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  1. Growth regimes during homoepitaxial growth of GaN by ammonia molecular beam epitaxy

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    Corrion, A. L.; Wu, F.; Speck, J. S.

    2012-09-01

    c-plane GaN films were grown by ammonia molecular beam epitaxy on metal-organic chemical vapor deposition templates for a wide range of NH{sub 3}:Ga flux ratios and growth temperatures, and the resulting films were characterized using atomic force microscopy, reflection high-energy electron diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy. Three distinct nitrogen-rich growth regimes - unstable layer-by-layer, quasi-stable step flow, and dislocation-mediated pitting - were identified based on the growth mode and film properties. In addition, step flow growth was observed under conditions of gallium droplet accumulation. The results indicate the existence of two regimes for step-flow growth of GaN by ammonia MBE - both gallium-rich and nitrogen-rich. Growth mode instabilities and mound formation were observed and are discussed in the context of a step-edge energy barrier to adatom diffusion over a terrace.

  2. Growth regimes during homoepitaxial growth of GaN by ammonia molecular beam epitaxy

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    Corrion, A. L.; Wu, F.; Speck, J. S.

    2012-09-01

    c-plane GaN films were grown by ammonia molecular beam epitaxy on metal-organic chemical vapor deposition templates for a wide range of NH3:Ga flux ratios and growth temperatures, and the resulting films were characterized using atomic force microscopy, reflection high-energy electron diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy. Three distinct nitrogen-rich growth regimes—unstable layer-by-layer, quasi-stable step flow, and dislocation-mediated pitting—were identified based on the growth mode and film properties. In addition, step flow growth was observed under conditions of gallium droplet accumulation. The results indicate the existence of two regimes for step-flow growth of GaN by ammonia MBE—both gallium-rich and nitrogen-rich. Growth mode instabilities and mound formation were observed and are discussed in the context of a step-edge energy barrier to adatom diffusion over a terrace.

  3. Anthropogenic controls from urban growth on flow regimes

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    Mejía, Alfonso; Rossel, Florian; Gironás, Jorge; Jovanovic, Tijana

    2015-10-01

    Streamflow can be drastically perturbed in urban basins with important implications for stream, floodplain, and riparian ecosystems. Normally, the dynamic influence of urbanization on streamflow is studied via space-for-time substitution. Here we explicitly consider urban growth when determining the flow regime of 14 urban basins. To synthetically represent the flow regime, we employ flow duration curves (FDCs) determined using a stochastic model. The model permits derivation of FDCs that are dependent on few parameters representing climatic, land use, conventional stormwater management, and geomorphological conditions in an urban basin. We use the model, under conditions of urban growth, to assess the influence of urbanization on key model parameters and to determine different indicators of hydrologic alteration. Overall, results indicate consistent changes in the temporal evolution of the perturbed flow regimes, which in this case can largely be explained by the progressive redistribution with urban growth of water from slow subsurface runoff and evapotranspiration to fast urban runoff.

  4. Characterization of fire regime in Sardinia (Italy)

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    Bacciu, V. M.; Salis, M.; Mastinu, S.; Masala, F.; Sirca, C.; Spano, D.

    2012-12-01

    In the last decades, a number of Authors highlighted the crucial role of forest fires within Mediterranean ecosystems, with impacts both negative and positive on all biosphere components and with reverberations on different scales. Fire determines the landscape structure and plant composition, but it is also the cause of enormous economic and ecological damages, beside the loss of human life. In Sardinia (Italy), the second largest island of the Mediterranean Basin, forest fires are perceived as one of the main environmental and social problems, and data are showing that the situation is worsening especially within the rural-urban peripheries and the increasing number of very large forest fires. The need for information concerning forest fire regime has been pointed out by several Authors (e.g. Rollins et al., 2002), who also emphasized the importance of understanding the factors (such as weather/climate, socio-economic, and land use) that determine spatial and temporal fire patterns. These would be used not only as a baseline to predict the climate change effect on forest fires, but also as a fire management and mitigation strategy. The main aim of this paper is, thus, to analyze the temporal and spatial patterns of fire occurrence in Sardinia (Italy) during the last three decades (1980-2010). For the analyzed period, fire statistics were provided by the Sardinian Forest Service (CFVA - Corpo Forestale e di Vigilanza Ambientale), while weather data for eight weather stations were obtained from the web site www.tutiempo.it. For each station, daily series of precipitation, mean, maximum and minimum temperature, relative humidity and wind speed were available. The present study firstly analyzed fire statistics (burned area and number of fires) according to the main fire regime characteristics (seasonality, fire return interval, fire incidence, fire size distribution). Then, fire and weather daily values were averaged to obtain monthly, seasonal and annual values, and

  5. Water use regimes: Characterizing direct human interaction with hydrologic systems

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    Weiskel, P.K.; Vogel, R.M.; Steeves, P.A.; Zarriello, P.J.; DeSimone, L.A.; Ries, Kernell G.

    2007-01-01

    [1] The sustainability of human water use practices is a rapidly growing concern in the United States and around the world. To better characterize direct human interaction with hydrologic systems (stream basins and aquifers), we introduce the concept of the water use regime. Unlike scalar indicators of anthropogenic hydrologic stress in the literature, the water use regime is a two-dimensional, vector indicator that can be depicted on simple x-y plots of normalized human withdrawals (hout) versus normalized human return flows (hin). Four end-member regimes, natural-flow-dominated (undeveloped), human-flow-dominated (churned), withdrawal-dominated (depleted), and return-flow-dominated (surcharged), are defined in relation to limiting values of hout and hin. For illustration, the water use regimes of 19 diverse hydrologic systems are plotted and interpreted. Several of these systems, including the Yellow River Basin, China, and the California Central Valley Aquifer, are shown to approach particular end-member regimes. Spatial and temporal regime variations, both seasonal and long-term, are depicted. Practical issues of data availability and regime uncertainty are addressed in relation to the statistical properties of the ratio estimators hout and hin. The water use regime is shown to be a useful tool for comparative water resources assessment and for describing both historic and alternative future pathways of water resource development at a range of scales. Copyright 2007 by the American Geophysical Union.

  6. Plasma confinement regimes and collective modes characterizing them

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    Coppi, B.; Zhou, T.

    2012-10-15

    A unified theory is presented for the modes that are excited at the edge of the plasma column and are important signatures of the advanced confinement regimes into which magnetically confined plasmas can be driven. In particular, the so-called EDA H-Regime, the Elmy H-Regime, and the I-Regime are considered. The modes that are identified theoretically have characteristics that are consistent with or have anticipated those of the modes observed experimentally for each of the investigated regimes. The phase velocities, the produced transport processes, the frequencies, the wavelengths, and the consistency with the direction of spontaneous rotation are the factors considered for comparison with the relevant experiments. The quasi-coherent mode [I. Cziegler, Ph.D. dissertation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 2011] that is present in the EDA H-Regime has a phase velocity in the direction of the ion diamagnetic velocity in the plasma reference frame. Consequently, this is identified as a ballooning mode near finite Larmor radius marginal stability involving the effects of transverse ion viscosity and other dissipative effects. In this regime, impurities are driven outward by the combined effects of the local temperature gradients of the impurities and their thermal conductivity, while in the Elmy H-Regime impurities are driven toward the center of the plasma column. In the I-Regimes, the excited 'Heavy Particle' modes [B. Coppi and T. Zhou, Phys. Plasmas 19, 012302 (2012); Phys. Lett. A 375, 2916 (2011)] are not of the ballooning kind and are shown to expel the impurities toward the plasma edge in the presence of significant fluctuations. These modes can have a finite frequency of oscillation with a phase velocity in the direction of the electron diamagnetic velocity or they can be nearly purely growing, explaining why there are I-Regimes where fluctuations are not observed. Instead, the modes considered for the Elmy H-Regime are of the ballooning

  7. Evaluating and optimizing horticultural regimes in space plant growth facilities

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    Berkovich, Y.; Chetirkin, R.; Wheeler, R.; Sager, J.

    In designing innovative Space Plant Growth Facilities (SPGF) for long duration space f ightl various limitations must be addressed including onboard resources: volume, energy consumption, heat transfer and crew labor expenditure. The required accuracy in evaluating onboard resources by using the equivalent mass methodology and applying it to the design of such facilities is not precise. This is due to the uncertainty of the structure and not completely understanding of the properties of all associated hardware, including the technology in these systems. We present a simple criteria of optimization for horticultural regimes in SPGF: Qmax = max [M · (EBI) 2 / (V · E · T) ], where M is the crop harvest in terms of total dry biomass in the plant growth system; EBI is the edible biomass index (harvest index), V is a volume occupied by the crop; E is the crop light energy supply during growth; T is the crop growth duration. The criterion reflects directly on the consumption of onboard resources for crop production. We analyzed the efficiency of plant crops and the environmental parameters by examining the criteria for 15 salad and 12 wheat crops from the data in the ALS database at Kennedy Space Center. Some following conclusion have been established: 1. The technology involved in growing salad crops on a cylindrical type surface provides a more meaningful Q-criterion; 2. Wheat crops were less efficient than leafy greens (salad crops) when examining resource utilization; 3. By increasing light intensity of the crop the efficiency of the resource utilization could decrease. Using the existing databases and Q-criteria we have found that the criteria can be used in optimizing design and horticultural regimes in the SPGF.

  8. Evaluating and optimizing horticultural regimes in space plant growth facilities

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    Berkovich, Y. A.; Chetirkin, P. V.; Wheeler, R. M.; Sager, J. C.

    2004-01-01

    In designing innovative space plant growth facilities (SPGF) for long duration space flight, various limitations must be addressed including onboard resources: volume, energy consumption, heat transfer and crew labor expenditure. The required accuracy in evaluating on board resources by using the equivalent mass methodology and applying it to the design of such facilities is not precise. This is due to the uncertainty of the structure and not completely understanding the properties of all associated hardware, including the technology in these systems. We present a simple criteria of optimization for horticultural regimes in SPGF: Qmax = max [M x (EBI)2/(V x E x T], where M is the crop harvest in terms of total dry biomass in the plant growth system; EBI is the edible biomass index (harvest index), V is volume occupied by the crop; E is the crop light energy supply during growth; T is the crop growth duration. The criterion reflects directly on the consumption of onboard resources for crop production. c2004 COSPAR. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Evaluating and optimizing horticultural regimes in space plant growth facilities

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    Berkovich, Y. A.; Chetirkin, P. V.; Wheeler, R. M.; Sager, J. C.

    2004-01-01

    In designing innovative space plant growth facilities (SPGF) for long duration space flight, various limitations must be addressed including onboard resources: volume, energy consumption, heat transfer and crew labor expenditure. The required accuracy in evaluating on board resources by using the equivalent mass methodology and applying it to the design of such facilities is not precise. This is due to the uncertainty of the structure and not completely understanding the properties of all associated hardware, including the technology in these systems. We present a simple criteria of optimization for horticultural regimes in SPGF: Qmax = max [M x (EBI)2/(V x E x T], where M is the crop harvest in terms of total dry biomass in the plant growth system; EBI is the edible biomass index (harvest index), V is volume occupied by the crop; E is the crop light energy supply during growth; T is the crop growth duration. The criterion reflects directly on the consumption of onboard resources for crop production. c2004 COSPAR. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Evaluating and optimizing horticultural regimes in space plant growth facilities.

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    Berkovich, Y A; Chetirkin, P V; Wheeler, R M; Sager, J C

    2004-01-01

    In designing innovative space plant growth facilities (SPGF) for long duration space flight, various limitations must be addressed including onboard resources: volume, energy consumption, heat transfer and crew labor expenditure. The required accuracy in evaluating on board resources by using the equivalent mass methodology and applying it to the design of such facilities is not precise. This is due to the uncertainty of the structure and not completely understanding the properties of all associated hardware, including the technology in these systems. We present a simple criteria of optimization for horticultural regimes in SPGF: Qmax = max [M x (EBI)2/(V x E x T], where M is the crop harvest in terms of total dry biomass in the plant growth system; EBI is the edible biomass index (harvest index), V is volume occupied by the crop; E is the crop light energy supply during growth; T is the crop growth duration. The criterion reflects directly on the consumption of onboard resources for crop production. c2004 COSPAR. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Small Seed Black Hole Growth in Various Accretion Regimes

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    Gerling-Dunsmore, Hannalore J.; Hopkins, Philip F.

    2016-03-01

    Observational evidence indicates a population of super massive black holes (SMBHs) (~109 -1010M⊙) formed within 1 Gyr after the Big Bang. One proposed means of SMBH formation is accretion onto small seed black holes (BHs) (~ 100M⊙). However, the existence of SMBHs within 1 Gyr requires rapid growth, but conventional models of accretion fail to grow the seed BHs quickly enough. Super Eddington accretion (Ṁ >ṀEddington) may aid in improving growth efficiency. We study small seed BH growth via accretion in 3D, using the magneto-hydrodynamics+gravity code GIZMO. In particular, we consider a BH in a high density turbulent star-forming cloud, and ask whether or not the BH can capture sufficient gas to grow rapidly. We consider both Eddington-limited and super Eddington regimes, and resolve physics on scales from 0.1 pc to 1 kpc while including detailed models for stellar feedback physics, including stellar winds, supernovae, radiation pressure, and photo-ionization. We present results on the viability of different small seed BHs growing into SMBH candidates.

  12. Alternative characterization of forest fire regimes: incorporating spatial patterns

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    Brandon M. Collins; Jens T. Stevens; Jay D. Miller; Scott L. Stephens; Peter M. Brown; Malcolm P. North

    2017-01-01

    ContextThe proportion of fire area that experienced stand-replacing fire effects is an important attribute of individual fires and fire regimes in forests, and this metric has been used to group forest types into characteristic fire regimes. However, relying on proportion alone ignores important spatial characteristics...

  13. Growth of Planted Slash Pine Under Several Thinning Regimes

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    W.F. Mann; Hans G. Enghardt

    1972-01-01

    Three intensities of thinning, each started at 10, 13, and 16 years, were applied to slash pine planted on a highly productive, cutover site in central Louisiana. Over a 9-year period, early and heavy thinnings increased diameter growth but reduced volume growth. The longer initial thinnings were deferred, the slower was the response in diameter growth. Growth on...

  14. Regime switch in karstic caves atmosphere; possible consequence on annual speleothem growth.

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    Bourges, F.; Genthon, P.; Mangin, A.; D'Hulst, D.

    2005-12-01

    Speleothem are usually considered as records of past climate, and are supposed to present annual growth rings. Yet, they grow inside caves that benefit from very stable environment. However, Bourges et al. 2001, have shown that the atmosphere of Aven d'Orgnac (South East France), was characterized by drop of CO2 concentration and 222Rn activity at the end of autumn and presented each year the succession of a winter and a summer regime. Temperature data are now used to constrain the climate of this cave system. Our data consist in 5 years monitoring with 0.01°C accuracy, three short thermal profiling campaigns, and sparser data gathered in different French painted caves. Near the opening of Aven d'Orgnac, the Salle de Jolys room records each year at the end of autumn the onset of the winter regime that is shown to be triggered by the inverse density stratification induced by the decrease of the outside night temperature. Comparison of summer and winter vertical temperature profiles point to a thermoconvective destabilization of this room atmosphere, involving the downward flow of cold outside bearing air near the cave floor during winter nights. The winter regime propagates then stepwise inside the Aven d'Orgnac cave system. In Salle Plane, which is situated more than one kilometer away from the entrance, the winter regime has never been observed. Our thermal profiling experiment shows there low amplitude (0.03°C) temperature changes, with major daily and half daily components, that are strongly correlated with the pressure first time derivative. Comparison with temperature records from other rooms of the Aven d'Orgnac cave system and with other caves monitored by our team suggest that a strong correlation between temperature changes and the pressure first time derivative could be considered as a clue to the confined character of a given cave room. We propose therefore that the Aven d'Orgnac cave system could be divided in two parts : the open system, where the

  15. Toward a Physical Characterization of Raindrop Collision Outcome Regimes

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    Testik, F. Y.; Barros, Ana P.; Bilven, Francis L.

    2011-01-01

    A comprehensive raindrop collision outcome regime diagram that delineates the physical conditions associated with the outcome regimes (i.e., bounce, coalescence, and different breakup types) of binary raindrop collisions is proposed. The proposed diagram builds on a theoretical regime diagram defined in the phase space of collision Weber numbers We and the drop diameter ratio p by including critical angle of impact considerations. In this study, the theoretical regime diagram is first evaluated against a comprehensive dataset for drop collision experiments representative of raindrop collisions in nature. Subsequently, the theoretical regime diagram is modified to explicitly describe the dominant regimes of raindrop interactions in (We, p) by delineating the physical conditions necessary for the occurrence of distinct types of collision-induced breakup (neck/filament, sheet, disk, and crown breakups) based on critical angle of impact consideration. Crown breakup is a subtype of disk breakup for lower collision kinetic energy that presents distinctive morphology. Finally, the experimental results are analyzed in the context of the comprehensive collision regime diagram, and conditional probabilities that can be used in the parameterization of breakup kernels in stochastic models of raindrop dynamics are provided.

  16. Regime Switching in the Latent Growth Curve Mixture Model

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    Dolan, Conor V.; Schmittmann, Verena D.; Lubke, Gitta H.; Neale, Michael C.

    2005-01-01

    A linear latent growth curve mixture model is presented which includes switching between growth curves. Switching is accommodated by means of a Markov transition model. The model is formulated with switching as a highly constrained multivariate mixture model and is fitted using the freely available Mx program. The model is illustrated by analyzing…

  17. Unveiling the Hard Anodization Regime of Aluminum: Insight into Nanopores Self-Organization and Growth Mechanism.

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    Vega, Víctor; García, Javier; Montero-Moreno, Josep M; Hernando, Blanca; Bachmann, Julien; Prida, Víctor M; Nielsch, Kornelius

    2015-12-30

    Pores growth mechanism and their self-ordering conditions are investigated for nanoporous alumina membranes synthesized by hard anodization (HA) of Al in a broad range of anodic conditions, covering oxalic acid electrolytes with concentrations from 0.300 M down to 0.075 M and potentiostatic anodization voltages between 120 and 225 V. The use of linear sweep voltammetry (LSV) and scanning and transmission electron microscopy, together with image analysis techniques allow one to characterize the intrinsic nature of the HA regime. HA of aluminum is explained on the basis of a phenomenological model taking into account the role of oxalate ions and their limited diffusion through alumina nanochannels from a bulk electrolyte. The depletion of oxalate ions at the bottom of the pores causes an increased growth of the alumina barrier layer at the oxide/electrolyte interface. Furthermore, an innovative method has been developed for the determination of the HA conditions leading to self-ordered pore growth in any given electrolyte, thus allowing one to extend the available range of interpore distances of the highly ordered hexagonal pore arrangement in a wide range of 240-507 nm, while keeping small pore diameters of 50-60 nm.

  18. Formation of polyelectrolyte multilayers: ionic strengths and growth regimes.

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    Tang, Kan; Besseling, Nicolaas A M

    2016-01-28

    This article presents a study of layer-by-layer (LbL) formation of poly-electrolyte multilayers (PEMs). Upon increasing ionic strength LbL growth patterns vary from linear for the lowest salt concentrations ([NaCl] = 0, 0.001, and 0.01 M) to exponential (for [NaCl] = 0.5 and 1 M). The slope of the linear growth at the lowest ionic strengths increases with increasing [NaCl]. During the LbL process at 0.5 M NaCl we observe a cross over from exponential to linear growth for which the slope is orders of magnitude larger than those observed at low salt concentrations. We provide a comprehensive interpretation of these growth behaviors, which are also reported for many other LbL PEM systems, based on the generic features of the phase diagram of aqueous solutions of mixtures of oppositely charged poly-electrolytes. Processes occurring in LbL formation of PEMs can be understood as moving in the direction of equilibrium, while never achieving it. The experimental model system in this study was: polydiallyldimethylammonium chloride/polystyrene sulfonate (PDADMAC/PSS). PEM formation was followed in situ by optical reflectometry in combination with well-controlled transport conditions (impinging jet stagnation point flow).

  19. The effects of light regimes and hormones on corneal growth in vivo and in organ culture.

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    Wahl, Christina; Li, Tong; Takagi, Yuko; Howland, Howard

    2011-12-01

    When chicks are exposed to constant light (CL) during growth, their corneas become flatter and lighter in weight, and their anterior segments become shallower than those of chicks exposed to cyclical periods of light and dark. These effects have been correlated with CL suppression of cyclical changes in melatonin levels. The question of whether light directly influences corneal growth (e.g. via cryptochromes in the cornea) or acts remotely via the suppression of the melatonin rhythm has not yet been answered. Retinoic acid (RA), an ubiquitous morphogen, also causes non-functional flattening during corneal growth, but its effect in vivo has not been correlated with light regimes. We wished to characterize and distinguish between hormonal and light effects on corneal growth. We used organ culture to study the direct effects of light regimes, melatonin, and RA, and compared these results with those of parallel in vivo experiments. In this study, eye drops containing melatonin or RA were applied to corneas exposed to CL in vivo or in organ culture, and effects on corneal mass and hydration were measured. We applied a melatonin blocker, luzindole, to chick corneas in normal light/dark conditions to confirm that the observed melatonin effects are mediated at the cell membrane. Anterior chamber depth and refraction in vivo were measured. We found that, during CL exposure, combined application of melatonin and RA eye drops increased the depth of the anterior segment in vivo, (P = 0.003) and interestingly, both also reduced the hyperopia of CL exposure after 2 weeks (P = 0.002), thus partially reversing the effects of CL. RA increased corneal hydration in vivo (P = 0.030) but not in organ culture. Melatonin had no effect on corneal hydration in vivo, but in organ culture, melatonin significantly decreased hydration (P < 0.001). We found no evidence for a direct effect of light on corneal hydration in growing chick corneas in culture. Melatonin is required for normal corneal

  20. Characterizing Wildfire Regimes and Risk in the USA

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    Malamud, B. D.; Millington, J. D.; Perry, G. L.

    2004-12-01

    Over the last decade, high profile wildfires have resulted in numerous fatalities and loss of infrastructure. Wildfires also have a significant impact on climate and ecosystems, with recent authors emphasizing the need for regional-level examinations of wildfire-regime dynamics and change, and the factors driving them. With implications for hazard management, climate studies, and ecosystem research, there is therefore significant interest in appropriate analysis of historical wildfire databases. Insightful studies using wildfire database statistics exist, but are often hampered by the low spatial and/or temporal resolution of their datasets. In this paper, we use a high-resolution dataset consisting of 88,855 USFS wildfires over the time period 1970--2000, and consider wildfire occurrence across the conterminous USA as a function of ecoregion (land units classified by climate, vegetation, and topography), ignition source (anthropogenic vs. lightning), and decade (1970--1979, 1980--1989, 1990--1999). We find that for the conterminous USA (a) wildfires exhibit robust frequency-area power-law behavior in 17 different ecoregions, (b) normalized power-law exponents may be used to compare the scaling of wildfire burned areas between regions, (c) power-law exponents change systematically from east to west, (d) wildfires in 75% of the conterminous USA (particularly the east) have higher power-law exponents for anthropogenic vs. lightning ignition sources, and (e) recurrence intervals for wildfires of a given burned area or larger for each ecoregion can be assessed, allowing for the classification of wildfire regimes for probabilistic hazard estimation in the same vein as is now used for earthquakes. By examining wildfire statistics in a spatially and temporally explicit manner, we are able to present resultant wildfire regime summary statistics and conclusions, along with a probabilistic hazard assessment of wildfire risk at the ecoregion division level across the

  1. Characterization of flow regimes in the post-dryout region

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    Obot, N.T.; Ishii, M.

    1988-01-01

    A visual study of film boiling using photographic and high speed motion-picture methods was carried out to determine the flow regime transition criteria in the post-CHF region. An idealized inverted annular flow was obtained by introducing a liquid jet of Freon 113 through a nozzle, precisely centered with respect to the internal diameter of the test section, with an annual gas flow. The respective ranges for liquid and gas exit velocities were 0.05-0.5 and 0.03-8.2 m/s. Nitrogen and helium were used in the study.

  2. Characterization of transcritical and supercritical droplet vaporization regimes using computations

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    Govindaraju, Pavan; Banuti, Daniel; Ma, Peter; Raju, Muralikrishna; Ihme, Matthias

    2016-11-01

    Mixing of liquid fuel with ambient gases plays an important role in engine combustion efficiency and emissions. The situation of cold liquid fuel injected into gas at very high pressure and temperature conditions creates special challenges for prediction of combustion characteristics. Among them, the important question is how the interface between cold liquid fuel and hot ambient responds at the pressures and temperatures specific to engines. The presentation will elaborate on the computational procedure used to simulate the injection of n-dodecane into N2 and comparing interface characteristics with experimental data. This requires robust tools for predicting droplet evaporation, real fluid properties and molecular-dynamic simulations for validating surface tension characteristics. The effect of pyrolysis in the gas phase is considered and the influence of surface tension is examined. Finally, a comparison between theory, experiments and simulations is presented for transition in vaporization regimes. NASA.

  3. [Growth responses of belowground modules of Carex lasiocarpa to different water regimes and water experiences].

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    Wang, Li; Song, Chang-Chun; Hu, Jin-Ming; Yang, Tao

    2008-10-01

    With seedling's transplanting experiment under different water levels, this paper studied the growth responses of belowground modules of Carex lasiocarpa to various water regimes and water experiences in Sanjiang Plain. The results showed that the belowground modules of C. lasiocarpa had significantly different responses to water regimes. At thriving stage, the length of rhizome and adventitious root decreased with increasing water level, and until later growth stage, the maximal value still appeared under drought condition. However, under dry-wet alternate condition, the length of rhizome and adventitious root increased most from thriving stage to the end, indicating that stable and lower water level could improve the growth of rhizome and adventitious root. The biomass of rhizome, adventitious root, and belowground part were maximal under dry-wet alternate condition at both growth stages. For those with different water experiences, the ones undergoing alternate condition in early growth season and then drought had maximal rhizome biomass, and the others under sustained alternate condition had maximal adventitious root and belowground biomass. More biomass was distributed to rhizome in the later growth season under various water regimes. The percentage of rhizome in total biomass was significantly higher under drought condition than under other water conditions through the growth season. Besides, C. lasiocarpa grew slowly when submerged, but could recover through rhizomatic reproduction after the stress disappeared.

  4. Retarding the growth of the Rosensweig instability unveils a new scaling regime

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    Lange, Adrian; Gollwitzer, Christian; Maretzki, Robin; Rehberg, Ingo; Richter, Reinhard

    2016-04-01

    Using a highly viscous magnetic fluid, the dynamics in the aftermath of the Rosensweig instability can be slowed down by more than 2000 times. In this way we expand the regime where the growth rate is predicted to scale linearly with the bifurcation parameter by six orders of magnitude, while this regime is tiny for standard ferrofluids and cannot be resolved experimentally there. We measure the growth of the pattern by means of a two-dimensional imaging technique, and find that the slopes of the growth and decay rates are not the same—a qualitative discrepancy with respect to the theoretical predictions. We solve this discrepancy by taking into account a viscosity which is assumed to be different for the growth and decay. This may be a consequence of the measured shear thinning of the ferrofluid.

  5. Effects of Light Regimes on the Growth of Cherrybark Oak Seedlings

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    Yanfei Guo; Michael G. Shelton; Brian R. Lockhart

    2001-01-01

    Light regimes vary significantly within small forest openings, ranging from full sunlight to total shade, and they may affect the establishment and early growth of oak seedlings. We designed modified shadehouses to simulate the complex light conditions within forest openings and tested the effects of daily photosynthetically active radiation (PAR), time of direct light...

  6. Growth and intraspecific competitive abilities of the dioecious Lindera melissifolia (Lauraceae) in varied flooding regimes

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    Tracy S. Hawkins; Nathan M. Schiff; Theodor D. Leininger; Emile S Gardiner; Margaret S. Devall; Paul B. Hamel; A. Dan Wilson; Kristina F. Connor

    2009-01-01

    Forest Service, Southern Research Station, Stoneville, MS 38776). Growth and intraspecific competitive abilities of the dioecious Lindera melissifolia (Lauraceae) in varied flooding regimes. J. Torrey Bot. Soc. 136: 91–101. 2009.—The contribution of sexual dimorphism to malebiased colony ratios observed in field populations of the federally...

  7. Characterization of stock market regimes by data compression

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    Vogel, Eugenio E.; Saravia, Gonzalo

    2011-03-01

    It has been shown that data compression can characterize magnetic phases (Physica A 388 (2009) 4075). In the introduction of this presentation we briefly review this result. We then go onto introducing a new data compressor (wlzip) developed by us to optimize recognition of meaningful patterns in the compressing procedure, yielding sharp transition curves at the magnetic critical temperatures. The advantages of the new compressor, such as better definition and tuning capabilities are presented. The rest of the talk consists of applying wlzip to the Chilean stock market along several months during 2010. The accumulated daily data allow to recognizing days with different types of activity. Moreover, the data recorded every minute allow to analyzing the ``present'' status of the stock market by applying wlzip to the data of the last hour or couple of hours. Possible extensions of the application of this technique to other fields are discussed. Partial support from Fondecyt 1100156, ICM and CEDENNA is acknowledged.

  8. Microstructural Characterization of Alloy 617 Crept into the Tertiary Regime

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    Lillo, Thomas Martin; Wright, Richard Neil

    2015-07-01

    The microstructure of Alloy 617 was characterized following creep tests interrupted at total creep strains ranging from 2-20%. A range of creep temperatures (750-1000oC) and initial creep stresses (10-145 MPa) produced creep test durations ranging from 1 to 5800 hours. Image analysis of optical photomicrographs on longitudinal sections of the gage length was used to document the fraction of creep porosity as a function of creep parameters. Creep porosity was negligible below tertiary creep strains of 10% and increased with tertiary creep strain, thereafter. For a given temperature and total creep strain, creep porosity increased with decreasing creep stress. Creep porosity increased linearly with duration of the creep experiment. TEM performed on the gage sections did not reveal significant creep cavity formation on grain boundaries at the sub-micron level. It was concluded that the onset of tertiary creep did not result from creep cavitation and more likely arose due to the formation of low energy dislocation substructures with increasing tertiary strain.

  9. Characterization of Inductively Coupled Plasmas in High Power, High Pressure Regime

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    Wang, Jun-Chieh; Kenney, Jason; Agarwal, Ankur; Nichols, Michael; Rogers, James; Rauf, Shahid

    2015-09-01

    Inductively coupled plasmas (ICP) are widely used in the microelectronic industry for thin film etching. ICPs have typically been operated at low gas pressures (<50 mTorr) and they have been well-characterized in this regime. Several applications requiring high etch rates (e.g., vertical NAND etch) have recently extended the use of ICPs to the high power (>4000 W) and high pressure (>100 mTorr) regime. ICP operation in this high-power, high-pressure regime imposes a tremendous challenge of achieving good plasma uniformity over large substrates. This necessitates a good theoretical understanding of the underlying physics, thorough experimental characterization, and more accurate numerical models for hardware design guidance. In this study, we will focus on the characterization of ICP in the high-power, high-pressure regime. Computational modeling is done using CRTRS, our in-house 2D/3D plasma model. The fluid plasma model is coupled to a circuit model to self-consistently account for the capacitive coupling from the coils that is expected to dominate in this operating regime. Properties of Ar plasma will be discussed and compared with experiments. The impact of critical operating parameters such as ICP power, pressure, flow rate, and current ratio (in multi-coil antenna structures) on plasma characteristics will be examined. Results in relevant processing gases will also be discussed.

  10. Geographic variation in Pacific herring growth in response to regime shifts in the North Pacific Ocean

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    Ito, Shin-ichi; Rose, Kenneth A.; Megrey, Bernard A.; Schweigert, Jake; Hay, Douglas; Werner, Francisco E.; Aita, Maki Noguchi

    2015-11-01

    Pacific herring populations at eight North Pacific Rim locations were simulated to compare basin-wide geographic variations in age-specific growth due to environmental influences on marine productivity and population-specific responses to regime shifts. Temperature and zooplankton abundance from a three-dimensional lower-trophic ecosystem model (NEMURO: North Pacific Ecosystem Model for Understanding Regional Oceanography) simulation from 1948 to 2002 were used as inputs to a herring bioenergetics growth model. Herring populations from California, the west coast of Vancouver Island (WCVI), Prince William Sound (PWS), Togiak Alaska, the western Bering Sea (WBS), the Sea of Okhotsk (SO), Sakhalin, and Peter the Great Bay (PGB) were examined. The half-saturation coefficients of herring feeding were calibrated to climatological conditions at each of the eight locations to reproduce averaged size-at-age data. The depth of averaging used for water temperature and zooplankton, and the maximum consumption rate parameter, were made specific to each location. Using the calibrated half-saturation coefficients, the 1948-2002 period was then simulated using daily values of water temperature and zooplankton densities interpolated from monthly model output. To detect regime shifts in simulated temperatures, zooplankton and herring growth rates, we applied sequential t-test analyses on the 54 years of hindcast simulation values. The detected shifts of herring age-5 growth showed closest match (69%) to the regime shift years (1957/58, 1970/71, 1976/77, 1988/89, 1998/99). We explored relationships among locations using cluster and principal component analyses. The first principal component of water temperature showed good correspondence to the Pacific Decadal Oscillation and all zooplankton groups showed a pan-Pacific decrease after the 1976/77 regime shift. However, the first principal component of herring growth rate showed decreased growth at the SO, PWS, WCVI and California

  11. Growth and abundance of Pacific Sand Lance, Ammodytes hexapterus, under differing oceanographic regimes

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    Robards, Martin D.; Gray, Floyd; Piatt, John F.

    2002-01-01

    Dramatic changes in seabird and marine mammal stocks in the Gulf of Alaska have been linked to shifts in abundance and composition of forage fish stocks over the past 20 years. The relative value (e.g., size and condition of individual fish, abundance) of specific forage fish stocks to predators under temporally changing oceanographic regimes is also expected to vary. We inferred potential temporal responses in abundance, growth, and age structure of a key forage fish, sand lance, by studying across spatially different oceanographic regimes. Marked meso-scale differences in abundance, growth, and mortality existed in conjunction with these differing regimes. Growth rate within stocks (between years) was positively correlated with temperature. However, this relationship did not exist among stocks (locations) and differing growth rates were better correlated to marine productivity. Sand lance were least abundant and grew slowest at the warmest site (Chisik Island), an area of limited habitat and low food abundance. Abundance and growth of juvenile sand lance was highest at the coolest site (Barren Islands), an area of highly productive upwelled waters. Sand lance at two sites located oceanographically between the Barren Islands and Chisik Island (inner- and outer-Kachemak Bay) displayed correspondingly intermediate abundance and growth. Resident predators at these sites are presented with markedly different numbers and quality of this key prey species. Our results suggest that at the decadal scale, Gulf of Alaska forage fish such as sand lance are probably more profoundly affected by changes in abundance and quality of their planktonic food, than by temperature alone.

  12. Geographic variation in Pacific herring growth in response to regime shifts in the North Pacific Ocean.

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    Ito, S. I.; Rose, K.; Schweigert, J.; Hay, D.; Werner, F.; Aita, M. N.

    2016-02-01

    Pacific herring populations at eight North Pacific Rim locations were simulated to compare basin-wide geographic variations in age-specific growth due to environmental influences on marine productivity and population-specific responses to regime shifts. Temperature and zooplankton abundance from a 3D lower-trophic level ecosystem model (NEMURO) simulation were used as inputs to a herring bioenergetics growth model. Herring in California, the west coast of Vancouver Island (WCVI), Prince William Sound (PWS), Togiak, Alaska, the western Bering Sea (WBS), the Sea of Okhotsk (SO), Sakhalin, and Peter the Great Bay (PGB) were examined. The half-saturation coefficients of herring feeding were calibrated to climatological conditions at each of the eight locations to reproduce averaged size-at-age data. Using the calibrated half-saturation coefficients, the 1948 to 2002 period was then simulated. The detected shifts of herring age-5 growth showed a close match (69%) to the climate regime shift years (1957/58, 1970/71, 1976/77, 1988/89, 1998/99). The first principal component of herring growth rate showed decreased growth at the SO, PWS, WCVI and California locations and increased growth at the Sakhalin, WBS and Togiak locations after 1977. The calibrated half-saturation coefficients affected the degree to which growth was sensitive to interannual variation in water temperature versus zooplankton. For sustainable use of marine resources, knowledge of the local and regional responses of the marine resources is essential. The model results demonstrate how geographic specificity of bioenergetics parameters, coupled with location-specific variation in temperature and food, can combine to determine local and regional responses of a marine resource to climate forcing. The contents are in press on Progress in Oceanography.

  13. Shape transition of endotaxial islands growth from kinetically constrained to equilibrium regimes

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    Li, Zhi-Peng; Tok, Engsoon; Foo, Yonglim

    2013-09-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • All Fe{sub 13}Ge{sub 8} islands will grow into Ge(0 0 1) substrate at temperatures from 350 to 675 °C. • Shape transition occurred from kinetically constrained to equilibrium regime. • All endotaxial islands can be clarified into two types. • The mechanisms of endotaxial growth and shape transition have been rationalized. - Abstract: A comprehensive study of Fe grown on Ge(0 0 1) substrates has been conducted at elevated temperatures, ranging from 350 to 675 °C. All iron germinide islands, with the same Fe{sub 13}Ge{sub 8} phase, grow into the Ge substrate with the same epitaxial relationship. Shape transition occurs from small square islands (low temperatures), to elongated orthogonal islands or orthogonal nanowires (intermediate temperatures), and then finally to large square orthogonal islands (high temperatures). According to both transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) investigations, all islands can be defined as either type-I or type-II. Type-I islands usually form at kinetically constrained growth regimes, like truncated pyramids. Type-II islands usually appear at equilibrium growth regimes forming a dome-like shape. Based on a simple semi-quantitative model, type-II islands have a lower total energy per volume than type-I, which is considered as the dominant mechanism for this type of shape transition. Moreover, this study not only elucidates details of endotaxial growth in the Fe–Ge system, but also suggests the possibility of controlled fabrication of temperature-dependent nanostructures, especially in materials with dissimilar crystal structures.

  14. Dynamical patterns and regime shifts in the nonlinear model of soil microorganisms growth

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    Zaitseva, Maria; Vladimirov, Artem; Winter, Anna-Marie; Vasilyeva, Nadezda

    2017-04-01

    Dynamical model of soil microorganisms growth and turnover is formulated as a system of nonlinear partial differential equations of reaction-diffusion type. We consider spatial distributions of concentrations of several substrates and microorganisms. Biochemical reactions are modelled by chemical kinetic equations. Transport is modelled by simple linear diffusion for all chemical substances, while for microorganisms we use different transport functions, e.g. some of them can actively move along gradient of substrate concentration, while others cannot move. We solve our model in two dimensions, starting from uniform state with small initial perturbations for various parameters and find parameter range, where small initial perturbations grow and evolve. We search for bifurcation points and critical regime shifts in our model and analyze time-space profile and phase portraits of these solutions approaching critical regime shifts in the system, exploring possibility to detect such shifts in advance. This work is supported by NordForsk, project #81513.

  15. Optimizing light regimes on growth and lipid accumulation in Ankistrodesmus fusiformis H1 for biodiesel production.

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    He, Qiaoning; Yang, Haijian; Hu, Chunxiang

    2015-12-01

    The aim of this study was to optimize the light regimes including initial inoculum density, photoperiod and light intensity on the growth and lipid (TAG) accumulation in Ankistrodesmus fusiformis H1 for biodiesel production. At last, the strategy of 4.47 mM urea with initial OD680-0.5, 18:6h light/dark cycle and 200 μmol photon m(-2) s(-1) regimes were optimized. The lipid productivity of 116.88 mg L(-1)d(-1) and 57.58% neutral lipid in total lipid were achieved finally. Moreover, the changes of photosynthetic activity, pigments contents and biochemical compositions revealed that more carbon flow to lipid synthesis. Therefore, A. fusiformis H1 is an ideal candidate for biodiesel production by utilizing light appropriately. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Ecological regime shift drives declining growth rates of sea turtles throughout the West Atlantic.

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    Bjorndal, Karen A; Bolten, Alan B; Chaloupka, Milani; Saba, Vincent S; Bellini, Cláudio; Marcovaldi, Maria A G; Santos, Armando J B; Bortolon, Luis Felipe Wurdig; Meylan, Anne B; Meylan, Peter A; Gray, Jennifer; Hardy, Robert; Brost, Beth; Bresette, Michael; Gorham, Jonathan C; Connett, Stephen; Crouchley, Barbara Van Sciver; Dawson, Mike; Hayes, Deborah; Diez, Carlos E; van Dam, Robert P; Willis, Sue; Nava, Mabel; Hart, Kristen M; Cherkiss, Michael S; Crowder, Andrew G; Pollock, Clayton; Hillis-Starr, Zandy; Muñoz Tenería, Fernando A; Herrera-Pavón, Roberto; Labrada-Martagón, Vanessa; Lorences, Armando; Negrete-Philippe, Ana; Lamont, Margaret M; Foley, Allen M; Bailey, Rhonda; Carthy, Raymond R; Scarpino, Russell; McMichael, Erin; Provancha, Jane A; Brooks, Annabelle; Jardim, Adriana; López-Mendilaharsu, Milagros; González-Paredes, Daniel; Estrades, Andrés; Fallabrino, Alejandro; Martínez-Souza, Gustavo; Vélez-Rubio, Gabriela M; Boulon, Ralf H; Collazo, Jaime A; Wershoven, Robert; Guzmán Hernández, Vicente; Stringell, Thomas B; Sanghera, Amdeep; Richardson, Peter B; Broderick, Annette C; Phillips, Quinton; Calosso, Marta; Claydon, John A B; Metz, Tasha L; Gordon, Amanda L; Landry, Andre M; Shaver, Donna J; Blumenthal, Janice; Collyer, Lucy; Godley, Brendan J; McGowan, Andrew; Witt, Matthew J; Campbell, Cathi L; Lagueux, Cynthia J; Bethel, Thomas L; Kenyon, Lory

    2017-11-01

    Somatic growth is an integrated, individual-based response to environmental conditions, especially in ectotherms. Growth dynamics of large, mobile animals are particularly useful as bio-indicators of environmental change at regional scales. We assembled growth rate data from throughout the West Atlantic for green turtles, Chelonia mydas, which are long-lived, highly migratory, primarily herbivorous mega-consumers that may migrate over hundreds to thousands of kilometers. Our dataset, the largest ever compiled for sea turtles, has 9690 growth increments from 30 sites from Bermuda to Uruguay from 1973 to 2015. Using generalized additive mixed models, we evaluated covariates that could affect growth rates; body size, diet, and year have significant effects on growth. Growth increases in early years until 1999, then declines by 26% to 2015. The temporal (year) effect is of particular interest because two carnivorous species of sea turtles-hawksbills, Eretmochelys imbricata, and loggerheads, Caretta caretta-exhibited similar significant declines in growth rates starting in 1997 in the West Atlantic, based on previous studies. These synchronous declines in productivity among three sea turtle species across a trophic spectrum provide strong evidence that an ecological regime shift (ERS) in the Atlantic is driving growth dynamics. The ERS resulted from a synergy of the 1997/1998 El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO)-the strongest on record-combined with an unprecedented warming rate over the last two to three decades. Further support is provided by the strong correlations between annualized mean growth rates of green turtles and both sea surface temperatures (SST) in the West Atlantic for years of declining growth rates (r = -.94) and the Multivariate ENSO Index (MEI) for all years (r = .74). Granger-causality analysis also supports the latter finding. We discuss multiple stressors that could reinforce and prolong the effect of the ERS. This study demonstrates the

  17. Ecological regime shift drives declining growth rates of sea turtles throughout the West Atlantic

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    Bjorndal, Karen A.; Bolten, Alan B.; Chaloupka, Milani; Saba, Vincent S.; Bellini, Cláudio; Marcovaldi, Maria A.G.; Santos, Armando J.B.; Bortolon, Luis Felipe Wurdig; Meylan, Anne B.; Meylan, Peter A.; Gray, Jennifer; Hardy, Robert; Brost, Beth; Bresette, Michael; Gorham, Jonathan C.; Connett, Stephen; Crouchley, Barbara Van Sciver; Dawson, Mike; Hayes, Deborah; Diez, Carlos E.; van Dam, Robert P.; Willis, Sue; Nava, Mabel; Hart, Kristen M.; Cherkiss, Michael S.; Crowder, Andrew; Pollock, Clayton; Hillis-Starr, Zandy; Muñoz Tenería, Fernando A.; Herrera-Pavón, Roberto; Labrada-Martagón, Vanessa; Lorences, Armando; Negrete-Philippe, Ana; Lamont, Margaret M.; Foley, Allen M.; Bailey, Rhonda; Carthy, Raymond R.; Scarpino, Russell; McMichael, Erin; Provancha, Jane A.; Brooks, Annabelle; Jardim, Adriana; López-Mendilaharsu, Milagros; González-Paredes, Daniel; Estrades, Andrés; Fallabrino, Alejandro; Martínez-Souza, Gustavo; Vélez-Rubio, Gabriela M.; Boulon, Ralf H.; Collazo, Jaime; Wershoven, Robert; Hernández, Vicente Guzmán; Stringell, Thomas B.; Sanghera, Amdeep; Richardson, Peter B.; Broderick, Annette C.; Phillips, Quinton; Calosso, Marta C.; Claydon, John A.B.; Metz, Tasha L.; Gordon, Amanda L.; Landry, Andre M.; Shaver, Donna J.; Blumenthal, Janice; Collyer, Lucy; Godley, Brendan J.; McGowan, Andrew; Witt, Matthew J.; Campbell, Cathi L.; Lagueux, Cynthia J.; Bethel, Thomas L.; Kenyon, Lory

    2017-01-01

    Somatic growth is an integrated, individual-based response to environmental conditions, especially in ectotherms. Growth dynamics of large, mobile animals are particularly useful as bio-indicators of environmental change at regional scales. We assembled growth rate data from throughout the West Atlantic for green turtles, Chelonia mydas, which are long-lived, highly migratory, primarily herbivorous mega-consumers that may migrate over hundreds to thousands of kilometers. Our dataset, the largest ever compiled for sea turtles, has 9690 growth increments from 30 sites from Bermuda to Uruguay from 1973 to 2015. Using generalized additive mixed models, we evaluated covariates that could affect growth rates; body size, diet, and year have significant effects on growth. Growth increases in early years until 1999, then declines by 26% to 2015. The temporal (year) effect is of particular interest because two carnivorous species of sea turtles – hawksbills, Eretmochelys imbricata, and loggerheads, Caretta caretta – exhibited similar significant declines in growth rates starting in 1997 in the West Atlantic, based on previous studies. These synchronous declines in productivity among three sea turtle species across a trophic spectrum provide strong evidence that an ecological regime shift (ERS) in the Atlantic is driving growth dynamics. The ERS resulted from a synergy of the 1997/1998 El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) – the strongest on record – combined with an unprecedented warming rate over the last two to three decades. Further support is provided by the strong correlations between annualized mean growth rates of green turtles and both sea surface temperatures (SST) in the West Atlantic for years of declining growth rates (r = -0.94) and the Multivariate ENSO Index (MEI) for all years (r = 0.74). Granger-causality analysis also supports the latter finding. We discuss multiple stressors that could reinforce and prolong the effect of the ERS. This study

  18. Red Maple (Acer rubrum L.) Growth and Foliar Nutrient Responses to Soil Fertility Level and Water Regime

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    C. H. Pham; Howard G. Halverson; Gordon M. Heisler

    1978-01-01

    Red maple (Acer rubrum L.) seedlings were grown in a greenhouse using three treatments: two soil horizons, two soil moisture regimes, and three nutrient levels. Fertilization increased growth under moist conditions on the more fertile topsoil. Under dry conditions, fertilization had no effect on growth in subsoil, and slightly increased growth in...

  19. Wheat and Rice Growth Stages and Fertilization Regimes Alter Soil Bacterial Community Structure, But Not Diversity.

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    Wang, Jichen; Xue, Chao; Song, Yang; Wang, Lei; Huang, Qiwei; Shen, Qirong

    2016-01-01

    Maintaining soil fertility and the microbial communities that determine fertility is critical to sustainable agricultural strategies, and the use of different organic fertilizer (OF) regimes represents an important practice in attempts to preserve soil quality. However, little is known about the dynamic response of bacterial communities to fertilization regimes across crop growth stages. In this study, we examined microbial community structure and diversity across eight representative growth stages of wheat-rice rotation under four different fertilization treatments: no nitrogen fertilizer (NNF), chemical fertilizer (CF), organic-inorganic mixed fertilizer (OIMF), and OF. Quantitative PCR (QPCR) and high-throughput sequencing of bacterial 16S rRNA gene fragments revealed that growth stage as the best predictor of bacterial community abundance and structure. Additionally, bacterial community compositions differed between wheat and rice rotations. Relative to soils under wheat rotation, soils under rice rotation contained higher relative abundances (RA) of anaerobic and mesophilic microbes and lower RA of aerophilic microbes. With respect to fertilization regime, NNF plots had a higher abundance of nitrogen-fixing Cyanobacteria. OIMF had a lower abundance of ammonia-oxidizing Thaumarchaeota compared with CF. Application of chemical fertilizers (CF and OIMF treatments) significantly increased the abundance of some generally oligotrophic bacteria such those belonging to the Acidobacteria, while more copiotrophic of the phylum Proteobacteria increased with OF application. A high correlation coefficient was found when comparing RA of Acidobacteria based upon QPCR vs. sequence analysis, yet poor correlations were found for the α- and β- Proteobacteria, highlighting the caution required when interpreting these molecular data. In total, crop, fertilization scheme and plant developmental stage all influenced soil microbial community structure, but not total levels of alpha

  20. Wheat and Rice Growth Stages and Fertilization Regimes Alter Soil Bacterial Community Structure, But Not Diversity

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    Wang, Jichen; Xue, Chao; Song, Yang; Wang, Lei; Huang, Qiwei; Shen, Qirong

    2016-01-01

    Maintaining soil fertility and the microbial communities that determine fertility is critical to sustainable agricultural strategies, and the use of different organic fertilizer (OF) regimes represents an important practice in attempts to preserve soil quality. However, little is known about the dynamic response of bacterial communities to fertilization regimes across crop growth stages. In this study, we examined microbial community structure and diversity across eight representative growth stages of wheat-rice rotation under four different fertilization treatments: no nitrogen fertilizer (NNF), chemical fertilizer (CF), organic–inorganic mixed fertilizer (OIMF), and OF. Quantitative PCR (QPCR) and high-throughput sequencing of bacterial 16S rRNA gene fragments revealed that growth stage as the best predictor of bacterial community abundance and structure. Additionally, bacterial community compositions differed between wheat and rice rotations. Relative to soils under wheat rotation, soils under rice rotation contained higher relative abundances (RA) of anaerobic and mesophilic microbes and lower RA of aerophilic microbes. With respect to fertilization regime, NNF plots had a higher abundance of nitrogen–fixing Cyanobacteria. OIMF had a lower abundance of ammonia-oxidizing Thaumarchaeota compared with CF. Application of chemical fertilizers (CF and OIMF treatments) significantly increased the abundance of some generally oligotrophic bacteria such those belonging to the Acidobacteria, while more copiotrophic of the phylum Proteobacteria increased with OF application. A high correlation coefficient was found when comparing RA of Acidobacteria based upon QPCR vs. sequence analysis, yet poor correlations were found for the α- and β- Proteobacteria, highlighting the caution required when interpreting these molecular data. In total, crop, fertilization scheme and plant developmental stage all influenced soil microbial community structure, but not total levels of

  1. Numerical Analysis of Granular Flows in a Silo Bed on Flow Regime Characterization

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    Yang, Xingtuan; Gui, Nan; Tu, Jiyuan; Jiang, Shengyao

    2015-01-01

    The flow characteristics of a gravity-driven dense granular flow in a granular bed with a contracted drainage orifice are studied by using discrete element method and quantitative analysis. Three values of discharging rates, ranging from fast to slow dense flows, are investigated. Time variations and derivatives of mean forces and velocities, as well as their respective correlations, are analyzed to quantitatively depict the characteristics of granular flow as well as flow regime categorization. The auto-correlation functions, as well as their Fourier spectrums, are utilized to characterize the differences between the mechanisms of slow and fast granular flows. Finally, it is suggested that the flow regimes of slow and fast flows can be characterized by the kinetic and kinematic flow properties of particles. PMID:25793996

  2. Characterization of potential fire regimes: applying landscape ecology to fire management in Mexico

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    Jardel, E.; Alvarado, E.; Perez-Salicrup, D.; Morfín-Rios, J.

    2013-05-01

    Knowledge and understanding of fire regimes is fundamental to design sound fire management practices. The high ecosystem diversity of Mexico offers a great challenge to characterize the fire regime variation at the landscape level. A conceptual model was developed considering the main factors controlling fire regimes: climate and vegetation cover. We classified landscape units combining bioclimatic zones from the Holdridge life-zone system and actual vegetation cover. Since bioclimatic conditions control primary productivity and biomass accumulation (potential fuel), each landscape unit was considered as a fuel bed with a particular fire intensity and behavior potential. Climate is also a determinant factor of post-fire recovery rates of fuel beds, and climate seasonality (length of the dry and wet seasons) influences fire probability (available fuel and ignition efficiency). These two factors influence potential fire frequency. Potential fire severity can be inferred from fire frequency, fire intensity and behavior, and vegetation composition and structure. Based in the conceptual model, an exhaustive literature review and expert opinion, we developed rules to assign a potential fire regime (PFR) defined by frequency, intensity and severity (i.e. fire regime) to each bioclimatic-vegetation landscape unit. Three groups and eight types of potential fire regimes were identified. In Group A are fire-prone ecosystems with frequent low severity surface fires in grasslands (PFR type I) or forests with long dry season (II) and infrequent high-severity fires in chaparral (III), wet temperate forests (IV, fire restricted by humidity), and dry temperate forests (V, fire restricted by fuel recovery rate). Group B includes fire-reluctant ecosystems with very infrequent or occasional mixed severity surface fires limited by moisture in tropical rain forests (VI) or fuel availability in seasonally dry tropical forests (VII). Group C and PFR VIII include fire-free environments

  3. Modelling of salad plants growth and physiological status in vitamin space greenhouse during lighting regime optimization

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    Konovalova, Irina; Berkovich, Yuliy A.; Smolyanina, Svetlana; Erokhin, Alexei; Yakovleva, Olga; Lapach, Sergij; Radchenko, Stanislav; Znamenskii, Artem; Tarakanov, Ivan

    2016-07-01

    The efficiency of the photoautotrophic element as part of bio-engineering life-support systems is determined substantially by lighting regime. The artificial light regime optimization complexity results from the wide range of plant physiological functions controlled by light: trophic, informative, biosynthetical, etc. An average photosynthetic photon flux density (PPFD), light spectral composition and pulsed light effects on the crop growth and plant physiological status were studied in the multivariate experiment, including 16 independent experiments in 3 replicates. Chinese cabbage plants (Brassica chinensis L.), cultivar Vesnianka, were grown during 24 days in a climatic chamber under white and red light-emitting diodes (LEDs): photoperiod 24 h, PPFD from 260 to 500 µM/(m ^{2}*s), red light share in the spectrum varying from 33% to 73%, pulsed (pulse period from 30 to 501 µs) and non-pulsed lighting. The regressions of plant photosynthetic and biochemical indexes as well as the crop specific productivity in response to the selected parameters of lighting regime were calculated. Developed models of crop net photosynthesis and dark respiration revealed the most intense gas exchange area corresponding to PPFD level 450 - 500 µM/(m ^{2}*s) with red light share in the spectrum about 60% and the pulse length 30 µs with a pulse period from 300 to 400 µs. Shoot dry weight increased monotonically in response to the increasing PPFD and changed depending on the pulse period under stabilized PPFD level. An increase in ascorbic acid content in the shoot biomass was revealed when increasing red light share in spectrum from 33% to 73%. The lighting regime optimization criterion (Q) was designed for the vitamin space greenhouse as the maximum of a crop yield square on its ascorbic acid concentration, divided by the light energy consumption. The regression model of optimization criterion was constructed based on the experimental data. The analysis of the model made it

  4. Growth and nucleation regimes in boron doped silicon by dynamical x-ray diffraction

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    Will, J.; Gröschel, A.; Bergmann, C.; Weißer, M.; Magerl, A.

    2014-09-01

    The oxygen precipitation of highly (17.5 mΩ cm) and moderately (4.5 Ω cm) boron (B) doped silicon (Si) crystals at 780 °C is investigated by following in-situ the evolution of diffraction Pendellösung oscillations. All samples show an initial diffusion-driven growth process which may change over into Ostwald ripening. For the highly doped sample and involving a nucleation step at 450 °C for 30 h, the precipitate density ρ is enhanced by a factor of 8 as compared to the moderately doped sample. The influence of a high B concentration on ρ is dramatically higher for the samples directly heated to 780 °C, where an enhancement factor of 80 is found. Considering Ostwald ripening as a second growth regime reveals consistent ripening rates and surface energies σ with those found at 900 °C in a previous publication.

  5. Growth and nucleation regimes in boron doped silicon by dynamical x-ray diffraction

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    Will, J. Gröschel, A.; Bergmann, C.; Weißer, M.; Magerl, A.

    2014-09-15

    The oxygen precipitation of highly (17.5 mΩ cm) and moderately (4.5 Ω cm) boron (B) doped silicon (Si) crystals at 780 °C is investigated by following in-situ the evolution of diffraction Pendellösung oscillations. All samples show an initial diffusion-driven growth process which may change over into Ostwald ripening. For the highly doped sample and involving a nucleation step at 450 °C for 30 h, the precipitate density ρ is enhanced by a factor of 8 as compared to the moderately doped sample. The influence of a high B concentration on ρ is dramatically higher for the samples directly heated to 780 °C, where an enhancement factor of 80 is found. Considering Ostwald ripening as a second growth regime reveals consistent ripening rates and surface energies σ with those found at 900 °C in a previous publication.

  6. Feed and Feeding Regime Affect Growth Rate and Gonadosomatic Index of Adult Zebrafish (Danio Rerio)

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    Law, Sheran Hiu Wan

    2013-01-01

    Abstract A 5-week study was conducted to evaluate commercially available Artemia, Ziegler zebrafish diet, and Calamac diet fed in five different feeding regimes on the growth and reproductive development of 7-month-old zebrafish. Zebrafish were fed to satiation three times daily during the normal work week and twice daily during the weekend and holidays. Zebrafish in dietary groups CCC (Calamac three times daily) and CCA (Calamac twice daily, Artemia once daily) had a significantly (p<0.05) greater weight gain and specific growth rate as compared to all other dietary groups. Male zebrafish in dietary group 5 had significantly larger gonadosomatic index (GSI) values than all other groups, while female zebrafish in dietary group CCC had significantly larger GSI values than all other groups. No differences in the fatty acid content of female gonads were detected. Zebrafish fed solely Artemia had the greatest weight loss and lowest GSI values. Preliminary evidence of protein sparing in zebrafish is reported. Collectively, this study sheds more light into the effects of the use of commercially available feeds and feeding regime on the rearing of zebrafish. PMID:23902461

  7. Feed and feeding regime affect growth rate and gonadosomatic index of adult zebrafish (Danio rerio).

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    Gonzales, John M; Law, Sheran Hiu Wan

    2013-12-01

    A 5-week study was conducted to evaluate commercially available Artemia, Ziegler zebrafish diet, and Calamac diet fed in five different feeding regimes on the growth and reproductive development of 7-month-old zebrafish. Zebrafish were fed to satiation three times daily during the normal work week and twice daily during the weekend and holidays. Zebrafish in dietary groups CCC (Calamac three times daily) and CCA (Calamac twice daily, Artemia once daily) had a significantly (p<0.05) greater weight gain and specific growth rate as compared to all other dietary groups. Male zebrafish in dietary group 5 had significantly larger gonadosomatic index (GSI) values than all other groups, while female zebrafish in dietary group CCC had significantly larger GSI values than all other groups. No differences in the fatty acid content of female gonads were detected. Zebrafish fed solely Artemia had the greatest weight loss and lowest GSI values. Preliminary evidence of protein sparing in zebrafish is reported. Collectively, this study sheds more light into the effects of the use of commercially available feeds and feeding regime on the rearing of zebrafish.

  8. Characterizing Past and Future Flood Regimes of California's Cosumnes River: A Hydroinformatic Approach

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    Whipple, A. A.; Condon, L. E.; Viers, J. H.

    2014-12-01

    As the only major undammed river on the west slope of California's Sierra Nevada, with over 100 years of USGS streamflow data, and the location of several floodplain conservation and restoration efforts, the Cosumnes River offers a unique opportunity to study connections between a river's flow regime and floodplain functions. Flow regime, including frequency and magnitude of floods, and its interaction with the surrounding landscape are primary drivers of floodplain structure and ecosystem dynamics. However, these floodplain processes and functions are often altered by water management schemes, land uses, and hydroclimatic alteration induced by climate warming. Improved understanding of ecologically relevant aspects of flow regime and potential future alteration is central to managing floodplain ecosystems and their services. In order to describe the inundation regime of the lower Cosumnes River floodplain, California, this research moves beyond flood frequency analysis to examine other flood event characteristics and identify flood types using statistical cluster analysis. Floods are characterized using metrics of ecological relevance, such as magnitude, timing, duration, and total volume. To explore potential effects of climate change, non-stationary Generalized Extreme Value models are fit to historical floods based on temperature and precipitation at the monthly scale. Temperature and precipitation variables from downscaled Global Climate Models of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase-5 are then applied to develop flood distributions for climate change scenarios. These results are used to adjust the magnitude of clustered flood events identified in the historical record, and the sensitivity of the inundation regime to these changes is assessed. This research provides useful scientific insights for management and restoration efforts within the Cosumnes watershed and demonstrates the utility of applying these methods to other floodplain systems.

  9. Mesoscopic Impurities Expose a Nucleation-Limited Regime of Crystal Growth

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    Sleutel, Mike; Lutsko, James F.; Maes, Dominique; Van Driessche, Alexander E. S.

    2015-06-01

    Nanoscale self-assembly is naturally subject to impediments at the nanoscale. The recently developed ability to follow processes at the molecular level forces us to resolve older, coarse-grained concepts in terms of their molecular mechanisms. In this Letter, we highlight one such example. We present evidence based on experimental and simulation data that one of the cornerstones of crystal growth theory, the Cabrera-Vermilyea model of step advancement in the presence of impurities, is based on incomplete physics. We demonstrate that the piercing of an impurity fence by elementary steps is not solely determined by the Gibbs-Thomson effect, as assumed by Cabrera-Vermilyea. Our data show that for conditions leading up to growth cessation, step retardation is dominated by the formation of critically sized fluctuations. The growth recovery of steps is counter to what is typically assumed, not instantaneous. Our observations on mesoscopic impurities for lysozyme expose a nucleation-dominated regime of growth that has not been hitherto considered, where the system alternates between zero and near-pure velocity. The time spent by the system in arrest is the nucleation induction time required for the step to amass a supercritical fluctuation that pierces the impurity fence.

  10. A Maturing Global Testing Regime Meets the World Economy: Test Scores and Economic Growth, 1960-2012

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    Kamens, David H.

    2015-01-01

    This article considers the growth of the international testing regime. It discusses sources of growth and empirically examines two related sets of issues: (1) the stability of countries' achievement scores, and (2) the influence of those national scores on subsequent economic development over different time lags. The article suggests that…

  11. A Maturing Global Testing Regime Meets the World Economy: Test Scores and Economic Growth, 1960-2012

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    Kamens, David H.

    2015-01-01

    This article considers the growth of the international testing regime. It discusses sources of growth and empirically examines two related sets of issues: (1) the stability of countries' achievement scores, and (2) the influence of those national scores on subsequent economic development over different time lags. The article suggests that…

  12. Analytical Characterization of the Electrospray Ion Source in the Nanoflow Regime

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    Marginean, Ioan; Kelly, Ryan T.; Prior, David C.; Lamarche, Brian L.; Tang, Keqi; Smith, Richard D.

    2008-09-01

    We provide a thorough characterization of the low-flow electrospray as an ionization source for mass spectrometry (MS) using solutions typical for reversed-phase liquid chromatography. As expected, the electrospray operating regime strongly affects the MS signal; however, contrary to conventional wisdom, the pulsating regime consistently offers better performance than the cone-jet regime in these experimental conditions. We explain this observation by a highly efficient ionization achieved by the pulsating electrospray at low flow rates, rendering the increased charge generated by a cone-jet electrospray detrimental for transmission from atmospheric pressure to vacuum through a heated capillary interface. Over a wide range of voltages, the pulsating electrospray provides a relatively constant MS signal intensity, which depends significantly on the distance between the emitter and the MS inlet. For cone-jet electrosprays the MS signal decreases slightly with increasing voltage, but the signal is less affected by the emitter-inlet distance. At flow rates up to 100 nL/min the MS signal increases with increasing flow rate due to the larger number of ions supplied into the gas phase. At flow rates greater than 100 nL/min, the signal reaches a plateau due to increasingly unsatisfactory ionization efficiency at larger flow rates.

  13. Characterization of magnetic reconnection in the high-energy-density regime

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    Qiao, B.; Xu, Z.; Chang, H. X.; Wu, S. Z.; Zhou, C. T.; Wang, X. G.; He, X. T.

