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  1. Superimposed grating wavelength division multiplexing in Ge-doped SiO2/Si planar waveguides

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    Othonos, Andreas; Bismuth, J.; Sweeny, M.; Kevorkian, Antoine P.; Xu, Jing Ming M.

    1998-02-01

    An improved model of wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) by superimposed gratings in planar waveguides has been developed. Based on this theory, principal design rules of N- channel WDM are established and a fanout capacity of 100 is estimated. Finally, four-channel WDM at 840 nm has been demonstrated on a Ge:SiO(subscript 2)/SiO(subscript 2)/Si planar waveguide, which was hydrogenated to enhance its photosensitivity. The superimposed gratings were written using a narrow linewidth KrF excimer laser in an interferometric setup used in inscribing fiber Bragg gratings.

  2. Crystal structure of the ternary silicide Gd2Re3Si5.

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    Fedyna, Vitaliia; Kozak, Roksolana; Gladyshevskii, Roman

    2014-12-01

    A single crystal of the title compound, the ternary silicide digadolinium trirhenium penta-silicide, Gd2Re3Si5, was isolated from an alloy of nominal composition Gd20Re30Si50 synthesized by arc melting and investigated by X-ray single-crystal diffraction. Its crystal structure belongs to the U2Mn3Si5 structure type. All atoms in the asymmetric lie on special positions. The Gd site has site symmetry m..; the two Mn atoms have site symmetries m.. and 2.22; the three Si atoms have site symmetries m.., ..2 and 4.. . The coordination polyhedra of the Gd atoms have 21 vertices, while those of the Re atoms are cubo-octa-hedra and 13-vertex polyhedra. The Si atoms are arranged as tricapped trigonal prisms, bicapped square anti-prisms, or 11-vertex polyhedra. The crystal structure of the title compound is also related to the structure types CaBe2Ge2 and W5Si3. It can be represented as a stacking of Gd-centred polyhedra of composition [GdSi9]. The Re atoms form infinite chains with an Re-Re distance of 2.78163 (5) Å and isolated squares with an Re-Re distance of 2.9683 (6) Å.

  3. Planar CMOS analog SiPMs: design, modeling, and characterization

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    Zou, Yu; Villa, Federica; Bronzi, Danilo; Tisa, Simone; Tosi, Alberto; Zappa, Franco

    2015-11-01

    Silicon photomultipliers (SiPMs) are large area detectors consisting of an array of single-photon-sensitive microcells, which make SiPMs extremely attractive to substitute the photomultiplier tubes in many applications. We present the design, fabrication, and characterization of analog SiPMs in standard planar 0.35 μm CMOS technology, with about 1 mm × 1 mm total area and different kinds of microcells, based on single-photon avalanche diodes with 30 μm diameter reaching 21.0% fill-factor (FF), 50 μm diameter (FF = 58.3%) or 50 μm square active area with rounded corner of 5 μm radius (FF = 73.7%). We also developed the electrical SPICE model for CMOS SiPMs. Our CMOS SiPMs have 25 V breakdown voltage, in line with most commercial SiPMs and higher gain (8.8 × 106, 13.2 × 106, and 15.0 × 106, respectively). Although dark count rate density is slightly higher than state-of-the-art analog SiPMs, the proposed standard CMOS processing opens the feasibility of integration with active electronics, for switching hot pixels off, drastically reducing the overall dark count rate, or for further on-chip processing.

  4. Ultra-high quality factor planar Si3N4 ring resonators on Si substrates.

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    Tien, Ming-Chun; Bauters, Jared F; Heck, Martijn J R; Spencer, Daryl T; Blumenthal, Daniel J; Bowers, John E

    2011-07-04

    We demonstrate planar Si3N4 ring resonators with ultra-high quality factors (Q) of 19 million, 28 million, and 7 million at 1060 nm, 1310 nm, and 1550 nm, respectively. By integrating the ultra-low-loss Si3N4 ring resonators with laterally offset planar waveguide directional couplers, optical add-drop and notch filters are demonstrated to have ultra-narrow bandwidths of 16 MHz, 38 MHz, and 300 MHz at 1060 nm, 1310 nm, and 1550 nm, respectively. These are the highest Qs reported for ring resonators with planar directional couplers, and ultra-narrowband microwave photonic filters can be realized based on these high-Q ring resonators.

  5. Gd-Si Oxide Nanoparticles as Contrast Agents in Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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    Cabrera-García, Alejandro; Vidal-Moya, Alejandro; Bernabeu, Ángela; Pacheco-Torres, Jesús; Checa-Chavarria, Elisa; Fernández, Eduardo; Botella, Pablo

    2016-01-01

    We describe the synthesis, characterization and application as contrast agents in magnetic resonance imaging of a novel type of magnetic nanoparticle based on Gd-Si oxide, which presents high Gd3+ atom density. For this purpose, we have used a Prussian Blue analogue as the sacrificial template by reacting with soluble silicate, obtaining particles with nanorod morphology and of small size (75 nm). These nanoparticles present good biocompatibility and higher longitudinal and transversal relaxivity values than commercial Gd3+ solutions, which significantly improves the sensitivity of in vivo magnetic resonance images. PMID:28335240

  6. Effect of Milling Time on the Blocking Temperature of Nanoparticles of Magnetocaloric Gd5Si4

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    Hadimani, Ravi; Gupta, Shalbh; Harstad, Shane; Pecharsky, Vitalij; Jiles, David; David C Jiles Team; Vitalij Pecharsky Collaboration

    Extensive research has been done on giant magnetocaloric material Gd5(SixGe1-x)4 to improve adiabatic temperature/isothermal entropy change. However, there have been only a few reports on fabrication of nanostructure/nanoparticles that can be used to tune various properties by changing the length scale. Recently we have reported fabrication of room temperature ferromagnetic nanoparticles of Gd5Si4 using high energy ball milling. These nanoparticles have potential applications in biomedical engineering such as better T2 MRI contrast agents and in hypothermia. Here we report the effect of milling time on the blocking temperature, micro-structure, crystal structure, and magnetic properties of these nanoparticles. Magnetization vs. temperature at an applied field of 100 Oe is measured for all the ball milled samples. Bulk Gd5Si4 has a transition temperature of ~340 K. There are two phase transitions observed in the nanoparticles, one near 300 K corresponding to the Gd5Si4 phase and another between 75-150 K corresponding to Gd5Si3. Zero Field Cooling (ZFC) and Field Cooling (FC) were measured. The blocking temperatures for the nanoparticles increase with decrease in milling time.

  7. Luminescence and scintillation timing characteristics of (LuxGd2-x)SiO5:Ce single crystals

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    Yawai, Nattasuda; Chewpraditkul, Warut; Sakthong, Ongsa; Chewpraditkul, Weerapong; Wantong, Kriangkrai; Szczesniak, Tomasz; Swiderski, Lukasz; Moszynski, Marek; Sidletskiy, Oleg

    2017-02-01

    The luminescence and scintillation characteristics of cerium-doped lutetium-gadolinium orthosilicate (LuxGd2-xSiO5:Ce; x=0, 0.8, 1.8) single crystals were investigated. At 662 keV γ-rays, the light yield of 29,800±3000 ph MeV-1 obtained for Lu1.8Gd0.2SiO5:Ce is higher than that of 20,200±2000 and 11,800±1200 ph MeV-1 obtained for Lu0.8Gd1.2SiO5:Ce and Gd2SiO5:Ce, respectively. The fast component decay time of 32, 18 and 17 ns was measured in the scintillation decay of Gd2SiO5:Ce, Lu0.8Gd1.2SiO5:Ce and Lu1.8Gd0.2SiO5:Ce, respectively. The coincidence time spectra for 511 keV annihilation quanta were measured in reference to a fast BaF2 detector and time resolution was discussed in terms of a number of photoelectrons and decay time of the fast component. The mass attenuation coefficient for studied crystals at 60 and 662 keV γ-rays was also evaluated and discussed.

  8. Crystallinity of Li-doped Gd2O3:Eu3+ thin-film phosphors grown on Si (100) substrate

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    Yi, Soung Soo; Bae, Jong Seong; Moon, Byung Kee; Jeong, Jung Hyun; Kim, Jung Hwan

    2005-02-01

    Gd2O3:Eu3+ and Li-doped Gd2O3:Eu3+ luminescent thin films have been grown on Si (100) substrates using pulsed-laser deposition. The films grown at different deposition conditions show different microstructural and luminescent characteristics. Both cubic and monoclinic crystalline structures were observed in both Gd2O3:Eu3+ and Li-doped Gd2O3:Eu3+ films, but the cubic phase becomes more dominant and the ratio of peak values IC(222)/IM(-402) increases rapidly for Li-doped Gd2O3:Eu3+ films. The photoluminescence brightness data obtained from Li-doped Gd2O3:Eu3+ films indicate that Si (100) is a promising substrate for growth of high-quality Li-doped Gd2O3:Eu3+ thin-film red phosphor. In particular, the incorporation of Li + ions into the Gd2O3 lattice induced changes of crystallinity, surface roughness, and photoluminescence. The highest emission intensity was observed with Gd1.84Li0.08Eu0.08O3, whose brightness was a factor of 2.1 larger than that from Gd2O3:Eu3+ films. This phosphor is promising for applications in flat-panel displays.

  9. Temperature and Field Induced Strain Measurements in Single Crystal Gd5Si2Ge2

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    McCall, S. K.; Nersessian, N.; Carman, G. P.; Pecharsky, V. K.; Schlagel, D. L.; Radousky, H. B.

    2016-06-01

    The first-order magneto-structural transformation that occurs in Gd5Si2Ge2 near room temperature makes it a strong candidate for many energy harvesting applications. Understanding the single crystal properties is crucial for allowing simulations of device performance. In this study, magnetically and thermally induced transformation strains were measured in a single crystal of Gd5Si2.05Ge1.95 as it transforms from a high-temperature monoclinic paramagnet to a lower-temperature orthorhombic ferromagnet. Thermally induced transformation strains of -8500 ppm, +960 ppm and +1800 ppm, and magnetically induced transformation strains of -8500 ppm, +900 ppm and +2300 ppm were measured along the a, b and c axes, respectively. Using experimental data coupled with general thermodynamic considerations, a universal phase diagram was constructed showing the transition from the monoclinic to the orthorhombic phase as a function of temperature and magnetic field.

  10. Electron spin resonance g shift in Gd{sub 5}Si{sub 4}, Gd{sub 5}Ge{sub 4}, and Gd{sub 5.09}Ge{sub 2.03}Si{sub 1.88}

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    Pires, M. J. M.; Mansanares, A. M.; Silva, E. C. da; Carvalho, A. Magnus G.; Gama, S.; Coelho, A. A.

    2006-04-01

    Gd{sub 5}Si{sub 4}, Gd{sub 5}Ge{sub 4}, and Gd{sub 5.09}Ge{sub 2.03}Si{sub 1.88} compounds were studied by electron spin resonance. The arc-melted samples were initially characterized by optical metallography, x-ray diffraction, and static magnetization measurements. The electron spin resonance results show a negative paramagnetic g shift for Gd{sub 5}Si{sub 4} and Gd{sub 5.09}Ge{sub 2.03}Si{sub 1.88}, and a smaller positive one for Gd{sub 5}Ge{sub 4}. The values of the exchange parameter (j) between the localized Gd-4f spins and the conduction electrons are obtained from the g shifts. These values are positive and of the same order of magnitude for Gd{sub 5}Si{sub 4} and Gd{sub 5.09}Ge{sub 2.03}Si{sub 1.88}, and negative one order of magnitude smaller for Gd{sub 5}Ge{sub 4}. The electron spin resonance data were interpreted considering the strongly bottlenecked solution of the coupled Bloch-Hasegawa equations.

  11. Synthesis and characterization of SiO2/Gd2O3:Eu core-shell luminescent materials.

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    Liu, Guixia; Hong, Guangyan; Sun, Duoxian

    2004-10-01

    Europium-doped Gd2O3 with an average size of approximately 15 nm was coated on the surface of preformed silica nanospheres by the wet chemical method. SEM and TEM photographs showed that SiO2/Gd2O3:Eu core-shell submicrospheres are obtained. XRD patterns indicated that the Gd2O3:Eu shell is crystalline after heat treatment. FTIR and XPS spectra showed that the Gd2O3:Eu shell is linked to the silica surface by forming a Si-O-Gd bond. Photoluminescence studies showed that the luminescent properties are still retained after coating on an inert silica core; additionally, we noted that the emitting peaks are broadened, which results from size effects and interface effects of nanocrystal.

  12. Preparation and effect of thermal treatment on Gd2O3:SiO2 nanocomposite

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    Ahlawat, Rachna

    2015-04-01

    Rare earth oxides have been extensively investigated due to their fascinating properties such as enhanced luminescence efficiency, lower lasing threshold, high-performance luminescent devices, drug-carrying vehicle, contrast agent in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), up-conversion materials, catalysts and time-resolved fluorescence (TRF) labels for biological detection etc. Nanocomposites of silica gadolinium oxide have been successfully synthesized by sol-gel process using hydrochloric acid as a catalyst. Gd(NO3)3ṡ6H2O and tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) were used as precursors to obtain powdered form of gadolinum oxide:silica (Gd2O3:SiO2) composite. The powdered samples having 2.8 mol% Gd2O3 were annealed at 500°C and 900°C temperature for 6 h and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The effect of annealing on the phase evolution of the composite system has been discussed in detail. It was found that the sintering of gadolinium precursor plays a pivotal role to obtain crystalline phase of Gd2O3. Cubic phase of gadolinium oxide was developed for annealed sample at 900°C (6 h) with an average grain size 12 nm.

  13. Improved magneto-caloric effect of the Gd50Co50 metallic glass by minor Si addition

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    Tang, B. Z.; Yu, P.; Ding, D.; Wu, C.; Xia, L.

    2017-02-01

    In the present work, we studied the effect of minor Si addition on the magneto-caloric effect (MCE) of the Gd50Co50 metallic glass. The Gd50Co50-xSix (x=2, 5) as-spun ribbons show typical amorphous characteristics in structure and magneto-caloric behaviors. The peak values for the magnetic entropy change (-ΔSmpeak) of the Gd50Co50-xSix (x=0, 2, 5) metallic glasses increase significantly with the addition of Si. The mechanism for the enhanced MCE by minor addition of Si was investigated by revealing the relationship between -ΔSmpeak and the Curie temperature in the Gd-Co-based amorphous ribbons.

  14. Investigation of room temperature ferromagnetic nanoparticles of Gd5Si4

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    Hadimani, R. L.; Gupta, S.; Harstad, S. M.; ...

    2015-07-06

    Gd5(SixGe1-x)4 compounds undergo first-order phase transitions close to room temperature when x ~ = 0.5, which are accompanied by extreme changes of properties. We report the fabrication of the nanoparticles of one of the parent compounds-Gd5Si4-using high-energy ball milling. Crystal structure, microstructure, and magnetic properties have been investigated. Particles agglomerate at long milling times, and the particles that are milled >20 min lose crystallinity and no longer undergo magnetic phase transition close to 340 K, which is present in a bulk material. The samples milled for >20 min exhibit a slightly increased coercivity. As a result, magnetization at a highmore » temperature of 275K decreases with the increase in the milling time.« less

  15. A current modulation in the Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Si/Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} quantum well structure as a mean to monitor oxygen vacancies

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    Sitaputra, Wattaka; Hudak, John A.; Tsu, Raphael

    2014-05-15

    The Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer grown by electron beam evaporation system normally leads to oxygen deficient sites unless the oxygen partial pressure is provided. These oxygen vacancies were monitored through their current modulating effect. This modulation controlled the current within a Si well of the Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Si/Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} quantum well structure through the migration of the oxygen vacancies. Such behavior were not found in the structure that contains far less oxygen vacancy such as SiO{sub 2}/Si/SiO{sub 2} structure.

  16. Impacts of SiO2 planarization on optical thin film properties and laser damage resistance

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    Day, T.; Wang, H.; Jankowska, E.; Reagan, B. A.; Rocca, J. J.; Stolz, C. J.; Mirkarimi, P.; Folta, J.; Roehling, J.; Markosyan, A.; Route, R. R.; Fejer, M. M.; Menoni, C. S.

    2016-12-01

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Colorado State University (CSU) have co-developed a planarization process to smooth nodular defects. This process consists of individually depositing then etching tens of nanometers of SiO2 with a ratio of 2:1, respectively. Previous work shows incorporating the angular dependent ion surface etching and unidirectional deposition reduces substrate defect cross-sectional area by 90%. This work investigates the micro-structural and optical modifications of planarized SiO2 films deposited by ion beam sputtering (IBS). It is shown the planarized SiO2 thin films have 3x increase in absorption and 18% reduction in thin film stress as compared to control (as deposited) SiO2. Planarized SiO2 films exhibit 13% increase in RMS surface roughness with respect to the control and super polished fused silica substrates. Laser-induced damage threshold (LIDT) results indicate the planarization process has no effect on the onset fluence but alters the shape of the probability vs fluence trace.

  17. Atomically sharp 318 nm Gd:AlGaN ultraviolet light emitting diodes on Si with low threshold voltage

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    Kent, Thomas F.; Carnevale, Santino D.; Myers, Roberto C.

    2013-05-01

    Self-assembled AlxGa1-xN polarization-induced nanowire light emitting diodes (PINLEDs) with Gd-doped AlN active regions are prepared by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy on Si substrates. Atomically sharp electroluminescence (EL) from Gd intra-f-shell electronic transitions at 313 nm and 318 nm is observed under forward biases above 5 V. The intensity of the Gd 4f EL scales linearly with current density and increases at lower temperature. The low field excitation of Gd 4f EL in PINLEDs is contrasted with high field excitation in metal/Gd:AlN/polarization-induced n-AlGaN devices; PINLED devices offer over a three fold enhancement in 4f EL intensity at a given device bias.

  18. Gd-Si oxide mesoporous nanoparticles with pre-formed morphology prepared from a Prussian blue analogue template.

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    Cabrera-García, Alejandro; Vidal-Moya, Alejandro; Bernabeu, Ángela; Sánchez-González, Javier; Fernández, Eduardo; Botella, Pablo

    2015-08-21

    A novel approach to the synthesis of Gd-Si oxide mesoporous nanoparticles with a high Gd(3+) atom density and pre-formed morphology is presented. Prussian blue analogue Gd(H2O)4[Fe(CN)6], a metal organic framework that crystallizes in the orthorhombic system, is used for the first time as a sacrificial template by a reaction with soluble silicate. Simultaneous and stoichiometric condensation of gadolinium hydroxide and silica takes place, leading to dense and monodispersed nanoparticles that preserve the original shape and size of the Prussian blue analogue crystals. Then, porosity is developed by incorporation of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide under hydrothermal conditions. The obtained Gd-Si mesoporous oxide particles present a dual morphology of nanocrosses and nanorods and large surface areas.

  19. Method of making active magnetic refrigerant materials based on Gd-Si-Ge alloys

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    Pecharsky, Alexandra O.; Gschneidner, Jr., Karl A.; Pecharsky, Vitalij K.

    2006-10-03

    An alloy made of heat treated material represented by Gd.sub.5(Si.sub.xGe.sub.1-x).sub.4 where 0.47.ltoreq.x.ltoreq.0.56 that exhibits a magnetic entropy change (-.DELTA.S.sub.m) of at least 16 J/kg K, a magnetostriction of at least 2000 parts per million, and a magnetoresistance of at least 5 percent at a temperature of about 300K and below, and method of heat treating the material between 800 to 1600 degrees C. for a time to this end.

  20. Graphene as a transparent conducting and surface field layer in planar Si solar cells.

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    Kumar, Rakesh; Mehta, Bodh R; Bhatnagar, Mehar; S, Ravi; Mahapatra, Silika; Salkalachen, Saji; Jhawar, Pratha

    2014-01-01

    This work presents an experimental and finite difference time domain (FDTD) simulation-based study on the application of graphene as a transparent conducting layer on a planar and untextured crystalline p-n silicon solar cell. A high-quality monolayer graphene with 97% transparency and 350 Ω/□ sheet resistance grown by atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition method was transferred onto planar Si cells. An increase in efficiency from 5.38% to 7.85% was observed upon deposition of graphene onto Si cells, which further increases to 8.94% upon SiO2 deposition onto the graphene/Si structure. A large increase in photon conversion efficiency as a result of graphene deposition shows that the electronic interaction and the presence of an electric field at the graphene/Si interface together play an important role in this improvement and additionally lead to a reduction in series resistance due to the conducting nature of graphene.

  1. The new ternary silicide Gd{sub 5}CoSi{sub 2}: Structural, magnetic and magnetocaloric properties

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    Mayer, Charlotte; Gaudin, Etienne; Gorsse, Stephane; Chevalier, Bernard

    2011-02-15

    Gd{sub 5}CoSi{sub 2} was prepared by annealing at 1003 K. Its investigation by the X-ray powder diffraction shows that the ternary silicide crystallizes in a tetragonal structure deriving from the Cr{sub 5}B{sub 3}-type (I4/mcm space group; a=7.5799(4) and c=13.5091(12) A as unit cell parameters). The Rietveld refinement shows a mixed occupancy on the (8h) site between Si and Co atoms. Magnetization and specific heat measurements performed on Gd{sub 5}CoSi{sub 2} reveal a ferromagnetic behaviour below T{sub C}=168 K. This magnetic ordering is associated to an interesting magnetocaloric effect; the adiabatic temperature change {Delta}T{sub ad} is about 3.1 and 5.9 K, respectively, for a magnetic field change of 2 and 4.6 T. -- Graphical abstract: The adiabatic temperature change {Delta}T{sub ad} was determined by combining the heat capacity measurements and the magnetization data. As expected, a peak near the Curie temperature of the Gd{sub 5}CoSi{sub 2} ternary silicide is observed, with a maximum of {Delta}T{sub ad} around 3.1 and 5.9 K for {Delta}H=2 and 4.6 T, respectively. Display Omitted Research Highlights: {yields} We prepare and characterize for the first time the ternary silicide Gd{sub 5}CoSi{sub 2}. {yields} Gd{sub 5}CoSi{sub 2} crystallizes in the tetragonal structure deriving from the Cr{sub 5}B{sub 3}-type. {yields} Gd{sub 5}CoSi{sub 2} shows a ferromagnetic behaviour below 168 K associated with magnetocaloric properties.

  2. Polarized spectroscopic properties of Er3+:Gd2SiO5 crystal and evaluation of Er3+:Yb3+:Gd2SiO5 crystal as a 1.55 μm laser medium

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    Wang, H.; Huang, J. H.; Gong, X. H.; Chen, Y. J.; Lin, Y. F.; Luo, Z. D.; Huang, Y. D.

    2016-10-01

    An Er3+-doped Gd2SiO5 single crystal with high optical quality has been grown by the Czochralski method. Polarized absorption and fluorescence spectra and fluorescence lifetime of the crystal were measured at room temperature. Intensity parameters, spontaneous emission probabilities, fluorescence branching ratios, and radiative lifetimes were estimated on the basis of the Judd-Ofelt theory. Besides, potentiality of 1.55 μm laser emission in an Er3+-Yb3+ co-doped Gd2SiO5 crystal was evaluated.

  3. Temperature and field induced strain measurements in single crystal Gd5Si2Ge2

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    McCall, S. K.; Nersessian, N.; Carman, G. P.; ...

    2016-03-29

    The first-order magneto-structural transformation that occurs in Gd5Si2Ge2 near room temperature makes it a strong candidate for many energy harvesting applications. Understanding the single crystal properties is crucial for allowing simulations of device performance. In this study, magnetically and thermally induced transformation strains were measured in a single crystal of Gd5Si2.05Ge1.95 as it transforms from a high-temperature monoclinic paramagnet to a lower-temperature orthorhombic ferromagnet. Thermally induced transformation strains of –8500 ppm, +960 ppm and +1800 ppm, and magnetically induced transformation strains of –8500 ppm, +900 ppm and +2300 ppm were measured along the a, b and c axes, respectively. Furthermore,more » using experimental data coupled with general thermodynamic considerations, a universal phase diagram was constructed showing the transition from the monoclinic to the orthorhombic phase as a function of temperature and magnetic field.« less

  4. Forced Volume Magnetostriction in Composite Gd5Si2Ge2

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    Choe, W; McCall, S K; Radousky, H B; Nersessian, N; Or, S W; Carman, G P; Pecharsky, V K; Pecharsky, A O

    2004-04-01

    A -1200 ppm forced volume magnetostriction has been obtained in a [0-3], resin binder, Gd{sub 5}Si{sub 2}Ge{sub 2} particulate composite. The strain is a result of a magnetically induced phase transformation from a high volume (high temperature, low magnetic field) monoclinic phase to a low volume (low temperature, high magnetic field) orthorhombic phase. The particles used in the composite were ball-milled from a bulk sample and were sieved to obtain a size distribution of {approx}> 600 {micro}m. Bulk Gd{sub 5}Si{sub 2}Ge{sub 2} was manufactured via arc melting and subsequently annealed at 1300 C for 1 hour to produce a textured, polycrystalline sample. The transformation temperatures of the bulk sample, as measured using a Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC), were M{sub s}= -9.3 C, M{sub f}=-14.6 C, A{sub s}=-4.4 C, and A{sub f}=-1.2 C. The composite and the bulk samples were magnetically characterized using a SQUID magnetometer, and found to undergo a paramagnetic to ferromagnetic transition during the phase transformation, consistent with published results. The bulk sample was also found to possess a maximum linear magnetostriction -2500 ppm.

  5. Magnetic ordering in Sc2CoSi2-type R2FeSi2 (R=Gd, Tb) and R2CoSi2 (R=Y, Gd-Er) compounds

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    Morozkin, A. V.; Knotko, A. V.; Yapaskurt, V. O.; Pani, M.; Nirmala, R.; Quezado, S.; Malik, S. K.

    2016-09-01

    Magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of Sc2CoSi2-type R2TSi2 (R=Gd-Er, T=Fe, Co) compounds have been studied using magnetization data. These indicate the presence of mixed ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic interactions in these compounds. One observes a ferromagnetic transition followed by an antiferromagnetic order and a further possible spin-reorientation transition at low temperatures. Compared to Gd2{Fe, Co}Si2, the Tb2FeSi2 and {Tb-Er}2CoSi2 compounds exhibit remarkable hysteresis (for e.g. Tb2FeSi2 shows residual magnetization Mres/Tb=2.45 μB, coercive field Hcoer=14.9 kOe, and critical field Hcrit 5 kOe at 5 K) possibly due to the magnetocrystalline anisotropy of the rare earth. The R2{Fe, Co}Si2 show relatively small magnetocaloric effect (i.e. isothermal magnetic entropy change, ΔSm) around the magnetic transition temperature: the maximal value of MCE is demonstrated by Ho2CoSi2 (ΔSm=-8.1 J/kg K at 72 K and ΔSm=-9.4 J/kg K at 23 K in field change of 50 kOe) and Er2CoSi2 (ΔSm=-13.6 J/kg K at 32 K and ΔSm=-8.4 J/kg K at 12 K in field change of 50 kOe).

  6. Second order phase transition temperature of single crystals of Gd5Si1.3Ge2.7 and Gd5Si1.4Ge2.6

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    Hadimani, R. L.; Melikhov, Y.; Schlagel, D. L.; ...

    2015-01-30

    Gd5(SixGe1–x)4 has mixed phases in the composition range 0.32 < x < 0.41, which have not been widely studied. In this paper, we have synthesized and indexed single crystal samples of Gd5Si1.3Ge2.7 and Gd5Si1.4Ge2.6. In this study, we have investigated the first order and second order phase transition temperatures of these samples using magnetic moment vs. temperature and magnetic moment vs. magnetic field at different temperatures. We have used a modified Arrott plot technique that was developed and reported by us previously to determine the “hidden” second order phase transition temperature of the orthorhombic II phase.

  7. Method of making active magnetic refrigerant, colossal magnetostriction and giant magnetoresistive materials based on Gd-Si-Ge alloys

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    Gschneidner, Jr., Karl A.; Pecharsky, Alexandra O.; Pecharsky, Vitalij K.

    2003-07-08

    Method of making an active magnetic refrigerant represented by Gd.sub.5 (Si.sub.x Ge.sub.1-x).sub.4 alloy for 0.ltoreq.x.ltoreq.1.0 comprising placing amounts of the commercially pure Gd, Si, and Ge charge components in a crucible, heating the charge contents under subambient pressure to a melting temperature of the alloy for a time sufficient to homogenize the alloy and oxidize carbon with oxygen present in the Gd charge component to reduce carbon, rapidly solidifying the alloy in the crucible, and heat treating the solidified alloy at a temperature below the melting temperature for a time effective to homogenize a microstructure of the solidified material, and then cooling sufficiently fast to prevent the eutectoid decomposition and improve magnetocaloric and/or the magnetostrictive and/or the magnetoresistive properties thereof.

  8. Suppression of magnetostructural transition on GdSiGe thin film after thermal cyclings

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    Pires, A. L.; Belo, J. H.; Gomes, I. T.; Hadimani, R. L.; Schlagel, D. L.; Lograsso, T. A.; Jiles, D. C.; Lopes, A. M. L.; Araújo, J. P.; Pereira, A. M.

    2016-09-08

    The influence of thermal cycling on the microstructure, magnetic phase transition and magnetic entropy change of a Gd5Si1.3Ge2.7 thin film up to 1000 cycles is investigated. The authors found that after 1000 cycles a strong reduction of the crystallographic phase responsible for the magnetostructural transition (Orthorhombic II phase) occurs. We attribute this to the chemical disorder, caused by the large number of expansion/compression cycles that the Orthorhombic II phase undergoes across the magnetostructural transition. The suppression of the magnetostructural transition corresponds to a drastic decrease of the thin film magnetic entropy change. Our results reveal the importance of studying the thermal/magnetic cycles influence on magnetostructural transitions as they can damage a real-life device.

  9. Suppression of magnetostructural transition on GdSiGe thin film after thermal cyclings

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    Pires, A. L.; Belo, J. H.; Gomes, I. T.; ...

    2016-09-08

    The influence of thermal cycling on the microstructure, magnetic phase transition and magnetic entropy change of a Gd5Si1.3Ge2.7 thin film up to 1000 cycles is investigated. The authors found that after 1000 cycles a strong reduction of the crystallographic phase responsible for the magnetostructural transition (Orthorhombic II phase) occurs. We attribute this to the chemical disorder, caused by the large number of expansion/compression cycles that the Orthorhombic II phase undergoes across the magnetostructural transition. The suppression of the magnetostructural transition corresponds to a drastic decrease of the thin film magnetic entropy change. Our results reveal the importance of studying themore » thermal/magnetic cycles influence on magnetostructural transitions as they can damage a real-life device.« less

  10. Active magnetic refrigerants based on Gd-Si-Ge material and refrigeration apparatus and process

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    Gschneidner, K.A. Jr.; Pecharsky, V.K.

    1998-04-28

    Active magnetic regenerator and method using Gd{sub 5} (Si{sub x}Ge{sub 1{minus}x}){sub 4}, where x is equal to or less than 0.5, as a magnetic refrigerant that exhibits a reversible ferromagnetic/antiferromagnetic or ferromagnetic-II/ferromagnetic-I first order phase transition and extraordinary magneto-thermal properties, such as a giant magnetocaloric effect, that renders the refrigerant more efficient and useful than existing magnetic refrigerants for commercialization of magnetic regenerators. The reversible first order phase transition is tunable from approximately 30 K to approximately 290 K (near room temperature) and above by compositional adjustments. The active magnetic regenerator and method can function for refrigerating, air conditioning, and liquefying low temperature cryogens with significantly improved efficiency and operating temperature range from approximately 10 K to 300 K and above. Also an active magnetic regenerator and method using Gd{sub 5} (Si{sub x} Ge{sub 1{minus}x}){sub 4}, where x is equal to or greater than 0.5, as a magnetic heater/refrigerant that exhibits a reversible ferromagnetic/paramagnetic second order phase transition with large magneto-thermal properties, such as a large magnetocaloric effect that permits the commercialization of a magnetic heat pump and/or refrigerant. This second order phase transition is tunable from approximately 280 K (near room temperature) to approximately 350 K by composition adjustments. The active magnetic regenerator and method can function for low level heating for climate control for buildings, homes and automobile, and chemical processing. 27 figs.

  11. Active magnetic refrigerants based on Gd-Si-Ge material and refrigeration apparatus and process

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    Gschneidner, Jr., Karl A.; Pecharsky, Vitalij K.

    1998-04-28

    Active magnetic regenerator and method using Gd.sub.5 (Si.sub.x Ge.sub.1-x).sub.4, where x is equal to or less than 0.5, as a magnetic refrigerant that exhibits a reversible ferromagnetic/antiferromagnetic or ferromagnetic-II/ferromagnetic-I first order phase transition and extraordinary magneto-thermal properties, such as a giant magnetocaloric effect, that renders the refrigerant more efficient and useful than existing magnetic refrigerants for commercialization of magnetic regenerators. The reversible first order phase transition is tunable from approximately 30 K to approximately 290 K (near room temperature) and above by compositional adjustments. The active magnetic regenerator and method can function for refrigerating, air conditioning, and liquefying low temperature cryogens with significantly improved efficiency and operating temperature range from approximately 10 K to 300 K and above. Also an active magnetic regenerator and method using Gd.sub.5 (Si.sub.x Ge.sub.1-x).sub.4, where x is equal to or greater than 0.5, as a magnetic heater/refrigerant that exhibits a reversible ferromagnetic/paramagnetic second order phase transition with large magneto-thermal properties, such as a large magnetocaloric effect that permits the commercialization of a magnetic heat pump and/or refrigerant. This second order phase transition is tunable from approximately 280 K (near room temperature) to approximately 350 K by composition adjustments. The active magnetic regenerator and method can function for low level heating for climate control for buildings, homes and automobile, and chemical processing.

  12. Remarkable rare-earth metal silicide oxides with planar Si6 rings.

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    Wang, Limin; Tang, Zhongjia; Lorenz, Bernd; Guloy, Arnold M

    2008-08-27

    New rare-earth silicide oxides, La10Si8O3 (1) and Ce10Si8O3 (2), were synthesized through high-temperature reactions of the pure elements under controlled oxygen atmosphere conditions. The remarkable silicides crystallize in a unique crystal structure (space group P6/mmm; a = 10.975(3) A (La) and 10.844(1) A (Ce); c = 4.680(1) A (La) and 4.561(1) A (Ce)) that features a 3-D framework of corner-shared O-centered (La/Ce)6 octahedra, reminiscent of hexagonal tungsten bronzes, with planar Si6 rings enclosed within its hexagonal channels. Band structure calculations indicate the compounds are metallic, with optimized La-Si bonds, and a benzene-like [Si6]6- anion. Compound 1 exhibits temperature independent paramagnetism. Compound 2 exhibits Curie-Weiss paramagnetism, and an antiferromagnetic ordering below 7 K.

  13. Anomalous Hall effect in the prospective spintronic material Eu1-x Gd x O integrated with Si.

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    Parfenov, Oleg E; Averyanov, Dmitry V; Tokmachev, Andrey M; Taldenkov, Alexander N; Storchak, Vyacheslav G

    2016-06-08

    Remarkable properties of EuO make it a versatile spintronic material. Despite numerous experimental and theoretical studies of EuO, little is known about the anomalous Hall effect in this ferromagnet. So far, the effect has not been observed in bulk EuO, though has been detected in EuO films with uncontrolled distribution of defects. In the present work doping is taken under control: epitaxial films of Gd-doped EuO are synthesized integrated with Si using molecular beam epitaxy and characterized with x-ray diffraction and magnetization measurements. Nanoscale transport studies reveal the anomalous Hall effect in the ferromagnetic region for samples with different Gd concentration. The saturated anomalous Hall effect conductivity value of 5.0 S·cm(-1) in Gd-doped EuO is more than an order of magnitude larger than those reported so far for Eu chalcogenides doped with anion vacancies.

  14. Sol-gel synthesis of Y xGd 2- xSiO 5:Eu 3+ phosphors derived from the in situ assembly of multicomponent hybrid precursors

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    Huang, Honghua; Yan, Bing

    2006-04-01

    Using rare earth coordination polymers with salicylic acid as precursors for the luminescence species Y xGd 2- xSiO 5:Eu 3+, composing the polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) as dispersing media, nanophosphors of Y xGd 2- xSiO 5:Eu 3+ ( x = 0.10, 0.25, 0.50, 0.75, 0.90) with different molar ratio of Y and Gd were synthesized by the sol-gel process. Both X-ray diffraction and scanning electronic microscope show that these materials have the nanometer size of 100-200 nm. These nanometer materials exhibit red emission at 612 nm. When x = 0.5, Y 0.5Gd 1.5SiO 5:Eu 3+ shows the strongest emission intensity comparing with other molar ratio of Y to Gd.

  15. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and diffraction investigation of a metal-oxide-semiconductor heterostructure: Pt/Gd2O3/Si(111)

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    Ferrah, D.; El Kazzi, M.; Niu, G.; Botella, C.; Penuelas, J.; Robach, Y.; Louahadj, L.; Bachelet, R.; Largeau, L.; Saint-Girons, G.; Liu, Q.; Vilquin, B.; Grenet, G.

    2015-04-01

    Platinum thin films deposited by physical vapor deposition (PVD) on Gd2O3/Si(111) templates are investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and X-ray photoelectron diffraction (XPD). Both XRD and XPD give clear evidence that Gd2O3 grows (111)-oriented and single-domain on Si(111) with mirror epitaxial relationship viz., [1bar10] Gd2O3(111)//[11bar0] Si(111). On Gd2O3/Si(111), Pt is partially crystallized with (111) orientation. There are two epitaxial domains and a slightly visible (111) fiber texture. The in-plane relationships of these Pt(111) domains with Gd2O3(111) are a direct one: [11bar0] Pt(111)//[11bar0] Gd2O3(111) and a mirror one: [1bar10] Pt(111)//[11bar0] Gd2O3(111). XPS reveals that Pt4f exhibits a metallic behavior even for small amounts of Pt but very small chemical shifts suggest that Pt environment is different at the interface with Gd2O3. These XPS chemical shifts have been correlated with features in XPD azimuth curves, which could be related with the existence of hexagonal α-PtO2(0001)layer.

  16. Characterization and Comparison of Planar and Trench Silicon Carbide (SiC) Power MOSFETs

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    Wang, Zhiqiang; Chinthavali, Madhu Sudhan; Campbell, Steven L

    2016-01-01

    This paper presents a comprehensive evaluation and experimental comparison of silicon carbide power MOSFETs through double pulse test. First, a universal hardware platform is designed and developed to test power semiconductor devices with various device packages and measuring requirements. Using the developed platform, the static characteristics and switching performance of the two types of SiC MOSFETs (one planar and one trench type) are evaluated under different case temperatures from 25 oC to 175 oC. Based on the evaluation data, a comparison of both SiC MOSFETs is conducted in terms of their on-state resistance, switching loss, and temperature dependent behavior. It is found that the latest trench SiC MOSFETs present similar switching loss while much lower conduction loss compared to existing commercial planar SiC MOSFETs. Moreover, the trench devices show a nearly temperature independent switching loss, which is beneficial to suppress the potential thermal runaway issue under high temperature continuous operation.

  17. SiO2 nanofluid planar jet impingement cooling on a convex heated plate

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    Asghari Lafmajani, Neda; Ebrahimi Bidhendi, Mahsa; Ashjaee, Mehdi

    2016-12-01

    The main objective of this paper is to investigate the heat transfer coefficient of a planar jet of SiO2 nanofluid that impinges vertically on the middle of a convex heated plate for cooling purposes. The planar jet issues from a rectangular slot nozzle. The convex aluminum plate has a thickness, width and length of 0.2, 40 and 130 mm, respectively, and is bent with a radius of 200 mm. A constant heat-flux condition is employed. 7 nm SiO2 particles are added to water to prepare the nanofluid with 0.1, 1 and 2 % (ml SiO2/ml H2O) concentrations. The tests are also performed at different Reynolds numbers from 1803 to 2782. Results indicate that adding the SiO2 nanoparticles can effectively increase both local and average heat transfer coefficients up to 39.37 and 32.78 %, respectively. These positive effects often are more pronounced with increasing Reynolds numbers. This enhancement increases with ascending the concentration of nanofluid, especially from 0.1 to 1 %.

  18. Investigation of room temperature ferromagnetic nanoparticles of Gd5Si4

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    Hadimani, R. L.; Gupta, S.; Harstad, S. M.; Pecharsky, V. K.; Jiles, D. C.

    2015-07-06

    Gd5(SixGe1-x)4 compounds undergo first-order phase transitions close to room temperature when x ~ = 0.5, which are accompanied by extreme changes of properties. We report the fabrication of the nanoparticles of one of the parent compounds-Gd5Si4-using high-energy ball milling. Crystal structure, microstructure, and magnetic properties have been investigated. Particles agglomerate at long milling times, and the particles that are milled >20 min lose crystallinity and no longer undergo magnetic phase transition close to 340 K, which is present in a bulk material. The samples milled for >20 min exhibit a slightly increased coercivity. As a result, magnetization at a high temperature of 275K decreases with the increase in the milling time.

  19. Temperature dependence of Ce-doped (Gd0.6 La0.4)2Si2O7 scintillators

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    Horiai, Takahiko; Kurosawa, Shunsuke; Murakami, Rikito; Yamaji, Akihiro; Shoji, Yasuhiro; Ohashi, Yuji; Pejchal, Jan; Kamada, Kei; Yokota, Yuui; Yoshikawa, Akira

    2017-03-01

    (Ce0.01 Gd0.59 La0.40)2Si2O7 single crystal (La40% sample) was grown by the micro-pulling-down method to study its scintillation properties and their temperature dependence. In addition, we investigated the relation between these properties and La concentration comparing the crystal with (Ce0.01 Gd0.90 La0.09)2Si2O7 (La9% sample). As results, the light output of the La40% sample at 25°C was similar to that of the La9% sample. On the other hand, the decay time of the La40% sample was slower than that of the La9% sample at 25°C. The light output of La40% sample had a small decrease rate at high temperature when compared with that of La9% sample.

  20. Robust and tunable itinerant ferromagnetism at the silicon surface of the antiferromagnet GdRh2Si2

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    Güttler, M.; Generalov, A.; Otrokov, M. M.; Kummer, K.; Kliemt, K.; Fedorov, A.; Chikina, A.; Danzenbächer, S.; Schulz, S.; Chulkov, E. V.; Koroteev, Yu. M.; Caroca-Canales, N.; Shi, M.; Radovic, M.; Geibel, C.; Laubschat, C.; Dudin, P.; Kim, T. K.; Hoesch, M.; Krellner, C.; Vyalikh, D. V.

    2016-01-01

    Spin-polarized two-dimensional electron states (2DESs) at surfaces and interfaces of magnetically active materials attract immense interest because of the idea of exploiting fermion spins rather than charge in next generation electronics. Applying angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy, we show that the silicon surface of GdRh2Si2 bears two distinct 2DESs, one being a Shockley surface state, and the other a Dirac surface resonance. Both are subject to strong exchange interaction with the ordered 4f-moments lying underneath the Si-Rh-Si trilayer. The spin degeneracy of the Shockley state breaks down below ~90 K, and the splitting of the resulting subbands saturates upon cooling at values as high as ~185 meV. The spin splitting of the Dirac state becomes clearly visible around ~60 K, reaching a maximum of ~70 meV. An abrupt increase of surface magnetization at around the same temperature suggests that the Dirac state contributes significantly to the magnetic properties at the Si surface. We also show the possibility to tune the properties of 2DESs by depositing alkali metal atoms. The unique temperature-dependent ferromagnetic properties of the Si-terminated surface in GdRh2Si2 could be exploited when combined with functional adlayers deposited on top for which novel phenomena related to magnetism can be anticipated. PMID:27052006

  1. Solvothermal synthesis and luminescence properties of monodisperse Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} and Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+}SiO{sub 2} nanospheres

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    Wang, Yu; Bai, Xue; Liu, Tong; Dong, Biao; Xu, Lin; Liu, Qiong; Song, Hongwei

    2010-12-15

    A series of uniform, monodispersed Gd(OH){sup 3}:Eu{sup 3+} nanospheres less than 100 nm were successfully synthesized with iron ions as catalyst and DMF as solvent under the solvothermal condition. Cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) and Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) were performed as co-surfactant during this facile procedure should be changed as A series of uniform, monodisperse Gd(OH){sup 3}:Eu{sup 3+} nanospheres less than 100 nm in diameter were successfully synthesized with solvothermal method. Iron ion was used as catalyst and Dimethylformamide (DMF) as solvent, Cetyltrimethyl Ammonium Bromide (CTAB) and Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) were performed as surfactants. Further calcination process was applied to prepare Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} nanoshpheres during this facile procedure. -- Graphical abstract: Uniform and monodisperse Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} and Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+}SiO{sub 2} monodisperse were synthesized by annealed relative parent's Gd(OH){sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} and Gd(OH){sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+}SiO{sub 2}, respectively. Their morphology and luminescence properties all strongly depended on the iron concentration. Display Omitted

  2. Growth and luminescent properties of Lu 2SiO 5:Ce and (Lu 1- xGd x) 2SiO 5:Ce single crystalline films

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    Zorenko, Yu.; Gorbenko, V.; Savchyn, V.; Voznyak, T.; Grinyov, B.; Sidletskiy, O.; Kurtsev, D.; Fedorov, A.; Baumer, V.; Nikl, M.; Mares, J. A.; Beitlerova, A.; Prusa, P.; Kucera, M.

    2011-12-01

    Single crystalline films (SCF) of Lu 2SiO 5:Ce (LSO:Ce), (Lu 1- xGd x) 2SiO 5:Ce (LGSO:Ce) and LGSO:Ce,Tb orthosilicates with thickness of 2.5-21 μm were crystallized by liquid phase epitaxy method onto undoped LSO substrates from melt-solution based on PbO-B 2O 3 flux. The concentration of Gd was varied in the range of x=0.2-0.7 formula units (f.u.). In the case of LGSO:Ce SCF growth we do not use any additional doping for reducing the misfit between the SCF and substrate lattices. The luminescence and scintillation properties of LSO:Ce, LGSO:Ce and LGSO:Ce,Tb SCFs were mutually compared and confronted with the performance of reference LSO:Ce and LYSO:Ce crystals. With increasing Gd content the luminescence spectrum of LGSO:Ce SCF is gradually red-shifted with respect to that of LSO:Ce SCF. The LY of (Lu 1- xGd x)SO:Ce SCF becomes lower in comparison with that for LSO:Ce SC at increasing Gd content in the range of x=0.2-0.7 f.u. The peculiarities of luminescence properties of LSO:Ce and LGSO:Ce SCFs in comparison with crystal analogs are explained by the different distribution of Ce 3+ over Lu1 and Lu2 positions of LSO host and by the influence of Pb 2+ contamination coming from the flux used for the film growth.

  3. Electrospun SiO2 "necklaces" on unglazed ceramic tiles: a planarizing strategy

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    Di Mauro, Alessandro; Fragalà, Maria Elena

    2015-05-01

    Silica based nanofibres have been deposited on unglazed ceramic tiles by combining electrospinning and sol-gel processes. Poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) (PVP) alcoholic solutions and commercial spin on glass (Accuglass) mixtures have been used to obtain composite fibrous non-woven mats totally converted, after thermal annealing at 600 °C, to SiO2 microsphere "necklaces". The possibility to get an uniform fibres coverage onto the tile surface confirms the validity of electrospinning (easily scalable to large surface samples) as coating strategy to cover the macroscopic defects typical of the polished unglazed tile surface and improve surface planarization.

  4. Role of Ge in bridging ferromagnetism in the giant magnetocaloric Gd{sub 5}(Ge{sub 1-x}Si{sub x}){sub 4} alloys.

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    Haskel, D.; Lee, Y. B.; Harmon, B. N.; Islam, Z.; Lang, J. C.; Srajer, G.; Mudryk, Ya.; Gschneidner, K. A., Jr.; Pecharsky, V. K.; X-Ray Science Division; Iowa State Univ.

    2007-06-15

    X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) measurements and density functional theory (DFT) are used to study the electronic conduction states in Gd{sub 5}(Ge{sub 1-x}Si{sub x}){sub 4} materials through the first-order bond-breaking magnetostructural transition responsible for their giant magnetocaloric effect. Spin-dependent hybridization between Ge 4p and Gd 5d conduction states, which XMCD senses through the induced magnetic polarization in Ge ions, enables long-range Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida ferromagnetic interactions between Gd 4f moments in adjacent Gd slabs connected by Ge(Si) bonds. These interactions are strong below but weaken above the Ge(Si) bond-breaking transition that destroys 3D ferromagnetic order.

  5. Gd5(Si,Ge)4 thin film displaying large magnetocaloric and strain effects due to magnetostructural transition

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    Hadimani, Ravi L.; Silva, Joao H. B.; Pereira, Andre M.; Schlagel, Devo L.; Lograsso, Thomas A.; Ren, Yang; Zhang, Xiaoyi; Jiles, David C.; Araújo, Joao P.

    2015-01-01

    Magnetic refrigeration based on the magnetocaloric effect is one of the best alternatives to compete with vapor-compression technology. Despite being already in its technology transfer stage, there is still room for optimization, namely, on the magnetic responses of the magnetocaloric material. In parallel, the demand for different magnetostrictive materials has been greatly enhanced due to the wide and innovative range of technologies that emerged in the last years (from structural evaluation to straintronics fields). In particular, the Gd5(SixGe1-x)4 compounds are a family of well-known alloys that present both giant magnetocaloric and colossal magnetostriction effects. Despite their remarkable properties, very few reports have been dedicated to the nanostructuring of these materials: here, we report a ˜800 nm Gd5Si2.7Ge1.3 thin film. The magnetic and structural investigation revealed that the film undergoes a first order magnetostructural transition and as a consequence exhibits large magnetocaloric effect (-ΔSmMAX ˜ 8.83 J kg-1 K-1, ΔH = 5T) and giant thermal expansion (12000 p.p.m). The thin film presents a broader magnetic response in comparison with the bulk compound, which results in a beneficial magnetic hysteresis reduction. The ΔSmMAX exhibited by the Gd5(Si,Ge)4 thin film makes it a promising candidate for micro/nano magnetic refrigeration area.

  6. Dielectric SiO2 Planarization Using MnO2 Slurry

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    Kishii, Sadahiro; Nakamura, Ko; Hanawa, Kenzo; Watanabe, Satoru; Arimoto, Yoshihiro; Kurokawa, Syuhei; Doi, Toshiro K.

    2012-01-01

    MnO2 slurry can polish SiO2 film faster and planarize wide feature steps (2 ×2 mm2) to a lower height than conventional silica slurry. A comparison of Gibbs free energies indicates that the MnO2 abrasive directly reacts on the SiO2 film. In post-Chemical mechanical polishing (CMP), the MnO2 abrasive can be completely removed by dipping it in mixed solutions of inorganic acids and H2O2 followed by scrubbing and dipping in HF solution. A comparison of Gibbs free energies clarifies that the MnO2 abrasive on the wafer is easily dissolved in a mixed solution of an inorganic acid and H2O2.

  7. Low-temperature heat-capacity studies of R2Ni3Si5 (R=Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho)

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    Mazumdar, Chandan; Ghosh, K.; Nagarajan, R.; Ramakrishnan, S.; Padalia, B. D.; Gupta, L. C.

    1999-02-01

    We report here our low temperature (2-30 K) heat capacity, Cp measurements of R2Ni3Si5 (R=Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd-Ho). Large peaks in heat capacity data at magnetic transition temperatures (TN) confirm the bulk nature of magnetic order in these compounds. In Nd2Ni3Si5, Gd2Ni3Si5, and Dy2Ni3Si5, magnetization studies indicated only one magnetic transition, whereas, heat-capacity data show two transitions. TN of the heavier rare-earth member, Tb2Ni3Si5, showing significant deviation from de Gennes scaling is notable. Magnetic entropy, ΔS, estimated from heat-capacity data suggest that the magnetic ground state is a doublet in R2Ni3Si5 (R=Pr, Nd, Sm, Dy, Ho) and a quartet in Tb2Ni3Si5. In all the cases, ΔS, at TN is slightly less than that expected due to the suggested states, which we attribute to the occurrence of precursor effects of magnetic order above TN. Except for Gd2Ni3Si5, ΔS of the compounds does not reach the saturation limit of R ln(2J+1) even at 30 K, indicating the presence of crystalline electric field (CEF) effects. A hump in Cp is observed below TN in Gd2Ni3Si5 which is interpreted in terms of a possible amplitude-modulated magnetic spin structure.

  8. Planar Hall effect in a single GaMnAs film grown on Si substrate

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    Won, Jaehyuk; Shin, Jinsik; Lee, Sangyeop; Lee, Hakjoon; Yoo, Taehee; Lee, Sanghoon; Liu, X.; Furdyna, J. K.

    2013-09-01

    We carried out systematic planar Hall effect (PHE) measurements on a layer of GaMnAs grown on a Si substrate. The field scans of the planar Hall resistance (PHR) data obtained at 4 K show a transition behavior, which is similar to the magnetization reorientation process often observed in GaMnAs film grown on a GaAs substrate that has both anisotropies along the <100> and the <110> directions. The dependence of the PHR on the applied field direction revealed the presence of an asymmetry between the <100> and the <110> directions in the magnetic energy of the film. The directions of the magnetic easy axes determined by the PHR value at zero field were about 9° away from the <110> directions. The PHR further shows the absence of the difference in the anisotropy between the <110> directions, indicating no preference of magnetic anisotropy for either the [110] or the [1¯10]direction in the GaMnAs grown on a Si substrate.

  9. RNi{sub 8}Si{sub 3} (R=Gd,Tb): Novel ternary ordered derivatives of the BaCd{sub 11} type

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    Pani, M.; Morozkin, A.V.; Yapaskurt, V.O.; Provino, A.; Manfrinetti, P.; Nirmala, R.; Malik, S.K.

    2016-01-15

    The title compounds have been synthesized and characterized both from the structural and magnetic point of view. Both crystallize in a new monoclinic structure strictly related to the tetragonal BaCd{sub 11} type. The structure was solved by means of X-ray single-crystal techniques for GdNi{sub 8}Si{sub 3} and confirmed for TbNi{sub 8}Si{sub 3} on powder data; the corresponding lattice parameters (obtained from Guinier powder patterns) are a=6.3259(2), b=13.7245(5), c=7.4949(3) Å, β=113.522(3)°, V{sub cell}=596.64(3) Å{sup 3} and a=6.3200(2), b=13.6987(4), c=7.4923(2) Å, β=113.494(2)°, V{sub cell}=594.88(2) Å{sup 3}. The symmetry relationship between the tI48-I4{sub 1}/amd BaCd{sub 11} aristotype and the new ordered mS48-C2/c GdNi{sub 8}Si{sub 3} derivative is described via the Bärnighausen formalism within the group theory. The large Gd–Gd (Tb–Tb) distances, mediated via Ni–Si network, likely lead to weak magnetic interactions. Low-field magnetization vs temperature measurements indicate weak and field-sensitive antiferromagnetic ground state, with ordering temperatures of 3 K in GdNi{sub 8}Si{sub 3} and about 2–3 K in TbNi{sub 8}Si{sub 3}. On the other hand, the isothermal field-dependent magnetization data show the presence of competing interactions in both compounds, with a field-induced ferromagnetic behavior for GdNi{sub 8}Si{sub 3} and a ferrimagnetic-like behavior in TbNi{sub 8}Si{sub 3} at the ordering temperature T{sub C/N} of about (or slightly higher than) 3K. The magnetocaloric effect, quantified in terms of isothermal magnetic entropy change ΔS{sub m}, has the maximum values of –19.8 J(kg K){sup −1} (at 4 K for 140 kOe field change) and −12.1 J(kg K){sup −1} (at 12 K for 140 kOe field change) in GdNi{sub 8}Si{sub 3} and TbNi{sub 8}Si{sub 3}, respectively. - Graphical abstract: GdNi{sub 8}Si{sub 3} and TbNi{sub 8}Si{sub 3} compounds are isostructural, and crystallize in a new monoclinic type strictly related to the tetragonal

  10. Investigation of band offsets and direct current leakage properties of nitrogen doped epitaxial Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films on Si

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    Roy Chaudhuri, Ayan; Osten, H. J.; Fissel, A.

    2013-05-14

    Dielectric properties of epitaxial Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films grown on Si have been found to improve significantly by incorporation of suitable dopants. However, in order to achieve optimum electrical properties from such doped oxides, it is important to understand the correlation between doping and the electronic structure of the material. In the present article, we report about the effect of nitrogen doping on the electronic structure and room temperature dc leakage properties of epitaxial Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films. Epitaxial Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:N thin films were grown on p-type Si (111) substrates by solid source molecular beam epitaxy technique using molecular N{sub 2}O as the nitridation agent. First investigations confirmed the presence of substitutional N in the Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:N layers. Incorporation of nitrogen did not affect the structural quality of the oxide layers. X ray photoelectron spectroscopy investigations revealed band gap narrowing in epitaxial Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} due to nitrogen doping, which leads to reduction in the valence band offset of the Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:N layers with Si. DC leakage current measured at room temperature revealed that despite reduction in the band gap and valence band offsets due to N doping, the Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:N layers remain sufficiently insulating. A significant reduction of the leakage current densities in the Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:N layers with increasing nitrogen content suggests that doping of epitaxial Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films with nitrogen can be an effective route to eliminate the adverse effects of the oxygen vacancy induced defects in the oxide layers.

  11. Investigation of band offsets and direct current leakage properties of nitrogen doped epitaxial Gd2O3 thin films on Si

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    Roy Chaudhuri, Ayan; Fissel, A.; Osten, H. J.

    2013-05-01

    Dielectric properties of epitaxial Gd2O3 thin films grown on Si have been found to improve significantly by incorporation of suitable dopants. However, in order to achieve optimum electrical properties from such doped oxides, it is important to understand the correlation between doping and the electronic structure of the material. In the present article, we report about the effect of nitrogen doping on the electronic structure and room temperature dc leakage properties of epitaxial Gd2O3 thin films. Epitaxial Gd2O3:N thin films were grown on p-type Si (111) substrates by solid source molecular beam epitaxy technique using molecular N2O as the nitridation agent. First investigations confirmed the presence of substitutional N in the Gd2O3:N layers. Incorporation of nitrogen did not affect the structural quality of the oxide layers. X ray photoelectron spectroscopy investigations revealed band gap narrowing in epitaxial Gd2O3 due to nitrogen doping, which leads to reduction in the valence band offset of the Gd2O3:N layers with Si. DC leakage current measured at room temperature revealed that despite reduction in the band gap and valence band offsets due to N doping, the Gd2O3:N layers remain sufficiently insulating. A significant reduction of the leakage current densities in the Gd2O3:N layers with increasing nitrogen content suggests that doping of epitaxial Gd2O3 thin films with nitrogen can be an effective route to eliminate the adverse effects of the oxygen vacancy induced defects in the oxide layers.

  12. Achieving a table-like magnetocaloric effect and large refrigerant capacity in in situ multiphase Gd65Mn25Si10 alloys obtained by crystallization treatment

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    Shen, X. Y.; Zhong, X. C.; Huang, X. W.; Mo, H. Y.; Feng, X. L.; Liu, Z. W.; Jiao, D. L.

    2017-01-01

    In situ multiphase structure Gd65Mn25Si10 alloys were fabricated by melt spinning and subsequent crystallization treatment. In the process of crystallization, the α-Gd, GdMn2 and Gd5Si3 phases precipitate in the amorphous matrix in turn. The Curie temperature (T C) values for the α-Gd crystallization phase and amorphous matrix can be tailored by tuning the crystallization treatment time. All three multiphase alloys obtained by crystallization treatment at 637 K for 20, 30 and 40 min, respectively, undergo multiple successive magnetic phase transitions. A table-like magnetic entropy change over a wide temperature range (~90-120 K) and a large full width at half maximum (ΔT FWHM) magnetic entropy change (~230 K) were achieved in the above-mentioned crystallized alloys, resulting in large refrigerant capacities (RCs). The enhanced RCs of the three crystallized alloys for a magnetic field change of 0-5 T are in the range of 541-614 J kg-1. Large ΔT FWHM and RC values and a table-like (-ΔS M)max feature obtained in in situ multiphase Gd65Mn25Si10 crystallized alloys make them suitable for potential application in efficient Ericsson-cycle magnetic refrigeration working in a temperature range from 74 to 310 K.

  13. Revealing unusual chemical bonding in planar hyper-coordinate Ni2Ge and quasi-planar Ni2Si two-dimensional crystals.

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    Yang, Li-Ming; Popov, Ivan A; Frauenheim, Thomas; Boldyrev, Alexander I; Heine, Thomas; Bačić, Vladimir; Ganz, Eric

    2015-10-21

    We discover unusual chemical bonding in a novel planar hyper-coordinate Ni2Ge free-standing 2D monolayer, and also in a nearly planar slightly buckled Ni2Si monolayer. This unusual bonding is revealed by Solid State Adaptive Natural Density Partitioning analysis. This analysis shows that a new type of 2c-2e Ni-Si σ and 3c-2e Ni-Ge-Ni σ bonds stabilize these 2D crystals. This is completely different from any previously known 2D crystals. Both of these free-standing monolayers are global minima in two-dimensional space. Although their exotic structure has unprecedented chemical bonding, they show extraordinary stability as single layers. The stabilities of these frameworks are confirmed by phonon dispersion calculations and ab initio molecular dynamics calculations. For Ni2Si, the framework was maintained during short 10 ps molecular dynamics annealing up to 1500 K, while Ni2Ge survived 10 ps runs up to 900 K. Both systems are predicted to be non-magnetic and metallic. As these new 2D crystals contain hypercoordinated Group 14 atoms, they are examples of a new class of 2D crystals with unconventional chemical bonding and potentially exciting new properties. Interestingly, we find that the stabilities of Ni2Si and Ni2Ge are much higher than that of silicene and germanene. Thus, this work provides a novel way to stabilize 2D sheets of Group 14 elements.

  14. Low field magneto caloric effect in (Gd1-x Prx)5 Si3.2 Sn0.8 alloys

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    Xavier, J.; Saban, K. V.

    2015-02-01

    The structural, thermal and magnetic properties of the arc melted (Gd1-x Prx)5 Si3.2 Sn0.8 alloys with x = 0, 0.05, 0.1 and 0.15 were studied. A maximum magnetic entropy change of 1.2034 J/kgK occurs for the x = 0.1 alloy at 299 K for a low magnetic field change of 1.58 T. The Arrott plot technique confirms a second order ferromagnetic to paramagnetic phase transition in all these Si rich orthorhombic samples. Tuneable Tc around room temperature, moderate values of ΔSm in low magnetic fields and absence of magnetic hysteresis make these alloys useful with regard to room temperature magnetic refrigeration.

  15. Improvement of Bipolar Switching Properties of Gd:SiOx RRAM Devices on Indium Tin Oxide Electrode by Low-Temperature Supercritical CO2 Treatment

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    Chen, Kai-Huang; Chang, Kuan-Chang; Chang, Ting-Chang; Tsai, Tsung-Ming; Liang, Shu-Ping; Young, Tai-Fa; Syu, Yong-En; Sze, Simon M.

    2016-02-01

    Bipolar switching resistance behaviors of the Gd:SiO2 resistive random access memory (RRAM) devices on indium tin oxide electrode by the low-temperature supercritical CO2-treated technology were investigated. For physical and electrical measurement results obtained, the improvement on oxygen qualities, properties of indium tin oxide electrode, and operation current of the Gd:SiO2 RRAM devices were also observed. In addition, the initial metallic filament-forming model analyses and conduction transferred mechanism in switching resistance properties of the RRAM devices were verified and explained. Finally, the electrical reliability and retention properties of the Gd:SiO2 RRAM devices for low-resistance state (LRS)/high-resistance state (HRS) in different switching cycles were also measured for applications in nonvolatile random memory devices.

  16. Analysis of Gd5(Si2Ge2) Microstructure and Phase Transition

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    Meyers, John Scott

    2002-01-01

    With the recent discovery of the giant magnetocaloric effect and the beginning of extensive research on the properties of Gd5(SixGe1-x)4, a necessity has developed for a better understanding of the microstructure and crystal structure of this family of rare earth compounds with startling phenomenological properties. The aim of this research is to characterize the microstructure of the Gd5(SixGe1-x)4, with X ≅ 2 and its phase change by using both transmission and electron microscopes. A brief history of past work on Gd5(SixGe1-x)4 is necessary to understand this research in its proper context.

  17. Superior dielectric properties for template assisted grown (100) oriented Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films on Si(100)

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    Roy Chaudhuri, Ayan Osten, H. J.; Fissel, A.

    2014-01-06

    We report about the single crystalline growth and dielectric properties of Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}(100) thin films on Si(100) surface. Using a two step molecular beam epitaxy growth process, we demonstrate that controlled engineering of the oxide/Si interface is a key step to achieve the atypical (100) oriented growth of Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Unusually, high dielectric constant values (∼23–27) were extracted from capacitance voltage measurements. Such effect can be understood in terms of a two dimensional charge layer at the Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Si interface (W. Sitaputra and R. Tsu, Appl. Phys. Lett. 101, 222903 (2012)) which can influence the dielectric properties of the oxide layer by forming an additional negative quantum capacitance.

  18. Czochralski growth of 2 in. Ce-doped (La,Gd)2Si2O7 for scintillator application

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    Yoshikawa, Akira; Shoji, Yasuhiro; Kurosawa, Shunsuke; Chani, Valery I.; Murakami, Rikito; Horiai, Takahiko; Kamada, Kei; Yokota, Yuui; Ohashi, Yuji; Kochurikhin, Vladimir

    2016-10-01

    Growth of 2-in. diameter Ce-doped (La,Gd)2Si2O7 (La-GPS) scintillating crystals by Czochralski method using Ir crucible is reported. The composition of the host material was approximately equal to La0.5Gd1.5Si2O7 and the concentration of the Ce3+-activator was either 0.5 or 1.5 at.% with respect to the total content of the rare-earths forming the host crystal matrix. Effects of the hot zone construction including inductive coil position, presence/absence of the after-heater, rotation rate and other growth parameters on the crystal quality are discussed in some details. The crystals produced in optimized conditions were colorless, transparent, uniform in their shape, crack- and inclusions-free, and demonstrated smooth glass-like surface. The length of the crystals' cylindrically-shaped body parts exceed 100 mm. The growth results were well reproducible. The main disadvantage of the growth process is associated with short lifetime of the Ir crucible and its deformation caused by thermal expansion of the pre-solidified melt at each heating stage.

  19. Formation of In-plane Skyrmions in Epitaxial MnSi Thin Films as Revealed by Planar Hall Effect

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    Yokouchi, Tomoyuki; Kanazawa, Naoya; Tsukazaki, Atsushi; Kozuka, Yusuke; Kikkawa, Akiko; Taguchi, Yasujiro; Kawasaki, Masashi; Ichikawa, Masakazu; Kagawa, Fumitaka; Tokura, Yoshinori

    2015-10-01

    We investigate skyrmion formation in both a single crystalline bulk and epitaxial thin films of MnSi by measurements of planar Hall effect. A prominent stepwise field profile of planar Hall effect is observed in the well-established skyrmion phase region in the bulk sample, which is assigned to anisotropic magnetoresistance effect with respect to the magnetic modulation direction. We also detect the characteristic planar Hall anomalies in the thin films under the in-plane magnetic field at low temperatures, which indicates the formation of skyrmion strings lying in the film plane. Uniaxial magnetic anisotropy plays an important role in stabilizing the in-plane skyrmions in the MnSi thin film.

  20. Fabrication of a novel nanocomposite Ag/graphene@SiO2-NaLuF4:Yb,Gd,Er for large enhancement upconversion luminescence.

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    Yin, Dongguang; Cao, Xianzhang; Zhang, Lu; Tang, Jingxiu; Huang, Wenfeng; Han, Yanlin; Wu, Minghong

    2015-06-28

    Upconversion nanocrystals have a lot of advantages over other fluorescent materials. However, their applications are still limited due to their comparatively low upconversion luminescence (UCL). In the present study, a novel nanocomposite of Ag/graphene@SiO2-NaLuF4:Yb,Gd,Er for enhancing UCL was fabricated successfully, and its morphology, crystalline phase, composition, and fluorescent property were investigated. It is interesting to find that the Ag/graphene@SiO2-NaLuF4:Yb,Gd,Er and Ag@SiO2-NaLuF4:Yb,Gd,Er nanocomposites showed high UCL enhancements of 52- and 10-fold compared to the control of Ag-free nanocomposite SiO2-NaLuF4:Yb,Gd,Er, respectively. The enhancement of 52-fold is greater than those reported in our previous studies and some papers. Moreover, the measured life times of the Ag-presented nanocrystals were longer than that of Ag-absent counterparts. These enhancements of UCL can be ascribed to the effect of metal-enhanced fluorescence, which is caused by the enhancement of the local electric field. The UCL intensity of Ag/graphene@SiO2-NaLuF4:Yb,Gd,Er was 5.2-fold higher than that of Ag@SiO2-NaLuF4:Yb,Gd,Er, indicating that graphene presented in the fabricated nanocomposite structure favors metal-enhanced UCL. The small-sized Ag nanoparticles anchored on the graphene sheet mutually enhanced each other's polarizability and surface plasmon resonance, resulting in a big metal-enhanced UCL. This study provides a new strategy for effectively enhancing the UCL of upconversion nanocrystals. The enhancement potentially increases the overall upconversion nanocrystal detectability for highly sensitive biological, medical, and optical detections.

