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  1. Enhancing critical current density of cuprate superconductors

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    Chaudhari, Praveen

    2015-06-16

    The present invention concerns the enhancement of critical current densities in cuprate superconductors. Such enhancement of critical current densities include using wave function symmetry and restricting movement of Abrikosov (A) vortices, Josephson (J) vortices, or Abrikosov-Josephson (A-J) vortices by using the half integer vortices associated with d-wave symmetry present in the grain boundary.

  2. Enhancing superconducting critical current by randomness.

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    Wang, Y. L.; Thoutam, L. R.; Xiao, Z. L.; Shen, B.; Pearson, J.; Divan, R.; Ocola, L. E.; Crabtree, G. W.; Kwok, W. K.

    2016-01-11

    The key ingredient of high critical currents in a type-II superconductor is defect sites that pin vortices. Here, we demonstrate that a random pinscape, an overlooked pinning system in nanopatterned superconductors, can lead to a substantially larger critical current enhancement at high magnetic fields than an ordered array of vortex pin sites. We reveal that the better performance of a random pinscape is due to the variation of the local density of its pinning sites, which mitigates the motion of vortices. This is confirmed by achieving even higher enhancement of the critical current through a conformally mapped random pinscape, where the distribution of the local density of pinning sites is further enlarged. Our findings highlight the potential of random pinscapes in enhancing the superconducting critical currents of applied superconductors in which random pin sites of nanoscale defects emerging in the materials synthesis process or through ex-situ irradiation are the only practical choice for large-scale production. Our results may also stimulate research on effects of a random pinscape in other complementary systems such as colloidal crystals, Bose-Einstein condensates, and Luttinger liquids.

  3. Enhancing undergraduate community placements: a critical review of current literature.

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    Dickson, Caroline A W; Morris, Gillian; Gable, Clare

    2015-04-01

    In the face of the UK-wide policy shift to increased home care, inspiring and enabling the next generation of community nurses is more urgent than ever. The quality of the pre-registration practice learning experience is highly influential on career choices at the point of qualification. Given that 50% of learning by pre-registration students takes place in practice, mentors have a crucial role to play in preparing the next generation of nurses to work in the community. This article discusses the findings of a systematic and critical literature review of pre-registration placements that was funded by the Queen's Nursing Institute Scotland. The review found that students' experiences of learning in community settings are variable, and perceptions of students and mentors are misaligned in terms of what a quality placement should look like. Although there is no clear definition of what constitutes a community placement and there is some underuse of learning environments in areas such as general practice nursing, there are also a number of examples of new and imaginative placements. While these innovations provide 'whole experience' placements, they are currently lacking robust evaluation, despite their potential usefulness on a larger scale. Mentors have the opportunity to provide students with a range of learning opportunities that increase preparedness for working in the community, allowing final year students in particular greater influence over their learning experience. Students undertaking community practice learning, where they have a managed level of autonomy, are more likely to feel confident to take on community nursing roles.

  4. Phonon-induced enhancements of the energy gap and critical current in superconducting aluminum

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    Seligson, D.

    1983-05-01

    8 to 10 GHz phonons were generated by piezoelectric transduction of a microwave and by means of a quartz delay line, were allowed to enter the aluminum only after the microwaves had long since disappeared. The maximum enhancements detected were (deltaT/T/sub c/) = -0.07, for i/sub c/ and (deltaT/T/sub c/) = -0.03 for ..delta... The power- and temperature-dependence (0.82 less than or equal to T/T/sub c/ less than or equal to 0.994) of the enhancements were compared with the prediction of a theory given by Eliashberg. The gap-enhancement was in good agreement with the theory only for low input lower. The critical current measurements are predicted to be in rough agreement with the ..delta.. measurements but this was not observed. The magnitude of the critical current enhancements was typically more than twice the observed gap enhancements. The measured critical current enhancement was relatively independent of temperature whereas the gap enhancement decreased rapidly as the temperature was lowered.

  5. Flux Pinning and Enhanced Critical Current in Magnetic Field by Artificial Pinning Centers.#

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    Wang, J.-Q.; Rizzo, N. D.; McCambridge, J. D.; Prober, D. E.; Motowidlo, L. R.; Zeitlin, B. A.

    1996-03-01

    Flux pinning to enhance critical currents (Jc) in type II superconductors (NbTi) in a magnetic field was studied, using nanometer sized artificial pins. From consideration of free energy and proximity effects, we compare pinning by various materials, ranging from weak superconductors (Nb), normal metals (Ti, Cu), to ferromagnets (Ni, Fe). A trade-off is found between induced superconductivity in the pin and a reduction of superconductivity in the NbTi. Thus, a normal metal can have stronger pinning than a similar-sized void. This idea is supported by our finding that Ti provides the strongest pinning in multilayer film systems. Pinning mechanisms by ferromagnetic (FM) pins are also discussed, along with results of Jc for NbTiTa wires with FM artificial pinning centers. #Support by CT Dept. Econ. Dev. Grant 94G014 and IGC-AS. *present address: Westinghouse STC, Pittsburgh, PA

  6. Enhanced critical currents in (Gd,Y)Ba2Cu3Ox superconducting tapes with high levels of Zr addition

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    Selvamanickam, V; Chen, Y; Shi, T; Liu, Y; Khatri, ND; Liu, J; Yao, Y; Xiong, X; Lei, C; Soloveichik, S; Galstyan, E; Majkic, G

    2013-01-21

    The critical current and structural properties of (Gd,Y)BaCuO tapes made by metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) with Zr addition levels up to 30 at.% have been investigated. The reduction in critical current beyond the previously optimized Zr addition level of 7.5 at.% was found to be due to structural deterioration of the (Gd,Y)Ba2Cu3Ox film. By a modified MOCVD process,enhanced critical current densities have been achieved with high levels of Zr addition,including 3.83 MA cm(-2) in 15 at.% Zr- added 1.1 mu m thick film at 77 K in zero magnetic field. Critical currents as high as 1072 A/ 12 mm have been reached in (Gd,Y) BaCuO tapes with 15 at.% Zr addition at 30 K in a field of 3 T applied perpendicular to the tape,corresponding to a pinning force value of 268 GN m(-3). The enhanced critical currents achievable with a high density of nanoscale defects by employing high levels of second- phase additions enable the performance targets needed for the use of HTS tapes in coil applications involving high magnetic fields at temperatures below 50 K to be met.

  7. Enhanced critical currents in (Gd,Y)Ba2Cu3Ox superconducting tapes with high levels of Zr addition

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    Selvamanickam, V.; Chen, Y.; Shi, T.; Liu, Y.; Khatri, N. D.; Liu, J.; Yao, Y.; Xiong, X.; Lei, C.; Soloveichik, S.; Galstyan, E.; Majkic, G.

    2013-03-01

    The critical current and structural properties of (Gd,Y)BaCuO tapes made by metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) with Zr addition levels up to 30 at.% have been investigated. The reduction in critical current beyond the previously optimized Zr addition level of 7.5 at.% was found to be due to structural deterioration of the (Gd,Y)Ba2Cu3Ox film. By a modified MOCVD process, enhanced critical current densities have been achieved with high levels of Zr addition, including 3.83 MA cm-2 in 15 at.% Zr-added 1.1 μm thick film at 77 K in zero magnetic field. Critical currents as high as 1072 A/12 mm have been reached in (Gd,Y)BaCuO tapes with 15 at.% Zr addition at 30 K in a field of 3 T applied perpendicular to the tape, corresponding to a pinning force value of 268 GN m-3. The enhanced critical currents achievable with a high density of nanoscale defects by employing high levels of second-phase additions enable the performance targets needed for the use of HTS tapes in coil applications involving high magnetic fields at temperatures below 50 K to be met.

  8. Enhancement of the critical current of intrinsic Josephson junctions by carrier injection

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    Kizilaslan, O.; Simsek, Y.; Aksan, M. A.; Koval, Y.; Müller, P.

    2015-08-01

    We present a study of the doping effect by carrier injection of high-Tc superconducting Bi-based whiskers. The current was injected in the c-axis direction, i.e., perpendicular to the superconducting planes. Superconducting properties were investigated systematically as a function of the doping level. The doping level of one and the same sample was changed by current injection in very small steps from an underdoped state up to a slightly overdoped state. We have observed that Tc versus log (jc) exhibits a dome-shaped characteristic, which can be fitted by a parabola. As Tc versus carrier concentration has a parabolic form, too, it can be concluded that the critical current density jc increases exponentially with the doping level. The electron-trapping mechanism is interpreted in the framework of Phillips’ microscopic theory. In addition, the Joule heating effect in the intrinsic Josephson junction (IJJ) was controlled by carrier injection, and the effect of the non-equilibrium quasiparticle on the I-V curves of the IJJs was also discussed.

  9. Hydrostatic pressure: A very effective approach to significantly enhance critical current density in granular iron pnictide superconductors

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    Shabbir, Babar; Wang, Xiaolin; Ghorbani, S. R.; Shekhar, Chandra; Dou, Shixue; Srivastava, O. N.

    2015-01-01

    Pressure is well known to significantly raise the superconducting transition temperature, Tc, in both iron pnictides and cuprate based superconductors. Little work has been done, however, on how pressure can affect the flux pinning and critical current density in the Fe-based superconductors. Here, we propose to use hydrostatic pressure to significantly enhance flux pinning and Tc in polycrystalline pnictide bulks. We have chosen Sr4V2O6Fe2As2 polycrystalline samples as a case study. We demonstrate that the hydrostatic pressure up to 1.2 GPa can not only significantly increase Tc from 15 K (underdoped) to 22 K, but also significantly enhance the irreversibility field, Hirr, by a factor of 4 at 7 K, as well as the critical current density, Jc, by up to 30 times at both low and high fields. It was found that pressure can induce more point defects, which are mainly responsible for the Jc enhancement. Our findings provide an effective method to significantly enhance Tc, Jc, Hirr, and the upper critical field, Hc2, for other families of Fe-based superconductors in the forms of wires/tapes, films, and single crystal and polycrystalline bulks. PMID:25645351

  10. Enhanced critical current density in the pressure-induced magnetic state of the high-temperature superconductor FeSe.

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    Jung, Soon-Gil; Kang, Ji-Hoon; Park, Eunsung; Lee, Sangyun; Lin, Jiunn-Yuan; Chareev, Dmitriy A; Vasiliev, Alexander N; Park, Tuson

    2015-11-09

    We investigate the relation of the critical current density (Jc) and the remarkably increased superconducting transition temperature (Tc) for the FeSe single crystals under pressures up to 2.43 GPa, where the Tc is increased by ~8 K/GPa. The critical current density corresponding to the free flux flow is monotonically enhanced by pressure which is due to the increase in Tc, whereas the depinning critical current density at which the vortex starts to move is more influenced by the pressure-induced magnetic state compared to the increase of Tc. Unlike other high-Tc superconductors, FeSe is not magnetic, but superconducting at ambient pressure. Above a critical pressure where magnetic state is induced and coexists with superconductivity, the depinning Jc abruptly increases even though the increase of the zero-resistivity Tc is negligible, directly indicating that the flux pinning property compared to the Tc enhancement is a more crucial factor for an achievement of a large Jc. In addition, the sharp increase in Jc in the coexisting superconducting phase of FeSe demonstrates that vortices can be effectively trapped by the competing antiferromagnetic order, even though its antagonistic nature against superconductivity is well documented. These results provide new guidance toward technological applications of high-temperature superconductors.

  11. High critical current density and enhanced irreversibility field in superconducting MgB2 thin films

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    Eom, C. B.; Lee, M. K.; Choi, J. H.; Belenky, L. J.; Song, X.; Cooley, L. D.; Naus, M. T.; Patnaik, S.; Jiang, J.; Rikel, M.; Polyanskii, A.; Gurevich, A.; Cai, X. Y.; Bu, S. D.; Babcock, S. E.; Hellstrom, E. E.; Larbalestier, D. C.; Rogado, N.; Regan, K. A.; Hayward, M. A.; He, T.; Slusky, J. S.; Inumaru, K.; Haas, M. K.; Cava, R. J.

    2001-05-01

    The discovery of superconductivity at 39K in magnesium diboride offers the possibility of a new class of low-cost, high-performance superconducting materials for magnets and electronic applications. This compound has twice the transition temperature of Nb3Sn and four times that of Nb-Ti alloy, and the vital prerequisite of strongly linked current flow has already been demonstrated. One possible drawback, however, is that the magnetic field at which superconductivity is destroyed is modest. Furthermore, the field which limits the range of practical applications-the irreversibility field H*(T)-is approximately 7T at liquid helium temperature (4.2K), significantly lower than about 10T for Nb-Ti (ref. 6) and ~20T for Nb3Sn (ref. 7). Here we show that MgB2 thin films that are alloyed with oxygen can exhibit a much steeper temperature dependence of H*(T) than is observed in bulk materials, yielding an H* value at 4.2K greater than 14T. In addition, very high critical current densities at 4.2K are achieved: 1MAcm-2 at 1T and 105Acm-2 at 10T. These results demonstrate that MgB2 has potential for high-field superconducting applications.

  12. The role of interfacial defects in enhancing the critical current density of YBa2Cu3O7-delta coatings

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    Foltyn, Stephen R; Wang, Haiyan; Civale, Leonardo; Maiorov, Boris A; Jia, Quanxi

    2009-01-01

    The critical current density (J{sub c}) of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}0{sub 7-{delta}} (YBCO) films can approach 10 MA/cm{sup 2} at 77 K in self field , but only for very thin films. We have shown previously that strong thickness dependence results if J{sub c} is enhanced near the film-substrate interface. In the present work we investigate interfacial enhancement using laser-deposited YBCO films on NdGaO{sub 3} substrates, and find that we can adjust deposition conditions to switch the enhancement on and off. Interestingly, we find that the 'on' state is accompanied by interfacial misfit dislocations, establishing an unambiguous correlation between enhanced J{sub c} and dislocations at the film-substrate interface.

  13. Enhanced critical currents of commercial 2G superconducting coated conductors through proton irradiation

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    Welp, Ulrich; Leroux, M.; Kihlstrom, K. J.; Kwok, W.-K.; Koshelev, A. E.; Miller, D. J.; Rupich, M. W.; Fleshler, S.; Malozemoff, A. P.; Kayani, A.

    2015-03-01

    We report on magnetization and transport measurements of the critical current density, Jc, of commercial 2G YBCO coated conductors before and after proton irradiation. The samples were irradiated along the c-axis with 4 MeV protons. Proton irradiation produces a mixed pinning landscape composed of pre-existing rare earth particles and a uniform distribution of irradiation induced nm-sized defects. This pinning landscape strongly reduces the suppression of Jc in magnetic fields resulting in a doubling of Jc in a field of ~ 4T. The irradiation dose-dependence of Jc is characterized by a temperature and field dependent sweat spot that at 5 K and 6 T occurs around 20x1016 p/cm2. Large-scale time dependent Ginzburg-Landau simulations yield a good description of our results. This work supported by the Center for Emergent Superconductivity, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. D.O.E., Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences (KK, ML, AEK) and by the D.O.E, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357 (UW, WKK).

  14. Enhancement of critical current densities in (Ba,K)Fe2As2 wires and tapes using HIP technique

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    Pyon, Sunseng; Suwa, Takahiro; Park, Akiyoshi; Kajitani, Hideki; Koizumi, Norikiyo; Tsuchiya, Yuji; Awaji, Satoshi; Watanabe, Kazuo; Tamegai, Tsuyoshi

    2016-11-01

    (Ba,K)Fe2As2 superconducting wires and tapes are fabricated by using hot isostatic pressing (HIP) technique, and their superconducting properties are studied. In the HIP round wire, transport critical current density (J c) at 4.2 K has achieved record-high value of 175 kA cm-2 at zero field, and exceeds 20 kA cm-2 even at 100 kOe. Improvement of polycrystalline powder synthesis may play a key role for the enhancement of J c. In the HIP tape, even larger transport J c of 380 kA cm-2 is realized at zero field. Based on magnetization and magneto-optical measurements, possible further enhancement of J c is discussed.

  15. Dominant Majorana bound energy and critical current enhancement in ferromagnetic-superconducting topological insulator

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    Khezerlou, Maryam; Goudarzi, Hadi; Asgarifar, Samin

    2017-03-01

    Among the potential applications of topological insulators, we theoretically study the coexistence of proximity-induced ferromagnetic and superconducting orders in the surface states of a 3-dimensional topological insulator. The superconducting electron-hole excitations can be significantly affected by the magnetic order induced by a ferromagnet. In one hand, the surface state of the topological insulator, protected by the time-reversal symmetry, creates a spin-triplet and, on the other hand, magnetic order causes to renormalize the effective superconducting gap. We find Majorana mode energy along the ferromagnet/superconductor interface to sensitively depend on the magnitude of magnetization mzfs from superconductor region, and its slope around perpendicular incidence is steep with very low dependency on mzfs. The superconducting effective gap is renormalized by a factor η(mzfs), and Andreev bound state in ferromagnet-superconductor/ferromagnet/ferromagnet-superconductor (FS/F/FS) Josephson junction is more sensitive to the magnitude of magnetizations of FS and F regions. In particular, we show that the presence of mzfs has a noticeable impact on the gap opening in Andreev bound state, which occurs in finite angle of incidence. This directly results in zero-energy Andreev state being dominant. By introducing the proper form of corresponding Dirac spinors for FS electron-hole states, we find that via the inclusion of mzfs, the Josephson supercurrent is enhanced and exhibits almost abrupt crossover curve, featuring the dominant zero-energy Majorana bound states.

  16. Investigation on the enhancement of the critical current densities in bronze-process Nb/sub 3/Sn

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    Hong, M.; Wu, I.W.; Morris, J.W. Jr.; Gilbert, W.; Hassenzahl, W.V.; Taylor, C.

    1981-10-01

    The work reported here addressed the problem of improving the critical current characteristic of a comercial multifilamentary Nb/sub 3/Sn strand by varying its heat treatment. The work was done from the perspective that the critical current characteristic is controlled by the metallurgical state of the reacted layer, which is, in turn, fixed by the processing the wire has undergone. The research was carried out in parallel with metallographic studies which analyzed the microstructure and composition profile within the reacted Nb/sub 3/Sn layer as a function of heat treatment. The combined results of metallographic and processing research suggest that it is possible to engineer the microstructure of the reacted layer to improve J/sub c/(H). The specific product of the work is a tailored double-aging treatment which introduces a favorable combination of microstructure and composition in the reacted layer and causes a substantial improvement in the critical current characteristic of the strand.

  17. Enhancement of critical current of SiC and malic acid codoped MgB2/Fe wires

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    Li, W. X.; Chen, R. H.; Xu, X.; Hu, Y. M.; Zhu, M. Y.; Li, Y.; Dou, S. X.

    2015-09-01

    The influences of microstructure, connectivity, and disorder on the critical current density, Jc, are discussed to clarify the different mechanisms of Jc(H) in different magnetic field ranges for in situ and combined in situ/ex situ MgB2/Fe wires with nano SiC and malic acid codoping. Sintering temperature plays a very important role in the electromagnetic properties at different temperatures and under various magnetic fields. Connectivity, upper critical field, Hc2, and irreversibility field, Hirr, are studied to demonstrate the mechanism of Jc dependence on magnetic field. The combined in situ/ex situ process is proved to be a promising technique for fabrication of practical MgB2 wires.

  18. Enhancement of the critical current density in single-crystal Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 superconductors by chemically induced disorder.

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    Wang, Y L; Wu, X L; Chen, C C; Lieber, C M

    1990-01-01

    The effect of metal substitution on the critical current densities of single-crystal PbxBi2-xSr2CaCu2O8 (x = 0 or x = 0.7) superconductors has been investigated. Substitution of lead was found to increase the average critical current density from 1 x 10(5) A/cm2 to 2 x 10(6) A/cm2 at 5 K in an applied magnetic field of 10 kilooersteds (1 oersted = 80 A/m). The order of magnitude increase in the critical current density was observed for temperatures up to the flux vortex lattice melting point; the flux lattice melting point was also found to increase to 30 K (from 22 K) in the lead-substituted materials. Diffraction and microscopy investigations of the structural parameters indicate that the fundamental atomic lattices are virtually the same for both materials. Scanning tunneling microscopy images demonstrate, however, that lead substitution causes significant disorder (or defects) in the one-dimensional superstructure found in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8. Since crystal defects can increase the critical current density by pinning the motion of flux vortices, it is likely that this lead-induced disorder enhances vortex pinning. The lead-induced disorder is specific to the nonsuperconducting Bi-O layers, and thus our results suggest that chemical substitutions may be utilized to control selectively flux pinning and the critical current density in these materials. Images PMID:11607103

  19. A study of enhancing critical current densities (J(sub c)) and critical temperature (T(sub c)) of high-temperature superconductors

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    Vlasse, Marcus

    1992-01-01

    The development of pure phase 123 and Bi-based 2223 superconductors has been optimized. The pre-heat processing appears to be a very important parameter in achieving optimal physical properties. The synthesis of pure phases in the Bi-based system involves effects due to oxygen partial pressure, time, and temperature. Orientation/melt-sintering effects include the extreme c-axis orientation of Yttrium 123 and Bismuth 2223, 2212, and 2201 phases. This orientation is conductive to increasing critical currents. A procedure was established to substitute Sr for Ba in Y-123 single crystals.

  20. High critical current superconducting tapes

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    Holesinger, Terry G.; Jia, Quanxi; Foltyn, Stephen R.

    2003-09-23

    Improvements in critical current capacity for superconducting film structures are disclosed and include the use of a superconducting RE-BCO layer including a mixture of rare earth metals, e.g., yttrium and europium, where the ratio of yttrium to europium in the RE-BCO layer ranges from about 3 to 1 to from about 1.5 to 1.

  1. Reactive spark plasma sintering of MgB2 in nitrogen atmosphere for the enhancement of the high-field critical current density

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    Badica, P.; Burdusel, M.; Popa, S.; Pasuk, I.; Ivan, I.; Borodianska, H.; Vasylkiv, O.; Kuncser, A.; Ionescu, A. M.; Miu, L.; Aldica, G.

    2016-10-01

    High density bulks (97%-99%) of MgB2 were prepared by spark plasma sintering (SPS) in nitrogen (N2) atmosphere for different heating rates (10, 20 and 100 °C min-1) and compared with reference samples processed in vacuum and Ar. N2 reacts with MgB2 and forms MgB9N along the MgB2 grain boundaries. The high-field critical current density is enhanced for the sample processed in N2 with a heating rate of 100 °C min-1. At 2-35 K, this sample shows the strongest contribution of the grain boundary pinning (GBP). All samples are in the point pinning (PP) limit and by increasing temperature the GBP contribution decreases.

  2. Highly enhanced in-field critical current density of MgB 2 superconductor by combined addition of burned rice husk and nano Ho 2O 3

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    Vinod, K.; Varghese, Neson; Sundaresan, A.; Syamaprasad, U.

    2010-04-01

    With the aim of improving flux pinning and in-field critical current density [ JC( H)], two physically and chemically different additives - burned rice husk (BRH) and nano Ho 2O 3 were introduced into in situ MgB 2 superconductor. The effects of the above two additives were studied individually and combinedly. Ho 2O 3 decomposed and reacted with B to form HoB 4, without any substitution. BRH caused considerable amount of C substitution at B site and formed Mg 2Si and Mg 2C 3 secondary phases. Addition of Ho 2O 3 improved the JC( H) only marginally, but BRH improved the JC( H) strongly. Combined addition of Ho 2O 3 with BRH was found to be much more effective than their solo addition for the enhancement of JC( H) of MgB 2.

  3. Enhanced critical current properties in Ba0.6K0.4+xFe2As2 superconductor by overdoping of potassium

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    Wang, Chunlei; Wang, Lei; Gao, Zhaoshun; Yao, Chao; Wang, Dongliang; Qi, Yanpeng; Zhang, Xianping; Ma, Yanwei

    2011-01-01

    Phase-pure polycrystalline Ba0.6K0.4+xFe2As2 with 0≤x≤0.1 were prepared using a one-step solid-state reaction method. We found that overdoping of potassium can improve the critical current density (Jc). High-field Jc for samples with x =0.1 is three times higher than that for samples with x =0. Overdoping of K has minimal effect on the critical transition temperature (Tc). Less than 0.5 K degradations in Tc was measured for samples with x =0.1. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) revealed high concentration of dislocations in samples with x =0.1, resulting in enhanced flux pining. Further analyses on magnetization loops for powder samples confirm that K overdoping can promote intragrain Jc. Our results indicate that slight excess of K in Ba0.6K0.4Fe2As2 superconductor is beneficial to high-field applications.

  4. Giant enhancement in critical current density, up to a hundredfold, in superconducting NaFe0.97Co0.03 As single crystals under hydrostatic pressure

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    Shabbir, Babar; Wang, Xiaolin; Ghorbani, S. R.; Wang, A. F.; Dou, Shixue; Chen, X. H.

    2015-01-01

    Tremendous efforts towards improvement in the critical current density “Jc” of iron based superconductors (FeSCs), especially at relatively low temperatures and magnetic fields, have been made so far through different methods, resulting in real progress. Jc at high temperatures in high fields still needs to be further improved, however, in order to meet the requirements of practical applications. Here, we demonstrate a simple approach to achieve this. Hydrostatic pressure can significantly enhance Jc in NaFe0.97Co0.03As single crystals by at least tenfold at low field and more than a hundredfold at high fields. Significant enhancement in the in-field performance of NaFe0.97Co0.03As single crystal in terms of pinning force density (Fp) is found at high pressures. At high fields, the Fp is over 20 and 80 times higher than under ambient pressure at12 K and 14 K, respectively, at P = 1 GPa. We believe that the Co-doped NaFeAs compounds are very exciting and deserve to be more intensively investigated. Finally, it is worthwhile to say that by using hydrostatic pressure, we can achieve more milestones in terms of high Jc values in tapes, wires or films of other Fe-based superconductors. PMID:26030085

  5. Enhancement of the critical current density by increasing the collective pinning energy in heavy ion irradiated Co-doped BaFe2As2 single crystals

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    Haberkorn, N.; Kim, Jeehoon; Gofryk, K.; ...

    2015-04-08

    Here, we investigate the effect of heavy ion irradiation (1.4 GeV Pb) on the vortex matter in Ba(Fe0.92Co0.08)2As2 single crystals by superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometry. The defects created by the irradiation are discontinuous amorphous tracks, resulting in an effective track density smaller than 25% of the nominal doses. In this study, we observe large increases in the critical current density (Jc), ranging from a factor of ~3 at low magnetic fields to a factor of ~10 at fields close to 1 T after irradiation with a nominal fluence of BΦ = 3.5 T. From the normalized flux creepmore » rates (S) and the Maley analysis, we determine that the Jc increase can be mainly attributed to a large increment in the pinning energy, from <50 K to ≈500 K, while the glassy exponent μ changes from ~1.5 to <1. Even though the enhancement of Jc is substantial in the entire temperature range and S is strongly suppressed, the artificial pinning landscape induced by the irradiation does not modify significantly the crossover to fast creep in the field-temperature vortex phase diagram.« less

  6. Enhancement of the critical current density in FeO-coated MgB2 thin films at high magnetic fields

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    Surdu, Andrei E; Hamdeh, Hassan H; Al-Omari, I A; Sellmyer, David J; Socrovisciuc, Alexei V; Prepelita, Andrei A; Koparan, Ezgi T; Yanmaz, Ekrem; Ryazanov, Valery V; Hahn, Horst

    2011-01-01

    Summary The effect of depositing FeO nanoparticles with a diameter of 10 nm onto the surface of MgB2 thin films on the critical current density was studied in comparison with the case of uncoated MgB2 thin films. We calculated the superconducting critical current densities (J c) from the magnetization hysteresis (M–H) curves for both sets of samples and found that the J c value of FeO-coated films is higher at all fields and temperatures than the J c value for uncoated films, and that it decreases to ~105 A/cm2 at B = 1 T and T = 20 K and remains approximately constant at higher fields up to 7 T. PMID:22259764

  7. Combined Effect of Upper Critical Field and Flux Pinning on Enhancing Critical Current Density of In-situ MgB2/Fe Tapes with Various Carbon Sources Simultaneously Doped

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    Pan, Xifeng; Matsumoto, Akiyoshi; Kumakura, Hiroaki; Zhao, Yong; Yan, Guo; Feng, Yong

    2012-01-01

    MgB2/Fe tapes with various forms of mono- and co-doped C sources were prepared by an in-situ powder-in-tube (PIT) method to study the effect of different C sources on the transport critical current density Jc behavior of MgB2. A remarkable Jc improvement at 4.2 K under higher fields and a significant increase in the actual content of C substitution for B were achieved for the tapes with various C sources co-doped. For these co-doped tapes, both enhanced Hc2 and flux pinning properties are responsible for their Jc improvement in this work. Comparing the 4 wt % C9H11NO doped tape with the 20 wt % malic acid doped tape, the latter possesses much better in-field Jc performance at 4.2 K and 10 T and sharper field dependence of Jc, which suggests that the flux pinning plays a crucial role in determining its Jc behavior.

  8. Apparatus and method for critical current measurements

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    Martin, Joe A.; Dye, Robert C.

    1992-01-01

    An apparatus for the measurement of the critical current of a superconductive sample, e.g., a clad superconductive sample, the apparatus including a conductive coil, a means for maintaining the coil in proximity to a superconductive sample, an electrical connection means for passing a low amplitude alternating current through the coil, a cooling means for maintaining the superconductive sample at a preselected temperature, a means for passing a current through the superconductive sample, and, a means for monitoring reactance of the coil, is disclosed, together with a process of measuring the critical current of a superconductive material, e.g., a clad superconductive material, by placing a superconductive material into the vicinity of the conductive coil of such an apparatus, cooling the superconductive material to a preselected temperature, passing a low amplitude alternating current through the coil, the alternating current capable of generating a magnetic field sufficient to penetrate, e.g., any cladding, and to induce eddy currents in the superconductive material, passing a steadily increasing current through the superconductive material, the current characterized as having a different frequency than the alternating current, and, monitoring the reactance of the coil with a phase sensitive detector as the current passed through the superconductive material is steadily increased whereby critical current of the superconductive material can be observed as the point whereat a component of impedance deviates.

  9. Enhanced critical-current in P-doped BaFe2As2 thin films on metal substrates arising from poorly aligned grain boundaries

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    Sato, Hikaru; Hiramatsu, Hidenori; Kamiya, Toshio; Hosono, Hideo

    2016-01-01

    Thin films of the iron-based superconductor BaFe2(As1−xPx)2 (Ba122:P) were fabricated on polycrystalline metal-tape substrates with two kinds of in-plane grain boundary alignments (well aligned (4°) and poorly aligned (8°)) by pulsed laser deposition. The poorly aligned substrate is not applicable to cuprate-coated conductors because the in-plane alignment >4° results in exponential decay of the critical current density (Jc). The Ba122:P film exhibited higher Jc at 4 K when grown on the poorly aligned substrate than on the well-aligned substrate even though the crystallinity was poorer. It was revealed that the misorientation angles of the poorly aligned samples were less than 6°, which are less than the critical angle of an iron-based superconductor, cobalt-doped BaFe2As2 (~9°), and the observed strong pinning in the Ba122:P is attributed to the high-density grain boundaries with the misorientation angles smaller than the critical angle. This result reveals a distinct advantage over cuprate-coated conductors because well-aligned metal-tape substrates are not necessary for practical applications of the iron-based superconductors. PMID:27833118

  10. Critical currents in sputtered copper molybdenum sulphide

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    Alterovitz, S. A.; Woollam, J. A.; Kammerdiner, L.; Luo, H.-L.

    1977-01-01

    Critical currents in a sputtered Chevrel-phase copper molybdenum sulfide have been measured at 4.2 K as a function of applied magnetic field. Self-field critical-current values up to 10 to the 9th A/sq m were found, decreasing to 10 to the 8th A/sq m at 3 T. Graphs of pinning forces versus field were found to be independent of field direction, and the pinning mechanism is sample independent. Critical-current densities for sputtered lead molybdenum sulphide are estimated to be about 10 to the 8th A/sq m at 26 T based on a scaling law for pinning.

  11. Variable-Temperature Critical-Current Measurements

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    L. F. Goodrich; T. C. Stauffer

    2009-05-19

    This is the final report of a three year contract that covered 09/19/2005 to 07/14/2008. We requested and received a no cost time extension for the third year, 07/15/2007 to 07/14/2008, to allow DoE to send us funds if they became available during that year. It turned out that we did not receive any funding for the third year. The following paper covers our variable-temperature critical-current measurements. We made transport critical-current (Ic) measurements on commercial multifilamentary Nb3Sn strands at temperatures (T) from 4 to 17 K and magnetic fields (H) from 0 to 14 T. One of the unique features of our measurements is that we can cover a wide range of critical currents from less than 0.1 A to over 700 A.

  12. Josephson junctions with alternating critical current density

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    Mints, R.G.; Kogan, V.G.

    1997-04-01

    The magnetic-field dependence of the critical current I{sub c}(H) is considered for a short Josephson junction with the critical current density j{sub c} alternating along the tunnel contact. Two model cases, periodic and randomly alternating j{sub c}, are treated in detail. Recent experimental data on I{sub c}(H) for grain-boundary Josephson junctions in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} are discussed. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  13. Architecture for high critical current superconducting tapes

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    Jia, Quanxi; Foltyn, Stephen R.

    2002-01-01

    Improvements in critical current capacity for superconducting film structures are disclosed and include the use of, e.g., multilayer YBCO structures where individual YBCO layers are separated by a layer of an insulating material such as CeO.sub.2 and the like, a layer of a conducting material such as strontium ruthenium oxide and the like or by a second superconducting material such as SmBCO and the like.

  14. Enhancing Critical Thinking Skills among Authoritarian Students

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    Henderson Hurley, Martha; Hurley, David

    2013-01-01

    This article focuses on assignments designed to enhance critical thinking skills for authoritarian personality types. This paper seeks to add to the literature by exploring instructional methods to overcome authoritarian traits that could inhibit the development of critical thinking skills. The article presents a strategy which can be employed…

  15. Nutrition in critical illness: a current conundrum

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    Hoffer, L. John; Bistrian, Bruce R.

    2016-01-01

    Critically ill people are unable to eat. What’s the best way to feed them? Nutrition authorities have long recommended providing generous amounts of protein and calories to critically ill patients, either intravenously or through feeding tubes, in order to counteract the catabolic state associated with this condition. In practice, however, patients in modern intensive care units are substantially underfed. Several large randomized clinical trials were recently carried out to determine the clinical implications of this situation. Contradicting decades of physiological, clinical, and observational data, the results of these trials have been claimed to justify the current practice of systematic underfeeding in the intensive care unit. This article explains and suggests how to resolve this conundrum. PMID:27803805

  16. Toward superconducting critical current by design

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    Sadovskyy, Ivan A.; Jia, Ying; Leroux, Maxime; ...

    2016-03-31

    The interaction of vortex matter with defects in applied superconductors directly determines their current carrying capacity. Defects range from chemically grown nanostructures and crystalline imperfections to the layered structure of the material itself. The vortex-defect interactions are non-additive in general, leading to complex dynamic behavior that has proven difficult to capture in analytical models. With recent rapid progress in computational powers, a new paradigm has emerged that aims at simulation assisted design of defect structures with predictable ‘critical-current-by-design’: analogous to the materials genome concept of predicting stable materials structures of interest. We demonstrate the feasibility of this paradigm by combiningmore » large-scale time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau numerical simulations with experiments on commercial high temperature superconductor (HTS) containing well-controlled correlated defects.« less

  17. Toward superconducting critical current by design

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    Sadovskyy, Ivan A.; Jia, Ying; Leroux, Maxime; Kwon, Jihwan; Hu, Hefei; Fang, Lei; Chaparro, Carlos; Zhu, Shaofei; Welp, Ulrich; Zuo, Jian -Min; Zhang, Yifei; Nakasaki, Ryusuke; Selvamanickam, Venkat; Crabtree, George W.; Koshelev, Alexei E.; Glatz, Andreas; Kwok, Wai -Kwong

    2016-03-31

    The interaction of vortex matter with defects in applied superconductors directly determines their current carrying capacity. Defects range from chemically grown nanostructures and crystalline imperfections to the layered structure of the material itself. The vortex-defect interactions are non-additive in general, leading to complex dynamic behavior that has proven difficult to capture in analytical models. With recent rapid progress in computational powers, a new paradigm has emerged that aims at simulation assisted design of defect structures with predictable ‘critical-current-by-design’: analogous to the materials genome concept of predicting stable materials structures of interest. We demonstrate the feasibility of this paradigm by combining large-scale time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau numerical simulations with experiments on commercial high temperature superconductor (HTS) containing well-controlled correlated defects.

  18. Enhancement of critical current density in a Ca0.85La0.15Fe(As0.92Sb0.08)2 superconductor with T c = 47 K through 3 MeV proton irradiation

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    Park, Akiyoshi; Mine, Akinori; Yamada, Tatsuhiro; Ohtake, Fumiaki; Akiyama, Hiroki; Sun, Yue; Pyon, Sunseng; Tamegai, Tsuyoshi; Kitahama, Yutaka; Mizukami, Tasuku; Kudo, Kazutaka; Nohara, Minoru; Kitamura, Hisashi

    2016-05-01

    We examine the critical current density (J c) of Ca{}1-xLa x Fe(As{}1-ySb y )2, a 112-type iron-based superconductor (IBS) with {T}{{c}} = 47 K, via magneto-optical imaging and magnetization measurements. We assert that the large self-field J c of 2.2× {10}6 A cm- 2 at 2 K is a strong indication that it is a bulk superconductor with spatially homogeneous superconductivity. A 2.8-fold enhancement in J c to 6.2× {10}6 A cm- 2 was achieved through artificially engineering pinning centers by irradiating 3 MeV protons with a total dosage of 1.0× {10}16 {{cm}}-2. The results not only demonstrate the potential of 112-type IBSs for application but also enrich the current understanding of the role of artificial defects in IBSs.

  19. Enhancement of critical currents in (Bi,Pb){sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub y} (Bi-2223) superconducting tapes.

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    Balachandran, U.

    1998-11-11

    The performance of (Bi,Pb){sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub y} (Bi-2223) superconducting tapes in magnetic fields at 77 K is critical for winding this material into high-field magnets. We have recently enhanced the transport current (I{sub c}) of multifilament Ag-clad Bi-2223 tapes in a self-field at 77 K by increasing the packing density of the precursor powder improving the mechanical deformation, optimizing the conductor design, and adjusting the cooling rate. I{sub c} values of >40 A were obtained repeatedly. However, a transport current of 42 A in a self-field declined to 4 A in a 0.2 T magnetic field applied parallel to the c-axis at 77 K. A new composite tape was then fabricated in which a YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} (Y-123) film was deposited on the top of the Ag-sheathed Bi-2223 tape to shield the applied magnetic field and protect the central Bi-2223 filaments. Magnetization measurements showed that the critical current densities of the Y-123-coated, Ag-sheathed Bi-2223 tapes were higher than those of an uncoated tape. These preliminary results may provide the basis for further improving the processing of long-length Bi-2223 tapes for high-field applications.

  20. Enhanced high-field transport critical current densities observed for ex situ PIT processed Ag/(Ba, K)Fe2As2 thin tapes

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    Togano, Kazumasa; Gao, Zhaoshun; Taira, Hideaki; Ishida, Shigeyuki; Kihou, Kunihiro; Iyo, Akira; Eisaki, Hiroshi; Matsumoto, Akiyoshi; Kumakura, Hiroaki

    2013-06-01

    We found that the transport Jc of ex situ PIT (powder-in-tube) processed (Ba,K)Fe2As2 (Ba-122) wires with a single Ag sheath can be significantly enhanced by repeating a combined process of rolling and heat treatment. A transport Jc (4.2 K and 10 T) of 4.4 × 103 A cm-2 (Ic = 15.7 A) was obtained for a thin tape (0.3 mm thick) produced by this method, which is the highest reported so far for Ag-sheathed Ba-122 and Sr-122 wires processed by the conventional PIT route. The measurement by a hybrid magnet showed that the Jc-H curve maintains a very small field dependence up to the strong magnetic field of 28 T, as expected from the previously reported high Hc2 value. The core of the thin tape shows dense grain structure with fewer cracks and voids, which is considered to be responsible for the large enhancement of Jc. We believe that this new approach is useful for further development of 122 wires with higher transport Jc.

  1. Enhancing Critical Thinking: Accounting Students' Perceptions

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    Wilkin, Carla L.

    2017-01-01

    Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate how assessment design was used to enhance students' critical thinking in a subject concerned with business enterprise systems. The study shows positive results and favorable perceptions of the merit of the approach. Design/Methodology/Approach: A case study approach was used to examine how the…

  2. Enhancement of the critical current density and flux pinning of MgB2 superconductor by nanoparticle SiC doping

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    Dou, S. X.; Soltanian, S.; Horvat, J.; Wang, X. L.; Zhou, S. H.; Ionescu, M.; Liu, H. K.; Munroe, P.; Tomsic, M.

    2002-10-01

    Doping of MgB2 by nano-SiC and its potential for the improvement of flux pinning were studied for MgB2-x)(SiCx/2 with x=0, 0.2, and 0.3 and for 10 wt % nano-SiC-doped MgB2 samples. Cosubstitution of B by Si and C counterbalanced the effects of single-element doping, decreasing Tc by only 1.5 K, introducing intragrain pinning centers effective at high fields and temperatures, and significantly enhancing Jc and Hirr. Compared to the undoped sample, Jc for the 10 wt % doped sample increased by a factor of 32 at 5 K and 8 T, 42 at 20 K and 5 T, and 14 at 30 K and 2 T. At 20 K and 2 T, the Jc for the doped sample was 2.4 x105 A/cm2, which is comparable to Jc values for the best Ag/Bi-2223 tapes. At 20 K and 4 T, Jc was twice as high as for the best MgB2 thin films and an order of magnitude higher than for the best Fe/MgB2 tapes. The magnetic Jc is consistent with the transport Jc which remains at 20 000 A/cm2 even at 10 T and 5 K for the doped sample, an order of magnitude higher than the undoped one. Because of such high performance, it is anticipated that the future MgB2 conductors will be made using a formula of MgBxSiyCz instead of pure MgB2.

  3. Eddy current enhancement for EMATs

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    Palmer, S. B.; Jian, X.; Dixon, S.

    2007-04-01

    When an electromagnetic acoustic transducer (EMAT) is used to generate ultrasound in an electrically conducting sample, eddy currents are generated in the sample's skin depth as the first stage in transduction. The resultant acoustic wave amplitude is proportional to the amplitude of this eddy current, and so anything that we can do to increase the eddy current will lead to the generation of larger amplitude ultrasonic waves. In eddy current testing, wire coils are often wound onto a ferrite core to increase the generated eddy current, with the effect that inductance of the coil increases greatly. When we are dealing with an EMAT, any increase in the coil inductance is usually unacceptable as it leads to a reduction in the amplitude of a given frequency of eddy current from a limited voltage source. This is particularly relevant where current arises from capacitor discharge, as is typically used in EMAT driver current circuitry. We present a method for electromagnetic acoustic transduction where ferrite is used to increase eddy current amplitude, without significantly increasing coil inductance or changing the frequency content of the eddy current or the generated acoustic wave.

  4. Critical Consciousness: Current Status and Future Directions

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    Watts, Roderick J.; Diemer, Matthew A.; Voight, Adam M.

    2011-01-01

    In this chapter, the authors consider Paulo Freire's construct of critical consciousness (CC) and why it deserves more attention in research and discourse on youth political and civic development. His approach to education and similar ideas by other scholars of liberation aims to foster a critical analysis of society--and one's status within…

  5. Critical consciousness: current status and future directions.

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    Watts, Roderick J; Diemer, Matthew A; Voight, Adam M

    2011-01-01

    In this chapter, the authors consider Paulo Freire's construct of critical consciousness (CC) and why it deserves more attention in research and discourse on youth political and civic development. His approach to education and similar ideas by other scholars of liberation aims to foster a critical analysis of society--and one's status within it--using egalitarian, empowering, and interactive methods. The aim is social change as well as learning, which makes these ideas especially relevant to the structural injustice faced by marginalized youth. From their review of these ideas, the authors derive three core CC components: critical reflection, political efficacy, and critical action. They highlight promising research related to these constructs and innovative applied work including youth action-research methodology. Their conclusion offers ideas for closing some of the critical gaps in CC theory and research.

  6. Logic models used to enhance critical thinking.

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    Ellermann, Caroline R; Kataoka-Yahiro, Merle R; Wong, Lorrie C

    2006-06-01

    Over time, various methods have been used to stimulate critical thinking in undergraduate nursing students, and although many have been successful in helping students integrate the essential knowledge, experiences, and clinical reasoning that support practice, it is also useful to explore new methods. Faculty at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene have taken an innovative approach of using logic models to further enhance critical thinking. This article presents an application of varying experiences and methods of using logic models to support the development of critical thinking and reasoning skills in nursing students. The processes in which logic models are used in the curriculum are described. The models are used to connect concepts from concrete to abstract levels in diverse and often nonlinear diagrams, guided discourse, and written assignments. The specific instructional methods used include concept mapping, concept papers, conceptual linking, and substruction.

  7. Enhancement of Flux Pinning and Critical Currents in YBa2Cu3O7-δ Films by Nano-Scale Iridium Pretreatment of Substrate Surfaces

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    Aytug, Tolga; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Gapud, Albert Agcaoili; Kang, Sukill; Christen, Hans M; Leonard, Keith J; Martin, Patrick M; Thompson, James R; Christen, David K; Meng, R.; Rusakova, I.; Chu, C. W.; Johansen, T. H.

    2005-01-01

    We have acquired positive results in a controlled study to investigate the effects of substrate surface modification on the growth-induced flux-pinning nanostructures in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} (YBCO) films. Nanoscale iridium (Ir) particles were applied to single-crystal SrTiO{sub 3} substrate surfaces using dc-magnetron sputtering. Superconducting properties of YBCO films grown on the Ir-modified substrates, measured by transport and magneto-optical imaging, have shown substantial improvement in the critical current densities (J{sub c}) at 77 K over those on untreated, control substrates. Results also show a nearly uniform enhancement of J{sub c} over all orientations of magnetic field. Present results are found to be consistent with cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy investigations. Ultimately, the objective of this approach is to produce enhancements in the properties of coated conductors by a simple pretreatment of the substrate surface.

  8. Nuclear data for criticality safety - current issues

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    Leal, L.C.; Jordan, W.C.; Wright, R.Q.

    1995-06-01

    Traditionally, nuclear data evaluations have been performed in support of the analysis and design of thermal and fast reactors. In general, the neutron spectra characteristic of the thermal and fast systems used for data testing are predominantly in the low- and high-energy range with a relatively small influence from the intermediate-energy range. In the area of nuclear criticality safety, nuclear systems arising from applications involving fissionable materials outside reactors can lead to situations very different from those most commonly found in reactor analysis and design. These systems are not limited to thermal or fast and may have significant influence from the intermediate energy range. The extension of the range of applicability of the nuclear data evaluation beyond thermal and fast systems is therefore needed to cover problems found in nuclear criticality safety. Before criticality safety calculations are performed, the bias and uncertainties of the codes and cross sections that are used must be determined. The most common sources of uncertainties, in general, are the calculational methodologies and the uncertainties related to the nuclear data, such as the microscopic cross sections, entering into the calculational procedure. The aim here is to focus on the evaluated nuclear data pertaining to applications in nuclear criticality safety.

  9. [Current role of albumin in critical care].

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    Aguirre Puig, P; Orallo Morán, M A; Pereira Matalobos, D; Prieto Requeijo, P

    2014-11-01

    The use of colloids in fluid therapy has been, and still continues to be a controversial topic, particularly when referring to the critical patient. The choice of the fluid that needs to be administered depends on several factors, many of which are theoretical, and continue being an object of debate. The interest in the clinical use of the albumin has emerged again, immediately after recent publications in the search of the most suitable colloid. It is the most abundant protein in the plasma, being responsible for 80% of the oncotic pressure. It regulates the balance between the intra- and extra-vascular volumes. Recent multicenter studies question the supposed lack of safety that was previously assigned to it. Furthermore, in vitro studies demonstrate other important actions besides oncotic, for example neutralization of free radicals, and exogenous (drugs) and endogenous substances (bile pigments, cholesterol). Being aware of these secondary properties of albumin, and evaluating the pathophysiology of the critical patient (in particular, sepsis), to maintain plasma albumin levels within the normal range, could be of great importance. Based on the most recent publications, the aim of this review is to briefly analyze the pathophysiology of albumin, as well as to discuss its possible indications in the critical patient.

  10. Current approach to burn critical care.

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    Sakallioglu, A E; Haberal, M

    2007-10-01

    Burn trauma is a frequent cause of morbidity and mortality all over the world. Advancements in resuscitation, surgical tecniques, infection control and nutritional/metaolic support decreased mortality and morbidity. This article intends to review current outlines for initial treatment and resuscitation nutritional/metabolic support and wound management peculiar to burn patients.

  11. Enhancement of the critical current density by increasing the collective pinning energy in heavy ion irradiated Co-doped BaFe2As2 single crystals

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    Haberkorn, N.; Kim, Jeehoon; Gofryk, K.; Ronning, F.; Sefat, Athena Safa; Fang, L.; Welp, U.; Kwok, W. K.; Civale, L.

    2015-04-08

    Here, we investigate the effect of heavy ion irradiation (1.4 GeV Pb) on the vortex matter in Ba(Fe0.92Co0.08)2As2 single crystals by superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometry. The defects created by the irradiation are discontinuous amorphous tracks, resulting in an effective track density smaller than 25% of the nominal doses. In this study, we observe large increases in the critical current density (Jc), ranging from a factor of ~3 at low magnetic fields to a factor of ~10 at fields close to 1 T after irradiation with a nominal fluence of BΦ = 3.5 T. From the normalized flux creep rates (S) and the Maley analysis, we determine that the Jc increase can be mainly attributed to a large increment in the pinning energy, from <50 K to ≈500 K, while the glassy exponent μ changes from ~1.5 to <1. Even though the enhancement of Jc is substantial in the entire temperature range and S is strongly suppressed, the artificial pinning landscape induced by the irradiation does not modify significantly the crossover to fast creep in the field-temperature vortex phase diagram.

  12. Critical and supercritical current measurements by a magnetic induction method

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    Harris, E. A.; Bishop, J. E. L.; Havill, R. L.; Ward, P. J.

    1988-10-01

    The temperature dependence of the critical current and current-voltage characteristics at supercritical currents have been measured in the low field limit on toroidal samples of the ceramic high Tc superconductor YBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ by a contactless magnetic induction technique that is sensitive to the transport supercurrent but not to any intragrain current loops. The sample constitutes a tertiary winding on a small ferrite transformer core. The secondary voltage provides a very sensitive indication of when the critical current is exceeded, and when it is integrated it yields the supercritical current-voltage characteristic.

  13. Critical currents in A-15 structure Nb3Al converted from cold-worked bcc structure

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    Woollam, J. A.; Alterovitz, S. A.; Haugland, E.; Webb, G. W.

    1980-01-01

    The paper considers critical currents in A-15 structure Nb3Al converted from a cold-worked bcc structure. Nb3Al prepared in the ductile phase by quenching and mechanical working followed by conversion to the A-15 structure could carry currents above 10 to the 9th power A/sq m in fields near 20 T. These critical currents are comparable to those of Nb3Ge and V3Ga which are closest competing materials for use in high fields; further enhancement of the critical current is possible if thermal treatments are optimized.

  14. Use of a Web Site to Enhance Criticality Safety Training

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    Huang, S T; Morman, J

    2003-08-04

    Currently, a website dedicated to enhancing communication and dissemination of criticality safety information is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Nuclear Criticality Safety Program (NCSP). This website was developed as part of the DOE response to the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) Recommendation 97-2, which reflected the need to make criticality safety information available to a wide audience. The website is the focal point for DOE nuclear criticality safety (NCS) activities, resources and references, including hyperlinks to other sites actively involved in the collection and dissemination of criticality safety information. The website is maintained by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) under auspices of the NCSP management. One area of the website contains a series of Nuclear Criticality Safety Engineer Training (NCSET) modules. During the past few years, many users worldwide have accessed the NCSET section of the NCSP website and have downloaded the training modules as an aid for their training programs. This trend was remarkable in that it points out a continuing need of the criticality safety community across the globe. It has long been recognized that training of criticality safety professionals is a continuing process involving both knowledge-based training and experience-based operations floor training. As more of the experienced criticality safety professionals reach retirement age, the opportunities for mentoring programs are reduced. It is essential that some method be provided to assist the training of young criticality safety professionals to replenish this limited human expert resource to support on-going and future nuclear operations. The main objective of this paper is to present the features of the NCSP website, including its mission, contents, and most importantly its use for the dissemination of training modules to the criticality safety community. We will discuss lessons learned and several ideas

  15. Torsion Strain Effects on Critical Currents of Hts Superconducting Tapes

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    Takayasu, Makoto; Minervini, Joseph V.; Bromberg, Leslie

    2010-04-01

    A torsional twist strain effect on the critical current of a thin HTS tape has been found to be well described by a longitudinal strain model taking into account the internal shortening compressive strains accompanied with the tensile longitudinal strains due to a torsional twist. The critical current of a twisted tape is given by the integration of the critical current densities corresponding to the strain distribution over the tape cross-section using axial strain data of the tape. The model is supported with experimental results of YBCO and BSCCO-2223 tapes. It has been also found that torsional twisting effects on the critical currents of a tape composing of the conventional lapped-tape cable and the twisted stacked-tape cable are described by the same equation as that of a twisted single tape.

  16. Micromagnetic modeling of critical current oscillations in magnetic Josephson junctions

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    Golovchanskiy, I. A.; Bol'ginov, V. V.; Stolyarov, V. S.; Abramov, N. N.; Ben Hamida, A.; Emelyanova, O. V.; Stolyarov, B. S.; Kupriyanov, M. Yu.; Golubov, A. A.; Ryazanov, V. V.

    2016-12-01

    In this work we propose and explore an effective numerical approach for investigation of critical current dependence on applied magnetic field for magnetic Josephson junctions with in-plane magnetization orientation. This approach is based on micromagnetic simulation of the magnetization reversal process in the ferromagnetic layer with introduced internal magnetic stiffness and subsequent reconstruction of the critical current value using total flux or reconstructed actual phase difference distribution. The approach is flexible and shows good agreement with experimental data obtained on Josephson junctions with ferromagnetic barriers. Based on this approach we have obtained a critical current dependence on applied magnetic field for rectangular magnetic Josephson junctions with high size aspect ratio. We have shown that the rectangular magnetic Josephson junctions can be considered for application as an effective Josephson magnetic memory element with the value of critical current defined by the orientation of magnetic moment at zero magnetic field. An impact of shape magnetic anisotropy on critical current is revealed and discussed. Finally, we have considered a curling magnetic state in the ferromagnetic layer and demonstrated its impact on critical current.

  17. Model of current enhancement at high pressure

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    Yu, S.S.; Melendez, R.E.

    1983-04-05

    A model is proposed to account for the phenomenon of net current enhancement at high pressures recently observed on the Experimental Test Accelerator. The proposed mechanism involves energetic secondary electrons (delta rays) which are pushed forward by the self-magnetic field of the electron beam. For high current beams, the forward delta ray current can build up to a significant fraction of the beam current. Analytic calculations of the steady-state solution as well as the rate of buildup of the delta ray current are presented in this paper. In addition, numerical results from a nonlocal Boltzmann code, NUTS, are presented. The analytic and numerical results have many features which are in qualitative agreement with the experiments, but quantitative discrepancies still exist.

  18. Non Pharmacological Cognitive EnhancersCurrent Perspectives

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    Kumar, Kuldip; Anand, Kuljeet Singh

    2015-01-01

    Cognition refers to the mental processes involved in thinking, knowing, remembering, judging, and problem solving. Cognitive dysfunctions are an integral part of neuropsychiatric disorders as well as in healthy ageing. Cognitive Enhancers are molecules that help improve aspects of cognition like memory, intelligence, motivation, attention and concentration. Recently, Non Pharmacological Cognitive Enhancers have gained popularity as effective and safe alternative to various established drugs. Many of these Non Pharmacological Cognitive Enhancers seem to be more efficacious compared to currently available Pharmacological Cognitive Enhancers. This review describes and summarizes evidence on various Non Pharmacological Cognitive Enhancers such as physical exercise, sleep, meditation and yoga, spirituality, nutrients, computer training, brain stimulation, and music. We also discuss their role in ageing and different neuro-psychiatric disorders, and current status of Cochrane database recommendations. We searched the Pubmed database for the articles and reviews having the terms ‘non pharmacological and cognitive’ in the title, published from 2000 till 2014. A total of 11 results displayed, out of which 10 were relevant to the review. These were selected and reviewed. Appropriate cross-references within the articles along with Cochrane reviews were also considered and studied. PMID:26393186

  19. Enhancing m currents: a way out for neuropathic pain?

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    Rivera-Arconada, Ivan; Roza, Carolina; Lopez-Garcia, Jose A

    2009-01-01

    Almost three decades ago, the M current was identified and characterized in frog sympathetic neurons (Brown and Adams, 1980). The years following this discovery have seen a huge progress in the understanding of the function and the pharmacology of this current as well as on the structure of the underlying ion channels. Therapies for a number of syndromes involving abnormal levels of excitability in neurons are benefiting from research on M currents. At present, the potential of M current openers as analgesics for neuropathic pain is under discussion. Here we offer a critical view of existing data on the involvement of M currents in pain processing. We believe that enhancement of M currents at the site of injury may become a powerful strategy to alleviate pain in some peripheral neuropathies.

  20. Metacognitive Strategies that Enhance Critical Thinking

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    Ku, Kelly Y. L.; Ho, Irene T.

    2010-01-01

    The need to cultivate students' use of metacognitive strategies in critical thinking has been emphasized in the related literature. The present study aimed at examining the role of metacognitive strategies in critical thinking. Ten university students with comparable cognitive ability, thinking disposition and academic achievement but with…

  1. Current Pulses Momentarily Enhance Thermoelectric Cooling

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    Snyder, G. Jeffrey; Fleurial, Jean-Pierre; Caillat, Thierry; Chen, Gang; Yang, Rong Gui

    2004-01-01

    The rates of cooling afforded by thermoelectric (Peltier) devices can be increased for short times by applying pulses of electric current greater than the currents that yield maximum steady-state cooling. It has been proposed to utilize such momentary enhancements of cooling in applications in which diode lasers and other semiconductor devices are required to operate for times of the order of milliseconds at temperatures too low to be easily obtainable in the steady state. In a typical contemplated application, a semiconductor device would be in contact with the final (coldest) somewhat taller stage of a multistage thermoelectric cooler. Steady current would be applied to the stages to produce steady cooling. Pulsed current would then be applied, enhancing the cooling of the top stage momentarily. The principles of operation are straightforward: In a thermoelectric device, the cooling occurs only at a junction at one end of the thermoelectric legs, at a rate proportional to the applied current. However, Joule heating occurs throughout the device at a rate proportional to the current squared. Hence, in the steady state, the steady temperature difference that the device can sustain increases with current only to the point beyond which the Joule heating dominates. If a pulse of current greater than the optimum current (the current for maximum steady cooling) is applied, then the junction becomes momentarily cooled below its lowest steady temperature until thermal conduction brings the resulting pulse of Joule heat to the junction and thereby heats the junction above its lowest steady temperature. A theoretical and experimental study of such transient thermoelectric cooling followed by transient Joule heating in response to current pulses has been performed. The figure presents results from one of the experiments. The study established the essential parameters that characterize the pulse cooling effect, including the minimum temperature achieved, the maximum

  2. Setup for fast-pulsed measurements of large critical currents

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    D'Ovidio, Claudio Alberto; Esparza, Daniel Antonio; Malachevsky, Maria Teresa

    2000-07-01

    We describe a set of equipments for pulsed measurements of transport critical currents in superconducting materials having a critical current of tens or hundreds of amperes. It is based on the appliance of an electrical current for a very short period of time, rapid enough to preserve the integrity of the current leads and to minimize the Joule effect. Power is applied to the wire-sample setup and the voltage drop is measured within seconds, with a resolution of the order of 10 nV. In this way the I- V characteristics can be obtained with a 1% error, if the 1 μV/ cm criterion is employed. The hardware is composed of three parts: the current pulse generator, a fast low-noise voltage amplifier and a PC with a DAC-ADC card. The data acquisition is achieved via an Assembler program.

  3. Electromigration kinetics and critical current of Pb-free interconnects

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    Lu, Minhua; Rosenberg, Robert

    2014-04-07

    Electromigration kinetics of Pb-free solder bump interconnects have been studied using a single bump parameter sweep technique. By removing bump to bump variations in structure, texture, and composition, the single bump sweep technique has provided both activation energy and power exponents that reflect atomic migration and interface reactions with fewer samples, shorter stress time, and better statistics than standard failure testing procedures. Contact metallurgies based on Cu and Ni have been studied. Critical current, which corresponds to the Blech limit, was found to exist in the Ni metallurgy, but not in the Cu metallurgy. A temperature dependence of critical current was also observed.

  4. Criticality and turbulence in a resistive magnetohydrodynamic current sheet

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    Klimas, Alexander J.; Uritsky, Vadim M.

    2017-02-01

    Scaling properties of a two-dimensional (2d) plasma physical current-sheet simulation model involving a full set of magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) equations with current-dependent resistivity are investigated. The current sheet supports a spatial magnetic field reversal that is forced through loading of magnetic flux containing plasma at boundaries of the simulation domain. A balance is reached between loading and annihilation of the magnetic flux through reconnection at the current sheet; the transport of magnetic flux from boundaries to current sheet is realized in the form of spatiotemporal avalanches exhibiting power-law statistics of lifetimes and sizes. We identify this dynamics as self-organized criticality (SOC) by verifying an extended set of scaling laws related to both global and local properties of the current sheet (critical susceptibility, finite-size scaling of probability distributions, geometric exponents). The critical exponents obtained from this analysis suggest that the model operates in a slowly driven SOC state similar to the mean-field state of the directed stochastic sandpile model. We also investigate multiscale correlations in the velocity field and find them numerically indistinguishable from certain intermittent turbulence (IT) theories. The results provide clues on physical conditions for SOC behavior in a broad class of plasma systems with propagating instabilities, and suggest that SOC and IT may coexist in driven current sheets which occur ubiquitously in astrophysical and space plasmas.

  5. Criticality and turbulence in a resistive magnetohydrodynamic current sheet.

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    Klimas, Alexander J; Uritsky, Vadim M

    2017-02-01

    Scaling properties of a two-dimensional (2d) plasma physical current-sheet simulation model involving a full set of magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) equations with current-dependent resistivity are investigated. The current sheet supports a spatial magnetic field reversal that is forced through loading of magnetic flux containing plasma at boundaries of the simulation domain. A balance is reached between loading and annihilation of the magnetic flux through reconnection at the current sheet; the transport of magnetic flux from boundaries to current sheet is realized in the form of spatiotemporal avalanches exhibiting power-law statistics of lifetimes and sizes. We identify this dynamics as self-organized criticality (SOC) by verifying an extended set of scaling laws related to both global and local properties of the current sheet (critical susceptibility, finite-size scaling of probability distributions, geometric exponents). The critical exponents obtained from this analysis suggest that the model operates in a slowly driven SOC state similar to the mean-field state of the directed stochastic sandpile model. We also investigate multiscale correlations in the velocity field and find them numerically indistinguishable from certain intermittent turbulence (IT) theories. The results provide clues on physical conditions for SOC behavior in a broad class of plasma systems with propagating instabilities, and suggest that SOC and IT may coexist in driven current sheets which occur ubiquitously in astrophysical and space plasmas.

  6. Interlaboratory Comparisons of NbTi Critical Current Measurements

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    Godeke, A.; Turrioni, D.; Boutboul, T.; Cheggour, N.; Goodrich, L.F.; Ghosh, A.; Den Ouden, A.; Meinesz, M.

    2009-08-16

    We report on a multi-institute comparison of critical current data measured on a modern NbTi wire for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which has shown a standard deviation below 1% in critical current density spread in more than 1500 measurements. Interlaboratory comparisons on Nb{sub 3}Sn wires have shown ambiguities that could be attributable to strain related differences in critical current density, originating from differences in sample handling, reaction, and mounting techniques, or also to differences in the magnetic field and current calibrations between the institutes. A round robin test of a well characterized NbTi wire provides a baseline variance in critical current results that is presumed to be attributable only to differences in the characterization systems. Systematic differences on the order of 3.5% are found in the comparison. The most likely cause for the observed differences is a small diameter holder that brings the wire into a strain regime in which strain effects can no longer be ignored. A NbTi round robin test, when performed properly, will separate system differences from sample specific differences and provide laboratories with an opportunity to calibrate equipment against a standard measurement.

  7. Critical Current Measurements in Commercial Tapes, Coils, and Magnets.

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    Gubser, D. U.; Soulen, R. J., Jr.; Fuller-Mora, W. W.; Francavilla, T. L.