    2015-11-01

    Magnetic reconnection (MR), breaking and reorganizing the topology of magnetic field dramatically, is a fundamental process observed in many space, laboratory and astrophysical plasmas. In this talk, we report recent investigations on characterization of magnetic reconnection (MR) in the high-energy-density (HED) regime, where the plasma inflow is strongly driven and the total thermal pressure is larger than the magnetic pressure (β > 1) . This extreme regime of MR occurs frequently in astrophysics and recent HED experiments. Comparing the particle-in-cell simulation results for the interactions of colliding laser-produced plasma bubbles with induced anti-parallel and parallel poloidal magnetic fields respectively, the consequences caused by MR are distinguished from those by plasma bubble collisions and two-fluid effects. It is found that the out-of-plane quadrupole magnetic field, bipolar poloidal electric field, plasma heating and even the out-of-plane electric field appear in both cases, which cannot be recognized as evidences of MR here as previously thought. The Lorentz-invariant scalar quantity De =γe \\Jdot ⇀ . (E ⇀ + v ⇀ × B ⇀) [γe = (1 -ve2 /c2)- 1 / 2 is the Lorentz factor] in the electron dissipation region is proposed as the key sign of MR occurrence in the HED regime.

  14. Growth responses of Melastoma malabathricum to elevated carbon dioxide and water regime

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    Nasir, Wan Nur Ain Mat; Ahmad, Wan Juliana Wan; Musa, Nor Lailatul Wahidah

    2016-11-01

    Elevated atmospheric CO2 has significant effects on plant growth depending on the species and the interaction between treatments given. In other words, the impacts vary among species, depending on differences in photosynthetic pathways, intrinsic growth rates and other properties. In this research we studied the effects of increased carbon dioxide concentration and water regimes on a shrub species, Melastoma malabathricum in a shade house at ambient CO2 and open roof greenhouse at elevated CO2. The factor of water stress was also included, in which for each CO2 treatment, the amount of water was given once or twice daily. The treatment of elevated CO2 was at 800 ppm, when the plants were exposed daily from 0900h until 1100h. The plant growth was monitored through their biomass, height and leaf area that were recorded fortnightly for six months. The results showed that the height of M. malabathricum stem in elevated CO2 was significantly higher than those in ambient CO2. Similarly, leaf area in the elevated CO2 showed a big difference with a value of 46.24 cm2 for elevated CO2 with twice watering, but only 17.94 cm2 for ambient CO2 with twice watering. Even for once watering, we can see the values of leaf area were higher with 32.06 cm2 for elevated and 24.35 cm2 in ambient CO2. The above ground and below ground biomass differed significantly between ambient and elevated CO2. Above ground biomass in ambient CO2 was higher than that in elevated CO2 with a percentage of 25.7%. In contrast, the below ground biomass in elevated CO2 was higher than that in ambient CO2 with a percentage of 17.4%. The results suggested that the increment of CO2 concentrations and water regime in the natural environment may influence the growth and ultimately the abundance and distribution of this shrub species in urban forest.

  15. Coalescence-controlled and coalescence-free growth regimes during deposition of pulsed metal vapor fluxes on insulating surfaces

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    Lü, B.; Münger, E. P.; Sarakinos, K.

    2015-04-07

    The morphology and physical properties of thin films deposited by vapor condensation on solid surfaces are predominantly set by the processes of island nucleation, growth, and coalescence. When deposition is performed using pulsed vapor fluxes, three distinct nucleation regimes are known to exist depending on the temporal profile of the flux. These regimes can be accessed by tuning deposition conditions; however, their effect on film microstructure becomes marginal when coalescence sets in and erases morphological features obtained during nucleation. By preventing coalescence from being completed, these nucleation regimes can be used to control microstructure evolution and thus access a larger palette of film morphological features. Recently, we derived the quantitative criterion to stop coalescence during continuous metal vapor flux deposition on insulating surfaces—which typically yields 3-dimensional growth—by describing analytically the competition between island growth by atomic incorporation and the coalescence rate of islands [Lü et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 105, 163107 (2014)]. Here, we develop the analytical framework for entering a coalescence-free growth regime for metal vapor deposition on insulating substrates using pulsed vapor fluxes, showing that there exist three distinct criteria for suppressing coalescence that correspond to the three nucleation regimes of pulsed vapor flux deposition. The theoretical framework developed herein is substantiated by kinetic Monte Carlo growth simulations. Our findings highlight the possibility of using atomistic nucleation theory for pulsed vapor deposition to control morphology of thin films beyond the point of island density saturation.

  16. Response of growth and photosynthesis of Emiliania huxleyi to visible and UV irradiances under different light regimes.

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    Xing, Tao; Gao, Kunshan; Beardall, John

    2015-01-01

    Microalgae are capable of acclimating to changes in light and ultraviolet radiation (UVR, 280-400 nm). However, little is known about how the ecologically important coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi responds to UVR when acclimated to different light regimes. Here, we grew E. huxleyi under indoor constant light or fluctuating sunlight with or without UVR, and investigated its growth, photosynthetic performance and pigmentation. Under the indoor constant light regime, the specific growth rate (μ) was highest, while fluctuating outdoor solar radiation significantly decreased the growth rate. Addition of UVR further decreased the growth rate. The repair rate of photosystem II (PSII), as reflected in changes in PSII quantum yield, showed an inverse correlation with growth rate. Cells grown under the indoor constant light regime exhibited the lowest repair rate, while cells from the outdoor fluctuating light regimes significantly increased their repair rate. Addition of UVR increased both the repair rate and intracellular UV-absorbing compounds. This increased repair capability, at the cost of decreased growth rate, persisted after the cells were transferred back to the indoor again, suggesting an enhanced allocation of energy and resources for repair of photosynthetic machinery damage by solar UVR which persisted for a period after transfer from solar UVR.

  17. Nonlinear Response of Layer Growth Dynamics in the Mixed Kinetics-Bulk-Transport Regime

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    Vekilov, Peter G.; Alexander, J. Iwan D.; Rosenberger, Franz

    1996-01-01

    In situ high-resolution interferometry on horizontal facets of the protein lysozyme reveal that the local growth rate R, vicinal slope p, and tangential (step) velocity v fluctuate by up to 80% of their average values. The time scale of these fluctuations, which occur under steady bulk transport conditions through the formation and decay of step bunches (macrosteps), is of the order of 10 min. The fluctuation amplitude of R increases with growth rate (supersaturation) and crystal size, while the amplitude of the v and p fluctuations changes relatively little. Based on a stability analysis for equidistant step trains in the mixed transport-interface-kinetics regime, we argue that the fluctuations originate from the coupling of bulk transport with nonlinear interface kinetics. Furthermore, step bunches moving across the interface in the direction of or opposite to the buoyancy-driven convective flow increase or decrease in height, respectively. This is in agreement with analytical treatments of the interaction of moving steps with solution flow. Major excursions in growth rate are associated with the formation of lattice defects (striations). We show that, in general, the system-dependent kinetic Peclet number, Pe(sub k) , i.e., the relative weight of bulk transport and interface kinetics in the control of the growth process, governs the step bunching dynamics. Since Pe(sub k) can be modified by either forced solution flow or suppression of buoyancy-driven convection under reduced gravity, this model provides a rationale for the choice of specific transport conditions to minimize the formation of compositional inhomogeneities under steady bulk nutrient crystallization conditions.

  18. 3D simulations of wet foam coarsening evidence a self similar growth regime.

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    Thomas, Gilberto L; Belmonte, Julio M; Graner, François; Glazier, James A; de Almeida, Rita M C

    2015-05-20

    In wet liquid foams, slow diffusion of gas through bubble walls changes bubble pressure, volume and wall curvature. Large bubbles grow at the expenses of smaller ones. The smaller the bubble, the faster it shrinks. As the number of bubbles in a given volume decreases in time, the average bubble size increases: i.e. the foam coarsens. During coarsening, bubbles also move relative to each other, changing bubble topology and shape, while liquid moves within the regions separating the bubbles. Analyzing the combined effects of these mechanisms requires examining a volume with enough bubbles to provide appropriate statistics throughout coarsening. Using a Cellular Potts model, we simulate these mechanisms during the evolution of three-dimensional foams with wetnesses of ϕ = 0.00, 0.05 and 0.20. We represent the liquid phase as an ensemble of many small fluid particles, which allows us to monitor liquid flow in the region between bubbles. The simulations begin with 2 × 10(5) bubbles for ϕ = 0.00 and 1.25 × 10(5) bubbles for ϕ = 0.05 and 0.20, allowing us to track the distribution functions for bubble size, topology and growth rate over two and a half decades of volume change. All simulations eventually reach a self-similar growth regime, with the distribution functions time independent and the number of bubbles decreasing with time as a power law whose exponent depends on the wetness.

  19. Pedestal Characterization and Stability of Small-ELM Regimes in NSTX

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    Sontag, Aaron C; Canik, John; Maingi, Rajesh; Manickam, J.; Snyder, P.; Bell, R. E.; Gerhardt, S.P.; Kubota, S.; LaBlanc, B. P.; Mueller, D.; Osborne, T.; Tritz, K.

    2010-01-01

    An instability near the plasma edge known as the edge harmonic oscillation (EHO) is thought to enable access to the ELM-free quiescent H-mode (QH-mode) in tokamaks, which is a highly desirable operational regime for ITER because of the avoidance of periodic ELM heat loads. The EHO has been hypothesized to be a saturated kink driven unstable by toroidal rotational shear that provides sufficient transport near the plasma edge to keep the edge plasma below the peeling-ballooning stability limit. NSTX has observed unstable modes with similar characteristics to the EHO coincident with transition to a small-ELM regime (called Type-V). These small ELMs do not have a measurable effect on the plasma stored energy (< 1%). Transition to this regime is associated with a downward biased plasma as evidenced by drsep < -5 mm. Soft x-ray emission indicates that these modes are localized just inside the pedestal and are correlated with increased density fluctuations in the pedestal as measured by microwave reflectometry. The lowest order mode rotates at the plasma rotation frequency, indicating n=1, and harmonics up to n=6 have been observed simultaneously with the n=1, as determined by the rotation frequency of the higher harmonics. Increased edge collisionality is required to access Type-V ELMs. Stability analysis during the observed modes indicates instability to n=1-3 with n=3 having the highest growth rate and unstable mode eigenfunctions peaked near the plasma edge. Discharges with Type-V and Type-I ELMs are both calculated to be on the peeling unstable side of the peeling ballooning stability curve, with the Type-V case at higher normalized pressure gradient.

  20. Pedestal characterization and stability of small-ELM regimes in NSTX

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    Sontag, Aaron C; Canik, John; Maingi, Rajesh; Manickam, J.; Snyder, P.; Bell, R. E.; Gerhardt, S.P.; Kubota, S.; LaBlanc, B. P.; Mueller, D.; Osborne, T.; Tritz, K.

    2011-01-01

    An instability near the plasma edge known as the edge harmonic oscillation (EHO) is thought to enable access to the ELM-free quiescent H-mode (QH-mode) in tokamaks, which is a highly desirable operational regime for ITER because of the avoidance of periodic ELM heat loads. The EHO has been hypothesized to be a saturated kink driven unstable by toroidal rotational shear that provides sufficient transport near the plasma edge to keep the edge plasma below the peeling-ballooning stability limit. NSTX has observed unstable modes with similar characteristics to the EHO coincident with transition to a small-ELM regime (called Type-V). These small ELMs do not have a measurable effect on the plasma stored energy (< 1%). Transition to this regime is associated with a downward biased plasma as evidenced by drsep < -5 mm. Soft x-ray emission indicates that these modes are localized just inside the pedestal and are correlated with increased density fluctuations in the pedestal as measured by microwave reflectometry. The lowest order mode rotates at the plasma rotation frequency, indicating n=1, and harmonics up to n=6 have been observed simultaneously with the n=1, as determined by the rotation frequency of the higher harmonics. Increased edge collisionality is required to access Type-V ELMs. Stability analysis during the observed modes indicates instability to n=1-3 with n=3 having the highest growth rate and unstable mode eigenfunctions peaked near the plasma edge. Discharges with Type-V and Type-I ELMs are both calculated to be on the peeling unstable side of the peeling ballooning stability curve, with the Type-V case at higher normalized pressure gradient.

  1. [Response of photosynthesis and growth to weak light regime in different Adzuki bean (Vigna angularis) varieties].

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    Zou, Chang-ming; Wang, Yun-qing; Cao, Wei-dong; Liu, Ying; Zhang, Xiao-hong; Tang, Shan

    2015-12-01

    In order to determine the adaptability of Adzuki beans as the interplanting crops in fruit yards, field and pot experimental treatments with full natural light and weak light (48% of full natural light) regimes were conducted to test the shade tolerance and physiological responses of three Adzuki bean varieties including Funan green Vigna angularis (FGVA), early-mature black V. angularis (EBVA) and late-mature black V. angularis (LBVA). The leaf photosynthetic characteristic parameters, photosynthetic pigment contents and the activity of RuBPCase were measured during the first bloom stage. The response of growth to weak light was likewise studied. The results showed that the photosynthetic characteristic parameters, i.e., the maximum net photosynthetic rate, light saturation point and light compensation point of the three Adzuki bean varieties under the weak light stress changed differently. The weak light stress induced the reduction of net photosynthetic rate, water use efficiency and RuBPCase activity of the three Adzuki bean varieties significantly. The contents of chlorophyll a and chlorophyll b in leaves of FGVA increased significantly, while Chl a/b and carotenoid content in the leaves decreased significantly after shading. But the other two varieties did not change obviously in photosynthetic pigments content after shading. The weak light changed the growth of the three Adzuki bean varieties, such as decreasing dry matter yield and dry matter accumulation efficiency, reducing root nodule and root-shoot ratio, debasing leaves quantity and leaf area index. The first bloom stage and maturing stage of FGVA advanced, while that of EBVA delayed under weak light. However, flowers were not strong enough to seed for LBVA under the weak light. In conclusion, according to the photosynthetic characteristics changes after shading, as well as the growth status, we concluded that the shade tolerance of the three Adzuki beans was ranked as FGVA>EBVA>LBVA.

  2. Analytical Characterization of the Electrospray Ion Source in the Nanoflow Regime

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    Marginean, Ioan; Kelly, Ryan T.; Prior, David C.; LaMarche, Brian L.; Tang, Keqi; Smith, Richard D.

    2009-01-01

    A detailed characterization of a conventional low-flow electrospray ionization (ESI) source for mass spectrometry (MS) using solution compositions typical of reversed-phase liquid chromatography is reported. Contrary to conventional wisdom, the pulsating regime consistently provided better ESI-MS performance than the cone-jet regime for the interface and experimental conditions studied. This observation is supported by additional measurements showing that a conventional heated capillary interface affords more efficient sampling and transmission for the charged aerosol generated by a pulsating electrospray. The pulsating electrospray provided relatively constant MS signal intensities over a wide range of voltages, while the signal decreased slightly with increasing voltage for the cone-jet electrospray. The MS signal also decreased with increasing emitter-interface distance for both pulsating and cone-jet electrosprays due to the expansion of the charged aerosol plume. At flow rates below 100 nL/min the MS signal increased with increasing flow rate due to increased number of gas-phase ions produced. At flow rates greater than 100 nL/min, the signal reached a plateau due to decreasing ionization efficiency at larger flow rates. These results suggest approaches for improving MS interface performance for low-flow (nano- to micro-) electrosprays. PMID:18661954

  3. Dynamical Regimes in the Metabolic Cycle of a Higher Plant are Characterized by Different Fractal Dimensions

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    Hütt, M.-Th.; Rascher, U.; Lüttge, U.

    Crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) serves as a plant model system for the investigation of circadian rhythmicity. Recently, it has been discovered that propagating waves and, as a result, synchronization and desynchronization of adjacent leaf areas, contribute to an observed temporal variation of the net CO2 uptake of a CAM plant. The underlying biological clock has thus to be considered as a spatiotemporal product of many weakly coupled nonlinear oscillators. Here we study the structure of these spatiotemporal patterns with methods from fractal geometry. The fractal dimension of the spatial pattern is used to characterize the dynamical behavior of the plant. It is seen that the value of the fractal dimension depends significantly on the dynamical regime of the rhythm. In addition, the time variation of the fractal dimension is studied. The implications of these findings for our understanding of circadian rhythmicity are discussed.

  4. Effects of plant growth substances on rooting of Hedychium spicatum under different temperature regimes.

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    Giri, Dinesh; Tamta, Sushma

    2013-03-01

    Present study was carried out to develop a simple and efficient vegetative propagation protocol by applying various treatments to rhizome cuttings with different test solutions of auxins and phenolic compound. These were alpha-naphthalene acetic acid (NAA), Indole-3-butyric acid (IBA), Indole Acetic Acid (IAA), phloroglucinol and coumarin. The concentrations for each treatment were 10.0, 50.0 and 100.0 microM. After treatments the rhizome cuttings were planted in polybags containing forest soil and kept under different temperature regimes i.e., inside polyhose (at 20-25 degrees C), inside mist chamber (at 15-20 degrees C) and under nethouse (nursery condition, at 14-18 degrees C). The maximum rooting percentage (74.06%) was achieved at 20-25 degrees C (inside polyhouse) by applying 50.0 microM IBA. Inside poly house condition, the various developmental parameters showed better responses compare to other conditions. On the basis of present study emphasizes that the temperature play a crucial role in rooting and further growth of the plants in this species. By using this simple and significant conventional method of propagation we could be propagate this vulnerable medicinal and aromatic species at large scale for commercial purpose.

  5. Characterizing effects of hydropower plants on sub-daily flow regimes

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    Bejarano, María Dolores; Sordo-Ward, Álvaro; Alonso, Carlos; Nilsson, Christer

    2017-07-01

    A characterization of short-term changes in river flow is essential for understanding the ecological effects of hydropower plants, which operate by turning the turbines on or off to generate electricity following variations in the market demand (i.e., hydropeaking). The goal of our study was to develop an approach for characterizing the effects of hydropower plant operations on within-day flow regimes across multiple dams and rivers. For this aim we first defined ecologically meaningful metrics that provide a full representation of the flow regime at short time scales from free-flowing rivers and rivers exposed to hydropeaking. We then defined metrics that enable quantification of the deviation of the altered short-term flow regime variables from those of the unaltered state. The approach was successfully tested in two rivers in northern Sweden, one free-flowing and another regulated by cascades of hydropower plants, which were additionally classified based on their impact on short-term flows in sites of similar management. The largest differences between study sites corresponded to metrics describing sub-daily flow magnitudes such as amplitude (i.e., difference between the highest and the lowest hourly flows) and rates (i.e., rise and fall rates of hourly flows). They were closely followed by frequency-related metrics accounting for the numbers of within-day hourly flow patterns (i.e., rises, falls and periods of stability of hourly flows). In comparison, between-site differences for the duration-related metrics were smallest. In general, hydropeaking resulted in higher within-day flow amplitudes and rates and more but shorter periods of a similar hourly flow patterns per day. The impacted flow feature and the characteristics of the impact (i.e., intensity and whether the impact increases or decreases whatever is being described by the metric) varied with season. Our approach is useful for catchment management planning, defining environmental flow targets

  6. Effects of constant and cyclical thermal regimes on growth and feeding of juvenile cutthroat trout of variable sizes

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    Meeuwig, M.H.; Dunham, J.B.; Hayes, J.P.; Vinyard, G.L.

    2004-01-01

    The effects of constant (12, 18, and 24 A?C) and cyclical (daily variation of 15a??21 and 12a??24 A?C) thermal regimes on the growth and feeding of Lahontan cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki henshawi) of variable sizes were examined. Higher constant temperatures (i.e., 24 A?C) and more variable daily temperatures (i.e., 12a??24 A?C daily cycle) negatively affected growth rates. As fish mass increased (from 0.24 to 15.52 g) the effects of different thermal regimes on mass growth became more pronounced. Following 14 days exposure to the thermal regimes, feeding rates of individual fish were assessed during acute exposure (40 min) to test temperatures of 12, 18, and 24 A?C. Feeding rate was depressed during acute exposure to 24 A?C, but was not significantly affected by the preceding thermal regime. Our results indicate that even brief daily exposure to higher temperatures (e.g., 24 A?C) can have considerable sublethal effects on cutthroat trout, and that fish size should be considered when examining the effects of temperature.

  7. Characterization of hundreds of regulatory landscapes in developing limbs reveals two regimes of chromatin folding.

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    Andrey, Guillaume; Schöpflin, Robert; Jerković, Ivana; Heinrich, Verena; Ibrahim, Daniel M; Paliou, Christina; Hochradel, Myriam; Timmermann, Bernd; Haas, Stefan; Vingron, Martin; Mundlos, Stefan

    2017-02-01

    Complex regulatory landscapes control the pleiotropic transcriptional activities of developmental genes. For most genes, the number, location, and dynamics of their associated regulatory elements are unknown. In this work, we characterized the three-dimensional chromatin microarchitecture and regulatory landscape of 446 limb-associated gene loci in mouse using Capture-C, ChIP-seq, and RNA-seq in forelimb, hindlimb at three developmental stages, and midbrain. The fine mapping of chromatin interactions revealed a strong preference for functional genomic regions such as repressed or active domains. By combining chromatin marks and interaction peaks, we annotated more than 1000 putative limb enhancers and their associated genes. Moreover, the analysis of chromatin interactions revealed two regimes of chromatin folding, one producing interactions stable across tissues and stages and another one associated with tissue and/or stage-specific interactions. Whereas stable interactions associate strongly with CTCF/RAD21 binding, the intensity of variable interactions correlates with changes in underlying chromatin modifications, specifically at the viewpoint and at the interaction site. In conclusion, this comprehensive data set provides a resource for the characterization of hundreds of limb-associated regulatory landscapes and a framework to interpret the chromatin folding dynamics observed during embryogenesis.

  8. Characterization of the regional variability of flood regimes within the Omo-Gibe River Basin, Ethiopia

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    Yared, Adanech; Demissie, Solomon S.; Sivapalan, Murugesu; Viglione, Alberto; MacAlister, Charlotte

    2014-05-01

    Hydrological variability and seasonality is one of the Ethiopia's primary water resource management challenges. Variability is most obviously manifest in endemic, devastating droughts and floods. While the level of flooding is quite often extremely high and destroys human beings and property, in many cases flooding is of vital importance because the community benefits from flood recession agriculture. This is the case of the lower Omo plain whose agriculture is based on the regularity of the inundations due to flooding of the Omo Gibe River. The big flood in 2006, which caused death for more than 300 people and 2000 cattle, poses a dilemma. Flooding must be controlled and regulated in a way that the damages are reduced as much as possible but the flooding-related benefits are not lost. To this aim, characterization and understanding of hydrological variability of the Omo Gibe River basin is fundamental. The goal of this work is to extract the maximal amount of information on the hydrological variability and specially on the flooding regime from the few data available in the region. Because most of the basin is ungauged, hydrological information is reconstructed using the data from 9 gauged catchments. A daily water balance model has been developed, calibrated and validated for 9 gauged catchments and, subsequently, the parameters have been correlated to catchment characteristics in order to establish a functional relationship that allows to apply the model to ungauged catchments. Daily streamflow has been predicted for 15 ungauged catchments, which are assumed to comprehensively represent the hydrological variability of the Omo-Gibe River Basin. Even though both northern and southern catchments are affected by a strong seasonality of precipitation, with most of the rain falling in less than 3 months, most of the northern catchments are humid, while in the southern part of the Omo-Gibe River basin, the catchments are either humid, dry sub humid, semiarid or arid. As

  9. How do soil physical conditions for crop growth vary over time under established contrasting tillage regimes?

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    Hallett, Paul; Stobart, Ron; Valentine, Tracy; George, Timothy; Morris, Nathan; Newton, Adrian; McKenzie, Blair

    2014-05-01

    When plant breeders develop modern cereal varieties for the sustainable intensification of agriculture, insufficient thought is given to the impact of tillage on soil physical conditions for crop production. In earlier work, we demonstrated that barley varieties that perform best in ploughed soil (the approach traditionally used for breeding trials) were not the same as those performing best under shallow non-inversion or zero-tillage. We also found that the Quantitative Trait Loci (QTL) associated with improved phosphorus uptake, and hence useful for marker assisted breeding, were not robust between different tillage regimes. The impact of the soil environment had greater impact than the genetics in GxE interactions. It is obvious that soil tillage should be considered when breeding the next generation of crops. Tillage may also have important impacts on carbon storage, but we found that despite greater soil carbon at shallow depths under non-inversion tillage, the carbon stored throughout the soil profile was not affected by tillage. Studies on soil tillage impacts to crop productivity and soil quality are often performed in one season, on single sites that have had insufficient time to develop. Our current research explores multiple sites, on different soils, with temporal measurements of soil physical conditions under contrasting tillage regimes. We use the oldest established contemporary tillage experiments in the United Kingdom, with all sites sharing ploughed and shallow (7cm) non-inversion tillage treatments. In eastern Scotland (Mid Pilmore), the site also has zero tillage and deep ploughing (40 cm) treatments, and was established 11 years ago. In east England there are two sites, both also having a deep non-inversion tillage treatment, and they were established 6 (New Farm Systems) and 8 (STAR) years ago. We measure a range of crop and soil properties at sowing, one month after sowing and post-harvest, including rapid lab based assays that allow high

  10. A non-catalytic vapor growth regime for organohalide perovskite nanowires using anodic aluminum oxide templates.

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    Tavakoli, Mohammad Mahdi; Waleed, Aashir; Gu, Leilei; Zhang, Daquan; Tavakoli, Rouhollah; Lei, Bingbing; Su, Wenjun; Fang, Fang; Fan, Zhiyong

    2017-05-11

    In this work, a novel and facile synthesis process to fabricate single crystalline organometal halide perovskite nanowires has been successfully developed. Nanowires were grown in a high density ordered array from metal nanoclusters inside anodic aluminum oxide templates using a non-catalytic chemical vapor deposition method. Specifically, perovskite NWs were grown as a result of the reaction between methylammonium iodide (MAI) and the Pb/Sn (Pb or Sn) metal in anodic aluminum oxide templates under optimal conditions. The characterization results show that there is a reaction zone at the interface between the perovskite material and metal, at the bottom of the anodic aluminum oxide nanochannels. In order to sustain perovskite NW growth, MAI molecules have to diffuse downward through the perovskite NWs to reach the reaction zone. In fact, the reaction is facilitated by the formation of an intermediate product of the metal iodide compound. This suggests that the Pb/Sn metal is converted to PbI2/SnI2 first and then perovskite NWs are formed as a result of the reaction between MAI and PbI2/SnI2 through a vapor-solid-solid process. The optical characterization results demonstrate that the as-synthesized NWs with an ultra-high nanostructure density can serve as ideal candidates for optoelectronic devices, such as solar cells, light-emitting didoes, photodetectors, etc. And the reported growth approach here is highly versatile combining the merits of excellent controllability, cost-effectiveness and tunability on material composition and physical properties.

  11. Influence of crystal growth regimes on the structure and properties of Cu-intercalated Ta1+yS2

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    Antal, V.; Kavečanský, V.; Kačmarčík, J.; Diko, P.

    2017-08-01

    Ta1+yS2 and Cu-intercalated Ta1+yS2 crystals with high Cu concentration were grown by the chemical vapour transport method with different crystal growth regimes. Depending on the cooling process either 2H-type or 6R-type CuxTa1+yS2 crystals were grown. Transformation of 2H-CuxTa1+yS2 polytype crystals to 6R-CuxTa1+yS2 takes place during a low cooling process, whereas during air quenching 2H-type crystals result. It was shown that cooling process and additional annealing steps in crystal growth regimes have an essential influence on the structure of the samples and their physical properties such as superconductivity. The samples were examined by X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and electrical resistivity measurements.

  12. Characterization of a periodic optical potential by means of particle dynamics analysis in a deterministic regime

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    Arzola, A. V.; Toledo-Cortes, Adriana; Volke-Sepúlveda, Karen; Mateos, Jose L.

    2008-08-01

    We propose a technique for the characterization of a 1D-periodic optical potential by studying the dynamics of non-brownian microscopic particles immerse in water (negligible thermal noise). It has been demonstrated that in the Mie regime, a periodic light pattern applied to a particle acts as an effective potential that depends on the size of the particle respect to the period of the optical landscape [I. Ricardez-Vargas, et.al. Appl. Phys. Lett. 88, 121116 (2006)]. We verify this fact by studying the dynamics of a particle moving within the pattern due to the effect of a known constant external force. The periodic light pattern is generated with interference techniques whereas the external force is applied by means of a controlled inclination of the sample cell. We fit the experimental results for the ensemble average of particle position against time with a theoretical model of the physical situation. In this way we obtain a curve for the optical force as a function of particle's position for different periods.

  13. Tropospheric wind regimes and site topographical effects: importance for site characterization

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    Varela, Antonia M.; Muñoz-Tuñón, Casiana; García-Lorenzo, Begoña; Fuensalida, Jesús J.

    2006-06-01

    Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (ORM) at La Palma (Canary Islands) is one of the two top sites selected for hosting the future European Large Telescope (ELT) (http://www.eso.org/projects/e-elt/), the other being Paranal (in Chile). Meteorological and seeing conditions are crucial for the site selection. New concepts related to geophysical properties (seismicity and microsismicity), local climate variability, the presence of aerosols, atmospheric conditions related to the optical turbulence (tropospheric and ground wind regimes) have recently been introduced for selecting sites for a new generation of Extremely Large Telescopes (Munoz-Tunon 2002, Munoz-Tunon et al. 2003 a, 2003 b; Varela et al., 2002; Varela & Munoz-Tunon, 2004; Varela et al., 2004 a, 2004 b) and also for telescope design and feasibility studies for adaptive optics. Wind speed at 200 mbar is one of the key parameters proposed for characterizing atmospheric turbulence above the Observatory (Sarazin & Tokovinin, 2002, Garcia-Lorenzo et al., 2005). A lower average 200 mbar wind speed is obtained at the ORM in comparison with other astronomical sites; furthermore, the ORM ranks first in in suitability for adaptive optics suitability (Garcia-Lorenzo et al., 2005). The usefulness of this value might be conditional on the continuity of the wind value and wind direction from the upper troposphere to the ground level. With this motivation we are undertaking a study of tropospheric and ground winds at several observing sites.

  14. Characterization of the Fire Regime and Drivers of Fires in the West African Tropical Forest

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    Dwomoh, F. K.; Wimberly, M. C.

    2016-12-01

    The Upper Guinean forest (UGF), encompassing the tropical regions of West Africa, is a globally significant biodiversity hotspot and a critically important socio-economic and ecological resource for the region. However, the UGF is one of the most human-disturbed tropical forest ecosystems with the only remaining large patches of original forests distributed in protected areas, which are embedded in a hotspot of climate stress & land use pressures, increasing their vulnerability to fire. We hypothesized that human impacts and climate interact to drive spatial and temporal variability in fire, with fire exhibiting distinctive seasonality and sensitivity to drought in areas characterized by different population densities, agricultural practices, vegetation types, and levels of forest degradation. We used the MODIS active fire product to identify and characterize fire activity in the major ecoregions of the UGF. We used TRMM rainfall data to measure climatic variability and derived indicators of human land use from a variety of geospatial datasets. We employed time series modeling to identify the influences of drought indices and other antecedent climatic indicators on temporal patterns of active fire occurrence. We used a variety of modeling approaches to assess the influences of human activities and land cover variables on the spatial pattern of fire activity. Our results showed that temporal patterns of fire activity in the UGF were related to precipitation, but these relationships were spatially heterogeneous. The pattern of fire seasonality varied geographically, reflecting both climatological patterns and agricultural practices. The spatial pattern of fire activity was strongly associated with vegetation gradients and anthropogenic activities occurring at fine spatial scales. The Guinean forest-savanna mosaic ecoregion had the most fires. This study contributes to our understanding of UGF fire regime and the spatio-temporal dynamics of tropical forest fires in

  15. Salicornia strobilacea (Synonym of Halocnemum strobilaceum) Grown under Different Tidal Regimes Selects Rhizosphere Bacteria Capable of Promoting Plant Growth

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    Marasco, Ramona; Mapelli, Francesca; Rolli, Eleonora; Mosqueira, Maria J.; Fusi, Marco; Bariselli, Paola; Reddy, Muppala; Cherif, Ameur; Tsiamis, George; Borin, Sara; Daffonchio, Daniele

    2016-01-01

    Halophytes classified under the common name of salicornia colonize salty and coastal environments across tidal inundation gradients. To unravel the role of tide-related regimes on the structure and functionality of root associated bacteria, the rhizospheric soil of Salicornia strobilacea (synonym of Halocnemum strobilaceum) plants was studied in a tidal zone of the coastline of Southern Tunisia. Although total counts of cultivable bacteria did not change in the rhizosphere of plants grown along a tidal gradient, significant differences were observed in the diversity of both the cultivable and uncultivable bacterial communities. This observation indicates that the tidal regime is contributing to the bacterial species selection in the rhizosphere. Despite the observed diversity in the bacterial community structure, the plant growth promoting (PGP) potential of cultivable rhizospheric bacteria, assessed through in vitro and in vivo tests, was equally distributed along the tidal gradient. Root colonization tests with selected strains proved that halophyte rhizospheric bacteria (i) stably colonize S. strobilacea rhizoplane and the plant shoot suggesting that they move from the root to the shoot and (ii) are capable of improving plant growth. The versatility in the root colonization, the overall PGP traits and the in vivo plant growth promotion under saline condition suggest that such beneficial activities likely take place naturally under a range of tidal regimes. PMID:27597846

  16. Characterizing historical and modern fire regimes in Michigan (USA): A landscape ecosystem approach

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    David T. Cleland; Thomas R. Crow; Sari C. Saunders; Donald I. Dickmann; Ann L. Maclean; James K. Jordan; Richard L. Watson; Alyssa M. Sloan; Kimberely D. Brosofske

    2004-01-01

    We studied the relationships of landscape ecosystems to historical and contemporary fire regimes across 4.3 million hectares in northern lower Michigan (USA). Changes in fire regimes were documented by comparing historical fire rotations in different landscape ecosystems to those occurring between 1985 and 2000. Previously published data and a synthesis of the...

  17. Process regime variability across growth faults in the Paleogene Lower Wilcox Guadalupe Delta, South Texas Gulf Coast

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    Olariu, Mariana I.; Ambrose, William A.

    2016-07-01

    The Wilcox Group in Texas is a 3000 m thick unit of clastic sediments deposited along the Gulf of Mexico coast during early Paleogene. This study integrates core facies analysis with subsurface well-log correlation to document the sedimentology and stratigraphy of the Lower Wilcox Guadalupe Delta. Core descriptions indicate a transition from wave- and tidally-influenced to wave-dominated deposition. Upward-coarsening facies successions contain current ripples, organic matter, low trace fossil abundance and low diversity, which suggest deposition in a fluvial prodelta to delta front environment. Heterolithic stratification with lenticular, wavy and flaser bedding indicate tidal influence. Pervasively bioturbated sandy mudstones and muddy sandstones with Cruziana ichnofacies and structureless sandstones with Ophiomorpha record deposition in wave-influenced deltas. Tidal channels truncate delta front deposits and display gradational upward-fining facies successions with basal lags and sandy tabular cross-beds passing into heterolithic tidal flats and biologically homogenized mudstones. Growth faults within the lower Wilcox control expanded thickness of sedimentary units (up to 4 times) on the downdip sides of faults. Increased local accommodation due to fault subsidence favors a stronger wave regime on the outer shelf due to unrestricted fetch and water depth. As the shoreline advances during deltaic progradation, successively more sediment is deposited in the downthrown depocenters and reworked along shore by wave processes, resulting in a thick sedimentary unit characterized by repeated stacking of shoreface sequences. Thick and laterally continuous clean sandstone successions in the downthrown compartments represent attractive hydrocarbon reservoirs. As a consequence of the wave dominance and increased accommodation, thick (tens of meters) sandstone-bodies with increased homogeneity and vertical permeability within the stacked shoreface successions are created.

  18. Characterizing Sub-Daily Flow Regimes: Implications of Hydrologic Resolution on Ecohydrology Studies

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    Bevelhimer, Mark S.; McManamay, Ryan A.; O'Connor, B.

    2014-05-26

    Natural variability in flow is a primary factor controlling geomorphic and ecological processes in riverine ecosystems. Within the hydropower industry, there is growing pressure from environmental groups and natural resource managers to change reservoir releases from daily peaking to run-of-river operations on the basis of the assumption that downstream biological communities will improve under a more natural flow regime. In this paper, we discuss the importance of assessing sub-daily flows for understanding the physical and ecological dynamics within river systems. We present a variety of metrics for characterizing sub-daily flow variation and use these metrics to evaluate general trends among streams affected by peaking hydroelectric projects, run-of-river projects and streams that are largely unaffected by flow altering activities. Univariate and multivariate techniques were used to assess similarity among different stream types on the basis of these sub-daily metrics. For comparison, similar analyses were performed using analogous metrics calculated with mean daily flow values. Our results confirm that sub-daily flow metrics reveal variation among and within streams that are not captured by daily flow statistics. Using sub-daily flow statistics, we were able to quantify the degree of difference between unaltered and peaking streams and the amount of similarity between unaltered and run-of-river streams. The sub-daily statistics were largely uncorrelated with daily statistics of similar scope. Furthermore, on short temporal scales, sub-daily statistics reveal the relatively constant nature of unaltered streamreaches and the highly variable nature of hydropower-affected streams, whereas daily statistics show just the opposite over longer temporal scales.

  19. Characterizing Sub-Daily Flow Regimes: Implications of Hydrologic Resolution on Ecohydrology Studies

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    Bevelhimer, Mark S.; McManamay, Ryan A.; O'Connor, B.

    2014-05-26

    Natural variability in flow is a primary factor controlling geomorphic and ecological processes in riverine ecosystems. Within the hydropower industry, there is growing pressure from environmental groups and natural resource managers to change reservoir releases from daily peaking to run-of-river operations on the basis of the assumption that downstream biological communities will improve under a more natural flow regime. In this paper, we discuss the importance of assessing sub-daily flows for understanding the physical and ecological dynamics within river systems. We present a variety of metrics for characterizing sub-daily flow variation and use these metrics to evaluate general trends amongmore » streams affected by peaking hydroelectric projects, run-of-river projects and streams that are largely unaffected by flow altering activities. Univariate and multivariate techniques were used to assess similarity among different stream types on the basis of these sub-daily metrics. For comparison, similar analyses were performed using analogous metrics calculated with mean daily flow values. Our results confirm that sub-daily flow metrics reveal variation among and within streams that are not captured by daily flow statistics. Using sub-daily flow statistics, we were able to quantify the degree of difference between unaltered and peaking streams and the amount of similarity between unaltered and run-of-river streams. The sub-daily statistics were largely uncorrelated with daily statistics of similar scope. Furthermore, on short temporal scales, sub-daily statistics reveal the relatively constant nature of unaltered streamreaches and the highly variable nature of hydropower-affected streams, whereas daily statistics show just the opposite over longer temporal scales.« less

  20. Characterization and modeling of premixed turbulent n-heptane ames in the thin reaction zone regime

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    Savard, Bruno

    n-heptane/air premixed turbulent flames in the high-Karlovitz portion of the thin reaction zone regime are characterized and modeled in this thesis using Direct Numerical Simulations (DNS) with detailed chemistry. In order to perform these simulations, a time-integration scheme that can efficiently handle the stiffness of the equations solved is developed first. A first simulation with unity Lewis number is considered in order to assess the effect of turbulence on the flame in the absence of differential diffusion. A second simulation with non-unity Lewis numbers is considered to study how turbulence affects differential diffusion. In the absence of differential diffusion, minimal departure from the 1D unstretched flame structure (species vs. temperature profiles) is observed. In the non-unity Lewis number case, the flame structure lies between that of 1D unstretched flames with "laminar'' non-unity Lewis numbers and unity Lewis number. This is attributed to effective Lewis numbers resulting from intense turbulent mixing and a first model is proposed. The reaction zone is shown to be thin for both flames, yet large chemical source term fluctuations are observed. The fuel consumption rate is found to be only weakly correlated with stretch, although local extinctions in the non-unity Lewis number case are well correlated with high curvature. These results explain the apparent turbulent flame speeds. Other variables that better correlate with this fuel burning rate are identified through a coordinate transformation. It is shown that the unity Lewis number turbulent flames can be accurately described by a set of 1D (in progress variable space) flamelet equations parameterized by the dissipation rate of the progress variable. In the non-unity Lewis number flames, the flamelet equations suggest a dependence on a second parameter, the diffusion of the progress variable. A new tabulation approach is proposed for the simulation of such flames with these dimensionally

  1. Modeling Growth and Toxin Production of Toxigenic Fungi Signaled in Cheese under Different Temperature and Water Activity Regimes

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    Camardo Leggieri, Marco; Decontardi, Simone; Bertuzzi, Terenzio; Pietri, Amedeo; Battilani, Paola

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate in vitro and model the effect of temperature (T) and water activity (aw) conditions on growth and toxin production by some toxigenic fungi signaled in cheese. Aspergillus versicolor, Penicillium camemberti, P. citrinum, P. crustosum, P. nalgiovense, P. nordicum, P. roqueforti, P. verrucosum were considered they were grown under different T (0–40 °C) and aw (0.78–0.99) regimes. The highest relative growth occurred around 25 °C; all the fungi were very susceptible to aw and 0.99 was optimal for almost all species (except for A. versicolor, awopt = 0.96). The highest toxin production occurred between 15 and 25 °C and 0.96–0.99 aw. Therefore, during grana cheese ripening, managed between 15 and 22 °C, ochratoxin A (OTA), penitrem A (PA), roquefortine-C (ROQ-C) and mycophenolic acid (MPA) are apparently at the highest production risk. Bete and logistic function described fungal growth under different T and aw regimes well, respectively. Bete function described also STC, PA, ROQ-C and OTA production as well as function of T. These models would be very useful as starting point to develop a mechanistic model to predict fungal growth and toxin production during cheese ripening and to help advising the most proper setting of environmental factors to minimize the contamination risk. PMID:28029129

  2. Contrasted thermal regimes do not influence digestion and growth rates in a snake from a temperate climate.

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    Michel, Catherine Louise; Bonnet, Xavier

    2010-01-01

    Temperature influences almost all life-history traits. For a period of 3 mo, we placed four groups of snakes under four contrasted thermal treatments: (1) a natural regime (NR), based on daily variations (24-h cycle); (2) an accelerated regime (AR), where the thermoperiod fluctuated rapidly (12-h cycle); (3) a slow regime (SR; 48-h cycle); and (4) a cool stable regime (ZR; no fluctuation). The mean temperature, set at 23°C, was identical for the four groups. For the first three groups (NR, AR, SR), ambient temperature fluctuated between 18°C and 28°C. Relative humidity and photoperiod were constant. We recorded feeding success, digestion efficiency, growth rate, activity, and ecdysis events. Differences between groups were expected because of varied exposure to the optimal temperatures, most notably in the ZR group, where the preferred body temperature for digestion (approximately 30°C) would not be reached. Surprisingly, there was no significant effect of the experimental treatment on feeding rate, digestion, body mass increase, and growth rate. Our results do not conform to the paradigm stipulating that maximal body temperature selected by ectotherms necessarily corresponds to the most efficient for resource assimilation and that temperature fluctuations are essential. We propose that increasing the digestive tract's performance through body-temperature elevation trades off against elevated (parasite) energy expenditure from the rest of the body. The main advantage of high body temperatures would be to reduce the amount of time necessary to assimilate prey rather than to improve the net mass gain during digestion.

  3. The effect of different flow regimes on the growth and metabolic rates of the scleractinian coral Galaxea fascicularis

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    Schutter, M.; Crocker, J.; Paijmans, A.; Janse, M.; Osinga, R.; Verreth, A. J.; Wijffels, R. H.

    2010-09-01

    To study the effect of water flow on coral growth, four series of ten coral nubbins of Galaxea fascicularis were exposed to four different flow regimes (0, 10, 20, and 25 cm s-1, bidirectional flow) for 42 weeks. Buoyant weight, surface area, and polyp number were measured at regular intervals. Net photosynthesis and dark respiration were measured at the corresponding flow speeds, and daily amount of photosynthetic carbon left for coral growth was calculated. Finally, skeletal density and CN content, chlorophyll concentration and dry weight of coral tissue were determined for each coral. Specific growth rate (in day-1) decreased with time in each flow treatment. Absence of flow resulted in significantly lower growth rates. Average specific growth rate calculated over the entire experiment was not significantly different between 10 and 20 cm s-1, while it was significantly higher at 25 cm s-1. From 10 to 25 cm s-1, average net photosynthetic rate decreased and average dark respiration rate did not change significantly. Scope for growth based on phototrophic carbon decreased with increasing flow. Growth was not positively correlated with either photosynthesis or respiration, or scope for growth. It is suggested that higher flow rates reduce the chance of disturbance of coral growth by competing algae or cyanobacteria, allowing corals to grow more readily with the maximum specific growth rate possible under the given environmental conditions. Notably, other effects of increased flow, such as increased respiratory rates and increased (in)organic nutrient uptake, might have been equally responsible for the increased growth of the corals in 25 cm s-1.

  4. Characterization of density fluctuations during the search for an I-mode regime on the DIII-D tokamak

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    Marinoni, A.; Rost, J. C.; Porkolab, M.; Hubbard, A. E.; Osborne, T. H.; White, A. E.; Whyte, D. G.; Rhodes, T. L.; Davis, E. M.; Ernst, D. R.; Burrell, K. H.

    2015-09-01

    The I-mode regime, routinely observed on the Alcator C-Mod tokamak, is characterized by an edge energy transport barrier without an accompanying particle barrier and with broadband instabilities, known as weakly coherent modes (WCM), believed to regulate particle transport at the edge. Recent experiments on the DIII-D tokamak exhibit I-mode characteristics in various physical quantities. These DIII-D plasmas evolve over long periods, lasting several energy confinement times, during which the edge electron temperature slowly evolves towards an H-mode-like profile, while maintaining a typical L-mode edge density profile. During these periods, referred to as I-mode phases, the radial electric field at the edge also gradually reaches values typically observed in H-mode. Density fluctuations measured with the phase contrast imaging diagnostic during I-mode phases exhibit three features typically observed in H-mode on DIII-D, although they develop progressively with time and without a sharp transition: the intensity of the fluctuations is reduced; the frequency spectrum is broadened and becomes non-monotonic; two dimensional space-time spectra appear to approach those in H-mode, showing phase velocities of density fluctuations at the edge increasing to about 10 km s-1. However, in DIII-D there is no clear evidence of the WCM. Preliminary linear gyro-kinetic simulations are performed in the pedestal region with the GS2 code and its recently upgraded model collision operator that conserves particles, energy and momentum. The increased bootstrap current and flow shear generated by the temperature pedestal are shown to decrease growth rates, thus possibly generating a feedback mechanism that progressively stabilizes fluctuations.

  5. Abnormal variation of the growth rate under high NH3 injected regime in the growth of GaN by NH3-source MBE

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    Choi, Sungkuk; Jung, Soohoon; Cho, Youngji; Lee, Sangtae; Chang, Jiho

    2017-03-01

    Unusual growth-rate variation during GaN formation using gas-source MBE has been discussed with respect to the chemical reactions occurring in the transition layer. A series of samples were prepared to confirm the assumption by verifying the growth regime and the impacts on the crystal quality of the GaN film. We found that the growth rate can be varied along with the amount of NH3 supply even under NH3-rich condition with a fixed Ga flux. Two growth conditions were investigated for their impact on the transition layer. One was the atomic force microscopy result, which revealed that the adatom migration length is closely related to the transition layer formation. The other one is the photoluminescent spectra, which revealed that the luminescence property of GaN is strongly related to the transition layer.

  6. Growth and characterization of group III ternary nitrides

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    Shin, Minseub

    This research has been carried out to improve our understanding of the behavior of the III-nitride material system. This research was specifically designed to study the relationship between the material properties and growth conditions. There are two different focal points of this research. The first objective was to explore the possibility of formation of boron containing group III nitrides, and the second one was the study of the relationship between properties of AlGaN and its OMVPE growth condition. The results have been characterized by SIMS, PL, van der Pauw, HRXRD, and AFM. As for the boron containing nitride systems, it has been demonstrated that it is possible to form GaBN and AlBN as an epitaxial single crystal. However, the achievable boron concentration was very limited and the formation of a second phase was unavoidable. In GaBN, single crystalline material could be achieved up to 7% boron at 650sp°C. Above 7% boron content, the growth poisoning was observed due to formation of spsp2 bonded BN phase. Unlike GaBN, in AlBN, the highest achievable boron concentration was 1%. TEM and X-ray diffraction results suggested the presence of a second phase present which was identified as spsp3 bonded wurtzite BN, which had a columnar structure between AlN columns. The growth of the thermodynamically less favorable wurtzite BN was possible because the AlBN islands provided nucleation sites for the wurtzite BN growth. AlGaN growth is in the mass-transfer limited regime and the growth rate and the composition can be controlled by controlling the gas phase concentration. However, the Al source undergoes very severe gas phase reaction in the reactor, and this effect has to be taken into account. The electrical properties of the layer were a very strong function of growth conditions such as growth rate and growth temperature. The structural properties of the layer were also very strongly dependent on the growth conditions, especially the pre-growth steps. The residual

  7. Raman spectroscopy to monitor the effects of temperature regime and medium composition on micro-organism growth

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    Samek, O.; Haroniková, A.; Ježek, J.; Bernatová, S.; Márová, I.; Breierová, E.; Šerý, M.; Šiler, M.; Zemánek, P.

    2016-12-01

    A biomass of yeast strains has been studied using Raman spectroscopy due to their potential applications in the field of biofuel generation, food industry and biotechnological applications. In order to utilize biomass for efficient industrial/biotechnological production, the optimal cultivation parameters have to be determined which in turn lead to high production of desired substances such as oil, carotenoids, and pigments in the selected cell line of yeast. Therefore, we focused on different cultivation conditions (the effects of temperature regime and medium composition) and their influence on microorganisms growth and metabolic changes.

  8. Effects of constant and cyclical thermal regimes on growth and feeding of juvenile cutthroat trout of variable sizes

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    M. H. Meeuwig; J. B. Dunham; J. P. Hayes; G. L. Vinyard

    2004-01-01

    The effects of constant (12, 18, and 24°C) and cyclical (daily variation of 15–21 and 12–24 °C) thermal regimes on the growth and feeding of Lahontan cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki henshawi) of variable sizes were examined. Higher constant temperatures (i.e., 24°C) and more variable daily temperatures (i.e., 12–24°C daily cycle) negatively...

  9. Isotopic Characterization of Diamond Growth in Fluids

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    Bureau, Hélène; Remusat, Laurent; Esteve, Imène; Pinti, Daniele; Cartigny, Pierre

    2017-04-01

    Trapping inclusions in diamonds has been used as a diagnostic to constrain diamond growth media (e.g. Navon et al., 1994; Weiss et al., 2015) in the Earth's upper mantle. Experimental works now generate inclusion-bearing diamonds from seeds in mixtures of carbonates, graphite, and silicates in the presence of excess of pure water or saline fluids (H2O-NaCl) and investigate in more details the conditions of natural diamond growth (Bureau et al., 2012; 2016). Experiments were carried at conditions compatible with the Earth's geotherm between 6-7 GPa (1300-1675°C) in multi-anvil presses at the Bayerisches Geoinstitut, Bayreuth from a few hours two a few days. Results show that within the timescale of the experiments diamond growth occurs on seeds if water and alkali-bearing carbonates are present. We show that water promotes fast diamond growth, which is favorable to the formation of inclusions. Thin sections of a few diamond seeds containing exposed inclusions were prepared using a Focus Ion Beam (about 2 to 5 µm thickness). These sections were deposited on silicon wafers and gold coated for micron-scale determination of the delta 13C isotopic compositions using the NanoSIMS 50 installed at the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris. Carbon isotope measurement with NanoSIMS were calibrated against a natural Ia and a synthetic IIa diamond used for diamond anvil cells, whose compositions were determined by gas-source mass spectrometry at IPGP at 3.6±0.1‰ and -20.9±0.1‰, respectively (Pinti et al., 2016). All the starting materials used for the experiments were also characterized for their delta 13C by the same technique at GEOTOP, Montréal. The isotopic composition of the new diamond grown areas were measured close to the inclusions. They exhibit a different isotopic signature than that of the starting seeds (starting diamond composition: -29.6 to -30.4±1.4‰). The new diamond signatures are falling into the range of signatures of the starting

  10. Mechanistic linkage of hydrologic regime to summer growth of age-0 Atlantic salmon

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    K.H. Nislow; A.J. Sepulveda; C.L. Folt

    2004-01-01

    Significant reductions in juvenile stream salmonid growth have been observed in association with low summer flow, but underlying mechanisms are poorly understood and predictive power is limited. We conducted a stage-specific analysis of the relationship between summer flow and the growth of age-0 Atlantic salmon Salmo salar in two rearing sites in...

  11. An exactly solved model of three-dimensional surface growth in the anisotropic KPZ regime

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    Prähofer, M.; Spohn, H.

    1996-09-01

    We generalize the surface growth model of Gates and Westcott to arbitrary inclination. The exact steady growth velocity is of saddle type with principal curvatures of opposite sign. According to Wolf, this implies logarithmic height correlations, which we prove by mapping the steady state of the surface to world lines of free fermions with chiral boundary conditions.

  12. An exactly solved model of three-dimensional surface growth in the anisotropic KPZ regime

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    Prähofer, M.; Spohn, H.

    1997-09-01

    We generalize the surface growth model of Gates and Westcott to arbitrary inclination. The exact steady growth velocity is of saddle type with principal curvatures of opposite sign. According to Wolf, this implies logarithmic height correlations, which we prove by mapping the steady state of the surface to world lines of free fermions with chiral boundary conditions.

  13. Characterizing Longitude-Dependent Orbital Debris Congestion in the Geosynchronous Orbit Regime

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    Anderson, Paul V.

    The geosynchronous orbit (GEO) is a unique commodity of the satellite industry that is becoming increasingly contaminated with orbital debris, but is heavily populated with high-value assets from the civil, commercial, and defense sectors. The GEO arena is home to hundreds of communications, data transmission, and intelligence satellites collectively insured for an estimated 18.3 billion USD. As the lack of natural cleansing mechanisms at the GEO altitude renders the lifetimes of GEO debris essentially infinite, conjunction and risk assessment must be performed to safeguard operational assets from debris collisions. In this thesis, longitude-dependent debris congestion is characterized by predicting the number of near-miss events per day for every longitude slot at GEO, using custom debris propagation tools and a torus intersection metric. Near-miss events with the present-day debris population are assigned risk levels based on GEO-relative position and speed, and this risk information is used to prioritize the population for debris removal target selection. Long-term projections of debris growth under nominal launch traffic, mitigation practices, and fragmentation events are also discussed, and latitudinal synchronization of the GEO debris population is explained via node variations arising from luni-solar gravity. In addition to characterizing localized debris congestion in the GEO ring, this thesis further investigates the conjunction risk to operational satellites or debris removal systems applying low-thrust propulsion to raise orbit altitude at end-of-life to a super-synchronous disposal orbit. Conjunction risks as a function of thrust level, miss distance, longitude, and semi-major axis are evaluated, and a guidance method for evading conjuncting debris with continuous thrust by means of a thrust heading change via single-shooting is developed.

  14. A graphical approach to characterize sub-daily flow regimes and evaluate its alterations due to hydropeaking.

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    Alonso, Carlos; Román, Alfonso; Bejarano, Maria Dolores; Garcia de Jalon, Diego; Carolli, Mauro

    2017-01-01

    Most flow regime characterizations focus on long time scale flow patterns, which are not precise enough to capture key components of short-term flow fluctuations. Recent proposed methods describing sub-daily flow fluctuations are focused on limited components of the flow regime being unable to fully represent it, or on the identification of peaking events based on subjectively defined thresholds, being unsuitable for evaluations of short-term flow regime alterations through comparisons between regulated and free-flowing rivers. This study aims to launch an innovative approach based on the visual display of quantitative information to address the challenge of the short-term hydrologic characterization and evaluation of alteration resulting from hydropeaking. We propose a graphical method to represent a discrete set of ecologically relevant indices that characterize and evaluate the alteration of sub-daily flow regimes. The frequency of occurrence of classified values of a descriptive hydrological variable is represented in a map-like graph where longitude, latitude and altitude represent the Julian day, the value of the variable and the frequency of occurrence, respectively. Subsequently, we tested the method on several rivers, both free-flowing and subjected to hydropower production. The advantages of our approach compared to other analytical methods are: (i) it displays a great amount of information without oversimplification; (ii) it takes into account changes in the intensity, timing and frequency of the sub-daily flows, without needing a priori defined thresholds to identify hydropeaking events; and (iii) it supports the Water Framework Directive goal. Specifically, results from applications of our graphical method agree with Sauterleute and Charmasson (2014) analytical method.

  15. Numerical modeling of flow focusing: Quantitative characterization of the flow regimes

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    Mamet, V.; Namy, P.; Dedulle, J.-M.

    2017-09-01

    Among droplet generation technologies, the flow focusing technique is a major process due to its control, stability, and reproducibility. In this process, one fluid (the continuous phase) interacts with another one (the dispersed phase) to create small droplets. Experimental assays in the literature on gas-liquid flow focusing have shown that different jet regimes can be obtained depending on the operating conditions. However, the underlying physical phenomena remain unclear, especially mechanical interactions between the fluids and the oscillation phenomenon of the liquid. In this paper, based on published studies, a numerical diphasic model has been developed to take into consideration the mechanical interaction between phases, using the Cahn-Hilliard method to monitor the interface. Depending on the liquid/gas inputs and the geometrical parameters, various regimes can be obtained, from a steady state regime to an unsteady one with liquid oscillation. In the dispersed phase, the model enables us to compute the evolution of fluid flow, both in space (size of the recirculation zone) and in time (period of oscillation). The transition between unsteady and stationary regimes is assessed in relation to liquid and gas dimensionless numbers, showing the existence of critical thresholds. This model successfully highlights, qualitatively and quantitatively, the influence of the geometry of the nozzle, in particular, its inner diameter.

  16. Evolution of juvenile growth rates in female guppies (Poecilia reticulata): predator regime or resource level?

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    Arendt, Jeffrey D; Reznick, David N

    2005-02-07

    Recent theoretical and empirical work argues that growth rate can evolve and be optimized, rather than always being maximized. Chronically low resource availability is predicted to favour the evolution of slow growth, whereas attaining a size-refuge from mortality risk is predicted to favour the evolution of rapid growth. Guppies (Poecilia reticulata) evolve differences in behaviour, morphology and life-history traits in response to predation, thus demonstrating that predators are potent agents of selection. Predators in low-predation environments prey preferentially on small guppies, but those in high-predation environments appear to be non-selective. Because guppies can outgrow their main predator in low- but not high-predation localities, we predict that predation will select for higher growth rates in the low-predation environments.However, low-predation localities also tend to have lower productivity than high-predation localities, yield-ing the prediction that guppies from these sites should have slower growth rates. Here we compare the growth rates of the second laboratory-born generation of guppies from paired high- and low-predation localities from four different drainages. In two out of four comparisons, guppies from high-predation sites grew significantly faster than their low-predation counterparts. We also compare laboratory born descendants from a field introduction experiment and show that guppies introduced to a low-predation environment evolved slower growth rates after 13 years, although this was evident only at the high food level. The weight of the evidence suggests that resource availability plays a more important role than predation in shaping the evolution of growth rates.

  17. Characterization of magnetic reconnection in the high-energy-density regime.

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    Xu, Z; Qiao, B; Chang, H X; Yao, W P; Wu, S Z; Yan, X Q; Zhou, C T; Wang, X G; He, X T

    2016-03-01

    The dynamics of magnetic reconnection (MR) in the high-energy-density (HED) regime, where the plasma inflow is strongly driven and the thermal pressure is larger than the magnetic pressure (β>1), is reexamined theoretically and by particle-in-cell simulations. Interactions of two colliding laser-produced plasma bubbles with self-generated poloidal magnetic fields of, respectively, antiparallel and parallel field lines are considered. Through comparison, it is found that the quadrupole magnetic field, bipolar poloidal electric field, plasma heating, and even the out-of-plane electric field can appear in both cases due to the mere plasma bubble collision, which may not be individually recognized as evidences of MR in the HED regime separately. The Lorentz-invariant scalar quantity D(e) ≃ γ(e)j · (E + v(e) × B) (γ(e) = [1-(v(e)/c)(2)](-1/2)) in the electron dissipation region is proposed as the key sign of MR occurrence in this regime.

  18. Stand-replacing patches within a ‘mixed severity’ fire regime: quantitative characterization using recent fires in a long-established natural fire area

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    B.M. Collins; S.L. Stephens

    2010-01-01

    The complexity inherent in variable, or mixed-severity fire regimes makes quantitative characterization of important fire regime attributes (e.g., proportion of landscape burned at different severities, size and distribution of stand-replacing patches) difficult. As a result, there is ambiguity associated with the term ‘mixed-severity’. We address...

  19. Nutrition and irrigation regime affect size and early growth of white oak seedlings

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    Paul P. Kormanik; Shi-Jean S. Sung; Taryn L. Kormanik; Thomas Tibbs; Stanley J. Zarnoch

    2003-01-01

    Modifications of our nursery protocol for oaks during 1997 and 1998 by instituting dormant season irrigation resulted in high white oak seedling quality. The improved growth was associated with the consistent presence of succulent fibrous roots on the upper 10 to 15 cm of taproots. Many of these fibrous roots on 1-1 stock were as sturdy as many of the permanent first-...

  20. Above- and below-ground growth of longleaf pine in response to three prescribed burning regimes

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    Mary Ann Sword Sayer; Eric Kuehler

    2000-01-01

    Maintenance of longleaf pine ecosystems requires repeated fire. Past research has indicated that in some situations, regular burning decreases longleaf pine productivity. Growth reductions may be attributed to fire-induced loss of leaf area. It is possible that the loss of leaf area is a function of both fire intensity and the stage of flush development at the time of...

  1. A New Global Policy Regime Founded on Invalid Statistics? Hanushek, Woessmann, PISA, and Economic Growth

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    Komatsu, Hikaru; Rappleye, Jeremy

    2017-01-01

    Several recent, highly influential comparative studies have made strong statistical claims that improvements on global learning assessments such as PISA will lead to higher GDP growth rates. These claims have provided the primary source of legitimation for policy reforms championed by leading international organisations, most notably the World…

  2. Development of a biocidal treatment regime to inhibit biological growths on cultural heritage: BIODAM

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    Young, M. E.; Alakomi, H.-L.; Fortune, I.; Gorbushina, A. A.; Krumbein, W. E.; Maxwell, I.; McCullagh, C.; Robertson, P.; Saarela, M.; Valero, J.; Vendrell, M.

    2008-12-01

    Existing chemical treatments to prevent biological damage to monuments often involve considerable amounts of potentially dangerous and even poisonous biocides. The scientific approach described in this paper aims at a drastic reduction in the concentration of biocide applications by a polyphasic approach of biocides combined with cell permeabilisers, polysaccharide and pigment inhibitors and a photodynamic treatment. A variety of potential agents were screened to determine the most effective combination. Promising compounds were tested under laboratory conditions with cultures of rock deteriorating bacteria, algae, cyanobacteria and fungi. A subsequent field trial involved two sandstone types with natural biofilms. These were treated with multiple combinations of chemicals and exposed to three different climatic conditions. Although treatments proved successful in the laboratory, field trials were inconclusive and further testing will be required to determine the most effective treatment regime. While the most effective combination of chemicals and their application methodology is still being optimised, results to date indicate that this is a promising and effective treatment for the control of a wide variety of potentially damaging organisms colonising stone substrates.

  3. [Effects of soil water regimes on the growth of Quercus mongolica seedlings in Changbai Mountains].

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    Wang, Miao; Li, Qiurong; Hao, Zhanqing; Dong, Baili

    2004-10-01

    This paper studied the response of the seedlings of Quercus mongolica, one of the dominant tree species in Changbai Mountains, to the artificially controlled three soil water gradients, including their morphology, biomass and photosynthetic characteristics. The results indicated that various water regimes significantly affected the biomass and its distribution pattern in the leaves, branches and roots, as well as the leaf gas exchange. Under soil water stress, the crown structure changed, and the tree height, groundline diameter, single leaf area, and aboveground and belowground biomass were inhibited. As soil water content decreased, the ratio of belowground and aboveground biomass dry weight significantly increased. Water stress had a negative effect on net photosynthetic rate, CO2 use efficiency and carbon use efficiency. The responses of stomatal conductance, transpiration rate and water use efficiency to water stress were complicated. Only at low soil water content, the stomatal conductance and transpiration rate significantly decreased, while water use efficiency increased. It was demonstrated that Quercus mongolica was the tree species with variable resistance to drought, and the resistance could be improved by long-term soil water stress.

  4. Riverbank restoration in the southern United States: The effects of soil texture and moisture regime on survival and growth of willow posts

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    S. Reza Pezeshki; Steven D. Schaff; F. Douglas Shields

    2000-01-01

    Field studies were conducted to quantify the relationship between soil conditions and growth of black willow posts planted for riverbank erosion control along Harland Creek (HC) and Twentymile Creek (TC) sites in Mississippi. Both sites had a wide range of soil texture and moisture regimes. Soil texture, water level, redox potential (Eh), and willow survival and growth...

  5. Characterizing differences in precipitation regimes of extreme wet and dry years: implications for climate change experiments.

