electrical conductivity approach.

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    Jackson, Alicia; Yao, Hai; Brown, Mark D; Yong Gu, Wei

    2006-11-15

    Investigation of the transport behavior of ions in intervertebral disc using an electrical conductivity method. To determine the electrical conductivity and ion diffusivity of nucleus pulposus and anulus fibrosus in 3 major directions (axial, circumferential, and radial). Knowledge of diffusivity of small molecules is important for understanding nutrition supply in intervertebral disc and disc degeneration. However, little is known on the anisotropic behaviors of ion diffusivity and of electrical conductivity in intervertebral disc. Electrical conductivity measurement was performed on 24 axial, circumferential, and radial anulus fibrosus specimens and 24 axial nucleus pulposus specimens from bovine coccygeal discs. The diffusivity of Na and Cl were estimated by the analysis of conductivity data. The electrical conductivity (mean +/- standard deviation; n = 24) of the bovine anulus fibrosus was 4.70 +/- 1.08 mS/cm in the axial, 2.86 +/- 0.83 mS/cm in the radial, and 4.38 +/- 1.25 mS/cm in the circumferential direction. For nucleus pulposus, the electrical conductivity (mean +/- standard deviation; n = 24) was 8.95 +/- 0.89 mS/cm. The mean value for nucleus pulposus was significantly higher than that of anulus fibrosus (t test, P < 0.05). For anulus fibrosus, the conductivity in the radial direction was significantly lower than in axial or circumferential directions. Similar trends were found for both Na and Cl diffusivities. Both electrical conductivity and ion diffusivity were highly sensitive to water content. Electrical conductivity and ion diffusivity of anulus fibrosus are anisotropic.

  12. Enhanced Salt Removal by Unipolar Ion Conduction in Ion Concentration Polarization Desalination.

    PubMed

    Kwak, Rhokyun; Pham, Van Sang; Kim, Bumjoo; Chen, Lan; Han, Jongyoon

    2016-05-09

    Chloride ion, the majority salt in nature, is ∼52% faster than sodium ion (DNa+ = 1.33, DCl- = 2.03[10(-9)m(2)s(-1)]). Yet, current electrochemical desalination technologies (e.g. electrodialysis) rely on bipolar ion conduction, removing one pair of the cation and the anion simultaneously. Here, we demonstrate that novel ion concentration polarization desalination can enhance salt removal under a given current by implementing unipolar ion conduction: conducting only cations (or anions) with the unipolar ion exchange membrane stack. Combining theoretical analysis, experiment, and numerical modeling, we elucidate that this enhanced salt removal can shift current utilization (ratio between desalted ions and ions conducted through electrodes) and corresponding energy efficiency by the factor ∼(D- - D+)/(D- + D+). Specifically for desalting NaCl, this enhancement of unipolar cation conduction saves power consumption by ∼50% in overlimiting regime, compared with conventional electrodialysis. Recognizing and utilizing differences between unipolar and bipolar ion conductions have significant implications not only on electromembrane desalination, but also energy harvesting applications (e.g. reverse electrodialysis).

  13. Enhanced Salt Removal by Unipolar Ion Conduction in Ion Concentration Polarization Desalination

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    Kwak, Rhokyun; Pham, Van Sang; Kim, Bumjoo; Chen, Lan; Han, Jongyoon

    2016-01-01

    Chloride ion, the majority salt in nature, is ∼52% faster than sodium ion (DNa+ = 1.33, DCl− = 2.03[10−9m2s−1]). Yet, current electrochemical desalination technologies (e.g. electrodialysis) rely on bipolar ion conduction, removing one pair of the cation and the anion simultaneously. Here, we demonstrate that novel ion concentration polarization desalination can enhance salt removal under a given current by implementing unipolar ion conduction: conducting only cations (or anions) with the unipolar ion exchange membrane stack. Combining theoretical analysis, experiment, and numerical modeling, we elucidate that this enhanced salt removal can shift current utilization (ratio between desalted ions and ions conducted through electrodes) and corresponding energy efficiency by the factor ∼(D− − D+)/(D− + D+). Specifically for desalting NaCl, this enhancement of unipolar cation conduction saves power consumption by ∼50% in overlimiting regime, compared with conventional electrodialysis. Recognizing and utilizing differences between unipolar and bipolar ion conductions have significant implications not only on electromembrane desalination, but also energy harvesting applications (e.g. reverse electrodialysis). PMID:27158057

  14. Enhanced Salt Removal by Unipolar Ion Conduction in Ion Concentration Polarization Desalination

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    Kwak, Rhokyun; Pham, Van Sang; Kim, Bumjoo; Chen, Lan; Han, Jongyoon

    2016-05-01

    Chloride ion, the majority salt in nature, is ˜52% faster than sodium ion (DNa+ = 1.33, DCl- = 2.03[10-9m2s-1]). Yet, current electrochemical desalination technologies (e.g. electrodialysis) rely on bipolar ion conduction, removing one pair of the cation and the anion simultaneously. Here, we demonstrate that novel ion concentration polarization desalination can enhance salt removal under a given current by implementing unipolar ion conduction: conducting only cations (or anions) with the unipolar ion exchange membrane stack. Combining theoretical analysis, experiment, and numerical modeling, we elucidate that this enhanced salt removal can shift current utilization (ratio between desalted ions and ions conducted through electrodes) and corresponding energy efficiency by the factor ˜(D- - D+)/(D- + D+). Specifically for desalting NaCl, this enhancement of unipolar cation conduction saves power consumption by ˜50% in overlimiting regime, compared with conventional electrodialysis. Recognizing and utilizing differences between unipolar and bipolar ion conductions have significant implications not only on electromembrane desalination, but also energy harvesting applications (e.g. reverse electrodialysis).

  15. Calculating Conductance of Ion Channels - Linking Molecular Dynamics and Electrophysiology

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    Wilson, Michael A.; Pohorille, Andrew

    2015-01-01

    Molecular dynamics computer simulations were combined with an electrodiffusion model to compute conduction of simple ion channels. The main assumptions of the model, and the consistency, efficiency and accuracy of the ion current calculations were tested and found satisfactory. The calculated current-voltage dependence for a synthetic peptide channel is in agreement with experiments and correctly captures the asymmetry of current with respect to applied field.

  16. Charge transport studies of proton and ion conducting materials

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    Versek, Craig Wm

    The development of a high-throughput impedance spectroscopy instrumentation platform for conductivity characterization of ion transport materials is outlined. Collaborative studies using this system are summarized. Charge conduction mechanisms and conductivity data for small molecule proton conducting liquids, pyrazole, imidazole, 1,2,3-triazole, 1,2,4-triazole, and select mixtures of these compounds are documented. Furthermore, proton diffusivity measurements using a Pulse Field Gradient Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (PFG NMR) technique for imidazole and 1,2,3-triazole binary mixtures are compared. Studies of azole functionalized discotic and linear mesogens with conductivity, structural, and thermal characterizations are detailed.

  17. Ionomer Design Principles for Single Ion-Conducting Energy Materials

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    Colby, Ralph; Liang, Siwei; Liu, Wenjuan; Hyeok Choi, U.; Runt, James; Shiau, Huai-Suen; Janik, Michael

    2012-02-01

    Single-ion conducting ionomers with low glass transition temperature, high dielectric constant and containing bulky ions with diffuse charge, are needed for polymer membranes that transport small counterions. Overarching design principles emerging from quantum chemistry calculations suggest that diffuse charge can be attained from simple considerations of atomic electronegativity. For lithium or sodium batteries, perfluorinated tetraphenyl borate ionomers with solvating polar comonomers are proposed. For fluoride or hydroxide batteries and for iodide transporting solar cells, tetra-alkyl phosphonium ionomers with anion receptors are proposed. First attempts to construct such ionomers to test these ideas will be discussed, with results from dielectric spectroscopy to measure conductivity, dielectric constant and number density of simultaneously conducting ions.

  18. Physical properties of Li ion conducting polyphosphazene based polymer electrolytes

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    Sanderson, S.; Zawodzinski, T.; Hermes, R.; Davey, J.; Dai, Hongli

    1996-12-31

    We report a systematic study of the transport properties and the underlying physical chemistry of some polyphosphazene (PPhz)-based polymer electrolytes. We synthesized MEEP and variants which employed mixed combinations of different length oxyethylene side-chains. We compare the conductivity and ion-ion interactions in polymer electrolytes obtained with lithium triflate and lithium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (TFSI) salts added to the polymer. The combination of the lithium imide salt and MEEP yields a maximum conductivity of 8 x 10{sup -5} {Omega}{sup -1} cm{sup -1} at room temperature at a salt loading of 8 monomers per lithium. In one of the mixed side-chain variations, a maximum conductivity of 2 x 10{sup -4} {Omega}{sup -1} cm{sup -1} was measured at the same molar ratio. Raman spectral analysis shows some ion aggregation and some polymer - ion interactions in the PPhz-LiTFSI case but much less than observed with Li CF{sub 3}SO{sub 3}. A sharp increase in the Tg as salt is added corresponds to concentrations above which the conductivity significantly decreases and ion associations appear.

  19. Conduction Mechanisms and Structure of Ionomeric Single-Ion Conductors

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    Colby, Ralph H.; Maranas, Janna K.; Mueller, Karl T.; Runt, James; Winey, Karen I.

    2015-03-01

    Our team has designed using DFT (Gaussian) and synthesized low glass transition temperature single-ion conductors that are either polyanions that conduct small cations Li+, Na+, Cs+ or polycations that conduct small anions F-, OH-, Br-. We utilize a wide range of complimentary experimental materials characterization tools to understand ion transport; differential scanning calorimetry, dielectric relaxation spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, linear viscoelasticity, X-ray scattering and molecular dynamics simulations. The glass transition temperature Tg needs to be as low as possible to facilitate ion transport, so the nonionic parts of the polymer need to be polar, flexible and have strong solvation interactions with the ions. The lowest Tg we have managed for polyanions conducting Li+ is -60 °C. In contrast, polysiloxanes with PEO side chains and tetrabutylphosphonium cationic side groups have Tg ≈ -75 °C that barely increases with ion content, as anticipated by DFT. A survey of all polyanions in the literature suggests that Tg < -80 °C is needed to achieve the 10-4 S/cm conductivity needed for battery separators.

  20. ION EXCHANGE IN FUSED SALTS. II. THE DISTRIBUTION OF ALKALI METAL AND ALKALINE EARTH IONS BETWEEN CHABAZITE AND FUSED LINO3, NANO3, AND KNO3,

    DTIC Science & Technology

    ION EXCHANGE, SALTS ), (*ALKALI METALS, ION EXCHANGE), (*ALKALINE EARTH METALS, ION EXCHANGE), (*NITRATES, ION EXCHANGE), SODIUM , CALCIUM, POTASSIUM...BARIUM, RUBIDIUM, CESIUM, LITHIUM COMPOUNDS, SODIUM COMPOUNDS, POTASSIUM COMPOUNDS, DISTRIBUTION, MINERALS, IONS

  1. Improved Lithium Ionic Conductivity in Composite Polymer Electrolytes with Oxide-Ion Conducting Nanowires.

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    Liu, Wei; Lin, Dingchang; Sun, Jie; Zhou, Guangmin; Cui, Yi

    2016-12-27

    Solid Li-ion electrolytes used in all-solid-state lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are being considered to replace conventional liquid electrolytes that have leakage, flammability, and poor chemical stability issues, which represents one major challenge and opportunity for next-generation high-energy-density batteries. However, the low mobility of lithium ions in solid electrolytes limits their practical applications. Here, we report a solid composite polymer electrolyte with Y2O3-doped ZrO2 (YSZ) nanowires that are enriched with positive-charged oxygen vacancies. The morphologies and ionic conductivities have been studied systemically according to concentration of Y2O3 dopant in the nanowires. In comparison to the conventional filler-free electrolyte with a conductivity of 3.62 × 10(-7) S cm(-1), the composite polymer electrolytes with the YSZ nanowires show much higher ionic conductivity. It indicates that incorporation of 7 mol % of Y2O3-doped ZrO2 nanowires results in the highest ionic conductivity of 1.07 × 10(-5) S cm(-1) at 30 °C. This conductivity enhancement originates from the positive-charged oxygen vacancies on the surfaces of the nanowires that could associate with anions and then release more Li ions. Our work demonstrates a composite polymer electrolyte with oxygen-ion conductive nanowires that could address the challenges of all-solid-state LIBs.

  2. Electrical studies on silver based fast ion conducting glassy materials

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    Rao, B. Appa Kumar, E. Ramesh Kumari, K. Rajani Bhikshamaiah, G.

    2014-04-24

    Among all the available fast ion conductors, silver based glasses exhibit high conductivity. Further, glasses containing silver iodide enhances fast ion conducting behavior at room temperature. Glasses of various compositions of silver based fast ion conductors in the AgI−Ag{sub 2}O−[(1−x)B{sub 2}O{sub 3}−xTeO{sub 2}] (x=0 to1 mol% in steps of 0.2) glassy system have been prepared by melt quenching method. The glassy nature of the compounds has been confirmed by X-ray diffraction. The electrical conductivity (AC) measurements have been carried out in the frequency range of 1 KHz–3MHz by Impedance Analyzer in the temperature range 303–423K. The DC conductivity measurements were also carried out in the temperature range 300–523K. From both AC and DC conductivity studies, it is found that the conductivity increases and activation energy decreases with increasing the concentration of TeO{sub 2} as well as with temperature. The conductivity of the present glass system is found to be of the order of 10{sup −2} S/cm at room temperature. The ionic transport number of these glasses is found to be 0.999 indicating that these glasses can be used as electrolyte in batteries.

  3. Solid electrolytes for fluoride ion batteries: ionic conductivity in polycrystalline tysonite-type fluorides.

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    Rongeat, Carine; Reddy, M Anji; Witter, Raiker; Fichtner, Maximilian

    2014-02-12

    Batteries based on a fluoride shuttle (fluoride ion battery, FIB) can theoretically provide high energy densities and can thus be considered as an interesting alternative to Li-ion batteries. Large improvements are still needed regarding their actual performance, in particular for the ionic conductivity of the solid electrolyte. At the current state of the art, two types of fluoride families can be considered for electrolyte applications: alkaline-earth fluorides having a fluorite-type structure and rare-earth fluorides having a tysonite-type structure. As regard to the latter, high ionic conductivities have been reported for doped LaF3 single crystals. However, polycrystalline materials would be easier to implement in a FIB due to practical reasons in the cell manufacturing. Hence, we have analyzed in detail the ionic conductivity of La(1-y)Ba(y)F(3-y) (0 ≤ y ≤ 0.15) solid solutions prepared by ball milling. The combination of DC and AC conductivity analyses provides a better understanding of the conduction mechanism in tysonite-type fluorides with a blocking effect of the grain boundaries. Heat treatment of the electrolyte material was performed and leads to an improvement of the ionic conductivity. This confirms the detrimental effect of grain boundaries and opens new route for the development of solid electrolytes for FIB with high ionic conductivities.

  4. Spectroscopy of rare earth ions in opaque solids

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    Sterling, B.W.

    1992-12-31

    Up to now, the field of optical spectroscopy of transitions within the well-shielded 4f shell of rare earth ions in solids has had only transparent samples to work with. With recent improvements in sensitivity of our spectrometer, we have been able to observe, in reflection, f {yields} f transitions in opaque materials, including metals. This requires a sensitivity approaching the short noise limit, which is obtained using a photodiode array in conjunction with diffusion of the light to smooth out any spatial structure. In this work, we discuss searches for f {yields} f transitions in various metals containing rare earth ions, and report the first such observation in an intermetallic compound. In addition, a simple theory of reflection lineshapes from opaque materials is developed. This theory is based on a classical electron oscillator model for an f {yields} f transition, which modifies the complex index of refraction of the material near the resonance frequency. On using the Fresnel reflection equations, various lineshapes, including very asymmetric ones, can be produced, depending on the unperturbed index of refraction.

  5. Ion transport in porous electrodes with mixed conductivity

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    Glebova, N. V.; Krasnova, A. O.; Tomasov, A. A.; Zelenina, N. K.; Nechitailov, A. A.

    2017-06-01

    A method for studying dc ion transport in porous mixed-conductivity electrodes in the course of the electrochemical reaction taking place in them has been suggested. The dependences of the proton conductivity of porous electrodes used in direct electrochemical energy converters (electrolyzers, fuel cells) on their composition and structure have been presented. These data are of practical importance and can be used to analyze ohmic losses in the electrodes and membrane electrode assembly and also to devise novel electrode materials.

  6. Sulfur control in ion-conducting membrane systems

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    Stein, VanEric Edward; Richards, Robin Edward; Brengel, David Douglas; Carolan, Michael Francis

    2003-08-05

    A method for controlling the sulfur dioxide partial pressure in a pressurized, heated, oxygen-containing gas mixture which is contacted with an ion-conducting metallic oxide membrane which permeates oxygen ions. The sulfur dioxide partial pressure in the oxygen-depleted non-permeate gas from the membrane module is maintained below a critical sulfur dioxide partial pressure, p.sub.SO2 *, to protect the membrane material from reacting with sulfur dioxide and reducing the oxygen flux of the membrane. Each ion-conducting metallic oxide material has a characteristic critical sulfur dioxide partial pressure which is useful in determining the required level of sulfur removal from the feed gas and/or from the fuel gas used in a direct-fired feed gas heater.

  7. Ion conduction in crystalline superionic solids and its applications

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    Chandra, Angesh

    2014-06-01

    Superionic solids an area of multidisciplinary research activity, incorporates to study the physical, chemical and technological aspects of rapid ion movements within the bulk of the special class of ionic materials. It is an emerging area of materials science, as these solids show tremendous technological scopes to develop wide variety of solid state electrochemical devices such as batteries, fuel cells, supercapacitors, sensors, electrochromic displays (ECDs), memories, etc. These devices have wide range of applicabilities viz. power sources for IC microchips to transport vehicles, novel sensors for controlling atmospheric pollution, new kind of memories for computers, smart windows/display panels, etc. The field grew with a rapid pace since then, especially with regards to designing new materials as well as to explore their device potentialities. Amongst the known superionic solids, fast Ag+ ion conducting crystalline solid electrolytes are attracted special attention due to their relatively higher room temperature conductivity as well as ease of materials handling/synthesis. Ion conduction in these electrolytes is very much interesting part of today. In the present review article, the ion conducting phenomenon and some device applications of crystalline/polycrystalline superionic solid electrolytes have been reviewed in brief. Synthesis and characterization tools have also been discussed in the present review article.

  8. Mesoscopic fast ion conduction in nanometre-scale planar heterostructures

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    Sata, N.; Eberman, K.; Eberl, K.; Maier, J.

    2000-12-01

    Ion conduction is of prime importance for solid-state reactions in ionic systems, and for devices such as high-temperature batteries and fuel cells, chemical filters and sensors. Ionic conductivity in solid electrolytes can be improved by dissolving appropriate impurities into the structure or by introducing interfaces that cause the redistribution of ions in the space-charge regions. Heterojunctions in two-phase systems should be particularly efficient at improving ionic conduction, and a qualitatively different conductivity behaviour is expected when interface spacing is comparable to or smaller than the width of the space-charge regions in comparatively large crystals. Here we report the preparation, by molecular-beam epitaxy, of defined heterolayered films composed of CaF2 and BaF2 that exhibit ionic conductivity (parallel to the interfaces) increasing proportionally with interface density-for interfacial spacing greater than 50 nanometres. The results are in excellent agreement with semi-infinite space-charge calculations, assuming a redistribution of fluoride ions at the interfaces. If the spacing is reduced further, the boundary zones overlap and the predicted mesoscopic size effect is observed. At this point, the single layers lose their individuality and an artificial ionically conducting material with anomalous transport properties is generated. Our results should lead to fundamental insight into ionic contact processes and to tailored ionic conductors of potential relevance for medium-temperature applications.

  9. Ion current rectification, limiting and overlimiting conductances in nanopores.

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    van Oeffelen, Liesbeth; Van Roy, Willem; Idrissi, Hosni; Charlier, Daniel; Lagae, Liesbet; Borghs, Gustaaf

    2015-01-01

    Previous reports on Poisson-Nernst-Planck (PNP) simulations of solid-state nanopores have focused on steady state behaviour under simplified boundary conditions. These are Neumann boundary conditions for the voltage at the pore walls, and in some cases also Donnan equilibrium boundary conditions for concentrations and voltages at both entrances of the nanopore. In this paper, we report time-dependent and steady state PNP simulations under less restrictive boundary conditions, including Neumann boundary conditions applied throughout the membrane relatively far away from the nanopore. We simulated ion currents through cylindrical and conical nanopores with several surface charge configurations, studying the spatial and temporal dependence of the currents contributed by each ion species. This revealed that, due to slow co-diffusion of oppositely charged ions, steady state is generally not reached in simulations or in practice. Furthermore, it is shown that ion concentration polarization is responsible for the observed limiting conductances and ion current rectification in nanopores with asymmetric surface charges or shapes. Hence, after more than a decade of collective research attempting to understand the nature of ion current rectification in solid-state nanopores, a relatively intuitive model is retrieved. Moreover, we measured and simulated current-voltage characteristics of rectifying silicon nitride nanopores presenting overlimiting conductances. The similarity between measurement and simulation shows that overlimiting conductances can result from the increased conductance of the electric double-layer at the membrane surface at the depletion side due to voltage-induced polarization charges. The MATLAB source code of the simulation software is available via the website http://micr.vub.ac.be.

  10. Ion Current Rectification, Limiting and Overlimiting Conductances in Nanopores

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    van Oeffelen, Liesbeth; Van Roy, Willem; Idrissi, Hosni; Charlier, Daniel; Lagae, Liesbet; Borghs, Gustaaf

    2015-01-01

    Previous reports on Poisson-Nernst-Planck (PNP) simulations of solid-state nanopores have focused on steady state behaviour under simplified boundary conditions. These are Neumann boundary conditions for the voltage at the pore walls, and in some cases also Donnan equilibrium boundary conditions for concentrations and voltages at both entrances of the nanopore. In this paper, we report time-dependent and steady state PNP simulations under less restrictive boundary conditions, including Neumann boundary conditions applied throughout the membrane relatively far away from the nanopore. We simulated ion currents through cylindrical and conical nanopores with several surface charge configurations, studying the spatial and temporal dependence of the currents contributed by each ion species. This revealed that, due to slow co-diffusion of oppositely charged ions, steady state is generally not reached in simulations or in practice. Furthermore, it is shown that ion concentration polarization is responsible for the observed limiting conductances and ion current rectification in nanopores with asymmetric surface charges or shapes. Hence, after more than a decade of collective research attempting to understand the nature of ion current rectification in solid-state nanopores, a relatively intuitive model is retrieved. Moreover, we measured and simulated current-voltage characteristics of rectifying silicon nitride nanopores presenting overlimiting conductances. The similarity between measurement and simulation shows that overlimiting conductances can result from the increased conductance of the electric double-layer at the membrane surface at the depletion side due to voltage-induced polarization charges. The MATLAB source code of the simulation software is available via the website http://micr.vub.ac.be. PMID:25978328

  11. Magnetism of perovskite cobaltites with Kramers rare-earth ions

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    Jirák, Z. Hejtmánek, J.; Knížek, K.; Novák, P.; Šantavá, E.; Fujishiro, H.

    2014-05-07

    The band-gap insulators RECoO{sub 3} (RE = Nd{sup 3+}, Sm{sup 3+}, and Dy{sup 3+}) with Co{sup 3+} ions stabilized in the non-magnetic low-spin state have been investigated by specific heat measurements. The experiments evidence an antiferromagnetic ordering of the rare earths with Néel temperature of T{sub N} = 1.25, 1.50, and 3.60 K for NdCoO{sub 3}, SmCoO{sub 3}, and DyCoO{sub 3}, respectively. With increasing external field, the lambda peak in specific heat, indicative of the transition, shifts to lower temperatures and vanishes for field of about 3 T. Starting from this point, a broader Schottky peak is formed, centered in 1 K range, and its position is moved to higher temperatures proportionally to applied field. The origin of the peak is in Zeeman splitting of the ground Kramers doublet, and the gradual shift with field defines effective g-factors for the rare-earth pseudospins in studied compounds. The results obtained are confronted with the calculations of crystal field splitting of the rare-earth multiplets.

  12. Energetics of Multi-Ion Conduction Pathways in Potassium Ion Channels.

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    Fowler, Philip W; Abad, Enrique; Beckstein, Oliver; Sansom, Mark S P

    2013-11-12

    Potassium ion channels form pores in cell membranes, allowing potassium ions through while preventing the passage of sodium ions. Despite numerous high-resolution structures, it is not yet possible to relate their structure to their single molecule function other than at a qualitative level. Over the past decade, there has been a concerted effort using molecular dynamics to capture the thermodynamics and kinetics of conduction by calculating potentials of mean force (PMF). These can be used, in conjunction with the electro-diffusion theory, to predict the conductance of a specific ion channel. Here, we calculate seven independent PMFs, thereby studying the differences between two potassium ion channels, the effect of the CHARMM CMAP forcefield correction, and the sensitivity and reproducibility of the method. Thermodynamically stable ion-water configurations of the selectivity filter can be identified from all the free energy landscapes, but the heights of the kinetic barriers for potassium ions to move through the selectivity filter are, in nearly all cases, too high to predict conductances in line with experiment. This implies it is not currently feasible to predict the conductance of potassium ion channels, but other simpler channels may be more tractable.

  13. Origins of energetic ions in the Earth's magnetosheath

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    Fuselter, S. A.; Shelley, E. G.; Klumpar, D. M.

    1992-06-01

    The analysis and interpretation of the combined scientific data from the Hot Plasma Composition Experiment (HPCE) and the Charge Energy Mass (CHEM) spectrometer on the Active Mesospheric Particle Tracer Experiment (AMPTE) Charge Composition Explorer (CCE) spacecraft are discussed. These combined data sets have and will be used to survey the energetic ion environment in the Earth's magnetosheath to determine the origins and relative strengths of the energetic ion populations found there. A computer code was developed to analyze and interpret the data sets. The focus of the first year was on the determination of the contribution of leaked magnetospheric protons to the total energetic proton population. Emphasis was placed on intervals when the AMPTE spacecraft was in the plasma depletion layer because it was argued that in this region, only the leaked population contributes to the energetic ion population. Manipulation of the CHEM data and comparison of the CHEM and HPCE data over their common energy range near the magnetopause also contributed directly to a second study of that region.

  14. Origins of energetic ions in the Earth's magnetosheath

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    Fuselter, S. A.; Shelley, E. G.; Klumpar, D. M.

    1992-01-01

    The analysis and interpretation of the combined scientific data from the Hot Plasma Composition Experiment (HPCE) and the Charge Energy Mass (CHEM) spectrometer on the Active Mesospheric Particle Tracer Experiment (AMPTE) Charge Composition Explorer (CCE) spacecraft are discussed. These combined data sets have and will be used to survey the energetic ion environment in the Earth's magnetosheath to determine the origins and relative strengths of the energetic ion populations found there. A computer code was developed to analyze and interpret the data sets. The focus of the first year was on the determination of the contribution of leaked magnetospheric protons to the total energetic proton population. Emphasis was placed on intervals when the AMPTE spacecraft was in the plasma depletion layer because it was argued that in this region, only the leaked population contributes to the energetic ion population. Manipulation of the CHEM data and comparison of the CHEM and HPCE data over their common energy range near the magnetopause also contributed directly to a second study of that region.

  15. Understanding correlation effects for ion conduction in polymer electrolytes.

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    Maitra, Arijit; Heuer, Andreas

    2008-08-14

    Polymer electrolytes typically exhibit diminished ionic conductivity due to the presence of correlation effects between the cations and anions. Microscopically, transient ionic aggregates, e.g., ion-pairs, ion-triplets, or higher order ionic clusters, engender ionic correlations. Employing all-atom simulation of a model polymer electrolyte comprising of poly(ethylene oxide) and lithium iodide, the ionic correlations are explored through construction of elementary functions between pairs of the ionic species that qualitatively explains the spatio-temporal nature of these correlations. Furthermore, commencing from the exact Einstein-like equation describing the collective diffusivity of the ions in terms of the average diffusivity of the ions (i.e., the self-terms) and the correlations from distinct pairs of ions, several phenomenological parameters are introduced to keep track of the simplification procedure that finally boils down to the recently proposed phenomenological model by Stolwijk and Obeidi (SO) [Stolwijk, N. A.; Obeidi, S. Phys. Rev. Lett. 2004, 93, 125901]. The approximation parameters, which can be retrieved from simulations, point to the necessity of additional information in order to fully describe the correlation effects apart from the mere fraction of ion-pairs that apparently accounts for the correlations originating from only the nearest neighbor structural correlations. These parameters are close to, but are not exactly unity, as assumed in the SO model. Finally, as an application of the extended SO model, one is able to estimate the dynamics of the free and non-free ions as well as their fractions from the knowledge of the single particle diffusivities and the collective diffusivity of the ions.

  16. The Transport of Solar Ions Through the Earth's Magnetosphere

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    Lennartsson, O. W.

    1999-01-01

    This report covers the initial phase of an investigation that was originally selected by NASA Headquarters for funding by a grant but was later transferred to NASA GSFC for continued funding under a new and separate contract. The principal objective of the investigation, led by Dr. O.W. Lennartsson, is to extract information about the solar origin plasma in Earth's magnetosphere, specifically about the entry and transport of this plasma, using energetic (10 eV/e to 18 keV/e) ion composition data from the Lockheed Plasma Composition Experiment on the NASA/ESA International Sun-Earth Explorer One (ISEE 1) satellite. These data were acquired many years ago, from November 1977 through March of 1982, but, because of subsequent failures of similar experiments on several other spacecraft, they are still the only substantial ion composition data available from Earth's magnetotail, beyond 10 RE, in the critically important sub-kev to keV energy range. All of the Lockheed data now exist in a compacted scientific format, suitable for large-scale statistical investigations, which has been archived both at Lockheed Martin in Palo Alto and at the National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC) in Greenbelt. The completion of the archiving, by processing the remaining half of the data, was made possible by separate funding through a temporary NASA program for data restoration and was given priority over the data analysis by a no-cost extension of the subject grant. By chance, the period of performance coincided with an international study of source and loss processes of magnetospheric plasma, sponsored by the International Space Science Institute (ISSI) in Bern, Switzerland, for which Dr. Lennartsson was invited to serve as one of 12 co-chairs. This study meshed well with the continued analysis of the NASA/Lockheed ISEE ion composition data and provided a natural forum for a broader discussion of the results from this unique experiment. What follows is arranged, for the most part, in

  17. The Transport of Solar Ions Through the Earth's Magnetosphere

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Lennartsson, O. W.

    1999-01-01

    This report covers the initial phase of an investigation that was originally selected by NASA Headquarters for funding by a grant but was later transferred to NASA GSFC for continued funding under a new and separate contract. The principal objective of the investigation, led by Dr. O.W. Lennartsson, is to extract information about the solar origin plasma in Earth's magnetosphere, specifically about the entry and transport of this plasma, using energetic (10 eV/e to 18 keV/e) ion composition data from the Lockheed Plasma Composition Experiment on the NASA/ESA International Sun-Earth Explorer One (ISEE 1) satellite. These data were acquired many years ago, from November 1977 through March of 1982, but, because of subsequent failures of similar experiments on several other spacecraft, they are still the only substantial ion composition data available from Earth's magnetotail, beyond 10 R(sub E), in the critically important sub-kev to keV energy range. All of the Lockheed data now exist in a compacted scientific format, suitable for large-scale statistical investigations, which has been archived both at Lockheed Martin in Palo Alto and at the National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC) in Greenbelt. The completion of the archiving, by processing the remaining half of the data, was made possible by separate funding through a temporary NASA program for data restoration and was given priority over the data analysis by a no-cost extension of the subject grant. By chance, the period of performance coincided with an international study of source and loss processes of magnetospheric plasma, sponsored by the International Space Science Institute (ISSI) in Bern, Switzerland, for which Dr. Lennartsson was invited to serve as one of 12 co-chairs. This study meshed well with the continued analysis of the NASA/Lockheed ISEE ion composition data and provided a natural forum for a broader discussion of the results from this unique experiment. What follows is arranged, for the most

  18. Electrical Characterisation of Oxide Ion Conducting Perovskites and Apatites

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    West, Anthony R.; Abram, Edward J.; Sinclair, Derek C.

    2002-12-01

    There is continuing interest in the development of new solid electrolytes with high levels of oxide ion conductivity as possible electrolytes in solid oxide fuel cells, as well as for a range of sensor applications. When a new material of potential interest has been identified, the next stage is to optimise its processing into a suitable, usable form and to evaluate its electrical properties. Two materials of current interest are discussed here. First, doped LaGaO3, which has very high levels of oxide ion conductivity at intermediate temperatures, but for which the fabrication of dense ceramic samples free from grain boundary impedances can be difficult. Results are presented on the impedance of ceramics taking account of electrode-electrolyte interactions as well as grain boundary constriction resistance effects. A strategy for the analysis of impedance data of such electrically inhomogeneous samples is presented. Second, there is much current interest in doped lanthanum silicate materials with the apatite structure. These are oxide ion conductors whose conductivity can be enhanced considerably by chemical doping. The mechanism(s) responsible for the high level of conductivity has been the subject of much speculation and recent results in this area are presented.

  19. Constraints on magnetic energy and mantle conductivity from the forced nutations of the earth

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    Buffett, Bruce A.

    1992-01-01

    The possibility of a presence of a conducting layer at the base of the mantle, as suggested by Knittle and Jeanloz (1986, 1989), was examined using observations of the earth's nutations. Evidence favoring the presence of a conducting layer is found in the effect of ohmic dissipation, which can cause the amplitude of the earth's nutation to be out-of-phase with tidal forcings. It is shown that the earth's magnetic field can produce observable signatures in the forced nutations of the earth when a thin conducting layer is located at the base of the mantle. The present theoretical calculations are compared with VLBI determinations of forced nutations.

  20. Correlation of relaxation dynamics and conductivity spectra with cation constriction in ion-conducting glasses

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    Pan, A.; Ghosh, A.

    2002-06-01

    Relaxation dynamics of Ag+ ions and scaling of the conductivity spectra in lead bismuthate glasses of different compositions have been investigated in the frequency range from 10 Hz to 2 MHz and in the temperature range from 83 K to just below glass transition temperature. We have observed that relaxation dynamics and the frequency exponent depend on the cation constriction. We have also observed that the scaling of the conductivity spectra obeys time-temperature superposition principle, but it is dependent on composition.

  1. High ion conducting polymer nanocomposite electrolytes using hybrid nanofillers.

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    Tang, Changyu; Hackenberg, Ken; Fu, Qiang; Ajayan, Pulickel M; Ardebili, Haleh

    2012-03-14

    There is a growing shift from liquid electrolytes toward solid polymer electrolytes, in energy storage devices, due to the many advantages of the latter such as enhanced safety, flexibility, and manufacturability. The main issue with polymer electrolytes is their lower ionic conductivity compared to that of liquid electrolytes. Nanoscale fillers such as silica and alumina nanoparticles are known to enhance the ionic conductivity of polymer electrolytes. Although carbon nanotubes have been used as fillers for polymers in various applications, they have not yet been used in polymer electrolytes as they are conductive and can pose the risk of electrical shorting. In this study, we show that nanotubes can be packaged within insulating clay layers to form effective 3D nanofillers. We show that such hybrid nanofillers increase the lithium ion conductivity of PEO electrolyte by almost 2 orders of magnitude. Furthermore, significant improvement in mechanical properties were observed where only 5 wt % addition of the filler led to 160% increase in the tensile strength of the polymer. This new approach of embedding conducting-insulating hybrid nanofillers could lead to the development of a new generation of polymer nanocomposite electrolytes with high ion conductivity and improved mechanical properties. © 2012 American Chemical Society

  2. Single-nanopore investigations with ion conductance microscopy.

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    Chen, Chiao-Chen; Zhou, Yi; Baker, Lane A

    2011-10-25

    A three-electrode scanning ion conductance microscope (SICM) was used to investigate the local current-voltage properties of a single nanopore. In this experimental configuration, the response measured is a function of changes in the resistances involved in the pathways of ion migration. Single-nanopore membranes utilized in this study were prepared with an epoxy painting procedure to isolate a single nanopore from a track-etch multipore membrane. Current-voltage responses measured with the SICM probe in the vicinity of a single nanopore were investigated in detail and agreed well with equivalent circuit models proposed in this study. With this modified SICM, the current-voltage responses characterized for the case of a single cylindrical pore and a single conical pore exhibit distinct conductance properties that originate from the geometry of nanopores.

  3. Conductive Polymeric Binder for Lithium-Ion Battery Anode

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    Gao, Tianxiang

    Tin (Sn) has a high-specific capacity (993 mAhg-1) as an anode material for Li-ion batteries. To overcome the poor cycling performance issue caused by its large volume expansion and pulverization during the charging and discharging process, many researchers put efforts into it. Most of the strategies are through nanostructured material design and introducing conductive polymer binders that serve as matrix of the active material in anode. This thesis aims for developing a novel method for preparing the anode to improve the capacity retention rate. This would require the anode to have high electrical conductivity, high ionic conductivity, and good mechanical properties, especially elasticity. Here the incorporation of a conducting polymer and a conductive hydrogel in Sn-based anodes using a one-step electrochemical deposition via a 3-electrode cell method is reported: the Sn particles and conductive component can be electrochemically synthesized and simultaneously deposited into a hybrid thin film onto the working electrode directly forming the anode. A well-defined three dimensional network structure consisting of Sn nanoparticles coated by conducting polymers is achieved. Such a conductive polymer-hydrogel network has multiple advantageous features: meshporous polymeric structure can offer the pathway for lithium ion transfer between the anode and electrolyte; the continuous electrically conductive polypyrrole network, with the electrostatic interaction with elastic, porous hydrogel, poly (2-acrylamido-2-methyl-1-propanesulfonic acid-co-acrylonitrile) (PAMPS) as both the crosslinker and doping anion for polypyrrole (PPy) can decrease the volume expansion by creating porous scaffold and softening the system itself. Furthermore, by increasing the amount of PAMPS and creating an interval can improve the cycling performance, resulting in improved capacity retention about 80% after 20 cycles, compared with only 54% of that of the control sample without PAMPS. The cycle

  4. Rod/Coil Block Copolyimides for Ion-Conducting Membranes

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    Meador, Mary Ann B.; Kinder, James D.

    2003-01-01

    Rod/coil block copolyimides that exhibit high levels of ionic conduction can be made into diverse products, including dimensionally stable solid electrolyte membranes that function well over wide temperature ranges in fuel cells and in lithium-ion electrochemical cells. These rod/coil block copolyimides were invented to overcome the limitations of polymers now used to make such membranes. They could also be useful in other electrochemical and perhaps some optical applications, as described below. The membranes of amorphous polyethylene oxide (PEO) now used in lithium-ion cells have acceptably large ionic conductivities only at temperatures above 60 C, precluding use in what would otherwise be many potential applications at lower temperatures. PEO is difficult to process, and, except at the highest molecular weights it is not very dimensionally stable. It would be desirable to operate fuel cells at temperatures above 80 C to take advantage of better kinetics of redox reactions and to reduce contamination of catalysts. Unfortunately, proton-conduction performance of a typical perfluorosulfonic polymer membrane now used as a solid electrolyte in a fuel cell decreases with increasing temperature above 80 C because of loss of water from within the membrane. The loss of water has been attributed to the hydrophobic nature of the polymer backbone. In addition, perfluorosulfonic polymers are expensive and are not sufficiently stable for long-term use. Rod/coil block copolyimides are so named because each molecule of such a polymer comprises short polyimide rod segments alternating with flexible polyether coil segments (see figure). The rods and coils can be linear, branched, or mixtures of linear and branched. A unique feature of these polymers is that the rods and coils are highly incompatible, giving rise to a phase separation with a high degree of ordering that creates nanoscale channels in which ions can travel freely. The conduction of ions can occur in the coil phase

  5. Mixed oxygen ion/electron-conducting ceramics for oxygen separation

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    Stevenson, J.W.; Armstrong, T.R.; Armstrong, B.L.

    1996-08-01

    Mixed oxygen ion and electron-conducting ceramics are unique materials that can passively separate high purity oxygen from air. Oxygen ions move through a fully dense ceramic in response to an oxygen concentration gradient, charge-compensated by an electron flux in the opposite direction. Compositions in the system La{sub 1{minus}x}M{sub x}Co{sub 1{minus}y{minus}z}Fe{sub y}N{sub z}O{sub 3{minus}{delta}}, perovskites where M=Sr, Ca, and Ba, and N=Mn, Ni, Cu, Ti, and Al, have been prepared and their electrical, oxygen permeation, oxygen vacancy equilibria, and catalytic properties evaluated. Tubular forms, disks, and asymmetric membrane structures, a thin dense layer on a porous support of the same composition, have been fabricated for testing purposes. In an oxygen partial gradient, the passive oxygen flux through fully dense structures was highly dependent on composition. An increase in oxygen permeation with increased temperature is attributed to both enhanced oxygen vacancy mobility and higher vacancy populations. Highly acceptor-doped compositions resulted in oxygen ion mobilities more than an order of magnitude higher than yttria-stabilized zirconia. The mixed conducting ceramics have been utilized in a membrane reactor configuration to upgrade methane to ethane and ethylene. Conditions were established to balance selectivity and throughput in a catalytic membrane reactor constructed from mixed conducting ceramics.

  6. Electronically conductive polymer binder for lithium-ion battery electrode

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    Liu, Gao; Xun, Shidi; Battaglia, Vincent S; Zheng, Honghe

    2014-10-07

    A family of carboxylic acid group containing fluorene/fluorenon copolymers is disclosed as binders of silicon particles in the fabrication of negative electrodes for use with lithium ion batteries. These binders enable the use of silicon as an electrode material as they significantly improve the cycle-ability of silicon by preventing electrode degradation over time. In particular, these polymers, which become conductive on first charge, bind to the silicon particles of the electrode, are flexible so as to better accommodate the expansion and contraction of the electrode during charge/discharge, and being conductive promote the flow battery current.

  7. Electronically conductive polymer binder for lithium-ion battery electrode

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    Liu, Gao; Xun, Shidi; Battaglia, Vincent S.; Zheng, Honghe

    2017-05-16

    A family of carboxylic acid group containing fluorene/fluorenon copolymers is disclosed as binders of silicon particles in the fabrication of negative electrodes for use with lithium ion batteries. These binders enable the use of silicon as an electrode material as they significantly improve the cycle-ability of silicon by preventing electrode degradation over time. In particular, these polymers, which become conductive on first charge, bind to the silicon particles of the electrode, are flexible so as to better accommodate the expansion and contraction of the electrode during charge/discharge, and being conductive promote the flow battery current.

  8. Effect of Negative Ions on the Conductivity of the Titan Atmosphere

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    Borucki, W. J.; Bakes, E.; Whitten, R. C.; DeVincenzi, Donald L. (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    In an earlier paper, Borucki et al (1987) calculated the electrical conductivity and electrical charge on aerosols in Titan's atmosphere due to the ionization by galactic cosmic rays and electron precipitation from Saturn's magnetosphere. The lower atmosphere was predicted to be substantially more conducting than the atmospheres of Earth and Venus because of the high concentration of free electrons. The prediction of a high conductivity is based on the lack of electrophillic species which form negative ions with low mobility and which reduce the number of free electrons. At that time, no molecular species capable of forming negative ions in concentrations sufficient to perturb the atmospheric conductivity were identified. Recently, E. Bakes and her colleagues have been investigating the formation of nitrogenous macromolecules using quantum mechanical methods. Their calculations indicate that the molecules will be highly electrophillic and are likely to be present in the atmosphere at mixing ratios of order 10(exp -7). This mixing ratio is sufficiently large that a substantial reduction in the conductivity is expected at altitudes below 100 km. Revision of the atmospheric model to accommodate the presence of negative ions and to increase the fidelity of the modeling will be described.

  9. Comparative study of ion conducting pathways in borate glasses

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    Hall, Andreas; Swenson, Jan; Adams, Stefan

    2006-11-01

    The conduction pathways in metal-halide doped silver, lithium, and sodium diborate glasses have been examined by bond valence analysis of reverse Monte Carlo (RMC) produced structural models of the glasses. Although all glass compositions have basically the same short-range structure of the boron-oxygen network, it is evident that the intermediate-range structure is strongly dependent on the type of mobile ion. The topography of the pathways and the coordination of the pathway sites differ distinctly between the three glass systems. The mobile silver ions in the AgI-doped glass tend to be mainly iodine-coordinated and travel in homogeneously distributed pathways located in salt-rich channels of the borate network. In the NaCl-doped glass, there is an inhomogeneous spatial distribution of pathways that reflects the inhomogeneous introduction of salt ions into the glass. However, since the salt clusters are not connected, no long-range conduction pathways are formed without including also oxygen-rich regions. The pathways in the LiCl-doped glass are slightly more evenly distributed compared to the NaCl-doped glass (but not as ordered as in the AgI-doped glass), and the regions of mainly oxygen-coordinated pathway sites are of higher importance for the long-range migration. In order to more accurately investigate how these differences in the intermediate-range order of the glasses affect the ionic conductivity, we have compared the realistic structure models to more or less randomized structures. An important conclusion from this comparison is that we find no evidence that a pronounced intermediate-range order in the atomic structure or in the network of conduction pathways, as in the AgI-doped glass, is beneficial for the dc conductivity.

  10. Scanning Ion Conductance Microscopy for Studying Biological Samples

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    Happel, Patrick; Thatenhorst, Denis; Dietzel, Irmgard D.

    2012-01-01

    Scanning ion conductance microscopy (SICM) is a scanning probe technique that utilizes the increase in access resistance that occurs if an electrolyte filled glass micro-pipette is approached towards a poorly conducting surface. Since an increase in resistance can be monitored before the physical contact between scanning probe tip and sample, this technique is particularly useful to investigate the topography of delicate samples such as living cells. SICM has shown its potential in various applications such as high resolution and long-time imaging of living cells or the determination of local changes in cellular volume. Furthermore, SICM has been combined with various techniques such as fluorescence microscopy or patch clamping to reveal localized information about proteins or protein functions. This review details the various advantages and pitfalls of SICM and provides an overview of the recent developments and applications of SICM in biological imaging. Furthermore, we show that in principle, a combination of SICM and ion selective micro-electrodes enables one to monitor the local ion activity surrounding a living cell. PMID:23202197

  11. Ion acceleration to supra-thermal energies in the near-Earth magnetotail

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    Elena, Kronberg

    2016-07-01

    We here present an analysis of ion composition measurements by the RAPID instruments onboard Cluster. We discuss the evidence for an acceleration of ions to energies above 100 keV in the near-Earth current sheet, in the vicinity of a possible near-Earth neutral line, and we investigate the physical details of such an acceleration. We present observations of tailward bulk flows in the near-Earth tail associated with plasmoid-like magnetic structures. These flows are superimposed by low-frequency magnetic and electric field fluctuations. Observations and modelling show that resonant interactions between ions and low-frequency electromagnetic fluctuations facilitate the ion energization inside plasmoids.

  12. Temporal evolution of helix hydration in a light-gated ion channel correlates with ion conductance.

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    Lórenz-Fonfría, Víctor A; Bamann, Christian; Resler, Tom; Schlesinger, Ramona; Bamberg, Ernst; Heberle, Joachim

    2015-10-27

    The discovery of channelrhodopsins introduced a new class of light-gated ion channels, which when genetically encoded in host cells resulted in the development of optogenetics. Channelrhodopsin-2 from Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, CrChR2, is the most widely used optogenetic tool in neuroscience. To explore the connection between the gating mechanism and the influx and efflux of water molecules in CrChR2, we have integrated light-induced time-resolved infrared spectroscopy and electrophysiology. Cross-correlation analysis revealed that ion conductance tallies with peptide backbone amide I vibrational changes at 1,665(-) and 1,648(+) cm(-1). These two bands report on the hydration of transmembrane α-helices as concluded from vibrational coupling experiments. Lifetime distribution analysis shows that water influx proceeded in two temporally separated steps with time constants of 10 μs (30%) and 200 μs (70%), the latter phase concurrent with the start of ion conductance. Water efflux and the cessation of the ion conductance are synchronized as well, with a time constant of 10 ms. The temporal correlation between ion conductance and hydration of helices holds for fast (E123T) and slow (D156E) variants of CrChR2, strengthening its functional significance.

  13. Ion conduction pore is conserved among potassium channels

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    Lu, Zhe; Klem, Angela M.; Ramu, Yajamana

    2001-10-01

    Potassium channels, a group of specialized membrane proteins, enable K+ ions to flow selectively across cell membranes. Transmembrane K+ currents underlie electrical signalling in neurons and other excitable cells. The atomic structure of a bacterial K+ channel pore has been solved by means of X-ray crystallography. To the extent that the prokaryotic pore is representative of other K+ channels, this landmark achievement has profound implications for our general understanding of K+ channels. But serious doubts have been raised concerning whether the prokaryotic K+ channel pore does actually represent those of eukaryotes. Here we have addressed this fundamental issue by substituting the prokaryotic pore into eukaryotic voltage-gated and inward-rectifier K+ channels. The resulting chimaeras retain the respective functional hallmarks of the eukaryotic channels, which indicates that the ion conduction pore is indeed conserved among K+ channels.

  14. A conductive polypyrrole based ammonium ion selective electrode.

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    Quan, D P; Quang, C X; Duan, L T; Viet, P H

    2001-07-01

    In view of the development of miniaturized sensor arrays, a solid-contact ammonium ion selective electrode has been investigated. A conductive polypyrrole film was electrochemically deposited on a glassy carbon surface and used as an internal solid contact layer between the sensing membrane and solid electrode surface. A systematic evaluation of the important parameters affecting the electromotive force (emf) response is presented. The performances of this solid-contact sensor were verified using a batch-mode measurement setup and a wall-jet flow cell system. The designed sensor exhibited excellent selectivity for the primary ion and a linear response over the pNH4+ range 1-5 with a slope of 56.3 mV decade(-1) . The sensor has a fast response and is relatively robustness, and was also used to determine ammonium concentrations in natural waters, with promising results.

  15. Measurement of interfacial thermal conductance in Lithium ion batteries

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    Gaitonde, Aalok; Nimmagadda, Amulya; Marconnet, Amy

    2017-03-01

    Increasing usage and recent accidents due to Lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries exploding or catching on fire has inspired research on the thermal management of these batteries. In cylindrical 18650 cells, heat generated during the charge/discharge cycle must dissipate to the surrounding through its metallic case due to the poor thermal conductivity of the jelly roll, which is spirally wound with many interfaces between electrodes and the polymeric separator. This work develops a technique to measure the thermal resistance across the case-separator interface, which ultimately limits heat transfer out of the jelly roll. Commercial 18650 batteries are discharged and opened using a battery disassembly tool, and the 25 μm thick separator and the 200 μm thick metallic case are harvested to make samples. A miniaturized version of the conventional reference bar method

  16. Analysis of rare earth elements in silicates by ion microprobe using doubly-charged ions

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    Riciputi, L.R.; Christie, W.H.; Cole, D.R.; Rosseel, T.M. )

    1993-05-01

    A technique for measurement of rare earth element (REE) concentrations in silicates using a Camecaims-4f ion microprobe and doubly-charged, odd-mass isotopes has been developed. The secondary ion spectra of the doubly-charged odd-mass REE are virtually free of interferences, allowing measurements to be carried out at low energies and without the need for spectral stripping. Calibration lines have been established for La, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Er, Tm, and Yb using a suite of clinopyroxene standards. This technique offers a relatively fast, simple approach for the in-situ analysis of REE on spots of <20 [mu]m and detection limits of <15 ppb for most elements. 17 refs., 2 figs., 5 tabs.

  17. Complex impedance and conductivity of agar-based ion-conducting polymer electrolytes

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    Nwanya, A. C.; Amaechi, C. I.; Udounwa, A. E.; Osuji, R. U.; Maaza, M.; Ezema, F. I.

    2015-04-01

    Agar-based electrolyte standing films with different salts and weak acids as ion and proton conductors were prepared and characterized by X-ray diffraction, UV-visible spectrophotometry, photoluminescence emission spectroscopy and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The salts used are lithium perchlorate (LiClO4) and potassium perchlorate (KClO4), while the weak acids used are acetic acid (CH3COOH) and lactic acid (C3H6O3). The values of the ion conductivity obtained for the agar-based polymer films are 6.54 × 10-8, 9.12 × 10-8, 3.53 × 10-8, 2.24 × 10-8 S/cm for the agar/acetic acid, agar/lactic acid, agar/LiClO4 and agar/KClO4 polymer films, respectively. As a function of temperature, the ion conductivity exhibits an Arrhenius behavior and the estimated activation energy is ≈0.1 eV for all the samples. The samples depicted high values of dielectric permittivity toward low frequencies which is due mostly to electrode polarization effect. The samples showed very high transparency (85-98 %) in the visible region, and this high transparency is one of the major requirements for application in electrochromic devices (ECD). The values of conductivity and activation energy obtained indicate that the electrolytes are good materials for application in ECD.

  18. Structure, dynamics, and ion conductance of the phospholamban pentamer.

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    Maffeo, Christopher; Aksimentiev, Aleksei

    2009-06-17

    A 52-residue membrane protein, phospholamban (PLN) is an inhibitor of an adenosine-5'-triphosphate-driven calcium pump, the Ca2+-ATPase. Although the inhibition of Ca2+-ATPase involves PLN monomers, in a lipid bilayer membrane, PLN monomers form stable pentamers of unknown biological function. The recent NMR structure of a PLN pentamer depicts cytoplasmic helices extending normal to the bilayer in what is known as the bellflower conformation. The structure shows transmembrane helices forming a hydrophobic pore 4 A in diameter, which is reminiscent of earlier reports of possible ion conductance through PLN pentamers. However, recent FRET measurements suggested an alternative structure for the PLN pentamer, known as the pinwheel model, which features a narrower transmembrane pore and cytoplasmic helices that lie against the bilayer. Here, we report on structural dynamics and conductance properties of the PLN pentamers from all-atom (AA) and coarse-grained (CG) molecular dynamics simulations. Our AA simulations of the bellflower model demonstrate that in a lipid bilayer membrane or a detergent micelle, the cytoplasmic helices undergo large structural fluctuations, whereas the transmembrane pore shrinks and becomes asymmetric. Similar asymmetry of the transmembrane region was observed in the AA simulations of the pinwheel model; the cytoplasmic helices remained in contact with the bilayer. Using the CG approach, structural dynamics of both models were investigated on a microsecond timescale. The cytoplasmic helices of the CG bellflower model were observed to fall against the bilayer, whereas in the CG pinwheel model the conformation of the cytoplasmic helices remained stable. Using steered molecular dynamics simulations, we investigated the feasibility of ion conductance through the pore of the bellflower model. The resulting approximate potentials of mean force indicate that the PLN pentamer is unlikely to function as an ion channel.

  19. Metal-ion Absorption in Conductively Evaporating Clouds

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    Gnat, Orly; Sternberg, Amiel; McKee, Christopher F.

    2010-08-01

    We present computations of the ionization structure and metal-absorption properties of thermally conductive interface layers that surround evaporating warm spherical clouds embedded in a hot medium. We rely on the analytical steady-state formalism of Dalton and Balbus to calculate the temperature profile in the evaporating gas, and we explicitly solve the time-dependent ionization equations for H, He, C, N, O, Si, and S in the conductive interface. We include photoionization by an external field. We estimate how departures from equilibrium ionization affect the resonance-line cooling efficiencies in the evaporating gas, and determine the conditions for which radiative losses may be neglected in the solution for the evaporation dynamics and temperature profile. Our results indicate that nonequilibrium cooling significantly increases the value of the saturation parameter σ0 at which radiative losses begin to affect the flow dynamics. As applications, we calculate the ion fractions and projected column densities arising in the evaporating layers surrounding dwarf-galaxy-scale objects that are also photoionized by metagalactic radiation. We compare our results to the UV metal-absorption column densities observed in local highly ionized metal absorbers, located in the Galactic corona or intergalactic medium. Conductive interfaces significantly enhance the formation of high ions such as C3+, N4+, and O5+ relative to purely photoionized clouds, especially for clouds embedded in a high-pressure corona. However, the enhanced columns are still too low to account for the O VI columns (~1014 cm-2) observed in the local high-velocity metal-ion absorbers. We find that column densities larger than ~1013 cm-2 cannot be produced in evaporating clouds. Our results do support the conclusion of Savage and Lehner that absorption due to evaporating O VI likely occurs in the local interstellar medium, with characteristic columns of ~1013 cm-2.

  20. Phase modulation mode of scanning ion conductance microscopy

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    Li, Peng; Zhang, Changlin; Liu, Lianqing E-mail: gli@engr.pitt.edu; Wang, Yuechao; Yang, Yang; Li, Guangyong E-mail: gli@engr.pitt.edu

    2014-08-04

    This Letter reports a phase modulation (PM) mode of scanning ion conductance microscopy. In this mode, an AC current is directly generated by an AC voltage between the electrodes. The portion of the AC current in phase with the AC voltage, which is the current through the resistance path, is modulated by the tip-sample distance. It can be used as the input of feedback control to drive the scanner in Z direction. The PM mode, taking the advantages of both DC mode and traditional AC mode, is less prone to electronic noise and DC drift but maintains high scanning speed. The effectiveness of the PM mode has been proven by experiments.

  1. Proposal for laser cooling of rare-earth ions

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    Dulieu, Olivier; Hong, Ye; Wyart, Jean-François; Lepers, Maxence

    2016-05-01

    The efficiency of laser cooling relies on the existence of an almost closed optical-transition cycle in the energy spectrum of the considered species. In this respect, rare-earth elements exhibit many transitions which are likely to induce noticeable leaks from the cooling cycle. In this work, to determine whether laser cooling of singly ionized erbium Er+ is feasible, we have performed accurate electronic-structure calculations of energies and spontaneous-emission Einstein coefficients of Er+, using a combination of ab initio and least-squares-fitting techniques. We identify five weak closed transitions suitable for laser cooling, the broadest of which is in the kilohertz range. For the strongest transitions, by simulating the cascade dynamics of spontaneous emission, we show that repumping is necessary, and we discuss possible repumping schemes.We expect our detailed study on Er+ to give good insight into the laser cooling of neighboring ions such as Dy+. Supported by ``Agence Nationale de la Recherche'' (ANR), under the project COPOMOL (Contract No. ANR-13-IS04-0004-01).

  2. Electronically conductive polymer binder for lithium-ion battery electrode

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    Liu, Gao; Battaglia, Vincent S.; Park, Sang -Jae

    2015-10-06

    A family of carboxylic acid groups containing fluorene/fluorenon copolymers is disclosed as binders of silicon particles in the fabrication of negative electrodes for use with lithium ion batteries. Triethyleneoxide side chains provide improved adhesion to materials such as, graphite, silicon, silicon alloy, tin, tin alloy. These binders enable the use of silicon as an electrode material as they significantly improve the cycle-ability of silicon by preventing electrode degradation over time. In particular, these polymers, which become conductive on first charge, bind to the silicon particles of the electrode, are flexible so as to better accommodate the expansion and contraction of the electrode during charge/discharge, and being conductive promote the flow battery current.

  3. Electronically conductive polymer binder for lithium-ion battery electrode

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    Liu, Gao; Xun, Shidi; Battaglia, Vincent S.; Zheng, Honghe; Wu, Mingyan

    2015-07-07

    A family of carboxylic acid groups containing fluorene/fluorenon copolymers is disclosed as binders of silicon particles in the fabrication of negative electrodes for use with lithium ion batteries. Triethyleneoxide side chains provide improved adhesion to materials such as, graphite, silicon, silicon alloy, tin, tin alloy. These binders enable the use of silicon as an electrode material as they significantly improve the cycle-ability of silicon by preventing electrode degradation over time. In particular, these polymers, which become conductive on first charge, bind to the silicon particles of the electrode, are flexible so as to better accommodate the expansion and contraction of the electrode during charge/discharge, and being conductive promote the flow battery current.

  4. Electronically conductive polymer binder for lithium-ion battery electrode

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    Liu, Gao; Xun, Shidi; Battaglia, Vincent S.; Zheng, Honghe; Wu, Mingyan

    2017-08-01

    A family of carboxylic acid groups containing fluorene/fluorenon copolymers is disclosed as binders of silicon particles in the fabrication of negative electrodes for use with lithium ion batteries. Triethyleneoxide side chains provide improved adhesion to materials such as, graphite, silicon, silicon alloy, tin, tin alloy. These binders enable the use of silicon as an electrode material as they significantly improve the cycle-ability of silicon by preventing electrode degradation over time. In particular, these polymers, which become conductive on first charge, bind to the silicon particles of the electrode, are flexible so as to better accommodate the expansion and contraction of the electrode during charge/discharge, and being conductive promote the flow battery current.

