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  1. Magnetic moments and non-Fermi-liquid behavior in quasicrystals

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    Andrade, Eric

    Motivated by the intrinsic non-Fermi-liquid behavior observed in the heavy-fermion quasicrystal Au51Al34Yb15, we study the low-temperature behavior of dilute magnetic impurities placed in metallic quasicrystals. We find that a large fraction of the magnetic moments are not quenched down to very low temperatures, leading to a power-law distribution of Kondo temperatures, accompanied by a non-Fermi-liquid behavior, in a remarkable similarity to the Kondo-disorder scenario found in disordered heavy-fermion metals. This work was supported by FAPESP (Brazil) Grant No. 2013/00681-8.

  2. Fermi and Non-Fermi Liquid Behavior in Quantum Impurity Systems: Conserving Slave Boson Theory

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    Kroha, Johann; Woelfle, Peter

    1998-12-01

    The question of Fermi liquid vs. non-Fermi liquid behavior induced by strong correlations is one of the prominent problems in metallic local moment systems. As standard models for such systems, the SU(N)× SU(M) Anderson impurity models exhibit both Fermi liquid and non-Fermi liquid behavior, depending on their symmetry. Taking the Anderson model as an example, these lectures first give an introduction to the auxiliary boson method to describe correlated systems governed by a strong, short-range electronic repulsion. It is then shown how to include the relevant low-lying excitations (coherent spin flip and charge fluctuation processes), while preserving the local gauge symmetry of the model. This amounts to a conserving T-matrix approximation (CTMA). We prove a cancellation theorem showing that the CTMA incorporates all leading and subleading infrared singularities at any given order in a self-consistent loop expansion of the free energy. As a result, the CTMA recovers the correct infrared behavior of the auxiliary particle propagators, indicating that it correctly describes both the Fermi and the non-Fermi liquid regimes of the Anderson model.

  3. Nonanalytic corrections to the Fermi-liquid behavior

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    Chubukov, Andrey V.; Maslov, Dmitrii L.

    2003-10-01

    The issue of nonanalytic corrections to the Fermi-liquid behavior is revisited. Previous studies have indicated that the corrections to the Fermi-liquid forms of the specific heat and the static spin susceptibility (CFL∝T, χFLs=const) are nonanalytic in D⩽3 and scale as δC(T)∝TD, χs(T)∝TD-1, and χs(Q)∝QD-1, with extra logarithms in D=3 and 1. It is shown that these nonanalytic corrections originate from the universal singularities in the dynamical bosonic response functions of a generic Fermi liquid. In contrast to the leading, Fermi-liquid forms which depend on the interaction averaged over the Fermi surface, the nonanalytic corrections are parametrized by only two coupling constants, which are the components of the interaction potential at momentum transfers q=0 and q=2pF. For three-dimensional (3D) systems, a recent result of Belitz, Kirkpatrick, and Vojta for the spin susceptibility is reproduced and the issue why a nonanalytic momentum dependence, χs(Q,T=0)-χFLs∝Q2log Q, is not paralleled by a nonanalyticity in the T dependence [χs(0,T)-χFLs]∝T2 is clarified. For 2D systems, explicit forms of C(T)-CFL∝T2, χ(Q,T=0)-χFL∝|Q|, and χ(0,T)-χFL∝T are obtained. It is shown that earlier calculations of the temperature dependences in two dimensions are incomplete.

  4. Orbital Non-Fermi-Liquid Behavior in Cubic Ruthenates

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    Laad, M. S.; Bradarić, I.; Kusmartsev, F. V.

    2008-03-01

    We peruse various anomalous physical responses of the cubic (ferromagnetic SrRuO3 and paramagnetic CaRuO3) ruthenates, such as fractional power-law conductivity, anomalous Raman line shapes, and Hall currents. We show how these exciting power-law observations are naturally described within a new, local (orbital) non-Fermi-liquid state arising from strong, multiorbital Coulomb interactions. Introducing a multiorbital, correlated model treated within the dynamical mean-field theory, we also find two distinct relaxation rates for relaxation of transport in complete agreement with experiment.

  5. Orbital non-fermi-liquid behavior in cubic ruthenates.

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    Laad, M S; Bradarić, I; Kusmartsev, F V

    2008-03-07

    We peruse various anomalous physical responses of the cubic (ferromagnetic SrRuO3 and paramagnetic CaRuO3) ruthenates, such as fractional power-law conductivity, anomalous Raman line shapes, and Hall currents. We show how these exciting power-law observations are naturally described within a new, local (orbital) non-Fermi-liquid state arising from strong, multiorbital Coulomb interactions. Introducing a multiorbital, correlated model treated within the dynamical mean-field theory, we also find two distinct relaxation rates for relaxation of transport in complete agreement with experiment.

  6. Annealing, lattice disorder and non-Fermi liquid behavior in UCu4Pd

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    Booth, C.H.; Scheidt, E.-W.; Killer, U.; Weber, A.; Kehrein, S.

    2002-07-30

    The magnetic and electronic properties of non-Fermi liquid UCu{sub 4Pd} depend on annealing conditions. Local structural changes due to this annealing are reported from UL{sub III}- and Pd K-edge x-ray absorption fine-structure measurements. In particular, annealing decreases the fraction of Pd atoms on nominally Cu 16e sites and the U-Cu pair-distance distribution width. This study provides quantitative information on the amount of disorder in UCu{sub 4Pd} and allows an assessment of its possible importance to the observed non-Fermi liquid behavior.

  7. Non-Fermi liquid behavior of the drag and diffusion coefficients in QED plasma

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    Sarkar, Sreemoyee; Dutt-Mazumder, Abhee K.

    2011-11-01

    We calculate the drag and diffusion coefficients in low temperature QED plasma and go beyond the leading order approximation. The non-Fermi-liquid behavior of these coefficients are clearly revealed. We observe that the subleading contributions due to the exchange of soft transverse photon in both cases are larger than the leading order terms coming from the longitudinal sector. The results are presented in closed form at zero and low temperature.

  8. Criterion for stability of Goldstone modes and Fermi liquid behavior in a metal with broken symmetry

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    Watanabe, Haruki; Vishwanath, Ashvin

    2014-01-01

    There are few general physical principles that protect the low-energy excitations of a quantum phase. Of these, Goldstone’s theorem and Landau–Fermi liquid theory are the most relevant to solids. We investigate the stability of the resulting gapless excitations—Nambu–Goldstone bosons (NGBs) and Landau quasiparticles—when coupled to one another, which is of direct relevance to metals with a broken continuous symmetry. Typically, the coupling between NGBs and Landau quasiparticles vanishes at low energies, leaving the gapless modes unaffected. If, however, the low-energy coupling is nonvanishing, non-Fermi liquid behavior and overdamped bosons are expected. Here we prove a general criterion that specifies when the coupling is nonvanishing. It is satisfied by the case of a nematic Fermi fluid, consistent with earlier microscopic calculations. In addition, the criterion identifies a new kind of symmetry breaking—of magnetic translations—where nonvanishing couplings should arise, opening a previously unidentified route to realizing non-Fermi liquid phases. PMID:25349386

  9. Anisotropic non-Fermi liquids

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    Sur, Shouvik; Lee, Sung-Sik

    2016-11-01

    We study non-Fermi-liquid states that arise at the quantum critical points associated with the spin density wave (SDW) and charge density wave (CDW) transitions in metals with twofold rotational symmetry. We use the dimensional regularization scheme, where a one-dimensional Fermi surface is embedded in (3 -ɛ ) -dimensional momentum space. In three dimensions, quasilocal marginal Fermi liquids arise both at the SDW and CDW critical points: the speed of the collective mode along the ordering wave vector is logarithmically renormalized to zero compared to that of Fermi velocity. Below three dimensions, however, the SDW and CDW critical points exhibit drastically different behaviors. At the SDW critical point, a stable anisotropic non-Fermi-liquid state is realized for small ɛ , where not only time but also different spatial coordinates develop distinct anomalous dimensions. The non-Fermi liquid exhibits an emergent algebraic nesting as the patches of Fermi surface are deformed into a universal power-law shape near the hot spots. Due to the anisotropic scaling, the energy of incoherent spin fluctuations disperse with different power laws in different momentum directions. At the CDW critical point, on the other hand, the perturbative expansion breaks down immediately below three dimensions as the interaction renormalizes the speed of charge fluctuations to zero within a finite renormalization group scale through a two-loop effect. The difference originates from the fact that the vertex correction antiscreens the coupling at the SDW critical point whereas it screens at the CDW critical point.

  10. Tuning bad metal and non-Fermi liquid behavior in a Mott material: Rare-earth nickelate thin films.

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    Mikheev, Evgeny; Hauser, Adam J; Himmetoglu, Burak; Moreno, Nelson E; Janotti, Anderson; Van de Walle, Chris G; Stemmer, Susanne

    2015-11-01

    Resistances that exceed the Mott-Ioffe-Regel limit (known as bad metal behavior) and non-Fermi liquid behavior are ubiquitous features of the normal state of many strongly correlated materials. We establish the conditions that lead to bad metal and non-Fermi liquid phases in NdNiO3, which exhibits a prototype bandwidth-controlled metal-insulator transition. We show that resistance saturation is determined by the magnitude of Ni eg orbital splitting, which can be tuned by strain in epitaxial films, causing the appearance of bad metal behavior under certain conditions. The results shed light on the nature of a crossover to a non-Fermi liquid metal phase and provide a predictive criterion for Anderson localization. They elucidate a seemingly complex phase behavior as a function of film strain and confinement and provide guidelines for orbital engineering and novel devices.

  11. Tuning bad metal and non-Fermi liquid behavior in a Mott material: Rare-earth nickelate thin films

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    Mikheev, Evgeny; Hauser, Adam J.; Himmetoglu, Burak; Moreno, Nelson E.; Janotti, Anderson; Van de Walle, Chris G.; Stemmer, Susanne

    2015-01-01

    Resistances that exceed the Mott-Ioffe-Regel limit (known as bad metal behavior) and non-Fermi liquid behavior are ubiquitous features of the normal state of many strongly correlated materials. We establish the conditions that lead to bad metal and non-Fermi liquid phases in NdNiO3, which exhibits a prototype bandwidth-controlled metal-insulator transition. We show that resistance saturation is determined by the magnitude of Ni eg orbital splitting, which can be tuned by strain in epitaxial films, causing the appearance of bad metal behavior under certain conditions. The results shed light on the nature of a crossover to a non-Fermi liquid metal phase and provide a predictive criterion for Anderson localization. They elucidate a seemingly complex phase behavior as a function of film strain and confinement and provide guidelines for orbital engineering and novel devices. PMID:26601140

  12. Fermi Liquid Behavior in Quasi 1-D Conductors via Angular Magnetoresistance Oscillations

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    Lee, I. J.; Naughton, M. J.

    1998-03-01

    A body of evidence appears to be developing which suggests that electronic conduction in the q1D TMTSF molecular conductors can not be explained solely by Fermi liquid theory. Recent magnetotransport(G.M. Danner and P.M. Chaikin, Phys. Rev. Lett., 75), 4690 (1995). and photoemission(F. Zwick, et al. al.,) Phys. Rev. Lett., 79, 3982 (1997). experiments even point to a lack of a Fermi surface. We present angular-dependent magnetoresistance data on (TMTSF)_2PF6 under pressure, accompanied by calculations/simulations based on Boltzman transport (which explicitly require the existence of a Fermi surface). Based on rather good agreement between the two results, we maintain that a Fermi liquid description works, at least for the pressures employed. We will attempt to define the parameter space where Fermi liquid theory works, and where other (e.g. Luttinger) theories may be required.

  13. Observation of non-Fermi liquid behavior in hole-doped LiFe1 -xVxAs

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    Xing, L. Y.; Shi, X.; Richard, P.; Wang, X. C.; Liu, Q. Q.; Lv, B. Q.; Ma, J.-Z.; Fu, B. B.; Kong, L.-Y.; Miao, H.; Qian, T.; Kim, T. K.; Hoesch, M.; Ding, H.; Jin, C. Q.

    2016-09-01

    We synthesized a series of V-doped LiFe1 -xVxAs single crystals. The superconducting transition temperature Tc of LiFeAs decreases rapidly at a rate of 7 K per 1% V. The Hall coefficient of LiFeAs switches from negative to positive with 4.2% V doping, showing that V doping introduces hole carriers. This observation is further confirmed by the evaluation of the Fermi surface volume measured by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES), from which a 0.3 hole doping per V atom introduced is deduced. Interestingly, the introduction of holes does not follow a rigid band shift. We also show that the temperature evolution of the electrical resistivity as a function of doping is consistent with a crossover from a Fermi liquid to a non-Fermi liquid. Our ARPES data indicate that the non-Fermi liquid behavior is mostly enhanced when one of the hole dx z/dy z Fermi surfaces is well nested by the antiferromagnetic wave vector to the inner electron Fermi surface pocket with the dx y orbital character. The magnetic susceptibility of LiFe1 -xVxAs suggests the presence of strong magnetic impurities following V doping, thus providing a natural explanation to the rapid suppression of superconductivity upon V doping.

  14. Observation of non-Fermi liquid behavior in hole-doped LiFe1-x VxAs

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    Xing, L. Y.; Shi, X.; Richard, P.; ...

    2016-09-28

    Here we synthesized a series of V-doped LiFe1₋xVxAs single crystals. The superconducting transition temperature Tc of LiFeAs decreases rapidly at a rate of 7 K per 1% V. The Hall coefficient of LiFeAs switches from negative to positive with 4.2% V doping, showing that V doping introduces hole carriers. This observation is further confirmed by the evaluation of the Fermi surface volume measured by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES), from which a 0.3 hole doping per V atom introduced is deduced. Interestingly, the introduction of holes does not follow a rigid band shift. We also show that the temperature evolution ofmore » the electrical resistivity as a function of doping is consistent with a crossover from a Fermi liquid to a non-Fermi liquid. Our ARPES data indicate that the non-Fermi liquid behavior is mostly enhanced when one of the hole dxz/dyz Fermi surfaces is well nested by the antiferromagnetic wave vector to the inner electron Fermi surface pocket with the dxy orbital character. In conclusion, the magnetic susceptibility of LiFe1₋xVxAs suggests the presence of strong magnetic impurities following V doping, thus providing a natural explanation to the rapid suppression of superconductivity upon V doping.« less

  15. Berry Fermi liquid theory

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    Chen, Jing-Yuan; Son, Dam Thanh

    2017-02-01

    We develop an extension of the Landau Fermi liquid theory to systems of interacting fermions with non-trivial Berry curvature. We propose a kinetic equation and a constitutive relation for the electromagnetic current that together encode the linear response of such systems to external electromagnetic perturbations, to leading and next-to-leading orders in the expansion over the frequency and wave number of the perturbations. We analyze the Feynman diagrams in a large class of interacting quantum field theories and show that, after summing up all orders in perturbation theory, the current-current correlator exactly matches with the result obtained from the kinetic theory.

  16. Suppressed magnetic order and non-Fermi-liquid behavior in MnSi thin films under hydrostatic pressure

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    Engelke, J.; Menzel, D.; Hidaka, H.; Seguchi, T.; Amitsuka, H.

    2014-04-01

    In MnSi thin films the magnetic properties of the B20 compound are influenced by induced uniaxial anisotropy. In comparison to bulk MnSi the critical magnetic fields are enhanced and the Skyrmion phase is found to be enlarged within the magnetic phase diagram. Furthermore the ordering temperature depends on the film thickness reaching 43 K for films of around 10 nm and is considerably higher than in bulk crystals (Tc ,bulk=29 K). In bulk MnSi the ordering temperature can be reduced by pressure, where at 1.46 GPa the magnetic order is completely suppressed and a non-Fermi-liquid behavior characterized by a T3/2 law of the resistivity is observed. We present resistance measurements on MnSi thin films under applied pressure of up to 3.44 GPa. Qualitatively, the behavior is similar to bulk MnSi. However, the critical pressure is considerably enhanced to 3.1 GPa, which is assumed to be a consequence of strain. At high pressure non-Fermi-liquid behavior evidenced by a T3/2 behavior of the resistance is observed up to Tlin=30 K, i. e., in a larger temperature range than for bulk MnSi. Uniaxial anisotropy might play an important role in this breakdown of Fermi-liquid behavior, since it stabilizes nontrivial spin structures.

  17. Non-Fermi-liquid behavior in quantum impurity models with superconducting channels

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    Žitko, Rok; Fabrizio, Michele

    2017-02-01

    We study how the non-Fermi-liquid nature of the overscreened multichannel Kondo impurity model affects the response to a BCS pairing term that, in the absence of the impurity, opens a gap Δ . We find that the low-energy spectrum in the limit Δ →0 actually does not correspond to the spectrum strictly at Δ =0 . In particular, in the two-channel Kondo model, the Δ →0 ground state is an orbitally degenerate spin singlet, while it is an orbital singlet with a residual spin degeneracy at Δ =0 . In addition, there are fractionalized spin-1/2 subgap excitations whose energy in units of Δ tends toward a finite and universal value when Δ →0 , as if the universality of the anomalous power-law exponents that characterize the overscreened Kondo effect turned into universal energy ratios when the scale invariance is broken by Δ ≠0 . This intriguing phenomenon can be explained by the renormalization flow toward the overscreened fixed point and the gap cutting off the orthogonality catastrophe singularities. We also find other non-Fermi-liquid features at finite Δ : the local density of states lacks coherence peaks, the states in the continuum above the gap are unconventional, and the boundary entropy is a nonmonotonic function of temperature. The persistent subgap excitations are characteristic of the non-Fermi-liquid fixed point of the model, and thus depend on the impurity spin and the number of screening channels.

  18. Non-Fermi-Liquid Behavior in the Magnetoresistance of (TMTSF)_2PF_6

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    Danner, Guy M.

    1997-03-01

    Organic superconductors have proven to be a rich source of new physics in recent years. The compounds (TMTSF)_2X consist of weakly coupled, highly anisotropic planes, and they exhibit one dimensional conducting properties. Recent work has focused on mapping the Fermi Surface of these materials by rotating them in a magnetic field at low temperature. This work has provided a detailed picture of the band structure and Fermi surface for (TMTSF)_2ClO4 (G.M. Danner, and P.M. Chaikin, Phys. Rev. Lett. 72), 3714 (1994). , but the sister compound (TMTSF)_2PF6 has not been well understood. It has been suggested ( David G. Clarke, S.P. Strong, and P.W. Anderson, Phys. Rev. Lett. 72), 3218(1994), S.P. Strong, David G. Clark, and P.W. Anderson, Phys. Rev. Lett. 73, 1007(1994), S.P. Strong and David G. Clarke, J. Phys. Cond. Matt. 48, 10089 (1996). that the PF6 salt is marginally a three dimensional Fermi Liquid which can be destabilized by a small field in the conducting plane in the cyrstal b direction. This field would cause the interplane transport to be come incoherent. A comparison (G.M. Danner and P.M. Chaikin, Phys. Rev. Lett. 75), p. 4690 (1995), E.I. Chashechkina and P.M. Chaikin, proceedings of LT21, to be published. of the measurements of the Fermi surface of ClO4 to those of PF6 shows that the three dimensional Fermi surface exists and is coherent for zero destabilizing field. These measurements also show that the Fermi surface is incoherent or non-existent for small destabilizing fields in PF_6. In this incoherent state the magnetoresistances become power laws in the field applied perpendicular to the conducting planes (ρ_allel a ∝ H_⊥^1/2 and ρ_⊥ ∝ H_⊥^3/2). These are two dimensional, non-Fermi liquid properties.

  19. (Almost) naked quantum criticality with non-Fermi liquid behavior at the onset of inhomogeneous Larkin-Ovchinikov superfluidity in two dimensions

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    Strack, Philipp; Piazza, Francesco

    2015-03-01

    We present a renormalization group analysis for the non-Fermi liquid behavior and quantum criticality arising in coupled quantum wires of attractively interacting fermions with spin imbalance in two spatial dimensions.

  20. Chiral non-Fermi liquids

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    Sur, Shouvik; Lee, Sung-Sik

    2014-07-01

    A non-Fermi liquid state without time-reversal and parity symmetries arises when a chiral Fermi surface is coupled with a soft collective mode in two space dimensions. The full Fermi surface is described by a direct sum of chiral patch theories, which are decoupled from each other in the low-energy limit. Each patch includes low-energy excitations near a set of points on the Fermi surface with a common tangent vector. General patch theories are classified by the local shape of the Fermi surface, the dispersion of the critical boson, and the symmetry group, which form the data for distinct universality classes. We prove that a large class of chiral non-Fermi liquid states exists as stable critical states of matter. For this, we use a renormalization group scheme where low-energy excitations of the Fermi surface are interpreted as a collection of (1+1)-dimensional chiral fermions with a continuous flavor labeling the momentum along the Fermi surface. Due to chirality, the Wilsonian effective action is strictly UV finite. This allows one to extract the exact scaling exponents although the theories flow to strongly interacting field theories at low energies. In general, the low-energy effective theory of the full Fermi surface includes patch theories of more than one universality classes. As a result, physical responses include multiple universal components at low temperatures. We also point out that, in quantum field theories with extended Fermi surface, a noncommutative structure naturally emerges between a coordinate and a momentum which are orthogonal to each other. We show that the invalidity of patch description for Fermi liquid states is tied with the presence of UV/IR mixing associated with the emergent noncommutativity. On the other hand, UV/IR mixing is suppressed in non-Fermi liquid states due to UV insensitivity, and the patch description is valid.

  1. Non-Fermi liquid behavior and non-universal superconducting gap structure in Fe-pnictides

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    Matsuda, Yuji

    2010-03-01

    The discovery of Fe-pnictide superconductors with Tc exceeding 55 K raises fundamental questions about origin of high-Tc superconductivity. Here we report the systematic studies of the normal-state charge transport, Fermi surface structure and superconducting gap structure in high-quality single crystals of BaFe2(As1-xPx)2 (0 <=x <=0.71), ranging from the SDW state to overdoped Fermi liquid state. Near the SDW boundary, the transport coefficients, including resistivity, Hall coefficient and magnetoresistance, exhibit striking deviations from the Fermi liquid properties [1]. The Fermi surface structure determined by the dHvA effect shows that in the superconducting dome the volume of the electron and hole sheets shrink linearly and the effective masses become strongly enhanced with decreasing x [2]. It is likely that these trends originate from the many-body interaction which gives rise to superconductivity. The penetration depth, thermal conductivity and NMR data for BaFe2(As0.67P0.33)2 (Tc=30 K) provide unambiguous evidence for line nodes in the superconducting gap function [3], in sharp contrast to the other Fe-based compounds with fully gapped structure. This indicates that the gap structure of Fe-based high-Tc superconductors is not universal.[1] S. Kasahara et al., arXiv:0905.4427 [2] H. Shishido et al., arXiv:0910.3634 [3] K. Hashimoto et al., arXiv:0907.4399 [4] K. Hashimoto et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 017002 (2009), ibid 102, 207001 (2009).

  2. Crossover from fermi liquid to classical behavior of normal /sup 3/He in the model of almost localized fermions

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    Seiter, K.; Gros, C.; Rice, T.M.; Veda, K.; Vollhardt, D.

    1986-08-01

    A phenomenological extension of the model of almost localized fermions to finite temperatures is presented. It is used to calculate thermodynamic properties of the normal state of /sup 3/He. No new adjustable parameters are introduced and the effective interaction strength is the same as used by Vollhardt. A good qualitative description of the crossover from Fermi liquid to classical behavior in the specific heat, spin susceptibility, and temperature-dependent pressure (or equivalently thermal expansion) is obtained. In particular, key results, such as the change in specific heat when the spin entropy saturates and the change from thermal expansion to thermal contraction at low temperatures are reproduced.

  3. Renormalization group flow for noncommutative Fermi liquids

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    Estrada-Jimenez, Sendic; Garcia-Compean, Hugo; Wu Yongshi

    2011-06-15

    Some recent studies of the AdS/CFT correspondence for condensed matter systems involve the Fermi liquid theory as a boundary field theory. Adding B-flux to the boundary D-branes leads in a certain limit to the noncommutative Fermi liquid, which calls for a field theory description of its critical behavior. As a preliminary step to more general consideration, the modification of the Landau's Fermi liquid theory due to noncommutativity of spatial coordinates is studied in this paper. We carry out the renormalization of interactions at tree level and one loop in a weakly coupled fermion system in two spatial dimensions. Channels ZS, ZS' and BCS are discussed in detail. It is shown that while the Gaussian fixed-point remains unchanged, the BCS instability is modified due to the space noncommutativity.

  4. Stokes paradox in electronic Fermi liquids

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    Lucas, Andrew

    2017-03-01

    The Stokes paradox is the statement that in a viscous two-dimensional fluid, the "linear response" problem of fluid flow around an obstacle is ill posed. We present a simple consequence of this paradox in the hydrodynamic regime of a Fermi liquid of electrons in two-dimensional metals. Using hydrodynamics and kinetic theory, we estimate the contribution of a single cylindrical obstacle to the global electrical resistance of a material, within linear response. Momentum relaxation, present in any realistic electron liquid, resolves the classical paradox. Nonetheless, this paradox imprints itself in the resistance, which can be parametrically larger than predicted by Ohmic transport theory. We find a remarkably rich set of behaviors, depending on whether or not the quasiparticle dynamics in the Fermi liquid should be treated as diffusive, hydrodynamic, or ballistic on the length scale of the obstacle. We argue that all three types of behavior are observable in present day experiments.

  5. Observation of non-Fermi liquid behavior in hole-doped LiFe1-x VxAs

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    Xing, L. Y.; Shi, X.; Richard, P.; Wang, X. C.; Liu, Q. Q.; Lv, B. Q.; Ma, J. -Z.; Fu, B. B.; Kong, L. -Y.; Miao, H.; Qian, T.; Kim, T. K.; Hoesch, M.; Ding, H.; Jin, C. Q.

    2016-09-28

    Here we synthesized a series of V-doped LiFe1₋xVxAs single crystals. The superconducting transition temperature Tc of LiFeAs decreases rapidly at a rate of 7 K per 1% V. The Hall coefficient of LiFeAs switches from negative to positive with 4.2% V doping, showing that V doping introduces hole carriers. This observation is further confirmed by the evaluation of the Fermi surface volume measured by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES), from which a 0.3 hole doping per V atom introduced is deduced. Interestingly, the introduction of holes does not follow a rigid band shift. We also show that the temperature evolution of the electrical resistivity as a function of doping is consistent with a crossover from a Fermi liquid to a non-Fermi liquid. Our ARPES data indicate that the non-Fermi liquid behavior is mostly enhanced when one of the hole dxz/dyz Fermi surfaces is well nested by the antiferromagnetic wave vector to the inner electron Fermi surface pocket with the dxy orbital character. In conclusion, the magnetic susceptibility of LiFe1₋xVxAs suggests the presence of strong magnetic impurities following V doping, thus providing a natural explanation to the rapid suppression of superconductivity upon V doping.

  6. Study of non-Fermi Liquid behavior from partial nesting in multi-orbital superconductors

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    Setty, Chandan; Phillips, Philip

    Partial nesting between two connected or disconnected regions of the Fermi surface leads to fractional powers of the Coulomb scattering lifetime as a function of temperature and frequency. This result is first demonstrated for a toy band structure where partial nesting occurs within a single band and between different regions of the Brillouin zone. A comparison is then made to a multiband scenario by studying the scattering rate of an effective two orbital model that was proposed in the context of multi-orbital superconductors. In the process, various model independent factors affecting the temperature exponent, n, are identified. The logarithmically divergent contributions of the lowest order vertex correction to the multi-orbital susceptibility, and the role played by nesting in suppressing these divergences is analyzed. The relevance of these results is discussed keeping the recently observed anomalous resistivity in the Co doped Iron superconductor LiFeAs as a backdrop.

  7. Hidden non-Fermi liquid behavior caused by magnetic phase transition in Ni-doped Ba-122 pnictides

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    Lee, Seokbae; Choi, Ki-Young; Jung, Eilho; Rho, Seulki; Shin, Soohyeon; Park, Tuson; Hwang, Jungseek

    2015-01-01

    We studied two BaFe2−xNixAs2 (Ni-doped Ba-122) single crystals at two different doping levels (underdoped and optimally doped) using an optical spectroscopic technique. The underdoped sample shows a magnetic phase transition around 80 K. We analyze the data with a Drude-Lorentz model with two Drude components (D1 and D2). It is known that the narrow D1 component originates from electron carriers in the electron-pockets and the broad D2 mode is from hole carriers in the hole-pockets. While the plasma frequencies of both Drude components and the static scattering rate of the broad D2 component show negligible temperature dependencies, the static scattering rate of the D1 mode shows strong temperature dependence for the both samples. We observed a hidden quasi-linear temperature dependence in the scattering rate of the D1 mode above and below the magnetic transition temperature while in the optimally doped sample the scattering rate shows a more quadratic temperature dependence. The hidden non-Fermi liquid behavior in the underdoped sample seems to be related to the magnetic phase of the material. PMID:26184412

  8. Fermi liquid behavior of the in-plane resistivity in the pseudogap state of YBa2Cu4O8.

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    Proust, Cyril; Vignolle, Baptiste; Levallois, Julien; Adachi, S; Hussey, Nigel E

    2016-11-29

    Our knowledge of the ground state of underdoped hole-doped cuprates has evolved considerably over the last few years. There is now compelling evidence that, inside the pseudogap phase, charge order breaks translational symmetry leading to a reconstructed Fermi surface made of small pockets. Quantum oscillations [Doiron-Leyraud N, et al. (2007) Nature 447(7144):565-568], optical conductivity [Mirzaei SI, et al. (2013) Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 110(15):5774-5778], and the validity of Wiedemann-Franz law [Grissonnache G, et al. (2016) Phys Rev B 93:064513] point to a Fermi liquid regime at low temperature in the underdoped regime. However, the observation of a quadratic temperature dependence in the electrical resistivity at low temperatures, the hallmark of a Fermi liquid regime, is still missing. Here, we report magnetoresistance measurements in the magnetic-field-induced normal state of underdoped YBa2Cu4O8 that are consistent with a T(2) resistivity extending down to 1.5 K. The magnitude of the T(2) coefficient, however, is much smaller than expected for a single pocket of the mass and size observed in quantum oscillations, implying that the reconstructed Fermi surface must consist of at least one additional pocket.

  9. Fermi liquid behavior of the in-plane resistivity in the pseudogap state of YBa2Cu4O8

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    Proust, Cyril; Vignolle, Baptiste; Levallois, Julien; Adachi, S.; Hussey, Nigel E.

    2016-11-01

    Our knowledge of the ground state of underdoped hole-doped cuprates has evolved considerably over the last few years. There is now compelling evidence that, inside the pseudogap phase, charge order breaks translational symmetry leading to a reconstructed Fermi surface made of small pockets. Quantum oscillations [Doiron-Leyraud N, et al. (2007) Nature 447(7144):565-568], optical conductivity [Mirzaei SI, et al. (2013) Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 110(15):5774-5778], and the validity of Wiedemann-Franz law [Grissonnache G, et al. (2016) Phys Rev B 93:064513] point to a Fermi liquid regime at low temperature in the underdoped regime. However, the observation of a quadratic temperature dependence in the electrical resistivity at low temperatures, the hallmark of a Fermi liquid regime, is still missing. Here, we report magnetoresistance measurements in the magnetic-field-induced normal state of underdoped YBa2Cu4O8 that are consistent with a T2 resistivity extending down to 1.5 K. The magnitude of the T2 coefficient, however, is much smaller than expected for a single pocket of the mass and size observed in quantum oscillations, implying that the reconstructed Fermi surface must consist of at least one additional pocket.

  10. Landau Theory of Helical Fermi Liquids.

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    Lundgren, Rex; Maciejko, Joseph

    2015-08-07

    We construct a phenomenological Landau theory for the two-dimensional helical Fermi liquid found on the surface of a three-dimensional time-reversal invariant topological insulator. In the presence of rotation symmetry, interactions between quasiparticles are described by ten independent Landau parameters per angular momentum channel, by contrast with the two (symmetric and antisymmetric) Landau parameters for a conventional spin-degenerate Fermi liquid. We project quasiparticle states onto the Fermi surface and obtain an effectively spinless, projected Landau theory with a single projected Landau parameter per angular momentum channel that captures the spin-momentum locking or nontrivial Berry phase of the Fermi surface. As a result of this nontrivial Berry phase, projection to the Fermi surface can increase or lower the angular momentum of the quasiparticle interactions. We derive equilibrium properties, criteria for Fermi surface instabilities, and collective mode dispersions in terms of the projected Landau parameters. We briefly discuss experimental means of measuring projected Landau parameters.

  11. Momentum distribution and non-Fermi-liquid behavior in low-doped two-orbital model: Finite-size cluster quantum Monte Carlo approach

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    Kashurnikov, Vladimir A.; Krasavin, Andrey V.; Zhumagulov, Yaroslav V.

    2016-12-01

    The two-dimensional two-orbital Hubbard model is studied with the use of a finite-size cluster world-line quantum Monte Carlo algorithm. This model is widely used for simulation of the band structure of FeAs clusters, which are structure elements of Fe-based high-temperature superconductors. The choice of a special basis set of hypersites allowed us to take into account four-fermion operator terms and to overcome partly the sign problem. Spectral functions and the density of states for various parameters of the model are obtained in the undoped and low-doped regimes. The correlated distortion of the spectral density with the change of doping is observed, and the applicability of the "hard-band" approximation in the doped regime is demonstrated. Profiles of the momentum distribution are obtained for the first Brillouin zone; they have pronounced jump near the Fermi level, which decreases with the growth of the strength of the interaction. The invariance of the Fermi surface with respect to the strength of the interaction is testified. Nesting is found in the case of electron and hole doping. Fermi-liquid parameters of the model are derived. The Z factor grows sharply with the increasing of the level of doping and monotonously decreases with the growth of the strength of the interaction. Moreover, electron-hole doping asymmetry of the Z factor is revealed. The non-Fermi-liquid behavior and the deviation from Luttinger theorem are observed.

  12. Renormalization group and the superconducting susceptibility of a Fermi liquid

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    Parameswaran, S. A.; Sondhi, S. L.; Shankar, R.

    2010-11-15

    A free Fermi gas has, famously, a superconducting susceptibility that diverges logarithmically at zero temperature. In this paper we ask whether this is still true for a Fermi liquid and find that the answer is that it does not. From the perspective of the renormalization group for interacting fermions, the question arises because a repulsive interaction in the Cooper channel is a marginally irrelevant operator at the Fermi liquid fixed point and thus is also expected to infect various physical quantities with logarithms. Somewhat surprisingly, at least from the renormalization group viewpoint, the result for the superconducting susceptibility is that two logarithms are not better than one. In the course of this investigation we derive a Callan-Symanzik equation for the repulsive Fermi liquid using the momentum-shell renormalization group, and use it to compute the long-wavelength behavior of the superconducting correlation function in the emergent low-energy theory. We expect this technique to be of broader interest.

  13. Fermi-liquid theory for unconventional superconductors

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    Sauls, J.A.

    1994-12-31

    Fermi liquid theory is used to generate the Ginzburg-Landau free energy functionals for unconventional superconductors belonging to various representations. The parameters defining the GL functional depend on Fermi surface anisotropy, impurity scattering and the symmetry class of the pairing interaction. As applications the author considers the basic models for the multiple superconducting phases of UPt{sub 3}. An important prediction of the leading order Fermi liquid theory for the two-dimensional representations of the hexagonal symmetry group is that the zero-field equilibrium state exhibits spontaneously broken time-reversal symmetry.

  14. Non-Fermi-liquid behavior at the onset of incommensurate 2kF charge- or spin-density wave order in two dimensions

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    Holder, Tobias; Metzner, Walter

    2014-10-01

    We analyze the influence of quantum critical fluctuations on single-particle excitations at the onset of incommensurate 2kF charge- or spin-density wave order in two-dimensional metals. The case of a single pair of hot spots at high symmetry positions on the Fermi surface needs to be distinguished from the case of two hot spot pairs. We compute the fluctuation propagator and the electronic self-energy perturbatively in leading order. The energy dependence of the single-particle decay rate at the hot spots obeys non-Fermi-liquid power laws, with an exponent 2/3 in the case of a single hot spot pair, and exponent one for two hot spot pairs. The prefactors of the linear behavior obtained in the latter case are not particle-hole symmetric.

  15. Bosonic models with Fermi-liquid kinematics: realizations and properties

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    Goldbart, Paul; Gopalakrishnan, Sarang; Lamacraft, Austen

    2011-03-01

    We consider models of interacting bosons in which the single-particle kinetic energy achieves its minimum on a surface in momentum space. The kinematics of such models resembles that resulting from Pauli blocking in Fermi liquids; therefore, Shankar's renormalization-group treatment of Fermi liquids can be adapted to investigate phase transitions in these bosonic systems. We explore possible experimental realizations of such models in cold atomic gases: e.g., via spin-orbit coupling, multimode-cavity-mediated interactions, and Cooper pairing of Fermi gases in spin-dependent lattices. We address the phase structure and critical behavior of the resulting models within the framework of Ref., focusing in particular on Bose-Einstein condensation and on quantum versions of the Brazovskii transition from a superfluid to a supersolid.

  16. Time evolution of excitations in normal Fermi liquids

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    Pavlyukh, Y.; Rubio, A.; Berakdar, J.

    2013-05-01

    We inspect the initial and the long-time evolution of excitations in Fermi liquids by analyzing the time structure of the electron spectral function. Focusing on the short-time limit we study the electron-boson model for the homogeneous electron gas and apply the first-order (in boson propagator) cumulant expansion of the electron Green's function. In addition to a quadratic decay in time upon triggering the excitation, we identify nonanalytic terms in the time expansion similar to those found in the Fermi edge singularity phenomenon. We also demonstrate that the exponential decay in time in the long-time limit is inconsistent with the GW approximation for the self-energy. The background for this is the Paley-Wiener theorem of complex analysis. To reconcile with the Fermi liquid behavior an inclusion of higher order diagrams (in the screened Coulomb interaction) is required.

  17. Continuous transitions between composite Fermi liquid and Landau Fermi liquid: A route to fractionalized Mott insulators

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    Barkeshli, Maissam; McGreevy, John

    2012-08-01

    One of the most successful theories of a non-Fermi-liquid metallic state is the composite Fermi-liquid (CFL) theory of the half-filled Landau level. In this paper, we study continuous quantum phase transitions out of the CFL state and into a Landau Fermi liquid, in the limit of no disorder and fixed particle number. This transition can be induced by tuning the bandwidth of the Landau level relative to the interaction energy, for instance through an externally applied periodic potential. We find a transition to the Landau Fermi liquid through a gapless Mott insulator with a Fermi surface of neutral fermionic excitations. In the presence of spatial symmetries, we also find a direct continuous transition between the CFL and the Landau Fermi liquid. The transitions have a number of characteristic observable signatures, including the presence of two crossover temperature scales, resistivity jumps, and vanishing compressibility. When the composite fermions are paired instead, our results imply quantum critical points between various non-Abelian topological states, including the ν=1/2 Moore-Read Pfaffian [Ising × U(1) topological order], a version of the Kitaev B phase (Ising topological order), and paired electronic superconductors. To study such transitions, we use a projective construction of the CFL, which goes beyond the conventional framework of flux attachment to include a broader set of quantum fluctuations. These considerations suggest a possible route to fractionalized Mott insulators by starting with fractional quantum Hall states and tuning the Landau-level bandwidth.

  18. Stability and single-particle properties of bosonized Fermi liquids

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    Houghton, A.; Kwon, H.-J.; Marston, J. B.

    1994-07-01

    We study the stability and single-particle properties of Fermi liquids in spatial dimensions greater than one via bosonization. For smooth nonsingular Fermi-liquid interactions we obtain Shankar's renormalization-group flows to second order in the BCS coupling and reproduce well-known results for quasiparticle lifetimes. We demonstrate by explicit calculation that spin-charge separation does not occur when the Fermi-liquid interactions are regular. We also explore the relationship between quantized bosonic excitations and zero-sound modes and present a concise derivation of both the spin and the charge collective-mode equations. Finally we discuss some aspects of singular Fermi-liquid interactions.

  19. Pairing phenomena in strongly correlated Fermi liquids

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    Krotscheck, E.; Smith, R. A.; Jackson, A. D.

    1981-12-01

    The correlated-basis-function method is extended to deal with pairing phenomena in strongly correlated Fermi liquids. With a variational ansatz for the model wave function we derive the "correlated" analog of the conventional Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (or Balian-Werthamer), Anderson-Brinkman-Morel theory of pairing. A suitable (and well-controlled) set of approximations brings the theory into a form identical to the conventional theories, but with the bare interaction replaced by a weak effective interaction and the bare single-particle energies replaced by an effective single-particle spectrum. As usual, liquid 3He provides a very stringent test of the theory, as both the interaction and the experimental facts are pretty clear. The variational estimates for the pairing interaction are improved by nonorthogonal perturbation theory. We find the expected enhancement of the attraction in P waves, although the restriction to effective two-body interactions appears to be insufficient to generate P-wave pairing.

  20. Superconductivity and Non-Fermi-Liquid Behavior in the Heavy-Fermion Compound CeCo1-xNixIn5

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    Otaka, Ryo; Yokoyama, Makoto; Mashiko, Hiroaki; Hasegawa, Takeshi; Shimizu, Yusei; Ikeda, Yoichi; Tenya, Kenichi; Nakamura, Shota; Ueta, Daichi; Yoshizawa, Hideki; Sakakibara, Toshiro

    2016-09-01

    The effect of off-plane impurity on superconductivity and non-Fermi-liquid (NFL) behavior in the layered heavy-fermion compound CeCo1-xNixIn5 is investigated by specific heat, magnetization, and electrical resistivity measurements. These measurements reveal that the superconducting (SC) transition temperature Tc monotonically decreases from 2.3 K (x = 0) to 0.8 K (x = 0.20) with increasing x, and then the SC order disappears above x = 0.25. At the same time, the Ni substitution yields the NFL behavior at zero field for x = 0.25, characterized by the -ln T divergence in specific heat divided by temperature, Cp/T, and magnetic susceptibility, M/B. The NFL behavior in magnetic fields for x = 0.25 is quite similar to that seen at around the SC upper critical field in pure CeCoIn5, suggesting that both compounds are governed by the same antiferromagnetic quantum criticality. The resemblance of the doping effect on the SC order among Ni-, Sn-, and Pt-substituted CeCoIn5 supports the argument that the doped carriers are primarily responsible for the breakdown of the SC order. The present investigation further reveals the quantitative differences in the trends of the suppression of superconductivity between Ce(Co,Ni)In5 and the other alloys, such as the rates of decrease in Tc, dTc/dx, and specific heat jump at Tc, d(ΔCp/Tc)/dx. We suggest that the occupied positions of the doped ions play an important role in the origin of these differences.

  1. Systems with Many Degrees of Freedom: from Mean - Theories of Non-Fermi Liquid Behavior in Impurity Models to Implied Binomial Trees for Modeling Financial Markets

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    Barle, Stanko

    In this dissertation, two dynamical systems with many degrees of freedom are analyzed. One is the system of highly correlated electrons in the two-impurity Kondo problem. The other deals with building a realistic model of diffusion underlying financial markets. The simplest mean-field theory capable of mimicking the non-Fermi liquid behavior of the critical point in the two-impurity Kondo problem is presented. In this approach Landau's adiabaticity assumption--of a one-to-one correspondence between the low-energy excitations of the interacting and noninteracting systems--is violated through the presence of decoupled local degrees of freedom. These do not couple directly to external fields but appear indirectly in the physical properties leading, for example, to the log(T, omega) behavior of the staggered magnetic susceptibility. Also, as observed previously, the correlation function <{bf S}_1 cdot{bf S}_2> = -1/4 is a consequence of the equal weights of the singlet and triplet impurity configurations at the critical point. In the second problem, a numerical model is developed to describe the diffusion of prices in the market. Implied binomial (or multinomial) trees are constructed to enable practical pricing of derivative securities in consistency with the existing market. The method developed here is capable of accounting for both the strike price and term structure of the implied volatility. It includes the correct treatment of interest rate and dividends which proves robust even if these quantities are unusually large. The method is explained both as a set of individual innovations and, from a different prospective, as a consequence of a single plausible transformation from the tree of spot prices to the tree of futures prices.

  2. Fermi liquid viscosity in a finite geometry

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    Jaffe, J. E.

    1979-01-01

    Forced flow of a Fermi liquid is studied for a cell geometry consisting of two planes with a separation on the order of the mean free path. An approximate transport equation is used to derive an integral equation for the velocity profile, which is solved numerically. Results for the total flux through the cell, which determines the dissipation, are given as a function of the Knudsen number kappa (ratio of cell thickness to mean free path). Effects of specular reflection at the boundaries are considered. It is found that the dissipation has a minimum at kappa of 1/2, and behaves linearly for kappa not less than 3. Implications for present experimentation are discussed.

  3. Fermi liquid viscosity in a finite geometry

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    Jaffe, J. E.

    1979-01-01

    Forced flow of a Fermi liquid is studied for a cell geometry consisting of two planes with a separation on the order of mean free path. An approximate transport equation is used to derive an integral equation for the velocity profile, which is solved numerically. Results for the total flux through the cell, which determines the dissipation, are given as a function of the Knudsen number N (ratio of cell thickness to mean free path). Effects of specular reflection at the boundaries are considered. It is found that the dissipation has a minimum at N approximately equal to 1/2, and behaves linearly for N greater than or equal to 3. Implications for present experimentation are discussed.

  4. Spin waves in a persistent spin-current Fermi liquid

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    Feldmann, J. D.; Bedell, K. S.

    2010-06-15

    We report two theoretical results for transverse spin waves, which arise in a system with a persistent spin current. Using Fermi liquid theory, we introduce a spin current in the ground state of a polarized or unpolarized Fermi liquid, and we derive the resultant spin waves using the Landau kinetic equation. The resulting spin waves have a q{sup 1} and q{sup 1/2} dispersion to leading order for the polarized and unpolarized systems, respectively.

  5. Fermi surface behavior in the ABJM M2-brane theory

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    DeWolfe, Oliver; Henriksson, Oscar; Rosen, Christopher

    2015-06-01

    We calculate fermionic Green's functions for states of the three-dimensional Aharony-Bergman-Jafferis-Maldacena M2-brane theory at large N using the gauge-gravity correspondence. We embed extremal black brane solutions in four-dimensional maximally supersymmetric gauged supergravity, obtain the linearized Dirac equations for each spin-1 /2 mode that cannot mix with a gravitino, and solve these equations with infalling boundary conditions to calculate retarded Green's functions. For generic values of the chemical potentials, we find Fermi surfaces with universally non-Fermi liquid behavior, matching the situation for four-dimensional N =4 super-Yang-Mills. Fermi surface singularities appear and disappear discontinuously at the point where all chemical potentials are equal, reminiscent of a quantum critical point. One limit of parameter space has zero entropy at zero temperature, and fermionic fluctuations are perfectly stable inside an energy region around the Fermi surface. An ambiguity in the quantization of the fermions is resolved by supersymmetry.

  6. Fermi-liquid theory for the single-impurity Anderson model

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    Mora, Christophe; Moca, Cǎtǎlin Paşcu; von Delft, Jan; Zaránd, Gergely

    2015-08-01

    We generalize Nozières' Fermi-liquid theory for the low-energy behavior of the Kondo model to that of the single-impurity Anderson model. In addition to the electrons' phase shift at the Fermi energy, the low-energy Fermi-liquid theory is characterized by four Fermi-liquid parameters: the two given by Nozières that enter to first order in the excitation energy, and two additional ones that enter to second order and are needed away from particle-hole symmetry. We express all four parameters in terms of zero-temperature physical observables, namely the local charge and spin susceptibilities and their derivatives with respect to the local level position. We determine these in terms of the bare parameters of the Anderson model using Bethe ansatz and numerical renormalization group (NRG) calculations. Our low-energy Fermi-liquid theory applies throughout the crossover from the strong-coupling Kondo regime via the mixed-valence regime to the empty-orbital regime. From the Fermi-liquid theory, we determine the conductance through a quantum dot symmetrically coupled to two leads in the regime of small magnetic field, low temperature, and small bias voltage, and compute the coefficients of the ˜B2 , ˜T2 , and ˜V2 terms exactly in terms of the Fermi-liquid parameters. The coefficients of T2, V2, and B2 are found to change sign during the Kondo to empty-orbital crossover. The crossover becomes universal in the limit that the local interaction is much larger than the level width. For completeness, we also compute the shot noise and discuss the resulting Fano factor.

  7. Entanglement Entropy of the ν =1 /2 Composite Fermion Non-Fermi Liquid State

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    Shao, Junping; Kim, Eun-Ah; Haldane, F. D. M.; Rezayi, Edward H.

    2015-05-01

    The so-called "non-Fermi liquid" behavior is very common in strongly correlated systems. However, its operational definition in terms of "what it is not" is a major obstacle for the theoretical understanding of this fascinating correlated state. Recently there has been much interest in entanglement entropy as a theoretical tool to study non-Fermi liquids. So far explicit calculations have been limited to models without direct experimental realizations. Here we focus on a two-dimensional electron fluid under magnetic field and filling fraction ν =1 /2 , which is believed to be a non-Fermi liquid state. Using a composite fermion wave function which captures the ν =1 /2 state very accurately, we compute the second Rényi entropy using the variational Monte Carlo technique. We find the entanglement entropy scales as L log L with the length of the boundary L as it does for free fermions, but has a prefactor twice that of free fermions.

  8. String theory, quantum phase transitions, and the emergent Fermi liquid.

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    Cubrović, Mihailo; Zaanen, Jan; Schalm, Koenraad

    2009-07-24

    A central problem in quantum condensed matter physics is the critical theory governing the zero-temperature quantum phase transition between strongly renormalized Fermi liquids as found in heavy fermion intermetallics and possibly in high-critical temperature superconductors. We found that the mathematics of string theory is capable of describing such fermionic quantum critical states. Using the anti-de Sitter/conformal field theory correspondence to relate fermionic quantum critical fields to a gravitational problem, we computed the spectral functions of fermions in the field theory. By increasing the fermion density away from the relativistic quantum critical point, a state emerges with all the features of the Fermi liquid.

  9. Fermi Liquid Instabilities in the Spin Channel

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    Wu, Congjun; Sun, Kai; Fradkin, Eduardo; Zhang, Shou-Cheng; /Stanford U., Phys. Dept.

    2010-03-16

    We study the Fermi surface instabilities of the Pomeranchuk type in the spin triplet channel with high orbital partial waves (F{sub l}{sup a} (l > 0)). The ordered phases are classified into two classes, dubbed the {alpha} and {beta}-phases by analogy to the superfluid {sup 3}He-A and B-phases. The Fermi surfaces in the {alpha}-phases exhibit spontaneous anisotropic distortions, while those in the {beta}-phases remain circular or spherical with topologically non-trivial spin configurations in momentum space. In the {alpha}-phase, the Goldstone modes in the density channel exhibit anisotropic overdamping. The Goldstone modes in the spin channel have nearly isotropic underdamped dispersion relation at small propagating wavevectors. Due to the coupling to the Goldstone modes, the spin wave spectrum develops resonance peaks in both the {alpha} and {beta}-phases, which can be detected in inelastic neutron scattering experiments. In the p-wave channel {beta}-phase, a chiral ground state inhomogeneity is spontaneously generated due to a Lifshitz-like instability in the originally nonchiral systems. Possible experiments to detect these phases are discussed.

  10. Disordered Fermi liquid in epitaxial graphene from quantum transport measurements.

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    Lara-Avila, Samuel; Tzalenchuk, Alexander; Kubatkin, Sergey; Yakimova, Rositza; Janssen, T J B M; Cedergren, Karin; Bergsten, Tobias; Fal'ko, Vladimir

    2011-10-14

    We have performed magnetotransport measurements on monolayer epitaxial graphene and analyzed them in the framework of the disordered Fermi liquid theory. We have separated the electron-electron and weak-localization contributions to resistivity and demonstrated the phase coherence over a micrometer length scale, setting the limit of at least 50 ps on the spin relaxation time in this material.

  11. Quantum critical scaling at the edge of Fermi liquid stability in a cuprate superconductor

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    Butch, Nicholas P.; Jin, Kui; Kirshenbaum, Kevin; Greene, Richard L.; Paglione, Johnpierre

    2012-01-01

    In the high-temperature cuprate superconductors, the pervasiveness of anomalous electronic transport properties suggests that violation of conventional Fermi liquid behavior is closely tied to superconductivity. In other classes of unconventional superconductors, atypical transport is well correlated with proximity to a quantum critical point, but the relative importance of quantum criticality in the cuprates remains uncertain. Here, we identify quantum critical scaling in the electron-doped cuprate material La2-xCexCuO4 with a line of quantum critical points that surrounds the superconducting phase as a function of magnetic field and charge doping. This zero-temperature phase boundary, which delineates a metallic Fermi liquid regime from an extended non-Fermi liquid ground state, closely follows the upper critical field of the overdoped superconducting phase and gives rise to an expanse of distinct non-Fermi liquid behavior at finite temperatures. Together with signatures of two distinct flavors of quantum fluctuations, these facts suggest that quantum criticality plays a significant role in shaping the anomalous properties of the cuprate phase diagram. PMID:22573818

  12. Magnetic field-tuned Fermi liquid formation in Mn0.75 Fe0.25 Si

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    Samatham, S. Shanmukharao; Yadam, Sankararao; Singh, Durgesh; Ganesan, V.

    2016-11-01

    Low temperature ground state properties of Mn0.75 Fe0.25 Si are investigated based on temperature and magnetic field dependent behavior of specific heat and resistivity. Paramagnon spin fluctuations assisted non-Fermi liquid is suppressed by magnetic fields and gradual evolution of Fermi liquid is demonstrated. The tendency of magnetic field-induced crossover from non-Fermi to Fermi liquid behavior is illustrated by suitable magneto-specific heat scaling which reveals unusual quantum critical phenomenon in a 3d transition metal derived paramagnetic compound. In the absence of magnetic fields, Kadowaki-Wood's Ratio (KWR) A /γ2 is about 8.5 μΩcmmol2K2J-2 which is 85% close to the originally proposed KWR and reaches 100% under the moderate magnetic fields of 0.7 T.

  13. Fractionalized Fermi liquid in a Kondo-Heisenberg model

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    Tsvelik, A. M.

    2016-10-10

    The Kondo-Heisenberg model is used as a controllable tool to demonstrate the existence of a peculiar metallic state with unbroken translational symmetry where the Fermi surface volume is not controlled by the total electron density. Here, I use a nonperturbative approach where the strongest interactions are taken into account by means of exact solution, and corrections are controllable. The resulting metallic state represents a fractionalized Fermi liquid where well defined quasiparticles coexist with gapped fractionalized collective excitations, in agreement with the general requirements formulated by T. Senthil et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 216403 (2003)]. Furthermore, the system undergoes amore » phase transition to an ordered phase (charge density wave or superconducting), at the transition temperature which is parametrically small in comparison to the quasiparticle Fermi energy.« less

  14. Fractionalized Fermi liquid in a Kondo-Heisenberg model

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    Tsvelik, A. M.

    2016-10-10

    The Kondo-Heisenberg model is used as a controllable tool to demonstrate the existence of a peculiar metallic state with unbroken translational symmetry where the Fermi surface volume is not controlled by the total electron density. Here, I use a nonperturbative approach where the strongest interactions are taken into account by means of exact solution, and corrections are controllable. The resulting metallic state represents a fractionalized Fermi liquid where well defined quasiparticles coexist with gapped fractionalized collective excitations, in agreement with the general requirements formulated by T. Senthil et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 216403 (2003)]. Furthermore, the system undergoes a phase transition to an ordered phase (charge density wave or superconducting), at the transition temperature which is parametrically small in comparison to the quasiparticle Fermi energy.

  15. Optical response of Sr2RuO4 reveals universal fermi-liquid scaling and quasiparticles beyond Landau theory.

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    Stricker, D; Mravlje, J; Berthod, C; Fittipaldi, R; Vecchione, A; Georges, A; van der Marel, D

    2014-08-22

    We report optical measurements demonstrating that the low-energy relaxation rate (1/τ) of the conduction electrons in Sr(2)RuO(4) obeys scaling relations for its frequency (ω) and temperature (T) dependence in accordance with Fermi-liquid theory. In the thermal relaxation regime, 1/τ ∝ (ħω)(2)+(pπk(B)T)(2) with p = 2, and ω/T scaling applies. Many-body electronic structure calculations using dynamical mean-field theory confirm the low-energy Fermi-liquid scaling and provide quantitative understanding of the deviations from Fermi-liquid behavior at higher energy and temperature. The excess optical spectral weight in this regime provides evidence for strongly dispersing "resilient" quasiparticle excitations above the Fermi energy.

  16. Anisotropic local Fermi liquid effect in impurity model of UPt 3

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    Yotsuhashi, Satoshi; Miyake, Kazumasa; Kusunose, Hiroaki

    2002-03-01

    It is shown by the Wilson numerical renormalization group approach that anomalous local Fermi liquid, in which the static magnetic susceptibility remains uncorrelated value while the NMR relaxation rate is enhanced in proportional to the square of mass enhancement factor, appears in strongly correlated impurity with f2-crystalline-electric-field singlet configuration. The difference of the behaviors between static magnetic susceptibility and the NMR relaxation rate is explained by the difference of the local Fermi liquid effect, which arises from the anisotropy of the crystalline-electric-field effect in f2-configuration. As a result, the Korringa-Shiba relation is apparently broken in this situation. These behaviors well simulate the anomalous properties observed in UPt3 which exhibits unenhanced Knight shift and enhanced relaxation rate of NMR.

  17. Towards a Holographic Marginal Fermi Liquid

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    Jensen, Kristan; Kachru, Shamit; Karch, Andreas; Polchinski, Joseph; Silverstein, Eva

    2011-08-15

    We present an infinite class of 2+1 dimensional field theories which, after coupling to semi-holographic fermions, exhibit strange metallic behavior in a suitable large N limit. These theories describe lattices of hypermultiplet defects interacting with parity-preserving supersymmetric Chern-Simons theories with U(N) x U(N) gauge groups at levels {+-}k. They have dual gravitational descriptions in terms of lattices of probe M2 branes in AdS{sub 4} x S{sup 7}/Z{sub k} (for N >> 1,N >> k{sup 5}) or probe D2 branes in AdS{sub 4} x CP{sup 3} (for N >> k >> 1,N << k{sup 5}). We discuss several challenges one faces in maintaining the success of these models at finite N, including backreaction of the probes in the gravity solutions and radiative corrections in the weakly coupled field theory limit.

  18. Non-Fermi liquid regimes with and without quantum criticality in Ce1−xYbxCoIn5

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    Hu, Tao; Singh, Yogesh P.; Shu, Lei; Janoschek, Marc; Dzero, Maxim; Maple, M. Brian; Almasan, Carmen C.

    2013-01-01

    One of the greatest challenges to Landau’s Fermi liquid theory—the standard theory of metals—is presented by complex materials with strong electronic correlations. In these materials, non-Fermi liquid transport and thermodynamic properties are often explained by the presence of a continuous quantum phase transition that happens at a quantum critical point (QCP). A QCP can be revealed by applying pressure, magnetic field, or changing the chemical composition. In the heavy-fermion compound CeCoIn5, the QCP is assumed to play a decisive role in defining the microscopic structure of both normal and superconducting states. However, the question of whether a QCP must be present in the material’s phase diagram to induce non-Fermi liquid behavior and trigger superconductivity remains open. Here, we show that the full suppression of the field-induced QCP in CeCoIn5 by doping with Yb has surprisingly little impact on both unconventional superconductivity and non-Fermi liquid behavior. This implies that the non-Fermi liquid metallic behavior could be a new state of matter in its own right rather than a consequence of the underlying quantum phase transition. PMID:23589861

  19. Fermi-liquid theory of ultracold trapped Fermi gases: Implications for pseudogap physics and other strongly correlated phases

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    Chien, Chih-Chun; Levin, K.

    2010-07-15

    We show how Fermi-liquid theory can be applied to ultracold Fermi gases, thereby expanding their ''simulation'' capabilities to a class of problems of interest to multiple physics subdisciplines. We introduce procedures for measuring and calculating position-dependent Landau parameters. This lays the groundwork for addressing important controversial issues: (i) the suggestion that thermodynamically, the normal state of a unitary gas is indistinguishable from a Fermi liquid and (ii) that a fermionic system with strong repulsive contact interactions is associated with either ferromagnetism or localization; this relates as well to {sup 3}He and its p-wave superfluidity.

  20. Anomalous Local Fermi Liquid in f2-Singlet Configuration: Impurity Model for Heavy-Electron System UPt3

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    Yotsuhashi, Satoshi; Miyake, Kazumasa; Kusunose, Hiroaki

    2016-03-01

    It is shown by the Wilson numerical renormalization group method that a strongly correlated impurity with a crystalline-electric-field singlet ground state in the f2-configuration exhibits an anomalous local Fermi liquid state in which the static magnetic susceptibility remains an uncorrelated value while the NMR relaxation rate is enhanced in proportion to the square of the mass enhancement factor. Namely, the Korringa-Shiba relation is apparently broken. This feature closely matches the anomalous behaviors observed in UPt3, i.e., the coexistence of an unenhanced value of the Knight shift due to quasiparticles contribution (the decrease across the superconducting transition) and the enhanced relaxation rate of NMR. Such an anomalous Fermi liquid behavior suggests that the Fermi liquid corrections for the susceptibility are highly anisotropic.

  1. Spin response of a normal Fermi liquid with noncentral interactions

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    Pethick, C. J.; Schwenk, A.

    2009-11-15

    We consider the spin response of a normal Fermi liquid with noncentral interactions under conditions intermediate between the collisionless and hydrodynamic regimes. This problem is of importance for calculations of neutrino properties in dense matter. By expressing the deviation of the quasiparticle distribution function from equilibrium in terms of eigenfunctions of the transport equation under the combined influence of collisions and an external field, we derive a closed expression for the spin-density-spin-density response function and compare its predictions with that of a relaxation-time approximation. Our results indicate that the relaxation-time approximation is reliable for neutrino properties under astrophysically relevant conditions.

  2. Spectral function and kinetic equation for a normal Fermi liquid

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    Arshad, M.; Siddique, I.; Kondratyev, A. S.

    2007-08-01

    On the basis of the Kadanoff-Baym (KB) version of the time-dependent Green's function method, an Ansatz for the approximation of a spectral function is offered. The Ansatz possesses all the advantages of quasiparticle and extended quasiparticle approximations and satisfies the KB equation for a spectral function in the case of slightly nonequilibrium system when disturbances in space and time are taken into consideration in the gradient approximation. This feature opens opportunities for the microscopic derivation of the Landau kinetic equation for the quasiparticle distribution function of the normal Fermi liquid and provides the widening of these equations' temperature range of validity.

  3. Two-component Fermi-liquid theory - Equilibrium properties of liquid metallic hydrogen

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    Oliva, J.; Ashcroft, N. W.

    1981-01-01

    It is reported that the transition of condensed hydrogen from an insulating molecular crystal phase to a metallic liquid phase, at zero temperature and high pressure, appears possible. Liquid metallic hydrogen (LMH), comprising interpenetrating proton and electron fluids, would constitute a two-component Fermi liquid with both a very high component-mass ratio and long-range, species-dependent bare interactions. The low-temperature equilibrium properties of LMH are examined by means of a generalization to the case of two components of the phenomenological Landau Fermi-liquid theory, and the low-temperature specific heat, compressibility, thermal expansion coefficient and spin susceptibility are given. It is found that the specific heat and the thermal expansion coefficient are vastly greater in the liquid than in the corresponding solid, due to the presence of proton quasiparticle excitations in the liquid.

  4. Incoherence-coherence crossover and low-temperature Fermi-liquid-like behavior in AFe2As2 (A  =  K, Rb, Cs): evidence from electrical transport properties

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    Xiang, Z. J.; Wang, N. Z.; Wang, A. F.; Zhao, D.; Sun, Z. L.; Luo, X. G.; Wu, T.; Chen, X. H.

    2016-10-01

    We study the normal-state transport properties of AFe2As2 (A  =  K, Rb and Cs) single crystals using Hall coefficient, resistivity and magnetoresistance (MR) measurements. In all three materials, the Hall coefficient R H shows a strong temperature dependence, which is typical for multi-band systems. In particular, R H develops an upturn below a characteristic temperature {{T}\\ast} , which is in agreement with the incoherence-coherence crossover reported in recent nuclear magnetic resonance studies. A Fermi-liquid-like state, characterized by T 2 behavior of the resistivity and a positive orbital MR obeying Kohler’s rule, emerges below T FL  ˜0.4 ~{{T}\\ast} . The superconducting transition temperature T c experiences a simultaneous suppression with {{T}\\ast} and T FL as the alkali ion’s radius increases from A  =  K to A  =  Cs, suggesting that the unconventional superconductivity in the AFe2As2 series is related to the strength of the electronic coherence. A phase diagram, similar to that in the heavy fermion Kondo lattice system, is obtained. Based on all the experimental evidence, we argue that the physical properties of this family of heavily hole-doped Fe-based superconductors are controlled by the hybridization between itinerant carriers and localized orbitals, and the Kondo scenario could be effective in such a case.

  5. Composite Fermi liquids in the lowest Landau level

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    Wang, Chong; Senthil, T.

    2016-12-01

    We study composite Fermi liquid (CFL) states in the lowest Landau level (LLL) limit at a generic filling ν =1/n . We begin with the old observation that, in compressible states, the composite fermion in the lowest Landau level should be viewed as a charge-neutral particle carrying vorticity. This leads to the absence of a Chern-Simons term in the effective theory of the CFL. We argue here that instead a Berry curvature should be enclosed by the Fermi surface of composite fermions, with the total Berry phase fixed by the filling fraction ϕB=-2 π ν . We illustrate this point with the CFL of fermions at filling fractions ν =1 /2 q and (single and two-component) bosons at ν =1 /(2 q +1 ) . The Berry phase leads to sharp consequences in the transport properties including thermal and spin Hall conductances. We emphasize that these results only rely on the LLL limit and do not require particle-hole symmetry, which is present microscopically only for fermions at ν =1 /2 . Nevertheless, we show that the existing LLL theory of the composite Fermi liquid for bosons at ν =1 does have an emergent particle-hole symmetry. We interpret this particle-hole symmetry as a transformation between the empty state at ν =0 and the boson integer quantum hall state at ν =2 . This understanding enables us to define particle-hole conjugates of various bosonic quantum Hall states which we illustrate with the bosonic Jain and Pfaffian states. For bosons at ν =1 we construct paired non-Abelian states distinct from both the standard bosonic Pfaffian and its particle hole conjugate and show how they may arise naturally out of the neutral vortex composite Fermi liquid. The bosonic particle-hole symmetry can be realized exactly on the surface of a three-dimensional boson topological insulator. We also show that with the particle-hole and spin S U (2 ) rotation symmetries, there is no gapped topological phase for bosons at ν =1 . Finally we comment on systems that are not strictly in the

  6. Entanglement Entropy of the ν=1/2 Composite Fermion Non-Fermi Liquid State.

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    Shao, Junping; Kim, Eun-Ah; Haldane, F D M; Rezayi, Edward H

    2015-05-22

    The so-called "non-Fermi liquid" behavior is very common in strongly correlated systems. However, its operational definition in terms of "what it is not" is a major obstacle for the theoretical understanding of this fascinating correlated state. Recently there has been much interest in entanglement entropy as a theoretical tool to study non-Fermi liquids. So far explicit calculations have been limited to models without direct experimental realizations. Here we focus on a two-dimensional electron fluid under magnetic field and filling fraction ν=1/2, which is believed to be a non-Fermi liquid state. Using a composite fermion wave function which captures the ν=1/2 state very accurately, we compute the second Rényi entropy using the variational Monte Carlo technique. We find the entanglement entropy scales as LlogL with the length of the boundary L as it does for free fermions, but has a prefactor twice that of free fermions.