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    Knapp, Alan K; Hoover, David L; Wilcox, Kevin R; Avolio, Meghan L; Koerner, Sally E; La Pierre, Kimberly J; Loik, Michael E; Luo, Yiqi; Sala, Osvaldo E; Smith, Melinda D

    2015-02-03

    Climate change is intensifying the hydrologic cycle and is expected to increase the frequency of extreme wet and dry years. Beyond precipitation amount, extreme wet and dry years may differ in other ways, such as the number of precipitation events, event size, and the time between events. We assessed 1614 long-term (100 year) precipitation records from around the world to identify key attributes of precipitation regimes, besides amount, that distinguish statistically extreme wet from extreme dry years. In general, in regions where mean annual precipitation (MAP) exceeded 1000 mm, precipitation amounts in extreme wet and dry years differed from average years by ~40% and 30%, respectively. The magnitude of these deviations increased to >60% for dry years and to >150% for wet years in arid regions (MAP<500 mm). Extreme wet years were primarily distinguished from average and extreme dry years by the presence of multiple extreme (large) daily precipitation events (events >99th percentile of all events); these occurred twice as often in extreme wet years compared to average years. In contrast, these large precipitation events were rare in extreme dry years. Less important for distinguishing extreme wet from dry years were mean event size and frequency, or the number of dry days between events. However, extreme dry years were distinguished from average years by an increase in the number of dry days between events. These precipitation regime attributes consistently differed between extreme wet and dry years across 12 major terrestrial ecoregions from around the world, from deserts to the tropics. Thus, we recommend that climate change experiments and model simulations incorporate these differences in key precipitation regime attributes, as well as amount into treatments. This will allow experiments to more realistically simulate extreme precipitation years and more accurately assess the ecological consequences. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  6. Effect of nitrogen regime on microalgal lipid production during mixotrophic growth with glycerol.

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    Paranjape, Kiran; Leite, Gustavo B; Hallenbeck, Patrick C

    2016-08-01

    Mixotrophic growth of microalgae to boost lipid production is currently under active investigation. Such a process could be of practical importance if a cheap source of organic carbon, such as waste glycerol from biodiesel production, could be used. Several previous studies have already demonstrated that this carbon source can be used by different indigenous strains of microalgae. In this study it is shown that different nitrogen limitation strategies can be applied to further increase lipid production during growth with glycerol. In one strategy, cultures were grown in nitrogen replete medium and then resuspended in nitrogen free medium. In a second strategy, cultures were grown with different initial concentrations of nitrate. Lipid production by the two microalgal strains used, Chlorella sorokiniana (PCH02) and Chlorella vulgaris (PCH05), was shown to be boosted by strategies of nitrogen limitation, but they responded differently to how nitrogen limitation was imposed. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Early survival and growth of planted Douglas-fir with red alder in four mixed regimes.

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    Marshall D. Murray; Richard E. Miller

    1986-01-01

    To quantify between-species interactions, we measured and compared survival and growth of planted Douglas-fir and associated planted and volunteer red alder at a location on the west side of the Cascade Range in Washington. The planted alder were wildlings dug either from a nearby area or from a distant, coastal site and interplanted into a 3-year-old Douglas-fir...

  8. Characterization of the turbulent bistable flow regime of a 2 D bluff body wake disturbed by a small control cylinder

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    Parezanović, Vladimir; Monchaux, Romain; Cadot, Olivier

    2015-01-01

    A small control cylinder placed in a turbulent wake of a much larger 2 D bluff body can cause a significant increase in drag fluctuations. These fluctuations occur on timescales longer than the timescales of the vortex shedding. The critical positions of the control cylinder are highly localized. Ensemble averages of PIV acquisitions and pressure measurements at the base of the bluff body reveal a bistable wake regime. Long duration hot-wire measurements are used to characterize the states and the transition process. The results show that a stochastic process is responsible for the transitions between the two stable states.

  9. Growth and nutrition of baldcypress families planted under varying salinity regimes in Louisiana, USA

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    Krauss, K.W.; Chambers, J.L.; Allen, J.A.; Soileau, D.M.; DeBosier, A.S.

    2000-01-01

    Saltwater intrusion from the Gulf of Mexico is one important factor in the destruction of baldcypress (Taxodium distichum (L.) Rich.) swamps along the Louisiana Gulf Coast, USA. Recent restoration efforts have focused on identification of baldcypress genotypes with greater tolerance to saline conditions than previously reported. To date, salt tolerance investigations have not been conducted under saline field conditions. In 1996, therefore, three plantations were established with 10 half-sib genotype collections of baldcypress in mesohaline wetlands. Tree survival and growth were measured at the end of two growing seasons, and foliar ion concentrations of Na, Cl, K, and Ca and available soil nutrients were measured during the 1996 growing season. In general, soil nutrient concentrations exceeded averages found in other baldcypress stands in the southeastern United States. Seedlings differed among sites in all parameters measured, with height, diameter, foliar biomass, and survival decreasing as site salinity increased. Average seedling height at the end of two years, for example, was 196.4 cm on the lowest salinity site and 121.6 cm on the highest. Several half-sib families maintained greater height growth increments (ranging from 25.5 to 54.5 cm on the highest salinity site), as well as lower foliar ion concentrations of K, Cl, and Ca. Results indicate that genotypic screening of baldcypress may improve growth and vigor of seedlings planted within wetlands impacted by saltwater intrusion.

  10. Glycolysis Is Governed by Growth Regime and Simple Enzyme Regulation in Adherent MDCK Cells

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    Rehberg, Markus; Ritter, Joachim B.; Reichl, Udo

    2014-01-01

    Due to its vital importance in the supply of cellular pathways with energy and precursors, glycolysis has been studied for several decades regarding its capacity and regulation. For a systems-level understanding of the Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK) cell metabolism, we couple a segregated cell growth model published earlier with a structured model of glycolysis, which is based on relatively simple kinetics for enzymatic reactions of glycolysis, to explain the pathway dynamics under various cultivation conditions. The structured model takes into account in vitro enzyme activities, and links glycolysis with pentose phosphate pathway and glycogenesis. Using a single parameterization, metabolite pool dynamics during cell cultivation, glucose limitation and glucose pulse experiments can be consistently reproduced by considering the cultivation history of the cells. Growth phase-dependent glucose uptake together with cell-specific volume changes generate high intracellular metabolite pools and flux rates to satisfy the cellular demand during growth. Under glucose limitation, the coordinated control of glycolytic enzymes re-adjusts the glycolytic flux to prevent the depletion of glycolytic intermediates. Finally, the model's predictive power supports the design of more efficient bioprocesses. PMID:25329309

  11. Optimized inorganic carbon regime for enhanced growth and lipid accumulation in Chlorella vulgaris.

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    Lohman, Egan J; Gardner, Robert D; Pedersen, Todd; Peyton, Brent M; Cooksey, Keith E; Gerlach, Robin

    2015-01-01

    Large-scale algal biofuel production has been limited, among other factors, by the availability of inorganic carbon in the culture medium at concentrations higher than achievable with atmospheric CO2. Life cycle analyses have concluded that costs associated with supplying CO2 to algal cultures are significant contributors to the overall energy consumption. A two-phase optimal growth and lipid accumulation scenario is presented, which (1) enhances the growth rate and (2) the triacylglyceride (TAG) accumulation rate in the oleaginous Chlorophyte Chlorella vulgaris strain UTEX 395, by growing the organism in the presence of low concentrations of NaHCO3 (5 mM) and controlling the pH of the system with a periodic gas sparge of 5 % CO2 (v/v). Once cultures reached the desired cell densities, which can be "fine-tuned" based on initial nutrient concentrations, cultures were switched to a lipid accumulation metabolism through the addition of 50 mM NaHCO3. This two-phase approach increased the specific growth rate of C. vulgaris by 69 % compared to cultures sparged continuously with 5 % CO2 (v/v); further, biomass productivity (g L(-1) day(-1)) was increased by 27 %. Total biodiesel potential [assessed as total fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) produced] was increased from 53.3 to 61 % (FAME biomass(-1)) under the optimized conditions; biodiesel productivity (g FAME L(-1) day(-1)) was increased by 7.7 %. A bicarbonate salt screen revealed that American Chemical Society (ACS) and industrial grade NaHCO3 induced the highest TAG accumulation (% w/w), whereas Na2CO3 did not induce significant TAG accumulation. NH4HCO3 had a negative effect on cell health presumably due to ammonia toxicity. The raw, unrefined form of trona, NaHCO3∙Na2CO3 (sodium sesquicarbonate) induced TAG accumulation, albeit to a slightly lower extent than the more refined forms of sodium bicarbonate. The strategic addition of sodium bicarbonate was found to enhance growth and lipid accumulation rates in

  12. Characterizing dichotomous fire regimes of southern California: climate, vegetation and topography

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    Kolden, C.; Abatzoglou, J. T.

    2013-12-01

    Southern California Mediterranean ecosystems have long been a subject of wildfire research, in part because of the extensive Wildland Urban Interface in the region. This mix of homes and vegetation at the edge of wildlands has resulted in several of the costliest wildfire events in US history due to the number of homes burned, and its extent is projected to increase significantly over the next 50 years. As such, there has been considerable investment is identifying fire regime characteristics and potential mitigation measures in the region. However, all previous wildfire research in the region has initiated from the assumption that the dominant fire regime is associated with autumn katabatic winds, known locally as Santa Ana winds or Sundowners. To-date, there has been no effort to determine whether this is an accurate assumption, or whether the fire regime is more complex. Here, we utilize a dataset of large wildfires (>40ha) from 1948-2010 and a chronology of Santa Ana (SA) wind occurrence to disaggregate two distinct fire regimes in southwestern California: wildfires associated with SA wind occurrence events, and those not associated with Santa Ana conditions (NSA) that are fuel- and topography-driven instead. By decomposing burned area into SA and NSA fires, significant differences in seasonal, biogeographic and topographic characteristics were found, as well as distinct and significantly stronger climate-fire relationships than previously reported. NSA area burned was associated with summer fires, peaking in July, and significantly higher elevation, greater forested area, steeper slopes, and broadly across all aspects. SA area burned was associated with autumn fires, peaking in October, and significantly lower elevation, greater shrubland area, lower slopes, and more southeastern aspects. Annual burned area in NSA fires was associated with low spring precipitation, high vapor pressure deficit and low fuel moistures during the summer months that increase the

  13. Growth and survival of Apache Trout under static and fluctuating temperature regimes

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    Recsetar, Matthew S.; Bonar, Scott A.; Feuerbacher, Olin

    2014-01-01

    Increasing stream temperatures have important implications for arid-region fishes. Little is known about effects of high water temperatures that fluctuate over extended periods on Apache Trout Oncorhynchus gilae apache, a federally threatened species of southwestern USA streams. We compared survival and growth of juvenile Apache Trout held for 30 d in static temperatures (16, 19, 22, 25, and 28°C) and fluctuating diel temperatures (±3°C from 16, 19, 22 and 25°C midpoints and ±6°C from 19°C and 22°C midpoints). Lethal temperature for 50% (LT50) of the Apache Trout under static temperatures (mean [SD] = 22.8 [0.6]°C) was similar to that of ±3°C diel temperature fluctuations (23.1 [0.1]°C). Mean LT50 for the midpoint of the ±6°C fluctuations could not be calculated because survival in the two treatments (19 ± 6°C and 22 ± 6°C) was not below 50%; however, it probably was also between 22°C and 25°C because the upper limb of a ±6°C fluctuation on a 25°C midpoint is above critical thermal maximum for Apache Trout (28.5–30.4°C). Growth decreased as temperatures approached the LT50. Apache Trout can survive short-term exposure to water temperatures with daily maxima that remain below 25°C and midpoint diel temperatures below 22°C. However, median summer stream temperatures must remain below 19°C for best growth and even lower if daily fluctuations are high (≥12°C).

  14. Harmonic growth of spherical Rayleigh-Taylor instability in weakly nonlinear regime

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    Liu, Wanhai; Chen, Yulian; Yu, Changping E-mail: lixl@imech.ac.cn; Li, Xinliang E-mail: lixl@imech.ac.cn

    2015-11-15

    Harmonic growth in classical Rayleigh-Taylor instability (RTI) on a spherical interface is analytically investigated using the method of the parameter expansion up to the third order. Our results show that the amplitudes of the first four harmonics will recover those in planar RTI as the interface radius tends to infinity compared against the initial perturbation wavelength. The initial radius dramatically influences the harmonic development. The appearance of the second-order feedback to the initial unperturbed interface (i.e., the zeroth harmonic) makes the interface move towards the spherical center. For these four harmonics, the smaller the initial radius is, the faster they grow.

  15. Growth and characterization of string ribbon

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    Hanoka, J.I.; Behnin, B.; Michel, J.; Symko, M.; Sopori, B.L.

    1995-08-01

    Evergreen Solar, a new photovoltaics company, makes solar cells and modules based on String Ribbon. String Ribbon is a silicon sheet growth method wherein two high temperature strings are pulled through a shallow melt of silicon and a crystalline silicon sheet then grows between the two strings. The strings serve to stabilize the edges of the growing silicon sheet. The growth process is primarily meniscus controlled and, compared to other silicon ribbon growth methods such as d-web and EFG, relatively insensitive to temperature fluctuations as great as {+-}10{degrees}C. Growth speed is about 2 cm/minute.

  16. Brushing effects on the growth and mechanical properties of Corispermum mongolicum vary with water regime.

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    Wang, Y-H; He, W-M; Yu, F-H; Zhang, L-L; Cui, Q-G; Chu, Y; Dong, M

    2009-09-01

    High water availability and mechanical stress can induce opposite responses in plants. In arid areas of Northern China the occurrence of high wind and high water availability tend to be negatively correlated. Since turgor pressure is a determinant of the mechanical stability of annuals, it is hypothesised that the effects of mechanical perturbation (MP) on annuals may depend on soil water availability. To test this proposal, we conducted an experiment in which a pioneering annual Corispermum mongolicum was subjected to two levels of MP and water supply, and then determined its growth and mechanical traits. Brushing had no effect on plant height and total biomass, but stimulated leaf and branch production. Water supply affected plant height, basal diameter, total biomass and stem rigidity, but not leaf and branch number, root/shoot ratio or flexibility. With high water availability, brushing stimulated the production of stiffer stems (thicker and with a higher Young's modulus) and more roots relative to shoot mass, but with low water availability MP induced the opposite response. This shows that both the degree and direction of plant responses to MP depend on the presence of other factors. We discuss how the interactive effects of MP and water availability on growth and mechanical properties may help C. mongolicum to establish in windy and arid environments.

  17. Characterization of Transport Regimes and the Polar Dome During NETCARE 2014 and 2015

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    Bozem, Heiko; Hoor, Peter; Franziska, Koellner; Daniel, Kunkel; Johannes, Schneider; Andreas, Herber; Richard, Leaitch; Megan, Willis; Julia, Burkart; Jennie, Thomas; Jon, Abbatt

    2017-04-01

    We present aircraft based trace gas measurements in the Arctic during NETCARE (2014 and 2015) with the Polar 6 aircraft of Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) covering an area from Spitsbergen to Alaska (134°W to 17°W and 68°N to 83°N). Based on CO and CO2 measurements and kinematic 10-day back trajectories we analyze the transport regimes of mid-latitude air masses traveling to the high Arctic during spring (NETCARE 2015) and summer (NETCARE 2014). During the summer two different meteorological regimes over the course of the measurements in July are observed. The first part of the campaign (4.-12.7.2014) was dominated by a high pressure area over Resolute Bay with weak northerly flow whereas a cyclonic regime was prevalent during the second phase (17.-21.7.2014). During the first part of the campaign only 15% of trajectory origins were located south of the Arctic circle (66.5°N). This fraction increases to 55% during the second period with the North American continent being the dominant source region of the air masses. Especially the influence of active biomass burning in the Northwestern Territories alters the composition of the lower Arctic troposphere resulting in an increase of mean CO mixing ratios from 78 ppbv for the first period to 95.0 ppbv for the second period. In spring 2015 the origin of air masses shows a strong dependence on the measurement region. Alert (35% of trajectories originate south of Arctic circle) and Eureka (35%) are more isolated from mid-latitudinal influence compared to Longyearbyen (70%) and Inuvik (96%). This suggests the transport barrier known as the "polar dome" preventing mid-latitude air masses to penetrate the high Arctic lower troposphere. Based on the distribution of CO and CO2 and the back trajectories we identify the effect of the transport barrier associated with the "polar dome" on the composition of the air masses.

  18. Characterization of two-phase flow regimes in horizontal tubes using 81mKr tracer experiments.

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    Oriol, Jean; Leclerc, Jean Pierre; Berne, Philippe; Gousseau, Georges; Jallut, Christian; Tochon, Patrice; Clement, Patrice

    2008-10-01

    The diagnosis of heat exchangers on duty with respect to flow mal-distributions needs the development of non-intrusive inlet-outlet experimental techniques in order to perform an online fault diagnosis. Tracer experiments are an example of such techniques. They can be applied to mono-phase heat exchangers but also to multi-phase ones. In this case, the tracer experiments are more difficult to perform. In order to check for the capabilities of tracer experiments to be used for the flow mal-distribution diagnosis in the case of multi-phase heat exchangers, we present here a preliminary study on the simplest possible system: two-phase flows in a horizontal tube. (81m)Kr is used as gas tracer and properly collimated NaI (TI) crystal scintillators as detectors. The specific shape of the tracer response allows two-phase flow regimes to be characterized. Signal analysis allows the estimation of the gas phase real average velocity and consequently of the liquid phase real average velocity as well as of the volumetric void fraction. These results are compared successfully to those obtained with liquid phase tracer experiments previously presented by Oriol et al. 2007. Characterization of the two-phase flow regimes and liquid dispersion in horizontal and vertical tubes using coloured tracer and no intrusive optical detector. Chem. Eng. Sci. 63(1), 24-34, as well as to those given by correlations from literature.

  19. On the characterization of anthropogenic streamflow regime alterations: the case of the Piave river basin

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    Botter, G.; Basso, S.; Porporato, A. M.; Rodriguez-Iturbe, I.; Rinaldo, A.

    2009-12-01

    Ecologists and hydrologists have long recognized that streamflow regimes are major drivers of river ecology, evidencing that the whole range of (intra-annual and inter-annual) variations of streamflows concurs to shape form and functions of riverine systems. Many engineered catchments throughout the world, however, and, in particular most river systems of the Alpine regions, have experienced major streamflow alterations induced by water resources exploitation for human needs, such as agricultural, hydropower, industrial and civil uses. A novel eco-hydrological method is proposed to estimate the natural streamflow regime of a river and to assess the extent of the alterations induced by anthropogenic controls in human impacted hydrologic systems. The method consists on the comparison between the seasonal probability distribution function (pdf) of observed streamflows and the purportedly natural streamflow pdf - estimated by a recently proposed and validated analytical probabilistic model. The model employs a minimum of geomorphologic and eco-hydrologic parameters, and allows for a separation of the effects related to anthropogenic regulations from those produced by hydro-climatic fluctuations. The approach is applied to evaluate the extent of the alterations of intra-annual streamflow variability in a highly regulated alpine catchment of north-eastern Italy (the Piave river basin, A=3900 km2), where the streamflows are impacted by 13 reservoirs and a number of weirs, diversions and hydrologic devices. Streamflow observed in various cross sections downstream of the regulation devices in the Piave catchment are found to have smaller means/modes, larger coefficient of variations and more pronounced peaks than the flows that would be observed in absence of anthropogenic regulation, suggesting that the anthropogenic disturbance leads to remarkable reductions of river flows, with an increase of the streamflow variability and of the frequency of preferential states far from

  20. Growth performance and meat quality of rabbits under different feeding regimes.

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    Khan, Kamran; Khan, Sarzamin; Khan, Rajwali; Sultan, Asad; Khan, Nazir Ahmad; Ahmad, Naseer

    2016-12-01

    This study evaluated the growth, carcass characteristics and meat quality of indigenous rabbits in northern Pakistan. Weaned rabbits (age 35 days, weight 323 g) of four distinct phenotypes (white, black and white, brown and black) were fed four experimental diets: alfalfa hay (AH), berseem fodder (BF), BF supplemented with low-level concentrate (50 %; LLC) and high-level concentrate (75 %; HLC). Each experimental diet was fed to 48 rabbits, 12 of each phenotype, in a randomized complete block design. The duration of the experiment was 55 days, including 1 week of adaptation. Rabbits fed the BF and AH diets had poor body weight gain (P < 0.05) compared to rabbits fed the LLC and HLC diets. Feed conversion efficiency was best in the LLC (4.47) and HLC (4.58) groups. Average carcass yield (743 g) and carcass dressing percentage (56.2) were higher (P < 0.05) in LLC. Growth rate was not improved significantly by feeding HLC. Fat deposition in animals was higher (P < 0.05) in the groups supplemented with concentrate. Cost per kilogram of rabbit meat was lowest (P < 0.05) for BF, followed by AH, LLC and HLC. Brown phenotypes had the best (P < 0.05) feed conversion efficiency, body weight gain, carcass yield and carcass dressing. It was concluded that local rabbits do not necessarily need high levels of concentrates but can be well fattened with low-level concentrates along with forages.

  1. Growth and superconductivity of lead and lead-bismuth alloys in the quantum regime

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    Ozer, Mustafa Murat

    Superconductivity is a collective quantum phenomenon that is inevitably suppressed in reduced dimensionality. Questions of how thin superconducting wires or films can be before they lose their superconducting properties have important technological ramifications and go to the heart of understanding formation, coherence, and robustness of the superconducting state in quantum confined geometries. Suppression of superconductivity in low dimensions is usually attributed to thermal or quantum fluctuations, or to pair-breaking Coulomb interactions in the presence of strong disorder. Control and quantification of a film's disorder length scale remained a critical experimental obstacle, however. Here, we exploit quantum confinement of itinerant electrons in a soft metal (Pb), to stabilize atomically-flat superconductors with lateral dimensions of the order of a few millimeters and vertical dimensions of only a few atomic layers. These extremely thin superconductors show no indication of defect- or fluctuation-driven suppression of superconductivity and sustain macroscopic super-currents of up to ˜10% of the theoretical depairing current density. The extreme hardness of the critical state can be attributed to the presence of intrinsic vortex traps that are stabilized by quantum confinement. We furthermore show that the quantum growth and superconductive properties of the films can be tailored by Fermi surface engineering via controlled alloying. The present study paints a conceptually appealing, elegant picture of a model nano-scale superconductor with calculable critical state properties. It furthermore indicates the intriguing possibility of achieving and exploiting superconductivity in the ultimate low-dimensional limit.

  2. Growth of common brackish marsh macrophytes under altered hydrology and salinity regimes

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    Howard, Rebecca J.; Biagas, Janelda M.; Allain, Larry K.

    2016-01-01

    Coastal marsh plants are increasingly subject to physicochemical stressors under rising sea levels, and the maintenance of marsh ecological functions can depend on the ability of individual species and communities to tolerate or adapt to altered conditions. We conducted a greenhouse experiment to identify hydrology and salinity effects on growth of three common brackish marsh macrophytes of coastal Florida, USA: Distichlis spicata, Juncus roemerianus, and Spartina bakeri. The species were potted as monocultures and exposed to three salinities (0, 15, or 28 psu) and two hydrologic conditions (saturated, tidal) over 22 months. Final stem density of J. roemerianus and S. bakeri did not differ among treatments. In D. spicata, however, stem density was lowest at 28 psu and lower in tidal compared to saturated conditions. Mean stem height of all species was lowest at 28 psu. Aboveground biomass of J. roemerianus was not affected by the treatments, but in D. spicata andS. bakeri it was lowest at 28 psu. Results indicated that J. roemerianus was the most adaptable species and may, therefore, be more resilient to climate-change driven stressors. However, plant-plant interactions such as interspecific competition and facilitation can alter the response of individual species to environmental factors.

  3. Comment on "Formation of polyelectrolyte multilayers: ionic strengths and growth regimes" by K. Tang and A. M. Besseling, Soft Matter, 2016, 12, 1032.

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    Guzmán, Eduardo; Ortega, Francisco; Rubio, Ramón G

    2016-10-19

    Tang and Besseling recently published a study on the growth of polyelectrolyte multilayers formed by poly(diallyl-dimethylammonium chloride), PDADMAC, and the sodium salt of poly(4-styrenesulfonate), PSSNa. They described the different growth regimes appearing in the (PDADMAC + PSS)n multilayers within a scenario in which the appearance of interdiffusion of the polyelectrolyte chains within the multilayer architecture plays a central role in the transition between the different regimes. However, this account contrasts, without an apparent explanation, with previous experimental evidence reported in the literature.

  4. Contribution of silver nanoparticles to extend Salmonella typhimurium growth under various respiration regimes.

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    Hidouri, Slah; Yohmes, Mannoubia Ben; Landoulsi, Ahmed

    2016-10-01

    Living cells interact with different forms of metal; the resulted biochemical alteration depends on the dose. Over an average dose in ionic form, metals interact with respiration processes at various levels, and it induces oxidative stress by shifting the whole oxydoreduction equilibrium. To correct the toxicity, cell develops different ways to cancel the effect of the exceeded charges, and it reduces the ion to get a more stable form. In the case of nanoparticles, the reactivity of surface has been enhanced that can alter the biological mechanisms; the cell may develop different strategies to minimize this reactivity. The current study is focused on the pursuing of cell behavior regarding the presence of nanoparticles and their associated metals. Nanoparticles have been synthesized using bio-reducing agents and then were structurally characterized using X-ray diffraction, UV-Vis, and infra-red spectroscopy. The oxydoreduction flexibility of the post-synthesis modified nanoparticles was tested in vitro. Interactions with cells were done using Salmonella under various respiration conditions. The final results show the possible correction of oxidative stress effects and the recuperation of respiration.

  5. Effects of flooding regime and seedling treatment on early survival and growth of nuttall oak

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    Burkett, V.R.; Draugelis-Dale, R.O.; Williams, H.M.; Schoenholtz, S.H.

    2005-01-01

    Effects of flooding on survival and growth of three different types of Nuttall oak (Quercus texana Buckl.) seedlings were observed at the end of third and fifth growing seasons at Yazoo National Wildlife Refuge, Mississippi, U.S.A. Three types of seedlings were planted in January 1995 in a split-plot design, with four replications at each of two elevations on floodprone, former cropland in Sharkey clay soil. The lower of the two planting elevations was inundated for 21 days during the first growing season, whereas the higher elevation did not flood during the 5-year period of this study. The three types of 1-0 seedlings were bareroot seedlings, seedlings grown in containers (3.8 ?? 21a??cm plastic seedling cones), and container-grown seedlings inoculated with vegetative mycelia of Pisolithus tinctorius (Pers.) Coker. Survival of all the three seedling types was greatest at the lower, intermittently flooded elevation, indicating that drought and related effects on plant competition were more limiting to seedling survival than flooding. At the lower elevation, survival of mycorrhizal-inoculated container seedlings was greater than that of noninoculated container seedlings. Survival among bareroot seedlings and inoculated container seedlings was not significantly different at either elevation. At the higher, nonflooded elevation, however, bareroot seedling survival was greater than the survival of container seedlings without inoculation. Differences were significant among the inoculated and the noninoculated container seedlings, with higher survival of inoculated seedlings at both elevations, though differences were only significant in year 3. At the end of the fifth year, height of bareroot seedlings was significantly greater than the heights of both types of container-grown seedlings at both planting elevations. Because seedlings grown in the plastic seedlings cones did not survive better than the bareroot seedlings at either planting elevation, the bareroot stock

  6. Characterization and comparison of microstructures in the shaped-charge regime: Copper and tantalum

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    Gurevitch, A.C.; Murr, L.E.; Shih, H.K.; Niou, C.S.; Advani, A.H.; Manuel, D. ); Zernow, L. )

    1993-04-01

    Light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy techniques were employed, along with a novel technique for building up small, recovered jet fragments using electrodeposition of copper, to examine specific segments of fabricated shaped charge liner cones and corresponding, residual jet fragments. Oxygen-free electronic copper and tantalum shaped charge regimes (liner cones and recovered jet fragments) were compared, and a reduction in the average grain size of recovered jet fragments as compared to the starting liner cones was a consistent observation. The average grain sizes for all cones was 35 [mu]m, and the maximum grain reduction occurred for an annealed, equiaxed tantalum cone, which resulted in a residual jet fragment grain size between 1 and 5 [mu]m. This is indicative of dynamic recrystallization during jet elongation and microstructure evolution. The most recent US military use of shaped charges was in the high explosive antitank shells used in the 1990-1991 conflict with Iraq. Shaped charges are also used in the oil and gas industries, steel industries, mining and quarrying, specialty cutting, and perhaps most prominently in building demolition work within cities.

  7. Presettlement and modern disturbance regimes in coast redwood forests: Implications for the conservation of old-growth stands

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    Lorimer, Craig G.; Porter, Daniel J.; Madej, Mary Ann; Stuart, John D.; Veirs, Stephen D.; Norman, Steven P.; O'Hara, Kevin L.; Libby, William J.

    2009-01-01

    Coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens), a western North American conifer of ancient lineage, has a paradoxical combination of late-successional characteristics and strong adaptations to disturbance. Despite its shade tolerance and heavy dominance of the canopy on many sites, redwood saplings are uncommon in upland old-growth stands. Information needed to ensure the conservation of old-growth redwood forests has been limited. In this review paper, we integrate evidence on redwood biology with data on the historic and modern disturbance regimes to help clarify the degree to which key attributes of redwood forests may have been dependent upon periodic disturbance. Available evidence suggests that episodes of fire, flooding, and slope failure prior to European settlement were frequent but predominantly of low to moderate severity and extent, resulting in broadly uneven-aged forests. The majority of fires prior to European settlement were apparently of human origin. Frequency and severity of the major disturbance agents have been radically changed in modern times. Fires have been largely excluded, and flooding has been altered in ways that have often been detrimental to old-growth redwoods on alluvial terraces. However, because of the apparent anthropogenic origin of most presettlement fires, the long-term evolutionary role of fire for coast redwood is ecologically ambiguous. With fire exclusion, redwood possibly could be displaced to some extent on upland sites by increasing abundance of fire-sensitive competitors. Alternatively, redwood may be able to maintain dominance by vegetative sprouting and new seedling establishment on root-wad mounds, fallen logs, and on soil exposed by slope failure. Future research priorities are suggested that will help resolve some of the current ambiguities.

  8. Interactive effect of water and nitrogen regimes on plant growth, root traits and water status of old and modern durum wheat genotypes.

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    Elazab, Abdelhalim; Serret, María Dolors; Araus, José Luis

    2016-07-01

    The selection of the ideal root drought adaptive traits should take into account the production and maintenance of root tissues alongside the capacity to capture soil resources. Ten old and modern Spanish durum wheat (Triticum turgidum L. var durum) genotypes were grown in lysimeters under two contrasting water and nitrogen regimes to study the effect of such growth conditions on: (1) the aerial biomass, (2) the growth and structure of the roots and (3) the relationships of the root structure with aerial biomass, photosynthetic and transpirative characteristics and water use efficiency. Both high water and nitrogen regimes significantly increased aerial biomass. Root dry biomass and root length increased and decreased in response to improved water supply and nitrogen regimes, respectively. No significant correlations were detected between aerial biomass and any root trait under well-watered conditions. Under water stress aerial biomass was negatively correlated with root dry biomass, root length and root weight density and positively correlated with the specific root length, particularly for the subset of old genotypes. The high nitrogen regime significantly enriched the carbon isotope composition of the flag leaf (δ (13)CFL) and hindered the effect of the high water regime on decreasing δ (13)CFL enrichment. Thus, positive correlations of aerial biomass with δ (13)CFL were detected regardless of the water regime. The study revealed: (1) the importance of root traits for higher aerial biomass under the low water regime; (2) that the interaction between nitrogen and the water regime may affect the predictive nature of the δ (13)C in drought breeding programs; and (3) the selection of the ideal root system structure should take into account the metabolic costs of the production and maintenance of root tissues alongside the capacity of capturing resources.

  9. Miniaturized non-thermal atmospheric pressure plasma jet—characterization of self-organized regimes

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    Schäfer, J.; Foest, R.; Ohl, A.; Weltmann, K.-D.

    2009-12-01

    The study reports for the first time on self-organization effects in a radio frequency (RF) plasma generated with a miniaturized non-thermal atmospheric pressure plasma jet. The source is configured as a capacitively coupled RF jet (27.2 MHz) with two outer ring electrodes around a quartz capillary (d = 4.0 mm) between which a gas mixture flows at typical rates of 0.05—5 slm. The application background of this source is the deposition of thin films with a PECVD process. Therefore, thin film producing agents can be added in small quantities downstream the active discharge region. Commonly, the time-resolved observation of the discharge development reveals that the discharge consists of distinct discharge filaments that appear stochastically and evolve alongside the wall of the capillary. This stochastic mode can be easily found under most situations. However, under special conditions, a quasi-laminar flow is established and a controlled number of equidistant filaments develop which form fixed discrete rotating patterns (locked mode). In this paper, a systematic study is performed using Ar as process gas to define the range of existence of the locked mode. The temporal discharge behaviour is studied by performing a low frequency analysis on the optical emission of the plasma. RF power, gas flow rate and electrode distance are interpreted as scaling parameters that are responsible for the self-organization in the non-thermal atmospheric pressure plasma jet. The appearance of the different discharge regimes is described on a phenomenological basis and the collective behavior of the discharge filaments is explained based on the thermal interference of the discharge channels with the gas flow inside the capillary.

  10. Growth and cold hardiness of container-grown Douglas-fir, noble fir, and Sitka spruce seedlings in simulated greenhouse regimes.

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    Peyton W. Owston; T.T. Kozlowski

    1981-01-01

    Seedlings of Pseudotsuga menziesii (Mirb.) Franco, Abies procera Rehd., and Picea sitchensis (Bong.) Carr. were grown for 5 months in growth rooms which simulated hot, warm, or cool growing regimes in greenhouses in western Oregon. Temperature, humidity, light intensity, and photoperiod were changed...

  11. The role of density dependence in growth patterns of ceded territory walleye populations of northern Wisconsin: Effects of changing management regimes

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    Sass, G.G.; Hewett, S.W.; Beard, T.D.; Fayram, A.H.; Kitchell, J.F.

    2004-01-01

    We assessed density-related changes in growth of walleye Sander vitreus in the ceded territory of northern Wisconsin from 1977 to 1999. We used asymptotic length (Lz), growth rate near t0 (??), and body condition as measures of walleye growth to determine the relationship between growth and density. Among lakes, there was weak evidence of density-dependent growth: adult density explained only 0-6% of the variability in the growth metrics. Within lakes, growth was density dependent. Lz, ??, and body condition of walleyes changing with density for 69, 28, and 62% of the populations examined, respectively. Our results suggest that walleye growth was density dependent within individual lakes. However, growth was not coherently density dependent among lakes, which was possibly due to inherent differences in the productivity, surface area, forage base, landscape position, species composition, and management regime of lakes in the ceded territory. Densities of adult walleyes averaged 8.3 fish/ha and did not change significantly during 1990-1999. Mean Lz and body condition of walleyes were signilicantly higher before 1990 than after 1990, which may indicate an increase in density due to changes in management regimes. The observed growth changes do not appear to be a consequence of the statewide 15-in minimum size limit adopted in 1990 but rather a response to the treaty rights management regime. We conclude that walleye growth has the potential to predict regional-scale adult walleye densities if lake-specific variables are included in a model to account for regional-scale differences among walleye populations and lakes.

  12. The effect of different growth regimes on the endophytic bacterial communities of the fern, Dicksonia sellowiana hook (Dicksoniaceae)

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    de Araújo Barros, Irene; Luiz Araújo, Welington; Lúcio Azevedo, João

    2010-01-01

    Endophytic bacteria associated with the fern Dicksonia sellowiana were investigated. The bacterial communities from the surface-sterilized pinnae and rachis segments of the plants from the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest that grew in native field conditions were compared with the bacterial communities from plants grown in greenhouses and plants that were initially grown in greenhouses and then transferred to the forest. From 540 pinnae and 540 rachis segments, 163 (30.2%) and 346 (64.2%) were colonized by bacteria, respectively. The main bacterial genera and species that were isolated included Bacillus spp. ( B. cereus, B. megaterium, B. pumilus and B. subtilis ) , Paenibacillus sp. , Amphibacillus sp. , Gracilibacillus sp. , Micrococcus sp. and Stenotrophomonas spp. ( S. maltophilia and S. nitroreducens ). B. pumilus was the most frequently isolated bacterial species . Amphibacillus and Gracilibacillus were reported as endophytes for the first time. Other commonly found bacterial genera were not observed in D. sellowiana , which may reflect preferences of specific bacterial communities inside this fern or detection limitations due to the isolation procedures. Plants that were grown in greenhouses and plants that were reintroduced into the forest displayed more bacterial genera and species diversity than native field plants, suggesting that reintroduction shifts the bacterial diversity. Endophytic bacteria that displayed antagonistic properties against different microorganisms were detected, but no obvious correlation was found between their frequencies with plant tissues or with plants from different growth regimes. This paper reports the first isolation of endophytic bacteria from a fern. PMID:24031575

  13. Effect of different arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on growth and physiology of maize at ambient and low temperature regimes.

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    Chen, Xiaoying; Song, Fengbin; Liu, Fulai; Tian, Chunjie; Liu, Shengqun; Xu, Hongwen; Zhu, Xiancan

    2014-01-01

    The effect of four different arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) on the growth and lipid peroxidation, soluble sugar, proline contents, and antioxidant enzymes activities of Zea mays L. was studied in pot culture subjected to two temperature regimes. Maize plants were grown in pots filled with a mixture of sandy and black soil for 5 weeks, and then half of the plants were exposed to low temperature for 1 week while the rest of the plants were grown under ambient temperature and severed as control. Different AMF resulted in different root colonization and low temperature significantly decreased AM colonization. Low temperature remarkably decreased plant height and total dry weight but increased root dry weight and root-shoot ratio. The AM plants had higher proline content compared with the non-AM plants. The maize plants inoculated with Glomus etunicatum and G. intraradices had higher malondialdehyde and soluble sugar contents under low temperature condition. The activities of catalase (CAT) and peroxidase of AM inoculated maize were higher than those of non-AM ones. Low temperature noticeably decreased the activities of CAT. The results suggest that low temperature adversely affects maize physiology and AM symbiosis can improve maize seedlings tolerance to low temperature stress.

  14. The effect of different growth regimes on the endophytic bacterial communities of the fern, Dicksonia sellowiana hook (Dicksoniaceae).

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    de Araújo Barros, Irene; Luiz Araújo, Welington; Lúcio Azevedo, João

    2010-10-01

    Endophytic bacteria associated with the fern Dicksonia sellowiana were investigated. The bacterial communities from the surface-sterilized pinnae and rachis segments of the plants from the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest that grew in native field conditions were compared with the bacterial communities from plants grown in greenhouses and plants that were initially grown in greenhouses and then transferred to the forest. From 540 pinnae and 540 rachis segments, 163 (30.2%) and 346 (64.2%) were colonized by bacteria, respectively. The main bacterial genera and species that were isolated included Bacillus spp. ( B. cereus, B. megaterium, B. pumilus and B. subtilis ) , Paenibacillus sp. , Amphibacillus sp. , Gracilibacillus sp. , Micrococcus sp. and Stenotrophomonas spp. ( S. maltophilia and S. nitroreducens ). B. pumilus was the most frequently isolated bacterial species . Amphibacillus and Gracilibacillus were reported as endophytes for the first time. Other commonly found bacterial genera were not observed in D. sellowiana , which may reflect preferences of specific bacterial communities inside this fern or detection limitations due to the isolation procedures. Plants that were grown in greenhouses and plants that were reintroduced into the forest displayed more bacterial genera and species diversity than native field plants, suggesting that reintroduction shifts the bacterial diversity. Endophytic bacteria that displayed antagonistic properties against different microorganisms were detected, but no obvious correlation was found between their frequencies with plant tissues or with plants from different growth regimes. This paper reports the first isolation of endophytic bacteria from a fern.

  15. Potential population growth and harmful effects on humans from bed bug populations exposed to different feeding regimes.

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    Pereira, R M; Taylor, A S; Lehnert, M P; Koehler, P G

    2013-06-01

    Effects of host availability and feeding period on bed bugs, Cimex lectularius (L.) (Hemiptera: Cimicidae), were measured. Population growth and the potential harmful effect of bed bug populations on human hosts were modelled. Bloodmeal sizes were affected by both feeding length and frequency, with >2-fold difference between insects fed daily or weekly. Blood consumption increased >2-fold between bed bugs fed occasionally and often, and 1.5-fold between occasional and daily feeding. Bed bugs fed more often than once a week, potentially every 2-4 days. Egg production was associated with nutrition, being strongly correlated with blood consumption in the previous week. Bed bug populations can grow under different feeding regimes and are hard to control with <80% mortality. Bed bugs can survive and grow even in locations with a limited blood supply, where bed bug persistence may be important for the continual spread of populations. Persistence in non-traditional locations and a potential association with human pathogens increase the health risks of bed bugs. Potential blood loss as a result of a bed bug can have serious consequences because uncontrolled populations can reach harmful levels in 3-8 months. The reproduction potential of bed bug populations suggests serious consequences to human health and the need for efficacious control measures. © 2012 The Royal Entomological Society.

  16. Growth and characterization of CdTe and CdZnTe crystals for substrate application

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    Azoulay, Moshe; Zilber, Raphael; Shusterman, Sergy; Goldgirsh, Alex; Zontag, Itzhak

    2003-01-01

    During the last decade we have investigated the synthesis, growth and characterization of CdTe and CdZnTe semiconductor compounds. As a result, substrate crystals, suitable for mercury cadmium telluride thin film growth are prepared. The emphasis will be given to the investigation of the thermal regime during growth, reflected at the solid liquid interface shape and its influence on the crystalline quality. Seeded and unseeded growth experiments are compared in terms of structural crystalline quality. Seeded and unseeded growth experiments are compared in terms of structural crystalline perfection as well as single crystal yield. The effect of thermal annealing on IR transmittance, precipitates and inclusions will be discussed in detail. Moreover, we will show the recent new trends for simulation of crystal growth processes by CRYSVUN software as well as practical implementation of calculated data for the grwoth of II-VI crystals. Preliminary study on the vapor phase control during growth and crystal cooling procedures will also be discussed.

  17. Evaluation of feed and feeding regime on growth performance, flesh quality and fecal viscosity of Atlantic salmon ( Salmo salar L.) in recirculating aquaculture systems

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    Sun, Guoxiang; Liu, Ying; Li, Yong; Li, Xian; Wang, Shunkui

    2015-10-01

    The effects of different feeds and feeding regimes on growth performance, flesh quality and fecal viscosity of Atlantic salmon ( Salmo salar L.) in recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) were investigated. Fish (initial body weight of 1677 g ± 157 g) were fed with four commercial feeds (Nosan salmon-NS, Aller gold-AG, Skretting salmon-SS and Han ye-HY) in two feeding regimes (80% and 100% satiation) for 78 d. The results showed that salmon specific growth ratio (SGR) and weight gain ratio (WGR) were significantly affected by feed type and feeding regime ( P < 0.05). Feed conversion ratio (FCR) varied between 0.93 and 3.40, which was significantly affected by feed type ( P < 0.05), and slightly improved with increased satiation degree. The activities of digestive enzymes including protease, lipase and amylase were also significantly affected by feed type and feeding regime ( P < 0.05), increasing with satiation degree. Flesh qualities for vitamin E, hydroxyproline (HYP), liquid loss and muscle pH among all groups showed significant differences ( P < 0.05), ranging from 26.67 to 29.67, while no obvious difference was found in flesh color. Fecal viscosity for different treatments showed no significant difference, though improvement was found in 100% satiation group. From present experiment, it was concluded that both feed type and feeding regime can affect the important quality attributes of Atlantic salmon.

  18. Characterizing the frequency response curve of large rooms in the short and long time regimes

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    Klales, Anna; Pittman, Suzanne; Barr, Matthew; Borunda, Mario; Heller, Eric

    2012-02-01

    Room acoustics can be modeled by real Gaussian statistics, corresponding to randomized ray trajectories and characterized for instance by the reverberation time T60 (free field to decay by 60 decibels) which is independent of position or source point in a room. In his 1954 paper, Manfred Schroeder found universal statistical features of the steady state frequency response curve of large rooms, based upon the assumption of Gaussian probability distributions of the pressure. For example, he found the standard deviation from the mean level is 11 decibels for any concert hall, regardless of the shape of the room or its T60, within reasonable limits. Using semi-classical and numerical methods, we find non-universal (room dependent) corrections to Schroeder's universal results for the statistics of the frequency response curve. Along with corrections to the steady-state frequency response, we present the behavior of the frequency response curve for short to intermediate times.

  19. Characterization of crack growth under combined loading

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    Feldman, A.; Smith, F. W.; Holston, A., Jr.

    1977-01-01

    Room-temperature static and cyclic tests were made on 21 aluminum plates in the shape of a 91.4x91.4-cm Maltese cross with 45 deg flaws to develop crack growth and fracture toughness data under mixed-mode conditions. During cyclic testing, it was impossible to maintain a high proportion of shear-mode deformation on the crack tips. Cracks either branched or turned. Under static loading, cracks remained straight if shear stress intensity exceeded normal stress intensity. Mixed-mode crack growth rate data compared reasonably well with published single-mode data, and measured crack displacements agreed with the straight and branched crack analyses. Values of critical strain energy release rate at fracture for pure shear were approximately 50% higher than for pure normal opening, and there was a large reduction in normal stress intensity at fracture in the presence of high shear stress intensity. Net section stresses were well into the inelastic range when fracture occurred under high shear on the cracks.

  20. Characterizing the Growth Kinetics in Estrogen Responsive ...

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    There is a need to develop high-throughput screening (HTS) tests capable of testing thousands of environmental chemicals for endocrine disrupting potential. The estrogen signaling pathway is a known xenobiotic target that has been implicated in a variety of adverse health effects including reproductive deficits and cancer promotion. Using real-time measurements of growth kinetics by electrode impedance, the estrogen-responsive human ductal carcinoma cell line, T47D, was treated with 2000 chemicals of environmental relevance. Cells were treated in concentration response and measurements of cellular impedance were recorded every hour for six days. Exponential impedance, signifying increased proliferation, was observed by prototypical estrogen receptor agonists (17β-estradiol, genestein, bisphenol-A, nonylphenol, 4-tert-octylphenol). Several compounds, including bisphenol-A and genestein, induced cell proliferation at comparable levels to 17β-estradiol, although at much higher concentrations. Progestins, and mineralocortocoids (progesterone, dihydrotestosterone, aldosterone) invoked a biphasic impedance signature. In conclusion, the real-time nature of this assay allows for rapid detection of differential growth characteristics shows potential, in combination with other ToxCast HTS assays, to detect environmental chemicals with potential endocrine activity. [This abstract does not necessarily reflect Agency policy]. Several compounds, including bisphenol-A and

  1. Large-signal characterization of DDR silicon IMPATTs operating in millimeter-wave and terahertz regime

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    Acharyya, Aritra; Chakraborty, Jit; Das, Kausik; Datta, Subir; De, Pritam; Banerjee, Suranjana; Banerjee, J. P.

    2013-10-01

    The authors have carried out the large-signal characterization of silicon-based double-drift region (DDR) impact avalanche transit time (IMPATT) devices designed to operate up to 0.5 THz using a large-signal simulation method developed by the authors based on non-sinusoidal voltage excitation. The effect of band-to-band tunneling as well as parasitic series resistance on the large-signal properties of DDR Si IMPATTs have also been studied at different mm-wave and THz frequencies. Large-signal simulation results show that DDR Si IMPATT is capable of delivering peak RF power of 633.69 mW with 7.95% conversion efficiency at 94 GHz for 50% voltage modulation, whereas peak RF power output and efficiency fall to 81.08 mW and 2.01% respectively at 0.5 THz for same voltage modulation. The simulation results are compared with the experimental results and are found to be in close agreement.

  2. Femtosecond Laser Tagging Characterization of a Sweeping Jet Actuator Operating in the Compressible Regime

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    Peters, Christopher J.; Miles, Richard B.; Burns, Ross A.; Bathel, Brett F.; Jones, Gregory S.; Danehy, Paul M.

    2016-01-01

    A sweeping jet (SWJ) actuator operating over a range of nozzle pressure ratios (NPRs) was characterized with femtosecond laser electronic excitation tagging (FLEET), single hot-wire anemometry (HWA) and high-speed/phase-averaged schlieren. FLEET velocimetry was successfully demonstrated in a highly unsteady, oscillatory flow containing subsonic through supersonic velocities. Qualitative comparisons between FLEET and HWA (which measured mass flux since the flow was compressible) showed relatively good agreement in the external flow profiles. The spreading rate was found to vary from 0.5 to 1.2 depending on the pressure ratio. The precision of FLEET velocity measurements in the external flow field was poorer (is approximately equal to 25 m/s) than reported in a previous study due to the use of relatively low laser fluences, impacting the velocity fluctuation measurements. FLEET enabled velocity measurements inside the device and showed that choking likely occurred for NPR = 2.0, and no internal shockwaves were present. Qualitative oxygen concentration measurements using FLEET were explored in an effort to gauge the jet's mixing with the ambient. The jet was shown to mix well within roughly four throat diameters and mix fully within roughly eight throat diameters. Schlieren provided visualization of the internal and external flow fields and showed that the qualitative structure of the internal flow does not vary with pressure ratio and the sweeping mechanism observed for incompressible NPRs also probably holds for compressible NPRs.

  3. Characterization of antirelaxation-coated vapor cells in high-temperature regime

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    Li, Wenhao; Balabas, Mikhail; Pustelny, Szymon; Wickenbrock, Arne; Budker, Dmitry

    2016-05-01

    Antirelaxation-coated vapor cells are widely used in modern atomic physics experiments due to the coating's ability to maintain spin polarization during wall collisions. We characterize the performance of vapor cells with different coating materials by measuring longitudinal spin relaxation and vapor density at temperatures of up to 90° C. The longitudinal spin relaxation time (τrel) is measured with a modified version of ``relaxation in the dark'' technique and the vapor density (n) is obtained by fitting atomic absorption spectrum with linear absorption function. The spin-projection-noise-limited (or atomic shot noise limited) sensitivity for atomic magnetometers is δBSNL 1 /√{ nτrel T } , where T is measurement time. Therefore, by showing the product of the longitudinal spin relaxation time and the vapor density increases with temperature, we demonstrate the potential of antirelaxation-coated cells in applications of future high-sensitivity magnetometers. W.L. would like to acknowledge support from the China Scholarship Council (CSC) enabling his research at the University of California at Berkeley.

  4. Characterization of quantum-regime dielectric loss of aluminum oxide using superconducting LC resonators

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    Deng, Chunqing; Otto, Martin; Lupascu, Adrian

    2013-03-01

    We report low-temperature measurements of dielectric loss of thin layers of aluminum oxide. The experiments are performed by measuring the microwave transmission of coplanar waveguides coupled to LC resonators where the capacitor contains the dielectric to be characterized. We develop a method, based on systematic approximations of transfer functions, to analyze the measured transmission curves. The fit of the resonance curves yields not only the loss tangent of the dielectric, but also the relation between the voltage on the capacitor and the excitation voltage. The latter is a nonlinear relation which has to be properly taken into account when analyzing the power dependence of dielectric loss. We find that the loss tangent of the aluminum oxide increases with decreasing capacitor voltage and temperature and reaches a constant value around 2 ×10-3 at sub-single photon levels. Our results are qualitatively in agreement with the two-level system defect model. Despite large loss, compact resonators based on these dielectrics have potential applications in microwave amplifiers. These results are relevant to understanding decoherence in superconducting quantum devices.

  5. Physical characterization of Rhipsalis (Cactaceae) fruits and seeds germination in different temperatures and light regimes.

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    Lone, A B; Colombo, R C; Andrade, B L G; Takahashi, L S A; Faria, R T

    2016-06-01

    The germination characteristics of the native cactus species are poorly known, being the temperature and the light the factors that the most interferes in that process. Thus, the objective of the present work was to characterize the fruits and evaluate the influence of the temperature and the light in the seed germination of Rhipsalis floccosa, Rhipsalis pilocarpa and Rhipsalis teres. The tested constant temperatures were 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 °C and the alternate of 20-30 °C and 25-35 °C in a photoperiod of 10 hours, and with determination of the most appropriate temperature, the germination was tested in light absence. The germination percentage, the index of germination speed and medium time of germination were evaluated. For R. floccosa, the highest germination percentage was at 20 °C. For R. pilocarpa and R. teres, the highest germination percentages occurred in 15 °C and 20 °C. There was correlation to germination percentage between the three species, indicating that they had similar germination behavior. Total absence of germination was verified for the three species in condition of light absence. In conclusion, the temperature of 20 °C is the most suitable for the seed germination of R. floccosa. For the species R. pilocarpa and R. teres, the temperatures of 15 and 20 °C are the most suitable.

  6. Characterization of radiation regimes in nonrandom forest canopies: theory, measurements, and a simplified modeling approach.

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    Kucharik, Christopher J.; Norman, John M.; Gower, Stith T.

    1999-09-01

    We used field measurements and Monte Carlo simulations of canopy gap-size distribution and gap fraction to examine how beam radiation interacts with clumped boreal forest canopies of aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx.), black spruce (Picea mariana (Mill.) B.S.P.) and jack pine (Pinus banksiana Lamb.). We demonstrate that the Beer-Lambert law can be modified to accommodate transmission of radiation through a clumped forest canopy as a function of path length or sun zenith angle. Multiband Vegetation Imager (MVI) measurements and Monte Carlo simulations showed that values of the zenith element clumping index (Omega(e)(0)) are typically between 0.4 and 0.5 in jack pine and black spruce and 0.65 in aspen. Estimates of LAI obtained from MVI measurements of the canopy gap fraction and adjusted for canopy clumping and branch architecture yielded LAI values of 3.0 in jack pine, 3.3 in aspen, and about 6.0 in black spruce. These LAI estimates were within 10-25% of direct measurements made at the same sites. Data obtained with the MVI, along with numerical simulations, demonstrated that assumptions of random foliage distributions in boreal forests are invalid and could yield erroneous values of LAI measured by indirect techniques and false characterizations of atmosphere-biosphere interactions. Monte Carlo simulations were used to develop a general equation for beam radiation penetration as a function of zenith angle in clumped canopies. The essential measurements included stem spacing, crown diameter, crown depth, and within-crown gap fraction.

  7. Walker Branch Throughfall Displacement Experiment Data Report: Site Characterization, System Performance, Weather, Species Composition, and Growth

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    Hanson, P.J.

    2001-09-04

    This numeric data package provides data sets, and accompanying documentation, on site characterization, system performance, weather, species composition, and growth for the Throughfall Displacement Experiment, which was established in the Walker Branch Watershed of East Tennessee to provide data on the responses of forests to altered precipitation regimes. The specific data sets include soil water content and potential, coarse fraction of the soil profile, litter layer temperature, soil temperature, monthly weather, daily weather, hourly weather, species composition of trees and saplings, mature tree and sapling annual growth, and relative leaf area index. Fortran and SAS{trademark} access codes are provided to read the ASCII data files. The data files and this documentation are available without charge on a variety of media and via the Internet from the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC).

  8. Growth and characterization of (110) InAs quantum well metamorphic heterostructures

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    Podpirka, Adrian A. Katz, Michael B.; Twigg, Mark E.; Mack, Shawn; Bennett, Brian R.; Shabani, Javad; Palmstrøm, Chris J.

    2015-06-28

    An understanding of the growth of (110) quantum wells (QWs) is of great importance to spin systems due to the observed long spin relaxation times. In this article, we report on the metamorphic growth and characterization of high mobility undoped InAs (110) QWs on GaAs (110) substrates. A low-temperature nucleation layer reduces dislocation density, results in tilting of the subsequent buffer layer and increases the electron mobility of the QW structure. The mobility varies widely and systematically (4000–16 000 cm{sup 2}/Vs at room temperature) with deposition temperature and layer thicknesses. Low-temperature transport measurements exhibit Shubnikov de-Haas oscillations and quantized plateaus in the quantum Hall regime.

  9. Characterization of Ethiopian mega hydrogeological regimes using GRACE, TRMM and GLDAS datasets

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    Awange, J. L.; Gebremichael, M.; Forootan, E.; Wakbulcho, G.; Anyah, R.; Ferreira, V. G.; Alemayehu, T.

    2014-12-01

    Understanding the spatio-temporal characteristics of water storage changes is crucial for Ethiopia, a country that is facing a range of challenges in water management caused by anthropogenic impacts as well as climate variability. In addition to this, the scarcity of in situ measurements of soil moisture and groundwater, combined with intrinsic "scale limitations" of traditional methods used in hydrological characterization are further limiting the ability to assess water resource distribution in the region. The primary objective of this study is therefore to apply remotely sensed and model data over Ethiopia in order to (i) test the performance of models and remotely sensed data in modeling water resources distribution in un-gauged arid regions of Ethiopia, (ii) analyze the inter-annual and seasonal variability as well as changes in total water storage (TWS) over Ethiopia, (iii) understand the relationship between TWS changes, rainfall, and soil moisture anomalies over the study region, and (iv) identify the relationship between the characteristics of aquifers and TWS changes. The data used in this study includes; monthly gravity field data from the Gravity Recovery And Climate Experiment (GRACE) mission, rainfall data from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), and soil moisture from the Global Land Data Assimilation System (GLDAS) model. Our investigation covers a period of 8 years from 2003 to 2011. The results of the study show that the western part and the north-eastern lowlands of Ethiopia experienced decrease in TWS water between 2003-2011, whereas all the other regions gained water during the study period. The impact of rainfall seasonality was also seen in the TWS changes. Applying the statistical method of Principal Component Analysis (PCA) to TWS, soil moisture and rainfall variations indentified the dominant annual water variability in the western, north-western, northern, and central regions, and the dominant seasonal variability in the

  10. Survival, development, and growth of fall Chinook salmon embryos, alevin, and fry exposed to variable thermal and dissolved oxygen regimes

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    Geist, David R.; Abernethy, Cary S.; Hand, Kristine D.; Cullinan, Valerie I.; Chandler, James A.; Groves, Philip

    2006-11-15

    Some fall Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) initiate spawning in the Snake River downstream of Hells Canyon Dam at temperatures that exceed 13?C and at intergravel dissolved oxygen concentrations that are less than 8 mg O2/L. Although water temperature declines and dissolved oxygen increases soon after spawning, these temperature and dissolved oxygen levels do not meet the water quality standards established by the states of Oregon and Idaho for salmonid spawning. Our objective was to determine if temperatures from 13 to 17 C and dissolved oxygen levels from 4 to greater than 8 mg O2/L during the first 40 days of incubation followed by declining temperature and rising dissolved oxygen affected survival, development, and growth of Snake River fall Chinook salmon embryos, alevins, and fry. During the first 40 days of incubation, temperatures were adjusted downward approximately 0.2 C/day and oxygen was increased in increments of 2 mg O2/L to mimic the thermal and oxygen regime of the Snake River where these fish spawn. At 40 days post-fertilization, embryos were moved to a common exposure regime that followed the thermal and dissolved oxygen profile of the Snake River through emergence. Mortality of fall Chinook salmon embryos increased markedly at initial incubation temperatures equal to or greater than 17?C, and a rapid decline in survival occurred between 16.5 C and 17 C, with no significant difference in survival at temperatures less than or equal to 16.5 C. Initial dissolved oxygen levels as low as 4 mg O2/L over a range of initial temperatures from 15 to 16.5 C did not affect embryo survival to emergence. There were no significant differences across the range of initial temperature exposures for alevin and fry size at hatch and emergence. The number of days from fertilization to eyed egg, hatch, and emergence was highly related to temperature and dissolved oxygen; it took from 6 to 10 days longer to reach hatch at 4 mg O2/L than at saturation and up to

  11. Biochemical characterization and growth patterns of new yeast isolates.

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    Djegui, Kadjogbé Y; Gachomo, Emma W; Hounhouigan, Djidjoho J; Kayodé, Adéchola P P; Kotchoni, Simeon O

    2014-08-01

    African sorghum opaque beers play a vital role in the diet of millions of consumers. In the current study we investigated the growth profiles of yeast strains isolated from kpete-kpete, a traditional starter used to produce tchoukoutou, an opaque sorghum beer in Benin. 10 yeast strains were isolated from sorghum beer starters and cultivated under both liquid and solid media for phenotypic growth characterization. All yeast isolates were able to grow both on solid and liquid media. Based on their growth profiles, the isolates were clustered into three groups: (i) the aggressive growth pattern (30%), (ii) the moderate growth pattern (50%), and (iii) the slow growth pattern (20%). Based on gene expression pattern, absorbance (A(600 nm)) and diameter of growth in both liquid and solid media respectively, yeast strains YK34, YK15 and YK48 were clustered in the first group, and referred to as the most aggressive growth strains, followed by group 2 (YK24, YK5, YK12, YK20, YK2) and group 3 (YK37, YK41). This growth pattern was confirmed by Invertase gene expression profiling of the yeasts showing group 1 with high level of Invertase gene expression followed by group 2 and group 3 respectively. Our results suggest that YK34, YK15 and YK48 and YK2 yeast strains constitute the best candidates in fermentation of sorghum beer production based on growth rate and assimilation of carbon and nitrogen sources.

  12. The I-mode confinement regime at ASDEX Upgrade: global properties and characterization of strongly intermittent density fluctuations

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    Happel, T.; Manz, P.; Ryter, F.; Bernert, M.; Dunne, M.; Hennequin, P.; Hetzenecker, A.; Stroth, U.; Conway, G. D.; Guimarais, L.; Honoré, C.; Viezzer, E.; The ASDEX Upgrade Team

    2017-01-01

    Properties of the I-mode confinement regime on the ASDEX Upgrade tokamak are summarized. A weak dependence of the power threshold for the L-I transition on the toroidal magnetic field strength is found. During improved confinement, the edge radial electric field well deepens. Stability calculations show that the I-mode pedestal is peeling-ballooning stable. Turbulence investigations reveal strongly intermittent density fluctuations linked to the weakly coherent mode in the confined plasma, which become stronger as the confinement quality increases. Across all investigated structure sizes ({{k}\\bot}≈ 5 -12 cm-1, with {{k}\\bot} the perpendicular wavenumber of turbulent density fluctuations), the intermittent turbulence bursts are observed. Comparison with bolometry data shows that they move poloidally toward the X-point and finally end up in the divertor. This might be indicative that they play a role in inhibiting the density profile growth, such that no pedestal is formed in the edge density profile.

  13. Growth and characterization of single crystal insulators on silicon

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    Schowalter, Leo J.; Fathauer, Robert W.

    1989-01-01

    An overview of the growth and characterization of epitaxial insulators on semiconductors is presented. The potential applications include semiconductor-on-insulator structures, three-dimensional and/or high-density integrated circuits, optoelectronic applications such as integrated waveguides and improved gate insulators. The growth and physical characterization of epitaxial fluorides on semiconductors are discussed. Consideration is also given to the epitaxial overgrowth of epitaxial metal layers with CaF2 as well as to the formation of a novel superlattice of Ca particles in epitaxial CaF2.

  14. Growth and characterization of single crystal insulators on silicon

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    Schowalter, Leo J.; Fathauer, Robert W.

    1989-01-01

    An overview of the growth and characterization of epitaxial insulators on semiconductors is presented. The potential applications include semiconductor-on-insulator structures, three-dimensional and/or high-density integrated circuits, optoelectronic applications such as integrated waveguides and improved gate insulators. The growth and physical characterization of epitaxial fluorides on semiconductors are discussed. Consideration is also given to the epitaxial overgrowth of epitaxial metal layers with CaF2 as well as to the formation of a novel superlattice of Ca particles in epitaxial CaF2.

  15. Walker Branch Throughfall Displacement Experiment Data Report: Site Characterization, System Performance, Weathe\\, Species Composition, and Growth (NDP-078A)

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    Cushman, Robert M. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States), Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center, Environmental Sciences Division; Hanson, Paul J. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN (USA), Environmental Sciences Division; Todd, Donald E. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN (USA), Environmental Sciences Division; Riggs, Jeffery S. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN (USA), Instrumentation and Controls Division; Wolfe, Mark E. [Tennessee Valley Authority, Norris, TN (USA); O'Neill, Elizabeth G. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States), Environmental Sciences Division

    2001-07-01

    This numeric data package provides data sets, and accompanying documentation, on site characterization, system performance, weather, species composition, and growth for the Throughfall Displacement Experiment, which was established in the Walker Branch Watershed of East Tennessee to provide data on the responses of forests to altered precipitation regimes. The specific data sets include soil water content and potential, coarse fraction of the soil profile, litter layer temperature, soil temperature, monthly weather, daily weather, hourly weather, species composition of trees and saplings, mature tree and sapling annual growth, and relative leaf area index. Fortran and SAS(TM) access codes are provided to read the ASCII data files.

  16. Global characterization of a nematic liquid crystal display LCX038ARA using the retarder-rotor model in the modulation amplitude regime-coupled without applied voltage

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    Cuevas Cely, C. J.; Acevedo, C. H.; Torres Moreno, Y.

    2017-01-01

    This work shows experimental and theoretical results of the characterization of a nematic liquid-crystal spatial light modulator Sony model LCX038ARA for the parameters angle of molecular rotation, the birefringence and angle of the molecular axis, using the retarder-rotor model without electric field applied in the amplitude regime-coupled.

  17. Growth, Characterization and Device Development in Monocrystalline Diamond Films

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    1992-09-01

    AD-A256 283 Quarterly Letter Report Growth, Characterization and Device Development in Monocrystalline Diamond Films DT C * F LEC EGOT 2 1992L... Characterization and Device Development in s400003srrO8 Monocrystalline Diamond Films 1114SS 6. AUTHOR(S) N00179N66005 Robert F. Davis 4B855 7. PERFORMING...deposited on single crystal Si(100) substrates via in-situ carburization followed by bias-enhanced nucleation. Photoluminescence and Raman spectroscopy

  18. Plasticity in response to feed availability: Does feeding regime influence the relative growth performance of domesticated, wild and hybrid Atlantic salmon Salmo salar parr?