  1. Luminescence properties and identification of the crystallographic sites of Ce3+ in LiGd9(SiO4)6O2

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    Xie, Mubiao; Zhu, Guoxian; Pan, Rongkai

    2017-03-01

    A series of LiGd9-x(SiO4)6O2:xCe3+ phosphors were prepared by a conventional high temperature solid state reaction method, and their spectroscopic characteristic were systematically investigated. The results showed that two types of Ce3+-emitting centers with emission at about 390 and 430 nm existed in the phosphors LiGd9(SiO4)6O2:Ce3+. The Stokes shift and crystal field depression of Ce(1) and Ce(2) were investigated. The concentration quenching effect and the critical distance of energy transfer were determined.

  2. Luminescent properties of Tb-activated rare-earth oxyapatite silicate MLn4Si3O13 (M = Ca, Sr, Ln = La, Gd)

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    Yamane, A.; Kunimoto, T.; Ohmi, K.; Honma, T.; Kobayashi, H.

    2006-09-01

    Rare-earth oxyapatites MLn4Si3O13 (M = Ca, Sr, Ba Ln = La, Gd) have been proposed as a new plasma display panel (PDP) host material to overcome the problems of Zn2SiO4:Mn commercial green phosphor, such as luminance degradation and poor surface charge. Tb-doped MLn4Si3O13 phosphor powders show a green luminescence with the CIE color coordinate (x, y) = (0.337, 0.562). The PL excitation band lies continuously in the wavelength region from 130 to 260 nm. The photoluminescence (PL) peak intensity of SrGd4Si3O13:Tb is comparable with that of Zn2SiO4:Mn. The phosphor is a candidate for a green PDP phosphor for Xe2 excitation.

  3. Planar edge terminations for high voltage 4H-SiC power MOSFETs

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    Soler, Victor; Berthou, Maxime; Mihaila, Andrei; Monserrat, Josep; Godignon, Philippe; Rebollo, José; Millán, José

    2017-03-01

    Several edge termination structures for high voltage 4H-SiC devices compatible with a planar power MOSFET fabrication process are analyzed in this paper. The edge terminations’ efficiency has been experimentally demonstrated on PiN diodes with breakdown voltage capabilities ranging from 2 to 5 kV, fabricated within a full power MOSFET process technology. The studied edge terminations consist of typical JTEs, novel FGRs using MOSFET P-well implantation, as well as a combination of JTEs and FGRs. The experimental results have shown a good efficiency of most of the implemented edge terminations. It is also shown that P-well FGRs could be an effective cost solution for high voltage SiC based power MOSFETs. Moreover, the edge termination combining JTEs and FGRs concepts shows a better tolerance of breakdown voltage values against variations in the JTE dose. The same edge termination design allows one to obtain a good efficiency for both 1.7 and 4.5 kV PiN diodes. The optimal termination has been successfully implemented on 4.5 kV power MOSFETs.

  4. Photoluminescent and magnetic properties of lanthanide containing apatites: NaxLn10-x(SiO4)6O2-yFy, CaxLn10-x(SiO4)6O2-yFy (Ln = Eu, Gd, and Sm), Gd9.34(SiO4)6O2, and K1.32Pr8.68(SiO4)6O1.36F0.64.

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    Latshaw, Allison M; Hughey, Kendall D; Smith, Mark D; Yeon, Jeongho; Zur Loye, Hans-Conrad

    2015-02-02

    Single crystals of NaEu(9)(SiO(4))(6)O(2), Na(1.5)Eu(8.5)(SiO(4))(6)OF, Na(1.64)Gd(8.36)(SiO(4))(6)O(0.72)F(1.28), Gd(9.34)(SiO(4))(6)O(2), Ca(2.6)Eu(7.4)(SiO(4))(6)O(1.4)F(0.6), Ca(4.02)Sm(5.98)(SiO(4))(6)F(2), and K(1.32)Pr(8.68)(SiO(4))(6)O(1.36)F(0.64) and powders of NaEu(9)(SiO(4))(6)O(2), Na(1.5)Eu(8.5)(SiO(4))(6)OF, Eu(9.34)(SiO(4))(6)O(2), and Gd(9.34)(SiO(4))(6)O(2) were synthesized via flux growth in selected alkali-fluoride melts. All of the compounds adopt the apatite structure with space group P6(3)/m. Luminescence and magnetic data were collected on NaEu(9)(SiO(4))(6)O(2), Na(1.5)Eu(8.5)(SiO(4))(6)OF, Eu(9.34)(SiO(4))(6)O(2), and Gd(9.34)(SiO(4))(6)O(2). Luminescent data indicate that changing the cations and anions that surround the lanthanide site does not change the luminescent properties, making apatites versatile structures for optical materials.

  5. Folic acid-conjugated GdPO4:Tb3+@SiO2 Nanoprobe for folate receptor-targeted optical and magnetic resonance bi-modal imaging

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    Xu, Xianzhu; Zhang, Xiaoying; Wu, Yanli

    2016-11-01

    Both fluorescent and magnetic nanoprobes have great potential applications for diagnostics and therapy. In the present work, a folic acid-conjugated and silica-modified GdPO4:Tb3+ (GdPO4:Tb3+@SiO2-FA) dual nanoprobe was strategically designed and synthesized for the targeted dual-modality optical and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging via a facile aqueous method. Their structural, optical, and magnetic properties were determined using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), ultraviolet-visible spectra (UV-Vis), photoluminescence (PL), and superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID). These results indicated that GdPO4:Tb3+@SiO2-FA were uniform monodisperse core-shell structured nanorods (NRs) with an average length of 200 nm and an average width of 25 nm. The paramagnetic property of the synthesized GdPO4:Tb3+@SiO2-FA NRs was confirmed with its linear hysteresis plot (M-H). In addition, the NRs displayed an obvious T1-weighted effect and thus it could potentially serve as a T1-positive contrast agent. The NRs emitted green lights due to the 5D4 → 7F5 transition of the Tb3+. The in vitro assays with NCI-H460 lung cancer cells and human embryonic kidney cell line 293T cells indicated that the GdPO4:Tb3+@SiO2-FA nanoprobe could specifically bind the cells bearing folate receptors (FR). The MTT assay of the NRs revealed that its cytotoxicity was very low. Further in vivo MRI experiments distinctively depict enhanced anatomical features in a xenograft tumor. These results suggest that the GdPO4:Tb3+@SiO2-FA NPs have excellent imaging and cell-targeting abilities for the folate receptor-targeted dual-modality optical and MR imaging and can be potentially used as the nanoprobe for bioimaging.

  6. HTS planar gradiometer consisting of SQUID with multi-turn input coil and large pickup coil made of GdBCO coated conductor

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    Tsukamoto, Akira; Adachi, Seiji; Oshikubo, Yasuo; Hato, Tsunehiro; Enpuku, Keiji; Sugisaki, Masaki; Arai, Eiichi; Tanabe, Keiichi

    2013-01-01

    We have investigated the fabrication of a high-temperature superconducting (HTS) gradiometer with long baseline for geophysical applications. The proof-of-concept gradiometer using a 1-turn pickup coil made of a GdBa2Cu3Oy coated conductor (GCC) and 5.5-turn input coil integrated on a SQUID was fabricated in our previous work. In this study, we have optimized the device structure to improve the frequency response, gradient field sensitivity and gradiometer balance. The fabricated flux transformer consists of a 6-turn planar gradiometric pickup coil and a 26-turn input coil made of an HTS thin film. A low-melting-point alloy was used to connect polished Ag surfaces of the CGG pickup coil and Au pads of the input coil. An HTS SQUID was formed on another substrate and stacked on the input coil. A mechanical balancing structure using three pieces of GCC as a superconducting shield was also implemented. The fabricated gradiometer showed a gradient field noise of 0.8 fT/cm Hz1/2 in the white noise regions, a gradiometer balance of 1/142, and a cutoff frequency of 9 Hz corresponding to a 2 mΩ contact resistance between the pickup coil and the input coil.

  7. RE2MAl6Si4 (RE = Gd, Tb, Dy; M = Au, Pt): layered quaternary intermetallics featuring CaAl2Si2-type and YNiAl4Ge2-type slabs grown from aluminum flux.

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    Latturner, Susan E; Bilc, Daniel; Mahanti, S D; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G

    2003-12-01

    Six new intermetallic aluminum silicides--Gd(2)PtAl(6)Si(4), Gd(2)AuAl(6)Si(4), Tb(2)PtAl(6)Si(4), Tb(2)AuAl(6)Si(4), Dy(2)PtAl(6)Si(4), and Dy(2)AuAl(6)Si(4)--have been obtained from reactions carried out in aluminum flux. The structure of these compounds was determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. They form in space group Rthremacr;m with cell constants of a = 4.1623(3) A and c = 51.048(5) A for the Gd(2)PtAl(6)Si(4) compound. The crystal structure is comprised of hexagonal nets of rare earth atoms alternating with two kinds of layers that have been observed in other multinary aluminide intermetallic compounds (CaAl(2)Si(2) and YNiAl(4)Ge(2)). All six RE(2)MAl(6)Si(4) compounds show antiferromagnetic transitions at low temperatures (T(N) < 20 K); magnetization studies of the Dy compounds show metamagnetic behavior with reorientation of spins at 6000 G. Band structure calculations indicate that the AlSi puckered hexagonal sheets in this structure are electronically distinct from the other surrounding structural motifs.

  8. The electronic structure and spin polarization of Co2Mn0.75(Gd, Eu)0.25Z (Z=Si, Ge, Ga, Al) quaternary Heusler alloys

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    Berri, Saadi

    2016-03-01

    A first-principles approach is used to study the electronic and magnetic properties of Co2Mn0.75(Gd, Eu)0.25Z(Z=Si, Ge, Ga, Al) quaternary Heusler alloys. The investigation was done using the (FP-LAPW) method where the exchange-correlation potential was calculated with the frame of GGA-WC. At ambient conditions our calculated results of band structures reveal that for Co2Mn0.75(Gd, Eu)0.25Z(Z=Si, Ge) has a half-metallic (HM) band structure profile showing 100% spin polarization at the Fermi level. In contrast, Co2Mn0.75(Gd, Eu)0.25Z(Z=Ga, Al) alloys are found to be metallic. Finally, the half metallic compounds found in some structures of this series might be useful in spintronic devices.

  9. Annealing influence on the magnetostructural transition in Gd5Si1.3Ge2.7 thin films

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    Pires, A. L.; Belo, J. H.; Gomes, I. T.; ...

    2015-05-19

    Due to the emerging cooling possibilities at the micro and nanoscale, such as the fast heat exchange rate, the effort to synthesize and optimize the magnetocaloric materials at these scales is rapidly growing. Here, we report the effect of different thermal treatments on Gd5Si1.3Ge2.7 thin film in order to evaluate the correlation between the crystal structure, magnetic phase transition and magnetocaloric effect. For annealing temperatures higher than 500ºC, the samples showed a typical paramagnetic behavior. On the other hand, thermal treatments below 500ºC promoted the suppression of the magnetostructural transition at 190 K, while the magnetic transition around 249 Kmore » is not affected. This magnetostructural transition extinction was reflected in the magnetocaloric behavior and resulted in a drastic decrease in the entropy change peak value (of about 68%). An increase in TC was reported, proving that at the nanoscale, heat treatments may be a useful tool to optimize the magnetocaloric properties in Gd5(SixGe1-x)4 thin films.« less

  10. Growth and luminescent properties of Ce and Ce-Tb doped (Y,Lu,Gd)2SiO5:Ce single crystalline films

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    Zorenko, Yuriy; Gorbenko, Vitaliy; Savchyn, Volodymyr; Zorenko, Tetyana; Grinyov, Boris; Sidletskiy, Oleg; Fedorov, Alexander

    2014-09-01

    The paper presents the results of systematic research directed on the development of scintillating screens based on single crystalline films of Ce and Ce-Tb doped (Y,Lu,Gd)2SiO5 orthosilicates using the liquid phase epitaxy method.

  11. Large magnetic cooling power involving frustrated antiferromagnetic spin-glass state in R2NiSi3(R =Gd ,Er )

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    Pakhira, Santanu; Mazumdar, Chandan; Ranganathan, R.; Giri, S.; Avdeev, Maxim

    2016-09-01

    The ternary intermetallic compounds Gd2NiSi3 and Er2NiSi3 are synthesized in chemically single phase, which are characterized using dc magnetization, ac magnetic susceptibility, heat capacity, and neutron diffraction studies. Neutron diffraction and heat capacity studies confirm that long-range magnetic ordering coexists with the frustrated glassy magnetic components for both compounds. The static and dynamical features of dc magnetization and frequency-dependent ac susceptibility data reveal that Gd2NiSi3 is a canonical spin-glass system, while Er2NiSi3 is a reentrant spin cluster-glass system. The spin freezing temperature merges with the long-range antiferromagnetic ordering temperature at 16.4 K for Gd2NiSi3 . Er2NiSi3 undergoes antiferromagnetic ordering at 5.4 K, which is slightly above the spin freezing temperature at 3 K. The detailed studies of nonequilibrium dynamical behavior, viz., the memory effect and relaxation behavior using different protocols, suggest that both compounds favor the hierarchical model over the droplet model. A large magnetocaloric effect is observed for both compounds. Maximum values of isothermal entropy change (-Δ SM ) and relative cooling power (RCP) are found to be 18.4 J/kg K and 525 J/kg for Gd2NiSi3 and 22.6 J/kg K and 540 J/kg for Er2NiSi3 , respectively, for a change in field from 0 to 70 kOe. The values of RCP are comparable to those of the promising refrigerant materials. A correlation between large RCP and magnetic frustration is discussed for developing new magnetic refrigerant materials.

  12. White light emitting LaGdSiO5:Dy3+ nanophosphors for solid state lighting applications

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    Ogugua, Simon N.; Swart, Hendrik C.; Ntwaeaborwa, Odireleng M.

    2016-01-01

    Powdered dysprosium (Dy3+) doped Lanthanum gadolinium oxyorthosilicate (LaGdSiO5) mixed phosphors were synthesized using urea-assisted solution combustion method. The X-ray diffractometer analysis showed that the samples crystalized in the pure monoclinic mixed phase of LaGdSiO5. The crystallite size and the lattice strain calculated from the X-ray diffraction peaks using Williamson-Hall equation varied from 12 nm to 16 nm and 1.6 ×10-2 to 2.43 ×10-2 respectively. The photoluminescence (PL) emission spectra recorded using 425, 454 and 475 nm excitation wavelengths exhibit characteristic similar to the YAG:Ce phosphor pumped InGaN LED system, by absorbing portion of the excitation energy and re-emitting it. The emission spectra were characterized by radiative recombination at 425, 454, 475, 485 and 575 nm depending on the excitation wavelength. These emission line are ascribed to the f→f transitions of Dy3+. The peak intensity and hence the color of the emitted visible light were dependent on the concentration of Dy3+. The International Commission on Illumination (CIE) color coordinates of (0.336, 0.313) and (0.359, 0.361) were obtained for Dy3+ molar concentration of 0.05 and 3.0 mol% when the emission was monitored using 454 nm and 475 nm respectively. The band gap measured from the reflectance curve using Tauc plot initially decreased with increasing Dy3+ concentration, but at higher concentration, it started to increase. These materials were evaluated for solid state lighting application.

  13. Radicals and ions controlling by adjusting the antenna-substrate distance in a-Si:H deposition using a planar ICP for c-Si surface passivation

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    Zhou, H. P.; Xu, S.; Xu, M.; Xu, L. X.; Wei, D. Y.; Xiang, Y.; Xiao, S. Q.

    2017-02-01

    Being a key issue in the research and fabrication of silicon heterojunction (SHJ) solar cells, crystalline silicon (c-Si) surface passivation is theoretically and technologically intricate due to its complicate dependence on plasma characteristics, material properties, and plasma-material interactions. Here amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) grown by a planar inductively coupled plasma (ICP) reactor working under different antenna-substrate distances of d was used for the surface passivation of low-resistivity p-type c-Si. It is found that the microstructures (i.e., the crystallinity, Si-H bonding configuration etc.) and passivation function on c-Si of the deposited a-Si:H were profoundly influenced by the parameter of d, which primarily determines the types of growing precursors of SiHn/H contributing to the film growth and the interaction between the plasma and growing surface. c-Si surface passivation is analyzed in terms of the d-dependent a-Si:H properties and plasma characteristics. The controlling of radical types and ion bombardment on the growing surface through adjusting parameter d is emphasized.

  14. Second order phase transition temperature of single crystals of Gd5Si1.3Ge2.7 and Gd5Si1.4Ge2.6

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    Hadimani, R. L.; Melikhov, Y.; Schlagel, D. L.; Lograsso, T. A.; Dennis, K. W.; McCallum, R. W.; Jiles, D. C.

    2015-01-30

    Gd5(SixGe1–x)4 has mixed phases in the composition range 0.32 < x < 0.41, which have not been widely studied. In this paper, we have synthesized and indexed single crystal samples of Gd5Si1.3Ge2.7 and Gd5Si1.4Ge2.6. In this study, we have investigated the first order and second order phase transition temperatures of these samples using magnetic moment vs. temperature and magnetic moment vs. magnetic field at different temperatures. We have used a modified Arrott plot technique that was developed and reported by us previously to determine the “hidden” second order phase transition temperature of the orthorhombic II phase.

  15. Light coupling between vertical III-As nanowires and planar Si photonic waveguides for the monolithic integration of active optoelectronic devices on a Si platform.

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    Giuntoni, Ivano; Geelhaar, Lutz; Bruns, Jürgen; Riechert, Henning

    2016-08-08

    We present a new concept for the optical interfacing between vertical III-As nanowires and planar Si waveguides. The nanowires are arranged in a two-dimensional array which forms a grating structure on top of the waveguide. This grating enables light coupling in both directions between the components made from the two different material classes. Numerical simulations show that this concept permits a light extraction efficiency from the waveguide larger than 45% and a light insertion efficiency larger than 35%. This new approach would allow the monolithic integration of nanowire-based active optoelectronics devices, like photodetectors and light sources, on the Si photonics platform.

  16. Magnesium substitutions in rare-earth metal germanides with the Gd5Si4 type. Synthesis, structure determination and magnetic properties of RE5-xMgxGe4 (RE=Gd-Tm, Lu and Y)

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    Sarrao, J L; Thompson, Joe D; Tobash, P H; Bobev, S

    2009-01-01

    A series of magnesium-substituted rare-earth metal germanides with a general formula RE{sub 5-x}Mg{sub x}Ge{sub 4} (x {approx} 1.0-2.3; RE =Gd-Tm, Lu, Y) have been synthesized by high-temperature reactions and structurally characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. These compounds crystallize with the common Gd{sub 5}Si{sub 4} type in the orthorhombic space group Pnma (No. 62; Z =4; Pearson's code oP36) and do not appear to undergo temperature-induced crystallographic phase transitions down to 120 K. Replacing rare-earth metal atoms with Mg, up to nearly 45 % at., reduces the valence electron count and is clearly expressed in the subtle changes of the Ge-Ge and metal-metal bonding. Magnetization measurements as a function of the temperature and the applied field reveal complex magnetic structures at cryogenic temperatures, and Curie-Weiss paramagnetic behavior at higher temperatures. The observed local moment magnetism is consistent with RE+ ground states in all cases. In the magnetically ordered phases, the magnetization cannot reach saturation in fields up to 50 kOe. The structural trends across the series and the variations of hte magnetic properties as a function of the Mg content are also discussed. KEYWORDS: Rare-earth intermetallics, germanides, crystal structure,Gd{sub 5}Si{sub 4} type.

  17. Selected AB4(2-/-) (A = C, Si, Ge; B = Al, Ga, In) ions: a battle between covalency and aromaticity, and prediction of square planar Si in SiIn4(2-/-).

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    Alexandrova, Anastassia N; Nayhouse, Michael J; Huynh, Mioy T; Kuo, Jonathan L; Melkonian, Arek V; Chavez, Gerardo; Hernando, Nina M; Kowal, Matthew D; Liu, Chi-Ping

    2012-11-21

    CAl(4)(2-/-) (D(4h), (1)A(1g)) is a cluster ion that has been established to be planar, aromatic, and contain a tetracoordinate planar C atom. Valence isoelectronic substitution of C with Si and Ge in this cluster leads to a radical change of structure toward distorted pentagonal species. We find that this structural change goes together with the cluster acquiring partial covalency of bonding between Si/Ge and Al(4), facilitated by hybridization of the atomic orbitals (AOs). Counter intuitively, for the AAl(4)(2-/-) (A = C, Si, Ge) clusters, hybridization in the dopant atom is strengthened from C, to Si, and to Ge, even though typically AOs are more likely to hybridize if they are closer in energy (i.e. in earlier elements in the Periodic Table). The trend is explained by the better overlap of the hybrids of the heavier dopants with the orbitals of Al(4). From the thus understood trend, it is inferred that covalency in such clusters can be switched off, by varying the relative sizes of the AOs of the main element and the dopant. Using this mechanism, we then successfully killed covalency in Si, and predicted a new aromatic cluster ion containing a tetracoordinate square planar Si, SiIn(4)(2-/-).

  18. Semipolar single component GaN on planar high index Si(11h) substrates

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    Ravash, Roghaiyeh; Blaesing, Juergen; Dadgar, Armin; Krost, Alois

    2010-10-04

    We present metal organic vapor phase epitaxy growth of polarization reduced, single component GaN on nonpatterned Si(112), Si(113), Si(114), Si(115), and Si(116) substrates. We find that the inclination angle of GaN c-axis with respect to the surface normal depends on the angle between Si(111) and above mentioned Si(11h)-surfaces. The growth of the GaN layer is essentially performed as c-axis oriented growth on the naturally occurring Si(111) facets of these Si(11h)-surfaces. The c-axis tilt-angle of GaN crystallites depends on the Si-surface direction and increases from Si(112) to Si(116) planes. GaN layers are investigated by x-ray analysis and scanning electron microscopy.

  19. Controlled-Direction Growth of Planar InAsSb Nanowires on Si Substrates without Foreign Catalysts.

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    Du, Wenna; Yang, Xiaoguang; Pan, Huayong; Ji, Xianghai; Ji, Haiming; Luo, Shuai; Zhang, Xingwang; Wang, Zhanguo; Yang, Tao

    2016-02-10

    We describe the controlled growth of planar InAsSb nanowires (NWs) on differently oriented Si substrates without any foreign catalysts. Interestingly, the planar InAsSb NWs grew along four criss-crossed ⟨110⟩ directions on an [100]-oriented substrate, two ⟨100⟩ directions plus four ⟨111⟩ directions on an [110]-oriented substrate, and six equivalent ⟨112⟩ directions on an [111]-oriented substrate, which correspond to the projections of ⟨111⟩ family crystal directions on the substrate planes. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) reveals that the NWs experienced a transition from out-of-plane to in-plane growth at the early growth stage but still occurred on the {111} plane, which has the lowest surface energy among all the surfaces. Furthermore, the NWs exhibit a pure zinc-blende crystal structure without any defects. A growth model is presented to explain growth of the NWs. In addition, conductive atomic force microscopy shows that electrically rectifying p-n junctions form naturally between the planar InAsSb NWs and the p-type Si substrates. The results presented here could open up a new route way to fabricate highly integrated III-V nanodevices.

  20. Structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of heterofullerene C(58)Si with odd number of atoms and a near planar tetracoordinate Si atom.

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    Liu, Feng-Ling; Jalbout, Abraham F

    2008-06-01

    Density functional calculations and minimization techniques have been employed to characterize the structural and electronic properties of [5,6]-heterofullerene-C(58)Si-C(2v). Since it has odd number of atoms and a near planar tetracoordinate Si atom on the skeleton of the cage, it has odd number of atoms assembling a cage and is a novel molecule. Vibrational frequencies of the molecule have been calculated at the B3LYP/6-31G* level of theory. The absence of imaginary vibrational frequency confirms that the molecule corresponds to a true minimum on the potential energy hypersurface. Sixteen (13)C nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectral signals of C(58)Si are characterized, and its heat of formation was estimated in this work.

  1. Performance study for the photon measurements of the upgraded LHCf calorimeters with Gd2SiO5 (GSO) scintillators

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    Makino, Y.; Tiberio, A.; Adriani, O.; Berti, E.; Bonechi, L.; Bongi, M.; Caccia, Z.; D'Alessandro, R.; Del Prete, M.; Detti, S.; Haguenauer, M.; Itow, Y.; Iwata, T.; Kasahara, K.; Masuda, K.; Matsubayashi, E.; Menjo, H.; Mitsuka, G.; Muraki, Y.; Papini, P.; Ricciarini, S.; Sako, T.; Sakurai, N.; Suzuki, T.; Tamura, T.; Torii, S.; Tricomi, A.; Turner, W. C.; Ueno, M.; Zhou, Q. D.

    2017-03-01

    The Large Hadron Collider forward (LHCf) experiment was motivated to understand the hadronic interaction processes relevant to cosmic-ray air shower development. We have developed radiation-hard detectors with the use of Gd2SiO5 (GSO) scintillators for proton-proton √s = 13 TeV collisions. Calibration of such detectors for photon measurement has been completed at the CERN SPS T2-H4 line in 2015 using electron beams of 100–250 GeV and muon beams of 150–250 GeV . After the channel-by-channel absolute energy calibration, the energy resolution of the calorimeters is confirmed to be better than 3% for electrons with energy above 100 GeV . The position dependence of the energy scale of the calorimeters was reduced to the level of 1% after the corrections for scintillator nonuniformity and the shower leakage effect. The position resolution of the new shower imaging detector, a GSO-bar hodoscope interleaved in the calorimeter, was 100 μm for 200 GeV electrons. The experimental results are well explained by Monte Carlo simulations. We have confirmed that the new detectors meet the requirement of the LHCf experiment at √s = 13 TeV.

  2. Critical Behavior of Thermal Expansion and Magnetostriction in the Vicinity of the First order transition at the Curie Point of Gd5(SixGe1-x)4

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    Han, Mangui

    2004-01-01

    Thermal expansion (TE) and magnetostriction (MS) measurements have been conducted for Gd5(SixGe1-x)4 with a series of x values to study its critical behavior in the vicinity of transition temperatures. It was found that the Curie temperature of Gd5(SixGe1-x)4 for x 0 ~ 0.5 is dependent on magnetic field, direction of change of temperature (Tc on cooling was lower than Tc on heating), purity of Gd starting material, compositions, material preparation methods, and also can be triggered by the external magnetic field with a different dT/dB rate for different x values. For Gd5(Si1.95Ge2.05), Gd5(Si2Ge2), Gd5(Si2.09Ge1.91), it was also found that the transition is a first order magneto-structural transition, which means the magnetic transition and crystalline structure transition occur simultaneously, and completely reversible. Temperature hysteresis and phase coexistence have been found to confirm that it is a first order transformation. While for Gd5(Si0.15Ge3.85), it is partially reversible at some temperature range between the antiferromagnetic and the ferromagnetic state. For Gd5(Si2.3Ge1.7) and Gd5(Si3Ge1), it was a second order transformation between the paramagnetic and ferromagnetic state, because no ΔT have been found. Giant magnetostriction was only found on Gd5(Si1.95Ge2.05), Gd5(Si2Ge2), Gd5(Si2.09Ge1.91) in their vicinity of first order transformation. MFM images have also been taken on polycrystal sample Gd5(Si2.09Ge1.91) to investigate the transformation process. The results also indicates that the Curie temperature was lower and the thermally

  3. New orthorhombic derivative of CaCu5-type structure: RNi4Si compounds (R=Y, La, Ce, Sm, Gd-Ho), crystal structure and some magnetic properties

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    Morozkin, A. V.; Knotko, A. V.; Yapaskurt, V. O.; Yuan, Fang; Mozharivskyj, Y.; Nirmala, R.

    2013-12-01

    The crystal structure of new YNi4Si-type RNi4Si (R=Y, La, Ce, Sm, Gd-Ho) compounds has been established using powder X-ray diffraction. The YNi4Si structure is a new structure type, which is orthorhombic derivative of CaCu5-type structure (space group Cmmm N 65, oC12).

  4. Magnetic Field Induced Phase Transitions in Gd5(Si1.95Ge2.05)Single Crystal and the Anisotropic Magnetocaloric Effect

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    H. Tang; V.K. Pecharsky; A.O. Pecharsky; D.L. Schlagel; T.A. Lograsso; K.A. Gschneidner,jr.

    2004-09-30

    The magnetization measurements using a Gd{sub 5}(Si{sub 1.95}Ge{sub 2.05}) single crystal with the magnetic field applied along three crystallographic directions, [001], [010] and [100], were carried out as function of applied field (0-56 kOe) at various temperatures ({approx}5-320 K). The magnetic-field induced phase transformations at temperature above the zero-field critical temperature, i.e. the paramagnetic (PM) {leftrightarrow} ferromagnetic (FM) transitions with application or removal of magnetic field, are found to be temperature dependent and hysteretic. The corresponding critical fields increase with increasing temperature. The magnetic field (H)-temperature (T) phase diagrams have been constructed for the Gd{sub 5}(Si{sub 1.95}Ge{sub 2.05}) single crystal with field along the three directions. A small anisotropy has been observed. The magnetocaloric effect (MCE) has been calculated from the isothermal magnetization data, and the observed anisotropy correlates with H-T phase diagrams. The results are discussed in connection with the magnetic-field induced martensitic-like structural transition observed in the Gd{sub 5}(Si{sub 2}Ge{sub 2})-type compounds.

  5. Ca, Mg, Fe, Si, Al, and Na in the Massive, Metal-Rich, Dust-Enshrouded, DAZ White Dwarf GD 362

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    Melis, C.; Koester, D.; Zuckerman, B.; Rich, R. M.; Hansen, B.; Kalirai, J.

    2006-06-01

    GD362 presents the greatest number of atomic species ever documented in a hydrogen atmosphere white dwarf. Our spectroscopy with Keck I (LRIS; 4 Å red, 2 Å blue resolution) and KECK II (ESI, 0.5 Å resolution) covers the wavelengths 3100-7400 Å and 3850-11,000 Å , respectively; in these ranges we identify lines from H, Mg, Fe, Si, Al, Ca, and Na. Preliminary analysis of the spectra yields photospheric abundances for Mg, Fe, Si, and Al in about the solar ratio relative to each other and a few times below solar relative to hydrogen. Relative to the abundance of these four metals, the calcium (sodium) abundance is about a factor of 10 larger (smaller) in GD 362 than it is in the Sun. We do not detect oxygen in GD362. From this we derive a limit on its abundance by number at least 104 times below that of hydrogen. Tentatively, we derive from atmospheric models a surface gravity of log g ˜ 9.00 for GD362 (whose effective temperature is 9740 K). D1 and D2 sodium lines in the ESI spectrum are seen both from the stellar photosphere (broad and deep) and, probably, from the interstellar medium (narrow and weaker). However, GD362 emits mid-infrared flux in excess of its photospheric emission. The excess is due to a dusty disk located beyond ˜ 10 stellar radii. Thus, we cannot presently rule out circumstellar sodium as the carrier of the narrow feature. This research was supported in part by NASA's Astrobiology Institute and other NASA grants to UCLA.

  6. A promising RVO4:Eu(3+), Li(+)@SiO2 (R = Gd, Y and Gd/Y) red-emitting phosphor with improved luminescence (cd/m(2)) and colour purity for optical display applications.

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    Rambabu, Urlagaddala; Munirathnam, Nagegownivari Ramachandra; Reddy, Busireddy Sudhakar; Chatterjee, Sandip

    2016-02-01

    Red emission intensity was optimized in three stages, by investigating the effects of: (i) host composition (Gd, Y and Gd/Y), (ii) codoping Li(+) as a sensitizer and, finally, (iii) with a SiO2 shell coating as a protecting layer. Lanthanide vanadate powder phosphors were synthesized using a modified colloidal precipitation technique. The effects of SiO2 coating on phosphor particles were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM)-EDAX, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and photoluminescence (PL) measurements. An improvement in the PL intensity on Li codoping was due to improved crystallinity, which led to higher oscillating strengths for the optical transitions, and also a lowering of the inversion symmetry of Eu(3+) ions. Red emission intensity due to (5)D0  → (5)D2 transition of the phosphor Y0.94VO4:Eu(3+)0.05, Li(+)0.01 was enhanced by 22.28% compared with Y0.95VO4:Eu(3+)0.05, and was further improved by 58.73% with SiO2 coating. The luminescence intensity (I) and colour coordinates (x, y) of the optimized phosphor Y0.94VO4:Eu(3+)0.05, Li(+)0.01@SiO2, where I = 13.07 cd/m(2) and (x = 0.6721, y = 0.3240), were compared with values for a commercial red phosphor (Y2O2S:Eu(3+)), where I = 27 cd/m(2) and (x = 0.6522, y = 0.3437). The measured colour coordinates are superior to those of the commercial red phosphor, and moreover, match well with standard NTSC values (x = 0.67, y = 0.33).

  7. The application of Cu/SiO2 catalytic system in chemical mechanical planarization based on the stability of SiO2 sol

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    Yan, Li; Yuling, Liu; Aochen, Wang; Zhixin, Yang; Mingbin, Sun; Chuan, Cheng; Yufeng, Zhang; Nannan, Zhang

    2014-06-01

    There is a lot of hydroxyl on the surface of nano SiO2 sol used as an abrasive in the chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) process, and the chemical reaction activity of the hydroxyl is very strong due to the nano effect. In addition to providing a mechanical polishing effect, SiO2 sol is also directly involved in the chemical reaction. The stability of SiO2 sol was characterized through particle size distribution, zeta potential, viscosity, surface charge and other parameters in order to ensure that the chemical reaction rate in the CMP process, and the surface state of the copper film after CMP was not affected by the SiO2 sol. Polarization curves and corrosion potential of different concentrations of SiO2 sol showed that trace SiO2 sol can effectively weaken the passivation film thickness. In other words, SiO2 sol accelerated the decomposition rate of passive film. It was confirmed that the SiO2 sol as reactant had been involved in the CMP process of copper film as reactant by the effect of trace SiO2 sol on the removal rate of copper film in the CMP process under different conditions. In the CMP process, a small amount of SiO2 sol can drastically alter the chemical reaction rate of the copper film, therefore, the possibility that Cu/SiO2 as a catalytic system catalytically accelerated the chemical reaction in the CMP process was proposed. According to the van't Hoff isotherm formula and the characteristics of a catalyst which only changes the chemical reaction rate with out changing the total reaction standard Gibbs free energy, factors affecting the Cu/SiO2 catalytic reaction were derived from the decomposition rate of Cu (OH)2 and the pH value of the system, and then it was concluded that the CuSiO3 as intermediates of Cu/SiO2 catalytic reaction accelerated the chemical reaction rate in the CMP process. It was confirmed that the Cu/SiO2 catalytic system generated the intermediate of the catalytic reaction (CuSiO3) in the CMP process through the removal

  8. Magnetic and structural characteristics of RCo{sub 9+{delta}}Si{sub 4} alloys (R=Pr or Gd, {delta}=0{endash}4)

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    Huang, M.Q.; Wallace, W.E.; Ma, B.M.; Bounds, C.O.

    1997-04-01

    Studies of the magnetic and structural characteristics of RCo{sub 9+{delta}}Si{sub 4} ({delta}=0{endash}4), nonstoichiometric alloys, have been extended from R=La in our earlier work to R=Pr and Gd. In the present work, as the extra Co content increases, the magnetic properties M, T{sub c}, and H{sub c} are significantly enhanced compared to that of the stoichiometric alloys ({delta}=0). Using x-ray diffraction measurements, the sublattice occupancies are calculated. The extra Co atoms are found to occupy the 4a and 16L{sub 2} sites in the Ce{sub 2}Ni{sub 17}Si{sub 9} unit cell. They partially replace R and Si in these sites. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  9. The effect of temperature on the impact process of SiO2 particle onto a planar surface

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    Dong, Ming; Li, Sufen; Shang, Yan

    2016-11-01

    This paper presents the results of a comprehensive program of experiments in which SiO2 particles were impacted under controlled conditions against a planar steel surface. The overall aim of these experiments was to gain an understanding of the ash deposition process in a pulverized coal boiler system. A continuous nitrogen flow carrying particles was used to simulate the flue gas in boiler, and planer steel surface was used to simulate the heat transfer tube in boiler. The effect of particle incident velocity, particle temperature and planar surface temperature on the normal restitution coefficient was examined. The results show that the normal restitution coefficient increases firstly with increasing incident velocity, and then decreases with increasing incident velocity in the measurement range (ranging from 8m/s to 13m/s). The normal restitution coefficient decreases with increasing particle temperature and surface temperature, and with temperature difference between particle and surface. The experiments are carried out in an atmospheric column, and individual impacts are recorded by a digital camera system. Keywords: Normal restitution coefficient, impaction experiments, particle, rebound characteristics.

  10. Determination of energy loss of 1200 keV deuterons along axial and planar channels of Si

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    Shafiei, S.; Lamehi-Rachti, M.

    2015-02-01

    In this paper, the energy loss of 1200 keV deuterons along the <1 0 0> and <1 1 0> axes as well as the {1 0 0} and {1 1 0} planes of Si were determined by the simulation of the channeling Rutherford backscattering spectra. The simulation was done by taking two considerations into account: (i) a minimum random component of the beam which enters the sample because of the scattering ions from the surface, (ii) the dechanneling starts at greater penetration depths, xDech. Moreover, it was assumed that the dechanneling follows a Gompertz type sigmoidal function with two parameters k and xc which present the dechanneling rate and range, respectively. The best simulation parameters, penetration depth at which the dechanneling starts, energy loss and dechanneling rate and range, were chosen by using the Levenberg-Marquardt algorithm. The experimental results are well reproduced by this simulation. The ratio of channeling energy loss to the random is changed from 0.63 ± 0.02 along the <1 1 0> axial channel to the 0.91 ± 0.02 along the {1 0 0} planar direction. The differences in the energy loss and the dechanneling process along the axial and planar channels are attributed to the potential barrier and the fractional area of each channel blocked by atoms. The ratio of channeling to random energy loss of deuterons along the <1 0 0> axial direction is in agreement with another reference.

  11. Superconductivity above 90 K in the square-planar compound system ABa2Cu3O(6 + x) with A = Y, La, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Ho, Er, and Lu

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    Hor, P. H.; Meng, R. L.; Wang, Y. Q.; Gao, L.; Huang, Z. J.

    1987-01-01

    Superconductivity has been found in the 90-K range in ABa2Cu3O(6 + x) with A = La, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Ho, Er, and Lu in addition to Y. The results suggest that the unique square-planar Cu atoms, each surrounded by four or six oxygen atoms, are crucial to the superconductivity of oxides in general. In particular, the high Tc of ABa2Cu3O(6 + x) is attributed mainly to the quasi-two-dimensional assembly of the CuO2-Ba-CuO(2 + x)Ba-CuO2 layers sandwiched between two A layers, with particular emphasis in the CuO(2 + x) layers. Higher-Tc oxides are predicted for compounds with bigger assemblies of CuO2 layers coupled by Ba layers.

  12. Adsorption study of a macro-RAFT agent onto SiO2-coated Gd2O3:Eu3+ nanorods: Requirements and limitations

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    Zou, Hua; Melro, Liliana; de Camargo Chaparro, Thaissa; de Souza Filho, Isnaldi Rodrigues; Ananias, Duarte; Bourgeat-Lami, Elodie; dos Santos, Amilton Martins; Barros-Timmons, Ana

    2017-02-01

    The use of a macromolecular RAFT (macro-RAFT) agent to encapsulate anisotropic nano-objects via emulsion polymerization is an emerging route to prepare polymer/inorganic colloidal nanocomposites. However, a number of requirements have to be fulfilled. This work aims at highlighting the effects of the preparative procedure and dispersion method on the amount of macro-RAFT agent adsorbed onto SiO2-coated Gd2O3:Eu3+ nanorods. The adsorption of macro-RAFT agent was studied using the depletion method with UV-vis spectrophotometry. Measurements were performed at a fixed concentration of nanorods and varying concentrations of the macro-RAFT agent in aqueous dispersion at room temperature. The adsorption isotherms showed that for the same initial macro-RAFT agent concentration, the highest adsorption capacity of the macro-RAFT agent on nanorods was usually achieved for non-calcined thin SiO2-coated nanorods under mild bath sonication.

  13. Temperature and field induced strain measurements in single crystal Gd5Si2Ge2

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    McCall, S. K.; Nersessian, N.; Carman, G. P.; Pecharsky, V. K.; Schlagel, D. L.; Radousky, H. B.

    2016-03-29

    The first-order magneto-structural transformation that occurs in Gd5Si2Ge2 near room temperature makes it a strong candidate for many energy harvesting applications. Understanding the single crystal properties is crucial for allowing simulations of device performance. In this study, magnetically and thermally induced transformation strains were measured in a single crystal of Gd5Si2.05Ge1.95 as it transforms from a high-temperature monoclinic paramagnet to a lower-temperature orthorhombic ferromagnet. Thermally induced transformation strains of –8500 ppm, +960 ppm and +1800 ppm, and magnetically induced transformation strains of –8500 ppm, +900 ppm and +2300 ppm were measured along the a, b and c axes, respectively. Furthermore, using experimental data coupled with general thermodynamic considerations, a universal phase diagram was constructed showing the transition from the monoclinic to the orthorhombic phase as a function of temperature and magnetic field.

  14. Annealing influence on the magnetostructural transition in Gd5Si1.3Ge2.7 thin films

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    Pires, A. L.; Belo, J. H.; Gomes, I. T.; Hadimani, R. L.; Jiles, D. C.; Fernandes, L.; Tavares, P. B.; Araújo, J. P.; Lopes, A. M. L.; Pereira, A. M.

    2015-05-19

    Due to the emerging cooling possibilities at the micro and nanoscale, such as the fast heat exchange rate, the effort to synthesize and optimize the magnetocaloric materials at these scales is rapidly growing. Here, we report the effect of different thermal treatments on Gd5Si1.3Ge2.7 thin film in order to evaluate the correlation between the crystal structure, magnetic phase transition and magnetocaloric effect. For annealing temperatures higher than 500ºC, the samples showed a typical paramagnetic behavior. On the other hand, thermal treatments below 500ºC promoted the suppression of the magnetostructural transition at 190 K, while the magnetic transition around 249 K is not affected. This magnetostructural transition extinction was reflected in the magnetocaloric behavior and resulted in a drastic decrease in the entropy change peak value (of about 68%). An increase in TC was reported, proving that at the nanoscale, heat treatments may be a useful tool to optimize the magnetocaloric properties in Gd5(SixGe1-x)4 thin films.

  15. Toward Design Principles for Diffusionless Transformations: The Frustrated Formation of Co-Co Bonds in a Low-Temperature Polymorph of GdCoSi2.

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    Vinokur, Anastasiya I; Fredrickson, Daniel C

    2016-06-20

    Diffusionless (or displacive) phase transitions allow inorganic materials to show exquisite responsiveness to external stimuli, as is illustrated vividly by the superelasticity, shape memory, and magnetocaloric effects exhibited by martensitic materials. In this Article, we present a new diffusionless transition in the compound GdCoSi2, whose origin in frustrated bonding points toward generalizable design principles for these transformations. We first describe the synthesis of GdCoSi2 and the determination of its structure using single crystal X-ray diffraction. While previous studies based on powder X-ray diffraction assigned this compound to the simple CeNi1-xSi2 structure type (space group Cmcm), our structure solution reveals a superstructure variant (space group Pbcm) in which the Co sublattice is distorted to create zigzag chains of Co atoms. DFT-calibrated Hückel calculations, coupled with a reversed approximation Molecular Orbital (raMO) analysis, trace this superstructure to the use of Co-Co isolobal bonds to complete filled 18 electron configurations on the Co atoms, in accordance with the 18-n rule. The formation of these Co-Co bonds is partially impeded, however, by a small degree of electron transfer from Si-based electronic states to those with Co-Co σ* character. The incomplete success of Co-Co bond creation suggests that these interactions are relatively weak, opening the possibility of them being overcome by thermal energy at elevated temperatures. In fact, high-temperature powder and single crystal X-ray diffraction data, as well as differential scanning calorimetry, indicate that a reversible Pbcm to Cmcm transition occurs at about 380 K. This transition is diffusionless, and the available data point toward it being first-order. We expect that similar cases of frustrated interactions could be staged in other rare earth-transition metal-main group phases, providing a potentially rich source of compounds exhibiting diffusionless transformations

  16. Investigation of crystallinity and planar defects in the Si nanowires grown by vapor-liquid-solid mode using indium catalyst for solar cell applications

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    Ajmal Khan, Muhammad; Ishikawa, Yasuaki; Kita, Ippei; Tani, Ayumi; Yano, Hiroshi; Fuyuki, Takashi; Konagai, Makoto

    2016-01-01

    Stacking-fault-free and planar defect (twinning plane)-free In-catalyzed Si nanowires (NWs) are essential for carrier transport and nanoscale device applications. In this article, In-catalyzed, vertically aligned, and cone-shaped Si NWs on Si(111) were grown successfully, in the vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) mode. In particular, the influences of substrate temperature (TS) and cooling rate (ΔTS/Δt) on the formation of planar defects, twinning planes along the [112] direction, and stacking faults in Si NWs were investigated. When TS was decreased from 600 °C to room temperature at a rate of 100 °C/240 s after Si NW growth, twinning plane defects perpendicular to the substrate and along different segments of (111)-oriented Si NWs were observed. Finally, one simple model was proposed to explain the stacking fault formation as well as Si NW length limitation due to the In-nanoparticle (In-NP) migration, and root causes of the twinning plane defects in the Si-NWs.

  17. Highly integrated planar lightwave circuits based on plasmonic and Si nano-waveguides

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    He, Sailing; Han, Zhanghua; Liu, Liu; Dai, Daoxin

    2006-09-01

    Planar lightwave circuits (PLC) based on nanophotonic waveguides are becoming more and more attractive because of their ultrasmall sizes and possibility for realizing large scale monolithic integration with a very high integration density. In this paper we discuss two attractive types of nanophotonic waveguides based on dielectrics or metals. For the dielectric type, a silicon-on-insulator (SOI) strip waveguide is considered, and ultra-compact photonic integrated devices such as polarization-insensitive arrayed waveguide grating (de)multiplexers are obtained. Based on the fact that light can be confined tightly in a single interface between a metal and dielectric, a surface plasmon (SP) waveguide can offer a tight confinement for the light field. The cross-sectional size of an SP waveguide could be pushed down to tens of nanometers, i.e. beyond the diffraction limit. An accurate anaylysis for an SP waveguide formed by a dielectric nano-trench in a metal is presented. A novel subwavelength index-guided multimode plasmonic waveguide is introduced and an ultra-compact MMI power splitter is designed.

  18. Dielectric layers SiO2: TiO2 produced using the sol-gel technology for the application in planar sensors

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    Karasinski, Pawel

    2004-09-01

    The paper presents the results of investigations involving the influence of drying time and annealing temperature on refractive index and thickness of two-component dielectric layers SiO2:TiO2 produced with the application of sol-gel technology. The production technology and the method for the determination of parameters of the produced layers has been discussed. The results of theoretical analysis of planar refractometer has been presented in the system of difference interferometer produced with the application of the elaborated planar waveguides.

  19. Enhanced protein loading on a planar Si(111)-H surface with second generation NTA

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    Liu, Xiang; Han, Huan-Mei; Liu, Hong-Bo; Xiao, Shou-jun

    2010-08-01

    A Si(111)-H surface was modified via a direct reaction between Si-H and 1-undecylenic acid (UA) under microwave irradiation to form molecular monolayers with terminal carboxyl groups. After esterifying carboxylic acid being esterified with N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS), aminobutyl nitrilotriacetic acid (ANTA) was bound to the silicon surface through amidation (pH = 8.0) between its primary amino group and NHS-ester, producing nitrilotriacetic acid (NTA) anions. Then hexa-histidine tagged thioredoxin-urodilatin (his-tagged protein) and FITC-labeled hexa-histidine tagged thioredoxin-urodilatin (FITC-his-tagged protein) can be anchored after NTA was coordinated with Ni 2+. Furthermore, the NTA-terminated chip was acidified with 0.1 M HCl and subsequently esterified with NHS and then amidated with ANTA again to produce a second generation NTA. Thus the surface density of nitrilotriacetic acid anions was improved and resultantly that of anchored proteins was also enhanced through the iterative reactions. Both multiple transmission-reflection infrared spectroscopy (MTR-IR) and fluorescence scanning measurements demonstrated a proximate 1.63 times of anchored proteins on the second generation NTA/Ni 2+ as that on the first generation NTA/Ni 2+ monolayer.

  20. CeNi3-type rare earth compounds: crystal structure of R3Co7Al2 (R=Y, Gd-Tm) and magnetic properties of {Gd-Er}3Co7Al2, {Tb, Dy}3Ni8Si and Dy3Co7.68Si1.32

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    Morozkin, A. V.; Yapaskurt, V. O.; Nirmala, R.; Quezado, S.; Malik, S. K.

    2017-03-01

    The crystal structure of new CeNi3-type {Y, Gd-Tm}3Co7Al2 (P63/mmc. N 194, hP24) compounds has been established using powder X-ray diffraction studies. The magnetism of Tb3Ni8Si and Dy3Ni8Si is dominated by rare earth sublattice and the magnetic properties of R3Co7Al2 (R =Gd-Er) and Dy3Co7.68Si1.32 are determined by both rare earth and cobalt sublattices. Magnetization data indicate ferromagnetic ordering of {Tb, Dy}3Ni8Si at 32 K and 21 K, respectively. Gd3Co7Al2 and Tb3Co7Al2 exhibit ferromagnetic ordering at 309 K and 209 K, respectively, whereas Dy3Co7Al2, Ho3Co7Al2, Er3Co7Al2 and Dy3Co7.68Si1.32 show a field dependent ferromagnetic-like ordering at 166 K, 124 K, 84 K and 226 K, respectively followed by a low temperature transition at 34 K for Dy3Co7Al2, 18 K for Ho3Co7Al2, 56 K for Er3Co7Al2, 155 K and 42 K for Dy3Co7.68Si1.32. Among these compounds, Dy3Ni8Si shows largest magnetocaloric effect (isothermal magnetic entropy change) of -11.6 J/kg·K at 18 K in field change of 50 kOe, whereas Tb3Co7Al2, Dy3Co7Al2 and Dy3Co7.68Si1.32 exhibit best permanent magnet properties in the temperature range of 2-5 K with remanent magnetization of 11.95 μB/fu, 12.86 μB/fu and 14.4 μB/fu, respectively and coercive field of 3.0 kOe, 1.9 kOe and 4.4 kOe, respectively.

  1. In vivo immunotoxicity of SiO2@(Y0.5Gd0.45Eu0.05)2O3 as dual-modality nanoprobes.

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    Tian, Xiumei; Li, Ermao; Yang, Fanwen; Peng, Ye; Zhu, Jixiang; He, Fupo; Chen, Xiaoming

    2014-08-07

    We have successfully synthesized SiO2@(Y0.5Gd0.45Eu0.05)2O3 nanocomposites as a potential dual-modality nanoprobe for molecular imaging in vitro. However, their immunotoxicity assessment in vivo remains unknown. In this article, the in vitro biocompatibility of our dual-modality nanoprobes was assayed in terms of cell viability and apoptosis. In vivo immunotoxicity was investigated by monitoring the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), cluster of differentiation (CD) markers and cytokines in Balb/c mice. The data show that the in vitro biocompatibility was satisfactory. In addition, the immunotoxicity data revealed there are no significant changes in the expression levels of CD11b and CD71 between the nanoprobe group and the Gd in a diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA) chelator (Gd-DTPA) group 24 h after injection in Balb/c mice (p>0.05). Importantly, there are significant differences in the expression levels of CD206 and CD25 as well as the secretion of IL-4 and the generation of ROS 24 h after injection (p<0.05). Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images showed that few nanoprobes were localized in the phagosomes of liver and lung. In conclusion, the toxic effects of our nanoprobes may mainly result from the aggregation of particles in phagosomes. This accumulation may damage the microstructure of the cells and generate oxidative stress reactions that further stimulate the immune response. Therefore, it is important to evaluate the in vivo immunotoxicity of these rare earth-based biomaterials at the molecular level before molecular imaging in vivo.

  2. Enhanced upconversion multicolor and white light luminescence in SiO2-coated lanthanide-doped GdVO4 hydrothermal nanocrystals

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    Calderón-Villajos, Rocío; Zaldo, Carlos; Cascales, Concepción

    2012-12-01

    Tetragonal zircon-type codoped Yb, Ln-GdVO4 (Ln=Tm, Ho, Er) upconverting nanocrystals with square and rectangular sections were prepared through an efficient low-temperature hydrothermal synthesis. Further processing that combined annealing at 600 °C followed by coating of the surface with a uniform 5 nm-shell of SiO2 resulted in a significant improvement of the intensity of the upconverted emitted visible light following near-infrared (˜980 nm) diode laser excitation with respect to raw hydrothermal nanocrystals. Strong tunable color and bright visible light composed of red-green, blue and green emissions from Ho3+, Tm3+ and Er3+, respectively, were generated by adjusting the Yb-Ln composition of these silica-coated nanocrystals. Based on calculations of CIE color coordinates, nearly ideal white upconversion light was achieved for samples of composition Gd0.829Yb0.15Tm0.01Ho0.009Er0.002VO4.

  3. Growth conditions, structure, Raman characterization and optical properties of Sm-doped (LuxGd1-x)2SiO5 single crystals grown by the Czochralski method

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    GŁowacki, MichaŁ; Dominiak-Dzik, Grażyna; Ryba-Romanowski, Witold; Lisiecki, RadosŁaw; Strzęp, Adam; Runka, Tomasz; Drozdowski, MirosŁaw; Domukhovski, Viktor; Diduszko, Ryszard; Berkowski, Marek

    2012-02-01

    The (LuxGd0.995-xSm0.005)2SiO5 single crystals with x=0.095, 0.11, 0.15, 0.17, 0.19 0.35 and 0.5 were grown by the Czochralski method. Structural properties were investigated by X-ray diffraction measurements. Unit cell parameters and cell volume were determined by the Rietveld refinement of the collected X-ray powder spectra. The segregation features between Gd and Lu were estimated and analyzed. Vibrational properties of the solid solutions were analyzed on the basis of polarized Raman spectra acquired at 300-875 K temperature range. Absorption and emission spectra of Sm3+ ion in the crystals with different composition were analyzed in the terms of dopant energy levels, oscillator strengths of transitions and spectral features of luminescence bands in the visible range. Both structural and optical investigations revealed that change of Lu3+ content in (LuxGd0.995-xSm0.005)2SiO5 solid solution crystals induces the phase transition from C2/c (Lu2SiO5) to P21/c (Gd2SiO5) structure. It was found that the break of LSO to GSO-type structure occurs at 0.15

  4. Growth, spectroscopy and lasing of the Yb-doped monoclinic Gd2SiO5 in the prospect of hydrogen laser cooling with Lyman-α radiation

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    Cabaret, L.; Robert, J.; Lebbou, K.; Brenier, A.; Cabane, H.

    2016-12-01

    We have grown good optical quality 10% Yb-doped Gd2SiO5 monocrystal by the Czochralski technique. The Yb segregation coefficient was measured to be 0.747. In agreement with the monoclinic symmetry of the host, the Yb fluorescence extrema were found to deviate from the Nm and Ng principal axes and a fourth spectroscopic parameter representing the rotation of the fluorescence distribution was introduced for a full description. Diode pumped laser operation at Brewster incidence was demonstrated to be significantly more efficient if the lasing propagation corresponds to the maximum fluorescence inside the crystal. We obtained a laser emission tunable between 1079 and 1100 nm, showing that our crystal is the best choice for the application to the production of QCW Lyman-α radiation by resonant four-wave-mixing in mercury vapor.

  5. X-ray powder diffraction of high-absorption materials at the XRD1 beamline off the best conditions: Application to (Gd, Nd)5Si4 compounds

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    Carvalho, A. M. G.; Nunes, R. S.; Coelho, A. A.

    2017-03-01

    Representative compounds of the new family of magnetic materials Gd5-xNdxSi4 were analyzed by X-ray diffraction at the XRD1 beamline at LNLS. To reduce X-ray absorption, thin layers of the powder samples were mounted outside the capillaries and measured in Debye-Scherrer geometry as usual. The X-ray diffraction analyses and the magnetometry results indicate that the behavior of the magnetic transition temperature as a function of Nd content may be directly related to the average of the four smallest interatomic distances between different rare earth sites of the majority phase of each compound. The quality and consistency of the results show that the XRD1 beamline is able to perform satisfactory X-ray diffraction experiments on high-absorption materials even off the best conditions.

  6. Investigation of continuous wave and pulsed laser performance based on Nd3+:Gd0.6Y1.4SiO5 crystal

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    Feng, Chao; Liu, Zhaojun; Cong, Zhenhua; Shen, Hongbin; Li, Yongfu; Wang, Qingpu; Fang, Jiaxiong; Xu, Xiaodong; Xu, Jun; Zhang, Xingyu

    2015-12-01

    We systematically investigated a laser diode (LD) pumped Nd:GYSO (Nd3+:Gd0.6Y1.4SiO5) laser. The output power of the continuous wave laser was as high as 3.5 W with a slope efficiency of 31.8%. In the Q-switched operation; the laser exhibited dual-wavelengths output (1073.6 nm and 1074.7 nm) synchronously with a Cr4+:YAG as the saturable absorber (SA). Additionally, a passively mode-locked laser was demonstrated using a semiconductor SA mirror with a maximum average output power of 510 mW at a central wavelength of 1074 nm, while the pulse width of the laser was as short as 5 ps. Our experiment proved that the Nd:GYSO mixed crystal was a promising material for a solid-state laser.

  7. Nd:(Gd0.3Y0.7)2SiO5 crystal: A novel efficient dual-wavelength continuous-wave medium

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    Xu, Xiaodong; Di, Juqing; Zhang, Jian; Tang, Dingyuan; Xu, Jun

    2016-05-01

    Efficient dual-wavelength continuous-wave (CW) and passively Q-switched laser operation of Nd:(Gd0.3Y0.7)2SiO5 crystal were investigated for the first time to our knowledge. Maximum CW output power of 2.3 W was obtained under the absorbed pump power of 4.6 W, corresponding to the slope efficiency of 55%. Dual-wavelength CW laser with respective wavelengths around 1074 nm and 1078 nm were achieved. With Cr4+:YAG as the saturable absorber, passive Q-switched performance was obtained. The slope efficiency of passively Q-switched operation was 45%. The shortest pulse width, the corresponding pulse energy and peak power were calculated to be 13.1 ns, 50.2 μJ and 3.8 kW, respectively.

  8. Electron spin resonance and magnetic characterization of the Gd{sub 5.09}Ge{sub 2.03}Si{sub 1.88}

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    Pires, M.J.M.; Carvalho, A. Magnus G.; Gama, S.; Silva, E.C. da; Coelho, A.A.; Mansanares, A.M.

    2005-12-01

    Electron spin resonance was applied on samples of Gd{sub 5.09}Ge{sub 2.03}Si{sub 1.88}. The results are discussed under the scope of magnetization measurements, optical metallography, and wavelength dispersive spectroscopy. Polycrystalline arc-melted samples submitted to different heat treatments were investigated. The correlation of the electron spin resonance and magnetization results permitted a characterization of the present phases and their transitions. Two coexisting phases in the temperature range between two phase transitions have been identified and associated to distinct crystallographic phases. Additionally, the magnetic moment at high temperatures has been estimated from the measured effective g factor. A peak value of 21.5 J/kg K for the magnetocaloric effect was obtained for a sample heat treated at 1500 deg. C for 16 h.

  9. Preparation of translucent Gd2Si2O7:Ce polycrystalline thin plates and their scintillation performance for α-particles

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    Nishikata, Mami; Ueda, Aki; Higuchi, Mikio; Kaneko, Junichi H.; Tsubota, Youichi; Ishibashi, Hiroyuki

    2015-07-01

    Translucent Gd2Si2O7:Ce (GPS:Ce) polycrystalline plates were prepared via liquid-phase sintering using SiO2 as a self-flux, and their scintillation performances for α-particles were investigated. Dense sintered compacts comprising large grains, some of which were larger than 100 μm in diameter, were successfully prepared by sintering at 1690 °C for 100 h. The best result was obtained with the powder comprising only <40 μm particles. Any combination of powders of <40 μm and <15 μm resulted in inhomogeneous structures with smaller grains of about 50 μm. A translucent GPS:Ce thin plate was fabricated by grinding the sintered compact that contained excess SiO2 of 8 mol%. Since the plate was composed of large grains, scattering at the grain boundaries was effectively suppressed and many of the grains virtually act as single crystals when the plate thickness was less than 100 μm. Therefore, the decrease in the plate thickness brought increase in the total transmission, and light yield and energy resolution were consequently improved. When the plate thickness was 50 μm, light yield was 82% as compared with that of a GPS:Ce single crystal as a reference, and energy resolution attained to 13%.

  10. Toward Design Principles for Diffusionless Transformations: The Frustrated Formation of Co–Co Bonds in a Low-Temperature Polymorph of GdCoSi 2

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    Vinokur, Anastasiya I.; Fredrickson, Daniel C.

    2016-06-20

    Diffusionless (or displacive) phase transitions allow inorganic materials to show exquisite responsiveness to external stimuli, as is illustrated vividly by the superelasticity, shape memory, and magnetocaloric effects exhibited by martensitic materials. In this Article, we present a new diffusionless transition in the compound GdCoSi2, whose origin in frustrated bonding points toward generalizable design principles for these transformations. We first describe the synthesis of GdCoSi2 and the determination of its structure using single crystal X-ray diffraction. While previous studies based on powder X-ray diffraction assigned this compound to the simple CeNi1–xSi2 structure type (space group Cmcm), our structure solution reveals a superstructure variant (space group Pbcm) in which the Co sublattice is distorted to create zigzag chains of Co atoms. DFT-calibrated Hückel calculations, coupled with a reversed approximation Molecular Orbital (raMO) analysis, trace this superstructure to the use of Co–Co isolobal bonds to complete filled 18 electron configurations on the Co atoms, in accordance with the 18–n rule. The formation of these Co–Co bonds is partially impeded, however, by a small degree of electron transfer from Si-based electronic states to those with Co–Co σ* character. The incomplete success of Co–Co bond creation suggests that these interactions are relatively weak, opening the possibility of them being overcome by thermal energy at elevated temperatures. In fact, high-temperature powder and single crystal X-ray diffraction data, as well as differential scanning calorimetry, indicate that a reversible Pbcm to Cmcm transition occurs at about 380 K. This transition is diffusionless, and the available data point toward it being first-order. We expect that similar cases of frustrated interactions could be staged in other rare earth–transition metal–main group phases, providing a potentially rich

  11. (1)H relaxivity of water in aqueous suspensions of Gd(3+)-loaded NaY nanozeolites and AlTUD-1 mesoporous material: the influence of Si/Al ratio and pore size.

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    Norek, Małgorzata; Neves, Isabel C; Peters, Joop A

    2007-07-23

    The results of a (1)H nuclear magnetic relaxation dispersion (NMRD) and EPR study on aqueous suspensions of Gd(3+)-loaded NaY nanozeolites and AlTUD-1 mesoporous material are described. Upon increase of the Si/Al ratio from 1.7 to 4.0 in the Gd(3+)-loaded zeolites, the relaxation rate per mM Gd(3+) (r1) at 40 MHz and 25 degrees C increases from 14 to 27 s(-)1 mM(-1). The NMRD and EPR data were fitted with a previously developed two-step model that considers the system as a concentrated aqueous solution of Gd(3+) in the interior of the zeolite that is in exchange with the bulk water outside the zeolite. The results show that the observed increase in relaxivity can mainly be attributed to the residence lifetime of the water protons in the interior of the material, which decreased from 0.3 to 0.2 micros, upon the increase of the Si/Al ratio. This can be explained by the decreased interaction of water with the zeolite walls as a result of the increased hydrophobicity. The importance of the exchange rate of water between the inside and the outside of the material was further demonstrated by the relatively high relaxivity (33 s(-1) mM(-1) at 40 MHz, 25 degrees C) observed for a suspension of the Gd(3+)-loaded mesoporous material AlTUD-1. Unfortunately, Gd(3+) leaches rather easily from that material, but not from the Gd(3+)-loaded NaY zeolites, which may have potential as contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging.

  12. Crystal structure and magnetic properties of novel R{sub 3}Co{sub 2.2}Si{sub 1.8} compounds (R=Y, Gd-Tm)

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    Morozkin, A.V.; Yao, Jinlei; Mozharivskyj, Y.

    2012-08-15

    The crystal structure of new ternary Dy{sub 3}Co{sub 2.2}Si{sub 1.8} compound has been established using single crystal X-ray diffraction, and those of R{sub 3}Co{sub 2.2}Si{sub 1.8} phases (R=Y, Gd-Tm) phases have been verified through the powder diffraction techniques. The Dy{sub 3}Co{sub 2.2}Si{sub 1.8} structure is a new structure type, which is obtained from the Er{sub 3}Ge{sub 4} with an ordered Er{sub 3}Ge{sub 4}-type structure (space group Cmcm) one by coloring the two Ge sites, 4a and 4c, with Si and the 8f site with Co atoms. Tb{sub 3}Co{sub 2.2}Si{sub 1.8}, Dy{sub 3}Co{sub 2.2}Si{sub 1.8}, Ho{sub 3}Co{sub 2.2}Si{sub 1.8} and Er{sub 3}Co{sub 2.2}Si{sub 1.8} compounds display ferromagnetic-type ordering. - Graphical abstract: The novel R{sub 3}Co{sub 2.2}Si{sub 1.8} compounds (R=Y, Gd-Tm) adopt the new structure type, the ordered variant of Er{sub 3}Ge{sub 4}-type structure Magnetic studies on {l_brace}Tb, Dy, Ho, Er{r_brace}{sub 3}Co{sub 2.2}Si{sub 1.8} suggest that their magnetic interactions are primarily ferromagnetic in nature. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The novel {l_brace}Y, Gd-Tm{r_brace}{sub 3}Co{sub 2.2}Si{sub 1.8} compounds adopt the Dy{sub 3}Co{sub 2.2}Si{sub 1.8} structure type, Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The Dy{sub 3}Co{sub 2.2}Si{sub 1.8} type is ordered variant of Er{sub 3}Ge{sub 4} type structure. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer {l_brace}Gd-Tm{r_brace}{sub 3}Co{sub 2.2}Si{sub 1.8} compounds are primarily ferromagnetic in nature.

  13. Synthesis and properties of new multinary silicides R5Mg5Fe4Al(x)Si(18-x) (R = Gd, Dy, Y, x ≈ 12) grown in Mg/Al flux.

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    Ma, Xiaowei; Chen, Banghao; Latturner, Susan E

    2012-06-04

    Reactions of iron, silicon, and R = Gd, Dy, or Y in 1:1 Mg/Al mixed flux produce well-formed crystals of R(5)Mg(5)Fe(4)Al(x)Si(18-x) (x ≈ 12). These phases have a new structure type in tetragonal space group P4/mmm (a = 11.655(2) Å, c = 4.0668(8) Å, Z = 1 and R(1) = 0.0155 for the Dy analogue). The structure features two rare earth sites and one iron site; the latter is in monocapped trigonal prismatic coordination surrounded by silicon and aluminum atoms. Siting of Al and Si was investigated using bond length analysis and (27)Al and (29)Si MAS NMR studies. The magnetic properties are determined by the R elements, with the Gd and Dy analogues exhibiting antiferromagnetic ordering at T(N) = 11.9 and 6.9 K respectively; both phases exhibit complex metamagnetic behavior with varying field.

  14. Interface investigation of planar hybrid n-Si/PEDOT:PSS solar cells with open circuit voltages up to 645 mV and efficiencies of 12.6 %

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    Pietsch, Matthias; Jäckle, Sara; Christiansen, Silke

    2014-06-01

    We have studied interface formation properties of hybrid n-Si/PEDOT:PSS solar cells on planar substrates by varying the silicon substrate doping concentration ( N D). Final power conversion efficiencies (PCE) of 12.6 % and open circuit voltages ( V oc) comparable to conventional diffused emitter pn junction solar cells have been achieved. It was observed, that an increase of N D leads to an increase of V oc with a maximal value of 645 mV, which is, to our knowledge, the highest reported value for n-Si/PEDOT:PSS interfaces. The dependence of the solar cell characteristics on N D is analyzed and similarities to minority charge carrier drift-diffusion limited solar cells are presented. The results point out the potential of hybrid n-Si/PEDOT:PSS interfaces to fabricate high performance opto-electronic devices with cost-effective fabrication technologies.

  15. Multifunctional SiO2@Gd2O3:Yb/Tm hollow capsules: controllable synthesis and drug release properties.

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    Yang, Guixin; Lv, Ruichan; Gai, Shili; Dai, Yunlu; He, Fei; Yang, Piaoping

    2014-10-20

    A series of hollow and luminescent capsules have been fabricated by covering luminescent Gd2O3:Yb/Tm nanoparticles on the surface of uniform hollow mesoporous silica capsules (HMSCs), which were obtained from an etching process using Fe3O4 as hard templates. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), up-conversion (UC) fluorescence spectra, and N2 adsorption-desorption were used to characterize these samples. It is found that the as-prepared products have mesoporous pores, large specific surface, and high dispersity. In particular, the size, shape, surface area, and interior space of the composites can be finely tuned by adjusting the size and morphology of the magnetic cores. Under 980 nm near-infrared (NIR) laser irradiation, the composites show characteristic blue UC emissions of Tm(3+) even after carrying doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX). The drug-release test reveals that the capsules showed an apparent sustained release character and released in a pH-sensitive manner. Interestingly, the UC luminescence intensity of the drug-carrying system increases with the released DOX, realizing the possibility to track or monitor the released drug by the change of UC fluorescence simultaneously, which should be highly promising in anticancer drug delivery and targeted cancer therapy.