  7. Spectroscopic evidence for Fermi liquid-like energy and temperature dependence of the relaxation rate in the pseudogap phase of the cuprates.

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    Mirzaei, Seyed Iman; Stricker, Damien; Hancock, Jason N; Berthod, Christophe; Georges, Antoine; van Heumen, Erik; Chan, Mun K; Zhao, Xudong; Li, Yuan; Greven, Martin; Barišić, Neven; van der Marel, Dirk

    2013-04-09

    Cuprate high-Tc superconductors exhibit enigmatic behavior in the nonsuperconducting state. For carrier concentrations near "optimal doping" (with respect to the highest Tcs) the transport and spectroscopic properties are unlike those of a Landau-Fermi liquid. On the Mott-insulating side of the optimal carrier concentration, which corresponds to underdoping, a pseudogap removes quasi-particle spectral weight from parts of the Fermi surface and causes a breakup of the Fermi surface into disconnected nodal and antinodal sectors. Here, we show that the near-nodal excitations of underdoped cuprates obey Fermi liquid behavior. The lifetime τ(ω, T) of a quasi-particle depends on its energy ω as well as on the temperature T. For a Fermi liquid, 1/τ(ω, T) is expected to collapse on a universal function proportional to (ℏω)(2) + (pπk(B)T)(2). Magneto-transport experiments, which probe the properties in the limit ω = 0, have provided indications for the presence of a T(2) dependence of the dc (ω = 0) resistivity of different cuprate materials. However, Fermi liquid behavior is very much about the energy dependence of the lifetime, and this can only be addressed by spectroscopic techniques. Our optical experiments confirm the aforementioned universal ω- and T dependence of 1/τ(ω, T), with p ∼ 1.5. Our data thus provide a piece of evidence in favor of a Fermi liquid-like scenario of the pseudogap phase of the cuprates.

  8. Emergent non-Fermi liquid in the pseudogap phase of the underdoped cuprates

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    Das, Tanmoy; Markiewicz, R. S.; Bansil, A.

    2010-03-01

    As the cuprates approach the Mott insulator limit, they display a remarkable gossamer-like structure: the near-Fermi level dispersion remains nearly unrenormalized while the corresponding spectral weight tends to vanish at half filling[1]. This unusual behavior cannot be understood by conventional Fermi liquid theory where both features are controlled by a single renormalization factor. We find that while the fluctuation spectrum remains nearly isotropic in cuprates, the competing order pseudogap (here modelled as antiferromagnetism) breaks the crystal symmetry and thus promotes a strong momentum dependence in the self-energy term[2]. At half-filling, this yields an essentially unrenormalized quasiparticle dispersion which approaches the uncorrelated limit, while in sharp contrast the quasiparticle spectral weight renormalizes to zero. These opposing tendencies of dispersion and spectral weight renormalization conspire in such a way that the specific heat remains Fermi liquid like in character at all dopings in accord with experiments. Work supported in part by the USDOE. [1] S. Sahrakorpi, et al., Phys. Rev. B 78, 104513 (2008). [2] T. Das, et al., arXiv:0807.4257.

  9. Interface Superconductivity in Cuprates Defies Fermi-Liquid Description

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    Radović, Zoran; Vanević, Mihajlo; Wu, Jie; Bollinger, Anthony T.; Božović, Ivan

    2016-07-26

    La2-xSrxCuO4/La2CuO4 bilayers show interface superconductivity that originates from accumulation and depletion of mobile charge carriers across the interface. Surprisingly, the doping level can be varied broadly (within the interval 0.15 < x < 0.47) without affecting the transition temperature, which stays essentially constant and equal to that in optimally doped material, Tc ≈ 40 K. Here we argue that this finding implies that doping up to the optimum level does not shift the chemical potential, unlike in ordinary Fermi liquids. Lastly, we discuss possible physical scenarios that can give doping-independent chemical potential in the pseudogap regime: electronic phase separation, formation of charge-density waves, strong Coulomb interactions, or self-trapping of mobile charge carriers.

  10. Interface Superconductivity in Cuprates Defies Fermi-Liquid Description

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    Radović, Zoran; Vanević, Mihajlo; Wu, Jie; ...

    2016-07-26

    La2-xSrxCuO4/La2CuO4 bilayers show interface superconductivity that originates from accumulation and depletion of mobile charge carriers across the interface. Surprisingly, the doping level can be varied broadly (within the interval 0.15 < x < 0.47) without affecting the transition temperature, which stays essentially constant and equal to that in optimally doped material, Tc ≈ 40 K. Here we argue that this finding implies that doping up to the optimum level does not shift the chemical potential, unlike in ordinary Fermi liquids. Lastly, we discuss possible physical scenarios that can give doping-independent chemical potential in the pseudogap regime: electronic phase separation, formationmore » of charge-density waves, strong Coulomb interactions, or self-trapping of mobile charge carriers.« less

  11. The novel metallic states of the cuprates: Topological Fermi liquids and strange metals

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    Sachdev, Subir; Chowdhury, Debanjan

    2016-12-01

    We review ideas on the nature of the metallic states of the hole-doped cuprate high temperature superconductors, with an emphasis on the connections between the Luttinger theorem for the size of the Fermi surface, topological quantum field theories (TQFTs), and critical theories involving changes in the size of the Fermi surface. We begin with the derivation of the Luttinger theorem for a Fermi liquid, using momentum balance during a process of flux insertion in a lattice electronic model with toroidal boundary conditions. We then review the TQFT of the ℤ spin liquid, and demonstrate its compatibility with the toroidal momentum balance argument. This discussion leads naturally to a simple construction of "topological" Fermi liquid states: the fractionalized Fermi liquid (FL*) and the algebraic charge liquid (ACL). We present arguments for a description of the pseudogap metal of the cuprates using ℤ-FL* or ℤ-ACL states with Ising-nematic order. These pseudogap metal states are also described as Higgs phases of a SU(2) gauge theory. The Higgs field represents local antiferromagnetism, but the Higgs-condensed phase does not have long-range antiferromagnetic order: the magnitude of the Higgs field determines the pseudogap, the reconstruction of the Fermi surface, and the Ising-nematic order. Finally, we discuss the route to the large Fermi surface Fermi liquid via the critical point where the Higgs condensate and Ising nematic order vanish, and the application of Higgs criticality to the strange metal.

  12. Universal Fermi liquid crossover and quantum criticality in a mesoscopic system.

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    Keller, A J; Peeters, L; Moca, C P; Weymann, I; Mahalu, D; Umansky, V; Zaránd, G; Goldhaber-Gordon, D

    2015-10-08

    Quantum critical systems derive their finite-temperature properties from the influence of a zero-temperature quantum phase transition. The paradigm is essential for understanding unconventional high-Tc superconductors and the non-Fermi liquid properties of heavy fermion compounds. However, the microscopic origins of quantum phase transitions in complex materials are often debated. Here we demonstrate experimentally, with support from numerical renormalization group calculations, a universal crossover from quantum critical non-Fermi liquid behaviour to distinct Fermi liquid ground states in a highly controllable quantum dot device. Our device realizes the non-Fermi liquid two-channel Kondo state, based on a spin-1/2 impurity exchange-coupled equally to two independent electronic reservoirs. On detuning the exchange couplings we observe the Fermi liquid scale T*, at energies below which the spin is screened conventionally by the more strongly coupled channel. We extract a quadratic dependence of T* on gate voltage close to criticality, and validate an asymptotically exact description of the universal crossover between strongly correlated non-Fermi liquid and Fermi liquid states.

  13. Non-Fermi-liquid magic angle effects in high magnetic fields

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    Lebed, A. G.

    2016-07-01

    We investigate a theoretical problem of electron-electron interactions in an inclined magnetic field in a quasi-one-dimensional (Q1D) conductor. We show that they result in strong non-Fermi-liquid corrections to a specific heat, provided that the direction of the magnetic field is far from the so-called Lebed's magic angles (LMAs). If magnetic field is directed close to one of the LMAs, the specific heat corrections become small and the Fermi-liquid picture restores. As a result, we predict Fermi-liquid-non-Fermi-liquid angular crossovers in the vicinities of the LMA directions of the field. We suggest to perform the corresponding experiment in the Q1D conductor (Per) 2Au (mnt) 2 under pressure in magnetic fields of the order of H ≃25 T .

  14. Electron interactions in bilayer graphene: Marginal Fermi liquid and zero-bias anomaly

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    Nandkishore, Rahul; Levitov, Leonid

    2010-09-01

    We analyze the many-body properties of bilayer graphene (BLG) at charge neutrality, governed by long-range interactions between electrons. Perturbation theory in a large number of flavors is used in which the interactions are described within a random phase approximation, taking account of dynamical screening effect. Crucially, the dynamically screened interaction retains some long-range character, resulting in log2 renormalization of key quantities. We carry out the perturbative renormalization group calculations to one loop order and find that BLG behaves to leading order as a marginal Fermi liquid. Interactions produce a log squared renormalization of the quasiparticle residue and the interaction vertex function while all other quantities renormalize only logarithmically. We solve the RG flow equations for the Green’s function with logarithmic accuracy and find that the quasiparticle residue flows to zero under RG. At the same time, the gauge-invariant quantities, such as the compressibility, remain finite to log2 order, with subleading logarithmic corrections. The key experimental signature of this marginal Fermi liquid behavior is a strong suppression of the tunneling density of states, which manifests itself as a zero bias anomaly in tunneling experiments in a regime where the compressibility is essentially unchanged from the noninteracting value.

  15. Particle-hole symmetry and the composite Fermi liquid

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    Barkeshli, Maissam; Mulligan, Michael; Fisher, Matthew P. A.

    2015-10-01

    The half-filled Landau level is widely believed to be described by the Halperin-Lee-Read theory of the composite Fermi liquid (CFL). In this paper, we develop a theory for the particle-hole conjugate of the CFL, the anti-CFL, which we argue to be a distinct phase of matter as compared with the CFL. The anti-CFL provides a possible explanation of a recent experiment [D. Kamburov et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 196801 (2014), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.196801] demonstrating that the density of composite fermions in GaAs quantum wells corresponds to the electron density when the filling fraction ν <1/2 and to the hole density when ν >1/2 . We introduce a local field theory for the CFL and anti-CFL in the presence of a boundary, which we use to study CFL-insulator-CFL junctions, and the interface between the anti-CFL and CFL. We show that the CFL-anti-CFL interface allows partially fused boundary phases in which "composite electrons" can directly tunnel into "composite holes," providing a nontrivial example of transmutation between topologically distinct quasiparticles. We discuss several observable consequences of the anti-CFL, including a predicted resistivity jump at a first-order transition between uniform CFL and anti-CFL phases. We also present a theory of a continuous quantum phase transition between the CFL and anti-CFL. We conclude that particle-hole symmetry requires a modified view of the half-filled Landau level, in the presence of strong electron-electron interactions and weak disorder, as a critical point between the CFL and the anti-CFL.

  16. Transport in thin polarized Fermi-liquid films

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    Li, David Z.; Anderson, R. H.; Miller, M. D.

    2015-10-01

    We calculate expressions for the state-dependent quasiparticle lifetime τσ, the thermal conductivity κ , the shear viscosity η , and discuss the spin diffusion coefficient D for Fermi-liquid films in two dimensions. The expressions are valid for low temperatures and arbitrary polarization. In two dimensions, as in three dimensions, the integrals over the transition rates factor into energy and angular parts. However, the angular integrations contain a weak divergence. This problem is addressed using the method of K. Miyake and W. J. Mullin [Phys. Rev. Lett. 50, 197 (1983), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.50.197; J. Low Temp. Phys. 56, 499 (1984), 10.1007/BF00681808]. The low-temperature expressions for the transport coefficients are essentially exact. We find that κ-1˜T lnT , and η-1˜T2 for arbitrary polarizations 0 ≤P ≤1 . These results are in agreement with earlier zero-polarization results of H. H. Fu and C. Ebner [Phys. Rev. A 10, 338 (1974)., 10.1103/PhysRevA.10.338], but differ from the temperature dependence of the shear viscosity found by D. S. Novikov (arXiv:cond-mat/0603184). They also differ from the discontinuous change of temperature dependence in D from zero to nonzero polarization that was discovered by Miyake and Mullin. We note that in two dimensions the shear viscosity requires a unique analysis. We obtain predictions for the density, temperature, and polarization dependence of κ ,η , and D for second-layer 3He films on graphite, and thin 3He-4He superfluid mixtures. For 3He on graphite, we find roughly an order of magnitude increase in magnitude for κ and η as the polarization is increased from 0 to 1. For D a similar large increase is predicted from zero polarization to the polarization where D is a maximum (˜0.74 ). We discuss the applicability of 3He thin films to

  17. LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Instability of a Landau - Fermi liquid as the Mott insulator is approached

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    Furukawa, N.; Rice, T. M.

    1998-06-01

    We examine a two-dimensional Fermi liquid with a Fermi surface which touches the Umklapp surface first at the four points 0953-8984/10/23/001/img1 as the electron density is increased. Umklapp processes at the four patches near 0953-8984/10/23/001/img1 lead the renormalization group equations to scale to strong coupling, resembling the behaviour of a two-leg ladder at half-filling. The incompressible character of the fixed point causes a breakdown of Landau theory at these patches. A further increase in density spreads the incompressible regions so that the open Fermi surface shrinks to four disconnected segments. This non-Landau state, in which parts of the Fermi surface are truncated to form an insulating spin liquid, has many features in common with phenomenological models recently proposed for the cuprate superconductors.

  18. Fermi liquid theory applied to a film on an oscillating substrate

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    Kuorelahti, J. A.; Tuorila, J. A.; Thuneberg, E. V.

    2016-11-01

    We consider a film of a normal-state Fermi liquid on a planar substrate. Landau's Fermi liquid theory is applied to calculate the linear response of the film to transverse oscillation of the substrate. The response consists of a collective transverse zero-sound mode, as well as incoherent quasiparticle excitations of the degenerate fermions. We calculate numerically the acoustic impedance of the film under a wide range of conditions relevant to normal-state 3He at millikelvin temperatures. Some cases of known experiments are studied but most of the parameter range has not yet been tested experimentally.

  19. Hidden Fermi-liquid Charge Transport in the Antiferromagnetic Phase of the Electron-Doped Cuprate Superconductors

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    Li, Yangmu; Tabis, W.; Yu, G.; Barišić, N.; Greven, M.

    2016-11-01

    Systematic analysis of the planar resistivity, Hall effect, and cotangent of the Hall angle for the electron-doped cuprates reveals underlying Fermi-liquid behavior even deep in the antiferromagnetic part of the phase diagram. The transport scattering rate exhibits a quadratic temperature dependence, and is nearly independent of doping and compound and carrier type (electrons versus holes), and hence is universal. Our analysis moreover indicates that the material-specific resistivity upturn at low temperatures and low doping has the same origin in both electron- and hole-doped cuprates.

  20. Insulating behavior of a trapped ideal Fermi gas.

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    Pezzè, L; Pitaevskii, L; Smerzi, A; Stringari, S; Modugno, G; de Mirandes, E; Ferlaino, F; Ott, H; Roati, G; Inguscio, M

    2004-09-17

    We investigate theoretically and experimentally the center-of-mass motion of an ideal Fermi gas in a combined periodic and harmonic potential. We find a crossover from a conducting to an insulating regime as the Fermi energy moves from the first Bloch band into the band gap of the lattice. The conducting regime is characterized by an oscillation of the cloud about the potential minimum, while in the insulating case the center of mass remains on one side of the potential.

  1. Dirac Composite Fermi Liquid in the Half-filled Landau level

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    Geraedts, Scott; Zaletel, Michael; Mong, Roger; Metlitski, Max; Vishwanath, Ashvin; Motrunich, Olexei

    Quantum Hall fluids at filling fraction one-half exhibit a compressible phase known as the `composite Fermi liquid' (CFL) We use infinite-cylinder density matrix renormalization group to numerically determine that this phase is the ground state of a half-filled Landau level with Coulomb interactions. We find evidence for a Fermi surface of composite fermions, while also probing the non-Fermi liquid character of the phase. It has been recently realized that the traditional theory used to describe the CFL breaks particle-hole symmetry, while the lowest-Landau level projected Hamiltonian does not. We find that the composite Fermi liquid has particle-hole symmetry, inconsistent with the traditional theory but consistent with a recent theory proposed by Son [Phys. Rev. X 5, 031027]. Our results show the Dirac nature of the composite fermions. We also observe the suppression of certain kinds of backscattering processes of the composite fermions, similar to the suppression in topological insulator surface states. Sg acknowledges support from DOE-BES Grant DE-SC0002140 and NSF-DMR 1206096.

  2. Strong quantum coherence between Fermi liquid Mahan excitons

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    Paul, J.; Stevens, C. E.; Liu, C.; ...

    2016-04-14

    In modulation doped quantum wells, the excitons are formed as a result of the interactions of the charged holes with the electrons at the Fermi edge in the conduction band, leading to the so-called “Mahan excitons.” The binding energy of Mahan excitons is expected to be greatly reduced and any quantum coherence destroyed as a result of the screening and electron-electron interactions. Surprisingly, we observe strong quantum coherence between the heavy hole and light hole excitons. Such correlations are revealed by the dominating cross-diagonal peaks in both one-quantum and two-quantum two-dimensional Fourier transform spectra. Theoretical simulations based on the opticalmore » Bloch equations where many-body effects are included phenomenologically reproduce well the experimental spectra. Furthermore, time-dependent density functional theory calculations provide insight into the underlying physics and attribute the observed strong quantum coherence to a significantly reduced screening length and collective excitations of the many-electron system.« less

  3. Strong quantum coherence between Fermi liquid Mahan excitons

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    Paul, J.; Stevens, C. E.; Liu, C.; Dey, P.; McIntyre, C.; Turkowski, V.; Reno, J. L.; Hilton, D. J.; Karaiskaj, D.

    2016-04-14

    In modulation doped quantum wells, the excitons are formed as a result of the interactions of the charged holes with the electrons at the Fermi edge in the conduction band, leading to the so-called “Mahan excitons.” The binding energy of Mahan excitons is expected to be greatly reduced and any quantum coherence destroyed as a result of the screening and electron-electron interactions. Surprisingly, we observe strong quantum coherence between the heavy hole and light hole excitons. Such correlations are revealed by the dominating cross-diagonal peaks in both one-quantum and two-quantum two-dimensional Fourier transform spectra. Theoretical simulations based on the optical Bloch equations where many-body effects are included phenomenologically reproduce well the experimental spectra. Furthermore, time-dependent density functional theory calculations provide insight into the underlying physics and attribute the observed strong quantum coherence to a significantly reduced screening length and collective excitations of the many-electron system.

  4. A model wavefunction for the composite Fermi liquid: its geometry and entanglement

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    Haldane, F. D. M.

    I will describe a model wavefunction for the composite Fermi liquid in a partially-filled Landau level, recently formulated in a torus geometry (Shao et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 206402 (2015)), that allows a manifold of gapless composite Fermi-liquid states to be characterized, parametrized by an analog of the ``occupation number'' that defines the Fermi surface in a free-electron gas. Unlike incompressible FQHE states, which only occur in an inversion-symmetric momentum sector, these CFL states occur in each distinct momentum sector allowed by the periodic boundary condition. The fundamental wavefunction of this type describes a system with ν = 1/2, but multiplication by (or division by) a Vandermonde factor describes states at ν = 1 / m . The CFL states are characterized by an ``intrinsic metric'' which determines the shape of the Fermi surface, and corresponds to the shape of the ``flux-attachment'' that forms the composite fermion. The wavefunction is well-suited for Monte-Carlo calculations, as it is analogous to a determinant form used by Jain in spherical geometry. The violation of ``area-law'' (perimeter-law) entanglement found in Monte-Carlo calculations will be described. Supported in part by DOE DE-SC0002140 and W. M. Keck Foundation.

  5. Non-Fermi-liquid behaviour in La4Ru6O19.

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    Khalifah, P; Nelson, K D; Jin, R; Mao, Z Q; Liu, Y; Huang, Q; Gao, X P; Ramirez, A P; Cava, R J

    2001-06-07

    Understanding the complexities of electronic and magnetic ground states in solids is one of the main goals of solid-state physics. Transition-metal oxides have proved to be particularly fruitful in this regard, especially for those materials with the perovskite structure, where the special characteristics of transition-metal-oxygen orbital hybridization determine their properties. Ruthenates have recently emerged as an important family of perovskites because of the unexpected evolution from high-temperature ferromagnetism in SrRuO3 to low-temperature superconductivity in Sr2RuO4 (refs 1, 2). Here we show that a ruthenate in a different structural family, La4Ru6O19, displays a number of highly unusual properties, most notably non-Fermi-liquid behaviour. The properties of La4Ru6O19 have no analogy among the thousands of previously characterized transition-metal oxides. Instead, they resemble those of CeCu6-xAux-a widely studied f-electron-based heavy fermion intermetallic compound that is often considered as providing the best example of non-Fermi-liquid behaviour. In the ruthenate, non-Fermi-liquid behaviour appears to arise from just the right balance between the interactions of localized electronic states derived from Ru-Ru bonding and delocalized states derived from Ru-O hybridization.

  6. Formation of a topological non-Fermi liquid in MnSi.

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    Ritz, R; Halder, M; Wagner, M; Franz, C; Bauer, A; Pfleiderer, C

    2013-05-09

    Fermi liquid theory provides a remarkably powerful framework for the description of the conduction electrons in metals and their ordering phenomena, such as superconductivity, ferromagnetism, and spin- and charge-density-wave order. A different class of ordering phenomena of great interest concerns spin configurations that are topologically protected, that is, their topology can be destroyed only by forcing the average magnetization locally to zero. Examples of such configurations are hedgehogs (points at which all spins are either pointing inwards or outwards) and vortices. A central question concerns the nature of the metallic state in the presence of such topologically distinct spin textures. Here we report a high-pressure study of the metallic state at the border of the skyrmion lattice in MnSi, which represents a new form of magnetic order composed of topologically non-trivial vortices. When long-range magnetic order is suppressed under pressure, the key characteristic of the skyrmion lattice--that is, the topological Hall signal due to the emergent magnetic flux associated with the topological winding--is unaffected in sign or magnitude and becomes an important characteristic of the metallic state. The regime of the topological Hall signal in temperature, pressure and magnetic field coincides thereby with the exceptionally extended regime of a pronounced non-Fermi-liquid resistivity. The observation of this topological Hall signal in the regime of the NFL resistivity suggests empirically that spin correlations with non-trivial topological character may drive a breakdown of Fermi liquid theory in pure metals.

  7. Transport phenomena in correlated quantum liquids: Ultracold Fermi gases and F/N junctions

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    Li, Hua

    Landau Fermi-liquid theory was first introduced by L. D. Landau in the effort of understanding the normal state of Fermi systems, where the application of the concept of elementary excitations to the Fermi systems has proved very fruitful in clarifying the physics of strongly correlated quantum systems at low temperatures. In this thesis, I use Landau Fermi-liquid theory to study the transport phenomena of two different correlated quantum liquids: the strongly interacting ultracold Fermi gases and the ferromagnet/normal-metal (F/N) junctions. The detailed work is presented in chapter II and chapter III of this thesis, respectively. Chapter I holds the introductory part and the background knowledge of this thesis. In chapter II, I study the transport properties of a Fermi gas with strong attractive interactions close to the unitary limit. In particular, I compute the transport lifetimes of the Fermi gas due to superfluid fluctuations above the BCS transition temperature Tc. To calculate the transport lifetimes I need the scattering amplitudes. The scattering amplitudes are dominated by the superfluid fluctuations at temperatures just above Tc. The normal scattering amplitudes are calculated from the Landau parameters. These Landau parameters are obtained from the local version of the induced interaction model for computing Landau parameters. I also calculate the leading order finite temperature corrections to the various transport lifetimes. A calculation of the spin diffusion coefficient is presented in comparison to the experimental findings. Upon choosing a proper value of F0a, I am able to present a good match between the theoretical result and the experimental measurement, which indicates the presence of the superfluid fluctuations near Tc. Calculations of the viscosity, the viscosity/entropy ratio and the thermal conductivity are also shown in support of the appearance of the superfluid fluctuations. In chapter III, I study the spin transport in the low

  8. Evidence for a spinon Fermi surface in a triangular-lattice quantum-spin-liquid candidate.

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    Shen, Yao; Li, Yao-Dong; Wo, Hongliang; Li, Yuesheng; Shen, Shoudong; Pan, Bingying; Wang, Qisi; Walker, H C; Steffens, P; Boehm, M; Hao, Yiqing; Quintero-Castro, D L; Harriger, L W; Frontzek, M D; Hao, Lijie; Meng, Siqin; Zhang, Qingming; Chen, Gang; Zhao, Jun

    2016-12-05

    A quantum spin liquid is an exotic quantum state of matter in which spins are highly entangled and remain disordered down to zero temperature. Such a state of matter is potentially relevant to high-temperature superconductivity and quantum-information applications, and experimental identification of a quantum spin liquid state is of fundamental importance for our understanding of quantum matter. Theoretical studies have proposed various quantum-spin-liquid ground states, most of which are characterized by exotic spin excitations with fractional quantum numbers (termed 'spinons'). Here we report neutron scattering measurements of the triangular-lattice antiferromagnet YbMgGaO4 that reveal broad spin excitations covering a wide region of the Brillouin zone. The observed diffusive spin excitation persists at the lowest measured energy and shows a clear upper excitation edge, consistent with the particle-hole excitation of a spinon Fermi surface. Our results therefore point to the existence of a quantum spin liquid state with a spinon Fermi surface in YbMgGaO4, which has a perfect spin-1/2 triangular lattice as in the original proposal of quantum spin liquids.

  9. Evidence for a spinon Fermi surface in a triangular-lattice quantum-spin-liquid candidate

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    Shen, Yao; Li, Yao-Dong; Wo, Hongliang; Li, Yuesheng; Shen, Shoudong; Pan, Bingying; Wang, Qisi; Walker, H. C.; Steffens, P.; Boehm, M.; Hao, Yiqing; Quintero-Castro, D. L.; Harriger, L. W.; Frontzek, M. D.; Hao, Lijie; Meng, Siqin; Zhang, Qingming; Chen, Gang; Zhao, Jun

    2016-12-01

    A quantum spin liquid is an exotic quantum state of matter in which spins are highly entangled and remain disordered down to zero temperature. Such a state of matter is potentially relevant to high-temperature superconductivity and quantum-information applications, and experimental identification of a quantum spin liquid state is of fundamental importance for our understanding of quantum matter. Theoretical studies have proposed various quantum-spin-liquid ground states, most of which are characterized by exotic spin excitations with fractional quantum numbers (termed ‘spinons’). Here we report neutron scattering measurements of the triangular-lattice antiferromagnet YbMgGaO4 that reveal broad spin excitations covering a wide region of the Brillouin zone. The observed diffusive spin excitation persists at the lowest measured energy and shows a clear upper excitation edge, consistent with the particle-hole excitation of a spinon Fermi surface. Our results therefore point to the existence of a quantum spin liquid state with a spinon Fermi surface in YbMgGaO4, which has a perfect spin-1/2 triangular lattice as in the original proposal of quantum spin liquids.

  10. Evidence for a spinon Fermi surface in a triangular-lattice quantum-spin-liquid candidate

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    Shen, Yao; Li, Yao-Dong; Wo, Hongliang; Li, Yuesheng; Shen, Shoudong; Pan, Bingying; Wang, Qisi; Walker, H. C.; Steffens, P.; Boehm, M.; Hao, Yiqing; Quintero-Castro, D. L.; Harriger, L. W.; Frontzek, M. D.; Hao, Lijie; Meng, Siqin; Zhang, Qingming; Chen, Gang; Zhao, Jun

    2016-12-05

    A quantum spin liquid is an exotic quantum state of matter in which spins are highly entangled and remain disordered down to zero temperature. Such a state of matter is potentially relevant to high-temperature superconductivity and quantum-information applications, and experimental identification of a quantum spin liquid state is of fundamental importance for our understanding of quantum matter. Theoretical studies have proposed various quantum-spin-liquid ground states, most of which are characterized by exotic spin excitations with fractional quantum numbers (termed ‘spinons’). In this paper, we report neutron scattering measurements of the triangular-lattice antiferromagnet YbMgGaO4 that reveal broad spin excitations covering a wide region of the Brillouin zone. The observed diffusive spin excitation persists at the lowest measured energy and shows a clear upper excitation edge, consistent with the particle–hole excitation of a spinon Fermi surface. Finally, our results therefore point to the existence of a quantum spin liquid state with a spinon Fermi surface in YbMgGaO4, which has a perfect spin-1/2 triangular lattice as in the original proposal of quantum spin liquids.

  11. Evidence for a spinon Fermi surface in a triangular-lattice quantum-spin-liquid candidate

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    Shen, Yao; Li, Yao-Dong; Wo, Hongliang; ...

    2016-12-05

    A quantum spin liquid is an exotic quantum state of matter in which spins are highly entangled and remain disordered down to zero temperature. Such a state of matter is potentially relevant to high-temperature superconductivity and quantum-information applications, and experimental identification of a quantum spin liquid state is of fundamental importance for our understanding of quantum matter. Theoretical studies have proposed various quantum-spin-liquid ground states, most of which are characterized by exotic spin excitations with fractional quantum numbers (termed ‘spinons’). In this paper, we report neutron scattering measurements of the triangular-lattice antiferromagnet YbMgGaO4 that reveal broad spin excitations covering amore » wide region of the Brillouin zone. The observed diffusive spin excitation persists at the lowest measured energy and shows a clear upper excitation edge, consistent with the particle–hole excitation of a spinon Fermi surface. Finally, our results therefore point to the existence of a quantum spin liquid state with a spinon Fermi surface in YbMgGaO4, which has a perfect spin-1/2 triangular lattice as in the original proposal of quantum spin liquids.« less

  12. Scaling behaviour and superconducting instability in anisotropic non-Fermi liquids

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    Mandal, Ipsita

    2017-01-01

    We study the scaling behaviour of the optical conductivity (σ) , free energy density (F) and shear viscosity of the quantum critical point associated with spin density wave phase transition for a two-dimensional metallic system with C2 symmetry. A non-Fermi liquid behaviour emerges at two pairs of isolated points on the Fermi surface due to the coupling of a bosonic order parameter to fermionic excitations at those so-called "hot-spots". We find that near the hot-spots, σ and F obey the scalings expected for such an anisotropic system, and the direction-dependent viscosity to entropy density ratio is not a universal number due to the anisotropy. Lastly, we also estimate the effect of the fermion-boson coupling at the hot-spots on superconducting instabilities.

  13. Electronic structure Fermi liquid theory of high Tc superconductors: Comparison of predictions with experiments

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    Yu, Jaejun; Freeman, A. J.

    1991-01-01

    Predictions of local density functional (LDF) calculations of the electronic structure and transport properties of high T(sub c) superconductors are presented. As evidenced by the excellent agreement with both photoemission and positron annihilation experiments, a Fermi liquid nature of the 'normal' state of the high T(sub c) superconductors become clear for the metallic phase of these oxides. In addition, LDF predictions on the normal state transport properties are qualitatively in agreement with experiments on single crystals. It is emphasized that the signs of the Hall coefficients for the high T(sub c) superconductors are not consistent with the types of dopants (e.g., electron-doped or hole-doped) but are determined by the topology of the Fermi surfaces obtained from the LDF calculations.

  14. Heat diffusion in the disordered Fermi and electron liquids: the role of inelastic processes

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    Schwiete, Georg; Finkel'Stein, Alexander

    2015-03-01

    We study thermal transport in the disordered Fermi and electron liquids at low temperatures. Gravitational potentials are used as sources for finding the heat density and its correlation function. For a comprehensive study, we extend the renormalization group (RG) analysis developed for electric transport by including the gravitational potentials into the RG scheme. The analysis reveals that for the disordered Fermi liquid the Wiedemann-Franz law remains valid even in the presence of quantum corrections caused by the interplay of diffusion modes and the electron-electron interaction. In the present scheme this fundamental relation is closely connected with a fixed point in the multi-parametric RG flow of the gravitational potentials. For the disordered electron liquid we additionally analyze inelastic processes induced by the Coulomb interaction at sub-temperature energies. While the general form of the correlation function has to be compatible with energy conservation, these inelastic processes are at the origin of logarithmic corrections violating the Wiedemann-Franz law. The interplay of various terms in the heat density-heat density correlation function therefore differs from that for densities of other conserved quantities, such as total number of particles or spin. A. F. and G. S. acknowledge support by the Alexander von Humboldt foundation. A.F. is supported by the National Science Foundation Grant NSF-DMR-1006752.

  15. Specific heat of /sup 3/He in the Fermi-liquid region

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    Mayberry, M.C.; Phillips, N.E.

    1983-03-01

    A CMN thermometer has been calibrated by nuclear-orientation thermometry at low temperatures and He vapor-pressure thermometry at high temperatures. The calibration agrees well with the NBS temperature scale between 100 and 200 mK. Specific-heat data on /sup 3/He in the Fermi-liquid region obtained with this thermometer are in good agreement with recent measurements at Bell Laboratories. It is argued that discrepancies with other data can be understood on the basis of errors in the temperature scales on which they are based.

  16. Entanglement entropy of composite Fermi liquid states on the lattice: In support of the Widom formula

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    Mishmash, Ryan V.; Motrunich, Olexei I.

    2016-08-01

    Quantum phases characterized by surfaces of gapless excitations are known to violate the otherwise ubiquitous boundary law of entanglement entropy in the form of a multiplicative log correction: S ˜Ld -1logL . Using variational Monte Carlo, we calculate the second Rényi entropy for a model wave function of the ν =1 /2 composite Fermi liquid (CFL) state defined on the two-dimensional triangular lattice. By carefully studying the scaling of the total Rényi entropy and, crucially, its contributions from the modulus and sign of the wave function on various finite-size geometries, we argue that the prefactor of the leading L logL term is equivalent to that in the analogous free fermion wave function. In contrast to the recent results of Shao et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 206402 (2015), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.206402], we thus conclude that the "Widom formula" holds even in this non-Fermi liquid CFL state. More generally, our results further elucidate—and place on a more quantitative footing—the relationship between nontrivial wave function sign structure and S ˜L logL entanglement scaling in such highly entangled gapless phases.

  17. Anomalous transport phenomena in Weyl metal beyond the Drude model for Landauʼs Fermi liquids

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    Kim, Ki-Seok; Kim, Heon-Jung; Sasaki, M; Wang, j-f; Li, L

    2014-01-01

    Landauʼs Fermi-liquid theory is the standard model for metals, characterized by the existence of electron quasiparticles near a Fermi surface as long as Landauʼs interaction parameters lie below critical values for instabilities. Recently this fundamental paradigm has been challenged by the physics of strong spin–orbit coupling, although the concept of electron quasiparticles remains valid near the Fermi surface, where Landauʼs Fermi-liquid theory fails to describe the electromagnetic properties of this novel metallic state, referred to as Weyl metal. A novel ingredient is that such a Fermi surface encloses a Weyl point with definite chirality, referred to as a chiral Fermi surface, which can arise from breaking of either time reversal or inversion symmetry in systems with strong spin–orbit coupling, responsible for both the Berry curvature and the chiral anomaly. As a result, electromagnetic properties of the Weyl metallic state are described not by conventional Maxwell equations but by axion electrodynamics, where Maxwell equations are modified with a topological-in-origin spatially modulated term. This novel metallic state was realized recently in BiSbx around under magnetic fields, where the Dirac spectrum appears around the critical point between the normal semiconducting () and topological semiconducting phases () and the time reversal symmetry breaking perturbation causes the Dirac point to split into a pair of Weyl points along the direction of the applied magnetic field for a very strong spin–orbit coupled system. In this review article, we discuss how the topological structure of both the Berry curvature and the chiral anomaly (axion electrodynamics) gives rise to anomalous transport phenomena in Sbx around under magnetic fields, thus modifying the Drude model of Landauʼs Fermi liquids. PMID:27877724

  18. Field-Enhanced Kondo Correlations in a Half-Filling Nanotube Dot: Evolution of an SU(N) Fermi-Liquid Fixed Point

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    Teratani, Yoshimichi; Sakano, Rui; Fujiwara, Ryo; Hata, Tokuro; Arakawa, Tomonori; Ferrier, Meydi; Kobayashi, Kensuke; Oguri, Akira

    2016-09-01

    Carbon nanotube quantum dot has four-fold degenerate one-particle levels, which bring a variety to the Kondo effects taking place in a wide tunable-parameter space. We theoretically study an emergent SU(2) symmetry that is suggested by recent magneto-transport measurements, carried out near two electrons filling. It does not couple with the magnetic field, and emerges in the case where the spin and orbital Zeeman splittings cancel each other out in two of the one-particle levels among four. This situation seems to be realized in the recent experiment. Using the Wilson numerical renormalization group, we show that a crossover from the SU(4) to SU(2) Fermi-liquid behavior occurs as magnetic field increases at two impurity-electrons filling. We also find that the quasiparticles are significantly renormalized as the remaining two one-particle levels move away from the Fermi level and are frozen at high magnetic fields. Furthermore, we consider how the singlet ground state evolves during such a crossover. Specifically, we reexamine the SU(N) Kondo singlet for M impurity-electrons filling in the limit of strong exchange interactions. We find that the nondegenerate Fermi-liquid fixed point of Nozières and Blandin can be described as abosonic Perron-Frobenius vector for M composite pairs, each of which consists of one impurity-electron and one conduction-hole. This interpretation in terms of the Perron-Frobenius theorem can also be extended to the Fermi-liquid fixed-point without the SU(N) symmetry.

  19. Scaling of the holographic AC conductivity for non-Fermi liquids at criticality

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    Kiritsis, Elias; Peña-Benitez, Francisco

    2015-11-01

    The frequency dependence of the AC conductivity is studied in a holographic model of a non-fermi liquid that is amenable to both analytical and numerical computation. In the regime that dissipation dominates the DC conductivity, the AC conductivity is described well in the IR by a Drude peak despite the absence of quasiparticles. In the regime where pair-production-like processes dominate the conductivity there is no Drude peak. A scaling tail is found for the AC conductivity that is independent of the charge density and momentum dissipation. Evidence is given that this scaling tail σ AC ˜ ω m appears generically in quantum critical holographic systems and the associated scaling exponent m is calculated in terms of the Lifshitz and conduction critical exponents.

  20. Correlations in the low-density Fermi gas: Fermi-liquid state, dimerization, and Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer pairing

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    Fan, H. H.; Krotscheck, E.; Lichtenegger, T.; Mateo, D.; Zillich, R. E.

    2015-08-01

    We present ground-state calculations for low-density Fermi gases described by two model interactions, an attractive square-well potential and a Lennard-Jones potential, of varying strength. We use the optimized Fermi-hypernetted chain integral equation method, which has been proved to provide, in the density regimes of interest here, an accuracy of better than 1%. We first examine the low-density expansion of the energy and compare it with the exact answer of H. Huang and C. N. Yang [Phys. Rev. 105, 767 (1957), 10.1103/PhysRev.105.767]. It is shown that a locally correlated wave function of the Jastrow-Feenberg type does not recover the quadratic term in the expansion of the energy in powers of a0kF , where a0 is the vacuum s -wave scattering length and kF the Fermi wave number. The problem is cured by adding second-order perturbation corrections in a correlated basis. Going to higher densities and/or more strongly coupled systems, we encounter an instability of the normal state of the system which is characterized by a divergence of the in-medium scattering length. We interpret this divergence as a phonon-exchange-driven dimerization of the system, similar to what occurs at zero density when the vacuum scattering length a0 diverges. We then study, in the stable regime, the superfluid gap and its dependence on the density and the interaction strength. We identify two corrections to low-density expansions: One is medium corrections to the pairing interaction, and the other is finite-range corrections. We show that the most important finite-range corrections are a direct manifestation of the many-body nature of the system.

  1. The effect of the Fermi resonance on the Raman scattering cross sections of the Fermi doublet ν1 and 2ν2 of liquid carbon disulfide in benzene.

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    Li, Dong-Fei; Gao, Shu-Qin; Sun, Cheng-Lin; Jiang, Xiu-Lan; Li, Zuo-Wei

    2012-04-01

    The effect of the Fermi resonance (FR) on the Raman scattering cross sections (RSCSs) of the Fermi doublet ν1, 2ν2 of liquid CS2 in C6H6 using the method of changing the volume concentration of the solution is investigated. We have calculated the RSCSs of the Fermi doublet ν1, 2ν2 using Onsager's theory with the 992 cm(-1) Raman line of C6H6 as the internal standard. The result shows that the RSCS of the ν1 line decreases with decreasing the volume concentration of CS2, while that of the 2ν2 line unexpectedly increases. With decreasing the volume concentration of CS2, two main effects of the solvent effect (SE) and the FR in binary solution that can make the ν1, 2ν2 RSCSs change: the SE, as calculated, reduces both the ν1 and 2ν2 RSCSs; the FR plays a significant role in reducing the ν1 RSCS and enhancing the 2ν2 RSCS. In comparison with our previous investigation [J. Raman Spectrosc. 41 (2010) 776-779], it was found that the stronger the FR is, the more the RSCS of the ν1 decreases and the 2ν2 increases. Thus, we proposed that the result can be best explained by taking into account the effect of the FR on the RSCSs of the Fermi doublet. In addition, this paper also gives an explanation to the experimental results deviating from the theoretical results of the scattering coefficients of CS2 in solvent C6H6 as mentioned in Fini's paper.

  2. Constructing the AdS dual of a Fermi liquid: AdS black holes with Dirac hair

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    Čubrović, Mihailo; Zaanen, Jan; Schalm, Koenraad

    2011-10-01

    We provide evidence that the holographic dual to a strongly coupled charged Fermi liquid has a non-zero fermion density in the bulk. We show that the pole-strength of the stable quasiparticle characterizing the Fermi surface is encoded in the AdS probability density of a single normalizable fermion wavefunction in AdS. Recalling Migdal's theorem which relates the pole strength to the Fermi-Dirac characteristic discontinuity in the number density at ω F , we conclude that the AdS dual of a Fermi liquid is described by occupied on-shell fermionic modes in AdS. Encoding the occupied levels in the total spatially averaged probability density of the fermion field directly, we show that an AdS Reissner-Nordström black holein a theory with charged fermions has a critical temperature, at which the system undergoes a first-order transition to a black hole with a non-vanishing profile for the bulk fermion field. Thermodynamics and spectral analysis support that the solution with non-zero AdS fermion-profile is the preferred ground state at low temperatures.

  3. Quasiparticle interaction function in a two-dimensional Fermi liquid near an antiferromagnetic critical point

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    Chubukov, Andrey V.; Wölfle, Peter

    2014-01-01

    We present the expression for the quasiparticle vertex function Γω(KF,PF) (proportional to the Landau interaction function) in a 2D Fermi liquid (FL) near an instability towards antiferromagnetism. This function is relevant in many ways in the context of metallic quantum criticality. Previous studies have found that near a quantum critical point, the system enters into a regime in which the fermionic self-energy is large near hot spots on the Fermi surface [points on the Fermi surface connected by the antiferromagnetic ordering vector qπ=(π,π)] and has much stronger dependence on frequency than on momentum. We show that in this regime, which we termed a critical FL, the conventional random-phase-approximation- (RPA) type approach breaks down, and to properly calculate the vertex function one has to sum up an infinite series of terms which were explicitly excluded in the conventional treatment. Besides, we show that, to properly describe the spin component of Γω(KF,PF) even in an ordinary FL, one has to add Aslamazov-Larkin (AL) terms to the RPA vertex. We show that the total Γω(KF,PF) is larger in a critical FL than in an ordinary FL, roughly by an extra power of magnetic correlation length ξ, which diverges at the quantum critical point. However, the enhancement of Γω(KF,PF) is highly nonuniform: It holds only when, for one of the two momentum variables, the distance from a hot spot along the Fermi surface is much larger than for the other one. This fact renders our case different from quantum criticality at small momentum, where the enhancement of Γω(KF,PF) was found to be homogeneous. We show that the charge and spin components of the total vertex function satisfy the universal relations following from the Ward identities related to the conservation of the particle number and the total spin. We show that in a critical FL, the Ward identity involves Γω(KF,PF) taken between particles on the FS. We find that the charge and spin components of

  4. Ground-state and dynamical properties of two-dimensional dipolar Fermi liquids

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    Abedinpour, Saeed H.; Asgari, Reza; Tanatar, B.; Polini, Marco

    2014-01-15

    We study the ground-state properties of a two-dimensional spin-polarized fluid of dipolar fermions within the Euler–Lagrange Fermi-hypernetted-chain approximation. Our method is based on the solution of a scattering Schrödinger equation for the “pair amplitude” √(g(r)), where g(r) is the pair distribution function. A key ingredient in our theory is the effective pair potential, which includes a bosonic term from Jastrow–Feenberg correlations and a fermionic contribution from kinetic energy and exchange, which is tailored to reproduce the Hartree–Fock limit at weak coupling. Very good agreement with recent results based on quantum Monte Carlo simulations is achieved over a wide range of coupling constants up to the liquid-to-crystal quantum phase transition. Using the fluctuation–dissipation theorem and a static approximation for the effective inter-particle interactions, we calculate the dynamical density–density response function, and furthermore demonstrate that an undamped zero-sound mode exists for any value of the interaction strength, down to infinitesimally weak couplings. -- Highlights: •We have studied the ground state properties of a strongly correlated two-dimensional fluid of dipolar fermions. •We have calculated the effective inter-particle interaction and the dynamical density–density response function. •We have shown that an undamped zero sound mode exists at any value of the interaction strength.

  5. Ground-state and dynamical properties of two-dimensional dipolar Fermi liquids

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    Abedinpour, Saeed H.; Asgari, Reza; Tanatar, B.; Polini, Marco

    2014-01-01

    We study the ground-state properties of a two-dimensional spin-polarized fluid of dipolar fermions within the Euler-Lagrange Fermi-hypernetted-chain approximation. Our method is based on the solution of a scattering Schrödinger equation for the "pair amplitude" g(r), where g(r) is the pair distribution function. A key ingredient in our theory is the effective pair potential, which includes a bosonic term from Jastrow-Feenberg correlations and a fermionic contribution from kinetic energy and exchange, which is tailored to reproduce the Hartree-Fock limit at weak coupling. Very good agreement with recent results based on quantum Monte Carlo simulations is achieved over a wide range of coupling constants up to the liquid-to-crystal quantum phase transition. Using the fluctuation-dissipation theorem and a static approximation for the effective inter-particle interactions, we calculate the dynamical density-density response function, and furthermore demonstrate that an undamped zero-sound mode exists for any value of the interaction strength, down to infinitesimally weak couplings.

  6. Non-Fermi-Liquid and Topological States with Strong Spin-Orbit Coupling

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    Moon, Eun-Gook; Xu, Cenke; Kim, Yong Baek; Balents, Leon

    2013-11-01

    We argue that a class of strongly spin-orbit-coupled materials, including some pyrochlore iridates and the inverted band gap semiconductor HgTe, may be described by a minimal model consisting of the Luttinger Hamiltonian supplemented by Coulomb interactions, a problem studied by Abrikosov and collaborators. It contains twofold degenerate conduction and valence bands touching quadratically at the zone center. Using modern renormalization group methods, we update and extend Abrikosov’s classic work and show that interactions induce a quantum critical non-Fermi-liquid phase, stable provided time-reversal and cubic symmetries are maintained. We determine the universal power-law exponents describing various observables in this Luttinger-Abrikosov-Beneslavskii state, which include conductivity, specific heat, nonlinear susceptibility, and the magnetic Gruneisen number. Furthermore, we determine the phase diagram in the presence of cubic and/or time-reversal symmetry breaking perturbations, which includes a topological insulator and Weyl semimetal phases. Many of these phases possess an extraordinarily large anomalous Hall effect, with the Hall conductivity scaling sublinearly with magnetization σxy˜M0.51.

  7. Non-Fermi-liquid and topological states with strong spin-orbit coupling.

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    Moon, Eun-Gook; Xu, Cenke; Kim, Yong Baek; Balents, Leon

    2013-11-15

    We argue that a class of strongly spin-orbit-coupled materials, including some pyrochlore iridates and the inverted band gap semiconductor HgTe, may be described by a minimal model consisting of the Luttinger Hamiltonian supplemented by Coulomb interactions, a problem studied by Abrikosov and collaborators. It contains twofold degenerate conduction and valence bands touching quadratically at the zone center. Using modern renormalization group methods, we update and extend Abrikosov's classic work and show that interactions induce a quantum critical non-Fermi-liquid phase, stable provided time-reversal and cubic symmetries are maintained. We determine the universal power-law exponents describing various observables in this Luttinger-Abrikosov-Beneslavskii state, which include conductivity, specific heat, nonlinear susceptibility, and the magnetic Gruneisen number. Furthermore, we determine the phase diagram in the presence of cubic and/or time-reversal symmetry breaking perturbations, which includes a topological insulator and Weyl semimetal phases. Many of these phases possess an extraordinarily large anomalous Hall effect, with the Hall conductivity scaling sublinearly with magnetization σ(xy)∼M0.51.

  8. A MULTIWAVELENGTH STUDY ON THE HIGH-ENERGY BEHAVIOR OF THE FERMI/LAT PULSARS

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    Marelli, Martino; Luca, Andrea De; Caraveo, Patrizia A.

    2011-06-01

    Using archival as well as freshly acquired data, we assess the X-ray behavior of the Fermi/Large Area Telescope {gamma}-ray pulsars listed in the First Fermi source catalog. After revisiting the relationships between the pulsars' rotational energy losses and their X-ray and {gamma}-ray luminosities, we focus on the distance-independent {gamma}-to-X-ray flux ratios. When plotting our F{sub {gamma}}/F{sub X} values as a function of the pulsars' rotational energy losses, one immediately sees that pulsars with similar energetics have F{sub {gamma}}/F{sub X} spanning three decades. Such spread, most probably stemming from vastly different geometrical configurations of the X-ray and {gamma}-ray emitting regions, defies any straightforward interpretation of the plot. Indeed, while energetic pulsars do have low F{sub {gamma}}/F{sub X} values, little can be said for the bulk of the Fermi neutron stars. Dividing our pulsar sample into radio-loud and radio-quiet subsamples, we find that, on average, radio-quiet pulsars do have higher values of F{sub {gamma}}/F{sub X}, implying an intrinsic faintness of their X-ray emission and/or a different geometrical configuration. Moreover, despite the large spread mentioned above, statistical tests show a lower scatter in the radio-quiet data set with respect to the radio-loud one, pointing to a somewhat more constrained geometry for the radio-quiet objects with respect to the radio-loud ones.

  9. Superfluidity of a Fermi liquid from the viewpoint of a hierarchy of equations for reduced density matrices

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    Golovko, V. A.

    2004-04-01

    The hierarchy of equations for reduced density matrices relevant to thermodynamic equilibrium with account taken of the spin obtained earlier is modified in order to describe the state of a Fermi system with a condensate. Although the procedure is to some extent analogous with the one carried out by the author earlier for a Bose liquid peculiarities relevant to Fermi statistics complicate considerably the treatment. As in the case of the Bose liquid the condensate phase can be superfluid as well as nonsuperfluid, the physical causes of superfluidity being identical. A new mechanism of fermion pairing that acts even in the case of a purely repulsive Hamiltonian is pointed out. Special attention is given to the thermodynamics of a superfluid Fermi system. The example of a hard-sphere system is used to find out the form of phase diagrams, the character of the phase transition to a condensate phase and the properties of the last. Noticeable dissimilarities from a Bose system with the same Hamiltonian are revealed. Application of the present approach to superconductivity is discussed as well.

  10. Dynamic behavior of liquid sheets

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    Mansour, Adel; Chigier, Norman

    1991-12-01

    An experiment was conducted to study the aerodynamic instability of liquid sheets issuing from a two-dimensional air-assisted nozzle. Detailed measurements of the frequency of oscillation of the liquid sheet have been made. The measured vibrational frequencies were then correlated with the resulting spray angle. It was shown that the liquid sheet oscillations are dynamically similar to that of hard spring systems. For each air pressure, three distinct modes of breakup are distinguished. At low liquid flow rates, both the sinusoidal and the dilational modes are superimposed on the liquid sheet. With a further increase in liquid flow rate, the liquid sheet oscillations mainly become of the dilational type. It was also shown that the effect of introducing air in the nozzle is similar to the effect of inducing forced vibrations on the nozzle jaws. Thus, for each air flow rate, there is a specific vibration frequency for the nozzle. The frequency of these vibrations is proportional to the air velocity. As the liquid sheet natural frequency approaches that of the nozzle, resonance is established. At resonance, the maximum spray angle is achieved.

  11. Common Fermi-liquid origin of T2 resistivity and superconductivity in n-type SrTiO3

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    van der Marel, D.; van Mechelen, J. L. M.; Mazin, I. I.

    2011-11-01

    A detailed analysis is given of the T2 term in the resistivity observed in electron-doped SrTiO3. Band-structure data are presented that provide values for the bare mass, density of states, and plasma frequency of the quasiparticles as functions of doping. It is shown that these values are renormalized by approximately a factor of two due to electron-phonon interaction. It is argued that the quasiparticles are in the antiadiabatic limit with respect to electron-phonon interaction. The condition of antiadiabatic coupling renders the interaction mediated through phonons effectively nonretarded. We apply Fermi-liquid theory developed in the 70’s for the T2 term in the resistivity of common metals, and combine this with expressions for Tc and with the Brinkman-Platzman-Rice (BPR) sum rule to obtain Landau parameters of n-type SrTiO3. These parameters are comparable to those of liquid 3He, indicating interesting parallels between these Fermi liquids despite the differences between the composite fermions from which they are formed.

  12. Common Fermi-liquid origin of T2 resistivity and superconductivity in n-type SrTiO3

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    van der Marel, Dirk; van Mechelen, Dook; Mazin, Igor

    2012-02-01

    SrTiO3 is a semiconductor which, when doped with a low density of electrons, becomes a good conductor with relatively high mobility and strong temperature dependence of the electrical resistivity and the infrared optical conductivity. At low temperatures the material becomes superconducting with a maximum reported Tc below 1 K with a dome-shaped doping dependence of Tc, both in the 3D bulk material and at the 2D LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface. The DC resistivity below 100 K has a T^2 temperature dependence. The quasiparticles are in the anti-adiabatic limit with respect to electron-phonon interaction, which renders the interaction mediated through phonons effectively non-retarded. We apply Fermi-liquid theory for the T^2 term in the resistivity, and combine this with expressions for Tc and with the Brinkman-Platzman-Rice (BPR) sum-rule to obtain Landau parameters of n-type SrTiO3. These parameters are comparable to those of liquid 3He, indicating interesting parallels between these Fermi-liquids despite the differences between the composite fermions from which they are formed.

  13. Comment on ``Single-particle Green functions in exactly solvable models of Bose and Fermi liquids''

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    Cune, L. C.; Apostol, M.

    1999-09-01

    It is shown that the construction introduced recently by Setlur and Chang [Phys. Rev. B 57, 15 144 (1998)] for generalized Fermi sea-displacement operators contains undefined elements, which may lead to divergencies, and, in fact, these operators are not bosonic operators, in contrast to what these authors claim.

  14. Scalar quanta in Fermi liquids: Zero sounds, instabilities, Bose condensation, and a metastable state in dilute nuclear matter

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    Kolomeitsev, E. E.; Voskresensky, D. N.

    2016-12-01

    The spectrum of bosonic scalar-mode excitations in a normal Fermi liquid with local scalar interaction is investigated for various values and momentum dependence of the scalar Landau parameter f0 in the particle-hole channel. For f0 > 0 the conditions are found when the phase velocity on the spectrum of zero sound acquires a minimum at non-zero momentum. For -1 < f0 < 0 there are only damped excitations, and for f0 < -1 the spectrum becomes unstable against the growth of scalar-mode excitations. An effective Lagrangian for the scalar excitation modes is derived after performing a bosonization procedure. We demonstrate that the instability may be tamed by the formation of a static Bose condensate of the scalar modes. The condensation may occur in a homogeneous or inhomogeneous state relying on the momentum dependence of the scalar Landau parameter. We show that in the isospin-symmetric nuclear matter there may appear a metastable state at subsaturation nuclear density owing to the condensate. Then we consider a possibility of the condensation of the zero-sound-like excitations in a state with a non-zero momentum in Fermi liquids moving with overcritical velocities, provided an appropriate momentum dependence of the Landau parameter f0(k) > 0. We also argue that in peripheral heavy-ion collisions the Pomeranchuk instability may occur already for f0 > -1.

  15. Hidden Fermi liquid; the moral: a good effective low-energy theory is worth all of Monte Carlo with Las Vegas thrown in

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    Anderson, Philip W.; Casey, Philip A.

    2010-04-01

    We present a formalism for dealing directly with the effects of the Gutzwiller projection implicit in the t-J model which is widely believed to underlie the phenomenology of the high-Tc cuprates. We suggest that a true Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer condensation from a Fermi liquid state takes place, but in the unphysical space prior to projection. At low doping, however, instead of a hidden Fermi liquid one gets a 'hidden' non-superconducting resonating valence bond state which develops hole pockets upon doping. The theory which results upon projection does not follow conventional rules of diagram theory and in fact in the normal state is a Z = 0 non-Fermi liquid. Anomalous properties of the 'strange metal' normal state are predicted and compared against experimental findings.

  16. The Thomas-Fermi model in the theory of systems of charged particles above the surface of liquid dielectrics

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    Lytvtnenko, D. M.; Slyusarenko, Yu. V.; Kirdin, A. I.

    2012-10-01

    A consistent theory of equilibrium states of same sign charges above the surface of liquid dielectric film located on solid substrate in the presence of external attracting constant electric field is proposed. The approach to the development of the theory is based on the Thomas-Fermi model generalized to the systems under consideration and on the variational principle. The using of self-consistent field model allows formulating a theory containing no adjustable constants. In the framework of the variational principle we obtain the self-consistency equations for the parameters describing the system: the distribution function of charges above the liquid dielectric surface, the electrostatic field potentials in all regions of the system and the surface profile of the liquid dielectric. The self-consistency equations are used to describe the phase transition associated with the formation of spatially periodic structures in the system of charges on liquid dielectric surface. Assuming the non-degeneracy of the gas of charges above the surface of liquid dielectric film the solutions of the self-consistency equations near the critical point are obtained. In the case of the symmetric phase we obtain the expressions for the potentials and electric fields in all regions of the studied system. The distribution of the charges above the surface of liquid dielectric film for the symmetric phase is derived. The system parameters of the phase transition to nonsymmetric phase - the states with a spatially periodic ordering are obtained. We derive the expression determining the period of two-dimensional lattice as a function of physical parameters of the problem - the temperature, the external attractive electric field, the number of electrons per unit of the flat surface area of the liquid dielectric, the density of the dielectric, its surface tension and permittivity, and the permittivity of the solid substrate. The possibility of generalizing the developed theory in the case of

  17. Flow behavior in liquid molding

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    Hunston, D.; Phelan, F.; Parnas, R.

    1992-01-01

    The liquid molding (LM) process for manufacturing polymer composites with structural properties has the potential to significantly lower fabrication costs and increase production rates. LM includes both resin transfer molding and structural reaction injection molding. To achieve this potential, however, the underlying science base must be improved to facilitate effective process optimization and implementation of on-line process control. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has a major program in LM that includes materials characterization, process simulation models, on-line process monitoring and control, and the fabrication of test specimens. The results of this program are applied to real parts through cooperative projects with industry. The key feature in the effort is a comprehensive and integrated approach to the processing science aspects of LM. This paper briefly outlines the NIST program and uses several examples to illustrate the work.

  18. Fermi-liquid-based theory for the in-plane magnetic anisotropy in untwinned high-Tc superconductors.

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    Eremin, I; Manske, D

    2005-02-18

    Using a generalized RPA-type theory we calculate the in-plane anisotropy of the magnetic excitations in hole-doped high-Tc superconductors. Extending our earlier Fermi-liquid-based studies on the resonance peak by inclusion of orthorhombicity we still find two-dimensional spin excitations, however, being strongly anisotropic. This reflects the underlying anisotropy of the hopping matrix elements and of the resultant superconducting gap function. We compare our calculations with new experimental data on fully untwinned YBa2Cu3O6.85 and find good agreement. Our results are in contrast to earlier interpretations on the in-plane anisotropy in terms of stripes [H. Mook, Nature (London) 404, 729 (2000)], but reveal a conventional solution to this important problem.

  19. Intrinsic Damping of Collective Spin Modes in a Two-Dimensional Fermi Liquid with Spin-Orbit Interaction

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    Maslov, Dmitrii; Maiti, Saurabh

    2015-03-01

    We address the issue damping of spin collective modes in systems with spin orbit coupling in 2D. We show that these modes exist for arbitrary nature of spin-orbit coupling and are intrinsically damped even in the long wavelength limit. This damping is driven by electron-electron interactions and is unique to spin orbit coupled systems. Its origin is linked to an imperfect cancellation of the self energy and vertex contributions of the interaction. In the Fermi-liquid language, this is an effect arising from residual interaction between quasiparticles. This damping mechanism exists already at T=0 and without impurities and/or phonons. We also discuss the consequences of this damping for the experiment. This work was supported by the National Science Foundation via Grant NSF DMR-1308972.

  20. Behavior Of Evaporating Liquid Drops In Clusters

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    Bellan, Josette

    1990-01-01

    Report presents critical analysis of methods, developed for calculating behavior of evaporating liquid drops in dense and dilute clusters. Essential to understanding variety of physical and chemical phenomena occurring in combustion of sprayed fuels and in sprays used in agriculture, food industry, and painting. Presents insights on important aspects of two-phase flow.

  1. Experimental Investigation on Liquid Behaviors in Nanopores

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    Lu, Weiyi

    Nanoporous materials are involved in many industrial processes such as catalysis, filtration, chromatography, etc. Recently, they are applied to absorb or capture the energy associated with blast, collision, and impact attacks. In such applications, the nanoporous materials are immersed in liquids or gels. The inner surfaces of nanopores are usually modified to increase the degree of hydrophobicity. When an external pressure is applied on the system, the liquid phase can be compressed into the nanoporous space. The liquid infiltration behavior in the nanopores becomes significantly different from that of untreated material. The effective interfacial tension and viscosity of the confined liquid are investigated. While the simple superposition principle can be employed for the analysis of interfacial tension, in a nanopore the effective liquid viscosity is no longer a material constant. It is highly dependent on the pore size and the loading rate, much smaller than its bulk counterpart. In addition, the influence of electrolyte concentration as well as its dependence on temperature are analyzed in detail. As the electrolyte concentration varies, the effective interfacial tension changes rapidly. The testing data show that, the pressure-induced infiltration behavior is not only determined by the cations, but also highly dependent on the anion species. The transport behaviors of solvated ions in nanopores can be field responsive, providing a novel method to develop interactive protection systems. As an external electric field is applied, the observed change in effective solid-liquid interfacial tension is contradictory to the prediction of classic electrochemistry theory. To simplify the materials handling, a polypropylene-matrix composite material is produced. When the temperature is relatively low, the matrix dominates the system behavior. When the temperature is relatively high, with a sufficiently large external pressure the polymer phase can be intruded into the

  2. Polymer's anchoring behavior in liquid crystal cells

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    Cui, Yue

    The current dissertation mainly discusses about the polymers anchoring behavior in liquid crystal cells in two aspects: surface interaction and bulk interaction. The goal of the research is to understand the fundamental physics of anchoring strength and apply the knowledge to liquid crystal display devices. Researchers proposed two main contributors to the surface anchoring strength: the micro grooves generated by external force and the polymer chain's alignment. Both of them has experimental proofs. In the current study, explorations were made to understand the mechanisms of surface anchoring strength and easy axis of surface liquid crystal provided by rubbed polymer alignment layer. The work includes not only the variation of the alignment layer itself such as thickness(Chapter 3) and polymer side chain (Chapter 5), but also the variation of external conditions such as temperature (Chapter 4) and rubbing condition (Chapter 6). To determine the polar and azimuthal anchoring strengths, Rapini-Papoular's expression was applied. However, it was discovered that higher order terms may be required in order to fit the experimental result or theoretically predict unique anchoring behaviors (Chapter 2, Chapter 6). SEM and AFM technologies were introduced to gather the actual structures of polymer alignment layer and extrapolate the alignment of liquid crystal in a micro scale. The result shows that the anchoring strength can be adjusted by the layer thickness, side chain structure, while the easy axis direction can be adjusted by a second rubbing direction. In addition, different anchoring conditions combined with liquid crystal's elastic energy can generate quite different forms of liquid crystals (Chapter 7). In the study of bulk alignment, the main contrition from the current dissertation is applying the understanding of anchoring behavior to optimizing actual switchable devices. Conventional PDLC performance can be tuned with the knowledge of the polymer and the liquid

  3. Rinse liquid to improve pattern collapse behavior

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    Lee, Geunsu; Lee, Sung-Koo; Hwang, Young-Sun; Jung, Jae-Chang; Bok, Cheol-Kyu; Moon, Seung-Chan; Shin, Ki-Soo

    2003-06-01

    We designed and prepared a test mask to study a pattern collapse (PC) and investigated a rinse dependency. We report the effect of surfactant and solvent in rinse. The collapse behavior was quantified in terms of the first collapsed critical dimension (FCCD) in 90nm L/S ArF resist patterns. In-house rinse liquids (SE series) showed relatively lower surface tension (ST) compared to commercial one. They greatly reduced pattern collapse behavior (PCB) of from FCCD 102nm to 85nm L/S using these solutions. However, SE-100 showed defect by bubble and the others show bad compatibility with photoresist. SES-100 is the only rinse liquid candidate in this experiment.

  4. Raman spectroscopy study on the ν1-2ν2 Fermi resonance of liquid carbon disulfide in binary solutions: effect of the weak hydrogen bond formation on the Fermi resonance.