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    Harvey, A C; Solberg, M F; Glover, K A; Taylor, M I; Creer, S; Carvalho, G R

    2016-09-01

    Growth of farmed, wild and F1 hybrid Atlantic salmon parr Salmo salar was investigated under three contrasting feeding regimes in order to understand how varying levels of food availability affects relative growth. Treatments consisted of standard hatchery feeding (ad libitum), access to feed for 4 h every day, and access to feed for 24 h on three alternate days weekly. Mortality was low in all treatments, and food availability had no effect on survival of all groups. The offspring of farmed S. salar significantly outgrew the wild S. salar, while hybrids displayed intermediate growth. Furthermore, the relative growth differences between the farmed and wild S. salar did not change across feeding treatments, indicating a similar plasticity in response to feed availability. Although undertaken in a hatchery setting, these results suggest that food availability may not be the sole driver behind the observed reduced growth differences found between farmed and wild fishes under natural conditions.

  19. Spatio-temporal characterization of the multiple current pulse regime of diffuse barrier discharges in helium with nitrogen admixtures

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    Bogaczyk, Marc; Tschiersch, Robert; Nemschokmichal, Sebastian; Meichsner, Jürgen

    2017-10-01

    This work reports on the spatio-temporal characterization of the multiple current pulse regime of diffuse barrier discharges driven by sine-wave feeding voltage at a frequency of 2~kHz in helium with small nitrogen admixtures. The discharge gap of 3~mm is bounded by glass plates on both plane electrodes. Priority is given to the lateral discharge inhomogeneities, underlying volume- and surface-memory effects, and the breakdown mechanism. Therefore, relevant processes in the discharge volume and on the dielectric surfaces were investigated by ICCD camera imaging and optical emission spectroscopy in combination with electrical measurements and surface charge diagnostics using the electro-optic Pockels effect of a bismuth silicon oxide crystal. The number of current pulses per half-cycle of the sine-wave voltage rises with increasing nitrogen admixture to helium due to the predominant role of the Penning ionization. Here, the transition from the first glow-like breakdown to the last Townsend-like breakdown is favored by residual species from the former breakdowns which enhance the secondary electron emission during the pre-phase of the later breakdowns. Moreover, the surface charge measurements reveal that the consecutive breakdowns occur alternately at central and peripheral regions on the electrode surface. These spatial inhomogeneities are conserved by the surface charge memory effect as pointed out by the recalculated spatio-temporal development of the gap voltage.

  20. Characterization of delamination onset and growth in a composite laminate

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    Obrien, T. K.

    1981-01-01

    The onset and growth of delaminations in unnotched (+ or - 30/+ or - 30/90/90 bar) sub S graphite epoxy laminates is described quantitatively. These laminates, designed to delaminate at the edges under tensile loads, were tested and analyzed. Delamination growth and stiffness loss were monitored nondestructively. Laminate stiffness decreased linearly with delamination size. The strain energy release rate, G, associated with delamination growth, was calculated from two analyses. A critical G for delamination onset was determined, and then was used to predict the onset of delaminations in (+45 sub n/-45 sub n/o sub n/90 sub n) sub s (n=1,2,3) laminates. A delamination resistance curve (R curve) was developed to characterize the observed stable delamination growth under quasi static loading. A power law correlation between G and delamination growth rates in fatigue was established.

  1. Growth and photosynthetic performance of five tree seedlings species in response to natural light regimes from the Central Pacific of Costa Rica.

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    Guzmán, J Antonio; Cordero, Roberto A

    2013-09-01

    Environmental heterogeneity mostly dominated by differing light regimes affects the expression of phenotypic plasticity, which is important for plant growth and survival, especially in the forest understory. The knowledge about these responses to this heterogeneity is a key factor for forest restoration initiatives. In this study, we determine several phenotypic responses to contrasting light conditions in five native tree seedling species of La Cangreja National Park, Central Pacific of Costa Rica, four of them with threatened or relict populations. After 14 weeks at a medium gap condition (24% of full sun), seedlings were transferred and acclimated for 11 weeks to three different natural light regimes: large gap (LG), medium gap (MG) and small gap (SG), corresponding to 52%, 24%, 9% of the mean direct and indirect radiation at each site from full sun. Growth, biomass allocation and leaf gas exchange were measured after the acclimation period. Four species strongly reduced relative growth rate (RGR) in the lower light condition. Total biomass (TB) and RGR were different in Hymenaea courbaril and Platymiscium curiense. H. courbaril and Astronium graveolens had significant changes in the maximum assimilation rate, with a mean value in the LG of 11.02 and 7.70 micromolCO2/m2s, respectively. P. curuense showed the same trend and significant changes in RGR and biomass allocation. Aspidosperma myristicifolium and Plinia puriscalensis showed no adjustments to the light regimes in any of the measured variables. This study remarks the importance of determining the growth and physiological performance of these tree native species. It also demonstrates that the most threatened species are those with the less plastic responses to the light regimes, which stresses the difficult situation of their natural populations. This study highlights an urgent definition of the conservation and restoration needs of the degraded forests of the Costa Rican Central Pacific area, where these

  2. Growth and Characterization of Semiconductor Nanostructures for Nanoelectronics

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    Zhong, Jiebin

    optimum growth condition for straight and minimally tapered InSb NWs has been established. The as-grown NWs are investigated using Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), indicating a dominant <110> growth direction with the zincblende crystal structure. Current-voltage (I-V) measurements of single nanowire field effect transistors (NW-FET), suggest that NWs are of n-type. A study of the effect of growth temperature on the growth direction of InSb NWs has been studied. A uniform growth direction of InSb NWs is achieved by optimizing the growth temperature profile. Results demonstrate that growth temperature plays an important role when controlling the NW growth direction similar to research on other types of III-V semiconductor NWs. We also investigated the large assembly of NW arrays aligned on the substrate using both in-situ controlled growth method and ex-situ contact printing method. Finally, accurate electrical characterization of NWs and their ultimate implementation in electronics devices fabrication of metal contacts to semiconductor NWs with good ohmic behavior and low contact resistance has been studied. NW-FETs have been fabricated and I-V characteristic was measured to study the NW electrical properties and performance of devices. The improvements of the contact quality and other properties are discussed. Our findings provide an in-depth understanding of semiconductor NW growth via chemical vapor deposition, and the first basis for further investigations on how to achieve controlled growth of individual and arrayed NWs, and novel device applications for switching and computation based on future development of nanoscale specific integrated circuits---NASICs.

  3. High resolution characterization of northwest Mediterranean coastal waters thermal regimes: To better understand responses of benthic communities to climate change

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    Bensoussan, Nathaniel; Romano, Jean-Claude; Harmelin, Jean-Georges; Garrabou, Joaquim

    2010-04-01

    In the North West Mediterranean (NWM), mass mortality events (MME) of long-lived benthic species that have occurred over the last two decades have been related to regional warming trend. Gaining robust data sets on thermal regimes is critical to assess conditions to which species have adapted, detect extreme events and critically evaluate biological impacts. High resolution temperature ( T) time series obtained during 1999-2006 from 5 to 40 m depth at four contrasted sites of the NWM were analyzed: Area Marina Protegida de les Illes Medes (NE Spain), Riou (Marseilles, France), Parc National de Port-Cros (France), and Réserve Naturelle de Scandola (Corsica, France). The seasonal pattern showed winter T around 11-13 °C, and summer T mainly around 22-24 °C near surface to 18-20 °C at depth. Stratification dynamics showed recurrent downwellings (>40 m) at Medes, frequent observation (1/3rd of the summer) of deep and cold upwelled waters at Riou, while Scandola exhibited stable summer stratification and highest suprathermoclinal T. Port-Cros showed an intermediate regime that oscillated between Riou and Scandola depending on the occurrence of northern winds. Data distribution study permitted to identify and to characterize 3 large scale positive anomalies concomitant with the mass mortality outbreaks of summers 1999, 2003 and 2006. The analysis of biological surveys on gorgonian populations showed significant impacts during the 3 years with temperature anomalies. Besides the degree of impact showed inter-annual differences which could be related to different T conditions concomitant to mortality events, from slight increase in T extreme of only 1-2 °C over short duration, to lengthened more classical summer conditions. Our results therefore support the hypothesis that shallow NWM populations of long-lived benthic species are living near their upper thermal thresholds. Given actual trends and projections in NWM, the repetition of new MMEs in the next decades is

  4. Cloacal and surface temperatures of tom turkeys exposed to different rearing temperature regimes during the first 12 weeks of growth.

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    Mayes, S L; Strawford, M L; Noble, S D; Classen, H L; Crowe, T G

    2015-06-01

    Years of genetic selection have caused an increase in growth rate and market body mass in agricultural poultry species compared to earlier genetic strains, potentially altering their physiological requirements. The objective of this study was to expose Hybrid Converter tom turkeys on a weekly basis to the recommended rearing temperature regime (TCON: control) or 4°C below the recommended standard (TTRT: treatment) to determine their thermal responses. Once per week for 12 weeks, 12 turkeys were individually exposed to either TCON or TTRT for a 2-h period. Surface temperatures of the breast (TBREAST), wing (TWING), drumstick (TDRUM), head (THEAD), and shank (TSHANK) were measured at 20-min intervals using an infrared camera, while a thermal data logger measured the skin surface temperature under the wing (TLOGGER) at 30-s intervals. The cloacal temperature (TCORE) was measured using a medical thermometer at the start and end of the exposure period. Regardless of exposure temperature, the TBREAST (TCON: P<0.001 and TTRT: P<0.001), TWING (TCON: P<0.001 and TTRT: P<0.001), and TDRUM (TCON: P<0.001 and TTRT: P<0.001) decreased from weeks 4 to 6 and remained constant from weeks 1 to 3 and 8 to 12. THEAD was elevated in week 2 (TCON: P<0.001) or week 3 (TTRT: P<0.001), TSHANK increased slightly during week 3 for both TCON (P<0.001) and TTRT (P<0.001), and TLOGGER (TCON: P<0.001 and TTRT: P=0.001) and TCORE (TCON: P<0.001 and TTRT: P<0.001) were lower during the first week. Thereafter, THEAD, TSHANK, TLOGGER, and TCORE remained constant. Exposure to TTRT resulted in lower TBREAST, TWING, and TDRUM compared to TCON. Generally, THEAD, TSHANK, TLOGGER, and TCORE were not affected by the different exposure temperatures. The data demonstrated that the degree of thermal response expressed is dependent on the location of measurement, age, and exposure temperature.

  5. Tuning the Growth Pattern in 2D Confinement Regime of Sm2O3 and the Emerging Room Temperature Unusual Superparamagnetism

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    Guria, Amit K.; Dey, Koushik; Sarkar, Suresh; Patra, Biplab K.; Giri, Saurav; Pradhan, Narayan

    2014-01-01

    Programming the reaction chemistry for superseding the formation of Sm2O3 in a competitive process of formation and dissolution, the crystal growth patterns are varied and two different nanostructures of Sm2O3 in 2D confinement regime are designed. Among these, the regular and self-assembled square platelets nanostructures exhibit paramagnetic behavior analogous to the bulk Sm2O3. But, the other one, 2D flower like shaped nanostructure, formed by irregular crystal growth, shows superparamagnetism at room temperature which is unusual for bulk paramagnet. It has been noted that the variation in the crystal growth pattern is due to the difference in the binding ability of two organic ligands, oleylamine and oleic acid, used for the synthesis and the magnetic behavior of the nanostructures is related to the defects incorporated during the crystal growth. Herein, we inspect the formation chemistry and plausible origin of contrasting magnetism of these nanostructures of Sm2O3. PMID:25269458

  6. Material growth and characterization for solid state devices

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    Collis, Ward J.; Abul-Fadl, A.; Iyer, S.

    1987-01-01

    During this period InGaAs and InGaAsP were grown on (100)InP by liquid phase electroepitaxy (LPEE). Results of the epitaxial growth of InGaAs on sputtered quartz masked substrates are presented. The resulting surface morphology can be related to the current density distribution near the edges of a masked pattern. The quaternary InGaAs was grown with compositions corresponding to 1.3 micron and 1.5 micron emission wavelengths. Growth rates were found to be linearly dependent upon current density, and a strong dependence upon composition was noted. These compositions lie in the miscibility gap region of the alloy phase diagram at the 645 C growth temperature. Growths were performed at 685 C to avoid the miscibility gap. Epilayers were characterized by photoluminescence, X-ray diffraction, secondary ion mass spectrometry, and Hall effect measurements. Aluminum oxide was deposited on silicon and InGaAs substrates for the characterization of this material as an insulator in a field effect transistor structure. It was determined that the results did not warrant further work with the deposition from an aluminum isopropoxide source. A metallographic vapor phase epitaxy system installation is nearing completion for use in hybrid III-V semiconductor epilayer growths.

  7. Growth and characterization of CdS crystals

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    Su, Ching-Hua; Lehoczky, S. L.; Szofran, F. R.

    1990-01-01

    A growth method for the physical vapor transport of compound semiconductors in closed ampoules is described. With the unique techniques applied in the heat treatment of the starting materials and the temperature profiles provided by the three-zone translational furnace, large crystals of CdS have been grown successfully by the method at lower temperatures than previously used. Both unseeded and seeded growth have been investigated. The CdS crystals were examined using optical and scanning electron microscopies (SEM) to study the microstructure and the dislocation etch-pits. The crystals were further characterized by infrared (IR) and ultraviolet (UV) transmission measurements.

  8. Characterization of Minnesota lunar simulant for plant growth

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    Oglesby, James P.; Lindsay, Willard L.; Sadeh, Willy Z.

    1993-01-01

    Processing of lunar regolith into a plant growth medium is crucial in the development of a regenerative life support system for a lunar base. Plants, which are the core of such a system, produce food and oxygen for humans and, at the same time, consume carbon dioxide. Because of the scarcity of lunar regolith, simulants must be used to infer its properties and to develop procedures for weathering and chemical analyses. The Minnesota Lunar Simulant (MLS) has been identified to date as the best available simulant for lunar regolith. Results of the dissolution studies reveal that appropriately fertilized MLS can be a suitable medium for plant growth. The techniques used in conducting these studies can be extended to investigate the suitability of actual lunar regolith as a plant growth medium. Dissolution experiments were conducted using the MLS to determine its nutritional and toxicity characteristics for plant growth and to develop weathering and chemical analysis techniques. Two weathering regimes, one with water and one with dilute organic acids simulating the root rhizosphere microenvironment, were investigated. Elemental concentrations were measured using inductively-coupled-plasma (ICP) emission spectrometry and ion chromatography (IC). The geochemical speciation model, MINTEQA2, was used to determine the major solution species and the minerals controlling them. Acidification was found to be a useful method for increasing cation concentrations to meaningful levels. Initial results indicate that MLS weathers to give neutral to slightly basic solutions which contain acceptable amounts of the essential elements required for plant nutrition (i.e., potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, zinc, sodium, silicon, manganese, copper, chlorine, boron, molybdenum, and cobalt). Elements that need to be supplemented include carbon, nitrogen, and perhaps phosphorus and iron. Trace metals in solution were present at nontoxic levels.

  9. Characterization of Minnesota lunar simulant for plant growth

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    Oglesby, James P.; Lindsay, Willard L.; Sadeh, Willy Z.

    1993-01-01

    Processing of lunar regolith into a plant growth medium is crucial in the development of a regenerative life support system for a lunar base. Plants, which are the core of such a system, produce food and oxygen for humans and, at the same time, consume carbon dioxide. Because of the scarcity of lunar regolith, simulants must be used to infer its properties and to develop procedures for weathering and chemical analyses. The Minnesota Lunar Simulant (MLS) has been identified to date as the best available simulant for lunar regolith. Results of the dissolution studies reveal that appropriately fertilized MLS can be a suitable medium for plant growth. The techniques used in conducting these studies can be extended to investigate the suitability of actual lunar regolith as a plant growth medium. Dissolution experiments were conducted using the MLS to determine its nutritional and toxicity characteristics for plant growth and to develop weathering and chemical analysis techniques. Two weathering regimes, one with water and one with dilute organic acids simulating the root rhizosphere microenvironment, were investigated. Elemental concentrations were measured using inductively-coupled-plasma (ICP) emission spectrometry and ion chromatography (IC). The geochemical speciation model, MINTEQA2, was used to determine the major solution species and the minerals controlling them. Acidification was found to be a useful method for increasing cation concentrations to meaningful levels. Initial results indicate that MLS weathers to give neutral to slightly basic solutions which contain acceptable amounts of the essential elements required for plant nutrition (i.e., potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, zinc, sodium, silicon, manganese, copper, chlorine, boron, molybdenum, and cobalt). Elements that need to be supplemented include carbon, nitrogen, and perhaps phosphorus and iron. Trace metals in solution were present at nontoxic levels.

  10. Growth and Characterization of Bulk GeSi Solid Solutions

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    Ritter, Timothy M.

    1999-01-01

    In this work we have grown and characterized several GeSi samples in order to investigate the effects that Silicon concentration, applied magnetic field, and liquid encapsulation have on crystalline quality. Characterization techniques include NDIC microscopy and microprobe spectroscopy. Two samples were grown with a Silicon concentration of approximately 3% and are compared to previous growths having a Silicon fraction of approximately 5%. Growth conditions for one of these samples was varied with the presence of an external applied magnetic field to investigate the possibility of magnetic field damping. A comparison between these two ingots, and with previously grown material, revealed no clear improvement in sample crystalline quality. Three additional samples were grown using a CaCl2 liquid encapsulation technique that produced GeSi material with improved structural quality over previous samples. Comparisons to prior non-encapsulation grown material, details of our methodology, and suggestions for further improvements are discussed.

  11. Growth And Characterization Studies Of Advanced Infrared Heterostructures

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    2015-06-30

    Research Laboratory AFRL /RVSS Space Vehicles Directorate 3550 Aberdeen Ave., SE 11. SPONSOR/MONITOR’S REPORT Kirtland AFB, NM 87117-5776 NUMBER(S... Kirtland AFB, NM 87117-5776 2 cys Official Record Copy AFRL /RVSS/Christian Morath 1 cy ... AFRL -RV-PS- TR-2015-0126 AFRL -RV-PS- TR-2015-0126 GROWTH AND CHARACTERIZATION STUDIES OF ADVANCED INFRARED HETEROSTRUCTURES Sanjay Krishna

  12. Mathematical models to characterize early epidemic growth: A review

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    Chowell, Gerardo; Sattenspiel, Lisa; Bansal, Shweta; Viboud, Cécile

    2016-09-01

    There is a long tradition of using mathematical models to generate insights into the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases and assess the potential impact of different intervention strategies. The increasing use of mathematical models for epidemic forecasting has highlighted the importance of designing reliable models that capture the baseline transmission characteristics of specific pathogens and social contexts. More refined models are needed however, in particular to account for variation in the early growth dynamics of real epidemics and to gain a better understanding of the mechanisms at play. Here, we review recent progress on modeling and characterizing early epidemic growth patterns from infectious disease outbreak data, and survey the types of mathematical formulations that are most useful for capturing a diversity of early epidemic growth profiles, ranging from sub-exponential to exponential growth dynamics. Specifically, we review mathematical models that incorporate spatial details or realistic population mixing structures, including meta-population models, individual-based network models, and simple SIR-type models that incorporate the effects of reactive behavior changes or inhomogeneous mixing. In this process, we also analyze simulation data stemming from detailed large-scale agent-based models previously designed and calibrated to study how realistic social networks and disease transmission characteristics shape early epidemic growth patterns, general transmission dynamics, and control of international disease emergencies such as the 2009 A/H1N1 influenza pandemic and the 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

  13. [Characterization of growth-promoting rhizobacteria in Eucalyptus nitens seedlings].

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    Angulo, Violeta C; Sanfuentes, Eugenio A; Rodríguez, Francisco; Sossa, Katherine E

    2014-01-01

    Rhizospheric and endophytic bacteria were isolated from the rizosphere and root tissue of Eucalyptus nitens. The objective of this work was to evaluate their capacity to promote growth in seedlings of the same species under greenhouse conditions. The isolates that improved seedling growth were identified and characterized by their capacity to produce indoleacetic acid (IAA), solubilize phosphates and increase 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylate (ACC) deaminase activity. One hundred and five morphologically different strains were isolated, 15 of which promoted E. nitens seedling growth, significantly increasing the height (50%), root length (45%) as well as the aerial and root dry weight (142% and 135% respectively) of the plants. Bacteria belonged to the genus Arthrobacter, Lysinibacillus, Rahnella and Bacillus. Isolates A. phenanthrenivorans 21 and B. cereus 113 improved 3.15 times the emergence of E. nitens after 12 days, compared to control samples. Among isolated R. aquatilis, 78 showed the highest production of IAA (97.5±2.87 μg/ml) in the presence of tryptophan and the highest solubilizer index (2.4) for phosphorus, while B. amyloliquefaciens 60 isolate was positive for ACC deaminase activity. Our results reveal the potential of the studied rhizobacteria as promoters of emergence and seedling growth of E. nitens, and their possible use as PGPR inoculants, since they have more than one mechanism associated with plant growth promotion. Copyright © 2014 Asociación Argentina de Microbiología. Publicado por Elsevier España. All rights reserved.

  14. Mathematical models to characterize early epidemic growth: A Review

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    Chowell, Gerardo; Sattenspiel, Lisa; Bansal, Shweta; Viboud, Cécile

    2016-01-01

    There is a long tradition of using mathematical models to generate insights into the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases and assess the potential impact of different intervention strategies. The increasing use of mathematical models for epidemic forecasting has highlighted the importance of designing reliable models that capture the baseline transmission characteristics of specific pathogens and social contexts. More refined models are needed however, in particular to account for variation in the early growth dynamics of real epidemics and to gain a better understanding of the mechanisms at play. Here, we review recent progress on modeling and characterizing early epidemic growth patterns from infectious disease outbreak data, and survey the types of mathematical formulations that are most useful for capturing a diversity of early epidemic growth profiles, ranging from sub-exponential to exponential growth dynamics. Specifically, we review mathematical models that incorporate spatial details or realistic population mixing structures, including meta-population models, individual-based network models, and simple SIR-type models that incorporate the effects of reactive behavior changes or inhomogeneous mixing. In this process, we also analyze simulation data stemming from detailed large-scale agent-based models previously designed and calibrated to study how realistic social networks and disease transmission characteristics shape early epidemic growth patterns, general transmission dynamics, and control of international disease emergencies such as the 2009 A/H1N1 influenza pandemic and the 2014-15 Ebola epidemic in West Africa. PMID:27451336

  15. Using Size-Frequency Distributions to Analyze Fire Regimes in Florida

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    Thomas P. Holmes; Jeffrey P. Prestemon; John M. Pye; David T. Butry; D. Evan Mercer; Karen L. Abt

    2004-01-01

    Wildfire regimes in natural forest ecosystems have been characterized with power­law distributions. In this paper, we evaluated whether wildfire regimes in a human-dominated landscape were also consistent with power­law distributions. Our case study focused on wildfires in Florida, a state with rapid population growth and consequent rapid alteration of forest...

  16. Characterization of Streptococcus salivarius growth and maintenance in artificial saliva.

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    Roger, P; Delettre, J; Bouix, M; Béal, C

    2011-09-01

    To help gain a better understanding of factors influencing the establishment within the oral cavity of Streptococcus salivarius K12, a commensal oral bacterium, we characterized its behaviour in artificial saliva. Streptococcus salivarius K12 was grown in artificial saliva complemented with a representative meal, under oral pH and temperature conditions. Exponential growth phase was characterized by a high specific growth rate (2.8 h(-1)). During maintenance phase, an uncoupling between growth and lactic acid production occurred, which allowed maintaining viability (95%), intracellular pH (6.6) and membrane polarisation (95%), and thus proton motive force. However, in late stationary phase, viability (64%) and vitality were degraded as a result of lower synthesis of energetic and glycogen-related proteins as compared to a richer medium. Streptococcus salivarius was able to rapidly grow in complemented artificial saliva. Nevertheless, a degradation of its physiological state was observed in late-stationary phase. This work demonstrates, for the first time, that artificial saliva was a convenient medium that permitted Strep. salivarius to grow in oral conditions (physico-chemical environment, addition of meals) but not to maintain cellular viability and vitality in starvation conditions. © 2011 The Authors. Journal of Applied Microbiology © 2011 The Society for Applied Microbiology.

  17. Growth and characterization of terbium fumarate heptahydrate single crystals

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    Want, B.; Shah, M. D.

    2014-03-01

    The growth of terbium fumarate heptahydrate single crystals was achieved by single gel diffusion technique using silica gel as a medium of growth. The effect of various growth parameters on the nucleation rate of these crystals was studied. The crystals were characterized by different physico-chemical techniques of characterization. Powder X-ray diffraction pattern showed that terbium fumarate is a crystalline compound. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy was performed for the identification of water and other functional groups present in the compound. UV-vis and photoluminescence spectrophotometric experiments were carried out to study the optical properties of the grown crystals. Elemental analysis suggested the chemical formula of the crystals to be Tb2(C4H2O4)3·7H2O. The presence of seven molecules of water was also supported by the thermogravimetric analysis. The hydrated compound was found to be thermally stable upto a temperature of about 110 °C and its anhydrous form up to the temperature of 410 °C. The thermal decomposition of the compound in the nitrogen atmosphere leads to the formation of terbium oxide as the final product. An attempt was made to relate the experimental results with the classical nucleation theory.

  18. Seasonal marine growth of Bristol Bay sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) in relation to competition with Asian pink salmon (O. gorbuscho) and the 1977 ocean regime shift

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    Ruggerone, Gregory T.; Farley, Ed; Nielsen, Jennifer L.; Hagen, Peter

    2005-01-01

    Recent research demonstrated significantly lower growth and survival of Bristol Bay sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) during odd-numbered years of their second or third years at sea (1975, 1977, etc.), a trend that was opposite that of Asian pink salmon (O. gorbuscha) abundance. Here we evaluated seasonal growth trends of Kvichak and Egegik river sockeye salmon (Bristol Bay stocks) during even- and odd-numbered years at sea by measuring scale circuli increments within each growth zone of each major salmon age group between 1955 and 2000. First year scale growth was not significantly different between odd- and even-numbered years, but peak growth of age-2. smolts was significantly higher than age-1 smolts. Total second and third year scale growth of salmon was significantly lower during odd- than during even-numbered years. However, reduced scale growth in odd-numbered years began after peak growth in spring and continued through summer and fall even though most pink salmon had left the high seas by late July (10-18% growth reduction in odd vs. even years). The alternating odd and even year growth pattern was consistent before and after the 1977 ocean regime shift. During 1977-2000, when salmon abundance was relatively great, sockeye salmon growth was high during specific seasons compared with that during 1955-1976, that is to say, immediately after entry to Bristol Bay, after peak growth in the first year, during the middle of the second growing season, and during spring of the third season. Growth after the spring peak in the third year at sea was relatively low during 1977-2000. We hypothesize that high consumption rates of prey by pink salmon during spring through mid-July of odd-numbered years, coupled with declining zooplankton biomass during summer and potentially cyclic abundances of squid and other prey, contributed to reduced prey availability and therefore reduced growth of Bristol Bay sockeye salmon during late spring through fall of odd-numbered years.

  19. Revealing the surface and bulk regimes of isothermal graphene growth on Ni with in situ kinetic measurements and modeling

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    Puretzky, Alexander A; Merkulov, Igor A; Rouleau, Christopher M; Eres, Gyula; Geohegan, David B

    2014-01-01

    In situ optical diagnostics are used to reveal the isothermal nucleation and growth mechanisms of graphene on Ni across a wide temperature range (560 C < T < 840 C) by chemical vapor deposition from single, sub-second pulses of acetylene. An abrupt, two-orders of magnitude change in growth times (~ 100s to 1s) is revealed at T = 680 C. Below and above this temperature, similar sigmoidal kinetics are measured and attributed to autocatalytic growth reactions but by two different mechanisms, surface assembly and dissolution/precipitation, respectively. These data are used to develop a simple and general kinetic model for graphene growth that includes the nucleation phase and includes the effects of carbon solubility in metals, describes delayed nucleation, and allows the interpretation of the competition between surface and bulk growth modes. The sharp transition in growth kinetics at T = 680 C is explained by a change in defect site density required for nucleation due to a transition in the carbon-induced mobility of the Ni surface. The easily-implemented optical reflectivity diagnostics and the simple kinetic model described here allow a pathway to optimize the growth of graphene on metals with arbitrary carbon solubility.

  20. Growth and invasive potential of Sapium sebiferum (Euphorbiaceae) within the coastal prairie region: the effects of soil and moisture regime

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    Barrilleaux, T.C.; Grace, J.B.

    2000-01-01

    The introduced tree Sapium sebiferum (Euphorbiaceae) is considered a serious threat to the preservation of the coastal prairie region of Louisiana and Texas, although it is currently uncommon in the western part of the region. The objective of this study was to evaluate the potential effects of location, soils, and available moisture on the growth and survival of S. sebiferum in coastal prairie. In a field experiment, S. sebiferum mortality was significantly greater at a western site than at central and eastern sites. The greatest mortality and least growth of surviving plants occurred on a soil from the western region, regardless of site. A greenhouse study also found that S. sebiferum growth was lowest on the western soil. Watering frequency significantly affected S. sebiferum growth, except on the western soil. Sapium sebiferum growth responded to both nitrogen and phosphorum additions for all soils. Soil analyses revealed the highest sand, sodium, and phosphorus contents, and much higher electrical conductivity in the western soil. It is concluded that the soil examined from the western region is unfavorable for S. sebiferum growth, though not to the extent to preclude S. sebiferum completely. Evidence suggests that soil salinity may be the primary cause of the poor S. sebiferum growth at the western site.

  1. Genetic basis of phenotypic correlations among growth traits in hybrid willow (Salix dasycladosxS. viminalis) grown under two water regimes.

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    Weih, Martin; Rönnberg-Wästljung, Ann-Christin; Glynn, Carolyn

    2006-01-01

    Phenotypic correlations and quantitative trait loci (QTL) for important growth traits and a surrogate of intrinsic water-use efficiency (leaf delta(13)C) were analysed in a willow pedigree of 92 full-sibling clones grown under two water regimes. The major objective was to examine the genetic basis of the phenotypic correlations. Cuttings of Salix were glasshouse-grown during one growing season. The relative growth rate (RGR) and underlying traits were assessed. QTL analysis was conducted based on an available linkage map for Salix. Leaf area productivity and leaf nitrogen productivity were more important in determining RGR than leaf area ratio and specific leaf area. However, phenotypic correlations among growth traits partly varied between the two environments. QTL were detected for most growth traits, among them many common QTL for different traits. The QTL pattern reflected the phenotypic correlation pattern. None of the QTL for the complex traits was consistent across the different environments. The results demonstrate a genetic basis for phenotypic correlations among growth traits in Salix, and provide evidence for the existence of 'master switches' regulating some of the traits.

  2. Characterization of secondary phases in modified vertical Bridgman growth CZT

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    Duff, Martine C.; Lynn, Kelvin G.; Jones, Kelly; Dai, Zurong R.; Bradley, John P.; Teslich, Nick

    2009-08-01

    CdZnTe or "CZT" crystals are highly suitable for use as a room temperature based spectrometer for the detection and characterization of gamma radiation. Over the last decade, the methods for growing high quality CZT have improved the quality of the produced crystals however there are material features that can influence the performance of these materials as radiation detectors. For example, various structural heterogeneities within the CZT crystals, such as twinning, pipes, grain boundaries (polycrystallinity), and secondary phases (SP) can have a negative impact on the detector performance. In this study, a CZT material was grown by the modified vertical Bridgman growth (MVB) method with zone leveled growth without excess Te in the melt. Visual observations of material from the growth of this material revealed significant voids and SP. Samples from this material were analyzed using various analytical techniques to evaluate its electrical properties, purity and detector performance as radiation spectrometers and to determine the morphology, dimension and elemental /structural composition of one of the SP in this material. This material was found to have a high resistivity but poor radiation spectrometer performance. It had SP that were rich in polycrystalline aluminum oxide (Al2O3), metallic Te and polycrystalline CdZnTe and 15 to 50 μm in diameter. Bulk elemental analyses of sister material from elsewhere in the boule did not contain high levels of Al so there is considerable elemental impurity heterogeneity within the boule from this growth.

  3. Characterization of secondary phases in modified vertical bridgman growth czt

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    Duff, Martine

    2009-07-10

    CdZnTe or 'CZT' crystals are highly suitable for use as a room temperature based spectrometer for the detection and characterization of gamma radiation. Over the last decade, the methods for growing high quality CZT have improved the quality of the produced crystals however there are material features that can influence the performance of these materials as radiation detectors. For example, various structural heterogeneities within the CZT crystals, such as twinning, pipes, grain boundaries (polycrystallinity), and secondary phases (SP) can have a negative impact on the detector performance. In this study, a CZT material was grown by the modified vertical Bridgman growth (MVB) method with zone leveled growth without excess Te in the melt. Visual observations of material from the growth of this material revealed significant voids and SP. Three samples from this material was analyzed using various analytical techniques to evaluate its electrical properties, purity and detector performance as radiation spectrometers and to determine the morphology, dimension and elemental/structural composition of one of the SP in this material. This material was found to have a high resistivity but poor radiation spectrometer performance. It had SP that were rich in polycrystalline aluminum oxide (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}), metallic Te and polycrystalline CdZnTe and 15 to 50 {micro}m in diameter. Bulk elemental analyses of sister material from elsewhere in the boule did not contain high levels of Al so there is considerable elemental impurity heterogeneity within the boule from this growth.

  4. Growth and characterization of TbAs films

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    Bomberger, Cory C.; Tew, Bo E.; Lewis, Matthew R.; Zide, Joshua M. O.

    2016-11-01

    We report on the molecular beam epitaxy growth and characterization of TbAs films. In situ reflection high energy electron diffraction and ex situ high resolution X-ray diffraction, reciprocal space mapping, and both scanning and transmission electron microscopy are used to confirm the complete film growth and study the films' morphology. Spectrophotometry measurements provide the energy of optical transitions, revealing a red shift in optical band gap with increasing thickness. The Hall effect measurements show temperature insensitive carrier concentrations, resistivities, and mobilities. The carrier concentration decreases and resistivity increases with increasing film thickness; mobility appears thickness independent. The films' reflectivity, obtained via Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, shows a possible Drude edge that differs from the trend of other lanthanide monopnictides. These measurements show that TbAs is a degenerately doped semiconductor with a combination of electronic and optical properties that is dissimilar to other lanthanide monopnictides.

  5. Crystal growth by solvent evaporation and characterization of metronidazole

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    Ramukutty, S.; Ramachandran, E.

    2012-07-01

    Single crystals of metronidazole were crystallized by the slow solvent evaporation method and used as seeds to grow bulk crystals of size 8.0×6.5×2.0 mm3 using top-seeded submerged solution growth. The crystals were characterized using single crystal X-ray diffraction. Fourier transform infrared spectral analysis was made for the absorption bands of various functional groups present in the crystal. UV-vis absorption spectrum was used to identify the presence of nitroimidazole in metronidazole. Morphology study revealed that the growth is prominent along the c-axis and the prominent face is {010}. Thermal stability and thermal decomposition were analyzed using thermo calorimetry.

  6. Growth and characterization of LuAs films and nanostructures

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    Krivoy, E. M.; Nair, H. P.; Crook, A. M.; Rahimi, S.; Maddox, S. J.; Salas, R.; Ferrer, D. A.; Dasika, V. D.; Akinwande, D.; Bank, S. R.

    2012-10-01

    We report the growth and characterization of nearly lattice-matched LuAs/GaAs heterostructures. Electrical conductivity, optical transmission, and reflectivity measurements of epitaxial LuAs films indicate that LuAs is semimetallic, with a room-temperature resistivity of 90 {mu}{Omega} cm. Cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy confirms that LuAs nucleates as self-assembled nanoparticles, which can be overgrown with high-quality GaAs. The growth and material properties are very similar to those of the more established ErAs/GaAs system; however, we observe important differences in the magnitude and wavelength of the peak optical transparency, making LuAs superior for certain device applications, particularly for thick epitaxially embedded Ohmic contacts that are transparent in the near-IR telecommunications window around 1.3 {mu}m.

  7. Growth and Characterization of Lead-free Piezoelectric Single Crystals.

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    Veber, Philippe; Benabdallah, Feres; Liu, Hairui; Buse, Gabriel; Josse, Michael; Maglione, Mario

    2015-11-24

    Lead-free piezoelectric materials attract more and more attention owing to the environmental toxicity of lead-containing materials. In this work, we review our first attempts of single crystal grown by the top-seeded solution growth method of BaTiO₃ substituted with zirconium and calcium (BCTZ) and (K0.5Na0.5)NbO₃ substituted with lithium, tantalum, and antimony (KNLSTN). The growth methodology is optimized in order to reach the best compositions where enhanced properties are expected. Chemical analysis and electrical characterizations are presented for both kinds of crystals. The compositionally-dependent electrical performance is investigated for a better understanding of the relationship between the composition and electrical properties. A cross-over from relaxor to ferroelectric state in BCTZ solid solution is evidenced similar to the one reported in ceramics. In KNLSTN single crystals, we observed a substantial evolution of the orthorhombic-to-tetragonal phase transition under minute composition changes.

  8. Characterizing the effects of ratchet growth on PBX 9502

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    Thompson, Darla Graff; Brown, Geoff W; Mang, Joseph T; De Luca, Racci; Patterson, Brian; Hagelberg, Stephanie

    2009-01-01

    Pressed composites of TATB (2,4,6-trinintro-1,3,5-benzenetriamine) undergo irreversible volume change when subjected to thermal cycling. Using micro x-ray computed tomography and ultra-small angle neutron scattering, we have characterized the micro-structure of as-pressed and ratchet grown specimens of PBX 9502, a TATB-based composite, thereby distinguishing the effects of ratchet growth from the effects of density alone. Porosity differences are shown to effect mechanical properties, presented here, with ongoing efforts to evaluate sensitivity and/or performance effects.

  9. Size- and time-resolved chemical particle characterization during CAREBeijing-2006: Different pollution regimes and diurnal profiles

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    van Pinxteren, D.; Brüggemann, E.; Gnauk, T.; Iinuma, Y.; Müller, K.; Nowak, A.; Achtert, P.; Wiedensohler, A.; Herrmann, H.

    2009-01-01

    Beijing, the capital of China, faces severe air pollution problems, resulting from a steep economic growth during the past decades. To better characterize the processes leading to the frequently observed high concentrations of air pollutants on a regional scale, the international field campaign "Campaigns of Air Quality Research in Beijing and Surrounding Region 2006" (CAREBeijing-2006) was conducted in summer 2006. In this contribution, we present chemical data of size-resolved particles, obtained by a five-stage Berner impactor during 3 weeks at both an urban and suburban site in the area of Beijing, China. The samples were analyzed for inorganic ions (Cl-, SO42-, NO3-, NH4+, K+, Ca2+, Na+, and Mg2+), carbon sum parameters (OC, EC, and WSOC), and a variety of organic compounds such as dicarboxylic acids, alkanes, PAHs, and, for the first time in China, nitrooxy-organosulfates. On average, the observed PM10 (where PM is particulate matter) mass concentrations were 133 μg m-3 and 112 μg m-3 at the urban and suburban site, respectively. A high influence of meteorology on the PM pollution was observed and is discussed. The highest concentrations of both PM mass and particle constituents were observed when sampled air masses originated south of Beijing and moved over the area with low wind speeds. During such periods, a strong increase of daytime concentrations of the secondary ions sulfate, nitrate, ammonium, and also some dicarboxylic acids could be observed. A strong diurnal variation of particle sulfate concentration with increasing values from morning to afternoon was observed during an intensive period, which could be attributed to regional production. Similar observations were made for oxalic acid. Generally, water-soluble organic carbon concentrations were enhanced by a factor of 2 in fine particles during the studied period of intense photochemistry. Elemental carbon, alkanes, and PAHs showed clear nighttime concentration maxima obviously due to enhanced

  10. Three-year survival and growth of Douglas-fir seedlings under various vegetation-free regimes

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    Rose, R.; Ketchum, J.S.; Hanson, D.E. . Dept. of Forest Science)

    1999-02-01

    Responses of Douglas-fir seedlings were studied for 3 yr following eight vegetation-control treatments in three western Oregon clearcuts. The objectives were to determine seedling growth response to different areas of spot vegetation control and to determine the relative influence of early woody and herbaceous competition on seedling growth. Herbicide treatment areas varied in size from those receiving no control to full control. Controlled areas were maintained free of herbaceous vegetation for 2 yr and all woody vegetation was controlled for 3 yr. Two additional treatments, complete control of woody vegetation only and complete control of herbaceous vegetation only, were also examined. On two sites (Summit and Marcola), seedling growth parameters were maximized at or near full vegetation control with a tree spacing of 3 m x 3 m. On the third site (Pedee), maximum growth response occurred between 5 and 6 m[sup 2] of control. Herbaceous vegetation control resulted in increased seedling growth at all sites while woody vegetation control yielded increased seedling growth only at the Pedee site. Cumulative 3 yr herbaceous cover accounted for 68% and 41% of the variability in stem volume at Summit and Marcola, respectively. Adding cumulative 3 yr woody cover to the model accounted for an additional 18% and 48% of the variability in stem volume at Summit and Marcola, respectively. At Pedee, neither herbaceous nor woody cover significantly influenced 3 yr stem volume, suggesting that factors other than vegetation cover were responsible for differences measured.

  11. Ultrathin Ferroelectric Films: Growth, Characterization, Physics and Applications

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    Wang, Ying; Chen, Weijin; Wang, Biao; Zheng, Yue

    2014-01-01

    Ultrathin ferroelectric films are of increasing interests these years, owing to the need of device miniaturization and their wide spectrum of appealing properties. Recent advanced deposition methods and characterization techniques have largely broadened the scope of experimental researches of ultrathin ferroelectric films, pushing intensive property study and promising device applications. This review aims to cover state-of-the-art experimental works of ultrathin ferroelectric films, with a comprehensive survey of growth methods, characterization techniques, important phenomena and properties, as well as device applications. The strongest emphasis is on those aspects intimately related to the unique phenomena and physics of ultrathin ferroelectric films. Prospects and challenges of this field also have been highlighted. PMID:28788196

  12. Combination of Heat Shock and Enhanced Thermal Regime to Control the Growth of a Persistent Legionella pneumophila Strain

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    Bédard, Emilie; Boppe, Inès; Kouamé, Serge; Martin, Philippe; Pinsonneault, Linda; Valiquette, Louis; Racine, Jules; Prévost, Michèle

    2016-01-01

    Following nosocomial cases of Legionella pneumophila, the investigation of a hot water system revealed that 81.5% of sampled taps were positive for L. pneumophila, despite the presence of protective levels of copper in the water. A significant reduction of L. pneumophila counts was observed by culture after heat shock disinfection. The following corrective measures were implemented to control L. pneumophila: increasing the hot water temperature (55 to 60 °C), flushing taps weekly with hot water, removing excess lengths of piping and maintaining a water temperature of 55 °C throughout the system. A gradual reduction in L. pneumophila counts was observed using the culture method and qPCR in the 18 months after implementation of the corrective measures. However, low level contamination was retained in areas with hydraulic deficiencies, highlighting the importance of maintaining a good thermal regime at all points within the system to control the population of L. pneumophila. PMID:27092528

  13. Material growth and characterization for solid state devices

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    Stefanakos, E. K.; Collis, W. J.; Abul-Fadl, A.; Iyer, S.

    1984-01-01

    Manganese was used as the dopant for p-type InGaAs layers grown on semi-insulating (Fe-doped) and n-type (Sn-doped) InP substrates. Optical, electrical (Hall) and SIMS measurements were used to characterize the layers. Mn-diffusion into the substrate (during the growth of In GaAs) was observed only when Fe-doped substrates were used. Quaternary layers of two compositions corresponding to wavelengths (energy gaps) of approximated 1.52 micrometers were successfully grown at a constant temperature of 640 C and InP was grown in the temperature range of 640 C to 655 C. A study of the effect of pulses on the growth velocity of InP indicated no significant change as long as the average applied current was kept constant. A system for depositing films of Al2O3 by the pyrolysis of aluminum isopropoxide was designed and built. Deposited layers on Si were characterized with an ellipsometer and exhibited indices of refraction between 1.582 and 1.622 for films on the order of 3000 A thick. Undoped and p-type (Mn-doped) InGaAs epitaxial layers were also grown on Fe-doped InP substrates through windows in sputtered SiO2 (3200 A thick) layers.

  14. Population-Level Differentiation in Growth Rates and Leaf Traits in Seedlings of the Neotropical Live Oak Quercus oleoides Grown under Natural and Manipulated Precipitation Regimes.

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    Ramírez-Valiente, Jose A; Center, Alyson; Sparks, Jed P; Sparks, Kimberlee L; Etterson, Julie R; Longwell, Timothy; Pilz, George; Cavender-Bares, Jeannine

    2017-01-01

    Widely distributed species are normally subjected to spatial heterogeneity in environmental conditions. In sessile organisms like plants, adaptive evolution and phenotypic plasticity of key functional traits are the main mechanisms through which species can respond to environmental heterogeneity and climate change. While extended research has been carried out in temperate species in this regard, there is still limited knowledge as to how species from seasonally-dry tropical climates respond to spatial and temporal variation in environmental conditions. In fact, studies of intraspecific genetically-based differences in functional traits are still largely unknown and studies in these ecosystems have largely focused on in situ comparisons where environmental and genetic effects cannot be differentiated. In this study, we tested for ecotypic differentiation and phenotypic plasticity in leaf economics spectrum (LES) traits, water use efficiency and growth rates under natural and manipulated precipitation regimes in a common garden experiment where seedlings of eight populations of the neotropical live oak Quercus oleoides were established. We also examined the extent to which intraspecific trait variation was associated with plant performance under different water availability. Similar to interspecific patterns among seasonally-dry tropical tree species, live oak populations with long and severe dry seasons had higher leaf nitrogen content and growth rates than mesic populations, which is consistent with a "fast" resource-acquisition strategy aimed to maximize carbon uptake during the wet season. Specific leaf area (SLA) was the best predictor of plant performance, but contrary to expectations, it was negatively associated with relative and absolute growth rates. This observation was partially explained by the negative association between SLA and area-based photosynthetic rates, which is contrary to LES expectations but similar to other recent intraspecific studies on

  15. Growth and characterization of indium arsenide thin films

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    Partin, D. L.; Green, L.; Morelli, D. T.; Heremans, J.; Fuller, B. K.; Thrush, C. M.

    1991-12-01

    The growth and characterization of indium arsenide films grown on indium phosphide substrates by the metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) process is reported. Either ethyl dimethyl indium or trimethyl indium were found to be suitable in combination with arsine as source compounds. The highest electron mobilities were observed in films nucleated at reduced growth temperature. Scanning electron microscopy studies show that film nucleation at low temperature prevents thermal etch pits from forming on the InP surface before growth proceeds at an elevated temperature. Electron mobilities as high as 21,000 cm2V-1 sec-1 at 300 K were thus obtained for a film only 3.4 μm thick. This mobility is significantly higher than was previously observed in InAs films grown by MOCVD. From the depth dependence of transport properties, we find that in our films electrons are accumulated near the air interface of the film, presumably by positive ions in the native oxide. The mobility is limited by electrons scattering predominantly from ionized impurities at low temperature and from lattice vibrations and dislocations at high temperature. However, scattering from dislocations is greatly reduced in the surface accumulation layer due to screening by a high density of electrons. These dislocations arise from lattice mismatch and interface disorder at the film-substrate interface, preventing these films from obtaining mobility values of bulk indium arsenide.

  16. Presettlement and modern disturbance regimes in coast redwood forests: Implications for the conservation of old-growth stands

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    C.G. Lorimer; D.G. Porter; M.A. Madej; J.D. Stuart; S.D. Veirs; S.P. Norman; K.L OHara; W.J.. Libby

    2009-01-01

    Coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens), a western North American conifer of ancient lineage, has a paradoxical combination of late-successional characteristics and strong adaptations to disturbance. Despite its shade tolerance and heavy dominance of the canopy on many sites, redwood saplings are uncommon in upland old-growth stands. Information needed...

  17. Growth expectations from alternative thinning regimes and prescribed burning in naturally regenerated loblolly-shortleaf pine stands through age 20

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    Michael D. Cain

    1996-01-01

    Pine growth was monitored for 14 years after mechanically strip-thinning a dense, naturally regenerated, even-aged stand of 6-year-old loblolly pines (Pinus taeda L.) and shortleaf pines (Pinus echinata Mill.) that averaged 41 000 trees per hectare in southeastern Arkansas, USA. Prescribed winter bums were conducted...

  18. Minor loading vein acclimation for three Arabidopsis thaliana ecotypes in response to growth under different temperature and light regimes

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    Cohu, Christopher M.; Muller, Onno; Demmig-Adams, Barbara; Adams, William W.

    2013-01-01

    In light of the important role of foliar phloem as the nexus between energy acquisition through photosynthesis and distribution of the products of photosynthesis to the rest of the plant, as well as communication between the whole plant and its leaves, we examined whether foliar minor loading veins in three Arabidopsis thaliana ecotypes undergo acclimation to the growth environment. As a winter annual exhibiting higher rates of photosynthesis in response to cooler vs. warmer temperatures, this species might be expected to adjust the structure of its phloem to accommodate greater fluxes of sugars in response to growth at low temperature. Minor (fourth- and third-order) veins had 14 or fewer sieve elements and phloem tissue comprised 50% or more of the cross-sectional area. The number of phloem cells per minor loading vein was greater in leaves grown under cool temperature and high light vs. warm temperature and moderate light. This effect was greatest in an ecotype from Sweden, in which growth under cool temperature and high light resulted in minor veins with an even greater emphasis on phloem (50% more phloem cells with more than 100% greater cross-sectional area of phloem) compared to growth under warm temperature and moderate light. Likewise, the number of sieve elements per minor vein increased linearly with growth temperature under moderate light, almost doubling over a 27°C temperature range (21°C leaf temperature range) in the Swedish ecotype. Increased emphasis on cells involved in sugar loading and transport may be critical for maintaining sugar export from leaves of an overwintering annual such as A. thaliana, and particularly for the ecotype from the northern-most population experiencing the lowest temperatures. PMID:23847643

  19. Growth responses of wheat (Triticum aestivum L. var. HD 2329) exposed to ambient air pollution under varying fertility regimes.

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    Singh, Anoop; Agrawal, S B; Rathore, Dheeraj

    2003-08-20

    The problem of urban air pollution has attracted special attention in India due to a tremendous increase in the urban population; motor vehicles vis a vis the extent of energy utilization. Field studies were conducted on wheat crops (Triticum aestivum L. var. HD 2329) by keeping the pot-grown plants in similar edaphic conditions at nine different sites in Allahabad City to quantify the effects of ambient air pollution levels on selected growth and yield parameters. Air quality monitoring was done at all the sites for gaseous pollutants viz. SO2, NO2, and O3. Various growth parameters (plant height, biomass, leaf area, NPP, etc.) showed adverse effects at sites receiving higher pollution load. Reduction in test weight and harvest index was found to be directly correlated with the levels of pollutant concentrations. The study clearly showed the negative impact of air pollution on periurban agriculture.

  20. Evaluation of vineyard growth under four irrigation regimes using vegetation and soil on-the-go sensors

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    Terrón, J. M.; Blanco, J.; Moral, F. J.; Mancha, L. A.; Uriarte, D.; Marques da Silva, J. R.

    2015-06-01

    Precision agriculture is a useful tool to assess plant growth and development in vineyards. The present study focused on spatial and temporal analysis of vegetation growth variability, in four irrigation treatments with four replicates. The research was carried out in a vineyard located in the southwest of Spain during the 2012 and 2013 growing seasons. Two multispectral sensors mounted on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) were used in the different growing seasons/stages in order to calculate the vineyard normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI). Soil apparent electrical conductivity (ECa) was also measured up to 0.8 m soil depth using an on-the-go geophysical sensor. All measured data were analysed by means of principal component analysis (PCA). The spatial and temporal NDVI and ECa variations showed relevant differences between irrigation treatments and climatological conditions.

  1. Relationship between starch degradation and carbon demand for maintenance and growth in Arabidopsis thaliana in different irradiance and temperature regimes.

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    Pilkington, Sarah M; Encke, Beatrice; Krohn, Nicole; Höhne, Melanie; Stitt, Mark; Pyl, Eva-Theresa

    2015-01-01

    Experiments were designed to compare the relationship between starch degradation and the use of carbon for maintenance and growth in Arabidopsis in source-limited and sink-limited conditions. It is known that starch degradation is regulated by the clock in source-limited plants, which degrade their starch in a linear manner such that it is almost but not completely exhausted at dawn. We asked whether this response is maintained under an extreme carbon deficit. Arabidopsis was subjected to a sudden combination of a day of low irradiance, to decrease starch at dusk, and a warm night. Starch was degraded in a linear manner through the night, even though the plants became acutely carbon starved. We conclude that starch degradation is not increased to meet demand in carbon-limited plants. This network property will allow stringent control of starch turnover in a fluctuating environment. In contrast, in sink-limited plants, which do not completely mobilize their starch during the night, starch degradation was accelerated in warm nights to meet the increased demand for maintenance and growth. Across all conditions, the rate of growth at night depends on the rate of starch degradation, whereas the rate of maintenance respiration decreases only when starch degradation is very slow. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  2. Characterization of exchange rate regimes based on scaling and correlation properties of volatility for ASEAN-5 countries

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    Muniandy, Sithi V.; Uning, Rosemary

    2006-11-01

    Foreign currency exchange rate policies of ASEAN member countries have undergone tremendous changes following the 1997 Asian financial crisis. In this paper, we study the fractal and long-memory characteristics in the volatility of five ASEAN founding members’ exchange rates with respect to US dollar. The impact of exchange rate policies implemented by the ASEAN-5 countries on the currency fluctuations during pre-, mid- and post-crisis are briefly discussed. The time series considered are daily price returns, absolute returns and aggregated absolute returns, each partitioned into three segments based on the crisis regimes. These time series are then modeled using fractional Gaussian noise, fractionally integrated ARFIMA (0,d,0) and generalized Cauchy process. The first two stationary models provide the description of long-range dependence through Hurst and fractional differencing parameter, respectively. Meanwhile, the generalized Cauchy process offers independent estimation of fractal dimension and long memory exponent. In comparison, among the three models we found that the generalized Cauchy process showed greater sensitivity to transition of exchange rate regimes that were implemented by ASEAN-5 countries.

  3. The growth of shrubs on high Arctic tundra at Bylot Island: impact on snow physical properties and permafrost thermal regime

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    Domine, Florent; Barrere, Mathieu; Morin, Samuel

    2016-12-01

    With climate warming, shrubs have been observed to grow on Arctic tundra. Their presence is known to increase snow height and is expected to increase the thermal insulating effect of the snowpack. An important consequence would be the warming of the ground, which will accelerate permafrost thaw, providing an important positive feedback to warming. At Bylot Island (73° N, 80° W) in the Canadian high Arctic where bushes of willows (Salix richardsonii Hook) are growing, we have observed the snow stratigraphy and measured the vertical profiles of snow density, thermal conductivity and specific surface area (SSA) in over 20 sites of high Arctic tundra and in willow bushes 20 to 40 cm high. We find that shrubs increase snow height, but only up to their own height. In shrubs, snow density, thermal conductivity and SSA are all significantly lower than on herb tundra. In shrubs, depth hoar which has a low thermal conductivity was observed to grow up to shrub height, while on herb tundra, depth hoar only developed to 5 to 10 cm high. The thermal resistance of the snowpack was in general higher in shrubs than on herb tundra. More signs of melting were observed in shrubs, presumably because stems absorb radiation and provide hotspots that initiate melting. When melting was extensive, thermal conductivity was increased and thermal resistance was reduced, counteracting the observed effect of shrubs in the absence of melting. Simulations of the effect of shrubs on snow properties and on the ground thermal regime were made with the Crocus snow physics model and the ISBA (Interactions between Soil-Biosphere-Atmosphere) land surface scheme, driven by in situ and reanalysis meteorological data. These simulations did not take into account the summer impact of shrubs. They predict that the ground at 5 cm depth at Bylot Island during the 2014-2015 winter would be up to 13 °C warmer in the presence of shrubs. Such warming may however be mitigated by summer effects.

  4. Dilute bismuthides on inp platform: growth, characterization, modeling and application

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    Zhong, Yujun

    Conventional III-V compounds (GaAs/ InGaAs/ InAlAs) containing a small amount of bismuth are called dilute bismuthides (a.k.a. dilute bismides). They are a relatively new class of materials and have interesting optical and electrical properties that lead to a large number of novel applications in mid-infrared(mid-IR) optoelectronics, IR transparent contact materials, photovoltaics and thermoelectrics. This dissertation focuses on the growth and characterization of dilute bismuthides with potential use in the first three applications. Incorporating Bi into conventional III-V compounds will cause a unique phenomenon called valence band anticrossing(VBAC). The interaction between the bismuth atom and the matrix material will make the valence band split into two bands: E+ and E-; E+ is closer to the conduction band than the original valence band of the matrix material. Using this effect, we can adjust the band gap and the valence band position of dilute bismuthides by controlling the bismuth concentration. The growth of bismuth-containing materials using molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) requires low growth temperature and strict stoichiometric III-V ratio. This dissertation will discuss in detail the optimum growth condition of InGaBiAs, the challenge of increasing the bismuth concentration, and the possible solution to produce high bismuth concentration samples. Accordingly, composition, strain and relaxation, surface morphology, optical properties and electrical properties of InGaBiAs thin films are characterized to study these materials. The first application of InGaBiAs is mid-IR optoelectronic materials. The band gap of InGaBiAs can be tuned within the mid-IR range, and the film can be produced being lattice-matched to the InP substrate. In addition, degenerately doped InGaBiAs:Si is an ideal choice for the transparent contact material in the infrared range due to its high transmittance and conductivity in this wavelength range. We next proposed a new upconversion

  5. Growth and Characterization of Superlattices of Magnetic Insulators

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    Drucker, Jeffrey Scott

    The fabrication and characterization of superlattices of particular magnetic insulators by thermal evaporation is described. For the purposes of this work, an ideal superlattice is defined as a single crystal structure composed of alternating layers of known thickness of different materials. Superlattices were fabricated on either MgF(,2) or ZnF(,2) substrates and two different layer constituent systems were fabricated and studied, MnF(,2)/FeF(,2) and MnF(,2)/ZnF(,2). The description includes x-ray alignment of the substrates, the careful substrate preparation required for epitaxial growth and the actual evaporation of a superlattice. The details of the vacuum evaporator used in the fabrication of these superlattices are given along with the analysis equipment attached to it. Characterization techniques, including the x-ray texture camera which proved invaluable for determining the crystallinity of these samples, are detailed. The results of compositional depth profiles obtained by simultaneous Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES) and ion milling show that it seems to be easier to fabricate compositionally modulated structures out of the FeF(,2)/MnF(,2) system than the MnF(,2)/ZnF(,2) system. In addition, these results show that the sticking coefficient of ZnF(,2) seems to be much less than that of MnF(,2) or FeF(,2) at the substrate temperature required for good epitaxy. Characterization techniques which will hopefully become available in the future involving x-ray diffraction off of the superperiod of the superlattices are briefly described. In addition to the growth and characterization of these structures, some preliminary measurements of their physical properties are presented. These include antiferromagnetic resonance studies and reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy studies. A discussion is given of antiferromagnetic surface polaritons in both semi-infinite antiferromagnets and antiferromagnetic thin films. Collective superlattice modes observed by

  6. Characterization of Mo/Si multilayer growth on stepped topographies

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    Boogaard, A. J. R. vcan den; Louis, E.; Zoethout, E.; Goldberg, K. A.; Bijkerk, F.

    2011-08-31

    Mo/Si multilayer mirrors with nanoscale bilayer thicknesses have been deposited on stepped substrate topographies, using various deposition angles. The multilayer morphology at the stepedge region was studied by cross section transmission electron microscopy. A transition from a continuous- to columnar layer morphology is observed near the step-edge, as a function of the local angle of incidence of the deposition flux. Taking into account the corresponding kinetics and anisotropy in layer growth, a continuum model has been developed to give a detailed description of the height profiles of the individual continuous layers. Complementary optical characterization of the multilayer system using a microscope operating in the extreme ultraviolet wavelength range, revealed that the influence of the step-edge on the planar multilayer structure is restricted to a region within 300 nm from the step-edge.

  7. High Thermal Conducting Boron Arsenide: Crystal Growth and Characterization

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    Lv, Bing; Lan, Yucheng; Wang, Xiqu; Zhang, Qian; Hu, Yongjie; Jacobson, Allan J.; Broido, David; Chen, Gang; Ren, Zhifeng; Chu, Ching-Wu

    2015-03-01

    Intrigued by recent calculations [Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 025901(2013)] which predict a remarkably high thermal conductivity of ~ 2,000 Wm-1K-1 , comparable to that of diamond, in cubic boron arsenide (BAs) crystals, we have succeeded in synthesizing single crystals of BAs with a zinc blende structure and lattice parameters of a = 4.7830(7) Å characterized by X-ray single crystal diffraction and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). A relatively high thermal conductivity is obtained but still smaller than the predicted value. We attribute the difference of thermal conductivity value to the defect scattering associated with crystal twinning and As vacancies, verified both from experimental evidence and theoretical calculations. The predicted super-thermal-conductivity may be achieved in BAs single crystals with further improvement of crystal growth by removing the defects. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley California 94720.

  8. Growth and characterization of third order nonlinear optical material: Isatin

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    Thirumalaiselvam, B.; Kanagadurai, R.; Jayaraman, D.; Natarajan, V.

    2013-10-01

    Isatin, an indole derivative, is a bioactive and nonlinear active material with broad range of applications in synthetic, biological and clinical activity and optoelectronics and photonics. Isatin single crystals were grown by the solution growth method. The grown crystals were characterized by single crystal XRD, UV-vis-NIR, FTIR spectral analysis, dielectric and thermal studies. Kurtz and Perry powder technique reveals the absence of second harmonic generation. The estimations of third order non-linear optical properties like non-linear absorption co-efficient (β), non-linear refractive index (n2) and susceptibility [χ(3)] using Z-scan technique confirm the third order NLO behaviour of the material and these results indicate that the crystal exhibits saturation absorption and self-focusing performance.

  9. Raman spectroscopy - in situ characterization of growth and surface processes

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    Perkins, James Robert

    The goal of this thesis is to expand on the usefulness of Raman spectroscopy as an in situ probe to aid in the growth and implementation of electronic, optical, and biodetection materials. We accomplish this goal by developing two diverse optical characterization projects. In the first project, an autoclave similar to those used in solvothermal growth which has been outfitted with an optical window is used to collect vibrational spectra of solvents and mineralizers commonly used in the ammonothermal growth of gallium nitride. Secondly, novel silver nanowires created by ferroelectric lithography are evaluated by surface enhanced micro-Raman spectroscopy for use as surface enhanced substrates for low detection limit or single molecule bio-detectors. Raman spectroscopy is already a widely accepted method to characterize and identify a wide variety of materials. Vibrational spectra can yield much information on the presence of chemical species as well as information regarding the phase and interactive properties. Because Raman spectroscopy is a generally non-intrusive technique it is ideal for analysis of hazardous or far-from-ambient liquids, gases, or solids. This technique is used in situ to characterize crystal growth and surface enhanced photochemistry. The phenomenon of Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) has been observed in many systems but some fundamental understanding is still lacking and the technique has been slow to transition from the laboratory to the industry. Aggregated colloids and lithographically created islands have shown the best success as reproducible substrates for SERS detection. These techniques, however, lack control over shape, size, and position of the metal nanoparticles which leave them reliant on hotspots. Because of the potential for control of the position of aggregates, ferroelectric lithographically created silver nanowires are evaluated as a potential SERS substrate using pyridine, benzoic acid, and Rhodamine 6g. Surface

  10. Effect of two thermal regimes on the muscle growth dynamics of sea bass larvae, Dicentrarchus labrax L.

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    Ayala, M D; López Albors, O; García Alcázar, A; Abellán, E; Latorre, R; Vázquez, J M; Ramírez Zarzosa, G; Martínez, F; Gil, F

    2003-10-01

    Muscle growth was studied in larvae of sea bass, Dicentrarchus labrax L., reared at two temperatures: real ambient temperature ( congruent with 15 degrees C during vitelline phase and increased gradually) and 19 degrees C from fertilization until the end of larval development. Muscle cellularity, body length and body weight were measured. Early temperature influenced larval development and so, pre-larval phase finished earlier at 19 degrees C than at ambient temperature (4 and 6 days, respectively). Temperature also affected muscle growth such that at hatching and at mouth opening hypertrophy of muscle fibres was greater at 19 degrees C (P < 0.05), whereas hyperplasia was similar in both groups. After 25 days, the cross-sectional area of the white muscle was greater at 19 degrees C (P < 0.05), which was mainly associated with a higher proliferation of new white muscle fibres. At this stage the body length was also higher at 19 degrees C. Metamorphosis finished earlier in fish reared at 19 degrees C (52 days) than at natural temperature (82 days). At this developmental stage body length and cross-sectional area of the myotome were similar in both groups. However, muscle cellularity differed between groups. Thus, hypertrophy of muscle fibres was higher in fish reared at ambient temperature (P < 0.05), whereas proliferation of new muscle fibres was higher at 19 degrees C (P > 0.05).

