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  1. Preliminary engineering assessment of the HCLL and HCPB Neutron Activation System

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    Calderoni, Pattrick; Leichtle, Dieter; Angelone, Maurizio; Klix, Axel

    2015-07-01

    The Neutron Activation System (NAS) is one of the four types of neutronics sensors considered for the testing of the HCLL and HCPB Test Blanket Module (TBM) in ITER. It measures the absolute neutron flux intensity with information on the neutron spectrum in selected positions of the TBM. The working principle of the NAS is as follows: the system moves small activation probes (capsules) into selected positions in the TBM (irradiation ends) by means of pneumatic transport with pressurized helium gas; the capsules are irradiated for a selected period, depending on their materials composition (several tens of seconds up to the full plasma pulse length); immediately after the irradiation they are extracted and transported to a gamma spectrometer by means of the same pneumatic transport system; the gamma spectrometer determines the induced gamma activity; the neutron flux and neutron fluence is calculated from the measured gamma activity and the known activation cross section of the materials in the activation probe; after the measurement the capsule is sent either to a disposal or storage (for later measurement). This paper summarizes the results of the feasibility assessment of the TBM NAS in the conceptual design phase, including design justification, identification of requirements based on the expected operating conditions in ITER and preliminary engineering assessment of the activation materials, irradiation ends integration in the modules design and the counting station. (authors)

  2. Seismic Imaging from a TBM

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    Swinnen, G.; Thorbecke, J. W.; Drijkoningen, G. G.

    2007-12-01

    Seismic monitoring from the head of a tunnel-boring machine (TBM) enables improved assessment of the risks associated with the tunnel-boring process. The monitoring system provides a live image of ground conditions along the trajectory followed by the TBM and detects local heterogeneities such as boulders, foundations, and other obstacles that commonly pass undetected using local geotechnical techniques. From a seismic perspective, the underground setting of tunnelling projects places limitations on imaging capability. The principal limiting factor is the size of the area upon which transducers can be installed. This limitation requires adjustments to traditional seismic imaging techniques in which a large area is assumed to be available for attaching the transducers. Recently developed short imaging operators take this limitation into account and are used in the examples described herein. The unique conditions of tunnelling yield two advantages over traditional settings in terms of imaging: rotation of the cutter wheel and the lateral progression of the TBM. Rotation of the cutter wheel, upon which the transducers are installed, provides the opportunity to illuminate obstacles from different angles in different recordings. Spatial progression of the TBM enables improvement in the illumination of obstacles and the signal-to-noise ratio by combining recordings from different lateral positions. In this paper, these specific aspects of seismic imaging during tunnelling are discussed via models that represent different cases encountered in actual tunnelling projects. These case studies demonstrate the way in which image quality along the trajectory of the TBM is improved over that in traditional settings. In this way, the risks associated with the tunnelling process can be more accurately assured.

  3. Neutron Measurement Instrumentation Development at KIT for the European ITER TBM

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    Klix, A.; Fischer, U.; Raj, P.; Reimann, Th.; Szalkai, D.; Tian, K.; Angelone, M.; Gehre, D.; Lyoussi, A.

    2015-07-01

    SPND which would be sensitive also to the fast neutron flux expected in the TBMs. To this end simulations were done with the European Activation System EASY and neutron flux spectra which were calculated with MCNP for the HCPB TBM. Preliminary tests with commercial SPND in a fast reactor were performed. As a result of these activities, several materials have been found which may be suitable for the measurement of fast neutron fluxes in the TBM. Test detectors are under preparation for testing with DT neutron generators. Within the I{sub S}MART project, funded by KIC InnoEnergy, KIT is developing an online detector based on silicon carbide electronics for the TBMs. The operation of such detectors at TBM relevant temperatures is expected to incur lower accumulated radiation damage to them than at room temperature due to annealing effects. Detectors of several designs have been already irradiated with DT neutrons. Irradiation tests at elevated temperatures have been done and further tests are currently underway. This paper summarizes the status of the work for these three neutron flux monitor systems. (authors)

  4. A study of structural differences between TBM patients' and non-TBM persons' CSF using UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy

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    Xu, Fangcheng; Wang, Xin; Xu, Huajia; Wang, Kai

    2016-01-01

    Tuberculous meningitis (TBM) is a very common infectious disease in the central nervous system. The delay of diagnosing and treating TBM will lead to high disability and mortality of TBM. Hence, it is very important to promptly diagnose TBM early. In this work, we proposed a new method for diagnosing TBM with CSF samples by using UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy. CSF samples from TBM patients and non-TBM persons were compared, and the sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, positive predictive value reached 83.6%, 69.8%, 77.2%, 76.1% respectively. Our work indicated investigation of CSF using UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy might become a potentially useful method for TBM diagnosis.

  5. Must we use ferritic steel in TBM?

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    Salavy, Jean-Francois; Boccaccini, Lorenzo V.; Chaudhuri, Paritosh; Cho, Seungyon; Enoeda, Mikio; Giancarli, Luciano; Kurtz, Richard J.; Luo, Tian Y.; Rao, K. Bhanu Sankara; Wong, Clement

    2010-12-13

    Mock-ups of DEMO breeding blankets, called Test Blanket Modules (TBMs), inserted and tested in ITER in dedicated equatorial ports directly facing the plasma, are expected to provide the first experimental answers on the necessary performance of the corresponding DEMO breeding blankets. Several DEMO breeding blanket designs have been studied and assessed in the last 20 years. At present, after considering various coolant and breeder combinations, all the TBM concepts proposed by the seven ITER Parties use Reduced-Activation Ferritic/Martensitic (RAFM) steel as the structural material. In order to perform valuable tests in ITER, the TBMs are expected to use the same structural material as corresponding DEMO blankets. However, due to the fact that this family of steels is ferromagnetic, their presence in the ITER vacuum vessel will create perturbations of the ITER magnetic fields that could reduce the quality of the plasma confinement during H-mode. As a consequence, a legitimate question has been raised on the necessity of using RAFM steel for TBMs structural material in ITER. By giving a short description of the main TBM testing objectives in ITER and assessing the consequences of not using such a material, this paper gives a comprehensive answer to this question. According to the working group author of the study, the use of RAFM steel as structural material for TBM is judged mandatory.

  6. Review of accidental safety studies for the European HCPB test blanket system

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    Boccaccini, L. V.; Ciattaglia, S.; Meyder, R.; Jin, X.

    2007-07-01

    This paper presents a review of safety studies for accidental sequences in the European solid breeder test blanket module (TBM) system. These studies are the starting point for the Preliminary Safety Analysis Report of ITER, under preparation to get the construction permit first and then later the operation licence. In general the reduced inventory of activation products and tritium associated with the TBM system makes the impact of this test system almost negligible on the overall safety risk of ITER. Nevertheless, the possibility of jeopardizing the ITER safety concept has been analysed in connection to the consequences of specific accident sequences, e.g. the pressurization of the vacuum vessel due to the He coolant blow-down, the hydrogen production from the Be-steam reaction, the possible interconnection between the port cell and the vacuum vessel causing air ingress and the necessity to assure heat removal in the short and long periods. In the frame of this assessment, three LOCA sequences have been selected as representative of accidents judged to cover all scenarios envisaged in Cat II to IV events involving the TBM, namely, in-vessel LOCA, ex-vessel LOCA and in-box LOCA.

  7. Occupational Radiation Exposure Analysis of US ITER DCLL TBM

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    Merrill, Brad J; Cadwallader, Lee C; Dagher, Mohamad

    2007-08-01

    This report documents an Occupational Radiation Exposure (ORE) analysis that was performed for the US International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) Dual Coolant Lead Lithium (DCLL) Test Blanket Module (TBM). This analysis was performed with the QADMOD dose code for anticipated maintenance activities for this TBM concept and its ancillary systems. The QADMOD code was used to model the PbLi cooling loop of this TBM concept by specifying gamma ray source terms that simulated radioactive material within the piping, valves, heat exchanger, permeator, pump, drain tank, and cold trap of this cooling system. Estimates of the maintenance tasks that will have to be performed and the time required to perform these tasks where developed based on either expert opinion or on industrial maintenance experience for similar technologies. This report details the modeling activity and the calculated doses for the maintenance activities envisioned for the US DCLL TBM.

  8. Re-analysis of HCPB/HCLL Blanket Mock-up Experiments Using Recent Nuclear Data Libraries

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    Kondo, K.; Fischer, U.; Klix, A.; Pereslavtsev, P.; Serikov, A.; Villari, R.

    2014-06-01

    We have re-analysed the two breeding blankets experiments performed previously in the frame of the European fusion program on two mock-ups of the European Helium-Cooled-Lithiium Lead (HCLL) and Helium-Cooled-Pebble-Bed (HCPB) test blanket modules for ITER. The tritium production rate and the neutron and photon spectra measured in these mock-ups were compared with calculations using FENDL-3 Starter Library, release 4 and state-of-the-art nuclear data evaluations, JEFF-3.1.2, JENDL-4.0 and ENDF/B-VII.0. The tritium production calculated for the HCPB mock-up underestimates the experimental result by about 10%. The result calculated with FENDL-3/SLIB4 gives slightly smaller tritium production by 2% than the one with FENDL-2.1. The difference attributes to the slight modification of the total and elastic scattering cross section of Be. For the HCLL experiment, all libraries reproduce the experimental results well. FENDL-3/SLIB4 gives better result both for the measured spectra and the tritium production compared to FENDL-2.1.

  9. Re-analysis of HCPB/HCLL Blanket Mock-up Experiments Using Recent Nuclear Data Libraries

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    Kondo, K.; Fischer, U.; Klix, A.; Pereslavtsev, P.; Serikov, A.; Villari, R.

    2014-06-15

    We have re-analysed the two breeding blankets experiments performed previously in the frame of the European fusion program on two mock-ups of the European Helium-Cooled-Lithiium Lead (HCLL) and Helium-Cooled-Pebble-Bed (HCPB) test blanket modules for ITER. The tritium production rate and the neutron and photon spectra measured in these mock-ups were compared with calculations using FENDL-3 Starter Library, release 4 and state-of-the-art nuclear data evaluations, JEFF-3.1.2, JENDL-4.0 and ENDF/B-VII.0. The tritium production calculated for the HCPB mock-up underestimates the experimental result by about 10%. The result calculated with FENDL-3/SLIB4 gives slightly smaller tritium production by 2% than the one with FENDL-2.1. The difference attributes to the slight modification of the total and elastic scattering cross section of Be. For the HCLL experiment, all libraries reproduce the experimental results well. FENDL-3/SLIB4 gives better result both for the measured spectra and the tritium production compared to FENDL-2.1.

  10. TBM tunneling on the Yucca Mountain Project

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    Morris, J.P.; Hansmire, W.H. |

    1995-03-01

    The US Department of Energy`s (DOE) Yucca Mountain Project (YMP) is a scientific endeavor to determine the suitability of Yucca Mountain for the first long-term, high-level nuclear waste repository in the United States. The current status of this long-term project from the construction perspective is described. A key element is construction of the Exploratory Studies Facility (ESF) Tunnel, which is being excavated with a 7.6 m (25 ft) diameter tunnel boring machine (TBM). Development of the ESF may include the excavation of over 15 km (9.3 mi) of tunnel varying in size from 3.0 to 7.6 m (10 to 25 ft). Prior to construction, extensive constructability reviews were an interactive part of the final design. The intent was to establish a constructable design that met the long-term stability requirements for radiological safety of a future repository, while maintaining flexibility for the scientific investigations and acceptable tunneling productivity.

  11. TBM tunnel friction values for the Grizzly Powerhouse Project

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    Stutsman, R.D.; Rothfuss, B.D.

    1995-12-31

    Tunnel boring machine (TBM) driven water conveyance tunnels are becoming increasingly more common. Despite advances in tunnel engineering and construction technology, hydraulic performance data for TBM driven tunnels remains relatively unavailable. At the Grizzly Powerhouse Project, the TBM driven water conveyance tunnel was designed using friction coefficients developed from a previous PG&E project. A range of coefficients were selected to bound the possible hydraulic performance variations of the water conveyance system. These friction coefficients, along with the water conveyance systems characteristics, and expected turbine characteristics, were used in a hydraulic transient analysis to determine the expected system pressure fluctuations, and surge chamber performance. During startup test data, these performance characteristics were measured to allow comparison to the original design assumptions. During construction of the tunnel, plaster casts were made of the actual excavated tunnel unlined and fiber reinforced shotcrete lined surfaces. These castings were used to measure absolute roughness of the surfaces so that a friction coefficient could be developed using the Moody diagram and compare them against the design values. This paper compares the assumed frictional coefficient with computed coefficients from headlosses measured during startup testing, and plaster cast measurement calculations. In addition, a comparison of coefficients will be presented for an other TBM driven water conveyance tunnel constructed in the 1980`s.

  12. Seismic source characterisation of a Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM)

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    Kreutzer, Ingrid; Brückl, Ewald; Radinger, Alexander

    2015-04-01

    The Tunnel Seismic While Drilling (TSWD) method aims at predicting continuously the geological situation ahead of the tunnel without disturbing the construction work. Thereby the Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) itself is used as seismic source. The cutting process generates seismic waves radiating into the rock mass and vibrations propagating to the main bearing of the cutter head. These vibrations are monitored and used as pilot signal. For the processing and interpretation it was hypothesized so far that the TBM acts like a single force. To prove this assumption the radiation pattern of several TBM's under construction were investigated. Therefore 3-components geophones were installed at the surface, which were situated directly above the tunnel axes and also with lateral offset. Additional, borehole geophones were placed in the wall of one tube of a two-tube tunnel. The geophones collected the forward and backward radiated wave field, as the TBM, operating in the other tube, passed their positions. The obtained seismic data contains continuous records over a range of 600 m of the TBM position. The offsets vary from 25 m to 400 m and the frequency ranges from 20-250 Hertz. The polarisation of the p-wave and the s-wave and their amplitude ratio were determined and compared with modelled seismograms with different source mechanism. The results show that the description of the source mechanism by a single force can be used as a first order approximation. More complex radiation pattern including tensile forces and several source locations like the transmission of reaction forces over the gripper to the tunnel wall are further tested and addressed.

  13. Ground Motion Relations While TBM Drilling in Unconsolidated Sediments

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    Grund, Michael; Ritter, Joachim R. R.; Gehrig, Manuel

    2016-05-01

    The induced ground motions due to the tunnel boring machine (TBM), which has been used for the drilling of the urban metro tunnel in Karlsruhe (SW Germany), has been studied using the continuous recordings of seven seismological monitoring stations. The drilling has been undertaken in unconsolidated sediments of the Rhine River system, relatively close to the surface at 6-20 m depth and in the vicinity of many historic buildings. Compared to the reference values of DIN 4150-3 (1-80 Hz), no exceedance of the recommended peak ground velocity (PGV) limits (3-5 mm/s) was observed at the single recording site locations on building basements during the observation period between October 2014 and February 2015. Detailed analyses in the time and frequency domains helped with the detection of the sources of several specific shaking signals in the recorded time series and with the comparison of the aforementioned TBM-induced signals. The amplitude analysis allowed for the determination of a PGV attenuation relation (quality factor Q ~ 30-50) and the comparison of the TBM-induced ground motion with other artificially induced and natural ground motions of similar amplitudes.

  14. The use of a Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) as a seismic source

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    Kreutzer, Ingrid; Chwatal, Werner; Radinger, Alexander; Brückl, Ewald

    2014-05-01

    The Tunnel Seismic While Drilling (TSWD) method uses the Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) as the seismic source. The method has been developed to predict the geological situation from reflections ahead of the tunnel face without disturbing the tunneling. The vibrations of the TBM are continuously monitored near the drilling head (pilot signal) as well as the direct and reflected seismic wave field at borehole geophones (geophone signal) situated in the tunnel wall behind the TBM. During the processing these signals are correlated and result in excellent seismic traces comparable to conventional seismic methods. The interpretation of the reflections leads to a nearly daily prognosis about 100 m ahead of the TBM. This system was successfully implemented at three different construction sites in Austria and is currently operating at one further. The cutters on front of the TBM head are pressed against the tunnel face and split the rock during rotating which is called the chipping process. This cutting process generates seismic waves radiated into the rock mass and results also in vibrations of the TBM itself. On the one hand it is important to know the source mechanism of the TBM and the radiation pattern of the seismic waves in all directions. Until now this is not well understood. To investigate this 3C-geophones were installed at the surface above the tunnel axis at different construction sites. The obtained seismograms show the forward and backward radiated seismic wave field of the TBM, for the present without consideration of the influence of the free surface. We compare this data with modelled seismograms in which we use different possible source mechanism, like single force or force due to tensile cracks. First results are shown in the scope of this work. On the other hand it is essential to know how good the recorded pilot signal represents the entire chipping process. Due to technically reasons the pilot signal has been registered so far on the non-rotating part

  15. YUCCA MOUNTAIN SITE CHARACTERIZATIONS PROJECT TUNNEL BORING MACHINE (TBM) SYSTEM SAFETY ANALYSIS

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    N /A

    1997-02-19

    The purpose of this analysis is to systematically identify and evaluate hazards related to the tunnel boring machine (TBM) used in the Exploratory Studies Facility (ESF) at the Yucca Mountain Site Characterization Project. This process is an integral part of the systems engineering process; whereby safety is considered during planning, design, testing, and construction. Since the TBM is an ''as built'' system, the M&O is conducting the System Safety Analysis during the construction or assembly phase of the TBM. A largely qualitative approach was used since a radiological System Safety Analysis is not required. The risk assessment in this analysis characterizes the accident scenarios associated with the TBM in terms of relative risk and includes recommendations for mitigating all identified risks. The priority for recommending and implementing mitigation control features is: (1) Incorporate measures to reduce risks and hazards into the system/subsystem/component design, (2) add safety features and capabilities to existing designs, and (3) develop procedures and conduct training to increase worker awareness of potential hazards, on methods to reduce exposure to hazards, and on the actions required to avoid accidents or correct hazardous conditions. The scope of this analysis is limited to the TBM during normal operations, excluding hazards occurring during assembly and test of the TBM or maintenance of the TBM equipment.

  16. Verification of design rules for EUROFER under TBM operating conditions

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    Sunyk, R.; Aktaa, J.

    2007-08-01

    The aim of the activity presented in this work is, firstly, an evaluation of existing design rules considered for austenitic steels exhibiting cycle-by-cycle hardening, in contrast to the reduced-activation ferritic-martensitic steels (RAFM), which soften under cyclic loading. Secondly, we are aimed in a definition of the range of operating temperatures and loads for the current design of the test blanket module (TBM). Results of cycling tests of the EUROFER 97 have been thereby used to adjust material parameters needed for an ABAQUS-own combined non-linear isotropic-kinematic hardening model. Furthermore, a visco-plastic material model considering material damage and implemented recently as an ABAQUS user material (UMAT) has been also applied for simulations. Some important design rules within the elastic route have been evaluated and their predictions have been compared to results of cyclic simulations using the advanced material models mentioned above.

  17. TBM tunneling on the Yucca Mountain Project: Proceedings

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    Williamson, G.E.; Gowring, I.M.

    1995-07-01

    The US Department of Energy`s (DOE) Yucca Mountain Project (YMP) is a scientific endeavor to determine the suitability of Yucca Mountain for the first long term, high level nuclear waste repository in the United States. Status of this long-term project form the construction perspective is described. A key element is construction of the Exploratory Studies Facility (ESF), which is being excavated with a 7. 6 m(25 ft) diameter tunnel boring machine (TBM). Development of the ESF may include the excavation of over 15 km (9.3 mi) of tunnel varying in size from 3 to 7.6 m(10 to 25 ft). Prior to construction, extensive constructibility reviews were an interactive part of the final design. Intent was to establish a constructible design that met the long-term stability requirements for radiological safety of a future repository while maintaining flexibility for the scientific investigations and acceptable tunneling productivity.

  18. A PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT OF THE OCCUPATIONAL RADIATION EXPOSURE FROM MAINTAINING THE US ITER DCLL TBM

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    B. J. Merrill; L. C. Cadwallader; M. Dagher

    2008-09-01

    This paper details an Occupational Radiation Exposure (ORE) analysis performed for the US International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) Dual Coolant Lead Lithium (DCLL) Test Blanket Module (TBM). This ORE analysis was performed with the QADMOD dose code for maintenance activities anticipated for the US DCLL TBM concept and its ancillary systems. Identification of the maintenance tasks that will have to be performed and estimates of the time required to perform these tasks were developed based on either expert opinion or on industrial maintenance experience for similar technologies. This paper details the modeling activity and the calculated doses for the maintenance activities envisioned for the US DCLL TBM.

  19. The Interaction Between Shield, Ground and Tunnel Support in TBM Tunnelling Through Squeezing Ground

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    Ramoni, M.; Anagnostou, G.

    2011-01-01

    When planning a TBM drive in squeezing ground, the tunnelling engineer faces a complex problem involving a number of conflicting factors. In this respect, numerical analyses represent a helpful decision aid as they provide a quantitative assessment of the effects of key parameters. The present paper investigates the interaction between the shield, ground and tunnel support by means of computational analysis. Emphasis is placed on the boundary condition, which is applied to model the interface between the ground and the shield or tunnel support. The paper also discusses two cases, which illustrate different methodical approaches applied to the assessment of a TBM drive in squeezing ground. The first case history—the Uluabat Tunnel (Turkey)—mainly involves the investigation of TBM design measures aimed at reducing the risk of shield jamming. The second case history—the Faido Section of the Gotthard Base Tunnel (Switzerland)—deals with different types of tunnel support installed behind a gripper TBM.

  20. Measures for characterizing directionality specific volume changes in TBM of brain growth

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    Rajagopalan, Vidya; Scott, Julia; Habas, Piotr A.; Kim, Kio; Corbett-Detig, James; Rousseau, Francois; Glenn, Orit A.; Barkovich, A. James; Studholme, Colin

    2012-01-01

    Tensor based morphology (TBM) is a powerful approach to analyze local structural changes in brain anatomy. However, conventional scalar TBM methods are unable to present direction-specific analysis of volume changes required to model complex changes such as those during brain growth. In this paper, we describe novel TBM descriptors for studying direction-specific changes in a subject population which can be used in conjunction with scalar TBM to analyze local patterns in directionality of volume change during brain development. We illustrate the use of these methods by studying brain developmental patterns in fetuses. Results show that this approach detects early changes local growth that are related to the early stages of sulcal and gyral formation. PMID:20879333

  1. The Effect of Consolidation on TBM Shield Loading in Water-Bearing Squeezing Ground

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    Ramoni, M.; Anagnostou, G.

    2011-01-01

    Jamming or overstressing of the shield due to ground pressure are potential problems for tunnel boring machine (TBM) tunnelling in squeezing ground. The risk of shield jamming depends essentially on the deformation rate of the ground in the vicinity of the working face. The time-dependency of the ground response to the excavation is associated with its rheological properties as well as with the transient consolidation process that takes place around the opening in the case of a low-permeability saturated ground. The present paper focuses on the second mechanism and investigates the interaction between the advancing shield, tunnel lining and consolidating ground by means of transient numerical analyses. For a given set of geotechnical conditions and a given TBM configuration, the load exerted by the ground upon the shield during TBM operation decreases with increasing gross advance rate. During a long break in operations, the ground pressure may increase significantly, thereby necessitating a higher thrust force to overcome shield skin friction and restart the TBM. It is interesting to note that a high advance rate reduces the risk of shield jamming not only during TBM advance, but is also favourable with respect to any subsequent long standstills.

  2. Analysis on the Rock-Cutter Interaction Mechanism During the TBM Tunneling Process

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    Yang, Haiqing; Wang, He; Zhou, Xiaoping

    2016-03-01

    The accurate prediction of rock cutting forces of disc cutters is crucial for tunnel boring machine (TBM) design and construction. Disc cutter wear, which affects TBM penetration performance, has frequently been found at TBM sites. By considering the operating path and wear of the disc cutter, a new model is proposed for evaluating the cutting force and wear of the disc cutter in the tunneling process. The circular path adopted herein, which is the actual running path of the TBM disc cutter, shows that the lateral force of the disc cutter is asymmetric. The lateral forces on the sides of the disc cutter are clearly different. However, traditional solutions are obtained by assuming a linear path, where the later forces are viewed as equal. To simulate the interaction between the rock and disc cutter, a simple brittle damage model for rock mass is introduced here. Based on the explicit dynamic finite element method, the cutting force acting on the rock generated by a single disc cutter is simulated. It is shown that the lateral cutting force of the disc cutter strongly affects the wear extent of disc cutter. The wear mechanism is thus underestimated by the classical model, which was obtained by linear cutting tests. The simulation results are discussed and compared with other models, and these simulation results agree well with the results of present ones.

  3. Influence of Corrosion on the Abrasion of Cutter Steels Used in TBM Tunnelling

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    Espallargas, N.; Jakobsen, P. D.; Langmaack, L.; Macias, F. J.

    2015-01-01

    Abrasion on tunnel boring machine (TBM) cutters may be critical in terms of project duration and costs. Several researchers are currently studying the degradation of TBM cutter tools used for excavating hard rock, soft ground and loose soil. So far, the primary focus of this research has been directed towards abrasive wear. Abrasive wear is a very common process in TBM excavation, but with a view to the environment in which the tools are working, corrosion may also exert an influence. This paper presents a selection of techniques that can be used to evaluate the influence of corrosion on abrasion on TBM excavation tools. It also presents the influence of corrosion on abrasive wear for some initial tests, with constant steel and geomaterial and varying properties of the excavation fluids (soil conditioners, anti-abrasion additives and water). The results indicate that the chloride content in the water media greatly influences the amount of wear, providing evidence of the influence of corrosion on the abrasion of the cutting tools. The presence of conditioning additives tailored to specific rock or soil conditions reduces wear. However, when chloride is present in the water, the additives minimise wear rates but fail to suppress corrosion of the cutting tools.

  4. Design of the helium cooled lithium lead breeding blanket in CEA: from TBM to DEMO

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    Aiello, G.; Aubert, J.; Forest, L.; Jaboulay, J.-C.; Li Puma, A.; Boccaccini, L. V.

    2017-04-01

    The helium cooled lithium lead (HCLL) blanket concept was originally developed in CEA at the beginning of 2000: it is one of the two European blanket concepts to be tested in ITER in the form of a test blanket module (TBM) and one of the four blanket concepts currently being considered for the DEMOnstration reactor that will follow ITER. The TBM is a highly optimized component for the ITER environment that will provide crucial information for the development of the DEMO blanket, but its design needs to be adapted to the DEMO reactor. With respect to the TBM design, reduction of the steel content in the breeding zone (BZ) is sought in order to maximize tritium breeding reactions. Different options are being studied, with the potential of reaching tritium breeding ratio (TBR) values up to 1.21. At the same time, the design of the back supporting structure (BSS), which is a DEMO specific component that has to support the blanket modules inside the vacuum vessel (VV), is ongoing with the aim of maximizing the shielding power and minimizing pumping power. This implies a re-engineering of the modules’ attachment system. Design changes however, will have an impact on the manufacturing and assembly sequences that are being developed for the HCLL-TBM. Due to the differences in joint configurations, thicknesses to be welded, heat dissipation and the various technical constraints related to the accessibility of the welding tools and implementation of non-destructive examination (NDE), the manufacturing procedure should be adapted and optimized for DEMO design. Laser welding instead of TIG could be an option to reduce distortions. The time-of-flight diffraction (TOFD) technique is being investigated for NDE. Finally, essential information expected from the HCLL-TBM program that will be needed to finalize the DEMO design is discussed.

  5. Experimental neutronics tests for a neutron activation system for the European ITER TBM

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    Klix, A.; Fischer, U.; Gehre, D.; Kleizer, G.; Raj, P.; Rovni, I.; Ruecker, Tom

    2014-08-21

    We are investigating methods for neutron flux measurement in the ITER TBM. In particular we have tested sets of activation materials leading to induced gamma activities with short half-lives of the order of tens of seconds up to minutes and standard activation materials. Packages of activation foils have been irradiated with the intense neutron generator of Technical University of Dresden in a pure DT neutron field as well as in a neutronics mock-up of the European ITER HCLL TBM. An important aim was to check whether the gamma activity induced in the activation foils in these packages could be measured simultaneously. It was indeed possible to identify gamma lines of interest in gamma-ray measurements immediately after extraction from the irradiation.

  6. Design and tritium permeation analysis of China HCCB TBM port cell

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    Jiangfeng, S.; Guoqiang, H.; Zhiyong, H.; Chang'an, C.; Deli, L.

    2015-03-15

    China is planning to develop a helium-cooled ceramic breeder (HCCB) test blanket module (TBM) on ITER to test key blanket technologies. In this paper, the design and tritium permeation analysis of China HCCB TBM port cell are introduced. A theoretical model has been developed to estimate tritium permeation rates and leak rates from the components and pipes which China has scheduled to house in the port cell. It is shown that on normal working conditions, the permeation and leak rate of the systems in the port cell will be no higher than 1.58 Ci/d without the use of tritium permeation barriers, and 0.10 Ci/d with the use of tritium permeation barriers. It also appears that tritium permeation barriers are necessary for high temperature components such as the reduction bed and the heater.

  7. Impact of Advance Rate on Entrapment Risk of a Double-Shielded TBM in Squeezing Ground

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    Hasanpour, Rohola; Rostami, Jamal; Barla, Giovanni

    2015-05-01

    Shielded tunnel boring machines (TBMs) can get stuck in squeezing ground due to excessive tunnel convergence under high in situ stress. This typically coincides with extended machine stoppages, when the ground has sufficient time to undergo substantial displacements. Excessive convergence of the ground beyond the designated overboring means ground pressure against the shield and high shield frictional resistance that, in some cases, cannot be overcome by the TBM thrust system. This leads to machine entrapment in the ground, which causes significant delays and requires labor-intensive and risky operations of manual excavation to release the machine. To evaluate the impact of the time factor on the possibility of machine entrapment, a comprehensive 3D finite difference simulation of a double-shielded TBM in squeezing ground was performed. The modeling allowed for observation of the impact of the tunnel advance rate on the possibility of machine entrapment in squeezing ground. For this purpose, the model included rock mass properties related to creep in severe squeezing conditions. This paper offers an overview of the modeling results for a given set of rock mass and TBM parameters, as well as lining characteristics, including the magnitude of displacement and contact forces on shields and ground pressure on segmental lining versus time for different advance rates.

  8. A spatial estimation model for continuous rock mass characterization from the specific energy of a TBM

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    Exadaktylos, G.; Stavropoulou, M.; Xiroudakis, G.; de Broissia, M.; Schwarz, H.

    2008-12-01

    Basic principles of the theory of rock cutting with rolling disc cutters are used to appropriately reduce tunnel boring machine (TBM) logged data and compute the specific energy (SE) of rock cutting as a function of geometry of the cutterhead and operational parameters. A computational code written in Fortran 77 is used to perform Kriging predictions in a regular or irregular grid in 1D, 2D or 3D space based on sampled data referring to rock mass classification indices or TBM related parameters. This code is used here for three purposes, namely: (1) to filter raw data in order to establish a good correlation between SE and rock mass rating (RMR) (or tunnelling quality index Q) along the chainage of the tunnel, (2) to make prediction of RMR, Q or SE along the chainage of the tunnel from boreholes at the exploration phase and design stage of the tunnel, and (3) to make predictions of SE and RMR or Q ahead of the tunnel’s face during excavation of the tunnel based on SE estimations during excavation. The above tools are the basic constituents of an algorithm to continuously update the geotechnical model of the rock mass based on logged TBM data. Several cases were considered to illustrate the proposed methodology, namely: (a) data from a system of twin tunnels in Hong Kong, (b) data from three tunnels excavated in Northern Italy, and (c) data from the section Singuerlin-Esglesias of the Metro L9 tunnel in Barcelona.

  9. Prediction of Brittle Failure for TBM Tunnels in Anisotropic Rock: A Case Study from Northern Norway

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    Dammyr, Øyvind

    2016-06-01

    Prediction of spalling and rock burst is especially important for hard rock TBM tunneling, because failure can have larger impact than in a drill and blast tunnel and ultimately threaten excavation feasibility. The majority of research on brittle failure has focused on rock types with isotropic behavior. This paper gives a review of existing theory and its application before a 3.5-m-diameter TBM tunnel in foliated granitic gneiss is used as a case to study brittle failure characteristics of anisotropic rock. Important aspects that should be considered in order to predict brittle failure in anisotropic rock are highlighted. Foliation is responsible for considerable strength anisotropy and is believed to influence the preferred side of v-shaped notch development in the investigated tunnel. Prediction methods such as the semi- empirical criterion, the Hoek- Brown brittle parameters, and the non-linear damage initiation and spalling limit method give reliable results; but only as long as the angle between compression axis and foliation in uniaxial compressive tests is relevant, dependent on the relation between tunnel trend/plunge, strike/dip of foliation, and tunnel boundary stresses. It is further demonstrated that local in situ stress variations, for example, due to the presence of discontinuities, can have profound impact on failure predictions. Other carefully documented case studies into the brittle failure nature of rock, in particular anisotropic rock, are encouraged in order to expand the existing and relatively small database. This will be valuable for future TBM planning and construction stages in highly stressed brittle anisotropic rock.

  10. Application of quality assurance controls to TBM tunneling on the Yucca Mountain Project

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    Christensen, J.D.

    1996-06-01

    As part of the Yucca Mountain Project (YMP), a 7.62-meter diameter tunnel is being constructed using a Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM). This tunnel, which may form a portion of a permanent high-level nuclear waste repository, is being constructed under the auspices of a nuclear quality assurance (QA) program. The YMP nuclear QA program applies to items and activities determined to be important to radiological safety, waste isolation, and potential interactions with the environment. The items and activities determined to be important have been assigned a quality assurance classification. This paper focuses on the items (rockbolts, steel sets, and shotcrete) and quality affecting activities involved in providing ground support and excavating the tunnel. Typical activities that have been assigned QA classifications include TBM maintenance, control of water used in the tunnel during construction, and control of diesel emissions in the tunnel. The paper concludes that the key to the successful implementation of nuclear QA requirements for tunneling at Yucca Mountain was the assignment of personnel with the appropriate mix of tunneling and nuclear experience.

  11. Discrete/Finite Element Modelling of Rock Cutting with a TBM Disc Cutter

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    Labra, Carlos; Rojek, Jerzy; Oñate, Eugenio

    2017-03-01

    This paper presents advanced computer simulation of rock cutting process typical for excavation works in civil engineering. Theoretical formulation of the hybrid discrete/finite element model has been presented. The discrete and finite element methods have been used in different subdomains of a rock sample according to expected material behaviour, the part which is fractured and damaged during cutting is discretized with the discrete elements while the other part is treated as a continuous body and it is modelled using the finite element method. In this way, an optimum model is created, enabling a proper representation of the physical phenomena during cutting and efficient numerical computation. The model has been applied to simulation of the laboratory test of rock cutting with a single TBM (tunnel boring machine) disc cutter. The micromechanical parameters have been determined using the dimensionless relationships between micro- and macroscopic parameters. A number of numerical simulations of the LCM test in the unrelieved and relieved cutting modes have been performed. Numerical results have been compared with available data from in-situ measurements in a real TBM as well as with the theoretical predictions showing quite a good agreement. The numerical model has provided a new insight into the cutting mechanism enabling us to investigate the stress and pressure distribution at the tool-rock interaction. Sensitivity analysis of rock cutting performed for different parameters including disc geometry, cutting velocity, disc penetration and spacing has shown that the presented numerical model is a suitable tool for the design and optimization of rock cutting process.

  12. Laboratory tests to study the influence of rock stress confinement on the performances of TBM discs in tunnels

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    Innaurato, N.; Oggeri, C.; Oreste, P.; Vinai, R.

    2011-06-01

    To clarify some aspects of rock destruction with a disc acting on a high confined tunnel face, a series of tests were carried out to examine fracture mechanisms under an indenter that simulates the tunnel boring machine (TBM) tool action, in the presence of an adjacent groove, when a state of stress (lateral confinement) is imposed on a rock sample. These tests proved the importance of carefully establishing the optimal distance of grooves produced by discs acting on a confined surface, and the value (as a mere order of magnitude) of the increase of the thrust to produce the initiation of chip formation, as long as the confinement pressure becomes greater.

  13. Raman and crystal field studies of Tb-O bonds in TbM n2O5

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    Mansouri, S.; Jandl, S.; Balli, M.; Laverdière, J.; Fournier, P.; Dimitrov, D. Z.

    2016-09-01

    We have studied the temperature dependence of TbM n2O5 Raman-active phonons and its T b3 + crystal field (CF) excitations. Interestingly, the Raman intensities of some phonons are significantly reduced below ˜180 K . Such behaviors are also observed in HoM n2O5 and YM n2O5 systems. A connection between the Raman intensities and the nearest-neighbor mean-square relative displacement σ2 is established. Also, some of the T b3 + and H o3 + CF excitations become broader below ˜180 K . These results are discussed in terms of the disorder induced by the Tb-O bond splitting.

  14. Free-face-Assisted Rock Breaking Method Based on the Multi-stage Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) Cutterhead

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    Geng, Qi; Wei, Zhengying; Meng, Hao; Macias, Francisco Javier; Bruland, Amund

    2016-11-01

    In order to improve the rock breaking efficiency of hard rock tunnel boring, many innovative rock breaking methods have been proposed (e.g., the water jet cutting, the high-power laser cutting, the impact-rotary drilling, and the undercutting method). However, most of the methods are not applicable to TBMs due to some structural reasons. Aiming on this problem, a free-face-assisted rock breaking method based on the multi-stage TBM cutterhead has been proposed. Series of proof-of-concept tests includes (1) the static compression test with vertical free face and (2) the rotary cutting tests in different free surface conditions were designed and carried out. The results show that the rock breaking force and efficiency can be significantly reduced and improved, respectively, with the assistance of the free face, due to the failure of the rock close to the free face is tensile-dominated failure. The influencing distance of the free face in the radial direction is at least 330 mm which covers about 5 disk cutters. Finally, the general structure of a small two-stage cutterhead (4 m in diameter) was tentatively designed in order to provide a possible approach to apply the free-face effect to TBMs.

  15. EU pharmaceutical expenditure forecast

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    Urbinati, Duccio; Rémuzat, Cécile; Kornfeld, Åsa; Vataire, Anne-Lise; Cetinsoy, Laurent; Aballéa, Samuel; Mzoughi, Olfa; Toumi, Mondher

    2014-01-01

    Background and Objectives With constant incentives for healthcare payers to contain their pharmaceutical budgets, forecasting has become critically important. Some countries have, for instance, developed pharmaceutical horizon scanning units. The objective of this project was to build a model to assess the net effect of the entrance of new patented medicinal products versus medicinal products going off-patent, with a defined forecast horizon, on selected European Union (EU) Member States’ pharmaceutical budgets. This model took into account population ageing, as well as current and future country-specific pricing, reimbursement, and market access policies (the project was performed for the European Commission; see http://ec.europa.eu/health/healthcare/key_documents/index_en.htm). Method In order to have a representative heterogeneity of EU Member States, the following countries were selected for the analysis: France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, and the United Kingdom. A forecasting period of 5 years (2012–2016) was chosen to assess the net pharmaceutical budget impact. A model for generics and biosimilars was developed for each country. The model estimated a separate and combined effect of the direct and indirect impacts of the patent cliff. A second model, estimating the sales development and the risk of development failure, was developed for new drugs. New drugs were reviewed individually to assess their clinical potential and translate it into commercial potential. The forecast was carried out according to three perspectives (healthcare public payer, society, and manufacturer), and several types of distribution chains (retail, hospital, and combined retail and hospital). Probabilistic and deterministic sensitivity analyses were carried out. Results According to the model, all countries experienced drug budget reductions except Poland (+€41 million). Savings were expected to be the highest in the United Kingdom (−€9,367 million), France

  16. EU Cadzie project

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    Naaim, M.

    2009-04-01

    The CADZIE project received nearly € 700,000 funding under the energy, environment and sustainable development section of the Fifth Framework Programme (FP5). Several scientists from France, Italy, Norway, Austria, Iceland and Switzerland were involved in this initiative, under the co-ordination of the Cemagref institute in Grenoble, France. The initiative was created in response to the extreme avalanche winter of 1999, during which 83 people were killed across Europe. Avalanche protection relies on two key processes: structural measures such as building defence structures to stop and / or contain the avalanche flow and non structural measures such as zoning the exposed areas. The consortium investigated these two areas in order to improve overall protection methods. This EU-funded collaboration has led to the development of more accurate methods for mapping and protection design.

  17. Application of computational fluid dynamics for the simulation of cryogenic molecular sieve bed absorber of hydrogen isotopes recovery system for Indian LLCB-TBM

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    Gayathri Devi, V.; Sircar, A.; Sarkar, B.

    2015-03-15

    One of the most challenging tasks in the design of the fuel cycle system lies in the effective design of Tritium Extraction System (TES) which involves proper extraction and purification of tritium in the fuel cycle of the fusion reactor. Indian Lead Lithium cooled Ceramic Breeder Test Blanket Module (LLCB-TBM) would extract hydrogen isotopes through Cryogenic Molecular Sieve Bed (CMSB) adsorber system. A prototype Hydrogen Isotopes Recovery System (HIRS) is being developed to validate the concepts for tritium extraction by adsorption mass transfer mechanism. In this study, a design model has been developed and analyzed to simulate the adsorption mass transfer kinetics in a fixed bed adsorption column. The simulation leads primarily to effective design of HIRS, which is a state-of-the-art technology. The paper describes the process simulation approach and the results of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis. The effects of different operating conditions are studied to investigate their influence on the hydrogen isotopes adsorption capacity. The results of the present simulation study would be used to understand the best optimized transport phenomenon before realizing the TES as a system for LLCB-TBM. (authors)

  18. High heat flux test with HIP-bonded Ferritic Martensitic Steel mock-up for the first wall of the KO HCML TBM

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    Won Lee, Dong; Dug Bae, Young; Kwon Kim, Suk; Yun Shin, Hee; Guen Hong, Bong; Cheol Bang, In

    2011-10-01

    In order for a Korean Helium Cooled Molten Lithium (HCML) Test Blanket Module (TBM) to be tested in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), fabrication method for the TBM FW such as Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP, 1050 °C, 100 MPa, 2 h) has been developed including post HIP heat treatment (PHHT, normalizing at 950 °C for 2 h and tempering at 750 °C for 2 h) with Ferritic Martensitic Steel (FMS). Several mock-ups were fabricated using the developed methods and one of them, three-channel mock-up, was used for performing a High Heat Flux (HHF) test to verify the joint integrity. Test conditions were determined using the commercial code, ANSYS-11, and the test was performed in the Korea Heat Load Test (KoHLT) facility, which was used a radiation heating with a graphite heater. The mock-up survived up to 1000 cycles under 1.0 MW/m 2 heat flux and there is no delamination or failure during the test.

  19. EU Space Awareness: Initial implemenation

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    Russo, Pedro

    2015-08-01

    EU Space Awareness uses the excitement of space to attract young people into science and technology and stimulate European and global citizenship. The project will show children and teenagers the opportunities offered by space science and engineering and inspire primary-school children when their curiosity is high and their value systems are being formed. EU Space Awareness, a 3-year project, has started in March 2015 with 10 partner organisations and 15 network nodes in 17 European countries and the IAU Office of Astronomy for Development. During this talk we will give a update about the intial implementation of the project and its relevant for astronomy for development.

  20. Governance in EU illicit drugs policy.

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    Edwards, Carel; Galla, Maurice

    2014-09-01

    This commentary represents the authors' views on EU governance in illicit drug policy, a field in which they were active for more than 10 years between them. EU drug policy has a narrow legal basis in the European Treaties and is mostly non-binding. The main policy instruments are 8-year EU Drug Strategies, underpinned by 4-year Action Plans which set out specific objectives at national, EU or international level. The approach that guides EU drug policy is known as the 'balanced approach'. It is remarkably restrained and reflects the reality that very few Member States have either the socio-political culture or the resources to consistently apply the punitive sanctions foreseen by the UN conventions. An important feature of EU governance in the field of drugs is the proactive support that is provided to non-governmental organisations both within the EU as well as in accession, associated or third countries. At a global level, the EU is a major financial aid donor also in this field. This position is not however reflected in corresponding political clout for the EU within the UN system. EU governance on drugs has made it possible for many of its Member States to accommodate the problem rather than to "solve" what by all the evidence from the last 100 years may well be insoluble, at least by means of criminalisation and prohibition. The big question is where EU drug policy is headed in the next few years. The EU has been promoting measures and practices that target real problems. It has done so without indulging too much in unhelpful rhetoric. However, like all successful formulae this one also has a sell-by date. EU governance in the field of drugs cannot afford to stand still. It needs to find a second wind.

  1. Education of EU Migrant Children in EU Member States. Research Report

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    Harte, Emma; Herrera, Facundo; Stepanek, Martin

    2016-01-01

    This policy brief looks at the education of EU migrant children in the context of intra-EU mobility. It examines some of the literature and data on the topic in order to identify key differences between EU migrant children and non-migrant children. There are disparities in educational performance between migrants and non-migrants. The brief…

  2. Tuning Mixed-Valent Eu(2+) /Eu(3+) in Strontium Formate Frameworks for Multichannel Photoluminescence.

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    Liu, Wei; Liu, Lijia; Wang, Yanlong; Chen, Lanhua; McLeod, John A; Yang, Linju; Zhao, Jia; Liu, Zhiyong; Diwu, Juan; Chai, Zhifang; Albrecht-Schmitt, Thomas E; Liu, Guokui; Wang, Shuao

    2016-08-01

    Cooperative performance of mixed-valent Eu(2+) /Eu(3+) in single-compound phosphors offers significant advantages in color rendering and luminescence efficiency, but their synthesis is challenging because of Eu(2+) oxidation. Using the tunable nature of the metal-ion nodes in metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), we present an in situ reduction and crystallization route for preparing MOFs and doping Eu(2+) /Eu(3+) with a controlled ratio. These materials exhibit rich photoluminescence, including intrinsic- and sensitized-emissions of Eu(2+) and Eu(3+) , and long-lived luminescence from charge transfer. Color rendering can be easily achieved by fine-tuning the valence states of Eu. A linear relation between temperature and the intensity ratio of Eu(2+) /Eu(3+) emissions provides outstanding properties for applications as self-calibrated luminescent thermometers with a wide working temperature range. Further incorporation of Tb(3+) into the MOFs results in white light, utilizing all Eu(2+) ,Tb(3+) , and Eu(3+) emissions in a single crystalline lattice.

  3. Calibration of the EU Oxybarometer for Nakhlites

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    Makishima, J.; McKay, G.; Le, L.; Miyamoto; Mikouchi, T.

    2006-01-01

    Martian meteorites have various characteristics, which are direct clues to understanding the petrogenesis of Mars rocks. The variation in oxidation state among the Martian meteorites must have important implications for redox conditions of the Martian crust/mantle and overall differentiation on Mars. Wadhwa [1] and Herd et al. [2] reported that Martian basalts were formed under a range of oxidation states, suggesting complex petrogenesis processes. The nakhlites, which have rather different characteristics from basaltic shergottites, may give us additional clues to Martian petrogenesis. The oxidation states of meteorites are usually described by the oxygen fugacity (fO2) under which the meteorites crystallized. One of the methods to estimate the oxygen fugacity is the depth of Eu anomaly. Eu(2+)/Eu(3+) is determined by the oxygen fugacity and partitioning is different for Eu(2+) and Eu(3+). Therefore, the depth of Eu anomaly in a mineral is a function of the oxygen fugacity and the Eu2+/Eu3+ in the melt from which the mineral crystallized. This method has some advantages over another major method, the two-oxide oxybarometer [3], which can more easily be affected by subsolidus processes. The Eu oxybarometer can analyze the cores of the earliest formed crystals in Martian meteorites, which means it can give us a better indication of the oxygen fugacity of the parent melt. The calibration of the Eu oxybarometer has been done with the basaltic shergottites before [4]. However, it has never been applied to nakhlites (Oe et al. [5] measured the depth of Eu anomaly in the synthetic pyroxene only at QFM). Partition coefficients are strongly affected by phase compositions, especially pyroxene Ca content and melt Al content [e.g., 5,6]. The composition of nakhlite pyroxene is rather different from basaltic shergottite pyroxene. Thus, there may be problems in applying the Eu oxybarometer calibration for the basaltic shergottites [7] to nakhlites. Thus, we report in this

  4. Study of Eu{sup 3+} → Eu{sup 2+} reduction in BaAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}:Eu prepared in different gas atmospheres

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    Rezende, Marcos V. dos S.; Valerio, Mário E.G.; Jackson, Robert A.

    2015-01-15

    Highlights: • The effect of different gas atmospheres on the Eu reduction process was studied. • The Eu reduction was monitored analyzing XANES region at the Eu L{sub III}-edge. • Hydrogen reducing agent are the most appropriate gas for Eu{sup 2+} stabilization. • Only a part of the Eu ions can be stabilized in the divalent state. • A model of Eu reduction process is proposed. - Abstract: The effect of different gas atmospheres such as H{sub 2}(g), synthetic air, carbon monoxide (CO) and nitrogen (N{sub 2}) on the Eu{sup 3+} → Eu{sup 2+} reduction process during the synthesis of Eu-doped BaAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} was studied using synchrotron radiation. The Eu{sup 3+} → Eu{sup 2+} reduction was monitored analyzing XANES region when the sample are excited at the Eu L{sub III}-edge. The results show that the hydrogen reducing agent are the most appropriate gas for Eu{sup 2+} stabilization in BaAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} and that only a part of the Eu ions can be stabilized in the divalent state. A model of Eu reduction process, based on the incorporation of charge compensation defects, is proposed.

  5. Emerging food safety issues: An EU perspective.

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    McEvoy, John D G

    2016-05-01

    Safe food is the right of every citizen of the European Union (EU). A comprehensive and dynamic framework of food and feed safety legislation has been put in place and the EU's executive arm - the European Commission - is responsible for ensuring that the EU member states apply food law consistently. Similarly, the Commission plays an important role in ensuring that imported food meets the EU's stringent food safety standards. Consumer perceptions of unsafe food tend to focus on acute outbreaks of bacterial or viral origin. In recent years there have been a number of diverse food crises associated with fraudulent activity which may (e.g. melamine in dairy products in China) or may not (e.g. the horse meat scandal in the EU) represent a genuine food safety risk. Well publicized incidents of chronic exposure to chemical contamination in the EU (e.g. dioxins in meat and mycotoxins in nuts) have required robust coordinated policy responses from the Commission. Despite the decreasing incidence of non-compliant residues of veterinary medicinal products and banned substances in animal products, EU consumers are increasingly concerned about the use of such products in food-producing animals, including in the context of the build-up of antimicrobial resistance in animals and transfer to humans. The Commission plays a key role in coordination of the EU member states' responses to such incidents, in risk management, and in preparation for emerging issues. This paper focuses on how the EU as a whole has dealt with a number of food crises, and what can be learned from past incidents. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  6. Antiferromagnetism with divalent Eu in EuNi5As3

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    Jiang, W. B.; Smidman, M.; Xie, W.; Liu, J. Y.; Lee, J. M.; Chen, J. M.; Ho, S. C.; Ishii, H.; Tsuei, K. D.; Guo, C. Y.; Zhang, Y. J.; Lee, Hanoh; Yuan, H. Q.

    2017-01-01

    We have successfully synthesized single crystals of EuNi5As3 using a flux method, and we present a comprehensive study of the physical properties using magnetic susceptibility, specific heat, electrical resistivity, thermoelectric power, and x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) measurements. EuNi5As3 undergoes two close antiferromagnetic transitions at respective temperatures of TN 1=7.2 K and TN 2=6.4 K, which are associated with the Eu2 + moments. Both transitions are suppressed upon applying a field, and we map the temperature-field phase diagrams for fields applied parallel and perpendicular to the easy a axis. XAS measurements reveal that the Eu is strongly divalent, with very little temperature dependence, indicating the localized Eu2 + nature of EuNi5As3 , with a lack of evidence for heavy-fermion behavior.

  7. Chimeric 2C10R4 anti-CD40 antibody therapy is critical for long-term survival of GTKO.hCD46.hTBM pig-to-primate cardiac xenograft.

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    Mohiuddin, Muhammad M; Singh, Avneesh K; Corcoran, Philip C; Thomas, Marvin L; Clark, Tannia; Lewis, Billeta G; Hoyt, Robert F; Eckhaus, Michael; Pierson, Richard N; Belli, Aaron J; Wolf, Eckhard; Klymiuk, Nikolai; Phelps, Carol; Reimann, Keith A; Ayares, David; Horvath, Keith A

    2016-04-05

    Preventing xenograft rejection is one of the greatest challenges of transplantation medicine. Here, we describe a reproducible, long-term survival of cardiac xenografts from alpha 1-3 galactosyltransferase gene knockout pigs, which express human complement regulatory protein CD46 and human thrombomodulin (GTKO.hCD46.hTBM), that were transplanted into baboons. Our immunomodulatory drug regimen includes induction with anti-thymocyte globulin and αCD20 antibody, followed by maintenance with mycophenolate mofetil and an intensively dosed αCD40 (2C10R4) antibody. Median (298 days) and longest (945 days) graft survival in five consecutive recipients using this regimen is significantly prolonged over our recently established survival benchmarks (180 and 500 days, respectively). Remarkably, the reduction of αCD40 antibody dose on day 100 or after 1 year resulted in recrudescence of anti-pig antibody and graft failure. In conclusion, genetic modifications (GTKO.hCD46.hTBM) combined with the treatment regimen tested here consistently prevent humoral rejection and systemic coagulation pathway dysregulation, sustaining long-term cardiac xenograft survival beyond 900 days.

  8. Variability of Phenology and Fluxes of Water and Carbon with Observed and Simulated Soil Moisture in the Ent Terrestrial Biosphere Model (Ent TBM Version 1.0.1.0.0)

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    Kim, Y.; Moorcroft, P. R.; Aleinov, Igor; Puma, M. J.; Kiang, N. Y.

    2015-01-01

    The Ent Terrestrial Biosphere Model (Ent TBM) is a mixed-canopy dynamic global vegetation model developed specifically for coupling with land surface hydrology and general circulation models (GCMs). This study describes the leaf phenology submodel implemented in the Ent TBM version 1.0.1.0.0 coupled to the carbon allocation scheme of the Ecosystem Demography (ED) model. The phenology submodel adopts a combination of responses to temperature (growing degree days and frost hardening), soil moisture (linearity of stress with relative saturation) and radiation (light length). Growth of leaves, sapwood, fine roots, stem wood and coarse roots is updated on a daily basis. We evaluate the performance in reproducing observed leaf seasonal growth as well as water and carbon fluxes for four plant functional types at five Fluxnet sites, with both observed and prognostic hydrology, and observed and prognostic seasonal leaf area index. The phenology submodel is able to capture the timing and magnitude of leaf-out and senescence for temperate broadleaf deciduous forest (Harvard Forest and Morgan- Monroe State Forest, US), C3 annual grassland (Vaira Ranch, US) and California oak savanna (Tonzi Ranch, US). For evergreen needleleaf forest (Hyytiäla, Finland), the phenology submodel captures the effect of frost hardening of photosynthetic capacity on seasonal fluxes and leaf area. We address the importance of customizing parameter sets of vegetation soil moisture stress response to the particular land surface hydrology scheme. We identify model deficiencies that reveal important dynamics and parameter needs.

  9. Chimeric 2C10R4 anti-CD40 antibody therapy is critical for long-term survival of GTKO.hCD46.hTBM pig-to-primate cardiac xenograft

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    Mohiuddin, Muhammad M.; Singh, Avneesh K.; Corcoran, Philip C.; Thomas III, Marvin L.; Clark, Tannia; Lewis, Billeta G.; Hoyt, Robert F.; Eckhaus, Michael; Pierson III, Richard N.; Belli, Aaron J.; Wolf, Eckhard; Klymiuk, Nikolai; Phelps, Carol; Reimann, Keith A.; Ayares, David; Horvath, Keith A.

    2016-01-01

    Preventing xenograft rejection is one of the greatest challenges of transplantation medicine. Here, we describe a reproducible, long-term survival of cardiac xenografts from alpha 1-3 galactosyltransferase gene knockout pigs, which express human complement regulatory protein CD46 and human thrombomodulin (GTKO.hCD46.hTBM), that were transplanted into baboons. Our immunomodulatory drug regimen includes induction with anti-thymocyte globulin and αCD20 antibody, followed by maintenance with mycophenolate mofetil and an intensively dosed αCD40 (2C10R4) antibody. Median (298 days) and longest (945 days) graft survival in five consecutive recipients using this regimen is significantly prolonged over our recently established survival benchmarks (180 and 500 days, respectively). Remarkably, the reduction of αCD40 antibody dose on day 100 or after 1 year resulted in recrudescence of anti-pig antibody and graft failure. In conclusion, genetic modifications (GTKO.hCD46.hTBM) combined with the treatment regimen tested here consistently prevent humoral rejection and systemic coagulation pathway dysregulation, sustaining long-term cardiac xenograft survival beyond 900 days. PMID:27045379

  10. Variability of phenology and fluxes of water and carbon with observed and simulated soil moisture in the Ent Terrestrial Biosphere Model (Ent TBM version 1.0.1.0.0)

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    Kim, Y.; Moorcroft, P. R.; Aleinov, I.; Puma, M. J.; Kiang, N. Y.

    2015-12-01

    The Ent Terrestrial Biosphere Model (Ent TBM) is a mixed-canopy dynamic global vegetation model developed specifically for coupling with land surface hydrology and general circulation models (GCMs). This study describes the leaf phenology submodel implemented in the Ent TBM version 1.0.1.0.0 coupled to the carbon allocation scheme of the Ecosystem Demography (ED) model. The phenology submodel adopts a combination of responses to temperature (growing degree days and frost hardening), soil moisture (linearity of stress with relative saturation) and radiation (light length). Growth of leaves, sapwood, fine roots, stem wood and coarse roots is updated on a daily basis. We evaluate the performance in reproducing observed leaf seasonal growth as well as water and carbon fluxes for four plant functional types at five Fluxnet sites, with both observed and prognostic hydrology, and observed and prognostic seasonal leaf area index. The phenology submodel is able to capture the timing and magnitude of leaf-out and senescence for temperate broadleaf deciduous forest (Harvard Forest and Morgan-Monroe State Forest, US), C3 annual grassland (Vaira Ranch, US) and California oak savanna (Tonzi Ranch, US). For evergreen needleleaf forest (Hyytiäla, Finland), the phenology submodel captures the effect of frost hardening of photosynthetic capacity on seasonal fluxes and leaf area. We address the importance of customizing parameter sets of vegetation soil moisture stress response to the particular land surface hydrology scheme. We identify model deficiencies that reveal important dynamics and parameter needs.

  11. Anomalous Eu valence state and superconductivity in undoped Eu3Bi2S4F4.

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    Zhai, Hui-Fei; Zhang, Pan; Wu, Si-Qi; He, Chao-Yang; Tang, Zhang-Tu; Jiang, Hao; Sun, Yun-Lei; Bao, Jin-Ke; Nowik, Israel; Felner, Israel; Zeng, Yue-Wu; Li, Yu-Ke; Xu, Xiao-Feng; Tao, Qian; Xu, Zhu-An; Cao, Guang-Han

    2014-10-29

    We have synthesized a novel europium bismuth sulfofluoride, Eu3Bi2S4F4, by solid-state reactions in sealed evacuated quartz ampules. The compound crystallizes in a tetragonal lattice (space group I4/mmm, a = 4.0771(1) Å, c = 32.4330(6) Å, and Z = 2), in which CaF2-type Eu3F4 layers and NaCl-like BiS2 bilayers stack alternately along the crystallographic c axis. There are two crystallographically distinct Eu sites, Eu(1) and Eu(2) at the Wyckoff positions 4e and 2a, respectively. Our bond valence sum calculation, based on the refined structural data, indicates that Eu(1) is essentially divalent, while Eu(2) has an average valence of ∼ +2.64(5). This anomalous Eu valence state is further confirmed and supported, respectively, by Mössbauer and magnetization measurements. The Eu(3+) components donate electrons into the conduction bands that are mainly composed of Bi 6px and 6py states. Consequently, the material itself shows metallic conduction and superconducts at 1.5 K without extrinsic chemical doping.

  12. Eu(2+) luminescence in strontium aluminates.

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    Dutczak, D; Jüstel, T; Ronda, C; Meijerink, A

    2015-06-21

    The luminescence properties of Eu(2+) doped strontium aluminates are reported and reviewed for a variety of aluminates, viz. SrAl12O19, SrAl4O7, Sr4Al14O25, SrAl2O4 and Sr3Al2O6. The aim of the research is to investigate the role of local coordination and covalency of the aluminate host lattice, related to the Sr/Al ratio, on the optical properties of the Eu(2+) ion. The UV and VUV excited luminescence spectra as well as luminescence decay curves were recorded to characterize the luminescence properties of the investigated aluminates. The emission of Eu(2+) ions varies over a wide spectral range, from ultraviolet (UV) to red, for the series of aluminates. The variation in emission color can be related to the crystal-field splitting of the 5d levels and the covalent interaction with the surrounding oxygen anions. In the least covalent material, viz. SrAl12O19:Eu(2+), narrow line emission due to the (6)P7/2-(8)S7/2 transition occurs at 4 K, indicating that the 4f(6)5d excited state is situated above the (6)P7/2(4f(7)) excited state around 360 nm. The most alkaline material, viz. Sr3Al2O6:Eu(2+) is the most covalent host and exhibits several d-f emission bands in the yellow to red spectral range due to the Eu(2+) ions located on different crystallographic Sr(2+) sites. The Eu(2+) emission spectra in the other aluminates confirm the trend that with increasing Sr/Al ratio the Eu(2+) emission shifts to longer wavelengths. Interesting differences are observed for the Eu(2+) from different crystallographic sites which cannot always be related with apparent differences in the first oxygen coordination sphere. The discussion gives insight into how in a similar class of materials, strontium aluminates, the emission color of Eu(2+) can be tuned over a wide spectral region.

  13. Perceived Distributive Fairness of EU Transfer Payments, Outcome Favorability, Identity, and EU-Tax Compliance.

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    Hartner, Martina; Rechberger, Silvia; Kirchler, Erich; Wenzel, Michael

    2011-01-01

    In a representative UK study (N = 1000) the link between distributive fairness perceptions, outcome favorability, identity, and tax compliance was researched in the context of European transfer payments. Results showed that both forms of tax compliance (i.e., individual and collective EU-tax compliance) were influenced by perceived distributive fairness judgments of EU transfer payments. Fairness itself was related to perceived outcome favorability (i.e., whether their own nation benefits from the EU in financial as well as socio-political terms). Additionally, national identifiers (i.e., people identifying with their own nation, but not with Europe) perceived EU membership as unbeneficial in financial as well as in socio-political terms and thus considered the transfer payments as less fair. Dual identifiers (i.e., people identifying with their own nation and with Europe) perceived the socio-political outcomes from EU membership as more beneficial and thus evaluated the transfer payments as fairer.

  14. Photoexcited Eu2+ spin dynamics in EuFe2As2

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    Pogrebna, A.; Mertelj, T.; Cao, G.; Xu, Z. A.; Mihailovic, D.

    2014-06-01

    Employing temperature dependent time-resolved optical femtosecond spectroscopy, we investigated the quasiparticle and Eu2+ spin relaxation dynamics in EuFe2As2 (EFA). As previously reported in other undoped iron-based pnictides, we observe the quasiparticle relaxation bottleneck due to the charge gap opening in the spin density wave (SDW) state below T SDW = 189 K. Below the Eu2+ antiferromagnetic (AFM) spin ordering temperature, T AFM = 19 K, we observe another slower relaxation component, which we attribute to the Eu2+ AFM order dynamics. The slow dynamics of this component suggests a weak coupling between the Eu2+ spins and the carriers in the Fe- d derived bands.

  15. Quadrupole splitting and Eu partial lattice dynamics in europium orthophosphate EuPO 4

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    Klobes, B.; Arinicheva, Y.; Neumeier, S.; Simon, R. E.; Jafari, A.; Bosbach, D.; Hermann, R. P.

    2016-12-01

    Hyperfine interactions in europium orthophosphate EuPO4 were investigated using 151Eu Mössbauer spectroscopy from 6 to 300 K. The value of the quadrupole splitting and the asymmetry parameter were refined and further substantiated by nuclear forward scattering data obtained at room temperature. The temperature dependence of the relative absorption was modeled with an Eu specific Debye temperature of 221(1) K. Eu partial lattice dynamics were probed by means of nuclear inelastic scattering and the mean force constant, the Lamb-Mössbauer factor, the internal energy, the vibrational entropy, the average phonon group velocity were calculated using the extracted density of phonon states. In general, Eu specific vibrations are characterized by rather small phonon energies and contribute strongly to the total entropy of the system. Although there is no classical Debye like behavior at low vibrational energies, the average phonon group velocity can be reasonably approximated using a linear fit.

  16. Do supranational EU institutions make a difference? EU asylum law before and after 'communitarization'.

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    Ripoll Servent, Ariadna; Trauner, Florian

    2014-09-14

    This article examines whether the empowerment of the European Union's (EU) supranational institutions has had an impact on the development of EU asylum. By systematically investigating EU asylum law before and after 'communitarization', it argues that its 'policy core' has maintained a high degree of continuity. An advocacy coalition under the leadership of the interior ministers managed to co-opt pivotal actors in the newly empowered European Commission and European Parliament. By contenting themselves with changes of secondary order, these EU institutions accepted and institutionalized the restrictive and weakly integrated core of EU asylum set by the Council in the first negotiation round. Their role and decisions were driven not only by the negotiation dynamics and political expediency, but also by new inter- and intra-institutional norms fostering consensual practices.

  17. The EU sustainable energy policy indicators framework.

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    Streimikiene, Dalia; Sivickas, Gintautas

    2008-11-01

    The article deals with indicators framework to monitor implementation of the main EU (European Union) directives and other policy documents targeting sustainable energy development. The main EU directives which have impact on sustainable energy development are directives promoting energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources, directives implementing greenhouse gas mitigation and atmospheric pollution reduction policies and other policy documents and strategies targeting energy sector. Promotion of use of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency improvements are among priorities of EU energy policy because the use of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency improvements has positive impact on energy security and climate change mitigation. The framework of indicators can be developed to establish the main targets set by EU energy and environmental policies allowing to connect indicators via chain of mutual impacts and to define policies and measures necessary to achieve established targets based on assessment of their impact on the targeted indicators representing sustainable energy development aims. The article discusses the application of indicators framework for EU sustainable energy policy analysis and presents the case study of this policy tool application for Baltic States. The article also discusses the use of biomass in Baltic States and future considerations in this field.

  18. Effect of Eu/Sr Ratios on Ferroelectric and Fluorescent Properties of Eu-Substituted Strontium Bismuth Tantalate Films

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    Aizawa, Koji; Ohtani, Yusuke

    2008-09-01

    The ferroelectric and fluorescent properties of Eu-substituted strontium bismuth tantalate (Eu-SBT) films grown on Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si substrates by spin coating were investigated. The polycrystalline Eu-SBT films with Aurivillius phases were grown at Eu/Sr ratios between 0 and 0.25. Moreover, the lattice constants along the a- and c-axes at Eu/Sr=0.25 in comparison with Eu/Sr=0 decreased by approximately 0.36 and 0.19%, respectively. The remnant polarization values of the Eu-SBT films with Eu/Sr ratios of 0 and 0.25 were approximately 6.6 and 5.8 µC/cm2, respectively. The 80%-fatigue endurance of a Eu-SBT film with Eu/Sr=0.25 was approximately 3.1×109 cycles when a 10 kHz triangular wave with an amplitude of 8 V (approximately 530 kV/cm electric field) was used. The photoluminescence intensity of the Eu-SBT films was increased by Eu doping with negligible change of the remnant polarization. Emission peaks at approximately 600 nm in wavelength, which were associated with the 5D0-7F transitions of Eu3+, were observed in the Eu-SBT films.

  19. Synthesis, structure, and magnetic properties of the fullerene-based ferromagnets Eu3C70 and Eu9C70.

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    Takenobu, Taishi; Chi, Dam H; Margadonna, Serena; Prassides, Kosmas; Kubozono, Yoshihiro; Fitch, Andrew N; Kato, Ken-Ichi; Iwasa, Yoshihiro

    2003-02-19

    Intercalation of C(70) with europium affords two kinds of magnetic compounds, a canted antiferromagnet Eu(x)C(70) (x approximately 3) and a ferromagnet Eu(x)C(70) (x approximately 9) with transition temperatures (T(C)) of 5 and 38 K, respectively. The Curie constants in the paramagnetic phase and the saturation moment in the ferromagnetic phase are both understood by the full moment of Eu(2+) for both systems. The structure of Eu(3)(-)(delta)C(70) (delta approximately 0.27) is pseudo-monoclinic, derived by a simple deformation of the parent face-centered cubic (fcc) structure. Eu(9)(-)(delta)C(70) (delta approximately 0.2) forms an fcc structure, in which cuboctahedral clustering of Eu(2+) ions is observed in the enhanced size octahedral holes. The observed T(C) of the Eu(9)(-)(delta)C(70) ferromagnet is comparable to or larger than those of simple binary Eu-based ferromagnets, such as Eu chalcogenides or carbides, despite the low atomic ratio of Eu in the chemical formulas. This can be understood by the short Eu(2+)-Eu(2+) distances and high coordination numbers permitted by the multiple occupation by Eu(2+) ions of the expanded octahedral interstitial sites in higher fullerene-based solids.

  20. The EU Dimension to Soil Science in Schools

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    Johnson, Sue

    2012-01-01

    The EU as a context for science lessons may be given scant attention but EU decision-making is a vital factor in everyday life. Lessons on the emergence of soil science with Charles Darwin's simple scientific experiments can be linked with competence through action, inclusion and argumentations in science lessons. Decisions about an EU Soil…

  1. Eu(2+) and Eu(3+) co-activated LaAlO3 phosphor: synthesis and tuned luminescence.

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    Chen, Wanping

    2015-10-28

    Sr(2+) and Si(4+) ion doped LaAlO3:Eu phosphors were synthesized through a high-temperature solid-state reaction route. Their phase component and photoluminescence properties were investigated. Under ultraviolet (UV) light excitation, the phosphors show simultaneously blue emission of the Eu(2+) ion and orange-red emission of the Eu(3+) ion. The relative emission intensity of both Eu(2+) and Eu(3+) ions can be tuned by changing the doping concentration of the Sr(2+), Si(4+) and Eu(3+) ions. In contrast to the Sr(2+) ion, the incorporation of Si(4+) ion can effectively enhance the emission of Eu(2+). The optimal doping concentration of the Eu(3+) and Si(4+) ions are about 0.02 and 0.03, respectively. The results indicate that the phosphor may be a potential candidate for white LED lighting applications.

  2. Pyrolytic synthesis and luminescence of porous lanthanide Eu-MOF.

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    Jin, Guangya; Liu, Zhijian; Sun, Hongfa; Tian, Zhiyong

    2016-02-01

    A lanthanide metal coordination polymer [Eu2(BDC)3(DMSO)(H2O)] was synthesized by the reaction of europium oxide with benzene-1,3-dicarboxylic acid (H2BDC) in a mixed solution of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and water under hydrothermal conditions. The crystal structure of Eu2(BDC)3(DMSO)(H2O) was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD). Thermo-gravimetric analysis of Eu2(BDC)3(DMSO)(H2O) indicated that coordinated DMSO and H2O molecules could be removed to create Eu2(BDC)3(DMSO)(H2O)-py with permanent microporosity, which was also verified by powder XRD (PXRD) and elemental analysis. Both Eu2(BDC)3(DMSO)(H2O) and Eu2(BDC)3(DMSO)(H2O)-py showed mainly Eu-based luminescence and had characteristic emissions in the range 550-700 nm.

  3. Synthesis and Characterization of Eu-Doped Cadmium Selenide Nanocrystals

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    Raola, O. E.