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    Li, DongFei; Sun, Shang; Sun, ChengLin; Jiang, XiuLan; Gao, ShuQin; Li, ZuoWei

    2012-10-01

    We have measured the Raman spectra of liquid CS(2) at different volume concentrations in CHCl(3) and CH(2)Cl(2) solutions. With decreasing the volume concentration of CS(2), a noticeable growth in the 2ν(2) band frequency was observed, while the ν(1) band location remained practically unchanged. This asymmetric wavenumber shift phenomenon of the Fermi doublet ν(1) and 2ν(2) of CS(2) has been ascribed to weak, non-conventional hydrogen bonds formed between the CS(2) and the solvent molecules. These weak hydrogen bonds were also responsible for significant decreases in the C-H bond symmetric stretching vibration band frequencies of CHCl(3) and CH(2)Cl(2). The values of the ν(1)-2ν(2) FR parameters of CS(2) in CH(2)Cl(2) and CHCl(3) at different volume concentrations were calculated according to the FR theory. The magnitude of the FR coupling coefficient W of CS(2) increases upon dilution with CH(2)Cl(2) and CHCl(3), indicating that the vibrational anharmonicity is relatively sensitive to variations in the weak hydrogen bonding. Compared with the changing tendencies of Fermi coupling coefficient W of CS(2) in CH(2)Cl(2) and CHCl(3) at different volume concentrations, we discussed the effect of the weak hydrogen bond formation on the FR and the asymmetric wavenumber shift phenomenon of the Fermi doublet ν(1) and 2ν(2) of CS(2).

  5. Exact Chiral Spin Liquid with Stable Spin Fermi Surface on the Kagome Lattice

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2011-05-17

    solvable quantum spin model of Kitaev type on the kagome lattice. We find a rich phase diagram which includes a topological (gapped) chiral spin...solvable quantum spin model of Kitaev type on the kagome lattice. We find a rich phase diagram which includes a topological (gapped) chiral spin liquid...manuscript received 31 March 2011; published 17 May 2011) We study an exactly solvable quantum spin model of Kitaev type on the kagome lattice. We find a

  6. Electronic liquid-crystal phases, symmetry breaking and Fermi-surface reconstruction in YBa2Cu3O6+x

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    Hinkov, Vladimir

    2009-03-01

    The physics of underdoped cuprates is governed by strong correlations and phase competition, and its understanding remains one of the challenges of condensed-matter research. Here we will discuss our systematic doping- and temperature-dependent neutron-scattering investigation of the spin correlations in underdoped YBa2Cu3O6+x (YBCO) in the context of various proposed symmetry-breaking phases. In YBCO6.45 (Tc=35 K), we observe the spontaneous onset of a one-dimensional, incommensurate (IC) modulation of the low-energy (<10 meV) spin excitations below T˜150 K, Hinkov et al., Science 319, 597 (2008). We interpret our finding as the occurrence of an electronic liquid-crystal phase breaking C4-symmetry, as predicted by Kivelson et al., Nature 393, 550 (1998). Below T˜30 K, we observe the onset of quasi-static spin-correlations with the same IC geometry as the low-energy spin excitations. Their intensity is doubled by the application of a magnetic field of 15 T. First of all, this resolves a long-standing discrepancy with the La2-x(Sr,Ba)xCuO4 family where field-dependent, IC quasi-static spin correlations were reported before (Lake et al., Nature 415, 299 (2002)). More importantly, our results show how the recently reported quantum oscillations in high magnetic fields in YBa2Cu3O6.5 (Doiron-Leyraud et al., Nature 447, 565 (2007)) can be understood in terms of a Fermi-surface reconstruction induced by IC spin modulations. In the lack of experimental evidence for such IC modulations, this mechanism has not been pursued in the past, although it was discussed as a straightforward explanation for Fermi-surface reconstruction. Finally, we will discuss YBCO with a Tc of 10 K. Compared to the previous example, there is an enhancement of the quasi-static spin-correlations. In addition, there is indication for incipient commensurate AF order in reminiscence of the AF parent compound.

  7. Quantum Critical Behavior of the Bose-Fermi Kondo Model with Ising Anisotropy

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    Park, Tae-Ho

    2005-03-01

    The existence of a continous quantum phase transition of the Bose-Fermi Kondo Model (BFKM) with a self-consistently determined bosonic bath has been demonstrated within the Extended Dynamical Mean Field Approach to the anisotropic Kondo lattice model and φ/T-scaling near the quantum critical point(QCP)was found[1,2]. We study the quantum critical properties of the anisotropic BFKM with specified bath spectral function, where the spectrum of the bosonic bath vanishes in a power-law fashion with exponent γ for small frequencies. Motivated by very recent results that the quantum to classical mapping for a related class of models fails[3,4]. We determine the critical local susceptibility using both the classical and quantum Monte Carlo approaches of Ref.5. Our results cover several values of γ below and above the upper critical dimension of the classical model for temperatures down to 1% of the bare Kondo scale. [1]D. Grempel and Q. Si, Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 026402 (2003). [2]J.Zhu, D. Grempel, and Q. Si, Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 156404 (2003). [3]L. Zhu, S. Kirchner, Q. Si nad A. Georges, Phys. Rev. Lett. in press (cond-mat/0406293). [4]M. Vojta, N. Tong, and R. Bulla, cond-mat/0410132. [5]D. Grempel and M. Rozenberg, Phys. Rev. B 60, 4702 (1999).

  8. A fermi liquid electric structure and the nature of the carriers in high-T/sub c/ cuprates: A photoemission study

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    Arko, A.J.; List, R.S.; Bartlett, R.J.; Cheong, S.W.; Fisk, Z.; Thompson, J.D.; Olson, C.G.; Yang, A.B.; Liu, R.; Gu, C.; Veal, B.W.; Liu, J.Z.; Paulikas, A.P.; Vandervoort, K.; Claus, H.; Campuzano, J.C.; Schirber, J.E.; Shinn, N.D.

    1989-01-01

    We have performed angle-integrated and angle-resolved photoemission measurements at 20 K on well-characterized single crystals of high-T/sub c/ cuprates (both 1:2:3-type and 2:2:1:2-type) cleaved in situ, and find a relatively large, resolution limited Fermi edge which shows large amplitude variations with photon energy, indicative of band structure final state effects. The lineshapes of the spectra of the 1:2:3 materials as a function of photon energy are well reproduced by band structure predictions, indicating a correct mix of 2p and 3d orbitals on the calculations, while the energy positions of the peaks agree with calculated bands only to within /approx/0.5 eV. This may yet prove to reflect the effects of Coulomb correlation. We nevertheless conclude that a Fermi liquid approach to conductivity is appropriate. Angle-resolved data, while still incomplete, suggest agreement with the Fermi surface predicted by the LDA calculations. A BCS-like energy gap is observed in the 2:2:1:2 materials, whose magnitude is twice the weak coupling BCS value (i.e., 2/Delta/ = 7 KT/sub c/). 49 refs., 11 figs.

  9. Anomalous magnetic-field tunneling of YBa2Cu3O7-δ junctions: Possible detection ofnon-Fermi-liquid states

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    Kashiwaya, H.; Kashiwaya, S.; Prijamboedi, B.; Sawa, A.; Kurosawa, I.; Tanaka, Y.; Iguchi, I.

    2004-09-01

    Magnetic-field tunneling spectroscopy was applied to optimally doped YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) to detect the quasiparticle properties in the superconducting phase. Three types of epitaxial YBCO/La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 junctions with different orientations were fabricated, and the responses of conductance spectra to an applied parallel magnetic field were measured at below 1K . The measured conductance spectra showed neither splitting nor broadening with μV resolution. This result apparently contradicts the model based on the weak coupling theory. One possibility for this contradiction is the breakdown of the superconducting Fermi-liquid in optimally doped YBCO.

  10. Low-energy physics of the t -J model in d =∞ using extremely correlated Fermi liquid theory: Cutoff second-order equations

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    Shastry, B. Sriram; Perepelitsky, Edward

    2016-07-01

    We present the results for the low-energy properties of the infinite-dimensional t -J model with J =0 , using O (λ2) equations of the extremely correlated Fermi liquid formalism. The parameter λ ∈[0 ,1 ] is analogous to the inverse spin parameter 1 /(2 S ) in quantum magnets. The present analytical scheme allows us to approach the physically most interesting regime near the Mott insulating state n ≲1 . It overcomes the limitation to low densities n ≲0.7 of earlier calculations, by employing a variant of the skeleton graph expansion, and a high-frequency cutoff that is essential for maintaining the known high-T entropy. The resulting quasiparticle weight Z , the low ω ,T self-energy, and the resistivity are reported. These are quite close at all densities to the exact numerical results of the U =∞ Hubbard model, obtained using the dynamical mean field theory. The present calculation offers the advantage of generalizing to finite T rather easily, and allows the visualization of the loss of coherence of Fermi liquid quasiparticles by raising T . The present scheme is generalizable to finite dimensions and a nonvanishing J .

  11. Nearly ferromagnetic Fermi-liquid behaviour in YFe2Zn20 and high-temperature ferromagnetism of GdFe2Zn20

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    Jia, S.; Bud'Ko, S. L.; Samolyuk, G. D.; Canfield, P. C.

    2007-05-01

    One of the historic goals of alchemy was to turn base elements into precious ones. Although the practice of alchemy has been superseded by chemistry and solid-state physics, the desire to dramatically change or tune the properties of a compound, preferably through small changes in stoichiometry or composition, remains. This desire becomes even more compelling for compounds that can be tuned to extremes in behaviour. Here, we report that the RT2Zn20 (R=rare earth and T=transition metal) family of compounds manifests exactly this type of versatility, even though they are more than 85% Zn. By tuning T, we find that YFe2Zn20 is closer to ferromagnetism than elemental Pd, the classic example of a nearly ferromagnetic Fermi liquid. By submerging Gd in this highly polarizable Fermi liquid, we tune the system to a remarkably high-temperature ferromagnetic (TC=86K) state for a compound with less than 5% Gd. Although this is not quite turning lead into gold, it is essentially tuning Zn to become a variety of model compounds.

  12. Remembering Fermi

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    Cronin, James

    2005-03-30

    A combination of the discovery of nuclear fission and the circumstances of the 2nd World War brought Enrico Fermi to Chicago, where he led the team that produced the first controlled, self-sustained nuclear chain reaction. Following the war in 1945 Chancellor Hutchins, William Zachariasen, and Walter Bartky convinced Fermi to accept a professorship at the University of Chicago, where the Institute for Nuclear Studies was established. Fermi served as the leading figure in surely the greatest collection of scientists the world has ever seen. Fermi's tenure at Chicago was cut short by his death in 1954. My talk will concentrate on the years 1945-54. Examples of his research notebooks, his speeches, his teaching, and his correspondence will be discussed.

  13. UV/IR mixing in non-Fermi liquids: higher-loop corrections in different energy ranges

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    Mandal, Ipsita

    2016-12-01

    We revisit the Ising-nematic quantum critical point with an m-dimensional Fermi surface by applying a dimensional regularization scheme, introduced in [I. Mandal, S.S. Lee, Phys. Rev. B 92, 035141 (2015)]. We compute the contribution from two-loop and three-loop diagrams in the intermediate energy range controlled by a crossover scale. We find that for m = 2, the corrections continue to be one-loop exact for both the infrared and intermediate energy regimes.

  14. Retreating behavior of a charged ionic liquid droplet in a dielectric liquid under electric field

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    Ahn, Myung Mo; Im, Do Jin; Kang, In Seok

    2013-11-01

    Ionic liquids show great promise as excellent solvents or catalysts in energy and biological fields due to their unique chemical and physical properties. The ionic liquid droplets in microfluidic systems can also be used as a potential platform for chemical biological reactions. In order to control electrically the ionic liquid droplets in a microfluidic device, the charging characteristics of ionic liquid droplets need to be understood. In this work, the charging characteristics of various ionic liquids are investigated by using the parallel plate electrodes system. Under normal situation, a charged droplet shows bouncing motion between electrodes continuously. However, for some special ionic liquids, interesting retreating behavior of charged ionic liquid droplet has been observed. This retreating behavior of ionic liquid droplet has been analyzed experimentally by the image analysis and the electrometer signal analysis. Based on the hypothesis of charge leakage of the retreating ionic liquid droplets, FT-IR spectroscopy analysis has also been performed. The retreating behavior of ionic liquid droplet is discussed from the intermolecular point of view according to the species of ionic liquids. This research was supported by grant No. 2013R1A1A2011956 funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) and by grant No. 2013R1A1A2010483 funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) through the NRF.

  15. Evaporative Mass Transfer Behavior of a Complex Immiscible Liquid

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    McColl, Colleen M.; Johnson, Gwynn R.; Brusseau, Mark L.

    2010-01-01

    A series of laboratory experiments was conducted with a multiple-component immiscible liquid, collected from the Picillo Farm Superfund Site in Rhode Island, to examine liquid-vapor mass-transfer behavior. The immiscible liquid, which comprises solvents, oils, pesticides, PCBs, paint sludges, explosives, and other compounds, was characterized using gas chromatography and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry to determine mole fractions of selected constituents. Batch experiments were conducted to evaluate equilibrium phase-partitioning behavior. Two sets of air-stripping column studies were conducted to examine the mass-transfer dynamics of five selected target compounds present in the immiscible-liquid mixture. One set of column experiments was designed to represent a system with free-phase immiscible liquid present; the other was designed to represent a system with a residual phase of immiscible liquid. Initial elution behavior of all target components generally appeared to be ideal for both systems, as the initial vapor-phase concentrations were similar to vapor-phase concentrations measured for the batch experiment and those estimated using Raoult’s law (incorporating the immiscible-liquid composition data). Later-stage removal of 1,2-dichlorobenzene appeared to be rate limited for the columns containing free-phase immiscible liquid and no porous medium. Conversely, evaporative mass transfer appeared to be ideal throughout the experiment conducted with immiscible liquid distributed relatively uniformly as a residual phase within a sandy porous medium. PMID:18614196

  16. Unconventional Fermi surface in an insulating state

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    Tan, B. S.; Hsu, Y.-T.; Zeng, B.; Hatnean, M. Ciomaga; Harrison, N.; Zhu, Z.; Hartstein, M.; Kiourlappou, M.; Srivastava, A.; Johannes, M. D.; Murphy, T. P.; Park, J.-H.; Balicas, L.; Lonzarich, G. G.; Balakrishnan, G.; Sebastian, Suchitra E.

    2015-07-01

    Insulators occur in more than one guise; a recent finding was a class of topological insulators, which host a conducting surface juxtaposed with an insulating bulk. Here, we report the observation of an unusual insulating state with an electrically insulating bulk that simultaneously yields bulk quantum oscillations with characteristics of an unconventional Fermi liquid. We present quantum oscillation measurements of magnetic torque in high-purity single crystals of the Kondo insulator SmB6, which reveal quantum oscillation frequencies characteristic of a large three-dimensional conduction electron Fermi surface similar to the metallic rare earth hexaborides such as PrB6 and LaB6. The quantum oscillation amplitude strongly increases at low temperatures, appearing strikingly at variance with conventional metallic behavior.

  17. Unconventional Fermi surface in an insulating state

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    Harrison, Neil; Tan, B. S.; Hsu, Y. -T.; Zeng, B.; Hatnean, M. Ciomaga; Zhu, Z.; Hartstein, M.; Kiourlappou, M.; Srivastava, A.; Johannes, M. D.; Murphy, T. P.; Park, J. -H.; Balicas, L.; Lonzarich, G. G.; Balakrishnan, G.; Sebastian, Suchitra E.

    2015-07-17

    Insulators occur in more than one guise; a recent finding was a class of topological insulators, which host a conducting surface juxtaposed with an insulating bulk. Here, we report the observation of an unusual insulating state with an electrically insulating bulk that simultaneously yields bulk quantum oscillations with characteristics of an unconventional Fermi liquid. We present quantum oscillation measurements of magnetic torque in high-purity single crystals of the Kondo insulator SmB6, which reveal quantum oscillation frequencies characteristic of a large three-dimensional conduction electron Fermi surface similar to the metallic rare earth hexaborides such as PrB6 and LaB6. As a result, the quantum oscillation amplitude strongly increases at low temperatures, appearing strikingly at variance with conventional metallic behavior.

  18. Particle Behavior at Anisotropically Curved Liquid Interfaces

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    McEnnis, Kathleen; Zeng, Chuan; Davidovitch, Benny; Dinsmore, Anthony; Russell, Thomas

    2011-03-01

    A particle bound to an anisotropically curved liquid interface, such as a cylinder or catenoid, cannot maintain a constant contact angle without deforming the interface. Theory suggests that the particles will experience a force that depends on the interfacial shape and migrate to minimize the total interfacial energy. To test these predictions, particles were deposited on top of liquid semi-cylinders of ionic liquid or melted polystyrene confined on chemically patterned surfaces. Particles were also deposited on liquid catenoid structures created by placing a melted polymer film under an electric field. The location of the particles on these structures was observed by optical, confocal, and scanning electron microscopy. The implications for the directed assembly of particles and stability of Pickering emulsions are also discussed.

  19. Cavitation bubble behavior inside a liquid jet

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    Robert, Etienne; Lettry, Jacques; Farhat, Mohamed; Monkewitz, Peter A.; Avellan, François

    2007-06-01

    The growth and collapse of laser-induced vapor cavities inside axisymmetric free-falling liquid water jets have been studied. Bubbles of different size are generated at various distances from the jet axis and the effects on the jet interface are recorded by means of ultrafast cinematography. The configuration is characterized by two dimensionless parameters: the bubble to jet diameter ratio δ and the eccentricity coefficient ɛ defined as the radius of bubble generation divided by the jet radius. For high δ and ɛ, microjets and droplets are ejected from the liquid jet at speeds exceeding 100m/s. The observed jet fragmentation shows similarities with experiments conducted on a liquid mercury jet hit by a pulsed proton beam, a candidate configuration for future accelerator based facilities.

  20. Evidence for a spinon Fermi surface in the triangular S =1 quantum spin liquid Ba3NiSb2O9

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    Fâk, B.; Bieri, S.; Canévet, E.; Messio, L.; Payen, C.; Viaud, M.; Guillot-Deudon, C.; Darie, C.; Ollivier, J.; Mendels, P.

    2017-02-01

    Inelastic neutron scattering is used to study the low-energy magnetic excitations in the spin-1 triangular lattice of the 6 H -B phase of Ba3NiSb2O9 . We study two powder samples: Ba3NiSb2O9 synthesized under high pressure and Ba2.5Sr0.5NiSb2O9 in which chemical pressure stabilizes the 6 H -B structure. The measured excitation spectra show broad gapless and nondispersive continua at characteristic wave vectors. Our data rules out most theoretical scenarios that have previously been proposed for this phase, and we find that it is well described by an exotic quantum spin liquid with three flavors of unpaired fermionic spinons, forming a large spinon Fermi surface.

  1. Behavior of liquid hydrogen inside an ICF target

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    Kim, K.; Mok, L.; Bernat, T.

    1982-01-01

    The configuration of liquid hydrogen inside spherical glass shell ICF target was studied both theoretically and experimentally. Because of the zero contact angle between the .D2 liquid and glass substrate and the limited wetting surface that is continuous, the liquid hydrogen completely covers the interior of the glass shell, resulting in the formation of a void at the center. For this reason, the present problem distinguishes itself from that for a sessile drop sitting on a flat surface. A theory was formulated to calculate the liquid hydrogen configuration by including the London-dispersion force between the liquid and the substrate molecules. The net result is an augmented Bashforth-Adams equation appropriate to a spherical substrate, which is considered to be the major contribution of the present work. Preliminary calculations indicate that this equation accurately models the liquid hydrogen behavior inside a spherical microshell.

  2. Effect of the Fermi surface reconstruction on the self-energy of the copper-oxide superconductors

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    Bellafi, B.; Azzouz, M.; Charfi-Kaddour, S.

    2014-11-01

    We calculated the self-energy corrections beyond the mean-field solution of the rotating antiferromagnetism theory using the functional integral approach. The frequency dependence of the scattering rate 1 / τ is evaluated for different temperatures and doping levels, and is compared with other approaches. The general trends we found are fairly consistent with the nearly antiferromagnetic Fermi liquid as far as the k -anisotropy and some aspects of the marginal-Fermi liquid behavior are concerned. The present approach provides the justification from the microscopic point of view for the phenomenology of the marginal Fermi liquid ansatz, which was used in the calculation of several physical properties of the high-TC cuprates within the rotating antiferromagnetism theory. In addition, the expression of self-energy we calculated takes into account the two currently hot issues of the high-TC cuprate superconductors, namely the Fermi surface reconstruction and the hidden symmetry, which are closely related to the pseudogap.

  3. Statistical mechanics of light elements at high pressure. VI - Liquid-state calculations with Thomas-Fermi-Dirac theory

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    Macfarlane, J. J.

    1984-01-01

    A model free energy is developed for hydrogen-helium mixtures based on solid-state Thomas-Fermi-Dirac calculations at pressures relevant to the interiors of giant planets. Using a model potential similar to that for a two-component plasma, effective charges for the nuclei (which are in general smaller than the actual charges because of screening effects) are parameterized, being constrained by calculations at a number of densities, compositions, and lattice structures. These model potentials are then used to compute the equilibrium properties of H-He fluids using a charged hard-sphere model. The results find critical temperatures of about 0 K, 500 K, and 1500 K, for pressures of 10, 100, and 1000 Mbar, respectively. These phase separation temperatures are considerably lower (approximately 6,000-10,000 K) than those found from calculations using free electron perturbation theory, and suggest that H-He solutions should be stable against phase separation in the metallic zones of Jupiter and Saturn.

  4. Liquid behavior of cross-linked actin bundles.

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    Weirich, Kimberly L; Banerjee, Shiladitya; Dasbiswas, Kinjal; Witten, Thomas A; Vaikuntanathan, Suriyanarayanan; Gardel, Margaret L

    2017-02-28

    The actin cytoskeleton is a critical regulator of cytoplasmic architecture and mechanics, essential in a myriad of physiological processes. Here we demonstrate a liquid phase of actin filaments in the presence of the physiological cross-linker, filamin. Filamin condenses short actin filaments into spindle-shaped droplets, or tactoids, with shape dynamics consistent with a continuum model of anisotropic liquids. We find that cross-linker density controls the droplet shape and deformation timescales, consistent with a variable interfacial tension and viscosity. Near the liquid-solid transition, cross-linked actin bundles show behaviors reminiscent of fluid threads, including capillary instabilities and contraction. These data reveal a liquid droplet phase of actin, demixed from the surrounding solution and dominated by interfacial tension. These results suggest a mechanism to control organization, morphology, and dynamics of the actin cytoskeleton.

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

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

    2014-08-01

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

  6. Diffusion behavior in a liquid-liquid interfacial crystallization by molecular dynamics simulations

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    Kitayama, Akira; Yamanaka, Shinya; Kadota, Kazunori; Shimosaka, Atsuko; Shirakawa, Yoshiyuki; Hidaka, Jusuke

    2009-11-01

    Interfacial crystallization, such as surface crystallization in solution (solid-liquid) and liquid-liquid crystallization, gives us an asymmetric reaction field and is a technique for morphology control of crystals. In the liquid-liquid crystallization, the concentration distribution of solute ions and solvent molecules at the liquid-liquid interface directly relates to nucleation, crystal growth, and crystal morphology. Nonequilibrium molecular dynamics (MD) simulations have been performed at interfaces in NaCl solution/1-butanol and KCl solution/1-butanol system in order to clarify diffusion behavior of solute ions and solvent molecules. As simulation results, the hydrated solute ions were dehydrated with the diffusion of water from solution phase into 1-butanol phase. The different dehydration behaviors between NaCl and KCl solution can be also obtained from MD simulation results. Aggregated ions or clusters were formed by the dehydration near the solution/1-butanol interface. By comparison on the normalized number of total solute ions, the size and number of generated cluster in KCl solution/1-butanol interface are larger than those in the NaCl system. This originates in the difference hydration structures in the each solute ion.

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

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

    2014-08-21

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

  8. Individual behavior and pairwise interactions between microswimmers in anisotropic liquid

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    Sokolov, Andrey; Zhou, Shuang; Lavrentovich, Oleg D.; Aranson, Igor S.

    2015-01-01

    A motile bacterium swims by generating flow in its surrounding liquid. Anisotropy of the suspending liquid significantly modifies the swimming dynamics and corresponding flow signatures of an individual bacterium and impacts collective behavior. We study the interactions between swimming bacteria in an anisotropic environment exemplified by lyotropic chromonic liquid crystal. Our analysis reveals a significant localization of the bacteria-induced flow along a line coaxial with the bacterial body, which is due to strong viscosity anisotropy of the liquid crystal. Despite the fact that the average viscosity of the liquid crystal is two to three orders of magnitude higher than the viscosity of pure water, the speed of bacteria in the liquid crystal is of the same order of magnitude as in water. We show that bacteria can transport a cargo (a fluorescent particle) along a predetermined trajectory defined by the direction of molecular orientation of the liquid crystal. We demonstrate that while the hydrodynamic interaction between flagella of two close-by bacteria is negligible, the observed convergence of the swimming speeds as well as flagella waves' phase velocities may occur due to viscoelastic interaction between the bacterial bodies.

  9. Enrico Fermi

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    Yang, Chen Ning

    2013-05-01

    Enrico Fermi was, of all the great physicists of the 20th century, among the most respected and admired. He was respected and admired because of his contributions to both theoretical and experimental physics, because of his leadership in discovering for mankind a powerful new source of energy, and above all, because of his personal character. He was always reliable and trustworthy. He had both of his feet on the ground all the time. He had great strength, but never threw his weight around. He did not play to the gallery. He did not practise one-up-manship. He exemplified, I always believe, the perfect Confucian gentleman...

  10. Active Mesogenic Droplets: Impact of Liquid Crystallinity and Collective Behavior

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    Bahr, Christian

    Droplets of common mesogenic compounds show a self-propelled motion when immersed in aqueous solutions containing ionic surfactants at concentrations well above the critical micelle concentration. After introducing some general properties of this type of artificial microswimmer, we focus on two topics: the influence of liquid crystallinity on the swimming behavior and the collective behavior of ensembles of a larger number of droplets. The mesogenic properties are not essential for the basic mechanism of self-propulsion, nevertheless they considerably influence the swimming behavior of the droplets. For instance, the shape of the trajectories strongly depends on whether the droplets are in the nematic or isotropic state. The droplet swimmers are also ideally suited for the study of collective behavior: Microfluidics enables the generation of large numbers of identical swimmers and we can tune their buoyancy. We report on the collective behavior in three-dimensional environments. Supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (SPP 1726 ``Microswimmers'').

  11. Quantum Oscillations from Fermi Arcs

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    Pereg-Barnea, Tamar; Refael, Gil; Franz, Marcel; Weber, Heidi; Seradjeh, Babak

    2009-03-01

    Recent experiments[1] in a variety of High Tc superconductors revel 1/B oscillations in the vortex-liquid state. The period of oscillations in underdoped samples is short and can be translated, via the Onsager relation to an area in k-space which makes up a few percents of the Brillouin zone. Quantum oscillations are usually thought of as arising from closed orbits in momentum space along the Fermi surface and are used to measure the Fermi vector. Thus, the observation of quantum oscillations in the cuprates seems to be at odds with the observation of Fermi arcs in ARPES experiments[2] due to their fragmented Fermi surface topology. In this talk we show that quantum oscillations can arise from a partially gapped Fermi surface. We adopt a phenomenological model of arcs which terminate at a regime with a superconducting gap of d-wave symmetry to describe the pseudo gap phase. Without invoking any additional order, quantization of energy is found well below the gap maximum. Semiclassically the quantization condition arises from closed orbits in real-space. When translated to momentum space, the area enclosed by the orbits is much smaller than that of the full Fermi surface. [1]N. Doiron-Leyaraud et al. nature 447, 565 (2007) [2]Kanigel et al. Nature Physics 2 447 (2006)

  12. Corrosion behavior of surface treated steel in liquid sodium negative electrode of liquid metal battery

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    Lee, Jeonghyeon; Shin, Sang Hun; Lee, Jung Ki; Choi, Sungyeol; Kim, Ji Hyun

    2016-03-01

    While liquid metal batteries are attractive options for grid-scale energy storage applications as they have flexible siting capacities and small footprints, the compatibility between structural materials such as current collectors and negative electrode such as sodium is one of major issues for liquid metal batteries. Non-metallic elements such as carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen in the liquid sodium influence the material behaviors of the cell construction materials in the battery system. In this study, the compatibility of structural materials with sodium is investigated in high temperature liquid sodium, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) is used to monitor in-situ the corrosion behavior at the surface of materials in sodium. Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) coatings of SiC and Si3N4 are applied as protective barriers against dissolution and corrosion on the steel surface. The results show that CVD coating of Si compounds can delay corrosion of steel in high temperature liquid sodium comparing to the result of as-received specimens, while SiC coating is more durable than Si3N4 coating in high temperature liquid sodium.

  13. Pulsar Timing with the Fermi LAT

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    2010-12-01

    Pulsar Timing with the Fermi LAT Paul S. Ray∗, Matthew Kerr†, Damien Parent∗∗ and the Fermi PSC‡ ∗Naval Research Laboratory, 4555 Overlook Ave., SW...Laboratory, Washington, DC 20375, USA ‡Fermi Pulsar Search Consortium Abstract. We present an overview of precise pulsar timing using data from the Large...unbinned photon data. In addition to determining the spindown behavior of the pulsars and detecting glitches and timing noise, such timing analyses al

  14. Solid−liquid critical behavior of water in nanopores

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    Mochizuki, Kenji; Koga, Kenichiro

    2015-01-01

    Nanoconfined liquid water can transform into low-dimensional ices whose crystalline structures are dissimilar to any bulk ices and whose melting point may significantly rise with reducing the pore size, as revealed by computer simulation and confirmed by experiment. One of the intriguing, and as yet unresolved, questions concerns the observation that the liquid water may transform into a low-dimensional ice either via a first-order phase change or without any discontinuity in thermodynamic and dynamic properties, which suggests the existence of solid−liquid critical points in this class of nanoconfined systems. Here we explore the phase behavior of a model of water in carbon nanotubes in the temperature−pressure−diameter space by molecular dynamics simulation and provide unambiguous evidence to support solid−liquid critical phenomena of nanoconfined water. Solid−liquid first-order phase boundaries are determined by tracing spontaneous phase separation at various temperatures. All of the boundaries eventually cease to exist at the critical points and there appear loci of response function maxima, or the Widom lines, extending to the supercritical region. The finite-size scaling analysis of the density distribution supports the presence of both first-order and continuous phase changes between solid and liquid. At around the Widom line, there are microscopic domains of two phases, and continuous solid−liquid phase changes occur in such a way that the domains of one phase grow and those of the other evanesce as the thermodynamic state departs from the Widom line. PMID:26100904

  15. Unconventional bulk three-dimensional Fermi surface in Kondo insulating SmB6

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    Tan, Beng

    We report the observation of a paradoxical insulator with a bulk state which is electrically insulating and simultaneously yields quantum oscillations typical of good metals. We present high field measurements of conductivity and magnetic torque in high purity single crystals of the Kondo insulator SmB6 which reveal an activated behavior characteristics of an insulator with an energy gap at the Fermi energy in the former and quantum oscillation of frequencies characteristics of a large three-dimensional conduction electron Fermi surface similar to the metallic rare earth hexaborides such as PrB6 and LaB6 in the latter. The quantum oscillations observed in the magnetic torque measurements are characteristic of an unconventional Fermi liquid - the amplitude strongly increases at low temperatures in a stark contrast to the saturating Lifshitz-Kosevich behavior in conventional metallic states.

  16. Importance of Fermi energy for understanding the intermixing behavior at the LaAlO{sub 3}/SrTiO{sub 3} heterointerface

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    Yamamoto, Takashi; Mizoguchi, Teruyasu

    2014-11-17

    We investigated the migration energy and vacancy formation energy of La and Sr ions at a LaAlO{sub 3}/SrTiO{sub 3} heterointerface using first-principles calculations. Our study reveal that the migration energies at the p-type interface are lower than those at the n-type interface, and the formation energies of Sr and La vacancies are relatively high when we assume a reduction atmosphere and insulator conditions. To explain the experimental evidence that intermixing is preferentially taking place at the n-type interface, considering the Fermi energy is critical. We find that the presence of electron carriers plays an important role in the intermixing behaviors at the LaAlO{sub 3}/SrTiO{sub 3} heterointerface.

  17. Spin transport in cold Fermi gases: A pseudogap interpretation of spin diffusion experiments at unitarity

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    Wulin, Dan; Levin, K.; Guo Hao; Chien, Chih-Chun

    2011-06-15

    We address recent spin transport experiments in ultracold unitary Fermi gases. We provide a theoretical understanding for how the measured temperature dependence of the spin diffusivity at low T can disagree with the expected behavior of a Fermi liquid (FL), while the spin susceptiblity, following the experimental protocols, is consistent with a FL picture. We show that the experimental protocols for extracting the spin susceptibility implicitly reflect a FL viewpoint; relaxing this leads to consistency within but not proof of a pseudogap-based theory. Our transport calculations yield insight into the observed suppression of the spin diffusion constant at lower T.

  18. Multiple time scale behaviors and network dynamics in liquid methanol.

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    Sharma, Ruchi; Chakravarty, Charusita; Milotti, Edoardo

    2008-07-31

    Canonical ensemble molecular dynamics simulations of liquid methanol, modeled using a rigid-body, pair-additive potential, are used to compute static distributions and temporal correlations of tagged molecule potential energies as a means of characterizing the liquid state dynamics. The static distribution of tagged molecule potential energies shows a clear multimodal structure with three distinct peaks, similar to those observed previously in water and liquid silica. The multimodality is shown to originate from electrostatic effects, but not from local, hydrogen bond interactions. An interesting outcome of this study is the remarkable similarity in the tagged potential energy power spectra of methanol, water, and silica, despite the differences in the underlying interactions and the dimensionality of the network. All three liquids show a distinct multiple time scale (MTS) regime with a 1/ f (alpha) dependence with a clear positive correlation between the scaling exponent alpha and the diffusivity. The low-frequency limit of the MTS regime is determined by the frequency of crossover to white noise behavior which occurs at approximately 0.1 cm (-1) in the case of methanol under standard temperature and pressure conditions. The power spectral regime above 200 cm (-1) in all three systems is dominated by resonances due to localized vibrations, such as librations. The correlation between alpha and the diffusivity in all three liquids appears to be related to the strength of the coupling between the localized motions and the larger length/time scale network reorganizations. Thus, the time scales associated with network reorganization dynamics appear to be qualitatively similar in these systems, despite the fact that water and silica both display diffusional anomalies but methanol does not.

  19. Polymer Alignment Behavior with Molecular Switching of Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal

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    Murashige, Takeshi; Fujikake, Hideo; Sato, Hiroto; Kikuchi, Hiroshi; Kurita, Taiichiro; Sato, Fumio

    2007-01-01

    This paper describes the molecular alignment behavior of polymer networks with switching of a ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC) in a molecularly aligned FLC/polymer composite film. The polymer alignment in the composite film, which was slowly formed by photopolymerization-induced phase separation of a heated nematic-phase solution of FLC and monomers, was observed by polarization Raman spectral microscopy. Raman peak intensities originating from the polymers were changed with those from the FLC, when the applied voltage polarity was changed. The trace patterns of the Raman peak intensity with in-plane rotation of the composite film indicated that the formed flexible polymers can follow FLC molecular switching.

  20. Studies of Yttrium BARIUM(2) COPPER(3) OXYGEN(7 - Materials and Layered Thin Films: Their Growth and Interdiffusion Behavior, Fermi Edge Density, and the Oxygen Depletion Problem

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    Chen, Li-Mei

    In 1987, Paul Chu and his colleagues discovered the high-T_{c} YBa_2Cu_3O _{7-x} (1-2-3) superconductor (HTSC). The most important research still needed on this system from a scientific point of view is to get insight into the superconducting mechanism of this new material. Using these materials in the foof films seems the most realistic for widespread application. Therefore, research in this thesis on these HTSC materials have been carried out in four parts: (1) the oxygen depletion problem, (2) Fermi density of state, (3) interdiffusion behavior and (4) multilayer growth. HTSC thin films were successfully made by either ion beam deposition or R-F magnetron sputtering at the EIC Laboratory in Massachusetts. C-axis oriented epitaxial HTSC thin films were deposited onto MgO, YSZ and sapphire. A variety of different buffer layers were also deposited onto the above-mentioned substrates to try to effectuate the elimination the interaction between the substrates and the HTSC thin films. For further interdiffusion behavior studies, the above mentioned buffer layers were also deposited in a superconductor-insulator-superconductor (S-I-S) geometry. This geometry is one employed in Josephson junctions which are the key elements of superconductive electronics. We have also studied the behavior of select HTSC ceramic systems during changes in atmospheric conditions. A four-point probe was used to measure the HTSC ceramic transition temperature. From these results, we found that in the presence of an ambient oxygen background equivalent to several torr at room temperature, the HTSC materials produced a metallic R vs. T behavior with T_0 (onset) of ~103 K and T _{c} of ~ 91 K. Lowering the oxygen pressure, followed by repeated temperature cycling, produced a continuous reduction in T_{c} to value ~60 K. Reintroduction of various dose O_2 or air immediately increased the T_{c}, with apparent total restoration to the optimal resistance values at ~5 torr to 12 torr. A finite Fermi

  1. Fermi Pulsar Analysis

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    This animation illustrates how analysis of Fermi data reveals new pulsars. Fermi's LAT records the precise arrival time and approximate direction of the gamma rays it detects, but to identify a pul...

  2. Microstructure and phase behavior in colloids and liquid crystals

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    Lohr, Matthew Alan

    This thesis describes our investigation of microstructure and phase behavior in colloids and liquid crystals. The first set of experiments explores the phase behavior of helical packings of thermoresponsive microspheres inside glass capillaries as a function of volume fraction. Stable helical packings are observed with long-range orientational order. Some of these packings evolve abruptly to disordered states as the volume fraction is reduced. We quantify these transitions using correlation functions and susceptibilities of an orientational order parameter. The emergence of coexisting metastable packings, as well as coexisting ordered and disordered states, is also observed. These findings support the notion of phase-transition-like behavior in quasi-one-dimensional systems. The second set of experiments investigates cross-over behavior from glasses with attractive interactions to sparse gel-like states. In particular, the vibrational modes of quasi-two-dimensional disordered colloidal packings of hard colloidal spheres with short-range attractions are measured as a function of packing fraction. A crossover from glassy to sparse gel-like states is indicated by an excess of low-frequency phonon modes. This change in vibrational mode distribution appears to arise from highly localized vibrations that tend to involve individual and/or small clusters of particles with few local bonds. These mode behaviors and corresponding structural insights may serve as a useful signature for glass-gel transitions in wider classes of attractive packings. A third set of experiments explores the director structures of aqueous lyotropic chromonic liquid crystal (LCLC) films created on square lattice cylindrical-micropost substrates. The structures are manipulated by modulating of the concentration-dependent elastic properties of LCLC s via drying. Nematic LCLC films exhibit preferred bistable alignment along the diagonals of the micropost lattice. Columnar LCLC films form two distinct

  3. Amphiphilic behavior of two phosphonium based ionic liquids.

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    Mukherjee, Indrajyoti; Mukherjee, Suvasree; Naskar, Bappaditya; Ghosh, Soumen; Moulik, Satya P

    2013-04-01

    Solution and surface chemical behavior of two phosphonium based ionic liquids triisobutyl (methyl) phosphonium tosylate (IL-1) and trihexyl (tetradecyl) phosphonium bis 2,4,4-(trimethylpentyl)phosphinate (IL-2) have been studied. The polar IL-1 is surface active and water soluble, whereas the weakly polar IL-2 is more surface active with very low aqueous solubility. IL-1 does not form micelles but affects the micellization properties of ionic, nonionic, and zwitterionic surfactants more strongly than conventional electrolytes. IL-2 itself forms micelles and mixed micelles with Triton X-100 (TX-100) in aqueous solution. It also forms Langmuir monolayers of liquid expanded type, at the air/water interface. IL-1 can replace water in forming microemulsions with the oil isopropylmyristate (IPM), stabilized by IL-2 (surfactant)+isopropanol (IP as a co-surfactant) like the IL-1/IPM/(IL-2+IP) system. It produces a large monophasic zone in the pseudoternary phase diagram. The thermodynamics of formation of the microemulsions of IL-1 in oil (IPM) have been examined. The dimensions and the polydispersity of the dispersed nano-droplets in the microemulsions have been determined by DLS. The thermal stability of the microemulsion forming systems has also been studied. ILs studied against Sarcoma-180 cell lines have evidenced proficient anti-cancer activity of IL-1 and moderate activity of IL-2.

  4. Critical behavior of liquid {sup 4}He at negative pressures

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    Campbell, C.E.; Folk, R.; Krotscheck, E.

    1996-10-01

    The authors examine the equation of state of liquid {sup 4}He at negative pressures close to the spinodal density {rho}{sub s} where the hydrodynamic speed of sound vanishes. The non-analytic behavior of the equation of state and the speed of sound in the vicinity of the spinodal density are calculated in two and in three dimensions; they find for the speed of sound the non-analytic behavior mc{sub s}{sup 2} {approximately} ({rho}-{rho}{sub s}){sup 2/5} in three dimensions and mc{sub s}{sup 2} {approximately} [({rho}-{rho}{sub s})/{vert_bar}ln({rho}-{rho}{sub s}){vert_bar}]{sup 1/2} in two dimensions. The authors then examine the low density regime numerically, using a semianalytic microscopic theory. It is found that non-analytic exponents are visible only in a negligible density regime around the spinodal point. Estimates for the spinodal densities, and the range of critical fluctations are provided.

  5. Crystalline liquid and rubber-like behavior in Cu nanowires.

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    Yue, Yonghai; Chen, Nianke; Li, Xianbin; Zhang, Shengbai; Zhang, Ze; Chen, Mingwei; Han, Xiaodong

    2013-08-14

    Via in situ TEM tensile tests on single crystalline copper nanowires with an advanced tensile device, we report here a crystalline-liquid-rubber-like (CRYS-LIQUE-R) behavior in fracturing crystalline metallic nanowires. A retractable strain of the fractured crystalline Cu nanowires can approach over 35%. This astonishing CRYS-LIQUE-R behavior of the fracturing highly strained single crystalline Cu nanowires originates from an instant release of the stored ultralarge elastic energy in the crystalline nanowires. The release of the ultralarge elastic energy was estimated to generate a huge reverse stress as high as ~10 GPa. The effective diffusion coefficient (D(eff)) increased sharply due to the consequent pressure gradient. In addition, due to the release of ultrahigh elastic energy, the estimated concomitant temperature increase was estimated as high as 0.6 Tm (Tm is the melting point of nanocrystalline Cu) on the fractured tip of the nanowires. These factors greatly enhanced the atomic diffusion process. Molecular dynamic simulations revealed that the very high reverse stress triggered dislocation nucleation and exhaustion.

  6. Quantum oscillations from inside the Fermi sea

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    Pal, Hridis K.

    2017-02-01

    Quantum oscillations are conventionally understood to arise from the Fermi level; hence, they are considered to be a proof of the existence of an underlying Fermi surface. In this article we show that in certain situations quantum oscillations can also arise from inside the Fermi sea. We establish this analytically, supporting it with numerical calculations. Possible scenarios where such unusual behavior can occur are pointed out. In particular, in strongly particle-hole asymmetric insulators, models of which have been recently used in the context of the topological Kondo insulator SmB6, we show that the oscillations arise from inside the filled band, and are not related to the gap.

  7. Self-Associating Behavior of Acetone in Liquid Krypton.

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    De Beuckeleer, Liene I; Herrebout, Wouter A

    2016-02-18

    Acetone molecules are inclined to self-associate through dipole-dipole interactions because of their large dipole moment. Infrared spectroscopy of compounds dissolved in liquid noble gases supported by high level ab initio calculations allows investigating the self-associating behavior and determining the thermodynamical properties. In this study, infrared spectra of various concentrations of acetone dissolved in liquid krypton are recorded at constant temperature. Overlapping monomer and dimer spectra are separated by analyzing the obtained data sets with numerical methods based on least-squares fitting. Although acetone is known to self-associate, only a few spectral features have been presented in literature before. In this study, the application of new numerical approaches succeeds in resolving overlapping spectra and allows observing isolated acetone dimer absorption bands for the complete mid infrared spectrum. By use of data sets of spectra recorded at temperatures between 134 and 142 K, the experimental standard dimerization enthalpy was determined to be -10.8 kJ mol(-1). MP2/aug-cc-pVDZ calculations predicted a stacked and planar dimer geometry of which the stacked geometry is more stable. Combining MP2 energies and single point corrections involving CCSD(T) calculations and complete basis set extrapolations based on the MP2/aug-cc-pVDZ equilibrium geometry lead to complexation energy of -28.4 kJ mol(-1) for the stacked geometry and -15.1 kJ mol(-1) for the planar geometry. The corresponding values for the complexation enthalpies in solution, obtained by combining these values with corrections for thermal and solvent influences are -13.7 and -5.8 kJ mol(-1).

  8. Electrical resistivity behaviors of liquid Pb-Sn binary alloy in the presence of ultrasonic field.

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    Liu, Xuan; Zhang, Jianfeng; Li, Haoyu; Le, Qichi; Zhang, Zhiqiang; Hu, Wenyi; Bao, Lei

    2015-01-01

    Electrical resistivity behaviors of liquid Pb-Sn alloys have been investigated in the presence of ultrasonic field. The process demonstrated significantly that electrical resistivity could reveal the precise influence caused by ultrasound. Details revealed by applying the resistivity measuring approach to the liquid Pb-Sn alloy show that the short ordered structures in the liquid could be modified by ultrasonic irradiation, and the resistivity approach could have application value in the ultrasonic irradiation process on the specific liquid metals and alloys.

  9. Homogeneous Atomic Fermi Gases

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    Mukherjee, Biswaroop; Yan, Zhenjie; Patel, Parth B.; Hadzibabic, Zoran; Yefsah, Tarik; Struck, Julian; Zwierlein, Martin W.

    2017-03-01

    We report on the creation of homogeneous Fermi gases of ultracold atoms in a uniform potential. In the momentum distribution of a spin-polarized gas, we observe the emergence of the Fermi surface and the saturated occupation of one particle per momentum state: the striking consequence of Pauli blocking in momentum space for a degenerate gas. Cooling a spin-balanced Fermi gas at unitarity, we create homogeneous superfluids and observe spatially uniform pair condensates. For thermodynamic measurements, we introduce a hybrid potential that is harmonic in one dimension and uniform in the other two. The spatially resolved compressibility reveals the superfluid transition in a spin-balanced Fermi gas, saturation in a fully polarized Fermi gas, and strong attraction in the polaronic regime of a partially polarized Fermi gas.

  10. Collisional Properties of a Polarized Fermi Gas with Resonant Interactions

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    Bruun, G. M.; Recati, A.; Stringari, S.; Pethick, C. J.; Smith, H.

    2008-06-20

    Highly polarized mixtures of atomic Fermi gases constitute a novel Fermi liquid. We demonstrate how information on thermodynamic properties may be used to calculate quasiparticle scattering amplitudes even when the interaction is resonant and apply the results to evaluate the damping of the spin dipole mode. We estimate that under current experimental conditions the mode would be intermediate between the hydrodynamic and collisionless limits.

  11. The factors that have correlation with student behavior to dispose liquid waste

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    Kusmawaningtyas, Rieneke; Darmajanti, Linda; Soesilo, Tri Edhi Budhi

    2017-03-01

    Students majoring in chemistry could produce toxic liquid waste in their laboratory practices. They are not allowed to dispose of hazardous laboratory liquid into the environment. The formulation of problem in this study is that not all students have good behavior to dispose liquid waste properly according to their type and chemical properties while it is expected that all students have good behavior to dispose liquid waste with the type and chemical properties in container vessel, even though all students are expected to have behavior to dispose waste in the container vessel with the support of the predisposing factors, enabling factors, and driving factors. The aim of this study is to analyze the type and chemical properties of liquid waste and the relationship between three factors forming behavior with student behavior. The relationship between three factors forming behavior with student behavior was analyzed by correlative analysis. Type and chemical properties known through observation and qualitative analysis. The results of this research is found that enabling factors and driving behavior have a weak relation with student behavior. Nevertheless, predisposing factors has no relation with student behavior. The result of analysis of waste laboratory are known that laboratory liquid waste contains Cu, Fe, and methylene blue which potentially pollute the environment. The findings show that although generally the laboratory use chemicals in small quantities, but the total quantity of laboratory liquid waste produced from all laboratories in some regions must be considered. Moreover, the impact of the big quantity of liquid waste to environment must be taken into account. Thus, it is recommended that students should raise awareness of the risks associated with laboratory liquid waste and, we should provide proper management for a laboratory and policy makers.

  12. The Influence of Disorder on Thermotropic Nematic Liquid Crystals Phase Behavior

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    Popa-Nita, Vlad; Gerlič, Ivan; Kralj, Samo

    2009-01-01

    We review the theoretical research on the influence of disorder on structure and phase behavior of condensed matter system exhibiting continuous symmetry breaking focusing on liquid crystal phase transitions. We discuss the main properties of liquid crystals as adequate systems in which several open questions with respect to the impact of disorder on universal phase and structural behavior could be explored. Main advantages of liquid crystalline materials and different experimental realizations of random field-type disorder imposed on liquid crystal phases are described. PMID:19865529

  13. [Analysis of spectral intensity of fermi resonance of molecules].

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    Jiang, Yong-heng; Gao, Shu-qin; Li, Zhan-long; Cao, Biao; Li, Zuo-wei

    2010-01-01

    Raman spectra of liquid carbon disulfide (CS) and carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) were measured. And the spectral intensity was analyzed using the J. F. Bertran theory and the group theory. The rule about Fermi resonance was obtained from the Raman spectra of carbon disulfide (CS) and carbon tetrachloride (CCL4): (1) The energy can transfer between a fundamental and an overtone frequency about Fermi resonance; the two spectra have the same intensity. The spectral intensity of the two spectra was equal (R=1) about Fermi resonance, when the difference between fundamental of Fermi resonance and overtone of Fermi resonance was very small. (2) The intensity of overtone is stronger than that of fundamental's. (3) The spectrum of Fermi resonance was observed, but the fundamental frequency was not. This article has very good reference value for the assignments in the molecular structure and the research of contents.

  14. Phase behavior of metastable liquid silicon at negative pressure: Ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Zhao, G.; Yu, Y. J.; Yan, J. L.; Ding, M. C.; Zhao, X. G.; Wang, H. Y.

    2016-04-01

    Extensive first-principle molecular dynamics simulations are performed to study the phase behavior of metastable liquid Si at negative pressure. Our results show that the high-density liquid (HDL) and HDL-vapor spinodals indeed form a continuous reentrant curve and the liquid-liquid critical point seems to just coincide with its minimum. The line of density maxima also has a strong tendency to pass through this minimum. The phase behaviour of metastable liquid Si therefore tends to be a critical-point-free scenario rather than a second-critical-point one based on SW potential.

  15. SOLID-STATE PHYSICS. Scalable T² resistivity in a small single-component Fermi surface.

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    Lin, Xiao; Fauqué, Benoît; Behnia, Kamran

    2015-08-28

    Scattering among electrons generates a distinct contribution to electrical resistivity that follows a quadratic temperature (T) dependence. In strongly correlated electron systems, the prefactor A of this T(2) resistivity scales with the magnitude of the electronic specific heat, γ. Here we show that one can change the magnitude of A by four orders of magnitude in metallic strontium titanate (SrTiO3) by tuning the concentration of the carriers and, consequently, the Fermi energy. The T(2) behavior persists in the single-band dilute limit despite the absence of two known mechanisms for T(2) behavior: distinct electron reservoirs and Umklapp processes. The results highlight the absence of a microscopic theory for momentum decay through electron-electron scattering in various Fermi liquids.

  16. Low-temperature heat capacities of confined liquid benzene, implying the behavior of ordinary bulk liquids.

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    Nagoe, A; Oguni, M; Fujimori, H

    2015-11-18

    Isobaric heat capacities C p of benzene confined in silica MCM-41 mesopores with average diameters equal to and smaller than 2.9 nm were measured by precise adiabatic calorimetry. The confined benzene samples revealed no thermal anomaly due to crystallization/fusion and vitrified at low temperatures. The C p curves displayed a hump and a considerably quick decrease on the low-temperature side of the hump as the pore diameter increased. The enthalpy-relaxation effects observed on intermittent heating showed that the anomaly of the C p hump and quick decrease is not assigned to a glass transition. The bend in the temperature dependence of density reported previously was interpreted as corresponding to the quick decrease in C p . We concluded that the anomalous C p and density behaviors originated from the ordering/excitation in the configurational state, close to the ground state, of confined molecular aggregate and proposed a scenario that explains the general C p curves of ordinary bulk supercooled liquids in equilibrium at low temperatures below the glass-transition temperatures.

  17. Multiband One-Dimensional Electronic Structure and Spectroscopic Signature of Tomonaga-Luttinger Liquid Behavior in K2 Cr3 As3

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    Watson, M. D.; Feng, Y.; Nicholson, C. W.; Monney, C.; Riley, J. M.; Iwasawa, H.; Refson, K.; Sacksteder, V.; Adroja, D. T.; Zhao, J.; Hoesch, M.

    2017-03-01

    We present angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy measurements of the quasi-one-dimensional superconductor K2 Cr3 As3 . We find that the Fermi surface contains two Fermi surface sheets, with linearly dispersing bands not displaying any significant band renormalizations. The one-dimensional band dispersions display a suppression of spectral intensity approaching the Fermi level according to a linear power law, over an energy range of ˜200 meV . This is interpreted as a signature of Tomonoga-Luttinger liquid physics, which provides a new perspective on the possibly unconventional superconductivity in this family of compounds.

  18. Multiband One-Dimensional Electronic Structure and Spectroscopic Signature of Tomonaga-Luttinger Liquid Behavior in K_{2}Cr_{3}As_{3}.

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    Watson, M D; Feng, Y; Nicholson, C W; Monney, C; Riley, J M; Iwasawa, H; Refson, K; Sacksteder, V; Adroja, D T; Zhao, J; Hoesch, M

    2017-03-03

    We present angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy measurements of the quasi-one-dimensional superconductor K_{2}Cr_{3}As_{3}. We find that the Fermi surface contains two Fermi surface sheets, with linearly dispersing bands not displaying any significant band renormalizations. The one-dimensional band dispersions display a suppression of spectral intensity approaching the Fermi level according to a linear power law, over an energy range of ∼200  meV. This is interpreted as a signature of Tomonoga-Luttinger liquid physics, which provides a new perspective on the possibly unconventional superconductivity in this family of compounds.

  19. Supporting implementation of evidence-based behavioral interventions: the role of data liquidity in facilitating translational behavioral medicine.

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    Abernethy, Amy P; Wheeler, Jane L; Courtney, Paul K; Keefe, Francis J

    2011-03-01

    The advancement of translational behavioral medicine will require that we discover new methods of managing large volumes of data from disparate sources such as disease surveillance systems, public health systems, and health information systems containing patient-centered data informed by behavioral and social sciences. The term "liquidity," when applied to data, refers to its availability and free flow throughout human/computer interactions. In seeking to achieve liquidity, the focus is not on creating a single, comprehensive database or set of coordinated datasets, nor is it solely on developing the electronic health record as the "one-stop shopping" source of health-related data. Rather, attention is on ensuring the availability of secure data through the various methods of collecting and storing data currently existent or under development-so that these components of the health information infrastructure together support a liquid data system. The value of accessible, interoperable, high-volume, reliable, secure, and contextually appropriate data is becoming apparent in many areas of the healthcare system, and health information liquidity is currently viewed as an important component of a patient-centered healthcare system. The translation from research interventions to behavioral and psychosocial indicators challenges the designers of healthcare systems to include this new set of data in the correct context. With the intention of advancing translational behavioral medicine at the local level, "on the ground" in the clinical office and research institution, this commentary discusses data liquidity from the patient's and clinician's perspective, requirements for a liquid healthcare data system, and the ways in which data liquidity can support translational behavioral medicine.

  20. Fermi Galactic Center Zoom

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    This animation zooms into an image of the Milky Way, shown in visible light, and superimposes a gamma-ray map of the galactic center from NASA's Fermi. Raw data transitions to a view with all known...

  1. Fermi at Six Months

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    Hays, Elizabeth

    2009-01-01

    An overview of the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope's first 6 months in operation is provided. The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, formerly called GLAST, is a mission to measure the cosmic gamma-ray flux in the energy rage 20 MeV to more than 300 GeV, with supporting measurements for gamma-ray bursts from 8 keV to 30 MeV. It contains a Large Area Telescope capable of viewing the entire sky every 3 hours and a Gamma-ray Burst Monitor for viewing the entire unocculted sky. Since its launch on June 11, 2008 Fermi has provided information on pulsars, gamma ray bursts, relativistic jets, the active galactic nucleus, and a globular star cluster. This presentation describes Fermi's development, mission, instruments and recent findings.

  2. Fermi, Szilard and Trinity

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    Anderson, Herbert L.

    1974-01-01

    The final installment of the author's recollections of his work with physicists Enrico Fermi, Leo Szilard and others in developing the first controlled nuclear chain reaction and in preparing the test explosion of the first atomic bomb. (GS)

  3. Electro-optical behavior of polymer dispersed blue phase liquid crystals

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    Kemiklioglu, E.; Chien, L.-C.

    2015-03-01

    We have investigated a new form of polymer dispersed liquid crystals (PDLC) electro-optical films comprised of blue phase liquid crystal and polymer prepared by the solvent evaporation method. In this method, polymer dispersed blue phase (PDBP) films, which were laminated between two indium-tin-oxidecoated conductive substrates, demonstrated two switching modes between light scattering and transparent states in response to an applied electric field across the film. The electro-optical properties of PDBP liquid crystals can be altered by changing the concentrations of liquid crystal and polymer. The compositions, film preparations, physical and morphological behaviors, and electro-optical properties of PDBP films are described.

  4. Controlled Shape Memory Behavior of a Smectic Main-Chain Liquid Crystalline Elastomer

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    Li, Yuzhan; Pruitt, Cole; Rios, Orlando; Wei, Liqing; Rock, Mitch; Keum, Jong K.; McDonald, Armando G.; Kessler, Michael R.

    2015-04-10

    Here, we describe how a smectic main-chain liquid crystalline elastomer (LCE), with controlled shape memory behavior, is synthesized by polymerizing a biphenyl-based epoxy monomer with an aliphatic carboxylic acid curing agent. Microstructures of the LCEs, including their liquid crystallinity and cross-linking density, are modified by adjusting the stoichiometric ratio of the reactants to tailor the thermomechanical properties and shape memory behavior of the material. Thermal and liquid crystalline properties of the LCEs, characterized using differential scanning calorimetry and dynamic mechanical analysis, and structural analysis, performed using small-angle and wide-angle X-ray scattering, show that liquid crystallinity, cross-linking density, and network rigidity are strongly affected by the stoichiometry of the curing reaction. With appropriate structural modifications it is possible to tune the thermal, dynamic mechanical, and thermomechanical properties as well as the shape memory and thermal degradation behavior of LCEs.

  5. Controlled Shape Memory Behavior of a Smectic Main-Chain Liquid Crystalline Elastomer

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    Li, Yuzhan; Pruitt, Cole; Rios, Orlando; ...

    2015-04-10

    Here, we describe how a smectic main-chain liquid crystalline elastomer (LCE), with controlled shape memory behavior, is synthesized by polymerizing a biphenyl-based epoxy monomer with an aliphatic carboxylic acid curing agent. Microstructures of the LCEs, including their liquid crystallinity and cross-linking density, are modified by adjusting the stoichiometric ratio of the reactants to tailor the thermomechanical properties and shape memory behavior of the material. Thermal and liquid crystalline properties of the LCEs, characterized using differential scanning calorimetry and dynamic mechanical analysis, and structural analysis, performed using small-angle and wide-angle X-ray scattering, show that liquid crystallinity, cross-linking density, and network rigiditymore » are strongly affected by the stoichiometry of the curing reaction. With appropriate structural modifications it is possible to tune the thermal, dynamic mechanical, and thermomechanical properties as well as the shape memory and thermal degradation behavior of LCEs.« less

  6. Study on Orbital Liquid Transport and Interface Behavior in Vane Tank

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    Kang, Qi; Rui, Wei

    2016-07-01

    Liquid propellant tank is used to supply gas free liquid for spacecraft as an important part of propulsion system. The liquid behavior dominated by surface tension in microgravity is obviously different with that on the ground, which put forward a new challenge to the liquid transport and relocation. The experiments which are investigated at drop tower in National Microgravity Lab have concentrated on liquid relocation following thruster firing. Considered that the liquid located at the bottom in the direction of the acceleration vector, a sphere scale vane tank is used to study the liquid-gas interface behaviors with different acceleration vector and different filling independently and we obtain a series of stable equilibrium interface and relocation time. We find that there is an obvious sedimentation in the direction of acceleration vector when fill rate greater than 2% fill. Suggestions have been put forward that outer vanes transferring liquid to the outlet should be fixed and small holes should be dogged at the vane close to the center post to improve the liquid flow between different vanes when B0 is greater than 2.5. The research about liquid transport alone ribbon vanes is simulated though software Flow3D. The simulation process is verified by comparing the liquid lip and vapor-liquid interface obtained from drop tower experiment and simulation result when fill rate is 15%. Then the influence of fill rate, numbers of vanes and the gap between vane and wall is studied through the same simulate process. Vanes' configurations are also changed to study the effect on the lip and liquid volume below some section. Some suggestions are put forward for the design of vanes.

  7. Phase behavior and dynamics of a cholesteric liquid crystal

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    Roy, D.; Fragiadakis, D.; Roland, C. M.; Dabrowski, R.; Dziaduszek, J.; Urban, S.

    2014-02-21

    The synthesis, equation of state, phase diagram, and dielectric relaxation properties are reported for a new liquid crystal, 4{sup ′}-butyl-4-(2-methylbutoxy)azoxybenzene (4ABO5*), which exhibits a cholesteric phase at ambient temperature. The steepness of the intermolecular potential was characterized from the thermodynamic potential parameter, Γ = 4.3 ± 0.1 and the dynamic scaling exponent, γ = 3.5 ± 0.2. The difference between them is similar to that seen previously for nematic and smectic liquid crystals, with the near equivalence of Γ and γ consistent with the near constancy of the relaxation time of 4ABO5* at the cholesteric to isotropic phase transition (i.e., the clearing line). Thus, chirality does not cause deviations from the general relationship between thermodynamics and dynamics in the ordered phase of liquid crystals. The ionic conductivity of 4ABO5* shows strong coupling to the reorientational dynamics.

  8. Nonlinear stability analysis of a two-layer thin liquid film: dewetting and autophobic behavior.

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    Fisher, L S; Golovin, A A

    2005-11-15

    The nonlinear stability analysis of a liquid film composed of two superposed thin layers of immiscible liquids resting on a solid substrate is performed. It is shown that the coupling of van der Waals interactions in the two layers can lead to an autophobic behavior in the form of spinodal decomposition of two planar liquid layers into a system of localized drops divided by almost planar wetting layers. The results of the weakly nonlinear analysis near the instability threshold are confirmed by the numerical solution of a system of two strongly nonlinear evolution equations for the liquid-liquid and liquid-gas interfaces. The kinetics of the drop coarsening at late stages is studied and is found to be close to that reported for a one-layer film. It is also shown that gravity effects can become significant even for very thin two-layer films.

  9. Simulation of lubricating behavior of a thioether liquid lubricant by an electrochemical method

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    Morales, W.

    1984-01-01

    An electrochemical cell was constructed to explore the possible radical anion forming behavior of a thioether liquid lubricant. The electrochemical behavior of the thioether was compared with the electrochemical behavior of biphenyl, which is known to form radical anions. Under controlled conditions biphenyl undergoes a reversible reaction to a radical anion, whereas the thioether undergoes an irreversible reduction yielding several products. These results are discussed in relation to boundary lubrication.

  10. A Comprehensive Study on Lyotropic Liquid-Crystalline Behavior of an Amphiphile in 20 Kinds of Amino Acid Ionic Liquids.

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    Fujimura, Kanae; Ichikawa, Takahiro; Yoshio, Masafumi; Kato, Takashi; Ohno, Hiroyuki

    2016-02-18

    We examined the self-organization behavior of a designed amphiphilic molecule in 20 kinds of amino acid ionic liquids composed of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium cation and natural amino acid anion ([C4mim][AA]). Addition of [C4mim][AA], regardless of their anion species, to the amphiphile provided homogeneous mixtures showing lyotropic liquid-crystalline (LC) behavior. Upon increasing the component ratio of [C4mim][AA] in the mixtures, a successive change of the mesophase patterns from inverted hexagonal columnar, in some case via bicontinuous cubic, to layered phases was observed. By examining the LC properties at various temperatures and component ratios, we constructed lyotropic LC phase diagrams. Interestingly, the appearance of these phase diagrams is greatly different according to the selection of [AA]. Through comparison, we found that the self-organization behavior of an amphiphile in ionic liquids can be tuned by controlling their ability to form hydrogen-bond, van der Waals, and π-π interactions.

  11. Study of interfacial behavior in cocurrent gas-liquid flows

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    McCready, M.J.

    1990-01-01

    We have examined the mechanism of formation of solitary waves on gas-liquid flows and found, that these form from existing periodic waves which have sufficiently large ({approximately}1.5 to 2 depending upon fluid properties) amplitude to liquid layer-thickness ratios. The exact process for the wave shape change is not understood but it does not seem to be related to the wave steepness (amplitude/wavelength) or to separation of gas flow over the waves. The observed confinement of solitary waves to low liquid Reynolds numbers results because the necessary large precursor waves do not form if the wave speed dispersion is too large or if the wavelength of the dominant waves is too short, as occurs for higher Re{sub L}. Measurements of interface tracings and calculations of power spectra and bispectra as a function of flow distance for conditions close to neutral stability reveal that the initially, linearly unstable mode is stabilized by formation of overtones which are linearly stable and can dissipate energy. As a result, a stable wave field can occur. Mode equations, which include quadratic nonlinearities, can model this process to the extent of producing some degree of quantitative predictions for the amplitudes of the wave modes. However, a complete picture of the wave field must include sidebands as well because these are observed for some flow conditions. 34 refs., 12 figs., 2 tabs.

  12. Liquid Condensation and Solidification Behavior of Hydrogen Isotopes in Foams

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    Kozioziemski, B.