  16. Valence photoelectron spectroscopy of Gd silicides

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    Braicovich, L. ); Puppin, E.; Lindau, I. ); Iandelli, A.; Olcese, G.L.; Palenzona, A. )

    1990-02-15

    Gd{sub 3}Si{sub 5}, GdSi, and Gd{sub 5}Si{sub 3} were investigated with photoemission spectroscopy in the photon-energy range 40.8--149 eV by exploiting the energy dependence of the photoemission cross sections and the valence resonance at the crossing of the Gd 4{ital d}-4{ital f} threshold. The modification of the spectra versus photon energy, along with their stoichiometry dependence, show the relevance of covalent mixed Gd 5{ital d}--Si 3{ital sp} states in the formation of the chemical bond. In the region close to the Fermi level an increase of the {ital d} contribution is observed. These points are discussed in connection with the existing models of the silicide bond.

  17. Lasing characteristics of Yb-doped gadolinium yttrium mixed oxyorthosilicate Yb:(Gd0.1Y0.9)2SiO5

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    Chu, Hongwei; Zhao, Shengzhi; Yang, Kejian; Zhao, Jia; Li, Dechun; Li, Guiqiu; Li, Tao; Qiao, Wenchao; Xu, Xiaodong; Zheng, Lihe; Xu, Jun

    2015-07-01

    A continuous wave (CW) tunable laser based on an alloyed oxyorthosilicate Yb:(Gd0.1Y0.9)2SiO5 was demonstrated for the first time. With an output coupler (OC) of T = 10%, a maximum output power of 958 mW was obtained with a slope efficiency of 18.2%. Simultaneous multi-wavelength operation was also observed with an OC of T = 4%. The M2 factor of the CW laser beam was measured to be 1.06. The thermo-optic coefficient was estimated to be 7.1 × 10-6/K. By using a 400 μm-thick GaAs wafer as saturable absorber, a stably Q-switched laser at 1080.4 nm was also firstly realized. A minimum pulse duration of 60.2 ns was obtained with a repetition rate of 47.6 kHz under an absorbed pump power of 11.25 W. The corresponding highest pulse energy and peak power were 5.3 μJ and 88 W, respectively. By using a V-type cavity and an OC of T = 4%, the laser can be tuned in the range from 1021 to 1094 nm.

  18. Comparison of luminescence, energy resolution and light loss coefficient of Gd1.53La0.47Si2O7:Ce and Lu1.9Y0.1SiO5:Ce scintillators

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    Yawai, Nattasuda; Wantong, Kriangkrai; Chewpraditkul, Weerapong; Murakami, Rikito; Horiai, Takahiko; Kurosawa, Shunsuke; Yoshikawa, Akira; Nikl, Martin

    2017-02-01

    The luminescence and scintillation properties of Gd1.53La0.47Si2O7:Ce (GPSLa23.5%:Ce) scintillators were investigated and compared to those of Lu1.9Y0.1SiO5:Ce (LYSO:Ce) scintillators. At 662 keV γ-rays, the light yield of 33,500±3300 ph/MeV obtained for GPSLa23.5%:Ce is higher than that of 28,100±2800 ph/MeV obtained for LYSO:Ce. The energy resolution of 4.8±0.2% obtained for GPSLa23.5%:Ce is much better than that of 8.2±0.3% obtained for LYSO:Ce due to its better intrinsic resolution and proportionality of light yield. The light yield and energy resolution for α- rays, as well as a light yield ratio under excitation with α - and γ - rays (α/γ ratio) were also determined. The intrinsic light yield and light loss coefficient under excitation with 662 keV γ-rays were evaluated. The total attenuation coefficient at 60 keV and 662 keV γ - rays was also determined and compared with the theoretical one calculated using the WinXCom program.

  19. The Wannier-Stark effects in the 6H-SiC planar junction field-effect transistors with a p-n junction as the gate

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    Sankin, V. I. Shkrebii, P. P.; Lebedev, A. A.

    2006-10-15

    Dependence of the short-circuit photocurrent on the voltage V{sub g} applied to the gate of the 6H-SiC planar field-effect transistor is studied. The negative differential photoconductivity appeared at a certain value of V{sub g}; the parameters of this photoconductivity corresponded to those of the Wannier-Stark ladders in the natural 6H-SiC super lattice. At the same value of V{sub g}, a fairly abrupt decrease to zero of the source-drain current I{sub sd} is observed, which is indicative of cutoff at the voltage that is much lower than the expected cutoff voltage for this structure. The effect is attributed to a decrease in mobility in the mode of the Wannier-Stark ladders, a decrease in the rate of ionization of the donor atoms, and a reduction in the screening of the field.

  20. Spectroscopy of Gd153 and Gd157 using the (p,dγ) reaction

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    Ross, T. J.; Hughes, R. O.; Allmond, J. M.; ...

    2014-10-31

    Low-spin single quasineutron levels in 153Gd and 157Gd have been studied following the 154Gd(p,d-γ )153Gd and 158Gd(p,d-γ )157Gd reactions. A combined Si telescope and high-purity germanium array was utilized, allowing d-γ and d-γ-γ coincidence measurements. Almost all of the established low-excitation-energy, low-spin structures were confirmed in both 153Gd and 157Gd. Several new levels and numerous new rays are observed in both nuclei, particularly for Ex ≥1 MeV. Lastly, residual effects of a neutron subshell closure at N = 64 are observed in the form of a large excitation energy gap in the single quasineutron level schemes.

  1. Broadband NIR emission in novel sol-gel Er3+-doped SiO2-Nb2O5 glass ceramic planar waveguides for photonic applications

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    Aquino, Felipe Thomaz; Ferrari, Jefferson Luis; Ribeiro, Sidney José Lima; Ferrier, Alban; Goldner, Philippe; Gonçalves, Rogéria Rocha

    2013-01-01

    This paper reports on the sol-gel preparation and structural and optical characterization of new Er3+-doped SiO2-Nb2O5 nanocomposite planar waveguides. Erbium-doped (100-x)SiO2-xNb2O5 waveguides were deposited on silica-on-silicon substrates and Si(1 0 0) by the dip-coating technique. The waveguides exhibited uniform refractive index distribution across the thickness, efficient light injection at 1538 nm, and low losses at 632 and 1538 nm. The band-gap values lied between 4.12 eV and 3.55 eV for W1-W5, respectively, showing an excellent transparency in the visible and near infrared region for the waveguides. Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy analysis evidenced SiO2-Nb2O5 nanocomposite formation with controlled phase separation in the films. The HRTEM and XRD analyses revealed Nb2O5 orthorhombic T-phase nanocrystals dispersed in a silica-based host. Photoluminescence (PL) analysis showed a broad band emission at 1531 nm, assigned to the 4I13/2 → 4I15/2 transition of the Er3+ ions present in the nanocomposite, with a full-width at half medium of 48-68 nm, depending on the niobium content and annealing. Hence, these waveguides are excellent candidates for application in integrated optics, especially in EDWA and WDM devices.

  2. Electron probe microanalysis in the ternary Gd B C system

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    Ruiz, Domingo; Garland, Maria Teresa; Saillard, Jean-Yves; Halet, Jean-François; Bohn, Marcel; Bauer, Josef

    2002-09-01

    EPMA exploration of the Gd-B-C system in the region "Gd-GdB 2-GdBC" and in the neighborhood of the recently described Gd 4B 3C 4 compound led to the identification of 9 new ternary phases, which allows to clear up the phase diagram of this ternary system. A structural description of the bonding between the non-metal atoms in most of the identified compounds is proposed, on the basis of simple electron counting rules and using the planar repeat units or the finite linear anions which have been shown to exist in the structurally characterized rare-earth borocarbide compounds.

  3. Novel Dy{sup 3+}-doped Ca{sub 2}Gd{sub 8}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 6}O{sub 2} white light phosphors for Hg-free lamps application

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    Wang, Yuhua; Wen, Yan; Zhang, Feng

    2010-11-15

    The luminescent properties of Ca{sub 2}Gd{sub 8(1-x)}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 6}O{sub 2}:xDy{sup 3+} (1% {<=} x {<=} 5%) powder crystals with oxyapatite structure were investigated under vacuum ultraviolet excitation. In the excitation spectrum, the peaks at 166 nm and 191 nm of the vacuum ultraviolet region can be assigned to the O{sup 2-} {yields} Gd{sup 3+}, and O{sup 2-} {yields} Dy{sup 3+} charge transfer band respectively, which is consistent with the theoretical calculated value using J{phi}rgensen's empirical formula. While the peaks at 183 nm and 289 nm are attributed to the f-d spin-allowed transitions and the f-d spin-forbidden transitions of Dy{sup 3+} in the host lattice with Dorenbos's expression. According to the emission spectra, all the samples exhibited excellent white emission under 172 nm excitation and the best calculated chromaticity coordinate was 0.335, 0.338, which indicates that the Ca{sub 2}Gd{sub 8}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 6}O{sub 2}:Dy{sup 3+} phosphor could be considered as a potential candidate for Hg-free lamps application.

  4. Optical and scintillation properties of Ce:(Gd8AE2)(SiO4)6O2 (AE = Mg, Ca, Sr and Ba) crystals

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    Igashira, Takuya; Mori, Masaki; Okada, Go; Kawaguchi, Noriaki; Yanagida, Takayuki

    2017-02-01

    1% Ce-doped and non-doped (Gd8AE2)(SiO4)6O2 (AE = Mg, Ca, Sr and Ba) (denoted as GMS, GCS, GSrS and GBS, respectively) single crystals were grown by the Floating Zone (FZ) method to evaluate their optical and scintillation properties. The Ce:GCS and Ce:GSrS samples exhibited scintillation and photoluminescence (PL) around 400 nm due to the 5d-4f transitions of Ce3+. On the other hand, Ce:GMS and Ce:GBS showed much weaker emissions in the wavelength range of 500-650 nm, in which the origin was associated with the host matrices. The PL decay curves were approximated by a double exponential decay function for all the Ce-doped samples. The decay times ranged around 10-30 and 40-90 ns, and faster components coincided with those of the non-doped samples. The scintillation decay curves of Ce-doped samples, on the other hand, were approximated by single exponential functions with slower decay constants than those of PL decay. These constants were very similar to those of non-doped samples. In the X-ray induced afterglow measurements, Ce:GCS exhibited the lowest afterglow level. The pulse height spectrum of these samples showed a full-energy peak under 241Am 5.5 MeV α-ray irradiation. Among these samples, Ce:GSrS exhibited the highest light yield which was around 600 ph/5.5 MeV-α.

  5. Crystal structures and luminescence properties of novel compounds K{sub 4}M{sub 2}[Al{sub 2}Si{sub 8}O{sub 24}] (M = Ce, Gd)

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    Aksenov, S. M.; Rassulov, V. A.; Rastsvetaeva, R. K.; Taroev, V. K.

    2013-11-15

    Two novel potassium rare earth silicates, obtained by hydrothermal synthesis, have been investigated by X-ray diffraction and described by the general formula K{sub 4}M{sub 2}[Al{sub 2}Si{sub 8}O{sub 24}] (M = Ce, Gd). The parameters of the monoclinic K{sub 4}Ce{sub 2}[Al{sub 2}Si{sub 8}O{sub 24}] and K{sub 4}Gd{sub 2}[Al{sub 2}Si{sub 8}O{sub 24}] cells are, respectively, as follows: a = 26.867(1), 26.6520(2) A; b = 7.4150(2), 7.2854(1) A; c = 14.910(1), 14.8182(1) A; {beta} = 123.52(1) Degree-Sign , 123.46(1) Degree-Sign ; and sp. gr. P2{sub 1}/n. The structures are solved by the charge flipping method and refined in the anisotropic approximation of thermal vibrations for atoms to R = 5.2 and 2.5%, respectively. The compounds under study are crystallized into a new structural type, which is based on two-level [Al{sub 2}Si{sub 8}O{sub 24}] layers, combined into a three-dimensional framework by columns of edge-sharing seven-vertex REE polyhedra. Potassium atoms are located in the framework channels. The spectral luminescence characteristics are determined. The luminescence bands are typical of Gd{sup 3+} and Ce{sup 3+} ions. Upon excitation by light with {lambda}{sub exc} = 246 nm, a band due to the {sup 2}D {yields} {sup 8}F{sub 5/2} transition with {lambda}{sub max} = 430 nm is observed in the spectrum of K{sub 4}Ce{sub 2}[Al{sub 2}Si{sub 8}O{sub 24}] and a band related to the {sup 6}P{sub 7/2} {yields} {sup 8}S{sub 7/2} transition with {lambda}{sub max} = 311 nm is observed in the spectrum of K{sub 4}Gd{sub 2}[Al{sub 2}Si{sub 8}O{sub 24}].

  6. Crystal and electronic structures of CaAl 2Si 2-type rare-earth copper zinc phosphides RECuZnP 2 ( RE=Pr, Nd, Gd-Tm, Lu)

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    Blanchard, Peter E. R.; Stoyko, Stanislav S.; Cavell, Ronald G.; Mar, Arthur

    2011-01-01

    The quaternary rare-earth phosphides RECuZnP 2 ( RE=Pr, Nd, Gd-Tm, Lu) have been prepared by reaction of the elements at 900 °C, completing this versatile series which forms for nearly all RE metals. They adopt the trigonal CaAl 2Si 2-type structure (Pearson symbol hP5, space group P3¯ m1, Z=1), as confirmed by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis on ErCuZnP 2 and powder X-ray diffraction analysis on the remaining members. The Cu and Zn atoms are assumed to be disordered over the single transition-metal site. Band structure calculations on a hypothetically ordered YCuZnP 2 model suggest a semimetal, with a zero band gap between the valence and conduction bands. This electronic structure is supported by XPS valence band spectra for RECuZnP 2 ( RE=Gd-Er), in which the intensity drops off smoothly at the Fermi edge. The absence of a band gap permits the electron count to deviate from the precise value of 16 e - per formula unit, as demonstrated by the formation of a solid solution in GdCu xZn 2- xP 2 (1.0≤ x≤1.3), while still retaining the CaAl 2Si 2-type structure. Because the Cu 2 p XPS spectra indicate that the Cu atoms are always monovalent, the substitution of Cu for Zn leads to a decrease in electron count and a lowering of the Fermi level in the valence band. The magnetic susceptibility of RECuZnP 2 ( RE=Gd-Er), which obeys the Curie-Weiss law, confirms the presence of trivalent RE atoms.

  7. Fabrication and characterization of Er+3 doped SiO2/SnO2 glass-ceramic thin films for planar waveguide applications

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    Guddala, S.; Chiappini, A.; Armellini, C.; Turell, S.; Righini, G. C.; Ferrari, M.; Narayana Rao, D.

    2015-02-01

    Glass-ceramics are a kind of two-phase materials constituted by nanocrystals embedded in a glass matrix and the respective volume fractions of crystalline and amorphous phase determine the properties of the glass-ceramics. Among these properties transparency is crucial in particular when confined structures, such as, dielectric optical waveguides, are considered. Moreover, the segregation of dopant rare-earth ions, like erbium, in low phonon energy crystalline medium makes these structures more promising in the development of waveguide amplifiers. Here we are proposing a new class of low phonon energy tin oxide semiconductor medium doped silicate based planar waveguides. Er3+ doped (100-x) SiO2-xSnO2 (x= 10, 20, 25 and 30mol%), glass-ceramic planar waveguide thin films were fabricated by a simple sol-gel processing and dip coating technique. XRD and HRTEM studies indicates the glass-ceramic phase of the film and the dispersion of ~4nm diameter of tin oxide nanocrystals in the amorphous phase of silica. The spectroscopic assessment indicates the distribution of the dopant erbium ions in the crystalline medium of tin oxide. The observed low losses, 0.5±0.2 dB/cm, at 1.54 μm communication wavelength makes them a quite promising material for the development of high gain integrated optical amplifiers.

  8. A planar Al-Si Schottky barrier metal–oxide–semiconductor field effect transistor operated at cryogenic temperatures

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    Purches, W. E.; Rossi, A.; Zhao, R.; Kafanov, S.; Duty, T. L.; Dzurak, A. S.; Rogge, S.; Tettamanzi, G. C.

    2015-08-10

    Schottky Barrier-MOSFET technology offers intriguing possibilities for cryogenic nano-scale devices, such as Si quantum devices and superconducting devices. We present experimental results on a device architecture where the gate electrode is self-aligned with the device channel and overlaps the source and drain electrodes. This facilitates a sub-5 nm gap between the source/drain and channel, and no spacers are required. At cryogenic temperatures, such devices function as p-MOS Tunnel FETs, as determined by the Schottky barrier at the Al-Si interface, and as a further advantage, fabrication processes are compatible with both CMOS and superconducting logic technology.

  9. The isothermal section of Gd–Ni–Si system at 1070 K

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    Morozkin, A.V.; Knotko, A.V.; Yapaskurt, V.O.; Manfrinetti, P.; Pani, M.; Provino, A.; Nirmala, R.; Quezado, S.; Malik, S.K.

    2016-03-15

    The Gd–Ni–Si system has been investigated at 1070 K by X-ray and microprobe analyses. The existence of the known compounds, i.e.: GdNi{sub 10}Si{sub 2}, GdNi{sub 8}Si{sub 3}, GdNi{sub 5}Si{sub 3}, GdNi{sub 7}Si{sub 6}, GdNi{sub 6}Si{sub 6}, GdNi{sub 4}Si, GdNi{sub 2}Si{sub 2}, GdNiSi{sub 3}, Gd{sub 3}Ni{sub 6}Si{sub 2}, GdNiSi, GdNiSi{sub 2}, GdNi{sub 0.4}Si{sub 1.6}, Gd{sub 2}Ni{sub 2.35}Si{sub 0.65}, Gd{sub 3}NiSi{sub 2}, Gd{sub 3}NiSi{sub 3} and Gd{sub 6}Ni{sub 1.67}Si{sub 3}, has been confirmed. Moreover, five new phases have been identified in this system. The crystal structure for four of them has been determined: Gd{sub 2}Ni{sub 16−12.8}Si{sub 1−4.2} (Th{sub 2}Zn{sub 17}-type), GdNi{sub 6.6}Si{sub 6} (GdNi{sub 7}Si{sub 6}-type), Gd{sub 3}Ni{sub 8}Si (Y{sub 3}Co{sub 8}Si-type) and Gd{sub 3}Ni{sub 11.5}Si{sub 4.2}(Gd{sub 3}Ru{sub 4}Ga{sub 12}-type). The compound with composition ~Gd{sub 2}Ni{sub 4}Si{sub 3} still remains with unknown structure. Quasi-binary phases, solid solutions, were detected at 1070 K to be formed by the binaries GdNi{sub 5}, GdNi{sub 3}, GdNi{sub 2}, GdNi, GdSi{sub 2} and GdSi{sub 1.67}; while no appreciable solubility was observed for the other binary compounds of the Gd–Ni–Si system. Magnetic properties of the GdNi{sub 6}Si{sub 6}, GdNi{sub 6.6}Si{sub 6} and Gd{sub 3}Ni{sub 11.5}Si{sub 4.2} compounds have also been investigated and are here reported. - Graphical abstract: The Gd–Ni–Si system has been investigated at 1070 K by X-ray and microprobe analyses. The known GdNi{sub 10}Si{sub 2}, GdNi{sub 8}Si{sub 3}, GdNi{sub 5}Si{sub 3}, GdNi{sub 7}Si{sub 6}, GdNi{sub 6}Si{sub 6}, GdNi{sub 4}Si, GdNi{sub 2}Si{sub 2}, GdNiSi{sub 3}, Gd{sub 3}Ni{sub 6}Si{sub 2}, GdNiSi, GdNiSi{sub 2}, GdNi{sub 0.4}Si{sub 1.6}, Gd{sub 2}Ni{sub 2.35}Si{sub 0.65}, Gd{sub 3}NiSi{sub 2}, Gd{sub 3}NiSi{sub 3} and Gd{sub 6}Ni{sub 1.67}Si{sub 3} compounds have been confirmed and five new ~Gd{sub 2}Ni{sub 4}Si{sub 3} (unknown type), Gd{sub 2}Ni{sub 16

  10. Syntheses optimization, structural and thermoelectric properties of 1/1 Tsai-type quasicrystal approximants in RE-Au-SM systems (RE=Yb, Gd and SM=Si, Ge)

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    Hailu Gebresenbut, Girma; Tamura, Ryuji; Eklöf, Daniel; Pay Gómez, Cesar

    2013-04-01

    Yb-Cd (Tsai-type) quasicrystals constitute the largest icosahedral quasicrystal family where Yb can be replaced by other rare earth elements (RE) and Cd by pairs of p- and d-block elements. YbCd6 is a prototype 1/1 Tsai-type approximant phase which has a similar local structure to the Yb-Cd quasicrystal. In this study, the syntheses of Yb15.78Au65.22Ge19.00, Gd14.34Au67.16Ge18.5 and Gd14.19Au69.87Si15.94 Tsai-type 1/1 quasicrystal approximants are optimized using the self-flux technique. The crystal structures of the compounds are refined by collecting single crystal x-ray diffraction data. The structural refinements indicated that the compounds are essentially isostructural with some differences at their cluster centers. The basic polyhedral cluster unit in all the three compounds can be described by concentric shells of icosahedra symmetry and of disordered tetrahedra and/or a rare earth atom at the cluster center. Furthermore, the thermoelectric properties of the compounds are probed and their dimensionless figures of merit are calculated at different temperatures. A significant difference is observed in their thermoelectric properties, which could arise due to the slight difference in their crystal structure and chemical composition, as we move from Ge to Si and/or Gd to Yb. Therefore, this study shows the systematic effect of the chemical substitution of structurally similar materials on their thermoelectric properties.

  11. Syntheses optimization, structural and thermoelectric properties of 1/1 Tsai-type quasicrystal approximants in RE-Au-SM systems (RE=Yb, Gd and SM=Si, Ge).

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    Gebresenbut, Girma Hailu; Tamura, Ryuji; Eklöf, Daniel; Gómez, Cesar Pay

    2013-04-03

    Yb-Cd (Tsai-type) quasicrystals constitute the largest icosahedral quasicrystal family where Yb can be replaced by other rare earth elements (RE) and Cd by pairs of p- and d-block elements. YbCd6 is a prototype 1/1 Tsai-type approximant phase which has a similar local structure to the Yb-Cd quasicrystal. In this study, the syntheses of Yb15.78Au65.22Ge19.00, Gd14.34Au67.16Ge18.5 and Gd14.19Au69.87Si15.94 Tsai-type 1/1 quasicrystal approximants are optimized using the self-flux technique. The crystal structures of the compounds are refined by collecting single crystal x-ray diffraction data. The structural refinements indicated that the compounds are essentially isostructural with some differences at their cluster centers. The basic polyhedral cluster unit in all the three compounds can be described by concentric shells of icosahedra symmetry and of disordered tetrahedra and/or a rare earth atom at the cluster center. Furthermore, the thermoelectric properties of the compounds are probed and their dimensionless figures of merit are calculated at different temperatures. A significant difference is observed in their thermoelectric properties, which could arise due to the slight difference in their crystal structure and chemical composition, as we move from Ge to Si and/or Gd to Yb. Therefore, this study shows the systematic effect of the chemical substitution of structurally similar materials on their thermoelectric properties.

  12. Exploration of R2XM2 (R=Sc, Y, Ti, Zr, Hf, rare earth; X=main group element; M=transition metal, Si, Ge): Structural Motifs, the novel Compound Gd2AlGe2 and Analysis of the U3Si2 and Zr3Al2 Structure Types

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    McWhorter, Sean William

    2006-01-01

    In the process of exploring and understanding the influence of crystal structure on the system of compounds with the composition Gd5(SixGe1-x)4 several new compounds were synthesized with different crystal structures, but similar structural features. In Gd5(SixGe1-x)4, the main feature of interest is the magnetocaloric effect (MCE), which allows the material to be useful in magnetic refrigeration applications. The MCE is based on the magnetic interactions of the Gd atoms in the crystal structure, which varies with x (the amount of Si in the compound). The crystal structure of Gd5(SixGe1-x)4 can be thought of as being formed from two 32434 nets of Gd atoms, with additional Gd atoms in the cubic voids and Si/Ge atoms in the trigonal prismatic voids. Attempts were made to substitute nonmagnetic atoms for magnetic Gd using In, Mg and Al. Gd2MgGe2 and Gd2InGe2 both possess the same 32434 nets of Gd atoms as Gd5(SixGe1-x)4, but these nets are connected differently, forming the Mo2FeB2 crystal structure. A search of the literature revealed that compounds with the composition R2XM2 (R=Sc, Y, Ti, Zr, Hf, rare earth; X=main group element; M=transition metal, Si, Ge) crystallize in one of four crystal structures: the Mo2FeB2, Zr3Al2, Mn2AlB2 and W2CoB2 crystal structures. These crystal structures are described, and the relationships between them are highlighted. Gd2AlGe2 forms an entirely new crystal structure, and the details of its synthesis and characterization are given. Electronic structure calculations are performed to understand the nature of bonding in this compound and how

  13. Ferromagnetic properties of fcc Gd thin films

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    Bertelli, T. P. Passamani, E. C.; Larica, C.; Nascimento, V. P.; Takeuchi, A. Y.

    2015-05-28

    Magnetic properties of sputtered Gd thin films grown on Si (100) substrates kept at two different temperatures were investigated using X-ray diffraction, ac magnetic susceptibility, and dc magnetization measurements. The obtained Gd thin films have a mixture of hcp and fcc structures, but with their fractions depending on the substrate temperature T{sub S} and film thickness x. Gd fcc samples were obtained when T{sub S} = 763 K and x = 10 nm, while the hcp structure was stabilized for lower T{sub S} (300 K) and thicker film (20 nm). The fcc structure is formed on the Ta buffer layer, while the hcp phase grows on the fcc Gd layer as a consequence of the lattice relaxation process. Spin reorientation phenomenon, commonly found in bulk Gd species, was also observed in the hcp Gd thin film. This phenomenon is assumed to cause the magnetization anomalous increase observed below 50 K in stressed Gd films. Magnetic properties of fcc Gd thin films are: Curie temperature above 300 K, saturation magnetization value of about 175 emu/cm{sup 3}, and coercive field of about 100 Oe at 300 K; features that allow us to classify Gd thin films, with fcc structure, as a soft ferromagnetic material.

  14. Electrochemical planarization

    DOEpatents

    Bernhardt, A.F.; Contolini, R.J.

    1993-10-26

    In a process for fabricating planarized thin film metal interconnects for integrated circuit structures, a planarized metal layer is etched back to the underlying dielectric layer by electropolishing, ion milling or other procedure. Electropolishing reduces processing time from hours to minutes and allows batch processing of multiple wafers. The etched back planarized thin film interconnect is flush with the dielectric layer. 12 figures.

  15. Electrochemical planarization

    DOEpatents

    Bernhardt, Anthony F.; Contolini, Robert J.

    1993-01-01

    In a process for fabricating planarized thin film metal interconnects for integrated circuit structures, a planarized metal layer is etched back to the underlying dielectric layer by electropolishing, ion milling or other procedure. Electropolishing reduces processing time from hours to minutes and allows batch processing of multiple wafers. The etched back planarized thin film interconnect is flush with the dielectric layer.

  16. Compartmentalization of Gd liposomes: the quenching effect explained.

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    Guenoun, Jamal; Doeswijk, Gabriela N; Krestin, Gabriel P; Bernsen, Monique R

    2016-01-01

    Cationic liposomes carrying high [Gd] can be used as efficient cell-labeling agents. In a compartmentalized state, Gd can cause signal loss (relaxivity quenching). The contributions of liposomal [Gd], size and compartmentalization state to relaxivity quenching were assessed. The dependency of signal intensity (SI) on intraliposomal [Gd] was assessed comparing three different [Gd] (0.3, 0.6 and 1.0 M Gd) in both small (80 nm) and large (120 nm) cationic liposomes. In addition, five compartmentalization states were compared: free Gd, intact Gd liposomes, ruptured Gd liposomes, Gd liposomes in intact cells and Gd liposomes in ruptured cells (simulating cell death). Gd also causes R2 effects, which is often overlooked. Therefore, both R1 and R2 relaxation rates of a dilution range were measured by T1 and T2 mapping on a 7 T clinical scanner. Less is more. As the unidirectional water efflux rate (outbound across the liposome membrane, κle) is proportional to the surface:volume ratio, smaller liposomes yielded a consistently higher R1 than larger liposomes. For equal voxel [Gd] less concentrated liposomes (0.3 M Gd) yielded higher R1/R2 ratio because of the higher extraliposomal water fraction (vl ). Gd exhibits a dualistic behavior: from hypointensity to hyperintensity to hypointensity, with decreasing [Gd]. Regarding compartmentalization, fewer membrane barriers means a higher R1 /R2 ratio. Gd liposomes exhibit a versatile contrast behavior, dependent on the compartmentalization state, liposomal size, intraliposomal [Gd] and liposome number. Both R1 and R2 effects contribute to this. The versatility allows one to tailor the optimal liposomal formulation to desired goals in cell labeling and tracking.

  17. Mo{sub 2}NiB{sub 2}-type (Gd, Tb, Dy){sub 2}Ni{sub 2.35}Si{sub 0.65} and La{sub 2}Ni{sub 3}-type (Dy, Ho){sub 2}Ni{sub 2.5}Si{sub 0.5} compounds: Crystal structure and magnetic properties

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    Morozkin, A.V.; Isnard, O.; Nirmala, R.; Malik, S.K.

    2015-05-15

    The crystal structure of new Mo{sub 2}NiB{sub 2}-type (Gd, Tb, Dy){sub 2}Ni{sub 2.35}Si{sub 0.65} (Immm, No. 71, oI10) and La{sub 2}Ni{sub 3}-type (Dy, Ho){sub 2}Ni{sub 2.5}Si{sub 0.5} (Cmce No. 64, oC20) compounds has been established using powder X-ray diffraction studies. Magnetization measurements show that the Mo{sub 2}NiB{sub 2}-type Gd{sub 2}Ni{sub 2.35}Si{sub 0.65} undergoes a ferromagnetic transition at ~66 K, whereas isostructural Tb{sub 2}Ni{sub 2.35}Si{sub 0.65} shows an antiferromagnetic transition at ~52 K and a field-induced metamagnetic transition at low temperatures. Neutron diffraction study shows that, in zero applied field, Tb{sub 2}Ni{sub 2.35}Si{sub 0.65} exhibits c-axis antiferromagnetic order with propagation vector K=[1/2, 0, 1/2] below its magnetic ordering temperature and Tb magnetic moment reaches a value of 8.32(5) μ{sub B} at 2 K. The La{sub 2}Ni{sub 3}-type Dy{sub 2}Ni{sub 2.5}Si{sub 0.5} exhibits ferromagnetic like transition at ~42 K with coexisting antiferromagnetic interactions and field induced metamagnetic transition below ~17 K. The magnetocaloric effect of Gd{sub 2}Ni{sub 2.35}Si{sub 0.65}, Tb{sub 2}Ni{sub 2.35}Si{sub 0.65} and Dy{sub 2}Ni{sub 2.5}Si{sub 0.5} is calculated in terms of isothermal magnetic entropy change and it reaches a maximum value of −14.3 J/kg K, −5.3 J/kg K and −10.3 J/kg K for a field change of 50 kOe near 66 K, 52 K and 42 K, respectively. Low temperature magnetic ordering with enhanced anisotropic effects in Tb{sub 2}Ni{sub 2.35}Si{sub 0.65} and Dy{sub 2}Ni{sub 2.35}Si{sub 0.65} is accompanied by a positive magnetocaloric effect with isothermal magnetic entropy changes of +12.8 J/kg K and ~+9.9 J/kg K, respectively at 7 K for a field change of 50 kOe. - Graphical abstract: The (Gd, Tb, Dy){sub 2}Ni{sub 2.35}Si{sub 0.65} supplement the series of Mo{sub 2}NiB{sub 2}-type rare earth compounds, whereas the (Dy, Ho){sub 2}Ni{sub 2.5}Si{sub 0.5} supplement the series of La{sub 2}Ni{sub 3}-type rare

  18. Finite dipole model for extreme near-field thermal radiation between a tip and planar SiC substrate

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    Jarzembski, Amun; Park, Keunhan

    2017-04-01

    Recent experimental studies have measured the infrared (IR) spectrum of tip-scattered near-field thermal radiation for a SiC substrate and observed up to a 50cm-1 redshift of the surface phonon polariton (SPhP) resonance peak [1,2]. However, the observed spectral redshift cannot be explained by the conventional near-field thermal radiation model based on the point dipole approximation. In the present work, a heated tip is modeled as randomly fluctuating point charges (or fluctuating finite dipoles) aligned along the primary axis of a prolate spheroid, and quasistatic tip-substrate charge interactions are considered to formulate the effective polarizability and self-interaction Green's function. The finite dipole model (FDM), combined with fluctuational electrodynamics, allows the computation of tip-plane thermal radiation in the extreme near-field (i.e., H / R ≲ 1 , where H is the tip-substrate gap distance and R is the tip radius), which cannot be calculated with the point dipole approximation. The FDM provides the underlying physics on the spectral redshift of tip-scattered near-field thermal radiation as observed in experiments. In addition, the SPhP peak in the near-field thermal radiation spectrum may split into two peaks as the gap distance decreases into the extreme near-field regime. This observation suggests that scattering-type spectroscopic measurements may not convey the full spectral features of tip-plane extreme near-field thermal radiation.

  19. CaO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2 (CMAS) corrosion of Gd2Zr2O7 and Sm2Zr2O7

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    Wang, Honglong; Bakal, Ahmet; Zhang, Xingxing; ...

    2016-08-08

    Ceramic thermal barrier coatings are applied to superalloys used in gas turbine engineering to increase the operating temperature and the energy conversion efficiency. However, dust consisting of CaO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2 (CMAS) from the air can be injected into the engines and corrode the thermal barrier coatings. Lanthanide zirconates are promising materials in thermal barrier coatings due to their low thermal conductivities, good phase stability and good corrosion resistance. However, the corrosion resistance mechanism of CMAS on lanthanide zirconates is still not clearly understood. In this work, the corrosion mechanism of Gd2Zr2O7 and Sm2Zr2O7 in CMAS is studied. Here, the results show thatmore » the CMAS can easily react with lanthanide zirconate thermal barrier coatings to form a dense layer, which can resist further corrosion« less

  20. LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Study of Yb3+-Yb3+ and Yb3+-Ce3+ energy transfer in Yb,Ce:CaGd4Si3O13 (Yb,Ce:CGS) crystals

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    Voroshilov, I. V.; Lebedev, V. A.; Gavrilenko, A. N.; Ignatiev, B. V.; Isaev, V. A.; Shestakov, A. V.

    2000-03-01

    The Yb radiative lifetime of 923 µs has been determined by the extrapolation to the zero concentration of Yb. Quenching of the Yb luminescence is observed in the Yb3+ ,Ce3+ :CaGd4 Si3 O13 (Yb,Ce:CGS) crystals due to their intrinsic defects and Ce3+ ions. The main quenching mechanism is the energy migration through Yb ions to the defects with a micro-parameter CDD (Yb-Yb) = 1.0 × 10-38 cm6 s-1 , and the Yb3+ icons/Journals/Common/to" ALT="to" ALIGN="TOP"/> Ce3+ energy transfer with a micro-parameter CDA = 5.5 × 10-44 cm6 s-1 .

  1. The lanthanoid(III) chloride cyclo-tetrasilicates M{sub 6}Cl{sub 10}[Si{sub 4}O{sub 12}] (M=Sm, Gd-Dy): Synthesis, structure and IR investigations

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    Hartenbach, Ingo . E-mail: hartenbach@iac.uni-stuttgart.de; Jagiella, Stefan; Schleid, Thomas . E-mail: schleid@iac.uni-stuttgart.de

    2006-08-15

    The chloride derivatized lanthanoid(III) cyclo-tetrasilicates of the composition M{sub 6}Cl{sub 10}[Si{sub 4}O{sub 12}] (M=Sm, Gd-Dy) crystallize monoclinically in space group C2/m (a=1062-1065, b=1036-1052, c=1163-1187pm, {beta}{approx}103{sup o}, Z=2). They are obtained by the reaction of the sesquioxides M{sub 2}O{sub 3} (or the combination of Tb{sub 4}O{sub 7} and Tb in 3:2-molar ratio for the terbium case), the corresponding trichlorides MCl{sub 3}, and SiO{sub 2} (silica gel) in stoichiometric ratios with double the amount of MCl{sub 3} as flux in evacuated silica tubes (7d at 850deg. C) as transparent, pseudo-octagonal, pillar-shaped single crystals with the colour of the respective lanthanoid trication M{sup 3+}. Their crystal structure can be considered as a layered arrangement in which cationic {sub {approx}}{sup 2}{l_brace}[(M2){sub 5}Cl{sub 9}]{sup 6+}{r_brace} layers are alternatingly piled with anionic ones of the kind {sub {approx}}{sup 2}{l_brace}[(M1)Cl[Si{sub 4}O{sub 12}

  2. Analysis of the refractive index and film thickness of Eu doped gadolinium oxide (Gd2O3) planar waveguides fabricated by the sol-gel and dip coating methods

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    Johnson, Quianna S.; Edwards, Matthew; Curley, Michael

    2013-09-01

    The present research focused on the systematic study of the fabrication of gadolinium oxide (Gd2O3) and gadolinium oxide:europium (Gd2O3:Eu3+) thin films via the sol-gel and dip coating methods under normal laboratory conditions in a methanol solvent medium to determine if thin films of comparable quality could be produced. The thin films were synthesized via the sol-gel method by the hydrolysis of gadolinium acetylacetate in two different solvent mediums, absolute ethanol and methanol. The europium doped gadolinium oxide sol-­-gels were prepared to have a final concentration of 0.01 M europium nitrate. Ordinary microscope glass slides (borosilicate glass or BSG) were used as the substrate. The substrates were cleaned and coated using the dip coating apparatus to prepare thin films that consisted of 5, 10, 30 and 50 layers. The cast films were annealed at 300°C and 500°C by direct insertion in a furnace operated under atmospheric conditions. The resulting film thickness and effective refractive indices were determined and compared. Finally, we present the introductory results of gadolinium oxide thin films as a waveguide.

  3. Planar micromixer

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    Fiechtner, Gregory J.; Singh, Anup K.; Wiedenman, Boyd J.

    2008-03-18

    The present embodiment describes a laminar-mixing embodiment that utilizes simple, three-dimensional injection. Also described is the use of the embodiment in combination with wide and shallow sections of channel to affect rapid mixing in microanalytical systems. The shallow channel sections are constructed using all planar micromachining techniques, including those based on isotropic etching. The planar construction enables design using minimum dispersion concepts that, in turn, enable simultaneous mixing and injection into subsequent chromatography channels.

  4. Synthesis, crystal structure and properties of Mg3B36Si9C and related rare earth compounds RE3-xB36Si9C (RE=Y, Gd-Lu)

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    Ludwig, Thilo; Pediaditakis, Alexis; Sagawe, Vanessa; Hillebrecht, Harald

    2013-08-01

    We report on the synthesis and characterisation of Mg3B36Si9C. Black single crystals of hexagonal shape were yielded from the elements at 1600 °C in h-BN crucibles welded in Ta ampoules. The crystal structure (space group R3barm, a=10.0793(13) Å, c=16.372(3) Å, 660 refl., 51 param., R1(F)=0.019; wR2(F2)=0.051) is characterized by a Kagome-net of B12 icosahedra, ethane like Si8-units and disordered SiC-dumbbells. Vibrational spectra show typical features of boron-rich borides and Zintl phases. Mg3B36Si9C is stable against HF/HNO3 and conc. NaOH. The micro-hardness is 17.0 GPa (Vickers) and 14.5 GPa (Knoop), respectively. According to simple electron counting rules Mg3B36Si9C is an electron precise compound. Band structure calculations reveal a band gap of 1.0 eV in agreement to the black colour. Interatomic distances obtained from the refinement of X-ray data are biased and falsified by the disorder of the SiC-dumbbell. The most evident structural parameters were obtained by relaxation calculation. Composition and carbon content were confirmed by WDX measurements. The small but significant carbon content is necessary by structural reasons and frequently caused by contaminations. The rare earth compounds RE3-xB36Si9C (RE=Y, Dy-Lu) are isotypic. Single crystals were grown from a silicon melt and their structures refined. The partial occupation of the RE-sites fits to the requirements of an electron-precise composition. According to the displacement parameters a relaxation should be applied to obtain correct structural parameters.

  5. STM and DFT study of the Gd wetting layer reconstructions on the Si(0 0 1)-2 × 1 surface

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    Harrison, B. C.; Ryan, Peter; Boland, John J.

    2005-05-01

    This paper presents a structural study of the 2 × 8 and 2 × 7 wetting layer reconstructions that occur on the Si(1 0 0) surface following Gadolinium deposition at elevated temperatures. Scanning tunneling microscopy and density functional theory calculations were used to analyze the detailed structure of the wetting layer. The maxima observed in STM images are consistent with the location of metal atoms determined by geometry optimized DFT calculations. In the 2 × 8 reconstruction metal atoms occupy the dimer positions but with a modulation in height that serves to lower the stress along the dimer row direction. The 2 × 7 reconstruction is formed by the redistribution of metal atoms of the 2 × 8 reconstruction, where the metal can occupy either the dimer position or a bridging site between two silicon atoms.

  6. Preparation Of Planar Optical SiO2-TiO2 And LiNbO3 Waveguides With A Dip Coating Method And An Embossing Technique For Fabricating Grating Couplers And Channel Waveguides

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    Tiefenthaler, K.; Briguet, V.; Buser, E.; Horisberger, M.; Lukosz, W.

    1983-11-01

    Planar monomode and multimode Si02-Ti02 waveguides were prepared with a dip coating method from Liquicoat solutions supplied by E. MERCK. By varying the Si02:Ti02 mixture ratio the value of the refractive index nF of the waveguiding films on Pyrex glass substrates can be chosen to lie between nF-1.6 and nF =1.36 First results on the preparation of LiNb03 waveguides are also presented. Thicknesses, refractive indices and losses of the waveguides were determined at the blue-green Ar laser wavelengths and at the He-Ne laser wavelengths λ=632.8 nm and λ=1.153 μm. With an embossing technique we fabricated surface relief gratings on Si02-Ti02 wave-guides. We used them successfully as input grating couplers. We propose to use this emboss-ing technique to fabricate channel waveguides and other integrated optical components in inorganic hard waveguiding materials such as Si02-Ti02.

  7. Modification of Mg{sub 2}Si in Mg–Si alloys with gadolinium

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    Ye, Lingying; Hu, Jilong Tang, Changping; Zhang, Xinming; Deng, Yunlai; Liu, Zhaoyang; Zhou, Zhile

    2013-05-15

    The modification effect of gadolinium (Gd) on Mg{sub 2}Si in the hypereutectic Mg–3 wt.% Si alloy has been investigated using optical microscope, scanning electron microscope, X-ray diffraction and hardness measurements. The results indicate that the morphology of the primary Mg{sub 2}Si is changed from coarse dendrite into fine polygon with the increasing Gd content. The average size of the primary Mg{sub 2}Si significantly decreases with increasing Gd content up to 1.0 wt.%, and then slowly increases. Interestingly, when the Gd content is increased to 4.0 and 8.0 wt.%, the primary and eutectic Mg{sub 2}Si evidently decrease and even disappear. The modification and refinement of the primary Mg{sub 2}Si is mainly attributed to the poisoning effect. The GdMg{sub 2} phase in the primary Mg{sub 2}Si is obviously coarsened as the Gd content exceeds 2.0 wt.%. While the decrease and disappearance of the primary and eutectic Mg{sub 2}Si are ascribed to the formation of vast GdSi compound. Therefore, it is reasonable to conclude that proper Gd (1.0 wt.%) addition can effectively modify and refine the primary Mg{sub 2}Si. - Highlights: ► Proper Gd (1.0 wt.%) addition can effectively modify and refine the primary Mg{sub 2}Si. ► We studied the reaction feasibility between Mg and Si, Gd and Si in Mg–Gd–Si system. ► We explored the modification mechanism of Gd modifier on Mg{sub 2}Si.

  8. SiO2-P2O5-HfO2-Al2O3-Na2O glasses activated by Er3+ ions: From bulk sample to planar waveguide fabricated by rf-sputtering

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    Chiasera, A.; Vasilchenko, I.; Dorosz, D.; Cotti, M.; Varas, S.; Iacob, E.; Speranza, G.; Vaccari, A.; Valligatla, S.; Zur, L.; Lukowiak, A.; Righini, G. C.; Ferrari, M.

    2017-01-01

    0.4 Er3+-doped 90.7 SiO2 - 4.4 P2O5 - 2.3 HfO2 - 1.7 Al2O3 - 0.7 Na2O planar waveguide was fabricated by multi-target rf-sputtering technique starting by massive Er3+-activated P2O5-SiO2-Al2O3-Na2O glass. The optical parameters were measured by m-line apparatus operating at 632.8, 1319 and 1542 nm. The waveguide compositions were investigated by Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy and its morphology analyzed by Atomic Force Microscopy. The waveguide exhibits a single propagation mode at 1319 and 1542 nm with an attenuation coefficient of 0.2 dB/cm in the infrared. The emission of 4I13/2 → 4I15/2 transition of Er3+ ion, with a 28.5 nm bandwidth was observed upon TE0 mode excitation at 514.5 nm. The optical and spectroscopic features of the Er3+-activated parent P2O5-SiO2-Al2O3-Na2O glass were also investigated.

  9. Microstructure and intrinsic stress evolution during epitaxial film growth of an Ag0.93Al0.07 solid solution on Si(111); excessive planar faulting due to quantum confinement

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    Flötotto, D.; Wang, Z. M.; Markel, I. J.; Kurz, S. J. B.; Mittemeijer, E. J.

    2016-10-01

    The correlation of microstructural development and the kinetics of film growth has been investigated during the epitaxial film growth of an ultrathin binary Ag0.93Al0.07 solid solution on a Si(111)-7×7 surface at 300 K by the combination of high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, scanning tunneling microscopy, low energy electron diffraction, and real-time in-situ stress measurements. Up to a film thickness of 6 ± 2 nm, epitaxial Ag0.93Al0.07 film growth is characterized by the strikingly extensive formation of planar faults parallel to the film/substrate interface, while at larger thickness the film grows practically defect-free. As revealed by real-time in-situ stress measurements, the extensive formation of planar faults at the very initial stage of growth is not driven by the reduction of the system's elastic strain energy but is rather caused by a striking thickness-dependence of the stacking-fault energy owing to a quantum size effect of the ultrathin metal alloy film, resulting in a frequent succession of fcc and hcp stackings of close-packed layers during the initial stage of film growth. The extensive development of planar faults at the initial stage of film growth (<6 ± 2 nm) is associated with the occurrence of a high density of kinks and corners at thereby atomically rough surface ledges, which strongly enhances the downward transport of adatoms from higher to lower terraces (interlayer mass transport) by a reduction of the effective diffusion barrier at the edge of surface steps and by increasing the driving force for adatoms to attach to the surface ledges. As a result, the epitaxial Ag0.93Al0.07 film initially grows in a 2D layer-by-layer type of growth and thus establishes atomically smooth film surfaces. For the practically planar-fault-free growth at thicknesses beyond 6 ± 2 nm, interlayer mass transport becomes distinctively limited, thereby inducing a transition from 2D to 3D type of film growth.

  10. Ultrathin Al2O3 interface achieving an 11.46% efficiency in planar n-Si/PEDOT:PSS hybrid solar cells

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    Nam, Yoon-Ho; Song, Jae-Won; Park, Min-Joon; Sami, Abdul; Lee, Jung-Ho

    2017-04-01

    Hybrid organic–inorganic photovoltaic devices consisting of poly(3,4-etyhlenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) and n-type silicon have recently been investigated for their cost-efficiency and ease of fabrication. We demonstrate that the insertion of an ultrathin Al2O3 layer between n-Si and PEDOT:PSS significantly improves photovoltaic performance in comparison to the conventional interfacial oxide employing SiO2. A power-conversion efficiency of 11.46% was recorded at the optimal Al2O3 thickness of 2.3 nm. This result was achieved based upon increased built-in potential and improved charge collection via the electron blocking effect of Al2O3. In addition, the hydrophilicity enhanced by Al2O3 improved the coating uniformity of the PEDOT:PSS layer, resulting in a further reduction in surface recombination.

  11. Pulsed laser-deposited nanocrystalline GdB6 thin films on W and Re as field emitters

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    Suryawanshi, Sachin R.; Singh, Anil K.; Phase, Deodatta M.; Late, Dattatray J.; Sinha, Sucharita; More, Mahendra A.

    2016-10-01

    Gadolinium hexaboride (GdB6) nanocrystalline thin films were grown on tungsten (W), rhenium (Re) tips and foil substrates using optimized pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique. The X-ray diffraction analysis reveals formation of pure, crystalline cubic phase of GdB6 on W and Re substrates, under the prevailing PLD conditions. The field emission (FE) studies of GdB6/W and GdB6/Re emitters were performed in a planar diode configuration at the base pressure ~10-8 mbar. The GdB6/W and GdB6/Re tip emitters deliver high emission current densities of ~1.4 and 0.811 mA/cm2 at an applied field of ~6.0 and 7.0 V/µm, respectively. The Fowler-Nordheim ( F- N) plots were found to be nearly linear showing metallic nature of the emitters. The noticeably high values of field enhancement factor ( β) estimated using the slopes of the F- N plots indicate that the PLD GdB6 coating on W and Re substrates comprises of high-aspect-ratio nanostructures. Interestingly, the GdB6/W and GdB6/Re planar emitters exhibit excellent current stability at the preset values over a long-term operation, as compared to the tip emitters. Furthermore, the values of workfunction of the GdB6/W and GdB6/Re emitters, experimentally measured using ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy, are found to be same, ~1.6 ± 0.1 eV. Despite possessing same workfunction value, the FE characteristics of the GdB6/W emitter are markedly different from that of GdB6/Re emitter, which can be attributed to the growth of GdB6 films on W and Re substrates.

  12. Low defect InGaAs quantum well selectively grown by metal organic chemical vapor deposition on Si(100) 300 mm wafers for next generation non planar devices

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    Cipro, R.; Baron, T.; Martin, M.; Moeyaert, J.; David, S.; Gorbenko, V.; Bassani, F.; Bogumilowicz, Y.; Barnes, J. P.; Rochat, N.; Loup, V.; Vizioz, C.; Allouti, N.; Chauvin, N.; Bao, X. Y.; Ye, Z.; Pin, J. B.; Sanchez, E.

    2014-06-01

    Metal organic chemical vapor deposition of GaAs, InGaAs, and AlGaAs on nominal 300 mm Si(100) at temperatures below 550 °C was studied using the selective aspect ratio trapping method. We clearly show that growing directly GaAs on a flat Si surface in a SiO2 cavity with an aspect ratio as low as 1.3 is efficient to completely annihilate the anti-phase boundary domains. InGaAs quantum wells were grown on a GaAs buffer and exhibit room temperature micro-photoluminescence. Cathodoluminescence reveals the presence of dark spots which could be associated with the presence of emerging dislocation in a direction parallel to the cavity. The InGaAs layers obtained with no antiphase boundaries are perfect candidates for being integrated as channels in n-type metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistor (MOSFET), while the low temperatures used allow the co-integration of p-type MOSFET.

  13. Tumor targeting and MR imaging with lipophilic cyanine-mediated near-infrared responsive porous Gd silicate nanoparticles.

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    Yeh, Chen-Sheng; Su, Chia-Hao; Ho, Wen-Yueh; Huang, Chih-Chia; Chang, Jui-Cheng; Chien, Yi-Hsin; Hung, Shu-Ting; Liau, Min-Chiau; Ho, Hsin-Yi

    2013-07-01

    We synthesize a NIR MHI-148 dye, a lipophilic heptamethine cyanine, with capability in tumor-targeting property to accumulate in the mitochondria of tumor. In the context of MHI-148 dye, we demonstrate effective tumor targeting and NIR fluorescence in vitro and in vivo for MHI-148 as compared to ICG. A series of porous Gd silicates related nanoparticles, i.e. Gd silicate, Gd silicate@mSiO(2) (mSiO(2): mesoporous silica shell), and Gd(3+)-chelated Gd silicate@mSiO(2) (Gd(3+)-DOTA chelated on the mSiO(2)) are fabricated to demonstrate their magnetic resonance (MR) contrast imaging effects. Those Gd silicates related nanoparticles exhibit dual MR effect, expressing T(1)-brightened and T(2)-darkened effects, in lower magnetic field. In high magnetic field, an abnormal enhanced transverse relaxivity (r(2)) appears, showing an effective T(2)-lowering effect, possibly due to concentrated Gd amount and porous architecture. The r(2) value increases 4-5 times as the field strength increased from 3T to 7T. The Gd(3+)-chelated Gd silicate@mSiO(2) has given large r(2) (T(2)-lowering effect) up to 343.8 s(-1) mM(-1), which is even larger than the reported magnetic Fe(3)O(4) nanoparticles measured at the same field. Using a 9.4T animal micro MRI system we have seen effectively darken in signal for those porous Gd silicates related NPs, while no such phenomenon appears in commercial Gd-DOTA agent. The MHI-148 is then conjugated on the porous Gd silicate@mSiO(2) nanoparticles for a new paradigm with three functionalities for in vivo tumor targeting, near-infrared fluorescent and MR imaging by means of only using MHI-148 dye.

  14. Formation of Gd coordination polymer with 1D chains mediated by Bronsted acidic ionic liquids

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    Luo, Qianqian; Han, Ying; Lin, Hechun; Zhang, Yuanyuan; Duan, Chungang; Peng, Hui

    2017-03-01

    One dimensional coordination polymer Gd[(SO4)(NO3)(C2H6SO)2] (1) is prepared through the mediation of Bronsted acid ionic liquid, which crystallized in the monoclinic space of C2/c. In this polymer, adjacent Gd atoms are linked by two SO42- ions to generate a 1-D chain, and all oxygen atoms in SO42- groups are connected to three nearest Gd atoms in μ3:η1:η1:η2 fashion. Gd, S and N from SO42- and NO3- are precisely coplanar. The planar is coordinated by a pair of DMSO molecules, which is parallel and linked by hydrogen bonding to form a three-dimensional supramolecular network. Magnetic susceptibility measurement of 1 reveals weak antiferromagnetic interactions between the Gd (III) ions. It exhibits relatively large magneto-caloric effect with -ΔSm=28.8 J Kg-1 K-1 for ΔH=7 T.

  15. The morphology of GM1 x/SM 0.6-x/Chol 0.4 planar bilayers supported on SiO 2 surfaces

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    Mao, Yanli; Tero, Ryugo; Imai, Yosuke; Hoshino, Tyuji; Urisu, Tsuneo

    2008-07-01

    Ganglioside GM1 (GM1), sphingomyelin (SM) and cholesterol (Chol) are dominant lipid components of rafts in plasma membranes. The morphology of GM1 x/SM 0.6-x/Chol 0.4 SPBs on SiO 2 surfaces has been studied by atomic force microscopy and fluorescence microscopy at various ratios of GM1/SM ( x = 0-0.25). The unique changes in morphology depending on the GM1 concentrations are qualitatively explained by hydrogen bonding and the hydrophobic interactions between SM and Chol, and by hydrogen bonding and the steric effects between bulky GM1 headgroups under Ca 2+ existing conditions and the electrostatic repulsion between the negative charges of GM1 headgroups under Ca 2+ nonexisting conditions.

  16. Smearing origin of zero-bias conductance peak in Ag-SiO-Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ planar tunnel junctions: influence of diffusive normal metal verified with the circuit theory

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    Shigeta, I.; Tanaka, Y.; Ichikawa, F.; Asano, Y.

    2006-11-01

    We propose a new approach of smearing origins of a zero-bias conductance peak (ZBCP) in high-Tc superconductor tunnel junctions through the analysis based on the circuit theory for a d-wave pairing symmetry. The circuit theory has been recently developed from conventional superconductors to unconventional superconductors. The ZBCP frequently appears in line shapes for this theory, in which the total resistance was constructed by taking account of the effects between a d-wave superconductor and a diffusive normal metal (DN) at a junction interface, including the midgap Andreev resonant states (MARS), the coherent Andreev reflection (CAR) and the proximity effect. Therefore, we have analyzed experimental spectra with the ZBCP of Ag-SiO-Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ (Bi-2212) planar tunnel junctions for the {110}-oriented direction by using a simplified formula of the circuit theory for d-wave superconductors. The fitting results reveal that the spectral features of the ZBCP are well explained by the circuit theory not only excluding the Dynes's broadening factor but also considering only the MARS and the DN resistance. Thus, the ZBCP behaviors are understood to be consistent with those of recent studies on the circuit theory extended to the systems containing d-wave superconductor tunnel junctions.

  17. Perpendicular Magnetic Anisotropy of Tb/Fe and Gd/Fe Multilayers Studied with Torque Magnetometer

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    Chowdhury, Ataur

    Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) of multilayers critically depend on the magnetic and structural ordering of the interface. To study the effect of interface on PMA, Tb/Fe and Gd/Fe multilayers with varying Fe (0.8-9.0 nm) and Gd (0.5-2.8 nm) or Tb (0.3-6.3 nm) layer thicknesses were fabricated by planar magnetron sputtering. The magnetometer results of spin orientation clearly reveals that samples with Gd or Tb layer thickness of more than 1.2 nm display no PMA, regardless of the Fe layer thickness. Tb/Fe and Gd/Fe multilayers with thin (<1.2 nm) Tb or Gd layers display large PMA, but no PMA is observed when the Fe layer thickness is increased to 4.0 nm and higher. The bulk magnetization and anisotropy energy constant of the samples are found to increase with increasing Fe layer thickness. Torque measurement also reveals that there are two distinctly different axes of spin alignment at different energy. Tb/Fe and Gd/Fe multilayers with similar composition reveal similar magnetic and structural characteristics, and it may imply that single-ion-anisotropy of rare-earth element, which is quite large for Tb ions and very small for Gd ions, may not be the dominating cause of PMA in Td/Fe and Gd/Fe multilayers. A detailed explanation of the results will be provided based on exchange interaction at the interface.

  18. Tuning interfacial domain walls in GdCo/Gd/GdCo' spring magnets

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    Blanco-Roldán, C.; Choi, Y.; Quirós, C.; Valvidares, S. M.; Zarate, R.; Vélez, M.; Alameda, J. M.; Haskel, D.; Martín, J. I.

    2015-12-01

    Spring magnets based on GdCo multilayers have been prepared to study the nucleation and evolution of interfacial domain walls (iDWs) depending on layer composition and interlayer coupling. GdCo alloy compositions in each layer were chosen so that their net magnetization aligns either with the Gd (G d35C o65 ) or Co (G d11C o89 ) sublattices. This condition forces an antiparallel arrangement of the layers' net magnetization and leads to nucleation of iDWs above critical magnetic fields whose values are dictated by the interplay between Zeeman and exchange energies. By combining x-ray resonant magnetic scattering with Kerr magnetometry, we provide detailed insight into the nucleation and spatial profile of the iDWs. For strong coupling (GdCo/GdCo' bilayer), iDWs are centered at the interface but with asymmetric width depending on each layer magnetization. When interlayer coupling is weakened by introducing a thin Gd interlayer, the exchange spring effect becomes restricted to a lower temperature and field range than observed in the bilayer structure. Due to the ferromagnetic alignment between the high magnetization G d35C o65 layer and the Gd interlayer, the iDW shrinks and moves into the lower exchange Gd interlayer, causing a reduction of iDW energy.

  19. Detection of pH and Enzyme-Free H2O2 Sensing Mechanism by Using GdO x Membrane in Electrolyte-Insulator-Semiconductor Structure.

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    Kumar, Pankaj; Maikap, Siddheswar; Qiu, Jian-Tai; Jana, Surajit; Roy, Anisha; Singh, Kanishk; Cheng, Hsin-Ming; Chang, Mu-Tung; Mahapatra, Rajat; Chiu, Hsien-Chin; Yang, Jer-Ren

    2016-12-01

    A 15-nm-thick GdO x membrane in an electrolyte-insulator-semiconductor (EIS) structure shows a higher pH sensitivity of 54.2 mV/pH and enzyme-free hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) detection than those of the bare SiO2 and 3-nm-thick GdO x membranes for the first time. Polycrystalline grain and higher Gd content of the thicker GdO x films are confirmed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray photo-electron spectroscopy (XPS), respectively. In a thicker GdO x membrane, polycrystalline grain has lower energy gap and Gd(2+) oxidation states lead to change Gd(3+) states in the presence of H2O2, which are confirmed by electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). The oxidation/reduction (redox) properties of thicker GdO x membrane with higher Gd content are responsible for detecting H2O2 whereas both bare SiO2 and thinner GdO x membranes do not show sensing. A low detection limit of 1 μM is obtained due to strong catalytic activity of Gd. The reference voltage shift increases with increase of the H2O2 concentration from 1 to 200 μM owing to more generation of Gd(3+) ions, and the H2O2 sensing mechanism has been explained as well.

  20. Detection of pH and Enzyme-Free H2O2 Sensing Mechanism by Using GdO x Membrane in Electrolyte-Insulator-Semiconductor Structure

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    Kumar, Pankaj; Maikap, Siddheswar; Qiu, Jian-Tai; Jana, Surajit; Roy, Anisha; Singh, Kanishk; Cheng, Hsin-Ming; Chang, Mu-Tung; Mahapatra, Rajat; Chiu, Hsien-Chin; Yang, Jer-Ren

    2016-09-01

    A 15-nm-thick GdO x membrane in an electrolyte-insulator-semiconductor (EIS) structure shows a higher pH sensitivity of 54.2 mV/pH and enzyme-free hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) detection than those of the bare SiO2 and 3-nm-thick GdO x membranes for the first time. Polycrystalline grain and higher Gd content of the thicker GdO x films are confirmed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray photo-electron spectroscopy (XPS), respectively. In a thicker GdO x membrane, polycrystalline grain has lower energy gap and Gd2+ oxidation states lead to change Gd3+ states in the presence of H2O2, which are confirmed by electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). The oxidation/reduction (redox) properties of thicker GdO x membrane with higher Gd content are responsible for detecting H2O2 whereas both bare SiO2 and thinner GdO x membranes do not show sensing. A low detection limit of 1 μM is obtained due to strong catalytic activity of Gd. The reference voltage shift increases with increase of the H2O2 concentration from 1 to 200 μM owing to more generation of Gd3+ ions, and the H2O2 sensing mechanism has been explained as well.

  1. Peculiarities of thermoelectric half-Heusler phase formation in Gd-Ni-Sb and Lu-Ni-Sb ternary systems

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    Romaka, V. V.; Romaka, L.; Horyn, A.; Rogl, P.; Stadnyk, Yu; Melnychenko, N.; Orlovskyy, M.; Krayovskyy, V.

    2016-07-01

    The phase equilibria in the Gd-Ni-Sb and Lu-Ni-Sb ternary systems were studied at 873 K by X-ray and metallographic analyses in the whole concentration range. The interaction of the elements in the Gd-Ni-Sb system results the formation of five ternary compounds at investigated temperature: Gd5Ni2Sb (Mo5SiB2-type), Gd5NiSb2 (Yb5Sb3-type), GdNiSb (MgAgAs-type), Gd3Ni6Sb5 (Y3Ni6Sb5-type), and GdNi0.72Sb2 (HfCuSi2-type). At investigated temperature the Lu-Ni-Sb system is characterized by formation of the LuNiSb (MgAgAs-type), Lu5Ni2Sb (Mo5SiB2-type), and Lu5Ni0.56Sb2.44 (Yb5Sb3-type) compounds. The disordering in the crystal structure of half-Heusler GdNiSb and LuNiSb was revealed by EPMA and studied by means of Rietveld refinement and DFT modeling. The performed electronic structure calculations are in good agreement with electrical transport property studies.

  2. Spectroscopy of Gd153 and Gd157 using the (p,dγ) reaction

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    Ross, T. J.; Hughes, R. O.; Allmond, J. M.; Beausang, C. W.; Angell, C. T.; Basunia, M. S.; Bleuel, D. L.; Burke, J. T.; Casperson, R. J.; Escher, J. E.; Fallon, P.; Hatarik, R.; Munson, J.; Paschalis, S.; Petri, M.; Phair, L. W.; Ressler, J. J.; Scielzo, N. D.

    2014-10-31

    Low-spin single quasineutron levels in 153Gd and 157Gd have been studied following the 154Gd(p,d-γ )153Gd and 158Gd(p,d-γ )157Gd reactions. A combined Si telescope and high-purity germanium array was utilized, allowing d-γ and d-γ-γ coincidence measurements. Almost all of the established low-excitation-energy, low-spin structures were confirmed in both 153Gd and 157Gd. Several new levels and numerous new rays are observed in both nuclei, particularly for Ex ≥1 MeV. Lastly, residual effects of a neutron subshell closure at N = 64 are observed in the form of a large excitation energy gap in the single quasineutron level schemes.

  3. Inelastic Neutron Scattering on 160Gd

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    Lesher, S. R.; Casarella, C.; Crider, B. P.; Ikeyama, R.; Marsh, I.; Peters, E. E.; Prados-Estévez, F. M.; Smith, M. K.; Tully, Z.; Vanhoy, J. R.; Aprahamian, A.; Yates, S. W.

    2014-03-01

    The nature of low-lying excitations, Kπ=0+ bands in deformed nuclei remain enigmatic in the field, especially in relationship to quadrupole vibrations. One method of characterizing these states beyond excitation energies is through measurements of absolute transition probabilities. In the rare earth region of deformation, there are five stable Gd isotopes, 154Gd, 156Gd, and 158Gd have been studied to obtain B(E2) values, a fourth, 160Gd is the focus of this work. We have examined 160Gd with the (n, n'γ) reaction and neutron energies up to 3.0 MeV to confirm known 0+ states.

  4. Observations on the Influence of Secondary Me Oxides Additives (Me=Si,Al, Mg) on the Microstructural Evolution and Mechanical Behavior of Silicon Nitride Ceramics Containing RE2O3 (RE=La, Gd, Lu)

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    Becher, Paul F; Averill, Frank; Lin, Hua-Tay; Waters, Shirley B; Shibata, Naoya; Painter, Gayle S; van Benthem, Klaus

    2010-01-01

    The evolution of β Si3N4 microstructures is influenced by the adsorption of rare earth elements at grain surfaces and by the viscosity of the intergranular phases. Theoretical and STEM studies show that the RE atoms exhibit different tendencies to segregate from the liquid phase to grain surfaces and different binding strengths at these surfaces. When combined with MgO (or Al2O3) secondary additions, the rare earth additives are combined in low viscosity intergranular phases during densification and the α to β phase transformation and microstructural evolution are dominated by the RE adsorption behavior. On the other hand, a much higher viscosity intergranular phase forms when the RE2O3 are combined with SiO2. While the rare earth adsorption behavior remains the same, the phase transformation and microstructure are now dominated by Si3N4 solubility and transport in the high liquid phase. By understanding these additive effects, one can develop reinforced microstructures leading silicon nitride ceramics with greatly improved mechanical behavior.

  5. Planar gradient metamaterials

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    Xu, Yadong; Fu, Yangyang; Chen, Huanyang

    2016-12-01

    Metamaterials possess exotic properties that do not exist in nature. Gradient metamaterials, which are characterized by a continuous spatial variation of their properties, provide a promising approach to the development of both bulk and planar optics. In particular, planar gradient metamaterials can be classified into three categories: gradient metasurfaces, gradient index metamaterials and gradient metallic gratings. In this Review, we summarize the progress made in the theoretical modelling of these materials, in their experimental implementation and in the design of functional devices. We discuss the use of planar gradient metamaterials for wave bending and focusing in free space, for supporting surface plasmon polaritons and for the realization of trapped rainbows. We also focus on the implementation of these materials in waveguide systems, which can enable electromagnetic cloaking, Fano resonances, asymmetric transmission and guided mode conversion. Finally, we discuss promising trends, such as the use of dielectric rather than metallic unit elements and the use of planar gradient metamaterials in 3D systems.

  6. Learning planar Ising models

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    Johnson, Jason K.; Oyen, Diane Adele; Chertkov, Michael; Netrapalli, Praneeth

    2016-12-01

    Inference and learning of graphical models are both well-studied problems in statistics and machine learning that have found many applications in science and engineering. However, exact inference is intractable in general graphical models, which suggests the problem of seeking the best approximation to a collection of random variables within some tractable family of graphical models. In this paper, we focus on the class of planar Ising models, for which exact inference is tractable using techniques of statistical physics. Based on these techniques and recent methods for planarity testing and planar embedding, we propose a greedy algorithm for learning the best planar Ising model to approximate an arbitrary collection of binary random variables (possibly from sample data). Given the set of all pairwise correlations among variables, we select a planar graph and optimal planar Ising model defined on this graph to best approximate that set of correlations. Finally, we demonstrate our method in simulations and for two applications: modeling senate voting records and identifying geo-chemical depth trends from Mars rover data.