  11. Electrical impedance characterization of cell growth on interdigitated microelectrode array.

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    Lee, Gi Hyun; Pyun, Jae-Chul; Cho, Sungbo

    2014-11-01

    Electrical cell-substrate impedance sensing is a method for label-free and real-time monitoring of biological cells, which has been increasingly employed in the diagnostic and pharmaceutical industries. In this study, we fabricated an interdigitated electrode (IDE) array, which consists of 10 fingers, with a length of 1.2 mm, width of 50 μm, spacing of 50 μm, and thickness of 75 nm. The impedance spectra of the fabricated IDE were measured without or with cells in the frequency range of 100 Hz to 100 kHz using a lock-in amplifier based system and characterized by equivalent circuit modelling. Regarding the total impedance as a series resistance (R) and capacitance (C) model, R and C parameters were traced at a selected frequency during cell growth. It was able to monitor cell adherence and proliferation dependent on the behaviours and characteristics of cells on the fabricated IDE array by monitoring RC parameters. The degree of changes in RC value during cell growth was dependent on the type of cells used.

  12. Growth and Characterization of Lead-free Piezoelectric Single Crystals

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    Veber, Philippe; Benabdallah, Feres; Liu, Hairui; Buse, Gabriel; Josse, Michael; Maglione, Mario

    2015-01-01

    Lead-free piezoelectric materials attract more and more attention owing to the environmental toxicity of lead-containing materials. In this work, we review our first attempts of single crystal grown by the top-seeded solution growth method of BaTiO3 substituted with zirconium and calcium (BCTZ) and (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 substituted with lithium, tantalum, and antimony (KNLSTN). The growth methodology is optimized in order to reach the best compositions where enhanced properties are expected. Chemical analysis and electrical characterizations are presented for both kinds of crystals. The compositionally-dependent electrical performance is investigated for a better understanding of the relationship between the composition and electrical properties. A cross-over from relaxor to ferroelectric state in BCTZ solid solution is evidenced similar to the one reported in ceramics. In KNLSTN single crystals, we observed a substantial evolution of the orthorhombic-to-tetragonal phase transition under minute composition changes. PMID:28793690

  13. Acquisition of Single Crystal Growth and Characterization Equipment

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    Maple, M. Brian; Zocco, Diego A.

    2008-12-09

    Final Report for DOE Grant No. DE-FG02-04ER46178 'Acquisition of Single Crystal Growth and Characterization Equipment'. There is growing concern in the condensed matter community that the need for quality crystal growth and materials preparation laboratories is not being met in the United States. It has been suggested that there are too many researchers performing measurements on too few materials. As a result, many user facilities are not being used optimally. The number of proficient crystal growers is too small. In addition, insufficient attention is being paid to the enterprise of finding new and interesting materials, which is the driving force behind much of condensed matter research and, ultimately, technology. While a detailed assessment of this situation is clearly needed, enough evidence of a problem already exists to compel a general consensus that the situation must be addressed promptly. This final report describes the work carried out during the last four years in our group, in which a state-of-the-art single crystal growth and characterization facility was established for the study of novel oxides and intermetallic compounds of rare earth, actinide and transition metal elements. Research emphasis is on the physics of superconducting (SC), magnetic, heavy fermion (HF), non-Fermi liquid (NFL) and other types of strongly correlated electron phenomena in bulk single crystals. Properties of these materials are being studied as a function of concentration of chemical constituents, temperature, pressure, and magnetic field, which provide information about the electronic, lattice, and magnetic excitations at the root of various strongly correlated electron phenomena. Most importantly, the facility makes possible the investigation of material properties that can only be achieved in high quality bulk single crystals, including magnetic and transport phenomena, studies of the effects of disorder, properties in the clean limit, and spectroscopic and scattering

  14. Experimental Design: Rayleigh-Taylor Instability Growth to High Froude Number in the Non-Linear Regime at OMEGA

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    Elgin, Laura; Malamud, G.; Huntington, C. M.; Handy, T.; Trantham, M. R.; Klein, S. R.; Drake, R. P.; Shvarts, D.; Kuranz, C. C.

    2016-10-01

    Potential flow models predict that a Rayleigh-Taylor unstable system will reach a terminal velocity (and constant Froude number) at low Atwood numbers. Numerical simulations by Ramaprabhu et al. predict a reacceleration phase of Rayleigh-Taylor Instability (RTI) and higher Froude number at late times. We are planning a series of experiments at OMEGA 60 to measure RTI growth at low and high Atwood numbers and late times in order to observe this effect. The evolution of this system will be diagnosed with dual, x-ray radiography. Experimental design and diagnostic challenges are discussed here. This work is supported by the U.S. DOE, through NNSA Grants DE-NA0002956 (SSAA) and DE-NA0002719 (NLUF), by the LLE under DE-NA0001944, and by the LLNL under subcontract B614207 to DE-AC52-07NA27344.

  15. Continuous measurement of stem-diameter growth response of Pinus pinea seedlings mycorrhizal with Rhizopogon roseolus and submitted to two water regimes.

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    Parladé, J; Cohen, M; Doltra, J; Luque, J; Pera, J

    2001-08-01

    Linear variable differential transformer (LVDT) sensors were used to detect continuous diameter growth responses of Pinus pinea (stone pine) seedlings inoculated with the ectomycorrhizal fungus Rhizopogon roseolus. Colonised and non-colonised seedlings provided with sensors were submitted to different water regimes in two consecutive experiments established in a controlled-temperature greenhouse module (cycle 1), and in an adjacent module without temperature control (cycle 2). Under regular irrigation, colonised seedlings showed significantly higher growth than non-colonised seedlings. Water-stressed seedlings showed no benefit from inoculation in terms of growth. Also, seedlings with a high colonisation level recovered more slowly from water stress than control seedlings. A significant positive relationship between maximum daily shrinkage (amplitude of the daily stem contraction) and global radiation was observed only in the first water-stress period in cycle 1 and in regularly irrigated seedlings in both cycles. However, no differential responses due to inoculation were observed. The mycorrhizal colonisation of the seedlings at the end of the experiment was related with the initial colonisation level. Mycorrhizal colonisation by R. roseolus in old roots was maintained at significantly higher levels in seedlings which had an initial colonisation level >50% than in seedlings with <50% initial colonisation. Also, more newly formed roots became colonised in seedlings which had an initial colonisation level >50% than in seedlings with an initial colonisation <50%, which had almost no new root colonisation. From the results obtained, it can be concluded that LVDT sensors can be used to detect a differential response of plants according to water supply, mycorrhizal status and, in some cases, to their colonisation level. The results are discussed in relation to the predictive possibilities of the method for the selection of efficient mycorrhizal fungi for the

  16. Growth dynamics of root and shoot hydraulic conductance in seedlings of five neotropical tree species: scaling to show possible adaptation to differing light regimes.

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    Tyree, Melvin T; Velez, Virginia; Dalling, J W

    1998-04-01

    The dynamics of growth (shoot and root dry weights, surface areas, hydraulic conductances, and root length) were measured in seedlings of five neotropical tree species aged 4-16 months. The species studied included two light-demanding pioneers (Miconia argentea and Apeiba membranacea) and three shade-tolerant young- or old-forest species (Pouteria reticulata, Gustavia superba, and Trichilia tuberculata). Growth analysis revealed that shoot and root dry weights and hydraulic conductances and leaf area all increased exponentially with time. Alternative methods of scaling measured parameters to reveal differences that might explain adaptations to microsites are discussed. Scaling root conductance to root surface area or root length revealed a few species differences but nothing that correlated with adaptation to light regimes. Scaling of root surface area or root length to root dry weight revealed that pioneers produced significantly more root area and length per gram dry weight investment than shade-tolerant species. Scaling of root and shoot hydraulic conductances to leaf area and scaling of root conductance to root dry weight and shoot conductance to shoot dry weight also revealed that pioneers were significantly more conductive to water than shade-tolerant species. The advantages of scaling hydraulic parameters to leaf surface area are discussed in terms of the Ohm's law analogue of water flow in plants.

  17. A method for characterizing late-season low-flow regime in the upper Grand Ronde River Basin, Oregon

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    Kelly, Valerie J.; White, Seth

    2016-04-19

    This report describes a method for estimating ecologically relevant low-flow metrics that quantify late‑season streamflow regime for ungaged sites in the upper Grande Ronde River Basin, Oregon. The analysis presented here focuses on sites sampled by the Columbia River Inter‑Tribal Fish Commission as part of their efforts to monitor habitat restoration to benefit spring Chinook salmon recovery in the basin. Streamflow data were provided by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Oregon Water Resources Department. Specific guidance was provided for selection of streamgages, development of probabilistic frequency distributions for annual 7-day low-flow events, and regionalization of the frequency curves based on multivariate analysis of watershed characteristics. Evaluation of the uncertainty associated with the various components of this protocol indicates that the results are reliable for the intended purpose of hydrologic classification to support ecological analysis of factors contributing to juvenile salmon success. They should not be considered suitable for more standard water-resource evaluations that require greater precision, especially those focused on management and forecasting of extreme low-flow conditions.

  18. Characterization of core microturbulence in L-mode and H-mode regimes on the EAST superconducting tokamak

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    Cao, G. M.; Li, Y. D.; Li, Q.; Zhang, X. D.; Sun, P. J.; Wu, G. J.; Hu, L. Q.; EAST Team

    2015-02-01

    The core microturbulence ({\\boldsymbol{r}} /{\\boldsymbol{a}} ≈ 0.4-0.5, {{k}\\bot }{{ρ }s}\\tilde{ }1.5-4.3) provided by a tangential CO2 laser collective scattering system on the EAST tokamak, in low (L) and high (H) confinement mode regimes respectively, are presented. We report the change of core microturbulence characteristics from L-mode to H-mode: firstly, the spectrograms of the core microturbulence show the redistribution of microturbulence in the frequency domain after the L-H transition; secondly, the time evolution of the integrated spectral power displays that the amplitude of the core microturbulence in H-mode is much larger than that in L-mode; thirdly, the cross-correlation time-frequency spectrum analysis indicates that the structural characteristics of the core microturbulence in L-mode and H-mode are very different. These results suggest that both the amplitude and the structural characteristics of the core microturbulence change significantly from L-mode to H-mode, although the spatial extent of the transport barrier in H-mode is at the edge, which could be closely related to the changes of the profiles of basic plasma parameters.

  19. Survival, development, and growth of Snake River fall Chinook salmon Embryos, Alevins, and Fry Exposed to Variable Thermal and Dissolved Oxygen Regimes

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    Geist, David R.; Abernethy, Cary S.; Hand, Kristine D.; Cullinan, Valerie I.; Chandler, James A.; Groves, Philip

    2006-11-01

    Fall Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) initiate spawning in the Hells Canyon reach of the Snake River, Idaho (rkm 240-397), at water temperatures above 16 C. This temperature exceeds the states of Idaho and Oregon water quality standards for salmonid spawning. These standards are consistent with results from studies of embryos exposed to a constant thermal regime, while salmon eggs in the natural environment are rarely exposed to a constant temperature regime. The objective of this study was to assess whether variable temperatures (i.e., declining after spawning) affected embryo survival, development, and growth of Snake River fall Chinook salmon alevins and fry. In 2003, fall Chinook salmon eggs were exposed to initial incubation temperatures ranging from 11-19 C in 2 C increments, and in 2004 eggs were exposed to initial temperatures of 13 C, 15 C, 16 C, 16.5 C, and 17 C. In both years, temperatures were adjusted downward approximately 0.2 C/day to mimic the thermal regime of the Snake River where these fish spawn. At 37-40 days post-fertilization, embryos were moved to a common exposure regime that followed the thermal profile of the Snake River through emergence. Mortality of fall Chinook salmon embryos increased markedly at initial incubation temperatures >17 C in both years. A logistic regression model estimated that a 50% reduction in survival from fertilization to emergence would occur at an initial incubation temperature of {approx}16 C. The laboratory results clearly showed a significant reduction in survival between 15 C and 17 C, which supported the model estimate. Results from 2004 showed a rapid decline in survival occurred between 16.5 C and 17 C, with no significant differences in survival at initial incubation temperatures <16.5 C. There were no significant differences across the range of initial temperature exposures for alevin and fry size at hatch and emergence. Differences in egg mass among females (notably 2003) most likely masked any

  20. Effects of growth irradiance, nitrogen nutrition and watering regime on photosynthesis, leaf conductance and isoprene emission in leaves of Post Oak, Quercus stellata

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    Harley, P.; Archer, S.; Guenther, A. Texas A M Univ., College Station )

    1994-06-01

    Seedlings of Post Oak (Quercus stellata), the dominant woody species of oak savannas of east-central Texas, were grown outside in College Station, TX from April to November 1993. Plants were randomly placed in one cell of a 3 [times] 2 [times] 2 factorial experiment, employing 3 nitrogen fertilization (25, 100 and 225 ppm NH[sub 4]NO[sub 23]), 2 light levels (70% and 20% of full sun) and 2 watering regimes (to maintain 80-100% or 30-50% of field capacity). In November, net photosynthesis, leaf conductance and leaf isoprene emission rates at 30[degrees]C and PPFD=1000 [mu]mol m[sup [minus]2]s[sup [minus]1] were determined for two mature leaves on each of four plants from eight growth treatments and data were analyzed stastically. For plants grown under the lower watering regime, photosynthesis and isoprene emission increased with both increasing PPFD and nitrogen (effects significant at p<0.01). For plants grown at 70% full sun, effects of nitrogen treatment on photosynthesis, conductance and isoprene emission were significant (p<0.0001) while effects of watering treatment were not significant (p<0.2). Although watering treatment did not lead to significant differences between treatments, in a short-term drying experiment conducted on four plants, isoprene emissions increased through the drying period in previously well-watered plants, but decreased in previously droughted plants. Measurements were also made on two leaves to determine the effects of varying PPFD and temperature on rates of isoprene emission.

  1. Water regime and growth of young oak stands subjected to air-warming and drought on two different forest soils in a model ecosystem experiment.

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    Kuster, T M; Arend, M; Bleuler, P; Günthardt-Goerg, M S; Schulin, R

    2013-01-01

    Global climate change is expected to increase annual temperatures and decrease summer precipitation in Central Europe. Little is known of how forests respond to the interaction of these climate factors and if their responses depend on soil conditions. In a 3-year lysimeter experiment, we investigated the growth response of young mixed oak stands, on either acidic or calcareous soil, to soil water regime, air-warming and drought treatments corresponding to an intermediate climate change scenario. The air-warming and drought treatments were applied separately as well as in combination. The air-warming treatment had no effect on soil water availability, evapotranspiration or stand biomass. Decreased evapotranspiration from the drought-exposed stands led to significantly higher air and soil temperatures, which were attributed to impaired transpirational cooling. Water limitation significantly reduced the stand foliage, shoot and root biomass as droughts were severe, as shown in low leaf water potentials. Additional air warming did not enhance the drought effects on evapotranspiration and biomass, although more negative leaf water potentials were observed. After re-watering, evapotranspiration increased within a few days to pre-drought levels. Stands not subjected to the drought treatment produced significantly less biomass on the calcareous soil than on the acidic soil, probably due to P or Mn limitation. There was no difference in biomass and water regime between the two soils under drought conditions, indicating that nutrient availability was governed by water availability under these conditions. The results demonstrate that young oak stands can cope with severe drought and therefore can be considered for future forestry. © 2012 German Botanical Society and The Royal Botanical Society of the Netherlands.

  2. Changes in leaf water relations, gas exchange, growth and flowering quality in potted geranium plants irrigated with different water regimes.

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    Sánchez-Blanco, Ma Jesús; Alvarez, Sara; Navarro, Alejandra; Bañón, Sebastián

    2009-03-15

    Geranium plants are an important part of urban green areas but suffer from drought, especially when grown in containers with a limited volume of medium. In this experiment, we examined the response of potted geraniums to different irrigation levels. Geranium (Pelargoniumxhortorum L.) seedlings were grown in a growth chamber and exposed to three irrigation treatments, whereby the plants were irrigated to container capacity (control), 60% of the control (moderate deficit irrigation, MDI), or 40% of the control (severe deficit irrigation, SDI). Deficit irrigation was maintained for 2 months, and then all the plants were exposed to a recovery period of 112 month. Exposure to drought induced a decrease in shoot dry weight and leaf area and an increase in the root/shoot ratio. Height and plant width were significantly inhibited by the SDI, while flower color parameters were not affected by deficit treatment. The number of wilting and yellow leaves increased, coinciding with the increase in the number of inflorescences and open flowers. Deficit irrigation led to a leaf water potential of about -0.8MPa at midday, which could have caused an important decrease in stomatal conductance, affecting the photosynthetic rate (Pn). Chlorophyll fluorescence (Fvm) values of 0.80 in all treatments throughout the experiment demonstrate the lack of drought-induced damage to PSII photochemistry. Pressure-volume analysis revealed low osmotic adjustment values of 0.2MPa in the SDI treatment, accompanied by increases in the bulk tissue elastic modulus (epsilon, wall rigidity) and resulting in turgor loss at lower leaf water potential values (-1.38MPa compared with -1.0MPa for the control). Leaf water potential values throughout the experiment below those for Psitlp were not found at any sampling time. By the end of the recovery period, the leaf water potential, stomatal conductance and net photosynthesis had recovered. We infer from these results that moderate deficit irrigation in geranium

  3. Materials growth and characterization of thermoelectric and resistive switching devices

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    Norris, Kate J.

    In the 74 years since diode rectifier based radar technology helped the allied forces win WWII, semiconductors have transformed the world we live in. From our smart phones to semiconductor-based energy conversion, semiconductors touch every aspect of our lives. With this thesis I hope to expand human knowledge of semiconductor thermoelectric devices and resistive switching devices through experimentation with materials growth and subsequent materials characterization. Metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) was the primary method of materials growth utilized in these studies. Additionally, plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD), atomic layer deposition (ALD),ion beam sputter deposition, reactive sputter deposition and electron-beam (e-beam) evaporation were also used in this research for device fabrication. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and Electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) were the primary characterization methods utilized for this research. Additional device and materials characterization techniques employed include: current-voltage measurements, thermoelectric measurements, x-ray diffraction (XRD), reflection absorption infra-red spectroscopy (RAIRS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), photoluminescence (PL), and raman spectroscopy. As society has become more aware of its impact on the planet and its limited resources, there has been a push toward developing technologies to sustainably produce the energy we need. Thermoelectric devices convert heat directly into electricity. Thermoelectric devices have the potential to save huge amounts of energy that we currently waste as heat, if we can make them cost-effective. Semiconducting thin films and nanowires appear to be promising avenues of research to attain this goal. Specifically, in this work we will explore the use of ErSb thin films as well as Si and InP nanowire networks for thermoelectric applications. First we will discuss the growth of

  4. Characterization of the Bridgman crystal growth process by radiographic imaging

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    Fripp, Archibald L.; Debnam, W. J.; Woodell, G. W.; Berry, R. F.; Simchick, R. T.; Sorokach, S. K.; Barber, P. G.

    1991-01-01

    Elemental (Ge) and alloy (PbSnTe) crystal growth that is monitored via radiography to reveal both the interface position and the shape in real time is discussed for both seeded and unseeded growth. It is concluded that the interface position and the actual growth rate of a Bridgman grown crystal is dependent on the growth conditions. The actual growth rate which is a strong function of the degree of supercooling exceeded the pull rate by a factor of greater than two. The interface shape changed from concave to flat to convex during the growth.

  5. Characterization of the Bridgman crystal growth process by radiographic imaging

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    Fripp, Archibald L.; Debnam, W. J.; Woodell, G. W.; Berry, R. F.; Simchick, R. T.; Sorokach, S. K.; Barber, P. G.

    1991-01-01

    Elemental (Ge) and alloy (PbSnTe) crystal growth that is monitored via radiography to reveal both the interface position and the shape in real time is discussed for both seeded and unseeded growth. It is concluded that the interface position and the actual growth rate of a Bridgman grown crystal is dependent on the growth conditions. The actual growth rate which is a strong function of the degree of supercooling exceeded the pull rate by a factor of greater than two. The interface shape changed from concave to flat to convex during the growth.

  6. Growth and characterization of diammonium copper disulphate hexahydrate single crystal

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    Siva Sankari, R.; Perumal, Rajesh Narayana

    2014-03-01

    Graphical abstract: Diammonium copper disulphate hexahydrate (DACS) is one of the most promising inorganic dielectric crystals with exceptional mechanical properties. Good quality crystals of DACS were grown by using solution method in a period of 30 days. The grown crystals were subjected to single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis in order to establish their crystalline nature. Thermo gravimetric, differential thermal analysis, FTIR, and UV–vis–NIR analysis were performed for the crystal. Several solid state physical parameters have been determined for the grown crystals. The dielectric constant and the dielectric loss and AC conductivity of the grown crystal were studied as a function of frequency and temperature has been calculated and plotted. - Highlights: • Diammonium copper disulphate is grown for the first time and CCDC number obtained. • Thermal analysis is done to see the stability range of the crystals. • Band gap and UV cut off wavelength of the crystal are determined to be 2.4 eV and 472.86 nm, respectively. • Dielectric constant, dielectric loss and AC conductivity are plotted as a function of applied field. - Abstract: Diammonium copper disulphate hexahydrate is one of the most promising inorganic crystals with exceptional dielectric properties. A good quality crystal was harvested in a 30-day period using solution growth method. The grown crystal was subjected to various characterization techniques like single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis, thermo gravimetric, differential thermal analysis, FTIR, and UV–vis–NIR analysis. Unit cell dimensions of the grown crystal have been identified from XRD studies. Functional groups of the title compounds have been identified from FTIR studies. Thermal stability of the samples was checked by TG/DTA studies. Band gap of the crystal was calculated. The dielectric constant and dielectric loss were studied as a function of frequency of the applied field. AC conductivity was plotted as a function

  7. Sequential growth of deformation bands in carbonate grainstones in the hangingwall of an active growth fault: Implications for deformation mechanisms in different tectonic regimes

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    Rotevatn, Atle; Thorsheim, Elin; Bastesen, Eivind; Fossmark, Heidi S. S.; Torabi, Anita; Sælen, Gunnar

    2016-09-01

    Deformation bands in porous sandstones have been extensively studied for four decades, whereas comparatively less is known about deformation bands in porous carbonate rocks, particularly in extensional settings. Here, we investigate porous grainstones of the Globigerina Limestone Formation in Malta, which contain several types of deformation bands in the hangingwall of the Maghlaq Fault: (i) bed-parallel pure compaction bands (PCB); (ii) pressure solution-dominated compactive shear bands (SCSB) and iii) cataclasis-dominated compactive shear bands (CCSB). Geometric and kinematic analyses show that the bands formed sequentially in the hangingwall of the evolving Maghlaq growth fault. PCBs formed first due to fault-controlled subsidence and vertical loading; a (semi-)tectonic control on PCB formation is thus documented for the first time in an extensional setting. Pressure solution (dominating SCSBs) and cataclasis (dominating CCSBs) appear to have operated separately, and not in concert. Our findings therefore suggest that, in some carbonate rocks, cataclasis within deformation bands may develop irrespective of whether pressure solution processes are involved. We suggest this may be related to stress state, and that whereas pressure solution is a significant facilitator of grain size reduction in contractional settings, grain size reduction within deformation bands in extensional settings is less dependent on pressure solution processes.

  8. Growth and characterization of group iiinitrides by migration-enhanced afterglow epitaxy

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    Gergova, Rositsa

    The work presented in this thesis investigates the growth and properties of group III- nitride semiconductors that were grown using the Migration Enhanced Afterglow Epitaxy (MEAglow) method. This work was to enhance the understanding of the MEAglow growth process towards the improvement of quality of the layers grown using this technique. The MEAglow technique applies the migration enhanced epitaxy method in a low pressure plasma-based CVD reactor, which has a potential of producing high quality epitaxial group III-nitride layers at relatively low growth temperatures on large deposition areas. The low temperature pulse growth in metal-rich regime, comprising the MME method was employed under growth pressures between 500 mTorr and 3000 mTorr. As the MME method up to this point has been used only for MBE systems, study of the impact of the growth pressure on the materials properties was necessary. In this work the pressure dependence was mapped to an existing surface phase diagram for MBE systems by calculating the number of nitrogen gas phase collisions and the metalorganic bombardment rate, for the specific to the prototype reactor parameters, to a first approximation. This was done in order to achieve an intermediate regime free of metal droplets for growth in metal-rich regime. High quality epitaxial InN layers were accomplished on extremely thin and smooth Ga2O3 buffer layers. These results indicate a potential for the application of Ga2O3 buffers in InN growth. The MEAglow InN layers were further optimized for growth on commercially available GaN buffer layers and excellent two-dimensional growth was achieved for layers grown under metal-rich conditions at 512 °C. Post-growth annealing studies were carried out for InN layers grown at temperatures below 400 °C to study the limiting processes of the removal of excess nitrogen, believed to be a dominant defect in InN films grown in plasma-based systems at very low temperatures. Variations in GaN stoichiometry

  9. Overview of Characterization Techniques for High Speed Crystal Growth

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    Ravi, K. V.

    1984-01-01

    Features of characterization requirements for crystals, devices and completed products are discussed. Key parameters of interest in semiconductor processing are presented. Characterization as it applies to process control, diagnostics and research needs is discussed with appropriate examples.

  10. Characterization of the intragranular water regime within subsurface sediments: pore volume, surface area, and mass transfer limitations

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    Hay, Michael B.; Stoliker, Deborah L.; Davis, James A.; Zachara, John M.

    2011-01-01

    Although "intragranular" pore space within grain aggregates, grain fractures, and mineral surface coatings may contain a relatively small fraction of the total porosity within a porous medium, it often contains a significant fraction of the reactive surface area, and can thus strongly affect the transport of sorbing solutes. In this work, we demonstrate a batch experiment procedure using tritiated water as a high-resolution diffusive tracer to characterize the intragranular pore space. The method was tested using uranium-contaminated sediments from the vadose and capillary fringe zones beneath the former 300A process ponds at the Hanford site (Washington). Sediments were contacted with tracers in artificial groundwater, followed by a replacement of bulk solution with tracer-free groundwater and the monitoring of tracer release. From these data, intragranular pore volumes were calculated and mass transfer rates were quantified using a multirate first-order mass transfer model. Tritium-hydrogen exchange on surface hydroxyls was accounted for by conducting additional tracer experiments on sediment that was vacuum dried after reaction. The complementary ("wet" and "dry") techniques allowed for the simultaneous determination of intragranular porosity and surface area using tritium. The Hanford 300A samples exhibited intragranular pore volumes of ~1% of the solid volume and intragranular surface areas of ~20%–35% of the total surface area. Analogous experiments using bromide ion as a tracer yielded very different results, suggesting very little penetration of bromide into the intragranular porosity.

  11. Characterization of the intragranular water regime within subsurface sediments: Pore volume, surface area, and mass transfer limitations

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    Hay, M.B.; Stoliker, D.L.; Davis, J.A.; Zachara, J.M.

    2011-01-01

    Although "intragranular" pore space within grain aggregates, grain fractures, and mineral surface coatings may contain a relatively small fraction of the total porosity within a porous medium, it often contains a significant fraction of the reactive surface area, and can thus strongly affect the transport of sorbing solutes. In this work, we demonstrate a batch experiment procedure using tritiated water as a high-resolution diffusive tracer to characterize the intragranular pore space. The method was tested using uranium-contaminated sediments from the vadose and capillary fringe zones beneath the former 300A process ponds at the Hanford site (Washington). Sediments were contacted with tracers in artificial groundwater, followed by a replacement of bulk solution with tracer-free groundwater and the monitoring of tracer release. From these data, intragranular pore volumes were calculated and mass transfer rates were quantified using a multirate first-order mass transfer model. Tritium-hydrogen exchange on surface hydroxyls was accounted for by conducting additional tracer experiments on sediment that was vacuum dried after reaction. The complementary ("wet" and "dry") techniques allowed for the simultaneous determination of intragranular porosity and surface area using tritium. The Hanford 300A samples exhibited intragranular pore volumes of ???1% of the solid volume and intragranular surface areas of ???20%-35% of the total surface area. Analogous experiments using bromide ion as a tracer yielded very different results, suggesting very little penetration of bromide into the intragranular porosity. Copyright 2011 by the American Geophysical Union.

  12. Growth and Characterization of III-V Nitride Quantum Dots and Quantum Wires

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    2010-03-26

    REPORT Growth and Characterization of III - V Nitride Quantum Dots and Quantum Wires 14. ABSTRACT 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: Our research program...ANSI Std. Z39.18 - 14-Sep-2009 Final report Growth and Characterization of III - V Nitride Quantum Dots and Quantum Wires Statement of the...has two interrelated components: the growth of GaN nanowires and the fabrication of electronic devices, including gas sensors, on these nanowires . A

  13. Comparison of pollen gene flow among four European beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) populations characterized by different management regimes

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    Piotti, A; Leonardi, S; Buiteveld, J; Geburek, T; Gerber, S; Kramer, K; Vettori, C; Vendramin, G G

    2012-01-01

    The study of the dispersal capability of a species can provide essential information for the management and conservation of its genetic variability. Comparison of gene flow rates among populations characterized by different management and evolutionary histories allows one to decipher the role of factors such as isolation and tree density on gene movements. We used two paternity analysis approaches and different strategies to handle the possible presence of genotyping errors to obtain robust estimates of pollen flow in four European beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) populations from Austria and France. In each country one of the two plots is located in an unmanaged forest; the other plots are managed with a shelterwood system and inside a colonization area (in Austria and France, respectively). The two paternity analysis approaches provided almost identical estimates of gene flow. In general, we found high pollen immigration (∼75% of pollen from outside), with the exception of the plot from a highly isolated forest remnant (∼50%). In the two unmanaged plots, the average within-population pollen dispersal distances (from 80 to 184 m) were higher than previously estimated for beech. From the comparison between the Austrian managed and unmanaged plots, that are only 500 m apart, we found no evidence that either gene flow or reproductive success distributions were significantly altered by forest management. The investigated phenotypic traits (crown area, height, diameter and flowering phenology) were not significantly related with male reproductive success. Shelterwood seems to have an effect on the distribution of within-population pollen dispersal distances. In the managed plot, pollen dispersal distances were shorter, possibly because adult tree density is three-fold (163 versus 57 trees per hectare) with respect to the unmanaged one. PMID:21897442

  14. Comparison of pollen gene flow among four European beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) populations characterized by different management regimes.

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    Piotti, A; Leonardi, S; Buiteveld, J; Geburek, T; Gerber, S; Kramer, K; Vettori, C; Vendramin, G G

    2012-03-01

    The study of the dispersal capability of a species can provide essential information for the management and conservation of its genetic variability. Comparison of gene flow rates among populations characterized by different management and evolutionary histories allows one to decipher the role of factors such as isolation and tree density on gene movements. We used two paternity analysis approaches and different strategies to handle the possible presence of genotyping errors to obtain robust estimates of pollen flow in four European beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) populations from Austria and France. In each country one of the two plots is located in an unmanaged forest; the other plots are managed with a shelterwood system and inside a colonization area (in Austria and France, respectively). The two paternity analysis approaches provided almost identical estimates of gene flow. In general, we found high pollen immigration (~75% of pollen from outside), with the exception of the plot from a highly isolated forest remnant (~50%). In the two unmanaged plots, the average within-population pollen dispersal distances (from 80 to 184 m) were higher than previously estimated for beech. From the comparison between the Austrian managed and unmanaged plots, that are only 500 m apart, we found no evidence that either gene flow or reproductive success distributions were significantly altered by forest management. The investigated phenotypic traits (crown area, height, diameter and flowering phenology) were not significantly related with male reproductive success. Shelterwood seems to have an effect on the distribution of within-population pollen dispersal distances. In the managed plot, pollen dispersal distances were shorter, possibly because adult tree density is three-fold (163 versus 57 trees per hectare) with respect to the unmanaged one.

  15. Molecular Beam Epitaxy Growth and Characterization of Thin Layers of Semiconductor Tin

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    2016-09-01

    heating. The α-Sn layers were also characterized with high-resolution X-ray diffraction, Hall, and atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurements...ARL-TR-7838 ● SEP 2016 US Army Research Laboratory Molecular Beam Epitaxy Growth and Characterization of Thin Layers of...Laboratory Molecular Beam Epitaxy Growth and Characterization of Thin Layers of Semiconductor Tin by P Folkes, P Taylor, C Rong, B Nichols

  16. Characterizing the Linkages Between landform and Precipitation Regime in the Sierra Madre Meridional and in the Andes

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    Giovannettone, J. P.; Barros, A. P.

    2005-12-01

    Mountains play an important role in the hydrologic cycle in many parts of the world. About 25% of the world's population lives in mountainous terrain, and 60% of people rely on freshwater from mountainous regions for drinking water and other purposes. This is especially the case in the western US, in Central America and along the Andes. Whereas quantitative estimation of precipitation in mountainous regions is of critical importance, sparse raingauge networks and the operational difficulties of ground-based radar in the vicinity of high terrain, leave us without substantive observations to work with. By contrast, satellites provide a unique opportunity to look at large regions simultaneously and at high resolution. Although terrain complexity can also cause substantial uncertainty in the interpretation of remotely-sensed data, there is great value in the small-scale structure captured by high spatial resolution sensors. A comprehensive study including surface measurements, observations from the NASA TRMM satellite, and coupled land-atmosphere modeling to characterize the diurnal cycle of precipitation over the Sierra Madre Meridional (east of Mexico City) and over the Andes is currently under way. The objective of this work is to investigate the role of landform as the organizing principle of convective activity in mountainous regions and to determine whether this spatial organization can be linked to the diurnal cycle of rainfall. For this purpose, TRMM data were analyzed over the Sierra Madre and Andes Mountains using an algorithm developed by Nesbitt et al. (2000) to determine the location of precipitation features (PF's) over a time period extending from 1998 to 2004. The algorithm uses two types of data provided by the TRMM satellite: the near-surface precipitation radar (PR) and the TRMM Microwave Imager (TMI) polarization-corrected temperatures (PCT's) at 85.5 GHz. A PF is defined as an area of 75 km2 or greater in which reflectivities are greater than 20 d

  17. Ecophysiology of Cecropia schreberiana saplings in two wind regimes in an elfin cloud forest: growth, gas exchange, architecture and stem biomechanics.

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    Cordero, Roberto A.

    1999-03-01

    The hypothesis that the short, stunted development of elfin cloud forest trees is influenced by strong winds was tested by studying growth, gas exchange and biomechanics of potted saplings of Cecropia schreberiana Miq. ex. C. peltata L. (Cecropiaceae) exposed to two natural wind regimes (exposed and protected) at high elevation sites in the Luquillo Experimental Forest, Puerto Rico. The wind-exposure treatment produced several thigmomorphogenetic responses, including reductions in plant stature and crown area, changes in allocation patterns, and increased root to shoot ratio, leaf abrasion and leaf epinasty. Wind-exposure decreased maximum photosynthetic rate and respiration on an area basis, but not on a leaf-mass basis. Wind-exposed plants had lower apparent quantum yields, and higher light compensation points than wind-protected plants. Photosynthetic nitrogen-use efficiency was lower in wind-exposed plants, but such plants had higher leaf nitrogen concentration than wind-protected plants. There were no effects of treatments on stomatal conductance, transpiration rate and water-use efficiency. Stems of wind-exposed plants had lower second moment of area, apparent modulus of elasticity, flexural stiffness and stem density, but higher water content than wind-protected plants. Tissue-density-specific stiffness and the calculated critical height were not affected by the treatments. Wind-exposed plants were biomechanically less predisposed to bending and failing under their own weight than wind-protected plants because their safety factors were smaller, indicating that maintenance of an ontogenetically less developed structure enables plants to cope with wind loading. Windward trees showed a lower scaling component of the allometric relationship between diameter and height than leeward trees.

  18. Effect of controlled inoculation with specific mycorrhizal fungi from the urban environment on growth and physiology of containerized shade tree species growing under different water regimes.

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    Fini, Alessio; Frangi, Piero; Amoroso, Gabriele; Piatti, Riccardo; Faoro, Marco; Bellasio, Chandra; Ferrini, Francesco

    2011-11-01

    The aim of this work was to evaluate the effects of selected mycorrhiza obtained in the urban environment on growth, leaf gas exchange, and drought tolerance of containerized plants growing in the nursery. Two-year-old uniform Acer campestre L., Tilia cordata Mill., and Quercus robur L. were inoculated with a mixture of infected roots and mycelium of selected arbuscular (maple, linden) and/or ectomycorrhiza (linden, oak) fungi and grown in well-watered or water shortage conditions. Plant biomass and leaf area were measured 1 and 2 years after inoculation. Leaf gas exchange, chlorophyll fluorescence, and water relations were measured during the first and second growing seasons after inoculation. Our data suggest that the mycelium-based inoculum used in this experiment was able to colonize the roots of the tree species growing in the nursery. Plant biomass was affected by water shortage, but not by inoculation. Leaf area was affected by water regime and, in oak and linden, by inoculation. Leaf gas exchange was affected by inoculation and water stress. V(cmax) and J(max) were increased by inoculation and decreased by water shortage in all species. F(v)/F(m) was also generally higher in inoculated plants than in control. Changes in PSII photochemistry and photosynthesis may be related to the capacity of inoculated plants to maintain less negative leaf water potential under drought conditions. The overall data suggest that inoculated plants were better able to maintain physiological activity during water stress in comparison to non-inoculated plants.

  19. In situ characterization of nanowire dimensions and growth dynamics by optical reflectance.

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    Heurlin, Magnus; Anttu, Nicklas; Camus, Christian; Samuelson, Lars; Borgström, Magnus T

    2015-05-13

    Optical reflectometry is commonly used as an accurate and noninvasive characterization tool when growing planar semiconductor layers. However, thin-film analysis schemes cannot be directly applied to nanowire systems due to their complex optical response. Here, we report on reliable in situ characterization of nanowire growth with high accuracy using optical reflectance spectra for analysis. The method makes it possible to determine the nanowire length, diameter, and growth rate in situ in real time with high resolution. We demonstrate the method's versatility by using the optical reflectance data for determining nanowire dimensions on both particle-assisted and selective-area grown nanowires. To indicate the full potential of in situ characterization of nanowire synthesis we evaluate the growth dynamics of InP nanowires in the presence of the p-type dopant precursor diethylzinc. We observe that the growth rate is strongly affected by the diethylzinc. At low diethylzinc flows, the growth rate decreases monotonously while higher flows lead to an initially increasing growth rate. From these in situ characterization data, we conclude that the surface migration length of adatom species is affected strongly by the addition of diethylzinc. We believe that this characterization method will become a standard tool for in situ growth monitoring and aid in elucidating the complex growth dynamics often exhibited during nanowire growth.

  20. Growth and Characterization of Unintentionally Doped GaSb Nanowires

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    Burke, Robert A.; Weng, Xiaojun; Kuo, Meng-Wei; Song, Young-Wook; Itsuno, Anne M.; Mayer, Theresa S.; Durbin, Steven M.; Reeves, Roger J.; Redwing, Joan M.

    2010-04-01

    GaSb nanowires were synthesized on c-plane sapphire substrates by gold-mediated vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) growth using a metalorganic chemical vapor deposition process. A narrow process window for GaSb nanowire growth was identified. Chemical analysis revealed variations in the catalyst composition which were explained in terms of the Au-Ga-Sb ternary phase diagram and suggest that the VLS growth mechanism was responsible for the nanowire growth. The nominally undoped GaSb nanowires were determined to be p-type with resistivity on the order of 0.23 Ω cm. The photoluminescence was found to be highly dependent on the V/III ratio, with an optimal ratio of unity.

  1. Growth and characterization of indium antimonide doped with lead telluride

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    Partin, D. L.; Heremans, J.; Thrush, C. M.

    1992-03-01

    The molecular beam epitaxy growth technique was used to grow n-type InSb employing a PbTe dopant source. From AES studies, no surface segregation of tellurium is observed up to about 10 exp 19/cu cm doping levels. The correlation between the PbTe flux used during growth and the electron density in the growth films was found to be substantial, suggesting that the incorporation of tellurium is near unity. From SIMS studies, no lead could be detected in the films, even when grown at temperatures as low as 280 C. This suggests that the lead rapidly reevaporates from the surface during growth. SIMS depth profiles of tellurium show evidence of solid-state diffusion at 360 C with a diffusion coefficient of about 10 exp -13/sq cm s.

  2. Growth and characterization of organic ferroelectric croconic acid thin films

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    Jiang, Xuanyuan; Lu, Haidong; Yin, Yuewei; Enders, Axel; Gruverman, Alexei; Xu, Xiaoshan

    Using vapor phase evaporation, we have studied the growth of the croconic acid (CCA) thin films, at various conditions such as temperature, thickness, growth speed, and substrates. The morphology of thin film was measured by atomic force microscopy (AFM); the ferroelectric property was confirmed by piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM). A critical thickness of 40 nm and optimal temperature of -30 celsius were found for continuous films, while the substrate and growth speed are found to play a minimal role. According to the reflection high energy electron diffraction (RHEED), the CCA films are polycrystalline. For a 40 nm continuous film, the roughness is about 3 nm, while the coercive voltage for the ferroelectric domain switching is approximately 7V. This is the first molecule ferroelectric thin film. The successful growth of continuous CCA films enhances the applications potential of CCA, which is a molecular crystal of ferroelectricity. Supported by NSF through UNL MRSEC (DMR-1420645).

  3. Growth and characterization of graphene on CuNi substrates

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    Tyagi, Parul

    Graphene is a single layer of sp2 bonded carbon atoms that crystallizes in the honeycomb structure. Because of its true two-dimensional structure, it has very unique electrical properties, including a very high carrier mobility that is symmetric for holes and electrons. To realize these unique properties, it is important to develop a method for growing graphene films with uniform thickness and low defect density. One of the most popular methods of growth is by chemical vapor deposition on Cu substrates, because it is self-limited. However many applications require the growth of graphene films that are more than one atomic layer thick. In this research project, the growth of graphene on CuNi substrates has been studied. The presence of Ni in the alloy results in an increase in the catalytic activity of the surface. This results in lower deposition pressures than for pure Cu and also increases the carbon solubility, which allows the growth of films that are more than one atomic layer thick. Two types of substrates were used for the growth of the graphene films: CuNi foils with an alloy composition of 90:10 and 70:30 Cu-Ni by weight and a CuNi(111) single crystal with a composition of 90:10 by weight. For the 70:30 substrates, it was very difficult to control the graphene thickness. On the other hand, the controlled growth of graphene films that were more than one layer thick was achieved on the 90:10 substrates. The growth morphology and the crystal structure of graphene grown on the CuNi(111) surface was determined by performing these studies in an ultra-high vacuum chamber to achieve very high purity conditions. The low energy electron diffraction analysis of the graphene films showed that the graphene films always nucleated in more than one rotational orientation with respect to the substrate. The growth was achieved at temperatures as low as 500 °C, which is much lower in temperature than for Cu substrates. Scanning electron microscopy analysis of the graphene

  4. Growth and Characterization of Chalcogenide Alloy Nanowires with Controlled Spatial Composition Variation for Optoelectronic Applications

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    Nichols, Patricia

    The energy band gap of a semiconductor material critically influences the operating wavelength of an optoelectronic device. Realization of any desired band gap, or even spatially graded band gaps, is important for applications such as lasers, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), solar cells, and detectors. Compared to thin films, nanowires offer greater flexibility for achieving a variety of alloy compositions. Furthermore, the nanowire geometry permits simultaneous incorporation of a wide range of compositions on a single substrate. Such controllable alloy composition variation can be realized either within an individual nanowire or between distinct nanowires across a substrate. This dissertation explores the control of spatial composition variation in ternary alloy nanowires. Nanowires were grown by the vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) mechanism using chemical vapor deposition (CVD). The gas-phase supersaturation was considered in order to optimize the deposition morphology. Composition and structure were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS), and x-ray diffraction (XRD). Optical properties were investigated through photoluminescence (PL) measurements. The chalcogenides selected as alloy endpoints were lead sulfide (PbS), cadmium sulfide (CdS), and cadmium selenide (CdSe). Three growth modes of PbS were identified, which included contributions from spontaneously generated catalyst. The resulting wires were found capable of lasing with wavelengths over 4000 nm, representing the longest known wavelength from a sub-wavelength wire. For CdxPb1-xS nanowires, it was established that the cooling process significantly affects the alloy composition and structure. Quenching was critical to retain metastable alloys with x up to 0.14, representing a new composition in nanowire form. Alternatively, gradual cooling caused phase segregation, which created heterostructures with light emission in

  5. Characterization of dependencies between growth and division in budding yeast.

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    Mayhew, Michael B; Iversen, Edwin S; Hartemink, Alexander J

    2017-02-01

    Cell growth and division are processes vital to the proliferation and development of life. Coordination between these two processes has been recognized for decades in a variety of organisms. In the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, this coordination or 'size control' appears as an inverse correlation between cell size and the rate of cell-cycle progression, routinely observed in G1 prior to cell division commitment. Beyond this point, cells are presumed to complete S/G2/M at similar rates and in a size-independent manner. As such, studies of dependence between growth and division have focused on G1 Moreover, in unicellular organisms, coordination between growth and division has commonly been analysed within the cycle of a single cell without accounting for correlations in growth and division characteristics between cycles of related cells. In a comprehensive analysis of three published time-lapse microscopy datasets, we analyse both intra- and inter-cycle dependencies between growth and division, revisiting assumptions about the coordination between these two processes. Interestingly, we find evidence (i) that S/G2/M durations are systematically longer in daughters than in mothers, (ii) of dependencies between S/G2/M and size at budding that echo the classical G1 dependencies, and (iii) in contrast with recent bacterial studies, of negative dependencies between size at birth and size accumulated during the cell cycle. In addition, we develop a novel hierarchical model to uncover inter-cycle dependencies, and we find evidence for such dependencies in cells growing in sugar-poor environments. Our analysis highlights the need for experimentalists and modellers to account for new sources of cell-to-cell variation in growth and division, and our model provides a formal statistical framework for the continued study of dependencies between biological processes.

  6. In-situ TEM characterization of Copper Growth

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    Shelberg, Daniel T.

    In-situ liquid experiments in the transmission electron microscope (TEM) allow dynamic phenomena to be imaged at the nanoscale. This opens the opportunity to view electrochemical depositions at the nano scale in real time. However, there are a number of issues regarding in situ imaging that prevent a straightforward approach. This thesis addresses two issues regarding in-situ experiments; the fabrication of electron transparent windows and the nucleation of a metal from an electrolyte as a result of beam damage. Silicon chips that were 2.6mm x 2.6mm with 50mum x 50mum windows consisting of 50nm S3N 4 were fabricated with the goal of minimizing fabrication complexity at a cost significantly below commercial prices. These silicon nitride windows were used to sandwich a small volume of CuSO4 solution and observe copper nucleation as a result of the radiolysis damage of water due to the electron beam. Scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) was used to image growth, and reducing species are shown to diffuse on the order of hundreds of nanometers in solution. Copper nanoparticle growth was compared to Oswald ripening, and diffusion limited growth was observed at high electron dose rates. The diffusion limited growth was suppressed and led to a slower growth rate, with a calculated diffusion coefficient for Cu 2+ of 2 x 10--10 m2/s. Low electron dose rates corresponding to low magnifications in STEM yielded kinetic limited or mixed growth and yielded faceted nanoparticles. Atomic resolution was achieved in copper film deposited at low magnifications, and lattice fringes corresponding to the copper <111> were observed.

  7. Characterization of dependencies between growth and division in budding yeast

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    Mayhew, Michael B.; Iversen, Edwin S.; Hartemink, Alexander J.

    2017-02-01

    Cell growth and division are processes vital to the proliferation and development of life. Coordination between these two processes has been recognized for decades in a variety of organisms. In the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, this coordination or ‘size control’ appears as an inverse correlation between cell size and the rate of cell-cycle progression, routinely observed in G1 prior to cell division commitment. Beyond this point, cells are presumed to complete S/G2/M at similar rates and in a size-independent manner. As such, studies of dependence between growth and division have focused on G1. Moreover, in unicellular organisms, coordination between growthmore » and division has commonly been analyzed within the cycle of a single cell without accounting for correlations in growth and division characteristics between cycles of related cells. In a comprehensive analysis of three published time-lapse microscopy datasets, we analyze both intra- and inter-cycle dependencies between growth and division, revisiting assumptions about the coordination between these two processes. Interestingly, we find evidence (1) that S/G2/M durations are systematically longer in daughters than in mothers, (2) of dependencies between S/G2/M and size at budding that echo the classical G1 dependencies, and, (3) in contrast with recent bacterial studies, of negative dependencies between size at birth and size accumulated during the cell cycle. In addition, we develop a novel hierarchical model to uncover inter-cycle dependencies, and we find evidence for such dependencies in cells growing in sugar-poor environments. Our analysis highlights the need for experimentalists and modelers to account for new sources of cell-to-cell variation in growth and division, and our model provides a formal statistical framework for the continued study of dependencies between biological processes.« less

  8. Temperature control and calibration issues in the growth, processing and characterization of electronic materials

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    Wilson, B. A.

    1989-01-01

    The temperature control and calibration issues encountered in the growth, processing, and characterization of electronic materials are summarized. The primary problem area is identified as temperature control during epitaxial materials growth. While qualitative thermal measurements are feasible and reproducibility is often achievable within a given system, absolute calibration is essentially impossible in many cases, precluding the possibility of portability from one system to another. The procedures utilized for thermal measurements during epitaxial growth are described, and their limitations discussed.

  9. Material growth and characterization for solid state devices

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    Collis, Ward J.; Abul-Fadl, Ali; Iyer, Shanthi

    1988-01-01

    During the period of this research grant, the process of liquid phase electroepitaxy (LPEE) was used to grow ternary and quaternary alloy III-V semiconductor thin films. Selective area growth of InGaAs was performed on InP substrates using a patterned sputtered quartz or spin-on glass layer. The etch back and growth characteristics with respect to substrate orientation were investigated. The etch back behavior is somewhat different from wet chemical etching with respect to the sidewall profiles which are observed. LPEE was also employed to grow epitaxial layers of InGaAsP alloys on InP substrates. The behavior of Mn as an acceptor dopant was investigated with low temperature Hall coefficient and photoluminescence measurements. A metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy system was partially complete within the grant period. This atmospheric pressure system will be used to deposit III-V compound and alloy semiconductor layers in future research efforts.

  10. The Growth and Characterization of Iii-Nitrogen Compounds

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    Jones, Richard Daryl

    Electrical, structural, and thermodynamic properties of AlN, GaN, and InN have been examined. Theoretical phase diagrams for AlN, GaN, and InN have been calculated. These include both T-X and P-T relationships. Deviations from stoichiometry have also been determined. The theoretical incorporation of native defects during the growth process has suggested that both n and p type material can be grown. Extremely high N(,2) pressures would be required, however, for the growth of p type material. Lattice parameters, nitrogen vacancy concentrations, and grain sizes were determined using X-ray analysis. Estimates of the electron concentration were made using thermoelectric measurements. Resistivity and mobility were also determined. Implications for electronic and optoelectronic devices are discussed.

  11. Growth and Characterization of Epitaxial Piezoelectric and Semiconductor Films.

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    1980-07-01

    ra3ther high substrate tempera- many 111-V . nd L-\\i comp ’ onus ,0 Implying thle po- ture of < C. loweve., extensive corrosion of the i nr 1:151ating ZnO...niethiods reported to &i’ are C.- ,iitially I -d oan ZnO transport using the Orgartomretallic growth-In recent years. the organo - t; iisjatrt a~t tits H./l

  12. MBE growth and characterization of semiconductor laser coolers

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    Stintz, Andreas; Li, Chia-Yeh; Sheik-Bahae, Mansoor; Malloy, Kevin J.

    2009-02-01

    Laser cooling of a semiconductor has been an elusive but highly desirable goal for several years. Although it is theoretically possible, tedious and often time-consuming sample preparation, processing and testing has slowed the progress on the experimental end. The work presented here focuses on a new approach to the first step, the growth of high quality starting samples by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). MBE is believed to have an inherent advantage over chemical vapor deposition techniques since typically material with higher purity can be grown by MBE, thereby reducing the chance for parasitic absorption and nonradiative recombinations to occur. Additionally, with MBE very precise control over interfaces is possible, where a significant portion of the non-radiative traps are usually located. The most promising material for laser cooling is the binary compound GaAs. The lattice-matched material Ga0.515In0.485P is chosen for passivating the surface as it has shown much longer radiative lifetimes in GaAs than, for example, AlxGa1-xAs. The present study focuses on growth optimization of Ga0.515In0.485P/GaAs/Ga0.515In0.485P heterostructures and the influence of growth conditions on sample suitability for laser cooling as measured by non-radiative lifetimes in GaAs. In particular, parameters such as growth temperature, group V:III overpressure, substrate orientation, doping, and interface composition on a monolayer length scale are varied and analyzed. The suitability of an optimized sample for semiconductor laser cooling is discussed.

  13. Morphologic characterization of osteosarcoma growth on the chick chorioallantoic membrane

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    2010-01-01

    Background The chick chorio-allantoic membrane (CAM) assay is a commonly used method for studying angiogenic or anti-angiogenic activities in vivo. The ease of access allows direct monitoring of tumour growth by biomicroscopy and the possibility to screen many samples in an inexpensive way. The CAM model provides a powerful tool to study effects of molecules, which interfere with physiological angiogenesis, or experimental tumours derived from cancer cell lines. We therefore screened eight osteosarcoma cell lines for their ability to form vascularized tumours on the CAM. Findings We implanted 3-5 million cells of human osteosarcoma lines (HOS, MG63, MNNG-HOS, OST, SAOS, SJSA1, U2OS, ZK58) on the CAM at day 10 of embryonic development. Tumour growth was monitored by in vivo biomicroscopy at different time points and tumours were fixed in paraformaldehyde seven days after cell grafting. The tissue was observed, photographed and selected cases were further analyzed using standard histology. From the eight cell lines the MNNG-HOS, U2OS and SAOS were able to form solid tumours when grafted on the CAM. The MNNG-HOS tumours showed the most reliable and consistent growth and were able to penetrate the chorionic epithelium, grow in the CAM stroma and induce a strong angiogenic response. Conclusions Our results show that the CAM assay is a useful tool for studying osteosarcoma growth. The model provides an excellent alternative to current rodent models and could serve as a preclinical screening assay for anticancer molecules. It might increase the speed and efficacy of the development of new drugs for the treatment of osteosarcoma. PMID:20202196

  14. Mechanical characterization of yeast cells: effects of growth conditions.

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    Overbeck, A; Kampen, I; Kwade, A

    2015-10-01

    Industrial biotechnology uses microbiological cells to produce a wide range of products. While the organisms in question are well understood regarding their genetic and molecular properties, less is known about their mechanical properties. Previous work has established a testing procedure for single Saccharomyces cerevisiae cells using a Nanoindenter equipped with a Flat Punch probe, allowing the compression between two parallel surfaces. The resulting force-displacement curves clearly showed the bursting of the cells and served to determine characteristic values such as the bursting force, bursting energy and relative deformation. This study examined the mechanical characteristics of yeast cells under the influence of varying cultivation parameters, namely the pH value, temperature, aeration rate, stirrer speed and culture medium composition. It was observed that only temperature and medium composition showed significant effect on the mechanical properties of the cells. Higher temperatures during cultivation caused lower bursting forces and energies. Further analysis of the data showed that the mechanical characteristics of the cells were only influenced by parameters which also had an influence on the growth rate. In conclusion, higher growth rates result in a lower mechanical strength of the yeast cells. This study provides data on the influence of growth conditions on the mechanical properties of yeast cells. Single cell compression tests on Saccharomyces cerevisiae cells indicate that higher growth rates result in a lower mechanical strength of the cells. As in biotechnological processes mechanical degradation is often part of the downstream process to release the product from the micro-organisms, the knowledge about the mechanical properties of the cells is relevant for process optimization. © 2015 The Society for Applied Microbiology.

  15. Growth and characterization of struvite-Na crystals

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    Chauhan, Chetan K.; Joshi, Mihirkumar J.

    2014-09-01

    Sodium magnesium phosphate heptahydrate [NaMgPO4·7H2O], also known as struvite-Na, is the sodium analog to struvite. Among phosphate containing bio-minerals, struvite has attracted considerable attention, because of its common occurrence in a wide variety of environments. Struvite and family crystals were found as urinary calculi in humans and animals. Struvite-Na crystals were grown by a single diffusion gel growth technique in a silica hydro gel medium. Struvite-Na crystals with different morphologies having transparent to translucent diaphaneity were grown with different growth parameters. The phenomenon of Liesegang rings was also observed with some particular growth parameters. The powder XRD study confirmed the structural similarity of the grown struvite-Na crystals with struvite and found that struvite-Na crystallized in the orthorhombic Pmn21 space group with unit cell parameters such as a= 6.893 Å, b=6.124 Å, c=11.150 Å, and α=β=γ=90°. FT-IR spectra of struvite-Na crystals revealed the presence of functional groups. The TGA, DTA and DSC were carried out simultaneously. The kinetic and thermodynamic parameters of dehydration/decomposition process were calculated. The variation of dielectric constant with frequency of applied field was studied in the range from 400 Hz to 100 kHz.

  16. Characterizing growth patterns in longitudinal MRI using image contrast

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    Vardhan, Avantika; Prastawa, Marcel; Vachet, Clement; Piven, Joseph; Gerig, Guido

    2014-03-01

    Understanding the growth patterns of the early brain is crucial to the study of neuro-development. In the early stages of brain growth, a rapid sequence of biophysical and chemical processes take place. A crucial component of these processes, known as myelination, consists of the formation of a myelin sheath around a nerve fiber, enabling the effective transmission of neural impulses. As the brain undergoes myelination, there is a subsequent change in the contrast between gray matter and white matter as observed in MR scans. In this work, gray-white matter contrast is proposed as an effective measure of appearance which is relatively invariant to location, scanner type, and scanning conditions. To validate this, contrast is computed over various cortical regions for an adult human phantom. MR (Magnetic Resonance) images of the phantom were repeatedly generated using different scanners, and at different locations. Contrast displays less variability over changing conditions of scan compared to intensity-based measures, demonstrating that it is less dependent than intensity on external factors. Additionally, contrast is used to analyze longitudinal MR scans of the early brain, belonging to healthy controls and Down's Syndrome (DS) patients. Kernel regression is used to model subject-specific trajectories of contrast changing with time. Trajectories of contrast changing with time, as well as time-based biomarkers extracted from contrast modeling, show large differences between groups. The preliminary applications of contrast based analysis indicate its future potential to reveal new information not covered by conventional volumetric or deformation-based analysis, particularly for distinguishing between normal and abnormal growth patterns.

  17. In Situ Characterization of Ge Nanocrystals Near the Growth Temperature

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    Sharp, I.D.; Xu, Q.; Liao, C.Y.; Chrzan, D.C.; Haller, E.E.; Yi, D.O.; Beeman, J.W.; Liliental-Weber, Z.; Yu, K.M.; Zakharov, D.N.; Ager, J.W. III

    2005-06-30

    We present in situ electron diffraction data indicating that Ge nanocrystals embedded in a silica matrix can be solid at temperatures exceeding the bulk Ge melting point. Supercooling is observed when returning from temperatures above the melting point of the Ge nanocrystals. Since melting point hysteresis is observed, it is not clear if nanoclusters are solid or liquid during the initial growth process. Raman spectra of as-grown nanocrystals give a measure of compressive stress and in-situ Raman spectroscopy further confirms the presence of crystalline Ge above 800 deg. C.

  18. Growth and characterization of ZnSe nanoparticles

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    Sharma, Shail Malik, Mukhtar Ah. Chandel, Tarun Thakur, Vikas Rajaram, P.

    2014-04-24

    ZnSe nanoparticles were prepared using a chemical bath deposition technique. X-ray diffraction study shows that the ZnSe crystallizes in the cubic phase. The crystallite size of the ZnSe samples calculated using the Scherrer’s formula was found to be slightly smaller than the Bohr exciton radius of bulk ZnSe. SEM studies show the growth of a mixture of nanorods and spherical nanoparticles. EDAX analysis confirms that the synthesized ZnSe nanoparticles are of good stiochiometry. Optical studies show the blue shift in the absorption edge for ZnSe nanoparticles caused by quantum confinement.

  19. Growth and Characterization of III-V Epitaxial Films

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    1991-11-01

    decomposition or pyrolisis of the various III-V constituents. Many researchers feel that the TMG and/or 𔃻I molecules and the AsH3 and/or PH3...of this data implies that the pyrolisis of the AsH3 /PH3 and the T4G/TI is a major step in the growth mechanics. Finally, it has been found that under...dominated by GaCH3 /ICZ molecules and various forms of As/P constituents as explained by the pyrolisis concept. Here the GaCH3 /InC 2 H5 and AsH/PH

  20. Growth and Characterization of III-V Epitaxial Films

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    1990-01-01

    pyrolisis of the various III-V constituents. Many researchers feel that the TMG molecule and the AsH3 molecule become pyrolised as they enter and pass...while the GaAs substrate seems to act as a catalyst. Much of this data implies that the pyrolisis of the AsH3 and the TMG is a major step in the growth...molecules and various forms of As constituents as explained by the pyrolisis concept. Here the GaCH3 and AsH molecules are absorbed at the surface, then

  1. In Situ Characterization of Ge Nanocrystals Near the Growth Temperature

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    Sharp, I. D.; Xu, Q.; Yi, D. O.; Liao, C. Y.; Beeman, J. W.; Liliental-Weber, Z.; Yu, K. M.; Zakharov, D. N.; Ager, J. W.; Chrzan, D. C.; Haller, E. E.

    2005-06-01

    We present in situ electron diffraction data indicating that Ge nanocrystals embedded in a silica matrix can be solid at temperatures exceeding the bulk Ge melting point. Supercooling is observed when returning from temperatures above the melting point of the Ge nanocrystals. Since melting point hysteresis is observed, it is not clear if nanoclusters are solid or liquid during the initial growth process. Raman spectra of as-grown nanocrystals give a measure of compressive stress and in-situ Raman spectroscopy further confirms the presence of crystalline Ge above 800 °C.

  2. Growth and characterization of thin and thick gallium nitride

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    Mastro, Michael Anthony

    2001-07-01

    The III-nitrides have received considerable attention in recent years for applications that require a wide band gap semiconductor. Specifically, short wavelength light emitters are required for full color displays, laser printers, high-density information storage, and underwater communication. High-temperature and high-power devices are needed for a number of applications including avionics, automobile engines and future advanced power distribution systems. Unfortunately, III-nitride substrates are not available. This dissertation explores three alternative substrates (LiGaO2, LiAlO2, and Si) for the growth of thick and potentially freestanding GaN substrates. The requirement to grow a protective layer of GAN by metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) and the need for high rate deposition by hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE) motivated the development of a single deposition system capable of growing in both modes. The successful growth of high quality GaN on LiGaO2 by MOCVD was first demonstrated. Nitridation of the LiGaO2 substrate using NH3 prior to growth leads to the reconstruction of the substrate surface and to the formation of a thin layer of nitrided material having the same orientation as the substrate. It was found that the thick GaN layer grown by HVPE spontaneously separated from the underlying LiGaO2 substrate upon cooling if proper nitridation was performed. This then eliminates the need for substrate removal by HCl etching and gives a reusable template substrate. The related substrate LiAlO2 is also closely lattice matched to GaN. LiAlO2, however, is more stable, particularly in an HCl ambient making it suitable for thick HVPE growth of GaN. Finally, it was shown that epitaxial GaN could be fabricated by a low-temperature deposition sequence on silicon substrates. Measurements revealed that a thin compliant SiOx layer was an effective intermediate layer for the GaN film grown epitaxially on Si. The deposition temperature of 560°C is one of

  3. Characterization of Diamond Film Nucleation and Growth Surface

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    1993-09-01

    eV electron volt(1.602 x 10൛ Joules) VB Bias Voltage A Amperes nA nanoamperes (10-9 Amperes) C carbon Si silicon SiC silicon carbide Ge germanium Cu...surfaces including silicon [8-10] and germanium [11-13]. Wide band gap semiconductors have been examined less, but examples of STS applied to SiC [14,15...nucleated on germanium and copper. Most of the research examining the nucleation and growth of diamond on non-diamond substrates has employed silicon as

  4. Characterization of isolated yeast growth response to methionine analogs.

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    Saengkerdsub, Suwat; Lingbeck, Jody M; Wilkinson, Heather H; O'Bryan, Corliss A; Crandall, Philip G; Muthaiyan, Arunachalam; Biswas, Debabrata; Ricke, Steven C

    2013-01-01

    Methionine is one of the first limiting amino acids in poultry nutrition. The use of methionine-rich natural feed ingredients, such as soybean meal or rapeseed meal may lead to negative environmental consequences. Amino acid supplementation leads to reduced use of protein-rich ingredients. The objectives of this study were isolation of potentially high content methionine-containing yeasts, quantification of methionine content in yeasts and their respective growth response to methionine analogs. Minimal medium was used as the selection medium and the isolation medium of methionine-producing yeasts from yeast collection and environmental samples, respectively. Two yeasts previously collected along with six additional strains isolated from Caucasian kefir grains, air-trapped, cantaloupe, and three soil samples could grow on minimal medium. Only two of the newly isolated strains, K1 and C1, grew in minimal medium supplied with either methionine analogs ethionine or norleucine at 0.5% (w/v). Based on large subunit rRNA sequences, these isolated strains were identified as Pichia udriavzevii/Issatchenkia orientalis. P. kudriavzevii/I. orentalis is a generally recognized as a safe organism. In addition, methionine produced by K1 and C1 yeast hydrolysate yielded 1.3 ± 0.01 and 1.1 ± 0.01 mg g(-1) dry cell. Yeast strain K1 may be suitable as a potential source of methionine for dietary supplements in organic poultry feed but may require growth conditions to further increase their methionine content.