  5. Anisotropic Lithium Ion Conductivity in Single-Ion Diblock Copolymer Electrolyte Thin Films.

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    Aissou, Karim; Mumtaz, Muhammad; Usluer, Özlem; Pécastaings, Gilles; Portale, Giuseppe; Fleury, Guillaume; Cloutet, Eric; Hadziioannou, Georges

    2016-02-01

    Well-defined single-ion diblock copolymers consisting of a Li-ion conductive poly(styrenesulfonyllithium(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide) (PSLiTFSI) block associated with a glassy polystyrene (PS) block have been synthesized via reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer polymerization. Conductivity anisotropy ratio up to 1000 has been achieved from PS-b-PSLiTFSI thin films by comparing Li-ion conductivities of out-of-plane (aligned) and in-plane (antialigned) cylinder morphologies at 40 °C. Blending of PS-b-PSLiTFSI thin films with poly(ethylene oxide) homopolymer (hPEO) enables a substantial improvement of Li-ion transport within aligned cylindrical domains, since hPEO, preferentially located in PSLiTFSI domains, is an excellent lithium-solvating material. Results are also compared with unblended and blended PSLiTFSI homopolymer (hPSLiTFSI) homologues, which reveals that ionic conductivity is improved when thin films are nanostructured. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  6. Swift heavy ion irradiation reduces porous silicon thermal conductivity

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    Massoud, M.; Canut, B.; Newby, P.; Frechette, L.; Chapuis, P. O.; Bluet, J. M.

    2014-12-01

    While the electrical conductivity of semiconductors can be easily changed over order of magnitudes (8 in silicon) by playing on the doping, the thermal conductivity (TC) control is a challenging issue. Nevertheless, numerous applications require TC control in Si down to 1 W m-1 K-1. Among them, there are thermal insulation requirements in MEMS, thermal management issues in 3D packaging or TC reduction for thermoelectric applications. Towards this end, the formation of nanoporous Si by electrochemical anodisation is efficient. Nevertheless, in this case the material is too fragile for MEMS application or even to withstand CMOS technological processes. In this work, we show that ion irradiation in the electronic regime is efficient for reducing TC in meso-porous Si (PSi), which is more mechanically robust than the nanoporous PSi. We have studied three different mass to energy ratios (238U at 110 MeV and 130Xe at 91 MeV and 29 MeV) with fluences ranging from 1012 cm-2 to 7 × 1013 cm-2. The sample properties, after irradiation, have been measured by infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The TC has been measured using scanning thermal microscopy. Although, bulk Si is insensitive to ion interaction in the electronic regime, we have observed the amorphisation of the PSi resulting in a TC reduction even for the low dose and energy. For the highest irradiation dose a very important reduction factor of four was obtained.

  7. Continuous-function ground conductivity model for the determination of electric railway earth conductance

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    Carpenter, D.C. ); Hill, R.J. . School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering)

    1993-09-01

    A method is described for the determination of ground conductivity as a continuous function of depth and frequency for applications along spatially linear structures such as railway tracks. The technique involves measurements of mutual resistance using a modified dipole array excited with AC currents up to audio frequency. After representation of the experimental data by analytic functions, the ground conductivity-depth variation is obtained as a degenerate hypergeometric function. The determined ground conductivity is utilized to model the self and mutual conductance of and between the running rails in a single-track railway. The result is verified by experimental measurement.

  8. The scanning ion conductance microscope for cellular physiology.

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    Lab, Max J; Bhargava, Anamika; Wright, Peter T; Gorelik, Julia

    2013-01-01

    The quest for nonoptical imaging methods that can surmount light diffraction limits resulted in the development of scanning probe microscopes. However, most of the existing methods are not quite suitable for studying biological samples. The scanning ion conductance microscope (SICM) bridges the gap between the resolution capabilities of atomic force microscope and scanning electron microscope and functional capabilities of conventional light microscope. A nanopipette mounted on a three-axis piezo-actuator, scans a sample of interest and ion current is measured between the pipette tip and the sample. The feedback control system always keeps a certain distance between the sample and the pipette so the pipette never touches the sample. At the same time pipette movement is recorded and this generates a three-dimensional topographical image of the sample surface. SICM represents an alternative to conventional high-resolution microscopy, especially in imaging topography of live biological samples. In addition, the nanopipette probe provides a host of added modalities, for example using the same pipette and feedback control for efficient approach and seal with the cell membrane for ion channel recording. SICM can be combined in one instrument with optical and fluorescent methods and allows drawing structure-function correlations. It can also be used for precise mechanical force measurements as well as vehicle to apply pressure with precision. This can be done on living cells and tissues for prolonged periods of time without them loosing viability. The SICM is a multifunctional instrument, and it is maturing rapidly and will open even more possibilities in the near future.

  9. Near equality of ion phase space densities at earth, Jupiter, and Saturn

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    Cheng, A. F.; Krimigis, S. M.; Armstrong, T. P.

    1985-01-01

    Energetic-ion phase-space density profiles are strikingly similar in the inner magnetospheres of earth, Jupiter, and Saturn for ions of first adiabatic invariant near 100 MeV/G and small mirror latitudes. Losses occur inside L approximately equal to 7 for Jupiter and Saturn and inside L approximately equal to 5 at earth. At these L values there exist steep plasma-density gradients at all three planets, associated with the Io plasma torus at Jupiter, the Rhea-Dione-Tethys torus at Saturn, and the plasmasphere at earth. Measurements of ion flux-tube contents at Jupiter and Saturn by the low-energy charged-particle experiment show that these are similar (for O ions at L = 5-9) to those at earth (for protons at L = 2-6). Furthermore, the thermal-ion flux-tube contents from Voyager plasma-science data at Jupiter and Saturn are also very nearly equal, and again similar to those at earth, differing by less than a factor of 3 at the respective L values. The near equality of energetic and thermal ion flux-tube contents at earth, Jupiter, and Saturn suggests the possibility of strong physical analogies in the interaction between plasma and energetic particles at the plasma tori/plasma sheets of Jupiter and Saturn and the plasmasphere of earth.

  10. Scanning ion conductance microscopy studies of amyloid fibrils at nanoscale

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    Zhang, Shuai; Cho, Sang-Joon; Busuttil, Katerina; Wang, Chen; Besenbacher, Flemming; Dong, Mingdong

    2012-05-01

    Atomic force microscopy (AFM) has developed to become a very versatile nano-scale technique to reveal the three-dimensional (3D) morphology of amyloid aggregates under physiological conditions. However, the imaging principle of AFM is based on measuring the `force' between a sharp tip and a given nanostructure, which may cause mechanical deformation of relatively soft objects. To avoid the deformation, scanning ion conductance microscopy (SICM) is an alternative scanning probe microscopy technique, operating with alternating current mode. Here we can indeed reveal the 3D morphology of amyloid fibrils and it is capable of exploring proteins with nanoscale resolution. Compared with conventional AFM, we show that SICM can provide precise height measurements of amyloid protein aggregates, a feature that enables us to obtain unique insight into the detailed nucleation and growth mechanisms behind amyloid self-assembly.

  11. Enhanced Laser Cooling of Rare-Earth-Ion-Doped Composite Material

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    Jia, You-Hua; Zhong, Biao; Ji, Xian-Ming; Yin, Jian-Ping

    2008-10-01

    We predict enhanced laser cooling performance of rare-earth-ions-doped glasses containing nanometre-sized ul-traBne particles, which can be achieved by the enhancement of local Geld around rare earth ions, owing to the surface plasma resonance of small metallic particles. The influence of energy transfer between ions and the particle is theoretically discussed. Depending on the particle size and the ion emission quantum efficiency, the enhancement of the absorption is predicted. It is concluded that the absorption are greatly enhanced in these composite materials, the cooling power is increased as compared to the bulk material.

  12. IMF dependence of energetic oxygen and hydrogen ion distributions in the near-Earth magnetosphere

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    Luo, H.; Kronberg, E. A.; Nykyri, K.; Trattner, K. J.; Daly, P. W.; Chen, G. X.; Du, A. M.; Ge, Y. S.

    2017-05-01

    Energetic ion distributions in the near-Earth plasma sheet can provide important information for understanding the entry of ions into the magnetosphere and their transportation, acceleration, and losses in the near-Earth region. In this study, 11 years of energetic proton and oxygen observations (> 274 keV) from Cluster/Research with Adaptive Particle Imaging Detectors were used to statistically study the energetic ion distributions in the near-Earth region. The dawn-dusk asymmetries of the distributions in three different regions (dayside magnetosphere, near-Earth nightside plasma sheet, and tail plasma sheet) are examined in Northern and Southern Hemispheres. The results show that the energetic ion distributions are influenced by the dawn-dusk interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) direction. The enhancement of ion intensity largely correlates with the location of the magnetic reconnection at the magnetopause. The results imply that substorm-related acceleration processes in the magnetotail are not the only source of energetic ions in the dayside and the near-Earth magnetosphere. Energetic ions delivered through reconnection at the magnetopause significantly affect the energetic ion population in the magnetosphere. We also believe that the influence of the dawn-dusk IMF direction should not be neglected in models of the particle population in the magnetosphere.

  13. On the origins of energetic ions in the earth's dayside magnetosheath

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    Fuselier, S. A.; Klumpar, D. M.; Shelley, E. G.

    1991-01-01

    Energetic ion events in the earth's dayside subsolar magnetosheath (0900 - 1300 Local Time) are surveyed using data from the AMPTE/CCE Hot Plasma Composition Experiment. Ion species carrying the signature of their origin O(+) and energetic He(2+) are used to distinguish between magnetospheric and solar wind origins for the energetic ion events. The results of this survey indicate that the majority of energetic (10-17 keV/e) H(+) and He(2+) ions observed in the dayside magnetosheath are accelerated from the solar wind population. The energetic He(2+) to H(+) density ratio in the magnetosheath is consistent with that predicted from first-order Fermi acceleration of solar wind ions in the turbulent regions upstream and downstream from the earth's quasi-parallel bow shock. The simultaneous occurrence of both energetic He(2+) and magnetospheric O(+) indicates that, on occasion, both Fermi acceleration of solar wind ions and leakage of magnetospheric ions occurs in the dayside magnetosheath.

  14. On the origins of energetic ions in the earth's dayside magnetosheath

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    Fuselier, S. A.; Klumpar, D. M.; Shelley, E. G.

    1991-01-01

    Energetic ion events in the earth's dayside subsolar magnetosheath (0900 - 1300 Local Time) are surveyed using data from the AMPTE/CCE Hot Plasma Composition Experiment. Ion species carrying the signature of their origin O(+) and energetic He(2+) are used to distinguish between magnetospheric and solar wind origins for the energetic ion events. The results of this survey indicate that the majority of energetic (10-17 keV/e) H(+) and He(2+) ions observed in the dayside magnetosheath are accelerated from the solar wind population. The energetic He(2+) to H(+) density ratio in the magnetosheath is consistent with that predicted from first-order Fermi acceleration of solar wind ions in the turbulent regions upstream and downstream from the earth's quasi-parallel bow shock. The simultaneous occurrence of both energetic He(2+) and magnetospheric O(+) indicates that, on occasion, both Fermi acceleration of solar wind ions and leakage of magnetospheric ions occurs in the dayside magnetosheath.

  15. Ionospheric ions in the near earth geomagnetic tail plasma lobes

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    Orsini, S.; Candidi, M.; Balsiger, H.; Ghielmetti, A.

    1982-02-01

    By comparing data from the plasma experiment on ISEE-2 from the ion composition experiment on ISEE-1, composition and plasma properties of tailward flowing ions in the magnetotail lobes are assessed, in the 50 eV/Z to 11 keV/Z energy range. This population consists mainly of singly charged oxygen ions, with H/sup +/ ions contributing in general less than 10%, flowing roughly along magnetic field lines. Hence, it is concluded that these ions are of mainly ionospheric origin. They are detected only during magnetically disturbed periods. Estimates of the E/sub z/ electric field components in the lobes are given.

  16. Chemiluminescence behaviour of alkaline earth metal ions in the potassium permanganate-fluorescein reaction.

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    Du, Jianxiu; Liu, Wenxia; Lu, Jiuru

    2003-01-01

    A chemiluminescence (CL) signal was observed when alkaline earth metal ion solution, Mg2+ or Ca2+ or Ba2+, was injected into a reaction mixture of fluorescein and potassium permanganate. A possible CL mechanism is proposed based upon the CL, fluorescence and UV-visible spectra. Furthermore, the feasibility of the application of these reactions to the analysis of these alkaline earth metal ions was evaluated and the analytical parameters of the methods were determined. Copyright 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  17. Tetraarylborate polymer networks as single-ion conducting solid electrolytes

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    Van Humbeck, Jeffrey F.; Aubrey, Michael L.; Alsbaiee, Alaaeddin; Ameloot, Rob; Coates, Geoffrey W.; Dichtel, William R.; Long, Jeffrey R.

    2015-06-23

    A new family of solid polymer electrolytes based upon anionic tetrakis(phenyl)borate tetrahedral nodes and linear bis-alkyne linkers is reported. Sonogashira polymerizations using tetrakis(4-iodophenyl)borate, tetrakis(4-iodo-2,3,5,6-tetrafluorophenyl)borate and tetrakis(4-bromo-2,3,5,6-tetrafluorophenyl)borate delivered highly cross-linked polymer networks with both 1,4-diethynylbeznene and a tri(ethylene glycol) substituted derivative. Promising initial conductivity metrics have been observed, including high room temperature conductivities (up to 2.7 × 10-4 S cm-1), moderate activation energies (0.25–0.28 eV), and high lithium ion transport numbers (up to tLi+ = 0.93). Initial investigations into the effects of important materials parameters such as bulk morphology, porosity, fluorination, and other chemical modification, provide starting design parameters for further development of this new class of solid electrolytes.

  18. On fabrication procedures of Li-ion conducting garnets

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    Hanc, Emil; Zając, Wojciech; Lu, Li; Yan, Binggong; Kotobuki, Masashi; Ziąbka, Magdalena; Molenda, Janina

    2017-04-01

    Ceramic oxides exhibiting high lithium-ion mobility at room temperature receive broad attention as candidate electrolytes for lithium batteries. Lithium-stuffed garnets from the Li7La3Zr2O12 group seem to be especially promising because of their high ionic conductivity at room temperature and their electrochemical stability. In this work, we discuss factors that affect formation of the garnet in its bulk form or in the form of thick and thin films. We demonstrate that zinc oxide can be applied as a sintering aid that facilitate the formation of the highly conducting cubic Li7La3Zr2O12 garnet phase in a single-step sintering procedure. Based on our experience with the single-step sintering experiments, we successfully fabricated a thick-film membrane consisting of a garnet solid electrolyte using the tape casting technique. In order to reduce the thickness of the electrolyte even further we investigated the fabrication of a thin-film Li7La3Zr2O12 electrolyte by means of the pulsed laser deposition technique.

  19. Tetraarylborate polymer networks as single-ion conducting solid electrolytes

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    Van Humbeck, Jeffrey F.; Aubrey, Michael L.; Alsbaiee, Alaaeddin; ...

    2015-06-23

    A new family of solid polymer electrolytes based upon anionic tetrakis(phenyl)borate tetrahedral nodes and linear bis-alkyne linkers is reported. Sonogashira polymerizations using tetrakis(4-iodophenyl)borate, tetrakis(4-iodo-2,3,5,6-tetrafluorophenyl)borate and tetrakis(4-bromo-2,3,5,6-tetrafluorophenyl)borate delivered highly cross-linked polymer networks with both 1,4-diethynylbeznene and a tri(ethylene glycol) substituted derivative. Promising initial conductivity metrics have been observed, including high room temperature conductivities (up to 2.7 × 10-4 S cm-1), moderate activation energies (0.25–0.28 eV), and high lithium ion transport numbers (up to tLi+ = 0.93). Initial investigations into the effects of important materials parameters such as bulk morphology, porosity, fluorination, and other chemical modification, provide starting design parameters for furthermore » development of this new class of solid electrolytes.« less

  20. Possible magnetic fields of super earths generated by convecting, conducting oxides

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    Nellis, W. J.

    2012-03-01

    Super Earths (SE) are extrasolar planets with masses up to ten times greater than Earth's. Maximum pressure and temperature of oxides in Earth are ~130 GPa and ~3000 K. SEs experience substantially more extreme conditions, which implies dense oxides in SEs could melt, achieve low viscosities, minimum metallic conductivity (MMC), and convect. MMC depends weakly on material, and thus on oxide composition. Shock and static experiments on single-crystal sapphire (Al2O3) and GGG (Gd3Ga5O12) show or suggest these oxides reach MMC at 300-400 GPa under shock and quite possibly under static compression. MMC is a likely upper limit for electrical conductivity of convecting material that can sustain a dynamo (Stevenson, 2010). Metallization is also expected to reduce substantially oxide viscosities in the solid (Karato, 2011). Thus, SEs might produce significant magnetic fields by dynamos in oxides alone, as does Fe in Earth and metallic fluid H in Jupiter.

  1. DSC characterization of ion beam modifications in ion conducting PEO salt polymers

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    Maitra, Minakshi; Verma, K. C.; Sinha, Mrinal; Kumar, Rajesh; Middya, T. R.; Tarafdar, S.; Sen, P.; Bandyopadhyay, S. K.; De, Udayan

    2006-03-01

    Ion conducting polymer films have been prepared by complexing non-conducting poly-(ethylene-oxide), PEO, with x fraction of NH4ClO4 salt. Since its electrical conductivity showed a maximum at x somewhere between 0.18 and 0.19, such polymer films having 17 and 19 wt% salt, have been chosen and irradiated by 160 MeV Ne6+ beam. The films have been investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and ac impedance spectroscopy before and after the irradiations. Irradiation-induced shift of an endotherm in our DSC indicates a rise in the melting temperature from 54.6 °C to 57.9 °C for the 19% film. Cross-linking by the Ne-irradiation making the polymer structure more rigid can explain this as well as our other observation of a decrease in electrical conductivity.

  2. Our Understanding of Ion Outflows from Earth and Remaining Challenges

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    Yau, A. W.

    2015-12-01

    The discovery of energetic ion beams and conics by Shelley et al. and transversely accelerated ions by Klumpar in the 1970's heralded the extensive satellite, rocket, and radar observations of ion outflows over the past four decades. This body of observation has shaped our contemporary view on ion outflows and their important role in magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling. The variety of ion outflows may be categorized into thermal and suprathermal outflows. Both categories of outflows are strongly influenced by solar EUV irradiance and solar wind energy input, and the state of the magnetosphere, ionosphere, thermosphere, and (at times) plasmasphere. Several important challenges remain in our quest for a fully quantitative, multi-scale understanding of ion outflows. These include the detection of the lowest-energy ions in the tenuous sunlit magnetosphere; the influence of these hidden ions in the magnetosphere; ion transit between low and high altitudes at quiet times; the role of microscale processes; the simultaneous monitoring of different outflow populations and their circulation and redistributions in the magnetosphere; the influence of solar energy input, the thermosphere and the plasmasphere on outflow composition, characteristics, and variability; and the effects of this variability on the coupling between thermal and suprathermal outflows and on the overall magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling.

  3. Gating at the selectivity filter of ion channels that conduct Na+ and K+ ions.

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    Furini, Simone; Domene, Carmen

    2011-10-05

    The NaK channel is a cation selective channel with similar permeability for K(+) and Na(+). The available crystallographic structure of wild-type (WT) NaK is usually associated with a conductive state of the channel. Here, potential of mean force for complete conduction events of Na(+) and K(+) ions through NaK show that: i), large energy barriers prevent the passage of ions through the WT NaK structure, ii), the barriers are correlated to the presence of a hydrogen bond between Asp-66 and Asn-68, and iii), the structure of NaK mutated to mimic cyclic nucleotide-gated channels conducts Na(+) and K(+). These results support the hypothesis that the filter of cation selective channels can adopt at least two different structures: a conductive one, represented by the x-ray structures of the NaK-CNG chimeras, and a closed one, represented by the x-ray structures of the WT NaK. Copyright © 2011 Biophysical Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Gating at the Selectivity Filter of Ion Channels that Conduct Na+ and K+ Ions

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    Furini, Simone; Domene, Carmen

    2011-01-01

    The NaK channel is a cation selective channel with similar permeability for K+ and Na+. The available crystallographic structure of wild-type (WT) NaK is usually associated with a conductive state of the channel. Here, potential of mean force for complete conduction events of Na+ and K+ ions through NaK show that: i), large energy barriers prevent the passage of ions through the WT NaK structure, ii), the barriers are correlated to the presence of a hydrogen bond between Asp-66 and Asn-68, and iii), the structure of NaK mutated to mimic cyclic nucleotide-gated channels conducts Na+ and K+. These results support the hypothesis that the filter of cation selective channels can adopt at least two different structures: a conductive one, represented by the x-ray structures of the NaK-CNG chimeras, and a closed one, represented by the x-ray structures of the WT NaK. PMID:21961588

  5. Temperature dependent mobility measurements of alkali earth ions in superfluid helium

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    Putlitz, Gisbert Zu; Baumann, I.; Foerste, M.; Jungmann, K.; Riediger, O.; Tabbert, B.; Wiebe, J.; Zühlke, C.

    1998-05-01

    Mobility measurements of impurity ions in superfluid helium are reported. Alkali earth ions were produced with a laser sputtering technique and were drawn inside the liquid by an electric field. The experiments were carried out in the temperature region from 1.27 up to 1.66 K. The temperature dependence of the mobility of Be^+-ions (measured here for the first time) differs from that of the other alkali earth ions Mg^+, Ca^+, Sr^+ and Ba^+, but behaves similar to that of He^+ (M. Foerste, H. Günther, O. Riediger, J. Wiebe, G. zu Putlitz, Z. Phys. B) 104, 317 (1997). Theories of Atkins (A. Atkins, Phys. Rev.) 116, 1339 (1959) and Cole (M.W. Cole, R.A. Bachmann Phys. Rev. B) 15, 1388 (1977) predict a different defect structure for He^+ and the alkali earth ions: the helium ion is assumed to form a snowball like structure whereas for the alkali earth ions a bubble structure is assumed. If the temperature dependence is a characteristic feature for the different structures, then it seems likely that the Be^+ ion builds a snowball like structure.

  6. Magnetic Behaviour Of Some Oxide Glasses Doped With Rare Earth Ions

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    Pop, L.; Culea, E.; Bosca, M.

    2007-04-01

    Magnetic susceptibility data from Er3+ and Nd3+ ions embedded in some Bi2O3 - PbO glasses are reported for the 80-300 K temperature range. The temperature dependence of reciprocal magnetic susceptibility permitted to discuss the nature of complex interactions between rare earth ions localized in lead bismuthate glass matrices.

  7. METHOD OF SEPARATING RARE EARTHS BY ION EXCHANGE

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    Spedding, F.H.; Powell, J.E.

    1960-10-18

    A process is given for separating yttrium and rare earth values having atomic numbers of from 57 through 60 and 68 through 71 from an aqueous solution whose pH value can range from 1 to 9. All rare earths and yttrium are first adsorbed on a cation exchange resin, and they are then eluted with a solution of N-hydroxyethylethylenediaminetriacetic acid (HEDTA) in the order of decreasing atomic number, yttrium behaving like element 61; the effluents are collected in fractions. The HEDTA is recovered by elution with ammonia solution and the resin is regenerated with sulfuric acid. Rare earths are precipitated from the various effluents with oxalic acid, and each supernatant is passed over cation exchange resin for adsorption of HEDTA and nonprecipitated rare earths: the oxalic acid is not retained by the resin.

  8. Predicting ground geoelectric field using magnetospheric model and 3d conductivity model of Earth

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    Honkonen, I. J.; Kuvshinov, A. V.; Rastaetter, L.; Pulkkinen, A. A.

    2016-12-01

    We present a numerical scheme for modeling the effect of space weather on ground geoelectric field which takes into account the 3-dimensional distribution of Earth's conductivity. The scheme involves two steps: 1) Using a magnetohydrodynamic model of the magnetosphere coupled to an electrostatic model of the ionosphere, we compute the external magnetic field source (in the form of equivalent currents) that is responsible for a specific geomagnetic disturbance. 2) Solving the induction equations for a given source from step 1 and given 3-dimensional conductivity model of the Earth. We implement a scheme to compute geoelectric and magnetic fields during Halloween storm (2003-10-29) and discuss the results.

  9. Measurements of Electrical and Thermal Conductivity of Iron Under Earth's Core Conditions

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    Ohta, K.; Kuwayama, Y.; Shimizu, K.; Yagi, T.; Hirose, K.; Ohishi, Y.

    2014-12-01

    Secular cooling of the Earth's core induces the convection of the conductive liquid outer core, which generates the geomagnetic field, and the growth of the solid inner core. Since iron is the primary component of the Earth's core, the electrical and thermal conductivity of iron in both solid and liquid states are key pieces of information for estimating the transport properties of the core. We performed electrical and thermal conductivity measurements on iron under core conditions in a laser-heated diamond anvil cell. Our electrical conductivity measurements on iron clearly show resistivity saturation phenomena in iron under high pressure and high temperature conditions as predicted in a recent laboratory-based model for the core conductivity (Gomi et al., 2013). Direct measurements of thermal diffusivity of iron have been also preformed at high pressures by using the pulsed light heating thermoreflectance technique, which enable us to confirm the validity of the Wiedemann-Franz law toward transition metal under high pressure.

  10. Biophysical Applications of Scanning Ion Conductance Microscopy (sicm)

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    Anariba, Franklin; Anh, Joon Hyung; Jung, Goo-Eun; Cho, Nam-Joon; Cho, Sang-Joon

    Scanning probe microscopy (SPM) techniques represent one of the most promising approaches to probe the physical and chemical properties of nanoscale materials. The growing convergence of physics and biology has demanded nanotechnology tools to understand the fundamental physics of biological systems. Despite the advantages of SPM techniques, there have been challenges with its application to characterization of biological specimens. In recent times, the development of one class of SPM technique, scanning ion conductance microscopy (SICM), has overcome these limitations and enabled noninvasive, nanoscale investigation of live cells. In this review article, we present the theory behind the SICM operating principles and data modeling. Based on this framework, we discuss recent research advances where the SICM technique has proven technically superior. SICM applications discussed herein include imaging of cell topography, monitoring of live cell dynamics, mechanical stimulation of live cells, and surface patterning. Additional findings on the combination of SICM with other SPM techniques as well as patch clamp electrophysiology are presented in the context of building integrated knowledge on the structure and function of live cells. In summary, SICM bridges physics and biology to enable a range of important biomedical applications.

  11. Scanning Ion Conductance Microscopy for living cell membrane potential measurement

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    Panday, Namuna

    Recently, the existence of multiple micro-domains of extracellular potential around individual cells have been revealed by voltage reporter dye using fluorescence microscopy. One hypothesis is that these long lasting potential patterns play a vital role in regulating important cell activities such as embryonic patterning, regenerative repair and reduction of cancerous disorganization. We used multifunctional Scanning Ion Conductance Microscopy (SICM) to study these extracellular potential patterns of single cell with higher spatial resolution. To validate this novel technique, we compared the extracellular potential distribution on the fixed HeLa cell surface and Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) surface and found significant difference. We then measured the extracellular potential distributions of living melanocytes and melanoma cells and found both the mean magnitude and spatial variation of extracellular potential of the melanoma cells are bigger than those of melanocytes. As compared to the voltage reporter dye based fluorescence microscope method, SICM can achieve quantitative potential measurements of non-labeled living cell membranes with higher spatial resolution.

  12. Equilibrium selectivity alone does not create K+-selective ion conduction in K+ channels

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    Liu, Shian; Lockless, Steve W.

    2013-11-01

    Potassium (K+) channels are selective for K+ over Na+ ions during their transport across membranes. We and others have previously shown that tetrameric K+ channels are primarily occupied by K+ ions in their selectivity filters under physiological conditions, demonstrating the channel’s intrinsic equilibrium preference for K+ ions. Based on this observation, we hypothesize that the preference for K+ ions over Na+ ions in the filter determines its selectivity during ion conduction. Here, we ask whether non-selective cation channels, which share an overall structure and similar individual ion-binding sites with K+ channels, have an ion preference at equilibrium. The variants of the non-selective Bacillus cereus NaK cation channel we examine are all selective for K+ over Na+ ions at equilibrium. Thus, the detailed architecture of the K+ channel selectivity filter, and not only its equilibrium ion preference, is fundamental to the generation of selectivity during ion conduction.

  13. A study of the formation and dynamics of the Earth's plasma sheet using ion composition data

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    Lennartsson, O. W.

    1994-01-01

    Over two years of data from the Lockheed Plasma Composition Experiment on the ISEE 1 spacecraft, covering ion energies between 100 eV/e and about 16 keV/e, have been analyzed in an attempt to extract new information about three geophysical issues: (1) solar wind penetration of the Earth's magnetic tail; (2) relationship between plasma sheet and tail lobe ion composition; and (3) possible effects of heavy terrestrial ions on plasma sheet stability.

  14. Nondestructive photon detection using a single rare-earth ion coupled to a photonic cavity

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    O'Brien, Chris; Zhong, Tian; Faraon, Andrei; Simon, Christoph

    2016-10-01

    We study the possibility of using single rare-earth ions coupled to a photonic cavity with high cooperativity for performing nondestructive measurements of photons, which would be useful for global quantum networks and photonic quantum computing. We calculate the achievable fidelity as a function of the parameters of the rare-earth ion and photonic cavity, which include the ion's optical and spin dephasing rates, the cavity linewidth, the single-photon coupling to the cavity, and the detection efficiency. We suggest a promising experimental realization using current state-of-the-art technology in Nd:YVO4.

  15. IMF dependence of energetic oxygen and hydrogen ion distributions in the near-Earth plasma sheet

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    Luo, Hao; Kronberg, Elena; Nykyri, Katariina; Daly, Patrick; Chen, Gengxiong; Du, Aimin; Ge, Yasong

    2017-04-01

    Energetic ion distributions in the near-Earth plasma sheet can provide important information for understanding the entry of ions into the magnetosphere, and their transportation, acceleration, and losses in the near-Earth region. In this study, 11 years of energetic proton and oxygen observations (> 100 keV) from Cluster/RAPID were used to statistically study the energetic ion distributions in the near-Earth region. The dawn-dusk asymmetries of the distributions in three different regions (dayside magnetosphere, near-Earth nightside plasma sheet, and tail plasma sheet) are examined in northern and southern hemispheres. The results show that the energetic ion distributions are influenced by the dawn-dusk IMF direction. The enhancement of intensity largely correlates with the location of the magnetic reconnection at the magnetopause and the consequent formation of a diamagnetic cavity in the same quadrant of the magnetosphere. The results imply that substorm-related processes in the magnetotail are not the only source of energetic ions in the dayside and the near-Earth plasma sheet. We propose that large-scale cusp diamagnetic cavities can be an additional source and can thus significantly affect the energetic ion population in the magnetosphere. We also believe that the influence of the dawn-dusk IMF direction should not be neglected in models of the particle population in the magnetosphere.

  16. Increasing ion sorption and desorption rates of conductive electrodes

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    DePaoli, David William; Kiggans, Jr., James O; Tsouris, Costas; Bourcier, William; Campbell, Robert; Mayes, Richard T

    2014-12-30

    An electrolyte system includes a reactor having a pair of electrodes that may sorb ions from an electrolyte. The electrolyte system also includes at least one power supply in electrical communication with the reactor. The at least one power supply may supply a DC signal and an AC signal to the pair of electrodes during sorption of the ions. In addition, the power supply may supply only the AC signal to the pair of electrodes during desorption of the ions.

  17. Earth Conductivity Estimation from Through-the-Earth Measurements of 94 Coal Mines Using Different Electromagnetic Models.

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    Yan, Lincan; Waynert, Joseph; Sunderman, Carl

    2014-10-01

    Through-the-Earth (TTE) communication systems require minimal infrastructure to operate. Hence, they are assumed to be more survivable and more conventional than other underground mine communications systems. This survivability is a major advantage for TTE systems. In 2006, Congress passed the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act (MINER Act), which requires all underground coal mines to install wireless communications systems. The intent behind this mandate is for trapped miners to be able to communicate with surface personnel after a major accident-hence, the interest in TTE communications. To determine the likelihood of establishing a TTE communication link, it would be ideal to be able to predict the apparent conductivity of the overburden above underground mines. In this paper, all 94 mine TTE measurement data collected by Bureau of Mines in the 1970s and early 1980s, are analyzed for the first time to determine the apparent conductivity of the overburden based on three different models: a homogenous half-space model, a thin sheet model, and an attenuation factor or Q-factor model. A statistical formula is proposed to estimate the apparent earth conductivity for a specific mine based on the TTE modeling results given the mine depth and signal frequency.

  18. Earth Conductivity Estimation from Through-the-Earth Measurements of 94 Coal Mines Using Different Electromagnetic Models

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    Yan, Lincan; Waynert, Joseph; Sunderman, Carl

    2015-01-01

    Through-the-Earth (TTE) communication systems require minimal infrastructure to operate. Hence, they are assumed to be more survivable and more conventional than other underground mine communications systems. This survivability is a major advantage for TTE systems. In 2006, Congress passed the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act (MINER Act), which requires all underground coal mines to install wireless communications systems. The intent behind this mandate is for trapped miners to be able to communicate with surface personnel after a major accident-hence, the interest in TTE communications. To determine the likelihood of establishing a TTE communication link, it would be ideal to be able to predict the apparent conductivity of the overburden above underground mines. In this paper, all 94 mine TTE measurement data collected by Bureau of Mines in the 1970s and early 1980s, are analyzed for the first time to determine the apparent conductivity of the overburden based on three different models: a homogenous half-space model, a thin sheet model, and an attenuation factor or Q-factor model. A statistical formula is proposed to estimate the apparent earth conductivity for a specific mine based on the TTE modeling results given the mine depth and signal frequency. PMID:26213457

  19. Upper mantle electrical conductivity for seven subcontinental regions of the Earth

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    Campbell, W.H.; Schiffmacher, E.R.

    1988-01-01

    Spherical harmonic analysis coefficients of the external and internal parts of the quiet-day geomagnetic field variations (Sq) separated for the 7 continental regions of the observatories have been used to determine conductivity profiles to depths of about 600 km by the Schmucker equivalent substitute conductor method. The profiles give evidence of increases in conductivity between about 150 and 350 km depth, then a general increase in conductivity thereafter. For South America we found a high conductivity at shallow depths. The European profile showed a highly conducting layer near 125 km. At the greater depths, Europe, Australia and South America had the lowest values of conductivity. North America and east Asia had intermediate values whereas the African and central Asian profiles both showed the conductivities rising rapidly beyond 450 km depth. The regional differences indicate that there may be considerable lateral heterogeneity of electrical conductivity in the Earth's upper mantle. -Authors

  20. Lattice thermal conductivity of MgO at conditions of Earth's interior.

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    Tang, Xiaoli; Dong, Jianjun

    2010-03-09

    Thermal conductivity of the Earth's lower mantle greatly impacts the mantle convection style and affects the heat conduction from the core to the mantle. Direct laboratory measurement of thermal conductivity of mantle minerals remains a technical challenge at the pressure-temperature (P-T) conditions relevant to the lower mantle, and previously estimated values are extrapolated from low P-T data based on simple empirical thermal transport models. By using a numerical technique that combines first-principles electronic structure theory and Peierls-Boltzmann transport theory, we predict the lattice thermal conductivity of MgO, previously used to estimate the thermal conductivity in the Earth, at conditions from ambient to the core-mantle boundary (CMB). We show that our first-principles technique provides a realistic model for the P-T dependence of lattice thermal conductivity of MgO at conditions from ambient to the CMB, and we propose thermal conductivity profiles of MgO in the lower mantle based on geotherm models. The calculated conductivity increases from 15 -20 W/K-m at the 670 km seismic discontinuity to 40 -50 W/K-m at the CMB. This large depth variation in calculated thermal conductivity should be included in models of mantle convection, which has been traditionally studied based on the assumption of constant conductivity.

  1. EXPERIMENTAL EFFECTS OF CONDUCTIVITY AND MAJOR IONS ON STREAM PERIPHYTON - abstract

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    Our study examined if specific conductivities comprised of different ions associated with resource extraction affected stream periphyton assemblages, which are important sources of primary production. Sixteen artificial streams were dosed with two ion recipes intended to mimic so...

  2. EXPERIMENTAL EFFECTS OF CONDUCTIVITY AND MAJOR IONS ON STREAM PERIPHYTON - abstract

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    Our study examined if specific conductivities comprised of different ions associated with resource extraction affected stream periphyton assemblages, which are important sources of primary production. Sixteen artificial streams were dosed with two ion recipes intended to mimic so...

  3. Responses of atmospheric electric field and air-earth current to variations of conductivity profiles

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    Makino, M.; Ogawa, T.

    1984-05-01

    A global circuit model is constructed to study responses of air-earth current and electric field to a variation of atmospheric electrical conductivity profile. The model includes the orography and the global distribution of thunderstorm generators. The conductivity varies with latitude and exponentially with altitude. The thunderstorm cloud is assumed to be a current generator with a positive source at the top and a negative one at the bottom. The UT diurnal variations of the global current and the ionospheric potential are evaluated considering the local-time dependence of thunderstorm activity. The global distribution of the electric field and the air-earth current are affected by the orography and latitudinal effects. Assuming a variation of conductivity profile, responses of atmospheric electrical parameters are investigated. The nonuniform decrement of the conductivity with altitude increases both the electric field and the air-earth current. The result suggests a possibility that the increment of the electric field and the air-earth current after a solar flare may be caused by this scheme, due to Forbush decrease.

  4. Analysis of leaf surfaces using scanning ion conductance microscopy.

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    Walker, Shaun C; Allen, Stephanie; Bell, Gordon; Roberts, Clive J

    2015-05-01

    Leaf surfaces are highly complex functional systems with well defined chemistry and structure dictating the barrier and transport properties of the leaf cuticle. It is a significant imaging challenge to analyse the very thin and often complex wax-like leaf cuticle morphology in their natural state. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and to a lesser extent Atomic force microscopy are techniques that have been used to study the leaf surface but their remains information that is difficult to obtain via these approaches. SEM is able to produce highly detailed and high-resolution images needed to study leaf structures at the submicron level. It typically operates in a vacuum or low pressure environment and as a consequence is generally unable to deal with the in situ analysis of dynamic surface events at submicron scales. Atomic force microscopy also possess the high-resolution imaging required and can follow dynamic events in ambient and liquid environments, but can over exaggerate small features and cannot image most leaf surfaces due to their inherent roughness at the micron scale. Scanning ion conductance microscopy (SICM), which operates in a liquid environment, provides a potential complementary analytical approach able to address these issues and which is yet to be explored for studying leaf surfaces. Here we illustrate the potential of SICM on various leaf surfaces and compare the data to SEM and atomic force microscopy images on the same samples. In achieving successful imaging we also show that SICM can be used to study the wetting of hydrophobic surfaces in situ. This has potentially wider implications than the study of leaves alone as surface wetting phenomena are important in a range of fundamental and applied studies.

  5. Ion jelly conductive properties using dicyanamide-based ionic liquids.

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    Carvalho, Tânia; Augusto, Vera; Rocha, Ângelo; Lourenço, Nuno M T; Correia, Natália T; Barreiros, Susana; Vidinha, Pedro; Cabrita, Eurico J; Dionísio, Madalena

    2014-08-07

    The thermal behavior and transport properties of several ion jellys (IJs), a composite that results from the combination of gelatin with an ionic liquid (IL), were investigated by dielectric relaxation spectroscopy (DRS), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and pulsed field gradient nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (PFG NMR). Four different ILs containing the dicyanamide anion were used: 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium dicyanamide (BMIMDCA), 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium dicyanamide (EMIMDCA), 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium dicyanamide (BMPyrDCA), and 1-butylpyridinium dicyanamide (BPyDCA); the bulk ILs were also investigated for comparison. A glass transition was detected by DSC for all materials, ILs and IJs, allowing them to be classified as glass formers. Additionally, an increase in the glass transition temperature upon dehydration was observed with a greater extent for IJs, attributed to a greater hindrance imposed by the gelatin matrix after water removal, rendering the IL less mobile. While crystallization is observed for some ILs with negligible water content, it was never detected for any IJ upon thermal cycling, which persist always as fully amorphous materials. From DRS measurements, conductivity and diffusion coefficients for both cations (D+) and anions (D-) were extracted. D+ values obtained by DRS reveal excellent agreement with those obtained from PFG NMR direct measurements, obeying the same VFTH equation over a large temperature range (ΔT ≈ 150 K) within which D+ varies around 10 decades. At temperatures close to room temperature, the IJs exhibit D values comparable to the most hydrated (9%) ILs. The IJ derived from EMIMDCA possesses the highest conductivity and diffusion coefficient, respectively, ∼10(-2) S·cm(-1) and ∼10(-10) m(2)·s(-1). For BMPyrDCA the relaxational behavior was analyzed through the complex permittivity and modulus formalism allowing the assignment of the detected secondary relaxation to a Johari

  6. Detection of singly ionized energetic lunar pick-up ions upstream of earth's bow shock

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    Hilchenbach, M.; Hovestadt, D.; Klecker, B.; Moebius, E.

    1992-01-01

    Singly ionized suprathermal ions upstream of the earth's bow shock have been detected by using the time-of-flight spectrometer SULEICA on the AMPTE/IRM satellite. The data were collected between August and December 1985. The flux of the ions in the mass range between 23 and 37 amu is highly anisotropic towards the earth. The ions are observed with a period of about 29 days around new moon (+/- 3 days). The correlation of the energy of the ions with the solar wind speed and the interplanetary magnetic field orientation indicates the relation to the pick-up process. We conclude that the source of these pick-up ions is the moon. We argue that due to the impinging solar wind, atoms are sputtered off the lunar surface, ionized in the sputtering process or by ensuing photoionization and picked up by the solar wind.

  7. Local order around rare earth ions during the devitrification of oxyfluoride glasses

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    Silva, Maurício A. P.; Dantelle, Geraldine; Mortier, Michel; Monteil, André; Ribeiro, Sidney J. L.; Messaddeq, Younès; Briois, Valérie; Poulain, Marcel

    2008-06-01

    Erbium L3-edge extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) measurements were performed on rare earth doped fluorosilicate and fluoroborate glasses and glass ceramics. The well known nucleating effects of erbium ions for the crystallization of cubic lead fluoride (based on x-ray diffraction measurements) and the fact that the rare earth ions are present in the crystalline phase (as indicated by Er3+ emission spectra) seem in contradiction with the present EXAFS analysis, which indicates a lack of medium range structural ordering around the Er3+ ions and suggests that the lead fluoride crystallization does not occur in the nearest neighbor distance of the rare earth ion. Molecular dynamics simulations of the devitrification process of a lead fluoride glass doped with Er3+ ions were performed, and results indicate that Er3+ ions lower the devitrification temperature of PbF2, in good agreement with the experimental results. The genuine role of Er3+ ions in the devitrification process of PbF2 has been investigated. Although Er3+ ions could indeed act as seeds for crystallization, as experiments suggest, molecular dynamics simulation results corroborate the experimental EXAFS observation that the devitrification does not occur at its nearest neighbor distance.

  8. Endonuclease active site plasticity allows DNA cleavage with diverse alkaline Earth and transition metal ions.

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    Vasu, Kommireddy; Saravanan, Matheshwaran; Nagaraja, Valakunja

    2011-09-16

    A majority of enzymes show a high degree of specificity toward a particular metal ion in their catalytic reaction. However, Type II restriction endonuclease (REase) R.KpnI, which is the first member of the HNH superfamily of REases, exhibits extraordinary diversity in metal ion dependent DNA cleavage. Several alkaline earth and transition group metal ions induce high fidelity and promiscuous cleavage or inhibition depending upon their concentration. The metal ions having different ionic radii and co-ordination geometries readily replace each other from the enzyme's active site, revealing its plasticity. Ability of R.KpnI to cleave DNA with both alkaline earth and transition group metal ions having varied ionic radii could imply utilization of different catalytic site(s). However, mutation of the invariant His residue of the HNH motif caused abolition of the enzyme activity with all of the cofactors, indicating that the enzyme follows a single metal ion catalytic mechanism for DNA cleavage. Indispensability of His in nucleophile activation together with broad cofactor tolerance of the enzyme indicates electrostatic stabilization function of metal ions during catalysis. Nevertheless, a second metal ion is recruited at higher concentrations to either induce promiscuity or inhibit the DNA cleavage. Regulation of the endonuclease activity and fidelity by a second metal ion binding is a unique feature of R.KpnI among REases and HNH nucleases. The active site plasticity of R.KpnI opens up avenues for redesigning cofactor specificities and generation of mutants specific to a particular metal ion.

  9. Global single ion effects within the Earth's plasma sheet

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    Rothwell, Paul L.; Yates, G. Kenneth

    Two global properties of single ion motion in the magnetotail are examined. The first effect is caused by the magnetic field in the plasma sheet directing boundary ions to the neutral sheet. Exact solutions to the Lorentz equation indicate that these ions can have sufficient energy to trigger the ion tearing mode if Bo/aBz > 6.0, where Bo is the tail lobe magnetic field, Bz is the magnetic field in the north-south direction and `a' is a parameter related to the growth of the ion tearing instability. It is found that this effect occurs at a lower energy for oxygen than for protons. The second global property is related to the thinning or expansion of the plasma sheet. The results indicate that in the absence of reconnection the plasma sheet adiabatically maintains equilibruim by allowing plasma and magnetic flux to cross the boundaries. The presence of reconnection modifies the flow across the boundaries as well as the spatial distribution of the induced electric field.

  10. Global single ion effects within the earth's plasma sheet

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    Rothwell, P. L.; Yates, G. K.

    Two global properties of single-ion motion in the magnetotail are examined. The first effect is caused by the magnetic field in the plasma sheet directing boundary ions to the neutral sheet. Exact solutions to the Lorentz equation indicate that these ions can have sufficient energy to trigger the ion tearing mode if B0/aBz is greater than 6.0, where B0 is the tail-lobe magnetic field, Bz is the magnetic field in the north-south direction, and a is a parameter related to the growth of the ion tearing instability. It is found that this effect occurs at a lower energy for oxygen than for protons. The second global property is related to the thinning or expansion of the plasma sheet. In the absence of reconnection, the plasma sheet adiabatically maintains equilibrium by allowing plasma and magnetic flux to cross the boundaries. The presence of reconnection modifies the flow across the boundaries as well as the spatial distribution of the induced electric field.

  11. Ion Beam Sweeping using High Temperature Super Conducting Magnet

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    Sakai, Shigeki; Fujita, Hideki; King, Tom; Briggs, Neil; Miles, Matt; McCrohon, Mick; Gibson, Simon

    2011-01-07

    Advanced implantation systems used for semiconductor fabrication need to transport low energy ion beams. In this respect it is an advantage to employ a short beam line. Strong magnetic field in a compact footprint can enable shorter beam lines. In this work we report the use of a superconducting magnet to generate the strong magnetic field. We have developed a prototype superconducting AC magnet operating at frequencies of 80-156 Hz to sweep ion beams. We have studied the performance of ion beam sweeping using the AC superconducting magnet.

  12. Energization of Ions in near-Earth current sheet disruptions

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    Taktakishvili, A.; Lopez, R. E.; Goodrich, C. C.

    1995-01-01

    In this study we examine observations made by AMPTE/CCE of energetic ion bursts during seven substorm periods when the satellite was located near the neutral sheet, and CCE observed the disruption cross-tail current in situ. We compare ion observations to analytic calculations of particle acceleration. We find that the acceleration region size, which we assume to be essentially the current disruption region, to be on the order of 1 R(sub E). Events exhibiting weak acceleration had either relatively small acceleration regions (apparently associated with pseudobreakup activity on the ground) or relatively small changes in the local magnetic field (suggesting that the magnitude of the local current disruption region was limited). These results add additional support for the view that the particle bursts observed during turbulent current sheet disruptions are due to inductive acceleration of ions.

  13. Correction of the power law of ac conductivity in ion-conducting materials due to the electrode polarization effect.

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    Khamzin, A A; Popov, I I; Nigmatullin, R R

    2014-03-01

    Based on the supposition related to fractal nature of transport processes in ion-conducting materials, an expression for the low-frequency ac conductivity dependence was derived. This expression for the ac conductivity generalizes the power-law dependence and gives a possibility to take into account the influence of the electrode polarization effect. The ac conductivity expression obtained is in excellent agreement with experimental data for a wide frequency range.

  14. The High Conductivity of Iron and Thermal Evolution of the Earth's Core

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    Gomi, H.; Ohta, K.; Hirose, K.; Labrosse, S.; Hernlund, J. W.; Caracas, R.

    2011-12-01

    The large amount of heat conducted down the isentropic gradient of Earth's outer core contributes nothing to driving convection or re-generation of Earth's magnetic field by dynamo action. The energy for maintaining a geodynamo for at least the past 3.5 Gigayears must be supplied in excess of this waste heat, placing tight constraints upon the thermal evolution of the core [1, 2]. We conducted the electrical resistivity measurements of iron to 100 GPa and iron-silicon alloy to 70 GPa at room temperature in a diamond-anvil cell (DAC). Resistivities of hcp Fe and hcp Fe-Si alloy decreased with increasing pressure. A heating experiment was also carried out for iron at 65 GPa in the externally heated DAC, which supports the validity of the Bloch-Grüneisen law for hcp Fe at high pressure. By using the Wiedemann-Franz law, the thermal conductivity of the uppermost core is calculated to be about 90 W/m/K, significantly higher than previous estimates [3, 4]. This implies a large degree of secular core cooling, consistent with the presence of a large basal magma ocean in the lowermost mantle during Earth's first 1-2 billion years [5, 6]. [1] M. W. McElhinny, W. E. Senanayake, J. Geophys. Res. 85, 3523-3528 (1980) [2] D. J. Stevenson, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 208, 1-11 (2003) [3] F. D. Stacey, O. L. Anderson, Phys. Earth Planet. Inter. 124, 153-162 (2001) [4] F. D. Stacey, D. E. Loper, Phys. Earth Planet. Inter. 161, 13-18 (2007) [5] S. Labrosse et al., Nature 450, 866-869 (2007) [6] R. Nomura et al., Nature 473, 199-202 (2011)

  15. An Update on the Lithium-Ion Cell Low-Earth-Orbit Verification Test Program

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    Reid, Concha M.; Manzo, Michelle A.; Miller, Thomas B.; McKissock, Barbara I.; Bennett, William

    2007-01-01

    A Lithium-Ion Cell Low-Earth-Orbit Verification Test Program is being conducted by NASA Glenn Research Center to assess the performance of lithium-ion (Li-ion) cells over a wide range of low-Earth-orbit (LEO) conditions. The data generated will be used to build an empirical model for Li-ion batteries. The goal of the modeling will be to develop a tool to predict the performance and cycle life of Li-ion batteries operating at a specified set of mission conditions. Using this tool, mission planners will be able to design operation points of the battery system while factoring in mission requirements and the expected life and performance of the batteries. Test conditions for the program were selected via a statistical design of experiments to span a range of feasible operational conditions for LEO aerospace applications. The variables under evaluation are temperature, depth-of-discharge (DOD), and end-of-charge voltage (EOCV). The baseline matrix was formed by generating combinations from a set of three values for each variable. Temperature values are 10 C, 20 C and 30 C. Depth-of-discharge values are 20%, 30% and 40%. EOCV values are 3.85 V, 3.95 V, and 4.05 V. Test conditions for individual cells may vary slightly from the baseline test matrix depending upon the cell manufacturer s recommended operating conditions. Cells from each vendor are being evaluated at each of ten sets of test conditions. Cells from four cell manufacturers are undergoing life cycle tests. Life cycling on the first sets of cells began in September 2004. These cells consist of Saft 40 ampere-hour (Ah) cells and Lith ion 30 Ah cells. These cells have achieved over 10,000 cycles each, equivalent to about 20 months in LEO. In the past year, the test program has expanded to include the evaluation of Mine Safety Appliances (MSA) 50 Ah cells and ABSL battery modules. The MSA cells will begin life cycling in October 2006. The ABSL battery modules consist of commercial Sony hard carbon 18650 lithium-ion

  16. Charge state distribution of anomalous oxygen ions in low Earth orbit during solar quiescence.

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    Marenny, A M; Guertzen, G P; Nymmik, R A

    1990-01-01

    A new method of evaluating the charge state distribution of cosmic ray heavy ions, using a measured ratio of particle fluxes observed in two different satellite orbits passing through the Earth's magnetosphere, is described. The measurements of heavy ions were performed simultaneously on the Cosmos 1882 (orbital inclination 82 degrees) and Cosmos 1887 (inclination 62.3 degrees) satellites during September-October 1987. Solid state nuclear track detector stacks were used for the registration of C, N, O and heavier ions. After comparing the data of the two experiments with theoretical calculations, the charge state of galactic and anomalous heavy ions was derived.

  17. Magnetic exchange interaction between rare-earth and Mn ions in multiferroic hexagonal manganites

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    Talbayev, Diyar; Trugman, Stuart A; Taylor, Antoinette J; Averitt, Richard D; Namjung, Hur; Andrew, Laforge D; Dimitri, Basov N

    2008-01-01

    The authors report a study of magnetic dynamics in multiferroic hexagonal manganite HoMnO{sub 3} by far-infrared spectroscopy. Low-temperature magnetic excitation spectrum of HoMnO{sub 3} consists of magnetic-dipole transitions of Ho ions within the crystal-field split J = 8 manifold and of the triangular antiferromagnetic resonance of Mn ions. They determine the effective spin Hamiltonian for the Ho ion ground state. The magnetic-field splitting of the Mn antiferromagnetic resonance allows us to measure the magnetic exchange coupling between the rare-earth and Mn ions.

  18. Magnetic Exchange Interaction between Rare-Earth and Mn Ions in Multiferroic Hexagonal Manganites

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    Talbayev, D.; Laforge, A. D.; Trugman, S. A.; Hur, N.; Taylor, A. J.; Averitt, R. D.; Basov, D. N.

    2008-12-01

    We report a study of magnetic dynamics in multiferroic hexagonal manganite HoMnO3 by far-infrared spectroscopy. The low-temperature magnetic excitation spectrum of HoMnO3 consists of magnetic-dipole transitions of Ho ions within the crystal-field split J=8 manifold and of the triangular antiferromagnetic resonance of Mn ions. We determine the effective spin Hamiltonian for the Ho ion ground state. The magnetic-field splitting of the Mn antiferromagnetic resonance allows us to measure the magnetic exchange coupling between the rare-earth and Mn ions.

  19. Relativistic Effect on Multiplet Terms of Rare Earth Ions

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    Itoh, Shinichi; Saito, Riichiro; Kimura, Tadamasa; Yabushita, Satoshi

    1994-02-01

    Ab initio Spin-Orbit Configuration Interaction (SOCI) calculations for the trivalent lanthanide group ions are presented for the special purpose to investigate the relativistic SO effects on their multiplet terms. The effective nuclear charges (Z eff's) for one-body spin-orbit Hamiltonian are calculated by an atomic Dirac-Slater Xα equation and applied to the lanthanide ions. The relativistic effects of core electrons can easily be included in the reduction of Z eff and the multiplet levels shift up to 200 cm-1 by the reduction. The multiplet energies obtained by the present method are in good agreement with experimental values.

  20. Luminescence detection of rare-earth ions by energy transfer from counteranion to crown ether-lanthanide ion complexes

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    Tran, C.D.; Zhang, Weifeng )

    1990-04-15

    A novel method has been developed to enhance the sensitivity and selecitivity of the luminescence detection for lanthanide ions. In this method, the lanthanide ion, crown ether, and benzoate were compartmentalized into an ion pair complex in order to eliminate the quenching and to induce the energy transfer so that the luminescence detection for the lanthanide ions can be selectively enhanced. The molecular organization is achieved by using a crown ether such as 18-crown-6 or 15-crown-5 as the synergistic extracting agent and benzoate as the counterion to selectively extract the rare-earth ions from water into an organic solvent where they are subsequently determined by luminescence technique. Compared to lanthanide ions in aqueous solutions, the luminescence intensity of the extracted ion pair complexes is substantially enhanced. The luminescence intensities of the Tb{sup 3+}, Eu{sup 3+}, and Dy{sup 3+} ions were enhanced up to 4 times when they were extracted into ethyl acetate or into chloroform. The total enhancement by the extraction and energy transfer processes can, therefore, be up to 67 times. The mechanism of energy transfer and the use of this technique to measure the selective extractions of Tb{sup 3+}, Eu{sup 3+}, and Dy{sup 3+} ions are discussed.

  1. Novel luminescent hybrids by incorporating rare earth β-diketonates into polymers through ion pairing with an imidazolium counter ion.

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    Li, Qiu-Ping; Yan, Bing

    2013-09-01

    A series of luminescent polymers are synthesized by incorporating rare earth complex units into polymer matrices. Firstly, we functionalize the selected polymer matrices with the imidazolium moieties, and then introduce the rare earth tetrakis(β-diketonate) complexes into polymer matrices through a mild anion exchange method. The resulting materials are characterized by FTIR, XRD, EDAX, SEM, thermogravimetric analysis, luminescence excitation spectra and emission spectra, luminescence lifetime measurements and diffuse reflectance UV-Vis spectra. The photoluminescence measurements indicate that all these rare earth complex functionalized polymers exhibit a characteristic luminescence emission originating from the corresponding rare earth ions. Among the hybrids, the europium tetrakis(TTA) complex functionalized polymers show remarkable luminescence quantum yields and relatively long (5)D0 lifetimes at room temperature.

  2. Sensitivity of the interpretation of the experimental ion thermal diffusivity to the determination of the ion conductive heat flux

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    Stacey, W. M.

    2014-04-15

    A moments equation formalism for the interpretation of the experimental ion thermal diffusivity from experimental data is used to determine the radial ion thermal conduction flux that must be used to interpret the measured data. It is shown that the total ion energy flux must be corrected for thermal and rotational energy convection, for the work done by the flowing plasma against the pressure and viscosity, and for ion orbit loss of particles and energy, and expressions are presented for these corrections. Each of these factors is shown to have a significant effect on the interpreted ion thermal diffusivity in a representative DIII-D [J. Luxon, Nucl. Fusion 42, 614 (2002)] discharge.

  3. Direct observation of rare-earth ions in α-sialon:Ce phosphors.

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    Xu, Fangfang; Sourty, Erwan; Shi, Wei; Mou, Xinliang; Zhang, Linlin

    2011-04-04

    Doping structures of Ce(3+) into the refractory α-sialon crystal lattice have been examined via an atom-resolved Cs-corrected scanning transmission electron microscope. The location and coordination of the rare-earth ions are well-defined through direct observation in conjunction with structural modeling and image simulation. The stability and solubility of Ce(3+) ions could be remarkably enhanced via congregation into the planar defects formed by a 1/3 (210)-type lattice displacement along with an inversion operation. The formation of cylindrical chambers near the defects is believed to provide effective structural relaxation upon doping of large rare-earth ions into the interstices in their neighborhoods. The as-revealed structural information could be useful for understanding the luminescence properties of the promising rare-earth doped sialon materials.

  4. Transport toward earth of ions sputtered from the moon's surface by the solar wind

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    Cladis, J. B.; Francis, W. E.; Vondrak, R. R.

    1994-01-01

    The transport of typical ions from the surface of the Moon to the vicinity of Earth was calculated using a test particle approach. It was assumed that the ions were sputtered from the surface by the solar wind, with fluxes in the range determined experimentally by Elphic et al. (1991), and were accelerated initially to 10 eV by the potential of the Moon on its sunlit side. Si(+) and Ca(+) ions were selected for this transport analysis because their masses are within two prominent ion mass groups that have high sputtering yields. In the solar wind the ion trajectories were traced in the following superimposed fields: (1) a steady magnetic field B0 at an angle of 45 deg to the solar wind velocity VSW, (2) the motional electric field Ezero = -V(sub SW x B0, and (3) turbulent magnetic and electric fields generated by hydromagnetic waves with a k-space power spectrum of absolute value of k-5/3 propagating along both directions of the magnetic field B0. Interactions with Earth's bow shock and magnetosphere were included. Case histories of the ions were recorded in the XGSM, YGSM plane and in various planes perpendicular to the E0 x B0 drift direction of the ions between the Moon and Earth. The number density, energy and angular distributions, and directional and omnidirectional fluxes of the ions were constructed from the case histories. It was found that the diffusion of the ions increases rapidly as the amplitude of the turbulence delta Brms increases beyond the value 0.04 B0. Recent measurements of lunar ions upstream of the bow shock by Hilchenbach et al. (1992) generally confirm the predicted behavior of the ions.

  5. Nickel nanowires mesh fabricated by ion beam irradiation-induced nanoscale welding for transparent conducting electrodes

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    Honey, S.; Ahmad, I.; Madhuku, M.; Naseem, S.; Maaza, M.; Kennedy, J. V.

    2017-07-01

    In this report, random nickel nanowires (Ni-NWs) meshes are fabricated by ions beam irradiation-induced nanoscale welding of NWs on intersecting positions. Ni-NWs are exposed to beam of 50 KeV Argon (Ar+) ions at various fluencies in the range ~1015 ions cm-2 to 1016 ions cm-2 at room temperature. Ni-NWs are welded due to accumulation of Ar+ ions beam irradiation-induced sputtered atoms on crossing positions. Ar+ ions irradiated Ni-NWs meshes are optically transparent and optical transparency is enhanced with increase in beam fluence of Ar+ ions. Ar+ ions beam irradiation-induced welded and optically transparent mesh is then exposed to 2.75 MeV hydrogen (H+) ions at fluencies 1  ×  1015 ions cm-2, 3  ×  1015 ions cm-2 and 1  ×  1016 ions cm-2 at room temperature. MeV H+ ions irradiation-induced local heat cause melting and fusion of NWs on intersecting points and eventually lead to reduce contact resistance between Ni-NWs. Electrical conductivity is enhanced with increase in beam fluence of H+ ions. These welded highly transparent and electrically conductive Ni-NWs meshes can be employed as transparent conducting electrodes in optoelectronic devices.