  7. Learning planar Ising models

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    Johnson, Jason K.; Oyen, Diane Adele; Chertkov, Michael; ...

    2016-12-01

    Inference and learning of graphical models are both well-studied problems in statistics and machine learning that have found many applications in science and engineering. However, exact inference is intractable in general graphical models, which suggests the problem of seeking the best approximation to a collection of random variables within some tractable family of graphical models. In this paper, we focus on the class of planar Ising models, for which exact inference is tractable using techniques of statistical physics. Based on these techniques and recent methods for planarity testing and planar embedding, we propose a greedy algorithm for learning the bestmore » planar Ising model to approximate an arbitrary collection of binary random variables (possibly from sample data). Given the set of all pairwise correlations among variables, we select a planar graph and optimal planar Ising model defined on this graph to best approximate that set of correlations. Finally, we demonstrate our method in simulations and for two applications: modeling senate voting records and identifying geo-chemical depth trends from Mars rover data.« less

  8. Learning planar ising models

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    Johnson, Jason K; Chertkov, Michael; Netrapalli, Praneeth

    2010-11-12

    Inference and learning of graphical models are both well-studied problems in statistics and machine learning that have found many applications in science and engineering. However, exact inference is intractable in general graphical models, which suggests the problem of seeking the best approximation to a collection of random variables within some tractable family of graphical models. In this paper, we focus our attention on the class of planar Ising models, for which inference is tractable using techniques of statistical physics [Kac and Ward; Kasteleyn]. Based on these techniques and recent methods for planarity testing and planar embedding [Chrobak and Payne], we propose a simple greedy algorithm for learning the best planar Ising model to approximate an arbitrary collection of binary random variables (possibly from sample data). Given the set of all pairwise correlations among variables, we select a planar graph and optimal planar Ising model defined on this graph to best approximate that set of correlations. We present the results of numerical experiments evaluating the performance of our algorithm.

  9. CaO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2 (CMAS) corrosion of Gd2Zr2O7 and Sm2Zr2O7

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    Wang, Honglong; Bakal, Ahmet; Zhang, Xingxing; Tarwater, Emily; Sheng, Zhizhi; Fergus, Jeffrey W.

    2016-08-08

    Ceramic thermal barrier coatings are applied to superalloys used in gas turbine engineering to increase the operating temperature and the energy conversion efficiency. However, dust consisting of CaO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2 (CMAS) from the air can be injected into the engines and corrode the thermal barrier coatings. Lanthanide zirconates are promising materials in thermal barrier coatings due to their low thermal conductivities, good phase stability and good corrosion resistance. However, the corrosion resistance mechanism of CMAS on lanthanide zirconates is still not clearly understood. In this work, the corrosion mechanism of Gd2Zr2O7 and Sm2Zr2O7 in CMAS is studied. Here, the results show that the CMAS can easily react with lanthanide zirconate thermal barrier coatings to form a dense layer, which can resist further corrosion

  10. High-efficiency si/polymer hybrid solar cells based on synergistic surface texturing of Si nanowires on pyramids.

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    He, Lining; Lai, Donny; Wang, Hao; Jiang, Changyun; Rusli

    2012-06-11

    An efficient Si/PEDOT:PSS hybrid solar cell using synergistic surface texturing of Si nanowires (SiNWs) on pyramids is demonstrated. A power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 9.9% is achieved from the cells using the SiNW/pyramid binary structure, which is much higher than similar cells based on planar Si, pyramid-textured Si, and SiNWs. The PCE is the highest reported to-date for hybrid cells based on Si nanostructures and PEDOT.

  11. Comparison of GD2 Binding Capture ELISA Assays for Anti-GD2-Antibodies Using GD2-Coated Plates and a GD2-Expressing Cell-Based ELISA

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    Soman, Gopalan; Yang, Xiaoyi; Jiang, Hengguang; Giardina, Steve; Mitra, Gautam

    2011-01-01

    Two assay methods for quantification of the disialoganglioside (GD2)-specific binding activities of anti-GD2 monoclonal antibodies and antibody immunofusion proteins, such as ch14.18 and hu14.18-IL2, were developed. The methods differed in the use of either microtiter plates coated with purified GD2 or plates seeded with GD2-expressing cell lines to bind the anti-GD2 molecules. The bound antibodies were subsequently detected using the reactivity of the antibodies to an HRP-labeled anti-IgG Fc or antibodies recognizing the conjugate IL-2 part of the Hu 14.18IL-2 fusion protein. The bound HRP was detected using reagents such as orthophenylene diamine, 2, 2’-azinobis [3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulfonic acid] or tetramethylbenzidine. The capture ELISA using GD2-coated plates was developed earlier in assay development and used to demonstrate assay specificity and to compare lot-to-lot consistency and stability of ch14.18, and Hu14.18 IL-2 in clinical development. During this study, we found a number of issues related to plate-to-plate variability, GD2 lot variability, and variations due to GD2 storage stability, etc., that frequently lead to assay failure in plates coated with purified GD2. The cell-based ELISA (CbELISA) using the GD2 expressing melanoma cell line, M21/P6, was developed as an alternative to the GD2-coated plate ELISA. The results on the comparability of the capture ELISA on GD2-coated plates and the cell-based assay show that both assays give comparable results. However, the cell-based assay is more consistent and reproducible. Subsequently, the anti-GD2 capture ELISA using the GD2-coated plate was replaced with the CbELISA for product lot release testing and stability assessment. PMID:21893062

  12. Complex Planar Splines.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1981-05-01

    try todefine a complex planar spline by holomorphic elements like polynomials, then by the well known identity theorem (e.g. Diederich- Remmert [9, p...R. Remmert : Funktionentheorie I, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York, 1972, 246 p. 10 0. Lehto - K.I. Virtanen: Quasikonforme AbbildunQen, Springer

  13. Ganglioside GD3 Enhances Invasiveness of Gliomas by Forming a Complex with Platelet-derived Growth Factor Receptor α and Yes Kinase.

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    Ohkawa, Yuki; Momota, Hiroyuki; Kato, Akira; Hashimoto, Noboru; Tsuda, Yusuke; Kotani, Norihiro; Honke, Koichi; Suzumura, Akio; Furukawa, Keiko; Ohmi, Yuhsuke; Natsume, Atsushi; Wakabayashi, Toshihiko; Furukawa, Koichi

    2015-06-26

    There have been a few studies on the ganglioside expression in human glioma tissues. However, the role of these gangliosides such as GD3 and GD2 has not been well understood. In this study we employed a genetically engineered mouse model of glioma to clarify the functions of GD3 in gliomas. Forced expression of platelet-derived growth factor B in cultured astrocytes derived from p53-deficient mice resulted in the expression of GD3 and GD2. GD3-positive astrocytes exhibited increased cell growth and invasion activities along with elevated phosphorylation of Akt and Yes kinase. By enzyme-mediated activation of radical sources reaction and mass spectrometry, we identified PDGF receptor α (PDGFRα) as a GD3-associated molecule. GD3-positive astrocytes showed a significant amount of PDGFRα in glycolipid-enriched microdomains/rafts compared with GD3-negative cells. Src kinase family Yes was co-precipitated with PDGFRα, and its pivotal role in the increased cell invasion of GD3-positive astrocytes was demonstrated by silencing with anti-Yes siRNA. Direct association between PDGFRα and GD3 was also shown, suggesting that GD3 forms ternary complex with PDGFRα and Yes. The fact that GD3, PDGFRα, and activated Yes were colocalized in lamellipodia and the edge of tumors in cultured cells and glioma tissues, respectively, suggests that GD3 induced by platelet-derived growth factor B enhances PDGF signals in glycolipid-enriched microdomain/rafts, leading to the promotion of malignant phenotypes such as cell proliferation and invasion in gliomas.

  14. Enjoyment of Euclidean Planar Triangles

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    Srinivasan, V. K.

    2013-01-01

    This article adopts the following classification for a Euclidean planar [triangle]ABC, purely based on angles alone. A Euclidean planar triangle is said to be acute angled if all the three angles of the Euclidean planar [triangle]ABC are acute angles. It is said to be right angled at a specific vertex, say B, if the angle ?ABC is a right angle…

  15. Sol-gel derived planar waveguides for sensor applications

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    Karasinski, Pawel; Zielonka, Iwona

    2003-09-01

    The paper presents investigation results on the application of sol-gel technology for the production of planar waveguides. These waveguides are produced in a two-component system SiO2:TiO2. We discussed application potentials of the produced layers and presented the results of theoretical analysis involving future structures.

  16. Biskyrmion bubble lattice in Fe/Gd alloy thin films

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    Lee, James; Shi, Xiaowen; Chess, Jordan; Montoya, Sergio; Mishra, Shrawan; Sakharov, Lev; Parks, Daniel; McMorran, Ben; Kevan, Steven; Fullerton, Eric; Roy, Sujoy

    2015-03-01

    Magnetic bubbles with topologically non-trivial twists, called ``skyrmion bubbles,'' exhibit particle-like properties and novel magnetic interactions with each other. They are seen in non-centrosymmetric crystals, such as MnSi, and monolayers of Fe on Ir(111) substrates. Our study considers whether skyrmion bubbles can also form in soft ferrimagnetic alloys with perpendicular anisotropy. Using resonant x-ray scattering at the Fe L3 and Gd M5 transition edges, we show that triangular lattices of skyrmion bubbles form in Fe/Gd thin films in a limited temperature and magnetic field range. Uniaxial anisotropy in the resonant scattering pattern indicates the lattice unit cell contains two skyrmions. Lorentz TEM images reveal that the repeating unit is a bound pair of bubbles called biskyrmions. Adjusting the composition of the films can shift the temperature range of the biskyrmion lattice by 100 K, allowing the lattice to form at room temperature. Fe/Gd thin films may prove a promising material for spintronics.

  17. Dielectric Covered Planar Antennas

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    Llombart Juan, Nuria (Inventor); Lee, Choonsup (Inventor); Chattopadhyay, Goutam (Inventor); Gill, John J. (Inventor); Skalare, Anders J. (Inventor); Siegel, Peter H. (Inventor)

    2014-01-01

    An antenna element suitable for integrated arrays at terahertz frequencies is disclosed. The antenna element comprises an extended spherical (e.g. hemispherical) semiconductor lens, e.g. silicon, antenna fed by a leaky wave waveguide feed. The extended spherical lens comprises a substantially spherical lens adjacent a substantially planar lens extension. A couple of TE/TM leaky wave modes are excited in a resonant cavity formed between a ground plane and the substantially planar lens extension by a waveguide block coupled to the ground plane. Due to these modes, the primary feed radiates inside the lens with a directive pattern that illuminates a small sector of the lens. The antenna structure is compatible with known semiconductor fabrication technology and enables production of large format imaging arrays.

  18. Planar electrochemical device assembly

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    Jacobson; Craig P. , Visco; Steven J. , De Jonghe; Lutgard C.

    2010-11-09

    A pre-fabricated electrochemical device having a dense electrolyte disposed between an anode and a cathode preferably deposited as thin films is bonded to a porous electrically conductive support. A second porous electrically conductive support may be bonded to a counter electrode of the electrochemical device. Multiple electrochemical devices may be bonded in parallel to a single porous support, such as a perforated sheet to provide a planar array. Planar arrays may be arranged in a stacked interconnected array. A method of making a supported electrochemical device is disclosed wherein the method includes a step of bonding a pre-fabricated electrochemical device layer to an existing porous metal or porous metal alloy layer.

  19. Planar electrochemical device assembly

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    Jacobson, Craig P.; Visco, Steven J.; De Jonghe, Lutgard C.

    2007-06-19

    A pre-fabricated electrochemical device having a dense electrolyte disposed between an anode and a cathode preferably deposited as thin films is bonded to a porous electrically conductive support. A second porous electrically conductive support may be bonded to a counter electrode of the electrochemical device. Multiple electrochemical devices may be bonded in parallel to a single porous support, such as a perforated sheet to provide a planar array. Planar arrays may be arranged in a stacked interconnected array. A method of making a supported electrochemical device is disclosed wherein the method includes a step of bonding a pre-fabricated electrochemical device layer to an existing porous metal or porous metal alloy layer.

  20. Planar plasmonic chiral nanostructures

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    Zu, Shuai; Bao, Yanjun; Fang, Zheyu

    2016-02-01

    A strong chiral optical response induced at a plasmonic Fano resonance in a planar Au heptamer nanostructure was experimentally and theoretically demonstrated. The scattering spectra show the characteristic narrow-band feature of Fano resonances for both left and right circular polarized lights, with a chiral response reaching 30% at the Fano resonance. Specifically, we systematically investigate the chiral response of planar heptamers with gradually changing the inter-particle rotation angles and separation distance. The chiral spectral characteristics clearly depend on the strength of Fano resonances and the associated near-field optical distributions. Finite element method simulations together with a multipole expansion method demonstrate that the enhanced chirality is caused by the excitation of magnetic quadrupolar and electric toroidal dipolar modes. Our work provides an effective method for the design of 2D nanostructures with a strong chiral response.A strong chiral optical response induced at a plasmonic Fano resonance in a planar Au heptamer nanostructure was experimentally and theoretically demonstrated. The scattering spectra show the characteristic narrow-band feature of Fano resonances for both left and right circular polarized lights, with a chiral response reaching 30% at the Fano resonance. Specifically, we systematically investigate the chiral response of planar heptamers with gradually changing the inter-particle rotation angles and separation distance. The chiral spectral characteristics clearly depend on the strength of Fano resonances and the associated near-field optical distributions. Finite element method simulations together with a multipole expansion method demonstrate that the enhanced chirality is caused by the excitation of magnetic quadrupolar and electric toroidal dipolar modes. Our work provides an effective method for the design of 2D nanostructures with a strong chiral response. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available

  1. Planar triode pulser socket

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    Booth, Rex

    1994-01-01

    A planar triode is mounted in a PC board orifice by means of a U-shaped capacitor housing and anode contact yoke removably attached to cathode leg extensions passing through and soldered to the cathode side of the PC board by means of a PC cathode pad. A pliant/flexible contact attached to the orifice make triode grid contact with a grid pad on the grid side of the PC board, permitting quick and easy replacement of bad triodes.

  2. Planar triode pulser socket

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    Booth, R.

    1994-10-25

    A planar triode is mounted in a PC board orifice by means of a U-shaped capacitor housing and anode contact yoke removably attached to cathode leg extensions passing through and soldered to the cathode side of the PC board by means of a PC cathode pad. A pliant/flexible contact attached to the orifice make triode grid contact with a grid pad on the grid side of the PC board, permitting quick and easy replacement of bad triodes. 14 figs.

  3. Si(hhm) surfaces: Templates for developing nanostructures

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    Bozhko, S. I. Ionov, A. M.; Chaika, A. N.

    2015-06-15

    The fabrication of ordered low-dimensional structures on clean and metal-atom-decorated stepped Si(557) and Si(556) surfaces is discussed. The formation conditions and atomic structure of regular step systems on clean Si(557) 7 × 7 and Si(556) 7 × 7 surfaces are studied. The atomic structure of stepped Si(hhm), Ag/Si(557), and Gd/Si(557) surfaces is studied using high-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy and low-energy electron diffraction. The possibility of fabricating 1D and 2D structures of gadolinium and silver atoms on the Si(557) surface is demonstrated.

  4. Gadolinium (Gd) Oxide, Carbide, and Carbonyl Cation Bond Energies and Evaluation of the Gd + O → GdO(+) + e(-) Chemi-Ionization Reaction Enthalpy.

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    Demireva, Maria; Kim, JungSoo; Armentrout, P B

    2016-11-03

    Guided ion beam mass spectrometry (GIBMS) is used to measure the kinetic energy dependent product ion cross sections for reactions of the lanthanide metal gadolinium cation (Gd(+)) with O2, CO2, and CO and for reactions of GdO(+) with CO, O2, and Xe. GdO(+) is formed through barrierless and exothermic processes in the reactions of Gd(+) with O2 and CO2. All other reactions observed are endothermic, and analyses of their kinetic energy dependent cross sections yield 0 K bond dissociation energies (BDEs) for GdO(+), GdC(+), and GdCO(+). The 0 K BDE for GdO(+) is determined from five different reactions to be 7.69 ± 0.10 eV, and this value is combined with literature data to derive the ionization energy (IE) of GdO as 5.82 ± 0.16 eV. Additionally, GdC(+) and GdCO(+) BDEs of 3.18 ± 0.18 eV and 0.65 ± 0.06 eV are obtained from analysis of the Gd(+) reactions with CO and CO2, respectively. Theoretical GdO(+), GdC(+), and GdCO(+) BDEs are calculated for comparison with experiment using various Gd basis sets with an effective core potential and several levels of theory. For calculations that correctly predict a (10)D ground state for Gd(+), good agreement between theoretical and measured GdC(+) and GdCO(+) BDEs is obtained, whereas the GdO(+) BDE is underestimated in these calculations by about 0.8 eV. Additional BDEs for GdO(+) and GdC(+) are calculated using triple- and quadruple-ζ correlation consistent all-electron basis sets for Gd. Calculations with these basis sets provide better agreement with experiment for GdO(+) but not for GdC(+). The measured Gd(+) oxide, carbide, and carbonyl BDEs are similar to those for the group 3 metal ions, Sc(+) and Y(+). This is attributed to similarities in the ground state electronic configurations of these metal ions leading to similar interaction strengths. The experimental GdO(+) BDE measured here combined with the known IE of Gd is used to determine an exothermicity of 1.54 ± 0.10 eV for the Gd chemi-ionization reaction

  5. Instantaneous planar visualization of reacting supersonic flows using silane seeding

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    Smith, Michael W.; Northam, G. B.

    1991-01-01

    A new visualization technique for reacting flows has been developed. This technique, which is suitable for supersonic combustion flows, has been demonstrated on a scramjet combustor model. In this application, gaseous silane (SiH4) was added to the primary hydrogen fuel. When the fuel reacted, so did the (SiH4), producing silica (SiO2) particles in situ. The particles were illuminated with a laser sheet formed from a frequency-doubled Nd:YAG laser (532 nm) beam and the Mie scattering signal was imaged. These planar images of the silica Mie scattering provided instantaneous 'maps' of combustion progress within the turbulent reacting flowfield.

  6. Low defect InGaAs quantum well selectively grown by metal organic chemical vapor deposition on Si(100) 300 mm wafers for next generation non planar devices

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    Cipro, R.; Gorbenko, V.; Baron, T. Martin, M.; Moeyaert, J.; David, S.; Bassani, F.; Bogumilowicz, Y.; Barnes, J. P.; Rochat, N.; Loup, V.; Vizioz, C.; Allouti, N.; Chauvin, N.; Bao, X. Y.; Ye, Z.; Pin, J. B.; Sanchez, E.

    2014-06-30

    Metal organic chemical vapor deposition of GaAs, InGaAs, and AlGaAs on nominal 300 mm Si(100) at temperatures below 550 °C was studied using the selective aspect ratio trapping method. We clearly show that growing directly GaAs on a flat Si surface in a SiO{sub 2} cavity with an aspect ratio as low as 1.3 is efficient to completely annihilate the anti-phase boundary domains. InGaAs quantum wells were grown on a GaAs buffer and exhibit room temperature micro-photoluminescence. Cathodoluminescence reveals the presence of dark spots which could be associated with the presence of emerging dislocation in a direction parallel to the cavity. The InGaAs layers obtained with no antiphase boundaries are perfect candidates for being integrated as channels in n-type metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistor (MOSFET), while the low temperatures used allow the co-integration of p-type MOSFET.

  7. Defect induced mobility enhancement: Gadolinium oxide (100) on Si(100)

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    Sitaputra, W.; Tsu, R.

    2012-11-26

    Growth of predominantly single crystal (100)-oriented gadolinium oxide (Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}) on a p-type Si(100) and growth of a polycrystal with a predominant Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}(100) crystallite on a n-type Si(100) was performed using molecular beam epitaxy. Despite a poorer crystal structure than Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}(110), an enhancement in carrier mobility can be found only from the Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}(100)/n-type Si(100) interface. The mobility of 1715-1780 cm{sup 2}/V {center_dot} s was observed at room temperature, for carrier concentration >10{sup 20} cm{sup -3}. This accumulation of the electrons and the mobility enhancement may arise from the two-dimensional confinement due to charge transfer across the interface similar to transfer doping.

  8. Planar oscillatory stirring apparatus

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    Wolf, Martin F. (Inventor)

    1987-01-01

    Apparatus (11) for applying planar oscillations to a container (13). Pressurized air (99) is supplied to a moveable slide plate (27) which employs arms (19) having an air bearing vent structure (29, 31) which allows the slide plate to float and to translate. The container (13) to be oscillated is secured to the upper surface of the slide plate (27). A motor (39) driven rotating eccentric shaft (59) loosely extends into a center hole bearing (37) of the slide plate (27) to cause the oscillations.

  9. GD2-targeted immunotherapy and radioimmunotherapy

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    Dobrenkov, Konstantin; Cheung, Nai-Kong

    2014-01-01

    Ganglioside GD2 is a tumor-associated surface antigen found in a broad spectrum of human cancers and stem cells. They include pediatric embryonal tumors (neuroblastoma, retinoblastoma, brain tumors, osteosarcoma, Ewing’s sarcoma, rhabdomyosarcoma), as well as adult cancers (small cell lung cancer, melanoma, soft tissue sarcomas). Because of its restricted normal tissue distribution, GD2 has been proven safe for antibody targeting. Anti-GD2 antibody is now incorporated into the standard of care for the treatment of high risk metastatic neuroblastoma. Building on this experience, novel combinations of antibody, cytokines, cells and genetically engineered products all directed at GD2 are rapidly moving into the clinic. In the review, past and present immunotherapy trials directed at GD2 will be summarized, highlighting the lessons learned and the future directions. PMID:25440605

  10. Preparation and characterization of [Gd(hfac)3(DTBN)(H2O)] (DTBN = di-t-butyl nitroxide). Ferromagnetic Gd(3+)-Gd3+ super-superexchange.

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    Kanetomo, Takuya; Ishida, Takayuki

    2014-03-07

    The intramolecular radical-Gd antiferromagnetic coupling (2J1/k(B) = -11.6 K) is notably strong, as expected from our molecular design, and the intermolecular exchange coupling along the Gd-O-H···O-Gd bridges is unexpectedly ferromagnetic with the largest Gd···Gd coupling ever known (2J2/k(B) = +0.12 K).

  11. Dielectric properties of colloidal Gd2O3 nanocrystal films fabricated via electrophoretic deposition

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    Mahajan, S. V.; Dickerson, J. H.

    2010-03-01

    We investigated the dielectric characteristics of [Al/Gd2O3/Si] metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) capacitors, which were fabricated from films of gadolinium oxide (Gd2O3) nanocrystals used as the gate oxide layer. Electrophoretic deposition cast Gd2O3 nanocrystal films of different thicknesses by varying the concentration of the nanocrystal suspensions. Capacitance-voltage (C-V) measurements of the MOS capacitors exhibited hysteresis, which indicated potentially favorable charge-storage properties. The films' dielectric constant (κ =3.90), calculated from the C-V data, led to the packing density of nanocrystals within the film (66%), which is in the glassy regime approximated by randomly closed packed spheres.

  12. Ab initio quantum chemical investigation of several isomers of anionic Si 6

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    Takahashi, Masae; Kawazoe, Yoshiyuki

    2006-02-01

    Eight isomers (planar hexagon, benzvalene, Dewar benzene, triangular prismane, bicyclopropenyl, octahedron, chair form, and twist boat form) of Si 6, Si62-, Si64-, and Si66-, have been searched for by the MP2 and B3LYP electronic structure calculations. Totally 14 isomers were found: two Si 6, six Si62-, five Si64-, and one Si66-. Two of them are different from the eight isomers: deformed triangle Si62-; pentagonal pyramidal Si64-. We discovered that the predicted stable shapes of Si62-, Si64-, and Si66- are octahedral, pentagonal pyramidal, and hexagonal, respectively, which agrees well with Wade rule.

  13. Improving dielectric properties of epitaxial Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films on silicon by nitrogen doping

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    Roy Chaudhuri, Ayan; Osten, H. J.; Fissel, A.; Archakam, V. R.

    2013-01-14

    We report about the effect of nitrogen doping on the electrical properties of epitaxial Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films. Epitaxial Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:N thin films were grown on Si (111) substrates by solid source molecular beam epitaxy using nitrous oxide as the nitridation agent. Substitutional nitrogen incorporation into the dielectric layer was confirmed by secondary ion mass spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis. Substantial reduction of the leakage current density and disappearance of hysteresis in capacitance-voltage characteristics observed in the Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:N layers indicate that nitrogen incorporation in Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} effectively eliminates the adverse effects of the oxygen vacancy induced defects in the oxide layer.

  14. Characterization of second-phase plates in a Gd5Ge3 intermetallic compound

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    Cao, Qing; Chumbley, Leonard S.

    2013-05-16

    Rare-earth compounds based on the stoichiometry R5(SixGe1-x)4 (R = rare-earth elements) exhibit many unusual features, including possessing R5(SixGe1-x)3 thin plates which always precipitate from the matrix despite efforts to suppress their formation. In an effort to better understand the unique relationship between these two intermetallic alloy systems, the bulk microstructure of the compound Gd5Ge3 was examined using scanning (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and optical microscopy. Surprisingly, SEM examination revealed a series of thin plates present in the Gd5Ge3 matrix similar to what is seen in Gd5Ge4. TEM observation revealed that a role reversal had occurred, with the thin plates possessing the orthorhombic structure and composition of Gd5Ge4. The orientation relationship between Gd5Ge4 thin plates and the Gd5Ge3 matrix was determined to be Graphic the same relationship reported for Gd5Ge3 plates precipitating from a Gd5Ge4 matrix. However, by exchanging the respective roles of the phases as regards matrix vs. precipitate, the total number of precipitation variants seen can be increased from two to six. The persistence with which these two intermetallic systems co-exist is truly unique. However, understanding exactly the kinetic and thermodynamic conditions that lead to their unique relationship is hampered by the high formation temperatures at which the observed reaction occurs.

  15. Structural and magnetic properties of the Gd-based bulk metallic glasses GdFe2, GdCo2, and GdNi2 from first principles

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    Lizárraga, Raquel

    2016-11-01

    A structural and magnetic characterization of Gd-based bulk metallic glasses, GdFe2, GdCo2, and GdNi2, was performed. Models for the amorphous structures for two magnetic configurations, ferromagnetic and ferrimagnetic, were obtained by means of a first-principles-based method, the stochastic quenching. In all three cases, the ferrimagnetic configuration was energetically more stable than the ferromagnetic one, in perfect agreement with experiments. In the structural analysis, radial and angle distribution functions as well as calculations of bond lengths and average coordination numbers were included. Structural properties are in good agreement with experiments and do not depend on the magnetic configuration. The distribution of magnetic moments shows that amorphous GdFe2 and GdCo2 are both ferrimagnets, with antiparallel alignment of the magnetic moments of the two magnetic sublattices, whereas Ni nearly loses its magnetic moment in amorphous GdNi2, similar to the situation in its crystalline counterpart.

  16. Planar oscillatory stirring apparatus

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    Wolf, M. F.

    1985-08-01

    The present invention is directed to an apparatus for stirring materials using planar orthogonal axes oscillations. The apparatus has a movable slide plate sandwiched between two fixed parallel support plates. Pressurized air is supplied to the movable slide plate which employs a tri-arm air bearing vent structure which allows the slide plate to float and to translate between the parallel support plates. The container having a material to be stirred is secured to the upper surface of the slide plate through an aperture in the upper support plate. A motor driven eccentric shaft loosely extends into a center hole bearing of the slide plate to cause the horizontal oscillations. Novelty lies in the combination of elements which exploits the discovery that low frequency, orthogonal oscillations applied horizontally to a Bridgman crucible provides a very rigorous stirring action, comparable with and more effective by an order of magnitude than the accelerated crucible rotation technique.

  17. Planar oscillatory stirring apparatus

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    Wolf, M. F. (Inventor)

    1985-01-01

    The present invention is directed to an apparatus for stirring materials using planar orthogonal axes oscillations. The apparatus has a movable slide plate sandwiched between two fixed parallel support plates. Pressurized air is supplied to the movable slide plate which employs a tri-arm air bearing vent structure which allows the slide plate to float and to translate between the parallel support plates. The container having a material to be stirred is secured to the upper surface of the slide plate through an aperture in the upper support plate. A motor driven eccentric shaft loosely extends into a center hole bearing of the slide plate to cause the horizontal oscillations. Novelty lies in the combination of elements which exploits the discovery that low frequency, orthogonal oscillations applied horizontally to a Bridgman crucible provides a very rigorous stirring action, comparable with and more effective by an order of magnitude than the accelerated crucible rotation technique.

  18. Planar elliptic growth

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    Mineev, Mark

    2008-01-01

    The planar elliptic extension of the Laplacian growth is, after a proper parametrization, given in a form of a solution to the equation for areapreserving diffeomorphisms. The infinite set of conservation laws associated with such elliptic growth is interpreted in terms of potential theory, and the relations between two major forms of the elliptic growth are analyzed. The constants of integration for closed form solutions are identified as the singularities of the Schwarz function, which are located both inside and outside the moving contour. Well-posedness of the recovery of the elliptic operator governing the process from the continuum of interfaces parametrized by time is addressed and two examples of exact solutions of elliptic growth are presented.

  19. Registration of heavy metal ions and pesticides with ATR planar waveguide enzyme sensors

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    Nabok, Alexei; Haron, Saharudin; Ray, Asim

    2004-11-01

    The proposed novel type of enzyme optical sensors is based on a combination of SiO2/Si3N4/SiO2 planar waveguide ATR (attenuated total reflection) transducer, fabricated by standard silicon planar technology, with the composite polyelectrolyte self-assembled coating containing both organic chromophores and enzyme molecules. Such devices were deployed to monitor typical industrial and agricultural water pollutants, such as heavy metal ions and pesticides, acting as inhibitors of enzyme reactions. The sensitivity of registration of these pollutants in the range of 1 ppb was achieved. The use of different enzymes in the sensitive membrane provides a background for pattern recognition of the above pollutants.

  20. pH-Dependent biodegradable silica nanotubes derived from Gd(OH)3 nanorods and their potential for oral drug delivery and MR imaging.

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    Hu, Kuo-Wei; Hsu, Kang-Che; Yeh, Chen-Sheng

    2010-09-01

    We report a pH dependence of degradable silica nanotubes, which dissolved to the biodegradation product monosilicic acid, Si(OH)(4). The silica nanotubes, potentially acting as oral-based administration carriers, were resistant to dissolution in the extreme acidic condition of pH 1, but degraded quickly at pH 8, and the degradation rate can be tuned by tailoring the thickness of silica nanotubes with thicker nanotubes dissolving more slowly. Because Gd(OH)(3) nanorods were used as templates, the silica nanotubes could be further developed as MR imaging contrast agents as well as drugs carriers. The released Gd(3+) ions resulting from the etching of Gd(OH)(3) nanorods were chelated by the pre-modified DOTA, yielding Gd-DOTA complexes grafted onto silica nanotubes. The Gd-DOTA grafted silica nanotubes loaded with doxorubicin revealed enhanced T(1) imaging contrast and anticancer activity.

  1. Magnetocaloric effect in Gd-based ferromagnet GdZn2

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    Matsumoto, Keisuke T.; Hiraoka, Koichi

    2017-02-01

    Magnetic properties and magnetocaloric effect of the Gd-based compound GdZn2 have been investigated. GdZn2 shows a ferromagnetic transition at TC = 85 K and spin-reorientation transition at TSR = 58 K. The maximum entropy change and relative cooling power (RCP) are estimated to be 11.5 J/K kg and 690 J/kg, respectively, for a magnetic field change of 7 T. The large value of RCP is suggested that GdZn2 is an attractive candidate for a low-temperature magnetic refrigerant.

  2. Electrical and Structural Characteristics of High-k Gate Dielectrics with Epitaxial Si3N4 Interfacial Layer on Si(111)

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    Sim, Hyunjun; Samantaray, Chandan B.; Lee, Taeho; Yeom, Hanwoong; Hwang, Hyunsang

    2004-12-01

    In this study, the electrical and structural characteristics of Gd2O3 gate dielectrics with an epitaxial Si3N4 interfacial layer grown on Si(111) were investigated. Compared with control Gd2O3 gate dielectrics deposited on HF-last treated Si (111), the Gd2O3 gate dielectrics with an epitaxial Si3N4 interfacial layer exhibited excellent electrical characteristics such as low leakage current density and low interface state density. These characteristics are due to a high-quality interfacial layer formation on Si. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy were employed to analyze the structures of the gate dielectrics and interfacial layer. High-k gate dielectrics with an epitaxial Si3N4 interfacial layer have considerable potential for future use in sub-0.1 μm metal oxide semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs).

  3. Non-planar chemical preconcentrator

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    Manginell, Ronald P.; Adkins, Douglas R.; Sokolowski, Sara S.; Lewis, Patrick R.

    2006-10-10

    A non-planar chemical preconcentrator comprises a high-surface area, low mass, three-dimensional, flow-through sorption support structure that can be coated or packed with a sorptive material. The sorptive material can collect and concentrate a chemical analyte from a fluid stream and rapidly release it as a very narrow temporal plug for improved separations in a microanalytical system. The non-planar chemical preconcentrator retains most of the thermal and fabrication benefits of a planar preconcentrator, but has improved ruggedness and uptake, while reducing sorptive coating concerns and extending the range of collectible analytes.

  4. Stability of magic planar Ag clusters

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    Chiu, Y. P.; Ou, Y. S.; Chang, Y. R.; Wei, C. M.; Chang, C. S.; Tsong, Tien T.

    2007-03-01

    The spontaneous assembly of atoms and molecules in a system has attracted many research interests and created numerous potential applications. Utilizing the periodic pattern found on the Pb quantum islands, which are grown on the Si(111) surface, we have recently discovered that self-organized Ag planar clusters formed on these templates exhibit enhanced stability at some particular sizes [1]. Existence of the magic atom numbers in these clusters is mainly attributed to the electronic confinement effect. Here, we further explore the strength of these magic clusters subject to the temperature rise and oxygen exposure. Detailed calculations based on ab initio density functional theory have also been performed. The results help establish the relation between the physical and chemical stability of a magic Ag cluster and its size and shape. Ref:[1] Ya-Ping Chiu, Li-Wei Huang, Ching-Ming Wei, Chia-Seng Chang, and Tien-Tzou Tsong, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 165504 (2006).

  5. Planar Chiral, Ferrocene-Stabilized Silicon Cations.

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    Schmidt, Ruth K; Klare, Hendrik F T; Fröhlich, Roland; Oestreich, Martin

    2016-04-04

    The preparation of a series of planar chiral, ferrocenyl-substituted hydrosilanes as precursors of ferrocene-stabilized silicon cations is described. These molecules also feature stereogenicity at the silicon atom. The generation and (29)Si NMR spectroscopic characterization of the corresponding silicon cations is reported, and problems arising from interactions of the electron-deficient silicon atom and adjacent C(sp(3))-H bonds or aromatic π donors are discussed. These issues are overcome by tethering another substituent at the silicon atom to the ferrocene backbone. The resulting annulation also imparts conformational rigidity and steric hindrance in such a way that the central chirality at the silicon atom is set with complete diastereocontrol. These chiral Lewis acid catalysts were then tested in difficult Diels-Alder reactions, but no enantioinduction was seen.

  6. Object Classification via Planar Abstraction

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    Oesau, Sven; Lafarge, Florent; Alliez, Pierre

    2016-06-01

    We present a supervised machine learning approach for classification of objects from sampled point data. The main idea consists in first abstracting the input object into planar parts at several scales, then discriminate between the different classes of objects solely through features derived from these planar shapes. Abstracting into planar shapes provides a means to both reduce the computational complexity and improve robustness to defects inherent to the acquisition process. Measuring statistical properties and relationships between planar shapes offers invariance to scale and orientation. A random forest is then used for solving the multiclass classification problem. We demonstrate the potential of our approach on a set of indoor objects from the Princeton shape benchmark and on objects acquired from indoor scenes and compare the performance of our method with other point-based shape descriptors.

  7. Flat panel planar optic display

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    Veligdan, J.T.

    1994-11-01

    A prototype 10 inch flat panel Planar Optic Display, (POD), screen has been constructed and tested. This display screen is comprised of hundreds of planar optic class sheets bonded together with a cladding layer between each sheet where each glass sheet represents a vertical line of resolution. The display is 9 inches wide by 5 inches high and approximately 1 inch thick. A 3 milliwatt HeNe laser is used as the illumination source and a vector scanning technique is employed.

  8. Self-patterning Gd nano-fibers in Mg-Gd alloys

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    Li, Yangxin; Wang, Jian; Chen, Kaiguo; Shao, Meiyue; Shen, Yao; Jin, Li; Zhu, Guo-zhen

    2016-01-01

    Manipulating the shape and distribution of strengthening units, e.g. particles, fibers, and precipitates, in a bulk metal, has been a widely applied strategy of tailoring their mechanical properties. Here, we report self-assembled patterns of Gd nano-fibers in Mg-Gd alloys for the purpose of improving their strength and deformability. 1-nm Gd nano-fibers, with a 〈c〉-rod shape, are formed and hexagonally patterned in association with Gd segregations along dislocations that nucleated during hot extrusion. Such Gd-fiber patterns are able to regulate the relative activities of slips and twinning, as a result, overcome the inherent limitations in strength and ductility of Mg alloys. This nano-fiber patterning approach could be an effective method to engineer hexagonal metals. PMID:27924848

  9. Self-patterning Gd nano-fibers in Mg-Gd alloys.

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    Li, Yangxin; Wang, Jian; Chen, Kaiguo; Shao, Meiyue; Shen, Yao; Jin, Li; Zhu, Guo-Zhen

    2016-12-07

    Manipulating the shape and distribution of strengthening units, e.g. particles, fibers, and precipitates, in a bulk metal, has been a widely applied strategy of tailoring their mechanical properties. Here, we report self-assembled patterns of Gd nano-fibers in Mg-Gd alloys for the purpose of improving their strength and deformability. 1-nm Gd nano-fibers, with a 〈c〉-rod shape, are formed and hexagonally patterned in association with Gd segregations along dislocations that nucleated during hot extrusion. Such Gd-fiber patterns are able to regulate the relative activities of slips and twinning, as a result, overcome the inherent limitations in strength and ductility of Mg alloys. This nano-fiber patterning approach could be an effective method to engineer hexagonal metals.

  10. Self-patterning Gd nano-fibers in Mg-Gd alloys

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    Li, Yangxin; Wang, Jian; Chen, Kaiguo; Shao, Meiyue; Shen, Yao; Jin, Li; Zhu, Guo-Zhen

    2016-12-01

    Manipulating the shape and distribution of strengthening units, e.g. particles, fibers, and precipitates, in a bulk metal, has been a widely applied strategy of tailoring their mechanical properties. Here, we report self-assembled patterns of Gd nano-fibers in Mg-Gd alloys for the purpose of improving their strength and deformability. 1-nm Gd nano-fibers, with a -rod shape, are formed and hexagonally patterned in association with Gd segregations along dislocations that nucleated during hot extrusion. Such Gd-fiber patterns are able to regulate the relative activities of slips and twinning, as a result, overcome the inherent limitations in strength and ductility of Mg alloys. This nano-fiber patterning approach could be an effective method to engineer hexagonal metals.

  11. Comparison of n-type Gd2O3 and Gd-doped HfO2

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    Losovyj, Ya B.; Wooten, David; Colon Santana, Juan; An, Joonhee Michael; Belashchenko, K. D.; Lozova, N.; Petrosky, J.; Sokolov, A.; Tang, Jinke; Wang, Wendong; Arulsamy, Navamoney; Dowben, P. A.

    2009-01-01

    Gd2O3 and Gd-doped HfO2 films were deposited on p-type silicon substrates in a reducing atmosphere. Gd 4f photoexcitation peaks at roughly 7 and 5 eV below the valence band maximum have been identified using the resonant photoemission of Gd2O3 and Gd-doped HfO2 films, respectively. In the case of Gd2O3, strong hybridization with the O 2p band is demonstrated, and there is evidence that the Gd 4f weighted band exhibits dispersion in the bulk band structure. The rectifying (diode-like) properties of Gd-doped HfO2-silicon and Gd2O3-silicon heterojunctions are demonstrated.

  12. Inorganic photosensitizer coupled Gd-based upconversion luminescent nanocomposites for in vivo magnetic resonance imaging and near-infrared-responsive photodynamic therapy in cancers.

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    Zhang, Ling'e; Zeng, Leyong; Pan, Yuanwei; Luo, Song; Ren, Wenzhi; Gong, An; Ma, Xuehua; Liang, Hongze; Lu, Guangming; Wu, Aiguo

    2015-03-01

    Inorganic photosensitizer coupled Gd-based upconversion luminescent (UCL) nanocomposites have potential application for both magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and photodynamic therapy (PDT) of cancers using the light stability and biocompatibility of TiO2 inorganic photosensitizer. However, TiO2 inorganic photosensitizer could only be excited by ultraviolet (UV) light, which was harmful and weakly penetrable in tissues. In this work, folic acid (FA)-targeted NaGdF4:Yb/Tm@SiO2@TiO2 nanocomposites (FA-Gd-Si-Ti NPs) were constructed and synthesized for both in vivo MRI and near infrared (NIR)-responsive inorganic PDT, in which TiO2 component could be excited by NIR light due to the UCL performance of NaGdF4:Yb/Tm component converting NIR to UV light. The results showed the as-prepared FA-Gd-Si-Ti NPs had good biocompatibility in vitro and in vivo. Moreover, MR study indicated that FA-Gd-Si-Ti NPs were good T1-weighted MRI contrast agents with high longitudinal relaxivity (r1) of 4.53 mm(-1) s(-1), also in vivo MRI of nude mice showed "bright" signal in MCF-7 tumor. Under the irradiation of 980 nm laser at the power density of 0.6 W/cm(2) for 20 min, the viability of HeLa and MCF-7 cells incubated with FA-Gd-Si-Ti NPs could decrease from about 90 % to 35 % and 31%, respectively. Furthermore, in vivo PDT of MCF-7 tumor-bearing nude mice model showed that the inhibition ratio of tumors injected with FA-Gd-Si-Ti NPs reached up to 88.6% after 2-week treatment, compared with that of nude mice in control group. Based on the deep penetration of NIR light and the good biocompatibility of TiO2 inorganic photosensitizer, the as-prepared FA-Gd-Si-Ti NPs could have potential applications in both MRI and NIR-responsive PDT of cancers in deep tissues.

  13. MOCVD-derived multilayer Gd0.5Y0.5Ba2Cu3O7-δ films based on a novel heating method

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    Zhao, Ruipeng; Zhang, Fei; Liu, Qing; Xia, Yudong; Lu, Yuming; Cai, Chuanbing; Xiong, Jie; Tao, Bowan; Li, Yanrong

    2017-02-01

    Multilayer Gd0.5Y0.5Ba2Cu3O7-δ (GdYBCO) films have been deposited by the metal organic chemical vapor deposition process on LaMnO3/epitaxial MgO/ion beam assisted deposition (IBAD)-MgO/solution deposition planarization-Y2O3-buffered Hastelloy tapes. The buffered tapes were heated by the Joule effect after applying a heating current (I h) through the Hastelloy metal substrates. For this kind of current heating method, the heating energy is transmitted from the Hastelloy metal substrate to the oxide buffer layers, thereby the surface temperature of the tape will decline with an increase in the thickness of the deposited GdYBCO film if the heating current is unchanged. Therefore, the multilayer GdYBCO film structure where I h was adjusted for each layer was adopted to make sure that the surface temperature was always high enough to deposit purely c-axis oriented GdYBCO films. With this method, four-layer 1000 nm thick GdYBCO films were successfully prepared and the critical current (I c) reached 328 A cm-1 width (77 K, 0 T), corresponding to the critical current density (J c) of 3.28 MA cm-2 (77 K, 0 T).

  14. Nanoscale η-NiSi formation via ion irradiation of Si/Ni/Si

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    Banu, Nasrin; Satpati, Biswarup; Bhukta, Anjan; Dev, B. N.

    2017-01-01

    Nickel monosilicide (NiSi) has emerged as an excellent material of choice for source-drain contact applications below 45 nm node complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor technology. We have investigated the formation of nanoscale NiSi by ion irradiation of Si (˜5 nm)/Ni(˜15 nm)/Si, grown in an ultrahigh vacuum environment. Irradiation was carried out at room temperature with 1 MeV Si+ ions. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were employed for analysis. With increasing ion fluence, ion beam mixing occurs and more and more Si is incorporated into the Ni layer, and this layer gets amorphized. At an even higher fluence, a recrystallized uniform nickel monosilicide (η-NiSi) layer is formed. Several planar spacings of different Miller indices of η-NiSi have been observed in XRD and TEM. Additionally, an interesting amorphization and recrystallization behavior has been observed in the substrate Si with increasing ion fluence. To our knowledge, this has never been observed in ion irradiation of bare Si in decades of work in this area. This kind of amorphization/recrystallization in Si is apparently Ni-induced. Irradiation displaces Ni and produces a distribution of Ni in amorphized Si. Irradiation at a higher fluence produces two recrystallized Si bands in amorphous Si with concomitant accumulation of Ni at the amorphous/crystalline interfaces. On a further increase in irradiation fluence, the recrystallized Si bands again pass through amorphization and recrystallization. The total thickness of recrystallized, as well as amorphous Si, shows an oscillatory behavior as a function of ion fluence.

  15. Spectroscopic properties of transparent Er-doped oxyfluoride glass-ceramics with GdF₃.

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    Środa, Marcin; Szlósarczyk, Krzysztof; Różański, Marek; Sitarz, Maciej; Jeleń, Piotr

    2015-01-05

    Optically active glass-ceramics (GC) with the low-phonon phases of fluorides, doped with Er(3+) was studied. Glass based on SiO₂-Al₂O₃-Na₂F₂-Na₂O-GdF₃-BaO system was obtained. Dopant were introduced to the glass in an amount of 0.01 mol Er₂O₃ per 1 mol of glass. DTA/DSC study shows multi-stage crystallization. XRD identification of obtained phases did not confirm the presence of pure GdF₃ phase. Instead of that ceramization process led to formation of NaGdF₄ and BaGdF₅. The structural changes were studied using FT-IR spectroscopic method. The study of luminescence of the samples confirmed that optical properties of the obtained GC depend on crystallizing phases during ceramization. Time resolved spectroscopy of Er-doped glass showed the 3 and 8 times increase of lifetime of emission from (4)S₃/₂ and (4)F₉/₂ states, respectively. It confirms the erbium ions have ability to locate in the low phonon gadolinium-based crystallites. The results give possibility to obtain a new material for optoelectronic application.

  16. Room temperature table-like magnetocaloric effect in amorphous Gd50Co45Fe5 ribbon

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    Liu, G. L.; Zhao, D. Q.; Bai, H. Y.; Wang, W. H.; Pan, M. X.

    2016-02-01

    Gd50Co45Fe5 amorphous alloy ribbon with a table-like magnetocaloric effect (MCE) suitable for the ideal Ericsson cycle at room temperature has been developed. In addition to a high magnetic transition temperature of 289 K very close to that of Gd (294 K), a relatively large value of refrigerant capacity (~521 J kg-1) has been achieved under a field change of 5 T. This value of refrigerant capacity (RC) is about 27% and 70% larger than those of Gd (~410 J kg-1) and Gd5Si2Ge2 (~306 J kg-1). More importantly, the peak value of magnetic entropy change (-Δ S\\text{M}\\max ) approaches a nearly constant value of ~3.8 J  ṡ  kg-1  ṡ  K-1 under an applied field change of 0~5 T in a wide temperature span over 40 K around room temperature, which could be used as the candidate working material in the Ericsson-cycle magnetic regenerative refrigerator around room temperature.

  17. Pulsating White Dwarf Star GD99

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    Chynoweth, K. M.; Thompson, S.; Mullally, F.; Yeates, C.

    2004-12-01

    We present 15 hours of time-series photometry of the variable white dwarf star GD99. These data were obtained at the McDonald Observatory 2.1m Otto Struve Telescope in January 2003, using the Argos CCD photometer. We achieved a noise level as low as 0.07 %, as measured from the power spectrum of our first night. Our observations confirm that GD99 is a unique pulsating white dwarf whose modes show characteristics of both the hot and cold type of DA variable stars. Additionally, GD99 has a large number of modes, making it a good candidate for asteroseismological study. Our preliminary results indicate that this star merits further study to decipher its abundant set of unusual modes. With such a rich period structure, longer continuous data sets will be required to fully resolve the pulsation spectrum.

  18. Planar photovoltaic solar concentrator module

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    Chiang, C.J.

    1992-12-01

    A planar photovoltaic concentrator module for producing an electrical signal from incident solar radiation includes an electrically insulating housing having a front wall, an opposing back wall and a hollow interior. A solar cell having electrical terminals is positioned within the interior of the housing. A planar conductor is connected with a terminal of the solar cell of the same polarity. A lens forming the front wall of the housing is operable to direct solar radiation incident to the lens into the interior of the housing. A refractive optical element in contact with the solar cell and facing the lens receives the solar radiation directed into the interior of the housing by the lens and directs the solar radiation to the solar cell to cause the solar cell to generate an electrical signal. An electrically conductive planar member is positioned in the housing to rest on the housing back wall in supporting relation with the solar cell terminal of opposite polarity. The planar member is operable to dissipate heat radiated by the solar cell as the solar cell generates an electrical signal and further forms a solar cell conductor connected with the solar cell terminal to permit the electrical signal generated by the solar cell to be measured between the planar member and the conductor. 5 figs.

  19. Planar photovoltaic solar concentrator module

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    Chiang, Clement J.

    1992-01-01

    A planar photovoltaic concentrator module for producing an electrical signal from incident solar radiation includes an electrically insulating housing having a front wall, an opposing back wall and a hollow interior. A solar cell having electrical terminals is positioned within the interior of the housing. A planar conductor is connected with a terminal of the solar cell of the same polarity. A lens forming the front wall of the housing is operable to direct solar radiation incident to the lens into the interior of the housing. A refractive optical element in contact with the solar cell and facing the lens receives the solar radiation directed into the interior of the housing by the lens and directs the solar radiation to the solar cell to cause the solar cell to generate an electrical signal. An electrically conductive planar member is positioned in the housing to rest on the housing back wall in supporting relation with the solar cell terminal of opposite polarity. The planar member is operable to dissipate heat radiated by the solar cell as the solar cell generates an electrical signal and further forms a solar cell conductor connected with the solar cell terminal to permit the electrical signal generated by the solar cell to be measured between the planar member and the conductor.

  20. Effect of Stacking Sequence on Surface Magnetism: Strained hcp Gd(0001) vs fcc Gd(111) Surface

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    Hong, S. C.; Freeman, A. J.

    1997-03-01

    Very recently, the distortion of the bulk bands of Gd was observed with angle resolved photoemission spectrocopy for Gd(0001) films grown on the corrugated Mo(112) surface(C. Waldfried, D.N. McIlroy, C.W. Hutchings, P.A. Dowben, private communication). To clarify the origin of this band distortion, first principles calculations have been done on hcp Gd(0001) and fcc Gd(111) with 2D lattice constants expanded by 20% using the highly precise full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FLAPW) method(E. Wimmer, H. Krakauer, M. Weinert, and A.J. Freeman Phys. Rev. B24), 864 (1981).. The interlayer spacings were fully relaxed with atomic force and total energy calculations. We found that the strain does not distort the bulk bands significantly; for hcp Gd(0001), the spin magnetic moment(0.61 μ_B) of conduction electrons at the surface layer is enhanced by 13% compared to that (0.54 μ_B) of the bulk-like layer, but for the fcc Gd(111) the moment (0.65 μ_B) at the surface is reduced by 11% compared to that (0.72 μ_B) of the bulk-like layer. This unusal reduction of the magnetic moment at the fcc Gd(111) surface will be discused.

  1. MPACVD processing technologies for planar integrated optics

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    Li, Cheng-Chung; Boudreau, Robert A.; Bowen, Terry P.

    1998-06-01

    Optical circuits based on low-loss glass waveguide are the practical and promising approaches to integrate different functional components for optical communication system. Microwave plasma assisted chemical vapor deposition produces superior quality, low birefringence, low-loss, planar waveguides for integrated optical devices. A microwave plasma initiates the chemical vapor of SiCl4, GeCl4 and oxygen. A Ge-doped silica layer thus deposited on the substrates with reasonable high growth rate. Film properties are based on various parameters, such as chemical flow rates, chamber pressure and temperature, power level and injector design. The main emphasis has been on optimizing the deposition parameters and reproducibility. An uniform, low-loss film can be made by properly balancing the precursor flows. The refractive index of deposited film can also be controlled by adjusting the flow ratio of SiCl4 and GeCl4 bubblers. Deposited films was characterized by prism coupler, loss measurement, residual stress, and composition analysis. The resulted refractive index step can be varied between 1.46 to 1.60. Waveguide can be fabricated with any desired refractive index profile. Standard photolithography defines the waveguide pattern on mask layer. Core layer was remove by the plasma dry etch which has been investigated by both reactive ion etch (RIE) and inductively coupled plasma etch. Etch rate of 3000-4000 angstrom/min has been achieved by using ICP compared to typical etch rate of 200-300 angstrom/min by using conventional RIE.

  2. Magnetic properties of CaCu5-type RNi3TSi (R=Gd and Tb, T=Mn, Fe, Co and Cu) compounds

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    Morozkin, A. V.; Knotko, A. V.; Yapaskurt, V. O.; Yao, Jinlei; Yuan, Fang; Mozharivskyj, Y.; Nirmala, R.; Quezado, S.; Malik, S. K.

    2015-12-01

    Magnetic properties and magnetocaloric effect of CaCu5-type RNi3TSi (R=Gd and Tb, T=Mn, Fe, Co and Cu) compounds have been investigated. Magnetic measurements of RNi3TSi display the increasing of Curie temperature and the decreasing of magnetocaloric effect and saturated magnetic moment in the row of 'RNi3CuSi-RNi3NiSi-RNi3CoSi-RNi3MnSi-RNi3FeSi'. In contrast to GdNi3{Mn, Fe, Co}Si, TbNi3{Mn, Fe, Co}Si exhibit significant magnetic hysteresis. The coercive field increases from TbNi4Si ( 0.5 kOe) to TbNi3CoSi (4 kOe), TbNi3MnSi (13 kOe) and TbNi3FeSi (16 kOe) in field of 50 kOe at 5 K, whereas TbNi3CuSi exhibits a negligible coercive field.

  3. Nine members of a family of nine-membered cyclic coordination clusters; Fe6Ln3 wheels (Ln = Gd to Lu and Y).

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    Kühne, Irina A; Mereacre, Valeriu; Anson, Christopher E; Powell, Annie K

    2016-01-18

    We report a family of isostructural nonanuclear Fe(III)-Ln(III) cyclic coordination clusters [Fe(III)(6)Ln(III)(3)(μ-OMe)9(vanox)6(benz)6]. (Ln = Tb (1), Dy (2), Ho (3), Er (4), Tm (5), Yb (6), Lu (7), Y (8) and Gd (9)), containing an odd number of metal ions. The planar cyclic coordination cluster cores are built up from three [Fe2Ln] subunits.

  4. Reinvestigation of the Cd–Gd phase diagram

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    Reichmann, Thomas L.; Ipser, Herbert

    2014-01-01

    The complete Cd–Gd equilibrium phase diagram was investigated by a combination of powder-XRD, SEM and DTA. All previously reported phases, i.e., CdGd, Cd2Gd, Cd3Gd, Cd45Gd11, Cd58Gd13, and Cd6Gd, could be confirmed. In addition, a new intermetallic compound with a stoichiometric composition corresponding to “Cd8Gd” was found to exist. It was obtained that “Cd8Gd” decomposes peritectically at 465 °C. Homogeneity ranges of all intermetallic compounds were determined at distinct temperatures. In addition, the maximum solubilities of Cd in the low- and high-temperature modifications of Gd were determined precisely as 4.6 and 22.6 at.%, respectively. All invariant reaction temperatures (with the exception of the formation of Cd58Gd13) as well as liquidus temperatures were determined, most probably, Cd58Gd13 is formed in a peritectoid reaction from Cd45Gd11 and Cd6Gd at a temperature below 700 °C. PMID:25544803

  5. Resonant photoemission in f-electron systems: Pu and Gd

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    Tobin, J. G.; Chung, B. W.; Schulze, R. K.; Terry, J.; Farr, J. D.; Shuh, D. K.; Heinzelman, K.; Rotenberg, E.; Waddill, G. D.; van der Laan, G.

    2003-10-01

    Resonant photoemission in the Pu 5f and Pu 6p states is compared to that in the Gd 4f and Gd 5p states. Spectral simulations, based upon an atomic model with angular momentum coupling, are compared to the Gd and Pu results. Additional spectroscopic measurements of Pu, including core level photoemission and x-ray absorption, are also presented.

  6. Resonant Photoemission in f Electron Systems: Pu& Gd

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    Tobin, J G; Chung, B W; Schulze, R K; Terry, J; Farr, J D; Shuh, D K; Heinzelman, K; Rotenberg, E; Waddill, G D; van der Laan, G

    2003-03-07

    Resonant photoemission in the Pu5f and Pu6p states is compared to that in the Gd4f and Gd5p states. Spectral simulations, based upon and atomic model with angular momentum coupling, are compared to the Gd and Pu results. Additional spectroscopic measurements of Pu, including core level photoemission and x-ray absorption are also presented.

  7. Resonant photoemission in f electron systems: Pu and Gd

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    Tobin, J.G.; Chung, B.W.; Waddill, G.D.; Schulze, R.K.; Terry,J.; Farr, J.D.; Zocco, T.; Shuh, D.K.; Heinzelman, K.; Rotenberg, E.; Vander Laan, G.

    2003-10-14

    Resonant photoemission in the Pu 5f and Pu 6p states is compared to that in the Gd 4f and Gd 5p states. Spectral simulations, based upon an atomic model with angular momentum coupling, are compared to the Gd and Pu results. Additional spectroscopic measurements of Pu, including core level photoemission and x-ray absorption, are also presented.

  8. MRI of cells and mice at 1 and 7 Tesla with Gd-targeting agents: when the low field is better!

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    Geninatti-Crich, Simonetta; Szabo, Ibolya; Alberti, Diego; Longo, Dario; Aime, Silvio

    2011-01-01

    Tumor cells were targeted with Gd-loaded/LDL (low density lipoproteins) adducts consisting of ca 300 Gd(III) amphiphilic complexes incorporated in the lipophilic LDL particles. The long reorientational time of the Gd(III) complex in the supramolecular adduct yielded a relaxivity peak at ca 1 T, whereas its relaxivity at 7 T was 5 times less. The field-dependent relaxivity markedly affected the signal enhancement attainable at the two magnetic fields. As tumor cells showed up-regulation of LDL transporters, B16 melanoma cells were labeled with the Gd-loaded/LDL adduct. Each cell contained ca 2 × 10(9) Gd atoms. Upon dispersion of 5000 labeled cells in 1 μl of agar, signal intensity (SI) enhancements of about 30 and 7% were observed at 1 and 7 T, respectively. The results obtained on cellular systems were confirmed in vivo upon the administration of Gd-loaded/LDL particles to C57 mice bearing a transplanted melanoma (B16) tumor. From the herein reported results, one may conclude that, for slowly moving Gd complexes, it is possible to obtain in vivo sensitivity enhancements at 1 T several times higher than that attained at high fields.

  9. Comparison of Gd-Bz-TTDA, Gd-EOB-DTPA, and Gd-BOPTA for dynamic MR imaging of the liver in rat models.

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    Jaw, Twei-Shiun; Chen, Shih-Hsien; Wang, Yun-Ming; Hsu, Jui-Sheng; Kuo, Yu-Ting; Chiu, Yen-Yu; Tsai, Kun-Bow; Hsieh, Tsyh-Jyi; Liu, Gin-Chung

    2012-03-01

    To evaluate the competitive potential of a new lipophilic paramagnetic complex, Gd-Bz-TTDA [4-benzyl-3,6,10-tri (carboxymethyl)-3,6,10-triazado-decanedioic acid] compared with two other commercially available MR hepatobiliary contrast agents, gadobenate dimeglumine (Gd-BOPTA) and gadoxetic acid (Gd-EOB-DTPA), dynamic MR imaging studies were performed on normal and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) rat models using a 1.5-Tesla MR scanner. The results indicate that normal rats that were injected with 0.1 mmol/kg Gd-Bz-TTDA showed significantly more intense and persistent liver enhancement than those that were injected with the same dose of Gd-EOB-DTPA or Gd-BOPTA. All of these agents showed similar enhancement patterns in the implanted HCC. The liver-lesion contrast-to-noise ratios were higher and more persistent in rats that were injected with Gd-Bz-TTDA. These results indicate that Gd-Bz-TTDA is comparable with the commercially available hepatobiliary agents, Gd-EOB-DTPA and Gd-BOPTA, and can result in more intense and prolonged liver enhancement while still providing better liver-lesion discrimination. These results warrant further large-scale studies.

  10. Eckart frames for planar molecules

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    Wei, Hua

    2003-04-01

    Explicit analytic expressions of Eckart frames for planar molecules in Radau, Jacobi and bond coordinates have been presented. The orientation of the frame axis system with respect to the molecular plane at equilibrium is specified by an angle θ1e.

  11. The planar dynamics of airships

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    Regan, F. J.

    1975-01-01

    The forces and moments acting upon a LTA vehicle are considered in order to develop parameters describing planar motion. Similar expressions for HTA vehicles will be given to emphasize the greater complexity of aerodynamic effects when buoyancy effects cannot be neglected. A brief summary is also given of the use of virtual mass coefficients to calculate loads on airships.

  12. The External Pollution of GD 362: The Bulk Composition of an Extra-Solar Asteroid?

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    Melis, Carl; Koester, D.; Zuckerman, B.; Hansen, B.; Jura, M.

    2006-12-01

    Keck HIRES (Vogt et. al 1994) and NIRSPEC (McLean et. al 1998) spectroscopy of GD 362 reveals the greatest number of atomic and ionic species ever documented in a white dwarf. We determine abundances of H, He, Na, Mg, Al, Si, Ca, Sc, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Sr, and upper limits on C and O in the star's photosphere. The discovery of helium requires substantial modification of previously accepted stellar parameters derived assuming a hydrogen-dominated atmosphere. GD 362 has a dusty circumstellar disk. If the disk resulted from the tidal disruption of an asteroid, then our measured elemental abundances represent the first thorough study of the bulk composition of an extrasolar minor planet.

  13. Effect of addition of soft magnetic alloy particles on the flux trapping in Gd123 bulk superconductors

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    Xu, Y.; Tsuzuki, K.; Zhang, Y.; Kimura, Y.; Izumi, M.

    2010-06-01

    Pinning stability and the introduction of magnetic flux pinning is an essential problem in applications of high-Tc superconductors. Study on the role of addition of a variety of metal oxides into GdBa2Cu3O7-δ (Gd123) bulk superconductors was carried out. We found that the addition of 0.05 wt. % of soft magnetic alloy particles Fe-Cu-Nb-Si-Cr-B (Fe-B) into the Gd123 contributes to the enhancement of the critical current density (Jc) under a wide range of applied magnetic fields up to 3 T. The Fe-B particles refined less than 10 μm by ball milling indicate no remarkable contribution on the Jc under the magnetic field. The reduction of the Ba content resulted in the appearance of a peak of Jc which has been observed in the Gd/Ba solid solution with rich Ba content. These results let us discriminate the effect of the magnetic particles from other conventional flux pinning mechanism. The peak of Jc under magnetic field was not only observed in the part along the c-axis under the seed of the sample but also in the growth sector around the periphery of the Gd123 bulk with Fe-B addition. It indicates that the magnetic particles inclusions play an important role on the homogeneous enhancement of Jc and the high flux pinning performance.

  14. DNA vaccine expressing the mimotope of GD2 ganglioside induces protective GD2 cross-reactive antibody responses.

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    Bolesta, Elizabeth; Kowalczyk, Aleksandra; Wierzbicki, Andrzej; Rotkiewicz, Piotr; Bambach, Barbara; Tsao, Chun-Yen; Horwacik, Irena; Kolinski, Andrzej; Rokita, Hanna; Brecher, Martin; Wang, Xinhui; Ferrone, Soldano; Kozbor, Danuta

    2005-04-15

    The GD2 ganglioside expressed on neuroectodermally derived tumors, including neuroblastoma and melanoma, is weakly immunogenic in tumor-bearing patients and induces predominantly immunoglobulin (Ig)-M antibody responses in the immunized host. Here, we investigated whether interconversion of GD2 into a peptide mimetic form would induce GD2 cross-reactive IgG antibody responses in mice. Screening of the X(15) phage display peptide library with the anti-GD2 monoclonal antibody (mAb) 14G2a led to isolation of mimetic peptide 47, which inhibited the binding of 14G2a antibody to GD2-positive tumor cells. The peptide was also recognized by GD2-specific serum antibodies from a patient with neuroblastoma, suggesting that it bears an internal image of GD2 ganglioside expressed on the tumor cells. The molecular basis for antigenicity of the GD2 mimetic peptide, established by molecular modeling and mutagenesis studies, led to the generation of a 47-LDA mutant with an increased mimicry to GD2. Immunization of mice with peptide 47-LDA-encoded plasmid DNA elicited GD2 cross-reactive IgG antibody responses, which were increased on subsequent boost with GD2 ganglioside. The vaccine-induced antibodies recognized GD2-positive tumor cells, mediated complement-dependent cytotoxicity, and exhibited protection against s.c. human GD2-positive melanoma growth in the severe combined immunodeficient mouse xenograft model. The results from our studies provide insights into approaches for boosting GD2 cross-reactive IgG antibody responses by minigene vaccination with a protective epitope of GD2 ganglioside.

  15. Gd-EOB-DTPA-enhanced MRI for evaluation of liver function: Comparison between signal-intensity-based indices and T1 relaxometry

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    Haimerl, Michael; Verloh, Niklas; Zeman, Florian; Fellner, Claudia; Nickel, Dominik; Lang, Sven A.; Teufel, Andreas; Stroszczynski, Christian; Wiggermann, Philipp

    2017-01-01

    Gadolinium ethoxybenzyl-diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (Gd-EOB-DTPA) is a paramagnetic hepatobiliary magnetic resonance (MR) contrast agent. Due to its OATP1B1/B3-dependent hepatocyte-specific uptake and paramagnetic properties increasing evidence has emerged to suggest that Gd-EOB-DTPA-enhanced MRI can be potentially used for evaluation of liver function. In this paper we compare the diagnostic performance of Gd-EOB-DTPA-enhanced relaxometry-based and commonly used signal-intensity (SI)-based indices, including the hepatocellular uptake index (HUI) and SI-based indices corrected by spleen or muscle, for evaluation of liver function, determined using the Indocyanin green clearance (ICG) test. Simple linear regression model showed a significant correlation of the plasma disappearance rate of ICG (ICG-PDR) with all Gd-EOB-DTPA-enhanced MRI-based liver function indices with a significantly better correlation of relaxometry-based indices on ICG-PDR compared to SI-based indices. Among SI-based indices, HUI achieved best correlation on ICG-PDR and no significant difference of respective correlations on ICG-PDR could be shown. Assessment of liver volume and consecutive evaluation of multiple linear regression model revealed a stronger correlation of ICG-PDR with both (SI)-based and T1 relaxometry-based indices. Thus, liver function can be estimated quantitatively from Gd-EOB-DTPA–enhanced MRI-based indices. Here, indices derived from T1 relaxometry are superior to SI-based indices, and all indices benefit from taking into account respective liver volumes. PMID:28266528

  16. A planar chiral [2.2]paracyclophane derived N-heterocyclic stannylene.

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    Piel, Isabel; Dickschat, Julia V; Pape, Tania; Hahn, F Ekkehardt; Glorius, Frank

    2012-12-07

    The reaction of pseudo-ortho-4,12-N,N'-diphenyldiamino-[2.2]paracyclophane ((±)-3) with Sn[N(SiMe(3))(2)](2) results in the formation of the monomeric planar chiral N-heterocyclic stannylene (±)-4, featuring a unique [2.2]paracyclophane backbone, which has been characterized by an X-ray diffraction study.

  17. Enantioselective synthesis of planar-chiral benzosiloloferrocenes by Rh-catalyzed intramolecular C-H silylation.

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    Shibata, Takanori; Shizuno, Tsubasa; Sasaki, Tomoya

    2015-05-07

    The first synthesis of planar-chiral benzosiloloferrocenes was achieved by the intramolecular reaction of 2-(dimethylhydrosilyl)arylferrocenes. The enantioselective cross dehydrogenative coupling of an sp(2) C-H bond of ferrocene with a Si-H bond proceeded efficiently with the use of a Rh-chiral diene catalyst.

  18. Planarization of metal films for multilevel interconnects

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    Tuckerman, D.B.

    1985-06-24

    In the fabrication of multilevel integrated circuits, each metal layer is planarized by heating to momentarily melt the layer. The layer is melted by sweeping lase pulses of suitable width, typically about 1 microsecond duration, over the layer in small increments. The planarization of each metal layer eliminates irregular and discontinuous conditions between successive layers. The planarization method is particularly applicable to circuits having ground or power planes and allows for multilevel interconnects. Dielectric layers can also be planarized to produce a fully planar multilevel interconnect structure. The method is useful for the fabrication of VLSI circuits, particularly for wafer-scale integration.