  5. Microalgae cultivation in sugarcane vinasse: Selection, growth and biochemical characterization.

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    Santana, Hugo; Cereijo, Carolina R; Teles, Valérya C; Nascimento, Rodrigo C; Fernandes, Maiara S; Brunale, Patrícia; Campanha, Raquel C; Soares, Itânia P; Silva, Flávia C P; Sabaini, Priscila S; Siqueira, Félix G; Brasil, Bruno S A F

    2017-03-01

    Sugarcane ethanol is produced at large scale generating wastes that could be used for microalgae biomass production in a biorefinery strategy. In this study, forty microalgae strains were screened for growth in sugarcane vinasse at different concentrations. Two microalgae strains, Micractinium sp. Embrapa|LBA32 and C. biconvexa Embrapa|LBA40, presented vigorous growth in a light-dependent manner even in undiluted vinasse under non-axenic conditions. Microalgae strains presented higher biomass productivity in vinasse-based media compared to standard Bold's Basal Medium in cultures performed using 15L airlift flat plate photobioreactors. Chemical composition analyses showed that proteins and carbohydrates comprise the major fractions of algal biomass. Glucose was the main monosaccharide detected, ranging from 46% to 76% of the total carbohydrates content according to the strain and culture media used. This research highlights the potential of using residues derived from ethanol plants to cultivate microalgae for the production of energy and bioproducts. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. Growth and characterization of epitaxial silver indium diselenide

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    Pena Martin, Pamela

    Photovoltaics (solar cells) are a key player in the renewable energy frontier, and will become increasingly important as their cost per watt continues to drop, especially if fossil fuel costs increase. One particularly promising photovoltaic technology is based on chalcopyrite-structure semiconductors. Within the chalcopyrite compounds the highest efficiency thin film solar cell absorber material to date is Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS). While current efficiency records are over 21% for single-junction cells, there is still room for improvement. Replacing some of the Cu with Ag has been shown to be beneficial in CIGS devices. However, the Ag- containing chalcopyrites are still relatively unknown in terms of their growth mechanism, energetics, and surface atomic and electronic properties. These are best inferred through study of epitaxial films, yet they have little mention in literature and have not been the subject of a detailed study. This work describes the growth of epitaxial AgInSe2 (AIS) on GaAs substrates, studying the morphology, structure, and surface properties to understand how growth takes place. It also seeks to experimentally determine the surface electronic and atomic structure at the atomic scale to gain insight into the part of the material that forms the heterojunction that collects photon energy in the device. Finally, this work seeks to compare and contrast these findings with what is known about CIGS to determine where similarities and, more importantly, the differences may lie. This study has found that single phase tetragonal AIS can be epitaxially grown on GaAs, as illustrated by x-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM), and surface morphology data. Like CIGS, the close packed polar (112) planes have the lowest energy. The morphology points to a difference in step dynamics, leading to less faceted, straight edged island shapes compared to CIGS. Epitaxial temperature as a function of growth direction shows a different trend in

  7. Growth and competitive abilities of the federally endangered Lindera melissifolia and the potentially invasive Brunnichia ovata in varying densities, hydrologic regimes, and light availabilities

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    Tracy S. Hawkins; Nathan Schiff; A. Dan Wilson; Theodor D. Leininger; Margaret S. Devall

    2016-01-01

    Brunnichia ovata (Walter) Shinners is a native, perennial, woody vine with the potential to become an aggressive competitor of the federally endangered shrub Lindera melissifolia (Walt.) Blume. Our study simulated habitat disturbances to hydrologic regime and light availability that may occur naturally, or through active...

  8. Single crystal: Urea bisthiourea sodium acetate synthesis, growth and characterization

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    Manickam, R.; Srinivasan, G.

    2017-05-01

    Crystals of urea bisthiourea sodium acetate (UBTSA) were successfully grown from an aqueous solution by slow evaporation method at room temperature. Recrystallization process was used to increase the purity of the grown crystal. The grown crystals were characterized by single crystal XRD, FT-Raman, UV and TGA/DTA analysis. Structure and unit cell parameters were determined by single crystal XRD. Functional groups of grown crystal and their modes of vibration were identified using FT-Raman spectral analysis. Absorbance percentage of the grown crystal was studied using UV analysis. Thermo gravimetric analysis and differential thermal analysis reveal that the good thermal stability of the material.

  9. Characterization of reproduction and growth of American robins at the Fernald Environmental Management Project, 1991

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    Osborne, D.R.; Ambrose, D.M.; Simpson, J.C.

    1992-11-01

    As part of a Biological and Ecological Site Characterization of the Fernald Environmental Management Project (FEMP), suppressed growth in onsite American robin nestlings was discovered in 1987 and in 1990. However, the causal factors relating to suppressed growth were not investigated. This study was initiated to determine if growth suppression still existed, and if so, the possible relationship of FEMP land management practices and soil contaminants through food chains to growth and reproductive fitness. This study was expanded to include five offsite sampling sites, as well as analyses of soils and earthworms for uranium, pesticides/herbicides, and heavy metals.

  10. Growth and characterization of CNT–TiO2 heterostructures

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    Utke, Ivo; Michler, Johann; Ilari, Gabriele; Rossell, Marta D; Erni, Rolf

    2014-01-01

    Summary A thriving field in nanotechnology is to develop synergetic functions of nanomaterials by taking full advantages of unique properties of each component. In this context, combining TiO2 nanocrystals and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) offers enhanced photosensitivity and improved photocatalytic efficiency, which is key to achieving sustainable energy and preventing environmental pollution. Hence, it has aroused a tremendous research interest. This report surveys recent research on the topic of synthesis and characterization of the CNT–TiO2 interface. In particular, atomic layer deposition (ALD) offers a good control of the size, crystallinity and morphology of TiO2 on CNTs. Analytical transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques such as electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) in scanning transmission mode provides structural, chemical and electronic information with an unprecedented spatial resolution and increasingly superior energy resolution, and hence is a necessary tool to characterize the CNT–TiO2 interface, as well as other technologically relevant CNT–metal/metal oxide material systems. PMID:25161830

  11. MOCVD manifold switching effects on growth and characterization

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    Clark, Ivan O.; Fripp, Archibald L.; Jesser, William A.

    1991-01-01

    A combined modeling and experimental approach is used to quantify the effects of various manifold components on the switching speed in metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). In particular, two alternative vent-run high-speed switching manifold designs suitable for either continuous or interrupted growth have been investigated. Both designs are incorporated in a common manifold, instrumented with a mass spectrometer. The experiments have been performed using nitrogen as the transport gas and argon as the simulated source gas. The advantages and limitations of two designs are discussed. It is found that while constant flow manifold switching systems may have fluid dynamic advantages, care must be taken to minimize sections of the supply manifold with low flow rates if rapid changes in alloy composition are required.

  12. Growth and characterization of sputtered BSTO/BaM multilayers

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    Srinath, S.; Frey, N. A.; Heindl, R.; Srikanth, H.; Coffey, K. R.; Dudney, N. J.

    2005-05-01

    Multilayers of Ba0.5Sr0.5TiO3 (BSTO) and BaFe12O19 (BaM), with tunable permeability and permittivity are attractive systems for radio frequency and microwave applications. We have grown multilayers of BSTO and BaM using magnetron sputtering on Al2O3 substrates. Film growth conditions such as sputtering parameters were optimized to obtain high quality multilayers. X-ray diffraction established that both BSTO and BaM were formed and cross-sectional SEM studies showed sharp interfaces between BSTO and BaM layers. Magnetization showed a large coercivity (˜2000Oe ) consistent with the hexaferrite component. The hysteresis loops also revealed the distinct influence of magnetocrystalline and shape anisotropies at different temperatures.

  13. Growth and Characterization of Sputtered BSTO/BaM Multilayers

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    Srinath, S.; Frey, N. A.; Heindl, R.; Srikanth, H.; Coffey, K. R.; Dudney, Nancy J

    2005-01-01

    Multilayers of Ba{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} (BSTO) and BaFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} (BaM), with tunable permeability and permittivity are attractive systems for radio frequency and microwave applications. We have grown multilayers of BSTO and BaM using magnetron sputtering on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} substrates. Film growth conditions such as sputtering parameters were optimized to obtain high quality multilayers. X-ray diffraction established that both BSTO and BaM were formed and cross-sectional SEM studies showed sharp interfaces between BSTO and BaM layers. Magnetization showed a large coercivity ( {approx}2000 Oe) consistent with the hexaferrite component. The hysteresis loops also revealed the distinct influence of magnetocrystalline and shape anisotropies at different temperatures.

  14. Vapour growth and characterization of beta indium sesquitelluride crystals

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    Reshmi, P. M.; Kunjomana, A. G.; Chandrasekharan, K. A.; Teena, M.

    2014-05-01

    Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) provides stoichiometric crystals of different morphology, depending upon the materials, geometry of ampoules, temperature profiles, growth parameters and kinetics of crystallization. The crystal forms such as needles, platelets and spherulites of beta indium sesquitelluride (β-In2Te3) were produced by controlling the temperature of source and growth zones. The X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and chemical analysis of the spherulitic crystals confirmed zinc blende structure with beta phase. Their resistivity (135.16 Ω cm) at room temperature (300 K) was determined by van der Pauw method. The temperature dependence of DC conductivity was investigated using the conventional two-probe technique. The variation of dielectric constant (ε1) and dielectric loss (tan δ) with temperature has been studied for different frequencies (1 kHz-1 MHz). The AC conductivity, σac(ω) was found to vary with angular frequency as ωs, where s is the frequency exponent. The values of s lie very close to unity and show a slight decrease with increase in temperature, which indicate a Correlated Barrier Hopping (CBH) between centres forming Intimate Valence Alternation Pairs (IVAP). The activation energy for conduction ranges from 0.187 eV to 0.095 eV. The microhardness of β-In2Te3 spherulites is found to be 353.5 kg/mm2, which is higher than that of other semiconducting chalcogenides. The results thus obtained on crystals grown from vapour phase open up ample possibilities for radiation detector applications.

  15. Growth and characterization of hexamethylenetetramine crystals grown from solution

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    Babu, B.; Chandrasekaran, J.; Balaprabhakaran, S.

    2014-06-01

    Organic nonlinear optical single crystals of hexamethylenetetramine (HMT; 10 × 10 × 5 mm3) were prepared by crystallization from methanol solution. The grown crystals were subjected to various characterization techniques such as single crystal XRD, powder XRD, UV-Vis and electrical studies. Single crystal XRD analysis confirmed the crystalline structure of the grown crystals. Their crystalline nature was also confirmed by powder XRD technique. The optical transmittance property was identified from UV-Vis spectrum. Dielectric measurements were performed as a function of frequency at different temperatures. DC conductivity and photoconductivity studies were also carried out for the crystal. The powder second harmonic generation efficiency (SHG) of the crystal was measured using Nd:YAG laser and the efficiency was found to be two times greater than that of potassium dihydrogen phosphate (KDP).

  16. Perovskite Oxide Thin Film Growth, Characterization, and Stability

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    Izumi, Andrew

    Studies into a class of materials known as complex oxides have evoked a great deal of interest due to their unique magnetic, ferroelectric, and superconducting properties. In particular, materials with the ABO3 perovskite structure have highly tunable properties because of the high stability of the structure, which allows for large scale doping and strain. This also allows for a large selection of A and B cations and valences, which can further modify the material's electronic structure. Additionally, deposition of these materials as thin films and superlattices through techniques such as pulsed laser deposition (PLD) results in novel properties due to the reduced dimensionality of the material. The novel properties of perovskite oxide heterostructures can be traced to a several sources, including chemical intermixing, strain and defect formation, and electronic reconstruction. The correlations between microstructure and physical properties must be investigated by examining the physical and electronic structure of perovskites in order to understand this class of materials. Some perovskites can undergo phase changes due to temperature, electrical fields, and magnetic fields. In this work we investigated Nd0.5Sr 0.5MnO3 (NSMO), which undergoes a first order magnetic and electronic transition at T=158K in bulk form. Above this temperature NSMO is a ferromagnetic metal, but transitions into an antiferromagnetic insulator as the temperature is decreased. This rapid transition has interesting potential in memory devices. However, when NSMO is deposited on (001)-oriented SrTiO 3 (STO) or (001)-oriented (LaAlO3)0.3-(Sr 2AlTaO6)0.7 (LSAT) substrates, this transition is lost. It has been reported in the literature that depositing NSMO on (110)-oriented STO allows for the transition to reemerge due to the partial epitaxial growth, where the NSMO film is strained along the [001] surface axis and partially relaxed along the [11¯0] surface axis. This allows the NSMO film enough

  17. Growth and characterization of novel thin films for microelectronic applications

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    Vahidi, Mahmoud

    I studied the properties of novel Co2FeAl0.5Si 0.5 (CFAS), ZnGeAs2, and FeS2 (pyrite) thin films for microelectronic applications ranging from spintronic to photovoltaic. CFAS is a half metal with theoretical spin polarization of 100%. I investigated its potential as a spin injector, for spintronic applications, by studying the critical steps involved in the injection of spin polarized electron populations from tunnel junctions containing CFAS electrodes. Epitaxial CFAS thin films with L21 structure and saturation magnetizations of over 1200 emu/cm 3 were produced by optimization of the sputtering growth conditions. Point contact Andreev reflection measurements show that the spin polarization at the CFAS electrode surface exceeds 70%. Analyses of the electrical properties of tunnel junctions with a superconducting Pb counter-electrode indicate that transport through native Al oxide barriers is mostly from direct tunneling, while that through the native CFAS oxide barriers is not. ZnGeAs2 is a semiconductor comprised of only inexpensive and earth-abundant elements. The electronic structure and defect properties are similar in many ways to GaAs. Thus, in theory, efficient solar cells could be made with ZnGeAs2 if similar quality material to that of GaAs could be produced. To understand the thermochemistry and determine the rate limiting steps of ZnGeAs2 thin-film synthesis, the (a) thermal decomposition rate and (b) elemental composition and deposition rate of films were measured. It is concluded that the ZnGeAs2 thin film synthesis is a metastable process with an activation energy of 1.08+/-0.05 eV for the kinetically-limited decomposition rate and an evaporation coefficient of ~10-3. The thermochemical analysis presented here can be used to predict optimal conditions of ZnGeAs2 physical vapor deposition and thermal processing. Pyrite (FeS2) is another semiconductor that has tremendous potential for use in photovoltaic applications if high quality materials could be

  18. Gliadin characterization by SANS and gliadin nanoparticle growth modelization.

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    Orecchioni, Anne-Marie; Duclairoir, Cécile; Renard, Denis; Nakache, Evelyne

    2006-01-01

    Nanosized colloidal carriers can ensure a controlled and targeted therapeutic substances delivery. The original contribution of this work was to use biopolymers of vegetable source, which are an interesting alternative to synthetic polymers. The aim of this study was to prepare submicronic particles from wheat proteins: Gliadins extracted from gluten. The carrier preparation was based on the desolvatation of the macromolecules by a couple solvent/non-solvent of the proteins. In a first step, it was of interest to elucidate the gliadin macromolecular conformation in order to understand the mechanism of nanoparticle formation. The experimental work was based on SANS experiments. Because the size of the colloidal particle suspension is an important parameter to monitor, the modelization of the particle growth was thoroughly studied. Furthermore, it was observed that the determination of the solubility parameters of the proteins allowed optimization of the size of the particles. From those previous experimental results it can be concluded that there is a correlation between the protein conformation in the solvent and the size of the nanoparticles (NP).

  19. Functional Characterization of Pseudomonas Contact Dependent Growth Inhibition (CDI) Systems.

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    Mercy, Chryslène; Ize, Bérengère; Salcedo, Suzana P; de Bentzmann, Sophie; Bigot, Sarah

    2016-01-01

    Contact-dependent inhibition (CDI) toxins, delivered into the cytoplasm of target bacterial cells, confer to host strain a significant competitive advantage. Upon cell contact, the toxic C-terminal region of surface-exposed CdiA protein (CdiA-CT) inhibits the growth of CDI- bacteria. CDI+ cells express a specific immunity protein, CdiI, which protects from autoinhibition by blocking the activity of cognate CdiA-CT. CdiA-CT are separated from the rest of the protein by conserved peptide motifs falling into two distinct classes, the "E. coli"- and "Burkholderia-type". CDI systems have been described in numerous species except in Pseudomonadaceae. In this study, we identified functional toxin/immunity genes linked to CDI systems in the Pseudomonas genus, which extend beyond the conventional CDI classes by the variability of the peptide motif that delimits the polymorphic CdiA-CT domain. Using P. aeruginosa PAO1 as a model, we identified the translational repressor RsmA as a negative regulator of CDI systems. Our data further suggest that under conditions of expression, P. aeruginosa CDI systems are implicated in adhesion and biofilm formation and provide an advantage in competition assays. All together our data imply that CDI systems could play an important role in niche adaptation of Pseudomonadaceae.

  20. Functional Characterization of Pseudomonas Contact Dependent Growth Inhibition (CDI) Systems

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    Mercy, Chryslène; Ize, Bérengère; Salcedo, Suzana P.; de Bentzmann, Sophie; Bigot, Sarah

    2016-01-01

    Contact-dependent inhibition (CDI) toxins, delivered into the cytoplasm of target bacterial cells, confer to host strain a significant competitive advantage. Upon cell contact, the toxic C-terminal region of surface-exposed CdiA protein (CdiA-CT) inhibits the growth of CDI- bacteria. CDI+ cells express a specific immunity protein, CdiI, which protects from autoinhibition by blocking the activity of cognate CdiA-CT. CdiA-CT are separated from the rest of the protein by conserved peptide motifs falling into two distinct classes, the “E. coli”- and “Burkholderia-type”. CDI systems have been described in numerous species except in Pseudomonadaceae. In this study, we identified functional toxin/immunity genes linked to CDI systems in the Pseudomonas genus, which extend beyond the conventional CDI classes by the variability of the peptide motif that delimits the polymorphic CdiA-CT domain. Using P. aeruginosa PAO1 as a model, we identified the translational repressor RsmA as a negative regulator of CDI systems. Our data further suggest that under conditions of expression, P. aeruginosa CDI systems are implicated in adhesion and biofilm formation and provide an advantage in competition assays. All together our data imply that CDI systems could play an important role in niche adaptation of Pseudomonadaceae. PMID:26808644

  1. Characterization of Campylobacter jejuni Biofilms under Defined Growth Conditions▿

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    Reeser, Ryan J.; Medler, Robert T.; Billington, Stephen J.; Jost, B. Helen; Joens, Lynn A.

    2007-01-01

    Campylobacter jejuni is a major cause of human diarrheal disease in many industrialized countries and is a source of public health and economic burden. C. jejuni, present as normal flora in the intestinal tract of commercial broiler chickens and other livestock, is probably the main source of human infections. The presence of C. jejuni in biofilms found in animal production watering systems may play a role in the colonization of these animals. We have determined that C. jejuni can form biofilms on a variety of abiotic surfaces commonly used in watering systems, such as acrylonitrile butadiene styrene and polyvinyl chloride plastics. Furthermore, C. jejuni biofilm formation was inhibited by growth in nutrient-rich media or high osmolarity, and thermophilic and microaerophilic conditions enhanced biofilm formation. Thus, nutritional and environmental conditions affect the formation of C. jejuni biofilms. Both flagella and quorum sensing appear to be required for maximal biofilm formation, as C. jejuni flaAB and luxS mutants were significantly reduced in their ability to form biofilms compared to the wild-type strain. PMID:17259368

  2. Growth and characterization of electrodeposited Cu2O thin films

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    Laidoudi, S.; Bioud, A. Y.; Azizi, A.; Schmerber, G.; Bartringer, J.; Barre, S.; Dinia, A.

    2013-11-01

    This work demonstrates the electrodeposition of cuprous oxide (Cu2O) thin films onto a fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO)-coated conducting glass substrates from Cu(II) sulfate solution with C6H8O7 chelating agent. During cyclic voltammetry experiences, the potential interval where the electrodeposition of Cu2O is carried out was established. The thin films were obtained potentiostatically and were characterized through different techniques. From the Mott-Schottky measurements, the flat-band potential and the acceptor density for the Cu2O thin films are determined. All the films showed a p-type semiconductor character with a carrier density varying between 2.41 × 1018 cm-3 and 5.38 × 1018 cm-3. This little difference is attributed to the increase of the stoichiometric defects in the films with the deposition potential. Atomic force microscopy analysis showed that the Cu2O thin films obtained at high potential are more homogenous in appearance and present lower crystallites size. X-ray diffraction measurements indicate a cubic structure with good crystallization state and the deposition potential was found to have an influence on the size of the crystallites. The optical measurements show a direct band gap between 2.07-2.49 eV depending on the applied potential.

  3. Growth of glycine ethyl ester hydrochloride and its characterizations

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    Venkatesan, G.; Pari, S.

    2016-11-01

    Single crystal of glycine ethyl ester hydrochloride by slow evaporation method is reported. The grown crystal characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction, FT-IR, UV-Vis-NIR and fluorescence spectroscopy. It is established that the crystal falls under the monoclinic system and space group P21/c with the cell parameters as: a=8.565 Å, b=12.943 Å, c=6.272 Å, α=γ=90°, β=103.630º. UV-Vis-NIR spectrum shows indirect allowed transition with a band gap of 5.21 eV and other optical properties are measured. The crystal is also shown to have a high transmittance in the visible region. The third order nonlinear property and optical limiting have been investigated using Z-Scan technique. Complex impedance spectrum measured at the dc conductivity. Dependence of dielectric constant, dielectric loss and ac conductivity on frequency at different temperature of applied ac field is analyzed. The mechanical behavior has been assessed by Vickers microhardness indenter. The thermal behavior of glycine ethyl ester hydrochloride was analyzed using TG/DTA thermal curves. From the thermal study, the material was found to possess thermal stability up to 174 °C. The predicted NLO properties, UV-Vis transmittance and Z-scan studies indicate that is an attractive material for photonics optical limiting applications.

  4. Growth and characterization of RFe_6Ge6 single crystals

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    Avila, M. A.; Bud'Ko, S. L.; Canfield, P. C.

    2003-03-01

    The RFe_6Ge6 family of magnetic compounds is formed by the positioning of a rare earth element (and a few other metals) in between Fe planes of the parent FeGe structure. The Fe ions are reported to order ferromagnetically within each plane, but anti-ferromagnetically between neighboring planes. Thus, there is a cancellation of the net magnetic field due to Fe at the rare earth site and the compounds display independent ordering of the Fe and R sublattices, the former occurring above 400 K and the latter occurring well below 100 K (Ryan and Cadogan, J. Appl. Phys. 79 (1996) 6004). We have successfully obtained the first flux-grown single crystals for several members of this family, which allow for a better understanding of the anisotropic ground state and other properties of this series. Characterizations by X-Ray diffraction, temperature and field dependent magnetization, specific heat and resistivity will be presented and discussed. We acknowledge the help of R. A. Ribeiro and C. Petrovic in the X-Ray measurements. Ames Laboratory is operated for the US Department of Energy by Iowa State University under Contract No. W-7405-Eng-82. This work was supported by the Director for Energy Research, Office of Basic Energy Sciences.

  5. Isolation and characterization of chum salmon growth hormone.

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    Kawauchi, H; Moriyama, S; Yasuda, A; Yamaguchi, K; Shirahata, K; Kubota, J; Hirano, T

    1986-02-01

    Two molecular forms of salmon growth hormone (sGH), sGH I and II, have been isolated from the pituitary glands of the chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta); a two-step extraction procedure, under alkaline (pH 10) conditions, subsequent to acid-acetone extraction was employed for extraction of the sGHs. They were then purified by iso-electric precipitation at pH 5.6, gel filtration on Sephadex G-100, and high-performance liquid chromatography on ODS. Intraperitoneal injection of sGH I and a combination of sGH I and II at doses of 0.01 microgram/g body wt at different intervals resulted in a significant increase in body weight and length of juvenile rainbow trout. The GH producing cells in the pituitary of mature chum salmon were identified in the proximal pars distalis immunocytochemically with a specific antiserum; no cross-reactivity was seen in the prolactin cells in the rostral pars distalis. A molecular weight of 22,000 was estimated for both sGHs by gel electrophoresis in sodium dodecyl sulfate. Isoelectric points, by gel electrofocusing, of 5.6 and 6.0 were estimated for sGH I and II, respectively, with differences present in the amino acid composition and the N-terminal residue, suggesting that they may be genetic variants coded on two separate genes. The partial amino acid sequences of sGH I at both terminal regions have been determined.

  6. Growth and characterization of nanocrystalline zirconium nitride-inconel structures

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    Aouadi, S. M.; Maeruf, T.; Sodergren, M.; Mihut, D. M.; Rohde, S. L.; Xu, J.; Mishra, S. R.

    2005-07-01

    This paper reports on the investigation of the physical, chemical, optical, mechanical, and tribological properties of reactively sputtered zirconium nitride-inconel composite nanocrystalline mixture films. These films were co-sputtered from a Zr and an inconel targets onto Si (111) substrates at room temperature using a fixed power to the Zr target (PZr) and a fixed flow of nitrogen and argon. Two sets of samples were produced by (1) varying the power to the inconel target (Pinc) and using a fixed bias voltage Vb and (2) by varying Vb and keeping Pinc fixed. The elemental composition was deduced from x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and was found to be influenced by Pinc and Vb. X-ray diffraction revealed the presence of nanocrystals of ZrN with a pattern typical of the NaCl structure. The grain size was found to decrease with the increase in ``inconel'' content in the film. The optical constants were measured using spectroscopic ellipsometry and were subsequently simulated using a Drude-Lorentz model. A correlation between film structure-composition and optical constants was established. The hardness and elastic modulus of each sample were measured by nanoindentation. The hardest films were produced using a Vb=-130 V bias voltage and Pinc=4 W. Microwear measurements were carried out using positive constant normal loads and the wear tracks were imaged and processed. The measured values for the friction coefficients, residual depth of tip indentations, wear volumes, and surface roughness were reported. The lowest recorded wear volume using a load of 4 mN was 10-3 μm. Finally, the coatings were worn against ball-bearing steel using a ball-on-disk tribotester. Characterization of the wear tracks were performed by profilometry. A low wear coefficient of 1.7×10-7 mm3/s was obtained for a load of 5 N.

  7. The growth and in situ characterization of chemical vapor deposited SiO2

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    Iyer, R.; Chang, R. R.; Lile, D. L.

    1987-01-01

    This paper reports the results of studies of the kinetics of remote (indirect) plasma enhanced low pressure CVD growth of SiO2 on Si and InP and of the in situ characterization of the electrical surface properties of InP during CVD processing. In the latter case photoluminescence was employed as a convenient and sensitive noninvasive method for characterizing surface trap densities. It was determined that, provided certain precautions are taken, the growth of SiO2 occurs in a reproducible and systematic fashion that can be expressed in an analytic form useful for growth rate prediction. Moreover, the in situ photoluminescence studies have yielded information on sample degradation resulting from heating and chemical exposure during the CVD growth.

  8. Growth and characterization of silicon-based optoelectronic devices

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    Filios, Adam A.

    layers sandwiched between monolayers of oxygen. The key for its fabrication is that epitaxial growth of silicon may be continued beyond the interruption with exposure to oxygen. Prepared by an Ultra High Vacuum (UHV), Molecular Beam Epitaxial (MBE) technique, the multilayer device is extremely stable and robust, and can be readily integrated with conventional silicon VLSI processing. In addition, it exhibits bright, room temperature, visible photoluminescent and electroluminescent emission, at least as strong as that of porous silicon. With its efficient light emission, robustness and stability, the c-Si/O superlattice may hold the promise of a truly integrated silicon-based optoelectronic device.

  9. Growth, Characterization, and Simulation of Novel Semiconductor Tunnel Structures.

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    Chow, David Hsingkuo

    This thesis presents investigations of novel semiconductor heterostructure devices based on quantum mechanical tunneling. Due to their small characteristic dimensions, these devices have extremely fast charge transport properties. Thus, it is expected that tunnel structure devices will be well -suited to high frequency and optoelectronic applications. In chapter 2, a theoretical model is developed to simulate tunneling currents in single barrier heterostructures. The model includes band bending effects and a two band treatment of electron attenuation coefficients in the barrier. It is proposed that certain material systems have the appropriate band alignments to realize a novel single barrier negative differential resistance (NDR) mechanism. A thorough theoretical analysis of these single barrier NDR structures is presented. The first experimental demonstration of the single barrier NDR mechanism is reported in chapter 3. The HgTe/CdTe material system was selected for the demonstration. In this material system, low temperatures (<20 K) are needed to observe the NDR effect. High temperature (190-300 K) current-voltage curves from the single barrier Hg_{1-x}Cd_ {x}Te heterostructures have also been investigated, leading to a direct electrical measurement of the controversial HgTe/CdTe valence band offset. In chapter 4, results are presented from several studies of III-V heterostructures grown by molecular beam epitaxy. A measurement of the GaAs/AlAs valence band offset by x-ray photoemmision spectroscopy yields a value of 0.46 +/- 0.07 eV, independent of growth sequence. Optical measurements of electron tunneling times in GaAs/AlAs double barrier heterostructures are performed by growing structures with very thin cap layers. Tunneling times as short as ~12 ps are measured. Triple barrier GaAs/AlAs tunnel structures are found to display strong NDR, indicating that the tunneling process is coherent (as opposed to sequential) in nature. Finally, a technique for

  10. Survival and growth of two heterotrophic hydrothermal vent archaea, Pyrococcus strain GB-D and Thermococcus fumicolans, under low pH and high sulfide concentrations in combination with high temperature and pressure regimes.

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    Edgcomb, Virginia P; Molyneaux, Stephen J; Böer, Simone; Wirsen, Carl O; Saito, Mak; Atkins, Michael S; Lloyd, Karen; Teske, Andreas

    2007-03-01

    Growth and survival of hyperthermophilic archaea in their extreme hydrothermal vent and subsurface environments are controlled by chemical and physical key parameters. This study examined the effects of elevated sulfide concentrations, temperature, and acidic pH on growth and survival of two hydrothermal vent archaea (Pyrococcus strain GB-D and Thermococcus fumicolans) under high temperature and pressure regimes. These two strains are members of the Thermococcales, a family of hyperthermophilic, heterotrophic, sulfur-reducing archaea that occur in high densities at vent sites. As actively growing cells, these two strains tolerated regimes of pH, pressure, and temperature that were in most cases not tolerated under severe substrate limitation. A moderate pH of 5.5-7 extends their survival and growth range over a wider range of sulfide concentrations, temperature and pressure, relative to lower pH conditions. T. fumicolans and Pyrococcus strain GB-D grew under very high pressures that exceeded in-situ pressures typical of hydrothermal vent depths, and included deep subsurface pressures. However, under the same conditions, but in the absence of carbon substrates and electron acceptors, survival was generally lower, and decreased rapidly when low pH stress was combined with high pressure and high temperature.

  11. Growth, characterization, and properties of metastable and modulated semiconductor structures - Prospects for future studies

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    Grunthaner, F. J.; Madhukar, A.

    1983-01-01

    The general field of preparation and study of metastable and modulated semiconductor structures has progressed rapidly in recent years. This short overview offers an assessment of the progress and current understanding in the areas of fabrication, characterization, and utilization of these new material systems. The discussion includes the more prominent growth techniques, theoretical and experimental analysis of growth kinetics, and an overview of structural, chemical, electronic, and optical characterization. The probable application of these structures for the technological development of new device structures and concepts is considered. The discussion particularly emphasizes the prospects for future studies in view of the specific current understanding.

  12. Bubble Size Control to Improve Oxygen-Based Bleaching: Characterization of Flow Regimes in Pulp-Water-Gas Three-Phase Flows

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    S.M. Ghiaasiaan and Seppo Karrila

    2006-03-20

    Flow characteristics of fibrous paper pulp-water-air slurries were investigated in a vertical circular column 1.8 m long, with 5.08 cm diameter. Flow structures, gas holdup (void fraction), and the geometric and population characteristics of gas bubbles were experimentally investigated, using visual observation, Gamma-ray densitometry, and flash X-ray photography. Five distinct flow regimes could be visually identified: dispersed bubbly, layered bubbly, plug, churn-turbulent, and slug. Flow regime maps were constructed, and the regime transition lines were found to be sensitive to consistency. The feasibility of using artificial neural networks (ANNs) for the identification of the flow regimes, using the statistical characteristics of pressure fluctuations measured by a single pressure sensor, was demonstrated. Local pressure fluctuations at a station were recorded with a minimally-intrusive transducer. Three-layer, feed-forward ANNs were designed that could identify the four major flow patterns (bubbly, plug, churn, and slug) well. The feasibility of a transportable artificial neural network (ANN) - based technique for the classification of flow regimes was also examined. Local pressures were recorded at three different locations using three independent but similar transducers. An ANN was designed, trained and successfully tested for the classification of the flow regimes using one of the normalized pressure signals (from Sensor 1). The ANN trained and tested for Sensor 1 predicted the flow regimes reasonably well when applied directly to the other two sensors, indicating a good deal of transportability. An ANN-based method was also developed, whereby the power spectrum density characteristics of other sensors were adjusted before they were used as input to the ANN that was based on Sensor 1 alone. The method improved the predictions. The gas-liquid interfacial surface area concentration was also measured in the study. The gas absorption technique was applied

  13. Cloud regimes as phase transitions

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    Stechmann, Samuel N.; Hottovy, Scott

    2016-06-01

    Clouds are repeatedly identified as a leading source of uncertainty in future climate predictions. Of particular importance are stratocumulus clouds, which can appear as either (i) closed cells that reflect solar radiation back to space or (ii) open cells that allow solar radiation to reach the Earth's surface. Here we show that these clouds regimes -- open versus closed cells -- fit the paradigm of a phase transition. In addition, this paradigm characterizes pockets of open cells as the interface between the open- and closed-cell regimes, and it identifies shallow cumulus clouds as a regime of higher variability. This behavior can be understood using an idealized model for the dynamics of atmospheric water as a stochastic diffusion process. With this new conceptual viewpoint, ideas from statistical mechanics could potentially be used for understanding uncertainties related to clouds in the climate system and climate predictions.

  14. Photophysical Analysis of the Formation of Organic–Inorganic Trihalide Perovskite Films: Identification and Characterization of Crystal Nucleation and Growth

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    2016-01-01

    In this work we demonstrate that the different processes occurring during hybrid organic–inorganic lead iodide perovskite film formation can be identified and analyzed by a combined in situ analysis of their photophysical and structural properties. Our observations indicate that this approach permits unambiguously identifying the crystal nucleation and growth regimes that lead to the final material having a cubic crystallographic phase, which stabilizes to the well-known tetragonal phase upon cooling to room temperature. Strong correlation between the dynamic and static photoemission results and the temperature-dependent X-ray diffraction data allows us to provide a description and to establish an approximate time scale for each one of the stages and their evolution. The combined characterization approach herein explored yields key information about the kinetics of the process, such as the link between the evolution of the defect density during film formation, revealed by a fluctuating photoluminescence quantum yield, and the gradual changes observed in the PbI2-related precursor structure. PMID:26949439

  15. Photophysical Analysis of the Formation of Organic-Inorganic Trihalide Perovskite Films: Identification and Characterization of Crystal Nucleation and Growth.

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    Anaya, Miguel; Galisteo-López, Juan F; Calvo, Mauricio E; López, Cefe; Míguez, Hernán

    2016-02-11

    In this work we demonstrate that the different processes occurring during hybrid organic-inorganic lead iodide perovskite film formation can be identified and analyzed by a combined in situ analysis of their photophysical and structural properties. Our observations indicate that this approach permits unambiguously identifying the crystal nucleation and growth regimes that lead to the final material having a cubic crystallographic phase, which stabilizes to the well-known tetragonal phase upon cooling to room temperature. Strong correlation between the dynamic and static photoemission results and the temperature-dependent X-ray diffraction data allows us to provide a description and to establish an approximate time scale for each one of the stages and their evolution. The combined characterization approach herein explored yields key information about the kinetics of the process, such as the link between the evolution of the defect density during film formation, revealed by a fluctuating photoluminescence quantum yield, and the gradual changes observed in the PbI2-related precursor structure.

  16. Growth and characterization of 7,7,8,8-tetracyano-quinodimethane crystals on chemical vapor deposition graphene

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    Black, Andrés; Jiménez, Fernando; Bernardo-Gavito, Ramón; Casado, Santiago; Granados, Daniel; Vázquez de Parga, Amadeo L.

    2016-11-01

    Chemical functionalization of graphene could pave the way for favorably modifying its already remarkable properties. Organic molecules have been utilized to this end as a way to alter graphene's structural, chemical, electrical, optical and even magnetic properties. One such promising organic molecule is 7,7,8,8-tetracyano-quinodimethane (TCNQ), a strong electron acceptor which has been shown to be an effective p-dopant of graphene. This study explores the thermal evaporation of TCNQ onto graphene transferred onto SiO2/Si substrates. Using two different home-made thermal evaporators, a wide range of TCNQ growth regimes are explored, from thin films to bulk crystals. The resulting graphene/TCNQ structure is characterized via optical microscopy, Raman spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Films are found to be comprised of TCNQ and the oxidized product of TCNQ, α,α-dicyano-p-toluoylcyanide (DCTC), which confirms the electron charge transfer from graphene to the TCNQ films. AFM measurements of these films show that after forming a rather smooth layer covering the graphene surface, small clusters start to form. For higher TCNQ coverage, the clusters agglomerate, becoming quite large in size and forming ripples or wrinkles across the surface.

  17. THE DYNAMIC REGIME CONCEPT FOR ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT AND RESTORATION

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    Dynamic regimes of ecosystems are multidimensional basis of attraction, characterized by particular species communities and ecosystems processes. Ecosystem patterns and processes rarely respond linerarly to disturbances, and the nonlinear cynamic regime concept offers a more real...

  18. Great Lakes' regional climate regimes

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    Kravtsov, Sergey; Sugiyama, Noriyuki; Roebber, Paul

    2016-04-01

    We simulate the seasonal cycle of the Great Lakes' water temperature and lake ice using an idealized coupled lake-atmosphere-ice model. Under identical seasonally varying boundary conditions, this model exhibits more than one seasonally varying equilibrium solutions, which we associate with distinct regional climate regimes. Colder/warmer regimes are characterized by abundant/scarce amounts of wintertime ice and cooler/warmer summer temperatures, respectively. These regimes are also evident in the observations of the Great Lakes' climate variability over recent few decades, and are found to be most pronounced for Lake Superior, the deepest of the Great Lakes, consistent with model predictions. Multiple climate regimes of the Great Lakes also play a crucial role in the accelerated warming of the lakes relative to the surrounding land regions in response to larger-scale global warming. We discuss the physical origin and characteristics of multiple climate regimes over the lakes, as well as their implications for a longer-term regional climate variability.

  19. Growth kinetics and bulk growth of inversely soluble lithium sulfate monohydrate single crystals and their characterization

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    Silambarasan, A.; Rajesh, P.; Ramasamy, P.

    2017-06-01

    To facilitate controlled nucleation rate to grow good quality inversely soluble LSMH single crystals, the nucleation kinetics was studied. The number of molecules in a critical nucleus and nucleation rate in LSMH crystallization process have been determined from experimentally measured induction period using classical nucleation theory. A good quality bulk size single crystal of Lithium sulfate monohydrate (LSMH) has been grown with higher growth rate by modified Sankaranarayanan - Ramasamy (SR) method. A systematic investigation on UV-Vis-NIR transmittance, second harmonic generation and thermoluminescence (TL) properties of LSMH single crystals has been carried out to evaluate the optical behavior of the LSMH single crystal. This work also investigates the third order nonlinear optical properties of the LSMH single crystals. Finally thermal behavior of the grown crystal was studied to know the first order phase transition in the grown LSMH single crystals.

  20. Characterization of growth inhibition of oral bacteria by sophorolipid using a microplate-format assay

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    Sophorolipid (SL) is a class of glycolipid biosurfactant produced by yeast and has potent antimicrobial activity against many microorganisms. In this paper, a microplate-based method was developed to characterize the growth inhibition by SL on five representative species of caries-causing oral bact...

  1. Propagation Regime of Iron Dust Flames

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    Tang, Francois-David; Goroshin, Samuel; Higgins, Andrew J.

    2012-01-01

    A flame propagating through an iron-dust mixture can propagate in two asymptotic regimes. When the characteristic time of heat transfer between particles is much smaller than the characteristic time of particle combustion, the flame propagates in the continuum regime where the heat released by reacting particles can be modelled as a space-averaged function. In contrast, when the characteristic time of heat transfer is much larger than the particle reaction time, the flame can no longer be treated as a continuum due to dominating effects associated with the discrete nature of the particle reaction. The discrete regime is characterized by weak dependence of the flame speed on the oxygen concentration compared to the continuum regime. The discrete regime is observed in flames propagating through an iron dust cloud within a gas mixture containing xenon, while the continuum regime is obtained when xenon is substituted with helium.

  2. Purification, growth, fabrication and characterization of wide bandgap materials. Final technical report

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    Chen, K.T.; Chen, H.; Burger, A.

    1998-05-01

    Wide bandgap semiconductor single crystals, such as heavy metal halide compounds, have been grown by physical vapor transport and Bridgman methods. Zone-refining and vacuum sublimation techniques were used to purify and adjust the stoichiometric composition of the starting material, and were proven to be effective. Several spectroscopic, microscopic and thermodynamic analytical techniques were employed to investigate the optical, electrical and structural properties of crystals. These results revealed information regarding micro- and macroscopic defects, impurities and modifications resulting from source material, growth process, post-growth treatment and device fabrication. Crystal growth and processing conditions have been correlated with this information and were optimized to achieve the purest and highest quality materials for practical device applications. Future works will involve optimization of material purification and crystal growth processes to produce high purity and low defect crystals, development of sensitive material characterization tools allowing a better understanding of defects formation and their correlation with processing conditions. Developments in bulk crystal growth research for detector devices in the Center for Photonic Materials and Devices since its establishment have been reviewed. Purification processes and single crystal growth systems employing physical vapor transport and Bridgman methods were assembled and used to produce high purity and superior quality wide bandgap materials based on heavy metal halides semiconductors. Comprehensive material characterization techniques have been employed to reveal the optical, electrical and thermodynamic properties of crystals, and the results were used to establish improved material processing procedures.

  3. Compensatory responses of CO2 exchange and biomass allocation and their effects on the relative growth rate of ponderosa pine in different CO2 and temperature regimes.

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    Callaway, R M; DeLucia, E H; Thomas, E M; Schlesinger, W H

    1994-07-01

    Increases in the concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide may have a fertilizing effect on plant growth by increasing photosynthetic rates and therefore may offset potential growth decreases caused by the stress associated with higher temperatures and lower precipitation. However, plant growth is determined both by rates of net photosynthesis and by proportional allocation of fixed carbon to autotrophic tissue and heterotrophic tissue. Although CO2 fertilization may enhance growth by increasing leaf-level assimilation rates, reallocation of biomass from leaves to stems and roots in response to higher concentrations of CO2 and higher temperatures may reduce whole-plant assimilation and offset photosynthetic gains. We measured growth parameters, photosynthesis, respiration, and biomass allocation of Pinus ponderosa seedlings grown for 2 months in 2×2 factorial treatments of 350 or 650μ bar CO2 and 10/25° C or 15/30° C night/day temperatures. After 1 month in treatment conditions, total seedling biomass was higher in elevated CO2, and temperature significantly enhanced the positive CO2 effect. However, after 2 months the effect of CO2 on total biomass decreased and relative growth rates did not differ among CO2 and temperature treatments over the 2-month growth period even though photosynthetic rates increased ≈7% in high CO2 treatments and decreased ≈10% in high temperature treatments. Additionally, CO2 enhancement decreased root respiration and high temperatures increased shoot respiration. Based on CO2 exchange rates, CO2 fertilization should have increased relative growth rates (RGR) and high temperatures should have decreased RGR. Higher photosynthetic rates caused by CO2 fertilization appear to have been mitigated during the second month of exposure to treatment conditions by a ≈3% decrease in allocation of biomass to leaves and a ≈9% increase in root:shoot ratio. It was not clear why diminished photosynthetic rates and increased respiration rates

  4. Characterizing the growth to detonation in HNS with small-scale PDV "cutback" experiments

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    Wixom, Ryan R.; Yarrington, Cole D.; Knepper, Robert; Tappan, Alexander S.; Olles, Joseph D.; Damm, David L.

    2017-01-01

    For many decades, cutback experiments have been used to characterize the equation of state and growth to steady detonation in explosive formulations. More recently, embedded gauges have been used to capture the growth to steady detonation in gas-gun impacted samples. Data resulting from these experiments are extremely valuable for parameterizing equation of state and reaction models used in hydrocode simulations. Due to the extremely fast growth to detonation in typical detonator explosives, cutback and embedded gauge experiments are particularly difficult, if not impossible. Using frequency shifted photonic Doppler velocimetry (PDV) we have measured particle velocity histories from vapor-deposited explosive films impacted with electrically driven flyers. By varying the sample thickness and impact conditions we were able to capture the growth from inert shock to full detonation pressure within distances as short as 100 µm. These data are being used to assess and improve burn-model parameterization and equations of state for simulating shock initiation.

  5. Plutonic-squishy lid and beyond: implications of intrusive magmatism and characterization of a new global-tectonic regime on Earth-like planets

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    Louro Lourenço, Diogo; Rozel, Antoine; Ballmer, Maxim; Tackley, Paul

    2017-04-01

    It is now well established that compositional variations in the lithosphere can alter the stress state and greatly influence the likelihood of plate tectonics. Mechanisms that have been found to facilitate plate tectonics include: water circulation [Regenauer-Lieb et al., Science 2001; Dymkova and Gerya, GRL 2013], presence of continents [Rolf and Tackley, GRL 2011], and melting [Korenaga, GJI 2009; Armann and Tackley, JGR 2012]. In a recent work by Lourenço et al. [EPSL 2016], it has been shown that Earth-like plate tectonics is more likely to occur in planets that can produce a crust of variable thickness and density through melt extraction from the mantle. The authors employed a first-order approximation by assuming that all magmatism was extrusive. However, volumes of intruded magmas are observed to be around 4- 9 times more present on Earth than erupted magmas [Crisp, J. Volcanol. Geotherm. Res. 1984]. Therefore, intrusive magmatism is thought to play a role in the dynamics of the lithosphere on Earth [Cawood et al., Geol. Soc. Am. Bull. 2013] and other Earth-like planets. We extend the work of Lourenço et al. [2016] by taking into account intrusive magmatism, and systematically investigate the effect of plutonism, in conjugation with eruptive volcanism. We present a set of 2D spherical annulus simulations of thermo-compositional global mantle convection using StagYY [Tackley, PEPI 2008], which uses a finite-volume discretization of the governing compressible anelastic Stokes equations. Tracers are used to track composition and to allow for the treatment of partial melting and crustal formation. A direct solver is employed to obtain a solution of the Stokes and continuity equations, using the PETSc toolkit. The heat equation is solved in two steps: advection is performed using the MPDATA scheme and diffusion is then solved implicitly using a PETSc solver. Results show that three common convection regimes are usually reached in simulations when using a visco

  6. Nitrogen mobilization, nitrogen uptake and growth of cuttings obtained from poplar stock plants grown in different N regimes and sprayed with urea in autumn.

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    Dong, Shufu; Cheng, Lailiang; Scagel, Carolyn F; Fuchigami, Leslie H

    2004-03-01

    Nitrogen mobilization, nitrogen uptake and growth of cuttings obtained from poplar stock plants fertigated with different nitrogen (N) treatments and sprayed with urea in autumn were studied. Stock plants propagated from poplar cuttings were trained to a single shoot and fertigated with 0, 5, 10, 15 or 20 mmol l(-1) N during the first growing season. In October, a subset of stock plants from each N fertigation treatment was sprayed twice with either 3% urea or water, and overwintered outside. In March, total tree biomass and total N concentration and content of stems were estimated for stock plants in each treatment, and cuttings were taken from the middle of each stock plant and stored in plastic bags at 2 degrees C. In mid-April, cuttings were planted in 7.5-l pots containing N-free medium and grown outdoors with a weekly fertigation with nutrient solution containing 0 or 10 mmol l(-1) 15NH4 15NO3. In mid-July, cuttings were harvested, and new shoot (new stems and leaves), shank (old cutting stem) and roots were analyzed for new biomass growth and total N and 15N content. Growth of stock plants was positively related to N supply in the previous growing season. Foliar urea application in autumn had no effect on subsequent stock plant growth even though urea sprays increased both N concentration and content in stem tissues. Biomass growth of cuttings obtained from stock plants was closely related to their N content when the cuttings were grown in an N-free medium regardless of previous treatments applied to the stock plants. When N was supplied in the growth medium, the strength of the relationship between regrowth and N content of cuttings was significantly reduced. Cuttings from stock plants treated with foliar urea and grown in a N-free medium remobilized between 75 and 82% of their total N for new growth, whereas cuttings from plants receiving no urea spray remobilized only between 60 and 69% of their total N for new growth. Current N fertilization of the

  7. Growth, carcass traits and palatability: can the influence of the feeding regimes explain the variability found on those attributes in different Uruguayan genotypes?

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    Brito, G; San Julián, R; La Manna, A; Del Campo, M; Montossi, F; Banchero, G; Chalkling, D; Soares de Lima, J M

    2014-11-01

    It is well known what genetic and nutritional factors affect growth and meat quality, but there is less information related to interactive importance of them during the productive process. These systems are mainly based on rangelands affecting animal growth in early stages of life thus producing smaller cattle and reduced retail yield comparing with well grown calves. During the last ten years, Uruguayan livestock production systems have been intensified using improved pastures, concentrates and better genetic. The main breeds in Uruguay are Hereford, Angus and their crosses. These British breeds are under genetic evaluation programs which consider carcass trait parameters. It is important for beef industry to know if interactions between genotype and nutrition during growth and fattening phases are influencing production, efficiency, carcass weight and meat quality attributes. The aim of this article is to present information obtained under different feeding strategies during the post weaning and fattening and their influence on those attributes. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Isolation of Pantoea ananatis from sugarcane and characterization of its potential for plant growth promotion.

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    da Silva, J F; Barbosa, R R; de Souza, A N; da Motta, O V; Teixeira, G N; Carvalho, V S; de Souza, A L S R; de Souza Filho, G A

    2015-11-30

    Each year, approximately 170 million metric tons of chemical fertilizer are consumed by global agriculture. Furthermore, some chemical fertilizers contain toxic by-products and their long-term use may contaminate groundwater, lakes, and rivers. The use of plant growth-promoting bacteria may be a cost-effective strategy for partially replacing conventional chemical fertilizers, and may become an integrated plant nutrient solution for sustainable crop production. The main direct bacteria-activated mechanisms of plant growth promotion are based on improvement of nutrient acquisition, siderophore biosynthesis, nitrogen fixation, and hormonal stimulation. The aim of this study was to isolate and identify bacteria with growth-promoting activities from sugarcane. We extracted the bacterial isolate SCB4789F-1 from sugarcane leaves and characterized it with regard to its profile of growth-promoting activities, including its ability to colonize Arabidopsis thaliana. Based on its biochemical characteristics and 16S rDNA sequence analysis, this isolate was identified as Pantoea ananatis. The bacteria were efficient at phosphate and zinc solubilization, and production of siderophores and indole-3-acetic acid in vitro. The isolate was characterized by Gram staining, resistance to antibiotics, and use of carbon sources. This is the first report on zinc solubilization in vitro by this bacterium, and on plant growth promotion following its inoculation into A. thaliana. The beneficial effects to plants of this bacterium justify future analysis of inoculation of economically relevant crops.

  9. Isolation and characterization of plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria from wheat rhizosphere and their effect on plant growth promotion.

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    Majeed, Afshan; Abbasi, M Kaleem; Hameed, Sohail; Imran, Asma; Rahim, Nasir

    2015-01-01

    The present study was conducted to characterize the native plant growth promoting (PGP) bacteria from wheat rhizosphere and root-endosphere in the Himalayan region of Rawalakot, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Pakistan. Nine bacterial isolates were purified, screened in vitro for PGP characteristics and evaluated for their beneficial effects on the early growth of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Among nine bacterial isolates, seven were able to produce indole-3- acetic acid in tryptophan-supplemented medium; seven were nitrogen fixer, and four were able to solubilize inorganic phosphate in vitro. Four different morphotypes were genotypically identified based on IGS-RFLP fingerprinting and representative of each morphotype was identified by 16S rRNA gene sequencing analysis except Gram-positive putative Bacillus sp. Based on 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis, bacterial isolates AJK-3 and AJK-9 showing multiple PGP-traits were identified as Stenotrophomonas spp. while AJK-7 showed equal homologies to Acetobacter pasteurianus and Stenotrophomonas specie. Plant inoculation studies indicated that these Plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) strains provided a significant increase in shoot and root length, and shoot and root biomass. A significant increase in shoot N contents (up to 76%) and root N contents (up to 32%) was observed over the un-inoculated control. The study indicates the potential of these PGPR for inoculums production or biofertilizers for enhancing growth and nutrient content of wheat and other crops under field conditions. The study is the first report of wheat associated bacterial diversity in the Himalayan region of Rawalakot, AJK.

  10. Isolation and characterization of plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria from wheat rhizosphere and their effect on plant growth promotion

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    Majeed, Afshan; Hameed, Sohail; Imran, Asma; Rahim, Nasir

    2015-01-01

    The present study was conducted to characterize the native plant growth promoting (PGP) bacteria from wheat rhizosphere and root-endosphere in the Himalayan region of Rawalakot, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Pakistan. Nine bacterial isolates were purified, screened in vitro for PGP characteristics and evaluated for their beneficial effects on the early growth of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Among nine bacterial isolates, seven were able to produce indole-3- acetic acid in tryptophan-supplemented medium; seven were nitrogen fixer, and four were able to solubilize inorganic phosphate in vitro. Four different morphotypes were genotypically identified based on IGS-RFLP fingerprinting and representative of each morphotype was identified by 16S rRNA gene sequencing analysis except Gram-positive putative Bacillus sp. Based on 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis, bacterial isolates AJK-3 and AJK-9 showing multiple PGP-traits were identified as Stenotrophomonas spp. while AJK-7 showed equal homologies to Acetobacter pasteurianus and Stenotrophomonas specie. Plant inoculation studies indicated that these Plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) strains provided a significant increase in shoot and root length, and shoot and root biomass. A significant increase in shoot N contents (up to 76%) and root N contents (up to 32%) was observed over the un-inoculated control. The study indicates the potential of these PGPR for inoculums production or biofertilizers for enhancing growth and nutrient content of wheat and other crops under field conditions. The study is the first report of wheat associated bacterial diversity in the Himalayan region of Rawalakot, AJK. PMID:25852661

  11. Growth and characterization of CdTe on GaAs/Si substrates

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    Radhakrishnan, G.; Nouhi, A.; Liu, J.

    1988-01-01

    Epitaxial CdTe has been grown on both (100) GaAs/Si and (111) GaAs/Si substrates. A combination of molecular beam epitaxy and metal organic chemical vapor deposition have been employed to achieve this growth. The GaAs layers are grown in Si substrates by molecular beam epitaxy, followed by the growth of CdTe on GaAs/Si substra by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition. X-ray diffraction, photoluminescence, and scanning electron microscopy have been used to characterize the CdTe films.

  12. Isolation, growth, and characterization of human renal epithelial cells using traditional and 3D methods.

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    Gildea, John J; McGrath, Helen E; Van Sciver, Robert E; Wang, Dora Bigler; Felder, Robin A

    2013-01-01

    The kidney is a highly heterogeneous organ that is responsible for fluid and electrolyte balance. Much interest is focused on determining the function of specific renal epithelial cells in humans, which can only be accomplished through the isolation and growth of nephron segment-specific epithelial cells. However, human renal epithelial cells are notoriously difficult to maintain in culture. This chapter describes the isolation, growth, immortalization, and characterization of the human renal proximal tubule cell. In addition, we describe new paradigms in 3D cell culture which allow the cells to maintain more in vivo-like morphology and function.

  13. Growth and characterization of large, high quality single crystal diamond substrates via microwave plasma assisted chemical vapor deposition

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    Nad, Shreya

    Single crystal diamond (SCD) substrates can be utilized in a wide range of applications. Important issues in the chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of such substrates include: shrinking of the SCD substrate area, stress and cracking, high defect density and hence low electronic quality and low optical quality due to high nitrogen impurities. The primary objective of this thesis is to begin to address these issues and to find possible solutions for enhancing the substrate dimensions and simultaneously improving the quality of the grown substrates. The deposition of SCD substrates is carried out in a microwave cavity plasma reactor via the microwave plasma assisted chemical vapor deposition technique. The operation of the reactor was first optimized to determine the safe and efficient operating regime. By adjusting the matching of the reactor cavity with the help of four internal tuning length variables, the system was further matched to operate at a maximum overall microwave coupling efficiency of ˜ 98%. Even with adjustments in the substrate holder position, the reactor remains well matched with a coupling efficiency of ˜ 95% indicating good experimental performance over a wide range of operating conditions. SCD substrates were synthesized at a high pressure of 240 Torr and with a high absorbed power density of 500 W/cm3. To counter the issue of shrinking substrate size during growth, the effect of different substrate holder designs was studied. An increase in the substrate dimensions (1.23 -- 2.5 times) after growth was achieved when the sides of the seeds were shielded from the intense microwave electromagnetic fields in a pocket holder design. Using such pocket holders, high growth rates of 16 -- 32 mum/hr were obtained for growth times of 8 -- 72 hours. The polycrystalline diamond rim deposition was minimized/eliminated from these growth runs, hence successfully enlarging the substrate size. Several synthesized CVD SCD substrates were laser cut and separated

  14. Modified water regimes affect photosynthesis, xylem water potential, cambial growth and resistance of juvenile Pinus taeda L. to Dendroctonus frontalis (Coleoptera: Scolytidae)

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    James P. Dunn; Peter L. Jr. Lorio

    1993-01-01

    We modified soil water supply to two groups of juvenile loblolly pines, Pinus taeda L., by sheltering or irrigating root systems in early summer or in later summer and measured oleoresin flow (primary defense), net photosynthesis, xylem water potential, and cambial growth throughout the growing season. When consistent significant differences in...

  15. Characterizing the reproduction number of epidemics with early subexponential growth dynamics

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    Viboud, Cécile; Simonsen, Lone; Moghadas, Seyed M.

    2016-01-01

    Early estimates of the transmission potential of emerging and re-emerging infections are increasingly used to inform public health authorities on the level of risk posed by outbreaks. Existing methods to estimate the reproduction number generally assume exponential growth in case incidence in the first few disease generations, before susceptible depletion sets in. In reality, outbreaks can display subexponential (i.e. polynomial) growth in the first few disease generations, owing to clustering in contact patterns, spatial effects, inhomogeneous mixing, reactive behaviour changes or other mechanisms. Here, we introduce the generalized growth model to characterize the early growth profile of outbreaks and estimate the effective reproduction number, with no need for explicit assumptions about the shape of epidemic growth. We demonstrate this phenomenological approach using analytical results and simulations from mechanistic models, and provide validation against a range of empirical disease datasets. Our results suggest that subexponential growth in the early phase of an epidemic is the rule rather the exception. Mechanistic simulations show that slight modifications to the classical susceptible–infectious–removed model result in subexponential growth, and in turn a rapid decline in the reproduction number within three to five disease generations. For empirical outbreaks, the generalized-growth model consistently outperforms the exponential model for a variety of directly and indirectly transmitted diseases datasets (pandemic influenza, measles, smallpox, bubonic plague, cholera, foot-and-mouth disease, HIV/AIDS and Ebola) with model estimates supporting subexponential growth dynamics. The rapid decline in effective reproduction number predicted by analytical results and observed in real and synthetic datasets within three to five disease generations contrasts with the expectation of invariant reproduction number in epidemics obeying exponential growth. The

  16. Physiological and biochemical characterization of Azospirillum brasilense strains commonly used as plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria.

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    Di Salvo, Luciana P; Silva, Esdras; Teixeira, Kátia R S; Cote, Rosalba Esquivel; Pereyra, M Alejandra; García de Salamone, Inés E

    2014-12-01

    Azospirillum is a plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) genus vastly studied and utilized as agriculture inoculants. Isolation of new strains under different environmental conditions allows the access to the genetic diversity and improves the success of inoculation procedures. Historically, the isolation of this genus has been performed by the use of some traditional culture media. In this work we characterized the physiology and biochemistry of five different A. brasilense strains, commonly used as cereal inoculants. The aim of this work is to contribute to pose into revision some concepts concerning the most used protocols to isolate and characterize this bacterium. We characterized their growth in different traditional and non-traditional culture media, evaluated some PGPR mechanisms and characterized their profiles of fatty acid methyl esters and carbon-source utilization. This work shows, for the first time, differences in both profiles, and ACC deaminase activity of A. brasilense strains. Also, we show unexpected results obtained in some of the evaluated culture media. Results obtained here and an exhaustive knowledge revision revealed that it is not appropriate to conclude about bacterial species without analyzing several strains. Also, it is necessary to continue developing studies and laboratory techniques to improve the isolation and characterization protocols.

  17. Characterization of intracellular inclusions formed by Pseudomonas oleovorans during growth on octane.

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    de Smet, M J; Eggink, G; Witholt, B; Kingma, J; Wynberg, H

    1983-01-01

    The growth of Pseudomonas oleovorans on n-octane was characterized by the formation of intracellular structures. These inclusions were isolated and characterized. Morphologically, they resembled the poly-beta-hydroxybutyrate granules found in Bacillus cereus, as shown by freeze-fracture electron microscopy. The elemental analysis of isolated granules showed, however, that they do not contain poly-beta-hydroxybutyric acid. Instead, the analysis was consistent with a C8 polyester, which interpretation was supported by the fatty acid analysis of hydrolyzed granules. From the evidence presented here, we conclude that P. oleovorans forms poly-beta-hydroxyoctanoate granules when grown on n-octane. Images PMID:6841319

  18. The characterization of small fatigue crack growth in PH13-8 molybdenum stainless steel

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    Jin, Ohchang

    The rotor hubs of Navy CH-46 helicopters have been made of 4340 steel and had extensive corrosion fatigue problems. Since these helicopters have to be used until the year 2020, the Navy decided to replace 4340 steel with PH 13-8 Mo stainless steel. Because the rotors are exposed to high frequency high cycle fatigue, small fatigue cracks are important in estimating remaining lifetime of the components. The objective of this study was to characterize the small crack growth behavior in the PH 13-8 Mo stainless steel under various loading conditions. Constant amplitude loading was conducted at the stress ratios, R, 0.1 and 0.4. The crack growth rate was affected by the microstructures in early stage of the growth, mainly by the size of the martensite packets and oscillated up to the crack length of 200 mum. It was found that the crack growth rate was little influenced by the stress amplitudes and stress ratios. In addition, the small crack growth rate was found to be similar to the long crack growth rate at R = 0.1 and 0.4. Overload tests and simple block loading were performed to understand load interaction effects on the small crack growth rate. The overload tests indicated that the crack growth rate was little affected by the overload. This might result from the fact that the overload ratio used in this study was low (<1.3). However, the results of the simple block loading showed overall crack growth retardation. The compressive residual stress present at the notch root of the specimen tested at R = 0.1 may lower the effective stress ratio, Reff, from 0.1 to negative R, and may result in the crack growth retardation. The small crack growth behavior was also examined under the saltwater. There was no difference in the crack growth rate between under air and under saltwater. In addition, the crack growth rate of the specimens tested under the saltwater was not affected by the test frequencies of 10, 1 and 0.1 Hz. It was shown that under the saltwater the PH 13-8 Mo

  19. Adiabatic release measurements in aluminum between 400 and 1200 GPa: Characterization of aluminum as a shock standard in the multimegabar regime

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    Knudson, Marcus D.; Desjarlais, Michael P.; Pribram-Jones, Aurora

    2015-06-15

    Aluminum has been used prolifically as an impedance matching standard in the multimegabar regime (1 Mbar = 100 GPa), particularly in nuclear driven, early laser driven, and early magnetically driven flyer plate experiments. The accuracy of these impedance matching measurements depends upon the knowledge of both the Hugoniot and release or reshock response of aluminum. Here, we present the results of several adiabatic release measurements of aluminum from ~400–1200 GPa states along the principal Hugoniot using full density polymethylpentene (commonly known as TPX), and both ~190 and ~110 mg/cc silica aerogel standards. Additionally, these data were analyzed within the framework of a simple, analytical model that was motivated by a first-principles molecular dynamics investigation into the release response of aluminum, as well as by a survey of the release response determined from several tabular equations of state for aluminum. Combined, this theoretical and experimental study provides a method to perform impedance matching calculations without the need to appeal to any tabular equation of state for aluminum. Furthermore, as an analytical model, this method allows for propagation of all uncertainty, including the random measurement uncertainties and the systematic uncertainties of the Hugoniot and release response of aluminum. This work establishes aluminum for use as a high-precision standard for impedance matching in the multimegabar regime.