    1996-03-01

    We have measured a number of tapes, coils, and magnets produced by commercial vendors and determined their properties as functions of magnetic field and temperature. The tapes were measured at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in magnetic fields to 20 tesla and at temperatures of 4.2 K, 27 K, 65 K, and 77 K. For the tapes we report critical currents and current-voltage characteristics. Six inch diameter coils were measured at NRL in zero magnetic field. Critical currents, current-voltage characteristics, and reliability studies are reported for the coils. Larger 10 inch diameter coils, which are to be used in a 200 hp superconducting motor, were also measured and results will be presented. The talk will also review the status of the most recent tests of the superconducting motor.

  8. Apparatus for measurement of critical current in superconductive tapes

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    Coulter, J. Yates; DePaula, Raymond

    2002-01-01

    A cryogenic linear positioner which is primarily used for characterizing coated conductor critical current homogeneity at 75K is disclosed. Additionally, this tool can be used to measure the positional dependence of the coated conductor resistance at room temperature, and the room temperature resistance of the underlying YBCB coating without the overlaying protective cover of silver.

  9. Using innovative strategies to enhance health promotion critical literacy.

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    Harvard-Hinchberger, Patricia Ann

    2006-01-01

    New and improved teaching strategies are required to engage students in meaningful coursework to enhance critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making. Advanced practice nurses are responsible for producing creative and realistic health promotion and disease prevention proposals, which have the potential for implementation as part of a course requirement. Unfortunately, these proposals often lack the sophistication and critical literacy necessary to effectively communicate the student's knowledge and understanding of their ideas. Infusing critical thinking and critical literacy into all curricula is one of the stated goals of the university-wide "Enhancing Critical Literacy Project." This learning-centered program serves as the platform for this article and the early adoption of selected student assessment techniques. Concepts presented as part of a critical literacy enhancement seminar provides the theoretical underpinning of this approach and is designed to encourage student innovation through creative writing. A detailed description of the various strategies and their implementation are discussed.

  10. Using the Enhanced Critical Incident Technique in Counselling Psychology Research

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    Butterfield, Lee D.; Borgen, William A.; Maglio, Asa-Sophia T.; Amundson, Norman E.

    2009-01-01

    This article describes an effective approach to using the Enhanced Critical Incident Technique (ECIT) research method based on Flanagan's (1954) Critical Incident Technique (CIT). It begins with an overview of the CIT, how to decide if it is the appropriate methodology to use, then, using a recent CIT study as an example, discusses Flanagan's five…

  11. Thin-film Josephson junctions with alternating critical current density

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    Moshe, Maayan; Kogan, V. G.; Mints, R. G.

    2009-01-01

    We study the field dependence of the maximum current Im(H) in narrow edge-type thin-film Josephson junctions with alternating critical current density. Im(H) is evaluated within nonlocal Josephson electrodynamics taking into account the stray fields that affect the difference of the order-parameter phases across the junction and therefore the tunneling currents. We find that the phase difference along the junction is proportional to the applied field, depends on the junction geometry, but is independent of the Josephson critical current density gc , i.e., it is universal. An explicit form for this universal function is derived for small currents through junctions of the width W≪Λ , the Pearl length. The result is used to calculate Im(H) . It is shown that the maxima of Im(H)∝1/H and the zeros of Im(H) are equidistant but only in high fields. We find that the spacing between zeros is proportional to 1/W2 . The general approach is applied to calculate Im(H) for a superconducting quantum interference device with two narrow edge-type junctions. If gc changes sign periodically or randomly, as it does in grain boundaries of high- Tc materials and superconductor-ferromagnet-superconductor heterostructures, Im(H) not only acquires the major side peaks, but due to nonlocality the following peaks decay much slower than in bulk junctions.

  12. Enhancing critical thinking in clinical practice: implications for critical and acute care nurses.

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    Shoulders, Bridget; Follett, Corrinne; Eason, Joyce

    2014-01-01

    The complexity of patients in the critical and acute care settings requires that nurses be skilled in early recognition and management of rapid changes in patient condition. The interpretation and response to these events can greatly impact patient outcomes. Nurses caring for these complex patients are expected to use astute critical thinking in their decision making. The purposes of this article were to explore the concept of critical thinking and provide practical strategies to enhance critical thinking in the critical and acute care environment.

  13. Transport critical current of MgB2 wires: pulsed current of varying rate compared to direct current method

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    See, K. W.; Xu, X.; Horvat, J.; Cook, C. D.; Dou, S. X.

    2011-10-01

    The measurement of transport critical current (Ic) for MgB2 wires and tapes has been investigated with two different techniques, the conventional four-probe arrangement with direct current (DC) power source, and a tailored triangle pulse at different rates of current change. The DC method has been widely used and practiced by various groups, but suffers from inevitable heating effects when high currents are used at low magnetic fields. The pulsed current method has no heating effects, but the critical current can depend on the rate of the current change (dI/dt) in the pulse. Our pulsed current measurements with varying dI/dt show that the same values of Ic are obtained as with the DC method, but without the artifacts of heating. Our method is particularly useful at low field regions which are often inaccessible by DC methods. We also performed a finite element method (FEM) analysis to obtain the time dependent heat distribution in MgB2 due to the electric potential produced at the current contacts to the superconducting sample and its gradient around the contacts. This gradient is defined as the current transfer length (CTL) of the samples and leads to Joule heating of the wire near the contacts. The FEM results provide further evidence of the limitation of the DC method in obtaining high transport critical current.

  14. Simulators of Superconductor Critical Current: Design, Characteristics, and Applications

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    Goodrich, L. F.; Srivastava, A. N.; Stauffer, T. C.

    1991-01-01

    The superconductor simulator is an electronic circuit that emulates the extremely nonlinear voltage-current characteristic (the basis of a critical-current measurement) of a superconductor along with its other major electrical properties. Three different types of simulators have been constructed: the passive, active, and hybrid simulator. The passive simulator has the fewest circuit components and offers the least amount of versatility, while the active and hybrid simulators offer more versatility and consequently have more components. Design, characteristics, and applications of the superconductor simulator along with a summary of features are presented. These simulators are high precision instruments, and are thus useful for establishing the integrity of part of a superconductor measurement system. They are potentially useful for testing the measurement method and data acquisition and analysis routines. The 50 A simulator provides critical-current precision of 0.1% at a 1 μV signal. This is significantly higher than the precision of a superconducting standard reference material. The superconductor simulator could significantly benefit superconductor measurement applications that require high-precision quality assurance. PMID:28184143

  15. A Novel Short Sample Mounting Fixture for Critical Current Measurements

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    Chesny, Ph.; Fazilleau, Ph.; Gheller, J.-M.

    2006-04-01

    One of the essential characteristics of a superconducting wire is its critical current, defined as the maximal current at given temperature and magnetic field for which it remains superconducting. In order to make measurements from 1.8 K to 4.2 K and up to 1200 A at very low pressure, we studied and manufactured an original short sample mount; it is made of are two co-axial current leads (46 mm and 24 mm of external diameter) terminating with two Nb3Sn buss bars. Annular space has been dimensioned in order to minimize the pressure drop for sub atmospheric operations (use of a 600 m3/h roots at 15 mbar with adjustable speed). The LHe supply is achieved with a transfer line covered with Kapton insulation. It is located inside the internal current lead and equipped with a JT valve. The sample to be measured, V A M A S type (Versailles project on Advanced MAterials and Standards), is assembled at the low end of the two buss bars. The quality of the electrical contacts is ensured by simple tightening. This paper presents the current lead computations, the test facility design and realization as well as the first measurements achieved with the short sample mounting fixture.

  16. Ketamine: Current applications in anesthesia, pain, and critical care

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    Kurdi, Madhuri S.; Theerth, Kaushic A.; Deva, Radhika S.

    2014-01-01

    Ketamine was introduced commercially in 1970 with the manufacturer's description as a “rapidly acting, nonbarbiturate general anesthetic” and a suggestion that it would be useful for short procedures. With the help of its old unique pharmacological properties and newly found beneficial clinical properties, ketamine has survived the strong winds of time, and it currently has a wide variety of clinical applications. It's newly found neuroprotective, antiinflammatory and antitumor effects, and the finding of the usefulness of low dose ketamine regimens have helped to widen the clinical application profile of ketamine. The present article attempts to review the current useful applications of ketamine in anesthesia, pain and critical care. It is based on scientific evidence gathered from textbooks, journals, and electronic databases. PMID:25886322

  17. Hysteresis in Transport Critical-Current Measurements of Oxide Superconductors.

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    Goodrich, L F; Stauffer, T C

    2001-01-01

    We have investigated magnetic hysteresis in transport critical-current (I c) measurements of Ag-matrix (Bi,Pb)2Sr2Ca2Cu3O10- x (Bi-2223) and AgMg-matrix Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+ x (Bi-2212) tapes. The effect of magnetic hysteresis on the measured critical current of high temperature superconductors is a very important consideration for every measurement procedure that involves more than one sweep of magnetic field, changes in field angle, or changes in temperature at a given field. The existence of this hysteresis is well known; however, the implications for a measurement standard or interlaboratory comparisons are often ignored and the measurements are often made in the most expedient way. A key finding is that I c at a given angle, determined by sweeping the angles in a given magnetic field, can be 17 % different from the I c determined after the angle was fixed in zero field and the magnet then ramped to the given field. Which value is correct is addressed in the context that the proper sequence of measurement conditions reflects the application conditions. The hysteresis in angle-sweep and temperature-sweep data is related to the hysteresis observed when the field is swept up and down at constant angle and temperature. The necessity of heating a specimen to near its transition temperature to reset it to an initial state between measurements at different angles and temperatures is discussed.

  18. Critical current density and current distribution in field cooled superconducting disks

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    Bernstein, Pierre; Noudem, Jacques; Dupont, Louis

    2016-07-01

    Applications of bulk superconductors concern superconducting motors and generators, the levitation of vehicles, the generation of high magnetic fields with small size cryo-magnets, the shielding of magnetic fields and other applications. For all of them, it is essential to determine the critical current density, and to understand the effect of the shape and size of the bulks on the properties of interest. In this contribution, we show how the combination of levitation force and trapped field measurements allow one to determine the characteristics and the potential performances of superconducting disks using analytical modeling. As examples of applications we detail the effects of the magnetizing field and of the bulk sheet critical current density on the levitation force. An important result of the reported measurements is that in field-cooled samples, the shielding currents possibly do not flow along the whole thickness of the disks.

  19. Critical current statistical distribution and voltage-current characteristics in superconducting wires

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    Manfreda, G.; Bellina, F.; Volpini, G.

    2014-12-01

    Type II superconductors, like Nb-Ti and Nb3Sn, play a central role in the design of magnets for fusion and particle accelerators. These materials show experimentally a longitudinal electric field which depends in a nonlinear way on the current. Different models have been developed to analyse this phenomenon, mainly based on the role of defects and inhomogeneities in the superconducting sample. Some of these models are based on a statistical description of the critical current distribution along the wire, that can explain the presence of a curvature in the volt-ampere characteristic (VAC). In the work we have studied the impact of different critical current statistical distributions on the VAC and their implications, and compared some experimental data with our theoretical results.

  20. Microstructural and crystallographic imperfections of MgB{sub 2} superconducting wire and their correlation with the critical current density

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    Shahabuddin, Mohammed; Alzayed, Nasser S.; Oh, Sangjun; Choi, Seyong; Maeda, Minoru; Hata, Satoshi; Shimada, Yusuke; Hossain, Md Shahriar Al; Kim, Jung Ho

    2014-01-15

    A comprehensive study of the effects of structural imperfections in MgB{sub 2} superconducting wire has been conducted. As the sintering temperature becomes lower, the structural imperfections of the MgB{sub 2} material are increased, as reflected by detailed X-ray refinement and the normal state resistivity. The crystalline imperfections, caused by lattice disorder, directly affect the impurity scattering between the π and σ bands of MgB{sub 2}, resulting in a larger upper critical field. In addition, low sintering temperature keeps the grain size small, which leads to a strong enhancement of pinning, and thereby, enhanced critical current density. Owing to both the impurity scattering and the grain boundary pinning, the critical current density, irreversibility field, and upper critical field are enhanced. Residual voids or porosities obviously remain in the MgB{sub 2}, however, even at low sintering temperature, and thus block current transport paths.

  1. Caffeine and cardiovascular diseases: critical review of current research.

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    Zulli, Anthony; Smith, Renee M; Kubatka, Peter; Novak, Jan; Uehara, Yoshio; Loftus, Hayley; Qaradakhi, Tawar; Pohanka, Miroslav; Kobyliak, Nazarii; Zagatina, Angela; Klimas, Jan; Hayes, Alan; La Rocca, Giampiero; Soucek, Miroslav; Kruzliak, Peter

    2016-06-01

    Caffeine is a most widely consumed physiological stimulant worldwide, which is consumed via natural sources, such as coffee and tea, and now marketed sources such as energy drinks and other dietary supplements. This wide use has led to concerns regarding the safety of caffeine and its proposed beneficial role in alertness, performance and energy expenditure and side effects in the cardiovascular system. The question remains "Which dose is safe?", as the population does not appear to adhere to the strict guidelines listed on caffeine consumption. Studies in humans and animal models yield controversial results, which can be explained by population, type and dose of caffeine and low statistical power. This review will focus on comprehensive and critical review of the current literature and provide an avenue for further study.

  2. Enhancement in the transport critical current density J{sub c} in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} added with an insulating nano crystalline YBa{sub 2}HfO{sub 5.5} perovskite

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    Rejith, P. P.; Vidya, S.; Thomas, J. K.; Solomon, Sam

    2014-01-28

    When a magnetic field is applied to type II superconductors, such as YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}0{sub 7−δ} (YBCO), the flux quanta penetrate the material as a regular array of vortices. However when transport currents are applied, they act to move these vortices, thus lowers the critical current density (J{sub c}) as well as destroying superconductivity. The development of microstructures made of YBCO materials has enabled engineers to increase the critical current density, within Type II materials by introducing flux pinning centres into the material. The microstructure and flux pinning properties of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} system with varying levels (0-5 wt. %) of a nano perovskite ceramic insulator; YBa{sub 2}HfO{sub 5.5} addition was studied in detail. Orthorhombic YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} powder was prepared through conventional solid state route and a modified combustion method was used for synthesizing nanocrystalline YBa{sub 2}HfO{sub 5.5}. The structure and microstructure of the samples examined by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy showed that YBa{sub 2}HfO{sub 5.5} and YBCO remained unreacted even at higher processing temperature without deteriorating the superconducting properties. The scanning electron microscope image shows that YBa{sub 2}HfO{sub 5.5} forms an electrical-network between grains. These observations suggest that the YBa{sub 2}HfO{sub 5.5} addition to the Y-123-compounds improve the electrical connection between superconducting grains and substantial improvements in the relative electrical transport properties of the composites. The variation of sintering temperature, density, critical transition temperature (T{sub c}) and magnetic field dependence of critical current density (J{sub c}) of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} having different proportions of YBa{sub 2}HfO{sub 5.5} in the matrix were also studied in detail. It is found that the addition of these elements considerably enhances the flux pinning

  3. Current trends in developing medical students' critical thinking abilities.

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    Harasym, Peter H; Tsai, Tsuen-Chiuan; Hemmati, Payman

    2008-07-01

    Health care is fallible and prone to diagnostic and management errors. The major categories of diagnostic errors include: (1) no-fault errors--the disease is present but not detected; (2) system errors--a diagnosis is delayed or missed because of the imperfection in the health care system; and (3) cognitive errors--a misdiagnosis from faulty data collection or interpretation, flawed reasoning, or incomplete knowledge. Approximately one third of patient problems are mismanaged because of diagnostic errors. Part of the solution lies in improving the diagnostic skills and critical thinking abilities of physicians as they progress through medical school and residency training. However, this task is challenging since both medical problem-solving and the learning environments are complex and not easily understood. There are many interacting variables including the motivation of the medical student (e.g. deep versus surface learning), the acquisition and evolution of declarative and conditional knowledge (e.g. reduced, dispersed, elaborated, scheme, and scripted), problem-solving strategies (e.g. procedural knowledge-guessing, hypothetical deductive, scheme inductive, and pattern recognition), curricular models (e.g. apprenticeship, discipline-based, body system-based, case-based, clinical presentation-based), teaching strategies (e.g. teaching general to specific or specific to general), the presented learning opportunities (PBL versus scheme inductive PBL), and the nature of the learning environment (e.g. modeling critical thinking and expert problem-solving). This paper elaborates on how novices differ from experts and how novices can be educated in a manner that enhances their level of expertise and diagnostic abilities as they progress through several years of medical training.

  4. MOS: A Critical Tool for Current and Future Radio Surveys

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    Smith, D. J. B.

    2016-10-01

    Since radio continuum observations are not affected by dust obscuration, they are of immense potential diagnostic power as cosmological probes and for studying galaxy formation and evolution out to high redshifts. However, the power-law nature of radio frequency spectra ensures that ancillary spectroscopic information remains critical for studying the properties of the faint radio sources being detected in rapidly-increasing numbers on the pathway to the Square Kilometre Array. In this contribution, I present some of the key scientific motivations for exploiting the immense synergies between radio continuum observations and multi-object spectroscopic surveys. I review some of the ongoing efforts to obtain the spectra necessary to harness the huge numbers of star-forming galaxies and AGN that current and future radio surveys will detect. I also touch on the WEAVE-LOFAR survey, which will use the WEAVE spectrograph currently being built for the William Herschel Telescope to target hundreds of thousands of low-frequency sources selected from the LOFAR continuum surveys.

  5. Phase dynamics of low critical current density YBCO Josephson junctions

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    Massarotti, D.; Stornaiuolo, D.; Rotoli, G.; Carillo, F.; Galletti, L.; Longobardi, L.; Beltram, F.; Tafuri, F.

    2014-08-01

    High critical temperature superconductors (HTS) based devices can have impact in the study of the phase dynamics of Josephson junctions (JJs) thanks to the wide range of junction parameters they offer and to their unconventional properties. Measurements of current-voltage characteristics and of switching current distributions constitute a direct way to classify different regimes of the phase dynamics and of the transport, also in nontrivial case of the moderately damped regime (MDR). MDR is going to be more and more common in JJs with advances in nanopatterning superconductors and synthesizing novel hybrid systems. Distinctive signatures of macroscopic quantum tunneling and of thermal activation in presence of different tunable levels of dissipation have been detected in YBCO grain boundary JJs. Experimental data are supported by Monte Carlo simulations of the phase dynamics, in a wide range of temperatures and dissipation levels. This allows us to quantify dissipation in the MDR and partially reconstruct a phase diagram as guideline for a wide range of moderately damped systems.

  6. Magnetic field dependence of critical currents in superconducting polycrystals

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    Kugel, K.I.; Lisovskaya, T.Y. ); Mints, R.G. )

    1992-02-10

    The authors study the dependence of critical current j{sub c} on magnetic field H in superconducting polycrystals which are considered as system of superconducting crystallites (isotropic or anisotropic) with Josephson contacts between them. Isotropy or anisotropy of contacts depends on the orientation of their crystallographic axes relatively to edges of contact planes. In this paper it is shown that for a system of randomly oriented isotropic contacts, the dependence j{sub c}(H) in a relatively wide field range has the asymptotic form j{sub c} {approximately} (InH)/H{sup 2}. This differs drastically from j{sub c}(H) for single contacts. Anisotropy effects due to large differences in London penetration depth {lambda} values corresponding to external magnetic field directed along different axes are analyzed in detail. It is shown that for uniaxal crystals with {lambda}{sub 1} = {lambda}{sub 2} {lt} {lambda}{sub 3}, this anisotropy leads to the relation j{sub c} {approximately} {radical}{lambda}{sub 3}/{lambda}{sub 1} for chaotic orientation of crystallites. The form of j{sub c}(H) curves for two different orientations of the magnetic field relatively to the transport current through the sample is found.

  7. Implementation and evaluation of critical thinking strategies to enhance critical thinking skills in Middle Eastern nurses.

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    Simpson, Elaine; Courtney, Mary

    2008-12-01

    The purpose of this study was to develop, implement and evaluate critical thinking strategies to enhance critical thinking skills in Middle Eastern nurses. Critical thinking strategies such as questioning, debate, role play and small group activity were developed and used in a professional development programme, which was trialled on a sample of Middle Eastern nurses (n = 20), to promote critical thinking skills, encourage problem solving, development of clinical judgment making and care prioritization in order to improve patient care and outcomes. Classroom learning was transformed from memorization to interaction and active participation. The intervention programme was successful in developing critical thinking skills in both the nurse educators and student nurses in this programme. This programme successfully integrated critical thinking strategies into a Middle Eastern nursing curriculum. Recommendations are as follows: (1) utilize evidence-based practice and stem questions to encourage the formulation of critical thinking questions; (2) support the needs of nurse educators for them to effectively implement teaching strategies to foster critical thinking skills; and (3) adopt creative approaches to (i) transform students into interactive participants and (ii) open students' minds and stimulate higher-level thinking and problem-solving abilities.

  8. Significant enhancement of the in-field critical current density of the MgB2 superconductor through codoping of nano-TiC with nano-SiC

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    Vinod, K.; Varghese, Neson; Roy, S. B.; Syamaprasad, U.

    2009-05-01

    Nanoparticles of two carbides, SiC and TiC, having different reactivities with the Mg/B are doped into the MgB2 system. These carbides are added in mono-and codoping conditions through the in situ solid state reaction, and the structural and superconducting properties are studied. The results show distinct modifications in the structural and superconducting properties by the two dopants. SiC causes considerable C substitution at the B site and the formation of intragrain inclusions, whereas TiC remains unreacted and does not cause any substitution. The codoped samples show significantly enhanced JC(H) performance compared to the undoped and monodoped samples. Compared to the undoped sample, the enhancement of JC is more than two orders of magnitude at 15 K for fields >7 T for the best sample. The results of JC(H) performance of the samples are discussed.

  9. Current anti-doping policy: a critical appraisal

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    Kayser, Bengt; Mauron, Alexandre; Miah, Andy

    2007-01-01

    Background Current anti-doping in competitive sports is advocated for reasons of fair-play and concern for the athlete's health. With the inception of the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA), anti-doping effort has been considerably intensified. Resources invested in anti-doping are rising steeply and increasingly involve public funding. Most of the effort concerns elite athletes with much less impact on amateur sports and the general public. Discussion We review this recent development of increasingly severe anti-doping control measures and find them based on questionable ethical grounds. The ethical foundation of the war on doping consists of largely unsubstantiated assumptions about fairness in sports and the concept of a "level playing field". Moreover, it relies on dubious claims about the protection of an athlete's health and the value of the essentialist view that sports achievements reflect natural capacities. In addition, costly antidoping efforts in elite competitive sports concern only a small fraction of the population. From a public health perspective this is problematic since the high prevalence of uncontrolled, medically unsupervised doping practiced in amateur sports and doping-like behaviour in the general population (substance use for performance enhancement outside sport) exposes greater numbers of people to potential harm. In addition, anti-doping has pushed doping and doping-like behaviour underground, thus fostering dangerous practices such as sharing needles for injection. Finally, we argue that the involvement of the medical profession in doping and anti-doping challenges the principles of non-maleficience and of privacy protection. As such, current anti-doping measures potentially introduce problems of greater impact than are solved, and place physicians working with athletes or in anti-doping settings in an ethically difficult position. In response, we argue on behalf of enhancement practices in sports within a framework of medical supervision

  10. Vibration effect on magnetization and critical current density of superconductors

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    Golovchanskiy, Igor A.; Pan, Alexey V.; George, Jonathan; Wells, Frederick S.; Fedoseev, Sergey A.; Rozenfeld, Anatoly

    2016-07-01

    In this work the effect of vibrations on critical current density (J c ) of superconductors has been studied. The vibrations are shown to affect J c of all types of superconductors during their measurements, employing a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). Increasing vibration frequency (f) and/or amplitude (A) leads to progressive reduction of J c as a function of magnetic field (B a ). The effect of vibrations is substantially stronger in thin films. It leads to development of unexpected kinks on {J}c({B}a) curves. Analysis of magnetization loops and relaxation of magnetization in YBCO films revealed that the vibration effect can be treated as the effective reduction of pinning potential. The asymmetry of the vibration effect in ascending and descending B a is observed, indicating differences in free energy of the corresponding vortex structures. Thermal effects induced by vibrations with large f and A are shown to have rather insignificant influence, while the vibrational vortex dynamics exhibit a strong impact. The irreversibility field ({B}{{irr}}) is shown to be instrumentally defined, and its value depends on VSM settings. In addition, the practical importance of {B}{{irr}} for J c modeling is demonstrated.

  11. Management of polycythaemia vera: a critical review of current data.

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    McMullin, Mary F; Wilkins, Bridget S; Harrison, Claire N

    2016-02-01

    Polycythaemia vera (PV) is a chronic blood cancer; its clinical features are dominated by myeloproliferation (erythrocytosis, often leucocytosis and/or thrombocytosis) and a tendency for thrombosis and transformation to myelofibrosis or acute myeloid leukaemia. In the past 10 years the pathophysiology of this condition has been defined as JAK/STAT pathway activation, almost always due to mutations in JAK2 exons 12 or 14 (JAK2 V617F). In the same time period our understanding of the optimal management of PV has expanded, most recently culminating in the approval of JAK inhibitors for the treatment of PV patients who are resistant or intolerant to therapy with hydroxycarbamide. It has also been demonstrated that life expectancy for many patients with PV is not normal, nor is their quality of life. We critically explore these findings and discuss their impact. In addition, we highlight persisting gaps in our current management strategy; for example, what is the optimal first line cytoreductive therapy and, indeed, which patients need cytoreductive drugs.

  12. Current and Future Critical Issues in Rocket Propulsion Systems

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    Navaz, Homayun K.; Dix, Jeff C.

    1998-01-01

    The objective of this research was to tackle several problems that are currently of great importance to NASA. In a liquid rocket engine several complex processes take place that are not thoroughly understood. Droplet evaporation, turbulence, finite rate chemistry, instability, and injection/atomization phenomena are some of the critical issues being encountered in a liquid rocket engine environment. Pulse Detonation Engines (PDE) performance, combustion chamber instability analysis, 60K motor flowfield pattern from hydrocarbon fuel combustion, and 3D flowfield analysis for the Combined Cycle engine were of special interest to NASA. During the summer of 1997, we made an attempt to generate computational results for all of the above problems and shed some light on understanding some of the complex physical phenomena. For this purpose, the Liquid Thrust Chamber Performance (LTCP) code, mainly designed for liquid rocket engine applications, was utilized. The following test cases were considered: (1) Characterization of a detonation wave in a Pulse Detonation Tube; (2) 60K Motor wall temperature studies; (3) Propagation of a pressure pulse in a combustion chamber (under single and two-phase flow conditions); (4) Transonic region flowfield analysis affected by viscous effects; (5) Exploring the viscous differences between a smooth and a corrugated wall; and (6) 3D thrust chamber flowfield analysis of the Combined Cycle engine. It was shown that the LTCP-2D and LTCP-3D codes are capable of solving complex and stiff conservation equations for gaseous and droplet phases in a very robust and efficient manner. These codes can be run on a workstation and personal computers (PC's).

  13. Charge and current reservoirs for electric and magnetic field enhancement.

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    Wang, Dongxing; Yang, Tian; Crozier, Kenneth B

    2010-05-10

    Two optical antenna designs incorporating structures termed charge and current reservoirs are proposed to realize localized high electric and magnetic field enhancement, respectively. Simulation results show that the fan-rod electric antenna design combines the advantages of the rod antenna and the bowtie antenna, and has higher field enhancement than either. The performance of a loop shaped magnetic antenna consisting of a pair of metallic strips with offsets is also verified numerically, with high magnetic field enhancement being observed in the simulation. In both of the designs, the concepts of charge and current reservoirs contribute to high electric and magnetic field enhancement.

  14. Criticality safety enhancements for SCALE 6.2 and beyond

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    Rearden, Bradley T.; Bekar, Kursat B.; Celik, Cihangir; Clarno, Kevin T.; Dunn, Michael E.; Hart, Shane W.; Ibrahim, Ahmad M.; Johnson, Seth R.; Langley, Brandon R.; Lefebvre, Jordan P.; Lefebvre, Robert A.; Marshall, William J.; Mertyurek, Ugur; Mueller, Don; Peplow, Douglas E.; Perfetti, Christopher M.; Petrie Jr, Lester M.; Thompson, Adam B.; Wiarda, Dorothea; Wieselquist, William A.; Williams, Mark L.

    2015-09-01

    SCALE is a widely used suite of tools for nuclear systems modeling and simulation that provides comprehensive, verified and validated, user-friendly capabilities for criticality safety, reactor physics, radiation shielding, and sensitivity and uncertainty analysis. Since 1980, regulators, industry, and research institutions around the world have relied on SCALE for nuclear safety analysis and design. SCALE 6.2 provides several new capabilities and significant improvements in many existing features for criticality safety analysis. Enhancements are realized for nuclear data; multigroup resonance self-shielding; continuous-energy Monte Carlo analysis for sensitivity/uncertainty analysis, radiation shielding, and depletion; and graphical user interfaces. An overview of these capabilities is provided in this paper, and additional details are provided in several companion papers.

  15. Critical current calculations in high temperature superconductors from levitation force measurements

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    Gazinszky, T.; Bánkuti, J.

    1997-04-01

    The critical current density in high temperature superconductor grains were taken from magnetic levitation data. The nature of this current is given by the critical state model and calculations were made for different models, supposing field dependence. The regimes in which the critical state is valid are also determined.

  16. A route for a strong increase of critical current in nanostrained iron-based superconductors

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    Ozaki, Toshinori; Wu, Lijun; Zhang, Cheng; Jaroszynski, Jan; Si, Weidong; Zhou, Juan; Zhu, Yimei; Li, Qiang

    2016-01-01

    The critical temperature Tc and the critical current density Jc determine the limits to large-scale superconductor applications. Superconductivity emerges at Tc. The practical current-carrying capability, measured by Jc, is the ability of defects in superconductors to pin the magnetic vortices, and that may reduce Tc. Simultaneous increase of Tc and Jc in superconductors is desirable but very difficult to realize. Here we demonstrate a route to raise both Tc and Jc together in iron-based superconductors. By using low-energy proton irradiation, we create cascade defects in FeSe0.5Te0.5 films. Tc is enhanced due to the nanoscale compressive strain and proximity effect, whereas Jc is doubled under zero field at 4.2 K through strong vortex pinning by the cascade defects and surrounding nanoscale strain. At 12 K and above 15 T, one order of magnitude of Jc enhancement is achieved in both parallel and perpendicular magnetic fields to the film surface. PMID:27708268

  17. A route for a strong increase of critical current in nanostrained iron-based superconductors.

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    Ozaki, Toshinori; Wu, Lijun; Zhang, Cheng; Jaroszynski, Jan; Si, Weidong; Zhou, Juan; Zhu, Yimei; Li, Qiang

    2016-10-06

    The critical temperature Tc and the critical current density Jc determine the limits to large-scale superconductor applications. Superconductivity emerges at Tc. The practical current-carrying capability, measured by Jc, is the ability of defects in superconductors to pin the magnetic vortices, and that may reduce Tc. Simultaneous increase of Tc and Jc in superconductors is desirable but very difficult to realize. Here we demonstrate a route to raise both Tc and Jc together in iron-based superconductors. By using low-energy proton irradiation, we create cascade defects in FeSe0.5Te0.5 films. Tc is enhanced due to the nanoscale compressive strain and proximity effect, whereas Jc is doubled under zero field at 4.2 K through strong vortex pinning by the cascade defects and surrounding nanoscale strain. At 12 K and above 15 T, one order of magnitude of Jc enhancement is achieved in both parallel and perpendicular magnetic fields to the film surface.

  18. A route for a strong increase of critical current in nanostrained iron-based superconductors

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    Ozaki, Toshinori; Li, Qiang; Wu, Lijun; Zhang, Cheng; Jaroszynski, Jan; Si, Weidong; Zhou, Juan; Zhu, Yimei

    2016-10-06

    The critical temperature Tc and the critical current density Jc determine the limits to large-scale superconductor applications. Superconductivity emerges at Tc. The practical current-carrying capability, measured by Jc, is the ability of defects in superconductors to pin the magnetic vortices, and that may reduce Tc. Simultaneous increase of Tc and Jc in superconductors is desirable but very difficult to realize. Here we demonstrate a route to raise both Tc and Jc together in iron-based superconductors. By using low-energy proton irradiation, we create cascade defects in FeSe0.5Te0.5 films. Tc is enhanced due to the nanoscale compressive strain and proximity effect, whereas Jc is doubled under zero field at 4.2 K through strong vortex pinning by the cascade defects and surrounding nanoscale strain. At 12 K and above 15 T, one order of magnitude of Jc enhancement is achieved in both parallel and perpendicular magnetic fields to the film surface.

  19. A route for a strong increase of critical current in nanostrained iron-based superconductors

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    Ozaki, Toshinori; Li, Qiang; Wu, Lijun; ...

    2016-10-06

    The critical temperature Tc and the critical current density Jc determine the limits to large-scale superconductor applications. Superconductivity emerges at Tc. The practical current-carrying capability, measured by Jc, is the ability of defects in superconductors to pin the magnetic vortices, and that may reduce Tc. Simultaneous increase of Tc and Jc in superconductors is desirable but very difficult to realize. Here we demonstrate a route to raise both Tc and Jc together in iron-based superconductors. By using low-energy proton irradiation, we create cascade defects in FeSe0.5Te0.5 films. Tc is enhanced due to the nanoscale compressive strain and proximity effect, whereasmore » Jc is doubled under zero field at 4.2 K through strong vortex pinning by the cascade defects and surrounding nanoscale strain. At 12 K and above 15 T, one order of magnitude of Jc enhancement is achieved in both parallel and perpendicular magnetic fields to the film surface.« less

  20. Stable superconducting magnet. [high current levels below critical temperature

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    Boom, R. W. (Inventor)

    1967-01-01

    Operation of a superconducting magnet is considered. A method is described for; (1) obtaining a relatively high current in a superconducting magnet positioned in a bath of a gas refrigerant; (2) operating a superconducting magnet at a relatively high current level without training; and (3) operating a superconducting magnet containing a plurality of turns of a niobium zirconium wire at a relatively high current level without training.

  1. Postgraduate Research Supervision: A Critical Review of Current Practice

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    McCallin, Antoinette; Nayar, Shoba

    2012-01-01

    Changes in the funding and delivery of research programmes at the university level have, in recent years, resulted in significant changes to research supervision. This paper critically reviews key influences effecting postgraduate supervision. Analysis draws on literature spanning 2000-2010 to determine the appropriateness of traditional models of…

  2. [Current aspects of diagnostics of hepatic dysfunction in critically ill].

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    Gonnert, F; Bauer, M; Kortgen, A

    2012-10-01

    Hepatic dysfunction may develop in critically ill patients in the course of extrahepatic diseases such as sepsis and is frequently limiting prognosis. Conventional "static" laboratory parameters assess hepatocellular damage, synthetic function or cholestasis, providing informations about (differential) diagnostic aspects, while their significance to assess rapid changes in flow and function in the critical care setting is limited. In contrast, quantitative (or "dynamic") liver function tests, such as measurement of plasma disappearance rate of indocyanine green (PDRICG) or 13C-methacetin metabolism, assess specific metabolic and/or excretory function of the liver together with sinusoidal perfusion at the time of measurement and can detect liver dysfunction early in the course of critical illness. In addition, PDRICG demonstrated prognostic significance, albeit, severity of canalicular excretory dysfunction might be underestimated. For chronic liver disease, scoring systems, such as the Child-Turcotte-Pugh-score or the MELD, were developed to assess severity of disease and probability of survival. Scoring systems are also used for graft allocation. Combining scoring systems with dynamic tests holds the potential to improve predictive value, e.g. in the transplant setting.

  3. Critical Current in YBCO Coated Conductors in the Presence of a Macroscopic Defect (POSTPRINT)

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    2010-03-01

    AFRL-RZ-WP-TP-2010-2084 CRITICAL CURRENT IN YBCO COATED CONDUCTORS IN THE PRESENCE OF A MACROSCOPIC DEFECT (POSTPRINT) Milan Polak and...CRITICAL CURRENT IN YBCO COATED CONDUCTORS IN THE PRESENCE OF A MACROSCOPIC DEFECT (POSTPRINT) 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER In-house 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c...display, or disclose the work. 14. ABSTRACT We have studied the effects of localized defects in the YBCO coated conductors on the critical current. The

  4. Raising Relational Critical Consciousness to Enhance Empathy in Clinical Hypnosis.

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    Vargas, H Luis

    2016-01-01

    Empathic involvement theory suggests that a trance-like experience occurs when a cross-relational empathic connection is achieved. The empathically-laden relational phenomenon is thought to enhance hypnosis. Empathic involvement theory suggests hypnotizables are highly empathic. By the same token, the relational empathic connection necessitates a highly empathic practitioner of hypnosis. In the United States, where values of individualism are thought to be socially embedded and internalized, practitioners of hypnosis and clients alike may be impeded by an individually oriented worldview to empathically connect with others. Raising a relational critical consciousness is promoted as a way to increase sensitivity to the marginalization of relationships, limit empathic-effort burn-out, and promote cross-relational empathic connection.

  5. Neural correlates of metacognition: A critical perspective on current tasks.

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    Insabato, Andrea; Pannunzi, Mario; Deco, Gustavo

    2016-12-01

    Humans have a remarkable ability to reflect upon their behavior and mental processes, a capacity known as metacognition. Recent neurophysiological experiments have attempted to elucidate the neural correlates of metacognition in other species. Despite this increased attention, there is still no operational definition of metacognition and the ability of behavioral tasks to reflect metacognition is the subject of debate. The most widely used task for studying metacognition in animals, the uncertain-option task, has been criticized because it can be solved by simple associative mechanisms. Here we propose a broad perspective that generalizes those critiques to another task, post-decision wagering. Moreover, we extend this critical view to account for recent neurophysiological evidence. We argue these tasks are simple enough that any animal could solve them using very simple mechanisms such as sensory-motor associations. In this case, it is impossible to know whether all animals are metacognitive, or if the tasks are simply not appropriate. Therefore, we suggest using better defined concepts until a suitable task for metacognition is available.

  6. Critical reflections on the currently leading definition of sustainable employability.

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    Fleuren, Bram Bi; de Grip, Andries; Jansen, Nicole Wh; Kant, Imjert; Zijlstra, Fred Rh

    2016-06-01

    the labor market to maintain economic welfare (1). Moreover, as a consequence of population aging (2-6), longevity, rapid changes in technology (7, 8) and changes in the nature of work (1), both the need to promote sustainable employability of individuals in society and the complexity to succeed in doing so increase even further. Only recently, van der Klink et al provided the first definition of the concept in the international scientific literature (1, p74): "Sustainable employability means that throughout their working lives, workers can achieve tangible opportunities in the form of a set of capabilities. They also enjoy the necessary conditions that allow them to make a valuable contribution through their work, now and in the future, while safeguarding their health and welfare. This requires, on the one hand, a work context that facilitates this for them and, on the other, the attitude and motivation to exploit these opportunities." This definition is accompanied by an equally recent operationalization of SE as a set of capabilities (9). Moreover, the definition itself also appeared in an earlier Dutch publication (10), which other international publications about SE most commonly refer to [ie, in comparison with other definitions in the non-international (eg, Dutch) literature] (11-13). As mentioned, the present paper provides a critical reflection on van der Klink et al's aforementioned definition of SE (1). Merits Van der Klink et al's definition of SE (1) has three important merits. First, SE is seen as a multidimensional construct. It is presented as consisting of a broad set of opportunities for employees to create value for themselves and for their employer that cover various aspects of working. Moreover, the individual's health and well-being as well as attitudinal and motivational aspects are included in the definition as well. This acknowledgement of the multidimensionality of SE is favorable, as it illustrates the complexity of the construct and of what

  7. Critical appraisal. Current usage of glutaraldehyde/HEMA.

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    Boksman, Leendert Len; Swift, Edward J

    2011-12-01

    The use of glutaraldehyde/2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate (HEMA) combinations has been recommended for routine use in restorative dentistry by many authors and opinion leaders. Clinical restorative sites are colonized by bacteria that can contribute to postoperative sensitivity or recurrent caries. The structure of dentin allows for fluid conductance, which has been identified by Brännström as the cause of dentin sensitivity and as well, its water content challenges short- and long-term adhesion. The glutaraldehyde/HEMA combination is stated to be antimicrobial, a flocculating agent that strengthens collagen, and an agent that can create tubular occlusion, thereby reducing postoperative sensitivity by limiting fluid movement without affecting the strength of bonding or adhesive cements. This Critical Appraisal reviews five publications that deal with the various issues and clinical challenges described above, and provides suggestions for additional reading. A Bottom Line summary is provided.

  8. Current diagnosis and treatments for critical congenital heart defects

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    ZENG, ZHANDONG; ZHANG, HONGWEI; LIU, FENGLI; ZHANG, NING

    2016-01-01

    Congenital heart defects (CHD) affect approximately 7% of infants, and account for 3% of all infant deaths. CHD is most often caused by the defects associated with ductus arteriosus, which is a vessel that usually closes shortly after birth. The types of CHD include tetralogy of fallot, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, pulmonary atresia, total anomalous pulmonary venous return, transposition of great arteries, tricuspid atresia and truncus arteriosus. There are some risk factors that can increase the chance of a fetus developing CHD such as prematurity, an existing CHD in a first-degree relative, genetic syndromes, infections in utero, maternal drug consumptions and disorders. CHD is diagnosed is through different techniques including pulse oximetry, echocardiograms and physical exams. In this review, we examined the current incidence of CHD, the risk factors associated with CHD, the current methods of diagnosis and surgical options used to repair the defects. PMID:27168772

  9. High Critical Current in Metal Organic Derived YBCO Films

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    2010-10-31

    Report 3 BACKGROUND The Second Generation (2G) high temperature superconducting (HTS) YBCO wire is a versatile, potentially transformational...transformers, fault current limiters, superconducting magnetic energy storage, and power transmission lines [ 1 ] require improvement in the performance of 2G...commercialization of 2G superconducting wire. The obvious route to higher Ic is to increase the thickness, t, of the YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) layer

  10. Simulation study of the critical current density of YBa2Cu3O7 ceramics

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    Cai, Zhi-Xiong; Welch, David O.

    1992-02-01

    A two-dimensional Josephson-junction-array model is used to study the effect of grain boundaries on the critical current density of YBa2Cu3O7 superconducting ceramics. The model represents a network of superconducting grains with a distribution of tilt angles θ. Each grain boundary has a critical current density Jc(θ) and normal-state resistance R(θ). The current-voltage characteristics are calculated numerically for different tilt-angle distributions. The scaling law and statistics of extremes, introduced by Duxbury, Beale, and Leath for general breakdown behavior, based on the most critical defect (normal region) in the network, are tested and found to be accurate for the predicted critical-current distribution of random samples. When the applied current is larger than but close to its critical value, there is a periodic V(t) with discrete power spectra. When the applied current gets larger, chaotic behavior appears with nearly continuous power spectra.

  11. Core Stability in Athletes: A Critical Analysis of Current Guidelines.

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    Wirth, Klaus; Hartmann, Hagen; Mickel, Christoph; Szilvas, Elena; Keiner, Michael; Sander, Andre

    2017-03-01

    Over the last two decades, exercise of the core muscles has gained major interest in professional sports. Research has focused on injury prevention and increasing athletic performance. We analyzed the guidelines for so-called functional strength training for back pain prevention and found that programs were similar to those for back pain rehabilitation; even the arguments were identical. Surprisingly, most exercise specifications have neither been tested for their effectiveness nor compared with the load specifications normally used for strength training. Analysis of the scientific literature on core stability exercises shows that adaptations in the central nervous system (voluntary activation of trunk muscles) have been used to justify exercise guidelines. Adaptations of morphological structures, important for the stability of the trunk and therefore the athlete's health, have not been adequately addressed in experimental studies or in reviews. In this article, we explain why the guidelines created for back pain rehabilitation are insufficient for strength training in professional athletes. We critically analyze common concepts such as 'selective activation' and training on unstable surfaces.

  12. Critical current of an inhomogeneous superconductor as a percolation-breakdown phenomenon

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    Leath, P. L.; Tang, W.

    1989-04-01

    A percolation model for the critical current in inhomogeneous superconductors is introduced. The model is a network of randomly configured superconducting (concentration p) and normal (concentration 1-p) bonds on a lattice. Each superconducting bond has a critical current ic above which it becomes a normal Ohmic resistor. The current distribution in the superconducting regions is solved using the linearized Landau-Ginzburg equations for a network of wires as proposed by de Gennes. The current distribution in the normal regions is solved using Kirchoff's laws. The critical current and the voltage-current relations are studied numerically in two dimensions on a square lattice, and comparisons are made with recent voltage-current experimental data on high-Tc superconductors. The scaling concepts and statistics of extremes introduced by Duxbury, Leath, and Beale (DLB) for general breakdown behavior, based on the most critical defect (normal region) in the network, are tested and found to be accurate for the scale-size dependence of the critical current and for the predicted critical-current distribution of random samples. In particular, it appears that the critical current goes to zero logarithmically in the thermodynamic limit, as proposed by DLB.

  13. Enhancement of the Bootstrap Current in a Tokamak Pedestal

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    Kagan, Grigory; Catto, Peter J.

    2010-07-01

    The strong radial electric field in a subsonic tokamak pedestal modifies the neoclassical ion parallel flow velocity, as well as the radial ion heat flux. Existing experimental evidence of the resulting alteration in the poloidal flow of a trace impurity is discussed. We then demonstrate that the modified parallel ion flow can noticeably enhance the pedestal bootstrap current when the background ions are in the banana regime. Only the coefficient of the ion temperature gradient drive term is affected. The revised expression for the pedestal bootstrap current is presented. The prescription for inserting the modification into any existing banana regime bootstrap current expression is given.

  14. Effect of twisting on microstructure, critical current, and AC losses of Bi-2223 superconductor tape

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    Lim, Jun Hyung; Jang, Seok Hern; Kim, Ho Jin; Joo, Jinho; Nah, Wansoo; Kim, Chang Wan; Ryu, Kyung-Woo; Ha, Hong-Soo; Oh, Sang-Soo

    2002-08-01

    We evaluated the effect of twisting on microstructure, critical current, and AC losses of Bi-2223 superconductor tapes. It was observed that grain size and grain alignment were reduced with decreasing twist pitch probably due to the formation of an irregular interface between Ag and filaments. The critical current of the tapes decreased with decreasing pitch. For the tape having a twist pitch of 10 mm, ≈50% of the critical current was maintained compared to that of the non-twisted tape. The reduction of critical current is believed to be due to irregular interface, poor grain alignment, small grain size, and existence of second phases, etc. In addition, it was observed that AC losses of the tapes were reduced as the pitch decreased probably due to the combined effect of lower critical current and electrically decoupled filament of twisted tape.

  15. Flux avalanche in a superconducting film with non-uniform critical current density

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    Lu, Yurong; Jing, Ze; Yong, Huadong; Zhou, Youhe

    2016-10-01

    The flux avalanche in type-II superconducting thin film is numerically simulated in this paper. We mainly consider the effect of non-uniform critical current density on the thermomagnetic stability. The nonlinear electromagnetic constitutive relation of the superconductor is adopted. Then, Maxwell's equations and heat diffusion equation are numerically solved by the fast Fourier transform technique. We find that the non-uniform critical current density can remarkably affect the behaviour of the flux avalanche. The external magnetic field ramp rate and the environmental temperature have been taken into account. The results are compared with a film with uniform critical current density. The flux avalanche first appears at the interface where the critical current density is discontinuous. Under the same environmental temperature or magnetic field, the flux avalanche occurs more easily for the film with the non-uniform critical current density. The avalanche structure is a finger-like pattern rather than a dendritic structure at low environmental temperatures.

  16. Current status of treatments for dyslexia: critical review.

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    Alexander, Ann W; Slinger-Constant, Anne-Marie

    2004-10-01

    The acquisition of reading is a complex neurobiologic process. Identifying the most effective instruction and remedial intervention methods for children at risk of developing reading problems and for those who are already struggling is equally complex. This article aims to provide the clinician with a review of more current findings on the prevention and remediation of reading problems in children, along with an approach to considering the diagnosis and treatment of a child with dyslexia. The first part of the review describes interventions targeted at preventing reading difficulties in the at-risk younger child. The second part of the review discusses the efficacy of approaches to treat the older, reading-disabled child ("intervention studies"). Factors that impact the response to treatment are also discussed, as are neuroimaging studies that offer insight into how the brain responds to treatment interventions. With appropriate instruction, at-risk readers can become both accurate and fluent readers. In contrast, although intensive, evidence-based remedial interventions can markedly improve reading accuracy in older, reading-disabled children, they have been significantly less effective in closing the fluency gap. Owing to the dynamic course of language development and the changes in language demands over time, even after a child has demonstrated a substantial response to treatment interventions, his or her subsequent progress should be carefully tracked to ensure optimal progress toward the development of functional reading and written language skills.

  17. Critical current and electric transport properties of superconducting epitaxial Nb(Ti)N submicron structures

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    Klimov, A.; Słysz, W.; Guziewicz, M.; Kolkovsky, V.; Wegrzecki, M.; Bar, J.; Marchewka, M.; Seredyński, B.

    2016-12-01

    Critical current and current-voltage characteristics of epitaxial Nb(Ti)N submicron ultrathin structures were measured as function of temperature. For 700-nm-wide bridge we found current-driven vortex de-pinning at low temperatures and thermally activated flux flow closer to the transition temperature, as the limiting factors for the critical current density. For 100-nm-wide meander we observed combination of phase-slip activation and vortex-anti-vortex pair (VAP) thermal excitation. Our Nb(Ti)N meander structure demonstrates high de-pairing critical current densities 107 A/cm2 at low temperatures, but the critical currents are much smaller due to presence of the local constrictions.

  18. Enhancing communication in oncology outpatient consultations: critical reflections from doctors

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    Murphy, Roger; Cox, Karen; Steward, William

    2011-01-01

    Objectives The experiences of patients diagnosed with advanced incurable cancer and the doctors who conducted their medical consultations were studied in order to improve the understanding of what happens in consultations, when bad news is disclosed. The major objective of the study was to critically reflect upon doctor-patient communication, in such situations, with a view to considering future strategies for doctors’ continuing professional development. Methods Sixteen patients and sixteen Oncologists, from a cancer centre in the UK were recruited into this ethnographic study. One hundred and fifteen episodes of data were collected from audio recorded consultations; interviews with doctors and patients and their relatives and observations of consultations. These data were analysed using a constant comparison method. Results Interactions between doctors and patients are complex and consultations can be challenging for both of them. Some doctors spoke openly about their need for additional support to enhance their communication related competencies within Oncology consultations. These doctors wanted to observe their peers conducting consultations. They also wanted to receive feedback about their own clinical practices. These doctors stated that they wanted an open culture whereby they could talk freely about difficult and emotionally challenging consultations without fear of being considered incompetent by their Consultants, who act in a clinical supervisory role. Conclusions To help practitioners consolidate their practice in such settings it is necessary to develop better collaborations among practitioners within clinical practice. Providing individual supervisory sessions or group workshops can facilitate reflective learning and provide an open and supportive learning culture.

  19. The influence of critical current density of Bi-2212 superconductors by defects after Yb-doping

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    Lu, Tianni; Zhang, Cuiping; Guo, Shengwu; Wu, Yifang; Li, Chengshan; Zhou, Lian

    2015-12-01

    Bi2Sr2Ca1-xYbxCu2O8+δ (Bi-2212) single crystals with x = 0.000, 0.005, 0.010 and 0.020 have been prepared by self-flux method. The influences of Yb doping on the formation of the dislocations in the lattice structures, as well as the related current carrying capability are investigated. Due to the SQUID measurement and the Bean model calculation, the maximum critical current density (Jc) is obtained when the Yb doping content is x = 0.010, though the Tc and the carrier concentration are not in the optimal region. Based on the HRTEM analyses of the Ca-O and Cu-O2 layers, the optimal dislocation density in the Cu-O2 layers is deduced according to the number of the dislocations per unit area. Besides, the sizes of the dislocations also prove the effectiveness of Yb substitution on the enhancement of the current carrying capability in Bi-2212 single crystals.

  20. Enhancement of Current Density by dc Electric Concentrator

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    Jiang, Wei Xiang; Luo, Chen Yang; Ma, Hui Feng; Mei, Zhong Lei; Cui, Tie Jun

    2012-01-01

    We investigate a dc electric concentrator for steady current fields theoretically and experimentally. Based on the transformation electrostatics, we show that the dc concentrator can focus electric currents into the central concentrated region and enhance the electric field and current density. Outside the concentrator, the current lines are distributed as the same as those in a homogeneous conducting material. Hence, such a dc electric concentrator has no impact on other external devices. Using the analogy between electrically conducting materials and resistor networks, we design, fabricate, and test a dc concentrator using the circuit theory. The measured results agree very well with the theoretical predictions and numerical simulations, demonstrating the perfect concentrating performance. PMID:23233875

  1. Enhancing Neurosurgical Education in Low- and Middle-income Countries: Current Methods and New Advances

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    LIANG, Kevin E; BERNSTEIN, Ilia; KATO, Yoko; KAWASE, Takeshi; HODAIE, Mojgan

    2016-01-01

    Low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) face a critical shortage of basic surgical services. Adequate neurosurgical services can have a far-reaching positive impact on society’s health care and, consequently, the economic development in LMICs. Yet surgery, and specifically neurosurgery has been a long neglected sector of global health. This article reviews the current efforts to enhance neurosurgery education in LMICs and outlines ongoing approaches for improvement. In addition, we introduce the concept of a sustainable and cost-effective model to enhance neurosurgical resources in LMICs and describe the process and methods of online curriculum development. PMID:27616319

  2. Development of high speed continuous transport critical current measurement system for long piece of HTS conductor

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    Kim, Seokho; Park, Minwon; Yu, In-Keun; Kim, Gyeong-Hun; Ha, Hong-Su; Sim, Kideok; Oh, Sang-Soo; Moon, Seung-Hyun

    2013-01-01

    In case of long pieces of HTS conductor, their critical current measurement is an important process for the conductor manufacturer and the customer, however, it is very time consuming process. Conventional critical current measurement is carried out by ‘four probe method’, which increase the transport current and measure the voltage between the fixed voltage taps. Therefore, it consists of conductor moving and measuring process. To speed up the measuring process, longer distance between voltage taps is required. In this case, the measured critical current is averaged and small defects, which can be very crucial for thermal stability, cannot be found. Therefore, the limitation of the voltage tap length should be carefully decided considering the cooling environment. Another non-contact or indirect method is to measure the screening effect of magnetic field and converting the field signal to the critical current, which is called as hall probe method. This process is known as a very efficient way to find local defects and estimate the distribution of the critical current, however, it contains inevitable error and noise because it should measure the small magnetic field signals. This paper describes a new critical current measurement system, which have similar hardware structure of conventional ‘four probe method’. However, it is much faster than other systems using fast feedback control of the transport current while the conductor is continuously moving with high speed. The measured results are compared with the conventional method and hall probe method.

  3. Upper critical fields and critical current densities of Fe-based superconductors as compared to those of other technical superconductors

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    Pallecchi, I.; Tropeano, M.; Lamura, G.; Pani, M.; Palombo, M.; Palenzona, A.; Putti, M.

    2012-11-01

    Three years since the discovery by the Hosono's group of Fe-based superconductors, an enormous number of compounds, belonging to several different families have been discovered and fundamental properties have been deeply investigated in order to clarify the interplay between magnetisms and superconductivity in these compounds. Indeed, the actual potential of these compounds for practical applications remains still unclear. Fe-based superconductors are midway between high temperature superconductors (HTSCs) and MgB2. In Fe-based superconductors the critical current is rather independent of the field, similarly to HTSCs, as a consequence of the exceptionally high upper critical field and strong pinning associated with nm-scale local modulations of the order parameter. They exhibit low anisotropy of the critical current with respect to the crystalline directions, as in the case of MgB2, which allows current flow along the c-axis. However, Fe-based superconductor polycrystalline materials currently available still exhibit electromagnetic granularity, like the HTSCs, which suppresses superconducting current flow over long length. Whether the nature of such granularity is extrinsic, as due to spurious phases or cracks between grains or intrinsic, as related to misalignment of adjacent grains, is under debate. These aspects will be reviewed in the light of the recent literature.

  4. Method for determining transport critical current densities and flux penetration depth in bulk superconductors

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    Israelsson, Ulf E. (Inventor); Strayer, Donald M. (Inventor)

    1992-01-01

    A contact-less method for determining transport critical current density and flux penetration depth in bulk superconductor material. A compressor having a hollow interior and a plunger for selectively reducing the free space area for distribution of the magnetic flux therein are formed of superconductor material. Analytical relationships, based upon the critical state model, Maxwell's equations and geometrical relationships define transport critical current density and flux penetration depth in terms of the initial trapped magnetic flux density and the ratio between initial and final magnetic flux densities whereby data may be reliably determined by means of the simple test apparatus for evaluating the current density and flux penetration depth.

  5. A Critical Test of Self-Enhancement, Exposure, and Self-Categorization Explanations for First- and Third-Person Perceptions

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    Reid, Scott A.; Byrne, Sahara; Brundidge, Jennifer S.; Shoham, Mirit D.; Marlow, Mikaela L.

    2007-01-01

    The third-person perception is the tendency for people to believe that others are more influenced by media content than themselves (W. P. Davison, 1983). The current study provides a critical test of self-enhancement, exposure, and self-categorization explanations for first- (i.e., self more influenced than others) and third-person perceptions.…

  6. Critical current density and grain connectivity of Bi-2223 added MgB2 superconductor

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    Tripathi, D.; Dey, T. K.

    2014-04-01

    Polycrystalline MgB2 with addition of 0, 1, 3, and 5 wt. % of Bi-2223(Bi1.8Pb0.26Sr2Ca2Cu3O10+x) powder has been synthesized by solid reaction process. The effect of Bi-2223 addition on current transport and superconducting properties of polycrystalline MgB2 superconductor is discussed. Four probe DC resistivity measurement shows that low level of Bi-2223 addition hardly affects the superconducting transition temperature, Tc of MgB2. The modified Bloch- Gruneisen (B-G) analysis of normal state resistivity data reveals a decrease in intergrain connectivity and increase in intragrain connectivity of MgB2 by Bi-2223 addition. The critical current density of present set of samples is estimated from M- H hysteresis loop in the light of Bean's model. MgB2 added with 1 wt. % of Bi- 2223 added gives the best performance (˜ 2 times enhancement in Jc) amongst the studied samples.

  7. Doubling the Critical Current Density of 2G-Coated Conductors through Proton Irradiation

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    Leroux, Maxime; Jia, Y.; Miller, D. J.; Wen, J. G.; Kwok, W. K.; Welp, U.; Rupich, M.; Fleshler, S.; Malozemoff, A.; Kayani, A.; Ayala-Valenzuela, O.; Civale, L.

    2014-03-01

    The in-field performance of production-line 2nd generation high temperature superconducting cable can be substantially improved by post-fabrication irradiation with 4 MeV protons. A dose of 8 .1016 p / cm2 nearly doubles the critical current in fields of 6 T // c at 27 K and more generally the suppression of Jc in magnetic field is reduced. A mixed pinning landscape composed of preexisting precipitates and twin boundaries and small, finely dispersed irradiation induced defects may account for the improved vortex pinning in high magnetic fields. Our current data-set indicates that there is significant head-room for further enhancements.This work was supported by the Center for Emergent Superconductivity, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences (Y.J., M.L., W.K.K., U.W., O.A.V., L.C.) and by the Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, under Contract No. DE-AC02- 06CH11357 (D.J.M., J.G.W.). Irradiations were carried out at the Western Michigan University accelerator laboratory. Microstructure was characterized in the Electron Microscopy Center at Argonne, supported by the Office of Science-Basic Energy Science.

  8. Effect of hexagonal patterned arrays and defect geometry on the critical current of superconducting films

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    Sadovskyy, I. A.; Wang, Y. L.; Xiao, Z.-L.; Kwok, W.-K.; Glatz, A.

    2017-02-01

    Understanding the effect of pinning on the vortex dynamics in superconductors is a key factor towards controlling critical current values. Large-scale simulations of vortex dynamics can provide a rational approach to achieve this goal. Here, we use the time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau equations to study thin superconducting films with artificially created pinning centers arranged periodically in hexagonal lattices. We calculate the critical current density for various geometries of the pinning centers—varying their size, strength, and density. Furthermore, we shed light upon the influence of pattern distortion on the magnetic-field-dependent critical current. We compare our result directly with available experimental measurements on patterned molybdenum-germanium films, obtaining good agreement. Our results give important systematic insights into the mechanisms of pinning in these artificial pinning landscapes and open a path for tailoring superconducting films with desired critical current behavior.

  9. Apparatus and method for measuring critical current properties of a coated conductor

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    Mueller, Fred M [Los Alamos, NM; Haenisch, Jens [Dresden, DE

    2012-07-24

    The transverse critical-current uniformity in a superconducting tape was determined using a magnetic knife apparatus. A critical current I.sub.c distribution and transverse critical current density J.sub.c distribution in YBCO coated conductors was measured nondestructively with high resolution using a magnetic knife apparatus. The method utilizes the strong depression of J.sub.c in applied magnetic fields. A narrow region of low, including zero, magnetic field in a surrounding higher field is moved transversely across a sample of coated conductor. This reveals the critical current density distribution. A Fourier series inversion process was used to determine the transverse J.sub.c distribution in the sample.

  10. Phenomenological consequences of enhanced bulk viscosity near the QCD critical point

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    Monnai, Akihiko; Mukherjee, Swagato; Yin, Yi

    2017-03-01

    In the proximity of the QCD critical point the bulk viscosity of quark-gluon matter is expected to be proportional to nearly the third power of the critical correlation length, and become significantly enhanced. This work is the first attempt to study the phenomenological consequences of enhanced bulk viscosity near the QCD critical point. For this purpose, we implement the expected critical behavior of the bulk viscosity within a non-boost-invariant, longitudinally expanding 1 +1 dimensional causal relativistic hydrodynamical evolution at nonzero baryon density. We demonstrate that the critically enhanced bulk viscosity induces a substantial nonequilibrium pressure, effectively softening the equation of state, and leads to sizable effects in the flow velocity and single-particle distributions at the freeze-out. The observable effects that may arise due to the enhanced bulk viscosity in the vicinity of the QCD critical point can be used as complementary information to facilitate searches for the QCD critical point.

  11. Identifying Critical Thinking Styles to Enhance Volunteer Development

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    Gay, Keegan D.; Terry, Bryan; Lamm, Alexa J.

    2015-01-01

    Diversity in learning options can increase efficacy of volunteer development systems. The University of Florida Critical Thinking Inventory (UFCTI) is designed to explicate an individual's critical thinking style based upon a continuum from Seeking Information to Engagement. Static and interpretive materials are best used with individuals of a…

  12. Critical Thinking in Wikibook Creation with Enhanced and Minimal Scaffolds

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    Kim, Nari

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of the study was to investigate how to scaffold students' critical thinking skills in the process of co-writing and co-reflection of wikibooks in formal learning contexts. To observe critical thinking skills in wiki collaborations under different levels of instructional guidance, two graduate wikibook projects were selected: an…

  13. Ironic Expression Can Simultaneously Enhance and Dilute Perception of Criticism

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    Boylan, James; Katz, Albert N.

    2013-01-01

    In the context of texts that depicted either a minimally confrontational conversation (study 1) or a more confrontational argument (study 2) with a close friend, the use of ironic criticism was rated as being more humorous, polite, and positive, yet also as more sarcastic and mocking than direct criticism. Although our results were consistent with…

  14. Self-Magnetic Field Effects on Electron Emission as the Critical Current is Approached

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    Ottinger, P. F.; Cooperstein, G.; Schumer, J. W.; Swanekamp, S. B.

    2001-09-28

    The self-magnetic field associated with the current in a planar diode is shown to reduce electron emission below the Child-Langmuir current density. As the magnetic field increases, the diode current is limited to the critical current. Here, a ID analysis is carried out to calculate the suppressed current density in the presence of a transverse magnetic field. The problem is shown to be similar to that of the limiting current (i.e., Hull current) calculated in a crossed field gap, in which a constant transverse magnetic field is applied across the gap to insulate the electron flow. In the case considered here, the magnetic field is produced by the diode current itself and this self-magnetic field decreases with distance along the gap. It is shown that the emitted current density is only modestly reduced from the Child-Langmuir current density. The 1-D analysis remains valid until critical current is approached, at which point orbit crossing occurs and a 2-D kinetic analysis is required. The minimum diode length required to reach critical current is also derived.

  15. Critical current characteristics and history dependence in superconducting SmFeAsOF bulk

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    Ni, B.; Ge, J.; Kiuchi, M.; Otabe, E. S.; Gao, Z.; Wang, L.; Qi, Y.; Zhang, X.; Ma, Y.

    2010-06-01

    The superconducting SmFeAsO1-xFx (x=0.2) polycrystalline bulks were prepared by the powder-in-tube (PIT) method. The magnetic field and temperature dependences of critical current densities in the samples were investigated by resistive and ac inductive (Campbell's) methods. It was found that a fairly large shielding current density over 109 A/m2, which is considered to correspond to the local critical current density, flows locally with the perimeter size similar to the average grain size of the bulk samples, while an extremely low transport current density of about 105 A/m2 corresponding to the global critical current density flows through the whole sample. Furthermore, a unique history dependence of global critical current density was observed, i.e., it shows a smaller value in the increasing-field process than that in the decreasing-field process. The history dependence of global critical current characteristic in our case can be ascribed to the existence of the weak-link property between the grains in SmFeAsO1-xFx bulk.