  19. Planarization of metal films for multilevel interconnects

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    Tuckerman, D.B.

    1989-03-21

    In the fabrication of multilevel integrated circuits, each metal layer is planarized by heating to momentarily melt the layer. The layer is melted by sweeping laser pulses of suitable width, typically about 1 microsecond duration, over the layer in small increments. The planarization of each metal layer eliminates irregular and discontinuous conditions between successive layers. The planarization method is particularly applicable to circuits having ground or power planes and allows for multilevel interconnects. Dielectric layers can also be planarized to produce a fully planar multilevel interconnect structure. The method is useful for the fabrication of VLSI circuits, particularly for wafer-scale integration. 6 figs.

  20. Planarization of metal films for multilevel interconnects

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    Tuckerman, D.B.

    1985-08-23

    In the fabrication of multilevel integrated circuits, each metal layer is planarized by heating to momentarily melt the layer. The layer is melted by sweeping laser pulses of suitable width, typically about 1 microsecond duration, over the layer in small increments. The planarization of each metal layer eliminates irregular and discontinuous conditions between successive layers. The planarization method is particularly applicable to circuits having ground or power planes and allows for multilevel interconnects. Dielectric layers can also be planarized to produce a fully planar multilevel interconnect structure. The method is useful for the fabrication of VLSI circuits, particularly for wafer-scale integration.

  1. Principles of planar polarity in animal development

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    Goodrich, Lisa V.; Strutt, David

    2011-01-01

    Planar polarity describes the coordinated polarisation of cells or structures in the plane of a tissue. The patterning mechanisms that underlie planar polarity are well characterised in Drosophila, where many events are regulated by two pathways: the ‘core’ planar polarity complex and the Fat/Dachsous system. Components of both pathways also function in vertebrates and are implicated in diverse morphogenetic processes, some of which self-evidently involve planar polarisation and some of which do not. Here, we review the molecular mechanisms and cellular consequences of planar polarisation in diverse contexts, seeking to identify the common principles across the animal kingdom. PMID:21521735

  2. Yb-doped Gd2O2CO3: Structure, microstructure, thermal and magnetic behaviour

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    Artini, Cristina; Locardi, Federico; Pani, Marcella; Nelli, Ilaria; Caglieris, Federico; Masini, Roberto; Plaisier, Jasper Rikkert; Costa, Giorgio Andrea

    2017-04-01

    persistent luminescence, with the emission taking place at 970 nm in correspondence of the Yb3+2F7/2-2F5/2 transition, detectable up to 144 h after the end of irradiation. The origin of persistent luminescence is still substantially unclear, even if it is well known that excitation energy has to be stored in an intrinsic or extrinsic trap to be then slowly released. Extrinsic traps can derive from the presence of an aliovalent ion within the matrix; this should be the case of Yb-doped Gd2O2CO3, due to the valence instability of Yb, that is believed to be induced by irradiation [19,20]. In this respect, the precise knowledge of the dioxycarbonate crystal structure and its compositional extent, as well as the determination of the Yb location and its surroundings within the crystal structure, are of great importance. Also a microstructural approach can provide useful hints about the environment of the doping ion, even if it can not replace an investigation at the local scale. The synthetic route used for the preparation of hexagonal RE dioxycarbonates plays an important role in the obtainment of monophasic samples. The formation of the product via transformation of form I or Ia is documented for light lanthanides up to Sm [1], while thermal decomposition of Gd oxalate at 600 °C in static CO2 was performed to obtain hexagonal Gd2O2CO3[21]. The latter method is useful also for the synthesis of some mixed oxycarbonates, such as the ones containing Gd/Nd [9], but not Gd/Ce [8]. Carbonatation of RE2O3 is also reported as successful for RE≡La [1], Pr [1], Gd [21] and Nd [22]. The duration of the synthetic process is significantly shortened by adding the eutectic mixture Li2CO3-Na2CO3-K2CO3 to oxides, and by heating the whole mixture [7]. Nanostructured Yb- and Er-doped Gd2O2CO3 were also obtained, by coating with SiO2 the corresponding RE(OH)CO3·H2O nanoparticles [23]. In this work we present a structural, microstructural, thermal and magnetic study of a series of Yb-doped Gd2O2

  3. Window defect planar mapping technique

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    Minton, F. R.; Minton, U. O. (Inventor)

    1976-01-01

    A method of planar mapping defects in a window having an edge surface and a planar surface. The method is comprised of steps for mounting the window on a support surface. Then a light sensitive paper is placed adjacent to the window surface. A light source is positioned adjacent to the window edge. The window is then illuminated with the source of light for a predetermined interval of time. Defects on the surface of the glass, as well as in the interior of the glass are detected by analyzing the developed light sensitive paper. The light source must be in the form of optical fibers or a light tube whose light transmitting ends are placed near the edge surface of the window.

  4. Manufacturing of planar ceramic interconnects

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    Armstrong, B.L.; Coffey, G.W.; Meinhardt, K.D.; Armstrong, T.R.

    1996-12-31

    The fabrication of ceramic interconnects for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) and separator plates for electrochemical separation devices has been a perennial challenge facing developers. Electrochemical vapor deposition (EVD), plasma spraying, pressing, tape casting and tape calendering are processes that are typically utilized to fabricate separator plates or interconnects for the various SOFC designs and electrochemical separation devices. For sake of brevity and the selection of a planar fuel cell or gas separation device design, pressing will be the only fabrication technique discussed here. This paper reports on the effect of the characteristics of two doped lanthanum manganite powders used in the initial studies as a planar porous separator for a fuel cell cathode and as a dense interconnect for an oxygen generator.

  5. Planar polarity of ependymal cilia.

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    Kishimoto, Norihito; Sawamoto, Kazunobu

    2012-02-01

    Ependymal cells, epithelial cells that line the cerebral ventricles of the adult brain in various animals, extend multiple motile cilia from their apical surface into the ventricles. These cilia move rapidly, beating in a direction determined by the ependymal planar cell polarity (PCP). Ciliary dysfunction interferes with cerebrospinal fluid circulation and alters neuronal migration. In this review, we summarize recent studies on the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying two distinct types of ependymal PCP. Ciliary beating in the direction of fluid flow is established by a combination of hydrodynamic forces and intracellular planar polarity signaling. The ciliary basal bodies' anterior position on the apical surface of the cell is determined in the embryonic radial glial cells, inherited by ependymal cells, and established by non-muscle myosin II in early postnatal development.

  6. Summing Planar Bosonic Open Strings

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    Bardakci, Korkut

    2006-02-16

    In earlier work, planar graphs of massless {phi}{sup 3} theory were summed with the help of the light cone world sheet picture and the mean field approximation. In the present article, the same methods are applied to the problem of summing planar bosonic open strings. They find that in the ground state of the system, string boundaries form a condensate on the world sheet, and a new string emerges from this summation. Its slope is always greater than the initial slope, and it remains non-zero even when the initial slope is set equal to zero. If they assume the initial string tends to a field a theory in the zero slope limit, this result provides evidence for string formation in field theory.

  7. Enjoyment of Euclidean planar triangles

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    Srinivasan, V. K.

    2013-09-01

    This article adopts the following classification for a Euclidean planar ?, purely based on angles alone. A Euclidean planar triangle is said to be acute angled if all the three angles of the Euclidean planar ? are acute angles. It is said to be right angled at a specific vertex, say B, if the angle ? is a right angle with the two remaining angles as acute angles. It is said to be obtuse angled at the vertex B if ? is an obtuse angle, with the two remaining angles as acute angles. In spite of the availability of numerous text books that contain our human knowledge of Euclidean plane geometry, softwares can offer newer insights about the characterizations of planar geometrical objects. The author's characterizations of triangles involve points like the centroid G, the orthocentre H of the ?, the circumcentre S of the ?, the centre N of the nine-point circle of the ?. Also the radical centre rc of three involved diameter circles of the sides BC, AC and AB of the ? provides a reformulation of the orthocentre, resulting in an interesting theorem, dubbed by the author as 'Three Circles Theorem'. This provides a special result for a right-angled ?, again dubbed by the author as 'The Four Circles Theorem'. Apart from providing various inter connections between the geometrical points, the relationships between shapes of the triangle and the behaviour of the points are reasonably explored in this article. Most of these results will be useful to students that take courses in Euclidean Geometry at the college level and the high school level. This article will be useful to teachers in mathematics at the high school level and the college level.

  8. Compact planar microwave blocking filters

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    U-Yen, Kongpop (Inventor); Wollack, Edward J. (Inventor)

    2012-01-01

    A compact planar microwave blocking filter includes a dielectric substrate and a plurality of filter unit elements disposed on the substrate. The filter unit elements are interconnected in a symmetrical series cascade with filter unit elements being organized in the series based on physical size. In the filter, a first filter unit element of the plurality of filter unit elements includes a low impedance open-ended line configured to reduce the shunt capacitance of the filter.

  9. Cilia organize ependymal planar polarity

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    Mirzadeh, Zaman; Han, Young-Goo; Soriano-Navarro, Mario; García-Verdugo, Jose Manuel; Alvarez-Buylla, Arturo

    2010-01-01

    Multi-ciliated epithelial cells, called ependymal cells, line the ventricles in the adult brain. Most ependymal cells are born prenatally and are derived from radial glia. Ependymal cells have a remarkable planar polarization that determines orientation of ciliary beating and propulsion of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Disruption of ependymal ciliary beating, by injury or disease, results in aberrant CSF circulation and hydrocephalus, a common disorder of the central nervous system. Very little is known about the mechanisms guiding ependymal planar polarity and whether this organization is acquired during ependymal cell development or is already present in radial glia. Here we show that basal bodies in ependymal cells in the lateral ventricle walls of adult mice are polarized in two ways: i) rotational; angle of individual basal bodies with respect to their long axis and ii) translational; the position of basal bodies on the apical surface of the cell. Conditional ablation of motile cilia disrupted rotational orientation, but translational polarity was largely preserved. In contrast, translational polarity was dramatically affected when radial glial primary cilia were ablated earlier in development. Remarkably, radial glia in the embryo have a translational polarity that predicts the orientation of mature ependymal cells. These results suggest that ependymal planar cell polarity is a multi-step process initially organized by primary cilia in radial glia and then refined by motile cilia in ependymal cells. PMID:20164345

  10. NMR planar microcoil for microanalysis

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    Sorli, B.; Chateaux, J. F.; Quiquerez, L.; Bouchet-Fakri, L.; Briguet, A.; Morin, P.

    2006-11-01

    This article deals with the analysis of small sample volume by using a planar microcoil and a micromachined cavity. This microcoil is used as a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) radio frequency detection coil in order to perform in vitro NMR analysis of the sample introduced into the microcavity. It is a real challenging task to develop microsystem for NMR spectrum extraction for smaller and smaller sample volume. Moreover, it is advantageous that these microsystems could be integrated in a Micro Total Analysing System (μ -TAS) as an analysing tool. In this paper, NMR theory, description, fabrication process and electrical characterization of planar microcoils receiver are described. Results obtained on NMR microspectroscopy experiments have been performed on water and ethanol, using a 1 mm diameter planar coil. This microcoil is tuned and matched at 85.13 MHz which is the Larmor frequency of proton in a 2 T magnetic field. This paper has been presented at “3e colloque interdisciplinaire en instrumentation (C2I 2004)”, École Normale Supérieure de Cachan, 29 30 janvier 2004.

  11. The planar shape of drumlins

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    Spagnolo, Matteo; Clark, Chris D.; Hughes, Anna L. C.; Dunlop, Paul; Stokes, Chris R.

    2010-12-01

    The asymmetry of the planar shape of drumlins is an established paradigm in the literature and characterizes drumlins as resembling tear drops with a blunt (bullet-shaped) stoss end and a tapering (pointed) lee end. It is widely cited and never been seriously questioned. In this paper, the planar shape of 44,500 drumlins mapped in various regional settings from drumlin fields in North America and Northern Europe were objectively analysed by means of Geographic Information System tools. Two parameters were considered. The first (denoted here as Aspl) focuses on the relative position of the point of intersection between the axes of the maximum length and the maximum width. It is defined as the distance between the upstream (i.e. beginning of the drumlin) and the intersection point (measured along the longitudinal axis) divided by the entire length of the long axis. Results indicate that the intersection point of the majority of drumlins (64%) is very close to the longitudinal midpoint (0.33 < Aspl < 0.66). The second parameter ( Aspl _A) is defined as the ratio between the area of the upstream half of the drumlin to that of the entire drumlin. Results show that for most drumlins (81%), the upper half area is almost as large as the down-half (0.45 < Aspl _A < 0.55). Taken together, these results concordantly indicate that drumlin planar shape has a strong tendency to be longitudinally symmetric and that the long-established paradigm of their plan form is false.

  12. Cilia organize ependymal planar polarity.

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    Mirzadeh, Zaman; Han, Young-Goo; Soriano-Navarro, Mario; García-Verdugo, Jose Manuel; Alvarez-Buylla, Arturo

    2010-02-17

    Multiciliated epithelial cells, called ependymal cells, line the ventricles in the adult brain. Most ependymal cells are born prenatally and are derived from radial glia. Ependymal cells have a remarkable planar polarization that determines orientation of ciliary beating and propulsion of CSF. Disruption of ependymal ciliary beating, by injury or disease, results in aberrant CSF circulation and hydrocephalus, a common disorder of the CNS. Very little is known about the mechanisms guiding ependymal planar polarity and whether this organization is acquired during ependymal cell development or is already present in radial glia. Here we show that basal bodies in ependymal cells in the lateral ventricle walls of adult mice are polarized in two ways: (1) rotational; angle of individual basal bodies with respect to their long axis and (2) translational; the position of basal bodies on the apical surface of the cell. Conditional ablation of motile cilia disrupted rotational orientation, but translational polarity was largely preserved. In contrast, translational polarity was dramatically affected when radial glial primary cilia were ablated earlier in development. Remarkably, radial glia in the embryo have a translational polarity that predicts the orientation of mature ependymal cells. These results suggest that ependymal planar cell polarity is a multistep process initially organized by primary cilia in radial glia and then refined by motile cilia in ependymal cells.

  13. GD SDR Automatic Gain Control Characterization Testing

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    Nappier, Jennifer M.; Briones, Janette C.

    2013-01-01

    The General Dynamics (GD) S-Band software defined radio (SDR) in the Space Communications and Navigation (SCAN) Testbed on the International Space Station (ISS) will provide experimenters an opportunity to develop and demonstrate experimental waveforms in space. The GD SDR platform and initial waveform were characterized on the ground before launch and the data will be compared to the data that will be collected during on-orbit operations. A desired function of the SDR is to estimate the received signal to noise ratio (SNR), which would enable experimenters to better determine on-orbit link conditions. The GD SDR does not have an SNR estimator, but it does have an analog and a digital automatic gain control (AGC). The AGCs can be used to estimate the SDR input power which can be converted into a SNR. Tests were conducted to characterize the AGC response to changes in SDR input power and temperature. This purpose of this paper is to describe the tests that were conducted, discuss the results showi ng how the AGCs relate to the SDR input power, and provide recommendations for AGC testing and characterization.

  14. GD SDR Automatic Gain Control Characterization Testing

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    Nappier, Jennifer M.; Briones, Janette C.

    2013-01-01

    The General Dynamics (GD) S-Band software defined radio (SDR) in the Space Communications and Navigation (SCAN) Testbed on the International Space Station (ISS) will provide experimenters an opportunity to develop and demonstrate experimental waveforms in space. The GD SDR platform and initial waveform were characterized on the ground before launch and the data will be compared to the data that will be collected during on-orbit operations. A desired function of the SDR is to estimate the received signal to noise ratio (SNR), which would enable experimenters to better determine on-orbit link conditions. The GD SDR does not have an SNR estimator, but it does have an analog and a digital automatic gain control (AGC). The AGCs can be used to estimate the SDR input power which can be converted into a SNR. Tests were conducted to characterize the AGC response to changes in SDR input power and temperature. This purpose of this paper is to describe the tests that were conducted, discuss the results showing how the AGCs relate to the SDR input power, and provide recommendations for AGC testing and characterization.

  15. Abnormal thermal expansion, multiple transitions, magnetocaloric effect, and electronic structure of Gd{sub 6}Co{sub 4.85}

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    Zhang, Jiliang; Zheng, Zhigang; Shan, Guangcun E-mail: bobev@udel.edu; Bobev, Svilen E-mail: bobev@udel.edu; Shek, Chan Hung E-mail: bobev@udel.edu

    2015-10-07

    The structure of known Gd{sub 4}Co{sub 3} compound is re-determined as Gd{sub 6}Co{sub 4.85}, adopting the Gd{sub 6}Co{sub 1.67}Si{sub 3} structure type, which is characterized by two disorder Co sites filling the Gd octahedral and a short Gd-Gd distance within the octahedra. The compound shows uniaxial negative thermal expansion in paramagnetic state, significant negative expansion in ferromagnetic state, and positive expansion below ca. 140 K. It also exhibits large magnetocaloric effect, with an entropy change of −6.4 J kg{sup −1} K{sup −1} at 50 kOe. In the lattice of the compound, Co atoms at different sites show different spin states. It was confirmed by the X-ray photoelectron spectra and calculation of electronic structure and shed lights on the abnormal thermal expansion. The stability of such compound and the origin of its magnetism are also discussed based on measured and calculated electronic structures.

  16. Gd(III)-Gd(III) distance measurements with chirp pump pulses.

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    Doll, Andrin; Qi, Mian; Wili, Nino; Pribitzer, Stephan; Godt, Adelheid; Jeschke, Gunnar

    2015-10-01

    The broad EPR spectrum of Gd(III) spin labels restricts the dipolar modulation depth in distance measurements between Gd(III) pairs to a few percent. To overcome this limitation, frequency-swept chirp pulses are utilized as pump pulses in the DEER experiment. Using a model system with 3.4 nm Gd-Gd distance, application of one single chirp pump pulse at Q-band frequencies leads to modulation depths beyond 10%. However, the larger modulation depth is counteracted by a reduction of the absolute echo intensity due to the pump pulse. As supported by spin dynamics simulations, this effect is primarily driven by signal loss to double-quantum coherence and specific to the Gd(III) high spin state of S=7/2. In order to balance modulation depth and echo intensity for optimum sensitivity, a simple experimental procedure is proposed. An additional improvement by 25% in DEER sensitivity is achieved with two consecutive chirp pump pulses. These pulses pump the Gd(III) spectrum symmetrically around the observation position, therefore mutually compensating for dynamical Bloch-Siegert phase shifts at the observer spins. The improved sensitivity of the DEER data with modulation depths on the order of 20% is due to mitigation of the echo reduction effects by the consecutive pump pulses. In particular, the second pump pulse does not lead to additional signal loss if perfect inversion is assumed. Moreover, the compensation of the dynamical Bloch-Siegert phase prevents signal loss due to spatial dependence of the dynamical phase, which is caused by inhomogeneities in the driving field. The new methodology is combined with pre-polarization techniques to measure long distances up to 8.6 nm, where signal intensity and modulation depth become attenuated by long dipolar evolution windows. In addition, the influence of the zero-field splitting parameters on the echo intensity is studied with simulations. Herein, larger sensitivity is anticipated for Gd(III) complexes with zero-field splitting

  17. Gd(III)-Gd(III) distance measurements with chirp pump pulses

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    Doll, Andrin; Qi, Mian; Wili, Nino; Pribitzer, Stephan; Godt, Adelheid; Jeschke, Gunnar

    2015-10-01

    The broad EPR spectrum of Gd(III) spin labels restricts the dipolar modulation depth in distance measurements between Gd(III) pairs to a few percent. To overcome this limitation, frequency-swept chirp pulses are utilized as pump pulses in the DEER experiment. Using a model system with 3.4 nm Gd-Gd distance, application of one single chirp pump pulse at Q-band frequencies leads to modulation depths beyond 10%. However, the larger modulation depth is counteracted by a reduction of the absolute echo intensity due to the pump pulse. As supported by spin dynamics simulations, this effect is primarily driven by signal loss to double-quantum coherence and specific to the Gd(III) high spin state of S = 7/2. In order to balance modulation depth and echo intensity for optimum sensitivity, a simple experimental procedure is proposed. An additional improvement by 25% in DEER sensitivity is achieved with two consecutive chirp pump pulses. These pulses pump the Gd(III) spectrum symmetrically around the observation position, therefore mutually compensating for dynamical Bloch-Siegert phase shifts at the observer spins. The improved sensitivity of the DEER data with modulation depths on the order of 20% is due to mitigation of the echo reduction effects by the consecutive pump pulses. In particular, the second pump pulse does not lead to additional signal loss if perfect inversion is assumed. Moreover, the compensation of the dynamical Bloch-Siegert phase prevents signal loss due to spatial dependence of the dynamical phase, which is caused by inhomogeneities in the driving field. The new methodology is combined with pre-polarization techniques to measure long distances up to 8.6 nm, where signal intensity and modulation depth become attenuated by long dipolar evolution windows. In addition, the influence of the zero-field splitting parameters on the echo intensity is studied with simulations. Herein, larger sensitivity is anticipated for Gd(III) complexes with zero

  18. The Dy–Ni–Si system as a representative of the rare earth–Ni–Si family: Its isothermal section and new rare-earth nickel silicides

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    Yuan, Fang; Mozharivskyj, Y.; Morozkin, A.V.; Knotko, A.V.; Yapaskurt, V.O.; Pani, M.; Provino, A.; Manfrinetti, P.

    2014-11-15

    The Dy–Ni–Si system has been investigated at 1070 K by X-ray and microprobe analysis. The system contains the 12 known compounds DyNi{sub 10}Si{sub 2}, DyNi{sub 5}Si{sub 3}, DyNi{sub 6}Si{sub 6}, DyNi{sub 4}Si, DyNi{sub 2}Si{sub 2}, Dy{sub 2}Ni{sub 3}Si{sub 5}, DyNiSi{sub 3}, Dy{sub 3}Ni{sub 6}Si{sub 2}, DyNiSi{sub 2}, DyNiSi, Dy{sub 3}NiSi{sub 3}, Dy{sub 3}NiSi{sub 2}, and the new compounds Dy{sub 34}Ni{sub 16−27}Si{sub 50−39} (AlB{sub 2}-type), Dy{sub 2}Ni{sub 15.2−14.1}Si{sub 1.8−2.9} (Th{sub 2}Zn{sub 17}-type), ∼Dy{sub 11}Ni{sub 65}Si{sub 24}, ∼Dy{sub 16}Ni{sub 62}Si{sub 22} (unknown structures), DyNi{sub 7}Si{sub 6} (GdNi{sub 7}Si{sub 6}-type), Dy{sub 3}Ni{sub 8}Si (Ce{sub 3}Co{sub 8}Si-type), DyNi{sub 2}Si (YPd{sub 2}Si-type), ∼Dy{sub 40}Ni{sub 47}Si{sub 13} and ∼Dy{sub 5}Ni{sub 2}Si{sub 3} (unknown structures). Quasi–binary solid solutions were detected at 1070 (870 K) for Dy{sub 2}Ni{sub 17}, DyNi{sub 5}, DyNi{sub 7}, DyNi{sub 3}, DyNi{sub 2}, DyNi, DySi{sub 2} and DySi{sub 1.67}. No detectable solubility is observed for the other binary compounds of the Dy–Ni–Si system. The crystal structures of new phases RNi{sub 7}Si{sub 6} (GdNi{sub 7}Si{sub 6}-type), R{sub 3}Ni{sub 8}Si (Ce{sub 3}Co{sub 8}Si-type), RNi{sub 2}Si (YPd{sub 2}Si-type) and R{sub 3}Ni{sub 12}Si{sub 4} (Gd{sub 3}Ru{sub 4}Al{sub 12}-type), with R=Y, Gd–Tm, has been studied. Magnetic properties of few representative compounds are also reported. - Graphical abstract: The Dy–Ni–Si system has been investigated at 1070 K by X-ray and microprobe analysis. The system contains the 12 known compounds DyNi{sub 10}Si{sub 2}, DyNi{sub 5}Si{sub 3}, DyNi{sub 6}Si{sub 6}, DyNi{sub 4}Si, DyNi{sub 2}Si{sub 2}, Dy{sub 2}Ni{sub 3}Si{sub 5}, DyNiSi{sub 3}, Dy{sub 3}Ni{sub 6}Si{sub 2}, DyNiSi{sub 2}, DyNiSi, Dy{sub 3}NiSi{sub 3}, Dy{sub 3}NiSi{sub 2}, and the new compounds Dy{sub 34}Ni{sub 16−27}Si{sub 50−39}, Dy{sub 2}Ni{sub 15.2−14.1}Si{sub 1.8−2.9}, ∼Dy{sub 11}Ni{sub 65

  19. Fluorescent immunosensors using planar waveguides

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    Herron, James N.; Caldwell, Karin D.; Christensen, Douglas A.; Dyer, Shellee; Hlady, Vladimir; Huang, P.; Janatova, V.; Wang, Hiabo K.; Wei, A. P.

    1993-05-01

    The goal of our research program is to develop competitive and sandwich fluoroimmunoassays with high sensitivity and fast response time, that do not require external reagents. Our approach to this problem is to employ an optical immunoassay based on total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF). Specifically, monoclonal antibodies are immobilized on a planar waveguide. Total internal reflection of light in the planar waveguide sets up an evanescent field which extends about 2000 angstroms from the interface. In the competitive immunoassay, a fluorescent label is coupled to a small synthetic antigen which is packaged with the antibody. In the absence of analyte, the fluorescently labeled antigen binds to the antibody and is excited by the evanescent field. Upon the addition of analyte, the fluorescently labeled antigen molecules are displaced by unlabeled antigen molecules and diffuse out of the evanescent field. In the sandwich assay, a primary or `capture' antibody is immobilized on the planar waveguide, and a secondary or `tracer' antibody (which is labeled with a fluorescent dye) is added to the bulk solution. In the absence of analyte, the tracer antibody remains in solution and very little fluorescence is observed. However, upon addition of analyte, a `molecular sandwich' is formed on the waveguide, composed of: (1) the capture antibody; (2) the analyte; and (3) the tracer antibody. Once this sandwich forms, the tracer antibody is within the evanescent field and fluoresces. Fluorescence emission is detected by a charged- coupled device (CCD). Using this approach, we have developed a prototype immunosensor for the detection of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). This device meets our design goals and exhibits a sensitivity of 0.1 - 1 pmolar.

  20. Targeting O-Acetyl-GD2 Ganglioside for Cancer Immunotherapy.

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    Fleurence, Julien; Fougeray, Sophie; Bahri, Meriem; Cochonneau, Denis; Clémenceau, Béatrice; Paris, François; Heczey, Andras; Birklé, Stéphane

    2017-01-01

    Target selection is a key feature in cancer immunotherapy, a promising field in cancer research. In this respect, gangliosides, a broad family of structurally related glycolipids, were suggested as potential targets for cancer immunotherapy based on their higher abundance in tumors when compared with the matched normal tissues. GD2 is the first ganglioside proven to be an effective target antigen for cancer immunotherapy with the regulatory approval of dinutuximab, a chimeric anti-GD2 therapeutic antibody. Although the therapeutic efficacy of anti-GD2 monoclonal antibodies is well documented, neuropathic pain may limit its application. O-Acetyl-GD2, the O-acetylated-derivative of GD2, has recently received attention as novel antigen to target GD2-positive cancers. The present paper examines the role of O-acetyl-GD2 in tumor biology as well as the available preclinical data of anti-O-acetyl-GD2 monoclonal antibodies. A discussion on the relevance of O-acetyl-GD2 in chimeric antigen receptor T cell therapy development is also included.

  1. Targeting O-Acetyl-GD2 Ganglioside for Cancer Immunotherapy

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    Fleurence, Julien; Fougeray, Sophie; Bahri, Meriem; Cochonneau, Denis; Clémenceau, Béatrice; Paris, François; Heczey, Andras

    2017-01-01

    Target selection is a key feature in cancer immunotherapy, a promising field in cancer research. In this respect, gangliosides, a broad family of structurally related glycolipids, were suggested as potential targets for cancer immunotherapy based on their higher abundance in tumors when compared with the matched normal tissues. GD2 is the first ganglioside proven to be an effective target antigen for cancer immunotherapy with the regulatory approval of dinutuximab, a chimeric anti-GD2 therapeutic antibody. Although the therapeutic efficacy of anti-GD2 monoclonal antibodies is well documented, neuropathic pain may limit its application. O-Acetyl-GD2, the O-acetylated-derivative of GD2, has recently received attention as novel antigen to target GD2-positive cancers. The present paper examines the role of O-acetyl-GD2 in tumor biology as well as the available preclinical data of anti-O-acetyl-GD2 monoclonal antibodies. A discussion on the relevance of O-acetyl-GD2 in chimeric antigen receptor T cell therapy development is also included. PMID:28154831

  2. Effect of Al2Gd on microstructure and properties of laser clad Mg-Al-Gd coatings

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    Chen, Hong; Zhang, Ke; Yao, Chengwu; Dong, Jie; Li, Zhuguo; Emmelmann, Claus

    2015-03-01

    In order to investigate the effects of Gd addition on the microstructures and properties of magnesium coatings, the Mg-7.5Al-xGd (x = 0, 2.5, 5.0 and 7.5 wt.%) coatings on cast magnesium alloy were fabricated by laser cladding with wire feeding. The results indicated that the gadolinium (Gd) addition led to the formation of a cubic Al2Gd phase as well as suppressed the precipitation of eutectic Mg17Al12 phase. The laser clad coating containing nominally 7.5 wt.% Gd presented the highest microhardness, ultimate tensile strength and yield strength at both room temperature and high temperatures. The enhancement of heat resistant capacities was chiefly attributed to the existence of thermally stable Al2Gd particles, which prevented tiny liquation of eutectic phases along the grain boundaries and made great contributions on maintaining high yield ratio during high-temperature deformation.

  3. Giant magnetocaloric effect in GdAlO3 and a comparative study with GdMnO3

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    Mahana, Sudipta; Manju, U.; Topwal, D.

    2017-01-01

    The magnetic properties and magnetocaloric effect of polycrystalline GdAlO3 and GdMnO3 have been investigated to assess their potential usage as magnetic refrigerants at cryogenic temperatures. These compounds undergo antiferromagnetic transitions at low temperatures which are associated with the giant magnetic entropy change effect (-\\bigtriangleup {{S}M} )  ˜40.9 J Kg · K-1 under a field change of 0-9 T for GdAlO3 while the moderate effect of 18 J Kg · K-1 is observed for polycrystalline GdMnO3. Though the relative cooling power of both the stated materials is similar however, the absence of magnetic and thermal hysteresis makes GdAlO3 a more efficient magnetic refrigerant than GdMnO3.

  4. Inelastic light scattering spectroscopy in Si/SiGe nanostructures: Strain, chemical composition and thermal properties

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    Tsybeskov, L.; Mala, S. A.; Wang, X.; Baribeau, J.-M.; Wu, X.; Lockwood, D. J.

    2016-11-01

    We present a review of recent studies of inelastic light scattering spectroscopy in two types of Si/SiGe nanostructures: planar superlattices and cluster (dot) multilayers including first- and second-order Raman scattering, polarized Raman scattering and low-frequency inelastic light scattering associated with folded acoustic phonons. The results are used in semi-quantitative analysis of chemical composition, strain and thermal conductivity in these technologically important materials for electronic and optoelectronic devices.

  5. A simulation study of planar swaging deformation

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    Zhang, Cheng-Gen; Jen, Gwang-Shen; Su, Gwang-Huei

    1992-08-01

    Planar swaging deformation was studied with a photoplastic method. The domestic polycarbonate was used as a simulation material. The full-field strain distribution for planar swaging deformation was obtained. The average error of the calculated strain was less than 7 percent. The deformation area and the effect of friction on deformation area were studied with the characteristics of photoplasticity. This paper points out the special features of planar swaging deformation and the effect of lubrication on deformation flow.

  6. Liftings and stresses for planar periodic frameworks

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    Borcea, Ciprian; Streinu, Ileana

    2015-01-01

    We formulate and prove a periodic analog of Maxwell’s theorem relating stressed planar frameworks and their liftings to polyhedral surfaces with spherical topology. We use our lifting theorem to prove deformation and rigidity-theoretic properties for planar periodic pseudo-triangulations, generalizing features known for their finite counterparts. These properties are then applied to questions originating in mathematical crystallography and materials science, concerning planar periodic auxetic structures and ultrarigid periodic frameworks. PMID:26973370

  7. Liftings and stresses for planar periodic frameworks.

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    Borcea, Ciprian; Streinu, Ileana

    2015-06-01

    We formulate and prove a periodic analog of Maxwell's theorem relating stressed planar frameworks and their liftings to polyhedral surfaces with spherical topology. We use our lifting theorem to prove deformation and rigidity-theoretic properties for planar periodic pseudo-triangulations, generalizing features known for their finite counterparts. These properties are then applied to questions originating in mathematical crystallography and materials science, concerning planar periodic auxetic structures and ultrarigid periodic frameworks.

  8. Planar Hall effect bridge magnetic field sensors

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    Henriksen, A. D.; Dalslet, B. T.; Skieller, D. H.; Lee, K. H.; Okkels, F.; Hansen, M. F.

    2010-07-05

    Until now, the planar Hall effect has been studied in samples with cross-shaped Hall geometry. We demonstrate theoretically and experimentally that the planar Hall effect can be observed for an exchange-biased ferromagnetic material in a Wheatstone bridge topology and that the sensor signal can be significantly enhanced by a geometric factor. For the samples in the present study, we demonstrate an enhancement of the sensor output by a factor of about 100 compared to cross-shaped sensors. The presented construction opens a new design and application area of the planar Hall effect, which we term planar Hall effect bridge sensors.

  9. Planarization of metal films for multilevel interconnects

    DOEpatents

    Tuckerman, David B.

    1989-01-01

    In the fabrication of multilevel integrated circuits, each metal layer is anarized by heating to momentarily melt the layer. The layer is melted by sweeping laser pulses of suitable width, typically about 1 microsecond duration, over the layer in small increments. The planarization of each metal layer eliminates irregular and discontinuous conditions between successive layers. The planarization method is particularly applicable to circuits having ground or power planes and allows for multilevel interconnects. Dielectric layers can also be planarized to produce a fully planar multilevel interconnect structure. The method is useful for the fabrication of VLSI circuits, particularly for wafer-scale integration.

  10. Planarization of metal films for multilevel interconnects

    DOEpatents

    Tuckerman, David B.

    1987-01-01

    In the fabrication of multilevel integrated circuits, each metal layer is anarized by heating to momentarily melt the layer. The layer is melted by sweeping laser pulses of suitable width, typically about 1 microsecond duration, over the layer in small increments. The planarization of each metal layer eliminates irregular and discontinuous conditions between successive layers. The planarization method is particularly applicable to circuits having ground or power planes and allows for multilevel interconnects. Dielectric layers can also be planarized to produce a fully planar multilevel interconnect structure. The method is useful for the fabrication of VLSI circuits, particularly for wafer-scale integration.

  11. Planarized fiber-FHD optical composite

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    Holmes, C.; Carpenter, L. G.; Gates, J. C.; Gawith, C. B. E.; Smith, P. G. R.

    2015-03-01

    We demonstrate the fabrication of a mechanically robust planarised fibre-FHD optical composite. Fabrication is achieved through deposition and consolidation of optical grade silica soot on to both an optical fibre and planar substrate. The consolidated silica acts in joining the fibre and planar substrate both mechanically and optically. The concept lends itself to applications where long interaction lengths (order of tens of centimetres) and optical interaction via a planar waveguide are required, such as pump schemes, precision layup of fibre optics and hybrid fibre-planar devices. This paper considers the developments in fabrication process that enable component development.

  12. Helical axis stellarator with noninterlocking planar coils

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    Reiman, Allan; Boozer, Allen H.

    1987-01-01

    A helical axis stellarator using only noninterlocking planar, non-circular coils, generates magnetic fields having a magnetic well and large rotational transform with resultant large equilibrium beta.

  13. The simulation model of planar electrochemical transducer

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    Zhevnenko, D. A.; Vergeles, S. S.; Krishtop, T. V.; Tereshonok, D. V.; Gornev, E. S.; Krishtop, V. G.

    2016-12-01

    Planar electrochemical systems are very perspective to build modern motion and pressure sensors. Planar microelectronic technology is successfully used for electrochemical transducer of motion parameters. These systems are characterized by an exceptionally high sensitivity towards mechanic exposure due to high rate of conversion of the mechanic signal to electric current. In this work, we have developed a mathematical model of this planar electrochemical system, which detects the mechanical signals. We simulate the processes of mass and charge transfer in planar electrochemical transducer and calculated its transfer function with different geometrical parameters of the system.

  14. Atomic transition probabilities of Gd i

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    Lawler, J. E.; Bilty, K. A.; Den Hartog, E. A.

    2011-05-01

    Fourier transform spectra are used to determine emission branching fractions for 1290 lines of the first spectrum of gadolinium (Gd i). These branching fractions are converted to absolute atomic transition probabilities using previously reported radiative lifetimes from time-resolved laser-induced-fluorescence measurements (Den Hartog et al 2011 J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 44 055001). The wavelength range of the data set is from 300 to 1850 nm. A least squares technique for separating blends of the first and second spectra lines is also described and demonstrated in this work.

  15. Planar waveguide sensor of ammonia

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    Rogoziński, Roman; Tyszkiewicz, Cuma; Karasiński, Paweł; Izydorczyk, Weronika

    2015-12-01

    The paper presents the concept of forming ammonia sensor based on a planar waveguide structure. It is an amplitude sensor produced on the basis of the multimode waveguide. The technological base for this kind of structure is the ion exchange method and the sol-gel method. The planar multimode waveguide of channel type is produced in glass substrate (soda-lime glass of Menzel-Glaser company) by the selective Ag+↔Na+ ion exchange. On the surface of the glass substrate a porous (~40%) silica layer is produced by the sol-gel method. This layer is sensitized to the presence of ammonia in the surrounding atmosphere by impregnation with Bromocresol Purple (BCP) dye. Therefore it constitutes a sensor layer. Spectrophotometric tests carried out showed about 50% reduction of cross-transmission changes of such sensor layer for a wave λ=593 nm caused by the presence of 25% ammonia water vapor in its ambience. The radiation source used in this type of sensor structure is a light emitting diode LED. The gradient channel waveguide is designed for frontal connection (optical glue) with a standard multimode telecommunications waveguide 62.5/125μm.

  16. A facile synthesis approach and impact of shell formation on morphological structure and luminescent properties of aqueous dispersible NaGdF4:Yb/Er upconversion nanorods

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    Ansari, Anees A.; Yadav, Ranvijay; Rai, S. B.

    2016-12-01

    A general facile synthesis approach was used for fabrication of highly emissive aqueous dispersible hexagonal phase upconversion luminescent NaGdF4:Yb/Er nanorods (core NRs) through metal complex decomposition process. An inert NaGdF4 and porous silica layers were grafted surrounding the surface of each and every NRs to enhance their luminescence efficiency and colloidal dispersibility in aqueous environment. Optical properties in terms of band gap energy of core, core/shell, and silica-coated core/shell/SiO2 nanorods were observed to investigate the influence of surface coating, which was gradually decreased after surface coating because of increase crystalline size after growth of inert and silica shells. The inert shell formation before silica surface grafting, upconversion luminescence intensity was greatly improved by about 20 times, owing to the effective surface passivation of the seed core and, therefore, protection of Er3+ ion in the core from the nonradiative decay caused by surface defects. Moreover, after silica coating, core/shell nanorods shows strong upconversion luminescence property similar to the hexagonal upconversion core NRs. It is expected that these NaGdF4:Yb/Er@NaGdF4@SiO2 (core/shell/SiO2) NRs including highly upconversion emissive and aqueous dispersible properties make them an ideal materials for various photonic-based potential applications such as in upconversion luminescent bioimaging, magnetic resonance imaging, and photodynamic therapy.

  17. Ferromagnetism at room temperature of c- and m-plane GaN : Gd films grown on different substrates by reactive molecular beam epitaxy

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    Ranchal, R.; Yadav, B. S.; Trampert, A.

    2013-02-01

    We report the magnetic properties of c- and m-plane GaN : Gd films grown on different substrate materials. Additionally, we have investigated the magnetic behaviour of the bare substrates in order to analyse their possible contribution on the properties of this material system. For the growth of c-phase GaN : Gd we have used 6H-SiC(0 0 0 1) and GaN/Al2O3 templates. Whereas templates only exhibit a diamagnetic behaviour, the SiC substrates show clear signatures of ferromagnetism at room temperature. Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy and secondary ions mass spectrometry have revealed traces of Fe in the SiC substrates. This Fe contamination seems to be related to the ferromagnetic ordering observed in these substrates. LiAlO2(0 0 1) is a good choice for growth of m-plane diluted nitrides due to its diamagnetic behaviour. The hysteresis loops of c- and m-phase GaN : Gd deposited on template and LiAlO2, respectively, show coercivity and magnetic saturation. These characteristics together with the magnetization curves are indications of an intrinsic ferromagnetic behaviour in the GaN : Gd.

  18. Hybrid Si nanocones/PEDOT:PSS solar cell

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    Wang, Hao; Wang, Jianxiong; Rusli, ᅟ

    2015-04-01

    Periodic silicon nanocones (SiNCs) with different periodicities are fabricated by dry etching of a Si substrate patterned using monolayer polystyrene (PS) nanospheres as a mask. Hybrid Si/PEDOT:PSS solar cells based on the SiNCs are then fabricated and characterized in terms of their optical, electrical, and photovoltaic properties. The optical properties of the SiNCs are also investigated using theoretical simulation based on the finite element method. The SiNCs reveal excellent light trapping ability as compared to a planar Si substrate. It is found that the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the hybrid cells decreases with increasing periodicity of the SiNCs. The highest PCE of 7.1% is achieved for the SiNC hybrid cell with a 400-nm periodicity, due to the strong light trapping near the peak of the solar spectrum and better current collection efficiency.

  19. The preparation of high-J c Gd0.5Y0.5Ba2Cu3O7-δ thin films by the MOCVD process

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    Zhao, R. P.; Zhang, F.; Liu, Q.; Xia, Y. D.; Lu, Y. M.; Cai, C. B.; Tao, B. W.; Li, Y. R.

    2016-06-01

    A home-designed metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) system has been employed to prepare high critical current density (J c) Gd0.5Y0.5Ba2Cu3O7-δ (GdYBCO) thin films on LaMnO3/epitaxial MgO/ion beam assisted deposition (IBAD)-MgO/solution deposition planarization (SDP)-Y2O3-buffered Hastelloy tapes; the thin films were directly heated by the Joule effect after applying an heating current (I h ) through the Hastelloy tapes. The effect of the mole ratio of the metal organic sources has been systematically investigated. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) analyses indicated that the GdYBCO films crystallized better and became denser with the increasing of the Cu/Ba ratio from 1.0 to 1.1, yielding a J c at 77 K and 0 T of 200 nm GdYBCO film increasing from 2.5 MA cm-2 to 7 MA cm-2. In addition, SEM and energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS) characterizations revealed that more and more outgrowths appeared and the density of the film was reduced with an increase in the Cu/Ba ratio from 1.1 to 1.2. When the I h was 26.8 A and the mole ratio of Gd(tmhd)3, Y(tmhd)3, Ba(tmhd)2 and Cu(tmhd)2 in the precursor was 0.55:0.55:2:2.2, the critical current (I c) of the deposited 200 nm-thick GdYBCO film reached a 140 A cm-1 width (77 K, 0 T), corresponding to the J c 7 MA cm-2 (77 K, 0 T).

  20. A topologically unique alternating {CoGd} magnetocaloric ring.

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    Ojea, María José Heras; Lorusso, Giulia; Craig, Gavin A; Wilson, Claire; Evangelisti, Marco; Murrie, Mark

    2017-04-13

    The adiabatic temperature change of the star-shaped {CoGd} magnetocaloric ring is enhanced via topological control over the assembly process, by using a pre-formed {Co(II)(H6L)} building block that undergoes oxidation to Co(III), successfully separating the Gd(III) ions.

  1. Electronic transitions in GdN band structure

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    Vidyasagar, R. Kita, T.; Sakurai, T.; Ohta, H.

    2014-05-28

    Using the near-infrared (NIR) absorbance spectroscopy, electronic transitions and spin polarization of the GdN epitaxial film have been investigated; and the GdN epitaxial film was grown by a reactive rf sputtering technique. The GdN film exhibited three broad bands in the NIR frequency regimes; and those bands are attributable primarily to the minority and majority spin transitions at the X-point and an indirect transition along the Γ-X symmetric direction of GdN Brillouin zone. We experimentally observe a pronounced red-shift of the indirect band gap when cooling down below the Curie temperature which is ascribed to the orbital-dependent coulomb interactions of Gd-5dxy electrons, which tend to push-up the N-2p bands. On the other hand, we have evaluated the spin polarization of 0.17 (±0.005), which indicates that the GdN epitaxial film has almost 100% spin-polarized carriers. Furthermore, the experimental result of GdN electronic transitions are consistent with the previous reports and are thus well-reproduced. The Arrott plots evidenced that the Curie temperature of GdN film is 36 K and the large spin moment is explained by the nitrogen vacancies and the intra-atomic exchange interaction.

  2. Structural investigation of the new Ca3Ln2Ge3O12 (Ln=Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd and Dy) compounds and luminescence spectroscopy of Ca3Gd2Ge3O12 doped with the Eu3+ ion

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    Piccinelli, F.; Lausi, A.; Bettinelli, M.

    2013-09-01

    The crystal structures of new rare earth-based germanate compounds (Ca3Pr2Ge3O12, Ca3Nd2Ge3O12, Ca3Sm2Ge3O12, Ca3Gd2Ge3O12 and Ca3Dy2Ge3O12) have been determined by Rietveld refinement calculations on the collected synchrotron X-ray diffraction powder patterns. A different distribution of the rare earth ions in the three available crystal sites was observed, as the main structural feature. The reasons of the instability of the silico-carnotite structure for lanthanide ions out of the range Pr-Dy have been proposed. Finally, the luminescence spectroscopy of the Eu3+ dopant ion in Ca3Gd2Ge3O12 was presented and analyzed taking into account the observed structural characteristics. The Eu3+ luminescence spectroscopy was also compared with the one of Eu3+ doped Ca3Gd2Si3O12 and Ca3Lu2Si3O12 isostructural materials.

  3. Gate patterning in 14 nm and beyond nodes: from planar devices to three dimensional Finfet devices

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    Meng, Lingkuan; Hong, Peizhen; He, Xiaobin; Li, Chunlong; Li, Junjie; Li, Junfeng; Zhao, Chao; Wei, Yayi; Yan, Jiang

    2016-01-01

    In this work, we investigated the challenges encountered in 14 nm node Finfet gate patterning. The patterning process was originated from a 22 nm planar device, in which a SiO2/Si3N4/SiO2 (ONO) multilayer was used as an etch mask. To accommodate with the 3D nature of Finfet structures in 14 nm node, the thickness of Si3N4 has been increased in the investigated process. We found out that the standard ONO mask etch process was no longer effective for gate patterning in 3D Finfet devices. It was observed that the etched mask sidewall was significantly more tapered than that in planar devices, resulting in the final CDs of both mask and dummy gate far wider than those of the planar devices. In order to achieve a desirable gate CD, the formation mechanism causing a severely tapered mask profile was first investigated. Our results suggested that redeposition effect of the etch products on the sidewall played a significant role in controlling etched mask sidewall angle. Then, we proposed a two-step etch process which can improve the anisotropy of ONO mask etch and obtain a steep etch profile with a desirable CD. Using this process, a gate CD of 20 nm was successfully achieved with a desirable profile and a smooth sidewall. Our results have demonstrated that the newly developed etch process is very robust and has a wide process window.

  4. Peculiarities of neutron waveguides with thin Gd layer

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    Khaydukov, Yu; Kravtsov, E.; Progliado, V.; Ustinov, V.; Nikitenko, Yu; Keller, T.; Aksenov, V.; Keimer, B.

    2016-09-01

    Peculiarities of the formation of a neutron enhanced standing wave in the structure with a thin highly absorbing layer of gadolinium are considered in the article. An analogue of the poisoning effect well known in reactor physics was found. The effect is stronger for the Nb/Gd/Nb system. Despite of this effect, for a Nb/Gd bilayer and a Nb/Gd/Nb trilayer placed between Al2O3 substrate and Cu layer, it is shown theoretically and experimentally that one order of magnitude enhancement of neutron density is possible in the vicinity of the Gd layer. This enhancement makes it possible to study domain formation in the Gd layer under transition of the Nb layer(s) into the superconducting state (cryptoferromagnetic phase).

  5. The simplicity of planar networks

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    Viana, Matheus P.; Strano, Emanuele; Bordin, Patricia; Barthelemy, Marc

    2013-12-01

    Shortest paths are not always simple. In planar networks, they can be very different from those with the smallest number of turns - the simplest paths. The statistical comparison of the lengths of the shortest and simplest paths provides a non trivial and non local information about the spatial organization of these graphs. We define the simplicity index as the average ratio of these lengths and the simplicity profile characterizes the simplicity at different scales. We measure these metrics on artificial (roads, highways, railways) and natural networks (leaves, slime mould, insect wings) and show that there are fundamental differences in the organization of urban and biological systems, related to their function, navigation or distribution: straight lines are organized hierarchically in biological cases, and have random lengths and locations in urban systems. In the case of time evolving networks, the simplicity is able to reveal important structural changes during their evolution.

  6. The planar parabolic optical antenna.

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    Schoen, David T; Coenen, Toon; García de Abajo, F Javier; Brongersma, Mark L; Polman, Albert

    2013-01-09

    One of the simplest and most common structures used for directing light in macroscale applications is the parabolic reflector. Parabolic reflectors are ubiquitous in many technologies, from satellite dishes to hand-held flashlights. Today, there is a growing interest in the use of ultracompact metallic structures for manipulating light on the wavelength scale. Significant progress has been made in scaling radiowave antennas to the nanoscale for operation in the visible range, but similar scaling of parabolic reflectors employing ray-optics concepts has not yet been accomplished because of the difficulty in fabricating nanoscale three-dimensional surfaces. Here, we demonstrate that plasmon physics can be employed to realize a resonant elliptical cavity functioning as an essentially planar nanometallic structure that serves as a broadband unidirectional parabolic antenna at optical frequencies.

  7. Planar cell polarity in Drosophila

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    Maung, Saw Myat Thanda W

    2011-01-01

    In all multicellular organisms, epithelial cells are not only polarized along the apical-basal axis, but also within the epithelial plane, giving cells a sense of direction. Planar cell polarity (PCP) signaling regulates establishment of polarity within the plane of an epithelium. The outcomes of PCP signaling are diverse and include the determination of cell fates, the generation of asymmetric but highly aligned structures, such as the stereocilia in the human inner ear or the hairs on a fly wing, or the directional migration of cells during convergence and extension during vertebrate gastrulation. In humans, aberrant PCP signaling can result in severe developmental defects, such as open neural tubes (spina bifida), and can cause cystic kidneys. In this review, we discuss the basic mechanism and more recent findings of PCP signaling focusing on Drosophila melanogaster, the model organism in which most key PCP components were initially identified. PMID:21983142

  8. Ten inch Planar Optic Display

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    Beiser, L.; Veligdan, J.

    1996-04-01

    A Planar Optic Display (POD) is being built and tested for suitability as a high brightness replacement for the cathode ray tube, (CRT). The POD display technology utilizes a laminated optical waveguide structure which allows a projection type of display to be constructed in a thin (I to 2 inch) housing. Inherent in the optical waveguide is a black cladding matrix which gives the display a black appearance leading to very high contrast. A Digital Micromirror Device, (DMD) from Texas Instruments is used to create video images in conjunction with a 100 milliwatt green solid state laser. An anamorphic optical system is used to inject light into the POD to form a stigmatic image. In addition to the design of the POD screen, we discuss: image formation, image projection, and optical design constraints.

  9. Thermochemical investigations in the system Cd–Gd

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    Reichmann, Thomas L.; Ganesan, Rajesh; Ipser, Herbert

    2014-01-01

    Vapour pressure measurements were performed in terms of a non-isothermal isopiestic method to determine vapour pressures of Cd in the system Cd–Gd between 693 and 1045 K. From these results thermodynamic activities of Cd were derived as a function of temperature for the composition range 52–86 at.% Cd. By employing an adapted Gibbs–Helmholtz equation, partial molar enthalpies of mixing of Cd were obtained for the corresponding composition range, which were used to convert the activity values of Cd to a common average sample temperature of 773 K. The relatively large variation of the activity across the homogeneity ranges of the phases Cd2Gd and Cd45Gd11 indicates that they probably belong to the most stable intermetallic compounds in this system. An activity value of Gd for the two phase field Cd6Gd+L was available from literature and served as an integration constant for a Gibbs–Duhem integration. Integral Gibbs energies are presented between 51 and 100 at.% Cd at 773 K, referred to Cd(l) and α-Gd(s) as standard states. Gibbs energies of formation for the exact stoichiometric compositions of the phases Cd58Gd13, Cd45Gd11, Cd3Gd and Cd2Gd were obtained at 773 K as about −19.9, −21.1, −24.8, and −30.0 kJ g atom−1, respectively. PMID:25328283

  10. Planar Hall effect in Y{sub 3}Fe{sub 5}O{sub 12}/IrMn films

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    Zhang, X. Zou, L. K.

    2014-12-29

    The planar Hall effect of IrMn on an yttrium iron garnet (YIG = Y{sub 3}Fe{sub 5}O{sub 12}) was measured in the magnetic field rotating in the film plane. The magnetic field angular dependence of planar Hall resistance (PHR) was observed in YIG/IrMn bilayer at different temperatures, while the Gd{sub 3}Ga{sub 5}O{sub 12}/IrMn film shows constant PHR for different magnetic field angles at both 10 K and 300 K. This provides evidence that IrMn has interfacial spins which can be led by ferrimagnetic layer in YIG/IrMn structure. A hysteresis can be observed in PHR-magnetic field angle loop of YIG/IrMn film at 10 K, indicative of the irreversible switching of IrMn interfacial spins at low temperature.

  11. Room-temperature near-infrared high-Q perovskite whispering-gallery planar nanolasers.

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    Zhang, Qing; Ha, Son Tung; Liu, Xinfeng; Sum, Tze Chien; Xiong, Qihua

    2014-10-08

    Near-infrared (NIR) solid-state micro/nanolasers are important building blocks for true integration of optoelectronic circuitry. Although significant progress has been made in III-V nanowire lasers with achieving NIR lasing at room temperature, challenges remain including low quantum efficiencies and high Auger losses. Importantly, the obstacles toward integrating one-dimensional nanowires on the planar ubiquitous Si platform need to be effectively tackled. Here we demonstrate a new family of planar room-temperature NIR nanolasers based on organic-inorganic perovskite CH3NH3PbI(3-a)X(a) (X = I, Br, Cl) nanoplatelets. Their large exciton binding energies, long diffusion lengths, and naturally formed high-quality planar whispering-gallery mode cavities ensure adequate gain and efficient optical feedback for low-threshold optically pumped in-plane lasing. We show that these remarkable wavelength tunable whispering-gallery nanolasers can be easily integrated onto conductive platforms (Si, Au, indium tin oxide, and so forth). Our findings open up a new class of wavelength tunable planar nanomaterials potentially suitable for on-chip integration.

  12. Synthesis and characterization of Gd-doped magnetite nanoparticles

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    Zhang, Honghu; Malik, Vikash; Mallapragada, Surya; Akinc, Mufit

    2017-02-01

    Synthesis of magnetite nanoparticles has attracted increasing interest due to their importance in biomedical and technological applications. Tunable magnetic properties of magnetite nanoparticles to meet specific requirements will greatly expand the spectrum of applications. Tremendous efforts have been devoted to studying and controlling the size, shape and magnetic properties of magnetite nanoparticles. Here we investigate gadolinium (Gd) doping to influence the growth process as well as magnetic properties of magnetite nanocrystals via a simple co-precipitation method under mild conditions in aqueous media. Gd doping was found to affect the growth process leading to synthesis of controllable particle sizes under the conditions tested (0-10 at% Gd3+). Typically, undoped and 5 at% Gd-doped magnetite nanoparticles were found to have crystal sizes of about 18 and 44 nm, respectively, supported by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. Our results showed that Gd-doped nanoparticles retained the magnetite crystal structure, with Gd3+ randomly incorporated in the crystal lattice, probably in the octahedral sites. The composition of 5 at% Gd-doped magnetite was Fe(3-x)GdxO4 (x=0.085±0.002), as determined by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. 5 at% Gd-doped nanoparticles exhibited ferrimagnetic properties with small coercivity ( 65 Oe) and slightly decreased magnetization at 260 K in contrast to the undoped, superparamagnetic magnetite nanoparticles. Templation by the bacterial biomineralization protein Mms6 did not appear to affect the growth of the Gd-doped magnetite particles synthesized by this method.

  13. Piezo Voltage Controlled Planar Hall Effect Devices.

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    Zhang, Bao; Meng, Kang-Kang; Yang, Mei-Yin; Edmonds, K W; Zhang, Hao; Cai, Kai-Ming; Sheng, Yu; Zhang, Nan; Ji, Yang; Zhao, Jian-Hua; Zheng, Hou-Zhi; Wang, Kai-You

    2016-06-22

    The electrical control of the magnetization switching in ferromagnets is highly desired for future spintronic applications. Here we report on hybrid piezoelectric (PZT)/ferromagnetic (Co2FeAl) devices in which the planar Hall voltage in the ferromagnetic layer is tuned solely by piezo voltages. The change of planar Hall voltage is associated with magnetization switching through 90° in the plane under piezo voltages. Room temperature magnetic NOT and NOR gates are demonstrated based on the piezo voltage controlled Co2FeAl planar Hall effect devices without the external magnetic field. Our demonstration may lead to the realization of both information storage and processing using ferromagnetic materials.

  14. Piezo Voltage Controlled Planar Hall Effect Devices

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    Zhang, Bao; Meng, Kang-Kang; Yang, Mei-Yin; Edmonds, K. W.; Zhang, Hao; Cai, Kai-Ming; Sheng, Yu; Zhang, Nan; Ji, Yang; Zhao, Jian-Hua; Zheng, Hou-Zhi; Wang, Kai-You

    2016-06-01

    The electrical control of the magnetization switching in ferromagnets is highly desired for future spintronic applications. Here we report on hybrid piezoelectric (PZT)/ferromagnetic (Co2FeAl) devices in which the planar Hall voltage in the ferromagnetic layer is tuned solely by piezo voltages. The change of planar Hall voltage is associated with magnetization switching through 90° in the plane under piezo voltages. Room temperature magnetic NOT and NOR gates are demonstrated based on the piezo voltage controlled Co2FeAl planar Hall effect devices without the external magnetic field. Our demonstration may lead to the realization of both information storage and processing using ferromagnetic materials.

  15. Global asymptotic stabilisation for switched planar systems

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    Zhang, Junfeng; Han, Zhengzhi; Huang, Jun

    2015-04-01

    This paper studies the stabilisation problem of a class of switched planar systems. The present method is different from the existing one designing directly controllers for the underlying systems. The controllers are constructed through two steps. Firstly, by means of the backstepping approach, homogeneous controllers stabilising the nominal systems are obtained. Secondly, the controllers stabilising the planar subsystems are attained by modifying the obtained homogeneous controllers. The controllers depend on perturbations of the switched systems. Finally, by using the multiple Lyapunov functions approach, a sufficient condition of the stabilisation for switched planar systems is given. The conclusions are extended to multiple dimensional switched systems. An illustrative example verifies the validity of the design.

  16. Electron microscopy of a Gd-Ba-Cu-O superconductor

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    Ramesh, R.; Thomas, G.; Meng, R. L.; Hor, P. H.; Chu, C. W.

    1989-01-01

    An electron microscopy study has been carried out to characterize the microstructure of a sintered Gd-Ba-Cu-O superconductor alloy. The GdBa2Cu3O(7-x) phase in the oxygen annealed sample is orthorhombic, while in the vacuum annealed sample it is tetragonal. It is shown that the details of the fine structure in the 001-line zone axis convergent beam patterns can be used to distinguish between the orthorhombic form and the tetragonal form. In addition to this matrix phase, an amorphous phase is frequently observed at the triple grain junctions. Gd-rich inclusions have been observed inside the matrix phase.

  17. Hydrogenation induced structure and property changes in GdGa

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    Nedumkandathil, Reji; Kranak, Verina F.; Johansson, Robert; Ångström, Jonas; Balmes, Oliver; Andersson, Mikael S.; Nordblad, Per; Scheicher, Ralph H.; Sahlberg, Martin; Häussermann, Ulrich

    2016-07-01

    Hydrides GdGaHx were obtained by exposing the Zintl phase GdGa with the CrB structure to a hydrogen atmosphere at pressures from 1.5 to 50 bar and temperatures from 50 to 500 °C. Structural analysis by powder X-ray diffraction suggests that conditions with hydrogen pressures in a range between 15 and 50 bar and temperatures below 500 °C afford a uniform hydride phase with the NdGaH1.66 structure (Cmcm, a=3.9867(7) Å, b=12.024(2) Å, c=4.1009(6) Å) which hosts H in two distinct positions, H1 and H2. H1 is coordinated in a tetrahedral fashion by Gd atoms, whereas H2 atoms are inserted between Ga atoms. The assignment of the NdGaH1.66 structure is corroborated by first principles DFT calculations. Modeling of phase and structure stability as a function of composition resulted in excellent agreement with experimental lattice parameters when x=1.66 and revealed the presence of five-atom moieties Ga-H2-Ga-H2-Ga in GdGaH1.66. From in situ powder X-ray diffraction using synchrotron radiation it was established that hydrogenation at temperatures above 200 °C affords a hydride with x≈1.3, which is stable up to 500 °C, and that additional H absorption, yielding GdGaH1.66, takes place at lower temperatures. Consequently, GdGaH1.66 desorbs H above T=200 °C. Without the presence of hydrogen, hydrides GdGaHx decompose at temperatures above 300 °C into GdH2 and an unidentified Gd-Ga intermetallics. Thus the hydrogenation of GdGa is not reversible. From magnetic measurements the Curie-Weiss constant and effective magnetic moment of GdGaH1.66 were obtained. The former indicates antiferromagnetic interactions, the latter attains a value of 8 μB which is typical for compounds containing Gd3+ions.

  18. New orthorhombic derivative of CaCu{sub 5}-type structure: RNi{sub 4}Si compounds (R=Y, La, Ce, Sm, Gd–Ho), crystal structure and some magnetic properties

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    Morozkin, A.V.; Knotko, A.V.; Yapaskurt, V.O.; Yuan, Fang; Mozharivskyj, Y.; Nirmala, R.

    2013-12-15

    The crystal structure of new YNi{sub 4}Si-type RNi{sub 4}Si (R=Y, La, Ce, Sm, Gd–Ho) compounds has been established using powder X-ray diffraction. The YNi{sub 4}Si structure is a new structure type, which is orthorhombic derivative of CaCu{sub 5}-type structure (space group Cmmm N 65, oC12). GdNi{sub 4}Si and DyNi{sub 4}Si compounds order ferromagnetically at 25 and 19 K, respectively whereas YNi{sub 4}Si shows antiferromagnetic nature. At 15 K, DyNi{sub 4}Si shows second antiferromagnetic-like transition. The magnetic moment of GdNi{sub 4}Si at 5 K in 50 kOe field is ∼7.2 μ{sub B}/f.u. suggesting a completely ordered ferromagnetic state. The magnetocaloric effect of GdNi{sub 4}Si is calculated in terms of isothermal magnetic entropy change and it reaches the maximum value of −12.8 J/kg K for a field change of 50 kOe near T{sub C} ∼25 K. - Graphical abstract: The RNi{sub 4}Si (R=Y, La, Ce, Sm, Gd–Ho) compounds crystallize in new YNi{sub 4}Si-type structure which is orthorhombic derivative of the basic CaCu{sub 5}-type structure. GdNi{sub 4}Si and DyNi{sub 4}Si compounds show the ferromagnetic-like ordering, whereas.YNi{sub 4}Si has the antiferromagnetic nature. The GdNi{sub 4}Si demonstrates the big magnetocaloric effect near temperature of ferromagnetic ordering. The relationship between initial CaCu{sub 5}-type DyNi{sub 5} and YNi{sub 4}Si-type DyNi{sub 4}Si lattices.

  19. Influence of planar oscillations on scattered ion energy distributions in transmission ion channeling

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    Bailes, A. A.; Seiberling, L. E.

    1999-06-01

    Utilizing the transmission ion channeling technique and a Monte Carlo simulation of the channeling of He ions in Si, we have been able to determine surface structure by comparing experimental to simulated scattered ion energy distributions. In analyzing data for {110} beam incidence, we have found that planar oscillations persist well past 2000 Å in our Monte Carlo simulations. These oscillations yield no benefit to this method of data analysis but can make analysis more difficult by the requirement for more accurate Si thickness determination.

  20. Planar electrical-substitution carbon nanotube cryogenic radiometer

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    Tomlin, N. A.; White, M.; Vayshenker, I.; Woods, S. I.; Lehman, J. H.

    2015-04-01

    We have developed a fully-lithographic electrical-substitution planar bolometric-radiometer (PBR) that employs multiwall vertically-aligned carbon nanotubes (VACNT) as the absorber and thermistor, micro-machined Si as the weak thermal link and thin-film Mo as the electrical heater. The near-unity absorption of the VACNT over a broad wavelength range permits a planar geometry, compatible with lithographic fabrication. We present performance results on a PBR with an absorption of 0.999 35 at 1550 nm, a thermal conductance of 456 µW K-1 at 4 K and a time constant (1/e) of 7.7 ms. A single measurement of approximately 100 µW optical power at 1550 nm achieved in less than 100 s yields an expanded uncertainty of 0.14% (k = 2). We also observe an elevated superconducting transition temperature of 3.884 K for the Mo heater, which opens the possibility of future devices incorporating more sensitive thermistors and superconducting thin-film wiring. Contribution of an agency of the US government; not subject to copyright

  1. Planar prism spectrometer based on adiabatically connected waveguiding slabs

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    Civitci, F.; Hammer, M.; Hoekstra, H. J. W. M.

    2016-04-01

    The device principle of a prism-based on-chip spectrometer for TE polarization is introduced. The spectrometer exploits the modal dispersion in planar waveguides in a layout with slab regions having two different thicknesses of the guiding layer. The set-up uses parabolic mirrors, for the collimation of light of the input waveguide and focusing of the light to the receiver waveguides, which relies on total internal reflection at the interface between two such regions. These regions are connected adiabatically to prevent unwanted mode conversion and loss at the edges of the prism. The structure can be fabricated with two wet etching steps. The paper presents basic theory and a general approach for device optimization. The latter is illustrated with a numerical example assuming SiON technology.

  2. Microstructure and rolling capability of modified AZ31-Ce-Gd alloys

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    Li Wenping; Zhou Hong; Lin Pengyu; Zhao Shizhe

    2009-11-15

    AZ31-Ce-Gd alloys were studied and the influence of cerium (Ce) and gadolinium (Gd) on the microstructure and rolling capability of AZ31 alloy was investigated. The results indicated that the grains of AZ31 alloy were refined with Ce and Gd addition. Ce and Gd addition resulted in the formation of Al{sub 4}Ce, Al{sub 2}Gd and Mg{sub 3}Gd. After homogenization and rolling, the Al{sub 4}Ce, Al{sub 2}Gd and Mg{sub 3}Gd still existed. The rolling capability of AZ31 alloy was improved obviously with Ce and Gd addition. However, once Gd content increased to a certain value, the rolling capability of the modified alloy declined but still better than that of AZ31 alloy.

  3. Planar cell polarity of the kidney.

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    Schnell, Ulrike; Carroll, Thomas J

    2016-05-01

    Planar cell polarity (PCP) or tissue polarity refers to the polarization of tissues perpendicular to the apical-basal axis. Most epithelia, including the vertebrate kidney, show signs of planar polarity. In the kidney, defects in planar polarity are attributed to several disease states including multiple forms of cystic kidney disease. Indeed, planar cell polarity has been shown to be essential for several cellular processes that appear to be necessary for establishing and maintaining tubule diameter. However, uncovering the genetic mechanisms underlying PCP in the kidney has been complicated as the roles of many of the main players are not conserved in flies and vice versa. Here, we review a number of cellular and molecular processes that can affect PCP of the kidney with a particular emphasis on the mechanisms that do not appear to be conserved in flies or that are not part of canonical determinants.

  4. Non-planar microfabricated gas chromatography column

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    Lewis, Patrick R.; Wheeler, David R.

    2007-09-25

    A non-planar microfabricated gas chromatography column comprises a planar substrate having a plurality of through holes, a top lid and a bottom lid bonded to opposite surfaces of the planar substrate, and inlet and outlet ports for injection of a sample gas and elution of separated analytes. A plurality of such planar substrates can be aligned and stacked to provide a longer column length having a small footprint. Furthermore, two or more separate channels can enable multi-channel or multi-dimensional gas chromatography. The through holes preferably have a circular cross section and can be coated with a stationary phase material or packed with a porous packing material. Importantly, uniform stationary phase coatings can be obtained and band broadening can be minimized with the circular channels. A heating or cooling element can be disposed on at least one of the lids to enable temperature programming of the column.