    2016-10-21

    A foam shell, 1.2 mm outer diameter with a 35 μm thick foam layer is used to quickly form a solid deuterium layer for ICF. Figures show the visible light microscope image and a corresponding schematic representation. In each case, images show the empty foam shell, with the dark and light patches due to the foam imperfections; the foam shell with liquid deuterium filling the foam (in this case, the liquid level exceeds the foam level because the deuterium will shrink when it freezes); and an image of the shell taken 10 minutes after the center image, after the temperature was reduced by 2 K to freeze the deuterium. This image shows that the majority of the solid deuterium has no observable defects, with the exception of the isolated crystal that formed on the foam surface. The next step is to get the correct level of liquid and cooling rate to prevent the extra crystal on the surface. In contrast, typical ICF DT fuel layers require ~13 hours to solidify in order to be defect free with a success rate of approximately 20%.

  13. Multiwall carbon nanotubes doped ferroelectric liquid crystal composites: A study of modified electrical behavior

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    Neeraj; Raina, K. K.

    2014-02-01

    We systematically investigated the role of carbon nanotubes and their nature of interaction with the high polarization ferroelectric liquid crystal molecules that causes a change in the dynamic behavior of the liquid crystals. The carbon nanotubes were functionalized with carboxyl group (-COOH) before dispersion in order to enhance their stability in the liquid crystal medium. For the systematic investigation of a non linear behavior of dispersed composite systems, results for various physical properties were determined by thermal, morphological and dielectric studies in the planer aligned 5 μm thickness cells. An effort has also gone into detail to investigate these properties with varying concentration (0.02 wt%, 0.05 wt% and 0.1 wt%) of multiwall carbon nanotubes. The various carbon nanotubes doped ferroelectric liquid crystal thin film composites have shown enhanced dielectric strength and dielectric permittivity values as compared to the undoped sample.

  14. A non-Boltzmannian behavior of the energy distribution for quasi-stationary regimes of the Fermi-Pasta-Ulam β system

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    Leo, Mario; Leo, Rosario Antonio; Tempesta, Piergiulio

    2013-06-01

    In a recent paper [M. Leo, R.A. Leo, P. Tempesta, C. Tsallis, Phys. Rev. E 85 (2012) 031149], the existence of quasi-stationary states for the Fermi-Pasta-Ulam β system has been shown numerically, by analyzing the stability properties of the N/4-mode exact nonlinear solution. Here we study the energy distribution of the modes N/4, N/3 and N/2, when they are unstable, as a function of N and of the initial excitation energy. We observe that the classical Boltzmann weight is replaced by a different weight, expressed by a q-exponential function.

  15. FermiGrid

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    Yocum, D.R.; Berman, E.; Canal, P.; Chadwick, K.; Hesselroth, T.; Garzoglio, G.; Levshina, T.; Sergeev, V.; Sfiligoi, I.; Sharma, N.; Timm, S.; /Fermilab

    2007-05-01

    As one of the founding members of the Open Science Grid Consortium (OSG), Fermilab enables coherent access to its production resources through the Grid infrastructure system called FermiGrid. This system successfully provides for centrally managed grid services, opportunistic resource access, development of OSG Interfaces for Fermilab, and an interface to the Fermilab dCache system. FermiGrid supports virtual organizations (VOs) including high energy physics experiments (USCMS, MINOS, D0, CDF, ILC), astrophysics experiments (SDSS, Auger, DES), biology experiments (GADU, Nanohub) and educational activities.

  16. Physics of ultracold Fermi gases revealed by spectroscopies

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    Törmä, Päivi

    2016-04-01

    This article provides a brief review of how various spectroscopies have been used to investitage many-body quantum phenomena in the context of ultracold Fermi gases. In particular, work done with RF spectroscopy, Bragg spectroscopy and lattice modulation spectroscopy is considered. The theoretical basis of these spectroscopies, namely linear response theory in the many-body quantum physics context is briefly presented. Experiments related to the BCS-BEC crossover, imbalanced Fermi gases, polarons, possible pseudogap and Fermi liquid behaviour and measuring the contact are discussed. Remaining open problems and goals in the field are sketched from the perspective how spectroscopies could contribute.

  17. Behavior of ultrasounds crossing perfluorocarbon liquids and random propagation times.

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    Lacaze, Bernard

    2015-12-01

    Random propagation times are able to model waves attenuation and velocity. It is true for electromagnetic waves (light, radar, guided propagation) and also for acoustics and ultrasounds (acoustics for high frequencies). About the latter, it can be shown that stable probability laws are well-fitted for frequencies up to dozens of megahertz in numerous cases. Nowadays, medical applications are performed using propagation through perfluorocarbon (PFC). Experiments were done to measure attenuations and phase changes. Using these results, this paper addresses the question to know if stable probability laws can be used to characterize the propagation of ultrasounds through PFC liquids.

  18. A study of laser-induced bubbles in cryogenic fluid - Behavior of bubbles in liquid nitrogen

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    Maeno, Kazuo; Yokoyama, Shingo; Hanaoka, Yutaka

    The dynamics of cavitation vapor bubble in cryogenic liquid nitrogen is investigated experimentally and analytically. The bubbles are produced by focusing a giant pulse of Q-switched ruby laser into the liquid nitrogen in a cryostat, and the dynamics of the laser-induced bubble are studied by means of high-speed photography by using an image converter camera with the framing rates of 100,000 frames/s. A numerical analysis is also performed on the behavior of a bubble in cryogenic liquid. The mathematical formulation takes into account the effect of liquid inertia (incompressible liquid), nonequilibrium condensation of the vapor in the bubble, and the heat transfer at the bubble wall. The experimental data on the bubble motion in liquid nitrogen under the near-equilibrium initial conditions with an atmospheric pressure are compared to the numerical solutions. The bubble motion observed indicates more violent and decaying behavior than the estimated tendency. The heat and mass transfer effects including the evaporation and condensation phenomena have strong influence on the vapor bubble motion in cryogenic liquid. Qualitatively, the numerical analysis can simulate the experimental results.

  19. The effect of a cholesterol liquid crystalline structure on osteoblast cell behavior.

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    Xu, Jian-Ping; Ji, Jian; Shen, Jia-Cong

    2009-04-01

    To investigate the effect of a liquid crystalline structure on cell behavior, polymethylsiloxane-graft-(10-cholesteryloxydecanol) was specially designed to get a thermotropic liquid crystalline polymer. Results of Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, proton nuclear magnetic resonance (1H-NMR) spectroscopy and gel permeation chromatography (GPC) indicated that cholesterol was successfully covalently grafted onto polymethylhydrosiloxane via decamethylene 'flexible spacer'. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and polarized optical microscopy (POM) investigations revealed that the copolymer with 44.9% mesogenic unit showed obvious thermotropic liquid crystalline transition at about 124.9 degrees C. Polymer films were prepared by spin coating on clean glass plates from 5 mg ml(-1) toluene solutions of the copolymers. The POM investigation indicated that while the unannealed films (SC15, SC45) showed no liquid crystalline structure, the films which were annealed in vacuo at 140 degrees C for 9 h and then quenched to room temperature (SC15C, SC45C) formed discrete island-like liquid crystalline and continuous liquid crystalline structures, respectively. Osteoblast cells (MC3T3) were chosen to test the cell behavior of annealed and unannealed films. In comparison to unannealed films, the annealed films with a cholesterol liquid crystalline structure could promote osteoblast cell attachment and growth significantly.

  20. Numerical Modeling of Inclusion Behavior in Liquid Metal Processing

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    Bellot, Jean-Pierre; Descotes, Vincent; Jardy, Alain

    2013-09-01

    Thermomechanical performance of metallic alloys is directly related to the metal cleanliness that has always been a challenge for metallurgists. During liquid metal processing, particles can grow or decrease in size either by mass transfer with the liquid phase or by agglomeration/fragmentation mechanisms. As a function of numerical density of inclusions and of the hydrodynamics of the reactor, different numerical modeling approaches are proposed; in the case of an isolated particle, the Lagrangian technique coupled with a dissolution model is applied, whereas in the opposite case of large inclusion phase concentration, the population balance equation must be solved. Three examples of numerical modeling studies achieved at Institut Jean Lamour are discussed. They illustrate the application of the Lagrangian technique (for isolated exogenous inclusion in titanium bath) and the Eulerian technique without or with the aggregation process: for precipitation and growing of inclusions at the solidification front of a Maraging steel, and for endogenous inclusions in the molten steel bath of a gas-stirred ladle, respectively.

  1. High temperature interaction behavior at liquid metal-ceramic interfaces.

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    McDeavitt, S. M.; Billings, G. W.; Indacochea, J. E.; Chemical Engineering; Integrated Thermal Sciences, Inc.

    2002-08-01

    Liquid metal/ceramic interaction experiments were undertaken at elevated temperatures with the purpose of developing reusable crucibles for melting reactive metals. The metals used in this work included zirconium (Zr), Zr-8 wt.% stainless steel, and stainless steel containing 15 wt.% Zr. The ceramic substrates include yttria, Zr carbide, and hafnium (Hf) carbide. The metal-ceramic samples were placed on top of a tungsten (W) dish. These experiments were conducted with the temperature increasing at a controlled rate until reaching set points above 2000 C; the systems were held at the peak temperature for about five min and then cooled. The atmosphere in the furnace was argon (Ar). An outside video recording system was used to monitor the changes on heating up and cooling down. All samples underwent a post-test metallurgical examination. Pure Zr was found to react with yttria, resulting in oxygen (O) evolution at the liquid metal-ceramic interface. In addition, dissolved O was observed in the as-cooled Zr metal. Yttrium (Y) was also present in the Zr metal, but it had segregated to the grain boundaries on cooling. Despite the normal expectations for reactive wetting, no transition interface was developed, but the Zr metal was tightly bound to yttria ceramic. Similar reactions occurred between the yttria and the Zr-stainless steel alloys. Two other ceramic samples were Zr carbide and Hf carbide; both carbide substrates were wetted readily by the molten Zr, which flowed easily to the sides of the substrates. The molten Zr caused a very limited dissolution of the Zr carbide, and it reacted more strongly with the Hf carbide. These reactive wetting results are relevant to the design of interfaces and the development of reactive filler metals for the fabrication of high temperature components through metal-ceramic joining. Parameters that have a marked impact on this interface reaction include the thermodynamic stability of the substrate, the properties of the modified

  2. Fermi TGF detection map

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    Fermi’s Gamma-ray Burst Monitor detected 130 TGFs from August 2008 to the end of 2010. Thanks to instrument tweaks, the team has been able to improve the detection rate to several TGFs per week. ...

  3. Behavior of liquid metal droplets in an aspirating nozzle. Revision

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    Swank, W.D.; Fincke, J.R.; Mason, T.A.

    1990-12-31

    Measurements of particle size, velocity, and relative mass flux were made on spray field produced by aspirating liquid tin into 350{degrees}C argon flowing through a venturi nozzle via a small orifice in the throat of the nozzle. Details of the aspiration and droplet formation process were observed through windows in the nozzle. The spatial distribution of droplet size, velocity, and relative number density were measured at a location 10 mm from the nozzle exit. Due to the presence of separated flow in the nozzle, changes in nozzle inlet pressure did not significantly effect resulting droplet size and velocity. This suggests that good aerodynamic nozzle design is required if spray characteristics are to be controlled by nozzle flow. 5 refs.

  4. Behavior of liquid metal droplets in an aspirating nozzle

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    Swank, W.D.; Fincke, J.R.; Mason, T.A.

    1990-01-01

    Measurements of particle size, velocity, and relative mass flux were made on spray field produced by aspirating liquid tin into 350{degrees}C argon flowing through a venturi nozzle via a small orifice in the throat of the nozzle. Details of the aspiration and droplet formation process were observed through windows in the nozzle. The spatial distribution of droplet size, velocity, and relative number density were measured at a location 10 mm from the nozzle exit. Due to the presence of separated flow in the nozzle, changes in nozzle inlet pressure did not significantly effect resulting droplet size and velocity. This suggests that good aerodynamic nozzle design is required if spray characteristics are to be controlled by nozzle flow. 5 refs.

  5. Mechanical behavior of a fluid-sensitive material during liquid diffusion

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    Widiastuti, Indah; Sbarski, Igor; Masood, S. H.

    2014-05-01

    This paper described the analytical study that we performed in an attempt to understand the combined effect of liquid diffusion and temperature on the mechanical response of viscoelastic liquid-sensitive material. A constitutive equation for linear viscoelasticity, which includes the effect of liquid diffusion, is used to model the mechanical response of a fluid-sensitive polymer such as PLA-based bioplastic. The viscoelastic characteristics which represent material degradation due to liquid diffusion were expressed using a creep-based formulation represented by Burger's model. Creep experiment data were fitted to the Burgers model to provide a liquid content-dependent set of input data for subsequent time-dependent analysis. Further, analytical solutions for stresses and deformations were obtained from the corresponding elastic solution by applying the Correspondence Principle, using previously defined material characteristics. Spatial and time variations of stress and deformation were evaluated to give a precise description of the material behavior under hygroscopic conditions. We propose a stress concentration factor to take into account the liquid diffusion-induced stress that may result in a failure of an application. The results emphasize the importance of considering liquid diffusion and viscoelastic properties in the design of components using liquid-absorbable material.

  6. Thermodynamics and phase behavior of acid-tethered block copolymers with ionic liquids.

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    Jung, Ha Young; Park, Moon Jeong

    2016-12-21

    We investigate the phase behavior of acid-tethered block copolymers with and without ionic liquids. Two phosphonated block copolymers and their sulfonated analogs were synthesized by fine-tuning the degree of polymerization and the acid content. The block copolymers carrying acid groups with ionic liquids exhibited rich phase sequences, i.e., disorder-lamellae (LAM), gyroid-LAM, gyroid-hexagonal cylinder (HEX), and gyroid-A15 lattice, and the cation/anion ratio in the ionic liquid exerted profound effects on the segregation strength and topology of the self-assembled structures. Additionally, using ionic liquids with excessive cation content was found to enhance the effective Flory-Huggins interaction parameter, χeff, of the samples. However, as the anion content of the ionic liquids increased the segregation strength decreased. This is attributed to the packing frustration accompanied by the prevailing repulsive electrostatic interactions of the anions in the ionic liquid and the polymer matrix. As the hydrophobicity of the ionic liquids increased, well-defined ordered phases emerged in the phosphonated block copolymers with increased anion content, contrary to the disordered phases of the sulfonated samples. Thus, the balance between solvation energy of the anions and the electrostatic interactions is a key determinant of the thermodynamics of acid-tethered block copolymers containing ionic liquids.

  7. Interaction quenches of Fermi gases

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    Uhrig, Goetz S.

    2009-12-15

    It is shown that the jump in the momentum distribution of Fermi gases evolves smoothly for small and intermediate times once an interaction between the fermions is suddenly switched on. The jump does not vanish abruptly. The loci in momentum space where the jumps occur are those of the noninteracting Fermi sea. No relaxation of the Fermi surface geometry takes place.

  8. Analysis of the free-fall behavior of liquid-metal drops in a gaseous atmosphere

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    Mccoy, J. Kevin; Markworth, Alan J.; Collings, E. W.; Brodkey, Robert S.

    1987-01-01

    The free-fall of a liquid-metal drop and heat transfer from the drop to its environment are described for both a gaseous atmosphere and vacuum. A simple model, in which the drop is assumed to fall rectilinearly with behavior like that of a rigid particle, is developed first, then possible causes of deviation from this behavior are discussed. The model is applied to describe solidification of drops in a drop tube. Possible future developments of the model are suggested.

  9. Understanding the impact of the central atom on the ionic liquid behavior: Phosphonium vs ammonium cations

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    Carvalho, Pedro J.; Ventura, Sónia P. M.; Batista, Marta L. S.; Schröder, Bernd; Coutinho, João A. P.; Gonçalves, Fernando; Esperança, José; Mutelet, Fabrice

    2014-02-14

    The influence of the cation's central atom in the behavior of pairs of ammonium- and phosphonium-based ionic liquids was investigated through the measurement of densities, viscosities, melting temperatures, activity coefficients at infinite dilution, refractive indices, and toxicity against Vibrio fischeri. All the properties investigated are affected by the cation's central atom nature, with ammonium-based ionic liquids presenting higher densities, viscosities, melting temperatures, and enthalpies. Activity coefficients at infinite dilution show the ammonium-based ionic liquids to present slightly higher infinite dilution activity coefficients for non-polar solvents, becoming slightly lower for polar solvents, suggesting that the ammonium-based ionic liquids present somewhat higher polarities. In good agreement these compounds present lower toxicities than the phosphonium congeners. To explain this behavior quantum chemical gas phase DFT calculations were performed on isolated ion pairs at the BP-TZVP level of theory. Electronic density results were used to derive electrostatic potentials of the identified minimum conformers. Electrostatic potential-derived CHelpG and Natural Population Analysis charges show the P atom of the tetraalkylphosphonium-based ionic liquids cation to be more positively charged than the N atom in the tetraalkylammonium-based analogous IL cation, and a noticeable charge delocalization occurring in the tetraalkylammonium cation, when compared with the respective phosphonium congener. It is argued that this charge delocalization is responsible for the enhanced polarity observed on the ammonium based ionic liquids explaining the changes in the thermophysical properties observed.

  10. Magnetic field induced motion behavior of gas bubbles in liquid

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    Wang, Keliang; Pei, Pucheng; Pei, Yu; Ma, Ze; Xu, Huachi; Chen, Dongfang

    2016-01-01

    The oxygen evolution reaction generally exists in electrochemical reactions. It is a ubiquitous problem about how to control the motion of oxygen bubbles released by the reaction. Here we show that oxygen bubbles during oxygen evolution reaction exhibit a variety of movement patterns in the magnetic field, including directional migration and rotational motion of oxygen bubbles when the magnet in parallel with the electrode, and exclusion movement of oxygen bubbles when the magnet perpendicular to the electrode. The results demonstrate that the direction of oxygen bubbles movement is dependent upon the magnet pole near the electrode, and the kinetics of oxygen bubbles is mainly proportional to intensity of the electromagnetic field. The magnetic-field induced rotational motion of oxygen bubbles in a square electrolyzer can increase liquid hydrodynamics, thus solve the problems of oxygen bubbles coalescence, and uneven distribution of electrolyte composition and temperature. These types of oxygen bubbles movement will not only improve energy saving and metal deposition for energy storage and metal refinery, but also propel object motion in application to medical and martial fields. PMID:26867515

  11. Magnetic field induced motion behavior of gas bubbles in liquid

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    Wang, Keliang; Pei, Pucheng; Pei, Yu; Ma, Ze; Xu, Huachi; Chen, Dongfang

    2016-02-01

    The oxygen evolution reaction generally exists in electrochemical reactions. It is a ubiquitous problem about how to control the motion of oxygen bubbles released by the reaction. Here we show that oxygen bubbles during oxygen evolution reaction exhibit a variety of movement patterns in the magnetic field, including directional migration and rotational motion of oxygen bubbles when the magnet in parallel with the electrode, and exclusion movement of oxygen bubbles when the magnet perpendicular to the electrode. The results demonstrate that the direction of oxygen bubbles movement is dependent upon the magnet pole near the electrode, and the kinetics of oxygen bubbles is mainly proportional to intensity of the electromagnetic field. The magnetic-field induced rotational motion of oxygen bubbles in a square electrolyzer can increase liquid hydrodynamics, thus solve the problems of oxygen bubbles coalescence, and uneven distribution of electrolyte composition and temperature. These types of oxygen bubbles movement will not only improve energy saving and metal deposition for energy storage and metal refinery, but also propel object motion in application to medical and martial fields.

  12. Anomalous swimming behavior of bacteria in nematic liquid crystals

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    Sokolov, Andrey; Zhou, Shuang; Lavrentovich, Oleg; Aranson, Igor

    2015-03-01

    Flagellated bacteria stop swimming in isotropic media of viscosity higher than 0.06kgm-1s-1. However, Bacillus Subtilis slows down by only about 30% in a nematic chromonic liquid crystal (CLC, 14wt% DSCG in water), where the anisotropic viscosity can be as high as 6kgm-1s-1. The bacteria velocity (Vb) is linear with the flagella rotation frequency. The phase velocity of the flagella Vf ~ 2Vb in LC, as compared to Vf ~ 10Vb in water. The flow generated by the bacteria is localized along the bacterial body axis, decaying slowly over tens of micrometers along, but rapidly over a few micrometers across this axis. The concentrated flow grants the bacteria new ability to carry cargo particles in LC, ability not seen in their habitat isotropic media. We attribute these anomalous features to the anisotropy of viscosity of the CLC, namely, the viscosities of splay and twist is hundreds times higher than that of bend deformation, which provides extra boost of swimming efficiency and enables the bacteria swim at considerable speed in a viscous medium. Our findings can potentially lead to applications such as particle transportation in microfluidic devices. A.S and I.A are supported by the US DOE, Office of Science, BES, Materials Science and Engineering Division. S.Z. and O.D.L are supported by NSF DMR 1104850, DMS-1434185.

  13. Study of the interfacial structures and behavior of smectic liquid crystals using synchrotron light source

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    Hu, Yufei

    2003-10-01

    Grazing Incidence X-ray Scattering with a synchrotron X-ray source is used to study the depth dependence of the interfacial structure of smectic liquid crystal (8CB) hybrid films. The advancement and market potential of liquid crystal technologies lead to inventions of new materials and surface treatments. The knowledge of interfacial structures and behavior is very critical to these thin film devices such as Liquid Crystal Display. Photolithography in a clean room is adopted to make gratings on very thin glass, which offers better quality than conventional methods in terms of uniformity, reproducibility, reliability, and endurance. Liquid crystal thin films are bounded by a grated glass substrate and air, and have been studied as a function of both temperature and thickness. Experimental measurements indicate the existence of chevron, tilt, and bookshelf structure, as well as Twisted Grain Boundary (TGB) structure that has not previously been observed by X-ray in non-chiral smectic liquid crystals. These structures are a result of liquid crystal anchoring at two dissimilar competing confining surfaces, air-smectics and smectics-grating substrate. With deeper grating, smectic liquid crystals are more constrained in structure and more resilient to temperature change. The smectic phase also persisted at a higher temperature above the smectic-nematic transition point on a deeper grating substrate. When the thickness of liquid crystal samples is beyond a certain point, the smectic liquid crystal begins to form different layers. Chevron structures appear in most situations, which is consistent with previous research A TGB structure is not tamable in a thicker sample where liquid crystals tend to realign themselves in a more stable structure.

  14. Impact of Liquid-Vapor to Liquid-Liquid-Vapor Phase Transitions on Asphaltene-Rich Nanoaggregate Behavior in Athabasca Vacuum Residue + Pentane Mixtures

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    Long, Bingwen; Chodakowski, Martin; Shaw, John M.

    2013-06-05

    The bulk phase behavior of heavy oil + alkane mixtures and the behavior of the asphaltenes that they contain are topics of importance for the design and optimization of processes for petroleum production, transport, and refining and for performing routine saturates, aromatics, resins, and asphaltenes (SARA) analyses. In prior studies, partial phase diagrams and phase behavior models for Athabasca vacuum residue (AVR) comprising 32 wt % pentane asphaltenes + n-alkanes were reported. For mixtures with pentane, observed phase behaviors included single-phase liquid as well as liquid–liquid, liquid–liquid–vapor, and liquid–liquid–liquid–vapor regions. Dispersed solids were detected under some conditions as well but not quantified. In this work, small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) is used to study nanostructured materials in liquid phases present in AVR + n-pentane mixtures from 50 to 170 °C at mixture bubble pressure. The investigation focuses on the impact of the transition from a single AVR-rich liquid to co-existing pentane-rich and AVR-rich liquids on the nanostructure and the nanostructures most resistant to aggregation as the pentane composition axis is approached. Background scattering subtraction was performed using global mixture composition. The robustness of this assumption with respect to values obtained for coefficients appearing in a two level Beaucage unified equation fit is demonstrated. The nanostructured material is shown to arise at two length scales from 1 to 100 wt % AVR. Smaller nanostructures possess mean radii less than 50 Å, while the larger nanostructures possess mean radii greater than 250 Å. The addition of pentane to the AVR causes an increasingly large fraction of the large and small nanostructures to grow in size. Only nanostructures resistant to aggregation remain in the pentane-rich phase as the 0 wt % AVR axis is approached. Step changes in aggregation identified from changes in average radius of gyration, scattering

  15. Effect of spherical magnetic particles on liquid crystals behavior studied by surface acoustic waves

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    Bury, Peter; Kúdelčík, Jozef; Hardoň, Štefan; Veveričik, Marek; Kopčanský, Peter; Timko, Milan; Závišová, Vlasta

    2017-02-01

    The effect of spherical magnetic particles (Fe3O4) on liquid crystals (6CHBT) behavior and structural changes in electric and weak magnetic fields was studied by means of the attenuation of surface acoustic wave (SAW) of frequency 30 MHz propagating along ferronematic liquid crystals. Three low volume concentrations (Φ = 1 ×10-5 , 1 ×10-4 and 1 ×10-3) of spherical magnetic particles were added to liquid crystal during its isotropic phase. In contrast to undoped 6CHTB the distinctive SAW attenuation responses induced by both electric and magnetic fields in studied ferronematic liquid crystals below Fréedericksz transition have been observed suggesting both structural changes and the orientational coupling between magnetic moments of magnetic particles and the director of the liquid crystal. The geometrical re-ranking of magnetic particles was registered only for some orientations of magnetic field. Observed results confirmed the significant influence of the presence of magnetic particles on the structural properties and following behavior of 6CHTB.

  16. Thermal-hydraulic behaviors of vapor-liquid interface due to arrival of a pressure wave

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    Inoue, Akira; Fujii, Yoshifumi; Matsuzaki, Mitsuo

    1995-09-01

    In the vapor explosion, a pressure wave (shock wave) plays a fundamental role for triggering, propagation and enhancement of the explosion. Energy of the explosion is related to the magnitude of heat transfer rate from hot liquid to cold volatile one. This is related to an increasing rate of interface area and to an amount of transient heat flux between the liquids. In this study, the characteristics of transient heat transfer and behaviors of vapor film both on the platinum tube and on the hot melt tin drop, under same boundary conditions have been investigated. It is considered that there exists a fundamental mechanism of the explosion in the initial expansion process of the hot liquid drop immediately after arrival of pressure wave. The growth rate of the vapor film is much faster on the hot liquid than that on the solid surface. Two kinds of roughness were observed, one due to the Taylor instability, by rapid growth of the explosion bubble, and another, nucleation sites were observed at the vapor-liquid interface. Based on detailed observation of early stage interface behaviors after arrival of a pressure wave, the thermal fragmentation mechanism is proposed.

  17. Polymer stabilized liquid crystals: Topology-mediated electro-optical behavior and applications

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    Weng, Libo

    There has been a wide range of liquid crystal polymer composites that vary in polymer concentration from as little as 3 wt.% (polymer stabilized liquid crystal) to as high as 60 wt.% (polymer dispersed liquid crystals). In this dissertation, an approach of surface polymerization based on a low reactive monomer concentration about 1 wt.% is studied in various liquid crystal operation modes. The first part of dissertation describes the development of a vertical alignment (VA) mode with surface polymer stabilization, and the effects of structure-performance relationship of reactive monomers (RMs) and polymerization conditions on the electro-optical behaviors of the liquid crystal device has been explored. The polymer topography plays an important role in modifying and enhancing the electro-optical performance of stabilized liquid crystal alignment. The enabling surface-pinned polymer stabilized vertical alignment (PSVA) approach has led to the development of high-performance and fast-switching displays with controllable pretilt angle, increase in surface anchoring energy, high optical contrast and fast response time. The second part of the dissertation explores a PSVA mode with in-plane switching (IPS) and its application for high-efficiency and fast-switching phase gratings. The diffraction patterns and the electro-optical behaviors including diffraction efficiency and response time are characterized. The diffraction grating mechanism and performance have been validated by computer simulation. Finally, the advantages of surface polymerization approach such as good optical contrast and fast response time have been applied to the fringe-field switching (FFS) system. The concentration of reactive monomer on the electro-optical behavior of the FFS cells is optimized. The outstanding electro-optical results and mechanism of increase in surface anchoring strength are corroborated by the director field simulation. The density and topology of nanoscale polymer protrusions

  18. Peculiar liquid-feeding and pathogen transmission behavior of Aedes togoi and comparison with Anopheles sinensis

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    Lee, Sang Joon; Kang, Dooho; Lee, Seung Chul; Ha, Young-Ran

    2016-02-01

    Female mosquitoes transmit various diseases as vectors during liquid-feeding. Identifying the determinants of vector efficiency is a major scientific challenge in establishing strategies against these diseases. Infection rate and transmission efficiency are interconnected with the mosquito-induced liquid-feeding flow as main indexes of vector efficiency. However, the relationship between liquid-feeding characteristics and pathogen remains poorly understood. The liquid-feeding behavior of Aedes togoi and Anopheles sinensis was comparatively investigated in conjunction with vector efficiency via micro-particle image velocimetry. The flow rates and ratio of the ejection volume of Aedes togoi were markedly higher than those of Anophels sinensis. These differences would influence pathogen re-ingestion. Wall shear stresses of these mosquito species were also clearly discriminatory affecting the infective rates of vector-borne diseases. The variations in volume of two pump chambers and diameter of proboscis of these mosquito species were compared to determine the differences in the liquid-feeding process. Liquid-feeding characteristics influence vector efficiency; hence, this study can elucidate the vector efficiency of mosquitoes and the vector-pathogen interactions and contribute to the development of strategies against vector-borne diseases.

  19. Peculiar liquid-feeding and pathogen transmission behavior of Aedes togoi and comparison with Anopheles sinensis

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    Lee, Sang Joon; Kang, Dooho; Lee, Seung Chul; Ha, Young-Ran

    2016-01-01

    Female mosquitoes transmit various diseases as vectors during liquid-feeding. Identifying the determinants of vector efficiency is a major scientific challenge in establishing strategies against these diseases. Infection rate and transmission efficiency are interconnected with the mosquito-induced liquid-feeding flow as main indexes of vector efficiency. However, the relationship between liquid-feeding characteristics and pathogen remains poorly understood. The liquid-feeding behavior of Aedes togoi and Anopheles sinensis was comparatively investigated in conjunction with vector efficiency via micro-particle image velocimetry. The flow rates and ratio of the ejection volume of Aedes togoi were markedly higher than those of Anophels sinensis. These differences would influence pathogen re-ingestion. Wall shear stresses of these mosquito species were also clearly discriminatory affecting the infective rates of vector-borne diseases. The variations in volume of two pump chambers and diameter of proboscis of these mosquito species were compared to determine the differences in the liquid-feeding process. Liquid-feeding characteristics influence vector efficiency; hence, this study can elucidate the vector efficiency of mosquitoes and the vector-pathogen interactions and contribute to the development of strategies against vector-borne diseases. PMID:26839008

  20. Bifurcation analysis of the behavior of partially wetting liquids on a rotating cylinder

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    Lin, Te-Sheng; Rogers, Steven; Tseluiko, Dmitri; Thiele, Uwe

    2016-08-01

    We discuss the behavior of partially wetting liquids on a rotating cylinder using a model that takes into account the effects of gravity, viscosity, rotation, surface tension, and wettability. Such a system can be considered as a prototype for many other systems where the interplay of spatial heterogeneity and a lateral driving force in the proximity of a first- or second-order phase transition results in intricate behavior. So does a partially wetting drop on a rotating cylinder undergo a depinning transition as the rotation speed is increased, whereas for ideally wetting liquids, the behavior only changes quantitatively. We analyze the bifurcations that occur when the rotation speed is increased for several values of the equilibrium contact angle of the partially wetting liquids. This allows us to discuss how the entire bifurcation structure and the flow behavior it encodes change with changing wettability. We employ various numerical continuation techniques that allow us to track stable/unstable steady and time-periodic film and drop thickness profiles. We support our findings by time-dependent numerical simulations and asymptotic analyses of steady and time-periodic profiles for large rotation numbers.

  1. Liquid Fuels: Pyrolytic Degradation and Fire Spread Behavior as Influenced by Buoyancy

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    Ross, Howard D. (Technical Monitor); Yeboah, Yaw D.

    2003-01-01

    This project was conducted by the Combustion and Emission Control Lab in the Engineering Department at Clark Atlanta University under NASA Grant No. NCC3-707. The work aimed at providing data to supplement the ongoing NASA research activities on flame spread across liquid pools by providing flow visualization and velocity measurements especially in the gas phase and gas-liquid interface. During this investigation, the detailed physics of flame spread across liquid pools was revealed using particle image velocimetry (PIV), 3-dimensional Laser Doppler velocimetry (LDV) and high-speed video imaging system (HSVS). Flow fields (front and side views) of both the liquid and gas phases were visually investigated for the three subflash regimes of flame spread behavior. Some interesting findings obtained from the front and side views on flame spread across butanol pools are presented. PIV results showed the size of the transient vortex in the liquid phase near the flame front varied with the initial pool temperature. The transient vortex ahead of the flame front in the gas phase was, for the first time, clearly observed located just within 0-3 mm above the liquid surface and its size was dependent on the initial pool temperature. We calculated the flow velocity at 1 mm below the liquid surface near the flame front and inferred the generation mechanism of the vortex in the gas phase. Finally, after comparison of the flow velocity of the liquid surface and the flame spread rate, a reasonable explanation to the formation mechanism of the pulsating characteristic was proposed. This explanation is compatible with the previous numerical calculations and deductions.

  2. Solid-liquid critical behavior of a cylindrically confined Lennard-Jones fluid.

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    Mochizuki, Kenji; Koga, Kenichiro

    2015-07-28

    Extensive molecular dynamics simulations have been performed to study the phase behavior of Lennard-Jones particles confined in a quasi-one-dimensional hydrophobic nanopore. We provide unambiguous evidence for a solid-liquid critical point by investigating (i) isotherms in the pressure-volume plane, (ii) the spontaneous solid-liquid phase separation below a certain temperature, (iii) diverging heat capacity and isothermal compressibility as a certain point is approached, (iv) continuous change of dynamical and structural properties above the point, (v) the finite-size scaling analysis of the density distribution below and above the point. The result combined with earlier studies of confined water suggests that the solid-liquid critical point is not uncommon in quasi-one- and quasi-two-dimensional fluids.

  3. Observation of Fractional Stokes-Einstein Behavior in the Simplest Hydrogen-bonded Liquid

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    Herwig, Kenneth W; Molaison, Jamie J; Fernandez-Alonso, F.; Bermejo, F. J.; Turner, John F. C.; McLain, Sylvia E.

    2007-01-01

    Quasielastic neutron scattering has been used to investigate the single-particle dynamics of hydrogen fluoride across its entire liquid range at ambient pressure. For T > 230 K, translational diffusion obeys the celebrated Stokes-Einstein relation, in agreement with nuclear magnetic resonance studies. At lower temperatures, we find significant deviations from the above behavior in the form of a power law with exponent xi = -0.71+/-0.05. More striking than the above is a complete breakdown of the Debye-Stokes-Einstein relation for rotational diffusion. Our findings provide the first experimental verification of fractional Stokes-Einstein behavior in a hydrogen-bonded liquid, in agreement with recent computer simulations.

  4. Observation of fractional Stokes-Einstein behavior in the simplest hydrogen-bonded liquid.

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    Fernandez-Alonso, F; Bermejo, F J; McLain, S E; Turner, J F C; Molaison, J J; Herwig, K W

    2007-02-16

    Quasielastic neutron scattering has been used to investigate the single-particle dynamics of hydrogen fluoride across its entire liquid range at ambient pressure. For T>230 K, translational diffusion obeys the celebrated Stokes-Einstein relation, in agreement with nuclear magnetic resonance studies. At lower temperatures, we find significant deviations from the above behavior in the form of a power law with exponent xi=-0.71+/-0.05. More striking than the above is a complete breakdown of the Debye-Stokes-Einstein relation for rotational diffusion. Our findings provide the first experimental verification of fractional Stokes-Einstein behavior in a hydrogen-bonded liquid, in agreement with recent computer simulations [S. R. Becker, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 055901 (2006)10.1103/PhysRevLett.97.055901].

  5. Influence of surfactant on the thermal behavior of marigold oil emulsions with liquid crystal phases.

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    dos Santos, Orlando David Henrique; da Rocha-Filho, Pedro Alves

    2007-05-01

    Vegetable oils have been largely consumed owing to the interest of pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries in using natural raw materials. The production of stable emulsions with vegetable oils challenges formulators due to its variability in composition and fatty acids constitution within batches produced. In the present work, it was studied that the influence of the size of carbon chain and the number of ethylene oxide moieties of the surfactant on the thermal behavior of eight emulsions prepared with marigold oil stabilized by liquid crystal phases. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) was used to determine the thermal behavior of the emulsions. The ratio of bound water was calculated, being between 29.0 and 42.0%, confirming the extension of the liquid-crystalline net in the external phase. Changing the lipophilic surfactant from Ceteth-2 to Steareth-2, there was an increase in the temperature of phase transition of the liquid crystal influencing the system stability. Calorimetric study is very useful in understanding the performance of liquid crystals with the increase of temperature and to estimate emulsions stability.

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

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

    2014-08-21

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

  7. Behavior of cylindrical liquid jets evolving in a transverse acoustic field

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    Carpentier, Jean-Baptiste; Baillot, Françoise; Blaisot, Jean-Bernard; Dumouchel, Christophe

    2009-02-01

    This paper presents a theoretical and an experimental investigation of low-velocity cylindrical liquid jets submitted to transverse planar acoustic waves. For this purpose, the behavior of a liquid jet traversing the section of a Kundt tube was examined. Experiments reported that the liquid jet could be either deviated from its trajectory or deformed as a succession of lobes oriented in space and whose length and width depend on the jet acoustic environment. Furthermore, for a sufficient acoustic velocity, the jet deformation increases in such proportion that a premature and vivid atomization mechanism disintegrates the liquid flow. Theoretical models are proposed to understand these behaviors. The first one calls out for acoustic radiation pressure to explain the jet deviation. The second one consists in a modal analysis of the vibrations of a jet when submitted to a transverse stationary acoustic field. As a first approach, a simplified two-dimensional model is proposed. This model reports that a sudden exposition of the jet to an acoustic field triggers two jet eigenmodes. One of them induces jet deformations that were not experimentally observed. This part of the solution emerges due to theoretical deficiencies. However, the second mode reproduces the lobe formation and leads to atomization criteria in good agreement with the experimental results. The paper ends with an extension of the mathematical development in three dimensions in order to provide a basis to a more consistent model.

  8. The Connection Between Local Icosahedral Order in Metallic Liquids and the Nucleation Behavior of Ordered Phases

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    Kelton, K. F.; Gangopadhyay, A. K.; Lee, G. W.; Hyers, R. W.; Rathz, T. J.; Rogers, J. R.; Robinson, M. B.; Schenk, T.; Simonet, V.

    2003-01-01

    Over fifty years ago, David Turnbull showed that the temperature of many metallic liquids could be decreased far below their equilibrium melting temperature before crystallization occurred. To explain those surprising results, Charles Frank hypothesized that the local structures of undercooled metallic liquids are different from those of crystal phases, containing a significant degree of icosahedral order that is incompatible with extended periodicity. Such structural differences must create a barrier to the formation crystal phases, explaining the observed undercooling behavior. If true, the nucleation from the liquid of phases with extended icosahedral order should be easier. Icosahedral order is often favored in small clusters, as observed recently in liquid-like clusters of pure Pb on the (111) surface of Si[3], for example. However, it has never been shown that an increasing preference for icosahedral phase formation can be directly linked with the development of icosahedral order in the undercooled liquid. Owing to the combination of very recent advances in levitation techniques and the availability of synchrotron x-ray and high flux neutron facilities, this is shown here.

  9. Conformal Fermi Coordinates

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    Dai, Liang; Pajer, Enrico; Schmidt, Fabian E-mail: Enrico.pajer@gmail.com

    2015-11-01

    Fermi Normal Coordinates (FNC) are a useful frame for isolating the locally observable, physical effects of a long-wavelength spacetime perturbation. Their cosmological application, however, is hampered by the fact that they are only valid on scales much smaller than the horizon. We introduce a generalization that we call Conformal Fermi Coordinates (CFC). CFC preserve all the advantages of FNC, but in addition are valid outside the horizon. They allow us to calculate the coupling of long- and short-wavelength modes on all scales larger than the sound horizon of the cosmological fluid, starting from the epoch of inflation until today, by removing the complications of the second order Einstein equations to a large extent, and eliminating all gauge ambiguities. As an application, we present a calculation of the effect of long-wavelength tensor modes on small scale density fluctuations. We recover previous results, but clarify the physical content of the individual contributions in terms of locally measurable effects and ''projection'' terms.

  10. Thermopower evidence for an abrupt Fermi surface change at the quantum critical point of YbRh2Si2.

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    Hartmann, Stefanie; Oeschler, Niels; Krellner, Cornelius; Geibel, Christoph; Paschen, Silke; Steglich, Frank

    2010-03-05

    We present low-temperature thermopower results, S(T), on the heavy-fermion compound YbRh2Si2 in the vicinity of its field-induced quantum critical point (QCP). At B=0, a logarithmic increase of -S(T)/T between 1 and 0.1 K reveals strong non-Fermi-liquid behavior. A pronounced downturn of -S(T)/T below T{max}=0.1 K and a sign change from negative to positive S(T) values at T{0} approximately 30 mK are observed on the low-field side of the Kondo breakdown crossover line T{*}(B). In the field-induced, heavy Landau-Fermi-liquid regime, S(T)/T assumes constant, negative values below T{LFL}. A pronounced crossover in the -S(B)/T isotherms at T{*}(B) sharpens with decreasing T and seems to evolve toward a steplike function for T-->0. This is attributed to an abrupt change of the Fermi volume upon crossing the unconventional QCP of YbRh2Si2.

  11. Direct observation of liquid-like behavior of a single Au grain boundary

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    Casillas, Gilberto; Ponce, Arturo; Velázquez-Salazar, J. Jesús; José-Yacamán, Miguel

    2013-06-01

    Behavior of matter at the nanoscale differs from that of the bulk due to confinement and surface effects. Here, we report a direct observation of liquid-like behavior of a single grain boundary formed by cold-welding Au nanoparticles, 40 nm in size, by mechanical manipulation in situ TEM. The grain boundary rotates almost freely due to the free surfaces and can rotate about 90 degrees. The grain boundary sustains more stress than the bulk, confirming a strong bonding between the nanoparticles. Moreover, this technique allows the measurement of the surface diffusion coefficient from experimental observations, which we compute for the Au nanoparticles. This methodology can be used for any metal, oxide, semiconductor or combination of them.Behavior of matter at the nanoscale differs from that of the bulk due to confinement and surface effects. Here, we report a direct observation of liquid-like behavior of a single grain boundary formed by cold-welding Au nanoparticles, 40 nm in size, by mechanical manipulation in situ TEM. The grain boundary rotates almost freely due to the free surfaces and can rotate about 90 degrees. The grain boundary sustains more stress than the bulk, confirming a strong bonding between the nanoparticles. Moreover, this technique allows the measurement of the surface diffusion coefficient from experimental observations, which we compute for the Au nanoparticles. This methodology can be used for any metal, oxide, semiconductor or combination of them. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr01501g

  12. Chromatographic behavior of small organic compounds in low-temperature high-performance liquid chromatography using liquid carbon dioxide as the mobile phase.

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    Motono, Tomohiro; Nagai, Takashi; Kitagawa, Shinya; Ohtani, Hajime

    2015-07-01

    Low-temperature high-performance liquid chromatography, in which a loop injector, column, and detection cell were refrigerated at -35ºC, using liquid carbon dioxide as the mobile phase was developed. Small organic compounds (polyaromatic hydrocarbons, alkylbenzenes, and quinones) were separated by low-temperature high-performance liquid chromatography at temperatures from -35 to -5ºC. The combination of liquid carbon dioxide mobile phase with an octadecyl-silica (C18 ) column provided reversed phase mode separation, and a bare silica-gel column resulted in normal phase mode separation. In both the cases, nonlinear behavior at approximately -15ºC was found in the relationship between the temperature and the retention factors of the analytes (van't Hoff plots). In contrast to general trends in high-performance liquid chromatography, the decrease in temperature enhanced the separation efficiency of both the columns.

  13. The Fermi Paradox Is Neither Fermi's Nor a Paradox

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    Gray, Robert H.

    2015-03-01

    The so-called Fermi paradox claims that if technological life existed anywhere else, we would see evidence of its visits to Earth-and since we do not, such life does not exist, or some special explanation is needed. Enrico Fermi, however, never published anything on this topic. On the one occasion he is known to have mentioned it, he asked 'where is everybody?'- apparently suggesting that we don't see extraterrestrials on Earth because interstellar travel may not be feasible, but not suggesting that intelligent extraterrestrial life does not exist, or suggesting its absence is paradoxical. The claim 'they are not here; therefore they do not exist' was first published by Michael Hart, claiming that interstellar travel and colonization of the galaxy would be inevitable if intelligent extraterrestrial life existed, and taking its absence here as proof that it does not exist anywhere. The Fermi paradox appears to originate in Hart's argument, not Fermi's question. Clarifying the origin of these ideas is important, because the Fermi paradox is seen by some as an authoritative objection to searching for evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence-cited in the U. S. Congress as a reason for killing NASA's SETI program on one occasion-but evidence indicates that it misrepresents Fermi's views, misappropriates his authority, deprives the actual authors of credit, and is not a valid paradox. Keywords: Astrobiology, SETI, Fermi paradox, extraterrestrial life

  14. Swelling behavior of chitosan hydrogels in ionic liquid-water binary systems.

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    Spinks, Geoffrey M; Lee, Chang Kee; Wallace, Gordon G; Kim, Sun I; Kim, Seon Jeong

    2006-10-24

    The swelling behavior of chitosan hydrogels in ionic liquid-water binary systems was studied using hydrophilic room-temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) to elucidate the swelling mechanism of chitosan hydrogels. No penetration of RTIL into a dry chitosan material was observed. Swelling was achieved by soaking in water-RTIL binary mixtures, with larger swelling observed at higher water contents. In one instance, the binary mixture was acidic and produced larger than expected swelling due to the dissociation of the amine groups in the chitosan. The equilibrium binary system content behavior of the chitosan hydrogels depended upon the amount of free water, which is a measure of the number of water molecules that do not interact with the ionic liquid. After evaporation of water, remnant RTIL remained in the chitosan network and hardness testing indicated a plasticization effect, suggesting that the RTIL molecularly mixed with the chitosan. Chitosan hydrogels containing only RTIL were prepared by dropping pure RTIL onto a fully preswollen hydrogel followed by water evaporation. This method may be a useful means for preparing air-stable swollen chitosan gels.

  15. Pitting Behavior of L415 Pipeline Steel in Simulated Leaching Liquid Environment

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    Wan, H. X.; Yang, X. J.; Liu, Z. Y.; Song, D. D.; Du, C. W.; Li, X. G.

    2016-12-01

    The corrosion behavior and laws of the west-east gas pressure pipeline of L415 steel were studied in simulated leaching liquid. The failure of the L415 steel during the pressure testing process was investigated using electrochemical polarization, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and immersion test. The corrosion rate of the L415 steel increased with ion concentration in the leaching liquid. This rate reached about 0.8 mm a-1 and belonged to the severe corrosion grade. Pitting corrosion was observed in various simulated solutions with different aggressive species concentrations. The original ion concentration in the leaching liquid (1×) is the key factor influencing pitting initiation and development. Pitting showed easy nucleation, and its growth rate was relatively slow, in the basic simulating solution of the leach liquid (i.e., the ion content is compactable to the real condition in the rust on the inner steel pipe surface). Pitting was also highly sensitive and easily grew in the solution with doubled ion concentration in the basic simulating solution (2×). A uniform corrosion, instead of pitting, mainly occurred when the ion concentration was up to 10× of the basic solution.

  16. Pitting Behavior of L415 Pipeline Steel in Simulated Leaching Liquid Environment

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    Wan, H. X.; Yang, X. J.; Liu, Z. Y.; Song, D. D.; Du, C. W.; Li, X. G.

    2017-02-01

    The corrosion behavior and laws of the west-east gas pressure pipeline of L415 steel were studied in simulated leaching liquid. The failure of the L415 steel during the pressure testing process was investigated using electrochemical polarization, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and immersion test. The corrosion rate of the L415 steel increased with ion concentration in the leaching liquid. This rate reached about 0.8 mm a-1 and belonged to the severe corrosion grade. Pitting corrosion was observed in various simulated solutions with different aggressive species concentrations. The original ion concentration in the leaching liquid (1×) is the key factor influencing pitting initiation and development. Pitting showed easy nucleation, and its growth rate was relatively slow, in the basic simulating solution of the leach liquid (i.e., the ion content is compactable to the real condition in the rust on the inner steel pipe surface). Pitting was also highly sensitive and easily grew in the solution with doubled ion concentration in the basic simulating solution (2×). A uniform corrosion, instead of pitting, mainly occurred when the ion concentration was up to 10× of the basic solution.

  17. Effect of Enantiomeric Excess on the Phase Behavior of Antiferroelectric Liquid Crystals

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    L Pan; B McCoy; S Wang; Z Liu; S Wang; R Pindak; C Huang

    2011-12-31

    Null transmission ellipsometry and resonant x-ray diffraction are employed to study the effect of enantiomeric excess (EE) on the phase behavior of antiferroelectric liquid crystal 10OTBBB1M7. Phase sequence, layer spacing, and pitch of the helical structures of the smectic-C*{sub {alpha}} and smectic-C* phases are studied as a function of temperature and EE. Upon reducing EE, a liquid-gas-type critical point of the smectic-C*{sub {alpha}} to smectic-C* transition is observed, as well as the disappearance of the smectic-C*{sub d4} and the smectic-C*{sub d3} phases. Results are analyzed in a mean-field model.

  18. Peculiar surface behavior of some ionic liquids based on active pharmaceutical ingredients.

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    Restolho, José; Mata, José Luis; Saramago, Benilde

    2011-02-21

    The ionic liquids based on biologically active cations and anions, commonly designated by ionic liquids based on active pharmaceutical ingredients (ILs-APIs), are interesting compounds for use in pharmaceutical applications. Lidocaine docusate, ranitidine docusate, and didecyldimethylammonium ibuprofen are examples of promising ILs-APIs that were recently synthesized. They were submitted to biological testing and calorimetric measurements, but nothing is known about their surface properties. In this work, we measured the surface tension and the contact angles on both hydrophilic and hydrophobic surfaces in a temperature range as wide as possible. Based on the wettability data, the polarity fractions were estimated using the Fowkes theory. The peculiar surface behavior observed was tentatively attributed to the presence of mesophases.

  19. On the behavior and stability of a liquid metal in quasi-planar electric contacts

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    Samuilov, S. D.

    2016-06-01

    The contacts between conductors formed under relatively low pressures can be treated as quasi-planar. Melting of the material of such contacts upon the passage of electric current is used in some technological processes, but the behavior of liquid in these conditions has not been analyzed. In this study, such an estimate was obtained for specific conditions appearing under electric-pulse compacting (briquetting) of metal shavings. Analysis of derived relations shows that this estimate is valid for any quasi-2D contacts upon passage of a pulsed current of duration from microseconds to milliseconds. It is shown that the spacing between contact surfaces decreases, the liquid metal is extruded in the lateral directions, and the area of the contact and its conductivity increase. Sausage-type magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) instability and overheating instability do not evolve in these conditions because the instability wavelength is larger than the rated thickness of the molten layer; screw MHD instability can appear in slower processes.

  20. Thermodynamics and Phase Behavior of Phosphonated Block Copolymers Containing Ionic Liquids

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    Jung, Ha Young; Park, Moon Jeong

    Charge-containing copolymers have drawn intensive attention in recent years for their uses in wide range of electrochemical devices such as fuel cells, lithium batteries and actuators. Particularly, the creation of microphase-separated morphologies in such materials by designing them in block and graft configurations has been the subject of extensive studies, in order to establish a synergistic means of optimizing ion transport properties and mechanical integrity. Interest in this topic has been further stimulated by intriguing phase behavior from charge-containing polymers, which was not projected from conventional phase diagrams of non-ionic polymers. Herein, we investigate thermodynamics and phase behavior of a set of phosphonated block copolymers. By synthesizing low-molecular weight samples with degree of polymerization (N) <35, we observed order-disorder transition that enabled us to estimate effective Flory-Huggins interaction parameters (χ) by using random phase approximation. We further examined the systems by adding various ionic liquids, where noticeable increases in χ values and modulated microphase separation behavior were observed. The morphology-conductivity relationship has been elucidated by taking into account the segmental motion of polymer chains, volume of conducting phases, and the molecular interactions between phosphonated polymer chains and cations of ionic liquids.

  1. Phase behavior of chromonic liquid crystal mixtures of Sunset Yellow and Disodium Cromoglycate

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    Yamaguchi, Akihiro; Smith, Gregory; Yi, Youngwoo; Xu, Charles; Biffi, Silvia; Serra, Francesca; Bellini, Tommaso; Clark, Noel

    2014-03-01

    Chromonic liquid crystals (CLCs) are formed when planar molecules dissolved in water stack into rod-like aggregates that can order as liquid crystals. Isotropic, nematic, and M-phases can be observed depending on the degree of molecular orientational and positional order by variation of the CLC concentration. We focused on mixtures of two well-known CLCs, Sunset Yellow, a food dye, and disodium cromoglycate (DSCG), an asthma medication. In order to study the phase behaviors of these mixtures, we observed their textures in glass cells and capillaries using polarized light microscopy. We report here a ternary phase diagram describing the complete phase behavior of the CLC mixtures. We observed a variety of phase behaviors depending on species ratio and concentration. In the isotropic phase, no clear phase separation of the two dyes was observed, while separation did occur in many nematic and M-phase combinations. We will also describe phase observations made using a light spectroscopy and bulk centrifugal partitioning. Grant support: NSF DMR 1207606 and NSF MRSEC DMR-0820579.

  2. Deliberate Modification of the Behavior of n-Type Cadmium Telluride/Electrolyte Interfaces by Surface Etching: Removal of Fermi Level Pinning.

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    1981-09-02

    reported. 3 A nearly constant barrier height, E09 has been found4 for n- CdTe contacted by rrtals having different work functions, :. The value of EV is... contact was made to the CdTe by rubbing Ga-In eutectic onto the back of the crystal. A Cu wire was attached using conducting Ag epoxy. The Cu wire was...our results suggest that examination of the Schottky barrier , n- CdTe /metal, behavior using the reducing etch to pretreat the CdTe would be worthwhile

  3. NMR evidence of anisotropic Kondo liquid behavior in CeIrIn5

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    Shockley, A. C.; Shirer, K. R.; Crocker, J.; Dioguardi, A. P.; Lin, C. H.; Nisson, D. M.; apRoberts-Warren, N.; Klavins, P.; Curro, N. J.

    2015-08-01

    We report detailed Knight-shift measurements of the two indium sites in the heavy-fermion compound CeIrIn5 as a function of temperature and field orientation. We find that the Knight-shift anomaly is orientation dependent, with a crossover temperature T* that varies by 50% as the field is rotated from (001) to (100). This result suggests that the hybridization between the Ce 4 f states and the itinerant conduction electrons is anisotropic, a result that reflects its collective origin, and may lead to anisotropic Kondo liquid behavior and unconventional superconductivity.

  4. Switching behavior and electro-optical properties of liquid crystals in nematic gels

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    Gautier; Brunet; Grupp; Sauvajol; Anglaret

    2000-11-01

    Anisotropic nematic gels are prepared via in situ polymerization of diacrylate monomers in an orientated nematic liquid crystal (LC) matrix. The switching behavior of the LC molecules under electric field is probed in polarized Raman spectroscopy and straight theta-2straight theta elastic light scattering experiments. The electro-optical characteristics of the gels are directly related to the electric field dependence of the fraction of switched molecules. The electro-optical contrast relates to the coexistence of switched LC domains and LC domains anchored to the polymer network.

  5. Dielectric Behavior of Antiferroelectric Liquid Crystals in Presence of Flexoelectric Effect

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    Das, Deblal; Mandal, Pravash; Pal Majumder, Tapas

    2015-06-01

    We studied theoretically the effect of flexoelectricity on the behavior of dielectric fluctuations of antiferroelectric liquid crystals (AFLCs) influenced by the mechanical distortion associated with flexoelectric effect. By using the appropriate free energy and the Landau-Ginzburg equation, we found an approximate expression of dielectric permittivity, which was strongly influenced by the existence of flexoelectric polarization for both in-phase and anti-phase motions. Consequently, the corresponding dielectric strength for both in-phase and anti-phase motions were varied due to the existence of flexoelectric polarization.

  6. Polarization Raman Microscopic Study of Molecular Alignment Behavior in Liquid Crystal/Polymer Composite Films

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    Murashige, Takeshi; Fujikake, Hideo; Sato, Hiroto; Kikuchi, Hiroshi; Kurita, Taiichiro; Sato, Fumio

    2005-12-01

    We clarified that the molecular alignment of aggregated polymers is partially synchronized with liquid crystal (LC) director reorientation in an LC/polymer composite film. The molecular alignment behavior in composite films with LC- and polymer-rich regions formed by photopolymerization-induced phase separation was investigated using polarization Raman spectral microscopy. Raman scattering intensity induced by aligned side chains of polymers in the LC-rich region changed with LC director reorientation when voltage was applied to the composite film. It was confirmed for the first time that polymers capable of movement are formed in the LC-rich region.

  7. The Statistical Fermi Paradox

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    Maccone, C.

    In this paper is provided the statistical generalization of the Fermi paradox. The statistics of habitable planets may be based on a set of ten (and possibly more) astrobiological requirements first pointed out by Stephen H. Dole in his book Habitable planets for man (1964). The statistical generalization of the original and by now too simplistic Dole equation is provided by replacing a product of ten positive numbers by the product of ten positive random variables. This is denoted the SEH, an acronym standing for “Statistical Equation for Habitables”. The proof in this paper is based on the Central Limit Theorem (CLT) of Statistics, stating that the sum of any number of independent random variables, each of which may be ARBITRARILY distributed, approaches a Gaussian (i.e. normal) random variable (Lyapunov form of the CLT). It is then shown that: 1. The new random variable NHab, yielding the number of habitables (i.e. habitable planets) in the Galaxy, follows the log- normal distribution. By construction, the mean value of this log-normal distribution is the total number of habitable planets as given by the statistical Dole equation. 2. The ten (or more) astrobiological factors are now positive random variables. The probability distribution of each random variable may be arbitrary. The CLT in the so-called Lyapunov or Lindeberg forms (that both do not assume the factors to be identically distributed) allows for that. In other words, the CLT "translates" into the SEH by allowing an arbitrary probability distribution for each factor. This is both astrobiologically realistic and useful for any further investigations. 3. By applying the SEH it is shown that the (average) distance between any two nearby habitable planets in the Galaxy may be shown to be inversely proportional to the cubic root of NHab. This distance is denoted by new random variable D. The relevant probability density function is derived, which was named the "Maccone distribution" by Paul Davies in

  8. The fermi paradox is neither Fermi's nor a paradox.

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    Gray, Robert H

    2015-03-01

    The so-called Fermi paradox claims that if technological life existed anywhere else, we would see evidence of its visits to Earth--and since we do not, such life does not exist, or some special explanation is needed. Enrico Fermi, however, never published anything on this topic. On the one occasion he is known to have mentioned it, he asked "Where is everybody?"--apparently suggesting that we do not see extraterrestrials on Earth because interstellar travel may not be feasible, but not suggesting that intelligent extraterrestrial life does not exist or suggesting its absence is paradoxical. The claim "they are not here; therefore they do not exist" was first published by Michael Hart, claiming that interstellar travel and colonization of the Galaxy would be inevitable if intelligent extraterrestrial life existed, and taking its absence here as proof that it does not exist anywhere. The Fermi paradox appears to originate in Hart's argument, not Fermi's question. Clarifying the origin of these ideas is important, because the Fermi paradox is seen by some as an authoritative objection to searching for evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence--cited in the U.S. Congress as a reason for killing NASA's SETI program on one occasion. But evidence indicates that it misrepresents Fermi's views, misappropriates his authority, deprives the actual authors of credit, and is not a valid paradox.

  9. Anomalous Electrical Conductivity Behavior at Elevated Pressure in the Protic Ionic Liquid Procainamide Hydrochloride

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    Wojnarowska, Z.; Roland, C. M.; Swiety-Pospiech, A.; Grzybowska, K.; Paluch, M.

    2012-01-01

    Using broadband dielectric spectroscopy, we investigated the effect of hydrostatic pressure on the conductivity relaxation time τσ of the supercooled protic ionic liquid, procainamide hydrochloride, a common pharmaceutical. The pressure dependence of τσ exhibited anomalous behavior in the vicinity of the glass transition Tg, manifested by abrupt changes in activation volume. This peculiar behavior, paralleling the change in temperature dependence of τσ near Tg, is a manifestation of the decoupling between electrical conductivity and structural relaxation. Although the latter effectively ceases in the glassy state, free ions retain their mobility but with a reduced sensitivity to thermodynamic changes. This is the first observation of decoupling of ion migration from structural relaxation in a glassy conductor by isothermal densification.

  10. Luttinger-liquid behavior and superconducting correlations in {ital t}-{ital J} ladders

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    Hayward, C.A.; Poilblanc, D.

    1996-05-01

    The low-energy behavior of the isotropic {ital t}-{ital J} ladder system is investigated using exact diagonalization techniques, specifically finding the Drude weight, the charge velocity, and the compressibility. By applying the ideas of Luttinger-liquid theory, we determine the correlation exponent {ital K}{sub {rho}} which defines the behavior of the long-range correlations in the system. The boundary to phase separation is determined and a phase diagram is presented. At low electron density, a Tomonaga-Luttinger-like phase is stabilized while at higher electron densities a gapped phase with power law pairing correlations is stabilized: A large region of this gapped phase is found to exhibit dominant superconducting correlations. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  11. Phase behavior and microstructure of microemulsions containing the hydrophobic ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate.

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    Anjum, Nishat; Guedeau-Boudeville, Marie-Alice; Stubenrauch, Cosima; Mourchid, Ahmed

    2009-01-08

    The phase behavior and microstructure of the ternary system water/1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate (bmimPF(6))/Triton X-100 was studied as a function of temperature and ionic liquid (IL) mass fraction alpha. In the present study, a hydrophobic IL instead of commonly used organic solvents such as n-alkanes is used. The fish-shaped region is distorted at low and high values of alpha, whereas it is symmetric at intermediate alpha. With increasing alpha, the extension of the three-phase region decreases regarding the surfactant concentration range, whereas it increases regarding the temperature range. For comparison the phase behavior of two ternary water/bmimPF(6)/alkyl oligoethyleneoxide (C(i)E(j)) systems has been investigated. Our results are compared with those obtained for water/n-alkane/C(i)E(j) and IL/n-alkane/C(i)E(j) systems, respectively.

  12. [Systematic evaluation of retention behavior of carbohydrates in hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography].

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    Fu, Qing; Wang, Jun; Liang, Tu; Xu, Xiaoyong; Jin, Yu

    2013-11-01

    A systematic evaluation of retention behavior of carbohydrates in hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC) was performed. The influences of mobile phase, stationary phase and buffer salt on the retention of carbohydrates were investigated. According to the results, the retention time of carbohydrates decreased as the proportion of acetonitrile in mobile phase decreased. Increased time of carbohydrates was observed as the concentration of buffer salt in mobile phase increased. The retention behavior of carbohydrates was also affected by organic solvent and HILIC stationary phase. Furthermore, an appropriate retention equation was used in HILIC mode. The retention equation lnk = a + blnC(B) + cC(B) could quantitatively describe the retention factors of carbohydrates of plant origin with good accuracy: the relative error of the predicted time to actual time was less than 0.3%. The evaluation results could provide guidance for carbohydrates to optimize the experimental conditions in HILIC method development especially for carbohydrate separation

  13. Fermi's New Pulsar Detection Technique

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    To locate a pulsar in Fermi LAT data requires knowledge of the object’s sky position, its pulse period, and how the pulse rate slows over time. Computers check many different combinations of posi...

  14. Model for overscreened Kondo effect in ultracold Fermi gas

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    Kuzmenko, I.; Kuzmenko, T.; Avishai, Y.; Kikoin, K.

    2015-04-01

    The feasibility of realizing the overscreened Kondo effect in ultracold Fermi gas of atoms with spin s ≥ 3/2 in the presence of a localized magnetic impurity atom is proved realistic. Specifying (as a mere example) a system of ultracold 22Na Fermi gas and a trapped 6Li impurity, the mechanism of exchange interaction between the Na and Li atoms is elucidated and the exchange constant is found to be positive (antiferromagnetic). The corresponding exchange Hamiltonian is derived, and the Kondo temperature is estimated at the order of 500 nK. Within a weak-coupling renormalization group scheme, it is shown that the coupling renormalizes to the non-Fermi-liquid fixed point. An observable displaying multichannel features even in the weak-coupling regime is the impurity magnetization that is negative for T ≫TK and becomes positive with decreasing temperature.

  15. Nematic liquid crystals doped with nanoparticles: Phase behavior and dielectric properties

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    Osipov, Mikhail A.; Gorkunov, Maxim V.

    Thermodynamics and dielectric properties of nematic liquid crystals doped with various nanoparticles have been studied in the framework of a molecular mean-field theory. It is shown that spherically isotropic nanoparticles effectively dilute the liquid crystal material and cause a decrease of the nematic-isotropic transition temperature, while anisotropic nanoparticles are aligned by the nematic host and, in turn, may significantly improve the liquid crystal alignment. In the case of strong interaction between spherical nanoparticles and mesogenic molecules, the nanocomposite possesses a number of unexpected properties: The nematic-isotropic co-existence region appears to be very broad, and the system either undergoes a direct transition from the isotropic phase into the phase-separated state, or undergoes first a transition into the homogeneous nematic phase and then phase-separates at a lower temperature. The phase separation does not occur for sufficiently low nanoparticle concentrations, and, in certain cases, the separation takes place only within a finite region of the nanoparticle concentration. For nematics doped with strongly polar nanoparticles, the theory predicts the nanoparticle aggregation in linear chains that make a substantial contribution to the static dielectric anisotropy and optical birefringence of the nematic composite. The theory clarifies the microscopic origin of important phenomena observed in nematic composites including a shift of the isotropic-nematic phase transition and improvement of the nematic order; a considerable softening of the first order nematic-isotropic transition; a complex phase-separation behavior; and a significant increase of the dielectric anisotropy and the birefringence.

  16. Behavior of a SnLi liquid metal eutectic on D-irradiated, porous tungsten substrates

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    Lang, Eric; Kapat, Aveek; Allain, J. P.