  6. Spin-orbit thermal entanglement in a rare-earth-metal ion: Susceptibility witness

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    Duarte, O. S.; Castro, C. S.; Reis, M. S.

    2013-07-01

    In the present work, we explore the thermal entanglement between spin and orbital angular momentum in a rare-earth ion. A witness, based on the magnetic susceptibility and capable of revealing entanglement between these two angular momenta of different nature, is introduced. We found entanglement temperatures of 322 K for promethium and 715 K for samarium. These high temperatures make interesting the use of rare-earth in applications of quantum-information processes at room temperature.

  7. Compilation of 3D global conductivity model of the Earth for space weather applications

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    Alekseev, Dmitry; Kuvshinov, Alexey; Palshin, Nikolay

    2015-07-01

    We have compiled a global three-dimensional (3D) conductivity model of the Earth with an ultimate goal to be used for realistic simulation of geomagnetically induced currents (GIC), posing a potential threat to man-made electric systems. Bearing in mind the intrinsic frequency range of the most intense disturbances (magnetospheric substorms) with typical periods ranging from a few minutes to a few hours, the compiled 3D model represents the structure in depth range of 0-100 km, including seawater, sediments, earth crust, and partly the lithosphere/asthenosphere. More explicitly, the model consists of a series of spherical layers, whose vertical and lateral boundaries are established based on available data. To compile a model, global maps of bathymetry, sediment thickness, and upper and lower crust thicknesses as well as lithosphere thickness are utilized. All maps are re-interpolated on a common grid of 0.25×0.25 degree lateral spacing. Once the geometry of different structures is specified, each element of the structure is assigned either a certain conductivity value or conductivity versus depth distribution, according to available laboratory data and conversion laws. A numerical formalism developed for compilation of the model, allows for its further refinement by incorporation of regional 3D conductivity distributions inferred from the real electromagnetic data. So far we included into our model four regional conductivity models, available from recent publications, namely, surface conductance model of Russia, and 3D conductivity models of Fennoscandia, Australia, and northwest of the United States.

  8. Production yield of rare-earth ions implanted into an optical crystal

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    Kornher, Thomas Xia, Kangwei; Kolesov, Roman; Reuter, Rolf; Villa, Bruno; Wrachtrup, Jörg; Kukharchyk, Nadezhda; Wieck, Andreas D.; Siyushev, Petr; Stöhr, Rainer; Schreck, Matthias; Becker, Hans-Werner

    2016-02-01

    Rare-earth (RE) ions doped into desired locations of optical crystals might enable a range of novel integrated photonic devices for quantum applications. With this aim, we have investigated the production yield of cerium and praseodymium by means of ion implantation. As a measure, the collected fluorescence intensity from both implanted samples and single centers was used. With a tailored annealing procedure for cerium, a yield up to 53% was estimated. Praseodymium yield amounts up to 91%. Such high implantation yield indicates a feasibility of creation of nanopatterned rare-earth doping and suggests strong potential of RE species for on-chip photonic devices.

  9. Tuning the conductivity of vanadium dioxide films on silicon by swift heavy ion irradiation

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    Hofsäss, H.; Ehrhardt, P.; Gehrke, H.-G.; Brötzmann, M.; Vetter, U.; Zhang, K.; Krauser, J.; Trautmann, C.; Ko, C.; Ramanathan, S.

    2011-09-01

    We demonstrate the generation of a persistent conductivity increase in vanadium dioxide thin films grown on single crystal silicon by irradiation with 1 GeV 238U swift heavy ions at room temperature. VO2 undergoes a temperature driven metal-insulator-transition (MIT) at 67 °C. After room temperature ion irradiation with high electronic energy loss of 50 keV/nm the conductivity of the films below the transition temperature is strongly increased proportional to the ion fluence of 5.109 U/cm2 and 1.1010 U/cm2. At high temperatures the conductivity decreases slightly. The ion irradiation slightly reduces the MIT temperature. This observed conductivity change is persistent and remains after heating the samples above the transition temperature and subsequent cooling. Low temperature measurements down to 15 K show no further MIT below room temperature. Although the conductivity increase after irradiation at such low fluences is due to single ion track effects, atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurements do not show surface hillocks, which are characteristic for ion tracks in other materials. Conductive AFM gives no evidence for conducting ion tracks but rather suggests the existence of conducting regions around poorly conducting ion tracks, possible due to stress generation. Another explanation of the persistent conductivity change could be the ion-induced modification of a high resistivity interface layer formed during film growth between the vanadium dioxide film and the n-Silicon substrate. The swift heavy ions may generate conducting filaments through this layer, thus increasing the effective contact area. Swift heavy ion irradiation can thus be used to tune the conductivity of VO2 films on silicon substrates.

  10. Experimental determination of the electrical and thermal conductivity of iron at Earth's core conditions

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    Ohta, K.; Kuwayama, Y.; Hirose, K.; Shimizu, K.; Ohishi, Y.; Yagi, T.; Suehiro, S.

    2016-12-01

    Earth continuously generates a dipole magnetic field in its convecting liquid outer core by a self-sustained dynamo action. Metallic iron is a dominant component of the outer core, so its electrical and thermal conductivity controls the dynamics and thermal evolution of Earth's core. However, in spite of extensive research, the transport properties of iron under core conditions are still controversial (Konôpková et al., 2016; Ohta et al., 2016). We measured the electrical resistivity (the reciprocal of electrical conductivity) of iron at the high temperatures (up to 4,500 kelvin) and pressures (megabars) of Earth's core in a laser-heated diamond-anvil cell (Ohta et al., 2016). The value measured for the resistivity of iron is even lower than the value extrapolated from high-pressure, low temperature data using the Bloch-Grüneisen law, which considers only the electron-phonon scattering. This shows that the iron resistivity is strongly suppressed by the resistivity saturation effect at high temperatures. Combination of the low electrical resistivity of iron and Wiedemann-Franz law indicates the high thermal conductivity of Earth's core, suggesting rapid core cooling and a young inner core less than 0.7 billion years old. We recently performed direct measurements of thermal conductivity of iron at high pressures by using the pulsed light heating thermoreflectance technique, which enable us to confirm the validity of the Wiedemann-Franz law under high-pressure conditions. Preliminary results show pressure dependent Lorenz number for hcp iron at 300 K, which infers lower thermal conductivity value than the value predicted from the electrical resistivity and Wiedemann-Franz law with constant Lorenz number.

  11. Ion flow ripples in the Earth's plasma sheet

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    De Spiegeleer, Alexandre; Hamrin, Maria; Pitkänen, Timo; Norqvist, Patrik; Mann, Ingrid

    2016-04-01

    For a long time, magnetotail flows were considered rather smooth and laminar, and primarily dominated by a simple convection flow pattern. However, in the early 90's, high speed bursty bulk flows (BBFs) were discovered and found to commonly perturb the underlying convection flows. In addition, there are other disturbances complicating the magnetotail flow pattern. Instabilities such as the Kelvin-Helmholz instability and the kink instability can cause different types of magnetic field oscillations, such as field line resonances. It is expected that ions will follow these oscillations if the typical time and length scales are larger than the gyroperiod and gyroradius of the ions. Though low-velocity sloshing and ripple disturbances of the average magnetotail convection flows have been observed, their connection with magnetic field oscillations is not fully understood. Furthermore, when studying BFFs, these "Ion Flow Ripples" (IFRs) are often neglected, dismissed as noise or can even erroneously be identified as BBFs. It is therefore of utter importance to find out and understand the role of IFRs in magnetotail dynamics. In a statistical investigation, we use several years of Cluster plasma sheet data to study the low-speed flows in the magnetotail. We investigate different types of IFRs, study their occurrence, and discuss their possible causes.

  12. Method for determining thermal conductivity and thermal capacity per unit volume of earth in situ

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    Poppendiek, Heinz F.

    1982-01-01

    A method for determining the thermal conductivity of the earth in situ is based upon a cylindrical probe (10) having a thermopile (16) for measuring the temperature gradient between sets of thermocouple junctions (18 and 20) of the probe after it has been positioned in a borehole and has reached thermal equilibrium with its surroundings, and having means (14) for heating one set of thermocouple junctions (20) of the probe at a constant rate while the temperature gradient of the probe is recorded as a rise in temperature over several hours (more than about 3 hours). A fluid annulus thermally couples the probe to the surrounding earth. The recorded temperature curves are related to the earth's thermal conductivity, k.sub..infin., and to the thermal capacity per unit volume, (.gamma.c.sub.p).sub..infin., by comparison with calculated curves using estimates of k.sub..infin. and (.gamma.c.sub.p).sub..infin. in an equation which relates these parameters to a rise in the earth's temperature for a known and constant heating rate.

  13. Ion reflection and transmission during reconnection at the earth's subsolar magnetopause

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    Fuselier, S. A.; Klumpar, D. M.; Shelley, E. G.

    1991-01-01

    Composition measurements in an accelerated flow event at the earth's dayside magnetopause show evidence for reflection and transmission of magnetospheric and magnetosheath ion species. Furthermore, a single velocity transformation approximately tangent to the magnetopause surface orders the individual transmitted and reflected ion distributions on both sides of the magnetopause into field-aligned flow at V(A), the local Alfven speed. These observations provide strong evidence for a kinetic description of magnetic reconnection at the magnetopause.

  14. Ion funnel with extended mass range and reduced conductance limit aperture

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    Tolmachev, Aleksey V.; Smith, Richard D.

    2008-04-01

    An improved ion funnel design is disclosed that decreases the axial RF (parasite) fields at the ion funnel exit. This is achieved by addition of one or more compensation electrodes after the conductance limit electrode. Various RF voltage profiles may be applied to the various electrodes minimizing the parasite axial potential wells. The smallest RF aperture that serves as the conductance limiting electrode is further reduced over standard designs. Overall, the ion funnel improves transmission ranges of both low m/z and high m/z ions, reducing RF activation of ions and decreasing the gas load to subsequent differential pumping stages.

  15. Two-temperature models of old supernova remnants with ion and electron thermal conduction

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    Cui, Wei; Cox, Donald P.

    1992-01-01

    To investigate the potential effects thermal conduction may have on the evolution of old supernova remnants, we present the results of 1D (spherically symmetric) numerical simulations of a remnant in a homogeneous interstellar medium for four different cases: (1) without thermal conduction; (2) with both electron and ion thermal conduction assuming equal temperatures; (3) with electron thermal conduction only, following electron and ion temperatures separately; and (4) with both electron and ion thermal conduction following separate temperatures. We followed the entire evolution until the completion of the remnant bubble collapse. Our most significant result is that in remnant evolution studies concerned principally with either the shell or bubble evolution at late times, reasonable results are obtained with single-temperature models. When the electron and ion temperatures are followed separately, however, ion thermal conduction cannot safely be ignored.

  16. Thermal conductivity of pyrochlore R2Ti2O7 (R=rare earth)

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    Tachibana, Makoto

    2013-11-01

    Thermal conductivity measurements have been performed from 2 to 330 K on single crystals of pyrochlore R2Ti2O7 (R=Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Lu, and Y). The spin-liquid system Tb2Ti2O7 shows heavily suppressed thermal conductivity below 100 K, which can be attributed to the presence of unusually strong coupling between the phonons and crystal electric field excitations in this compound. For the other R2Ti2O7 compounds, the magnetic moment of the R ion does not appear to play important roles in thermal conductivity for the present temperature region.

  17. Strong correlation in 1D oxygen-ion conduction of apatite-type lanthanum silicate

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    Imaizumi, Kouta; Toyoura, Kazuaki; Nakamura, Atsutomo; Matsunaga, Katsuyuki

    2015-09-01

    Oxygen-ion conduction in apatite-type lanthanum silicate, La9.33+0.67x (SiO4)6O2+x (x = 1), has theoretically been analyzed in a first-principles manner followed by the nudged elastic band method and the kinetic Monte Carlo method. Unlike the conventional cooperative interstitialcy mechanism along the single O4 columns, diffusing interstitial oxygen ions are frequently blocked by adjacent interstitial oxygen ions (Oint ions), leading to the strongly-correlated diffusivity and conductivity of oxygen ions in the case of chemical compositions with large x values. The getting-out mechanism from the O4 column is of importance in the long-range conduction, which temporarily transfers a part of Oint ions out of the columns to relax the blocking effect. The getting-out mechanism plays a key role also in the conduction perpendicular to the c axis (in the ab plane).

  18. Thickness dependent ion conductivity of lithium borate network glasses

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    Berkemeier, F.; Shoar Abouzari, M.; Schmitz, G.

    2007-03-01

    Lithium borate network glasses are possible candidates for separator membranes in all-solid-state batteries. Thin films of a Li2O-borate glass were produced by argon beam sputtering and their specific ionic conductivities were measured by impedance spectroscopy. The conductivity of as-sputtered films is about two orders of magnitude higher compared to the conductivity of bulk glasses produced from the melt. Furthermore, thin films with a thickness of 7-125nm reveal a remarkable finite size effect after annealing: with decreasing thickness the specific dc conductivity increases about three orders of magnitude.

  19. Optical and electronic properties of conductive ternary nitrides with rare- or alkaline-earth elements

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    Kassavetis, S.; Hodroj, A.; Metaxa, C.; Logothetidis, S.; Pierson, J. F.; Patsalas, P.

    2016-12-01

    Conductive nitrides, such as TiN, are key engineering materials for electronics, photonics, and plasmonics; one of the essential issues for such applications is the ability of tuning the conduction electron density, the resistivity, and the electron scattering. While enhancing the conduction electron density and blueshifting the intraband absorption towards the UV were easily achieved previously, reducing the conduction electron density and redshifting the intraband absorption into the infrared are still an open issue. The latter is achieved in this work by alloying TiN by rare earth (RE = Sc, Y, La) or alkaline earth (AE = Mg, Ca) atoms in Ti substitutional positions. The produced TixRE1-xN and TixAE1-xN thin film samples were grown by a hybrid arc evaporation/sputtering process, and most of them are stable in the B1 cubic structure. Their optical properties were studied in an extensive spectral range by spectroscopic ellipsometry. The ellipsometric spectra were analyzed and quantified by the Drude-Lorentz model, which provided the conduction electron density, the electron mean free path, and the resistivity. The observed interband transitions are firmly assigned, and the optical and electrical properties of TixRE1-xN and TixAE1-xN are quantitatively correlated with their composition and crystal structure.

  20. Role of finite ionospheric conductivity on toroidal field line oscillations in the Earth's magnetosphere -- Analytic solutions

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    Bulusu, Jayashree; Sinha, A. K.; Vichare, Geeta

    2016-06-01

    An analytic solution has been formulated to study the role of ionospheric conductivity on toroidal field line oscillations in the Earth's magnetosphere. The effect of ionospheric conductivity is addressed in two limits, viz, (a) when conductance of Alfvén wave is much different from ionospheric Pedersen conductance and (b) when conductance of Alfvén wave is close to the ionospheric Pedersen conductance. In the former case, the damping is not significant and standing wave structures are formed. However, in the latter case, the damping is significant leading to mode translation. Conventionally, "rigid-end" and "free-end" cases refer to eigenstructures for infinitely large and vanishingly small limit of ionospheric conductivity, respectively. The present work shows that when the Pedersen conductance overshoots (undershoots) the Alfvén wave conductance, a free-end (rigid-end) mode gets transformed to rigid-end (free-end) mode with an increase (decrease) in harmonic number. This transformation takes place within a small interval of ionospheric Pedersen conductance around Alfvén wave conductance, beyond which the effect of conductivity on eigenstructures of field line oscillations is small. This regime of conductivity limit (the difference between upper and lower limits of the interval) decreases with increase in harmonic number. Present paper evaluates the damping effect for density index other than the standard density index m = 6, using perturbation technique. It is found that for a small departure from m = 6, both mode frequency and damping rate become a function of Pedersen conductivity.

  1. Rare-earth ion doped up-conversion materials for photovoltaic applications.

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    Wang, Hai-Qiao; Batentschuk, Miroslaw; Osvet, Andres; Pinna, Luigi; Brabec, Christoph J

    2011-06-17

    With the aim of utilizing the infrared region of solar radiation to improve solar cell performance, significant progress, including theoretical analysis and experimental achievement, has been made in the field of up-conversion for photovoltaic applications. This Research News article reviews recent progress in the development of rear-earth (RE) ion doped up-conversion materials for solar cell applications. In addition, new trends for RE-ion-doped phosphors are briefly discussed, among them trivalent RE-ion-doped up-conversion materials for organic solar cell applications.

  2. Formation of ion acoustic solitary waves upstream of the earth's bow shock. [in solar wind

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    Pangia, M. J.; Lee, N. C.; Parks, G. K.

    1985-01-01

    The turbulent plasma development of Lee and Parks is applied to the solar wind approaching the earth's bow shock region. The ponderomotive force contribution is due to ion acoustic waves propagating in the direction of the ambient magnetic field. In this case, the envelope of the ion acoustic wave is shown to satisfy the cubic Schroedinger equation. Modulational instabilities exist for waves in the solar wind, thereby predicting the generation of solitary waves. This analysis further identifies that the ion acoustic waves which exhibit this instability have short wavelengths.

  3. Optical spectra of triply-charged rare-earth ions in polycrystalline corundum

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    Kaplyanskiĭ, A. A.; Kulinkin, A. B.; Kutsenko, A. B.; Feofilov, S. P.; Zakharchenya, R. I.; Vasilevskaya, T. N.

    1998-08-01

    Solid samples of polycrystalline corundum α-Al2O3 activated by triply-charged rare-earth ions RE3+ (R=Eu3+, Er3+, Pr3+) were synthesized by the sol-gel technology. Characteristic narrow-line optical absorption and luminescence spectra produced by intraconfigurational 4 f-4 f transitions in RE3+ ions have been measured. RE3+ ions have been established to form one dominant type of optical centers in the corundum matrix, and the energy diagram of Eu3+ and Er3+ Stark levels in corundum has been determined.

  4. Biogenic oxygen from Earth transported to the Moon by a wind of magnetospheric ions

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    Terada, Kentaro; Yokota, Shoichiro; Saito, Yoshifumi; Kitamura, Naritoshi; Asamura, Kazushi; Nishino, Masaki N.

    2017-01-01

    For five days of each lunar orbit, the Moon is shielded from solar wind bombardment by the Earth's magnetosphere, which is filled with terrestrial ions. Although the possibility of the presence of terrestrial nitrogen and noble gases in lunar soil has been discussed based on their isotopic composition 1 , complicated oxygen isotope fractionation in lunar metal 2,3 (particularly the provenance of a 16O-poor component) re­mains an enigma 4,5 . Here, we report observations from the Japanese spacecraft Kaguya of significant numbers of 1-10 keV O+ ions, seen only when the Moon was in the Earth's plasma sheet. Considering the penetration depth into metal of O+ ions with such energy, and the 16O-poor mass-independent fractionation of the Earth's upper atmosphere 6 , we conclude that biogenic terrestrial oxygen has been transported to the Moon by the Earth wind (at least 2.6 × 104 ions cm‑2 s‑1) and implanted into the surface of the lunar regolith, at around tens of nanometres in depth 3,4 . We suggest the possibility that the Earth's atmosphere of billions of years ago may be preserved on the present-day lunar surface.

  5. Performance and Comparison of Lithium-Ion Batteries Under Low-Earth-Orbit Mission Profiles

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    Reid, Concha M.; Smart, Marshall C.; Bugga, Ratnakumar V.; Manzo, Michelle A.; Miller, Thomas B.; Gitzendanner, Rob

    2007-01-01

    The performance of two 28 V, 25 Ah lithium-ion batteries is being evaluated under low-Earth-orbit mission profiles for satellite and orbiter applications. The batteries are undergoing life testing and have achieved over 12,000 cycles to 40 percent depth-of-discharge.

  6. Observational evidence on the origin of ions upstream of the earth's bow shock

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    Thomsen, M. F.; Gosling, J. T.; Schwartz, S. J.

    1983-01-01

    The kinematic formalism described by Schwartz et al. (1983) is used to quantitatively compare the zeroth order predicted energies for four different source hypotheses for ions detected upstream of the earth's bow shock with previously published observations of upstream field-aligned beams and gyrating ion events. Specular reflection of a fraction of the incident solar wind is found to be the most credible explanation of gyrating ion events observed upstream of shocks ranging from quasi-parallel to nearly perpendicular. The recent hypothesis that field-aligned beams are the result of leakage from the magnetosheath of ions which were originally specularly reflected at quasi-perpendicular portions of the shock provides good agreement with observed energies of many field-aligned beams. Only magnetic moment conserving reflection of solar wind ions is capable of accounting for two very energetic beam events.

  7. Enhancement of hypersensitive transitions of rare-earth ions in the near field of nanoobjects

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    Pukhov, K. K.; Sekatskii, S. K.

    2014-05-01

    The change of intensities of optical transitions of atoms, molecules, and their ions in the near field of nanoobjects is of interest for researchers from both basic and applied points of view. The concept of a near field was used as early as the 1960s to study the mechanisms of hypersensitive transitions of rare-earth (RE) ions. In this work, it is once more emphasized that, precisely for these transitions, changes in characteristics under the action of local properties of the medium are especially strong and, correspondingly, these transitions are especially promising for use. The Judd method for the calculation of the intensities of hypersensitive transitions of RE ions taking into account the inhomogeneous ligand field is extended to RE ions in the near field of nanoobjects. A simple analytical expression for the Judd-Ofelt intensity parameter Ω2 for RE ions in the field of spherical nanoparticles of a subwavelength size is derived.

  8. Structure and ionic diffusion of alkaline-earth ions in mixed cation glasses

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    Konstantinou, Konstantinos; Sushko, Petr; Duffy, Dorothy M.

    2015-08-15

    A series of mixed cation silicate glasses of the composition A2O – 2MO – 4SiO2, with A=Li,Na,K and M=Ca,Sr,Ba has been investigated by means of molecular dynamics simulations in order to understand the effect of the nature of the cations on the mobility of the alkaline-earth ions within the glass network. The size of the alkaline-earth cation was found to affect the inter-atomic distances, the coordination number distributions and the bond angle distributions , whereas the medium-range order was almost unaffected by the type of the cation. All the alkaline-earth cations contribute to lower vibrational frequencies but it is observed that that there is a shift to smaller frequencies and the vibrational density of states distribution gets narrower as the size of the alkaline-earth increases. The results from our modeling for the ionic diffusion of the alkaline-earth cations are in a qualitative agreement with the experimental observations in that there is a distinct correlation between the activation energy for diffusion of alkaline earth-ions and the cation radii ratio. An asymmetrical linear behavior in the diffusion activation energy with increasing size difference is observed. The results can be described on the basis of a theoretical model that relates the diffusion activation energy to the electrostatic interactions of the cations with the oxygens and the elastic deformation of the silicate network.

  9. Network type sp3 boron-based single-ion conducting polymer electrolytes for lithium ion batteries

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    Deng, Kuirong; Wang, Shuanjin; Ren, Shan; Han, Dongmei; Xiao, Min; Meng, Yuezhong

    2017-08-01

    Electrolytes play a vital role in modulating lithium ion battery performance. An outstanding electrolyte should possess both high ionic conductivity and unity lithium ion transference number. Here, we present a facile method to fabricate a network type sp3 boron-based single-ion conducting polymer electrolyte (SIPE) with high ionic conductivity and lithium ion transference number approaching unity. The SIPE was synthesized by coupling of lithium bis(allylmalonato)borate (LiBAMB) and pentaerythritol tetrakis(2-mercaptoacetate) (PETMP) via one-step photoinitiated in situ thiol-ene click reaction in plasticizers. Influence of kinds and content of plasticizers was investigated and the optimized electrolytes show both outstanding ionic conductivity (1.47 × 10-3 S cm-1 at 25 °C) and high lithium transference number of 0.89. This ionic conductivity is among the highest ionic conductivity exhibited by SIPEs reported to date. Its electrochemical stability window is up to 5.2 V. More importantly, Li/LiFePO4 cells with the prepared single-ion conducting electrolytes as the electrolyte as well as the separator display highly reversible capacity and excellent rate capacity under room temperature. It also demonstrates excellent long-term stability and reliability as it maintains capacity of 124 mA h g-1 at 1 C rate even after 500 cycles without obvious decay.

  10. Ion anisotropy driven waves in the earth`s magnetosheath and plasma depletion layer

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    Denton, R.E.; Hudson, M.K.; Anderson, B.J.; Fuselier, S.A.; Gary, S.P.

    1993-05-01

    Recent studies of low frequency waves ({omega}{sub r} {le} {Omega}{sub p}, where {Omega}{sub p} is the proton gyrofrequency) observed by AMPTE/CCE in the plasma depletion layer and magnetosheath proper arereviewed. These waves are shown to be well identified with ion cyclotron and mirror mode waves. By statistically analyzing the transitions between the magnetopause and time intervals with ion cyclotron and mirror mode waves, it is established that the regions in which ion cyclotron waves occur are between the magnetopause and the regions where the mirror mode is observed. This result is shown to follow from the fact that the wave spectral properties are ordered with respect to the proton parallel beta, {beta}{sub {parallel}p}. The later result is predicted by linear Vlasov theory using a simple model for the magnetosheath and plasma depletion layer. Thus, the observed spectral type can be associated with relative distance from the magnetopause. The anisotropy-beta relation, A{sub p} {triple_bond} (T{perpendicular}/T{sub {parallel}}){sub p} {minus} 1 = 0.50{beta}{sub {parallel}p}{sup {minus}0.48} results from the fact that the waves pitch angle scatter the particles so that the plasma is near marginal stability, and is a fundamental constraint on the plasma.

  11. Ionic conductivity and battery characteristic studies of a new PAN-based Na+ ion conducting gel polymer electrolyte system

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    Krishna Jyothi, N.; Vijaya Kumar, K.; Sunita Sundari, G.; Narayana Murthy, P.

    2016-03-01

    Sodium ion conducting gel polymer electrolytes based on polyacrylonitrile (PAN) with ethylene carbonate and dimethyl formamide as plasticizing solvents are prepared by the solution cast technique. These electrolyte films are free standing, transparent and dimensionally stable. Na+ ions are derived from NaI. The structural properties of pure and complex formations have been examined by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopic studies and differential scanning calorimetric studies. The variation of the conductivity with salt concentration ranging from 10 to 40 wt% is studied. The sample containing 30 wt% of NaI exhibits the highest conductivity of 2.35 × 10-4 S cm-1 at room temperature (303 K) and 1 × 10-3 S cm-1 at 373 K. The conductivity-temperature dependence of polymer electrolyte films obeys Arrhenius behavior with activation energy in the range of 0.25-0.46 eV. The transport numbers both electronic ( t e) and ionic ( t i) are evaluated using Wagner's polarization technique. It is revealed that the conducting species are predominantly due to ions. The ionic transport number of highest conducting film is found to be 0.991. Solid-state battery with configuration Na/(PAN + NaI)/(I2 + C + electrolyte) is developed using the highest conducting gel polymer electrolyte system and the discharge characteristics of the cell are evaluated over the load of 100 KΩ.

  12. Negative Dielectric Constant Material Based on Ion Conducting Materials

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    Gordon, Keith L. (Inventor); Kang, Jin Ho (Inventor); Park, Cheol (Inventor); Lillehei, Peter T. (Inventor); Harrison, Joycelyn S. (Inventor)

    2014-01-01

    Metamaterials or artificial negative index materials (NIMs) have generated great attention due to their unique and exotic electromagnetic properties. One exemplary negative dielectric constant material, which is an essential key for creating the NIMs, was developed by doping ions into a polymer, a protonated poly(benzimidazole) (PBI). The doped PBI showed a negative dielectric constant at megahertz (MHz) frequencies due to its reduced plasma frequency and an induction effect. The magnitude of the negative dielectric constant and the resonance frequency were tunable by doping concentration. The highly doped PBI showed larger absolute magnitude of negative dielectric constant at just above its resonance frequency than the less doped PBI.

  13. Negative Dielectric Constant Material Based on Ion Conducting Materials

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    Gordon, Keith L. (Inventor); Kang, Jin Ho (Inventor); Park, Cheol (Inventor); Lillehei, Peter T. (Inventor); Harrison, Joycelyn S. (Inventor)

    2017-01-01

    Metamaterials or artificial negative index materials (NIMs) have generated great attention due to their unique and exotic electromagnetic properties. One exemplary negative dielectric constant material, which is an essential key for creating the NIMs, was developed by doping ions into a polymer, a protonated poly (benzimidazole) (PBI). The doped PBI showed a negative dielectric constant at megahertz (MHz) frequencies due to its reduced plasma frequency and an induction effect. The magnitude of the negative dielectric constant and the resonance frequency were tunable by doping concentration. The highly doped PBI showed larger absolute magnitude of negative dielectric constant at just above its resonance frequency than the less doped PBI.

  14. Ab initio calculations on the positive ions of the alkaline-earth oxides, fluorides, and hydroxides

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    Partridge, H.; Langhoff, S. R.; Bauschlicher, C. W., Jr.

    1986-01-01

    Theoretical dissociation energies are presented for the alkaline-earth fluoride, hydroxide, and oxide positive ions that are considered to be accurate to 0.1-0.2 eV. The r(e) for the positive ions are found to be consistently shorter than the corresponding neutrals by 0.07 + or -0.02 A. The bonding in the ground states is demonstrated to be of predominantly M + 2 X - character. The a 3 Pi and A 1 Pi are found to lie considerably above the X 1 Sigma + ground states of the alkaline-earth fluoride and hydroxide positive ions. The overall agreement of the theoretical ionization potentials with the available experimental appearance potentials is satisfactory; these values should represent the most accurate and consistent set available.

  15. Ab initio calculations on the positive ions of the alkaline-earth oxides, fluorides, and hydroxides

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    Partridge, H.; Langhoff, S. R.; Bauschlicher, C. W., Jr.

    1986-01-01

    Theoretical dissociation energies are presented for the alkaline-earth fluoride, hydroxide, and oxide positive ions that are considered to be accurate to 0.1-0.2 eV. The r(e) for the positive ions are found to be consistently shorter than the corresponding neutrals by 0.07 + or -0.02 A. The bonding in the ground states is demonstrated to be of predominantly M + 2 X - character. The a 3 Pi and A 1 Pi are found to lie considerably above the X 1 Sigma + ground states of the alkaline-earth fluoride and hydroxide positive ions. The overall agreement of the theoretical ionization potentials with the available experimental appearance potentials is satisfactory; these values should represent the most accurate and consistent set available.

  16. Coupling of a locally implanted rare-earth ion ensemble to a superconducting micro-resonator

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    Wisby, I. Tzalenchuk, A. Ya.; Graaf, S. E. de; Adamyan, A.; Kubatkin, S. E.; Gwilliam, R.; Meeson, P. J.; Lindström, T.

    2014-09-08

    We demonstrate the coupling of rare-earth ions locally implanted in a substrate (Gd{sup 3+} in Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) to a superconducting NbN lumped-element micro-resonator. The hybrid device is fabricated by a controlled ion implantation of rare-earth ions in well-defined micron-sized areas, aligned to lithographically defined micro-resonators. The technique does not degrade the internal quality factor of the resonators which remain above 10{sup 5}. Using microwave absorption spectroscopy, we observe electron-spin resonances in good agreement with numerical modelling and extract corresponding coupling rates of the order of 1 MHz and spin linewidths of 50–65 MHz.

  17. In situ observations of suprathermal ion acceleration in the near-Earth jet braking region

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    Retinò, Alessandro; Khotyaintsev, Yuri; Vaivads, Andris; Le Contel, Olivier; Fu, Huishan; Zieger, Bertalan; Elena, Kronberg

    2014-05-01

    Plasma jet fronts and braking regions are sites of substantial particle acceleration in planetary magnetospheres and are considered to play a major role in other distant environments such as the solar corona and astrophysical jets. Jet fronts are the boundaries separating ambient from jetting plasma (e.g. due to reconnection) while jet braking regions is where jets are eventually stopped/diverted. A number of recent in situ observations in the Earth's magnetotail have allowed studying in detail electron acceleration mechanisms at jet fronts/braking region therein. Yet, observations of suprathermal ion acceleration are scarce. Here we show Cluster spacecraft observations of suprathermal ions up to ~ 1 MeV (about 10 times the thermal energy) in the near-Earth jet braking region. Observations indicate that ions are trapped between large-scale oppositely-directed jets and accelerated therein by strong electric fields.

  18. An analytic estimation of the Magnetotelluric response of one dimensional stochastic conductivity Earth structure.

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    Vallianatos, Filippos

    2017-04-01

    The complexity of the conductivity structure of the Earth's crust makes the study of electromagnetic wave propagation interesting because of the existence of a geoelectric environment with random variation of the conductivity. A random medium can be viewed as an ensemble of a multitude of heterogeneous media, called realizations, which differ from each other in the detailed structure of the fluctuation, but have some common statistical properties. In the random-medium approach one deals with statistical quantities of the medium and the relevant statistical quantities of the wavefield. In the present work we consider the particular case in which the conductivity depends only on the z coordinate (layered medium). Introducing a layer of thickness L with conductivity σ(z) = σo + σ(z),where σο represents the average conductivity of the layer and σ(z)is a random, uncorrelated, zero-mean function of the z coordinate, we estimate the propagation matrix to approximation order (kL)2, i.e. when the penetration depth of the MT variation is much greater than L, and we derive the magnetotelluric response when a randomly layered medium exists. We demonstrate the result for the case of a homogeneous half-space disturbed in its upper part by a randomly layered variation of the conductivity. The calculation of the relevant stochastic integrals also allows the determination of the statistical properties of the magnetotelluric response. References F. Vallianatos, Magnetotelluric responce of a random layered Earth, Geophysical Journal International , 125, 557-583, 1996. F. Vallianatos, Electromagnetic wave propagation in a random fat fractal medium, Proceedings of the International Conference on Marine Electromagnetics,Imperial College, 1997 J. Bigalke, Analysis of conductivity of random media using dc, MT, and TEM, Geophysics, 68, 2, 506-515, 2003

  19. Conductivity study and fourier transform infrared (FTIR) characterization of methyl cellulose solid polymer electrolyte with sodium iodide conducting ion

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    Abiddin, Jamal Farghali Bin Zainal; Ahmad, Azizah Hanom

    2015-08-28

    Sodium ion (Na{sup +}) based solid polymer electrolyte (SPE) has been prepared using solution cast technique with distilled water as solvent and Methylcellulose (MC) as a polymer host. Methylcellulose polymer was chosen as the polymer host due to the abundance of lone pair electrons in the carbonyl and C-O-C constituents, which in turn provide multiple hopping sites for the Na{sup +} conducting ions. Variable compositions of sodium iodide (NaI) salt were prepared to investigate the optimum MC-NaI weight ratio. Results from Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) technique show that pure methylcellulose has a low conductivity of 3.61 × 10{sup −11} S/cm.The conductivity increases as NaI content increases up to optimum NaIcomposition of 40 wt%, which yields an average conductivity of 2.70 × 10{sup −5} S/cm.

  20. Studies of the Core Conditions of the Earth and Super-Earths Using Intense Ion Beams at FAIR

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    Tahir, N. A.; Lomonosov, I. V.; Borm, B.; Piriz, A. R.; Shutov, A.; Neumayer, P.; Bagnoud, V.; Piriz, S. A.

    2017-09-01

    Using detailed numerical simulations, we present the design of an experiment that will generate samples of iron under extreme conditions of density and pressure believed to exist in the interior of the Earth and interior of extrasolar Earth-like planets. In the proposed experiment design, an intense uranium beam is used to implode a multilayered cylindrical target that consists of a thin Fe cylinder enclosed in a thick massive W shell. Such intense uranium beams will be available at the heavy-ion synchrotron, SIS100, at the Facility for Antiprotons and Ion Research (FAIR), at Darmstadt, which is under construction and will become operational in the next few years. It is expected that the beam intensity will increase gradually over a couple of years to its maximum design value. Therefore, in our studies, we have considered a wide range of beam parameters, from the initial beam intensity (“Day One”) to the maximum specified value. It is also worth noting that two different focal spot geometries have been used. In one case, a circular focal spot with a Gaussian transverse intensity distribution is considered, whereas in the other case, an annular focal spot is used. With these two beam geometries, one can access different parts of the Fe phase diagram. For example, heating the sample with a circular focal spot generates a hot liquid state, while an annular focal spot can produce a highly compressed liquid or a highly compressed solid phase depending on the beam intensity.

  1. Molar conductivity calculation of Li-ion battery electrolyte based on mode coupling theory

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    Pu, Weihua; He, Xiangming; Lu, Jiufang; Jiang, Changyin; Wan, Chunrong

    2005-12-01

    A method is proposed to calculate molar conductivity based on mode coupling theory in which the ion transference number is introduced into the theory. The molar conductivities of LiPF6, LiClO4, LiBF4, LiAsF6 in PC (propylene carbonate) are calculated based on this method. The results fit well to the literature data. This presents a potential way to calculate the conductivities of Li-ion battery electrolytes.

  2. Molar conductivity calculation of Li-ion battery electrolyte based on mode coupling theory.

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    Pu, Weihua; He, Xiangming; Lu, Jiufang; Jiang, Changyin; Wan, Chunrong

    2005-12-15

    A method is proposed to calculate molar conductivity based on mode coupling theory in which the ion transference number is introduced into the theory. The molar conductivities of LiPF6, LiClO4, LiBF4, LiAsF6 in PC (propylene carbonate) are calculated based on this method. The results fit well to the literature data. This presents a potential way to calculate the conductivities of Li-ion battery electrolytes.

  3. Kinetic characteristics of mixed conductive electrodes for lithium ion batteries

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    Ma, Jianxin; Wang, Chunsheng; Wroblewski, Shannon

    The rate performances of four mixed conductive electrodes (Li 4/3Ti 5/3O 4, LiFePO 4, LiCoO 2 and LiCo 1/3Ni 1/3Mn 1/3O 2) were investigated using galvanostatic charge/discharge, electrochemical impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) and galvanostatic intermittent titration (GITT). These four electrode materials can be roughly divided into two groups according to the structure change during Li intercalation/extraction, i.e. the phase transition materials (Li 4/3Ti 5/3O 4 and LiFePO 4) and mixed phase transformation and solid solution materials (LiNi 1/3Mn 1/3Co 1/3O 2 and LiCoO 2). Both the ionic conductivity and phase transition kinetics have a strong impact on the rate capability of the electrode material in addition to the generally accepted factors such as particle size and electronic conductivity. The rate capabilities of Li 4/3Ti 5/3O 4 and LiFePO 4, which have an extended flat region in the charge/discharge curves, mainly depended on their phase transition kinetics. The rate performance of the solid solution materials were controlled by the ionic conductivity, with some influence from the electronic conductivity.

  4. Spectroscopic in situ examination of interactions of rare earth ions with humic substances.

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    Chen, Yao; Fabbricino, Massimiliano; Benedetti, Marc F; Korshin, Gregory V

    2015-01-01

    This study utilized the methods of fluorescence quenching and differential absorbance to probe in situ the extent and the nature of the interactions between rare earth ions (REIs) and humic substances. Experiments were conducted with the standard Suwannee river humic acid (SRHA) in the presence of varying amount of lanthanum, europium and terbium. The data of differential absorbance showed that the mechanism of SRHA-metal complexation was largely the same for all the examined REIs. In all cases several discrete bands whose properties were discerned via numerical decomposition of the differential spectra absorbance were observed. Their nature was examined based on the comparison of the experimental data and those of NICA-Donnan modeling carried out for Eu³⁺. The observed effects suggested that the changes of SRHA absorbance induced by REIs binding are likely to be caused by a bathochromic shift of the absorbance bands associated with such chromophores. The intensity of the Gaussian band with a maximum at 387 nm was observed to be proportional to the total concentration of SRHA-bound REIs. The data obtained in this study demonstrate the existence of complex yet quantifiable changes of the spectroscopic properties of humic species in the presence of REIs and their utility to quantify modes of interactions in such systems.

  5. Selective Measurement of Calcium and Sodium Ion Conductance Using Sub-Micropipette Probes with Ion Filters

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    Deng, Xiao Long; Takami, Tomohide; Son, Jong Wan; Kawai, Tomoji; Park, Bae Ho

    2012-02-01

    Selective ion currents in aqueous calcium chloride and sodium chloride solutions with concentrations of up to 1.0 M were observed with sub-micropipettes in which poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) films containing ionophores selectively filtered cations. Calcium bis[4-(1,1,3,3-tetramethylbutyl)phenyl] phosphate (HDOPP-Ca) and bis[(12-crown-4)methyl]-2-dodecyl-2-methylmalonate [bis(12-crown-4)] were used as the ionophores to filter calcium and sodium ions, respectively. The selective ion current was observed using a low-current detection system developed from scanning tunneling microscopy. The approximate linear relationship between the ion concentration and ion current suggests that the sub-micropipette probe can be used to detect the intracellular local concentration of a specific ion up to 1.0 M.

  6. Proton and heavy ion acceleration by stochastic fluctuations in the Earth's magnetotail

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    Catapano, Filomena; Zimbardo, Gaetano; Perri, Silvia; Greco, Antonella; Artemyev, Anton V.

    2016-10-01

    Spacecraft observations show that energetic ions are found in the Earth's magnetotail, with energies ranging from tens of keV to a few hundreds of keV. In this paper we carry out test particle simulations in which protons and other ion species are injected in the Vlasov magnetic field configurations obtained by Catapano et al. (2015). These configurations represent solutions of a generalized Harris model, which well describes the observed profiles in the magnetotail. In addition, three-dimensional time-dependent stochastic electromagnetic perturbations are included in the simulation box, so that the ion acceleration process is studied while varying the equilibrium magnetic field profile and the ion species. We find that proton energies of the order of 100 keV are reached with simulation parameters typical of the Earth's magnetotail. By changing the ion mass and charge, we can study the acceleration of heavy ions such as He+ + and O+, and it is found that energies of the order of 100-200 keV are reached in a few seconds for He+ + , and about 100 keV for O+.

  7. Preparation, characterization and properties of new ion-conducting ORMOLYTES

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    Dahmouche, K.; Atik, M.; Mello, N.C.; Bonagamba, T.J.; Panepucci, H.; Aegerter, M.; Judeinstein, P.

    1996-12-31

    Two families of hybrid organic-inorganic composites exhibiting ionic conduction properties, so called ORMOLYTES (organically modified electrolytes), have been prepared by the sol-gel process. The first family has been prepared for a mixture of 3-isocyanatopropyltriethoxysilane (IsoTrEOS), O,O{prime} Bis (2-aminopropyl)polyethyleneglycol and lithium salt. These materials present chemical bonds between the organic (polymer) and the inorganic (silica) phases. The second family has been prepared by an ultrasonic method from a mixture of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS), polyethyleneglycol and lithium salt. The organic and inorganic phases are not chemically bonded. The Li{sup +} ionic conductivity has been studied by AC impedance spectroscopy up to 100 C. Values of {sigma} up to 10{sup {minus}4} Scm{sup {minus}1} have been found at room temperature. The conduction properties have been related to the materials structure using linewidth and relaxation times NMR measurements of {sup 7}Li between {minus}100 C and 90 C. A systematic study has been done changing the lithium concentration, the polymer chain length and the polymer to silica weight ratio. The structures and the ionic conduction properties of both families are compared with emphasis on the nature of the bonds between the organic and inorganic components.

  8. Parameterizing total storm conduction currents in the Community Earth System Model

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    Kalb, Christina; Deierling, Wiebke; Baumgaertner, Andreas; Peterson, Michael; Liu, Chuntao; Mach, Douglas

    2016-11-01

    Electrified clouds are known to play a major role in the Global Electric Circuit. These clouds produce upward currents which maintain the potential difference between Earth's surface and the upper atmosphere. In this study, model output from two simulations of the Community Earth System Model (CESM) are compared with conduction currents and other data derived from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite, including both the Lightning Imaging Sensor and Precipitation Radar. The intention is to determine CESM's skill at representing these microphysical and dynamical properties of clouds. Then, these cloud properties are used to develop a model parameterization to compute conduction currents from electrified clouds. Specifically, we evaluate the ability of global mean convective mass flux, ice water path, and convective precipitation to represent conduction current sources. Parameterizations using these variables yield derived global mean currents that agree well with the geographical patterns of TRMM currents. In addition, comparing the diurnal variations of modeled global mean current to the observed diurnal variations of electric potential gradient, root-mean-square (RMS) errors range between 6.5% and 8.1%, but the maximum occurs 4 to 6 h early in all three variables. Output currents derived from the model variables generally match well to the currents derived from TRMM, and the total global current estimates agree well with past studies. This suggests that cloud parameters are well suited for representing the global distribution and strength of currents in a global model framework.

  9. Molecular mobility, morphology, and ion conduction in ionomers for electroactive devices

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    Tudryn, Gregory J.

    A sequential study of ion-containing polymers capable of ion solvation with varied ion content, dielectric constant, and counterions is presented in this dissertation in order to compare ion transport properties in ionomers with various ionic interactions. Structure-property relationships in these ion containing polymers are defined using x-ray scattering, rheology and dielectric spectroscopy, enabling the quantification of ion transport dynamics. Poly(ethylene oxide), (PEO) based ionomers are investigated in order to probe the relation between ion conduction and segmental relaxation, and copolymers of PEO and Poly(tetramethylene oxide), (PTMO) further develop an understanding of the trade-off between ion solvation and segmental dynamics. Ionomers with ionic liquid counterions probe diffuse charge interactions and steric effects on ion transport, and incorporation of ionic liquids into ionomer membranes such as Nafion provides desirable thermal and ion conducting properties which extend the use of such membranes for electroactive devices. PEO ionomers exhibit a strong relation between ionic conductivity and segmental dynamics, providing insight that the glass transition temperature, Tg, dominates the ion conduction mechanism. Increasing temperature induces aggregation of ionic groups as evidenced by the static dielectric constant and X-ray scattering as a function of temperature, revealing the contribution of ionic dipoles in the measured dielectric constant. The trade-off between ion solvation and fast polymer segmental dynamics are quantified in copolymer ionomers of PEO and lower Tg PTMO. While conducting ion content remains nearly unchanged, conductivity is lowered upon incorporation of PTMO, because the vast majority of the PTMO microphase separates from the PEO-rich microdomain that remains continuous and contributes most of the ion conduction. Dielectric constants and X-ray scattering show consistent changes with temperature that suggest a cascading

  10. Neoclassical ion thermal conductivity modified by finite banana effects in a tokamak plasma

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    Chang, C.S.

    1997-06-01

    A finite-banana-width correction to the neoclassical ion thermal conductivity is obtained in a tokamak plasma under the conventional assumption that the particle flow parallel to magnetic-field lines dominates the trapped particle{close_quote}s orbital dynamics. It is found that the finite-banana-width effect makes ion thermal conductivity itself be a function of radial plasma density gradient and magnetic shear. Negative radial gradients in plasma density and/or safety factor can reduce the neoclassical ion thermal conductivity when the banana width is a significant fraction of the gradient scale length. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  11. Ion velocity distributions in the vicinity of the current sheet in Earth's distant magnetotail

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    Frank, L. A.; Paterson, W. R.; Ackerson, K. L.; Kokubun, S.; Kivelson, M. G.; Yamamoto, T.; Fairfield, D. H.

    1994-01-01

    Observations of the three-dimensional velocity distributions of positive ions and electrons have been recently gained for the first time in Earth's distant magnetotail with the Galileo and Geotail spacecraft. For this brief discussion of these exciting results the focus is on the overall character of the ion velocity distributions during substorm activity. The ion velocity distributions within and near the magnetotail current sheet are not accurately described as convecting, isotropic Maxwellians. The observed velocity distributions are characterized by at least two robust types. The first type is similar to the 'lima bean'-shaped velocity distributions that are expected from the nonadiabatic acceleration of ions which execute Speiser-type trajectories in the current sheet. The second distribution is associated with the presence of cold ion beams that presumably also arise from the acceleration of plasma mantle ions in the electric and weak magnetic fields in the current sheet. The ion velocity distributions in a magnetic field structure that is similar to that for plasmoids are also examined. Again the velocity distributions are not Maxwellian but are indicative of nonadiabatic acceleration. An example of the pressure tensor within the plasmoid-like event is also presented because it is anticipated that the off-diagonal elements are important in a description of magnetotail dynamics. Thus our concept of magnetotail dynamics must advance from the present assumption of co-moving electron and ion Maxwellian distributions into reformulations in terms of global kinematical models and nonadiabatic particle motion.

  12. Fast-ion conduction and flexibility of glassy networks.

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    Novita, Deassy I; Boolchand, P; Malki, M; Micoulaut, M

    2007-05-11

    We observe two thresholds in the variations of electrical conductivity of dry (AgI)_{x}(AgPO3)_{1-x} solid electrolyte glasses, when the AgI additive concentration x increases to 9.5% and to 37.8%. Raman scattering complemented by calorimetric measurements confirms that these thresholds are signatures of the rigidity phase transitions at x=9.5% from a stressed rigid to an isostatically (stress-free) rigid phase, and at x=37.8% from isostatically rigid to a flexible phase. In the flexible phase, the electrical conductivity seems to increase as a power of x. This is in good agreement with the theoretical prediction based on 3D percolation.

  13. Ion Conduction in Polymerized Ionic Liquids with Different Pendant Groups

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    Fan, Fei; Wang, Yangyang; Hong, Tao; Heres, Maximilian F.; Saito, Tomonori; Sokolov, Alexei P.

    2015-07-17

    Polymerized ionic liquids (PolyILs) are promising candidates for energy storage and electrochemical devices applications. Understanding their ionic transport mechanism is the key for designing highly conductive PolyILs. By using broadband dielectric spectroscopy (BDS), rheology, and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), a systematic study has been carried out to provide a better understanding of the ionic transport mechanism in PolyILs with different pendant groups. The variation of pendant groups results in different dielectric, mechanical, and thermal properties of these PolyILs. The Walden plot analysis shows that the data points for all these PolyILs fall above the ideal Walden line, and the deviation from the ideal line increases upon approaching the glass transition temperature (Tg). Moreover, the conductivity for these PolyILs at their Tgs are much higher than the usually reported value 10 15 S/cm for polymer electrolytes, in which the ionic transport is closely coupled to the segmental dynamics. These results indicate a decoupling of ionic conductivity from the segmental relaxation in these materials. The degree of decoupling increases with the increase of the fragility of polymer segmental relaxation. Finally, we relate this observation to a decrease in polymer packing efficiency with an increase in fragility.

  14. Normal-mode coupling of rare-earth-metal ions in a crystal to a macroscopic optical cavity mode

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    Ichimura, Kouichi; Goto, Hayato

    2006-09-01

    We demonstrated coupling of rare-earth-metal ions in a crystal to a macroscopic cavity mode by observing optical bistability and normal-mode peaks due to sweeping-laser-induced population redistribution of the ions. The experimentally evaluated coupling constant between the individual ions and the single cavity mode is 15kHz , which is comparable with or larger than the dissipation of the ions and will exceed the cavity dissipation with a narrowing of the mode waist of the cavity to the wavelength. The results advance the application of a coupled system of rare-earth-metal ions in a crystal and an optical cavity for quantum information processing.

  15. Formation of conductive polymers using nitrosyl ion as an oxidizing agent

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    Choi, Kyoung-Shin; Jung, Yongju; Singh, Nikhilendra

    2016-06-07

    A method of forming a conductive polymer deposit on a substrate is disclosed. The method may include the steps of preparing a composition comprising monomers of the conductive polymer and a nitrosyl precursor, contacting the substrate with the composition so as to allow formation of nitrosyl ion on the exterior surface of the substrate, and allowing the monomer to polymerize into the conductive polymer, wherein the polymerization is initiated by the nitrosyl ion and the conductive polymer is deposited on the exterior surface of the substrate. The conductive polymer may be polypyrrole.

  16. The Role of Electron Carriers for Thermal Conductivity in Super-Earth Planets

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    Wentzcovitch, R. M.; Yuen, D. A.; Umemoto, K.; Allen, P. B.

    2005-12-01

    The recent discovery of an extrsolar planet, with 7.5 times the mass of the Earth, has prompted investigation of a new range of parameter space, 3 times hotter and 10 times higher pressure P than that of the Earth's mantle. We estimate thermal conductivity k(T) of silicates and oxides under these extreme planetary conditions. The radiative portion of k(T) is large above the mid-lower post-perovskite mantle, where T reaches 5000-6000K. This stabilizes large plumes because the temperature derivative of k(T) is positive. At T higher than 5000 K, free electron carriers are thermally activated with the population n(T) increasing as exp(-E*/2kT), where E* is the band gap energy of around 5 eV. Free carriers damp electromagnetic waves at frequencies below the plasma frequency, estimated to be close to 1 eV, shutting down radiative heat transport. We find that thermal electrons are highly mobile, with small effective masses and weak scattering. Therefore, they become dominant carriers of heat. We predict electrical resistivity as low as 1000 micro-ohm cm. The activated exponential T-dependence of k(T) will promote the growth of superplumes in the deep post-perovskite mantle of super-earth planets( van den Berg, Beebe, Yuen, Fall AGU abstract, 2005 )

  17. Nonthermal ions and associated magnetic field behavior at a quasi-parallel earth's bow shock

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    Wilkinson, W. P.; Pardaens, A. K.; Schwartz, S. J.; Burgess, D.; Luehr, H.; Kessel, R. L.; Dunlop, M.; Farrugia, C. J.

    1993-01-01

    Attention is given to ion and magnetic field measurements at the earth's bow shock from the AMPTE-UKS and -IRM spacecraft, which were examined in high time resolution during a 45-min interval when the field remained closely aligned with the model bow shock normal. Dense ion beams were detected almost exclusively in the midst of short-duration periods of turbulent magnetic field wave activity. Many examples of propagation at large elevation angles relative to the ecliptic plane, which is inconsistent with reflection in the standard model shock configuration, were discovered. The associated waves are elliptically polarized and are preferentially left-handed in the observer's frame of reference, but are less confined to the maximum variance plane than other previously studied foreshock waves. The association of the wave activity with the ion beams suggests that the former may be triggered by an ion-driven instability, and possible candidates are discussed.

  18. Estimation of Heavy Ion Densities From Linearly Polarized EMIC Waves At Earth

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    Kim, Eun-Hwa; Johnson, Jay R.; Lee, Dong-Hun

    2014-02-24

    Linearly polarized EMIC waves are expected to concentrate at the location where their wave frequency satisfies the ion-ion hybrid (IIH) resonance condition as the result of a mode conversion process. In this letter, we evaluate absorption coefficients at the IIH resonance in the Earth geosynchronous orbit for variable concentrations of helium and azimuthal and field-aligned wave numbers in dipole magnetic field. Although wave absorption occurs for a wide range of heavy ion concentration, it only occurs for a limited range of azimuthal and field-aligned wave numbers such that the IIH resonance frequency is close to, but not exactly the same as the crossover frequency. Our results suggest that, at L = 6.6, linearly polarized EMIC waves can be generated via mode conversion from the compressional waves near the crossover frequency. Consequently, the heavy ion concentration ratio can be estimated from observations of externally generated EMIC waves that have polarization.

  19. Coherent spectroscopy of rare-earth-metal-ion-doped whispering-gallery-mode resonators

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    McAuslan, D. L.; Korystov, D.; Longdell, J. J.

    2011-06-15

    We perform an investigation into the properties of Pr{sup 3+}:Y{sub 2}SiO{sub 5} whispering-gallery-mode resonators as a first step toward achieving the strong coupling regime of cavity QED with rare-earth-metal-ion-doped crystals. Direct measurement of cavity QED parameters are made using photon echoes, giving good agreement with theoretical predictions. By comparing the ions at the surface of the resonator to those in the center, it is determined that the physical process of making the resonator does not negatively affect the properties of the ions. Coupling between the ions and resonator is analyzed through the observation of optical bistability and normal-mode splitting.

  20. Influence of other rare earth ions on the optical refrigeration efficiency in Yb:YLF crystals.

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    Di Lieto, Alberto; Sottile, Alberto; Volpi, Azzurra; Zhang, Zhonghan; Seletskiy, Denis V; Tonelli, Mauro

    2014-11-17

    We investigated the effect of rare earth impurities on the cooling efficiency of Yb³⁺:LiYF₄ (Yb:YLF). The refrigeration performance of two single crystals, doped with 5%-at. Yb and with identical history but with different amount of contaminations, have been compared by measuring the cooling efficiency curves. Spectroscopic and elemental analyses of the samples have been carried out to identify the contaminants, to quantify their concentrations and to understand their effect on the cooling efficiencies. A model of energy transfer processes between Yb and other rare earth ions is suggested, identifying Erbium and Holmium as elements that produce a detrimental effect on the cooling performance.

  1. Ions originating from the Moon surface / exosphere observed in the Earth's magnetosphere

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    Saito, Y.; Yokota, S.; Nishino, M. N.; Yamamoto, T.; Uemura, K.; Tsunakawa, H.

    2012-04-01

    MAgnetic field and Plasma experiment - Plasma energy Angle and Composition Experiment (MAP-PACE) on Kaguya (SELENE) measured lunar plasmas in a polar orbit with an altitude of 100km, 50km, and in an elliptical orbit with perilune altitude as low as 10km. When Kaguya stayed in the Earth's magnetosphere, one of the MAP-PACE sensors IMA (Ion Mass Analyzer) detected ions from the Moon surface [Tanaka et al., GRL 36, L22106, 2009]. These ions were observed when the Moon was in the magnetospheric lobe, on the dayside of the Moon, especially when the solar zenith angle was below 40 degrees. IMA detected peaks for the heavy ions including C+, O+, Na+, K+, and Ar+ that indicated that these ions were originating from the Moon surface / exosphere. When these ions were discovered, they were considered to be accelerated by the potential difference between the lunar surface and Kaguya. Both the lunar surface and Kaguya were positively charged on the dayside of the Moon since photoelectron and electron currents are the major current sources and the photoelectron current dominates the current balance. Since the Debye length was larger than the spacecraft and much smaller than the Moon, it might be possible for the Moon surface to be positively charged to a higher potential than Kaguya. However, the recent detailed study on the ion flow direction with respect to the magnetic field revealed that the ion flow direction was mostly perpendicular to the magnetic field. It suggests that these ions were mostly accelerated by the convection electric field in the Earth's magnetotail. This hypothesis was proved by investigating an example that lobe cold ions were detected by another MAP-PACE ion sensor IEA while ions originating from the Moon surface / exosphere were detected by IMA. The ions originating from the Moon surface / exosphere also showed characteristic variation of the flux intensity that presumably related with the lunar surface structure or composition. Understanding the lunar

  2. Thermal conductivity and interface thermal conductance of thin films in Li ion batteries

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    Jagannadham, K.

    2016-09-01

    Laser physical vapor deposition is used to deposit thin films of lithium phosphorous oxynitride in nitrogen and lithium nickel manganese oxide in oxygen ambient on Si substrate. LIPON film is also deposited on LiNiMnO film that is deposited on Si. Graphene films consisting of graphene platelets are deposited on Si substrate from a suspension in isopropyl alcohol. Li-graphene films are obtained after Li adsorption by immersion in LiCl solution and further drying. Transient thermo reflectance signal is used to determine the cross-plane thermal conductivity of different layers and interface thermal conductance of the interfaces. The results show that LIPON film with lower thermal conductivity is a thermal barrier. The interface thermal conductance between LIPON and Au or Si is found to be very low. Thermal conductivity of LiNiMnO is found to be reasonably high so that it is not a barrier to thermal transport. Film with graphene platelets shows a higher value and Li adsorbed graphene film shows a much higher value of cross-plane thermal conductivity. The value of interface thermal conductance between graphene and Au or Si (100) substrate is also much lower. The implications of the results for the thermal transport in thin film Li batteries are discussed.

  3. Ions from Different Sources in the near-Earth High-Latitude Magnetotail

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    Koleva, R.; Semkova, J.; Fedorov, A.; Smirnov, V.

    2003-04-01

    We investigate the characteristics of the ion population in the near-Earth (distances from 5 Re to 10 Re) magnetotail region poleward of the exterior cusp and the auroral field lines. The study presented is based on data from the Low Energy Plasma Composition Experiment (AMEI-2) aboard the high-apogee INTERBALL-1 satellite. Characteristic features of the region are the low plasma density and the low electron energy. We discuss several cases of ion spectral and composition measurements, using He++ as a tracer of SW plasma and O+ as a tracer of ionospheric plasma. Ion fluxes exhibit complex structure bearing the history of ions origin and consecutive acceleration. Both Solar wind and ionospheric ions are present in this region. O+ beams are regularly observed, as expected, going away or towards the Earth, with energies up to about 2 keV/q. A small amount of isotropic, high-temperature plasma sheet ions is always present. But dominating is a He++ population with energies in the interval 1 - 2.5 keV/q, either isotropic in pitch angle or consisting of counter-flowing ions with wide pitch-angular distribution. We discuss the possible relation of these populations with the ion populations observed downtail in the lobes, the PSBL, the 'mixed region' at the dusk flunk as identified by Fuselier et al. on base of ISEE-1 and ISEE-2 (J. Geophys. Res., 1999) and the lobe-plasma transition layer, defined by WIND data by Wilbert et al, (J. Geophys. Res., 2001).