  5. Novel Planar and Integrated Microwave Antennas

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    Saed, Mohammad A.

    2000-01-01

    This project dealt with design, analysis, and testing of new types of planar and integrated antennas operating in the microwave frequency range. The following was accomplished during this project period:

  6. Forming a seal between planar sealing surfaces

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    Ezekoye, L.I.; Rusnica, E.J.; Sepp, H.A. Jr.

    1987-12-29

    A method of forming a seal between the confronting planar sealing surfaces on two annular structural members which are drawn together by axially extending bolts is described comprising the steps of: forming a seal assembly by locking a toroidal, crushable seal member within a substantially flat annular spacer member against an annular shoulder formed on the inner diameter thereof with an annular resilient member seated in a radially extending groove in the inner surface of the substantially flat annular member, the flat annular member being axially thinner than the toroidal, crushable seal member; placing the sealing assembly between the planar sealing surfaces and positively aligning the assembly relative to the axially extending bolts; and tightening the bolts to draw the planar sealing surfaces toward each other and into contact with the flat annular member while crushing the toroidal, crushable seal member to form a seal between the planar sealing surfaces.

  7. Low temperature preparation and characterization of In 1- xLn xBO 3 ( x = 0.0 and 0.05; Ln = Gd, Eu, Dy and Sm): ESR of In 0.95Gd 0.05BO 3 and emission of In 0.95Eu 0.05BO 3

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    Velchuri, Radha; Vijaya Kumar, B.; Rama Devi, V.; Ravi Kumar, K.; Prasad, G.; Vithal, M.

    2009-10-01

    Indium borate and rare earth substituted indium borates (In 1- xLn xBO 3 ( x = 0.0 and 0.05; Ln = Gd, Eu, Dy and Sm)) are prepared at low temperature by metathesis reaction using InCl 3, LnCl 3 and NaBO 2. They are characterized by powder XRD and infrared spectroscopy. All the compositions (In 1- xLn xBO 3) crystallize in hexagonal lattice with calcite structure. These borates gave characteristic IR vibrations of planar BO 3 group. Spin-Hamiltonian parameters for Gd 3+ are deduced from room temperature electron spin resonance spectrum of In 0.95Gd 0.05BO 3. The electron spin resonance spectrum of In 0.95Gd 0.05BO 3 gave several anisotropic lines with g > 2.0. The ESR spectrum of the sample belongs to the "intermediate" category with 1/4 < HCF/ hν < 1. The local symmetry of Eu 3+ in In 0.95Eu 0.05BO 3 is obtained from its emission spectrum. The R/O ratio of In 0.95Eu 0.05BO 3 suggests the occupation of In 3+ site by Eu 3+ with near symmetric octahedral geometry.

  8. Pfaffian Correlation Functions of Planar Dimer Covers

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    Aizenman, Michael; Valcázar, Manuel Laínz; Warzel, Simone

    2017-01-01

    The Pfaffian structure of the boundary monomer correlation functions in the dimer-covering planar graph models is rederived through a combinatorial/topological argument. These functions are then extended into a larger family of order-disorder correlation functions which are shown to exhibit Pfaffian structure throughout the bulk. Key tools involve combinatorial switching symmetries which are identified through the loop-gas representation of the double dimer model, and topological implications of planarity.

  9. Terahertz planar waveguide devices based on graphene

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    Yuan, Yizhe; Guo, Xiaoyong; An, Liqun; Xu, Wen

    2017-02-01

    We present a theoretical study on graphene-semiconductor planar structures. The frequency of the photonic modes in the structure, which can be efficiently tuned via varying the sample parameters, is within the terahertz (THz) bandwidth. Furthermore, it is found that a roughly linear dispersion relation can be obtained for photonic modes in the THz region. Hence, the proposed graphene-semiconductor planar structures can be served as THz waveguide with desirable transmission characteristics.

  10. Shift multiplexing by planar waveguide referencing

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    Yi, Tao; Zhang, Jiasen; Yan, Lifen; Gong, Qihuang

    2005-09-01

    We present a new method with which to implement shift multiplexing by planar waveguide referencing. In this method, a planar waveguide is used to steer the reference beam, and we implement shift multiplexing by shifting the recording medium. A spatial selectivity as high as 1.1 μm is obtained. By using waveguide referencing we can make a compact and simple holographic system.

  11. Electronic structure of Gd-doped MgO

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    Lukoyanov, A. V.; Anisimov, V. I.

    2016-02-01

    The electronic structure of Gd-doped MgO is investigated using the LSDA+U (local spin density approximation with U-correction) method and compared with the MgO structure. The total density of states obtained accounting for the correlation effects in the 4 f shell of gadolinium is found to be formed by the oxygen 2 p states at the valence band and the 4 f gadolinium occupied states, while the conduction band is represented by a mixture of empty electronic states. Magnetic properties of the calculated Gd-doped MgO are found to be formed solely by the Gd-4 f-magnetic moment of about 7μB, in good agreement with recent experimental results suggesting a ferromagnetic coupling of the local magnetic moments induced by Gd.

  12. Scissors mode of Gd nuclei studied from resonance neutron capture

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    Kroll, J.; Baramsai, B.; Becker, J. A.; and others

    2012-10-20

    Spectra of {gamma} rays following the neutron capture at isolated resonances of stable Gd nuclei were measured. The objectives were to get new information on photon strength of {sup 153,155-159}Gd with emphasis on the role of the M1 scissors-mode vibration. An analysis of the data obtained clearly indicates that the scissors mode is coupled not only to the ground state, but also to all excited levels of the nuclei studied. The specificity of our approach ensures unbiasedness in estimating the sumed scissors-mode strength {Sigma}B(M1){up_arrow}, even for odd product nuclei, for which conventional nuclear resonance fluorescence measurements yield only limited information. Our analysis indicates that for these nuclei the sum {Sigma}B(M1){up_arrow} increases with A and for {sup 157,159}Gd it is significantly higher compared to {sup 156,158}Gd.

  13. Analysis of the FUSE Spectrum of the Hot, Evolved Star GD 605

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    Fontaine, M.; Chayer, P.; Oliveira, C. M.; Wesemael, F.; Fontaine, G.

    2008-05-01

    We present an analysis of the atmospheric properties of the evolved, hydrogen-rich object GD 605 using FUSE, IUE, and optical spectra in conjunction with non-LTE (NLTE) model atmospheres and synthetic spectra. We also present an analysis of the interstellar medium along the line of sight toward this star. Our effective temperature determination relies on the constraints on the ionization balance O IV/O V imposed by the FUSE data, while the surface gravity relies on a match to the Balmer lines in the optical spectrum. Our analysis yields Teff ~ 85,000 K, log g ~ 5.25, and a helium abundance close to the solar value. These parameters suggest that GD 605 is in a post-AGB evolutionary phase and belongs to the class of hydrogen-rich central star of planetary nebulae, subclass O(H). Apart from lines of hydrogen and helium, about two dozen photospheric lines are observed in the FUSE data, which are dominated by the O VI λλ1031.9 and 1037.6 transitions. In addition, we detect lines associated with the following ions: N IV, O IV, O V, Si IV, S VI, Ar VII, as well as Fe VII. Synthetic spectra based on NLTE line-blanketed model atmospheres reproduce most of the line profiles observed in what appears to be an atmosphere deficient in heavy elements. Our calculations do not fully reproduce the strength of the strongest ultraviolet lines seen, the O VI doublet, perhaps a sign that some contribution to this structure may arise in the interstellar medium or in a circumstellar environment. We discuss various scenarios to account for the absence of a visible nebula and the dearth of heavy elements in the atmosphere of GD 605. Based on observations made with the NASA-CNES-CSA Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer. FUSE is operated for NASA by Johns Hopkins University under NASA contract NAS5-32985.

  14. Evaluation of hypothetical 153Gd source for use in brachytherapy☆

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    Ghorbani, Mahdi; Behmadi, Marziyeh

    2016-01-01

    Aim The purpose of this work is to evaluate the dosimetric parameters of a hypothetical 153Gd source for use in brachytherapy and comparison of the dosimetric parameters with those of 192Ir and 125I sources. Materials and methods Dose rate constant, the radial dose function and the two dimensional (2D) anisotropy function data for the hypothetical 153Gd source were obtained by simulation of the source using MCNPX code and then were compared with the corresponding data reported by Enger et al. A comprehensive comparison between this hypothetical source and a 192Ir source with similar geometry and a 125I source was performed as well. Results Excellent agreement was shown between the results of the two studies. Dose rate constant values for the hypothetical 153Gd, 192Ir, 125I sources are 1.173 cGyh−1 U−1, 1.044 cGyh−1 U−1, 0.925 cGyh−1 U−1, respectively. Radial dose function for the hypothetical 153Gd source has an increasing trend, while 192Ir has more uniform and 125I has more rapidly falling off radial dose functions. 2D anisotropy functions for these three sources indicate that, except at 0.5 cm distance, 192Ir and 125I have more isotropic trends as compared to the 153Gd source. Conclusion A more uniform radial dose function, and 2D anisotropy functions with more isotropy, a much higher specific activity are advantages of 192Ir source over 153Gd. However, a longer half-life of 153Gd source compared to the other two sources, and lower energy of the source with respect to 192Ir are advantages of using 153Gd in brachytherapy versus 192Ir source. PMID:26900353

  15. Magnetic anisotropy and spin reorientation effects in Gd/Fe and Gd/(FeCo) multilayers for high density magneto-optical recording

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    Stavrou, E.; Sbiaa, R.; Suzuki, T.; Knappmann, S.; Röll, K.

    2000-05-01

    We have investigated the anisotropy behavior and temperature dependent changes of the magnetic anisotropy in Gd/Fe and Gd/(FeCo) multilayers. The spin reorientation effects are very important for the super resolution readout in new methods for high-density magneto-optical recording. Gd/(Fe, Co) multilayered films are a good alternative to the common Gd(Fe, Co) alloy films, because the magnetic anisotropy and also spin reorientation effects can be comfortably adjusted by varying the interface and volume anisotropy components and the composition using experimental parameters such as the periodicity λ=tGd+tTM [tGd,tTM: the sublayer thicknesses of the Gd and transition metal Fe, FeCo (TM)] and the ratio of the sublayer thicknesses tGd/tTM. We have found the mechanisms for spin reorientation, which are explained qualitatively with a new model.

  16. Direct measurement of interlayer interaction in Permalloy/Gd nanodots

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    Lapa, Pavel; Ding, Junjia; Novosad, Valentine; Hoffmann, Axel

    2015-03-01

    Antiferromagnetic interaction at the interfaces of ferromagnetic transition metals(TM) and Gd is well known phenomenon. However, quantitative description of this interaction still lacks understanding. The main reason is that most experimental data were obtained by inspecting the hysteresis loops of TM/Gd multilayers. First, in plane domain structures of TM and Gd films complicates the description of the magnetization reversal process. Second, experimentally measured parameters are averaged over the domains obfuscating the microscopical picture. We make an effort to overcome these limitations by studying the magnetization reversal process of Permalloy/Gd nanodots. The dots were prepared by combination of optical lithography and magnetron sputtering. Experimentally it is observed that in these dots the antiferromagnetic interlayer interaction tunes magnetic vortex nucleation/annihilation fields. Rise of Gd magnetization at low temperature provides unusual temperature behavior of hysteresis loop. Micromagnetic models in which interlayer interaction energy acts as a fitting parameter is applied to simulate experimental hysteresis curves. The effect of nonmagnetic spacer between Permalloy and Gd is also considered and will be presented. This work was supported by the Department of Energy Office of Science, Materials Science and Engineering Division.

  17. Visible-light driven Gd2Ti2O7/GdCrO3 composite for hydrogen evolution.

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    Parida, K M; Nashim, Amtul; Mahanta, Saroj Ku

    2011-12-28

    A series of Gd(2)Ti(2)O(7)/GdCrO(3) composites are prepared by solid state combustion method using Gd(NO(3))(3), TiO(2), Cr(2)O(3) as metal source and urea as a fuel. The composites are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectra (DRUV-vis), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area measurements, photoluminescence spectra (PL), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic (XPS) studies, photocurrent measurements etc. The photocatalytic activity of the composites is examined towards hydrogen production without using any co-catalyst under visible light illumination. The rate of formation of hydrogen is measured by the photocatalytic activity measurement device and gas chromatography (GC). The highest efficiency is observed over the composite GTC (Cr:Gd:Ti = 1:1:1). On the basis of photocurrent measurements and PL, a mechanism for the enhanced photocatalytic activity has been discussed.

  18. The Exchange Coupling of Gd3+- and Cr3+-Ions in Paramagnetic GdCrO3 (In German)

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    Dräger, K.

    1986-03-01

    Polycrystalline samples of stoichiometric GdCrO3 have been investigated by ESR at 9.4 GHz. In the temperature range between 175 K and 520 K one broad absorption with a Lorentzian line shape and a g-factor of 2.024 has been observed. Attributing the absorption exclusively to the Gd -ion it can be shown that the temperature dependence of the ESR-intensity follows the predictions of a cluster-model. The energy describing the coupling of a single Gd3+-ion to the surrounding Cr3+-ions is found to be ΔE(Gd) = 170 cm-1. Taking advantage of the similarity within the orthochromites it is possible to determine at the same time the exchange - coupling of Cr3+-ions to their identical nearest neighbours as ΔE(Cr) = 293 cm-1. The relative strength of these couplings given by 0.60 is compatible with other experimental issues.

  19. Microlasers autodoubleurs en Nd:GdCOB

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    Lucas-Leclin, G.; Lombard, L.; Balembois, F.; Georges, P.; Brun, A.; Marty, J.; Ferrand, B.; Calvat, C.; François, B.; Rolland, G.; Pelenc, D.; Aka, G.; Vivien, D.; Pacaud, O.; Maillart, J. M.

    2002-06-01

    Nous avons réalisé des microlasers pompés par diode à émission dans le visible, à partir d'un matériau autodoubleur (Nd:GdCOB) qui possède simultanément des propriétés laser et non linéaires. La fabrication de ces microlasers nécessite une orientation fine des faces des cristaux perpendiculairement à la direction d'accord de phase, avec une précision de t 0,1°. Des miroirs diéléctriques sont déposés sur chaque face. Cette technologie assure une fabrication collective de faible coût. En pompage par diode, une puissance de 21 mW à 530 nm a été atteinte pour une puissance de pompe incidente à 812 nm de 1,4 W. Pour une puissance de pompe réduite de 0,7 W, la puissance émise dans le vert atteint 3 mW, et le profil spatial reste monomode transverse. Ces résultats encourageants sont une nouvelle étape vers la réalisation de sources visibles compactes et bas coût.

  20. Integration of planar transformer and/or planar inductor with power switches in power converter

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    Chen, Kanghua; Ahmed, Sayeed; Zhu, Lizhi

    2007-10-30

    A power converter integrates at least one planar transformer comprising a multi-layer transformer substrate and/or at least one planar inductor comprising a multi-layer inductor substrate with a number of power semiconductor switches physically and thermally coupled to a heat sink via one or more multi-layer switch substrates.

  1. Magnetic properties of CaCu{sub 5}-type RNi{sub 3}TSi (R=Gd and Tb, T=Mn, Fe, Co and Cu) compounds

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    Morozkin, A.V.; Knotko, A.V.; Yapaskurt, V.O.; Yao, Jinlei; Yuan, Fang; Mozharivskyj, Y.; Nirmala, R.; Quezado, S.; Malik, S.K.

    2015-12-15

    Magnetic properties and magnetocaloric effect of CaCu{sub 5}-type RNi{sub 3}TSi (R=Gd and Tb, T=Mn, Fe, Co and Cu) compounds have been investigated. Magnetic measurements of RNi{sub 3}TSi display the increasing of Curie temperature and the decreasing of magnetocaloric effect and saturated magnetic moment in the row of ‘RNi{sub 3}CuSi–RNi{sub 3}NiSi–RNi{sub 3}CoSi–RNi{sub 3}MnSi–RNi{sub 3}FeSi’. In contrast to GdNi{sub 3}{Mn, Fe, Co}Si, TbNi{sub 3}{Mn, Fe, Co}Si exhibit significant magnetic hysteresis. The coercive field increases from TbNi{sub 4}Si (~0.5 kOe) to TbNi{sub 3}CoSi (4 kOe), TbNi{sub 3}MnSi (13 kOe) and TbNi{sub 3}FeSi (16 kOe) in field of 50 kOe at 5 K, whereas TbNi{sub 3}CuSi exhibits a negligible coercive field. - Graphical abstract: Magnetic measurements of RNi{sub 3}TSi show the increasing of Curie temperature and the decreasing of magnetocaloric effect and saturated magnetic moment in the row of 'RNi{sub 3}CuSi–RNi{sub 3}NiSi–RNi{sub 3}CoSi–RNi{sub 3}MnSi–RNi{sub 3}FeSi'. In contrast to GdNi{sub 3}{Mn, Fe, Co}Si, TbNi{sub 3}{Mn, Fe, Co}Si exhibit significant magnetic hysteresis. The coercive field increases from TbNi{sub 4}Si (~0.5 kOe) to TbNi{sub 3}CoSi (4 kOe), TbNi{sub 3}MnSi (13 kOe) and TbNi{sub 3}FeSi (16 kOe) in field of 50 kOe at 5 K, whereas TbNi{sub 3}CuSi exhibits a negligible coercive field. - Highlights: • CaCu{sub 5}-type RNi{sub 3}TSi show ferromagnetic ordering (R=Gd, Tb, T=Mn–Co, Cu). • Curie point increases in ‘RNi{sub 3}CuSi–RNi{sub 3}NiSi–RNi{sub 3}CoSi–RNi{sub 3}MnSi–RNi{sub 3}FeSi’ row. • MCE decreases in ‘RNi{sub 3}CuSi–RNi{sub 3}NiSi–RNi{sub 3}CoSi–RNi{sub 3}MnSi–RNi{sub 3}FeSi’ row. • TbNi{sub 3}{Mn, Fe, Co}Si exhibit significant magnetic hysteresis. • The coercive field of TbNi{sub 3}MnSi and TbNi{sub 3}FeSi reach 13 kOe and 16 kOe at 5 K.

  2. Host-Sensitized NIR Quantum Cutting Emission in Nd(3+) Doped GdNbO4 Phosphors and Effect of Bi(3+) Ion Codoping.

    PubMed

    Shahi, Praveen Kumar; Singh, Priyam; Rai, Shyam Bahadur; Bahadur, Amresh

    2016-02-15

    Host-sensitized near-infrared quantum cutting (QC) emission has been demonstrated in Nd(3+) doped Gd(1-x)Nd(x)NbO4 phosphors for various x values. Further, the effect of Bi(3+) ion addition as a sensitizer on near-infrared QC is studied in detail. X-ray diffraction confirms a monoclinic structure for pure and Nd(3+) doped phosphors. Pulsed laser excitation at 266 nm of Gd(1-x)Nd(x)NbO4 and Gd(0.99-x)Nd(x)Bi(0.01)NbO4 causes efficient room-temperature energy transfer from the NbO4(3-) to the Nd(3+) ions and the NbO4(3-) and Bi(3+) ions to the Nd(3+) ions, respectively, which emits more than one near-infrared photon for single impinging ultraviolet photon. The emission band of Nd(3+) shows unusual character where the intensity of the (4)F(3/2)-(4)I(9/2) transition at 888 nm is higher than the intensity of the transition (4)F(3/2)-(4)I(11/2) at 1064 nm, due to energy transfer from GdNbO4 host to Nd(3+) ion. Using photoluminescence lifetime studies, the quantum cutting efficiencies are found to be the maximum 166% and 172% for Gd(0.95)Nd(0.05)NbO4 and Gd(0.94)Nd(0.05)Bi(0.01)NbO4, respectively. The present study could establish Nd(3+) ion as an alternative of Yb(3+) ion for near-infrared quantum cutting. This work facilitates the probing of Nd(3+) ions doped phosphor materials for next generation Si-solar cells.

  3. Enhanced flux pinning in GdBaCuO bulk superconductors by Zr dopants

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    Xu, C.; Hu, A.; Ichihara, M.; Sakai, N.; Izumi, M.; Hirabayashi, I.

    2007-10-01

    We, respectively, fabricated GdBa2Cu3O7-δ (Gd123) single domain superconductors by melt growth process in air with Gd2Ba4CuZrOx (GdZr2411) and nanosize ZrO2 dopants. The microstructures and superconducting properties were investigated by scanning/transmission electron microscopy (SEM/TEM) and SQUID. GdZr2411 and BaZrO3 particles with the average size of 50 nm were observed in the GdZr2411 and nanosize ZrO2 doped Gd123 bulks by TEM, respectively. Critical current density (Jc) was enhanced up to 100,000 A/cm2 at 77 K and self-field with 0.4 mol% nano-sized ZrO2. The present study also showed that small amount GdZr2411 dopants (8 mol%, ratio to Gd123) were effective to induce a δTc-type pinning.

  4. Planar factors of proper homogeneous Lorentz transformations

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    Fahnline, D.E.

    1985-02-01

    This article discusses two constructions factoring proper homogeneous Lorentz transformations H into the product of two planar transformations. A planar transformation is a proper homogeneous Lorentz transformation changing vectors in a two-flat through the origin, called the transformation two-flat, into new vectors in the same two-flat and which leaves unchanged vectors in the orthogonal two-flat, called the pointwise invariant two-flat. The first construction provides two planar factors such that a given timelike vector lies in the transformation two-flat of one and in the pointwise invariant two-flat of the other; it leads to several basic conditions on the trace of H and to necessary and sufficient conditions for H to be planar. The second construction yields explicit formulas for the orthogonal factors of H when they exist and are unique, where two planar transformations are orthogonal if the transformation two-flat of one is the pointwise invariant two-flat of the other.

  5. Theoretical and experimental study on passive mode-locking composite Nd:GdVO4/Nd:GdVO4/Nd:GdVO4 lasers

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    Wang, X. M.; Li, G. Q.; Zhao, S. Z.; Li, S. X.; Zhang, L.; Guo, Y. J.

    2016-12-01

    Stable passive mode-locking multi-segment composite Nd:GdVO4 lasers with a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror were demonstrated for the first time. For the composite crystals, the output power increased linearly with the increase of the incident pump power, showing excellent thermo-mechanical performances. While for the conventional crystal, power saturation was observed when the incident pump power exceeded 8.79 W. The maximum average output power of 1.465 W was achieved by Nd(0.1%):GdVO4/Nd(0.5%):GdVO4/Nd(1%):GdVO4 composite crystal at an incident pump power of 9.28 W. The largest pulse energy of 14.90 nJ and the highest peak power of 0.53 kW with a pulse duration of 28.0 ps were also obtained by using the same composite crystal, revealing that the multi-segment composite crystal with a proper combination of Nd3+-doped concentrations could obtain the optimal laser performance.

  6. Ion-based materials comprising planar charged species.

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    Dong, Bin; Maeda, Hiromitsu

    2013-05-14

    Materials comprising planar units have the propensity to form stacking assemblies with nanoscale architectures and intriguing properties. In this feature article, some recent examples of ion-based materials comprising positively and negatively charged planar species are described. Various ion-based solid and soft materials can be formed by planar charged species alone or with the aid of other components. It is more challenging to prepare planar anions than planar cations; however, the noncovalent association of electronically neutral planar anion receptors and anions is an efficient strategy for the preparation of planar anions. Suitable candidates include dipyrrolyldiketone boron complexes, which exhibit the formation of various receptor-anion complexes and can be used to fabricate advanced materials in combination with countercations. Ion-based materials consisting of planar charged components have potential as electrically conductive materials, resulting from the ordered arrangement of the planar charged species.

  7. Piezo Voltage Controlled Planar Hall Effect Devices

    PubMed Central

    Zhang, Bao; Meng, Kang-Kang; Yang, Mei-Yin; Edmonds, K. W.; Zhang, Hao; Cai, Kai-Ming; Sheng, Yu; Zhang, Nan; Ji, Yang; Zhao, Jian-Hua; Zheng, Hou-Zhi; Wang, Kai-You

    2016-01-01

    The electrical control of the magnetization switching in ferromagnets is highly desired for future spintronic applications. Here we report on hybrid piezoelectric (PZT)/ferromagnetic (Co2FeAl) devices in which the planar Hall voltage in the ferromagnetic layer is tuned solely by piezo voltages. The change of planar Hall voltage is associated with magnetization switching through 90° in the plane under piezo voltages. Room temperature magnetic NOT and NOR gates are demonstrated based on the piezo voltage controlled Co2FeAl planar Hall effect devices without the external magnetic field. Our demonstration may lead to the realization of both information storage and processing using ferromagnetic materials. PMID:27329068

  8. Design of reconfigurable GRIN planar optical interconnects

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    Gomez-Reino, C.; Flores-Arias, M. T.; Perez, M. V.; Bao, C.; Castelo, A.; Nieto, D.

    2008-04-01

    Design of all-optics reconfigurable GRIN (Gradient-Index) planar structure for crossover and parallel interconnects will be presented. Design represents a unique combination of GRIN materials, simple geometry optics and waveguide technology for both parallel and distributed processing and communication networks. The optical analysis is based on-axis and off-axis multiple imaging property of GRIN components. The analysis includes the study of the Point Spread Function (PSF) for describing the performance of the GRIN planar structure and the evaluation of the Space Bandwidth Product (SBP) for estimating the number of channels which can be handled. The dependence of the number of channels on the wavelength of the light and the aperture of the planar interconnect is shown. The results are given for five working wavelengths of Laser Diode (LD) and for four transverse aperture of reconfigurable optical interconnect.

  9. Planar zeros in gauge theories and gravity

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    Jiménez, Diego Medrano; Vera, Agustín Sabio; Vázquez-Mozo, Miguel Á.

    2016-09-01

    Planar zeros are studied in the context of the five-point scattering amplitude for gauge bosons and gravitons. In the case of gauge theories, it is found that planar zeros are determined by an algebraic curve in the projective plane spanned by the three stereographic coordinates labelling the direction of the outgoing momenta. This curve depends on the values of six independent color structures. Considering the gauge group SU( N) with N = 2 , 3 , 5 and fixed color indices, the class of curves obtained gets broader by increasing the rank of the group. For the five-graviton scattering, on the other hand, we show that the amplitude vanishes whenever the process is planar, without imposing further kinematic conditions. A rationale for this result is provided using color-kinematics duality.

  10. The Feynman Identity for Planar Graphs

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    da Costa, G. A. T. F.

    2016-08-01

    The Feynman identity (FI) of a planar graph relates the Euler polynomial of the graph to an infinite product over the equivalence classes of closed nonperiodic signed cycles in the graph. The main objectives of this paper are to compute the number of equivalence classes of nonperiodic cycles of given length and sign in a planar graph and to interpret the data encoded by the FI in the context of free Lie superalgebras. This solves in the case of planar graphs a problem first raised by Sherman and sets the FI as the denominator identity of a free Lie superalgebra generated from a graph. Other results are obtained. For instance, in connection with zeta functions of graphs.

  11. Ultraviolet upconversion luminescence of Gd{sup 3+} and Eu{sup 3+} in nano-structured glass ceramics

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    Lin, Hang; Chen, Daqin; Yu, Yunlong; Yang, Anping; Zhang, Rui; Wang, Yuansheng

    2012-02-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ultraviolet upconversion emissions of Eu{sup 3+} and Gd{sup 3+} are rarely studied. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Nanostructured glass ceramic is developed as a host for ultraviolet upconversion. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ultraviolet upconversion signal are found greatly enhanced after crystallization. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer It is promising for fabricating novel ultraviolet upconversion lasers. -- Abstract: Ultraviolet multiphoton upconversion emissions of Eu{sup 3+} ({sup 5}H{sub 3-7}, {sup 5}G{sub 2-6}, {sup 5}L{sub 6} {yields} {sup 7}F{sub 0}) and Gd{sup 3+} ({sup 6}I{sub J}, {sup 6}P{sub J} {yields} {sup 8}S{sub 7/2}) are studied in the Eu{sup 3+} (or Gd{sup 3+}) doped SiO{sub 2}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-NaF-YF{sub 3} precursor glasses and glass ceramics containing {beta}-YF{sub 3} nanocrystals, under continuous-wavelength 976 nm laser pumping. It is experimentally demonstrated that energy transfer from Yb{sup 3+} to Tm{sup 3+}, then further to Eu{sup 3+} or Gd{sup 3+} is responsible for the upconversion process. Compared to those in the precursor glasses, the upconversion emission intensities in the glass ceramics are greatly enhanced, owing to the participation of rare earth ions into the low-phonon-energy environment of {beta}-YF{sub 3} nanocrystals. Hopefully, the studied glass ceramics may find potential applications in the field of ultraviolet solid-state lasers.

  12. Recirculating planar magnetrons: simulations and experiment

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    Franzi, Matthew; Gilgenbach, Ronald; French, David; Lau, Y.Y.; Simon, David; Hoff, Brad; Luginsland, John W.

    2011-07-01

    The Recirculating Planar Magnetron (RPM) is a novel crossed-field device whose geometry is expected to reduce thermal load, enhance current yield as well as ease the geometric limitations in scaling to high RF frequencies as compared to the conventional cylindrical magnetrons. The RPM has two different adaptations: A. Axial B field and radial E field; B. Radial B field and axial E field. The preliminary configuration (A) to be used in experiments at the University of Michigan consists of two parallel planar sections which join on either end by cylindrical regions to form a concentric extruded ellipse. Similar to conventional magnetrons, a voltage across the AK gap in conjunction with an axial magnetic field provides the electrons with an ExB drift. The device is named RPM because the drifting electrons recirculate from one planar region to the other. The drifting electrons interact with the resonantly tuned slow wave structure on the anode causing spoke formation. These electron spokes drive a RF electric field in the cavities from which RF power may be extracted to Waveguides. The RPM may be designed in either a conventional configuration with the anode on the outside, for simplified extraction, or as an inverted magnetron with the anode at the inner conductor, for fast start-up. Currently, experiments at the Pulsed Power and Microwave Laboratory at the University of Michigan are in the setup and design phase. A conventional RPM with planar cavities is to be installed on the Michigan Electron Long Beam Accelerator (MELBA) and is anticipated to operate at -200kV, 0.2T with a beam current of 1-10 kA at 1GHz. The conventional RPM consists of 12 identical planar cavities, 6 on each planar side, with simulated quality factor of 20.

  13. Gd-HOPO Based High Relaxivity MRI Contrast Agents

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    Datta, Ankona; Raymond, Kenneth

    2008-11-06

    Tris-bidentate HOPO-based ligands developed in our laboratory were designed to complement the coordination preferences of Gd{sup 3+}, especially its oxophilicity. The HOPO ligands provide a hexadentate coordination environment for Gd{sup 3+} in which all he donor atoms are oxygen. Because Gd{sup 3+} favors eight or nine coordination, this design provides two to three open sites for inner-sphere water molecules. These water molecules rapidly exchange with bulk solution, hence affecting the relaxation rates of bulk water olecules. The parameters affecting the efficiency of these contrast agents have been tuned to improve contrast while still maintaining a high thermodynamic stability for Gd{sup 3+} binding. The Gd- HOPO-based contrast agents surpass current commercially available agents ecause of a higher number of inner-sphere water molecules, rapid exchange of inner-sphere water molecules via an associative mechanism, and a long electronic relaxation time. The contrast enhancement provided by these agents is at least twice that of commercial contrast gents, which are based on polyaminocarboxylate ligands.

  14. The Structural Evolution of (Gd, Y)Ba2Cu3Ox Tapes With Zr Addition Made by Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition

    SciTech Connect

    Lei, CH; Galstyan, E; Chen, YM; Shi, T; Liu, YH; Khatri, N; Liu, JF; Xiong, XM; Majkic, G; Selvamanickam, V

    2013-06-01

    Structural analysis of (Gd, Y) Ba2Cu3Ox tapes with Zr addition made by metal organic chemical vapor deposition has been conducted with transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. Zr content in the films was varied from 0 to 25% in the precursor. In all Zr-doped films, self-assembled nanocolumnar structures of BaZrO3 (BZO) were observed along the c-axis. The amount of BaZrO3 was found to increase steadily with Zr content. Additionally, planar BZO plates were found on the (001) plane of (Gd, Y) Ba2Cu3Ox film. The size and thickness of BZO plates were seen to increase with Zr doping level. Rare-earth copper oxide phases were observed to begin to emerge in the 20% Zr-doped film. Cross-sectional study of the interface between (Gd, Y)Ba2Cu3Ox and LaMnO3 cap layer revealed a thin discrete BZO layer on the LaMnO3 in the 20% Zr doped film.

  15. Laser direct write of planar alkaline microbatteries

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    Arnold, C. B.; Kim, H.; Piqué, A.

    We are developing a laser engineering approach to fabricate and optimize alkaline microbatteries in planar geometries. The laser direct-write technique enables multicapability for adding, removing and processing material and provides the ability to pattern complicated structures needed for fabricating complete microbattery assemblies. In this paper, we demonstrate the production of planar zinc-silver oxide alkaline cells under ambient conditions. The microbattery cells exhibit 1.55-V open-circuit potentials, as expected for the battery chemistry, and show a flat discharge behavior under constant-current loads. High capacities of over 450 μAhcm-2 are obtained for 5-mm2 microbatteries.

  16. Large-scale planar lightwave circuits

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    Bidnyk, Serge; Zhang, Hua; Pearson, Matt; Balakrishnan, Ashok

    2011-01-01

    By leveraging advanced wafer processing and flip-chip bonding techniques, we have succeeded in hybrid integrating a myriad of active optical components, including photodetectors and laser diodes, with our planar lightwave circuit (PLC) platform. We have combined hybrid integration of active components with monolithic integration of other critical functions, such as diffraction gratings, on-chip mirrors, mode-converters, and thermo-optic elements. Further process development has led to the integration of polarization controlling functionality. Most recently, all these technological advancements have been combined to create large-scale planar lightwave circuits that comprise hundreds of optical elements integrated on chips less than a square inch in size.

  17. Optical Planar Discrete Fourier and Wavelet Transforms

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    Cincotti, Gabriella; Moreolo, Michela Svaluto; Neri, Alessandro

    2007-10-01

    We present all-optical architectures to perform discrete wavelet transform (DWT), wavelet packet (WP) decomposition and discrete Fourier transform (DFT) using planar lightwave circuits (PLC) technology. Any compact-support wavelet filter can be implemented as an optical planar two-port lattice-form device, and different subband filtering schemes are possible to denoise, or multiplex optical signals. We consider both parallel and serial input cases. We design a multiport decoder/decoder that is able to generate/process optical codes simultaneously and a flexible logarithmic wavelength multiplexer, with flat top profile and reduced crosstalk.

  18. Planar Inlet Design and Analysis Process (PINDAP)

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    Slater, John W.; Gruber, Christopher R.

    2005-01-01

    The Planar Inlet Design and Analysis Process (PINDAP) is a collection of software tools that allow the efficient aerodynamic design and analysis of planar (two-dimensional and axisymmetric) inlets. The aerodynamic analysis is performed using the Wind-US computational fluid dynamics (CFD) program. A major element in PINDAP is a Fortran 90 code named PINDAP that can establish the parametric design of the inlet and efficiently model the geometry and generate the grid for CFD analysis with design changes to those parameters. The use of PINDAP is demonstrated for subsonic, supersonic, and hypersonic inlets.

  19. Si Wire-Array Solar Cells

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    Boettcher, Shannon

    2010-03-01

    Micron-scale Si wire arrays are three-dimensional photovoltaic absorbers that enable orthogonalization of light absorption and carrier collection and hence allow for the utilization of relatively impure Si in efficient solar cell designs. The wire arrays are grown by a vapor-liquid-solid-catalyzed process on a crystalline (111) Si wafer lithographically patterned with an array of metal catalyst particles. Following growth, such arrays can be embedded in polymethyldisiloxane (PDMS) and then peeled from the template growth substrate. The result is an unusual photovoltaic material: a flexible, bendable, wafer-thickness crystalline Si absorber. In this paper I will describe: 1. the growth of high-quality Si wires with controllable doping and the evaluation of their photovoltaic energy-conversion performance using a test electrolyte that forms a rectifying conformal semiconductor-liquid contact 2. the observation of enhanced absorption in wire arrays exceeding the conventional light trapping limits for planar Si cells of equivalent material thickness and 3. single-wire and large-area solid-state Si wire-array solar cell results obtained to date with directions for future cell designs based on optical and device physics. In collaboration with Michael Kelzenberg, Morgan Putnam, Joshua Spurgeon, Daniel Turner-Evans, Emily Warren, Nathan Lewis, and Harry Atwater, California Institute of Technology.

  20. Microstructures of Si surface layers implanted with Cu

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    Follstaedt, D. M.; Myers, S. M.

    Microstructures of Si ion-implanted with Cu have been characterized by TEM after annealing. For 1.2 at.%, the Cu is trapped at planar defects, but for 10 at.%, (eta)-Cu3Si forms and Cu diffuses at its equilibrium solubility. These observations allow proper evaluation of the binding energies of Cu to previously formed internal cavities (2.2 eV) and (eta)-Cu3Si (1.7 eV). The 10 at.% Cu layer promotes oxidation of Si catalyzed by (eta)-Cu3Si. The microstructures also indicate that Si implanted with (approximately)2 at.% Cu reforms epitaxially with embedded defects after 8 hr at 700C, but for (approximately)10 at.% Cu, epitaxy is not recovered after 6 hours at 600C.

  1. Microstructures of Si surface layers implanted with Cu

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    Follstaedt, D.M.; Myers, S.M.

    1993-12-31

    Microstructures of Si ion-implanted with Cu have been characterized by TEM after annealing. For 1.2 at.%, the Cu is trapped at planar defects, but for 10 at.%, {eta}-Cu{sub 3}Si forms and Cu diffuses at its equilibrium solubility. These observations allow proper evaluation of the binding energies of Cu to previously formed internal cavities (2.2 eV) and {eta}-Cu{sub 3}Si (1.7 eV). The 10 at.% Cu layer promotes oxidation of Si catalyzed by {eta}-Cu{sub 3}Si. The microstructures also indicate that Si implanted with {approximately}2 at.% Cu reforms epitaxially with embedded defects after 8 hr at 700C, but for {approximately}10 at.% Cu, epitaxy is not recovered after 6 hours at 600C.

  2. Gd12Co5.3Bi and Gd12Co5Bi, Crystalline Doppelgänger with Low Thermal Conductivities.

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    Oliynyk, Anton O; Sparks, Taylor D; Gaultois, Michael W; Ghadbeigi, Leila; Mar, Arthur

    2016-07-05

    Attempts to prepare Gd12Co5Bi, a member of the rare-earth (RE) intermetallics RE12Co5Bi, which were identified by a machine-learning recommendation engine as potential candidates for thermoelectric materials, led instead to formation of the new compound Gd12Co5.3Bi with a very similar composition. Phase equilibria near the Gd-rich corner of the Gd-Co-Bi phase diagram were elucidated by both lab-based and variable-temperature synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction, suggesting that Gd12Co5.3Bi and Gd12Co5Bi are distinct phases. The higher symmetry structure of Gd12Co5.3Bi (cubic, space group Im3̅, Z = 2, a = 9.713(6) Å), as determined from single-crystal X-ray diffraction, is closely related to that of Gd12Co5Bi (tetragonal, space group Immm). Single Co atoms and Co-Co dumbbells are disordered with occupancies of 0.78(2) and 0.22(2), respectively, in Gd12Co5.3Bi, but they are ordered in Gd12Co5Bi. Consistent with this disorder, the electrical resistivity shows less dependence on temperature for Gd12Co5.3Bi than for Gd12Co5Bi. The thermal conductivity is low and reaches 2.8 W m(-1) K(-1) at 600 °C for both compounds; however, the temperature dependence of the thermal conductivity differs, decreasing for Gd12Co5.3Bi and increasing for Gd12Co5Bi as the temperature increases. The unusual trends in thermal properties persist in the heat capacity, which decreases below 2R, and in the thermal diffusivity, which increases at higher temperatures.

  3. Photophysical Property and Photocatalytic Activity of New Gd2InSbO7 and Gd2FeSbO7 Compounds under Visible Light Irradiation

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    Luan, Jingfei; Xu, Yong

    2013-01-01

    Gd2InSbO7 and Gd2FeSbO7 were synthesized first, and their structural and photocatalytic properties were studied. The lattice parameters and the band gaps for Gd2InSbO7 and Gd2FeSbO7 were 10.449546 Å, 10.276026 Å, 2.897 eV and 2.151 eV. The photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine B was performed with Gd2InSbO7 and Gd2FeSbO7 under visible light irradiation. Gd2InSbO7 and Gd2FeSbO7 had higher catalytic activity compared with Bi2InTaO7. Gd2FeSbO7 exhibited higher catalytic activity than Gd2InSbO7. The photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine B followed with the first-order reaction kinetics, and the first-order rate constant k was 0.01606, 0.02220 or 0.00329 min−1 with Gd2InSbO7, Gd2FeSbO7 or Bi2InTaO7 as photocatalyst. Complete removal of rhodamine B was observed after visible light irradiation for 225 min or 260 min with Gd2FeSbO7 or Gd2InSbO7 as photocatalyst. The evolution of CO2 was realized, and it indicated continuous mineralization of rhodamine B during the photocatalytic process. The possible photocatalytic degradation pathway of rhodamine B was proposed. PMID:23296275

  4. Strain and stability of ultrathin Ge layers in Si/Ge/Si axial heterojunction nanowires

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    Ross, Frances M.; Stach, Eric A.; Wen, Cheng -Yen; Reuter, Mark C.; Su, Dong

    2015-02-05

    The abrupt heterointerfaces in the Si/Ge materials system presents useful possibilities for electronic device engineering because the band structure can be affected by strain induced by the lattice mismatch. In planar layers, heterointerfaces with abrupt composition changes are difficult to realize without introducing misfit dislocations. However, in catalytically grown nanowires, abrupt heterointerfaces can be fabricated by appropriate choice of the catalyst. Here we grow nanowires containing Si/Ge and Si/Ge/Si structures respectively with sub-1nm thick Ge "quantum wells" and we measure the interfacial strain fields using geometric phase analysis. Narrow Ge layers show radial strains of several percent, with a corresponding dilation in the axial direction. Si/Ge interfaces show lattice rotation and curvature of the lattice planes. We conclude that high strains can be achieved, compared to what is possible in planar layers. In addition, we study the stability of these heterostructures under heating and electron beam irradiation. The strain and composition gradients are supposed to the cause of the instability for interdiffusion.

  5. Strain and stability of ultrathin Ge layers in Si/Ge/Si axial heterojunction nanowires

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    Ross, Frances M.; Stach, Eric A.; Wen, Cheng -Yen; ...

    2015-02-05

    The abrupt heterointerfaces in the Si/Ge materials system presents useful possibilities for electronic device engineering because the band structure can be affected by strain induced by the lattice mismatch. In planar layers, heterointerfaces with abrupt composition changes are difficult to realize without introducing misfit dislocations. However, in catalytically grown nanowires, abrupt heterointerfaces can be fabricated by appropriate choice of the catalyst. Here we grow nanowires containing Si/Ge and Si/Ge/Si structures respectively with sub-1nm thick Ge "quantum wells" and we measure the interfacial strain fields using geometric phase analysis. Narrow Ge layers show radial strains of several percent, with a correspondingmore » dilation in the axial direction. Si/Ge interfaces show lattice rotation and curvature of the lattice planes. We conclude that high strains can be achieved, compared to what is possible in planar layers. In addition, we study the stability of these heterostructures under heating and electron beam irradiation. The strain and composition gradients are supposed to the cause of the instability for interdiffusion.« less

  6. Magnetic Properties of Liquid Gd-TM (TM = Mn, Fe, Co, Ni) Alloys

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    Ohno, Satoru; Shimakura, Hironori; Tahara, Shuta; Okada, Tatsuya

    2016-12-01

    Liquid Gd-TM (TM = Mn, Fe, Ni) alloys on the TM-rich side have relatively small and negative temperature coefficients of the magnetic susceptibility χ, which become large and negative with increasing Gd content. The large and negative temperature coefficient of χ for liquid Co gradually weakens at up to 70 at. % Co with the addition of Gd. Liquid Gd and GdcCo1-c alloys with c ≥ 0.5 also have a relatively large and negative temperature coefficient of χ. Liquid Gd-TM alloys on the Gd-rich side obey the Curie law. The magnetic susceptibilities of liquid Gd-Fe and Gd-Co alloys exhibit Curie-Weiss behavior on the TM-rich side. The dependence of χ on the composition for liquid Gd-TM (TM = Mn, Fe, Ni) alloys gradually increases with the Gd content, and that for liquid Gd-Co alloys has a minimum at the composition of 20 at. % Gd. The dependences of χ3d and χ4f on the composition due to the 3d- and 4f-electrons were analyzed by subtracting the corresponding data for liquid La-TM alloys from χ for the liquid Gd-TM alloys.

  7. Spectroscopic study of Gd nanostructures quantum confined in Fe corrals

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    Cao, R. X.; Sun, L.; Miao, B. F.; Li, Q. L.; Zheng, C.; Wu, D.; You, B.; Zhang, W.; Han, P.; Bader, S. D.; Zhang, W. Y.; Ding, H. F.

    2015-01-01

    Low dimensional nanostructures have attracted attention due to their rich physical properties and potential applications. The essential factor for their functionality is their electronic properties, which can be modified by quantum confinement. Here the electronic states of Gd atom trapped in open Fe corrals on Ag(111) were studied via scanning tunneling spectroscopy. A single spectroscopic peak above the Fermi level is observed after Gd adatoms are trapped inside Fe corrals, while two peaks appear in empty corrals. The single peak position is close to the higher energy peak of the empty corrals. These findings, attributed to quantum confinement of the corrals and Gd structures trapped inside, are supported by tight-binding calculations. This demonstrates and provides insights into atom trapping in open corrals of various diameters, giving an alternative approach to modify the properties of nano-objects. PMID:26160318

  8. Spectroscopic study of Gd nanostructures quantum confined in Fe corrals

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    Cao, R. X.; Sun, L.; Miao, B. F.; Li, Q. L.; Zheng, C.; Wu, D.; You, B.; Zhang, W.; Han, P.; Bader, S. D.; Zhang, W. Y.; Ding, H. F.

    2015-07-10

    Low dimensional nanostructures have attracted attention due to their rich physical properties and potential applications. The essential factor for their functionality is their electronic properties, which can be modified by quantum confinement. Here the electronic states of Gd atom trapped in open Fe corrals on Ag(111) were studied via scanning tunneling spectroscopy. A single spectroscopic peak above the Fermi level is observed after Gd adatoms are trapped inside Fe corrals, while two peaks appear in empty corrals. The single peak position is close to the higher energy peak of the empty corrals. These findings, attributed to quantum confinement of the corrals and Gd structures trapped inside, are supported by tight-binding calculations. As a result, this demonstrates and provides insights into atom trapping in open corrals of various diameters, giving an alternative approach to modify the properties of nano-objects.

  9. Asteroseismology of the ZZ Ceti and DAZ GD 133

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    Fu, J.-N.; Vauclair, G.; Su, J.; Cang, T.; Li, C.; Xue, H.; Jiang, X.-J.; Li, Y.; Niu, H.; Zhang, X.; Colas, F.; Dolez, N.; Fox Machado, L.; Michel, R.; Alvarez, M.; Kim, S.-L.

    2017-03-01

    GD 133 is a DAZ white dwarf with an atmosphere polluted by heavy elements accreted from a debris disk, which is formed by the disruption of rocky planetesimals with orbits bringing them at the white dwarf tidal radius. To reach such orbits implies the potential presence of a perturbing planet. GD 133 is a ZZ Ceti pulsator close to the blue edge of the instability strip. The presence of a planet could be revealed by the periodical variation of the observed pulsation periods induced by the orbital motion of the white dwarf around the barycenter of the system. We started a multi-site photometric follow-up aimed at detecting the signature of this potential planet. As a preliminary result of this work in progress, we give the parameters of the GD 133 best-fit model derived from asteroseismology.

  10. Spectroscopic study of Gd nanostructures quantum confined in Fe corrals

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    Cao, R. X.; Sun, L.; Miao, B. F.; ...

    2015-07-10

    Low dimensional nanostructures have attracted attention due to their rich physical properties and potential applications. The essential factor for their functionality is their electronic properties, which can be modified by quantum confinement. Here the electronic states of Gd atom trapped in open Fe corrals on Ag(111) were studied via scanning tunneling spectroscopy. A single spectroscopic peak above the Fermi level is observed after Gd adatoms are trapped inside Fe corrals, while two peaks appear in empty corrals. The single peak position is close to the higher energy peak of the empty corrals. These findings, attributed to quantum confinement of themore » corrals and Gd structures trapped inside, are supported by tight-binding calculations. As a result, this demonstrates and provides insights into atom trapping in open corrals of various diameters, giving an alternative approach to modify the properties of nano-objects.« less

  11. Measurement of internal conversion electrons from Gd neutron capture

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    Kandlakunta, P.; Cao, L. R.; Mulligan, P.

    2013-03-01

    Gadolinium (Gd) is a suitable material for neutron conversion because of its superior neutron absorption cross-section. However, the principal secondary particles that generate electron-hole pairs in a semiconductor detector after Gd neutron capture are low-energy internal conversion (IC) electrons. We measured the IC electron spectrum due to Gd neutron capture by using a thermal neutron beam and a digitizer-based multidetector spectroscopy. We also discussed the effective use of the IC electrons in the context of a twin-detector design and the associated gamma-ray rejection issues. Extensive simulations of the spectra of IC electrons and gamma rays agreed well with the experimental results; both types of results support the feasibility of the proposed n-γ separation method.

  12. Ultraviolet photoluminescence from Gd-implanted AlN epilayers

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    Zavada, J. M.; Nepal, N.; Lin, J. Y.; Jiang, H. X.; Brown, E.; Hoemmerich, U.; Hite, J.; Thaler, G. T.; Abernathy, C. R.; Pearton, S. J.; Gwilliam, R.

    2006-10-09

    Deep ultraviolet emission from gadolinium (Gd)-implanted AlN thin films has been observed using photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. The AlN epilayers were ion implanted with Gd to a total dose of {approx}6x10{sup 14} cm{sup -2}. Using the output at 197 nm from a quadrupled Ti:sapphire laser, narrow PL emission was observed at 318 nm, characteristic of the trivalent Gd ion. A broader emission band, also centered at 318 nm, was measured with excitation at 263 nm. The PL emission intensity decreased by less than a factor of 3 over the sample temperature range of 10-300 K and decay transients were of the order of nanoseconds.

  13. High magnetic field study of the Gd-Co exchange interactions in GdCo12B6

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    Isnard, O.; Skourski, Y.; Diop, L. V. B.; Arnold, Z.; Andreev, A. V.; Wosnitza, J.; Iwasa, A.; Kondo, A.; Matsuo, A.; Kindo, K.

    2012-05-01

    Pulsed magnetic fields up to 68 Tesla have been used to determine the intersublattice coupling strength and its temperature dependence of GdCo12B6 compound. This compound exhibits ferrimagnetic behaviour below 163 ± 2 K. Two antiferromagnetically coupled sublattices cancel out at compensation temperature at about 48 K. They are carrying magnetization of typically 0.42 μB/Co atom and 7 μB/Gd. The intrinsic magnetic properties of the GdCo12B6 compound have been determined by combining low temperature magnetic measurements in both steady and pulsed magnetic field, as well as isofield studies in steady field. At 4.2 K, the magnetization curve of GdCo12B6 is found to reach the full saturation with sum of both sublattice magnetizations for an applied magnetic field of about 68 T. In addition a detailed study is presented in the whole ordered temperature range on the basis of magnetization curves recorded using pulsed magnetic field up to 60 T. This has enabled to investigate the intersublattice coupling strength and its temperature dependence, a value JCo-Gd/kB = -5.3 ± 0.3 K is derived from the magnetization curves whereas one gets much larger value for JCo-Co/kB = 108 K.

  14. Theoretical study on the isomeric structures and the stability of silylenoid (Tsi)Cl2SiLi (Tsi = C(SiMe3)3).

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    Xie, Ju; Feng, Dacheng; Feng, Shengyu

    2006-06-01

    The structures and isomerization of silylenoid (Tsi)Cl(2)SiLi (Tsi = C(SiMe(3))(3)) were studied by density functional theory (DFT) at the B3LYP/6-31G(d) level. Four equilibrium structures and three isomeric transition states were located. The three-membered ring and p-complex structures, 1 and 2, are the two most stable forms. Two other local minima, the sigma-complex 3 and tetrahedron structure 4, should rearrange to 1 with very low barriers, and then to the most stable isomer 2. To exploit further the stability of silylenoid (Tsi)Cl(2)SiLi, the insertion reactions of 2 and silylene (Tsi)ClSi into the HF molecule have been investigated at the B3LYP/6-31G(d) level, respectively. The results show that the insertion of 2 into HF is very similar to that of (Tsi)ClSi into HF, but the latter is more favorable. To probe the influence of the substituent Tsi on the stability of silylenoid (Tsi)Cl(2)SiLi, the isomers and insertion reaction of silylenoid CH(3)Cl(2)SiLi were investigated in a similar way of those with (Tsi)Cl(2)SiLi. The results indicate that silylenoid containing very bulky group Tsi exhibits unusual stability because of the severe steric hindrance produced by Tsi at the center to which it is attached.

  15. COMPUTER ANALYSIS OF PLANAR GAMMA CAMERA IMAGES

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    COMPUTER ANALYSIS OF PLANAR GAMMA CAMERA IMAGES

    T Martonen1 and J Schroeter2

    1Experimental Toxicology Division, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711 USA and 2Curriculum in Toxicology, Unive...

  16. Helical axis stellarator with noninterlocking planar coils

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    Reiman, A.; Boozer, A.H.

    1984-03-06

    The present invention generates stellarator fields having favorable properties (magnetic well and large rotational transform) by a simple coil system consisting only of unlinked planar non-circular coils. At large rotational transform toroidal effects on magnetic well and rotational transform are small and can be ignored. We do so herein, specializing in straight helical systems.

  17. Planar fluoride waveguides for amplifiers and lasers

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    Grishutkina, T E; Doroshenko, M E; Karasik, A Ya; Konyushkin, V A; Konyushkin, D V; Nakladov, A N; Osiko, V V; Tsvetkov, V B

    2015-08-31

    We have produced planar optical waveguides having a crystalline CaF{sub 2} – YF{sub 3} – NdF{sub 3} mixed yttrofluorite core and two reflective claddings in order to improve waveguide excitation efficiency. Under diode pumping, lasing has been achieved at a wavelength of 1064 nm with a slope efficiency near 15%. (lasers)

  18. Planar tetracoordinate carbons in cyclic hydrocarbons.

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    Perez, Nancy; Heine, Thomas; Barthel, Robert; Seifert, Gotthard; Vela, Alberto; Mendez-Rojas, Miguel Angel; Merino, Gabriel

    2005-04-14

    [structure: see text] A series of cyclic hydrocarbons containing a planar tetracoordinate carbon atom is proposed. To rationalize the electronic factors contributing to the stability of these molecules, an analysis of the molecular orbitals and the induced magnetic field is presented.

  19. Planar antenna system for direction finding

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    Mardale, Iulia-Cezara; Cocias, Gabriela; Dumitrascu, Ana; Tamas, Razvan; Berescu, Serban

    2015-02-01

    Applications of direction finding techniques include detection and localization of pulsed electromagnetic sources. This paper presents the design and analysis of a planar antenna system for direction finding. Our proposed system includes 4 hybrid couplers that generate 900 shifted signals, 2 crossover couplers also known as 0dB couplers, two 450 phase shifters, two 00 phase shifters and 4 patch antennas.

  20. Model for designing planar magnetron cathodes

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    Garcia, M.

    1997-09-30

    This report outlines an analytical model of the distribution of plasma in the cathode fall of a planar magnetron cathode. Here I continue commentary on previous work, and introduce an ion sheath model to describe the discharge dark space below the magnetron halo.

  1. Piecewise-Planar Parabolic Reflectarray Antenna

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    Hodges, Richard; Zawadzki, Mark

    2009-01-01

    The figure shows a dual-beam, dualpolarization Ku-band antenna, the reflector of which comprises an assembly of small reflectarrays arranged in a piecewise- planar approximation of a parabolic reflector surface. The specific antenna design is intended to satisfy requirements for a wide-swath spaceborne radar altimeter, but the general principle of piecewise-planar reflectarray approximation of a parabolic reflector also offers advantages for other applications in which there are requirements for wideswath antennas that can be stowed compactly and that perform equally in both horizontal and vertical polarizations. The main advantages of using flat (e.g., reflectarray) antenna surfaces instead of paraboloidal or parabolic surfaces is that the flat ones can be fabricated at lower cost and can be stowed and deployed more easily. Heretofore, reflectarray antennas have typically been designed to reside on single planar surfaces and to emulate the focusing properties of, variously, paraboloidal (dish) or parabolic antennas. In the present case, one approximates the nominal parabolic shape by concatenating several flat pieces, while still exploiting the principles of the planar reflectarray for each piece. Prior to the conception of the present design, the use of a single large reflectarray was considered, but then abandoned when it was found that the directional and gain properties of the antenna would be noticeably different for the horizontal and vertical polarizations.

  2. Coalescence of planar GaAs nanowires into strain-free three-dimensional crystals on exact (001) silicon

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    Li, Qiang; Jiang, Huaxing; Lau, Kei May

    2016-11-01

    We report three dimensional (3D) disk-shaped GaAs crystals on V-groove patterned (001) Si substrates by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition. Planar GaAs nanowires with triangular cross-sections were grown inside Si V-grooves by nano-scale selective heteroepitaxy. These nanowires were then partially confined in micro-sized SiO2 cavities and coalesced into uniform arrays of 3D crystals. Scanning electron microscope and atomic force microscopy inspection showed the absence of antiphase-domains and smooth top surface morphology. Superior structural and optical properties over GaAs thin films on planar Si were also demonstrated. More remarkably, by growing the 3D crystals on V-grooved Si, we were able to overcome the residual tensile stress induced by the thermal mismatch between GaAs and Si. Strain-free GaAs was uncovered in the crystals with a dimension of 3×3 μm2.

  3. "Finite part" electric and magnetic stored energies for planar antennas

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    Cockrell, C. R.

    1981-01-01

    A pair of formulas representing the time-average "finite part" electric and magnetic stored energies for planar antennas are derived. It is also shown that the asymptotic reciprocal relationship between quality factor and relative bandwidth exists for planar antennas.

  4. Four Decades of the Chemistry of Planar Hypercoordinate Compounds.

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    Yang, Li-Ming; Ganz, Eric; Chen, Zhongfang; Wang, Zhi-Xiang; Schleyer, Paul von Ragué

    2015-08-10

    The idea of planar tetracoordinate carbon (ptC) was considered implausible for a hundred years after 1874. Examples of ptC were then predicted computationally and realized experimentally. Both electronic and mechanical (e.g., small rings and cages) effects stabilize these unusual bonding arrangements. Concepts based on the bonding motifs of planar methane and the planar methane dication can be extended to give planar hypercoordinate structures of other chemical elements. Numerous planar configurations of various central atoms (main-group and transition-metal elements) with coordination numbers up to ten are discussed herein. The evolution of such planar configurations from small molecules to clusters, to nanospecies and to bulk solids is delineated. Some experimentally fabricated planar materials have been shown to possess unusual electrical and magnetic properties. A fundamental understanding of planar hypercoordinate chemistry and its potential will help guide its future development.

  5. Rare-earth substitution in (BiYCa)3(FeSiGe)5O12 bubble films

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    Luther, L. C.; Slusky, S. E. G.; Brandle, C. D.; Norelli, M. P.

    1987-01-01

    The substitution of Y by Sm, Tb, Gd, and Ho in (BiYCa)3 FeSiGe)5O12 bubble garnet is shown to have large effects on the growth-induced anisotropy (GIA). The presently accepted film composition intended for 6-or 8-micron-period bubble memory devices demands partial substitution of Y by Gd and Ho. However, comparing films grown under the same growth conditions, it is observed that YGdHoBilG films posess less (GIA) than their Gd, Ho-free counterparts. Thus, to satisfy (GIA) requirements, the supercooling during growth must be increased by 20 K to 80 K with undesirable effects on defect densities. A new film composition containing Sm, Tb, and Gd has been formulated to satisfy all known material property specifications for 6- or 8-micron-period memory devices. It can be grown with only 45-50 K supercooling.

  6. Energy migration in the Ce 3+-doped Na-Gd phosphate glasses

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    Solovieva, Natalia; Nikl, Martin; Nitsch, Karel

    2007-09-01

    Luminescence decay kinetics of Ce3+-doped Gd3+-sensitized Na-phosphate glasses was measured within 4-300 K and analyzed to reveal the mechanism of energy migration through the Gd3+ subsystem to the Ce3+ emission centers. Dependencies of the asymptotic decay rates on the temperature are used to identify the type of phonon assistance in the Gd3+-Gd3+ energy transfer.

  7. First principle identification of SiC monolayer as an efficient catalyst for CO oxidation

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    Sinthika, S. E-mail: sinthika90@gmail.com; Thapa, Ranjit E-mail: sinthika90@gmail.com; Reddy, C. Prakash

    2015-06-24

    Using density functional theory, we investigated the electronic properties of SiC monolayer and tested its catalytic activity toward CO oxidation. The planar nature of a SiC monolayer is found to stable and is a high band gap semiconductor. CO interacts physically with SiC surface, whereas O{sub 2} is adsorbed with moderate binding. CO oxidation on SiC monolayer prefers the Eley Rideal mechanism over the Langmuir Hinshelwood mechanism, with an easily surmountable activation barrier during CO{sub 2} formation. Overall metal free SiC monolayer can be used as efficient catalyst for CO oxidation.

  8. Direct Electrical Probing of Periodic Modulation of Zinc-Dopant Distributions in Planar Gallium Arsenide Nanowires.

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    Choi, Wonsik; Seabron, Eric; Mohseni, Parsian K; Kim, Jeong Dong; Gokus, Tobias; Cernescu, Adrian; Pochet, Pascal; Johnson, Harley T; Wilson, William L; Li, Xiuling

    2017-02-28

    Selective lateral epitaxial (SLE) semiconductor nanowires (NWs), with their perfect in-plane epitaxial alignment, ability to form lateral complex p-n junctions in situ, and compatibility with planar processing, are a distinctive platform for next-generation device development. However, the incorporation and distribution of impurity dopants in these planar NWs via the vapor-liquid-solid growth mechanism remain relatively unexplored. Here, we present a detailed study of SLE planar GaAs NWs containing multiple alternating axial segments doped with Si and Zn impurities by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition. The dopant profile of the lateral multi-p-n junction GaAs NWs was imaged simultaneously with nanowire topography using scanning microwave impedance microscopy and correlated with infrared scattering-type near-field optical microscopy. Our results provide unambiguous evidence that Zn dopants in the periodically twinned and topologically corrugated p-type segments are preferentially segregated at twin plane boundaries, while Si impurity atoms are uniformly distributed within the n-type segments of the NWs. These results are further supported by microwave impedance modulation microscopy. The density functional theory based modeling shows that the presence of Zn dopant atoms reduces the formation energy of these twin planes, and the effect becomes significantly stronger with a slight increase of Zn concentration. This implies that the twin formation is expected to appear when a threshold planar concentration of Zn is achieved, making the onset and twin periodicity dependent on both Zn concentration and nanowire diameter, in perfect agreement with our experimental observations.

  9. The RELixSn2 (RE=La-Nd, Sm, and Gd; 0≤x<1) series revisited. Synthesis, crystal chemistry, and magnetic susceptibilities

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    Makongo, Julien P. A.; Suen, Nian-Tzu; Guo, Shengping; Saha, Shanta; Greene, Richard; Paglione, Johnpierre; Bobev, Svilen

    2014-03-01

    This study is concerned with the ternary compounds RELixSn2 (RE=La-Nd, Sm, and Gd; 0≤x<1), which have been previously thought to be the stoichiometric RELiSn2 phases. These materials crystallize with the base-centered orthorhombic space group Cmcm (No. 63), and can be formally assigned with the CeNiSi2 structure type (Pearson symbol oC16). Our systematic single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies revealed substantial Li-deficiencies in all cases, with SmSn2 (space group Cmmm, ZrGa2 structure type, Pearson symbol oC12) and GdSn2 (space group Cmcm, ZrSi2 structure type, Pearson symbol oC12) being completely lithium-free. The structure refinements also uncovered positional disorder on the Sn site neighboring the vacancies. The Sn-disorder and the Li-deficiency correlate, and vary monotonically with the decreased size of the rare-earth atoms in the order RE=La-Nd. The SmSn2 and GdSn2 structures are devoid of any disorder. Temperature-dependent studies of the magnetic response of the title compounds are also presented and discussed.

  10. Evaluation of gadolinium compounds potentially suitable for magnetic resonance using Gd-153 scintigraphy

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    Engelstad, B.; Huberty, J.; White, D.; Wynne, C.; Ramos, E.; Goldberg, H.

    1985-05-01

    Gd-153 is not customarily considered for scintigraphy, yet it: 1) is available at acceptable cost, 2) has a 242 day half-life suitable for prolonged animal studies and 3) has 97 keV (40%) and 103 keV (59%) photopeaks suitable for conventional scintigraphy. Gd-153 (10-15 ..mu..Ci; 370-555 kBq) was administered to normal rats in 5 forms: 1) carrier 0.1 mmole/kg Gd-EIDA (diethyl iminodiacetic acid), 2) tracer (<.1 umole/kg) Gd-EIDA, 3) tracer Gd-ISIDA (diisopropyl iminodiacetic acid), 4) tracer GdCl/sub 3/, and 5) tracer Gd-DTPA. Scintigraphy, performed continuously for 90 minutes following intravenous injection and at intervals at up to 2 weeks, depicted: 1) rapid, partial hepatobiliary and renal clearance of tracer Gd-EIDA and Gd-ISIDA; 2) slow blood clearance and partial hepatobiliary clearance of carrier Gd-EIDA; and 3) prolonged reticuloendothelial retention of all IDA complexes, similar to GdCl3. Whole body and tissue distribution data paralleled the scintigraphic findings. Gd-153 scintigraphy provides a simple method to assess balance, distribution, kinetics, and stability of new paramagnetic contrast agents, and bis-iminodiacetate gadolinium complexes, unlike technetium analogues, lack effective stability to prevent gadolinium hydrolysis or translocation.

  11. High relaxivity Gd(III)-DNA gold nanostars: investigation of shape effects on proton relaxation.

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    Rotz, Matthew W; Culver, Kayla S B; Parigi, Giacomo; MacRenaris, Keith W; Luchinat, Claudio; Odom, Teri W; Meade, Thomas J

    2015-03-24

    Gadolinium(III) nanoconjugate contrast agents (CAs) have distinct advantages over their small-molecule counterparts in magnetic resonance imaging. In addition to increased Gd(III) payload, a significant improvement in proton relaxation efficiency, or relaxivity (r1), is often observed. In this work, we describe the synthesis and characterization of a nanoconjugate CA created by covalent attachment of Gd(III) to thiolated DNA (Gd(III)-DNA), followed by surface conjugation onto gold nanostars (DNA-Gd@stars). These conjugates exhibit remarkable r1 with values up to 98 mM(-1) s(-1). Additionally, DNA-Gd@stars show efficient Gd(III) delivery and biocompatibility in vitro and generate significant contrast enhancement when imaged at 7 T. Using nuclear magnetic relaxation dispersion analysis, we attribute the high performance of the DNA-Gd@stars to an increased contribution of second-sphere relaxivity compared to that of spherical CA equivalents (DNA-Gd@spheres). Importantly, the surface of the gold nanostar contains Gd(III)-DNA in regions of positive, negative, and neutral curvature. We hypothesize that the proton relaxation enhancement observed results from the presence of a unique hydrophilic environment produced by Gd(III)-DNA in these regions, which allows second-sphere water molecules to remain adjacent to Gd(III) ions for up to 10 times longer than diffusion. These results establish that particle shape and second-sphere relaxivity are important considerations in the design of Gd(III) nanoconjugate CAs.

  12. Experimental localization ability of planar gradiometer systems for biomagnetic measurements

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    Bruno, A.C.; Pizzella, V.; Torrioli, G.; Romani, G.L.

    1989-03-01

    The localization ability of SQUID planar gradiometers for biomagnetic applications has been investigated. A linear planar gradiometer of superconducting wire was constructed and tested. Localization tests were performed both on a current dipole model and on human subjects. The accuracy of localization results were not significantly affected by the use of the planar configuration.

  13. Transparent conductor-Si pillars heterojunction photodetector

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    Yun, Ju-Hyung; Kim, Joondong; Park, Yun Chang

    2014-08-14

    We report a high-performing heterojunction photodetector by enhanced surface effects. Periodically, patterned Si substrates were used to enlarge the photo-reactive regions and yield proportionally improved photo-responses. An optically transparent indium-tin-oxide (ITO) was deposited on a Si substrate and spontaneously formed an ITO/Si heterojunction. Due to an electrical conductive ITO film, ITO/Si heterojunction device can be operated at zero-bias, which effectively suppresses the dark current, resulting in better performances than those by a positive or a negative bias operation. This zero-bias operating heterojunction device exhibits a short response time (∼ 22.5 ms) due to the physical reaction to the incident light. We revealed that the location of the space charge region (SCR) is crucial for a specific photon-wavelength response. The SCR space has the highest collection efficiency of the photo-generated carriers. The photo-response can be maximized when we design the photodetector by superposing the SCR space over a corresponding photon-absorption length. The surface enhanced Si pillar devices significantly improved the photo-responses ratios from that of a planar Si device. According to this design scheme, a high photo-response ratio of 5560% was achieved at a wavelength of 600 nm. This surfaced-enhanced heterojunction design scheme would be a promising approach for various photoelectric applications.