  16. The critical path initiative: leveraging collaborations to enhance regulatory science.

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    Barratt, R A; Bowens, S L; McCune, S K; Johannessen, J N; Buckman, S Y

    2012-03-01

    Since 2004, the Critical Path Initiative has prompted industry, academia, and government agencies to work together to share the information, technology, and expertise critical to modernize and transform our approach to drug development and review. Various collaborations have been sharing data in a precompetitive space, establishing data standards, and facilitating collective tool development. As a result, the organization is making progress toward developing knowledge and tools that can reduce uncertainty in medical product development.

  17. The Use of Argument Mapping to Enhance Critical Thinking Skills in Business Education

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    Kunsch, David W.; Schnarr, Karin; van Tyle, Russell

    2014-01-01

    Complex business problems require enhanced critical thinking skills. In a dedicated, in-person critical thinking class, argument mapping techniques were used in conjunction with business and nonbusiness case studies to build the critical thinking skills of a group of master of business administration students. Results demonstrated that the…

  18. Effect of current density on enhanced transformation of naphthalene.

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    Alshawabkeh, Akram N; Sarahney, Hussam

    2005-08-01

    The effect of current density on electrochemically enhanced transformation of naphthalene is evaluated. Electrochemical reactors, composed of an anode and a cathode separated by a Nafion membrane, were used to evaluatethe effect of three current densities (1,9, and 18 mA/ L) on the transformation of naphthalene at two concentration levels (13 and 25 mg/L). Transformation rates varied based on the concentration and current density. Almost 88% of the 13 mg/L naphthalene is degraded after 8 h of treatment under 18.2 mA/L. At the same time, more than 90 h was required to degrade the same amount under 9 mA/ L. The results show that most of the naphthalene degradation occurred in the first 4 h under transformation rates of 2.24 and 1.11 mg/L h under applied currents of 18.2 and 9 mA/L, respectively. Increasing the naphthalene concentration to 25 mg/L produced similar results. Under 18.2 mA/L, the redox potential increased significantly at the anolyte in the first 8 h to about 900 mV. After that, the redox potential continued to increase, but at a lower rate, until it reached 1380 mV at the end of processing. Similar behavior is noted for the anolyte pH, which decreased significantly in the first 8 h to less than 2.5 and continued to decrease until it reached a pH value of 1.86 at the end of testing. Naphthalene transformation can be attributed to electrochemically enhanced oxidation at the anolyte by chlorine gas produced by electrolysis.

  19. Magnetic Field Dependence of the Critical Current in S-N Bilayer Thin Films

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

    2013-01-01

    Here we investigate the effects a non-uniform applied magnetic field has on superconducting transition-edge sensors (TESs) critical current. This has implications on TES optimization. It has been shown that TESs resistive transition can be altered by magnetic fields. We have observed critical current rectification effects and explained these effects in terms of a magnetic self-field arising from asymmetric current injection into the sensor. Our TES physical model shows that this magnetic self-field can result in significantly degraded or improved TES performance. In order for this magnetically tuned TES strategy to reach its full potential we are investigating the effect a non-uniform applied magnetic field has on the critical current.

  20. Investigation of inter- and intragrain critical currents in high Tc ceramic superconductors

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    Kuepfer, H.; Apfelstedt, I.; Fluekiger, R.; Keller, C.; Meier-Hirmer, R.

    1988-10-01

    Polycrystalline sintered bulk samples of REBa2Cu3O7 with RE = Y, Gd were studied by ac susceptibility and an inductive measurement technique which allows the separation of intergrain (transport) from intragrain critical current density. Field and temperature dependence of the intergrain current are compared with theoretical predictions for a weakly coupled grain structure. Up to fields 0.3 T the weak link character of the intergrain current predominates. At higher fields it changes and points to a percolation current via superconducting grain boundaries. A quantitative correlation between intragrain current and twin spacing is hidden, probably by oxygen deficiency in the grain interior. No variation of the intragrain critical current density with temperature is observed up to 85 K in a textured specimen.

  1. A self-consistent model for estimating the critical current of superconducting devices

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    Zermeño, V.; Sirois, F.; Takayasu, M.; Vojenciak, M.; Kario, A.; Grilli, F.

    2015-08-01

    Nowadays, there is growing interest in using superconducting wires or tapes for the design and manufacture of devices such as cables, coils, rotating machinery, transformers, and fault current limiters, among others. Their high current capacity has made them the candidates of choice for manufacturing compact and light cables and coils that can be used in the large-scale power applications described above. However, the performance of these cables and coils is limited by their critical current, which is determined by several factors, including the conductor’s material properties and the geometric layout of the device itself. In this work we present a self-consistent model for estimating the critical current of superconducting devices. This is of large importance when the operating conditions are such that the self-field produced by the current is a significant fraction of the total field. The model is based on the asymptotic limit when time approaches infinity of Faraday’s equation written in terms of the magnetic vector potential. It uses a continuous E-J relationship and takes the angular dependence of the critical current density on the magnetic flux density into account. The proposed model is used to estimate the critical current of superconducting devices such as cables, coils, and coils made of transposed cables with very high accuracy. The high computing speed of this model makes it an ideal candidate for design optimization.

  2. High magnetic-field scales and critical currents in SmFeAs(O, F) crystals

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    Moll, Philip J. W.; Puzniak, Roman; Balakirev, Fedor; Rogacki, Krzysztof; Karpinski, Janusz; Zhigadlo, Nikolai D.; Batlogg, Bertram

    2010-08-01

    With the discovery of new superconducting materials, such as the iron pnictides, exploring their potential for applications is one of the foremost tasks. Even if the critical temperature Tc is high, intrinsic electronic properties might render applications difficult, particularly if extreme electronic anisotropy prevents effective pinning of vortices and thus severely limits the critical current density, a problem well known for cuprates. Although many questions concerning microscopic electronic properties of the iron pnictides have been successfully addressed and estimates point to a very high upper critical field, their application potential is less clear. Thus, we focus here on the critical currents, their anisotropy and the onset of electrical dissipation in high magnetic fields up to 65T. Our detailed study of the transport properties of SmFeAsO0.7F0.25 single crystals reveals a promising combination of high (>2×106Acm-2) and nearly isotropic critical current densities along all crystal directions. This favourable intragrain current transport in SmFeAs(O, F), which shows the highest Tc of 54K at ambient pressure, is a crucial requirement for possible applications. Essential in these experiments are four-probe measurements on focused-ion-beam-cut single crystals with a sub-square-micrometre cross-section, with current along and perpendicular to the crystallographic c axis.

  3. Enhancing Critical Thinking by Teaching Two Distinct Approaches to Management

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    Dyck, Bruno; Walker, Kent; Starke, Frederick A.; Uggerslev, Krista

    2012-01-01

    The authors explore the effect on students' critical thinking of teaching only one approach to management versus teaching two approaches to management. Results from a quasiexperiment--which included a survey, interviews, and case analysis--suggest that compared with students who are taught only a conventional approach to management (which…

  4. Enhanced plasma current collection from weakly conducting solar array blankets

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    Hillard, G. Barry

    1993-01-01

    Among the solar cell technologies to be tested in space as part of the Solar Array Module Plasma Interactions Experiment (SAMPIE) will be the Advanced Photovoltaic Solar Array (APSA). Several prototype twelve cell coupons were built for NASA using different blanket materials and mounting techniques. The first conforms to the baseline design for APSA which calls for the cells to be mounted on a carbon loaded Kapton blanket to control charging in GEO. When deployed, this design has a flexible blanket supported around the edges. A second coupon was built with the cells mounted on Kapton-H, which was in turn cemented to a solid aluminum substrate. A final coupon was identical to the latter but used germanium coated Kapton to control atomic oxygen attack in LEO. Ground testing of these coupons in a plasma chamber showed considerable differences in plasma current collection. The Kapton-H coupon demonstrated current collection consistent with exposed interconnects and some degree of cell snapover. The other two coupons experienced anomalously large collection currents. This behavior is believed to be a consequence of enhanced plasma sheaths supported by the weakly conducting carbon and germanium used in these coupons. The results reported here are the first experimental evidence that the use of such materials can result in power losses to high voltage space power systems.

  5. Magnetic field oscillations of the critical current in long ballistic graphene Josephson junctions

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    Rakyta, Péter; Kormányos, Andor; Cserti, József

    2016-06-01

    We study the Josephson current in long ballistic superconductor-monolayer graphene-superconductor junctions. As a first step, we have developed an efficient computational approach to calculate the Josephson current in tight-binding systems. This approach can be particularly useful in the long-junction limit, which has hitherto attracted less theoretical interest but has recently become experimentally relevant. We use this computational approach to study the dependence of the critical current on the junction geometry, doping level, and an applied perpendicular magnetic field B . In zero magnetic field we find a good qualitative agreement with the recent experiment of M. Ben Shalom et al. [Nat. Phys. 12, 318 (2016), 10.1038/nphys3592] for the length dependence of the critical current. For highly doped samples our numerical calculations show a broad agreement with the results of the quasiclassical formalism. In this case the critical current exhibits Fraunhofer-like oscillations as a function of B . However, for lower doping levels, where the cyclotron orbit becomes comparable to the characteristic geometrical length scales of the system, deviations from the results of the quasiclassical formalism appear. We argue that due to the exceptional tunability and long mean free path of graphene systems a new regime can be explored where geometrical and dynamical effects are equally important to understand the magnetic field dependence of the critical current.

  6. ['I'm worthless' and other forms of self-criticism: Current knowledge and therapeutic interventions].

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    Maillard, Pauline; Kramer, Ueli

    2015-01-01

    Self-criticism is considered as a harsh or punitive evaluation of the self. It is omnipresent in culture, in daily life as well as in psychotherapy. Self-criticism can lead to question oneself but can also open new perspectives and guide us. However, it can become excessive, rigid, and might turn out to be deleterious. This present article focuses on the concept of self-criticism in clinical psychology and psychotherapy and aims to review current knowledge about this topic. First, its definition and the reasons for its development in individuals will be presented. Second, a description of the links between self-criticism and psychopathology will be made, in particular regarding depression. Finally, the third part of this article will be dedicated to the therapeutic interventions that can reduce self-criticism.

  7. Universal self-field critical current for thin-film superconductors.

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    Talantsev, E F; Tallon, J L

    2015-08-04

    For any practical superconductor the magnitude of the critical current density, Jc, is crucially important. It sets the upper limit for current in the conductor. Usually Jc falls rapidly with increasing external magnetic field, but even in zero external field the current flowing in the conductor generates a self-field that limits Jc. Here we show for thin films of thickness less than the London penetration depth, λ, this limiting Jc adopts a universal value for all superconductors-metals, oxides, cuprates, pnictides, borocarbides and heavy Fermions. For type-I superconductors, it is Hc/λ where Hc is the thermodynamic critical field. But surprisingly for type-II superconductors, we find the self-field Jc is Hc1/λ where Hc1 is the lower critical field. Jc is thus fundamentally determined and this provides a simple means to extract absolute values of λ(T) and, from its temperature dependence, the symmetry and magnitude of the superconducting gap.

  8. Calibration of Hall sensor array for critical current measurement of YBCO tape with ferromagnetic substrate

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    Zhu, Yunpeng; Wang, Gang; Liu, Liyuan; Yang, Xinsheng; Zhao, Yong

    2015-12-01

    HAS (Hall sensor array) is a powerful tool to detect the uniformity of HTS (high temperature superconductor) tape through mapping the distribution of remanent or shielding field along the surface of the tape. However, measurement of HTS tape with ferromagnetic parts by HSA is still an issue because the ferromagnetic substrate has influence on the magnetic field around the HTS layer. In this work, a continuous HSA system has been designed to measure the critical current of the YBCO tape with ferromagnetic substrate. The relationship between the remanent field and critical current was calibrated by the finite element method. The result showed that the HSA is an effective method for evaluating the critical current of the HTS tape with ferromagnetic substrate.

  9. Criticality safety evaluation for the Advanced Test Reactor enhanced low enriched uranium fuel elements

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    Montierth, Leland M.

    2016-07-19

    The Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI) convert program is developing a high uranium density fuel based on a low enriched uranium (LEU) uranium-molybdenum alloy. Testing of prototypic GTRI fuel elements is necessary to demonstrate integrated fuel performance behavior and scale-up of fabrication techniques. GTRI Enhanced LEU Fuel (ELF) elements based on the ATR-Standard Size elements (all plates fueled) are to be fabricated for testing in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR). While a specific ELF element design will eventually be provided for detailed analyses and in-core testing, this criticality safety evaluation (CSE) is intended to evaluate a hypothetical ELF element design for criticality safety purposes. Existing criticality analyses have analyzed Standard (HEU) ATR elements from which controls have been derived. This CSE documents analysis that determines the reactivity of the hypothetical ELF fuel elements relative to HEU ATR elements and whether the existing HEU ATR element controls bound the ELF element. The initial calculations presented in this CSE analyzed the original ELF design, now referred to as Mod 0.1. In addition, as part of a fuel meat thickness optimization effort for reactor performance, other designs have been evaluated. As of early 2014 the most current conceptual designs are Mk1A and Mk1B, that were previously referred to as conceptual designs Mod 0.10 and Mod 0.11, respectively. Revision 1 evaluates the reactivity of the ATR HEU Mark IV elements for a comparison with the Mark VII elements.

  10. Change of surface critical current in the surface superconductivity and mixed states of superconducting niobium

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    Aburas, Muhamad; Pautrat, Alain; Bellido, Natalia

    2017-01-01

    A systematic study of irreversible magnetization was performed in bulk niobium after different surface treatments. Starting with smooth surfaces and abrading them, a strong increase of the critical current is observed up to an apparent limiting value. An impressive change of the critical current is also observed in the surface superconductivity (SSC) state, reaching values of the same order of magnitude as in the mixed state. We explain also the observation of strong SSC for magnetic fields perpendicular to large facets in terms of nucleation of superconductivity along bumps of a corrugated surface.

  11. Critical Approaches to Accessibility for Technology-Enhanced Learning

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    Lewthwaite, Sarah

    2011-01-01

    The term "accessibility" is broadly used to describe the degree to which a service or product gives learners the "ability to access" functionality, services or materials. In recent years there has been a push towards accessibility in technology-enhanced learning (TEL) across all levels of education. However, accessibility represents a shifting…

  12. Effects of densification of precursor pellets on microstructures and critical current properties of YBCO melt-textured bulks

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    Setoyama, Yui; Shimoyama, Jun-ichi; Motoki, Takanori; Kishio, Kohji; Awaji, Satoshi; Kon, Koichi; Ichikawa, Naoki; Inamori, Satoshi; Naito, Kyogo

    2016-12-01

    Effects of densification of precursor disks on the density of residual voids and critical current properties for YBCO melt-textured bulk superconductors were systematically investigated. Six YBCO bulks were prepared from precursor pellets with different initial particle sizes of YBa2Cu3Oy (Y123) powder and applied pressures for pelletization. It was revealed that use of finer Y123 powder and consolidation using cold-isostatic-pressing (CIP) with higher pressures result in reduction of residual voids at inner regions of bulks and enhance Jc especially under low fields below the second peak.

  13. A descriptive inquiry of the definitions of critical thinking and enhancers and barriers reported by nurses working in long-term care facilities.

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    Raterink, Ginger

    2008-09-01

    Critical thinking has been an outcome of nursing education since the 1980s. There remains a lack of agreement on definitions, methods of teaching, and methods of evaluation among practicing nurses. This study asked practicing nurses to define critical thinking. It also asked nurses to describe what work-related factors enhanced or posed barriers to the use of critical thinking in practice. Elements of the definitions presented were found to be consistent with current nursing definitions of critical thinking. Enhancers and barriers overlapped and were found to be consistent among the nurses at all facilities studied, with implications for continuing education and staff development.

  14. Potential of Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) in Therapeutic Drug Monitoring (TDM). A Critical Review.

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    Jaworska, Aleksandra; Fornasaro, Stefano; Sergo, Valter; Bonifacio, Alois

    2016-09-19

    Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) is a label-free technique that enables quick monitoring of substances at low concentrations in biological matrices. These advantages make it an attractive tool for the development of point-of-care tests suitable for Therapeutic Drug Monitoring (TDM) of drugs with a narrow therapeutic window, such as chemotherapeutic drugs, immunosuppressants, and various anticonvulsants. In this article, the current applications of SERS in the field of TDM for cancer therapy are discussed in detail and illustrated according to the different strategies and substrates. In particular, future perspectives are provided and special concerns regarding the standardization of self-assembly methods and nanofabrication procedures, quality assurance, and technology readiness are critically evaluated.

  15. Potential of Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) in Therapeutic Drug Monitoring (TDM). A Critical Review

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    Jaworska, Aleksandra; Fornasaro, Stefano; Sergo, Valter; Bonifacio, Alois

    2016-01-01

    Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) is a label-free technique that enables quick monitoring of substances at low concentrations in biological matrices. These advantages make it an attractive tool for the development of point-of-care tests suitable for Therapeutic Drug Monitoring (TDM) of drugs with a narrow therapeutic window, such as chemotherapeutic drugs, immunosuppressants, and various anticonvulsants. In this article, the current applications of SERS in the field of TDM for cancer therapy are discussed in detail and illustrated according to the different strategies and substrates. In particular, future perspectives are provided and special concerns regarding the standardization of self-assembly methods and nanofabrication procedures, quality assurance, and technology readiness are critically evaluated. PMID:27657146

  16. A Critical Review of Digital Storyline-Enhanced Learning

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    Novak, Elena

    2015-01-01

    Storyline is one of the major motivators that lead people to play video games. However, little empirical evidence exists on the instructional effectiveness of integrating a storyline into digital learning materials. This systematic literature review presents current empirical findings on the effects of a storyline game design element for human…

  17. Effects of grain size and grain boundary on critical current density of high T(sub c) superconducting oxides

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    Zhao, Y.; Zhang, Q. R.; Zhang, H.

    1990-01-01

    By means of adding impurity elements in high T sub c oxides, the effects were studied of grain size and grain boundary on the critical current density of the following systems: YBa2Cu3O(7-y) and Bi-Pr-Sr-Ca-Cu-O. In order to only change the microstructure instead of the superconductivity of the grains in the samples, the impurity elements were added into the systems in terms of the methods like this: (1) substituting Y with the lanthanide except Pr, Ce, and Tb in YBa2Cu3O(7-y) system to finning down grains in the samples, therefore, the effect can be investigated of the grain size on the critical current density of 1:2:3 compounds; (2) mixing the high T sub c oxides with the metal elements, such as Ag, according to the composition of (high T sub c oxide)1-xAgx to metallize the grain boundaries in the samples, studying the effect of the electric conductivity of the grain boundaries on the critical current density; (3) adding SiO2, PbO2, and SnO2 into the high T sub c oxide to form impurity phases in the grain boundaries, trying to find out the effects of the impurity phases or metalloid grain boundaries on the critical current density of the high T sub c superconductors. The experimental results indicate that in the case of of the presence of the metalloid grain boundaries finning down grains fails to enhance the j sub c, but restrains it strongly, the granular high T sub c superconductors with the small size grains coupled weakly is always the low j sub c system.

  18. Critical current density and vortex pinning in tetragonal FeS1 -xSex (x =0 ,0.06 )

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    Wang, Aifeng; Wu, Lijun; Ivanovski, V. N.; Warren, J. B.; Tian, Jianjun; Zhu, Yimei; Petrovic, C.

    2016-09-01

    We report critical current density (Jc) in tetragonal FeS single crystals, similar to iron-based superconductors with much higher superconducting critical temperatures (Tc). The Jc is enhanced three times by 6% Se doping. We observe scaling of the normalized vortex pinning force as a function of reduced field at all temperatures. Vortex pinning in FeS and FeS0.94Se0.06 shows contribution of core-normal surfacelike pinning. Reduced temperature dependence of Jc indicates that dominant interaction of vortex cores and pinning centers is via scattering of charge carriers with reduced mean free path (δ l ), in contrast to KxFe2 -ySe2 where spatial variations in Tc (δ Tc ) prevails.

  19. AFM nano-plough planar YBCO micro-bridges: critical currents and magnetic field effects.

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    Elkaseh, A A O; Perold, W J; Srinivasu, V V

    2010-10-01

    The critical current (Ic) of YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) AFM plough micro-constrictions is measured as a function of temperature, width and the magnetic flux density (B), which was applied perpendicular to the YBCO ab-plane and surface of the bridges. C-axis oriented thin films of YBa2Cu3O7-x were deposited on MgO substrates using an inverted cylindrical magnetron (ICM) sputtering technique. The films were then patterned into 8-10 micron size strips, using standard photolithography and dry etching processes. Micro-bridges with widths between 1.9 microm to 4.1 microm were fabricated by using atomic force microscope (AFM) nanolithography techniques. Critical current versus temperature data shows a straight-line behavior, which is typical of constriction type Josephson junctions. The Ic versus B characteristics exhibited a modulation, and a suppression of the critical current of up to 84%. It was also found that the critical current increases with increasing constriction width.

  20. Critical current density in wire drawn and hydrostatically extruded Nb-Ti superconductors

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    Alterovitz, S. A.; Woollam, J. A.; Collings, E. W.

    1979-01-01

    Critical current studies have been made on copper-clad Nb-Ti composite wire prepared under area reductions of 100:1 and 10,000:1 by hydrostatic extrusion (HE), wire drawing and HE plus drawing. Comparative evaluation of the thermomechanical processing equivalent of HE was performed.

  1. A Critical Analysis of Approaches To Targeted PTSD Prevention: Current Status and Theoretically Derived Future Directions

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    Feldner, Matthew T.; Monson, Candice M.; Friedman, Matthew J.

    2007-01-01

    Although efforts to prevent posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have met with relatively limited success, theoretically driven preventive approaches with promising efficacy are emerging. The current article critically reviews investigations of PTSD prevention programs that target persons at risk for being exposed to a traumatic event or who have…

  2. Critical currents of Rutherford MgB2 cables compacted by two-axial rolling

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    Kopera, L.; Kováč, P.; Kulich, M.; Melišek, T.; Rindfleisch, M.; Yue, J.; Hušek, I.

    2017-01-01

    Two types of Rutherford cables made of two strand layers of commercial MgB2 wires manufactured by Hyper Tech Research, Inc. have been made. Flat rectangular cables consisting of 12 single-core MgB2/Nb/Cu10Ni, or 6-filaments MgB2/Nb/Cu strands, both of diameter 390 mewm, were assembled using a back-twist cabling machine with transposition length of 20 mm. In order to analyze impact of the cable compaction on critical currents, cables were two-axially rolled, each by a single step reduction of 3.5%-29.7% to thickness range of 0.775-0.62 mm. It was found that by increasing the packing factor (PF) of cable above 0.79, the critical current begins to increase. It is improved nearly two times up to the PF limit 0.89. Compaction over the PF limit introduced cable degradation and decrease of critical current. Bending tests applied to cables showed that critical current degradation starts below the bending diameter 120 mm for 6-filaments Cu sheath and 70 mm for single-core Cu10Ni sheath cable. Tensile tests showed similar irreversible strain values for the both types of cables. Rutherford cables assembled of single-core strands are promising for low field (2.7-4 T) applications where low bending diameters are required.

  3. Purification of SoyScreen using critical carbon dioxide in a counter-current fractionation column

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    This research evaluated the use of critical carbon dioxide (CO2) in a counter-current fractionation column for purifying SoyScreen, a mixture of feruloylated glycerides. The process concept was tested using a mixture consisting of triacylglycerides (TAGs), ethyl ferulate and fatty acid ethyl esters...

  4. Enhancing mathematics communication using critical aspects and dimensions of variation

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    Olteanu, Constanta; Olteanu, Lucian

    2013-06-01

    This article deals with two prominent topics in the field of mathematics education: the communication in mathematics and its teaching and learning and the continuous professional development of mathematics teachers. In this article, a framework is proposed for analysing the effectiveness of communication in mathematics classrooms. The presentation is based on data collected, during a 3-year period, while different objects of learning is presented in nine classes, and it includes 22 teachers and 884 students. Among other things, the data consist of the students' tests, the teachers' lessons plan and reports of the lessons' instructions. In the analysis, concepts relating to variation theory have been used as analytical tools. The results show that effective communication occurs in the classroom if it has the real critical aspects in student learning as its starting point. Also, the results show that teachers develop new strategies to present the contents by having the focus to open up dimensions of variation.

  5. Reversible stress and strain limits of the critical current of practical REBCO and BSCCO wires

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    Osamura, K.; Machiya, S.; Nishijima, G.

    2016-09-01

    Practical REBCO and BSCCO-2223 tape-shaped wires are now manufactured on an industrial scale. They are a typical composite material consisting of superconducting layer/filaments together with functional components. These functional components affect directly the stress and strain dependences of the critical current. When applying an external stress R, the critical current I c was measured. Then the external stress was reduced to R = 0 and the recovered critical current I cr was again measured. The tensile stress and strain dependences of both normalized critical currents divided by the original value, I c/I c0 and I cr/I c0 were investigated. In general I cr/I c0 recovered close to unity when the applied stress was low, but its recovering level decreased gradually with increasing applied stress. The definition of the reversible stress and strain limits was investigated and its validity was proved using the cyclic loading test. The original definition of reversible stress and strain limits of critical current relates to: (1) when releasing the applied stress and strain, the I c shall recover to the original value, and (2) when applying the cyclic stresses, the I c shall keep the original value. Here, as a practical definition for the reversible stress and strain limits, the tensile stress and strain at 99% recovery of I c have been proposed. On the other hand, it was made clear that the stress and strain at I c 95% retention are not valid for use commonly as a criterion of reversible stress and strain limits for both practical REBCO and BSCCO-2223 wires.

  6. Effects of Active Learning on Enhancing Student Critical Thinking in an Undergraduate General Science Course

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    Kim, Kyoungna; Sharma, Priya; Land, Susan M.; Furlong, Kevin P.

    2013-01-01

    To enhance students' critical thinking in an undergraduate general science course, we designed and implemented active learning modules by incorporating group-based learning with authentic tasks, scaffolding, and individual reports. This study examined the levels of critical thinking students exhibited in individual reports and the students'…

  7. Enhancing Critical Thinking, Writing and Disposition Preparedness amongst Four-Year University Teacher Education Students

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    Lane-Patrice, Libra A.

    2013-01-01

    More and more, critical thinking and writing skills are necessary and of prime significance. Stakeholders across the board are concerned that students are deficient in these vital areas. The purpose of this study was to examine how the employment of specific, targeted and explicit critical thinking and writing instruction could enhance the…

  8. Enhancement of Students' Independent Learning through Their Critical Thinking Skills Development

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    Kopzhassarova, Umit; Akbayeva, Gulden; Eskazinova, Zhanar; Belgibayeva, Gulbarshyn; Tazhikeyeva, Akerke

    2016-01-01

    The article focuses on the problem of developing students' critical thinking skills, which help them become independent learners. Analysis of research works of educators and scholars enable the authors to reveal qualities, necessary for students to enhance their critical thinking skills and become independent learners. Different points of view on…

  9. Nursing care plans versus concept maps in the enhancement of critical thinking skills in nursing students enrolled in a baccalaureate nursing program.

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    Sinatra-Wilhelm, Tina

    2012-01-01

    Appropriate and effective critical thinking and problem solving is necessary for all nurses in order to make complex decisions that improve patient outcomes, safety, and quality of nursing care. With the current emphasis on quality improvement, critical thinking ability is a noteworthy concern within the nursing profession. An in-depth review of literature related to critical thinking was performed. The use of nursing care plans and concept mapping to improve critical thinking skills was among the recommendations identified. This study compares the use of nursing care plans and concept mapping as a teaching strategy for the enhancement of critical thinking skills in baccalaureate level nursing students. The California Critical Thinking Skills Test was used as a method of comparison and evaluation. Results indicate that concept mapping enhances critical thinking skills in baccalaureate nursing students.

  10. Microstructure dependence of the c-axis critical current density in second generation YBCO tapes

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    Jia, Y. Welp, U. Crabtree, G.W.; Kwok, W.K.; Malozemoff, A.P.; Rupich, M.W.; Fleshler, S.; Clem, J.R.

    2011-10-31

    C-axis current flow in high temperature superconductor (HTS) tape-shaped wires arises in configurations where the local wire axis is not perpendicular to the local magnetic field, such as in power cables with helically wound HTS tapes. The c-axis critical current density J{sub c}{sup c} has been recently found to be orders of magnitude lower than the ab-plane critical current density J{sub c}{sup ab}. Here we report on J{sub c}{sup c} (77 K, sf) values of various YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}-based (YBCO) tapes with different microstructures. Our results show that the value of J{sub c}{sup c} (77 K, sf) decreases significantly with increasing concentration of ab-plane stacking faults in YBCO thin films and that the critical current anisotropy {gamma} = J{sub c}{sup ab}/J{sub c}{sup c} can reach values as high as 2070, implying that in the highest-anisotropy tape, {approx}20% of the tape width carries c-axis current in a helically wound power cable.

  11. Microstructure dependence of the c-axis critical current density in second-generation YBCO tapes.

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    Jia, Y.; Welp, U.; Crabtree, G. W.; Kwok, W. K.; Malozemoff, A. P.; Rupich, M. W.; Fleshler, S.; Clem, J. R.

    2011-10-01

    C-axis current flow in high temperature superconductor (HTS) tape-shaped wires arises in configurations where the local wire axis is not perpendicular to the local magnetic field, such as in power cables with helically wound HTS tapes. The c-axis critical current density J{sub c}{sup c} has been recently found to be orders of magnitude lower than the ab-plane critical current density J{sub c}{sup ab}. Here we report on J{sub c}{sup c} (77 K, sf) values of various YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}-based (YBCO) tapes with different microstructures. Our results show that the value of J{sub c}{sup c} (77 K, sf) decreases significantly with increasing concentration of ab-plane stacking faults in YBCO thin films and that the critical current anisotropy {gamma} = J{sub c}{sup ab}/J{sub c}{sup c} can reach values as high as 2070, implying that in the highest-anisotropy tape, {approx}20% of the tape width carries c-axis current in a helically wound power cable.

  12. Mapping the current–current correlation function near a quantum critical point

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    Prodan, Emil; Bellissard, Jean

    2016-05-15

    The current–current correlation function is a useful concept in the theory of electron transport in homogeneous solids. The finite-temperature conductivity tensor as well as Anderson’s localization length can be computed entirely from this correlation function. Based on the critical behavior of these two physical quantities near the plateau–insulator or plateau–plateau transitions in the integer quantum Hall effect, we derive an asymptotic formula for the current–current correlation function, which enables us to make several theoretical predictions about its generic behavior. For the disordered Hofstadter model, we employ numerical simulations to map the current–current correlation function, obtain its asymptotic form near a critical point and confirm the theoretical predictions.

  13. Relaxation of the transport critical current in high-Tc polycrystals

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    Altshuler, E.; Cobas, R.; Batista-Leyva, A. J.; Noda, C.; Flores, L. E.; Martínez, C.; Orlando, M. T. D.

    1999-08-01

    We perform a systematic study of the time evolution of the transport critical current in polycrystalline samples of the high temperature superconducting system (Hg1-xRex)Ba2Ca2Cu3O8+δ and YBa2Cu3O7-δ after application and removal of an external magnetic field Hm. Within our time, temperature, and remanent field windows, the transport critical current increases logarithmically in time. The relaxation rates in the range 80-115 K decrease with increasing temperature at a fixed Hm, while temperature-dependent maxima are observed in the relaxation rate versus Hm plots. These experimental results are reproduced by a phenomenological model applicable to any high-Tc polycrystals. In the model, the time increase of the transport current is determined by the effective field at the intergrain junctions, which relaxes in time due to the flux creep of the intragrain magnetization.

  14. Nonionic surfactants enhancing bactericidal activity at their critical micelle concentrations.

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    Tobe, Seiichi; Majima, Toshiaki; Tadenuma, Hirohiko; Suekuni, Tomonari; Sakai, Kenichi; Sakai, Hideki; Abe, Masahiko

    2015-01-01

    Bactericidal activities of benzalkonium chloride [also known as alkyldimethylbenzylammonium chloride (ADBAC)] containing nonionic surfactants such as methyl ester ethoxylates (MEE) with the alkyl group C8-C14 and oxyethylene (EO) group of average adduct number 3-15 were measured against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus. Sample solutions containing MEE in the vicinity of the critical micelle concentration exhibited a dramatic decrease in viable bacterial counts. MEE with an alkyl group of C12 and an oxyethylene group of lower adduct number exhibited little viable bacterial counts than those having higher EO adduct numbers. MEE with reduced EO adduct numbers increased fluorescence intensity in E. coli using the viability stain SYTO 9. Our results show that MEE molecules with low EO adduct numbers exhibited bactericidal activity by increasing the permeability of the E. coli cell membrane. Sample solution containing ADBAC and MEE molecules with lower EO adduct numbers also displayed higher zeta potentials. Moreover, ADBAC molecules incorporated into micelles of MEE with lower EO adduct numbers were adsorbed onto the surface of E. coli, which augmented bactericidal activity.

  15. Transcranial direct current stimulation enhances verbal working memory training performance over time and near transfer outcomes.

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    Richmond, Lauren L; Wolk, David; Chein, Jason; Olson, Ingrid R

    2014-11-01

    Studies attempting to increase working memory (WM) capacity show promise in enhancing related cognitive functions but have also raised criticism in the broader scientific community given the inconsistent findings produced by these studies. Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) has been shown to enhance WM performance in a single session [Fregni, F., Boggio, P., Nitsche, M., Bermpohl, F., Anatal, A., Feredoes, E., et al. Anodal transcranial direct current stimulation of prefrontal cortex enhances working memory. Experimental Brain Research, 166, 23-30, 2005]; however, the extent to which tDCS might enhance learning on a WM training regime and the extent to which learning gains might transfer outside the training task remains largely unknown. To this end, participants engaged in an adaptive WM training task [previously utilized in Richmond, L., Morrison, A., Chein, J., & Olson, I. Working memory training and transfer in older adults. Psychology & Aging, 26, 813-822, 2011; Chein, J., & Morrison, A. Expanding the mind's workspace: Training and transfer effects with a complex working memory span task. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 17, 193-199, 2010] for 10 sessions over 2 weeks, concurrent with either active or sham stimulation of dorsolateral pFC. Before and after training, a battery of tests tapping domains known to relate to WM abilities was administered. Results show that tDCS enhanced learning on the verbal portion of the training task by 3.65 items. Furthermore, tDCS was shown to enhance near transfer to other untrained WM tasks in comparison with a no-contact control group. These results lend support to the idea that tDCS might bolster training and transfer gains in populations with compromised WM abilities.

  16. Enhanced photogalvanic current in topological insulators via Fermi energy tuning

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    Okada, Ken N.; Ogawa, Naoki; Yoshimi, Ryutaro; Tsukazaki, Atsushi; Takahashi, Kei S.; Kawasaki, Masashi; Tokura, Yoshinori

    2016-02-01

    We achieve the enhancement of the circular photogalvanic effect arising from the photoinjection of spins in topological insulator thin films by tuning the Fermi level (EF) . A series of (Bi1-xSbx) 2Te3 thin films were tailored so that the Fermi energy ranges above 0.34 eV to below 0.29 eV of the Dirac point, i.e., from the bulk conduction band bottom to the valence band top through the bulk in-gap surface-Dirac cone. The circular photogalvanic current, indicating a flow of spin-polarized surface-Dirac electrons, shows a pronounced peak when the EF is set near the Dirac point and is also correlated with the carrier mobility. Our observation reveals that there are substantial scatterings between the surface-Dirac and bulk state electrons in the generation process of spin-polarized photocurrent, which can be avoided by designing the electronic structure in topological insulators.

  17. An exponential scaling law for the strain dependence of the Nb3Sn critical current density

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    Bordini, B.; Alknes, P.; Bottura, L.; Rossi, L.; Valentinis, D.

    2013-07-01

    The critical current density of the Nb3Sn superconductor is strongly dependent on the strain applied to the material. In order to investigate this dependence, it is a common practice to measure the critical current of Nb3Sn strands for different values of applied axial strain. In the literature, several models have been proposed to describe these experimental data in the reversible strain region. All these models are capable of fitting the measurement results in the strain region where data are collected, but tend to predict unphysical trends outside the range of data, and especially for large strain values. In this paper we present a model of a new strain function, together with the results obtained by applying the new scaling law on relevant datasets. The data analyzed consisted of the critical current measurements at 4.2 K that were carried out under applied axial strain at Durham University and the University of Geneva on different strand types. With respect to the previous models proposed, the new scaling function does not present problems at large strain values, has a lower number of fitting parameters (only two instead of three or four), and is very stable, so that, starting from few experimental points, it can estimate quite accurately the strand behavior in a strain region where there are no data. A relationship is shown between the proposed strain function and the elastic strain energy, and an analogy is drawn with the exponential form of the McMillan equation for the critical temperature.

  18. Transport behavior and critical current densities in MgB2 wires

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    Pradhan, A. K.; Feng, Y.; Zhao, Y.; Koshizuka, N.; Zhou, L.; Zhang, P. X.; Liu, X. H.; Ji, P.; Du, S. J.; Liu, C. F.

    2001-09-01

    We report on the transport and magnetization properties of MgB2 wires fabricated by a powder-in-tube (PIT) technique. Temperature and magnetic-field-dependent resistivity displays a high conductivity and upper critical field Hc2 generally observed in dense samples. The electronic mass anisotropy γ≈1.3±0.15 predicts some texturing in the wire. Our data on transition temperature TC, Hc2, and both magnetic and transport critical current density Jc indicate that MgB2 can be manufactured in a wire form using a PIT technique and required engineering Jc can be achieved on further optimization.

  19. Comparison between the magnetic and transport critical current densities in high critical current density melt-textured yttrium barium copper-oxide

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    Gao, L.; Meng, R. L.; Xue, Y. Y.; Hor, P. H.; Chu, C. W.

    1991-01-01

    Using a recently developed pulsed critical current density (Jc) measuring system, the Jc of the high-Jc melt-textured YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) (Y123) bulk samples has been determined. I-V curves with a voltage resolution of 0.5 microV were obtained, and transport Jc's along the a-b plane as high as 7.2 x 10 to the 4th A/sq cm were extracted. These results are comparable to the values obtained magnetically. On the other hand, transport Jc along the c axis were found to be two orders of magnitude smaller, even though the magnetic Jc along the c axis is only about five times smaller than Jc along the a-b plane. It is suggested that for the high-temperature superconducting materials which are highly anisotropic, caution should be taken when using the nontransport magnetic methods to determine Jc.

  20. Is faculty development critical to enhance teaching effectiveness?

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    Bhatnagar, Kavita; Srivastava, Kalpana; Singh, Amarjit

    2010-01-01

    India has the highest number of medical colleges in the world and, consequently, the highest number of medical teachers. The unprecedented growth of medical institutions in India in the past two decades has led to a shortage of teachers and created a quality challenge for medical education. In recent years, though medical advances have been understood and adopted by many institutions, the same is not true for educational planning and implementation. There is a need for well-trained faculty who will help improve programs to produce quality graduates. The existing teachers’ training programs are insufficient; both in number and aspects they cover, to meet this demand. Provision of faculty development related to teaching and assessment strategies is widely perceived to be the essential ingredient in the efforts to introduce new curricular approaches and modify the educational environment in academic medicine. Analyses of the outcomes of efforts to revise health professions curricula have identified the availability and effectiveness of faculty development as a predictor of the success or failure of reform initiatives. This article will address faculty development for the purpose of enhancing teaching effectiveness and preparing instructors for potential new roles associated with curriculum changes. PMID:22174541

  1. A Critical Appraisal of Solubility Enhancement Techniques of Polyphenols

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    Kaur, Harkiran; Kaur, Gurpreet

    2014-01-01

    Polyphenols constitute a family of natural substances distributed widely in plant kingdom. These are produced as secondary metabolites by plants and so far 8000 representatives of this family have been identified. Recently, there is an increased interest in the polyphenols because of the evidence of their role in prevention of degenerative diseases such as neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, and cardiovascular diseases. Although a large number of drugs are available in the market for treatment of these diseases, however, the emphasis these days is on the exploitation of natural principles derived from plants. Most polyphenols show low in vivo bioavailability thus limiting their application for oral drug delivery. This low bioavailability could be associated with low aqueous solubility, first pass effect, metabolism in GIT, or irreversible binding to cellular DNA and proteins. Therefore, there is a need to devise strategies to improve oral bioavailability of polyphenols. Various approaches like nanosizing, self-microemulsifying drug delivery systems (SMEDDS), microencapsulation, complexation, and solid dispersion can be used to increase the bioavailability. This paper will highlight the various methods that have been employed till date for the solubility enhancement of various polyphenols so that a suitable drug delivery system can be formulated. PMID:26556188

  2. Theory of the critical current in two-band superconductors with application to Mg B2

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    Nicol, E. J.; Carbotte, J. P.

    2005-07-01

    Using a Green’s function formulation of the superfluid current js , where a momentum qs is applied to the Cooper pair, we have calculated js as a function of qs , temperature, and impurity scattering for a two-band superconductor. We consider both renormalized BCS and full strong-coupling Eliashberg theory. There are two peaks in the current as a function of qs due to the two energy scales for the gaps, and this can give rise to nonstandard behavior for the critical current. The critical current jc , which is given as the maximum in js , can exhibit a kink as a function of temperature as the maximum is transferred from one peak to other. Other temperature variations are also possible and the universal BCS behavior is violated. The details depend on the material parameters of the system, such as the amount of coupling between the bands, the gap anisotropy, the Fermi velocities, and the density of states of each band. The Ginzburg-Landau relation between jc , the penetration depth λL , and thermodynamic critical field Hc is modified. Using Eliashberg theory with the electron-phonon spectral densities given from band structure calculations, we have applied our calculations for js and jc to the case of MgB2 and find agreement with experiment.

  3. Low field critical current density of titanium sheathed magnesium diboride wires

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    Rostila, L.; Grasso, G.; Demenčík, E.; Tumino, A.; Brisigotti, S.; Kováč, P.

    2010-06-01

    Magnesium diboride (MgB2) is replacing some of the conventional superconductors due to its low cost and availability in kilometer lengths. MgB2 has also been considered for AC applications. In order to model the AC losses and the critical currents of the applications, intrinsic Jc(B)-dependence is an important factor also at low fields. In this work Jc(B)-dependence of an MgB2 sample is extracted from the standard in field voltage-current measurements. The proposed method is applied to a non magnetic titanium sheathed sample at 16 and 20 K and a simple formula for Jc(B) aligns with the measurements. In the fitting process, the critical current distribution inside the wire is numerically simulated in order to take the self field of the sample into account. Moreover, the same formula aligns with measurements of a different sample. These critical current measurements, performed at 4.2 K, were based on magnetization. In the self field computations, the superconducting cross section must be determined accurately. Therefore, we tailored an image processing tool for MgB2 wires to obtain the geometry from a photograph.

  4. Critical thinking instruction and technology enhanced learning from the student perspective: A mixed methods research study.

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    Swart, Ruth

    2017-03-01

    Critical thinking is acclaimed as a valuable asset for graduates from higher education programs. Technology has advanced in quantity and quality; recognized as a requirement of 21st century learners. A mixed methods research study was undertaken, examining undergraduate nursing student engagement with critical thinking instruction, platformed on two technology-enhanced learning environments: a classroom response system face-to-face in-class and an online discussion forum out-of-class. The Community of Inquiry framed the study capturing constructivist collaborative inquiry to support learning, and facilitate critical thinking capability. Inclusion of quantitative and qualitative data sources aimed to gather a comprehensive understanding of students' development of critical thinking and engagement with technology-enhanced learning. The findings from the students' perspectives were positive toward the inclusion of technology-enhanced learning, and use in supporting their development of critical thinking. Students considered the use of two forms of technology beneficial in meeting different needs and preferences, offering varied means to actively participate in learning. They valued critical thinking instruction being intentionally aligned with subject-specific content facilitating understanding, application, and relevance of course material. While the findings are limited to student participants, the instructional strategies and technology-enhanced learning identified as beneficial can inform course design for the development of critical thinking.

  5. Mechanism for the uniaxial strain dependence of the critical current in practical REBCO tapes

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    Osamura, Kozo; Machiya, Shutaro; Hampshire, Damian P.

    2016-06-01

    In order to elucidate the effect of uniaxial strain on the critical current of practical REBCO tapes (REBa2Cu3O7-d , RE = Y and Gd) fabricated by Superpower and SuNAM, two types of critical current measurements were carried out. In the first, the tape sample was attached directly to a universal testing machine and pulled under a tensile load. In the second, the tape was soldered to a Cu-Be springboard and then attached to the testing machine and then pushed or pulled in order to apply both tensile and compressive strains to the tape sample. An inverse parabolic behaviour was observed for the uniaxial strain dependence of the critical current of both tapes. Using synchrotron radiation, the local strain exerted on the REBCO layer was measured at room temperature under the conditions used for the two techniques for making I c measurements. On the basis of these room temperature data, the local strain exerted on the REBCO layer at 77 K was numerically evaluated. A one-dimensional chain model for current flow in the REBCO material with fractional lengths of A-domains and B-domains oriented along the uniaxial strain direction is proposed. The model can explain the parabolic strain behaviour of the critical current and shows that the strain at which the peak in I c occurs, is not only determined by pre-compression or pre-tension on the superconductor at the operating temperature, but also by the ratio of the fractional amounts of the two domains.

  6. Enhancement of superconductivity near the ferromagnetic quantum critical point in UCoGe.

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    Slooten, E; Naka, T; Gasparini, A; Huang, Y K; de Visser, A

    2009-08-28

    We report a high-pressure single crystal study of the superconducting ferromagnet UCoGe. Measurements of the ac susceptibility and resistivity under pressures up to 2.2 GPa show ferromagnetism is smoothly depressed and vanishes at a critical pressure p(c) = 1.4 GPa. Near the ferromagnetic critical point superconductivity is enhanced. Upper-critical field measurements under pressure show B(c2)(0) attains remarkably large values, which provides solid evidence for spin-triplet superconductivity over the whole pressure range. The obtained p-T phase diagram reveals superconductivity is closely connected to a ferromagnetic quantum-critical point hidden under the superconducting "dome."

  7. Persistent critical current of YBa2Cu3O7-δ nanowires

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    Mansour, A. I.; Chow, K. H.; Jung, J.

    2011-09-01

    C-axis oriented YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) nanowires have been fabricated so as to connect two c-axis oriented semi-ring-shaped YBCO thin films along the c-axis direction. This allows the characterization of high-Tc nanowires with the electrodes being of the same material. Four different lengths of the nanowire arrays were characterized. When the YBCO nanowires were narrower than 100 nm, their persistent critical current revealed an anomalous temperature dependence. The narrow YBCO nanowires behave like superconductor/semiconductor/superconductor junctions with a universal critical current density Jc(T)∝(Tc-T)3/2 at low temperatures. Above a certain temperature T*, the flow of the supercurrent is controlled by thermally activated phase-slip events, with Jc(T) following a power-law dependence Jc∝(Tc-T)α >3/2.

  8. Critical-current diffraction patterns of grain-boundary Josephson weak links

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    Peterson, R.L.; Ekin, J.W. )

    1990-11-01

    We discuss the diffraction patterns and other characteristics of the critical current as a function of magnetic field in grain-boundary Josephson barriers. Diffraction patterns occur not just for {ital SIS} junctions but for all types of Josephson links, including {ital SNS} junctions, which may be present at grain boundaries in high-{Tc} superconductors. We discuss the generality of the Airy diffraction pattern, which is expected to characterize grain-boundary barriers in bulk material more accurately than the Fraunhofer pattern. The transport critical-current density in many bulk, granular high-{ital T}{sub {ital c}} superconductors has a power-law dependence on very low magnetic fields, characteristic of averaged diffraction patterns, and cannot be fitted by an exponential magnetic-field dependence, which may result from the material properties of the barriers.

  9. Study on the limiting factor of critical current in Ag-Bi2223 tapes

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    Liu, Y.; Ding, S. Y.; Luo, H.; Leng, X.; Lin, J. W.

    2003-04-01

    The silver sheathed tapes of Ag-Bi 2- xPb xSr 2Ca 2-Cu 3O 7- y (Ag-Bi2223) were fabricated by usual process. The limiting factor of the critical current density jc of the tapes was studied. V- I characteristic was performed for the tapes immersed in liquid nitrogen with and without magnetic fields. Hysteresis loop of V- I curve was observed. A model based on polycrystalline superconductors was proposed to account for this kind of hysteresis. The result shows that in our Ag-Bi2223 tapes the weak link is the key factor limiting the global critical current. The measurement of V- I loop can be an effective method to check whether there exist harmful weak links in polycrystalline samples.

  10. Critical Current Scaling in Long Diffusive Graphene-Based Josephson Junctions

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    Ke, Chung Ting; Borzenets, Ivan V.; Draelos, Anne W.; Amet, Francois; Bomze, Yuriy; Jones, Gareth; Craciun, Monica; Russo, Saverio; Yamamoto, Michihisa; Tarucha, Seigo; Finkelstein, Gleb

    2016-08-01

    We present transport measurements on long diffusive graphene-based Josephson junctions. Several junctions are made on a single-domain crystal of CVD graphene and feature the same contact width of ~9$\\mu$m but vary in length from 400 to 1000 nm. As the carrier density is tuned with the gate voltage, the critical current in the these junctions spans a range from a few nA up to more than $5\\mu$A, while the Thouless energy, ETh, covers almost two orders of magnitude. Over much of this range, the product of the critical current and the normal resistance IcRn is found to scale linearly with ETh, as expected from theory. However, the ratio IcRn /ETh is found to be 0.1-0.2: much smaller than the predicted ~10 for long diffusive SNS junctions.

  11. Critical carbon input to maintain current soil organic carbon stocks in global wheat systems

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    Wang, Guocheng; Luo, Zhongkui; Han, Pengfei; Chen, Huansheng; Xu, Jingjing

    2016-01-01

    Soil organic carbon (SOC) dynamics in croplands is a crucial component of global carbon (C) cycle. Depending on local environmental conditions and management practices, typical C input is generally required to reduce or reverse C loss in agricultural soils. No studies have quantified the critical C input for maintaining SOC at global scale with high resolution. Such information will provide a baseline map for assessing soil C dynamics under potential changes in management practices and climate, and thus enable development of management strategies to reduce C footprint from farm to regional scales. We used the soil C model RothC to simulate the critical C input rates needed to maintain existing soil C level at 0.1° × 0.1° resolution in global wheat systems. On average, the critical C input was estimated to be 2.0 Mg C ha‑1 yr‑1, with large spatial variability depending on local soil and climatic conditions. Higher C inputs are required in wheat system of central United States and western Europe, mainly due to the higher current soil C stocks present in these regions. The critical C input could be effectively estimated using a summary model driven by current SOC level, mean annual temperature, precipitation, and soil clay content.

  12. A direct tensile device to investigate the critical current properties in superconducting tapes

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    Zhang, Xingyi; Liu, Wei; Zhou, Jun; Yue, Donghua; Wang, Jun; Liu, Cong; Huang, Yi; Liu, Yong; Zhou, Youhe

    2014-02-01

    We construct an instrument to study the behavior of the critical current in superconducting tapes as a function of magnetic field and axial tension strain. The apparatus combines a material testing machine made by the non-magnetic stainless steel, which is capable of producing mechanical forces up to 1000 N and magnetic field up to 5 T with a homogeneous range of Φ150 × 110 mm. Moreover, the apparatus allows the automatic measurement of time dependence of voltage (V-t) under different magnetic fields and applied strains, which can be used to investigate the vortex instability and its time effect in the superconducting tapes. As an example, the simultaneous measurements of critical current and voltage relaxation with time at various strains and magnetic fields for the YaBa2Cu3O7-x coated conductors are carried out. Comparisons are made with the earlier reports in literature; the strain and magnetic field dependence of critical current indicate consistent behavior of this instrument.

  13. Universal self-field critical current for thin-film superconductors

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    Talantsev, E. F.; Tallon, J. L.

    2015-01-01

    For any practical superconductor the magnitude of the critical current density, Jc, is crucially important. It sets the upper limit for current in the conductor. Usually Jc falls rapidly with increasing external magnetic field, but even in zero external field the current flowing in the conductor generates a self-field that limits Jc. Here we show for thin films of thickness less than the London penetration depth, λ, this limiting Jc adopts a universal value for all superconductors—metals, oxides, cuprates, pnictides, borocarbides and heavy Fermions. For type-I superconductors, it is Hc/λ where Hc is the thermodynamic critical field. But surprisingly for type-II superconductors, we find the self-field Jc is Hc1/λ where Hc1 is the lower critical field. Jc is thus fundamentally determined and this provides a simple means to extract absolute values of λ(T) and, from its temperature dependence, the symmetry and magnitude of the superconducting gap. PMID:26240014

  14. Magnetic field orientation dependence of critical current in industrial Nb 3Sn strands

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    Schild, T.; Cloez, H.

    In usual superconducting devices such as magnets for NMR, the magnetic field is perpendicular to the superconducting strand axis. But in some special devices, such as magnets for the toroidal field system of fusion machines, the strands can experience any field orientation. For NbTi strands, the pinning force is dependent on the field orientation because of the drawing process (Takacs, S., Polak, M. and Krempasky, L., Critical currents of NbTi tapes with differently oriented anisotropic defects, Cryogenics, 1983, 23, 153-159). In the case of Nb 3Sn strands, the draw and react process suggests that the pinning force is isotropic. In fact, preliminary experiments have shown the contrary, which is why the magnetic field orientation dependence of the critical current for two types of industrial Nb 3Sn strands has been measured. These measurements have been performed for seven field orientations at field strengths up to 20 T. A clear anisotropic effect has been observed, which cannot be explained by Kramer's pinning law. The results are in very good agreement with an empirical law proposed in a recent study by Takayasu et al. (Takayasu, M., Montgomery, D.B. and Minervini, J.V., Effect of magnetic field direction on the critical current of twisted multifilamentary superconducting wires, Inst. of Phys. Conf. Ser., 1997, 158, 917-920). The parameters to be used in this law could be specific to the manufacturing process.

  15. Josephson critical current of long SNS junctions in the presence of a magnetic field

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    Meier, Hendrik; Fal'Ko, Vladimir I.; Glazman, Leonid I.

    We evaluate the Josephson critical current of a long and wide two-dimensional superconductor-normal metal-superconductor (SNS) junction, taking into account the effect of electron reflection off the side edges of the junction. Considering clean junctions, we find that the effect of edges alters the usual Fraunhofer-like dependence of the Josephson critical current Ic on the magnetic flux Φ. At relatively weak fields, B <~Φ0 /W2 , the edge effect lifts zeros of the Ic (Φ) dependence and gradually shifts the maxima of that function by Φ0 / 2 . (Here W is the width of the junction and Φ0 the magnetic flux quantum.) At higher fields, B >~Φ0 /W2 , the edge effect leads to an accelerated decay of the critical current Ic (Φ) with increasing Φ. Our results are robust with respect to the roughness of realistic boundaries. Finally, we discuss the role of mesoscopic fluctuations of Ic (Φ) originating from the scattering off the edges, and compare our findings to recent experiments.

  16. Effect of a pinning field on the critical current density for current-induced domain wall motion in perpendicular magnetic anisotropy nanowires.

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    Ooba, Ayaka; Fujimura, Yuma; Takahashi, Kota; Komine, Takashi; Sugita, Ryuji

    2012-09-01

    In this study, the effect of a pinning field on the critical current density for current-induced domain wall motion in nanowires with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy was investigated using micromagnetic simulations. In order to estimate the pinning field in notched nanowires, we conducted wall energy calculations for nanowires with various saturation magnetizations. The pinning field increased as the notch size increased. The pinning field decreased as the saturation magnetization decreased. As a result, the decreased in the pinning field causes the reduction of the critical current density. Therefore, a significant reduction of the critical current density can be obtained by decreasing the saturation magnetization, even if wall pinning occurs.

  17. Finite temperature and density depletion effects on persistent current state transitions and critical velocity of a toroidal Bose-Einstein condensate

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    Kumar, Avinash; Eckel, Stephen; Jendrzejewski, Fred; Campbell, Gretchen

    We study the decay of a persistent, quantized current state in a toroidal geometry. Our experiment involves trapping neutral 23Na atoms in an all optical ``target trap'' shaped potential. This potential consists of a disc surrounded by an annular potential. A current in a superfluid can be sustained only below a critical current. This critical current can be tuned by introducing a density perturbation which depletes the local density. The decay time of a persistent current state can also be controlled by enhancing fluctuations of the system thermally. We study the decay at four different temperatures between 30 nK and 190 nK. For each temperature we record the decay at four different perturbation strengths. We find that increasing the magnitude of the density depletion or the temperature leads to a faster decay, and have seen the decay constant change by over two orders of magnitude. We also studied the size of hysteresis loop between different current states as a function of temperature, allowing us to extract a critical velocity. We find that the discrepancies between the experimentally extracted critical velocity and theoretically calculated critical velocity (using local-density approximation) decreases as the temperature is decreased. Now at University of Heidelberg.

  18. Flux motion, proximity effect, and critical current density in YBa2Cu3O7-δ/silver composites

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    Jung, J.; Mohamed, M. A.-K.; Cheng, S. C.; Franck, J. P.

    1990-10-01

    We report on studies of magnetic and transport properties, as well as on characterization of defects in the pure YBa2Cu3O7-δ and the YBa2Cu3O7-δ/Ag(10 and 30 wt. %) composites. The studies of magnetic properties include the diamagnetic shielding, the Meissner effect, the trapped field [for both zero-field-cooling (ZFC) and field-cooling (FC) cases], and their dependence on applied magnetic field, temperature, and time. High- and low-magnetic-field hysteresis loops were measured and the intragrain ``magnetic'' critical current density was calculated. The studies of transport properties include the resistivity and intergrain ``transport'' critical-current-density measurements. Distribution, spacing, and size of intragrain twin boundaries were investigated. The results show the degradation of superconducting properties if silver is added to YBa2Cu3O7-δ during the sintering process, except the enhancement of the intergrain critical current density JCT in YBa2Cu3O7-δ/Ag(10 wt. %) composite. The activation energy for intergranular flux creep of 1.6 and ~0.3 eV was found for the pure YBa2Cu3O7-δ and the YBa2Cu3O7-δ/Ag composites, respectively. The results did not show any relationship between JCT, the activation energy, and the number of pinning centers (the trapped field) in these samples. It is suggested that the proximity junctions superconductor-normal-metal-superconductor built up by intergranular silver, and not flux pinning, are responsible for the increase of JCT. Defect characterization by transmission electron microscopy revealed that silver does not affect the structure of twin boundaries inside the grains of YBa2Cu3O7-δ.

  19. Using a kinesthetic learning strategy to engage nursing student thinking, enhance retention, and improve critical thinking.

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    Wagner, Elissa A

    2014-06-01

    This article reports the outcomes of a kinesthetic learning strategy used during a cardiac lecture to engage students and to improve the use of classroom-acquired knowledge in today's challenging clinical settings. Nurse educators are constantly faced with finding new ways to engage students, stimulate critical thinking, and improve clinical application in a rapidly changing and complex health care system. Educators who deviate from the traditional pedagogy of didactic, content-driven teaching to a concept-based, student-centered approach using active and kinesthetic learning activities can enhance engagement and improve clinical problem solving, communication skills, and critical thinking to provide graduates with the tools necessary to be successful. The goals of this learning activity were to decrease the well-known classroom-clinical gap by enhancing engagement, providing deeper understanding of cardiac function and disorders, enhancing critical thinking, and improving clinical application.

  20. High critical currents in iron-clad superconducting MgB2 wires.

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    Jin, S; Mavoori, H; Bower, C; van Dover, R B

    2001-05-31

    Technically useful bulk superconductors must have high transport critical current densities, Jc, at operating temperatures. They also require a normal metal cladding to provide parallel electrical conduction, thermal stabilization, and mechanical protection of the generally brittle superconductor cores. The recent discovery of superconductivity at 39 K in magnesium diboride (MgB2) presents a new possibility for significant bulk applications, but many critical issues relevant for practical wires remain unresolved. In particular, MgB2 is mechanically hard and brittle and therefore not amenable to drawing into the desired fine-wire geometry. Even the synthesis of moderately dense, bulk MgB2 attaining 39 K superconductivity is a challenge because of the volatility and reactivity of magnesium. Here we report the successful fabrication of dense, metal-clad superconducting MgB2 wires, and demonstrate a transport Jc in excess of 85,000 A cm-2 at 4.2 K. Our iron-clad fabrication technique takes place at ambient pressure, yet produces dense MgB2 with little loss of stoichiometry. While searching for a suitable cladding material, we found that other materials dramatically reduced the critical current, showing that although MgB2 itself does not show the 'weak-link' effect characteristic of the high-Tc superconductors, contamination does result in weak-link-like behaviour.

  1. Optimization of Drive-Bunch Current Profile for Enhanced Transformer Ratio in Beam-Driven Acceleration Techniques

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    Lemery, F.; Mihalcea, D.; Prokop, C.R.; Piot, P.; /Northern Illinois U. /Fermilab

    2012-07-08

    In recent years, wakefield acceleration has gained attention due to its high acceleration gradients and cost effectiveness. In beam-driven wakefield acceleration, a critical parameter to optimize is the transformer ratio. It has been shown that current shaping of electron beams allows for enhanced (> 2) transformer ratios. In this paper we present the optimization of the pulse shape of the drive bunch for dielectric-wakefield acceleration.

  2. Effect of Adding on the Critical Current Density and Lateral Levitation Force of Bulk

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    Savaşkan, B.; Koparan, E. Taylan; Güner, S. B.; Çelik, Ş.; Öztürk, K.; Yanmaz, E.

    2015-10-01

    We fabricated malic acid -added bulks by wet mixing and "Two-step solid state reaction method". The effects of adding malic acid on , behaviour and lateral levitation force features of bulk have been investigated. A systematic decrease in the critical temperature with increasing adding level confirms the substitution of C at the B site of . While the 4 wt% sample showed the best of at 4 T and 5 K, 15 wt% sample showed uncompetitive lower critical current density , which ascribes the poor connectivity due to the excessive unsubstituted C distribution at grain boundaries and the presence of high MgO amount. At 24 and 28 K, the 4 and 6 wt% malic-acid-added samples exhibit a higher lateral force than pure sample. Based on the observed values of M- H, ( H) and lateral levitation force , it can be concluded that the 4 wt% malic-acid-added sample is the best of the studied samples.

  3. Encapsulated islets for diabetes therapy: history, current progress, and critical issues requiring solution.

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    Scharp, David W; Marchetti, Piero

    2014-04-01

    Insulin therapy became a reality in 1921 dramatically saving lives of people with diabetes, but not protecting them from long-term complications. Clinically successful free islet implants began in 1989 but require life long immunosuppression. Several encapsulated islet approaches have been ongoing for over 30 years without defining a clinically relevant product. Macro-devices encapsulating islet mass in a single device have shown long-term success in large animals but human trials have been limited by critical challenges. Micro-capsules using alginate or similar hydrogels encapsulate individual islets with many hundreds of promising rodent results published, but a low incidence of successful translation to large animal and human results. Reduction of encapsulated islet mass for clinical transplantation is in progress. This review covers the status of both early and current studies including the presentation of corporate efforts involved. It concludes by defining the critical items requiring solution to enable a successful clinical diabetes therapy.

  4. Transport critical current density of Fe sheath MgB 2 tapes sintered at different temperatures

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    Ruan, K. Q.; Li, H. L.; Yu, Y.; Wang, C. Y.; Cao, L. Z.; Liu, C. F.; Du, S. J.; Yan, G.; Feng, Y.; Wu, X.; Wang, J. R.; Liu, X. H.; Zhang, P. X.; Wu, X. Z.; Zhou, L.

    2003-04-01

    Fe sheath MgB 2 tapes sintered at 650, 750, 850 and 950 °C, respectively, for 2 h in a high purity argon gas were prepared using the powder-in-tube method. Transport critical current densities of tapes were measured in the fields up to 10 T from 4 to 30 K. Both tapes sintered at 850 and 950 °C completely lost the capacity of carrying superconducting current over the temperature range from 4 to 30 K. Compared to a tape sintered at 650 °C, an improvement in the in-field critical current density Jc and irreversibility field μ0H*( T) was observed in a tape sintered at 750 °C. At 20 K, the Jc value was ∼1.32×10 5 A/cm 2 in self-field and the μ0H* value 4.2 T for the tape sintered at 750 °C, whereas the Jc in self-field and μ0H* values were ∼5.9×10 4 A/cm 2 and 2.8 T for that sintered at 650 °C.