  4. Novel, Solvent-Free, Single Ion-Conducting Polymer Electrolytes

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    2007-10-31

    versus number of cycles of the Li/ P(EO)20LiBOB (CP)0.125/ LiFePO4 battery at 98° C . C -rate is C /10 corresponding to a current density of 0.1 mAcm...Figure 6. Capacity versus 1/ C rate at different temperatures of the Li/ P(EO)20LiBOB (CP)0.125/ LiFePO4 battery. Legends show the corresponding... C temperature range a lithium transference number of about 0.5 (versus the 0.3 value of conventional PEO systems) and an ionic conductivity of the

  5. Ab initio study of NMR shielding of alkali earth metal ions in water complexes and magnetic moments of alkali earth metal nuclei

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    Antušek, Andrej; Rodziewicz, Pawel; Keḑziera, Dariusz; Kaczmarek-Keḑziera, Anna; Jaszuński, Michał

    2013-11-01

    Ab initio calculations of NMR shielding constants of alkali earth metal ions in the series of water clusters are presented. The shielding constants for systems modeling the structure of the solvation layer of these ions are determined by adding to the coupled cluster singles-and-doubles (CCSD) results the calculated relativistic corrections. The relative magnitude of the dynamical effects, estimated for a typical solvated ion from Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics, is very small. The computed shielding constants are used next to obtain new values of the nuclear magnetic dipole moments of alkali earth metal nuclei.

  6. An ion selectivity filter in the extracellular domain of Cys-loop receptors reveals determinants for ion conductance.

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    Hansen, Scott B; Wang, Hai-Long; Taylor, Palmer; Sine, Steven M

    2008-12-26

    Neurotransmitter binding to Cys-loop receptors promotes a prodigious transmembrane flux of several million ions/s, but to date, structural determinants of ion flux have been identified flanking the membrane-spanning region. Using x-ray crystallography, sequence analysis, and single-channel recording, we identified a novel determinant of ion conductance near the point of entry of permeant ions. Co-crystallization of acetylcholine-binding protein with sulfate anions revealed coordination of SO4(2-) with a ring of lysines at a position equivalent to 24 A above the lipid membrane in homologous Cys-loop receptors. Analysis of multiple sequence alignments revealed that residues equivalent to the ring of lysines are negatively charged in cation-selective receptors but are positively charged in anion-selective receptors. Charge reversal of side chains at homologous positions in the nicotinic receptor from the motor end plate decreases unitary conductance up to 80%. Selectivity filters stemming from transmembrane alpha-helices have similar pore diameters and compositions of amino acids. These findings establish that when the channel opens under a physiological electrochemical gradient, permeant ions are initially stabilized within the extracellular vestibule of Cys-loop receptors, and this stabilization is a major determinant of ion conductance.

  7. Novel Ordered Crown Ether-Containing Polyimides for Ion Conduction

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    Irvin, Jennifer A.; Stasko, Daniel; Fallis, Stephen; Guenthner, Andrew J.; Webber, Cynthia; Blackwell, John; Chvalun, Sergei N.

    2003-01-01

    We report the synthesis and characterization of thermally-stable polyimides for use as battery and fuel cell electrolyte membranes. Dianhydrides used were 1,4,5,8- naphthalenetetracarboxylic dianhydride and/or 4,4'-(hexafluoroisopropylidene)diphthalic anhydride. Diamines used were anti-4,4-diaminodibenzo-l8-crown-6, 4,4'- diaminodibenzo-24-crown-8, 2,2-bis(4-aminophenyl)hexafluoropropane, and/or 2,5- diaminobenzenesulfonic acid. The polymers were characterized using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), thermal analysis and X-ray diffraction. Polymers containing the hexafluoroisopropylidene (HFIP) group were soluble in common organic solvents, while polymers without the HFIP group were very poorly soluble. Sulfonation yields polymers that are sparingly soluble in aqueous base and/or methanol. Degree of sulfonation, determined by titration, was between one and three sulfonate groups per repeat unit. Proton conductivity was determined as a function of water content, with a maximum conductivity of l x 10(exp -2) per centimeter when fully hydrated. Crown ether-containing polymers exhibit a high degree of order that may be indicative of crown ether channel formation, which may facilitate Li(+) transport for use in battery membranes.

  8. Novel Ordered Crown Ether-Containing Polyimides for Ion Conduction

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    Irvin, Jennifer A.; Stasko, Daniel; Fallis, Stephen; Guenthner, Andrew J.; Webber, Cynthia; Blackwell, John; Chvalun, Sergei N.

    2003-01-01

    We report the synthesis and characterization of thermally-stable polyimides for use as battery and fuel cell electrolyte membranes. Dianhydrides used were 1,4,5,8- naphthalenetetracarboxylic dianhydride and/or 4,4'-(hexafluoroisopropylidene)diphthalic anhydride. Diamines used were anti-4,4-diaminodibenzo-l8-crown-6, 4,4'- diaminodibenzo-24-crown-8, 2,2-bis(4-aminophenyl)hexafluoropropane, and/or 2,5- diaminobenzenesulfonic acid. The polymers were characterized using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), thermal analysis and X-ray diffraction. Polymers containing the hexafluoroisopropylidene (HFIP) group were soluble in common organic solvents, while polymers without the HFIP group were very poorly soluble. Sulfonation yields polymers that are sparingly soluble in aqueous base and/or methanol. Degree of sulfonation, determined by titration, was between one and three sulfonate groups per repeat unit. Proton conductivity was determined as a function of water content, with a maximum conductivity of l x 10(exp -2) per centimeter when fully hydrated. Crown ether-containing polymers exhibit a high degree of order that may be indicative of crown ether channel formation, which may facilitate Li(+) transport for use in battery membranes.

  9. Measurements of the mobility of alkaline earth ions in liquid xenon

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    Jeng, S.-C.; Fairbank, W. M., Jr.; Miyajima, M.

    2009-02-01

    The mobility of alkaline earth ions, Mg+, Ca+, Sr+ and Ba+, in liquid xenon is measured for the first time. The mobility of Tl+ is also determined for comparison with a measurement by other researchers. The Atkins cluster model for positive ions in non-polar liquids, based on the electrostriction effect, gives general agreement with the magnitude of the mobility values. This is some evidence that the positive ions form a snowball rather than a bubble structure in liquid xenon. However, the temperature dependence of the mobility does not match well with the Atkins theory, so there are still open theoretical questions on the nature of the environment of alkaline earth ions in liquid xenon. The lower mobility of Mg+ and Ba+ may be explained by a better size match to interstitial and substitutional sites, respectively, in solid Xe. These measurements are motivated by the development of a new technique to search for neutrino masses through 0νββ decay of 136Xe. A key component of one version of the proposed experiment is tagging of 136Ba+ daughter ions in liquid 136Xe by laser-induced fluorescence.

  10. Development of all-solid lithium-ion battery using Li-ion conducting glass-ceramics

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    Inda, Yasushi; Katoh, Takashi; Baba, Mamoru

    We have developed a high performance lithium-ion conducting glass-ceramics. This glass-ceramics has the crystalline form of Li 1+ x+ yAl xTi 2- xSi yP 3- yO 12 with a NASICON-type structure, and it exhibits a high lithium-ion conductivity of 10 -3 S cm -1 or above at room temperature. Moreover, since this material is stable in the open atmosphere and even to exposure to moist air, it is expected to be applied for various uses. One of applications of this material is as a solid electrolyte for a lithium-ion battery. Batteries were developed by combining a LiCoO 2 positive electrode, a Li 4Ti 5O 12 negative electrode, and a composite electrolyte. The battery using the composite electrolyte with a higher conductivity exhibited a good charge-discharge characteristic.

  11. Hydrogen self-diffusion in single crystal olivine and electrical conductivity of the Earth's mantle.

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    Novella, Davide; Jacobsen, Benjamin; Weber, Peter K; Tyburczy, James A; Ryerson, Frederick J; Du Frane, Wyatt L

    2017-07-13

    Nominally anhydrous minerals formed deep in the mantle and transported to the Earth's surface contain tens to hundreds of ppm wt H2O, providing evidence for the presence of dissolved water in the Earth's interior. Even at these low concentrations, H2O greatly affects the physico-chemical properties of mantle materials, governing planetary dynamics and evolution. The diffusion of hydrogen (H) controls the transport of H2O in the Earth's upper mantle, but is not fully understood for olivine ((Mg, Fe)2SiO4) the most abundant mineral in this region. Here we present new hydrogen self-diffusion coefficients in natural olivine single crystals that were determined at upper mantle conditions (2 GPa and 750-900 °C). Hydrogen self-diffusion is highly anisotropic, with values at 900 °C of 10(-10.9), 10(-12.8) and 10(-11.9) m(2)/s along [100], [010] and [001] directions, respectively. Combined with the Nernst-Einstein relation, these diffusion results constrain the contribution of H to the electrical conductivity of olivine to be σH = 10(2.12)S/m·CH2O·exp(-187kJ/mol/(RT)). Comparisons between the model presented in this study and magnetotelluric measurements suggest that plausible H2O concentrations in the upper mantle (≤250 ppm wt) can account for high electrical conductivity values (10(-2)-10(-1) S/m) observed in the asthenosphere.

  12. Chloride ion conduction without water coordination in the pore of ClC protein.

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    Ko, Youn Jo; Jo, Won Ho

    2010-02-01

    In the present work, we have found by an atomistic molecular dynamics simulation that hydrogen atoms originating from the residues of a prokaryotic ClC protein (EcClC) stabilize the chloride ion without water molecules in the pore of ClC protein. When the chloride ion conduction is simulated by pulling a chloride ion along the pore axis, the free energy barrier for chloride ion conduction is calculated to be low (4 kcal/mol), although the chloride ion is stripped of its hydration shell as it passes through the dehydrated pore region. The calculation of the number of hydrogen atoms surrounding the chloride ion reveals that water molecules hydrating the chloride ion are replaced by polar and non-polar hydrogen atoms protruding from the protein residues. From the analysis of the pair interaction energy between the chloride ion and these hydrogen atoms, it is realized that the hydrogen atoms from the protein residues stabilize the chloride ion at the dehydrated region instead of water molecules, by which the energetic penalty for detaching water molecules from the permeating ion is compensated.

  13. Dispersive coupling between light and a rare-earth-ion-doped mechanical resonator

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    Mølmer, Klaus; Le Coq, Yann; Seidelin, Signe

    2016-11-01

    By spectrally hole burning an inhomogeneously broadened ensemble of ions while applying a controlled perturbation, one can obtain spectral holes that are functionalized for maximum sensitivity to different perturbations. We propose to use such hole-burned structures for the dispersive optical interaction with rare-earth-ion dopants whose frequencies are sensitive to crystal strain due to the bending motion of a crystal cantilever. A quantitative analysis shows that good optical sensitivity to the bending motion is obtained if a magnetic-field gradient is applied across the crystal during hole burning and that the resulting optomechanical coupling strength is sufficient for observing quantum features such as zero-point vibrations.

  14. Excited state absorption in glasses activated with rare earth ions: Experiment and modeling

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    Piatkowski, Dawid; Mackowski, Sebastian

    2012-10-01

    We present semiempirical approach based on the Judd-Ofelt theory and apply it for modeling the spectral properties of fluoride glasses activated with the rare earth (RE) ions. This method provide a powerful tool for simulating both ground state absorption (GSA) and excited state absorption (ESA) spectra of RE ions, e.g. Nd3+, Ho3+, Er3+ and Tm3+ in the ZBLAN glass matrix. The results of theoretical calculations correspond to the experimentally measured data. We also demonstrate that the spectra obtained using the presented approach are applicable in the analysis of up-conversion excitation schemes in these optoelectronically relevant materials.

  15. Source Distributions of Substorm Ions Observed in the Near-Earth Magnetotail

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    Ashour-Abdalla, M.; El-Alaoui, M.; Peroomian, V.; Walker, R. J.; Raeder, J.; Frank, L. A.; Paterson, W. R.

    1999-01-01

    This study employs Geotail plasma observations and numerical modeling to determine sources of the ions observed in the near-Earth magnetotail near midnight during a substorm. The growth phase has the low-latitude boundary layer as its most important source of ions at Geotail, but during the expansion phase the plasma mantle is dominant. The mantle distribution shows evidence of two distinct entry mechanisms: entry through a high latitude reconnection region resulting in an accelerated component, and entry through open field lines traditionally identified with the mantle source. The two entry mechanisms are separated in time, with the high-latitude reconnection region disappearing prior to substorm onset.

  16. Ion conductivity and transport by porous coordination polymers and metal-organic frameworks.

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    Horike, Satoshi; Umeyama, Daiki; Kitagawa, Susumu

    2013-11-19

    Ion conduction and transport in solids are both interesting and useful and are found in widely distinct materials, from those in battery-related technologies to those in biological systems. Scientists have approached the synthesis of ion-conductive compounds in a variety of ways, in the areas of organic and inorganic chemistry. Recently, based on their ion-conducting behavior, porous coordination polymers (PCPs) and metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have been recognized for their easy design and the dynamic behavior of the ionic components in the structures. These PCP/MOFs consist of metal ions (or clusters) and organic ligands structured via coordination bonds. They could have highly concentrated mobile ions with dynamic behavior, and their characteristics have inspired the design of a new class of ion conductors and transporters. In this Account, we describe the state-of-the-art of studies of ion conductivity by PCP/MOFs and nonporous coordination polymers (CPs) and offer future perspectives. PCP/MOF structures tend to have high hydrophilicity and guest-accessible voids, and scientists have reported many water-mediated proton (H(+)) conductivities. Chemical modification of organic ligands can change the hydrated H(+) conductivity over a wide range. On the other hand, the designable structures also permit water-free (anhydrous) H(+) conductivity. The incorporation of protic guests such as imidazole and 1,2,4-triazole into the microchannels of PCP/MOFs promotes the dynamic motion of guest molecules, resulting in high H(+) conduction without water. Not only the host-guest systems, but the embedding of protic organic groups on CPs also results in inherent H(+) conductivity. We have observed high H(+) conductivities under anhydrous conditions and in the intermediate temperature region of organic and inorganic conductors. The keys to successful construction are highly mobile ionic species and appropriate intervals of ion-hopping sites in the structures. Lithium (Li

  17. Novel, Solvent Free, Single Ion Conductive Polymer Electrolytes (Warsaw-2001)

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    2004-10-18

    LiCF3SO3, LiI, LiN(CF3SO2)2 and LiBF4 were used as lithium salts. To become better acquainted with the nature of conduction in such systems, lithium...Solid polymeric electrolytes for battery purposes in the form of composites of lithium salts (LiI, LiN(CF3SO2)2, LiClO4, LiAlCl4, LiCF3SO3 and LiBF4 ...distilled in an argon atmosphere prior to use. The following lithium salts were used: LiI, LiN(CF3SO2)2, LiClO4, LiAlCl4, LiCF3SO3 and LiBF4 (Aldrich

  18. Ion-conducting ceramic apparatus, method, fabrication, and applications

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    Yates, Matthew [Penfield, NY; Liu, Dongxia [Rochester, NY

    2012-03-06

    A c-axis-oriented HAP thin film synthesized by seeded growth on a palladium hydrogen membrane substrate. An exemplary synthetic process includes electrochemical seeding on the substrate, and secondary and tertiary hydrothermal treatments under conditions that favor growth along c-axes and a-axes in sequence. By adjusting corresponding synthetic conditions, an HAP this film can be grown to a controllable thickness with a dense coverage on the underlying substrate. The thin films have relatively high proton conductivity under hydrogen atmosphere and high temperature conditions. The c-axis oriented films may be integrated into fuel cells for application in the intermediate temperature range of 200-600.degree. C. The electrochemical-hydrothermal deposition technique may be applied to create other oriented crystal materials having optimized properties, useful for separations and catalysis as well as electronic and electrochemical applications, electrochemical membrane reactors, and in chemical sensors.

  19. Application of Freeze-Dried Powders of Genetically Engineered Microbial Strains as Adsorbents for Rare Earth Metal Ions.

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    Moriwaki, Hiroshi; Masuda, Reiko; Yamazaki, Yuki; Horiuchi, Kaoru; Miyashita, Mari; Kasahara, Jun; Tanaka, Tatsuhito; Yamamoto, Hiroki

    2016-10-12

    The adsorption behaviors of the rare earth metal ions onto freeze-dried powders of genetically engineered microbial strains were compared. Cell powders obtained from four kinds of strains, Bacillus subtilis 168 wild type (WT), lipoteichoic acid-defective (ΔLTA), wall teichoic acid-defective (ΔWTA), and cell wall hydrolases-defective (EFKYOJLp) strains, were used as an adsorbent of the rare earth metal ions at pH 3. The adsorption ability of the rare earth metal ions was in the order of EFKYOJLp > WT > ΔLTA > ΔWTA. The order was the same as the order of the phosphorus quantity of the strains. This result indicates that the main adsorption sites for the ions are the phosphate groups and the teichoic acids, LTA and WTA, that contribute to the adsorption of the rare earth metal ions onto the cell walls. The contribution of WTA was clearly greater than that of LTA. Each microbial powder was added to a solution containing 16 kinds of rare earth metal ions, and the removals (%) of each rare earth metal ion were obtained. The scandium ion showed the highest removal (%), while that of the lanthanum ion was the lowest for all the microbial powders. Differences in the distribution coefficients between the kinds of lanthanide ions by the EFKYOJLp and ΔWTA powders were greater than those of the other strains. Therefore, the EFKYOJLp and ΔWTA powders could be applicable for the selective extraction of the lanthanide ions. The ΔLTA powder coagulated by mixing with a rare earth metal ion, although no sedimentation of the WT or ΔWTA powder with a rare earth metal ion was observed under the same conditions. The EFKYOJLp powder was also coagulated, but its flocculating activity was lower than that of ΔLTA. The ΔLTA and EFKYOJLp powders have a long shape compared to those of the WT or ΔWTA strain. The shapes of the cells will play an important role in the sedimentation of the microbial powders with rare earth metal ions. As the results, three kinds of the genetically

  20. Neutral atomic oxygen beam produced by ion charge exchange for Low Earth Orbital (LEO) simulation

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    Banks, Bruce; Rutledge, Sharon; Brdar, Marko; Olen, Carl; Stidham, Curt

    1987-01-01

    A low energy neutral atomic oxygen beam system was designed and is currently being assembled at the Lewis Research Center. The system utilizes a 15 cm diameter Kaufman ion source to produce positive oxygen ions which are charge exchange neutralized to produce low energy (variable from 5 to 150 eV) oxygen atoms at a flux simulating real time low Earth orbital conditions. An electromagnet is used to direct only the singly charged oxygen ions from the ion source into the charge exchange cell. A retarding potential grid is used to slow down the oxygen ions to desired energies prior to their charge exchange. Cryogenically cooled diatomic oxygen gas in the charge exchange cell is then used to transfer charge to the oxygen ions to produce a neutral atomic oxygen beam. Remaining non-charge exchanged oxygen ions are then swept from the beam by electromagnetic or electrostatic deflection depending upon the desired experiment configuration. The resulting neutral oxygen beam of 5 to 10 cm in diameter impinges upon target materials within a sample holder fixture that can also provide for simultaneous heating and UV exposure during the atomic oxygen bombardment.

  1. A rare-earth-magnet ion trap for confining low-Z, bare nuclei

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    Brewer, Samuel M.; Tan, Joseph N.

    2009-05-01

    Simplifications in the theory for Rydberg states of hydrogenlike ions allow a substantial improvement in the accuracy of predicted levels, which can yield information on the values of fundamental constants and test theory if they can be compared with precision frequency measurements.[1] We consider the trapping of bare nuclei (fully-stripped) to be used in making Rydberg states of one-electron ions with atomic number 1< Z < 11. Numerical simulation is used here to study ion confinement in a compact, Penning-style ion trap consisting of electrodes integrated with rare-earth permanent magnets, and to model the capture of charge-state-selected ions extracted from an electron beam ion trap (EBIT). An experimental apparatus adapted to the NIST EBIT will also be discussed. Reference: [1] U.D. Jentschura, P.J. Mohr, J.N. Tan, and B.J. Wundt, ``Fundamental constants and tests of theory in Rydberg states of hydrogenlike ions,'' Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 160404 (2008).

  2. Solid Phase Luminescence of Several Rare Earth Ions on Ion-Exchange Films

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    Tanner, Stephen P.; Street, Kenneth W., Jr.

    1999-01-01

    The development and characterization of a novel ion-exchange film for solid-phase fluorometry and phosphorimetry is reported. This new cation-exchange material is suitable for spectroscopic applications in the ultraviolet and visible regions. It is advantageous because it, as a single entity, is easily recovered from solution and mounted in the spectrofluorometers. After preconcentration on the film, the luminescence intensity of lanthanide ions is several orders of magnitude greater than that of the corresponding solution, depending on the volume of solution and the amount of film. This procedure allows emission spectral measurements and determination of lanthanide ions at solution concentrations of < 5 (micro)g/L. The film may be stored for subsequent reuse or as a permanent record of the analysis. The major drawback to the use of the film is slow uptake of analyte due to diffusion limitations.

  3. Tuning the hopping conductivity of WO3 films by ion bombardment at different temperatures

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    Heinz, B.; Merz, M.; Widmayer, P.; Ziemann, P.

    2001-10-01

    WO3 films, either prepared by sputtering or evaporation under high or ultrahigh vacuum conditions, were irradiated with He+ and Ar+ ions (energy range 300-350 keV) at ambient and low temperatures (77-100 K). The resulting ion induced changes of the optical absorption as well as of the electrical conductivity could be determined on one and the same sample, which enables the variable range hopping (VRH) model to be tested under the assumption that the density of irradiation induced color centers is proportional to the electronic density of states contributing to the hopping conductivity. It is found that the data obtained at 300 K for He+ and Ar+ bombardment can be described within the VRH model by one common conductivity versus absorption curve, even though the effectiveness per projectile of the heavier ion for coloration as well as for increasing the conductivity is much higher. This is different at low temperatures. While the ion induced coloration is practically independent of the irradiation temperature for both projectiles, the effectiveness per projectile to enhance the conductivity is interchanged. This is attributed to the additional damage produced by the heavier ion at low temperatures resulting in strongly impeded hopping processes. Consistent with the VRH model, the temperature dependence of the conductivity of ion bombarded WO3 films follow the Mott "T-1/4" law, if the ion induced conductivity is not too high. For very high ion fluences clear deviations from the VRH model are observed for the conductivity versus absorption curves accompanied by a shift of the above power laws from T-1/4 towards T-1/2.

  4. Ion engine propelled Earth-Mars cycler with nuclear thermal propelled transfer vehicle, volume 2

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    Meyer, Rudolf X.; Baker, Myles; Melko, Joseph

    1994-01-01

    The goal of this project was to perform a preliminary design of a long term, reusable transportation system between earth and Mars which would be capable of providing both artificial gravity and shelter from solar flare radiation. The heart of this system was assumed to be a Cycler spacecraft propelled by an ion propulsion system. The crew transfer vehicle was designed to be propelled by a nuclear-thermal propulsion system. Several Mars transportation system architectures and their associated space vehicles were designed.

  5. NIR persistent luminescence of lanthanide ion-doped rare-earth oxycarbonates: the effect of dopants.

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    Caratto, Valentina; Locardi, Federico; Costa, Giorgio Andrea; Masini, Roberto; Fasoli, Mauro; Panzeri, Laura; Martini, Marco; Bottinelli, Emanuela; Gianotti, Enrica; Miletto, Ivana

    2014-10-22

    A series of luminescent rare-earth ion-doped hexagonal II-type Gd oxycarbonate phosphors Gd2-xRExO2CO3 (RE = Eu(3+), Yb(3+), Dy(3+)) have been successfully synthesized by thermal decomposition of the corresponding mixed oxalates. The Yb(3+) doped Gd-oxycarbonate has evidenced a high persistent luminescence in the NIR region, that is independent from the temperature and makes this materials particular attractive as optical probes for bioimaging.

  6. Hydration-reduced lattice thermal conductivity of olivine in Earth's upper mantle.

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    Chang, Yun-Yuan; Hsieh, Wen-Pin; Tan, Eh; Chen, Jiuhua

    2017-04-18

    Earth's water cycle enables the incorporation of water (hydration) in mantle minerals that can influence the physical properties of the mantle. Lattice thermal conductivity of mantle minerals is critical for controlling the temperature profile and dynamics of the mantle and subducting slabs. However, the effect of hydration on lattice thermal conductivity remains poorly understood and has often been assumed to be negligible. Here we have precisely measured the lattice thermal conductivity of hydrous San Carlos olivine (Mg0.9Fe0.1)2SiO4 (Fo90) up to 15 gigapascals using an ultrafast optical pump-probe technique. The thermal conductivity of hydrous Fo90 with ∼7,000 wt ppm water is significantly suppressed at pressures above ∼5 gigapascals, and is approximately 2 times smaller than the nominally anhydrous Fo90 at mantle transition zone pressures, demonstrating the critical influence of hydration on the lattice thermal conductivity of olivine in this region. Modeling the thermal structure of a subducting slab with our results shows that the hydration-reduced thermal conductivity in hydrated oceanic crust further decreases the temperature at the cold, dry center of the subducting slab. Therefore, the olivine-wadsleyite transformation rate in the slab with hydrated oceanic crust is much slower than that with dry oceanic crust after the slab sinks into the transition zone, extending the metastable olivine to a greater depth. The hydration-reduced thermal conductivity could enable hydrous minerals to survive in deeper mantle and enhance water transportation to the transition zone.

  7. On the thermal and magnetic histories of Earth and Venus: Influences of melting, radioactivity, and conductivity

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    Driscoll, P.; Bercovici, D.

    2014-11-01

    The study of the thermal evolution of Earth's interior is uncertain and controversial in many respects, from the interpretation of petrologic observations used to infer the temperature and dynamics of the interior, to the physics and material properties governing heat transport. The thermal history of Venus is even more uncertain, but the lack of a dynamo at present in an otherwise similar planet may provide additional constraints on terrestrial planet evolution. In this paper a one dimensional thermal history model is derived that includes heat loss due to mantle melt eruption at the surface to explore its influence on the thermal and magnetic history of Earth and Venus. We show that the thermal catastrophe of Earth's mantle, which occurs for a present day Urey ratio of 1/3 and convective heat loss exponent of β=1/3, can be avoided by assuming a rather high core heat flow of ∼15 TW. This core heat flow also avoids the new core paradox by allowing for the geodynamo to be thermally powered prior to inner core growth for core thermal conductivities as high as 130 Wm K. Dynamo regime diagrams demonstrate that the mantle melt eruption rate has a minor effect on the history of mobile lid planets due to the efficiency of plate tectonic convective heat loss. However, if Earth were in a stagnant lid regime prior to 2.5 Ga, as has been proposed, then at least ∼5% of mantle melt is required to erupt in order to thermally power the paleodynamo at that time. Dynamo regime diagrams for stagnant lid Venus models indicate that more than half of the melt generated in the mantle is required to erupt in order to overcome the insulation imposed by the stagnant lid and drive a dynamo. This implies that with an Earth-like mantle radioactivity the Venusian dynamo shut down ∼0.3 Ga for an eruption efficiency of 50%, and ∼3 Ga for an eruption efficiency of zero. Consequently, a stagnant lid alone does not prevent a core dynamo if melting of the upper mantle provides a substantial

  8. Femtosecond Laser-Induced Upconversion Luminescence in Rare-Earth Ions by Nonresonant Multiphoton Absorption.

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    Yao, Yunhua; Xu, Cheng; Zheng, Ye; Yang, Chengshuai; Liu, Pei; Jia, Tianqing; Qiu, Jianrong; Sun, Zhenrong; Zhang, Shian

    2016-07-21

    The upconversion luminescence of rare-earth ions has attracted considerable interest because of its important applications in photoelectric conversion, color display, laser device, multiplexed biolabeling, and security printing. Previous studies mainly explored the upconversion luminescence generation through excited state absorption, energy transfer upconversion, and photon avalanche under the continuous wave laser excitation. Here, we focus on the upconversion luminescence generation through a nonresonant multiphoton absorption by using the intense femtosecond pulsed laser excitation and study the upconversion luminescence intensity control by varying the femtosecond laser phase and polarization. We show that the upconversion luminescence of rare-earth ions under the intense femtosecond laser field excitation is easy to be obtained due to the nonresonant multiphoton absorption through the nonlinear interaction between light and matter, which is not available by the continuous wave laser excitation in previous works. We also show that the upconversion luminescence intensity can be effectively controlled by varying the femtosecond pulsed laser phase and polarization, which can open a new technological opportunity to generate and control the upconversion luminescence of rare-earth ions and also can be further extended to the relevant application areas.

  9. Energetics of alkali and alkaline earth ion-exchanged zeolite A

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    Sun, Hui; Wu, Di; Liu, Kefeng; Guo, Xiaofeng; Navrotsky, Alexandra

    2016-06-30

    Alkali and alkaline earth ion-exchanged zeolite A samples were synthesized in aqueous exchange media. They were thoroughly studied by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), electron microprobe (EMPA), thermogravimetric analysis and differential scanning calorimetry (TG-DSC), and high temperature oxide melt solution calorimetry. The hydration energetics and enthalpies of formation of these zeolite A materials from constituent oxides were determined. Specifically, the hydration level of zeolite A has a linear dependence on the average ionic potential (Z/r) of the cation, from 0.894 (Rb-A) to 1.317 per TO2 (Mg-A). The formation enthalpies from oxides (25 °C) range from –93.71 ± 1.77 (K-A) to –48.02 ± 1.85 kJ/mol per TO2 (Li-A) for hydrated alkali ion-exchanged zeolite A, and from –47.99 ± 1.20 (Ba-A) to –26.41 ± 1.71 kJ/mol per TO2 (Mg-A) for hydrated alkaline earth ion-exchanged zeolite A. As a result, the formation enthalpy from oxides generally becomes less exothermic as Z/r increases, but a distinct difference in slope is observed between the alkali and the alkaline earth series.

  10. Energetics of alkali and alkaline earth ion-exchanged zeolite A

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    Sun, Hui; Wu, Di; Liu, Kefeng; ...

    2016-06-30

    Alkali and alkaline earth ion-exchanged zeolite A samples were synthesized in aqueous exchange media. They were thoroughly studied by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), electron microprobe (EMPA), thermogravimetric analysis and differential scanning calorimetry (TG-DSC), and high temperature oxide melt solution calorimetry. The hydration energetics and enthalpies of formation of these zeolite A materials from constituent oxides were determined. Specifically, the hydration level of zeolite A has a linear dependence on the average ionic potential (Z/r) of the cation, from 0.894 (Rb-A) to 1.317 per TO2 (Mg-A). The formation enthalpies from oxides (25 °C) range from –93.71 ± 1.77 (K-A) to –48.02more » ± 1.85 kJ/mol per TO2 (Li-A) for hydrated alkali ion-exchanged zeolite A, and from –47.99 ± 1.20 (Ba-A) to –26.41 ± 1.71 kJ/mol per TO2 (Mg-A) for hydrated alkaline earth ion-exchanged zeolite A. As a result, the formation enthalpy from oxides generally becomes less exothermic as Z/r increases, but a distinct difference in slope is observed between the alkali and the alkaline earth series.« less

  11. Optical detection of a single rare-earth ion in a crystal

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    Kolesov, R.; Xia, K.; Reuter, R.; Stöhr, R.; Zappe, A.; Meijer, J.; Hemmer, P.R.; Wrachtrup, J.

    2012-01-01

    Rare-earth-doped laser materials show strong prospects for quantum information storage and processing, as well as for biological imaging, due to their high-Q 4f↔4f optical transitions. However, the inability to optically detect single rare-earth dopants has prevented these materials from reaching their full potential. Here we detect a single photostable Pr3+ ion in yttrium aluminium garnet nanocrystals with high contrast photon antibunching by using optical upconversion of the excited state population of the 4f↔4f optical transition into ultraviolet fluorescence. We also demonstrate on-demand creation of Pr3+ ions in a bulk yttrium aluminium garnet crystal by patterned ion implantation. Finally, we show generation of local nanophotonic structures and cell death due to photochemical effects caused by upconverted ultraviolet fluorescence of praseodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet in the surrounding environment. Our study demonstrates versatile use of rare-earth atomic-size ultraviolet emitters for nanoengineering and biotechnological applications. PMID:22929786

  12. Photoluminescence of some chalcogenide glasses doped with rare-earth ions

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    Iovu, Mihail; Lupan, Elana; Zavadil, Jurii; Kostka, Peter; Ivanova, Zoya; Seddon, Angela; Furniss, David

    2015-02-01

    The absorption and emission spectra of Ga-La-S:O doped with Pr3+, and Ga-Ge-As-S chalcogenide glasses doped with Pr3+, Dy3+, Nd3+, Sm3+ and Ho3+ were experimentally investigated at room temperature and at T=4 K. Photoluminescence spectra were measured at low temperature (T=4 K) at excitation by He-Ne (λ=632.8 nm line) and Ar ion (INNOVA 306, λ=514.5 nm line) lasers working in CW regime, in order to observe simultaneously the narrow 4f-4f emission from rare-earth ions and the broad band luminescence of the host glass. In the transmission spectra of rare-earth doped glasses differs from that of the base glass. The major feature in low-temperature of photoluminescence spectra (PL) is the presence of the broad band luminescence of the host glass and relatively sharp 4f-4f radiative transitions due to the presence of rare-earth (RE3+) ions, that gives the direct evidence of the energy transfer between the host glass and respective RE3+ dopants.

  13. Laser polarization and phase control of up-conversion fluorescence in rare-earth ions

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    Yao, Yunhua; Zhang, Shian; Zhang, Hui; Ding, Jingxin; Jia, Tianqing; Qiu, Jianrong; Sun, Zhenrong

    2014-01-01

    We theoretically and experimentally demonstrate the up-conversion fluorescence control via resonance-mediated two-photon absorption in rare-earth ions by varying both the laser polarization and phase. We show that both the laser polarization and phase can control the up-conversion fluorescence, and the up-conversion fluorescence intensity is decreased when the laser polarization changes from linear through elliptical to circular. We also show that the laser polarization will affect the control efficiency of the up-conversion fluorescence by varying the laser phase, and the circular polarization will reduce the control efficiency. Furthermore, we suggest that the control efficiency by varying the laser polarization and the effect of the laser polarization on the control efficiency by varying the laser phase can be artificially manipulated by controlling the laser spectral bandwidth. This optical control method opens a new opportunity to control the up-conversion fluorescence of rare-earth ions, which may have significant impact on the related applications of rare-earth ions. PMID:25465401

  14. Energetics of alkali and alkaline earth ion-exchanged zeolite A

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    Sun, Hui; Wu, Di; Liu, Kefeng; Guo, Xiaofeng; Navrotsky, Alexandra

    2016-06-30

    Alkali and alkaline earth ion-exchanged zeolite A samples were synthesized in aqueous exchange media. They were thoroughly studied by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), electron microprobe (EMPA), thermogravimetric analysis and differential scanning calorimetry (TG-DSC), and high temperature oxide melt solution calorimetry. The hydration energetics and enthalpies of formation of these zeolite A materials from constituent oxides were determined. Specifically, the hydration level of zeolite A has a linear dependence on the average ionic potential (Z/r) of the cation, from 0.894 (Rb-A) to 1.317 per TO2 (Mg-A). The formation enthalpies from oxides (25 °C) range from –93.71 ± 1.77 (K-A) to –48.02 ± 1.85 kJ/mol per TO2 (Li-A) for hydrated alkali ion-exchanged zeolite A, and from –47.99 ± 1.20 (Ba-A) to –26.41 ± 1.71 kJ/mol per TO2 (Mg-A) for hydrated alkaline earth ion-exchanged zeolite A. As a result, the formation enthalpy from oxides generally becomes less exothermic as Z/r increases, but a distinct difference in slope is observed between the alkali and the alkaline earth series.

  15. Influence of anionic vacancies on the ionic conductivity of silicated rare earth apatites

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    Panteix, P.J. Bechade, E.; Julien, I.; Abelard, P.; Bernache-Assollant, D.

    2008-05-06

    Oxyapatites are very promising materials in terms of ionic conductivity. They can be considered as a potential electrolyte for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC). Doped silicated rare earth apatites with formula La{sub 9.33-x}Ca{sub x}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 6}O{sub 2-x/2} (0 {<=} x {<=} 1) have been prepared by solid state reaction at high temperature in order to determine the influence of anionic vacancies on the electrical properties of the material. The incorporation of calcium in the structure has been checked by characterizations of the powders (X-ray diffraction, helium pycnometry). The cell parameters of the hexagonal apatite were refined. Samples were sintered at 1550 deg. C. Electrical properties of each composition have been studied between 280 and 620 deg. C by the complex impedance method. The evolution of the bulk conductivity and of the activation energy with the substituting ratio gives information on the conductivity mechanism in these materials. An improvement of ionic conductivity about one order of magnitude has been observed for low calcium substitution ratios.

  16. Ion conduction in the KcsA potassium channel analyzed with a minimal kinetic model.

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    Mafé, Salvador; Pellicer, Julio

    2005-02-01

    We use a model by Nelson to study the current-voltage and conductance-concentration curves of bacterial potassium channel KcsA without assuming rapid ion translocation. Ion association to the channel filter is rate controlling at low concentrations, but dissociation and transport in the filter can limit conduction at high concentration for ions other than K+. The absolute values of the effective rate constants are tentative but the relative changes in these constants needed to qualitatively explain the experiments should be of significance.

  17. Oxygen ion implantation induced microstructural changes and electrical conductivity in Bakelite RPC detector material

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    Kumar, K. V. Aneesh; Ranganathaiah, C.; Kumarswamy, G. N.; Ravikumar, H. B.

    2016-05-01

    In order to explore the structural modification induced electrical conductivity, samples of Bakelite Resistive Plate Chamber (RPC) detector materials were exposed to 100 keV Oxygen ion in the fluences of 1012, 1013, 1014 and 1015 ions/cm2. Ion implantation induced microstructural changes have been studied using Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy (PALS) and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) techniques. Positron lifetime parameters viz., o-Ps lifetime and its intensity shows the deposition of high energy interior track and chain scission leads to the formation of radicals, secondary ions and electrons at lower ion implantation fluences (1012 to1014 ions/cm2) followed by cross-linking at 1015 ions/cm2 fluence due to the radical reactions. The reduction in electrical conductivity of Bakelite detector material is correlated to the conducting pathways and cross-links in the polymer matrix. The appropriate implantation energy and fluence of Oxygen ion on polymer based Bakelite RPC detector material may reduce the leakage current, improves the efficiency, time resolution and thereby rectify the aging crisis of the RPC detectors.

  18. Oxygen ion implantation induced microstructural changes and electrical conductivity in Bakelite RPC detector material

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    Kumar, K. V. Aneesh Ravikumar, H. B.; Ranganathaiah, C.; Kumarswamy, G. N.

    2016-05-06

    In order to explore the structural modification induced electrical conductivity, samples of Bakelite Resistive Plate Chamber (RPC) detector materials were exposed to 100 keV Oxygen ion in the fluences of 10{sup 12}, 10{sup 13}, 10{sup 14} and 10{sup 15} ions/cm{sup 2}. Ion implantation induced microstructural changes have been studied using Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy (PALS) and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) techniques. Positron lifetime parameters viz., o-Ps lifetime and its intensity shows the deposition of high energy interior track and chain scission leads to the formation of radicals, secondary ions and electrons at lower ion implantation fluences (10{sup 12} to10{sup 14} ions/cm{sup 2}) followed by cross-linking at 10{sup 15} ions/cm{sup 2} fluence due to the radical reactions. The reduction in electrical conductivity of Bakelite detector material is correlated to the conducting pathways and cross-links in the polymer matrix. The appropriate implantation energy and fluence of Oxygen ion on polymer based Bakelite RPC detector material may reduce the leakage current, improves the efficiency, time resolution and thereby rectify the aging crisis of the RPC detectors.

  19. Electrolytic process to produce sodium hypochlorite using sodium ion conductive ceramic membranes

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    Balagopal, Shekar; Malhotra, Vinod; Pendleton, Justin; Reid, Kathy Jo

    2012-09-18

    An electrochemical process for the production of sodium hypochlorite is disclosed. The process may potentially be used to produce sodium hypochlorite from seawater or low purity un-softened or NaCl-based salt solutions. The process utilizes a sodium ion conductive ceramic membrane, such as membranes based on NASICON-type materials, in an electrolytic cell. In the process, water is reduced at a cathode to form hydroxyl ions and hydrogen gas. Chloride ions from a sodium chloride solution are oxidized in the anolyte compartment to produce chlorine gas which reacts with water to produce hypochlorous and hydrochloric acid. Sodium ions are transported from the anolyte compartment to the catholyte compartment across the sodium ion conductive ceramic membrane. Sodium hydroxide is transported from the catholyte compartment to the anolyte compartment to produce sodium hypochlorite within the anolyte compartment.

  20. Ion irradiation effects on conduction in single-wall carbon nanotube networks

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    Skákalová, V.; Kaiser, A. B.; Osváth, Z.; Vértesy, G.; Biró, L. P.; Roth, S.

    2008-03-01

    We have measured how irradiation by Ar+ and N+ ions modifies electronic conduction in single-wall carbon nanotube (SWNT) networks, finding dramatically different effects for different thicknesses. For very thin transparent networks, ion irradiation increases localization of charge carriers and reduces the variable-range hopping conductivity, especially at low temperatures. However, for thick networks (SWNT paper) showing metallic conductivity, we find a relatively sharp peak in conductivity as a function of irradiation dose. Our investigation of this peak reveals the important role of thermal annealing extending beyond the range of the irradiating ions, and shows the dependence on the morphology of the samples. We propose a simple model that accounts for the temperature-dependent conductivity.

  1. Bombardment induced ion transport - part IV: ionic conductivity of ultra-thin polyelectrolyte multilayer films.

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    Wesp, Veronika; Hermann, Matthias; Schäfer, Martin; Hühn, Jonas; Parak, Wolfgang J; Weitzel, Karl-Michael

    2016-02-14

    The dependence of the ionic conductance of ultra-thin polyelectrolyte multilayer (PEM) films on the temperature and the number of bilayers has been investigated by the recently developed low energy bombardment induced ion transport (BIIT) method. To this end multilayers of alternating poly(sodium 4-styrene sulfonate) (PSS) and poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH) layers were deposited on a metal electrode and subsequently bombarded by a low energy potassium ion beam. Ions are transported through the film according to the laws of electro-diffusion towards a grounded backside electrode. They are neutralized at the interface between the polymer film and the metal electrode. The detected neutralization current scales linearly with the acceleration potential of the ion beam indicating Ohmic behavior for the (PAH/PSS)x multilayer, where x denotes the number of bilayers. The conductance exhibits a non-monotonic dependence on the number of bilayers, x. For 2 ≤ x ≤ 8 the conductance increases non-linearly with the number of bilayers. For x ≥ 8 the conductance decreases with increasing number of bilayers. The variation of the conductance is rationalized by a model accounting for the structure dependence of the conductivity. The thinnest sample for which the conductance has been measured is the single bilayer reflecting properties dominated by the interface. The activation energy for the ion transport is 0.49 eV.

  2. Ion transport mechanism in glasses: non-Arrhenius conductivity and nonuniversal features.

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    Murugavel, S; Vaid, C; Bhadram, V S; Narayana, C

    2010-10-28

    In this article, we report non-Arrhenius behavior in the temperature-dependent dc conductivity of alkali ion conducting silicate glasses well below their glass transition temperature. In contrast to the several fast ion-conducting and binary potassium silicate glasses, these glasses show a positive deviation in the Arrhenius plot. The observed non-Arrhenius behavior is completely reproducible in nature even after prolonged annealing close to the glass transition temperature of the respective glass sample. These results are the manifestation of local structural changes of the silicate network with temperature and give rise to different local environments into which the alkali ions hop, revealed by in situ high-temperature Raman spectroscopy. Furthermore, the present study provides new insights into the strong link between the dynamics of the alkali ions and different sites associated with it in the glasses.

  3. Ion conducting polymers and polymer blends for alkali metal ion batteries

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    DeSimone, Joseph M.; Pandya, Ashish; Wong, Dominica; Vitale, Alessandra

    2017-08-29

    Electrolyte compositions for batteries such as lithium ion and lithium air batteries are described. In some embodiments the compositions are liquid compositions comprising (a) a homogeneous solvent system, said solvent system comprising a perfluropolyether (PFPE) and polyethylene oxide (PEO); and (b) an alkali metal salt dissolved in said solvent system. In other embodiments the compositions are solid electrolyte compositions comprising: (a) a solid polymer, said polymer comprising a crosslinked product of a crosslinkable perfluropolyether (PFPE) and a crosslinkable polyethylene oxide (PEO); and (b) an alkali metal ion salt dissolved in said polymer. Batteries containing such compositions as electrolytes are also described.

  4. Evidence for solar wind origin of energetic heavy ions in the earth's radiation belt

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    Hovestadt, D.; Klecker, B.; Scholer, M.; Gloeckler, G.; Ipavich, F. M.; Fan, C. Y.; Fisk, L. A.; Ogallagher, J. J.

    1978-01-01

    Analysis of data from our energetic ion composition experiment on ISEE-1 has revealed the presence of substantial fluxes of carbon, oxygen, and heavier ions above 400 keV/nucleon at L values between approximately 2.5 and 4 earth radii. The measured C/O ratio varies systematically from 1.3 at 450 keV/nucleon to 4.1 at 1.3 MeV/nucleon, and no iron is observed above 200 keV/nucleon. These results provide strong evidence for a solar wind origin for energetic ions in the outer radiation belt. The absence of iron and the increase of the carbon-to-oxygen ratio with energy suggest that the condition for the validity of the first adiabatic invariant may have a strong influence on the trapping of these particles.

  5. Ion conics and counterstreaming electrons generated by lower hybrid waves in the earth's magnetosphere

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    Chang, Tom; Crew, Geoffrey B.; Retterrer, John M.; Jasperse, John R.

    1989-01-01

    The exotic phenomenon of energetic ion-conic and counterstreaming electron formation by lower hybrid waves along discrete auroral field lines in the earth magnetosphere is considered. Mean-particle calculations, plasma simulations, and analytical treatments of the acceleration processes are described. It is shown that, in the primary auroral electron-beam region, lower hybrid waves could be an efficient mechanism for the transverse heating of H (+) and O(+) ions of ionospheric origin, as well as for the field-aligned heating of the ambient electrons leading to coincident counterstreaming electron distributions. For O(+) ions to be energized by such a wave-particle interaction process, however, some sort of preheating mechanism is required.

  6. Evidence for solar wind origin of energetic heavy ions in the earth's radiation belt

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    Hovestadt, D.; Klecker, B.; Scholer, M.; Gloeckler, G.; Ipavich, F. M.; Fan, C. Y.; Fisk, L. A.; Ogallagher, J. J.

    1978-01-01

    Analysis of data from our energetic ion composition experiment on ISEE-1 has revealed the presence of substantial fluxes of carbon, oxygen, and heavier ions above 400 keV/nucleon at L values between approximately 2.5 and 4 earth radii. The measured C/O ratio varies systematically from 1.3 at 450 keV/nucleon to 4.1 at 1.3 MeV/nucleon, and no iron is observed above 200 keV/nucleon. These results provide strong evidence for a solar wind origin for energetic ions in the outer radiation belt. The absence of iron and the increase of the carbon-to-oxygen ratio with energy suggest that the condition for the validity of the first adiabatic invariant may have a strong influence on the trapping of these particles.

  7. Optical spectroscopy of random deformations in elastically-anisotropic crystals containing rare-earth ions

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    Malkin, B. Z.; Baibekov, E. I.; Abishev, N. M.; Pytalev, D. S.; Popova, M. N.; Bettinelli, M.

    2016-12-01

    We present the results of studies of spectral effects in the optical high-resolution (0.01 cm-1) spectra of rare-earth ions in crystals caused by random deformations of a crystal lattice. Low-temperature polarized transmission spectra in a broad spectral range (5000-15000 cm-1) were taken for tetragonal single crystals ABO4 (A=Y, Lu; B=V, P) containing impurity Tm3+ ions with concentrations 0.2 and 1.0 at.%. A specific fine structure of singlet-doublet transitions in the Tm3+ ions was observed. We demonstrate a possibility to estimate a concentration of intrinsic lattice defects from the analysis of the measurement data, by making use of an analytical expression derived in the present work for the distribution function of random lattice strains induced by point defects in the elastically-anisotropic continuum.

  8. Quasi-linear analysis of ion Weibel instability in the earth's neutral sheet

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    Lui, Anthony T. Y.; Yoon, Peter H.; Chang, Chia-Lie

    1993-01-01

    A quasi-linear analysis of the ion Weibel instability (IWI) for waves with parallel propagation is carried out for parameters appropriate to the earth's neutral sheet during the substorm interval. For ion drift speed reaching sizable fraction of the ion thermal speed, unstable waves grow to a nonlinear regime in a time interval greater than an ion gyroperiod. The saturation level is attained with current density reduced to about 15-28 percent of its preactivity level. The unstable wave amplitude normalized to the initial ambient field is found to be in the range of 0.2-0.8. This is accompanied by ion heating along the magnetic field with the parallel temperature being enhanced by 25-90 percent. Thus, the IWI can provide nonadiabatic heating of ions in current disruptions during substorms. The associated anomalous resistivity is estimated to be about 1 x 10 exp -7 to 1 x 10 exp -6 s, which is about 11 to 12 orders of magnitude above the classical resistivity.

  9. Low-energy ions dominate the space environments of Earth, Mars, and Venus

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    Schultz, Colin

    2012-03-01

    Stretching from the top of the ionosphere to out into space, the terrestrial space environment is packed with low-energy ions, populated when ultraviolet radiation emanating from the Sun ionizes atmospheric gases in the ionosphere below. These ions, with energies of a few electron volts, play an important role in modifying dynamics within the magnetosphere. Though this view of the space environment is well grounded in theory, the actual detection and quantification of low-energy ion densities have been more elusive. The difficulty stems from the environmental conditions within which sensors seeking to measure these low-energy ions must operate. Satellites high above the Earth accumulate surface charges giving positive potentials of tens to hundreds of volts when exposed to sunlight and end up repelling the low-velocity, low-energy, positively charged ions that researchers hoped to detect. Using an array of techniques, including a recently developed approach whereby onboard sensors look for distortions in the electric field in the satellite's own wake, André and Cully estimate the density of low-energy ions.

  10. Quasi-linear analysis of ion Weibel instability in the earth's neutral sheet

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    Lui, Anthony T. Y.; Yoon, Peter H.; Chang, Chia-Lie

    1993-01-01

    A quasi-linear analysis of the ion Weibel instability (IWI) for waves with parallel propagation is carried out for parameters appropriate to the earth's neutral sheet during the substorm interval. For ion drift speed reaching sizable fraction of the ion thermal speed, unstable waves grow to a nonlinear regime in a time interval greater than an ion gyroperiod. The saturation level is attained with current density reduced to about 15-28 percent of its preactivity level. The unstable wave amplitude normalized to the initial ambient field is found to be in the range of 0.2-0.8. This is accompanied by ion heating along the magnetic field with the parallel temperature being enhanced by 25-90 percent. Thus, the IWI can provide nonadiabatic heating of ions in current disruptions during substorms. The associated anomalous resistivity is estimated to be about 1 x 10 exp -7 to 1 x 10 exp -6 s, which is about 11 to 12 orders of magnitude above the classical resistivity.

  11. Investigation of the Transport of Solar Ions Through the Earth's Magnetosphere

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    Lennartsson, O. W.

    2000-08-01

    The objective of this study has been to infer, by statistical means, the most probable mode of entry of solar wind plasma into Earth's magnetotail, using a particular set of archived data from the Lockheed Plasma Composition Experiment on the International Sun-Earth Explorer One (ISEE-1) satellite, jointly sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) in the 1970's and 80's. Despite their considerable age, the Lockheed ISEE-1 data are still, at the time of this report, the only substantial ion composition data in the sub-keV to keV energy range available from the magnetotail beyond 9 RE, because of various technical problems with ion mass spectrometers on later missions, and are therefore a unique source of information about the mixing of solar and terrestrial origin plasmas in the tail, within the ISEE-1 apogee of almost 23 RE. The entire set of archived data used in this study, covering the 4.5 years of operation of the instrument and comprising not only tail measurements but also data from the inner magnetosphere as well as data from outside the magnetopause, is now available to the public via the WorldWideWeb at the address: http://cis.spasci.com/ISEE_ions The fundamental assumption of this and other studies of magnetosphere ion composition is that He++ and O+ ions are virtually certain "tags" of solar and terrestrial origins, respectively. This is an assumption with strong theoretical basis and it is corroborated by observational evidence, including the often substantial differences between the velocity distribution functions of those two species. The H+ ions can have a dual origin, in principle, but the close resemblance in the ISEE-1 data between the dynamics of H+ and He++ ions indicates a predominantly solar origin of the H+ ions in the tail, at least. By the same token, the usually minor He+ ions are probably almost entirely of terrestrial origin, because of their similarity to the O+ ions.

  12. Investigation of the Transport of Solar Ions Through the Earth's Magnetosphere

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    Lennartsson, O. W.; Evans, David (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    The objective of this study has been to infer, by statistical means, the most probable mode of entry of solar wind plasma into Earth's magnetotail, using a particular set of archived data from the Lockheed Plasma Composition Experiment on the International Sun-Earth Explorer One (ISEE-1) satellite, jointly sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) in the 1970's and 80's. Despite their considerable age, the Lockheed ISEE-1 data are still, at the time of this report, the only substantial ion composition data in the sub-keV to keV energy range available from the magnetotail beyond 9 R(sub E), because of various technical problems with ion mass spectrometers on later missions, and are therefore a unique source of information about the mixing of solar and terrestrial origin plasmas in the tail, within the ISEE-1 apogee of almost 23 R(sub E). The entire set of archived data used in this study, covering the 4.5 years of operation of the instrument and comprising not only tail measurements but also data from the inner magnetosphere as well as data from outside the magnetopause, is now available to the public via the WorldWideWeb at the address: http://cis.spasci.com/ISEE_ions The fundamental assumption of this and other studies of magnetosphere ion composition is that He++ and O+ ions are virtually certain "tags" of solar and terrestrial origins, respectively. This is an assumption with strong theoretical basis and it is corroborated by observational evidence, including the often substantial differences between the velocity distribution functions of those two species. The H+ ions can have a dual origin, in principle, but the close resemblance in the ISEE-1 data between the dynamics of H+ and He++ ions indicates a predominantly solar origin of the H+ ions in the tail, at least. By the same token, the usually minor He+ ions are probably almost entirely of terrestrial origin, because of their similarity to the O

  13. Graded and all-or-none electrogenesis in arthropod muscle. II. The effects of alkali-earth and onium ions on lobster muscle fibers.

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    WERMAN, R; GRUNDFEST, H

    1961-05-01

    Conversion of graded responsiveness of lobster muscle fibers to all-or-none activity by alkali-earth and tetraethylammonium (TEA) ions appears to be due to a combination of effects. The membrane is hyperpolarized, its resistance is increased, and its sensitivity to external K(+) is diminished, all effects which indicate diminished K(+) conductance. While the spikes are prolonged, the conductance is higher throughout the response than it is in the resting membrane. Repetitive activity becomes prominent. These effects indicate maintained high conductance for an ion which causes depolarization. This is normally Na(+), since its presence in low concentrations potentiates the effects of Ba(++), but the alkali-earth ions and TEA can also carry inward charge. Ba(++), Sr(++), and TEA appear to be more effective than is Ca(++) in its normal role, which is probably to depress K(+) conductance and Na inactivation. Thus, conversion of graded to all-or-none responsiveness appears to occur because of the relative increase of depolarizing inward ion flux and decrease of repolarizing outward flux.

  14. Ionic conductivity of binary fluorides of potassium and rare earth elements

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    Sorokin, N. I.

    2016-01-15

    The ionic conductivity s of KYF{sub 4} and K{sub 2}RF{sub 5} single crystals (R = Gd, Ho, Er) and KNdF{sub 4} and K{sub 2}RF{sub 5} ceramic samples (R = Dy, Er) has been studied in the temperature range of 340–500°C. A comparative analysis of the σ values for these objects has been performed. Binary fluorides of potassium and rare earth elements were synthesized by the hydrothermal method (temperature 480°C, pressure 100–150 MPa) in the R{sub 2}O{sub 3}–KF–H{sub 2}O systems. The σ values of tetraf luorides are 3 × 10{sup –5} S/cm (KYF{sub 4} single crystal) and 3 × 10{sup –6} S/cm (KNdF{sub 4} ceramics) at 435°C. A K{sub 2}ErF{sub 5} single crystal with σ = 1.2 × 10{sup –4} S/cm at 435°C has the maximum value of ionic conductivity among pentafluorides. The anisotropy of ionic transport was found in K{sub 2}HoF{sub 5} single crystals, σ{sub ∥c}/σ{sub ⊥c} = 2.5, where σ{sub ∥c} and σ{sub ⊥c} are, respectively, the conductivities along the crystallographic c axis and in the perpendicular direction.

  15. Ionic conductivity of binary fluorides of potassium and rare earth elements

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    Sorokin, N. I.

    2016-01-01

    The ionic conductivity s of KYF4 and K2 RF5 single crystals ( R = Gd, Ho, Er) and KNdF4 and K2 RF5 ceramic samples ( R = Dy, Er) has been studied in the temperature range of 340-500°C. A comparative analysis of the σ values for these objects has been performed. Binary fluorides of potassium and rare earth elements were synthesized by the hydrothermal method (temperature 480°C, pressure 100-150 MPa) in the R 2O3-KF-H2O systems. The σ values of tetraf luorides are 3 × 10-5 S/cm (KYF4 single crystal) and 3 × 10-6 S/cm (KNdF4 ceramics) at 435°C. A K2ErF5 single crystal with σ = 1.2 × 10-4 S/cm at 435°C has the maximum value of ionic conductivity among pentafluorides. The anisotropy of ionic transport was found in K2HoF5 single crystals, σ∥ c /σ⊥ c = 2.5, where σ∥ c and σ⊥ c are, respectively, the conductivities along the crystallographic c axis and in the perpendicular direction.

  16. Conduction of thermal energy in the neighborhood of the earth's bow shock

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    Hohlfeld, R. G.

    1976-01-01

    The Rankine-Hugoniot equations for MHD shocks are generalized by the addition of a term to the energy conservation equation representing a nonzero heat flow in the plasma in the neighborhood of the shock. This generalization is found to be compatible with the assumption of infinite electrical conductivity. The effects of plasma waves in this treatment are of the order of the reciprocal Alfvenic Mach number squared and hence are neglected. The effect of alpha particles in the solar wind is discussed. Seven crossings of the earth's bow shock by Explorer 35 in lunar orbit are analyzed. Sufficient data are available so that the determination of a dimensionless parameter, psi, characterizing the heat-flow difference across the bow shock is possible. The values of psi indicate energy-flux densities due to heat flow which are a nonnegligible fraction of the total energy flux. Two possible interpretations of psi are discussed.

  17. Design of fast ion conducting cathode materials for grid-scale sodium-ion batteries.

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    Wong, Lee Loong; Chen, Haomin; Adams, Stefan

    2017-03-15

    The obvious cost advantage as well as attractive electrochemical properties, including excellent cycling stability and the potential of high rate performance, make sodium-ion batteries prime candidates in the race to technically and commercially enable large-scale electrochemical energy storage. In this work, we apply our bond valence site energy modelling method to further the understanding of rate capabilities of a wide range of potential insertion-type sodium-ion battery cathode materials. We demonstrate how a stretched exponential function permits us to systematically quantify the rate performance, which in turn reveals guidelines for the design of novel sodium-ion battery chemistries suitable for high power, grid-scale applications. Starting from a diffusion relaxation model, we establish a semi-quantitative prediction of the rate-performance of half-cells from the structure of the cathode material that factors in dimensionality of Na(+) ion migration pathways, the height of the migration barriers and the crystallite size of the active material. With the help of selected examples, we also illustrate the respective roles of unoccupied low energy sites within the pathway and temperature towards the overall rate capability of insertion-type cathode materials.

  18. In Situ Study of Strain-Dependent Ion Conductivity of Stretchable Polyethylene Oxide Electrolyte

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    Kelly, Taylor; Ghadi, Bahar Moradi; Berg, Sean; Ardebili, Haleh

    2016-02-01

    There is a strong need in developing stretchable batteries that can accommodate stretchable or irregularly shaped applications including medical implants, wearable devices and stretchable electronics. Stretchable solid polymer electrolytes are ideal candidates for creating fully stretchable lithium ion batteries mainly due to their mechanical and electrochemical stability, thin-film manufacturability and enhanced safety. However, the characteristics of ion conductivity of polymer electrolytes during tensile deformation are not well understood. Here, we investigate the effects of tensile strain on the ion conductivity of thin-film polyethylene oxide (PEO) through an in situ study. The results of this investigation demonstrate that both in-plane and through-plane ion conductivities of PEO undergo steady and linear growths with respect to the tensile strain. The coefficients of strain-dependent ion conductivity enhancement (CSDICE) for in-plane and through-plane conduction were found to be 28.5 and 27.2, respectively. Tensile stress-strain curves and polarization light microscopy (PLM) of the polymer electrolyte film reveal critical insights on the microstructural transformation of stretched PEO and the potential consequences on ionic conductivity.