    2002-01-01

    Substitution of Cd(II) sites by Eu ions in 5.0 nm {+-} 0.25 nm CdSe, Cd{sub 1-x}Eu{sub x}Se (x=0.374), can be achieved by modification of a lyothermal, single source precursor method. The Eu guest ion occupies a tetrahedral lattice site as a Eu(III) defect ion based on analysis of the XPS and XAS data. XRD and XAS measurements show a linear contraction of the lattice parameters for increasing Eu(III) concentration consistent with statistical substitution at both core and surface sites in the lattice by a random ion displacement mechanism. On the basis of a Vegard's law analysis, the Eu(III) ion is substituted in the tetrahedral cationic lattice site without formation of vacancies or phase segregation of the Eu ion in the lattice.

  4. Determining Factors for EU Military Intervention

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    2013-05-23

    Lakes region was in response to the 1994 Rwanda tribal genocide and subsequent violence that spilled over the Zaire border.27 The first phase of...ITEM- 013+DOC+XML+V0//EN (accessed February 15, 2013). 27The war that ensued from the 1994 Rwanda genocide is commonly known as the First Congo War...defense policy. While the Balkans genocide triggered consensus, the road to actually developing a EU security policy would prove long and frustrating

  5. On the Luminescence Enhancement of Mn2+ By Co-doping of Eu2+ in ZnS:Mn,Eu

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    Hossu, Marius; Schaeffer, Roger O.; Ma, Lun; Chen, Wei; Zhu, Yongbin; Sammynaiken, Ramaswami; Joly, Alan G.

    2013-06-01

    The photoluminescence and X-ray luminescence of ZnS:Mn, ZnS:Mn,Eu and ZnS:Eu were investigated and it was found that the luminescence intensity of Mn2+ in ZnS:Mn,Eu co-doped phosphors is highly dependent on the doping concentration of Eu2+. At the optimized Eu2+concentration (0.2%), the photoluminescence of Mn2+ shows about a 5.5 times enhancement and its X-ray luminescence is enhanced by a factor of 2.5. Both wurtzite and zinc blend phases are present in the samples with wurtzite phase dominant. Co-doping of Eu2+ into ZnS:Mn does not change appreciably the ratio of the two phases or the Mn2+ emission luminescence lifetime; however, the doping of Eu2+ into ZnS:Mn does change the phonon activity. Furthermore, it was found that the defect-related blue emission of ZnS:Eu overlaps with the excitation bands of Mn2+ in ZnS:Mn and there is likely energy transfer from these defect states to Mn2+ in ZnS:Mn,Eu. This energy transfer and the phonon modification are considered to be the two main reasons for the luminescence enhancement and the intensity dependence of Mn2+ emission on Eu2+ doping concentration in ZnS:Mn,Eu.

  6. Contribution of Eu ions on the precipitation of silver nanoparticles in Ag-Eu co-doped borate glasses

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    Jiao, Qing; Qiu, Jianbei; Zhou, Dacheng; Xu, Xuhui

    2014-03-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Silver nanoparticles are precipitated from the borate glasses during the melting process without any further heat treatment. • The reduction of Eu{sup 3+} ions to Eu{sup 2+} ions is presented in this material. • The intensity of Ag{sup +} luminescence. • The introduction of Eu ions accelerated the reaction between Eu{sup 2+} ions and silver ions inducing the silver clusters formation. - Abstract: Ag{sup +} doped sodium borate glasses with different Eu ions concentration were prepared by the melt-quenching method. The absorption at about 410 nm which was caused by the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of Ag nanoparticles (NPs) is promoted with increasing of Eu ions concentration. Meanwhile, the luminescent spectra showed that the emission intensity of Ag{sup +} decreased while that of the Ag aggregates increased simultaneously. The results indicated that the Ag ions intend to form the high-polymeric state such as Ag aggregates and nanoparticles with increasing of europium ions. Owing to the self-reduction of Eu{sup 3+} to Eu{sup 2+} in our glass system, it revealed that Ag{sup +} has been reduced by the neighboring Eu{sup 2+} which leads to the formation of Ag aggregates and the precipitation of Ag NPs in the matrix. In addition, energy transfer (ET) process from Ag{sup +}/Ag aggregates to the Eu{sup 3+} was investigated for the enhancement of Eu{sup 3+} luminescence.

  7. Effect of Electrode and EuO Thickness on EuO-Electrode Interface in Tunneling Spin Filter

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    Negusse,E.; Holroyd, J.; Liberati, M.; Dvorak, J.; Idzerda, Y.; Santos, T.; Moodera, J.; Arenholz, E.

    2006-01-01

    The effect of electrode material and EuO film thickness on the interface between the two was studied. Of the electrodes examined, yttrium was found to decrease the formation of the nonmagnetic oxide Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3}. By decomposing the x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) spectra of the samples with different electrodes against the reference EuO and Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3} spectra, the relative fraction of these two species was quantified. Multilayers with silver electrodes had the highest amount of Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3}, about 41%, whereas aluminum had 28% compared to the less than 5% observed for the multilayers with yttrium electrodes. A slight decrease in the fraction of Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3} with increasing EuO thickness was found. Angle dependent XAS measurements, done on 80 A{sup o} EuO film, indicated the presence of Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3} at high grazing angles which then decreased drastically with decreasing grazing angle. This indicated that the Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3} was localized at the EuO-electrode interface.

  8. Framing the EU as Common Project vs. Common Heritage: Effects on Attitudes Towards the EU Deepening and Widening.

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    La Barbera, Francesco

    2015-01-01

    The present study investigated the effects of framing the European Union (EU) as a common project vs. a common heritage on participants' attitude towards EU integration (Experiment 1) and EU enlargement (Experiment 2). An additional aim was exploring whether the different frames affected the strength of identification with the EU, and if the framing effect on attitudes was mediated by participants' identification with the EU and/or by their message evaluation (Experiment 3). Results showed that a common project-based frame was more effective than a common heritage-based frame in promoting positive attitude toward EU integration and enlargement, as well as participants' identification with the EU, which mediated the framing effect on both attitudes; the mediation of participants' message evaluation was not significant. The procedure of the last experiment was replicated on a British sample (Experiment 4), showing a similar pattern of results.

  9. Induced spin-polarization of EuS at room temperature in Ni/EuS multilayers

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    Poulopoulos, P.; Goschew, A.; Straub, A.; Fumagalli, P.; Kapaklis, V.; Wolff, M.; Delimitis, A.; Wilhelm, F.; Rogalev, A.; Pappas, S. D.

    2014-03-17

    Ni/EuS multilayers with excellent multilayer sequencing are deposited via e-beam evaporation on the native oxide of Si(100) wafers at 4 × 10{sup −9} millibars. The samples have very small surface and interface roughness and show sharp interfaces. Ni layers are nanocrystalline 4–8 nm thick and EuS layers are 2–4 nm thick and are either amorphous or nanocrystalline. Unlike for Co/EuS multilayers, all Eu ions are in divalent (ferromagnetic) state. We show a direct antiferromagnetic coupling between EuS and Ni layers. At room temperature, the EuS layers are spin-polarized due to the proximity of Ni. Therefore, Ni/EuS is a candidate for room-temperature spintronics applications.

  10. Europium gallium garnet (Eu3Ga5O12) and Eu3GaO6: Synthesis and material properties

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    Sawada, Kenji; Nakamura, Toshihiro; Adachi, Sadao

    2016-10-01

    Eu-Ga-O ternary compounds were synthesized from a mixture of cubic (c-) Eu2O3 and monoclinic Ga2O3 (β-Ga2O3) raw powders using the solid-state reaction method by calcination at Tc = 1200 °C. The structural and optical properties of the Eu-Ga-O ternary compounds were investigated using X-ray diffraction analysis, photoluminescence (PL) analysis, PL excitation (PLE) spectroscopy, and Raman scattering measurements. Stoichiometric compounds such as cubic Eu3Ga5O12 (EGG) and orthorhombic Eu3GaO6 were synthesized using molar ratios of x = 0.375 and 0.75 [x≡Eu2O3/(Eu2O3 + Ga2O3)], respectively, together with the end-point binary compounds β-Ga2O3 (x = 0) and monoclinic (m-) Eu2O3 (x = 1.0). The structural change from "cubic" to "monoclinic" in Eu2O3 is due to the structural phase transition occurring at Tc ≥ 1050 °C. In principle, the perovskite-type EuGaO3 and monoclinic Eu4Ga2O9 can also be synthesized at x = 0.5 and 0.667, respectively; however, such stoichiometric compounds could not be synthesized in this study. The PL and PLE properties of EGG and Eu3GaO6 were studied in detail. The temperature dependence of the PL spectra was observed through measurements carried out between T = 20 and 300 K and explained using a newly developed model. Raman scattering measurements were also performed on the Eu-Ga-O ternary systems over the entire composition range from x = 0 (β-Ga2O3) to 1.0 (m-Eu2O3).

  11. Temperature dependence of Eu-related EPR spectra in CsBr:Eu needle image plates

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    Loncke, F.; Vrielinck, H.; Matthys, P.; Callens, F.; Tahon, J.-P.; Leblans, P.; Ahmad, I.; Goovaerts, E.

    2009-05-01

    Vacuum-deposited CsBr needle plates doped with Eu{sup 2+} have been investigated with Q ({approx}34 GHz) and W ({approx}95 GHz) band electron paramagnetic resonance in a large temperature interval (4 K: room temperature). At low temperatures (<35 K), two Eu-related centers were found with different symmetry (tetragonal and orthorhombic), while in earlier studies at room temperature only one center was found with tetragonal symmetry. Possible models for the three defects are investigated, taking into account their temperature behavior, their symmetry, and the atypical values of their zero-field splitting parameters.

  12. Coexistence phenomenon of Ce(3+)-Ce(4+) and Eu(2+)-Eu(3+) in Ce/Eu co-doped LiBaB9O15 phosphor: luminescence and energy transfer.

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    Li, Ting; Li, Panlai; Wang, Zhijun; Xu, Shuchao; Bai, Qiongyu; Yang, Zhiping

    2017-02-01

    Ce/Eu-doped LiBaB9O15 (LBB) samples were prepared via conventional high temperature solid state reactions. The XRD patterns, crystal structures, luminescence properties, and decay times were investigated systematically. Ce(3+) ions exist in LBB:xCe(3+) that were synthesized in a reducing atmosphere and in an air atmosphere. However, we observed Eu(2+) ions in LBB:yEu(2+) in a reducing atmosphere and Eu(3+) ions in LBB:zEu(3+) in an air atmosphere. LBB:0.05Ce(3+),yEu(2+) phosphors synthesized in a reducing atmosphere only possess Ce(3+) and Eu(2+) and exhibit a broad excitation band ranging from 350 to 425 nm. A reduction phenomenon of Eu(3+) → Eu(2+) and coexistence of Ce(4+), Ce(3+), Eu(2+) and Eu(3+) were observed when LBB:0.05Ce,wEu phosphors were synthesized in an air atmosphere. There are three processes in LBB:0.05Ce,wEu, i.e., energy transfers from Ce(3+) to Eu(2+) and from Eu(2+) to Eu(3+), and metal-metal charge transfer (MMCT) between Ce(3+) and Eu(3+). Moreover, the MMCT process is dominant in LBB:0.05Ce,wEu due to less efficient energy transfer from Ce(3+) to Eu(2+). Moreover, the CIE coordinates of LBB:0.05Ce,wEu vary systematically from light blue (0.313, 0.129) to red (0.589, 0.315) for LBB:0.05Ce(3+),wEu synthesized in air with the changes in Eu ion concentration. Thus, we can control the color by controlling the synthesis atmospheres.

  13. Evidence of Eu{sup 2+} 4f electrons in the valence band spectra of EuTiO{sub 3} and EuZrO{sub 3}

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    Kolodiazhnyi, T.; Valant, M.; Williams, J. R.; Bugnet, M.; Botton, G. A.; Ohashi, N.; Sakka, Y.

    2012-10-15

    We report on optical band gap and valence electronic structure of two Eu{sup 2+}-based perovskites, EuTiO{sub 3} and EuZrO{sub 3} as revealed by diffuse optical scattering, electron energy loss spectroscopy, and valence-band x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The data show good agreement with the first-principles studies in which the top of the valence band structure is formed by the narrow Eu 4f{sup 7} electron band. The O 2p band shows the features similar to those of the Ba(Sr)TiO{sub 3} perovskites except that it is shifted to higher binding energies. Appearance of the Eu{sup 2+} 4f{sup 7} band is a reason for narrowing of the optical band gap in the title compounds as compared to their Sr-based analogues.

  14. Evidence of Eu2+ 4f electrons in the valence band spectra of EuTiO3 and EuZrO3

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    Kolodiazhnyi, T.; Valant, M.; Williams, J. R.; Bugnet, M.; Botton, G. A.; Ohashi, N.; Sakka, Y.

    2012-10-01

    We report on optical band gap and valence electronic structure of two Eu2+-based perovskites, EuTiO3 and EuZrO3 as revealed by diffuse optical scattering, electron energy loss spectroscopy, and valence-band x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The data show good agreement with the first-principles studies in which the top of the valence band structure is formed by the narrow Eu 4f7 electron band. The O 2p band shows the features similar to those of the Ba(Sr)TiO3 perovskites except that it is shifted to higher binding energies. Appearance of the Eu2+ 4f7 band is a reason for narrowing of the optical band gap in the title compounds as compared to their Sr-based analogues.

  15. Eu oxidation state in fluorozirconate-based glass ceramics

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    Henke, B.; Paßlick, C.; Keil, P.; Johnson, J. A.; Schweizer, S.

    2009-01-01

    The influence of InF3 doping and remelting on Eu-doped fluorozirconate-based glass ceramics was investigated using near-edge x-ray absorption and optical spectroscopy. It was found that the addition of InF3 to the melt decreases the Eu2+∕Eu3+ mole ratio, while remelting leads to a significant change in the Eu2+∕Eu3+ ratio in favor of Eu2+. Photoluminescence spectroscopy shows that additional annealing steps lead to the formation of BaCl2 nanoparticles in the glass. In as-made glass ceramics containing InF3, a phase transition of the nanoparticles from hexagonal to orthorhombic structure is observed. This phase transition is not observed in the remelted glasses studied here. PMID:20057931

  16. Large magnetocaloric effect in sintered ferromagnetic EuS

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    Matsumoto, Koichi; Li, Liang; Hirai, Shinji; Nakamura, Eiji; Murayama, Daiki; Ura, Yutaro; Abe, Satoshi

    2016-10-01

    We present magnetocaloric effect measurements of the ferromagnetic semiconductor EuS in the vicinity of its ordering temperature. Single phase EuS powder was synthesized by CS2 gas sulfurization of Eu2O3. A sintered compact with relative density over 95% was prepared by pulsed electric current sintering of the powder. Temperature and magnetic field dependence of the magnetization and specific heat were characteristic of a paramagnetic to ferromagnetic second order phase transition. The entropy change induced by an external magnetic field and the specific heat were both close to those of a single crystal. We obtained an entropy-temperature (S-T) diagram of the EuS sintered compact. Carnot cycle liquefaction of hydrogen using EuS was compared with several other materials, with results indicating that sintered EuS is an excellent magnetic refrigerant for hydrogen liquefaction.

  17. Luminescent nitridophosphates CaP2 N4 :Eu(2+) , SrP2 N4 :Eu(2+) , BaP2 N4 :Eu(2+) , and BaSr2 P6 N12 :Eu(2.).

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    Pucher, Florian J; Marchuk, Alexey; Schmidt, Peter J; Wiechert, Detlef; Schnick, Wolfgang

    2015-04-20

    Nitridophosphates MP2 N4 :Eu(2+) (M=Ca, Sr, Ba) and BaSr2 P6 N12 :Eu(2+) have been synthesized at elevated pressures and 1100-1300 °C starting from the corresponding azides and P3 N5 with EuCl2 as dopant. Addition of NH4 Cl as mineralizer allowed for the growth of single crystals. This led to the successful structure elucidation of a highly condensed nitridophosphate from single-crystal X-ray diffraction data (CaP2 N4 :Eu(2+) (P63 , no. 173), a=16.847(2), c=7.8592(16) Å, V=1931.7(6) Å(3) , Z=24, 2033 observed reflections, 176 refined parameters, wR2 =0.096). Upon excitation by UV light, luminescence due to parity-allowed 4f(6) ((7) F)5d(1) →4f(7) ((8) S7/2 ) transition was observed in the orange (CaP2 N4 :Eu(2+) , λmax =575 nm), green (SrP2 N4 :Eu(2+) , λmax =529 nm), and blue regions of the visible spectrum (BaSr2 P6 N12 :Eu(2+) and BaP2 N4 :Eu(2+) , λmax =450 and 460 nm, respectively). Thus, the emission wavelength decreases with increasing ionic radius of the alkaline-earth ions. The corresponding full width at half maximum values (2240-2460 cm(-1) ) are comparable to those of other known Eu(2+) -doped (oxo)nitrides emitting in the same region of the visible spectrum. Following recently described quaternary Ba3 P5 N10 Br:Eu(2+) , this investigation represents the first report on the luminescence of Eu(2+) -doped ternary nitridophosphates. Similarly to nitridosilicates and related oxonitrides, Eu(2+) -doped nitridophosphates may have the potential to be further developed into efficient light-emitting diode phosphors.

  18. Quasiparticle bandstructure of antiferromagnetic EuTe

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    Mathi Jaya, S.; Nolting, W.

    1997-11-01

    The temperature-dependent electronic quasiparticle spectrum of the antiferromagnetic semiconductor EuTe is derived by use of a combination of a many-body model procedure with a tight-binding - `linear muffin tin orbital' (TB - LMTO) band structure calculation. The central part is the d - f model for a single band electron (`test electron') being exchange coupled to the antiferromagnetically ordered localized moments of the Eu ions. The single-electron Bloch energies of the d - f model are taken from a TB - LMTO calculation for paramagnetic EuTe. The d - f model is evaluated by a recently proposed moment conserving Green function technique to get the temperature-dependent sublattice - quasiparticle bandstructure (S - QBS) and sublattice - quasiparticle density of states (S - QDOS) of the unoccupied 5d - 6s energy bands. Unconventional correlation effects and the appearance of characteristic quasiparticles (`magnetic polarons') are worked out in detail. The temperature dependence of the S - QDOS and S - QBS is mainly provoked by the spectral weights of the energy dispersions. Minority- and majority-spin spectra coincide for all temperatures but with different densities of states. Upon cooling from 0953-8984/9/47/012/img1 to T = 0 K the lower conduction band edge exhibits a small blue shift of -0.025 eV in accordance with the experiment. Quasiparticle damping manifesting itself in a temperature-dependent broadening of the spectral density peaks arises from spin exchange processes between (5d - 6s) conduction band electrons and localized 4f moments.

  19. Adsorption of Eu(III) onto roots of water hyacinth

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    Kelley, C.; Mielke, R.E.; Dimaquibo, D.; Curtis, A.J.; Dewitt, J.G.

    1999-05-01

    The water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) has drawn attention as a plant capable of removing pollutants, including toxic metals, from water. The authors are interested in the capacity of the water hyacinth to remediate aquatic environments that have been contaminated with the lanthanide metal, europium Eu(III). Using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) they have been able to determine that Eu(III) is adsorbed onto the surface of the roots from water and that the highest concentration of Eu(III) is on the root hairs. X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) techniques were used to speciate the Eu(III) adsorbed onto the surface of the roots. The XAS data for Eu-contaminated water hyacinth roots provides evidence of a Eu-oxygen environment and establishes that Eu(III) is coordinated to 10--11 oxygen atoms at a distance of 2.44 {angstrom}. This likely involves binding of Eu(III) to the root via carboxylate groups and hydration of Eu(III) at the root surface.

  20. The magnetic structure of EuCu2Sb2

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    Ryan, D. H.; Cadogan, J. M.; Anand, V. K.; ...

    2015-05-06

    Antiferromagnetic ordering of EuCu2Sb2 which forms in the tetragonal CaBe2Ge2-type structure (space group P4/nmm #129) has been studied using neutron powder diffraction and 151Eu Mössbauer spectroscopy. The room temperature 151Eu isomer shift of –12.8(1) mm/s shows the Eu to be divalent, while the 151Eu hyperfine magnetic field (Bhf) reaches 28.7(2) T at 2.1 K, indicating a full Eu2+ magnetic moment. Bhf(T) follows a smoothmore » $$S=\\frac{7}{2}$$ Brillouin function and yields an ordering temperature of 5.1(1) K. Refinement of the neutron diffraction data reveals a collinear A-type antiferromagnetic arrangement with the Eu moments perpendicular to the tetragonal c-axis. As a result, the refined Eu magnetic moment at 0.4 K is 7.08(15) μB which is the full free-ion moment expected for the Eu2+ ion with $$S=\\frac{7}{2}$$ and a spectroscopic splitting factor of g = 2.« less

  1. Exploring growth conditions and Eu2+ concentration effects for KSr2I5:Eu scintillator crystals

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    Stand, L.; Zhuravleva, M.; Camarda, G.; Lindsey, A.; Johnson, J.; Hobbs, C.; Melcher, C. L.

    2016-04-01

    Our current research is focused on understanding dopant optimization, growth rate, homogeneity and their impact on the overall performance of KSr2I5:Eu2+ single crystal scintillators. In this work we have investigated the effects of Eu2+ concentration in the potassium strontium iodide matrix, and we found that the concentration needed to maximize the light yield was 4 mol%. In order to assess the effects of the pulling rate, we grew single crystals at 12, 24 and 120 mm/day via the vertical Bridgman technique. For the sample sizes measured (5×5×5 mm3), we found that the crystal grown at the fastest rate of 120 mm/day showed a light yield within ~7% of the more slowly grown boules, and no significant change was observed in the energy resolution. Therefore, light yields from 88,000 to 96,000 ph/MeV and energy resolutions from 2.4 to 3.0% (at 662 keV) were measured for KSr2I5:Eu 4% over a relatively wide range of growth conditions. In order to assess the homogeneity of KSr2I5:Eu 4%, a newly developed micro-resolution X-ray technique was used to map the light yield as a function of excitation position. In the crystals that we studied, we did not observe any significant inhomogeneity other than a smooth gradient due to light collection and self absorption effects.

  2. Transport and Magnetic Properties of EuAl4 and EuGa4

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    Nakamura, Ai; Uejo, Taro; Honda, Fuminori; Takeuchi, Tetsuya; Harima, Hisatomo; Yamamoto, Etsuji; Haga, Yoshinori; Matsubayashi, Kazuyuki; Uwatoko, Yoshiya; Hedo, Masato; Nakama, Takao; Ōnuki, Yoshichika

    2015-12-01

    We succeeded in growing a single crystal of the Eu-divalent compound EuAl4 with the BaAl4-type tetragonal structure by the Al self-flux method and measured the electrical resistivity, magnetic susceptibility, magnetization, specific heat, and thermoelectric power. EuAl4 orders antiferromagnetically below TN1 = 15.4 K, with three successive antiferromagnetic transitions at TN2 = 13.2 K, TN3 = 12.2 K, and TN4 = 10.0 K. The latter two transitions are of the first-order. The corresponding magnetization curve indicates three successive metamagnetic transitions with hystereses and saturates above 16 kOe. We observed a plausible characteristic feature of the charge density wave (CDW) below TCDW = 140 K. We also studied an effect of pressure on the electronic state by measuring the electrical resistivity and thermoelectric power. TCDW is found to decrease with increasing pressure at a rate of dTCDW/dP = -54.7 K/GPa and becomes zero at about 2.5 GPa. The present antiferromagnetic ordering is, however, found to be stable at higher pressures up to 7 GPa in EuAl4. On the other hand, the different characteristic CDW was observed in EuGa4, not at ambient pressure but above 1 GPa, and TCDW increases with increasing pressure. Above 6 GPa, we found that the antiferromagnetic ordering is changed into another first-order-like phase transition. Its characteristic feature is similar to that of the valence transition, and the heavy fermion state is realized at low temperatures.

  3. CsEuBr3: Crystal structure and its role in the photostimulation of CsBr :Eu2+

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    Hesse, S.; Zimmermann, J.; von Seggern, H.; Ehrenberg, H.; Fuess, H.; Fasel, C.; Riedel, R.

    2006-10-01

    CsBr :Eu2+ has recently been investigated as a photostimulable x-ray storage phosphor with great potential for application in high-resolution image plates. In a recent paper Hackenschmied et al. [J. Appl. Phys. 93, 5109 (2003)] suggested that segregations of CsEuBr3 or Cs4EuBr6 formed within CsBr :Eu2+ during annealing are responsible for an increase in the photostimulated luminescence (PSL) yield. In this work single crystals of CsEuBr3 were prepared by a one step synthesis and identified by x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis as single phase perovskites. It was concluded that, after preparation, CsEuBr3 degrades in normal atmosphere into at least two phases, one of which is the orthorhombic structure of Cs2EuBr5•10H2O. The XRD powder diffraction pattern of this compound is very similar to that of the segregations observed within CsBr :Eu2+ and reported by Hackenschmied et al. However, the increased PSL yield in CsBr :Eu2+ after annealing cannot be due to the segregations, because the trivalent nature of the europium in the segregations renders them PSL inactive.

  4. EU-US ABWG AgENCODE Workshop

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    As considerable progress has been made on producing draft quality genomic sequence for many food animal species, the next goal for genomics research is a greater understanding of gene regulation and expression. The EU-US Animal Biotechnology Working Group (ABWG), established by the EU-US Biotechnolo...

  5. EU nurse figures in decline long before Brexit vote.

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    Mckew, Matthew

    2017-03-08

    The falling number of European Union (EU) nurses applying to work in the UK has been widely blamed on Brexit. But figures obtained by Nursing Standard reveal interest from EU nurses was waning months before the June 2016 referendum, a trend experts say could be due to tougher language requirements introduced by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

  6. Better understanding of the EU regulatory frameworks for cosmetic products.

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    Rasmussen, Kirsten; Mech, Agnieszka

    2014-05-01

    This letter to the editor corrects some misunderstandings regarding the EU regulations covering cosmetic products stated in a recent publication by A. Sobek et al. "In the shadow of the cosmetics directive - Inconsistencies in EU environmental hazard classification requirements for UV-filters" published in Science of the Total Environment 461-462 (2013) 706-711.

  7. An Assessment of EU 2020 Strategy: Too Far to Reach?

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    Colak, Mehmet Selman; Ege, Aylin

    2013-01-01

    In 2010, EU adopted a new growth strategy which includes three growth priorities and five headline targets to be reached by 2020. The aim of this paper is to investigate the current performance of the EU member and candidate states in achieving these growth priorities and the overall strategy target by allocating the headline targets into the…

  8. Preparation and luminescence characteristics of Eu2+ activated silicate phosphor

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    Li, Pan-Lai; Yang, Zhi-Ping; Wang, Zhi-Jun; Guo, Qing-Lin

    2008-03-01

    This paper synthesizes the Sr2SiO4 : Eu2+ phosphor by high temperature solid-state reaction. The emission spectrum of Sr2SiO4 : Eu2+ shows two bands centred at 480 and 547 nm, which agree well with the calculation values of emission spectrum, and the location of yellow emission of Sr2SiO4 : Eu2+ is influenced by the Eu2+ concentration. The excitation spectrum for 547nm emission has two bands at 363 and 402 nm. The emission spectrum of white light emitting diodes (w-LEDs) based on Sr2SiO4 :Eu2+ phosphor + InGaN LED was investigated.

  9. Search for linking transitions in {sup 143}Eu

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    Lerma, F.; LaFosse, D.R.; Devlin, M.

    1996-12-31

    Six SD bands were populated in {sup 143}Eu and {sup 144}Eu, two of which had not been previously observed. Sum spectra were generated to search for two step links from the yrast SD band in {sup 143}Eu. However, no two step links were found. A single link from the SD band in {sup 143}Eu was found at 3364 keV. The level where it feeds into has not been identified. Alpha-particle energy (E{sub {alpha}}) spectra leading to the SD band and to normal states in {sup 143}Eu were measured and a correlation was found between E{sub {alpha}} and the level spin of the residual nucleus.

  10. [Effective laws for tobacco control: EU directives and Italian legislation].

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    Charrier, Lorena; Piccinelli, Cristiano; Coppo, Alessandro; Di Stefano, Francesca; D'Elia, Paolo; Molinar, Roberta; Senore, Carlo; Giordano, Livia; Segnan, Nereo

    2006-01-01

    Effective tobacco control policies include law issuing: bans/restrictions on smoking in public areas and workplaces, increasing of taxes on tobacco products, bans on advertising of tobacco products, warning labels on cigarette boxes. For some of these policies the European Union (EU) has introduced specific directives that EU member states have to put into law. This paper briefly presents literature data, EU directives and the laws consequently issued in Italy. The importance of standardizing European legislation, especially for those policies that are not enforced by EU directives is also discussed. In Italy and in some other European countries smoking is forbidden in public and work-places, despite no EU directive. The positive impact of this ban in these countries suggests that it should be considered a priority in the European policies against tobacco in order to reduce the gap between literature recommendations and actions.

  11. Low-lying electronic structure of EuH, EuOH, and EuO neutrals and anions determined by anion photoelectron spectroscopy and DFT calculations

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    Kafader, Jared O.; Ray, Manisha; Jarrold, Caroline Chick

    2015-07-21

    The anion photoelectron (PE) spectra of EuH{sup −} and the PE spectrum of overlapping EuOH{sup −} and EuO{sup −} anions are presented and analyzed with supporting results from density functional theory calculations on the various anions and neutrals. Results point to ionically bound, high-spin species. EuH and EuOH anions and neutrals exhibit analogous electronic structures: Transitions from {sup 8}Σ{sup −} anion ground states arising from the 4f{sup 7}σ{sub 6s}{sup 2} superconfiguration to the close-lying neutral {sup 9}Σ{sup −} and {sup 7}Σ{sup −} states arising from the 4f{sup 7}σ{sub 6s} superconfiguration are observed spaced by an energy interval similar to the free Eu{sup +} [4f{sup 7}6s] {sup 9}S - {sup 7}S splitting. The electron affinities (EAs) of EuH and EuOH are determined to be 0.771 ± 0.009 eV and 0.700 ± 0.011 eV, respectively. Analysis of spectroscopic features attributed to EuO{sup −} photodetachment is complicated by the likely presence of two energetically competitive electronic states of EuO{sup −} populating the ion beam. However, based on the calculated relative energies of the close-lying anion states arising from the 4f{sup 7}σ{sub 6s} and 4f{sup 6}σ{sub 6s}{sup 2} configurations and the relative energies of the one-electron accessible 4f{sup 7} and 4f{sup 6}σ{sub 6s} neutral states based on ligand-field theory [M. Dulick, E. Murad, and R. F. Barrow, J. Chem. Phys. 85, 385 (1986)], the remaining features are consistent with the 4f{sup 6}σ{sub 6s}{sup 2}  {sup 7}Σ{sup −} and 4f{sup 7}σ{sub 6s}{sup 7}Σ{sup −} anion states lying very close in energy (the former was calculated to be 0.15 eV lower in energy than the latter), though the true anion ground state and neutral EA could not be established unambiguously. Calculations on the various EuO anion and neutral states suggest 4f-orbital overlap with 2p orbitals in species with 4f{sup 6} occupancy.

  12. A Strategy to enhance Eu3+ emission from LiYF4:Eu nanophosphors and green-to-orange multicolor tunable, transparent nanophosphor-polymer composites.

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    Kim, Su Yeon; Won, Yu-Ho; Jang, Ho Seong

    2015-01-19

    LiYF4:Eu nanophosphors with a single tetragonal phase are synthesized, and various strategies to enhance the Eu(3+) emission from the nanophosphors are investigated. The optimized Eu(3+) concentration is 35 mol%, and the red emission peaks due to the (5)D0 →(7)FJ (J = 1 and 2) transitions of Eu(3+) ions are further enhanced by energy transfer from a sensitizer pair of Ce(3+) and Tb(3+). The triple doping of Ce, Tb, and Eu into the LiYF4 host more effectively enhances the Eu(3+) emission than the core/shell strategies of LiYF4:Eu(35%)/LiYF4:Ce(15%), Tb(15%) and LiYF4:Ce(15%), Tb(15%)/LiYF4:Eu(35%) architectures. Efficient energy transfer from Ce(3+) to Eu(3+) through Tb(3+) results in three times higher Eu(3+) emission intensity from LiYF4:Ce(15%), Tb(15%), Eu(1%) nanophosphors compared with LiYF4:Eu(35%), which contains the optimized Eu(3+) concentration. Owing to the energy transfer of Ce(3+) → Tb(3+) and Ce(3+) → Tb(3+) → Eu(3+), intense green and red emission peaks are observed from LiYF4:Ce(13%), Tb(14%), Eu(1-5%) (LiYF4:Ce, Tb, Eu) nanophosphors, and the intensity ratio of green to red emission is controlled by adjusting the Eu(3+) concentration. With increasing Eu(3+) concentration, the LiYF4:Ce, Tb, Eu nanophosphors exhibit multicolor emission from green to orange. In addition, the successful incorporation of LiYF4:Ce, Tb, Eu nanophosphors into polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) facilitates the preparation of highly transparent nanophosphor-PDMS composites that present excellent multicolor tunability.

  13. A Strategy to enhance Eu3+ emission from LiYF4:Eu nanophosphors and green-to-orange multicolor tunable, transparent nanophosphor-polymer composites

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    Kim, Su Yeon; Won, Yu-Ho; Jang, Ho Seong

    2015-01-01

    LiYF4:Eu nanophosphors with a single tetragonal phase are synthesized, and various strategies to enhance the Eu3+ emission from the nanophosphors are investigated. The optimized Eu3+ concentration is 35 mol%, and the red emission peaks due to the 5D0 -->7FJ (J = 1 and 2) transitions of Eu3+ ions are further enhanced by energy transfer from a sensitizer pair of Ce3+ and Tb3+. The triple doping of Ce, Tb, and Eu into the LiYF4 host more effectively enhances the Eu3+ emission than the core/shell strategies of LiYF4:Eu(35%)/LiYF4:Ce(15%), Tb(15%) and LiYF4:Ce(15%), Tb(15%)/LiYF4:Eu(35%) architectures. Efficient energy transfer from Ce3+ to Eu3+ through Tb3+ results in three times higher Eu3+ emission intensity from LiYF4:Ce(15%), Tb(15%), Eu(1%) nanophosphors compared with LiYF4:Eu(35%), which contains the optimized Eu3+ concentration. Owing to the energy transfer of Ce3+ --> Tb3+ and Ce3+ --> Tb3+ --> Eu3+, intense green and red emission peaks are observed from LiYF4:Ce(13%), Tb(14%), Eu(1-5%) (LiYF4:Ce, Tb, Eu) nanophosphors, and the intensity ratio of green to red emission is controlled by adjusting the Eu3+ concentration. With increasing Eu3+ concentration, the LiYF4:Ce, Tb, Eu nanophosphors exhibit multicolor emission from green to orange. In addition, the successful incorporation of LiYF4:Ce, Tb, Eu nanophosphors into polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) facilitates the preparation of highly transparent nanophosphor-PDMS composites that present excellent multicolor tunability.

  14. Direct evidence for significant spin-polarization of EuS in Co/EuS multilayers at room temperature

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    Pappas, S. D.; Poulopoulos, P.; Lewitz, B.; Straub, A.; Goschew, A.; Kapaklis, V.; Wilhelm, F.; Rogalev, A.; Fumagalli, P.

    2013-01-01

    The new era of spintronics promises the development of nanodevices, where the electron spin will be used to store information and charge currents will be replaced by spin currents. For this, ferromagnetic semiconductors at room temperature are needed. We report on significant room-temperature spin polarization of EuS in Co/EuS multilayers recorded by x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD). The films were found to contain a mixture of divalent and trivalent europium, but only Eu++ is responsible for the ferromagnetic behavior of EuS. The magnetic XMCD signal of Eu at room temperature could unambiguously be assigned to magnetic ordering of EuS and was found to be only one order of magnitude smaller than that at 2.5 K. The room temperature magnetic moment of EuS is as large as the one of bulk ferromagnetic Ni. Our findings pave the path for fabrication of room–temperature spintronic devices using spin polarized EuS layers. PMID:23434820

  15. Unique Pressure versus Temperature Phase Diagram for Antiferromagnets Eu2Ni3Ge5 and EuRhSi3

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    Nakashima, Miho; Amako, Yasushi; Matsubayashi, Kazuyuki; Uwatoko, Yoshiya; Nada, Masato; Sugiyama, Kiyohiro; Hagiwara, Masayuki; Haga, Yoshinori; Takeuchi, Tetsuya; Nakamura, Ai; Akamine, Hiromu; Tomori, Keisuke; Yara, Tomoyuki; Ashitomi, Yosuke; Hedo, Masato; Nakama, Takao; Ōnuki, Yoshichika

    2017-03-01

    We studied the magnetic properties of the antiferromagnets Eu2Ni3Ge5 and EuRhSi3 by measuring their electrical resistivity, specific heat, magnetic susceptibility, magnetization, and thermoelectric power, together with the electrical resistivities at high pressures of up to 15 GPa. These compounds have almost divalent Eu ions at ambient pressure and order antiferromagnetically with a successive change in the antiferromagnetic structure at TN = 19 K and T'N = 17 K in Eu2Ni3Ge5, and at TN = 49 K and T'N = 45 K in EuRhSi3. Magnetic field versus temperature (H-T) phase diagrams were constructed for both compounds from the magnetization measurements. The Néel temperature in Eu2Ni3Ge5 was found to increase up to 7 GPa but to decrease continuously with further increasing pressure, without the so-called valence transition. Under a high pressure of 15 GPa, Kondo-like behavior of the electrical resistivity was observed, suggesting the existence of the heavy-fermion state at low temperatures. A similar trend is likely to occur in EuRhSi3. The present P-T phase diagrams for both compounds are the first cases that are reminiscent of the phase diagram of EuCu2(SixGe1-x)2.

  16. Lifetimes of Rydberg states of Eu atoms

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    Jing, Hua; Ye, Shi-Wei; Dai, Chang-Jian

    2015-01-01

    The radiative lifetimes of the Eu 4f76snp (8PJ or 10PJ) Rydberg states with J = 5/2 and 11/2 are investigated with a combination of multi-step laser excitation and pulsed electric field ionization, from which their dependence on the effective principal quantum number is observed. The lifetimes of 21 states are reported along with an evaluation of their experimental uncertainty. The influence of blackbody radiation, due to the oven temperature, on the lifetime of the higher-n states is detected. The non-hydrogen behavior of the investigated states is also observed. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11174218).

  17. X-ray absorption and emission spectroscopy study of Mn and Co valence and spin states in TbM n1 -xC oxO3

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    Cuartero, V.; Lafuerza, S.; Rovezzi, M.; García, J.; Blasco, J.; Subías, G.; Jiménez, E.

    2016-10-01

    The valence and spin state evolution of Mn and Co on TbM n1 -xC oxO3 series is precisely determined by means of soft and hard x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and K β x-ray emission spectroscopy (XES). Our results show the change from M n3 + to M n4 + both high-spin (HS) together with the evolution from C o2 + HS to C o3 + low-spin (LS) with increasing x . In addition, high energy resolution XAS spectra on the K pre-edge region are interpreted in terms of the strong charge transfer and hybridization effects along the series. These results correlate well with the spin values of Mn and Co atoms obtained from the K β XES data. In this paper, we determine that Co enters into the transition metal sublattice of TbMn O3 as a divalent ion in HS state, destabilizing the Mn long-range magnetic order since very low doping compositions (x ≤0.1 ). Samples in the intermediate composition range (0.4 ≤x ≤0.6 ) adopt the crystal structure of a double perovskite with long-range ferromagnetic ordering which is due to M n4 + -O-C o2 + superexchange interactions with both cations in HS configuration. Ferromagnetism vanishes for x ≥0.7 due to the structural disorder that collapses the double perovskite structure. The spectroscopic techniques reveal the occurrence of M n4 + HS and a fluctuating valence state C o2 + HS/C o3 + LS in this composition range. Disorder and competitive interactions lead to a magnetic glassy behavior in these samples.

  18. Antiferromagnetism in EuCu2As2 and EuCu1.82Sb2 single crystals

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    Anand, V. K.; Johnston, D. C.

    2015-05-07

    Single crystals of EuCu2As2 and EuCu2Sb2 were grown from CuAs and CuSb self-flux, respectively. The crystallographic, magnetic, thermal, and electronic transport properties of the single crystals were investigated by room-temperature x-ray diffraction (XRD), magnetic susceptibility χ versus temperature T, isothermal magnetization M versus magnetic field H, specific heat Cp(T), and electrical resistivity ρ(T) measurements. EuCu2As2 crystallizes in the body-centered tetragonal ThCr2Si2-type structure (space group I4/mmm), whereas EuCu2Sb2 crystallizes in the related primitive tetragonal CaBe2Ge2-type structure (space group P4/nmm). The energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and XRD data for the EuCu2Sb2 crystals showed the presence of vacancies on the Cu sites, yielding themore » actual composition EuCu1.82Sb2. The ρ(T) and Cp(T) data reveal metallic character for both EuCu2As2 and EuCu1.82Sb2. Antiferromagnetic (AFM) ordering is indicated from the χ(T),Cp(T), and ρ(T) data for both EuCu2As2 (TN = 17.5 K) and EuCu1.82Sb2 (TN = 5.1 K). In EuCu1.82Sb2, the ordered-state χ(T) and M(H) data suggest either a collinear A-type AFM ordering of Eu+2 spins S = 7/2 or a planar noncollinear AFM structure, with the ordered moments oriented in the tetragonal ab plane in either case. This ordered-moment orientation for the A-type AFM is consistent with calculations with magnetic dipole interactions. As a result, the anisotropic χ(T) and isothermal M(H) data for EuCu2As2, also containing Eu+2 spins S = 7/2, strongly deviate from the predictions of molecular field theory for collinear AFM ordering and the AFM structure appears to be both noncollinear and noncoplanar.« less

  19. Commercializing genetically modified crops under EU regulations: objectives and barriers.

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    Raybould, Alan; Poppy, Guy M

    2012-01-01

    Agriculture faces serious problems in feeding 9 billion people by 2050: production must be increased and ecosystem services maintained under conditions for growing crops that are predicted to worsen in many parts of the world. A proposed solution is sustainable intensification of agriculture, whereby yields are increased on land that is currently cultivated, so sparing land to deliver other ecosystem services. Genetically modified (GM) crops are already contributing to sustainable intensification through higher yields and lower environmental impacts, and have potential to deliver further significant improvements. Despite their widespread successful use elsewhere, the European Union (EU) has been slow to introduce GM crops: decisions on applications to import GM commodities are lengthy, and decision-making on applications to cultivate GM crops has virtually ceased. Delayed import approvals result in economic losses, particularly in the EU itself as a result of higher commodity prices. Failure to grant cultivation approvals costs EU farmers opportunities to reduce inputs, and results in loss of agricultural research and development from the EU to countries such as the United States and China. Delayed decision-making in the EU ostensibly results from scientific uncertainty about the effects of using GM crops; however, scientific uncertainty may be a means to justify a political decision to restrict cultivation of GM crops in the EU. The problems associated with delayed decision-making will not improve until there is clarity about the EU's agricultural policy objectives, and whether the use of GM crops will be permitted to contribute to achieving those objectives.

  20. Two measured completely different electron affinities for atomic Eu?

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    Msezane, A. Z.; Felfli, Z.

    2016-05-01

    Recently, the electron affinity (EA) of atomic Eu was measured to be 0.116?eV. This value is in outstanding agreement with the theoretically calculated values using the Regge pole and MCDF-RCI methods. Previously, the EA of Eu was measured to be 1.053 eV. In an attempt to resolve the discrepancy between the two measured values, we have adopted the complex angular momentum (CAM) method and investigated in the electron energy range 0.11 eV Eu as Regge resonances following Ref.. We find the value of 2.63 eV as the EA of Eu. This leads us to conclude that neither the claimed measured EA of Eu correspond to the actual EA of Eu. We conclude that the EA in corresponds to the BE of an excited (metastable) state of the Euanion and that in to a shape resonance. We have also investigated the EA of atomic Nd and found the value of 1.88 eV, consistent with the measurement. These significant EA values of Eu and Nd could be important in the use of their negative ions in catalyzing the oxidation of water to peroxide and of methane to methanol without CO2 emission. These new results call for immediate experimental and theoretical verification.

  1. EU accession: A policy window opportunity for nursing?

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    De Raeve, Paul; Rafferty, Anne-Marie; Bariball, Louise; Young, Ruth; Boiko, Olga

    2017-03-01

    European enlargement has been studied in a wide range of policy areas within and beyond health. Yet the impact of EU enlargement upon one of the largest health professions, nursing, has been largely neglected. This paper aims to explore nurse leadership using a comparative case study method in two former Communist countries, Romania and Croatia. Specifically, it considers the extent to which engagement in the EU accession policy-making process provided a policy window for the leaders to formulate and implement a professional agenda while negotiating EU accession. Findings of qualitative interviews and documentary analysis indicate that the mechanisms used to facilitate the accession process were not successful in achieving compliance with the education standards in the Community Acquis, as highlighted in the criteria on the mutual recognition of professional qualifications set out in Directive 2005/36/EC. EU accession capacity building and accession funds were not deployed efficiently to upgrade Romanian and Croatian nursing education towards meeting EU standards. Conflicting views on accession held by the various nursing stakeholders (nursing regulator, nursing union, governmental chief nurse and the professional association) inhibited the setting of a common policy agenda to achieve compliance with EU standards. The study findings suggest a need to critically review EU accession mechanisms and better align leadership at all governance levels.

  2. Integration of the ferromagnetic insulator EuO onto graphene.

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    Swartz, Adrian G; Odenthal, Patrick M; Hao, Yufeng; Ruoff, Rodney S; Kawakami, Roland K

    2012-11-27

    We have demonstrated the deposition of EuO films on graphene by reactive molecular beam epitaxy in a special adsorption-controlled and oxygen-limited regime, which is a critical advance toward the realization of the exchange proximity interaction (EPI). It has been predicted that when the ferromagnetic insulator (FMI) EuO is brought into contact with graphene, an overlap of electronic wave functions at the FMI/graphene interface can induce a large spin splitting inside the graphene. Experimental realization of this effect could lead to new routes for spin manipulation, which is a necessary requirement for a functional spin transistor. Furthermore, EPI could lead to novel spintronic behavior such as controllable magnetoresistance, gate tunable exchange bias, and quantized anomalous Hall effect. However, experimentally, EuO has not yet been integrated onto graphene. Here we report the successful growth of high-quality crystalline EuO on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite and single-layer graphene. The epitaxial EuO layers have (001) orientation and do not induce an observable D peak (defect) in the Raman spectra. Magneto-optic measurements indicate ferromagnetism with a Curie temperature of 69 K, which is the value for bulk EuO. Transport measurements on exfoliated graphene before and after EuO deposition indicate only a slight decrease in mobility.

  3. Optical Probing of metamagnetic phases in epitaxial EuSe

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    Galgano, G. D.; Henriques, A. B.; Bauer, G.; Springholz, G.

    2011-12-23

    EuSe is a wide gap magnetic semiconductors with a potential for applications in proof-of-concept spintronic devices. When the temperature is lowered, EuSe goes through sharp transitions between a variety of magnetic phases and is thus described as metamagnetic. The purpose of the present investigation is to correlate the magnetic order to the sharp dichroic doublet, discovered recently in high quality thin epitaxial layers of EuSe, grown by molecular beam epitaxy. We report detailed measurements of the doublet positions and intensities as a function of magnetic field in low temperatures, covering several magnetic phases.

  4. Optical properties of Eu2+ doped antipervoskite fluoride single crystals

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    Daniel, D. Joseph; Nithya, R.; Ramasamy, P.; Madhusoodanan, U.

    2013-02-01

    Single crystals of pure and Eu2+ doped LiBaF3 have been grown from melt by using a vertical Bridgman-Stockbarger method. Absorption and luminescence spectra for pure and rare-earth-doped LiBaF3 were studied. At ambient conditions the photoluminescence spectra consisted of sharp lines peaked at ˜359 nm attributed to the 6P7/2→8S7/2 transitions in the 4f7 electronic configuration of Eu2+ and a broad band extending between 370 and 450 nm attributed to Eu2+ trapped exciton recombination. The effect of 60Co gamma irradiation has also been investigated.

  5. Synthesis YPO4:Eu3+ Nanophosphor from Fungi

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    Jia, George D

    2010-01-01

    Live fungi (zygo and asco) were cultivated and grown in an agar solution with a 2000 ppm concentration of Y3+ from YNO3 and a 20 ppm concentration of Eu3+ from EuNO3. When the fungi were grown to a good amount, they were collected, dried, and burnt at 1000 C for 2 h in air. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and optical spectroscopy experiments revealed that the product was nanophosphor YPO4:Eu3+ with a size of 100 200 nm.

  6. Eu{sup 3+} luminescence enhancement by intercalation of benzenepolycarboxylic guests into Eu{sup 3+}-doped layered gadolinium hydroxide

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    Gu, Qingyang; Pan, Guohua; Ma, Teng; Huang, Gailing; Sun, Genban; Ma, Shulan; Yang, Xiaojing

    2014-05-01

    Graphical abstract: Two benzenepolycarboxylic sensitizers, 1,3,5-benzenetricarboxylic acid (BTA) and 1,2,4,5-benzenetetracarboxylic acid (BA), were intercalated into NO{sub 3}–LGdH:Eu, in which different structures of the compounds resulted in varied arrangement in the gallery. The two organic compounds especially BA markedly enhanced the red luminescence of Eu{sup 3+} due to efficient energy transfer between the organic guests and Eu{sup 3+} centers. - Highlights: • We report the intercalation of benzenepolycarboxylic organic sensitizers into LRH. • We study the intercalation structure and the arrangement of the interlayer guests. • The two organic compounds can markedly enhance the luminescence of Eu{sup 3+}. • There exists efficient energy transfer between organic guests and Eu{sup 3+} centers. • This material opens a route for fabricating new multifunctional luminescent materials. - Abstract: Two benzenepolycarboxylic organic sensitizers, 1,3,5-benzenetricarboxylic acid (BTA) and 1,2,4,5-benzenetetracarboxylic acid (BA), were intercalated into the gallery of NO{sub 3}{sup −} type Eu{sup 3+}-doped layered gadolinium hydroxide (NO{sub 3}–LGdH:Eu). CHN analysis, FTIR, and SEM were employed to characterize the intercalation structures of the as-prepared organic/inorganic hybrids. The area per unit charge (S{sub charge}) was used to explain the intercalation structure and the arrangement of the interlayer guests. Different structures of the two organic compounds resulted in varied arrangement of guests. Photoluminescence studies indicated that both of the two organic compounds especially BA markedly enhanced the red luminescence of Eu{sup 3+} due to efficient energy transfer between the organic guests and Eu{sup 3+} centers.

  7. High-Precision Measurement of Eu/Eu* in Geological Glasses via LA-ICP-MS Analysis

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    Tang, Ming; McDonough, William F.; Arevalo, Ricardo, Jr.

    2014-01-01

    Elemental fractionation during laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) analysis has been historically documented between refractory and volatile elements. In this work, however, we observed fractionation between light rare earth elements (LREEs) and heavy rare earth elements (HREEs) when using ablation strategies involving large spot sizes (greater than 100 millimeters) and line scanning mode. In addition: (1) ion yields decrease when using spot sizes above 100 millimeters; (2) (Eu/Eu*)(sub raw) (i.e. Europium anomaly) positively correlates with carrier gas (He) flow rate, which provides control over the particle size distribution of the aerosol reaching the ICP; (3) (Eu/Eu*)(sub raw) shows a positive correlation with spot size, and (4) the changes in REE signal intensity, induced by the He flow rate change, roughly correlate with REE condensation temperatures. The REE fractionation is likely driven by the slight but significant difference in their condensation temperatures. Large particles may not be completely dissociated in the ICP and result in preferential evaporation of the less refractory LREEs and thus non-stoichiometric particle-ion conversion. This mechanism may also be responsible for Sm-Eu-Gd fractionation as Eu is less refractory than Sm and Gd. The extent of fractionation depends upon the particle size distribution of the aerosol, which in turn is influenced by the laser parameters and matrix. Ablation pits and lines defined by low aspect ratios produce a higher proportion of large particles than high aspect ratio ablation, as confirmed by measurements of particle size distribution in the laser induced aerosol. Therefore, low aspect ratio ablation introduces particles that cannot be decomposed and/or atomized by the ICP and thus results in exacerbated elemental fractionation. Accurate quantification of REE concentrations and Eu/Eu* requires reduction of large particle production during laser ablation. For the reference

  8. Luminescence studies of Eu-doped YBO3 host

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    Nair, Ramya G.; Nigam, Sandeep; Sudarsan, V.; Dhabekar, B. S.; Vatsa, R. K.

    2016-05-01

    Highly crystalline phase of YBO3:Eu3+ phosphors were prepared by solid state reaction. The phosphor shows characteristic 5D0→7F1 (J = 1, 2, 3, 4) transition for Eu3+. Phase purity, and emission intensity increases with increase in the annealing temperature and corresponding Eu-O charge transfer band shows blue shift in excitation spectrum. Color purity, determined in terms of R/O ratio, was found to be 1.42 (CIE color coordinates x = 0.62, y = 0.36). According to the luminescence decay analysis the 5D0 level of Eu3+ lifetime is around 5ms and quantum efficiency is 72%. Thermo-luminescence (TL) spectra of the sample reveal three broad peaks between 80 and 240°C.

  9. Paradoxical EU agricultural policies on genetically engineered crops.

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    Masip, Gemma; Sabalza, Maite; Pérez-Massot, Eduard; Banakar, Raviraj; Cebrian, David; Twyman, Richard M; Capell, Teresa; Albajes, Ramon; Christou, Paul

    2013-06-01

    European Union (EU) agricultural policy has been developed in the pursuit of laudable goals such as a competitive economy and regulatory harmony across the union. However, what has emerged is a fragmented, contradictory, and unworkable legislative framework that threatens economic disaster. In this review, we present case studies highlighting differences in the regulations applied to foods grown in EU countries and identical imported products, which show that the EU is undermining its own competitiveness in the agricultural sector, damaging both the EU and its humanitarian activities in the developing world. We recommend the adoption of rational, science-based principles for the harmonization of agricultural policies to prevent economic decline and lower standards of living across the continent.

  10. Optical characterization of Eu3+ doped ZnO nanocomposites.

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    Grandhe, Bhaskar Kumar; Bandi, Vengala Rao; Jang, Kiwan; Lee, Ho-Sueb; Shin, Dong-Soo; Yi, Soung-Soo; Jeong, Jung-Hyun

    2013-11-01

    A rare-earth metal ion (Eu3+) doped ZnO nanocomposites have been successfully synthesized by employing wet chemical procedure using multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWCNT's) as removable template. The preparation was carried out by immersing empty and dried MWCNT's in a stoichiometric composition of zinc nitrate and europium nitrate solution followed by filtration and sintering. The synthesized Eu3+ doped ZnO nanocomposites were characterized by means of different characterization techniques namely XRD, SEM, EDS, FT-IR and Raman spectroscopy. The XRD profile of the Eu3+ doped ZnO nanocomposites indicated its hexagonal nature while the photoluminescent analysis reveals that the prepared nanocomposite exhibits a strong red emission peak at 619 nm due to 5D0 --> 7F2 forced electric dipole transition of Eu3+ ions. Such luminescent materials are expected to find potential applications in display devices.

  11. The Multiplex Network of EU Lobby Organizations

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    Zeng, An; Battiston, Stefano

    2016-01-01

    The practice of lobbying in the interest of economic or social groups plays an important role in the policy making process of most economies. While no data is available at this stage to examine the success of lobbies in exerting influence on specific policy issues, we perform a first systematic multi-layer network analysis of a large lobby registry. Here we focus on the domains of finance and climate and we combine information on affiliation and client relations from the EU transparency register with information about shareholding and interlocking directorates of firms. We find that the network centrality of lobby organizations has no simple relation with their lobbying budget. Moreover, different layers of the multiplex network provide complementary information to characterize organizations’ potential influence. At the aggregate level, it appears that while the domains of finance and climate are separated on the layer of affiliation relations, they become intertwined when economic relations are considered. Because groups of interest differ not only in their budget and network centrality but also in terms of their internal cohesiveness, drawing a map of both connections across and within groups is a precondition to better understand the dynamics of influence on policy making and the forces at play. PMID:27792734

  12. Partitioning of Eu between augite and a highly spiked martian basalt composition as a function of oxygen fugacity (IW-1 to QFM): Determination of Eu[superscript 2+]/Eu[superscript 3+] ratios by XANES

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    Karner, J.M.; Papike, J.J.; Sutton, S.R.; Burger, P.V.; Shearer, C.K.; Le, L.; Newville, M.; Choi, Y.

    2010-03-16

    We have determined D{sub Eu} between augite and melt in samples that crystallized from a highly spiked martian basalt composition at four f{sub O{sub 2}} conditions. D{sub Eu} augite/melt shows a steady increase with f{sub O{sub 2}} from 0.086 at IW-1 to 0.274 at IW+3.5. This increase is because Eu{sup 3+} is more compatible than Eu{sup 2+} in the pyroxene structure; thus increasing f{sub O{sub 2}} leads to greater Eu{sup 3+}/Eu{sup 2+} in the melt and more Eu (total) can partition into the crystallizing pyroxene. This interpretation is supported by direct determinations of Eu valence state by XANES, which show a steady increase of Eu{sup 3+}/Eu{sup 2+} with increasing f{sub O{sub 2}} in both pyroxene (0.38 to 14.6) and glass (0.20 to 12.6) in the samples. Also, pyroxene Eu{sup 3+}/Eu{sup 2+} is higher than that of adjacent glass in all the samples, which verifies that Eu{sup 3+} is more compatible than Eu{sup 2+} in the pyroxene structure. Combining partitioning data with XANES data allows for the calculation of specific valence state D-values for augite/melt where D{sub Eu{sup 3+}} = 0.28 and D{sub Eu{sup 2+}} = 0.07.

  13. Unusual Mixed Valence of Eu in Two Materials-EuSr2Bi2S4F4 and Eu2SrBi2S4F4: Mössbauer and X-ray Photoemission Spectroscopy Investigations.

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    Haque, Zeba; Thakur, Gohil Singh; Parthasarathy, Rangasamy; Gerke, Birgit; Block, Theresa; Heletta, Lukas; Pöttgen, Rainer; Joshi, Amish G; Selvan, Ganesan Kalai; Arumugam, Sonachalam; Gupta, Laxmi Chand; Ganguli, Ashok Kumar

    2017-02-28

    We have synthesized two new Eu-based compounds, EuSr2Bi2S4F4 and Eu2SrBi2S4F4, which are derivatives of Eu3Bi2S4F4, an intrinsic superconductor with Tc = 1.5 K. They belong to a tetragonal structure (SG: I4/mmm, Z = 2), similar to the parent compound Eu3Bi2S4F4. Our structural and (151)Eu Mössbauer spectroscopy studies show that, in EuSr2Bi2S4F4, Eu-atoms exclusively occupy the crystallographic 2a-sites. In Eu2SrBi2S4F4, 2a-sites are fully occupied by Eu-atoms and the other half of Eu-atoms and Sr-atoms together fully occupy 4e-sites in a statistical distribution. In both compounds Eu atoms occupying the crystallographic 2a-sites are in a homogeneous mixed valent state ∼2.6-2.7. From our magnetization studies in an applied H ≤ 9 T, we infer that the valence of Eu-atoms in Eu2SrBi2S4F4 at the 2a-sites exhibits a shift toward 2+. Our XPS studies corroborate the occurrence of valence fluctuations of Eu and after Ar-ion sputtering show evidence of enhanced population of Eu(2+)-states. Resistivity measurements, down to 2 K, suggest a semimetallic nature for both compounds.

  14. Regionale Meeresschutzkooperation und die EU-Gratwanderung der Helsinki-Kommission imOsterweiterungsprozess der EU

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    Imhoff, Heike

    1999-12-01

    The purpose of the lecture is to describe the role of regional marine protection cooperation in the context of international cooperation. My intention is to provide evidence that regional forms of cooperation are an indispensable instrument, in particular against the backdrop of the EU enlargement to the east. Signed at times when the iron curtain still existed, the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Convention was the basis of a first reluctant cooperation between Western and Eastem states bordering on the Baltic Sea. As a result of the fall of the iron curtain and of the accession of Finland and Sweden to the European Union there was a shift in the political structure of the Baltic Sea cooperation. 4 EU member states are represented in the Helsinki Commission. As there is a total of 10 Parties (one of them the Commission of the European Communities) this means that EU countries currently already make up 50% of the Commission. The regulatory instruments of the Helsinki Commission (legally non-binding, yet politically appellative recommendations) and of the EU (directives, regulations etc. which are binding by international law) make it clear that there are serious differences. From the point of view of regional marine protection cooperation, the EC Commission’s involvement in issues of regional marine protection has been linked to both advantages and disadvantages. The pressure created by the EC’s involvement in certain issues can be considered an advantage, since it requires that certain issues are continually addressed in the framework of regional marine protection cooperation. For example, in the wake of the adoption of the nitrates directive special rules were established in the framework of the Helsinki Commission. However, the exclusive competence for individual areas (e.g. fisheries) claimed by the EC Commission sometimes has negative effects. Those member states of the Helsinki Commission which are also EU member states may formally only accept rules

  15. EU Failing FAO Challenge to Improve Global Food Security.

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    Smyth, Stuart J; Phillips, Peter W B; Kerr, William A

    2016-07-01

    The announcement that the European Union (EU) had reached an agreement allowing Member States (MS) to ban genetically modified (GM) crops confirms that the EU has chosen to ignore the food security challenge issued to the world by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in 2009. The FAO suggests that agricultural biotechnology has a central role in meeting the food security challenge.

  16. Electron spin resonance in Eu-based iron pnictides

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    Krug von Nidda, H.-A.; Kraus, S.; Schaile, S.; Dengler, E.; Pascher, N.; Hemmida, M.; Eom, M. J.; Kim, J. S.; Jeevan, H. S.; Gegenwart, P.; Deisenhofer, J.; Loidl, A.

    2012-09-01

    The phase diagrams of EuFe2-xCoxAs2 (0≤x≤0.4) and EuFe2As2-yPy (0≤y≤0.43) are investigated by Eu2+ electron spin resonance (ESR) in single crystals. From the temperature dependence of the linewidth ΔH(T) of the exchange narrowed ESR line, the spin-density wave (SDW) (TTSDW) are clearly distinguished. At T>TSDW the isotropic linear increase of the linewidth is driven by the Korringa relaxation which measures the conduction-electron density of states at the Fermi level. For T0.2 and y>0.3 it remains nearly constant. Comparative ESR measurements on single crystals of the Eu diluted SDW compound Eu0.2Sr0.8Fe2As2 and superconducting (SC) Eu0.22Sr0.78Fe1.72Co0.28As2 corroborate the leading influence of the ligand field on the Eu2+ spin relaxation in the SDW regime as well as the Korringa relaxation in the normal metallic regime. A coherence peak is not detected in the latter compound below Tc=21 K, which is in agreement with the expected complex anisotropic SC gap structure. In contrast, indications for phase coexistence and BCS-type superconductivity are found in EuFe2As1.57P0.43.

  17. Overview of Botanical Status in EU, USA, and Thailand

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    Mahady, Gail B.

    2013-01-01

    The botanical status in EU, USA, and Thailand is different owing to the regulatory status, the progress of science, and the influence of culture and society. In the EU, botanicals are positioned as herbal medicinal products and food supplements, in the US they are regulated as dietary supplements but often used as traditional medicines, and in Thailand, they are regulated and used as traditional medicines. Information for some of the most popular botanicals from each country is included in this review. PMID:24228061

  18. Could EU herbal monographs contribute to Malta's treatment armamentarium?

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    Micallef, B; Attard, E; Serracino-Inglott, A; Borg, J J

    2015-03-15

    Ten years have passed since Directive 2004/24/EC regulating herbal medicinal products across the EU were published. The directive created the Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products within the European Medicines Agency whose remit includes the creation and publishing of official EU monographs on herbal medicinal products. These monographs include the official uses of the products and their evidence for efficacy and safety. To this effect, we are interested in analysing the potential impact herbal product EU monographs could have on the therapeutic treatment options available for prescribers in Malta. Therefore our aim was two-fold. First, to rationalise the spread of indications of the herbal substances listed in the community herbal monograph inventory and subsequently determine if these herbal substances could potentially contribute to the treatment options available in our local scenario (Malta). 128 EU monographs were analysed resulting in a total of 230 indications which subsequently codified into 42 unique ATC codes. The Malta Medicines List contains 1456 unique ATC codes. Comparative analysis of the Malta Medicines List revealed that the 21 therapeutic areas had 4 or less pharmaceutically used substances (5th level ATC codes) registered and therefore in our opinion are areas with limited therapeutic choice. The following 4 therapeutic areas, A05 bile and liver therapy, A13 tonics, A15 appetite stimulants and D03 preparations for treatment of wounds and ulcers, could potentially benefit from the registration of herbal medicinal products according to the EU herbal monographs. If such registration is effected the aforementioned areas would no longer be considered limited because more than 4 therapeutic choices would be available to prescribers. This study is the first study across the EU to analyse the potential impact of published EU herbal monographs on therapeutic coverage in an EU member state and confirms the notion that herbal products could potentially

  19. A System of Systems Approach to the EU Energy System

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    Jess, Tom; Madani, Kaveh; Mahlooji, Maral; Ristic, Bora

    2016-04-01

    Around the world, measures to prevent dangerous climate change are being adopted and may change energy systems fundamentally. The European Union (EU) is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emission by 20% by 2020 and by 80-95% by 2050. In order to achieve this, EU member states aim to increase the share of renewables in the energy mix to 20% by 2020. This commitment comes as part of a series of other aims, principles, and policies to reform the EU's energy system. Cost-efficiency in the emissions reductions measures as well as strategic goals under the Resource Efficient Europe flagship initiative which would include a more prudent approach to other natural resources such as water and land. Using the "System of Systems Approach", as from Hadian and Madani (2015), energy sources' Relative Aggregate Footprints (RAF) in the EU are evaluated. RAF aggregates across four criteria: carbon footprint, water footprint, land footprint, and economic cost. The four criteria are weighted by resource availability across the EU and for each Member State. This provides an evaluation of the overall resource use efficiency of the EU's energy portfolio and gives insight into the differences in the desirability of energy sources across Member States. Broadly, nuclear, onshore wind, and geothermal are most desirable under equal criteria weights and EU average weighting introduces only small changes in the relative performance of only few technologies. The member state specific weightings show that most countries have similar energy technology preferences. However, the UK deviates most strongly from the average, with an even stronger preference for nuclear and coal. Sweden, Malta and Finland also deviate from the typical preferences indicating the complexity in play in reforming the EU energy system. Reference Hadian S, Madani K (2015) A System of Systems Approach to Energy Sustainability Assessment: Are All Renewables Really Green? Ecological Indicators, 52, 194-206.

  20. Magnetic properties of EuCr2Al20

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    Swatek, Przemysław; Kaczorowski, Dariusz

    2016-10-01

    Polycrystalline sample of EuCr2Al20 was studied by means of x-ray powder diffraction, magnetization, electrical resistivity and heat capacity measurements. The compound was found to order antiferromagnetically at TN = 4.8 K due to the magnetic moments carried on divalent of Eu ions. The experimental findings are supported by the results of ab-initio band structure calculations.

  1. EPR and luminescence studies of the radiation induced Eu2+ centers in the EuAl3(BO3)4 single crystals

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    Prokhorov, A. A.; Chernush, L. F.; Babin, V.; Buryi, M.; Savchenko, D.; Lančok, J.; Nikl, M.; Prokhorov, A. D.

    2017-04-01

    We have studied the X-ray irradiated EuAl3(BO3)4 single crystals by means of luminescence and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. It was found that the X-ray irradiation modifies the color of the EuAl3(BO3)4 crystal and leads to the formation of a stable Eu2+ centers from the Eu3+ centers located in a host matrix. Annealing of the crystal at 600 °C leads to the restoration of the original color and the disappearance of Eu2+ centers. The EPR and luminescence spectra of the Eu2+ ion were studied in a wide temperature range. The angular dependence of Eu2+ EPR spectra is described by an axial spin Hamiltonian characterized by the spin of S = 7/2 with the following parameters: gz = gx = 1.991 (1); b20 = -267,86 (16)*10-4cm-1; b40 = -4,20 (8)* 10-4cm-1; b60 = 0,37 (13)* 10-4cm-1; A (151) = 31,4 (3)* 10-4cm-1; A (153) = 13,9 (3)* 10-4cm-1. Based on the comparison of spin Hamiltonian parameters of Eu2+ and Gd3+ ions, it was concluded that Eu2+ ion located at the Eu3+ site in the EuAl3(BO3)4 crystal lattice. Within the framework of the superposition model, the distortions introduced to the local environment by the Eu2+ and Gd3+ ions were analyzed. In the luminescence spectra, the bands associated with the Eu2+ and Eu3+ ions are detected. The photoluminescence decay kinetics of Eu3+-related emission (614 nm) has a single-exponential character, whereas the Eu2+-related band (323 nm) possess more complicated decay kinetics behavior that may point to the Eu2+ excited state ionization and its delayed recombination.

  2. Luminescence in Li₃ Al ₂ (PO₄)₃ :Eu(2+).

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    Shinde, K N; Park, K

    2013-01-01

    A series of efficient Li₃ Al ₂ (PO₄)₃ :Eu(2+) novel phosphors were synthesized by the facile combustion method. The effects of dopant on the luminescence behavior of Li₃ Al ₂ (PO₄)₃ phosphor were also investigated. The phosphors were characterized by X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscope and photoluminescence techniques. The result shows that all samples can be excited efficiently by near-ultraviolet excitation under 310 nm. The emission was observed for Li₃ Al ₂ (PO₄)₃ :Eu(2+) phosphor at 425 nm, which corresponded to the d → f transition. The concentration quenching of Eu(2+) was observed in Li₃ Al ₂ (PO₄)₃ :Eu(2+) when the Eu concentration was at 0.5 mol%. The prepared powders exhibited intense blue emission at the 425 nm owing to the Eu(2+) ion by Hg-free excitation at 310 nm (i.e., solid-state lighting excitation). Consequently, the availability of such a phosphor will significantly help in the development of blue-emitting solid-state lighting applications.

  3. Supporting health systems in Europe: added value of EU actions?

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    Clemens, Timo; Michelsen, Kai; Brand, Helmut

    2014-01-01

    Since the start of the economic crisis, the European Union's (EU's) predominant discourse has been austerity and fiscal consolidation. The detrimental effects on Europe's health systems and the health status of its citizens are well described. However, little is known about the emerging EU-level initiatives to support national health systems handle the challenges of efficient care provision and system reorganisation aimed to meet their future needs. This review analyses the manner, conditions and prospects of such EU support. First, health system objectives are increasingly entering the EU health policy agenda. Second, professional and patient mobility provisions may support member states (MS) in copying with crisis related health challenges but can potentially acerbate them at the same time. Third, in recent initiatives health system goals are more closely tied to the EU's economic growth narrative. And fourth, health system issues are taken up in existing EU-level structures for debate and exchange between MS. In addition, the design of some policies may have the potential to intensify socioeconomic and health inequalities rather than ameliorate them.

  4. Radiation stability of CsBr:Eu needle image plates

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    Batentschuk, M.; Neudert, S.; Weidner, M.; Osvet, A.; Struye, L.; Tahon, J.-P.; Leblans, P.

    2009-10-15

    Needle image plates (NIPs) based on CsBr:Eu are a good alternative to the BaFBr:Eu powder image plates due to their higher sensitivity and improved spatial resolution. The x-ray radiation stability of the NIPs produced by Agfa Gevaert was investigated and it was found that the radiation stability of the optimized NIPs is as high as that of the commercial CsI:Tl single crystals and much higher than reported in literature for the CsBr:Eu NIPs. The dependence of the sensitivity of the NIPs on the accumulated dose was determined for three different types of x-ray irradiation. It is shown that degradation of the sensitivity starts at about 10 Gy and it is the strongest for the most hard x-ray beam. If the energy absorbed by a NIP is taken into account, the degradation does not depend on the hardness of the applied x-ray beam. It is suggested that the main reason for the observed high radiation stability of the CsBr:Eu NIPs is the use of the oxygen-free Eu{sup 2+}-containing precursor CsEuBr{sub 3} for the doping in the manufacturing process.