  5. Epac activator critically regulates action potential duration by decreasing potassium current in rat adult ventricle.

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    Brette, Fabien; Blandin, Erick; Simard, Christophe; Guinamard, Romain; Sallé, Laurent

    2013-04-01

    Sympathetic stimulation is an important modulator of cardiac function via the classic cAMP-dependent signaling pathway, PKA. Recently, this paradigm has been challenged by the discovery of a family of guanine nucleotide exchange proteins directly activated by cAMP (Epac), acting in parallel to the classic signaling pathway. In cardiac myocytes, Epac activation is known to modulate Ca(2+) cycling yet their actions on cardiac ionic currents remain poorly characterized. This study attempts to address this paucity of information using the patch clamp technique to record action potential (AP) and ionic currents on rat ventricular myocytes. Epac was selectively activated by 8-CPT-AM (acetoxymethyl ester form of 8-CPT). AP amplitude, maximum depolarization rate and resting membrane amplitude were unaltered by 8-CPT-AM, strongly suggesting that Na(+) current and inward rectifier K(+) current are not regulated by Epac. In contrast, AP duration was significantly increased by 8-CPT-AM (prolongation of duration at 50% and 90% of repolarization by 41±10% and 43±8% respectively, n=11). L-type Ca(2+) current density was unaltered by 8-CPT-AM (n=16) so this cannot explain the action potential lengthening. However, the steady state component of K(+) current was significantly inhibited by 8-CPT-AM (-38±6%, n=15), while the transient outward K(+) current was unaffected by 8-CPT-AM. These effects were PKA-independent since they were observed in the presence of PKA inhibitor KT5720. Isoprenaline (100nM) induced a significant prolongation of AP duration, even in the presence of KT5720. This study provides the first evidence that the cAMP-binding protein Epac critically modulates cardiac AP duration by decreasing steady state K(+) current. These observations may be relevant to diseases in which Epac is upregulated, like cardiac hypertrophy.

  6. Method and composition for improving flux pinning and critical current in superconductors

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    Morris, Donald E.

    1995-01-01

    Superconducting materials and methods of forming superconducting materials are disclosed. Highly oxidized superconductors are heated at a relatively high temperature so as to release oxygen, which migrates out of the material, and form a non-superconducting phase which does not diffuse out of grains of the material. The material is then reoxidized at a lower temperature, leaving the non-superconducting inclusions inside a superconducting phase. The non-superconducting inclusions act as pinning centers in the superconductor, increasing the critical current thereof.

  7. Method and composition for improving flux pinning and critical current in superconductors

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    Morris, D.E.

    1995-07-04

    Superconducting materials and methods of forming superconducting materials are disclosed. Highly oxidized superconductors are heated at a relatively high temperature so as to release oxygen, which migrates out of the material, and form a non-superconducting phase which does not diffuse out of grains of the material. The material is then reoxidized at a lower temperature, leaving the non-superconducting inclusions inside a superconducting phase. The non-superconducting inclusions act as pinning centers in the superconductor, increasing the critical current thereof. 14 figs.

  8. Low frequency critical current noise and two level system defects in Josephson junctions

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    Nugroho, Christopher Daniel

    The critical current in a Josephson junction is known to exhibit a 1/falpha low frequency noise. Implemented as a superconducting qubit, this low frequency noise can lead to decoherence. While the 1/f noise has been known to arise from an ensemble of two level systems connected to the tunnel barrier, the precise microscopic nature of these TLSs remain a mystery. In this thesis we will present measurements of the 1/f alpha low frequency noise in the critical current and tunneling resistance of Al-AlOx-Al Josephson junctions. Measurements in a wide range of resistively shunted and unshunted junctions confirm the equality of critical current and tunneling resistance noise. That is the critical current fluctuation corresponds to fluctuations of the tunneling resistance. In not too small Al-AlOx-Al junctions we have found that the fractional power spectral density scales linearly with temperature. We confirmed that the 1/falpha power spectrum is the result of a large number of two level systems modulating the tunneling resistance. At small junction areas and low temperatures, the number of thermally active TLSs is insufficient to integrate out a featureless 1/ f spectral shape. By analyzing the spectral variance in small junction areas, we have been able to deduce the TLS defect density, n ≈ 2.53 per micrometer squared per Kelvin spread in the TLS energy per factor e in the TLS lifetimes. This density is consistent with the density of tunneling TLSs found in glassy insulators, as well as the density deduced from coherent TLSs interacting at qubit frequencies. The deduced TLS density combined with the magnitude of the 1/f power spectral density in large area junctions, gives an average TLS effective area, A ˜ 0.3 nanometer squared. In ultra small tunnel junctions, we have studied the time-domain dynamics of isolated TLSs. We have found a TLS whose dynamics is described by the quantum tunneling between the two localized wells, and a one-phonon absorption

  9. Critical currents in thin-film superconductors via two-coil mutual inductance measurements

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    Draskovic, John; Yong, Jie; Hinton, Michael; Ahmed, Adam; Wang, Song; Steers, Stanley; Lemberger, Thomas

    2012-02-01

    Following Claassen et al.(RSI 1991), we determine the critical current density, Jc(T), in a superconducting thin film by measuring the inductive coupling between two coils located on opposite sides of the film as a function of temperature. For several values of the AC drive magnetic field, we record the temperature at which inductive coupling between the coils jumps dramatically. The peak current density in the film at such temperature is computed by numerical simulation. For thin niobium films, we obtain Jc(0) values greater than 10 percent of the Ginzburg-Landau (GL) prediction with the correct temperature dependence. This suggests the possibility of practical measurement of the GL coherence length in thin films without need for the strong magnetic fields used to measure Bc2. Application of this technique to cuprates and pnictides will be discussed.

  10. Source tracking fecal bacteria in water: a critical review of current methods.

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    Meays, Cynthia L; Broersma, Klaas; Nordin, Rick; Mazumder, Asit

    2004-10-01

    Many molecular and biochemical methods and techniques are being developed to track sources of bacteria in water and food. Currently, there is no standard method proposed for source tracking. This manuscript is a critical evaluation of the various methods used in watersheds, and highlights some of the advantages and disadvantages of each method. Making a decision on a single or combination of methods to use under a particular situation will depend on a number of factors including: question(s) to be answered, scale of identification (broad scale versus specific species identification), available expertise, cost of analysis, turnaround time, and access to facilities. This manuscript reviews several source tracking methodologies which are in current use for source tracking fecal bacteria in the environment including: ribotyping, pulse-field gel electrophoresis, denaturing-gradient gel electrophoresis, repetitive DNA sequences (Rep-PCR), host-specific 16S rDNA genetic markers, and antibiotic resistance analysis.

  11. Values Advocacy: Enhancing Organizational Images, Deflecting Public Criticism, and Grounding Future Arguments.

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    Bostdorff, Denise M.; Vibbert, Steven L.

    1994-01-01

    Argues that organizations routinely engage in values advocacy (the appeal to shared cultural values) to perform three distinct functions: (1) to enhance the organization's image; (2) to deflect criticism of the organization and/or its policies, products, and services; and (3) to establish value premises that can be used in later discourse. (SR)

  12. The Case Study Method: Critical Thinking Enhanced by Effective Teacher Questioning Skills.

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    Wood, Alexander T.; Anderson, Carol H.

    A diverse body of educational research provides strong theoretical support for the development of higher order cognitive learning skills through case teaching. Case study teachers can improve their questioning skills to enhance students' critical thinking. The theoretical background for questioning in case method teaching and learning is traceable…

  13. Enhancing Critical Thinking through Creation of Learning Organizations within the Confines of an Overarching Mechanistic Organization

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    2015-05-01

    standardized tasks – Centralized decision - making processes – Higher efficiencies through lessened variation and improved predictability – Restricted...responsive to changes in the environment – Learns from mistake – Adapts to new realities more readily – Better decision - making in non-problematic...Enhancing Critical Thinking through Creation of Learning Organizations within the Confines of an Overarching Mechanistic Organization David Riel

  14. Enhancing Educators' Skills for Promoting Critical Thinking in Their Classroom Discourses: A Randomized Control Trial

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    Gul, Raisa B.; Khan, Shehla; Ahmed, Azra; Cassum, Shanaz; Saeed, Tanveer; Parpio, Yasmin; Schopflocher, Donald; Profetto-McGrath, Joanne

    2014-01-01

    The literature reveals that educators find it challenging to foster critical thinking (CT) in their students if they have not learned how to use CT in their educational system or training. This paper reports findings from a national research project that was undertaken to enhance the educators' ability to promote CT in their teaching practices.…

  15. Enhancing Critical Reflection and Writing Skills in the HBSE Classroom and beyond

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    Wiener, Diane R.

    2012-01-01

    Human Behavior in the Social Environment (HBSE) is an ideal location in which graduate social work students can enhance their critical reflection and writing skills while integrating social work theories with practice, research, and policy. A writing-intensive, learner-centered model using specific strategies is described via a framework of…

  16. Critical current and flux dynamics in Ag-doped FeSe superconductor

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    Galluzzi, A.; Polichetti, M.; Buchkov, K.; Nazarova, E.; Mancusi, D.; Pace, S.

    2017-02-01

    The measurements of DC magnetization as a function of the temperature M(T), magnetic field M(H), and time M(t) have been performed in order to compare the superconducting and pinning properties of an undoped FeSe0.94 sample and a silver doped FeSe0.94 + 6 wt% Ag sample. The M(T) curves indicate an improvement of the superconducting critical temperature and a reduction of the non-superconducting phase Fe7Se8 due to the silver doping. This is confirmed by the field and temperature dependent critical current density Jc(H,T) extracted from the superconducting hysteresis loops at different temperatures within the Bean critical state model. Moreover, the combined analysis of the Jc(T) and of the pinning force Fp(H/Hirr) indicate that the pinning mechanisms in both samples can be described in the framework of the collective pinning theory. The U*(T, J) curves show a pinning crossover from an elastic creep regime of intermediate size flux bundles, for low temperatures, to a plastic creep regime at higher temperatures for both the samples. Finally, the vortex hopping attempt time has been evaluated for both samples and the results are comparable with the values reported in the literature for high Tc materials.

  17. Critical current retention of potted and unpotted REBCO Roebel cables under transverse pressure and thermal cycling

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    Talantsev, E. F.; Badcock, R. A.; Mataira, R.; Chong, S. V.; Bouloukakis, K.; Hamilton, K.; Long, N. J.

    2017-04-01

    Coated conductor Roebel cables are an effective way to create a high current density, fully transposed cable. However, despite REBCO tapes being robust against transverse stress, the Roebel architecture can concentrate transverse stress in non-trivial and random patterns depending on the exact arrangement of strands. If stands are embedded in a solid media which consolidates all strands then a transverse stress concentration will not occur. We tested this idea through mechanical and thermo-cycling tests on 5 strand Roebel cables. For non-impregnated cable irreversible degradation in critical currents is initiated at transverse pressures in a range of 4–34 MPa. Optical examination of the cables shows stress concentration patterns beyond those predicted by thickness variations. For cables impregnated with epoxy filled with SiO2 nanopowder, which has a similar thermal expansion coefficient to the metallic substrate of the strands, the irreversibility point is increased above our highest experimentally available pressure of 270 MPa. Thermo-cycling experiments confirmed a closely matched thermal expansion coefficient between the embedding media and metallic substrate is critical to avoid wire failures.

  18. High critical currents in heavily doped (Gd,Y)Ba2Cu3Ox superconductor tapes

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    Selvamanickam, V.; Gharahcheshmeh, M. Heydari; Xu, A.; ...

    2015-01-20

    REBa2Cu3Ox superconductor tapes with moderate levels of dopants have been optimized for high critical current density in low magnetic fields at 77 K, but they do not exhibit exemplary performance in conditions of interest for practical applications, i.e., temperatures less than 50 K and fields of 2–30 T. Heavy doping of REBCO tapes has been avoided by researchers thus far due to deterioration in properties. Here, we report achievement of critical current densities (Jc) above 20 MA/cm2 at 30 K, 3 T in heavily doped (25 mol. % Zr-added) (Gd,Y)Ba2Cu3Ox superconductor tapes, which is more than three times higher thanmore » the Jc typically obtained in moderately doped tapes. Pinning force levels above 1000 GN/m3 have also been attained at 20 K. A composition map of lift factor in Jc (ratio of Jc at 30 K, 3 T to the Jc at 77 K, 0 T) has been developed which reveals the optimum film composition to obtain lift factors above six, which is thrice the typical value. A highly c-axis aligned BaZrO3 (BZO) nanocolumn defect density of nearly 7 × 1011 cm–2 as well as 2–3nm sized particles rich in Cu and Zr have been found in the high Jc films.« less

  19. Critical current density and microstructural state of an internal tin multifilamentary superconducting wire

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    Dietderich, D. R.; Glazer, J.; Lea, C.; Hassenzahl, W. V.; Morris, J. W., Jr.

    1984-09-01

    The critical current density (J sub c) of internal tin wires is increased when low-temperature diffusion heat treatments are performed prior to a high temperature reaction. To determine the variation of J sub c with prereaction heat treatments a copper-stabilized IGC internal tin wire with an outside diameter of 0.267mm was studied. The wire has 2 to 2.5 micron diameter filameters, and within the Ta barrier, the area ratio of the copper matrix and Sn core to Nb is about 2.2. Due to the character of the Cu-Sn phase diagram, heat treatments at a series of temperatures below the Nb3Sn reaction temperature affect the local Sn concentration in the matrix about the Nb filaments. The variation in J sub c resulting from these heat treatments is a consequence of the microstructural state of the conductor and the morphology of the Nb3Sn layer produced. The results of this work show that the internal tin and bronze-processed wires have different J sub c (H) characteristics. The two processes have comparable critical currents at high fields, suggesting the same H sub c2, while at low fields the internal tin wire is superior, suggesting a better grain morphology.

  20. High transport critical current density in Cu-clad multifilament MgB2 tape

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    Liu, C. F.; Du, S. J.; Yan, G.; Fu, B. Q.; Feng, Y.; Ji, P.; Wang, J. R.; Liu, X. H.; Zhang, P. X.; Wu, X. Z.; Zhou, L.; Cao, L. Z.; Ruan, K. Q.; Wang, C. Y.; Li, X. G.; Zhou, G. E.; Zhang, Y. H.

    2002-05-01

    Cu-clad multifilament MgB2 tapes with Ta or NbZr buffer have been fabricated by using a powder-in-tube (PIT). Mg+2B mixture powder was used as the central conductor core in single filament with Cu sheath and Ta or NbZr buffer wall. The composite tapes with 18 filaments were heat-treated in pure Ar atmosphere at 600-1000 °C for 1-10 h, and reacted in-situ to form MgB2. The phase composition and microstructure in the samples were examined by using X-ray diffraction and optical microscopy. Transport critical current was measured by a standard four-probe technique at different magnetic fields and temperatures. The sample with 18 filaments and NbZr buffer shows a high transport critical current density of 8×104 A/cm2 (10 K, 0 T) and 1.36×104 A/cm2 (10 K, 1 T).

  1. High critical currents in heavily doped (Gd,Y)Ba2Cu3Ox superconductor tapes

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    Selvamanickam, V; Gharahcheshmeh, MH; Xu, A; Galstyan, E; Delgado, L; Cantoni, C

    2015-01-19

    REBa2Cu3Ox ((REBCO), RE = rare earth) superconductor tapes with moderate levels of dopants have been optimized for high critical current density in low magnetic fields at 77 K, but they do not exhibit exemplary performance in conditions of interest for practical applications, i.e., temperatures less than 50K and fields of 2-30 T. Heavy doping of REBCO tapes has been avoided by researchers thus far due to deterioration in properties. Here, we report achievement of critical current densities (J(c)) above 20 MA/cm(2) at 30 K, 3 T in heavily doped (25 mol.% Zr-added) (Gd,Y)Ba2Cu3Ox superconductor tapes, which is more than three times higher than the J(c) typically obtained in moderately doped tapes. Pinning force levels above 1000 GN/m(3) have also been attained at 20 K. A composition map of lift factor in J(c) (ratio of J(c) at 30 K, 3 T to the J(c) at 77 K, 0 T) has been developed which reveals the optimum film composition to obtain lift factors above six, which is thrice the typical value. A highly c-axis aligned BaZrO3 (BZO) nanocolumn defect density of nearly 7 x 10(11) cm(-2) as well as 2-3 nm sized particles rich in Cu and Zr have been found in the high J(c) films. (C) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC.

  2. Critical Current Density and Bulk Pinning Force in RHQT-Processed Niobium-Aluminum Superconductors

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    Buta, F.; Sumption, M. D.; Collings, E. W.

    2004-06-01

    Transformation heat treatments with short excursions (1-10 min) to 1000°C preceding the conventional 800°C/10h were applied to jelly-roll Nb-Al samples that had been rapidly heated and quenched (RHQ) in bcc phase from high temperatures. The critical current density dependence on magnetic field at 4.2K in magnetic fields ranging from 0 to 8.5T was determined from magnetization measurements performed by Vibrating Sample Magnetometry. It was found that in this range of magnetic fields the highest critical current densities are not necessarily obtained for the samples with the highest initial heating rate of the transformation heat treatment as it is the case at magnetic fields in the vicinity of 20T. The highest pinning force density is present in samples that were transformed by rapid insertion in a furnace preheated to 1000°C and not in samples that were ohmically heated to 1000°C (the fastest heating rate employed).

  3. Hydrogen-inclusion-induced variation of critical current in Nb-AlOx-Nb Josephson junctions

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    Hinode, Kenji; Satoh, Tetsuro; Nagasawa, Shuichi; Hidaka, Mutsuo

    2008-07-01

    The critical current density (Jc) of Nb-AlOx-Nb Josephson-junction (JJ) arrays was found to depend on their wiring structure. The Jc values of all JJs wired with a niobium electrode covered with a palladium layer increased by about 20%, while the Jc values of those with electrodes without palladium coverage stayed unchanged (except for that of the two junctions directly connected to the pads of an electrical probe covered with palladium.) To explain this Jc increase, we propose a "hydrogen mechanism," that is, the hydrogen inclusion into niobium electrodes occurs during fabrication, and its desorption occurs after fabrication. Hydrogen atoms incorporated in the electrodes are thought to influence the mechanical and the electronical properties of niobium, resulting in the deviation of critical current density. Hydrogen desorption analysis and measurements on niobium-film properties verified the occurrence of hydrogen incorporation into the niobium films during the fabrication process for superconducting JJ circuits. The incorporation and desorption processes were confirmed to proceed, even in air, if the niobium film is covered with palladium. As hydrogen diffuses quickly in niobium but stops in aluminum or aluminum oxide, differences in hydrogen concentration can happen within a circuit consisting of electrically connected multiple junctions. This hydrogen concentration difference can explain the observation that two junctions with increased Jc exist in the serial junction array without palladium coverage.

  4. Critical field enhancement of asymptotic optical bound states in the continuum

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    Yoon, Jae Woong; Song, Seok Ho; Magnusson, Robert

    2015-01-01

    We study spectral singularities and critical field enhancement factors associated with embedded photonic bound states in subwavelength periodic Si films. Ultrahigh-Q resonances supporting field enhancement factor exceeding 108 are obtained in the spectral vicinity of exact embedded eigenvalues in spite of deep surface modulation and vertical asymmetry of the given structure. Treating relations between the partial resonance Q and field enhancement factors with an analytical coupled-mode model, we derive a general strategy to maximize the field enhancement associated with these photonic bound states in the presence of material dissipation. The analytical expression for the field enhancement quantitatively agrees with rigorous numerical calculations. Therefore, our results provide a general knowledge for designing practical resonance elements based on optical bound states in the continuum in various applications. PMID:26673548

  5. Scaling laws for the critical current density of NbN films in high magnetic fields

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    Hampshire, D.P. . Dept. of Physics); Gray, K.E.; Kampwirth, R.T. )

    1992-08-01

    We have measured the critical current density (Jc) of two NbN films (500 {Angstrom} and 1550 {Angstrom} thick) as a function of temperature in magnetic fields up to 25 Tesla using transport measurements. In both films, the functional form of the volume pinning force F{sub p} obeys the Fietz - Webb scaling law throughout the entire magnetic field and temperature range such that: F{sub p}=J{sub c} {times} B= {alpha}B{sub c2}{sup m}(T)b{sup {1/2}} (1-b){sup 2} = {alpha}*(1-T/T{sub c}){sup m}b{sup {1/2}}(1-b){sup 2} where {alpha} and {alpha}* are constants dependent on the film, B{sub c2}(T) is the upper critical field, b = B/B{sub c2}(T) is the reduced magnetic field, {Tc} is the critical temperature and we find m = 2.7 {plus minus} 0.1. Over a limited range of magnetic fields close to B{sub c2}(T), we can approximate this functional form by: F{sub p} = {Beta}B{sub c2}{sup M}(T)b(1-b){sup 2}={Beta}*(1-T/{Tc}){sup M}b(1-b){sup 2} where {Beta} and {Beta}* are constants and we find M = 2.6{plus minus}0.2. Values of J{sub c} derived from D.C. magnetisation data obtained using Bean's model show qualitative agreement with the transport measurements throughout the superconducting phase. Despite the marked granularity in the microstructure of these films, we interpret our results as evidence that a flux pinning mechanism determines the transport current density in NbN films in high magnetic fields.

  6. Scaling laws for the critical current density of NbN films in high magnetic fields

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    Hampshire, D.P.; Gray, K.E.; Kampwirth, R.T.

    1992-08-01

    We have measured the critical current density (Jc) of two NbN films (500 {Angstrom} and 1550 {Angstrom} thick) as a function of temperature in magnetic fields up to 25 Tesla using transport measurements. In both films, the functional form of the volume pinning force F{sub p} obeys the Fietz - Webb scaling law throughout the entire magnetic field and temperature range such that: F{sub p}=J{sub c} {times} B= {alpha}B{sub c2}{sup m}(T)b{sup {1/2}} (1-b){sup 2} = {alpha}*(1-T/T{sub c}){sup m}b{sup {1/2}}(1-b){sup 2} where {alpha} and {alpha}* are constants dependent on the film, B{sub c2}(T) is the upper critical field, b = B/B{sub c2}(T) is the reduced magnetic field, {Tc} is the critical temperature and we find m = 2.7 {plus_minus} 0.1. Over a limited range of magnetic fields close to B{sub c2}(T), we can approximate this functional form by: F{sub p} = {Beta}B{sub c2}{sup M}(T)b(1-b){sup 2}={Beta}*(1-T/{Tc}){sup M}b(1-b){sup 2} where {Beta} and {Beta}* are constants and we find M = 2.6{plus_minus}0.2. Values of J{sub c} derived from D.C. magnetisation data obtained using Bean`s model show qualitative agreement with the transport measurements throughout the superconducting phase. Despite the marked granularity in the microstructure of these films, we interpret our results as evidence that a flux pinning mechanism determines the transport current density in NbN films in high magnetic fields.

  7. [Current views on surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy in microbiology].

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    Jia, Xiaoxiao; Li, Jing; Qin, Tian; Deng, Aihua; Liu, Wenjun

    2015-05-01

    Raman spectroscopy has generated many branches during the development for more than 90 years. Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) improves SNR by using the interaction between tested materials and the surface of rough metal, as to quickly get higher sensitivity and precision spectroscopy without sample pretreatment. This article describes the characteristic and classification of SERS, and updates the theory and clinical application of SERS. It also summarizes the present status and progress of SERS in various disciplines and illustrates the necessity and urgency of its research, which provides rationale for the application for SERS in microbiology.

  8. Recanalization of Chronic Total Occlusion Lesions: A Critical Appraisal of Current Devices and Techniques

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    2016-01-01

    Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO) has been considered as one of the “final frontier” in interventional cardiology. Until recently, the patients with CTO are often managed surgically or medically due to lack of published evidence of clinical benefits and lower success rate of percutaneous recanalization of CTO. However, the introduction of enhanced guidewires, microcatheters combined with novel specialized devices and techniques reduce the number of unapproachable CTO. In this review article, current techniques and devices of percutaneous recanalization of CTO have been systematically summarized, which may help budding interventional cardiologists to theoretically understand these complex procedures and to deliver safe and effective percutaneous management of CTO to the patients. PMID:27790503

  9. Developing measurement indices to enhance protection and resilience of critical infrastructure and key resources.

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    Fisher, Ronald E; Norman, Michael

    2010-07-01

    The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is developing indices to better assist in the risk management of critical infrastructures. The first of these indices is the Protective Measures Index - a quantitative index that measures overall protection across component categories: physical security, security management, security force, information sharing, protective measures and dependencies. The Protective Measures Index, which can also be recalculated as the Vulnerability Index, is a way to compare differing protective measures (eg fence versus security training). The second of these indices is the Resilience Index, which assesses a site's resilience and consists of three primary components: robustness, resourcefulness and recovery. The third index is the Criticality Index, which assesses the importance of a facility. The Criticality Index includes economic, human, governance and mass evacuation impacts. The Protective Measures Index, Resilience Index and Criticality Index are being developed as part of the Enhanced Critical Infrastructure Protection initiative that DHS protective security advisers implement across the nation at critical facilities. This paper describes two core themes: determination of the vulnerability, resilience and criticality of a facility and comparison of the indices at different facilities.

  10. Enhancing attention in neurodegenerative diseases: current therapies and future directions.

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    Sharma, Kanchan; Davis, Thomas; Coulthard, Elizabeth

    2016-01-01

    We all experience at least occasional lapses in attention but in some neurological conditions, loss of attention is pervasive and debilitating. Treating deficits in attention first requires an understanding of the neurobiology of attention, which we now understand to be a set of different cognitive processes. Cholinesterase inhibitors are already established as effective attentional enhancers used in the treatment of certain dementias. Other stimulant agents such as modafanil, amphetamine and methylphenidate have demonstrated limited success in healthy individuals where attention is already optimal and clinical trials in patients with neurological disease are sparse. Dietary and lifestyle changes are gaining increasing prominence, as are experimental treatments such as deep brain stimulation and transcranial magnetic stimulation. As the therapeutic arsenal widens, clinicians will be able to match specific treatments to selective deficits in attention, giving patients a tailored management plan. Here we review common diseases that impair attention and emphasise how an understanding of attentional processing within the brain might lead to improved therapeutic strategies.

  11. Nanocomposites for enhancing current collection in organic solar cells

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    Peterson, Eric David

    The enhancement of charge collection in organic photovoltaics by using nanocomposite materials is investigated. Two such approaches are detailed in this thesis. Chapter 1 addresses the addition of metal nanorods to the PEDOT layer of an organic solar cell in an attempt to focus incident light for better absorption by the polymer layer. Composites designed to facilitate charge transfer from nanoparticles to the polymer/fullerene system are the focus of the second chapter. Chapter 3 details a refinement to the research presented in chapter 2, adding fullerenes to the mix and creating ternary systems and providing an analytical framework for evaluating these systems. The material choices are expanded in chapter 4; we investigate a new, lower band gap conjugated polymer (PCPDTBT) as well as core-shell nanoparticles and how they interact in the system. Results are reported and further avenues of research are suggested.

  12. Kiloampere, Variable-Temperature, Critical-Current Measurements of High-Field Superconductors

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    Goodrich, LF; Cheggour, N; Stauffer, TC; Filla, BJ; Lu, XF

    2013-01-01

    We review variable-temperature, transport critical-current (Ic) measurements made on commercial superconductors over a range of critical currents from less than 0.1 A to about 1 kA. We have developed and used a number of systems to make these measurements over the last 15 years. Two exemplary variable-temperature systems with coil sample geometries will be described: a probe that is only variable-temperature and a probe that is variable-temperature and variable-strain. The most significant challenge for these measurements is temperature stability, since large amounts of heat can be generated by the flow of high current through the resistive sample fixture. Therefore, a significant portion of this review is focused on the reduction of temperature errors to less than ±0.05 K in such measurements. A key feature of our system is a pre-regulator that converts a flow of liquid helium to gas and heats the gas to a temperature close to the target sample temperature. The pre-regulator is not in close proximity to the sample and it is controlled independently of the sample temperature. This allows us to independently control the total cooling power, and thereby fine tune the sample cooling power at any sample temperature. The same general temperature-control philosophy is used in all of our variable-temperature systems, but the addition of another variable, such as strain, forces compromises in design and results in some differences in operation and protocol. These aspects are analyzed to assess the extent to which the protocols for our systems might be generalized to other systems at other laboratories. Our approach to variable-temperature measurements is also placed in the general context of measurement-system design, and the perceived advantages and disadvantages of design choices are presented. To verify the accuracy of the variable-temperature measurements, we compared critical-current values obtained on a specimen immersed in liquid helium (“liquid” or Ic liq) at

  13. Critical assessment of enhancement factor measurements in surface-enhanced Raman scattering on different substrates.

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    Rodrigues, Daniel C; de Souza, Michele L; Souza, Klester S; dos Santos, Diego P; Andrade, Gustavo F S; Temperini, Marcia L A

    2015-09-07

    The SERS enhancement factor (SERS-EF) is one of the most important parameters that characterizes the ability of a given substrate to enhance the Raman signal for SERS applications. The comparison of SERS intensities and SERS-EF values across different substrates is a common practice to unravel the performance of a given substrate. In this study, it is shown that such a comparison may lack significance if we compare substrates of very distinct nature and optical properties. It is specifically shown that the SERS-EF values for static substrates (e.g. immobilized metallic nanostructures) cannot be compared to those of dynamic ones (e.g. colloidal metal nanoparticle solutions), and that the optical properties for the latter show strong dependence on the metal-molecule interaction dynamics. The most representative experimental results concerning the dynamic substrates have been supported by generalized Mie theory simulations, which are tools used to describe the substrate complexity and the microscopic information not usually taken into account.

  14. SDF-1 enhances wound healing of critical-sized calvarial defects beyond self-repair capacity.

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    Jin, Qiming; Giannobile, William V

    2014-01-01

    Host blood circulating stem cells are an important cell source that participates in the repair of damaged tissues. The clinical challenge is how to improve the recruitment of circulating stem cells into the local wound area and enhance tissue regeneration. Stromal-derived factor-1 (SDF-1) has been shown to be a potent chemoattractant of blood circulating stem cells into the local wound microenvironment. In order to investigate effects of SDF-1 on bone development and the repair of a large bone defect beyond host self-repair capacity, the BMP-induced subcutaneous ectopic bone formation and calvarial critical-sized defect murine models were used in this preclinical study. A dose escalation of SDF-1 were loaded into collagen scaffolds containing BMP, VEGF, or PDGF, and implanted into subcutaneous sites at mouse dorsa or calvarial critical-sized bone defects for 2 and 4 weeks. The harvested biopsies were examined by microCT and histology. The results demonstrated that while SDF-1 had no effect in the ectopic bone model in promoting de novo osteogenesis, however, in the orthotopic bone model of the critical-sized defects, SDF-1 enhanced calvarial critical-sized bone defect healing similar to VEGF, and PDGF. These results suggest that SDF-1 plays a role in the repair of large critical-sized defect where more cells are needed while not impacting de novo bone formation, which may be associated with the functions of SDF-1 on circulating stem cell recruitment and angiogenesis.

  15. Enhancing skills of critical reflection to evidence learning in professional practice.

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    Paterson, Colin; Chapman, Judith

    2013-08-01

    Professional organisations and regulatory bodies are making critical reflection a mandatory component of professional practice. Reflection is a vital part of learning from experience and is central to developing and maintaining competency across a practitioner's lifetime. This paper will discuss key educational theories to illustrate why reflection is important. Kolb's and Gibbs' reflective cycles are used to structure the process of critical reflection. Elements of the educational tradition of Bildung are discussed and integrated to enrich the understanding of self and to facilitate the reader's ability to enhance their professional practice.

  16. Critical Development? Using a Critical Theory Lens to Examine the Current Role of Evaluation in the Youth-Development Field

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    Zeller-Berkman, Sarah

    2010-01-01

    A critical theory lens is used to explore the role of evaluation in youth development, a field aimed at recognizing youth as assets. A theory of change in the field is questioned for its emphasis on individual youth outcomes as programmatic outcome measures. A review of 209 evaluations of 131 programs in the Harvard Family Research Project's…

  17. Contactless measurement of critical current of high temperature superconductor tape by magnetic circuit.

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    Gu, C; Qu, T-M; Zou, S-N; Han, Z

    2010-08-01

    A method based on the principle of the magnetic circuit is proposed and realized for contactless measurement of critical current (I(c)) of high temperature superconductor tapes. This method has two unique features: first, it eliminates noises caused by mechanical fluctuations and thus makes high speed and high stability measurement possible and second, adapts for both Bi(2)Si(2)Ca(2)Cu(3)O(x) (Bi2223) and YBa(2)Cu(3)O(7-x) (YBCO) tape, which even has a magnetic substrate. Theoretical analysis is given and an apparatus for the reel-to-reel measurement has been constructed, by which continuous inspection of I(c) uniformity of YBCO and Bi2223 tapes measured at different speeds is reported.

  18. Intergrain magnetic properties and critical currents of T1-1223 bulk and tape superconductors

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    Zalecki, R.; Kolodziejczyk, A.; Chmist, J.; König, W.; Gritzner, G.

    2000-11-01

    The magnetic field and the temperature dependencies of the dispersive and the absorption components of the low frequency ac magnetic susceptibility for Pb and Bi single doped bulk superconductors as well as for Pb and Bi co-doped Ag-sheathed superconducting T1-1223 tapes have been measured and analyzed. The studies were accompanied by optical and electron microscopic observations of the microstructure. The ac susceptibility measured at various ac magnetic field amplitudes showed both intergrain and intragrain features. The temperature dependencies of the intergrain critical current densities were extracted from the absorption susceptibility via a modified Bean model. They were at relevant temperatures one order of magnitude larger for the tape than for the bulk specimens.

  19. Achieving glycemic control in elderly patients with type 2 diabetes: a critical comparison of current options

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    Du, Ye-Fong; Ou, Horng-Yih; Beverly, Elizabeth A; Chiu, Ching-Ju

    2014-01-01

    The prevalence of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is increasing in the elderly. Because of the unique characteristics of elderly people with T2DM, therapeutic strategy and focus should be tailored to suit this population. This article reviews the guidelines and studies related to older people with T2DM worldwide. A few important themes are generalized: 1) the functional and cognitive status is critical for older people with T2DM considering their life expectancy compared to younger counterparts; 2) both severe hypoglycemia and persistent hyperglycemia are deleterious to older adults with T2DM, and both conditions should be avoided when determining therapeutic goals; 3) recently developed guidelines emphasize the avoidance of hypoglycemic episodes in older people, even in the absence of symptoms. In addition, we raise the concern of glycemic variability, and discuss the rationale for the selection of current options in managing this patient population. PMID:25429208

  20. A critical review of the current knowledge regarding the biological impact of nanocellulose.

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    Endes, C; Camarero-Espinosa, S; Mueller, S; Foster, E J; Petri-Fink, A; Rothen-Rutishauser, B; Weder, C; Clift, M J D

    2016-12-01

    Several forms of nanocellulose, notably cellulose nanocrystals and nanofibrillated cellulose, exhibit attractive property matrices and are potentially useful for a large number of industrial applications. These include the paper and cardboard industry, use as reinforcing filler in polymer composites, basis for low-density foams, additive in adhesives and paints, as well as a wide variety of food, hygiene, cosmetic, and medical products. Although the commercial exploitation of nanocellulose has already commenced, little is known as to the potential biological impact of nanocellulose, particularly in its raw form. This review provides a comprehensive and critical review of the current state of knowledge of nanocellulose in this format. Overall, the data seems to suggest that when investigated under realistic doses and exposure scenarios, nanocellulose has a limited associated toxic potential, albeit certain forms of nanocellulose can be associated with more hazardous biological behavior due to their specific physical characteristics.

  1. [Indications of dexmedetomidine in the current sedoanalgesia tendencies in critical patients].

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    Romera Ortega, M A; Chamorro Jambrina, C; Lipperheide Vallhonrat, I; Fernández Simón, I

    2014-01-01

    Recently, dexmedetomidine has been marketed in Spain and other European countries. The published experience regarding its use has placed dexmedetomidine on current trends in sedo-analgesic strategies in the adult critically ill patient. Dexmedetomidine has sedative and analgesic properties, without respiratory depressant effects, inducing a degree of depth of sedation in which the patient can open its eyes to verbal stimulation, obey simple commands and cooperate in nursing care. It is therefore a very useful drug in patients who can be maintained on mechanical ventilation with these levels of sedation avoiding the deleterious effects of over or infrasedation. Because of its effects on α2-receptors, it's very useful for the control and prevention of tolerance and withdrawal to other sedatives and psychotropic drugs. The use of dexmedetomidine has been associated with lower incidence of delirium when compared with other sedatives. Moreover, it's a potentially useful drug for sedation of patients in non-invasive ventilation.

  2. Anomalous anisotropy of critical currents in (Sr, K)Fe2As2 tapes

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    Awaji, Satoshi; Nakazawa, Yushiro; Oguro, Hidetoshi; Tsuchiya, Yuji; Watanabe, Kazuo; Shimada, Yusuke; Lin, He; Yao, Chao; Zhang, Xianping; Ma, Yanwei

    2017-03-01

    We measured critical currents and irreversibility fields of Ag-sheath (Sr, K)Fe2As2 tapes at various temperatures, magnetic fields and magnetic field directions. The sample tapes were made by a powder-in-tube with a hot-press process in the final heat treatments. The inverse anisotropy in J c in comparison with the effective mass anisotropy can be found in the hot-pressed (Sr, K)Fe2As2 tapes. We found that the broad c-axis peak in angular dependence of J c appears in a low field region and it decreases with increasing field and temperature. In addition, the crossover of J c anisotropy appears around 10 T at 4.2 K and the crossover field decreases with increasing temperature. It is considered that these unusual anisotropic J c behaviors may be originated by the strong random pinning center which is larger than the coherence length,

  3. [Critical evaluation of current diagnostic classification systems in psychiatry: the case of DSM-5].

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    Luciano, Mario; Sampogna, Gaia; Del Vecchio, Valeria; De Rosa, Corrado; Albert, Umberto; Carrà, Giuseppe; Dell'Osso, Bernardo; Lorenzo, Giorgio Di; Ferrari, Silvia; Martinotti, Giovanni; Nanni, Maria Giulia; Pinna, Federica; Pompili, Maurizio; Volpe, Umberto; Catapano, Francesco; Fiorillo, Andrea

    2016-01-01

    Since its first edition, the Diagnostic and Statistical manual of Mental disorders (DSM) has had a great impact on the scientific community and the public opinion as well. In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association released the fifth edition of the manual and - as for the previous versions - several criticisms raised. In particular, the persistence of the categorical approach to mental disorders represents one of the main debated topics, as well as the introduction of new diagnostic syndromes, which are not based on an adequate evidences. Moreover, the threshold of diagnostic criteria for many mental disorders has been lowered, with the consequence that the boundaries between "normality" and "pathology" is not so clear. In this paper, we will: 1) report the historical development of the DSM from the publication of its first edition; 2) describe the main changes introduced in the DSM-5; 3) discuss critical elements in the DSM-5. The current debate regarding the validity of diagnostic manuals and its criteria is threatening the psychiatric discipline, but a possible solution should be represented by the integration of diagnostic criteria with the in-depth description of patient's psychopathological experiences.

  4. Anodal transcranial direct current stimulation enhances procedural consolidation.

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    Tecchio, Franca; Zappasodi, Filippo; Assenza, Giovanni; Tombini, Mario; Vollaro, Stefano; Barbati, Giulia; Rossini, Paolo Maria

    2010-08-01

    The primary motor cortex (M1) area recruitment enlarges while learning a finger tapping sequence. Also M1 excitability increases during procedural consolidation. Our aim was to investigate whether increasing M1 excitability by anodal transcranial DC stimulation (AtDCS) when procedural consolidation occurs was able to induce an early consolidation improvement. Forty-seven right-handed healthy participants were trained in a nine-element serial finger tapping task (SFTT) executed with the left hand. Random series blocks were interspersed with training series blocks. Anodal or sham tDCS was administered over the right M1 after the end of the training session. After stimulation, the motor skills of both trained and a new untrained sequential series blocks were tested again. For each block, performance was estimated as the median execution time of correct series. Early consolidation of the trained series, assessed by the performance difference between the first block after and the last block before stimulation normalized by the random, was enhanced by anodal and not by sham tDCS. Stimulation did not affect random series execution. No stimulation effect was found on the on-line learning of the trained and new untrained series. Our results suggest that AtDCS applied on M1 soon after training improves early consolidation of procedural learning. Our data highlight the importance of neuromodulation procedures for understanding learning processes and support their use in the motor rehabilitation setting, focusing on the timing of the application.

  5. Enhancing attention in neurodegenerative diseases: current therapies and future directions

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    Davis, Thomas; Coulthard, Elizabeth

    2016-01-01

    Abstract We all experience at least occasional lapses in attention but in some neurological conditions, loss of attention is pervasive and debilitating. Treating deficits in attention first requires an understanding of the neurobiology of attention, which we now understand to be a set of different cognitive processes. Cholinesterase inhibitors are already established as effective attentional enhancers used in the treatment of certain dementias. Other stimulant agents such as modafanil, amphetamine and methylphenidate have demonstrated limited success in healthy individuals where attention is already optimal and clinical trials in patients with neurological disease are sparse. Dietary and lifestyle changes are gaining increasing prominence, as are experimental treatments such as deep brain stimulation and transcranial magnetic stimulation. As the therapeutic arsenal widens, clinicians will be able to match specific treatments to selective deficits in attention, giving patients a tailored management plan. Here we review common diseases that impair attention and emphasise how an understanding of attentional processing within the brain might lead to improved therapeutic strategies. PMID:28123829

  6. Enhanced recovery after surgery: Current research insights and future direction

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    Abeles, Aliza; Kwasnicki, Richard Mark; Darzi, Ara

    2017-01-01

    Since the concept of enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) was introduced in the late 1990s the idea of implementing specific interventions throughout the peri-operative period to improve patient recovery has been proven to be beneficial. Minimally invasive surgery is an integral component to ERAS and has dramatically improved post-operative outcomes. ERAS can be applicable to all surgical specialties with the core generic principles used together with added specialty specific interventions to allow for a comprehensive protocol, leading to improved clinical outcomes. Diffusion of ERAS into mainstream practice has been hindered due to minimal evidence to support individual facets and lack of method for monitoring and encouraging compliance. No single outcome measure fully captures recovery after surgery, rather multiple measures are necessary at each stage. More recently the pre-operative period has been the target of a number of strategies to improve clinical outcomes, described as prehabilitation. Innovation of technology in the surgical setting is also providing opportunities to overcome the challenges within ERAS, e.g., the use of wearable activity monitors to record information and provide feedback and motivation to patients peri-operatively. Both modernising ERAS and providing evidence for key strategies across specialties will ultimately lead to better, more reliable patient outcomes. PMID:28289508

  7. Current-induced enhancement of DNA bubble creation

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    Gu, Lei; Fu, Hua-Hua

    2016-05-01

    Current-induced heating of short double-stranded DNA chains is studied within a two-probe transport setup by using the Langevin approach. The electrons are modeled by a tight-binding Hamiltonian. The DNA atomic motion is described by the Peyrard-Bishop-Dauxois atomic potential, coupled with electrons through the Holstein interaction. The solvent environment is accounted for as a classical heat bath. Voltage biases of 0.1˜ 0.5 {{V}} can effectively break the base pairs and lead to the melting transition, which can be detected from the resulting significant reduction of the conductance. When the bias increases, the opening of base pairs near the leads with higher chemical potential is suppressed and bubble (localized separation of the double strand) formation becomes asymmetric. Our results suggest that the voltage bias can excite the base pairs, hence increases the chemical activity of DNA.

  8. Constructing vulnerabilty and protective measures indices for the enhanced critical infrastructure protection program.

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    Fisher, R. E.; Buehring, W. A.; Whitfield, R. G.; Bassett, G. W.; Dickinson, D. C.; Haffenden, R. A.; Klett, M. S.; Lawlor, M. A.; Decision and Information Sciences; LANL

    2009-10-14

    The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has directed its Protective Security Advisors (PSAs) to form partnerships with the owners and operators of assets most essential to the Nation's well being - a subclass of critical infrastructure and key resources (CIKR) - and to conduct site visits for these and other high-risk assets as part of the Enhanced Critical Infrastructure Protection (ECIP) Program. During each such visit, the PSA documents information about the facility's current CIKR protection posture and overall security awareness. The primary goals for ECIP site visits (DHS 2009) are to: (1) inform facility owners and operators of the importance of their facilities as an identified high-priority CIKR and the need to be vigilant in light of the ever-present threat of terrorism; (2) identify protective measures currently in place at these facilities, provide comparisons of CIKR protection postures across like assets, and track the implementation of new protective measures; and (3) enhance existing relationships among facility owners and operators; DHS; and various Federal, State, local tribal, and territorial partners. PSAs conduct ECIP visits to assess overall site security; educate facility owners and operators about security; help owners and operators identify gaps and potential improvements; and promote communication and information sharing among facility owners and operators, DHS, State governments, and other security partners. Information collected during ECIP visits is used to develop metrics; conduct sector-by-sector and cross-sector vulnerability comparisons; identify security gaps and trends across CIKR sectors and subsectors; establish sector baseline security survey results; and track progress toward improving CIKR security through activities, programs, outreach, and training (Snyder 2009). The data being collected are used in a framework consistent with the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) risk criteria (DHS 2009). The NIPP

  9. Microstructure, critical current density and trapped field experiments in IG-processed Y-123

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    Muralidhar, M.; Ide, N.; Koblischka, M. R.; Diko, P.; Inoue, K.; Murakami, M.

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, we adapted the top-seeded infiltration growth ‘IG’ technique and produced several YBa2Cu3O y ‘Y-123’ samples with an addition of Y2BaCuO5 ‘Y-211’ secondary phase particles with varying sizes by the sintering process and the ball milling technique. For the first set of samples, Y-211 disks were sintered at temperatures ranging between 900 °C and 1100 °C and were used for the production of Y-123 material by the IG process. Magnetization measurements showed a sharp superconducting transition with an onset T c at around 92 K, irrespective of the sintering temperature. However, the trapped field and critical current density (J c) values were dependent on the sintering temperature and it was found that the best temperature is around 925 °C. Further, the trapped field distribution measurements at 77 K indicated that all samples are of single grain nature. The highest trapped field was recorded around 0.31 T at 77 K for the Y-123 sample with 20 mm in diameter and 5 mm thickness produced by Y-211 pre-from around 925 °C. On the other hand, a second set of samples Y-211 were controlled by ball milling technique combined with an optimized slow cooling process. As a result, the critical current density (J c) at 77 K and zero field was determined to be 225 kA cm-2. The improved performance of the Y-123 material can be understood in terms of homogeneous distribution of fine secondary phase particles which is demonstrated by AFM micrographs.

  10. Constructing a resilience index for the Enhanced Critical Infrastructure Protection Program

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    Fisher, R. E.; Bassett, G. W.; Buehring, W. A.; Collins, M. J.; Dickinson, D. C.; Eaton, L. K.; Haffenden, R. A.; Hussar, N. E.; Klett, M. S.; Lawlor, M. A.; Millier, D. J.; Petit, F. D.; Peyton, S. M.; Wallace, K. E.; Whitfield, R. G.; Peerenboom, J P

    2010-10-14

    Following recommendations made in Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7, which established a national policy for the identification and increased protection of critical infrastructure and key resources (CIKR) by Federal departments and agencies, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2006 developed the Enhanced Critical Infrastructure Protection (ECIP) program. The ECIP program aimed to provide a closer partnership with state, regional, territorial, local, and tribal authorities in fulfilling the national objective to improve CIKR protection. The program was specifically designed to identify protective measures currently in place in CIKR and to inform facility owners/operators of the benefits of new protective measures. The ECIP program also sought to enhance existing relationships between DHS and owners/operators of CIKR and to build relationships where none existed (DHS 2008; DHS 2009). In 2009, DHS and its protective security advisors (PSAs) began assessing CIKR assets using the ECIP program and ultimately produced individual protective measure and vulnerability values through the protective measure and vulnerability indices (PMI/VI). The PMI/VI assess the protective measures posture of individual facilities at their 'weakest link,' allowing for a detailed analysis of the most vulnerable aspects of the facilities (Schneier 2003), while maintaining the ability to produce an overall protective measures picture. The PMI has six main components (physical security, security management, security force, information sharing, protective measures assessments, and dependencies) and focuses on actions taken by a facility to prevent or deter the occurrence of an incident (Argonne National Laboratory 2009). As CIKR continue to be assessed using the PMI/VI and owners/operators better understand how they can prevent or deter incidents, academic research, practitioner emphasis, and public policy formation have increasingly focused on resilience as a necessary

  11. Critical dimension and pattern size enhancement using pre-strained lithography

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    Hong, Jian-Wei; Yang, Chung-Yuan; Lo, Cheng-Yao

    2014-10-13

    This paper proposes a non-wavelength-shortening-related critical dimension and pattern size reduction solution for the integrated circuit industry that entails generating strain on the substrate prior to lithography. Pattern size reduction of up to 49% was achieved regardless of shape, location, and size on the xy plane, and complete theoretical calculations and process steps are described in this paper. This technique can be applied to enhance pattern resolution by employing materials and process parameters already in use and, thus, to enhance the capability of outdated lithography facilities, enabling them to particularly support the manufacturing of flexible electronic devices with polymer substrates.

  12. Analysis of the variations between Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education requirements for critical care training programs and their effects on the current critical care workforce.

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    Gupta, Rakesh; Zad, Omid; Jimenez, Edgar

    2013-12-01

    Adult critical care medicine (CCM) is ill prepared for the demands of an aging US population. Sources have acknowledged a severe shortage of intensivists, yet there has been minimal discussion on the lack of critical care training opportunities. Inconsistencies in training options have led to fragmentation of how critical care services are provided to the US adult population. Significant differences exist between CCM without pulmonary and pulmonary critical care (PCCM) training as it relates to critical care coverage, patient population, and procedural skill of a trainee. The Internal Medicine Residency Review Committee appears more aligned with the PCCM vision of training rather than the CCM; thus, many PCCM programs are more available than pure CCM. Internal medicine offers the greatest pool of candidates to practice full-time CCM, yet there are minimal opportunities for internists wanting to go into straight CCM without also receiving pulmonary training. However, because many PCCM physicians spend a significant amount of time outside critical care, current PCCM training options do not meet the demand for critical care physicians. In this article, we review the barriers to critical care training opportunities and expanding the intensivist workforce and propose reasonable and practical solutions.

  13. Enhancing the mirror illusion with transcranial direct current stimulation.

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    Jax, Steven A; Rosa-Leyra, Diana L; Coslett, H Branch

    2015-05-01

    Visual feedback has a strong impact on upper-extremity movement production. One compelling example of this phenomena is the mirror illusion (MI), which has been used as a treatment for post-stroke movement deficits (mirror therapy). Previous research indicates that the MI increases primary motor cortex excitability, and this change in excitability is strongly correlated with the mirror's effects on behavioral performance of neurologically-intact controls. Based on evidence that primary motor cortex excitability can also be increased using transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), we tested whether bilateral tDCS to the primary motor cortices (anode right-cathode left and anode left-cathode right) would modify the MI. We measured the MI using a previously-developed task in which participants make reaching movements with the unseen arm behind a mirror while viewing the reflection of the other arm. When an offset in the positions of the two limbs relative to the mirror is introduced, reaching errors of the unseen arm are biased by the reflected arm's position. We found that active tDCS in the anode right-cathode left montage increased the magnitude of the MI relative to sham tDCS and anode left-cathode right tDCS. We take these data as a promising indication that tDCS could improve the effect of mirror therapy in patients with hemiparesis.

  14. Critical current scaling and the pivot-point in Nb3Sn strands

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    Tsui, Y.; Hampshire, D. P.

    2012-05-01

    Detailed measurements are provided of the engineering critical current density (Jc) and the index of transition (n-value) of two different types of advanced ITER Nb3Sn superconducting strand for fusion applications. The samples consist of one internal-tin strand (OST) and two bronze-route strands (BEAS I and BEAS II—reacted using different heat treatments). Tests on different sections of these wires show that prior to applying strain, Jc is homogeneous to better than 2% along the length of each strand. Jc data have been characterized as a function of magnetic field (B ≤ 14.5 T), temperature (4.2 K ≤ T ≤ 12 K) and applied axial strain ( - 1% ≤ ɛA ≤ 0.8%). Strain-cycling tests demonstrate that the variable strain Jc data are reversible to better than 2% when the applied axial strain is in the range of - 1% ≤ ɛA ≤ 0.5%. The wires are damaged when the intrinsic strain (ɛI) is ɛI ≥ 0.55% and ɛI ≥ 0.23% for the OST and BEAS strands, respectively. The strain dependences of the normalized Jc for each type of strand are similar to those of prototype strands of similar design measured in 2005 and 2008 to about 2% which makes them candidate strands for a round-robin interlaboratory comparison. The Jc data are described by Durham, ITER and Josephson-junction parameterizations to an accuracy of about 4%. For all of these scaling laws, the percentage difference between the data and the parameterization is larger when Jc is small, caused by high B, T or |ɛI|. The n-values can be described by a modified power law of the form n=1+r{I}_{{c}}^{s}, where r and s are approximately constant and Ic is the critical current. It has long been known that pivot-points (or cross-overs) in Jc occur at high magnetic field and temperature. Changing the magnetic field or temperature from one side of the pivot-point to the other changes the highest Jc sample to the lowest Jc sample and vice versa. The pivot-point follows the B-T phase boundary associated with the upper

  15. A Critical Examination of Current On-Orbit Satellite Collision Risk Analysis Under Constraints of Public Data

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    Whitworth, Brandon; Moon, Mark; Pace, William; Baker, Robert

    2010-09-01

    SSN will need greatly increased resources to meet this challenge. For these reasons, the creation of a clearinghouse for maneuvers, changes to the planning process for space missions, changes to the spacecraft for evasive and end of life actions, and improved quantity and quality of the information available to the public from the SSN should all be considered by the community to increase the level of safety and lengthen the service life of all current and future spacecraft. This paper provides a critical examination of current on-orbit collision risk analysis techniques and suggests improvements to enhance the safety of future space operations.

  16. Critical current density behaviors across a grain boundary inclined to current with different angles in YBa2Cu3O7-δ bicrystal junctions

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    Tao, Hua; Wei-Wei, Xu; Zheng-Ming, Ji; Da-Yuan, Guo; Qing-Yun, Wang; Xiang-Rong, Ma; Rui-Yu, Liang

    2016-06-01

    The critical current density behaviors across a bicrystal grain boundary (GB) inclined to the current direction with different angles in YBa2Cu3O7-δ bicrystal junctions in magnetic fields are investigated. There are two main reasons for the difference in critical current density in junctions at different GB inclined angles in the same magnetic field: (i) the GB plane area determines the current carrying cross section; (ii) the vortex motion dynamics at the GB affects the critical current value when the vortex starts to move along the GB by Lorentz force. Furthermore, the vortex motion in a bicrystal GB is studied by investigating transverse (Hall) and longitudinal current-voltage characteristics (I-V xx and I-V xy ). It is found that the I-V xx curve diverges from linearity at a high driving current, while the I-V xy curve keeps nearly linear, which indicates the vortices inside the GB break out of the GB by Lorentz force. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61501222, 61371036, and 61571219) and the School Scientific Research Fund of Nanjing Institute of Technology, China (Grant Nos. YKJ201418).

  17. Influence of Critical Current Density on Magnetic Force of Htsc Bulk above Pmr with 3D-MODELING Numerical Solutions

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    Lu, Yiyun; Lu, Bingjuan; Ge, Yunwang; Chen, Wenqing

    Numerical electromagnetic field simulations of high-temperature superconductors (HTSC) bulk were carried out to calculate the magnetic force between the HTSC bulk and the permanent magnet railway (PMR). A 3D-modeling numerical calculation method is proposed using the finite element method. The model is formulated with the magnetic field vector (H-method). The resulting code was written with FORTRAN language. The electric field intensity E and the current density J constitutive relation of HTSC were described with E-J power law. The Kim macro-model is used to describe critical current density Jc of HTSC bulk. Two virtual HTSC bulks were used to solve the critical current density Jc anisotropic properties of HTSC materials. A superconducting levitation system composed of one HTSC bulk and PMR is successfully investigated using the proposed method. By this method, the influence of critical current density on magnetic levitation force of the superconducting levitation system is mathematically studied.

  18. Current-pulse-induced enhancement of transient photodetective effect in tilted manganite film.

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    Ni, H; Zhao, K; Xi, J F; Feng, X; Xiang, W F; Zhao, S Q; Kong, Y-C; Wong, H K

    2012-12-17

    A current-pulse-induced enhancement effect of transient photovoltage has been discovered in tilted manganite La(2/3)Ca(1/3)MnO(3) film at room temperature. Here, by applying a pulsed current stimulus before pulse laser irradiation, we observed a significant enhancement of more than 50% in photovoltaic sensitivity. The current-pulse-induced photovoltaic enhancement can be tuned not only by the stimulating current value but also by the stimulating time. Such enhancement is time-sensitive and reproducible. This electrically induced effect, observed at room temperature, has both the benefit of a discovery in materials properties and the promise of applications for thin film manganites in photodetectors.

  19. Female genital cosmetic surgery: a critical review of current knowledge and contemporary debates.

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    Braun, Virginia

    2010-07-01

    Female genital cosmetic surgery procedures have gained popularity in the West in recent years. Marketing by surgeons promotes the surgeries, but professional organizations have started to question the promotion and practice of these procedures. Despite some surgeon claims of drastic transformations of psychological, emotional, and sexual life associated with the surgery, little reliable evidence of such effects exists. This article achieves two objectives. First, reviewing the published academic work on the topic, it identifies the current state of knowledge around female genital cosmetic procedures, as well as limitations in our knowledge. Second, examining a body of critical scholarship that raises sociological and psychological concerns not typically addressed in medical literature, it summarizes broader issues and debates. Overall, the article demonstrates a paucity of scientific knowledge and highlights a pressing need to consider the broader ramifications of surgical practices. "Today we have a whole society held in thrall to the drastic plastic of labial rejuvenation."( 1 ) "At the present time, the field of female cosmetic genital surgery is like the old Wild, Wild West: wide open and unregulated"( 2 ).

  20. Relationship between intrinsic surface resistance and critical current density of YBCO thin films with various thickness

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    Nakagawa, K.; Nakayama, S.; Saito, A.; Ono, S.; Kai, H.; Mukaida, M.; Honma, T.; Ohshima, S.

    2010-11-01

    We investigated the relationship between the intrinsic surface resistance (Rsint) and critical current density (Jc) of YBa2Cu3Oy (YBCO) film thinner than the penetration depth (λL). The measured YBCO films were deposited on CeO2-buffered r-cut Al2O3 substrates by the pulsed laser deposition method. The thicknesses of these films were 300, 200, and 100 nm, respectively. The Rsint means the surface resistance of YBCO film removing the loss by the impedance of the substrates. The effective surface resistance (Rseff) including the impedance of the substrate and the Jc of each YBCO film were measured using the dielectric resonator method at 21.8 GHz and the inductive method. We calculated Rsint by using phenomenological expressions and the Rseff value. The Rsint values of each YBCO film were almost the same in the measured temperature region. As a result, we found that Rsint was in inverse proportion to the Jc of YBCO film thinner than λL.

  1. Atmospheric deposition and critical loads for nitrogen and metals in Arctic Alaska: Review and current status

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    Linder, Greg L.; Brumbaugh, William G.; Neitlich, Peter; Little, Edward

    2013-01-01

    To protect important resources under their bureau’s purview, the United States National Park Service’s (NPS) Arctic Network (ARCN) has developed a series of “vital signs” that are to be periodically monitored. One of these vital signs focuses on wet and dry deposition of atmospheric chemicals and further, the establishment of critical load (CL) values (thresholds for ecological effects based on cumulative depositional loadings) for nitrogen (N), sulfur, and metals. As part of the ARCN terrestrial monitoring programs, samples of the feather moss Hylocomium splendens are being col- lected and analyzed as a cost-effective means to monitor atmospheric pollutant deposition in this region. Ultimately, moss data combined with refined CL values might be used to help guide future regulation of atmospheric contaminant sources potentially impacting Arctic Alaska. But first, additional long-term studies are needed to determine patterns of contaminant deposition as measured by moss biomonitors and to quantify ecosystem responses at particular loadings/ ranges of contaminants within Arctic Alaska. Herein we briefly summarize 1) current regulatory guidance related to CL values 2) derivation of CL models for N and metals, 3) use of mosses as biomonitors of atmospheric deposition and loadings, 4) preliminary analysis of vulnerabilities and risks associated with CL estimates for N, 5) preliminary analysis of existing data for characterization of CL values for N for interior Alaska and 6) implications for managers and future research needs.

  2. Connectivity and limitation of critical current in Bi-Pb-Sr-Ca-Cu/Ag tapes

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    Müller, K.-H.; Andrikidis, C.; Du, J.; Leslie, K. E.; Foley, C. P.

    1999-07-01

    We have shown experimentally that the remanent magnetic moments of Y-Ba-Cu-O thin-film networks and of Bi-2223/Ag monofilamentary tapes show remarkable similarities, as their magnetic moments are both composed of intersquare (intergrain) and intrasquare (intragrain) magnetic moments. Starting from the geometrical definition of connectivity in a thin-film network, we show that connectivity in a Bi-2223/Ag monofilamentary tape is solely defined by the ratio of the average grain size to the width of the superconducting core and by the ratio of the intergrain to intragrain remanent magnetic moments at saturation. The measured upper limit for the connectivities ranged from 4.2×10-3 in a tape with low critical current density Jc to 2.9×10-2 in a tape with Jc(77 K,0 T)~=2×108 A m-2. Our study reveals that even good Bi-2223/Ag tapes suffer from very low grain connectivity. We estimate that in the case of perfect connectivity a Jc(77 K,0 T) between 8×109 and 6×1010 A m-2 would be achievable.

  3. Field and temperature scaling of the critical current density in commercial REBCO coated conductors

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    Senatore, Carmine; Barth, Christian; Bonura, Marco; Kulich, Miloslav; Mondonico, Giorgio

    2016-01-01

    Scaling relations describing the electromagnetic behaviour of coated conductors (CCs) greatly simplify the design of REBCO-based devices. The performance of REBCO CCs is strongly influenced by fabrication route, conductor architecture and materials, and these parameters vary from one manufacturer another. In the present work we have examined the critical surface for the current density, J c(T, B, θ), of coated conductors from six different manufacturers: American Superconductor Co. (US), Bruker HTS GmbH (Germany), Fujikura Ltd (Japan), SuNAM Co. Ltd (Korea), SuperOx ZAO (Russia) and SuperPower Inc. (US). Electrical transport and magnetic measurements were performed at temperatures between 4.2 K and 77 K and in magnetic fields of up to 19 T. Experiments were conducted at three different orientations of the field with respect to the crystallographic c-axis of the REBCO layer, θ = 0°, 45° and 90°, in order to probe the angular anisotropy of J c. In spite of the large variability of the CCs’ performance, we show here that field and temperature dependences of J c at a given angle can be reproduced over wide ranges using a scaling relation based only on three parameters. Furthermore, we present and validate a new approach combining magnetic and transport measurements for the determination of the scaling parameters with minimal experimental effort.

  4. Magnetic Field Dependence of the Critical Current of Planar Geometry Josephson Junctions

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    Ma, Meng; Cho, Ethan; Huynh, Chuong; Cybart, Shane; Dynes, Robert

    2015-03-01

    We report a study on the magnetic field dependence of the critical current of planar geometry Josephson junctions. We have fabricated Josephson junctions by using a focused helium ion beam to irradiate a narrow barrier in the plane of a 25 nm thick Y-Ba-Cu-O film. The London penetration depth λL is large (~1 μm) because of the ultra-thin thickness of the film. As a result, calculations of the Josephson penetration depth λJ are not realistic nor physical. Therefore in this work, we measure λJ experimentally. We tested devices with bridge widths ranging from 4 to 50 μm, and present measurements of the Fraunhofer quantum diffraction pattern (IC (B)). We observe a crossover from short to long junction behavior, which gives an experimentally measured λJ that ranges between 3 μm to 5 μm. The shape of the IC (B) pattern is strongly affected by the width of the bridge because of self-field effects. As the bridge width increases, Josephson vortices enter the junction and skew the patterns. This work shows that the electronic properties of the planar junctions are very different than those classical ``sandwich'' junctions due to the differences in geometry.

  5. Critical Current Test of Liquid Hydrogen Cooled HTC Superconductors under External Magnetic Field

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    Shirai, Yasuyuki; Shiotsu, Masahiro; Tatsumoto, Hideki; Kobayashi, Hiroaki; Naruo, Yoshihiro; Nonaka, Satoshi; Inatani, Yoshifumi

    High-Tc (HTC) superconductors including MgB2 will show excellent properties under temperature of Liquid Hydrogen (LH2:20K), which has large latent heat and low viscosity coefficient. In order to design and fabricate the LH2 cooled superconducting energy devices, we must clear the cooling property of LH2 for superconductors, the cooling system and safety design of LH2 cooled superconducting devices and electro-magnetic property evaluation of superconductors (BSCCO, REBCO and MgB2) and their magnets cooled by LH2. As the first step of the study, an experimental setup which can be used for investigating heat transfer characteristics of LH2 in a pool and also in forced flow (circulation loop with a pump), and also for evaluation of electro-magnetic properties of LH2 cooled superconductors under external magnetic field (up to 7 T). In this paper, we will show a short sketch of the experimental set-up, practical experiences in safety operation of liquid hydrogen cooling system and example test results of critical current evaluation of HTC superconductors cooled by LH2.

  6. Improvement of critical current density of bronze processed Nb{sub 3}Sn superconducting wire

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    Miyazaki, T.; Fukumoto, Y.; Matsukura, N.