  19. In Situ Study of Strain-Dependent Ion Conductivity of Stretchable Polyethylene Oxide Electrolyte

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    Kelly, Taylor; Ghadi, Bahar Moradi; Berg, Sean; Ardebili, Haleh

    2016-01-01

    There is a strong need in developing stretchable batteries that can accommodate stretchable or irregularly shaped applications including medical implants, wearable devices and stretchable electronics. Stretchable solid polymer electrolytes are ideal candidates for creating fully stretchable lithium ion batteries mainly due to their mechanical and electrochemical stability, thin-film manufacturability and enhanced safety. However, the characteristics of ion conductivity of polymer electrolytes during tensile deformation are not well understood. Here, we investigate the effects of tensile strain on the ion conductivity of thin-film polyethylene oxide (PEO) through an in situ study. The results of this investigation demonstrate that both in-plane and through-plane ion conductivities of PEO undergo steady and linear growths with respect to the tensile strain. The coefficients of strain-dependent ion conductivity enhancement (CSDICE) for in-plane and through-plane conduction were found to be 28.5 and 27.2, respectively. Tensile stress-strain curves and polarization light microscopy (PLM) of the polymer electrolyte film reveal critical insights on the microstructural transformation of stretched PEO and the potential consequences on ionic conductivity. PMID:26831948

  20. Hopping dynamics of ions and polarons in disordered materials: On the potential of nonlinear conductivity spectroscopy

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    Roling, Bernhard

    2002-07-01

    The potential of nonlinear conductivity spectroscopy for obtaining new information on the hopping dynamics of mobile charge carriers in disordered materials is analyzed from a theoretical as well as from an experimental point of view. The nonlinear conductivity spectra of simple hopping models are calculated by means of analytical methods and Monte Carlo simulations. It is shown that the nonlinearity of the high-frequency conductivity is strongly influenced by the local asymmetry of the potential landscape, while the nonlinearity of the low-frequency conductivity is sensitive to the structure of the long-range diffusion pathways. Furthermore, experimental results for the nonlinear conductivity of ion conducting glasses and polymers are reviewed.

  1. Electron and Ion Conductivity Calculations using the Model of Lee and More

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    Hayes, John C.

    2016-09-30

    The following notes describe the ARES implementation of the inverse of the electron conduction coefficient, using the model of Lee and More, Physics of Fluids 27, page 1273, 1984. An addendum describing the modifications for analogous ion conduction coeffiecient appears at the bottom.

  2. Ionomer Design, Synthesis and Characterization for Ion-Conducting Energy Materials

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    Colby, Ralph H.

    2013-03-01

    For ionic actuators and battery separators, it is vital to utilize single-ion conductors that avoid the detrimental polarization of other ions; the commonly studied dual-ion conductors simply will not be used in the next generation of materials for these applications. Ab initio quantum chemistry calculations at 0 K in vacuum characterize ion interactions and ion solvation by various functional groups, allowing identification of constituents with weak interactions to be incorporated in ionomers for facile ion transport. Simple ideas for estimating the ion interactions and solvation at practical temperatures and dielectric constants are presented that indicate the rank ordering observed at 0 K in vacuum should be preserved. Hence, such ab initio calculations are useful for screening the plethora of combinations of polymer-ion, counterion and polar functional groups, to decide which are worthy of synthesis for new ionomers. Single-ion conducting ionomers are synthesized based on these calculations, with low glass transition temperatures (facile dynamics) to prepare ion-conducting membranes for ionic actuators and battery separators. Characterization by X-ray scattering, dielectric spectroscopy, NMR and linear viscoelasticity collectively develop a coherent picture of ionic aggregation and both counterion and polymer dynamics. Examples are shown of how ab initio calculations can be used to understand experimental observations of dielectric constant, glass transition temperature and conductivity of polymerized ionic liquids with counterions being either lithium, sodium, fluoride, hydroxide (for batteries) or bulky ionic liquids (for ionic actuators). This work was supported by the Department of Energy under Grant BES-DE-FG02-07ER46409.

  3. Fast ion conductivity in strained defect-fluorite structure created by ion tracks in Gd2Ti2O7

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    Aidhy, Dilpuneet S.; Sachan, Ritesh; Zarkadoula, Eva; Pakarinen, Olli; Chisholm, Matthew F.; Zhang, Yanwen; Weber, William J.

    2015-01-01

    The structure and ion-conducting properties of the defect-fluorite ring structure formed around amorphous ion-tracks by swift heavy ion irradiation of Gd2Ti2O7 pyrochlore are investigated. High angle annular dark field imaging complemented with ion-track molecular dynamics simulations show that the atoms in the ring structure are disordered, and have relatively larger cation-cation interspacing than in the bulk pyrochlore, illustrating the presence of tensile strain in the ring region. Density functional theory calculations show that the non-equilibrium defect-fluorite structure can be stabilized by tensile strain. The pyrochlore to defect-fluorite structure transformation in the ring region is predicted to be induced by recrystallization during a melt-quench process and stabilized by tensile strain. Static pair-potential calculations show that planar tensile strain lowers oxygen vacancy migration barriers in pyrochlores, in agreement with recent studies on fluorite and perovskite materials. In view of these results, it is suggested that strain engineering could be simultaneously used to stabilize the defect-fluorite structure and gain control over its high ion-conducting properties. PMID:26555848

  4. Fast ion conductivity in strained defect-fluorite structure created by ion tracks in Gd2Ti2O7

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    Aidhy, Dilpuneet S.; Sachan, Ritesh; Zarkadoula, Eva; ...

    2015-11-10

    The structure and ion-conducting properties of the defect-fluorite ring structure formed around amorphous ion-tracks by swift heavy ion irradiation of Gd2Ti2O7 pyrochlore are investigated. High angle annular dark field imaging complemented with ion-track molecular dynamics simulations show that the atoms in the ring structure are disordered, and have relatively larger cation-cation interspacing than in the bulk pyrochlore, illustrating the presence of tensile strain in the ring region. Density functional theory calculations show that the non-equilibrium defect-fluorite structure can be stabilized by tensile strain. The pyrochlore to defect-fluorite structure transformation in the ring region is predicted to be induced by recrystallizationmore » during a melt-quench process and stabilized by tensile strain. Static pair-potential calculations show that planar tensile strain lowers oxygen vacancy migration barriers in pyrochlores, in agreement with recent studies on fluorite and perovskite materials. Lastly, in view of these results, it is suggested that strain engineering could be simultaneously used to stabilize the defect-fluorite structure and gain control over its high ion-conducting properties.« less

  5. Fast ion conductivity in strained defect-fluorite structure created by ion tracks in Gd2Ti2O7.

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    Aidhy, Dilpuneet S; Sachan, Ritesh; Zarkadoula, Eva; Pakarinen, Olli; Chisholm, Matthew F; Zhang, Yanwen; Weber, William J

    2015-11-10

    The structure and ion-conducting properties of the defect-fluorite ring structure formed around amorphous ion-tracks by swift heavy ion irradiation of Gd2Ti2O7 pyrochlore are investigated. High angle annular dark field imaging complemented with ion-track molecular dynamics simulations show that the atoms in the ring structure are disordered, and have relatively larger cation-cation interspacing than in the bulk pyrochlore, illustrating the presence of tensile strain in the ring region. Density functional theory calculations show that the non-equilibrium defect-fluorite structure can be stabilized by tensile strain. The pyrochlore to defect-fluorite structure transformation in the ring region is predicted to be induced by recrystallization during a melt-quench process and stabilized by tensile strain. Static pair-potential calculations show that planar tensile strain lowers oxygen vacancy migration barriers in pyrochlores, in agreement with recent studies on fluorite and perovskite materials. In view of these results, it is suggested that strain engineering could be simultaneously used to stabilize the defect-fluorite structure and gain control over its high ion-conducting properties.

  6. Co-doping of glasses with rare earth ions and metallic nanoparticles for frequency up-conversion

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    Wackerow, S.; Seifert, G.

    2010-05-01

    We explore different approaches to achieve co-doping of glasses with rare earth ions and metallic nanoparticles, and to manipulate the spectral position of the particles' surface plasmon resonance. The final goal is to find a composite material with improved efficiency of frequency up-conversion of light for photovoltaic applications. The potential for improvement has been shown by theoretical calculations predicting that absorption and emission probabilities of the ions can be enhanced when the plasmon resonance of the nanoparticles is close to the respective transition frequency of the ions. In this work we demonstrate the sequential co-doping of glasses already containing rare-earth ions with Ag nanoparticles, as well as implantation of rare-earth ions in glasses which already contained metallic nanoparticles. It could also be demonstrated that the surface plasmon resonance of the created particles can be tuned by femtosecond laser induced shape transformation of the Ag clusters.

  7. Electrical conductivity and ion diffusion in porcine meniscus: effects of strain, anisotropy, and tissue region.

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    Kleinhans, Kelsey L; McMahan, Jeffrey B; Jackson, Alicia R

    2016-09-06

    The purpose of the present study was to investigate the effects of mechanical strain, anisotropy, and tissue region on electrical conductivity and ion diffusivity in meniscus fibrocartilage. A one-dimensional, 4-wire conductivity experiment was employed to measure the electrical conductivity in porcine meniscus tissues from two tissue regions (horn and central), for two tissue orientations (axial and circumferential), and for three levels of compressive strain (0%, 10%, and 20%). Conductivity values were then used to estimate the relative ion diffusivity in meniscus. The water volume fraction of tissue specimens was determined using a buoyancy method. A total of 135 meniscus samples were measured; electrical conductivity values ranged from 2.47mS/cm to 4.84mS/cm, while relative ion diffusivity was in the range of 0.235 to 0.409. Results show that electrical conductivity and ion diffusion are significantly anisotropic (p<0.001), both being higher in the circumferential direction than in the axial direction. Additionally, the findings show that compression significantly affects the electrical conductivity with decreasing conductivity levels corresponding to increased compressive strain (p<0.001). Furthermore, there was no statistically significant effect of tissue region when comparing axial conductivity in the central and horn regions of the tissue (p=0.999). There was a positive correlation between tissue water volume fraction and both electrical conductivity and relative ion diffusivity for all groups investigated. This study provides important insight into the electromechanical and transport properties in meniscus fibrocartilage, which is essential in developing new strategies to treat and/or prevent tissue degeneration. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Inorganic backbone ionomers: Design and dielectric response of single-ion conducting polymers

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    Bartels, Joshua

    Ion-conducting polymers were studied primarily through the use of dielectric spectroscopy. The conclusions drawn from ion conduction models of the dielectric data are corroborated by additional independent experiments, including x-ray scattering, calorimetry, prism coupling, and DFT calculations. The broad concern of this dissertation is to understand and clarify a path forward in ion conducting polymer research. This is achieved by considering low-Tg ionomers and the advantages imparted by siloxane and phosphazene backbones. The most successful dielectric spectroscopy model for the materials studied is the electrode polarization model (EP), whereas other models, such as the Dyre random barrier model, fail to describe the experimental results. Seven nonionic ether oxygen (EO) containing polymers were studied in order to observe the effect that backbone chemistry has on dipole motion. Conventional carboncarbon backbone EO-containing polymers show no distinct advantage over similar EO-pendant polysiloxane or polyphosphazene systems. The mobility and effective backbone Tg imparted by the inorganic backbones are comparable. A short EO pendant results in a lower static dielectric constant due to restricted motion of dipoles close to the chain. The flexibility and chemical versatility of inorganic backbone polymers motivates further study of two ionomer systems. A polypohosphazene iodide conducting system was characterized by dielectric spectroscopy and x-ray scattering. Two end "tail" functionalization of the ammonium ion were used, a tail with two EOs and an alkyl tail of six carbons. This functional group plays an important role in ion dynamics and can wrap around the ion and self-solvate when EOs are present. The iodide-ammonium ionomers are observed to have unusually large high-frequency dielectric constants due to atomic polarization of ions. The strength of the atomic polarization scales with ion content. The aggregation state of ions is able to be determined from

  9. Molecular Dynamics Simulation of the Antiamoebin Ion Channel: Linking Structure and Conductance

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    Wilson, Michael A.; Wei, Chenyu; Bjelkmar, Paer; Wallace, B. A.; Pohorille, Andrew

    2011-01-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations were carried out in order to ascertain which of the potential multimeric forms of the transmembrane peptaibol channel, antiamoebin, is consistant with its measured conductance. Estimates of the conductance obtained through counting ions that cross the channel and by solving the Nernst-Planck equation yield consistent results, indicating that the motion of ions inside the channel can be satisfactorily described as diffusive.The calculated conductance of octameric channels is markedly higher than the conductance measured in single channel recordings, whereas the tetramer appears to be non-conducting. The conductance of the hexamer was estimated to be 115+/-34 pS and 74+/-20 pS, at 150 mV and 75 mV, respectively, in satisfactory agreement with the value of 90 pS measured at 75 mV. On this basis we propose that the antiamoebin channel consists of six monomers. Its pore is large enough to accommodate K(+) and Cl(-) with their first solvation shells intact. The free energy barrier encountered by K(+) is only 2.2 kcal/mol whereas Cl(-) encounters a substantially higher barrier of nearly 5 kcal/mol. This difference makes the channel selective for cations. Ion crossing events are shown to be uncorrelated and follow Poisson statistics. keywords: ion channels, peptaibols, channel conductance, molecular dynamics

  10. Visible Emission from Rare Earth Ions in Nanocrystal-Containing Glasses

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    Glass, William; Toulouse, J.; Tick, Paul A.

    1997-03-01

    Rare earth-doped glasses are of great interest for their optical and fluorescence properties. However, phonon-mediated non-radiative transitions are a major obstacle to their use and the quantum efficiencies are very sensitive to the environment of the rare earth ion. Recently, oxyfluoride glasses have been developed that contain fluoride nanocrystals in which the rare earth ions are preferentially located. We have performed a preliminary study of the visible emission of Pr(^3+) in these glasses and have identified three groups of fluorescence lines coming from transitions between the P and the H levels. The phonons play an important role, both in up-conversion as well as in non-radiative decays between levels in these two sets. This is illustrated by the temperature dependence of the fluorescence spectra measured from 295K to 80K and for three different wavelengths, 514nm, 488nm and 476nm. Comparison of fluorescence spectra in glasses containing either Pr(^3+)( \\ )Y(^3+) or Pr(^3+)( \\ )Gd(^3+) also reveal a strong energy transfer between praesodymium and yttrium.

  11. Thermal conductivity measurement of the He-ion implanted layer of W using transient thermoreflectance technique

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    Qu, Shilian; Li, Yuanfei; Wang, Zhigang; Jia, Yuzhen; Li, Chun; Xu, Ben; Chen, Wanqi; Bai, Suyuan; Huang, Zhengxing; Tang, Zhenan; Liu, Wei

    2017-02-01

    Transient thermoreflectance method was applied on the thermal conductivity measurement of the surface damaged layer of He-implanted tungsten. Uniform damages tungsten surface layer was produced by multi-energy He-ion implantation with thickness of 450 nm. Result shows that the thermal conductivity is reduced by 90%. This technique was further applied on sample with holes on the surface, which was produced by the He-implanted at 2953 K. The thermal conductivity decreases to 3% from the bulk value.

  12. Investigations into the Influence of Heavy Ions on EMIC Wave Propagation in the Earth's Magnetosphere

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    Keller, S.; Kim, E. H.; Johnson, J.

    2015-12-01

    Geomagnetic pulsations in the Pc1 frequency range (0.2 to 5.0 Hz), which are known as electromagnetic ion cyclotron (EMIC) waves, are often observed at magnetically conjugate locations by spacecraft in the equatorial magnetosphere and ground-based stations. One difficulty in linking the propagation of detected radiation between these regions is the presence of stop bands near the heavy ion cyclotron resonance locations. Recent full wave calculations (Kim and Johnson, Full wave modeling of EMIC waves in the Earth's magnetosphere, 2015 AGU fall meeting) demonstrate how EMIC waves propagate to higher magnetic latitudes in an electron-proton-He+ plasma. However, while the heavy ion concentration can be large during the solar maximum and geomagnetic storms, they adopted a 5% He+ plasma. In this study, we explore the roles of heavy ion (He+ and O+) concentrations on the levels of EMIC wave energy that reach lower altitudes using a two-dimensional, finite element, full wave model. The Poynting flux and polarization of the emissions are used to monitor the propagation and absorption of wave energy, as well as mode coupling between left- and right-hand circularly polarized modes. Due to the increase in heavy ion populations in the magnetosphere, the consequences that geomagnetic storms have on EMIC wave propagation are also discussed.

  13. Low-energy ions: More common than we thought around Earth, Mars and Titan

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    André, M.; Cully, C. M.; Opgenoorth, H.; Andrews, D.; Wahlund, J.-E.; Nilsson, H.; Stenberg, G.

    2012-04-01

    Ions with energies less than tens of eV originate from the Terrestrial ionosphere and from several planets and moons in the solar system. The low energy indicates the origin of the plasma but also severely complicates detection of the positive ions onboard sunlit spacecraft at higher altitudes, which often become positively charged to several tens of Volts. We use the Cluster spacecraft and a recently developed technique based on the detection of the wake behind a charged spacecraft in a supersonic ion flow. Recent results from this technique show that low-energy ions typically dominate the density in large regions of the Terrestrial magnetosphere, both on the dayside, in the polar regions, and on the nightside. We compare with recent observations around Mars and the moon Titan and conclude that cold plasma is common also around other celestial bodies. The loss of this low-energy plasma to the solar wind is one of the primary pathways for atmospheric escape from planets in our solar system. Earth, Mars and Titan all lose of the order of 1025 to 1026 ions/s.

  14. Shapes of Energetic Ion Spectra in Saturn's Magnetosphere Compared with those at Earth and Jupiter

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    Hamilton, D. C.; Mitchell, D. G.; Krimigis, S. M.

    2013-12-01

    Saturn's magnetosphere contains suprathermal and energetic ions that originate from a number of plasma sources including Enceladus, Titan, Saturn's atmosphere and ionosphere and the solar wind, with internal sources dominating. Although different species originate at different locations, transport processes and acceleration during or after transport distribute the energetic ions throughout the magnetosphere out to the magnetopause. In principle, the shapes of the energy spectra of these ions contain information on acceleration processes. However, because outside of about 9 RS long-term average spectra of all species are quite good power laws, it is difficult to pick one energy parameter (e.g., energy/charge or energy/nucleon) as better organizing the spectra by, for example, maintaining constant abundance ratios from low to high energies. Inside of 9 RS there are energy-dependent losses that alter the spectra but aren't directly related to acceleration. Here, using data from the Cassini/CHEMS sensor, we investigate ion spectra over the energy per charge range 3-220 keV/e in more detail with better resolution in both space and time, looking for evidence of spectral differences among species based on charge (e.g., O+ vs. O++) or plasma source (e.g., O+ (Enceladus) vs. He++ (solar wind)). We will compare Saturn's ion spectra with those from the magnetospheres of Earth and Jupiter and discuss implications for acceleration processes.

  15. GYROSURFING ACCELERATION OF IONS IN FRONT OF EARTH's QUASI-PARALLEL BOW SHOCK

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    Kis, Arpad; Lemperger, Istvan; Wesztergom, Viktor; Agapitov, Oleksiy; Krasnoselskikh, Vladimir; Dandouras, Iannis E-mail: Kis.Arpad@csfk.mta.hu

    2013-07-01

    It is well known that shocks in space plasmas can accelerate particles to high energies. However, many details of the shock acceleration mechanism are still unknown. A critical element of shock acceleration is the injection problem; i.e., the presence of the so called seed particle population that is needed for the acceleration to work efficiently. In our case study, we present for the first time observational evidence of gyroresonant surfing acceleration in front of Earth's quasi-parallel bow shock resulting in the appearance of the long-suspected seed particle population. For our analysis, we use simultaneous multi-spacecraft measurements provided by the Cluster spacecraft ion (CIS), magnetic (FGM), and electric field and wave instrument (EFW) during a time period of large inter-spacecraft separation distance. The spacecraft were moving toward the bow shock and were situated in the foreshock region. The results show that the gyroresonance surfing acceleration takes place as a consequence of interaction between circularly polarized monochromatic (or quasi-monochromatic) transversal electromagnetic plasma waves and short large amplitude magnetic structures (SLAMSs). The magnetic mirror force of the SLAMS provides the resonant conditions for the ions trapped by the waves and results in the acceleration of ions. Since wave packets with circular polarization and different kinds of magnetic structures are very commonly observed in front of Earth's quasi-parallel bow shock, the gyroresonant surfing acceleration proves to be an important particle injection mechanism. We also show that seed ions are accelerated directly from the solar wind ion population.

  16. Probing Earth's conductivity structure beneath oceans by scalar geomagnetic data: autonomous surface vehicle solution

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    Kuvshinov, Alexey; Matzka, Jürgen; Poedjono, Benny; Samrock, Friedemann; Olsen, Nils; Pai, Sudhir

    2016-11-01

    The electric conductivity distribution of the Earth's crust and upper mantle provides a key to unraveling its structure. Information can be obtained from vector data time series of the natural variations of the magnetic and electric field in a directional stable reference frame. Applying this method, known as magnetotellurics, to oceanic regions is challenging since only vector instruments placed at the sea bottom can provide such data. Here, we discuss a concept of marine induction surveying which is based on sea-surface scalar magnetic field measurements from a modern position-keeping platform. The concept exploits scalar magnetic responses that relate variations of the scalar magnetic field at the survey sites with variations of the horizontal magnetic field at a reference site. A 3-D model study offshore Oahu Island (Hawaii) demonstrates that these responses are sensitive to the conductivity structure beneath the ocean. We conclude that the sensitivity, depending on the bathymetry gradient, is typically largest near the coast offshore. We show that such sea-surface marine induction surveys can be performed with the Wave Glider, an easy-to-deploy, autonomous, energy-harvesting floating platform with position-keeping capability.[Figure not available: see fulltext.

  17. Nuclear Spin Lattice Relaxation and Conductivity Studies of the Non-Arrhenius Conductivity Behavior in Lithium Fast Ion Conducting Sulfide Glasses

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    Meyer, Benjamin Michael

    2003-01-01

    As time progresses, the world is using up more of the planet's natural resources. Without technological advances, the day will eventually arrive when these natural resources will no longer be sufficient to supply all of the energy needs. As a result, society is seeing a push for the development of alternative fuel sources such as wind power, solar power, fuel cells, and etc. These pursuits are even occurring in the state of Iowa with increasing social pressure to incorporate larger percentages of ethanol in gasoline. Consumers are increasingly demanding that energy sources be more powerful, more durable, and, ultimately, more cost efficient. Fast Ionic Conducting (FIC) glasses are a material that offers great potential for the development of new batteries and/or fuel cells to help inspire the energy density of battery power supplies. This dissertation probes the mechanisms by which ions conduct in these glasses. A variety of different experimental techniques give a better understanding of the interesting materials science taking place within these systems. This dissertation discusses Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) techniques performed on FIC glasses over the past few years. These NMR results have been complimented with other measurement techniques, primarily impedance spectroscopy, to develop models that describe the mechanisms by which ionic conduction takes place and the dependence of the ion dynamics on the local structure of the glass. The aim of these measurements was to probe the cause of a non-Arrhenius behavior of the conductivity which has been seen at high temperatures in the silver thio-borosilicate glasses. One aspect that will be addressed is if this behavior is unique to silver containing fast ion conducting glasses. more specifically, this study will determine if a non-Arrhenius correlation time, τ, can be observed in the Nuclear Spin Lattice Relaxation (NSLR) measurements. If so, then can this behavior be modeled with a new single distribution of

  18. Interface proximity effects on ionic conductivity in nanoscale oxide-ion conducting yttria stabilized zirconia: an atomistic simulation study.

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    Sankaranarayanan, Subramanian K R S; Ramanathan, Shriram

    2011-02-14

    We present an atomistic simulation study on the size dependence of dopant distribution and the influence of nanoscale film thickness on carrier transport properties of the model oxide-ion conductor yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ). Simulated amorphization and recrystallization approach was utilized to generate YSZ films with varying thicknesses (3-9 nm) on insulating MgO substrates. The atomic trajectories generated in the molecular dynamics simulations are used to study the structural evolution of the YSZ thin films and correlate the resulting microstructure with ionic transport properties at the nanoscale. The interfacial conductivity increases by 2 orders of magnitude as the YSZ film size decreases from 9 to 3 nm owing to a decrease in activation energy barrier from 0.54 to 0.35 eV in the 1200-2000 K temperature range. Analysis of dopant distribution indicates surface enrichment, the extent of which depends on the film thickness. The mechanisms of oxygen conductivity for the various film thicknesses at the nanoscale are discussed in detail and comparisons with experimental and other modeling studies are presented where possible. The study offers insights into mesoscopic ion conduction mechanisms in low-dimensional solid oxide electrolytes.

  19. The Role of the Ion Microprobe in Solid-Earth Geochemistry

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    Hauri, E. H.

    2002-12-01

    Despite the early success of the electron microprobe in taking petrology to the micron scale, and the widespread use of mass spectrometers in geochemistry and geochronology, it was not until the mid-1970s that the ion microprobe came into its own as an in situ analytical tool in the Earth sciences. Despite this inauspicious beginning, secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) was widely advertised as a technology that would eventually eclipse thermal ion mass spectrometry (TIMS) in isotope geology. However this was not to happen. While various technical issues in SIMS such as interferences and matrix effects became increasingly clear, an appreciation grew for the complimentary abilities of SIMS and TIMS that, even with the advent of ICP-MS, continues to this day. Today the ion microprobe is capable of abundance measurements in the parts-per-billion range across nearly the entire periodic table, and SIMS stable isotope data quality is now routinely crossing the 1 per mil threshold, all at the micron scale. Much of this success is due to the existence of multi-user community facilities for SIMS research, and the substantial efforts of interested scientists to understand the fundamentals of sputtered ion formation and their application to geochemistry. Recent discoveries of evidence for the existence of ancient crust and oceans, the emergence of life on Earth, the large-scale cycling of surficial materials into the deep Earth, and illumination of fundamental high-pressure phenomena have all been made possible by SIMS, and these (and many more) discoveries owe a debt to the vision of creating and supporting multi-user community facilities for SIMS. The ion microprobe remains an expensive instrument to purchase and maintain, yet it is also exceedingly diverse in application. Major improvements in SIMS, indeed in all mass spectrometry, are visible on the near horizon. Yet the geochemical community cannot depend on commercial manufacturers alone to design and build the next

  20. Lithium-Ion Batteries Being Evaluated for Low-Earth-Orbit Applications

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    McKissock, Barbara I.

    2005-01-01

    The performance characteristics and long-term cycle life of aerospace lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries in low-Earth-orbit applications are being investigated. A statistically designed test using Li-ion cells from various manufacturers began in September 2004 to study the effects of temperature, end-of-charge voltage, and depth-of-discharge operating conditions on the cycle life and performance of these cells. Performance degradation with cycling is being evaluated, and performance characteristics and failure modes are being modeled statistically. As technology improvements are incorporated into aerospace Li-ion cells, these new designs can be added to the test to evaluate the effect of the design changes on performance and life. Cells from Lithion and Saft have achieved over 2000 cycles under 10 different test condition combinations and are being evaluated. Cells from Mine Safety Appliances (MSA) and modules made up of commercial-off-the-shelf 18650 Li-ion cells connected in series/parallel combinations are scheduled to be added in the summer of 2005. The test conditions include temperatures of 10, 20, and 30 C, end-of-charge voltages of 3.85, 3.95, and 4.05 V, and depth-of-discharges from 20 to 40 percent. The low-Earth-orbit regime consists of a 55 min charge, at a constant-current rate that is 110 percent of the current required to fully recharge the cells in 55 min until the charge voltage limit is reached, and then at a constant voltage for the remaining charge time. Cells are discharged for 35 min at the current required for their particular depth-of-discharge condition. Cells are being evaluated in four-cell series strings with charge voltage limits being applied to individual cells by the use of charge-control units designed and produced at the NASA Glenn Research Center. These charge-control units clamp the individual cell voltages as each cell reaches its end-of-charge voltage limit, and they bypass the excess current from that cell, while allowing the full

  1. Kinetic modeling of ion conduction in KcsA potassium channel.

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    Mafé, Salvador; Pellicer, Julio; Cervera, Javier

    2005-05-22

    KcsA constitutes a potassium channel of known structure that shows both high conduction rates and selectivity among monovalent cations. A kinetic model for ion conduction through this channel that assumes rapid ion transport within the filter has recently been presented by Nelson. In a recent, brief communication, we used the model to provide preliminary explanations to the experimental current-voltage J-V and conductance-concentration g-S curves obtained for a series of monovalent ions (K(+),Tl(+), and Rb(+)). We did not assume rapid ion transport in the calculations, since ion transport within the selectivity filter could be rate limiting for ions other than native K(+). This previous work is now significantly extended to the following experimental problems. First, the outward rectification of the J-V curves in K(+) symmetrical solutions is analyzed using a generalized kinetic model. Second, the J-V and g-S curves for NH(4) (+) are obtained and compared with those of other ions (the NH(4) (+) J-V curve is qualitatively different from those of Rb(+) and Tl(+)). Third, the effects of Na(+) block on K(+) and Rb(+) currents through single KcsA channels are studied and the different blocking behavior is related to the values of the translocation rate constants characteristic of ion transport within the filter. Finally, the significantly decreased K(+) conductance caused by mutation of the wild-type channel is also explained in terms of this rate constant. In order to keep the number of model parameters to a minimum, we do not allow the electrical distance (an empirical parameter of kinetic models that controls the exponential voltage dependence of the dissociation rate) to vary with the ionic species. Without introducing the relatively high number of adjustable parameters of more comprehensive site-based models, we show that ion association to the filter is rate controlling at low concentrations, but ion dissociation from the filter and ion transport within the filter

  2. Kinetic modeling of ion conduction in KcsA potassium channel

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    Mafé, Salvador; Pellicer, Julio; Cervera, Javier

    2005-05-01

    KcsA constitutes a potassium channel of known structure that shows both high conduction rates and selectivity among monovalent cations. A kinetic model for ion conduction through this channel that assumes rapid ion transport within the filter has recently been presented by Nelson. In a recent, brief communication, we used the model to provide preliminary explanations to the experimental current-voltage J-V and conductance-concentration g-S curves obtained for a series of monovalent ions (K+,Tl+, and Rb+). We did not assume rapid ion transport in the calculations, since ion transport within the selectivity filter could be rate limiting for ions other than native K+. This previous work is now significantly extended to the following experimental problems. First, the outward rectification of the J-V curves in K+ symmetrical solutions is analyzed using a generalized kinetic model. Second, the J-V and g-S curves for NH4+ are obtained and compared with those of other ions (the NH4+ J-V curve is qualitatively different from those of Rb+ and Tl+). Third, the effects of Na+ block on K+ and Rb+ currents through single KcsA channels are studied and the different blocking behavior is related to the values of the translocation rate constants characteristic of ion transport within the filter. Finally, the significantly decreased K+ conductance caused by mutation of the wild-type channel is also explained in terms of this rate constant. In order to keep the number of model parameters to a minimum, we do not allow the electrical distance (an empirical parameter of kinetic models that controls the exponential voltage dependence of the dissociation rate) to vary with the ionic species. Without introducing the relatively high number of adjustable parameters of more comprehensive site-based models, we show that ion association to the filter is rate controlling at low concentrations, but ion dissociation from the filter and ion transport within the filter could limit conduction at high

  3. Energy density of ionospheric and solar wind origin ions in the near-Earth magnetotail during substorms

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    Daglis, Loannis A.; Livi, Stefano; Sarris, Emmanuel T.; Wilken, Berend

    1994-01-01

    Comprehensive energy density studies provide an important measure of the participation of various sources in energization processes and have been relatively rare in the literature. We present a statistical study of the energy density of the near-Earth magnetotail major ions (H(+), O(+), He(++), He(+)) during substorm expansion phase and discuss its implications for the solar wind/magnetosphere/ionosphere coupling. Our aim is to examine the relation between auroral activity and the particle energization during substorms through the correlation between the AE indices and the energy density of the major magnetospheric ions. The data we used here were collected by the charge-energy-mass (CHEM) spectrometer on board the Active Magnetospheric Particle Trace Explorer (AMPTE)/Charge Composition Explorer (CCE) satellite in the near-equatorial nightside magnetosphere, at geocentric distances approximately 7 to 9 R(sub E). CHEM provided the opportunity to conduct the first statistical study of energy density in the near-Earth magnetotail with multispecies particle data extending into the higher energy range (greater than or equal to 20 keV/E). the use of 1-min AE indices in this study should be emphasized, as the use (in previous statistical studies) of the (3-hour) Kp index or of long-time averages of AE indices essentially smoothed out all the information on substorms. Most distinct feature of our study is the excellent correlation of O(+) energy density with the AE index, in contrast with the remarkably poor He(++) energy density - AE index correlation. Furthermore, we examined the relation of the ion energy density to the electrojet activity during substorm growth phase. The O(+) energy density is strongly correlated with the pre-onset AU index, that is the eastward electrojet intensity, which represents the growth phase current system. Our investigation shows that the near-Earth magnetotail is increasingly fed with energetic ionospheric ions during periods of enhanced

  4. Energy density of ionospheric and solar wind origin ions in the near-Earth magnetotail during substorms

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    Daglis, Loannis A.; Livi, Stefano; Sarris, Emmanuel T.; Wilken, Berend

    1994-01-01

    Comprehensive energy density studies provide an important measure of the participation of various sources in energization processes and have been relatively rare in the literature. We present a statistical study of the energy density of the near-Earth magnetotail major ions (H(+), O(+), He(++), He(+)) during substorm expansion phase and discuss its implications for the solar wind/magnetosphere/ionosphere coupling. Our aim is to examine the relation between auroral activity and the particle energization during substorms through the correlation between the AE indices and the energy density of the major magnetospheric ions. The data we used here were collected by the charge-energy-mass (CHEM) spectrometer on board the Active Magnetospheric Particle Trace Explorer (AMPTE)/Charge Composition Explorer (CCE) satellite in the near-equatorial nightside magnetosphere, at geocentric distances approximately 7 to 9 R(sub E). CHEM provided the opportunity to conduct the first statistical study of energy density in the near-Earth magnetotail with multispecies particle data extending into the higher energy range (greater than or equal to 20 keV/E). the use of 1-min AE indices in this study should be emphasized, as the use (in previous statistical studies) of the (3-hour) Kp index or of long-time averages of AE indices essentially smoothed out all the information on substorms. Most distinct feature of our study is the excellent correlation of O(+) energy density with the AE index, in contrast with the remarkably poor He(++) energy density - AE index correlation. Furthermore, we examined the relation of the ion energy density to the electrojet activity during substorm growth phase. The O(+) energy density is strongly correlated with the pre-onset AU index, that is the eastward electrojet intensity, which represents the growth phase current system. Our investigation shows that the near-Earth magnetotail is increasingly fed with energetic ionospheric ions during periods of enhanced

  5. Mixed ion/electron-conductive protective soft nanomatter-based conformal surface modification of lithium-ion battery cathode materials

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    Park, Jang-Hoon; Kim, Ju-Myung; Lee, Chang Kee; Lee, Sang-Young

    2014-10-01

    Understanding and control of interfacial phenomena between electrode material and liquid electrolytes are of major scientific importance for boosting development of high-performance lithium ion batteries with reliable electrochemical/safety attributes. Here, as an innovative surface engineering approach to address the interfacial issues, a new concept of mixed ion/electron-conductive soft nanomatter-based conformal surface modification of the cathode material is presented. The soft nanomatter is comprised of an electron conductive carbonaceous (C) substance embedded in an ion conductive polyimide (PI) nanothin compliant film. In addition to its structural uniqueness, the newly proposed surface modification benefits from a simple fabrication process. The PI/carbon soft nanomatter is directly synthesized on LiCoO2 surface via one-pot thermal treatment of polyamic acid (=PI precursor) and sucrose (=carbon source) mixture, where the LiCoO2 powders are chosen as a model system to explore the feasibility of this surface engineering strategy. The resulting PI/carbon coating layer facilitates electronic conduction and also suppresses unwanted side reactions arising from the cathode material-liquid electrolyte interface. These synergistic coating effects of the multifunctional PI/carbon soft nanomatter significantly improve high-voltage cell performance and also mitigate interfacial exothermic reaction between cathode material and liquid electrolyte.

  6. Bioinspired Protein Channel-Based Scanning Ion Conductance Microscopy (Bio-SICM) for Simultaneous Conductance and Specific Molecular Imaging.

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    Macazo, Florika C; White, Ryan J

    2016-03-02

    The utility of stochastic single-molecule detection using protein nanopores has found widespread application in bioanalytical sensing as a result of the inherent signal amplification of the resistive pulse method. Integration of protein nanopores with high-resolution scanning ion conductance microscopy (SICM) extends the utility of SICM by enabling selective chemical imaging of specific target molecules, while simultaneously providing topographical information about the net ion flux through a pore under a concentration gradient. In this study, we describe the development of a bioinspired scanning ion conductance microscopy (bio-SICM) approach that couples the imaging ability of SICM with the sensitivity and chemical selectivity of protein channels to perform simultaneous pore imaging and specific molecule mapping. To establish the framework of the bio-SICM platform, we utilize the well-studied protein channel α-hemolysin (αHL) to map the presence of β-cyclodextrin (βCD) at a substrate pore opening. We demonstrate concurrent pore and specific molecule imaging by raster scanning an αHL-based probe over a glass membrane containing a single 25-μm-diameter glass pore while recording the lateral positions of the probe and channel activity via ionic current. We use the average channel current to create a conductance image and the raw current-time traces to determine spatial localization of βCD. With further optimization, we believe that the bio-SICM platform will provide a powerful analytical methodology that is generalizable, and thus offers significant utility in a myriad of bioanalytical applications.

  7. Bioinspired Protein Channel-Based Scanning Ion Conductance Microscopy (Bio-SICM) for Simultaneous Conductance and Specific Molecular Imaging

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    2016-01-01

    The utility of stochastic single-molecule detection using protein nanopores has found widespread application in bioanalytical sensing as a result of the inherent signal amplification of the resistive pulse method. Integration of protein nanopores with high-resolution scanning ion conductance microscopy (SICM) extends the utility of SICM by enabling selective chemical imaging of specific target molecules, while simultaneously providing topographical information about the net ion flux through a pore under a concentration gradient. In this study, we describe the development of a bioinspired scanning ion conductance microscopy (bio-SICM) approach that couples the imaging ability of SICM with the sensitivity and chemical selectivity of protein channels to perform simultaneous pore imaging and specific molecule mapping. To establish the framework of the bio-SICM platform, we utilize the well-studied protein channel α-hemolysin (αHL) to map the presence of β-cyclodextrin (βCD) at a substrate pore opening. We demonstrate concurrent pore and specific molecule imaging by raster scanning an αHL-based probe over a glass membrane containing a single 25-μm-diameter glass pore while recording the lateral positions of the probe and channel activity via ionic current. We use the average channel current to create a conductance image and the raw current–time traces to determine spatial localization of βCD. With further optimization, we believe that the bio-SICM platform will provide a powerful analytical methodology that is generalizable, and thus offers significant utility in a myriad of bioanalytical applications. PMID:26848947

  8. Carbon nanotube: nanodiamond Li-ion battery cathodes with increased thermal conductivity

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    Salgado, Ruben; Lee, Eungiee; Shevchenko, Elena V.; Balandin, Alexander A.

    2016-10-01

    Prevention of excess heat accumulation within the Li-ion battery cells is a critical design consideration for electronic and photonic device applications. Many existing approaches for heat removal from batteries increase substantially the complexity and overall weight of the battery. Some of us have previously shown a possibility of effective passive thermal management of Li-ion batteries via improvement of thermal conductivity of cathode and anode material1. In this presentation, we report the results of our investigation of the thermal conductivity of various Li-ion cathodes with incorporated carbon nanotubes and nanodiamonds in different layered structures. The cathodes were synthesized using the filtration method, which can be utilized for synthesis of commercial electrode-active materials. The thermal measurements were conducted with the "laser flash" technique. It has been established that the cathode with the carbon nanotubes-LiCo2 and carbon nanotube layered structure possesses the highest in-plane thermal conductivity of 206 W/mK at room temperature. The cathode containing nanodiamonds on carbon nanotubes structure revealed one of the highest cross-plane thermal conductivity values. The in-plane thermal conductivity is up to two orders-of-magnitude greater than that in conventional cathodes based on amorphous carbon. The obtained results demonstrate a potential of carbon nanotube incorporation in cathode materials for the effective thermal management of Li-ion high-powered density batteries.

  9. Ion conducting polymers as solid electrolytes. Final report, 1985-1986

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    Semancik, J.D.

    1986-05-28

    Electrically conducting polymers have recently been the subject of much interest. In particular, their potential as electrolytes in solid-state batteries has gained the attention of the U.S. Navy. Current ion-conducting polymers have conductivities too low by a factor of ten at operational temperatures. In order to be able to obtain suitable conductivities in these polymers, a thorough understanding of the mechanisms governing ion motion in them must be attained. The processes involved in the ion conduction of one particular polymer, poly(propylene oxide) or PPO, were studied in this research. Samples were prepared using an ion-implantation procedure developed as part of the project as well as by the traditional chemical complexing technique involving alkali-metal salt doping. The samples produced were analyzed using both differential scanning calorimetry and audio-frequency complex impedance measurements. Results indicate that the polarity of the salts has a major effect upon the activation volume and the glass transition of PPO. As a result of these effects, it seems that nonpolar anions may aid in increasing the cationic transport number of the polymer. More importantly, the first direct numerical evidence of a connection between the large-scale segmental motions of the polymer chains and the chains and the conductivity has been established.

  10. Previously hidden low-energy ions: a better map of near-Earth space and the terrestrial mass balance

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    André, Mats

    2015-12-01

    This is a review of the mass balance of planet Earth, intended also for scientists not usually working with space physics or geophysics. The discussion includes both outflow of ions and neutrals from the ionosphere and upper atmosphere, and the inflow of meteoroids and larger objects. The focus is on ions with energies less than tens of eV originating from the ionosphere. Positive low-energy ions are complicated to detect onboard sunlit spacecraft at higher altitudes, which often become positively charged to several tens of volts. We have invented a technique to observe low-energy ions based on the detection of the wake behind a charged spacecraft in a supersonic ion flow. We find that low-energy ions usually dominate the ion density and the outward flux in large volumes in the magnetosphere. The global outflow is of the order of 1026 ions s-1. This is a significant fraction of the total number outflow of particles from Earth, and changes plasma processes in near-Earth space. We compare order of magnitude estimates of the mass outflow and inflow for planet Earth and find that they are similar, at around 1 kg s-1 (30 000 ton yr-1). We briefly discuss atmospheric and ionospheric outflow from other planets and the connection to evolution of extraterrestrial life.

  11. Characteristics and Mechanisms in Ion-Conducting Polymer Films as Chemical Sensors

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    HUGHES,ROBERT C.; YELTON,WILLIAM G.; PFEIFER,KENT B.; PATEL,SANJAY V.

    2000-07-12

    Solid Polymer Electrolytes (SPE) are widely used in batteries and fuel cells because of the high ionic conductivity that can be achieved at room temperature. The ions are usually Li or protons, although other ions can be shown to conduct in these polymer films. There has been very little published work on SPE films used as chemical sensors. The authors have found that thin films of polymers like polyethylene oxide (PEO) are very sensitive to low concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as common solvents. Evidence of a new sensing mechanism involving the percolation of ions through narrow channels of amorphous polymer is presented. They present impedance spectroscopy of PEO films in the frequency range 0.0001 Hz to 1 MHz for different concentrations of VOCs and relative humidity. They find that the measurement frequency is important for distinguishing ionic conductivity from the double layer capacitance and the parasitic capacitance.

  12. Fabrication of ion conductive tin oxide-phosphate amorphous thin films by atomic layer deposition

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    Park, Suk Won; Jang, Dong Young; Kim, Jun Woo; Shim, Joon Hyung

    2015-07-15

    This work reports the atomic layer deposition (ALD) of tin oxide-phosphate films using tetrakis(dimethylamino)tin and trimethyl phosphate as precursors. The growth rates were 1.23–1.84 Å/cycle depending upon the deposition temperature and precursor combination. The ionic conductivity of the ALD tin oxide-phosphate films was evaluated by cross-plane impedance measurements in the temperature range of 50–300 °C under atmospheric air, with the highest conductivity measured as 1.92 × 10{sup −5} S cm{sup −1} at 300 °C. Furthermore, high-resolution x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy exhibited two O1s peaks that were classified as two subpeaks of hydroxyl ions and oxygen ions, revealing that the quantity of hydroxyl ions in the ALD tin oxide-phosphate films influences their ionic conductivity.

  13. Phosphate glass core/silica clad fibres with a high concentration of active rare-earth ions

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    Egorova, O. N.; Galagan, B. I.; Denker, B. I.; Sverchkov, S. E.; Semjonov, S. L.

    2016-12-01

    We report a study of silica-clad composite optical fibres having a phosphate glass core doped with active rare-earth elements. The phosphate glass core allows a high concentration of active rare-earth ions to be obtained, and the silica cladding ensures high mechanical strength and facilitates fusion splicing of such fibres to silica fibres. Owing to the high concentration of active rare-earth ions, this type of fibre is potentially attractive for applications where a small cavity length and high lasing efficiency are needed.

  14. Molecular dynamics simulations of ion conductance in field-stabilized nanoscale lipid electropores.

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    Ho, Ming-Chak; Casciola, Maura; Levine, Zachary A; Vernier, P Thomas

    2013-10-03

    Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of electrophoretic transport of monovalent ions through field-stabilized electropores in POPC lipid bilayers permit systematic characterization of the conductive properties of lipid nanopores. The radius of the electropore can be controlled by the magnitude of the applied sustaining external electric field, which also drives the transport of ions through the pore. We examined pore conductances for two monovalent salts, NaCl and KCl, at physiological concentrations. Na(+) conductance is significantly less than K(+) and Cl(-) conductance and is a nonlinear function of pore radius over the range of pore radii investigated. The single pore electrical conductance of KCl obtained from MD simulation is comparable to experimental values measured by chronopotentiometry.

  15. Preparation and structure of carbonated calcium hydroxyapatite substituted with heavy rare earth ions

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    Yasukawa, Akemi; Kandori, Kazuhiko; Tanaka, Hidekazu; Gotoh, Keiko

    2012-05-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer LnCaHap solid solution particles were prepared using five types of heavy rare earth ions by a precipitation method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The length and the crystallinity of the LnCaHap particles first increased and then decreased with increasing Ln{sup 3+} contents. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A series of YCaHap solid solution particles formed with Y/(Y + Ca) = 0-0.10 were investigated using various methods in detail. -- Abstract: Calcium hydroxyapatite (CaHap) particles substituted five types of heavy rare earth ions (Ln: Y{sup 3+}, Gd{sup 3+}, Dy{sup 3+}, Er{sup 3+} and Yb{sup 3+}) were synthesized using a precipitation method and characterized using various means. These Ln ions strongly affected the crystal phases and the structures of the products. With increasing Ln/(Ln + Ca) in the starting solution ([X{sub Ln}]), the length and the crystallinity of the particles first increased and then decreased. The rare earth metal-calcium hydroxyapatite (LnCaHap) solid solution particles were obtained at [X{sub Y}] {<=} 0.10 for substituting Y system and at [X{sub Ln}] {<=} 0.01-0.03 for substituting the other Ln systems. LnPO{sub 4} was mixed with LnCaHap at higher [X{sub Ln}] for all Ln systems. A series of yttrium-calcium hydroxyapatite (YCaHap) solid solutions with [X{sub Y}] = 0-0.10 were investigated using XRD, TEM, ICP-AES, IR and TG-DTA in detail.

  16. Transient receptor potential melastatin 1 (TRPM1) is an ion-conducting plasma membrane channel inhibited by zinc ions.

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    Lambert, Sachar; Drews, Anna; Rizun, Oleksandr; Wagner, Thomas F J; Lis, Annette; Mannebach, Stefanie; Plant, Sandra; Portz, Melanie; Meissner, Marcel; Philipp, Stephan E; Oberwinkler, Johannes

    2011-04-08

    TRPM1 is the founding member of the melastatin subgroup of transient receptor potential (TRP) proteins, but it has not yet been firmly established that TRPM1 proteins form ion channels. Consequently, the biophysical and pharmacological properties of these proteins are largely unknown. Here we show that heterologous expression of TRPM1 proteins induces ionic conductances that can be activated by extracellular steroid application. However the current amplitudes observed were too small to enable a reliable biophysical characterization. We overcame this limitation by modifying TRPM1 channels in several independent ways that increased the similarity to the closely related TRPM3 channels. The resulting constructs produced considerably larger currents after overexpression. We also demonstrate that unmodified TRPM1 and TRPM3 proteins form functional heteromultimeric channels. With these approaches, we measured the divalent permeability profile and found that channels containing the pore of TRPM1 are inhibited by extracellular zinc ions at physiological concentrations, in contrast to channels containing only the pore of TRPM3. Applying these findings to pancreatic β cells, we found that TRPM1 proteins do not play a major role in steroid-activated currents of these cells. The inhibition of TRPM1 by zinc ions is primarily due to a short stretch of seven amino acids present only in the pore region of TRPM1 but not of TRPM3. Combined, our data demonstrate that TRPM1 proteins are bona fide ion-conducting plasma membrane channels. Their distinct biophysical properties allow a reliable identification of endogenous TRPM1-mediated currents.

  17. A possible new host mineral of large-ion elements in the Earth's deep interior

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    Kawai, K.; Tsuchiya, T.

    2015-12-01

    The radiogenic heat production as well as the secular cooling is essential in order to better understand the thermal history and dynamics in the Earth. Potassium is thought to be one of the important radioactive elements in the Earth's interior. Although these elements are concentrated in the continental and oceanic crusts due to chemical differentiations through partial melting at plate boundaries due to their large ion-radii, they have been considered to return into the deep mantle accompanied with subducting slab through time . However, since there are few studies on host minerals of potassium in the high P,T condition, it has yet to be clear how much and where host rocks of such radioactive elements exist in the Earth. Hence, it is important to understand the fate of the potassium-bearing phase subducted into the deep Earth's interior. Here we have studied the high-pressure stability and elasticity of KMg2Al5SiO12 hexagonal aluminous phase (K-Hex with three different size of cation cites, by means of the density functional computation method. Results indicate that the K-Hex phase remains mechanically stable up to 150 GPa and also energetically more stable than an isochemical form with the calcium-ferrite (K-CF) and calcium-titanate (K-CT) type structure with two different size of cation cites. In addition, when the spinel composition coexists with the K-hollandite (K-Hol) phase, which is ), which is considered to be able to host potassium the K-Hex phase becomes more stable than the K-Hol phase at pressures above ~27 GPa. These demonstrate that the Hex phase is substantially stable in the lower mantle, suggesting that it could be a potential host of potassium and other incompatible large-ion elements.

  18. Lithium ion conductive behavior of TiO2 nanotube/ionic liquid matrices

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    2014-01-01

    A series of TiO2 nanotube (TNT)/ionic liquid matrices were prepared, and their lithium ion conductive properties were studied. SEM images implied that ionic liquid was dispersed on the whole surface of TNT. Addition of TNT to ionic liquid (1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide (BMImTFSA)) resulted in significant increase of ionic conductivity. Furthermore, lithium transference number was also largely enhanced due to the interaction of anion with TNT. Vogel-Fulcher-Tammann parameter showed higher carrier ion number for TNT/BMImTFSA in comparison with BMImTFSA. PMID:25313300

  19. Ion Pair in Extreme Aqueous Environments, Molecular-Based and Electric Conductance Approaches

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    Chialvo, Ariel A; Gruszkiewicz, Miroslaw {Mirek} S; Simonson, J Michael {Mike}; Palmer, Donald; Cole, David R

    2009-01-01

    We determine by molecular-based simulation the density profiles of the Na+!Cl! ion-pair association constant in steam environments along three supercritical isotherms to interrogate the behavior of ion speciation in dilute aqueous solutions at extreme conditions. Moreover, we describe a new ultra-sensitive flow-through electric conductance apparatus designed to bridge the gap between the currently lowest steam-density conditions at which we are experimentally able to attain electric conductance measurements and the theoretically-reachable zero-density limit. Finally, we highlight important modeling challenges encountered near the zero-density limit and discuss ways to overcome them.

  20. Stochastic Growth of Ion Cyclotron And Mirror Waves In Earth's Magnetosheath

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    Cairns, Iver H.; Grubits, K. A.

    2001-01-01

    Electromagnetic ion cyclotron and mirror waves in Earth's magnetosheath are bursty, have widely variable fields, and are unexpectedly persistent, properties difficult to reconcile with uniform secular growth. Here it is shown for specific periods that stochastic growth theory (SGT) quantitatively accounts for the functional form of the wave statistics and qualitatively explains the wave properties. The wave statistics are inconsistent with uniform secular growth or self-organized criticality, but nonlinear processes sometimes play a role at high fields. The results show SGT's relevance near marginal stability and suggest that it is widely relevant to space and astrophysical plasmas.

  1. An earth scientist's periodic table of the elements and their ions

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    Railsback, L. Bruce

    2003-09-01

    A new Earth Scientist's Periodic Table of the Elements and Their Ions presents the naturally occurring charged species commonly encountered by geoscientists, as well as elemental forms, and it is organized by charge. The new table therefore shows many elements multiple times, unlike the conventional table. As a result, trends, patterns, and interrelationships in mineralogy, soil and sediment geochemistry, igneous petrology, aqueous geochemistry, isotope geochemistry, and nutrient chemistry become apparent in this new table. The new table thus provides a more effective framework for understanding geochemistry than the conventional, and purely elemental, periodic table.

  2. Optical spectra of rare earth ions in Mg-Al spinnel crystals

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    Gritsyna, V. T.; Kolner, V. B.; Damburg, N. A.; Mironova, N. A.; Skvortsova, V. N.

    1985-05-01

    X-ray luminescence and photoluminescence spectra have been obtained for MgO-nAl2O3 crystals doped with alkaline rare earth elements. The crystals were grown according to the Verneuil method. Transitions are presented in Tb3(+), Dy3(+), and Er(+), Er3(+) ions in nonstoichiometric crystals, and the parameters of the corresponding luminescence lines are given. Inhomogeneous broadening of the spectral lines is attributed to deformation of polyhedra due to cation mixing and defects of the nonstoichiometric crystal structure. The X-ray and photoluminescence spectra are of the crystals are reproduced in graphic form.

  3. Raman Spectroscopic Characterization of Rare Earth Ions Doped Bismuth-Based Glasses

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    Pop, L.; Culea, E.; Bosca, M.; Culea, M.

    2007-04-01

    The xReO(1-x)[3Bi2O3.PbO] glass systems with diferent rare earth ions (ReO = CeO2, Tb4O7) have been prepared and examined with the aim of determining their structural characteristics. Raman sprectroscopy and density measurements were used to characterize the samples. Raman spectroscopy data permitted to identify some of the structural units that built up the lead bismuthate vitreous network. Density data were used to calculate the Poisson's ratio in terms of the Makishima-Mackenzie model.

  4. Theoretical study of the alkaline-earth (LiBe)+ ion: structure, spectroscopy and dipole moments

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    Ghanmi, C.; Farjallah, M.; Berriche, H.

    2017-03-01

    We study theoretically the structure and spectroscopic properties of the alkali alkaline-earth (LiBe)+ ion. The potential energy curves and their spectroscopic parameters, permanent and transition dipole moments are determined with a quantum chemistry approach. The (LiBe)+ ion is modelled as two valence electron system moving in the field of Be2+ and Li+ cores, which are described by pseudopotentials. In addition, effective core-polarization potentials are included to correct the energy. The molecular calculations are performed using a standard quantum chemistry approach based on the pseudopotential model, Gaussian basis sets, effective core polarization potentials, and full configuration interaction (CI) calculations. The precision of our spectroscopic parameters are discussed by comparison with currently available theoretical results. A rather good agreement is observed for the ground and first excited states. The permanent dipole moments reveal many abrupt changes, which are localized at particular distances corresponding to the positions of the avoided crossings.

  5. Oxygen ion conduction in barium doped LaInO3 perovskite oxides

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    Kim, Hye-Lim; Kim, Shin; Lee, Kyu-Hyung; Lee, Hong-Lim; Lee, Ki-Tae

    2014-12-01

    Oxygen ion conduction behaviors of the 0-5 mol% excess Ba-doped La0.6Ba0.4InO3-δ cubic perovskite oxides have been investigated to elucidate their potential as electrolyte materials. The highest conductivity, 5.6 × 10-2 S cm-1 at 800 °C, is obtained at the 3 mol% excess Ba-doped composition benefiting from a supplementation of Ba2+ ions on the vacant A-site generated by the volatilization during the heat-treatment processes. Interestingly, all the samples except the undoped composition show curved electrical conductivity behavior in the Arrhenius plot. The activation energy is 0.50-0.52 eV in the high-temperature region above 900 °C, which is slightly lower than that of the doped LaGaO3 system. Moreover, all the samples show significantly lower activation energy values of both the high- and low-temperature regions compared with yttria-stabilized zirconia. The 3 mol% excess Ba-doped La1-xBaxInO3-δ (0.4 ≤ x ≤ 0.8) sample has also been studied. All of the compositions show a cubic perovskite structure and a nearly pure oxygen ion conduction behavior in a dry atmosphere even when p(O2) = 1atm. The composition of x = 0.4 exhibits the highest oxygen ion conductivities.

  6. [Studies on rare earth ions complexation properties of tetranitrophenols-armed Aza-18-crown-6].

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    Zhang, Qiang; Gao, Sheng-hua

    2008-12-01

    The synthesis of macrocyclic ligands appended with fluorescent or chromogenic chelators is a promising approach to developing metal--ion chemosensors because of the ion selectivity of macrocyclic ligands and the fluorescence or chromogenic response of the appended chelating groups. In the present paper, 1,10-dioxa-4,7,13,16-tetraaza-18-crown-6(L1) and 4,7,13,16-tetra(2-hydroxy-5-nitrobenzyl)-1, 10-dioxa-4,7,13,16-tetraaza-18-crown-6(L2) were synthesized and characterized via elemental analysis and 1H NMR spectrum. The complexation properties of L2 for H+, Ce3+, Nd3+, Sm3+, Eu3+, Gd3+, Tb3+, DY3+ and Yb3+ were studies by UV-Vis method in H2 -DMSO (earth ions were added to the solution, the absorption peak of L2 above 400 nm was shifted toward short wavelength, and absorption intensity was increased obviously in comparison with L2 alone. Thus the formation of the complex was verified, and it was formed at pH>7.0. The stability constants of the complexes obtained show that stability of the complexes depends upon the match between cavity dimension of L2 and size of the rare earth ions. There was a decrease in stability of complex with decreasing the radius of rare earth ion in the order of Ce3 +>Nd3+ >Sm3+ >Eu"3+>Gd3+ >Tb3+ >Dy3+ >Yb3+.

  7. Statistical analysis of diffuse ion events upstream of the Earth's bow shock

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    Trattner, K. J.; Mobius, E.; Scholer, M.; Klecker, B.; Hilchenbach, M.; Luehr, H.

    1994-01-01

    A statistical study of diffuse energetic ion events and their related waves upstream of the Earth's bow shock was performed using data from the Active Magnetospheric Particle Tracer Explorers/Ion Release Module (AMPTE/IRM) satellite over two 5-month periods in 1984 and 1985. The data set was used to test the assumption in the self-consistent model of the upstream wave and particle populations by Lee (1982) that the particle acceleration through hydromagnetic waves and the wave generation are directly coupled. The comparison between the observed wave power and the wave power predicted on the observed energetic particle energy density and solar wind parameters results in a high correlation coefficient of about 0.89. The intensity of diffuse ions falls off approximately exponentially with the distance upstream from the bow shock parallel to the magnetic field with e-folding distances which vary from approximately 3.3 R(sub E) to approximately 11.7 R(sub E) over the energy range from 10 keV/e to 67.3 keV/e for both protons and alpha particles. After normalizing the upstream particle densities to zero bow shock distance by using these exponential variations, a good correlation (0.7) of the density of the diffuse ions with the solar wind density was found. This supports the suggestion that the solar wind is the source of the diffuse ions. Furthermore, the spectral slope of the diffuse ions correlates well with the solar wind velocity component in the direction of the interplanetary magnetic field (0.68 and 0.66 for protons and alpha particles) which concurs with the notion that the solar wind plays an important role in the acceleration of the upstream particles.

  8. Ion distributions in the Earth's foreshock: Hybrid-Vlasov simulation and THEMIS observations

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    Kempf, Yann; Pokhotelov, Dimitry; Gutynska, Olga; Wilson, Lynn B., III; Walsh, Brian M.; von Alfthan, Sebastian; Hannuksela, Otto; Sibeck, David G.; Palmroth, Minna

    2015-05-01

    We present the ion distribution functions in the ion foreshock upstream of the terrestrial bow shock obtained with Vlasiator, a new hybrid-Vlasov simulation geared toward large-scale simulations of the Earth's magnetosphere (http://vlasiator.fmi.fi). They are compared with the distribution functions measured by the multispacecraft Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms (THEMIS) mission. The known types of ion distributions in the foreshock are well reproduced by the hybrid-Vlasov model. We show that Vlasiator reproduces the decrease of the backstreaming beam speed with increasing distance from the foreshock edge, as well as the beam speed increase and density decrease with increasing radial distance from the bow shock, which have been reported before and are visible in the THEMIS data presented here. We also discuss the process by which wave-particle interactions cause intermediate foreshock distributions to lose their gyrotropy. This paper demonstrates the strength of the hybrid-Vlasov approach which lies in producing uniformly sampled ion distribution functions with good resolution in velocity space, at every spatial grid point of the simulation and at any instant. The limitations of the hybrid-Vlasov approach are also discussed.