  5. Radiation stability of CsBr:Eu needle image plates

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    Batentschuk, M.; Neudert, S.; Weidner, M.; Osvet, A.; Struye, L.; Tahon, J.-P.; Leblans, P.

    2009-10-01

    Needle image plates (NIPs) based on CsBr:Eu are a good alternative to the BaFBr:Eu powder image plates due to their higher sensitivity and improved spatial resolution. The x-ray radiation stability of the NIPs produced by Agfa Gevaert was investigated and it was found that the radiation stability of the optimized NIPs is as high as that of the commercial CsI:Tl single crystals and much higher than reported in literature for the CsBr:Eu NIPs. The dependence of the sensitivity of the NIPs on the accumulated dose was determined for three different types of x-ray irradiation. It is shown that degradation of the sensitivity starts at about 10 Gy and it is the strongest for the most hard x-ray beam. If the energy absorbed by a NIP is taken into account, the degradation does not depend on the hardness of the applied x-ray beam. It is suggested that the main reason for the observed high radiation stability of the CsBr:Eu NIPs is the use of the oxygen-free Eu2+-containing precursor CsEuBr3 for the doping in the manufacturing process.

  6. Nuclear spin coherence properties of 151Eu3+ and 153Eu3+ in a Y2O3 transparent ceramic

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    Karlsson, J.; Kunkel, N.; Ikesue, A.; Ferrier, A.; Goldner, P.

    2017-03-01

    We have measured inhomogeneous linewidths and coherence times (T 2) of nuclear spin transitions in a Eu3+ :Y2O3 transparent ceramic by an all-optical spin echo technique. The nuclear spin echo decay curves showed a strong modulation which was attributed to interaction with Y nuclei in the host. The coherence time of the 29 MHz spin transition in 151Eu3+ was 16 ms in a small applied magnetic field. Temperature dependent measurements showed that the coherence time was constant up to 18 K and was limited by spin-lattice relaxation for higher temperatures. Nuclear spin echoes in 153Eu3+ gave much weaker signals than for the case of 151Eu3+ . The spin coherence time for the 73 MHz spin transition in 153Eu3+ was estimated to 14 ms in a small magnetic field. The study shows that the spin transitions of ceramic Eu3+ :Y2O3 have coherence properties comparable to the best rare-earth-doped materials available.

  7. Strain-Induced Enhancement of Eu3+ Emission in Red Phosphor NaMgPO4:Eu3+, Al3+

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    Gao, Yong; Long, Qiwei; Nong, Rong; Wang, Tianman; Huang, Yingheng; Liao, Sen; Zhang, Huaxin

    2017-02-01

    A series of (NaMgPO4)0.98- x : {Eu}_{0.02}^{3 + }, {Al}x^{3 + } phosphors were prepared by the solid-state method. X-ray powder diffraction results confirm that the samples contain mixture phases of crystals. The doped effect of Al3+ on the photoluminescence properties of (NaMgPO4)0.98- x : {Eu}_{0.02}^{3 + }, {Al}x^{3 + } phosphors is discussed. The results indicate that two dependent curves of emission relative intensity and strain on Al3+ doping concentration are all Gaussian curves, and a high correlation is observed between emission relative intensity of Eu3+ and strain caused by Al3+. In other words, emission relative intensity of Eu3+ is enhanced with the increase of the strain. The enhanced mechanism of the strain is discussed. In addition, (NaMgPO4)0.98- x : {Eu}_{0.02}^{3 + }, {Al}x^{3 + } phosphors are electric dipole-dominated transition red phosphors. The optimal molar concentration of Al3+ for the samples is 9%, which (NaMgPO4)0.89: {Eu}_{0.02}^{3 + }, {Al}_{0.09}^{3 + } is a potential candidate as the red-emitting phosphor for ultraviolet-based white light-emitting diodes.

  8. Effect of Eu magnetism on the electronic properties of the candidate Dirac material EuMnBi2

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    May, Andrew F.; McGuire, Michael A.; Sales, Brian C.

    2014-08-01

    The crystal structure and physical properties of the layered material EuMnBi2 have been characterized by measurements on single crystals. EuMnBi2 is isostructural with the Dirac material SrMnBi2 based on single-crystal x-ray diffraction, crystallizing in the I4/mmm space group (No. 139). Magnetic susceptibility measurements suggest antiferromagnetic (AFM) ordering of moments on divalent Eu ions near TN=22 K. For low fields, the ordered Eu moments are aligned along the c axis, and a spin flop is observed near 5.4 T at 5 K. The moment is not saturated in an applied field of 13 T at 5 K, which is uncommon for compounds containing Eu2+. The magnetic behavior suggests an anisotropy enhancement via interaction between Eu and the Mn moments that appear to be ordered antiferromagnetically below ≈310 K. A large increase in the magnetoresistance is observed across the spin flop, with absolute magnetoresistance reaching ≈650% at 5 K and 12 T. Hall effect measurements reveal a decrease in the carrier density below TN, which implies a manipulation of the Fermi surface by magnetism on the sites surrounding the Bi square nets that lead to Dirac cones in this family of materials.

  9. New localized/delocalized emitting state of Eu2+ in orange-emitting hexagonal EuAl2O4

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    Liu, Feng; Meltzer, Richard S.; Li, Xufan; ...

    2014-11-18

    Eu2+-activated phosphors are being widely used in illuminations and displays. Some of these phosphors feature an extremely broad and red-shifted Eu2+ emission band; however, convincing explanation of this phenomenon is lacking. Here we report a new localized/delocalized emitting state of Eu2+ ions in a new hexagonal EuAl2O4 phosphor whose Eu2+ luminescence exhibits a very large bandwidth and an extremely large Stokes shift. At 77 K, two luminescent sites responsible for 550 nm and 645 nm broadband emissions are recognized, while at room temperature only the 645 nm emission band emits. The 645 nm emission exhibits a typical radiative lifetime ofmore » 1.27 μs and an unusually large Stokes shift of 0.92 eV. We identify the 645 nm emission as originating from a new type of emitting state whose composition is predominantly that of localized 4f65d character but which also contains a complementary component with delocalized conduction-band-like character. This investigation gives new insights into a unique type of Eu2+ luminescence in solids whose emission exhibits both a very large bandwidth and an extremely large Stokes shift.« less

  10. EU assessment of enterococci as feed additives.

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    Becquet, Philippe

    2003-12-01

    Particular micro-organisms such as enterococcal strains are used as probiotics in feed. Observations indicate a positive effect of such strains on the gut flora, especially for young animals or during feed transition phases. This favourable effect is perceived by the farmers as a means of maintenance of the health status of the animals (e.g. less diarrhoea) and results in significant improvement of animal performance. Micro-organisms have been used since the end of the 1980s in animal feeds and were strictly regulated in 1993, when they were introduced under the scope of Council Directive 70/524/EEC of 23 November 1970 on additives in animal nutrition on feed additives. After a transition period, which ended in the year 2000, every microbial strain must now be assessed by the EU bodies and authorised by a Commission Regulation, before it can be placed on the market for use in feedingstuffs. Council Directive 70/524/EEC on feed additives is based on three main principles: (1) pre-market authorisation, (2) positive list principle, and (3) thorough risk assessment of the effect of a particular strain on human and animal health as well as on the environment. Therefore, before introducing a new enterococcal strain preparation or promote a new use of an approved product, a dossier has to be submitted to the authorities, following the guidelines, as published in Commission Directive 94/40/EEC [Commission Directive 94/40/EC of 22 July 1994 amending Council Directive 87/153/EEC fixing guidelines for the assessment of additives in animal nutrition]. These guidelines contain detailed evaluation methods. The safety requirements refer to (1) the target animal categories, (2) the consumer and the environment (presence of toxins and virulence factors as well as antibiotic resistance and transferability are assessed), and (3) the workers, based on requirements of Council Directive 89/391/EEC.

  11. India-EU relations in health services: prospects and challenges

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    2011-01-01

    Background India and the EU are currently negotiating a Trade and Investment Agreement which also covers services. This paper examines the opportunities for and constraints to India-EU relations in health services in the context of this agreement, focusing on the EU as a market for India's health services exports and collaboration. The paper provides an overview of key features of health services in the EU and India and their bearing on bilateral relations in this sector. Methods Twenty six semi-structured, in-person, and telephonic interviews were conducted in 2007-2008 in four Indian cities. The respondents included management and practitioners in a variety of healthcare establishments, health sector representatives in Indian industry associations, health sector officials in the Indian government, and official representatives of selected EU countries and the European Commission based in New Delhi. Secondary sources were used to supplement and corroborate these findings. Results The interviews revealed that India-EU relations in health services are currently very limited. However, several opportunity segments exist, namely: (i) Telemedicine; (ii) Clinical trials and research in India for EU-based pharmaceutical companies; (iii) Medical transcriptions and back office support; (iv) Medical value travel; and (v) Collaborative ventures in medical education, research, training, staff deployment, and product development. However, various factors constrain India's exports to the EU. These include data protection regulations; recognition requirements; insurance portability restrictions; discriminatory conditions; and cultural, social, and perception-related barriers. The interviews also revealed several constraints in the Indian health care sector, including disparity in domestic standards and training, absence of clear guidelines and procedures, and inadequate infrastructure. Conclusions The paper concludes that although there are several promising areas for India-EU

  12. Blue emission of Eu2+-doped translucent alumina

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    Yang, Yan; Zhang, Lihua; Kisslinger, Kim; ...

    2015-08-21

    Inorganic scintillators are very important in medical and industrial measuring systems in the detection and measurement of ionizing radiation. In addition to Ce3+, a widely used dopant ion in oxide scintillators, divalent Europium (Eu2+) has shown promise as a high-luminescence, fast-response luminescence center useful in the detection of ionizing radiation. In this research, aluminum oxide (Al2O3) was studied as a host material for the divalent europium ion. Polycrystalline samples of Eu2+-doped translucent Al2O3 were fabricated, and room temperature luminescence behavior was observed. Al2O3 ceramics doped with 0.1 at% Eu2+ were fabricated with a relative density of 99.75% theoretical density andmore » in-line transmittance of 22% at a wavelength of 800 nm. The ceramics were processed by a gel-casting method, followed by sintering under high vacuum. The gelling agent, a copolymer of isobutylene and maleic anhydride, is marketed under the commercial name ISOBAM, and has the advantage of simultaneously acting as both a gelling agent and as a dispersant. The microstructure and composition of the vacuum-sintered Eu2+:Al2O3 were characterized by Scanning Electric Microscopy (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), and Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). The phase composition was determined by X-ray diffraction measurements (XRD) combined with Rietveld analysis. The photoluminescence behavior of the Eu2+:Al2O3 was characterized using UV light as the excitation source, which emitted blue emission at 440 nm. The radio-luminescence of Eu2+:Al2O3 was investigated by illumination with X-ray radiation, showing three emission bands at 376 nm, 575 nm and 698 nm. Furthermore, multiple level traps at different depths were detected in the Eu2+:Al2O3 by employing thermoluminescence measurements.« less

  13. Pesticide authorization in the EU-environment unprotected?

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    Stehle, Sebastian; Schulz, Ralf

    2015-12-01

    Pesticides constitute an integral part of high-intensity European agriculture. Prior to their authorization, a highly elaborated environmental risk assessment is mandatory according to EU pesticide legislation, i.e., Regulation (EC) No. 1107/2009. However, no field data-based evaluation of the risk assessment outcome, i.e., the regulatory acceptable concentrations (RACs), and therefore of the overall protectiveness of EU pesticide regulations exists. We conducted here a comprehensive meta-analysis using peer-reviewed literature on agricultural insecticide concentrations in EU surface waters and evaluated associated risks using the RACs derived from official European pesticide registration documents. As a result, 44.7 % of the 1566 cases of measured insecticide concentrations (MICs) in EU surface waters exceeded their respective RACs. It follows that current EU pesticide regulations do not protect the aquatic environment and that insecticides threaten aquatic biodiversity. RAC exceedances were significantly higher for insecticides authorized using conservative tier-I RACs and for more recently developed insecticide classes, i.e., pyrethroids. In addition, we identified higher risks, e.g., for smaller surface waters that are specifically considered in the regulatory risk assessment schemes. We illustrate the shortcomings of the EU regulatory risk assessment using two case studies that contextualize the respective risk assessment outcomes to field exposure. Overall, our meta-analysis challenges the field relevance and protectiveness of the regulatory environmental risk assessment conducted for pesticide authorization in the EU and indicates that critical revisions of related pesticide regulations and effective mitigation measures are urgently needed to substantially reduce the environmental risks arising from agricultural insecticide use.

  14. Improved red emission by codoping Li+ in ZnWO4:Eu3+ phosphors

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    Chen, Guiqiang; Wang, Fengli; Yu, Jie; Zhang, Haisheng; Zhang, Xiao

    2017-01-01

    ZnWO4:Eu3+ and ZnWO4:Eu3+/Li+ phosphors have been synthesized successfully by a microwave-assist hydrothermal process. The phase, morphology and luminescent properties are investigated carefully. The XRD and FTIR results indicate that ZnWO4:Eu3+ and ZnWO4:Eu3+/Li+ phosphors have the monoclinic phase. The SEM images indicate that ZnWO4:Eu3+ and ZnWO4:Eu3+/Li+ phosphors are cubes with average particle size about 1 μm. Under the excitation at 395 nm, ZnWO4:Eu3+ and ZnWO4:Eu3+/Li+ phosphors show emission bands originating from the 5D0 → 7Fj (j = 0, 1, 2 and 3) transitions of Eu3+ ions. The Li+ ion acts as charge compensator and results in the enhancement of emission intensity.

  15. Quantifying the influence of the tobacco industry on EU governance: automated content analysis of the EU Tobacco Products Directive

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    Costa, Hélia; Gilmore, Anna B; Peeters, Silvy; McKee, Martin; Stuckler, David

    2014-01-01

    Objective The tobacco industry spends large sums lobbying the European Union (EU) institutions, yet whether such lobbying significantly affects tobacco policy is not well understood. We used novel quantitative text mining techniques to evaluate the impact of industry pressure on the contested EU Tobacco Products Directive revision. Design Policy positions of 18 stakeholders including the tobacco industry, health NGOs and tobacco retailers were evaluated using their text submissions to EU consultations and impact assessments. Using Wordscores to calculate word frequencies, we developed a scale ranging from 0–tobacco industry to 1–public health organisations, which was then used to track changes in the policy position of the European Commission's 2010 consultation document, its 2012 final proposal and the European Parliament and Council's approved legislation in March 2014. Results Several stakeholders’ positions were closer to the tobacco industry than that of health NGOs, including retailers (ω=0.35), trade unions (ω=0.34) and publishers (ω=0.33 and ω=0.40). Over time the European Commission's position shifted towards the tobacco industry from ω=0.52 (95% CI 0.50 to 0.54) to ω=0.40 (95% CI 0.39 to 0.42). This transition reflected an increasing use of words pertaining to business and the economy in the Commission's document. Our findings were robust to alternative methods of scoring policy positions in EU documents. Conclusions Using quantitative text mining techniques, we observed that tobacco industry lobbying activity at the EU was associated with significant policy shifts in the EU Tobacco Products Directive legislation towards the tobacco industry's submissions. In the light of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, additional governance strategies are needed to prevent undue influence of the tobacco industry on EU policy making. PMID:25124165

  16. Sexual and reproductive health of migrants: does the EU care?

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    Keygnaert, Ines; Guieu, Aurore; Ooms, Gorik; Vettenburg, Nicole; Temmerman, Marleen; Roelens, Kristien

    2014-02-01

    The European Union (EU) refers to health as a human right in many internal and external communications, policies and agreements, defending its universality. In parallel, specific health needs of migrants originating from outside the EU have been acknowledged. Yet, their right to health and in particular sexual and reproductive health (SRH) is currently not ensured throughout the EU. This paper reflects on the results of a comprehensive literature review on migrants' SRH in the EU applying the Critical Interpretive Synthesis review method. We highlight the discrepancy between a proclaimed rights-based approach to health and actual obstacles to migrants' attainment of good SRH. Uncertainties on entitlements of diverse migrant groups are fuelled by unclear legal provisions, creating significant barriers to access health systems in general and SRH services in particular. Furthermore, the rare strategies addressing migrants' health fail to address sexual health and are generally limited to perinatal care and HIV screening. Thus, future European public health policy-making should not only strongly encourage its Member States to ensure equal access to health care for migrants as for EU citizens, but also promote migrants' SRH effectively through a holistic and inclusive approach in SRH policies, prevention and care.

  17. EuPathDB: a portal to eukaryotic pathogen databases

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    Aurrecoechea, Cristina; Brestelli, John; Brunk, Brian P.; Fischer, Steve; Gajria, Bindu; Gao, Xin; Gingle, Alan; Grant, Greg; Harb, Omar S.; Heiges, Mark; Innamorato, Frank; Iodice, John; Kissinger, Jessica C.; Kraemer, Eileen T.; Li, Wei; Miller, John A.; Nayak, Vishal; Pennington, Cary; Pinney, Deborah F.; Roos, David S.; Ross, Chris; Srinivasamoorthy, Ganesh; Stoeckert, Christian J.; Thibodeau, Ryan; Treatman, Charles; Wang, Haiming

    2010-01-01

    EuPathDB (http://EuPathDB.org; formerly ApiDB) is an integrated database covering the eukaryotic pathogens of the genera Cryptosporidium, Giardia, Leishmania, Neospora, Plasmodium, Toxoplasma, Trichomonas and Trypanosoma. While each of these groups is supported by a taxon-specific database built upon the same infrastructure, the EuPathDB portal offers an entry point to all these resources, and the opportunity to leverage orthology for searches across genera. The most recent release of EuPathDB includes updates and changes affecting data content, infrastructure and the user interface, improving data access and enhancing the user experience. EuPathDB currently supports more than 80 searches and the recently-implemented ‘search strategy’ system enables users to construct complex multi-step searches via a graphical interface. Search results are dynamically displayed as the strategy is constructed or modified, and can be downloaded, saved, revised, or shared with other database users. PMID:19914931

  18. Characterization of the Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Generator EU2

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    Lewandowski, Edward J.; Oriti, Salvatore M.; Schifer, Nicholas A.

    2015-01-01

    Significant progress was made developing the Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Generator (ASRG), a 140-watt radioisotope power system. While the ASRG flight development project has ended, the hardware that was designed and built under the project is continuing to be tested to support future Stirling-based power system development. NASA GRC recently completed the assembly of the ASRG Engineering Unit 2 (EU2). The ASRG EU2 consists of the first pair of Sunpower's ASC-E3 Stirling convertors mounted in an aluminum housing, and Lockheed Martin's Engineering Development Unit (EDU) 4 controller (a fourth generation controller). The ASC-E3 convertors and Generator Housing Assembly (GHA) closely match the intended ASRG Qualification Unit flight design. A series of tests were conducted to characterize the EU2, its controller, and the convertors in the flight-like GHA. The GHA contained an argon cover gas for these tests. The tests included: measurement of convertor, controller, and generator performance and efficiency, quantification of control authority of the controller, disturbance force measurement with varying piston phase and piston amplitude, and measurement of the effect of spacecraft DC bus voltage on EU2 performance. The results of these tests are discussed and summarized, providing a basic understanding of EU2 characteristics and the performance and capability of the EDU 4 controller.

  19. Thermodynamic Assessment of EuCl3-MgCl2 and EuCl3-BaCl2 Systems

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    Wang, Yu; Sun, Yimin

    2011-09-01

    Using the CALPHAD technique, an assessment of the binary EuCl3-MgCl2 and EuCl3-BaCl2 systems has been carried out in this study. The modified quasi-chemical model was defined to describe the Gibbs energies of the liquid phases, and the model parameters were optimized from the experimental phase diagram data. The phase diagrams and enthalpies of mixing of the EuCl3-MgCl2 and EuCl3-BaCl2 systems were calculated. The calculated results by the present method agree well with the experimental data. The Gibbs energies of formation of Mg3Eu2Cl12, Ba3Eu2Cl12, and Ba2Eu3Cl13 from the pure components were predicted.

  20. Photostimulated luminescence properties of Eu2+ -doped barium aluminate phosphor.

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    He, Quanlong; Qiu, Guangyu; Xu, Xuhui; Qiu, Jianbei; Yu, Xue

    2015-03-01

    An intense green photostimulated luminescence in BaAl2 O4 :Eu(2+) phosphor was prepared. The thermoluminescence results indicate that there are at least three types of traps (T1 , T2 , T3 ) with different trap depths in BaAl2 O4 :Eu(2+) phosphor according to the bands located at 327, 361 and 555 K, respectively, which are closely associated with the phosphor's long persistent luminescence and photostimulated luminescence properties. In addition, as a novel optical read-out form, a photostimulated persistent luminescence signal can be repeatedly obtained in BaAl2 O4 :Eu(2+) phosphor. This shows that re-trapping of the electron released from a deep trap plays an important role in photostimulated persistent luminescence.

  1. Local validation of EU-DEM using Least Squares Collocation

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    Ampatzidis, Dimitrios; Mouratidis, Antonios; Gruber, Christian; Kampouris, Vassilios

    2016-04-01

    In the present study we are dealing with the evaluation of the European Digital Elevation Model (EU-DEM) in a limited area, covering few kilometers. We compare EU-DEM derived vertical information against orthometric heights obtained by classical trigonometric leveling for an area located in Northern Greece. We apply several statistical tests and we initially fit a surface model, in order to quantify the existing biases and outliers. Finally, we implement a methodology for orthometric heights prognosis, using the Least Squares Collocation for the remaining residuals of the first step (after the fitted surface application). Our results, taking into account cross validation points, reveal a local consistency between EU-DEM and official heights, which is better than 1.4 meters.

  2. CVD Lu(2)O(3):Eu coatings For Advanced Scintillators.

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    Topping, Stephen G; Sarin, V K

    2009-03-01

    Currently Lu(2)O(3):Eu(3+) scintillators can only be fabricated via hot-pressing and pixelization, which is commercially not viable, thus restricting their use. Chemical vapor deposition is being developed as an alternative manufacturing process. Columnar coatings of Lu(2)O(3):Eu(3+) have been achieved using the halide-CO(2)-H(2) system, clearly signifying feasibility of the CVD process. Characterization of the coatings using high resolution scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis have been used as an aid to optimize process parameters and attain highly oriented and engineered coating structures. These results have clearly demonstrated that this process can be successfully used to tailor sub-micron columnar growth of Lu(2)O(3):Eu(3+), with the potential of ultra high resolution x-ray imaging.

  3. Rights of dental patients in the EU - a legal assessment.

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    Van den Bossche, Anne-Marie; Ploscar, Paula

    2012-11-30

    This contribution presents the legal framework for intra-European mobility of dental patients. After presenting the EU competences in respect of healthcare and a brief look into the various routes of patient mobility, the article sets out the rules for access to dental care, treatment abroad and reimbursement through social security. In addition, we focus on the impact of European Union (EU) law upon national systems in respect of professional insurance, complaints procedures and information mechanisms. In conclusion, we reflect on the development in EU law of an independent set of rights to cross-border dental care and its consequences for financing and reimbursement of care, as well as for national practices in respect of professional liability and insurance.

  4. Enhancing the luminescence of Eu(3)(+) /Eu(2)(+) ion-doped hydroxyapatite by fluoridation and thermal annealing.

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    Van, Hoang Nhu; Tam, Phuong Dinh; Kien, Nguyen Duc Trung; Huy, Pham Thanh; Pham, Vuong-Hung

    2016-12-28

    This paper reports a novel way for the synthesis of a europium (Eu)-doped fluor-hydroxyapatite (FHA) nanostructure to control the luminescence of hydroxyapatite nanophosphor, particularly, by applying optimum fluorine concentrations, annealed temperatures and pH value. The Eu-doped FHA was made using the co-precipitation method followed by thermal annealing in air and reducing in a H2 atmosphere to control the visible light emission center of the nanophosphors. The intensities of the OH(-) group decreased with the increasing fluorine concentrations. For the specimens annealed in air, the light emission center of the nanophosphor was 615 nm, which was emission from the Eu(3)(+) ion. However, when they were annealed in reduced gas (Ar + 5% H2 ), a 448 nm light emission center from the Eu(2)(+) ion of FHA was observed. The presence of fluorine in Eu-doped FHA resulted in a significant enhancement of nanophosphor luminescence, which has potential application in light emission and nanomedicine.

  5. Energy transfer between Eu3+ ions in calcium diborate glasses

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    Lavín, V.; Martín, I. R.; Rodríguez-Mendoza, U. R.; Rodríguez, V. D.

    1999-11-01

    The evolution of the 5D0icons/Journals/Common/to" ALT="to" ALIGN="TOP"/> 7F0 emission of Eu3+ ions in calcium diborate glasses has been analysed using time resolved fluorescence line narrowing measurements in order to give a complete view of the energy transfer processes between these ions. At low concentration (2.5 mol% of Eu2O3) and exciting within the high energy side of the inhomogeneous 7F0icons/Journals/Common/to" ALT="to" ALIGN="TOP"/> 5D0 absorption band, the luminescence spectrum mainly consists of a narrow resonant peak that repeats the exciting profile, indicating that the migration processes between Eu3+ ions within the 5D0 level is not important. However, at higher concentrations (5 to 11.5 mol% of Eu2O3) the luminescence spectrum contains not only a narrow emission but also a broad band due to ions excited by energy transfer (background fluorescence), which for long times well reproduces the inhomogeneous profile. The temporal evolution of the narrow band fluorescence and the shape of the background fluorescence have been analysed using a previously proposed model. The purpose is to understand the dynamics involved in the energy transfer processes caused by the interaction between Eu3+ ions and the implications in their luminescence. A very good agreement with the experimental results is found taking into account an energy dependent quadrupole-quadrupole (S = 10) non-radiative energy transfer process assisted by a phonon from Eu3+ ions at high crystal field sites to ions at low crystal field sites. The temperature dependence of the energy transfer processes is analysed in the range from 13 to 60 K.

  6. EU-China Environment Research: Enhancing collaboration through SPRING

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    Bray, Michaela; Han, Dawei

    2013-04-01

    There are huge challenges in both known and potential environmental problems in China and EU. Local geographical and climate conditions vary significantly across the two regions. For example the distribution of water resources is spatially and temporally uneven and often leads to water shortages in some areas, and flooding in others. In addition there is a sharp drop in mineral, oil and gas resources, as well as an increase in the living standard, which is a challenge for sustainable development. China's economy is still growing fast, placing an increased burden on the environment. The EU's economy is more developed with a rich experience in dealing with environmental problems in a fast growing economy. Therefore, it is mutually beneficial for the two sides to collaborate in environmental research. The FP7 funded SPRING project is intended to facilitate better EU-China environmental research cooperation and to create a long-term environment vision with clearly identifiable pathways for the two partners to work together. The project team is composed of five EU partners and five Chinese partners with expertise in water, soil, air, climate change and biodiversity. The project runs from March 2010-Feburary 2013. SPRING has taken a multi-level approach to achieving this, developing foresight and road-mapping studies to manage long term aims and facilitate increased cooperation and exchange for researchers, policy and decision makers and funding bodies. The outcomes of the project include detailed technology survey, success scenario analysis and EU-Horizon research road map with a focus on the research needs between EU and China in the next twenty years.

  7. Probing dual mode emission of Eu3+ in garnet phosphor

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    Singh, S. K.; Gi Lee, Dong; Soo Yi, Soung; Jang, Kiwan; Shin, Dong-Soo; Hyun Jeong, Jung

    2013-05-01

    Eu3+ doped and Eu3+, Yb3+ co-doped Gd3Ga5O12 phosphors have been developed by facile solid state reaction method which can be easily scaled-up in large quantity. The synthesis has been optimized to get a single phase material at 1300 °C. The phase and crystal parameters have been analyzed by using X-ray diffraction measurement. Photoluminescence excitation (monitored for the 5D0 → 7F1 transition of Eu3+) depicts that the active ion (Eu3+) can be excited through direct excitation into 4f band of Eu3+, through charge transfer band (Eu3+-O2-) excitation and also through the excitation into 8S7/2 → 6IJ intra f-f transition of Gd3+ ion, which significantly all together cover a broad excitation region in 200-420 nm. In addition, in the presence of Yb3+ ions, the emission is also achieved by near infrared excitation (976 nm), through a typical upconversion (UC) process. Thus, the material efficiently behaves as a dual mode emitting phosphor (emission is achieved both through normal fluorescence and through UC process). The conversion efficiency of silicon solar cells is only 15% of terrestrial solar energy for 200-400 nm region and also the sub-band gap energy (in infrared region) is lost as heat; therefore, this kind of dual mode phosphors may be used to overcome the above mentioned incomplete utilization of the solar spectrum and can open realm of new possibilities for energy harvesting.

  8. The structuring of GMO release and evaluation in EU law.

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    von Kries, Caroline; Winter, Gerd

    2012-04-01

    Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and their behavior in the environment are complex and can only be assessed if the different components are distinguished. This article examines, how by EU law the real causation processes from the GMO release to various endpoints are dissected, individually analysed and then again viewed in their entirety. In addition, the articles includes, how the intellectual process of assessment is divided into the steps of tiered generation, shared submission and structured evaluation of relevant knowledge. The framework proposed for such an examination allows to identify strengths and weaknesses of GMO risk assessment in the EU.

  9. Tunable luminescence and enhanced photocatalytic activity for Eu(III) doped Bi2WO6 nanoparticles.

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    Gu, Haidong; Yu, Lei; Wang, Juan; Ni, Min; Liu, Tingting; Chen, Feng

    2017-04-15

    A series of Eu(III) doped Bi2WO6 nanoparticles were synthesized by a hydrothermal process. The obtained Bi2WO6:Eu(III) nanoparticles were characterized by XRD, SEM, luminescence spectrophotometer and DRS. The XRD and TEM results indicate that the Eu(III) doping concentration has no influence on the phase and morphology. However, the Eu(III) doping can tune the luminescence and enhance the photocatalytic activity of Bi2WO6. With the increases of Eu(3+) doping concentrations, the emission intensity of WO6(6-) group decreases nut the photocatalytic activity increases. The tunable luminescence of Bi2WO6:Eu(III) nanoparticles results from the energy transfer from WO6(6-) group to Eu(III) ion. The enhanced performance can be ascribed to efficient separation of electron and hole pairs after doping Eu(III) into the Bi2WO6 lattice.

  10. Tunable luminescence and enhanced photocatalytic activity for Eu(III) doped Bi2WO6 nanoparticles

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    Gu, Haidong; Yu, Lei; Wang, Juan; Ni, Min; Liu, Tingting; Chen, Feng

    2017-04-01

    A series of Eu(III) doped Bi2WO6 nanoparticles were synthesized by a hydrothermal process. The obtained Bi2WO6:Eu(III) nanoparticles were characterized by XRD, SEM, luminescence spectrophotometer and DRS. The XRD and TEM results indicate that the Eu(III) doping concentration has no influence on the phase and morphology. However, the Eu(III) doping can tune the luminescence and enhance the photocatalytic activity of Bi2WO6. With the increases of Eu3 + doping concentrations, the emission intensity of WO66 - group decreases nut the photocatalytic activity increases. The tunable luminescence of Bi2WO6:Eu(III) nanoparticles results from the energy transfer from WO66 - group to Eu(III) ion. The enhanced performance can be ascribed to efficient separation of electron and hole pairs after doping Eu(III) into the Bi2WO6 lattice.

  11. Luminescence of Eu ion in alumina prepared by plasma electrolytic oxidation

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    Smits, Krisjanis; Millers, Donats; Zolotarjovs, Aleksejs; Drunka, Reinis; Vanks, Martins

    2015-05-01

    Eu ion luminescence in aluminium oxide nanocrystals and layers prepared by plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) are investigated in this study. The Eu ion in PEO coatings has intense luminescence allowing such material to be used for preparation of various phosphor materials. In this study, Eu ion doped coatings were prepared with two methods: anodization and pulsed bipolar plasma electrolytic oxidation. Also, for comparative studies, alumina nanocrystals with the same amount of Eu ions were prepared using Sol Gel and molten salts methods. Obtained Eu-doped coatings were studied using luminescence methods. Typical Eu ion luminescence bands were observed, however intensity and spectral distribution differs drastically depending on preparation method and parameters used, therefore the Eu ion luminescence could be used as coating quality luminescent probe. Additionally, the possibility to incorporate the Eu ions in trivalent or divalent state exhibiting bright red and blue luminescence accordingly was demonstrated by using different oxidation parameters. Moreover, comparison measurements between powder samples and coatings were made.

  12. Effect of Eu substitution on superconductivity in Ba{sub 8−x}Eu{sub x}Al{sub 6}Si{sub 40} clathrates

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    Liu, Lihua; Bi, Shanli; Peng, Bailu; Li, Yang

    2015-05-07

    The silicon clathrate superconductor is uncommon as its structure is dominated by strong Si-Si covalent bonds, rather than the metallic bond, that are more typical of traditional superconductors. To understand the influence of large magnetic moment of Eu on superconductivity for type-I clathrates, a series of samples with the chemical formula Ba{sub 8−x}Eu{sub x}Al{sub 6}Si{sub 40} (x = 0, 0.5, 1, and 2) were synthesised in which Eu occupied Ba sites in cage center. With the increase of Eu content, the cubic lattice parameter decreases monotonically signifying continuous shrinkage of the constituting (Ba/Eu)@Si{sub 20} and (Ba/Eu)@Si{sub 24} cages. The temperature dependence of magnetization at low temperature revealed that Ba{sub 8}Al{sub 6}Si{sub 40} is superconductive with transition temperature at T{sub C} = 5.6 K. The substitution of Eu for Ba results in a strong superconductivity suppression; Eu-doping largely decreases the superconducting volume and transition temperature T{sub C}. Eu atoms enter the clathrate lattice and their magnetic moments break paired electrons. The Curie-Weiss temperatures were observed at 3.9, 6.6, and 10.9 K, respectively, for samples with x = 0.5, 1.0, and 2.0. Such ferromagnetic interaction of Eu can destroy superconductivity.

  13. Electrochemiluminescence behaviors of Eu3+-doped CdS nanocrystals film in aqueous solution

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    Deng, Li; Shan, Yun; Xu, Jing-Juan; Chen, Hong-Yuan

    2012-01-01

    Eu3+ doped CdS nanocrystals (CdS:Eu NCs) were synthesized via a co-precipitation method. The doping of Eu3+ ions caused a 4-fold enhancement in electrochemiluminescence (ECL) intensity and more stable cathodic signals compared to pure CdS NCs. Such enhancement was mostly ascribed to doping-induced improvement in the stability of reduced NCs. A new emission peak around 620 nm was observed in ECL spectra of the doped NCs, which belongeded to the 5D0 --> 7F2 transition of Eu3+ ions in CdS NCs. Correspondingly, a pair of oxidation and reduction peaks occurred at +1.01 V and +0.61 V because of the formation of Eu3+-surface states complex when the CdS:Eu NCs solution underwent cyclic voltammogram scanning. Benefiting from the strong ECL emission of the doped NCs and high affinity of the doped Eu3+ ions to oxygen, the CdS:Eu NCs film showed a great oxygen-sensitivity. The intense red luminescence of the characteristic transitions of Eu3+ in CdS:Eu NCs would also have enormous potential in bioanlytical systems.Eu3+ doped CdS nanocrystals (CdS:Eu NCs) were synthesized via a co-precipitation method. The doping of Eu3+ ions caused a 4-fold enhancement in electrochemiluminescence (ECL) intensity and more stable cathodic signals compared to pure CdS NCs. Such enhancement was mostly ascribed to doping-induced improvement in the stability of reduced NCs. A new emission peak around 620 nm was observed in ECL spectra of the doped NCs, which belongeded to the 5D0 --> 7F2 transition of Eu3+ ions in CdS NCs. Correspondingly, a pair of oxidation and reduction peaks occurred at +1.01 V and +0.61 V because of the formation of Eu3+-surface states complex when the CdS:Eu NCs solution underwent cyclic voltammogram scanning. Benefiting from the strong ECL emission of the doped NCs and high affinity of the doped Eu3+ ions to oxygen, the CdS:Eu NCs film showed a great oxygen-sensitivity. The intense red luminescence of the characteristic transitions of Eu3+ in CdS:Eu NCs would also have

  14. EuPathDB: the eukaryotic pathogen genomics database resource.

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    Aurrecoechea, Cristina; Barreto, Ana; Basenko, Evelina Y; Brestelli, John; Brunk, Brian P; Cade, Shon; Crouch, Kathryn; Doherty, Ryan; Falke, Dave; Fischer, Steve; Gajria, Bindu; Harb, Omar S; Heiges, Mark; Hertz-Fowler, Christiane; Hu, Sufen; Iodice, John; Kissinger, Jessica C; Lawrence, Cris; Li, Wei; Pinney, Deborah F; Pulman, Jane A; Roos, David S; Shanmugasundram, Achchuthan; Silva-Franco, Fatima; Steinbiss, Sascha; Stoeckert, Christian J; Spruill, Drew; Wang, Haiming; Warrenfeltz, Susanne; Zheng, Jie

    2017-01-04

    The Eukaryotic Pathogen Genomics Database Resource (EuPathDB, http://eupathdb.org) is a collection of databases covering 170+ eukaryotic pathogens (protists & fungi), along with relevant free-living and non-pathogenic species, and select pathogen hosts. To facilitate the discovery of meaningful biological relationships, the databases couple preconfigured searches with visualization and analysis tools for comprehensive data mining via intuitive graphical interfaces and APIs. All data are analyzed with the same workflows, including creation of gene orthology profiles, so data are easily compared across data sets, data types and organisms. EuPathDB is updated with numerous new analysis tools, features, data sets and data types. New tools include GO, metabolic pathway and word enrichment analyses plus an online workspace for analysis of personal, non-public, large-scale data. Expanded data content is mostly genomic and functional genomic data while new data types include protein microarray, metabolic pathways, compounds, quantitative proteomics, copy number variation, and polysomal transcriptomics. New features include consistent categorization of searches, data sets and genome browser tracks; redesigned gene pages; effective integration of alternative transcripts; and a EuPathDB Galaxy instance for private analyses of a user's data. Forthcoming upgrades include user workspaces for private integration of data with existing EuPathDB data and improved integration and presentation of host-pathogen interactions.

  15. Modeling EU electricity market competition using the residual supply index

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    Swinand, Gregory; Scully, Derek; Ffoulkes, Stuart; Kessler, Brian

    2010-11-15

    An econometric approach to related hourly Residual Supply Index to price-cost margins in the major EU electricity generation markets suggests that market structure, as measured by the RSI, is a significant explanatory factor for markups, even when scarcity and other explanatory variables are included. (author)

  16. Challenges in Evaluating the EU's Lifelong Learning Policies

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    Clain, Alexandru

    2016-01-01

    Since the early 1990s, lifelong learning has become a major policy concern for the European Union, being seen as a means for enabling individuals to be more competitive in social and economic contexts that are continually changing. After a series of white papers and strategies in the field of lifelong learning, the EU launched the Lifelong…

  17. Structure of National Perceptions of Social Needs across EU Countries

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    Dickes, Paul; Fusco, Alessio; Marlier, Eric

    2010-01-01

    Back in 1975, the European Union (EU) Council of Ministers defined the poor as "individuals or families whose resources are so small as to exclude them from the minimum acceptable way of life of the Member State in which they live". This widely quoted definition leaves room for discussion about what can be considered a "minimum…

  18. Technical Report Summary: Metal Chelate, Eu-QCTME

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    Richter, James, A.

    2008-05-08

    A novel fluorescent metal complex, Eu-QCTME has shown promise for the early stage detection of cancer. This material has been shown to bind preferentially to xenographic tumors. The study, using HT29 murine xenographic tumors was performed to determine if the chelate preferentially binds to tumor tissue and the potential for an early stage diagnostic test and treatment for epithelial cell cancers.

  19. French Antipathy to Turkey's EU Candidacy: The Language Dimension

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    Darby, James

    2009-01-01

    French political leaders have voiced objections to prospective Turkish membership of the European Union (EU), citing material reasons as well as cultural objections involving the uncertain role of a predominantly Islamic society within a European political and economic bloc. Given the importance of the French language as a component of France's…

  20. Brexit is not only factor in EU nurse downturn.

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    Buchan, James

    2017-03-08

    Headlines have been screaming about European nurses 'giving up on the NHS'. This was triggered when the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) reported that the number of EU nurses registering to work in the UK was down more than 90% since the Brexit vote in June last year.

  1. EU Regulations Impede Market Introduction of GM Forest Trees.

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    Custers, René; Bartsch, Detlef; Fladung, Matthias; Nilsson, Ove; Pilate, Gilles; Sweet, Jeremy; Boerjan, Wout

    2016-04-01

    Biotechnology can greatly improve the efficiency of forest tree breeding for the production of biomass, energy, and materials. However, EU regulations impede the market introduction of genetically modified (GM) trees so their socioeconomic and environmental benefits are not realized. European policy makers should concentrate on a science-based regulatory process.

  2. Lifelong Learning in the EU: Changing Conceptualisations, Actors, and Policies

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    Volles, Nina

    2016-01-01

    This paper explores the changing conceptualisations, actors, and policies of lifelong learning (LLL) in the European Union (EU) from the time the topic first emerged and was promoted by international organisations in the 1960s. The author uses Kingdon's Multiple Streams Framework to analyse how the LLL discourse became an important part of the EU…

  3. EuPathDB: the eukaryotic pathogen genomics database resource

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    Aurrecoechea, Cristina; Barreto, Ana; Basenko, Evelina Y.; Brestelli, John; Brunk, Brian P.; Cade, Shon; Crouch, Kathryn; Doherty, Ryan; Falke, Dave; Fischer, Steve; Gajria, Bindu; Harb, Omar S.; Heiges, Mark; Hertz-Fowler, Christiane; Hu, Sufen; Iodice, John; Kissinger, Jessica C.; Lawrence, Cris; Li, Wei; Pinney, Deborah F.; Pulman, Jane A.; Roos, David S.; Shanmugasundram, Achchuthan; Silva-Franco, Fatima; Steinbiss, Sascha; Stoeckert, Christian J.; Spruill, Drew; Wang, Haiming; Warrenfeltz, Susanne; Zheng, Jie

    2017-01-01

    The Eukaryotic Pathogen Genomics Database Resource (EuPathDB, http://eupathdb.org) is a collection of databases covering 170+ eukaryotic pathogens (protists & fungi), along with relevant free-living and non-pathogenic species, and select pathogen hosts. To facilitate the discovery of meaningful biological relationships, the databases couple preconfigured searches with visualization and analysis tools for comprehensive data mining via intuitive graphical interfaces and APIs. All data are analyzed with the same workflows, including creation of gene orthology profiles, so data are easily compared across data sets, data types and organisms. EuPathDB is updated with numerous new analysis tools, features, data sets and data types. New tools include GO, metabolic pathway and word enrichment analyses plus an online workspace for analysis of personal, non-public, large-scale data. Expanded data content is mostly genomic and functional genomic data while new data types include protein microarray, metabolic pathways, compounds, quantitative proteomics, copy number variation, and polysomal transcriptomics. New features include consistent categorization of searches, data sets and genome browser tracks; redesigned gene pages; effective integration of alternative transcripts; and a EuPathDB Galaxy instance for private analyses of a user's data. Forthcoming upgrades include user workspaces for private integration of data with existing EuPathDB data and improved integration and presentation of host–pathogen interactions. PMID:27903906

  4. EU firms bump up R&D spend

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    Allen, Michael

    2017-01-01

    Companies in the European Union increased their spending on research and development (R&D) in the 2015/16 financial year at a higher rate than the global average, according to the latest EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard.

  5. Teaching Citizenship: What if the EU Is Part of the Solution and Not the Problem?

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    Lödén, Hans; McCallion, Malin Stegmann; Wall, Peter

    2014-01-01

    We propose that the European Union (EU) should be used in citizenship education as a possible vehicle for citizens' influence on issues outside the reach of the nation-state. Citizenship education thus ought to include the EU as an arena for political action and relevant "EU knowledge" ought to be part of the curriculum. Concepts from…

  6. HR4EU--A Web-Portal for E-Learning of Croatian

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    Filko, Matea; Farkaš, Daša; Hriberski, Diana

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we present the HR4EU--a web portal for e-learning of Croatian. HR4EU is the first portal that offers Croatian language courses which are free-of-charge and developed by language professionals. Moreover, HR4EU also integrates bidirectional interaction with some of the previously developed language resources for Croatian. The HR4EU…

  7. The EU as a Norm Entrepreneur: The Case of Lifelong Learning

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    Kleibrink, Alexander

    2011-01-01

    The EU has become one of the most prominent promoters of lifelong learning policies. Inside the European single market, EU member states have strong incentives to adopt similar approaches to lifelong learning and recognition of educational attainments in order to foster labour mobility. More surprisingly, countries neighbouring the EU also develop…

  8. Hyper-stable organo-Eu(III) luminophore under high temperature for photo-industrial application.

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    Nakajima, Ayako; Nakanishi, Takayuki; Kitagawa, Yuichi; Seki, Tomohiro; Ito, Hajime; Fushimi, Koji; Hasegawa, Yasuchika

    2016-04-14

    Novel organo-Eu(III) luminophores, Eu(hfa)x(CPO)y and Eu(hfa)x(TCPO)y (hfa: hexafluoroacetylacetonate, CPO: 4-carboxyphenyl diphenyl phosphine oxide, TCPO: 4,4',4″-tricarboxyphenyl phosphine oxide), were synthesized by the complexation of Eu(III) ions with hfa moieties and CPO or TCPO ligands. The thermal and luminescent stabilities of the luminophores are extremely high. The decomposition temperature of Eu(hfa)x(CPO)y and Eu(hfa)x(TCPO)y were determined as 200 and 450 °C, respectively. The luminescence of Eu(hfa)x(TCPO)y under UV light irradiation was observed even at a high temperature, 400 °C. The luminescent properties of Eu(hfa)x(CPO)y and Eu(hfa)x(TCPO)y were estimated from emission spectra, quantum yields and lifetime measurements. The energy transfer efficiency from hfa moieties to Eu(III) ions in Eu(hfa)x(TCPO)y was 59%. The photosensitized luminescence of hyper-stable Eu(hfa)x(TCPO)y at 400 °C is demonstrated for future photonic applications.

  9. Conjunctive Cohesion in English Language EU Documents--A Corpus-Based Analysis and Its Implications

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    Trebits, Anna

    2009-01-01

    This paper reports the findings of a study which forms part of a larger-scale research project investigating the use of English in the documents of the European Union (EU). The documents of the EU show various features of texts written for legal, business and other specific purposes. Moreover, the translation services of the EU institutions often…

  10. Oxygen off-stoichiometry and phase separation in EuO thin films

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    Altendorf, S. G.; Efimenko, A.; Oliana, V.; Kierspel, H.; Rata, A. D.; Tjeng, L. H.

    2011-10-15

    We report on our study on the influence of the growth conditions on the europium/oxygen stoichiometry, morphology, magnetic properties, and electrical conductivity of EuO thin films. SQUID magnetometry and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy were utilized as complementary techniques to determine the oxygen content of EuO{sub 1{+-}x} thin films grown by molecular beam epitaxy with and without the employment of the so-called Eu distillation process. We found indications for phase separation to occur in Eu-rich as well as in over-oxidized EuO for films grown at substrate temperatures below the Eu distillation temperature. Only a fraction of the excess Eu contributes to the metal-insulator transition in Eu-rich films grown under these conditions. We also observed that the surfaces of these films were ill defined and may even contain more Eu excess than the film average. Only EuO films grown under distillation conditions are guaranteed to have the same magnetic and electrical properties as stoichiometric bulk EuO, and to have surfaces with the proper Eu/O stoichiometry and electronic structure.

  11. Hyper-stable organo-EuIII luminophore under high temperature for photo-industrial application

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    Nakajima, Ayako; Nakanishi, Takayuki; Kitagawa, Yuichi; Seki, Tomohiro; Ito, Hajime; Fushimi, Koji; Hasegawa, Yasuchika

    2016-01-01

    Novel organo-EuIII luminophores, Eu(hfa)x(CPO)y and Eu(hfa)x(TCPO)y (hfa: hexafluoroacetylacetonate, CPO: 4-carboxyphenyl diphenyl phosphine oxide, TCPO: 4,4′,4″-tricarboxyphenyl phosphine oxide), were synthesized by the complexation of EuIII ions with hfa moieties and CPO or TCPO ligands. The thermal and luminescent stabilities of the luminophores are extremely high. The decomposition temperature of Eu(hfa)x(CPO)y and Eu(hfa)x(TCPO)y were determined as 200 and 450 °C, respectively. The luminescence of Eu(hfa)x(TCPO)y under UV light irradiation was observed even at a high temperature, 400 °C. The luminescent properties of Eu(hfa)x(CPO)y and Eu(hfa)x(TCPO)y were estimated from emission spectra, quantum yields and lifetime measurements. The energy transfer efficiency from hfa moieties to EuIII ions in Eu(hfa)x(TCPO)y was 59%. The photosensitized luminescence of hyper-stable Eu(hfa)x(TCPO)y at 400 °C is demonstrated for future photonic applications. PMID:27074731

  12. Optical and spectroscopic properties of Eu2O3 doped CaBAl glasses

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    Melo, G. H. A.; Dias, J. D. M.; Lodi, T. A.; Barboza, M. J.; Pedrochi, F.; Steimacher, A.

    2016-04-01

    Eu2O3 doped CaBAL glasses (x Eu2O3) - (25-x) CaO - (50) B2O3 - (15) Al2O3 - (10) CaF2 (x = 0, 5, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10 wt%) were prepared by using conventional melt-quenching and studied by means of density measurements, refractive index, optical absorption, luminescence and radiative lifetime. The results are discussed in terms of Eu2O3 content. The incorporation of Eu2O3 leads to an increase in the electronic polarizability and the refractive index. A linear increase with Eu2O3 content was observed in the optical absorption coefficient at 394 nm. The luminescence spectra present typical Eu3+ emission and do not present quenching up to 10 wt%. The luminescence ratio R/O I(5D0 → 7F2)/I(5D0 → 7F1) presents an increase with Eu2O3 doping; it indicates a reduction in local symmetry around the Eu3+ ions. The CIE 1931 diagram presents a red shift and an increase of color purity with Eu2O3 addition. The luminescence as a function of temperature shows an increase of 25% in the luminescence intensity for the Eu0.5 sample, at 592 nm. The radiative lifetime at 614 nm shows an exponential decay due to the reduction of the interionic distance Eu3+ - Eu3+ and the increase of the ion-ion interaction.

  13. EU Rural Development Policy in the New Member States: Promoting Multifunctionality?

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    Ramniceanu, Irina; Ackrill, Robert

    2007-01-01

    European Union (EU) enlargement has seen 10 new member states (NMS) adopt the full range of EU policies. Within this, the rural development arm of the Common Agricultural Policy offers particular points of interest. Member states chose from an extensive list of policy measures developed within the EU15 and intended, in particular, to…

  14. Anisotropic Optical-Response of Eu-doped Yttrium Orthosilicate

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    Liu, Huimin; Santiago, Miguel; Jia, Weiyi; Zhang, Shoudu

    1998-01-01

    Eu-doped yttrium orthosilicate (Eu(3+) : Y2SiO5) had been a subject being investigated for coherent time-domain optical memory and information processing applications since its ultraslow optical dephasing was discovered several years ago. In this crystal the weakly allowed (7)F0 - (5)D0 transition of europium ions exhibits a sufficient long dephasing time and no spectral difli.usion on a time scale of several hours at low temperature, thus an information pattern or data can be stored as a population grating in the ground state hyperfine levels. On the other hand, the study on photon-echo relaxation shows that the dephasing time T2 of Eu (3+) and other rare-earth ions doped YAG, YAlO3 strongly depends on the intensity of the excitation pulses. In Eu (3+) :YAlO3, an exponential decay of photon-echo with T2 = 53 microseconds if the excitation pulses are weak (5 vJ/pulse) was observed. However, when the excitation pulses are strong (80 pJ/pulse) they observed a much shortened T2 with a highly nonexponential decay pattern. The conclusion they derived is that the intensity-dependent dephasing rate effects are quite general, and it depends on how much the excitation intensity varies. In this paper we use transient grating formation technique showing that a temporal lattice distortion may only occur along crystal c axis, caused by EU (3+) excitation. At high excitation level the produced exciton in conduction band may also couple to the dynamical lattice relaxation process, giving rise to an apparently much shortened dephasing time.

  15. Growth of EuO/Si and EuO/SrO/Si heteroepitaxial structures by molecular-beam epitaxy

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    Teterin, P. E. Averyanov, D. V.; Sadofyev, Yu. G. Parfenov, O. E.; Likhachev, I. A.; Storchak, V. G.

    2015-01-15

    Epitaxial EuO thin films with thickness up to 60 nm have been grown by molecular beam epitaxy both on SrO sublayers and directly on Si (001) substrates. Crystal structure has been controlled in situ by reflection high energy electron diffraction. Ex situ studies by X-ray diffraction and Rutherford backscattering have confirmed high crystalline quality of the films.

  16. Boron induced change of the Eu valence state in EuPd3Bx (0≤x≤0.53) : A theoretical and experimental study

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    Gumeniuk, R.; Schmitt, M.; Loison, C.; Carrillo-Cabrera, W.; Burkhardt, U.; Auffermann, G.; Schmidt, M.; Schnelle, W.; Geibel, C.; Leithe-Jasper, A.; Rosner, H.

    2010-12-01

    A valence instability of Eu in EuPd3Bx (0≤x≤1) was discussed controversially in the past. In a joint theoretical and experimental study we investigate a large series of EuPd3Bx and GdPd3Bx compounds. Characterization by x-ray diffraction, metallography, energy-, and wavelength-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy as well as chemical analysis determine an existence range of EuPd3Bx up to x≤0.53 and x≤0.42 for the GdPd3Bx compounds, respectively. Our density-functional-based electronic structure calculation predict a valence change in EuPd3Bx above xcDFT=0.19±0.02 from a nonmagnetic Eu3+ state into a magnetic Eu2+ state which is reflected in a discontinuity of the lattice parameter. In contrast, the related Gd compounds with a stable Gd3+ state exhibit an almost linear behavior of the lattice parameter following Vegard’s law. Consistent with the calculations, the x-ray diffraction data show a kink in the lattice parameter for EuPd3Bx at xcXRD=0.22±0.02 . X-ray absorption spectroscopy measurements assign this kink to a transition into a heterogeneous mixed valence state for Eu with a critical B content xcXAS=0.22±0.03 . The observed change in the mean Eu valence from Eu3+ (x≤0.2) toward Eu2.5+ (x=0.5) is supported by magnetic susceptibility and specific-heat data.

  17. Eu2+ concentration effects in KCa0.8Sr0.2I3:Eu2+: A novel high-performance scintillator

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    Wu, Yuntao; Zhuravleva, Mariya; Lindsey, Adam C.; Koschan, Merry; Melcher, Charles L.

    2016-06-01

    We report here the effect of Eu2+ concentration in KCa0.8Sr0.2I3:Eu2+ single crystal scintillators. KCa0.8Sr0.2I3:Eu2+ single crystals doped with 0.5, 1, 3, 5, and 7 mol% Eu2+ were grown by the Bridgman method. The effects of varying Eu2+concentration and crystal volume on the scintillation properties, including light yield, energy resolution, nonproportionality, scintillation decay time and afterglow level, were systematically investigated. For 5 mm×5 mm×5 mm samples, the best light yield of 86,000±4000 photons/MeV was achieved with a content of 5 mol% Eu2+; its energy resolution of 2.5% at 662 keV was comparable to that of LaBr3:Ce3+ and SrI2:Eu2+. With larger samples of about 2.2 cm3, the best performances achieved were for 3 mol% Eu2+ concentration, i.e. a light yield of 76,000±4000 photons/MeV and an energy resolution of 3% at 662 keV. A direct correlation between nonproportionality and Eu2+ concentration was found. A continuous lengthening of scintillation decay time and x-ray induced afterglow level with increasing Eu2+ concentration was observed. The self-absorption effect was evaluated by using the Stokes shift and the temperature dependence of the photoluminescence decay (PL) of the Eu2+ centers. The sample with the highest dopant concentration had more severe temperature quenching of the Eu2+5d-4f emission than the sample with the lowest dopant concentration, which could be ascribed to the thermally activated concentration quenching.

  18. Phase equilibrium and intermediate phases in the Eu-Sb system

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    Abdusalyamova, M.N.

    2011-10-15

    Rapid heating rate thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction, fluorescence spectrometry, and differential dissolution method were used to study the high-temperature phase equilibrium in the Eu-Sb system within the composition range between 37 and 96 at% Sb. The techniques were effective in determination of the vapor-solid-liquid equilibrium since intermediate phases except Eu{sub 4}Sb{sub 3} evaporated incongruently after melting. A thermal procedure was developed to determine the liquidus and solidus lines of the T-x diagram. Six stable phases were identified: two phases, EuSb{sub 2} and Eu{sub 4}Sb{sub 3}, melt congruently at 1045{+-}10 deg. C and 1600{+-}15 deg. C, the Eu{sub 2}Sb{sub 3}, Eu{sub 11}Sb{sub 10}, Eu{sub 5}Sb{sub 4}, and Eu{sub 5}Sb{sub 3} phases melt incongruently at 850{+-}8 deg. C, 950{+-}10 deg. C, 1350{+-}15 deg. C, and 1445{+-}15 deg. C, respectively. The exact composition shifting of Sb-rich decomposable phases towards Eu{sub 4}Sb{sub 3}, the most refractory compound, was determined. The topology of the Eu-Sb phase diagram was considered together with that of the Yb-Sb system. - Graphical abstract: The high-temperature range of the T-x phase diagram for the Eu-Sb system. Highlights: > The phase relations in the Eu-Sb system were studied over a large composition and temperature scale. > The liquidus and solidus lines of the T-x diagram were well established using effective techniques. > In the system, six binary phases are stable and they melt incongruently except EuSb{sub 2} and Eu{sub 4}Sb{sub 3}. > Incongruent evaporation was found to be typical of all the phases besides Eu{sub 4}Sb{sub 3}.

  19. Evolution of Eu valence and superconductivity in layered Eu0.5La0.5FBiS2 -xSex system

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    Mizuguchi, Y.; Paris, E.; Wakita, T.; Jinno, G.; Puri, A.; Terashima, K.; Joseph, B.; Miura, O.; Yokoya, T.; Saini, N. L.

    2017-02-01

    We have studied the effect of Se substitution on Eu valence in a layered Eu0.5La0.5FBiS2 -xSex superconductor using a combined analysis of x-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements. Eu L3-edge XANES spectra reveal that Eu is in the mixed valence state with coexisting Eu2 + and Eu3 +. The average Eu valence decreases sharply from ˜2.3 for x =0.0 to ˜2.1 for x =0.4 . Consistently, Eu 3 d XPS shows a clear decrease in the average valence by Se substitution. Bi 4 f XPS indicates that effective charge carriers in the BiCh2 (Ch = S, Se) layers are slightly increased by Se substitution. On the basis of the present results it has been discussed that the metallic character induced by Se substitution in Eu0.5La0.5FBiS2 -xSex is likely to be due to increased in-plane orbital overlap driven by reduced in-plane disorder that affects the carrier mobility.

  20. Effect of annealing temperature on the structural reorganization of Eu3+ optical centers in Al2O3-Eu2O3-BiOF gel films

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    Malashkevich, G. E.; Kornienko, A. A.; Dunina, E. B.; Prusova, I. V.; Shevchenko, G. P.; Bokshits, Yu. V.

    2007-06-01

    The dependence of the structural reorganization of Eu3+ optical centers in Al2O3-Eu2O3-BiOF films on the annealing temperature has been investigated. It is shown by the methods of crystal field theory and computer simulation that the increase in the annealing temperature from 700 to 1100 °C leads to removal of bismuth from Eu-O-Bi complex centers with the C 3V symmetry in the Al2O3 structure and the change in symmetry from D 3 to O h for a large fraction of EuAlO3 centers.

  1. Luminescence properties of Eu3+/CDs/PVA composite applied in light conversion film

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    He, Jiangling; He, Youling; Zhuang, Jianle; Zhang, Haoran; Lei, Bingfu; Liu, Yingliang

    2016-12-01

    In this work, blue-light-emitting carbon dots (CDs) were composited with red-light-emitting europium ions (Eu3+) solutions under the synergistic reaction of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) to prepare the light conversion film. The formation mechanism of Eu3+/CDs/PVA film was detailedly discussed. It is the first report that this composite was synthesized through direct recombination of CDs and Eu3+ solutions instead of traditional methods based on Eu3+ coordination compound. Furthermore, tunable photoluminescence property can be successfully achieved by controlling the ratio of CDs to doped Eu3+, this property can meet the variable light component requirements for different species of plants.

  2. Luminescence properties of ZnS:Cu, Eu semiconductor nanocrystals synthesized by a hydrothermal process

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    Xin, Mei; Hu, Li-Zhong

    2013-08-01

    ZnS:Cu, Eu nanocrystals with an average diameter of ~ 80 nm are synthesized using a hydrothermal approach at 200 °C. The photoluminescence (PL) properties of the ZnS:Cu, Eu nanocrystals before and after annealing, as well as the doping form of Eu, are studied. The as-synthesized samples are characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometry, and the excitation and emission spectra (PL). The results show that both Cu and Eu are indeed incorporated into the ZnS matrix. Compared with the PL spectrum of the Cu mono-doped sample, the PL emission intensity of the Cu and Eu-codoped sample increases and a peak appears at 516 nm, indicating that Eu3+ ions, which act as an impurity compensator and activator, are incorporated into the ZnS matrix, forming a donor level. Compared with the unannealed sample, the annealed one has an increased PL emission intensity and the peak position has a blue shift of 56 nm from 516 nm to 460 nm, which means that Eu3+ ions reduce to Eu2+ ions, thereby leading to the appearance of Eu2+ characteristic emission and generating effective host-to-Eu2+ energy transfer. The results indicate the potential applications of ZnS:Cu, Eu nanoparticles in optoelectronic devices.

  3. Strong blue light emission from Eu-doped SiOC prepared by magnetron sputtering

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    Lin, Zhenxu; Guo, Yanqing; Wang, Xiang; Song, Chao; Song, Jie; Zhang, Yi; Huang, Rui

    2015-08-01

    The Eu-doped SiOC films were prepared by magnetron sputtering technique at a low temperature of 250°C. The effects of the Eu2O3 deposited power and post-thermal annealing temperature on the PL characteristics of the Eu-doped SiOC films were investigated. It is found that the photoluminescence intensity could be enhanced by more than tenfold by increasing the Eu2O3 deposited power from 20W to 80W. Furthermore, very bright blue light emission can be clearly observed with the naked eye in a bright room for the Eu-doped SiOC films prepared at a Eu2O3 deposited power of 80 W. The improved PL intensity is attributed to the increasing number density of europium silicate clusters as a result of the increasing Eu2O3 deposited power as well as high annealing temperatures.

  4. Financial effects of pharmaceutical price regulation on R&D spending by EU versus US firms.

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    Golec, Joseph; Vernon, John A

    2010-01-01

    EU countries closely regulate pharmaceutical prices, whereas the US does not. This paper shows how price constraints affect the profitability, stock returns and R&D spending of EU and US firms. Compared with EU firms, US firms are more profitable, earn higher stock returns and spend more on R&D. We tested the relationship between price regulation and R&D spending, and estimated the costs of tight EU price regulation. Although results show that EU consumers enjoyed much lower pharmaceutical price inflation, we estimated that price controls cost EU firms 46 fewer new medicines and 1680 fewer research jobs during our 19-year sample period. Had the US used controls similar to those used in the EU, we estimate it would have led to 117 fewer new medicines and 4368 fewer research jobs in the US.

  5. Preparation and photoluminescence properties of red-emitting SrMoO4:Eu nanophosphor microcapsules

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    Cho, Young-Sik; Huh, Young-Duk

    2015-11-01

    We prepared SrMoO4:Eu nanophosphors with a mean size of 5 nm from Sr-oleate and Eu-oleate complexes in a hexane layer and an aqueous (NH4)6Mo7O24 solution by performing solvothermal reactions. A bright redemitting SrMoO4:Eu suspension was obtained in hexane solution. The SrMoO4:Eu suspension was found to be sufficiently hydrophobic for the formation of SrMoO4:Eu phosphor microcapsules. Melamine-formaldehyde polymers were used to prepare the SrMoO4:Eu phosphor microcapsules. We tested the SrMoO4:Eu phosphor microcapsules in a wearable outdoor application. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  6. Adoption of the EU SEA Directive in Turkey

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    Unalan, Dilek; Cowell, Richard

    2009-07-15

    This paper analyses the adoption of the EU Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive (2001/42/EC) in Turkey as part of a programme of environmental policy harmonisation for EU accession, to explore the extent to which this is driving wider shifts in modes of environmental governance. To do this, rather than simply assess compliance with Directive in narrow, formal, statutory terms, we use Jaenicke and Weidner's concept of capacity building, which focuses on the constraints facing societal action to promote sustainable development. Despite the resources invested in pre-accession training and pilot SEA projects, Turkey's adoption of the Directive is still likely to be affected by the centralised nature of the bureaucracy (affecting the scope for sectoral integration), its politicised nature (interrupting the accumulation of policy learning), the limited capacity of civil society and environmental organisations to engage with the process, and the political dominance of economic development objectives.

  7. Thermophysical characteristics of EuF2.136 crystal

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    Popov, P. A.; Moiseev, N. V.; Karimov, D. N.; Sorokin, N. I.; Sulyanova, E. A.; Sobolev, B. P.

    2015-09-01

    Single crystals of EuF2.136 solid solution with a f luorite-type structure (sp. gr. , a = 5.82171(5) Å) have been grown by the Bridgeman method from a melt. Their thermal conductivity k( T) in the temperature range of 50-300 K and heat capacity С Р ( T) at 63-300 K have been studied experimentally for the first time. At T = 300 K the thermophysical characteristics are as follows: thermal conductivity k = 2.13 W/(m K), heat capacity С Р = 73 J/(mol K), and phonon mean free path l ≈ 11 Å. The temperature dependences of entropy S( T), enthalpy H( T), and phonon mean free path l( T) in EuF2.136 crystal are determined.

  8. Early market access of cancer drugs in the EU.

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    Martinalbo, J; Bowen, D; Camarero, J; Chapelin, M; Démolis, P; Foggi, P; Jonsson, B; Llinares, J; Moreau, A; O'Connor, D; Oliveira, J; Vamvakas, S; Pignatti, F

    2016-01-01

    Patient access to new cancer drugs in the EU involves centralised licensing decisions by regulators as well as reimbursement recommendations in the context of national healthcare systems. Differences in assessment criteria and evidence requirements may result in divergent decisions at central and national levels, ultimately compromising effective access to patients. Early access decisions are particularly challenging due to the limited clinical evidence available to conclude on the benefit-risk and relative (cost-) effectiveness of new high-priced cancer drugs. We describe mechanisms to accelerate approval of promising anticancer drugs that fulfil an unmet medical need, review the experience from the European Medicines Agency, compare timelines and outcomes of reimbursement decisions in major EU markets, and discuss shortcomings of the current system, ongoing initiatives, and future steps to facilitate effective early access.

  9. Cofluorescence of Eu 3+ in complexes of aromatic carboxylic acids

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    Panigrahi, B. S.; Peter, Susy; Viswanathan, K. S.

    1997-12-01

    The fluorescence of Eu 3+ in certain Eu 3+-aromatic acid complexes were enhanced by over two orders of magnitude, by the addition of La 3+; a process referred to as cofluorescence. Cofluorescence was observed only with certain aromatic acid ligands; trismesic acid, pyromellitic acid and mellitic acid; thereby clearly establishing a correlation between the structure of the ligand and the process of cofluorescence. While cofluorescence has been extensively studied using β-diketones as ligands, our studies demonstrate cofluorescence for the first time in ligands other than β-diketones. Furthermore, the mechanism of cofluorescence in the aromatic acid complexes studied by us appears to be different from that operating in the β-diketones. While intermolecular energy transfer is believed to occur in the β-diketones, formation of polynuclear complexes appears to be responsible for cofluorescence in the aromatic acid ligands.

  10. Disintegration rate measurement of a 152Eu solution.

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    Koskinas, Marina F; Fonseca, Kátia A; Dias, Mauro S

    2002-01-01

    The procedure followed by the Laboratório de Metrologia Nuclear at the IPEN-CNEN/SP, in São Paulo, for the standardization of 152Eu is described. The disintegration rate of 152Eu has been measured using the 4pi beta-gamma coincidence technique, using a 4pi proportional counter, filled with P-10 gas and operated at 0.1 MPa, coupled to one HPGe detector for the gamma-ray emission. Two discrimination windows were set in the gamma-channel, one related to the beta branch (344 keV) and the other related to the electron capture events (1408.03 keV), in order to determine the counting efficiencies for beta, X-ray and Auger electron events in the proportional counter. The activity of solution was determined by a biparametric extrapolation curve obtained for the two selected gamma-windows.

  11. Phase diagram of Eu magnetic ordering in Sn-flux-grown Eu (Fe1-xCox) 2As2 single crystals

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    Jin, W. T.; Xiao, Y.; Bukowski, Z.; Su, Y.; Nandi, S.; Sazonov, A. P.; Meven, M.; Zaharko, O.; Demirdis, S.; Nemkovski, K.; Schmalzl, K.; Tran, Lan Maria; Guguchia, Z.; Feng, E.; Fu, Z.; Brückel, Th.

    2016-11-01

    The magnetic ground state of the Eu2 + moments in a series of Eu (Fe1-xCox) 2As2 single crystals grown from the Sn flux has been investigated in detail by neutron diffraction measurements. Combined with the results from the macroscopic properties (resistivity, magnetic susceptibility and specific heat) measurements, a phase diagram describing how the Eu magnetic order evolves with Co doping in Eu (Fe1-xCox) 2As2 is established. The ground-state magnetic structure of the Eu2 + spins is found to develop from the A-type antiferromagnetic (AFM) order in the parent compound, via the A-type canted AFM structure with some net ferromagnetic (FM) moment component along the crystallographic c direction at intermediate Co doping levels, finally to the pure FM order at relatively high Co doping levels. The ordering temperature of Eu declines linearly at first, reaches the minimum value of 16.5(2) K around x =0.100 (4 ) , and then reverses upwards with further Co doping. The doping-induced modification of the indirect Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida (RKKY) interaction between the Eu2 + moments, which is mediated by the conduction d electrons on the (Fe,Co)As layers, as well as the change of the strength of the direct interaction between the Eu2 + and Fe2 + moments, might be responsible for the change of the magnetic ground state and the ordering temperature of the Eu sublattice. In addition, for Eu (Fe1-xCox) 2As2 single crystals with 0.10 ≤x ≤ 0.18 , strong ferromagnetism from the Eu sublattice is well developed in the superconducting state, where a spontaneous vortex state is expected to account for the compromise between the two competing phenomena.

  12. GTSnext and Earthtime-EU a progress report

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    Wijbrans, J. R.; Pälike, H.; Kuiper, K.; Hilgen, F.; Gtsnext; Earthtime-Eu

    2010-12-01

    EARTHTIME started as a science driven initiative sponsored in the period 2003- 2009 through the NSF. The main aim was to provide a multi-disciplinary, global platform for researchers of the Geological Timescale, with the objective to transcend traditional limitations of a mono-disciplinary approach. The European contribution to EARTHTIME includes: an ESF sponsored Exploratory Workshop (2007), an EU FP7 Initial Training Network ‘GTSnext’ (2008- 2012), and an ESF-sponsored Research Network Platform (2010 - 2015), and an ambition further develop the Earthtime concept on a global level by stimulating the interaction between ESF and NSF. GTSnext has now passed its midterm review, and is entering the phase where projects should start yielding new data: 1. on the three time slices that form the focus of GTSnext: Neogene, Paleogene, and Cretaceous, and 2. on technical developments. Technical developments include improved capabilities for U-Pb dating of zircons, now allowing the analysis of small zircon fragments that crystallized upon eruption, thus by-passing the residence time problem, and the development of a protocol for a ‘first principles’ calibration of a mineral standard for 40Ar/39Ar dating. Earthtime-EU is now planning a kick-off meeting in Barcelona, Spain, in February 2011 with the objective to involve the science community in setting the agenda for Earthtime-EU in terms of workshop topic proposals. The main contributions of Earthtime-EU will be in thematic workshops, such as the next Earthtime isotope geochronology workshop in 2012.