    1997-06-01

    Effects of tantalum addition to niobium filaments and tin contents in bronze matrix on the critical current density (J{sub c}) of Nb{sub 3}Sn superconducting wires manufactured by the bronze process were investigated in order to improve the J{sub c} in the high magnetic fields. In the results using the bronze composition of Cu-13wt.%Sn-0.3wt.%Ti, the J{sub c} shows a peak for 1 wt.% of tantalum content in the niobium filament. On the other hand, J{sub c} of samples with Cu-14wt.%Sn-0.3wt.%Ti is almost 1.7 times higher than that with Cu-13wt.%Sn-0.3wt.%Ti. From these findings, the authors manufactured a multifilamentary prototype (Nb,Ti,Ta){sub 3}Sn conductor made of Nb-1.0wt.%Ta and Cu-14wt.%Sn.0.3wt.%Ti. The non Cu J{sub c} of the conductor was 701 A/mm{sup 2} at 12 T and 51 A/mm{sup 2} at 21 T for the heat treatment temperature of 650{degrees} C.

  7. Renal cell carcinoma: a critical analysis of metabolomic biomarkers emerging from current model systems.

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    Rodrigues, Daniela; Monteiro, Márcia; Jerónimo, Carmen; Henrique, Rui; Belo, Luís; Bastos, Maria de Lourdes; Guedes de Pinho, Paula; Carvalho, Márcia

    2017-02-01

    Metabolomics, an emerging field of "omics" sciences, has caught wide scientific attention in the area of biomarker research for cancers in which early diagnostic biomarkers have the potential to greatly improve patient outcome, such as renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Metabolomic approaches have been successfully applied to various human RCC model systems, mostly ex vivo neoplastic renal tissues and biofluids (urine and serum) from patients with RCC. Importantly, in contrast to other cancers, only a few studies have addressed the RCC metabolome using cancer cell culture-based in vitro models. Herein, we first carried out a comprehensive review of current metabolomic data in RCC, with emphasis on metabolite disturbances and dysregulated metabolic pathways identified in each of these experimental models. We then critically analyzed the consistency of evidence in this field and whether metabolites found altered in tumor cell and tissue microenvironment are reflected in biofluids, which constitute the rationale underlying the translation of discovered metabolic biomarkers into noninvasive diagnostic tools. Finally, dominant metabolic pathways and promising metabolites as biomarkers for diagnosis and prognosis of RCC are outlined.

  8. Current practices in the identification of critical habitat for threatened species.

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    Camaclang, Abbey E; Maron, Martine; Martin, Tara G; Possingham, Hugh P

    2015-04-01

    The term critical habitat is used to describe the subset of habitat that is essential to the survival and recovery of species. Some countries legally require that critical habitat of listed threatened and endangered species be identified and protected. However, there is little evidence to suggest that the identification of critical habitat has had much impact on species recovery. We hypothesized that this may be due at least partly to a mismatch between the intent of critical habitat identification, which is to protect sufficient habitat for species persistence and recovery, and its practice. We used content analysis to systematically review critical habitat documents from the United States, Canada, and Australia. In particular, we identified the major trends in type of information used to identify critical habitat and in occupancy of habitat identified as critical. Information about population viability was used to identify critical habitat for only 1% of the species reviewed, and for most species, designated critical habitat did not include unoccupied habitat. Without reference to population viability, it is difficult to determine how much of a species' occupied and unoccupied habitat will be required for persistence. We therefore conclude that the identification of critical habitat remains inconsistent with the goal of protecting sufficient habitat to support persistence and recovery of the species. Ensuring that critical habitat identification aligns more closely with its intent will improve the accuracy of the designations and may therefore help improve the benefits to species recovery when combined with adequate implementation and enforcement of legal protections.

  9. Development of Critical Profilometers to Meet Current and Future NASA Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessel (COPV) Inspection Needs

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    Saulsberry, Regor; Nichols, Charles

    2012-01-01

    This project is part of a multi-center effort to develop and validate critical NDE techniques which can be implemented into current and future NASA spacecraft COPV manufacturing processes. After decades of COPV development, manufacturing variance is still high and has necessitated higher safety factors and additional mass to be flown on spacecraft (reducing overall performance). Additionally, the NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) indicated that nondestructive evaluation (NDE) was not adequately implemented during Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS) COPV manufacturing and provisions were not made for on-going structural integrity and health checks during the various spacecraft programs. This project helps to provide additional data needed to help address these issues. This project seeks to develop and install internal and external laser profilometers at COPV manufacturing facilities to provide data needed to improve COPV quality and consistency. This project also investigates other scanning techniques that will enhance the system to more completely meet manufacturing needs, thus transforming the profilometer into what has been termed the "Universal Manufacturing COPV Scanner".

  10. Innovations in teaching: a learning format designed to enhance critical appraisal skills

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    Jamison, Jennifer R

    1995-01-01

    Aim: To create a learning experience which enhances clinical competence by encouraging critical appraisal and accurate self-assessment. Method: Strategies for enhancing participants’ appraisal skills included: • preparation of a “case study” to demonstrate clinical decision making in primary practice • self-evaluation of that case study according to a pre-determined framework. • critiquing of case studies prepared by peers. All participants were provided with a set of guidelines for case selection, case preparation and case evaluation. Each participant prepared one case study and critiqued two others. Student anonymity was ensured by means of cases and critiques being identified through examination numbers rather than names. Results: From the student perspective the case preparation aspect of this learning experience was well accepted. The student response to peer-evaluation was more guarded while only one third of respondents considered that the self-assessment component of the exercise may potentially contribute to their development as independent learners. From the lecturer’s perspective the total exercise was worthwhile despite certain logistic difficulties. Recommendations for modifying the learning experience have been included. Conclusions: By encouraging reflective clinical decision making and engaging participants in self- and peer performance appraisal, this format creates a learning framework which provides an opportunity for students to enhance their ability to undertake critical appraisal in a context relevant to their future professional practice.

  11. Neutron-Absorbing Coatings for Safe Storage of Fissile Materials with Enhanced Shielding & Criticality Safety

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    Choi, J; Farmer, J; Lee, C; Fischer, L; Boussoufi, M; Liu, B; Egbert, H

    2007-07-03

    Neutron-absorbing Fe-based amorphous-metal coatings have been developed that are more corrosion resistant than other criticality-control materials, including Al-B{sub 4}C composites, borated stainless steels, and Ni-Cr-Mo-Gd alloys. The presence of relatively high concentration of boron in these coatings not only enhances its neutron-absorption capability, but also enables these coatings to exist in the amorphous state. Exceptional corrosion resistance has been achieved with these Fe-based amorphous-metal alloys through additions of chromium, molybdenum, and tungsten. The addition of rare earth elements such as yttrium has lowered the critical cooling rate of these materials, thereby rendering them more easily processed. Containers used for the storage of nuclear materials, and protected from corrosion through the application of amorphous metal coatings, would have greatly enhanced service lives, and would therefore provide greater long-term safety. Amorphous alloy powders have been successfully produced in multi-ton quantities with gas atomization, and applied to several half-scale spent fuel storage containers and criticality control structures with the high-velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF) thermal spray process. Salt fog testing and neutron radiography of these prototypes indicates that such an approach is viable for the production of large-scale industrial-scale facilities and containers. The use of these durable neutron-absorbing materials to coat stainless steel containers and storage racks, as well as vaults, hot-cell facilities and glove boxes could substantially reduce the risk of criticality in the event of an accident. These materials are particularly attractive for shielding applications since they are fire proof. Additionally, layers of other cold and thermal sprayed materials that include carbon and/or carbides can be used in conjunction with the high-boron amorphous metal coatings for the purpose of moderation. For example, various carbides, including boron

  12. Estimation of critical current density and grain connectivity in superconducting MgB 2 bulk using Campbell’s method

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    Ni, B.; Morita, Y.; Liu, Z.; Liu, C.; Himeki, K.; Otabe, E. S.; Kiuchi, M.; Matsushita, T.

    2008-09-01

    Many recent reports on the critical current density ( Jc) in superconducting MgB 2 bulks indicated that improving the grain connectivity is important, since the obtained Jc values were generally much lower than those in other metallic superconductors and it was ascribed to the poor connectivity between grains in polycrystalline MgB 2. In this study, we focused on the estimation of the global critical current density, super-current path, grain connectivity and their relationships with the faults volume fraction in the MgB 2 bulks prepared by a modified PIT (powder in tube) method. Campbell’s method was applied for the purpose of obtaining the penetrating AC flux profile and the characteristic of AC magnetic field vs. penetration depth from the sample’s surface. A computer simulation on the penetrating AC flux profile in MgB 2 bulks with randomly distributed voids, oxidized grains and other faults was also carried out. Jc obtained by Campbell’s method turned out to be smaller than that obtained from the SQUID measurement, implying that the global super-current was reduced by the existence of various faults and the lack of the electrical connectivity. It was verified that the relationship between the global critical current characteristics and the faults contained in MgB 2 samples can be quantitatively clarified by comparing the simulated critical current densities and other factors with the experimental results.

  13. Does oxygen limit thermal tolerance in arthropods? A critical review of current evidence

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    Verberk, Wilco C.E.P.; Overgaard, Johannes; Ern, Rasmus; Bayley, Mark; Wang, Tobias; Boardman, Leigh; Terblanche, John S.

    2016-01-01

    Over the last decade, numerous studies have investigated the role of oxygen in setting thermal tolerance in aquatic animals, and there has been particular focus on arthropods. Arthropods comprise one of the most species-rich taxonomic groups on Earth, and display great diversity in the modes of ventilation, circulation, blood oxygen transport, with representatives living both in water (mainly crustaceans) and on land (mainly insects). The oxygen and capacity limitation of thermal tolerance (OCLTT) hypothesis proposes that the temperature dependent performance curve of animals is shaped by the capacity for oxygen delivery in relation to oxygen demand. If correct, oxygen limitation could provide a mechanistic framework to understand and predict both current and future impacts of rapidly changing climate. In arthropods, most studies testing the OCLTT hypothesis have considered tolerance to thermal extremes. These studies likely operate from the philosophical viewpoint that if the model can predict these critical thermal limits, then it is more likely to also explain loss of performance at less extreme, non-lethal temperatures, for which much less data is available. Nevertheless, the extent to which lethal temperatures are influenced by limitations in oxygen supply remains unresolved. Here we critically evaluate the support and universal applicability for oxygen limitation being involved in lethal temperatures in crustaceans and insects. The relatively few studies investigating the OCLTT hypothesis at low temperature do not support a universal role for oxygen in setting the lower thermal limits in arthropods. With respect to upper thermal limits, the evidence supporting OCLTT is stronger for species relying on underwater gas exchange, while the support for OCLTT in air-breathers is weak. Overall, strongest support was found for increased anaerobic metabolism close to thermal maxima. In contrast, there was only mixed support for the prediction that aerobic scope

  14. Does oxygen limit thermal tolerance in arthropods? A critical review of current evidence.

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    Verberk, Wilco C E P; Overgaard, Johannes; Ern, Rasmus; Bayley, Mark; Wang, Tobias; Boardman, Leigh; Terblanche, John S

    2016-02-01

    Over the last decade, numerous studies have investigated the role of oxygen in setting thermal tolerance in aquatic animals, and there has been particular focus on arthropods. Arthropods comprise one of the most species-rich taxonomic groups on Earth, and display great diversity in the modes of ventilation, circulation, blood oxygen transport, with representatives living both in water (mainly crustaceans) and on land (mainly insects). The oxygen and capacity limitation of thermal tolerance (OCLTT) hypothesis proposes that the temperature dependent performance curve of animals is shaped by the capacity for oxygen delivery in relation to oxygen demand. If correct, oxygen limitation could provide a mechanistic framework to understand and predict both current and future impacts of rapidly changing climate. In arthropods, most studies testing the OCLTT hypothesis have considered tolerance to thermal extremes. These studies likely operate from the philosophical viewpoint that if the model can predict these critical thermal limits, then it is more likely to also explain loss of performance at less extreme, non-lethal temperatures, for which much less data is available. Nevertheless, the extent to which lethal temperatures are influenced by limitations in oxygen supply remains unresolved. Here we critically evaluate the support and universal applicability for oxygen limitation being involved in lethal temperatures in crustaceans and insects. The relatively few studies investigating the OCLTT hypothesis at low temperature do not support a universal role for oxygen in setting the lower thermal limits in arthropods. With respect to upper thermal limits, the evidence supporting OCLTT is stronger for species relying on underwater gas exchange, while the support for OCLTT in air-breathers is weak. Overall, strongest support was found for increased anaerobic metabolism close to thermal maxima. In contrast, there was only mixed support for the prediction that aerobic scope

  15. Enhancement of critical heat flux in nucleate boiling of nanofluids: a state-of-art review

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    2011-01-01

    Nanofluids (suspensions of nanometer-sized particles in base fluids) have recently been shown to have nucleate boiling critical heat flux (CHF) far superior to that of the pure base fluid. Over the past decade, numerous experimental and analytical studies on the nucleate boiling CHF of nanofluids have been conducted. The purpose of this article is to provide an exhaustive review of these studies. The characteristics of CHF enhancement in nanofluids are systemically presented according to the effects of the primary boiling parameters. Research efforts to identify the effects of nanoparticles underlying irregular enhancement phenomena of CHF in nanofluids are then presented. Also, attempts to explain the physical mechanism based on available CHF theories are described. Finally, future research needs are identified. PMID:21711949

  16. Enhancement of critical heat flux in nucleate boiling of nanofluids: a state-of-art review.

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    Kim, Hyungdae

    2011-06-09

    Nanofluids (suspensions of nanometer-sized particles in base fluids) have recently been shown to have nucleate boiling critical heat flux (CHF) far superior to that of the pure base fluid. Over the past decade, numerous experimental and analytical studies on the nucleate boiling CHF of nanofluids have been conducted. The purpose of this article is to provide an exhaustive review of these studies. The characteristics of CHF enhancement in nanofluids are systemically presented according to the effects of the primary boiling parameters. Research efforts to identify the effects of nanoparticles underlying irregular enhancement phenomena of CHF in nanofluids are then presented. Also, attempts to explain the physical mechanism based on available CHF theories are described. Finally, future research needs are identified.

  17. The influence of post-growth thermal treatments on the critical current density of TSMG YBCO bulk superconductors

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    Diko, P.; Antal, V.; Zmorayová, K.; Šefčiková, M.; Chaud, X.; Kováč, J.; Yao, X.; Chen, I.; Eisterer, M.; Weber, H. W.

    2010-12-01

    Oxygenation and thermochemical post-growth treatments of top seeded melt-growth (TSMG) YBCO bulk superconductors can significantly influence critical current density. It is shown that, depending on oxygenation conditions and the size of 211 particles, different reductions of intrinsic critical current density values can be obtained due to the reduction in the sample cross-section caused by the presence of a/b-microcracks induced by 211 particles, and a/b- and a/c-cracks induced by oxygenation. The possibility of eliminating oxygenation cracks by high pressure oxygenation and consequently significantly increasing the macroscopic critical current density is demonstrated. An effective dopant concentration for chemical pinning is proposed and possible clustering of substitutions in the Y123 lattice by thermochemical treatments is shown.

  18. High critical current density and improved flux pinning in bulk MgB2 synthesized by Ag addition

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    Shekhar, Chandra; Giri, Rajiv; Tiwari, R. S.; Srivastava, O. N.; Malik, S. K.

    2007-02-01

    In the present investigation, we report a systematic study of Ag admixing in MgB2 prepared by solid-state reaction at ambient pressure. All the samples in the present investigation have been subjected to structural/ microstructural characterization employing x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopic (TEM) techniques. The magnetization measurements were performed by physical property measurement system. The TEM investigations reveal the formation of MgAg nanoparticles in Ag admixed samples. These nanoparticles may enhance critical current density due to their size (˜5-20nm ) which is compatible with the coherence length of MgB2 (˜5-6nm ). In order to study the flux pinning effect of Ag admixing in MgB2, the evaluation of intragrain critical current density (Jc) has been carried out through magnetic measurements on the fine powdered version of the as synthesized samples. The optimum result on intragrain Jc is obtained for 10at.% Ag admixed sample at 5K. This corresponds to ˜9.23×107A /cm2 in self-field, ˜5.82×107A/cm2 at 1T, ˜4.24×106A/cm2 at 3.6T, and ˜1.52×105A/cm2 at 5T. However, intragrain Jc values for MgB2 sample without Ag admixing are ˜2.59×106, ˜1.09×106, ˜4.53×104, and 2.91×103A /cm2 at 5K in self-field, 1T, 3.6T, and 5T, respectively. The high value of intragrain Jc for Ag admixed MgB2 superconductor has been attributed to the inclusion of MgAg nanoparticles into the crystal matrix of MgB2, which are capable of providing effective flux pinning centers. A feasible correlation between microstructural features and superconducting properties has been put forward.

  19. Effect of La doping on microstructure and critical current density of MgB2

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    Shekhar, Chandra; Giri, Rajiv; Tiwari, R. S.; Rana, D. S.; Malik, S. K.; Srivastava, O. N.

    2005-09-01

    In the present study, La-doped MgB2 superconductors with different doping levels (Mg1-xLaxB2; x = 0.00, 0.01, 0.03 and 0.05) have been synthesized by the solid-state reaction route at ambient pressure. Effects of La doping have been investigated in relation to microstructural characteristics and superconducting properties, particularly intragrain critical current density (Jc). The microstructural characteristics of the as-synthesized Mg(La)B2 compounds were studied employing the transmission electron microscopic (TEM) technique. The TEM investigations reveal inclusion of LaB6 nanoparticles within the MgB2 grains, which provide effective flux pinning centres. The evaluation of intragrain Jc through magnetic measurements on the fine powdered version of the as-synthesized samples reveal that Jc values of the samples change significantly with the doping level. The optimum result on Jc is obtained for Mg0.97La0.03B2 at 5 K Jc reaches ~1.4 × 107 A cm-2 in self-field, ~2.1 × 106 A cm-2 at 1 T, ~2.5 × 105 A cm-2 at 2.5 T and ~1.8 × 104 A cm-2 at 4.5 T. The highest value of intragrain Jc in the Mg0.97La0.03B2 superconductor has been attributed to the inclusion of LaB6 nanoparticles, which are capable of providing effective flux pinning centres.

  20. Cathodic current enhancement via manganese and oxygen related reactions in marine biofilms

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    Strom, Matthew James

    Corrosion is a threat that has economic, and environmental impacts worldwide. Many types of corrosive attack are the subject of ongoing research. One of these areas of research is microbiologically influenced corrosion, which is the enhancement and/or initiation of corrosion events caused by microorganisms. It is well known that colonies of microorganisms can enhance cathodic currents through biofilm formation. The aim of the present work was to elucidate the role of manganese in enhancing cathodic currents in the presence of biofilms. Repeated polarizations conducted in Delaware Bay waters, on biofilm coated Cr identified potentially sustainable reduction reactions. The reduction of MnO2 and the enhancement of the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) were proven to be factors that influence cathodic current enhancement. The removal of ambient oxygen during polarizations resulted in a shutdown of cathodic current enhancement. These field data led to an exploration of the synergistic relationship between MnO2 and the ORR. Laboratory studies of the catalysis of peroxide disproportionation by MnO2 were monitored using a hanging mercury drop electrode. Experiments were run at an ambient sweater pH of 8 and pH 9, which simulated the near-surface conditions typical of cathodes immersed in seawater. Rapid reoxidation at the more basic pH was shown to allow manganese to behave as a persistent catalyst under the typical electrochemical surface conditions of a cathode. As a result a mechanism for ORR enhancement by manganese was proposed as a unique mechanism for cathodic current enhancement in biofilms. A separate field study of Delaware biofilms on stainless steel coupled to a sacrificial Al anode was carried out to identify the ORR enhancement mechanism and sustainable redox reactions at the cathode. Chemical treatments of glutaraldehyde and formaldoxime were applied to cathodes with biofilms to distinguish between enzymatic and MnO2 related ORR enhancement. The results ruled

  1. Accuracy of Subcutaneous Continuous Glucose Monitoring in Critically Ill Adults: Improved Sensor Performance with Enhanced Calibrations

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    Leelarathna, Lalantha; English, Shane W.; Thabit, Hood; Caldwell, Karen; Allen, Janet M.; Kumareswaran, Kavita; Wilinska, Malgorzata E.; Nodale, Marianna; Haidar, Ahmad; Evans, Mark L.; Burnstein, Rowan

    2014-01-01

    Abstract Objective: Accurate real-time continuous glucose measurements may improve glucose control in the critical care unit. We evaluated the accuracy of the FreeStyle® Navigator® (Abbott Diabetes Care, Alameda, CA) subcutaneous continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) device in critically ill adults using two methods of calibration. Subjects and Methods: In a randomized trial, paired CGM and reference glucose (hourly arterial blood glucose [ABG]) were collected over a 48-h period from 24 adults with critical illness (mean±SD age, 60±14 years; mean±SD body mass index, 29.6±9.3 kg/m2; mean±SD Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation score, 12±4 [range, 6–19]) and hyperglycemia. In 12 subjects, the CGM device was calibrated at variable intervals of 1–6 h using ABG. In the other 12 subjects, the sensor was calibrated according to the manufacturer's instructions (1, 2, 10, and 24 h) using arterial blood and the built-in point-of-care glucometer. Results: In total, 1,060 CGM–ABG pairs were analyzed over the glucose range from 4.3 to 18.8 mmol/L. Using enhanced calibration median (interquartile range) every 169 (122–213) min, the absolute relative deviation was lower (7.0% [3.5, 13.0] vs. 12.8% [6.3, 21.8], P<0.001), and the percentage of points in the Clarke error grid Zone A was higher (87.8% vs. 70.2%). Conclusions: Accuracy of the Navigator CGM device during critical illness was comparable to that observed in non–critical care settings. Further significant improvements in accuracy may be obtained by frequent calibrations with ABG measurements. PMID:24180327

  2. Prevention-enhancing interactions: a Critical Interpretive Synthesis of the evidence about children who sexually abuse other children.

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    McKibbin, Gemma; Humphreys, Cathy; Hamilton, Bridget

    2016-11-01

    There is a growing interest in English-speaking jurisdictions, including Australia, North America, Canada, the United Kingdom and New Zealand, about the prevention of sexual abuse perpetrated by children against other children. The aim of this review was to identify opportunities for research, policy and practice which could enhance the prevention agenda relating to the perpetration of sexual abuse by children through conducting a Critical Interpretive Synthesis. Eleven electronic databases were searched in the period from 22 April to 23 May 2013 and included: SocINDEX, Social Services Abstracts, Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts, Family and Society Studies Worldwide, Project Muse, PsychINFO, Family and Society Plus, Jstor, Expanded Academic ASAP, Web of Science and Google Scholar. Key individual journals were also searched, including Child Abuse and Neglect and the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, as well as the grey literature. The search was guided by the research question: How could the prevention agenda relating to sexual abuse perpetrated by children be enhanced? The systematic literature search yielded 3323 titles, and 34 of these papers were included in the final synthesis. The authors identified five domains operating in the evidence base: characteristics, causes, communications, interventions and treatments. A synthesising construct emerged from the review: prevention-enhancing interactions. This construct referred to the potential for enhancing the prevention agenda which exists as the evidence domains interact with one another, and with the public health model of prevention. The authors consider this review to be a timely contribution to the current agenda pertaining to sexual abuse perpetrated by children. It provides researchers, policy makers and practitioners in the field with an evidence-informed conceptualisation of opportunities for enhancing prevention work.

  3. Experimental investigation and mechanism of critical heat flux enhancement in pool boiling heat transfer with nanofluids

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    Kamatchi, R.; Venkatachalapathy, S.; Nithya, C.

    2016-11-01

    In the present study, reduced graphene oxide (rGO) is synthesized from graphite using modified Hummer and chemical reduction methods. Various characterizations techniques are carried out to study the in-plane crystallite size, number of layers, presence of functional groups and surface morphology. Different concentrations of 0.01, 0.1, and 0.3 g/l of rGO/water nanofluids are prepared by dispersing the flakes in DI water. The colloidal stability of 0.3 g/l concentration is measured after 5 days using Zetasizer and found to be stable. The rGO/water nanofluids are then used to study the effect on the enhancement of critical heat flux (CHF) in pool boiling heat transfer. Results indicate an enhancement in CHF ranging from 145 to 245 % for the tested concentrations. The mechanisms of CHF enhancement are analyzed based on surface wettability, surface roughness, and porous layer thickness. The macrolayer dryout model sufficiently supports the mechanism of CHF enhancement of thin wire with rGO deposits, which is not reported yet.

  4. Common Ground of Two Paradigms: Incorporating Critical Theory into Current Art Therapy Practices

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    Nolan, Emily

    2013-01-01

    Clinical art therapy and studio-based community art therapy represent two major paradigms in art therapy practice. This viewpoint explores how critical theory can be incorporated into both paradigms and result in common ground between them. Critical theory encompasses an understanding of oppression in psychological, social, and cultural contexts…

  5. Effects of oxygen content on the pinning energy and critical current in the granular (Hg, Re)-1223 superconductors

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    Passos, C. A. C.; Orlando, M. T. D.; Fernandes, A. A. R.; Oliveira, F. D. C.; Simonetti, D. S. L.; Fardin, J. F.; Belich, H.; Ferreira, M. M.

    2005-02-01

    Hg 0.82Re 0.18Ba 2Ca 2Cu 3O 8+ d polycrystalline samples, with different oxygen content, were investigated by ac resistance measurements under different applied magnetic field (up to <32 × 10 3 A/m) and critical current measurements. The intergrain and intragrain regions have shown an improvement in the pinning energy and critical current density, as considering the precursor preparation with 10% of O 2 and 90% of Ar (optimal doped). In addition, the samples presented S-I-S junctions type as considering Ambegaokar-Baratoff theory.

  6. Effects of the vortex line shape on the critical current density in high Tc superconducting film with nanorod pinning centers

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    Jung, Y.; Kwak, K.; Lee, W.; Rhee, J.; Youm, D.; Yoo, J.; Han, Y. H.; Park, B. J.

    2012-06-01

    We studied the critical current density distribution in a coated conductor comprised of (Gd,Y)1Ba2Cu3O7-δ-BaZrO3 film. Transmission electron microscopy measurements showed that nanorod pinning centers tilt by ˜13° from the c-axis. Magneto-optical image (MOI) measurements showed interesting asymmetric distributions of magnetic flux density. From MOIs we calculated the asymmetric distributions of the critical current density, which is associated with the properties of vortex pinning. We were able to explain these results through the geometrical relationship of the tilted rod pinning centers and the curved vortex lines.

  7. Correlation of radial inhomogeneties and critical current at 77 K in LFZ Bi-2212 textured thin rods

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    Natividad, E.; Díez, J. C.; Peña, J. I.; Angurel, L. A.; Navarro, R.; Andrés, J. M.; Ferrando, A. C.

    2002-08-01

    The fabrication of thin Bi-2212 rods by laser floating zone techniques gives high critical currents, Ic, but strong radial inhomogeneities in microstructure and physical properties. By changing the precursor stoichiometry or the processing parameters, we have succeeded in improving the homogeneity and the Ic values. Towards the centre of the rods, the superconducting material tends to have lower Tc values associated to higher Bi content in the Bi-2212 superconducting grains. At 77 K, this gradient of Bi originates strong variations of critical current density across the rod.

  8. Rapid doubling of the critical current of YBa2Cu3O7-δ coated conductors for viable high-speed industrial processing

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    Leroux, M.; Kihlstrom, K. J.; Holleis, S.; ...

    2015-11-09

    Here, we demonstrate that 3.5-MeV oxygen irradiation can markedly enhance the in-field critical current of commercial second generation superconducting tapes with an exposure time of just 1 s per 0.8 cm2. Furthermore we demonstrate how speed is now at the level required for an industrial reel-to-reel post-processing. The irradiation is made on production line samples through the protective silver coating and does not require any modification of the growth process. From TEM imaging, we identify small clusters as the main source of increased vortex pinning.

  9. A critical review of engineered nanomaterial release data: Are current data useful for material flow modeling?

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    Caballero-Guzman, Alejandro; Nowack, Bernd

    2016-06-01

    Material flow analysis (MFA) is a useful tool to predict the flows of engineered nanomaterials (ENM) to the environment. The quantification of release factors is a crucial part of MFA modeling. In the last years an increasing amount of literature on release of ENM from materials and products has been published. The purpose of this review is to analyze the strategies implemented by MFA models to include these release data, in particular to derive transfer coefficients (TC). Our scope was focused on those articles that analyzed the release from applications readily available in the market in settings that resemble average use conditions. Current MFA studies rely to a large extent on extrapolations, authors' assumptions, expert opinions and other informal sources of data to parameterize the models. We were able to qualitatively assess the following aspects of the release literature: (i) the initial characterization of ENM provided, (ii) quantitative information on the mass of ENM released and its characterization, (iii) description of transformation reactions and (iv) assessment of the factors determining release. Although the literature on ENM release is growing, coverage of exposure scenarios is still limited; only 20% of the ENMs used industrially and 36% of the product categories involved have been investigated in release studies and only few relevant release scenarios have been described. Furthermore, the information provided is rather incomplete concerning descriptions and characterizations of ENMs and the released materials. Our results show that both the development of methods to define the TCs and of protocols to enhance assessment of ENM release from nano-applications will contribute to increase the exploitability of the data provided for MFA models. The suggestions we provide in this article will likely contribute to an improved exposure modeling by providing ENM release estimates closer to reality.

  10. Criticality-Enhanced Magnetocaloric Effect in Quantum Spin Chain Material Copper Nitrate

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    Xiang, Jun-Sen; Chen, Cong; Li, Wei; Sheng, Xian-Lei; Su, Na; Cheng, Zhao-Hua; Chen, Qiang; Chen, Zi-Yu

    2017-01-01

    In this work, a systematic study of Cu(NO3)2·2.5 H2O (copper nitrate hemipentahydrate, CN), an alternating Heisenberg antiferromagnetic chain model material, is performed with multi-technique approach including thermal tensor network (TTN) simulations, first-principles calculations, as well as magnetization measurements. Employing a cutting-edge TTN method developed in the present work, we verify the couplings J = 5.13 K, α = 0.23(1) and Landé factors g∥= 2.31, g⊥ = 2.14 in CN, with which the magnetothermal properties have been fitted strikingly well. Based on first-principles calculations, we reveal explicitly the spin chain scenario in CN by displaying the calculated electron density distributions, from which the distinct superexchange paths are visualized. On top of that, we investigated the magnetocaloric effect (MCE) in CN by calculating its isentropes and magnetic Grüneisen parameter. Prominent quantum criticality-enhanced MCE was uncovered near both critical fields of intermediate strengths as 2.87 and 4.08 T, respectively. We propose that CN is potentially a very promising quantum critical coolant. PMID:28294147

  11. Criticality-Enhanced Magnetocaloric Effect in Quantum Spin Chain Material Copper Nitrate

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    Xiang, Jun-Sen; Chen, Cong; Li, Wei; Sheng, Xian-Lei; Su, Na; Cheng, Zhao-Hua; Chen, Qiang; Chen, Zi-Yu

    2017-03-01

    In this work, a systematic study of Cu(NO3)2·2.5 H2O (copper nitrate hemipentahydrate, CN), an alternating Heisenberg antiferromagnetic chain model material, is performed with multi-technique approach including thermal tensor network (TTN) simulations, first-principles calculations, as well as magnetization measurements. Employing a cutting-edge TTN method developed in the present work, we verify the couplings J = 5.13 K, α = 0.23(1) and Landé factors g∥= 2.31, g⊥ = 2.14 in CN, with which the magnetothermal properties have been fitted strikingly well. Based on first-principles calculations, we reveal explicitly the spin chain scenario in CN by displaying the calculated electron density distributions, from which the distinct superexchange paths are visualized. On top of that, we investigated the magnetocaloric effect (MCE) in CN by calculating its isentropes and magnetic Grüneisen parameter. Prominent quantum criticality-enhanced MCE was uncovered near both critical fields of intermediate strengths as 2.87 and 4.08 T, respectively. We propose that CN is potentially a very promising quantum critical coolant.

  12. Criticality-Enhanced Magnetocaloric Effect in Quantum Spin Chain Material Copper Nitrate.

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    Xiang, Jun-Sen; Chen, Cong; Li, Wei; Sheng, Xian-Lei; Su, Na; Cheng, Zhao-Hua; Chen, Qiang; Chen, Zi-Yu

    2017-03-15

    In this work, a systematic study of Cu(NO3)2·2.5 H2O (copper nitrate hemipentahydrate, CN), an alternating Heisenberg antiferromagnetic chain model material, is performed with multi-technique approach including thermal tensor network (TTN) simulations, first-principles calculations, as well as magnetization measurements. Employing a cutting-edge TTN method developed in the present work, we verify the couplings J = 5.13 K, α = 0.23(1) and Landé factors g∥= 2.31, g⊥ = 2.14 in CN, with which the magnetothermal properties have been fitted strikingly well. Based on first-principles calculations, we reveal explicitly the spin chain scenario in CN by displaying the calculated electron density distributions, from which the distinct superexchange paths are visualized. On top of that, we investigated the magnetocaloric effect (MCE) in CN by calculating its isentropes and magnetic Grüneisen parameter. Prominent quantum criticality-enhanced MCE was uncovered near both critical fields of intermediate strengths as 2.87 and 4.08 T, respectively. We propose that CN is potentially a very promising quantum critical coolant.

  13. Reduction of critical current in magnetic tunnel junctions with CoFeB/Ru/CoFeB synthetic free layer

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    Zaleski, A.; Skowronski, W.; Czapkiewicz, M.; Kanak, J.; Stobiecki, T.; Macedo, R.; Cardoso, S.; Freitas, P. P.

    2010-01-01

    Reduction of the critical current density (Jc) in magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) can be achieved by replacing the standard Co40Fe40B20 free layer with a synthetic antiferromagnet. Patterned MTJs prepared by ion-beam assisted deposition (nanopillars, sizes down to 60 nm × 80 nm) with 2 nm CoFeB free layer and Co40Fe40B20/Ru (tRu)/ Co40Fe40B20 as a synthetic free layer (SyF) were studied. We have measured critical current density of CIMS in thermally activated switching regime (long current pulses). Values of switching current densities for standard MTJs with SyF were of the order 106 A/cm2, whilst MTJs with standard free layer demonstrated up to four times higher values of Jc.

  14. Enhancing Students' Critical Thinking in Science: A Two-Year Design Based Exploration in a Large Undergraduate Science Course

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    Yoo, Suhyun

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to explore how to enhance students' critical thinking in an introductory undergraduate science course. As a design experiment, this study aimed to design, develop, implement, and refine learning activities, and investigate how the learning activities worked in fostering students' critical thinking in a large size…

  15. Enhancement of resistive switching under confined current path distribution enabled by insertion of atomically thin defective monolayer graphene

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    Lee, Keundong; Hwang, Inrok; Lee, Sangik; Oh, Sungtaek; Lee, Dukhyun; Kim, Cheol Kyeom; Nam, Yoonseung; Hong, Sahwan; Yoon, Chansoo; Morgan, Robert B.; Kim, Hakseong; Seo, Sunae; Seo, David H.; Lee, Sangwook; Park, Bae Ho

    2015-01-01

    Resistive random access memory (ReRAM) devices have been extensively investigated resulting in significant enhancement of switching properties. However fluctuations in switching parameters are still critical weak points which cause serious failures during ‘reading’ and ‘writing’ operations of ReRAM devices. It is believed that such fluctuations may be originated by random creation and rupture of conducting filaments inside ReRAM oxides. Here, we introduce defective monolayer graphene between an oxide film and an electrode to induce confined current path distribution inside the oxide film, and thus control the creation and rupture of conducting filaments. The ReRAM device with an atomically thin interlayer of defective monolayer graphene reveals much reduced fluctuations in switching parameters compared to a conventional one. Our results demonstrate that defective monolayer graphene paves the way to reliable ReRAM devices operating under confined current path distribution. PMID:26161992

  16. Enhancement of resistive switching under confined current path distribution enabled by insertion of atomically thin defective monolayer graphene.

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    Lee, Keundong; Hwang, Inrok; Lee, Sangik; Oh, Sungtaek; Lee, Dukhyun; Kim, Cheol Kyeom; Nam, Yoonseung; Hong, Sahwan; Yoon, Chansoo; Morgan, Robert B; Kim, Hakseong; Seo, Sunae; Seo, David H; Lee, Sangwook; Park, Bae Ho

    2015-07-10

    Resistive random access memory (ReRAM) devices have been extensively investigated resulting in significant enhancement of switching properties. However fluctuations in switching parameters are still critical weak points which cause serious failures during 'reading' and 'writing' operations of ReRAM devices. It is believed that such fluctuations may be originated by random creation and rupture of conducting filaments inside ReRAM oxides. Here, we introduce defective monolayer graphene between an oxide film and an electrode to induce confined current path distribution inside the oxide film, and thus control the creation and rupture of conducting filaments. The ReRAM device with an atomically thin interlayer of defective monolayer graphene reveals much reduced fluctuations in switching parameters compared to a conventional one. Our results demonstrate that defective monolayer graphene paves the way to reliable ReRAM devices operating under confined current path distribution.

  17. Space-charge-limited currents for cathodes with electric field enhanced geometry

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    Lai, Dingguo; Qiu, Mengtong; Xu, Qifu; Huang, Zhongliang

    2016-08-01

    This paper presents the approximate analytic solutions of current density for annulus and circle cathodes. The current densities of annulus and circle cathodes are derived approximately from first principles, which are in agreement with simulation results. The large scaling laws can predict current densities of high current vacuum diodes including annulus and circle cathodes in practical applications. In order to discuss the relationship between current density and electric field on cathode surface, the existing analytical solutions of currents for concentric cylinder and sphere diodes are fitted from existing solutions relating with electric field enhancement factors. It is found that the space-charge-limited current density for the cathode with electric-field enhanced geometry can be written in a general form of J = g(βE)2J0, where J0 is the classical (1D) Child-Langmuir current density, βE is the electric field enhancement factor, and g is the geometrical correction factor depending on the cathode geometry.

  18. Critical thinking, nurse education and universities: some thoughts on current issues and implications for nursing practice.

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    Morrall, Peter; Goodman, Benny

    2013-09-01

    When in the latter part of the 20th century nurse 'training' in the UK left the old schools of nursing (based within the health delivery system) and entered universities, the promise was not just a change of focus from training to education but an embracement of 'higher' education. Specifically, nurses were to be exposed to the demands of thinking rather than just doing - and critical thinking at that. However, despite a history of critical perspectives informing nursing theory, that promise may be turning sour. The insidious saturation of the university system in bureaucracy and managerialism has, we argue, undermined critical thinking. A major funding restructuring of higher education in the UK, coinciding with public concern about the state of nursing practice, is undermining further the viability of critical thinking in nursing and potentially the acceptability of university education for nurses. Nevertheless, while critical thinking in universities has decayed, there is no obvious educational alternative that can provide this core attribute, one that is even more necessary to understand health and promote competent nursing practice in an increasingly complex and globalising world. We propose that nurse academics and their colleagues from many other academic and professional disciplines engage in collegiate 'moral action' to re-establish critical thinking in UK universities.

  19. Critical current density and vortex pinning in tetragonal FeS1₋xSex (x=0,0.06)

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    Wang, Aifeng; Wu, Lijun; Ivanovski, V. N.; ...

    2016-09-07

    Here we report critical current density (Jc) in tetragonal FeS single crystals, similar to iron-based superconductors with much higher superconducting critical temperatures (Tc). The Jc is enhanced three times by 6% Se doping. We observe scaling of the normalized vortex pinning force as a function of reduced field at all temperatures. Vortex pinning in FeS and FeS0.94Se0.06 shows contribution of core-normal surfacelike pinning. Lastly, reduced temperature dependence of Jc indicates that dominant interaction of vortex cores and pinning centers is via scattering of charge carriers with reduced mean free path (δl), in contrast to KxFe2₋ySe2 where spatial variations in Tcmore » (δTc) prevails.« less

  20. Magnetization behavior and critical current density along the c-axis in melt-grown YBCO fiber crystal

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    Ishii, H.; Hara, T.; Hirano, S.; Figueredo, A. M.; Cima, M. J.

    1994-05-01

    The magnetic-hysteresis behavior of single-crystal YBCO fibers was investigated below 1 T and in the temperature range 40 to 88 K. The sample was prepared by the laser-heated floating zone method. The magnetization curves exhibited a fairly large asymmetry with respect to the field axis, especially at elevated temperatures. This behavior may be attributed to the surface Meissner current contribution. It was demonstrated for the temperature range examined that the magnetic hysteresis width, Δ M, versus external-field curves were well described by assuming that the critical current density in the c-axis direction Jcc obeys the critical-state model of the form Jc( B)= JcO[1+( B/ B0) n]-1. Then, in turn, the field dependence of the critical current density along the c-axis at field temperatures was deduced using parameters obtained by fitting the Δ M vs. field curves. It was shown that the critical current density in the direction of the c-axis in our sample was over 10 4 A/cm 2 at 77.3 K below 0.3 T. The field and temperature variations of Jcc were discussed in relation to the previous studies on some melt-processed YBCO.

  1. Enhanced D-T supershot performance at high current using extensive lithium conditioning in TFTR

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    Mansfield, D.K.; Strachan, J.D.; Bell, M.G.; Scott, S.D.; Budny, R.; Bell, R.E.; Bitter, M.; Darrow, D.S.; Fredrickson, E.; Grek, B.

    1995-05-01

    A substantial improvement in supershot fusion plasma performance has been realized by combining the enhanced confinement due to tritium fueling with the enhanced confinement due to extensive Li conditioning of the TFTR limiter. This combination has resulted in not only significantly higher global energy confinement times than had previously been obtained in high current supershots, but also the highest ratio of central fusion output power to input power observed to date.

  2. Temperature-dependent roles of inter- and intragrain current systems on the critical current and magnetization of BSCCO-2223/Ag tapes

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    Paasi, Jaakko; Kottman, Peter; Polák, Milan

    1995-02-01

    In this study we examine the role of inter- and intragrain current systems on the temperature-dependent critical current and magnetization of BSCCO-2223/Ag tapes. Experiments were done by measuring the sample magnetization field with movable miniature Hall sensors. We found that both systems have their own irreversible characteristics. The overall level of the intergrain (transport) critical current density, Jc, was limited at both lower (<30 K) and higher temperatures (30-95 K) by intergranular flux pinning, which seemed to be related to the maximum Josephson current of the weak links. Furthermore, we found that the irreversible intragranular magnetization has an influence on the magnetic field dependence of the intergrain Jc: when the intragrain pinning is strong (as at lower temperatures), the reduction of Jc in magnetic fields is moderate, and, when it is weaker (at higher temperatures), the decrease of Jc in fields is strong. This is a consequence of the field dependence of the maximum Josephson current density of the weak links, when the adjacent superconducting grains are in the mixed state.

  3. Evaluation of critical current density and residual resistance ratio limits in powder in tube Nb3Sn conductors

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    Segal, Christopher; Tarantini, Chiara; Hawn Sung, Zu; Lee, Peter J.; Sailer, Bernd; Thoener, Manfred; Schlenga, Klaus; Ballarino, Amalia; Bottura, Luca; Bordini, Bernardo; Scheuerlein, Christian; Larbalestier, David C.

    2016-08-01

    High critical current density (J c) Nb3Sn A15 multifilamentary wires require a large volume fraction of small grain (SG), superconducting A15 phase, as well as Cu stabilizer with high Residual Resistance Ratio (RRR) to provide electromagnetic stabilization and protection. In powder-in-tube (PIT) wires the unreacted Nb7.5 wt%Ta outer layer of the tubular filaments acts as a diffusion barrier and protects the interfilamentary Cu stabilizer from Sn contamination. A high RRR requirement generally imposes a restricted A15 reaction heat treatment to prevent localized full reaction of the filament that could allow Sn to reach the Cu. In this study we investigate recent high quality PIT wires that achieve a J c (12 T, 4.2 K) up to ˜2500 A mm-2 and find that the minimum diffusion barrier thickness decreases as the filament aspect ratio increases from ˜1 in the inner rings of filaments to 1.3 in the outer filament rings. We found that just 2-3 diffusion barrier breaches can degrade RRR from 300 to 150 or less. Using progressive etching of the Cu we also found that the RRR degradation is localized near the external filaments where deformation is highest. Consequently minimizing filament distortion during strand fabrication is important for reducing RRR degradation. The additional challenge of developing the highest possible J c must be addressed by forming the maximum fraction of high J c SG A15 and minimizing low J c large-grain (LG) A15 morphologies. In one wire we found that 15% of the filaments had a significantly enhanced SG/LG A15 ratio and no residual A15 in the core, a feature that opens a path to substantial J c improvement.

  4. Evaluation of critical current density and residual resistance ratio limits in powder in tube Nb3Sn conductors

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    Segal, Christopher; Tarantini, Chiara; Sung, Zu Hawn; ...

    2016-06-10

    High critical current density (Jc) Nb3Sn A15 multifilamentary wires require a large volume fraction of small grain, superconducting A15 phase, as well as Cu stabilizer with high Residual Resistance Ratio (RRR) to provide electromagnetic stabilization and protection. In Powder-in-Tube (PIT) wires the unreacted Nb7.5wt.%Ta outer layer of the tubular filaments acts as a diffusion barrier and protects the interfilamentary Cu stabilizer from Sn contamination. A high RRR requirement generally imposes a restricted A15 reaction heat treatment (HT) to prevent localized full reaction of the filament that could allow Sn to reach the Cu. In this paper we investigate recent highmore » quality PIT wires that achieve a Jc(12 T, 4.2 K) up to ~2500 A/mm-2 and find that the minimum diffusion barrier thickness decreases as the filament aspect ratio increases from ~1 in the inner rings of filaments to 1.3 in the outer filament rings. We found that just 2-3 diffusion barrier breaches can degrade RRR from 300 to 150 or less. Using progressive etching of the Cu we also found that the RRR degradation is localized near the external filaments where deformation is highest. Consequently minimizing filament distortion during strand fabrication is important for reducing RRR degradation. The additional challenge of developing the highest possible Jc must be addressed by forming the maximum fraction of high Jc small-grain (SG) A15 and minimizing low Jc large-grain (LG) A15 morphologies. Finally, in one wire we found that 15% of the filaments had a significantly enhanced SG/LG A15 ratio and no residual A15 in the core, a feature that opens a path to substantial Jc improvement.« less

  5. Fabrication of high critical current density superconducting tapes by epitaxial deposition of YBCO thick films on biaxially textured metal substrates

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    Goyal, A.; Norton, D.P.; Paranthaman, M.

    1996-12-31

    High critical current density YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} (YBCO) tapes were fabricated by epitaxial deposition on rolling- assisted-biaxially-textured-substrates (RABiTS). The RABiTS technique uses well established, industrially scaleable, thermomechanical processes to impart a strong biaxial texture to a base metal. This is followed by vapor deposition of epitaxial buffer layers to yield chemically and structurally compatible surfaces. Epitaxial YBCO films grown on such substrates have critical current densities approaching 10{sup 6} A/cm{sup 2} at 77K in zero field and have field dependences similar to epitaxial films on single crystal ceramic substrates. Deposited conductors made using this technique offer a potential route for fabricating long lengths of high J{sub c} wire capable of carrying high currents in high magnetic fields and at elevated temperatures.

  6. Postharvest intervention technologies for safety enhancement of meat and meat based products; a critical review.

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    Sohaib, Muhammad; Anjum, Faqir Muhammad; Arshad, Muhammad Sajid; Rahman, Ubaid Ur

    2016-01-01

    Globally, the demand for safe, healthy and nutritious meat and allied products possesses improved taste with extended shelf life is mounting. Microbial safety is among the imperative challenges that prevails in meat products because they provide an ideal medium for the growth of microorganisms particularly pathogenic bacteria. The incidence of these microbes can result quality deterioration of products leading towards food borne diseases when consumed by peoples. Several preservation technologies like chemical and biological interventions are effective to retard or inactivate the growth of micro-organisms most commonly related to food-borne diseases. Despite these, innovative approaches like hydrostatic pressure processing, active packaging, pulse electric field, hurdle approach and use of natural antimicrobials can be deployed to enhance the safety of meat and meat products. The objective of review is to describe the current approaches and developing technologies for enhancing safety of meat and allied meat products.

  7. Posttetanic potentiation critically depends on an enhanced Ca2+ sensitivity of vesicle fusion mediated by presynaptic PKC

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    Korogod, Natalya; Lou, Xuelin; Schneggenburger, Ralf

    2007-01-01

    Activity-dependent enhancement of transmitter release is a common form of presynaptic plasticity, but the underlying signaling mechanisms have remained largely unknown, perhaps because of the inaccessibility of most CNS nerve terminals. Here we investigated the signaling steps that underlie posttetanic potentiation (PTP), a form of presynaptic plasticity found at many CNS synapses. Direct whole-cell recordings from the large calyx of Held nerve terminals with the perforated patch-clamp technique showed that PTP was not mediated by changes in the presynaptic action potential waveform. Ca2+ imaging revealed a slight increase of the presynaptic Ca2+ transient during PTP (≈15%), which, however, was too small to explain a large part of PTP. The presynaptic PKC pathway was critically involved in PTP because (i) PTP was occluded by activation of PKC with phorbol esters, and (ii) PTP was largely (by approximately two-thirds) blocked by the PKC inhibitors, Ro31-8220 or bisindolylmaleimide. Activation of PKC during PTP most likely acts directly on the presynaptic release machinery, because in presynaptic Ca2+ uncaging experiments, activation of PKC by phorbol ester greatly increased the Ca2+ sensitivity of vesicle fusion in a Ro31-8220-sensitive manner (≈300% with small Ca2+ uncaging stimuli), but only slightly increased presynaptic voltage-gated Ca2+ currents (≈15%). We conclude that a PKC-dependent increase in the Ca2+ sensitivity of vesicle fusion is a key step in the enhancement of transmitter release during PTP. PMID:17884983

  8. Field-dependent critical state of high-Tc superconducting strip simultaneously exposed to transport current and perpendicular magnetic field

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    Xue, Cun; He, An; Yong, Huadong; Zhou, Youhe

    2013-12-15

    We present an exact analytical approach for arbitrary field-dependent critical state of high-T{sub c} superconducting strip with transport current. The sheet current and flux-density profiles are derived by solving the integral equations, which agree with experiments quite well. For small transport current, the approximate explicit expressions of sheet current, flux-density and penetration depth for the Kim model are derived based on the mean value theorem for integration. We also extend the results to the field-dependent critical state of superconducting strip in the simultaneous presence of applied field and transport current. The sheet current distributions calculated by the Kim model agree with experiments better than that by the Bean model. Moreover, the lines in the I{sub a}-B{sub a} plane for the Kim model are not monotonic, which is quite different from that the Bean model. The results reveal that the maximum transport current in thin superconducting strip will decrease with increasing applied field which vanishes for the Bean model. The results of this paper are useful to calculate ac susceptibility and ac loss.

  9. The enhancement of edge turbulence in tokamaks by a limiter current

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    Nedospasov, A.V. )

    1993-09-01

    The results indicating that enhanced electrostatic potential fluctuations had been observed in the scrape-off layer, due to biasing, were published recently. The qualitative explanation of these experimental results as an effect of current owing to the flute instability with the dissipation into the sheath layer near the surfaces is presented in this paper. The possibility of controlling the edge turbulence by a limiter current is shown.

  10. Combining Wikis and JiTT to enhance critical thinking abilities

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    Mohottala, Hashini

    2012-02-01

    I report the combine use of Just in Time Teaching (JiTT) and Wikispaces (Wikis) in introductory level, calculus based, physics classes. Over the years, JiTT had been effectively used in teaching physics and some uses on Wikis were also reported in the recent years.ootnotetextH. Mohottala The Physics Teacher -- September 2011 -- Vol. 49, Issue 6 Wiki helps students, instructors and technology to interact with one another and JiTT boosts the self-confidence of students to tackle physics problems. Thus, the combine use of Wiki-JiTT is going to be a new experience for both instructors and students. In this experiment, I used Wikis as a platform for JiTT, and conventional JiTT was slightly altered to best fit the combination and to focus on enhancing critical thinking abilities in my students.

  11. Teacher development: a patchwork-text approach to enhancing critical reflection in veterinary and para-veterinary educators.

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    Silva-Fletcher, Ayona; May, Hilary; Magnier, Kirsty M; May, Stephen A

    2014-01-01

    Reflection is an essential component of teacher-development programs, and reliable, valid methods to teach, assess, and evaluate reflection are critical. However, it is important that appropriate methods are created for and evaluated across multiple disciplinary backgrounds, as the participants' backgrounds are a major factor in the development of critical reflection. The patchwork-text approach is a narrative process that is predominantly focused on the personal development of the individual. The current study used the patchwork-text approach for the development of reflection in participants with a science background who had not used a reflective approach for personal development before. Twenty summative essays and 103 formative essays from 21 participants who underwent a 1-year higher-education teacher-development program were analyzed to assess whether the quality and quantity of reflective writing was enhanced through a regular, iterative process of reflective writing with feedback. The analysis of the essays involved the use of a predefined set of criteria for identifying the different reflective levels from 1 to 4 and the calculation of a reflective score to evaluate the overall development. The results show a clear improvement of higher-level critical thinking as the participants progressed through their course. Higher levels of reflection were achieved particularly where a unit focused on a familiar area for the participant as opposed to one in which the participant had less experience. The analysis provides evidence that the patchwork text is a useful method for development and evaluation of reflection in participants with a veterinary/animal-science base.

  12. Superhydrophobic SAM Modified Electrodes for Enhanced Current Limiting Properties in Intrinsic Conducting Polymer Surge Protection Devices.

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    Jabarullah, Noor H; Verrelli, Emanuele; Mauldin, Clayton; Navarro, Luis A; Golden, Josh H; Madianos, Leonidas M; Kemp, Neil T

    2015-06-09

    Surface interface engineering using superhydrophobic gold electrodes made with 1-dodecanethiol self-assembled monolayer (SAM) has been used to enhance the current limiting properties of novel surge protection devices based on the intrinsic conducting polymer, polyaniline doped with methanesulfonic acid. The resulting devices show significantly enhanced current limiting characteristics, including current saturation, foldback, and negative differential effects. We show how SAM modification changes the morphology of the polymer film directly adjacent to the electrodes, leading to the formation of an interfacial compact thin film that lowers the contact resistance at the Au-polymer interface. We attribute the enhanced current limiting properties of the devices to a combination of lower contact resistance and increased Joule heating within this interface region which during a current surge produces a current blocking resistive barrier due to a thermally induced dedoping effect caused by the rapid diffusion of moisture away from this region. The effect is exacerbated at higher applied voltages as the higher temperature leads to stronger depletion of charge carriers in this region, resulting in a negative differential resistance effect.

  13. Adjuvant-enhanced CD4 T Cell Responses are Critical to Durable Vaccine Immunity

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    Martins, Karen A.O.; Cooper, Christopher L.; Stronsky, Sabrina M.; Norris, Sarah L.W.; Kwilas, Steven A.; Steffens, Jesse T.; Benko, Jacqueline G.; van Tongeren, Sean A.; Bavari, Sina

    2015-01-01

    Protein-based vaccines offer a safer alternative to live-attenuated or inactivated vaccines but have limited immunogenicity. The identification of adjuvants that augment immunogenicity, specifically in a manner that is durable and antigen-specific, is therefore critical for advanced development. In this study, we use the filovirus virus-like particle (VLP) as a model protein-based vaccine in order to evaluate the impact of four candidate vaccine adjuvants on enhancing long term protection from Ebola virus challenge. Adjuvants tested include poly-ICLC (Hiltonol), MPLA, CpG 2395, and alhydrogel. We compared and contrasted antibody responses, neutralizing antibody responses, effector T cell responses, and T follicular helper (Tfh) cell frequencies with each adjuvant's impact on durable protection. We demonstrate that in this system, the most effective adjuvant elicits a Th1-skewed antibody response and strong CD4 T cell responses, including an increase in Tfh frequency. Using immune-deficient animals and adoptive transfer of serum and cells from vaccinated animals into naïve animals, we further demonstrate that serum and CD4 T cells play a critical role in conferring protection within effective vaccination regimens. These studies inform on the requirements of long term immune protection, which can potentially be used to guide screening of clinical-grade adjuvants for vaccine clinical development. PMID:26870818

  14. Critical enhancement of thermopower in a chemically tuned polar semimetal MoTe2

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    Sakai, Hideaki; Ikeura, Koji; Bahramy, Mohammad Saeed; Ogawa, Naoki; Hashizume, Daisuke; Fujioka, Jun; Tokura, Yoshinori; Ishiwata, Shintaro

    2016-01-01

    Ferroelectrics with spontaneous electric polarization play an essential role in today’s device engineering, such as capacitors and memories. Their physical properties are further enriched by suppressing the long-range polar order, as exemplified by quantum paraelectrics with giant piezoelectric and dielectric responses at low temperatures. Likewise in metals, a polar lattice distortion has been theoretically predicted to give rise to various unusual physical properties. However, to date, a “ferroelectric”-like transition in metals has seldom been controlled, and hence, its possible impacts on transport phenomena remain unexplored. We report the discovery of anomalous enhancement of thermopower near the critical region between the polar and nonpolar metallic phases in 1T′-Mo1−xNbxTe2 with a chemically tunable polar transition. It is unveiled from the first-principles calculations and magnetotransport measurements that charge transport with a strongly energy-dependent scattering rate critically evolves toward the boundary to the nonpolar phase, resulting in large cryogenic thermopower. Such a significant influence of the structural instability on transport phenomena might arise from the fluctuating or heterogeneous polar metallic states, which would pave a novel route to improving thermoelectric efficiency. PMID:27847874

  15. Connecting to Collections in Florida: Current Conditions and Critical Needs in Libraries, Archives, and Museums

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    Jorgensen, Corinne; Marty, Paul F.; Braun, Kathy

    2012-01-01

    This article presents results from an IMLS-funded project to evaluate the current state of collections in Florida's libraries, archives, and museums, current practices to preserve and conserve these collections, and perceived needs to maintain and improve these collections for future generations. The survey, modeled after the Heritage Health Index…

  16. Using Current Events to Enhance Learning: A Social Work Curricular Case Example

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    Grise-Owens, Erlene; Cambron, Shannon; Valade, Rita

    2010-01-01

    Effective social work education that promotes social justice requires expanded curricular models and creative pedagogical approaches. This article presents a curricular case study demonstrating the use of current events to enhance both implicit and explicit curricula. How the cultural crisis of Hurricane Katrina was used to engender transformative…

  17. [Neuroethics of pharmaceutical cognitive enhancement: the first ten years: current problems and practical guiding principles].

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    Metzinger, T K

    2012-01-01

    An evaluating survey of the development of the neuroethics of pharmaceutical cognitive enhancement (PCE) during the last decade, focussing on the situation in Germany, has been undertaken. This article presents the most important conceptual problems, current substances and central ethical and legal issues. Very first guidelines and recommendations for policy-makers are formulated at the end of the text.

  18. Longitudinal gradient coils with enhanced radial uniformity in restricted diameter: Single-current and multiple-current approaches

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    Romero, Javier A.; Domínguez, Gabriela A.; Anoardo, Esteban

    2017-03-01

    An important requirement for a gradient coil is that the uniformity of the generated magnetic field gradient should be maximal within the active volume of the coil. For a cylindrical geometry, the radial uniformity of the gradient turns critic, particularly in cases where the gradient-unit has to be designed to fit into the inner bore of a compact magnet of reduced dimensions, like those typically used in fast-field-cycling NMR. In this paper we present two practical solutions aimed to fulfill this requirement. We propose a matrix-inversion optimization algorithm based on the Biot-Savart law, that using a proper cost function, allows maximizing the uniformity of the gradient and power efficiency. The used methodology and the simulation code were validated in a single-current design, by comparing the computer simulated field map with the experimental data measured in a real prototype. After comparing the obtained results with the target field approach, a multiple-element coil driven by independent current sources is discussed, and a real prototype evaluated. Opposed equispaced independent windings are connected in pairs conforming an arrangement of independent anti-Helmholtz units. This last coil seizes 80% of its radial dimension with a gradient uniformity better than 5%. The design also provides an adaptable region of uniformity along with adjustable coil efficiency.

  19. Longitudinal gradient coils with enhanced radial uniformity in restricted diameter: Single-current and multiple-current approaches.

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    Romero, Javier A; Domínguez, Gabriela A; Anoardo, Esteban

    2017-03-01

    An important requirement for a gradient coil is that the uniformity of the generated magnetic field gradient should be maximal within the active volume of the coil. For a cylindrical geometry, the radial uniformity of the gradient turns critic, particularly in cases where the gradient-unit has to be designed to fit into the inner bore of a compact magnet of reduced dimensions, like those typically used in fast-field-cycling NMR. In this paper we present two practical solutions aimed to fulfill this requirement. We propose a matrix-inversion optimization algorithm based on the Biot-Savart law, that using a proper cost function, allows maximizing the uniformity of the gradient and power efficiency. The used methodology and the simulation code were validated in a single-current design, by comparing the computer simulated field map with the experimental data measured in a real prototype. After comparing the obtained results with the target field approach, a multiple-element coil driven by independent current sources is discussed, and a real prototype evaluated. Opposed equispaced independent windings are connected in pairs conforming an arrangement of independent anti-Helmholtz units. This last coil seizes 80% of its radial dimension with a gradient uniformity better than 5%. The design also provides an adaptable region of uniformity along with adjustable coil efficiency.

  20. Persistent currents in interacting Aharonov-Bohm interferometers and their enhancement by acoustic radiation.

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    Entin-Wohlman, O; Imry, Y; Aharony, A

    2003-07-25

    We consider an Aharonov-Bohm interferometer, connected to two electronic reservoirs, with a quantum dot embedded on one of its arms. We find a general expression for the persistent current at steady state, valid for the case where the electronic system is free of interactions except on the dot. The result is used to derive the modification in the persistent current brought about by coupling the quantum dot to a phonon source. The magnitude of the persistent current is found to be enhanced in an appropriate range of the intensity of the acoustic source.

  1. Microstructure refinement and enhanced critical current density in binary doped SmFeAsO superconductor

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    Anooja, J. B.; Aswathy, P. M.; Varghese, Neson; Syamaprasad, U.; Aloysius, R. P.

    2014-04-24

    The iron-pnictide Sm{sub 1−x}Ca{sub x}FeAsO{sub 1−2x}F{sub 2x} superconductor was prepared and the combined effect of electron and hole doping was studied in detail. It is observed that the binary doping using CaF{sub 2} improves the microstructure tremendously with a preferred orientation of the (00l) planes. Moreover, a maximum T{sub C} of 53.8 K and a transport J{sub C} of 880 A/cm{sup 2} (12 K), which is double to that of the F-doped sample, are achieved. The dopant CaF{sub 2} seems to be a potential candidate for solving the grain-connectivity concerns in iron-pnictides paving the way towards conductor development.

  2. Microstructure refinement and enhanced critical current density in binary doped SmFeAsO superconductor

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    Anooja, J. B.; Aswathy, P. M.; Varghese, Neson; Aloysius, R. P.; Syamaprasad, U.

    2014-04-01

    The iron-pnictide Sm1-xCaxFeAsO1-2xF2x superconductor was prepared and the combined effect of electron and hole doping was studied in detail. It is observed that the binary doping using CaF2 improves the microstructure tremendously with a preferred orientation of the (00l) planes. Moreover, a maximum TC of 53.8 K and a transport JC of 880 A/cm2 (12 K), which is double to that of the F-doped sample, are achieved. The dopant CaF2 seems to be a potential candidate for solving the grain-connectivity concerns in iron-pnictides paving the way towards conductor development.

  3. Transfusion in critical care - a UK regional audit of current practice.

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    Plumb, J O M; Taylor, M G; Clissold, E; Grocott, M P W; Gill, R

    2017-02-18

    A consistent message within critical care publications has been that a restrictive transfusion strategy is non-inferior, and possibly superior, to a liberal strategy for stable, non-bleeding critically ill patients. Translation into clinical practice has, however, been slow. Here, we describe the degree of adherence to UK best practice guidelines in a regional network of nine intensive care units within Wessex. All transfusions given during a 2-month period were included (n = 444). Those given for active bleeding or within 24 h of major surgery, trauma or gastrointestinal bleeding were excluded (n = 148). The median (IQR [range]) haemoglobin concentration before transfusion was 73 (68-77 [53-106]) g.l(-1) , with only 34% of transfusion episodes using a transfusion threshold of < 70 g.l(-1) . In a subgroup analysis that did not study patients with a history of cardiac disease (n = 42), haemoglobin concentration before transfusion was 72 (68-77 [50-98]) g.l(-1) , with only 36% of transfusion episodes using a threshold of < 70 g.l(-1) (see Fig. 3). Most blood transfusions given to critically ill patients who were not bleeding in this audit used a haemoglobin threshold > 70 g.l(-1) . The reason why recommendations on transfusion triggers have not translated into clinical practice is unclear. With a clear national drive to decrease usage of blood products and clear evidence that a threshold of 70 g.l(-1) is non-inferior, it is surprising that a scarce and potentially dangerous resource is still being overused within critical care. Simple solutions such as electronic patient records that force pause for thought before blood transfusion, or prescriptions that only allow administration of a single unit in non-emergency circumstances may help to reduce the incidence of unnecessary blood transfusions.