  14. Gd(DOTAla): a single amino acid Gd-complex as a modular tool for high relaxivity MR contrast agent development.

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    Boros, Eszter; Polasek, Miloslav; Zhang, Zhaoda; Caravan, Peter

    2012-12-05

    MR imaging at high magnetic fields benefits from an increased signal-to-noise ratio; however T(1)-based MR contrast agents show decreasing relaxivity (r(1)) at higher fields. High field, high relaxivity contrast agents can be designed by carefully controlling the rotational dynamics of the molecule. To this end, we investigated applications of the alanine analogue of Gd(DOTA), Gd(DOTAla). Fmoc-protected DOTAla suitable for solid phase peptide synthesis was synthesized and integrated into polypeptide structures. Gd(III) coordination results in very rigid attachment of the metal chelate to the peptide backbone through both the amino acid side chain and coordination of the amide carbonyl. Linear and cyclic monomers (GdL1, GdC1), dimers (Gd(2)L2, Gd(2)C2), and trimers (Gd(3)L3, Gd(3)C3) were prepared and relaxivities were determined at different field strengths ranging from 0.47 to 11.7 T. Amide carbonyl coordination was indirectly confirmed by determination of the hydration number q for the EuL1 integrated into a peptide backbone, q = 0.96 ± 0.09. The water residency time of GdL1 at 37 °C was optimal for relaxivity, τ(M) = 17 ± 2 ns. Increased molecular size leads to increased per Gd relaxivity (from r(1) = 7.5 for GdL1 to 12.9 mM(-1) s(-1) for Gd(3)L3 at 1.4 T, 37 °C). The cyclic, multimeric derivatives exhibited slightly higher relaxivities than the corresponding linearized multimers (Gd(2)C2: r(1) = 10.5 mM(-1) s(-1) versus Gd(2)C2-red r(1) = 9 mM(-1) s(-1) at 1.4 T, 37 °C). Overall, all six synthesized Gd complexes had higher relaxivities at low, intermediate, and high fields than the clinically used small molecule contrast agent [Gd(HP-DO3A)(H(2)O)].

  15. Gd(DOTAla) – A single amino acid Gd-complex as a modular tool for high relaxivity MR contrast agent development

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    Boros, Eszter; Polasek, Miloslav; Zhang, Zhaoda; Caravan, Peter

    2012-01-01

    MR imaging at high magnetic fields benefits from an increased signal to noise ratio, however T1 based MR contrast agents show decreasing relaxivity (r1) at higher fields. High field, high relaxivity contrast agents can be designed by carefully controlling the rotational dynamics of the molecule. To this end, we investigated applications of the alanine analogue of Gd(DOTA), Gd(DOTAla). Fmoc protected DOTAla suitable for solid phase peptide synthesis was synthesized and integrated into polypeptide structures. Gd(III) coordination results in very rigid attachment of the metal chelate to the peptide backbone through both the amino acid sidechain and coordination of the amide carbonyl. Linear and cyclic monomers (GdL1, GdC1), dimers (Gd2L2, Gd2C2) and trimers (Gd3L3, Gd3C3) were prepared and relaxivities were determined at different field strengths ranging from 0.47T to 11.7T. Amide carbonyl coordination was indirectly confirmed by determination of the hydration number q for the EuL1 integrated into a peptide backbone, q = 0.96±0.09. The water residency time of GdL1 at 37 °C was optimal for relaxivity, τM=17±2 ns. Increased molecular size leads to increased per Gd relaxivity (from r1 = 7.5 for GdL1 to 12.9 mM−1s−1 for Gd3L3 at 1.4T, 37 °C). The cyclic, multimeric derivatives exhibited slightly higher relaxivities than the corresponding linearized multimers (Gd2C2: r1 = 10.5 mM−1 s−1 versus Gd2C2-red r1 = 9 mM−1s−1 at 1.4T, 37 °C). Overall, all six synthesized Gd complexes had higher relaxivities at low, intermediate and high fields than the clinically used small molecule contrast agent [Gd(HP-DO3A)(H2O)]. PMID:23157602

  16. Mapping the magnetic hyperfine field in GdCo5

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    Krylov, V. I.; Bosch-Santos, B.; Cabrera-Pasca, G. A.; Delyagin, N. N.; Carbonari, A. W.

    2016-05-01

    The magnetic hyperfine field (Bhf) in ferrimagnetic GdCo5 compound has been investigated as a function of temperature by Mössbauer effect (ME) spectroscopy and perturbed angular correlation (PAC) spectroscopy using 119Sn and 111Cd probe nuclei, respectively. Results show that the non-magnetic probe atoms 119Sn and 111Cd substitute all three non-equivalent positions in GdCo5: Gd, CoI, and CoII. For 119Sn and 111Cd probes at Gd sites, the saturation magnetic hyperfine fields are very different with values of Bhf1 = 57.0(1) T and Bhf1= 20.7(1) T, respectively. For 119Sn and 111Cd atoms localized at CoI and CoII sites the magnetic hyperfine fields are practically identical and, in saturation, reach the values of Bhf2 = 11.6(1) T and Bhf2 = 11.1(2) T, and Bhf3 = 14.8(1) T and Bhf3 = 14.4(2) T, respectively.

  17. Gd uptake experiments for preliminary set of functionalized adsorbents

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    Clinton Noack

    2015-03-16

    These data summarize adsorption experiments conducted with Gd in 0.5 M NaCl. Results represent preliminary, proof-of-concept data utilizing fine-powder silica gel as the adsorbent support. Future testing will focus on larger, application-appropriate beads.

  18. Highly sensitive biochemical sensor utilizing Bragg grating in submicron Si/SiO2 waveguides

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    Tripathi, Saurabh Mani; Kumar, Arun; Meunier, Jean-Pierre; Marin, Emmanuel

    2009-05-01

    We present a novel highly sensitive biochemical sensor based on a Bragg grating written in the cladding region of a submicron planar Si/SiO2 waveguide. Owing to the high refractive index contrast at the Si/SiO2 boundary the TM modal power is relatively high in low refractive index sensing region, leading to higher sensitivity in this configuration [1]. Waveguide parameters have been optimized to obtain maximum modal power in the sensing region (PSe) and an optimum core width corresponding to maximum sensitivity is found to exist while operating in TM mode configuration, as has been shown in Fig. 1. It has been found that operating in TM mode configuration at optimum core width the structure exhibits extremely high sensitivity, ~ 5×10-6 RIU - 1.35×10-6 RIU for the ambient refractive indices between 1.33 - 1.63. Such high sensitivities are typically attainable for Surface Plasmon Polariton (SPP) based biosensors and is much higher than any non SPP based sensors. Being free from any metallic layer or bulky prism the structure is easy to realize. Owing to its simple structure and small dimensions the proposed sensor can be integrated with planar lightwave circuits and could be used in handy lab-on-a-chip devices. The device may find application in highly sensitive biological/chemical sensing areas in civil and defense sectors where analyzing the samples at the point of need is required rather than sending it to some centralized laboratory.

  19. Effect on Two-Step Polishing Process of Electrochemical Mechanical Planarization and Chemical-Mechanical Planarization on Planarization

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    Jeong, Sukhoon; Joo, Sukbae; Kim, Hyoungjae; Kim, Sungryul; Jeong, Haedo

    2009-06-01

    Chemical-mechanical planarization (CMP) is a technique used for planarizing an overburden film in the fabrication of semiconductor devices by chemical treatment and mechanical abrasion. However, a variety of defects such as dishing of metal interconnects, erosion, delamination, and metal layer peeling are generated by a high down force in CMP. A high down force is required to generate a high material removal rate (MRR), which results in greater defects. To minimize these defects, a new planarization process is used, known as electrochemical mechanical planarization (ECMP), which requires electrochemical and mechanical energies. ECMP first involves using an electrochemical reaction to change the surface on the target material into a passivation film. Then, the passivation film is worn down using a polishing pad or abrasives on the contacted areas of the metal film with the polishing pad under a low down force. The electrochemical energy dissolves the copper solid into copper ions in an aqueous electrolyte on the contacted areas of the metal film and the polishing pad. Therefore, the low-down-force ECMP reduces the defects such as dishing, erosion, delamination and metal layer peeling to a greater degree than a conventional high-down-force CMP. Also, the MRR of the ECMP process is higher than that of the low-down-force CMP process because the MRR of the ECMP process is proportional to current density. However, some residual metal between the dielectric material was generated through the use of a nonconductive polishing pad in the ECMP process. Therefore, the CMP process is required for the final process to remove residual metals. In this research, we investigated a two-step polishing method that consists of ECMP with a nonconductive polishing pad and a conventional CMP process to planarize a micro-patterned wafer for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). First, the ECMP process using a nonconductive polishing pad removed several tens of micrometers (µm) of bulk

  20. Constant field gradient planar coupled cavity structure

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    Kang, Yoon W.; Kustom, Robert L.

    1999-01-01

    A cavity structure having at least two opposing planar housing members spaced apart to accommodate the passage of a particle beam through the structure between the members. Each of the housing members have a plurality of serially aligned hollows defined therein, and also passages, formed in the members, which interconnect serially adjacent hollows to provide communication between the hollows. The opposing planar housing members are spaced and aligned such that the hollows in one member cooperate with corresponding hollows in the other member to form a plurality of resonant cavities aligned along the particle beam within the cavity structure. To facilitate the obtaining of a constant field gradient within the cavity structure, the passages are configured so as to be incrementally narrower in the direction of travel of the particle beam. In addition, the spacing distance between the opposing housing members is configured to be incrementally smaller in the direction of travel of the beam.

  1. Constant field gradient planar coupled cavity structure

    DOEpatents

    Kang, Y.W.; Kustom, R.L.

    1999-07-27

    A cavity structure is disclosed having at least two opposing planar housing members spaced apart to accommodate the passage of a particle beam through the structure between the members. Each of the housing members have a plurality of serially aligned hollows defined therein, and also passages, formed in the members, which interconnect serially adjacent hollows to provide communication between the hollows. The opposing planar housing members are spaced and aligned such that the hollows in one member cooperate with corresponding hollows in the other member to form a plurality of resonant cavities aligned along the particle beam within the cavity structure. To facilitate the obtaining of a constant field gradient within the cavity structure, the passages are configured so as to be incrementally narrower in the direction of travel of the particle beam. In addition, the spacing distance between the opposing housing members is configured to be incrementally smaller in the direction of travel of the beam. 16 figs.

  2. Planar multijunction high voltage solar cells

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    Evans, J. C., Jr.; Chai, A. T.; Goradia, C.

    1980-01-01

    Technical considerations, preliminary results, and fabrication details are discussed for a family of high-voltage planar multi-junction (PMJ) solar cells which combine the attractive features of planar cells with conventional or interdigitated back contacts and the vertical multijunction (VMJ) solar cell. The PMJ solar cell is internally divided into many voltage-generating regions, called unit cells, which are internally connected in series. The key to obtaining reasonable performance from this device was the separation of top surface field regions over each active unit cell. Using existing solar cell fabricating methods, output voltages in excess of 20 volts per linear centimeter are possible. Analysis of the new device is complex, and numerous geometries are being studied which should provide substantial benefits in both normal sunlight usage as well as with concentrators.

  3. Toroidal dipolar responses in a planar metamaterial

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    Guo, Linyan; Li, Minhua; Yang, Helin; Huang, Xiaojun; Wu, Song

    2014-10-01

    Both the magnetic toroidal dipolar (MTD) response and electric toroidal dipolar (ETD) response have been achieved and studied in the microwave region by designing a feasible planar metamaterial. By changing the polarized direction of a normally incident wave, two different coupling modes are observed, and therefore MTD and ETD responses can be achieved accordingly. It is also confirmed by scattered powers for various multipole moments and field distributions that they dominate over other traditional multipole responses at 5.69 GHz and 11.69 GHz, respectively. In view of the design feasibility of planar metamaterial, these resonance-enhanced MTD and ETD responses could provide an avenue for various interesting phenomena associated with the elusive toroidal moments.

  4. Physics and tribology of chemical mechanical planarization

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    Kasai, Toshi; Bhushan, Bharat

    2008-06-01

    The physical and tribological attributes of the chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) process are reviewed. Kinematic analysis of a CMP polisher is described, which can be applied in establishing tribological models. These models elucidate the lubrication regimes at the workpiece/polishing pad interface at the macroscale in order to examine the regional uniformity in the amount of material removed. At the micro/nanoscale, the material removal and planarization mechanisms are mainly discussed from the theoretical and modeling perspective together with experimental verification provided using scanning probe microscopy (SPM) techniques. Selected CMP applications in the field of micro/nanoelectromechanical system (MEMS/NEMS) are also highlighted in conjunction with fabrication processes and tribological challenges at the sub-nanometer scale.

  5. Electrostatic correlations near charged planar surfaces

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    Deng, Mingge; Em Karniadakis, George

    2014-01-01

    Electrostatic correlation effects near charged planar surfaces immersed in a symmetric electrolytes solution are systematically studied by numerically solving the nonlinear six-dimensional electrostatic self-consistent equations. We compare our numerical results with widely accepted mean-field (MF) theory results, and find that the MF theory remains quantitatively accurate only in weakly charged regimes, whereas in strongly charged regimes, the MF predictions deviate drastically due to the electrostatic correlation effects. We also observe a first-order like phase-transition corresponding to the counterion condensation phenomenon in strongly charged regimes, and compute the phase diagram numerically within a wide parameter range. Finally, we investigate the interactions between two likely-charged planar surfaces, which repulse each other as MF theory predicts in weakly charged regimes. However, our results show that they attract each other above a certain distance in strongly charged regimes due to significant electrostatic correlations. PMID:25194382

  6. Preparation of CD4+ T Cells for Analysis of GD3 and GD2 Ganglioside Membrane Expression by Microscopy.

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    Villanueva-Cabello, Tania M; Martinez-Duncker, Iván

    2016-11-08

    The methods described herein for activation of naïve CD4(+) T cells in suspension and their adherence in coverslips for confocal microscopy analysis allow the spatial localization and visualization of gangliosides involved in CD4(+) T cell activation, that complement expression profiling experiments such as flow cytometry, western blotting or real-time PCR. The quantification of ganglioside expression through flow cytometry and their cellular localization through microscopy can be obtained by the use of anti-ganglioside antibodies with high affinity and specificity. Nonetheless, an adequate handling of cells in suspension involves the treatment of culture plates to promote the necessary adherence required for fluorescence or confocal microscopy acquisition. In this work, we describe a protocol for determining GD3 and GD2 ganglioside expression and colocalization with the TCR during naïve CD4(+) T cell activation. Also, real-time PCR experiments using <40,000 cells are described for the determination of the GD3 and GM2/GD2 synthase genes, demonstrating that gene analysis experiments can be performed with a low number of cells and without the need of additional low input RNA kits.

  7. Materials Data on GdMnSi (SG:129) by Materials Project

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    Kristin Persson

    2016-02-10

    Computed materials data using density functional theory calculations. These calculations determine the electronic structure of bulk materials by solving approximations to the Schrodinger equation. For more information, see https://materialsproject.org/docs/calculations

  8. Materials Data on Gd2Al6Si4Au (SG:166) by Materials Project

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    Kristin Persson

    2016-02-05

    Computed materials data using density functional theory calculations. These calculations determine the electronic structure of bulk materials by solving approximations to the Schrodinger equation. For more information, see https://materialsproject.org/docs/calculations

  9. Materials Data on GdSi2 (SG:141) by Materials Project

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    Kristin Persson

    2014-07-09

    Computed materials data using density functional theory calculations. These calculations determine the electronic structure of bulk materials by solving approximations to the Schrodinger equation. For more information, see https://materialsproject.org/docs/calculations

  10. Materials Data on Gd(SiRh)2 (SG:139) by Materials Project

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    Kristin Persson

    2016-02-10

    Computed materials data using density functional theory calculations. These calculations determine the electronic structure of bulk materials by solving approximations to the Schrodinger equation. For more information, see https://materialsproject.org/docs/calculations

  11. Materials Data on Gd(SiIr)2 (SG:139) by Materials Project

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    Kristin Persson

    2014-07-09

    Computed materials data using density functional theory calculations. These calculations determine the electronic structure of bulk materials by solving approximations to the Schrodinger equation. For more information, see https://materialsproject.org/docs/calculations

  12. Physical properties of single crystalline RMg2Cu9 (R=Y,Ce-Nd,Gd-Dy,Yb) and the search for in-plane magnetic anisotropy in hexagonal systems

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    Kong, Tai; Meier, William R.; Lin, Qisheng; ...

    2016-10-24

    Single crystals of RMg2Cu9 (R=Y, Ce-Nd, Gd-Dy, Yb) were grown using a high-temperature solution growth technique and were characterized by measurements of room-temperature x-ray diffraction, temperature-dependent specific heat, and temperature- and field-dependent resistivity and anisotropic magnetization. YMg2Cu9 is a non-local-moment-bearing metal with an electronic specific heat coefficient, γ ~ 15 mJ/mol K2. Yb is divalent and basically non-moment-bearing in YbMg2Cu9. Ce is trivalent in CeMg2Cu9 with two magnetic transitions being observed at 2.1 K and 1.5 K. PrMg2Cu9 does not exhibit any magnetic phase transition down to 0.5 K. The other members being studied (R = Nd, Gd-Dy) all exhibitmore » antiferromagnetic transitions at low temperatures ranging from 3.2 K for NdMg2Cu9 to 11.9 K for TbMg2Cu9. Whereas GdMg2Cu9 is isotropic in its paramagnetic state due to zero angular momentum (L = 0), all the other local-moment-bearing members manifest an anisotropic, planar magnetization in their paramagnetic states. To further study this planar anisotropy, detailed angular-dependent magnetization was carried out on magnetically diluted (Y0.99Tb0.01)Mg2Cu9 and (Y0.99Dy0.01)Mg2Cu9. Despite the strong, planar magnetization anisotropy, the in-plane magnetic anisotropy is weak and field-dependent. Finally, a set of crystal electric field parameters are proposed to explain the observed magnetic anisotropy.« less

  13. Comparative studies of magnetic and magnetocaloric properties in amorphous Gd0.67Y0.33 and Gd0.67Zr0.33 films

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    Alouhmy, G.; Moubah, R.; Sayouty, E. H.; Lassri, H.

    2017-01-01

    Amorphous Gd0.67×0.3 (X=Y, Zr) films were grown by RF sputtering and their magnetic and magnetocaloric properties were studied. The magnetic properties were found to be improved in case of Gd0.67Y0.33 with respect to Gd0.67Zr0.33, in which the Curie temperature, magnetization and spin wave stiffness were higher for Gd0.67Y0.33, which we attribute to its larger Gd-Gd distance. The temperature dependence of magnetic entropy change (-ΔSM) was calculated from the isothermal magnetization. Under a magnetic field change of 3 T, (-ΔSM) were found to be 2.14 and 1.12 J/kg K, with corresponding relative cooling power (RCP) of 198.86 and 113.2 J/kg, for Gd0.67Y0.33 and Gd0.67Zr0.33, respectively. The larger magnetocaloric properties for Gd0.67Y0.33 are attributed to its higher magnetization.

  14. Separation of Gd-humic complexes and Gd-based magnetic resonance imaging contrast agent in river water with QAE-Sephadex A-25 for the fractionation analysis.

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    Matsumiya, Hiroaki; Inoue, Hiroto; Hiraide, Masataka

    2014-10-01

    Gadolinium complexed with naturally occurring, negatively charged humic substances (humic and fulvic acids) was collected from 500 mL of sample solution onto a column packed with 150 mg of a strongly basic anion-exchanger (QAE-Sephadex A-25). A Gd-based magnetic resonance imaging contrast agent (diethylenetriamine-N,N,N',N″,N″-pentaacetato aquo gadolinium(III), Gd-DTPA(2-)) was simultaneously collected on the same column. The Gd-DTPA complex was desorbed by anion-exchange with 50mM tetramethylammonium sulfate, leaving the Gd-humic complexes on the column. The Gd-humic complexes were subsequently dissociated with 1M nitric acid to desorb the humic fraction of Gd. The two-step desorption with small volumes of the eluting agents allowed the 100-fold preconcentration for the fractionation analysis of Gd at low ng L(-1) levels by inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). On the other hand, Gd(III) neither complexed with humic substances nor DTPA, i.e., free species, was not sorbed on the column. The free Gd in the effluent was preconcentrated 100-fold by a conventional solid-phase extraction with an iminodiacetic acid-type chelating resin and determined by ICP-MS. The proposed analytical fractionation method was applied to river water samples.

  15. Study on up-conversion emissions of Yb 3+/Tm 3+ co-doped GdF 3 and NaGdF 4

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    Cao, Chunyan; Qin, Weiping; Zhang, Jisen

    2010-02-01

    The Yb 3+/Tm 3+ co-doped GdF 3 and NaGdF 4 samples were synthesized through a combination method of a co-precipitation and an argon atmosphere annealing procedures. X-ray diffraction analysis indicated that the Yb 3+/Tm 3+ co-doped GdF 3 sample crystallized well and was orthorhombic phase, and the Yb 3+/Tm 3+ co-doped NaGdF 4 sample was hexagonal phase. With a 980-nm semiconductor continuous wave laser diode as the excitation source, the up-conversion emission spectra of the two samples in the wavelength range of 240-510 nm were recorded. In the up-conversion emissions of the samples, Yb 3+ transferred energies to Tm 3+ resulting in their ultraviolet, violet, and blue up-conversion emissions. And, Tm 3+ simultaneously transferred energies to Gd 3+, which finally resulted in ultraviolet up-conversion emissions of Gd 3+. The study on the excitation power dependence of up-conversion fluorescence intensity indicated that there were multi-photon (three-, four-, five-, and six-) processes in the up-conversion emissions of the samples. And the up-conversion emissions of Gd 3+ and Tm 3+ in the Yb 3+/Tm 3+ co-doped GdF 3 and NaGdF 4 samples were compared studied, too.

  16. Grasp synthesis for planar and solid objects

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    Chen, Yu-Che; Walker, Ian D.; Cheatham, John B.

    1992-01-01

    This paper presents an analysis of the mechanics for multifingered grasps of planar and solid objects. Squeezing and frictional effects between the fingers and the grasped objects is fully visualized through our approach. An algorithm for qualitively choosing the grasp points is developed based on the mechanics of grasping. It is shown further that our method can be easily extended for the soft-fingered grasp model where the torsional moments along the contact normals can be transmitted through the grasp points.

  17. Planar graphical models which are easy

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    Chertkov, Michael; Chernyak, Vladimir

    2009-01-01

    We describe a rich family of binary variables statistical mechanics models on planar graphs which are equivalent to Gaussian Grassmann Graphical models (free fermions). Calculation of partition function (weighted counting) in the models is easy (of polynomial complexity) as reduced to evaluation of determinants of matrixes linear in the number of variables. In particular, this family of models covers Holographic Algorithms of Valiant and extends on the Gauge Transformations discussed in our previous works.

  18. Effective Medium Approach for Planar QD Structures

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    2001-06-01

    condition (EBC) method is extended to nano- scale planar meso- scopic systems. The EBCs appear as a result of the 2D-homogenization procedure and have...intrinsic spatial inhomogeneity. Since the inho- mogeneity scale is much less than the optical wavelength, QDs can be treated as electrically small objects...Real parts of these poles determine resonant frequencies while imaginary parts • ve the homogeneous linewidths. It can easily be shown that EBCs

  19. New approach for structural characterization of planar sets of nanoparticles embedded into a solid matrix

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    Sanchez, Dario F.; Marmitt, Gabriel; Marin, Cristiane; Baptista, Daniel L.; de M. Azevedo, Gustavo; Grande, Pedro L.; Fichtner, Paulo F. P.

    2013-12-01

    In this work we demonstrate that Medium Energy Ion Scattering (MEIS) measurements in combination with Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) or Grazing Incidence Small Angle X-Ray Scattering (GISAXS) can provide a complete characterization of nanoparticle (NP) systems embedded into dielectric films. This includes the determination of the nanoparticle characteristics (location, size distribution and number concentration) as well as the depth distribution and concentration of the NP atomic components dispersed in the matrix. Our studies are performed considering a model case system consisting of planar arrangements of Au NPs (size range from 1 to 10 nm) containing three distinct Au concentrations embedded in a SiO2 film.

  20. Transverse spin Seebeck effect versus anomalous and planar Nernst effects in Permalloy thin films.

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    Schmid, M; Srichandan, S; Meier, D; Kuschel, T; Schmalhorst, J-M; Vogel, M; Reiss, G; Strunk, C; Back, C H

    2013-11-01

    Transverse magnetothermoelectric effects are studied in Permalloy thin films grown on MgO and GaAs substrates and compared to those grown on suspended SiN(x) membranes. The transverse voltage along platinum strips patterned on top of the Permalloy films is measured versus the external magnetic field as a function of the angle and temperature gradients. After the identification of the contribution of the planar and anomalous Nernst effects, we find an upper limit for the transverse spin Seebeck effect, which is several orders of magnitude smaller than previously reported.

  1. Hardened planar nitride based cold cathode electron emitter

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    Pillai, R.; Starikov, D.; Boney, C.; Bensaoula, A.

    2012-03-01

    Low threshold electron emission from planar AlN/Silicon heterostructures is reported. The surface emitting ballistic electron structure consisted of an undoped AlN layer grown on Silicon by Molecular Beam Epitaxy, a Ti/Au Ohmic contact, and a thin Pt Schottky contact fabricated by e-beam deposition. Tunnel-transparent Pt Schottky contact was deposited on a 1 μm thick Silicon Dioxide (SiO2) layer and covered a 4 x 4 matrix of 50 μm diameter via produced in the SiO2 layer using photolithography The measurements were performed in vacuum (~10-8 Torr) using a metal grid separated from the structure by a 60 micron thick Kapton® polyimide film having an opening aligned with the via. Bias voltages in the range of 0-130 V were applied across the Schottky diode, while currents were recorded across the structure for grid voltages ranging from 0 to 50 V. The field emission nature of the measured currents was confirmed by plotting the Fowler-Nordheim dependence. Current density of at least 2.5x10-4A/cm2 was achieved for a grid voltage of 50 V and a bias of 130 V. Degradation of the structure performance was observed at bias voltages exceeding 90 V as a result of Schottky barrier modification under the elevated temperature and high electric field operation. The solid-state electron emitting structure indicated a threshold field as low as 0.2 V/μm under applied grid voltage of 12 V.

  2. Spontaneous Planar Chiral Symmetry Breaking in Cells

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    Hadidjojo, Jeremy; Lubensky, David

    Recent progress in animal development has highlighted the central role played by planar cell polarity (PCP) in epithelial tissue morphogenesis. Through PCP, cells have the ability to collectively polarize in the plane of the epithelium by localizing morphogenetic proteins along a certain axis. This allows direction-dependent modulation of tissue mechanical properties that can translate into the formation of complex, non-rotationally invariant shapes. Recent experimental observations[1] show that cells, in addition to being planar-polarized, can also spontaneously develop planar chirality, perhaps in the effort of making yet more complex shapes that are reflection non-invariant. In this talk we will present our work in characterizing general mechanisms that can lead to spontaneous chiral symmetry breaking in cells. We decompose interfacial concentration of polarity proteins in a hexagonal cell packing into irreducible representations. We find that in the case of polar concentration distributions, a chiral state can only be reached from a secondary instability after the cells are polarized. However in the case of nematic distributions, we show that a finite-amplitude (subcritical, or ``first-order'') nematic transition can send the system from disorder directly to a chiral state. In addition, we find that perturbing the system by stretching the hexagonal packing enables direct (supercritical, or ``second-order'') chiral transition in the nematic case. Finally, we do a Landau expansion to study competition between stretch-induced chirality and the tendency towards a non-chiral state in packings that have retained the full 6-fold symmetry.

  3. Planar Tunneling Spectroscopy of Graphene Nanodevices

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    Wang, Joel I.-Jan; Bretheau, Landry; Pisoni, Riccardo; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniguchi, Takashi; Jarillo-Herrero, Pablo

    2-D Van-der-Waals mesoscopic physics have seen a rapid development in the last 10 years, with new materials each year added to the toolbox. Stacking them like Lego enables the combination of their individual electronic properties. In particular, hexagonal boron nitride, which is an insulator, gives the possibility to perform planar (2-D to 2-D) tunneling spectroscopy within this type of heterostructures. Unlike standard transport measurements, tunneling spectroscopy enables to probe the electronic properties in the energy domain. Moreover, since planar tunneling probes a large area of the system, global quantum features such as quantum Hall effect, superconducting proximity effect or quantum confinement can be investigated. In this talk, we will present implementation of heterostructures consisting of graphene, hexagonal boron nitride, and graphite, fabricated for planar tunneling spectroscopy. In order to reveal the intrinsic properties of materials, the fabrication scheme aims at preserving the pristine nature of the 2-DEGS as well as minimizing the doping introduced by external probes. As a demonstration, measurements of these devices in normal states, high magnetic field environment, and induced superconducting state will be presented.

  4. Planar microcoil-based microfluidic NMR probes

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    Massin, C.; Vincent, F.; Homsy, A.; Ehrmann, K.; Boero, G.; Besse, P.-A.; Daridon, A.; Verpoorte, E.; de Rooij, N. F.; Popovic, R. S.

    2003-10-01

    Microfabricated small-volume NMR probes consisting of electroplated planar microcoils integrated on a glass substrate with etched microfluidic channels are fabricated and tested. 1H NMR spectra are acquired at 300 MHz with three different probes having observed sample volumes of respectively 30, 120, and 470 nL. The achieved sensitivity enables acquisition of an 1H spectrum of 160 μg sucrose in D 2O, corresponding to a proof-of-concept for on-chip NMR spectroscopy. Increase of mass-sensitivity with coil diameter reduction is demonstrated experimentally for planar microcoils. Models that enable quantitative prediction of the signal-to-noise ratio and of the influence of microfluidic channel geometry on spectral resolution are presented and successfully compared to the experimental data. The main factor presently limiting sensitivity for high-resolution applications is identified as being probe-induced static magnetic field distortions. Finally, based on the presented model and measured data, future performance of planar microcoil-based microfluidic NMR probes is extrapolated and discussed.

  5. Planar microcoil-based microfluidic NMR probes.

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    Massin, C; Vincent, F; Homsy, A; Ehrmann, K; Boero, G; Besse, P-A; Daridon, A; Verpoorte, E; de Rooij, N F; Popovic, R S

    2003-10-01

    Microfabricated small-volume NMR probes consisting of electroplated planar microcoils integrated on a glass substrate with etched microfluidic channels are fabricated and tested. 1H NMR spectra are acquired at 300 MHz with three different probes having observed sample volumes of respectively 30, 120, and 470 nL. The achieved sensitivity enables acquisition of an 1H spectrum of 160 microg sucrose in D2O, corresponding to a proof-of-concept for on-chip NMR spectroscopy. Increase of mass-sensitivity with coil diameter reduction is demonstrated experimentally for planar microcoils. Models that enable quantitative prediction of the signal-to-noise ratio and of the influence of microfluidic channel geometry on spectral resolution are presented and successfully compared to the experimental data. The main factor presently limiting sensitivity for high-resolution applications is identified as being probe-induced static magnetic field distortions. Finally, based on the presented model and measured data, future performance of planar microcoil-based microfluidic NMR probes is extrapolated and discussed.

  6. Personal audio with a planar bright zone.

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    Coleman, Philip; Jackson, Philip J B; Olik, Marek; Pedersen, Jan Abildgaard

    2014-10-01

    Reproduction of multiple sound zones, in which personal audio programs may be consumed without the need for headphones, is an active topic in acoustical signal processing. Many approaches to sound zone reproduction do not consider control of the bright zone phase, which may lead to self-cancellation problems if the loudspeakers surround the zones. Conversely, control of the phase in a least-squares sense comes at a cost of decreased level difference between the zones and frequency range of cancellation. Single-zone approaches have considered plane wave reproduction by focusing the sound energy in to a point in the wavenumber domain. In this article, a planar bright zone is reproduced via planarity control, which constrains the bright zone energy to impinge from a narrow range of angles via projection in to a spatial domain. Simulation results using a circular array surrounding two zones show the method to produce superior contrast to the least-squares approach, and superior planarity to the contrast maximization approach. Practical performance measurements obtained in an acoustically treated room verify the conclusions drawn under free-field conditions.

  7. Magnetism and Raman spectroscopy of the dimeric lanthanide iodates Ln(IO3)3 (Ln Gd, Er) and magnetism of Yb(IO3)3.

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    Sykora, Richard E.; Khalifah, Peter; Assefa, Zerihun; Albrecht-Schmitt, Thomas E.; Haire, Richard G.

    2008-01-01

    Colorless single crystals of Gd(IO3)3 or pale pink single crystals of Er(IO3)3 have been formed from the reaction of Gd metal with H5IO6 or Er metal with H5IO6 under hydrothermal reaction conditions at 180 1C. The structures of both materials adopt the Bi(IO3)3 structure type. Crystallographic data are (MoKa, l 0.71073 A ): Gd(IO3)3, monoclinic, space group P21/n, a 8.7615(3) A , b 5.9081(2) A , c 15.1232(6) A , b 96.980(1)1, V 777.03(5) Z 4, R(F) 1.68% for 119 parameters with 1930 re ections with I42s(I); Er(IO3)3, monoclinic, space group P21/n, a 8.6885(7) A , b 5.9538(5) A , c 14.9664(12) A , b 97.054(1)1, V 768.4(1) Z 4, R(F) 2.26% for 119 parameters with 1894 re ections with I42s(I). In addition to structural studies, Gd(IO3)3, Er(IO3)3, and the isostructural Yb(IO3)3 were also characterized by Raman spectroscopy and magnetic property measurements. The results of the Raman studies indicated that the vibrational pro les are adequately sensitive to distinguish between the structures of the iodates reported here and other lanthanide iodate systems. The magnetic measurements indicate that only in Gd(IO3)3 did the 3+ lanthanide ion exhibit its full 7.9 mB Hund s rule moment; Er3+ and Yb3+ exhibited ground state moments and gap energy scales of 8.3 mB/70 K and 3.8 mB/160 K, respectively. Er(IO3)3 exhibited extremely weak ferromagnetic correlations (+0.4 K), while the magnetic ions in Gd(IO3)3 and Yb(IO3)3 were fully non-interacting within the resolution of our measurements ("'0.2 K).

  8. Synthesis and Magnetic Properties of Gd Doped EuS Nanocrystals with Enhanced Curie Temperatures

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    Selinsky, Rachel S.; Han, Jae Hyo; Perez, Elvin A. Morales; Guzei, Ilia A.; Jin, Song

    2010-12-07

    EuS nanocrystals (NCs) were doped with Gd resulting in an enhancement of their magnetic properties. New EuS and GdS single source precursors (SSPs) were synthesized, characterized, and employed to synthesize Eu{sub 1-x}Gd{sub x}S NCs by decomposition in oleylamine and trioctylphosphine at 290 C. The doped NCs were characterized using X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and scanning transmission electron microscopy, which support the uniform distribution of Gd dopants through electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) mapping. X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) revealed the dopant ions in Eu{sub 1-x}Gd{sub x}S NCs to be predominantly Gd{sup 3+}. NCs with a variety of doping ratios of Gd (0 {le} x < 1) were systematically studied using vibrating sample magnetometry and the observed magnetic properties were correlated with the Gd doping levels (x) as quantified with ICP-AES. Enhancement of the Curie temperature (T{sub C}) was observed for samples with low Gd concentrations (x {le} 10%) with a maximum T{sub C} of 29.4 K observed for NCs containing 5.3% Gd. Overall, the observed T{sub C}, Weiss temperature ({theta}), and hysteretic behavior correspond directly to the doping level in Eu{sub 1-x}Gd{sub x}S NCs and the trends qualitatively follow those previously reported for bulk and thin film samples.

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  10. Controlled nanocrystallinity in Gd nanobowls leads to magnetization of 226 emu/g

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    Ertas, Y. N.; Bouchard, L.-S.

    2017-03-01

    Gadolinium (Gd) metal is of great interest in applications such as contrast-enhanced MRI and magnetic cooling. However, it is generally difficult to produce oxide-free and highly magnetic Gd nanoparticles due to the aggressively reactive nature of Gd with oxygen. Herein, we utilized a nanofabrication route and optimization of experimental conditions to produce highly magnetic air-stable oxide-free Gd nanoparticles. The nanobowls displayed the highest saturation magnetization to date for Gd, reaching 226.4 emu/g at 2 K. The crystalline composition of Gd is found to affect the observed magnetization values: the higher magnetization is observed for nanoparticles that have a lower content of the paramagnetic face-centered cubic (fcc) phase and a greater content of the ferromagnetic hexagonal close-packed (hcp) phase. The relative fcc content was found to depend on the deposition rate of the Gd metal during the nanofabrication process, thereby correlating with altered magnetization.

  11. Electrical and optical characterization of green synthesized Gd2S3

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    Paul, Somnath; Sarkar, A.

    2016-05-01

    Gadolinium sulphide (Gd2S3) is a magnetic semiconductor with large band gap. Gd2S3 was synthesized following chemical and green techniques. Later process provides good stability of the nano clusters (NC) due to in-situ capping of Gd2S3 NC. It has been found that the optical band gap in Gd2S3 developed by green synthesis is lowered considerably over that in chemically synthesized Gd2S3. The green agencies used in this work are Jatropha Latex and dilute Garlic extract; both are enriched in sulphur and other organic polymer molecules. Simple observation shows that Gd2S3 NC retains residual magnetization. In this work optical and electrical characterization of the developed Gd2S3 specimens are carried out. The overall results obtained are good.

  12. Tuning optical and ferromagnetic properties of thin GdN films by nitrogen-vacancy centers

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    Vidyasagar, Reddithota; Kitayama, Shinya; Yoshitomi, Hiroaki; Kita, Takashi; Sakurai, Takahiro; Ohta, Hitoshi

    2013-02-01

    AlN/GdN/AlN double heterostructures were grown on c-sapphire substrates using a reactive rf sputtering method under high vacuum conditions. The optical absorption spectrum of the GdN shows a clear fundamental band edge of GdN around 800 nm; this transition is attributed to the minority spin band energy of GdN at the X point. Nitrogen vacancy centers cause a blue-shift of the optical band edge of GdN, which could be ascribed to both the band filling, and the electron-hole interactions resulting from the free carriers generated by nitrogen vacancies. Temperature-dependent magnetization measurements demonstrate a clear change in the magnetization values of GdN with respect to the N2 partial pressure. Nitrogen vacancy centers in the thin GdN film raise the Curie temperature from 31 K to 39 K, which has been accurately measured by the Arrott plots.

  13. Analysis and design of planar and non-planar wings for induced drag minimization

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    Mortara, K.; Straussfogel, Dennis M.; Maughmer, Mark D.

    1991-01-01

    The goal of the work was to develop and validate computational tools to be used for the design of planar and non-planar wing geometries for minimum induced drag. Because of the iterative nature of the design problem, it is important that, in addition to being sufficiently accurate for the problem at hand, they are reasonably fast and computationally efficient. Toward this end, a method of predicting induced drag in the presence of a non-rigid wake is coupled with a panel method. The induced drag prediction technique is based on the Kutta-Joukowski law applied at the trailing edge. Until recently, the use of this method has not been fully explored and pressure integration and Trefftz-plane calculations favored. As is shown in this report, however, the Kutta-Joukowski method is able to give better results for a given amount of effort than the more common techniques, particularly when relaxed wakes and non-planar wing geometries are considered. Using these tools, a workable design method is in place which takes into account relaxed wakes and non-planar wing geometries. It is recommended that this method be used to design a wind-tunnel experiment to verify the predicted aerodynamic benefits of non-planar wing geometries.

  14. Magnetism in the KBaRE(BO3)2 (RE  =  Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu) series: materials with a triangular rare earth lattice

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    Sanders, M. B.; Cevallos, F. A.; Cava, R. J.

    2017-03-01

    We report the magnetic properties of compounds in the KBaRE(BO3)2 family (RE  =  Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb), materials with a planar triangular lattice composed of rare earth ions. The samples were analyzed by x-ray diffraction and crystallize in the space group R-3m. Physical property measurements indicate the compounds display predominantly antiferromagnetic interactions between spins without any signs of magnetic ordering above 1.8 K. The ideal 2D rare earth triangular layers in this structure type make it a potential model system for investigating magnetic frustration in rare-earth-based materials.

  15. Scalable Designs for Planar Ion Trap Arrays

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    Slusher, R. E.

    2007-03-01

    Recent progress in quantum operations with trapped ion qubits has been spectacular for qubit counts up to approximately ten ions. Two qubit quantum gates, quantum error correction, simple quantum algorithms and entanglement of up to 8 qubits have been demonstrated by groups including those at NIST, University of Michigan, University of Innsbruck and Oxford. Interesting problems in quantum information processing including quantum simulations of condensed matter systems and quantum repeaters for long distance quantum communication systems require hundreds or thousands of qubits. Initial designs for an ion trap ``Quantum CCD'' using spatially multiplexed planar ion traps as well as initial experiments using planar ion traps are promising routes to scaling up the number of trapped ions to more interesting levels. We describe designs for planar ion traps fabricated using silicon VLSI techniques. This approach allows the control voltages required for the moving and positioning the ions in the array to be connected vertically through the silicon substrate to underlying CMOS electronics. We have developed techniques that allow the ion trap structures to be fabricated monolithically on top of the CMOS electronics. The planar traps have much weaker trapping depths than the more conventional multi-level traps. However, the trap depths are still adequate for trapping hot ions from many ion sources. The planar traps also involve more complex configurations for laser cooling and micromotion control. Initial solutions to these problems will be presented. Laser access to the ions can be provided by laser beams grazing the trap surface or by using vertical slots through the trap chip. We will also discuss limits imposed by power dissipation and ion transport through trap junctions (e.g. crosses and Ys). We have fabricated these VLSI based traps in a number of configurations. Initial fabrication and packaging challenges will be discussed. D. Kielpinski, C. Monroe, and D.J. Wineland

  16. Gd(III)-Gd(III) EPR distance measurements--the range of accessible distances and the impact of zero field splitting.

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    Dalaloyan, Arina; Qi, Mian; Ruthstein, Sharon; Vega, Shimon; Godt, Adelheid; Feintuch, Akiva; Goldfarb, Daniella

    2015-07-28

    Gd(III) complexes have emerged as spin labels for distance determination in biomolecules through double-electron-electron resonance (DEER) measurements at high fields. For data analysis, the standard approach developed for a pair of weakly coupled spins with S = 1/2 was applied, ignoring the actual properties of Gd(III) ions, i.e. S = 7/2 and ZFS (zero field splitting) ≠ 0. The present study reports on a careful investigation on the consequences of this approach, together with the range of distances accessible by DEER with Gd(III) complexes as spin labels. The experiments were performed on a series of specifically designed and synthesized Gd-rulers (Gd-PyMTA-spacer-Gd-PyMTA) covering Gd-Gd distances of 2-8 nm. These were dissolved in D2O-glycerol-d8 (0.03-0.10 mM solutions) which is the solvent used for the corresponding experiments on biomolecules. Q- and W-band DEER measurements, followed by data analysis using the standard data analysis approach, used for S = 1/2 pairs gave the distance-distribution curves, of which the absolute maxima agreed very well with the expected distances. However, in the case of the short distances of 2.1 and 2.9 nm, the distance distributions revealed additional peaks. These are a consequence of neglecting the pseudo-secular term in the dipolar Hamiltonian during the data analysis, as is outlined in a theoretical treatment. At distances of 3.4 nm and above, disregarding the pseudo-secular term leads to a broadening of a maximum of 0.4 nm of the distance-distribution curves at half height. Overall, the distances of up to 8.3 nm were determined, and the long evolution time of 16 μs at 10 K indicates that a distance of up to 9.4 nm can be accessed. A large distribution of the ZFS parameter, D, as is found for most Gd(III) complexes in a frozen solution, is crucial for the application of Gd(III) complexes as spin labels for distance determination via Gd(III)-Gd(III) DEER, especially for short distances. The larger ZFS of Gd-PyMTA, in

  17. Si/SiGe MMIC's

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    Luy, Johann-Friedrich; Strohm, Karl M.; Sasse, Hans-Eckard; Schueppen, Andreas; Buechler, Josef; Wollitzer, Michael; Gruhle, Andreas; Schaeffler, Friedrich; Guettich, Ulrich; Klaassen, Andreas

    1995-04-01

    Silicon-based millimeter-wave integrated circuits (SIMMWIC's) can provide new solutions for near range sensor and communication applications in the frequency range above 50 GHz. This paper gives a survey on the state-of-the-art performance of this technology and on first applications. The key devices are IMPATT diodes for mm-wave power generation and detection in the self-oscillating mixer mode, p-i-n diodes for use in switches and phase shifters, and Schottky diodes in detector and mixer circuits. The silicon/silicon germanium heterobipolar transistor (SiGe HBT) with f(sub max) values of more than 90 GHz is now used for low-noise oscillators at Ka-band frequencies. First system applications are discussed.

  18. Buffer layer between a planar optical concentrator and a solar cell

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    Solano, Manuel E.; Barber, Greg D.; Lakhtakia, Akhlesh; Faryad, Muhammad; Monk, Peter B.; Mallouk, Thomas E.

    2015-09-15

    The effect of inserting a buffer layer between a periodically multilayered isotropic dielectric (PMLID) material acting as a planar optical concentrator and a photovoltaic solar cell was theoretically investigated. The substitution of the photovoltaic material by a cheaper dielectric material in a large area of the structure could reduce the fabrication costs without significantly reducing the efficiency of the solar cell. Both crystalline silicon (c-Si) and gallium arsenide (GaAs) were considered as the photovoltaic material. We found that the buffer layer can act as an antireflection coating at the interface of the PMLID and the photovoltaic materials, and the structure increases the spectrally averaged electron-hole pair density by 36% for c-Si and 38% for GaAs compared to the structure without buffer layer. Numerical evidence indicates that the optimal structure is robust with respect to small changes in the grating profile.

  19. Optimal design of a spectral readout type planar waveguide-mode sensor with a monolithic structure.

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    Wang, Xiaomin; Fujimaki, Makoto; Kato, Takafumi; Nomura, Ken-Ichi; Awazu, Koichi; Ohki, Yoshimichi

    2011-10-10

    Optical planar waveguide-mode sensor is a promising candidate for highly sensitive biosensing techniques in fields such as protein adsorption, receptor-ligand interaction and surface bacteria adhesion. To make the waveguide-mode sensor system more realistic, a spectral readout type waveguide sensor is proposed to take advantage of its high speed, compactness and low cost. Based on our previously proposed monolithic waveguide-mode sensor composed of a SiO2 waveguide layer and a single crystalline Si layer [1], the mechanism for achieving high sensitivity is revealed by numerical simulations. The optimal achievable sensitivities for a series of waveguide structures are summarized in a contour map, and they are found to be better than those of previously reported angle-scan type waveguide sensors.

  20. Design principles for single standing nanowire solar cells: going beyond the planar efficiency limits

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    Zeng, Yang; Ye, Qinghao; Shen, Wenzhong

    2014-05-01

    Semiconductor nanowires (NWs) have long been used in photovoltaic applications but restricted to approaching the fundamental efficiency limits of the planar devices with less material. However, recent researches on standing NWs have started to reveal their potential of surpassing these limits when their unique optical property is utilized in novel manners. Here, we present a theoretical guideline for maximizing the conversion efficiency of a single standing NW cell based on a detailed study of its optical absorption mechanism. Under normal incidence, a standing NW behaves as a dielectric resonator antenna, and its optical cross-section shows its maximum when the lowest hybrid mode (HE11δ) is excited along with the presence of a back-reflector. The promotion of the cell efficiency beyond the planar limits is attributed to two effects: the built-in concentration caused by the enlarged optical cross-section, and the shifting of the absorption front resulted from the excited mode profile. By choosing an optimal NW radius to support the HE11δ mode within the main absorption spectrum, we demonstrate a relative conversion-efficiency enhancement of 33% above the planar cell limit on the exemplary a-Si solar cells. This work has provided a new basis for designing and analyzing standing NW based solar cells.

  1. Thermally induced magnetization switching in Gd/Fe multilayers

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    Xu, C.; Ostler, T. A.; Chantrell, R. W.

    2016-02-01

    A theoretical model of Gd/Fe multilayers is constructed using the atomistic spin dynamics formalism. By varying the thicknesses and number of layers we have shown that a strong dependence of the energy required for thermally induced magnetization switching (TIMS) is present; with a larger number of interfaces, lower energy is required. The results of the layer resolved dynamics show that the reversal process of the multilayered structures, similar to that of a GdFeCo alloy, is driven by the antiferromagnetic interaction between the transition-metal and rare-earth components. Finally, while the presence of the interface drives the reversal process, we show here that the switching process does not initiate at the surface but from the layers furthest from it, a departure from the alloy behavior which expands the classes of material types exhibiting TIMS.

  2. Current status of SK-Gd project and EGADS

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    Xu, Chenyuan; Super-Kamiokande Collaboration

    2016-05-01

    Supernova Relic Neutrino (SRN) has not been observed yet because of its low event rate and high background. By adding gadolinium into water Cherenkov detector, inverse beta decay will have two signals, the prompt one is positron signal and the delayed one is a ~8 MeV gamma cascade from neutron capture on gadolinium. By this way, background for SRN can be largely reduced by detecting prompt and delayed signals coincidently, and Super-K will also have the ability to distinguish neutrino and anti-neutrino. SK-Gd is a R&D project proposed to dissolve gadolinium into Super-K. As a part of it, EGADS, a 200 ton water Cherenkov detector was built in Kamioka mine. Current status of SK-Gd project and the physics work being performed in EGADS will be presented here.

  3. Fast-timing lifetime measurement of 152Gd

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    Wiederhold, J.; Kern, R.; Lizarazo, C.; Pietralla, N.; Werner, V.; Jolos, R. V.; Bucurescu, D.; Florea, N.; Ghita, D.; Glodariu, T.; Lica, R.; Marginean, N.; Marginean, R.; Mihai, C.; Mihai, R.; Mitu, I. O.; Negret, A.; Nita, C.; Olacel, A.; Pascu, S.; Stroe, L.; Toma, S.; Turturica, A.

    2016-10-01

    The lifetime τ (02+) of 152Gd has been measured using fast electronic scintillation timing (FEST) with an array of high-purity germanium (HPGe) and cerium-doped lanthanum bromide (LaBr3) detectors. 152Gd was produced via an (α ,n ) reaction on a gold backed 149Sm target. The measured lifetime of τ (02+) =96 (6 ) ps corresponds to a reduced transition strength of B (E 2 ;02+→21+) =111 (7 ) W.u. and an E 0 transition strength of ρ2(E 0 ) =39 (3 ) ×10-3 to the ground state. This result provides experimental support for the validity of a correlation that would be a novel indicator for a quantum phase transition (QPT).

  4. Ultraviolet photoluminescence in Gd-doped silica and phosphosilicate fibers

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    Wang, Y.; He, J.; Barua, P.; Chiodini, N.; Steigenberger, S.; Abdul Khudus, M. I. M.; Sahu, J. K.; Beresna, M.; Brambilla, G.

    2017-04-01

    Optical fiber lasers operating in the near infrared and visible spectral regions have relied on the spectroscopic properties of rare earth ions such as Yb3+, Er3+, Tm3+, Nd3+, and Sm3+. Here, we investigate Gd3+ doping in phosphosilicate and pure silica fibers using solution doping and sol-gel techniques, respectively, for potential applications in the ultraviolet. Photoluminescence spectra for optical fiber bundles and fiber preforms were recorded and compared. Emissions at 312 nm (phosphosilicate) and 314 nm (pure silica) were observed when pumping to the Gd3+ 6DJ, 6IJ, and 6PJ = 5/2, 3/2 energy levels. Oxygen deficient center was observed in solution doping sample with a wide absorption band centered at around 248 nm not affecting pumping to 6IJ states.

  5. Gd-DTPA Adsorption on Chitosan/Magnetite Nanocomposites

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    Pylypchuk, Ie. V.; Kołodyńska, D.; Kozioł, M.; Gorbyk, P. P.

    2016-03-01

    The synthesis of the chitosan/magnetite nanocomposites is presented. Composites were prepared by co-precipitation of iron(II) and iron(III) salts by aqueous ammonia in the 0.1 % chitosan solution. It was shown that magnetite synthesis in the chitosan medium does not affect the magnetite crystal structure. The thermal analysis data showed 4.6 % of mass concentration of chitosan in the hybrid chitosan/magnetite composite. In the concentration range of initial Gd-DTPA solution up to 0.4 mmol/L, addition of chitosan to magnetite increases the adsorption capacity and affinity to Gd-DTPA complex. The Langmuir and Freundlich adsorption models were applied to describe adsorption processes. Nanocomposites were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), differential thermal analysis (DTA), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and specific surface area determination (ASAP) methods.

  6. Determination of critical exponents of inhomogeneous Gd films

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    Rosales-Rivera, A.; Salazar, N. A.; Hovorka, O.; Idigoras, O.; Berger, A.

    2012-08-01

    The role of inhomogeneity on the critical behavior is studied for non-epitaxial Gd films. For this purpose, the film inhomogeneity was varied experimentally by annealing otherwise identical samples at different temperatures TAN=200, 400, and 500 °C. Vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM) was used for magnetization M vs. T measurements at different external fields H. A method based upon the linear superposition of different sample parts having different Curie temperatures TC was used to extract the critical exponents and the intrinsic distribution of Curie temperatures. We found that this method allows extracting reliable values of the critical exponents for all annealing temperatures, which enabled us to study the effects of disorder onto the universality class of Gd films.

  7. Magnetism in GdFe2Zn20

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    Antropov, Vladimir

    2007-03-01

    The magnetic structure formation and the origin of the exchange couplings in GdFe2Zn20 have been studied using the standard band-structure methods at T=0K and the ab-initio spin dynamics in the paramagnetic case. At low temperatures the relative importance of the different channels of the magnetic coupling have been analyzed. At high temperatures the soft spin deviation modes responsible for the observed high temperature of the magnetic phase transition [1] have been identified. Several strong magnetic short range order parameters have been found in this material. [1] S. Jia, S.L. Bud'ko, G.D. Samolyuk, P.C. Canfield. cond-mat/0606615

  8. Rare-earth metal gallium silicides via the gallium self-flux method. Synthesis, crystal structures, and magnetic properties of RE(Ga1-xSix)2 (RE=Y, La-Nd, Sm, Gd-Yb, Lu)

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    Darone, Gregory M.; Hmiel, Benjamin; Zhang, Jiliang; Saha, Shanta; Kirshenbaum, Kevin; Greene, Richard; Paglione, Johnpierre; Bobev, Svilen

    2013-05-01

    Fifteen ternary rare-earth metal gallium silicides have been synthesized using molten Ga as a molten flux. They have been structurally characterized by single-crystal and powder X-ray diffraction to form with three different structures—the early to mid-late rare-earth metals RE=La-Nd, Sm, Gd-Ho, Yb and Y form compounds with empirical formulae RE(GaxSi1-x)2 (0.38≤x≤0.63), which crystallize with the tetragonal α-ThSi2 structure type (space group I41/amd, No. 141; Pearson symbol tI12). The compounds of the late rare-earth crystallize with the orthorhombic α-GdSi2 structure type (space group Imma, No. 74; Pearson symbol oI12), with refined empirical formula REGaxSi2-x-y (RE=Ho, Er, Tm; 0.33≤x≤0.40, 0.10≤y≤0.18). LuGa0.32(1)Si1.43(1) crystallizes with the orthorhombic YbMn0.17Si1.83 structure type (space group Cmcm, No. 63; Pearson symbol oC24). Structural trends are reviewed and analyzed; the magnetic susceptibilities of the grown single-crystals are presented.

  9. Synthesizing skyrmion bound pairs in Fe-Gd thin films

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    Lee, J. C. T.; Chess, J. J.; Montoya, S. A.; Shi, X.; Tamura, N.; Mishra, S. K.; Fischer, P.; McMorran, B. J.; Sinha, S. K.; Fullerton, E. E.; Kevan, S. D.; Roy, S.

    2016-07-01

    We show that properly engineered amorphous Fe-Gd alloy thin films with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy exhibit bound pairs of like-polarity, opposite helicity skyrmions at room temperature. Magnetic mirror symmetry planes present in the stripe phase, instead of chiral exchange, determine the internal skyrmion structure and the net achirality of the skyrmion phase. Our study shows that stripe domain engineering in amorphous alloy thin films may enable the creation of skyrmion phases with technologically desirable properties.

  10. Synthesizing skyrmion bound pairs in Fe-Gd thin films

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    Lee, J. C. T.; Chess, J. J.; Montoya, S. A.; ...

    2016-07-11

    Here, we show that properly engineered amorphous Fe-Gd alloy thin films with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy exhibit bound pairs of like-polarity, opposite helicity skyrmions at room temperature. Magnetic mirror symmetry planes present in the stripe phase, instead of chiral exchange, determine the internal skyrmion structure and the net achirality of the skyrmion phase. Our study shows that stripe domain engineering in amorphous alloy thin films may enable the creation of skyrmion phases with technologically desirable properties.

  11. Precision Astrometry of the Exoplanet Host Candidate GD 66

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    2012-01-01

    the cause of the variations in pulsation timing. Key words: stars: individual: GD 66 – planetary systems – white dwarfs. 1 IN T RO D U C T I O N...Observations of extrasolar planetary systems in the post-main se- quence have implications for the survival of the Earth and the ter- restrial planets, and...Fellow. confirmed by independent means (gravitational perturbations; Rasio et al. 1992; Wolszczan 1994). Planetary systems around white dwarfs offer a

  12. Ferromagnetism in Gd doped ZnO nanowires: A first principles study

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    Aravindh, S. Assa; Schwingenschloegl, Udo E-mail: iman.roqan@kaust.edu.sa; Roqan, Iman S. E-mail: iman.roqan@kaust.edu.sa

    2014-12-21

    In several experimental studies, room temperature ferromagnetism in Gd-doped ZnO nanostructures has been achieved. However, the mechanism and the origin of the ferromagnetism remain controversial. We investigate the structural, magnetic, and electronic properties of Zn{sub 48}O{sub 48} nanowires doped with Gd, using density functional theory. Our findings indicate that substitutionally incorporated Gd atoms prefer occupying the surface Zn sites. Moreover, the formation energy increases with the distance between Gd atoms, signifying that no Gd-Gd segregation occurs in the nanowires within the concentration limit of ≤2%. Gd induces ferromagnetism in ZnO nanowires with magnetic coupling energy up to 21 meV in the neutral state, which increases with additional electron and O vacancy, revealing the role of carriers in magnetic exchange. The potential for achieving room temperature ferromagnetism and high T{sub C} in ZnO:Gd nanowires is evident from the large ferromagnetic coupling energy (200 meV) obtained with the O vacancy. Density of states shows that Fermi level overlaps with Gd f states with the introduction of O vacancy, indicating the possibility of s-f coupling. These results will assist in understanding experimental findings in Gd-doped ZnO nanowires.

  13. Gd{sup 3+} incorporated ZnO nanoparticles: A versatile material

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    Kumar, Surender Sahare, P.D.

    2014-03-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Chemically synthesized Gd{sup 3+} doped ZnO nanoparticles. • The broad visible emission of the ZnO is dependent on the surface defects and can be tailored by Gd{sup 3+} doing. • PL and magnetic properties are modified by Gd{sup 3+} doping. • Photocatalysis experiment reveals that the ZnO: Gd{sup 3+} degrades the Rh B dye faster than the undoped ZnO. - Abstract: Gd{sup 3+} doped ZnO nanoparticles are synthesized by wet chemical route method and investigated through structural, optical, magnetic and photocatalytic properties. Transmission Electron Microscopy technique has been performed on undoped and Gd{sup 3+} doped ZnO nanoparticles. X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Raman analyses are carried out in order to examine the desired phase formation and substitution of Gd{sup 3+} in the ZnO matrix. Gd{sup 3+} doped ZnO nanoparticles show enhanced photoluminescent and ferromagnetic properties as compared to undoped ZnO. The broad visible emission of ZnO is found to be largely dependent on the surface defects and these surface defects can be tailored by Gd{sup 3+} doping concentration. Furthermore, Gd{sup 3+} doped ZnO nanoparticles also show improved photocatalytic properties as compared with undoped ZnO nanoparticles under ultraviolet irradiation.

  14. Structural and topographical analysis of Nd:Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanorods

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    Boopathi, G.; Mohan, R.; Raj, S. Gokul; Kumar, G. Ramesh

    2013-06-03

    Nanocrystalline form of pure and Nd doped gadolinium hydroxide [Nd:Gd(OH({sub 3}] nanorods were successfully synthesized at 60 Degree-Sign C through simple co-precipitation method of Gd(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}.6H{sub 2}O and Nd(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}.6H{sub 2}O solutions with a specified pH, adjusted using NH{sub 3} as buffer solution. The dopant percentage was maintained at 5%. The as-synthesized Gd(OH){sub 3} and Nd:Gd(OH({sub 3} nanorods were annealed at 500 Degree-Sign C for 1 h to form the respective Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Nd:Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanorods. Powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern, scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray (SEM/EDX) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) analyses were used to characterize these as-synthesized [Gd(OH){sub 3} and Nd:Gd(OH({sub 3}] and annealed [Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Nd:Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}] nanorods.

  15. Gd-DTPA-loaded polymer-metal complex micelles with high relaxivity for MR cancer imaging.

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    Mi, Peng; Cabral, Horacio; Kokuryo, Daisuke; Rafi, Mohammad; Terada, Yasuko; Aoki, Ichio; Saga, Tsuneo; Takehiko, Ishii; Nishiyama, Nobuhiro; Kataoka, Kazunori

    2013-01-01

    Nanodevices for magnetic resonance imaging of cancer were self-assembled to core-shell micellar structures by metal complex formation of K(2)PtCl(6) with diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid gadolinium (III) dihydrogen (Gd-DTPA), a T(1)-contrast agent, and poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly{N-[N'-(2-aminoethyl)-2-aminoethyl]aspartamide} (PEG-b-PAsp(DET)) copolymer in aqueous solution. Gd-DTPA-loaded polymeric micelles (Gd-DTPA/m) showed a hydrodynamic diameter of 45 nm and a core size of 22 nm. Confining Gd-DTPA inside the core of the micelles increased the relaxivity of Gd-DTPA more than 13 times (48 mM(-1) s(-1)). In physiological conditions Gd-DTPA/m sustainedly released Gd-DTPA, while the Pt(IV) complexes remain bound to the polymer. Gd-DTPA/m extended the circulation time in plasma and augmented the tumor accumulation of Gd-DTPA leading to successful contrast enhancement of solid tumors. μ-Synchrotron radiation-X-ray fluorescence results confirmed that Gd-DTPA was delivered to the tumor site by the micelles. Our study provides a facile strategy for incorporating contrast agents, dyes and bioactive molecules into nanodevices for developing safe and efficient drug carriers for clinical application.

  16. Facile Synthesis of Gd-Functionalized Gold Nanoclusters as Potential MRI/CT Contrast Agents

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    Le, Wenjun; Cui, Shaobin; Chen, Xin; Zhu, Huanhuan; Chen, Bingdi; Cui, Zheng

    2016-01-01

    Multi-modal imaging plays a key role in the earlier detection of disease. In this work, a facile bioinspired method was developed to synthesize Gd-functionalized gold nanoclusters (Gd-Au NCs). The Gd-Au NCs exhibit a uniform size, with an average size of 5.6 nm in dynamic light scattering (DLS), which is a bit bigger than gold clusters (3.74 nm, DLS), while the fluorescent properties of Gd-Au NCs are almost the same as that of Au NCs. Moreover, the Gd-Au NCs exhibit a high longitudinal relaxivity value (r1) of 22.111 s−1 per mM of Gd in phosphate-buffered saline (PBS), which is six times higher than that of commercial Magnevist (A complex of gadolinium with a chelating agent, diethylenetriamine penta-acetic acid, Gd-DTPA, r1 = 3.56 mM−1·s−1). Besides, as evaluated by nano single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and computed tomography (CT) the Gd-Au NCs have a potential application as CT contrast agents because of the Au element. Finally, the Gd-Au NCs show little cytotoxicity, even when the Au concentration is up to 250 μM. Thus, the Gd-Au NCs can act as multi-modal imaging contrast agents.

  17. Potential dual imaging nanoparticle: Gd2O3 nanoparticle

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    Ahmad, Md. Wasi; Xu, Wenlong; Kim, Sung June; Baeck, Jong Su; Chang, Yongmin; Bae, Ji Eun; Chae, Kwon Seok; Park, Ji Ae; Kim, Tae Jeong; Lee, Gang Ho

    2015-02-01

    Gadolinium (Gd) is a unique and powerful element in chemistry and biomedicine which can be applied simultaneously to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), X-ray computed tomography (CT), and neutron capture therapy for cancers. This multifunctionality can be maximized using gadolinium oxide (Gd2O3) nanoparticles (GNPs) because of the large amount of Gd per GNP, making both diagnosis and therapy (i.e., theragnosis) for cancers possible using only GNPs. In this study, the T1 MRI and CT dual imaging capability of GNPs is explored by synthesizing various iodine compound (IC) coated GNPs (IC-GNPs). All the IC-GNP samples showed stronger X-ray absorption and larger longitudinal water proton relaxivities (r1 = 26-38 s-1mM-1 and r2/r1 = 1.4-1.9) than the respective commercial contrast agents. In vivo T1 MR and CT images of mice were also acquired, supporting that the GNP is a potential dual imaging agent.

  18. Recent neutron scattering results from Gd-based pyrochlore oxides

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    Gardner, Jason

    2009-03-01

    In my presentation I will present recent results that have determined the spin-spin correlations in the geometrically frustrated magnets Gd2Sn2O7 and Gd2Ti2O7. This will include polarised neutron diffraction, inelastic neutron scattering and neutron spin echo data. One sample of particular interest is Gd2Sn2O7 which is believed to be a good approximation to a Heisenberg antiferromagnet on a pyrochlore lattice with exchange and dipole-dipole interactions. Theoretically such a system is expected to enter long range ordered ground state known as the ``Palmer Chalker'' state [1]. We show conclusively, through neutron scattering data, that the system indeed enters an ordered state with the Palmer-Chalker spin configuration below Tc = 1 K [2-3]. Within this state we have also observed long range collective spin dynamics, spin waves. This work has been performed in collaboration with many research groups including G. Ehlers (SNS), R. Stewart (ISIS). [0pt] [1] S. E. Palmer and J. T. Chalker, Phys. Rev. B 62, 488 (2000). [0pt] [2] J. R. Stewart, G. Ehlers, A. S. Wills, S. T. Bramwell, and J. S. Gardner, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 16, L321 (2004). [0pt] [3] J R Stewart, J S Gardner, Y. Qiu and G Ehlers, Phys. Rev. B. 78, 132410 (2008)

  19. Magnetic structure and magnetocalorics of GdPO4

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    Palacios, E.; Rodriguez-Velamazsn, J. A.; Evangelisti, Marco; ...

    2014-12-12

    The magnetic ordering structure of GdPO4 is determined at T = 60 mK by diffraction of hot neutrons with wavelength = 0.4696 Å. It corresponds to a non-collinear antiferromagnetic arrangement of the Gd moments with propagation vector k = (1/2, 0, 1/2). This arrangement is found to minimize the dipole-dipole interaction and the crystal field anisotropy energy, the magnetic superexchange being much smaller. The intensity of the magnetic reflections decreases with increasing temperature and vanishes at T ≈ 0.8 K, in agreement with the magnetic ordering temperature TN = 0.77 K, as reported in previous works based on heat capacitymore » and magnetic susceptibility measurements. The magnetocaloric parameters have been determined from heat capacity data at constant applied fields up to 7 T, as well as from isothermal magnetization data. Lastly, the magnetocaloric effect, for a field change ΔB = 0 – 7T, reaches –ΔST = 375.8mJ / cm3K–1 at T = 2.1 K, largely exceeding the maximum values reported to date for Gd-based magnetic refrigerants.« less

  20. Toxics testing performance evaluation for GB and GD

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    O`Neill, H.J.; Schneider, J.F.; Brubaker, K.L.; Kimmell, T.A.; Anderson, A.W.

    1997-10-01

    Residues resulting from demilitarization, treatment, cleanup, and testing of military chemical agents at Dugway Proving Ground (DPG), Utah, are currently listed as hazardous wastes by the State of Utah Department of Environmental Quality. The US Army Test and Evaluation Command believes that certain categories of waste generated at DPG are not hazardous. To demonstrate this, analytical methods capable of quantitatively measuring the concentrations of chemical agents, including GB and GD, in the different waste media must be available. Argonne National Laboratory has developed methods to analyze metal substrate, spent hypochlorite decontamination fluid, and soil matrices for GB and GD. These methods involve the use of sorbent cartridge preconcentration and thermal desorption combined with gas chromatography using flame photometric detection to achieve the desired sensitivity and specificity. This report describes the methods and presents results for these three common waste matrices. The test results indicate that these methods can be used to quantitatively determine concentrations of GB and GD in the low parts-per-billion range in all sample media tested.