  13. Efficient electroluminescence from new lanthanide (Eu3+, Sm3+) complexes.

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    Yu, Jiangbo; Zhou, Liang; Zhang, Hongjie; Zheng, Youxuan; Li, Huanrong; Deng, Ruiping; Peng, Zeping; Li, Zhefeng

    2005-03-07

    The syntheses, structures, and electroluminescent properties are described for two new lanthanide complexes Ln(HFNH)3phen [HFNH = 4,4,5,5,6,6,6-heptafluoro-1-(2-naphthyl)hexane-1,3-dione; phen = 1,10-phenanthroline; Ln = Eu3+ (1), Sm3+ (2)]. Both complexes exhibit bright photoluminescence at room temperature (RT) due to the characteristic emission of Eu3+ and Sm3+ ion. Several devices using the two complexes as emitters were fabricated. The performances of these devices are among the best reported for devices using europium complex and samarium complex as emitters. The device based on 1 with the structure ITO/TPD (50 nm)/1:CBP (10%, 40 nm)/BCP (20 nm)/AlQ (30 nm)/LiF (1 nm)/Al (200 nm) exhibits the maximum brightness of 957 cd/m2, current efficiency of 4.14 cd/A, and power efficiency of 2.28 lm/W with a pure red Eu3+ ion emission. Especially, at the high brightness of 200 cd/m2, the device of 1 still has a high current efficiency of 2.15 cd/A. The device of 2 with a three-layer structure of ITO/TPD (50 nm)/2 (50 nm)/BCP (20 nm)/LiF (1 nm)/Al (200 nm) gives the maximum brightness of 42 cd/m2, current efficiency of 0.18 cd/A. By the comparison of the electroluminescent properties of devices based on Eu(TTA3phen (TTA = 2-thenoyltrifluoroacteonate) and 1, we conclude that the polyfluoration on the alkyl group of the ligand and the introduction of the long conjugate naphthyl group into the ligand improve the efficiency of 1-doped devices, especially at high current densities.

  14. Luminescence of potassium sulphate crystals doped by Eu3+ ions

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    Koketai, T.; Tussupbekova, A.; Baltabekov, A.; Mussenova, E.

    2017-01-01

    This paper presents results of the study some spectral-luminescent properties of potassium sulphate crystals activated europium trivalent ions. The observed changes might be connected with the fact of crystals having Eu3+ ions and NO3 - impurity ions. There was a proposition of the possibility of selective creation of impurity centers with the help of using various salts is normal for all the transition metal ions.

  15. Diesel quality trends in the EU impact the US

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    Dave, D.; Hamilton, G.

    1997-05-01

    Refiners in Europe are changing their distillate hydrotreating operations to shoot at a target that is moving much faster than in the U.S. The change in the EU is driven by a combination of legislation, encouragement through tax incentives and new market requirements. It may, therefore, be beneficial for the industry to take a proactive stance on setting the standard for environmental diesel sooner than latter. Consider cost effective options for meeting future middle distillate specifications are discussed.

  16. Incorporating potency into EU classification for carcinogenicity and reproductive toxicity.

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    Hennes, C; Batke, M; Bomann, W; Duhayon, S; Kosemund, K; Politano, V; Stinchcombe, S; Doe, J

    2014-11-01

    Although risk assessment, assessing the potential harm of each particular exposure of a substance, is desirable, it is not feasible in many situations. Risk assessment uses a process of hazard identification, hazard characterisation, and exposure assessment as its components. In the absence of risk assessment, the purpose of classification is to give broad guidance (through the label) on the suitability of a chemical in a range of use situations. Hazard classification in the EU is a process involving identification of the hazards of a substance, followed by comparison of those hazards (including degree of hazard) with defined criteria. Classification should therefore give guidance on degree of hazard as well as hazard identification. Potency is the most important indicator of degree of hazard and should therefore be included in classification. This is done for acute lethality and general toxicity by classifying on dose required to cause the effect. The classification in the EU for carcinogenicity and reproductive toxicity does not discriminate across the wide range of potencies seen (6 orders of magnitude) for carcinogenicity and for developmental toxicity and fertility. Therefore potency should be included in the classification process. The methodology in the EU guidelines for classification for deriving specific concentration limits is a rigorous process for assigning substances which cause tumours or developmental toxicity and infertility in experimental animals to high, medium or low degree of hazard categories by incorporating potency. Methods are suggested on how the degree of hazard so derived could be used in the EU classification process to improve hazard communication and in downstream risk management.

  17. Intrinsic radioactivity of KSr2I5:Eu2+

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    Rust, M.; Melcher, C.; Lukosi, E.

    2016-10-01

    A current need in nuclear security is an economical, yet high energy resolution (near 2%), scintillation detector suitable for gamma-ray spectroscopy. For current scintillators on the market, there is an inverse relationship between scintillator energy resolution and cost of production. A new promising scintillator, KSr2I5:Eu2+, under development at the University of Tennessee, has achieved an energy resolution of 2.4% at 662 keV at room temperature, with potential growth rates exceeding several millimeters per hour. However, the internal background due to the 40K content could present a hurdle for effective source detection/identification in nuclear security applications. As a first step in addressing this question, this paper reports on a computational investigation of the intrinsic differential pulse height spectrum (DPHS) generated by 40K within the KSr2I5:Eu2+ scintillator as a function of crystal geometry. It was found that the DPHS remains relatively equal to a constant multiplicative factor of the negatron emission spectrum with a direct increase of the 1.46 MeV photopeak relative height to the negatron spectrum with volume. Further, peak pileup does not readily manifest itself for practical KSr2I5:Eu2+ volumes.

  18. Technology limits for reducing EU transport sector CO2 emissions.

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    Dray, Lynnette M; Schäfer, Andreas; Ben-Akiva, Moshe E

    2012-05-01

    Using a new data set describing the techno-economic characteristics of current and projected future transport technologies and a synthesis of existing transport demand models, lifecycle CO(2) emissions from 27 EU countries (EU27) were estimated in the absence and presence of new policy interventions to 2050. Future CO(2) emissions are strongly dependent on geographical scope and economic growth assumptions, and to a lesser extent on uncertainties in technology characteristics, but in the absence of new policy intervention they continue to rise from present-day values in all three scenarios examined. Consequently, EU27 emissions goals, which may require a 60% decrease in transport sector greenhouse gas emissions from year-1990 values by 2050, will be difficult to meet. This is even the case under widespread adoption of the most promising technologies for all modes, due primarily to limitations in biofuel production capacity and a lack of technologies that would drastically reduce CO(2) emissions from heavy trucks and intercontinental aviation.

  19. Thermoluminescence of Eu activated LiF nanophosphors

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    Kumar, Satinder; Sharma, A. K.; Lochab, S. P.; Kumar, Ravi

    2012-06-05

    Nanocrystalline lithium fluoride (LiF) phosphors prepared by the chemical co-precipitation method at 8.00 pH value have been activated with Eu (0.01, 0.03, 0.07 and 0.1%nt;) as single dopants. The formation of nanocrystalline structure has been confirmed by X-ray diffraction. Thermolumniscence (TL) properties of LiF: Eu nano-phosphors irradiated with gamma rays at different doses of 100 Gy - 10 kGy have been further studied. There is only one main glow peak at around 122 deg. C; which shifts to higher temperature with an increase in doping concentration at all studied irradiation doses. However, the glow peak shifts to lower temperature with an increase in irradiation dose from 100 Gy to 10 kGy. The LiF nano-crystallites synthesized at 8.00 pH and activated with 0.03%nt; Eu are found to have maximum TL sensitivity at studied gamma doses.

  20. Zero-field NMR and NQR studies of magnetically ordered state in charge-ordered EuPtP

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    Koyama, T.; Maruyama, T.; Ueda, K.; Mito, T.; Mitsuda, A.; Umeda, M.; Sugishima, M.; Wada, H.

    2015-03-01

    EuPtP undergoes two valence transitions and has two kinds of valence states of Eu ions at low temperatures. In the charge-ordered state, this compound shows an antiferromagnetic order ascribed to magnetic divalent Eu ions. We investigated the antiferromagnetically ordered state of EuPtP by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurement and nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) measurement in a zero external magnetic field. The observed 153Eu NMR signals of a magnetic divalent state and Eu,153151 NQR signals of a nonmagnetic trivalent state clearly demonstrate that the spins order in the hexagonal basal plane and the internal magnetic field is not canceled out, even at the Eu3 + layers which are in the middle of magnetic Eu2 + layers. In addition, the observation of 31P and 195Pt NMR spectra allowed us to discuss a possible magnetic structure. We also evaluated the nuclear quadrupole frequencies for both Eu2 + and Eu3 + ion states.

  1. Thermal and optical properties of Tb(III), Eu(III) and Tb(III)/Eu(III) co-complexed silicone fluorinated acrylate copolymer

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    Zhai, Yinfeng; Xie, Hongde; Cai, Haijun; Cai, Peiqing; Seo, Hyo Jin

    2015-07-01

    Tb(III), Eu(III) and Tb(III)/Eu(III) activated silicone fluorinated acrylate (SFA) have been successfully synthesized using the method of semi-continuous emulsion polymerization. The copolymers are characterized by flourier transform infrared (FT-IR), thermal gravity analysis (TGA), photoluminescence excitation (PLE) and emission (PL) spectroscopy. The copolymer containing Tb(III) and Eu(III) ions display green and red luminescent colors under UV light excitation, respectively. The TGA curves show the thermal decomposition temperatures of the copolymers are up to about 300 °C. The PL spectra show a strong green emission at 546 nm (5D4 → 7F5) of Tb(III) complexed copolymers, and show a prominent red emission at 615 nm (5D0 → 7F2) of Eu(III) complexed copolymers. Different concentrations of Eu(III) and Tb(III) ions are introduced into the copolymer and the energy transfer from Tb(III) to Eu(III) ions in the copolymer was found. Thus, based on the results it can be suggested that SFA:Eu(III), SFA:Tb(III) and SFA:Tb(III)/Eu(III) can be used potentially as luminescent materials.

  2. EU landfill waste acceptance criteria and EU Hazardous Waste Directive compliance testing of incinerated sewage sludge ash.

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    Donatello, S; Tyrer, M; Cheeseman, C R

    2010-01-01

    A hazardous waste assessment has been completed on ash samples obtained from seven sewage sludge incinerators operating in the UK, using the methods recommended in the EU Hazardous Waste Directive. Using these methods, the assumed speciation of zinc (Zn) ultimately determines if the samples are hazardous due to ecotoxicity hazard. Leaching test results showed that two of the seven sewage sludge ash samples would require disposal in a hazardous waste landfill because they exceed EU landfill waste acceptance criteria for stabilised non-reactive hazardous waste cells for soluble selenium (Se). Because Zn cannot be proven to exist predominantly as a phosphate or oxide in the ashes, it is recommended they be considered as non-hazardous waste. However leaching test results demonstrate that these ashes cannot be considered as inert waste, and this has significant implications for the management, disposal and re-use of sewage sludge ash.

  3. Photoluminescence and doping mechanism of theranostic Eu3+/Fe3+ dual-doped hydroxyapatite nanoparticles

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    Chen, Min-Hua; Yoshioka, Tomohiko; Ikoma, Toshiyuki; Hanagata, Nobutaka; Lin, Feng-Huei; Tanaka, Junzo

    2014-01-01

    Theranostic nanoparticles currently have been regarded as an emerging concept of ‘personalized medicine’ with diagnostic and therapeutic dual-functions. Eu3+ doped hydroxyapatite (HAp) has been regarded as a promising fluorescent probe for in vivo imaging applications. Additionally, substitution of Ca2+ with Fe3+ in HAp crystal may endow the capability of producing heat upon exposure to a magnetic field. Here we report a preliminary study of doping mechanism and photoluminescence of Eu3+ and Fe3+ doped HAp nanoparticles (Eu/Fe:HAp). HAp with varied concentration of Eu3+ and Fe3+ doping are presented as Eu(10 mol%):HAp, Eu(7 mol%)-Fe(3 mol%):HAp, Eu(5 mol%)-Fe(5 mol%):HAp, Eu(3 mol%)-Fe(7 mol%):HAp, and Fe(10 mol%):HAp in the study. The results showed that the HAp particles, in nano-size with rod-like morphology, were successfully doped with Eu3+ and Fe3+, and the particles can be well suspended in cell culture medium. Photoluminescence analysis revealed that particles have prominent emissions at 536 nm, 590 nm, 615 nm, 650 nm and 695 nm upon excitation at a wavelength of 397 nm. Moreover, these Eu/Fe:HAp nanoparticles belonged to B-type carbonated HAp, which has been considered an effective biodegradable and biocompatible drug/gene carrier in biological applications. PMID:27877717

  4. Structure and multiferroic properties of Eu-substituted BiFeO3 ceramics

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    Dai, Haiyang; Chen, Zhenping; Xue, Renzhong; Li, Tao; Liu, Haizeng; Wang, Yongqiang

    2013-06-01

    Polycrystalline Bi1- x Eu x FeO3 ( x=0.00-0.25) ceramics were synthesized by the solid state reaction method with the rapid liquid phase sintering process. The effects of Eu substitution on the structure, and ferroelectric and magnetic properties of BiFeO3 ceramics were investigated. X-ray diffraction measurements reveal that the structure of BiFeO3 was changed from rhombohedral to orthorhombic and the impurity phases were decreased both due to Eu substitution. Raman spectra results also confirm that a structure transition occurs in the Eu concentration range of 0.15-0.20. The SEM investigation has suggested that the Eu substitution hinders the grain growth. Vibrating sample magnetometer measurements indicate ferromagnetism in Eu-substituted BiFeO3 ceramics. It is found that the room temperature magnetic moment increases with increasing Eu concentration due to the suppressed or broken cycloid spin structure. Ferroelectric measurements show that Eu substitution enhances the polarization due to the significant decrease of the electric leakage of the samples. Therefore, the Eu-substituted BiFeO3, or more complicated substituted BiFeO3 based on Eu substitution, will have great potential for many practical applications.

  5. New strategies to improve the luminescence efficiency of Eu ions embedded in Si-based matrices

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    Boninelli, S.; Bellocchi, G.; Franzò, G.; Miritello, M.; Iacona, F.

    2013-04-01

    The comparison of the performances of SiO2 and SiOC layers as host matrices for optically active Eu ions is presented. A SiO2 matrix allows to observe light emission from both Eu2+ and Eu3+ ions, owing to a proper tuning of the thermal annealing process used for the optical activation of the rare earth. However, the photoluminescence efficiency of both ions remains relatively low and quite far from the requirements for technological applications, mainly due to the extensive formation of Eu-containing precipitates. A detailed study by transmission electron microscopy allowed us to analyze and elucidate the clustering process and to find suitable strategies for minimizing it. We found that the substitution of SiO2 matrix with a SiOC film allows to obtain a very bright light emission centered at about 440 nm from Eu2+ ions. In fact, SiOC is able to efficiently promote the Eu3+ → Eu2+ reduction; furthermore, Eu ions are characterized by an enhanced mobility and solubility in this matrix, and as a consequence, Eu precipitation is strongly reduced. Since SiOC is a material fully compatible with standard Si technology, Eu-doped SiOC layers can be considered a highly interesting candidate for photonic applications.

  6. Luminescence and Site Occupancy of Eu2+ in Ba2 Ca(BO3)2

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    Li, Pan-Lai; Wang, Zhi-Jun; Yang, Zhi-Ping; Guo, Qing-Lin

    2011-01-01

    A green phosphor Ba2Ca(BO3)2:Eu2+ was synthesized by a high temperature solid-state reaction method under a reductive atmosphere. The luminescence and site occupancy of Eu2+ in Ba2Ca(BO3)2 are investigated. Ba2Ca(BO3)2:Eu2+ shows one green band (537 nm) under 400 nm near ultraviolet excitation which is suitable for UV LED. Ca2+ and Ba2+ ions in Ba2Ca(BO3)2 are replaced by Eu2+ ions, the Ba2Ca(BO3)2:Eu2+ shows a dissymmetrical emission band. The influence of Eu2+ doping concentrations on the emission intensity of Ba2Ca(BO3)2:Eu2+ is studied. It is found that the emission intensity is influenced by the Eu2+ concentration and reaches the maximum value at 2% Eu2+. According to the Dexter theory, the concentration quenching mechanisms of Eu2+ in Ba2Ca(BO3)2 are the d-dinteraction.

  7. Regulatory aspects of nanotechnology in the agri/feed/food sector in EU and non-EU countries.

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    Amenta, Valeria; Aschberger, Karin; Arena, Maria; Bouwmeester, Hans; Botelho Moniz, Filipa; Brandhoff, Puck; Gottardo, Stefania; Marvin, Hans J P; Mech, Agnieszka; Quiros Pesudo, Laia; Rauscher, Hubert; Schoonjans, Reinhilde; Vettori, Maria Vittoria; Weigel, Stefan; Peters, Ruud J

    2015-10-01

    Nanotechnology has the potential to innovate the agricultural, feed and food sectors (hereinafter referred to as agri/feed/food). Applications that are marketed already include nano-encapsulated agrochemicals or nutrients, antimicrobial nanoparticles and active and intelligent food packaging. Many nano-enabled products are currently under research and development, and may enter the market in the near future. As for any other regulated product, applicants applying for market approval have to demonstrate the safe use of such new products without posing undue safety risks to the consumer and the environment. Several countries all over the world have been active in examining the appropriateness of their regulatory frameworks for dealing with nanotechnologies. As a consequence of this, different approaches have been taken in regulating nano-based products in agri/feed/food. The EU, along with Switzerland, were identified to be the only world region where nano-specific provisions have been incorporated in existing legislation, while in other regions nanomaterials are regulated more implicitly by mainly building on guidance for industry. This paper presents an overview and discusses the state of the art of different regulatory measures for nanomaterials in agri/feed/food, including legislation and guidance for safety assessment in EU and non-EU countries.

  8. An anthropological analysis of European Union (EU) health governance as biopolitics: the case of the EU tissues and cells directive.

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    Hoeyer, Klaus

    2010-06-01

    Healthcare in Europe is increasingly influenced by European Union (EU) regulation enacted to harmonise heterogeneous practices through common safety standards. In many instances directives on safety issues evade public debate because they are seen as merely 'technical matters'. In this paper I analyse the implications at a national level in Denmark of one such piece of legislation: the EU Tissues and Cells Directive. The analysis is based on participant observation, interviews and document analysis conducted in the period from May 2007 to June 2009. I follow translations of the Directive from the level of the EU text into national legislation and further into everyday practices. From a biopolitical perspective, I explore the implications of this so-called technical directive that appear necessary for policymakers and yet remain strangely detached from the everyday experiences of people for whom and on whom it is supposed to work. The Directive has serious implications for the allocation of funds, for patients and for healthcare professionals. These implications need to be discussed. Even more basically, the analysis points to a need for discussing what makes so-called technical directives necessary. This article is intended to facilitate this type of debate.

  9. Sorption of Eu(III) on granite: EPMA, LA-ICP-MS, batch and modeling studies.

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    Fukushi, Keisuke; Hasegawa, Yusuke; Maeda, Koushi; Aoi, Yusuke; Tamura, Akihiro; Arai, Shoji; Yamamoto, Yuhei; Aosai, Daisuke; Mizuno, Takashi

    2013-11-19

    Eu(III) sorption on granite was assessed using combined microscopic and macroscopic approaches in neutral to acidic conditions where the mobility of Eu(III) is generally considered to be high. Polished thin sections of the granite were reacted with solutions containing 10 μM of Eu(III) and were analyzed using EPMA and LA-ICP-MS. On most of the biotite grains, Eu enrichment up to 6 wt % was observed. The Eu-enriched parts of biotite commonly lose K, which is the interlayer cation of biotite, indicating that the sorption mode of Eu(III) by the biotite is cation exchange in the interlayer. The distributions of Eu appeared along the original cracks of the biotite. Those occurrences indicate that the prior water-rock interaction along the cracks engendered modification of biotite to possess affinity to the Eu(III). Batch Eu(III) sorption experiments on granite and biotite powders were conducted as functions of pH, Eu(III) loading, and ionic strength. The macroscopic sorption behavior of biotite was consistent with that of granite. At pH > 4, there was little pH dependence but strong ionic strength dependence of Eu(III) sorption. At pH < 4, the sorption of Eu(III) abruptly decreased with decreased pH. The sorption behavior at pH > 4 was reproducible reasonably by the modeling considering single-site cation exchange reactions. The decrease of Eu(III) sorption at pH < 4 was explained by the occupation of exchangeable sites by dissolved cationic species such as Al and Fe from granite and biotite in low-pH conditions. Granites are complex mineral assemblages. However, the combined microscopic and macroscopic approaches revealed that elementary reactions by a single mineral phase can be representative of the bulk sorption reaction in complex mineral assemblages.

  10. Interactions between Eu{sup 3+} ions in inorganic-organic hybrid materials

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    Pelle, Fabienne; Aschehoug, Patrick; Surble, Suzy; Millange, Franck; Serre, Christian; Ferey, Gerard

    2010-04-15

    The optical properties of two-dimensional lanthanide dicarboxylates EuBDC or Eu{sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}(O{sub 2}C-C{sub 6}H{sub 4}-CO{sub 2}){sub 3} and EuCDC (denoted also MIL94) or Eu{sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 4}(O{sub 2}C-C{sub 6}H{sub 10}-CO{sub 2}){sub 3}.2H{sub 2}O are reported. The structures are built up from dimers of corner-sharing polyhedra and 1,3-benzenedicarboxylate (BDC) for EuBDC and from dimers of edge-sharing polyhedra and 1,3-benzenedicarboxylate (CDC) for EuCDC. The high Eu{sup 3+} concentration and the weak luminescence quenching allow the study of Eu{sup 3+} interactions. Anti-Stokes spectra from {sup 5}D{sub 1} are observed with excitation in {sup 5}D{sub 0}. These results are very unusual for Eu{sup 3+} ions and reflect strong interactions between ions within a dimer. Excitation spectrum of the Eu{sup 3+} luminescence strongly differs in both compounds in the UV range. In case of EuBDC, an efficient sensitization of the luminescence due to the ligand is observed between 250 and 350 nm while only 4f-4f transitions are recorded on the Eu{sup 3+} excitation spectrum in EuCDC. The efficiency of the sensitization of the rare earth by the host is discussed by taking into account the geometrical arrangement and the electronic delocalization of the ligands. - Graphical abstract: Excitation spectra monitoring the {sup 5}D{sub 0}->{sup 7}F{sub 2} transition with a dimer structure.

  11. Comparative adsorption of Eu(III) and Am(III) on TPD.

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    Fan, Q H; Zhao, X L; Ma, X X; Yang, Y B; Wu, W S; Zheng, G D; Wang, D L

    2015-09-01

    Comparative adsorption behaviors of Eu(III) and Am(III) on thorium phosphate diphosphate (TPD), i.e., Th4(PO4)4P2O7, have been studied using a batch approach and surface complexation model (SCM) in this study. The results showed that Eu(III) and Am(III) adsorption increased to a large extent with the increase in TPD dose. Strong pH-dependence was observed in both Eu(III) and Am(III) adsorption processes, suggesting that inner-sphere complexes (ISCs) were possibly responsible for the adsorption of Eu(III) and Am(III). Meanwhile, the adsorption of Eu(III) and Am(III) decreased to a different extent with the increase in ion strength, which was possibly related to outer-sphere complexes and/or ion exchange. In the presence of fulvic acid (FA), the adsorption of Eu(III) and Am(III) showed high enhancement mainly due to the ternary surface complexes of TPD-FA-Eu(3+) and TPD-FA-Am(3+). The SCM showed that one ion exchange (≡S3Am/Eu) and two ISCs (≡(XO)2Am/EuNO3 and ≡(YO)2Am/EuNO3) seemed more reasonable to quantitatively describe the adsorption edges of both Eu(III) and Am(III). Our findings obviously showed that Eu(III) could be a good analogue to study actinide behaviors in practical terms. However, it should be kept in mind that there are still obvious differences between the characteristics of Eu(III) and Am(III) in some special cases, for instance, the complex ability with organic matter and adsorption affinity to a solid surface.

  12. Adsorption and retarded diffusion of EuIII-EDTA- through hard clay rock

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    Descostes, Michael; Pointeau, Ingmar; Radwan, Jean; Poonoosamy, Jenna; Lacour, Jean-Luc; Menut, Denis; Vercouter, Thomas; Dagnelie, Romain V. H.

    2017-01-01

    Adsorption and diffusion experiments of EuIII were performed in Callovo-Oxfordian (COx) clay rock in the presence of EDTA. The predictive model based on binary system parameters (Eu/COx and EDTA/COx) was in good agreement with the results for the Eu/EDTA/COx ternary system. At low EDTA concentrations, the behaviour of EuIII was mainly driven by Eu3+adsorption and complexation by carbonates and EDTA. At higher EDTA concentrations, the behaviour of EuIII was driven by the adsorption of [EuIII-EDTA]- anions. Europium was then used as a probe to estimate the transport of EDTA. Three through-diffusion experiments of EDTA were compared with 14C, Eu and 152Eu tracers. EuIII-EDTA was not quantitatively dissociated by diffusion through the rock. The effective diffusion coefficients quantified De(EuIII-EDTA) = 1.5-1.7 · 1012 m2 s-1 were an order of magnitude lower than that of water, evidencing the anionic exclusion of [EuIII-EDTA]- within the clay rock. Break-through curves and diffusion profiles confirmed retardation due to significant adsorption on the clay rock (Rd(EuIII-EDTA) ∼ 6-14 L kg-1) in comparison with inorganic anions. However, the model based on batch adsorption measurements failed to predict the diffusion results. All experiments displayed an early break-through of EDTA complexes. This behaviour contrasted with results on iron oxides rich sediments, which usually led to higher retardation than expected from the batch studies.

  13. Preferential Eu Site Occupation and Its Consequences in the Ternary Luminescent HalidesAB2I5:Eu2+(A=Li–Cs;B=Sr, Ba)

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    Fang, C.  M.; Biswas, Koushik

    2015-07-22

    Several rare-earth-doped, heavy-metal halides have recently been identified as potential next-generation luminescent materials with high efficiency at low cost. AB2I5:Eu2+ (A=Li–Cs; B=Sr, Ba) is one such family of halides. Its members, such as CsBa2I5:Eu2+ and KSr2I5:Eu2+, are currently being investigated as high-performance scintillators with improved sensitivity, light yield, and energy resolution less than 3% at 662 keV. Within the AB2I5 family, our first-principles-based calculations reveal two remarkably different trends in Eu site occupation. The substitutional Eu ions occupy both eightfold-coordinated B1(VIII) and the sevenfold-coordinated B2(VII) sites in the Sr-containing compounds. However, in the Ba-containing crystals, Eu ions strongly prefer themore » B2(VII)sites. This random versus preferential distribution of Eu affects their electronic properties. The calculations also suggest that in the Ba-containing compounds one can expect the formation of Eu-rich domains. These results provide atomistic insight into recent experimental observations about the concentration and temperature effects in Eu-doped CsBa2I5. We discuss the implications of our results with respect to luminescent properties and applications. We also hypothesize Sr, Ba-mixed quaternary iodides ABaVIIISrVIII5:Eu as scintillators having enhanced homogeneity and electronic properties.« less

  14. Eu{sub 3}F{sub 4}S{sub 2}: Synthesis, crystal structure, and magnetic properties of the mixed-valent europium(II,III) fluoride sulfide EuF{sub 2}.(EuFS){sub 2}

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    Grossholz, Hagen; Hartenbach, Ingo; Kotzyba, Gunter; Poettgen, Rainer; Trill, Henning; Mosel, Bernd D.; Schleid, Thomas

    2009-11-15

    Using the method to synthesize rare-earth metal(III) fluoride sulfides MFS (M=Y, La, Ce-Lu), in some cases we were able to obtain mixed-valent compounds such as Yb{sub 3}F{sub 4}S{sub 2} instead. With Eu{sub 3}F{sub 4}S{sub 2} another isotypic representative has now been synthesized. Eu{sub 3}F{sub 4}S{sub 2} (tetragonal, I4/mmm, a=400.34(2), c=1928.17(9) pm, Z=2) is obtained from the reaction of metallic europium, elemental sulfur, and europium trifluoride in a molar ratio of 5:6:4 within seven days at 850 deg. C in silica-jacketed gas-tightly sealed platinum ampoules. The single-phase product consists of black plate-shaped single crystals with a square cross section, which can be obtained from a flux using equimolar amounts of NaCl as fluxing agent. The crystal structure is best described as an intergrowth structure, in which one layer of CaF{sub 2}-type EuF{sub 2} is followed by two layers of PbFCl-type EuFS when sheeted parallel to the (001) plane. Accordingly there are two chemically and crystallographically different europium cations present. One of them (Eu{sup 2+}) is coordinated by eight fluoride anions in a cubic fashion, the other one (Eu{sup 3+}) exhibits a monocapped square antiprismatic coordination sphere with four F{sup -} and five S{sup 2-} anions. Although the structural ordering of the different charged europium cations is plausible, a certain amount of charge delocalization with some polaron activity has to take place, which is suggested by the black color of the title compound. Temperature dependent magnetic susceptibility measurements of Eu{sub 3}F{sub 4}S{sub 2} show Curie-Weiss behavior with an experimental magnetic moment of 8.19(5) mu{sub B} per formula unit and a paramagnetic Curie temperature of 0.3(2) K. No magnetic ordering is observed down to 4.2 K. In accordance with an ionic formula splitting like (Eu{sup II})(Eu{sup III}){sub 2}F{sub 4}S{sub 2} only one third of the europium centers in Eu{sub 3}F{sub 4}S{sub 2} carry permanent

  15. Effective optical Faraday rotations of semiconductor EuS nanocrystals with paramagnetic transition-metal ions.

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    Hasegawa, Yasuchika; Maeda, Masashi; Nakanishi, Takayuki; Doi, Yoshihiro; Hinatsu, Yukio; Fujita, Koji; Tanaka, Katsuhisa; Koizumi, Hitoshi; Fushimi, Koji

    2013-02-20

    Novel EuS nanocrystals containing paramagnetic Mn(II), Co(II), or Fe(II) ions have been reported as advanced semiconductor materials with effective optical rotation under a magnetic field, Faraday rotation. EuS nanocrystals with transition-metal ions, EuS:M nanocrystals, were prepared by the reduction of the Eu(III) dithiocarbamate complex tetraphenylphosphonium tetrakis(diethyldithiocarbamate)europium(III) with transition-metal complexes at 300 °C. The EuS:M nanocrystals thus prepared were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroanalysis (ICP-AES), and a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometer. Enhanced Faraday rotations of the EuS:M nanocrystals were observed around 550 nm, and their enhanced spin polarization was estimated using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) measurements. In this report, the magneto-optical relationship between the Faraday rotation efficiency and spin polarization is discussed.

  16. Structure and luminescence of SrY{sub 2}O{sub 4}:Eu

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    Park, S.J.; Park, C.H.; Yu, B.Y.; Bae, H.S.; Kim, C.H.; Pyun, C.H.

    1999-10-01

    Powder samples of SrY{sub 2(1{minus}x)}O{sub 4}:Eu{sub 2x} were prepared at 1,000 C by the combustion method. The emission spectrum of SrY{sub 2}O{sub 4}:Eu{sup 3+} showed two kinds of Eu{sup 3+} emissions, which could be assigned to Eu{sup 3+} ions in the Sr site and the Y site. Reducing SrY{sub 2}O{sub 4}:Eu brought a broad band emission around 470 nm, which could be attributed to crystal defects introduced by the reduction. The energy transfer from defects to Eu{sup 3+} ions was observed to be more effective to the Sr site than to the Y site.

  17. High performance oxygen sensing nanofibrous membranes of Eu(III) complex/polystyrene prepared by electrospinning

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    Yingkui, Li

    2011-07-01

    In this paper, we report the synthesis, characterization, crystal structure, and photophysical properties of a Eu 3+ complex of Eu(TTA) 3Phen, where TTA = 2-thenoyltrifluoroacetonate, and Phen = 1,10-phenanthroline. Its elementary application for oxygen-sensing application is also investigated by doping it into a polymer matrix of polystyrene (PS). Experimental data suggest that the 3 wt% doped Eu(TTA) 3Phen nanofibrous membrane exhibits a high sensitivity of 3.4 towards oxygen with a good linear relationship of R2 = 0.996. In addition, the 3 wt% doped Eu(TTA) 3Phen nanofibrous membrane owns a quick response of 9 s towards molecular oxygen, along with its excellent atmosphere insensitivity and photobleaching resistance. All these results suggest that both Eu(TTA) 3Phen and Eu(TTA) 3Phen/PS system are promising candidates for oxygen-sensing optical sensors.

  18. NMR and Mössbauer Study of Al2O3-Eu2O3

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    Nava, N.; Salas, P.; Llanos, M. E.; Pérez-Pastenes, H.; Viveros, T.

    2005-02-01

    Alumina-europia mixed oxides with 5 and 10 wt.% Eu2O3 were studied by Mössbauer spectroscopy, 27Al MAS-NMR and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The samples were prepared by the sol-gel technique. The XRD patterns for the calcined samples show a broad peak around 2 θ = 30° which is assigned to the Eu2O3; after treatment with hydrogen at 1073 K no reduction to Eu+2 or Eu0 was observed. The NMR spectra show three peaks, which are assigned to the octahedral, pentahedral and tetrahedral aluminum sites; the intensity of each peak depends on the concentration of europium ions. The Mössbauer spectra of the calcined samples show a single peak near zero velocity which is attributed to the Eu+3; after H2 treatment at 1073 K similar spectra were obtained, suggesting Eu+3 is not reducibly at this temperature.

  19. Fabrication of luminescent Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3} superstructures.

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    Pol, V. G.; Calderon-Moreno, J. M.; Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division; Inst. of Physical Chemistry

    2010-01-01

    This Letter demonstrates a solvent-free efficient synthesis process to prepare self-assembled two-dimensional Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3} luminescent nanoplates to yield a superstructure. In the first step, Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3}CO{sub 3} superstructures are fabricated by the thermolysis [700C] of a single precursor, europium acetate, in a closed reactor under autogenic pressure. The as-prepared Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3}CO{sub 3} superstructures are further heated in air to 750C to facilitate the fabrication of Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3} superstructures. A systematic morphological, structural, and compositional characterization of Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3} superstructures is carried out. The photoluminescent properties and mechanism for the strong red emission of the photoexcited Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3} superstructures is proposed.

  20. Near infrared emission of Eu2+ ions in Ca3Sc2Si3O12

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    Berezovskaya, I. V.; Dotsenko, V. P.; Voloshinovskii, A. S.; Smola, S. S.

    2013-10-01

    The luminescent properties of Eu2+ ions in Ca3Sc2Si3O12 have been studied for the first time. The Eu2+-doped Ca3Sc2Si3O12 exhibit a broadband emission in the 720-1100 nm region with a maximum at about 840 nm, which is due to the 4f65d → 4f7 transition of Eu2+ ions. This interpretation is supported by the appearance of the fine structure in the emission spectrum of Eu2+-doped Ca3Sc2Si3O12 at 77 K. Probably, the near infrared emission of Eu2+ ions in Ca3Sc2Si3O12 is the most long-wavelength 4f65d → 4f7 emission of these ions within more than three hundreds of Eu2+-doped inorganic compounds studied to date.

  1. Fabrication and optical properties of Y2O3: Eu3+ nanofibers prepared by electrospinning.

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    Dong, Guoping; Chi, Yingzhi; Xiao, Xiudi; Liu, Xiaofeng; Qian, Bin; Ma, Zhijun; Wu, E; Zeng, Heping; Chen, Danping; Qiu, Jianrong

    2009-12-07

    Y(2)O(3): Eu(3+) nanofibers with the average diameter of ~300 nm were in situ fabricated by electrospinning. X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern confirmed that the Y(2)O(3): Eu(3+) nanofibers were composed of pure body-centered cubic (bcc) Y(2)O(3) phase. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) results indicated that Y(2)O(3): Eu(3+) nanofibers were constituted of nonspherical crystalline grains, and these crystalline grains were orderly arranged along the axial direction of single nanofiber. These Y(2)O(3): Eu(3+) nanofibers showed a partially polarized photoluminescence (PL). The arrangement of crystalline grains and the mismatch of dielectric constant between Y(2)O(3): Eu(3+) nanofiber and its environment probably contributed together to the polarized PL from Y(2)O(3): Eu(3+) nanofiber.

  2. Enhanced luminescence in Eu-doped ZnO nanocrystalline films

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    Suzuki, Keigo Murayama, Koji; Tanaka, Nobuhiko

    2015-07-20

    We found an enhancement of Eu{sup 3+} emissions in Eu-doped ZnO nanocrystalline films fabricated by microemulsion method. The Eu{sup 3+} emission intensities were increased by reducing annealing temperatures from 633 K to 533 K. One possible explanation for this phenomenon is that the size reduction enhances the energy transfer from ZnO nanoparticles to Eu{sup 3+} ions. Also, the shift of the charge-transfer band into the low-energy side of the absorption edge is found to be crucial, which seems to expedite the energy transfer from O atoms to Eu{sup 3+} ions. These findings will be useful for the material design of Eu-doped ZnO phosphors.

  3. Luminescent Characteristics of LiSrBO3:Eu3+ Phosphor for White Light Emitting Diode

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    Li, Pan-Lai; Wang, Zhi-Jun; Yang, Zhi-Ping; Guo, Qing-Lin

    2009-04-01

    LiSrBO3:Eu3+ phosphor is synthesized by a high solid-state reaction method, and its luminescent characteristics are investigated. The emission and excitation spectra of LiSrBO3:Eu3+ phosphors exhibit that the phosphors can be effectively excited by near ultraviolet (401 nm) and blue (471 nm) light, and emit 615 nm red light. The effect of Eu3+ concentration on the emission spectrum of LiSrBO3:Eu3+ phosphor is studied; the results show that the emission intensity increases with increasing Eu3+ concentration, and then decreases because of concentration quenching. It reaches the maximum at 3 mol%, and the concentration self-quenching mechanism is the dipoledipole interaction according to the Dexter theory. Under the conditions of charge compensation Li+, Na+ or K+ incorporated in LiSrBO3, the luminescent intensities of LiSrBO3:Eu3+ phosphor are enhanced.

  4. Growth and characterization of Sc-doped EuO thin films

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    Altendorf, S. G.; Reisner, A.; Chang, C. F.; Hollmann, N.; Rata, A. D.; Tjeng, L. H.

    2014-02-03

    The preparation of 3d-transition metal-doped EuO thin films by molecular beam epitaxy is investigated using the example of Sc doping. The Sc-doped EuO samples display a good crystalline structure, despite the relatively small ionic radius of the dopant. The Sc doping leads to an enhancement of the Curie temperature to up to 125 K, remarkably similar to previous observations on lanthanide-doped EuO.

  5. Magnetic properties of EuLn{sub 2}O{sub 4} (Ln=rare earths)

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    Hirose, Keiichi; Doi, Yoshihiro; Hinatsu, Yukio

    2009-07-15

    Ternary rare earth oxides EuLn{sub 2}O{sub 4} (Ln=Gd, Dy-Lu) were prepared. They crystallized in an orthorhombic CaFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}-type structure with space group Pnma. {sup 151}Eu Moessbauer spectroscopic measurements show that the Eu ions are in the divalent state. All these compounds show an antiferromagnetic transition at 4.2-6.3 K. From the positive Weiss constant and the saturation of magnetization for EuLu{sub 2}O{sub 4}, it is considered that ferromagnetic chains of Eu{sup 2+} are aligned along the b-axis of the orthorhombic unit cell, with neighboring Eu{sup 2+} chains antiparallel. When Ln=Gd-Tm, ferromagnetically aligned Eu{sup 2+} ions interact with the Ln{sup 3+} ions, which would overcome the magnetic frustration of triangularly aligned Ln{sup 3+} ions and the EuLn{sub 2}O{sub 4} compounds show a simple antiferromagnetic behavior. - Graphical abstract: Ternary rare earth oxides EuLn{sub 2}O{sub 4} (Ln=Gd, Dy-Lu) crystallized in an orthorhombic CaFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}-type structure with space group Pnma. Moessbauer spectroscopic measurements show that the Eu ions are in the divalent state. All these compounds show an antiferromagnetic transition at 4.2-6.3 K. It is considered that ferromagnetic chains of Eu{sup 2+} are aligned along the b-axis of the orthorhombic unit cell, with neighboring Eu{sup 2+} chains antiparallel.

  6. DNA sensing by a Eu-binding peptide containing a proflavine unit.

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    Ancel, Laetitia; Gateau, Christelle; Lebrun, Colette; Delangle, Pascale

    2013-01-18

    Synthesis of a lanthanide-binding peptide (LBP) for the detection of double-stranded DNA is presented. A proflavine moiety was introduced into a high affinity LBP involving two unnatural chelating amino acids in the Ln ion coordination. The Eu(3+)-LBP complex is demonstrated to bind to ct-DNA and to sensitize Eu luminescence. The DNA binding process is effectively detected via the Eu-centered luminescence thanks to the intimate coupling between the LBP scaffold and DNA intercalating unit.

  7. Geographic Data as Personal Data in Four EU Member States

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    de Jong, A. J.; van Loenen, B.; Zevenbergen, J. A.

    2016-06-01

    The EU Directive 95/46/EC on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data aims at harmonising data protection legislation in the European Union. This should promote the free flow of products and services within the EU. This research found a wide variety of interpretations of the application of data protection legislation to geographic data. The variety was found among the different EU Member States, the different stakeholders and the different types of geographic data. In the Netherlands, the Data Protection Authority (DPA) states that panoramic images of streets are considered personal data. While Dutch case law judges that the data protection legislation does not apply if certain features are blurred and no link to an address is provided. The topographic datasets studied in the case studies do not contain personal data, according to the Dutch DPA, while the German DPA and the Belgian DPA judge that topographic maps of a large scale can contain personal data, and impose conditions on the processing of topographic maps. The UK DPA does consider this data outside of the scope of legal definition of personal data. The patchwork of differences in data protection legislation can be harmonised by using a traffic light model. This model focuses on the context in which the processing of the data takes place and has four categories of data: (1) sensitive personal data, (2) personal data, (3), data that can possibly lead to identification, and (4) non-personal data. For some geographic data, for example factual data that does not reveal sensitive information about a person, can be categorised in the third category giving room to opening up data under the INSPIRE Directive.

  8. The agricultural water footprint of EU river basins

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    Vanham, Davy

    2014-05-01

    This work analyses the agricultural water footprint (WF) of production (WFprod,agr) and consumption (WFcons,agr) as well as the resulting net virtual water import (netVWi,agr) for 365 EU river basins with an area larger than 1000 km2. Apart from total amounts, also a differentiation between the green, blue and grey components is made. River basins where the WFcons,agr,tot exceeds WFprod,agr,tot values substantially (resulting in positive netVWi,agr,tot values), are found along the London-Milan axis. River basins where the WFprod,agr,totexceeds WFcons,agr,totare found in Western France, the Iberian Peninsula and the Baltic region. The effect of a healthy (HEALTHY) and vegetarian (VEG) diet on the WFcons,agr is assessed, as well as resulting changes in netVWi,agr. For HEALTHY, the WFcons,agr,tot of most river basins decreases (max 32%), although in the east some basins show an increase. For VEG, in all but one river basins a reduction (max 46%) in WFcons,agr,tot is observed. The effect of diets on the WFcons,agrof a river basin has not been carried out so far. River basins and not administrative borders are the key geographical entity for water management. Such a comprehensive analysis on the river basin scale is the first in its kind. Reduced river basin WFcons,agrcan contribute to sustainable water management both within the EU and outside its borders. They could help to reduce the dependency of EU consumption on domestic and foreign water resources.

  9. Effects of Packaging SrI2(Eu) Scintillator Crystals

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    Sturm, Benjamin; Cherepy, Nerine; Drury, Owen; Thelin, P; Fisher, S E; Payne, Stephen A.; Burger, Arnold; Boatner, Lynn A; Ramey, Joanne Oxendine; Shah, Kanai; Hawrami, Rastgo

    2011-01-01

    Recent renewed emphasis placed on gamma-ray detectors for national security purposes has motivated 13 researchers to identify and develop new scintillator materials capable of high energy resolution and 14 growable to large sizes. We have discovered that SrI2(Eu) has many desirable properties for gamma-ray 15 detection and spectroscopy, including high light yield of ~90,000 photons/MeV and excellent light yield 16 proportionality. Furthermore, we have demonstrated growth of crack-free 2 diameter boules. We 17 have measured <2.7% FWHM at 662 keV with small detectors (<1 cm3) in direct contact with a 18 photomultiplier tube, and ~3% resolution at 662 keV is obtained for 1 in3 crystals. Due to the 19 hygroscopic nature of SrI2(Eu), proper packaging is required for field use. This work describes a 20 systematic study performed to determine the key factors in the packaging process to optimize 21 performance. These factors include proper polishing of the surface, the geometry of the crystal, 22 reflector materials and windows. A technique based on use of a collimated Cs-137 source was developed 23 to examine light collection uniformity. Employing this technique, we found that when the crystal is 24 packaged properly, the variance in the pulse height at 662 keV from events near the bottom of the 25 crystal compared to those near the top of the crystal could be reduced to <1%. This paper describes the 26 design and engineering of our detector package in order to improve energy resolution of 1 in3-scale 27 SrI2(Eu) crystals.

  10. Polyethylene recycling: Waste policy scenario analysis for the EU-27.

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    Andreoni, Valeria; Saveyn, Hans G M; Eder, Peter

    2015-08-01

    This paper quantifies the main impacts that the adoption of the best recycling practices together with a reduction in the consumption of single-use plastic bags and the adoption of a kerbside collection system could have on the 27 Member States of the EU. The main consequences in terms of employment, waste management costs, emissions and energy use have been quantified for two scenarios of polyethylene (PE) waste production and recycling. That is to say, a "business as usual scenario", where the 2012 performances of PE waste production and recycling are extrapolated to 2020, is compared to a "best practice scenario", where the best available recycling practices are modelled together with the possible adoption of the amended Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive related to the consumption of single-use plastic bags and the implementation of a kerbside collection system. The main results show that socio-economic and environmental benefits can be generated across the EU by the implementation of the best practice scenario. In particular, estimations show a possible reduction of 4.4 million tonnes of non-recycled PE waste, together with a reduction of around €90 million in waste management costs in 2020 for the best practice scenario versus the business as usual scenario. An additional 35,622 jobs are also expected to be created. In environmental terms, the quantity of CO2 equivalent emissions could be reduced by around 1.46 million tonnes and the net energy requirements are expected to increase by 16.5 million GJ as a consequence of the reduction in the energy produced from waste. The main analysis provided in this paper, together with the data and the model presented, can be useful to identify the possible costs and benefits that the implementation of PE waste policies and Directives could generate for the EU.

  11. Interaction of Eu(III) with mammalian cells: Cytotoxicity, uptake, and speciation as a function of Eu(III) concentration and nutrient composition.

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    Sachs, Susanne; Heller, Anne; Weiss, Stephan; Bok, Frank; Bernhard, Gert

    2015-10-01

    In case of the release of lanthanides and actinides into the environment, knowledge about their behavior in biological systems is necessary to assess and prevent adverse health effects for humans. We investigated the interaction of europium with FaDu cells (human squamous cell carcinoma cell line) combining analytical methods, spectroscopy, and thermodynamic modeling with in-vitro cell experiments under defined conditions. Both the cytotoxicity of Eu(III) onto FaDu cells and its cellular uptake are mainly concentration-dependent. Moreover, they are governed by its chemical speciation in the nutrient medium. In complete cell culture medium, i.e., in the presence of fetal bovine serum, Eu(III) is stabilized in solution in a wide concentration range by complexation with serum proteins resulting in low cytotoxicity and cellular Eu(III) uptake. In serum-free medium, Eu(III) precipitates as hardly soluble phosphate species, exhibiting a significantly higher cytotoxicity and slightly higher cellular uptake. The presence of a tenfold excess of citrate in serum-free medium causes the formation of Eu(HCit)2(3-) complexes in addition to the dominating Eu(III) phosphate species, resulting in a decreased Eu(III) cytotoxicity and cellular uptake. The results of this study underline the crucial role of a metal ion's speciation for its toxicity and bioavailability.

  12. Effect of an Eu{sup 3+} impurity on the antiferrodistortion and ferroelectric instabilities in an EuTiO{sub 3} bulk crystal and thin films

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    Zhandun, V. S. Zamkova, N. G.; Zinenko, V. I.

    2015-01-15

    The existence of an antiferrodistortion transition in EuTiO{sub 3} is disputable, and this question needs to be answered. One of the possible causes is the presence of an Eu{sup 3+} impurity in a sample. A nonempirical polarizable ion model is used to study the effect of a trivalent Eu{sup 3+} ion impurity on the antiferrodistortion and ferroelectric instabilities of an EuTiO{sub 3} crystal in the bulk and the thin-film states. Lattice dynamics calculation shows that a bulk impurity-free EuTiO{sub 3} crystal has no unstable modes throughout the entire phase space volume. The addition of an Eu{sup 3+} impurity leads to a significant softening of the rotational mode, the distortion in which makes tetragonal phase I4/mcm (which is experimentally observed) energetically favorable. In going from the bulk crystal to the thin film, the vibration spectrum of the impurity-free film has unstable antiferrodistortion and rotational modes. The addition of an Eu{sup 3+} impurity enhances the antiferrodistortion instability, which fully or partly suppresses ferroelectricity.

  13. Comparing the luminescence processes of YVO4:Eu and core-shell YVO4@YF3 nanocrystals with bulk-YVO4:Eu

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    Shirmane, L.; Feldmann, C.; Pankratov, V.

    2017-01-01

    Comparative analysis of bulk, non-coated and core-shelled nanocrystalline YVO4:Eu was performed by means of time-resolved luminescence and VUV excitation luminescence spectroscopy techniques. Nanocrystalline YVO4:Eu samples - both as-prepared and YF3 core-shelled - have been synthesized by means of a microwave-assisted synthesis in ionic liquids, which allows to obtain 10-12 nm nanoparticles with high crystallinity. The results show noticeable differences between bulk and nanocrystalline YVO4:Eu in photoluminescence experimental data, which explains by influence of the nanocrystal surface. A YF3 core-shell layer around YVO4:Eu nanoparticles partially recovers the intensity of the Eu3+ emission. It is demonstrated that the Eu3+ luminescence recovery is achieved at the expense of the suppression of the intrinsic emission but not due to the passivation of surface loss centers in core-shelled nanocrystals. It is also shown that surface loss processes are the reason of the degradation of energy transfer efficiency from the host lattice to Eu3+ under high-energy excitations in vacuum ultraviolet spectral range.

  14. Effect of Photonic Structure on Optical Properties of YVO4:Eu3+ Phosphor

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    Thakur, Shashi; Dhiman, Naresh; Sharma, Amit; Gathania, Arvind K.

    2017-04-01

    Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) photonic crystal has been prepared on quartz substrate by the self-assembly vertical deposition technique. YVO4:Eu3+ inverse opal was obtained by annealing PMMA photonic crystal infiltrated with YVO4:Eu3+ nanophosphors at 500°C for 3 h. Scanning electron microscopy confirmed the development of the photonic and inverse opal structures. Photoluminescence study showed that the luminescence characteristics depended on the position of the photonic stop band. It was observed that the photoluminescence intensity of YVO4:Eu3+ inverse opal was enhanced near the photonic stop bandgap edge as compared with the intensity of a YVO4:Eu3+ nanophosphor powder sample.

  15. Optical and structural stability of blue SrO:Eu{sup 2+} phosphor

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    Komatsu, Keiji; Nakamura, Atsushi; Ohshio, Shigeo; Toda, Ikumi; Muramatsu, Hiroyuki; Saitoh, Hidetoshi

    2013-08-15

    Chemical stability of 6-coodinated SrO is a fundamental problem when this is used for various applications. In this study, optical and chemical stabilities of 8-coordinated SrO:Eu{sup 2+} phosphor were investigated. SrO:Eu{sup 2+} phosphor was synthesized from thermal treatment of SrO:Eu powder located on a single crystalline MgO at 1500° C under reduction atmosphere. Obtained 8-coordinated SrO:Eu{sup 2+} phosphor exhibit strong blue luminescence and chemical stability in distilled water for 3 days. Our findings prove that obtained 8-coordinated SrO:Eu{sup 2+} possesses relative optical and chemical stabilities in water. - Graphical abstract: Obtained 8-coordinated SrO:Eu{sup 2+} phosphor exhibit strong blue luminescence in distilled water. Highlights: • We investigated optical and chemical stabilities of 8-coordinated SrO:Eu{sup 2+} phosphor in water. • Obtained 8-coordinated SrO:Eu{sup 2+} phosphor exhibit strong blue luminescence and chemical stability in distilled water for 3 days. • We found that the 8-coodrodinated SrO crystal structure changed to SrCO{sub 3} crystal structure after the 5 days immersion. • The obtained SrO:Eu{sup 2+} phosphor possesses high chemical stability under water, compared with commercial (6-coordinated) SrO.

  16. Data Resource Profile: The European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC).

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    Arora, Vishal S; Karanikolos, Marina; Clair, Amy; Reeves, Aaron; Stuckler, David; McKee, Martin

    2015-04-01

    Social and economic policies are inextricably linked with population health outcomes in Europe, yet few datasets are able to fully explore and compare this relationship across European countries. The European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) survey aims to address this gap using microdata on income, living conditions and health. EU-SILC contains both cross-sectional and longitudinal elements, with nationally representative samples of individuals 16 years and older in 28 European Union member states as well as Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. Data collection began in 2003 in Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Greece, Luxembourg and Austria, with subsequent expansion across Europe. By 2011, all 28 EU member states, plus three others, were included in the dataset. Although EU-SILC is administered by Eurostat, the data are output-harmonized so that countries are required to collect specified data items but are free to determine sampling strategies for data collection purposes. EU-SILC covers approximately 500,000 European residents for its cross-sectional survey annually. Whereas aggregated data from EU-SILC are publicly available [http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/income-and-living-conditions/data/main-tables], microdata are only available to research organizations subject to approval by Eurostat. Please refer to [http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/portal/page/portal/microdata/eu_silc] for further information regarding microdata access.

  17. Photoluminescence of Eu³⁺-doped glasses with Cu²⁺ impurities.

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    Jiménez, José A

    2015-06-15

    Glasses activated with Eu(3+) ions are attractive as luminescent materials for various photonic applications. Co-doping with copper has been proposed for enhancing material optical properties, but the quenching effect of Cu(2+) impurities on Eu(3+) emission in glass remains largely unexplored. In this work, Eu2O3/CuO-containing barium-phosphate glasses have been prepared by the melt-quench method, and the Eu(3+) photoluminescence (PL) quenching resulting from Eu(3+)→Cu(2+) energy transfer was evaluated. Optical absorption spectroscopy showed that with the increase in CuO concentration the Cu(2+) absorption band resonant with Eu(3+) emission (e.g. (5)D0→(7)F2 transition around 615 nm) developed steadily. As a result, Eu(3+) PL was progressively quenched. Evaluation of the quenching constants as a function of temperature in the 298-673K range showed differences basically within experimental error, consistent with a resonant transfer and lack of phonon-assisted processes. Moreover, analysis of the Eu(3+) emission decay dynamics revealed a strong correlation between the decay rates and Cu(2+) impurity levels. Results imply that for practical applications the levels of Cu(2+) in Eu(3+)/Cu(+)-activated glasses should be reduced if not removed as these will significantly limit device efficiency.

  18. Effect of Sr doping in layered Eu3Bi2S4F4 superconductor

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    Zhang, Pan; Zhai, Hui-Fei; Wang, Zhen; Chen, Jian; Feng, Chun-Mu; Cao, Guang-Han; Xu, Zhu-An

    2017-01-01

    We report the effect of Sr-doping in the BiS2-based superconductor {{Eu}}3-xSr x Bi2S4F4. Eu3Bi2S4F4 is a self-doped compound with a mixed Eu valence state. By the partial substitution of Sr for Eu, T c gradually decreases and superconductivity disappears above 0.3 K when x\\gt 1.0. Magnetic-susceptibility and specific-heat measurements reveal that Sr substitution leads to a decrease in both Eu2+ and Eu3+ populations. The decreased Eu3+ population, and the corresponding lower charge carrier density, may be the main origin for the suppression of superconductivity. In addition, we find a significant increase in the Sommerfeld coefficient {γ }0 upon Sr doping, which may be due to the Kondo effect between the magnetic moments (associated to Eu2+ ions) and the conducting electrons. This work implies that the Kondo effect could compete with superconductivity in Eu3Bi2S4F4.

  19. A facile method for the preparation of Eu{sup 2+}-doped nanocrystalline BaFCl

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    Wang, Xianglei; Liu, Zhiqiang; Stevens-Kalceff, Marion A.; Riesen, Hans

    2013-10-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • A facile co-precipitation method for the preparation of Eu{sup 2+}-doped BaFCl. • Reduction of Eu{sup 3+} to Eu{sup 2+} by zinc granular under nitrogen flow. • Photoluminescence and cathodoluminescence spectroscopy of the as-prepared BaFCl:Eu{sup 2+}. • Temperature dependent photoluminescence properties of Eu{sup 2+} ions in BaFCl. - Abstract: A facile method for the preparation of Eu{sup 2+}-doped BaFCl is reported. The method is based on the co-precipitation of aqueous solutions of BaCl{sub 2} and NH{sub 4}F to yield BaFCl. The doping by europium in the 2+ oxidation state is realized by the reduction of Eu{sup 3+} to Eu{sup 2+} employing granular zinc in the BaCl{sub 2} solution under nitrogen. Powder X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy have been used to confirm the BaFCl phase and photoluminescence, in the temperature range of 2.5–290 K, and room-temperature cathodoluminescence spectra have been measured to characterize the Eu{sup 2+} ions in the sample.

  20. The magnetic structure of EuCu2Sb2

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    Ryan, D. H.; Cadogan, J. M.; Anand, V. K.; Johnston, D. C.; Flacau, R.

    2015-05-06

    Antiferromagnetic ordering of EuCu2Sb2 which forms in the tetragonal CaBe2Ge2-type structure (space group P4/nmm #129) has been studied using neutron powder diffraction and 151Eu Mössbauer spectroscopy. The room temperature 151Eu isomer shift of –12.8(1) mm/s shows the Eu to be divalent, while the 151Eu hyperfine magnetic field (Bhf) reaches 28.7(2) T at 2.1 K, indicating a full Eu2+ magnetic moment. Bhf(T) follows a smooth $S=\\frac{7}{2}$ Brillouin function and yields an ordering temperature of 5.1(1) K. Refinement of the neutron diffraction data reveals a collinear A-type antiferromagnetic arrangement with the Eu moments perpendicular to the tetragonal c-axis. As a result, the refined Eu magnetic moment at 0.4 K is 7.08(15) μB which is the full free-ion moment expected for the Eu2+ ion with $S=\\frac{7}{2}$ and a spectroscopic splitting factor of g = 2.

  1. First-principles study of luminescence in Eu2+-doped inorganic scintillators

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    Chaudhry, A.; Boutchko, R.; Chourou, S.; Zhang, G.; Grønbech-Jensen, N.; Canning, A.

    2014-04-01

    Luminescence in Eu2+ activated materials corresponds to a transition from an excited state where the lowest Eu 5d level is filled with one electron [often called the (Eu2+)* state] to the ground state with a half-filled 4f shell with seven electrons of the same spin. We have performed theoretical calculations based on density functional theory to determine the ground state band structure of Eu-doped materials as well as study the (Eu2+)* excited state. Calculations were performed on Eu-doped materials, experimentally known to be either scintillators or nonscintillators, in order to relate theoretically calculable parameters to experimentally observed properties. Applying criteria previously developed for Ce-doped systems [A. Canning, A. Chaudhry, R. Boutchko, and N. Grønbech-Jensen, Phys. Rev. B 83, 125115 (2011), 10.1103/PhysRevB.83.125115] to new Eu-doped materials, we developed a list of candidate materials for new bright Eu-activated scintillators. Ba2CsBr5:Eu is an example of a new bright scintillator from our candidate list that has been synthesized in microcrystalline powder form. As discussed in our previous paper on Ce-doped materials, this approach was designed as a systematic high-throughput method to aid in the discovery of new bright scintillator materials by prioritization and down-selection on the large number of potential new materials.

  2. Theoretical and empirical investigations of KCl:Eu2+ for nearly water-equivalent radiotherapy dosimetry

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    Zheng, Yuanshui; Han, Zhaohui; Driewer, Joseph P.; Low, Daniel A.; Li, H. Harold

    2010-01-01

    Purpose: The low effective atomic number, reusability, and other computed radiography-related advantages make europium doped potassium chloride (KCl:Eu2+) a promising dosimetry material. The purpose of this study is to model KCl:Eu2+ point dosimeters with a Monte Carlo (MC) method and, using this model, to investigate the dose responses of two-dimensional (2D) KCl:Eu2+ storage phosphor films (SPFs). Methods: KCl:Eu2+ point dosimeters were irradiated using a 6 MV beam at four depths (5–20 cm) for each of five square field sizes (5×5–25×25 cm2). The dose measured by KCl:Eu2+ was compared to that measured by an ionization chamber to obtain the magnitude of energy dependent dose measurement artifact. The measurements were simulated using DOSXYZnrc with phase space files generated by BEAMnrcMP. Simulations were also performed for KCl:Eu2+ films with thicknesses ranging from 1 μm to 1 mm. The work function of the prototype KCl:Eu2+ material was determined by comparing the sensitivity of a 150 μm thick KCl:Eu2+ film to a commercial BaFBr0.85I0.15:Eu2+-based SPF with a known work function. The work function was then used to estimate the sensitivity of a 1 μm thick KCl:Eu2+ film. Results: The simulated dose responses of prototype KCl:Eu2+ point dosimeters agree well with measurement data acquired by irradiating the dosimeters in the 6 MV beam with varying field size and depth. Furthermore, simulations with films demonstrate that an ultrathin KCl:Eu2+ film with thickness of the order of 1 μm would have nearly water-equivalent dose response. The simulation results can be understood using classic cavity theories. Finally, preliminary experiments and theoretical calculations show that ultrathin KCl:Eu2+ film could provide excellent signal in a 1 cGy dose-to-water irradiation. Conclusions: In conclusion, the authors demonstrate that KCl:Eu2+-based dosimeters can be accurately modeled by a MC method and that 2D KCl:Eu2+ films of the order of 1 μm thick would have

  3. Understanding the photoluminescence characteristics of Eu3+-doped double-perovskite by electronic structure calculation

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    Ghosh, Binita; Halder, Saswata; Das, Sayantani; Sinha, T. P.

    2016-05-01

    Europium-doped luminescent barium samarium tantalum oxide Ba2SmTaO6 (BST) has been investigated by first-principles calculation, and the crystal structure, electronic structure, and optical properties of pure BST and Eu-doped BST have been examined and compared. Based on the calculated results, the luminescence properties and mechanism of Eu-doped BST has been discussed. In the case of Eu-doped BST, there is an impurity energy band at the Fermi level, which is formed by seven spin up energy levels of Eu and act as the luminescent centre, which is evident from the band structure calculations.

  4. Effect of Photonic Structure on Optical Properties of YVO4:Eu3+ Phosphor

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    Thakur, Shashi; Dhiman, Naresh; Sharma, Amit; Gathania, Arvind K.

    2016-11-01

    Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) photonic crystal has been prepared on quartz substrate by the self-assembly vertical deposition technique. YVO4:Eu3+ inverse opal was obtained by annealing PMMA photonic crystal infiltrated with YVO4:Eu3+ nanophosphors at 500°C for 3 h. Scanning electron microscopy confirmed the development of the photonic and inverse opal structures. Photoluminescence study showed that the luminescence characteristics depended on the position of the photonic stop band. It was observed that the photoluminescence intensity of YVO4:Eu3+ inverse opal was enhanced near the photonic stop bandgap edge as compared with the intensity of a YVO4:Eu3+ nanophosphor powder sample.

  5. CDRA-4EU Testing in Support of ISS

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    Peters, Warren; Stanley, Christine; Knox, Jim

    2016-01-01

    NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) recently conducted tests on two desiccant beds of the four-bed molecular sieve carbon dioxide removal assembly (CDRA) returned from the International Space Station (ISS). MSFC had previously characterized the relationship between CDRA-4EU inlet conditions and the dewpoint at the desiccant bed exit and between the compressor and accumulator that make up the Carbon Dioxide Management Assembly (CDMA). MSFC installed the flight desiccant beds into the existing Exploration Test Chamber (E-chamber) using a suite of instrumentation not available on orbit to investigate the orbital performance of the desiccant beds. Test objectives, facility design and test results are presented.

  6. Characterisation of frequency doubling in Eu(2+) doped aluminosilicate fibres

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    Driscoll, T. J.; Lawandy, N. M.; Killian, A.; Rienhart, L.; Morse, T. F.

    1991-01-01

    The results of a series of experiments on efficient second-harmonic generation in a fiber with a Eu(2+)-doped aluminosilicate core are reported. The fiber was prepared by the seeding method with CW mode-locked radiation at 1.06 micron and produced ultrastable peak conversion efficiencies of 0.001 during mode-locked readout. Experiments were performed to determine the IR preparation intensity dependence, the stability of the output, and the type of erasure mechanisms which occur. The results are compared with those of germanosilicate fibers and some similarities and differences are discussed.

  7. [The EU drinking water recommendations: objectives and perspectives].

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    Blöch, H

    2011-12-01

    Protection of our drinking water resources and provision of safe drinking water are key requirements of modern water management and health policy. Microbiological and chemical quality standards have been established in the EU water policy since 1980, and are now complemented by a comprehensive protection of water as a resource. This contribution reflects a presentation at the scientific conference of the Federal Associations of Physicians and Dentists within the Public Health Service in May 2011 and provides an overview on objectives and challenges for drinking water protection at the European level.

  8. Crystal-site engineering control for the reduction of Eu(3+) to Eu(2+) in CaYAlO4: structure refinement and tunable emission properties.

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    Zhang, Yang; Li, Xuejiao; Li, Kai; Lian, Hongzhou; Shang, Mengmeng; Lin, Jun

    2015-02-04

    In this article, Eu-activated CaYAlO4 aluminate phosphors were synthesized by a solid-state reaction. Under UV light excitation, characteristic red line emission of Eu(3+) was detected in the range of 570-650 nm. In addition, we introduced crystal-site engineering approach into the CaYAlO4 host through incorporation of Si(4+)-Ca(2+) to replace Al(3+)-Y(3+), which would shrink the AlO6 octahedrons, accompanied by the expansion of CaO9 polyhedron, and then enable the partial reduction of Eu(3+) to Eu(2+). The crystal structure and underlying mechanism have been clarified on the basis of the Rietveld refinement analysis. The PL spectra of Ca0.99+xY1-xAl1-xSixO4:Eu0.01 (x = 0-0.30) exhibit both green emission of Eu(2+) (4f(6)5d(1)-4f(7), broadband around 503 nm) and red-orange emission of Eu(3+) ((5)D0-(7)F1,2, 593 and 624 nm) under UV light excitation with a quantum yield of 38.5%. The CIE coordinates of Ca0.99+xY1-xAl1-xSixO4:Eu0.01 (x = 0-0.30) phosphors are regularly shifted from (0.482, 0.341) to (0.223, 0.457) with increasing x, which would expand the application of Eu. Furthermore, this investigation reveals the correlations of structure and property of luminescent materials, which would shed light on the development of novel phosphors suitable for lighting and display applications.

  9. Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) response of Al2O3:C, BaFCl:Eu and K2Ca2(SO4)3:Eu phosphors.

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    Kumar, Pratik; Bahl, Shaila; Sahare, P D; Kumar, Surender; Singh, Manveer

    2015-12-01

    This paper investigates the optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) response of BaFCl:Eu and K2Ca2(SO4)3:Eu phosphors for different doses and bleaching durations. The results have also been compared with the commercially available Landauer Al2O3:C (Luxel®) dosemeter. Nanocrystalline K2Ca2(SO4)3:Eu is known to be a sensitive thermoluminescent phosphor, but its OSL response is hardly reported. At first, pellets of nanocrystalline K2Ca2(SO4)3:Eu powder were prepared by adding Teflon as a binder. Their OSL signal was compared with that of the material in pure form, i.e. without adding the binder (in 100:1 ratio). It was observed that adding the binder does not appreciably affect the OSL intensity. On comparison with the commercially available Al2O3:C from Landauer, it was found that K2Ca2(SO4)3:Eu is around 15 times less sensitive than Al2O3:C. 'Homemade' BaFCl:Eu phosphor has also been studied. The intensity of BaFCl:Eu was ∼20 times more than the standard Al2O3:C dosemeter and ∼200 times more sensitive than K2Ca2(SO4)3:Eu in the dose range of 13-200 cGy. OSL dosemeters are believed to give luminescence signal even if they are read before, i.e. multiple reading may be possible under suitable conditions after single exposure. This was also checked for all the prepared dosemeters and it was found that Al2O3:C showed the least decrease of <2 %, followed by BaFCl:Eu of 15 % and K2Ca2(SO4)3:Eu with 20 %. Finally, Al2O3:C and BaFCl:Eu phosphors were also studied for their optical bleaching durations to which the respective signals get completely removed so that the phosphor can be re-used. It was observed that BaFCl:Eu is bleached faster and more easily than Al2O3:C.

  10. Formation and spectral probing of transparent oxyfluoride glass-ceramics containing (Eu2+, Eu3+:BaGdF5) nano-crystals

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    Biswas, Kaushik; Balaji, S.; Karmakar, Prantik; Annapurna, K.

    2015-01-01

    In the present study, we report the formation of transparent glass-ceramics containing BaGdF5 nanocrystals under optimum ceramization of SiO2-BaF2-K2O-Sb2O3-GdF3-Eu2O3 based oxyfluoride glass and the energy transfer mechanisms in Eu2+ → Eu3+ and Gd3+ → Eu3+ has been interpreted through luminescence study. The modification of local environment surrounding dopant ion in glass and glass ceramics has been studied using Eu3+ ion as spectral probe. The optimum ceramization temperature was determined from the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) thermogram which revealed that the glass transition temperature (Tg), the crystallization onset temperature (Tx), and crystallization peak temperature (Tp) are 563 °C, 607 °C and 641 °C, respectively. X-ray diffraction pattern of the glass-ceramics sample displayed the presence of cubic BaGdF5 phase (JCPDS code: 24-0098). Transmission electron microscopy image of the glass-ceramics samples revealed homogeneous distribution of spherical fluoride nanocrystals ranging 5-15 nm in size. The emission transitions from the higher excited sates (5DJ, J = 1, 2, and 3) as well as lowered asymmetry ratio of the 5D0 → 7F2 transition (forced electric dipole transition) to that of the 5D0 → 7F1 transition (magnetic dipole) of Eu3+ in the glass-ceramics when compared to glass sample demonstrated the incorporation of dopant Eu3+ ions into the cubic BaGdF5 nanocrystals with higher local symmetry with enhanced ionic nature. The presence of absorption bands of Eu2+ ions and Gd3+ ions present in the glass matrix or fluoride nanocrystals in the excitation spectra of Eu3+ by monitoring emission at 614 nm indicated energy transfer from (Eu2+ → Eu3+) and (Gd3+ → Eu3+) in both glass and glass-ceramics samples.

  11. Is EU/EEA population protected from polio?

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    Nijsten, Dre; Carrillo-Santisteve, P; Miglietta, A; Ruitenberg, J; Lopalco, P L

    2015-01-01

    The WHO European Region has been declared polio-free since 2002. By 2010, inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) was the only polio vaccine in use in the EU/EEA for the primary vaccination of children. A systematic review of the literature on polio seroprevalence studies, complemented by the analysis of available vaccine coverage data, has been carried out with the aim of assessing the level of protection against polio in the European population. A total of 52 studies, with data from 14 out of the 31 EU/EEA countries, were included in the analysis. This systematic review shows that, overall, seroprevalence for PV1 and PV3 is high in most countries, although seroimmunity gaps have been detected in several birth cohorts. In particular, relatively low immunity status was found in some countries for individuals born in the 60's and 70's. Discrepancies between reported vaccination coverage and immunity levels have been also highlighted. Countries should make sure that their population is being vaccinated for polio to reduce the risk of local poliovirus transmission in case of importation. Moreover, assessing immunity status should be priority for those traveling to areas where wild polioviruses are still circulating.