  4. Enhanced Spin-Orbit Torque via Modulation of Spin Current Absorption.

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    Qiu, Xuepeng; Legrand, William; He, Pan; Wu, Yang; Yu, Jiawei; Ramaswamy, Rajagopalan; Manchon, Aurelien; Yang, Hyunsoo

    2016-11-18

    The magnitude of spin-orbit torque (SOT), exerted to a ferromagnet (FM) from an adjacent heavy metal (HM), strongly depends on the amount of spin current absorbed in the FM. We exploit the large spin absorption at the Ru interface to manipulate the SOTs in HM/FM/Ru multilayers. While the FM thickness is smaller than its spin dephasing length of 1.2 nm, the top Ru layer largely boosts the absorption of spin currents into the FM layer and substantially enhances the strength of SOT acting on the FM. Spin-pumping experiments induced by ferromagnetic resonance support our conclusions that the observed increase in the SOT efficiency can be attributed to an enhancement of the spin-current absorption. A theoretical model that considers both reflected and transmitted mixing conductances at the two interfaces of FM is developed to explain the results.

  5. Enhanced Spin-Orbit Torque via Modulation of Spin Current Absorption

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    Qiu, Xuepeng; Legrand, William; He, Pan; Wu, Yang; Yu, Jiawei; Ramaswamy, Rajagopalan; Manchon, Aurelien; Yang, Hyunsoo

    2016-11-01

    The magnitude of spin-orbit torque (SOT), exerted to a ferromagnet (FM) from an adjacent heavy metal (HM), strongly depends on the amount of spin current absorbed in the FM. We exploit the large spin absorption at the Ru interface to manipulate the SOTs in HM /FM /Ru multilayers. While the FM thickness is smaller than its spin dephasing length of 1.2 nm, the top Ru layer largely boosts the absorption of spin currents into the FM layer and substantially enhances the strength of SOT acting on the FM. Spin-pumping experiments induced by ferromagnetic resonance support our conclusions that the observed increase in the SOT efficiency can be attributed to an enhancement of the spin-current absorption. A theoretical model that considers both reflected and transmitted mixing conductances at the two interfaces of FM is developed to explain the results.

  6. Compression enhancement by current stepping in a multicascade liner gas-puff Z-pinch plasma

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    Khattak, N. A. D.; Ahmad, Zahoor; Zakaullah, M.; Murtaza, G.

    2008-04-01

    Plasma dynamics of a liner consisting of two or three annular cascade gas-puffs with entrained axial magnetic field is studied using the modified snow-plow model. The current stepping technique (Les 1984 J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 17 733) is employed to enhance compression of the imploding plasma. A small-diameter low-voltage-driven system of imploding plasma is considered in order to work out the possibility of the highest gain, in terms of plasma parameters and radiation yield with a relatively simple and compact system. Our numerical results demonstrate that current stepping enhances the plasma compression, yielding high values of the plasma parameters and compressed magnetic field Bz (in magnitudes), if the switching time for the additional current is properly synchronized.

  7. ON current enhancement of nanowire Schottky barrier tunnel field effect transistors

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    Takei, Kohei; Hashimoto, Shuichiro; Sun, Jing; Zhang, Xu; Asada, Shuhei; Xu, Taiyu; Matsukawa, Takashi; Masahara, Meishoku; Watanabe, Takanobu

    2016-04-01

    Silicon nanowire Schottky barrier tunnel field effect transistors (NW-SBTFETs) are promising structures for high performance devices. In this study, we fabricated NW-SBTFETs to investigate the effect of nanowire structure on the device characteristics. The NW-SBTFETs were operated with a backgate bias, and the experimental results demonstrate that the ON current density is enhanced by narrowing the width of the nanowire. We confirmed using the Fowler-Nordheim plot that the drain current in the ON state mainly comprises the quantum tunneling component through the Schottky barrier. Comparison with a technology computer aided design (TCAD) simulation revealed that the enhancement is attributed to the electric field concentration at the corners of cross-section of the NW. The study findings suggest an effective approach to securing the ON current by Schottky barrier width modulation.

  8. Critical current densities and irreversibility fields of MgB 2 bulks

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    Kumakura, H.; Takano, Y.; Fujii, H.; Togano, K.; Kito, H.; Ihara, H.

    2001-11-01

    We prepared two MgB 2 bulks by applying conventional sintering and high-pressure sintering methods, and compared the current carrying properties. Jc obtained by the resistive method was larger than that obtained by the magnetic method. Jc- B curves obtained by the resistive method showed no history effect. These results indicate that most of the superconducting currents flowing in the MgB 2 bulks were intergrain (transport) currents and intragrain currents were negligibly small. The high-pressure sintered sample with smaller grain size showed smaller field dependence of Jc and higher Birr than the conventionally sintered sample with larger grain size. This behavior can be explained by the grain boundary flux pinning.

  9. Magnetospheric Current Response to Solar Wind Dynamic Pressure Enhancements during Strong Magnetic Storms

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    Shi, Y.; Zesta, E.; Lyons, L. R.

    2007-12-01

    Recent studies have found that solar wind dynamic pressure enhancements can cause clear dawn-dusk asymmetric H perturbations in low-latitude ground magnetometers, particularly when the IMF Bz has been southward for some time before the compression occurs. The asymmetry consists of negative H perturbations on the dusk side and positive H perturbations on the dawn side, a response that is uncharacteristic of what is expected from a typical magnetospheric compression. This response was qualitatively interpreted as the result of the intensification of the existing partial ring current by the pressure enhancement. The assumption is that the intensified partial ring current creates the negative perturbations on the dusk side, overwhelming the effect of all other magnetospheric (Chapman-Ferraro and R1 and R2) currents. The present study quantitatively investigates the response of the different magnetospheric current systems to the solar wind dynamic pressure enhancements and their contribution to the ground H perturbations by combining modeling and observational results during two pressure enhancement events that occurred during strong magnetic storms of similar strength. The magnitude of the pressure in the two events is the differing factor. We used the Tsyganenko storm-time magnetic field models (TS05), which includes separate modules for each magnetospheric current system, to fit and model the ground perturbations that result form the compressions. We first modified the TS05 by adding the present state of dynamic pressure to the parameterization scheme of the R1 and R2 field-aligned current modules and to that of the symmetric and asymmetric ring currents. We then fit the model to the low- and mid-latitude ground magnetometer observations for each of the two selected magnetic compressions. For the pressure enhancement occurring during the main phase of the September 25, 1998 storm, the modeling results show that the primary contributor to the ground asymmetric H

  10. Temperature and Magnetic Field Dependence of Critical Current Density of YBCO with Varying Flux Pinning Additions (POSTPRINT)

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    2010-03-01

    coverage corresponding to M phase 1 nm thickness was found to be necessary to increase compared to YBCO . The op- timal layer thickness for each M phase was...kept constant in this experiment: , Y211 0.8 nm , and [17]. Using the optimal M phase thickness, the YBCO layer was also systematically varied for...AFRL-RZ-WP-TP-2010-2083 TEMPERATURE AND MAGNETIC FIELD DEPENDENCE OF CRITICAL CURRENT DENSITY OF YBCO WITH VARYING FLUX PINNING ADDITIONS

  11. General approach for the determination of the magneto-angular dependence of the critical current of YBCO coated conductors

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    Zhang, X.; Zhong, Z.; Ruiz, H. S.; Geng, J.; Coombs, T. A.

    2017-02-01

    The physical understanding and numerical modelling of superconducting devices which exploit the high performance of second generation high temperature superconducting tapes (2G-HTS), is commonly hindered by the lack of accurate functions which allow the consideration of the in-field dependence of the critical current. This is true regardless of the manufacturer of the superconducting tape. In this paper, we present a general approach for determining a unified function I c(B, θ), ultimately capable of describing the magneto-angular dependence of the in-field critical current of commercial 2G-HTS tapes in the Lorentz configuration. Five widely different superconducting tapes, provided by three different manufacturers, have been tested in a liquid nitrogen bath and external magnetic fields of up to 400 mT. The critical current was recorded at 90 different orientations of the magnetic field ranging from θ = 0°, i.e., with B aligned with the crystallographic ab-planes of the YBCO layer, towards ±90°, i.e., with B perpendicular to the wider surfaces of the 2G-HTS tape. The whole set of experimental data has been analysed using a novel multi-objective model capable of predicting a sole function I c(B, θ). This allows an accurate validation of the experimental data regardless of the fabrication differences and widths of the superconducting tapes. It is shown that, in spite of the wide set of differences between the fabrication and composition of the considered tapes, at liquid nitrogen temperature the magneto-angular dependence of the in-field critical current of YBCO-based 2G-HTS tapes, can be described by a universal function I c(f(B), θ), with a power law field dependence dominated by the Kim’s factor B/B 0, and an angular dependence moderated by the electron mass anisotropy ratio of the YBCO layer.

  12. Anisotropy and hysteresis of transport critical currents in high temperature Ln-Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors

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    Watanabe, K.; Noto, K.; Morita, H.; Fujimori, H.; Mizuno, K.; Aomine, T.; Ni, B.; Matsushita, T.; Yamafuji, K.; Muto, Y.

    1989-03-01

    Following the measurements of anisotropy and hysteresis in transport critical currents with changing temperature and polarity of magnetic field, a.c. magnetic measurements by the Campbell method were performed for sintered Ln-Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors. The information derived from them indicated that hysteresis does not occur in the intragrain current but in the intergrain one. The results are interpreted in terms of flux pinning, where the anisotropy originates from the texture structure and hysteresis is associated with the superconducting weak links of the sintered oxide pellets.

  13. Angular dependence of critical current density and magnetoresistance of sputtered high-T{sub c}-films

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    Geerkens, A.; Frenck, H.J.; Ewert, S.

    1994-12-31

    The angular dependence of the critical current density and the magnetoresistance of high-T{sub c}-films in high and low magnetic fields and for different temperatures were measured to investigate the flux pinning and the superconducting properties. A comparison of the results for the different superconductors shows their increasing dependence on the angle {Theta} between the magnetic field and the c-axis of the film due to the anisotropy of the chosen superconductor. Furthermore the influence of the current direction to the {Theta}-rotation plane is discussed.

  14. Angular dependence of critical current density and magnetoresistance of sputtered high-T(sub c)-films

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    Geerkens, A.; Meven, M.; Frenck, H.-J.; Ewert, S.

    1995-01-01

    The angular dependence of the critical current density and the magnetoresistance of high-T(sub c)-films in high and low magnetic fields and for different temperatures were measured to investigate the flux pinning and the superconducting properties. A comparison of the results for the different superconductors shows their increasing dependence on the angle Theta between the magnetic field and the c-axis of the film due to the anisotropy of the chosen superconductor. Furthermore the influence of the current direction to the Theta-rotation plane is discussed.

  15. Superconducting-magnetic heterostructures: a method of decreasing AC losses and improving critical current density in multifilamentary conductors.

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    Glowacki, B A; Majoros, M

    2009-06-24

    Magnetic materials can help to improve the performance of practical superconductors on the macroscale/microscale as magnetic diverters and also on the nanoscale as effective pinning centres. It has been established by numerical modelling that magnetic shielding of the filaments reduces AC losses in self-field conditions due to decoupling of the filaments and, at the same time, it increases the critical current of the composite. This effect is especially beneficial for coated conductors, in which the anisotropic properties of the superconductor are amplified by the conductor architecture. However, ferromagnetic coatings are often chemically incompatible with YBa(2)Cu(3)O(7) and (Pb,Bi)(2)Sr(2)Ca(2)Cu(3)O(9) conductors, and buffer layers have to be used. In contrast, in MgB(2) conductors an iron matrix may remain in direct contact with the superconducting core. The application of superconducting-magnetic heterostructures requires consideration of the thermal and electromagnetic stability of the superconducting materials used. On one hand, magnetic materials reduce the critical current gradient across the individual filaments but, on the other hand, they often reduce the thermal conductivity between the superconducting core and the cryogen, which may cause destruction of the conductor in the event of thermal instability. A possible nanoscale method of improving the critical current density of superconducting conductors is the introduction of sub-micron magnetic pinning centres. However, the volumetric density and chemical compatibility of magnetic inclusions has to be controlled to avoid suppression of the superconducting properties.

  16. Anticoagulant therapy in patients undergoing dental interventions: a critical review of the literature and current perspectives.

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    Isola, G; Matarese, G; Cordasco, G; Rotondo, F; Crupi, A; Ramaglia, L

    2015-02-01

    Patients treated with oral anticoagulant therapy (OAT) represent an issue to the dentist, as an increasing number of people are using anticoagulant drugs for cardiovascular disease. The choice of an eventual suspension or continuation of anticoagulant therapy is important when considering an efficient management of the patient. Patients in anticoagulant therapy and requiring dental procedures sometimes represent therapeutic concerns especially concerning the suspension of the anticoagulant treatment. At the moment there is no consensus among international experts of a possible discontinuation of therapy before invasive dental procedures. In this paper, the authors try to focus on this topic through a critical review of the literature. Most of the studies suggest the continuation of the anticoagulant treatment with heparin before invasive oral surgical interventions. Based on the data of the literature, two rules must be adopted in clinical practice: 1) maintenance of anticoagulation related to the international normalized ratio (INR); 2) local application of antifibrinolytic agents to ensure a proper hemostatic process. Given the widespread use of anticoagulant drugs in cardiovascular disease, dentists must often face the problem of the therapy and, since there is no consensus on the management of these patients, the authors propose, after a thorough critical review of the literature, the implementation of a multiphase protocol of surgical approach to be implemented with safety in daily clinical practice.

  17. Mars ISRU for Production of Mission Critical Consumables - Options, Recent Studies, and Current State of the Art

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    Sanders, G. B.; Paz, A.; Oryshchyn, L.; Araghi, K.; Muscatello, A.; Linne, D.; Kleinhenz, J.; Peters, T.

    2015-01-01

    In 1978, a ground breaking paper titled, "Feasibility of Rocket Propellant Production on Mars" by Ash, Dowler, and Varsi discussed how ascent propellants could be manufactured on the Mars surface from carbon dioxide collected from the atmosphere to reduce launch mass. Since then, the concept of making mission critical consumables such as propellants, fuel cell reactants, and life support consumables from local resources, commonly known as In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU), for robotic and human missions to Mars has been studied many times. In the late 1990's, NASA initiated a series of Mars Human Design Reference Missions (DRMs), the first of which was released in 1997. These studies primarily focused on evaluating the impact of making propellants on Mars for crew ascent to Mars orbit, but creating large caches of life support consumables (water & oxygen) as a backup for regenerative life support systems for long-duration surface stays (>500 days) was also considered in Mars DRM 3.0. Until science data from the Mars Odyssey orbiter and subsequent robotic missions revealed that water may be widely accessable across the surface of Mars, prior Mars ISRU studies were limited to processing Mars atmospheric resources (carbon dioxide, nitrogen, argon, oxygen, and water vapor). In December 2007, NASA completed the Mars Human Design Reference Architecture (DRA) 5.0 study which considered water on Mars as a potential resource for the first time in a human mission architecture. While knowledge of both water resources on Mars and the hardware required to excavate and extract the water were very preliminary, the study concluded that a significant reduction in mass and significant enhancements to the mission architecture were possible if Mars water resources were utilized. Two subsequent Mars ISRU studies aimed at reexamining ISRU technologies, processing options, and advancements in the state-of-the-art since 2007 and to better understand the volume and packaging associated

  18. Current Issues: Critical Issues Confronting the Nation and the World. 1990 Edition.

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    This annual publication seeks to inform interested readers about issues currently confronting the United States. The introductory section briefly discusses the 101st Congress, members of the Bush administration, and the Supreme Court. The federal budget process is also discussed in this section. The section on domestic policy issues contains the…

  19. Current Issues: Critical Issues Confronting the Nation and the World. 1987 Edition.

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    Carwile, John; Zack, David R.

    This annual publication seeks to inform interested readers about important concerns of currently confronting the United States. An introduction provides: a brief discussion of individuals in the Reagan Administration; a list of the leadership positions and committees in the 100th Congress--the reader must fill in the person for each position; a…

  20. Current Issues: Critical Issues Confronting the Nation and the World. 1996 Edition [and Teacher's Guide.

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    Close Up Foundation, Arlington, VA.

    This book accompanied by the Teacher's guide, focuses on policy issues being discussed and debated by U.S. policymakers. The book provides essays on current issues facing the nation and the world. Ten chapters highlight domestic policy issues and 10 chapters are about foreign policy issues. This book informs readers about important concerns of…

  1. A Critical Review of the Technical Characteristics of Current Preschool Screening Batteries

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    Emmons, Michael R.; Alfonso, Vincent C.

    2005-01-01

    The current review provides a summary and evaluation of the technical characteristics of five preschool screening batteries, including the Brigance Screens, DIAL-3, ESI-R, ESP, and FirstSTEP. These norm-referenced instruments were selected on the basis of their commercial availability, description as a screening instrument, and ability to assess…

  2. Current Issues: Critical Issues Confronting the Nation and the World. 1997 Edition [and] Teacher's Guide.

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    Close Up Foundation, Arlington, VA.

    This student text and teacher's guide feature current events and policy issues that are in discussion today. The books offer background on 20 important domestic and foreign policy issues and present arguments from both sides of key issues. The books are divided into three sections. Section 1, "The Federal Government," contains: (1) "The Clinton…

  3. Current Issues: Critical Policy Choices Facing the Nation and the World. 2000 Edition [and] Teacher's Guide.

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    Close Up Foundation, Alexandria, VA.

    This student text and teacher's guide feature current events and policy issues that are in discussion today. The books offer background on important domestic and foreign policy issues and present arguments from both sides of key issues. The books are divided into three sections. Section 1, "The Federal Government," contains: (1) "The Clinton…

  4. Current Issues: Critical Policy Choices Facing the Nation and the World. 1999 Edition [and] Teacher's Guide.

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    Close Up Foundation, Alexandria, VA.

    This student text and teacher's guide feature current events and policy issues that are in discussion today. The books offer background on important domestic and foreign policy issues and present arguments from both sides of key issues. The books are divided into three sections. Section 1, "The Federal Government," contains: (1) "The Clinton…

  5. Biological Activities and Bioavailability of Mangosteen Xanthones: A Critical Review of the Current Evidence

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    Gutierrez-Orozco, Fabiola; Failla, Mark L.

    2013-01-01

    Mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana L.) is a tropical tree native to Southeast Asia that produces a fruit whose pericarp contains a family of tricyclic isoprenylated polyphenols referred to as xanthones. Numerous in vitro studies have shown that these xanthones possess anti-oxidant, anti-proliferative, pro-apoptotic, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic activities. Aggressive marketing of such health promoting benefits has resulted in mangosteen’s classification as a “superfruit”. This has led to sales of mangosteen containing beverages in USA alone exceeding $200 million in 2008 despite very limited animal and human studies. This review will (a) critically address recent reports of in vivo studies on the bioavailability and metabolism of mangosteen xanthones, (b) update the in vitro and in vivo data on anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory activities of mangosteen xanthones, and (c) suggest needed areas of inquiry regarding the absorption, metabolism and efficacy of mangosteen xanthones. PMID:23945675

  6. Hemodynamic monitoring in the critically ill: an overview of current cardiac output monitoring methods

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    Huygh, Johan; Peeters, Yannick; Bernards, Jelle; Malbrain, Manu L. N. G.

    2016-01-01

    Critically ill patients are often hemodynamically unstable (or at risk of becoming unstable) owing to hypovolemia, cardiac dysfunction, or alterations of vasomotor function, leading to organ dysfunction, deterioration into multi-organ failure, and eventually death. With hemodynamic monitoring, we aim to guide our medical management so as to prevent or treat organ failure and improve the outcomes of our patients. Therapeutic measures may include fluid resuscitation, vasopressors, or inotropic agents. Both resuscitation and de-resuscitation phases can be guided using hemodynamic monitoring. This monitoring itself includes several different techniques, each with its own advantages and disadvantages, and may range from invasive to less- and even non-invasive techniques, calibrated or non-calibrated. This article will discuss the indications and basics of monitoring, further elaborating on the different techniques of monitoring. PMID:28003877

  7. A new method for infrared imaging of air currents in and around critical hazard fume hoods

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    Mulac, W.A.; McCreary, J.R. ); Schmalz, H. Thermal Surveys, Inc., Rockford, IL )

    1992-01-01

    A real time method of measuring and recording the efficacy of vapor containment in and around critical hazard fume hoods is being developed. An infrared camera whose response is restricted to a spectral range that overlaps a strong absorption band in a non-toxic gas is used to render real-time video images of the presence and flow of the gas. The gas, nitrous oxide, is ejected in a continuous stream in and around fume hoods that are to be certified capable of containing hazardous fumes. The principle advantage is that various scenarios of air flow displacement in and outside the hood can be easily investigated; the principle limitation is the necessity of high tracer gas concentration to obtain strong visualizations. We hope that this technique can be found to be an effective and safe method to test hoods in locations that were built before present regulations were promulgated.

  8. A new method for infrared imaging of air currents in and around critical hazard fume hoods

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    Mulac, W.A.; McCreary, J.R.; Schmalz, H. |

    1992-11-01

    A real time method of measuring and recording the efficacy of vapor containment in and around critical hazard fume hoods is being developed. An infrared camera whose response is restricted to a spectral range that overlaps a strong absorption band in a non-toxic gas is used to render real-time video images of the presence and flow of the gas. The gas, nitrous oxide, is ejected in a continuous stream in and around fume hoods that are to be certified capable of containing hazardous fumes. The principle advantage is that various scenarios of air flow displacement in and outside the hood can be easily investigated; the principle limitation is the necessity of high tracer gas concentration to obtain strong visualizations. We hope that this technique can be found to be an effective and safe method to test hoods in locations that were built before present regulations were promulgated.

  9. A new method for infrared imaging of air currents in and around critical hazard fume hoods

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    Mulac, W.A.; McCreary, J.R.; Schmalz, H.

    1994-03-01

    Active, safe real-time method of measuring and recording the efficacy of vapor containment in and around critical hazard fume hoods has been developed. An infrared camera whose response is restricted to a spectral range that overlaps a strong absorption band in a nontoxic gas is used to render real-time video images of the presence and flow of the gas. The gas, nitrous oxide, is ejected in a continuous stream in and around fume hoods that are to be certified capable of containing hazardous fumes. The principal advantage is that various scenarios of air flow displacement in and outside the hood can be easily investigated; the principal limitation is the necessity of high tracer gas concentration to obtain strong visualizations.

  10. Current-driven domain wall motion enhanced by the microwave field

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    Wang, Xi-guang; Guo, Guang-hua Nie, Yao-zhuang; Wang, Dao-wei; Li, Zhi-xiong; Tang, Wei; Zeng, Zhong-ming

    2014-07-14

    The magnetic domain wall (DW) motion driven by a spin-polarized current opens a new concept for memory and logic devices. However, the critical current density required to overcome the intrinsic and/or extrinsic pinning of DW remains too large for practical applications. Here, we show, by using micromagnetic simulations and analytical approaches, that the application of a microwave field offers an effective solution to this problem. When a transverse microwave field is applied, the adiabatic spin-transfer torque (STT) alone can sustain a steady-state DW motion without the sign of Walker breakdown, meaning that the intrinsic pinning disappears. The extrinsic pinning can also be effectively reduced. Moreover, the DW velocity is increased greatly for the microwave-assisted DW motion. This provides a new way to manipulate the DW motion at low current densities.

  11. Enhancement of Local Photovoltaic Current at Ferroelectric Domain Walls in BiFeO3

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    Yang, Ming-Min; Bhatnagar, Akash; Luo, Zheng-Dong; Alexe, Marin

    2017-01-01

    Domain walls, which are intrinsically two dimensional nano-objects exhibiting nontrivial electronic and magnetic behaviours, have been proven to play a crucial role in photovoltaic properties of ferroelectrics. Despite this recognition, the electronic properties of domain walls under illumination until now have been accessible only to macroscopic studies and their effects upon the conduction of photovoltaic current still remain elusive. The lack of understanding hinders the developing of nanoscale devices based on ferroelectric domain walls. Here, we directly characterize the local photovoltaic and photoconductive properties of 71° domain walls on BiFeO3 thin films with a nanoscale resolution. Local photovoltaic current, proven to be driven by the bulk photovoltaic effect, has been probed over the whole illuminated surface by using a specially designed photoelectric atomic force microscopy and found to be significantly enhanced at domain walls. Additionally, spatially resolved photoconductive current distribution reveals a higher density of excited carriers at domain walls in comparison with domains. Our measurements demonstrate that domain wall enhanced photovoltaic current originates from its high conduction rather than the internal electric field. This photoconduction facilitated local photovoltaic current is likely to be a universal property of topological defects in ferroelectric semiconductors. PMID:28216672

  12. Enhancement of Local Photovoltaic Current at Ferroelectric Domain Walls in BiFeO3.

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    Yang, Ming-Min; Bhatnagar, Akash; Luo, Zheng-Dong; Alexe, Marin

    2017-02-20

    Domain walls, which are intrinsically two dimensional nano-objects exhibiting nontrivial electronic and magnetic behaviours, have been proven to play a crucial role in photovoltaic properties of ferroelectrics. Despite this recognition, the electronic properties of domain walls under illumination until now have been accessible only to macroscopic studies and their effects upon the conduction of photovoltaic current still remain elusive. The lack of understanding hinders the developing of nanoscale devices based on ferroelectric domain walls. Here, we directly characterize the local photovoltaic and photoconductive properties of 71° domain walls on BiFeO3 thin films with a nanoscale resolution. Local photovoltaic current, proven to be driven by the bulk photovoltaic effect, has been probed over the whole illuminated surface by using a specially designed photoelectric atomic force microscopy and found to be significantly enhanced at domain walls. Additionally, spatially resolved photoconductive current distribution reveals a higher density of excited carriers at domain walls in comparison with domains. Our measurements demonstrate that domain wall enhanced photovoltaic current originates from its high conduction rather than the internal electric field. This photoconduction facilitated local photovoltaic current is likely to be a universal property of topological defects in ferroelectric semiconductors.

  13. Enhancement of Local Photovoltaic Current at Ferroelectric Domain Walls in BiFeO3

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    Yang, Ming-Min; Bhatnagar, Akash; Luo, Zheng-Dong; Alexe, Marin

    2017-02-01

    Domain walls, which are intrinsically two dimensional nano-objects exhibiting nontrivial electronic and magnetic behaviours, have been proven to play a crucial role in photovoltaic properties of ferroelectrics. Despite this recognition, the electronic properties of domain walls under illumination until now have been accessible only to macroscopic studies and their effects upon the conduction of photovoltaic current still remain elusive. The lack of understanding hinders the developing of nanoscale devices based on ferroelectric domain walls. Here, we directly characterize the local photovoltaic and photoconductive properties of 71° domain walls on BiFeO3 thin films with a nanoscale resolution. Local photovoltaic current, proven to be driven by the bulk photovoltaic effect, has been probed over the whole illuminated surface by using a specially designed photoelectric atomic force microscopy and found to be significantly enhanced at domain walls. Additionally, spatially resolved photoconductive current distribution reveals a higher density of excited carriers at domain walls in comparison with domains. Our measurements demonstrate that domain wall enhanced photovoltaic current originates from its high conduction rather than the internal electric field. This photoconduction facilitated local photovoltaic current is likely to be a universal property of topological defects in ferroelectric semiconductors.

  14. Do current clinical trials meet society's needs?: a critical review of recent evidence.

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    Pocock, Stuart J; Gersh, Bernard J

    2014-10-14

    This paper describes some important controversies regarding the current state of clinical trials research in cardiology. Topics covered include the inadequacy of trial research on medical devices, problems with industry-sponsored trials, the lack of head-to-head trials of new effective treatments, the need for wiser handling of drug safety issues, the credibility (or lack thereof) of trial reports in medical journals, problems with globalization of trials, the role of personalized (stratified) medicine in trials, the need for new trials of old drugs, the need for trials of treatment withdrawal, the importance of pragmatic trials of treatment strategies, and the limitations of observational comparative effectiveness studies. All issues are illustrated by recent topical trials in cardiology. Overall, we explore the extent to which clinical trials, as currently practiced, are successful in meeting society's expectations.

  15. Enhancement of light extraction efficiency of vertical LED with patterned graphene as current spreading layer

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    Singh, Sumitra; Sai Nandini, Annam Deepthi; Pal, Suchandan; Dhanavantri, Chenna

    2016-01-01

    In this paper we report an optimised pattern of surface textured graphene current spreading layer (CSL) for the enhancement of light extraction efficiency (LEE) in InGaN/GaN vertical light emitting diodes (V-LEDs). It is found that by texturing graphene surface LEE improves drastically. This improvement is attributed to better current spreading of graphene and increased random and multiple scattering of light through textured surfaces. Simulation results illustrate that V-LEDs with surface textured (hexagonal pattern) ITO as CSL shows threefold improvement in light extraction efficiency compared to V-LEDs with no surface texturing on ITO CSL. Further, LEE of V-LEDs having patterned graphene CSL is compared with that for indium tin oxide (ITO) CSL. V-LEDs with optimised hexagonal patterning on graphene CSL shows 13.42% enhancement of LEE compared to that of LED with hexagonal patterning on ITO surface.

  16. The method of measuring the temperature dependence of the critical current of the HTS-2

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    Yashkin, D. S.; Krasnoperov, E. P.; Brazhnik, P. A.; Kruglov, V. S.

    2016-09-01

    A new method of measurement of Ic(T) dependence for the HTS-2 tape is realized. In this method, the metal substrate of the tape is used as both a heater and a thermometer. Index n(T) was calculated from the measured current-voltage characteristics (CVC). For the tape manufactured by SuperPower Inc. the data of n-index temperature dependence in the range from 77 K up to 90 K are presented.

  17. Enhanced healing of rat calvarial critical size defect with selenium-doped lamellar biocomposites.

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    Wang, Yanhua; Lv, Peng; Ma, Zhe; Zhang, Jingcheng

    2013-10-01

    A 3D porous lamellar selenium-containing nano-hydroxyapatite (SeHAN)/chitosan (CS) biocomposite was synthesized. The selenium-containing hydroxyapatite (HA) grains of 150~200 nm in length and 20~30 nm in width were observed by dynamic light scattering and transmission electron microscopy. A combination of X-ray diffraction, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, and SEM indicated that HA particles were uniformly dispersed in chitosan matrix and there was a chemical interaction between chitosan and HA. Then, a standard critical size calvarial bone defect was created in Wistar rats. In group 1, no implant was made in the defect. In groups 2 and 3, HA nanoparticles (HAN)/CS biocomposite and SeHAN/CS biocomposite were implanted into the defect, respectively. After 4 weeks, the histological assessment clearly exhibited no significant changes, only found some living cells anchored in the periphery of the implants. After 8 and 12 weeks, most newly formed osteoid tissue was found in the SeHAN/CS implant group. Additionally, the newly formed osteoid tissue, both at the edge and in the center of implants, was bioactive and neovascularized. Microfocus computerized tomography measurements also confirmed the much better quality of the newly formed bone tissue in SeHAN/CS implant group than that in HAN/CS implant group (p < 0.01). Collectively, the SeHAN/CS biocomposite, as a bioactive bone grafting substitute, significantly enhanced the repair of bone defect.

  18. Crosswords to computers: a critical review of popular approaches to cognitive enhancement.

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    Jak, Amy J; Seelye, Adriana M; Jurick, Sarah M

    2013-03-01

    Cognitive enhancement strategies have gained recent popularity and have the potential to benefit clinical and non-clinical populations. As technology advances and the number of cognitively healthy adults seeking methods of improving or preserving cognitive functioning grows, the role of electronic (e.g., computer and video game based) cognitive training becomes more relevant and warrants greater scientific scrutiny. This paper serves as a critical review of empirical evaluations of publically available electronic cognitive training programs. Many studies have found that electronic training approaches result in significant improvements in trained cognitive tasks. Fewer studies have demonstrated improvements in untrained tasks within the trained cognitive domain, non-trained cognitive domains, or on measures of everyday function. Successful cognitive training programs will elicit effects that generalize to untrained, practical tasks for extended periods of time. Unfortunately, many studies of electronic cognitive training programs are hindered by methodological limitations such as lack of an adequate control group, long-term follow-up and ecologically valid outcome measures. Despite these limitations, evidence suggests that computerized cognitive training has the potential to positively impact one's sense of social connectivity and self-efficacy.

  19. Critical Period of Memory Enhancement during Taste Avoidance Conditioning in Lymnaea stagnalis

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    Sunada, Hiroshi; Lukowiak, Ken; Sakakibara, Manabu

    2013-01-01

    The present study investigated the optimal training procedure leading to long-lasting taste avoidance behavior in Lymnaea. A training procedure comprising 5 repeated pairings of a conditional stimulus (CS, sucrose), with an unconditional stimulus (US, a tactile stimulation to the animal’s head), over a 4-day period resulted in an enhanced memory formation than 10 CS-US repeated pairings over a 2-day period or 20 CS-US repeated pairings on a single day. Backward conditioning (US-CS) pairings did not result in conditioning. Thus, this taste avoidance conditioning was CS-US pairing specific. Food avoidance behavior was not observed following training, however, if snails were immediately subjected to a cold-block (4°C for 10 min). It was critical that the cold-block be applied within 10 min to block long-term memory (LTM) formation. Further, exposure to the cold-block 180 min after training also blocked both STM and LTM formation. The effects of the cold-block on subsequent learning and memory formation were also examined. We found no long lasting effects of the cold-block on subsequent memory formation. If protein kinase C was activated before the conditioning paradigm, snails could still acquire STM despite exposure to the cold-block. PMID:24098373

  20. Enhanced naphthalene solubility in the presence of sodium dodecyl sulfate: effect of critical micelle concentration.

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    Huang, H L; Lee, W M

    2001-08-01

    Surfactants can increase the solubility of non-polar compounds, and have been applied in areas such as soil washing and treatment of non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPLs). This investigation explored the feasibility of removing vapor phase polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) from gases using an anionic surfactant. The solubility of vapor phase naphthalene was measured herein using gas chromatograph (GC) with a photon ionization detector (PID). The measurement results indicated that surfactant molecules were not favorable to micelle formation when temperatures increased from 25 degrees C to 50 degrees C. Regardless of whether solutions were quiescent or agitated, equilibrium naphthalene apparent solubility increased linearly with surfactant concentrations exceeding critical micelle concentration (CMC). The pH effects on naphthalene apparent solubility were small. Agitation increased naphthalene apparent solubility and lumped mass transfer coefficients. Furthermore, lumped mass transfer coefficients decreased with increasing surfactant concentration owing to increase in interfacial resistance and viscosity and decreased spherical micelle diffusion coefficients. Finally, the net absorption rate increased because the solubilization effects of micelles exceeded the reduction effects of mass transfer coefficient above the CMC. The enhanced naphthalene apparent solubility from the addition of surfactant can be expressed by an enrichment factor (EF). The EF value of naphthalene for the surfactant solution at 0.1 M with agitation at 270 rpm relative to quiescent water could reach 18.6. This work confirms that anionic surfactant can improve the removal efficiency of hydrophobic organic compound (HOC) from the gas phase.

  1. Critical Current Densities for the High Temperature Ceramic Superconductors YBa2Cu3O7 and Bi2Sr2Ca2Cu3O(10 + delta)

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    1989-09-01

    in the usual four-probe fashion with a necked determine the entire superconducting /normal phase down section to achieve high current densities. The...intrinsic power dissipated in the sample (and at the current intragrain critical current is greater than 104 A!cm 2 contacts) does not cause measurable...measurements made on the same samples The pulse height, measured across a known series agree with the intrinsic intragrain critical currents resistor, is

  2. Evaluation of the intragrain critical current density in a multidomain FeSe crystal by means of dc magnetic measurements

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    Galluzzi, A.; Polichetti, M.; Buchkov, K.; Nazarova, E.; Mancusi, D.; Pace, S.

    2015-11-01

    The magnetic behavior of an iron-based FeSe crystal sample has been studied by means of dc magnetization measurements as a function of the temperature (T), the dc magnetic field (H) and the time (t). The M(T) curves show a discrepancy in the determination of the onset of the critical temperature T C with respect to what is observed in the superconducting M(H) measurements obtained by subtracting the ferromagnetic background from the curves measured at various temperatures. By using magnetic relaxation measurements M(t), the correct value of T C has been obtained. Moreover, the superconducting M(H) loops show the presence of a noisy signal up to an anomalous ‘peak effect’ only found for positive and negative increasing fields. These features have been analyzed by fitting the temperature dependence of the critical current density J c(T), extracted from the M(H) loops, with the help of the J c(T) dependencies governing an S-N-S junction network. This analysis has allowed us to interpret the behavior found in the M(H) loops and to obtain the value of the intrinsic critical current density J 0 which is not influenced by the presence of the junctions.

  3. Should we treat fever in critically ill patients? A summary of the current evidence from three randomized controlled trials

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    Serpa, Ary; Pereira, Victor Galvão Moura; Colombo, Giancarlo; Scarin, Farah Christina de la Cruz; Pessoa, Camila Menezes Souza; Rocha, Leonardo Lima

    2014-01-01

    Fever is a nonspecific response to various types of infectious or non-infectious insult and its significance in disease remains an enigma. Our aim was to summarize the current evidence for the use of antipyretic therapy in critically ill patients. We performed systematic review and meta-analysis of publications from 1966 to 2013. The MEDLINE and CENTRAL databases were searched for studies on antipyresis in critically ill patients. The meta-analysis was limited to: randomized controlled trials; adult human critically ill patients; treatment with antipyretics in one arm versus placebo or non-treatment in another arm; and report of mortality data. The outcomes assessed were overall intensive care unit mortality, changes in temperature, intensive care unit length of stay, and hospital length of stay. Three randomized controlled trials, covering 320 participants, were included. Patients treated with antipyretic agents showed similar intensive care unit mortality (risk ratio 0.91, with 95% confidence interval 0.65-1.28) when compared with controls. The only difference observed was a greater decrease in temperature after 24 hours in patients treated with antipyretics (-1.70±0.40 versus - 0.56±0.25ºC; p=0.014). There is no difference in treating or not the fever in critically ill patients. PMID:25628209

  4. The effect of critical operational parameters on the circulation-enhanced electrokinetics.

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    Chang, Jih-Hsing; Liao, Ying-Chih

    2006-02-28

    Electrokinetics (EK) is a technique for soil remediation. However, the acid produced due to the water electrolysis at the anode will cause soil acidification, which may destroy the soil constituents, and reduce contaminant removal efficiency. The formation of a base front produced at the cathode will result in the precipitation of metal hydroxides and a concomitant clogging of pore space. In this study, a circulation-enhanced EK (CEEK) system is designed to neutralize the pH of the working solution and soils for avoiding the above problems. Experiments are conducted by controlling different voltage gradients, electrode materials, and electrode emplacement, respectively. According to the experimental results, the CEEK system could effectively stabilize the current and the pH of processing solution at a neutral range. The strength of voltage gradient is proportional to the current magnitude of the CEEK system. The graphite electrode for CEEK is the better choice than the metal electrodes because graphite electrodes can achieve the lower electricity consumption. The electrode installed in the reservoir without attachment on soils can decrease the pH deviation of the soil matrix.

  5. Fabrication of Bi2223 bulks with high critical current properties sintered in Ag tubes

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    Takeda, Yasuaki; Shimoyama, Jun-ichi; Motoki, Takanori; Kishio, Kohji; Nakashima, Takayoshi; Kagiyama, Tomohiro; Kobayashi, Shin-ichi; Hayashi, Kazuhiko

    2017-03-01

    Randomly grain oriented Bi2223 sintered bulks are one of the representative superconducting materials having weak-link problem due to very short coherence length particularly along the c-axis, resulting in poor intergrain Jc properties. In our previous studies, sintering and/or post-annealing under moderately reducing atmospheres were found to be effective for improving grain coupling in Bi2223 sintered bulks. Further optimizations of the synthesis process for Bi2223 sintered bulks were attempted in the present study to enhance their intergrain Jc. Effects of applied pressure of uniaxial pressing and sintering conditions on microstructure and superconducting properties have been systematically investigated. The best sample showed intergrain Jc of 2.0 kA cm-2 at 77 K and 8.2 kA cm-2 at 20 K, while its relative density was low ∼65%. These values are quite high as for a randomly oriented sintered bulk of cuprate superconductors.

  6. Experimentally Determined Mechanical Properties of, and Models for, the Periodontal Ligament: Critical Review of Current Literature

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    Fill, Ted S.; Carey, Jason P.; Toogood, Roger W.; Major, Paul W.

    2011-01-01

    Introduction. This review is intended to highlight and discuss discrepancies in the literature of the periodontal ligament's (PDL) mechanical properties and the various experimental approaches used to measure them. Methods. Searches were performed on biomechanical and orthodontic publications (in databases: Compendex, EMBASE, MEDLINE, PubMed, ScienceDirect, and Scopus). Results. The review revealed that significant variations exist, some on the order of six orders of magnitude, in the PDL's elastic constants and mechanical properties. Possible explanations may be attributable to different experimental approaches and assumptions. Conclusions. The discrepancies highlight the need for further research into PDL properties under various clinical and experimental loading conditions. Better understanding of the PDL's biomechanical behavior under physiologic and traumatic loading conditions might enhance the understanding of the PDL's biologic reaction in health and disease. Providing a greater insight into the response of the PDL would be instrumental to orthodontists and engineers for designing more predictable, and therefore more efficacious, orthodontic appliances. PMID:21772924

  7. Ac Permeability Measurement for Inter- and Intragrain Critical Current Densities in Oxide Superconductors

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    Matsushita, Teruo; Ni, Baorong

    1989-03-01

    A simple measuring method to discriminate between inter- and intragrain current densities in oxide superconductors under given magnetic fields and temperatures is proposed. This is a measurement of the imaginary part of the ac permeability or susceptibility as a function of the ac field amplitude. In this method, the analysis used to derive the penetration depth of the ac field in Campbell’s method or the waveform analysis method is not necessary. This method is useful when the value of the penetration field into the grains and that into the bulk specimen are remarkably different.

  8. Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation for primary immune deficiency diseases: current status and critical needs.

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    Griffith, Linda M; Cowan, Morton J; Kohn, Donald B; Notarangelo, Luigi D; Puck, Jennifer M; Schultz, Kirk R; Buckley, Rebecca H; Eapen, Mary; Kamani, Naynesh R; O'Reilly, Richard J; Parkman, Robertson; Roifman, Chaim M; Sullivan, Kathleen E; Filipovich, Alexandra H; Fleisher, Thomas A; Shearer, William T

    2008-12-01

    Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) has been used for 40 years to ameliorate or cure primary immune deficiency (PID) diseases, including severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) and non-SCID PID. There is a critical need for evaluation of the North American experience of different HCT approaches for these diseases to identify best practices and plan future investigative clinical trials. Our survey of incidence and prevalence of PID in North American practice sites indicates that such studies are feasible. A conference of experts in HCT treatment of PID has recommended (1) a comprehensive cross-sectional and retrospective analysis of HCT survivors with SCID; (2) a prospective study of patients with SCID receiving HCT, with comparable baseline and follow-up testing across participating centers; (3) a pilot study of newborn screening for SCID to identify affected infants before compromise by infection; and (4) studies of the natural history of disease in patients who do or do not receive HCT for the non-SCID diseases of Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome and chronic granulomatous disease. To accomplish these goals, collaboration by a consortium of institutions in North America is proposed. Participation of immunologists and HCT physicians having interest in PID and experts in laboratory methods, clinical outcomes assessment, databases, and analysis will be required for the success of these studies.

  9. A critical analysis of current in vitro and in vivo angiogenesis assays

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    Staton, Carolyn A; Reed, Malcolm W R; Brown, Nicola J

    2009-01-01

    The study of angiogenesis has grown exponentially over the past 40 years with the recognition that angiogenesis is essential for numerous pathologies and, more recently, with the advent of successful drugs to inhibit angiogenesis in tumours. The main problem with angiogenesis research remains the choice of appropriate assays to evaluate the efficacy of potential new drugs and to identify potential targets within the angiogenic process. This selection is made more complex by the recognition that heterogeneity occurs, not only within the endothelial cells themselves, but also within the specific microenvironment to be studied. Thus, it is essential to choose the assay conditions and cell types that most closely resemble the angiogenic disease being studied. This is especially important when aiming to translate data from in vitro to in vivo and from preclinical to the clinic. Here we critically review and highlight recent advances in the principle assays in common use including those for endothelial cell proliferation, migration, differentiation and co-culture with fibroblasts and mural cells in vitro, vessel outgrowth from organ cultures and in vivo assays such as chick chorioallantoic membrane (CAM), zebrafish, sponge implantation, corneal, dorsal air sac, chamber and tumour angiogenesis models. Finally, we briefly discuss the direction likely to be taken in future studies, which include the use of increasingly sophisticated imaging analysis systems for data acquisition. PMID:19563606

  10. Computerized physician order entry in the critical care environment: a review of current literature.

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    Maslove, David M; Rizk, Norman; Lowe, Henry J

    2011-01-01

    The implementation of health information technology (HIT) is accelerating, driven in part by a growing interest in computerized physician order entry (CPOE) as a tool for improving the quality and safety of patient care. Computerized physician order entry could have a substantial impact on patients in intensive care, where the potential for medical error is high, and the clinical workflow is complex. In 2009, only 17% of hospitals had functional CPOE systems in place. In intensive care unit (ICU) settings, CPOE has been shown to reduce the occurrence of some medication errors, but evidence of a beneficial effect on clinical outcomes remains limited. In some cases, new error types have arisen with the use of CPOE. Intensive care unit workflow and staff relationships have been affected by CPOE, often in unanticipated ways. The design of CPOE software has a strong impact on user acceptance. Intensive care unit-specific order sets lessen the cognitive workload associated with the use of CPOE and improve user acceptance. The diffusion of new technological innovations in the ICU can have unintended consequences, including changes in workflow, staff roles, and patient outcomes. When implementing CPOE in critical care areas, both organizational and technical factors should be considered. Further research is needed to inform the design and management of CPOE systems in the ICU and to better assess their impact on clinical end points, cost-effectiveness, and user satisfaction.

  11. Constructivisms from a genetic point of view: a critical classification of current tendencies.

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    Sánchez, José Carlos; Loredo, José Carlos

    2009-12-01

    In this paper, we propose a critical classification of contemporary constructivist orientations. Our fundamental theoretical reference is the notion of genesis, understood as the construction of reality in a way that is neither relativist nor positivist-realist. We identify a nucleus of classic, genetic constructivism that revolves around the ideas of Baldwin, Piaget and Vygotsky and discuss two tendencies that distort the spirit of that nucleus: objectivism and subjectivism. Objectivism rules out the psychological, constructive activity of the subject, subordinating (or just reducing) it to objective structures either from nature (like genetic endowment or neural functioning), or from culture (like language or social practices). Subjectivism completely detaches the objectivity of knowledge from its construction on the part of the subject, reducing it to the mere product of individual interest, view, or irrationality. Thus, subjectivism is the non-constructive way to conceive the subject. Then, we attempt to show the dialectics that exists between these two tendencies and the scope of our criteria by analysing a representative (non exhaustive) group of authors who are defined as constructivists or who bring important elements to the debate about constructivism.

  12. Current progress in public health models addressing the critical organ shortage.

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    Shanmugarajah, Kumaran; Villani, Vincenzo; Madariaga, Maria Lucia L; Shalhoub, Joseph; Michel, Sebastian G

    2014-12-01

    Since its inauguration in 1954, the field of modern transplantation has made great strides in surgical technique, the prevention of acute and chronic rejection, the minimization of immunosuppression-related side-effects and transplant tolerance. As such, organ transplantation is used worldwide as a curative, life-saving treatment for people with end-stage organ failure. However, the successes of organ transplantation have resulted in the number of patients on transplant waiting lists far exceeding the number of organs available, with growing numbers of patients dying while awaiting transplants. In order to address this critical organ shortage, a number of legislative changes have been implemented worldwide to increase the number of individuals registering as organ donors. These have included presumed consent donation, incentivized organ donation, commercial organ transplantation and mandated choice models. This article will address these public health policies in turn. The implementation of these strategies and the evidence for their efficacy will be evaluated. Based on this, we have identified that well-supported transplant coordinators approaching next-of-kin, incentives and public health campaigns are key factors that increase organ donation. Finally we propose a modified mandated choice model that may be an alternative option to maximize the number of available organs for transplantation.

  13. Distinct doping dependence of critical temperature and critical current density in Ba1‑xKxFe2As2 superconductor

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    Song, Dongjoon; Ishida, Shigeyuki; Iyo, Akira; Nakajima, Masamichi; Shimoyama, Jun-Ichi; Eisterer, Michael; Eisaki, Hiroshi

    2016-05-01

    Since the high transition temperature (High-Tc) superconductivity was discovered in the series of materials containing iron (Fe), their potential for the applications has been extensively scrutinized. In particular, a lot of effort has been made in achieving the high current-carrying ability by revealing the vortex pinning behavior. Here, we report on the critical current density (Jc) for the pristine Ba1‑xKxFe2As2 single crystals with various K concentrations (0.25 ≤ x ≤ 0.52) determined by the magnetization hysteresis loop measurements. The x-dependence of Jc is characterized by a spike-like peak at x ~ 0.30, which corresponds to the under-doped region. This behavior is distinct from a moderate Tc dome with a broad maximum spanning from x ~ 0.3 to 0.5. For the under-doped samples, with increasing magnetic field (H), a second magnetization peak in Jc is observed, whereas for the optimally- and over-doped samples, Jc monotonically decreases with H. This result emphasizes that fine tuning of doping composition is important to obtain strong flux pinning. The origin of the characteristic doping dependence of Jc is discussed in connection with the orthorhombic phase domain boundary, as well as the chemical inhomogeneity introduced by the dopant substitutions.

  14. Distinct doping dependence of critical temperature and critical current density in Ba1-xKxFe2As2 superconductor.

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    Song, Dongjoon; Ishida, Shigeyuki; Iyo, Akira; Nakajima, Masamichi; Shimoyama, Jun-Ichi; Eisterer, Michael; Eisaki, Hiroshi

    2016-05-25

    Since the high transition temperature (High-Tc) superconductivity was discovered in the series of materials containing iron (Fe), their potential for the applications has been extensively scrutinized. In particular, a lot of effort has been made in achieving the high current-carrying ability by revealing the vortex pinning behavior. Here, we report on the critical current density (Jc) for the pristine Ba1-xKxFe2As2 single crystals with various K concentrations (0.25 ≤ x ≤ 0.52) determined by the magnetization hysteresis loop measurements. The x-dependence of Jc is characterized by a spike-like peak at x ~ 0.30, which corresponds to the under-doped region. This behavior is distinct from a moderate Tc dome with a broad maximum spanning from x ~ 0.3 to 0.5. For the under-doped samples, with increasing magnetic field (H), a second magnetization peak in Jc is observed, whereas for the optimally- and over-doped samples, Jc monotonically decreases with H. This result emphasizes that fine tuning of doping composition is important to obtain strong flux pinning. The origin of the characteristic doping dependence of Jc is discussed in connection with the orthorhombic phase domain boundary, as well as the chemical inhomogeneity introduced by the dopant substitutions.

  15. Distinct doping dependence of critical temperature and critical current density in Ba1−xKxFe2As2 superconductor

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    Song, Dongjoon; Ishida, Shigeyuki; Iyo, Akira; Nakajima, Masamichi; Shimoyama, Jun-ichi; Eisterer, Michael; Eisaki, Hiroshi

    2016-01-01

    Since the high transition temperature (High-Tc) superconductivity was discovered in the series of materials containing iron (Fe), their potential for the applications has been extensively scrutinized. In particular, a lot of effort has been made in achieving the high current-carrying ability by revealing the vortex pinning behavior. Here, we report on the critical current density (Jc) for the pristine Ba1−xKxFe2As2 single crystals with various K concentrations (0.25 ≤ x ≤ 0.52) determined by the magnetization hysteresis loop measurements. The x-dependence of Jc is characterized by a spike-like peak at x ~ 0.30, which corresponds to the under-doped region. This behavior is distinct from a moderate Tc dome with a broad maximum spanning from x ~ 0.3 to 0.5. For the under-doped samples, with increasing magnetic field (H), a second magnetization peak in Jc is observed, whereas for the optimally- and over-doped samples, Jc monotonically decreases with H. This result emphasizes that fine tuning of doping composition is important to obtain strong flux pinning. The origin of the characteristic doping dependence of Jc is discussed in connection with the orthorhombic phase domain boundary, as well as the chemical inhomogeneity introduced by the dopant substitutions. PMID:27220461

  16. β-Adrenoceptor activation enhances L-type calcium channel currents in anterior piriform cortex pyramidal cells of neonatal mice: implication for odor learning.

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    Ghosh, Abhinaba; Mukherjee, Bandhan; Chen, Xihua; Yuan, Qi

    2017-03-01

    Early odor preference learning occurs in one-week-old rodents when a novel odor is paired with a tactile stimulation mimicking maternal care. β-Adrenoceptors and L-type calcium channels (LTCCs) in the anterior piriform cortex (aPC) are critically involved in this learning. However, whether β-adrenoceptors interact directly with LTCCs in aPC pyramidal cells is unknown. Here we show that pyramidal cells expressed significant LTCC currents that declined with age. β-Adrenoceptor activation via isoproterenol age-dependently enhanced LTCC currents. Nifedipine-sensitive, isoproterenol enhancement of calcium currents was only observed in post-natal day 7-10 mice. APC β-adrenoceptor activation induced early odor preference learning was blocked by nifedipine coinfusion.

  17. A Critical Evaluation of the Contribution of Trust to Effective Technology Enhanced Learning in the Workplace: A Literature Review

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    Short, Heather

    2014-01-01

    This paper offers a critical review of the literature that explores the building and development of trust in workplace learning, particularly in a virtual context and its implications for Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) in business. Trust is increasingly recognised as important in both business and education, and is the focus of increasing…

  18. Concurrent operational modes and enhanced current sensitivity in heterostructure of magnetoelectric ring and piezoelectric transformer

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    Zhang, Shengyao; Ming Leung, Chung; Kuang, Wei; Wing Or, Siu; Ho, S. L.

    2013-05-01

    A heterostructure possessing two concurrent operational modes: current sensing (CS) mode and current transduction (CT) mode and an enhanced current sensitivity associated with the CT mode is proposed by combining a magnetoelectric ring (MER) with a piezoelectric transformer (PET). The MER is a ring-shaped magnetoelectric laminate having an axially polarized Pb(Zr, Ti)O3 (PZT) piezoelectric ceramic ring sandwiched between two circumferentially magnetized, inter-magnetically biased Tb0.3Dy0.7Fe1.92 (Terfenol-D) short-fiber/NdFeB magnet/epoxy three-phase magnetostrictive composite rings, while the PET is a Rosen-type PZT piezoelectric ceramic transformer. The current sensitivity (SI) and magnetoelectric voltage coefficient (αV) of the heterostructure in the two operational modes are evaluated theoretically and experimentally. The CS mode provides a large SI of ˜10 mV/A over a flat frequency range of 10 Hz-40 kHz with a high resonance SI of 157 mV/A at 62 kHz. The CT mode gives a 6.4-times enhancement in resonance SI, reaching 1000 mV/A at 62 kHz, as a result of the amplified vortex magnetoelectric effect caused by the vortex magnetoelectric effect in the MER, the matching of the resonance frequencies between the MER and the PET, and the resonance voltage step-up effect in the PET.

  19. Doubling the critical current density in superconducting FeSe0.5Te0.5 thin films by low temperature oxygen annealing

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    Zhang, Cheng; Si, Weidong; Li, Qiang

    2016-11-14

    Iron chalcogenide superconducting thin films and coated conductors are attractive for potential high field applications at liquid helium temperature for their high critical current densities Jc, low anisotropies, and relatively strong grain couplings. Embedding flux pinning defects is a general approach to increase the in-field performance of superconductors. However, many effective pinning defects can adversely affect the zero field or self-field Jc, particularly in cuprate high temperature superconductors. Here, we report the doubling of the self-field Jc in FeSe0.5Te0.5 films by low temperature oxygen annealing, reaching ~3 MA/cm2. In-field performance is also dramatically enhanced. In conclusion, our results demonstrate thatmore » low temperature oxygen annealing is a simple and cost-efficient post-treatment technique which can greatly help to accelerate the potential high field applications of the iron-based superconductors.« less

  20. Status epilepticus enhances tonic GABA currents and depolarizes GABA reversal potential in dentate fast-spiking basket cells

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    Yu, Jiandong; Proddutur, Archana; Elgammal, Fatima S.; Ito, Takahiro

    2013-01-01

    Temporal lobe epilepsy is associated with loss of interneurons and inhibitory dysfunction in the dentate gyrus. While status epilepticus (SE) leads to changes in granule cell inhibition, whether dentate basket cells critical for regulating granule cell feedforward and feedback inhibition express tonic GABA currents (IGABA) and undergo changes in inhibition after SE is not known. We find that interneurons immunoreactive for parvalbumin in the hilar-subgranular region express GABAA receptor (GABAAR) δ-subunits, which are known to underlie tonic IGABA. Dentate fast-spiking basket cells (FS-BCs) demonstrate baseline tonic IGABA blocked by GABAAR antagonists. In morphologically and physiologically identified FS-BCs, tonic IGABA is enhanced 1 wk after pilocarpine-induced SE, despite simultaneous reduction in spontaneous inhibitory postsynaptic current (sIPSC) frequency. Amplitude of tonic IGABA in control and post-SE FS-BCs is enhanced by 4,5,6,7-tetrahydroisoxazolo[5,4-c]pyridin-3-ol (THIP), demonstrating the contribution of GABAAR δ-subunits. Whereas FS-BC resting membrane potential is unchanged after SE, perforated-patch recordings from FS-BCs show that the reversal potential for GABA currents (EGABA) is depolarized after SE. In model FS-BCs, increasing tonic GABA conductance decreased excitability when EGABA was shunting and increased excitability when EGABA was depolarizing. Although simulated focal afferent activation evoked seizurelike activity in model dentate networks with FS-BC tonic GABA conductance and shunting EGABA, excitability of identical networks with depolarizing FS-BC EGABA showed lower activity levels. Thus, together, post-SE changes in tonic IGABA and EGABA maintain homeostasis of FS-BC activity and limit increases in dentate excitability. These findings have implications for normal FS-BC function and can inform studies examining comorbidities and therapeutics following SE. PMID:23324316

  1. Buffer influence on magnetic dead layer, critical current, and thermal stability in magnetic tunnel junctions with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy

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    Frankowski, Marek; Żywczak, Antoni; Czapkiewicz, Maciej; Zietek, Sławomir; Kanak, Jarosław; Banasik, Monika; Powroźnik, Wiesław; Skowroński, Witold; Checiński, Jakub; Wrona, Jerzy; Głowiński, Hubert; Dubowik, Janusz; Ansermet, Jean-Philippe; Stobiecki, Tomasz

    2015-06-01

    We present a detailed study of Ta/Ru-based buffers and their influence on features crucial from the point of view of applications of Magnetic Tunnel Junctions (MTJs) such as critical switching current and thermal stability. We study buffer/FeCoB/MgO/Ta/Ru and buffer/MgO/FeCoB/Ta/Ru layers, investigating the crystallographic texture, the roughness of the buffers, the magnetic domain pattern, the magnetic dead layer thickness, and the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy fields for each sample. Additionally, we examine the effect of the current induced magnetization switching for complete nanopillar MTJs with lateral dimensions of 270 × 180 nm. Buffer Ta 5/Ru 10/Ta 3 (thicknesses in nm), which has the thickest dead layer, exhibits a much larger thermal stability factor (63 compared to 32.5) while featuring a slightly lower critical current density value (1.25 MA/cm2 compared to 1.5 MA/cm2) than the buffer with the thinnest dead layer Ta 5/Ru 20/Ta 5. We can account for these results by considering the difference in damping which compensates for the difference in the switching barrier heights.

  2. Fragmentation of Patient Safety Research: A Critical Reflection of Current Human Factors Approaches to Patient Handover

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    Manser, Tanja

    2013-01-01

    The integration of human factors science in research and interventions aimed at increased patient safety has led to considerable improvements. However, some challenges to patient safety persist and may require human factors experts to critically reflect upon their predominant approaches to research and improvement. This paper is a call to start a discussion of these issues in the area of patient handover. Briefly reviewing recent handover research shows that while these studies have provided valuable insights into the communication practices for a range of handover situations, the predominant research strategy of studying isolated handover episodes replicates the very problem of fragmentation of care that the studies aim to overcome. Thus, there seems to be a need for a patient-centred approach to handover research that aims to investigate the interdependencies of handover episodes during a series of transitions occurring along the care path. Such an approach may contribute to novel insights and help to increase the effectiveness and sustainability of interventions to improve handover. Significance for public health While much of public health research has a preventive focus, health services research is generally concerned with the ways in which care is provided to those requiring treatment. This paper calls for a patient-centred approach to research on patient handover; a significant contributor to adverse events in healthcare. It is argued that this approach has the potential to improve our understanding of handover processes along the continuum of care. Thus, it can provide a scientific foundation for effective improvements in handover that are likely to reduce patient harm and help to maintain patient safety. PMID:25170504

  3. Addressing Current Criticism Regarding the Value of Self-Report Dietary Data12

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    Subar, Amy F; Freedman, Laurence S; Tooze, Janet A; Kirkpatrick, Sharon I; Boushey, Carol; Neuhouser, Marian L; Thompson, Frances E; Potischman, Nancy; Guenther, Patricia M; Tarasuk, Valerie; Reedy, Jill; Krebs-Smith, Susan M

    2015-01-01

    Recent reports have asserted that, because of energy underreporting, dietary self-report data suffer from measurement error so great that findings that rely on them are of no value. This commentary considers the amassed evidence that shows that self-report dietary intake data can successfully be used to inform dietary guidance and public health policy. Topics discussed include what is known and what can be done about the measurement error inherent in data collected by using self-report dietary assessment instruments and the extent and magnitude of underreporting energy compared with other nutrients and food groups. Also discussed is the overall impact of energy underreporting on dietary surveillance and nutritional epidemiology. In conclusion, 7 specific recommendations for collecting, analyzing, and interpreting self-report dietary data are provided: 1) continue to collect self-report dietary intake data because they contain valuable, rich, and critical information about foods and beverages consumed by populations that can be used to inform nutrition policy and assess diet-disease associations; 2) do not use self-reported energy intake as a measure of true energy intake; 3) do use self-reported energy intake for energy adjustment of other self-reported dietary constituents to improve risk estimation in studies of diet-health associations; 4) acknowledge the limitations of self-report dietary data and analyze and interpret them appropriately; 5) design studies and conduct analyses that allow adjustment for measurement error; 6) design new epidemiologic studies to collect dietary data from both short-term (recalls or food records) and long-term (food-frequency questionnaires) instruments on the entire study population to allow for maximizing the strengths of each instrument; and 7) continue to develop, evaluate, and further expand methods of dietary assessment, including dietary biomarkers and methods using new technologies. PMID:26468491

  4. Dermal Matrices and Bioengineered Skin Substitutes: A Critical Review of Current Options

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    Hamdi, Moustapha; Abberton, Keren; Morrison, Wayne

    2015-01-01

    Background: Over recent decades, scientists and surgeons have collaborated to develop various bioengineered and synthetic products as an alternative to skin grafts. Despite the numerous articles and reviews written about dermal skin substitutes, there is no general consensus. Methods: This article reviews dermal skin scaffolds used in clinical applications and experimental settings. For scaffold evaluation, we focused on clinical and/or histological results, and conclusions are listed. Explanations for general trends were sought based on existing knowledge about tissue engineering principles and wound healing mechanisms. Results: Decellularized dermis seems to remain the best option with no other acellular scaffold being clinically proven to gain better results yet. In general, chemically cross-linked products were seen to be less effective in skin tissue engineering. Biocompatibility could be enhanced by preseeding substitutes with fibroblasts to allow some natural scaffold remodeling before product application. Conclusions: Skin substitutes are a useful tool in plastic and reconstructive surgery practices as an alternative to skin grafts. In the choice of substitute, the general plastic surgery principle of replacing like tissue with like tissue seems to be still standing, and products most resembling the natural dermal extracellular matrix should be preferred. PMID:25674365

  5. An Improved Distributed Secondary Control Method for DC Microgrids With Enhanced Dynamic Current Sharing Performance

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    Wang, Panbao; Lu, Xiaonan; Yang, Xu; Wang, Wei; Xu, Dianguo

    2016-09-01

    This paper proposes an improved distributed secondary control scheme for dc microgrids (MGs), aiming at overcoming the drawbacks of conventional droop control method. The proposed secondary control scheme can remove the dc voltage deviation and improve the current sharing accuracy by using voltage-shifting and slope-adjusting approaches simultaneously. Meanwhile, the average value of droop coefficients is calculated, and then it is controlled by an additional controller included in the distributed secondary control layer to ensure that each droop coefficient converges at a reasonable value. Hence, by adjusting the droop coefficient, each participating converter has equal output impedance, and the accurate proportional load current sharing can be achieved with different line resistances. Furthermore, the current sharing performance in steady and transient states can be enhanced by using the proposed method. The effectiveness of the proposed method is verified by detailed experimental tests based on a 3 × 1 kW prototype with three interface converters.