  20. Adiabatic release measurements in aluminum between 400 and 1200 GPa: Characterization of aluminum as a shock standard in the multimegabar regime

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    Knudson, Marcus D.; Desjarlais, Michael P.; Pribram-Jones, Aurora

    2015-06-15

    Aluminum has been used prolifically as an impedance matching standard in the multimegabar regime (1 Mbar = 100 GPa), particularly in nuclear driven, early laser driven, and early magnetically driven flyer plate experiments. The accuracy of these impedance matching measurements depends upon the knowledge of both the Hugoniot and release or reshock response of aluminum. Here, we present the results of several adiabatic release measurements of aluminum from ~400–1200 GPa states along the principal Hugoniot using full density polymethylpentene (commonly known as TPX), and both ~190 and ~110 mg/cc silica aerogel standards. Additionally, these data were analyzed within the frameworkmore » of a simple, analytical model that was motivated by a first-principles molecular dynamics investigation into the release response of aluminum, as well as by a survey of the release response determined from several tabular equations of state for aluminum. Combined, this theoretical and experimental study provides a method to perform impedance matching calculations without the need to appeal to any tabular equation of state for aluminum. Furthermore, as an analytical model, this method allows for propagation of all uncertainty, including the random measurement uncertainties and the systematic uncertainties of the Hugoniot and release response of aluminum. This work establishes aluminum for use as a high-precision standard for impedance matching in the multimegabar regime.« less

  1. Adiabatic release measurements in aluminum between 400 and 1200 GPa: Characterization of aluminum as a shock standard in the multimegabar regime

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    Knudson, M. D.; Desjarlais, M. P.; Pribram-Jones, Aurora

    2015-06-01

    Aluminum has been used prolifically as an impedance matching standard in the multimegabar regime (1 Mbar = 100 GPa), particularly in nuclear driven, early laser driven, and early magnetically driven flyer plate experiments. The accuracy of these impedance matching measurements depends upon the knowledge of both the Hugoniot and release or reshock response of aluminum. Here, we present the results of several adiabatic release measurements of aluminum from ˜400 -1200 GPa states along the principal Hugoniot using full density polymethylpentene (commonly known as TPX), and both ˜190 and ˜110 mg/cc silica aerogel standards. These data were analyzed within the framework of a simple, analytical model that was motivated by a first-principles molecular dynamics investigation into the release response of aluminum, as well as by a survey of the release response determined from several tabular equations of state for aluminum. Combined, this theoretical and experimental study provides a method to perform impedance matching calculations without the need to appeal to any tabular equation of state for aluminum. As an analytical model, this method allows for propagation of all uncertainty, including the random measurement uncertainties and the systematic uncertainties of the Hugoniot and release response of aluminum. This work establishes aluminum for use as a high-precision standard for impedance matching in the multimegabar regime.

  2. Characterization of flow and mixing regimes within the ileum of the brushtail possum using residence time distribution analysis with simultaneous spatio-temporal mapping

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    Janssen, P W M; Lentle, R G; Asvarujanon, P; Chambers, P; Stafford, K J; Hemar, Y

    2007-01-01

    We studied the flow and mixing regimes in isolated segments of the terminal ileum of brushtail possums during spontaneous circumferential and longitudinal contractions under conditions that allowed backflow and compared them with those of inactive segments. Residence time distributions (RTDs) were determined by perfusion with two probes of different rheological properties to which an inert dye marker was added. Ileal segment volume and oscillatory flow during the period of RTD determination were derived from spatiotemporal maps. High viscosity guar gum solution generated RTDs characteristic of laminar flow in inactive ileal segments which confirmed that no slip was occurring at the mucosal layer. In active segments, motility and consequent oscillatory flow imparted significant additional axial dispersion to the flow patterns of both probes. Mixing occurred episodically during periods when intestinal volume was reduced and onflow was augmented by peristalsis, which may prevent the establishment of steady state conditions. Marker concentration rose more steeply when active ileal segments were being perfused with a probe of similar viscosity to normal digesta than with low viscosity Earle's/Hepes solution, each being subject to similar levels of oscillatory flow. This indicated that a coarser mixing regime prevailed and that absorption of nutrients from viscous digesta would rely to a greater degree on molecular diffusion. PMID:17495038

  3. Three regimes of relativistic beam - plasma interaction

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    Muggli, P.; Allen, B.; Fang, Y.; Yakimenko, V.; Babzien, M.; Kusche, K.; Fedurin, M.; Vieira, J.; Martins, J.; Silva, L.

    2012-12-01

    Three regimes of relativistic beam - plasma interaction can in principle be reached at the ATF depending on the relative transverse and longitudinal size of the electron bunch when compared to the cold plasma collisionless skin depth c?ωpe: the plasma wakefield accelerator (PWFA), the self-modulation instability (SMI), and the current filamentation instability (CFI) regime. In addition, by choosing the bunch density, the linear, quasi-nonlinear and non linear regime of the PWFA can be reached. In the case of the two instabilities, the bunch density determines the growth rate and therefore the occurrence or not of the instability. We briefly describe these three regimes and outline results demonstrating that all these regime have or will be reached experimentally. We also outline planned and possible follow-on experiments.

  4. Three regimes of relativistic beam - plasma interaction

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    Muggli, P.; Allen, B.; Fang, Y.; Yakimenko, V.; Babzien, M.; Kusche, K.; Fedurin, M.; Vieira, J.; Martins, J.; Silva, L.

    2012-12-21

    Three regimes of relativistic beam - plasma interaction can in principle be reached at the ATF depending on the relative transverse and longitudinal size of the electron bunch when compared to the cold plasma collisionless skin depth c?{omega}{sub pe}: the plasma wakefield accelerator (PWFA), the self-modulation instability (SMI), and the current filamentation instability (CFI) regime. In addition, by choosing the bunch density, the linear, quasi-nonlinear and non linear regime of the PWFA can be reached. In the case of the two instabilities, the bunch density determines the growth rate and therefore the occurrence or not of the instability. We briefly describe these three regimes and outline results demonstrating that all these regime have or will be reached experimentally. We also outline planned and possible follow-on experiments.

  5. EBSD characterization of the growth mechanism of SiC synthesized via direct microwave heating

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    Wang, Jigang; Huang, Shan; Liu, Song; Qing, Zhou

    2016-04-15

    Well-crystallized 3C-silicon carbide (SiC) grains/nanowires have been synthesized rapidly and conveniently via direct microwave heating, simply using silicon dioxide powders and artificial graphite as raw materials. The comprehensive characterizations have been employed to investigate the micro-structure of the obtained 3C-SiC products. Results indicated that, different from the classic screw dislocation growth mechanism, the 3C-SiC grains/nanowires synthesized via high-energy vacuum microwave irradiation were achieved through the two-dimension nucleation and laminar growth mechanism. Especially, the electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) was employed to characterize the crystal planes of the as-grown SiC products. The calculated Euler angles suggested that the fastest-growing crystal planes (211) were overlapped gradually. Through the formation of the (421) transformation plane, (211) finally evolved to (220) which existed as the side face of SiC grains. The most stable crystal planes (111) became the regular hexagonal planes in the end, which could be explained by the Bravais rule. The characterization results of EBSD provided important experimental information for the evolution of crystal planes. - Graphical abstract: The formation of 3C-SiC prepared via direct microwave heating follows the mechanism of two-dimension nucleation and laminar growth. - Highlights: • 3C−SiC grains/nanowires were obtained via direct microwave heating. • 3C−SiC followed the mechanism of two-dimension nucleation and laminar growth. • In-situ EBSD analysis provided the experimental evidences of the growth.

  6. Unidirectional growth of benzil crystal from solution by Sankaranarayanan-Ramasamy method and its characterization.

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    Rajalakshmi, M; Shyju, T S; Indirajith, R; Gopalakrishnan, R

    2012-02-01

    Good quality <100> benzil single crystal with a diameter 18 mm and length 75 mm was successfully grown from solution by the unidirectional growth method of Sankaranarayanan-Ramasamy (SR) for the first time in the literature. The seed crystals have been harvested from conventional solution growth technique and subsequently used for unidirectional growth. The grown crystal was subjected to various characterization studies. The results of UV-vis spectral analysis, photoluminescence, etching and microhardness studies were compared with conventional solution grown crystal to that of SR method grown crystal. The quality of SR method grown benzil crystal is better than conventional solution grown crystal. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Epitaxial growth and characterization of Si/NiSi 2/Si(111) heterostructures

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    Rizzi, Angela; Förster, A.; Lüth, H.; Slijkerman, W.

    1989-04-01

    Si/NiSi 2/Si(111) heterostructures are grown under UHV conditions. The well known "template" method is used to produce the epitaxial NiSi 2 interlayer. On top of the suicide, the silicon epitaxial growth is obtained by means of gas phase reaction of SiH 4 at a surface temperature of 500° C. The Si growth rate is strongly enhanced by predissociation of SiH 4 using a hot tungsten filament in the vicinity of the surface. The single steps of the growth are followed in-situ by means of AES, HREELS and LEED analysis. Ex-situ high resolution RBS analysis is also applied for characterization.

  8. Growth and characterization of large-diameter, lithium-free ZnO single crystals

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    Wang, Shaoping; Kopec, Aneta; Timmerman, Andrew G.

    2012-02-01

    Large-diameter, lithium-free ZnO single-crystal substrates of high crystalline quality will enable development and commercialization of high-performance ZnO-based semiconductor devices, such as UV and visible light emitting diodes (LEDs), UV laser diodes and solar-blind UV detectors for variety of applications. We have recently developed a novel crystal growth technique for producing lithium-free ZnO single crystal boules of 1 inch in diameter. We also fabricated ZnO single crystal wafers in sizes up to 1 inch in diameter. Chemical purity, crystalline defects, and electrical resistivity of ZnO single crystals were analyzed. Results from crystal growth and material characterization are presented and discussed. Our research results suggest that the novel crystal growth technique is a viable production technique for producing ZnO single crystals and substrates for semiconductor device applications.

  9. Computer modeling of dendritic web growth processes and characterization of the material

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    Seidensticker, R. G.; Kothmann, R. E.; Mchugh, J. P.; Duncan, C. S.; Hopkins, R. H.; Blais, P. D.; Davis, J. R.; Rohatgi, A.

    1978-01-01

    High area throughput rate will be required for the economical production of silicon dendritic web for solar cells. Web width depends largely on the temperature distribution on the melt surface while growth speed is controlled by the dissipation of the latent heat of fusion. Thermal models were developed to investigate each of these aspects, and were used to engineer the design of laboratory equipment capable of producing crystals over 4 cm wide; growth speeds up to 10 cm/min were achieved. The web crystals were characterized by resistivity, lifetime and etch pit density data as well as by detailed solar cell I-V data. Solar cells ranged in efficiency from about 10 to 14.5% (AM-1) depending on growth conditions. Cells with lower efficiency displayed lowered bulk lifetime believed to be due to surface contamination.

  10. Isolation and characterization of fluorescent pseudomonads and their effect on plant growth promotion.

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    Anitha, G; Kumudini, B S

    2014-07-01

    Seven isolates of fluorescent pseudomonads were evaluated for their effect on plant growth promoting traits, both under normal and saline conditions using tomato plants. Fifteen rhizosphere samples from crop fields' of rice, chilly, ragi, beans and garden soils from different regions of India were collected and used for further study. They were characterized morphologically and biochemically which led to a conclusion that they may belong to genus Pseudomonas. They were also analyzed for their plant growth promoting activities such as production of indole acetic acid, siderophore, hydrogen cyanide and ammonia. It was observed that all the isolates were able to produce these compounds, but to varying extent. But, isolate JUPF37 produced highest followed by JUPF32. Study showed that out of seven isolates of fluorescent pseudomonads, JUPF37 showed highest plant growth promoting traits both under normal and saline conditions.

  11. Mathematical morphology: detection and characterization of directed axonal growth in vitro

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    Gonzalez, M. A.; Ballarin, V. L.; Rapacioli, M.; Rodríguez Celín, A.; Sánchez, V.; Flores, V.

    2011-12-01

    Neurite growth in vitro, neuritogenesis, is a widespread methodology in the field of developmental neurobiology. Morphological analysis of growing neurites is usually a difficult task because of their thinness and their low contrast that makes it difficult to observe clearly their shape, number, length and spatial orientation. This paper presents the use of the granulometric size distribution function to obtain, automatically, information about the shape, size and spatial orientation of growing axons in tissue cultures. The results presented show the efficiency of the granulometric size distribution for this application. The automatic detection of growing axons and the precise characterization of a relevant parameter, indicative of the axonal growth spatial orientation, was obtained by this morphological tool. The developed algorithms facilitates the analysis of these images by automatically quantifying the angle of deviation of the direction of growth, which is important given the large number of images that need to be processed for this type of study.

  12. Fire regimes, forest change, and self-organization in an old-growth mixed-conifer forest, Yosemite National Park, USA.

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    Scholl, Andrew E; Taylor, Alan H

    2010-03-01

    Fire is recognized as a keystone process in dry mixed-conifer forests that have been altered by decades of fire suppression, Restoration of fire disturbance to these forests is a guiding principle of resource management in the U.S. National Park Service. Policy implementation is often hindered by a poor understanding of forest conditions before fire exclusion, the characteristics of forest changes since excluding fire, and the influence of topographic or self-organizing controls on forest structure. In this study the spatial and temporal characteristics of fire regimes and forest structure are reconstructed in a 2125-ha mixed-conifer forest. Forests were multi-aged, burned frequently at low severity and fire-return interval, and forest structure did not vary with slope aspect, elevation, or slope position. Fire exclusion has caused an increase in forest density and basal area and a compositional shift to shade-tolerant and fire-intolerant species. The median point fire-return interval and extent of a fire was 10 yr and 115 ha, respectively. The pre-Euro-American settlement fire rotation of 13 yr increased to 378 yr after 1905. The position of fire scars within tree rings indicates that 79% of fires burned in the midsummer to fall period. The spatial pattern of burns exhibited self-organizing behavior. Area burned was 10-fold greater when an area had not been burned by the previous fire. Fires were frequent and widespread, but patches of similar aged trees were < 0.2 ha, suggesting small fire-caused canopy openings. Managers need to apply multiple burns at short intervals for a sustained period to reduce surface fuels and create small canopy openings characteristic of the reference forest. By coupling explicit reference conditions with consideration of current conditions and projected climate change, management activities can balance restoration and risk management.

  13. Effects of antibiotic growth promoter and characterization of ecological succession in Swine gut microbiota.

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    Unno, Tatsuya; Kim, Jung-Man; Guevarra, Robin B; Nguyen, Son G

    2015-04-01

    Ever since the ban on antibiotic growth promoters (AGPs), the livestock death rate has increased owing to pathogenic bacterial infections. There is a need of developing AGP alternatives; however, the mechanisms by which AGP enhances livestock growth performance are not clearly understood. In this study, we fed 3-week-old swine for 9 weeks with and without AGPs containing chlortetracycline, sulfathiazole, and penicillin to investigate the effects of AGPs on swine gut microbiota. Microbial community analysis was done based on bacterial 16S rRNA genes using MiSeq. The use of AGP showed no growth promoting effect, but inhibited the growth of potential pathogens during the early growth stage. Our results showed the significant increase in species richness after the stabilization of gut microbiota during the post-weaning period (4-week-old). Moreover, the swine gut microbiota was divided into four clusters based on the distribution of operational taxonomic units, which was significantly correlated to the swine weight regardless of AGP treatments. Taxonomic abundance analysis indicated a negative correlation between host weight and the abundance of the family Prevotellaceae species, but showed positive correlation to the abundance of the family Spirochaetaceae, Clostridiaceae_1, and Peptostreptococcaeae species. Although no growth performance enhancement was observed, the use of AGP inhibited the potential pathogens in the early growth stage of swine. In addition, our results indicated the ecological succession of swine gut microbiota according to swine weight. Here, we present a characterization of swine gut microbiota with respect to the effects of AGPs on growth performance.

  14. Evaluation of Delamination Growth Characterization Methods Under Mode I Fatigue Loading

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    Murri, Gretchen B.

    2012-01-01

    Reliable delamination characterization data for laminated composites are needed for input to analytical models of structures to predict delamination. The double-cantilevered beam (DCB) specimen is used with laminated composites to measure fracture toughness, G(sub Ic), delamination onset strain energy release rate, and growth rate data under cyclic loading. In the current study, DCB specimens of IM7/8552 graphite/epoxy supplied by two different manufacturers were tested in static and fatigue to compare the measured characterization data from the two sources, and to evaluate a proposed ASTM standard for generating Paris Law equations. Static results were used to generate compliance calibration constants for the fatigue data, and a delamination resistance curve, G(sub IR), which was used to determine the effects of fiber-bridging on delamination growth. Specimens were tested in fatigue at a cyclic G(sub Imax) level equal to 50, 40 or 30% of G(sub Ic), to determine a delamination onset curve and delamination growth rate. The delamination onset curve equations had similar exponents and the same trends. Delamination growth rate was calculated by fitting a Paris Law to the da/dN versus G(sub Imax) data. Both a 2-point and a 7-point data reduction method were used and the Paris Law equations were compared. To determine the effects of fiber-bridging, growth rate results were normalized by the delamination resistance curve for each material and compared to the non-normalized results. Paris Law exponents were found to decrease by 31% to 37% due to normalizing the growth data. Normalizing the data also greatly reduced the amount of scatter between the different specimens. Visual data records from the fatigue testing were used to calculate individual compliance calibration constants from the fatigue data for some of the specimens. The resulting da/dN versus G(sub Imax) plots showed much improved repeatability between specimens. Gretchen

  15. Biofilm Growth in Porous Media: Validation of three-dimensional characterization of biofilm growth in packed bead columns

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    Iltis, G.; Armstrong, R. T.; Jansik, D. P.; Wood, B. D.; Wildenschild, D.

    2009-12-01

    Current understanding of subsurface microbial biofilm formation and the impact on fluid hydrodynamics associated with biofilm growth is limited by our ability to observe the in situ pore-scale geometry of developed biofilms. Biomass distribution in porous media has been observed primarily in two-dimensional systems to date; currently, no high-resolution three-dimensional structural data sets exist for opaque porous media that provide sufficient information about biomass distribution such that the impact on flow and solute transport at the pore-scale can be directly assessed. A new method for resolving high-resolution three-dimensional tomographic images of biofilms in porous media using synchrotron-based x-ray microtomography has been developed. As a part of this method, silver coated, neutrally buoyant microspheres are used to delineate the surface of the biofilm within porous media. Quantitative validation of this method will be presented along with three-dimensional characterization of biofilm growth in packed bead columns. Current and future applications for this imaging method include quantitative experimental validation of mathematical models pertaining to spatial distribution of biofilm and variation in hydrodynamic flow pathways within porous media. Our current research into this area focuses on evaluating microbially mediated co-precipitation of heavy metals in porous media. Results will be presented from new imaging experiments comparing different microbes and varying flow rates to address effects of biofilm type and density on the image quality.

  16. A Regime Diagram for Subduction

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    Stegman, D. R.; Farrington, R.; Capitanio, F. A.; Schellart, W. P.

    2009-12-01

    Regime diagrams and associated scaling relations have profoundly influenced our understanding of planetary dynamics. Previous regime diagrams characterized the regimes of stagnant-lid, small viscosity contrast, transitional, and no-convection for temperature-dependent (Moresi and Solomatov, 1995), and non-linear power law rheologies (Solomatov and Moresi, 1997) as well as stagnant-lid, sluggish-lid, and mobile-lid regimes once the finite strength of rock was considered (Moresi and Solomatov, 1998). Scalings derived from such models have been the cornerstone for parameterized models of thermal evolution of rocky planets and icy moons for the past decade. While such a theory can predict the tectonic state of a planetary body, it is still rather incomplete in regards to predicting tectonics. For example, the mobile-lid regime is unspecific as to how continuous lithospheric recycling should occur on a terrestrial planet. Towards this goal, Gerya et al., (2008) advanced a new regime diagram aiming to characterize when subduction would manifest itself as a one-sided or two-sided downwelling and either symmetric or asymmetric. Here, we present a regime diagram for the case of a single-sided, asymmetric type of subduction (most Earth-like type). Using a 3-D numerical model of a free subduction, we describe a total of 5 different styles of subduction that can possibly occur. Each style is distinguished by its upper mantle slab morphology resulting from the sinking kinematics. We provide movies to illustrate the different styles and their progressive time-evolution. In each regime, subduction is accommodated by a combination of plate advance and slab rollback, with associated motions of forward plate velocity and trench retreat, respectively. We demonstrate that the preferred subduction mode depends upon two essential controlling factors: 1) buoyancy of the downgoing plate and 2) strength of plate in resisting bending at the hinge. We propose that a variety of subduction

  17. Adiabatic release measurements in α-quartz between 300 and 1200 GPa: Characterization of α-quartz as a shock standard in the multimegabar regime

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    Knudson, M. D.; Desjarlais, M. P.

    2013-11-01

    α-quartz has been used prolifically in recent years as an impedance matching standard in the multimegabar regime (1 Mbar = 100 GPa). This is due to the fact that above ˜90-100 GPa along the principal Hugoniot α-quartz becomes reflective, and thus shock velocities can be measured to high precision using velocity interferometry. This property allows for high-precision measurements, however, the accuracy of impedance matching measurements depends upon the knowledge of both the Hugoniot and the release or reshock response of α-quartz. Here, we present the results of several adiabatic release measurements of α-quartz from ˜300-1200 GPa states along the principal Hugoniot using full density polymethylpentene (commonly known as TPX), and both ˜190 and ˜110 mg/cc silica aerogel standards. These data were analyzed within the framework of a simple, analytical model that was motivated by a first-principles molecular dynamics investigation into the release response of α-quartz. Combined, this theoretical and experimental study provides a method to perform impedance matching calculations without the need to appeal to any tabular equation of state for α-quartz. As an analytical model, this method allows for propagation of all uncertainty, including the random measurement uncertainties and the systematic uncertainties of the Hugoniot and release response of α-quartz. This work establishes α-quartz for use as a high-precision standard for impedance matching in the multimegabar regime. We also note that the experimentally validated model framework should prove to be useful in the development of wide range equations of state for silica, a major constituent in the Earth's crust and mantle. Such models are crucial for accurate simulations of high-velocity giant impacts that are thought to be prevalent in the final stages of terrestrial planet formation.

  18. Effect of different feeding regimes on pre-weaning growth rumen fermentation and its influence on post-weaning performance of lambs.

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    Bhatt, R S; Tripathi, M K; Verma, D L; Karim, S A

    2009-10-01

    Influence of pre-weaning live weight on post-weaning growth performance was assessed on thirty-nine 15-day-old Indian native lambs, randomly fed in three equal groups until 180 days of age. During pre-weaning phase lambs were maintained under feeding regimen of grazing (C-0; Control), grazing and ad lib creep mixture supplementation (C-AL) or grazing, with ad lib creep mixture and milk replacer supplementation (C-ALMR). Lambs were allowed to suckle respective dam in morning and evening till 90 days of age, and fed ad lib green leaves of Ailanthus excelsa after grazing. After weaning all lambs were maintained on grazing and ad lib finisher concentrates supplementation. Pre-weaning performance of lambs in terms of weaning weight (17.2 kg), average daily gain (ADG; 154 g) and feed conversion ratio 3.73 was higher (p < 0.01) in C-ALMR lambs but total gain and ADG were similar among three groups during post-weaning phase. However, improved pre-weaning plane of nutrition and growth rate increased (p < 0.01) finishing weight (FW) of lambs in C-AL, 33 kg and C-ALMR, 32 kg. Dry matter intake was significantly (p < 0.01) higher in C-AL and C-ALMR lambs due to combined effect of feeding. Rumen pH was lowest (p = 0.049) in C-AL lambs. Rumen ciliate protozoa population (10(4)/ml) decreased in C-ALMR lambs (4.3) but increased in C-AL lambs (50.0) more so in C-0 Lambs (19.8). Concentrate feeding of C-AL lamb improved nutrient digestibility. Lambs of C-0 group consumed more DM during post-weaning phase that improved growth performance, while nutrient digestibility was not affected by pre-weaning nutrition. Thus, pre-weaning nutrition has significant influence on FW, however influence of milk replacer feeding on lamb growth need further studies.

  19. Feed restriction regime in a rabbit line selected for growth rate alters oocyte maturation manifested by alteration in MSY2 gene expression.

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    Naturil-Alfonso, C; Peñaranda, D S; Vicente, J S; Marco-Jiménez, F

    2017-06-18

    Young rabbit females selected for growth rate may have nutritional needs, which may not be met with the common practice of feed restriction during rearing in commercial rabbit production. The aim of this study was to analyse whether two different feeding programmes: ad libitum or restricted (130 g/day) feeding, applied in young rabbit females for 1 month at the end of rearing, could modulate the origin of ovulation process and the quality of the oocytes. At 16 weeks of age, 34 females were randomly assigned to restricted or ad libitum feeding, maintaining these conditions for a month. Then, in an initial experiment, transcriptional profiling of hypothalamus-hypophysis tissue was performed to assess failure to ovulate. In the second experiment, the gene expression analysis of some candidate genes related to oocytes quality was performed. Our results demonstrated that neither of the two feeding programmes modified the transcription of hypothalamus-hypophysis tissue, while the only differences in MSYR expression were found in in vivo mature oocytes ready for successful fertilization. Specifically, MSYR was over-expressed in oocytes from females fed ad libitum. MSYR is one of the most abundant proteins in the oocyte and has proven to be a key regulator of maternal RNA transcription and translation. This finding suggests that MSYR gene is a promising gene in our understanding of the relationship between high growth rate and reproductive performance decline. © 2017 Blackwell Verlag GmbH.

  20. Characterization of Mode I and Mode II delamination growth and thresholds in AS4/PEEK composites

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    Martin, Roderick H.; Murri, Gretchen Bostaph

    1990-01-01

    Composite materials often fail by delamination. The onset and growth of delamination in AS4/PEEK, a tough thermoplastic matrix composite, was characterized for mode 1 and mode 2 loadings, using the Double Cantilever Beam (DCB) and the End Notched Flexure (ENF) test specimens. Delamination growth per fatigue cycle, da/dN, was related to strain energy release rate, G, by means of a power law. However, the exponents of these power laws were too large for them to be adequately used as a life prediction tool. A small error in the estimated applied loads could lead to large errors in the delamination growth rates. Hence strain energy release rate thresholds, G sub th, below which no delamination would occur were also measured. Mode 1 and 2 threshold G values for no delamination growth were found by monitoring the number of cycles to delamination onset in the DCB and ENF specimens. The maximum applied G for which no delamination growth had occurred until at least 1,000,000 cycles was considered the threshold strain energy release rate. Comments are given on how testing effects, facial interference or delamination front damage, may invalidate the experimental determination of the constants in the expression.

  1. Characterization of Mode I and Mode II delamination growth and thresholds in AS4/PEEK composites

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    Martin, Roderick H.; Murri, Gretchen Bostaph

    1990-01-01

    Composite materials often fail by delamination. The onset and growth of delamination in AS4/PEEK, a tough thermoplastic matrix composite, was characterized for mode 1 and mode 2 loadings, using the Double Cantilever Beam (DCB) and the End Notched Flexure (ENF) test specimens. Delamination growth per fatigue cycle, da/dN, was related to strain energy release rate, G, by means of a power law. However, the exponents of these power laws were too large for them to be adequately used as a life prediction tool. A small error in the estimated applied loads could lead to large errors in the delamination growth rates. Hence strain energy release rate thresholds, G sub th, below which no delamination would occur were also measured. Mode 1 and 2 threshold G values for no delamination growth were found by monitoring the number of cycles to delamination onset in the DCB and ENF specimens. The maximum applied G for which no delamination growth had occurred until at least 1,000,000 cycles was considered the threshold strain energy release rate. Comments are given on how testing effects, facial interference or delamination front damage, may invalidate the experimental determination of the constants in the expression.

  2. Biochemical characterization of a new maize (Zea mays L.) peptide growth factor.

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    Rodríguez-López, Cesar David; Rodríguez-Romero, Adela; Aguilar, Raúl; de Jiménez, Estela Sánchez

    2011-01-01

    Coordination of cell growth and cell division is very important for living organisms in order for these to develop harmonically. The present research is concerned with the purification and characterization of a new peptide hormone, namely ZmIGF (Zea mays insulin-like growth factor), which regulates growth and cell division in maize tissues. ZmIGF is a peptide of 5.7 kDa, as determined by mass spectroscopy. It was isolated either from maize embryonic axes of 48-h germinated seeds or from embryogenic callus and purified through several chromatographic procedures to obtain a single peak as shown by Reverse Phase High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (RP-HPLC). This peptide exhibits a well defined α-helix structure by circular dichroism analysis, similar to that reported for Insulin or for Insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1). Further, ZmIGF seems to perform, in maize, a similar function to that reported for insulin or peptides from the IGF family in animals. Indeed, maize tissues stimulated either by ZmIGF or insulin showed to induce selective synthesis of ribosomal proteins as well as of DNA. Taken together, the previously mentioned data strongly suggest that plants contain a peptide hormone of the IGF family, highly conserved through evolution that regulates growth and development.

  3. Characterization of Mode 1 and Mode 2 delamination growth and thresholds in graphite/peek composites

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    Martin, Roderick H.; Murri, Gretchen B.

    1988-01-01

    Composite materials often fail by delamination. The onset and growth of delamination in AS4/PEEK, a tough thermoplastic matrix composite, was characterized for mode 1 and mode 2 loadings, using the Double Cantilever Beam (DCB) and the End Notched Flexure (ENF) test specimens. Delamination growth per fatigue cycle, da/dN, was related to strain energy release rate, G, by means of a power law. However, the exponents of these power laws were too large for them to be adequately used as a life prediction tool. A small error in the estimated applied loads could lead to large errors in the delamination growth rates. Hence strain energy release rate thresholds, G sub th, below which no delamination would occur were also measured. Mode 1 and 2 threshold G values for no delamination growth were found by monitoring the number of cycles to delamination onset in the DCB and ENF specimens. The maximum applied G for which no delamination growth had occurred until at least 1,000,000 cycles was considered the threshold strain energy release rate. Comments are given on how testing effects, facial interference or delamination front damage, may invalidate the experimental determination of the constants in the expression.

  4. In-situ characterization of growth and interfaces in a-Si:H devices

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    Collins, R.W.; Wronski, C.R.; An, I.; Li, Y. )

    1992-12-01

    This report describes the in-situ characterization of growth and interfaces in amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) devices. The growth of a-Si:H by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) is complex and involves many gas-phase and solid-surface chemical and physical processes, which are influenced by charged particle bombardment, ultraviolet light exposure, etc. The research consisted of two broad components. The first involved preparing a-Si:H by optimum'' PECVD and exposing the film to atomic hydrogen in-situ at the growth temperature. The processes of H-diffusion and incorporation in the exposed film were studied by spectroscopic ellipsometry, giving a picture of the processes by which the chemical potential in the film equilibrates with that in the gas phase. The properties of thin films were then prepared by alternating optimum'' PECVD growth and hydrogen exposure. Film properties were then studied again. The second component of the research is discussed only briefly in this report, as it is an outgrowth of previous work on single-wavelength ellipsometry. With the new spectroscopic capability developed at Penn State, it is now possible to quantify the nucleation and growth process of a-Si:H films.

  5. Phenotypic and molecular characterization of intrauterine fetal growth restriction in interspecies sheep pregnancy.

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    Chávez-García, A; Vázquez-Martínez, E R; Murcia, C; Rodríguez, A; Cerbón, M; Mejía, O

    2015-10-01

    Interspecies pregnancies between closely related species are usually performed in livestock to obtain improved and enriched offspring. Indeed, different hybrids have been obtained for research purposes since many years ago, and the maternal-fetal interactions have been studied as a possible strategy for species preservation. The aim of this study was to characterize by physiological and molecular approaches the interspecies pregnancy between bighorn sheep () and domestic sheep (). Hybrids were obtained by artificial insemination; the blood pressure and protein urine levels were measured during the last two-thirds of gestation. After parturition, offspring and placentas were weighed and measured and cotyledons were counted and weighed and their surface area determined. Plasma samples were obtained between wk 8 and 21 of gestation to assess progesterone (P4), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), and placental growth factor (PlGF) levels and cell-free RNA was isolated during the same period to assess hypoxia-inducible factor-1 α (α) gene expression. Hybrid and normal pregnancies were analyzed using physiological and molecular parameters during the last two-thirds of gestation (wk 8-21). The results show that during the measurement period, ewes with a hybrid pregnancy presented normal blood pressure and no alteration in urinary protein content. However, compared with sheep with a normal pregnancy, those with a hybrid pregnancy had a decrease in fetal and placental growth as well as in the cotyledonary surface area. Furthermore, in the hybrid group, there was placental insufficiency, characterized by a decrease in P4 production, as well as indications of endothelial dysfunction, characterized an increase in plasma levels of VEGF and PlGF as well as in plasma gene expression of α. Overall, the results indicate that hybrids of and presented intrauterine growth restriction, essentially due to altered endothelial function and chronic placental insufficiency

  6. Elaboration and characterization of boron doping during SiC growth by VLS mechanism

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    Soueidan, Maher; Ferro, Gabriel; Nsouli, Bilal; Roumié, Mohamad; Habka, Nada; Souliere, Véronique; Bluet, Jean-Marie; Kazan, Michel

    2011-07-01

    VLS mechanism was used for growing boron doped homoepitaxial SiC layers on 4H-SiC(0 0 0 1) 8° off substrate. Si-based melts were fed by propane in the temperature range 1450-1500 °C. Two main approaches were studied to incorporate boron during growth: (1) adding elemental B in the initial melt, with two different compositions: Si 90B 10 and Si 27Ge 68B 5; the growth was performed at 1500 °C; (2) adding B 2H 6 to the gas phase during growth with a melt composition of Si 25Ge 75; the growth was performed at 1450 °C. In most cases, the growth time was limited by liquid loss. The longest growth duration (1 h) was obtained when adding B 2H 6 to the gas phase. In the case of Si 90B 10 melt, the surface morphology exhibits large and parallel terraces whereas the step front is more undulated when adding Ge. Raman and photoluminescence characterizations performed on these layers confirmed the 4H polytype of the layers in addition to the presence of B, which results in a strong B-N donor-acceptor band. The thickness and the growth rate were determined by micro-Infrared spectroscopy. Particle Induced γ-ray Emission (PIGE) was tentatively used to detect B incorporation inside the grown layers. These results were compared to SIMS measurements from which B concentration was found to vary from 10 18 to 10 19 at cm -3.

  7. Characterization of the adaptive response and growth upon hyperosmotic shock in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Parmar, Jignesh H; Bhartiya, Sharad; Venkatesh, K V

    2011-04-01

    Molecular and physiological details of osmoadaptation in yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae are well characterized. It is well known that a cell, upon osmotic shock, delays its growth, produces a compatible solute like glycerol in yeast to maintain the osmotic equilibrium. Many genes are regulated by the hyperosmolarity glycerol (HOG) singling pathway, some of which in turn control the carbon flux in the glycolytic pathway for glycerol synthesis and reduced growth. The whole process of survival of cells under hyperosmotic stress is controlled at multiple levels in signaling and metabolic pathways. To better understand the multi-level regulations in yeast to osmotic shock, a mathematical model is formulated which integrates the growth and the osmoadaptation process. The model included the HOG pathway which consists of Sho1 and Sln1 signaling branches, gene regulation, metabolism and cell growth on glucose and ethanol. Experiments were performed to characterize the effect of various concentrations of salt on the wild-type and mutant strains. The model was able to successfully predict the experimental observations for both the wild-type and mutant strains. Further, the model was used to analyze the effects of various regulatory mechanisms prevalent in the signaling and metabolic pathways which are essential in achieving optimum growth in a saline medium. The analysis demonstrated the relevance of the combined effects of regulation at several points in the signaling and metabolic pathways including activation of GPD1 and GPD2, inhibition of PYK and PDC1, closure of the Fps1 channel, volume effect on the glucose uptake rate, downregulation of ethanol synthesis and upregulation of ALD6 for acetate synthesis. The analysis demonstrated that these combined effects orchestrated the phenomena of adaptation to osmotic stress in yeast.

  8. Growth and characterization of self-assembled epitaxial transition-metal silicide nanowires

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    He, Zhian

    This dissertation involves the growth and microstructure characterization of self-assembled epitaxial silicide nanowires (NWs). It has been discovered that many metal/Si systems (Ti-Si(111), Dy/Si(110), Dy/Si(111), Co/Si(001), Co/Si(110), Co/Si(111), Ni/Si(111), Ni/Si(110), etc.) show self-assembled epitaxial silicide nanowire formation behavior during the ultra-high vacuum (UHV) reactive epitaxy process, in addition to the previously known rare-earth/Si(001) system. Most nanowires have dimensions of approximately 20 nm wide, 5 nm high and 1 um long. The dimensions and densities of the nanowires change considerably with growth temperature, deposition rate, and coverage. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) reveals that most of these silicide nanowires are defect-free single crystals and form atomically flat interfaces with the Si substrate. Most silicide nanowires (COSi2/Si, NiSi2/Si(110), TiSi 2/Si(111) DYSi2/Si(110), etc.) grow into the Si substrate along inclined Si{111}, forming a V-shaped groove in the Si substrate. In several silicide nanowire systems (DySi2/Si(111), DySi2/S1(001), NiSi2/Si(111), etc.), however, the nanowires grow on top of the substrate. For these systems, the nanowires can be aligned to a single orientation using a stepped substrate. The growth mode (in-growth versus growth on top of the substrate surface) plays a significant role in the formation of nanowires and islands. Growth on the substrate usually produces islands that share the symmetry of the substrate in shape or in structure, whereas in-growth islands show less dependency on the surface symmetry (i.e. they adopt an asymmetric island shape and are less sensitive to surface steps). It has been proven that the silicides do not need to satisfy the requirement as specified in the "classic model" to form nanowires. A new nanowire formation mechanism is proposed in this work. This mechanism requires coherent growth of overlayer islands into the substrate along inclined close

  9. Flow regime mapping: outcome, or pre-requisite of tracer tests? (from the standpoint of deep-georeservoir characterization, development, operation, and monitoring)

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    Ghergut, Julia; Behrens, Horst; Sauter, Martin

    2017-04-01

    Tracer tests in deep-subsurface flow usually yield fluid residence time distributions (RTD) for a sparse selection of fluid spiking and fluid sampling points. Such RTD can be explained more or less adequately assuming certain flow and transport boundary conditions, and a fractured-porous void-space structure in which advective-dispersive transport and possibly partitioning/reactions at interfaces take place. Yet RTD do not by themselves enable to tell 'where' a flow process is taking place. So to say, "to trace is not to track", and 'tracking' would require some complementary kind of mapping, imaging, or monitoring - additionally to the metering of tracer fluxes at the few accessible 'places' in the georeservoir (i. e., deep boreholes) at which fluids can be sampled. We do not feel the need for such 'tracking' capability, when tracer-based RTD are used to predict the thermal lifetime of, say, a geothermal well doublet. However, the ability to 'locate' flow and transport processes (in both space and time) may become critical when facing environmental impacts of deep-georeservoir operation, and liabilities associated with these. On the other hand, it can also be a primary task in reservoir diagnostics and engineering, for instance when facing the question of whether and where to re-frac (in unconventional reservoir development). The poster describes three paradigm settings where a complementary, non-fluid-borne mapping of flow regimes (or at least of flow regime contrasts) appears as a very sensible, if not indispensable counterpart to tracer-based RTD for predicting (or accounting for) deep-georeservoir behavior. These are illustrated with (a) inter-well tracings of geothermally exploited Malm aquifers beneath the Munich metropolitan area, in analogy to past work conducted by Seiler et al. (1989) in the Franconian Alb; (b) single-well spikings of petrothermal or aquifer-based EGS in the N-German sedimentary basin, with two major issues left unresolved by Ghergut et

  10. Integral parameters for characterizing water, energy, and aeration properties of soilless plant growth media

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    Chamindu Deepagoda, T. K. K.; Chen Lopez, Jose Choc; Møldrup, Per; de Jonge, Lis Wollesen; Tuller, Markus

    2013-10-01

    Over the last decade there has been a significant shift in global agricultural practice. Because the rapid increase of human population poses unprecedented challenges to production of an adequate and economically feasible food supply for undernourished populations, soilless greenhouse production systems are regaining increased worldwide attention. The optimal control of water availability and aeration is an essential prerequisite to successfully operate plant growth systems with soilless substrates such as aggregated foamed glass, perlite, rockwool, coconut coir, or mixtures thereof. While there are considerable empirical and theoretical efforts devoted to characterize water retention and aeration substrate properties, a holistic, physically-based approach considering water retention and aeration concurrently is lacking. In this study, the previously developed concept of integral water storage and energy was expanded to dual-porosity substrates and an analog integral oxygen diffusivity parameter was introduced to simultaneously characterize aeration properties of four common soilless greenhouse growth media. Integral parameters were derived for greenhouse crops in general, as well as for tomatoes. The integral approach provided important insights for irrigation management and for potential optimization of substrate properties. Furthermore, an observed relationship between the integral parameters for water availability and oxygen diffusivity can be potentially applied for the design of advanced irrigation and management strategies to ensure stress-free growth conditions, while conserving water resources.

  11. Material growth and characterization directed toward improving III-V heterojunction solar cells

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    Stefanakos, E. K.; Alexander, W. E.; Collis, W.; Abul-Fadl, A.

    1979-01-01

    In addition to the existing materials growth laboratory, the photolithographic facility and the device testing facility were completed. The majority of equipment for data acquisition, solar cell testing, materials growth and device characterization were received and are being put into operation. In the research part of the program, GaAs and GaA1As layers were grown reproducibly on GaAs substrates. These grown layers were characterized as to surface morphology, thickness and thickness uniformity. The liquid phase epitaxial growth process was used to fabricate p-n junctions in Ga(1-x)A1(x)As. Sequential deposition of two alloy layers was accomplished and detailed analysis of the effect of substrate quality and dopant on the GaA1As layer quality is presented. Finally, solar cell structures were formed by growing a thin p-GaA1As layer upon an epitaxial n-GaA1As layer. The energy gap corresponding to the long wavelength cutoff of the spectral response characteristic was 1.51-1.63 eV. Theoretical calculations of the spectral response were matched to the measured response.

  12. Crystal Growth, Characterization and Fabrication of Cadmium Zinc Telluride-based Nuclear Detectors

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    Krishna, Ramesh M.

    crystal homogeneity of other modern CZT growth techniques. However, information about crystals grown with this method has not been undertaken in a comprehensive way thus far. In this work, Cd0.9Zn0.1Te is grown using the solvent-growth method using zone-refined precursor materials loaded into carbon-coated quartz ampoules. Ampoules were sealed and crystal growth was performed using crystal growth furnaces built in-house at USC. Ingots 1-2" in diameter produced using the solvent-growth method were wafered, processed, and polished for characterization. Semiconductor characterization is performed on the CZT crystals to determine band gap, elemental stoichiometry, and electrical resistivity. Surface modification studies were undertaken to determine if surface leakage current can be reduced using sulfur passivation. XPS studies were used to confirm the effects of passivation on the surface states, and electrical characterization was performed to measure the effects of passivation on the CZT crystals. Deep-level and surface defect studies were conducted on the CZT samples to determine the type and intensity of defects present in the crystals which may affect detector performance. Finally, nuclear detectors were fabricated and characterized using analog and digital radiation detection systems to measure their performance and energy resolution.

  13. Characterization of the release response of alpha-quartz in the multi-Mbar regime for use as an impedance match standard

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    Knudson, Marcus; Desjarlias, Michael

    2013-06-01

    Alpha-quartz has been used prolifically in recent years as an impedance match standard in the multi-Mbar regime. This is due to the fact that above about 90 GPa quartz becomes reflective, and thus shock velocities can be measured to high precision using velocity interferometry. This property allows for high precision measurements, however, the accuracy of such measurements depends upon the knowledge of both the Hugoniot and the release or re-shock response of alpha-quartz. In previous work, we accurately determined the Hugoniot response of alpha-quartz through numerous plate-impact Hugoniot experiments on the Sandia Z machine. Here we present the results of several adiabatic release measurements of alpha-quartz over the range of 2-10 Mbar using 110 and 200 mg/cc silica aerogels, and full density polymethylpentene (commonly known as TPX). These data were used to determine a simple method to perform impedance matching calculations without the need to appeal to any tabular equation of state for quartz. The method also allows for propagation of all uncertainty, including the random measurement uncertainty and the uncertainty of the Hugoniot and release response of alpha-quartz. This model and several examples of its use will be discussed. Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Company, for the US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under Contract No. DE-ACO4-94AL85000.

  14. Molecular-beam heteroepitaxial growth and characterization of wide-band-gap semiconductor films and devices

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    Piquette, Eric Charles

    The thesis consists of two parts. Part I describes work on the molecular beam epitaxial (MBE) growth of GaN, AlN, and AlxGa 1-xN alloys, as well as efforts in the initial technical development and demonstration of nitride-based high power electronic devices. The major issues pertaining to MBE growth are discussed, including special requirements of the growth system, substrates, film nucleation, n - and p-type doping, and the dependence of film quality on growth parameters. The GaN films were characterized by a variety of methods, including high resolution x-ray diffraction, photoluminescence, and Hall effect measurement. It is found that the film polarity and extended defect density as well as quality of photoluminescence and electrical transport properties depend crucially on how the nitride layer is nucleated on the substrate and how the subsequent film surface morphology evolves, which can be controlled by the growth conditions. A technique is proposed and demonstrated that utilizes the control of morphology evolution to reduce defect density and improve the structural quality of MBE GaN films. In addition to growth, the design and processing of high voltage GaN Schottky diodes is presented, as well as an experimental study of sputter-deposited ohmic and rectifying metal contacts to GaN. Simple models for high power devices, based on materials properties such as minority carrier diffusion length and critical electric breakdown field, are used to estimate the voltage standoff capability, current carrying capacity, and maximum operating frequency of unipolar and bipolar GaN power devices. The materials and transport properties of GaN pertinent to high power device design were measured experimentally. High voltage Schottky rectifiers were fabricated which verify the impressive electric breakdown field of GaN (2--5 MV/cm). Electron beam induced current (EBIC) experiments were also conducted to measure the minority carrier diffusion length for both electrons and

  15. Characterization of defects and evaluation of material quality of low temperature epitaxial growth

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    Das, Hrishikesh

    A novel process for low-temperature (LT) epitaxial growth of silicon carbide (SiC) by replacing the growth precursor propane with chloro-methane was recently developed at Mississippi State University. However, only limited information was available about the defects and impurity incorporation in the various types of epitaxial layers produced by this new method like blanket epitaxial layers, selectively grown epitaxial mesas, and highly doped epitaxial layers, prior to their comprehensive characterization in this work. Molten potassium hydroxide (KOH) etching, mechanical polishing and a variety of other characterizing techniques were used to delineate and identify the defects both in the epilayer and substrates. Under optimum growth conditions, the concentration of defects in the epitaxial layers was found to be less than that in the substrate, which established the good quality of the LT growth process. Defect concentrations, on selectively grown epitaxial layers, strongly depended on the crystallographic orientation of the mesa sidewall. The addition of HCl to the growth process, aimed at increasing the growth rate, caused a significant concentration of triangular defects (TDs) to be formed in the epitaxial layers. The TDs were traced down to the substrate by a combination of repeated polishing and molten KOH etching steps. The TDs were found not to originate from any substrate defects. Their origin was traced to polycrystalline silicon islands which form on the surface during growth and subsequently get evaporated away, which had made it impossible to detect them and suspect their influence on the TD generation prior to this work. The TDs were found to include single or multiple stacking faults bound by partial dislocations and, in some cases, inclusions of other SiC polytypes. Gradual degradation of the epitaxial morphology was found in heavily aluminum doped p+ layers, with an increase in the level of doping, followed by much steeper degradation when

  16. Characterization of growth inhibition of oral bacteria by sophorolipid using a microplate-format assay.

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    Solaiman, Daniel K Y; Ashby, Richard D; Uknalis, Joseph

    2017-05-01

    Sophorolipid (SL) is a class of glycolipid biosurfactant produced by yeast and has potent antimicrobial activity against many microorganisms. In this paper, a microplate-based method was developed to characterize the growth inhibition by SL on five representative species of caries-causing oral bacteria. Bacterial growth on microplate in the absence and presence of varying concentrations of SL was continuously monitored by recording the absorbance at 600nm of the cultures using a microplate reader. The results showed that SL completely inhibited the growth of the Lactobacilli at ≥1mg/ml and the Streptococci at much lower concentrations of ≥50μg/ml. More importantly, we further defined the mechanism of antimicrobial activity of SL by analyzing the pattern of the cell growth curves. SL at sublethal concentrations (<1mg/ml) is bactericidal towards the Lactobacilli; it lengthens the apparent cell-doubling time (Td) and decreases the final cell density (as indicated by A600nm) in a concentration-dependent manner. Against the oral Streptococci, on the other hand, SL at sublethal concentrations (<50μg/ml) is bacteriostatic; it delays the onset of cell growth in a concentration-dependent fashion, but once the cell growth is commenced there is no noticeable adverse effect on Td and the final A600nm. Scanning electron microscopic (SEM) study of L. acidophilus grown in sublethal concentration of SL reveals extensive structural damage to the cells. S. mutans grown in sublethal level of SL did not show morphological damage to the cells, but numerous protruding structures could be seen on the cell surface. At the respective lethal levels of SL, L. acidophilus cells were lysed (at 1mg/ml SL) and the cell surface structure of S. mutans (at 130μg/ml SL) was extensively deformed. In summary, this paper presents the first report on a detailed analysis of the effects of SL on Lactobacilli and Streptococci important to oral health and hygiene.

  17. Planar Gallium arsenide nanowire arrays for nanoelectronics: Controlled growth, doping, characterization, and devices

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    Dowdy, Ryan Stewart

    without the need for vertical nanowire processes or nanowire transferring. Devices are characterized and results are presented with discussion. The next steps for the future of planar nanowires are presented with initial results highlighting future applications and issues that must be solved. Chapter 1 is an introduction to the history of Vapor-Liquid-Solid nanowires, and as well as a brief overview of the accomplishments of the field and highlighting unsolved issues. Chapter 2 introduces the planar nanowire and discusses the motivation behind researching planar nanowires as a potential solution to the fundamental problems with vertical VLS nanowires. Chapter 3 gives a short background into VLS nanowire growth and properties, introduction to MOCVD growth and reactor design, and material properties of GaAs, the semiconductor material of interest in this dissertation. Chapter 4 presents the experimental details of planar GaAs nanowire growth on various substrates and the concept of projection theory to determined planar nanowire growth direction, as well as intrinsic growth phenomena. Chapter 5 delves into the doping of planar nanowires, both n-type and p-type. The morphological changes and perturbations to planar nanowire that are caused by p-type dopants are discussed. Chapter 6 demonstrates electrical devices such as MESFETS, inverting amplifiers and p-n diodes fabricated using planar GaAs nanowires as the active structure. Devices performance and metrics are discussed in this chapter. Chapter 7 outlines several future directions for planar nanowires and presents initial results in a variety of areas such as potential devices, modeling opportunities and fundamental issues that need to be solved.

  18. ZnO:HCl single crystals: Thermodynamic analysis of CVT system, feature of growth and characterization

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    Colibaba, G. V.

    2016-06-01

    The full thermodynamic analysis of using HCl as a chemical vapor transport (CVT) agent (TA) for ZnO single crystals growth in closed growth chambers, including 16 chemical species, is carried out for wide temperature and loaded TA pressure ranges. The influence of the growth temperature, of the TA density and of the undercooling on the rate of ZnO mass transport was investigated theoretically and experimentally. It is shown that the mass transport is diffusion-limited at about 1050 °C, and it is limited by kinetics of the CVT reaction at lower temperatures. It is experimentally shown that using HCl favors obtaining void-free n-ZnO crystals with controllable electrical parameters, it reduces the effect of adhesiveness to the walls of the growth chamber. The characterization by the photoluminescence spectra, the transmission spectra and the electrical properties in the wide temperature range allowed analyzing energy spectra of Cl-containing stable defects in ZnO and electrical activity of Cl donors. Some methods of activation energy correction for Cl-containing centers are discussed.

  19. Synthesis and Characterization of High-Purity Bismuth Nanowires via Seed-Assisted Growth Approach

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    Mu, Xin; Zhao, Wen-Yu; He, Dan-Qi; Zhou, Hong-Yu; Zhu, Wan-Ting; Zhang, Qing-Jie

    2015-06-01

    Nanowires are considered as high-performance thermoelectric materials with large Seebeck coefficients due to quantum confinement and low thermal conductivity because of enhanced boundary scattering of phonons. In this work, a seed-assisted growth method has been developed to synthesize high-purity bismuth nanowires. The bismuth seeds were first synthesized by reducing BiCl3 in the ice water with NaBH4. The high-purity bismuth nanowires about 40-50 nm in diameter and several tens of micrometers in length were then grown on bismuth seeds by reducing NaBiO3 with ethylene glycol. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy were employed to characterize the crystal structure, microstructure, and growth direction of the bismuth seeds and nanowires. The effects of temperature, reductant, and bismuth seeds template on the microstructures of the bismuth nanowires were also investigated. The synthesis conditions of bismuth seeds and nanowires were optimized. The selected area electron diffraction pattern confirms that the growth direction of bismuth nanowires is parallel to [] direction. It was discovered that high-purity bismuth nanowires with high aspect ratio can be synthesized by precisely controlling the temperature to adjust the nucleation rate of the bismuth nuclei, selecting the appropriate reductant to maintain a low nucleation rate, and using bismuth seeds as the template of the epitaxial growth of the bismuth nuclei.

  20. Dynamic Characterization of Dendrite Deposition and Growth in Li-Surface by Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy

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    Hernandez-Maya, R; Rosas, O; Saunders, J; Castaneda, H

    2015-01-13

    The evolution of dendrite formation is characterized by DC and AC electrochemical techniques. Interfacial mechanisms for lithium deposition are described and quantified by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) between a lithium electrode and a graphite electrode. The initiation and growth of dendrites in the lithium surface due to the cathodic polarization conditions following anodic dissolution emulate long term cycling process occurring in the lithium electrodes. The dendrite initiation at the lithium/organic electrolyte interface is proposed to be performed through a combination of layering and interfacial reactions during different cathodic conditions. The growth is proposed to be performed by surface geometrical deposition. In this work, we use EIS in galvanostatic mode to assess the initiation and growth stages of dendrites by the accumulation of precipitates formed under different current conditions. The lithium/organic solvent experimental system using frequency domain techniques is validated by the theoretical approach using a deterministic model that accounts for the faradaic processes at the interface assuming a coverage fraction of the electrodic surface affected by the dendritic growth. (C) 2015 The Electrochemical Society. All rights reserved.

  1. Isolation and characterization of plant growth promoting endophytic diazotrophic bacteria from Korean rice cultivars.

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    Ji, Sang Hye; Gururani, Mayank Anand; Chun, Se-Chul

    2014-01-20

    We have isolated 576 endophytic bacteria from the leaves, stems, and roots of 10 rice cultivars and identified 12 of them as diazotrophic bacteria using a specific primer set of nif gene. Through 16S rDNA sequence analysis, nifH genes were confirmed in the two species of Penibacillus, three species of Microbacterium, three Bacillus species, and four species of Klebsiella. Rice seeds treated with these plant growth-promoting bacteria (PGPB) showed improved plant growth, increased height and dry weight and antagonistic effects against fungal pathogens. In addition, auxin and siderophore producing ability, and phosphate solubilizing activity were studied for the possible mechanisms of plant growth promotion. Among 12 isolates tested, 10 strains have shown higher auxin producing activity, 6 isolates were confirmed as strains with high siderophore producing activity while 4 isolates turned out to have high phosphate-solubilizing activity. These results strongly suggest that the endophytic diazotrophic bacteria characterized in this study could be successfully used to promote plant growth and inducing fungal resistance in plants.

  2. Characterizing the growth to detonation in PETN and HNS with small-scale PDV cutback experiments

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    Wixom, Ryan; Yarrington, Cole; Knepper, Robert; Tappan, Alexander; Olles, Joseph; Zelenok, Matthew; A-Team

    2015-06-01

    For many decades, cutback experiments have been used to characterize the equation of state and growth to steady detonation in explosive formulations. More recently, embedded gauges have been used to capture the growth to steady detonation in gas-gun impacted samples. Data resulting from these experiments are extremely valuable for parameterizing equation of state and reaction models used in hydrocode simulations. Due to the extremely fast growth to detonation in typical detonator explosives, cutback and embedded gauge experiments are extremely difficult, if not impossible. Using frequency shifted photonic Doppler velocimetry (PDV) we have measured particle velocity histories from explosive films impacted with electrically driven flyers. By varying the sample thickness and impact conditions we were able to capture the growth from inert shock to full detonation pressure within distances as short as 100 μm. These data were used to assess and improve burn-model parameterization and equations of state for simulating shock initiation. Additionally, we discuss details of the experiment and data analysis regarding the most accurate possible determination of the velocity spike.

  3. Controllable growth and characterizations of hybrid spiral-like atomically thin molybdenum disulfide

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    Hao, Song; Yang, Bingchu; Gao, Yongli

    2016-10-01

    Monolayer MoS2 is an emerging two-dimensional semiconductor with wide-ranging potential applications in novel electronic and optoelectronic devices. Here, we reported controlled vapor phase growth of hybrid spiral-like MoS2 crystals investigated by multiple means of X-Ray photoemission spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, kelvin probe force microscopy, Raman and Photoluminescence techniques. Morphological characterizations reveal an intriguing hybrid spiral-like MoS2 feature whose lower planes are AB Bernal stacking and upper structure is spiral. We ascribe the hybrid spiral-like structure to a screw dislocation drive growth mechanism owing to lower supersaturation and layer-by-layer growth mode. In addition, the electrostatic properties of MoS2 microflakes with hybrid spiral structures are obvious inhomogeneous and dependent on morphology manifested by kelvin probe force microscopy. Our work deepens the understanding of growth mechanisms of CVD-grown MoS2, which is also adoptable to other TMDC materials.

  4. The Incompatibility of Living Systems: Characterizing Growth-Induced Incompatibilities in Expanded Skin.

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    Tepole, Adrian Buganza; Gart, Michael; Purnell, Chad A; Gosain, Arun K; Kuhl, Ellen

    2016-05-01

    Skin expansion is a common surgical technique to correct large cutaneous defects. Selecting a successful expansion protocol is solely based on the experience and personal preference of the operating surgeon. Skin expansion could be improved by predictive computational simulations. Towards this goal, we model skin expansion using the continuum framework of finite growth. This approach crucially relies on the concept of incompatible configurations. However, aside from the classical opening angle experiment, our current understanding of growth-induced incompatibilities remains rather vague. Here we visualize and characterize incompatibilities in living systems using skin expansion in a porcine model: We implanted and inflated two expanders, crescent, and spherical, and filled them to 225 cc throughout a period of 21 days. To quantify the residual strains developed during this period, we excised the expanded skin patches and subdivided them into smaller pieces. Skin growth averaged 1.17 times the original area for the spherical and 1.10 for the crescent expander, and displayed significant regional variations. When subdivided into smaller pieces, the grown skin patches retracted heterogeneously and confirmed the existence of incompatibilities. Understanding skin growth through mechanical stretch will allow surgeons to improve-and ultimately personalize-preoperative treatment planning in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

  5. Synthesis and Characterization of High-Purity Tellurium Nanowires via Self-seed-Assisted Growth Approach

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    Li, Ying; Zhao, Wen-yu; Mu, Xin; Liu, Xing; He, Dan-qi; Zhu, Wan-ting; Zhang, Qing-jie

    2016-03-01

    Nanowires have attracted intense attention in recent years due to their novel physical properties. In this work, we prepare high-purity tellurium nanowires through the self-seed-assisted growth method previously developed by us. The tellurium seeds were firstly synthesized by reducing Na2TeO3 in the ice water with NaBH4. The high-purity tellurium nanowires with a diameter of 40-50 nm and a length of several tens of micrometers were then grown on tellurium seeds by reducing Na2TeO3 with hydrazine hydrate. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy were employed to characterize the crystal structure, microstructure, and growth direction of tellurium seeds and nanowires. The effects of temperature, time, surfactant and tellurium seeds on microstructures of tellurium nanowires has also been investigated. The synthesis conditions of tellurium seeds and nanowires was optimized. The selected area electron diffraction pattern confirms that the growth direction of tellurium nanowires is parallel to [0001] direction. It was discovered that high-purity tellurium nanowires with high aspect ratio can be synthesized by precisely controlling the temperature to adjust the nucleation rate of the tellurium nuclei, selecting the appropriate surfactant to induce the coordination along the macromolecular chain, and using tellurium seeds as the templates of the epitaxial growth of tellurium nuclei.

  6. Synchrotron characterization of nanograined UO2 grain growth

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    Mo, Kun; Miao, Yinbin; Yun, Di; Jamison, Laura M.; Lian, Jie; Yao, Tiankei

    2015-09-30

    This activity is supported by the US Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) Fuels Product Line (FPL) and aims at providing experimental data for the validation of the mesoscale simulation code MARMOT. MARMOT is a mesoscale multiphysics code that predicts the coevolution of microstructure and properties within reactor fuel during its lifetime in the reactor. It is an important component of the Moose-Bison-Marmot (MBM) code suite that has been developed by Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to enable next generation fuel performance modeling capability as part of the NEAMS Program FPL. In order to ensure the accuracy of the microstructure based materials models being developed within the MARMOT code, extensive validation efforts must be carried out. In this report, we summarize our preliminary synchrotron radiation experiments at APS to determine the grain size of nanograin UO2. The methodology and experimental setup developed in this experiment can directly apply to the proposed in-situ grain growth measurements. The investigation of the grain growth kinetics was conducted based on isothermal annealing and grain growth characterization as functions of duration and temperature. The kinetic parameters such as activation energy for grain growth for UO2 with different stoichiometry are obtained and compared with molecular dynamics (MD) simulations.

  7. Supplying materials needed for grain growth characterizations of nano-grained UO2

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    Mo, Kun; Miao, Yinbin; Yun, Di; Jamison, Laura M.; Lian, Jie; Yao, Tiankei

    2015-09-30

    This activity is supported by the US Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) Fuels Product Line (FPL) and aims at providing experimental data for the validation of the mesoscale simulation code MARMOT. MARMOT is a mesoscale multiphysics code that predicts the coevolution of microstructure and properties within reactor fuel during its lifetime in the reactor. It is an important component of the Moose-Bison-Marmot (MBM) code suite that has been developed by Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to enable next generation fuel performance modeling capability as part of the NEAMS Program FPL. In order to ensure the accuracy of the microstructure based materials models being developed within the MARMOT code, extensive validation efforts must be carried out. In this report, we summarize our preliminary synchrotron radiation experiments at APS to determine the grain size of nanograin UO2. The methodology and experimental setup developed in this experiment can directly apply to the proposed in-situ grain growth measurements. The investigation of the grain growth kinetics was conducted based on isothermal annealing and grain growth characterization as functions of duration and temperature. The kinetic parameters such as activation energy for grain growth for UO2 with different stoichiometry are obtained and compared with molecular dynamics (MD) simulations.

  8. Evaluation of Delamination Onset and Growth Characterization Methods under Mode I Fatigue Loading

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    Murri, Gretchen B.

    2013-01-01

    Double-cantilevered beam specimens of IM7/8552 graphite/epoxy from two different manufacturers were tested in static and fatigue to compare the material characterization data and to evaluate a proposed ASTM standard for generating Paris Law equations for delamination growth. Static results were used to generate compliance calibration constants for reducing the fatigue data, and a delamination resistance curve, GIR, for each material. Specimens were tested in fatigue at different initial cyclic GImax levels to determine a delamination onset curve and the delamination growth rate. The delamination onset curve equations were similar for the two sources. Delamination growth rate was calculated by plotting da/dN versus GImax on a log-log scale and fitting a Paris Law. Two different data reduction methods were used to calculate da/dN. To determine the effects of fiber-bridging, growth results were normalized by the delamination resistance curves. Paris Law exponents decreased by 31% to 37% after normalizing the data. Visual data records from the fatigue tests were used to calculate individual compliance constants from the fatigue data. The resulting da/dN versus GImax plots showed improved repeatability for each source, compared to using averaged static data. The Paris Law expressions for the two sources showed the closest agreement using the individually fit compliance data.

  9. Characterization of debond growth mechanism in adhesively bonded composites under mode II static and fatigue loadings

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    Mall, S.; Kochhar, N. K.

    1988-01-01

    An experimental investigation of adhesively bonded composite joint was conducted to characterize the debond growth mechanism under mode II static and fatigue loadings. For this purpose, end-notched flexure specimens of graphite/epoxy (T300/5208) adherends bonded with EC 3445 adhesive were tested. In all specimen tested, the fatigue failure occurred in the form of cyclic debonding. The present study confirmed the result of previous studies that total strain-energy-release rate is the driving parameter for cyclic debonding. Further, the debond growth resistance under cyclic loading with full shear reversal (i.e., stress ratio, R = -1) is drastically reduced in comparison to the case when subjected to cyclic shear loading with no shear reversal (i.e., R = 0.1).

  10. Growth process and characterization of magnetic semiconductors based on GeMn alloy films

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    Pinto, N.; Morresi, L.; Murri, R.; D'Orazio, F.; Lucari, F.; Passacantando, M.; Picozzi, P.