    2016-10-01

    Tungsten (W) is a common PFC material in the divertor due to its beneficial thermomechanical properties and high sputter threshold. Under helium irradiation, W develops surface morphology such as fuzz. Liquid metals, such as tin-lithium eutectics, have been proposed as PFCs to combat W erosion and allow for a self-healing surface. Tin-dominant eutectics have lower evaporation rates than pure lithium due to increased binding energies, yet exhibit decreased D retention and Li surface segregation. In prior experiments of SnLi coatings on fuzzy W substrates, the SnLi layer has been shown to protect underlying fuzz. Additionally, the liquid metal better adhered to a fuzzy surface than a smooth one. Fuzzy W samples have been coated with a 95 at.% SnLi eutectic and exposed to 250eV D ions at elevated temperatures and fluences of 1017 cm-2 . Experiments will be conducted in the IGNIS facility, a multi-functional, in-situ irradiation and characterization facility at the University of Illinois. In-situ XPS will be used to elucidate irradiation-driven liquid metal behavior to identify surface chemistry changes. Additionally, ex-situSEM will be used to identify surface morphology changes. Work supported by US DOE Contract DE-SC0014267.

  17. Gas-liquid phase coexistence and crossover behavior of binary ionic fluids with screened Coulomb interactions.

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    Patsahan, O

    2014-06-01

    We study the effects of an interaction range on the gas-liquid phase diagram and the crossover behavior of a simple model of ionic fluids: an equimolar binary mixture of equisized hard spheres interacting through screened Coulomb potentials which are repulsive between particles of the same species and attractive between particles of different species. Using the collective variables theory, we find explicit expressions for the relevant coefficients of the effective φ{4} Ginzburg-Landau Hamiltonian in a one-loop approximation. Within the framework of this approximation, we calculate the critical parameters and gas-liquid phase diagrams for varying inverse screening length z. Both the critical temperature scaled by the Yukawa potential contact value and the critical density rapidly decrease with an increase of the interaction range (a decrease of z) and then for z<0.05 they slowly approach the values found for a restricted primitive model (RPM). We find that gas-liquid coexistence region reduces with an increase of z and completely vanishes at z≃2.78. Our results clearly show that an increase in the interaction range leads to a decrease of the crossover temperature. For z≃0.01, the crossover temperature is the same as for the RPM.

  18. Pressure dependence of confined liquid behavior subjected to boundary-driven shear.

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    Heyes, D M; Smith, E R; Dini, D; Spikes, H A; Zaki, T A

    2012-04-07

    Non-equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations of boundary-driven sheared Lennard-Jones liquids at variable pressure up to 5 GPa (for argon) reveal a rich out-of-equilibrium phase behavior with a strong degree of shear localization. At the lowest apparent shear rate considered (wall speed ~1 m s(-1)) the confined region is an homogeneously sheared solid (S) with no slip at the walls. This transforms at higher shear rates to a non-flowing plug with slip at the walls, referred to as the plug slip (PS) state. At higher shear rate a central localized (CL) state formed in which the shear gradient was localized in the center of the film, with the rest of the confined sample in a crystalline state commensurate with the wall lattice. The central zone liquidlike region increased in width with shear rate. A continuous rounded temperature profile across the whole system reflects strong dynamical coupling between the wall and confined region. The temperature rise in the confined film is consistent with the Brinkman number. The transition from the PS to CL states typically occurred at a wall speed near where the shear stress approached a critical value of ~3% of the shear modulus, and also near the peak in the traction coefficient, μ. The peak traction coefficient values computed, ~0.12-0.14 at 1000 MPa agree with those found for traction fluids and occur when the confined liquid is in the PS and CL states. At low wall speeds slip can occur at one wall and stick at the other. Poorly wetting liquids manifest long-lived asymmetries in the confined liquid properties across the system, and a shift in solid-liquid phase co-existence to higher shear rates. A non-equilibrium phase diagram based on these results is proposed. The good agreement of the tribological response of the Lennard-Jones fluid with that of more complicated molecular systems suggests that a corresponding states scaling of the tribological behavior could apply.

  19. Differential dynamic behaviors of undulatory nematodes in liquid vs. soft gel environment

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    Park, Jin-Sung; Shin, Jennifer H.

    2015-03-01

    Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) is an undulatory nematode which exhibits two distinct locomotion types of swimming and crawling. Although in its natural habitat C. elegans lives in complex fluidic environment, our current understanding has been limited to the behavior of C. elegans in a simple Newtonian fluid. Here, we present some experimental results on the penetrating behavior of C. elegans at the interface from liquid to solid environment. Once C. elegans, which otherwise swims freely in a liquid, makes a contact to the solid gel boundary, it begins to penetrate vertically to the surface by changing its stroke motion characterized by a stiffer body shape and a slow stroke frequency. The particle image velocimetry (PIV) analysis reveals the flow streamlines produced by the stroke of worm. For the worm that crawls on a solid surface, we utilize a technique of traction force microscopy (TFM) to find that the crawling nematode forms localized force islands along the body where makes direct contacts to the gel surface. This work was supported by the National Research Foundation (NRF) Grant 2013R1A1A2012420 and 2010-0016886.

  20. Protonic Ammonium Nitrate Ionic Liquids and Their Mixtures: Insights into Their Thermophysical Behavior.

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    Canongia Lopes, José N; Esperança, José M S S; de Ferro, André Mão; Pereiro, Ana B; Plechkova, Natalia V; Rebelo, Luis P N; Seddon, Kenneth R; Vázquez-Fernández, Isabel

    2016-03-10

    This study is centered on the thermophysical characterization of different families of alkylammonium nitrate ionic liquids and their binary mixtures, namely the determination at atmospheric pressure of densities, electric conductivities and viscosities in the 288.15 < T/K < 353.15 range. First, measurements focusing on ethylammonium, propylammonium and butylammonium nitrate systems, and their binary mixtures, were determined. These were followed by studies involving binary mixtures composed of ethylammonium nitrate (with three hydrogen bond donor groups) and different homologous ionic liquids with differing numbers of hydrogen bond donor groups: diethylammonium nitrate (two hydrogen bond donors), triethylammonium nitrate (one hydrogen bond donor) and tetraethylammonium nitrate (no hydrogen bond donors). Finally, the behavior of mixtures with different numbers of equivalent carbon atoms in the alkylammonium cations was analyzed. The results show a quasi-ideal behavior for all monoalkylammonium nitrate mixtures. In contrast, the other mixtures show deviations from ideality, namely when the difference in the number of carbon atoms present in the cations increases or the number of hydrogen bond donors present in the cation decreases. Overall, the results clearly show that, besides the length and distribution of alkyl chains present in a cation such as alkylammonium, there are other structural and interaction parameters that influence the thermophysical properties of both pure compounds and their mixtures.

  1. Abnormal behavior of supercooled liquid region in bulk-forming metallic glasses

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    Park, E. S.; Na, J. H.; Kim, D. H.

    2010-09-01

    A metallic glass is often viewed as an amorphous alloy exhibiting a single endothermic reaction in the supercooled liquid region (SCLR, ΔTx=Tx-Tg). Here we discuss the origin and consequences of abnormal behavior of SCLR in various bulk-forming metallic glasses (BMGs). The two-stage-like endothermic reaction in Ni-based, Cu-based, Zr-based, and Mg-based BMGs can originate from the local immiscibility of liquids, which is closely related to chemical heterogeneity in as-cast BMG. These inflections can be attributed to the overlap of the exothermic reaction for the formation and growth of clusters in SCLR. The abnormal behavior of SCLR can be modulated by controlling cooling rate as well as by tailoring alloy composition, with the consequence that the modulated local heterogeneity in these BMGs can lead to enhanced flexibility of the BMGs. This correlation assists in understanding toughening mechanism and in guiding alloy design to alleviate brittleness of BMGs.

  2. Behavior of solute adsorbed at the liquid-liquid interface during solvent extraction with porous-membrane phase separators

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    Persaud, G.; Xiu-min, T.; Cantwell, F.F.

    1987-01-01

    Porous membranes are used effectively as phase separators in analytical solvent extraction. When the solute involved can be adsorbed at the liquid-liquid interface, it is found that more vigorous agitation of the mixture causes a decrease in concentration of solute in the liquid flowing through the porous membrane. It is shown experimentally for the interfacially adsorbed component methylene blue perchlorate that the distribution isotherm between chloroform and water is the same in stirred and unstirred mixtures. This suggests that the interfacially adsorbed solute remains at the interface and does not enter the bulk liquid phases during the membrane-induced coalescence and phase separation. Hydrodynamic and diffusion rate calculations confirm this conclusion by showing that the residence time of the solute deposited at the liquid-liquid interface near the membrane (0.1 s) is too short for solute to diffuse through the stagnant Nernst diffusion layer.

  3. The Equation of State of a Strongly Interacting Fermi Gas

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    Navon, Nir; Nascimbène, Sylvain; Jiang, Kaijun; Chevy, Frédéric; Salomon, Christophe

    2010-03-01

    In this talk, we will present recent experimental work on the thermodynamics of strongly interacting Fermi gases. We have developed a general method to probe with high precision the Equation of State (EoS) of locally homogeneous ultracold gases [1]. This allows stringent tests of recent many-body theories. First, we focus on the finite-temperature EoS of the unpolarized unitary gas. Precise thermometry is provided by adding to the Fermi gas of ^6Li a trace of bosonic ^7Li. We show that the low-temperature properties of the strongly interacting normal phase are well described by Fermi liquid theory and we localize the superfluid transition. Second, we address the zero-temperature EoS of the spin-polarized system. Surprisingly, despite strong interactions, the polarized phase behaves as a mixture of two ideal gases: a Fermi gas of majority atoms and a non-interacting gas of dressed quasi-particles, the Fermi polarons. Finally, we will report on work in progress on the extension of our study to the BEC-BCS crossover [2]. [4pt] [1] S. Nascimbene and N. Navon, K. Jiang, F. Chevy, C. Salomon, arXiv:0911.0747, Nature (in press, 2010) [0pt] [2] N. Navon and S. Nascimbene, F. Chevy, C. Salomon, in preparation (2010)

  4. The electro-optical behavior of liquid crystal molecules on the surface of SiO2 inorganic thin films.

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    Sung, Shi-Joon; Yang, Kee-Jeong; Kim, Dae-Hwan; Do, Yun Seon; Kang, Jin-Kyu; Choi, Byeong-Dae

    2009-12-01

    Inorganic thin films are well known for the liquid crystal alignment layers for LCoS application due to the higher thermal and photochemical stability of inorganic materials. The switching time of liquid crystals is the important factor for the projection application and the faster switching time is required for the high quality display. The switching behavior of liquid crystal molecules on inorganic thin films might be closely related with the surface properties of the inorganic thin films. Therefore the understanding of surface properties of the inorganic thin films is required for the enhancement of the switching time of liquid crystals of LCoS devices. In this work, we prepared the SiO2 inorganic thin films and the electro-optical behavior of liquid crystal molecules on SiO2 thin film was investigated. The sputtering condition of SiO2 thin film was closely related with the thickness and the surface morphology of SiO2 thin film. The switching time of liquid crystals with negative dielectric constant on SiO2 inorganic thin films was dominantly affected by the size of protrusion on the surface of SiO2 thin film and the surface roughness of SiO2 thin film was also related with the switching time of liquid crystals. From these results, it is possible to prepare the SiO2 inorganic thin film suitable for the liquid crystal alignment layer for VAN LC mode.

  5. Strain-cycling fatigue behavior of ten structural metals tested in liquid helium (4 K), in liquid nitrogen (78 K), and in ambient air (300 K)

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    Nachtigall, A. J.

    1974-01-01

    Strain-cycling fatigue behavior of 10 different structural alloys and metals was investigated in liquid helium (4 K), in liquid nitrogen (78 K), and in ambient air (300 K). At high cyclic lives, fatigue resistance increased with decreasing temperature for all the materials investigated. At low cyclic lives, fatigue resistance generally decreased with decreasing temperature for the materials investigated. Only for Inconel 718 did fatigue resistance increase with decreasing temperature over the entire life range investigated. Comparison of the experimental fatigue behavior with that predicted by the Manson method of universal slopes showed that the fatigue behavior of these materials can be predicted for cryogenic temperatures by using material tensile properties obtained at those same temperatures.

  6. Crystal growth of clathrate hydrate in gas/liquid/liquid system: variations in crystal-growth behavior.

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    Ishida, Yosuke; Sakemoto, Riki; Ohmura, Ryo

    2011-08-16

    This paper reports the visual observations of the formation and growth of structure-II hydrate crystals on a water droplet partially immersed in liquid cyclopentane and exposed to difluoromethane gas. Each of the experiments was performed under prescribed temperature and pressure conditions in the range from 281.7 to 297.0 K and from 0.12 to 1.10 MPa in order to investigate the effect of the driving force for the hydrate crystal growth. The experiments were conducted at 25 different temperature-pressure conditions. It was found that the behavior of the hydrate crystal growth in this three-component system can be classified into three modes, which we called "cover", "expansion" and "line", depending on the temperature and pressure. The descriptions of the three types are summarized as follows. "COVER": Hydrate crystals first formed on the water-droplet surface and then grew to form a polycrystalline layer covering the surface. After complete surface coverage, no more hydrate growth and little change in the shape of the hydrate-covered water droplet were observed. "EXPANSION": Like "cover", the first crystals were observed on the water-droplet surface. They grew not only along the surface, but also toward the gas phase, and then continued to grow for more than several tens of minutes after complete coverage. "LINE": Unlike the other two modes, hydrate crystals first formed at the three-phase interfacial line and grew along this line. The shape of the hydrate crystals eventually became like a doughnut, since the center of the water droplet collapsed when they grew.

  7. Behavior of colloidal particles and micelles in thin liquid films with application to foam stability

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    Sethumadhavan, Gopi Nath

    Foams, emulsions and colloidal dispersions are frequently seen to occur in many industrial systems like ink, paint, milk, butter, shaving foams, etc. The key structural elements in these systems are the thin liquid films that form between the dispersed phase bubbles or droplets. Whenever two droplets or bubbles of different sizes come close together, the film formed between them is a curved film. Thus, experiments using surfactant-free, curved, single-foam-films containing colloidal particles were carried out to understand the effect of particle concentration, size, polydispersity, bidispersity and film size on the particle structuring phenomenon in the confined environment of a thin liquid film. Such layering provides additional stabilizing force and was also found to have a significant impact on the long-term stability of surfactant foams containing micelles. The work in this thesis using colloidal particles in curved films is the first of its kind. Experimentally it was observed that the particles moved from the film to the bulk in the process of reaching an equilibrium and the flux of particles from the film periphery was a constant. A critical film size was observed for the curved films below which the particles did not show a tendency to leave the film. At high particle concentrations, the particle movement from the film to the bulk was low. Polydispersed and bidispersed particles displayed high rates of particle exodus from the film to the bulk, which are indicative of poor particle structuring in the thin liquid films. Particle behavior in confinement was satisfactorily explained using the diffusive-osmotic model. Our preliminary studies also show that micelles with higher ability to form ordered layers in a confined environment display a higher pollutant removal efficiency from solid surfaces. Monte Carlo simulations of mono and bidispersed particles in thin liquid films corroborated the experimental observations. Particle layering was pronounced at high

  8. Volovik effect and Fermi-liquid behavior in the s -wave superconductor CaPd2As2: 75As NMR-NQR measurements

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    Ding, Q.-P.; Wiecki, P.; Anand, V. K.; Sangeetha, N. S.; Lee, Y.; Johnston, D. C.; Furukawa, Y.

    2016-04-01

    The electronic and magnetic properties of the collapsed-tetragonal CaPd2As2 superconductor (SC) with a transition temperature of 1.27 K have been investigated by 75As nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) measurements. The temperature (T ) dependence of the nuclear spin lattice relaxation rates (1 /T1) and the Knight shifts indicate the absence of magnetic correlations in the normal state. In the SC state, 1 /T1 measured by 75As NQR shows a clear Hebel-Slichter (HS) peak just below Tc and decreases exponentially at lower T , confirming a conventional s -wave SC. In addition, the Volovik effect, also known as the Doppler shift effect, has been clearly evidenced by the observation of the suppression of the HS peak with applied magnetic field.

  9. Volovik effect and Fermi-liquid behavior in the s-wave superconductor CaPd2As2: As75 NMR-NQR measurements

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    Ding, Q. -P.; Wiecki, P.; Anand, V. K.; ...

    2016-04-07

    The electronic and magnetic properties of the collapsed-tetragonal CaPd2As2 superconductor (SC) with a transition temperature of 1.27 K have been investigated by 75As nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) measurements. The temperature (T) dependence of the nuclear spin lattice relaxation rates (1/T1) and the Knight shifts indicate the absence of magnetic correlations in the normal state. In the SC state, 1/T1 measured by 75As NQR shows a clear Hebel-Slichter (HS) peak just below Tc and decreases exponentially at lower T, confirming a conventional s-wave SC. Additionally, the Volovik effect, also known as the Doppler shift effect, hasmore » been clearly evidenced by the observation of the suppression of the HS peak with applied magnetic field.« less

  10. Robustness of the periodic and chaotic orientational behavior of tumbling nematic liquid crystals.

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    Heidenreich, Sebastian; Ilg, Patrick; Hess, Siegfried

    2006-06-01

    The dynamical behavior of molecular alignment strongly affects physical properties of nematic liquid crystals. A theoretical description can be made by a nonlinear relaxation equation of the order parameter and leads to the prediction that rather complex even chaotic orientational behavior occur. Here the influence of fluctuating shear rates on the orientational dynamics especially on chaotic solutions is discussed. With the help of phase portraits and time evolution diagrams, we investigated the influence of different fluctuation strengths on the flow aligned, isotropic, and periodic solutions. To explore the effect of fluctuations on the chaotic behavior, we calculated the largest Lyapunov exponent for different fluctuation strengths. We found in all cases that small fluctuations of the shear rate do not affect the basic features of the dynamics of tumbling nematics. Furthermore, we present an amended potential modeling the isotropic to nematic transition and discuss the equivalence and difference to the commonly used Landau-de Gennes potential. In contrast to the Landau-de Gennes potential, our potential has the advantage to restrict the order parameter to physically admissible values. In the case of extensional flow, we show that the amended potential leads for increasing extensional rate to a better agreement with experimental results.

  11. Liquid Fuels: Pyrolytic Degradation and Fire Spread Behavior as Influenced by Buoyancy

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    Yeboah, Yaw D.; Malbrue, Courtney; Savage, Melane; Liao, Bo; Ross, Howard D. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    This work is being conducted by the Combustion and Emission Control Lab in the Engineering Department at Clark Atlanta University under NASA Grant No. NCC3-707. The work aims at providing data to supplement the ongoing NASA research activities on fire spread across liquid pools by providing flow visualization and velocity measurements especially in the gas phase and gas-liquid interface. The fabrication, installation, and testing were completed during this reporting period. The system shakedown and detailed quantitative measurements with High Speed Video and Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) systems using butanol as fuel were performed. New and interesting results, not previously reported in the literature, were obtained from the experiments using a modified NASA tray and butanol as fuel. Three distinct flame spread regimes, as previously reported, were observed. These were the pseudo-uniform regime below 20 C, the pulsating regime between 22 and 30 C and the uniform regime above about 31 C. In the pulsating regime the jump velocity appeared to be independent of the pool temperature. However, the retreat velocity between jumps appeared to depend on the initial pool temperature. The flame retreated before surging forwards with increasing brightness. Previous literature reported this phenomenon only under microgravity conditions. However, we observed such behavior in our normal gravity experiments. Mini-pulsations behind the flame front were also observed. Two or three of these pulsations were observed within a single flame front pulsating time period. The velocity vector maps of the gas and liquid phases ahead, during, and behind the flame front were characterized. At least one recirculation cell was observed right below the flame front.The size of the liquid phase vortex (recirculation cell) below the flame front appeared to decrease with increasing initial pool temperature. The experiments also showed how multiple vortices developed in the liquid phase. A large

  12. Lasing in Bose-Fermi mixtures

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    Kochereshko, Vladimir P.; Durnev, Mikhail V.; Besombes, Lucien; Mariette, Henri; Sapega, Victor F.; Askitopoulos, Alexis; Savenko, Ivan G.; Liew, Timothy C. H.; Shelykh, Ivan A.; Platonov, Alexey V.; Tsintzos, Simeon I.; Hatzopoulos, Z.; Savvidis, Pavlos G.; Kalevich, Vladimir K.; Afanasiev, Mikhail M.; Lukoshkin, Vladimir A.; Schneider, Christian; Amthor, Matthias; Metzger, Christian; Kamp, Martin; Hoefling, Sven; Lagoudakis, Pavlos; Kavokin, Alexey

    2016-01-01

    Light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation, well-known for revolutionising photonic science, has been realised primarily in fermionic systems including widely applied diode lasers. The prerequisite for fermionic lasing is the inversion of electronic population, which governs the lasing threshold. More recently, bosonic lasers have also been developed based on Bose-Einstein condensates of exciton-polaritons in semiconductor microcavities. These electrically neutral bosons coexist with charged electrons and holes. In the presence of magnetic fields, the charged particles are bound to their cyclotron orbits, while the neutral exciton-polaritons move freely. We demonstrate how magnetic fields affect dramatically the phase diagram of mixed Bose-Fermi systems, switching between fermionic lasing, incoherent emission and bosonic lasing regimes in planar and pillar microcavities with optical and electrical pumping. We collected and analyzed the data taken on pillar and planar microcavity structures at continuous wave and pulsed optical excitation as well as injecting electrons and holes electronically. Our results evidence the transition from a Bose gas to a Fermi liquid mediated by magnetic fields and light-matter coupling.

  13. Lasing in Bose-Fermi mixtures

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    Kochereshko, Vladimir P.; Durnev, Mikhail V.; Besombes, Lucien; Mariette, Henri; Sapega, Victor F.; Askitopoulos, Alexis; Savenko, Ivan G.; Liew, Timothy C. H.; Shelykh, Ivan A.; Platonov, Alexey V.; Tsintzos, Simeon I.; Hatzopoulos, Z.; Savvidis, Pavlos G.; Kalevich, Vladimir K.; Afanasiev, Mikhail M.; Lukoshkin, Vladimir A.; Schneider, Christian; Amthor, Matthias; Metzger, Christian; Kamp, Martin; Hoefling, Sven; Lagoudakis, Pavlos; Kavokin, Alexey

    2016-01-01

    Light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation, well-known for revolutionising photonic science, has been realised primarily in fermionic systems including widely applied diode lasers. The prerequisite for fermionic lasing is the inversion of electronic population, which governs the lasing threshold. More recently, bosonic lasers have also been developed based on Bose-Einstein condensates of exciton-polaritons in semiconductor microcavities. These electrically neutral bosons coexist with charged electrons and holes. In the presence of magnetic fields, the charged particles are bound to their cyclotron orbits, while the neutral exciton-polaritons move freely. We demonstrate how magnetic fields affect dramatically the phase diagram of mixed Bose-Fermi systems, switching between fermionic lasing, incoherent emission and bosonic lasing regimes in planar and pillar microcavities with optical and electrical pumping. We collected and analyzed the data taken on pillar and planar microcavity structures at continuous wave and pulsed optical excitation as well as injecting electrons and holes electronically. Our results evidence the transition from a Bose gas to a Fermi liquid mediated by magnetic fields and light-matter coupling. PMID:26822483

  14. Spectral functions in ultracold Fermi gases

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    Schneider, William; Randeria, Mohit

    2011-03-01

    We study the fermion spectral function in the superfluid state across the BEC-BCS crossover and in the normal Fermi liquid phase in highly imbalanced Fermi gases. We focus on features that can be measured in momentum-resolved radio frequency spectroscopy experiments. We go beyond mean field theory and include the effects of Gaussian order parameter fluctuations in a manner that gives excellent agreement with asymptotically exact results for the T = 0 equation of state in the BEC and BCS limits, as well as quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) results near unitarity. We show that sharp Bogoliubov quasiparticles, with a substantial coherent spectral weight, exist near unitarity. We argue that this is true generally even beyond the Gaussian approximation. In addition, quasiparticle scattering and interaction with collective modes produces incoherent spectral weight. We show that the dispersion is strongly renormalized at unitarity with its minimum shifted up from its mean field value √{ 2 mμ } and compare our results with existing QMC data. We discuss how the spectral function changes qualitatively compared with its mean field form as 1 / (kF a) increases and the chemical potential changes sign. Supported by NSF-DMR 0706203 and ARO W911NF-08-1-0338.

  15. Massive Fermi gas in the expanding universe

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    Trautner, Andreas

    2017-03-01

    The behavior of a decoupled ideal Fermi gas in a homogeneously expanding three-dimensional volume is investigated, starting from an equilibrium spectrum. In case the gas is massless and/or completely degenerate, the spectrum of the gas can be described by an effective temperature and/or an effective chemical potential, both of which scale down with the volume expansion. In contrast, the spectrum of a decoupled massive and non-degenerate gas can only be described by an effective temperature if there are strong enough self-interactions such as to maintain an equilibrium distribution. Assuming perpetual equilibration, we study a decoupled gas which is relativistic at decoupling and then is red-shifted until it becomes non-relativistic. We find expressions for the effective temperature and effective chemical potential which allow us to calculate the final spectrum for arbitrary initial conditions. This calculation is enabled by a new expansion of the Fermi-Dirac integral, which is for our purpose superior to the well-known Sommerfeld expansion. We also compute the behavior of the phase space density under expansion and compare it to the case of real temperature and real chemical potential. Using our results for the degenerate case, we also obtain the mean relic velocity of the recently proposed non-thermal cosmic neutrino background.

  16. Fermi surface, magnetic, and superconducting properties in actinide compounds

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    Ōnuki, Yoshichika; Settai, Rikio; Haga, Yoshinori; Machida, Yo; Izawa, Koichi; Honda, Fuminori; Aoki, Dai

    2014-08-01

    The de Haas-van Alphen effect, which is a powerful method to explore Fermi surface properties, has been observed in cerium, uranium, and nowadays even in neptunium and plutonium compounds. Here, we present the results of several studies concerning the Fermi surface properties of the heavy fermion superconductors UPt3 and NpPd5Al2, and of the ferromagnetic pressure-induced superconductor UGe2, together with those of some related compounds for which fascinating anisotropic superconductivity, magnetism, and heavy fermion behavior has been observed. xml:lang="fr"

  17. Hydrodynamics in a Degenerate, Strongly Attractive Fermi Gas

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    Thomas, John E.; Kinast, Joseph; Hemmer, Staci; Turlapov, Andrey; O'Hara, Ken; Gehm, Mike; Granade, Stephen

    2004-01-01

    In summary, we use all-optical methods with evaporative cooling near a Feshbach resonance to produce a strongly interacting degenerate Fermi gas. We observe hydrodynamic behavior in the expansion dynamics. At low temperatures, collisions may not explain the expansion dynamics. We observe hydrodynamics in the trapped gas. Our observations include collisionally-damped excitation spectra at high temperature which were not discussed above. In addition, we observe weakly damped breathing modes at low temperature. The observed temperature dependence of the damping time and hydrodynamic frequency are not consistent with collisional dynamics nor with collisionless mean field interactions. These observations constitute the first evidence for superfluid hydrodynamics in a Fermi gas.

  18. Electron lifetime in Luttinger liquids

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    Le Hur, Karyn

    2006-10-01

    We investigate the decoherence of the electron wave packet in purely ballistic one-dimensional systems described through the Luttinger liquid (LL). At a finite temperature T and long times t , we show that the electron Green’s function for a fixed wave vector close to one Fermi point decays as exp(-t/τF) —as opposed to the power-law behavior occurring at short times—and the emerging electron lifetime obeys τF-1∝T for spinful as well as spinless electrons. For strong interactions, (TτF)≪1 , reflecting that the electron is not a good Landau quasiparticle in LL’s. We justify that fractionalization is the main source of electron decoherence for spinful as well as spinless electrons clarifying the peculiar electron mass renormalization close to the Fermi points. For spinless electrons and weak interactions, our intuition can be enriched through a diagrammatic approach or Fermi golden rule and through a Johnson-Nyquist noise picture. We stress that the electron lifetime (and the fractional quasiparticles) can be revealed from Aharonov-Bohm experiments or momentum resolved tunneling. We aim to compare the results with those of spin-incoherent and chiral LL’s.

  19. Carrier density independent scattering rate in SrTiO₃-based electron liquids

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    Mikheev, Evgeny; Raghavan, Santosh; Zhang, Jack Y.; Marshall, Patrick B.; Kajdos, Adam P.; Balents, Leon; Stemmer, Susanne

    2016-02-10

    We examine the carrier density dependence of the scattering rate in two- and three-dimensional electron liquids in SrTiO3 in the regime where it scales with Tn (T is the temperature and n ≤ 2) in the cases when it is varied by electrostatic control and chemical doping, respectively. It is shown that the scattering rate is independent of the carrier density. This is contrary to the expectations from Landau Fermi liquid theory, where the scattering rate scales inversely with the Fermi energy (EF). We discuss that the behavior is very similar to systems traditionally identified as non-Fermi liquids (n < 2). This includes the cuprates and other transition metal oxide perovskites, where strikingly similar density independent scattering rates have been observed. Ultimately, the results indicate that the applicability of Fermi liquid theory should be questioned for a much broader range of correlated materials and point to the need for a unified theory.

  20. Carrier density independent scattering rate in SrTiO3-based electron liquids

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    Mikheev, Evgeny; Raghavan, Santosh; Zhang, Jack Y.; Marshall, Patrick B.; Kajdos, Adam P.; Balents, Leon; Stemmer, Susanne

    2016-01-01

    We examine the carrier density dependence of the scattering rate in two- and three-dimensional electron liquids in SrTiO3 in the regime where it scales with Tn (T is the temperature and n ≤ 2) in the cases when it is varied by electrostatic control and chemical doping, respectively. It is shown that the scattering rate is independent of the carrier density. This is contrary to the expectations from Landau Fermi liquid theory, where the scattering rate scales inversely with the Fermi energy (EF). We discuss that the behavior is very similar to systems traditionally identified as non-Fermi liquids (n < 2). This includes the cuprates and other transition metal oxide perovskites, where strikingly similar density-independent scattering rates have been observed. The results indicate that the applicability of Fermi liquid theory should be questioned for a much broader range of correlated materials and point to the need for a unified theory. PMID:26861764

  1. Carrier density independent scattering rate in SrTiO₃-based electron liquids

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    Mikheev, Evgeny; Raghavan, Santosh; Zhang, Jack Y.; ...

    2016-02-10

    We examine the carrier density dependence of the scattering rate in two- and three-dimensional electron liquids in SrTiO3 in the regime where it scales with Tn (T is the temperature and n ≤ 2) in the cases when it is varied by electrostatic control and chemical doping, respectively. It is shown that the scattering rate is independent of the carrier density. This is contrary to the expectations from Landau Fermi liquid theory, where the scattering rate scales inversely with the Fermi energy (EF). We discuss that the behavior is very similar to systems traditionally identified as non-Fermi liquids (n Fermi liquid theory should be questioned for a much broader range of correlated materials and point to the need for a unified theory.« less

  2. Characterization of preform permeability and flow behavior for liquid composite molding

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    Sommerlot, Stephen Joseph

    Preform characterization is an important step in the processing of high-performance parts with liquid composite molding. A better understanding of preform compressibility and permeability creates more accurate process models, ultimately leading to high-quality finished composites. Without characterization, mold design and processing parameters are subject to guess-work and ad hoc optimization methods, which can result in poor infusions and inconsistent part quality. In this study, a complex architecture fiber reinforcement was characterized in compaction and permeability for liquid composite molding. Preforms of a four-harness satin carbon fabric were assembled with and without a novel inter-layer tackifier for experimentation. Compaction and permeability were measured to investigate the effects of the tackifier system, debulking, preform layup, and other processing parameters. Permeability and flow behavior was measured through saturated and unsaturated techniques, including investigations of fluid effects and high-flow rate infusions. The tackifier was seen to decrease permeability in both saturated and unsaturated cases, while notably influencing the orientation of first principal permeability. Tackified preforms also displayed a sensitivity to fluid type that non-tackified samples did not. Experimentally derived permeability was also used to generate numerical mold fill simulations of radially injected infusions, which produced favorable results.

  3. A field-space conformal-solution method: Binary vapor-liquid phase behavior

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    Storvick, T. S.; Fox, J. R.

    1990-01-01

    The field-space conformal solution method provides an entirely new thermodynamic framework for the description of fluid mixtures in terms of the properties of a pure reference fluid. The utility and performance of the method are examined in the special case of vapor-liquid equilibrium correlation for simple mixtures. This is one of several cases in which field-space methods have numerical or theoretical advantages over methods presently used in mixture property correlation; only properties along the vapor pressure curve of the purefluid reference system are required for a complete description of the mixture phase behavior. Vapor-liquid equilibrium data for three binary hydrocarbon mixtures, n-butane + n-pentane, n-butane + n-hexane, and n-butane + n-octane, are correlated with a simple implementation of the method having two independent mixture parameters. Two pure-fluid equations of state, a Peng-Robinson equation and a 32-constant modified Benedict-Webb-Rubin equation, are tested as reference systems. The effects of differences in the quality of the reference system and of a range of mixture component size ratios are examined.

  4. Effect of liquid phase on coarsening behavior in porous single-phase and duplex microstructures

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    Alves, Fernando Jorge Lino

    1997-11-01

    A systematic investigation of the influence of different glass volume fractions (Vsb{f}) on the grain growth behavior of single-phase alumina (Alsb2Osb3), c-zirconia (c-ZrOsb2) and duplex Alsb2Osb3+50 vol.% c-ZrOsb2 (AZ50), has been conducted. Grain growth was studied for porous single-phase alumina and c-zirconia for one glass (anorthite) composition and different Vsb{f}. Grain growth on dense single-phase alumina and c-zirconia was also studied and compared with the results obtained for porous samples. It was observed that glass additions to porous (≈1 vol.% porosity) single-phase alumina or c-zirconia increase the grain growth rate constant (K) up to a critical Vsb{f}, above which further glass additions decrease K. This behavior is contrary to that of dense single-phase materials, for which K decreases continuously with Vsb{f}. This can be explained by the fact that very small amounts of glass can coat pore surfaces with a very thin (nanometer scale) liquid film, which promotes a faster diffusion path for atoms, thereby increasing K. However, as Vsb{f} increases, glass pockets are continuously enlarged, the diffusion distances across these pockets thus increase as well, and hence K starts to decrease. The grain growth rate equation for the final stage of sintering was adapted to describe the kinetic behavior observed in porous single-phase materials, for small amounts of glass. Special emphasis was given to the residual porosity, the microstructural features of alumina and c-zirconia grains, and to the grain growth controlling mechanism(s). Grain growth was studied for AZ50 for two glass compositions and different Vsb{f}. Unlike dense single-phase materials, glass additions to AZ50 were shown to promote grain growth. K increases continuously with Vsb{f} because the grain growth rate in duplex systems is controlled by long range diffusion which is enhanced by the presence of the liquid phase. As Vsb{f} increases, glass pockets are continuously enlarged and K

  5. The Fermiac or Fermi's Trolley

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    Coccetti, F.

    2016-03-01

    The Fermiac, known also as Fermi's trolley or Monte Carlo trolley, is an analog computer used to determine the change in time of the neutron population in a nuclear device, via the Monte Carlo method. It was invented by Enrico Fermi and constructed by Percy King at Los Alamos in 1947, and used for about two years. A replica of the Fermiac was built at INFN mechanical workshops of Bologna in 2015, on behalf of the Museo Storico della Fisica e Centro Studi e Ricerche "Enrico Fermi", thanks to the original drawings made available by Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). This reproduction of the Fermiac was put in use, and a simulation was developed.

  6. Repulsive Fermi Polarons in a Resonant Mixture of Ultracold ^{6}Li Atoms.

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    Scazza, F; Valtolina, G; Massignan, P; Recati, A; Amico, A; Burchianti, A; Fort, C; Inguscio, M; Zaccanti, M; Roati, G

    2017-02-24

    We employ radio-frequency spectroscopy to investigate a polarized spin mixture of ultracold ^{6}Li atoms close to a broad Feshbach scattering resonance. Focusing on the regime of strong repulsive interactions, we observe well-defined coherent quasiparticles even for unitarity-limited interactions. We characterize the many-body system by extracting the key properties of repulsive Fermi polarons: the energy E_{+}, the effective mass m^{*}, the residue Z, and the decay rate Γ. Above a critical interaction, E_{+} is found to exceed the Fermi energy of the bath, while m^{*} diverges and even turns negative, thereby indicating that the repulsive Fermi liquid state becomes energetically and thermodynamically unstable.

  7. Repulsive Fermi Polarons in a Resonant Mixture of Ultracold 6Li Atoms

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    Scazza, F.; Valtolina, G.; Massignan, P.; Recati, A.; Amico, A.; Burchianti, A.; Fort, C.; Inguscio, M.; Zaccanti, M.; Roati, G.

    2017-02-01

    We employ radio-frequency spectroscopy to investigate a polarized spin mixture of ultracold 6Li atoms close to a broad Feshbach scattering resonance. Focusing on the regime of strong repulsive interactions, we observe well-defined coherent quasiparticles even for unitarity-limited interactions. We characterize the many-body system by extracting the key properties of repulsive Fermi polarons: the energy E+, the effective mass m*, the residue Z , and the decay rate Γ . Above a critical interaction, E+ is found to exceed the Fermi energy of the bath, while m* diverges and even turns negative, thereby indicating that the repulsive Fermi liquid state becomes energetically and thermodynamically unstable.

  8. Compressible Strips, Chiral Luttinger Liquids, and All That Jazz

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    MacDonald, A. H.

    1996-03-01

    When the quantum Hall effect occurs in a two-dimensional electron gas, all low-energy elementary excitations are localized near the system edge. The edge acts in many ways like a one-dimensional ring of electrons, except that a finite current flows around the ring in equilibrium. This article is a brief and informal review of some of the physics of quantum Hall system edges. We discuss the implications of macroscopic {\\em compressible strip} models for microscopic {chiral Luttinger liquid} models and make an important distinction between the origin of non-Fermi-liquid behavior in fractional quantum Hall edges and in usual one-dimensional electron gas systems.

  9. Understanding liquid mixture phase miscibility via pair energy parameter behaviors with respect to temperatures determined from molecular simulations.

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    Oh, Suk Yung; Bae, Young Chan

    2011-05-19

    The miscibility behaviors of binary liquid mixtures were studied by a combination of molecular simulations and thermodynamic theories. Pairwise interaction parameters were obtained from molecular simulations that accounted for the effect of temperature. From a thermodynamic perspective, different types of liquid-liquid equilibrium (LLE) and different degrees of miscibility can be expressed in terms of energy behaviors with respect to temperature. Our simulation results proved this viewpoint by showing a correspondence between the simulation results and experimental observations. To describe phase diagrams, thermodynamic modeling is presented using the energy parameters obtained from the simulations. Correlations are needed to correct size mismatches between the simulations and the thermodynamic model. Using this method, not only the upper critical solution temperature (UCST) but also the closed-loop miscibility phase diagrams could be calculated without requiring additional parameters for specific interactions. The utility of this method is demonstrated for mixtures containing water, hydrocarbon, alcohols, aldehydes, ketones, chlorides, amines, nitriles, sulfides, and other organic liquids in various temperature ranges. The method presented in this paper can facilitate the understanding of the miscibilities in binary liquid mixtures from the viewpoint of thermal energy behaviors.

  10. MASS-REMOVAL AND MASS-FLUX-REDUCTION BEHAVIOR FOR IDEALIZED SOURCE ZONES WITH HYDRAULICALLY POORLY-ACCESSIBLE IMMISCIBLE LIQUID

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    Brusseau, M. L.; Difilippo, Erica L.; marble, justin C.; Oostrom, Mart

    2008-04-01

    A series of flow-cell experiments was conducted to investigate aqueous dissolution and mass-removal behavior for systems wherein immiscible liquid was non-uniformly distributed in physically heterogeneous source zones. The study focused specifically on characterizing the relationship between mass flux reduction and mass removal for systems for which immiscible liquid is poorly accessible to flowing water. Two idealized scenarios were examined, one wherein immiscible liquid at residual saturation exists within a lower-permeability unit residing in a higher-permeability matrix, and one wherein immiscible liquid at higher saturation (a pool) exists within a higher-permeability unit adjacent to a lower-permeability unit. The results showed that significant reductions in mass flux occurred at relatively moderate mass-removal fractions for all systems. Conversely, minimalmass flux reduction occurred until a relatively large fraction of mass (>80%) was removed for the control experiment, which was designed to exhibit ideal mass removal. In general, mass flux reduction was observed to follow an approximately one-to-one relationship with mass removal. Two methods for estimating mass-flux-reduction/mass-removal behavior, one based on system-indicator parameters (ganglia-to-pool ratio) and the other a simple mass-removal function, were used to evaluate the measured data. The results of this study illustrate the impact of poorly accessible immiscible liquid on mass-removal and mass-flux processes, and the difficulties posed for estimating mass-flux-reduction/mass-removal behavior.

  11. Dynamic behaviors of liquid droplets on a gas diffusion layer surface: Hybrid lattice Boltzmann investigation

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    Wu, Jie; Huang, Jun-Jie

    2015-07-01

    Water management is one of the key issues in proton exchange membrane fuel cells. Fundamentally, it is related to dynamic behaviors of droplets on a gas diffusion layer (GDL) surface, and consequently they are investigated in this work. A two-dimensional hybrid method is employed to implement numerical simulations, in which the flow field is solved by using the lattice Boltzmann method and the interface between droplet and gas is captured by solving the Cahn-Hilliard equation directly. One or two liquid droplets are initially placed on the GDL surface of a gas channel, which is driven by the fully developed Poiseuille flow. At a fixed channel size, the effects of viscosity ratio of droplet to gas ( μ ∗ ), Capillary number (Ca, ratio of gas viscosity to surface tension), and droplet interaction on the dynamic behaviors of droplets are systematically studied. By decreasing viscosity ratio or increasing Capillary number, the single droplet can detach from the GDL surface easily. On the other hand, when two identical droplets stay close to each other or a larger droplet is placed in front of a smaller droplet, the removal of two droplets is promoted.

  12. Effect of pressure on the dielectric behavior of a bent-core liquid crystal

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    Bapat, Prasad N.; Shankar Rao, D. S.; Prasad, S. Krishna; Hiremath, U. S.; Yelamaggad, C. V.

    2013-04-01

    We report the effect of applied pressure on the dielectric properties of the B2 phase of a bent-core liquid crystal. This study on bent-core banana-shaped molecules shows that while the dielectric anisotropy hardly varies with pressure, the relaxation parameters associated with the rotation around the long axes of the molecules are significantly influenced. These studies also bring out the fact that there are additional phases between the B2 phase and the true crystalline solid. Indeed, the existence of another variant of the B2 phase (labeled B2'), is revealed only in dielectric studies but not seen in x-ray and calorimetric measurements. Employing the dependence of the relaxation frequency along isobaric as well as isothermal paths, different activation parameters are determined and their behavior is compared with those of rodlike systems. The influence of dc bias on the dielectric behavior obtained at atmospheric pressure is also presented, which exhibits features similar to chiral antiferroelectric smectics, and further shows an additional relaxation over a small window of dc voltages.

  13. Fermi Finds Youthful Pulsar Among Ancient Stars

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    In three years, NASA's Fermi has detected more than 100 gamma-ray pulsars, but something new has appeared. Among a type of pulsar with ages typically numbering a billion years or more, Fermi has fo...

  14. Combinatorial approach for the rapid determination of thermochromic behavior of binary and ternary cholesteric liquid crystalline mixtures.

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    van der Werff, Louise C; Robinson, Andrea J; Kyratzis, Ilias L

    2012-11-12

    A combinatorial approach was developed for the rapid determination of thermochromic behavior of a large number of binary and ternary sterol based thermochromic liquid crystalline formulations. A binary mixture containing cholesteryl oleyl carbonate and cholesteryl nonanoate, and ternary mixtures also containing a third component, either cholesteryl oleate, cholesteryl benzoate, cholesteryl 2,4-dichlorobenzoate or cholesteryl propionate, were formulated via solvent deposition into a black Teflon coated aluminum 96 well plate. The temperature of the well plate was then varied, and the color appearance of the deposited mixture in each well was recorded. This approach allowed expedient examination of the thermochromic behavior for a large range of liquid crystal formulations. The accuracy of the rapid combinatorial technique was validated on selected thermochromic liquid crystal mixture compositions by comparing well thermochromic output with that observed using UV-vis spectroscopy on material produced in gram quantities.

  15. A New Volume-Based Approach for Predicting Thermophysical Behavior of Ionic Liquids and Ionic Liquid Crystals.

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    Nelyubina, Yulia V; Shaplov, Alexander S; Lozinskaya, Elena I; Buzin, Mikhail I; Vygodskii, Yakov S

    2016-08-17

    Volume-based prediction of melting points and other properties of ionic liquids (ILs) relies on empirical relations with volumes of ions in these low-melting organic salts. Here we report an accurate way to ionic volumes by Bader's partitioning of electron densities from X-ray diffraction obtained via a simple database approach. For a series of 1-tetradecyl-3-methylimidazolium salts, the volumes of different anions are found to correlate linearly with melting points; larger anions giving lower-melting ILs. The volume-based concept is transferred to ionic liquid crystals (ILs that adopt liquid crystalline mesophases, ILCs) for predicting the domain of their existence from the knowledge of their constituents. For 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium ILCs, linear correlations of ionic volumes with the occurrence of LC mesophase and its stability are revealed, thus paving the way to rational design of ILCs by combining suitably sized ions.

  16. Fermi's β-DECAY Theory

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    Yang, Chen Ning

    2013-05-01

    Throughout his lifetime Enrico Fermi (1901-1954) had considered his 1934 β-decay theory as his most important contribution to theoretical physics. E. Segrè (1905-1989) had vividly written about an episode at the inception of that paper:1...

  17. CCC and the Fermi paradox

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    Gurzadyan, V. G.; Penrose, R.

    2016-01-01

    Within the scheme of conformal cyclic cosmology (CCC), information can be transmitted from aeon to aeon. Accordingly, the "Fermi paradox" and the SETI programme --of communication by remote civilizations-- may be examined from a novel perspective: such information could, in principle, be encoded in the cosmic microwave background. The current empirical status of CCC is also discussed.

  18. Economics and the Fermi Paradox

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    Hosek, W. R.

    A resolution of the Fermi paradox is proposed using common economic assumptions that should apply to all intelligent, planet-bound civilizations. It is argued that seemingly rational decisions about resource allocation will lead all civilizations to forego the commitment to interstellar exploration and colonization. Consequently humans have not, and will not, be visited by them and humans will not visit other civilizations.

  19. Fermi's Large Area Telescope (LAT)

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    Fermi’s Large Area Telescope (LAT) is the spacecraft’s main scientificinstrument. This animation shows a gamma ray (purple) entering the LAT,where it is converted into an electron (red) and a...

  20. Observation of the dynamic behavior of liquid crystals using T-FDP (Transmission type four detectors polarimeter)

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    Kawabata, Shuichi; Arizi, Junichi; Shibuya, Takehisa; Wakaki, Moriaki

    2003-11-01

    We have constructed the four detectors polarimeter of transmission type (T-FDP) whose principle was originally invented by Azzam et. al. Some of the distinct features of our instrument are the liner optical axis and high speed data acquisition of msec order. It can determine the polarization state of the light that passed through the anisotropic materials such as liquid crystals in a very short time. We observed the dynamic change of the polarization state of the transmitted light through the liquid crystals (smectic and super twisted nematic) that are driven by alternating voltage. The behaviors of the both liquid crystals showed hysteresis. We also showed the trajectory of the polarization state observed through the super twisted nematic liquid crystal on the Poincare sphere.

  1. STEM education and Fermi problems

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    Holubova, Renata

    2017-01-01

    One of the research areas of Physics education is the study of the educational process. Investigations in this area are aimed for example on the teaching and learning process and its results. The conception of STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is discussed - it is one possible approach to the preparation of the curriculum and the focus on the educational process at basic and secondary schools. At schools in the Czech Republic STEM is much more realized by the application of interdisciplinary relations between subjects Physics-Nature-Technique. In both conceptions the aim is to support pupils' creativity, critical thinking, cross-curricular links. In this context the possibility of using Fermi problems in teaching Physics was discussed (as an interdisciplinary and constructivist activity). The aim of our research was the analysis of Fermi problems solving strategies, the ability of pupils to solve Fermi problems. The outcome of our analysis was to find out methods and teaching strategies which are important to use in teaching - how to solve qualitative and interdisciplinary tasks in physics. In this paper the theoretical basis of STEM education and Fermi problems will be presented. The outcome of our findings based on the research activities will be discussed so as our experiences from 10 years of Fermi problems competition that takes place at the Science Faculty, Palacky University in Olomouc. Changes in competencies of solving tasks by our students (from the point of view in terms of modern, activating teaching methods recommended by theory of Physics education and other science subjects) will be identified.

  2. Chemistry in the Venus clouds: Sulfuric acid reactions and freezing behavior of aqueous liquid droplets

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    Delitsky, M. L.; Baines, K. H.

    2015-11-01

    Venus has a thick cloud deck at 40-70 km altitude consisting of liquid droplets and solid particles surrounded by atmospheric gases. The liquid droplets are highly concentrated aqueous solutions of sulfuric acid ranging in concentration from 70-99 wt%. Weight percent drops off with altitude (Imamura and Hashimoto 2001). There will be uptake of atmospheric gases into the droplet solutions and the ratios of gas-phase to liquid-phase species will depend on the Henry’s Law constant for those solutions. Reactions of sulfuric acid with these gases will form products with differing solubilities. For example, uptake of HCl by H2SO4/H2O droplets yields chlorosulfonic acid, ClSO3H (Robinson et al 1998) in solution. This may eventually decompose to thionyl- or sulfuryl chlorides, which have UV absorbances. HF will also uptake, creating fluorosulfonic acid, FSO3H, which has a greater solubility than the chloro- acid. As uptake continues, there will be many dissolved species in the cloudwaters. Baines and Delitsky (2013) showed that uptake will have a maximum at ~62 km and this is very close to the reported altitude for the mystery UV absorber in the Venus atmosphere. In addition, at very strong concentrations in lower altitude clouds, sulfuric acid will form hydrates such as H2SO4.H2O and H2SO4.4H2O which will have very different freezing behavior than sulfuric acid, with much higher freezing temperatures (Carslaw et al, 1997). Using temperature data from Venus Express from Tellmann et al (2009), and changes in H2SO4 concentrations as a function of altitude (James et al 1997), we calculate that freezing out of sulfuric acid hydrates can be significant down to as low as 56 km altitude. As a result, balloons, aircraft or other probes in the Venus atmosphere may be limited to flying below certain altitudes. Any craft flying at altitudes above ~55 km may suffer icing on the wings, propellers, balloons and instruments which could cause possible detrimental effects (thermal

  3. X-ray imaging for studying behavior of liquids at high pressures and high temperatures using Paris-Edinburgh press

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    Kono, Yoshio; Kenney-Benson, Curtis; Park, Changyong; Shen, Guoyin; Shibazaki, Yuki; Wang, Yanbin

    2015-07-15

    Several X-ray techniques for studying structure, elastic properties, viscosity, and immiscibility of liquids at high pressures have been integrated using a Paris-Edinburgh press at the 16-BM-B beamline of the Advanced Photon Source. Here, we report the development of X-ray imaging techniques suitable for studying behavior of liquids at high pressures and high temperatures. White X-ray radiography allows for imaging phase separation and immiscibility of melts at high pressures, identified not only by density contrast but also by phase contrast imaging in particular for low density contrast liquids such as silicate and carbonate melts. In addition, ultrafast X-ray imaging, at frame rates up to ∼10{sup 5} frames/second (fps) in air and up to ∼10{sup 4} fps in Paris-Edinburgh press, enables us to investigate dynamics of liquids at high pressures. Very low viscosities of melts similar to that of water can be reliably measured. These high-pressure X-ray imaging techniques provide useful tools for understanding behavior of liquids or melts at high pressures and high temperatures.

  4. Vapor-liquid phase behavior of the iodine-sulfur water-splitting process : LDRD final report for FY03.

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    Bradshaw, Robert W.; Larson, Richard S.; Lutz, Andrew E.

    2004-01-01

    This report summarizes the results of a one-year LDRD project that was undertaken to better understand the equilibrium behavior of the iodine-water-hydriodic acid system at elevated temperature and pressure. We attempted to extend the phase equilibrium database for this system in order to facilitate development of the iodine-sulfur water-splitting process to produce hydrogen to a commercial scale. The iodine-sulfur cycle for thermochemical splitting of water is recognized as the most efficient such process and is particularly well suited to coupling to a high-temperature source of process heat. This study intended to combine experimental measurements of vapor-liquid-liquid equilibrium and equation-of-state modeling of equilibrium solutions using Sandia's Chernkin software. Vapor-liquid equilibrium experiments were conducted to a limited extent. The Liquid Chernkin software that was developed as part of an earlier LDRD project was enhanced and applied to model the non-ideal behavior of the liquid phases.

  5. X-ray imaging for studying behavior of liquids at high pressures and high temperatures using Paris-Edinburgh press.

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    Kono, Yoshio; Kenney-Benson, Curtis; Shibazaki, Yuki; Park, Changyong; Wang, Yanbin; Shen, Guoyin

    2015-07-01

    Several X-ray techniques for studying structure, elastic properties, viscosity, and immiscibility of liquids at high pressures have been integrated using a Paris-Edinburgh press at the 16-BM-B beamline of the Advanced Photon Source. Here, we report the development of X-ray imaging techniques suitable for studying behavior of liquids at high pressures and high temperatures. White X-ray radiography allows for imaging phase separation and immiscibility of melts at high pressures, identified not only by density contrast but also by phase contrast imaging in particular for low density contrast liquids such as silicate and carbonate melts. In addition, ultrafast X-ray imaging, at frame rates up to ∼10(5) frames/second (fps) in air and up to ∼10(4) fps in Paris-Edinburgh press, enables us to investigate dynamics of liquids at high pressures. Very low viscosities of melts similar to that of water can be reliably measured. These high-pressure X-ray imaging techniques provide useful tools for understanding behavior of liquids or melts at high pressures and high temperatures.

  6. The thermodynamical response functions and the origin of the anomalous behavior of liquid water.

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    Mallamace, Francesco; Corsaro, Carmelo; Mallamace, Domenico; Vasic, Cirino; Stanley, H Eugene

    2013-01-01

    The density maximum of water dominates the thermodynamics of the system under ambient conditions, is strongly P-dependent, and disappears at a crossover pressure P(cross) approximately 1.8 kbar. We study this variable across a wide area of the T-P phase diagram. We consider old and new data of both the isothermal compressibility K(T)(T, P), the pressure constant specific heat C(P)(T) and the coefficient of thermal expansion alpha(P) (T, P). We observe that K(T)(T) shows a minimum at T* approximately 315 +/- 5 K for all of the studied pressures, whereas, at the same temperature, C(P)(T) has the minimal variation as a function of P in the interval 1 bar-4 kbar. We find the behavior of alpha(P) also to be surprising: all the alpha(P)(T) curves measured at different P cross at T*. The experimental data show a "singular and universal expansivity point" at T* approximately 315 K and alpha(P)(T*) = 0.44 10(-3) K(-1). Unlike other water singularities, we find this temperature to be thermodynamically consistent in the relationship connecting the three response functions. By considering also the P-T behavior of the self-diffusion coefficient D(S) and of the NMR proton chemical shift delta we have the information that at T* the water local order points out, with decreasing T, the crossover from a normal fluid to the anomalous and complex liquid characterized by the many anomalies.

  7. The Gamma-ray Universe through Fermi

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    Thompson, David J.

    2012-01-01

    Gamma rays, the most powerful form of light, reveal extreme conditions in the Universe. The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and its smaller cousin AGILE have been exploring the gamma-ray sky for several years, enabling a search for powerful transients like gamma-ray bursts, novae, solar flares, and flaring active galactic nuclei, as well as long-term studies including pulsars, binary systems, supernova remnants, and searches for predicted sources of gamma rays such as dark matter annihilation. Some results include a stringent limit on Lorentz invariance derived from a gamma-ray burst, unexpected gamma-ray variability from the Crab Nebula, a huge ga.nuna-ray structure associated with the center of our galaxy, surprising behavior from some gamma-ray binary systems, and a possible constraint on some WIMP models for dark matter.

  8. The Gamma-ray Sky with Fermi

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    Thompson, David

    2012-01-01

    Gamma rays reveal extreme, nonthermal conditions in the Universe. The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has been exploring the gamma-ray sky for more than four years, enabling a search for powerful transients like gamma-ray bursts, novae, solar flares, and flaring active galactic nuclei, as well as long-term studies including pulsars, binary systems, supernova remnants, and searches for predicted sources of gamma rays such as dark matter annihilation. Some results include a stringent limit on Lorentz invariance derived from a gamma-ray burst, unexpected gamma-ray variability from the Crab Nebula, a huge gamma-ray structure associated with the center of our galaxy, surprising behavior from some gamma-ray binary systems, and a possible constraint on some WIMP models for dark matter.

  9. Behavior of a heavy cylinder in a horizontal cylindrical liquid-filled cavity at modulated rotation

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    Kozlov, Nikolai V.; Vlasova, Olga A.

    2016-10-01

    The behavior of a heavy cylindrical solid in a horizontal cylindrical cavity is experimentally investigated. The cavity is filled with a viscous liquid and rotates. Two rotation regimes are considered. The first one is steady rotation. A number of body motion regimes are found depending on the cavity rotation speed. The second regime is a modulated rotation, in which the rotation speed is varying periodically. It can be presented as a sum of steady rotation and librations. On the whole, three different cases of the body repulsion from the cavity wall are observed. In the first case, the repulsion occurs when the body slides over a rotating cavity wall. In the second case, the body being in the centrifuged state—when it rotates with the fluid—detaches from the cavity wall under the action of gravity. In the third case, at librations, the wall performs oscillations and the body is repulsed from the wall due to the nonlinear viscous interaction with the fluid.

  10. Role of the surfactant structure in the behavior of hydrophobic ionic liquids within aqueous micellar solutions.

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    Behera, Kamalakanta; Kumar, Vinod; Pandey, Siddharth

    2010-04-06

    The behavior of an ionic liquid (IL) within aqueous micellar solutions is governed by its unique property to act as both an electrolyte and a cosolvent. The influence of the surfactant structure on the properties of aqueous micellar solutions of zwitterionic SB-12, nonionic Brij-35 and TX-100, and anionic sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) in the presence of the "hydrophobic" IL 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate ([bmim][PF(6)]) is assessed along with the possibility of forming oil-in-water microemulsions in which the IL acts as the "oil" phase. The solubility of [bmim][PF(6)] within aqueous micellar solutions increases with increasing surfactant concentration. In contrast to anionic SDS, the zwitterionic and nonionic surfactant solutions solubilize more [bmim][PF(6)] at higher concentrations and the average aggregate size remains almost unchanged. The formation of IL-in-water microemulsions when the concentration of [bmim][PF(6)] is above its aqueous solubility is suggested for nonionic Brij-35 and TX-100 aqueous surfactant solutions.

  11. Density-functional theory and Monte Carlo simulations of the phase behavior of a simple model liquid crystal

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    Giura, Stefano; Schoen, Martin

    2014-08-01

    We consider the phase behavior of a simple model of a liquid crystal by means of modified mean-field density-functional theory (MMF DFT) and Monte Carlo simulations in the grand canonical ensemble (GCEMC). The pairwise additive interactions between liquid-crystal molecules are modeled via a Lennard-Jones potential in which the attractive contribution depends on the orientation of the molecules. We derive the form of this orientation dependence through an expansion in terms of rotational invariants. Our MMF DFT predicts two topologically different phase diagrams. At weak to intermediate coupling of the orientation dependent attraction, there is a discontinuous isotropic-nematic liquid-liquid phase transition in addition to the gas-isotropic liquid one. In the limit of strong coupling, the gas-isotropic liquid critical point is suppressed in favor of a fluid- (gas- or isotropic-) nematic phase transition which is always discontinuous. By considering three representative isotherms in parallel GCEMC simulations, we confirm the general topology of the phase diagram predicted by MMF DFT at intermediate coupling strength. From the combined MMF DFT-GCEMC approach, we conclude that the isotropic-nematic phase transition is very weakly first order, thus confirming earlier computer simulation results for the same model [see M. Greschek and M. Schoen, Phys. Rev. E 83, 011704 (2011), 10.1103/PhysRevE.83.011704].

  12. From ultracold Fermi Gases to Neutron Stars

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    Salomon, Christophe

    2012-02-01

    Ultracold dilute atomic gases can be considered as model systems to address some pending problem in Many-Body physics that occur in condensed matter systems, nuclear physics, and astrophysics. We have developed a general method to probe with high precision the thermodynamics of locally homogeneous ultracold Bose and Fermi gases [1,2,3]. This method allows stringent tests of recent many-body theories. For attractive spin 1/2 fermions with tunable interaction (^6Li), we will show that the gas thermodynamic properties can continuously change from those of weakly interacting Cooper pairs described by Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer theory to those of strongly bound molecules undergoing Bose-Einstein condensation. First, we focus on the finite-temperature Equation of State (EoS) of the unpolarized unitary gas. Surprisingly, the low-temperature properties of the strongly interacting normal phase are well described by Fermi liquid theory [3] and we localize the superfluid phase transition. A detailed comparison with theories including recent Monte-Carlo calculations will be presented. Moving away from the unitary gas, the Lee-Huang-Yang and Lee-Yang beyond-mean-field corrections for low density bosonic and fermionic superfluids are quantitatively measured for the first time. Despite orders of magnitude difference in density and temperature, our equation of state can be used to describe low density neutron matter such as the outer shell of neutron stars. [4pt] [1] S. Nascimbène, N. Navon, K. Jiang, F. Chevy, and C. Salomon, Nature 463, 1057 (2010) [0pt] [2] N. Navon, S. Nascimbène, F. Chevy, and C. Salomon, Science 328, 729 (2010) [0pt] [3] S. Nascimbène, N. Navon, S. Pilati, F. Chevy, S. Giorgini, A. Georges, and C. Salomon, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 215303 (2011)

  13. Fermi resonance in optical microcavities

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    Yi, Chang-Hwan; Yu, Hyeon-Hye; Lee, Ji-Won; Kim, Chil-Min

    2015-04-01

    Fermi resonance is a phenomenon of quantum mechanical superposition, which most often occurs between normal and overtone modes in molecular systems that are nearly coincident in energy. We find that scarred resonances in deformed dielectric microcavities are the very phenomenon of Fermi resonance, that is, a pair of quasinormal modes interact with each other due to coupling and a pair of resonances are generated through an avoided resonance crossing. Then the quantum number difference of a pair of quasinormal modes, which is a consequence of quantum mechanical superposition, equals periodic orbits, whereby the resonances are localized on the periodic orbits. We derive the relation between the quantum number difference and the periodic orbits and confirm it in an elliptic, a rectangular, and a stadium-shaped dielectric microcavity.

  14. Kondo behavior and conductance through 3d impurities in gold chains doped with oxygen

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    Barral, M. A.; Di Napoli, S.; Blesio, G.; Roura-Bas, P.; Camjayi, A.; Manuel, L. O.; Aligia, A. A.

    2017-03-01

    Combining ab initio calculations and effective models derived from them, we discuss the electronic structure of oxygen doped gold chains when one Au atom is replaced by any transition-metal atom of the 3d series. The effect of O doping is to bring extended Au 5dxz and 5dyz states to the Fermi level, which together with the Au states of zero angular momentum projection leads to three possible channels for the screening of the magnetism of the impurity. For most 3d impurities the expected physics is similar to that of the underscreened Kondo model, with singular Fermi liquid behavior. For Fe and Co under a tetragonal crystal field introduced by leads, the system might display a non-Fermi liquid behavior. Ni and Cu impurities are described by a S = 1 two channel Kondo model and an SU(4) impurity Anderson model in the intermediate valence regime, respectively. In both cases, the system is a Fermi liquid, but the conductance shows some observable differences with the ordinary SU(2) Anderson model.

  15. Enrico Fermi and the Dolomites

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    Battimelli, Giovanni; de Angelis, Alessandro

    2014-11-01

    Summer vacations in the Dolomites were a tradition among the professors of the Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University of Roma since the end of the XIX century. Beyond the academic walls, people like Tullio Levi-Civita, Federigo Enriques and Ugo Amaldi sr., together with their families, were meeting friends and colleagues in Cortina, San Vito, Dobbiaco, Vigo di Fassa and Selva, enjoying trekking together with scientific discussions. The tradition was transmitted to the next generations, in particular in the first half of the XX century, and the group of via Panisperna was directly connected: Edoardo Amaldi, the son of the mathematician Ugo sr., rented at least during two summers, in 1925 and in 1949, and in the winter of 1960, a house in San Vito di Cadore, and almost every year in the Dolomites; Enrico Fermi was a frequent guest. Many important steps in modern physics, in particular the development of the Fermi-Dirac statistics and the Fermi theory of beta decay, are related to scientific discussions held in the region of the Dolomites.

  16. Fermi Timing and Synchronization System

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    Wilcox, R.; Staples, J.; Doolittle, L.; Byrd, J.; Ratti, A.; Kaertner, F.X.; Kim, J.; Chen, J.; Ilday, F.O.; Ludwig, F.; Winter, A.; Ferianis, M.; Danailov, M.; D'Auria, G.

    2006-07-19

    The Fermi FEL will depend critically on precise timing of its RF, laser and diagnostic subsystems. The timing subsystem to coordinate these functions will need to reliably maintain sub-100fs synchronicity between distant points up to 300m apart in the Fermi facility. The technology to do this is not commercially available, and has not been experimentally demonstrated in a working facility. Therefore, new technology must be developed to meet these needs. Two approaches have been researched by different groups working with the Fermi staff. At MIT, a pulse transmission scheme has been developed for synchronization of RF and laser devices. And at LBL, a CW transmission scheme has been developed for RF and laser synchronization. These respective schemes have advantages and disadvantages that will become better understood in coming years. This document presents the work done by both teams, and suggests a possible system design which integrates them both. The integrated system design provides an example of how choices can be made between the different approaches without significantly changing the basic infrastructure of the system. Overall system issues common to any synchronization scheme are also discussed.

  17. Strongly Correlated States of Ultracold Rotating Dipolar Fermi Gases

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    Osterloh, Klaus; Barberan, Nuria; Lewenstein, Maciej

    2007-10-19

    We study strongly correlated ground and excited states of rotating quasi-2D Fermi gases constituted of a small number of dipole-dipole interacting particles with dipole moments polarized perpendicular to the plane of motion. As the number of atoms grows, the system enters an intermediate regime, where ground states are subject to a competition between distinct bulk-edge configurations. This effect obscures their description in terms of composite fermions and leads to the appearance of novel quasihole ground states. In the presence of dipolar interactions, the principal Laughlin state at filling {nu}=1/3 exhibits a substantial energy gap for neutral (total angular momentum conserving) excitations and is well-described as an incompressible Fermi liquid. Instead, at lower fillings, the ground state structure favors crystalline order.