  9. Observations of energetic helium ions in the earth's radiation belts during a sequence of geomagnetic storms

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    Spjeldvik, W. N.; Fritz, T. A.

    1981-01-01

    Observations of energetic (MeV) helium ions made with Explorer 45 during a sequence of magnetic storms during June through December of 1972 are presented. It is noted that the first of these storms started on June 17 and had a Dst index excursion to -190 gamma and that the MeV helium ions were perturbed primarily beyond 3 earth radii in the equatorial radiation belts with a typical flux increase of an order of magnitude at L equal to 4. The second storm period was in August and was associated with very major solar flare activity. While the Dst extremum was at best 35 gamma less than the June storm, this period can be characterized as irregular (or multi-storm) with strong compression of the magnetosphere and very large (order of magnitude) MeV helium ion flux enhancements down to L approximately equal to 2. After this injection, the trapped helium ion fluxes showed positive spherical slope with the peak beyond 3.15 MeV at L equal to 2.5; at the lowest observable L shells, little flux decay was seen during the remainder of the year.

  10. Ion-neutral coupling in Earth's thermosphere, estimated from concurrent radar and optical observations above Alaska

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    Anderson, C.; Kosch, M. J.; Nicolls, M. J.; Conde, M.

    2013-12-01

    During March-April 2011 a campaign of coordinated observations was undertaken between the Poker Flat Advanced Modular Incoherent Scatter Radar and the Poker Flat Scanning Doppler Imager. These instruments provide horizontally resolved maps of plasma and neutral parameters in Earth's thermosphere. We report on data collected during the campaign, and use these data to investigate two key aspects of ion-neutral coupling, namely Joule heating and the ion-neutral collision frequency. Volumetric Joule heating rates were often well correlated with measured ion temperature enhancements. The contribution of the neutral wind dynamo to the observed heating rates was positive when the absolute horizontal magnetic field perturbation (|ΔH|) was less than approximately 40 nT, and negative above that level. The total momentum-transfer ion-neutral collision frequency was estimated to be 1.02-0.152+0.179 s-1 at an altitude of 260 km, which, for a neutral composition of 75% atomic oxygen, yielded an estimate of the O+-O collision frequency of 0.766-0.114+0.134 s-1.

  11. 5 d-4 f luminescence of Nd3+, Gd3+, Er3+, Tm3+, and Ho3+ ions in crystals of alkaline earth fluorides

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    Radzhabov, E. A.; Prosekina, E. A.

    2011-09-01

    The vacuum ultraviolet emission spectra of alkaline-earth fluoride (CaF2, SrF2, BaF2) crystals with rare earth impurity ions (Nd, Gd, Er, Tm, Ho) have been investigated. The main luminescence bands are described well by the transitions from the lowest excited 5 d state to different 4 f levels of rare earth ions.

  12. A Study on Removal of Rare Earth Elements from U.S. Coal Byproducts by Ion Exchange

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    Rozelle, Peter L.; Khadilkar, Aditi B.; Pulati, Nuerxida; Soundarrajan, Nari; Klima, Mark S.; Mosser, Morgan M.; Miller, Charles E.; Pisupati, Sarma V.

    2016-03-01

    Rare earth elements are known to occur in low concentrations in U.S. coals and coal byproducts. These low concentrations may make rare earth element recovery from these materials unattractive, using only physical separation techniques. However, given the significant production of rare earths through ion exchange extraction in China, two U.S. coal byproducts were examined for ion extraction, using ammonium sulfate, an ionic liquid, and a deep eutectic solvent as lixiviants. Extraction of rare earth elements in each case produced high recoveries of rare earth elements to the solution. This suggests that in at least the cases of the materials examined, U.S. coal byproducts may be technically suitable as REE ores. More work is required to establish economic suitability.

  13. An Investigation of Fast Ion Transport in Solids Using Conductivity and N.M.R. (Fast Ion Transport in Solids).

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    1980-10-15

    A crystal grown from one batch of Rare Earth Products material. 3. A crystal grown from the same material as 2 plus 1000 p.p.m. SrF2 (Harshaw crystal...III. 2 C. Sr 2+ doped LaF3 Crystal 3 was doped with 1000 p.p.m. SrF2 and the conductivity plot is shown in Figures 8 and 12. As might have been... SRF2 -S2 - 111.2 D. Th4 doped LaF3 Crystal 4 was doped with 1000 p.p.m. ThF4 and the conductivity plot is shown in Figure 8 and 13. The conductivity

  14. Indirect determination of cyanide compounds by ion chromatography with conductivity measurement

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    Nonomura, M.

    1987-09-01

    Ion chromatography (IC) is a suitable analytical technique for the determination of anions. The cyanide is not detected by the conductivity detector of the ion chromatograph due to its low dissolution constant (pK = 9.2). This paper describes an IC procedure for the determination of free cyanide and metal cyanide complexes that uses a conductivity detector. It is based on the oxidation of cyanide ion by sodium hypochlorite to cyanate ion (pK = 3.66). Therefore, cyanide ion can now be measured indirectly by the conductivity detector. In this procedure, optimum operating conditions were examined. In addition, the interferences from anions and reducing agents were investigated. The method was applied to the determination of metal cyanide complexes. The coefficients of variation (%) for CN/sup -/ (1.05 mg/L), Zn(CN)/sub 4//sup 2 -/ (CN/sup -/, 0.80 mg/L), and Ni(CN)/sub 4//sup 2 -/ (CN/sup -/, 0.96 mg/L) were 1.1%, 1.5%, and 0.5%, respectively. The proposed method proved to be useful for the determination of cyanide compounds in natural water and waste water.

  15. Computational and Experimental Investigations of Na-Ion Conduction in Cubic Na3PSe4

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    Bo, Shou -Hang; Wang, Yan; Kim, Jae Chul; ...

    2015-11-17

    All-solid-state Na-ion batteries that operate at or close to room temperature are a promising next-generation battery technology with enhanced safety and reduced manufacturing cost. An indispensable component of this technology is the solid-state electrolyte that allows rapid shuttling of the mobile cation (i.e., Na+) between the cathode and anode. However, there are very few fast Na-ion conductors with ionic conductivity approaching that of the liquid counterparts (i.e., 1 mS cm–1). In this work, we present the synthesis and characterization of a fast Na-ion conductor, cubic Na3PSe4. This material possesses a room-temperature ionic conductivity exceeding 0.1 mS cm–1 and does notmore » require high-temperature sintering to minimize grain boundary resistance, making it a promising solid-state electrolyte candidate for all-solid-state Na-ion battery applications. On the basis of density functional theory, nudged elastic band, and molecular dynamics investigations, we demonstrate that the framework of cubic Na3PSe4 only permits rapid Na+ diffusion with the presence of defects, and that the formation of the Na vacancy (charge-balanced by slight Se2– oxidation) is more energetically favorable among the various defects considered. This finding provides important guidelines to further improve Na-ion conductivity in this class of materials.« less

  16. Observation of electron excitation into silicon conduction band by slow-ion surface neutralization

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    Shchemelinin, S.; Breskin, A.

    2017-03-01

    Bare reverse biased silicon photodiodes were exposed to 3 eV He+, Ne+, Ar+, N2+, N+ and H2O+ ions. In all cases an increase of the reverse current through the diode was observed. This effect and its dependence on the ionization energy of the incident ions and on other factors are qualitatively explained in the framework of Auger-type surface neutralization theory. Amplification of the ion-induced charge was observed with an avalanche photodiode under high applied bias. The observed effect can be considered as ion-induced internal potential electron emission into the conduction band of silicon. To the best of our knowledge, no experimental evidence of such effect was previously reported. Possible applications are discussed.

  17. Computational studies of solid-state alkali conduction in rechargeable alkali-ion batteries

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    Deng, Zhi; Mo, Yifei; Ong, Shyue Ping

    2016-03-25

    The facile conduction of alkali ions in a crystal host is of crucial importance in rechargeable alkali-ion batteries, the dominant form of energy storage today. In this review, we provide a comprehensive survey of computational approaches to study solid-state alkali diffusion. We demonstrate how these methods have provided useful insights into the design of materials that form the main components of a rechargeable alkali-ion battery, namely the electrodes, superionic conductor solid electrolytes and interfaces. We will also provide a perspective on future challenges and directions. Here, the scope of this review includes the monovalent lithium- and sodium-ion chemistries that are currently of the most commercial interest.

  18. Computational studies of solid-state alkali conduction in rechargeable alkali-ion batteries

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    Deng, Zhi; Mo, Yifei; Ong, Shyue Ping

    2016-03-25

    The facile conduction of alkali ions in a crystal host is of crucial importance in rechargeable alkali-ion batteries, the dominant form of energy storage today. In this review, we provide a comprehensive survey of computational approaches to study solid-state alkali diffusion. We demonstrate how these methods have provided useful insights into the design of materials that form the main components of a rechargeable alkali-ion battery, namely the electrodes, superionic conductor solid electrolytes and interfaces. We will also provide a perspective on future challenges and directions. Here, the scope of this review includes the monovalent lithium- and sodium-ion chemistries that aremore » currently of the most commercial interest.« less

  19. A Method of Producing Surface Conduction on Ceramic Accelerator Components Using Metal Ion Implantation

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    Liu, F.; Brown, I.; Phillips, H.; Biallas, George; Siggins, Timothy

    1997-05-01

    An important technique used for the suppression of surface flashover on high voltage DC ceramic insulators as well as for RF windows is that of providing some surface conduction to bleed off accumulated surface charge. We have used metal ion implantation to modify the surface of high voltage ceramic vacuum insulators to provide a niform surface resistivity of approximately 5 x 1010 W/square. A vacuum arc ion source based implanter was used to implant Pt at an energy of about 135 keV to doses of up to more than 5 x 1016 ions/cm2 into small ceramic test coupons and also into the inside surface of several ceramic accelerator columns 25 cm I. D. by 28 cm long. Here we describe the experimental set-up used to do the ion implantation and summarize the results of our exploratory work on implantation into test coupons as well as the implantations of the actual ceramic columns.

  20. Determination of effective capacities of ion-exchangeable materials by measuring the equilibrium conductivity.

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    Okabe, Toshiaki; Yokoyama, Yukio

    2010-01-01

    The effective ion-exchange capacities of ion-exchange materials were determined by measuring the change in the equilibrium conductivity of a column packed with analyte. The developed instrumental method can provide effective ion-exchange capacities for both cation and anion exchangers with simple operations. The cation-exchange capacity of a weak-acid cation-exchange resin (TSKgel SuperIC-Cation column) depended on the conditioning pH and the molar concentration of the conditioning agent. Plots of effective cation-exchange capacities over the conditioning pH exhibited three inflection points, suggesting the presence of two carboxy groups and one phenolic OH group in the resin, probably due to the inherent base polymer. This method was applied to several commercial analytical columns for ion chromatography, and could provide scientifically useful results for characterizing the resin properties.

  1. The Nature of Ion Conduction in Methylammonium Lead Iodide: A Multimethod Approach.

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    Senocrate, Alessandro; Moudrakovski, Igor; Kim, Gee Yeong; Yang, Tae-Youl; Gregori, Giuliano; Grätzel, Michael; Maier, Joachim

    2017-06-26

    By applying a multitude of experimental techniques including (1) H, (14) N, (207) Pb NMR and (127) I NMR/NQR, tracer diffusion, reaction cell and doping experiments, as well as stoichiometric variation, conductivity, and polarization experiments, iodine ions are unambiguously shown to be the mobile species in CH3 NH3 PbI3 , with iodine vacancies shown to represent the mechanistic centers under equilibrium conditions. Pb(2+) and CH3 NH3(+) ions do not significantly contribute to the long range transport (upper limits for their contributions are given), whereby the latter exhibit substantial local motion. The decisive electronic contribution to the mixed conductivity in the experimental window stems from electron holes. As holes can be associated with iodine orbitals, local variations of the iodine stoichiometry may be fast and enable light effects on ion transport. © 2017 The Authors. Published by Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.

  2. The Nature of Ion Conduction in Methylammonium Lead Iodide: A Multimethod Approach

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    Senocrate, Alessandro; Kim, Gee Yeong; Yang, Tae‐Youl; Gregori, Giuliano; Grätzel, Michael

    2017-01-01

    Abstract By applying a multitude of experimental techniques including 1H, 14N, 207Pb NMR and 127I NMR/NQR, tracer diffusion, reaction cell and doping experiments, as well as stoichiometric variation, conductivity, and polarization experiments, iodine ions are unambiguously shown to be the mobile species in CH3NH3PbI3, with iodine vacancies shown to represent the mechanistic centers under equilibrium conditions. Pb2+ and CH3NH3 + ions do not significantly contribute to the long range transport (upper limits for their contributions are given), whereby the latter exhibit substantial local motion. The decisive electronic contribution to the mixed conductivity in the experimental window stems from electron holes. As holes can be associated with iodine orbitals, local variations of the iodine stoichiometry may be fast and enable light effects on ion transport. PMID:28558144

  3. Li Ion Conducting Polymer Gel Electrolytes Based on Ionic Liquid/PVDF-HFP Blends

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    Ye, Hui; Huang, Jian; Xu, Jun John; Khalfan, Amish; Greenbaum, Steve G.

    2009-01-01

    Ionic liquids thermodynamically compatible with Li metal are very promising for applications to rechargeable lithium batteries. 1-methyl-3-propylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (P13TFSI) is screened out as a particularly promising ionic liquid in this study. Dimensionally stable, elastic, flexible, nonvolatile polymer gel electrolytes (PGEs) with high electrochemical stabilities, high ionic conductivities and other desirable properties have been synthesized by dissolving Li imide salt (LiTFSI) in P13TFSI ionic liquid and then mixing the electrolyte solution with poly(vinylidene-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) copolymer. Adding small amounts of ethylene carbonate to the polymer gel electrolytes dramatically improves the ionic conductivity, net Li ion transport concentration, and Li ion transport kinetics of these electrolytes. They are thus favorable and offer good prospects in the application to rechargeable Li batteries including open systems like Li/air batteries, as well as more “conventional” rechargeable lithium and lithium ion batteries. PMID:20354587

  4. Atomic Scale Picture of the Ion Conduction Mechanism in Tetrahedral Network of Lanthanum Barium Gallate

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    Jalarvo, Niina H; Gourdon, Olivier; Bi, Zhonghe; Gout, Delphine J; Ohl, Michael E; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans

    2013-01-01

    Combined experimental study of impedance spectroscopy, neutron powder diffraction and quasielastic neutron scattering was performed to shed light into the atomic scale ion migration processes in proton and oxide ion conductor; La0.8Ba1.2GaO3.9 . This material consist of tetrahedral GaO4 units, which are rather flexible and rocking motion of these units promotes the ionic migration process. The oxide ion (vacancy) conduction takes place on channels along c axis, involving a single elementary step, which occurs between adjacent tetrahedron (inter-tetrahedron jump). The proton conduction mechanism consists of intra-tetrahedron and inter-tetrahedron elementary processes. The intra-tetrahedron proton transport is the rate-limiting process, with activation energy of 0.44 eV. The rocking motion of the GaO4 tetrahedron aids the inter-tetrahedral proton transport, which has the activation energy of 0.068 eV.

  5. Investigation of thermal diffusivity dependence on temperature in a group of optical single crystals doped with rare earth ions

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    Trefon-Radziejewska, D.; Bodzenta, J.

    2015-07-01

    The group of YAG, YVO4 and GdCOB single crystals was examined to determine the thermal diffusivity as a function of temperature in range from 30 °C to 300 °C. Further investigations concerned on analysis of the influence of dopants on these dependencies. The experimental setup based on thermal wave method with mirage detection was used. The samples represented different crystallographic systems such as cubic (YAG) tetragonal (YVO4) and monoclinic (GdCOB). The anisotropy of thermal conductivity of investigated samples was taken into account in the investigations. The crystals were doped with calcium ions, rare earth ions such as ytterbium, neodymium, and thulium, and also with transition metal vanadium. The results confirmed that influence of doping on the thermal diffusivity of investigated materials strongly depends on temperature. In general the thermal diffusivity decreases with increasing of sample temperature from 30 °C to 300 °C, however the drop in thermal diffusivity is the highest for pure single crystals. Doping is another factor reducing the heat transport in single crystals. Introduction of dopant ions into a crystal lattice leads to a significant decrease in the thermal diffusivity at lower temperatures in comparison with pure crystals. However, the influence of dopants becomes less pronounced with increasing temperature, and in case of weakly doped crystals it becomes negligible at higher temperatures. The interpretation of thermal diffusivity dependence on temperature for single crystals was based on the Debye model of lattice thermal conductivity of solids. The results allowed to conclude that the decrease of thermal diffusivity with temperature and increasing concentration of impurities is caused by shortening of the phonons mean free path due to phonon-phonon and phonon-point defect scatterings.

  6. Luminescence properties of rare earth and transition metal ions doped potassium lead borophosphate glass

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    Leong, P. M.; Eeu, T. Y.; Leow, T. Q.; Hussin, R.; Ibrahim, Z.

    2013-05-01

    A series of potassium lead borophosphate glass doped with rare earth and transition metal ions were fabricated using melt-quenching method without annealing process. With the composition of glass 0.15K2O-0.15PbO-0.35B2O3-0.5P2O5 as host doped with 0.01 mole % of neodymium oxide, iron oxide, yttrium oxide, and titanium oxide as activator and different composition were used to investigate the luminescence effect by using Photoluminescence Spectroscopy and UV-Vis (Ultraviolet-Visible) spectrophotometer. By exciting the samples at different wavelength (200-900 nm), the excitation and emission profile were obtained and analyzed to study the energy transfer process. By referring to the spectra obtained, selected samples were also codoped among each other to obtain desired luminescence properties. UV-Visible spectroscopy results revealed the absorption and transmission wavelength of samples for targeted application as a selected band filter. Physical properties such as chemical stability and color of the samples were also recorded to correlate with PL and UV-Vis result. Certain rare earth activated samples displayed slight coloring under the visible wavelength especially Nd2+ ions doped samples displayed slight purplish.

  7. Synthesis of Ga-doped Ge-based apatites: Effect of dopant and cell symmetry on oxide ion conductivity

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    Kendrick, E.; Slater, P.R.

    2008-12-01

    Apatite-type rare earth silicates/germanates are attracting significant interest as a new class of oxide ion conductors. For the germanates, La{sub 9.33+x}(GeO{sub 4}){sub 6}O{sub 2+3x/2}, it has been shown that, depending on composition, the cell can be either hexagonal or triclinic, with evidence for reduced low temperature conductivities for the latter, attributed to increased defect trapping in this lower symmetry cell. In this paper the effect of Ga doping on the cell symmetry and conductivity is reported, with the observation of triclinic cells across the series La{sub 10}(GeO{sub 4}){sub 6-x}(GaO{sub 4}){sub x}O{sub 3-x/2}. Through co-doping with Y on the La site, i.e. La{sub 8}Y{sub 2}(GeO{sub 4}){sub 6-x}(GaO{sub 4}){sub x}O{sub 3-x/2}, it is shown that hexagonal cells are obtained, and the dependence of the conductivity on oxygen content/Ga content is discussed. In particular it is shown that the stabilisation of the hexagonal cell through Y doping enhances the low temperature conductivity.

  8. Engineered Ionic Gates for Ion Conduction Based on Sodium and Potassium Activated Nanochannels.

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    Liu, Qian; Xiao, Kai; Wen, Liping; Lu, Heng; Liu, Yahui; Kong, Xiang-Yu; Xie, Ganhua; Zhang, Zhen; Bo, Zhishan; Jiang, Lei

    2015-09-23

    In living systems, ion conduction plays a major role in numerous cellular processes and can be controlled by biological ion channels in response to specific environmental stimuli. This article describes biomimetic ionic gates for ion conduction based on sodium and potassium activated nanochannels. The Na(+) activated ionic gate and K(+) activated ionic gate were developed by immobilizing the alkali metal cation-responsive functional molecules, 4'-aminobenzo-15-crown-5 and 4'-aminobenzo-18-crown-6, respectively, onto the conical polyimide nanochannels. When the ionic gate was in the presence of the specific alkali metal cation, positively charged complexes formed between the crown ether and the alkali metal cation. On the basis of the resulting changes in surface charge, wettability and effective pore size, the nanochannel can achieve reversible switching. The switching behaviors of the two complexes differed due to the differences in binding strength between the two complexes. The Na(+) activated ionic gate is able to open and close to control the ion conduction through the nanochannel, and the K(+) activated ionic gate enables selective cation and anion conduction through the nanochannel. The Na(+) and K(+) activated ionic gates show great promise for use in clinical medicine, biosensors and drug delivery based on their high sensitivity and selectivity of being activated, and good stability.

  9. Amorphization and reduction of thermal conductivity in porous silicon by irradiation with swift heavy ions

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    Newby, Pascal J.; Canut, Bruno; Bluet, Jean-Marie; Lysenko, Vladimir; Gomes, Severine; Isaiev, Mykola; Burbelo, Roman; Chantrenne, Patrice; Frechette, Luc G.

    2013-07-07

    In this article, we demonstrate that the thermal conductivity of nanostructured porous silicon is reduced by amorphization and also that this amorphous phase in porous silicon can be created by swift (high-energy) heavy ion irradiation. Porous silicon samples with 41%-75% porosity are irradiated with 110 MeV uranium ions at six different fluences. Structural characterisation by micro-Raman spectroscopy and SEM imaging show that swift heavy ion irradiation causes the creation of an amorphous phase in porous Si but without suppressing its porous structure. We demonstrate that the amorphization of porous silicon is caused by electronic-regime interactions, which is the first time such an effect is obtained in crystalline silicon with single-ion species. Furthermore, the impact on the thermal conductivity of porous silicon is studied by micro-Raman spectroscopy and scanning thermal microscopy. The creation of an amorphous phase in porous silicon leads to a reduction of its thermal conductivity, up to a factor of 3 compared to the non-irradiated sample. Therefore, this technique could be used to enhance the thermal insulation properties of porous Si. Finally, we show that this treatment can be combined with pre-oxidation at 300 Degree-Sign C, which is known to lower the thermal conductivity of porous Si, in order to obtain an even greater reduction.

  10. Mesocosm Community Response Sensitivities to Specific Conductivity Comprised of Different Major Ions

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    Traditional toxicity test assays have been used to evaluate the relative sensitivity to different major ion mixtures as a proxy for understanding what the response of aquatic species growing in their natural environment would be during exposure to specific conductivity stress ema...

  11. Mesocosm Community Response Sensitivities to Specific Conductivity Comprised of Different Major Ions

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    Traditional toxicity test assays have been used to evaluate the relative sensitivity to different major ion mixtures as a proxy for understanding what the response of aquatic species growing in their natural environment would be during exposure to specific conductivity stress ema...

  12. The role of tortuosity on ion conduction in block copolymer electrolyte thin films

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    Kambe, Yu; Arges, Christopher G.; Nealey, Paul F.

    This talk discusses the role of grain tortuosity on ion conductivity in block copolymer electrolyte (BCE) thin films. In particular, we studied lamellae forming BCEs with both domains oriented perpendicular to the substrate surface and connected directly from one electrode to another - i.e., tortuosity of one. The BCE is composed of ion-conducting, poly(2-vinyl n-methylpyridinium) blocks and non-ionic polystyrene blocks. Prior to creating the BCE, the pristine block copolymer, poly(styrene- b-2-vinyl pyridine), was directly self-assembled (DSA) on topographical or chemical patterns via graphoepitaxy and chemoepitaxy. A chemical vapor infiltration reaction modified the P2VP block into positively charged, fixed quaternary ammonium groups paired with mobile counteranions. The graphoepitaxy process utilized topographical interdigitated gold nanoelectrodes (100s of nanometers spacing between electrodes) created via e-beam lithography. Alternatively, chemical patterns had gold electrodes incorporated into them with 10s to 100s of microns spacing using conventional optical lithography. The interdigitated gold electrodes enabled in-plane ion conductivity measurements of the DSA BCEs to study the role of grain tortuosity on ion conductivity. U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science: Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357.

  13. Ion beam irradiation as a tool to improve the ionic conductivity in solid polymer electrolyte systems

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    Manjunatha, H. Kumaraswamy, G. N.; Damle, R.

    2016-05-06

    Solid polymer electrolytes (SPEs) have potential applications in solid state electronic and energy devices. The optimum conductivity of SPEs required for such applications is about 10{sup −1} – 10{sup −3} Scm{sup −1}, which is hard to achieve in these systems. It is observed that ionic conductivity of SPEs continuously increase with increasing concentration of inorganic salt in the host polymer. However, there is a critical concentration of the salt beyond which the conductivity of SPEs decreases due to the formation of ion pairs. In the present study, solid polymer thin films based on poly (ethylene oxide) (PEO) complexed with NaBr salt with different concentrations have been prepared and the concentration at which ion pair formation occurs in PEO{sub x}NaBr is identified. The microstructure of the SPE with highest ionic conductivity is modified by irradiating it with low energy O{sup +1} ion (100 keV) of different fluencies. It is observed that the ionic conductivity of irradiated SPEs increases by one order in magnitude. The increase in ionic conductivity may be attributed to the enhanced segmental motion of the polymer chains due to radiation induced micro structural modification.

  14. Ion beam irradiation as a tool to improve the ionic conductivity in solid polymer electrolyte systems

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    Manjunatha, H.; Damle, R.; Kumaraswamy, G. N.

    2016-05-01

    Solid polymer electrolytes (SPEs) have potential applications in solid state electronic and energy devices. The optimum conductivity of SPEs required for such applications is about 10-1 - 10-3 Scm-1, which is hard to achieve in these systems. It is observed that ionic conductivity of SPEs continuously increase with increasing concentration of inorganic salt in the host polymer. However, there is a critical concentration of the salt beyond which the conductivity of SPEs decreases due to the formation of ion pairs. In the present study, solid polymer thin films based on poly (ethylene oxide) (PEO) complexed with NaBr salt with different concentrations have been prepared and the concentration at which ion pair formation occurs in PEOxNaBr is identified. The microstructure of the SPE with highest ionic conductivity is modified by irradiating it with low energy O+1 ion (100 keV) of different fluencies. It is observed that the ionic conductivity of irradiated SPEs increases by one order in magnitude. The increase in ionic conductivity may be attributed to the enhanced segmental motion of the polymer chains due to radiation induced micro structural modification.

  15. Aerosol Charging by Ion Attachment and Electrical Conductivity in the Lower Atmosphere of Mars

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    Tripathi, S. N.; Michael, M.

    2007-12-01

    Aerosol in the atmosphere of Mars is a topic of considerable interest since their effect on the climate has been recognized. The aerosols interact with both visible and infrared radiation and modify atmospheric heating rates which are responsible for the atmospheric circulation, dust storms etc. In the present work, the charging of aerosols and the conductivity of the lower atmosphere of Mars during the day and night-time are calculated. Galactic cosmic rays are the dominant ionizing process in the lower atmosphere producing molecular ions and ion clusters. These ion clusters get attached to the aerosols and charging occurs during the night-time. Solar UV photons are an additional ionizing agent during the day-time. Solar photons of energy less than 6 eV reach the surface of Mars as those with energies greater than 6 eV are absorbed by the atmospheric molecules before they reach the lower atmosphere. Those photons, which reach the lower atmosphere, ionize the aerosols as the ionization potential of most of the aerosols is less than 6 eV and produce electrons. Aerosols become charged by the attachment of ions and electrons during the day-time. The ion-aerosol and electron-aerosol attachment coefficients are calculated. The neutral atmospheric properties required to calculate the aerosol charging and the conductivity are obtained from Magalhaes et al. (1999). The aerosols have a concentration and effective radius of 2.26 cm-3 and 1.9 mm, respectively, at the surface. The charge distribution of aerosols is obtained by the simultaneous solution of the ion-electron-aerosol charge balance equations. Both the steady state and time dependent concentration of charged aerosols are calculated. It was observed that about 80% of the aerosols close to the surface become charged during the night-time (Michael et al., 2007). In addition to ions, electrons are also present during the day-time. More charging occurs and most of the aerosols become charged during the day-time. The

  16. What does Earth's electromagnetic field from ground and space measurements tell us about conductivity of the mantle?

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    Grayver, Alexander; Morschhauser, Achim; Kuvshinov, Alexey

    2017-04-01

    This contribution presents an overview of new models of Earth's mantle conductivity that have been derived using new methodologies and data from magnetic observatories and satellite missions such as CHAMP and Swarm. The electrical conductivity of the mantle provides a wealth of information on composition and temperature of the mantle material at depths. Lateral and vertical variations of this physical property allow us to constrain rheological and dynamic states of the tectonic processes in the subsurface. Electromagnetic (EM) induction methods is the only tool that can be used to study electrical conductivity at depth. They exploit natural electromagnetic field variations to derive frequency-dependent responses that are used to conduct Earth sounding. These variations originate from electric current systems in magnetosphere, ionosphere and even oceans. Over the last 17 years, almost continuous operation of low-orbit satellites measuring Earth's magnetic field, installation of new magnetic observatories in remote locations as well as substantial improvements in processing and modeling have enabled us to study mantle electrical conductivity using a variety of EM methods either globally or/and at different locations on Earth.

  17. Bond-length distributions for ions bonded to oxygen: alkali and alkaline-earth metals

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    Gagné, Olivier Charles; Hawthorne, Frank Christopher

    2016-01-01

    Bond-length distributions have been examined for 55 configurations of alkali-metal ions and 29 configurations of alkaline-earth-metal ions bonded to oxygen, for 4859 coordination polyhedra and 38 594 bond distances (alkali metals), and for 3038 coordination polyhedra and 24 487 bond distances (alkaline-earth metals). Bond lengths generally show a positively skewed Gaussian distribution that originates from the variation in Born repulsion and Coulomb attraction as a function of interatomic distance. The skewness and kurtosis of these distributions generally decrease with increasing coordination number of the central cation, a result of decreasing Born repulsion with increasing coordination number. We confirm the following minimum coordination numbers: [3]Li+, [3]Na+, [4]K+, [4]Rb+, [6]Cs+, [3]Be2+, [4]Mg2+, [6]Ca2+, [6]Sr2+ and [6]Ba2+, but note that some reported examples are the result of extensive dynamic and/or positional short-range disorder and are not ordered arrangements. Some distributions of bond lengths are distinctly multi-modal. This is commonly due to the occurrence of large numbers of structure refinements of a particular structure type in which a particular cation is always present, leading to an over-representation of a specific range of bond lengths. Outliers in the distributions of mean bond lengths are often associated with anomalous values of atomic displacement of the constituent cations and/or anions. For a sample of [6]Na+, the ratio U eq(Na)/U eq(bonded anions) is partially correlated with 〈[6]Na+—O2−〉 (R 2 = 0.57), suggesting that the mean bond length is correlated with vibrational/displacement characteristics of the constituent ions for a fixed coordination number. Mean bond lengths also show a weak correlation with bond-length distortion from the mean value in general, although some coordination numbers show the widest variation in mean bond length for zero distortion, e.g. Li+ in [4]- and [6]-coordination, Na+ in [4]- and [6

  18. Bond-length distributions for ions bonded to oxygen: alkali and alkaline-earth metals.

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    Gagné, Olivier Charles; Hawthorne, Frank Christopher

    2016-08-01

    Bond-length distributions have been examined for 55 configurations of alkali-metal ions and 29 configurations of alkaline-earth-metal ions bonded to oxygen, for 4859 coordination polyhedra and 38 594 bond distances (alkali metals), and for 3038 coordination polyhedra and 24 487 bond distances (alkaline-earth metals). Bond lengths generally show a positively skewed Gaussian distribution that originates from the variation in Born repulsion and Coulomb attraction as a function of interatomic distance. The skewness and kurtosis of these distributions generally decrease with increasing coordination number of the central cation, a result of decreasing Born repulsion with increasing coordination number. We confirm the following minimum coordination numbers: ([3])Li(+), ([3])Na(+), ([4])K(+), ([4])Rb(+), ([6])Cs(+), ([3])Be(2+), ([4])Mg(2+), ([6])Ca(2+), ([6])Sr(2+) and ([6])Ba(2+), but note that some reported examples are the result of extensive dynamic and/or positional short-range disorder and are not ordered arrangements. Some distributions of bond lengths are distinctly multi-modal. This is commonly due to the occurrence of large numbers of structure refinements of a particular structure type in which a particular cation is always present, leading to an over-representation of a specific range of bond lengths. Outliers in the distributions of mean bond lengths are often associated with anomalous values of atomic displacement of the constituent cations and/or anions. For a sample of ([6])Na(+), the ratio Ueq(Na)/Ueq(bonded anions) is partially correlated with 〈([6])Na(+)-O(2-)〉 (R(2) = 0.57), suggesting that the mean bond length is correlated with vibrational/displacement characteristics of the constituent ions for a fixed coordination number. Mean bond lengths also show a weak correlation with bond-length distortion from the mean value in general, although some coordination numbers show the widest variation in mean bond length for zero distortion, e.g. Li(+) in

  19. Development of Ion-Conductive and Vapoluminescent Porous Coordination Polymers Composed of Ruthenium(II) Metalloligand.

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    Watanabe, Ayako; Kobayashi, Atsushi; Saitoh, Erika; Nagao, Yuki; Omagari, Shun; Nakanishi, Takayuki; Hasegawa, Yasuchika; Sameera, W M C; Yoshida, Masaki; Kato, Masako

    2017-03-06

    We synthesized two new porous coordination polymers (PCPs) {Ln7(OH)5[Ru(dcbpy)3]4·4nH2O} (Ln7-Ru4; Ln = Ce, Nd) composed of the luminescent ruthenium(II) metalloligand [Ru(4,4'-dcbpy)3](4-) ([4Ru]; 4,4'-dcbpy = 4,4'-dicarboxy-2,2'-bipyridine) and lanthanide ions Ln(3+) (Ln = Ce, Nd). These two PCPs Ln7-Ru4 are isomorphous with the previously reported PCP La7-Ru4, and the lattice constants (a, c, and unit cell volume V) changed systematically according to the lanthanide contraction. All three Ln7-Ru4 compounds have OH(-) anion containing porous structures and a large number of hydrate water molecules within the pores, resulting in moderate ion conductivities (10(-6)-10(-7) S cm(-1)) at 90% relative humidity (RH) and 298 K. In contrast, the structural transformation of Ln7-Ru4 associated with water-vapor adsorption/desorption strongly depends on the lanthanide ion; the Ln7-Ru4 compounds with larger Ln(3+) ions recover the original porous structure at lower relative humidities (RH). A similar trend was observed for the ion conduction activation energy, suggesting that the bridging Ln(3+) ion plays an important role in the formation of the ion-conductive pathways. La7-Ru4 and Ce7-Ru4 exhibit vapochromic luminescence associated with water vapor adsorption/desorption, arising from the (3)MLCT emission of [4Ru]. This vapochromic behavior is also affected by the replacement of the Ln(3+) ion; the vapochromic shift of Ce7-Ru4 was observed at RH values (near 100% RH) higher than that of La7-Ru4. (3)MLCT emissions of the [4Ru] metalloligand in Nd7-Ru4 were barely observable in the visible region, but sharp emission bands characteristic of 4f-4f transitions of the Nd(3+) ion were observed in the near-infrared (NIR) region (arising from the (1)MLCT transition of [4Ru]), suggesting the transfer of energy from the [4Ru] (3)MLCT excited state to the 4f-4f transition state of the Nd(3+) ions.

  20. Influence of rare-earth ions on SiO₂-Na₂O-RE₂O₃ glass structure.

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    Johnson, J A; Benmore, C J; Holland, D; Du, J; Beuneu, B; Mekki, A

    2011-02-16

    Praseodymium and europium sodium silicate glasses of nominal composition (SiO(2))(0.70 - x)(Na(2)O)(0.30)(RE(2)O(3))(x), where RE is the rare earth and 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.10, were studied by neutron and high-energy x-ray scattering and classical molecular dynamics simulations. The observation of a significant x-ray intensity in doped as compared to un-doped glasses is indicative of RE-RE correlations at a distance of ∼ 3.7-3.9 Å, much shorter than would be expected for a homogeneous distribution, suggesting that clustering of the rare-earth cations occurs in both these glass systems at low concentrations. Above x = 0.075 (nominal), minimal changes in this region indicate that the RE atoms are incorporated much more randomly into the glass structure. The molecular dynamics simulations suggest that the rare-earth ions enter the sodium-rich regions in the sodium silicate glasses and act as modifiers. A cluster analysis performed on the model systems indicates that the tendency for clustering is higher in praseodymium-containing glasses than in the europium glasses.

  1. Tailor-made development of fast Li ion conducting garnet-like solid electrolytes.

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    Ramzy, Adam; Thangadurai, Venkataraman

    2010-02-01

    This paper reports a novel approach to designing advanced solid Li ion electrolytes for application in various solid state ionic devices, including Li ion secondary batteries, gas sensors, and electrochromic displays. The employed methodology involves a solid-solution reaction between the two best-known fast Li ion conductors in the garnet-family of compounds Li(6)BaLa(2)M(2)O(12) (M = Nb, Ta) and Li(7)La(3)Zr(2)O(12). Powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), AC impedance, and (7)Li nuclear magnetic resonance (Li NMR) spectroscopy were employed to characterize phase formation, morphology, ionic conductivity, and Li ion coordination in Li(6.5)La(2.5)BaZrMO(12). PXRD shows for formation of a cubic garnet-like structure and AC impedance data is consistent with other known solid Li ion electrolytes. Li(6.5)La(2.5)BaZrTaO(12) exhibits a fast Li ion conductivity of about 6 x 10(-3) S cm(-1) at 100 degrees C, which is comparable to that of currently employed organic polymer electrolytes value at room temperature. The Nb analogue shows an order of magnitude lower ionic conductivity than that of the corresponding Ta member, which is consistent with the trend in garnet-type electrolytes reported in the literature. Samples sintered at 1100 degrees C shows the highest electrical conductivity compared to that of 900 degrees C. (7)Li MAS NMR shows a sharp single peak at 0 ppm with respect to LiCl, which may be attributed to fast migration of ions between various sites in the garnets, and also suggesting average distributions of Li ions at average octahedral coordination in Li(6.5)La(2.5)BaZrMO(12). The present work together with literature used to establish very important fundamental relationship of functional property-Li concentration-crystal structure-Li diffusion coefficient in the garnet family of Li ion electrolytes.

  2. Ion Acceleration at Earth, Saturn and Jupiter and its Global Impact on Magnetospheric Structure

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    Brandt, Pontus

    2016-07-01

    The ion plasma pressures at Earth, Saturn and Jupiter are significant players in the electrodynamic force-balance that governs the structure and dynamics of these magnetospheres. There are many similarities between the physical mechanisms that are thought to heat the ion plasma to temperatures that even exceed those of the solar corona. In this presentation we compare the ion acceleration mechanisms at the three planetary magnetospheres and discuss their global impacts on magnetopsheric structure. At Earth, bursty-bulk flows, or "bubbles", have been shown to accelerate protons and O+ to high energies by the earthward moving magnetic dipolarization fronts. O+ ions display a more non-adiabatic energization in response to these fronts than protons do as they are energized and transported in to the ring-current region where they reach energies of several 100's keV. We present both in-situ measurements from the NASA Van Allen Probes Mission and global Energetic Neutral (ENA) images from the High-Energy Neutral Atom (HENA) Camera on board the IMAGE Mission, that illustrate these processes. The global impact on the magnetospheric structure is explored by comparing the empirical magnetic field model TS07d for given driving conditions with global plasma pressure distributions derived from the HENA images. At Saturn, quasi-periodic energization events, or large-scale injections, occur beyond about 9 RS around the post-midnight sector, clearly shown by the Ion and Neutral Atom Camera (INCA) on board the Cassini mission. In contrast to Earth, the corotational drift dominates even the energetic ion distributions. The large-scale injections display similar dipolarization front features can be found and there are indications that like at Earth the O+ responds more non-adiabatically than protons do. However, at Saturn there are also differences in that there appears to be energization events deep in the inner magnetosphere (6-9 RS) preferentially occurring in the pre

  3. Nuclear spin lattice relaxation and conductivity studies of the non-Arrhenius conductivity behavior in lithium fast ion conducting sulfide glasses

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    Meyer, Benjamin Michael

    Homogeneous xB2O3 + (1-x)B 2S3 glasses were prepared between 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.80. Raman, IR, and 11B NMR spectroscopies show that the boron oxide structures of B2O3, especially the six-membered rings, quickly diminish with increasing sulfide content, whereas the corresponding sulfide structures in B2S3 remain relatively intense as oxide content is increased. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and density measurements show that physical properties of these boron oxysulfide glasses heavily favor the B2S3 properties regardless of the amount of B2O3 added to the system. It is hypothesized that the stability of the thioboroxol ring group relative to that of the BS 3/2 trigonal group is a possible source of this behavior. The formation of mixed boron oxysulfide structures of composition BSzO3-z where 0 < z < 3 is proposed. Structural studies of the ternary xLi2S + (1-x)[0.5 B2S3 + 0.5 GeS2] glasses using IR, Raman, and 11B NMR show that these glasses do not have equal sharing of the lithium atoms between GeS2 and B2S3. The IR spectra indicates that the B2S3 glass network are under-doped in comparison to corresponding compositions in the xLi 2S + (1-x)B2S3 binary system. Additionally, the Raman spectra show that the GeS2 glass network is over-modified. 11Boron static NMR gives evidence that ˜80% of the boron atoms are in tetrahedral coordinated. A super macro tetrahedron is proposed as one of the structures in these glasses in which some of them may contain boron sites substituted by germanium atoms at lower Li2S content. Nuclear Spin Lattice Relaxation and ionic conductivity measurements of Li doped Li2S + GeS2 + B2S3 glasses were performed to investigate the ion hopping dynamics and the non-Arrhenius conductivity behavior that has been observed in some fast ion conducting glasses. A distribution of activation energies model was used to fit the NSLR results and conductivity results. Comparisons are made to previously studied binary lithium thio-germanate and binary

  4. Influence of Electrical and Ionic Conductivities of Organic Electronic Ion Pump on Acetylcholine Exchange Performance

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    Abdullayeva, Nazrin; Sankir, Mehmet

    2017-01-01

    By using an easy and effective method of depositing conjugated polymers (PEDOT:PSS) on flexible substrates, a new design for organic bioelectronic devices has been developed. The purpose was to build up a system that mimics the motion of neurotransmitters in the synaptic cleft by obtaining an electrical to chemical signal transport. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and Raman measurements have demonstrated that electrochemical overoxidation region which separates the pristine PEDOT:PSS electrodes and allows ionic conduction has been achieved successfully. The influence of both electrical and ionic conductivities on organic electronic ion pump (OEIP) performances has been studied. The ultimate goal was to achieve the highest equilibrium current density at the lowest applied voltage via enhancing the electrical conductivity of PEDOT:PSS and ionic conductivity of electrochemically overoxidized region. The highest equilibrium current density, which corresponds to 4.81 × 1017 number of ions of acetylcholine was about 41 μA cm−2 observed for the OEIP with the electrical conductivities of 54 S cm−1. This was a threshold electrical conductivity beyond which the OEIP performances were not changed much. Once Nafion™ has been applied for enhancing the ionic conductivity, the equilibrium current density increased about ten times and reached up to 408 μA cm−2. Therefore, it has been demonstrated that the OEIP performance mainly scales with the ionic conductivity. A straightforward method of producing organic bioelectronics is proposed here may provide a clue for their effortless mass production in the near future. PMID:28772946

  5. Discovery of ions with nuclear charge Z greater than or equal to 9 stability trapped in the earth's radiation belts

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    Spjeldvik, W. N.; Fritz, T. A.

    1981-01-01

    Observations of MeV heavy ions obtained by Explorer 45 in an equatorial earth orbit during a 7 month period in 1972 are presented, including data from four major magnetic storms. The spacecraft contained a heavy ion detector telescope and heavy ion discriminator electronics. Heavy ions were distinguished from protons and electrons, and He ions and ions heavier than F were recorded on separate data channels. The L equals 2.25 to L equals 4 zones were probed, and it was found that the relative enhancement in heavy ion fluxes in the radiation belts over the prestorm ion flux intensities tends to increase with increasing ion mass and/or increasing ion energy in the MeV range. The radial profiles of ions with nucleon number greater than nine peak at L equals 2.9, and MeV ions in this class decay on time scales from 23 days at L equals 3.25 to 55 days at L equals 2.25. Indirect evidence indicated a solar source for the very heavy ions in the magnetosphere.

  6. The conductivity of high-fluence noble gas ion irradiated CVD polycrystalline diamond

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    Borisov, A. M.; Kazakov, V. A.; Mashkova, E. S.; Ovchinnikov, M. A.; Shemukhin, A. A.; Sigalaev, S. K.

    2017-09-01

    The conductivity of surface layer of polycrystalline CVD (Chemical Vapor Deposition) diamond has been studied experimentally after high-fluence 30 keV Ne+, 20 and 30 keV Ar+ ion irradiation at target temperature range from 30 to 400 °C. The hot ion irradiation of CVD diamond may be described as ion-stimulated heat graphitization in which an exponential resistance decrease with increasing of the irradiation temperature is much faster than at the heat treatment. Under ion irradiation of CVD diamond the graphite-like materials resistivity is achieved at temperatures not exceeding 200 °C. The graphite phase in a heterogeneous structure of diamond irradiated layer is in dynamic equilibrium. In the temperature range from RT to 400 °C, the proportion of graphite phase increases so that at temperatures 200 < Tir < 400 °C it is dominant. The Raman spectra of ion-induced conductive layer created on CVD diamond reflect the processes of nanostructural ordering - disordering of sp2-bonded carbon.

  7. Estimation of the pore size of the large-conductance mechanosensitive ion channel of Escherichia coli.

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    Cruickshank, C C; Minchin, R F; Le Dain, A C; Martinac, B

    1997-01-01

    The open channel diameter of Escherichia coli recombinant large-conductance mechanosensitive ion channels (MscL) was estimated using the model of Hille (Hille, B. 1968. Pharmacological modifications of the sodium channels of frog nerve. J. Gen. Physiol. 51:199-219) that relates the pore size to conductance. Based on the MscL conductance of 3.8 nS, and assumed pore lengths, a channel diameter of 34 to 46 A was calculated. To estimate the pore size experimentally, the effect of large organic ions on the conductance of MscL was examined. Poly-L-lysines (PLLs) with a diameter of 37 A or larger significantly reduced channel conductance, whereas spermine (approximately 15 A), PLL19 (approximately 25 A) and 1,1'-bis-(3-(1'-methyl-(4,4'-bipyridinium)-1-yl)-propyl)-4,4'-b ipyridinium (approximately 30 A) had no effect. The smaller organic ions putrescine, cadaverine, spermine, and succinate all permeated the channel. We conclude that the open pore diameter of the MscL is approximately 40 A, indicating that the MscL has one of the largest channel pores yet described. This channel diameter is consistent with the proposed homohexameric model of the MscL. PMID:9336188

  8. Microstructure Dependence of Oxygen-Ion Conductivity of Samarium-Doped Ceria Ceramics

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    Huang, Duan-Ping; Xu, Qing; Liu, Han-Xing; Chen, Wen; Zhao, Kai; Kim, Bok-Hee

    2013-07-01

    Superfine and uniform Ce0.8Sm0.2O1.9 powder was derived from a urea-combustion process with a U/Mn+ ratio of 2.0. The microstructure and oxygen-ion conductivity of the ceramics sintered at 1050-1400 °C were investigated. The relative densities of the ceramics increased with sintering temperature through a maximum at 1200 °C and then slightly declined. The relatively densities of the specimens attained 95.8-98.0% at the sintering temperatures of 1100-1200 °C. The average grain size of the ceramics gradually enhanced from ˜110 to ˜500 nm with the elevation of sintering temperature from 1050 to 1350 °C. The specimens sintered at 1100-1200 °C achieved high oxygen-ion conductivities and low activation energies for the conduction. The results indicate an evident effect of the microstructure on the oxygen-ion conductivity. The superior oxygenion conducting properties of the specimens sintered at 1100-1200 °C are attributed to their low sintering temperatures, high densification levels and fine-grained microstructures.

  9. Molecular Dynamics Simulation of the Antiamoebin Ion Channel: Linking Structure and Conductance

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    Wilson, Michael A.; Wei, Chenyu; Bjelkmar, Pär; Wallace, B.A.; Pohorille, Andrew

    2011-01-01

    Molecular-dynamics simulations were carried out to ascertain which of the potential multimeric forms of the transmembrane peptaibol channel, antiamoebin, is consistent with its measured conductance. Estimates of the conductance obtained through counting ions that cross the channel and by solving the Nernst-Planck equation yield consistent results, indicating that the motion of ions inside the channel can be satisfactorily described as diffusive. The calculated conductance of octameric channels is markedly higher than the conductance measured in single channel recordings, whereas the tetramer appears to be nonconducting. The conductance of the hexamer was estimated to be 115 ± 34 pS and 74 ± 20 pS, at 150 mV and 75 mV, respectively, in satisfactory agreement with the value of 90 pS measured at 75 mV. On this basis, we propose that the antiamoebin channel consists of six monomers. Its pore is large enough to accommodate K+ and Cl− with their first solvation shells intact. The free energy barrier encountered by K+ is only 2.2 kcal/mol whereas Cl− encounters a substantially higher barrier of nearly 5 kcal/mol. This difference makes the channel selective for cations. Ion crossing events are shown to be uncorrelated and follow Poisson statistics. PMID:21575573

  10. The Rotavirus NSP4 Viroporin Domain is a Calcium-conducting Ion Channel

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    Pham, Thieng; Perry, Jacob L.; Dosey, Timothy L.; Delcour, Anne H.; Hyser, Joseph M.

    2017-01-01

    Viroporins are small virus-encoded ion channel proteins. Most viroporins are monovalent selective cation channels, with few showing the ability to conduct divalent cations, like calcium (Ca2+). Nevertheless, some viroporins are known to disrupt host cell Ca2+ homeostasis, which is critical for virus replication and pathogenesis. Rotavirus nonstructural protein 4 (NSP4) is an endoplasmic reticulum transmembrane glycoprotein that has a viroporin domain (VPD), and NSP4 viroporin activity elevates cytosolic Ca2+ in mammalian cells. The goal of this study was to demonstrate that the NSP4 VPD forms an ion channel and determine whether the channel can conduct Ca2+. Using planar lipid bilayer and liposome patch clamp electrophysiology, we show that a synthetic peptide of the NSP4 VPD has ion channel activity. The NSP4 VPD was selective for cations over anions and channel activity was observed to have both well-defined “square top” openings as well as fast current fluctuations, similar to other viroporins. Importantly, the NSP4 VPD showed similar conductance of divalent cations (Ca2+ and Ba2+) as monovalent cations (K+), but a viroporin defective mutant lacked Ca2+ conductivity. These data demonstrate that the NSP4 VPD is a Ca2+-conducting viroporin and establish the mechanism by which NSP4 disturbs host cell Ca2+ homeostasis. PMID:28256607

  11. Microcalorimetric study on host-guest complexation of naphtho-15-crown-5 with four ions of alkaline earth metal*

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    Song, Ming-zhi; Zhu, Lan-ying; Gao, Xi-ke; Dou, Jian-min; Sun, De-zhi

    2005-01-01

    Thermodynamic parameters of complexation of naphto-15-crown-5 with four alkaline earth ions in aqueous media was determined using titration microcalorimetry at 298.15 K. The stability of the complexes, thermal effect and entropy effect of the complexation is discussed on the basis of the guest ions structure and the solvent effect. The stability constants tendency to vary with ion radius was interpreted. Complex of naphtha-15-crown-5 with calcium ion is very stable due to the synergism of static electric interaction and size selectivity between the host and the guest. PMID:15593396

  12. Toward a System-Based Approach to Electromagnetic Ion Cyclotron Waves in Earth's Magnetosphere

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    Gamayunov, K. V.; Engebretson, M. J.; Rassoul, H.

    2015-12-01

    We consider a nonlinear wave energy cascade from the low frequency range into the higher frequency domain of electromagnetic ion cyclotron (EMIC) wave generation as a possible source of seed fluctuations for EMIC wave growth due to the ion cyclotron instability in Earth's magnetosphere. The theoretical analysis shows that energy cascade from the Pc 4-5 frequency range (2-22 mHz) into the range of Pc 1-2 pulsations (0.1-5 Hz) is able to supply the level of seed fluctuations that guarantees growth of EMIC waves up to an observable level during one pass through the near equatorial region where the ion cyclotron instability takes place. We also analyze magnetic field data from the Polar and Van Allen Probes spacecraft to test this nonlinear mechanism. We restrict our analysis to magnetic spectra only. We do not analyze the third-order moment for total energy of the magnetic and velocity fluctuations, but judge whether a nonlinear energy cascade is present or whether it is not by only analyzing the appearance of power-law distributions in the low frequency part of the magnetic field spectra. While the power-law spectrum alone does not guarantee that a nonlinear cascade is present, the power-law distribution is a strong indication of the possible development of a nonlinear cascade. Our data analysis shows that a nonlinear energy cascade is indeed observed in both the outer and inner magnetosphere, and EMIC waves are growing from this nonthermal background. All the analyzed data are in good agreement with the theoretical model presented in this study. Overall, the results of this study support a nonlinear energy cascade in Earth's magnetosphere as a mechanism which is responsible for supplying seed fluctuating energy in the higher frequency domain where EMIC waves grow due to the ion cyclotron instability. Keywords: nonlinear energy cascade, ultra low frequency waves, electromagnetic ion cyclotron waves, seed fluctuationsAcknowledgments: This paper is based upon work

  13. Building non-tortuous ion-conduction pathways using self-assembled block copolymers

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    Kim, Onnuri; Park, Moon Jeong

    Ion-containing polymers with self-assembled morphologies are becoming important ingredients of a wide range of electrochemical devices such as lithium-ion batteries, fuel cells and electroactive actuators. Although several studies have reported the relationship between morphologies and ion transport properties of such polymers, the most of quantitative analysis have been limited to two-dimensional morphologies as they occupy a large window of the phase diagrams. In present study, we investigated the effects of morphology on the ion transport efficiency with a focus on three-dimensional symmetry. A range of three-dimensional self-assembled morphologies, i.e., ill-defined cubic, orthorhombic network (O70) , and face-centered cubic phases (fcc) were achieved for a single sulfonated block copolymer upon the addition of non-stoichiometric ionic liquids. The type of three-dimensional lattice was found out to play a crucial role in determining the ion transport properties of composite membranes, where the most efficient ion-conduction was demonstrated for fcc phases with lowest tortuosity of 1 over orthorhombic networks phases (tortuosity:1.5). This intriguing result suggests a new avenue to designing polymer electrolytes with improved transport properties.

  14. Ionic Conduction in Lithium Ion Battery Composite Electrode Governs Cross-sectional Reaction Distribution

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    Orikasa, Yuki; Gogyo, Yuma; Yamashige, Hisao; Katayama, Misaki; Chen, Kezheng; Mori, Takuya; Yamamoto, Kentaro; Masese, Titus; Inada, Yasuhiro; Ohta, Toshiaki; Siroma, Zyun; Kato, Shiro; Kinoshita, Hajime; Arai, Hajime; Ogumi, Zempachi; Uchimoto, Yoshiharu

    2016-01-01

    Composite electrodes containing active materials, carbon and binder are widely used in lithium-ion batteries. Since the electrode reaction occurs preferentially in regions with lower resistance, reaction distribution can be happened within composite electrodes. We investigate the relationship between the reaction distribution with depth direction and electronic/ionic conductivity in composite electrodes with changing electrode porosities. Two dimensional X-ray absorption spectroscopy shows that the reaction distribution is happened in lower porosity electrodes. Our developed 6-probe method can measure electronic/ionic conductivity in composite electrodes. The ionic conductivity is decreased for lower porosity electrodes, which governs the reaction distribution of composite electrodes and their performances. PMID:27193448

  15. Ionic Conduction in Lithium Ion Battery Composite Electrode Governs Cross-sectional Reaction Distribution

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    Orikasa, Yuki; Gogyo, Yuma; Yamashige, Hisao; Katayama, Misaki; Chen, Kezheng; Mori, Takuya; Yamamoto, Kentaro; Masese, Titus; Inada, Yasuhiro; Ohta, Toshiaki; Siroma, Zyun; Kato, Shiro; Kinoshita, Hajime; Arai, Hajime; Ogumi, Zempachi; Uchimoto, Yoshiharu

    2016-05-01

    Composite electrodes containing active materials, carbon and binder are widely used in lithium-ion batteries. Since the electrode reaction occurs preferentially in regions with lower resistance, reaction distribution can be happened within composite electrodes. We investigate the relationship between the reaction distribution with depth direction and electronic/ionic conductivity in composite electrodes with changing electrode porosities. Two dimensional X-ray absorption spectroscopy shows that the reaction distribution is happened in lower porosity electrodes. Our developed 6-probe method can measure electronic/ionic conductivity in composite electrodes. The ionic conductivity is decreased for lower porosity electrodes, which governs the reaction distribution of composite electrodes and their performances.

  16. Population gratings in saturable optical fibers with randomly oriented rare-earth ions

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    Stepanov, S.; Martinez, L. M.; Hernandez, E. H.; Agruzov, P.; Shamray, A.

    2015-07-01

    Formation of the dynamic population gratings in optical fibers with randomly oriented rare-earth ions is analyzed with a special interest to the grating component for readout with the orthogonal light polarization. It is shown that as compared with a simple model case of the collinearly oriented dipole-like centers their random orientation leads to approximately 2-times growth of the effective saturation power P sat when it is estimated from the incident power dependence of the fiber absorption or from that of the fluorescence intensity. An optimal incident power, for which the maximum of the dynamic population grating amplitude for collinear light polarization is observed, also follows this change in P sat, while formation of the grating for orthogonal polarization needs essentially higher light power. The reduced anisotropy of the active centers, which is in charge of the experimentally observed weakening of the polarization hole burning (PHB) and of the fluorescence polarization, compensates in some way the effect of random ion orientation. The ratio between the maximum conventional (i.e. for the interacting waves collinear polarizations) two-wave mixing (TWM) amplitude and the initial not saturable fiber optical density proves to be, however, nearly the same as in the model case of collinearly oriented dipoles. The ratio between the PHB effect and the amplitude of the anisotropic grating, which is responsible for TWM of the orthogonally polarized waves, is also not influenced significantly by the reduced anisotropy of ions.

  17. Significant FRET between SWNT/DNA and rare earth ions: a signature of their spatial correlations.

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    Ignatova, Tetyana; Najafov, Hikmat; Ryasnyanskiy, Aleksandr; Biaggio, Ivan; Zheng, Ming; Rotkin, Slava V

    2011-07-26

    Significant acceleration of the photoluminescence (PL) decay rate was observed in water solutions of two rare earth ions (REIs), Tb and Eu. We propose that the time-resolved PL spectroscopy data are explained by a fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) between the REIs. FRET was directly confirmed by detecting the induced PL of the energy acceptor, Eu ion, under the PL excitation of the donor ion, Tb, with FRET efficiency reaching 7% in the most saturated solution, where the distance between the unlike REIs is the shortest. Using this as a calibration experiment, a comparable FRET was measured in the mixed solution of REIs with single-wall nanotubes (SWNTs) wrapped with DNA. From the FRET efficiency of 10% and 7% for Tb and Eu, respectively, the characteristic distance between the REI and SWNT/DNA was obtained as 15.9 ± 1.3 Å, suggesting that the complexes are formed because of Coulomb attraction between the REI and the ionized phosphate groups of the DNA.

  18. Rare Earth Metal Silicides Synthesized by High Current Metal Ion Implantation

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    Cheng, X. Q.; Wang, R. S.; Tang, X. J.; Liu, B. X.

    2003-08-01

    The YSi2, LaSi2, CeSi2, PrSi2, NdSi2, SmSi2, GdSi2, TbSi2, DySi2, and ErSi2 layers were formed on Si wafers by respective high current metal-ion implantation using a metal vacuum vapor arc (MEVVA) ion source and the formation temperature was considerable lower than the critical temperatures (300-350°C) required for the rare earth metal silicides by solid-state reaction. It was found that the crystalline structures could be improved with increasing slightly the formation temperature as well as the implantation dose. Concerning the growth kinetics, in some cases, fractal patterns were observed on Si surfaces and the branches of the fractals consisted of the grains of respective precipitated silicides. Interestingly, the fractal dimension increased with formation temperature and eventually approached to a value of 2.0, corresponding to a continuous layer, which was required in practical application. The formation mechanism as well as the growth kinetics was discussed in terms of the far-from-equilibrium process involved in the MEVVA ion implantation.

  19. Graphitization and related variable-range-hopping conduction in ion-implanted diamond

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    Prins, Johan F.