  6. Postural Control Impairments in Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Critical Review of Current Literature

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    Memari, Amir Hossein; Ghanouni, Parisa; Shayestehfar, Monir; Ghaheri, Banafsheh

    2014-01-01

    Context: Motor impairments in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have been frequently reported. In this review, we narrow our focus on postural control impairments to summarize current literature for patterns, underlying mechanisms, and determinants of posture in this population. Evidence Acquisition: A literature search was conducted through Medline, ISI web of Knowledge, Scopus and Google Scholar to include studies between 1992 and February 2013. Results: Individuals with ASD have problems in maintaining postural control in infancy that well persists into later years. However, the patterns and underlying mechanisms are still unclear. Conclusions: Examining postural control as an endophenotype or early diagnostic marker of autism is a conceptual premise which should be considered in future investigations. At the end of the review, methodological recommendations on the assessment of postural control have also been provided. PMID:25520765

  7. Late Na+ current and protracted electrical recovery are critical determinants of the aging myopathy

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    Signore, Sergio; Sorrentino, Andrea; Borghetti, Giulia; Cannata, Antonio; Meo, Marianna; Zhou, Yu; Kannappan, Ramaswamy; Pasqualini, Francesco; O'Malley, Heather; Sundman, Mark; Tsigkas, Nikolaos; Zhang, Eric; Arranto, Christian; Mangiaracina, Chiara; Isobe, Kazuya; Sena, Brena F.; Kim, Junghyun; Goichberg, Polina; Nahrendorf, Matthias; Isom, Lori L.; Leri, Annarosa; Anversa, Piero; Rota, Marcello

    2015-01-01

    The aging myopathy manifests itself with diastolic dysfunction and preserved ejection fraction. We raised the possibility that, in a mouse model of physiological aging, defects in electromechanical properties of cardiomyocytes are important determinants of the diastolic characteristics of the myocardium, independently from changes in structural composition of the muscle and collagen framework. Here we show that an increase in the late Na+ current (INaL) in aging cardiomyocytes prolongs the action potential (AP) and influences temporal kinetics of Ca2+ cycling and contractility. These alterations increase force development and passive tension. Inhibition of INaL shortens the AP and corrects dynamics of Ca2+ transient, cell contraction and relaxation. Similarly, repolarization and diastolic tension of the senescent myocardium are partly restored. Thus, INaL offers inotropic support, but negatively interferes with cellular and ventricular compliance, providing a new perspective of the biology of myocardial aging and the aetiology of the defective cardiac performance in the elderly. PMID:26541940

  8. Bootstrap current in enhanced reversed shear tokamaks for volume neutron source applications

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    Houlberg, W.A.

    1995-12-31

    The bootstrap current is evaluated for two reference tokamak designs for a Volume Neutron Source (VNS). One is a larger aspect ratio design using superconducting coils (VNS-SC) and the other is a small aspect ratio design using a solid core with normal conducting toroidal field coils (VNS-ST). The target plasma profiles are taken as representative of the recently observed enhanced reverse shear plasmas with hollow magnetic safety factor (q) profiles in the core and corresponding peaked density profiles. The higher q in the plasma center in combination with peaked density is shown to move the peak in the bootstrap current toward the plasma center. This reduces the current drive requirements to a very small axial seed current and a source localized around the location of the desired minimum in the q profile. Very high bootstrap current fractions can be attained in the VNS-SC design with normalized betas (defined in terms of the vacuum toroidal magnetic field at the geometric center of the plasma) of {beta}{sub N} {le} 3.5. The bootstrap current is lower in the VNS-ST design because of its lower aspect ratio; the highest bootstrap fraction found in these limited cases is 50% at {beta}{sub N} = 5.

  9. The evaluation of contrast-enhancing brain lesions: pitfalls in current practice.

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    Piszczor, M.; Thornton, G.; Bia, F. J.

    1985-01-01

    The definitive diagnosis of space-occupying brain lesions can be established more readily since the advent of computerized tomographic (CT) scanning. Some brain lesions are more clearly defined when contrast-enhancing agents are utilized; however, so-called ring-enhancing lesions are not pathognomonic for specific neurological entities. Review of the literature suggests that at least four disorders must be considered in the differential diagnosis of contrast-enhancing lesions. These include mature brain abscesses of any etiology, cerebrovascular accidents, and primary or metastatic brain tumors. Since the medical and surgical management of these conditions is quite different, it is critical to establish a diagnosis before therapy is instituted. In many instances the combination of history, physical examination, laboratory, and radiologic examination will enable physicians to correctly diagnose the etiology of such brain lesions. However, we present two cases for which the above clinical and non-invasive parameters led to incorrect working diagnoses. Brain biopsy was required before appropriate management was eventually instituted. Potentially, such delays in diagnosis and institution of therapy can result in unnecessary morbidity and mortality. Each case illustrates the need to substantiate a presumptive diagnosis based on these clinical and radiographic criteria, regardless of how "typical" lesions may appear on CT scans. Images FIG. 1 FIG. 2 FIG. 3 PMID:4013370

  10. Critical current and linewidth reduction in spin-torque nano-oscillators by delayed self-injection

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    Khalsa, Guru Stiles, M. D.; Grollier, J.

    2015-06-15

    Based on theoretical models, the dynamics of spin-torque nano-oscillators can be substantially modified by re-injecting the emitted signal to the input of the oscillator after some delay. Numerical simulations for vortex magnetic tunnel junctions show that with reasonable parameters this approach can decrease critical currents as much as 25% and linewidths by a factor of 4. Analytical calculations, which agree well with simulations, demonstrate that these results can be generalized to any kind of spin-torque oscillator.

  11. Laser-induced modification of the critical current in Y-Ba-Cu-O step-edge Josephson junctions

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    Adam, Roman; Kula, Witold; Murduck, J. M.; Pettiette-Hall, C.; Sobolewski, Roman

    1996-03-01

    Transport properties of YBa2Cu3O7- x (YBCO) step-edge weak links were measured in the absence and presence of the magnetic field B, both before and after the cw-laser annealing. Depending on the laser power density, either an increase (up to 75%) or decrease (up to 100%) of the junction critical current I c was observed. The I c (B) characteristics of the laser-treated junctions exhibited about 10% variations of the I c (B) periodicity, indicating permanent changes in the junction barrier and/or adjacent YBCO electrodes.

  12. Current maternal depression moderates the relation between critical expressed emotion in mothers and depressive symptoms in their adolescent daughters.

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    Mellick, William; Kalpakci, Allison; Sharp, Carla

    2015-06-30

    Prior studies have examined critical expressed emotion (EE-Crit) in mothers in the intergenerational transmission of depression. However, the potential moderating effect of maternal depression diagnostic status in relation to EE-Crit and youth depressive symptoms has yet to be determined. A total of N=121 biological mother/daughter dyads that differed in maternal depression diagnostic status were recruited for the present study: (1) currently depressed mothers (current depression, n=29); (2) formerly depressed mothers (past depression, n=39); and (3) mothers free from any psychiatric history (healthy controls, n=53). Mothers were administered structured clinical interviews and completed self-report measures of EE-Crit and psychopathology, and daughters self-reported depressive symptoms. Results indicated no significant group differences in EE-Crit; however, current maternal depression status moderated EE-Crit such that the magnitude of the relation between EE-Crit and adolescent depressive symptoms was significantly greater in daughters of currently depressed mothers. These findings highlight the importance of considering current maternal depression, rather than a history of maternal depression, in relation to EE-Crit and adolescent depressive symptoms, providing impetus for future investigations.

  13. Safe on-site reuse of greywater for irrigation - a critical review of current guidelines.

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    Maimon, Adi; Tal, Alon; Friedler, Eran; Gross, Amit

    2010-05-01

    Reuse of greywater for landscape irrigation can significantly reduce domestic water consumption. Alongside its benefits, there are potential drawbacks to greywater reuse, raising legitimate concerns about the impact on human and environmental health. In this review, a risk assessment framework is used to assess the adequacy of different regulations to ensure safe and long-lasting, onsite greywater reuse for irrigation. Existing regulations from around the world are assessed along with a standardized evaluation of measures taken to protect public and environmental health. In most cases, human health considerations currently dominate regulatory strategies, while environmental risks are either ignored or underrepresented. A distinction between single and multiple households was found to be a fundamental component of the regulations which often lead to approved utilization of untreated greywater among single households. We concluded that the use of untreated greywater is not recommended, especially in multihousehold systems as it may compromise public health, with single household systems posing more likely risks to the environment. Existing rules to control greywater use should be further revised toward the establishment of a more advanced regulatory system which can avert the salient potential risks associated with greywater reuse, while exploiting the enormous potential of this alternative water resource.

  14. Vitamin D Status: Current Opinion on Critical Levels for Plasma Calcium and Bone Mineral Homeostasis

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    2011-01-01

    Currently there is an unprecedented level of interest regarding the purported wide-ranging beneficial effects of an adequate vitamin D status translating into marked increases in test requests for clinical laboratories. The well characterised endocrine pathway of vitamin D metabolism and action is solely responsible for vitamin D regulating plasma calcium and phosphate homeostasis. A large body of data confirm that vitamin D exerts activities within each of the major bone cells and that these same cells are capable of synthesising the active metabolite, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D from 25-hydroxyvitamin D. Such data arising from in vitro studies, animal models and clinical sources are consistent with a paradigm that local metabolism of vitamin D by bone cells to form 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D and its consequent local actions within bone cells exerts an anabolic effect to increase bone mineral status. The data reviewed here provide plausible mechanisms for both catabolic and anabolic actions of vitamin D on bone depending on dietary calcium intake. PMID:27683393

  15. Emergency obstetric care availability: a critical assessment of the current indicator.

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    Gabrysch, Sabine; Zanger, Philipp; Campbell, Oona M R

    2012-01-01

    Monitoring progress in reducing maternal and perinatal mortality requires suitable indicators. The density of emergency obstetric care (EmOC) facilities has been proposed as a potentially useful indicator, but different UN documents make inconsistent recommendations, and its current formulation is not associated with maternal mortality. We compiled recently published indicator benchmarks and distinguished three sources of inconsistency: (i) use of different denominator metrics (per birth and per population), (ii) different assumptions on need for EmOC and for EmOC facilities and (iii) failure to specify facility capacity (birth load). The UN guidelines and handbook require fewer EmOC facilities than the World Health Report 2005 and do not specify capacity for deliveries or staffing levels. We recommend (i) always using births as the denominator for EmOC facility density, (ii) clearly stating assumptions on the proportion of deliveries needing basic and comprehensive emergency obstetric care and the desired proportion of deliveries in EmOC facilities and (iii) specifying facility capacity and staffing and adapting benchmarks for settings with different population density to ensure geographical accessibility.

  16. Influence of critical current density on magnetic force of HTSC bulk above PMR with 3D-modeling numerical solutions

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    Lu, Yiyun; Qin, Yujie

    2015-09-01

    Numerical simulations of thermo-electromagnetic properties of a high temperature superconducting (HTS) bulk levitating over a permanent magnetic guideway (PMG) are performed by resorting to the quasistatic approximation of the H-method coupling with the classical description of the heat conduction equation. The numerical resolving codes are practiced with the help of the finite element program generation system (FEPG) platform using finite element method (FEM). The E-J power law is used to describe the electric current nonlinear characteristics of HTS bulk. The simulation results show that the heat conduction and the critical current density are tightly relative to the thermal effects of the HTS bulk over the PMG. The heat intensity which responds to the heat loss of the HTS bulk is mainly distributed at the two bottom-corners of the bulk sample.

  17. Correlation between critical current density and n-value in MgB 2/Nb/Monel superconductor wires

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    Kim, J. H.; Dou, S. X.; Matsumoto, A.; Choi, S.; Kiyoshi, T.; Kumakura, H.

    2010-11-01

    Field and temperature dependences of critical current density (Jc) and n-value were evaluated from un-doped and carbon doped MgB2 wires, supplied by the Hyper Tech Research, Inc. In order to explore the possibility of persistent current mode, the variation of n-values for the different MgB2 conductors was studied in more detail. It was observed that the n-value decreased gradually with an increasing magnetic field and operating temperature. From the power-law relationship between the Jc and the n-value, n ∝ Jcm, we found that there was a strong relationship, m = 0.371, for both wires at 4.2 and 20 K. On the basis of our experiments, a larger Jc led to a higher n-value, whether there was doping or not.

  18. Critical current measurements on large conductors of niobium-titanium/copper cable embedded in an aluminum stabilizer

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    Walsh, R P; Miller, J R; O'Connor, T G

    1999-06-01

    Insertion of a flat, Rutherford type, cable of NbTi/Cu composite strands into a rectangular profile of high purity aluminum is an established method of superconductor fabrication for certain applications. Although this processing scheme has numerous advantages it produces a composite material whose properties are difficult to predict with precision. The BABAR detector magnet currently being tested at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, uses high-purity aluminum stabilized superconducting cable. The performance of the superconductor is dependent on the quality of the fabrication of the composite conductor. Here we present measurements of the critical transport current of BABAR production grade conductors up to 10 kA, and at fields up to 10 T. Data are related to production variables, compared to estimates from simple models, and evaluated with respect to design specifications.

  19. Critical thoughts on current rodent models for evaluating potential treatments of alcohol addiction and withdrawal

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    Ripley, Tamzin L; Stephens, David N

    2011-01-01

    Despite years of neurobiological research that have helped to identify potential therapeutic targets, we do not have a reliable pharmacological treatment for alcoholism. There are a range of possible explanations for this failure, including arguments that alcoholism is a spectrum disorder and that different population subtypes may respond to different treatments. This view is supported by categorisations such as early- and late-onset alcoholism, whilst multifactorial genetic factors may also alter responsivity to pharmacological agents. Furthermore, experience of alcohol withdrawal may play a role in future drinking in a way that may distinguish alcoholism from other forms of addiction. Additionally, our neurobiological models, based largely upon results from rodent studies, may not mimic specific aspects of the human condition and may reflect different underlying phenomena and biological processes from the clinical pattern. As a result, potential treatments may be targeting inappropriate aspects of alcohol-related behaviours. Instead, we suggest a more profitable approach is (a) to identify well-defined intermediate behavioural phenotypes in human experimental models that reflect defined aspects of the human clinical disorder and (b) to develop animal models that are homologous with those phenotypes in terms of psychological processes and underlying neurobiological mechanisms. This review describes an array of animal models currently used in the addiction field and what they tell us about alcoholism. We will then examine how established pharmacological agents have been developed using only a limited number of these models, before describing some alternative novel approaches to achieving homology between animal and human experimental measures. LINKED ARTICLES This article is part of a themed issue on Translational Neuropharmacology. To view the other articles in this issue visit http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bph.2011.164.issue-4 PMID:21470204

  20. Critical review of current and emerging quantification methods for the development of influenza vaccine candidates.

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    Manceur, Aziza P; Kamen, Amine A

    2015-11-04

    Significant improvements in production and purification have been achieved since the first approved influenza vaccines were administered 75 years ago. Global surveillance and fast response have limited the impact of the last pandemic in 2009. In case of another pandemic, vaccines can be generated within three weeks with certain platforms. However, our Achilles heel is at the quantification level. Production of reagents for the quantification of new vaccines using the SRID, the main method formally approved by regulatory bodies, requires two to three months. The impact of such delays can be tragic for vulnerable populations. Therefore, efforts have been directed toward developing alternative quantification methods, which are sensitive, accurate, easy to implement and independent of the availability of specific reagents. The use of newly-developed antibodies against a conserved region of hemagglutinin (HA), a surface protein of influenza, holds great promises as they are able to recognize multiple subtypes of influenza; these new antibodies could be used in immunoassays such as ELISA and slot-blot analysis. HA concentration can also be determined using reversed-phase high performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC), which obviates the need for antibodies but still requires a reference standard. The number of viral particles can be evaluated using ion-exchange HPLC and techniques based on flow cytometry principles, but non-viral vesicles have to be taken into account with cellular production platforms. As new production systems are optimized, new quantification methods that are adapted to the type of vaccine produced are required. The nature of these new-generation vaccines might dictate which quantification method to use. In all cases, an alternative method will have to be validated against the current SRID assay. A consensus among the scientific community would have to be reached so that the adoption of new quantification methods would be harmonized between

  1. A Critical Assessment of Glaciogenic Seeding of Convective Clouds for Rainfall Enhancement.

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    Silverman, Bernard A.

    2001-05-01

    The scientific evidence for enhancing rainfall from convective clouds by static-mode and dynamic-mode seeding with glaciogenic agents is examined and critically assessed. The assessment uses, as a measure of proof of concept, the criteria for success of any cloud seeding activity that was recommended in the Scientific Background for the 1998 AMS Policy Statement on Planned and Inadvertent Weather Modification, criteria that require both statistical and physical evidence. Based on a rigorous examination of the accumulated results of the numerous experimental tests of the static-mode and dynamic-mode seeding concepts conducted over the past four decades, it has been found that they have not yet provided either the statistical or physical evidence required to establish their scientific validity. Thus, the conclusion of several high-level reviews of weather modification conducted by the Advisory Committee on Weather Control, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Weather Modification Advisory Board during the period from 1957 to 1978 that cloud seeding was promising, unproven, and worth pursuing is still valid today.The research and experiments related to the static-mode and dynamic-mode seeding concepts, especially those conducted since 1978, provided physical insights about some important cold-cloud precipitation development mechanisms and the possible effect of glaciogenic seeding on them. Exploratory, post hoc analyses of some of the experiments have suggested positive effects of seeding under restricted meteorological conditions, at extended times after seeding and, in general, for reasons not contemplated in the guiding conceptual seeding models; however, these exploratory results have never been confirmed through subsequent experimentation. New experiments are needed to resolve the uncertainties, inconsistencies, and deficiencies in the statistical and physical evidence in support of static-mode and dynamic-mode seeding of convective clouds obtained thus far

  2. SLO3 auxiliary subunit LRRC52 controls gating of sperm KSPER currents and is critical for normal fertility.

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    Zeng, Xu-Hui; Yang, Chengtao; Xia, Xiao-Ming; Liu, Min; Lingle, Christopher J

    2015-02-24

    Following entry into the female reproductive tract, mammalian sperm undergo a maturation process termed capacitation that results in competence to fertilize ova. Associated with capacitation is an increase in membrane conductance to both Ca(2+) and K(+), leading to an elevation in cytosolic Ca(2+) critical for activation of hyperactivated swimming motility. In mice, the Ca(2+) conductance (alkalization-activated Ca(2+)-permeable sperm channel, CATSPER) arises from an ensemble of CATSPER subunits, whereas the K(+) conductance (sperm pH-regulated K(+) current, KSPER) arises from a pore-forming ion channel subunit encoded by the slo3 gene (SLO3) subunit. In the mouse, both CATSPER and KSPER are activated by cytosolic alkalization and a concerted activation of CATSPER and KSPER is likely a common facet of capacitation-associated increases in Ca(2+) and K(+) conductance among various mammalian species. The properties of heterologously expressed mouse SLO3 channels differ from native mouse KSPER current. Recently, a potential KSPER auxiliary subunit, leucine-rich-repeat-containing protein 52 (LRRC52), was identified in mouse sperm and shown to shift gating of SLO3 to be more equivalent to native KSPER. Here, we show that genetic KO of LRRC52 results in mice with severely impaired fertility. Activation of KSPER current in sperm lacking LRRC52 requires more positive voltages and higher pH than for WT KSPER. These results establish a critical role of LRRC52 in KSPER channels and demonstrate that loss of a non-pore-forming auxiliary subunit results in severe fertility impairment. Furthermore, through analysis of several genotypes that influence KSPER current properties we show that in vitro fertilization competence correlates with the net KSPER conductance available for activation under physiological conditions.

  3. Fenamate-induced enhancement of heterologously expressed HERG currents in Xenopus oocytes.

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    Malykhina, Anna P; Shoeb, Fouzia; Akbarali, Hamid I

    2002-10-11

    The human ether-a-go-go related gene (HERG) product encodes for the pore-forming subunit of the rapid component of the delayed rectifier K(+) channel that mediates repolarization of cardiac action potential. HERG channels are also potential targets of a large variety of pharmacological agents most of which tend to block HERG currents. In this study, we examined the effects of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents, flufenamic acid and niflumic acid, on heterologously expressed HERG channels in oocytes. The cRNA of HERG (30 ng) was injected into Xenopus oocytes and currents were recorded using two-electrode voltage clamp technique in a low Cl(-) solution. Flufenamic and niflumic acids (10(-4)-5 x 10 (-4) M) enhanced the amplitude of outward currents evoked by depolarizing pulses. At potentials positive to 0 mV, an initial transient component was also evident in the presence of fenamates. Fenamates accelerated the activation rate of HERG channels and decelerated their deactivation. Flufenamic acid (5 x 10 (-4) M) shifted the I(tail)-V relationship from -26.7+/-0.1 to -31.4+/-0.2 mV. Neither flufenamic acid or niflumic acid affected the kinetics of HERG channel inactivation. Using a voltage protocol that mimicked the cardiac action potential, both fenamates increased the outward current during the plateau and during the phase 3 repolarization of action potential. The effects of the fenamates were blocked by the HERG channel blocker, E-4031 and were also not observed in water-injected oocytes. Our data suggest that fenamates enhance HERG currents and affect the action potential duration in the heart.

  4. Muscarinic enhancement of persistent sodium current synchronizes striatal medium spiny neurons.

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    Carrillo-Reid, Luis; Tecuapetla, Fatuel; Vautrelle, Nicolas; Hernández, Adán; Vergara, Ramiro; Galarraga, Elvira; Bargas, José

    2009-08-01

    Network dynamics denoted by synchronous firing of neuronal pools rely on synaptic interactions and intrinsic properties. In striatal medium spiny neurons, N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor activation endows neurons with nonlinear capabilities by inducing a negative-slope conductance region (NSCR) in the current-voltage relationship. Nonlinearities underlie associative learning, procedural memory, and the sequential organization of behavior in basal ganglia nuclei. The cholinergic system modulates the function of medium spiny projection neurons through the activation of muscarinic receptors, increasing the NMDA-induced NSCR. This enhancement is reflected as a change in the NMDA-induced network dynamics, making it more synchronous. Nevertheless, little is known about the contribution of intrinsic properties that promote this activity. To investigate the mechanisms underlying the cholinergic modulation of bistable behavior in the striatum, we used whole cell and calcium-imaging techniques. A persistent sodium current modulated by muscarinic receptor activation participated in the enhancement of the NSCR and the increased network synchrony. These experiments provide evidence that persistent sodium current generates bistable behavior in striatal neurons and contributes to the regulation of synchronous network activity. The neuromodulation of bistable properties could represent a cellular and network mechanism for cholinergic actions in the striatum.

  5. Developing measurement indices to enhance protection and resilience of U.S. critical infrastructure and key resources.

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    Fisher, R. E.; Norman, M.

    2010-07-01

    The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is developing indices to better assist in the risk management of critical infrastructures. The first of these indices is the Protective Measures Index - a quantitative index that measures overall protection across component categories: physical security, security management, security force, information sharing, protective measures and dependencies. The Protective Measures Index, which can also be recalculated as the Vulnerability Index, is a way to compare differing protective measures (eg fence versus security training). The second of these indices is the Resilience Index, which assesses a site's resilience and consists of three primary components: robustness, resourcefulness and recovery. The third index is the Criticality Index, which assesses the importance of a facility. The Criticality Index includes economic, human, governance and mass evacuation impacts. The Protective Measures Index, Resilience Index and Criticality Index are being developed as part of the Enhanced Critical Infrastructure Protection initiative that DHS protective security advisers implement across the nation at critical facilities. This paper describes two core themes: determination of the vulnerability, resilience and criticality of a facility and comparison of the indices at different facilities.

  6. Enhanced labeling of microalgae cellular lipids by application of an electric field generated by alternating current.

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    Su, Li-Chien; Hsu, Yi-Hsiang; Wang, Hsiang-Yu

    2012-05-01

    An alternating current was used to generate an electric field to enhance the fluorescent labeling of microalgae cellular lipids with Nile red and LipidTOX. The decay of the fluorescence intensity of Chlorella vulgaris cells in 0 V/cm was more than 50% after 10 min, and the intensity variation was as high as 7% in 20s. At 2000 V/cm, the decay rate decreased to 1.22% per minute and the intensity fluctuation was less than 1% for LipidTOX-labeled cells. For Spirulina sp. cells at 0 V/cm, the fluorescence intensity increased by 10% after 10 min, whereas at 2000 V/cm, labeling was more rapid and fluorescence intensity doubled. These results show that applying an electric field can improve the quality of fluorescence detection by alleviating decay and fluctuation or by enhancing signal intensity.

  7. Current consensus and guidelines of contrast enhanced ultrasound for the characterization of focal liver lesions

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    Jang, Jae Young; Kim, Moon Young; Jeong, Soung Won; Kim, Tae Yeob; Kim, Seung Up; Lee, Sae Hwan; Suk, Ki Tae; Park, Soo Young; Woo, Hyun Young; Kim, Sang Gyune; Heo, Jeong; Baik, Soon Koo; Kim, Hong Soo

    2013-01-01

    The application of ultrasound contrast agents (UCAs) is considered essential when evaluating focal liver lesions (FLLs) using ultrasonography (US). Microbubble UCAs are easy to use and robust; their use poses no risk of nephrotoxicity and requires no ionizing radiation. The unique features of contrast enhanced US (CEUS) are not only noninvasiveness but also real-time assessing of liver perfusion throughout the vascular phases. The later feature has led to dramatic improvement in the diagnostic accuracy of US for detection and characterization of FLLs as well as the guidance to therapeutic procedures and evaluation of response to treatment. This article describes the current consensus and guidelines for the use of UCAs for the FLLs that are commonly encountered in US. After a brief description of the bases of different CEUS techniques, contrast-enhancement patterns of different types of benign and malignant FLLs and other clinical applications are described and discussed on the basis of our experience and the literature data. PMID:23593604

  8. Critical current degradation behaviour of GdBCO CC tapes in pure torsion and combined tension-torsion modes

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    Gorospe, Alking; Bautista, Zhierwinjay; Shin, Hyung-Seop

    2016-10-01

    Coated conductor (CC) tapes utilized in high-current-density superconducting cables are commonly subjected to different loading modes, primarily torsion and tension especially in the case of twisted stacked-tape cable. Torsion load can occur due to twisting along the length or when winding the CC tapes around a former, while tension load can occur due to pre-tension when coiled and as a hoop stress when the coil is energized. In this study, electromechanical properties of single CC tapes under torsion load were investigated using a new test apparatus. The results could provide basic information for cable designers to fully characterize stacked cables. Copper-electroplated and brass-laminated CC tapes fabricated with different deposition techniques were subjected to pure torsion and combined tension-torsion loading. The critical current, I c degradation behaviours of CC tapes under torsional deformation were examined. Also, the effect of further external lamination on the I c degradation behaviour of the CC tapes under such loading conditions was investigated. In the case of the combined tension-torsion test, short samples were subjected to twist pitches of 200 mm and 100 mm. Critical parameters including reversible axial stress and strain in such twist pitch conditions were also investigated.

  9. Tailoring the critical current properties in Cu-sheathed Sr1-xKxFe2As2 superconducting tapes

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    Lin, Kaili; Yao, Chao; Zhang, Xianping; Zhang, Qianjun; Huang, He; Li, Chen; Wang, Dongliang; Dong, Chiheng; Ma, Yanwei; Awaji, Satoshi; Watanabe, Kazuo

    2016-09-01

    Cu is an attractive metal to use as the sheath material for Sr1-xKxFe2As2 superconducting wires. However, unfavorable reactions between the Cu sheath and the superconducting core severely affect the superconducting performance. In this work, Cu-sheathed Sr1-xKxFe2As2 tapes are fabricated at a low temperature of 740 °C using a hot pressing method. A systematic correlation between the sintering holding time, reaction layer, microstructure, and superconducting properties is investigated. It is found that the samples that are hot pressed for 60 min exhibit the highest transport critical current density (J c), i.e. 3.5 × 104 A cm-2 in 10 T and 1.6 × 104 A cm-2 in 26 T at 4.2 K, respectively. Furthermore, the engineering critical current density (J e) value of the samples is over 1.0 × 104 A cm-2 in 10 T at 4.2 K. This is by far the highest J c reported for Cu-sheathed iron-based superconducting tapes.

  10. Percolation analysis of the effect of tape length on the critical current density of 123 coated conductors

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    Nakamura, Yuichi; Izumi, Teruo; Shiohara, Yuh

    2001-07-01

    Although the RE123 coated conductors substantially consist of highly bi-axially aligned polycrystalline RE123 superconductors, the supercurrent must flow through grain boundaries with some angles of misorientation. To investigate the effects of tape length and number of grains in width on the critical current density (Jc), percolation analysis was performed considering the Jc reduction due to misorientation at grain boundaries. The calculation results suggested that the normalized critical current density increased as increasing the number of grains in width and decreased as increasing the tape length. The degree of Jc reduction as increasing the tape length became smaller as increasing the number of grains in width. The calculation results showed that the Jc value of 1 km tape conductor with misorientation full width half maximum /(FWHM)=9° was possibly kept more than 44% of the intragrain Jc when the grain number in width was more than 100 with the grain size of 100 /μm. The tendency of the calculation results of length and FWHM dependence on Jc agreed well with the experimentally obtained length dependence on Jc values of ion-beam assisted deposition conductors.

  11. Percolation analysis of the effect of tape length on the critical current density of 123 coated conductors

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    Nakamura, Yuichi; Izumi, Teruo; Shiohara, Yuh

    2002-07-01

    Although the RE123 coated conductors substantially consist of highly bi-axially aligned polycrystalline RE123 superconductors, the supercurrent must flow through grain boundaries with some angles of misorientation. To investigate the effects of tape length and number of grains in width on the critical current density ( Jc), percolation analysis was performed considering the Jc reduction due to misorientation at grain boundaries. The calculation results suggested that the normalized critical current density increased as increasing the number of grains in width and decreased as increasing the tape length. The degree of Jc reduction as increasing the tape length became smaller as increasing the number of grains in width. The calculation results showed that the Jc value of 1 km tape conductor with misorientation full width half maximum (FWHM)=9° was possibly kept more than 44% of the intragrain Jc when the grain number in width was more than 100 with the grain size of 100 μm. The tendency of the calculation results of length and FWHM dependence on Jc agreed well with the experimentally obtained length dependence on Jc values of ion-beam assisted deposition conductors.

  12. Stochastic macromodel of magnetic tunnel junction resistance variation and critical current dependence on resistance variation for SPICE simulation

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    Choi, Juntae; Song, Yunheub

    2017-04-01

    The resistance distribution of a magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) shows nonuniformity according to various MTJ parameters. Moreover, this resistance variation leads to write-current density variation, which can cause serious problems when designing peripheral circuits for spin transfer torque magnetoresistance random access memory (STT-MRAM) and commercializing gigabit STT-MRAM. Therefore, a macromodel of MTJ including resistance, tunneling magnetoresistance ratio (TMR), and critical current variations is required for circuit designers to design MRAM peripheral circuits, that can overcome the various effects of the variations, such as write failure and read failure, and realize STT-MRAM. In this study, we investigated a stochastic behavior macromodel of the write current dependence on the MTJ resistance variation. The proposed model can possibly be used to analyze the write current density in relation to the resistance and TMR variations of MTJ with various parameter variations. It can be very helpful for designing STT-MRAM circuits and simulating the operation of STT-MRAM devices considering MTJ variations.

  13. Histamine Enhances Voltage-Gated Potassium Currents of ON Bipolar Cells in Macaque Retina

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    Yu, Yong-Chun; Satoh, Hiromasa; Wu, Samuel M.; Marshak, David W.

    2012-01-01

    Purpose The goal was to understand the functions of retinopetal axons containing histamine. In prior work, type 3 histamine receptors (HR3) have been localized to the tips of ON bipolar cell dendrites in macaque retinas. Voltage-gated potassium channels have also been localized to bipolar cell dendrites, and the hypothesis tested in the present study was that these are modulated by histamine. Methods Whole-cell recordings of potassium currents were made from bipolar cells in slice preparations of macaque retina. In voltage-clamp mode, the cells were held at −60 mV and stepped to values from −60 to 80 mV. Recordings of the membrane potential were also made in current-clamp mode. Histamine, the HR3 agonist (R) α-methylhistamine (RAMH), tetraethyl ammonium (TEA), and 4-aminopyridine (4-AP) were applied in the superfusate. Results Histamine produced a dose-dependent increase in potassium currents in a subset of bipolar cells. At 5 μM, histamine increased the currents by 15% or more in the ON bipolar cells but not in the OFF bipolar cells. RAMH at 5 μM increased the amplitude of the potassium currents in the ON bipolar cells. In 10 mM TEA, potassium currents were reduced in all the bipolar cells, and there was no effect of histamine. Histamine hyperpolarized the resting membrane potential of the ON bipolar cells by 5 mV. Conclusions By enhancing potassium currents in the ON bipolar cells, histamine is expected to reduce the amplitude of the light responses and limit their duration. The hyperpolarization of the resting membrane potential would also reduce neurotransmitter release at their output synapses. PMID:18836167

  14. Production of aromatics through current-enhanced catalytic conversion of bio-oil tar.

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    Bi, Peiyan; Yuan, Yanni; Fan, Minghui; Jiang, Peiwen; Zhai, Qi; Li, Quanxin

    2013-05-01

    Biomass conversion into benzene, toluene and xylenes (BTX) can provide basic feedstocks for the petrochemical industry, which also serve as the most important aromatic platform molecules for development of high-end chemicals. Present work explored a new route for transformation of bio-oil tar into BTX through current-enhanced catalytic conversion (CECC), involving the synergistic effect between the zeolite catalyst and current to promote the deoxygenation and cracking reactions. The proposed transformation shows an excellent BTX aromatics selectivity of 92.9 C-mol% with 25.1 wt.% yield at 400 °C over usual HZSM-5 catalyst. The study of the model compounds revealed that the groups such as methoxy, hydroxyl and methyl in aromatics can be effectively removed in the CECC process. Present transformation potentially provides an important approach for production of the key petrochemicals of BTX and the overall use of bio-oil tar derived from bio-oil or biomass.

  15. Swimming intensity during triathlon: a review of current research and strategies to enhance race performance.

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    Peeling, Peter; Landers, Grant

    2009-08-01

    The swim section of Sprint- and Olympic-distance triathlon race formats is integral to the success of subsequent cycle and running disciplines, and to overall race performance. The current body of swimming-based triathlon research suggests that the energy used, and the positioning gained among competitors during the swim, is important in determining the success of an athlete's race, especially professional athletes in draft-legal settings. Furthermore, by swimming at a reduced intensity, it has been shown that the performance of the subsequent disciplines may be enhanced. However, reductions in energy output can be obtained without compromising swimming speed. This review highlights the importance of swimming intensity during a triathlon and how it impacts on the ensuing cycle and run. Furthermore, consideration is given to current methods used to manipulate swimming performance.

  16. Think Pair Share: A Teaching Learning Strategy to Enhance Students' Critical Thinking

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    Kaddoura, Mahmoud

    2013-01-01

    This study investigated the change in critical thinking (CT) skills of baccalaureate nursing students who were educated using a Think-Pair-Share (TPS) or an equivalent Non-Think-Pair-Share (Non-TPS) teaching method. Critical thinking has been an essential outcome of nursing students to prepare them to provide effective and safe quality care for…

  17. Fostering Skills to Enhance Critical Educators: A Pedagogical Proposal for Pre-Service Teachers

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    Aguirre Morales, Jahir; Ramos Holguín, Bertha

    2011-01-01

    This article aims to share with teacher-educators a pedagogical proposal which we have applied in the past year. This investigation analyzes issues linked to critical pedagogy using movies connected to educational themes and readings based on critical pedagogy. We have used this study to generate class discussions in order to analyze educational…

  18. Collective pinning model of the mixed state in YBa2Cu3O7-δ : Critical currents and flux creep

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    Farmer, J. W.; Cowan, D. L.; Kornecki, M.

    2008-02-01

    Magnetic hysteresis and flux creep measurements in single crystal samples of YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) are presented for a wide range of B , T phase space. Some of these samples can be described as weakly or collectively pinned. For these, over a large portion of this phase space, the flux creep can be described in terms of thermally activated single-fluxoid motion. A simple model based on maximizing the pinning energy of a fluxoid segment provides a good, semiquantitative picture of the low-temperature data, where the experimentally measured critical current density j is proportional to 1/T and the activation barrier height is proportional to j-μ , where μ=1 . In this model individual fluxoids are pinned by stochastic fluctuations in defect concentration, and are driven over the pinning barriers by critical currents and thermal activation. Incorporating flux lattice elasticity into this simple model leads to new predictions for the low-temperature data and allows the simple model to be extended to higher temperature. There are two distinct effects, both of which can be put in the form of effective current densities. One effective current density js arises from direct fluxoid-fluxoid repulsion, and the second effective current density jr arises from fluxoid relaxation. In YBCO at 7K and 2T , where the measured critical current density is j=8.9×109A/m2 , we find js=0.57×109A/m2(6%) and jr=-2.1×109A/m2 (-20%) . We present a discussion of their origin that leads to plausible temperature and field dependences. The model accounts for the rapid drop of j(T) with increasing temperature, the peak effect in j(B) at high temperature, and the temperature and field dependence of the “critical exponent” μ . Thermal fluxoid vibrations play an important role in the pinning, and we find effects consistent with calculations in the literature. The model postulates that fluxoid motion takes place by hopping in segments on a characteristic length scale lmodel . In the model we

  19. Critical current densities and irreversibility fields of new high- Tc Ba 2CaCu 2O 4(O,F) 2 superconductor

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    Shirage, P. M.; Shivagan, D. D.; Crisan, A.; Tanaka, Y.; Kodama, Y.; Kito, H.; Iyo, A.

    2008-04-01

    Ba2CaCu2O4(O2-yFy) (F-0212), a new high-Tc superconductor (HTSC) including fluorine at an apical site, is an attractive material for application because it shows a highest Tc of 108 K and has thin spacing between conduction layers that is favorable for high critical current density (Jc) and irreversibility field (Birr). The polycrystalline samples of F-0212 were synthesized under high pressure. A doping state was controlled from under doping (Tc = 82 K) to slightly-over doping (Tc = 106 K) via optimally-doping (Tc = 108 K). From the DC magnetization hysteresis loops, we determined the intragrain Jc and Birr using Bean's critical state model. The Jc and Birr properties of F-0212 were found to improve rapidly as the doping state changes from under doping to slightly-over doping to via optimally doping state. The irreversibility lines for the optimally- and slightly-over doped F-0212 are higher than optimally-doped Bi-2212. However, they are much lower than that of Cu-1212 (Y-123) though the spacing of F-0212 is thinner than that of Cu-1212. This indicates that property of the spacing is important to enhance Birr as well as its thickness. An anisotropy factor for under doped F-0212 was estimated to 118 from a 3D-2D crossover field of about 0.28 T.

  20. Superconductivity, critical current density, and flux pinning in MgB2-x(SiC)x/2 superconductor after SiC nanoparticle doping

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    Dou, S. X.; Pan, A. V.; Zhou, S.; Ionescu, M.; Wang, X. L.; Horvat, J.; Liu, H. K.; Munroe, P. R.

    2003-08-01

    We investigated the effect of SiC nanoparticle doping on the crystal lattice structure, critical temperature Tc, critical current density Jc, and flux pinning in MgB2 superconductor. A series of MgB2-x(SiC)x/2 samples with x=0-1.0 were fabricated using an in situ reaction process. The contraction of the lattice and depression of Tc with increasing SiC doping level remained rather small most likely due to the counterbalancing effect of Si and C co-doping. The high level Si and C co-doping allowed the creation of intragrain defects and highly dispersed nanoinclusions within the grains which can act as effective pinning centers for vortices, improving Jc behavior as a function of the applied magnetic field. The enhanced pinning is mainly attributable to the substitution-induced defects and local structure fluctuations within grains. A pinning mechanism is proposed to account for different contributions of different defects in MgB2-x(SiC)x/2 superconductors.

  1. Low Sr doping effects on critical current density and pinning mechanism of YBa2Cu3O7-δ single crystals

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    Lopes, R. F.; Vieira, V. N.; Mendonça, A. P. A.; Dias, F. T.; da Silva, D. L.; Pureur, P.; Schaf, J.; Roa, J. J.

    2014-12-01

    We report on isotherm dc magnetization hysteresis loops, M(H) to 70K <= T <= 82.5K of YBa2-xSrxCu3O7-δ (x = 0, 0.02 and 0.1) single crystals with the purpose to study the influence of the low Sr doping effects on the YBa2Cu3O7-δ critical current density, JC(H) and normalized flux pinning force density, f(h). The M(H) measurements were performed in a commercial SQUID magnetometer with H <= 50kOe applied parallel to the c axis of the samples. The extended Bean critical state model was applied to JC(H) determination. The magnetic irreversibility fields, Hirr(T) were obtained from M(H) loops. The f(h) behavior was determined from FP/FP,max versus H/Hirr plots where FP is the pinning force density (FP = J × μ0H). The results show that the low Sr doped samples transport higher JC(H) than the pure one. The application of the Dew-Hughes scaling functions to the f(h) plots designates the core normal punctual type as majority pinning mechanism of samples. We suggest that the core normal punctual pinning mechanism, responsible to the enhancement of the JC(H) transported by YBa2-xSrxCu3O7-δ samples, is possibly connected to the segregation of Sr atoms precipitates at the crystalline structure of these samples.

  2. An Evaluation of Argument Mapping as a Method of Enhancing Critical Thinking Performance in E-Learning Environments

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    Dwyer, Christopher P.; Hogan, Michael J.; Stewart, Ian

    2012-01-01

    The current research examined the effects of a critical thinking (CT) e-learning course taught through argument mapping (AM) on measures of CT ability. Seventy-four undergraduate psychology students were allocated to either an AM-infused CT e-learning course or a no instruction control group and were tested both before and after an 8-week…

  3. Higher spin currents in the enhanced N=3 Kazama-Suzuki model

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    Ahn, Changhyun; Kim, Hyunsu

    2016-12-01

    The N=3 Kazama-Suzuki model at the `critical' level has been found by Creutzig, Hikida and Ronne. We construct the lowest higher spin currents of spins (3/2,2,2,2,5/2,5/2,5/2,3) in terms of various fermions. In order to obtain the operator product expansions (OPEs) between these higher spin currents, we describe three N=2 OPEs between the two N=2 higher spin currents denoted by (3/2,2,2,5/2) and (2,5/2,5/2,3) (corresponding 36 OPEs in the component approach). Using the various Jacobi identities, the coefficient functions appearing on the right hand side of these N=2 OPEs are deter-mined in terms of central charge completely. Then we describe them as one single N=3 OPE in the N=3 superspace. The right hand side of this N=3 OPE contains the SO(3)-singlet N=3 higher spin multiplet of spins (2,5/2,5/2,5/2,3,3,3,7/2) , the SO(3)-singlet N=3 higher spin multiplet of spins (5/2,3,3,3,7/2,7/2,7/2,4) , and the SO(3)-triplet N=3 higher spin multiplets where each multiplet has the spins (3,7/2,7/2,7/2,4,4,4,9/2) , in addition to N=3 superconformal family of the identity operator. Finally, by factoring out the spin-1/2 current of N=3 linear superconformal algebra generated by eight currents of spins (1/2,1,1,1,3/2,3/2,3/2,2) , we obtain the extension of so-called SO (3) nonlinear Knizhnik Bershadsky algebra.

  4. Method for producing silicon thin-film transistors with enhanced forward current drive

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    Weiner, K.H.

    1998-06-30

    A method is disclosed for fabricating amorphous silicon thin film transistors (TFTs) with a polycrystalline silicon surface channel region for enhanced forward current drive. The method is particularly adapted for producing top-gate silicon TFTs which have the advantages of both amorphous and polycrystalline silicon TFTs, but without problem of leakage current of polycrystalline silicon TFTs. This is accomplished by selectively crystallizing a selected region of the amorphous silicon, using a pulsed excimer laser, to create a thin polycrystalline silicon layer at the silicon/gate-insulator surface. The thus created polysilicon layer has an increased mobility compared to the amorphous silicon during forward device operation so that increased drive currents are achieved. In reverse operation the polysilicon layer is relatively thin compared to the amorphous silicon, so that the transistor exhibits the low leakage currents inherent to amorphous silicon. A device made by this method can be used, for example, as a pixel switch in an active-matrix liquid crystal display to improve display refresh rates. 1 fig.

  5. Method for producing silicon thin-film transistors with enhanced forward current drive

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    Weiner, Kurt H.

    1998-01-01

    A method for fabricating amorphous silicon thin film transistors (TFTs) with a polycrystalline silicon surface channel region for enhanced forward current drive. The method is particularly adapted for producing top-gate silicon TFTs which have the advantages of both amorphous and polycrystalline silicon TFTs, but without problem of leakage current of polycrystalline silicon TFTs. This is accomplished by selectively crystallizing a selected region of the amorphous silicon, using a pulsed excimer laser, to create a thin polycrystalline silicon layer at the silicon/gate-insulator surface. The thus created polysilicon layer has an increased mobility compared to the amorphous silicon during forward device operation so that increased drive currents are achieved. In reverse operation the polysilicon layer is relatively thin compared to the amorphous silicon, so that the transistor exhibits the low leakage currents inherent to amorphous silicon. A device made by this method can be used, for example, as a pixel switch in an active-matrix liquid crystal display to improve display refresh rates.

  6. Flame oxidation of stainless steel felt enhances anodic biofilm formation and current output in bioelectrochemical systems.

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    Guo, Kun; Donose, Bogdan C; Soeriyadi, Alexander H; Prévoteau, Antonin; Patil, Sunil A; Freguia, Stefano; Gooding, J Justin; Rabaey, Korneel

    2014-06-17

    Stainless steel (SS) can be an attractive material to create large electrodes for microbial bioelectrochemical systems (BESs), due to its low cost and high conductivity. However, poor biocompatibility limits its successful application today. Here we report a simple and effective method to make SS electrodes biocompatible by means of flame oxidation. Physicochemical characterization of electrode surface indicated that iron oxide nanoparticles (IONPs) were generated in situ on an SS felt surface by flame oxidation. IONPs-coating dramatically enhanced the biocompatibility of SS felt and consequently resulted in a robust electroactive biofilm formation at its surface in BESs. The maximum current densities reached at IONPs-coated SS felt electrodes were 16.5 times and 4.8 times higher than the untreated SS felts and carbon felts, respectively. Furthermore, the maximum current density achieved with the IONPs-coated SS felt (1.92 mA/cm(2), 27.42 mA/cm(3)) is one of the highest current densities reported thus far. These results demonstrate for the first time that flame oxidized SS felts could be a good alternative to carbon-based electrodes for achieving high current densities in BESs. Most importantly, high conductivity, excellent mechanical strength, strong chemical stability, large specific surface area, and comparatively low cost of flame oxidized SS felts offer exciting opportunities for scaling-up of the anodes for BESs.

  7. Highly enhanced energy conversion from the streaming current by polymer addition.

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    Nguyen, Trieu; Xie, Yanbo; de Vreede, Lennart J; van den Berg, Albert; Eijkel, Jan C T

    2013-08-21

    In this contribution, we present for the first time the experimental results of energy conversion from the streaming current when a polymer is added to the working solution. We added polyacrylic acid (PAA) in concentrations of 200 ppm to 4000 ppm to a KCl solution. By introducing PAA, the input power, which is the product of volumetric flow rate and the applied pressure, reduced rapidly as compared to the case of using only a normal viscous electrolyte KCl solution. The output power at the same time remained largely constant, whereby an increase of the streaming current and a decrease of the streaming potential simultaneously occurred. These combined factors led to the massive increase of the energy conversion efficiency. Particularly, the results showed that when PAA was in a 0.01 mM KCl solution, the energy conversion efficiency of the system was enhanced by a factor of 447 (±2%), as compared to the case of the solution containing only 0.01 mM KCl. An enhancement factor of 249 (±4%) was also observed when PAA was added to the higher ionic strength background solution, 1 mM KCl. This finding can have practical use in microchannel-array energy conversion systems. When, instead of the negatively charged PAA, a non-ionic polymer polyethylene oxide (PEO) was added to the solution, no efficiency increase was observed, probably due to polymer wall adsorption.

  8. Pulsed Direct Current Electric Fields Enhance Osteogenesis in Adipose-Derived Stromal Cells

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    Hammerick, Kyle E.; James, Aaron W.; Huang, Zubin; Prinz, Fritz B.

    2010-01-01

    Adipose-derived stromal cells (ASCs) constitute a promising source of cells for regenerative medicine applications. Previous studies of osteogenic potential in ASCs have focused on chemicals, growth factors, and mechanical stimuli. Citing the demonstrated role electric fields play in enhancing healing in bone fractures and defects, we investigated the ability of pulsed direct current electric fields to drive osteogenic differentiation in mouse ASCs. Employing 50 Hz direct current electric fields in concert with and without osteogenic factors, we demonstrated increased early osteoblast-specific markers. We were also able to establish that commonly reported artifacts of electric field stimulation are not the primary mediators of the observed effects. The electric fields caused marked changes in the cytoskeleton. We used atomic force microscopy–based force spectroscopy to record an increase in the cytoskeletal tension after treatment with electric fields. We abolished the increased cytoskeletal stresses with the rho-associated protein kinase inhibitor, Y27632, and did not see any decrease in osteogenic gene expression, suggesting that the pro-osteogenic effects of the electric fields are not transduced via cytoskeletal tension. Electric fields may show promise as candidate enhancers of osteogenesis of ASCs and may be incorporated into cell-based strategies for skeletal regeneration. PMID:19824802

  9. Enhancing pulsed eddy current for inspection of P-3 Orion lap-joint structures

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    Butt, D. M.; Underhill, P. R.; Krause, T. W.

    2016-02-01

    During flight, aircraft are subjected to cyclic loading. In the Lockheed P-3 Orion airframe, this cyclic loading can lead to development of fatigue cracks at steel fastener locations in the top and second layers of aluminum wing skin lap-joints. An inspection method that is capable of detecting these cracks, without fastener removal, is desirable as this can minimize aircraft downtime, while subsequently reducing the risk of collateral damage. The ability to detect second layer cracks has been demonstrated using a Pulsed Eddy Current (PEC) probe design that utilizes the ferrous fastener as a flux conduit. This allows for deeper penetration of flux into the lap-joint second layer and consequently, sensitivity to the presence of cracks. Differential pick-up coil pairs are used to sense the eddy current response due to the presence of a crack. The differential signal obtained from pick-up coils on opposing sides of the fastener is analyzed using a Modified Principal Components Analysis (MPCA). This is followed by a cluster analysis of the resulting MPCA scores to separate fastener locations with cracks from those without. Probe design features, data acquisition system parameters and signal post-processing can each have a strong impact on crack detection. Physical probe configurations and signal analysis processes, used to enhance the PEC system for detection of cracks in P-3 Orion lap-joint structures, are investigated and an enhanced probe design is identified.

  10. Pulsed direct current electric fields enhance osteogenesis in adipose-derived stromal cells.

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    Hammerick, Kyle E; James, Aaron W; Huang, Zubin; Prinz, Fritz B; Longaker, Michael T

    2010-03-01

    Adipose-derived stromal cells (ASCs) constitute a promising source of cells for regenerative medicine applications. Previous studies of osteogenic potential in ASCs have focused on chemicals, growth factors, and mechanical stimuli. Citing the demonstrated role electric fields play in enhancing healing in bone fractures and defects, we investigated the ability of pulsed direct current electric fields to drive osteogenic differentiation in mouse ASCs. Employing 50 Hz direct current electric fields in concert with and without osteogenic factors, we demonstrated increased early osteoblast-specific markers. We were also able to establish that commonly reported artifacts of electric field stimulation are not the primary mediators of the observed effects. The electric fields caused marked changes in the cytoskeleton. We used atomic force microscopy-based force spectroscopy to record an increase in the cytoskeletal tension after treatment with electric fields. We abolished the increased cytoskeletal stresses with the rho-associated protein kinase inhibitor, Y27632, and did not see any decrease in osteogenic gene expression, suggesting that the pro-osteogenic effects of the electric fields are not transduced via cytoskeletal tension. Electric fields may show promise as candidate enhancers of osteogenesis of ASCs and may be incorporated into cell-based strategies for skeletal regeneration.

  11. Unusually high critical current of clean P-doped BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} single crystalline thin film

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    Kurth, F. Engelmann, J.; Schultz, L.; Tarantini, C.; Jaroszynski, J.; Grinenko, V.; Reich, E.; Hühne, R.; Hänisch, J.; Mori, Y.; Sakagami, A.; Kawaguchi, T.; Ikuta, H.; Holzapfel, B.; Iida, K.

    2015-02-16

    Microstructurally clean, isovalently P-doped BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} (Ba-122) single crystalline thin films have been prepared on MgO (001) substrates by molecular beam epitaxy. These films show a superconducting transition temperature (T{sub c}) of over 30 K although P content is around 0.22, which is lower than the optimal one for single crystals (i.e., 0.33). The enhanced T{sub c} at this doping level is attributed to the in-plane tensile strain. The strained film shows high transport self-field critical current densities (J{sub c}) of over 6 MA/cm{sup 2} at 4.2 K, which are among the highest for Fe based superconductors (FeSCs). In-field J{sub c} exceeds 0.1 MA/cm{sup 2} at μ{sub 0}H=35 T for H‖ab and μ{sub 0}H=18 T for H‖c at 4.2 K, respectively, in spite of moderate upper critical fields compared to other FeSCs with similar T{sub c}. Structural investigations reveal no defects or misoriented grains pointing to strong pinning centers. We relate this unexpected high J{sub c} to a strong enhancement of the vortex core energy at optimal T{sub c}, driven by in-plane strain and doping. These unusually high J{sub c} make P-doped Ba-122 very favorable for high-field magnet applications.

  12. Spoilt for choice: A critical review on the chemical and biological assessment of current wastewater treatment technologies.

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    Prasse, Carsten; Stalter, Daniel; Schulte-Oehlmann, Ulrike; Oehlmann, Jörg; Ternes, Thomas A

    2015-12-15

    The knowledge we have gained in recent years on the presence and effects of compounds discharged by wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) brings us to a point where we must question the appropriateness of current water quality evaluation methodologies. An increasing number of anthropogenic chemicals is detected in treated wastewater and there is increasing evidence of adverse environmental effects related to WWTP discharges. It has thus become clear that new strategies are needed to assess overall quality of conventional and advanced treated wastewaters. There is an urgent need for multidisciplinary approaches combining expertise from engineering, analytical and environmental chemistry, (eco)toxicology, and microbiology. This review summarizes the current approaches used to assess treated wastewater quality from the chemical and ecotoxicological perspective. Discussed chemical approaches include target, non-target and suspect analysis, sum parameters, identification and monitoring of transformation products, computational modeling as well as effect directed analysis and toxicity identification evaluation. The discussed ecotoxicological methodologies encompass in vitro testing (cytotoxicity, genotoxicity, mutagenicity, endocrine disruption, adaptive stress response activation, toxicogenomics) and in vivo tests (single and multi species, biomonitoring). We critically discuss the benefits and limitations of the different methodologies reviewed. Additionally, we provide an overview of the current state of research regarding the chemical and ecotoxicological evaluation of conventional as well as the most widely used advanced wastewater treatment technologies, i.e., ozonation, advanced oxidation processes, chlorination, activated carbon, and membrane filtration. In particular, possible directions for future research activities in this area are provided.

  13. Mechanism of thickness dependence of critical current density in HTS YBCO film and its elimination using nano-engineering

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    Wang, Xiang

    The most promising characteristic of a High Temperature Superconductor (HTS) is its ability to carry larger electrical current at liquid nitrogen boiling temperature and strong applied magnetic field with minimal dissipation. Numerous large scale applications such as HTS transmission cables, HTS magnets and HTS motors have been developed using HTS materials. The major limitation that prevents its wide commercialization is its high cost-to-performance ratio. However, the effort to further improve HTS current carrying capability is jeopardized by a mysterious thickness dependence of the critical current density (Jc) --- Jc monotonically decreases with increasing thickness (t) at 77 K and self-field (SF). This poses a great challenge for both HTS applications and the understanding of vortex dynamics. What further complicates this issue is the complex defect structure in HTS films as well as the creep nature of magnetic vortices at a finite temperature. After a systematic study of the temperature and magnetic field effects on Jc--t, we conclude that Jc--t is most likely the result of a collective pinning effect dictated by a random pinning potential. Besides that, thermal fluctuations also alter Jc--t in a predictable way. Therefore, by either modifying the vortex structure or pinning structure, J c--t can be eliminated. Indeed, a thin film J c has been restored in a HTS/insulator/HTS trilayer while the magnetic coupling is weakened. Moreover, Jc--t has been removed when the random distributed point pins are overpowered by strong linear defects.

  14. High Critical Current Density of YBa2Cu3O7‑x Superconducting Films Prepared through a DUV-assisted Solution Deposition Process

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    Chen, Yuanqing; Bian, Weibai; Huang, Wenhuan; Tang, Xinni; Zhao, Gaoyang; Li, Lingwei; Li, Na; Huo, Wen; Jia, Jiqiang; You, Caiyin

    2016-12-01

    Although the solution deposition of YBa2Cu3O7‑x (YBCO) superconducting films is cost effective and capable of large-scale production, further improvements in their superconductivity are necessary. In this study, a deep UV (DUV) irradiation technique combined with a low-fluorine solution process was developed to prepare YBCO films. An acrylic acidic group as the chelating agent was used in the precursor solution. The acrylic acidic group was highly sensitive to DUV light at 254 nm and significantly absorbed UV light. The coated gel films exposed to DUV light decomposed at 150 °C and copper aggregation was prevented. The UV irradiation promoted the removal of the carbon residue and other by-products in the films, increased the density and enhanced the crystallinity and superconductivity of the YBCO films. Using a solution with F/Ba = 2, YBCO films with thicknesses of 260 nm and enhanced critical current densities of nearly 8 MA/cm2 were produced on the LaAlO3 (LAO) substrates.

  15. High Critical Current Density of YBa2Cu3O7-x Superconducting Films Prepared through a DUV-assisted Solution Deposition Process.

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    Chen, Yuanqing; Bian, Weibai; Huang, Wenhuan; Tang, Xinni; Zhao, Gaoyang; Li, Lingwei; Li, Na; Huo, Wen; Jia, Jiqiang; You, Caiyin

    2016-12-01

    Although the solution deposition of YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) superconducting films is cost effective and capable of large-scale production, further improvements in their superconductivity are necessary. In this study, a deep UV (DUV) irradiation technique combined with a low-fluorine solution process was developed to prepare YBCO films. An acrylic acidic group as the chelating agent was used in the precursor solution. The acrylic acidic group was highly sensitive to DUV light at 254 nm and significantly absorbed UV light. The coated gel films exposed to DUV light decomposed at 150 °C and copper aggregation was prevented. The UV irradiation promoted the removal of the carbon residue and other by-products in the films, increased the density and enhanced the crystallinity and superconductivity of the YBCO films. Using a solution with F/Ba = 2, YBCO films with thicknesses of 260 nm and enhanced critical current densities of nearly 8 MA/cm(2) were produced on the LaAlO3 (LAO) substrates.

  16. High Critical Current Density of YBa2Cu3O7−x Superconducting Films Prepared through a DUV-assisted Solution Deposition Process

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    Chen, Yuanqing; Bian, Weibai; Huang, Wenhuan; Tang, Xinni; Zhao, Gaoyang; Li, Lingwei; Li, Na; Huo, Wen; Jia, Jiqiang; You, Caiyin

    2016-01-01

    Although the solution deposition of YBa2Cu3O7−x (YBCO) superconducting films is cost effective and capable of large-scale production, further improvements in their superconductivity are necessary. In this study, a deep UV (DUV) irradiation technique combined with a low-fluorine solution process was developed to prepare YBCO films. An acrylic acidic group as the chelating agent was used in the precursor solution. The acrylic acidic group was highly sensitive to DUV light at 254 nm and significantly absorbed UV light. The coated gel films exposed to DUV light decomposed at 150 °C and copper aggregation was prevented. The UV irradiation promoted the removal of the carbon residue and other by-products in the films, increased the density and enhanced the crystallinity and superconductivity of the YBCO films. Using a solution with F/Ba = 2, YBCO films with thicknesses of 260 nm and enhanced critical current densities of nearly 8 MA/cm2 were produced on the LaAlO3 (LAO) substrates. PMID:27905544

  17. Enhancing Critical Thinking Through Creation of Learning Organizations Within the Confines of an Overarching Mechanistic Organization

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    2015-04-30

    the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) acquisition workforce to apply critical thinking skills in executing acquisition programs. Quotes include “Like...p. 3). This has led to requests for greater education and training in critical thinking skills , including a recent article, which states...Functional specialization, another key characteristic of mechanistic organizations and the acquisition workforce, while providing the specific skills needed

  18. Enhanced Late Na and Ca Currents as Effective Antiarrhythmic Drug Targets

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    Karagueuzian, Hrayr S.; Pezhouman, Arash; Angelini, Marina; Olcese, Riccardo

    2017-01-01

    While recent advances clarified the molecular and cellular modes of action of antiarrhythmic drugs (AADs), their link to suppression of dynamical arrhythmia mechanisms remains only partially understood. The current classifications of AADs (Classes I, III, and IV) rely on blocking peak Na, K and L-type calcium currents (ICa,L), with Class II with dominant beta receptor blocking activity and Class V including drugs with diverse classes of actions. The discovery that the calcium and redox sensor, cardiac Ca/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) enhances both the late Na (INa-L) and the late ICa,L in patients at high risk of VT/VF provided a new and a rational AAD target. Pathological rise of either or both of INa-L and late ICa,L are demonstrated to promote cellular early afterdepolarizations (EADs) and EAD-mediated triggered activity that can initiate VT/VF in remodeled hearts. Selective inhibition of the INa-L without affecting their peak transients with the highly specific prototype drug, GS-967 suppresses these EAD-mediated VT/VFs. As in the case of INa-L, selective inhibition of the late ICa,L without affecting its peak with the prototype drug, roscovitine suppressed oxidative EAD-mediated VT/VF. These findings indicate that specific blockers of the late inward currents without affecting their peaks (gating modifiers), offer a new and effective AAD class action i.e., “Class VI.” The development of safe drugs with selective Class VI actions provides a rational and effective approach to treat VT/VF particularly in cardiac conditions associated with enhanced CaMKII activity such as heart failure. PMID:28220073

  19. Menthol enhances phasic and tonic GABAA receptor-mediated currents in midbrain periaqueductal grey neurons

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    Lau, Benjamin K; Karim, Shafinaz; Goodchild, Ann K; Vaughan, Christopher W; Drew, Geoffrey M

    2014-01-01

    Background and Purpose Menthol, a naturally occurring compound in the essential oil of mint leaves, is used for its medicinal, sensory and fragrant properties. Menthol acts via transient receptor potential (TRPM8 and TRPA1) channels and as a positive allosteric modulator of recombinant GABAA receptors. Here, we examined the actions of menthol on GABAA receptor-mediated currents in intact midbrain slices. Experimental Approach Whole-cell voltage-clamp recordings were made from periaqueductal grey (PAG) neurons in midbrain slices from rats to determine the effects of menthol on GABAA receptor-mediated phasic IPSCs and tonic currents. Key Results Menthol (150–750 μM) produced a concentration-dependent prolongation of spontaneous GABAA receptor-mediated IPSCs, but not non-NMDA receptor-mediated EPSCs throughout the PAG. Menthol actions were unaffected by TRPM8 and TRPA1 antagonists, tetrodotoxin and the benzodiazepine antagonist, flumazenil. Menthol also enhanced a tonic current, which was sensitive to the GABAA receptor antagonists, picrotoxin (100 μM), bicuculline (30 μM) and Zn2+ (100 μM), but unaffected by gabazine (10 μM) and a GABAC receptor antagonist, 1,2,5,6-tetrahydropyridin-4-yl)methylphosphinic acid hydrate (TPMPA; 50 μM). In addition, menthol potentiated currents induced by the extrasynaptic GABAA receptor agonist THIP/gaboxadol (10 μM). Conclusions and Implications These results suggest that menthol positively modulates both synaptic and extrasynaptic populations of GABAA receptors in native PAG neurons. The development of agents that potentiate GABAA-mediated tonic currents and phasic IPSCs in a manner similar to menthol could provide a basis for novel GABAA-related pharmacotherapies. PMID:24460753

  20. Fracture behaviour and its relation to critical current of silver-sheathed Ba2YCu3O(7-x) superconducting composite wires and tapes

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    Ochiai, Shojiro; Hayashi, Kenji; Osamura, Kozo

    1990-08-01

    Silver-sheathed Ba2YCu3O(7-x) superconducting composite wires and tapes were prepared by rolling, drawing, swaging and pressing methods. The fracture behavior and its influence on critical current at 0T at 77 K of the Ba2YCu3O(7-x) were investigated. The oxide was found to show multiple fracture under applied tensile stress, and the critical current density and tensile strength of the oxide in the rolled, swaged and pressed samples were higher than those in the drawn samples. When the working amount was high, the current density and the strength of the oxide were found to become high. Within the present conditions, there was a correlation between critical current density and cracking stress: the higher the cracking stress, the higher the critical current density became. The cracking stress of the present oxide was determined to be 50 MPa at most, being far lower than that of the Nb3Sn compound (800 to 2000 MPa). The critical current density of the rolled, swaged and pressed samples was reduced rapidly when exerted stress on the oxide exceeded the cracking stress, while the reduction in the drawn samples occurred gradually. A strong dependence of the critical current, as a function of applied stress and cracking stress of the oxide, on the measured portion due to scatter in the size of defects contained in the oxide, was found.