  18. Ferromagnetism in the upper branch of the Feshbach resonance and the hard-sphere Fermi gas

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    Chang, Soon-Yong; Randeria, Mohit; Trivedi, Nandini

    2011-01-01

    We address the question of ferromagnetism in repulsive Fermi gas, a problem of fundamental interest, using quantum Monte Carlo simulations that include backflow corrections. We investigate a two-component Fermi gas on the upper branch of a Feshbach resonance and contrast it with the hard-sphere gas. We find that, in both cases, the Fermi liquid becomes unstable to ferromagnetism at a kFa smaller than the mean field result, where kF is the Fermi wavevector and a is the scattering length. Even though the total energies E(kFa) are similar in the two cases, their pair correlations and kinetic energies are completely different, reflecting the underlying potentials. We discuss the extent to which our calculations shed light on recent experiments.

  19. Capillary freezing of ionic liquids confined between metallic interfaces

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    Comtet, Jean; Niguès, Antoine; Kaiser, Vojtech; Bocquet, Lydéric; Siria, Alessandro

    2016-11-01

    Using a quartz tuning fork based AFM, we investigate the behavior of ionic liquids under confinement. Using nanorheological measurements, we show that nanometric confinements can lead to solidification and capillary freezing of the ionic liquid. We find that the critical confinement at which the liquid-solid transition occurs depends strongly on the bulk electronic properties of the confining substrate, with stronger effects observed for more metallic surfaces. This behavior is rationalized on the basis of a Gibbs-Thompson framework for the shift of the freezing transition, taking into account surface energies with the imperfect metal at the level of a Thomas-Fermi model. Finally, we show that capillary freezing can also be tuned by electrifying the confining interfaces.

  20. Study of the corrosion behaviors of 304 austenite stainless steel specimens exposed to static liquid lithium at 600 K

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    Meng, Xiancai; Zuo, Guizhong; Ren, Jun; Xu, Wei; Sun, Zhen; Huang, Ming; Hu, Wangyu; Hu, Jiansheng; Deng, Huiqiu

    2016-11-01

    Investigation of corrosion behavior of stainless steel served as one kind of structure materials exposed to liquid lithium (Li) is one of the keys to apply liquid Li as potential plasma facing materials (PFM) or blanket coolant in the fusion device. Corrosion experiments of 304 austenite stainless steel (304 SS) were carried out in static liquid Li at 600 K and up to1584 h at high vacuum with pressure less than 4 × 10-4 Pa. After exposure to liquid Li, it was found that the weight of 304 SS slightly decreased with weight loss rate of 5.7 × 10-4 g/m2/h and surface hardness increased by about 50 HV. Lots of spinel-like grains and holes were observed on the surface of specimens measured by SEM. By further EDS, XRD and metallographic analyzing, it was confirmed that the main compositions of spinel-like grains were M23C6 carbides, and 304 SS produced a non-uniform corrosion behavior by preferential grain boundary attack, possibly due to the easy formation of M23C6 carbides and/or formation of Li compound at grain boundaries.

  1. Photoinduced bending behavior of cross-linked azobenzene liquid-crystalline polymer films with a poly(oxyethylene) backbone.

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    Lv, Jiu-an; Wang, Weiru; Xu, Jixiang; Ikeda, Tomiki; Yu, Yanlei

    2014-07-01

    Cross-linked azobenzene liquid-crystalline polymer films with a poly(oxyethylene) backbone are synthesized by photoinitiated cationic copolymerization. Azobenzene moieties in the film surface toward the light source are simultaneously photoaligned during photopolymerization with unpolarized 436 nm light and thus form a splayed alignment in the whole film. The prepared films show reversible photoinduced bending behavior with opposite bending directions when different surfaces of one film face to ultraviolet light irradiation.

  2. Buoyant thermocapillary flow with nonuniform supra-heating. I - Liquid-phase behavior. II - Two-phase behavior

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    Schiller, David N.; Sirignano, William A.

    1992-01-01

    The present computational study of transient heat transfer and fluid flow in a circular pool of n-decane which is undergoing central radiative heating from above gives attention to the volumetric absorption of the radiation incident on the pool surface. The first part of this study notes that buoyancy influences the number and recirculation rates of the subsurface vortices by stabilizing hot subsurface fluid above the colder core fluid; this affects the liquid surface temperature profile and in turn governs the velocity profile that is due to thermocapillarity. In the second part, the effects of gas-liquid phase coupling, variable density and thermophysical properties, and vaporization are considered.

  3. Possible spin liquid behavior in Sc2Ga2CuO7

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    Mahajan, A. V.; Kumar, R.; Khuntia, P.; Sheptyakov, D.; Freeman, P. G.; Ronnow, H. M.; Koteswararao, B.; Baenitz, M.; Furukawa, Y.; Jeong, M.

    The title compound crystallizes in a hexagonal structure (space group P63/mmc) containing edge-shared triangular planes as also triangular bi-planes. Our work establishes that the single triangular layers mainly have S = 0 Ga3+(85% Ga, 15% Cu), while the bi-layers contain 43% Cu2+ and 57% Ga3+, as far as the cations are concerned. Our χ (T) data shows no spin-freezing or magnetic long-range order (LRO) down to 1.8 K. We infer an effective moment of 1.79 μB and a θCW of about -50 K, suggesting AF interactions. In our specific heat data, no anomalies were found down to 0.35 K, in the field range 0-140 kOe. The magnetic specific heat has a nearly T2 power-law behavior at low- T (for H > 90 kOe). The 71Ga nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) shift K (T) displays a broad maximum at T ~ 50 K. The 71Ga spin lattice relaxation rate 1/T1 displays a T 3 . 2 power-law increase from 0.1 K to 2 K, then remains nearly unchanged up to 10 K, and increases thereafter. Once again, down to 100 mK there is no indication of LRO which is usually manifested as an anomaly in the T-dependence of K and 1/T1. Our data suggest the formation of a quantum spin liquid in the S = 1 / 2 system Sc2Ga2CuO7.

  4. Cloud Point and Liquid-Liquid Equilibrium Behavior of Thermosensitive Polymer L61 and Salt Aqueous Two-Phase System.

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    Rao, Wenwei; Wang, Yun; Han, Juan; Wang, Lei; Chen, Tong; Liu, Yan; Ni, Liang

    2015-06-25

    The cloud point of thermosensitive triblock polymer L61, poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO-PPO-PEO), was determined in the presence of various electrolytes (K2HPO4, (NH4)3C6H5O7, and K3C6H5O7). The cloud point of L61 was lowered by the addition of electrolytes, and the cloud point of L61 decreased linearly with increasing electrolyte concentration. The efficacy of electrolytes on reducing cloud point followed the order: K3C6H5O7 > (NH4)3C6H5O7 > K2HPO4. With the increase in salt concentration, aqueous two-phase systems exhibited a phase inversion. In addition, increasing the temperature reduced the concentration of salt needed that could promote phase inversion. The phase diagrams and liquid-liquid equilibrium data of the L61-K2HPO4/(NH4)3C6H5O7/K3C6H5O7 aqueous two-phase systems (before the phase inversion but also after phase inversion) were determined at T = (25, 30, and 35) °C. Phase diagrams of aqueous two-phase systems were fitted to a four-parameter empirical nonlinear expression. Moreover, the slopes of the tie-lines and the area of two-phase region in the diagram have a tendency to rise with increasing temperature. The capacity of different salts to induce aqueous two-phase system formation was the same order as the ability of salts to reduce the cloud point.

  5. On the interfacial behavior of ionic liquids: surface tensions and contact angles.

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    Restolho, José; Mata, José L; Saramago, Benilde

    2009-12-01

    In this work the liquid/vapour and the solid/liquid interfaces of a series of ionic liquids: 1-ethyl-3-methylpyridinium ethyl sulfate, [EMPy][EtSO4], 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethyl sulfate, [EMIM][EtSO4], 1-ethanol-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate, [C2OHMIM][BF4], 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate, [BMIM][BF4], and 1-octyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate, [OMIM][BF4], were investigated. The surface tension was measured in a wide temperature range, (298-453) K. The contact angles were determined on substrates of different polarities. Both on the polar (glass) and the non-polar substrates ((poly-(tetrafluoroethylene) and poly-(ethylene)), the liquids with maximum and minimum surface tensions lead, respectively, to the highest and the lowest contact angles. The dispersive, gamma(L)(d), and non-dispersive, gamma(L)(nd), components of the liquid surface tension, gamma(L), were calculated from the contact angles on the non-polar substrates using the Fowkes approach. The polarity fraction, gamma(L)(nd)/gamma(L), was compared with the polarity parameter, k, obtained from the fitting of the surface tension vs. temperature data to the Eötvös equation. Good agreement was found for the extreme cases: [OMIM][BF4] exhibits the lowest polarity and [BMIM][BF4], the highest. When compared with the polarity fractions of standard liquids considered as "polar" liquids, the ionic liquids studied may be considered as moderately polar.

  6. Unusual dynamic dewetting behavior of smooth perfluorinated hybrid films: potential advantages over conventional textured and liquid-infused perfluorinated surfaces.

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    Urata, Chihiro; Masheder, Benjamin; Cheng, Dalton F; Hozumi, Atsushi

    2013-10-08

    From a viewpoint of reducing the burden on the environment and human health, an alternative method for preparing liquid-repellent surfaces without relying on the long perfluorocarbons (C((X-1)/2)F(X), X ≥ 17) has been strongly demanded lately. In this study, we have successfully demonstrated that dynamic dewettability toward various probe liquids (polar and nonpolar liquids with high or low surface tension) can be tuned by not only controlling surface chemistries (surface energies) but also the physical (solid-like or liquid-like) nature of the surface. We prepared smooth and transparent organic-inorganic hybrid films exhibiting unusual dynamic dewetting behavior toward various probe liquids using a simple sol-gel reaction based on the co-hydrolysis and co-condensation of a mixture including a range of perfluoroalkylsilanes (FASX, C((X-1)/2)F(X)CH2CH2Si(OR)3, where X = 3, 9, 13, and 17) and tetramethoxysilane (Si(OCH3)4, TMOS). Dynamic contact angle (CA) and substrate tilt angle (TA) measurements confirmed that our FASX-hybrid films exhibited excellent dynamic dewetting properties and were mostly independent of the length of perfluoroalkyl (Rf) groups. For example, 10 μL droplets of ultralow surface tension liquids (e.g., diethyl ether (γ = 16.26 dyn/cm) and n-pentane (γ = 15.51 dyn/cm)) could move easily on our FAS9-, FAS13-, and FAS17-hybrid film surfaces at low substrate TAs (<4°) without pinning. This is comparable or superior to the best perfluorinated textured and flat surfaces reported so far. This exceptional dynamic dewetting behavior appeared only when TMOS molecules were added to the precursor solutions; we assume this is due to co-condensed TMOS-derived silica species working as spacers between the neighboring Rf chains, enabling them to rotate freely and in doing so provide a surface with liquid-like properties. This led to the distinguished dynamic dewettability of our hybrid films, regardless of the small static CAs. Our FASX-hybrid films also

  7. Bioterrorism and the Fermi Paradox

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    Cooper, Joshua

    2013-04-01

    We proffer a contemporary solution to the so-called Fermi Paradox, which is concerned with conflict between Copernicanism and the apparent paucity of evidence for intelligent alien civilizations. In particular, we argue that every community of organisms that reaches its space-faring age will (1) almost immediately use its rocket-building computers to reverse-engineer its genetic chemistry and (2) self-destruct when some individual uses said technology to design an omnicidal pathogen. We discuss some of the possible approaches to prevention with regard to Homo sapiens' vulnerability to bioterrorism, particularly on a short-term basis.

  8. Fermi acceleration in the randomized driven Lorentz gas and the Fermi-Ulam model.

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    Karlis, A K; Papachristou, P K; Diakonos, F K; Constantoudis, V; Schmelcher, P

    2007-07-01

    Fermi acceleration of an ensemble of noninteracting particles evolving in a stochastic two-moving wall variant of the Fermi-Ulam model (FUM) and the phase randomized harmonically driven periodic Lorentz gas is investigated. As shown in [A. K. Karlis, P. K. Papachristou, F. K. Diakonos, V. Constantoudis, and P. Schmelcher, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 194102 (2006)], the static wall approximation, which ignores scatterer displacement upon collision, leads to a substantial underestimation of the mean energy gain per collision. In this paper, we clarify the mechanism leading to the increased acceleration. Furthermore, the recently introduced hopping wall approximation is generalized for application in the randomized driven Lorentz gas. Utilizing the hopping approximation the asymptotic probability distribution function of the particle velocity is derived. Moreover, it is shown that, for harmonic driving, scatterer displacement upon collision increases the acceleration in both the driven Lorentz gas and the FUM by the same amount. On the other hand, the investigation of a randomized FUM, comprising one fixed and one moving wall driven by a sawtooth force function, reveals that the presence of a particular asymmetry of the driving function leads to an increase of acceleration that is different from that gained when symmetrical force functions are considered, for all finite number of collisions. This fact helps open up the prospect of designing accelerator devices by combining driving laws with specific symmetries to acquire a desired acceleration behavior for the ensemble of particles.

  9. Numerical Investigation and Experimental Reproduction of Fermi Acceleration in Laboratory Scale

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    Zhou, M.; Zhai, C.

    2015-12-01

    Fermi acceleration is widely accepted as the mechanism to explain power law of cosmic ray spectrum. Now this mechanism has been developed to first order Fermi acceleration and second order Fermi acceleration. In first order Fermi acceleration, also known as diffusive shock acceleration, particles are confined around the shock through scattering and accelerated by repeatedly crossing shock front. In second order Fermi acceleration, particles gain energy through statistical collisions with interstellar clouds. In this proposed work, we plan to carefully study these two kinds of acceleration numerically and experimentally. We first consider a single relativistic particle and investigate how it gains energy in Fermi-Ulam model and shock wave acceleration model respectively. We investigate collective behavior of particles with different kinds of wall-oscillation functions and try to find an optimal one in terms of efficiency of acceleration. Then, we plan to go further and consider a group of particles statistically, during which we borrow the correct generalization of Maxwell's velocity distribution in special relativity and compare the results with those in cases where we simply use Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution. To this end, we try to provide a scheme to build an accelerator applying both laser technology and mirror effect in Laboratory to reproduce Fermi acceleration, which might be a promising source to obtain high energy particles and further study the mechanism of cosmic rays acceleration.

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

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    Merino, Jaime; Ralko, Arnaud; Fratini, Simone

    2013-09-20

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

  11. Specific solubility behavior of quaternary ammonium-based poly(ionic liquid) particles by changing counter anion.

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    Tokuda, Masayoshi; Minami, Hideto

    2013-05-15

    The solubility behavior of poly(ionic liquid) (PIL) particles, which were prepared by dispersion polymerization of ([2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl]trimethylammonium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)amide), [MTMA][TFSA], was observed in detail. The solubility of PILs was varied by changing the counter anion. A PIL with [TFSA] anion does not dissolve in polar solvents such as ethanol; however, a PIL with Br anions does dissolve in ethanol. Upon the addition of LiBr to ethanol solution at high concentrations (>2.5 wt.%), the PIL particles dissolved from their outer surface and the counter anions [TFSA] were replaced with Br anions on the particle surfaces. On the other hand, in the case of the ethanol solutions at low LiBr concentrations (<2.5 wt.%), a specific solubility behavior was observed: domains inside the PIL particles were generated before their dissolution, most likely due to osmotic pressure. Moreover, PIL particles having hollow structures were prepared using this specific solubility behavior.

  12. Lithium ion conductive behavior of TiO2 nanotube/ionic liquid matrices

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    2014-01-01

    A series of TiO2 nanotube (TNT)/ionic liquid matrices were prepared, and their lithium ion conductive properties were studied. SEM images implied that ionic liquid was dispersed on the whole surface of TNT. Addition of TNT to ionic liquid (1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide (BMImTFSA)) resulted in significant increase of ionic conductivity. Furthermore, lithium transference number was also largely enhanced due to the interaction of anion with TNT. Vogel-Fulcher-Tammann parameter showed higher carrier ion number for TNT/BMImTFSA in comparison with BMImTFSA. PMID:25313300

  13. BEHAVIOR OF SURFACTANT MIXTURES AT SOLID/LIQUID AND OIL/LIQUID INTERFACES IN CHEMICAL FLOODING SYSTEMS

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    P. Somasundaran

    2004-11-20

    The aim of the project is to develop a knowledge base to help the design of enhanced processes for mobilizing and extracting untrapped oil. We emphasize evaluation of novel surfactant mixtures and obtaining optimum combinations of the surfactants for efficient chemical flooding EOR processes. In this regard, an understanding of the aggregate shape, size and structure is crucial since these properties govern the crude oil removal efficiency. During the three-year period, the adsorption and aggregation behavior of sugar-based surfactants and their mixtures with other types of surfactants have been studied. Sugar-based surfactants are made from renewable resources, nontoxic and biodegradable. They are miscible with water and oil. These environmentally benign surfactants feature high surface activity, good salinity, calcium and temperature tolerance, and unique adsorption behavior. They possess the characteristics required for oil flooding surfactants and have the potential for replacing currently used surfactants in oil recovery. A novel analytical ultracentrifugation technique has been successfully employed for the first time, to characterize the aggregate species present in mixed micellar solution due to its powerful ability to separate particles based on their size and shape and monitor them simultaneously. Analytical ultracentrifugation offers an unprecedented opportunity to obtain important information on mixed micelles, structure-performance relationship for different surfactant aggregates in solution and their role in interfacial processes. Initial sedimentation velocity investigations were conducted using nonyl phenol ethoxylated decyl ether (NP-10) to choose the best analytical protocol, calculate the partial specific volume and obtain information on sedimentation coefficient, aggregation mass of micelles. Four softwares: OptimaTM XL-A/XL-I data analysis software, DCDT+, Svedberg and SEDFIT, were compared for the analysis of sedimentation velocity

  14. Thermoresponsive Poly(Ionic Liquid)s in Aqueous Salt Solutions: Salting-Out Effect on Their Phase Behavior and Water Absorption/Desorption Properties.

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    Okafuji, Akiyoshi; Kohno, Yuki; Ohno, Hiroyuki

    2016-07-01

    Here, a thermoresponsive phase behavior of polymerized ionic liquids (PILs) composed of poly([tri-n-alkyl(vinylbenzyl)phosphonium]chloride) (poly([Pnnn VB ]Cl) is reported, where n (the number of carbon atoms of an alkyl chain) = 4, 5, or 6 after mixing with aqueous sodium chloride solutions. Both monomeric [P555VB ]Cl and the resulting poly([P555VB ]Cl) linear homopolymer show a lower critical solution temperature (LCST)-type phase behavior in aq. NaCl solutions. The phase transition temperature of the PIL shifts to lower value by increasing concentration of NaCl. Also the swelling degree of cross-linked poly([P555VB ]Cl) gel decreases by increasing NaCl concentration, clearly suggesting the "salting-out" effect of NaCl results in a significant dehydration of the poly([P555VB ]Cl) gel. The absorbed water in the PIL gel is desorbed by moderate heating via the LCST behavior, and the absolute absorption/desorption amount is improved by copolymerization of [P555VB ]Cl with more hydrophilic [P444VB ]Cl monomer.

  15. Complex dendrimer-lyotropic liquid crystalline systems: structural behavior and interactions.

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    Bitan-Cherbakovsky, Liron; Libster, Dima; Aserin, Abraham; Garti, Nissim

    2011-10-27

    The incorporation of dendrimer into three lyotropic liquid crystalline (LLCs) mesophases is demonstrated for the first time. A second generation (G2) of poly(propylene imine) dendrimer (PPI) was solubilized into lamellar, diamond reverse cubic, and reverse hexagonal LLCs composed of glycerol monooleate (GMO), and water (and D-α-tocopherol in the H(II) system). The combination of PPI with LLCs may provide an advantageous drug delivery system. Cross-polarized light microscope, small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), and attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) were utilized to study the structural behavior of the mesophases, the localization of PPI within the system, and the interactions between the guest molecule and the system's components. It was revealed that PPI-G2 functioned as a "water pump", competing with the lipid headgroups for water binding. As a result, L(α)→H(II) and Q(224)→H(II) structural shifts were detected (at 10 wt % PPI-G2 content), probably caused by the dehydration of monoolein headgroups and subsequent increase of the lipid's critical packing parameter (CPP). In the case of H(II), as a result of the balance between the dehydration of the monoolein headgroups and the significant presence of PPI within the interfacial region, increasing the quantity of hydrogen bonds, no structural transitions occurred. ATR-FTIR analysis demonstrated a downward shift of the H-O-H (water), as a result of PPI-G2 embedment, suggesting an increase in the mean water-water H-bond angle resulting from binding PPI-G2 to the water network. Additionally, the GMO hydroxyl groups at β- and γ-C-OH positions revealed a partial interaction of hydrogen bonds with N-H functional groups of the protonated PPI-G2. Other GMO interfacial functional groups were shown to interact with the PPI-G2, in parallel with the GMO dehydration phenomenon. In the future, these outcomes can be used to design advanced drug delivery systems, allowing administration of

  16. Quadratic Fermi node in a 3D strongly correlated semimetal

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    Kondo, Takeshi; Nakayama, M.; Chen, R.; ...

    2015-12-07

    We report that strong spin–orbit coupling fosters exotic electronic states such as topological insulators and superconductors, but the combination of strong spin–orbit and strong electron–electron interactions is just beginning to be understood. Central to this emerging area are the 5d transition metal iridium oxides. Here, in the pyrochlore iridate Pr2Ir2O7, we identify a non-trivial state with a single-point Fermi node protected by cubic and time-reversal symmetries, using a combination of angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and first-principles calculations. Owing to its quadratic dispersion, the unique coincidence of four degenerate states at the Fermi energy, and strong Coulomb interactions, non-Fermi liquid behaviour ismore » predicted, for which we observe some evidence. Lastly, our discovery implies that Pr2Ir2O7 is a parent state that can be manipulated to produce other strongly correlated topological phases, such as topological Mott insulator, Weyl semimetal, and quantum spin and anomalous Hall states.« less

  17. Quadratic Fermi node in a 3D strongly correlated semimetal

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    Kondo, Takeshi; Nakayama, M.; Chen, R.; Ishikawa, J. J.; Moon, E. -G.; Yamamoto, T.; Ota, Y.; Malaeb, W.; Kanai, H.; Nakashima, Y.; Ishida, Y.; Yoshida, R.; Yamamoto, H.; Matsunami, M.; Kimura, S.; Inami, N.; Ono, K.; Kumigashira, H.; Nakatsuji, S.; Balents, L.; Shin, S.

    2015-12-07

    We report that strong spin–orbit coupling fosters exotic electronic states such as topological insulators and superconductors, but the combination of strong spin–orbit and strong electron–electron interactions is just beginning to be understood. Central to this emerging area are the 5d transition metal iridium oxides. Here, in the pyrochlore iridate Pr2Ir2O7, we identify a non-trivial state with a single-point Fermi node protected by cubic and time-reversal symmetries, using a combination of angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and first-principles calculations. Owing to its quadratic dispersion, the unique coincidence of four degenerate states at the Fermi energy, and strong Coulomb interactions, non-Fermi liquid behaviour is predicted, for which we observe some evidence. Lastly, our discovery implies that Pr2Ir2O7 is a parent state that can be manipulated to produce other strongly correlated topological phases, such as topological Mott insulator, Weyl semimetal, and quantum spin and anomalous Hall states.

  18. Quadratic Fermi node in a 3D strongly correlated semimetal

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    Kondo, Takeshi; Nakayama, M.; Chen, R.; Ishikawa, J. J.; Moon, E.-G.; Yamamoto, T.; Ota, Y.; Malaeb, W.; Kanai, H.; Nakashima, Y.; Ishida, Y.; Yoshida, R.; Yamamoto, H.; Matsunami, M.; Kimura, S.; Inami, N.; Ono, K.; Kumigashira, H.; Nakatsuji, S.; Balents, L.; Shin, S.

    2015-01-01

    Strong spin–orbit coupling fosters exotic electronic states such as topological insulators and superconductors, but the combination of strong spin–orbit and strong electron–electron interactions is just beginning to be understood. Central to this emerging area are the 5d transition metal iridium oxides. Here, in the pyrochlore iridate Pr2Ir2O7, we identify a non-trivial state with a single-point Fermi node protected by cubic and time-reversal symmetries, using a combination of angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and first-principles calculations. Owing to its quadratic dispersion, the unique coincidence of four degenerate states at the Fermi energy, and strong Coulomb interactions, non-Fermi liquid behaviour is predicted, for which we observe some evidence. Our discovery implies that Pr2Ir2O7 is a parent state that can be manipulated to produce other strongly correlated topological phases, such as topological Mott insulator, Weyl semimetal, and quantum spin and anomalous Hall states. PMID:26640114

  19. Vibrational lifetime and Fermi resonance in polyatomic molecules

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    Fendt, A.; Fischer, S. F.; Kaiser, W.

    1981-05-01

    The energy decay of CH-stretching modes of the molecules CHCl 3 ,CH 2Cl 2, CH 3COCH 3, CH 3OH, and CH 3CH 2OH is measured in the liquid state. The observed lifetime very between 1.5 and 65 ps. A theoretical analysis points to the importance of Fermi resonance in the vibrational relaxation process. Quantitative comparison between theory and experiments is presented for the individual molecules. The strong variation of the lifetime for CH-stretching modes of various molecules may be understood if several effects are taken into account. First and most important is the influence of the Fermi resonances. Without the anharmonic mixing of the initial state, the overtone of the CH-bending modes and/or a higher order combination tone, one would predict lifetimes which are more than an order of magnitude longer than the observed lifetimes. This effect has been discussed earlier in detail for methylhalides by Zygan-Maus and Fischer [11] and, more recently, it has been incorporated in elaborate discussions for triatomic molecules like CO 2 by several authors [12]. A second factor to be considered for the interpretation is the rapi energy redistribution between different CH-stretching states was found theoretically to be faster than the further decay process by an order of magnitude [6, 11]. Experimentally, this effect was verified in this note for CH 2Cl 2 by the observation that the decay time was the same regardl whether the symmetric or the asymmetric CH-stretching mode was excited. This effect leads to a lengthening of the observed decay process. There is a bottleneck effect. Finally, we have shown that location and width of the final state are important parameters for the interpretation of the depopulatio lifetime. The empirical determination of these effects is not free of uncertainties. Very strong Fermi resonance can lead to rapid energy exchange during the exc process. In this case there is no bottleneck effect and it is difficult to detect the pathway of the energy

  20. Thermochromic Behavior of a Novel Nematic Liquid Crystal Mixture:. Effects of Chiral Doping

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    Kapila, Shikha; Raina, K. K.

    Chirality was induced in a room temperature nematic liquid crystalline mixture. The phase transitions of doped samples were studied and thermochromic response of the mixture was investigated via RGB (Red-Green-Blue) and Hue measurements.

  1. Superfluid Thomas—Fermi approximation for trapped fermi gases

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    Hernández, E. S.; Capuzzi, P.; Szybisz, L.

    2009-02-01

    We present a generalization of fermionic fluiddynamics to the case of two trapped fermion species with a contact interaction. Within a mean field approximation, we derive coupled equations of motion for the particle densities, particle currents, and anomalous pair density. For an inhomogeneous system, the equilibrium situation with vanishing currents is described by a generalized Thomas-Fermi relation that includes the superfluid gap, together with a new nonlocal gap equation that replaces the usual BCS one. These equations are numericaly solved resorting to a local density approximation (LDA). Density and gap profiles are analyzed in terms of the scattering length, revealing that the current frame can exhibit microscopic details of quantum origin that are frequently absent in more macroscopic scenarios.

  2. Observation of Coupled Vortex Lattices in a Mass-Imbalance Bose and Fermi Superfluid Mixture.

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    Yao, Xing-Can; Chen, Hao-Ze; Wu, Yu-Ping; Liu, Xiang-Pei; Wang, Xiao-Qiong; Jiang, Xiao; Deng, Youjin; Chen, Yu-Ao; Pan, Jian-Wei

    2016-09-30

    Quantized vortices play an essential role in diverse superfluid phenomena. In a Bose-Fermi superfluid mixture, especially of two mass-imbalance species, such macroscopic quantum phenomena are particularly rich due to the interplay between the Bose and Fermi superfluidity. However, generating a Bose-Fermi two-species superfluid, producing coupled vortex lattices within, and further probing interspecies interaction effects remain challenging. Here, we experimentally realize a two-species superfluid with dilute gases of lithium-6 and potassium-41, having a mass ratio of about seven. By rotating the superfluid mixture, we simultaneously produce coupled vortex lattices of the two species and thus present a definitive visual evidence for the double superfluidity. Moreover, we report several unconventional behaviors, due to the Bose-Fermi interaction, on the formation and decay of two-species vortices.

  3. Exploring the thermodynamics of a universal Fermi gas.

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    Nascimbène, S; Navon, N; Jiang, K J; Chevy, F; Salomon, C

    2010-02-25

    One of the greatest challenges in modern physics is to understand the behaviour of an ensemble of strongly interacting particles. A class of quantum many-body systems (such as neutron star matter and cold Fermi gases) share the same universal thermodynamic properties when interactions reach the maximum effective value allowed by quantum mechanics, the so-called unitary limit. This makes it possible in principle to simulate some astrophysical phenomena inside the highly controlled environment of an atomic physics laboratory. Previous work on the thermodynamics of a two-component Fermi gas led to thermodynamic quantities averaged over the trap, making comparisons with many-body theories developed for uniform gases difficult. Here we develop a general experimental method that yields the equation of state of a uniform gas, as well as enabling a detailed comparison with existing theories. The precision of our equation of state leads to new physical insights into the unitary gas. For the unpolarized gas, we show that the low-temperature thermodynamics of the strongly interacting normal phase is well described by Fermi liquid theory, and we localize the superfluid transition. For a spin-polarized system, our equation of state at zero temperature has a 2 per cent accuracy and extends work on the phase diagram to a new regime of precision. We show in particular that, despite strong interactions, the normal phase behaves as a mixture of two ideal gases: a Fermi gas of bare majority atoms and a non-interacting gas of dressed quasi-particles, the fermionic polarons.

  4. Fermi surface of YBCO by DHVA

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    Smith, J.L.; Fowler, C.M.; Freeman, B.L.; Hults, W.L.; King, J.C.; Mueller, F.M.

    1991-01-01

    These proceedings demonstrate how far scientist have come in the last four years of high temperature superconductivity. Knowledge of the energy bands and Fermi surfaces from experiment has come rather late. Photoemission, first showed proof of the validity of the energy band calculations. Positron annihilation, presented by West, after a rough start, is now giving evidence of the Fermi surface. Both of these techniques involve electronic excitations and hence, although they show the Fermi surface, do not put as severe a constraint on various models for superconductivity as does the de Haas-van Alphen (dHvA) effect. This is a true measurement of the electronic ground state in an applied magnetic field where the frequency of oscillatory magnetization yields extremal cross-sectional areas of the Fermi surface. The authors have already reported some of their Fermi surface work at two conferences but present here discussion of several more important aspects of the work. 11 refs., 2 figs.

  5. Cooling and thermometry of atomic Fermi gases

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    Onofrio, R.

    2016-11-01

    We review the status of cooling techniques aimed at achieving the deepest quantum degeneracy for atomic Fermi gases. We first discuss some physics motivations, providing a quantitative assessment of the need for deep quantum degeneracy in relevant physics cases, such as the search for unconventional superfluid states. Attention is then focused on the most widespread technique to reach deep quantum degeneracy for Fermi systems, sympathetic cooling of Bose - Fermi mixtures, organizing the discussion according to the specific species involved. Various proposals to circumvent some of the limitations on achieving the deepest Fermi degeneracy, and their experimental realizations, are then reviewed. Finally, we discuss the extension of these techniques to optical lattices and the implementation of precision thermometry crucial to the understanding of the phase diagram of classical and quantum phase transitions in Fermi gases.

  6. Impact of ionic liquid-modified multiwalled carbon nanotubes on the crystallization behavior of poly(vinylidene fluoride).

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    Xing, Chenyang; Zhao, Liping; You, Jichun; Dong, Wenyong; Cao, Xiaojun; Li, Yongjin

    2012-07-19

    The impact of pristine multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), an ionic liquid (IL), 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate [BMIM][PF6], and the ionic liquid-modified MWCNTs (IL-MWCNTs) on the crystallization behavior of melt-crystallized poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) has been investigated. Pristine MWCNTs accelerate crystallization of PVDF as an efficient nucleation agent, while the formed crystals are mainly nonpolar α crystal form with few polar β crystals. Incorporation of only ionic liquid results in depression of the PVDF melt crystallization rate due to the miscibility of IL with PVDF but leads to a higher content of polar crystals (β and γ forms) than MWCNTs. The ionic liquid and MWCNTs show significant synergetic effects on both the nucleation and the formation of polar crystals for PVDF by melt crystallization. Addition of IL-MWCNTs not only improves the MWCNTs dispersion in PVDF matrix but also increases the overall crystallization rate of PVDF drastically. More important, the melt-crystallized PVDF nanocomposites with IL-MWCNTs show 100% polar polymorphs but no α crystal forms. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on the achievements of full polar crystal form in the melt-crystallized PVDF without mechanical deformation or electric field. The IL to MWCNTs ratio and the IL-MWCNTs loading content effects on the crystallization behavior of PVDF in the nanocomposites were also studied. It is considered that the specific interactions between >CF2 with the planar cationic imidazolium ring wrapped on the MWCNTs surface lead to the full zigzag conformations of PVDF; thus, nucleation in polar crystals (β and γ forms) lattice is achieved and full polar crystals are obtained by subsequent crystal growth from the nuclei.

  7. Corrosion Behavior of Ceramic Cup of Blast Furnace Hearth by Liquid Iron and Slag

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    Li, Yanglong; Cheng, Shusen; Wang, Zhifeng

    2016-10-01

    Three kinds of sample bricks of ceramic cups for blast furnace hearth were studied by dynamic corrosion tests based on different corrosion systems, i.e., liquid iron system, liquid slag system and liquid iron-slag system. Considering the influence of temperature and sample rotational speed, the corrosion profiles and mass loss of the samples were analyzed. In addition, the microstructure of the corroded samples was observed by optical microscope (OM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). It was found that the corrosion profiles could be divided into iron corrosion region, slag corrosion region and iron-slag corrosion region via corrosion degree after iron-slag corrosion experiment. The most serious corrosion occurred in iron-slag corrosion region. This is due to Marangoni effect, which promotes a slag film formed between liquid iron and ceramic cup and results in local corrosion. The corrosion of the samples deepened with increasing temperature of liquid iron and slag from 1,623 K to 1,823 K. The variation of slag composition had greater influence on the erosion degree than that of rotational speed in this experiment. Taking these results into account the ceramic cup composition should be close to slag composition to decrease the chemical reaction. A microporous and strong material should be applied for ceramic cup.

  8. Thermodynamics of liquid metal

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    Kushnirenko, A.N.

    1988-01-01

    The thermodynamics of a liquid metal based on quantum-mechanical models of the crystal, electronic, and nuclear structures of the metal are derived in this paper. The models are based on such formulations as the Bohr radius, the Boltzmann constant, the Planck Law, the Fermi surface, and the Pauli principle.

  9. Fermi surface measurements of lutetium

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    Johanson, W. R.; Crabtree, G. W.; Schmidt, F. A.

    1982-03-01

    We report de Haas-van Alphen (dHvA) measurements of the Fermi surface of lutetium at temperatures down to 0.3 K and in fields up to 150 kG in the (101¯0) and (112¯0) planes. Lutetium, having a filled 4f shell, serves as a nonmagnetic prototype of the structurally similar (hcp), trivalent, heavy rare earths from Gd to Tm. No complete frequency branches were observed, indicating that there are no closed pieces of surface. We observed all but one orbit predicted by relativistic-augmented-plane wave (RAPW) calculations of Keeton and Loucks, and the data support a geometry that is in good qualitative agreement with the existence of nested open electron and hole sheets.

  10. Fermi surface measurements of lutetium

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    Johanson, W.R.; Crabtree, G.W.; Schmidt, F.A.

    1982-03-01

    We report de Haas-van Alphen (dHvA) measurements of the Fermi surface of lutetium at temperatures down to 0.3 K and in fields up to 150 kG in the (1010) and (1120) planes. Lutetium, having a filled 4f shell, serves as a nonmagnetic prototype of the structurally similar (hcp), trivalent, heavy rare earths from Gd to Tm. No complete frequency branches were observed, indicating that there are no closed pieces of surface. We observed all but one orbit predicted by relativistic-augmented-plane wave (RAPW) calculations of Keeton and Loucks, and the data support a geometry that is in good qualitative agreement with the existence of nested open electron and hole sheets.

  11. Fermi surface measurements of lutetium

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    Johanson, W.R.; Crabtree, G.W.; Schmidt, F.A.

    1982-01-01

    We report de Haas-van Alphen (dHvA) measurements of the Fermi surface of Lutetium at temperatures down to .3K and in fields up to 150 kG in the (1010) and (1120) planes. Lutetium, having a filled 4f shell, serves as a non-magnetic prototype of the structurally similar (hcp), trivalent, heavy rare-earths from Gd to Tm. No complete frequency branches were observed, indicating that there are no closed pieces of surface. We observed all but one orbit predicted by relativistic-augmented-plane wave (RAPW) calculations of Keeton and Loucks, and the data support a geometry that is in good qualitative agreement with the existence of nested open electron and hole sheets.

  12. Deformation quantization of fermi fields

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    Galaviz, I. Garcia-Compean, H. Przanowski, M. Turrubiates, F.J.

    2008-04-15

    Deformation quantization for any Grassmann scalar free field is described via the Weyl-Wigner-Moyal formalism. The Stratonovich-Weyl quantizer, the Moyal *-product and the Wigner functional are obtained by extending the formalism proposed recently in [I. Galaviz, H. Garcia-Compean, M. Przanowski, F.J. Turrubiates, Weyl-Wigner-Moyal Formalism for Fermi Classical Systems, arXiv:hep-th/0612245] to the fermionic systems of infinite number of degrees of freedom. In particular, this formalism is applied to quantize the Dirac free field. It is observed that the use of suitable oscillator variables facilitates considerably the procedure. The Stratonovich-Weyl quantizer, the Moyal *-product, the Wigner functional, the normal ordering operator, and finally, the Dirac propagator have been found with the use of these variables.

  13. Effect of ion beam irradiation and rubbing on the directional behavior and alignment mechanism of liquid crystals on polyimide surfaces

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    Lee, Kang-Min; Oh, Byeong-Yun; Kim, Young-Hwan; Seo, Dae-Shik

    2009-01-01

    We investigated the effects of ion beam (IB) irradiation and rubbing on the directional behavior and alignment mechanism of liquid crystals (LCs) on polyimide (PI) surfaces. We found that the LC direction follows the IB irradiation alignment direction on the PI surface regardless of whether the irradiation occurs before or after rubbing. We assumed that the LC direction depends strongly on the C-O bonds created from C=O bonds on the PI surface broken by IB irradiation and conducted an investigation of the chemical bonding state of the PI surface by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

  14. Adaptive Optics with a Liquid-Crystal-on-Silicon Spatial Light Modulator and Its Behavior in Retinal Imaging

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    Shirai, Tomohiro; Takeno, Kohei; Arimoto, Hidenobu; Furukawa, Hiromitsu

    2009-07-01

    An adaptive optics system with a brand-new device of a liquid-crystal-on-silicon (LCOS) spatial light modulator (SLM) and its behavior in in vivo imaging of the human retina are described. We confirmed by experiments that closed-loop correction of ocular aberrations of the subject's eye was successfully achieved at the rate of 16.7 Hz in our system to obtain a clear retinal image in real time. The result suggests that an LCOS SLM is one of the promising candidates for a wavefront corrector in a prospective commercial ophthalmic instrument with adaptive optics.

  15. Evaluation of anti-corrosive lubricating behavior of dicationic ionic liquid coatings for biomedical alloys

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    Siddiqui, Danyal Alam

    Since their inception, orthopedic implants composed of biomedical alloys have been plagued with failures associated with corrosion and wear processes. Despite current surface treatments and techniques being employed to mitigate corrosion and wear, these failure mechanisms continue to occur as prevalent failure modes. Recently, a novel class of compounds known as ionic liquids has been proposed as a multi-functional coating to protect the surfaces of commercially pure titanium surfaces comprising dental implants. In this study, the goal was to evaluate select formulations of these ionic liquids to serve as anti-corrosive lubricants for titanium and cobalt chromium molybdenum alloys widely used in orthopedic implants. Electrochemical and tribological testing of dicationic imidazolium-based ionic liquids revealed these compounds to be superior candidates as corrosion inhibitors and lubricants of biomedical alloy surfaces.

  16. Atomistic Simulations of Ternary Polymer Electrolytes Containing Ionic Liquids: Ion Transport and Viscoelastic Behavior

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    Mogurampelly, Santosh; Ganesan, Venkat

    Influence of the BMIMPF6 ionic liquid on ion transport and viscoelastic properties of ternary polymer electrolytes containing polyethylene oxide solvated with LiPF6 salt and the underlying mechanisms are investigated. By employing atomistic molecular dynamics and trajectory extended kinetic Monte Carlo simulation techniques, we observe enhanced ionic mobilities and conductivities of the PEOLiPF6-BMIMPF ternary electrolytes upon the addition ionic liquid into the PEOLiPF6 binary electrolyte. The dispersion of the BMIMPF6 ionic liquid into the PEOLiPF6 electrolyte is found to (a) promote dissociation of existing LiPF6 ion-pairs and (b) slightly accelerate the polymer segmental dynamics. Together, these effects are observed to collectively give rise to an increase in ionic mobilities and conductivities of the ternary polymer electrolyte. On the other hand, Rouse analysis reveals that the storage and loss modulus of the ternary polymer electrolytes are coupled to their ion conducting properties.

  17. Amphiphilic dendritic peptides: Synthesis and behavior as an organogelator and liquid crystal

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    Li, Hongxia; Xia, Defang; Sun, Sufang; Ba, Xinwu

    2011-01-01

    Summary New amphiphilic dendritic peptides on dendritic polyaspartic acid were designed and synthesized. The organogel and liquid crystal properties of these amphiphilic dendritic peptides were fully studied by field-emission SEM, temperature dependent FT-IR, differential scanning calorimetry, polarization optical microscopy and X-ray diffraction experiments. Amphiphilic dendritic peptides G3 show good organogel properties with a minimum gelation concentration as low as 1 wt %. Furthermore, amphiphilic dendritic peptides G3 can form a hexagonal columnar liquid crystal assembly over a wide temperature range. PMID:21448258

  18. Phase behavior of a nematic liquid crystal in contact with a chemically and geometrically structured substrate.

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    Harnau, L; Kondrat, S; Poniewierski, A

    2005-07-01

    A nematic liquid crystal in contact with a grating surface possessing an alternating stripe pattern of locally homeotropic and planar anchoring is studied within the Frank-Oseen model. The combination of both chemical and geometrical surface pattern leads to rich phase diagrams, involving a homeotropic, a planar, and a tilted nematic texture. The effect of the groove depth and the anchoring strengths on the location and the order of phase transitions between different nematic textures is studied. A zenithally bistable nematic device is investigated by confining a nematic liquid crystal between the patterned grating surface and a flat substrate with strong homeotropic anchoring.

  19. THE EFFECT OF THE LIQUID VOLUME ON ITS BEHAVIOR UNDER ZERO-G CONDITIONS,

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    contact angle and the shape of the container. A general relation is obtained which can be used to determine whether a given liquid in zero-g will cling to the wall or will be concentrated in the center of a tank of a given shape. Calculations are made for the case of cylindrical, cubical and spherical containers for all possible values of the contact angle , i.e., all possible liquid - tank surface combinations. The results are presented in the form of plots of the boundary line separating the two possible conformations.

  20. Bimesogen-enhanced flexoelectro-optic behavior of polymer stabilized cholesteric liquid crystal

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    Varanytsia, A.; Chien, L.-C.

    2016-01-01

    We explore flexoelectro-optic effect in polymer stabilized cholesteric liquid crystals (CLC) with uniform lying helix texture. A method to enlarge the flexoelectric response of the CLC mixture is demonstrated by mixing two nematic liquid crystal host materials with large and small effective flexoelastic coefficients. By a choice of material composition of CLC mixture, a large angle of flexoelectrically driven in-plane rotation of helical axis with a submillisecond response time is obtained. Our findings will be useful for material design of future CLC mixtures for applications in flexoelectro-optic displays.

  1. Effect of stress states on the deformation behavior of Cu-based bulk metallic glass in the supercooled liquid region

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    Park, Eun Soo; Kim, Hyong June; Bae, J. C.; Huh, M. Y.

    2013-01-24

    The effect of stress states on the deformation behavior of the Cu54Zr22Ti18Ni6 bulk metallic glass (BMG) alloy was studied in the supercooled liquid region. At 723 K, Newtonian plastic flow governed the deformation during the compression test, whereas strain-hardening occurred during the tensile test. At 733 K, a fast failure was observed during tensile test. The diffusion rate of Cu atoms in the BMG alloy plays an important role in the deformation behavior. The fast diffusion of Cu atoms under the tensile stress state caused faster crystallization leading to a fast strain-hardening during the tensile plastic deformation. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  2. Understanding Atomic-Scale Behavior of Liquid Crystals at Aqueous Interfaces.

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    Ramezani-Dakhel, Hadi; Sadati, Monirosadat; Rahimi, Mohammad; Ramirez-Hernandez, Abelardo; Roux, Benoît; de Pablo, Juan J

    2017-01-10

    The ordered environment presented by liquid crystals at interfaces enables a range of novel functionalities that is only now beginning to be exploited in applications ranging from light focusing devices to biosensors. One key feature of liquid crystals is that molecular events occurring at an interface propagate over large distances through the bulk. In spite of their importance, our fundamental understanding of liquid crystal-water and liquid crystal-air interfaces remains limited. In this work, we present results from large-scale atomistic molecular dynamics simulations on the organization of the nematic and isotropic phases of the nitrile-containing mesogenic molecule 4-cyano-4'-pentylbiphenyl (5CB) in the vicinity of vacuum and aqueous interfaces. Hybrid boundary conditions are imposed by confining 5CB films between vacuum and an aqueous medium to examine how those two types of interfaces influence the specific structural arrangement and ordering of 5CB. Consistent with experiments, our results indicate that 5CB exhibits homeotropic anchoring at the vacuum interface, and planar alignment at aqueous interfaces. Two-dimensional molecular dynamics potential of mean force calculations and average polarization densities show that the polar nitrile group of 5CB remains hydrated near the aqueous interface, where it modulates the orientation of water molecules. Estimates of the anchoring strength reveal an oscillatory decay and a semilinear decay with distance from the interface in vacuum and water, respectively.

  3. Behavior of Avirulent Yersinia pestis in Liquid Whole Egg as Affected by Antimicrobials and Thermal Pasteurization

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    Yersinia spp. is a psychrotrophic bacterium that can grow at temperatures as low as minus two degrees Celsius, and is known to contaminate shell eggs in the United States and shell eggs and liquid egg in South America. A study was performed to determine the thermal sensitivity of avirulent Yersinia...

  4. Behavior of self-propelled acetone droplets in a Leidenfrost state on liquid substrates

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    Janssens, Stoffel D.; Koizumi, Satoshi; Fried, Eliot

    2017-03-01

    It is demonstrated that non-coalescent droplets of acetone can be formed on liquid substrates. The fluid flows around and in an acetone droplet hovering on water are recorded to shed light on the mechanisms which might lead to non-coalescence. For sufficiently low impact velocities, droplets undergo a damped oscillation on the surface of the liquid substrate but at higher velocities clean bounce-off occurs. Comparisons of experimentally observed static configurations of floating droplets to predictions from a theoretical model for a small non-wetting rigid sphere resting on a liquid substrate are made and a tentative strategy for determining the thickness of the vapor layer under a small droplet on a liquid is proposed. This strategy is based on the notion of effective surface tension. The droplets show self-propulsion in straight line trajectories in a manner which can be ascribed to a Marangoni effect. Surprisingly, self-propelled droplets can become immersed beneath the undisturbed water surface. This phenomenon is reasoned to be drag-inducing and might provide a basis for refining observations in previous work.

  5. Electro-photo modulation of the fermi level in WSe2/graphene van der Waals heterojunction

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    Sun, Honghui; Yang, Hang; Fang, Liang; Zhang, Jiangwei; Wang, Zhiyuan; Jiang, Tian

    2017-04-01

    We report an electro-photo double modulation of the fermi level in a WSe2/graphene heterojunction. The heterojunction exhibits high ION/IOFF ratio ( 103) in transfer characteristic in dark and distinct rectification behavior in output characteristic under light illumination, respectively. Time-dependent photoresponse reveals that the heterojunction has a considerable potential in the application of photodetection. Interestingly, an exotic current peak is observed in transfer characteristic under light illumination. This novel behavior is attributed to the tunable fermi level at the WSe2/graphene heterojunction by electro-photo double modulation. The results may be helpful to develop tunable photovoltaic optoelectronics based on van der Waals heterojunctions.

  6. Thin-Thick Coexistence Behavior of 8CB Liquid Crystalline Films on Silicon

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    Garcia, R.; Subashi, E.; Fukuto, M.

    2008-05-01

    The wetting behavior of thin films of 4-n-octyl-4'-cyanobiphenyl (8CB) on Si is investigated via optical and x-ray reflectivity measurement. An experimental phase diagram is obtained showing a broad thick-thin coexistence region spanning the bulk isotropic-to-nematic (TIN) and the nematic-to-smectic-A (TNA) temperatures. For Si surfaces with coverages between 47 and 72±3nm, reentrant wetting behavior is observed twice as we increase the temperature, with separate coexistence behaviors near TIN and TNA. For coverages less than 47 nm, however, the two coexistence behaviors merge into a single coexistence region. The observed thin-thick coexistence near the second-order NA transition is not anticipated by any previous theory or experiment. Nevertheless, the behavior of the thin and thick phases within the coexistence regions is consistent with this being an equilibrium phenomenon.

  7. Leaching behavior of copper from waste printed circuit boards with Brønsted acidic ionic liquid.

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    Huang, Jinxiu; Chen, Mengjun; Chen, Haiyan; Chen, Shu; Sun, Quan

    2014-02-01

    In this work, a Brønsted acidic ionic liquid, 1-butyl-3-methyl-imidazolium hydrogen sulfate ([bmim]HSO4), was used to leach copper from waste printed circuit boards (WPCBs, mounted with electronic components) for the first time, and the leaching behavior of copper was discussed in detail. The results showed that after the pre-treatment, the metal distributions were different with the particle size: Cu, Zn and Al increased with the increasing particle size; while Ni, Sn and Pb were in the contrary. And the particle size has significant influence on copper leaching rate. Copper leaching rate was higher than 99%, almost 100%, when 1g WPCBs powder was leached under the optimum conditions: particle size of 0.1-0.25 mm, 25 mL 80% (v/v) ionic liquid, 10 mL 30% hydrogen peroxide, solid/liquid ratio of 1/25, 70°C and 2h. Copper leaching by [bmim]HSO4 can be modeled with the shrinking core model, controlled by diffusion through a solid product layer, and the kinetic apparent activation energy has been calculated to be 25.36 kJ/mol.

  8. Dynamic molecular behavior of semi-fluorinated oleic, elaidic and stearic acids in the liquid state.

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    Yamamoto, Shun; Matsuda, Haruna; Kasahara, Yasutoshi; Iwahashi, Makio; Takagi, Toshiyuki; Baba, Teruhiko; Kanamori, Toshiyuki

    2012-01-01

    Ordinary fatty acids such as oleic, elaidic and stearic acids exist as their hydrogen-bonded dimers in their liquids and in non-polar solvents. Infrared (IR) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy have revealed that semi-fluorinated (SF) acids containing a perfluorooctyl group (C₈F₁₇) as a terminal segment exist also as hydrogen-bonded dimers, which are the units of inter- and intramolecular movements in their liquids and CCl₄. The dynamic molecular properties, such as self-diffusion coefficients and intramolecular movements of SF-oleic, SF-elaidic, and SF-stearic acids were compared with those of corresponding ordinary fatty acids (H-acids). From the high equilibrium spreading pressures (ESPs) for SF-acids compared with those for their corresponding H-acids, it was expected that the inter-acyl chain interaction is weaker for the SF-acid than for the H-acid: the SF-fatty acids should have higher molecular mobility than the corresponding ordinary H-acids in the liquid state. However, the self-diffusion coefficients obtained for SF-acids were smaller than those for the corresponding H-acids; the apparent activation energies for the self-diffusion process (translational movement) of SF-acids were larger than those for the corresponding H-acids. Namely, the motion of SF-acid molecules in a liquid phase is rather restricted compared with H-acid in spite of lower inter-acyl chain interaction of SF-acid. This unexpected result suggests that the molecular motion of SF-acid in a liquid phase is not directly governed by inter-acyl interaction, but may be interpreted as a reptation movement of an acid molecule, which is related to intramolecular movement. In fact, low intramolecular movements for SF-acid were confirmed by ¹³C-NMR T₁ measurements.

  9. Radio-weak BL Lac Objects in the Fermi Era

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    Massaro, F.; Marchesini, E. J.; D’Abrusco, R.; Masetti, N.; Andruchow, I.; Smith, Howard A.

    2017-01-01

    The existence of “radio-weak BL Lac objects” (RWBLs) has been an open question, and has remained unsolved since the discovery that quasars could be radio-quiet or radio-loud. Recently, several groups identified RWBL candidates, mostly found while searching for low-energy counterparts of the unidentified or unassociated gamma-ray sources listed in the Fermi catalogs. Confirming RWBLs is a challenging task since they could be confused with white dwarfs (WDs) or weak emission line quasars (WELQs) when there are not sufficient data to precisely draw their broadband spectral energy distribution, and their classification is mainly based on a featureless optical spectra. Motivated by the recent discovery that Fermi BL Lacs appear to have very peculiar mid-IR emission, we show that it is possible to distinguish between WDs, WELQs, and BL Lacs using the [3.4]–[4.6]–[12] μm color–color plot built using the WISE magnitudes when the optical spectrum is available. On the basis of this analysis, we identify WISE J064459.38+603131 and WISE J141046.00+740511.2 as the first two genuine RWBLs, both potentially associated with Fermi sources. Finally, to strengthen our identification of these objects as true RWBLs, we present multifrequency observations for these two candidates to show that their spectral behavior is indeed consistent with that of the BL Lac population.

  10. Mechanical and optical behavior of a tunable liquid lens using a variable cross section membrane: modeling results

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    Flores-Bustamante, Mario C.; Rosete-Aguilar, Martha; Calixto, Sergio

    2016-03-01

    A lens containing a liquid medium and having at least one elastic membrane as one of its components is known as an elastic membrane lens (EML). The elastic membrane may have a constant or variable thickness. The optical properties of the EML change by modifying the profile of its elastic membrane(s). The EML formed of elastic constant thickness membrane(s) have been studied extensively. However, EML information using elastic membrane of variable thickness is limited. In this work, we present simulation results of the mechanical and optical behavior of two EML with variable thickness membranes (convex-plane membranes). The profile of its surfaces were modified by liquid medium volume increases. The model of the convex-plane membranes, as well as the simulation of its mechanical behavior, were performed using Solidworks® software; and surface's points of the deformed elastic lens were obtained. Experimental stress-strain data, obtained from a silicone rubber simple tensile test, according to ASTM D638 norm, were used in the simulation. Algebraic expressions, (Schwarzschild formula, up to four deformation coefficients, in a cylindrical coordinate system (r, z)), of the meridional profiles of the first and second surfaces of the deformed convex-plane membranes, were obtained using the results from Solidworks® and a program in the software Mathematica®. The optical performance of the EML was obtained by simulation using the software OSLO® and the algebraic expressions obtained in Mathematica®.

  11. Vapor-liquid equilibrium and critical behavior of the square-well fluid of variable range: A theoretical study

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    Schöll-Paschinger, Elisabeth; Benavides, Ana Laura; Castañeda-Priego, Ramon

    2005-12-01

    The vapor-liquid phase behavior and the critical behavior of the square-well (SW) fluid are investigated as a function of the interaction range, λ ɛ [1.25, 3], by means of the self-consistent Ornstein-Zernike approximation (SCOZA) and analytical equations of state based on a perturbation theory [A. L. Benavides and F. del Rio, Mol. Phys. 68, 983 (1989); A. Gil-Villegas, F. del Rio, and A. L. Benavides, Fluid Phase Equilib. 119, 97 (1996)]. For this purpose the SCOZA, which has been restricted up to now to a few model systems, has been generalized to hard-core systems with arbitrary interaction potentials requiring a fully numerical solution of an integro-partial differential equation. Both approaches, in general, describe well the liquid-vapor phase diagram of the square-well fluid when compared with simulation data. SCOZA yields very precise predictions for the coexistence curves in the case of long ranged SW interaction (λ>1.5), and the perturbation theory is able to predict the binodal curves and the saturated pressures, for all interaction ranges considered if one stays away from the critical region. In all cases, the SCOZA gives very good predictions for the critical temperatures and the critical pressures, while the perturbation theory approach tends to slightly overestimate these quantities. Furthermore, we propose analytical expressions for the critical temperatures and pressures as a function of the square-well range.

  12. Quantum Mechanical Models Of The Fermi Shuttle

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    Sternberg, James

    2011-06-01

    The Fermi shuttle is a mechanism in which high energy electrons are produced in an atomic collision by multiple collisions with a target and a projectile atom. It is normally explained purely classically in terms of the electron's orbits prescribed in the collision. Common calculations to predict the Fermi shuttle use semi-classical methods, but these methods still rely on classical orbits. In reality such collisions belong to the realm of quantum mechanics, however. In this paper we discuss several purely quantum mechanical calculations which can produce the Fermi shuttle. Being quantum mechanical in nature, these calculations produce these features by wave interference, rather than by classical orbits.

  13. Quantum chaos on a critical Fermi surface.

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    Patel, Aavishkar A; Sachdev, Subir

    2017-02-21

    We compute parameters characterizing many-body quantum chaos for a critical Fermi surface without quasiparticle excitations. We examine a theory of [Formula: see text] species of fermions at nonzero density coupled to a [Formula: see text] gauge field in two spatial dimensions and determine the Lyapunov rate and the butterfly velocity in an extended random-phase approximation. The thermal diffusivity is found to be universally related to these chaos parameters; i.e., the relationship is independent of [Formula: see text], the gauge-coupling constant, the Fermi velocity, the Fermi surface curvature, and high-energy details.

  14. Luttinger liquid behavior in the alternating spin-chain system copper nitrate

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    Willenberg, B.; Ryll, H.; Kiefer, K.; Tennant, D. A.; Groitl, F.; Rolfs, K.; Manuel, P.; Khalyavin, D.; Rule, K. C.; Wolter, A. U. B.; Süllow, S.

    2015-02-01

    We determine the phase diagram of copper nitrate Cu(NO3) 2.2.5 D2O in the context of quantum phase transitions and novel states of matter. We establish this compound as an ideal candidate to study quasi-1D Luttinger liquids, 3D Bose-Einstein-Condensation of triplons, and the crossover between 1D and 3D physics. Magnetocaloric effect, magnetization, and neutron scattering data provide clear evidence for transitions into a Luttinger liquid regime and a 3D long-range ordered phase as a function of field and temperature. Theoretical simulations of this model material allow us to fully establish the phase diagram and to discuss it in the context of dimerized spin systems.

  15. Mechanical Behavior of Liquid Route Processed SiCf/Ti Composites Under Longitudinal and Transverse Loadings

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    Valle, Roger; Daux, Jean-Claude

    2017-02-01

    Due to the high melting point and strong chemical reactivity of titanium alloys, titanium matrix composites (TMCs) are usually processed through solid-state routes such as the foil-fiber-foil technique. An alternative method consists in the deposition of the matrix on the fibers. However, techniques such as physical vapor deposition lead to a very low deposition rate, contrary to liquid route processing using a levitating liquid alloy sphere held in a cold crucible. In order to investigate the effects of the resulting thermal shock on carbon-coated SiC fibers, and select an appropriate fiber, fibers are subjected to a pure thermal shock using a laser bench facility. These fibers are then tensile tested to failure in order to evaluate the resulting fiber strength degradation and, thus, the maximum acceptable temperature. Mechanical characterization of the liquid route processed TMC is then investigated through longitudinal and transverse tensile and creep tests at temperatures representative of aeronautical applications. The specimens, unbroken after long-duration creep tests, are then subjected to tensile loading to failure: conditions representative of service, i.e., short-time overspeeding of a gas turbine. Finally, interpretation of the mechanical tests through micrographical and microfractographical examinations is focused on the identification of the deformation and failure mechanisms specific to the liquid route processed composite, e.g., nucleation, under either longitudinal or transverse loadings, of internal cracks in the α-phase of the titanium-based matrix, explained through a physical model involving a high shear stress and normal stress combination, leading to cleavage.

  16. Phase Behavior and Physical Properties of New Biobased Ionic Liquid Crystals.

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    Toledo Hijo, Ariel Antonio Campos; Maximo, Guilherme José; Costa, Mariana Conceição; Cunha, Rosiane Lopes; Pereira, Jorge Fernando Brandão; Kurnia, Kiki Adi; Batista, Eduardo A Caldas; Meirelles, Antonio J A

    2017-03-23

    Protic ionic liquids (PILs) have emerged as promising compounds and attracted the interest of the industry and the academy community, due to their easy preparation and unique properties. In the context of green chemistry, the use of biocompounds, such as fatty acids for their synthesis could disclose a possible alternative way to produce ILs with low or non-toxic effect and consequently, expanding their applicability in bio-based processes or in the development of bioproducts. This work addressed efforts to a better comprehension of the complex Solid-Liquid-Crystal-Liquid thermodynamic equilibrium of twenty new PILs synthesized by using fatty acids commonly found in vegetable oils, as well as their rheological profile and self-assembling ability. The work revealed that their phase equilibrium and physical properties are significantly impacted by the structure of the ions used for their synthesis. The use of unsaturated fatty acids and bis(2-hydroxy ethyl)ammonium for the synthesis of these biobased ILs led to a drastic decreasing of their melting temperatures. Also, the longest alkyl chain fatty acids promoted higher self-assembling and more stable mesophases. Besides their sustainable appeal, the marked high viscosity, non-Newtonian profile and very low critical micellar concentration values of the PIL crystals here disclosed make them interesting renewable compounds with potential applications as emulsifiers, stabilizers, thickeners or biolubricants.

  17. Fermi's Conundrum: Proliferation and Closed Societies

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    Teller, Wendy; Westfall, Catherine

    2007-04-01

    On January 1, 1946 Emily Taft Douglas, a freshman Representative at Large for Illinois, sent a letter to Enrico Fermi. She wanted to know whether, if atomic energy was used for peaceful purposes, it might be possible to clandestinely divert some material for bombs. Douglas first learned about the bomb not quite five months before when Hiroshima was bombed. Even though she was not a scientist she identified a key problem of the nuclear age. Fermi responded with requirements to allow peaceful uses of atomic energy and still outlaw nuclear weapons. First, free interchange of information between people was required, and second, people who reported possible violations had to be protected. Fermi had lived in Mussolini's Italy and worked under the war time secrecy restrictions of the Manhattan Project. He was not optimistic that these conditions could be met. This paper discusses how Douglas came to recognize the proliferation issue and what led Fermi to his solution and his pessimism about its practicality.

  18. Fermi: physicist with a capital F

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    Cobal, Marina

    2016-12-01

    Enrico Fermi – one of the great physicists of the 21st century – was a beacon for every Italian student of physics. This is wonderfully captured in The Pope of Physics by Gino Segrè and Bettina Hoerlin.

  19. Fermi Proves Supernova Remnants Make Cosmic Rays

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    The husks of exploded stars produce some of the fastest particles in the cosmos. New findings by NASA's Fermi show that two supernova remnants accelerate protons to near the speed of light. The pro...

  20. Fermi Sees Antimatter-Hurling Thunderstorms

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    NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has detected beams of antimatter launched by thunderstorms. Acting like enormous particle accelerators, the storms can emit gamma-ray flashes, called TGFs, an...

  1. Fermi discovers giant bubbles in Milky Way

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    Using data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, scientists have recently discovered a gigantic, mysterious structure in our galaxy. This feature looks like a pair of bubbles extending above...

  2. Fermi Surface of the Most Dilute Superconductor

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    Lin, Xiao; Zhu, Zengwei; Fauqué, Benoît; Behnia, Kamran

    2013-04-01

    The origin of superconductivity in bulk SrTiO3 is a mystery since the nonmonotonous variation of the critical transition with carrier concentration defies the expectations of the crudest version of the BCS theory. Here, employing the Nernst effect, an extremely sensitive probe of tiny bulk Fermi surfaces, we show that, down to concentrations as low as 5.5×1017cm-3, the system has both a sharp Fermi surface and a superconducting ground state. The most dilute superconductor currently known therefore has a metallic normal state with a Fermi energy as little as 1.1 meV on top of a band gap as large as 3 eV. The occurrence of a superconducting instability in an extremely small, single-component, and barely anisotropic Fermi surface implies strong constraints for the identification of the pairing mechanism.

  3. A fast algorithm for finding point sources in the Fermi data stream: FermiFAST

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    Asvathaman, Asha; Omand, Conor; Barton, Alistair; Heyl, Jeremy S.

    2017-04-01

    We present a new and efficient algorithm for finding point sources in the photon event data stream from the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope, FermiFAST. The key advantage of FermiFAST is that it constructs a catalogue of potential sources very fast by arranging the photon data in a hierarchical data structure. Using this structure, FermiFAST rapidly finds the photons that could have originated from a potential gamma-ray source. It calculates a likelihood ratio for the contribution of the potential source using the angular distribution of the photons within the region of interest. It can find within a few minutes the most significant half of the Fermi Third Point Source catalogue (3FGL) with nearly 80 per cent purity from the 4 yr of data used to construct the catalogue. If a higher purity sample is desirable, one can achieve a sample that includes the most significant third of the Fermi 3FGL with only 5 per cent of the sources unassociated with Fermi sources. Outside the Galactic plane, all but eight of the 580 FermiFAST detections are associated with 3FGL sources. And of these eight, six yield significant detections of greater than 5σ when a further binned likelihood analysis is performed. This software allows for rapid exploration of the Fermi data, simulation of the source detection to calculate the selection function of various sources and the errors in the obtained parameters of the sources detected.

  4. High-redshift Fermi blazars

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    Ghisellini, G.; Tagliaferri, G.; Foschini, L.; Ghirlanda, G.; Tavecchio, F.; Della Ceca, R.; Haardt, F.; Volonteri, M.; Gehrels, N.