  12. EU legislations affecting safety data availability of cosmetic ingredients.

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    Pauwels, Marleen; Rogiers, Vera

    2007-12-01

    With the introduction of the 6th and 7th Amendments (OJ L151, 32-37, 23 June 1993; OJ L066, 26-35, 11 March 2003) to the Cosmetic Products Directive (OJ L262, 169-200, 27 September 1976), imposing a testing and marketing ban on cosmetic products tested on animals, the retrieval of toxicological data on individual ingredients became of greater need. Since the majority of cosmetic ingredients are used for many other purposes than their cosmetic function, they fall under the scope of more than one EU Directive. An overview is given of EU legislation that could potentially affect the availability and interpretation of cosmetic safety data. It will become clear that, although cosmetics are regulated by a specific so-called "vertical" legislation, "horizontal" influences from other products' legislations play a role since they determine the type and amount of data that theoretically could be found on the specific substances they regulate. This knowledge is necessary while performing extended searches in databases and becomes indispensable when initiating negotiations with manufacturers or suppliers for obtaining the safety data required.

  13. Environmental Impact of Eu Policies On Acheloos River Basin, Greece

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    Skoulikidis, N.; Nikolaidis, N. P.; Oikonomopoulou, A.; Batzias, F.

    The environmental impact of EU policies aiming at protecting surface and ground wa- ters are being assessed in the Acheloos River Basin, Greece as part of a Joint Research Centre (JRC) / DG Environment (DG Env) funded project. The basin offers the possi- bility of studying the impact of EU policies on a multitude of aquatic ecosystems: four artificial and four natural lakes and a large estuary with important hydrotops (lagoons, coastal salt lacustrine and freshwater marshes, etc.) that belong to the NATURA 2000 sites or are protected by the RAMSAR Convention. A database has been developed that includes all available information on sources, fluxes, and concentration levels of nutrients and selected heavy metals from prior and current research programs at the Acheloos River Basin and coastal environment. This information has been used to identify the environmental pressures and develop nutrient budgets for each sub-basin of the watershed to assess the relative contributions of nutrients from various land uses. The mathematical model HSPF is being used to model the hydrology and nitro- gen fate and transport in the watershed. Management scenarios will be developed and modelling exercises will be carried out to assess the impacts of the scenarios. Eco- nomic analysis of the nutrient management scenarios will be conducted to evaluate the costs associated with management practices for reaching acceptable water quality status.

  14. Luminescent properties of Eu3+-doped yttrium or gadolinium phosphates

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    Tuan, D. C.; Olazcuaga, R.; Guillen, F.; Garcia, A.; Moine, B.; Fouassier, C.

    2005-03-01

    After an investigation of the formation conditions of the intermediate phases existing in the systems Y{2}O{3}-P{2}O{5} and Gd{2}O{3}-P{2}O{5} (R/P = 4/1, 3/1, 1, 1/2, 1/3 and 1/5 (R = Y or Gd)) the luminescence characteristics of the Eu3+ ion substituted for the Y3+ or Gd3+ ions have been determined. The position of the O2-toEu3+ charge transfer band shifts to higher energies with increasing P content, which results in high quantum efficiencies for several P-rich phosphates. With increasing P content the probability of the electric dipole transitions is reduced, in particular for the hypersensitive 5D{0}to 7F{2} transition. This causes a shift of the colour point to the orange and lengthens the luminescence lifetime. The luminescence characteristics are compared with those of the red phosphors for display.

  15. The EU paediatric regulation: effects on paediatric psychopharmacology in Europe.

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    Stoyanova-Beninska, Violeta V; Wohlfarth, Tamar; Isaac, Maria; Kalverdijk, Luuk J; van den Berg, Henk; Gispen-de Wied, Christine

    2011-08-01

    Child and adolescent psychiatry is a relatively young field and the recognition, classification, and treatment of disorders in children and adolescents lag behind those in adults. In recent years there is an increasing awareness of the differences between children and adults in psychopathology and pharmacology. Related to this new paediatric regulations have been introduced. This article reviews the regulatory and legislative measures that were adopted in the EU in 2007 and the subsequent impact of these measures on the field of paediatric psychopharmacology. The consequences of the paediatric regulation in the EU are reflected in several domains: regulatory, research aimed at drug development and clinical practices. In the regulatory domain, the consequences include: new paediatric indications, inclusion of special (class) warnings, specification of dose regimens, and information on safety specific to children and adolescents, and development of new medicinal formulations. The paediatric regulation leads to timely development of paediatric friendly formulations and better quality of the clinical evidence. In clinical practices, an increased awareness of the uniqueness of paediatric pharmacology is emerging among medical professionals, and subsequent improvement of medical care (i.e. correct doses, appropriate formulation, monitoring for expected adverse events). In addition, clinical guidelines will have to be revised more frequently in order to integrate the recently acquired knowledge. The new regulations stimulate transparency and discussions between academia, pharmaceutical industry, and regulators. The purpose is to optimize clinical research and obtain evidence for paediatric psychopharmacology, thereby providing adequate support for treatment.

  16. Incorporation of Eu(III) into Calcite under Recrystallization conditions.

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    Hellebrandt, S E; Hofmann, S; Jordan, N; Barkleit, A; Schmidt, M

    2016-09-13

    The interaction of calcite with trivalent europium under recrystallization conditions was studied on the molecular level using site-selective time-resolved laser fluorescence spectroscopy (TRLFS). We conducted batch studies with a reaction time from seven days up to three years with three calcite powders, which differed in their specific surface area, recrystallization rates and impurities content. With increase of the recrystallization rate incorporation of Eu(3+) occurs faster and its speciation comes to be dominated by one species with its excitation maximum at 578.8 nm, so far not identified during previous investigations of this process under growth and phase transformation conditions. A long lifetime of 3750 μs demonstrates complete loss of hydration, consequently Eu must have been incorporated into the bulk crystal. The results show a strong dependence of the incorporation kinetics on the recrystallization rate of the different calcites. Furthermore the investigation of the effect of different background electrolytes (NaCl and KCl) demonstrate that the incorporation process under recrystallization conditions strongly depends on the availability of Na(+). These findings emphasize the different retention potential of calcite as a primary and secondary mineral e.g. in a nuclear waste disposal site.

  17. Polarized emission from KCl:Eu2+ single crystals

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    Kang, Jun-Gill; Sohn, Youngku; Nah, Min-Kook; Kim, Youn-Doo; Ogryzlo, Elmer A.

    2000-04-01

    The polarization emission spectrum and the angular dependence of polarization ratio of the blue emission from KCl:Eu2+ were investigated at 78.8 K. The polarized emission at 420 nm consisted of several components. The angular dependence of polarization ratio of each component is proportional to sin(2icons/Journals/Common/alpha" ALT="alpha" ALIGN="TOP"/> ) or -cos(2icons/Journals/Common/alpha" ALT="alpha" ALIGN="TOP"/> ), when the exciting light is polarized at icons/Journals/Common/alpha" ALT="alpha" ALIGN="TOP"/> with respect to the z -axis for the [100]-[010] optical arrangement. The relaxed excited states (RESs) of Eu2+ responsible for the 420 nm emission are presented in terms of the adiabatic potential energy surface (APES), taking into account the Jahn-Teller effect (JTE) coupling to the Eg mode and the spin-orbit (SO) interaction. The charge-compensating cation vacancy (CCV, Vc - ) also causes an additive perturbation.

  18. Partnerships for disaster risk insurance in the EU

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    Mysiak, Jaroslav; Dionisio Pérez-Blanco, C.

    2016-11-01

    With increasing costs inflicted by natural hazard perils, and amidst state budget cuts, concerns are mounting about the capacity of governments to design sustainable, equitable and affordable risk management schemes. The participation of the private sector along with the public one through public-private partnerships (PPPs) has gained importance as a means of providing catastrophic natural hazard insurance to address these seemingly conflicting objectives. In 2013 the European Commission launched a wide-ranging consultation about what EU action could be appropriate to improve the performance of insurance markets. Simultaneously, the EU legislator instigated major reforms in the legislation and regulations that pertain to how PPPs are designed or operate. This paper has a dual objective: first, we review and summarize the manifold legal background that influences the provision of insurance against natural catastrophes. Second, we examine how PPPs designed for sharing and transferring risk operate within the European regulatory constraints, illustrated using the example of the UK Flood Reinsurance Scheme (Flood RE) between the state and the Association of British Insurers.

  19. Eu accession and its consequences for Czech professionals.

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    den Exter, André

    2004-01-01

    In March 2003, the Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands) organised a conference on EU accession and its consequences for applicant countries' health systems. One of the sessions dealt with health professionals. Questions raised during this meeting concerned the impact of accession on medical doctors, in particularly the options of new member state nationals to practice their profession in another member state, and the reverse. It appeared that there are several (legal) barriers for border crossing professionals. This issue is of extreme importance to both the EU, its member states and the applicant countries. Therefore, it is of importance that Czech health professionals participate in this debate. Due to many uncertainties in the pre-accession stage, the conference could not give a clear answer to all the questions. This contribution is an attempt to enhance the national debate on potential consequences of the free movement of persons to the Czech Republic by explaining the European legal context of free movement of persons and to make some critical remarks on the Czech situation.

  20. Incorporation of Eu(III) into Calcite under Recrystallization conditions

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    Hellebrandt, S. E.; Hofmann, S.; Jordan, N.; Barkleit, A.; Schmidt, M.

    2016-01-01

    The interaction of calcite with trivalent europium under recrystallization conditions was studied on the molecular level using site-selective time-resolved laser fluorescence spectroscopy (TRLFS). We conducted batch studies with a reaction time from seven days up to three years with three calcite powders, which differed in their specific surface area, recrystallization rates and impurities content. With increase of the recrystallization rate incorporation of Eu3+ occurs faster and its speciation comes to be dominated by one species with its excitation maximum at 578.8 nm, so far not identified during previous investigations of this process under growth and phase transformation conditions. A long lifetime of 3750 μs demonstrates complete loss of hydration, consequently Eu must have been incorporated into the bulk crystal. The results show a strong dependence of the incorporation kinetics on the recrystallization rate of the different calcites. Furthermore the investigation of the effect of different background electrolytes (NaCl and KCl) demonstrate that the incorporation process under recrystallization conditions strongly depends on the availability of Na+. These findings emphasize the different retention potential of calcite as a primary and secondary mineral e.g. in a nuclear waste disposal site. PMID:27618958

  1. Municipal solid waste development phases: Evidence from EU27.

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    Vujić, Goran; Gonzalez-Roof, Alvaro; Stanisavljević, Nemanja; Ragossnig, Arne M

    2015-12-01

    Many countries in the European Union (EU) have very developed waste management systems. Some of its members have managed to reduce their landfilled waste to values close to zero during the last decade. Thus, European Union legislation is very stringent regarding waste management for their members and candidate countries, too. This raises the following questions: Is it possible for developing and developed countries to comply with the European Union waste legislation, and under what conditions? How did waste management develop in relation to the economic development in the countries of the European Union? The correlation between waste management practices and economic development was analysed for 27 of the European Union Member States for the time period between 1995 and 2007. In addition, a regression analysis was performed to estimate landfilling of waste in relation to gross domestic product for every country. The results showed a strong correlation between the waste management variables and the gross domestic product of the EU27 members. The definition of the municipal solid waste management development phases followed a closer analysis of the relation between gross domestic product and landfilled waste. The municipal solid waste management phases are characterised by high landfilling rates at low gross domestic product levels, and landfilling rates near zero at high gross domestic product levels. Hence the results emphasize the importance of wider understanding of what is required for developing countries to comply with the European Union initiatives, and highlight the importance of allowing developing countries to make their own paths of waste management development.

  2. Antibiotic stewardship implementation in the EU: the way forward.

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    Allerberger, Franz; Gareis, Roland; Jindrák, Vlastimil; Struelens, Marc J

    2009-12-01

    There is an urgent need for an agreement on the principles and key components of antibiotic stewardship to support the EU member states in developing their national or regional programs. A proposal for a conceptual framework was drafted during an international expert workshop on hospital antibiotic stewardship organized under the Czech presidency in Prague on 15 April 2009. This document aims at defining structural and organizational requirements to optimize antibiotic use for hospitalized patients. Optimization should aim at improving patient outcomes, ensuring cost-effective therapy, and reducing the adverse health and ecological effects of antimicrobial use, including drug resistance. Antibiotic stewardship is of relevance to hospital as well as community care. To progress on antibiotic stewardship implementation in the EU, we suggest that three issues need to be addressed: the need for further research on the comparative effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of antibiotic stewardship strategies and interventions in different healthcare settings, the development of expert consensus on key elements of evidence-based best practice in hospital and community antibiotic stewardship, and strengthening the legal basis and core funding of antibiotic stewardship programs as integral components of quality and efficiency of care promotion initiatives.

  3. Incorporation of Eu(III) into Calcite under Recrystallization conditions

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    Hellebrandt, S. E.; Hofmann, S.; Jordan, N.; Barkleit, A.; Schmidt, M.

    2016-09-01

    The interaction of calcite with trivalent europium under recrystallization conditions was studied on the molecular level using site-selective time-resolved laser fluorescence spectroscopy (TRLFS). We conducted batch studies with a reaction time from seven days up to three years with three calcite powders, which differed in their specific surface area, recrystallization rates and impurities content. With increase of the recrystallization rate incorporation of Eu3+ occurs faster and its speciation comes to be dominated by one species with its excitation maximum at 578.8 nm, so far not identified during previous investigations of this process under growth and phase transformation conditions. A long lifetime of 3750 μs demonstrates complete loss of hydration, consequently Eu must have been incorporated into the bulk crystal. The results show a strong dependence of the incorporation kinetics on the recrystallization rate of the different calcites. Furthermore the investigation of the effect of different background electrolytes (NaCl and KCl) demonstrate that the incorporation process under recrystallization conditions strongly depends on the availability of Na+. These findings emphasize the different retention potential of calcite as a primary and secondary mineral e.g. in a nuclear waste disposal site.

  4. Eu-doped ZnO nanowire arrays grown by electrodeposition

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    Lupan, O.; Pauporté, T.; Viana, B.; Aschehoug, P.; Ahmadi, M.; Cuenya, B. Roldan; Rudzevich, Y.; Lin, Y.; Chow, L.

    2013-10-01

    The preparation of efficient light emitting diodes requires active optical layers working at low voltage for light emission. Trivalent lanthanide doped wide-bandgap semiconducting oxide nanostructures are promising active materials in opto-electronic devices. In this work we report on the electrochemical deposition (ECD) of Eu-doped ZnO (ZnO:Eu) nanowire arrays on glass substrates coated with F-doped polycrystalline SnO2. The structural, chemical and optical properties of ZnO:Eu nanowires have been systematically characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, secondary ion mass spectrometry, and photoluminescence. XRD results suggest the substitution of Zn2+ by Eu ions in the crystalline lattice. High-resolution TEM and associated electron diffraction studies indicate an interplanar spacing of 0.52 nm which corresponds to the (0 0 0 1) crystal plane of the hexagonal ZnO, and a growth along the c-direction. The ZnO:Eu nanowires have a single crystal structure, without noticeable defects. According to EDX, SIMS and XPS studies, cationic Eu species are detected in these samples showing the incorporation of Eu into the ZnO matrix. The oxidation states of europium ions in the nanowires are determined as +3 (74%) and +2 (26%). Photoluminescence studies demonstrated red emission from the Eu-doped ZnO nanowire arrays. When Eu was incorporated during the nanowire growth, the sharp 5D0-7F2 transition of the Eu3+ ion at around 612 nm was observed. These results suggest that Eu doped ZnO nanowires could pave the way for efficient, multispectral LEDs and optical devices.

  5. Sequestration and speciation of Eu(iii) on gamma alumina: role of temperature and contact order.

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    Cai, Yawen; Ren, Xuemei; Lang, Yue; Liu, Zhiyong; Zong, Pengfei; Wang, Xiangke; Yang, Shitong

    2015-11-01

    The speciation, migration and transport of radionuclides in the environment are significantly influenced by their interactions with the natural minerals and humic substances therein. In view of this, the effect of temperature and contact order on the sorption behaviors of trivalent Eu(iii) in the γ-Al2O3/Eu(iii) and γ-Al2O3/HA/Eu(iii) systems was studied using batch experiments and the extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (EXAFS) technique. The endothermic sorption behavior of Eu(iii) in the γ-Al2O3/Eu(iii) systems was induced by the hydrolysis reaction of Eu(iii) in solution and the complexation of Eu(iii) with the γ-Al2O3 surface sites. The endothermic sorption of Eu(iii) in the γ-Al2O3/HA/Eu(iii) systems was attributed to the endothermic binding of HA on γ-Al2O3 and the endothermic complexation between Eu(iii) and HA. EXAFS analysis suggested the formation of type B ternary complexes and their thermodynamic stability improves with rising temperature. The different sorption percentages under various contact orders were closely related to the binding mode of Eu(iii) on the exposed γ-Al2O3 surfaces or the γ-Al2O3/HA colloids. The findings obtained herein are important to evaluate the security of the radioactive waste repository and predict the fate of trivalent actinides (e.g., Am(iii), Cm(iii), Pu(iii), etc.) near the geological repository.

  6. [Effect of PEG400 on the luminescent Eu(BA)3/SiO2].

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    Zeng, Dong-ming; Li, Yan-hua; Fu, Chang-cheng; Liu, You-nian; Shu, Wan-gen

    2007-02-01

    Rare earth organic complexes combined with inorganic compounds can enhanced thermal stability, but inorganic compounds matrix has great influence on the luminescence characteristic of rare earth organic complexes. The luminescence characteristic of organic and inorganic compound material was improved by PEG doping in the material. Eu(BA)3/SiO2 and Eu(BA)3/PEG400-SiO2 were synthesized by Sol-Gel method. The result of luminescence analysis showed that the excitation spectra and emission spectra of Eu(BA)3 accorded with those of Eu(BA)3/SiO2 and Eu(BA)3/PEG400-SiO2, but the luminescence intensity of Eu(BA)3/SiO2 was improved by PEG400-SiO2 in SiO2 gel. This was because PEG400 as a hard Lewis base, could be combined with rare earth ion and increase the luminescence intensity of Eu(BA)3. It was shown that the amount of PEG400 in Eu(BA)3/SiO2 had influence on luminescence intensity of Eu(BA)3, namely there was better luminescence intensity in Eu(BA)3/SiO2 with increment of the PEG400 addition, but when the amount of PEG400 exceeded 50 wt% of that of SiO2, the luminescence intensity of Eu(BA)3 hardly increased. When the amount of PEG400 exceed 15 wt% of that of SiO2, PEG400 had little influence on the content of water and hydroxy in the matrix, as verified by IR spectrum. The surface characteristic of SiO2 gel was investigated by atomic force microscopy (AFM).

  7. Dual preparation of hydrophobic and hydrophilic BaWO{sub 4}:Eu phosphors

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    Cho, Young-Sik; Huh, Young-Duk

    2016-06-15

    Highlights: • Red-emitting BaWO{sub 4}:Eu phosphors were prepared in hexane-water bilayer system. • The hydrophobic nanometer-sized BaWO{sub 4}:Eu phosphors were obtained in hexane. • The hydrophilic micrometer-sized BaWO{sub 4}:Eu dendrites were obtained in water. - Abstract: BaWO{sub 4}:Eu phosphors were prepared by performing a solvothermal reaction in a water–hexane bilayer system. A barium oleate (and europium oleate) complex was obtained in hexane via a phase transfer reaction involving Ba{sup 2+} (and Eu{sup 3+}) ions in an aqueous solution of sodium oleate. The outer surfaces of the nanometer-sized BaWO{sub 4}:Eu phosphors were capped by the long alkyl chain of oleate; therefore, the hydrophobic nanometer-sized BaWO{sub 4}:Eu phosphors preferentially dissolved in the hexane layer. The micrometer-sized BaWO{sub 4}:Eu phosphors were obtained in the water layer. The BaWO{sub 4}:Eu phosphors prepared in hexane and water yielded sharp strong absorption and emission peaks at 464 and 615 nm, respectively, due to the {sup 7}F{sub 0} → {sup 5}D{sub 2} and the {sup 5}D{sub 0} →{sup 7} F{sub 2} transitions of the Eu{sup 3+} ions. The BaWO{sub 4}:Eu phosphors are good candidate red-emitting phosphors for use in InGaN blue-emitting diodes, which have an emission wavelength of 465 nm.

  8. X-ray induced luminescence properties of (Y,Eu)AlO3 single crystals

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    Kuro, Tomoaki; Nakauchi, Daisuke; Okada, Go; Kawaguchi, Noriaki; Yanagida, Takayuki

    2017-02-01

    We investigated photoluminescence, scintillation and dosimeter properties of (Y1-x Eux)AlO3 (x = 0.001, 0.5 and 1) single crystals (hereafter denoted as Eu:YAP for x = 0.001, EYAP for x = 0.5 and EAP for x = 1). The samples were prepared by the Floating Zone method. In photoluminescence (PL), we observed a broad emission around 300-400 nm due to host under excitation of 280 nm, and emissions due to the 4f state transitions of Eu3+ appeared around 590 nm and 615 nm. Scintillation spectra also show emission peaks around 590 and 615 nm due to the 4f state transitions of Eu3+ in all the samples. In addition, emissions around 300-400 nm due to YAP host and around 550-700 nm due to 5d-4f transitions of Eu2+ appeared in Eu:YAP. The PL and scintillation decay time profiles consisted of several exponential decay components. The fast (ns) component group was possibly due to host emission, and especially Eu:YAP demonstrated a very fast PL decay time of 16 ns. The intermediate (μs) component group was due to the 5d-4f transitions of Eu2+. The slow (ms) component group was ascribed to the 4f state transitions of Eu3+ ion. The Eu:YAP sample showed intense thermally-stimulated luminescence (TSL) with peaks at 46, 155, 255 and 443 °C. The intensity was much higher than those of EAP and EYAP. In particular, the peak at 254 °C, which showed the highest intensity, was due to doping with Eu. The TSL dose response function showed a good linearity (R2 > 0.99) over a wide dose range from 0.1 mGy to 100 mGy for Eu:YAP, which showed the highest sensitivity among the present samples.

  9. Technology and optical characterization of luminophore coordination compounds Eu(o-MBA)3Phen and NC PEPC/Eu(o-MBA)3Phen

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    Bordian, Olga; Verlan, Victor; Culeac, Ion; Iovu, Mihail; Zubareva, Vera

    2016-12-01

    Were obtained a new nanocomposite (NC) based on poly N-epoxy prolyl carbazol (PEPC) and the coordination compound luminophore Eu(o-MBA)3Phen, where o-MBA is o- methylbenzoic acid and Phen - phenanthroline. Nanocrystals of Eu(o-MBA)3Phen with the dimensions 50 nm were uniformly incorporated into the PEPC polymer matrix with various concentrations. The absorption spectra of coordination compounds and thin layers of NC PEPC/Eu(o-MBA)3Phen revealed 1 intensive absorption bands at 2.02 eV. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra showed an intense red luminescence at 578 - 699 nm, which is assigned to the transitions 4D0->7Fi (i= 0,1,2 3 4) in the 4f-shell of the Eu3+ ion.

  10. SrAgZn and EuAgZn with KHg{sub 2}-type structure—Structure, magnetic properties, and {sup 151}Eu Mössbauer spectroscopy

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    Gerke, Birgit; Rodewald, Ute Ch.; Niehaus, Oliver; Pöttgen, Rainer

    2013-07-15

    Samples of SrAgZn and EuAgZn were synthesized by reaction of the elements in sealed tantalum crucibles. Both structures were refined on the basis of single crystal X-ray diffractometer data: KHg{sub 2}-type, Imma, a=476.7(1), b=780.9(2), c=810.1(2) pm, R{sub 1}/wR{sub 2}=0.0189/0.0119, 381 F² values for SrAg{sub 1.12}Zn{sub 0.88} and a=474.43(9), b=760.8(2), c=799.0(2) pm, R{sub 1}/wR{sub 2}=0.0226/0.0483, 370 F² values for EuAg{sub 1.17}Zn{sub 0.83} with 13 variables per refinement. Silver and zinc are randomly distributed on the Hg position and build up three-dimensional networks. EuAgZn shows ferromagnetic ordering at 29(1) K. In the temperature range from 75 to 300 K the sample shows Curie–Weiss behaviour with μ{sub eff}=7.87(1) μ{sub B}/Eu atom and θ{sub P}=37.1(1) K, indicating divalent europium. {sup 151}Eu Mössbauer spectroscopic measurements confirmed the divalent state with an isomer shift of −9.31 mm/s at 78 K. Temperature dependent {sup 151}Eu data show first magnetic hyperfine field splitting at 25 K and a saturated magnetization of 17 T at 5.2 K. The temperature dependence can be described by an S=7/2 Brillouin function. - Graphical abstract: The near neighbor coordination of the strontium and europium atoms in SrAg{sub 1.12}Zn{sub 0.88}, EuAg{sub 1.17}Zn{sub 0.83}, and EuAuZn. - Highlights: • Synthesis of new intermetallic zinc compounds SrAgZn and EuAgZn. • Ferromagnetic ordering of EuAgZn at 29 K. • Magnetic hyperfine field splitting in the {sup 151}Eu Mössbauer spectrum.

  11. Light Emission Intensities of Luminescent Y2O3:Eu and Gd2O3:Eu Particles of Various Sizes

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    Adam, Jens; Metzger, Wilhelm; Koch, Marcus; Rogin, Peter; Coenen, Toon; Atchison, Jennifer S.; König, Peter

    2017-01-01

    There is great technological interest in elucidating the effect of particle size on the luminescence efficiency of doped rare earth oxides. This study demonstrates unambiguously that there is a size effect and that it is not dependent on the calcination temperature. The Y2O3:Eu and Gd2O3:Eu particles used in this study were synthesized using wet chemistry to produce particles ranging in size between 7 nm and 326 nm and a commercially available phosphor. These particles were characterized using three excitation methods: UV light at 250 nm wavelength, electron beam at 10 kV, and X-rays generated at 100 kV. Regardless of the excitation source, it was found that with increasing particle diameter there is an increase in emitted light. Furthermore, dense particles emit more light than porous particles. These results can be explained by considering the larger surface area to volume ratio of the smallest particles and increased internal surface area of the pores found in the large particles. For the small particles, the additional surface area hosts adsorbates that lead to non-radiative recombination, and in the porous particles, the pore walls can quench fluorescence. This trend is valid across calcination temperatures and is evident when comparing particles from the same calcination temperature. PMID:28336860

  12. Spin transistor based on pure nonlocal Andreev reflection in EuO-graphene/superconductor/EuO-graphene nanostructure

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    Ang, Yee Sin; Ang, Lay Kee; Zhang, Chao; Ma, Zhongshui

    In graphene-magnetic-insulator hybrid structure such as graphene-Europium-oxide, proximity induced exchange interaction opens up a spin-dependent bandgap and spin splitting in the Dirac band. We show that such band topology allows pure crossed Andreev reflection to be generated exclusively without the parasitic local Andreev reflection and elastic cotunnelling over a wide range of bias and Fermi levels. We model the charge transport in an EuO-graphene/superconductor/EuO-graphene three-terminal device and found that the pure non-local conductance exhibits rapid on/off switching characteristic with a minimal subthreshold swing of ~ 20 mV. Non-local conductance oscillation is observed when the Fermi levels in the superconducting lead is varied. The oscillatory behavior is directly related to the quasiparticle propagation in the superconducting lead and hence can be used as a tool to probe the subgap quasiparticle mode in superconducting graphene. The non-local current is 100% spin-polarized and is highly tunable in our proposed device. This opens up the possibility of highly tunable graphene-based spin transistor that operates purely in the non-local transport regime.

  13. Luminescent down-shifting layers with Eu2+ and Eu3+ doped strontium compound particles for photovoltaics

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    Solodovnyk, Anastasiia; Hollmann, Andre; Osvet, Andres; Forberich, Karen; Stern, Edda; Batentschuk, Miroslaw; Klupp Taylor, Robin; Brabec, Christoph J.

    2014-10-01

    In this contribution we discuss luminescent down-shifting (LDS) systems consisting of a polymer matrix filled with phosphor particles. It is an elegant approach to make a use of potentially destructive or otherwise wasted high energy photons and diminish charge carrier losses caused by thermalization in photovoltaics. Sub-micron and micron sized particles of strontium aluminate doped with Eu2+ and strontium carbonate doped with Eu3+ ions are chosen for the application due to their suitable absorption in UV spectral region. These particles exhibit strong luminescence in the visible range between 520 and 650 nm. The systems are carefully designed to meet critical optical requirements such as high transparency in the visible spectrum as well as sufficient absorption of UV light. They are coated on quartz glass substrates (20 x 20 x 1 mm) and can be easily laminated to different kinds of solar cells without any modification to well-established device fabrication processes. Optical characterization further confirms that particles of a few microns in size generate strong light scattering in layers due to the sizes slightly larger than visible light wavelengths. Dried thick layers of 20 to 100 μm are tested with CIGS and organic cells. The concept of light conversion is experimentally proven. However, optical losses cause a reduction in the overall performance of the tested devices. Possible ways to bring down the amount of light scattering and, thus, to increase optical transmission for the studied system are also addressed, and are a subject of future research.

  14. Hollow GdPO4:Eu3+ microspheres: Luminescent properties and applications as drug carrier

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    Tang, Yanxia; Mei, Rui; Yang, Shaokun; Tang, Hongxia; Yin, Wenzhong; Xu, Yongchun; Gao, Yaping

    2016-04-01

    GdPO4:Eu3+ samples were synthesized by a hydrothermal process using melamine formaldehyde (MF) as template. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns and the Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrum suggested that GdPO4:Eu3+ has a hexagonal phase. The scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) images showed that the obtained GdPO4:Eu3+ are hollow microspheres with diameters in the range of 1-1.5 μm. Under the excitation at 245 nm, hexagonal GdPO4:Eu3+ hollow microspheres showed emission bands originating from the 5D0 → 7FJ (J = 1, 2, 3 and 4) transitions of Eu3+. The drug release properties of hexagonal GdPO4:Eu3+ hollow microspheres were exhibited by the doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX) release test. The biocompatibility of hexagonal GdPO4:Eu3+ hollow microsphere was tested by the standard 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay. The results indicated that hollow GdPO4:Eu3+ microspheres have potential applications in biomedicine fields.

  15. Observation of variable hybridized-band gaps in Eu-intercalated graphene.

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    Sung, Sijin; Kim, Sooran; Lee, Paengro; Kim, Jingul; Ryu, Min-Tae; Park, Heemin; Kim, Kyoo; Min, Byung; Chung, Jinwook

    2017-03-27

    We report europium (Eu)-induced changes in the π-band of graphene (G) formed on 6H-SiC(0001) surface by a combined study of photoemission measurements and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Our photoemission data reveal that Eu intercalates upon annealing at 120 °C into the region between graphene and buffer layer (BL) to form a G/Eu/BL system, where a band gap of 0.29 eV opens at room temperature. This band gap is found to increase further to 0.48 eV upon cooling down to 60 K. Our DFT calculations suggest that the increased band gap originates from the enhanced hybridization between graphene π-Eu 4f band due to the increased magnetic ordering upon cooling. These Eu atoms continue to intercalate further down below the BL to produce a bilayer graphene (G/BL/Eu) upon annealing at 300 °C. The π-band stemming from the BL then exhibits another band gap of 0.37 eV, which appears to be a gap due to the strong hybridization between the π-band of the BL and the Eu 4f band. The Eu-intercalated graphene thus illustrates an example of versatile band gaps formed under different thermal treatments, which may play a critical role for future applications in graphene-based electronics.

  16. Draft genome sequences of seven isolates of Phytophthora ramorum EU2 from Northern Ireland

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    Mata Saez, Lourdes de la; McCracken, Alistair R.; Cooke, Louise R.; O'Neill, Paul; Grant, Murray; Studholme, David J.

    2015-01-01

    Here we present draft-quality genome sequence assemblies for the oomycete Phytophthora ramorum genetic lineage EU2. We sequenced genomes of seven isolates collected in Northern Ireland between 2010 and 2012. Multiple genome sequences from P. ramorum EU2 will be valuable for identifying genetic variation within the clonal lineage that can be useful for tracking its spread. PMID:26697370

  17. Draft genome sequences of seven isolates of Phytophthora ramorum EU2 from Northern Ireland.

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    Mata Saez, Lourdes de la; McCracken, Alistair R; Cooke, Louise R; O'Neill, Paul; Grant, Murray; Studholme, David J

    2015-12-01

    Here we present draft-quality genome sequence assemblies for the oomycete Phytophthora ramorum genetic lineage EU2. We sequenced genomes of seven isolates collected in Northern Ireland between 2010 and 2012. Multiple genome sequences from P. ramorum EU2 will be valuable for identifying genetic variation within the clonal lineage that can be useful for tracking its spread.

  18. NO-assisted molecular-beam epitaxial growth of nitrogen substituted EuO

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    Wicks, R.; Altendorf, S. G.; Caspers, C.; Kierspel, H.; Sutarto, R.; Tjeng, L. H.; Damascelli, A.

    2012-04-01

    We have investigated a method for substituting oxygen with nitrogen in EuO thin films, which is based on molecular beam epitaxy distillation with NO gas as the oxidizer. By varying the NO gas pressure, we produce crystalline, epitaxial EuO1 -xNx films with good control over the films' nitrogen concentration. In situ x-ray photoemission spectroscopy reveals that nitrogen substitution is connected to the formation Eu3+4f6 and a corresponding decrease in the number of Eu2+4f7, indicating that nitrogen is being incorporated in its 3- oxidation state. While small amounts of Eu3+ in over-oxidized Eu1-δO thin films lead to a drastic suppression of the ferromagnetism, the formation of Eu3+ in EuO1-xNx still allows the ferromagnetic phase to exist with an unaffected Tc, thus providing an ideal model system to study the interplay between the magnetic f7 (J = 7/2) and the non-magnetic f6 (J = 0) states close to the Fermi level.

  19. Low-temperature solvothermal synthesis of EuS hollow microspheres

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    Peng, Yong; Wang, Hong; Li, Peng; Fu, Yao Xing, Mingming; Jiang, Tao; Luo, Xixian

    2014-09-15

    Graphical abstract: Synthesis of EuS hollow microspheres at low-temperature via solvothermal method for the first time. - Highlights: • We adopt an improved method to synthesise the (Phen)Eu(Et{sub 2}CNS{sub 2}){sub 3} in deionized water. • We have successfully synthesised the EuS hollow microsphere at 230 °C in acetonitrile. • The price of acetonitrile is more inexpensive, so the price of preparation was reduced. - Abstract: EuS crystals are synthesized by low-temperature solvothermal decomposition of the single source precursor complex (Phen)Eu(Et{sub 2}CNS{sub 2}){sub 3} in acetonitrile. X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, granulocyte diameter statistical analysis, surface energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis, and UV–vis absorption spectroscopy are used to characterize the structure and properties of the obtained EuS crystals. The results show that the formed EuS crystals are uniform hollow microspheres with a typical cubic phase structure of rock salt and the average particle size of 2.01 μm. The mechanisms for the thermal decomposition of the precursor complex and the formation of the EuS hollow microspheres are postulated based on the experimental observations and previous reports.

  20. EU Strategies to Encourage Youth Entrepreneurship: Evidence from Higher Education in Greece

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    Karanassios, Nikolaos; Pazarskis, Michail; Mitsopoulos, Konstantinos; Christodoulou, Petros

    2006-01-01

    The authors present and discuss significant aspects of youth entrepreneurship in the European Union (EU) and, especially, in higher education institutions in Greece. The structure of this paper is as follows. First, the study introduces a conceptual basis for entrepreneurship as defined in the EU and looks at entrepreneurship in the context of…

  1. Human Resources Policies Compared: What Can the EU and the USA Learn from Each Other?

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    Tome, Eduardo

    2005-01-01

    Purpose: To compare in a fruitful way the human resources (HR) policies that exist in the European Union (EU) and in the United States of America (USA). Nowadays, the world is evolving to a situation in which big economic spaces like Brazil, Russia, India, China, Japan, the EU and the USA are becoming dominant. Those spaces can learn from one…

  2. Dose enhancing behavior of hydrothermally grown Eu-doped SnO2 nanoparticles

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    Sánchez Zeferino, R.; Pal, U.; Meléndrez, R.; Durán-Muñoz, H. A.; Barboza Flores, M.

    2013-02-01

    Hydrothermally grown SnO2 and SnO2:Eu nanoparticles of 4-11 nm size range were analyzed by photoluminescence (PL) and therrmoluminescence (TL) spectroscopy to study the effect of Eu-doping on their emission behaviors. It has been observed that most of the incorporated Eu3+ ions remain at the interstitial sites of SnO2 lattice. High Eu-contents in the nanoparticles generate lattice deformation, formation of Eu3+/Eu0 clusters at interstitial sites, or segregation to their surfaces. Formation of Eu clusters at interstitial sites enhances electronic defect density in the crystal lattice, reorganizes carrier trapping centers, and modifies their activation energies. Room temperature PL emission and beta-irradiated TL dose response of SnO2 nanoparticles enhance significantly when doped with 0.5 and 1.0 mol. % nominal of Eu3+, respectively, opening up their possibilities of applications in bio-imaging and radiation therapy. Possible mechanisms of enhanced PL and TL responses of the samples have been discussed.

  3. Photolumiscent properties of nanorods and nanoplates Y2O3:Eu3+.

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    de Moura, Ana Paula; de Oliveira, Larissa Helena; Paris, Elaine Cristina; Li, Máximo Siu; Andrés, Juan; Varela, José Arana; Longo, Elson; Rosa, Ieda Lucia Viana

    2011-07-01

    Nanorods and nanoplates of Y(2)O(3):Eu(3+) powders were synthesized through the thermal decomposition of the Y(OH)(3) precursors using a microwave-hydrothermal method in a very short reaction time. These powders were analyzed by X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, Fourrier transform Raman, as well as photoluminescence measurements. Based on these results, these materials presented nanoplates and nanorods morphologies. The broad emission band between 300 and 440 nm ascribed to the photoluminescence of Y(2)O(3) matrix shifts as the procedure used in the microwave-hydrothermal assisted method changes in the Y(2)O(3):Eu(3+) samples. The presence of Eu(3+) and the hydrothermal treatment time are responsible for the band shifts in Y(2)O(3):Eu(3+) powders, since in the pure Y(2)O(3) matrix this behavior was not observed. Y(2)O(3):Eu(3+) powders also show the characteristic Eu(3+) emission lines at 580, 591, 610, 651 and 695 nm, when excited at 393 nm. The most intense band at 610 nm is responsible for the Eu(3+) red emission in these materials, and the Eu(3+) lifetime for this transition presented a slight increase as the time used in the microwave-hydrothermal assisted method increases.

  4. Enhanced luminescence of Gd2O3:Eu3+ thin-film phosphors by Li doping

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    Yi, Soung-soo; Bae, Jong Seong; Shim, Kyoo Sung; Jeong, Jung Hyun; Park, Jung-Chul; Holloway, P. H.

    2004-01-01

    Gd2O3:Eu3+ and Li-doped Gd2O3:Eu3+ luminescent thin films have been grown on Al2O3 (0001) substrates using pulsed-laser deposition. The films grown under different deposition conditions show different microstructural and luminescent characteristics. Both cubic and monoclinic crystalline structures were observed in Gd2O3:Eu3+ films, but only the cubic crystalline structure was observed for Li-doped Gd2O3:Eu3+ films grown under certain condition. The photoluminescence (PL) brightness data obtained from Li-doped Gd2O3:Eu3+ films indicate that sapphire is a promising substrate for growth of high-quality Li-doped Gd2O3:Eu3+ thin-film red phosphor. In particular, incorporation of Li+ ions into the Gd2O3 lattice can induce a remarkable increase of PL. The highest emission intensity was observed with LiF-doped Gd1.84Li0.08Eu0.08O3, whose brightness was a factor of 2.3 larger than that from Gd2O3:Eu3+ films. This phosphor is promising for applications in flat-panel displays.

  5. Social Studies Pre-Service Teachers' Views on the EU Membership Process: A Multidimensional Evaluation

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    Gençtürk, Ebru

    2015-01-01

    One of the general purposes of Social Studies is to integrate individuals with the social life by providing accurate knowledge and skills about their environment and society. As well as the role of Social Studies in raising consciousness on EU relations, Social Studies teachers' views about EU membership and the sources of these views are…

  6. Synthesis of Gd2O3:Eu nanoplatelets for MRI and fluorescence imaging.

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    Maalej, Nabil M; Qurashi, Ahsanulhaq; Assadi, Achraf Amir; Maalej, Ramzi; Shaikh, Mohammed Nasiruzzaman; Ilyas, Muhammad; Gondal, Mohammad A

    2015-01-01

    We synthesized Gd2O3 and Gd2O3 doped by europium (Eu) (2% to 10%) nanoplatelets using the polyol chemical method. The synthesized nanoplatelets were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), FESEM, TEM, and EDX techniques. The optical properties of the synthesized nanoplatelets were investigated by photoluminescence spectroscopy. We also studied the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast enhancement of T1 relaxivity using 3 T MRI. The XRD for Gd2O3 revealed a cubic crystalline structure. The XRD of Gd2O3:Eu(3+) nanoplatelets were highly consistent with Gd2O3 indicating the total incorporation of the Eu(3+) ions in the Gd2O3 matrix. The Eu doping of Gd2O3 produced red luminescence around 612 nm corresponding to the radiative transitions from the Eu-excited state (5)D0 to the (7)F2. The photoluminescence was maximal at 5% Eu doping concentration. The stimulated CIE chromaticity coordinates were also calculated. Judd-Ofelt analysis was used to obtain the radiative properties of the sample from the emission spectra. The MRI contrast enhancement due to Gd2O3 was compared to DOTAREM commercial contrast agent at similar concentration of gadolinium oxide and provided similar contrast enhancement. The incorporation of Eu, however, decreased the MRI contrast due to replacement of gadolinium by Eu.

  7. Eu/Tb codoped spindle-shaped fluorinated hydroxyapatite nanoparticles for dual-color cell imaging.

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    Ma, Baojin; Zhang, Shan; Qiu, Jichuan; Li, Jianhua; Sang, Yuanhua; Xia, Haibing; Jiang, Huaidong; Claverie, Jerome; Liu, Hong

    2016-06-02

    Lanthanide doped fluorinated hydroxyapatite (FAp) nanoparticles are promising cell imaging nanomaterials but they are excited at wavelengths which do not match the light sources usually found in a commercial confocal laser scanning microscope (CLSM). In this work, we have successfully prepared spindle-shaped Eu/Tb codoped FAp nanoparticles by a hydrothermal method. Compared with single Eu doped FAp, Eu/Tb codoped FAp can be excited by a 488 nm laser, and exhibit both green and red light emission. By changing the amounts of Eu and Tb peaks, the emission in the green region (500-580 nm) can be decreased to the benefit of the emission in the red region (580-720 nm), thus reaching a balanced dual color emission. Using MC3T3-E1 cells co-cultured with Eu/Tb codoped FAp nanoparticles, it is observed that the nanoparticles are cytocompatible even at a concentration as high as 800 μg ml(-1). The Eu/Tb codoped FAp nanoparticles are located in the cytoplasm and can be monitored by dual color-green and red imaging with a single excitation light at 488 nm. At a concentration of 200 μg ml(-1), the cytoplasm is saturated in 8 hours, and Eu/Tb codoped FAp nanoparticles retain their fluorescence for at least 3 days. The cytocompatible Eu/Tb codoped FAp nanoparticles with unique dual color emission will be of great use for cell and tissue imaging.

  8. Selective separation of Eu{sup 3+} using polymer-enhanced ultrafiltration

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    Norton, M.V.

    1994-03-01

    A process to selectively remove {sup 241}Am from liquid radioactive waste was investigated as an actinide separation method applicable to Hanford and other waste sites. The experimental procedures involved removal of Eu, a nonradioactive surrogate for Am, from aqueous solutions at pH 5 using organic polymers in conjunction with ultrafiltration. Commercially available polyacrylic acid (60,000 MW) and Pacific Northwest Laboratory`s (PNL) synthesized E3 copolymer ({approximately}10,000 MW) were tested. Test solutions containing 10 {mu}g/mL of Eu were dosed vath each polymer at various concentrations in order to bind Eu (i.e., by complexation and/or cation exchange) for subsequent rejection by an ultrafiltration coupon. Test solutions were filtered with and without polymer to determine if enhanced Eu separation could be achieved from polymer treatment. Both polymers significantly increased Eu removal. Optimum concentrations were 20 {mu}g/mL of polyacrylic acid and 100 {mu}g/mL of E3 for 100% Eu rejection by the Amicon PM10 membrane at 55 psi. In addition to enhancement of removal, the polymers selectively bound Eu over Na, suggesting that selective separation of Eu was possible. This suggests that polymer-enhanced ultrafiltration is a potential process for separation of {sup 241}Am from Hanford tank waste, further investigation of binding agents and membranes effective under very alkaline and high ionic strength is warranted. This process also has potential applications for selective separation of toxic metals from industrial process streams.

  9. 78 FR 14840 - U.S.-EU High Level Regulatory Cooperation Forum-Stakeholder Session

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    ... BUDGET U.S.-EU High Level Regulatory Cooperation Forum--Stakeholder Session AGENCY: Office of Management... will hold a public meeting of the U.S.-EU High Level Regulatory Cooperation Forum (the ``Forum'') in...-cooperation-forum . Oral Presentations: Any persons wishing to present an oral statement at the public...

  10. Photo- and electroluminescence of mixed-ligand Eu(III) complexes

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    Eremina, N. S.; Meshkova, S. B.; Degtyarenko, K. M.; Kopylova, T. N.; Topilova, Z. M.; Gadirov, R. M.; Samsonova, L. G.

    2012-05-01

    Spectral and luminescent properties of mixed-ligand Eu(III) complexes were studied in solutions and in polyvinylcarbazole (PVC) thin films. Trends in their variations were found depending on the complex structure and excitation mode. The electroluminescence was observed in ITO/PEDOT/Eu complex:PVC/CaMg/Al devices. Their current-voltage and voltage-brightness characteristics were investigated.

  11. Bulletin on Women and Employment in the EU. 1994-1996.

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    Bulletin on Women and Employment in the EU, 1996

    1996-01-01

    These six bulletins examine various aspects of women's employment in the European Union (EU). In the first bulletin, the different positions of women in the labor markets of the individual EU member countries are demonstrated to mirror the roles of women in each country's family and welfare system. The problems of unemployment and underemployment…

  12. Thermoreversible luminescent organogels doped with Eu(TTA)3phen complex.

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    Di Lorenzo, Maria Laura; Cocca, Mariacristina; Gentile, Gennaro; Avella, Maurizio; Gutierrez, David; Della Pirriera, Monica; Kennedy, Manus; Ahmed, Hind; Doran, John

    2013-05-15

    This manuscript details the preparation and characterization of luminescent organogels in toluene. Gels were prepared by using 12-hydroxystearic acid (12HSA) as gelator and different amounts of thenoyltrifluoroacetonato 1,10-phenanthroline europium(III) complex (Eu(TTA)3phen). The gelation properties and the thermoreversible behavior from solid-like to liquid systems were investigated by differential scanning calorimetry. At higher concentration, an interaction of Eu complex with the polar group of the gelator was revealed by DSC and FTIR analyses. The spectroscopic behavior of the complex was investigated in toluene solution and in the gel state. TEM analysis revealed that 12HSA is able to solvate the Eu diketonate complex inducing a remarkable increase in the Eu-Eu distance. The Eu(TTA)3phen in the gel state exhibits a very high emission quantum yield, Φ, which was found to be independent of Eu complex concentration, at least for the composition range analyzed. These results indicate that 12HSA organogels containing Eu(TTA)3phen are promising materials for optical applications.

  13. European Master's Program in Gerontology (EuMaG): Goals, Curriculum, and Students

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    Aartsen, Marja

    2011-01-01

    The European Master's Program in Gerontology (EuMaG) started in September 2003 with support from the European Commission. The EuMaG is a modular, 2-year, part-time international training program about the aging process and its societal implications. The multidisciplinary curriculum comprises four domains of gerontology (i.e., social gerontology,…

  14. A Smart Social Inclusion Policy for the EU: The Role of Education and Training

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    Nicaise, Ides

    2012-01-01

    Whereas in 2000 the EU had heralded the knowledge-based society with as its motto "with more and better jobs and stronger social cohesion", the past decade has led to greater inequality and (at best) a status-quo in poverty. EU2020 seems to acknowledge this failure and aims to reconnect social inclusion with the knowledge-based strategy.…

  15. Synthesis of Gd2O3:Eu nanoplatelets for MRI and fluorescence imaging

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    Maalej, Nabil M.; Qurashi, Ahsanulhaq; Assadi, Achraf Amir; Maalej, Ramzi; Shaikh, Mohammed Nasiruzzaman; Ilyas, Muhammad; Gondal, Mohammad A.

    2015-05-01

    We synthesized Gd2O3 and Gd2O3 doped by europium (Eu) (2% to 10%) nanoplatelets using the polyol chemical method. The synthesized nanoplatelets were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), FESEM, TEM, and EDX techniques. The optical properties of the synthesized nanoplatelets were investigated by photoluminescence spectroscopy. We also studied the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast enhancement of T1 relaxivity using 3 T MRI. The XRD for Gd2O3 revealed a cubic crystalline structure. The XRD of Gd2O3:Eu3+ nanoplatelets were highly consistent with Gd2O3 indicating the total incorporation of the Eu3+ ions in the Gd2O3 matrix. The Eu doping of Gd2O3 produced red luminescence around 612 nm corresponding to the radiative transitions from the Eu-excited state 5D0 to the 7F2. The photoluminescence was maximal at 5% Eu doping concentration. The stimulated CIE chromaticity coordinates were also calculated. Judd-Ofelt analysis was used to obtain the radiative properties of the sample from the emission spectra. The MRI contrast enhancement due to Gd2O3 was compared to DOTAREM commercial contrast agent at similar concentration of gadolinium oxide and provided similar contrast enhancement. The incorporation of Eu, however, decreased the MRI contrast due to replacement of gadolinium by Eu.

  16. 77 FR 1778 - U.S.-EU High Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth

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  17. Ping Pong: Competing Leadership for Reform in EU Higher Education 1998-2006

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    Corbett, Anne

    2011-01-01

    How effective is EU cooperation in higher education? This article treats the issue as one of effectiveness in policy-making. What are the policy ideas which the EU wishes to feed into a policy domain where it has to operate largely through political cooperation and a modest degree of incentive funding? What outcomes are possible? The question is…

  18. The Integration of Immigrants Into the Labour Markets of the EU. IAB Labour Market Research Topics.

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    Werner, Heinz

    Integration of foreign workers into European Union (EU) labor markets was evaluated. Three indicators of labor market integration were analyzed: unemployment rate, employment rate, and self- employment rate. Results were drawn from the Labor Force Survey data compiled by Eurostat. Findings indicated that, in all EU countries, the unemployment rate…

  19. Quantification of pesticides used in agriculture in the EU-27

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    Wagner, Susanne; Fantke, Peter; Theloke, Jochen; Friedrich, Rainer

    2010-05-01

    Pesticides have become relatively ubiquitous pollutants. They may affect non-targeted organisms and can be found as contaminants in agricultural soils, groundwater, rivers, lakes and in the food chain (Margni et al., 2002; Hamilton & Crossley, 2004; Arias-Estévez et al., 2008). As "it has been common knowledge that many pesticides cause harm to the environment and to human health" (Pretty & Waibel, 2005), it is essential to account for a quantitative assessment of impacts of current agricultural practice at the European scale. Therefore, inventory data sets of applications and related emissions of the most relevant active substances are necessary. A review of publicly available data sets evidenced that data on consumption of active substances and releases into the environment for EU member states are of low quality or lacking entirely. Either only few substances are covered (e.g. EPER, E-PRTR) or data are highly aggregated in terms of total amount of active substances. Sales or consumption data are differentiated by target organisms and crop types (Eurostat) or by chemical classes (FAOSTAT, OECD.StatExtracts). In Germany, sales data categorised into target organisms and chemical classes are available. To our knowledge, Denmark and the United Kingdom are the only European countries providing application rates for specific active substances and crops. As a basis for analysing the relation between source, environmental fate and sink of pesticides and for considering the importance of crop-specific properties on the fate of pesticides (Trapp and Kulhanek, 2006), crop-specific emission inventories for individual active substances are required. Thus, the aim of our work was to develop a crop-specific inventory for active substances currently used in agriculture in the EU-27. Based on Eurostat (2007), the five most important active substances applied to the crop categories of cereals, maize, oilseeds, potatoes, sugar-beets, grapes and vine, fruit trees and vegetables

  20. Photoluminescence and gamma-ray irradiation of SrAl2O4:Eu2+and Y2O3:Eu3+ phosphors

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    Zhu, Chaofeng; Yang, Yunxia; Chen, Guorong; Baccaro, S.; Cecilia, A.; Falconieri, M.

    2007-09-01

    Y2O3:Eu3+ phosphor is a very attractive material for use as a red phosphor in many fields. SrAl2O4:Eu2+ belongs to long lasting phosphor (LLP) and it is a useful bluish-green luminescence material, which can also be a promising candidate as a simple and easy-to-use radiation detection element for visual display of two dimensional radiation distributions. In the present study, both these two kinds of phosphors were synthesized using high temperature solid state reactions. In our work, the influence of gamma-ray irradiation on the properties of these two kinds of phosphors was studied by comparing photoluminescence, brightness and the decay curve of unirradiated and gamma-ray-irradiated samples. Conclusions from the present work can be briefly summarized as follows. In irradiated samples, the brightness is decreased without sensible change in the wavelength distribution of the luminescence spectrum and in the decay kinetic upon gamma exposure. Moreover, the emission due to Eu3+→Eu2+ conversion in Y2O3:Eu3+ phosphors was not observed in our sample after irradiation to high exposure. Also the brightness of SrAl2O4:Eu2+ phosphor turned out to decrease after the exposition to ionizing radiation while the luminescence wavelength distribution remained unchanged. The reason for the effect of gamma-ray irradiation on the properties of phosphors is also discussed in the paper.

  1. (TFPP)Eu[Pc(OPh)8]Eu[Pc(OPh)8]/CuPc two-component bilayer heterojunction-based organic transistors with high ambipolar performance.

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    Gao, Dameng; Zhang, Xia; Kong, Xia; Chen, Yanli; Jiang, Jianzhuang

    2015-02-04

    Organic thin film transistor (OTFT) devices fabricated by the solution-based QLS technique from a mixed (phthalocyaninato)(porphyrinato) europium complex (TFPP)Eu[Pc(OPh)8]Eu[Pc(OPh)8] exhibit air-stable ambipolar performance with mobilities of 6.0 × 10(-5) cm(2) V(-1) s(-)1 for holes and 1.4 × 10(-4) cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) for electrons, respectively. In good contrast, the two-component bilayer heterojunction thin film devices constructed by directly growing (TFPP)Eu[Pc(OPh)8]Eu[Pc(OPh)8] on vacuum deposited (VCD) CuPc film using solution based QLS method were revealed to show unprecedented ambipolar performance with carrier mobilities of 0.16 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) for holes and 0.30 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) for electrons. In addition to the intrinsic role of p-type organic semiconductor, the VCD CuPc film on the substrate also acts as a good template that induces significant improvement over the molecular ordering of triple-decker compound in the film. In particular, it results in the change in the aggregation mode of (TFPP)Eu[Pc(OPh)8]Eu[Pc(OPh)8] from J-type in the single-layer film to H-type in the bilayer film according to the UV-vis, XRD, and AFM observations.

  2. New localized/delocalized emitting state of Eu2+ in orange-emitting hexagonal EuAl2O4

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    Liu, Feng; Meltzer, Richard S.; Li, Xufan; Budai, John D.; Chen, Yu -Sheng; Pan, Zhengwei

    2014-11-18

    Eu2+-activated phosphors are being widely used in illuminations and displays. Some of these phosphors feature an extremely broad and red-shifted Eu2+ emission band; however, convincing explanation of this phenomenon is lacking. Here we report a new localized/delocalized emitting state of Eu2+ ions in a new hexagonal EuAl2O4 phosphor whose Eu2+ luminescence exhibits a very large bandwidth and an extremely large Stokes shift. At 77 K, two luminescent sites responsible for 550 nm and 645 nm broadband emissions are recognized, while at room temperature only the 645 nm emission band emits. The 645 nm emission exhibits a typical radiative lifetime of 1.27 μs and an unusually large Stokes shift of 0.92 eV. We identify the 645 nm emission as originating from a new type of emitting state whose composition is predominantly that of localized 4f65d character but which also contains a complementary component with delocalized conduction-band-like character. This investigation gives new insights into a unique type of Eu2+ luminescence in solids whose emission exhibits both a very large bandwidth and an extremely large Stokes shift.

  3. Luminescence properties of europium ions-doped yttrium silicate (Y2SiO5:Eu3+) nanocrystalline phosphors: effect of Eu3+ ion concentration and thermal annealing.

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    Ko, Yeong Hwan; Lee, Soo Hyun; Yu, Jae Su

    2013-05-01

    The trivalent europium ions-doped yttrium silicate (Y2SiO5:Eu3+) nanocrystalline phosphors were synthesized via a sol-gel method, followed by post thermal annealing. The effects of thermal annealing temperature and doping concentration on the structural and luminescent properties of Y2SiO5:Eu3+ nanocrystalline phosphors were systematically investigated by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and photoluminescence measurements. The nanocrystalline phosphors with a high crystallinity were obtained at an annealing temperature of 1300 degrees C. The luminescent spectra were affected strongly by the Eu3+ ion concentration and annealing temperature. The Eu3+ ion concentration was optimized at 5 mol%, exhibiting excellent red emission (-612 nm) corresponding to the 5D0 --> 7F2 transition of Eu3+ ions at the excitation wavelengths of 262 and 396 nm. For the optimized Y2SiO5:Eu3+ nanocrystalline phosphors, the lifetimes were also estimated from the decay curves under the ultraviolet excitations.

  4. TAXONOMIC REVISIONS OF MORPHOLOGICALLY SIMILAR SPECIES FROM TWO EUGLENOID GENERA: EUGLENA (E. GRANULATA AND E. VELATA) AND EUGLENARIA (EU. ANABAENA, EU. CAUDATA, AND EU. CLAVATA)(1).

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    Karnkowska-Ishikawa, Anna; Milanowski, Rafał; Triemer, Richard E; Zakryś, Bożena

    2012-06-01

    The establishment of epitypes (together with the emended diagnoses) for three species of Euglenaria Karnkowska, E. W. Linton et Kwiatowski [Eu. anabaena (Mainx) Karnkowska et E. W. Linton; Eu. caudata (Hübner) Karnkowska et E. W. Linton; and Eu. clavata (Skuja) Karnkowska et E. W. Linton] and two species of Euglena Ehrenberg [E. granulata (Klebs) Schmitz and E. velata Klebs] was achieved due to literature studies, verification of morphological diagnostic features (cell size, cell shape, number of chloroplasts, the presence of mucocysts), as well as molecular characters (SSU rDNA). Now all these species are easy to identify and distinguish, despite their high morphological similarity, that is, spindle-shaped (or cylindrically spindle-shaped) cells and parietal, lobed chloroplasts with a single pyrenoid, accompanied by bilateral paramylon caps located on both sides of the chloroplast. E. granulata is the only species in this group that has spherical mucocysts. E. velata is distinguished by the largest cells (90-150 μm) and has the highest number of chloroplasts (>30). Eu. anabaena has the fewest chloroplasts (usually 3-6), and its cells are always (whether the organism is swimming or not) spindle-shaped or cylindrically spindle-shaped, in contrast to the cells of Eu. clavata, which are club-shaped (clavate) while swimming and only after stopping change to resemble the shape of a spindle or a cylindrical spindle; Eu. clavata has numerous chloroplasts (15-20). Eu. caudata is characterized by asymmetrical spindle-shaped (fusiform) cells, that is, with an elongated rear section and a shorter front section; the number of chloroplasts normally ranges from 7 to 15.

  5. Co-precipitation synthesis of Y2O2SO4:Eu3+ nanophosphor and comparison of photoluminescence properties with Y2O3:Eu3+ and Y2O2S:Eu3+ nanophosphors

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    Lian, Jingbao; Qin, Hua; Liang, Ping; Liu, Feng

    2015-10-01

    Eu3+ ions activated yttrium oxysulfate (Y2O2SO4:Eu3+) nanophosphor has been successfully synthesized by a co-precipitation method from commercially available Y(NO3)3·6H2O, Eu(NO3)3·6H2O, (NH4)2SO4 and NH3·H2O as the starting materials. Detailed characterizations of the synthetic products were obtained by differential thermal analysis, thermogravimetry and derivative thermogravimetry (DTA-TG-DTG), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray diffractometry (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. The results revealed that the precursor was composed of amorphous yttrium hydroxide sulfate when (NH4)2SO4 was introduced in the reaction system. Moreover, the precursor could be converted into pure Y2O2SO4 phase by calcining at 800 °C for 2 h in air and pure Y2O2S phase could be obtained by calcining Y2O2SO4 at 800 °C for 1 h in hydrogen atmosphere. The as-synthesized Y2O2SO4 phosphor particles are quasi-spherical in shape, slight aggregation and about 20-30 nm in size. PL spectra of the Y2O2SO4:Eu3+ nanophosphor under 270 nm ultraviolet (UV) light excitation show a red emission at 620 nm as the most prominent peak, which attributes to the 5D0→7F2 transition of Eu3+ ions. The quenching concentration of Eu3+ ions was 5 mol%, and its corresponding fluorescence lifetime was 1.49 ms according to the linear fitting result. Furthermore, the Y2O3 nanophosphor was synthesized by similar reaction and comparison of PL properties among three kinds of Eu3+ activated nanophosphors was also systematically discussed.

  6. Estimation of Eu(3+) in bulk uranium by ligand sensitized fluorescence in dimethyl sulphoxide.

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    Maji, S; Kumar, Satendra; Sankaran, K

    2014-12-10

    Ligand sensitized fluorescence of europium ion using thenoyltrifluoroacetone (TTA) as a sensitizing ligand and dimethyl sulphoxide (DMSO) as a solvent is studied for the first time. TTA ligand enhances the fluorescence of Eu(3+) by a factor of 40000 in DMSO. Linearity is obtained for a concentration range of 0.076-7.6ng/mL of Eu(3+) with a detection limit of 7.6pg/mL. The quenching of Eu(3+)-TTA fluorescence by uranium matrix was studied in different solvents and found to be less in DMSO. Consequently, estimation of Eu(3+) in a large excess of uranium becomes a possibility without the need to separate uranium from the solution, which has been demonstrated in this paper. Satisfactory results are obtained when Eu(3+) is present at a concentration of 0.6μg/g in uranium.

  7. Photoluminescence and energy transfer process in Gd2O3:Eu3+, Tb3+

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    Selvalakshmi, T.; Bose, A. Chandra

    2016-05-01

    Variation in photoluminescence (PL) properties of Eu3+ and Tb3+ as a function of co-dopant (Tb3+) concentration are studied for Gd2-x-yO3: Eu3+x Tb3+y (x = 0.02, y = 0.01, 0.03, 0.05). The crystal structure analysis is carried out by X-ray Diffraction (XRD). Absence of addition peaks corresponding europium or terbium phase confirms the phase purity. Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) reveals the absorption peaks corresponding to host matrix, Eu3+ and Tb3+. The bandgap calculated from Kubelka - Munk function is also reported. PL spectra are recorded at the excitation wavelength of 307 nm and the emission peak corresponding to Eu3+ confirms the energy transfer from Tb3+ to Eu3+. The agglomeration of particles acts as quenching centres for energy transfer at higher concentrations.

  8. Y2O3:Eu nanocrystals as biomarkers prepared by a microwave hydrothermal method

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    Kaszewski, Jarosław; Godlewski, Michał M.; Witkowski, Bartłomiej S.; Słońska, Anna; Wolska-Kornio, Ewelina; Wachnicki, Łukasz; Przybylińska, Hanka; Kozankiewicz, Bolesław; Szal, Anna; Domino, Małgorzata A.; Mijowska, Ewa; Godlewski, Marek

    2016-09-01

    Microwave hydrothermal growth of Y2O3 crystallites results in needle-shaped aggregates of μm length. Thermal treatment has little influence on the material microstructure, but significant impact on the nanometric level. Nanoparticles doped with europium show an intense red luminescence, related to the 5D0 → 7F2 transition of Eu3+ ions. The luminescence intensity increases with the calcination temperature and is accompanied by increasing size of Y2O3:Eu crystallites. EPR studies show the absence of Eu2+ related signals in the material. Y2O3:Eu nanoparticles crystallized via a microwave hydrothermal method were employed as luminescent biomarkers in mice. The initial tests confirmed their applicability as biological markers. Persorption of the Y2O3:Eu nanoparticles after IG in the adult mouse duodenum, brain and liver is reported.

  9. Growth and optical properties of partially transparent Eu doped CaF{sub 2} ceramic

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    Ghosh, Manoranjan Sen, Shashwati Pitale, S. S. Goutam, U. K. Shinde, Seema Patra, G. D. Gadkari, S. C.

    2014-04-24

    Partially transparent ceramic of 2 at.% Eu doped CaF{sub 2} have been grown preferentially towards [111] direction. For this purpose, Eu doped CaF{sub 2} nanoparticles (size∼12 nm) obtained by a low temperature solution growth method has been pressed at 1000°C under vacuum. The preferentially grown ceramic shows 15% transparency within the visible range of spectrum. As confirmed by the X-ray diffraction result, the hot pressed ceramic exhibits reduced lattice volume than the nanopowder. It indicates Eu{sup 3+} as the dominant substituting ions at the Ca{sup 2+} sites of CaF{sub 2} lattice in the hot pressed ceramic material. It is corroborated by the photoluminescence results of hot pressed ceramic which shows strong red emission corresponding to Eu{sup 3+} sites. However, photoluminescence of nanopowder exhibits intense peak in the blue region of the spectrum which is characteristics of Eu2+ sites.

  10. Diffused phase transition of Ba1- x Eu x TiO3 ceramics

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    Jun, Byeong-Eog; Choi, Byung Chun; Jeong, Jung Hyun; Moon, Byung Kee

    2016-06-01

    By applying the sol-gel method, we fabricated Ba1- x Eu x TiO3 (BET) ceramics as a single peroveskite phase in the composition range of x = 0 ~ 0.20. The BET ceramics displayed a ferroelectric phase transition temperature that changed from 120 °C to 80 °C, and exhibited the coexistance of the tetragonal, and cubic structures as the Eu composition was increased. They also displayed anomalous dielectric behaviors related to structural relaxation in the temperature range from 200 °C to 600 °C. We considered the Arrhenius temperature dependence of the dielectric relaxation time by using the electric modulus formalism. The characteristic activation energy was thought to be related with the substitution of Eu (Eu2+, Eu3+) ions for Ba2+ or Ti4+ ions in the perovskite structure.

  11. Mesoporous hybrids containing Eu 3+ complexes covalently bonded to SBA-15 functionalized: Assembly, characterization and photoluminescence

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    Li Kong, Li; Yan, Bing; Li, Ying

    2009-07-01

    A novel series of luminescent mesoporous organic-inorganic hybrid materials has been prepared by linking Eu 3+ complexes to the functionalized ordered mesoporous SBA-15 which was synthesis by a co-condensation process of 1,3-diphenyl-1,3-propanepione (DBM) modified by the coupling agent 3-(triethoxysilyl)-propyl isocyanate (TEPIC), tetraethoxysilane (TEOS), Pluronic P123 surfactant as a template. It was demonstrated that the efficient intramolecular energy transfer in the mesoporous material Eu(DBMSi-SBA-15) 3phen mainly occurred between the modified DBM (named as DBM-Si) and the central Eu 3+ ion. So the Eu(DBMSi-SBA-15) 3phen showed characteristic emission of Eu 3+ ion under UV irradiation with higher luminescence quantum efficiency. Moreover, the mesoporous hybrid materials exhibited excellent thermal stability as the lanthanide complex was covalently bonded to the mesoporous matrix.

  12. A Eu(II)-Containing Cryptate as a Redox Sensor in Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Living Tissue.

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    Ekanger, Levi A; Polin, Lisa A; Shen, Yimin; Haacke, E Mark; Martin, Philip D; Allen, Matthew J

    2015-11-23

    The Eu(II) ion rivals Gd(III) in its ability to enhance contrast in magnetic resonance imaging. However, all reported Eu(II)-based complexes have been studied in vitro largely because the tendency of Eu(II) to oxidize to Eu(III) has been viewed as a major obstacle to in vivo imaging. Herein, we present solid- and solution-phase characterization of a Eu(II)-containing cryptate and the first in vivo use of Eu(II) to provide contrast enhancement. The results indicate that between one and two water molecules are coordinated to the Eu(II) core upon dissolution. We also demonstrate that Eu(II)-based contrast enhancement can be observed for hours in a mouse.

  13. [Synthesis of SiO2 coated Eu(TTA)3phen and study on its fluorescent property].

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    Tao, Dong-liang; Cui, Yu-min; Qiao, Rui; Xu, Yi-zhuang; Wu, Jin-guan

    2011-03-01

    New-style fluorescent material of SiO2/Eu(TTA)3 phen was synthesized by the method of dispersing Eu(TTA)3 phen in isopropanol and hydrolyzing TEOS. Fluorescence spectra showed that the emission intensities of SiO2/Eu(TTA)3 phen were much more stronger than that of Eu(TTA)3 phen by more than two times. At the same time, the peak at 617.4 nm became very sharp, which could not be observed for Eu(TTA)3 phen. This indicated that the structure of Eu(TTA)3 phen became more rigid after coated by SiO2. Thus, the emission intensity was enhanced largely. Life-time of SiOz/Eu(TTA)3 phen decreasing just confirmed the rigidity of SiO2/Eu(TTA)3 phen.

  14. [A novel red phosphor (La3PO7:Eu3+) prepared by solid state method].

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    Jin, Ye; Qin, Wei-ping; Zhang, Ji-sen; Wang, Yan; Cao, Chun-yan; Zhang, Ji-shuang; Ren, Xin-guang

    2008-12-01

    Novel red phosphor, Eu3+ -doped oxyphosphate (La3 PO7:Eu3+), was synthesized by a solid state method under high temperature. All the starting materials were analytical grade. La2O3, EuO3 and (NH4)2HPO4 weighed in appropriated molar ratios and ground in an agate mortar. Then the powder was treated under 1000 degrees C. The crystal phase of La3PO7:Eu3+ was investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) using a Cu target radiation resource (lamda = 1.54078 ?) and exhibited prominent peaks accordant with JCPDS standard card (33-0720) of La3PO7 in monoclinic phase. Emission and excitation spectra of La3PO7:Eu3+ were recorded at room temperature using a fluorescence spectrometer (Hitachi F-4500). Under 254 nm excitation, intense red fluorescence was observed from La3PO7:Eu3+, which was assigned to the (5)D0-->(7)F2 transition of Eu3+ ions. The intensity of the (5)D0-->(7)F2 transition is stronger than that of the (5)D0-->(7)F1 transition, showing that the Eu3+ ions were in the non-centrosym-metric sites in La3PO7. The CommissionIn-ternational DeL" Eclairage (CIE) coordinate of La3PO7:Eu3+ is (0.63,0.37) in the red area of CIE1931 XY chromaticity coordinate graph and close to that of Y2o3:Eu3+, but the cost of La3PO7 host is lower. This novel material may have potential applications in plasma display panels and Hg-free fluorescent lamps in the future.

  15. EuCo2P2 : A model molecular-field helical Heisenberg antiferromagnet

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    Sangeetha, N. S.; Cuervo-Reyes, Eduardo; Pandey, Abhishek; Johnston, D. C.