  1. MODELING GD-1 GAPS IN A MILKY WAY POTENTIAL

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    Carlberg, R. G.

    2016-03-20

    The GD-1 star stream is currently the best available for identifying density fluctuations, “gaps,” along its length as a test of the LCDM prediction of large numbers of dark matter sub-halos orbiting in the halo. Density variations of some form are present, since the variance of the density along the stream is three times that expected from the empirically estimated variation in the filtered mean star counts. The density variations are characterized with filters that approximate the shape of sub-halo, gravitationally induced stream gaps. The filters locate gaps and measure their amplitude, leading to a measurement of the distribution of gap widths. To gain an understanding of the factors influencing the gap width distribution, a suite of collisionless n-body simulations for a GD-1-like orbit in a Milky-Way-like potential provides a dynamically realistic statistical prediction of the gap distribution. The simulations show that every location in the stream has been disturbed to some degree by a sub-halo. The small gaps found via the filtering are largely noise. Larger gaps, those longer than 1 kpc, or 10° for GD-1, are the source of the excess variance. The suite of stream simulations shows that sub-halos at the predicted inner halo abundance or possibly somewhat higher can produce the required large-scale density variations.

  2. Modeling GD-1 Gaps in a Milky Way Potential

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    Carlberg, R. G.

    2016-03-01

    The GD-1 star stream is currently the best available for identifying density fluctuations, “gaps,” along its length as a test of the LCDM prediction of large numbers of dark matter sub-halos orbiting in the halo. Density variations of some form are present, since the variance of the density along the stream is three times that expected from the empirically estimated variation in the filtered mean star counts. The density variations are characterized with filters that approximate the shape of sub-halo, gravitationally induced stream gaps. The filters locate gaps and measure their amplitude, leading to a measurement of the distribution of gap widths. To gain an understanding of the factors influencing the gap width distribution, a suite of collisionless n-body simulations for a GD-1-like orbit in a Milky-Way-like potential provides a dynamically realistic statistical prediction of the gap distribution. The simulations show that every location in the stream has been disturbed to some degree by a sub-halo. The small gaps found via the filtering are largely noise. Larger gaps, those longer than 1 kpc, or 10° for GD-1, are the source of the excess variance. The suite of stream simulations shows that sub-halos at the predicted inner halo abundance or possibly somewhat higher can produce the required large-scale density variations.

  3. Magnetic structures in potential multiferroic GdCrO3

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    Manuel, Pascal; Chapon, Laurent; Khalyavin, Dmitry; Xueyun, Wang; Cheong, Sang-Wook

    2015-03-01

    For the past decade, multiferroics materials have atracted a lot of attention in the condensed matter community because of potential applications for devices. A somewhat ambiguous addition to the multiferroics family was recently reported in the peroskite based GdCrO3 in both bulk and thin film samples. Indeed, ferroelectricity was evidenced by a strong enhancement of the capacitance in a field but significant leakage and no well developed P-E hysteresis blurred the picture. Our own measurements clearly indicate the existence of a polar phase below 2K. To complete the understanding of this material, the determination of the magnetic structure is required but is hampered by the fact Gd is a strong neutron absorber. We will present some neutron diffraction data collected on an isotopic 160GdCrO3 sample at the WISH diffractometer at ISIS which confirm the presence of three successive magnetic phases, previously only seen by magnetization, as a function of temperature. We will compare our determined structures against predictions based on group theoretical considerations and experimental work on other rare-earth ortho-chromates and discuss the mechanism for multiferroicity.

  4. Potential dual imaging nanoparticle: Gd2O3 nanoparticle

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    Ahmad, Md. Wasi; Xu, Wenlong; Kim, Sung June; Baeck, Jong Su; Chang, Yongmin; Bae, Ji Eun; Chae, Kwon Seok; Park, Ji Ae; Kim, Tae Jeong; Lee, Gang Ho

    2015-01-01

    Gadolinium (Gd) is a unique and powerful element in chemistry and biomedicine which can be applied simultaneously to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), X-ray computed tomography (CT), and neutron capture therapy for cancers. This multifunctionality can be maximized using gadolinium oxide (Gd2O3) nanoparticles (GNPs) because of the large amount of Gd per GNP, making both diagnosis and therapy (i.e., theragnosis) for cancers possible using only GNPs. In this study, the T1 MRI and CT dual imaging capability of GNPs is explored by synthesizing various iodine compound (IC) coated GNPs (IC-GNPs). All the IC-GNP samples showed stronger X-ray absorption and larger longitudinal water proton relaxivities (r1 = 26–38 s−1mM−1 and r2/r1 = 1.4–1.9) than the respective commercial contrast agents. In vivo T1 MR and CT images of mice were also acquired, supporting that the GNP is a potential dual imaging agent. PMID:25707374

  5. Gd2O3 nanoparticles stabilized by hydrothermally modified dextrose for positive contrast magnetic resonance imaging

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    Babić-Stojić, Branka; Jokanović, Vukoman; Milivojević, Dušan; Požek, Miroslav; Jagličić, Zvonko; Makovec, Darko; Arsikin, Katarina; Paunović, Verica

    2016-04-01

    Gd2O3 nanoparticles of a few nm in size and their agglomerates dispersed in dextrose derived polymer template were synthesized by hydrothermal treatment. The produced nanosized material was investigated by TEM, FTIR spectroscopy, SQUID measurements and NMR relaxometry. Biological evaluation of this material was done by crystal violet and MTT assays to determine the cell viability. Longitudinal and transverse NMR relaxivities of water diluted Gd2O3 nanoparticle dispersions measured at the magnetic field of 1.5 T, estimated to be r1(Gd2O3)=9.6 s-1 mM-1 in the Gd concentration range 0.1-30 mM and r2(Gd2O3)=17.7 s-1 mM-1 in the lower concentration range 0.1-0.8 mM, are significantly higher than the corresponding relaxivities measured for the standard contrast agent r1(Gd-DTPA)=4.1 s-1 mM-1 and r2(Gd-DTPA)=5.1 s-1 mM-1. The ratio of the two relaxivities for Gd2O3 nanoparticles r2/r1=1.8 is suitable for T1-weighted imaging. Good MRI signal intensities of the water diluted Gd2O3 nanoparticle dispersions were recorded at lower Gd concentrations 0.2-0.8 mM. The Gd2O3 samples did not exert any significant cytotoxic effects at Gd concentrations of 0.2 mM and below. These properties of the produced Gd2O3 nanoparticles in hydrothermally modified dextrose make them promising for potential application in MRI for the design of a positive MRI contrast agent.

  6. Magnetic and dielectric properties and Raman spectroscopy of GdCrO3 nanoparticles

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    Jaiswal, Adhish; Das, Raja; Vivekanand, K.; Maity, Tuhin; Abraham, Priya Mary; Adyanthaya, Suguna; Poddar, Pankaj

    2010-01-01

    The rare earth orthochromites are extremely interesting due to the richness of their optical, dielectric, and magnetic properties as well as due to their multiferroic properties which make them suitable materials to study in the nanoregime. However, the wet-chemical synthesis of these materials in nanosize is nontrivial. Here, we report for the first time, the detailed Raman spectra as well as magnetic and dielectric properties of chemically synthesized GdCrO3 nanoparticles of size ranging from 40 to 60 nm. The magnetic properties are dictated by competing Cr3+-Cr3+, Gd3+-Cr3+, and Gd3+-Gd3+ superexchange interactions in different temperature regions, resulting into an antiferromagnetic ordering at 167 K due to the Cr3+-Cr3+ followed by weak ferromagnetic ordering due to the onset of Cr3+-Gd3+ interactions. At lower temperature, it shows weak antiferromagnetic ordering due to Gd3+-Gd3+ interaction. Below 95 K, GdCrO3 nanoparticles showed the presence of negative magnetization due to Gd3+ and Cr3+ interactions resulting into weak ferromagnetic coupling. The Raman spectroscopy shows the characteristic Raman shifts indicating that below 450 cm-1, Gd3+ ions play a dominant role in determining the phonon frequencies of GdCrO3, and above 450 cm-1, the Cr+3 ions dominate. We also present for the first time the low temperature dielectric constant and loss tangent data for GdCrO3 in a broad temperature and frequency range. The dielectric constant shows a decrease in comparison to the bulk values due to the size dependent effects. It also shows a peak centered at around 320 K above which it shows a sharp decrease. The dielectric loss value in GdCrO3 nanoparticles is quite small and shows an interesting frequency dependent anomaly at lower temperature which might be due to the coupling between magnetic and dielectric order parameters.

  7. Electronic structure of the boron fullerene B14 and its silicon derivatives B13Si(+), B13Si(-) and B12Si2: a rationalization using a cylinder model.

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    Van Duong, Long; Nguyen, Minh Tho

    2016-06-29

    Geometric and electronic structures of the boron cluster B14 and its silicon derivatives B13Si(+), B13Si(-), and B12Si2 were determined using DFT calculations (TPSSh/6-311+G(d)). The B12Si2 fullerene, which is formed by substituting two B atoms at two apex positions of the B14 fullerene by two Si atoms, was also found as the global minimum structure. We demonstrated that the electronic structure and orbital configuration of these small fullerenes can be predicted by the wavefunctions of a particle on a cylinder. The early appearance of high angular node MOs in B14 and B12Si2 can be understood by this simple model. Replacement of one B atom at a top position of B14 by one Si atom, followed by the addition or removal of one electron does not lead to a global minimum fullerene structure for the anion B13Si(-) and cation B13Si(+). The early appearance of the 5σ1 orbital in B13Si(+) causes a lower stability for the fullerene-type structure.

  8. Broadband Planar 5:1 Impedence Transformer

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    Ehsan, Negar; Hsieh, Wen-Ting; Moseley, Samuel H.; Wollack, Edward J.

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents a broadband Guanella-type planar impedance transformer that transforms so 50 omega to 10 omega with a 10 dB bandwidth of 1-14GHz. The transformer is designed on a flexible 50 micrometer thick polyimide substrate in microstrip and parallel-plate transmission line topologies, and is Inspired by the traditional 4:1 Guanella transformer. Back-to-back transformers were designed and fabricated for characterization in a 50 omega system. Simulated and measured results are in excellent agreement.

  9. Grasp synthesis for planar and solid objects

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    Chen, Yu-Che; Walker, Ian D.; Cheatham, John B.

    1993-01-01

    An analysis of the mechanics for multifingered grasps of planar and solid objects is presented. A method that is intuitive and computationally efficient is proposed. The search for finger grasp positions is combined with finger (manipulation and squeezing) for calculations in a single method. Physically, the squeezing and frictional effects between the fingers and the grasped objects are fully visualized through this approach. Mathematically, the complexity of finger force calculations are reduced when this scheme is compared with previously available schemes. The efficiency of the scheme is illustrated. On the basis of the analysis of grasp mechanics, an algorithm for quantitatively choosing the grasp points is proposed to ensure stable grasps.

  10. Underpotential deposition: From planar surfaces to nanoparticles

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    Oviedo, O. A.; Vélez, P.; Macagno, V. A.; Leiva, E. P. M.

    2015-01-01

    An overview is given of selected theoretical, experimental and computer simulation research on thermodynamic modeling applied to the metal underpotential deposition. Focus is made mainly on the last 20 years. The upd-theory on planar surfaces is revisited and the thermodynamic framework is extended to consider underpotential deposition on nanoparticles and to include anion coadsorption, solvation and double layer charging. Results from molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations are shown for systems of experimental interest. At the end some perspectives for further advanced modeling of the present problem are given.

  11. Planar-waveguide integrated spectral comparator.

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    Mossberg, T W; Iazikov, D; Greiner, C

    2004-06-01

    A cost-effective yet robust and versatile dual-channel spectral comparator is presented. The silica-on-silicon planar-waveguide integrated device includes two holographic Bragg-grating reflectors (HBRs) with complementary spectral transfer functions. Output comprises projections of input signal spectra onto the complementary spectral channels. Spectral comparators may be useful in optical code-division multiplexing, optical packet decoding, spectral target recognition, and the identification of molecular spectra. HBRs may be considered to be mode-specific photonic crystals.

  12. High-performance planar nanoscale dielectric capacitors

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    Özçelik, V. Ongun; Ciraci, S.

    2015-05-01

    We propose a model for planar nanoscale dielectric capacitors consisting of a single layer, insulating hexagonal boron nitride (BN) stripe placed between two metallic graphene stripes, all forming commensurately a single atomic plane. First-principles density functional calculations on these nanoscale capacitors for different levels of charging and different widths of graphene-BN stripes mark high gravimetric capacitance values, which are comparable to those of supercapacitors made from other carbon-based materials. Present nanocapacitor models allow the fabrication of series, parallel, and mixed combinations which offer potential applications in two-dimensional flexible nanoelectronics, energy storage, and heat-pressure sensing systems.

  13. High voltage planar multijunction solar cell

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    Evans, J. C., Jr.; Chai, A. T.; Goradia, C. P. (Inventor)

    1982-01-01

    A high voltage multijunction solar cell is provided wherein a plurality of discrete voltage generating regions or unit cells are formed in a single generally planar semiconductor body. The unit cells are comprised of doped regions of opposite conductivity type separated by a gap or undiffused region. Metal contacts connect adjacent cells together in series so that the output voltages of the individual cells are additive. In some embodiments, doped field regions separated by a overlie the unit cells but the cells may be formed in both faces of the wafer.

  14. Exceptional points in anisotropic planar microcavities

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    Richter, Steffen; Michalsky, Tom; Sturm, Chris; Rosenow, Bernd; Grundmann, Marius; Schmidt-Grund, Rüdiger

    2017-02-01

    Planar microcavities allow the control and manipulation of spin polarization, manifested in phenomena like the optical spin Hall effect due to the intrinsic polarization mode splitting. Here, we study a transparent microcavity with broken rotational symmetry, realized by aligning the optic axis of a uniaxial cavity material in the cavity plane, giving rise to exceptional points in the dispersion relation. These occur pairwise, are circularly polarized, and are cores of polarization vortices. The exceptional points are result of the non-Hermitian character of the system and are in close relationship to singular optic axes in absorptive biaxial systems.

  15. Optical planar waveguide for cell counting

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    LeBlanc, John; Mueller, Andrew J.; Prinz, Adrian; Butte, Manish J.

    2012-01-01

    Low cost counting of cells has medical applications in screening, military medicine, disaster medicine, and rural healthcare. In this report, we present a shallow, buried, planar waveguide fabricated by potassium ion exchange in glass that enables low-cost and rapid counting of metal-tagged objects that lie in the evanescent field of the waveguide. Laser light transmitted through the waveguide was attenuated proportionately to the presence of metal-coated microstructures fabricated from photoresist. This technology enables the low-cost enumeration of cells from blood, urine, or other biofluids.

  16. Entanglement generation in planar Penning traps

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    Martins, Ana M.; Mendonca, J. T.; Guerreiro, A.; Vieira, V. R.

    2010-07-15

    We investigate the generation of entanglement between the axial degrees of freedom of electrons confined in separated locations in planar Penning traps. We show that there are two different sources of entanglement: one is related with the mechanism of switching on and off the electrical coupling between the two electrons, and the other is due to the two-quanta-transition term of the coupling interaction. We show that the degree of entanglement can be controlled by adjusting the strength of the coupling between the traps and the time of interaction. We show that the coupled electrons behave as a temporal active interferometer.

  17. Extended Scaling Relations for Planar Lattice Models

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    Benfatto, G.; Falco, P.; Mastropietro, V.

    2009-12-01

    It is widely believed that the critical properties of several planar lattice systems, like the Eight Vertex or the Ashkin-Teller models, are well described by an effective continuum fermionic theory obtained as a formal scaling limit. On the basis of this assumption several extended scaling relations among their indices were conjectured. We prove the validity of some of them, among which the ones predicted by Kadanoff (Phys Rev Lett 39:903-905, 1977) and by Luther and Peschel (Phys Rev B 12:3908-3917, 1975).

  18. Theoretical analysis of planar pulse microwiggler

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    Qing-Xiang Liu |; Yong Xu

    1995-12-31

    The Magnetic field distributions of a planar pulse microwiggler are studied analytically and numerically. Exact solutions of two-dimensional magnetic fields are derived, which show that along the electron axis the fields have a variation close enough to a sine wave. We also investigate wiggler field errors due to machining tolerance and effects of the field errors on trajectories of electron with the help numerical simulations. The results are critical for successful operation of CAEP compact free-electron laser experiment under preparation.

  19. Planar cell polarity and the kidney.

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    McNeill, Helen

    2009-10-01

    Planar cell polarity (PCP) is a form of spatial organization in tissue that was first described in Drosophila melanogaster. PCP plays a critical conserved role in several aspects of mammalian development. Exciting data implicate PCP in normal kidney development and suggest the loss of oriented cell division and convergent extension downstream of defective PCP signaling lead to cystic kidney disease in mouse models. In this review, I first cover the current knowledge of PCP signaling in invertebrate and vertebrate models and then explore how loss of PCP might underlie some forms of cystic kidney disease.

  20. HETEROGENEOUS ISOTOPIC ANOMALIES OF SM AND GD IN THE NORTON COUNTY METEORITE: EVIDENCE FOR IRRADIATION FROM THE ACTIVE EARLY SUN

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    Hidaka, Hiroshi; Kondo, Tomoyo; Yoneda, Shigekazu

    2012-02-20

    Large and heterogeneous isotopic variations of {sup 150}Sm/{sup 149}Sm and {sup 158}Gd/{sup 157}Gd due to neutron capture reactions caused by cosmic-ray irradiation were found in chemical and mineral separates from the Norton County meteorite. The light-colored separates, consisting mainly of enstatite (Mg{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 6}), have a very large neutron fluence of 1.98 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 17} n cm{sup -2}, which is 10 times higher than that of the whole rock. Furthermore, four chemical separates showed a large variation in neutron fluences, ranging from 1.82 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 16} to 1.87 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 17} n cm{sup -2}. The variable amounts of neutron fluences from a small single fragment of the Norton County meteorite cannot be simply explained by single-stage cosmic-ray irradiation in space. Rare earth element (REE) analyses revealed that the fractions with high neutron fluences have similar chemical properties to those in the early condensates in the solar system, showing depletions of Eu and Yb in their REE abundance patterns. The data provide evidence for an activity of the early Sun (T Tauri), suggesting the migration of early and intense irradiation materials into the Norton County meteorite's parent body.

  1. Particle- $$\\gamma$$ γ coincidence spectroscopy of the N = 90 nucleus 154Gd by ( $$p,t\\gamma$$ p , t γ )

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    Allmond, J. M.; Beausang, C. W.; Ross, T. J.; ...

    2017-03-01

    A segmented Si-telescope and HPGe array, STARS-LIBERACE, was used to study the 156Gd(p,t )154Gd direct reaction by particle- coincidence spectroscopy. New cross sections with a 25- MeV proton beam are reported and compared to previous (p,t) and (t,p) studies. Furthermore, additional evidence for coexisting K = 0+1 , 2+1 and 0+2 , 2+2 configurations at N = 90 is presented. Direct and indirect population patterns of the low-lying states are also explored. Review of the new and existing evidence fa- vors an interpretation based on a configuration-dependent pairing interaction. The weakening of monopole pairing strength and an increase in quadrupolemore » pairing strength could bring 2p-2h 0+ states below 2 . This may account for a large number of the low-lying 0+ states observed in two-nucleon transfer reactions. A hypothesis for the the origin of the 0+2 and 0+3 states is provided.« less

  2. Structural and electronic properties of Si n, Si n+, and AlSi n-1 (n=2-13) clusters: theoretical investigation based on ab initio molecular orbital theory.

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    Nigam, Sandeep; Majumder, Chiranjib; Kulshreshtha, S K

    2004-10-22

    The geometric and electronic structures of Si(n), Si(n) (+), and AlSi(n-1) clusters (2< or =n< or =13) have been investigated using the ab initio molecular orbital theory under the density functional theory formalism. The hybrid exchange-correlation energy function (B3LYP) and a standard split-valence basis set with polarization functions [6-31G(d)] were employed for this purpose. Relative stabilities of these clusters have been analyzed based on their binding energies, second difference in energy (Delta (2)E) and fragmentation behavior. The equilibrium geometry of the neutral and charged Si(n) clusters show similar structural growth. However, significant differences have been observed in the electronic structure leading to their different stability pattern. While for neutral clusters, the Si(10) is magic, the extra stability of the Si(11) (+) cluster over the Si(10) (+) and Si(12) (+) bears evidence for the magic behavior of the Si(11) (+) cluster, which is in excellent agreement with the recent experimental observations. Similarly for AlSi(n-1) clusters, which is isoelectronic with Si(n) (+) clusters show extra stability of the AlSi(10) cluster suggesting the influence of the electronic structures for different stabilities between neutral and charged clusters. The ground state geometries of the AlSi(n-1) clusters show that the impurity Al atom prefers to substitute for the Si atom, that has the highest coordination number in the host Si(n) cluster. The fragmentation behavior of all these clusters show that while small clusters prefers to evaporate monomer, the larger ones dissociate into two stable clusters of smaller size.

  3. Isotope selective excitation of 155Gd and 157Gd isotopes from 9D° 2-6 states using broadband lasers

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    Sankari, M.; Suryanarayana, M. V.; Gangadharan, S.

    1999-01-01

    The feasibility of isotope enrichment of 155Gd and 157Gd isotopes using relatively broadband lasers within the tuning range of rhodamine-6G dye has been studied. A new set of photoionization schemes have been proposed for using in the industrial scale enrichment of these isotopes. These photoionization schemes result in better photon economy compared to the photoionization schemes reported earlier. The enriched isotopic mixture results in a 50% increase in the neutron absorption cross-section and a 70% reduction in the residual neutron absorption. The degree of enrichment of the odd isotopes is adequate for using the enriched mixture as an efficient burnable poison. The effect of linewidth of the excitation laser and Doppler width of the atom source on the degree of enrichment have been theoretically evaluated and experimentally verified. The computed selectivities were in good agreement with the experimental results.

  4. Global and local planarization of surface roughness by chemical vapor deposition of organosilicon polymer for barrier applications

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    Coclite, Anna Maria; Gleason, Karen K.

    2012-04-01

    Particulates and asperities on the surface of plastic substrates limit the performance of the current protective barrier coatings for flexible electronics. By applying a smoothing layer to the substrate, prior to barrier deposition, permeation is reduced. While application of smoothing layers from the liquid-phase application and curing of acrylate monomers is well known, reports of planarization achieved by vapor deposition are quite limited. In the current work, the chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of a flexible smoothing layer, requiring no curing, is implemented in the same reactor chamber and from the same organosilicon monomer used for depositing the multilayer barrier stack. The process similarity between the smoothing and barrier layer deposition steps has the potential to lower the overall cost of the process and to improve interfacial properties, such as adhesion between the smoothing layer and the barrier stack. The current methods adapts and combines features of two well established methods for CVD of organic layers, plasma enhancement (PECVD) and the specific use of an initiator species (iCVD). The novel, initiated plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (iPECVD) method achieves a far greater degree of planarization of flexible organic layer than either of its predecessors. Polystyrene microspheres serve as model defects and allow the degree of planarization to be quantitatively measured. Both cross-sectional scanning electron micrographs and atomic force micrographs demonstrate that when the iPECVD organic layer is 1.8 µm thick, the degree of global planarization is 99%. A model demonstrates that the planarization is achieved as a result of the coating viscosity and the surface tension. Finally, the water vapor barrier performance of a 20-nm-thick SiOx layer is two orders of magnitude improved when it is deposited on a planarized substrate.

  5. Analysis and design of planar and non-planar wings for induced drag minimization

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    Mortara, Karl W.; Straussfogel, Dennis M.; Maughmer, Mark D.

    1992-01-01

    The goal of the work reported herein is to develop and validate computational tools to be used for the design of planar and non-planar wing geometries for minimum induced drag. Because of the iterative nature of the design problem, it is important that, in addition to being sufficiently accurate for the problem at hand, these tools need to be reasonably fast and computationally efficient. Toward this end, a method of predicting induced drag in the presence of a free wake has been coupled with a panel method. The induced drag prediction technique is based on the application of the Kutta-Joukowski law at the trailing edge. Until now, the use of this method has not been fully explored and pressure integration and Trefftz-plane calculations favored. As is shown in this report, however, the Kutta-Joukowski method is able to give better results for a given amount of effort than the more commonly used techniques, particularly when relaxed wakes and non-planar wing geometries are considered. Using these methods, it is demonstrated that a reduction in induced drag can be achieved through non-planar wing geometries. It remains to determine what overall drag reductions are possible when the induced drag reduction is traded-off against increased wetted area. With the design methodology that is described herein, such trade studies can be performed in which the non-linear effects of the free wake are taken into account.

  6. Impact of surface morphology of Si substrate on performance of Si/ZnO heterojunction devices grown by atomic layer deposition technique

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    Hazra, Purnima; Singh, Satyendra Kumar; Jit, Satyabrata

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, the authors have investigated the structural, optical, and electrical characteristics of silicon nanowire (SiNW)/zinc oxide (ZnO) core–shell nanostructure heterojunctions and compared their characteristics with Si/ZnO planar heterojunctions to investigate the effect of surface morphology of Si substrate in the characteristics of Si/ZnO heterojunction devices. In this work, ZnO thin film was conformally deposited on both p-type 〈100〉 planar Si substrate and substrate with vertically aligned SiNW arrays by atomic layer deposition (ALD) method. The x-ray diffraction spectra show that the crystalline structures of Si/ZnO heterojunctions are having (101) preferred orientation, whereas vertically oriented SiNW/ZnO core–shell heterojunctions are having (002)-oriented wurtzite crystalline structures. The photoluminescence (PL) spectra of Si/ZnO heterojunctions show a very sharp single peak at 377 nm, corresponding to the bandgap of ZnO material with no other defect peaks in visible region; hence, these devices can have applications only in UV region. On the other hand, SiNW/ZnO heterojunctions are having band-edge peak at 378 nm along with a broad emission band, spreading almost throughout the entire visible region with a peak around 550 nm. Therefore, ALD-grown SiNW/ZnO heterojunctions can emit green and red light simultaneously. Reflectivity measurement of the heterojunctions further confirms the enhancement of visible region peak in the PL spectra of SiNW/ZnO heterojunctions, as the surface of the SiNW/ZnO heterojunctions exhibits extremely low reflectance (<3%) in the visible wavelength region compared to Si/ZnO heterojunctions (>20%). The current–voltage characteristics of both Si/ZnO and SiNW/ZnO heterojunctions are measured with large area ohmic contacts on top and bottom of the structure to compare the electrical characteristics of the devices. Due to large surface to-volume ratio of SiNW/ZnO core–shell heterojunction devices, the

  7. Assessing the potential roles of silicon and germanium phthalocyanines in planar heterojunction organic photovoltaic devices and how pentafluoro phenoxylation can enhance π-π interactions and device performance.

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    Lessard, Benoît H; White, Robin T; Al-Amar, Mohammad; Plint, Trevor; Castrucci, Jeffrey S; Josey, David S; Lu, Zheng-Hong; Bender, Timothy P

    2015-03-11

    In this study, we have assessed the potential application of dichloro silicon phthalocyanine (Cl2-SiPc) and dichloro germanium phthalocyanine (Cl2-GePc) in modern planar heterojunction organic photovoltaic (PHJ OPV) devices. We have determined that Cl2-SiPc can act as an electron donating material when paired with C60 and that Cl2-SiPc or Cl2-GePc can also act as an electron acceptor material when paired with pentacene. These two materials enabled the harvesting of triplet energy resulting from the singlet fission process in pentacene. However, contributions to the generation of photocurrent were observed for Cl2-SiPc with no evidence of photocurrent contribution from Cl2-GePc. The result of our initial assessment established the potential for the application of SiPc and GePc in PHJ OPV devices. Thereafter, bis(pentafluoro phenoxy) silicon phthalocyanine (F10-SiPc) and bis(pentafluoro phenoxy) germanium phthalocyanine (F10-GePc) were synthesized and characterized. During thermal processing, it was discovered that F10-SiPc and F10-GePc underwent a reaction forming small amounts of difluoro SiPc (F2-SiPc) and difluoro GePc (F2-GePc). This undesirable reaction could be circumvented for F10-SiPc but not for F10-GePc. Using single crystal X-ray diffraction, it was determined that F10-SiPc has significantly enhanced π-π interactions compared with that of Cl2-SiPc, which had little to none. Unoptimized PHJ OPV devices based on F10-SiPc were fabricated and directly compared to those constructed from Cl2-SiPc, and in all cases, PHJ OPV devices based on F10-SiPc had significantly improved device characteristics compared to Cl2-SiPc.

  8. New Materials Derived from Ybco: CrSr2RECu2O8 (RE = La, Pr, Nd, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Y, Ho, Er, Lu).

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    Ruiz-Bustos, Rocío; Aguirre, Myriam H; Alario-Franco, Miguel A

    2005-05-02

    Eleven new oxides, derived from yttrium barium copper oxide by replacing the square-planar copper [Cu-O4] of the basal plane of the triple perovskite-based structure with octahedral Cr(IV), have been prepared at high pressure and temperature. Their crystal structures have been determined, and their complex microstructure has been established by means of high-resolution electron microscopy and electron diffraction. The materials have a general formula of CrSr2RECu2O8 (RE = La, Pr, Nd, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Y, Ho, Er, and Lu); they are tetragonal, show the symmetry of space group P4/mmm, and do not appear to be superconducting.

  9. Analysis of Pharmacokinetics of Gd-DTPA for Dynamic Contrast-enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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    Taheri, Saeid; Jon Shah, N.; Rosenberg, Gary A.

    2016-01-01

    The pharmacokinetics (PK) of the contrast agent Gd-DTPA administered intravenously (i.v.) for contrast-enhanced MR imaging (DCE-MRI) is an important factor for quantitative data acquisition. We studied the effect of various initial bolus doses on the PK of Gd-DTPA and analyzed population PK of a lower dose for intra-subject variations in DCE-MRI. First, fifteen subjects (23–85 years, M/F) were randomly divided into four groups for DCE-MRI with different Gd-DTPA dose: group-I, 0.1mmol/kg, n=4; group-II, 0.05 mmol/kg, n=4; group-III, 0.025mmol/kg, n=4; and group-IV, 0.0125 mmol/kg, n=3. Sequential fast T1 mapping sequence, after a bolus i.v. Gd-DTPA administered, and a linear T1-[Gd-DTPA] relationship were used to estimate the PK of Gd-DTPA. Secondly, MR-acquired PK of Gd-DTPA from 58 subjects (28–80 years, M/F) were collected retrospectively, from an ongoing study of the brain using DCE-MRI with Gd-DTPA at 0.025 mmol/kg, to statistically analyze population PK of Gd-DTPA. We found that the PK of Gd-DTPA (i.v. 0.025 mmol/kg) had a half-life of 37.3 ± 6.6 mins, and was a better fit into a linear T1-[Gd-DTPA] relationship than higher doses (up to 0.1 mmol/kg). The area under the curve (AUC) for 0.025 mmol/kg was 3.37± 0.46, which was a quarter of AUC of 0.1 mmol/kg. In population analysis, a dose of 0.025 mmol/kg of Gd-DTPA provided less than 5% subject-dependent variation in the PK of Gd-DTPA. Administration of 0.025 mmol/kg Gd-DTPA enable us to estimate [Gd-DTPA] from T1 by using a linear relationship that has a lower estimation error compared to a non-linear relationship. DCE-MRI with a quarter dose of Gd-DTPA is more sensitive to detect changes in [Gd-DTPA]. PMID:27109487

  10. Structural investigation of the new Ca{sub 3}Ln{sub 2}Ge{sub 3}O{sub 12} (Ln=Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd and Dy) compounds and luminescence spectroscopy of Ca{sub 3}Gd{sub 2}Ge{sub 3}O{sub 12} doped with the Eu{sup 3+} ion

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    Piccinelli, F.; Lausi, A.; Bettinelli, M.

    2013-09-15

    The crystal structures of new rare earth-based germanate compounds (Ca{sub 3}Pr{sub 2}Ge{sub 3}O{sub 12}, Ca{sub 3}Nd{sub 2}Ge{sub 3}O{sub 12}, Ca{sub 3}Sm{sub 2}Ge{sub 3}O{sub 12}, Ca{sub 3}Gd{sub 2}Ge{sub 3}O{sub 12} and Ca{sub 3}Dy{sub 2}Ge{sub 3}O{sub 12}) have been determined by Rietveld refinement calculations on the collected synchrotron X-ray diffraction powder patterns. A different distribution of the rare earth ions in the three available crystal sites was observed, as the main structural feature. The reasons of the instability of the silico-carnotite structure for lanthanide ions out of the range Pr–Dy have been proposed. Finally, the luminescence spectroscopy of the Eu{sup 3+} dopant ion in Ca{sub 3}Gd{sub 2}Ge{sub 3}O{sub 12} was presented and analyzed taking into account the observed structural characteristics. The Eu{sup 3+} luminescence spectroscopy was also compared with the one of Eu{sup 3+} doped Ca{sub 3}Gd{sub 2}Si{sub 3}O{sub 12} and Ca{sub 3}Lu{sub 2}Si{sub 3}O{sub 12} isostructural materials. - Graphical abstract: The structural study on Ca{sub 3}Ln{sub 2}Ge{sub 3}O{sub 12} exploiting synchrotron X-ray diffraction, allows us to determine the detailed geometry of the coordination polyhedra of the metals and their distribution in the crystal sites. These features are, in the case of Ca{sub 3}Gd{sub 2}Ge{sub 3}O{sub 12} host, closely related to the luminescence spectroscopy of the Eu{sup 3+} dopant ion. Display Omitted - Highlights: • The structure of the Ca{sub 3}Ln{sub 2}Ge{sub 3}O{sub 12} (Ln=Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd and Dy) was determined. • Different distribution of Ln{sup 3+} ions on the three available crystal sites was observed. • A detailed structural study focused on the metal coordination polyhedra was performed. • The instability of the silico-carnotite structure out of the range Pr–Dy was discussed. • The luminescence of the dopant Eu{sup 3+} ion in Ca{sub 3}Gd{sub 2}Ge{sub 3}O{sub 12} was presented and analyzed.

  11. Planarization of topography with spin-on carbon hard mask

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    Noya, Go; Hama, Yusuke; Ishii, Maki; Nakasugi, Shigemasa; Kudo, Takanori; Padmanaban, Munirathna

    2016-03-01

    Spin-on-carbon hard mask (SOC HM) has been used in semiconductor manufacturing since 45nm node as an alternative carbon hard mask process to chemical vapor deposition (CVD). As advancement of semiconductor to 2X nm nodes and beyond, multiple patterning technology is used and planarization of topography become more important and challenging ever before. In order to develop next generation SOC, one of focuses is planarization of topography. SOC with different concepts for improved planarization and the influence of thermal flow temperature, crosslink, film shrinkage, baking conditions on planarization and filling performance are described in this paper.

  12. Fungal melanins differ in planar stacking distances.

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    Casadevall, Arturo; Nakouzi, Antonio; Crippa, Pier R; Eisner, Melvin

    2012-01-01

    Melanins are notoriously difficult to study because they are amorphous, insoluble and often associated with other biological materials. Consequently, there is a dearth of structural techniques to study this enigmatic pigment. Current models of melanin structure envision the stacking of planar structures. X ray diffraction has historically been used to deduce stacking parameters. In this study we used X ray diffraction to analyze melanins derived from Cryptococcus neoformans, Aspergillus niger, Wangiella dermatitides and Coprinus comatus. Analysis of melanin in melanized C. neoformans encapsulated cells was precluded by the fortuitous finding that the capsular polysaccharide had a diffraction spectrum that was similar to that of isolated melanin. The capsular polysaccharide spectrum was dominated by a broad non-Bragg feature consistent with origin from a repeating structural motif that may arise from inter-molecular interactions and/or possibly gel organization. Hence, we isolated melanin from each fungal species and compared diffraction parameters. The results show that the inferred stacking distances of fungal melanins differ from that reported for synthetic melanin and neuromelanin, occupying intermediate position between these other melanins. These results suggest that all melanins have a fundamental diffracting unit composed of planar graphitic assemblies that can differ in stacking distance. The stacking peak appears to be a distinguishing universal feature of melanins that may be of use in characterizing these enigmatic pigments.

  13. Magneto-structural correlations in Pr 0.15Gd 0.85Mn 2Ge 2

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    Dincer, I.; Elerman, Y.; Elmali, A.; Ehrenberg, H.; Fuess, H.; Baehtz, C.

    2006-11-01

    Magneto-structural correlations in Pr 0.15Gd 0.85Mn 2Ge 2 have been studied by synchrotron diffraction in the temperature range between 11 and 300 K. This compound crystallizes in the ThCr 2Si 2-type structure (space group I4/mmm). The unit cell parameters a and c were determined by Rietveld refinements as a function of temperature. Anomalies in the temperature dependence of the unit cell parameters a and c, the c/a ratio and the unit cell volume V at about 240 and 140 K, which is close to the magnetic phase transition temperatures, indicate a pronounced magneto-structural correlation. Spontaneous volume change and linear magnetostrictions are derived as a function of temperature.

  14. Synthesis and dielectric properties of Zn doped GdFeO3 ceramics

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    Sai Vandana, C.; Guravamma, J.; Hemalatha Rudramadevi, B.

    2016-09-01

    GdFeO3 and GdZn0.3Fe0.7O3 ceramics were prepared by standard Solid State Reaction method at 1200°C. The structural changes and crystallite sizes of the undoped and Zn doped ceramics were studied using the XRD data. Microstructural features and elemental composition of GdFeO3 and GdZn0.3Fe0.7O3 ceramics were determined from SEM and EDS analysis. Room temperature dielectric measurements such as dielectric constant (ɛ´), tangent loss (tan5) and AC conductivity (oac) were carried out in the frequency range (100Hz to 1MHz). Improved dielectric properties of GdZn0.3Fe0.7O3 over GdFeO3 ceramics with low values of dielectric loss render them as potential materials in the areas of microwave communication systems, information storage, spintronics, sensors, etc.

  15. Aperture-ratio dependence of the efficiency of magneto-optical first-order diffraction in GdFe stripe arrays with alternating perpendicular magnetization

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    Wada, Kakeru; Antos, Roman; Aoshima, Ken-ichi; Machida, Kenji; Kuga, Kiyoshi; Ono, Hiroshi; Kikuchi, Hiroshi; Shimidzu, Naoki; Ishibashi, Takayuki

    2016-07-01

    The efficiency of magneto-optical (MO) diffraction in GdFe stripe arrays with alternating directions of perpendicular magnetization is investigated. The diffraction efficiency depends on the aperture ratio, as theoretically analyzed for an array composed of magnetic and nonmagnetic materials, with the magnetization directions parallel or antiparallel. The stripe patterns are composed of two ferromagnetic alloys of different compositions, Gd19.7Fe80.3 and Gd23.4Fe76.6 (denoted GF1 and GF2), having different coercivities in the parallel and antiparallel configurations. The stripe patterns are separated by nonmagnetic SiO2 stripes of different widths to obtain aperture ratios of 100, 75, 50 and 25%. The magnetization distributions in the samples is confirmed by MO microscopy. The diffraction efficiencies at a wavelength of 532 nm are measured to be 1.27×10-6, 1.04×10-6, 6.2×10-7 and 2.0×10-7 for aperture ratios of 100, 75, 50, and 25%, respectively. Those values are in accord with calculations using the measured MO and optical parameters of the GF1 layer, including the Kerr rotation angle of 0.12°, the Kerr ellipticity of -0.1° and the reflectance of 0.37.

  16. Pulse shape discrimination properties of Gd3Ga3Al2O12:Ce,B single crystal in comparison with CsI:Tl

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    Rawat, S.; Tyagi, Mohit; Netrakanti, P. K.; Kashyap, V. K. S.; Mitra, A.; Singh, A. K.; Desai, D. G.; Kumar, G. Anil; Gadkari, S. C.

    2016-12-01

    Single crystals of Gd3Ga3Al2O12:Ce,B and CsI:Tl were grown by Czochralski and Bridgman techniques, respectively. While both the crystals exhibited similar emission at about 550 nm, their scintillation decay times showed significantly different characteristics. The average scintillation decay time of Gd3Ga3Al2O12:Ce,B crystal was found to be about 284 ns for alpha excitation compared to 108 ns measured for a gamma source. On the other hand in CsI:Tl crystals, the alpha excitation resulted in a lower average decay time of 600 ns compared to 1200 ns with gamma excitation. Their pulse shape discrimination (PSD) for gamma and alpha radiations were studied by coupling the scintillators with photomultiplier tube or SiPM and employing an advanced digitizer as well as a conventional zero-crossing setup. In spite of having a poor α/γ light yield ratio, the PSD figure of merit and the difference of zero-crossing time in Gd3Ga3Al2O12:Ce,B crystals were found to be superior in comparison to CsI:Tl crystals.

  17. Phase transitions and magnetocaloric and transport properties in off-stoichiometric GdNi{sub 2}Mn{sub x}

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    Aryal, Anil; Quetz, Abdiel; Pandey, Sudip; Dubenko, Igor; Mazumdar, Dipanjan; Ali, Naushad; Samanta, Tapas; Stadler, Shane

    2016-01-28

    The structural, magnetic, magnetocaloric, transport, and magnetoresistance properties of the rare-earth intermetallic compounds GdNi{sub 2}Mn{sub x} (0.5 ≤ x ≤ 1.5) have been studied. The compounds with x = 0.5 and 0.6 crystallize in the cubic MgCu{sub 2} type phase, whereas samples with x ≥ 0.8 form a mixed MgCu{sub 2} and rhombohedral PuNi{sub 3} phase. A second order magnetic phase transition from a ferromagnetic to paramagnetic state was observed near the Curie temperature (T{sub C}). The GdNi{sub 2}Mn{sub x} (0.5 ≤ x ≤ 1.5) compounds order in a ferrimagnetic structure in the ground state. The largest observed values of magnetic entropy changes (at T{sub C} for ΔH = 5T) were 3.9, 3.5, and 3.1 J/kg K for x = 0.5, 0.6, and 0.8, respectively. The respective relative values of the cooling power were 395, 483, and 220 J/kg. These values are greater than some well-known prototype magnetocaloric materials such as Gd (400 J/kg) and Gd{sub 5}Si{sub 2}Ge{sub 2} (240 J/kg). Analysis of the resistivity data showed a T{sup 2} dependence at low temperatures, suggesting strong electron-phonon interactions, whereas at higher temperatures s-d scattering was dominated by the electron-phonon contribution, resulting in a slow increase in resistivity. Magnetoresistance values of ∼−1.1% were found for x = 0.5 near T{sub C}, and −7% for x = 1.5 near T = 80 K.

  18. Inhomogeneous linewidth broadening and radiative lifetime dispersion of size dependent direct bandgap radiation in Si quantum dot

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    Wu, Chung-Lun; Lin, Gong-Ru

    2012-12-15

    The SiO{sub x} (SiO{sub x}:Si-QDs) with buried Si quantum dots (Si-QDs) is synthesized by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD), and the size-dependent wave-function of Si-QDs embedded in Si-rich SiO{sub 2} matrix is experimentally and theoretically analyzed to reformulate its bandgap energy as E{sub g}(d) = 1.12+5.83/d{sup 1.78}. The photoluminescent lifetime of Si-QDs is dominated by the non-phonon assisted radiative recombination. Shrinking the Si-QD size from 4.3 to 1.9 nm increases the overlapping probability of electron-hole wave-functions in Si-QD to shorten the non-phonon assisted radiative lifetime from 6.3 {mu}s to 83 ns. Fitting the time-resolved photoluminescence trace with a stretched exponential decay function reveals a lifetime dispersion factor. The lifetime dispersion greatly reduced from 0.8 to 0.39 by enlarging the size distribution of Si-QDs from 0.2 to 1.1 nm, which elucidates the inhomogeneous linewidth broadening feature of Si-QDs. Based on the simulation of non-phonon assisted recombination process, the full-band stretched exponential decay analysis confirms the correlation between inhomogeneous linewidth broadening and lifetime dispersion in Si-QDs.

  19. The Basic SI Model

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    Hurley, Maureen; Jacobs, Glen; Gilbert, Melinda

    2006-01-01

    A general overview of the SI model is provided, including the SI philosophy, essential components of the program, program structures, key roles, outcomes, and evaluation. A review of what we have learned about the importance of planning SI sessions, providing ongoing training for leaders, conducting regular SI program assessments, and implementing…

  20. Characterization of Si3N4/SiO2 optical channel waveguides by photon scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Wang, Yan; Chudgar, Mona H.; Jackson, Howard E.; Miller, Jeffrey S.; De Brabander, Gregory N.; Boyd, Joseph T.

    1993-01-01

    Photon scanning tunneling microscopy (PSTM) is used to characterize Si3N4/Si02 optical channel waveguides being used for integrated optical-micromechanical sensors. PSTM utilizes an optical fiber tapered to a fine point which is piezoelectrically positioned to measure the decay of the evanescent field intensity associated with the waveguide propagating mode. Evanescent field decays are recorded for both ridge channel waveguides and planar waveguide regions. Values for the local effective refractive index are calculated from the data for both polarizations and compared to model calculations.

  1. In vitro photothermal destruction of neuroblastoma cells using carbon nanotubes conjugated with GD2 monoclonal antibody

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    Wang, Chung-Hao; Huang, Yao-Jhang; Chang, Chia-Wei; Hsu, Wen-Ming; Peng, Ching-An

    2009-08-01

    Despite aggressive multimodality therapy, most neuroblastoma-bearing patients relapse and survival rate remains poor. Exploration of alternative therapeutic modalities is needed. Carbon nanotubes (CNTs), revealing optical absorbance in the near-infrared region, warrant their merits in photothermal therapy. In order to specifically target disialoganglioside (GD2) overexpressed on the surface of neuroblastoma stNB-V1 cells, GD2 monoclonal antibody (anti-GD2) was conjugated to acidified CNTs. To examine the fate of anti-GD2 bound CNTs after incubation with stNB-V1 cells, rhodamine B was labeled on carboxylated CNTs functionalized with and without anti-GD2. Our results illustrated that anti-GD2-linked CNTs were extensively internalized by neuroblastoma cells via GD2-mediated endocytosis. In addition, we showed that anti-GD2 bound CNTs were not ingested by PC12 cells without GD2 expression. After anti-GD2 conjugated CNTs were incubated with neuroblastoma cells for 6 h and endocytosed by the cells, CNT-laden neuroblastoma cells were further irradiated with an 808 nm near-infrared (NIR) laser with intensity ramping from 0.6 to 6 W cm-2 for 10 min which was then maintained at 6 W cm-2 for an additional 5 min. Post-NIR laser exposure, and after being examined by calcein-AM dye, stNB-V1 cells were all found to undergo necrosis, while non-GD2 expressing PC12 cells all remained viable. Based on the in vitro study, CNTs bound with anti-GD2 have the potential to be utilized as a therapeutic thermal coupling agent that generates heat sufficient to selectively kill neuroblastoma cells under NIR laser light exposure.

  2. Behavior of Ac during Gd{sub 2}Cl{sub 3} condensed cluster formation

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    Mikheev, N.B.; Kamenskaya, A.N.; Rumer, I.A.

    1994-11-01

    The behavior of tracer {sup 228}Ac during Gd{sub 2}Cl{sub 3} condensed cluster formation is studied. The cluster is prepared by electrochemical reduction of GdCl{sub 3}. Actinium does not cocrystallize with the Gd{sub 2}Cl{sub 3} cluster. Its behavior is similar to that of La under analogous conditions. A number of hypotheses requiring further refinement is proposed to explain the results.

  3. High Relaxivity Gd(III)–DNA Gold Nanostars: Investigation of Shape Effects on Proton Relaxation

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    Rotz, Matthew W.; Culver, Kayla S. B.; Parigi, Giacomo; MacRenaris, Keith W.; Luchinat, Claudio; Odom, Teri W.; Meade, Thomas J.

    2015-01-01

    Gadolinium(III) nanoconjugate contrast agents (CAs) have distinct advantages over their small-molecule counterparts in magnetic resonance imaging. In addition to increased Gd(III) payload, a significant improvement in proton relaxation efficiency, or relaxivity (r1), is often observed. In this work, we describe the synthesis and characterization of a nanoconjugate CA created by covalent attachment of Gd(III) to thiolated DNA (Gd(III)–DNA), followed by surface conjugation onto gold nanostars (DNA–Gd@stars). These conjugates exhibit remarkable r1 with values up to 98 mM−1 s−1. Additionally, DNA–Gd@stars show efficient Gd(III) delivery and biocompatibility in vitro and generate significant contrast enhancement when imaged at 7 T. Using nuclear magnetic relaxation dispersion analysis, we attribute the high performance of the DNA–Gd@stars to an increased contribution of second-sphere relaxivity compared to that of spherical CA equivalents (DNA–Gd@spheres). Importantly, the surface of the gold nanostar contains Gd(III)–DNA in regions of positive, negative, and neutral curvature. We hypothesize that the proton relaxation enhancement observed results from the presence of a unique hydrophilic environment produced by Gd(III)–DNA in these regions, which allows second-sphere water molecules to remain adjacent to Gd(III) ions for up to 10 times longer than diffusion. These results establish that particle shape and second-sphere relaxivity are important considerations in the design of Gd(III) nanoconjugate CAs. PMID:25723190

  4. Enhanced carrier extraction of a-Si/c-Si solar cells by nanopillar-induced optical modulation.

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    Zeng, Yang; Liu, Hong; Ye, Qinghao; Shen, Wenzhong

    2014-04-04

    We demonstrate improved short-wavelength internal quantum efficiency (IQE) of a-Si/c-Si heterojunction (HJ) solar cells with a surface nanopillar (NP) array via simulation. The gain in IQE is attributed to the light-field modulation caused by the cavity resonance inside the NPs, in which the light energy is effectively localized within the c-Si bulk rather than the a-Si layer. The average IQE in the short-wavelength range (330-450 nm) is enhanced from 43.94% to 62.88% by the optimal NP array, with a maximum IQE of 80.98% at λ = 400 nm. The resulting current gain is over 38.25% compared to a planar HJ cell in this wavelength range, showing a well suppressed recombination-induced current loss. This light-management scheme may also find applications in other types of cells.

  5. FUSE and STIS studies of the local interstellar medium towards the white dwarf GD 246

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    Oliveira, C. M.; Howk, J. C.; Kruk, J. W.; Chayer, P.; Moos, H. W.

    2001-05-01

    We present new high-resolution spectra of the hot DA white dwarf GD 246 obtained with the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) in the wavelength range 905-1187Å. The sightline to this star, located at a distance of 79pc in the direction l=87.25 and b=-45.11, probes the Local Interstellar Cloud and at least one other nearby HI cloud. The effective temperature and gravity of this star (Teff 53000K and log(g) 7.85) provide a smooth stellar continuum against which the interstellar lines are cleanly seen. Only a few stellar lines are present (PIV-V, SiIV), and neither molecular hydrogen nor OVI are seen along this line of sight. Using the new FUSE data in conjunction with archival HST/STIS high-resolution echelle data we determine the column densities of HI, CII*, NI, OI, SiII, PII, SII, ArI, and FeII using both profile fitting and curve of growth methods. We have determined the neutral hydrogen column density along this sightline by fitting the strong damping wings of interstellar luman alpha, using a newly computed model atmosphere to account for the stellar continuum in the vicinity of this line. We discuss metal abundances and depletions along this line of sight and compare the OI/HI and NI/HI ratios with those derived by Meyer et al. This work is based on data obtained for the FUSE Guaranteed Time Team by the NASA-CNES-CSA FUSE mission operated by the Johns Hopkins University. Financial support to U. S. participants has been provided in part by NASA contract NAS5-32985. Based on observations made with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, obtained from the data archive at the Space Telescope Science Institute. STScI is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. under NASA contract NAS5-26555.

  6. Electrospinning preparation and properties of NaGdF 4:Eu 3+ nanowires

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    Dali, Liu; Guolei, Wang; Biao, Dong; Xue, Bai; Yu, Wang; Hongwei, Song; Lin, Xu

    2010-10-01

    Eu 3+ doped NaGdF 4 (NaGdF 4:Eu 3+) nanocrystals in hexagonal crystal phase were prepared by a polyol method, and the size and morphology controllable NaGdF 4:Eu 3+/PVP nano-composite fibers were obtained through the electrospinning technique, and then the NaGdF 4:Eu 3+ nanowires were obtained by followed annealing. By changing the ratio of PVP to NaGdF 4 as well as the calcination temperature, the optimal conditions for synthesizing the NaGdF 4 nanowires were obtained, and the structural properties of the synthesized sample were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns and field emission scanning electron micrographs (SEM) images. The luminescent properties of the NaGdF 4:Eu 3+ nanocrystals and nanowires were also studied in this paper. We observed that the luminescent intensity of NaGdF 4:Eu 3+ nanowires was greatly increased compared to the annealed NaGdF 4:Eu 3+ nanocrystals at the same temperature.

  7. Investigating the beneficial traits of Trichoderma hamatum GD12 for sustainable agriculture-insights from genomics.

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    Studholme, David J; Harris, Beverley; Le Cocq, Kate; Winsbury, Rebecca; Perera, Venura; Ryder, Lauren; Ward, Jane L; Beale, Michael H; Thornton, Chris R; Grant, Murray

    2013-01-01

    Trichoderma hamatum strain GD12 is unique in that it can promote plant growth, activate biocontrol against pre- and post-emergence soil pathogens and can induce systemic resistance to foliar pathogens. This study extends previous work in lettuce to demonstrate that GD12 can confer beneficial agronomic traits to other plants, providing examples of plant growth promotion in the model dicot, Arabidopsis thaliana and induced foliar resistance to Magnaporthe oryzae in the model monocot rice. We further characterize the lettuce-T. hamatum interaction to show that bran extracts from GD12 and an N-acetyl-β-D-glucosamindase-deficient mutant differentially promote growth in a concentration dependent manner, and these differences correlate with differences in the small molecule secretome. We show that GD12 mycoparasitises a range of isolates of the pre-emergence soil pathogen Sclerotinia sclerotiorum and that this interaction induces a further increase in plant growth promotion above that conferred by GD12. To understand the genetic potential encoded by T. hamatum GD12 and to facilitate its use as a model beneficial organism to study plant growth promotion, induced systemic resistance and mycoparasitism we present de novo genome sequence data. We compare GD12 with other published Trichoderma genomes and show that T. hamatum GD12 contains unique genomic regions with the potential to encode novel bioactive metabolites that may contribute to GD12's agrochemically important traits.

  8. Investigating the beneficial traits of Trichoderma hamatum GD12 for sustainable agriculture—insights from genomics

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    Studholme, David J.; Harris, Beverley; Le Cocq, Kate; Winsbury, Rebecca; Perera, Venura; Ryder, Lauren; Ward, Jane L.; Beale, Michael H.; Thornton, Chris R.; Grant, Murray

    2013-01-01

    Trichoderma hamatum strain GD12 is unique in that it can promote plant growth, activate biocontrol against pre- and post-emergence soil pathogens and can induce systemic resistance to foliar pathogens. This study extends previous work in lettuce to demonstrate that GD12 can confer beneficial agronomic traits to other plants, providing examples of plant growth promotion in the model dicot, Arabidopsis thaliana and induced foliar resistance to Magnaporthe oryzae in the model monocot rice. We further characterize the lettuce-T. hamatum interaction to show that bran extracts from GD12 and an N-acetyl-β-D-glucosamindase-deficient mutant differentially promote growth in a concentration dependent manner, and these differences correlate with differences in the small molecule secretome. We show that GD12 mycoparasitises a range of isolates of the pre-emergence soil pathogen Sclerotinia sclerotiorum and that this interaction induces a further increase in plant growth promotion above that conferred by GD12. To understand the genetic potential encoded by T. hamatum GD12 and to facilitate its use as a model beneficial organism to study plant growth promotion, induced systemic resistance and mycoparasitism we present de novo genome sequence data. We compare GD12 with other published Trichoderma genomes and show that T. hamatum GD12 contains unique genomic regions with the potential to encode novel bioactive metabolites that may contribute to GD12's agrochemically important traits. PMID:23908658

  9. Successive magnetic transitions and multi-step magnetization in GdBC

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    Matsumoto, Akinori; Muramoto, Akihiro; Noguchi, Satoru

    2003-05-01

    We report the results of the magnetization measurements in the GdBC single crystal using a pulsed-magnet system up to 30 T and a SQUID magnetometer up to 5 T. The magnetization for the b-axis at 4.2 K shows three steps at 1, 5 and 15 T, being saturated above 23 T. The saturation moment is almost 7 μB/Gd. Temperature dependence of the step fields is obtained for all axes. These imply that GdBC has the successive antiferromagnetic transitions with the complex magnetic structures in spite of the simple spin system of Gd 3+.

  10. Interplay of structural, optical and magnetic properties in Gd doped CeO{sub 2}

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    Soni, S.; Dalela, S.; Kumar, Sudish; Meena, R. S.; Vats, V. S.

    2015-06-24

    In this research wok systematic investigation on the synthesis, characterization, optical and magnetic properties of Ce{sub 1-x}Gd{sub x}O{sub 2} (where x=0.02, 0.04, 0.06, and 0.10) synthesized using the Solid-state method. Structural, Optical and Magnetic properties of the samples were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-VIS-NIR spectroscopy and VSM. Fluorite structure is confirmed from the XRD measurement on Gd doped CeO{sub 2} samples. Magnetic studies showed that the Gd doped polycrystalline samples display room temperature ferromagnetism and the ferromagnetic ordering strengthens with the Gd concentration.

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

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

    2004-01-01

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

  12. Crystal growth and scintillation properties of undoped and Ce3+-doped GdI3 crystals

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    Ye, Le; Li, Huanying; Wang, Chao; Shi, Jian; Chen, Xiaofeng; Wang, Zhongqing; Huang, Yuefeng; Xu, Jiayue; Ren, Guohao

    2017-02-01

    The growth and scintillation properties of undoped and Ce3+-doped GdI3 crystals were reported in this paper. These GdI3:χ%Ce (χ = 0, 1, 2) crystals were grown by the vertical Bridgman growth technique in evacuated quartz crucibles. X-ray excited optical luminescence spectra of GdI3:Ce exhibit a broad emission band (450 nm-650 nm) peaking at 520 nm corresponding to 5d1→4f1 transition of Ce3+ while the undoped GdI3 crystal consists of a broad band (400 nm-600 nm) and several sharp lines peaking at 462 nm, 482 nm, 492 nm, 549 nm, 579 nm owing to the impurities ions and defects. The excitation spectra of Ce3+ doped GdI3 consist of two broad bands between 300 nm and 500 nm corresponding to 4f1→5d1 absorption of Ce3+. The other absorption peaking at 262 nm in the spectrum of GdI3:2%Ce is assigned to band-to-band exciton transition. The excitation spectrum of undoped GdI3 contains a flat absorption band from 330 to 370 nm and a broad band between 390 and 450 nm peaking at 414 nm corresponding to the absorption of the unintentionally doped Ce3+, Dy3+, Ho3+ impurities and other defects. The emission spectrum of undoped GdI3 under 332 nm excitation has the identical line peaks with the spectrum measured under X-ray excitation. The emission spectra of GdI3:2%Ce and GdI3:1%Ce show a broad band in the range of 450-750 nm with the maximum at 550 nm corresponding to 5d1→4f1 transitions of Ce3+ ion. The GdI3, GdI3:1%Ce and GdI3:2%Ce show fast principle decay time constant 73 ns, 69 ns and 58 ns respectively, besides, the undoped also shows a slow decay constant 325 ns which doesn't appear in Ce3+-doped GdI3 crystal. The energy resolutions of GdI3:χ%Ce (χ = 1, 2) measured at 662 KeV are about 3%-5% and the undoped GdI3 is 13.3%.

  13. The fate of Gd and chelate following intravenous injection of gadodiamide in rats

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    Uran, Steinar; Friisk, Grete; Martinsen, Ivar; Skotland, Tore

    2010-01-01

    Objective The biodistribution of gadolinium (Gd) and chelate was studied in rats injected intravenously with a commercially available gadodiamide magnetic resonance contrast agent spiked with trace amounts of 14C-labelled GdDTPA-BMA. Methods Biodistribution of the 14C-labelled ligand in whole animals was visualised using quantitative whole-body autoradiography, and quantified in individual tissue samples by analysing for radioactivity using beta-counting. Biodistribution of Gd was measured by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES) and inductively coupled plasma sector field mass spectrometry (ICP-SF-MS). Results The injected dose was rapidly excreted, with only 1.0% remaining in the body at 24 h. The radioactivity thereafter was mainly associated with kidney cortex, liver, lung, muscle and skin, with a similar rate of clearance for both ligand and Gd from these tissues. The ratio between 14C-labelled substance and Gd was not significantly different from that of the injected substance in most tissue samples up to 24 h after injection; the ratio then slowly decreased. Conclusions The data clearly show that measurements of Gd concentration alone in tissue samples from animals injected with Gd-based contrast agents (GBCAs) cannot be used as a measure of Gd released from the ligand. To our knowledge, such measurements comparing Gd and ligand concentrations and distribution in tissue samples have not been published previously for any of the commercial GBCAs. PMID:20157815

  14. Hydrogels incorporating GdDOTA: towards highly efficient dual T1/T2 MRI contrast agents.

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    Courant, Thomas; Roullin, Valérie Gaëlle; Cadiou, Cyril; Callewaert, Maïté; Andry, Marie Christine; Portefaix, Christophe; Hoeffel, Christine; de Goltstein, Marie Christine; Port, Marc; Laurent, Sophie; Elst, Luce Vander; Muller, Robert; Molinari, Michaël; Chuburu, Françoise

    2012-09-03

    Do not tumble dry: Gadolinium-DOTA encapsulated into polysaccharide nanoparticles (GdDOTA NPs) exhibited high relaxivity (r(1) =101.7 s(-1) mM(-1) per Gd(3+) ion at 37 °C and 20 MHz). This high relaxation rate is due to efficient Gd loading, reduced tumbling of the Gd complex, and the hydrogel nature of the nanoparticles. The efficacy of the nanoparticles as a T(1)/T(2) dual-mode contrast agent was studied in C6 cells.

  15. Observation of the planar Nernst effect in permalloy and nickel thin films with in-plane thermal gradients.

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    Avery, A D; Pufall, M R; Zink, B L

    2012-11-09

    We present experimental evidence of a transverse thermopower, or planar Nernst effect, in ferromagnetic metal thin films driven by thermal gradients applied in the plane of the films. Samples of 20 nm thick Ni and Ni(80)Fe(20) were deposited on 500 nm thick suspended Si-N thermal isolation platforms with integrated platinum strips designed originally to allow measurement of thermally generated spin currents (the spin Seebeck effect). The low thermal conductivity of the thin supporting Si-N structure results in an essentially 2D geometry that approaches the zero substrate limit, dramatically reducing the contribution of thermal gradients perpendicular to the sample plane typically found in similar experiments on bulk substrates. The voltage on the platinum strips generated transverse to the applied thermal gradient (V(T)) is linear with increasing ΔT and exhibits a sign reversal on hot and cold sides of the sample. However, V(T) is always even in applied magnetic field and shows a sinθ cosθ angular dependence, both key indicators of the planar Nernst effect. Within the 5 nV estimated error of our experiment there is no evidence of a signal from the spin Seebeck effect, which would have cosθ angular dependence, suggesting a reduced spin Seebeck coefficient in a planar, entirely thin-film geometry.

  16. Crystal Structures at Atomic Resolution of the Perovskite-Related GdBaMnFeO5 and Its Oxidized GdBaMnFeO6.

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    García-Martín, Susana; Manabe, Keisuke; Urones-Garrote, Esteban; Ávila-Brande, David; Ichikawa, Noriya; Shimakawa, Yuichi

    2017-02-06

    Perovskite-related GdBaMnFeO5 and the corresponding oxidized phase GdBaMnFeO6, with long-range layered-type ordering of the Ba and Gd atoms have been synthesized. Oxidation retains the cation ordering but drives a modulation of the crystal structure associated with the incorporation of the oxygen atoms between the Gd layers. Oxidation of GdBaMnFeO5 increases the oxidation state of Mn from 2+ to 4+, while the oxidation state of Fe remains 3+. Determination of the crystal structure of both GdBaMnFeO5 and GdBaMnFeO6 is carried out at atomic resolution by means of a combination of advanced transmission electron microscopy techniques. Crystal structure refinements from synchrotron X-ray diffraction data support the structural models proposed from the TEM data. The oxidation states of the Mn and Fe atoms are evaluated by means of EELS and Mössbauer spectroscopy, which also reveals the different magnetic behavior of these oxides.

  17. MCM Polarimetric Radiometers for Planar Arrays

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    Kangaslahti, Pekka; Dawson, Douglas; Gaier, Todd

    2007-01-01

    A polarimetric radiometer that operates at a frequency of 40 GHz has been designed and built as a prototype of multiple identical units that could be arranged in a planar array for scientific measurements. Such an array is planned for use in studying the cosmic microwave background (CMB). All of the subsystems and components of this polarimetric radiometer are integrated into a single multi-chip module (MCM) of substantially planar geometry. In comparison with traditional designs of polarimetric radiometers, the MCM design is expected to greatly reduce the cost per unit in an array of many such units. The design of the unit is dictated partly by a requirement, in the planned CMB application, to measure the Stokes parameters I, Q, and U of the CMB radiation with high sensitivity. (A complete definition of the Stokes parameters would exceed the scope of this article. In necessarily oversimplified terms, I is a measure of total intensity of radiation, while Q and U are measures of the relationships between the horizontally and vertically polarized components of radiation.) Because the sensitivity of a single polarimeter cannot be increased significantly, the only way to satisfy the high-sensitivity requirement is to make a large array of polarimeters that operate in parallel. The MCM includes contact pins that can be plugged into receptacles on a standard printed-circuit board (PCB). All of the required microwave functionality is implemented within the MCM; any required supporting non-microwave ("back-end") electronic functionality, including the provision of DC bias and control signals, can be implemented by standard PCB techniques. On the way from a microwave antenna to the MCM, the incoming microwave signal passes through an orthomode transducer (OMT), which splits the radiation into an h + i(nu) beam and an h - i(nu) beam (where, using complex-number notation, h denotes the horizontal component, nu denotes the vertical component, and +/-i denotes a +/-90deg phase

  18. Floating zone crystal growth of selected R2PdSi3 ternary silicides

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    Xu, Yiku; Frontzek, Matthias D; Mazilu, Irina; Loeser, W; Behr, G; Buechner, Bernd; Liu, L

    2011-01-01

    Substitution of various rare earths R within the class of R2PdSi3 single crystals with hexagonal AlB2-type crystallographic structure reveals the systematic dependence of anisotropic magnetic properties governed by the interplay of crystal-electric field effects and magnetic two-ion interactions. Here we compare the floating zone (FZ) crystal growth with radiation heating of compounds with R = Tb, Tm, Pr, and Gd. The congruent melting behavior enabled moderate growth velocities of 3 to 5 mmh-1. The preferred growth directions are close to the basal plane of the hexagonal unit cell. The composition of the crystals, except of Tb2PdSi3, is slightly Pd-depleted with respect to the nominal composition 16.7 at.% Pd. Thin precipitates of RSi secondary phases were detected in the crystal matrix. Their phase fraction can be diminished by growth from Pd-rich melt compositions and annealing treatments. The compounds exhibit antiferromagnetic order below the N el temperatures TN: 23.6 K (Tb2PdSi3), 1.8 K (Tm2PdSi3), 2.17 K (Pr2PdSi3) and 22 K (Gd2PdSi3) with different grades of magnetic anisotropy.

  19. Preparation of REFeAsO1-xFx (RE=Sm and Gd) superconductors at a relatively low temperature

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    Cui, Y. J.; Chen, Y. L.; Cheng, C. H.; Yang, Y.; Wang, Y. Z.; Li, Y. C.; Zhao, Y.

    2011-05-01

    A series of the SmFeAsO1-xFx and GdFeAsO1-xFx (x=0.05, 0.1, 0.15, 0.2, 0.25) samples have been prepared using nano-scaled ReF3 as the fluorine resource at a relatively low temperature. The samples have been sintered at 1100 and 1120 °C for SmFeAsO1-xFx and GdFeAsO1-xFx, respectively. These temperatures are at least 50-60° lower than other previous reports. All of the so-prepared samples possess a tetragonal ZrCuSiAs-type structure. Dramatically supression of the lattice parameters and increase in Tc proved that this low temperature process was more effective to introduce fluorine into REFeAsO. Superconducting transition appeared at 39.5 K for SmFeAsO1-xFx with x=0.05 and at 22 K for GdFeAsO1-xFx with x=0.1. The highest Tc was detected to be 54 K in SmFeAsO0.8F0.2 and 40.2 K in GdFeAsO0.75F0.25. The use of the nano-scaled ReF3 compounds has improved the efficiency of the present low temperature method in synthesizing the fluorine-doped iron-based superconductors.

  20. A Planar Quasi-Static Constraint Mode Tire Model

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2015-07-10

    UNCLASSIFIED: Distribution Statement A. Cleared for public release A PLANAR QUASI- STATIC CONSTRAINT MODE TIRE MODEL Rui Maa John B. Ferris...demands efficiency in the simulation of suspension loads. Toward that end, a computationally efficient, linear, planar, quasi- static tire model is...bridging properties via component mode synthesis originated by Hurty and Gladwell and the Guyan static reduction method decouples active constraints