    2011-02-01

    With the release of the first-year Fermi catalogue, the number of blazars detected above 100 MeV lying at high redshift has been largely increased. There are 28 blazars at z > 2 in the `clean' sample. All of them are flat spectrum radio quasars. We study and model their overall spectral energy distribution in order to find the physical parameters of the jet-emitting region, and for all of them, we estimate their black hole masses and accretion rates. We then compare the jet with the accretion disc properties, setting these sources in the broader context of all the other bright γ-ray or hard X-ray blazars. We confirm that the jet power correlates with the accretion luminosity. We find that the high-energy emission peak shifts to smaller frequencies as the observed luminosity increases, according to the blazar sequence, making the hard X-ray band the most suitable for searching the most-luminous and distant blazars.

  5. Momentum and spin transport properties of spin polarized Fermi systems

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    Wei, Lijuan

    We carried out experiments on a spin polarized 3He- 4He mixture with 3He concentration x 3 = 6.26 x 10-4, and on pure 3He liquid. Spin polarization affects the transport properties of these Fermi systems. The effect on momentum transport was studied by using a vibrating-wire viscometer to measure viscosity of the 3He-4He mixture over the temperature range 6.09 mK--100 mK in 7.96 T and 1.00 T magnetic fields. A large viscosity increase was observed upon application of the 7.96 T magnetic field for temperature T < TF(TF = 19.5 mK is the Fermi temperature). The observed viscosity is in very good agreement with theoretical calculations for a dilute Fermi gas by Jeon and Mullin [1988, 1989] and Mullin and Jeon [1992]. The polarization effect on spin transport was investigated by measuring the transverse diffusion coefficient D ⊥ in pure 3He liquid at saturated vapor pressure and at 15.85 bar over the temperature range 4.5 mK--159 mK in a 7.96 T magnetic field. We used a pulsed NMR spin echo technique in a field gradient of 16.0 G/cm to do the measurements and fits to the Leggett equations [1970] to obtain D⊥. For T < 20 mK, we found D⊥ is less than measured in earlier experiments at lower magnetic fields. D⊥ does not increase with decreasing temperature as 1/T2, but appears to approach a constant as T → 0 while it is expected that the longitudinal spin diffusion coefficient D∥ ∝ 1/ T2. This is called spin diffusion anisotropy and it was observed for the first time in our 3He liquid experiments. The anisotropy temperature we determined for 3He liquid was Ta = 16.4 +/- 2.2 mK at saturated vapor pressure and in a 7.96 T magnetic field. The transverse spin diffusion in 3 He results agree qualitatively with theories proposed by Meyerovich and Musaeflan [1992, 1994]. They also agree qualitatively with theories proposed by Golosov and Ruckenstein [1995, 1998] by extrapolation of the dilute theory to a strongly interacting system.

  6. Scattering properties of weakly-bound dimers of Fermi atoms

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    Petrov, Dmitry

    2005-03-01

    We discuss the behavior of weakly bound bosonic dimers formed in a two-component Fermi gas with a large positive scattering length for the interspecies interaction. We present a theoretical approach for solving a few-body scattering problem and describe the physics of dimer-dimer elastic and inelastic scattering. We explain why these diatomic molecules, while in the highest ro-vibrational level, are characterized by remarkable collisional stability. Co-authors are Christophe Salomon, LKB, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, France; Georgy Shlyapnikov, LPTMS, University of South Paris, Orsay, France.

  7. Understanding and Using the Fermi Science Tools

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    Asercion, Joseph; Fermi Science Support Center

    2017-01-01

    The Fermi Science Support Center (FSSC) provides information, documentation, and tools for the analysis of Fermi science data, including both the Large-Area Telescope (LAT) and the Gamma-ray Burst Monitor (GBM). Source and binary versions of the Fermi Science Tools can be downloaded from the FSSC website, and are supported on multiple platforms. An overview document, the Cicerone, provides details of the Fermi mission, the science instruments and their response functions, the science data preparation and analysis process, and interpretation of the results. Analysis Threads and a reference manual available on the FSSC website provide the user with step-by-step instructions for many different types of data analysis: point source analysis - generating maps, spectra, and light curves, pulsar timing analysis, source identification, and the use of python for scripting customized analysis chains. We present an overview of the structure of the Fermi science tools and documentation, and how to acquire them. We also provide examples of standard analyses, including tips and tricks for improving Fermi science analysis.

  8. Understanding and Using the Fermi Science Tools

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    Asercion, Joseph; Fermi Science Support Center Team

    2016-01-01

    The Fermi Science Support Center (FSSC) provides information, documentation, and tools for the analysis of Fermi science data, including both the Large-Area Telescope (LAT) and the Gamma-ray Burst Monitor (GBM). Source and binary versions of the Fermi Science Tools can be downloaded from the FSSC website, and are supported on multiple platforms. An overview document, the Cicerone, provides details of the Fermi mission, the science instruments and their response functions, the science data preparation and analysis process, and interpretation of the results. Analysis Threads and a reference manual available on the FSSC website provide the user with step-by-step instructions for many different types of data analysis: point source analysis - generating maps, spectra, and light curves, pulsar timing analysis, source identification, and the use of python for scripting customized analysis chains. We present an overview of the structure of the Fermi science tools and documentation, and how to acquire them. We also provide examples of standard analyses, including tips and tricks for improving Fermi science analysis.

  9. Sliding Luttinger liquid phases

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    Mukhopadhyay, Ranjan; Kane, C. L.; Lubensky, T. C.

    2001-07-01

    We study systems of coupled spin-gapped and gapless Luttinger liquids. First, we establish the existence of a sliding Luttinger liquid phase for a system of weakly coupled parallel quantum wires, with and without disorder. It is shown that the coupling can stabilize a Luttinger liquid phase in the presence of disorder. We then extend our analysis to a system of crossed Luttinger liquids and establish the stability of a non-Fermi-liquid state: the crossed sliding Luttinger liquid phase. In this phase the system exhibits a finite-temperature, long-wavelength, isotropic electric conductivity that diverges as a power law in temperature T as T-->0. This two-dimensional system has many properties of a true isotropic Luttinger liquid, though at zero temperature it becomes anisotropic. An extension of this model to a three-dimensional stack exhibits a much higher in-plane conductivity than the conductivity in a perpendicular direction.

  10. Transitions in Wetting Behavior Between Liquid Ag-CuO Alloys and Al2O3Substrates

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    Friant, Jared R.; Meier, Alan; Darsell, Jens T.; Weil, K. Scott; Rohrer, G.

    2012-02-24

    Reactive air brazing (RAB) is a method for joining ceramics with applications in high temperature technologies such as gas separation and solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) components. An understanding of wetting behavior is critical for optimization of the brazing process. In the current study, the wetting behavior of Ag-CuO on Al2O3 was evaluated. Based on in-situ contact angle measurements, three regions of wetting behavior were identified in the composition range of 0 to 40 mol% CuO. The first transition, a 20° decrease between 2 mol% CuO and 4 mol% CuO, was attributed to the liquid composition miscibility gap, and the second, a 10° decrease between 10 mol% CuO and 20 mol% CuO, was hypothesized to be dominated by the formation of a reaction product. Small, discontinuous reaction regions were identified via electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) but could not be verified with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis (XPS).

  11. Master singular behavior from correlation length measurements for seven one-component fluids near their gas-liquid critical point.

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    Garrabos, Yves; Palencia, Fabien; Lecoutre, Carole; Erkey, Can; Le Neindre, Bernard

    2006-02-01

    We present the master (i.e., unique) behavior of the correlation length, as a function of the thermal field along the critical isochore, asymptotically close to the gas-liquid critical point of xenon, krypton, argon, helium-3, sulfur hexafluoride, carbon dioxide, and heavy water. It is remarkable that this unicity extends to the correction-to-scaling terms. The critical parameter set, which contains all the needed information to reveal the master behavior, is composed of four thermodynamic coordinates of the critical point and one adjustable parameter which accounts for quantum effects in the helium-3 case. We use a scale dilatation method applied to the relevant physical variables of the one-component fluid subclass, in analogy with the basic hypothesis of the renormalization theory. This master behavior for the correlation length satisfies hyperscaling. We finally estimate the thermal field extent where the critical crossover of the singular thermodynamic and correlation functions deviates from the theoretical crossover function obtained from field theory.

  12. Probing the vapor-liquid phase behaviors of near-critical and supercritical fluids using a shear mode piezoelectric sensor.

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    Oag, Robert M; King, Peter J; Mellor, Christopher J; George, Michael W; Ke, Jie; Poliakoff, Martyn

    2003-02-01

    With the rapidly expanding industrial and research applications of near-critical and supercritical technology there is a pressing need for a simple and inexpensive sensor that may be used to determine the phase coexistence regions of fluid mixtures and to establish whether a fluid system is below, at, or above, a critical point. Mechanically vibrating AT-cut quartz plates may be used to determine the product of the fluid density and viscosity of a fluid in which it is immersed, through measurement of the impedance minimum of the electrical equivalent circuit or of the corresponding frequency. The density-viscosity product changes abruptly between fluid phases and rapidly along the isotherm corresponding to the critical temperature, enabling such a plate to act as a sensor of these fluid features. We consider the limitations and linearity of such a sensor and its behavior when a liquid-gas meniscus crosses its surface. We demonstrate for the first time the effective use of an AT-cut quartz sensor in mapping the phase behavior of fluids, using measurements made on carbon dioxide and ethane for calibration and then investigating an ethane-carbon dioxide mixture. The advantages of this experimental approach are that (i) piezoelectric sensors are available for operation up to 1,000 degrees C and at extremely high pressures and (ii) the measurement of the density-viscosity product of supercritical fluids is inherently simpler than traditional techniques for determining phase behavior.

  13. Dynamic behavior of oscillatory plastic flow in a smectic liquid crystal

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    Herke, Richard A.; Clark, 1., Noel A.; Handschy, Mark A.

    1997-09-01

    Dynamic surface force measurements are used to study the response of a smectic-A liquid crystal under layer-normal stress. The smectic A is confined in a spherical wedge between crossed cylindrical surfaces having a minimum gap spacing of 0.5-4 μm. The force transmitted between the surfaces by the liquid crystal is measured vs surface spacing using a capacitance micrometer-based surface force apparatus. Above a threshold stress plastic flow results, consisting of individual layers being excluded or included. Each layer flow event has an intriguing dynamical structure, beginning with an enhanced drift rate, which can last for many minutes, accelerating to a rapid separation change of ~1 or 2 s duration wherein the bulk of the relaxation occurs, and tapering off to a background drift rate over a period of a 100 s or more. The single-layer nature of the observed jumps in liquid crystal thickness indicates that they are topological in origin, i.e., slippage events in the phase of the smectic-A order parameter that must necessarily involve edge or screw dislocations. A model based on the Glaberson-Clem-Oswald-Kléman helical instability in screw dislocations is the only one found to explain the data, the layering events arising from a cascade of these helical instabilities sweeping radially outward through the smectic-A sample. The slow precursor acceleration is due to the nucleation of a few helices in the thin central portion of the sample. As time goes on, the force relieved is transferred to the rest of the sample, pushing larger and larger amounts of the area into the unstable regime, and a type of chain reaction occurs whereby the bulk of a layer is removed. In the end only the material at the edge of the droplet, where the thickness is largest, is left to slowly continue to nucleate, producing a long-term tail.

  14. Neutron scattering from polycrystalline ice (Ih): Some keys to understanding the collective behavior of liquid water

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    Bermejo, F. J.; Frikkee, E.; García-Hernández, M.; Martínez, J. L.; Criado, A.

    1993-09-01

    The phonon dispersion in the second Brillouin zone of polycrystalline ice (Ih) has been measured. The results confirm the predictions of a previous lattice-dynamics calculation [A. Criado, F.J. Bermejo, M. García-Hernández, and J.L. Martínez, Phys. Rev. E 47, 3516 (1993)] where anomalously steep dispersion curves of an apparent acoustic origin were found. The relevance of the present findings for explaining some apparently anomalous features concerning the collective dynamics of liquid water is finally discussed.

  15. Fermi level dependent native defect formation: Consequences for metal-semiconductor and semiconductor-semiconductor interfaces

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    Walukiewicz, W.

    1988-02-01

    The amphoteric native defect model of the Schottky barrier formation is used to analyze the Fermi level pinning at metal/semiconductor interfaces for submonolayer metal coverages. It is assumed that the energy required for defect generation is released in the process of surface back-relaxation. Model calculations for metal/GaAs interfaces show a weak dependence of the Fermi level pinning on the thickness of metal deposited at room temperature. This weak dependence indicates a strong dependence of the defect formation energy on the Fermi level, a unique feature of amphoteric native defects. This result is in very good agreement with experimental data. It is shown that a very distinct asymmetry in the Fermi level pinning on p- and n-type GaAs observed at liquid nitrogen temperatures can be understood in terms of much different recombination rates for amphoteric native defects in those two types of materials. Also, it is demonstrated that the Fermi level stabilization energy, a central concept of the amphoteric defect system, plays a fundamental role in other phenomena in semiconductors such as semiconductor/semiconductor heterointerface intermixing and saturation of free carrier concentration. 33 refs., 6 figs.

  16. Poly(1-Vinyl-1,2,4-triazolium) Poly(Ionic Liquid)s: Synthesis and the Unique Behavior in Loading Metal Ions.

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    Zhang, Weiyi; Yuan, Jiayin

    2016-07-01

    Herein, the synthesis of a series of poly(4-alkyl-1-vinyl-1,2,4-triazolium) poly(ionic liquid)s is reported either via straightforward free radical polymerization of their corresponding ionic liquid monomers or via anion metathesis of the polymer precursors bearing halide as counter anion. The ionic liquid monomers are first prepared via N-alkylation reaction of commercially available 1-vinyl-1,2,4-triazole with alkyl iodides, followed by anion metathesis with targeted fluorinated anions. The thermal properties and solubilities of these poly(ionic liquid)s have been systematically investigated. Interestingly, it is found that the poly(4-ethyl-1-vinyl-1,2,4-triazolium) poly(ionic liquid) exhibited an improved loading capacity of transition metal ions in comparison with its imidazolium counterpart.

  17. Influence of water on the interfacial behavior of gallium liquid metal alloys.

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    Khan, Mohammad R; Trlica, Chris; So, Ju-Hee; Valeri, Michael; Dickey, Michael D

    2014-12-24

    Eutectic gallium indium (EGaIn) is a promising liquid metal for a variety of electrical and optical applications that take advantage of its soft and fluid properties. The presence of a rapidly forming oxide skin on the surface of the metal causes it to stick to many surfaces, which limits the ability to easily reconfigure its shape on demand. This paper shows that water can provide an interfacial slip layer between EGaIn and other surfaces, which allows the metal to flow smoothly through capillaries and across surfaces without sticking. Rheological and surface characterization shows that the presence of water also changes the chemical composition of the oxide skin and weakens its mechanical strength, although not enough to allow the metal to flow freely in microchannels without the slip layer. The slip layer provides new opportunities to control and actuate liquid metal plugs in microchannels-including the use of continuous electrowetting-enabling new possibilities for shape reconfigurable electronics, sensors, actuators, and antennas.

  18. Li-Doped Ionic Liquid Electrolytes: From Bulk Phase to Interfacial Behavior

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    Haskins, Justin B.; Lawson, John W.

    2016-01-01

    Ionic liquids have been proposed as candidate electrolytes for high-energy density, rechargeable batteries. We present an extensive computational analysis supported by experimental comparisons of the bulk and interfacial properties of a representative set of these electrolytes as a function of Li-salt doping. We begin by investigating the bulk electrolyte using quantum chemistry and ab initio molecular dynamics to elucidate the solvation structure of Li(+). MD simulations using the polarizable force field of Borodin and coworkers were then performed, from which we obtain an array of thermodynamic and transport properties. Excellent agreement is found with experiments for diffusion, ionic conductivity, and viscosity. Combining MD simulations with electronic structure computations, we computed the electrochemical window of the electrolytes across a range of Li(+)-doping levels and comment on the role of the liquid environment. Finally, we performed a suite of simulations of these Li-doped electrolytes at ideal electrified interfaces to evaluate the differential capacitance and the equilibrium Li(+) distribution in the double layer. The magnitude of differential capacitance is in good agreement with our experiments and exhibits the characteristic camel-shaped profile. In addition, the simulations reveal Li(+) to be highly localized to the second molecular layer of the double layer, which is supported by additional computations that find this layer to be a free energy minimum with respect to Li(+) translation.

  19. Behavior of Spinning Space Vehicles with Onboard Liquids, 2nd Edition, Technical Report B8030

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    Hubert, Carl

    2008-01-01

    Although the fundamental principles of spin stabilization are well established, uncertainty regarding the potential for rapid nutation growth caused by onboard liquids is a continuing concern. NASA and other organizations regularly encounter the issue of rapid nutation growth due to energy dissipation by liquids on spinning vehicles. Of concern is the stability of spinning upper stages and of spacecraft that spin for part or all of their missions. Several missions have required last-minute hardware or operational changes to deal with rapid nutation divergences that were identified late in the program. In some instances, major schedule slips were barely averted. In at least two cases, it was determined that a spinning upper stage was not a viable option. Historically, the "slosh" issue has been addressed by each space vehicle project individually, if it has been addressed at all. Due to budgetary and programmatic constraints, individual projects are unable to address the problem globally. Hence, there has been little effort to collect available test and flight data and use that data to make a coherent, unified picture of the "slosh" effect and how to deal with it. To some extent, each project has had to "reinvent the wheel", which can be both costly and risky. This study is a step toward correcting the situation. Specifically, the goal was to identify and collect available flight and test data for spinning vehicles with onboard liquid propellants. A total of 149 flight data points and 1,692 test points were collected as part of this study. This data was analyzed, correlated, and is presented here in a normalized form. In most cases, the normalization involves a dimensionless nutation time constant that can be used to predict performance of other vehicles with the same type of tank. For some configurations, it was also possible to identify conditions that can lead to resonance between nutational motion and liquid modes. Gaps in the knowledge base are identified and

  20. Leaching behavior of copper from waste printed circuit boards with Brønsted acidic ionic liquid

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    Huang, Jinxiu; Chen, Mengjun Chen, Haiyan; Chen, Shu; Sun, Quan

    2014-02-15

    Highlights: • A Brønsted acidic ILs was used to leach Cu from WPCBs for the first time. • The particle size of WPCBs has significant influence on Cu leaching rate. • Cu leaching rate was higher than 99% under the optimum leaching conditions. • The leaching process can be modeled with shrinking core model, and the E{sub a} was 25.36 kJ/mol. - Abstract: In this work, a Brønsted acidic ionic liquid, 1-butyl-3-methyl-imidazolium hydrogen sulfate ([bmim]HSO{sub 4}), was used to leach copper from waste printed circuit boards (WPCBs, mounted with electronic components) for the first time, and the leaching behavior of copper was discussed in detail. The results showed that after the pre-treatment, the metal distributions were different with the particle size: Cu, Zn and Al increased with the increasing particle size; while Ni, Sn and Pb were in the contrary. And the particle size has significant influence on copper leaching rate. Copper leaching rate was higher than 99%, almost 100%, when 1 g WPCBs powder was leached under the optimum conditions: particle size of 0.1–0.25 mm, 25 mL 80% (v/v) ionic liquid, 10 mL 30% hydrogen peroxide, solid/liquid ratio of 1/25, 70 °C and 2 h. Copper leaching by [bmim]HSO{sub 4} can be modeled with the shrinking core model, controlled by diffusion through a solid product layer, and the kinetic apparent activation energy has been calculated to be 25.36 kJ/mol.

  1. Retention behavior of phenols, anilines, and alkylbenzenes in liquid chromatographic separations using subcritical water as the mobile phase.

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    Yang, Y; Jones, A D; Eaton, C D

    1999-09-01

    The unique characteristic of subcritical water is its widely tunable physical properties. For example, the polarity (measured by dielectric constant) of water is significantly decreased by raising water temperature. At temperatures of 200-250 °C (under moderate pressure to keep water in the liquid state), the polarity of pure water is similar to that of pure methanol or acetonitrile at ambient conditions. Therefore, pure subcritical water may be able to serve as the mobile phase for reversed-phase separations. To investigate the retention behavior in subcritical water separation, the retention factors of BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and m-xylene), phenol, aniline, and their derivatives have been determined using subcritical water, methanol/water, and acetonitrile/water systems. Subcritical water separations were also performed using alumina, silica-bonded C18, and poly(styrene-divinylbenzene) columns to study the influence of the stationary phase on analyte retention under subcritical water conditions.

  2. Validation of a Chiral Liquid Chromatographic Method for the Degradation Behavior of Flumequine Enantiomers in Mariculture Pond Water.

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    Wang, Yan-Fei; Gao, Xiao-Feng; Jin, Huo-Xi; Wang, Yang-Guang; Wu, Wei-Jian; Ouyang, Xiao-Kun

    2016-09-01

    In this work, flumequine (FLU) enantiomers were separated using a Chiralpak OD-H column, with n-hexane-ethanol (20:80, v/v) as the mobile phase at a flow rate of 0.6 mL/min. Solid phase extraction (SPE) was used for cleanup and enrichment. The limit of detection, limit of quantitation, linearity, precision, and intra/interday variation of the chiral high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method were determined. The developed method was then applied to investigate the degradation behavior of FLU enantiomers in mariculture pond water samples. The results showed that the degradation of FLU enantiomers under natural, sterile, or dark conditions was not enantioselective. Chirality 28:649-655, 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  3. Cybotactic behavior in the de Vries smectic-A* liquid-crystal structure formed by a silicon-containing molecule.

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    Ryu, Seong Ho; Shin, Tae Joo; Gong, Tao; Shen, Yongqiang; Korblova, Eva; Shao, Renfan; Walba, David M; Clark, Noel A; Yoon, Dong Ki

    2014-03-01

    We have identified a metastable liquid-crystal (LC) structure in the de Vries smectic-A* phase (de Vries Sm-A*) formed by silicon-containing molecules under certain boundary conditions. The phase transition with the metastable structure was observed in a LC droplet placed on a planar aligned substrate and LCs confined in the groove of a silicon microchannel. During the rapid cooling step, a batonnet structure was generated as an intermediate and metastable state prior to the transition that yielded the thermodynamically stable toric focal conic domains. This distinctive behavior was characterized using depolarized reflection light microscopy and grazing incidence x-ray diffraction techniques. We concluded that the silicon groups in the molecules that formed the de Vries phase induced the formation of layered clusters called cybotactic structures. This observation is relevant to an exploration of the physical properties of cybotactic de Vries phases and gives a hint as to their optoelectronic applications.

  4. Cybotactic behavior in the de Vries smectic-A* liquid-crystal structure formed by a silicon-containing molecule

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    Ryu, Seong Ho; Shin, Tae Joo; Gong, Tao; Shen, Yongqiang; Korblova, Eva; Shao, Renfan; Walba, David M.; Clark, Noel A.; Yoon, Dong Ki

    2014-03-01

    We have identified a metastable liquid-crystal (LC) structure in the de Vries smectic-A* phase (de Vries Sm-A*) formed by silicon-containing molecules under certain boundary conditions. The phase transition with the metastable structure was observed in a LC droplet placed on a planar aligned substrate and LCs confined in the groove of a silicon microchannel. During the rapid cooling step, a batonnet structure was generated as an intermediate and metastable state prior to the transition that yielded the thermodynamically stable toric focal conic domains. This distinctive behavior was characterized using depolarized reflection light microscopy and grazing incidence x-ray diffraction techniques. We concluded that the silicon groups in the molecules that formed the de Vries phase induced the formation of layered clusters called cybotactic structures. This observation is relevant to an exploration of the physical properties of cybotactic de Vries phases and gives a hint as to their optoelectronic applications.

  5. Electrohydrodynamic Behaviors in the Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes Doped Optically Compensated Bend Polymer-Dispersed Nematic Liquid Crystal Cell

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    Chen, Yi-Ning; Wu, Jin-Jei; Ke, Hung-Lin

    2008-11-01

    We fabricated three optically compensated bend (OCB) polymer-dispersed nematic liquid crystal (PDLC) cells doped with a minute amount of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and observed the eletrohydrodynamic (EHD) behaviors of LCs in these three MWCNT-doped OCB PDLC cells at 5 or 12 V AC voltage with a frequency of 1 kHz or 60 Hz, respectively. Using the polarizing microscope, we discovered many kinds of domain patterns, including the fingerprint-like domain pattern, the uniform domain pattern, the bean-like domain pattern, the irregular big spot domain pattern, the hexagonal short period lattice domain pattern, and the rectangular period lattice domain pattern. This suggests that some domain patterns differ from the Kapustin-William's domain pattern while others were somewhat similar to the Kapustin-William's domain pattern.

  6. Influence of Substrate Surfaces on Thermal Behavior of Photopolymerization-Induced Phase Separation of Liquid Crystal and Polymer

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    Murashige, Takeshi; Fujikake, Hideo; Ikehata, Seiichiro; Sato, Fumio

    2003-01-01

    We studied photopolymerization-induced phase separation (P-PIPS) of polymer fibers and liquid crystal (LC) formed at various thicknesses between glass substrates using a differential scanning calorimeter to find the influence of substrates on the P-PIPS phenomenon. In this case, the energy of ultraviolet light adsorbed by the solution film of the LC and monomer was kept constant in a unit area even when the solution thickness was changed. As an experimental result, the thermal phase-transition sequence behavior of the LC component in the formed composite film of smaller thickness approached that of the original pure LC. The total reaction heat for the polymerization in any thickness solutions did not make meaningful difference. These indicate that the phase separation can be promoted by decreasing the distance between the substrates even under constant polymerization degree, which depends on the polymerization reaction.

  7. Introduction of an ionic liquid into the micropores of a metal-organic framework and its anomalous phase behavior.

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    Fujie, Kazuyuki; Yamada, Teppei; Ikeda, Ryuichi; Kitagawa, Hiroshi

    2014-10-13

    Controlling the dynamics of ionic liquids (ILs) is a significant issue for widespread use. Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are ideal host materials for ILs because of their small micropores and tunable host-guest interactions. Herein, we demonstrate the first example of an IL incorporated within the micropores of a MOF. The system studied consisted of EMI-TFSA (1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide) and ZIF-8 (composed of Zn(MeIM)2 ; H(MeIM)=2-methylimidazole) as the IL and MOF, respectively. Construction of the EMI-TFSA in ZIF-8 was confirmed by X-ray powder diffraction, nitrogen gas adsorption, and infrared absorption spectroscopy. Differential scanning calorimetry and solid-state NMR measurements showed that the EMI-TFSA inside the micropores demonstrated no freezing transition down to 123 K, whereas bulk EMI-TFSA froze at 231 K. Such anomalous phase behavior originates from the nanosize effect of the MOF on the IL. This result provides a novel strategy for stabilizing the liquid phase of the ILs down to a lower temperature region.

  8. Accommodative Behavior of Non-porous Molecular crystal at Solid-Gas and Solid-Liquid Interface

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    Mande, Hemant M.; Ghalsasi, Prasanna S.

    2015-01-01

    Molecular crystals demonstrate drastically different behavior in solid and liquid state, mainly due to their difference in structural frameworks. Therefore, designing of unique structured molecular compound which can work at both these interfaces has been a challenge. Here, we present remarkable ‘molecular’ property by non-porous molecular solid crystal, dinuclear copper complex (C6H5CH(X)NH2)2CuCl2, to reversibly ‘adsorb’ HCl gas at solid-gas interface as well as ‘accommodate’ azide anion at solid-liquid interface with crystal to crystal transformation. The latter process is driven by molecular recognition, self-assembly, and anchimeric assistance. The observed transformations are feasible due to breathing of inner and outer coordination sphere around metal center resulting in change in metal polyhedra for ‘accommodating’ guest molecule. These transformations cause changes in optical, magnetic, and/or ferroelectric property offering diversity in ‘sensing’ application. With the proposed underlying principles in these exceptional reversible and cyclic transformations, we prepared a series of compounds, can facilitate designing of novel multifunctional molecular materials. PMID:26411980

  9. Wetting behavior of nonpolar nanotubes in simple dipolar liquids for varying nanotube diameter and solute-solvent interactions.

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    Rana, Malay Kumar; Chandra, Amalendu

    2015-01-21

    Atomistic simulations of model nonpolar nanotubes in a Stockmayer liquid are carried out for varying nanotube diameter and nanotube-solvent interactions to investigate solvophobic interactions in generic dipolar solvents. We have considered model armchair type single-walled nonpolar nanotubes with increasing radii from (5,5) to (12,12). The interactions between solute and solvent molecules are modeled by the well-known Lennard-Jones and repulsive Weeks-Chandler-Andersen potentials. We have investigated the density profiles and microscopic arrangement of Stockmayer molecules, orientational profiles of their dipole vectors, time dependence of their occupation, and also the translational and rotational motion of solvent molecules in confined environments of the cylindrical nanopores and also in their external peripheral regions. The present results of structural and dynamical properties of Stockmayer molecules inside and near atomistically rough nonpolar surfaces including their wetting and dewetting behavior for varying interactions provide a more generic picture of solvophobic effects experienced by simple dipolar liquids without any specific interactions such as hydrogen bonds.

  10. Wetting behavior of nonpolar nanotubes in simple dipolar liquids for varying nanotube diameter and solute-solvent interactions

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    Rana, Malay Kumar; Chandra, Amalendu

    2015-01-21

    Atomistic simulations of model nonpolar nanotubes in a Stockmayer liquid are carried out for varying nanotube diameter and nanotube-solvent interactions to investigate solvophobic interactions in generic dipolar solvents. We have considered model armchair type single-walled nonpolar nanotubes with increasing radii from (5,5) to (12,12). The interactions between solute and solvent molecules are modeled by the well-known Lennard-Jones and repulsive Weeks-Chandler-Andersen potentials. We have investigated the density profiles and microscopic arrangement of Stockmayer molecules, orientational profiles of their dipole vectors, time dependence of their occupation, and also the translational and rotational motion of solvent molecules in confined environments of the cylindrical nanopores and also in their external peripheral regions. The present results of structural and dynamical properties of Stockmayer molecules inside and near atomistically rough nonpolar surfaces including their wetting and dewetting behavior for varying interactions provide a more generic picture of solvophobic effects experienced by simple dipolar liquids without any specific interactions such as hydrogen bonds.

  11. Vaporization behavior of tetraoctylphosphonium bis(2-ethylhexyl)phosphate ionic liquid

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    McMurray, J. W.; Zhou, Y.; Luo, H. M.; Qu, J.

    2017-01-01

    The equilibrium vapor pressures, pe, of the ionic liquid tetraoctylphosphonium bis(2-ethylhexyl)phosphate ([P8888][DEHP]) over the temperature range 409-495 K were determined for the first time using mass loss Knudsen effusion. The pe versus temperature relationship compares well to 1-methyl-3-octylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([C8mim][NTf2]) but is lower than that of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([C2mim][NTf2]) when measured using the same technique. The discrepancies between the pe determined in this work for [C8mim][NTf2] and [C2mim][NTf2] with previous studies is discussed. The enthalpy and entropy of vaporization for all three fluids are estimated from the Clasius-Clapeyron relation.

  12. Liquid crystal behavior induced assembling fabrication of conductive chiral MWCNTs@NCC nanopaper

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    Ren, Yumei; Wang, Tianjiao; Chen, Zhimin; Li, Jing; Tian, Qiuge; Yang, Hongxia; Xu, Qun

    2016-11-01

    The conductive chiral MWCNTs@NCC nanopapers obtained by the assembly of nanocrystalline cellulose liquid crystals (NCC LCs) host matrix along with one-dimensional (1-D) multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) have been studied in this work. Circular dichroism (CD) studies show strong signals stemming from the chiral nematic structure. Notably, the introduction of the MWCNTs has a pronounced effect on the chiral structure of the as-prepared nanopaper. Our experimental results indicate the multiple weak molecular interactions existing between MWCNTs and NCC are responsible for the effective dispersion and stabilization of MWCNTs. Moreover it also confirms the resulting nanopaper has an increased conductivity of 4.2 S/m at 1.96 wt% MWCNTs. So the co-assembly of the nanocomposite herein opens a gateway for preparing functional materials combining the photonic properties of the NCC LCs matrix with other building blocks that can supply other advantageous functions.

  13. Behaviors of random laser in dye-doped nematic liquid crystals

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    Yao, Fengfeng; Bian, Huanting; Pei, Yanbo; Hou, Chunfeng; Sun, Xiudong

    2016-01-01

    Random lasing in the nematic liquid crystals (NLCs) with a high doping concentration of the laser dye was observed and characterized. With increasing the pump energy after the occurrence of the random laser (RL), the RL intensity first increases gradually to a maximum, then drops sharply to zero, accompanied by the gradual enhancement of scattering manifested by the growth of far-field diffraction rings of the transmitted pump beam in number. The threshold energy per unit pump area, slope efficiency, and maximal output intensity of the NLC RL depend heavily and nonmonotonically on the pump angle. A model involving the pump pulse induced molecular reorientation in NLCs leading to the pump angle dependent enhancement of scattering is proposed to explain the pump angle dependent properties of RLs.

  14. Physicochemical study of solution behavior of ionic liquid prevalent in diverse solvent systems at different temperatures

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    Datta, Biswajit; Roy, Mahendra Nath

    2016-11-01

    Electrolytic conductivity, density, viscosity and FTIR study of an ionic liquid, 1-butyl-4-methylpyridinium hexafluorophosphate ([bmpy]PF6) have been measured in diverse industrially significant solvents viz. acetonitrile, tetrahydrofuran and 1,3 dioxolane at various temperatures. In acetonitrile, the ion-pair formation of the IL was analyzed by Fuoss conductance equation. In Tetrahydrofuran and 1,3 Dioxolane systems, triple-ion formation analyzed by the Fuoss-Kraus theory. Ion-solvent interactions have been inferred in terms of limiting apparent molal volumes and viscosity B-coefficients. The results obtained from the experimental study, have been conferred in terms of ion-dipole interactions, structural aspect, configurational theory and solvatochromic effect.

  15. Lipid-Based Liquid Crystals As Carriers for Antimicrobial Peptides: Phase Behavior and Antimicrobial Effect.

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    Boge, Lukas; Bysell, Helena; Ringstad, Lovisa; Wennman, David; Umerska, Anita; Cassisa, Viviane; Eriksson, Jonny; Joly-Guillou, Marie-Laure; Edwards, Katarina; Andersson, Martin

    2016-05-03

    The number of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is increasing worldwide, and the demand for novel antimicrobials is constantly growing. Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) could be an important part of future treatment strategies of various bacterial infection diseases. However, AMPs have relatively low stability, because of proteolytic and chemical degradation. As a consequence, carrier systems protecting the AMPs are greatly needed, to achieve efficient treatments. In addition, the carrier system also must administrate the peptide in a controlled manner to match the therapeutic dose window. In this work, lyotropic liquid crystalline (LC) structures consisting of cubic glycerol monooleate/water and hexagonal glycerol monooleate/oleic acid/water have been examined as carriers for AMPs. These LC structures have the capability of solubilizing both hydrophilic and hydrophobic substances, as well as being biocompatible and biodegradable. Both bulk gels and discrete dispersed structures (i.e., cubosomes and hexosomes) have been studied. Three AMPs have been investigated with respect to phase stability of the LC structures and antimicrobial effect: AP114, DPK-060, and LL-37. Characterization of the LC structures was performed using small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), dynamic light scattering, ζ-potential, and cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (Cryo-TEM) and peptide loading efficacy by ultra performance liquid chromatography. The antimicrobial effect of the LCNPs was investigated in vitro using minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and time-kill assay. The most hydrophobic peptide (AP114) was shown to induce an increase in negative curvature of the cubic LC system. The most polar peptide (DPK-060) induced a decrease in negative curvature while LL-37 did not change the LC phase at all. The hexagonal LC phase was not affected by any of the AMPs. Moreover, cubosomes loaded with peptides AP114 and DPK-060 showed preserved antimicrobial activity, whereas particles loaded

  16. Migration behavior of supercritical and liquid CO2 in a stratified system: Experiments and numerical simulations

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    Oh, Junho; Kim, Kue-Young; Han, Weon Shik; Park, Eungyu; Kim, Jeong-Chan

    2015-10-01

    Multiple scenarios of upward CO2 migration driven by both injection-induced pressure and buoyancy force were investigated in a horizontally and vertically stratified core utilizing a core-flooding system with a 2-D X-ray scanner. Two reservoir-type scenarios were considered: (1) the terrestrial reservoir scenario (10 MPa and 50°C), where CO2 exists in a supercritical state and (2) the deep-sea sediment reservoir scenario (28 MPa and 25°C), where CO2 is stored in the liquid phase. The core-flooding experiments showed a 36% increase in migration rate in the vertical core setting compared with the horizontal setting, indicating the significance of the buoyancy force under the terrestrial reservoir scenario. Under both reservoir conditions, the injected CO2 tended to find a preferential flow path (low capillary entry pressure and high-permeability (high-k) path) and bypass the unfavorable pathways, leaving low CO2 saturation in the low-permeability (low-k) layers. No distinctive fingering was observed as the CO2 moved upward, and the CO2 movement was primarily controlled by media heterogeneity. The CO2 saturation in the low-k layers exhibited a more sensitive response to injection rates, implying that the increase in CO2 injection rates could be more effective in terms of storage capacity in the low-k layers in a stratified reservoir. Under the deep-sea sediment condition, the storage potential of liquid CO2 was more than twice as high as that of supercritical CO2 under the terrestrial reservoir scenario. In the end, multiphase transport simulations were conducted to assess the effects of heterogeneity on the spatial variation of pressure buildup, CO2 saturation, and CO2 flux. Finally, we showed that a high gravity number (Ngr) tended to be more influenced by the heterogeneity of the porous media.

  17. Instabilities and transient behaviors of a liquid film flowing down a porous inclined plane

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    Liu, Rong; Liu, Qiusheng

    2010-07-01

    The nonmodal linear stability of a falling film over a porous inclined plane has been investigated. The base flow is driven by gravity. We use Darcy's law to describe the flow in the porous medium. A simplified one-sided model is used to describe the fluid flow. In this model, the influence of the porous layer on the flow in the film can be identified by a parameter β. The instabilities of a falling film have traditionally been investigated by linearizing the governing equations and testing for unstable eigenvalues of the linearized problem. However, the results of eigenvalue analysis agree poorly in many cases with experiments, especially for shear flows. In the present paper, we have studied the linear stability of three-dimensional disturbances using the nonmodal stability theory. Particular attentions are paid to the transient behavior rather than the long time behavior of eigenmodes predicted by traditional normal mode analysis. The transient behaviors of the response to external excitations and the response to initial conditions are studied by examining the pseudospectral structures and the energy growth function G(t ). Before we study the nonmodal stability of the system, we extend the results of long-wave analysis in previous works by examining the linear stabilities for streamwise and spanwise disturbances. Results show that the critical conditions of both the surface mode and the shear mode instabilities are dependent on β for streamwise disturbances. However, the spanwise disturbances have no unstable eigenvalue.

  18. Phase behavior of AOT microemulsions in compressible liquids. [AOT = bis(2-ethylhexyl) sodium sulfosuccinate

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    McFann, G.J.; Johnston, K.P. )

    1991-06-13

    The phase behavior of bis(2-ethylhexyl) sodium sulfosuccinate (AOT)-alkane-brine systems is described over a wide range of pressure, temperature, and salinity for alkanes from ethane to dodecane. The partitioning of AOT between the oil, middle, and brine phases is reported for propane in order to determine the natural curvature. This is important for understanding separation processes with water-in-oil microemulsions. For the lighter, more compressible alkanes, the pressure effect on the hydrophilicity of the surfactant is much larger and in the opposite direction as for the heavier, less compressible ones. In propane at constant temperature and salinity, water-in-oil (w/o) microemulsions have been converted to middle phase microemulsions and then to oil-in-water (o/w) microemulsions by decreasing the pressure. These phase inversions are described in terms of the immiscibilities in the binary systems, and the molecular interactions at the surfactant interface. Although temperature and salinity are used commonly to manipulate interactions primarily on the water side of the interface, these results show it is possible to control interactions on the oil side by adjusting the pressure. The well-established trends in the phase behavior and size of microemulsion drops for dodecane through hexane are not observed for the lighter alkanes. For butane through ethane, a new unusual behavior is identified and attributed to a significant decrease in the strength of the attractive interactions between the surfactant tails and the alkane.

  19. Separation of transport lifetimes in SrTi O3 -based two-dimensional electron liquids

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    Mikheev, Evgeny; Freeze, Christopher R.; Isaac, Brandon J.; Cain, Tyler A.; Stemmer, Susanne

    2015-04-01

    Deviations from Landau Fermi-liquid behavior are ubiquitous features of the normal state of unconventional superconductors. Despite several decades of investigation, the underlying mechanisms of these properties are still not completely understood. In this work, we show that two-dimensional electron liquids at SrTi O3/R Ti O3 (R =Gd or Sm) interfaces reveal strikingly similar physics. Analysis of Hall and resistivity data shows a clear separation of transport and Hall scattering rates, also known as "two-lifetime" behavior. This framework gives a remarkably simple and general description of the temperature dependence of the Hall coefficient. Distinct transport lifetimes accurately describe the transport phenomena irrespective of the nature of incipient magnetic ordering, the degree of disorder, confinement, or the emergence of non-Fermi-liquid behavior. The Hall scattering rate diverges at a critical quantum well thickness, coinciding with a quantum phase transition. Collectively, these results introduce constraints on the existing microscopic theories of lifetime separation and point to the need for unified understanding.

  20. Ab initio calculations of the optical properties of crystalline and liquid InSb

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    Sano, Haruyuki; Mizutani, Goro

    2015-11-15

    Ab initio calculations of the electronic and optical properties of InSb were performed for both the crystalline and liquid states. Two sets of atomic structure models for liquid InSb at 900 K were obtained by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. To reduce the effect of structural peculiarities in the liquid models, an averaging of the two sets of the calculated electronic and optical properties corresponding to the two liquid models was performed. The calculated results indicate that, owing to the phase transition from crystal to liquid, the density of states around the Fermi level increases. As a result, the energy band gap opening near the Fermi level disappears. Consequently, the optical properties change from semiconductor to metallic behavior. Namely, owing to the melting of InSb, the interband transition peaks disappear and a Drude-like dispersion is observed in the optical dielectric functions. The optical absorption at a photon energy of 3.06 eV, which is used in Blu-ray Disc systems, increases owing to the melting of InSb. This increase in optical absorption is proposed to result from the increased optical transitions below 2 eV.

  1. Upgrading Fermi Without Traveling to Space

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    Kohler, Susanna

    2016-02-01

    The Large Area Telescope (LAT) on board the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has received an upgrade that increased its sensitivity by a whopping 40% and nobody had to travel to space to make it happen! The difference instead stems from remarkable improvement to the software used to analyze Fermi-LATs data, and it has resulted in a new high-energy map of our sky.Animation (click to watch!) comparing the Pass 7 to the Pass 8 Fermi-LAT analysis, in a region in the constellation Carina. Pass 8 provides more accurate directions for incoming gamma rays, so more of them fall closer to their sources, creating taller spikes and a sharper image. [NASA/DOE/Fermi LAT Collaboration]Pass 8Fermi-LAT has been surveying the whole sky since August 2008. It detects gamma-ray photons by converting them into electron-positron pairs and tracking the paths of these charged particles. But differentiating this signal from the charged cosmic rays that also pass through the detector with a flux that can be 10,000 times larger! is a challenging process. Making this distinction and rebuilding the path of the original gamma ray relies on complex analysis software.Pass 8 is a complete reprocessing of all data collected by Fermi-LAT. The software has gone through many revisions before now, but this is the first revision that has taken into account all of the experience that the Fermi team has gained operating the LAT in its orbital environment.The improvements made in Pass 8 include better background rejection of misclassified charged particles, improvements to the point spread function and effective area of the detector, and an extension of the effective energy range from below 100 MeV to beyond a few hundred GeV. The changes made in Pass 8 have increased the sensitivity of Fermi-LAT by an astonishing 40%.Map of the High-Energy SkySky map of the sources in the 2FHL catalog, classified by their most likely association. Click for a better look! [Ackermann et al. 2016]The first result from the

  2. Chaotic behavior of thermocapillary-driven convection in half-zone liquid bridge of high Prandtl number fluid

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    Ueno, I.; Tanaka, S.; Kawamura, H.

    Thermocapillary-driven flow in a half-zone liquid bridge of high Prandtl number fluid was investigated experimentally. It has been reported that their exists a transition from 2-D steady to 3-D oscillatory flows at a critical temperature difference between the both ends surface of the bridge. The authors paid their attention upon the flow fields far beyond the critical condition. The liquid bridge of 2-cSt silicone oil was formed between the co-axial cylindrical rods of 5 mm in diameter. The top rod was heated so that the thermocapillary forces drove the fluid from the top to the bottom on the free surface. The flow filed was visualized by suspending Polyethylene particle of about 20 micrometer in diameter, and was observed through the transparent top rod made of the sapphire by CCD camera. The surface temperature at mid height of the liquid bridge was measured by a thermocouple of 25 micrometer in diameter. The different kinds of flow patterns were induced with varying the Marangoni number at a fixed liquid-bridge aspect ratio. The regimes of convection fields were categorized from the steady to the turbulent flows through the observation of the suspended particle motion, the surface temperature variation, its Fourier spectrum and the reconstructed pseudo-phase space. With increasing the temperature difference, the flow field exhibited the transition from 2-D steady to 3-D oscillatory flows. After the onset of the oscillation, pulsating and then rotating flows emerged. After once exhibiting a transition regime, another types of the pulsating and rotating flows were observed again, although their flow structures were quite different from the former ones. These flow regimes still retained quasi-periodic structures. Further increasing the temperature difference from the second rotating flow, the chaotic and turbulent states were realized. The non-linear behaviors of the flow fields were analyzed quantitatively by the reconstruction of the pseudo-phase space and the

  3. Understanding and Using the Fermi Science Tools

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    Asercion, Joseph; Fermi Science Support Center

    2015-01-01

    The Fermi Science Support Center (FSSC) provides information, documentation, and tools for the analysis of Fermi science data, including both the Large-Area Telescope (LAT) and the Gamma-ray Burst Monitor (GBM). Source and binary versions of the Fermi Science Tools can be downloaded from the FSSC website, and are supported on multiple platforms. An overview document, the Cicerone, provides details of the Fermi mission, the science instruments and their response functions, the science data preparation and analysis process, and interpretation of the results. Analysis Threads provide the user with step-by-step instructions for many different types of data analysis: point source analysis - generating maps, spectra, and light curves, pulsar timing analysis, source identification, and the use of python for scripting customized analysis chains. The reference manual gives details of the options available for each tool. We present an overview of the structure of the Fermi science tools and documentation, and how to acquire them. We also provide information on recent updates incorporated in the Science Tools as well as upcoming changes that will be included in the upcoming release of the Science Tools in early 2015.

  4. Presmectic wetting and supercritical-like phase behavior of octylcyanobiphenyl liquid crystal confined to controlled-pore glass matrices

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    Kralj, Samo; Cordoyiannis, George; Zidanšek, Aleksander; Lahajnar, Gojmir; Amenitsch, Heinz; Žumer, Slobodan; Kutnjak, Zdravko

    2007-10-01

    The influence of controlled-pore glass (CPG) confinement on the phase behavior of octylcyanobiphenyl liquid crystal (LC) is studied by means of x-ray scattering and high precision calorimetry. For CPG samples with pore diameter 2R>24nm, the smectic order parameter temperature dependence η(T ) reveals apparent presmectic ordering far above the bulk smectic A-nematic (SmA-N) phase transition for both nontreated and silane-treated CPG matrices. The behavior of η(T ) is qualitatively similar in all samples, well obeying the mean field approach (MFA) in which the surface wetting tendency plays the dominant role. In contrast, the critical fluctuations remain important in the specific heat data, which cannot be described within the MFA. We show experimentally that randomness and surface wetting become dominant over finite-size effects for 2R≲10nm, in agreement with theoretical analysis. In nontreated samples, the noncritical character of the static disorder and the interfacial LC-CPG coupling almost completely suppress the quasi-SmA-N and nematic-isotropic phase transitions at 2R˜15.1 and ˜7.5nm, respectively.

  5. Phase behavior and microstructure of microemulsions with a room-temperature ionic liquid as the polar phase.

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    Atkin, Rob; Warr, Gregory G

    2007-08-09

    Microemulsions of nonionic alkyl oligoethyleneoxide (CiEj) surfactants, alkanes, and ethylammonium nitrate (EAN), a room-temperature ionic liquid, have been prepared and characterized. Studies of phase behavior reveal that EAN microemulsions have many features in common with corresponding aqueous systems, the primary difference being that higher surfactant concentrations and longer surfactant tailgroups are required to offset the decreased solvophobicity the surfactant molecules in EAN compared with water. The response of the EAN microemulsions to variation in the length of the alkane, surfactant headgroup, and surfactant tailgroup has been found to parallel that observed in aqueous systems in most instances. EAN microemulsions exhibit a single broad small-angle X-ray scattering peak, like aqueous systems. These are well described by the Teubner-Strey model. A lamellar phase was also observed for surfactants with longer tails at lower temperatures. The scattering peaks of both microemulsion and lamellar phases move to lower wave vector on increasing temperature. This is ascribed to a decrease in the interfacial area of the surfactant layer. Phase behavior, small-angle X-ray scattering, and conductivity experiments have allowed the weakly to strongly structured transition to be identified for EAN systems.

  6. Modeling the Effects of Microencapsulation on the Electro-Optic Behavior of Polymer Cholesteric Liquid Crystal Flakes

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    Cox, G.P.; Marshall, K.L.; Lambropoulos, J.C.; Leitch, M.; Fromen, C.; Jacobs, S.D.

    2010-01-10

    A method for modeling the effect of microencapsulation on the electro-optical behavior of polymer cholesteric liquid crystal (PCLC) flakes suspended in a host fluid is introduced. Several microencapsulation configurations in an applied ac electric field are investigated using COMSOL MULTIPHYSICS software in combination with an analytical model. The field acting on the flakes is significantly altered as various encapsulant materials and boundary conditions are explored. The modeling predicts that test cells with multiple materials in the electric field path can have a wide range of electro-optic responses in ac electric fields. Both theoretical predictions and experimental evidence show that for PCLC flake reorientation to occur due to Maxwell–Wagner polarization, a reasonably strong electric field must be present along with at least moderately dissimilar PCLC flake and host fluid material dielectric constants and conductivities. For materials with low dielectric constants, electrophoretic behavior is observed under dc drive conditions at high field strengths for all evaluated microencapsulation configurations. This modeling method is shown to be a useful predictive tool for developing switchable particle devices that use microencapsulated dielectric particles in a host fluid medium.

  7. Extraction behavior of divalent metal cations in ionic liquid chelate extraction systems using 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imides and thenoyltrifluoroacetone.

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    Kidani, Keiji; Hirayama, Naoki; Imura, Hisanori

    2008-10-01

    The extraction behavior of several divalent metal cations (M(2+)) in ionic liquid chelate extraction systems was investigated using several 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide ionic liquids ([Rmim][Tf(2)N]) as extraction solvent and thenoyltrifluoroacetone (Htta) as extractant. The behavior was compared with that using less hydrophobic 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphates ([Rmim][PF(6)]). The extracted species in the [Rmim][Tf(2)N] systems were neutral M(tta)(2) for M = Cu and anionic M(tta)(3)(-) for M = Mn, Co, Ni, Zn and Cd. Conversion of ionic liquid anion from PF(6)(-) to more hydrophobic Tf(2)N(-) resulted in changing the species extracted for Ni(2+) from hydrated neutral complex to hydrophobic anionic one. Furthermore, the extractability for these metals was governed by the hydrophobicity of ionic liquid ions. Thus, in the ionic liquid chelate extraction system, selection of a suitable ionic liquid as extraction phase seems to be an important factor for enhancement of extraction selectivity.

  8. Liquid crystalline phase behavior of protein fibers in water: experiments versus theory.

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    Jung, Jin-Mi; Mezzenga, Raffaele

    2010-01-05

    We have developed a new method allowing the study of the thermodynamic phase behavior of mesoscopic colloidal systems consisting of amyloid protein fibers in water, obtained by heat denaturation and aggregation of beta-lactoglobulin, a dairy protein. The fibers have a cross section of about 5.2 nm and two groups of polydisperse contour lengths: (i) long fibers of 1-20 microm, showing semiflexible behavior, and (ii) short rods of 100-200 nm long, obtained by cutting the long fibers via high-pressure homogenization. At pH 2 without salt, these fibers are highly charged and stable in water. We have studied the isotropic-nematic phase transition for both systems and compared our results with the theoretical values predicted by Onsager's theory. The experimentally measured isotropic-nematic phase transition was found to occur at 0.4% and at 3% for the long and short fibers, respectively. For both systems, this phase transition occurs at concentrations more than 1 order of magnitude lower than what is expected based on Onsager's theory. Moreover, at low enough pH, no intermediate biphasic region was observed between the isotropic phase and the nematic phase. The phase diagrams of both systems (pH vs concentration) showed similar, yet complex and rich, phase behavior. We discuss the possible physical fundamentals ruling the phase diagram as well as the discrepancy we observe for the isotropic-nematic phase transition between our experimental results and the predicted theoretical results. Our work highlights that systems formed by water-amyloid protein fibers are way too complex to be understood based solely on Onsager's theories. Experimental results are revisited in terms of the Flory's theory (1956) for suspensions of rods, which allows accounting for rod-solvent hydrophobic interactions. This theoretical approach allows explaining, on a semiquantitative basis, most of the discrepancies observed between the experimental results and Onsager's predictions. The sources of

  9. Retention behavior of isomeric polycyclic aromatic sulfur heterocycles in reversed-phase liquid chromatography.

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    Wilson, Walter B; Sander, Lane C; de Alda, Miren Lopez; Lee, Milton L; Wise, Stephen A

    2016-08-26

    Retention indices for 70 polycyclic aromatic sulfur heterocycles (PASHs) were determined using reversed-phase liquid chromatography (LC) on a monomeric and a polymeric C18 stationary phase. Molecular shape parameters [length, breadth, thickness (T), and length-to-breadth ratio (L/B)] were calculated for all the compounds studied. Correlations between the retention on the polymeric C18 phase and PASH geometry (L/B and T) were investigated for six specific PASH isomer groups with molecular mass (MM) 184Da, 234Da, 258Da, 284Da, 334Da, and 384Da. Similar to previous studies for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), PASH elution order on the polymeric C18 phase was generally found to follow increasing L/B values. Correlation coefficients for retention vs L/B ranged from r=0.45 (MM 184Da) to r=0.89 (MM 284Da). In the case of smaller PASHs (MM≤258Da), the location of the sulfur atom in the bay-region of the structure resulted in later than expected elution of these isomers based on L/B. In the case of the larger PASHs (MM≥284Da), nonplanarity had a significant influence on earlier than predicted elution based on L/B values.

  10. Retention behavior of alkyl-substituted polycyclic aromatic sulfur heterocycles in reversed-phase liquid chromatography.

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    Wilson, Walter B; Sander, Lane C; de Alda, Miren Lopez; Lee, Milton L; Wise, Stephen A

    2016-08-26

    Retention indices for 79 alkyl-substituted polycyclic aromatic sulfur heterocycles (PASHs) were determined by using reversed-phase liquid chromatography (LC) on a monomeric and polymeric octadecylsilane (C18) stationary phase. Molecular shape parameters [length, breadth, thickness (T), and length-to-breadth ratio (L/B)] were calculated for all the compounds studied. Based on separations of isomeric methylated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons on polymeric C18 phases, alkyl-substituted PASHs are expected to elute based on increasing L/B ratios. However, the correlation coefficients had a wide range of values from r=0.43 to r=0.93. Several structural features besides L/B ratios were identified to play an important role in the separation mechanism of PASHs on polymeric C18 phases. First, the location of the sulfur atom in a bay-like-region results in alkylated-PASHs being more retentive than non-bay-like-region alkylated-PASHs, and they elute later than expected based on L/B value. Second, the placement of the alkyl group in the k region of the structure resulted in a later elution than predicted by L/B. Third, highly nonplanar methyl-PASHs (i.e., 1-Me and 11-MeBbN12T) elute prior to the parent PASH (BbN12T).

  11. Thermohydraulic behavior of the liquid metal target of a spallation neutron source

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    Takeda, Y.

    1996-06-01

    The author presents work done on three main problems. (1) Natural circulation in double coaxial cylindircal container: The thermohydraulic behaviour of the liquid metal target of the spallation neutron source at PSI has been investigated. The configuration is a natural-circulation loop in a concentric double-tube-type container. The results show that the natural-circulation loop concept is valid for the design phase of the target construction, and the current specified design criteria will be fulfilled with the proposed parameter values. (2) Flow around the window: Water experiments were performed for geometry optimisation of the window shape of the SINQ container for avoiding generating recirculation zones at peripheral area and the optimal cooling of the central part of the beam entrance window. Flow visualisation technique was mainly used for various window shapes, gap distance between the window and the guide tube edge. (3) Flow in window cooling channels: Flows in narrow gaps of cooling channels of two different types of windows were studied by flow visualisation techniques. One type is a slightly curved round cooling channel and the other is hemispherical shape, both of which have only 2 mm gap distance and the water inlet is located on one side and flows out from the opposite side. In both cases, the central part of the flow area has lower velocity than peripheral area.

  12. Tribological behavior of liquid metallurgy-processed AA 6061-B4C composites

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    Monikandan, V. V.; Joseph, M. A.; Rajendrakumar, P. K.; Sreejith, M.

    2015-01-01

    Aluminum metal matrix composites (AMMCs) possess improved properties compared to their monolithic counterparts and serve as a reliable alternative to replace them for applications that are considered as their niche. In the present investigation, 6061 Al alloy-10 wt% B4C composite is fabricated through liquid metallurgy stir casting technique and analyzed for its tribological characteristics. The uniform distribution of B4C reinforcement particles in the composite is achieved by the above route and is characterized using microstructure analysis and x-ray diffraction spectrum. The dry wear tests have been conducted under ambient conditions using a pin-on-disc tribometer. The worn surface and debris of the composite are also characterized using a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS). It is found that the combination of adhesion, delamination and abrasion constitute the predominant wear mechanism and this is influenced by the B4C particles, applied load, sliding distance and speed. The wear and friction coefficient increase with increase in applied load for all the load conditions studied. While the sliding speed fosters the engendering of a mechanically mixed layer (MML) to reduce the wear and friction coefficient, in contrast, the increase in sliding distance scuttles the MML formation owing to abrasion induced by the hard B4C particles.

  13. Microemulsions with the ionic liquid ethylammonium nitrate: phase behavior, composition, and microstructure.

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    Thater, Jan C; Gérard, Violaine; Stubenrauch, Cosima

    2014-07-22

    In this study, we investigate properties of microemulsions which consist of the ionic liquid (IL) ethylammonium nitrate (EAN), the nonionic surfactant C12E3 and an n-alkane, namely n-dodecane or n-octane. The compositions of the coexisting phases are calculated from the densities and volumes of the respective phases. Since the interfacial tension between the water-rich and the oil-rich phase in traditional microemulsions (containing water and oil) relates to the microstructure, spinning drop tensiometry is used to measure the interfacial tension σab and to estimate the domain sizes. Finally, measuring the self-diffusion coefficients of all components via the Fourier Transform Pulsed Gradient Spin Echo (FTPGSE) NMR technique allowed distinguishing between continuous and discrete structures. Our results indicate that the general principles underlying water-n-alkane-CiEj microemulsions can indeed be transferred to oil-in-EAN droplet and the respective bicontinuous microemulsions, while differences are observed for EAN-in-oil droplet microemulsions.

  14. Patterning behavior of gravitationally modulated supercritical Marangoni flow in liquid layers

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    Lappa, Marcello

    2016-05-01

    The objective of the present analysis is the investigation of hybrid convection induced by the joint influence of imposed vibrations (g-jitters) of desired amplitude and frequency and surface-tension-induced forces in a nonisothermal liquid layer. This study may be regarded as the natural extension of an earlier work [V. M. Shevtsova, I. Nepomnyashchy, and J. C. Legros, Phys. Rev. E 67, 066308 (2003), 10.1103/PhysRevE.67.066308], where the focus was on convection driven by interacting thermocapillarity and steady gravity. As in that work, conditions are considered for which the unperturbed (vibrationless) Marangoni flow would be characterized by the emergence and propagation of a classical hydrothermal wave, namely, a supercritical thermofluidynamic disturbance propagating continuously in the upstream direction. A number of numerical results are analyzed and discussed. Regimes of quasistationary rolls, standing waves, traveling waves, and modulated (pulsotraveling) disturbances are identified in the considered space of parameters. Most interestingly, it is observed that traveling waves can reverse their direction of propagation in some specific regions of the phase space.

  15. Liquid phase adsorption behavior of inulin-type fructan onto activated charcoal.

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    Li, Kecheng; Liu, Song; Xing, Ronge; Yu, Huahua; Qin, Yukun; Li, Pengcheng

    2015-05-20

    This study describes liquid phase adsorption characteristics of inulin-type fructan onto activated charcoal. Batch mode experiments were conducted to study the effects of pH, contact time, temperature and initial concentration of inulin. Nearly neutral solution (pH 6-8) was favorable to the adsorption and the equilibrium was attained after 40 min with the maximum adsorption Qmax 0.182 g/g (adsorbate/adsorbent) at 298 K. The experimental data analysis indicated that the adsorption process fitted well with the pseudo-second-order kinetic model (R(2) = 1) and Langmuir isotherms model (R(2) > 0.99). Thermodynamic parameters revealed that the adsorption process was spontaneous and exothermic with a physical nature. Inulin desorption could reach 95.9% using 50% ethanol solution and activated charcoal could be reused without significant losses in adsorption capacity. These results are of practical significance for the application of activated charcoal in the production and purification of inulin-type fructan.

  16. Anti-Adhesive Behaviors between Solid Hydrate and Liquid Aqueous Phase Induced by Hydrophobic Silica Nanoparticles.

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    Min, Juwon; Baek, Seungjun; Somasundaran, P; Lee, Jae W

    2016-09-20

    This study introduces an "anti-adhesive force" at the interface of solid hydrate and liquid solution phases. The force was induced by the presence of hydrophobic silica nanoparticles or one of the common anti-agglomerants (AAs), sorbitan monolaurate (Span 20), at the interface. The anti-adhesive force, which is defined as the maximum pushing force that does not induce the formation of a capillary bridge between the cyclopentane (CP) hydrate particle and the aqueous solution, was measured using a microbalance. Both hydrophobic silica nanoparticles and Span 20 can inhibit adhesion between the CP hydrate probe and the aqueous phase because silica nanoparticles have an aggregative property at the interface, and Span 20 enables the hydrate surface to be wetted with oil. Adding water-soluble sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) to the nanoparticle system cannot affect the aggregative property or the distribution of silica nanoparticles at the interface and, thus, cannot change the anti-adhesive effect. However, the combined system of Span 20 and SDS dramatically reduces the interfacial tension: emulsion drops were formed at the interface without any energy input and were adsorbed on the CP hydrate surface, which can cause the growth of hydrate particles. Silica nanoparticles have a good anti-adhesive performance with a relatively smaller dosage and are less influenced by the presence of molecular surfactants; consequently, these nanoparticles may have a good potential for hydrate inhibition as AAs.

  17. Nematic Liquid Crystal Alignment Behaviors between Crossed Stretched Miropolymer Filaments with Anchoring Effects

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    Fujikake, Hideo; Murashige, Takeshi; Sato, Hiroto; Kikuchi, Hiroshi; Kurita, Taiichiro; Sato, Fumio

    2006-04-01

    We observed the molecular alignment of a liquid crystal (LC) induced by crossing two stretched micropolymer filaments between glass substrates and confirmed its light modulation property. The two microfilaments, which were extracted from a cellulose cloth by stretching it in advance, had surface molecular alignment and stabilized nematic LC alignment between the microfilaments crossed with a small angle. In the fabricated LC cell, a spatially-uniform LC planar alignment is achieved in the area of a filament interval of less than 60 μm. By polarizing microscopy observation of the isotropic-to-nematic wetting transition of the LC material between the polymer filaments, it was confirmed that the stable LC alignment area is formed by the surface anchoring of the filaments. When external voltages were applied to the obtained uniformed alignment LC area, a characteristic periodic electrooptic property was confirmed on the basis of electrically-controlled birefringence under the alignment control of the in-plane anchoring of the filaments.

  18. Phase Behavior and Conductivity of Phosphonated Block Copolymers Containing Ionic Liquids

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    Jung, Ha Young; Kim, Sung Yeon; Park, Moon Jeong

    2015-03-01

    As the focus on proton exchange fuel cells continues to escalate in the era of alternative energy systems, the rational design of sulfonated polymers has emerged as a key technique for enhancing device efficiency. While the sulfonic acid group guarantees high proton conductivity of membranes under humidified conditions, the growing need for high temperature operation has discouraged their practical uses in fuel cells. In this respect, phosphonated polymers have drawn intensive attention in recent years owing to their self-dissociation ability. In this study, we have synthesized a set of phosphonated block copolymers, poly(styrenephosphonate-methylbutylene) (PSP- b - PMB), by varying phosphonation level (PL). A wide variety of self-assembled morphologies, i.e., disordered, lamellar, hexagonally perforated lamellae and hexagonally packed cylindrical phases, were observed with PL. Remarkably, upon comparing the morphology of PSP- b-PMB and that of sulfonated analog, we found distinctly dissimilar domain sizes at the same molecular weight and composition. A range of ionic liquids (ILs) were incorporated into the PSP- b-PMB block copolymers and their ion transport properties were examined. It has been revealed that the degree of confinement of ionic phases (domain size) impacts the ion mobility and proton dissociation efficiency of IL-containing polymers.

  19. Carbon dioxide capture by an amine functionalized ionic liquid: fundamental differences of surface and bulk behavior.

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    Niedermaier, Inga; Bahlmann, Matthias; Papp, Christian; Kolbeck, Claudia; Wei, Wei; Krick Calderón, Sandra; Grabau, Mathias; Schulz, Peter S; Wasserscheid, Peter; Steinrück, Hans-Peter; Maier, Florian

    2014-01-08

    Carbon dioxide (CO2) absorption by the amine-functionalized ionic liquid (IL) dihydroxyethyldimethylammonium taurinate at 310 K was studied using surface- and bulk-sensitive experimental techniques. From near-ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy at 0.9 mbar CO2, the amount of captured CO2 per mole of IL in the near-surface region is quantified to ~0.58 mol, with ~0.15 mol in form of carbamate dianions and ~0.43 mol in form of carbamic acid. From isothermal uptake experiments combined with infrared spectroscopy, CO2 is found to be bound in the bulk as carbamate (with nominally 0.5 mol of CO2 bound per 1 mol of IL) up to ~2.5 bar CO2, and as carbamic acid (with nominally 1 mol CO2 bound per 1 mol IL) at higher pressures. We attribute the fact that at low pressures carbamic acid is the dominating species in the near-surface region, while only carbamate is formed in the bulk, to differences in solvation in the outermost IL layers as compared to the bulk situation.