    2016-07-01

    The metallic compound EuCo2P2 with the body-centered tetragonal ThCr2Si2 structure containing Eu spins-7/2 was previously shown from single-crystal neutron diffraction measurements to exhibit a helical antiferromagnetic (AFM) structure below TN=66.5 K with the helix axis along the c axis and with the ordered moments aligned within the a b plane. Here we report crystallography, electrical resistivity, heat capacity, magnetization, and magnetic susceptibility measurements on single crystals of this compound. We demonstrate that EuCo2P2 is a model molecular-field helical Heisenberg antiferromagnet from comparisons of the anisotropic magnetic susceptibility χ , high-field magnetization, and magnetic heat capacity of EuCo2P2 single crystals at temperature T ≤TN with the predictions of our recent formulation of molecular-field theory. Values of the Heisenberg exchange interactions between the Eu spins are derived from the data. The low-T magnetic heat capacity ˜T3 arising from spin-wave excitations with no anisotropy gap is calculated and found to be comparable to the lattice heat capacity. The density of states at the Fermi energy of EuCo2P2 and the related compound BaCo2P2 are found from the heat capacity data to be large, 10 and 16 states/eV per formula unit for EuCo2P2 and BaCo2P2 , respectively. These values are enhanced by a factor of ˜2.5 above those found from DFT electronic structure calculations for the two compounds. The calculations also find ferromagnetic Eu-Eu exchange interactions within the a b plane and AFM interactions between Eu spins in nearest- and next-nearest planes, in agreement with the MFT analysis of χa b(T ≤TN) .

  16. Arsenic detection in water: YPO4:Eu3+ nanoparticles

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    Ghosh, Debasish; Luwang, Meitram Niraj

    2015-12-01

    This work reports on the novel technique of detection of arsenic in aqueous solution utilising the luminescence properties of lanthanide doped nanomaterials. Eu3+ (5%) doped YPO4nanorodswere utilised for the said experiment. Co-precipitation method was used for the synthesis of the materials and characterised them with different instrumental techniques like X-ray diffraction (XRD), Infra-red (IR), UV-absorption, scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and photoluminescence studies. This nanoparticle can adsorb both arsenic and arsenious acids. We studied the effect of arsenic adsorption on the luminescence behaviour of the nanoparticles. Arsenic acid enhanced the luminescence intensity whereas arsenious acid quenched the luminescence. This luminescence enhancement or quenching is related with arsenic concentration. This relation of luminescence property with concentration of arsenic can be used to detect arsenic in industrial waste.

  17. EU Funded Research Activities on NPPS Operational Safety

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    Manolatos, P.; Van Goethem, G.

    2002-07-01

    The 5. framework programme (FP-5), the pluri-annual research programme of the European Union (EU), covers the period 1998-2002. Research on nuclear energy, fusion and fission, is covered by the EURATOM part of the FP-5. An overview of the Euratom's research on Nuclear Reactor Safety, managed by the DG-RTD of the European Commission (EC), is presented. This concerns 70 multi-partner projects of approximately euro 82.5 million total contract value that have been selected and co-financed during the period 1999-2001. They form the three clusters of projects dealing with the 'Operational Safety of Existing Installations'. 'Plant Life Extension and Management' (PLEM), 'Severe Accident Management' (SAM) and 'Evolutionary concepts' (EVOL). Emphasis is given here to the projects of the PLEM cluster. (authors)

  18. Accelerator science and technology in Europe: EuCARD 2012

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    Romaniuk, Ryszard S.

    2012-05-01

    Accelerator science and technology is one of a key enablers of the developments in the particle physic, photon physics and also applications in medicine and industry. The paper presents a digest of the research results in the domain of accelerator science and technology in Europe, shown during the third annual meeting of the EuCARD - European Coordination of Accelerator Research and Development. The conference concerns building of the research infrastructure, including in this advanced photonic and electronic systems for servicing large high energy physics experiments. There are debated a few basic groups of such systems like: measurement - control networks of large geometrical extent, multichannel systems for large amounts of metrological data acquisition, precision photonic networks of reference time, frequency and phase distribution.

  19. Characterization and Properties of Nanocrystalline EuAlO3

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    Petrov, D.; Angelov, B.; Lovcnmov, V.; Simeonova, P.

    2010-01-01

    Single-phase nanocrystals of europium monoaluminate have been prepared by the sol-gel method. EuAlO3 has been synthesized from europium oxide, aluminium nitrate, malic acid and 1,2-ethanediol as initial compounds with final temperature of annealing 950° C. The material has been characterized by XRD, SEM, EDS, TEM, and XPS. The temperature dependence of AC magnetic susceptibility in the range 2-300 K was also measured. The smallest nanoparticles have size 25 nm and form agglomerates. The material has pycnometric density of 7.009 g/cm3 at T = 293.15 K and specific surface area 15.0 m2/g.

  20. Scintillation Properties of Eu2+-Activated Barium Fluoroiodide

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    Gundiah, Gautam; Bourret-Courchesne, Edith; Bizarri, Gregory; Hanrahan, Stephen M.; Chaudhry, Anurag; Canning, Andrew; Moses, William W.; Derenzo, Stephen E.

    2009-11-18

    The scintillation properties of powders and single-crystals of BaFI doped with Eu2+ are presented. Single crystals were grown by the vertical Bridgman technique. Under optical and X-ray excitation, the samples exhibit a narrow E2+ 5d-4f transition emission centered at 405 nm. The scintillation light output is estimated to be 55,000+-5,000 photons/MeV at 662 keV with 85percent of the light decaying within 600 ns. An energyresolution of 8.5percent full width at half maximum (FWHM) has been achieved using this scintillator for 662 keV excitation (137Cs source) at room temperature.

  1. Treatment and disposal of tyres: Two EU approaches. A review.

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    Torretta, Vincenzo; Rada, Elena Cristina; Ragazzi, Marco; Trulli, Ettore; Istrate, Irina Aura; Cioca, Lucian Ionel

    2015-11-01

    The treatment and disposal of tyres from vehicles has long been of considerable environmental importance. The main problem lies in the mixed composition of the tyres. Studies have been undertaken to modify the structure of the tyres, especially with reference to the percentage of granulated rubber incorporated, in order to improve their performance, and also to reduce their environmental impact during normal functioning (noise, particulates, etc.) and facilitate recycling and final disposal. The aim of the present study is to review and compare how used tyres are treated and disposed of in two different EU countries. The first is Italy, which has been part of the European Union since its inception, and has important industrial traditions. The second is Romania, an emerging country which recently became part of the EU, and whose economic and industrial development has had a major boost in recent years, with a strong growth in waste production, together with consumption in urban areas. The occasion was useful to consider the situation concerning the evolution of the different aspects related to the management of the end-of-life tyres. In particular, the paper considers the properties of tyre waste and their potential reuse, the enhancement of end-of-life tires and the various types of recovery, such as the reconstruction of tyres and the material recovery. The aspects related to the energy recovery and the use of the life cycle analysis, as a tool to support the choices of the best management system, were also taken into consideration, not forgetting that an adequate end-of-life planning is important when developing a sustainable product, since it can affect considerably its overall life cycle.

  2. Nuclear Quadrupole Resonance Measurement of the Ferromagnetic Filled-Skutterudite Compound EuRu4Sb12

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    Koyama, Takehide; Maeda, Yoshitaka; Ueda, Koichi; Mito, Takeshi; Sugawara, Hitoshi

    2015-08-01

    We report the detailed analysis of the 101Ru nuclear quadrupolar resonance spectrum in the ferromagnetically ordered state of EuRu4Sb121 and propose that Eu 4f moments align in the [111] direction. The localized character of Eu 4f electrons is suggested from the temperature dependence of the nuclear spin-lattice relaxation rate.

  3. Density-functional study of structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of the EuSin (n=1-13) clusters

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    Zhao, Gao-feng; Sun, Jian-min; Gu, Yu-zong; Wang, Yuan-xu

    2009-09-01

    The geometries, stabilities, and electronic and magnetic properties of europium encapsulated EuSin (n =1-13) clusters have been investigated systematically by using relativistic density functional theory with generalized gradient approximation. Starting from n =12, the Eu atom completely falls into the center of the Si frame, i.e., EuSi12 is the smallest fully endohedral Eu silicon cluster. The interesting finding is in good agreement with the recent experimental results on the photoelectron spectroscopy of the europium silicon clusters [A. Grubisic, H. P. Wang, Y. J. Ko, and K. H. Bowen, J. Chem. Phys. 129, 054302 (2008)]. The magnetic moments of the EuSin (n =1-13) clusters are also studied, and the results show that the total magnetic moments of the EuSin clusters and the magnetic moments on Eu do not quench when the Eu is encapsulated in the Si outer frame cage. It is concluded that most of the 4f electrons of the Eu atom in the EuSi12 cluster do not interact with the silicon cage and the total magnetic moments are overwhelming majority contributed by the 4f electrons of the Eu atom. According to the binding energy per atom, the second difference in energy (Δ2E), and vertical ionization potential, the EuSin (n =4,9,12) clusters are very stable.

  4. Luminescence of Eu and Ce in K3Ca2(SO4)3F fluoride material.

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    Poddar, Anuradha; Gedam, S C; Dhoble, S J

    2015-09-01

    A new halophosphor K3Ca2(SO4)3F activated by Eu or Ce and K3Ca2(SO4)3F:Ce,Eu co-doped halosulfate phosphor has been synthesized by the co-precipitation method and characterized for its photoluminescence (PL). The PL emission spectra of the K3Ca2(SO4)3F:Ce phosphor show emission at 334 nm when excited at 278 nm due to 5d → 4f transition of Ce(3+) ions. In the K3Ca2(SO4)3F:Eu lattice, Eu(2+) (440 nm) as well as Eu(3+) (596 nm and 615 nm) emissions have been observed showing (5) D0 →(7) F1 and (5) D0 →(7) F2 transition of the Eu(3+) ion, which is in the blue and red region of the visible spectrum respectively. The trivalent europium ion is very useful for studying the nature of metal coordination in various systems owing to its non-degenerate emitting (5) D0 state. K3Ca2(SO4)3F:Ce,Eu is suitable for Ce(3+) → Eu(2+) → Eu(3+) energy transfer in which Ce(3+) and Eu(2+) play the role of sensitizers and Eu(2+) and Eu(3+) act as the activators. The observations presented in this paper are relevant for lamp phosphors.

  5. Electrospinning preparation and properties of NaGdF 4:Eu 3+ nanowires

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    Dali, Liu; Guolei, Wang; Biao, Dong; Xue, Bai; Yu, Wang; Hongwei, Song; Lin, Xu

    2010-10-01

    Eu 3+ doped NaGdF 4 (NaGdF 4:Eu 3+) nanocrystals in hexagonal crystal phase were prepared by a polyol method, and the size and morphology controllable NaGdF 4:Eu 3+/PVP nano-composite fibers were obtained through the electrospinning technique, and then the NaGdF 4:Eu 3+ nanowires were obtained by followed annealing. By changing the ratio of PVP to NaGdF 4 as well as the calcination temperature, the optimal conditions for synthesizing the NaGdF 4 nanowires were obtained, and the structural properties of the synthesized sample were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns and field emission scanning electron micrographs (SEM) images. The luminescent properties of the NaGdF 4:Eu 3+ nanocrystals and nanowires were also studied in this paper. We observed that the luminescent intensity of NaGdF 4:Eu 3+ nanowires was greatly increased compared to the annealed NaGdF 4:Eu 3+ nanocrystals at the same temperature.

  6. Template synthesis and luminescence properties of TiO{sub 2}:Eu{sup 3+} nanotubes

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    Zhao, Huan; Zheng, Keyan; Sheng, Ye; Li, Hongbo; Zhang, Hongguang; Qi, Xiaofei; Shi, Zhan; Zou, Haifeng

    2014-02-15

    Uniform TiO{sub 2}:Eu{sup 3+} nanotubes have been successfully synthesized through a simple solvothermal process with carbon nanotubes (CNTs) as templates, free of any surfactant or catalyst. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results demonstrate that the product is a pure anatase phase of TiO{sub 2}. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images indicate that the as-obtained TiO{sub 2}:Eu{sup 3+} nanotubes are uniform in size and distribution, and the thickness of the wall is about 8 nm. The possible formation mechanism has also been proposed. The luminescent spectrum shows that TiO{sub 2}:Eu{sup 3+} nanotubes exhibit a red emission at 612 nm due to the {sup 5}D{sub 0}→{sup 7}F{sub 2} transition. Furthermore, this synthetic route is promising for the preparation of other one-dimensional inorganic nanomaterials because of its simplicity and the low cost of the starting reagents. - Graphical abstract: This picture is the illustration for the formation process of TiO{sub 2}:Eu{sup 3+} nanotubes. Display Omitted - Highlights: • TiO{sub 2}:Eu{sup 3+} nanotubes have been prepared through a simple solvothermal process. • The TiO{sub 2}:Eu{sup 3+} nanotubes are uniform in size and distribution. • Under UV light excitation, the TiO{sub 2}:Eu{sup 3+} nanotubes show strong red emission.

  7. Tunable luminescence properties and energy transfer in LaAl₁₁O₁₈:Eu,Tb phosphor.

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    Mendhe, M S; Puppalwar, S P; Dhoble, S J

    2016-05-01

    Eu(2+) and Tb(3+) singly doped and co-doped LaAl11O18 phosphors were prepared by a combustion method using urea as a fuel. The phase structure and photoluminescence (PL) properties of the prepared phosphors were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and photoluminescence excitation and emission spectra. When the content of Eu(2+) was fixed at 0.01, the emission chromaticity coordinates could be adjusted from blue to green region by tuning the contents of Tb(3+) ions from 0.01 to 0.03 through an energy transfer (ET) process. The fluorescence data collected from the samples with different contents of Tb(3+) into LaAl11O18: Eu, show the enhanced green emission at 545 nm associated with (5)D(4)-(7)F(5) transitions of Tb(3+). The enhancement was attributed to ET from Eu(2+) to Tb(3+), and therefore Eu(2+) ion acts as a sensitizer (an energy donor) while Tb(3+) ion as an activator. The ET from Eu(2+) to Tb(3+) is performed through dipole-dipole interaction. The ET efficiency and critical distance were also calculated. The present Eu(2+)-Tb(3+) co-doped LaAl11O18 phosphor will have potential application for UV convertible white light-emitting diodes.

  8. Energetics and electronic structure of GaN codoped with Eu and Si

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    Bruno Cruz, A. Vallan; Shinde, Prashant P.; Kumar, Vijay; Zavada, John M.

    2012-01-01

    First principles calculations using pseudopotentials and generalized gradient approximation (GGA) for the exchange-correlation energy show that addition of Si makes Eu doping in GaN energetically favorable. It breaks local symmetry around Eu ions and leads to shallow states below the conduction band that could facilitate intra-4f shell transitions. Silicon atoms on Ga sites act as intrinsic donors transforming Eu from a 3+ to a 2+ state. The half-filled 4f states with a 7 μB magnetic moment on each Eu ion lie within the band gap of GaN and are narrower compared with the only-Eu doping case due to reduced hybridization with the host states. There is a tendency for clustering of Eu ions with ferromagnetic coupling and the ˜5-Å interatomic distance, but EuN phase formation is unfavorable. Further effects of the inclusion of onsite Coulomb interaction U within GGA+U formalism on the electronic structure are discussed.

  9. Hydrothermal synthesis and luminescence properties of KLa):Eu3+ phosphor

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    Yang, Zaifa; Sun, Yumei; Han, Liu; Xu, Denghui; Sun, Jiayue

    2016-04-01

    KLa):Eu3+ phosphors were prepared by the hydrothermal method. The after tuning of synthesis time and the ratio of the ethylene glycol to water ratio made the phosphor present different morphologies, including peanut-like shape and spheres. The samples were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), diffuse reflectance spectrum, and fluorescence spectrum. Under the excitation of 397 nm near-ultraviolet, the typical red emission produced by Eu3+ ions can be observed. And the phosphors show strong red light around 612 nm, attributed to D→F transition of Eu ion. The luminescence properties of the as-prepared phosphors were studied based on changing the synthesis condition. It is found that the synthesis time and the changing of the ratio of ethylene glycol to water play the crucial role in the formation of morphology. The optimum dopant concentration of Eu ions in KLa):Eu3+ is around 7 mol. %. Moreover, the fluorescence decay curve and thermal stability of luminescence were also investigated in detail. The Commission International de I'Eclairage coordinates of KLa):0.07Eu3+ located in the red reddish region. All the results suggest that KLa):0.07Eu3+ might be a promising reddish-orange emitting phosphor used in white light-emitting diodes (w-LED).

  10. Synthesis and luminescent properties of novel BaGd2O4:Eu3+ scintillating phosphor.

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    Sun, Xin-Yuan; Wang, Wen-Feng; Sun, Shou-Qiang; Lin, Liang-Wu; Li, De-Yi; Zhou, Ling-Ping

    2013-01-01

    BaGd2-x O4:xEu(3+) and Ba1-y Gd1.79-2y Eu0.21 Na3y O4 phosphors were synthesized at 1300°C in air by conventional solid-state reaction method. Phosphors were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), photoluminescence excitation (PLE) spectra, photoluminescence (PL) spectra and thermoluminescence (TL) spectra. Optimal PL intensity for BaGd2-x O4 :xEu(3+) and Ba1-y Gd1.79-2y Eu0.21 Na3y O4 phosphors at 276 nm excitation were found to be x = 0.24 and y = 0.125, respectively. The PL intensity of Eu(3+) emission could only be enhanced by 1.3 times with incorporation of Na(+) into the BaGd2 O4 host. Enhanced luminescence was attributed to the flux effect of Na(+) ions. However, when BaGd2 O4:Eu(3+) phosphors were codoped with Na(+) ions, the induced defects confirmed by TL spectra impaired the emission intensity of Eu(3+) ions.

  11. Research of the entry of rare earth elements Eu3+ and La3+ into plant cell.

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    Gao, Yongsheng; Zeng, Fuli; Yi, An; Ping, Shi; Jing, Lanhua

    2003-03-01

    Whether rare earth elements can enter into plant cells remains controversial. This article discusses the ultracellular structural localization of lanthanum (La(3+)) and europium (Eu(3+)) in the intact plant cells fed by rare earth elements Eu(3+) and La(3+). Eu-TTA fluorescence analysis of the plasmalemma, cytoplast, and mitochondria showed that Eu(3+) fluorescence intensities in such structures significantly increased. Eu(3+) can directly enter or be carried by the artificial ion carrier A23187 into plant cells through the calcium ion (Ca(2+)) channel and then partially resume the synthesis of amaranthin in the Amaranthus caudatus growing in the dark. Locations of rare earth elements La(3+) and Eu(3+) in all kinds of components of cytoplasmatic organelles were determined with transmission electron microscope, scanning electron microscope, and energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis. The results of energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis indicated that Eu(3+) and La(3+) can be absorbed into plant cells and bind to the membranes of protoplasm, chloroplast, mitochondrion, cytoplast, and karyon. These results provide experimental evidence that rare earth elements can be absorbed into plant cells, which would be the basis for interpreting physiological and biochemical effects of rare earth elements on plant cells.

  12. Structure and physical properties of EuTa2O6 tungsten bronze polymorph

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    Kolodiazhnyi, T.; Sakurai, H.; Vasylkiv, O.; Borodianska, H.; Forbes, S.; Mozharivskyj, Y.

    2014-08-01

    A tetragonal tungsten bronze (TTB) polymorph of EuTa2O6 was prepared and analyzed. EuTa2O6 crystallizes in the centrosymmetric Pnam space group (with unit cell: a = 12.3693, b = 12.4254, and c = 7.7228 Å) isomorphous with orthorhombic β-SrTa2O6. In contrast to early reports, we see no evidence of deviation from paramagnetic Curie-Weiss behavior among the Eu2+ 4f7spins in EuTa2O6 down to 2 K. Dielectric constant shows a broad peak at ca. 50 K with dielectric dispersion resembling diffuse phase transition. The relaxation time, however, follows a simple (non-freezing) thermally activated process with an activation energy of 92 meV and an attempt frequency of f0 = 5.79 × 1012 Hz. A thermal conductivity of EuTa2O6 shows a low-temperature (T ≈ 30 K) "plateau" region reminiscent of a glass-like behaviour in Nb-based TTB compounds. This behaviour can be attributed to the loosely bound Eu2+ ions occupying large tricapped trigonal prismatic sites in the EuTa2O6 structure.

  13. Sacrificial template method for fabrication of submicrometer-sized YPO(4):Eu(3+) hierarchical hollow spheres.

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    Zhang, Lihui; Jia, Guang; You, Hongpeng; Liu, Kai; Yang, Mei; Song, Yanhua; Zheng, Yuhua; Huang, Yeju; Guo, Ning; Zhang, Hongjie

    2010-04-05

    Large-scale good-quality submicrometer-sized YPO(4):Eu(3+) hollow spheres were synthesized by utilizing the colloidal spheres of Y(OH)CO(3):Eu(3+) as a sacrificial template and NH(4)H(2)PO(4) as a phosphorus source, for the first time. The whole process mainly consists of the hydrothermal reaction and acid erosion. The YPO(4):Eu(3+)@Y(OH)CO(3):Eu(3+) core-shell structures were first obtained after the hydrothermal process. Then, the remaining Y(OH)CO(3):Eu(3+) was removed by selective dissolution in a dilute nitric acid solution. The YPO(4):Eu(3+) hollow spheres were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and photoluminescence (PL). The formation mechanism was also investigated. The obtained YPO(4):Eu(3+) hollow spheres may have potential applications in cell biology, drug release, and diagnosis, due to high chemical stability and luminescence functionality.

  14. Influence of Bi3+ ions on the excitation wavelength of the YVO4:Eu3+ matrix

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    Matos, Marcela G.; Rocha, Lucas A.; Nassar, Eduardo J.; Verelst, Marc

    2016-12-01

    This work used the non-hydrolytic sol-gel process to prepare co-activated Eu3+/Bi3+ in YVO4 phosphors. We employed X-ray diffraction, which confirmed a tetragonal structure, and photoluminescence to characterize the structure and investigate the photoluminescence properties of the YVO4:Eu3+,Bi3+ matrixes. The large band between 250 and 380 nm in the excitation spectrum of YVO4:Eu3+,Bi3+ corresponded to a ligand-metal charge transfer band (VO43- → Eu3+). Addition of Bi3+ ions increased the charge transfer band and intensified the emission of Eu3+ ions. The x and y color coordinates of the phosphors ranged from 0.60 to 0.68 and from 0.32 to 0.39, respectively. The emission spectrum displayed an intense red emission centered at 618.5 nm, due to the 5D0 → 7F2 transition of Eu3+. The optimal Bi3+ concentration in the phosphor was 1% in mol, which provided more intense emission and longer lifetime. The results indicated that YVO4:Eu3+,Bi3+ is a potential red phosphor with application as biological marker.

  15. Structure and spectroscopic properties of (Y, Eu)(PO3)3 polyphosphate red phosphors

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    Zhang, Xinguo; Chen, Peican; Wang, Zizhou; Zhou, Liya; Zhou, Fangxiang

    2016-08-01

    A series of orange-red emitting phosphor Y(PO3)3: xEu3+ (x = 0.1-1.0) was prepared by a solid-state reaction route. The phosphors were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and photoluminescence (PL) as well as decay lifetimes. Studies revealed the phase transfer from monoclinic to orthorhombic when Y3+ is totally replaced by Eu3+, and expansion of the unit cell occurs with increasing Eu3+ doped content. The PL spectra show that the phosphors Y(PO3)3: xEu3+ can be effectively excited by near ultraviolet (n-UV) light, and exhibit strong red-orange emission with no concentration quenching. The profile of PL spectra changes significantly at high Eu3+ content (x ≥ 0.80), which is due to the variation of preference for substitution of Eu3+. The luminescence due to the 5D0 → 7FJ (J = 1, 2) transitions at 77 K exhibits its own spectral features for different crystallographic site. It is found that Eu3+ ions occupy the centers of octahedral polyhedron and form Ci/C1 point group in Y(PO3)3.

  16. Enhanced stability of Eu in GaN nanoparticles: Effects of Si co-doping

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    Kaur, Prabhsharan; Sekhon, S. S.; Zavada, J. M.; Kumar, Vijay

    2015-06-14

    Ab initio calculations on Eu doped (GaN){sub n} (n = 12, 13, and 32) nanoparticles show that Eu doping in nanoparticles is favorable compared with bulk GaN as a large fraction of atoms lie on the surface where strain can be released compared with bulk where often Eu doping is associated with a N vacancy. Co-doping of Si further facilitates Eu doping as strain from an oversized Eu atom and an undersized Si atom is compensated. These results along with low symmetry sites in nanoparticles make them attractive for developing strongly luminescent nanomaterials. The atomic and electronic structures are discussed using generalized gradient approximation (GGA) for the exchange-correlation energy as well as GGA + U formalism. In all cases of Eu (Eu + Si) doping, the magnetic moments are localized on the Eu site with a large value of 6μ{sub B} (7μ{sub B}). Our results suggest that co-doping can be a very useful way to achieve rare-earth doping in different hosts for optoelectronic materials.

  17. Wide disparity of clinical genetics services and EU rare disease research funding across Europe.

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    Lynch, Sally Ann; Borg, Isabella

    2016-04-01

    The origins of clinical genetics services vary throughout Europe with some emerging from paediatric medicine and others from an academic laboratory setting. In 2011, the cross-border patients' rights directive recommended the creation of European Research Networks (ERNs) to improve patient care throughout EU. In 2013, the EU recommendation on the care for rare diseases came into place. The process of designating EU centres of expertise in rare diseases is being implemented to allow centres to enter ERNs. Hence, this is an opportune time to reflect on the current status of genetic services and research funding throughout Europe as 80 % of rare diseases have a genetic origin. Our aims were to determine (a) whether EU countries are prepared in terms of appropriate clinical genetic staffing to fulfil the European Union Committee of Experts on Rare Diseases (EUCERD) criteria that will allow national centres to be designated as centres of expertise, (b) which EU countries are successful in grant submissions to EU rare disease research funding and (c) country of origin of researchers from the EU presenting their research work as a spoken presentation at the European Society of Human Genetics annual conference. Our results show there is wide disparity of staffing levels per head of population in clinical genetics units throughout Europe. EU rare disease research funding is not being distributed equitably and the opportunity to present research is skewed with many countries not achieving spoken presentations despite abstract submissions. Inequity in the care of patients with rare diseases exists in Europe. Many countries will struggle to designate centres of expertise as their staffing mix and levels will not meet the EUCERD criteria which may prevent them from entering ERNs. The establishment of a small number of centres of expertise centrally, which is welcome, should not occur at the expense of an overall improvement in EU rare disease patient care. Caution should be

  18. Fabrication of MPEG-b-PMAA capped YVO4:Eu nanoparticles with biocompatibility for cell imaging.

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    Liu, Yue; Li, Xiao-Shuang; Hu, Jia; Guo, Miao; Liu, Wei-Jun; Feng, Yi-Mei; Xie, Jing-Ran; Du, Gui-Xiang

    2015-12-01

    A novel nanoparticle with multilayer core-shell architecture for cell imaging is designed and synthesized by coating a fluorescent YVO4:Eu core with a diblock copolymer, MPEG-b-PMAA. The synthesis of YVO4:Eu core, which further makes MPEG-b-PMAA-YVO4:Eu NPs adapt for cell imaging, is guided by the model determined upon the evaluation of pH and CEu%. The PMAA block attached tightly on the YVO4:Eu core forms the inner shell and the MPEG block forms the biocompatible outermost shell. Factors including reaction time, reaction temperature, CEu% and pH are optimized for the preparation of the YVO4:Eu NPs. A precise defined model is established according to analyzing the coefficients of pH and CEu% during the synthesis. The MPEG-b-PMAA-YVO4:Eu NPs, with an average diameter of 24 nm, have a tetragonal structure and demonstrate luminescence in the red region, which lies in a biological window (optical imaging). Significant enhancement in luminescence intensity by MPEG-b-PMAA-YVO4:Eu NPs formation is observed. The capping copolymer MPEG-b-PMAA improves the dispersibility of hydrophobic YVO4:Eu NPs in water, making the NPs stable under different conditions. In addition, the biocompatibility MPEG layer reduces the cytotoxicity of the nanoparticles effectively. 95% cell viability can be achieved at the NPs concentration of 800 mgL(-1) after 24h of culture. Cellular uptake of the MPEG-b-PMAA-YVO4:Eu NPs is evaluated by cell imaging assay, indicating that the NPs can be taken up rapidly and largely by cancerous or non-cancerous cells through an endocytosis mechanism.

  19. Sonochemical synthesis of highly luminescent Ln2O3:Eu3+ (Y, La, Gd) nanocrystals

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    Alammar, Tarek; Cybinska, Joanna; Campbell, Paul S.; ...

    2015-05-12

    In this study, sonication of Ln(CH3COO)3·H2O, Eu(CH3COO)3·H2O and NaOH dissolved in the ionic liquid-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethane)sulfonylamide lead to Ln(OH)3:Eu (Ln: Gd, La, Y) nanoparticles. Subsequent calcination at 800 °C for 3 h allowed to obtain Ln2O3:Eu nanopowders. Gd2O3 and Y2O3 were obtained in the C-type lanthanide sequioxide structure, whereas La2O3 crystallized in the A-type. Structure, morphology, and luminescent properties of the nano-oxides were investigated by powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), dispersive X-ray (EDX), and photoluminescence (PL). SEM studies revealed that the synthesized Gd2O3:Eu, La2O3:Eu, and Y2O3:Eu formed nano-spindle, -sheets, and -rods in shape, respectively. The nanoscale materials showmore » very efficient red emission due to the intraconfigurational f–f transitions of Eu3+. The quantum yields for Ln2O3:Eu (5%) were determined to be 4.2% for Ln=Gd, 13.8% for Ln=Y and 5.2% for Ln=La. The asymmetric ratio I02/I01 of Eu3+ varies from 5.3 for Gd2O3, to 5.6 for Y2O3 to 6.5 for La2O3, which increased the color chromaticity.« less

  20. EuCo2P2: A Model Molecular-Field Helical Heisenberg Antiferromagnet

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    Sangeetha, N. S.; Cuervo-Reyes, Eduardo; Pandey, Abhishek; ...

    2016-07-19

    The metallic compound EuCo2P2 with the body-centered tetragonal ThCr2Si2 structure containing Eu spins-7/2 was previously shown from single-crystal neutron diffraction measurements to exhibit a helical antiferromagnetic (AFM) structure below TN=66.5 K with the helix axis along the c axis and with the ordered moments aligned within the ab plane. Here we report crystallography, electrical resistivity, heat capacity, magnetization, and magnetic susceptibility measurements on single crystals of this compound. We demonstrate that EuCo2P2 is a model molecular-field helical Heisenberg antiferromagnet from comparisons of the anisotropic magnetic susceptibility χ, high-field magnetization, and magnetic heat capacity of EuCo2P2 single crystals at temperature T≤TNmore » with the predictions of our recent formulation of molecular-field theory. Values of the Heisenberg exchange interactions between the Eu spins are derived from the data. The low-T magnetic heat capacity ~T3 arising from spin-wave excitations with no anisotropy gap is calculated and found to be comparable to the lattice heat capacity. The density of states at the Fermi energy of EuCo2P2 and the related compound BaCo2P2 are found from the heat capacity data to be large, 10 and 16 states/eV per formula unit for EuCo2P2 and BaCo2P2, respectively. These values are enhanced by a factor of ~2.5 above those found from DFT electronic structure calculations for the two compounds. Additionally, the calculations also find ferromagnetic Eu–Eu exchange interactions within the ab plane and AFM interactions between Eu spins in nearest- and next-nearest planes, in agreement with the MFT analysis of χab(T≤TN).« less

  1. Photoluminescence and thermoluminescence properties of Eu(2)(+) doped and Eu(2+) ,Dy(3)(+) co-doped Ba2 MgSi2 O7 phosphors.

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    Sao, Sanjay Kumar; Brahme, Nameeta; Bisen, D P; Tiwari, Geetanjali

    2016-11-01

    In this work, we report the preparation, characterization, comparison and luminescence mechanisms of Eu(2)(+) -doped and Eu(2)(+) ,Dy(3)(+) -co-doped Ba2 MgSi2 O7 (BMSO) phosphors. Prepared phosphors were synthesized via a high temperature solid-state reaction method. All prepared phosphors appeared white. The phase structure, particle size, and elemental analysis were analyzed using X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis. The luminescence properties of the phosphors were investigated by thermoluminescence (TL) and photoluminescence (PL). The PL excitation and emission spectra of Ba2 MgSi2 O7 :Eu(2)(+) showed the peak to be around 381 nm and 490 nm respectively. The PL excitation spectrum of Ba2 MgSi2 O7 :Eu(2)(+) Dy(3)(+) showed the peak to be around 341 nm and 388 nm, and the emission spectrum had a broad band around 488 nm. These emissions originated from the 4f(6) 5d(1) to 4f(7) transition of Eu(2)(+) . TL analysis revealed that the maximum TL intensity was found at 5 mol% of Eu(2)(+) doping in Ba2 MgSi2 O7 phosphors after 15 min of ultraviolet (UV) light exposure. TL intensity was increased when Dy(3)(+) ions were co-doped in Ba2 MgSi2 O7 :Eu(2)(+) and maximum TL intensity was observed for 2 mol% of Dy(3)(+) . TL emission spectra of Ba1.95 MgSi2 O7 :0.05Eu(2)(+) and Ba1.93 MgSi2 O7 :0.05Eu(2)(+) ,0.02Dy(3)(+) phosphors were found at 500 nm. TL intensity increased with UV exposure time up to 15 min, then decreased for the higher UV radiation dose for both Eu doping and Eu,Dy co-doping. The trap depths were calculated to be 0.54 eV for Ba1.95 MgSi2 O7 :0.05Eu(2)(+) and 0.54 eV and 0.75 eV for Ba1.93 MgSi2 O7 :0.05Eu(2)(+) ,0.02Dy(3)(+) phosphors. It was observed that co-doping with small amounts of Dy(3)(+) enhanced the thermoluminescence properties of Ba2 MgSi2 O7 phosphor. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [Correction added on 5 April 2016, after first online publication

  2. Luminescence Properties of GaN:Tb, GaN/AlGaN:Eu Superlattice, and AlN:Tb and Eu.

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    Lozykowski, H. J.; Jadwisienczak, W. M.; Brown, I. G.

    2001-03-01

    We report on recent progress in the investigation of cathodoluminescence (CL) of GaN doped with Tb, the visible photoluminescence (PL) and CL of GaN and Al_0.14Ga_0.86N /GaN superlattice doped with Eu, and the CL from AlN doped with Eu and Tb. The CL of GaN:Tb shows sharp emission lines corresponding to Tb^3+ ions transitions resolved in the spectral range from 350 nm to 750 nm, and observed over the temperature range of 7 - 330 K. The luminescence exhibits transitions which originate in the ^5D3 and ^5D4 levels and terminate in the ^7F manifolds. The depth resolved CL spectra analysis show a luminescence surface dead layer thickness of ~20 nm. The decay times for ^5D_3-->^7F5 (423.4nm) and ^5D_4-->^7F5 (551.6nm) transitions at 7 K are ~0.7 and ~1.8 ms, with little change with temperature. The visible PL and CL of GaN and Al_0.14Ga_0.86N/GaN superlattice doped with Eu ions, show sharp characteristic emission lines corresponding to Eu^3+ intra-4f^6-shell transitions. The luminescence shows dominant ^5D_0-->^7F_1,2,3 and weaker ^5D_0-->^7F_4,5,6 and ^5D_1-->^7F1 transitions. The intensity of Eu emission from Al_0.14Ga_0.86N/GaN superlattice annealed in N2 is ~58% stronger than from Eu in the GaN epilayer. Strong CL was observed from AlN thin single crystal films doped with Eu^3+ and Tb^3+ ions. The space group symmetry of the wurtzite AlN is C-P6_3mc and the Al cation occupies the site of point group symmetry C_3v. We assume that those implanted RE ions in AlN occupy relaxed substitutional Al-sites with hexagonal C_3v crystal symmetry. Emission lines corresponding to Eu^3+ and Tb^3+ intra-4f^n-shell transitions are resolved in the spectral range from 300 to 900 nm. The CL kinetics for several transitions of Eu^3+ (^5D_0), Tb^3+ (^5D_3,4) were analyzed. (Electronic mail: lozykows/@bobcat.ent.ohiou.edu)

  3. Nanoscale determinant to brighten up GaN:Eu red light-emitting diode: Local potential of Eu-defect complexes

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    Ishii, Masashi; Koizumi, Atsushi; Fujiwara, Yasufumi

    2015-04-21

    Emission sites in GaN:Eu red light-emitting diodes (LEDs) were investigated using a new spectroscopy technique, namely, site-selective pulse-driven emission spectroscopy (PDES). The PDES, in which the emission intensity of a pulse-driven LED is recorded with respect to the pulse frequency, revealed the charge-trapping dynamics of the Eu emission sites. We found that a determinant of the emission intensity of the sites was not their relative abundance, but rather the spatial extent of the local potential, which determines the effectiveness of the capture of injection charges. Minor sites with wider potentials enhanced the emission intensity of the LED, resulting in emission spectra that differ from those obtained using the photoluminescence of a GaN:Eu thin film. The potential curve is determined by the atomic structure of the complexes, which consist of a Eu dopant and nearby defects in the GaN host. The extent was characterized by a parameter, namely, cutoff frequency, and the emission sites with the wider and narrower potentials in the GaN:Eu LED were found to have cutoff frequencies of 400 kHz and 3 MHz, respectively. The cutoff frequency of 3 MHz was found to be the upper limit for emission sites in the LED. The emission site with the wider potential is useful for slower devices such as light fixtures, while the site with the narrower potential is useful for faster devices such as opto-isolators.

  4. EuF3 nanotubes fabricated via Eu(NO3)3/cysteamine as precursor and their derived thermosensitive nanogels

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    Yang, Sen-sen; Song, Qiu-sheng; Gao, Kang; Wang, Hua-lin

    2014-08-01

    In this paper, we report a novel solution route to obtain rare earth nanotubes. Firstly, the complex of Eu(NO3)3/cysteamine (Eu-Complex) was used as the precursor, then nanotubes of EuF3 were fabricated from the precursor and NaF. Secondly, the EuF3 nanotubes reacted with acrylic acid (AA) and converted into vinyl decorated nanotubes. Finally, the decorated nanotubes copolymerized with N-isopropylacrylamide via free radical polymerization and thermosensitive EuF3 nanotubes/poly (N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAm) nanogels were prepared. In order to investigate the mechanism to produce the nanotubes, the morphology structures of samples at different reaction stages were studied via TEM, and the formation mechanism of nanotubes is proposed. The chemical composition was confirmed by FTIR, XRD, XPS and elemental analyzer. The optical property of the as-prepared nanotubes and the nanogels was investigated in detail by photoluminescence (PL). The results suggest that, compared with their bulk counterparts, the nanogels present different thermosensitive fluorescence behavior, for instance, around their low critical solution temperature (LCST), the variation of PL emission intensity of the nanogels is slightly gentler.

  5. Strong coupling between Eu2+ spins and Fe2As2 layers in EuFe1.9Co0.1As2 observed with NMR

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    Guguchia, Z.; Roos, J.; Shengelaya, A.; Katrych, S.; Bukowski, Z.; Weyeneth, S.; Murányi, F.; Strässle, S.; Maisuradze, A.; Karpinski, J.; Keller, H.

    2011-04-01

    A combination of x-ray diffraction, magnetization, and As75 nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) experiments were performed on single-crystal EuFe1.9Co0.1As2. The strength of the hyperfine interaction between the As75 nuclei and the Eu2+ 4f states suggests a strong coupling between the Eu2+ moments and the Fe1.9Co0.1As2 layers. Such a strong interlayer coupling may be due to an indirect exchange interaction between the localized Eu2+ 4f moments, mediated by the Fe 3d conduction electrons. Magnetic susceptibility as well as As75-NMR measurements reveal a decrease of the SDW transition temperature to TSDW = 120 K as a result of Co doping. A change of the slope in the temperature dependence of the NMR frequency of the As75 lower-satellite line was observed at 225 K. At the same temperature also a change of the satellite line shape was found. These changes of the NMR spectra may be caused by the formation of a nematic phase below 225 K in EuFe1.9Co0.1As2.

  6. Interplay between magnetism and superconductivity in EuFe2-xCoxAs2 studied by 57Fe and 151Eu Mössbauer spectroscopy

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    Błachowski, A.; Ruebenbauer, K.; Żukrowski, J.; Bukowski, Z.; Rogacki, K.; Moll, P. J. W.; Karpinski, J.

    2011-11-01

    The compound EuFe2-xCoxAs2 was investigated by means of 57Fe and 151Eu Mössbauer spectroscopy versus temperature (4.2-300 K) for x = 0 (parent), x = 0.34-0.39 (superconductor), and x = 0.58 (overdoped). It was found that the spin density wave (SDW) is suppressed by Co substitution; however, it survives in the region of superconductivity, but iron spectra exhibit some nonmagnetic components in the superconducting region. Europium orders magnetically, regardless of the cobalt concentration, with the spin reorientation from the a-axis in the parent compound toward the c-axis with increasing replacement of iron by cobalt. The reorientation takes place close to the a-c plane. Some trivalent europium appears in EuFe2-xCoxAs2 versus substitution due to the chemical pressure induced by Co atoms, and it experiences some transferred hyperfine field from Eu2+. Iron experiences some transferred field due to the europium ordering for substituted samples in the SDW and nonmagnetic state both, while the transferred field is undetectable in the parent compound. Superconductivity coexists with the 4f-europium magnetic order within the same volume. It seems that superconductivity has some filamentary character in EuFe2-xCoxAs2, and it is confined to the nonmagnetic component seen by the iron Mössbauer spectroscopy.

  7. Complex incommensurate helicoidal magnetic ordering of EuNiGe3

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    Ryan, D. H.; Cadogan, J. M.; Rejali, Rasa; Boyer, C. D.

    2016-07-01

    151Eu Mössbauer spectroscopy and neutron powder diffraction are combined to show that the tetragonal (I4mm #107) compound EuNiGe3 orders magnetically below {{T}\\text{N}}∼ 14 K and adopts a complex incommensurate helicoidal magnetic structure at 3.6 K, with a propagation vector \\mathbf{k}=≤ft[0.255(1),~0.054(14),~0\\right] and a Eu moment of 7.1(2) {μ\\text{B}} . On warming through 6 K an incommensurate sinusoidal modulation develops and dominates the magnetic order by 12 K.

  8. Lutetium-doped EuO films grown by molecular-beam epitaxy

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    Melville, A.; Heeg, T.; Mairoser, T.; Schmehl, A.; Shai, D. E.; Monkman, E. J.; Harter, J. W.; Hollaender, B.; Schubert, J.; Shen, K. M.; Mannhart, J.; Schlom, D. G.

    2012-05-28

    The effect of lutetium doping on the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of epitaxial EuO thin films grown by reactive molecular-beam epitaxy is experimentally investigated. The behavior of Lu-doped EuO is contrasted with doping by lanthanum and gadolinium. All three dopants are found to behave similarly despite differences in electronic configuration and ionic size. Andreev reflection measurements on Lu-doped EuO reveal a spin-polarization of 96% in the conduction band, despite non-magnetic carriers introduced by 5% lutetium doping.

  9. A Eu/Tb-mixed MOF for luminescent high-temperature sensing

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    Wang, Huizhen; Zhao, Dian; Cui, Yuangjing; Yang, Yu; Qian, Guodong

    2017-02-01

    Temperature measurements and thermal mapping using luminescent MOF operating in the high-temperature range are of great interest in the micro-electronic diagnosis. In this paper, we report a thermostable Eu/Tb-mixed MOF Eu0.37Tb0.63-BTC-a exhibiting strong luminescence at elevated temperature, which can serve as a ratiometric luminescent thermometer for high-temperature range. The high-temperature operating range (313-473 K), high relative sensitivity and accurate temperature resolution, make such a Eu/Tb-mixed MOF useful for micro-electronic diagnosis.

  10. The electronic and optical properties of Eu/Si-codoped anatase TiO2 photocatalyst

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    Lin, Yanming; Jiang, Zhenyi; Hu, Xiaoyun; Zhang, Xiaodong; Fan, Jun

    2012-03-01

    The electronic and optical properties of Eu/Si-codoped anatase TiO2 are investigated using the density functional theory. The calculated results show that the synergistic effects of Eu/Si codoping can effectively extend the optical absorption edge, which can lead to higher visible-light photocatalytic activities than pure anatase TiO2. To verify the reliability of our calculated results, nanocrystalline Eu/Si-codoped TiO2 is prepared by a sol-gel-solvothermal method, and the experimental results also indicate that the codoping sample exhibits better absorption performance and higher photocatalytic activities than pure TiO2.

  11. Synthesis and characterization of Eu3+:YAG nanopowder by precipitation method

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    Balaji, D.; Thangaraju, D.; Durairajan, A.; Babu, S. Moorthy

    2013-02-01

    Eu3+:Y3Al5O12 (Eu3+:YAG) nanopowder has been synthesized by reverse co-precipitation method. Cubic YAG structure was obtained at 850 °C calcination. FE-SEM micrographs confirm that YAG:Eu3+ particles are homogeneous sphere like morphology with average particle size of 50-70 nm. The crystalline phosphors showed orange - red emission with magnetic dipole transition 5D0→7F1 (590 nm) as most prominent group than forced electric dipole transition 5D0→7F2 (610nm).

  12. Eu-doped 6LiF-SrF2 eutectic scintillators for neutron detection

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    Yanagida, Takayuki; Fukuda, Kentaro; Fujimoto, Yutaka; Kawaguchi, Noriaki; Kurosawa, Shunsuke; Yamazaki, Atsushi; Watanabe, Kenichi; Futami, Yoshisuke; Yokota, Yuui; Pejchal, Jan; Yoshikawa, Akira; Uritani, Akira; Iguchi, Tetsuo

    2012-03-01

    Eu2+ 0.05%, 0.1%, and 0.2% activated LiF-SrF2 eutectic scintillators were prepared by the Bridgman method using 6Li enriched (95%) raw material. The α-ray-induced radio luminescence spectra showed intense emission peak at 430 nm due to an emission from Eu2+ 5d-4f transition in the Eu:SrF2 layers. When excited by 252Cf neutrons, all the samples exhibited almost the same light yields of 5000-7000 ph/n with a typical decay times of several hundreds ns.

  13. Preparation and fluorescence property of red-emitting Eu{sup 3+}-activated amorphous calcium silicate phosphor

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    Kojima, Yoshiyuki; Kamei, Shinnosuke; Nishimiya, Nobuyuki

    2010-02-15

    This paper describes the energy efficient synthesis of a red-emitting Eu{sup 3+}-activated amorphous calcium silicate phosphor produced by heating a Eu{sup 3+}-activated calcium silicate hydrate phosphor. Concentration quenching of the Eu{sup 3+}-activated calcium silicate hydrate phosphor was not observed and the emission intensity did not decrease up to a Eu/(Ca+Eu) atomic ratio of 0.46. Heating of the Eu{sup 3+}-activated calcium silicate hydrate (Eu/(Ca+Eu) atomic ratio = 0.32) phosphor produced an amorphous Eu{sup 3+}-activated calcium silicate phosphor, which had a maximum emission intensity at 870 {sup o}C and emitted in the red under near-ultraviolet irradiation (395 nm). The emission intensity of the Eu{sup 3+}-activated amorphous calcium silicate phosphor was about half that of a commercial BaMgAl{sub 10}O{sub 17}:Eu{sup 2+} phosphor, and shows great potential for application in white light-emitting diodes.

  14. Composites of Eu(3+)-doped calcium apatite nanoparticles and silica particles: comparative study of two preparation methods.

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    Isobe, Ayumu; Takeshita, Satoru; Isobe, Tetsuhiko

    2015-02-10

    We synthesized composites of Eu(3+)-doped calcium apatite (CaAp:Eu(3+)) nanoparticles and silica particles via two methods: (i) in situ synthesis of CaAp:Eu(3+) in the presence of silica particles and (ii) electrostatic adsorption of CaAp:Eu(3+) nanoparticles on silica particle surfaces. In both methods, submicrometer spherical silica particles were covered with CaAp:Eu(3+) nanoparticles without forming any impurity phases, as confirmed by X-ray diffractometry, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. In method i, part of the silica surface acted as a nucleation site for apatite crystals and silica particles were inhomogeneously covered with CaAp:Eu(3+) nanoparticles. In method ii, positively charged CaAp:Eu(3+) nanoparticles were homogeneously adsorbed on the negatively charged silica surface through electrostatic interactions. The bonds between the silica surface and CaAp:Eu(3+) nanoparticles are strong enough not to break under ultrasonic irradiation, irrespective of the synthetic method used. The composite particles showed red photoluminescence corresponding to 4f → 4f transitions of Eu(3+) under near-UV irradiation. Although the absorption coefficient of the forbidden 4f → 4f transitions of Eu(3+) was small, the red emission was detectable with a commercial fluorescence microscope because the CaAp:Eu(3+) nanoparticles accumulated on the silica particle surfaces.

  15. Synthesis and luminescent properties of complexes of Eu(III) with 2-thienyltrifluoroacetonate, terephthalic acid and phenanthroline

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    Zhao, X. H.; Huang, K. L.; Jiao, F. P.; Liu, S. Q.; Liu, Z. G.; Hu, S. Q.

    2007-09-01

    This work reports the synthesis and luminescent properties of complexes of europium(III) with 2-thienyltrifluoroacetonate (HTTA), terephthalic acid (TPA) and phenanthroline (Phen), in the solid state. The new complexes were characterized by elemental analysis, infrared (IR) spectroscopy, scanning electronic microscopy (SEM) and thermal stability analysis. Both binuclear complex Eu2(TPA)(TTA)4Phen2 and polynuclear complex Eu(TPA)(TTA)Phen present better thermal stability than the mononuclear complex Eu(TTA)3Phen does. The formation of the binuclear/polynuclear structure of the complexes appears to be responsible for the enhancement of the thermal stability. The emission spectra show narrow emission bands that arise from the 5D0→7FJ (J=0 4) transition of the Eu3+ ion. The spectral data of the complexes Eu(TPA)(TTA)Phen and Eu2(TPA)(TTA)4Phen2 present only one sharp peak in the region of the 5D0→7F0 transition indicating that only one Eu3+ ion species is present in each sample. In addition, the luminescence decay curves of the complexes Eu(TPA)(TTA)Phen and Eu2(TPA)(TTA)4Phen2 fit a single-exponential decay law. The values of quantum efficiencies of the emitting 5D0 level for the complexes Eu(TPA)(TTA)Phen and Eu2(TPA)(TTA)4Phen2 are 29% and 28%, respectively.

  16. Anomalous Hall effect in the prospective spintronic material Eu1-x Gd x O integrated with Si.

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    Parfenov, Oleg E; Averyanov, Dmitry V; Tokmachev, Andrey M; Taldenkov, Alexander N; Storchak, Vyacheslav G

    2016-06-08

    Remarkable properties of EuO make it a versatile spintronic material. Despite numerous experimental and theoretical studies of EuO, little is known about the anomalous Hall effect in this ferromagnet. So far, the effect has not been observed in bulk EuO, though has been detected in EuO films with uncontrolled distribution of defects. In the present work doping is taken under control: epitaxial films of Gd-doped EuO are synthesized integrated with Si using molecular beam epitaxy and characterized with x-ray diffraction and magnetization measurements. Nanoscale transport studies reveal the anomalous Hall effect in the ferromagnetic region for samples with different Gd concentration. The saturated anomalous Hall effect conductivity value of 5.0 S·cm(-1) in Gd-doped EuO is more than an order of magnitude larger than those reported so far for Eu chalcogenides doped with anion vacancies.

  17. Blue emission of YMO 4:Eu 2+ (M=V,P) nanocrystals prepared through facile wet process

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    Iwasaki, Mitsunobu; Yamashita, Naoki; Taguchi, Masato; Karuppucharmy, Subbian; Ito, Seishiro; Park, Wonkyu

    2006-08-01

    Nanometer-sized YPO 4:Eu and YVO 4:Eu particles were prepared from alkaline alcohol-water mixture with Y(NO 3) 3 6H IIO, EuCl 3 and H 3PO 4 (or NH 4VO 4) under reflux. The resultant particles were well crystallized ranging 10-50 nm in diameter by changing reaction conditions. Europium ions in YPO 4:Eu and YVO 4:Eu was successfully reduced to Eu 2+ ions by sodium borohydride under reflux. The peak position of blue emission due to Eu 2+ ions (4f-5d transition) in nanocrystals was different among the materials (Y IIO 3, YVO 4 and YPO 4).

  18. Synthesis and determination of the structural and optical characteristics of cBN micropowder with Eu{sup 3+} ions

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    Leonchik, S. V. Karotki, A. V.

    2013-10-15

    Cubic boron-nitride micropowder with Eu{sup 3+} ions (cBN:Eu) is synthesized under conditions of high pressures and temperatures. The structural, morphological, chemical, and optical characteristics of the cBN:Eu micropowder are studied using X-ray diffraction, energy-dispersive X-ray spectral microanalysis, photoluminescence, and optical transmission methods. It is found that the cBN:Eu lattice parameter is {approx}3.615 A. The intense red luminescence of the cBN:Eu micropowder (red glow), measured in the visible region of the spectrum in the range from 550 to 750 nm, is attributed to intracenter 4f-electron transitions of the Eu{sup 3+} ions. The possible nature of the cBN:Eu micropowder luminescence is discussed.

  19. The role of the Eu3+ concentration on the SrMoO4:Eu phosphor properties: synthesis, characterization and photophysical studies.

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    Marques, Ana Paula A; Tanaka, Marcos Takashi S; Longo, Elson; Leite, Edson R; Rosa, Ieda Lucia Viana

    2011-05-01

    SrMoO(4) doped with rare earth are still scarce nowadays and have attracted great attention due to their applications as scintillating materials in electro-optical like solid-state lasers and optical fibers, for instance. In this work Sr(1-x)Eu(x)MoO(4) powders, where x=0.01; 0.03 and 0.05, were synthesized by Complex Polymerization (CP) Method. The structural and optical properties of the SrMoO(4):Eu(3+) were analyzed by powder X-ray diffraction patterns, Fourier Transform Infra-Red (FTIR), Raman Spectroscopy, and through Photoluminescent Measurements (PL). Only a crystalline scheelite-type phase was obtained when the powders were heat-treated at 800 °C for 2 h, 2θ=27.8° (100% peak). The excitation spectra of the SrMoO(4):Eu(3+) (λ(Em.)=614 nm) presented the characteristic band of the Eu(3+5)L(6) transition at 394 nm and a broad band at around 288 nm ascribed to the charge-transfer from the O (2p) state to the Mo (4d) one in the SrMoO(4) matrix. The emission spectra of the SrMoO(4):Eu(3+) powders (λ(Exc.)=394 and 288 nm) show the group of sharp emission bands among 523-554 nm and 578-699 nm, assigned to the (5)D(1)→(7)F(0,1 and 2) and (5)D(0)→(7)F(0,1,2,3 and 4), respectively. The band related to the (5)D(0)→(7)F(0) transition indicates the presence of Eu(3+) site without inversion center. This hypothesis is strengthened by the fact that the band referent to the (5)D(0)→(7)F(2) transition is the most intense in the emission spectra.

  20. Eu/Tb codoped spindle-shaped fluorinated hydroxyapatite nanoparticles for dual-color cell imaging

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    Ma, Baojin; Zhang, Shan; Qiu, Jichuan; Li, Jianhua; Sang, Yuanhua; Xia, Haibing; Jiang, Huaidong; Claverie, Jerome; Liu, Hong

    2016-06-01

    Lanthanide doped fluorinated hydroxyapatite (FAp) nanoparticles are promising cell imaging nanomaterials but they are excited at wavelengths which do not match the light sources usually found in a commercial confocal laser scanning microscope (CLSM). In this work, we have successfully prepared spindle-shaped Eu/Tb codoped FAp nanoparticles by a hydrothermal method. Compared with single Eu doped FAp, Eu/Tb codoped FAp can be excited by a 488 nm laser, and exhibit both green and red light emission. By changing the amounts of Eu and Tb peaks, the emission in the green region (500-580 nm) can be decreased to the benefit of the emission in the red region (580-720 nm), thus reaching a balanced dual color emission. Using MC3T3-E1 cells co-cultured with Eu/Tb codoped FAp nanoparticles, it is observed that the nanoparticles are cytocompatible even at a concentration as high as 800 μg ml-1. The Eu/Tb codoped FAp nanoparticles are located in the cytoplasm and can be monitored by dual color--green and red imaging with a single excitation light at 488 nm. At a concentration of 200 μg ml-1, the cytoplasm is saturated in 8 hours, and Eu/Tb codoped FAp nanoparticles retain their fluorescence for at least 3 days. The cytocompatible Eu/Tb codoped FAp nanoparticles with unique dual color emission will be of great use for cell and tissue imaging.Lanthanide doped fluorinated hydroxyapatite (FAp) nanoparticles are promising cell imaging nanomaterials but they are excited at wavelengths which do not match the light sources usually found in a commercial confocal laser scanning microscope (CLSM). In this work, we have successfully prepared spindle-shaped Eu/Tb codoped FAp nanoparticles by a hydrothermal method. Compared with single Eu doped FAp, Eu/Tb codoped FAp can be excited by a 488 nm laser, and exhibit both green and red light emission. By changing the amounts of Eu and Tb peaks, the emission in the green region (500-580 nm) can be decreased to the benefit of the emission in the

  1. Bridgman bulk growth and scintillation measurements of SrI2:Eu2+

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    Hawrami, R.; Glodo, J.; Shah, K. S.; Cherepy, N.; Payne, S.; Burger, A.; Boatner, L.

    2013-09-01

    Large diameter Bridgman growth of europium activated strontium iodide SrI2:Eu2+ produces crystals with light yield of up to 115,000 ph/MeV with an excellent light yield proportionality. SrI2:Eu2+ exhibits an outstanding energy resolution of better than 3% FWHM at 662 keV. Its emission is centered at 435 nm. The scintillation decays with a 1 μs time constant for small samples and up to 5 μs to larger crystals. This paper presents successful progress made in the vertical Bridgman crystal growth of SrI2:Eu2+ and its scintillator properties. Large diameter, crack-free and transparent SrI2:Eu2+single crystals with diameters of 1 in., 1.3 in., 1.5 in. and 2 in. were all successfully grown.

  2. The Politics of Global Value Chains: Import-dependent Firms and EU-Asia Trade Agreements.

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    Eckhardt, Jappe; Poletti, Arlo

    2016-01-01

    In 2006, the European Commission released its Global Europe Communication, in which it announced a shift from a multilateral to a bilateral trade strategy. One of the key pillars of this new strategy was to strengthen the bilateral trade relations with key Asian countries. In contrast to existing analyses that focus on European Union (EU) decision makers' agency, we propose an explanation for this notable shift in the EU's trade policy that stresses the political role of import-dependent firms. In light of the increasing integration of such firms into global value chains, the article argues that a plausible case can be made, both theoretically and empirically, that import-dependent firms had a clear stake in the signing of preferential trade agreements between the EU and Asian countries and that their lobbying efforts significantly affected the EU's decision to start negotiations with South Korea, India and Vietnam.

  3. Analysis of Energy Intensive Enterprises under EU Emission Trading System in Latvia

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    Zahare, Dace; Rosa, Marika

    2011-01-01

    Climate change and global warming has become one of the main topics worldwide. The European Union Emission Trading System (EU ETS) was established to limit climate change, providing regulations which encourage companies to invest in cleaner production and more energy efficient production. Latvian energy intensive enterprises are operating under the EU ETS from the year 2005. The main goal of this paper is to provide an analysis of energy intensive installations in terms of their energy efficiency. Additionally, an analysis of EU ETS phase III which will start to operate in 2013 under new, more stringent rules has been conducted by modelling three Latvian energy intensive enterprise operations under this phase and estimating the barriers to meet the goal of the EU ETS phase III.

  4. Modification of luminescence spectra of CaF2:Eu2+.

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    Singh, Vartika S; Joshi, C P; Moharil, S V; Muthal, P L; Dhopte, S M

    2015-11-01

    CaF2:Eu(2+) is a well known phosphor having efficient excitation in the near ultraviolet (NUV) range. Phosphors with NUV excitation are required in newly emerging applications such as photoluminescence liquid crystal displays (PLLCD), solid-state lighting (SSL), and down-conversion for solar cells. However, emission of CaF2:Eu(2+) is around 424 nm. Eye sensitivity drops considerably at these wavelengths. It is thus not useful for display applications for which emission in one of the primary colours (blue - 450 nm, green - 540 nm or red - 610 nm) is required. Efforts were made to modify the Photoluminescence (PL) spectra of CaF2:Eu(2+) to meet these requirements using co-dopants. A Ca0.49 Sr0.50 Eu0.01 F2 phosphor showing better colour coordinates and having an emission maximum around 440 nm was discovered during these studies.

  5. Vaterite-type YBO 3:Eu 3+ crystals: hydrothermal synthesis, morphology and photoluminescence properties

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    Zhang, Jie; Lin, Jun

    2004-10-01

    Vaterite-type YBO 3:Eu 3+ crystals with interesting flower and hedgehog fungus-like structures composed of nanosheets were obtained by controlled crystallization of Y 2O 3 and Eu 2O 3 in H 3BO 3 solutions under acidic hydrothermal (HT) conditions. Nanosheets of uniform thicknesses were formed by preferential crystal growth along the (1 0 0) crystallographic plane and specific three-dimensional structures were further developed through a homocentric growth mechanism. Optical emission measurements showed that the HT-grown nanosheet crystals exhibited a higher ratio of the emitted red-to-orange light ratio than crystals grown from solid-state reactions. The photoluminescence intensity and emission lifetimes were also studied as a function of the Eu 3+ dopant concentration and the HT synthesis temperature. The effect of some additives: a chelating ligand, a surfactant and a polymer, on the YBO 3:Eu 3+ crystals morphology was also investigated.

  6. Draft genome sequences of Phytophthora kernoviae and Phytophthora ramorum lineage EU2 from Scotland.

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    Sambles, Christine; Schlenzig, Alexandra; O'Neill, Paul; Grant, Murray; Studholme, David J

    2015-12-01

    Newly discovered Phytophthora species include invasive pathogens that threaten trees and shrubs. We present draft genome assemblies for three isolates of Phytophthora kernoviae and one isolate of the EU2 lineage of Phytophthora ramorum, collected from outbreak sites in Scotland.

  7. EuFe2(As(1-x)P(x))2: reentrant spin glass and superconductivity.

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    Zapf, S; Jeevan, H S; Ivek, T; Pfister, F; Klingert, F; Jiang, S; Wu, D; Gegenwart, P; Kremer, R K; Dressel, M

    2013-06-07

    By systematic investigations of the magnetic, transport, and thermodynamic properties of single crystals of EuFe(2)(As(1-x)P(x))(2) (0≤x≤1), we explore the complex interplay of superconductivity and Eu(2+) magnetism. Below 30 K, two magnetic transitions are observed for all P substituted crystals, suggesting a revision of the phase diagram. In addition to the canted A-type antiferromagnetic order of Eu(2+) at ∼20  K, a spin glass transition is discovered at lower temperatures. Most remarkably, the reentrant spin glass state of EuFe(2)(As(1-x)P(x))(2) coexists with superconductivity around x≈0.2.

  8. Photoluminescence properties of Tb-Eu-Mn-codoped fluoroborate glasses under γ-irradiation

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    Hari Babu, B.; Ravi Kanth Kumar, V. V.

    2013-09-28

    We report here an energy transfer from Tb{sup 3+} to Eu{sup 3+}, Mn{sup 2+} and Eu{sup 2+} to Tb{sup 3+} and Mn{sup 2+} for an un-irradiated and γ-irradiated B{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Na{sub 2}O-SrF{sub 2} glass samples, respectively. The blue emission from Eu{sup 2+} ions as well as green and red emission from Tb{sup 3+}, Eu{sup 3+}, and Mn{sup 2+} ions will contribute to the generation of white light while excited at 339 nm using a xenon lamp. Furthermore, the chromaticity color coordinates, correlated color temperature, and quantum efficiency parameters are calculated for all the glass samples, and their relative variations with respect to γ-irradiation dose are presented.

  9. Influence of Li-codoping on the radiation hardness of CsBr:Eu{sup 2+}

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    Zimmermann, J.; Hesse, S.; Seggern, H. von; Fuchs, M.; Knuepfer, W.

    2007-06-01

    The poor radiation hardness of the otherwise excellent x-ray storage phosphor CsBr:Eu{sup 2+} constitutes a problem for its commercial application in medical diagnostics. X-ray induced vacancy centers such as M-centers enhance the diffusion of Eu{sup 2+} activators resulting in a formation of photostimulated luminescence (PSL) inactive europium clusters or second phases of europium compounds. The present study investigates the influence of Li-codoping on the radiation hardness of CsBr:Eu{sup 2+}. It is reported that the integration of Li{sup +} into the CsBr:Eu{sup 2+} suppresses the generation of M-centers during x-irradiation and thereby partially improves the radiation hardness.

  10. Quantum oscillations in EuFe2As2 single crystals

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    Rosa, P. F. S.; Zeng, B.; Adriano, C.; Garitezi, T. M.; Grant, T.; Fisk, Z.; Balicas, L.; Johannes, M. D.; Urbano, R. R.; Pagliuso, P. G.

    2014-11-01

    Quantum oscillation measurements provide relevant information about the Fermi surface (FS) properties of strongly correlated metals. Here, we report on the Shubnikov-de Haas effect via high-field resistivity measurements of EuFe2As2 (Eu122) and BaFe2As2 (Ba122) single crystals. Although both pnictide compounds are isovalent with similar effective masses and density of states, at the Fermi level, our results reveal subtle changes in their fermiology. Remarkably, although the spin-density-wave (SDW) ordering temperature is higher in the Eu-rich end, Eu122 displays a much more isotropic and three-dimensional-like FS when compared with Ba122, in agreement with band structure calculations. Our experimental results suggest an anisotropic contribution of the Fe 3 d orbitals to the FS in Ba122. We speculate that this orbital differentiation may be responsible for the suppression of the SDW phase in the FeAs-based compounds.

  11. Luminescence characteristics of Sr 4Al 14O 25:Eu,Dy under proton irradiation

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    Toh, K.; Nagata, S.; Tsuchiya, B.; Shikama, T.

    2006-08-01

    Fluorescence and long lasting emission properties of Sr4Al14O25:Eu, Dy were examined under proton irradiation by varying incident energy. The fluorescence spectra have three strong peaks at 400, 480 and 570 nm. The first two peaks are attributed to the luminescence of Eu2+ and exhibit the long lasting property. The peak at 570 nm is attributed to the luminescence of Dy3+; it exhibits no luminescence after the irradiation has been stopped. The fluorescence intensity ratio of Eu2+/Dy3+ exhibits incident energy dependence, and its value increases with an increase in the proton energy. Radiation damages also exhibits incident energy dependence. Therefore, Sr4Al14O25:Eu, Dy exhibits a potential of being employed to identify the incident proton energy. Long lasting emission has some decay time components and the longest one is unaltered by proton energy.

  12. Hydrothermal synthesis of SrCO 3:Eu 3+/Tb 3+ microneedles and their luminescence properties

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    Yang, Jun; Liu, Xiaoming; Li, Chunxia; Quan, Zewei; Kong, Deyan; Lin, Jun

    2007-05-01

    SrCO 3:Eu 3+/Tb 3+ microneedles that grow along the a-axis were successfully prepared through a large-scale and facile hydrothermal method without any template and further annealing treatment. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and photoluminescence (PL) spectra as well kinetic decays, were used to characterize the samples. The preferential growth along a-axis for SrCO 3:Eu 3+/Tb 3+ microneedles has been proposed through analysis of the XRD patterns of samples obtained at different hydrothermal treatment time. Under ultraviolet excitation, the SrCO 3:Eu 3+ and SrCO 3:Tb 3+ microneedle samples show a strong red and green emission corresponding to the 5D 0- 7F J ( J=1, 2, 3, 4) transitions of Eu 3+ and the 5D 4- 7F J ( J=6, 5, 4, 3) transitions of Tb 3+, respectively, which have potential applications in lighting fields.

  13. Synthesis and red emission of Eu3+ doped LaBWO6 nanorods

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    Liu, Zhijian; Wang, Xiaoyan; Xu, Wenlu; Xia, Zhengbing

    2016-01-01

    Eu3+ ions doped LaBWO6 phosphors were synthesized by a facile hydrothermal method. The phase, morphology and luminescence properties of the obtained samples were characterized. The XRD, Raman and IR results showed that the obtained samples have the orthorhombic phase, indicating the doped Eu3+ will not change the phase of host. The TEM and SEM images showed that the obtained sample have the rod-like morphology. The excitation spectrum showed that Eu3+ ions doped LaBWO6 phosphors have excitation bands ranging from the ultraviolet region to blue region. The emission spectra showed that Eu3+ ions doped LaBWO6 phosphors emit dominate red light under 281, 394 and 464 nm excitations. And the decay of the red emission fitted well with the double exponential function.

  14. Biodiversity funds and conservation needs in the EU under climate change.

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    Lung, Tobias; Meller, Laura; van Teeffelen, Astrid J A; Thuiller, Wilfried; Cabeza, Mar

    2014-07-01

    Despite ambitious biodiversity policy goals, less than a fifth of the European Union's (EU) legally protected species and habitats show a favorable conservation status. The recent EU biodiversity strategy recognizes that climate change adds to the challenge of halting biodiversity loss, and that an optimal distribution of financial resources is needed. Here, we analyze recent EU biodiversity funding from a climate change perspective. We compare the allocation of funds to the distribution of both current conservation priorities (within and beyond Natura 2000) and future conservation needs at the level of NUTS-2 regions, using modelled bird distributions as indicators of conservation value. We find that funding is reasonably well aligned with current conservation efforts but poorly fit with future needs under climate change, indicating obstacles for implementing adaptation measures. We suggest revising EU biodiversity funding instruments for the 2014-2020 budget period to better account for potential climate change impacts on biodiversity.

  15. Modulated ferromagnetic ordering and the magnetocaloric response of Eu{sub 4}PdMg

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    Ryan, D. H. Legros, Anaëlle; Niehaus, Oliver; Pöttgen, Rainer; Cadogan, J. M.; Flacau, R.

    2015-05-07

    Neutron powder diffraction confirms that the primary ordering mode in Eu{sub 4}PdMg is ferromagnetic with a europium moment of 6.5(2) μ{sub B}. {sup 151}Eu Mössbauer spectroscopy shows that the unusual linear temperature dependence of the magnetisation reported for this system is an intrinsic property and not an artefact of the applied field. The form and temperature evolution of the {sup 151}Eu Mössbauer spectra strongly suggest that there is an incommensurate modulation to the magnetic structure that modifies the basic ferromagnetic order. This modulated structure may be the origin of the broad magnetocaloric response previously observed in Eu{sub 4}PdMg.

  16. Measuring the Process Variability in Triboluminescence Emission Yield for EuD4TEA

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    Hollerman, William A.; Fontenot, Ross S.; Bhat, Kamala N.; Aggarwal, Mohan D.

    2012-11-01

    Europium dibenzoylmethide triethylammonium (EuD4TEA) is one of the brightest known triboluminescent materials. Emission from EuD4TEA can be seen in daylight and has been found to be more than twice as bright compared to inorganic ZnS compounds. Using a custom-built drop tower, the triboluminescent emission yield for five batches of EuD4TEA was measured. Results show that the measurement variance for the drop tower is less than 9 pct. In addition, no statistically significant batch-to-batch variations in the triboluminescent emission yield were observed for the synthesized EuD4TEA. It can be inferred that the measurement uncertainty for the triboluminescent emission yield between batches is, at most, on the order of a few percent.

  17. Residual stress inspection by Eu3+ photoluminescence piezo-spectroscopy: An application in thermal barrier coatings

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    Zhao, Yu; Ma, Chunli; Huang, Fengxian; Wang, Chunjie; Zhao, Sumei; Cui, Qiliang; Cao, Xueqiang; Li, Fangfei

    2013-08-01

    A non-destructive inspection technique was developed to measure the residual stresses in thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) by using Eu3+ photoluminescence piezo-spectroscopy. The new approach is based on the relationship between stress and the position of the main peak of 5D0→7F2 transition, which is built by the high-pressure techniques. The Eu3+ luminescent sublayer was applied in the current method to ensure that the detected position in TBCs can be well controlled. The laser used to detect Eu3+ luminescence gives a proper penetration depth and spatial resolution, which make this method suitable to detect the stresses concentrated near the interfaces between different layers. This method was successfully applied in detecting residual stress in plasma sprayed TBCs with a 8YSZ:Eu (1 mol. %) sublayer.