    2001-07-01

    Variable-range-hopping (VRH) conduction that has been ascribed to the formation of graphite sp2 bonds, can be generated in diamond by means of high dose ion implantation. With increasing implantation temperature, the ion doses required to generate this conduction increase owing to some form of self-annealing. Similar behaviour has been reported for the formation of amorphous material in silicon. Morehead and Crowder (1970 Radiat. Eff. 6 27) developed a model based on displacement spikes to describe this process in silicon. Prawer and Kalish (1995 Phys. Rev. B 51 15711) adapted this model to describe the onset of VRH conduction in diamonds that they had implanted with 100 keV C+ and 320 keV Xe+ at different temperatures. In this study it is assumed that the latter ions could not have formed displacement spikes in diamond. Equations, based on interstitial-vacancy generation and recombination, are then derived to describe the processes of damage formation and annealing in diamond during ion implantation, and applied to the data of Prawer and Kalish. The model fits the latter data well, and is also consistent with recent results on interstitial-vacancy generation, and the interactions of these defects, in electron-irradiated diamonds.

  20. Fast calculation of the sensitivity matrix for responses to the Earth's conductivity: General strategy and examples

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    Pankratov, O. V.; Kuvshinov, A. V.

    2010-09-01

    Modern electromagnetic studies of the Earth deal with three-dimensional data sets and their inversion in the class of three-dimensional models. Due to the large scale of the 3D inverse problem, it is usually solved using gradient-type iteration techniques. These techniques require repeated calculations of the gradient of the penalty function (i.e., the sum of the misfit and the regularization term) with respect to the model parameters that describe the spatial distribution of conductivity. Since there are generally no analytical tools for calculating the misfit gradient, its computation requires the application of some numerical techniques. Unfortunately, it is impossible to perform mass calculations of the misfit gradient even using modern computing if one applies conventional numerical differentiation. In reality, in this case the number of calls of the forward problem is proportional to the number of the sought parameters, which is very large in case of a 3D inversion. However, there is a much more efficient method for calculation of the misfit gradient, namely, the adjoint-field technique. At present, this technique is widely used in the numerical schemes of the 3D inversion of electromagnetic and other data. With this technique we can calculate the misfit gradient with the same computational burden as that required for the solution of a single additional forward problem. Although this technique is widely used, we failed to find any comprehensive description of this technique in the literature that would allow one to apply this approach for any particular scheme of sounding, profiling, or transillumination as easily as a general formula is applied for a given case. In the present paper, we obtain general formulas for the quick calculation of the derivatives of the frequency-domain responses and the derivatives of the misfit function with respect to the variations in conductivity. We also show how the derived general formulas are transformed into particular

  1. Monte Carlo simulation of ion transport of the high strain ionomer with conducting powder electrodes

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    He, Xingxi; Leo, Donald J.

    2007-04-01

    The transport of charge due to electric stimulus is the primary mechanism of actuation for a class of polymeric active materials known as ionomeric polymer transducers (IPT). At low frequency, strain response is strongly related to charge accumulation at the electrodes. Experimental results demonstrated using conducting powder, such as single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNT), polyaniline (PANI) powders, high surface area RuO II, carbon black electrodes etc. as an electrode increases the mechanical deformation of the IPT by increasing the capacitance of the material. In this paper, Monte Carlo simulation of a two-dimensional ion hopping model has been built to describe ion transport in the IPT. The shape of the conducting powder is assumed to be a sphere. A step voltage is applied between the electrodes of the IPT, causing the thermally-activated hopping between multiwell energy structures. Energy barrier height includes three parts: the energy height due to the external electric potential, intrinsic energy, and the energy height due to ion interactions. Finite element method software-ANSYS is employed to calculate the static electric potential distribution inside the material with the powder sphere in varied locations. The interaction between ions and the electrodes including powder electrodes is determined by using the method of images. At each simulation step, the energy of each cation is updated to compute ion hopping rate which directly relates to the probability of an ion moving to its neighboring site. Simulation ends when the current drops to constant zero. Periodic boundary conditions are applied when ions hop in the direction perpendicular to the external electric field. When an ion is moved out of the simulation region, its corresponding periodic replica enters from the opposite side. In the direction of the external electric field, parallel programming is achieved in C augmented with functions that perform message-passing between processors using Message

  2. Enhanced oxide ion conductivity in stabilized delta-Bi2O3.

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    Punn, Rita; Feteira, Antonio M; Sinclair, Derek C; Greaves, Colin

    2006-12-06

    The substitution of Re into Bi2O3 allows stabilization of the delta-Bi2O3 structure by additional substitution of any lanthanide ion to give, for example, phases of composition Bi12.5La1.5ReO24.5. Some of these phases have been found to show exceptionally high oxide ion conductivity at low temperatures, ca 10-3 S cm-1 at 300 degrees C. The phases show a significant structural difference from other delta-Bi2O3 phases previously reported, with interstitial anion sites displaced further from the ideal fluorite position, (1/4,1/4,1/4).

  3. Model studies of the function of blockers on the small conductance potassium ion channel.

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    Ciechanowicz-Rutkowska, M; Lewinski, K; Oleksyn, B; Stec, B

    2003-09-01

    A correlation between KI (equilibrium dissociation constants) and IC50 (concentration at 50% inhibition) inhibitors for the family of blockers of the small conductance potassium ion channels and their intrinsic characteristics like molecular mass and volume have been investigated. Most of the blockers in the family are not selective, in contrast to apamin - an 18 amino acid bee venom toxin - that is known to be a highly potent and selective blocker of these channels. Differences and similarities between the blockers have been analyzed, pointing toward the origin of their selectivity and relative potency. In conclusion, an ion channel blocking is a process controlled mainly by diffusion, in accordance with previous experimental results.

  4. Forging Fast Ion Conducting Nanochannels with Swift Heavy Ions: The Correlated Role of Local Electronic and Atomic Structure

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    Sachan, Ritesh; Cooper, Valentino R.; Liu, Bin; ...

    2016-12-19

    Atomically disordered oxides have attracted significant attention in recent years due to the possibility of enhanced ionic conductivity. However, the correlation between atomic disorder, corresponding electronic structure, and the resulting oxygen diffusivity is not well understood. The disordered variants of the ordered pyrochlore structure in gadolinium titanate (Gd2Ti2O7) are seen as a particularly interesting prospect due to intrinsic presence of a vacant oxygen site in the unit atomic structure, which could provide a channel for fast oxygen conduction. In this paper, we provide insights into the subangstrom scale on the disordering-induced variations in the local atomic environment and its effectmore » on the electronic structure in high-energy ion irradiation-induced disordered nanochannels, which can be utilized as pathways for fast oxygen ion transport. With the help of an atomic plane-by-plane-resolved analyses, the work shows how the presence of various types of TiOx polyhedral that exist in the amorphous and disordered crystalline phase modify the electronic structures relative to the ordered pyrochlore phase in Gd2Ti2O7. Finally, the correlated molecular dynamics simulations on the disordered structures show a remarkable enhancement in oxygen diffusivity as compared with ordered pyrochlore lattice and make that a suitable candidate for applications requiring fast oxygen conduction.« less

  5. Forging Fast Ion Conducting Nanochannels with Swift Heavy Ions: The Correlated Role of Local Electronic and Atomic Structure

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    Sachan, Ritesh; Cooper, Valentino R.; Liu, Bin; Aidhy, Dilpuneet S.; Voas, Brian K.; Lang, Maik; Ou, Xin; Trautmann, Christina; Zhang, Yanwen; Chisholm, Matthew F.; Weber, William J.

    2016-12-19

    Atomically disordered oxides have attracted significant attention in recent years due to the possibility of enhanced ionic conductivity. However, the correlation between atomic disorder, corresponding electronic structure, and the resulting oxygen diffusivity is not well understood. The disordered variants of the ordered pyrochlore structure in gadolinium titanate (Gd2Ti2O7) are seen as a particularly interesting prospect due to intrinsic presence of a vacant oxygen site in the unit atomic structure, which could provide a channel for fast oxygen conduction. In this paper, we provide insights into the subangstrom scale on the disordering-induced variations in the local atomic environment and its effect on the electronic structure in high-energy ion irradiation-induced disordered nanochannels, which can be utilized as pathways for fast oxygen ion transport. With the help of an atomic plane-by-plane-resolved analyses, the work shows how the presence of various types of TiOx polyhedral that exist in the amorphous and disordered crystalline phase modify the electronic structures relative to the ordered pyrochlore phase in Gd2Ti2O7. Finally, the correlated molecular dynamics simulations on the disordered structures show a remarkable enhancement in oxygen diffusivity as compared with ordered pyrochlore lattice and make that a suitable candidate for applications requiring fast oxygen conduction.

  6. Monte Carlo simulation of radiation pattern for rare earth ions doped luminescent glasses under violet LED excitation

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    Lei, Xiaohua; Feng, Yong'an; Chen, Weimin; Zhang, Peng; Ren, Linjiao; Du, Xiaoqing

    2013-09-01

    Rare earth ions doped luminescence glasses are promising phosphor candidates in the fabrication of LEDs in the future due to their specific advantages such as higher thermal stability, higher transparency, compared to current commercial LEDs. While radiation patterns of luminescent glasses are different from current commercial LEDs fabricated by phosphors, luminescent glasses play roles both in emitting light and adjusting light distribution. In order to investigate radiation pattern of luminescent glasses, luminescence physical model of flat glasses doped with single rare earth ion was presented. Process of photons acting on rare earth ions and transporting in the luminescent glasses, and output light distribution from luminescent glasses were analyzed based on violet LED. At last, the simulating of radiation pattern for luminescent glasses based on Monte Carlo ray-tracing method was proved by experiment.

  7. Electrical resistivity and thermal conductivity of liquid Fe alloys at high P and T, and heat flux in Earth's core.

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    de Koker, Nico; Steinle-Neumann, Gerd; Vlcek, Vojtech

    2012-03-13

    Earth's magnetic field is sustained by magnetohydrodynamic convection within the metallic liquid core. In a thermally advecting core, the fraction of heat available to drive the geodynamo is reduced by heat conducted along the core geotherm, which depends sensitively on the thermal conductivity of liquid iron and its alloys with candidate light elements. The thermal conductivity for Earth's core is very poorly constrained, with current estimates based on a set of scaling relations that were not previously tested at high pressures. We perform first-principles electronic structure computations to determine the thermal conductivity and electrical resistivity for Fe, Fe-Si, and Fe-O liquid alloys. Computed resistivity agrees very well with existing shock compression measurements and shows strong dependence on light element concentration and type. Thermal conductivity at pressure and temperature conditions characteristic of Earth's core is higher than previous extrapolations. Conductive heat flux near the core-mantle boundary is comparable to estimates of the total heat flux from the core but decreases with depth, so that thermally driven flow would be constrained to greater depths in the absence of an inner core.

  8. The oxygen isotope composition of Earth's heterosphere from ion probe analysis of LDEF targets

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    Lyons, J. R.; Liu, M. C.; McKeegan, K.

    2016-12-01

    The Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF), which was placed in low Earth orbit at an altitude of 475 km in 1984 and was retrieved in 1990 at 330 km, returned samples of Earth's heterosphere. Isotopic analyses of several aluminum LDEF targets are presented here to quantitatively constrain isotope fractionation in the heterosphere, but also to provide an analog environment to that which MAVEN is presently sampling around Mars. The gravity-gradient stabilized orbit of LDEF maintained the same face of the spacecraft into the velocity vector. As a result, a high fluence of 1021 atoms cm-2 of atmospheric oxygen was implanted into the oxide layer of the Al targets, which were located along the leading edge of the spacecraft. These O atoms were implanted at the orbital velocity speed of 8 km s-1, and so should be at depths less than about 10 nm within the exiting oxide. We performed O isotope analyses on 3 Al LDEF targets using the CAMECA IMS-1290 ion microprobe at UCLA. A 1 nA ion beam was used, with rastering over a 100 x 100 micron area, and with 16O on Faraday cup detector, and 17O and 18O on electron multiplier detectors. A substantial oxide layer was seen on all 3 LDEF samples, with a depth of 1 micron. High count rates were obtained, 5x107 cps for 16O, and 2x104 for 17O, to depths far in excess of the expected implantation depth, suggesting that knock-on of O atoms by the Cs+ ion probe beam occurred during analysis. As expected in the terrestrial heterosphere, which is dominated by molecular diffusion up to the exobase, the heavy isotopes are highly depleted, with a minimum d18O -280 permil relative to a laboratory aluminum disk standard. These LDEF targets are some of the isotopically lightest O samples from Earth. An analysis of 17O will be presented at the meeting, and its potential implications for MAVEN will be discussed.

  9. A mechanical nanogate based on a carbon nanotube for reversible control of ion conduction

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    He, Zhongjin; Corry, Ben; Lu, Xiaohua; Zhou, Jian

    2014-03-01

    Control of mass transport through nanochannels is of critical importance in many nanoscale devices and nanofiltration membranes. The gates in biological channels, which control the transport of substances across cell membranes, can provide inspiration for this purpose. Gates in many biological channels are formed by a constriction ringed with hydrophobic residues which can prevent ion conduction even when they are not completely physically occluded. In this work, we use molecular dynamics simulations to design a nanogate inspired by this hydrophobic gating mechanism. Deforming a carbon nanotube (12,12) with an external force can form a hydrophobic constriction in the centre of the tube that controls ion conduction. The simulation results show that increasing the magnitude of the applied force narrows the constriction and lowers the fluxes of K+ and Cl- found under an electric field. With the exerted force larger than 5 nN, the constriction blocks the conduction of K+ and Cl- due to partial dehydration while allowing for a noticeable water flux. Ion conduction can revert back to the unperturbed level upon force retraction, suggesting the reversibility of the nanogate. The force can be exerted by available experimental facilities, such as atomic force microscope (AFM) tips. It is found that partial dehydration in a continuous water-filled hydrophobic constriction is enough to close the channel, while full dewetting is not necessarily required. This mechanically deformed nanogate has many potential applications, such as a valve in nanofluidic systems to reversibly control ion conduction and a high-performance nanomachine for desalination and water treatment.Control of mass transport through nanochannels is of critical importance in many nanoscale devices and nanofiltration membranes. The gates in biological channels, which control the transport of substances across cell membranes, can provide inspiration for this purpose. Gates in many biological channels are formed

  10. Nucleation-dependant chemical bonding paradigm: the effect of rare earth ions on the nucleation of urea in aqueous solution.

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    Chen, Xiaoyan; Sun, Congting; Wu, Sixin; Xue, Dongfeng

    2017-03-29

    Rare earth ions can be used to construct a variety of novel structures and are favorable to chemical bonding regulation and design. In this study, the chemical bonding paradigm between rare earth ions (Ln(3+)) and urea molecules in an aqueous solution can be tracked by the evolution of C[double bond, length as m-dash]O, NH2, and CN vibration bands during the urea nucleation stage. Rare earth ions such as La(3+), Gd(3+), and Lu(3+) can manipulate the nucleation time of urea via regulating the nucleation-dependant N-C[double bond, length as m-dash]OH-N hydrogen-bonding between urea molecules. Two types of chemical bondings between Ln(3+) and urea molecules have been confirmed, which are Ln(3+)O[double bond, length as m-dash]C-N and Ln(3+)NH2-C. Compared with Ln(3+)NH2-C, Ln(3+) prefers to coordinate with the O[double bond, length as m-dash]C bond in urea. With a higher concentration of rare earth ions in the solution, some N-C[double bond, length as m-dash]OH-N hydrogen bonds are broken as a consequence of the incorporation of Ln(3+) into the lattice, resulting in the decreased symmetry of local urea molecules in the crystalline nuclei and the consequent Ln(3+) concentration-dependent nucleation time of urea. Moreover, using the ionic electronegativity scale of Ln(3+), the different effects of La(3+), Gd(3+), and Lu(3+) on urea nucleation can be further distinguished. The present study provides basic data for unrevealing the chemical bonding regulation role of rare earth ions in the formation of hydrogen bonded materials, which may give insight into the design and fabrication of novel materials utilizing rare earth ions to adjust the chemical bonding process.

  11. Ion Temperatures in Earth's Inner Magnetosphere: Ring Current Dynamics, Transient Effects, and Data-Model Comparisons

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    Elfritz, Justin G.

    Earth's magnetosphere is an inherently complex, strongly nonlinear system with intrinsic coupling between internal and external drivers. In general, magnetospheric systems can be understood as a balance between multiple regions which all exhibit unique plasma properties. The feedback processes between each region depend on geomagnetic activity levels and the preceding states of the solar wind and the respective magnetospheric regions. Of particular interest is understanding how ion temperatures evolve during geomagnetically active periods, and also understanding the space weather impacts of hot ion populations injected during such periods. Dynamic, spatiotemporally resolved ion temperature boundary conditions have been implemented into the Comprehensive Ring Current Model (CRCM); the temperatures are based on 2-D equatorial maps derived from remotely imaged energetic neutral atom (ENA) measurements. The high-speed-stream-driven event on 22 July 2009 and the coronal mass ejection-driven event on 30-31 October 2013 are simulated and compared against identical simulations using a statistically derived boundary condition model. This new method for establishing boundary conditions allows users to include event-specific observations associated with a dynamic plasma sheet. It is found that spatial and energy distributions in the storm-time ring current exhibit sensitive dependence on boundary conditions during these events. The coupling of boundary conditions to the time history of the convection electric field strength is found to play an important role in throttling the influence of the boundary plasma on the inner magnetosphere. Storm-time dusk-dawn asymmetries consistent with observational data are reproduced well when CRCM is provided with the event-specific boundary condition model. The dependence of average, global magnetospheric ion temperatures derived from ENA maps is also investigated as a function of various combinations of solar wind parameters, IMF

  12. A mechanical nanogate based on a carbon nanotube for reversible control of ion conduction.

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    He, Zhongjin; Corry, Ben; Lu, Xiaohua; Zhou, Jian

    2014-04-07

    Control of mass transport through nanochannels is of critical importance in many nanoscale devices and nanofiltration membranes. The gates in biological channels, which control the transport of substances across cell membranes, can provide inspiration for this purpose. Gates in many biological channels are formed by a constriction ringed with hydrophobic residues which can prevent ion conduction even when they are not completely physically occluded. In this work, we use molecular dynamics simulations to design a nanogate inspired by this hydrophobic gating mechanism. Deforming a carbon nanotube (12,12) with an external force can form a hydrophobic constriction in the centre of the tube that controls ion conduction. The simulation results show that increasing the magnitude of the applied force narrows the constriction and lowers the fluxes of K(+) and Cl(-) found under an electric field. With the exerted force larger than 5 nN, the constriction blocks the conduction of K(+) and Cl(-) due to partial dehydration while allowing for a noticeable water flux. Ion conduction can revert back to the unperturbed level upon force retraction, suggesting the reversibility of the nanogate. The force can be exerted by available experimental facilities, such as atomic force microscope (AFM) tips. It is found that partial dehydration in a continuous water-filled hydrophobic constriction is enough to close the channel, while full dewetting is not necessarily required. This mechanically deformed nanogate has many potential applications, such as a valve in nanofluidic systems to reversibly control ion conduction and a high-performance nanomachine for desalination and water treatment.

  13. Electrolytic method to make alkali alcoholates using ion conducting alkali electrolyte/separator

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    Joshi, Ashok V [Salt Lake City, UT; Balagopal, Shekar [Sandy, UT; Pendelton, Justin [Salt Lake City, UT

    2011-12-13

    Alkali alcoholates, also called alkali alkoxides, are produced from alkali metal salt solutions and alcohol using a three-compartment electrolytic cell. The electrolytic cell includes an anolyte compartment configured with an anode, a buffer compartment, and a catholyte compartment configured with a cathode. An alkali ion conducting solid electrolyte configured to selectively transport alkali ions is positioned between the anolyte compartment and the buffer compartment. An alkali ion permeable separator is positioned between the buffer compartment and the catholyte compartment. The catholyte solution may include an alkali alcoholate and alcohol. The anolyte solution may include at least one alkali salt. The buffer compartment solution may include a soluble alkali salt and an alkali alcoholate in alcohol.

  14. Combining molecular dynamics and an electrodiffusion model to calculate ion channel conductance.

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    Wilson, Michael A; Nguyen, Thuy Hien; Pohorille, Andrew

    2014-12-14

    Establishing the relation between the structures and functions of protein ion channels, which are protein assemblies that facilitate transmembrane ion transport through water-filled pores, is at the forefront of biological and medical sciences. A reliable way to determine whether our understanding of this relation is satisfactory is to reproduce the measured ionic conductance over a broad range of applied voltages. This can be done in molecular dynamics simulations by way of applying an external electric field to the system and counting the number of ions that traverse the channel per unit time. Since this approach is computationally very expensive we develop a markedly more efficient alternative in which molecular dynamics is combined with an electrodiffusion equation. This alternative approach applies if steady-state ion transport through channels can be described with sufficient accuracy by the one-dimensional diffusion equation in the potential given by the free energy profile and applied voltage. The theory refers only to line densities of ions in the channel and, therefore, avoids ambiguities related to determining the surface area of the channel near its endpoints or other procedures connecting the line and bulk ion densities. We apply the theory to a simple, model system based on the trichotoxin channel. We test the assumptions of the electrodiffusion equation, and determine the precision and consistency of the calculated conductance. We demonstrate that it is possible to calculate current/voltage dependence and accurately reconstruct the underlying (equilibrium) free energy profile, all from molecular dynamics simulations at a single voltage. The approach developed here applies to other channels that satisfy the conditions of the electrodiffusion equation.

  15. Optical and Electrical Characteristics of Silver Ion Conducting Nanocomposite Solid Polymer Electrolytes Based on Chitosan

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    Aziz, Shujahadeen B.; Rasheed, Mariwan A.; Abidin, Zul H. Z.

    2017-10-01

    Optical and electrical properties of nanocomposite solid polymer electrolytes based on chitosan have been investigated. Incorporation of alumina nanoparticles into the chitosan:silver triflate (AgTf) system broadened the surface plasmon resonance peaks of the silver nanoparticles and shifted the absorption edge to lower photon energy. A clear decrease of the optical bandgap in nanocomposite samples containing alumina nanoparticles was observed. The variation of the direct-current (DC) conductivity and dielectric constant followed the same trend with alumina concentration. The DC conductivity increased by two orders of magnitude, which can be attributed to hindrance of silver ion reduction. Transmission electron microscopy was used to interpret the space-charge and blocking effects of alumina nanoparticles on the DC conductivity and dielectric constant. The ion conduction mechanism was interpreted based on the dependences of the electrical and dielectric parameters. The dependence of the DC conductivity on the dielectric constant is explained empirically. Relaxation processes associated with conductivity and viscoelasticity were distinguished based on the incomplete semicircular arcs in plots of the real and imaginary parts of the electric modulus.

  16. Optical and Electrical Characteristics of Silver Ion Conducting Nanocomposite Solid Polymer Electrolytes Based on Chitosan

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    Aziz, Shujahadeen B.; Rasheed, Mariwan A.; Abidin, Zul H. Z.

    2017-06-01

    Optical and electrical properties of nanocomposite solid polymer electrolytes based on chitosan have been investigated. Incorporation of alumina nanoparticles into the chitosan:silver triflate (AgTf) system broadened the surface plasmon resonance peaks of the silver nanoparticles and shifted the absorption edge to lower photon energy. A clear decrease of the optical bandgap in nanocomposite samples containing alumina nanoparticles was observed. The variation of the direct-current (DC) conductivity and dielectric constant followed the same trend with alumina concentration. The DC conductivity increased by two orders of magnitude, which can be attributed to hindrance of silver ion reduction. Transmission electron microscopy was used to interpret the space-charge and blocking effects of alumina nanoparticles on the DC conductivity and dielectric constant. The ion conduction mechanism was interpreted based on the dependences of the electrical and dielectric parameters. The dependence of the DC conductivity on the dielectric constant is explained empirically. Relaxation processes associated with conductivity and viscoelasticity were distinguished based on the incomplete semicircular arcs in plots of the real and imaginary parts of the electric modulus.

  17. Optical spectroscopy of rare earth ion-doped TiO2 nanophosphors.

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    Chen, Xueyuan; Luo, Wenqin

    2010-03-01

    Trivalent rare-earth (RE3+) ion-doped TiO2 nanophosphors belong to one kind of novel optical materials and have attracted increasing attention. The luminescence properties of different RE3+ ions in various TiO2 nanomaterials have been reviewed. Much attention is paid to our recent progresses on the luminescence properties of RE3+ (RE = Eu, Er, Sm, Nd) ions in anatase TiO2 nanoparticles prepared by a sol-gel-solvothermal method. Using Eu3+ as a sensitive optical probe, three significantly different luminescence centers of Eu3+ in TiO2 nanoparticles were detected by means of site-selective spectroscopy at 10 K. Based on the crystal-field (CF) splitting of Eu3+ at each site, C2v and D2 symmetries were proposed for Eu3+ incorporated at two lattice sites. A structural model for the formation of multiple sites was proposed based on the optical behaviors of Eu3+ at different sites. Similar multi-site luminescence was observed in Sm(3+)- or Nd(3+)-doped TiO2 nanoparticles. In Eu(3+)-doped TiO2 nanoparticles, only weak energy transfer from the TiO2 host to the Eu3+ ions was observed at 10 K due to the mismatch of energy between the TiO2 band-gap and the Eu3+ excited states. On the contrary, efficient host-sensitized luminescences were realized in Sm(3+)- or Nd(3+)-doped anatase TiO2 nanoparticles due to the match of energy between TiO2 band-gap and the Sm3+ and Nd3+ excited states. The excitation spectra of both Sm(3+)- and Nd(3+)-doped samples exhibit a dominant broad peak centered at approximately 340 nm, which is associated with the band-gap of TiO2, indicating that sensitized emission is much more efficient than direct excitation of the Sm3+ and Nd3+ ions. Single lattice site emission of Er3+ in TiO2 nanocrystals can be achieved by modifying the experimental conditions. Upon excitation by a Ti: sapphire laser at 978 nm, intense green upconverted luminescence was observed. The characteristic emission of Er3+ ions was obtained both in the ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) and

  18. [Improvement of anti-stokes energy transfer between rare earth ions--2. Numerical calculation and analysis].

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    Chen, Xiao-bo; Wang, Ce; Kang, Dong-guo; Sawanobori, Naruhito; Wang, Shui-feng; Li, Yong-liang; Wang, Ping

    2010-08-01

    The dynamics of all levels were calculated numerically in the present article for Er(0.5)Yb(3):FOV oxyfluoride nanophase vitroceramics. The population dynamical processes were analyzed carefully. It was found for the first time that traditional phonon-assisted energy transfer theory of rare earth ion energy transfer can not well explain the observed experimental calibrated results, as it does not take into account the difference between Stokes and anti-Stokes process. A coefficient, the improved factor of the intensity ratio of Stokes to anti-Stokes process in quantum Raman theory compared to classical Raman theory, was introduced for the first time to successfully describe the anti-Stokes energy transfer. The theoretical improvement results are coincident with experiments very well. This improvement is very significant and indispensable when the photonics of nanomaterials is probed.

  19. Design of rare-earth-ion doped chalcogenide photonic crystals for enhancing the fluorescence emission

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    Zhang, Peiqing; Dai, Shixun; Niu, Xueke; Xu, Yinsheng; Zhang, Wei; Wu, Yuehao; Xu, Tiefeng; Nie, Qiuhua

    2014-07-01

    Rare-earth-ion doped chalcogenide glass is a promising material for developing mid-infrared light sources. In this work, Tm3+-doped chalcogenide glass was prepared and photonic crystal structures were designed to enhance its fluorescence emission at approximately 3.8 μm. By employing the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulation, the emission characteristics of the luminescent centers in the bulk material and in the photonic crystals were worked out. Utilizing analysis of the photon excitation inside the sample and the photon extraction on the sample surface, it was found that fluorescence emission can be significantly enhanced 260-fold with the designed photonic crystal structure. The results of this work can be used to realize high-efficiency mid-infrared light sources.

  20. Influence of rare earth ions on microstructural and optical properties of ZnO nanostructures

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    Riyajuddin, Sk.; Naseem, Swaleha; Khan, Wasi; Ahmad, Shabbir; Faizan, M.; Naqvi, A. H.

    2016-05-01

    Pure and 3% rare earth ions (Nd3+ & Gd3+) doped ZnO samples were synthesized by sol-gel method, followed by annealing at temperature 450°C for 2hr. The samples were characterized by XRD, FTIR and UV-visible spectroscopy. XRD result confirmed single phase nature of all samples with crystalline structure. The average crystallite size of the doped samples found to be decreases as caculated using Debye-Scherrer's formula. FTIR spectra indicate absorption band centered at 464 cm-1 which is attributed to Zn-O lattice vibration. It confirms the formaton of compounds. UV-visible spectroscopy was used to study the optical properties and band gap of the synthesised materials using Tauc's relation.

  1. Formation and dynamics of "waterproof" photoluminescent complexes of rare earth ions in crowded environment.

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    Ignatova, Tetyana; Blades, Michael; Duque, Juan G; Doorn, Stephen K; Biaggio, Ivan; Rotkin, Slava V

    2014-12-28

    Understanding behavior of rare-earth ions (REI) in crowded environments is crucial for several nano- and bio-technological applications. Evolution of REI photoluminescence (PL) in small compartments inside a silica hydrogel, mimic to a soft matter bio-environment, has been studied and explained within a solvation model. The model uncovered the origin of high PL efficiency to be the formation of REI complexes, surrounded by bile salt (DOC) molecules. Comparative study of these REI-DOC complexes in bulk water solution and those enclosed inside the hydrogel revealed a strong correlation between an up to 5×-longer lifetime of REIs and appearance of the DOC ordered phase, further confirmed by dynamics of REI solvation shells, REI diffusion experiments and morphological characterization of microstructure of the hydrogel.

  2. Modification of phonon processes in nanostructured rare-earth-ion-doped crystals

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    Lutz, Thomas; Veissier, Lucile; Thiel, Charles W.; Cone, Rufus L.; Barclay, Paul E.; Tittel, Wolfgang

    2016-07-01

    Nano-structuring impurity-doped crystals affects the phonon density of states and thereby modifies the atomic dynamics induced by interaction with phonons. We propose the use of nano-structured materials in the form of powders or phononic bandgap crystals to enable or improve persistent spectral hole burning and coherence for inhomogeneously broadened absorption lines in rare-earth-ion-doped crystals. This is crucial for applications such as ultra-precise radio-frequency spectrum analyzers and optical quantum memories. As an example, we discuss how phonon engineering can enable spectral hole burning in erbium-doped materials operating in the convenient telecommunication band and present simulations for density of states of nano-sized powders and phononic crystals for the case of Y2SiO5 , a widely used material in current quantum memory research.

  3. Improving the intensity and efficiency of compressed echo in rare-earth-ion-doped crystal

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    Xiu-Rong, Ma; Yu-Qing, Liang; Song, Wang; Shuang-Gen, Zhang; Yun-Long, Shan

    2016-07-01

    We investigate the intensity and efficiency of a compressed echo, which is important in arbitrary waveform generation (AWG). A new model of compressed echo is proposed based on the optical Bloch equations, which exposes much more detailed parameters than the conventional model, such as the time delay of the chirp lasers, the nature of the rare-earth-ion-doped crystal, etc. According to the novel model of compressed echo, we find that reducing the time delay of the chirp lasers and scanning the lasers around the center frequency of the inhomogeneously broadened spectrum, while utilizing a crystal with larger coherence time and excitation lifetime can improve the compressed echo’s intensity and efficiency. The theoretical analysis is validated by numerical simulations. Project supported by Special Funds for Scientific and Technological Innovation Projects in Tianjin, China (Grant No. 10FDZDGX00400) and the Tianjin Research Program of Application Foundation and Advanced Technology, China (Grant No. 15JCQNJC01100).

  4. Vibronic Contributions to Ligand-Induced Pseudo-Quadrupole Absorption of Rare-Earth Ions

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    Judd, B. R.

    1980-01-01

    The intensities of certain lines in the absorption spectra of rare-earth or actinide ions are very sensitive to the neighboring ligands. The contributions to these intensities coming from vibronic transitions (combined electronic and vibrational transitions) are calculated by tensorial techniques with particular reference to octahedral complexes. The expansions that are used possess leading terms that indicate that the strongest vibronic lines should be associated with electronic transitions that satisfy the selection rules on J (the total angular momentum) that are identical to those for quadrupole radiation. General agreement is obtained with the recent work of Faulkner and Richardson on the transition 7F0 → 5D2 of Eu3+, though some of the approximations and assumptions, as well as much of the mathematics, are different.

  5. Synthesis and characterization of novel thermoresponsive fluorescence complexes based on copolymers with rare earth ions

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    Cui, Guihua; Chen, Shuiying; Jiang, Bao; Zhang, Yan; Qiu, Nannan; Satoh, Toshifumi; Kakuchi, Toyoji; Duan, Qian

    2013-10-01

    The thermo-sensitive and fluorescent complexes containing Eu(III) or Tb(III) were synthesized and characterized, in which cholesterol-g-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) copolymer was used as a polymer ligand. The results from the experiments indicated that Eu(III) or Tb(III) was bonded to nitrogen and oxygen atoms in the polymer chain. The fluorescence lifetimes of the powdered Eu(III) and Tb(III) complexes was 11.48 ms and 10.71 ms, respectively. The maximum emission intensity of the PNIPAM-Eu(III) complex at 613 nm and the PNIPAM-Tb(III) complex at 545 nm were enhanced about 11.1 and 11.3 times compared with that of the corresponding rare earth ions, respectively. Additionally, the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of complexes were slightly higher than those of the copolymers.

  6. Influence of rare earth ions on microstructural and optical properties of ZnO nanostructures

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    Riyajuddin, Sk. Ahmad, Shabbir; Faizan, M.; Naseem, Swaleha; Khan, Wasi; Naqvi, A. H.

    2016-05-23

    Pure and 3% rare earth ions (Nd{sup 3+} & Gd{sup 3+}) doped ZnO samples were synthesized by sol-gel method, followed by annealing at temperature 450°C for 2hr. The samples were characterized by XRD, FTIR and UV-visible spectroscopy. XRD result confirmed single phase nature of all samples with crystalline structure. The average crystallite size of the doped samples found to be decreases as caculated using Debye-Scherrer’s formula. FTIR spectra indicate absorption band centered at 464 cm{sup −1} which is attributed to Zn-O lattice vibration. It confirms the formaton of compounds. UV-visible spectroscopy was used to study the optical properties and band gap of the synthesised materials using Tauc’s relation.

  7. Coherent phase control of resonance-mediated two-photon absorption in rare-earth ions

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    Zhang, Shian Lu, Chenhui; Jia, Tianqing; Sun, Zhenrong; Qiu, Jianrong

    2013-11-04

    We theoretically and experimentally demonstrate the quantum coherent control of the resonance-mediated two-photon absorption in rare-earth ions by the phase-shaped femtosecond laser pulse. Our theoretical results show that the resonance-mediated two-photon absorption can be effectively controlled, but the control efficiency depends on the laser repetition rate in real experiment due to the long lifetime and the short decoherence time of the excited state, and the larger laser repetition rate yields the lower control efficiency. These theoretical results are experimentally confirmed in glass sample doped with Er{sup 3+} by utilizing the femtosecond lasers with low repetition rate of 1 kHz and high repetition rate of 80 MHz.

  8. Single Lithium-Ion Conducting Polymer Electrolytes Based on a Super-Delocalized Polyanion.

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    Ma, Qiang; Zhang, Heng; Zhou, Chongwang; Zheng, Liping; Cheng, Pengfei; Nie, Jin; Feng, Wenfang; Hu, Yong-Sheng; Li, Hong; Huang, Xuejie; Chen, Liquan; Armand, Michel; Zhou, Zhibin

    2016-02-12

    A novel single lithium-ion (Li-ion) conducting polymer electrolyte is presented that is composed of the lithium salt of a polyanion, poly[(4-styrenesulfonyl)(trifluoromethyl(S-trifluoromethylsulfonylimino)sulfonyl)imide] (PSsTFSI(-)), and high-molecular-weight poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO). The neat LiPSsTFSI ionomer displays a low glass-transition temperature (44.3 °C; that is, strongly plasticizing effect). The complex of LiPSsTFSI/PEO exhibits a high Li-ion transference number (tLi (+) =0.91) and is thermally stable up to 300 °C. Meanwhile, it exhibits a Li-ion conductivity as high as 1.35×10(-4)  S cm(-1) at 90 °C, which is comparable to that for the classic ambipolar LiTFSI/PEO SPEs at the same temperature. These outstanding properties of the LiPSsTFSI/PEO blended polymer electrolyte would make it promising as solid polymer electrolytes for Li batteries.

  9. Enhanced electron field emission properties of conducting ultrananocrystalline diamond films after Cu and Au ion implantation.

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    Sankaran, Kamatchi Jothiramalingam; Chen, Huang-Chin; Panda, Kalpataru; Sundaravel, Balakrishnan; Lee, Chi-Young; Tai, Nyan-Hwa; Lin, I-Nan

    2014-04-09

    The effects of Cu and Au ion implantation on the structural and electron field emission (EFE) properties of ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) films were investigated. High electrical conductivity of 186 (Ω•cm)(-1) and enhanced EFE properties with low turn-on field of 4.5 V/μm and high EFE current density of 6.70 mA/cm(2) have been detected for Au-ion implanted UNCD (Au-UNCD) films that are superior to those of Cu-ion implanted UNCD (Cu-UNCD) ones. Transmission electron microscopic investigations revealed that Au-ion implantation induced a larger proportion of nanographitic phases at the grain boundaries for the Au-UNCD films in addition to the formation of uniformly distributed spherically shaped Au nanoparticles. In contrast, for Cu-UNCD films, plate-like Cu nanoparticles arranged in the row-like pattern were formed, and only a smaller proportion of nanographite phases along the grain boundaries was induced. From current imaging tunneling spectroscopy and local current-voltage curves of scanning tunneling spectroscopic measurements, it is observed that the electrons are dominantly emitted from the grain boundaries. Consequently, the presence of nanosized Au particles and the induction of abundant nanographitic phases in the grain boundaries of Au-UNCD films are believed to be the authentic factors, ensuing in high electrical conductivity and outstanding EFE properties of the films.

  10. Surface Plasmon Resonance Sensing Detection of Mercury and Lead Ions Based on Conducting Polymer Composite

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    Abdi, Mahnaz M.; Abdullah, Luqman Chuah; Sadrolhosseini, Amir R.; Mat Yunus, Wan Mahmood; Moksin, Mohd Maarof; Tahir, Paridah Md.

    2011-01-01

    A new sensing area for a sensor based on surface plasmon resonance (SPR) was fabricated to detect trace amounts of mercury and lead ions. The gold surface used for SPR measurements were modified with polypyrrole-chitosan (PPy-CHI) conducting polymer composite. The polymer layer was deposited on the gold surface by electrodeposition. This optical sensor was used for monitoring toxic metal ions with and without sensitivity enhancement by chitosan in water samples. The higher amounts of resonance angle unit (ΔRU) were obtained for PPy-CHI film due to a specific binding of chitosan with Pb2+ and Hg2+ ions. The Pb2+ ion bind to the polymer films most strongly, and the sensor was more sensitive to Pb2+ compared to Hg2+. The concentrations of ions in the parts per million range produced the changes in the SPR angle minimum in the region of 0.03 to 0.07. Data analysis was done by Matlab software using Fresnel formula for multilayer system. PMID:21931763

  11. Rare earth ions enhanced near infrared fluorescence of Ag2S quantum dots for the detection of fluoride ions in living cells.

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    Ding, Caiping; Cao, Xuanyu; Zhang, Cuiling; He, Tangrong; Hua, Nan; Xian, Yuezhong

    2017-09-28

    In this work, a novel phenomenon was discovered that the fluorescence intensity of silver sulfide quantum dots (Ag2S QDs) could be enhanced in the presence of rare earth ions through aggregation-induced emission (AIE). Based on the strong coordination between rare earth ions and F(-), a facile and label-free strategy was developed for the detection of F(-) in living cells. Ag2S QDs were synthesized using 3-mercaptopropionic acid as sulfur source and stabilizer in aqueous solution. The near infrared (NIR) emitting QDs exhibited excellent photostalilty, high quantum yield and low toxic. Interestingly, the fluorescence intensity of QDs was obviously enhanced upon the addition of various rare earth ions, especially in the presence of Gd(3+). The AIE mechanism was proved via the TEM, zeta potential and dynamic light scattering analysis. Moreover, the coordination between rare earth ions and F(-) could lead to the quenching of fluorescence QDs due to the weakening the AIE. Based on these findings, we developed a highly sensitive and selective method for detection of F(-). The label-free NIR fluorescence probe was successfully used for F(-) bioimaging in live cells.

  12. Electrically conductive polyimide film containing gold (III) ions, composition, and process of making

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    Caplan, Maggie L. (Inventor); Stoakley, Diane M. (Inventor); St. Clair, Anne K. (Inventor)

    1996-01-01

    An electrically conductive, thermooxidatively stable poltimide, especially a film thereof, is prepared from an intimate admixture of a particular polyimide and gold (III) ions, in an amount sufficient to provide between 17 and 21 percent by weight of gold (III) ions, based on the weight of electrically conductive, thermooxidatively stable polyimide. The particular polyimide is prepared from a polyamic acid which has been synthesized from a dianhydride/diamine combination selected from the group consisting of 3,3',4,4'-benzophenonetetracarboxylic dianhydride and 2,2-bis[4-(4 -aminophenoxy)phenyl]hexafluoropropane; 3,3',4,4'-benzophenonetetracarboxylic dianhydride and 4,4'-oxydianiline; 2,2'-bis(3,4-dicarboxyphenyl)hexafluoropropane dianhydride and 4,4'-oxydianiline; and 3,3'4,4'-benzophenonetetracarboxylic dianhydride and 2,2-bis(3-aminophenyl)hexafluoropropane.

  13. Porous polybenzimidazole membranes with excellent chemical stability and ion conductivity for direct borohydride fuel cells

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    Chen, Dongju; Yu, Shanshan; Liu, Xue; Li, Xianfeng

    2015-05-01

    Porous membranes based on polybenzimidazole (PBI) are firstly introduced in direct borohydride fuel cell application (DBFC). Membranes with different thicknesses and porosity are successfully fabricated via water vapor phase inversion process. The prepared membranes show excellent ion conductivity and chemical stability under DBFC operating condition. Compare with Nafion 115, the prepared membranes show higher ion conductivity, as a result, much higher peak power density. No weight loss is observed after immersing the prepared membranes in a 3 M NaOH solution for 30 days, indicating the excellent chemical stability of porous PBI membranes. And the DBFC cells assembled with prepared membranes could discharge at 200 mA cm-2 for more than 250 h without voltage decay, which is the longest time reported by far. This work provides a totally new idea for fabricating versatile DBFC membranes.

  14. Determination of anionic surfactants during wastewater recycling process by ion pair chromatography with suppressed conductivity detection

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    Levine, L. H.; Judkins, J. E.; Garland, J. L.; Sager, J. C. (Principal Investigator)

    2000-01-01

    A direct approach utilizing ion pairing reversed-phase chromatography coupled with suppressed conductivity detection was developed to monitor biodegradation of anionic surfactants during wastewater recycling through hydroponic plant growth systems and fixed-film bioreactors. Samples of hydroponic nutrient solution and bioreactor effluent with high concentrations (up to 120 mS electrical conductance) of inorganic ions can be analyzed without pretreatment or interference. The presence of non-ionic surfactants did not significantly affect the analysis. Dynamic linear ranges for tested surfactants [Igepon TC-42, ammonium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate and sodium alkyl (C10-C16) ether sulfate] were 2 to approximately 500, 1 to approximately 500, 2.5 to approximately 550 and 3.0 to approximately 630 microg/ml, respectively.

  15. A Tunable 3D Nanostructured Conductive Gel Framework Electrode for High-Performance Lithium Ion Batteries.

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    Shi, Ye; Zhang, Jun; Bruck, Andrea M; Zhang, Yiman; Li, Jing; Stach, Eric A; Takeuchi, Kenneth J; Marschilok, Amy C; Takeuchi, Esther S; Yu, Guihua

    2017-03-22

    This study develops a tunable 3D nanostructured conductive gel framework as both binder and conductive framework for lithium ion batteries. A 3D nanostructured gel framework with continuous electron pathways can provide hierarchical pores for ion transport and form uniform coatings on each active particle against aggregation. The hybrid gel electrodes based on a polypyrrole gel framework and Fe3 O4 nanoparticles as a model system in this study demonstrate the best rate performance, the highest achieved mass ratio of active materials, and the highest achieved specific capacities when considering total electrode mass, compared to current literature. This 3D nanostructured gel-based framework represents a powerful platform for various electrochemically active materials to enable the next-generation high-energy batteries.

  16. Determination of anionic surfactants during wastewater recycling process by ion pair chromatography with suppressed conductivity detection.

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    Levine, L H; Judkins, J E; Garland, J L

    2000-04-07

    A direct approach utilizing ion pairing reversed-phase chromatography coupled with suppressed conductivity detection was developed to monitor biodegradation of anionic surfactants during wastewater recycling through hydroponic plant growth systems and fixed-film bioreactors. Samples of hydroponic nutrient solution and bioreactor effluent with high concentrations (up to 120 mS electrical conductance) of inorganic ions can be analyzed without pretreatment or interference. The presence of non-ionic surfactants did not significantly affect the analysis. Dynamic linear ranges for tested surfactants [Igepon TC-42, ammonium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate and sodium alkyl (C10-C16) ether sulfate] were 2 to approximately 500, 1 to approximately 500, 2.5 to approximately 550 and 3.0 to approximately 630 microg/ml, respectively.

  17. Ionic limiting molar conductivity calculation of Li-ion battery electrolyte based on mode coupling theory.

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    He, Xiangming; Pu, Weihua; Han, Jingli; Chen, Jian; Lu, Jiufang; Jiang, Changyin; Wan, Chunrong

    2005-12-15

    A method is proposed based on mode coupling theory in which the ion transference number is introduced into the theory. The ionic limiting molar conductivities of LiPF6, LiClO4, LiBF4, LiCF3SO3, Li(CF3SO3)2N, LiC4F9SO3, and LiAsF6 in PC(propylene carbonate), GBL(gamma-butyrolactone), PC(propylene carbonate)/EMC(ethylmethyl carbonate), and PC(propylene carbonate)/DME(dimethoxyethane) are calculated based on this method, which does not involve any adjustable parameter. The results fit well to the literature data which are calculated by an empirically adjusted formula. This presents a potential way to calculate the conductivities of Li-ion battery electrolytes.

  18. An ion conductive polysiloxane as effective gel electrolyte for long stable dye solar cells

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    Cipolla, Maria Pia; De Gregorio, Gian Luca; Grisorio, Roberto; Giannuzzi, Roberto; Gigli, Giuseppe; Suranna, Gian Paolo; Manca, Michele

    2017-07-01

    Among various alternatives to liquid electrolytes, ion conductive polymeric gels still offer the greatest potentialities to fill the gap between high energy conversion efficiency and long term stability in several classes of electrochemical and photo-electrochemical devices. We here present the synthesis of an ion conductive polysiloxane, named poly[(3-N-methylimidazoliumpropyl)methylsiloxane-co-dimethylsiloxane]iodide (IP-PDMS), which has been successfully employed to formulate a batch of iodide/triiodide-based gel electrolytes for dye solar cells. They are demonstrated to guarantee a good trade-off among photovoltaic performances and environmental stability. In particular, dyes solar cells embodying a benzothiadiazole-based donor-π-acceptor sensitizer and a 40%wt-IP-PDMS-based gel electrolyte have been revealed to maintain up to 90% of their initial photovoltaic performances over 1000 h of light soaking at 0.4 sun, although sealed with a simple thermoplastic gasket.

  19. Demonstrating the possibility of implementing the Toffoli gate in crystals doped by rare-earth metal ions

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    Akhmedzhanov, R. A.; Gushchin, L. A.; Zelensky, I. V.; Malakyan, Yu. P.; Sobgaida, D. A.

    2015-07-01

    A scheme for the implementation of the Toffoli gate in inorganic crystals doped by rare-earth metal ions is proposed. A numerical analysis of the factors affecting the fidelity of the Toffoli gate implementation is carried out, and estimates for the available experimental parameters are obtained. A demonstration experiment is set up in which behavior similar to the Toffoli gate is shown for ensembles of Pr3+ ions doped into a LaF3 crystal.

  20. Rare earth ion (La, Ce, and Eu) doped ZnO nanoparticles synthesized via sol-gel method: Application in dye sensitized solar cells

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    Pandey, Padmini; Kurchania, Rajnish; Haque, Fozia Z.

    2015-10-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were fabricated by using ZnO nanoparticles as working electrode material synthesized via simple and cost effective sol-gel method. Crystallography and morphology was investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), respectively. Among various rare earth ions, 1.0 mol % La, Ce, and Eu doped ZnO nanoparticles based photoanodes were used to test DSSC performance. Lower efficiency (η = 1.14%) for La ion doped ZnO nanoparticles based cell was observed. A much lower photocurrent J sc = 2.52 mA/cm2 with 0.60% efficiency ( η) for the Ce ion doped ZnO nanoparticles based prototype was observed as compared to that ( J sc = 3.86 mA/cm2 with η = 1.24%) of the undoped one which may be due to the formation of opposite internal electric potential difference in the cell. Furthermore, the improvement in efficiency (η = 1.36%) and J sc = 3.99 mA/cm2 for Eu ion doped ZnO can be attributed to enhanced electron injection and transport abilities. This indicates that 1.0 mol % Eu ion doped ZnO film possesses better electrical conductivity probably due to the existence of high-valance Eu ions in the ZnO matrix which might be promising in ZnO-based dye sensitized solar cell.

  1. Decoupling ion conductivity and fluid permeation through optimizing hydrophilic channel morphology

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    Chu, Peter Po-Jen Fang, Yu-Shin; Tseng, Yu-Chen

    2016-05-18

    Approaches to improve membrane ion conductivity usually leads to higher degree of swelling, more serious fuel cross-over and often sacrificed membrane mechanical strength. Preserving all three main membrane properties is a tough challenge in searching high ion conducting fuel cell membrane. The long standing dilemma is resolved by decoupling ion conduction and fluid permeation property by creating optimized channel morphology using external electric field poling. Success of this approach is demonstrated in the proton conducting membrane composed of poly(ether sulfones) (PES) and sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone) (sPEEK, degree of sulfonation=50%) composites prepared under electric field poling condition. The external field enhanced the aromatic chain ordering from both sPEEK and PES and improved the miscibility. This induced interaction is conducive to the formation of more densely packed amorphous domains that eventually leads to preferentially ordered hydrophilic proton conducting channels having a average dimension (3 nm) smaller than that in generic sPEEK or Nafion. The narrower but more ordered channel displayed much lower methanol permeability (3.17×10{sup −7} cm{sup 2}/s), and lower swelling ratio (31.20%), while the conductivity (~10{sup −1} S/cm) is higher than that of Nafion, or sPEEK at higher (64%) degree of sulfonation. The composite is chemically stable and highly durable with improved membrane mechanical strength. Nearly 50% increase of DMFC power output is observed using this membrane, and the best power density is recorded at 155 mA/cm{sup 2} (80 °C, 1M Methanol).

  2. Ion exchange and fixation of rare-earth cation into expandable tetrasilicic fluorine mica.

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    Han, Y S; Choi, S H; Kim, D K

    2001-03-01

    Rare-earth cation (Nd3+) are incorporated into the interlayer spaces between the silicate layers of synthetic fluorine mica, Na0.665Mg2.68(Si3.98)Al0.02F1.98, by conventional ion exchange reaction. Subsequent migration of the interlayer cations upon calcination into the vacant octahedra of 2:1 layers is followed by powder X-ray diffraction, diffuse-reflectance UV spectroscopy, and X-ray absorption spectroscopy as a function of calcination temperature. It is found from the spectroscopic analyses that the interlayer cations start to migrate into the octahedral vacant sites from 400 degrees C through the hexagonal siloxane ring of the tetrahedral silicate layers. According to the Nd L(III)-edge XANES spectra, the normalized absorption intensity gradually decreases while the FWHM increases with temperature, suggesting that the bonding character of rare-earth cations and silicate lattices evolves from ionic to covalent as the calcination temperature increases.

  3. Effect of rare earth ions on the properties of glycine phosphite single crystals

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    Senthilkumar, K.; Moorthy Babu, S.; Kumar, Binay; Bhagavannarayana, G.

    2013-01-01

    Optically transparent glycine phosphite (GPI) single crystals doped with rare earth metal ions (Ce, Nd and La) were grown from aqueous solution by employing the solvent evaporation and slow cooling methods. Co-ordination of dopants with GPI was confirmed by X-ray fluorescence spectroscopic analysis. Single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis was carried out to determine the lattice parameters and to analyze the structural morphology of GPI with dopants, which indicates that cell parameters of doped crystals were significantly varied with pure GPI. Crystalline perfection of doped GPI crystals was determined by high resolution X-ray diffraction analysis by means of full width at half maximum values. Influence of the dopants on the optical properties of the material was determined. Paraelectric to ferroelectric transition temperature (Tc) of doped GPI crystals were identified using differential scanning calorimetric measurements. Piezoelectric charge coefficient d33 was measured for pure and doped GPI crystals. Hysteresis (P-E) loop was traced for ferroelectric b-axis and (100) plane of pure and doped GPI crystals with different biasing field and ferroelectric parameters were calculated. Mechanical stability of crystals was determined by Vickers microhardness measurements; elastic stiffness constant 'C11' and yield strength 'σy' were calculated from hardness values. Mechanical and ferroelectric properties of doped crystals were improved with doping of rare earth metals.

  4. In situ observations of ion scale current sheet and associated electron heating in Earth's magnetosheath turbulence

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    Chasapis, Alexandros; Retinò, Alessandro; Sahraoui, Fouad; Greco, Antonella; Vaivads, Andris; Sundkvist, David; Canu, Patrick

    2014-05-01

    Magnetic reconnection occurs in thin current sheets that form in turbulent plasmas. Numerical simulations indicate that turbulent reconnection contributes to the dissipation of magnetic field energy and results in particle heating and non-thermal acceleration. Yet in situ measurements are required to determine its importance as a dissipation mechanism at those scales. The Earth's magnetosheath downstream of the quasi-parallel shock is a turbulent near-Earth environment that offers a privileged environment for such a study. Here we present a study of the properties of thin current sheets by using Cluster data. We studied the distribution of the current sheets as a function of their magnetic shear angle, the PVI index and the electron heating. The properties of the observed current sheets were different for high shear (θ > 90 degrees) and low shear current sheets (θ < 90 degrees). These high-shear current sheets account for about ˜ 20% of the total and have an average thickness comparable to the ion inertial length. Enhancement of electron temperature within these current sheets suggest that they are important for local electron heating and energy dissipation.

  5. The magnetospheric disturbance ring current as a source for probing the deep earth electrical conductivity

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    Campbell, W.H.

    1990-01-01

    Two current rings have been observed in the equatorial plane of the earth at times of high geomagnetic activity. An eastward current exists between about 2 and 3.5 earth radii (Re) distant, and a larger, more variable companion current exists between about 4 and 9 Re. These current regions are loaded during geomagnetic substorms. They decay, almost exponentially, after the cessation of the particle influx that attends the solar wind disturbance. This review focuses upon characteristics needed for intelligent use of the ring current as a source for induction probing of the earth's mantle. Considerable difficulties are found with the assumption that Dst is a ring-current index. ?? 1990 Birkha??user Verlag.

  6. Hybrid quantum nanophotonic devices for coupling to rare-earth ions

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    Miyazono, Evan; Hartz, Alex; Zhong, Tian; Faraon, Andrei

    2015-03-01

    With an assortment of narrow line-width transitions spanning the visible and IR spectrum and long spin coherence times, rare-earth doped crystals are the leading material system for solid-state quantum memories. Integrating these materials in an on-chip optical platform would create opportunities for highly integrated light-matter interfaces for quantum communication and quantum computing. Nano-photonic resonators with high quality factors and small mode volumes are required for efficient on-chip coupling to the small dipole moment of rare-earth ion transitions. However, direct fabrication of optical cavities in these crystals with current nanofabrication techniques is difficult and unparallelized, as either exotic etch chemistries or physical milling processes are required. We fabricated hybrid devices by mechanically transferring a nanoscale membrane of gallium arsenide (GaAs) onto a neodymium-doped yttrium silicon oxide (Y2SiO5) crystal and then using electron beam lithography and standard III-V dry etching to pattern nanobeam photonic crystal cavities and ring resonator cavities, a technique that is easily adapted to other frequency ranges for arbitrary dopants in any rare earth host system. Single crystalline GaAs was chosen for its low loss and high refractive index at the transition wavelength. We demonstrated the potential to evanescently couple between the cavity field and the 883 nm 4I9/2- 4F3/2 transition of nearby neodymium impurities in the host crystal by examining transmission spectra through a waveguide coupled to the resonator with a custom-built confocal microscope. The prospects and requirements for using this system for scalable quantum networks are discussed.

  7. A Novel Single-Ion-Conducting Polymer Electrolyte Derived from CO2-Based Multifunctional Polycarbonate.

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    Deng, Kuirong; Wang, Shuanjin; Ren, Shan; Han, Dongmei; Xiao, Min; Meng, Yuezhong

    2016-12-14

    This work demonstrates the facile and efficient synthesis of a novel environmentally friendly CO2-based multifunctional polycarbonate single-ion-conducting polymer electrolyte with good electrochemistry performance. The terpolymerizations of CO2, propylene epoxide (PO), and allyl glycidyl ether (AGE) catalyzed by zinc glutarate (ZnGA) were performed to generate poly(propylene carbonate allyl glycidyl ether) (PPCAGE) with various alkene groups contents which can undergo clickable reaction. The obtained terpolymers exhibit an alternating polycarbonate structure confirmed by (1)H NMR spectra and an amorphous microstructure with glass transition temperatures (Tg) lower than 11.0 °C evidenced by differential scanning calorimetry analysis. The terpolymers were further functionalized with 3-mercaptopropionic acid via efficient thiol-ene click reaction, followed by reacting with lithium hydroxide, to afford single-ion-conducting polymer electrolytes with different lithium contents. The all-solid-state polymer electrolyte with the 41.0 mol % lithium containing moiety shows a high ionic conductivity of 1.61 × 10(-4) S/cm at 80 °C and a high lithium ion transference number of 0.86. It also exhibits electrochemical stability up to 4.3 V vs Li(+)/Li. This work provides an interesting design way to synthesize an all-solid-state electrolyte used for different lithium batteries.

  8. Ion-conduction mechanisms in NaSICON-type membranes for energy storage and utilization

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    McDaniel, Anthony H.; Ihlefeld, Jon F.; Bartelt, Norman Charles

    2015-10-01

    Next generation metal-ion conducting membranes are key to developing energy storage and utilization technologies like batteries and fuel ce lls. Sodium super-ionic conductors (aka NaSICON) are a class of compounds with AM 1 M 2 (PO 4 ) 3 stoichiometry where the choice of "A" and "M" cation varies widely. This report, which de scribes substitutional derivatives of NZP (NaZr 2 P 3 O 12 ), summarizes the accomplishments of a Laboratory D irected Research and Development (LDRD) project to analyze transport mec hanisms using a combination of in situ studies of structure, composition, and bonding, com bined with first principles theory and modeling. We developed an experimental platform and applied methods, such as synchrotron- based X-ray spectroscopies, to probe the electronic structure of compositionally well-controlled NaSICON films while in operation ( i.e ., conducting Na ions exposed to oxygen or water va por atmospheres). First principles theory and modeling were used to interpret the experimental observations and develop an enhanced understanding of atomistic processes that give rise to, and affect, ion conduction.

  9. Effect of pressure on the ionic conductivity of Li+ and Cl- ions in water

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    Varanasi, Srinivasa R.; Kumar, Parveen; Subramanian, Yashonath

    2012-10-01

    A molecular dynamics simulation study of aqueous solution of LiCl is reported as a function of pressure. Experimental measurements of conductivity of Li+ ion as a function of pressure shows an increase in conductivity with pressure. Our simulations are able to reproduce the observed trend in conductivity. A number of relevant properties have been computed in order to understand the reasons for the increase in conductivity with pressure. These include radial distribution function, void and neck distributions, hydration or coordination numbers, diffusivity, velocity autocorrelation functions, angles between ion-oxygen and dipole of water as well as OH vector, mean residence time for water in the hydration shell, etc. These show that the increase in pressure acts as a structure breaker. The decay of the self part of the intermediate scattering function at small wave number k shows a bi-exponential decay at 1 bar which changes to single exponential decay at higher pressures. The k dependence of the ratio of the self part of the full width at half maximum of the dynamic structure factor to 2Dk2 exhibits trends which suggest that the void structure of water is playing a role. These support the view that the changes in void and neck distributions in water can account for changes in conductivity or diffusivity of Li+ with pressure. These results can be understood in terms of the levitation effect.

  10. Use of Ionic Liquids in Rod-Coil Block Copolyimides for Improved Lithium Ion Conduction

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    Meador, Mary Ann B.; Tigelaar, Dean M.; Chapin, Kara; Bennett, William R.

    2007-01-01

    Solvent-free, solid polymer electrolytes (SPE) have the potential to improve safety, increase design flexibility and enhance performance of rechargeable lithium batteries. Solution based electrolytes are flammable and typically incompatible with lithium metal anodes, limiting energy density. We have previously demonstrated use of polyimide rod coil block copolymers doped with lithium salts as electrolytes for lithium polymer batteries. The polyimide rod blocks provide dimensional stability while the polyethylene oxide (PEO) coil portions conduct ions. Phase separation of the rods and coils in these highly branched polymers provide channels with an order of magnitude improvement in lithium conduction over polyethylene oxide itself at room temperature. In addition, the polymers have been demonstrated in coin cells to be compatible with lithium metal. For practical use at room temperature and below, however, at least an order of magnitude improvement in ion conduction is still required. The addition of nonvolatile, room temperature ionic liquids has been shown to improve the ionic conductivity of high molecular weight PEO. Herein we describe use of these molten salts to improve ionic conductivity in the rod-coil block copolymers.