  20. Molecular Dynamics Simulation Study of Two-Dimensional Diffusion Behavior in Smectic Liquid Crystalline Monolayers

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    Watanabe, Go; Saito, Jun-ichi; Fujita, Yusuke; Tabe, Yuka

    2013-08-01

    We have carried out molecular dynamics (MD) simulations for monolayers of smectic A and C liquid crystal (LC) phases in order to investigate the in-plane molecular diffusion from the microscopic point of view. In contrast to similar complex two-dimensional systems (e.g., biomembranes) whose molecular diffusion is anomalous, in-plane mean square displacements (MSDs) for both phases increase linearly with passing time similar to typical fluids on the nanosecond time scale. By following the relation between the diffusion and the viscosity in the fluids, we estimated the viscosity coefficients for both LC monolayers, and the obtained values indicate that the smectic A monolayer has a higher viscosity than the smectic C one. Moreover, we investigate the in-plane self-diffusion anisotropy D\\|/D\\bot for smectic C and found that the diffusion parallel to the molecular tilt is 1.5 times larger than that in the perpendicular direction. This anisotropic diffusion property in the smectic C monolayer has not been clearly confirmed thus far.

  1. Observation of three behaviors in confined liquid water within a nanopool hosting proton-transfer reactions.

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    Douhal, Abderrazzak; Angulo, Gonzalo; Gil, Michal; Organero, Juan Angel; Sanz, Mikel; Tormo, Laura

    2007-05-17

    In this contribution, we report on studies of rotational and diffusional dynamics of 7-hydroxyquinoline (7HQ) within a reverse micelle (RM) containing different amounts of water. Analyzed in terms of the wobbling-in-a-cone model, the data reveal structural and dynamical properties of the nanopool. We clearly observed three regions in the behavior of confined water molecules within the RM hosting a double proton-transfer reaction between the probe and water. This observation remarkably reproduces the change of calculated water density within this life-mimicking medium. The number of water molecules per AOT head in the transition regions changes from 2 to 5, the latter being very near to the full solvation number (6) of the RM heads. Moreover, the H-bonds breaking and making within the RM to give new structures of the probe strongly affect the environment fluidization in different extents, reflected in different relaxation times of these structures; however, they are of similar sizes. We discuss the role of RM confinement and the proton-transfer dynamics on the behavior of water and their relationships to the packing of water molecules in the studied range of concentrations.

  2. An investigation into the flow behavior of a single phase gas system and a two phase gas/liquid system in normal gravity with nonuniform heating from above

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    Disimile, Peter J.; Heist, Timothy J.

    1990-01-01

    The fluid behavior in normal gravity of a single phase gas system and a two phase gas/liquid system in an enclosed circular cylinder heated suddenly and nonuniformly from above was investigated. Flow visualization was used to obtain qualitative data on both systems. The use of thermochromatic liquid crystal particles as liquid phase flow tracers was evaluated as a possible means of simultaneously gathering both flow pattern and temperature gradient data for the two phase system. The results of the flow visualization experiments performed on both systems can be used to gain a better understanding of the behavior of such systems in a reduced gravity environment and aid in the verification of a numerical model of the system.

  3. Pairing in a dry Fermi sea

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    Maier, T. A.; Staar, P.; Mishra, V.; Chatterjee, U.; Campuzano, J. C.; Scalapino, D. J.

    2016-06-01

    In the traditional Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer theory of superconductivity, the amplitude for the propagation of a pair of electrons with momentum k and -k has a log singularity as the temperature decreases. This so-called Cooper instability arises from the presence of an electron Fermi sea. It means that an attractive interaction, no matter how weak, will eventually lead to a pairing instability. However, in the pseudogap regime of the cuprate superconductors, where parts of the Fermi surface are destroyed, this log singularity is suppressed, raising the question of how pairing occurs in the absence of a Fermi sea. Here we report Hubbard model numerical results and the analysis of angular-resolved photoemission experiments on a cuprate superconductor. In contrast to the traditional theory, we find that in the pseudogap regime the pairing instability arises from an increase in the strength of the spin-fluctuation pairing interaction as the temperature decreases rather than the Cooper log instability.

  4. Topology of Fermi surfaces and anomaly inflows

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    Adem, Alejandro; Camarena, Omar Antolín; Semenoff, Gordon W.; Sheinbaum, Daniel

    2016-11-01

    We derive a rigorous classification of topologically stable Fermi surfaces of non-interacting, discrete translation-invariant systems from electronic band theory, adiabatic evolution and their topological interpretations. For systems on an infinite crystal it is shown that there can only be topologically unstable Fermi surfaces. For systems on a half- space and with a gapped bulk, our derivation naturally yields a K -theory classification. Given the d - 1-dimensional surface Brillouin zone X s of a d-dimensional half-space, our result implies that different classes of globally stable Fermi surfaces belong in K -1 (Xs) for systems with only discrete translation-invariance. This result has a chiral anomaly inflow interpretation, as it reduces to the spectral flow for d = 2. Through equivariant homotopy methods we extend these results for symmetry classes AI, AII, C and D and discuss their corresponding anomaly inflow interpretation.

  5. The Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope

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    Thompson, Dave; McEnery, Julie

    2011-01-01

    This slide presentation reviews the Gamma Ray Astronomy as enhanced by the Fermi Gamma Ray Space Telescope and Radio Astronomy as a synergistic relationship. Gamma rays often represent a significant part of the energy budget of a source; therefore, gamma-ray studies can be critical to understanding physical processes in such sources. Radio observations offer timing and spatial resolutions vastly superior to anything possible with gamma-ray telescopes; therefore radio is often the key to understanding source structure. Gamma-ray and radio observations can complement each other, making a great team. It reviews the Fermi Guest Investigator (GI) program, and calls for more cooperative work that involves Fermi and the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), a system of ten radio telescopes.

  6. Nonlinear zero sound in a normal Fermi liquid

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    Andreev, A.F.; Shevchenko, P.V.

    1995-05-01

    A nonlinear correction (proportional to the wave amplitude) to the zero-sound velocity is calculated. The growth rate of the amplitude of the second harmonic is also calculated. The result is expressed in terms of the derivative of a Landau function with respect to energy and in terms of its variational derivative with respect to the quasiparticle distribution function. Identities found in this paper make it possible to express the result in terms of the Landau function and its derivative with respect to the pressure, both of which are well known from experiments, in the approximation of the first two spherical harmonics. 5 refs., 1 fig.

  7. Pseudogap-generated a coexistence of Fermi arcs and Fermi pockets in cuprate superconductors

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    Zhao, Huaisong; Gao, Deheng; Feng, Shiping

    2017-03-01

    One of the most intriguing puzzle is why there is a coexistence of Fermi arcs and Fermi pockets in the pseudogap phase of cuprate superconductors? This puzzle is calling for an explanation. Based on the t - J model in the fermion-spin representation, the coexistence of the Fermi arcs and Fermi pockets in cuprate superconductors is studied by taking into account the pseudogap effect. It is shown that the pseudogap induces an energy band splitting, and then the poles of the electron Green's function at zero energy form two contours in momentum space, however, the electron spectral weight on these two contours around the antinodal region is gapped out by the pseudogap, leaving behind the low-energy electron spectral weight only located at the disconnected segments around the nodal region. In particular, the tips of these disconnected segments converge on the hot spots to form the closed Fermi pockets, generating a coexistence of the Fermi arcs and Fermi pockets. Moreover, the single-particle coherent weight is directly related to the pseudogap, and grows linearly with doping. The calculated result of the overall dispersion of the electron excitations is in qualitative agreement with the experimental data. The theory also predicts that the pseudogap-induced peak-dip-hump structure in the electron spectrum is absent from the hot-spot directions.

  8. Liquid droplet behavior and instability in a polymer electrolyte fuel cell flow channel

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    Kumbur, E. C.; Sharp, K. V.; Mench, M. M.

    A combined theoretical and experimental study of the influence of controllable engineering parameters, including surface PTFE (Teflon™) coverage (ranging from 5 to 20 wt.%), channel geometry, droplet chord length and height, and operational air flow rate, on liquid droplet deformation at the interface of the diffusion media (DM) and the gas flow channel was performed. The theoretical model reasonably predicts the measured contact angle hysteresis and identifies conditions under which the droplet tends toward an unstable state. The results presented in this study indicate that operational conditions, droplet height, chord length, channel size and level of surface hydrophobicity of the DM directly affect the droplet instability. Based on the analytical force balance model, the critical Reynolds number at which a droplet of given dimensions tends towards instability (i.e. may be removed from the channel) is predicted. Experimental data in both the stable and unstable regions as defined by the critical Reynolds number curve generally corresponds to the stability predictions. Empirical correlations relating surface tension and DM PTFE content were developed. At high flow rates, the surface hydrophobicity of the DM surface enhances efficacy of droplet removal, and may help to prevent local channel flooding. However, at low flow rates, hydrophobicity of the DM surface has only a minimal impact on efficacy of droplet removal and therefore high PTFE content may not be necessary, or desirable, since it also increases the electrical resistance of the system. It is also suggested that for constant air velocity and droplet size and shape, reduced channel height is preferred for effective water droplet removal where practical.

  9. Terrestrial fate of coal-liquid constituents: behavior of alkyl anilines in soil

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    Felice, L.J.; Zachara, J.M.; Rogers, J.E.

    1982-07-01

    The low molecular weight aromatic amines (anilines) are important water soluble constituents of coal liquids. The impact of anilines released to the terrestrial environment will largely depend on their mobility and persistence. Studies were conducted to investigate those processes governing the mobility and persistence of the alkylanilines, namely, soil sorption and chemical/microbial degradation. Soil sorption measurements were conducted on aniline and several methyl substituted anilines on A and B horizons of a soil profile collected from Davies County, Kentucky. The magnitude of sorption was large in all horizons. Sorption in the B horizons was larger than in the A horizon for many of the anilines studied, indicating the importance of both the mineral matrix and organic carbon content of the soil in determining the magnitude of sorption. Results of these measurements indicate that movement of the anilines through the soil would be significantly attenuated by sorption reactions. Aniline sorption measurement in the A horizon after removal of the organic matter and in the B/sub 22/ horizon after removal of amorphous iron oxides and crystalline iron oxides indicate that organic matter largely controls aniline sorption in the A horizon, while crystalline iron oxides and phyllosilicates are important in the B horizons. The effects of pH on aniline sorption was also examined and shown to have significant effects on the magnitude of sorption in both A and B horizons. Soil degradation studies using /sup 14/C-3-methylaniline as a model for alkyl aniline degradation show that 3-methylaniline is readily metabolized by soil microorganisms during the 32-day period examined.

  10. Fermi surface determination from momentum density projections

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    Leitner, Michael; Weber, Josef Andreas; Ceeh, Hubert

    2016-06-01

    The problem of determining a metal’s Fermi surface from measured projections of the electron or electron/positron momentum densities, such as those obtained by Compton scattering or angular correlation of positron annihilation radiation, respectively, is examined in a Bayesian formulation. A consistent approach with an explicit treatment of the Fermi surface already at the reconstruction stage is presented, and its advantages compared to previous practice are discussed. A validation of the proposed method on simulated data shows its systematic accuracy to be very satisfactory and its statistical precision on modest experimental data to be surprisingly good.

  11. Supernova Remnants with Fermi Large Area Telescope

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    Caragiulo, M.; Di Venere, L.

    2017-03-01

    The Large Area Telescope (LAT), on-board the Fermi satellite, proved to be, after 8 years of data taking, an excellent instrument to detect and observe Supernova Remnants (SNRs) in a range of energies running from few hundred MeV up to few hundred GeV. It provides essential information on physical processes that occur at the source, involving both accelerated leptons and hadrons, in order to understand the mechanisms responsible for the primary Cosmic Ray (CR) acceleration. We show the latest results in the observation of Galactic SNRs by Fermi-LAT.

  12. Information-driven societies and Fermi's paradox

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    Lampton, Michael

    2013-10-01

    Fermi's paradox is founded on the idea that one or more Galactic extraterrestrial civilizations (ETCs) existed long ago and sustained exploration for millions of years, but in spite of their advanced knowledge, they could not find a way to explore the Galaxy other than with fleets of starships or self replicating probes. Here, I question this second assumption: if advanced technology generally allows long-distance remote sensing, and if ETCs were motivated by gaining information rather than conquest or commerce, then such voyages would be unnecessary, thereby resolving Fermi's paradox.

  13. MASTER: OT detection during Fermi trigger inspection

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    Popova, E.; Lipunov, V.; Buckley, D.; Gorbovskoy, E.; Tiurina, N.; Balanutsa, P.; Kuznetsov, A.; Kornilov, V.; Chazov, V.; Vlasenko, D.; Vladimirov, V.; Gress, O.; Ivanov, K.; Potter, S.; Gabovich, A.

    2016-11-01

    During inspection of Fermi trigger 501261070 ( (Ra,Dec)=47.190,-47.210; GRB_ERROR_radius=3.27deg, GRB_TIME=2016/11/19 15:11:06.40UT http://gcn.gsfc.nasa.gov/other/501261070.fermi ) MASTER-SAAO auto-detection system ( Lipunov et al., "MASTER Global Robotic Net", Advances in Astronomy, 2010, 30L ) discovered OT source at (RA, Dec) = 03h 22m 52.70s -48d 29m 10.9s on 2016-11-19 21:17:17.878UT with unfiltered m_OT=17.8 (mlim=19.7).

  14. Spin glass behavior in frustrated quantum spin system CuAl2O4 with a possible orbital liquid state

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    Nirmala, R.; Jang, Kwang-Hyun; Sim, Hasung; Cho, Hwanbeom; Lee, Junghwan; Yang, Nam-Geun; Lee, Seongsu; Ibberson, R. M.; Kakurai, K.; Matsuda, M.; Cheong, S.-W.; Gapontsev, V. V.; Streltsov, S. V.; Park, Je-Geun

    2017-04-01

    CuAl2O4 is a normal spinel oxide having quantum spin, S  =  1/2 for Cu2+. It is a rather unique feature that the Cu2+ ions of CuAl2O4 sit at a tetrahedral position, not like the usual octahedral position for many oxides. At low temperatures, it exhibits all the thermodynamic evidence of a quantum spin glass. For example, the polycrystalline CuAl2O4 shows a cusp centered at ~2 K in the low-field dc magnetization data and a clear frequency dependence in the ac magnetic susceptibility while it displays logarithmic relaxation behavior in a time dependence of the magnetization. At the same time, there is a peak at ~2.3 K in the heat capacity, which shifts towards a higher temperature with magnetic fields. On the other hand, there is no evidence of new superlattice peaks in the high-resolution neutron powder diffraction data when cooled from 40 to 0.4 K. This implies that there is no long-ranged magnetic order down to 0.4 K, thus confirming a spin glass-like ground state for CuAl2O4. Interestingly, there is no sign of structural distortion either although Cu2+ is a Jahn–Teller active ion. Thus, we claim that an orbital liquid state is the most likely ground state in CuAl2O4. Of further interest, it also exhibits a large frustration parameter, f  =  |θ CW/T m| ~ 67, one of the largest values reported for spinel oxides. Our observations suggest that CuAl2O4 should be a rare example of a frustrated quantum spin glass with a good candidate for an orbital liquid state.

  15. Spin glass behavior in frustrated quantum spin system CuAl 2 O 4 with a possible orbital liquid state

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    Nirmala, R.; Jang, Kwang-Hyun; Sim, Hasung; ...

    2017-02-15

    CuAl2O4 is a normal spinel oxide having quantum spin, S = 1/2 for Cu2+. It is a rather unique feature that the Cu2+ ions of CuAl2O4 sit at a tetrahedral position, not like the usual octahedral position for many oxides. At low temperatures, it exhibits all the thermodynamic evidence of a quantum spin glass. For example, the polycrystalline CuAl2O4 shows a cusp centered at ~2 K in the low-field dc magnetization data and a clear frequency dependence in the ac magnetic susceptibility while it displays logarithmic relaxation behavior in a time dependence of the magnetization. At the same time, theremore » is a peak at ~2.3 K in the heat capacity, which shifts towards a higher temperature with magnetic fields. Conversely, there is no evidence of new superlattice peaks in the high-resolution neutron powder diffraction data when cooled from 40 to 0.4 K. This implies that there is no long-ranged magnetic order down to 0.4 K, thus confirming a spin glass-like ground state for CuAl2O4. Interestingly, there is no sign of structural distortion either although Cu2+ is a Jahn–Teller active ion. Therefore, we claim that an orbital liquid state is the most likely ground state in CuAl2O4. Of further interest, it also exhibits a large frustration parameter, f = |θ CW/T m| ~ 67, one of the largest values reported for spinel oxides. These observations suggest that CuAl2O4 should be a rare example of a frustrated quantum spin glass with a good candidate for an orbital liquid state.« less

  16. Spectral probes of the holographic Fermi ground state: Dialing between the electron star and AdS Dirac hair

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    Cubrovic, Mihailo; Liu Yan; Schalm, Koenraad; Sun Yawen; Zaanen, Jan

    2011-10-15

    We argue that the electron star and the anti-de Sitter (AdS) Dirac hair solution are two limits of the free charged Fermi gas in AdS. Spectral functions of holographic duals to probe fermions in the background of electron stars have a free parameter that quantifies the number of constituent fermions that make up the charge and energy density characterizing the electron star solution. The strict electron star limit takes this number to be infinite. The Dirac hair solution is the limit where this number is unity. This is evident in the behavior of the distribution of holographically dual Fermi surfaces. As we decrease the number of constituents in a fixed electron star background the number of Fermi surfaces also decreases. An improved holographic Fermi ground state should be a configuration that shares the qualitative properties of both limits.

  17. Enrico: Python package to simplify Fermi-LAT analysis

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    Sanchez, David; Deil, Christoph

    2015-01-01

    Enrico analyzes Fermi data. It produces spectra (model fit and flux points), maps and lightcurves for a target by editing a config file and running a python script which executes the Fermi science tool chain.

  18. Molecular thermodynamic analysis for assessing the relationship between reentrant swelling behavior and ternary liquid-liquid equilibrium for poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) nanometer-sized gel particles in a water-tetrahydrofuran cosolvent system.

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    Jung, Sang Chul; Bae, Young Chan

    2012-02-23

    The influence of phase separation on swelling behavior was investigated based on the thermodynamic framework of reswelling phenomena. The cloud-point for a ternary system of water(1)-tetrahydrofuran (THF)(2)-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)(3) was examined by thermo-optical analysis (TOA). Nanometer-sized N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPA) gel particles were prepared by precipitation polymerization, and their swelling behaviors were determined using photon correlation spectroscopy (PCS). NIPA gel particles underwent reswelling when the ratio of water to THF was varied. First, the modified double lattice model (MDL) was employed to determine ternary interaction energy parameters for the liquid-liquid equilibrium (LLE) of linear poly-NIPA in a water-THF cosolvent system. The reentrant swelling equilibria of the NIPA gel in the water-THF system were then calculated using the interaction energy parameters.

  19. Automatic Cloud Bursting under FermiCloud

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    Wu, Hao; Shangping, Ren; Garzoglio, Gabriele; Timm, Steven; Bernabeu, Gerard; Kim, Hyun Woo; Chadwick, Keith; Jang, Haengjin; Noh, Seo-Young

    2013-01-01

    Cloud computing is changing the infrastructure upon which scientific computing depends from supercomputers and distributed computing clusters to a more elastic cloud-based structure. The service-oriented focus and elasticity of clouds can not only facilitate technology needs of emerging business but also shorten response time and reduce operational costs of traditional scientific applications. Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) is currently in the process of building its own private cloud, FermiCloud, which allows the existing grid infrastructure to use dynamically provisioned resources on FermiCloud to accommodate increased but dynamic computation demand from scientists in the domains of High Energy Physics (HEP) and other research areas. Cloud infrastructure also allows to increase a private cloud’s resource capacity through “bursting” by borrowing or renting resources from other community or commercial clouds when needed. This paper introduces a joint project on building a cloud federation to support HEP applications between Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Korea Institution of Science and Technology Information, with technical contributions from the Illinois Institute of Technology. In particular, this paper presents two recent accomplishments of the joint project: (a) cloud bursting automation and (b) load balancer. Automatic cloud bursting allows computer resources to be dynamically reconfigured to meet users’ demands. The load balance algorithm which the cloud bursting depends on decides when and where new resources need to be allocated. Our preliminary prototyping and experiments have shown promising success, yet, they also have opened new challenges to be studied

  20. Pairing, pseudogap and Fermi arcs in cuprates

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    Kaminski, Adam; Kondo, Takeshi; Takeuchi, Tsunehiro; ...

    2014-04-29

    We use Angle Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy (ARPES) to study the relationship between the pseudogap, pairing and Fermi arcs in cuprates. High quality data measured over a wide range of dopings reveals a consistent picture of Fermiology and pairing in these materials. The pseudogap is due to an ordered state that competes with superconductivity rather than preformed pairs. Pairing does occur below Tpair ~ 150K and significantly above Tc, but well below T* and the doping dependence of this temperature scale is distinct from that of the pseudogap. The d-wave gap is present below Tpair, and its interplay with strong scatteringmore » creates “artificial” Fermi arcs for Tc ≤ T ≤ Tpair. However, above Tpair, the pseudogap exists only at the antipodal region. This leads to presence of real, gapless Fermi arcs close to the node. The length of these arcs remains constant up to T*, where the full Fermi surface is recovered. As a result, we demonstrate that these findings resolve a number of seemingly contradictory scenarios.« less

  1. Pairing, pseudogap and Fermi arcs in cuprates

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    Kaminski, Adam; Kondo, Takeshi; Takeuchi, Tsunehiro; Gu, Genda

    2014-04-29

    We use Angle Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy (ARPES) to study the relationship between the pseudogap, pairing and Fermi arcs in cuprates. High quality data measured over a wide range of dopings reveals a consistent picture of Fermiology and pairing in these materials. The pseudogap is due to an ordered state that competes with superconductivity rather than preformed pairs. Pairing does occur below Tpair ~ 150K and significantly above Tc, but well below T* and the doping dependence of this temperature scale is distinct from that of the pseudogap. The d-wave gap is present below Tpair, and its interplay with strong scattering creates “artificial” Fermi arcs for Tc ≤ T ≤ Tpair. However, above Tpair, the pseudogap exists only at the antipodal region. This leads to presence of real, gapless Fermi arcs close to the node. The length of these arcs remains constant up to T*, where the full Fermi surface is recovered. As a result, we demonstrate that these findings resolve a number of seemingly contradictory scenarios.

  2. FERMI LARGE AREA TELESCOPE SECOND SOURCE CATALOG

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    Nolan, P. L.; Ajello, M.; Allafort, A.; Bechtol, K.; Berenji, B.; Blandford, R. D.; Bloom, E. D.; Abdo, A. A.; Ackermann, M.; Antolini, E.; Bonamente, E.; Atwood, W. B.; Belfiore, A.; Axelsson, M.; Baldini, L.; Bellazzini, R.; Ballet, J.; Bastieri, D.; Bignami, G. F. E-mail: Gino.Tosti@pg.infn.it E-mail: tburnett@u.washington.edu; and others

    2012-04-01

    We present the second catalog of high-energy {gamma}-ray sources detected by the Large Area Telescope (LAT), the primary science instrument on the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope (Fermi), derived from data taken during the first 24 months of the science phase of the mission, which began on 2008 August 4. Source detection is based on the average flux over the 24 month period. The second Fermi-LAT catalog (2FGL) includes source location regions, defined in terms of elliptical fits to the 95% confidence regions and spectral fits in terms of power-law, exponentially cutoff power-law, or log-normal forms. Also included are flux measurements in five energy bands and light curves on monthly intervals for each source. Twelve sources in the catalog are modeled as spatially extended. We provide a detailed comparison of the results from this catalog with those from the first Fermi-LAT catalog (1FGL). Although the diffuse Galactic and isotropic models used in the 2FGL analysis are improved compared to the 1FGL catalog, we attach caution flags to 162 of the sources to indicate possible confusion with residual imperfections in the diffuse model. The 2FGL catalog contains 1873 sources detected and characterized in the 100 MeV to 100 GeV range of which we consider 127 as being firmly identified and 1171 as being reliably associated with counterparts of known or likely {gamma}-ray-producing source classes.

  3. Fermi Large Area Telescope Second Source Catalog

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    Nolan, P. L.; Abdo, A. A.; Ackermann, M.; Ajello, M; Allafort, A.; Antolini, E; Bonnell, J.; Cannon, A.; Celik O.; Corbet, R.; Davis, D. S.; DeCesar, M. E.; Ferrara, E. C.; Gehrels, N.; Harding, A. K.; Hays, E.; Johnson, T. E.; McConville, W.; McEnery, J. E; Perkins, J. S.; Racusin, J. L; Scargle, J. D.; Stephens, T. E.; Thompson, D. J.; Troja, E.

    2012-01-01

    We present the second catalog of high-energy gamma-ray sources detected by the Large Area Telescope (LAT), the primary science instrument on the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope (Fermi), derived from data taken during the first 24 months of the science phase of the mission, which began on 2008 August 4. Source detection is based on the average flux over the 24-month period. The Second Fermi-LAT catalog (2FGL) includes source location regions, defined in terms of elliptical fits to the 95% confidence regions and spectral fits in terms of power-law, exponentially cutoff power-law, or log-normal forms. Also included are flux measurements in 5 energy bands and light curves on monthly intervals for each source. Twelve sources in the catalog are modeled as spatially extended. We provide a detailed comparison of the results from this catalog with those from the first Fermi-LAT catalog (1FGL). Although the diffuse Galactic and isotropic models used in the 2FGL analysis are improved compared to the 1FGL catalog, we attach caution flags to 162 of the sources to indicate possible confusion with residual imperfections in the diffuse model. The 2FGL catalog contains 1873 sources detected and characterized in the 100 11eV to 100 GeV range of which we consider 127 as being firmly identified and 1171 as being reliably associated with counterparts of known or likely gamma-ray-producing source classes.

  4. Investigation of the shear thinning behavior of epoxy resins for utilization in vibration assisted liquid composite molding processes

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    Meier, R.; Kirdar, C.; Rudolph, N.; Zaremba, S.; Drechsler, K.

    2014-05-01

    Efficient production and consumption of energy are of greatest importance for contemporary industries and their products. This has led to an increasing application of lightweight materials in general and of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics (CFRP) in particular. However, broader application of CFRP is often limited by high costs and manual labor production processes. These constraints are addressed by Liquid Composite Molding (LCM) processes. In LCM a dry fibrous preform is placed into a cavity and infiltrated mostly by thermoset resins; epoxy resins are wide spread in CFRP applications. One crucial parameter for a fast mold filling is the viscosity of the resin, which is affected by the applied shear rates as well as temperature and curing time. The work presented focuses on the characterization of the shear thinning behavior of epoxy resins. Furthermore, the correlation with the conditions in vibration assisted LCM processes, where additional shear rates are created during manufacture, is discussed. Higher shear rates result from high frequencies and/or high amplitudes of the vibration motions which are created by a vibration engine mounted on the mold. In rheological investigations the shear thinning behavior of a representative epoxy resin is studied by means of rotational and oscillatory experiments. Moreover, possible effects of shear rates on the chemical curing reaction are studied. Here, the time for gelation is measured for different levels of shear rates in a pre-shearing phase. Based on the rheological studies, the beneficial effect of vibration assistance in LCM processes with respect to mold filling can further be predicted and utilized.

  5. Retention behavior of lipids in reversed-phase ultrahigh-performance liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization mass spectrometry.

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    Ovčačíková, Magdaléna; Lísa, Miroslav; Cífková, Eva; Holčapek, Michal

    2016-06-10

    Reversed-phase ultrahigh-performance liquid chromatography (RP-UHPLC) method using two 15cm sub-2μm particles octadecylsilica gel columns is developed with the goal to separate and unambiguously identify a large number of lipid species in biological samples. The identification is performed by the coupling with high-resolution tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) using quadrupole - time-of-flight (QTOF) instrument. Electrospray ionization (ESI) full scan and tandem mass spectra are measured in both polarity modes with the mass accuracy better than 5ppm, which provides a high confidence of lipid identification. Over 400 lipid species covering 14 polar and nonpolar lipid classes from 5 lipid categories are identified in total lipid extracts of human plasma, human urine and porcine brain. The general dependences of relative retention times on relative carbon number or relative double bond number are constructed and fit with the second degree polynomial regression. The regular retention patterns in homologous lipid series provide additional identification point for UHPLC/MS lipidomic analysis, which increases the confidence of lipid identification. The reprocessing of previously published data by our and other groups measured in the RP mode and ultrahigh-performance supercritical fluid chromatography on the silica column shows more generic applicability of the polynomial regression for the description of retention behavior and the prediction of retention times. The novelty of this work is the characterization of general trends in the retention behavior of lipids within logical series with constant fatty acyl length or double bond number, which may be used as an additional criterion to increase the confidence of lipid identification.

  6. Intrinsic Correlations for Flaring Blazars Detected by Fermi

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    Fan, J. H.; Yang, J. H.; Xiao, H. B.; Lin, C.; Constantin, D.; Luo, G. Y.; Pei, Z. Y.; Hao, J. M.; Mao, Y. W.

    2017-02-01

    Blazars are an extreme subclass of active galactic nuclei. Their rapid variability, luminous brightness, superluminal motion, and high and variable polarization are probably due to a beaming effect. However, this beaming factor (or Doppler factor) is very difficult to measure. Currently, a good way to estimate it is to use the timescale of their radio flares. In this Letter, we use multiwavelength data and Doppler factors reported in the literature for a sample of 86 flaring blazars detected by Fermi to compute their intrinsic multiwavelength data and intrinsic spectral energy distributions and investigate the correlations among observed and intrinsic data. Quite interestingly, intrinsic data show a positive correlation between luminosity and peak frequency, in contrast with the behavior of observed data, and a tighter correlation between γ-ray luminosity and the lower-energy ones. For flaring blazars detected by Fermi, we conclude that (1) observed emissions are strongly beamed; (2) the anti-correlation between luminosity and peak frequency from the observed data is an apparent result, the correlation between intrinsic data being positive; and (3) intrinsic γ-ray luminosity is strongly correlated with other intrinsic luminosities.

  7. FERMI LARGE AREA TELESCOPE OBSERVATIONS OF THE VELA PULSAR

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    Abdo, A. A.; Ackermann, M.; Bartelt, J.; Bechtol, K.; Berenji, B.; Blandford, R. D.; Bloom, E. D.; Bogart, J. R.; Atwood, W. B.; Bagagli, R.; Baldini, L.; Bellardi, F.; Bellazzini, R.; Ballet, J.; Barbiellini, G.; Baring, M. G.; Bastieri, D.; Bisello, D.; Baughman, B. M. E-mail: massimiliano.razzano@pi.infn.it

    2009-05-10

    The Vela pulsar is the brightest persistent source in the GeV sky and thus is the traditional first target for new {gamma}-ray observatories. We report here on initial Fermi Large Area Telescope observations during verification phase pointed exposure and early sky survey scanning. We have used the Vela signal to verify Fermi timing and angular resolution. The high-quality pulse profile, with some 32,400 pulsed photons at E {>=} 0.03 GeV, shows new features, including pulse structure as fine as 0.3 ms and a distinct third peak, which shifts in phase with energy. We examine the high-energy behavior of the pulsed emission; initial spectra suggest a phase-averaged power-law index of {gamma} = 1.51{sup +0.05} {sub -0.04} with an exponential cutoff at E{sub c} = 2.9 {+-} 0.1 GeV. Spectral fits with generalized cutoffs of the form e{sup -(E/E{sub c}){sup b}} require b {<=} 1, which is inconsistent with magnetic pair attenuation, and thus favor outer-magnetosphere emission models. Finally, we report on upper limits to any unpulsed component, as might be associated with a surrounding pulsar wind nebula.

  8. Revised Thomas-Fermi approximation for singular potentials

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    Dufty, James W.; Trickey, S. B.

    2016-08-01

    Approximations for the many-fermion free-energy density functional that include the Thomas-Fermi (TF) form for the noninteracting part lead to singular densities for singular external potentials (e.g., attractive Coulomb). This limitation of the TF approximation is addressed here by a formal map of the exact Euler equation for the density onto an equivalent TF form characterized by a modified Kohn-Sham potential. It is shown to be a "regularized" version of the Kohn-Sham potential, tempered by convolution with a finite-temperature response function. The resulting density is nonsingular, with the equilibrium properties obtained from the total free-energy functional evaluated at this density. This new representation is formally exact. Approximate expressions for the regularized potential are given to leading order in a nonlocality parameter, and the limiting behavior at high and low temperatures is described. The noninteracting part of the free energy in this approximation is the usual Thomas-Fermi functional. These results generalize and extend to finite temperatures the ground-state regularization by R. G. Parr and S. Ghosh [Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 83, 3577 (1986), 10.1073/pnas.83.11.3577] and by L. R. Pratt, G. G. Hoffman, and R. A. Harris [J. Chem. Phys. 88, 1818 (1988), 10.1063/1.454105] and formally systematize the finite-temperature regularization given by the latter authors.

  9. Radio core dominance of Fermi blazars

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    Pei, Zhi-Yuan; Fan, Jun-Hui; Liu, Yi; Yuan, Yi-Hai; Cai, Wei; Xiao, Hu-Bing; Lin, Chao; Yang, Jiang-He

    2016-07-01

    During the first 4 years of mission, Fermi/LAT detected 1444 blazars (3FGL) (Ackermann et al. in Astrophys. J. 810:14, 2015). Fermi/LAT observations of blazars indicate that Fermi blazars are luminous and strongly variable with variability time scales, for some cases, as short as hours. Those observations suggest a strong beaming effect in Fermi/LAT blazars. In the present work, we will investigate the beaming effect in Fermi/LAT blazars using a core-dominance parameter, R = S_{core}/ S_{ext.}, where S_{core} is the core emission, while S_{ext.} is the extended emission. We compiled 1335 blazars with available core-dominance parameter, out of which 169 blazars have γ-ray emission (from 3FGL). We compared the core-dominance parameters, log R, between the 169 Fermi-detected blazars (FDBs) and the rest non-Fermi-detected blazars (non-FDBs), and we found that the averaged values are < log Rrangle = 0.99±0.87 for FDBs and < log Rrangle = -0.62±1.15 for the non-FDBs. A K-S test shows that the probability for the two distributions of FDBs and non-FDBs to come from the same parent distribution is near zero (P =9.12×10^{-52}). Secondly, we also investigated the variability index (V.I.) in the γ-ray band for FDBs, and we found V.I.=(0.12 ±0.07) log R+(2.25±0.10), suggesting that a source with larger log R has larger V.I. value. Thirdly, we compared the mean values of radio spectral index for FDBs and non-FDBs, and we obtained < α_{radio}rangle =0.06±0.35 for FDBs and < α_{radio}rangle =0.57±0.46 for non-FDBs. If γ-rays are composed of two components like radio emission (core and extended components), then we can expect a correlation between log R and the γ-ray spectral index. When we used the radio core-dominance parameter, log R, to investigate the relationship, we found that the spectral index for the core component is α_{γ}|_{core} = 1.11 (a photon spectral index of α_{γ}^{ph}|_{core} = 2.11) and that for the extended component is α_{γ}|_{ext.} = 0

  10. PC programs for the prediction of the linear stability behavior of liquid propellant propulsion systems and application to current MSFC rocket engine test programs, volume 1

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    Doane, George B., III; Armstrong, W. C.

    1990-01-01

    Research on propulsion stability (chugging and acoustic modes), and propellant valve control was investigated. As part of the activation of the new liquid propulsion test facilities, it is necessary to analyze total propulsion system stability. To accomplish this, several codes were built to run on desktop 386 machines. These codes enable one to analyze the stability question associated with the propellant feed systems. In addition, further work was adapted to this computing environment and furnished along with other codes. This latter inclusion furnishes those interested in high frequency oscillatory combustion behavior (that does not couple to the feed system) a set of codes for study of proposed liquid rocket engines.

  11. In situ observation of oxidation of liquid droplets of tin and melting behavior of a tin particle covered with a tin oxide layer.

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    Mima, Takayuki; Takeuchi, Hironori; Arai, Shigeo; Kishita, Keisuke; Kuroda, Kotaro; Saka, Hiroyasu

    2009-03-01

    Oxidation of a liquid droplet of tin (Sn) was observed using an in situ specimen heating holder in an oxygen environment. The surface of the Sn liquid droplet was covered with a tin oxide layer, Sn(3)O(4), the thickness of which depended on the oxygen pressure and temperature. Subsequent cooling of the droplet resulted in the formation of a solid Sn particle covered with a Sn(3)O(4) layer. The solid Sn particle was then heated above the melting temperature of Sn, and the melting behavior of Sn was observed.

  12. FermiGrid - experience and future plans

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    Chadwick, K.; Berman, E.; Canal, P.; Hesselroth, T.; Garzoglio, G.; Levshina, T.; Sergeev, V.; Sfiligoi, I.; Timm, S.; Yocum, D.; /Fermilab

    2007-09-01

    Fermilab supports a scientific program that includes experiments and scientists located across the globe. In order to better serve this community, Fermilab has placed its production computer resources in a Campus Grid infrastructure called 'FermiGrid'. The FermiGrid infrastructure allows the large experiments at Fermilab to have priority access to their own resources, enables sharing of these resources in an opportunistic fashion, and movement of work (jobs, data) between the Campus Grid and National Grids such as Open Science Grid and the WLCG. FermiGrid resources support multiple Virtual Organizations (VOs), including VOs from the Open Science Grid (OSG), EGEE and the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid Collaboration (WLCG). Fermilab also makes leading contributions to the Open Science Grid in the areas of accounting, batch computing, grid security, job management, resource selection, site infrastructure, storage management, and VO services. Through the FermiGrid interfaces, authenticated and authorized VOs and individuals may access our core grid services, the 10,000+ Fermilab resident CPUs, near-petabyte (including CMS) online disk pools and the multi-petabyte Fermilab Mass Storage System. These core grid services include a site wide Globus gatekeeper, VO management services for several VOs, Fermilab site authorization services, grid user mapping services, as well as job accounting and monitoring, resource selection and data movement services. Access to these services is via standard and well-supported grid interfaces. We will report on the user experience of using the FermiGrid campus infrastructure interfaced to a national cyberinfrastructure--the successes and the problems.

  13. Rational design of fluorescent bioimaging probes by controlling the aggregation behavior of squaraines: a special effect of ionic liquid pendants.

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    Wang, Wenhai; Fu, Afu; Lan, Jingbo; Gao, Ge; You, Jingsong; Chen, Lijuan

    2010-05-03

    We herein present an effective strategy to create water-soluble fluorescent bioimaging dyes by introducing the imidazolium-based ionic liquid (IL) pendants into a fluorescent skeleton. A new type of water-soluble imidazolium-anchored squaraine dye was synthesized accordingly. The relationship between the aggregate of squaraines and their fluorescent cell imaging application was elucidated in detail. Firstly, the aggregation behavior of squaraines in water solutions could be suppressed by varying the alkyl chain attached to the imidazolium unit. Secondly, the capability of cellular uptake and staining of dyes was also dramatically enhanced upon increasing the length of the paraffinic chain. These squaraine dyes displayed an excellent photostability that could permit real-time fluorescence bioimaging experiments to be monitored over a long time period with constant sample irradiation. Additionally, we designed for the first time an Fe(II)-ion probe on the basis of an attack of the hydroxyl radical to the four-membered ring of squaraine. The results demonstrated that the imidazolium-anchored squaraines could perform "naked-eye" detection of the Fe(2+) ion over a wide range of other interfering metals in aqueous media. More surprisingly, this process showed a fluorescence "turn-off" and "-on" response through the regeneration of squaraines in cells.

  14. Riemannian geometry study of vapor-liquid phase equilibria and supercritical behavior of the Lennard-Jones fluid.

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    May, Helge-Otmar; Mausbach, Peter

    2012-03-01

    The behavior of thermodynamic response functions and the thermodynamic scalar curvature in the supercritical region have been studied for a Lennard-Jones fluid based on a revised modified Benedict-Webb-Rubin equation of state. Response function extrema are sometimes used to estimate the Widom line, which is characterized by the maxima of the correlation lengths. We calculated the Widom line for the Lennard-Jones fluid without using any response function extrema. Since the volume of the correlation length is proportional to the Riemannian thermodynamic scalar curvature, the locus of the Widom line follows the slope of maximum curvature. We show that the slope of the Widom line follows the slope of the isobaric heat capacity maximum only in the close vicinity of the critical point and that, therefore, the use of response function extrema in this context is problematic. Furthermore, we constructed the vapor-liquid coexistence line for the Lennard-Jones fluid using the fact that the correlation length, and therefore the thermodynamic scalar curvature, must be equal in the two coexisting phases. We compared the resulting phase envelope with those from simulation data where multiple histogram reweighting was used and found striking agreement between the two methods.

  15. Universal transport dynamics in a quenched tunnel-coupled Luttinger liquid

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    Gambetta, F. M.; Cavaliere, F.; Citro, R.; Sassetti, M.

    2016-07-01

    The transport dynamics of a quenched Luttinger liquid tunnel-coupled to a fermionic reservoir is investigated. In the transient dynamics, we show that for a sudden quench of the electron interaction universal power-law decay in time of the tunneling current occurs, ascribed to the presence of entangled compound excitations created by the quench. In sharp contrast to the usual nonuniversal power-law behavior of a zero-temperature nonquenched Luttinger liquid, the steady-state tunneling current is Ohmic and can be explained in terms of an effective quench-activated heating of the system. Our study unveils an unconventional dynamics for a quenched Luttinger liquid that could be identified in quenched cold Fermi gases.

  16. An assessment of the liquid-gas partitioning behavior of major wastewater odorants using two comparative experimental approaches: liquid sample-based vaporization vs. impinger-based dynamic headspace extraction into sorbent tubes.

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    Iqbal, Mohammad Asif; Kim, Ki-Hyun; Szulejko, Jan E; Cho, Jinwoo

    2014-01-01

    The gas-liquid partitioning behavior of major odorants (acetic acid, propionic acid, isobutyric acid, n-butyric acid, i-valeric acid, n-valeric acid, hexanoic acid, phenol, p-cresol, indole, skatole, and toluene (as a reference)) commonly found in microbially digested wastewaters was investigated by two experimental approaches. Firstly, a simple vaporization method was applied to measure the target odorants dissolved in liquid samples with the aid of sorbent tube/thermal desorption/gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. As an alternative method, an impinger-based dynamic headspace sampling method was also explored to measure the partitioning of target odorants between the gas and liquid phases with the same detection system. The relative extraction efficiency (in percent) of the odorants by dynamic headspace sampling was estimated against the calibration results derived by the vaporization method. Finally, the concentrations of the major odorants in real digested wastewater samples were also analyzed using both analytical approaches. Through a parallel application of the two experimental methods, we intended to develop an experimental approach to be able to assess the liquid-to-gas phase partitioning behavior of major odorants in a complex wastewater system. The relative sensitivity of the two methods expressed in terms of response factor ratios (RFvap/RFimp) of liquid standard calibration between vaporization and impinger-based calibrations varied widely from 981 (skatole) to 6,022 (acetic acid). Comparison of this relative sensitivity thus highlights the rather low extraction efficiency of the highly soluble and more acidic odorants from wastewater samples in dynamic headspace sampling.

  17. Interaction behaviors at the interface between liquid Al-Si and solid Ti-6Al-4V in ultrasonic-assisted brazing in air.

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    Chen, Xiaoguang; Yan, Jiuchun; Gao, Fei; Wei, Jinghui; Xu, Zhiwu; Fan, Guohua

    2013-01-01

    Power ultrasonic vibration (20 kHz, 6 μm) was applied to assist the interaction between a liquid Al-Si alloy and solid Ti-6Al-4V substrate in air. The interaction behaviors, including breakage of the oxide film on the Ti-6Al-4V surface, chemical dissolution of solid Ti-6Al-4V, and interfacial chemical reactions, were investigated. Experimental results showed that numerous 2-20 μm diameter-sized pits formed on the Ti-6Al-4V surface. Propagation of ultrasonic waves in the liquid Al-Si alloy resulted in ultrasonic cavitation. When this cavitation occurred at or near the liquid/solid interface, many complex effects were generated at the small zones during the bubble implosion, including micro-jets, hot spots, and acoustic streaming. The breakage behavior of oxide films on the solid Ti-6Al-4V substrate, excessive chemical dissolution of solid Ti-6Al-4V into liquid Al-Si, abnormal interfacial chemical reactions at the interface, and phase transformation between the intermetallic compounds could be wholly ascribed to these ultrasonic effects. An effective bond between Al-Si and Ti-6Al-4V can be produced by ultrasonic-assisted brazing in air.

  18. Characterization of liquid metal infiltration of a chopped fiber preform aided by external pressure. 1: Visualization of the flow behavior of aluminium melt in a fiber preform

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    Long, S.; Zhang, Z.; Flower, H.M.

    1995-09-01

    The flow behavior of an AlSi10Mg alloy melt in Saffil chopped fiber preforms during liquid metal infiltration aided by squeeze pressure or vacuum has been visualized. Experimental results indicate that under the external pressure the flow behavior of the melt in non-wetting chopped fiber preforms is dominated by capillary laws and the geometrical characteristics of the interspaces in the preform in a manner analogous to flow in a capillary tube network. The degree of saturation of the interspaces is dominated by local infiltration pressure, and variation of the saturation degree at a given infiltration depth is determined by fiber distribution uniformity at the microscopic level.

  19. The electrical conductivity of silicate liquids at extreme conditions

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    Scipioni, R.; Stixrude, L. P.

    2015-12-01

    Could the Earth have had a silicate dynamo early in its history? One requirement is that the electrical conductivity of silicate liquids be sufficiently high. However, very little is known about this property at the extreme conditions of pressure and temperature that prevailed in the magma ocean. We have computed from first principles molecular dynamics simulations the dc conductivity of liquid Silica SiO2 at pressure and temperature conditions spanning those of the magma ocean and super-Earth interiors. We find semi-metallic values of the conductivity at conditions typical of the putative basal magma ocean in the Early Earth. The variation of the conductivity with pressure and temperature displays interesting behavior that we rationalize on the basis of the closing the pseudo-gap at the Fermi level. For temperatures lower than T < 20,000 K electrical conductivity exhibits a maximum at intermediate compressions. We further explain this behavior in terms of stuctural changes that occur in silica liquid at high pressure; we find that the structure approaches that of the iso-electronic rare earth element Ne. We compare with Hugoniot data, including the equation of state, heat capacity, and reflectivity. The behavior of the heat capacity is different to that inferred from multiple Hugoniot experiments. These differences and the effect of including exact exchange on the calculations are discussed. Our results have important consequences for magnetic field generation in the early Earth and super-Earths.

  20. Fermi energy instability in resonant tunneling

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    Claro, Francisco; Inkoferer, Jutta; Obermeir, Gustav

    2001-03-01

    In resonant tunneling two different instabilities may arise induced by the electron-electron interaction, depending on whether the conduction channel is at the emitter Fermi energy, or at the bottom of the emitter Fermi sea. The latter leads to a well understood multistable regime in the device characteristics. The former was found in the past for the case when a magnetic field is present in the direction of the current flow*. We shall show that the external field is not required, and that actually the instability can take place in the presence of zero, one and two dimensional quantum wells. Supported in part by FONDECYT 1990425 and Catedra Presidencial en Ciencias *P.Orellana, E.Anda and F.Claro, Phys.Rev.Lett. 79, 1118 (1997)

  1. High Energy Neutrinos from the Fermi Bubbles

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    Lunardini, Cecilia; Razzaque, Soebur

    2012-06-01

    Recently the Fermi-LAT data have revealed two gamma-ray emitting bubble-shaped structures at the Galactic center. If the observed gamma rays have hadronic origin (collisions of accelerated protons), the bubbles must emit high energy neutrinos as well. This new, Galactic, neutrino flux should trace the gamma-ray emission in spectrum and spatial extent. Its highest energy part, above 20–50 TeV, is observable at a kilometer-scale detector in the northern hemisphere, such as the planned KM3NeT, while interesting constraints on it could be obtained by the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole. The detection or exclusion of neutrinos from the Fermi bubbles will discriminate between hadronic and leptonic models, thus bringing unique information on the still mysterious origin of these objects and on the time scale of their formation.

  2. High energy neutrinos from the Fermi bubbles.

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    Lunardini, Cecilia; Razzaque, Soebur

    2012-06-01

    Recently the Fermi-LAT data have revealed two gamma-ray emitting bubble-shaped structures at the Galactic center. If the observed gamma rays have hadronic origin (collisions of accelerated protons), the bubbles must emit high energy neutrinos as well. This new, Galactic, neutrino flux should trace the gamma-ray emission in spectrum and spatial extent. Its highest energy part, above 20-50 TeV, is observable at a kilometer-scale detector in the northern hemisphere, such as the planned KM3NeT, while interesting constraints on it could be obtained by the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole. The detection or exclusion of neutrinos from the Fermi bubbles will discriminate between hadronic and leptonic models, thus bringing unique information on the still mysterious origin of these objects and on the time scale of their formation.

  3. Operation of FERMI FELs for users

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    Svandrlik, M.

    2015-05-01

    The FERMI seeded free electron laser facility, located at the Elettra laboratory in Trieste (Italy), has been operated for user experiments in the past years using the first FEL line, FEL-1, covering the VUV - EVU spectral range (100 - 20 nm). After the conclusion of the commissioning for the soft-X ray FEL line, FEL-2, the facility is now ready to provide the scientific community with intense FEL pulses (<10 μJ) characterized by a high degree of coherence and spectral stability in the whole range from 100 nm down to 4 nm. We report about the recent achievement of FERMI FELs and our experience with operations for user requiring specific FEL configurations.

  4. Probing Magnetized Turbulence in the Fermi Bubbles

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    Lund, Kelsey; Hales, Christopher A.; Su, Meng

    2017-01-01

    Fermi-LAT observations have revealed giant, sharply defined gamma-ray structures emanating from the Galactic center known as the Fermi bubbles. They extend ~50 degrees (~8.5 kpc) above and below the plane of the Milky Way. Their origin is uncertain but thought to be related to an energetic event such as accretion onto Sgr A* or a burst of nuclear star formation. We analyzed archival radio measurements of Faraday rotation toward extragalactic sources and detected a signature of the bubbles at the shock boundary to the Galactic halo. To confirm these preliminary findings we performed new radio observations with the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (JVLA). We discuss the findings of our observations, the shock energetics of the bubbles and their implications for nuclear Galactic activity.

  5. Temperature effects on the behavior of liquid hydrogen isotopes inside a spherical-shell directly driven inertial confinement fusion target

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    Kim, K.; Mok, L.S.

    1984-05-01

    The present work studies the temperature effects on the formation of a uniform liquid hydrogen layer inside a spherical glass shell (SGS). The profile of the liquid layer is first investigated for an isothermal case. An equation suitable for describing the profile is derived by including the London-van der Waals attractive forces between the liquid and substrate molecules. Two theoretical models are then established to explain the changes in the liquid layer profile under the influence of a vertically applied temperature gradient. The characteristics of the fluid flows are obtained by solving the fluid equations under the low-Reynolds-number approximations. The effect of the component separation both in the liquid layer and the vapor region, which is induced by the temperature gradient, is studied when the enclosure inside the SGS is a mixture of hydrogen isotopes. A uniform layer can also be formed for the mixture liquid except that the required temperature gradient is now positive in direction, unlike the case of the single-component liquid. The heating effect due to the radioactive decay of tritium is also evaluated. An experimental apparatus capable of generating a desired temperature gradient across the SGS at liquid hydrogen temperatures is described. The profiles of the liquid layer are observed for different temperature gradients and the results are in qualitative agreement with the theoretical predictions.

  6. Probing the binding behavior and conformational states of globular proteins in reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography.

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    Purcell, A W; Aguilar, M I; Hearn, M T

    1999-07-01

    Reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC) is a widely used technique for the separation of proteins under low pH aquo-organic solvent gradient elution conditions, typically carried out at ambient temperatures. These conditions can however induce conformational effects with proteins as evident from changes in their biological or immunological activities. By monitoring the influence of temperature on the retention and band-broadening characteristics of proteins, the role of conformational processes in these lipophilic environments can be examined. These processes can then be interpreted in terms of a two-state model involving a native (N) and a fully unfolded species (U) or more complex folding/unfolding models. In the present study, the gradient elution RP-HPLC behavior of sperm whale myoglobin (SWMYO) and hen egg white lysozyme (HEWL) has been investigated at temperatures between 5 and 85 degrees C with n-octadecyl (C18)- and n-butyl (C4)-silica reversed-phase sorbents. The interaction of these proteins with these reversed-phase sorbents has also been examined in terms of the contributions that the heme prosthetic group of SWMYO and the disulfide bonds in HEWL make to the stabilization of the native conformation of these proteins in these hydrophobic environments. The observed interconversions of multiple peak zones of SWMYO and HEWL in the presence of C18 and C4 ligands have been subsequently analyzed in terms of the unfolding processes that these proteins can undergo at low pH and at elevated temperatures. The ability of hydrocarbonaceous ligands to trap ensemblies of partially unfolded conformational intermediates of proteins in these perturbing environments has been examined. Pseudo-first-order rate constants have been derived for these processes from analysis of the dependencies on time of the concentration of the different protein species at specified temperatures. The relationship of these processes to the conformational transitions

  7. Study on bubbly flow behavior in natural circulation reactor by thermal-hydraulic simulation tests with SF6-Gas and ethanol liquid

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    Kondo, Yoshiyuki; Suga, Keishi; Hibi, Koki; Okazaki, Toshihiko; Komeno, Toshihiro; Kunugi, Tomoaki; Serizawa, Akimi; Yoneda, Kimitoshi; Arai, Takahiro

    2009-02-01

    An advanced experimental technique has been developed to simulate two-phase flow behavior in a light water reactor (LWR). The technique applies three kinds of methods; (1) use of sulfur-hexafluoride (SF6) gas and ethanol (C2H5OH) liquid at atmospheric temperature and a pressure less than 1.0MPa, where the fluid properties are similar to steam-water ones in the LWR, (2) generation of bubble with a sintering tube, which simulates bubble generation on heated surface in the LWR, (3) measurement of detailed bubble distribution data with a bi-optical probe (BOP), (4) and measurement of liquid velocities with the tracer liquid. This experimental technique provides easy visualization of flows by using a large scale experimental apparatus, which gives three-dimensional flows, and measurement of detailed spatial distributions of two-phase flow. With this technique, we have carried out experiments simulating two-phase flow behavior in a single-channel geometry, a multi-rod-bundle one, and a horizontal-tube-bundle one on a typical natural circulation reactor system. Those experiments have clarified a) a flow regime map in a rod bundle on the transient region between bubbly and churn flow, b) three-dimensional flow behaviour in rod-bundles where inter-subassembly cross-flow occurs, c) bubble-separation behavior with consideration of reactor internal structures. The data have given analysis models for the natural circulation reactor design with good extrapolation.

  8. Effects of confinement, surface-induced orientations and strain on dynamical behaviors of bacteria in thin liquid crystalline films.

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    Mushenheim, Peter C; Trivedi, Rishi R; Roy, Susmit Singha; Arnold, Michael S; Weibel, Douglas B; Abbott, Nicholas L

    2015-09-14

    We report on the organization and dynamics of bacteria (Proteus mirabilis) dispersed within lyotropic liquid crystal (LC) films confined by pairs of surfaces that induce homeotropic (perpendicular) or hybrid (homeotropic and parallel orientations at each surface) anchoring of the LC. By using motile vegetative bacteria (3 µm in length) and homeotropically aligned LC films with thicknesses that exceed the length of the rod-shaped cells, a key finding reported in this paper is that elastic torques generated by the LC are sufficiently large to overcome wall-induced hydrodynamic torques acting on the cells, thus leading to LC-guided bacterial motion near surfaces that orient LCs. This result extends to bacteria within LC films with hybrid anchoring, and leads to the observation that asymmetric strain within a hybrid aligned LC rectifies motions of motile cells. In contrast, when the LC film thickness is sufficiently small that confinement prevents alignment of the bacteria cells along a homeotropically aligned LC director (achieved using swarm cells of length 10-60 µm), the bacterial cells propel in directions orthogonal to the director, generating transient distortions in the LC that have striking "comet-like" optical signatures. In this limit, for hybrid LC films, we find LC elastic stresses deform the bodies of swarm cells into bent configurations that follow the LC director, thus unmasking a coupling between bacterial shape and LC strain. Overall, these results provide new insight into the influence of surface-oriented LCs on dynamical bacterial behaviors and hint at novel ways to manipulate bacteria using confined LC phases that are not possible in isotropic solutions.

  9. Thermodynamic modeling of the phase behavior of binary systems of ionic liquids and carbon dioxide with the group contribution equation of state.

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    Breure, Bianca; Bottini, Susana B; Witkamp, Geert-Jan; Peters, Cor J

    2007-12-27

    The group contribution equation of state (GC-EOS) was applied to predict the phase behavior of binary systems of ionic liquids of the homologous families 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate and tetrafluoroborate with CO2. Pure group parameters for the new ionic liquid functional groups [-mim][PF6] and [-mim][BF4] and interaction parameters between these groups and the paraffin (CH3, CH2) and CO2 groups were estimated. The GC-EOS extended with the new parameters was applied to predict high-pressure phase equilibria in binary mixtures of the ionic liquids [emim][PF6], [bmim][PF6], [hmim][PF6], [bmim][BF4], [hmim][BF4], and [omim][BF4] with CO2. The agreement between experimental and predicted bubble point data for the ionic liquids was excellent for pressures up to 20 MPa, and even for pressures up to about 100 MPa, the agreement was good. The results show the capability of the GC-EOS to describe phase equilibria of systems consisting of ionic liquids.

  10. Near doping-independent pocket area from an antinodal Fermi surface instability in underdoped high temperature superconductors.

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    Harrison, N

    2011-10-28

    Fermi surface models applied to the underdoped cuprates predict the small pocket area to be strongly dependent on doping whereas quantum oscillations in YBa(2)Cu(3)O(6+x) find precisely the opposite to be true--seemingly at odds with the Luttinger volume. We show that such behavior can be explained by an incommensurate antinodal Fermi surface nesting-type instability--further explaining the doping-dependent superstructures seen in cuprates using scanning tunneling microscopy. We develop a Fermi surface reconstruction scheme involving orthogonal density waves in two dimensions and show that their incommensurate behavior requires momentum-dependent coupling. A cooperative modulation of the charge and bond strength is therefore suggested.

  11. "Permanence" - An Adaptationist Solution to Fermi's Paradox?

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    Cirkovic, Milan M.

    A new solution of Fermi's paradox sketched by SF writer Karl Schroeder in his 2002. novel Permanence is investigated. It is argued that this solution is tightly connected with adaptationism - a widely discussed working hypothesis in evolutionary biology. Schroeder's hypothesis has important ramifications for astrobiology, SETI projects, and future studies. Its weaknesses should be explored without succumbing to the emotional reactions often accompanying adaptationist explanations.

  12. First Light on GRBs with Fermi

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    2010-08-04

    components at LAT energies, and the line-of-death problem [21] cannot be easily explained within the framework of such a model , as noted already in...30] using a GRB model [31] with different star formation rate factors for GRBs [31, 32, 33]. If UHECRs originate from long duration GRBs, then the...leptonic models are pitted against hadronic models , and found to be energetically favored. Interpretation of the Fermi data on GRBs helps establish

  13. FERMI-LAT Observations of Galatic Transients

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    Hays, Elizabeth

    2010-01-01

    This slide presentation reviews the use of the Large Area Telescope on the Fermi Observatory observations of Galactic Transients. LAT all-sky monitoring is producing spectacular results for the GeV transient sky: (1) New blazars and unidentified transients (2) Probing the jet of the Cygnus X-3 microquasar (3) Discovery of gamma rays from V407 Cygni nova (4) Fast high-energy gamma-ray flares from the Crab Nebula.

  14. Ideas by Szilard, physics by Fermi

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    Lanouette, W.

    1992-12-01

    An excerpt from William Lanouette's book Genius in the shadows: A biography of Leo Szilard, the man behind the bomb (with Bela Silard). This article covers Szilard's life from early 1933, when he first began contemplating fleeing Germany, to the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction on December 2, 1942, and includes a description of his partnership with Enrico Fermi. Part of a series of articles in this magazine commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first controlled chain reaction.

  15. Pairing in a dry Fermi sea

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    Maier, Thomas A.; Staar, Peter; Mishra, V.; Chatterjee, Utpal; Campuzano, J. C.; Scalapino, Douglas J.

    2016-06-17

    In the traditional Bardeen–Cooper–Schrieffer theory of superconductivity, the amplitude for the propagation of a pair of electrons with momentum k and -k has a log singularity as the temperature decreases. This so-called Cooper instability arises from the presence of an electron Fermi sea. It means that an attractive interaction, no matter how weak, will eventually lead to a pairing instability. However, in the pseudogap regime of the cuprate superconductors, where parts of the Fermi surface are destroyed, this log singularity is suppressed, raising the question of how pairing occurs in the absence of a Fermi sea. In this paper, we report Hubbard model numerical results and the analysis of angular-resolved photoemission experiments on a cuprate superconductor. Finally, in contrast to the traditional theory, we find that in the pseudogap regime the pairing instability arises from an increase in the strength of the spin–fluctuation pairing interaction as the temperature decreases rather than the Cooper log instability.

  16. Cinema, Fermi problems and general education

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    Efthimiou, C. J.; Llewellyn, R. A.

    2007-05-01

    During the past few years the authors have developed a new approach to the teaching of physical science, a general education course typically found in the curricula of nearly every college and university. This approach, called Physics in Films (Efthimiou and Llewellyn 2006 Phys. Teach. 44 28-33), uses scenes from popular films to illustrate physical principles and has excited student interest and improved student performance. A similar approach at the senior/high-school level, nicknamed Hollywood Physics, has been developed by Chandler (2006 Phys. Teach. 44 290-2 2002 Phys. Teach. 40 420-4). The two approaches may be considered complementary as they target different student groups. The analyses of many of the scenes in Physics in Films are a direct application of Fermi calculations—estimates and approximations designed to make solutions of complex and seemingly intractable problems understandable to the student non-specialist. The intent of this paper is to provide instructors with examples they can use to develop skill in recognizing Fermi problems and making Fermi calculations in their own courses.

  17. Fermi/GBM Results of Magnetars

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    Kouveliotou, chryssa

    2011-01-01

    Magnetars are magnetically powered rotating neutron stars with extreme magnetic fields (over 10(exp 14) Gauss). They were discovered in the X- and gamma-rays where they predominantly emit their radiation. Very few sources (roughly 18) have been found since their discovery in 1987. NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope was launched June 11,2009; since then the Fermi Gamma-ray Burst Monitor (GBM) recorded emission from four magnetar sources. Two of these were brand new sources, SGR J0501 +4516, discovered with Swift and extensively monitored with Swift and GBM, SGR J0418+5729, discovered with GBM and the Interplanetary Network (IPN). A third was SGR Jl550-5418, a source originally classified as an Anomalous X-ray Pulsar (AXP IEI547.0-5408), but exhibiting a very prolific outburst with over 400 events recorded in January 2009. In my talk I will give a short history of magnetars and describe how this, once relatively esoteric field, has emerged as a link between several astrophysical areas including Gamma-Ray Bursts. Finally, I will describe the exciting new results of Fermi in this field and the current status of our knowledge of the magnetar population properties and magnetic fields.

  18. Signatures of an annular Fermi sea

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    Jo, Insun; Liu, Yang; Pfeiffer, L. N.; West, K. W.; Baldwin, K. W.; Shayegan, M.; Winkler, R.

    2017-01-01

    The concept of a Fermi surface, the constant-energy surface containing all the occupied electron states in momentum, or wave-vector (k ) , space plays a key role in determining electronic properties of conductors. In two-dimensional (2D) carrier systems, the Fermi surface becomes a contour which, in the simplest case, encircles the occupied states. In this case, the area enclosed by the contour, which we refer to as the Fermi sea (FS), is a simple disk. Here we report the observation of an FS with a new topology, namely, an FS in the shape of an annulus. Such an FS is expected in a variety of 2D systems where the energy band dispersion supports a ring of extrema at finite k , but its experimental observation has been elusive. Our study provides (1) theoretical evidence for the presence of an annular FS in 2D hole systems confined to wide GaAs quantum wells and (2) experimental signatures of the onset of its occupation as an abrupt rise in the sample resistance, accompanied by a sudden appearance of Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations at an unexpectedly high frequency whose value does not simply correspond to the (negligible) density of holes contained within the annular FS.

  19. A Probabilistic Analysis of the Fermi Paradox

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    Solomonides, Evan; Terzian, Yervant

    2016-06-01

    The Fermi paradox uses an appeal to the mediocrity principle to make it seem counterintuitive that humanity has not been contacted by extraterrestrial intelligence. A numerical, statistical analysis was conducted to determine whether this apparent loneliness is, in fact, unexpected. An inequality was derived to relate the frequency of life arising and developing technology on a suitable planet in the galaxy; the average length of time since the first broadcast of such a civilization; and a constant term. An analysis of the sphere reached thus far by human communication was also conducted, considering our local neighborhood and planets of particular interest. These analyses both conclude that the Fermi paradox is not, in fact, unexpected. By the mediocrity principle and numerical modeling, it is actually unlikely that the Earth would have been reached by extraterrestrial communication at this point. We predict that under 1% of the galaxy has been reached at all thus far, and we do not anticipate to be reached until approximately 50% of stars/planets have been reached. We offer a prediction that we should not expect this until at least 1,500 years in the future. Thus the Fermi paradox is not a shocking observation- or lack thereof- and humanity may very well be contacted within our species’ lifespan (we can begin to expect to be contacted 1,500 years in the future).

  20. The Sustainability Solution To The Fermi Paradox

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    Haqq-Misra, J. D.; Baum, S. D.

    No present observations suggest a technologically advanced extraterrestrial intelligence (ETI) has spread through the galaxy. However, under commonplace assumptions about galactic civilization formation and expansion, this absence of observation is highly unlikely. This improbability is the heart of the Fermi Paradox. The Fermi Paradox leads some to conclude that humans have the only advanced civilization in this galaxy, either because civilization formation is very rare or because intelligent civilizations inevitably destroy themselves. In this paper, we argue that this conclusion is premature by introducing the “Sustainability Solution” to the Fermi Paradox, which questions the Paradox's assumption of faster ( e.g. exponential) civilization growth. Drawing on insights from the sustainability of human civilization on Earth, we propose that faster-growth may not be sustainable on the galactic scale. If this is the case, then there may exist ETI that have not expanded throughout the galaxy or have done so but collapsed. These possibilities have implications for both searches for ETI and for human civilization management.