  18. Local structure investigation of Eu doped SrSnO3 samples surrounding Sr site

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    Basu, S.; Patel, D. K.; Sudarsan, V.; Kulshreshtha, S. K.; Jha, S. N.; Bhattacharyya, D.

    2013-02-01

    In the present study, Eu doped SrSnO3 samples have been prepared and the local structure surrounding Sr atom has been studied by Synchrotron based EXAFS measurements at Sr K-edge (16105 eV). EXAFS analysis show that the average Sr-O bond distances show a marginal increase compared to the undoped sample. There is a general decreasing trend in the coordination number values for all samples upto 3% Eu doped SrSnO3. The introduction of Eu3+ replacing Sr2+ creates anionic vacancies to preserve the electronegativity in the system. The 4% Eu doped SrSnO3 sample shows unusually high coordination values in both Sr-O and Sr-Sn shell thus confirming increased perturbation in the lattice.

  19. Fuel switching in the electricity sector under the EU ETS: Review and prospective

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    Delarue, E.; Voorspools, K.; D'haeseleer, W.

    2008-06-15

    The European Union has implemented the European Union emission trading scheme (EU ETS) as an instrument to facilitate greenhouse gas (GHG) emission abatement stipulated in the Kyoto protocol. Empirical data show that in the early stages of the EU ETS, the value of a ton of CO{sub 2} has already led to emission abatement through switching from coal to gas in the European electric power sector. In the second part of this paper, an electricity generation simulation model is used to perform simulations on the switching behavior in both the first and the second trading periods of the EU ETS. In 2005, the reduction in GHG emissions in the electric power sector due to EU ETS is estimated close to 88 Mton. For the second trading period, a European Union allowance (EUA) price dependent GHG reduction curve has been determined. The obtained switching potential turns out to be significant, up to 300 Mton/year, at sufficiently high EUA prices.

  20. Site spectroscopy of Eu3+ doped- ZnS nanocrystals embedded in sodium carboxymethyl cellulose matrix

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    Ahemen, I.; Meludu, O.; Dejene, F. B.; Viana, B.

    2016-11-01

    The work investigates the incorporation of Eu3+ ion in ZnS crystal through spectroscopic studies. ZnS: Eu3+ nanocrystals was synthesized via the precipitation technique. Elemental composition analysis indicates a non-stoichiometric distribution between Zn and S. X-ray diffraction studies show lattice expansion demonstrating that Eu3+ ions were incorporated in the host lattice. Annealing temperature gave rise to lattice contraction relative to the as-synthesized indicating a partial expulsion of the ion from the crystal due to heat treatment. Eu3+ ions site symmetry probing from optical features show that trivalent europium were situated both at the nanocrystals surface and at the Zn2+ ion site. Weak energy transfer from host to activator ion occurred probably mainly through exchange interaction and the transfer process was defect mediated.

  1. Photoluminescence properties of Tb-Eu-Mn-codoped fluoroborate glasses under γ-irradiation

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    Hari Babu, B.; Ravi Kanth Kumar, V. V.

    2013-09-01

    We report here an energy transfer from Tb3+ to Eu3+, Mn2+ and Eu2+ to Tb3+ and Mn2+ for an un-irradiated and γ-irradiated B2O3-Al2O3-Na2O-SrF2 glass samples, respectively. The blue emission from Eu2+ ions as well as green and red emission from Tb3+, Eu3+, and Mn2+ ions will contribute to the generation of white light while excited at 339 nm using a xenon lamp. Furthermore, the chromaticity color coordinates, correlated color temperature, and quantum efficiency parameters are calculated for all the glass samples, and their relative variations with respect to γ-irradiation dose are presented.

  2. Proposed EU-India free trade agreement could impede manufacture of generic HIV drugs.

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    Chu, Sandra Ka Hon

    2011-04-01

    Medical experts are warning that an international trade agreement being brokered between the European Union (EU) and India could greatly restrict the access of people living with HIV in the developing world to life-saving antiretroviral medication.

  3. Spectroscopic Classification of ASASSN-14eu as a Peculiar Type Ia Supernova

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    Milisavljevic, D.; Parrent, J.; Margutti, R.; Kamble, A.; Drout, M.; Soderberg, A.; Patnaude, D.

    2014-08-01

    A low resolution (R ~ 2000) optical spectrum (range 4000-9400 Angstroms) of ASASSN-14eu (ATel #6360) was obtained August 2.1 UT with the Walter Baade Magellan 6.5m telescope (+ IMACS) at Las Campanas Observatory.

  4. Blue-emitting AlN:Eu{sup 2+} nitride phosphor for field emission displays

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    Hirosaki, N.; Xie, R.-J.; Inoue, K.; Sekiguchi, T.; Dierre, B.; Tamura, K.

    2007-08-06

    An Eu{sup 2+}-activated AlN phosphor was synthesized by firing the powder mixture of AlN, {alpha}-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}, and Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3} at 2050 deg. C for 4 h under 1.0 MPa N{sub 2}. This nitride phosphor emits a strong blue color with the chromaticity coordinates of x=0.139 and y=0.106 at an accelerating voltage of 3 kV. The cathodoluminescence properties of AlN:Eu{sup 2+} was evaluated by utilizing it in the Spindt-type field emission display panel. It shows that the nitride phosphor exhibits higher brightness, higher color purity, lower saturation, and longer lifetime than the currently used Y{sub 2}SiO{sub 5}:Ce{sup 3+}, indicative of the suitability of the AlN:Eu{sup 2+} blue phosphor in field emission displays.

  5. EU-PolarNet: Connecting Science with Society

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    Biebow, N.

    2015-12-01

    The rapid changes occurring in the Polar Regions are significantly influencing global climate with consequences for global society. European and international polar research has contributed critical knowledge to identifying the processes behind these rapid changes but datasets from the Polar Regions are still insufficient to fully understand and more effectively predict the effects of change on our climate and society. This situation can only be improved by a more holistic integrated scientific approach, a higher degree of coordination of polar research and closer cooperation with all relevant actors on an international level. The objectives of EU-PolarNet are to establish an on-going dialogue between policy-makers, business and industry leaders, local communities and scientists to increase mutual understanding and identify new ways of working that will deliver economic and societal benefits. The results of this dialogue will be brought together in an Integrated European Research Programme that will be co-designed with all relevant stakeholders and coordinated with the activities of polar research nations beyond Europe. This programme will be accompanied by a feasible implementation plan to provide the Polar community with the capability to define the nature of environmental risks so that governments can design policy measures to mitigate them and businesses and other stakeholders benefit from the opportunities that are opening up in the Polar Regions.

  6. Photoinduced giant magnetic polarons in EuTe

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    Henriques, A. B.; Naupa, A. R.; Usachev, P. A.; Pavlov, V. V.; Rappl, P. H. O.; Abramof, E.

    2017-01-01

    Photoinduced magnetic polarons in EuTe, with a magnetic moment of several hundred Bohr magnetons, were investigated as a function of pump intensity and temperature by pump-probe Faraday rotation. The quantum efficiency for optical generation of magnetic polarons is found to be 0.09. The pump-intensity dependence of the photoinduced Faraday rotation shows a sublinear increase, from which we deduce that the population of photoexcited polarons is limited by a maximum value of 4.5 ×1015cm-3 . This is four orders of magnitude less than the concentration of polarons that would completely fill the crystal, which suggests that the photoexcited polarons are anchored by defects. In addition to the generation of polarons, at high pump densities the modulated pump light also causes a small alternating heating of the illuminated region. The temperature dependence of the polaron magnetic moment is well described by the Curie-Weiss law. Above 100 K, polarons are thermally quenched with an activation energy of 11 meV.

  7. The potential role of Neutral Beam Injection in EU DEMO

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    Vincenzi, Pietro; Artaud, Jean-Francois; Bolzonella, Tommaso; Giruzzi, Gerardo

    2016-10-01

    EU DEMO studies for pulsed (DEMO1) and steady-state (DEMO2) concepts are currently in the pre-conceptual phase. Present DEMO1 design is based on ITER baseline H-mode scenario, while DEMO2 is based on advanced scenarios with moderate reversed q profile sustained by non-inductive currents. One of the possible flattop heating power systems currently considered is Neutral Beam Injection (NBI). In this work the role of NBI in DEMO1 and DEMO2 is investigated by means of integrated simulations of DEMO scenarios using METIS fast tokamak modelling tool. Limitations, requirements and benefits of the use of a NBI system are discussed. For DEMO1 pulsed concept, the role of NBI is mainly central plasma heating for scenario stability (high fusion power H-mode). As a by-product of the tangential injection, NBI is capable of current drive, which is favorable in order to extend the discharge duration. Regarding a steady-state DEMO2 concept, in addition to plasma heating, NBI becomes a direct actuator for the advanced scenario by driving a considerable part of the plasma current. This requires more than 100MW with off-axis injection. The effect of an increase of the injection energy on the driven current density profile is also presented for DEMO2.

  8. Gamma radiation induced changes in nuclear waste glass containing Eu

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    Mohapatra, M.; Kadam, R. M.; Mishra, R. K.; Kaushik, C. P.; Tomar, B. S.; Godbole, S. V.

    2011-10-01

    Gamma radiation induced changes were investigated in sodium-barium borosilicate glasses containing Eu. The glass composition was similar to that of nuclear waste glasses used for vitrifying Trombay research reactor nuclear waste at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, India. Photoluminescence (PL) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) techniques were used to study the speciation of the rare earth (RE) ion in the matrix before and after gamma irradiation. Judd-Ofelt ( J- O) analyses of the emission spectra were done before and after irradiation. The spin counting technique was employed to quantify the number of defect centres formed in the glass at the highest gamma dose studied. PL data suggested the stabilisation of the trivalent RE ion in the borosilicate glass matrix both before and after irradiation. It was also observed that, the RE ion distributes itself in two different environments in the irradiated glass. From the EPR data it was observed that, boron oxygen hole centre based radicals are the predominant defect centres produced in the glass after irradiation along with small amount of E’ centres. From the spin counting studies the concentration of defect centres in the glass was calculated to be 350 ppm at 900 kGy. This indicated the fact that bulk of the glass remained unaffected after gamma irradiation up to 900 kGy.

  9. A self-consistent model describing the thermodynamics of Eu(III) adsorption onto hematite

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    Estes, Shanna L.; Arai, Yuji; Becker, Udo; Fernando, Sandra; Yuan, Ke; Ewing, Rodney C.; Zhang, Jiaming; Shibata, Tomohiro; Powell, Brian A.

    2013-12-01

    The environmental fate of actinides is greatly influenced by interfacial reactions, including adsorption onto solid surfaces where the adsorption of trivalent and tetravalent actinides is generally a very strong and potentially irreversible reaction. Changes in the primary hydration sphere of the actinide during inner-sphere adsorption could greatly influence the thermodynamics of these reactions. However, few researchers have studied actinide adsorption thermodynamics. Therefore, using Eu(III) as an analog for trivalent actinides, we examined the thermodynamics of Eu(III) adsorption onto hematite, with particular emphasis on changes in the Eu(III) coordination number and the influence of temperature upon sorption. Our working hypothesis was that a decrease in hydration number upon adsorption, as indicated by a decrease in coordination number and an increase in adsorption with increasing temperature, results in energetically favorable sorption reactions, which are driven by a large, positive entropy term. To perform these studies, we applied the diffuse layer model to describe Eu(III) adsorption onto hematite at pH values ranging from ∼3 to 7 and at 15, 25, 35, and 50 °C. Additionally, we characterized the Eu(III)-hematite surface complex and changes in the Eu(III) primary hydration sphere using extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (EXAFS) and computational modeling. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) was used to identify possible europium surface precipitates or morphological changes in the hematite. The data indicate that the adsorption reaction (1) is endothermic, (2) proceeds with a decrease in the Eu(III) coordination number, and (3) results in the formation of a bidentate mononuclear surface complex, (tbnd FeO)2Eu+. The enthalpy and entropy values for the formation of this surface complex, which were estimated using a van’t Hoff plot, were 131 ± 8 kJ mol-1 and 439 ± 26 J K-1 mol-1, respectively, indicating that

  10. Eu(3+)-doped gadolinium oxide nanoparticles synthesized by chemical coprecipitation predicted by thermodynamic modeling.

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    Hong, Seung Pyo; Kang, Seung Hee; Kim, Do Kyung; Kang, Bo Sun

    2014-11-01

    Thermodynamic modeling of the Gd(3+)-Eu(3+)-O(2-)-CO3(2-)-Cl- system has been adopted as a rational approach to establish routes to the better synthesis conditions for pure phase Eu(3+)-doped Gd2O3 nanoparticles. Quantitative analyses of the different reaction equilibria involved in the coprecipitation of Gd2(CO3)3 and Eu2(CO3)3 x 3H2O from aqueous solutions have been used to determine the optimum synthesis conditions. The characterization and photoluminescence spectra of Gd2O3 nanoparticles doped with Eu3+ activator ions at the concentrations of 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 mol% synthesized by urea-based homogeneous coprecipitation are presented. The surface of the as-prepared mixture of Gd2(CO3)3 and Eu2(CO3)3 x 3H2O particles are coated with silica to avoid the agglomeration followed by annealing the carbonate precursors at 800 degrees C for 3 hours. Subsequently, the silica shell is removed with an alkali solution resulting in well-crystallized Eu(3+)-doped Gd2O3 nanoparticles. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results show that all the diffraction peaks are well indexed to the cubic Gd2O3 with high crystallinity. The photoluminescence spectra exhibit a characteristic f-f transition band that corresponds to Eu3+. The sharp red emission at 616 nm corresponds to the transition identified as 5D0 __7F2. Both the emission intensity at 616 nm and asymmetry factor of [I(5D0 --> 7F2)/I(5D0 --> 7F1)] exhibit clearly Eu(3+)-doping concentration-dependent luminescence behaviors. The rather fast decay time is closely correlated to the proper occupation of the Eu3+ activator ions in the C2 sites of the Gd2O3 cage, resulting in strong dependence on small changes of the total electric density and defect density. Thus, the best concentration of Eu3+ activator ions for the maximum brightness are the 3 mol% Eu(3+)-doped Gd2O3 at 5D0 --> 7F2 because it shows the longest decay time and more luminescent intensity than the other doping concentrations.

  11. The new EU health strategy: a step forward or another example of 'bureaucracy total control'?

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    Merkel, Bernard

    2008-06-01

    This article sets out the background to and the aims of the European Union (EU) health strategy published by the European Commission in October 2007. It explains the rationale for EU action in health, including the need to ensure effective cooperation in protection of health, and outlines the main principles and objectives of the strategy. Finally, it emphasises the need to implement the strategic goals by close cooperation with the member states and the important role for health professions and civil society.

  12. [EU law on marketing authorization of medicines. History, current state of development and perspectives].

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    Nettesheim, Martin

    2008-07-01

    The article describes the development of EU policies and regulations on the marketing authorization of medicines. First, it describes the changing perspective of the EU towards the regulation of such authorizations. While its original focus was on the liberalization of national markets, it has today assumed overarching political responsibility for the development and marketing of medicines. Second, the article describes the current, rather fragmented regulatory system. Finally, political perspectives on the integration of markets for medicines are developed.

  13. r-process Production Sites as Inferred from Eu Abundances in Dwarf Galaxies

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    Beniamini, Paz; Hotokezaka, Kenta; Piran, Tsvi

    2016-12-01

    Recent observations of r-process material in ultrafaint dwarf galaxies (UFDs) shed light on the sources of these elements. Strong upper limits on the Eu mass in some UFDs, combined with detections of much larger masses in a UFD, Reticulum II, and other dwarf galaxies, imply that Eu production is dominated by rare events, and that the minimal Eu mass observed in any UFD is approximately the amount of Eu mass produced per event. This is consistent with other independent observations in the Galaxy. We estimate, using a model-independent likelihood analysis, the rate and Eu (Fe) mass produced per r-process (Fe production) event in dwarf galaxies, including classical dwarfs and UFDs. The mass and rate of the Fe production events are consistent with the normal core-collapse supernova (CCSN) scenario. The Eu mass per event is 3× {10}-5 {M}⊙ \\lt {\\tilde{m}}{Eu}\\lt 2× {10}-4 {M}⊙ , corresponding to a total r-process mass per event of 6× {10}-3 {M}⊙ \\lt {\\tilde{m}}r {- {process}}\\lt 4× {10}-2 {M}⊙ . The rate of r-process events is 2.5 × 10-4 < R rp/SN < 1.4 × 10-3 as compared with the CCSN rate. These values are consistent with the total Eu mass observed in our own Galaxy, suggesting that the same mechanism is behind the production of r-process events in both dwarf galaxies and the Milky Way, and that it may be the dominant mechanism for production of r-process elements in the universe. The results are consistent with neutron star merger estimates but cannot rule out other rare core-collapse scenarios, provided that they produce significant amounts of r-process material per event.

  14. Study of energy transfer mechanism from ZnO nanocrystals to Eu(3+) ions.

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    Mangalam, Vivek; Pita, Kantisara; Couteau, Christophe

    2016-12-01

    In this work, we investigate the efficient energy transfer occurring between ZnO nanocrystals (ZnO-nc) and europium (Eu(3+)) ions embedded in a SiO2 matrix prepared using the sol-gel technique. We show that a strong red emission was observed at 614 nm when the ZnO-nc were excited using a continuous optical excitation at 325 nm. This emission is due to the radiative (5)D0 → (7)F2 de-excitation of the Eu(3+) ions and has been conclusively shown to be due to the energy transfer from the excited ZnO-nc to the Eu(3+) ions. The photoluminescence excitation spectra are also examined in this work to confirm the energy transfer from ZnO-nc to the Eu(3+) ions. Furthermore, we study various de-excitation processes from the excited ZnO-nc and their contribution to the energy transfer to Eu(3+) ions. We also report the optimum fabrication process for maximum red emission at 614 nm from the samples where we show a strong dependence on the annealing temperature and the Eu(3+) concentration in the sample. The maximum red emission is observed with 12 mol% Eu(3+) annealed at 450 °C. This work provides a better understanding of the energy transfer mechanism from ZnO-nc to Eu(3+) ions and is important for applications in photonics, especially for light emitting devices.

  15. Assessment of Fe(III) and Eu(III) complexation by silicate in aqueous solutions

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    Patten, James T.; Byrne, Robert H.

    2017-04-01

    Prior investigations of Eu3+ complexation by silicate have led to predictions that rare earth silicate complexes (REESiO(OH)32+) are the dominant species of REEs in deep waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The proposed importance of REE-silicate complexes has been used as a foundation to explain oceanic REE profiles. In the present work, we examine the significance of rare earth element complexation by silicate ions. As one fundamental means of assessing prior depictions of REE-silicate formation constant behavior, our work examines the comparative stability constant behavior of Eu(III) and Fe(III). Plots of Eu(III) complexation constants against Fe(III) formation constants, in conjunction with experimental determinations of FeSiO(OH)32+ formation constants, indicate that previously published EuSiO(OH)32+ formation constants are substantially overestimated. Assessment of prior EuSiO(OH)32+ formation constant determinations reveals that results obtained in the presence and absence of silicic acid polymerization are inconsistent. Much larger EuSiO(OH)32+ formation constants are obtained in the presence of polymeric silica. Reanalysis of complexation results obtained under conditions of minimal silicate polymerization leads to a EuSiO(OH)32+ formation constant that is smaller than previously published estimates by as much as a factor of ∼25. The dramatically reduced magnitude of Siβ1(Eu) relative to previously published results indicates that the role of silicate complexation in oceanic REE cycling is much less significant than previously proposed. The spectrophotometric investigations of FeSiO(OH)32+ formation in the present study yield the first characterization of FeSiO(OH)32+ formation constant behavior as a function of ionic strength:

  16. Persistent luminescence of CaMgSi2O6:Eu(2+),Dy(3+) and CaMgSi2O6:Eu(2+),Ce(3+) phosphors prepared using the solid-state reaction method.

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    Chandrakar, P; Baghel, R N; Bisen, D P; Chandra, B P

    2016-02-01

    CaMgSi2O6:Eu(2+),Dy(3+) and CaMgSi2O6:Eu(2+),Ce(3+) phosphors were synthesized using the solid-state reaction method. X-Ray diffraction (XRD) and photoluminescence (PL) analyses were used to characterize the phosphors. The XRD results revealed that the synthesized CaMgSi2O6:Eu(2+),Dy(3+) and CaMgSi2O6:Eu(2+),Ce(3+) phosphors were crystalline and are assigned to the monoclinic structure with a space group C2/c. The calculated crystal sizes of CaMgSi2O6:Eu(2+),Dy(3+) and CaMgSi2O6:Eu(2+),Ce(3+) phosphors with a main (221) diffraction peak were 44.87 and 53.51 nm, respectively. Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) confirmed the proper preparation of the sample. The PL emission spectra of CaMgSi2O6:Eu(2+),Dy(3+) and CaMgSi2O6:Eu(2+),Ce(3+) phosphors have a broad band peak at 444.5 and 466 nm, respectively, which is due to electronic transition from 4f(6) 5d(1) to 4f(7). The afterglow results indicate that the CaMgSi2O6:Eu(2+),Dy(3+) phosphor has better persistence luminescence than the CaMgSi2O6:Eu(2+),Ce(3+) phosphor.

  17. Anisotropic magnetic order of the Eu sublattice in single crystals of EuFe2-xCoxAs2 (x=0,0.2) studied by means of magnetization and magnetic torque

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    Guguchia, Z.; Bosma, S.; Weyeneth, S.; Shengelaya, A.; Puzniak, R.; Bukowski, Z.; Karpinski, J.; Keller, H.

    2011-10-01

    We present a combination of magnetization and magnetic torque experiments to investigate the magnetic orders in undoped EuFe2As2 and Co-doped EuFe1.8Co0.2As2 single crystals. Although at low temperatures typical results for an antiferromagnetic (AFM) state in EuFe2As2 were found, our data strongly indicate the occurrence of a canted antiferromagnetic (C-AFM) order of the Eu2+ moments between 17 and 19 K, observed even in the lowest studied magnetic fields. However, unlike in the parent compound, no low-field and low-temperature AFM state of the Eu2+ moments was observed in the doped EuFe1.8Co0.2As2. Only a C-AFM phase is present at low fields and low temperatures, with a reduced magnetic anisotropy as compared to the undoped system. We discuss for both EuFe2As2 and EuFe1.8Co0.2As2 the experimentally deduced magnetic phase diagrams of the magnetic ordering of the Eu2+ sublattice with respect to the temperature, the applied magnetic field, and its orientation to the crystallographic axes. It is likely that the magnetic coupling of the Eu and the Fe sublattice is strongly dependent on Co doping, having detrimental influence on the magnetic phase diagrams as determined in this work. Their impact on the occurrence of superconductivity with higher Co doping is discussed.

  18. Eu(III) Complexes of Octadentate 1-Hydroxy-2-pyridinones: Stability and Improved Photophysical Performance

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    Moore, Evan G.; D'Aleo, Anthony; Xu, Jide; Raymond, Kenneth N.

    2009-05-29

    The luminescence properties of lanthanoid ions can be dramatically enhanced by coupling them to antenna ligands that absorb light in the UV-visible and then efficiently transfer the energy to the lanthanoid centre. The synthesis and the complexation of Ln{sup III} cations (Ln = Eu, Gd) for a ligand based on four 1-hydroxy-2-pyridinone (1,2-HOPO) chelators appended to a ligand backbone derived by linking two L-lysine units (3LI-bis-LYS) is described. This octadentate Eu{sup III} complex ([Eu(3LI-bis-LYS-1,2-HOPO)]{sup -}) has been evaluated in terms of its thermodynamic stability, UV-visible absorption and luminescence properties. For this complex, the conditional stability constant (pM) is 19.9, which is an order of magnitude higher than diethylenetriaminepentacetic acid at pH = 7.4. This Eu{sup III} complex also shows an almost two-fold increase in its luminescence quantum yield in aqueous solution (pH = 7.4) when compared with other octadentate ligands. Hence, despite a slight decrease of the molar absorption coefficient, a much higher brightness is obtained for [Eu(3LI-bis-LYS-1,2-HOPO)]{sup -}. This overall improvement was achieved by saturating the coordination sphere of the Eu{sup III} cation, yielding an increased metal-centred efficiency by excluding solvent water molecules from the metal's inner sphere.

  19. European Paediatric Formulation Initiative (EuPFI)-Formulating Ideas for Better Medicines for Children.

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    Salunke, Smita; Liu, Fang; Batchelor, Hannah; Walsh, Jenny; Turner, Roy; Ju, Tzuchi Rob; Tuleu, Catherine

    2017-02-01

    The European Paediatric Formulation Initiative (EuPFI), founded in 2007, aims to promote and facilitate the preparation of better and safe medicines for children through linking research and information dissemination. It brings together the capabilities of the industry, academics, hospitals, and regulators within a common platform in order to scope the solid understanding of the major issues, which will underpin the progress towards the future of paediatric medicines we want.The EuPFI was formed in parallel to the adoption of regulations within the EU and USA and has served as a community that drives research and dissemination through publications and the organisation of annual conferences. The membership and reach of this group have grown since its inception in 2007 and continue to develop and evolve to meet the continuing needs and ambitions of research into and development of age appropriate medicines. Five diverse workstreams (age-appropriate medicines, Biopharmaceutics, Administration Devices, Excipients and Taste Assessment & Taste Masking (TATM)) direct specific workpackages on behalf of the EuPFI. Furthermore, EuPFI interacts with multiple diverse professional groups across the globe to ensure efficient working in the area of paediatric medicines. Strong commitment and active involvement of all EuPFI stakeholders have proved to be vital to effectively address knowledge gaps related to paediatric medicines, discuss potential areas for further research and identify issues that need more attention and analysis in the future.

  20. Fluorescence line narrowing spectroscopy of Eu{sup 3+} in zinc-thallium-tellurite glass

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    Tuyen, V.P.; Hayakawa, T.; Nogami, M.; Duclere, J.R-.; Thomas, P.

    2010-11-15

    The environment of Eu{sup 3+} in zinc-thallium-tellurite glass of the molar composition 60TeO{sub 2}-30TlO{sub 0.5}-9.9ZnO-0.1Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3} was investigated by laser-induced fluorescence line narrowing (FLN) techniques using Eu{sup 3+} as a local site probe. From the site selective luminescence spectra of Eu{sup 3+} at 7 K, the energies of the Stark components of the {sup 7}F{sub 1} and {sup 7}F{sub 2} states were recorded and then the crystal field parameters B{sub nm} were calculated assuming a C{sub 2v} site symmetry. The ratios B{sub 22}/B{sub 20} and B{sub 44}/B{sub 40} for each excitation energy within {sup 7}F{sub 0}-{sup 5}D{sub 0} transition were obtained and compared with the values calculated for Eu{sup 3+} in other types of glasses. -- Graphical abstract: Crystal fields parameters B{sub nm} of Eu{sup 3+} ions (strength, distribution) in novel TeO{sub 2}-TlO{sub 0.5}-ZnO glass system. Display Omitted

  1. [Synthesis, characterization and luminescence properties of novel beta-diketone and Eu(III) ternary complex].

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    Cheng, Guo; Wei, Chang-Ping; Ren, Xiao-Ming; Wang, He; Wei, Wen-Tao

    2011-09-01

    The novel beta-diketone 1-(4-bromophenyl)-3-phenylpropane-1, 3-dione (L) was synthesized at room temperature by classical Claisen condensation reaction. With the beta-diketone L as the first ligand and phen as the secondary ligand, and a new rare-earth Eu (III) ternary complex was prepared. The ligand L and ternary complex were characterized by elemental analysis, IR spectra, UV spectra and fluorescence spectra. IR spectra indicated that: the novel ligand L contained the structure of beta-diketone, where the content of enol was high; the Eu3+ ion in the ternary complex was coordinated with six oxygen atoms of three L ligands and two nitrogen atoms of the second ligand phen. UV spectra showed that the main absorption was from the first ligand L in the Eu (III) ternary complex. The excitation and emission spectra of the ternary complex were measured and investigated. Fluorescence spectra demonstrated that the ternary complex could emit characteristic fluorescence of rare earth Eu3+ ion and the strongest emission band was narrow which was attributed to the 5 D0 --> 7 F2 transitions of the 4f electrons of the central Eu3+ ions. So, the new Eu(III) ternary complex is an excellent red-emitter which would be regarded as a valuable material with bright red fluorescence because it presents good monochromaticity.

  2. Transmittance and optical constants of Eu films from 8.3 to 1400 eV

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    Fernández-Perea, Mónica; Vidal-Dasilva, Manuela; Aznárez, José A.; Larruquert, Juan I.; Méndez, José A.; Poletto, Luca; Garoli, Denis; Malvezzi, A. Marco; Giglia, Angelo; Nannarone, Stefano

    2008-12-01

    The optical constants of Eu films were obtained in the 8.3-1400 eV range from transmittance measurements performed at room temperature. Thin films of Eu were deposited by evaporation in ultrahigh vacuum conditions and their transmittance was measured in situ. Eu films were deposited onto grids coated with a thin C support film. The refractive index n of Eu was calculated using the Kramers-Kronig analysis. Data were extrapolated both on the high- and low-energy sides by using experimental and calculated extinction coefficient values available in the literature. Eu, similar to other lanthanides, has a low-absorption band just below the O2,3 edge onset; the lowest absorption was measured at about 16.7 eV. Therefore, Eu is a promising material for filters and multilayer coatings in the energy range below the O2,3 edge in which materials typically have a strong absorption. The consistency of the composite optical constants was tested with the f and inertial sum rules and found to be good.

  3. Fluorescence-Magnetism Functional EuS Nanocrystals with Controllable Morphologies for Dual Bioimaging.

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    Sun, Yuanqing; Wang, Dandan; Zhao, Tianxin; Jiang, Yingnan; Zhao, Yueqi; Wang, Chuanxi; Sun, Hongchen; Yang, Bai; Lin, Quan

    2016-12-14

    Multiple functions incorporated in one single component material offer important applications in biosystems. Here we prepared a divalent state of rare earth EuS nanocrystals (NCs), which provides luminescent and magnetic properties, using both 1-Dodecanethiol (DT) and oleylamine (OLA) as reducing agents. The resultant EuS NCs exhibit controllable shapes, uniform size, and bright luminescence with a quantum yield as high as 3.5%. OLA as a surface ligand plays an important role in tunable morphologies, such as nanowires, nanorods, nanospheres et al. Another attractive nature of the EuS NCs is their paramagnetism at room temperature. In order to expand the biological applications, the resultant EuS NCs were modified with amphiphilic block copolymer F127 and transferred from oil to water phase. The excellent biocompatibility of EuS NCs is demonstrated as well as preservation of their luminescence and paramagnetic properties. The EuS NCs offer multifunction and great advantages of bright luminescence, paramagnetic, controllable morphologies, and good biocompatibility promising applications in the field of simultaneous magnetic resonance and fluorescence bioimaging.

  4. Optical characteristics of the Eu 3+- β-diketonate complex doped into epoxy resin

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    Parra, Duclerc F.; Mucciolo, Adriana; Brito, Hermi F.; Thompson, Larry C.

    2003-02-01

    Preparation of epoxy resins doped with triaquatris(acetylacetonate)europium(III) [Eu(ACAC) 3(H 2O) 3] at 1%, 5%, 10% and 15% and their luminescent properties in the solid state are reported. In addition, the catalytic properties of samples doped with [Eu(TTA) 3(H 2O) 2] (I) and [Eu(ACAC) 3(H 2O) 3] (II) have been compared to that of a physical mixture of epoxy resin containing dicyandiamide (III) in the DSC curing process under heating. It was verified that the product (I) was cured under the same conditions as (III), but that product (II) was not cured. The compounds were characterized by elemental analysis, thermogravimetry (TG), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and infrared spectroscopy. The emission spectra of the Eu 3+-ACAC complex doped in the epoxy resin recorded at 298 and 77 K exhibited the characteristic bands arising from the 5D0→ 7FJ transitions ( J=0-4). The experimental intensity parameter, Ω 2, indicated that the Eu 3+ ion in the precursor complex is in a more polarizable chemical environment than in the doped system. The emitter 5D0 level lifetimes for doped samples (1%, 5%, 10% and 15%) show the luminescence decay curve profiles as single exponentials. The Eu-doped system containing the TTA ligand presented a higher emission quantum efficiency than that with ACAC. The emission quantum efficiencies ( η) are also discussed.

  5. Luminescence properties of the Ca-alpha-sialon:Eu solid solution

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    Pawlik, Tomasz; Michalik, Daniel; Sopicka-Lizer, Malgorzata; Lisiecki, Radosław; Adamczyk, Barbara; Pławecki, Materusz; Mieszczak, Łukasz; Walerczyk, Wiktoria

    2016-09-01

    The Ca,Eu-α-sialon powders with the mixed solid solution composition have been manufactured via the solid-state reaction process in flowing nitrogen in a graphite furnace at a relatively low temperature of 1650 °C without an external overpressure. XRD data with Rielveld refinement and XPS measurements were used for characterization of the lattice constants and the surface chemical composition. The monophase Ca-Eu-α-sialon was obtained with the nominal composition of Eu0.048Ca0.702Si7.75Al2.25O0.75N15.25. The highest emission intensity in a yellow-orange region at 590 nm and quantum efficiency of 66% was found for this pure Ca,Eu-α-sialon. Estimation of m,n values from the lattice constant and EDS results showed a small deviation from the nominal composition of designed α-sialon. XPS results demonstrated significant changes of the chemical composition in the oxidized surface of phosphor particles. Possible reasons of emission redshift and relationship between the actual solid solution composition and luminescence properties are discussed in terms of simultaneous presence of Eu2+ and Eu3+ ions in the sialon crystal lattice and residual oxynitride glass.

  6. Structure and luminescence properties of eu3+-doped cubic mesoporous silica thin films.

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    Lu, Qingshan; Wang, Zhongying; Wang, Peiyu; Li, Jiangong

    2010-02-11

    Eu3+ ions-doped cubic mesoporous silica thin films with a thickness of about 205 nm were prepared on silicon and glass substrates using triblock copolymer as a structure-directing agent using sol-gel spin-coating and calcination processes. X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy analysis show that the mesoporous silica thin films have a highly ordered body-centered cubic mesoporous structure. High Eu3+ ion loading and high temperature calcination do not destroy the ordered cubic mesoporous structure of the mesoporous silica thin films. Photoluminescence spectra show two characteristic emission peaks corresponding to the transitions of5D0-7F1 and 5D0-7F2 of Eu3+ ions located in low symmetry sites in mesoporous silica thin films. With the Eu/Si molar ratio increasing to 3.41%, the luminescence intensity of the Eu3+ ions-doped mesoporous silica thin films increases linearly with increasing Eu3+ concentration.

  7. Management of waste electrical and electronic equipment in two EU countries: A comparison

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    Torretta, Vincenzo; Ragazzi, Marco; Istrate, Irina Aura; Rada, Elena Cristina

    2013-01-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Review on data regarding WEEE management in Italy and in Romania. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Problems that countries that will enter in the EU will have to solve facing with the WEEE management. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Pilot experiences useful for the awareness campaign of the population. - Abstract: The paper presents some data regarding waste electrical and electronic (WEEE) management in one of the founding countries of the EU, Italy, and in a recent entry into the EU, Romania. The aim of this research was to analyze some problems that countries entering the EU will have to solve with respect to WEEE management. The experiences of Italy and Romania could provide an interesting reference point. The strengths and weaknesses that the two EU countries have encountered can be used in order to give a more rational plan for other countries. In Italy the increase of WEEE collection was achieved in parallel with the increase of the efficiency of selective Municipal Solid Waste collection. In Romania, pilot experiences were useful to increase the awareness of the population. The different interests of the two populations towards recyclable waste led to a different scenario: in Romania all types of WEEE have been collected since its entrance into the EU; in Italy the 'interest' in recycling is typically related to large household appliances, with a secondary role of lighting equipment.

  8. Effect of chloride introduction on the optical properties in Eu3+ -doped fluorozirconate glasses

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    Jin, Han; Mo, Zhao-Jun; Zhang, Xiao-Song; Yuan, Lin-Lin; Yan, Ming; Li, Lan

    2016-10-01

    Fluorozirconate glass containing Eu3+ ions and chloride ions are prepared by a meltquenching method. The luminescence behavior of Eu3+ affected by Cl ions is investigated. With increasing Cl ion concentration, the luminous intensity of Eu3+ is significantly enhanced and the quantum efficiency of fluorozirconate glass is improved. Meanwhile, the intensity parameter Ω 2 increases according to the Judd-Ofelt calculation, which indicates the decrease of local symmetry. The average lifetime of Eu3+ increases by introducing the Cl ions. Moreover, we find two kinds of sites for Eu3+ ions in a glass network by analyzing the fluorescence decay. The distribution of Eu3+ ions changes with increasing Cl ion concentration. In addition, the excessive Cl ions lead to the separation of the glass phase and the formation of the crystal phase, thus reducing the transmittance dramatically. Project supported by the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (Grant No. 2013AA014201), the Natural Science Foundation of Tianjin, China (Grant Nos. 14JCZDJC31200, 15JCYBJC16700, and 15JCYBJC16800), the National Key Foundation for Exploring Scientific Instrument of China (Grant No. 2014YQ120351), and the International Cooperation Program from Science and Technology of Tianjin, China (Grant No. 14RCGHGX00872).

  9. Structure and thermoelectric properties of EuTi(O,N)3 ± δ

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    Sagarna, L.; Rushchanskii, K. Z.; Maegli, A.; Yoon, S.; Populoh, S.; Shkabko, A.; Pokrant, S.; Ležaić, M.; Waser, R.; Weidenkaff, A.

    2013-07-01

    After partial substitution of nitrogen for oxygen in EuTiO3, the crystal structure, thermoelectric properties, morphology, and electronic structure of the products were analyzed and compared with pristine EuTiO3. The space group of EuTi(O,N)3 ± δ was orthorhombic Pnma due to the tilt and rotation of the anion octahedra, compared to cubic Pm3¯m of EuTiO3 (at room temperature). The thermoelectric properties of oxynitride polycrystalline bodies sintered in three different ways were investigated in the temperature range of 300 K < T < 950 K. The Seebeck coefficients (S) of the oxynitrides were lower compared with the oxide, and the electrical resistivities (ρ) were increased about one order of magnitude. The activation energies (EA) indicated a larger band gap of EuTi(O,N)3 ± δ when compared to the pristine EuTiO3 (˜1.3 eV compared to 0.98 eV). A morphological characterization by transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy illustrated intrinsic nanopores within the individual particles and weak grain-interconnections indicating poor intergrain electron transport. Ab initio calculations of the electronic structures confirmed a larger band gap of the distorted crystal structure of the oxynitride and showed a decrease of the density of states at the Fermi level, explaining the reduction of the measured S.

  10. Spectroscopy of tetragonal Eu:NaGd(WO4)2 crystal

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    Loiko, P. A.; Vilejshikova, E. V.; Mateos, X.; Serres, J. M.; Dashkevich, V. I.; Orlovich, V. A.; Yasukevich, A. S.; Kuleshov, N. V.; Yumashev, K. V.; Grigoriev, S. V.; Vatnik, S. M.; Bagaev, S. N.; Pavlyuk, A. A.

    2016-07-01

    We report on growth and detailed spectroscopic study of Eu3+-doped tetragonal sodium gadolinium double tungstate, Eu:NaGd(WO4)2, a new promising crystal for deep-red lasers. Large-volume crystal doped with 4.9 at.% Eu is grown by Czochralski method along the [001] crystallographic direction. Absorption of Eu3+ ions is studied at room temperature (RT) and at 6 K. For the absorption band related to the 7F1 → 5D1 transition suitable for pumping of Eu:NaGd(WO4)2, the maximum cross-section is σabs = 1.2 × 10-21 cm2 at 535.5 nm with the full width at half maximum (FWHM) of 3.1 nm (at RT, for E || a polarization). For the 5D0 → 7F4 transition, the maximum stimulated-emission cross-section is σSE = 1.6 × 10-21 cm2 at 698.3 nm (RT, E || c polarization). Lifetime of the 5D0 state is 490 ± 10 μs (at RT). Under UV excitation, Eu:NaGd(WO4)2 provides intense red emission with CIE coordinates (x = 0.671, y = 0.329).

  11. Inconsistencies in data requirements of EU legislation involving tests on animals.

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    Wagner, Kristina; Fach, Bettina; Kolar, Roman

    2012-01-01

    European Union (EU) legislation on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes requires that alternative methods must be used instead of animal tests wherever they are available. Unfortunately, this provision is not implemented to its full extent when it comes to risk assessment of chemicals and new products prior to their authorization and placing on the market in the EU. In this study, we screened data requirements of relevant EU law regarding chemicals (REACH), biocides, pesticides, and food safety (Novel Food) and found that data requirements as part of the risk assessment do not always reflect state-of-the-art science and technology. Most of the data requirements we investigated still include testing on animals for many toxicological endpoints, even though more than 40 alternative testing methods accepted at the level of the EU or the OECD are available. This may be due to a multitude of reasons, including a shortage of both manpower to implement existing knowledge and expertise in the field of alternative methods, as well as unclear and misleading statements on the applicability and state of validation of alternative methods. In conclusion, we strongly suggest a homogeneous EU-wide approach for all areas involving risk assessment of substances with the goal of better implementing the 3Rs and complying with Directive 2010/63/EU. This also would streamline data requirements, save costs on various levels, and enhance product safety for consumers.

  12. Photoluminescence and thermoluminescence characteristics of Sr3 B2 O6 :Eu(2+) yellow phosphor.

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    Ho Van, Tuyen; Nguyen Manh, Son; Vu Xuan, Quang; Bounyavong, Sengthong

    2016-08-01

    Sr3 B2 O6 :Eu(2+) yellow phosphor was prepared by the combustion method. The crystalline structure, photoluminescence and thermoluminescence properties of Sr3 B2 O6 :Eu(2+) were investigated extensively. The X-ray diffraction result indicates that the Sr3 B2 O6 :Eu(2+) phosphor exhibited a rhombohedral crystal structure. The emission spectra under a 435 nm excited wavelength showed an intense broad band peaking at 574 nm, which corresponds to the 4f(6) 5d(1) → 4f(7) transition of Eu(2+) ion. There were two different sites of Sr replaced by Eu in host lattice. The concentration quenching process between Eu(2+) ions is determined and the corresponding concentration quenching mechanism was verified as dipole-quadrupole interaction. The glow curve under 3 Gy β- ray irradiation had the glow peak at 160°C and the average activation energy was defined as about 0.98 eV. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  13. XANES, EXAFS and photoluminescence investigations on the amorphous Eu:HfO2

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    Sharma, Aditya; Varshney, Mayora; Shin, Hyun-Joon; Chae, KeunHwa; Won, Sung Ok

    2017-02-01

    We report detailed investigations on the local electronic/atomic structure and photoluminescence properties of chemically synthesized Eu:HfO2 powders. X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES), extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) and photoluminescence (PL) measurements were performed to analyze the crystal structure, local atomic/electronic structure and luminescence properties of the samples. No crystalline phases were detected with Cu Kα (λ = 1.5418 Å) based XRD; however, local monoclinic structure was confirmed by the Hf L-edge XANES and EXAFS. O K-edge XANES spectral features could be deconvoluted with doublets and triplets in eg and t2g orbitals, respectively, which ascribed to the local monoclinic structure for all of the samples. Eu M5,4-edge XANES confirmed the pre-dominancy of Eu3 + ions in the HfO2 samples with a fractional amount of Eu2 + ions. PL spectra revealed the electric dipole allowed (5D0-7F0,2,4) emission properties of Eu:HfO2 samples. The orange-red emission is ascribed to the Eu interstitial/surface segregation induced defects.

  14. Enhanced emission of nanoSiO2-carried Eu3+ complexes and highly luminescent hybrid nanofibers

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    Wang, Yanxin; Tang, Jianguo; Huang, Linjun; Wang, Yao; Huang, Zhen; Liu, Jixian; Xu, Qingsong; Shen, Wenfei; Belfiroe, Laurence A.

    2013-05-01

    In this research contribution, a novel hybrid nanofiber containing nanoSiO2-carried europium complex nanocrystals [SiO2:Eu(tta)3phen] (htta:α-thenoyltrifluoroacetone; phen:1,10-phenanthroline) in polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) have been achieved by electrospinning technique. The structural investigations indicated that single Eu3+ complex [Eu(tta)3phen (EuTP)] behaves nanocrystals with diameter of ˜20 nm that are embedded onto an amorphous nanoSiO2 (˜500 nm) surface. In contrast to EuTP of the emission spectrum, luminescent intensity of SiO2:Eu(tta)3phen [nSiEuC] is enhanced by nanoSiO2-carrying effect. The hybrid nanofibers exhibit smooth and uniform morphological structure with an average diameter of 180 ± 30 nm. The luminescent intensities of the hybrid nanofibers increase with the increase of corresponding doped concentrations of nSiEuC. It was also found that nSiEuC still keep spherical morphology in the hybrid nanofibers after electrospinning. Importantly, the successful distribution of nSiEuC nanoparticles in PMMA matrix results in the enhancement of luminescent intensity of final hybrid nanofibers. Therefore, this novel electrospun nanofiber is a promising candidate for excellent optical and electrical applications.

  15. Nano-environment effects on the luminescence properties of Eu3+-doped nanocrystalline SnO2 thin films

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    Bazargan, Samad; Leung, K. T.

    2012-11-01

    Nanocrystalline tin (IV) oxide thin films doped with Eu3+ ions are synthesized using a simple spin-coating method followed by postannealing in an O2 flow at 700 °C. Transmission electron microscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy studies illustrate the incorporation of Eu3+ ions in the films with a high atomic percentage of 2.7%-7.7%, which is found to be linearly dependent on the initial concentration of Eu3+ in the precursor solution. Glancing incidence x-ray diffraction results show that the crystalline grain sizes decrease with increasing the Eu3+ concentration and decreasing the postannealing temperature with the emergence of the Eu2Sn2O7 phase at high Eu3+ concentrations (≥5.3 at.%). Luminescence spectra of these doped samples show the characteristic narrow-band magnetic dipole emission at 593 nm and electric dipole emission at 614 nm of the Eu3+ ions, arising from UV absorption at the SnO2 band-edge followed by energy transfer to the emission centers. Manipulating the crystallite size, composition, and defect density of the samples greatly affects the absorption edge, energy transfer, and therefore the emission spectra. These modifications in the environment of the Eu3+ ions allow the emission to be tuned from pure orange characteristic Eu3+ emission to the broadband emission corresponding to the combination of strong characteristic Eu3+ emission with the intense defect emissions.

  16. Background of REACH in EU regulations on evaluation of chemicals.

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    Foth, H; Hayes, Aw

    2008-06-01

    Industrial chemicals are needed for chemical synthesis or technical purposes. These beneficial effects are counterbalanced by the potential health risks for all who come into contact with them. The new chemical legislation of the EU, Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) will force the responsibility of manufacturers and importers of chemical substances to gather the right information needed to decide on the right circumstances of use and control of chemical substances and products. In order to understand the roots of REACH, experiences gained with regard to existing chemicals legislation, particularly in Germany, will be reviewed. Since Council Directive 67/548/EEC all chemicals placed on the market need a set of standard information and provisions for safe transportation. This directive and its amendments (Council Directive(s) 79/831/EEC and 92/32/EEC) have established for new substances a sound information data basis for classification of dangerous properties. Under Council Regulation 793/93/EEC, regulations and administrative provisions have established the requirement to assess the risk to man and the environment of existing substances. So far, only 119 substances have been evaluated under the forces of this regulation. This separation has led to a substantial imbalance between existing substances and new substances with respect to available data needed to recognize hazards for health. The register of produced and imported chemical substances under REACH should eliminate some of this separation and will also be the key for selection of substances of very high concern by the authorization process to restrict the use and distribution accordingly.

  17. Assessment of soil organic matter fluxes at the EU level

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    Gobin, Anne; Campling, Paul

    2010-05-01

    Soil has a complex relationship with climate change. Soil helps take carbon dioxide out of the air and as such it absorbs millions of tons each year, but with the Earth still warming micro-organisms grow faster, consume more soil organic matter and release carbon dioxide. The net result is a relative decline in soil organic carbon. With a growing population and higher bio-energy demands, more land is likely to be required for settlement, for commercial activity and for bio-energy production. Conversions from terrestrial ecosystems to urban and commercial activity will alter both the production and losses of organic matter, and have an indirect impact on potential SOM levels. Conversions between different terrestrial ecosystems have a direct impact on SOM levels. Net SOM losses are reported for several land conversions, e.g. from grassland to arable land, from wetlands to drained agricultural land, from crop rotations to monoculture, reforestation of agricultural land. In the context of looking for measures to support best practices to manage soil organic matter in Europe we propose a method to assess soil organic matter fluxes at the EU level. We adopt a parsimonious approach that is comparable to the nutrient balance approaches developed by the OECD and Eurostat. We describe the methodology and present the initial results of a European carbon balance indicator that uses existing European statistical and land use change databases. The carbon balance consists of the following components: organic matter production (I), organic matter losses (O), land use changes that effect both production and losses (E). These components are set against the (mostly legislative) boundary conditions that determine the maximum input potential (MIP) for soil organic matter. In order to budget SOM losses due to mineralisation, runs will be made with a multi-compartment SOM model that takes into account management practices, climate and different sources of organic matter.

  18. X-ray photoemission spectroscopy investigation of CaTiO{sub 3}:Eu for luminescence property: effect of Eu{sup 3+} ion

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    Wang, Kaichen; Zhao, Baijun; Gao, Lu

    2016-06-15

    Graphical abstract: The influence on the photoluminescent performance due to the electronic structure change in Eu-doped CaTiO{sub 3} of the specific core-level and valence band spectrum via X-ray photoemission spectroscopy were characterized. - Highlights: • Single phase CaTiO{sub 3} and CaTiO{sub 3}: Eu crystals were prepared under mild hydrothermal method. • Crystal structure, doping level and the relations to their luminescent property were discussed. • Charge compensation mechanism was discussed via valance band spectrum by XPS. - Abstract: Charge compensation of on-site Eu 4f–5d transition that determines the luminescent performance was confirmed with valance band spectrum. Influence of photoelectrons from CaTiO{sub 3}: Eu to the corresponding luminescent performance was discussed based on the crystal structure, doping level and the relations to their luminescent property. This paper is important to further optimize the luminescent performance for improving the efficiency and reducing the cost in light emitting diode industry.

  19. Calorimetry Study of the Phase Diagrams of EuNi2Ge2 and Eu2Ni3Ge5 under Pressure

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    Esakki Muthu, Sankaran; Braithwaite, Daniel; Salce, Bernard; Nakamura, Ai; Hedo, Masato; Nakama, Takao; Ōnuki, Yoshichika

    2016-09-01

    We report here the phase diagrams of EuNi2Ge2 and Eu2Ni3Ge5 studied by ac calorimetry under pressure using a diamond anvil cell. We follow the antiferromagnetic transition for EuNi2Ge2 up to 1.5 GPa. The sudden disappearance of magnetic order at around 2 GPa is confirmed, consistent with the probable occurrence of a first-order valence transition near that pressure. The ac calorimetry results on Eu2Ni3Ge5 clearly show two antiferromagnetic transitions, and suggest that magnetic order persists up to higher pressure than previously expected. At high pressure, where heavy-fermion behavior has been reported, the Néel temperature is decreasing, and magnetic order is expected to disappear at an extrapolated pressure of 12-14 GPa. A semi quantitative analysis of the pressure dependence of the specific heat does not show any large changes, but is compatible with a moderate enhancement of γ. The phase diagrams of Yb and Ce heavy fermion systems are compared and discussed with our system.

  20. Spectroscopic analysis of Eu{sup 3+} -and Eu{sup 3+}:Yb{sup 3+}-doped yttrium silicate crystalline powders prepared by combustion synthesis

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    Rakov, Nikifor; Amaral, Dayanne F.; Guimaraes, Renato B.; Maciel, Glauco S.

    2010-10-15

    Yttrium silicate powders doped with Eu{sup 3+} and codoped with Eu{sup 3+} and Yb{sup 3+} were prepared by combustion synthesis. The x-ray powder diffraction data showed the presence of Y{sub 2}SiO{sub 5} and Y{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 7} crystalline phases. Singly doped (1 wt %) sample illuminated with ultraviolet light ({lambda}=256 nm) showed the characteristic red luminescence corresponding to {sup 5}D{sub 0}{yields}{sup 7}F{sub J} transitions of Eu{sup 3+}. The Judd-Ofelt intensity parameters were calculated from experimental data and the radiative and nonradiative relaxation rates were estimated. The results showed that the nonradiative relaxation rate is smaller in yttrium silicate compared to yttrium oxide powder, a reference material, prepared under similar conditions. Codoped samples were exposed to near-infrared laser excitation ({lambda}=975 nm) and the red luminescence of Eu{sup 3+} was also observed. In this case, the luminescence is achieved due to a cooperative upconversion (CUC) process involving energy transfer (ET) from pairs of ytterbium ions to europium ions. The ET rate was estimated by fitting a rate equation model with the dynamics of CUC red emission.

  1. Structural, photoluminescent and photocatalytic properties of TiO2:Eu3+ coatings formed by plasma electrolytic oxidation

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    Stojadinović, Stevan; Radić, Nenad; Grbić, Boško; Maletić, Slavica; Stefanov, Plamen; Pačevski, Aleksandar; Vasilić, Rastko

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, we used plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) of titanium in water solution containing 10 g/L Na3PO4·12H2O + 2 g/L Eu2O3 powder for preparation of TiO2:Eu3+ coatings. The surfaces of obtained coatings exhibit a typical PEO porous structure. The energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis showed that the coatings are mainly composed of Ti, O, P, and Eu; it is observed that Eu content in the coatings increases with PEO time. The X-ray diffraction analysis indicated that the coatings are crystallized and composed of anatase and rutile TiO2 phases, with anatase being the dominant one. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy revealed that Ti 2p spin-orbit components of TiO2:Eu3+ coatings are shifted towards higher binding energy, with respect to pure TiO2 coatings, suggesting that Eu3+ ions are incorporated into TiO2 lattice. Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy showed that TiO2:Eu3+ coatings exhibit evident red shift with respect to the pure TiO2 coatings. Photoluminescence (PL) emission spectra of TiO2:Eu3+ coatings are characterized by sharp emission bands in orange-red region ascribed to f-f transitions of Eu3+ ions from excited level 5D0 to lower levels 7FJ (J = 0, 1, 2, 3, and 4). The excitation PL spectra of TiO2:Eu3+ coatings can be divided into two regions: the broad band region from 250 nm to 350 nm associated with charge transfer state of Eu3+ and the series of sharp peaks in the range from 350 nm to 550 nm corresponding to direct excitation of the Eu3+ ions. It is observed that the intensity of peaks in excitation and emission PL spectra increases with the concentration of Eu3+, but the peak positions remain practically unchanged. The ratio of PL emission for electric and magnetic dipole transitions indicates highly asymmetric environment around Eu3+ ions. The photocatalytic activity (PA) of TiO2:Eu3+ coatings is evaluated by measuring the photodegradation of methyl orange under simulated sunlight conditions. It is shown that PEO time, i.e., the amount

  2. Optical properties of LFZ grown β-Ga2O3:Eu3+ fibres

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    Santos, N. F.; Rodrigues, J.; Fernandes, A. J. S.; Alves, L. C.; Alves, E.; Costa, F. M.; Monteiro, T.

    2012-09-01

    Due to their relevance for electronic and optoelectronic applications, transparent conductive oxides (TCO) have been extensively studied in the last decades. Among them, monoclinic β-Ga2O3 is well known by its large direct bandgap of ˜4.9 eV being considered a deep UV TCO suitable for operation in short wavelength optoelectronic devices. The wide bandgap of β-Ga2O3 is also appropriate for the incorporation of several electronic energy levels such as those associated with the intra-4fn configuration of rare earth ions. Among these, Eu3+ ions (4f6) are widely used as a red emitting probes both in organic and inorganic compounds. In this work, undoped and Eu2O3 doped (0.1 and 3.0 mol%) Ga2O3 crystalline fibres were grown by the laser floating zone approach. All fibres were found to stabilize in the monoclinic β-Ga2O3 structure while for the heavily doped fibres the X-ray diffraction patterns show, in addition a cubic europium gallium garnet phase, Eu3Ga5O12. The spectroscopic properties of the undoped and Eu doped fibres were analysed by Raman spectroscopy, low temperature photoluminescence (PL) and photoluminescence excitation (PLE). The Eu3+ luminescence is mainly originated in the garnet, from where different europium site locations can be inferred. The spectral analysis indicates that at least one of the centres corresponds to Eu3+ ions in dodecahedral site symmetry. For the lightly doped samples, the spectral shape and intensity ratio of the 5D0 → 7FJ transitions is totally different from those on Eu3Ga5O12, suggesting that the emitting ions are placed in low symmetry sites in the β-Ga2O3 host.

  3. Explaining the present GM business strategy on the EU food market: the gatekeepers' perspective.

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    Inghelbrecht, Linde; Dessein, Joost; Van Huylenbroeck, Guido

    2015-01-25

    The use of genetically modified (GM) crops and their applications is partially suppressed in European Union (EU) agriculture, even if one would expect otherwise given their complementarity with the neoliberal and industrialised EU agricultural regime in place. By applying a qualitative content analysis, this paper analyses how food manufacturers and retailers (referred to as gatekeepers in the food industry) explain and defend the exclusion of GM-labelled food products on the EU market. The study design places emphasis on the role of perceptions in the strategic behaviour of gatekeepers and on the role of interaction in this regard, as we assume that the way in which gatekeepers perceive the 'rules of the game' for commercialising GM crop applications on the EU food market will be influenced by their interaction with other agribusiness actors. In a first stage, the analysis determines thematic congruence in the (types of) perceptions that explain an agribusiness actor's overall interpretation of the EU business environment for GM crop applications. This perceived 'structuring arena' (SA) for GM crop applications - as conceptualised within our framework - contains areas of either internal and external tensions, that have a compelling or non-committal influence on the agribusiness actor's interpretation. In a second stage, the analysis particularly defines how gatekeepers in the food industry perceive and experience the SA for GM crop applications on the EU market, and how these perceptual tensions subsequently influence their strategic behaviour for GM-labelled products on the EU market. Finally, we highlight how these perceptions and actions (or inaction) suppress the main changes in practice that are necessary to manage this wicked problem.

  4. Photoluminescence and electroluminescence characteristics of CaSiN2:Eu phosphor

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    Lee, Soon S.; Lim, Sungkyoo; Sun, Sey-Shing; Wager, John F.

    1997-11-01

    Photoluminescenc eand electroluminescence of CaSiN2:Eu materials were investigted to develop a new phosphor for thin film electroluminescence (TFEL) device applications. Ca3N2 and Si3N4 powders were mixed to form CaSiN2 hostmaterials and Eu was added as the luminescent center. The mixed powermatrials were cold pressed under the pressure of 1 Kg/cm2 to make pellets, and fired at 1400 degrees Celsius for 2 hours under N2H2 envrionemtn. Th ex-ry diffraction(CRD) patterns of synthesizd materals wer well matched with CaSiN2 of joint committee for powder diffraction standards (JCPDS) csrad. When illuminated by ultravilet rays, th enew phosphors emitted very bright red ligh of peak wav lenegth centered at 620 nm. Th TFEL devices with CaSiN2:Eu phosphor layser swre grown by sputter depositonof CaSiN2:Eu target. Red light emission was observed when the peak amplitude of the applied voltge exceeded 116 V.l The luminance was shown to increase sharply withth increase of the applied voltage. The maximum luminance was 1.62 Cd/m2 at the applied peak voltage of 276 V. The red emission from CaSiN2:Eu TFEL device seems to result from electronic transition of Eu3+ ions.The emission spectra of TFEl devices matchwell withth ephotoluminescence spectra of CaSiN2:Ey powders. The new devices structure and fabrication processes for the iimprovement of emission intenityof CaSiN2:Eu TFEl devices ar under investigation.

  5. Possible size control and emission characteristics of Eu3+-doped Y2O3 nanoparticles synthesized by surfactant-assembly

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    Akita, Yukihiko; Harada, Takashi; Sasai, Ryo; Tomita, Koji; Nishiyama, Katsura

    2016-08-01

    Yttrium oxide nanoparticles doped with 2.0 wt% Eu (Eu@Y2O3) were synthesized via the surfactant-assembly method. The average diameter of Eu@Y2O3 (dav) depends on the alkyl chain number (N) of the sodium alkyl sulfates employed as surfactants. Using surfactants with N = 8, 10, and 12, Eu@Y2O3 with dav = 35, 200, and 500 nm, respectively were obtained. Such changes in dav are ascribed to the difference in the micelle aggregation numbers, supporting the use of rare-earth ions in the assembly. The Eu@Y2O3 particles synthesized presently emitted through Eu3+ transitions under UV excitation of Y2O3, making them applicable to nanoemitters.

  6. Accurate Electronic Structures of Eu-Doped SiAlON Green Phosphor with a Semilocal Exchange-Correlation Potential

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    Yoo, Dong Su; Ryu, Jeong Ho; Lee, Sung-Ho; Cho, Hyun; Chung, Yong-Chae

    2011-06-01

    The crystal structure, electronic structure, and photoluminescence properties of EuxSi6-zAlzOzN8-z (x = 0.01754, z = 0.25) green phosphor were calculated by modified version of the exchange potential proposed by Becke and Johnson [J. Chem. Phys. 124 (2006) 221101]. An interstitially doped Eu atom was found in the atomic channel parallel to the [0001] axis. The additional states originated from the hybridization of Eu 4f and Eu 5d with Si 3p and N 2p. The luminescence properties were analyzed using a quantitative calculation of the energy gap and the wavelength. The calculated emission peak wavelength of Eu from the energy gap between Eu 5d and Eu 4f was 552 nm. Conventional local or semi local density functionals always underestimate the band gap for wide gap semiconductor. In contrast, the calculated results using the semi local potential well agreed with experiment.

  7. Effect of the PVA (polyvinyl alcohol) concentration on the optical properties of Eu-doped YAG phosphors

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    Hora, Daniela A.; Andrade, Adriano B.; Ferreira, Nilson S.; Teixeira, Verônica C.; dos S. Rezende, Marcos V.

    2016-10-01

    The influence of the polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) concentration on the synthesis and structural, morphological and optical properties of Y3Al5O13: Eu (Eu-doped YAG) was systematically investigated in this work. The final concentration of PVA in the preparation step influenced the crystallite size and also the degree of particle agglomeration in Eu-doped YAG phosphors. X-ray excited optical luminescence (XEOL) emission spectra results indicated typical Eu3+ emission lines and an abnormally intense 5D0 → 7F4. The intensity parameters Ω2 and Ω4 were calculated and indicated the PVA concentration affects the ratio Ω2:Ω4. X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) results showed Eu valence did not change and the symmetry around the Eu3+ is influenced by the PVA concentration. XEOL-XAS showed the luminescence increases as a function of energy.

  8. Eu(3+) doped down shifting TiO2 layer for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Kumar, Vinod; Swami, Sanjay Kumar; Kumar, Anuj; Ntwaeaborwa, O M; Dutta, Viresh; Swart, H C

    2016-12-15

    Europium doped TiO2 (TiO2:Eu(3+)) down-shifting (DS) nanophosphors (NPrs) were synthesized by the solution-combustion method with different concentrations of Eu(3+). The X-ray diffraction results confirmed the formation of a polycrystalline tetragonal structure of the TiO2. The emission of colour of the TiO2:Eu(3+) DS NPr was tuned by varying the doping concentration of Eu(3+). The photoluminescence results confirmed that the TiO2:Eu(3+) DS NPrs converted the UV light into visible light by energy down-conversion process, i.e. down-shifting of high energy UV photons to low energy visible photons. These TiO2:Eu(3+) DS NPrs were used to enhance the efficiency of the Dye sensitized solar cell from 8.32% to 8.80%.

  9. Solid state synthesis and tunable luminescence of Li2SrSiO4:Eu2+/Ce3+ phosphors

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    Wei, Zhen; Wang, Yongli; Zhu, Xiaobo; Guan, Jinyu; Mao, Weixi; Song, Juanjuan

    2016-03-01

    Li2SrSiO4:Eu2+/Ce3+ phosphors have been synthesized by solid state reaction. Eu2+ and/or Ce3+ doped Li2SrSiO4 have the hexagonal crystal structure, indicating the doped Eu2+ and/or Ce3+ ions have no influence on the crystal structure of Li2SrSiO4. Under the excitation at 365 nm, Eu2+ or Ce3+ doped Li2SrSiO4 phosphors give characteristic emission bands of Eu2+ or Ce3+, respectively. For Li2SrSiO4:Eu2+/Ce3+ phosphors with the fixed Ce3+ concentration, two emission bands originating from Eu2+ and Ce3+ can be observed. On the basis of luminescent properties of Li2SrSiO4:Eu2+/Ce3+ phosphors, we can conclude that energy transfer from Ce3+ to Eu2+ occurs in Li2SrSiO4.

  10. Enhanced magneto-optical properties of semiconductor EuS nanocrystals assisted by surface plasmon resonance of gold nanoparticles.

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    Kawashima, Akira; Nakanishi, Takayuki; Shibayama, Tamaki; Watanabe, Seiichi; Fujita, Koji; Tanaka, Katsuhisa; Koizumi, Hitoshi; Fushimi, Koji; Hasegawa, Yasuchika

    2013-10-18

    Remarkable magneto-optical properties of a new isolator material, that is, europium sulfide nanocrystals with gold (EuS-Au nanosystem), has been demonstrated for a future photo-information technology. Attachment of gold particles that exhibit surface plasmon resonance leads to amplification of the magneto-optical properties of the EuS nanocrystals. To construct the EuS-Au nanosystems, cubic EuS and spherical Au nanocrystals have been joined by a variety of organic linkers, that is, 1,2-ethanedithiol (EDT), 1,6-hexanedithiol (HDT), 1,10-decanedithiol (DDT), 1,4-bisethanethionaphthalene (NpEDT), or 1,4-bisdecanethionaphthalene (NpDDT) . Formation of these systems was observed by XRD, TEM, and absorption spectra measurements. The magneto-optical properties of the EuS-Au nanosystem have been characterized by using Faraday rotation spectroscopy. The Faraday rotation angle of the EuS-Au nanosystem is dependent on the Au particle size and interparticle distance between EuS and Au nanocrystals. Enhancement of the Faraday rotation of EuS-Au nanosystems was observed. The spin configuration in the excited state of the EuS-Au nanosystem was also investigated using photo-assisted electron paramagnetic resonance.

  11. APPLICATIONS OF SOLVENT EXTRACTION IN THE HIGH-YIELD MULTI-PROCESS REDUCTION/SEPARATION OF Eu FROM EXCESS Sm

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    Schwantes, Jon M.; Sudowe, Ralf; Nitsche, Heino; Hoffman, Darleane C.

    2008-05-15

    A novel multi-process method for separating Eu from neighbouring lanthanides (Ln) has been developed that chemically reduces Eu(III) to Eu(II) prior to solvent extraction of Ln(III) with thenoyltrifluoroacetone in benzene. This method is capable of achieving higher purities (>99%) and separation yields than previously published multi-process methods that stabilize and separate the reduced Eu(II) as a sulphate solid and is ideal for enriching materials of high-value. Results from a variety of combinations of a chemical or electrochemical reduction process preceding a separation process using either ion exchange chromatography, reversed phase chromatography, or solvent extraction are discussed.

  12. A novel europium (III) nitridoborate Eu3[B3N6]: Synthesis, crystal structure, magnetic properties, and Raman spectra

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    Aydemir, Umut; Kokal, Ilkin; Prots, Yurii; Förster, Tobias; Sichelschmidt, Jörg; Schappacher, Falko M.; Pöttgen, Rainer; Ormeci, Alim; Somer, Mehmet

    2016-07-01

    A novel europium (III) nitridoborate, Eu3[B3N6], was successfully synthesized by oxidation of Eu3II[BN2]2 with Br2 at 1073 K. The compound crystallizes in the trigonal space group R 3 barc (No:167) with a=11.9370(4) Å, c=6.8073(4) Å, and Z=6. The crystal structure of Eu3[B3N6] consists of isolated, planar cyclic [B3N6]9- units which are charge-balanced by Eu3+ cations. The oxidation state of Eu was investigated by Mössbauer spectroscopy, electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy, and quantum chemical calculations. The 151Eu Mössbauer spectroscopic measurement at 77 K reveals that the main signal at δ=0.93(7) mm/s is originating from trivalent Europium. Eu3[B3N6] showed no ESR signal in accordance with a non-magnetic (J=0) 7F0 ground state of the 4f6 configuration. Quantum chemical calculations find six electrons in the 4f subshell (4f6) of Eu indicating an oxidation state of +3. We present for the first time the vibrational spectra of a compound with cyclic trimer [B3N6]9- moieties. The Raman spectrum of Eu3[B3N6] is in good agreement with the predicted number of modes for the spectroscopically relevant cyclic [B3N6]9- group with D3h symmetry.

  13. [Difficulties in registration for export of traditional Chinese medicines to EU under directive 2004/24/EC and countermeasures].

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    Ni, Hao-Xiang; Sun, Yuan-Yuan

    2013-05-01

    During the seven-year transitional period of European Union Directive 2004/24/EC, only a few of traditional Chinese medicines had been approved for registration. In other words, the EU directive has become an unavoidable registration barrier to hinder Chinese enterprises from entering EU market. By analyzing difficulties of enterprises in registration in EU and studying the only successful case in China--Di Ao Group, this article proposes countermeasures in the hope of providing effective reference for Chinese enterprises in expanding EU market, and promoting the internationalization progress of traditional Chinese medicine.

  14. Crystallinity of Li-doped Gd2O3:Eu3+ thin-film phosphors grown on Si (100) substrate

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    Yi, Soung Soo; Bae, Jong Seong; Moon, Byung Kee; Jeong, Jung Hyun; Kim, Jung Hwan

    2005-02-01

    Gd2O3:Eu3+ and Li-doped Gd2O3:Eu3+ luminescent thin films have been grown on Si (100) substrates using pulsed-laser deposition. The films grown at different deposition conditions show different microstructural and luminescent characteristics. Both cubic and monoclinic crystalline structures were observed in both Gd2O3:Eu3+ and Li-doped Gd2O3:Eu3+ films, but the cubic phase becomes more dominant and the ratio of peak values IC(222)/IM(-402) increases rapidly for Li-doped Gd2O3:Eu3+ films. The photoluminescence brightness data obtained from Li-doped Gd2O3:Eu3+ films indicate that Si (100) is a promising substrate for growth of high-quality Li-doped Gd2O3:Eu3+ thin-film red phosphor. In particular, the incorporation of Li + ions into the Gd2O3 lattice induced changes of crystallinity, surface roughness, and photoluminescence. The highest emission intensity was observed with Gd1.84Li0.08Eu0.08O3, whose brightness was a factor of 2.1 larger than that from Gd2O3:Eu3+ films. This phosphor is promising for applications in flat-panel displays.

  15. Pure monoclinic La(1-x)Eu(x)PO₄ micro-/nano-structures: fast synthesis, shape evolution and optical properties.

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    Chen, Huanhuan; Ni, Yonghong; Ma, Xiang; Hong, Jianming

    2014-08-15

    Rare-earth-doped LaPO4 crystals have been attracting considerable interest. In this work, we reported the fast syntheses of LaPO4 and Eu-doped LaPO4 crystals via a simple oil-bath route, employing La(NO3)3 and KH2PO4 as the original reactants, Eu2O3 as the dopant. The reaction was carried out in ethylene glycol system at 120°C for 30 min without any assistance of surfactants or templates. X-ray powder diffraction analyses showed that pure monoclinic LaPO4 form was obtained in the system without Eu(3+) ions, and the above phase was not changed after integrating Eu(3+) ions into LaPO4 matrix. However, electron microscopy observations discovered that the integration of Eu(3+) ions into LaPO4 matrix obviously changed the morphology and size of the final La(1-x)Eu(x)PO4 crystals. With the increase in Eu(3+) amount from 0 to 0.35, the shape of the final product varied from homogeneous egg-like nanospheroids, to irregular grains with microscales, and to homogeneous microspheroids. Also, the Eu(3+) ion content in La(1-x)Eu(x)PO4 markedly affected the photoluminescence properties of the final product. When x=0.2, the product exhibited the strongest PL emission.