  11. Ion-Electron-Conducting Polymer Composites: Promising Electromagnetic Interference Shielding Material.

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    Vyas, Manoj Kumar; Chandra, Amita

    2016-07-20

    Polymer nanocomposites consisting of poly(vinylidenefluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) PVdF-HFP, inorganic salt (LiBF4), organic salt (EMIMBF4), multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), and Fe3O4 nanoparticles were prepared as electromagnetic shield material. Improvement in conductivity and dielectric property due to the introduction of EMIMBF4, LiBF4, and MWCNTs was confirmed by complex impedance spectroscopy. The highest conductivity obtained is ∼1.86 mS/cm. This is attributed to the high ionic conductivity of the ionic liquids and the formation of a connecting network by the MWCNTs facilitating electron conduction. The total electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding effectiveness has a major contribution to it due to absorption. Although the total shielding effectiveness in the Ku band (12.4-18 GHz) of pure ion-conducting system was found to be ∼19 dB and that for the polymer composites which are mixed (ion + electron) conductors is ∼46 dB, the contributions due to absorption are ∼16 and ∼42 dB, respectively.

  12. Electromagnetic fields with electric and chiral magnetic conductivities in heavy ion collisions

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    Li, Hui; Sheng, Xin-li; Wang, Qun

    2016-10-01

    We derive an analytic formula for electric and magnetic fields produced by a moving charged particle in a conducting medium with the electric conductivity σ and the chiral magnetic conductivity σχ. We use the Green's function method and assume that σχ is much smaller than σ . The compact algebraic expressions for electric and magnetic fields without any integrals are obtained. They recover the Lienard-Wiechert formula at vanishing conductivities. Exact numerical solutions are also found for any values of σ and σχ and are compared with analytic results. Both numerical and analytic results agree very well for the scale of high-energy heavy ion collisions. The spacetime profiles of electromagnetic fields in noncentral Au+Au collisions have been calculated based on these analytic formula as well as exact numerical solutions.

  13. Role of semiconductivity and ion transport in the electrical conduction of melanin

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    Mostert, Albertus B.; Powell, Benjamin J.; Pratt, Francis L.; Hanson, Graeme R.; Sarna, Tadeusz; Gentle, Ian R.; Meredith, Paul

    2012-01-01

    Melanins are pigmentary macromolecules found throughout the biosphere that, in the 1970s, were discovered to conduct electricity and display bistable switching. Since then, it has been widely believed that melanins are naturally occurring amorphous organic semiconductors. Here, we report electrical conductivity, muon spin relaxation, and electron paramagnetic resonance measurements of melanin as the environmental humidity is varied. We show that hydration of melanin shifts the comproportionation equilibrium so as to dope electrons and protons into the system. This equilibrium defines the relative proportions of hydroxyquinone, semiquinone, and quinone species in the macromolecule. As such, the mechanism explains why melanin at neutral pH only conducts when “wet” and suggests that both carriers play a role in the conductivity. Understanding that melanin is an electronic-ionic hybrid conductor rather than an amorphous organic semiconductor opens exciting possibilities for bioelectronic applications such as ion-to-electron transduction given its biocompatibility. PMID:22615355

  14. Engineering the thermal conductivity along an individual silicon nanowire by selective helium ion irradiation

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    Zhao, Yunshan; Liu, Dan; Chen, Jie; Zhu, Liyan; Belianinov, Alex; Ovchinnikova, Olga S.; Unocic, Raymond R.; Burch, Matthew J.; Kim, Songkil; Hao, Hanfang; Pickard, Daniel S.; Li, Baowen; Thong, John T. L.

    2017-06-01

    The ability to engineer the thermal conductivity of materials allows us to control the flow of heat and derive novel functionalities such as thermal rectification, thermal switching and thermal cloaking. While this could be achieved by making use of composites and metamaterials at bulk length-scales, engineering the thermal conductivity at micro- and nano-scale dimensions is considerably more challenging. In this work, we show that the local thermal conductivity along a single Si nanowire can be tuned to a desired value (between crystalline and amorphous limits) with high spatial resolution through selective helium ion irradiation with a well-controlled dose. The underlying mechanism is understood through molecular dynamics simulations and quantitative phonon-defect scattering rate analysis, where the behaviour of thermal conductivity with dose is attributed to the accumulation and agglomeration of scattering centres at lower doses. Beyond a threshold dose, a crystalline-amorphous transition was observed.

  15. Engineering the thermal conductivity along an individual silicon nanowire by selective helium ion irradiation

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    Zhao, Yunshan; Liu, Dan; Chen, Jie; Zhu, Liyan; Belianinov, Alex; Ovchinnikova, Olga S.; Unocic, Raymond R.; Burch, Matthew J.; Kim, Songkil; Hao, Hanfang; Pickard, Daniel S.; Li, Baowen; Thong, John T. L.

    2017-01-01

    The ability to engineer the thermal conductivity of materials allows us to control the flow of heat and derive novel functionalities such as thermal rectification, thermal switching and thermal cloaking. While this could be achieved by making use of composites and metamaterials at bulk length-scales, engineering the thermal conductivity at micro- and nano-scale dimensions is considerably more challenging. In this work, we show that the local thermal conductivity along a single Si nanowire can be tuned to a desired value (between crystalline and amorphous limits) with high spatial resolution through selective helium ion irradiation with a well-controlled dose. The underlying mechanism is understood through molecular dynamics simulations and quantitative phonon-defect scattering rate analysis, where the behaviour of thermal conductivity with dose is attributed to the accumulation and agglomeration of scattering centres at lower doses. Beyond a threshold dose, a crystalline-amorphous transition was observed. PMID:28653663

  16. Role of semiconductivity and ion transport in the electrical conduction of melanin.

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    Mostert, Albertus B; Powell, Benjamin J; Pratt, Francis L; Hanson, Graeme R; Sarna, Tadeusz; Gentle, Ian R; Meredith, Paul

    2012-06-05

    Melanins are pigmentary macromolecules found throughout the biosphere that, in the 1970s, were discovered to conduct electricity and display bistable switching. Since then, it has been widely believed that melanins are naturally occurring amorphous organic semiconductors. Here, we report electrical conductivity, muon spin relaxation, and electron paramagnetic resonance measurements of melanin as the environmental humidity is varied. We show that hydration of melanin shifts the comproportionation equilibrium so as to dope electrons and protons into the system. This equilibrium defines the relative proportions of hydroxyquinone, semiquinone, and quinone species in the macromolecule. As such, the mechanism explains why melanin at neutral pH only conducts when "wet" and suggests that both carriers play a role in the conductivity. Understanding that melanin is an electronic-ionic hybrid conductor rather than an amorphous organic semiconductor opens exciting possibilities for bioelectronic applications such as ion-to-electron transduction given its biocompatibility.

  17. Engineering the thermal conductivity along an individual silicon nanowire by selective helium ion irradiation.

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    Zhao, Yunshan; Liu, Dan; Chen, Jie; Zhu, Liyan; Belianinov, Alex; Ovchinnikova, Olga S; Unocic, Raymond R; Burch, Matthew J; Kim, Songkil; Hao, Hanfang; Pickard, Daniel S; Li, Baowen; Thong, John T L

    2017-06-27

    The ability to engineer the thermal conductivity of materials allows us to control the flow of heat and derive novel functionalities such as thermal rectification, thermal switching and thermal cloaking. While this could be achieved by making use of composites and metamaterials at bulk length-scales, engineering the thermal conductivity at micro- and nano-scale dimensions is considerably more challenging. In this work, we show that the local thermal conductivity along a single Si nanowire can be tuned to a desired value (between crystalline and amorphous limits) with high spatial resolution through selective helium ion irradiation with a well-controlled dose. The underlying mechanism is understood through molecular dynamics simulations and quantitative phonon-defect scattering rate analysis, where the behaviour of thermal conductivity with dose is attributed to the accumulation and agglomeration of scattering centres at lower doses. Beyond a threshold dose, a crystalline-amorphous transition was observed.

  18. Quantification of the total ion transport in the near-Earth plasma sheet

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    Slapak, Rikard; Hamrin, Maria; Pitkänen, Timo; Yamauchi, Masatoshi; Nilsson, Hans; Karlsson, Tomas; Schillings, Audrey

    2017-07-01

    Recent studies strongly suggest that a majority of the observed O+ cusp outflows will eventually escape into the solar wind, rather than be transported to the plasma sheet. Therefore, an investigation of plasma sheet flows will add to these studies and give a more complete picture of magnetospheric ion dynamics. Specifically, it will provide a greater understanding of atmospheric loss. We have used Cluster spacecraft 4 to quantify the H+ and O+ total transports in the near-Earth plasma sheet, using data covering 2001-2005. The results show that both H+ and O+ have earthward net fluxes of the orders of 1026 and 1024 s-1, respectively. The O+ plasma sheet return flux is 1 order of magnitude smaller than the O+ outflows observed in the cusps, strengthening the view that most ionospheric O+ outflows do escape. The H+ return flux is approximately the same as the ionospheric outflow, suggesting a stable budget of H+ in the magnetosphere. However, low-energy H+, not detectable by the ion spectrometer, is not considered in our study, leaving the complete magnetospheric H+ circulation an open question. Studying tailward flows separately reveals a total tailward O+ flux of about 0. 5 × 1025 s-1, which can be considered as a lower limit of the nightside auroral region O+ outflow. Lower velocity flows ( < 100 km s-1) contribute most to the total transports, whereas the high-velocity flows contribute very little, suggesting that bursty bulk flows are not dominant in plasma sheet mass transport.

  19. Rapid oscillations of energetic ion flux near the Earth's Bow Shock

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    Inamori, Takaya; Petrukovich, Anatoli

    This study investigated rapid oscillations of energetic ion flux near the Earth's Bow Shock that were found in the data obtained by MEP detectors in the Spektr-R/Plazma-F missions and Solid State Telescope (SST) in the THEMIS mission. In these data, we found several hundred oscillation events in the energy range from 50 to 200 keV in the periods of 10 - 30 seconds. SST data obtained in the SIF (Full Distributions) quick mode in the THEMIS mission provide energetic particle data with an energy range from 25 keV to 6 MeV, three seconds time resolution, and 360°x148° field-of-view with 64 separated observation fields, which allow detailed studies of the properties of the oscillations. In the poster presentation, we present some examples of the oscillations of energetic ion flux and results of the SST data analysis that shows relationships between the interplanetary magnetic field, parameters of the solar wind, and satellite positions in the oscillations.

  20. Upconversion effective enhancement by producing various coordination surroundings of rare-Earth ions.

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    Huang, Qingming; Yu, Han; Ma, En; Zhang, Xinqi; Cao, Wenbing; Yang, Chengang; Yu, Jianchang

    2015-03-16

    In this manuscript, we present a simple route to enhance upconversion (UC) emission by producing two different coordination sites of trivalent cations in a matrix material and adjusting crystal field asymmetry by Hf(4+) co-doping. A cubic phase, Y3.2Al0.32Yb0.4Er0.08F12, with these structural characteristics was synthesized successfully by introducing a small ion (Al(3+)) into YF3. X-ray diffraction (XRD), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray spectroscopy (XPS), and fluorescence spectrophotometry (FS) were employed for its crystalline structure and luminescent property analysis. As a result, the coordination environments of the rare-earth ions were varied more obviously than a hexagonal NaYF4 matrix with the same Hf(4+) co-doping concentration, with vertical comparison, UC luminescent intensities of cubic Y3.2Al0.32Yb0.4Er0.08F12 were largely enhanced (∼32-80 times greater than that of different band emissions), while the maximum enhancement of hexagonal NaYF4 was by a factor of ∼12. According to our experimental results, the mechanism has been demonstrated involving the crystalline structure, crystal field asymmetry, luminescence lifetime, hypersensitive transition, and so on. The study may be helpful for the design and fabrication of high-performance UC materials.

  1. Ion transport and loss in the earth's quiet ring current. I - Data and standard model

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    Sheldon, R. B.; Hamilton, D. C.

    1993-01-01

    A study of the transport and loss of ions in the earth's quiet time ring current, in which the standard radial diffusion model developed for the high-energy radiation belt particles is compared with the measurements of the lower-energy ring current ions, is presented. The data set provides ionic composition information in an energy range that includes the bulk of the ring current energy density, 1-300 keV/e. Protons are found to dominate the quiet time energy density at all altitudes, peaking near L of about 4 at 60 keV/cu cm, with much smaller contributions from O(+) (1-10 percent), He(+) (1-5 percent), and He(2+) (less than 1 percent). A minimization procedure is used to fit the amplitudes of the standard electric radial diffusion coefficient, yielding 5.8 x 10 exp -11 R(E-squared)/s. Fluctuation ionospheric electric fields are suggested as the source of the additional diffusion detected.

  2. Sol-gel-derived hybrid materials multi-doped with rare-earth metal ions

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    Zelazowska, E.; Rysiakiewicz-Pasek, E.; Borczuch-Laczka, M.; Cholewa-Kowalska, K.

    2012-06-01

    Four different hybrid organic-inorganic materials based on TiO2-SiO2 matrices with organic additives and doped with rare-earth metal ions (III) from the group of europium, cerium, terbium, neodymium, dysprosium and samarium, were synthesized by sol-gel method. Tetraethyl orthosilicate, titanium (IV) isopropoxide and organic compounds, such as butyl acrylate, butyl methacrylate, ethyl acetoacetate, ethylene glycol dimethacrylate, ethyl acetate, propylene carbonate, organic solvents and certain inorganic salts were used in the synthesis. The inorganic part of the sols, which were used in the synthesis of all the hybrid materials, was prepared separately and then the organic parts were added. The materials obtained were aged for three weeks at room temperature and then heated in an electric oven for three hours at temperatures of 80 °C-150 °C. Scanning electron microscopy equipped with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM/EDX); X-ray diffraction (XRD); Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (KBr technique); 29Si magic-angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance; and fluorescence spectroscopy were used for the examination of morphology, microstructure and luminescence properties, respectively. Photoluminescence properties with relatively intense narrow emission lines of Tb, Eu, Dy, Nd, Sm respectively to the RE-ions doping, were observed for all the hybrid materials.

  3. Visible WGM emissions from rare earth ion doped ZnO microspheres

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    K, Fabitha; Rao, M. S. Ramachandra

    ZnO is known to be an ideal candidate for short wavelength range opto-electronic device applications due to its wide and direct bandgap (3.37 eV) and high excitonic binding energy (60 meV). Apart from the UV emission at ~380 nm (free exciton emission) ZnO also possesses a broad emission band centered at ~530 nm which is expected to be originated from the oxygen vacancy (Vo) defects. In rare earth (RE) ion doped ZnO, emissions originate from the 4f levels of RE ions will be obtained in addition to the characteristic emissions of ZnO. Small micro/nanostructures made of ZnO with high crystalline quality show unique characteristics in light emission, especially in lasing applications. A micro/ nanostructured ZnO crystal generally has a wurtzite structure with a natural hexagonal cross section, which serves as a WGM lasing micro cavity owing to its high reflective index (~2). However, there exists a potential optical loss at corners of hexagons; therefore, an isotropic structure like spheres may be a better candidate to achieve efficient light confinement. In our work, highly smooth micro spheres with different diameters were grown. Raman spectroscopy measurements confirm the hexagonal wurtzite structure of ZnO, SEM and AFM studies shows the smooth surfaced spheres. WGM lasing characteristics of ZnO spheres have been investigated using optical pumping with 488 nm laser in a micro-PL system. Details of the results will be presented.

  4. Earth

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    2012-01-30

    Behold one of the more detailed images of the Earth yet created. This Blue Marble Earth montage shown above -- created from photographs taken by the Visible/Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument on board the new Suomi NPP satellite -- shows many stunning details of our home planet. The Suomi NPP satellite was launched last October and renamed last week after Verner Suomi, commonly deemed the father of satellite meteorology. The composite was created from the data collected during four orbits of the robotic satellite taken earlier this month and digitally projected onto the globe. Many features of North America and the Western Hemisphere are particularly visible on a high resolution version of the image. http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA18033

  5. Reduced Graphene Oxide Films with Ultrahigh Conductivity as Li-Ion Battery Current Collectors.

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    Chen, Yanan; Fu, Kun; Zhu, Shuze; Luo, Wei; Wang, Yanbin; Li, Yiju; Hitz, Emily; Yao, Yonggang; Dai, Jiaqi; Wan, Jiayu; Danner, Valencia A; Li, Teng; Hu, Liangbing

    2016-06-08

    Solution processed, highly conductive films are extremely attractive for a range of electronic devices, especially for printed macroelectronics. For example, replacing heavy, metal-based current collectors with thin, light, flexible, and highly conductive films will further improve the energy density of such devices. Films with two-dimensional building blocks, such as graphene or reduced graphene oxide (RGO) nanosheets, are particularly promising due to their low percolation threshold with a high aspect ratio, excellent flexibility, and low cost. However, the electrical conductivity of these films is low, typically less than 1000 S/cm. In this work, we for the first time report a RGO film with an electrical conductivity of up to 3112 S/cm. We achieve high conductivity in RGO films through an electrical current-induced annealing process at high temperature of up to 2750 K in less than 1 min of anneal time. We studied in detail the unique Joule heating process at ultrahigh temperature. Through a combination of experimental and computational studies, we investigated the fundamental mechanism behind the formation of a highly conductive three-dimensional structure composed of well-connected RGO layers. The highly conductive RGO film with high direct current conductivity, low thickness (∼4 μm) and low sheet resistance (0.8 Ω/sq.) was used as a lightweight current collector in Li-ion batteries.

  6. Synthesis and characterization of ion transport behavior in Cu2+-conducting nano composite polymer electrolyte membranes

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    Bala Sahu, Tripti; Sahu, Manju; Karan, Shrabani; Mahipal, Y. K.; Sahu, D. K.; Agrawal, R. C.

    2017-07-01

    Synthesis and characterization of ion transport behavior in Cu2+-conducting nano composite polymer electrolyte (NCPE) films: [90PEO: 10Cu(CF3SO3)2]  +  x CuO have been reported. NCPE films have been formed by hot-press casting technique using solid polymer electrolyte (SPE) film composition: [90PEO: 10Cu(CF3SO3)2] as 1st-phase host and nanoparticles of CuO in varying wt.(%) as 2nd-phase active filler. SPE: [90PEO: 10Cu(CF3SO3)2] was identified earlier as highest conducting film with room temperature conductivity (σ rt) ~ 3.0 x 10-6 S cm-1, which is three orders of magnitude higher than that of pure polymer host PEO with σ rt ~ 3.2  ×  10-9 S cm-1. Filler particle concentration dependent conductivity study revealed NCPE film: [90PEO: 10Cu(CF3SO3)2]  +  3%CuO as optimum conducting composition (OCC) exhibiting σ rt ~ 1.14  ×  10-5 S cm-1. Hence, by the fractional dispersal of 2nd-phase active filler into 1st-phase SPE host, σ-enhancement of approximately an order of magnitude has further been obtained. Ion transport behavior in NCPE OCC film has been characterized in terms of basic ionic parameters viz. ionic conductivity (σ), total ionic transference (t ion)/cationic (t +) numbers. Temperature dependent conductivity measurement has also been done to explain the mechanism of ion transport and to compute activation energy (E a). Materials characterization and hence, confirmation of complexation of salt in polymeric host and/or dispersal of filler particles in SPE host have been done by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive x-ray spectrometer (EDS), x-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infra-red (FTIR), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). All-solid-state battery in the cell configuration: Cu (Anode) || SPE host/NCPE OCC film || C  +  I2  +  Electrolyte) (Cathode) has been fabricated and cell performance has been studied under two load resistances viz

  7. Rare-earth-ion-doped waveguide lasers on a silicon chip

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    Pollnau, Markus

    2015-03-01

    Rare-earth-ion-doped materials are of high interest as amplifiers and lasers in integrated optics. Their longer excited-state lifetimes and the weaker refractive-index change accompanied with rare-earth-ion excitation compared to electron-hole pairs in III-V semiconductors provide spatially and temporally stable optical gain, allowing for high-speed amplification and narrow-linewidth lasers. Amorphous Al2O3 deposited onto thermally oxidized silicon wafers offers the advantage of integration with silicon photonics and electronics. Layer deposition by RF reactive co-sputtering and micro-structuring by chlorine-based reactive-ion etching provide low-loss channel waveguides. With erbium doping, we improved the gain to 2 dB/cm at 1533 nm and a gain bandwidth of 80 nm. The gain is limited by migration-accelerated energy-transfer upconversion and a fast quenching process. Since stimulated emission is even faster than this quenching process, lasers are only affected in terms of their threshold, allowing us to demonstrate diode-pumped micro-ring, distributed-feedback (DFB), and distributed-Bragg-reflector (DBR) lasers in Al2O3:Er3+ and Al2O3:Yb3+ on a silicon chip. Surface-relief Bragg gratings were patterned by laser-interference lithography. Monolithic DFB and DBR cavities with Q-factors of 1.35×106 were realized. In an Er-doped DFB laser, single-longitudinal-mode operation at 1545 nm was achieved with a linewidth of 1.7 kHz, corresponding to a laser Q-factor of 1.14×1011. Yb-doped DFB and DBR lasers were demonstrated at 1020 nm with output powers of 55 mW and a slope efficiency of 67% versus launched pump power. A dual-phaseshift, dual-wavelength laser was achieved and a stable microwave signal at ~15 GHz was created via the heterodyne photo-detection of the two laser wavelengths.

  8. Recent Advances in Fast Ion Conducting Materials and Devices - Proceedings of the 2nd Asian Conference on Solid State Ionics

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    Chowdari, B. V. R.; Liu, Qingguo; Chen, Liquan

    Alkali Metal Salts in Polyethylene Oxide * Redox Behavior of Alkyl Viologens in Ion Conductive Polymer Solid * Ionic Conductivity of Interpenetrating Polymer Networks Containing LiClO4 * Electrochemical Behaviors of Porphyrins Incorporated into Solid Polymer Electrolytes * Lithium Ion Conducting Polymer Electrolytes * Electrochemical Synthesis of Polyaniline Thin Film * Electrochemical Aspect of Polyaniline Electrode in Aqueous Electrolyte * Mixed Cation Effect in Epoxy Resin - PEO-IPN Containing Perchlorate Salts * Conductivity, Raman and IR Studies on the Doped PEO-PPG Polymer Blends * Proton Conducting Polymeric Electrolytes from Poly (Ethyleneoxide) System * Surface Structure of Polymer Solid Ionic Conductors Based on Segmented Polyether Polyurethaneureas * Study on Addition Products of LiI and Diethylene Glycol etc. * Solid State Rechargeable Battery Using Paper Form Copper Ion Conductive Solid Electrolyte * Characterization of Electrode/Electrolyte Interfaces in Battery Li/PVAC-Li-Mont./Li1+xV3O8 by AC Impedance Method * Investigation on Reversibility of Vanadium Oxide Cathode Materials in Solid-State Battery * Preparation and Characterization of Silver Boromolybdate Solid State Batteries * The Electric Properties of the Trinary Cathode Material and its Application in Magnisium Solid State Cell * Electrical Properties and Phase Relation of Na2Mo0.1S0.9O4 Doped with Rare Earth Sulfate * New Electrochemical Probe for Rapid Determination of Silicon Concentration in Hot Metals * A New Theoretical EMF Expression for SOx(x = 2, 3) Sensors Based on Na2SO4 Solid Electrolyte * Evaluation of the Electrochemical SOx(x = 2, 3) Sensor with a Tubular Nasicon Electrolyte * The Response Time of a Modified Oxygen Sensor Using Zirconia Electrolyte * Preparation, Characteristics and Sintering Behavior of MgO-PSZ Powder * Reaction between La0.9MnO3 and Yttria Doped Zirconia * Development of the Extended-Life Oxygen Sensor of Caβ''-Al2O3 * Caβ''-Al2O3 Ultra-Low Oxygen Sensor

  9. Growth of metallic Ag nanoparticles in fluoroborate glasses doped with rare-earth ions and their optical characterization

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    Riano, L. P.; de Araujo, Cid B.; Malta, O. L.; Santa Cruz, P.; Couto dos Santos, Marcos A.

    2004-10-01

    Fluoroborate glasses have been prepared containing silver nanoparticles (NP) and rare-earth (RE) ions. Optical techniques were used for analysis of the surface plasmon (SP) band formation and to determine the influence of the NP on the RE ions luminescence. Electron microscopy was applied to measure the particles concentration and their size distributions. The techniques used allowed to identify the presence of Ag particles with diameters in the range of 5 - 200 nm. The absorption band of SP is centered at 425 nm for samples doped with Eu3+ and centered at 416 nm for samples with Pr3+. The ions luminescence shows enhancement or quenching for metallic particles of different sizes.

  10. Recent progress on the spectroscopy of rare earth ions in core-shells, nanowires, nanotubes, and other novel nanostructures.

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    Chen, Xueyuan; Liu, Liqin; Liu, Guokui

    2008-03-01

    Research and development of nanoscale luminescent and laser materials are part of the rapidly advancing nanoscience and nanotechnology. Because of unique spectroscopic properties and luminescent dynamics of f-electron states, doping luminescent rare earth ions into nano-hosts has been demonstrated as an optimistic approach to developing highly efficient and stable nanophosphors for various applications. In this article, we review the most recent progress in spectroscopic measurements of rare earth ion-activated low-dimensional nanostructures including nanolayers, core-shells, nanowires, nanotubes, and nanodisks. Among a large volume of work reported in the literature on many members of the rare earth series including Ce3+, Pr3+, Nd3+, Eu3+, and Er3+, we focus on recent findings in the spectroscopic and luminescence properties of Eu3+ doped nanolayers, core-shells, and nanotubes, because Eu3+ ions have been extensively studied and widely used as an ideal probe for fundamental understanding of nano-phenomena. Specifically, the dependence of the optical properties of rare earth ions on nanostructures is discussed in detail.

  11. Possibility of formation of rare-earth negative ions by attachment of [ital f] electrons to the atomic ground state

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    Datta, D.; Beck, D.R. )

    1993-06-01

    Some recent experiments indicate that certain rare-earth negative ions exist. Some local-density calculations indicate that attachment of [ital f] electrons is most favorable for Tm and Md. Here we investigate by means of relativistic configuration-interaction methods whether Tm[sup [minus

  12. Single lithium-ion conducting solid polymer electrolytes: advances and perspectives.

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    Zhang, Heng; Li, Chunmei; Piszcz, Michal; Coya, Estibaliz; Rojo, Teofilo; Rodriguez-Martinez, Lide M; Armand, Michel; Zhou, Zhibin

    2017-02-06

    Electrochemical energy storage is one of the main societal challenges to humankind in this century. The performances of classical Li-ion batteries (LIBs) with non-aqueous liquid electrolytes have made great advances in the past two decades, but the intrinsic instability of liquid electrolytes results in safety issues, and the energy density of the state-of-the-art LIBs cannot satisfy the practical requirement. Therefore, rechargeable lithium metal batteries (LMBs) have been intensively investigated considering the high theoretical capacity of lithium metal and its low negative potential. However, the progress in the field of non-aqueous liquid electrolytes for LMBs has been sluggish, with several seemingly insurmountable barriers, including dendritic Li growth and rapid capacity fading. Solid polymer electrolytes (SPEs) offer a perfect solution to these safety concerns and to the enhancement of energy density. Traditional SPEs are dual-ion conductors, in which both cations and anions are mobile and will cause a concentration polarization thus leading to poor performances of both LIBs and LMBs. Single lithium-ion (Li-ion) conducting solid polymer electrolytes (SLIC-SPEs), which have anions covalently bonded to the polymer, inorganic backbone, or immobilized by anion acceptors, are generally accepted to have advantages over conventional dual-ion conducting SPEs for application in LMBs. A high Li-ion transference number (LTN), the absence of the detrimental effect of anion polarization, and the low rate of Li dendrite growth are examples of benefits of SLIC-SPEs. To date, many types of SLIC-SPEs have been reported, including those based on organic polymers, organic-inorganic hybrid polymers and anion acceptors. In this review, a brief overview of synthetic strategies on how to realize SLIC-SPEs is given. The fundamental physical and electrochemical properties of SLIC-SPEs prepared by different methods are discussed in detail. In particular, special attention is paid

  13. Indirect ultraviolet detection of alkaline earth metal ions using an imidazolium ionic liquid as an ultraviolet absorption reagent in ion chromatography.

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    Liu, Yong-Qiang; Yu, Hong

    2017-02-20

    A convenient and versatile method was developed for the separation and detection of alkaline earth metal ions by ion chromatography with indirect UV detection. The chromatographic separation of Mg(2+) , Ca(2+) , and Sr(2+) was performed on a carboxylic acid base cation exchange column using imidazolium ionic liquid/acid as the mobile phase, in which the imidazolium ionic liquid acted as an UV-absorption reagent. The effects of imidazolium ionic liquids, detection wavelength, acids in the mobile phase, and column temperature on the retention of Mg(2+) , Ca(2+) , and Sr(2+) were investigated. The main factors influencing the separation and detection were the background UV absorption reagent and the concentration of hydrogen ion in ion chromatography with indirect UV detection. The successful separation and detection of Mg(2+) , Ca(2+) , and Sr(2+) within 14 min were achieved using the selected chromatographic conditions, and the detection limits (S/N = 3) were 0.06, 0.12, and 0.23 mg/L, respectively. A new separation and detection method of alkaline earth metal ions by ion chromatography with indirect UV detection was developed, and the application range of ionic liquids was expanded.

  14. Ferroelectric polarization induces electronic nonlinearity in ion-doped conducting polymers

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    Fabiano, Simone; Sani, Negar; Kawahara, Jun; Kergoat, Loïg; Nissa, Josefin; Engquist, Isak; Crispin, Xavier; Berggren, Magnus

    2017-01-01

    Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):polystyrene sulfonate (PEDOT:PSS) is an organic mixed ion-electron conducting polymer. The PEDOT phase transports holes and is redox-active, whereas the PSS phase transports ions. When PEDOT is redox-switched between its semiconducting and conducting state, the electronic and optical properties of its bulk are controlled. Therefore, it is appealing to use this transition in electrochemical devices and to integrate those into large-scale circuits, such as display or memory matrices. Addressability and memory functionality of individual devices, within these matrices, are typically achieved by nonlinear current-voltage characteristics and bistability—functions that can potentially be offered by the semiconductor-conductor transition of redox polymers. However, low conductivity of the semiconducting state and poor bistability, due to self-discharge, make fast operation and memory retention impossible. We report that a ferroelectric polymer layer, coated along the counter electrode, can control the redox state of PEDOT. The polarization switching characteristics of the ferroelectric polymer, which take place as the coercive field is overcome, introduce desired nonlinearity and bistability in devices that maintain PEDOT in its highly conducting and fast-operating regime. Memory functionality and addressability are demonstrated in ferro-electrochromic display pixels and ferro-electrochemical transistors. PMID:28695197

  15. Ions in Wine and Their Relation to Electrical Conductivity Under Ultrasound Irradiation.

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    Yan, Yan-Ying; Zhang, Qing-An; Li, Er-Chun; Zhang, Ya-Feng

    2017-09-01

    Change in electrical conductivity is considered a potential indicator for the on-line monitoring of wine aging accelerated by ultrasound, as determined in our previous study; however, the exact mechanism of change is currently unclear. In this study, the ion content and the total ionic strength were analyzed by ion-exchange chromatography to investigate the change mechanism of the electrical conductivity of wine under ultrasound irradiation. The results indicate that the changes in wine electrical conductivity during ultrasound treatment correlate with the changes in the cations (Na+, K+, Ca2+, Mg2+, and NH4+) and in the anions from the organic acids (malic acid, citric acid, tartaric acid, oxalic acid, and formic acid) and inorganic acids (Cl-, SO42-, and PO43-), especially for the ionic strength of the wine. Overall, electrical conductivity may be used to reflect the chemical reactions related to wine aging to a certain extent because the reactions can be initiated by the conversion of cations and by the degradation or auxiliary function of organic acids.

  16. Electron Hopping in Conducting Polymers in the Presence Of Mobile Ions

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    Prigodin, Vladimir; Hsu, Fang; Park, Jane; Epstein, Arthur

    2006-03-01

    We present the theoretical analysis for electrochemical transistors with the conductivity governed by the gate potential through bulk charging/discharging of the active channel. The predicted I(V) characteristics do not agree with the experimental dependencies for conducting polymer based transistors [1]. We suggest that the field effect in conducting polymers is related to their structural peculiarities. The large free volume within the polymer network enables ions to easily move into and out of the polymers. The main effect of ion insertion is breaking of the percolation network by removing critical hoping sites and, as a result, producing the conductor-nonconductor transition. The application of the present mechanism to the field effect in conducting polymers is discussed. [1] J. Liu, et al., J. Appl. Phys. 92, 6033-6038 (2002); A.J. Epstein, et al., Current Applied Physics, 2, 339-343 (2002); H. Okuzaki, et al., Synth. Met. 137, 947-948 (2003); F.C. Hsu, et al., to be published.

  17. Nanoclay and swift heavy ions induced piezoelectric and conducting nanochannel based polymeric membrane for fuel cell

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    Jana, Karun Kumar; Srivastava, Anshuman; Parkash, Om; Avasthi, Devesh K.; Rana, Dipak; Shahi, Vinod K.; Maiti, Pralay

    2016-01-01

    Through nanochannels are fabricated in poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoro propylene) films by bombarding swift heavy ions (SHI) of energy 80 MeV and thereby creating latent tracks in the ion passage followed by chemical etching of the amorphous track. The dimension of the nanochannel is varied from 34 to 65 nm using different fluences and by dispersing organically modified nanoclay in polymer matrix. The nanochannels are grafted with polystyrene using the free radicals caused by SHI irradiation followed by their sulfonation. Nanoclay nucleates piezoelectric β-phase in copolymer whose extent gets enhanced after irradiation, grafting and sulfonation leading to a better material. The efficiency of functionalized nanochannel conduction is studied through dc conductivity of the bulk film in the semiconducting range against the insulating nature of the pristine copolymer. Current-voltage (I-V) characteristic of the membrane exhibits strong fluence dependency and shows superior conduction in functionalized nanohybrid. Proton conductivity of the functionalized nanohybrid is 6.2 × 10-2 S cm-1, while methanol permeability drastically reduces indicating higher values of the selective parameter of the developed membrane as compared to Nafion. Membrane electrode assembly studies of functionalized nanohybrid show 0.63 V as open circuit voltage leading to power density of 30.8 mW/cm2, considerably higher than the functionalized copolymer.

  18. Cytosolic Ca(2+) Signals Enhance the Vacuolar Ion Conductivity of Bulging Arabidopsis Root Hair Cells.

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    Wang, Yi; Dindas, Julian; Rienmüller, Florian; Krebs, Melanie; Waadt, Rainer; Schumacher, Karin; Wu, Wei-Hua; Hedrich, Rainer; Roelfsema, M Rob G

    2015-11-02

    Plant cell expansion depends on the uptake of solutes across the plasma membrane and their storage within the vacuole. In contrast to the well-studied plasma membrane, little is known about the regulation of ion transport at the vacuolar membrane. We therefore established an experimental approach to study vacuolar ion transport in intact Arabidopsis root cells, with multi-barreled microelectrodes. The subcellular position of electrodes was detected by imaging current-injected fluorescent dyes. Comparison of measurements with electrodes in the cytosol and vacuole revealed an average vacuolar membrane potential of -31 mV. Voltage clamp recordings of single vacuoles resolved the activity of voltage-independent and slowly deactivating channels. In bulging root hairs that express the Ca(2+) sensor R-GECO1, rapid elevation of the cytosolic Ca(2+) concentration was observed, after impalement with microelectrodes, or injection of the Ca(2+) chelator BAPTA. Elevation of the cytosolic Ca(2+) level stimulated the activity of voltage-independent channels in the vacuolar membrane. Likewise, the vacuolar ion conductance was enhanced during a sudden increase of the cytosolic Ca(2+) level in cells injected with fluorescent Ca(2+) indicator FURA-2. These data thus show that cytosolic Ca(2+) signals can rapidly activate vacuolar ion channels, which may prevent rupture of the vacuolar membrane, when facing mechanical forces.

  19. Image formation, resolution, and height measurement in scanning ion conductance microscopy

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    Rheinlaender, Johannes; Schaeffer, Tilman E.

    2009-05-01

    Scanning ion conductance microscopy (SICM) is an emerging tool for the noncontact investigation of biological samples such as live cells. It uses an ion current through the opening of a tapered nanopipette filled with an electrolyte for topography measurements. Despite its successful application to numerous systems no systematic investigation of the image formation process has yet been performed. Here, we use finite element modeling to investigate how the scanning ion conductance microscope images small particles on a planar surface, providing a fundamental characterization of the imaging process. We find that a small particle appears with a height that is only a fraction of its actual height. This has significant consequences for the quantitative interpretation of SICM images. Furthermore, small and low particles are imaged as rings in certain cases. This can cause small, closely spaced particles to appear with a lateral orientation that is rotated by 90 deg. Considering both real space and spatial frequency space we find that a reasonable and useful definition of lateral resolution of SICM is the smallest distance at which two small particles can clearly be resolved from each other in an image. We find that this resolution is approximately equal to three times the inner radius of the pipette tip opening.

  20. Image formation, resolution, and height measurement in scanning ion conductance microscopy

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    Rheinlaender, Johannes; Schäffer, Tilman E.

    2009-05-01

    Scanning ion conductance microscopy (SICM) is an emerging tool for the noncontact investigation of biological samples such as live cells. It uses an ion current through the opening of a tapered nanopipette filled with an electrolyte for topography measurements. Despite its successful application to numerous systems no systematic investigation of the image formation process has yet been performed. Here, we use finite element modeling to investigate how the scanning ion conductance microscope images small particles on a planar surface, providing a fundamental characterization of the imaging process. We find that a small particle appears with a height that is only a fraction of its actual height. This has significant consequences for the quantitative interpretation of SICM images. Furthermore, small and low particles are imaged as rings in certain cases. This can cause small, closely spaced particles to appear with a lateral orientation that is rotated by 90°. Considering both real space and spatial frequency space we find that a reasonable and useful definition of lateral resolution of SICM is the smallest distance at which two small particles can clearly be resolved from each other in an image. We find that this resolution is approximately equal to three times the inner radius of the pipette tip opening.

  1. High current metal ion implantation to synthesize some conducting metal-silicides

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    Liu, B. X.; Gao, K. Y.

    1999-06-10

    High current metal-ion implantation by a metal vapor vacuum arc ion source was conducted to synthesize some conducting metal-silicides. It was found that C54-TiSi{sub 2}, ZrSi{sub 2}, NiSi{sub 2}, CoSi{sub 2}, {beta}-FeSi{sub 2}, NbSi{sub 2} and TaSi{sub 2} layers on Si wafers with good electric properties could be obtained directly after implantation. In comparison, the formation of some other silicides like {alpha}-FeSi{sub 2}, NbSi{sub 2}, TaSi{sub 2}, tetragonal-WSi{sub 2} and tetragonal-MoSi{sub 2} required an additional post-annealing to improve their crystallinity and thus their electric properties. Interestingly, the NiSi{sub 2} layers of superior electric properties were obtained at a selected Ni-ion current density of 35 {mu}A/cm{sup 2}. At this current, a beam heating raised the Si wafer to a specific temperature of 380 deg. C, at which the size difference between NiSi{sub 2} and Si lattices was nil. The resistivity of the NiSi{sub 2} layers so obtained was much lower than that of the Ni-disilicide formed by solid-state reaction at >750 deg. C. The formation mechanism of the above metal-silicides and the associated electric properties will also be discussed.

  2. Gallium ion implantation greatly reduces thermal conductivity and enhances electronic one of ZnO nanowires

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    Xia, Minggang; Cheng, Zhaofang; Han, Jinyun; Zhang, Shengli; Zheng, Minrui; Sow, Chorng-Haur; Thong, John T. L.; Li, Baowen

    2014-05-15

    The electrical and thermal conductivities are measured for individual zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires with and without gallium ion (Ga{sup +}) implantation at room temperature. Our results show that Ga{sup +} implantation enhances electrical conductivity by one order of magnitude from 1.01 × 10{sup 3} Ω{sup −1}m{sup −1} to 1.46 × 10{sup 4} Ω{sup −1}m{sup −1} and reduces its thermal conductivity by one order of magnitude from 12.7 Wm{sup −1}K{sup −1} to 1.22 Wm{sup −1}K{sup −1} for ZnO nanowires of 100 nm in diameter. The measured thermal conductivities are in good agreement with those in theoretical simulation. The increase of electrical conductivity origins in electron donor doping by Ga{sup +} implantation and the decrease of thermal conductivity is due to the longitudinal and transverse acoustic phonons scattering by Ga{sup +} point scattering. For pristine ZnO nanowires, the thermal conductivity decreases only two times when its diameter reduces from 100 nm to 46 nm. Therefore, Ga{sup +}-implantation may be a more effective method than diameter reduction in improving thermoelectric performance.

  3. Influence of sulphate ion on the electrical conductivity of lithium -boro-phosphate glasses

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    Narayana Reddy, C.; Chakradhar, R. P. S.

    2009-07-01

    The effect of Li2SO4 on the electrical conductivity of Li2O- B2O3- P2O5 glass system prepared by melt quenching technique has been studied. Frequency and temperature dependent conductivity measurements have been carried out in the frequency range of 10 Hz to 10 MHz and a temperature range of 523 K-603 K respectively. Conductivity in these glasses is governed by the incorporation of lithium salt in the macromolecular structure. It exhibits Arrhenius behavior over the entire temperature range. Addition of Li2SO4 expands the glass network. Consequently the conductivity increases while activation energy decreases. Impedance spectra of these glasses show a single semicircle indicating one type of conduction. The nature of conductivity behavior observed can be explained using Almond-West type power law with a single exponent σ (ω) = σ (0) + A ωs. The power law exponent (s) decreases with temperature. Scaling behavior has also been carried out using the reduced plots of conductivity with frequency, which suggests the ion transport mechanism remains unaffected by temperature and composition.

  4. Entropy hysteresis and nonequilibrium thermodynamic efficiency of ion conduction in a voltage-gated potassium ion channel

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    Das, Biswajit; Banerjee, Kinshuk; Gangopadhyay, Gautam

    2012-12-01

    Here we have studied the nonequilibrium thermodynamic response of a voltage-gated Shaker potassium ion channel using a stochastic master equation. For a constant external voltage, the system reaches equilibrium indicated by the vanishing total entropy production rate, whereas for oscillating voltage the current and entropy production rates show dynamic hysteretic behavior. Here we have shown quantitatively that although the hysteresis loop area vanishes in low and high frequency domains of the external voltage, they are thermodynamically distinguishable. In the very low frequency domain, the system remains close to equilibrium, whereas at high frequencies it goes to a nonequilibrium steady state (NESS) associated with a finite value of dissipation function. At NESS, the efficiency of the ion conduction can also be related with the nonlinear dependence of the dissipation function on the power of the external field. Another intriguing aspect is that, at the high frequency limit, the total entropy production rate oscillates at NESS with half of the time period of the external voltage.

  5. Origin of the low grain boundary conductivity in lithium ion conducting perovskites: Li3xLa0.67-xTiO3.

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    Wu, Jian-Fang; Guo, Xin

    2017-02-22

    Although the bulk conductivity of lithium ion conducting Li3xLa0.67-xTiO3 electrolytes reaches the level of 10(-3) S cm(-1), the grain boundary conductivity is orders of magnitude lower; the origin of the low grain boundary conductivity should be thoroughly understood as a prerequisite to improve the overall conductivity. Samples with grain sizes ranging from 25 nm to 3.11 μm were prepared. According to SEM and TEM investigations, the grain boundaries are free of any second phase; however, the grain boundary conductivity is still ∼4 orders of magnitude lower than the bulk conductivity. The grain boundary conductivity decreases with decreasing grain size, indicating that the low grain boundary conductivity is not dominated only by the crystallographic grain boundary. Since electrons are attracted to the grain boundaries, as reflected by the dramatically enhanced grain boundary conductivity when electrons are introduced, the grain boundary core in Li3xLa0.67-xTiO3 should be positively charged, causing the depletion of lithium ions in the adjacent space-charge layers. The very low grain boundary conductivity can be accounted for by the lithium ion depletion in the space-charge layer.

  6. Electron conductivity in GeTe and GeSe upon ion implantation of Bi

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    Fedorenko, Ya. G.

    2015-12-15

    This paper presents results on ion implantation of bismuth in GeTe and GeSe films. The conductivity and the thermopower of amorphous chalcogenide films are investigated. Electron conductivity in the films is attained at the Bi implantation doses higher than (1.5–2) × 10{sup 16} cm{sup −2}. In conjunction with the structural modification in the films as revealed Raman spectroscopy, the results suggest the structural re-arrangement of the amorphous network occurs via weakening the bonds of a lower energy. The onset of electron conductivity is hindered by a stronger bond in an alloy. In GeTe, this is the Ge-Ge bond.

  7. Compliant glass-polymer hybrid single ion-conducting electrolytes for lithium batteries.

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    Villaluenga, Irune; Wujcik, Kevin H; Tong, Wei; Devaux, Didier; Wong, Dominica H C; DeSimone, Joseph M; Balsara, Nitash P

    2016-01-05

    Despite high ionic conductivities, current inorganic solid electrolytes cannot be used in lithium batteries because of a lack of compliance and adhesion to active particles in battery electrodes as they are discharged and charged. We have successfully developed a compliant, nonflammable, hybrid single ion-conducting electrolyte comprising inorganic sulfide glass particles covalently bonded to a perfluoropolyether polymer. The hybrid with 23 wt% perfluoropolyether exhibits low shear modulus relative to neat glass electrolytes, ionic conductivity of 10(-4) S/cm at room temperature, a cation transference number close to unity, and an electrochemical stability window up to 5 V relative to Li(+)/Li. X-ray absorption spectroscopy indicates that the hybrid electrolyte limits lithium polysulfide dissolution and is, thus, ideally suited for Li-S cells. Our work opens a previously unidentified route for developing compliant solid electrolytes that will address the challenges of lithium batteries.

  8. Ion diffusion coefficients model and molar conductivities of ionic salts in aprotic solvents.

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    Garrido, Leoncio; Mejía, Alberto; García, Nuria; Tiemblo, Pilar; Guzmán, Julio

    2015-02-19

    In the study of the electric properties of electrolytes, the determination of the diffusion coefficients of the species that intervene in the charge transport process is of great importance, particularly that of the free ions (D(+) and D(-)), the only species that contribute to the conductivity. In this work we propose a model that allows, with reasonable assumptions, determination of D(+) and D(-), and the degree of dissociation of the salt, α, at different concentrations, using the diffusion coefficients experimentally obtained with NMR. Also, it is shown that the NMR data suffice to estimate the conductivity of the electrolytes. The model was checked by means of experimental results of conductivity and NMR diffusion coefficients obtained with solutions of lithium triflate in ethylene and propylene carbonates, as well as with other results taken from the literature.

  9. Compliant glass–polymer hybrid single ion-conducting electrolytes for lithium batteries

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    Villaluenga, Irune; Wujcik, Kevin H.; Tong, Wei; Devaux, Didier; Wong, Dominica H. C.; DeSimone, Joseph M.; Balsara, Nitash P.

    2016-01-01

    Despite high ionic conductivities, current inorganic solid electrolytes cannot be used in lithium batteries because of a lack of compliance and adhesion to active particles in battery electrodes as they are discharged and charged. We have successfully developed a compliant, nonflammable, hybrid single ion-conducting electrolyte comprising inorganic sulfide glass particles covalently bonded to a perfluoropolyether polymer. The hybrid with 23 wt% perfluoropolyether exhibits low shear modulus relative to neat glass electrolytes, ionic conductivity of 10−4 S/cm at room temperature, a cation transference number close to unity, and an electrochemical stability window up to 5 V relative to Li+/Li. X-ray absorption spectroscopy indicates that the hybrid electrolyte limits lithium polysulfide dissolution and is, thus, ideally suited for Li-S cells. Our work opens a previously unidentified route for developing compliant solid electrolytes that will address the challenges of lithium batteries. PMID:26699512

  10. Compliant glass–polymer hybrid single ion-conducting electrolytes for lithium batteries

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    Villaluenga, Irune; Wujcik, Kevin H.; Tong, Wei; ...

    2015-12-22

    Despite high ionic conductivities, current inorganic solid electrolytes cannot be used in lithium batteries because of a lack of compliance and adhesion to active particles in battery electrodes as they are discharged and charged. Here, we have successfully developed a compliant, nonflammable, hybrid single ion-conducting electrolyte comprising inorganic sulfide glass particles covalently bonded to a perfluoropolyether polymer. The hybrid with 23 wt% perfluoropolyether exhibits low shear modulus relative to neat glass electrolytes, ionic conductivity of 10-4 S/cm at room temperature, a cation transference number close to unity, and an electrochemical stability window up to 5 V relative to Li+/Li. X-raymore » absorption spectroscopy indicates that the hybrid electrolyte limits lithium polysulfide dissolution and is, thus, ideally suited for Li-S cells. Our work opens a previously unidentified route for developing compliant solid electrolytes that will address the challenges of lithium batteries.« less

  11. Compliant glass–polymer hybrid single ion-conducting electrolytes for lithium batteries

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    Villaluenga, Irune; Wujcik, Kevin H.; Tong, Wei; Devaux, Didier; Wong, Dominica H. C.; DeSimone, Joseph M.; Balsara, Nitash P.

    2015-12-22

    Despite high ionic conductivities, current inorganic solid electrolytes cannot be used in lithium batteries because of a lack of compliance and adhesion to active particles in battery electrodes as they are discharged and charged. Here, we have successfully developed a compliant, nonflammable, hybrid single ion-conducting electrolyte comprising inorganic sulfide glass particles covalently bonded to a perfluoropolyether polymer. The hybrid with 23 wt% perfluoropolyether exhibits low shear modulus relative to neat glass electrolytes, ionic conductivity of 10-4 S/cm at room temperature, a cation transference number close to unity, and an electrochemical stability window up to 5 V relative to Li+/Li. X-ray absorption spectroscopy indicates that the hybrid electrolyte limits lithium polysulfide dissolution and is, thus, ideally suited for Li-S cells. Our work opens a previously unidentified route for developing compliant solid electrolytes that will address the challenges of lithium batteries.

  12. Electrical conductivity of MgO crystals implanted with lithium ions

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    Tardío, M.; Ramírez, R.; González, R.; Chen, Y.; Alves, E.

    2002-05-01

    MgO single crystals were implanted with a fluence of 1×10 17 Li +/cm 2 with 175 keV. Using ac and dc techniques, the electrical conductivity of these crystals was investigated in the temperature range 296-440 K. The electrical conductivity of the implanted region was 14 orders of magnitude higher than the unimplanted area. Measurements at different temperatures suggest a thermally activated process with an activation energy of about 0.33 eV. In the implanted area, electrical contacts are found to be ohmic whereas contacts are blocking in unimplanted crystals. Removal of thin layers of the implanted region by immersing the crystal in hot phosphoric acid suggests that the enhancement in conductivity in the implanted region is associated with the intrinsic defects created by the implantation, rather than with the Li ions.

  13. Influence of Conducting Plate Boundary Conditions on the Transverse Envelope Equations Describing Intense Ion Beam Transport

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    Lund, S M; Bukh, B

    2003-07-23

    In typical diagnostic applications, intense ion beams are intercepted by a conducting plate associated with devices used to measure beam phase-space projections. This results in the transverse space-charge field near the plate being shorted out, rendering simple envelope models with constant space-charge strength inaccurate. Here we develop corrected envelope models based on analytical calculations to account for this effect on the space-charge term of the envelope equations, thereby removing a systematic source of error in the equations and enabling more accurate comparisons with experiment. For common intense beam parameters, we find that the correction occurs primarily in the envelope angles and that the effect can be large enough to degrade precision beam matching. Results are verified with 3D self-consistent PIC simulations based on intense beam experiments associated with driver developments for Heavy-Ion Fusion.

  14. Facile and Nonradiation Pretreated Membrane as a High Conductive Separator for Li-Ion Batteries.

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    Li, Bao; Li, Yongjun; Dai, Dongmei; Chang, Kun; Tang, Hongwei; Chang, Zhaorong; Wang, Chunru; Yuan, Xiao-Zi; Wang, Haijiang

    2015-09-16

    Polyolefin membranes are widely used as separators in commercialized Li-ion batteries. They have less polarized surfaces compared with polarized molecules of electrolyte, leading to a poor wetting state for separators. Radiation pretreatments are often adopted to solve such a problem. Unfortunately, they can only activate several nanometers deep from the surface, which limits the performance improvement. Here we report a facile and scalable method to polarize polyolefin membranes via a chemical oxidation route. On the surfaces of pretreated membrane, layers of poly(ethylene oxide) and poly(acrylic acid) can easily be coated, thus resulting in a high Li-ion conductivity of the membrane. Assembled with this decorated separator in button cells, both high-voltage (Li1.2Mn0.54Co0.13Ni0.13O2) and moderate-voltage (LiFePO4) cathode materials show better electrochemical performances than those assembled with pristine polyolefin separators.

  15. Ion beam-induced variation in electrical conductivity of Ag nanowires

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    Chauhan, R. P.; Gehlawat, Devender; Kaur, Amandeep; Rana, Pallavi

    2013-08-01

    The art of fabricating nanostructures within the pores of template leads to the production of true replica of pore geometry. Thus, nanostructures of desirable shape and dimensions can be synthesized using the ion-based etched-track technology. In the present study, silver nanowires were synthesized by using the track-etched polycarbonate membrane as the template in an aqueous medium containing AgNO3 as the precursor. Free-standing silver nanowires were irradiated with different fluences of Li3+ ion beam and a detailed investigation of I-V characteristics of pristine and irradiated Ag nanowires was made. Variation in electrical conductivity of silver nanowires at different fluences was also observed. X-ray diffraction pattern confirmed the polycrystalline nature of Ag nanowires with cubic geometry with face-centered lattice.

  16. [Determination of sodium chlorite in processed herring roe by ion chromatography with a conductivity detector].

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    Kawasaki, Yoko; Kubota, Hiroki; Yomota, Chikako; Tanamoto, Kenichi

    2005-08-01

    An analytical method for residual sodium chlorite in several kinds of processed herring roe treated with sodium chlorite was studied. Sodium chlorite was extracted with 9 mmol/L sodium carbonate. After centrifugation, the supernatant was filtered through a 0.2 microm nylon filter. The filtrate was deproteinized by ultrafiltration and chloride ion was removed with an On-Guard Ag cartridge column. The eluate was subjected to conductivity detector-ion chromatography. Recoveries of sodium chlorite from herring roe spiked at the level of 5 mg/kg were 88 +/- 3.7% (n = 5, CV 4.2%). The method had a quantitation limit of 5 mg/kg for processed herring roes.

  17. Altered ion channel conductance and ionic selectivity induced by large imposed membrane potential pulse.

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    Chen, W; Lee, R C

    1994-01-01

    The effects of large magnitude transmembrane potential pulses on voltage-gated Na and K channel behavior in frog skeletal muscle membrane were studied using a modified double vaseline-gap voltage clamp. The effects of electroconformational damage to ionic channels were separated from damage to lipid bilayer (electroporation). A 4 ms transmembrane potential pulse of -600 mV resulted in a reduction of both Na and K channel conductivities. The supraphysiologic pulses also reduced ionic selectivity of the K channels against Na+ ions, resulting in a depolarization of the membrane resting potential. However, TTX and TEA binding effects were unaltered. The kinetics of spontaneous reversal of the electroconformational damage of channel proteins was found to be dependent on the magnitude of imposed membrane potential pulse. These results suggest that muscle and nerve dysfunction after electrical shock may be in part caused by electroconformational damage to voltage-gated ion channels. PMID:7948676

  18. Ion conductance pathways in potato tuber (Solanum tuberosum) inner mitochondrial membrane.

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    Matkovic, Karolina; Koszela-Piotrowska, Izabela; Jarmuszkiewicz, Wieslawa; Szewczyk, Adam

    2011-03-01

    Single-ion channel activities were measured after reconstitution of potato tuber mitochondrial inner membranes into planar lipid bilayers. In addition to the recently described large-conductance Ca(2+)-activated potassium channel activity (Koszela-Piotrowska et al., 2009), the following mitochondrial ion conductance pathways were recorded: (i) an ATP-regulated potassium channel (mitoK(ATP) channel) activity with a conductance of 164+/-8pS, (ii) a large-conductance Ca(2+)-insensitive iberiotoxin-sensitive potassium channel activity with a conductance of 312 pS+/-23, and (iii) a chloride 4,4'-diisothiocyanostilbene-2,2'-disulfonic acid (DIDS)-inhibited channel activity with a conductance of 117 pS+/-4. In isolated non-phosphorylating potato tuber mitochondria, individual and combined potassium channel activities caused significant (up to 14mV) but not collapsing K(+)-influx-induced membrane potential depolarisation. Under phosphorylating conditions, the coupling parameters were unchanged in the presence of high K(+) level, indicating that plant K(+) channels function as energy-dissipating systems that are not able to divert energy from oxidative phosphorylation. A potato tuber K(+) channel that is ATP-, 5-hydroxydecanonic acid-, glybenclamide-inhibited and diazoxide-stimulated caused low cation flux, modestly decreasing membrane potential (up to a few mV) and increasing respiration in non-phosphorylating mitochondria. Immunological analysis with antibodies raised against the mammalian plasma membrane ATP-regulated K(+) channel identified a pore-forming subunit of the Kir-like family in potato tuber mitochondrial inner membrane. These results suggest that a mitoK(ATP) channel similar to that of mammalian mitochondria is present in potato tuber mitochondria. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Stabilized finite element methods to simulate the conductances of ion channels

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    Tu, Bin; Xie, Yan; Zhang, Linbo; Lu, Benzhuo

    2015-03-01

    We have previously developed a finite element simulator, ichannel, to simulate ion transport through three-dimensional ion channel systems via solving the Poisson-Nernst-Planck equations (PNP) and Size-modified Poisson-Nernst-Planck equations (SMPNP), and succeeded in simulating some ion channel systems. However, the iterative solution between the coupled Poisson equation and the Nernst-Planck equations has difficulty converging for some large systems. One reason we found is that the NP equations are advection-dominated diffusion equations, which causes troubles in the usual FE solution. The stabilized schemes have been applied to compute fluids flow in various research fields. However, they have not been studied in the simulation of ion transport through three-dimensional models based on experimentally determined ion channel structures. In this paper, two stabilized techniques, the SUPG and the Pseudo Residual-Free Bubble function (PRFB) are introduced to enhance the numerical robustness and convergence performance of the finite element algorithm in ichannel. The conductances of the voltage dependent anion channel (VDAC) and the anthrax toxin protective antigen pore (PA) are simulated to validate the stabilization techniques. Those two stabilized schemes give reasonable results for the two proteins, with decent agreement with both experimental data and Brownian dynamics (BD) simulations. For a variety of numerical tests, it is found that the simulator effectively avoids previous numerical instability after introducing the stabilization methods. Comparison based on our test data set between the two stabilized schemes indicates both SUPG and PRFB have similar performance (the latter is slightly more accurate and stable), while SUPG is relatively more convenient to implement.

  20. The Effect of Precipitating Electrons and Ions on Ionospheric Conductance and Inner Magnetospheric Electric Fields 142106

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    Chen, M.; Lemon, C.; Hecht, J. H.; Evans, J. S.; Boyd, A. J.

    2016-12-01

    We investigate how scattering of electrons by waves and of ions by field-line curvature in the inner magnetosphere affect precipitating energy flux distributions and how the precipitating particles modify the ionospheric conductivity and electric potentials during magnetic storms. We examine how particle precipitation in the evening sector affects the development of the Sub-Auroral Polarization Stream (SAPS) electric field that is observed at sub-auroral latitudes in that sector as well as the electric field in the morning sector. Our approach is to use the magnetically and electrically self-consistent Rice Convection Model - Equilibrium (RCM-E) of the inner magnetosphere to simulate the stormtime precipitating particle distributions and the electric field. We use parameterized rates of whistler-generated electron pitch-angle scattering from Orlova and Shprits [JGR, 2014] that depend on equatorial radial distance, magnetic activity (Kp), and magnetic local time (MLT) outside the simulated plasmasphere. Inside the plasmasphere, parameterized scattering rates due to hiss [Orlova et al., GRL, 2014] are employed. Our description for the rate of ion scattering is more simplistic. We assume that the ions are scattered at a fraction of strong pitch-angle scattering where the fraction is scaled by epsilon, the ratio of the gyroradius to the field-line radius of curvature, when epsilon is greater than 0.1. We compare simulated trapped and precipitating electron/ion flux distributions with measurements from Van Allen Probes/MagEIS, POES and DMSP, respectively, to validate the particle loss models. DMSP observations of electric fields are compared with the simulation results. We discuss the effect of precipitating electrons and ions on the SAPS and the inner magnetospheric electric field through the data-model comparisons.