  1. Critical current densities of superconducting YBa 2Cu 4O 8 synthesised by the citrate gel process

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    Liu, R. S.; Zheng, D. N.; Janes, R.; Campbell, A. M.; Edwards, P. P.

    1990-12-01

    High-T c superconducting YBa 2Cu 4O 8 submicron powders with transition temperature around 80 K were successfully synthesized via citrate gel process at one atmosphere oxygen pressure. An intragrain critical current density of up to 1.3×10 7A/ cm2 at 6 K and H=1 T has been measured by magnetisation method; this value is comparable to that found in sintered YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ. The integrain criticalcurrent density, as measured by an a.c. inductive technique, was 10 3 A/cm 2 at 4.2 K; this is in excess of typical values for YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ.

  2. Critical current density and ac harmonic voltage generation in YBaCuO thin films by the screening technique

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    Pérez-López, Israel O.; Gamboa, Fidel; Sosa, Víctor

    2010-12-01

    The temperature and field dependence of harmonics in voltage Vn=Vn‧-iVn″ using the screening technique have been measured for YBaCuO superconducting thin films. Using the Sun model we obtained the curves for the temperature-dependent critical current density Jc(T). In addition, we applied the criterion proposed by Acosta et al. to compute Jc(T). Also, we made used of the empirical law Jc∝(1-T/Tc)n as an input in our calculations to reproduce experimental harmonic generation up to the fifth harmonic. We found that most models fit well the fundamental voltage but higher harmonics are poorly reproduced. Such behavior suggests the idea that higher harmonics contain information concerning complex processes like flux creep or thermally assisted flux flow.

  3. Fabrication of superconductor–ferromagnet–insulator–superconductor Josephson junctions with critical current uniformity applicable to integrated circuits

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    Ito, Hiroshi; Taniguchi, Soya; Ishikawa, Kouta; Akaike, Hiroyuki; Fujimaki, Akira

    2017-03-01

    Nb Josephson junctions (JJs) were fabricated with a Pd89Ni11 ferromagnetic interlayer and an AlO x tunnel barrier layer for use in large-scale superconducting integrated circuits. The junctions had a small critical current (I c) spread, where the standard deviation 1σ was less than 2% at 4.2 K for junctions with the same designed size. It was observed that the electrical behavior of the junctions could be controlled by manipulating the film thickness of the PdNi interlayer. The junctions behaved as a π-JJ for thicknesses of 9 and 11 nm, showing 1σ in the I c spread of 1.2% for 9 nm.

  4. Influence of the carbon substitution on the critical current density and AC losses in MgB2 single crystals

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    Ciszek, M.; Rogacki, K.; Oganisian, K.; Zhigadlo, N. D.; Karpinski, J.

    2010-12-01

    The DC magnetization and AC complex magnetic susceptibilities were measured for MgB2 single crystals, unsubstituted and carbon substituted with the composition of Mg(B0.94C0.05)2. The measurements were performed in AC and DC magnetic fields oriented parallel to the c-axis of the crystals. From the DC magnetization loops and the AC susceptibility measurements, critical current densities ( J c were derived as a function of temperature and the DC and AC magnetic fields. Results show that the substitution with carbon decreases J c ) at low magnetic fields, opposite to the well known effect of an increase of J c at higher fields. AC magnetic losses were derived from the AC susceptibility data as a function of amplitude and the DC bias magnetic field. The AC losses were determined for temperatures of 0.6 and 0.7 of the transition temperature T c , so close to the boiling points of LH2 and LNe, potential cooling media for magnesium diboride based composites. The results are analyzed and discussed in the context of the critical state model.

  5. A Teacher Action Research Study: Enhancing Student Critical Thinking Knowledge, Skills, Dispositions, Application and Transfer in a Higher Education Technology Course

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    Phelan, Jack Gordon

    2012-01-01

    This study examined the effects of a critical thinking instructional intervention in a higher education technology course with the purpose of determining the extent to which the intervention enhanced student critical thinking knowledge, skills, dispositions, application and transfer abilities. Historically, critical thinking has been considered…

  6. In Search of Critically Endangered Species: The Current Situation of Two Tiny Salamander Species in the Neotropical Mountains of Mexico

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    Sandoval-Comte, Adriana; Pineda, Eduardo; Aguilar-López, José L.

    2012-01-01

    Worldwide, one in every three species of amphibian is endangered, 39 species have gone extinct in the last 500 years and another 130 species are suspected to have gone extinct in recent decades. Of the amphibians, salamanders have the highest portion of their species in one of the risk categories, even higher than the frogs. To date there have been few studies that have used recent field data to examine the status of populations of endangered salamanders. In this study we evaluate the current situation of two tiny salamanders, Parvimolge townsendi and Thorius pennatulus, both of which are distributed at intermediate elevations in the mountains of the northern Neotropics and are considered to be critically endangered; the first has been proposed as possibly extinct. By carrying out exhaustive surveys in both historical and potentially suitable sites for these two species, we evaluated their abundance and the characteristics of their habitats, and we estimated their potential geographic distribution. We visited 22 sites, investing 672 person-hours of sampling effort in the surveys, and found 201 P. townsendi salamanders in 11 sites and only 13 T. pennatulus salamanders in 5 sites. Both species were preferentially found in cloud forest fragments that were well conserved or only moderately transformed, and some of the salamanders were found in shade coffee plantations. The potential distribution area of both species is markedly fragmented and we estimate that it has decreased by more than 48%. The results of this study highlight the importance of carrying out exhaustive, systematic field surveys to obtain accurate information about the current situation of critically endangered species, and help us better understand the crisis that amphibians are facing worldwide. PMID:22485155

  7. In search of critically endangered species: the current situation of two tiny salamander species in the Neotropical mountains of Mexico.

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    Sandoval-Comte, Adriana; Pineda, Eduardo; Aguilar-López, José L

    2012-01-01

    Worldwide, one in every three species of amphibian is endangered, 39 species have gone extinct in the last 500 years and another 130 species are suspected to have gone extinct in recent decades. Of the amphibians, salamanders have the highest portion of their species in one of the risk categories, even higher than the frogs. To date there have been few studies that have used recent field data to examine the status of populations of endangered salamanders. In this study we evaluate the current situation of two tiny salamanders, Parvimolge townsendi and Thorius pennatulus, both of which are distributed at intermediate elevations in the mountains of the northern Neotropics and are considered to be critically endangered; the first has been proposed as possibly extinct. By carrying out exhaustive surveys in both historical and potentially suitable sites for these two species, we evaluated their abundance and the characteristics of their habitats, and we estimated their potential geographic distribution. We visited 22 sites, investing 672 person-hours of sampling effort in the surveys, and found 201 P. townsendi salamanders in 11 sites and only 13 T. pennatulus salamanders in 5 sites. Both species were preferentially found in cloud forest fragments that were well conserved or only moderately transformed, and some of the salamanders were found in shade coffee plantations. The potential distribution area of both species is markedly fragmented and we estimate that it has decreased by more than 48%. The results of this study highlight the importance of carrying out exhaustive, systematic field surveys to obtain accurate information about the current situation of critically endangered species, and help us better understand the crisis that amphibians are facing worldwide.

  8. Hypotonic stimuli enhance proton-gated currents of acid-sensing ion channel-1b

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    Ugawa, Shinya Ishida, Yusuke; Ueda, Takashi; Yu, Yong; Shimada, Shoichi

    2008-03-14

    Acid-sensing ion channels (ASICs) are strong candidates for mammalian mechanoreceptors. We investigated whether mouse acid-sensing ion channel-1b (ASIC1b) is sensitive to mechanical stimuli using oocyte electrophysiology, because ASIC1b is located in the mechanosensory stereocilia of cochlear hair cells. Hypotonic stimuli that induced membrane stretch of oocytes evoked no significant current in ASIC1b-expressing oocytes at pH 7.5. However, acid (pH 4.0 or 5.0)-evoked currents in the oocytes were substantially enhanced by the hypotonicity, showing mechanosensitivity of ASIC1b and possible mechanogating of the channel in the presence of other components. Interestingly, the ASIC1b channel was permeable to K{sup +} (a principal charge carrier for cochlear sensory transduction) and the affinity of the channel for amiloride (IC{sub 50} (inhibition constant) = approximately 48.3 {mu}M) was quite similar to that described for the mouse hair cell mechanotransducer current. Taken together, these data raise the possibility that ASIC1b participates in cochlear mechanoelectrical transduction.

  9. Current transport mechanisms in plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposited AlN thin films

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    Altuntas, Halit E-mail: biyikli@unam.bilkent.edu.tr; Ozgit-Akgun, Cagla; Donmez, Inci; Biyikli, Necmi E-mail: biyikli@unam.bilkent.edu.tr

    2015-04-21

    Here, we report on the current transport mechanisms in AlN thin films deposited at a low temperature (i.e., 200 °C) on p-type Si substrates by plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition. Structural characterization of the deposited AlN was carried out using grazing-incidence X-ray diffraction, revealing polycrystalline films with a wurtzite (hexagonal) structure. Al/AlN/ p-Si metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) capacitor structures were fabricated and investigated under negative bias by performing current-voltage measurements. As a function of the applied electric field, different types of current transport mechanisms were observed; i.e., ohmic conduction (15.2–21.5 MV/m), Schottky emission (23.6–39.5 MV/m), Frenkel-Poole emission (63.8–211.8 MV/m), trap-assisted tunneling (226–280 MV/m), and Fowler-Nordheim tunneling (290–447 MV/m). Electrical properties of the insulating AlN layer and the fabricated Al/AlN/p-Si MIS capacitor structure such as dielectric constant, flat-band voltage, effective charge density, and threshold voltage were also determined from the capacitance-voltage measurements.

  10. Design Guidelines for Shielding Effectiveness, Current Carrying Capability, and the Enhancement of Conductivity of Composite Materials

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    Evans, R. W.

    1997-01-01

    These guidelines address the electrical properties of composite materials which may have an effect on electromagnetic compatibility (EMC). The main topics of the guidelines include the electrical shielding, fault current return, and lightning protection capabilities of graphite reinforced polymers, since they are somewhat conductive but may require enhancement to be adequate for EMC purposes. Shielding effectiveness depends heavily upon the conductivity of the material. Graphite epoxy can provide useful shielding against RF signals, but it is approximately 1,000 times more resistive than good conductive metals. The reduced shielding effectiveness is significant but is still useful in many cases. The primary concern is with gaps and seams in the material just as it is with metal. Current carrying capability of graphite epoxy is adequate for dissipation static charges, but fault currents through graphite epoxy may cause fire at the shorting contact and at joints. The effect of lightning on selected graphite epoxy material and mating surfaces is described, and protection methods are reviewed.

  11. Enhancement of current carrying capacity of the strained ZnSe nanowire

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    Wang, Y. G.; Zeng, Y. P.; Qu, B. H.; Zhang, Q. L.

    2011-05-01

    The effect of strain on the current carrying capacity of ZnSe nanowire has been studied by in situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Under TEM inspection the strain can be created at the selected position in a single ZnSe nanowire by the compressive stress applied along its axial direction using a movable probe electrode. The induced strain is controllable in the magnitude of curvature of the ZnSe nanowire bent by careful manipulation of the movable probe electrode. In situ current-induced Joule heating has confirmed that the strained segment in a single ZnSe nanowire exhibited better ability than the unstrained segments against Joule heating. Consequently, the current carrying capacity of the ZnSe nanowire can be effectively enhanced by intentionally created strain. The experimental results have also proved that a significant increase of the electrical conductance and the thermal resistance can be achieved simultaneously in a single nanowire by the intentionally designed and created strain.

  12. Huge Critical Current Density and Tailored Superconducting Anisotropy in SmFeAsO(0.8)F(0.15) by Low Density Columnar-Defect Incorporation

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    Welp, U.; Fang, L.; Jia, Y.; Mishra, V.; Chaparro, C.; Vlasko-Vlasov, V. K.; Koshelev, A. E.; Crabtree, G. W.; Zhu, S. F.; Zhigadlo, N. D.; Katrych, S.; Karpinski, J.; Kwok, W. K.

    2014-03-01

    SmFeAsO(0.8)F(0.15) is of great interest because it has the highest transition temperature of all the iron-based superconductors. We find that the introduction of a low density of correlated nano-scale defects enhances the critical current density up to 2 × 107A/cm2 at 5 K without any suppression in the high superconducting transition temperature of 50 K and amounting to 20 % of the theoretical depairing current density. We also observed a surprising reduction in the thermodynamic superconducting anisotropy from 8 to 4 upon irradiation. A model based on anisotropic electron scattering predicts that the superconducting anisotropy can be tailored via correlated defects in semi-metallic, fully gapped type II superconductors. - We acknowledge support by the Center for Emergent Superconductivity, an EFRC funded by the US DOE, Office of Basic Energy Sciences (LF, YJ, VM, AEK, WKK, GWC), by the DOE, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357 (CC, VKV, UW), by the EC Research Council project SuperIron (JK, SK), and by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the National Center of Competence in Research MaNEP (NDZ).

  13. Partially Redundant Enhancers Cooperatively Maintain Mammalian Pomc Expression Above a Critical Functional Threshold

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    Lam, Daniel D.; de Souza, Flavio S. J.; Nasif, Sofia; Yamashita, Miho; López-Leal, Rodrigo; Meece, Kana; Sampath, Harini; Mercer, Aaron J.; Wardlaw, Sharon L.

    2015-01-01

    Cell-specific expression of many genes is conveyed by multiple enhancers, with each individual enhancer controlling a particular expression domain. In contrast, multiple enhancers drive similar expression patterns of some genes involved in embryonic development, suggesting regulatory redundancy. Work in Drosophila has indicated that functionally overlapping enhancers canalize development by buffering gene expression against environmental and genetic disturbances. However, little is known about regulatory redundancy in vertebrates and in genes mainly expressed during adulthood. Here we study nPE1 and nPE2, two phylogenetically conserved mammalian enhancers that drive expression of the proopiomelanocortin gene (Pomc) to the same set of hypothalamic neurons. The simultaneous deletion of both enhancers abolished Pomc expression at all ages and induced a profound metabolic dysfunction including early-onset extreme obesity. Targeted inactivation of either nPE1 or nPE2 led to very low levels of Pomc expression during early embryonic development indicating that both enhancers function synergistically. In adult mice, however, Pomc expression is controlled additively by both enhancers, with nPE1 being responsible for ∼80% and nPE2 for ∼20% of Pomc transcription. Consequently, nPE1 knockout mice exhibit mild obesity whereas nPE2-deficient mice maintain a normal body weight. These results suggest that nPE2-driven Pomc expression is compensated by nPE1 at later stages of development, essentially rescuing the earlier phenotype of nPE2 deficiency. Together, these results reveal that cooperative interactions between the enhancers confer robustness of Pomc expression against gene regulatory disturbances and preclude deleterious metabolic phenotypes caused by Pomc deficiency in adulthood. Thus, our study demonstrates that enhancer redundancy can be used by genes that control adult physiology in mammals and underlines the potential significance of regulatory sequence mutations in

  14. Forced flow He vapor cooled critical current testing facility for measurements of superconductors in a wide temperature and magnetic field range

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    Baskys, Algirdas; Hopkins, Simon C.; Bader, Jakob; Glowacki, Bartek A.

    2016-10-01

    As superconducting materials find their way into applications, there is increasing need to verify their performance at operating conditions. Testing of critical current with respect to temperature and magnetic field is of particular importance. However, testing facilities covering a range of temperatures and magnetic fields can be costly, especially when considering the cooling power required in the cryogenic system in the temperature range below 65 K (inaccessible for LN2). Critical currents in excess of 500 A are common for commercial samples, making the testing of such samples difficult in setups cooled via a cryocooler, moreover it often does not represent the actual cooling conditions that the sample will experience in service. This work reports the design and operation of a low-cost critical current testing facility, capable of testing samples in a temperature range of 10-65 K, with magnetic field up to 1.6 T and measuring critical currents up to 900 A with variable cooling power.

  15. Enhanced optical second-harmonic generation from the current-biased graphene/SiO2/Si(001) structure.

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    An, Yong Q; Nelson, Florence; Lee, Ji Ung; Diebold, Alain C

    2013-05-08

    We find that optical second-harmonic generation (SHG) in reflection from a chemical-vapor-deposition graphene monolayer transferred onto a SiO2/Si(001) substrate is enhanced about 3 times by the flow of direct current electric current in graphene. Measurements of rotational-anisotropy SHG revealed that the current-induced SHG from the current-biased graphene/SiO2/Si(001) structure undergoes a phase inversion as the measurement location on graphene is shifted laterally along the current flow direction. The enhancement is due to current-associated charge trapping at the graphene/SiO2 interface, which introduces a vertical electric field across the SiO2/Si interface that produces electric field-induced SHG. The phase inversion is due to the positive-to-negative polarity switch in the current direction of the trapped charges at the current-biased graphene/SiO2 interface.

  16. Cluster Observations of Channels of Enhanced Convection Velocity in the Ring Current Region

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    Puhl-Quinn, P. A.; Foerster, M.; Labelle, J.; Linder, J.; Matsui, H.; Treumann, R.

    2003-12-01

    For decades, spacecraft-borne instruments have detected enhanced convection features in the duskside and premidnight subauroral region, variously known as polarization jet [Galperin et al., 1973] or subauroral ion drifts (SAID) [Spiro et al., 1979]. We report Cluster observations of this phenomenon, detected with the electron drift instrument (EDI) which uses a novel particle-detection method to measure electric fields in the plane perpendicular to the magnetic field. We have identified enhanced convection velocity striations within the dusk-side ring current region. Such striations with durations 1-5 minutes were observed in AMPTE/IRM data [LaBelle et al., 1988] and also may be the source of fine features observed recently in ground-based radar observations of SAID [Erickson et al., 2002]. Cluster, due to its more polar orbit, finds them on time scales of tens of minutes implying that the channels are extended along magnetic flux tubes. A survey of Cluster/EDI data from February, 2001 until July, 2003 was performed, using data from 14 to 24 hours local time, from 60-69 degrees invariant latitude, and for Kp > 4. Enhanced electric fields were defined as those in the anti-corotation direction (westward) with amplitude exceeding twice the corotation speed. The data show a tendency for the enhanced electric fields to occur at lower latitudes in premidnight/midnight local time than on the duskside, consistent with previous observations. Many previous observations report widths as narrow as 0.1 degrees for SAID events, and for example the 1-5 minute crossing times at IRM imply striation widths on the order of 1000-2000 km. The variable separations of the Cluster spacecraft over the multi-year data set provides a unique opportunity to improve the determination of this width. In this paper, we elaborate about statistical properties, theoretical implications, and association with the SAPS (sub-auroral polarization streams) and SAID phenomena. Erickson, P.J., et al

  17. Metal based gas diffusion layers for enhanced fuel cell performance at high current densities

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    Hussain, Nabeel; Van Steen, Eric; Tanaka, Shiro; Levecque, Pieter

    2017-01-01

    The gas diffusion layer strongly influences the performance and durability of polymer electrolyte fuel cells. A major drawback of current carbon fiber based GDLs is the non-controlled variation in porosity resulting in a random micro-structure. Moreover, when subjected to compression these materials show significant reduction in porosity and permeability leading to water management problems and mass transfer losses within the fuel cell. This study investigated the use of uniform perforated metal sheets as GDLs in conjunction with microchannel flowfields. A metal sheet design with a pitch of 110 μm and a hole diameter of 60 μm in combination with an MPL showed superior performance in the high current density region compared to a commercially available carbon paper based GDL in a single cell environment. Fuel cell testing with different oxidants (air, heliox and oxygen) indicate that the metal sheet offers both superior diffusion and reduced flooding in comparison to the carbon based GDL. The presence of the MPL has been found to be critical to the functionality of the metal sheet suggesting that the MPL design may represent an important optimisation parameter for further improvements in performance.

  18. Performance enhancement of the branch length similarity entropy descriptor for shape recognition by introducing critical points

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    Lee, Sang-Hee; Kang, Seung-Ho

    2016-10-01

    In previous studies, we showed that the branch length similarity (BLS) entropy profile could be used successfully for the recognition of shapes such as battle tanks, facial expressions, and butterflies. In the present study, we introduce critical points defined as a set of distinguishing points with high curvature to the BLS entropy profile in order to improve the shape recognition. In order to generate a given number of critical points from the shape, we propose a critical point detection method. Furthermore, we show the invariant properties of the BLS entropy descriptor. To evaluate the effects of critical points on the shape recognition of the BLS entropy descriptor, we performed a butterfly classification experiment against a real image data set, and we conducted performance comparisons with other point detection methods. In addition, the performance of the BLS entropy descriptor computed using the critical points was compared with those of other well-known descriptors such as the Fourier descriptor using three machine learning techniques, the Bayesian classifier, the multi-layer perceptron and the support vector machine. The results show that the BLS entropy descriptor outperforms other well-known descriptors.

  19. Enhanced current and power density of micro-scale microbial fuel cells with ultramicroelectrode anodes

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    Ren, Hao; Rangaswami, Sriram; Lee, Hyung-Sool; Chae, Junseok

    2016-09-01

    We present a micro-scale microbial fuel cell (MFC) with an ultramicroelectrode (UME) anode, with the aim of creating a miniaturized high-current/power-density converter using carbon-neutral and renewable energy sources. Micro-scale MFCs have been studied for more than a decade, yet their current and power densities are still an order of magnitude lower than those of their macro-scale counterparts. In order to enhance the current/power densities, we engineer a concentric ring-shaped UME, with a width of 20 μm, to facilitate the diffusion of ions in the vicinity of the micro-organisms that form biofilm on the UME. The biofilm extends approximately 15 μm from the edge of the UME, suggesting the effective biofilm area increases. Measured current/power densities per the effective area and the original anode area are 7.08  ±  0.01 A m-2 & 3.09  ±  0.04 W m-2 and 17.7  ±  0.03 A m-2 & 7.72  ±  0.09 W m-2, respectively. This is substantially higher than any prior work in micro-scale MFCs, and very close, or even higher, to that of macro-scale MFCs. A Coulombic efficiency, a measure of how efficiently an MFC harvests electrons from donor substrate, of 70%, and an energy conversion efficiency of 17% are marked, highlighting the micro-scale MFC as an attractive alternative within the existing energy conversion portfolio.

  20. HIPS-GLAD core shell nanorod array photodetectors with enhanced photocurrent and reduced dark current

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    Keles, Filiz; Cansizoglu, Hilal; Badraddin, Emad O.; Brozak, Matthew P.; Watanabe, Fumiya; Karabacak, Tansel

    2016-10-01

    Vertically aligned core/shell nanorod array photodetectors were fabricated by high pressure sputter (HIPS) deposition of copper indium sulfide (CIS) films on glancing angle deposited (GLAD) indium sulfide (In2S3) nanorods. For comparison, we also studied nanorod photodetectors with conventional low pressure sputtered (LPS) CIS film coatings and counterpart thin film devices incorporating HIPS or LPS-CIS on In2S3 films. HIPS-GLAD core/shell photodetectors have shown a superior photocurrent density response along with lowest dark current density. Photoresponsivity defined with the photocurrent density/dark current density ratio γ = |J ph/J dark| was about ˜1820 for HIPS-GLAD nanorod devices, which is several orders of magnitude higher compared to those of LPS-CIS thin film (γ ˜ 2) and HIPS-CIS thin film (γ ˜ 9) devices, and also about four-fold higher than LPS-CIS nanorod devices (γ ˜ 490). Enhanced photoresponsivity is attributed to the porous microstructure and improved conformality of HIPS-CIS film around the In2S3 nanorods confirmed by SEM and EDS measurements. Due to randomization of the sputtered flux at higher working gas pressures, HIPS can provide a more conformal while at the same time a voidy low-density film around nanostructured surfaces. Reduced interelectrode distance and improved p-n junction interface due to the more uniform conformality of HIPS-CIS result in a higher photocurrent in our HIPS-GLAD devices. In addition, the voids in HIPS-CIS film as a result of its porous nature can behave as highly resistive spots that lower the dark current. Therefore, we have demonstrated that by utilizing a simple and low-temperature HIPS-GLAD method, high-photocurrent and low-dark-current photodetectors can be achieved by controlling the conformality and microstructure of a shell layer around nanorod arrays. HIPS shell coating method can be extended to almost any type of nanostructured substrate.

  1. Effects of thermomechanical treatments on the critical current density of TSMTG-processed YBa2Cu3O7-δ ceramics

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    Delorme, F.; Hervieu, M.; Monot-Laffez, I.; Harnois, C.; Desgardin, G.

    2001-11-01

    TSMTG (top seeding melt texture growth)-processed YBa2Cu3O7-δ ceramics have reached such critical current densities (Jc) that it is now possible to envisage technical applications such as magnetic bearings or fault current limiters. Most authors believe that in this material, defects (such as Y-211 inclusions, oxygen vacancies, dislocations, stacking faults, etc) can act as pinning centres and hence increase critical current densities. The effects on the critical current density of a uniaxial pressure, applied along a direction perpendicular to the c-axis of Y-123, at 400 °C under an air atmosphere are investigated. These conditions were chosen to avoid oxygen loss in the samples, because oxygen content is the most critical parameter for superconducting properties. Thus this allows a sample with the same oxygen content to be compared directly before and after experiment. TSMTG-processed Y-123 ceramics exposed to thermomechanical treatment show a complex behaviour. For low pressures (lower than 2 MPa) a significant increase in the critical current density (up to 1.37 times at H = 0, for a pressure of 1.38 MPa applied for 22 h at 400 °C under an air atmosphere) is observed and attributed to an increase in the dislocation density. For higher pressures, the critical current densities under low magnetic fields are always lower but sometimes slightly higher at moderate magnetic fields (between 1-3 T).

  2. International round robin test of the retained critical current after double bending at room temperature of Ag-sheathed Bi-2223 superconducting wires

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    Yamada, Y.; Nishijima, G.; Osamura, K.; Shin, H. S.; Goldacker, W.; Breschi, M.; Ribani, P.

    2016-02-01

    An international round robin test was carried out in order to establish a test method for retained critical current after double bending at room temperature of Ag-sheathed Bi-2223 superconducting wires. Tests for commercial Bi-2223 tape were conducted by six laboratories using the same guidelines. The standard uncertainties (SUs) of measurands were evaluated for these four quantities: I C0, I C/I C080, I C/I C060, I C/I C050, where, I C0 is initial critical current and I C /I C0XX is critical current after XX mm bending. Using an F test to determine where the most scatter was generated in the test results it was found that the greatest scatter in the normalized critical current measurements came from inter-laboratory scatter. In a type-B uncertainty evaluation, the major contribution was from the bending diameter and measuring temperature. The relative SU tended to increase as the bending diameter decreased. A specific mandrel diameter corresponding to a retained critical current of 95% could be determined with a relative SU of 1.3%. In order to reduce the overall scatter, the temperature difference between the critical current measurements before and after bending should be small.

  3. Value and Efficacy of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation in the Cognitive Rehabilitation: A Critical Review Since 2000.

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    Cappon, Davide; Jahanshahi, Marjan; Bisiacchi, Patrizia

    2016-01-01

    Non-invasive brain stimulation techniques, including transcranial direct current stimulation (t-DCS) have been used in the rehabilitation of cognitive function in a spectrum of neurological disorders. The present review outlines methodological communalities and differences of t-DCS procedures in neurocognitive rehabilitation. We consider the efficacy of tDCS for the management of specific cognitive deficits in four main neurological disorders by providing a critical analysis of recent studies that have used t-DCS to improve cognition in patients with Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease, Hemi-spatial Neglect, and Aphasia. The evidence from this innovative approach to cognitive rehabilitation suggests that tDCS can influence cognition. However, the results show a high variability between studies both in terms of the methodological approach adopted and the cognitive functions targeted. The review also focuses both on methodological issues such as technical aspects of the stimulation (electrode position and dimension; current intensity; duration of protocol) and on the inclusion of appropriate assessment tools for cognition. A further aspect considered is the optimal timing for administration of tDCS: before, during or after cognitive rehabilitation. We conclude that more studies using common methodology are needed to gain a better understanding of the efficacy of tDCS as a new tool for rehabilitation of cognitive disorders in a range of neurological disorders.

  4. Value and Efficacy of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation in the Cognitive Rehabilitation: A Critical Review Since 2000

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    Cappon, Davide; Jahanshahi, Marjan; Bisiacchi, Patrizia

    2016-01-01

    Non-invasive brain stimulation techniques, including transcranial direct current stimulation (t-DCS) have been used in the rehabilitation of cognitive function in a spectrum of neurological disorders. The present review outlines methodological communalities and differences of t-DCS procedures in neurocognitive rehabilitation. We consider the efficacy of tDCS for the management of specific cognitive deficits in four main neurological disorders by providing a critical analysis of recent studies that have used t-DCS to improve cognition in patients with Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease, Hemi-spatial Neglect, and Aphasia. The evidence from this innovative approach to cognitive rehabilitation suggests that tDCS can influence cognition. However, the results show a high variability between studies both in terms of the methodological approach adopted and the cognitive functions targeted. The review also focuses both on methodological issues such as technical aspects of the stimulation (electrode position and dimension; current intensity; duration of protocol) and on the inclusion of appropriate assessment tools for cognition. A further aspect considered is the optimal timing for administration of tDCS: before, during or after cognitive rehabilitation. We conclude that more studies using common methodology are needed to gain a better understanding of the efficacy of tDCS as a new tool for rehabilitation of cognitive disorders in a range of neurological disorders. PMID:27147949

  5. Contrast-enhanced ultrasound after endovascular aortic repair—current status and future perspectives

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    Partovi, Sasan; Kaspar, Mathias; Aschwanden, Markus; Lopresti, Charles; Madan, Shivanshu; Uthoff, Heiko; Imfeld, Stephan

    2015-01-01

    An increasing number of patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) are undergoing endovascular aortic repair (EVAR) instead of open surgery. These patients require lifelong surveillance, and the follow-up imaging modality of choice has been traditionally computed tomography angiography (CTA). Repetitive CTA imaging is associated with cumulative radiation exposure and requires the administration of multiple doses of nephrotoxic contrast agents. Contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) has emerged as an alternative strategy in the follow-up of patients with EVAR and demonstrates high sensitivity and specificity for detection of endoleaks. In fact, a series of studies have shown that CEUS is at least performing equal to computed tomography for the detection and classification of endoleaks. This article summarizes current evidence of CEUS after EVAR and demonstrates its usefulness via various patient cases. PMID:26673398

  6. Ultrafast magnetization enhancement in metallic multilayers driven by superdiffusive spin current.

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    Rudolf, Dennis; La-O-Vorakiat, Chan; Battiato, Marco; Adam, Roman; Shaw, Justin M; Turgut, Emrah; Maldonado, Pablo; Mathias, Stefan; Grychtol, Patrik; Nembach, Hans T; Silva, Thomas J; Aeschlimann, Martin; Kapteyn, Henry C; Murnane, Margaret M; Schneider, Claus M; Oppeneer, Peter M

    2012-01-01

    Uncovering the physical mechanisms that govern ultrafast charge and spin dynamics is crucial for understanding correlated matter as well as the fundamental limits of ultrafast spin-based electronics. Spin dynamics in magnetic materials can be driven by ultrashort light pulses, resulting in a transient drop in magnetization within a few hundred femtoseconds. However, a full understanding of femtosecond spin dynamics remains elusive. Here we spatially separate the spin dynamics using Ni/Ru/Fe magnetic trilayers, where the Ni and Fe layers can be ferro- or antiferromagnetically coupled. By exciting the layers with a laser pulse and probing the magnetization response simultaneously but separately in Ni and Fe, we surprisingly find that optically induced demagnetization of the Ni layer transiently enhances the magnetization of the Fe layer when the two layer magnetizations are initially aligned parallel. Our observations are explained by a laser-generated superdiffusive spin current between the layers.

  7. Current approaches to enhance CNS delivery of drugs across the brain barriers

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    Lu, Cui-Tao; Zhao, Ying-Zheng; Wong, Ho Lun; Cai, Jun; Peng, Lei; Tian, Xin-Qiao

    2014-01-01

    Although many agents have therapeutic potentials for central nervous system (CNS) diseases, few of these agents have been clinically used because of the brain barriers. As the protective barrier of the CNS, the blood–brain barrier and the blood–cerebrospinal fluid barrier maintain the brain microenvironment, neuronal activity, and proper functioning of the CNS. Different strategies for efficient CNS delivery have been studied. This article reviews the current approaches to open or facilitate penetration across these barriers for enhanced drug delivery to the CNS. These approaches are summarized into three broad categories: noninvasive, invasive, and miscellaneous techniques. The progresses made using these approaches are reviewed, and the associated mechanisms and problems are discussed. PMID:24872687

  8. An Enhanced Nonlinear Critical Gradient for Electron Turbulent Transport due to Reversed Magnetic Shear

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    Peterson, J. L.; Hammet, G. W.; Mikkelsen, D. R.; Yuh, H. Y.; Candy, J.; Guttenfelder, W.; Kaye, S. M.; LeBlanc, B.

    2011-05-11

    The first nonlinear gyrokinetic simulations of electron internal transport barriers (e-ITBs) in the National Spherical Torus Experiment show that reversed magnetic shear can suppress thermal transport by increasing the nonlinear critical gradient for electron-temperature-gradient-driven turbulence to three times its linear critical value. An interesting feature of this turbulence is non- linearly driven off-midplane radial streamers. This work reinforces the experimental observation that magnetic shear is likely an effective way of triggering and sustaining e-ITBs in magnetic fusion devices.

  9. A Critical Review of Heat Transfer Enhancement Techniques for Use in Marine Condensers.

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    1982-09-01

    3 2.1.1 Rough-Walled Tubes . . . . . 3 . .... . 2.1.2 Helically Corrugated Tubes . . . . . . . . 4 2.1.3 Summary...and helical flutes. Shell-side enhance- ment has included surface coatings, low integral fins, fluted tubes and roped tubes. A description of those...transfer enhancement factors as large as 2.5. 2.1.2 Helically Corrugated Tubes A wide variety of commercially available, helically corru- gated tubes

  10. Chronic Enhancement of Serotonin Facilitates Excitatory Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation-Induced Neuroplasticity.

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    Kuo, Hsiao-I; Paulus, Walter; Batsikadze, Giorgi; Jamil, Asif; Kuo, Min-Fang; Nitsche, Michael A

    2016-04-01

    Serotonin affects memory formation via modulating long-term potentiation (LTP) and depression (LTD). Accordingly, acute selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) administration enhanced LTP-like plasticity induced by transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) in humans. However, it usually takes some time for SSRI to reduce clinical symptoms such as anxiety, negative mood, and related symptoms of depression and anxiety disorders. This might be related to an at least partially different effect of chronic serotonergic enhancement on plasticity, as compared with single-dose medication. Here we explored the impact of chronic application of the SSRI citalopram (CIT) on plasticity induced by tDCS in healthy humans in a partially double-blinded, placebo (PLC)-controlled, randomized crossover study. Furthermore, we explored the dependency of plasticity induction from the glutamatergic system via N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor antagonism. Twelve healthy subjects received PLC medication, combined with anodal or cathodal tDCS of the primary motor cortex. Afterwards, the same subjects took CIT (20 mg/day) consecutively for 35 days. During this period, four additional interventions were performed (CIT and PLC medication with anodal/cathodal tDCS, CIT and dextromethorphan (150 mg) with anodal/cathodal tDCS). Plasticity was monitored by motor-evoked potential amplitudes elicited by transcranial magnetic stimulation. Chronic application of CIT increased and prolonged the LTP-like plasticity induced by anodal tDCS for over 24 h, and converted cathodal tDCS-induced LTD-like plasticity into facilitation. These effects were abolished by dextromethorphan. Chronic serotonergic enhancement results in a strengthening of LTP-like glutamatergic plasticity, which might partially explain the therapeutic impact of SSRIs in depression and other neuropsychiatric diseases.

  11. Temporal cortex direct current stimulation enhances performance on a visual recognition memory task in Alzheimer disease.

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    Boggio, P S; Khoury, L P; Martins, D C S; Martins, O E M S; de Macedo, E C; Fregni, F

    2009-04-01

    Several studies have reported that transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), a non-invasive method of neuromodulation, enhances some aspects of working memory in healthy and Parkinson disease subjects. The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of anodal tDCS on recognition memory, working memory and selective attention in Alzheimer disease (AD). Ten patients with diagnosis of AD received three sessions of anodal tDCS (left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, left temporal cortex and sham stimulation) with an intensity of 2 mA for 30 min. Sessions were performed in different days in a randomised order. The following tests were assessed during stimulation: Stroop, Digit Span and a Visual Recognition Memory task (VRM). The results showed a significant effect of stimulation condition on VRM (p = 0.0085), and post hoc analysis showed an improvement after temporal (p = 0.01) and prefrontal (p = 0.01) tDCS as compared with sham stimulation. There were no significant changes in attention as indexed by Stroop task performance. As far as is known, this is the first trial showing that tDCS can enhance a component of recognition memory. The potential mechanisms of action and the implications of these results are discussed.

  12. Cross-Field Current Instabilities in Thin Ionization Layers and the Enhanced Aurora

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    Jay R. Johnson and Hideo Okuda

    2008-05-20

    Nearly half of the time, auroral displays exhibit thin, bright layers known as \\enhanced aurora." There is a substantial body of evidence that connects these displays with thin, dense, heavy ion layers in the E-region. Based on the spectral characteristics of the enhanced layers, it is believed that they result when wave-particle interaction heats ambient electrons to energies at or just above the 17 eV ionization energy of N2. While there are several possible instabilities that could produce suprathermal electrons in thin layers, there has been no clear theoretical investigation which examines in detail how wave instabilities in the thin ionization layers could develop and produce the suprathermal electrons. We examine instabilities which would occur in thin, dense, heavy ion layers using extensive analytical analysis combined with particle simulations. We analyze a cross field current instability that is found to be strongly unstable in the heavy ion layers. Electrostatic simulations show that substantial heating of the ambient electrons occurs with energization at or above the N2 ionization energy.

  13. Critical Performance Enhancement of Ultrahigh-Bandwidth Microwave Photonic Links through Nonlinear Photonic Signal Processing

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    2012-11-14

    generated spectrum is shown on the bottom. III. Management Summary Two graduate students , Hong-Fu Ting and Walter Wall, are currently employed to carry...Statement checked below. The current distribution for this document can be found in the D77C® Technical Report Database . \\X\\ DISTRIBUTION STATEMENT A...quantum noise through the cascaded FWM process. This research program currently supports two graduate students pursuing their doctoral degree. One

  14. Wiki Activities in Blended Learning for Health Professional Students: Enhancing Critical Thinking and Clinical Reasoning Skills

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    Snodgrass, Suzanne

    2011-01-01

    Health professionals use critical thinking, a key problem solving skill, for clinical reasoning which is defined as the use of knowledge and reflective inquiry to diagnose a clinical problem. Teaching these skills in traditional settings with growing class sizes is challenging, and students increasingly expect learning that is flexible and…

  15. Learning the Art of Networking: A Critical Skill for Enhancing Social Capital and Career Success

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    de Janasz, Suzanne C.; Forret, Monica L.

    2008-01-01

    In this era of boundaryless careers, with individuals making frequent career moves and needing to get up-to-speed quickly, networking is seen as a critical competency. Developing and maintaining relationships with others for the purpose of mutual benefit can help individuals search for and secure employment opportunities, gain access to needed…

  16. Enhancing Students' Critical Awareness in a Second Chance School in Greece: Reality or Wishful Thinking?

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    Efstathiou, Ioannis

    2009-01-01

    This paper is about a case study investigating into a Second Chance School in Greece as an institution for raising students' social awareness along the principles of critical pedagogy. Through the prism of symbolic interactionism, students' and teachers' negotiated perspectives formulating school and classroom culture reveal that students'…

  17. Using Debate as a Pedagogical Tool in Enhancing Pre-Service Teachers' Learning and Critical Thinking

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    Yang, Chien-Hui; Rusli, Enniati

    2012-01-01

    Research has shown that using debate in higher education as a pedagogical tool has effect on promoting higher order and critical thinking (Camp & Schnader, 2010; Ng et al., 2004; Roy & Macchiette, 2005; Ryan & College, 2006). Debate has been implemented in various disciplines with adult learners, such as psychology (Budesheim &…

  18. Enhancing Student Learning and Critical Thinking through Academic Controversy in Post Secondary Macroeconomics

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    Santicola, Craig F.

    2011-01-01

    There is a lack of student learning and critical thinking skills in post-secondary macroeconomics courses. The literature indicates that the lack of learning outcomes can be attributed to the reliance on traditional lecture and the failure to adopt innovative instructional techniques. The purpose of this study was to investigate the student…

  19. Current models for starch synthesis and the sugary enhancer1 (se1) mutation in Zea mays.

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    Schultz, Jennifer A; Juvik, John A

    2004-06-01

    Among the desirable quality traits essential for commercial production of fresh or processed sweet corn, kernel sugar content is universally important. In sweet corn genotypes the primary kernel sugar is sucrose, which is elevated at the expense of starch, particularly amylopectin. Sweet corn mutations have been traditionally divided into two classes. Generally speaking, class one mutations affect cytosolic reactions early in the process of starch synthesis, before starch is synthesized, and class two mutations affect reactions within the amyloplast directly involving starch granule assembly. Two widely used but previously unclassified mutations are sugary1 (su1) and sugary enhancer1 (se1). The se1 gene is a recessive modifier of su1; therefore, both genes require mutual discussion. This review provides current information about the su1 and se1 maize endosperm mutations and describes evidence further supporting previous suggestions that they fit criteria for categorization as class two mutants [Science 151 (1966) 341]. Information on the genetics and phenotype of se1 will be summarized and the hypothesized role of the se1 gene product discussed within the context of current models for starch synthesis in Zea mays L.

  20. Influence of cyclic loading at room temperature on the critical current at 4.2 K of Nb3Sn superconducting composite wire

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    Ochiai, S.; Osamura, K.

    The influence of cyclic loading at room temperature on the critical current at 4.2 K of bronze-processed multifilamentary Nb3Sn superconducting composite wire was studied. After the first cycle, the critical current and upper critical magnetic field increased, reaching a maximum and then decreased with increasing applied stress. After the second and following cycles, the changes were small when the applied stress was not high enough to cause damage to the Nb3Sn. These results can be described well quantitatively by substituting the strain values of Nb3Sn calculated in this work into Ekin's scaling law for the strain effect. When the applied stress was high enough to cause damage to the Nb3Sn in the first cycle, the critical current decreased with increasing numbers of cycles.

  1. Enhanced magnetocaloric properties and critical behavior of (Fe0.72Cr0.28)3Al alloys for near room temperature cooling

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    Sharma, V.; Maheshwar Repaka, D. V.; Chaudhary, V.; Ramanujan, R. V.

    2017-04-01

    Magnetic cooling is an environmentally friendly, energy efficient, thermal management technology relying on high performance magnetocaloric materials (MCM). Current research has focused on low cost, corrosion resistant, rare earth (RE) free MCMs. We report the structural and magnetocaloric properties of novel, low cost, RE free, iron based (Fe0.72Cr0.28)3Al alloys. The arc melted buttons and melt spun ribbons possessed the L21 crystal structure and B2 crystal structure, respectively. A notable enhancement of 33% in isothermal entropy change (‑ΔS m) and 25% increase in relative cooling power (RCP) for the ribbons compared to the buttons can be attributed to higher structural disorder in the Fe–Cr and Fe–Al sub-lattices of the B2 structure. The critical behavior was investigated using modified Arrott plots, the Kouvel–Fisher plot and the critical isotherm technique; the critical exponents were found to correspond to the short-range order 3D Heisenberg model. The field and temperature dependent magnetization curves of (Fe0.72Cr0.28)3Al alloys revealed their soft magnetic nature with negligible hysteresis. Thus, these alloys possess promising performance attributes for near room temperature magnetic cooling applications.

  2. Enhancing students' critical thinking in science: A two-year design based exploration in a large undergraduate science course

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    Yoo, Suhyun

    The purpose of this study was to explore how to enhance students' critical thinking in an introductory undergraduate science course. As a design experiment, this study aimed to design, develop, implement, and refine learning activities, and investigate how the learning activities worked in fostering students' critical thinking in a large size classroom context. In this study, critical thinking in science was framed with six categories, 1) identifying decisions, 2) evaluating decisions, 3) providing own decision, 4) argument and justification for own decision, 5) presenting supporting data/evidence, and 6) integrating other perspectives, as the result of literature review. To enhance critical thinking, three design principles, 1) authentic task, 2) question prompts, and 3) peer interaction, were associated with the learning activities for two consecutive years. The research context was within a large general science course and the learning activities for a module were designed, implemented and refined for two years. Specially, changes in design strategies were made in the two design principles, question prompts and peer interaction, after the 1st implementation. With regard to the use of question prompts, the students of the 2nd year were provided with procedural and elaborative question prompts, while those of the 1st year only received procedural question prompts embedded in the Group and Community Discussion Charts. Second, instead of being engaged six times in two types of discussions, group and community discussions, the students of the 2nd year were required to take part in a community discussion twice and to prepare for the discussion by learning about and understanding important aspects of dealing with the hurricane situation. For individual preparation, elaborative question prompts were embedded in the Individual Worksheet. Quantitative and qualitative research methods were taken to investigate how the two different designs of the 1st and 2nd years worked

  3. The Use of Interrupted Case Studies to Enhance Critical Thinking Skills in Biology

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    White, Tracy K.; Whitaker, Paul; Gonya, Terri; Hein, Richard; Kroening, Dubear; Lee, Kevin; Lee, Laura; Lukowiak, Andrea; Hayes, Elizabeth

    2009-01-01

    There has been a dramatic increase in the availability of case studies for use in the biology classroom, and perceptions of the effectiveness of case-study-based learning are overwhelmingly positive. Here we report the results of a study in which we evaluated the ability of interrupted case studies to improve critical thinking in the context of experimental design and the conventions of data interpretation. Students were assessed using further case studies designed to evaluate their ability to recognize and articulate problematic approaches to these elements of experimentation. Our work reveals that case studies have broad utility in the classroom. In addition to demonstrating a small but statistically significant increase in the number of students capable of critically evaluating selected aspects of experimental design, we also observed increased student engagement and documented widespread misconceptions regarding the conventions of data acquisition and analysis. PMID:23653687

  4. Evaluating research for clinical significance: using critically appraised topics to enhance evidence-based neuropsychology.

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    Bowden, Stephen C; Harrison, Elise J; Loring, David W

    2014-01-01

    Meehl's (1973, Psychodiagnosis: Selected papers. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press) distinction between statistical and clinical significance holds special relevance for evidence-based neuropsychological practice. Meehl argued that despite attaining statistical significance, many published findings have limited practical value since they do not inform clinical care. In the context of an ever expanding clinical research literature, accessible methods to evaluate clinical impact are needed. The method of Critically Appraised Topics (Straus, Richardson, Glasziou, & Haynes, 2011, Evidence-based medicine: How to practice and teach EBM (4th ed.). Edinburgh: Elsevier Churchill-Livingstone) was developed to provide clinicians with a "toolkit" to facilitate implementation of evidence-based practice. We illustrate the Critically Appraised Topics method using a dementia screening example. We argue that the skills practiced through critical appraisal provide clinicians with methods to: (1) evaluate the clinical relevance of new or unfamiliar research findings with a focus on patient benefit, (2) help focus of research quality, and (3) incorporate evaluation of clinical impact into educational and professional development activities.

  5. A Model for Critical Dialogue: A Study for Enhancing Student Response to Visuals.

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    Muffoletto, Robert; Becker, Ann De Vaney

    The effectiveness of a pedagogic strategy which involved the development of descriptive tactics and individual exploration into the meanings and significance of photographic images was investigated. An additional purpose of the study was to reveal methods which enhanced student responses toward photographs, and their production, function, and…

  6. Peer Coaching: A Constructivist Methodology for Enhancing Critical Thinking in Postgraduate Business Education

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    Ladyshewsky, Richard K.

    2006-01-01

    Peer coaching (PC) is one experiential learning method that can be used to enhance the depth of learning in managerial education. The paper explores the concept of peer coaching, and reports on the experiences of 43 students who participated in a PC program as part of their postgraduate management education. Powerful learning effects are reported…

  7. Enhanced optical spin current injection in the hexagonal lattice with intrinsic and Rashba spin-orbit interactions

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    Zou, Jianfei; Tang, Chunmei; Zhang, Aimei

    2017-04-01

    We study the photo-induced spin current injection in a hexagonal lattice with both intrinsic and Rashba spin-orbit interactions which is irradiated by a polarized light beam. It is found that the spin current injection rate could be enhanced as the graphene lattice is in the topological insulator state. Furthermore, the spin current injection rate could be remarkably modulated by the degree of polarization of light and its frequency.

  8. Enhanced immunoreceptor tyrosine-based activation motif signaling is related to pathological bone resorption during critical illness.

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    Vanhees, I; Gunst, J; Janssens, T; Wauters, A; Van Herck, E; Van Cromphaut, S; Van den Berghe, G; Owen, H C

    2013-11-01

    Prolonged critically ill patients present with distinct alterations in calcium and bone metabolism. Circulating bone formation markers are reduced and bone resorption markers are substantially elevated, indicating an uncoupling between osteoclast and osteoblast activity, possibly resulting in pronounced bone loss, impaired traumatic or surgical fracture healing, and osteoporosis. In addition, we have previously shown that increased circulating osteoclast precursors in critically ill patients result in increased osteoclastogenesis in vitro, possibly through FcγRIII signaling. In the current study, we investigated the effects of sustained critical illness on bone metabolism at the tissue level in a standardized rabbit model of prolonged (7 days), burn injury-induced critical illness. This in vivo model showed a reduction in serum ionized calcium and osteocalcin levels, as is seen in humans. Trabecular area, bone mineral content, and -density were decreased in sick rabbits [by 43% (p<0.01), 31% (p<0.01), and 29% (p<0.05), respectively], as was the trabecular gene expression of osteoblast and angiogenesis markers, indicating decreased bone formation and impaired vascularization. There was no change in the expression of osteoclast differentiation markers from the canonical RANK/RANKL/OPG pathway, however, there was an increase in expression of markers from the non-canonical, immunoreceptor tyrosine-based activation motif (ITAM) signaling pathway, FcγRIII, and DAP12 (148% and 59%, respectively; p<0.01). The current study has shown a detrimental effect of prolonged critical illness on trabecular bone integrity, possibly explained by reduced osteoblast differentiation and angiogenesis, coupled with increased osteoclastogenesis signaling that may be mediated via the non-canonical immunoreceptor tyrosine-based activation motif signaling pathway.

  9. The enhanced cortical activation induced by transcranial direct current stimulation during hand movements.

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    Kwon, Yong Hyun; Jang, Sung Ho

    2011-04-01

    The aim of this study is to evaluate whether tDCS applied on the primary motor cortex (M1) in company with hand movements could enhance cortical activation, using functional MRI (fMRI). Twelve right-handed normal subjects were recruited. Real tDCS and sham tDCS with hand movements were applied during fMRI scanning. Subjects performed grasp-release hand movements at a metronome-guided frequency of 1Hz, while direct current with 1.0mA was delivered to the primary motor cortex. The averaged cortical map and the intensity index were compared between real tDCS with hand movements and sham tDCS with hand movements. Our result showed that cortical activation on the primary sensorimotor cortex was observed under both of two conditions; real tDCS with hand movements and sham tDCS with hand movements. Voxel count and peak intensity were 365.10±227.23 and 5.66±1.97, respectively, in the left primary sensorimotor cortex during real tDCS with right hand movements; in contrast, those were 182.20±117.88 and 4.12±0.88, respectively, during sham tDCS with right hand movements. Significant differences in voxel count and peak intensity were observed between real tDCS and sham tDCS (p<0.05). We found that anodal tDCS application during motor task enhanced cortical activation on the underlying targeted motor cortex, compared with the same motor task without tDCS. Therefore, it seemed that tDCS induced more cortical activity and modulated brain function when concurrently applied with motor task.

  10. Continuous critical current measurement of high-temperature superconductor tapes with magnetic substrates using magnetic-circuit method.

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    Zou, S N; Gu, C; Qu, T M; Han, Z

    2013-10-01

    The critical current (I(c)) of high-temperature superconductor (HTS) tapes has to be examined not only for short samples, but also for the entire tape, because local weak points can possibly lead to the quenching of the whole HTS device. Some methods were reported for continuous I(c) measurement along the length of a HTS tape, but few of them were applicable to tapes with magnetic substrates represented by YBa2Cu3O(7-δ)(YBCO)-coated conductors based on Ni5W alloy substrate by rolling assisted bi-axially textured substrate process. We previously presented a contact-free method using magnetic circuits to measure I(c) continuously of long HTS tapes, namely the magnetic-circuit (MC) method. This method has been previously applied with high speed and resolution to measure I(c) of HTS tapes with non-magnetic substrates, due to its resistance to noise aroused by mechanical vibration. In this work, its ability to measure HTS tapes with magnetic substrates is demonstrated both theoretically and experimentally. A 100 m long commercial YBCO tape based on Ni5W alloy substrate was measured and regular I(c) fluctuations were discovered. The MC method can be a powerful tool for quality control of HTS tapes, especially for tapes with magnetic substrates.

  11. High critical current density and low anisotropy in textured Sr₁-xKxFe₂As₂ tapes for high field applications.

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    Gao, Zhaoshun; Ma, Yanwei; Yao, Chao; Zhang, Xianping; Wang, Chunlei; Wang, Dongliang; Awaji, Satoshi; Watanabe, Kazuo

    2012-01-01

    From the application point of view, large critical current densities J(c) (H) for superconducting wires are required, preferably for magnetic fields higher than 5 T. Here we show that strong c-axis textured Sr(1-x)K(x)Fe(2)As(2) tapes with nearly isotropic transport J(c) were fabricated by an ex-situ powder-in-tube (PIT) process. At 4.2 K, the J(c) values show extremely weak magnetic field dependence and reach high values of 1.7 × 10(4) A/cm(2) at 10 T and 1.4 × 10(4) A/cm(2) at 14 T, respectively, these values are by far the highest ever reported for iron based wires and approach the J(c) level desired for practical applications. Transmission electron microscopy investigations revealed that amorphous oxide layers at grain boundaries were significantly reduced by Sn addition which resulted in greatly improved intergranular connectivity. Our results demonstrated the strong potential of using iron based superconductors for high field applications.

  12. A way to increase the critical current in the stainless steel jacketed Nb{sub 3}Sn conductors for fusion

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    Decool, P.; Duchateau, J.L.; Specking, W.

    1996-12-31

    The critical current density of Nb{sub 3}Sn under magnetic field is highly dependent on the intrinsic strain F, having a maximum value for {epsilon}=O The performance of stainless-steel jacketed conductors is usually lowered by the differential thermal expansion between steel and the superconducting filaments (J is divided by 2 for B=12T, T=5.5K, and {epsilon}={minus}0.7%). This is due to the longitudinal compression appearing on the superconducting filaments during the cool down from the reaction temperature to 4K. To overcome this difficulty, in the reference design of ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor), the conductors are jacketed with Incoloy. A progressive test program is foreseen to demonstrate the possibility to reduce the filament compression in conductors jacketed with A316 LN. This process is based on the use of a low thermal expansion material for the supporting tools during the reaction phase. The performance level of such a reacted conductor could, in principle, be similar to a conductor jacketed with Incoloy.

  13. Fluxoid jump coupled high critical current density of nano-Co3O4 doped MgB2

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    Awana, V. P. S.; Isobe, M.; Singh, K. P.; Takayama-Muromachi, E.; Kishan, H.

    2006-06-01

    Polycrystalline MgB2 samples, with added 0, 2, 4 and 6% nano-Co3O4, synthesized by vacuum (10-5 Torr) annealing at 750 °C for two and a half hours each, are found to be nearly single phase with the presence of only a small quantity of Mg/MgO in the pristine sample in addition to the Co2O3 in the doped compounds. All the samples exhibited clear and sharp diamagnetic transitions at around 38 K, in zero-field-cooled (ZFC) magnetic susceptibility measurements with a sizeable signal. The field-cooled (FC) measurements, though having sharp transitions, showed a very small signal, indicating a high level of pinning centres in these samples. Further, some of the doped samples exhibited the paramagnetic Meissner effect (PME) in an applied field of 5 Oe. The critical current density (Jc), estimated by invoking Bean's model for the pristine compound, increases by nearly an order of magnitude for 2% and 4% nano-Co3O4 doping and then decreases sharply for the 6% sample at nearly all studied temperatures and applied fields. Further, the increased Jc (~108 A cm-2) is coupled with fluxoid jumps (T<=20 K and H<=1 T). Fluxoid jumps are not seen in the relatively low Jc pristine or 6% sample. This means that the fluxoid jumps are intrinsic only to the high-Jc samples.

  14. Effect of Barrel Material on Critical Current Measurements of High-Jc RRP Nb3Sn Wires

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    Ghosh, A.

    2011-08-03

    Nb{sub 3}Sn strands extracted from a 20-strand rectangular Rutherford cable were reacted on either stainless steel or Ti-alloy barrels and the critical current, I{sub c}, in the field range of 8-11.5 T was measured on ITER-type barrels made from Ti-6Al-4V alloy, 304 stainless steel and G-10. Measurements on the 'standard' Ti-alloy barrel using the test procedure employed at BNL are shown to reproduce I{sub c} for extracted strands to {+-}2%. The I{sub c} data for the sample mounted on the 'standard' Ti-alloy are fit to the deviatoric strain scaling model developed for Nb{sub 3}Sn by the University of Twente group using an arbitrary pre-strain. Using the parameters for this fit, the I{sub c} data for the other barrels are fitted by only adjusting the strain. Using this procedure, the strain difference due to the barrel material is determined. Assuming a thermal pre-strain of -0.2% for the sample measured on the Ti-alloy barrel, the use of stainless steel barrel increases the compressive strain by -0.07%, that of G-10 by -0.10%. With the wire soldered to the stainless steel barrel, the strain increases to -0.15%. Details of this study are presented.

  15. Multi-criteria decision making to support waste management: A critical review of current practices and methods.

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    Goulart Coelho, Lineker M; Lange, Liséte C; Coelho, Hosmanny Mg

    2017-01-01

    Solid waste management is a complex domain involving the interaction of several dimensions; thus, its analysis and control impose continuous challenges for decision makers. In this context, multi-criteria decision-making models have become important and convenient supporting tools for solid waste management because they can handle problems involving multiple dimensions and conflicting criteria. However, the selection of the multi-criteria decision-making method is a hard task since there are several multi-criteria decision-making approaches, each one with a large number of variants whose applicability depends on information availability and the aim of the study. Therefore, to support researchers and decision makers, the objectives of this article are to present a literature review of multi-criteria decision-making applications used in solid waste management, offer a critical assessment of the current practices, and provide suggestions for future works. A brief review of fundamental concepts on this topic is first provided, followed by the analysis of 260 articles related to the application of multi-criteria decision making in solid waste management. These studies were investigated in terms of the methodology, including specific steps such as normalisation, weighting, and sensitivity analysis. In addition, information related to waste type, the study objective, and aspects considered was recorded. From the articles analysed it is noted that studies using multi-criteria decision making in solid waste management are predominantly addressed to problems related to municipal solid waste involving facility location or management strategy.

  16. Effect of starting composition and annealing temperature on irreversibility field and critical current density in Mg xB 2

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    Xu, G. J.; Pinholt, R.; Bilde-Sørensen, J.; Grivel, J.-C.; Abrahamsen, A. B.; Andersen, N. H.

    2006-02-01

    Bulk samples of MgxB2 with starting composition of 0.5 ⩽ x ⩽ 1.3 were prepared using a solid-state reaction route. Their structure and critical current density (Jc) were investigated. The experimental results show that the starting composition MgxB2, as well as the sintering temperature, has a significant influence on Jc and Hirr. The lattice parameter a increases with x and c shows a maximum value around x = 0.9. All the samples possess a Jc value about 106 A/cm2 in self-field for x > 0.5. However, at high magnetic field the Mg-deficient samples exhibit higher Jc values. The highest irreversibility field of Hirr = 5.2 T at 20 K was reached for x = 0.8 with sintering temperature of 800 °C, which is 0.8 T higher than that of the stoichiometric MgB2 sample. It is suggested that the formation of MgB4 nanoparticles is responsible for the increase of Hirr and Jc.

  17. Sintering process and critical current density of low activation Mg11B2 superconductors from low temperature to high temperature

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    Cheng, Fang; Liu, Yongchang; Ma, Zongqing; Shahriar Al Hossain, Md; Somer, M.

    2016-08-01

    As the "low activation" superconductor, Mg11B2 has a potential application in superconducting coils for fusion reactor. In present work, the sintering process and critical current density of low activation Mg11B2 superconductors were systemically studied from low temperature to high temperature. It was found that the Jc and Hirr values of Mg11B2 bulks in present work are both obviously higher than that of those samples prepared in previous studies. Furthermore, the low-temperature sintered samples exhibit better Jc performance at high fields than the high-temperature sintered samples, due to strong grain boundaries pinning. On the other hand, the high-temperature sintered samples have higher Jc at low fields compared to low-temperature sintered samples, mainly owing to their better crystallinity and grain connectivity. The highest Jc value (2.20 ×105 A cm-2 at 20 K, self-field) is obtained in the Mg11B2 sample sintered at 850 °C for 45 min.

  18. The synthesis of lamellar nano MgB2 grains with nanoimpurities, flux pinning centers and their significantly improved critical current density.

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    Ma, Zongqing; Liu, Yongchang; Cai, Qi

    2012-03-21

    MgB(2) superconductors with unique microstructures were rapidly fabricated at low temperatures, and exhibited significantly improved critical current density (J(c)). According to the microstructure observations, the prepared samples consisted of lamellar nano MgB(2) grains with many embedded nanoimpurities (about 10 nm). The formation of these lamellar nano MgB(2) grains is associated with the presence of a local Mg-Cu liquid at sintering temperatures as low as 575 °C. The ball milling treatment of the original powders also plays a positive role in the growth of lamellar grains. Based on an analysis of the relationship between resistivity and temperature, the lamellar nano MgB(2) grains in the prepared sample possess better grain connectivity than the typical morphology of MgB(2) samples prepared by traditional high-temperature sintering. Furthermore, the presence of many nano MgB(2) grain boundaries and nano impurities in the prepared sample can obviously increase the flux pinning centers in accordance with the analysis of flux pinning behavior. Both factors mentioned above contribute to the significant improvement in J(c) from low field to relative high field. The method developed in the present work is an effective and low-cost way to further enhance J(c) in MgB(2) superconductors across a wide range of applied magnetic fields without using expensive nanometer-sized dopants.

  19. Achievement of practical level critical current densities in Ba1−xKxFe2As2/Ag tapes by conventional cold mechanical deformation

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    Gao, Zhaoshun; Togano, Kazumasa; Matsumoto, Akiyoshi; Kumakura, Hiroaki

    2014-01-01

    The recently discovered iron-based superconductors are potential candidates for high-field magnet applications. However, the critical current densities (Jc) of iron-based superconducting wires remain far below the level needed for practical applications. Here, we show that the transport Jc of Ba1−xKxFe2As2/Ag tapes is significantly enhanced by the combination process of cold flat rolling and uniaxial pressing. At 4.2 K, Jc exceeds the practical level of 105 A/cm2 in magnetic fields up to 6 T. The Jc-H curve shows extremely small magnetic field dependence and maintains a high value of 8.6 × 104 A/cm2 in 10 T. These are the highest values reported so far for iron-based superconducting wires. Hardness measurements and microstructure investigations reveal that the superior Jc in our samples is due to the high core density, more textured grains, and a change in the microcrack structure. These results indicate that iron-based superconductors are very promising for high magnetic field applications. PMID:24513646

  20. The critical current density, irreversibility line, and flux pinning properties of Ba2CaCu2O4(O,F)2 high-Tc superconductor

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    Shirage, P. M.; Tanaka, Y.; Iyo, A.

    2010-05-01

    The high-Tc superconductor of Ba2CaCu2O4(O,F)2 (F-0212) is an appealing material for application as it has a simple crystal structure with a highest Tc of 108 K. We have derived the intragrain critical current density (Jc), irreversibility field (Birr), flux pinning properties, etc., for the polycrystalline samples from under doping (Tc=82 K) to slightly-over doping (Tc=106 K) from the dc magnetization hysteresis loops. The Jc and Birr properties were found to improve rapidly as the doping state changes from under doping to slightly-over doping. Here we show that property of the spacing is crucial to enhance Birr as well as its thickness. An anisotropy factor for under doped Ba2CaCu2O4F2 was reckoned to 118 from a three-dimensional-two-dimensional crossover field of about 0.28 T. The double logarithmic plot of irreversibility field versus [1-(T /Tc)] analysis hints that the flux line melting model is adopted. Analysis of the normalized pinning force reveals that a surface pinning mechanism is dominant and reduced magnetic field bmax=0.2 agree with surface pinning mechanism with closely spaced pins.