  16. Mesoporous Europium-Doped Titania Nanoparticles (Eu-MTNs) for Luminescence-Based Intracellular Bio-Imaging.

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    Chen, Kuan-Chou; Dutta, Saikat; Yamauchi, Yusuke; Alshehri, Saad M; Nguyen, Mai Thanh; Yonezawa, Tetsu; Shen, Kun-Hung; Wu, Kevin C W

    2015-12-01

    Monodisperse and mesoporous europium (Eu)-doped titania nanoparticles (denoted as Eu-MTNs) were prepared by a co-synthesis method with the presence of a cationic surfactant (i.e., CTAB). A maximum loading amount of 8 mol% of Eu could be successfully incorporated into the framework of MTNs. The synthesized Eu-MTNs samples were characterized with X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), with their luminescent property examined by photoluminescence (PL). Under ultraviolet irradiation, the Eu-MTNs samples exhibit several characteristic luminescence corresponding to 5D0-7F(j) for Eu+3 ions, which can be attributed to the energy transfer from titania nanocrystallite to Eu3+ ions dispersed in amorphous mesoporous titania region. The potential intracellular bio-imaging application of the synthesized Eu-MTN nanoparticles was demonstrated with a breast cancer cell line (i.e., BT-20). High biocompatibility and strong luminescence of the Eu-MTNs show great potential in biomedical applications.

  17. Theoretical and empirical investigations of KCl:Eu{sup 2+} for nearly water-equivalent radiotherapy dosimetry

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    Zheng Yuanshui; Han Zhaohui; Driewer, Joseph P.; Low, Daniel A.; Li, H. Harold

    2010-01-15

    Purpose: The low effective atomic number, reusability, and other computed radiography-related advantages make europium doped potassium chloride (KCl:Eu{sup 2+}) a promising dosimetry material. The purpose of this study is to model KCl:Eu{sup 2+} point dosimeters with a Monte Carlo (MC) method and, using this model, to investigate the dose responses of two-dimensional (2D) KCl:Eu{sup 2+} storage phosphor films (SPFs). Methods: KCl:Eu{sup 2+} point dosimeters were irradiated using a 6 MV beam at four depths (5-20 cm) for each of five square field sizes (5x5-25x25 cm{sup 2}). The dose measured by KCl:Eu{sup 2+} was compared to that measured by an ionization chamber to obtain the magnitude of energy dependent dose measurement artifact. The measurements were simulated using DOSXYZnrc with phase space files generated by BEAMnrcMP. Simulations were also performed for KCl:Eu{sup 2+} films with thicknesses ranging from 1 {mu}m to 1 mm. The work function of the prototype KCl:Eu{sup 2+} material was determined by comparing the sensitivity of a 150 {mu}m thick KCl:Eu{sup 2+} film to a commercial BaFBr{sub 0.85}I{sub 0.15}:Eu{sup 2+}-based SPF with a known work function. The work function was then used to estimate the sensitivity of a 1 {mu}m thick KCl:Eu{sup 2+} film. Results: The simulated dose responses of prototype KCl:Eu{sup 2+} point dosimeters agree well with measurement data acquired by irradiating the dosimeters in the 6 MV beam with varying field size and depth. Furthermore, simulations with films demonstrate that an ultrathin KCl:Eu{sup 2+} film with thickness of the order of 1 {mu}m would have nearly water-equivalent dose response. The simulation results can be understood using classic cavity theories. Finally, preliminary experiments and theoretical calculations show that ultrathin KCl:Eu{sup 2+} film could provide excellent signal in a 1 cGy dose-to-water irradiation. Conclusions: In conclusion, the authors demonstrate that KCl:Eu{sup 2+}-based dosimeters can be

  18. Synthesis and characterization of Mg2SiO4:Tb3+, Eu3+ phosphors for white light generation

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    Cho, Shinho

    2016-09-01

    The effect of Eu3+ codoping on the structural, morphological, and optical properties of Mg2SiO4:Tb3+ was investigated. The phosphor powders were synthesized by changing the molar concentration of Eu3+ at a fixed Tb3+ content of 5 mol% by using a conventional solid-state reaction. The X-ray diffraction patterns revealed that the crystal structure of all the phosphors, irrespective of the Eu3+ and the Tb3+ contents, showed an orthorhombic structure, and the surface morphology exhibited pebble-like crystalline grains. The emission spectra of Eu3+ and Tb3+-codoped Mg2SiO4 phosphors under an ultraviolet excitation of 252 nm consisted of one intense red band at 619 nm and five weak bands at 448, 488, 598, 658, and 707 nm originating from the transitions of Eu3+, in addition to the several emission bands located at 492, 552, 592, and 628 nm arising from the transitions of Tb3+. As the Eu3+ content was increased, the intensity of the main green emission band at 552 nm decreased markedly and disappeared at 10 mol% Eu3+, when complete energy transfer from Tb3+ to Eu3+ was observed. The results suggest that the emission wavelength and the luminescent intensity of the phosphors can be tuned by modulating the Eu3+ and the Tb3+ contents incorporated into the host matrix.

  19. Reality check in the project management of EU funding

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    Guo, Chenbo

    2015-04-01

    A talk addressing workload, focuses, impacts and outcomes of project management (hereinafter PM) Two FP7 projects serve as objects for investigation. In the Earth Science sector NACLIM is a large scale collaborative project with 18 partners from North and West Europe. NACLIM aims at investigating and quantifying the predictability of the North Atlantic/Arctic sea surface temperature, sea ice variability and change on seasonal to decadal time scales which have a crucial impact on weather and climate in Europe. PRIMO from Political Science is a global PhD program funded by Marie Curie ITN instrument with 11 partners from Europe, Eurasia and BRICS countries focusing on the rise of regional powers and its impact on international politics at large. Although the two projects are granted by different FP7 funding instruments, stem from different cultural backgrounds and have different goals, the inherent processes and the key focus of the PM are quite alike. Only the operational management is at some point distinguished from one another. From the administrative point of view, understanding of both EU requirements and the country-specific regulations is essential; it also helps us identifying the grey area in order to carry out the projects more efficiently. The talk will focus on our observation of the day-to-day PM flows - primarily the project implementation - with few particular cases: transparency issues, e.g. priority settings of non-research stakeholders including the conflict in the human resources field, End-User integration, gender issues rising up during a monitoring visit and ethical aspects in field research. Through a brief comparison of both projects we summarize a range of dos and don'ts, an "acting instead of reacting" line of action, and the conclusion to a systematic overall management instead of exclusively project controlling. In a nutshell , the talk aims at providing the audience a summary of the observation in management methodologies and toolkits

  20. Assessment of the implementation of the EU Drugs Strategy 2005–2012 and its Action Plans

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    Culley, Deirdre May; Taylor, Jirka; Rubin, Jennifer; Hoorens, Stijn; Disley, Emma; Rabinovich, Lila

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Illicit drug use continues to be an important public health and safety concern in Europe. Production, trafficking and dealing in illicit drugs constitute important criminal justice challenges in themselves, and are associated with other criminal activities. The 2005–2012 EU Drugs Strategy (as with previous strategies) was developed to complement and add value to national strategies and approaches while respecting the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality set out in the EU Treaties. The main rationale for its development was that while drugs problems vary across Member States, and are experienced at the local and national level, they are “a global issue that needs to be addressed in a transnational context.” RAND Europe undertook an independent evaluation of the current Strategy and its Action Plans, addressing four research objectives: (1) to assess barriers and facilitators to the implementation of objectives and priorities at EU and Member State level, (2) to assess the relevance and influence of the Strategy with respect to national drugs policy and legislation, (3) to assess possible impact on the drugs situation in the EU, and (4) to identify key aspects and recommendations for future EU Drugs Strategies. PMID:28083256

  1. Temperature dependence of the photostimulated luminescence in KCl:Eu2+

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    Xiao, Zhiyan; Hansel, Rachael; Zhang, Lei; Li, H. Harold

    2014-05-01

    The goal of this work is to understand the physical mechanism behind the signal stabilization process in KCl:Eu2+, a storage phosphor material that has generated renewed interest due to its potential in radiation therapy dosimetry application. The temperature dependency of the photostimulated luminescence (PSL) spectra and intensity vs. time post X-ray irradiation was measured. Commercial BaFBr:Eu2+ materials were included in this study for comparison. Unlike BaFBr:Eu2+, broadening of the F(Cl-) stimulation band and red-shift of the peak were observed for KCl:Eu2+ with increasing temperature. For irradiations at temperatures lower than 200 K, PSL intensity of KCl:Eu2+ showed recuperation behavior in the first 2 h post-irradiation and stayed almost constant with time thereafter. Moreover, spatially-correlated storage centers increased from 24% for irradiation at 50 K to 31% at 195 K and almost 100% at room temperature. The data suggest that certain types of charge storage-centers were mobile and contribute to the fast fading in PSL.

  2. Luminescence Properties of Sm3+/Eu3+ Co-Doped ZnO Quantum Dots.

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    Liu, Fengyi; Li, Hong; Hu, Yajing; Na, Jin; Mou, Yun; Yang, Kun; Ye, Zuhu; Li, Mingyue; Xie, Ya-Hong

    2016-04-01

    In order to improve luminescence properties of semiconductor ZnO quantum dots (QDs), Sm3+/Eu3+ co-doped ZnO QDs have been controllably synthesized by sol-gel method in this paper. ZnO QDs have a spherical shape with mean diameter at about 5-6 nm, which was characterized by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). ZnO QDs have hexagonal wurtzite structure with parts of Sm3+ and Eu3+ incorporated into the lattice, which was demonstrated by X-ray Diffraction (XRD). Luminescence properties at room temperature (RT) of different amount of Sm3+ and 2 mol% Eu3+ doped ZnO QDs were examined in-depth by optical spectra. In contrast to the Pr3+/Eu3+ co-doped fluorescent performance researched in our previous study, the photoluminescence (PL) spectra indicates the unique luminescence properties of Sm3+/Eu3+ co-doped ZnO QDs. In addition, fluorescence lifetimes were obtained to illustrate the luminous mechanism.

  3. Spatially resolved cathodoluminescence of individual BN-coated CaS:Eu nanowires

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    Lin, Jing; Dierre, Benjamin; Huang, Yang; Bando, Yoshio; Tang, Chengchun; Sekiguchi, Takashi; Golberg, Dmitri

    2011-02-01

    Luminescence properties of individual BN-coated CaS:Eu nanowires have been studied by high-spatial-resolution cathodoluminescence (CL) spectroscopy. A broad red light-emitting band from an individual nanowire has been observed. Detailed local CL studies on the nanowires reveal spatial variations of luminescence from the structure surfaces toward their cores. Such variations are attributed to the different Eu2+ ions surroundings within the surface and core nanowire regions. The attractive luminescence properties are meaningful for fundamental studies of nanoscaled luminescent materials and may be of interest for novel optoelectronic applications.Luminescence properties of individual BN-coated CaS:Eu nanowires have been studied by high-spatial-resolution cathodoluminescence (CL) spectroscopy. A broad red light-emitting band from an individual nanowire has been observed. Detailed local CL studies on the nanowires reveal spatial variations of luminescence from the structure surfaces toward their cores. Such variations are attributed to the different Eu2+ ions surroundings within the surface and core nanowire regions. The attractive luminescence properties are meaningful for fundamental studies of nanoscaled luminescent materials and may be of interest for novel optoelectronic applications. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: CL images of two different BN-coated CaS:Eu nanowires; CL spectra taken at various locations across the different nanowires. See DOI: 10.1039/c0nr00700e

  4. Cross-relaxation quenching of x-ray excited luminescence in Eu-activated phosphors

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    Pacold, Joseph; Mortensen, Devon; Reichlin, William; Finfrock, Zou; Diaz, Anthony; Seidler, Gerald

    2015-03-01

    Compounds, molecules, and nanoparticles containing lanthanides as primary constituents or as dopants are widely used in applications including luminescent dyes and lighting phosphors. Recent work has shown that x-ray spectroscopy methods can be used to monitor the sequence of excited states that leads to luminescence in lanthanide materials. Here, we use x-ray excited optical luminescence (XEOL) to identify a nonradiative process that quenches the emissive excited state of Eu3+ in the phosphors YVO4:Eu3+ and YVO4:Bi3+,Eu3+. Taking advantage of the high flux (up to 2 ×1012 photons/second) and focusing capability (beam FWHM 5 μm) of a modern synchrotron beamline, we observe saturation of the XEOL yield at high x-ray flux densities. The saturation effect is interpreted with a kinetic model in which pairs of excited Eu ions undergo an Auger-like cross-relaxation. This effect is well documented in the literature on cathode-ray phosphors, and allows us to estimate the excited fraction of Eu3+ ions. We discuss applications of this method to the broader problem of studying energy transfer in luminescent materials, as well as technical implications for future x-ray spectroscopy studies that require high flux.

  5. Photocatalytic properties and selective antimicrobial activity of TiO2(Eu)/CuO nanocomposite

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    Michal, Robert; Dworniczek, Ewa; Caplovicova, Maria; Monfort, Olivier; Lianos, Panagiotis; Caplovic, Lubomir; Plesch, Gustav

    2016-05-01

    TiO2(Eu)/CuO nanocomposites were prepared by precipitation method. The anatase nanocrystallites with a size of 26 nm exhibited well crystallized and characteristical dipyramidal morphology and {1 0 1} and {0 0 1} faceting. Transmission electron microscopy photographs with atomic resolution showed that the Eu(III) dopants were bounded on surface of titania. In the composites, the CuO nanocrystals exhibiting a monoclinic tenorite structure with a size in the range from 2 to 5 nm were grafted to the surface of titania. The influence of copper(II) oxide led to distinct selectivity in the photocatalytic and antimicrobial properties of the investigated TiO2(Eu)/CuO nanocomposites. While the presence of CuO nanocrystals strongly increased the photocatalytic production of hydrogen by ethanol reforming, it decreased the activity in photoinduced total mineralization of phenol comparing with non-modified TiO2(Eu). In investigated TiO2(Eu)/CuO powders, the photoinduced antimicrobial activity against membranes of Enterococcus species was influenced by the selective binding of CuO to the surface of the microorganism leading to distinct selectivity in their action. The activity against Enterococcus faecalis was higher than against Enterococcus faecium.

  6. Analysis of surface properties of semiconducting (Ti,Pd,Eu)Ox thin films

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    Wojcieszak, D.; Kaczmarek, D.; Domaradzki, J.

    2016-01-01

    In this paper an analysis of the surface properties of(Ti,Pd,Eu)Ox thin films prepared by magnetron sputtering has been described. In particular, the results of composition and structure investigations were studied in relation to the surface state and optical properties. It was found that (Ti,Pd,Eu)Oxfilm was nanocrystalline and had a rutile structure. The average crystallites size was equal to 7.8 nm. Films were homogeneous and had densely packed grains. Investigation of the surface properties by XPS showed that titanium was present at 4+ state (in the TiO2form), palladium occurred as PdO2 (also at 4+ state), while europium was in Eu2O3form (at 3+ state). In comparison with the unmodified TiO2, the coating with Pd and Eu additives had a rather high transparency (approx. 47%) in the visible light range, its optical absorption edge was shifted towards into the longer wavelengths (from 345 nm to 452 nm), and the width of optical energy gap Egopt was nearly twice lower (1.82 eV). Besides, the resistivity of(Ti,Pd,Eu)Ox at room temperature was 1x103 Wcm. In the case of the film as-deposited on Si substrate (p-type) the generation of photocurrent as a response to light beam excitation ( Ảexc = 527 nm) was observed.

  7. Analysis of surface properties of semiconducting (Ti,Pd,Eu)Ox thin films

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    Wojcieszak, D.; Kaczmarek, D.; Domaradzki, J.

    2016-01-01

    In this paper an analysis of the surface properties of (Ti,Pd,Eu)Ox thin films prepared by magnetron sputtering has been described. In particular, the results of composition and structure investigations were studied in relation to the surface state and optical properties. It was found that (Ti,Pd,Eu)Ox film was nanocrystalline and had a rutile structure. The average crystallites size was equal to 7.8 nm. Films were homogeneous and had densely packed grains. Investigation of the surface properties by XPS showed that titanium was present at 4+ state (in the TiO2 form), palladium occurred as PdO2 (also at 4+ state), while europium was in Eu2O3 form (at 3+ state). In comparison with the unmodified TiO2, the coating with Pd and Eu additives had a rather high transparency (approx. 47%) in the visible light range, its optical absorption edge was shifted towards into the longer wavelengths (from 345 nm to 452 nm), and the width of optical energy gap Egopt was nearly twice lower (1.82 eV). Besides, the resistivity of (Ti,Pd,Eu)Ox at room temperature was 1x103 Wcm. In the case of the film as-deposited on Si substrate (p-type) the generation of photocurrent as a response to light beam excitation (λexc = 527 nm) was observed.

  8. Synthesis, Structure, and Spectroscopy of Epitaxial EuFeO3 Thin Films

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    Choquette, Amber K.; Colby, Robert J.; Moon, E. J.; Schleputz, C. M.; Scafetta, Mark D.; Keavney, David J.; May, Steven J.

    2015-03-04

    Rare earth iron perovskites RFeO3, where R is a rare earth cation, exhibit an array of magnetic, catalytic, optical and electrochemical properties. Here we study EuFeO3 films synthesized by molecular beam epitaxy in order to better understand the optical properties of ferrites. A combination of x-ray diffraction, x-ray reflectivity, Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy, and scanning transmission electron microscopy were used to characterize the film structure and cation composition. X-ray absorption spectroscopy confirms the nominal 3+ valence states of Eu and Fe. The optical properties of EuFeO3 were investigated using variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry between the phonon energies of 1.25 to 5 eV. We find that EuFeO3 is a semiconductor with an onset of optical absorption near 2.5 eV. The absorption spectrum of EuFeO3 is blue-shifted with respect to LaFeO3 films, a result that is attributed to the structural differences of the two materials.

  9. Potential for Introduction of Bat-Borne Zoonotic Viruses into the EU: A Review

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    Simons, Robin R. L.; Gale, Paul; Horigan, Verity; Snary, Emma L.; Breed, Andrew C.

    2014-01-01

    Bat-borne viruses can pose a serious threat to human health, with examples including Nipah virus (NiV) in Bangladesh and Malaysia, and Marburg virus (MARV) in Africa. To date, significant human outbreaks of such viruses have not been reported in the European Union (EU). However, EU countries have strong historical links with many of the countries where NiV and MARV are present and a corresponding high volume of commercial trade and human travel, which poses a potential risk of introduction of these viruses into the EU. In assessing the risks of introduction of these bat-borne zoonotic viruses to the EU, it is important to consider the location and range of bat species known to be susceptible to infection, together with the virus prevalence, seasonality of viral pulses, duration of infection and titre of virus in different bat tissues. In this paper, we review the current scientific knowledge of all these factors, in relation to the introduction of NiV and MARV into the EU. PMID:24841385

  10. Photoluminescent properties of spider silk coated with Eu-doped nanoceria

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    Dmitrović, Svetlana; Nikolić, Marko G.; Jelenković, Branislav; Prekajski, Marija; Rabasović, Mihailo; Zarubica, Aleksandra; Branković, Goran; Matović, Branko

    2017-02-01

    Spider dragline silk was coated with pure as well as Eu-doped ceria nanopowders at the room temperature. The treatment was done by immersion of the spider silk mesh into aqueous solutions of cerium nitrate (Ce(NO3)3) and ammonium hydroxide (NH4OH). Depending on the relationship between Ce3+ ion and ammonium hydroxide concentration, coated fibers exhibited a different thickness. Obtained materials were studied by means of FESEM. It was found that ceria nanoparticles of average size of 3 nm were coated along spider thread. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and selected-area electron diffraction (SAED) confirmed crystal nature of nanoparticle coating of spider silk. By using Williamson-Hall plots, crystallite size and strain were estimated. EDS measurement confirmed the presence of Eu in spider-Eu-doped ceria composite, and according to FTIR analysis, the interaction between CeO2 and spider silk was proposed. The morphology of obtained composite was observed by TEM. The photoluminescence emission spectra of spider silk coated with Eu-doped ceria were measured with two different excitations of 385 and 466 nm. The two-photon excited auto-fluorescence of spider silk coated with Eu-doped ceria was detected using a nonlinear laser scanning microscope. Obtained composite has a potential as a fluorescent labeling material in diverse applications.

  11. A violet emission in ZnS:Mn,Eu: Luminescence and applications for radiation detection

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    Ma, Lun; Chen, Wei; Jiang, Ke; Liu, Xiao-tang

    2014-03-14

    We prepared manganese and europium co-doped zinc sulfide (ZnS:Mn,Eu) phosphors and used them for radiation detection. In addition to the red fluorescence at 583 nm due to the d-d transition of Mn ions, an intense violet emission at 420 nm is newly observed in ZnS:Mn,Eu phosphors. The emission is related to Eu{sup 2+} doping but only appears at certain Eu{sup 2+} concentrations. It is found that the intensity of the 420 nm violet fluorescence is X-ray does-dependent, while the red fluorescence of 583 nm is not. The ratio of fluorescence intensities at 420 nm and 583 nm has been monitored as a function of X-ray doses that exposed upon the ZnS:Mn,Eu phosphors. Empirical formulas are provided to estimate the doses of applied X-ray irradiation. Finally, possible mechanisms of X-ray irradiation induced fluorescence quenching are discussed. The intense 420 nm emission not only provides a violet light for solid state lighting but also offers a very sensitive method for radiation detection.

  12. Optical studies on Eu{sup 3+} doped boro-tellurite glasses

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    Maheshvaran, K.; Marimuthu, K.

    2012-06-05

    Eu{sup 3+} doped boro-tellurite glasses with the chemical composition (39-x)B{sub 2}O{sub 3}+30TeO{sub 2}+15MgO+15K{sub 2}O +xEu{sub 2}O{sub 3} (where x = 0.01, 0.1, 1, 2 and 3 wt%) have been prepared by following conventional melt quenching technique. Spectroscopic properties of the Eu{sup 3+} doped boro-tellurite glasses have been studied by recording the optical absorption and luminescence measurements. Through the optical absorption spectra, bonding parameters ({beta}-bar, {delta}) have been calculated to identify the ionic/covalent nature of the glasses. Judd-Ofelt (JO) analysis have been carried out using the luminescence spectra. The JO parameters ({Omega}{sub {lambda}}= 2, 4 and 6) were used to calculate the radiative properties for the {sup 5}D{sub 0}{yields}{sup 7}F{sub J} (J = 1, 2, 3 and 4) emission transitions of the Eu{sup 3+} ions. The change in optical properties with the variation of Eu{sup 3+} ion concentration have been studied and discussed with similar studies.

  13. Luminescence properties of La2O3:Eu3+ nanophosphor prepared by sol-gel method

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    Pushpa, N.; Kokila, M. K.; Shivaramu, N. J.

    2016-07-01

    Undoped and Eu3+ doped La2O3 nanophosphor are synthesized by low temperature sol-gel technique. The synthesized samples are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and average crystallite size is found to be ∼18 nm and ∼23 nm for undoped and Eu3+ doped La2O3 respectively. Gamma ray irradiated undoped La2O3 shows high intense thermoluminescence (TL) glow peak at 640 K and weak TL glow peak at 443 K and the high intense peak intensity is sub linear increase with γ-dose. Whereas Eu3+ doped La2O3 nanophosphor show a prominent TL glow peak at 640 K and its TL intensity linearly increases up to 1 kGy. The kinetic parameters are estimated using glow curve deconvoluted (GCD) technique. TL emission of γ-ray irradiated Eu3+ doped La2O3 show peaks at 508, 586, 619 and 706 nm are attributed to Eu3+ transition peaks.

  14. Shock-compression on Eu2O3 doped pollucite phosphors

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    Hamada, Sho; Kishimura, Hiroaki; Aruga, Atsushi; Matsumoto, Hitoshi

    2015-06-01

    Pollucite CsAlSi2O6 is a natural mineral belong to zeolite group formed with analcime, and general formula is following: (Cs,Na)16Al16Si32O96 .n(H2O). The crystal structure of pure CsAlSi2O6 is cubic(Ia-3d) and unit cell is 136645 nm Pollucite is stable stone yielding on the surface of the Earth since ancient times and is used to as a raw material of Cs element. Eu2O3-doped pollucite phosphors are efficient white phosphor for Application of deep-UV -light emitting diode (LED). Phosphors were prepared by solid-state reaction. 1 mol% Eu2O3-doped and 3 mol% Eu2O3-doped pollucites were prepared. Shock-recovery experiments were conducted involving the impact of a flyer plate accelerated by a single-stage powder-propellant gun. The recovered samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. The XRD and PL results of samples shocked at pressures of 22 GPa indicated that dissolution and amorphous-to-crystalline transformation occurred. In addition, emission peak wavelength of 3 mol% Eu2O3-doped sample shift 20 nm (520 -->500 nm). As a result, it is considered that Eu2+ moved in the crystalline by shock-compression.

  15. Synthesis and Optical Spectroscopy of YPO4:Eu3+ Orange-Red Phosphors

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    Yahiaoui, Z.; Hassairi, M. A.; Dammak, M.

    2017-03-01

    YPO4:x mol.% Eu3+ phosphors with different dopant concentrations (x = 3, 5, 8, 11, 13) have been synthesized via high-temperature solid-state reaction. X-ray diffraction analysis and Raman and infrared (IR) spectroscopy were applied for detailed structural characterization. Under excitation at wavelength of 395 nm, the photoluminescence spectra displayed the 5D0 → 7F J (J = 1, 2, 3, 4) intra-4f shell transitions related to Eu3+ ion. The radiative lifetime was estimated using the Ω 2 and Ω 4 Judd-Ofelt intensity parameters. The highest luminescence intensity was achieved for an optimal europium concentration of 11 mol.%. The critical energy-transfer distance for Eu3+ ions was evaluated to be 10.74 Å. We also studied the temperature-dependent photoluminescence and Commission Internationale de l'Éclairage chromaticity diagram. It was found that Eu3+-doped YPO4 exhibited good thermal stability and its emission intensity decreased slightly above room temperature. In addition, the color purity of this phosphor was as high as 91% for the YPO4:13% Eu3+ sample, making it a potential orange-red phosphor for application in ultraviolet-pumped white light-emitting diodes.

  16. Support for international trade law: The US and the EU compared.

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    Eckhardt, Jappe; Elsig, Manfred

    2015-10-01

    In this article we compare US and EU support for bilateral and multilateral international trade law. We assess the support for international law of both trading blocs by focusing on the following four dimensions: leadership, consent, compliance and internalization. Although we find strong support for international trade law from both the US and the EU in general, we also witness some variation, most notably in relation to the design of preferential trade agreements (PTAs) and compliance with World Trade Organization (WTO) law. Turning to explaining these (moderate) differences, we argue that outcomes in US trade policy can best be explained by a domestic political factor, namely the direct influence of interest groups. Although the involvement of societal interests also goes a long way in explaining EU behavior, it does not tell the entire story. We posit that, in EU trade policy, institutions are a particular conditioning factor that needs to be stressed. Moreover, we suggest that foreign policy considerations in managing trade relations have characterized EU's support for international trade law.

  17. Synthesis, crystal structure and photoluminescence property of Eu/Tb MOFs with mixed polycarboxylate ligands

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    Yang, Lu; Zhang, Sheng; Qu, Xiaoni; Yang, Qi; Liu, Xiangyu; Wei, Qing; Xie, Gang; Chen, Sanping

    2015-11-15

    Lanthanide MOFs, [Eu(TCA)(NDC)·H{sub 2}O]{sub n} (1) and [Tb(TCA)(NDC)·H{sub 2}O]{sub n} (2), have been prepared with the mixed aromatic carboxylate ligands, namely, 4,4′,4″-tricarboxytriphenylamine (H{sub 3}TCA) and 1,4-naphthalenedicarboxylate (H{sub 2}NDC). Single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis reveals that isomorphic 1 and 2 present pillar-layered 3D framework that Eu/Tb(III) bond with carboxylate in various coordination fashions. Optical investigation indicates that the as-prepared compounds feature characteristic luminescence emission bands of Eu/Tb ions in the visible regions at room temperature. Moreover, compound 2 shows a relatively longer luminescence lifetime (τ=0.342 ms) and significantly enhanced quantum yield (Φ{sub overall}=11%) comparing with those of 1 (τ=0.335 ms, Φ{sub overall}=0.06%). - Graphical abstract: Synoptic: Two Ln-MOFs (Ln=Eu{sup III}, Tb{sup III}) with mixed polycarboxylate ligands present different luminescent properties. - Highlights: • Two Eu/Tb-MOFs with H{sub 3}TCA and H{sub 2}NDC ligands have been obtained. • The ancillary ligand is employed to decrease water molecule coordinate numbers. • 2displays superior quantum yield and lifetime than those of 1.

  18. Synthesis and Magnetic Properties of Gd Doped EuS Nanocrystals with Enhanced Curie Temperatures

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    Selinsky, Rachel S.; Han, Jae Hyo; Perez, Elvin A. Morales; Guzei, Ilia A.; Jin, Song

    2010-12-07

    EuS nanocrystals (NCs) were doped with Gd resulting in an enhancement of their magnetic properties. New EuS and GdS single source precursors (SSPs) were synthesized, characterized, and employed to synthesize Eu{sub 1-x}Gd{sub x}S NCs by decomposition in oleylamine and trioctylphosphine at 290 C. The doped NCs were characterized using X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and scanning transmission electron microscopy, which support the uniform distribution of Gd dopants through electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) mapping. X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) revealed the dopant ions in Eu{sub 1-x}Gd{sub x}S NCs to be predominantly Gd{sup 3+}. NCs with a variety of doping ratios of Gd (0 {le} x < 1) were systematically studied using vibrating sample magnetometry and the observed magnetic properties were correlated with the Gd doping levels (x) as quantified with ICP-AES. Enhancement of the Curie temperature (T{sub C}) was observed for samples with low Gd concentrations (x {le} 10%) with a maximum T{sub C} of 29.4 K observed for NCs containing 5.3% Gd. Overall, the observed T{sub C}, Weiss temperature ({theta}), and hysteretic behavior correspond directly to the doping level in Eu{sub 1-x}Gd{sub x}S NCs and the trends qualitatively follow those previously reported for bulk and thin film samples.

  19. UV light induced red emission in Eu3+-doped zincborophosphate glasses

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    Hima Bindu, S.; Siva Raju, D.; Vinay Krishna, V.; Rajavardhana Rao, T.; Veerabrahmam, K.; Linga Raju, Ch.

    2016-12-01

    This paper reports the preparation of transparent zincborophosphate (ZBP) glasses doped with Eu3+ ions by the conventional melt quenching technique. The prepared glasses were characterized using powder XRD, FTIR, optical absorption, photoluminescence and decay curves. Judd-Ofelt (JO) intensity parameters calculated under various constraints using absorption and emission spectra. These JO intensity parameters have been used to predict the radiative properties such as radiative life time, branching ratios and stimulated emission cross section of the 5D0→7FJ (J = 0-4) transitions. Decay curves for the 5D0 level of Eu3+ ions shows single exponential for all concentrations. Luminescence properties of 5D0→7F2 transitions of Eu3+ions have revealed that the present ZBP:Eu3+ glasses have significant in optical applications at around 613 nm. An intense red luminescence has been observed due to 5D0→7F2 transition of Eu3+ ion in these glasses. From the CIE color coordinate diagram, it is observed that the present glass system is prominent material for red emission.

  20. Reddish-orange, neutral and warm white emissions in Eu3+, Dy3+ and Dy3+/Eu3+ doped CdO-GeO2-TeO2 glasses

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    Rodríguez-Carvajal, David A.; Meza-Rocha, A. N.; Caldiño, U.; Lozada-Morales, R.; Álvarez, E.; Zayas, Ma. E.

    2016-11-01

    Eu3+, Dy3+ and Dy3+/Eu3+ doped CdO-GeO2-TeO2 glasses were prepared using the melt-quenching process and analyzed by X-diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, excitation and emission spectra, and emission decay time profiles. The lack of X ray diffraction peaks revealed that all samples are amorphous. Vibrational modes associated with Tesbnd Osbnd Te and Gesbnd Osbnd Ge related bonds and molecular oxygen were detected by Raman spectroscopy. The luminescence characteristics were studied upon excitations that correspond with the emission of InGaN (370-420 nm) based LEDs. The Eu3+ singly doped glass displayed reddish-orange global emission, with x = 0.601 and y = 0.349 CIE1931 chromaticity coordinates, upon 393 nm excitation. Neutral emission with x = 0.373 and y = 0.412 CIE1931 chromaticity coordinates and correlated color temperature (CCT) of 4400 K, was achieved in the Dy3+ singly doped glass excited at 388 nm. The Dy3+/Eu3+ co-doped glass exhibited warm, neutral and soft warm white emissions with CCT values of 3435, 4153 and 2740 K, under excitations at 382, 388 and 393 nm, respectively, depending mainly on the Dy3+ and Eu3+ relative excitation. The Dy3+ excitation bands observed in the Dy3+/Eu3+ glass by monitoring the 611 nm Eu3+ emission, suggest that Dy3+ → Eu3+ energy transfer takes place, despite the fact that the Dy3+ emission decays in the Dy3+ and Dy3+/Eu3+ doped glass, remain without changes. The shortening of Eu3+ decay in presence of Dy3+ was attributed to an Eu3+ → Dy3+ non-radiative energy transfer process, which according with the Inokuti-Hirayama model might be dominated through an electric quadrupole-quadrupole interaction, with efficiency and probability of 5.5% and 51.6 s-1, respectively.

  1. Fluorescence properties of Eu3+ ions doped borate and fluoroborate glasses containing lithium, zinc and lead.

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    Venkatramu, V; Babu, P; Jayasankar, C K

    2006-02-01

    The influence of glass composition on the fluorescence properties of Eu3+ ions doped borate and fluoroborate glasses modified with Li+, Zn2+ and Pb2+ cations have been investigated. The magnitude of splittings of 7F1 levels are analyzed using crystal-field (CF) analysis. The relative intensities of 5D0 --> 7F2 to 5D0 --> 7F1 transitions, crystal-field strength parameters and decay times of the 5D0 level have been determined and are found to be lower for Pb based glasses than those of Zn/Li based glasses. The lifetimes of 5D0 level are found to increase when borate glasses are modified with pure fluorides than with oxides and oxyfluorides. The fluorescence decay of 5D0 level fits perfect single exponential in the Eu3+:glass systems studied which indicates the absence of energy transfer between Eu3+ ions in these glasses.

  2. Dielectric and ac conductivity studies of ZnO/Eu3+: Titanosilicate matrix

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    Arun Kumar, K. V.; Sunil, Thomas; Ann Mary, K. A.; Cyriac, Joseph; Biju, P. R.; Unnikrishnan, N. V.

    2014-01-01

    ZnO nanoparticles /Eu3+ doped SiO2-TiO2 matrices were synthesized through sol-gel route. Structural and dielectric properties of ZnO nanocrystallites co-doped with Eu3+ in SiO2-TiO2 matrices were presented. The HRTEM and XRD measurements confirm the presence of ZnO nanocrystallites. The dielectric and electrical conductivity studies of the samples are completed for a frequency of 100 Hz to 2 MHz. The conductivity variation with the ZnO content in the Eu3+ doped SiO2-TiO2 system were explained by correlating the presence of ionic contribution to the electrical conductivity process. From the frequency dependence of dielectric constant and conductivity, the Cole-Cole parameters and power law parameters were evaluated. The dielectric relaxation phenomena were investigated using the dielectric moduli formulation.

  3. Luminescence properties of red-emission Mg4 Nb2 O9:Eu3+ phosphor.

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    Cao, Renping; Cao, Chunyan; Yu, Xiaoguang; Qiu, Jianrong

    2015-03-01

    Red-emitting Mg4 Nb2 O9 :Eu(3+) phosphor is synthesized via a solid-state reaction method in air, and its crystal structure and luminescence are investigated. The phosphor can be excited efficiently by ~ 395 nm light, coupled well with a ~ 395 nm near-ultraviolet chip and emits red light at ~ 613 nm with sharp spectra due to (5) D0  → (7)  F2 transition of the Eu(3+) ion. Mg4 Nb2 O9 :Eu(3+) phosphor sintered at 1350 ºC shows Commission international de I'Eclairage (CIE) chromaticity coordinates of x = 0.6354, y = 0.3592, and is a potential red-emitting phosphor candidate for white light-emitting diodes (W-LEDs) under ~ 395 nm near-ultraviolet LED chip excitation.

  4. Eu(2+) luminescence in SrCaP2 O7 pyrophosphate phosphor.

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    Kohale, R L; Dhoble, S J

    2013-01-01

    A series of Eu(2+) activated SrCaP2 O7 pyrophosphate phosphors were synthesized by the modified solid-state reaction method. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) and photoluminescence (PL) properties of these phosphors were investigated at room temperature. The excitation spectra indicate that these phosphors can be effectively excited by Hg-free excitation. The emission spectra exhibit strong blue performance, which is due to the 4f(6) 5d(1) →4f(7) transition of Eu(2+) . The Fourier transform infrared spectrum at room temperature was investigated and surface morphology has been studied by scanning electron microscope. The prepared phosphor exhibited intense blue emission at the 427 nm owing to Eu(2+) ion by Hg-free excitation at 330 nm, that is, solid-state lighting excitation. Hence, the availability of such a phosphor will significantly help in the growth of blue-emitting solid-state lighting applications.

  5. Optical properties of Eu{sup 2+} doped antipervoskite fluoride single crystals

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    Daniel, D. Joseph; Ramasamy, P.; Nithya, R.; Madhusoodanan, U.

    2013-02-05

    Single crystals of pure and Eu{sup 2+} doped LiBaF{sub 3} have been grown from melt by using a vertical Bridgman-Stockbarger method. Absorption and luminescence spectra for pure and rare-earth-doped LiBaF{sub 3} were studied. At ambient conditions the photoluminescence spectra consisted of sharp lines peaked at {approx}359 nm attributed to the {sup 6}P7/2{yields}{sup 8}S7/2 transitions in the 4f{sub 7} electronic configuration of Eu{sup 2+} and a broad band extending between 370 and 450 nm attributed to Eu{sup 2+} trapped exciton recombination. The effect of {sup 60}Co gamma irradiation has also been investigated.

  6. Sensitized luminescence of LaF3:Eu3+ nanoparticles through pyromellitic acid.

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    Li, S Wen; Ren, H Juan; Ju, S Guang

    2014-05-01

    The LaF3 nanoparticles doped with different concentration Eu3+ ions are prepared by a simple and low temperature synthetic route. The nanoparticles with the size of about 3.5 nm are roughly spherical and monodisperse. The emission of Eu3+ ions is sensitized through pyromellitic acid bonded onto the surface of nanoparticles. The structure, morphology, photoluminescence properties and fluorescence dynamics are studied systemically. The results show that the sensitized nanoparticles have a broad absorption band in the UV domain and high asymmetry radio, and enhanced Eu3+ luminescence by "antenna effect" of ligands. The excited state lifetimes of sensitized nanoparticles are longer than those of un-sensitized nanoparticles and corresponding europium complexes.

  7. The EU Clinical Trials Regulation: key priorities, purposes and aims and the implications for public health.

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    Flear, Mark L

    2016-03-01

    The replacement of the European Union (EU) Clinical Trials Directive by the new Clinical Trials Regulation (CTR), which entered into force on 16 June 2014 but will not apply before 28 May 2016, provides an opportunity to review the legal and political context within which this important aspect of research law and policy sits and to reflect on the implications for public health. My aim in this article is to relate the context to the key purposes and aims of EU law and policy on clinical trials in order to explain and clarify its orientation. On that basis, I argue that the CTR and the changes it introduces to the law on clinical trials are part of the EU's continued focus on market optimisation. It is this focus that orients and directs the wider pharmaceutical development pipeline, but that undermines the achievement of key public health objectives.

  8. Structural and optical properties of Eu3+ activated low cost zinc soda lime silica glasses

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    Omar, Nur Alia Sheh; Fen, Yap Wing; Matori, Khamirul Amin; Zaid, Mohd Hafiz Mohd; Samsudin, Nur Farhana

    A low cost method was employed to synthesize ZnO-SLS:xEu3+ phosphors using recyclable bottle glass as silica source. The structural and optical properties of ZnO-SLS:xEu3+ (x = 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 wt.%) glasses were determined using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared reflectance (FTIR), UV-visible (Uv-Vis) and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. Structural investigation using XRD measurement had broadened the halo peak with the doping of dopants. FTIR spectra showed the glass system consists of -OH and SiO4 bands. Meanwhile, the optical measurement using UV-Vis absorption has been induced a blue shift of the electronic absorption edge. The emission peak intensity of ZnO-SLS:xEu3+ phosphors was enhanced with the progression of doping concentration and thus, revealed their potential as red emitting phosphors under 400 nm excitation.

  9. Barriers to translating EU and US CVD guidelines into practice in China.

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    Zhao, Dong; Hu, Dayi

    2012-05-01

    With the increasing globalization of clinical research and evidence, clinical-practice guidelines (CPGs) developed by the European Union (EU) and the USA are also becoming increasingly international. However, these CPGs can encounter barriers to their practical application. In this Perspectives article, we analyze the main obstacles to the application of EU and US CPGs for cardiovascular diseases from the unique perspective of China, and highlight some potential problems in the globalization of CPGs. Currently, China and other countries with limited independent evidence for CPG development must localize or adapt the CPGs developed by the EU, the USA, or international medical organizations, with systematic consideration of cost-effectiveness and alternative strategies on the basis of the available evidence from the native populations. At the same time, comprehensive capabilities to collect and review clinical evidence to produce population-specific CPGs should be developed.

  10. Microstructural properties of Eu-doped GaN luminescent powders

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    Contreras, O.; Srinivasan, S.; Ponce, F. A.; Hirata, G. A.; Ramos, F.; McKittrick, J.

    2002-09-01

    GaN powders doped with europium have been prepared using Eu and Ga nitrates and N2H4 as reactants. The resulting particles have dimensions ranging from 0.5 to 1.0 mum. The crystalline structure was studied by transmission electron microscopy, and it consisted of single crystals with a hexagonal (wurtzite) structure containing small cubic domains (zinc blende) and a high density of stacking faults, all aligned along the 0001 and <111> directions, respectively. Cathodoluminescence measurements show strong light emission in the red region. This luminescence corresponds to transitions of Eu with the strongest emission in the 611 nm line, which is associated to the Eu3+ 4f transition from 5D0 to 7F2. These results demonstrate the feasibility of GaN:RE powders for luminescent applications.

  11. Is plagioclase removal responsible for the negative Eu anomaly in the source regions of mare basalts

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    Shearer, C.K.; Papike, J.J. )

    1989-12-01

    The nearly ubiquitous presence of a negative Eu anomaly in the mare basalts has been suggested to indicate prior separation and flotation of plagioclase from the basalt source region during its crystallization from a lunar magma ocean (LMO). Are there any mare basalts derived from a mantle source which did not experience prior plagioclase separation Crystal chemical rationale for REE substitution in pyroxene suggests that the combination of REE size and charge, M2 site characteristics of pyroxene, fO{sub 2}, magma chemistry, and temperature may account for the negative Eu anomaly in the source region of some types of primitive, low TiO{sub 2} mare basalts. This origin for the negative Eu anomaly does not preclude the possibility of the LMO as many mare basalts still require prior plagioclase crystallization and separation and/or hybridization involving a KREEP component.

  12. Synthesis and luminescence properties of a novel blue emitting phosphor NaMgPO₄:Eu(2+).

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    Tang, Wanjun; Zheng, Yingli

    2010-01-01

    A novel blue-emitting phosphor of Eu(2+)-activated NaMgPO(4) was prepared by combustion-assisted synthesis. Sodium dihydrogen phosphate and magnesium nitrate were used as the source of Na, P and Mg, respectively. The ratios of magnesium and phosphorus components that were dissolved into the combustion solution were changed from 1:1 to 1:1.3. Their effect on the crystallinities and photoluminescence spectra of the phosphor particles were investigated. The post-heated phosphor particles had a broad excitation wavelength that ranged from 240 to 410 nm. The phosphor particles prepared from the combustion solution with a 1:1.2 ratio of magnesium to phosphorus had maximum emission intensity under ultraviolet excitation. The effect of doped Eu(2+) concentration on the emission intensity of PO₄:Eu(2+) was also investigated.

  13. Preparation and properties of Eu doped CaAlSiN3 red phosphor

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    He, Pan; Zhang, Ning; Man, Shiqing

    2017-03-01

    The Eu2+ activated CaAlSiN3 phosphor was synthesized by solid-state reaction method under a nitrogen atmosphere at 1550°C for 6h. The phosphors structure was measured by X-ray diffraction (XRD); excitation spectra, emission spectra and decay lifetime were obtained by fluorescence spectrophotometer equipped. It showed a broad excitation band originating from the 4f7-4f65d transition of Eu2+ ion extending to 650nm and the peaking at 467nm; a strong emission band centering at 668nm, and the lifetime of Eu2+ in the CaAlSiN3 host is 1.4227 µs.

  14. International law on ship recycling and its interface with EU law.

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    Argüello Moncayo, Gabriela

    2016-08-15

    The regulation on ship recycling at international and European Union (EU) level has transitioned from the realm of transboundary movement of wastes to a specialized regime, i.e., the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships (2009) (Hong Kong Convention). Although this convention is not in force yet, the principal features of it have been incorporated in EU Regulation 1257/2013 on ship recycling. This paper examines the rationale behind developing a ship recycling regime, its disassociation from wastes, and the departure from the main principles of transboundary movement of wastes, such as the proximity principle, reduction of transboundary movement of wastes, and the prior informed consent procedure. While acknowledging some of the positive features of the emerging ship recycling, it is submitted that the Hong Kong Convention and EU Regulation 1257/2013 on ship recycling represent a step back in the regulation of ship recycling.

  15. Hetero-epitaxial EuO interfaces studied by analytic electron microscopy

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    Mundy, Julia A.; Hodash, Daniel; Melville, Alexander; Held, Rainer; Mairoser, Thomas; Schmehl, Andreas; Muller, David A.; Kourkoutis, Lena F.; Schlom, Darrell G.

    2014-03-03

    With nearly complete spin polarization, the ferromagnetic semiconductor europium monoxide could enable next-generation spintronic devices by providing efficient ohmic spin injection into silicon. Spin injection is greatly affected by the quality of the interface between the injector and silicon. Here, we use atomic-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy in conjunction with electron energy loss spectroscopy to directly image and chemically characterize a series of EuO|Si and EuO|YAlO{sub 3} interfaces fabricated using different growth conditions. We identify the presence of europium silicides and regions of disorder at the EuO|Si interfaces, imperfections that could significantly reduce spin injection efficiencies via spin-flip scattering.

  16. Electrical and Optical Property of Ferroelectric BaTiO3:Eu

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    Park, Yeonjoon; Grichener, Alexander; Jensen, Jacob; Choi, Sang H.

    2005-01-01

    We studied various electrical and optical properties of Europium (1 atomic %) incorporated BaTiO3 film on n-Si(100) substrate. The thin film structure was analyzed by X-ray diffraction. Film thickness and optical refractive index were measured with an ellipsometer. P-E hysteresis measurement shows the remnant polarization of 37 micro C/sq cm in BaTiO3:Eu film. C-V measurements on the pure BaTiO3 film show recovery of capacitance across sweeping voltage ranges with a narrow transition zone due to the polarization change. On the other hand, C-V and I-V measurements on the BaTiO3:Eu film show that Europium incorporation increases positively charged states in the BaTiO3 layer such that BaTiO3:Eu/n-Si interface behaves like a leaky p-n junction.

  17. A first principles investigation of ferromagnetic EuFe{sub 4}As{sub 12}

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    Shankar, A. Sandeep,; Thapa, R. K.; Rai, D. P.; Maibam, J.

    2015-05-15

    Density functional theory (DFT) based calculations of electronic and magnetic properties of filled skutterudites EuFe{sub 4}As{sub 12} have been performed using FP-LAPW method within the framework of the LSDA approach. The rare-earth filled skutterudites have attracted much attention because of the presence of the highly localized f-electrons and d- electrons of rare-earth and transition metal respectively, with high density of states near Fermi level. The calculation performed near the Fermi level of density of states shows the compound to be suitable for thermoelectric application. The exchange-splitting of Eu-4f states were analysed to explain the ferromagnetic behaviour of EuFe{sub 4}As{sub 12} with magnetic moment value 5.18 μ{sub B}.

  18. Is plagioclase removal responsible for the negative Eu anomaly in the source regions of mare basalts?

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    Shearer, C. K.; Papike, J. J.

    1989-01-01

    The nearly ubiquitous presence of a negative Eu anomaly in the mare basalts has been suggested to indicate prior separation and flotation of plagioclase from the basalt source region during its crystallization from a lunar magma ocean (LMO). Are there any mare basalts derived from a mantle source which did not experience prior plagioclase separation? Crystal chemical rationale for REE substitution in pyroxene suggests that the combination of REE size and charge, M2 site characteristics of pyroxene, fO2, magma chemistry, and temperature may account for the negative Eu anomaly in the source region of some types of primitive, low TiO2 mare basalts. This origin for the negative Eu anomaly does not preclude the possibility of the LMO as many mare basalts still require prior plagioclase crystallization and separation and/or hybridization involving a KREEP component.

  19. Climate for Collaboration: Analysis of US and EU Lessons and Opportunities in Energy and Climate Policy

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    De Vita, A.; de Connick, H.; McLaren, J.; Cochran, J.

    2009-11-01

    A deepening of cooperation between the United States and the European Union requires mutual trust, and understanding of current policies, challenges and successes. Through providing such understanding among policymakers, industry and other stakeholders in both economies, opportunities for transatlantic cooperation on climate change and energy policy emerge. This paper sets out by discussing the environmental, legislative, and economic contexts of the EU and US as related to climate. This context is essential to understanding how cap-and-trade, renewable energy and sustainable transportation policies have taken shape in the EU and the US, as described in Chapter 3.1. For each of these policies, a barrier analysis and discussion is provided. Chapter 4 builds off this improved understanding to listobservations and possible lessons learned. The paper concludes with recommendations on topics where EU and US interests align, and where further cooperation could prove beneficial.

  20. LiRE2Si3 (RE = Nd, Sm, and Eu) as potential photovoltaic materials

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    Feng, J.; Xiao, B.; Pan, W.; Jiang, Y. H.; Zhou, R.

    2013-07-01

    The equilibrium lattice properties, electronic and optical properties of LiRE2Si3 (RE = Nd, Sm, and Eu) compounds have been investigated. LiRE2Si3 compounds show strong absorption in the entire range of solar spectrum. The conversion efficiencies are 52.4, 70.2, and 63.9% for LiNd2Si3, LiSm2Si3, and LiEu2Si3, respectively. The efficiencies of LiSm2Si3 and LiEu2Si3 are about twice of GaAs (34%), and they are three times higher than Si (20%). The presence of 4f shell and the unoccupied π* states enhance the electron transportation invoked by photon adsorption. The LiRE2Si3 compounds are the excellent candidates of photovoltaic materials so far.

  1. Additional of polyethylene glycol on the preparation of LaPO4:Eu3+ phosphor

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    Panatarani, Camellia; Joni, I. Made

    2013-09-01

    Solution phase method was used to synthesis nanocrystal LaPO4:Eu3+. Polyethylene glycol with vary molecular weight (MW) was added to allow an exothermic reaction to get a high crystalinity of LaPO4:Eu3+. The x-ray pattern of as prepared LaPO4 was obtained by using an X'pert PANalytical diffractometer with CuKα radiation (λ = 1.5406 Å) and the photoluminescent measurement spectra is obtained by using Fluorescence Spectrometer LS55, Perkin Elmer. The additional of various MW of polyethylene glycol into the precursor solution of LaPO4:Eu3+ affected the crystal structure and luminescent properties. Higher MW of PEG depressing the luminescent spectra. The emission origin from 5D0-7F4 transition vanished by additional 500,000 and 2,000,000 MW of PEG.

  2. The impact of Septoria tritici Blotch disease on wheat: An EU perspective

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    Fones, Helen; Gurr, Sarah

    2015-01-01

    Zymoseptoria tritici is the causal agent of one of the European Union’s most devastating foliar diseases of wheat: Septoria tritici Blotch (STB). It is also a notable pathogen of wheat grown in temperate climates throughout the world. In this commentary, we highlight the importance of STB on wheat in the EU. To better understand STB, it is necessary to consider the host crop, the fungal pathogen and their shared environment. Here, we consider the fungus per se and its interaction with its host and then focus on a more agricultural overview of the impact STB on wheat. We consider the climatic and weather factors which influence its spread and severity, allude to the agricultural practices which may mitigate or enhance its impact on crop yields, and evaluate the economic importance of wheat as a food and animal feed crop in the UK and EU. Finally, we estimate the cost of STB disease to EU agriculture. PMID:26092782

  3. Effect of intervalley interaction on band topology of commensurate graphene/EuO heterostructures

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    Su, Shanshan; Barlas, Yafis; Li, Junxue; Shi, Jing; Lake, Roger K.

    2017-02-01

    Recent experiments demonstrating proximity induced ferromagnetism in graphene motivate this study of commensurate graphene/EuO heterostructures. Due to the commensurability of graphene with the (111)-EuO layer, graphene's Dirac points are mapped to the Γ point of the commensurate Brillouin zone. The Eu atoms not only induce proximity exchange on the graphene layer, but they also introduce intervalley interactions resulting in a nonlinear dispersion at Γ . We develop a model Hamiltonian, consistent with the lattice symmetries, that includes proximity induced exchange splitting, spin-orbit coupling, and intervalley interactions with parameters fitted to ab initio calculations. The intervalley interaction opens up a trivial gap preventing the system from crossing into a nontrivial state. The model Hamiltonian is analyzed to determine the conditions under which the heterostructures can exhibit topologically nontrivial bands.

  4. Positional-dependent luminescence property of β-SiAlON:Eu2+ phosphor particle

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    Zhang, Chenning; Uchikoshi, Tetsuo; Liu, Lihong; Dierre, Benjamin; Sakka, Yoshio; Hirosaki, Naoto

    2014-01-01

    The relationship between the luminescence property and particle faces of the β-SiAlON:Eu2+ phosphors was investigated by performing the cathodoluminescence (CL) measurements on the tip and side faces of the rod-like phosphor particles. It was found a positional dependence of the CL intensity on the particle faces, that is, the side face possessed higher CL intensity than the tip face, probably due to uneven distribution of the Eu2+ sites in the β-SiAlON host particles: the Eu2+ ions more intensively concentrated at the side face of the particle, particularly at the central area of the side face, than at the tip face.

  5. Synthesis and luminescence properties of KSrPO4:Eu2+ phosphor for radiation dosimetry

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    Palan, C. B.; Bajaj, N. S.; Omanwar, S. K.

    2016-05-01

    The KSrPO4:Eu phosphor was synthesized via solid state method. The structural and morphological characterizations were done through XRD (X-ray diffraction) and SEM (Scanning Electronic Microscope). Additionally, the photoluminescence (PL), thermoluminescence (TL) and optically Stimulated luminescence (OSL) properties of powder KSrPO4:Eu were studied. The PL spectra show blue emission under near UV excitation. It was advocated that KSrPO4:Eu phosphor not only show OSL sensitivity (0.47 times) but also gives faster decay in OSL signals than that of Al2O3:C (BARC) phosphor. The TL glow curve consist of two shoulder peaks and the kinetics parameters such as activation energy and frequency factors were determined by using peak shape method and also photoionization cross-sections of prepared phosphor was calculated. The radiation dosimetry properties such as minimum detectable dose (MDD), dose response and reusability were reported.

  6. Preparation and optical properties of BaFCl:Eu 2+ X-ray storage phosphor

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    Secu, M.; Matei, L.; Serban, T.; Apostol, E.; Aldica, Gh; Silion, C.

    2000-11-01

    A new method for the preparation of BaFCl:Eu 2+ has been developed. A coprecipitation chemical reaction between BaCl 2 and NaF acidified aqueous solution has been used. Doping with Eu 2+ was carried out by adding EuF 3 during preparation time. A thermal treatment in vacuum similar to those used in the sintering process of supraconductive ceramics was used in order to accomplish the chemical reaction and to improve the homogeneity of europium ion distribution. Finally, a fine powder consisting of microcrystalline, 4-5 μm grains was obtained. The product has been checked by X-ray diffractometry and characterised by optical methods. Photoluminescence (PL) measurements attest the europium impurification and oxygen contamination during preparation, which has a great importance for the photostimulability properties of the compound. Photostimulated luminescence (PSL) of the X-irradiated samples shows good performance as X-ray storage phosphor.

  7. TRLFS characterization of Eu(III)-doped synthetic organo-hectorite.

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    Finck, Nicolas; Stumpf, Thorsten; Walther, Clemens; Bosbach, Dirk

    2008-12-12

    Europium(III) was coprecipitated with the clay mineral hectorite, a magnesian smectite, following a multi-step synthesis procedure. Different Eu(III) species associated with the proceeding synthetic hectorite were characterized by selectively exciting the 5D0-->7F0 transition at low temperature (T < 20 K). Fluorescence decay times indicated that Eu(III) ions may be incorporated in the octahedral layer of the brucite precursor as well as in the octahedral sheet of the clay mineral. The excitation spectra indicated that the substitution of the divalent Mg by the trivalent Eu induced local structural deformation. This investigation implements the molecular-level understanding of the f element structural incorporation into the octahedral layer of sheet silicates by coprecipitation with clay minerals from salt solutions at 100 degrees C.

  8. Investigation of the Statistical Properties of Stable Eu Nuclei using Neutron-Capture Reactions

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    Agvaanluvsan, U; Alpizar-Vicente, A; Becker, J A; Becvar, F; Bredeweg, T A; Clement, R; Esch, E; Folden, III, C M; Hatarik, R; Haight, R C; Hoffman, D C; Krticka, M; Macri, R A; Mitchell, G E; Nitsche, H; O'Donnell, J M; Parker, W; Reifarth, R; Rundberg, R S; Schwantes, J M; Sheets, S A; Ullmann, J L; Vieira, D J; Wilhelmy, J B; Wilk, P; Wouters, J M; Wu, C Y

    2005-10-04

    Neutron capture for incident neutron energies <1eV up to 100 keV has been measured for {sup 151,153}Eu targets. The highly efficient DANCE (Detector for Advanced Neutron Capture Experiments) array coupled with the intense neutron beam at Los Alamos Neutron Science Center is used for the experiment. Stable Eu isotopes mass separated and electroplated on Be backings were used. Properties of well-resolved, strong resonances in two Eu nuclei are examined. The parameters for most of these resonances are known. Detailed multiplicity information for each resonance is obtained employing the high granularity of the DANCE array. The radiative decay cascades corresponding to each resonance are obtained in the experiment. The measurements are compared to simulation of these cascades which calculated with various models for the radiative strength function. Comparison between the experimental data and simulation provides an opportunity to investigate the average quantities.

  9. Laser site-selective spectroscopy of Eu3+ ions doped Y4Al2O9

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    Kaczkan, M.; Turczyński, S.; Pawlak, D. A.; Wencka, M.; Malinowski, M.

    2016-08-01

    Eu3+ doped Y4Al2O9 (YAM) crystals were prepared by the micro-pulling down method. Optical-absorption and laser-selective-excitation techniques along with the luminescence decays have been used to reveal that Eu3+ ions in YAM occupy three distinct sites, which were characterized and discussed. The Stark energy levels of Eu3+ at three different sites in YAM were assigned from selectively excited emission spectra at 10 K. The intensity ratio of forced electric dipole (5D0 → 7F2) and magnetic dipole (5D0 → 7F1) transitions was discussed in order to obtain information about the degree of asymmetry of the luminescent centers. These results were confirmed by the luminescence lifetime measurements. The temperature dependent photo-luminescence spectra indicated that there is no energy transfer between different sites in the 10-300 K range.

  10. Resonant energy transfer between Eu luminescent sites and their local geometry in GaN

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    Timmerman, Dolf; Wakamatsu, Ryuta; Tanaka, Kazuteru; Lee, Dong-gun; Koizumi, Atsushi; Fujiwara, Yasufumi

    2015-10-12

    Eu-doped GaN is a solid state material with promising features for quantum manipulation. In this study, we investigate the population dynamics of Eu in ions in this system by resonant excitation. From differences in the emission related to transitions between the {sup 5}D{sub 0} and {sup 7}F{sub 2} manifold in the Eu ions, we can distinguish different luminescence sites and observe that a resonant energy transfer takes place between two of these sites which are in proximity of each other. The time constants related to this energy transfer are on the order of 100 μs. By using different substrates, the energy transfer efficiency could be strongly altered, and it is demonstrated that the coupling between ions has an out-of-plane character. Based on these results, a microscopic model of this combined center is presented.

  11. Eu(III) complexes as anion-responsive luminescent sensors and paramagnetic chemical exchange saturation transfer agents.

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    Hammell, Jacob; Buttarazzi, Leandro; Huang, Ching-Hui; Morrow, Janet R

    2011-06-06

    The Eu(III) complex of (1S,4S,7S,10S)-1,4,7,10-tetrakis(2-hydroxypropyl)-1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane (S-THP) is studied as a sensor for biologically relevant anions. Anion interactions produce changes in the luminescence emission spectrum of the Eu(III) complex, in the (1)H NMR spectrum, and correspondingly, in the PARACEST spectrum of the complex (PARACEST = paramagnetic chemical exchange saturation transfer). Direct excitation spectroscopy and luminescence lifetime studies of Eu(S-THP) give information about the speciation and nature of anion interactions including carbonate, acetate, lactate, citrate, phosphate, and methylphosphate at pH 7.2. Data is consistent with the formation of both innersphere and outersphere complexes of Eu(S-THP) with acetate, lactate, and carbonate. These anions have weak dissociation constants that range from 19 to 38 mM. Citrate binding to Eu(S-THP) is predominantly innersphere with a dissociation constant of 17 μM. Luminescence emission peak changes upon addition of anion to Eu(S-THP) show that there are two distinct binding events for phosphate and methylphosphate with dissociation constants of 0.3 mM and 3.0 mM for phosphate and 0.6 mM and 9.8 mM for methyl phosphate. Eu(THPC) contains an appended carbostyril derivative as an antenna to sensitize Eu(III) luminescence. Eu(THPC) binds phosphate and citrate with dissociation constants that are 10-fold less than that of the Eu(S-THP) parent, suggesting that functionalization through a pendent group disrupts the anion binding site. Eu(S-THP) functions as an anion responsive PARACEST agent through exchange of the alcohol protons with bulk water. The alcohol proton resonances of Eu(S-THP) shift downfield in the presence of acetate, lactate, citrate, and methylphosphate, giving rise to distinct PARACEST peaks. In contrast, phosphate binds to Eu(S-THP) to suppress the PARACEST alcohol OH peak and carbonate does not markedly change the alcohol peak at 5 mM Eu(S-THP), 15 mM carbonate at p

  12. Electrospinning preparation and photoluminescence properties of poly (methyl methacrylate)/Eu{sup 3+} ions composite nanofibers and nanoribbons

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    Li, Maoying; Zhang, Zhenyi; Cao, Tieping; Sun, Yangyang; Liang, Pingping; Shao, Changlu; Liu, Yichun

    2012-02-15

    Graphical abstract: Nanofibers and nanoribbons of poly (methyl methacrylate)/Eu{sup 3+} ions composites were successfully prepared by using a simple electrospinning technique. And the photoluminescence properties of the above PMMA/Eu{sup 3+} ions composites were studied. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Nanofibers and nanoribbons of PMMA/Eu{sup 3+} ions composites are fabricated by electrospinning. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Photoluminescence properties of as-electrospun PMMA/Eu{sup 3+} ions composites are studied. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The ratios of electric- and magnetic-dipole transitions are enhanced by increasing electrospinning voltage. -- Abstract: Nanofibers and nanoribbons of poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA)/Eu{sup 3+} ions composites with different concentration of Eu{sup 3+} ions were successfully prepared by using a simple electrospinning technique. From the results of scanning electron microscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, we found that the morphology of the as-electrospun PMMA/Eu{sup 3+} ions composites could be changed from fiber to ribbon structure by adjusting the concentration of Eu{sup 3+} ions in the electrospun precursor solution. The coordination between the Eu{sup 3+} ions and PMMA molecules were investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and differential thermal analysis. The photoluminescence (PL) properties of the as-electrospun PMMA/Eu{sup 3+} ions composites were studied in comparison to those of the Eu(NO{sub 3}){sub 3} powder. It was showed that the {sup 5}D{sub 0}-{sup 7}F{sub J} (J = 0, 1, 2, 3, 4) emission appeared in the PL spectra of the as-electrospun PMMA/Eu{sup 3+} ions composites, whereas the {sup 5}D{sub 0}-{sup 7}F{sub 0} emission was completely absent in the PL spectra of Eu(NO{sub 3}){sub 3} powder due to the different local environments surrounding Eu{sup 3+} ions. It was interesting to note that the intensity ratios of the electric-dipole and magnetic-dipole transitions for

  13. Eu-doped α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles with modified magnetic properties

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    Freyria, Francesca Stefania; Barrera, Gabriele; Tiberto, Paola; Belluso, Elena; Levy, Davide; Saracco, Guido; Allia, Paolo; Garrone, Edoardo; Bonelli, Barbara

    2013-05-15

    Eu-doping of hematite (α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) nanoparticles (NPs) takes place under hydrothermal conditions, and does not at ambient temperature and pressure. Required circumstances have been studied in detail. In the presence of Eu, besides hematite, some goethite and ferrihydrite are formed. Evidence for the occurrence of doping is reported. Chemical composition, as studied by EDS (bulk) and XPS (surface), reveals an enrichment of Eu at NPs core, ascribed to the occurrence of a two-step mechanism of NP formation, comprising nucleation at first, in which Eu{sup 3+} ions compete with Fe{sup 3+} ions, notwithstanding the large difference in concentration, and a successive growth step of NPs in a solution comparatively richer in Fe{sup 3+} species. The Eu content affects: (i) the morphology of NPs, as shown by TEM and FE-SEM; (ii) lattice parameters, as obtained by Rietveld refinement of XRD patterns; (iii) magnetic properties, due to the presence of Eu{sup 3+} ions, characterized by a higher one-ion anisotropy and a lower magnetic moment with respect to iron cations. - Graphical abstract: Eu-doped α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} NPs are obtained by forced hydrolysis under hydrothermal conditions: changes are observed in NPs morphology, lattice parameters and magnetic properties. - Highlights: • Eu-doped hematite NPs were prepared by forced hydrolysis. • Eu ions affect NPs morphology and lattice parameters. • Eu ions affect the magnetic properties of hematite NPs. • Doped NPs have a Eu-richer core.

  14. Synthesis, energy transfer and tunable emission properties of SrSb2O6:Eu3 +, Bi3 + phosphor

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    Cao, Renping; Fu, Ting; Peng, Dedong; Cao, Chunyan; Ruan, Wen; Yu, Xiaoguang

    2016-12-01

    Host SrSb2O6, SrSb2O6:Bi3 +, SrSb2O6:Eu3 +, and SrSb2O6:Eu3 +, Bi3 + phosphors are synthesized by solid state reaction method in air. Host SrSb2O6 with excitation 254 nm shows weak green-yellow emission in the range of 320-780 nm due to Sb5 + → O2- transition. SrSb2O6:Bi3 + phosphor with excitation 365 nm emits green light within the range 400-650 nm owing to the 3P1 → 1S0 transition of Bi3 + ion. SrSb2O6:Eu3 + phosphor with excitation 254 nm exhibits a systematically varied hue from green to orange-red light by increasing Eu3 + concentration from 0 to 7 mol%, and that with excitation 394 nm only shows orange-red light. The optimal Eu3 + concentration is ~ 4 mol% in SrSb2O6:Eu3 + phosphor. SrSb2O6:Eu3 +, Bi3 + phosphor with excitation 254 and 394 nm emits orange-red light. Emission intensity of SrSb2O6:Eu3 + phosphor may be enhanced > 2 times by co-doping Bi3 + ion because of the fluxing agent and energy transfer roles of Bi3 + ion in SrSb2O6:Eu3 +, Bi3 + phosphor. The luminous mechanism of SrSb2O6:Eu3 +, Bi3 + phosphor is analyzed and explained by the simplified energy level diagrams of Sb2O62 - group, Bi3 + and Eu3 + ions, and energy transfer processes between them.

  15. Photoluminescence properties of the high-brightness Eu(3+)-doped KNaCa2(PO4)2 phosphors.

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    jin, Cheng; Ma, Hengxin; Liu, Qingbo; Li, Xu; Liu, Pengfei

    2014-03-25

    A series of red-emitting phosphors Eu(3+)-doped KNaCa2(PO4)2 were synthesized by solid-state reaction, and the photoluminescence (PL) properties were also investigated. The excitation spectrum is composed of charge-transfer (CT) of Eu-O and excitation lines of Eu(3+) ions. The strongest excitation lines appeared at 393 nm. The emission spectra of KNaCa2(PO4)2:Eu(3+) phosphors exhibit five peaks assigned to the (5)D0-(7)FJ (J=0, 1, 2, 3, 4) transitions of Eu(3+) and have dominating emission peak at 621 nm under 393 nm excitation. The luminescence intensity enhanced with increasing Eu(3+) content and the emission reached the maximum intensity at x=0.02 in KNaCa2-x(PO4)2:xEu(3+). The effect of the charge compensators on the emission intensity of the phosphors was investigated. The integral intensity of the emission spectrum of KNaCa1.96(PO4)2:0.02Eu(3+), 0.02Na(+) excited at 393 nm is about 2.4 times as strong as that of Y2O3:0.05Eu(3+) commercial red phosphor. The color coordinates for KNaCa1.96(PO4)2:0.02Eu(3+),0.02Na(+) were measured. The results indicate that KNaCa2(PO4)2:Eu(3+) might be a promising phosphor for w-LEDs.

  16. Synthesis, energy transfer and tunable emission properties of SrSb2O6:Eu(3+), Bi(3+) phosphor.

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    Cao, Renping; Fu, Ting; Peng, Dedong; Cao, Chunyan; Ruan, Wen; Yu, Xiaoguang

    2016-12-05

    Host SrSb2O6, SrSb2O6:Bi(3+), SrSb2O6:Eu(3+), and SrSb2O6:Eu(3+), Bi(3+) phosphors are synthesized by solid state reaction method in air. Host SrSb2O6 with excitation 254nm shows weak green-yellow emission in the range of 320-780nm due to Sb(5+)→O(2-) transition. SrSb2O6:Bi(3+) phosphor with excitation 365nm emits green light within the range 400-650nm owing to the (3)P1→(1)S0 transition of Bi(3+) ion. SrSb2O6:Eu(3+) phosphor with excitation 254nm exhibits a systematically varied hue from green to orange-red light by increasing Eu(3+) concentration from 0 to 7mol%, and that with excitation 394nm only shows orange-red light. The optimal Eu(3+) concentration is ~4mol% in SrSb2O6:Eu(3+) phosphor. SrSb2O6:Eu(3+), Bi(3+) phosphor with excitation 254 and 394nm emits orange-red light. Emission intensity of SrSb2O6:Eu(3+) phosphor may be enhanced >2 times by co-doping Bi(3+) ion because of the fluxing agent and energy transfer roles of Bi(3+) ion in SrSb2O6:Eu(3+), Bi(3+) phosphor. The luminous mechanism of SrSb2O6:Eu(3+), Bi(3+) phosphor is analyzed and explained by the simplified energy level diagrams of Sb2O6(2-) group, Bi(3+) and Eu(3+) ions, and energy transfer processes between them.

  17. 76 FR 4216 - Airworthiness Directives; SOCATA Model TBM 700 Airplanes

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