    2004-05-01

    The growth mechanism of thin Ge1-xMnx/Ge(100) diluted magnetic semiconductor films have been studied by reflection high energy electron diffraction (RHEED) technique and correlated to the structural and magnetic properties of the films provided by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and magneto-optical Kerr effect (MOKE), respectively. The RHEED analysis evidenced a transition from a bi-dimensional to a three-dimensional growth mechanism at deposition temperature, TG, lower than 433 K while XRD characterization showed a polycrystalline structure with Ge grain size depending on TG. At low TG (343 K) all the Ge1-xMnx films behaved superparamagnetically, while at TG = 433 K hysteresis loops were observed, with a maximum Curie temperature of 250 K, for 0.027 < x < 0.044.

  11. Biotechnological Production of Docosahexaenoic Acid Using Aurantiochytrium limacinum: Carbon Sources Comparison And Growth Characterization

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    Abad, Sergi; Turon, Xavier

    2015-01-01

    Aurantiochytrium limacinum, a marine heterotrophic protist/microalga has shown interesting yields of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) when cultured with different carbon sources: glucose, pure and crude glycerol. A complete study in a lab-scale fermenter allowed for the characterization and comparison of the growth kinetic parameters corresponding to each carbon source. Artificial Marine Medium (AMM) with glucose, pure and crude glycerol offered similar biomass yields. The net growth rates (0.10–0.12 h−1), biomass (0.7–0.8 g cells/g Substrate) and product (0.14–0.15 g DHA/g cells) yields, as well as DHA productivity were similar using the three carbon sources. Viable potential applications to valorize crude glycerol are envisioned to avoid an environmental problem due to the excess of byproduct. PMID:26690180

  12. Growth and characterization of WSe2 single crystals using TeCl4 as transport agent

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    Bougouma, Moussa; Nisol, Bernard; Doneux, Thomas; Guel, Boubié; Segato, Tiriana; Reniers, François; Delplancke-Ogletree, Marie-Paule; Legma, Jean B.; Buess-Herman, Claudine

    2016-11-01

    The growth of WSe2 single crystals, using TeCl4 as transport agent was performed successfully from slowly cooled polycrystalline powders as precursors. The resulting single crystals were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and their surfaces examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) presented fewer defects than single crystals prepared from air-quenched polycrystalline powders. Energy Dispersive X-ray microanalysis (EDX), inductively coupled plasma (ICP) spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) revealed that the single crystals are homogeneous and stoichiometric. Electrical conductivity and photocurrent measurements have confirmed the semiconducting character of the single crystals and a photocurrent of 75 mA cm-2 has been reached. In addition, single crystals with areas in the 25-100 mm2 range can be obtained under the reported growth conditions.

  13. Characterizing the snorkeling respiration and growth of Shewanella decolorationis S12.

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    Yang, Yonggang; Guo, Jun; Sun, Guoping; Xu, Meiying

    2013-01-01

    Microbial electrochemical snorkel (MES) reactor is a simplified bioreactor based on microbial fuel cells (MFCs) and has been suggested to be a promising approach to solve many environmental problems. However, the microbial processes in MES reactors have not yet been characterized. This study shows that Shewanella decolorationis S12 can use the conductive snorkel as direct electron acceptor for respiration and growth. Similar with current-generating biofilms, cellular viability in MES biofilms decreased with the distance from snorkel. MES reactors showed more rapid cell growth and substrate consumption than MFCs. Although the biomass density of MES biofilm was higher than that of anode biofilms, the current-generating capacity and electrochemical activity of MES biofilm were lower, which could be attributed to the lower cytochrome c expression in MES biofilm caused by the higher redox potential of MES. These microbiological and electrochemical properties are essential for the further development of MES reactors.

  14. Characterization of CdS nanoparticles during their growth in paraffin hot-matrix

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    Yordanov, Georgi G.; Adachi, Eiki; Dushkin, Ceco D. . E-mail: nhtd@wmail.chem.uni-sofia.bg

    2007-03-15

    This paper describes the optical and structural properties of CdS nanoparticles during their growth in paraffin hot-matrix containing stearic acid ligand. The nanocrystalline species are characterized with absorbance and photoluminescence spectroscopy, fluorescence microscopy, High-Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The nanoparticles size-distribution, Stokes shift and mean molar concentration are derived from the optical spectra as functions of time. Their time evolution confirms a two-stage nanocrystal growth for CdS. The stability of aggregates of stearate-coated nanoparticles, tested against UV-illumination, shows that the band-edge emission is more sensitive to photo bleaching than the trap-state emission. The obtained new quantitative results are important for the large-scale manufacturing of CdS nanoparticles and their practical applications.

  15. Emulsifier production by steroid transforming filamentous fungus Curvularia lunata. Growth and product characterization.

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    Paraszkiewicz, Katarzyna; Kanwal, Anita; Długonski, Jerzy

    2002-01-18

    Curvularia lunata IM 2901, the filamentous fungus used for hydrocortisone manufacture, was found to be able to produce an extracellular emulsifying agent on water-soluble compounds with a yield of 2.6 g l(-1). Cell-free culture broth containing the examined agent caused the formation of stable emulsions with hydrophobic compounds of natural and xenobiotic origin. Vegetable and mineral oils were the best substrates for emulsification. Kinetics of surfactant biosynthesis was classified as a mixed growth-associated and non-growth-associated type. The crude emulsifier was isolated from culture fluid by acetone precipitation. Preliminary chemical characterization showed that the studied bioemulsifier contained 34.0% C, 5.7% H, 1.8% N, 0.15% S and was a complex of protein (25%) and polysaccharide (48%). Sugar component was identified as a polymer of D-glucose.

  16. Variations in concentrations of the major endometrial secretory proteins (placental protein 14 and insulin-like growth factor binding protein-1) in assisted conception regimes.

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    Arthur, I D; Anthony, F W; Chard, T; Masson, G M; Thomas, E J

    1995-03-01

    We have previously shown that placental protein 14 (PP14) concentrations were depressed in two pregnancies that followed down-regulation of the anterior pituitary and exogenous hormone support prior to a frozen-thawed embryo transfer. We now report on a more comprehensive series of pregnancies following this form of treatment, in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and natural cycle frozen-thawed embryo transfer. Serum specimens were analysed for PP14 and insulin-like growth factor binding protein-1 12 days after embryo transfer and at 7 weeks gestation. At 12 days after embryo transfer, the mean serum PP14 concentrations in the IVF and natural cycle were significantly higher in those who conceived than those who did not (82 versus 23 and 107 versus 39 micrograms/l respectively, P < 0.001). Although the mean PP14 concentration in the hormone-supported pregnant patients was higher than in the non-pregnant patients, this had not reached statistical significance 12 days after embryo transfer (49 versus 31 micrograms/l). By 7 weeks gestation the PP14 concentrations in the hormone-supported pregnant patients were significantly higher than in the non-pregnant patients (152 versus 31 micrograms/l, P < 0.001). However, the PP14 concentrations for hormone-supported pregnant patients were significantly lower (P < 0.001) than those for pregnant IVF or natural cycle patients at 7 weeks gestation (152, 777 and 660 micrograms/l respectively). The PP14 concentrations in the pregnant patients, although lower than those in IVF and natural cycle pregnancies, were higher than those previously reported in ovarian failure and Turner's syndrome ovum donation cycles.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  17. A Novel Method for Characterizing Fatigue Delamination Growth Under Mode I Using the Double Cantilever Beam Specimen

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    Carvalho, Nelson; Murri, G.

    2014-01-01

    A novel method is proposed to obtain Mode I delamination growth rate from a Double Cantilever Beam (DCB) specimen. In the proposed method, Unidirectional (UD) DCB specimens are tested in fatigue at different initial maximum energy release rates levels. The growth rate data obtained in the first increments of crack growth at each maximum energy release rate level are used to generate a Paris Law equation, which characterizes delamination growth rate without fiber-bridging, and can also be used to determine a delamination onset curve. The remaining delamination growth rate data from each test are used to determine a modified Paris law, which characterizes the delamination growth rate in a DCB specimen, explicitly accounting for fiber-bridging. The proposed expression captures well the scatter in experimental data obtained using the DCB specimens, suggesting its adequacy. The Paris Law characterizing delamination growth rate without fiber-bridging predicts higher delamination growth rates for the same maximum energy release rate applied, leading to a conservative estimate for delamination growth. This is particularly relevant, since in generic ply interfaces, fiber-bridging is less predominant than in UD DCB specimens. Failing to account for fiber-bridging in UD DCB specimens may underestimate the delamination growth rate, yielding non-conservative predictions.

  18. Characterization of drop aerodynamic fragmentation in the bag and sheet-thinning regimes by crossed-beam, two-view, digital in-line holography

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    Guildenbecher, Daniel R.; Gao, Jian; Chen, Jun; ...

    2017-04-19

    When a spherical liquid drop is subjected to a step change in relative gas velocity, aerodynamic forces lead to drop deformation and possible breakup into a number of secondary fragments. In order to investigate this flow, a digital in-line holography (DIH) diagnostic is proposed which enables rapid quantification of spatial statistics with limited experimental repetition. To overcome the high uncertainty in the depth direction experienced in previous applications of DIH, a crossed-beam, two-view configuration is introduced. With appropriate calibration, this diagnostic is shown to provide accurate quantification of fragment sizes, three-dimensional positions and three-component velocities in a large measurement volume.more » We apply these capabilities in order to investigate the aerodynamic breakup of drops at two non-dimensional Weber numbers, We, corresponding to the bag (We = 14) and sheet-thinning (We = 55) regimes. Ensemble average results show the evolution of fragment size and velocity statistics during the course of breakup. Our results indicate that mean fragment sizes increase throughout the course of breakup. For the bag breakup case, the evolution of a multi-mode fragment size probability density is observed. This is attributed to separate fragmentation mechanisms for the bag and rim structures. In contrast, for the sheet-thinning case, the fragment size probability density shows only one distinct peak indicating a single fragmentation mechanism. Compared to previous related investigations of this flow, many orders of magnitude more fragments are measured per condition, resulting in a significant improvement in data fidelity. For this reason, this experimental dataset is likely to provide new opportunities for detailed validation of analytic and computational models of this flow.« less

  19. Characterization of performance reference compound kinetics and analyte sampling rate corrections under three flow regimes using nylon organic chemical integrative samplers.

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    Morrison, Shane A; Belden, Jason B

    2016-09-30

    Performance reference compounds (PRCs) can be spiked into passive samplers prior to deployment. If the dissipation kinetics of PRCs from the sampler corresponds to analyte accumulation kinetics, then PRCs can be used to estimate in-situ sampling rates, which may vary depending on environmental conditions. Under controlled laboratory conditions, the effectiveness of PRC corrections on prediction accuracy of water concentrations were evaluated using nylon organic chemical integrative samplers (NOCIS). Results from PRC calibrations suggest that PRC elimination occurs faster under higher flow conditions; however, minimal differences were observed for PRC elimination between fast flow (9.3cm/s) and slow flow (5.0cm/s) conditions. Moreover, minimal differences were observed for PRC elimination from Dowex Optipore L-493; therefore, PRC corrections did not improve results for NOCIS configurations containing Dowex Optipore L-493. Regardless, results suggest that PRC corrections were beneficial for NOCIS configurations containing Oasis HLB; however, due to differences in flow dependencies of analyte sampling rates and PRC elimination rates across the investigated flow regimes, the use of multiple PRC corrections was necessary. As such, a "Best-Fit PRC" approach was utilized for Oasis HLB corrections using caffeine-(13)C3, DIA-d5, or no correction based on the relative flow dependencies of analytes and these PRCs. Although PRC corrections reduced the variability when in-situ conditions differed from laboratory calibrations (e.g. static versus moderate flow), applying PRC corrections under similar flow conditions increases variability in estimated values. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Low temperature growth and electrical characterization of insulators for GaAs MISFETS

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    Borrego, J. M.; Ghandhi, S. K.

    1981-01-01

    Progress in the low temperature growth of oxides and layers on GaAs and the detailed electrical characterization of these oxides is reported. A plasma anodization system was designed, assembled, and put into operation. A measurement system was assembled for determining capacitance and conductance as a function of gate voltage for frequencies in the range from 1 Hz to 1 MHz. Initial measurements were carried out in Si-SiO2 capacitors in order to test the system and in GaAs MIS capacitors abricated using liquid anodization.

  1. Seeded Physical Vapor Transport of Cadmium-Zinc Telluride Crystals: Growth and Characterization

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    Palosz, W.; George, M. A.; Collins, E. E.; Chen, K.-T.; Zhang, Y.; Burger, A.

    1997-01-01

    Crystals of Cd(1-x)Zn(x)Te with x = 0.2 and 40 g in weight were grown on monocrystalline cadmium-zinc telluride seeds by closed-ampoule physical vapor transport with or without excess (Cd + Zn) in the vapor phase. Two post-growth cool-down rates were used. The crystals were characterized using low temperature photoluminescence, atomic force microscopy, chemical etching, X-ray diffraction and electrical measurements. No formation of a second, ZnTe-rich phase was observed.

  2. Growth and characterization of an adduct 4-aminobenzoic acid with nicotinic acid

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    Anandhi, S.; Rajalakshmi, M.; Shyju, T. S.; Gopalakrishnan, R.

    2011-03-01

    Synthesis, crystal growth of an adduct 2:1 4-aminobenzoic acid-nicotinic acid (AMN) and characterization are reported. The crystallographic data of the title compound are obtained from single crystal X-ray diffraction technique. The optical absorbance spectrum from 200 to 2250 nm shows the cutoff occurs at 490 nm. Thermal analysis carried out reveals the melting point and thermal stability of the grown crystal. Dielectric studies were carried out at different temperatures and frequencies. Vicker's microhardness test was performed to analyze the mechanical strength of the grown specimen. The grown features were analyzed by chemical etching.

  3. Characterization of the growth processes and magnetic properties of thin ferromagnetic cobalt films on Cu(100)

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    De Miguel, J. J.; Cebollada, A.; Gallego, J. M.; Ferrer, S.; Miranda, R.; Schneider, C. M.; Bressler, P.; Garbe, J.; Bethke, K.; Kirschner, J.

    1989-04-01

    The growth of thin films of fcc cobalt on Cu(100) has been characterized with medium energy electron diffraction (MEED) and thermal energy atom scattering (TEAS) in order to prepare films of reproducible structural perfection, interdiffusion profile and atomic concentration. The magnetic properties of thin films are shown to be strongly affected by these — usually difficult to control — parameters providing a clue to the possible origin of contradictory reports in this field. In particular, for carefully grown films, a clear thickness dependence of the Curie temperature, not previously reported for this system, has been found.

  4. Characterization of biofilm growth and biocide susceptibility testing of Mycobacterium phlei using the MBEC assay system.

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    Bardouniotis, E; Huddleston, W; Ceri, H; Olson, M E

    2001-09-25

    The importance of non-tuberculosis mycobacterial biofilm species in medicine, industry and the environment has recently gained attention. Our objectives were to characterize biofilm growth of Mycobacterium phlei M4, as a model of rapidly growing mycobacteria using the minimal biofilm eradication concentration (MBEC) and to compare biocide susceptibility of planktonic and biofilm organisms. Scanning electron microscopy was also carried out to observe biofilm morphology. With the exception of Sporicidin and Virkon the minimum bactericidal concentration values for all biocides tested were lower than the MBEC values. The MBEC assay system was seen to produce multiple and reproducible biofilms of M. phlei and to be a useful tool for susceptibility studies.

  5. Semiconductor nanowires for future electronics: Growth, characterization, device fabrication, and integration

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    Dayeh, Shadi A.

    This dissertation concerns with fundamental aspects of organo-metallic vapor phase epitaxy (OMVPE) of III-V semiconductor nanowires (NWs), and their structural and electrical properties inferred from a variety of device schemes. An historical perspective on the NW growth techniques and mechanisms, and an overview of demonstrated NW devices and their performance is summarized in chapter 1. In part I of the dissertation, OMVPE synthesis of InAs NWs on SiO 2/Si and InAs (111)B surfaces is discussed and their growth mechanism is resolved. Nucleation, evolution, and the role of Au nanoparticles in the growth of InAs NWs on SiO2/Si surfaces are presented in chapter 2. Our results indicate that In droplets can lead to InAs NW growth and that Au nanoparticles are necessary for efficient AsH3 pyrolysis. Chapter 3 discusses the key thermodynamic and kinetic processes that contribute to the InAs NW growth on InAs (111)B surfaces. Controversy in the interpretation of III-V NW growth is overviewed. Experimental evidence on the nucleation of InAs NWs from In droplets as well as the catalytic effect of Au nanoparticles on the InAs (111)B surfaces are described. NW cessation at high growth temperatures or at increased input molar V/III ratios is explained via a switch-over from vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) NW growth to vapor-solid thin film growth, in contrast to previous interpretation of vapor-solid-solid growth of III-V NWs. The substrate-NW adatom exchange is also treated, and experimental distinction of two NW growth regimes depending on this exchange is demonstrated for the first time. Our results indicate that when growing extremely uniform InAs NWs, solid-phase diffusion of In adatoms on the NW sidewalls is the dominant material incorporation process with surface diffusion lengths of ˜ 1 mum. This understanding was further utilized for the growth of axial and radial InAs-InP heterostructure NWs. Polymorphism in III-V NW crystal structure is also discussed and growth

  6. Growth and characterization of cubic SiC single-crystal films on Si

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    Powell, J. Anthony; Matus, L. G.; Kuczmarski, Maria A.

    1987-01-01

    Morphological and electrical characterization results are presented for cubic SiC films grown by chemical vapor deposition on single-crystal Si substrates. The films, up to 40 microns thick, were characterized by optical microscopy, (SEM), (TEM), electron channeling, surface profilometry, and Hall measurements. A variety of morphological features observed on the SiC films are described. Electrical measurements showed a decrease in the electron mobility with increasing electron carrier concentration, similar to that observed in Si. Room-temperature electron mobilities up to 520 sq cm/V-s (at an electron carrier concentration of 5 x 10 to the 16th/cu cm) were measured. Finally, a number of parameters believed to be important in the growth process were investigated, and some discussion is given of their possible effects on the film characteristics.

  7. Growth and characterization of cubic SiC single-crystal films on Si

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    Powell, J. Anthony; Matus, L. G.; Kuczmarski, Maria A.

    1987-01-01

    Morphological and electrical characterization results are presented for cubic SiC films grown by chemical vapor deposition on single-crystal Si substrates. The films, up to 40 microns thick, were characterized by optical microscopy, (SEM), (TEM), electron channeling, surface profilometry, and Hall measurements. A variety of morphological features observed on the SiC films are described. Electrical measurements showed a decrease in the electron mobility with increasing electron carrier concentration, similar to that observed in Si. Room-temperature electron mobilities up to 520 sq cm/V-s (at an electron carrier concentration of 5 x 10 to the 16th/cu cm) were measured. Finally, a number of parameters believed to be important in the growth process were investigated, and some discussion is given of their possible effects on the film characteristics.

  8. Growth and Characterization of Multisegment Chalcogenide Alloy Nanostructures for Photonic Applications in a Wide Spectral Range

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    Turkdogan, Sunay

    In this dissertation, I described my research on the growth and characterization of various nanostructures, such as nanowires, nanobelts and nanosheets, of different semiconductors in a Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) system. In the first part of my research, I selected chalcogenides (such as CdS and CdSe) for a comprehensive study in growing two-segment axial nanowires and radial nanobelts/sheets using the ternary CdSxSe1-x alloys. I demonstrated simultaneous red (from CdSe-rich) and green (from CdS-rich) light emission from a single monolithic heterostructure with a maximum wavelength separation of 160 nm. I also demonstrated the first simultaneous two-color lasing from a single nanosheet heterostructure with a wavelength separation of 91 nm under sufficiently strong pumping power. In the second part, I considered several combinations of source materials with different growth methods in order to extend the spectral coverage of previously demonstrated structures towards shorter wavelengths to achieve full-color emissions. I achieved this with the growth of multisegment heterostructure nanosheets (MSHNs), using ZnS and CdSe chalcogenides, via our novel growth method. By utilizing this method, I demonstrated the first growth of ZnCdSSe MSHNs with an overall lattice mismatch of 6.6%, emitting red, green and blue light simultaneously, in a single furnace run using a simple CVD system. The key to this growth method is the dual ion exchange process which converts nanosheets rich in CdSe to nanosheets rich in ZnS, demonstrated for the first time in this work. Tri-chromatic white light emission with different correlated color temperature values was achieved under different growth conditions. We demonstrated multicolor (191 nm total wavelength separation) laser from a single monolithic semiconductor nanostructure for the first time. Due to the difficulties associated with growing semiconductor materials of differing composition on a given substrate using traditional planar

  9. Effects of clustered transmission on epidemic growth Comment on "Mathematical models to characterize early epidemic growth: A review" by Gerardo Chowell et al.

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    Merler, Stefano

    2016-09-01

    Characterizing the early growth profile of an epidemic outbreak is key for predicting the likely trajectory of the number of cases and for designing adequate control measures. Epidemic profiles characterized by exponential growth have been widely observed in the past and a grounding theoretical framework for the analysis of infectious disease dynamics was provided by the pioneering work of Kermack and McKendrick [1]. In particular, exponential growth stems from the assumption that pathogens spread in homogeneous mixing populations; that is, individuals of the population mix uniformly and randomly with each other. However, this assumption was readily recognized as highly questionable [2], and sub-exponential profiles of epidemic growth have been observed in a number of epidemic outbreaks, including HIV/AIDS, foot-and-mouth disease, measles and, more recently, Ebola [3,4].

  10. Growth and Characterization of Single Crystal Ga2O3 Nanowires and Nano-Ribbons for Sensing Applications

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    2005-01-01

    Growth and characterization of single crystal Ga2O3 nanowires and nano-ribbons for sensing applications. S.M. Prokes, W.E. Carlos and O.J...Glembocki US Naval Research Laboratory 4555 Overlook Ave. SW Washington DC 20375 Keywords: Ga2O3 nanowires, nano-ribbons, VLS growth, Raman...spectroscopy, electron spin resonance, sensing. ABSTRACT The growth of monoclinic Ga2O3 nanowires, nano-ribbons and nano-sheets has been

  11. Influence of three lighting regimes during ten weeks growth phase on laying performance, plasma levels- and tissue specific gene expression- of reproductive hormones in Pengxian yellow pullets.

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    Han, Shunshun; Wang, Yan; Liu, Lingyan; Li, Diyan; Liu, Zihao; Shen, Xiaoxu; Xu, Hengyong; Zhao, Xiaoling; Zhu, Qing; Yin, Huadong

    2017-01-01

    percent (hen day) peak egg production (75.38%) in pullets in this G1 group that was attained at 32 weeks of age, while the peak production of 71.24% was attained at 30 weeks of age in G3 group. There was no effect of lighting schedule on body weight of pullets, recorded during experimental period, at all occasions; belonging to three groups (G1,G2 and G3) and receiving varying hours of photo-stimulation (P>0.05). It was inferred that the optimum lighting schedule for Chinese native breed Pengxian yellow pullets during 10 weeks of pre-pubertal growth period is short hours of photo-stimulation (i.e 8L:16D).

  12. Growth and characterization of high proficient second order nonlinear optical material: L-Valinium Picrate

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    Saravanan, M.; Abraham Rajasekar, S.

    2016-02-01

    High-quality translucent solitary crystals of L-Valinium Picrate (LVAP) were lucratively grown by a conventional solution growth method and unidirectional growth technique of Sankaranarayanan-Ramasamy. The as grown organic LVAP crystal belongs to monoclinic crystal system with noncentrosymmetric space group P21. The seed crystal acquired by conventional solution growth method was slash along the (0 1 0) direction and consequently employed for unidirectional growth. A bulky extent single crystal was fully fledged by slow cooling procedure with facilitate of solubility data. The unit cell parameters were resolved from single crystal X-ray diffraction studies. The grown crystals by both conventional solution growth (SEST) and SR methods were subjected to assorted characterization processes such as HRXRD, UV-Vis, dielectric, Hardness and Laser damage threshold studies to investigate the properties. The etching and high resolution X-ray diffraction studies designate that the unidirectional grown LVAP crystal encompass good crystalline excellence and lesser amount of imperfections. The UV-Visible study reveals the ocular excellence of the SR grown LVAP crystal is superior to SEST grown crystal. The laser damage threshold of SEST and SR grown LVAP crystals has been examined and SR grown LVAP crystal boast higher damage threshold than the conventional method grown crystal. Microhardness measurements at dissimilar temperatures show that crystals fully fledged by SR method contain elevated mechanical steadiness than the crystals grown by SEST method. Dielectric dispersion is soaring in SR grown crystal compared to SEST grown LVAP crystal. The piezoelectric nature and the relative Second Harmonic Generation (for various particle sizes) of the material were also studied.

  13. Cloning and characterization of chicken growth hormone binding protein (cGHBP).

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    Lau, J S; Yip, C W; Law, K M; Leung, F C

    2007-07-01

    Growth hormone (GH) is indispensable for the growth of animals and its biological activity is mediated by binding to the growth hormone receptor (GHR) [Harvey S, Scanes CG, Daughaday WH. Growth hormone. Boca Raton: CRC Press; 1995]. GHR is a transmembrane protein responsible for signal transduction upon GH binding. GH also binds to the growth hormone binding protein (GHBP) which is the soluble form of GHR extracellular domain existing in circulation. Actions of GHBP include prolongation of GH bioavailability and prevention of GH signaling system from over-stimulation. To date, little is known about the mechanisms generating the chicken GHBP (cGHBP). Elucidating the genomic structure of cGHR will provide insights into such underlying mechanisms. Using polymerase chain reaction and library screening methods, we have characterized the genomic organization of chicken GHR (cGHR). The full-length coding region of the cGHR transcript is composed of eight exons (exons 2-10), lacking a human homolog exon 3 and spans at least 71 kb on the genome. A novel transcript of size 1.2kb was isolated from chicken liver total RNA using 5' and 3' rapid cDNA ends amplification (RACE). It was generated by utilizing a previously unknown polyadenylation signal located at the intron 6. Semi-quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction showed that this transcript is widely expressed in a variety of tissues. This transcript has an open reading frame comprising 203 amino acids. In vitro binding assay using ELISA demonstrated that Escherichia coli expressed recombinant protein encoded by this transcript was able to bind with chicken GH. Hence, this transcript is a potential candidate for cGHBP.

  14. The Growth and Characterization of the Bismuth Strontium-Calcium 2212 Superconductor

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    Moulton, Linda Vidale

    A miniaturized float zone technique, sometimes referred to as the Laser-heated Pedestal Growth (LHPG) method, was used to produce high quality crystals of the incongruently melting rm Bi_2Sr_2CaCu _2O_{8+delta} (2212) superconductor. The main focus of this research was to (1) produce superconducting samples having different compositions, (2) identify the melt compositions and growth temperatures which produced these samples, and (3) determine the variation of their superconducting transition temperature (T _{rm C}) with composition and processing conditions. The rm Bi_2(Sr,Ca) _3Cu_2O_{8+delta} crystallization experiments were supplemented by a series of similar experiments on the incongruently melting compound rm Ca_3Al_2O_6. The phase equilibria in the CaO-rm Al_2O _3 system has been thoroughly studied, and by analyzing the float-zone growth of this simpler and better-characterized material, it was verified that phase equilibria information and solidification behavior could be extracted from and explained by these solidification experiments. Two different types of nonplanar, crystal/melt interface morphologies were observed in the rm Ca_3Al_2O_6 experiments. Each reflected the influence of the phase equilibria in the CaO-rm Al_2O_3 system and component segregation in the melt. The molten zone compositions were found to approach those predicted by the CaO-rm Al_2O_3 phase diagram as the growth rate decreased, in accordance with the Burton-Prim Slichter relationship. Excellent agreement was obtained between actual phases found to coexist at the rm Ca_3Al_2O_6 /melt interface and the predictions of classical crystal growth theory. Based on the results of the rm Ca _3Al_2O_6 crystallization study, the crystal/melt equilibria in the far more complex rm Bi_2O_3-SrO-CaO-CuO system was evaluated by determining the phases formed during the superconductor growth experiments. The melt compositions were found to be rm Bi_2O_3 -rich and SrO-poor relative to the compositions

  15. Atmospheric weather regimes over tropical South America

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    Connors, Vickie S.; Garstang, Michael; Nolf, Scott R.

    1991-01-01

    Infrared radiance measurements by the GOES-6 satellite during April 1986 through April 1987 were used to characterize and identify distinct regimes of persistent large-scale cloudiness patterns over the Amazon Basin. It is suggested that the energetics of the tropical troposphere over the Amazon Basin can be directly related to the GOES large-scale cloudiness patterns. The geometry and persistence of the cloud patterns are influenced by shifts in general circulation features and are likely modulated by 4- to 5-day and 40- to 60-day waves. Diurnal forcing effects are more pronounced during weather regimes characterized by prominently clear skies over land areas.

  16. Molecular Characterization of Growth Hormone-producing Tumors in the GC Rat Model of Acromegaly

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    Martín-Rodríguez, Juan F.; Muñoz-Bravo, Jose L.; Ibañez-Costa, Alejandro; Fernandez-Maza, Laura; Balcerzyk, Marcin; Leal-Campanario, Rocío; Luque, Raúl M.; Castaño, Justo P.; Venegas-Moreno, Eva; Soto-Moreno, Alfonso; Leal-Cerro, Alfonso; Cano, David A.

    2015-01-01

    Acromegaly is a disorder resulting from excessive production of growth hormone (GH) and consequent increase of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-I), most frequently caused by pituitary adenomas. Elevated GH and IGF-I levels results in wide range of somatic, cardiovascular, endocrine, metabolic, and gastrointestinal morbidities. Subcutaneous implantation of the GH-secreting GC cell line in rats leads to the formation of tumors. GC tumor-bearing rats develop characteristics that resemble human acromegaly including gigantism and visceromegaly. However, GC tumors remain poorly characterized at a molecular level. In the present work, we report a detailed histological and molecular characterization of GC tumors using immunohistochemistry, molecular biology and imaging techniques. GC tumors display histopathological and molecular features of human GH-producing tumors, including hormone production, cell architecture, senescence activation and alterations in cell cycle gene expression. Furthermore, GC tumors cells displayed sensitivity to somatostatin analogues, drugs that are currently used in the treatment of human GH-producing adenomas, thus supporting the GC tumor model as a translational tool to evaluate therapeutic agents. The information obtained would help to maximize the usefulness of the GC rat model for research and preclinical studies in GH-secreting tumors. PMID:26549306

  17. Molecular Characterization of Growth Hormone-producing Tumors in the GC Rat Model of Acromegaly.

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    Martín-Rodríguez, Juan F; Muñoz-Bravo, Jose L; Ibañez-Costa, Alejandro; Fernandez-Maza, Laura; Balcerzyk, Marcin; Leal-Campanario, Rocío; Luque, Raúl M; Castaño, Justo P; Venegas-Moreno, Eva; Soto-Moreno, Alfonso; Leal-Cerro, Alfonso; Cano, David A

    2015-11-09

    Acromegaly is a disorder resulting from excessive production of growth hormone (GH) and consequent increase of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-I), most frequently caused by pituitary adenomas. Elevated GH and IGF-I levels results in wide range of somatic, cardiovascular, endocrine, metabolic, and gastrointestinal morbidities. Subcutaneous implantation of the GH-secreting GC cell line in rats leads to the formation of tumors. GC tumor-bearing rats develop characteristics that resemble human acromegaly including gigantism and visceromegaly. However, GC tumors remain poorly characterized at a molecular level. In the present work, we report a detailed histological and molecular characterization of GC tumors using immunohistochemistry, molecular biology and imaging techniques. GC tumors display histopathological and molecular features of human GH-producing tumors, including hormone production, cell architecture, senescence activation and alterations in cell cycle gene expression. Furthermore, GC tumors cells displayed sensitivity to somatostatin analogues, drugs that are currently used in the treatment of human GH-producing adenomas, thus supporting the GC tumor model as a translational tool to evaluate therapeutic agents. The information obtained would help to maximize the usefulness of the GC rat model for research and preclinical studies in GH-secreting tumors.

  18. Arctic circulation regimes

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    Proshutinsky, Andrey; Dukhovskoy, Dmitry; Timmermans, Mary-Louise; Krishfield, Richard; Bamber, Jonathan L.

    2015-01-01

    Between 1948 and 1996, mean annual environmental parameters in the Arctic experienced a well-pronounced decadal variability with two basic circulation patterns: cyclonic and anticyclonic alternating at 5 to 7 year intervals. During cyclonic regimes, low sea-level atmospheric pressure (SLP) dominated over the Arctic Ocean driving sea ice and the upper ocean counterclockwise; the Arctic atmosphere was relatively warm and humid, and freshwater flux from the Arctic Ocean towards the subarctic seas was intensified. By contrast, during anticylonic circulation regimes, high SLP dominated driving sea ice and the upper ocean clockwise. Meanwhile, the atmosphere was cold and dry and the freshwater flux from the Arctic to the subarctic seas was reduced. Since 1997, however, the Arctic system has been under the influence of an anticyclonic circulation regime (17 years) with a set of environmental parameters that are atypical for this regime. We discuss a hypothesis explaining the causes and mechanisms regulating the intensity and duration of Arctic circulation regimes, and speculate how changes in freshwater fluxes from the Arctic Ocean and Greenland impact environmental conditions and interrupt their decadal variability. PMID:26347536

  19. Arctic circulation regimes.

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    Proshutinsky, Andrey; Dukhovskoy, Dmitry; Timmermans, Mary-Louise; Krishfield, Richard; Bamber, Jonathan L

    2015-10-13

    Between 1948 and 1996, mean annual environmental parameters in the Arctic experienced a well-pronounced decadal variability with two basic circulation patterns: cyclonic and anticyclonic alternating at 5 to 7 year intervals. During cyclonic regimes, low sea-level atmospheric pressure (SLP) dominated over the Arctic Ocean driving sea ice and the upper ocean counterclockwise; the Arctic atmosphere was relatively warm and humid, and freshwater flux from the Arctic Ocean towards the subarctic seas was intensified. By contrast, during anticylonic circulation regimes, high SLP dominated driving sea ice and the upper ocean clockwise. Meanwhile, the atmosphere was cold and dry and the freshwater flux from the Arctic to the subarctic seas was reduced. Since 1997, however, the Arctic system has been under the influence of an anticyclonic circulation regime (17 years) with a set of environmental parameters that are atypical for this regime. We discuss a hypothesis explaining the causes and mechanisms regulating the intensity and duration of Arctic circulation regimes, and speculate how changes in freshwater fluxes from the Arctic Ocean and Greenland impact environmental conditions and interrupt their decadal variability. © 2015 The Authors.

  20. Epitaxial growth and characterization of II-VI-semiconductor, one-dimensional nanostructures and thin films

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    Zhu, Zuoming

    In this thesis, I present the results of three material science studies on II-VI semiconductor nanostructures and thin films: (1) epitaxial growth and characterization of one-dimensional ZnO nanostructures, (2) crystal structure and self-assembly of ultrathin ZnO nanorods, and (3) investigations of surface chemistry for atomic layer epitaxy of ZnS thin film on silicon with chemical precursors. First, in Chapter 3, I present a comparative study of metal-surface-catalyzed growth of ZnO nanowires using four different metal catalysts and using substrates of differing materials and crystal orientation. Multiple material diagnostics were employed to compare the material, structural, and optical properties of the nanowires grown using these different surface systems. My study showed that the growth modes of nanowires are dependent on the choice of surface catalysts. Further, the study revealed that these differences in growth modes are also closely related to the differences in materials properties of these wires including the degree of nanowire alignment on substrates, and the atomic composition ratio of Zn/O, as well as the relative intensity of the oxygen vacancy-related emission in photoluminescence spectra. Second, in Chapter 4, I investigated the growth and self-assembly of ultrathin ZnO nanorods using a combination of small-angle and wide-angle synchrotron X-ray diffraction (SAXRD and WAXRD), and TEM. SAXRD and TEM were used to investigate nanorod self-assembly and the influence of surfactant/precursor ratio on self-assembly; WAXRD were used to study the effects of growth chemistry and physical parameters on the nanorod size and lattice constants. These measurements revealed that these rods self-assemble into periodic superstructures and that the surfactant ligands are important in controlling self-assembly. WAXRD results suggest that surface-dependent changes, such as the binding of surface ligands or other adsorbed species may dominate the changes in nanorod

  1. In vitro crystallization, characterization and growth-inhibition study of urinary type struvite crystals

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    Chauhan, Chetan K.; Joshi, Mihir J.

    2013-01-01

    The formation of urinary stones, known as nephrolithiasis or urolithiasis, is a serious, debilitating problem throughout the world. Struvite—NH4MgPO4·6H2O, ammonium magnesium phosphate hexahydrate, is one of the components of urinary stones (calculi). Struvite crystals with different morphologies were grown by in vitro single diffusion gel growth technique with different growth parameters. The crystals were characterized by powder XRD, FT-IR, thermal analysis and dielectric study. The powder XRD results of struvite confirmed the orthorhombic crystal structure. The FT-IR spectrum proved the presence of water of hydration, metal-oxygen bond, N-H bond and P-O bond. For thermal analysis TGA, DTA and DSC were carried out simultaneously. The kinetic and thermodynamic parameters of dehydration/decomposition process were calculated. Vickers micro-hardness and related mechanical parameters were also calculated. The in vitro growth inhibition studies of struvite by the juice of Citrus medica Linn as well as the herbal extracts of Commiphora wightii, Boerhaavia diffusa Linn and Rotula aquatica Lour were carried out and found potent inhibitors of struvite.

  2. Characterization of the loss of the dislocation-free growth during Czochralski silicon pulling

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    Lanterne, Adeline; Gaspar, Guilherme; Hu, Yu; Øvrelid, Eivind; Di Sabatino, Marisa

    2017-01-01

    The loss of the dislocation-free growth (structure loss) during Czochralski (Cz) silicon pulling can have a strong negative impact on the production yield of the Cz photovoltaic industry. As almost no publication has been dedicated to this phenomenon in the past, this paper aims at investigate in detail the loss of the dislocation-free growth and its origin by characterizing an industrial-scale n-type Cz silicon ingot exhibiting such issue. After the occurrence of a perturbation, generation and propagation of slip dislocations in the already grown crystal have been observed. These dislocations, generated over the whole ingot cross-section, propagate with the solidification front during further growth. Additional small perturbations seem then to be responsible for their multiplication together with the transition to a multicrystalline structure. Investigations were conducted to find the perturbation causing the structure loss in the ingot. A pinhole, small gas bubble of 0.5 mm diameter, was identified as the main cause for the generation of dislocations.

  3. Characterization of FGF family growth factors concerning branching morphogenesis of mouse lung epithelium.

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    Goto, Asami; Yamazaki, Naohiro; Nogawa, Hiroyuki

    2014-05-01

    Mouse lung rudiments express eight members of fibroblast growth factor (FGF) family genes from embryonic day 10 (E10) to E13. Some of these are expressed in either the epithelium or mesenchyme, while others are expressed in both. Incorporating the results of our previous study, we characterized the branch-inducing activities of all of FGFs expressed in the early lung rudiment. Of these, FGF1, FGF2, FGF7, FGF9 and FGF10 induced branching morphogenesis in Matrigel-embedded E11 epithelium, and their effective concentrations varied (10 nM, 10 nM, 3 nM, 1 nM, and 100 nM, respectively). Whereas shaking culture dishes containing medium supplemented with FGF7 or FGF10 showed reduced branching morphogenesis, those supplemented with FGF1, FGF2, or FGF9 did not, suggesting the involvement of autocrine growth factor(s) in branching morphogenesis induced by FGF7 or FGF10. In the presence of heparin, a well-known activator of FGF signaling, cystic morphology with lumen expansion was observed in cultures containing FGF1, FGF7, or FGF10, but growth arrest was observed in cultures containing FGF2 or FGF9. These results indicate that several paracrine and autocrine FGFs function during branching morphogenesis of lung epithelium.

  4. Development and characterization of zone melt growth GaAs for gamma-ray detectors

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    King, S.E.; Dietrich, H.B.; Henry, R.L.; Katzer, D.S.; Moore, W.J.; Phillips, G.W.; Mania, R.C.

    1996-06-01

    GaAs is a potentially attractive material for room temperature x-ray and {gamma}-ray spectrometers. To date, the only high resolution GaAs devices were produced by epitaxial growth. The usefulness of detectors made from bulk grown semi-insulating (SI) GaAs has been limited by low charge collection efficiency caused, it is believed, by the high density of EL2 deep donor defects. Vertical zone melt (VZM) growth of GaAs has recently been developed at the Naval Research Laboratory. Zone refining and zone leveling techniques were used with VZM to reduce the level of impurities and the EL2 defects in bulk SI-GaAs. Schottky barrier and PIN diodes have been fabricated from the newly grown material. These devices were characterized using {alpha} particles and {gamma}-rays. In this paper, the measurements and analysis of the first VZM GaAs devices are presented and compared with commercially available GaAs. The intent is to test the hypothesis that high purity, low defect GaAs material growth could lead to improved radiation detectors.

  5. Growth, structural and optical characterization of MBE {ZnCdSe}/{ZnSe} quantum wells

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    Reisinger, T.; Lankes, S.; Kastner, M. J.; Rosenauer, A.; Franzen, F.; Meier, M.; Gebhardt, W.

    1996-02-01

    {ZnCdSe}/{ZnSe} quantum wells (QW) were grown with molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) on GaAs(001) substrates cleaned with hydrogen plasma. Reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED) was used for in-situ growth control of the QW structures. A quantitative evaluation of the RHEED oscillations yields an exact value of the growth rate. Furthermore, in comparing the growth rate of the barrier and the well a reasonable estimate of the Cd content is possible. The in-situ RHEED measurements were supplemented by ex-situ HRXRD and HRTEM investigations. The latter method was found to be especially useful to evaluate the Cd-concentration profile of the QWs by digital analysis of lattice images (DALI). X-ray rocking curves of MQWs were recorded which show well-resolved satellite peaks. A comparison with simulations based on dynamical diffraction theory yields the structural parameters such as well width, barrier width and composition of the QWs. The XRD and TEM results are compared with the parameters determined by RHEED. In addition, we performed photoluminescence (PL) and photoluminescence excitation (PLE) spectroscopy for optical characterization of the samples. The PLE spectra show an interference pattern which is explained by standing polariton waves.

  6. Growth

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    John R. Jones; George A. Schier

    1985-01-01

    This chapter considers aspen growth as a process, and discusses some characteristics of the growth and development of trees and stands. For the most part, factors affecting growth are discussed elsewhere, particularly in the GENETICS AND VARIATION chapter and in chapters in PART 11. ECOLOGY. Aspen growth as it relates to wood production is examined in the WOOD RESOURCE...

  7. Population Growth and Characterization of Plant Injuries of Steneotarsonemus spinki Smiley (Acari: Tarsonemidae) on Rice.

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    Jaimez-Ruiz, I A; Otero-Colina, G; Valdovinos-Ponce, G; Villanueva-Jiménez, J A; Vera-Graziano, J

    2015-06-01

    Rice is attacked by Steneotarsonemus spinki Smiley, a mite that has dispersed throughout many countries causing important loss on rice production. Rice plants of the variety Morelos A-92 were infested with S. spinki, and its population growth was estimated along plant development. Further, the morphological and histological injuries associated to the mite attack were characterized. The highest infestation level was obtained 13 weeks after plant infestation, with an average of 58.5 mites per plant, predominantly females. Morphological injuries were categorized from level 0 (no injuries from uninfested plants) to level 3, characterized by the highest injuries represented by blotches on the adaxial epidermis of the leaf sheath and on panicles and grains. Plants ranked within levels 0, 1, and 2 for morphological injury did not exhibit clear histological injuries, while those at level 3 exhibited histological injury characterized by destruction of cells of the adaxial epidermis, disorder, color change, and hypertrophy in the mesophyll cells, as well as color change in the abaxial epidermis. Thus, it presented a significant correlation between morphological injuries and mite density level, which can be further adopted to help the control decision-making process for this mite on rice.

  8. Molecular characterization and expression analysis of mouse epidermal growth factor-like domain 8.

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    Song, Ik-Jin; Ikram, Muhammad; Subhan, Fazli; Choi, Da-Jeong; Lee, Ja-Rang; Kim, Heui-Soo; Lim, Young-Tak; Yoon, Sik

    2015-08-01

    Epidermal growth factor (EGF)-like (EGFL) domain, a common structural module in numerous secreted or transmembrane proteins, is generally involved in protein-protein interactions. To date, several EGFL proteins have been identified and characterized, but little is known about EGFL domain 8 (EGFL8). The present study reported the molecular characterization and expression analysis of EGFL8 in mice. Mouse EGFL8 amplified using a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction approach was sequenced and characterized. Mouse EGFL8 encodes a protein of 293 amino acids with two EGFL domains, an Emilin-like domain and a Ca(2+)-binding EGFL domain, which has a molecular mass of 32 kDa. The coding sequence has a high degree of amino acid sequence identity across species, and the EGFL domain has been highly conserved in various species during evolutionary radiation. A phylogenetic tree calculated using the neighbor-joining method revealed that EGFL8 and EGFL7 are more closely associated with each other than either is to EGFL3, and they cluster with EGFL6. It was found that mouse EGFL8 protein was highly expressed in diverse mouse tissue types, including the thymus, lymph nodes, testis, ovaries, epididymis, ductus deferens, ileum, colon, stomach, esophagus, lung, uterus, urinary bladder, skin, spleen, adrenal glands and penis. These results are of great use in understanding the biological roles of mouse EGFL8 for further study.

  9. Synthesis, growth and characterization of a new nonlinear optical crystal: glycinium hydrogen squarate (GHS).

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    Paramasivam, P; Ramachandra Raja, C

    2012-07-01

    Single crystals of glycinium hydrogen squarate (GHS) have been successfully synthesized and purity of the material has been increased by repeated recrystallization process. Single crystals were grown by slow evaporation solution growth technique using water and ethanol as solvents at room temperature. Then the grown crystal was characterized by different techniques for finding its suitability for device fabrications. The grown crystal was characterized by single crystal XRD, powder XRD, FT-IR, UV-Vis-NIR, (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, SHG and DTA/TGA analyses respectively. From the single crystal XRD diffraction, the crystal system was identified as monoclinic. The presence of functional groups were identified by FT-IR analysis. The UV transparency cut-off wavelength of the grown crystal occurs at 342nm. (1)H NMR and (13)C NMR spectroscopic studies were employed to elucidate the structure of the grown crystal. The second harmonic generation efficiency test by Kurtz-Perry technique showed positive result. The decomposition temperature of the grown crystal was studied by DTA/TGA analysis. The results observed from the characterization analyses show its suitability for NLO applications.

  10. Isolation, characterization and beneficial effects of rice associated plant growth promoting bacteria from Zanzibar soils.

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    Yasmin, Sumera; Rahman Bakar, M Abdul; Malik, Kausar A; Hafeez, Fauzia Y

    2004-01-01

    This study was undertaken to isolate and characterize plant growth promoting bacteria (PGPB) occurring in four soils of Zanzibar, Tanzania as well as to evaluate their potential use as biofertilizers for rice. A total of 12 PGPB strains were isolated from rice and studied for growth characteristics, carbon/nitrogen source utilization patterns using QTS-24 kits, phosphate solubilization, indole acetic acid (IAA) production, antibiotic resistance patterns and growth at different pH, temperature and salt concentrations. All the isolates were motile and gram negative except Z3-4. Acetylene reduction activity was detected in all isolates ranging from 5.9-76.4 nmole C2H2 reduced/h x mg protein while 9 isolates produced IAA ranged from 20-90.8 mg/l. Most of the isolates showed resistance against different environmental stresses like 10-40 degrees C temperature, 0.2-1 M salt concentration and 4-8.5 pH range. Only one isolate Z2-7 formed clear zones on Pikovskaia's medium showing its ability to solubilize phosphates. Z3-2 was used to develop fluorescent antibodies to check the cross reactivity of the isolates. Inoculation of these bacterial isolates resulted in higher plant biomass, root area, and total N and P contents on Tanzanian rice variety BKN PRAT3036B under controlled conditions. Bacillus sp. Z3-4 and Azospirillum sp. Z3-1 are effective strains and, after further testing under field conditions, can be used for inoculum production of rice in Tanzania. The plant growth promoting effects of these PGPRs suggest that these can be exploited to improve crop productivity of rice in Tanzania. Copyright 2004 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim

  11. Identifying natural flow regimes using fish communities

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    Chang, Fi-John; Tsai, Wen-Ping; Wu, Tzu-Ching; Chen, Hung-kwai; Herricks, Edwin E.

    2011-10-01

    SummaryModern water resources management has adopted natural flow regimes as reasonable targets for river restoration and conservation. The characterization of a natural flow regime begins with the development of hydrologic statistics from flow records. However, little guidance exists for defining the period of record needed for regime determination. In Taiwan, the Taiwan Eco-hydrological Indicator System (TEIS), a group of hydrologic statistics selected for fisheries relevance, is being used to evaluate ecological flows. The TEIS consists of a group of hydrologic statistics selected to characterize the relationships between flow and the life history of indigenous species. Using the TEIS and biosurvey data for Taiwan, this paper identifies the length of hydrologic record sufficient for natural flow regime characterization. To define the ecological hydrology of fish communities, this study connected hydrologic statistics to fish communities by using methods to define antecedent conditions that influence existing community composition. A moving average method was applied to TEIS statistics to reflect the effects of antecedent flow condition and a point-biserial correlation method was used to relate fisheries collections with TEIS statistics. The resulting fish species-TEIS (FISH-TEIS) hydrologic statistics matrix takes full advantage of historical flows and fisheries data. The analysis indicates that, in the watersheds analyzed, averaging TEIS statistics for the present year and 3 years prior to the sampling date, termed MA(4), is sufficient to develop a natural flow regime. This result suggests that flow regimes based on hydrologic statistics for the period of record can be replaced by regimes developed for sampled fish communities.

  12. Cloning and characterization of Pangasianodon hypophthalmus growth hormone gene and its heterologous expression.

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    Sekar, Megarajan; Singh, Shiva Dhar; Gupta, Subodh

    2014-07-01

    Pangasianodon hypophthalmus is one of the fast-growing catfish of freshwater origin, and its growth is attributed by the action of growth hormone (GH). In this study, the growth hormone gene (PhGH) of 3.0 kb was characterized, and it is composed of five exons and four introns and having characteristics of an upstream region that contains TATA, CAAT boxes, and binding sites of important transcription factors like Pit-1a, CRE, CREB, CREBP, Ap-1, SP1, and TBP. The full-length cDNA sequence of 1,069 bp was isolated using RACE technique, and it is composed of untranslated regions of 60 and 403 bp at 5' and 3', respectively, with an open reading frame of 603 bp that encodes a putative polypeptide of 200 amino acids with an estimated molecular mass of 22.57 kDa. The precursor of PhGH is composed of 22 amino acid signal peptides and 178 amino acid mature peptides. Five conserved Cys residues (Cys(71), Cys(135), Cys(173), Cys(190), and Cys(198)) and two possible sites of N-glycosylation (145th and 197th) were detected on GH polypeptide. The PhGH gene showed more than 90 % sequence similarity with other catfishes, and the phylogeny constructed revealed the close proximity of Siluriformes fishes with Cypriniformes fishes. The PhGH gene was observed to be expressed predominantly in pituitary tissues while weekly expressed in extrapituitary tissues. Further, the recombinant PhGH was expressed in Escherichia coli using His-tag expression vector pET 32(a), and the recombinant protein of ~23 kDa was confirmed by western blotting. Our findings suggest that the identified functional GH gene would provide basic information in transgenic studies aiming for faster growth rate. This recombinant growth hormone (GH) may be produced in large scale to exploit its growth-promoting function in other cultured fishes.

  13. Fundamental understanding of the growth, doping and characterization of aligned ZnO nanowires

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    Shen, Gang

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) is a II-VI semiconductor whose wide direct bandgap (3.37 eV) and large exciton binding energy (60 meV) make it compelling for optoelectronic devices such as light emitting diodes, lasers, photodetectors, solar cells, and mechanical energy harvesting devices. One dimensional structures of ZnO (nanowires) have become significant due to their unique physical properties arising from quantum confinement, and they are ideal for studying transport mechanisms in one-dimensional systems. In this doctoral research work, ZnO nanowire (NW) arrays were synthesized on sapphire substrates through carbo-thermal reduction of ZnO powders, and the effects of growth parameters on the properties of ZnO NW arrays were studied by scanning and transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, photoluminescence and Raman spectroscopy. Based on the phonon mode selection rules in wurtzite ZnO, confocal Raman spectroscopy was used to assess the alignment of ZnO NWs in an array, thereby complementing X-ray diffraction. Al doped ZnO NW arrays were achieved by mixing Al powder into the ZnO and graphite source mixture, and the presence of Al was confirmed by Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The incorporation of Al had the effects of lowering the electrical resistivity, slightly deteriorating crystal quality and suppressing defect related green emission. Two models of ZnO NW growth were developed by establishing the relationship between NW length and diameter for undoped and Al doped ZnO NWs separately. The growth of undoped ZnO NWs followed the diffusion-induced model which was characterized by thin wires being longer than thick wires, while the growth of Al doped ZnO was controlled by Gibbs-Thomson effect which was characterized by thin wires being shorter than thin wires. Local electrode atom probe analysis of ZnO NWs was carried out to study the crystal stoichiometry and Al incorporation. Undoped ZnO NWs were found to be high purity with no detectable impurities

  14. Growth and characterization of nonpolar and semipolar group-III nitrides-based heterostructures and devices

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    Chakraborty, Arpan

    Conventional state-of-the-art wurtzite nitrides based light-emitters, grown along the polar c-direction, are characterized by the presence of polarization-induced electrostatic fields in the quantum wells. These built-in fields are detrimental to the performance of optoelectronic devices. Growth of light-emitters along nonpolar and semipolar directions is an effective means to circumvent the adverse effects of polarization. This dissertation focuses on the growth and characterization of nonpolar and semipolar (Al, Ga, In)N based heterostructures and devices. Two nonpolar planes, a- and m-, and two semipolar planes, (10 11) and (1013), have been investigated in this thesis. Initially, the growth of n-type and p-type nonpolar a-plane GaN was optimized to yield cladding layers of the highest possible conductivity in the devices. Various interesting observations, e.g. low acceptor activation energy, anisotropic conductivity, etc, were made during the course of this study. In order to achieve defect reduction in planar a-plane GaN films, in-situ SiNx interlayers were used as nano-mask. The effect of SiNx interlayer on the structural and optical properties of the overgrown GaN layer was investigated. Growth of InGaN/GaN multiple-quantum wells (MQWs) along nonpolar and semipolar planes was investigated and their structural and optical properties were studied. The effect of defects on the emission properties of the MQWs has been addressed. Optical measurements revealed the absence of polarization in the MQWs. Based on the MQW optimization, light-emitting diodes were grown on nonpolar and semipolar templates and their electrical and optical properties were studied. Electroluminescence measurement confirmed the absence of built-in electric fields in the quantum well. We demonstrated the first nonpolar and semipolar light-emitting diodes with milliwatt-range output power. DC output power as high as 0.6 mW at 20 mA and pulsed output power as high as 23.5 mW at 1 A were

  15. Modeling, Growth and Characterization of III-V and Dilute Nitride Antimonide Materials and Solar Cells

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    Maros, Aymeric

    III-V multijunction solar cells have demonstrated record efficiencies with the best device currently at 46 % under concentration. Dilute nitride materials such as GaInNAsSb have been identified as a prime choice for the development of high efficiency, monolithic and lattice-matched multijunction solar cells as they can be lattice-matched to both GaAs and Ge substrates. These types of cells have demonstrated efficiencies of 44% for terrestrial concentrators, and with their upright configuration, they are a direct drop-in product for today's space and concentrator solar panels. The work presented in this dissertation has focused on the development of relatively novel dilute nitride antimonide (GaNAsSb) materials and solar cells using plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy, along with the modeling and characterization of single- and multijunction solar cells. Nitrogen-free ternary compounds such as GaInAs and GaAsSb were investigated first in order to understand their structural and optical properties prior to introducing nitrogen. The formation of extended defects and the resulting strain relaxation in these lattice-mismatched materials is investigated through extensive structural characterization. Temperature- and power-dependent photoluminescence revealed an inhomogeneous distribution of Sb in GaAsSb films, leading to carrier localization effects at low temperatures. Tuning of the growth parameters was shown to suppress these Sb-induced localized states. The introduction of nitrogen was then considered and the growth process was optimized to obtain high quality GaNAsSb films lattice-matched to GaAs. Near 1-eV single-junction GaNAsSb solar cells were produced. The best devices used a p-n heterojunction configuration and demonstrated a current density of 20.8 mA/cm2, a fill factor of 64 % and an open-circuit voltage of 0.39 V, corresponding to a bandgap-voltage offset of 0.57 V, comparable with the state-of-the-art for this type of solar cells. Post-growth annealing

  16. Cloning and characterization of the GNA11 promoter and its regulation by early growth response 1.

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    Klenke, Stefanie; Siffert, Winfried; Frey, Ulrich Hermann

    2013-11-01

    GNAQ and GNA11, encoding the G-proteins Gα(q) and Gα₁₁, are members of the Gα(q)/Gα₁₁ subfamily, which transmits signals from the cell surface to intracellular signalling cascades. The GNAQ promoter was already characterized, and regulation by the transcription factor early growth response 1 (Egr-1) was demonstrated. Interestingly, in silico analysis revealed putative Egr-1 binding sites in sequences potentially representing the GNA11 promoter. However, the GNA11 promoter has not been characterized so far. Therefore, the purpose of the study was the characterization of the GNA11 promoter and investigation of its potential regulation by Egr-1. The putative GNA11 promoter was cloned, and deletion constructs were generated. Luciferase assays were performed, and essential regulatory regions identified between nt-805/-177. In electrophoretic mobility shift assays (EMSAs), one specific Egr-1 binding site at nt-475/-445 was identified. An Egr-1 expression plasmid was generated, which evoked increased Egr-1 content in nuclear extracts and a > 2-fold increase in GNA11 promoter activity in construct nt-805/+54 (p = 0.035). Finally, real-time PCR analysis was performed, and an increased Gα₁₁ mRNA (p = 0.035) expression induced by Egr-1 was found. Here, we characterize for the first time the GNA11 promoter and its specific interaction with Egr-1. Both the GNAQ and the GNA11 promoter appear to be regulated by the same transcription factor, Egr-1, which may be a molecular mechanism leading to Gα(q)-/Gα₁₁-associated phenotypes. © 2013 Nordic Pharmacological Society. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  17. Is it growing exponentially fast? -- Impact of assuming exponential growth for characterizing and forecasting epidemics with initial near-exponential growth dynamics.

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    Chowell, Gerardo; Viboud, Cécile

    2016-10-01

    The increasing use of mathematical models for epidemic forecasting has highlighted the importance of designing models that capture the baseline transmission characteristics in order to generate reliable epidemic forecasts. Improved models for epidemic forecasting could be achieved by identifying signature features of epidemic growth, which could inform the design of models of disease spread and reveal important characteristics of the transmission process. In particular, it is often taken for granted that the early growth phase of different growth processes in nature follow early exponential growth dynamics. In the context of infectious disease spread, this assumption is often convenient to describe a transmission process with mass action kinetics using differential equations and generate analytic expressions and estimates of the reproduction number. In this article, we carry out a simulation study to illustrate the impact of incorrectly assuming an exponential-growth model to characterize the early phase (e.g., 3-5 disease generation intervals) of an infectious disease outbreak that follows near-exponential growth dynamics. Specifically, we assess the impact on: 1) goodness of fit, 2) bias on the growth parameter, and 3) the impact on short-term epidemic forecasts. Designing transmission models and statistical approaches that more flexibly capture the profile of epidemic growth could lead to enhanced model fit, improved estimates of key transmission parameters, and more realistic epidemic forecasts.

  18. Improvements to III-nitride light-emitting diodes through characterization and material growth

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    Getty, Amorette Rose Klug

    A variety of experiments were conducted to improve or aid the improvement of the efficiency of III-nitride light-emitting diodes (LEDs), which are a critical area of research for multiple applications, including high-efficiency solid state lighting. To enhance the light extraction in ultraviolet LEDs grown on SiC substrates, a distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) optimized for operation in the range from 250 to 280 nm has been developed using MBE growth techniques. The best devices had a peak reflectivity of 80% with 19.5 periods, which is acceptable for the intended application. DBR surfaces were sufficiently smooth for subsequent epitaxy of the LED device. During the course of this work, pros and cons of AlGaN growth techniques, including analog versus digital alloying, were examined. This work highlighted a need for more accurate values of the refractive index of high-Al-content AlxGa1-xNin the UV wavelength range. We present refractive index results for a wide variety of materials pertinent to the fabrication of optical III-nitride devices. Characterization was done using Variable-Angle Spectroscopic Ellipsometry. The three binary nitrides, and all three ternaries, have been characterized to a greater or lesser extent depending on material compositions available. Semi-transparent p-contact materials and other thin metals for reflecting contacts have been examined to allow optimization of deposition conditions and to allow highly accurate modeling of the behavior of light within these devices. Standard substrate materials have also been characterized for completeness and as an indicator of the accuracy of our modeling technique. We have demonstrated a new technique for estimating the internal quantum efficiency (IQE) of nitride light-emitting diodes. This method is advantageous over the standard low-temperature photoluminescence-based method of estimating IQE, as the new method is conducted under the same conditions as normal device operation. We have developed

  19. Characterization of Changes in Gluten Proteins in Low-Gliadin Transgenic Wheat Lines in Response to Application of Different Nitrogen Regimes

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    García-Molina, María Dolores; Barro, Francisco

    2017-01-01

    Gluten proteins are major determinants of the bread making quality of wheat but also of important gluten-related disorders. The gluten protein accumulation during grain filling is strongly influenced by nitrogen fertilization. We have characterized the gluten proteins in low-gliadin wheat lines as influenced by nitrogen treatments in two experiments. These transgenic lines, D783, D793, C655, D577, and E82 were obtained by using two different RNAi silencing fragments and two endosperm-specific promoters to drive the silencing fragments (d-hordein and γ-gliadin). In Experiment 1, we used three nitrogen fertilizer rates (120, 360, and 1080 mg N) added at sowing stage and combined with two sulfur rates (8 and 30 mg S); Experiment 2 included two nitrogen levels (120 and 1080 mg N), which were added according to the greatest demand per plant using split applications. The protein quantification was accomplished by Reverse-Phase High-Performance Liquid Chromatography and gluten content (ppm) determined using monoclonal antibody R5 (Competitive R5 ELISA). The results showed differences in protein accumulation between the two transgenic lines with the same silencing fragment but different promoter. Lines D793 and E82 showed low gliadin and an increment in glutenin content with increasing nitrogen. Competitive ELISA R5 showed a significant decrease in gluten content using split applications of nitrogen (Experiment 2) with 120 mg N compared to Experiment 1. In addition, line E82 ensures that variations in N fertilization will not result in increased gluten content. PMID:28289425

  20. Thermal Monitoring at Volcán de Colima, Mexico: Characterizing the Activity and Studying the Transition Between Explosive and Effusive Regimes

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    Varley, N. R.; Johnson, J.

    2005-12-01

    Volcán de Colima has significantly increased in its activity during the last few years. Explosive activity during 2005 produced pyroclastic flows which reached up to 5.44 km, distances which not been recorded since the last Plinian eruption (1913). Monitoring is being improved by the introduction of thermal, infrasound and scanning UV spectrometer systems. Seismic monitoring has been enhanced by the use of pattern recognition techniques for rapid evaluation. The techniques are being utilized to characterize and quantify both explosive and effusive activity to enable improved modelling and understand the transition between styles. Thermal imaging using an infrared camera has enabled the temporal variation in fumarole temperature to be monitored remotely. Precursory activity has been identified prior to large explosive events: swarms of low frequency (< 10 Hz) seismic events and an increase in fumarole temperatures. The distribution of the seismic events has been analysed, showing the relationship between the swarm and the magnitude of the associated explosion. Increasing temperatures reflect the uprising of the magma body and pressurization within the conduit. Explosive activity has been examined in detail, comparing the thermal characteristics of the plume with its ascent rate, gas flux, ash content and associated seismicity. The thermal evolution of some of the larger events was captured with an installed sensor. The arrival of the relatively cool pyroclastic flows was also registered. A poor correlation has been observed between certain variables, which has important implications for both numeric modelling of this type of activity and for monitoring, where seismic amplitudes are often used to quantify explosive events. Thermal monitoring during episodes of effusion enables the study of the evolution of the dome and flows, which can assist in the forecasting of collapse events. It is clear that the integration of thermal monitoring with various other geophysical

  1. Direct growth of self-crystallized graphene and graphite nanoballs with Ni vapor-assisted growth: From controllable growth to material characterization

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    Yen, Wen-Chun; Chen, Yu-Ze; Yeh, Chao-Hui; He, Jr-Hau; Chiu, Po-Wen; Chueh, Yu-Lun

    2014-01-01

    A directly self-crystallized graphene layer with transfer-free process on arbitrary insulator by Ni vapor-assisted growth at growth temperatures between 950 to 1100°C via conventional chemical vapor deposition (CVD) system was developed and demonstrated. Domain sizes of graphene were confirmed by Raman spectra from ~12 nm at growth temperature of 1000°C to ~32 nm at growth temperature of 1100°C, respectively. Furthermore, the thickness of the graphene is controllable, depending on deposition time and growth temperature. By increasing growth pressure, the growth of graphite nano-balls was preferred rather than graphene growth. The detailed formation mechanisms of graphene and graphite nanoballs were proposed and investigated in detail. Optical and electrical properties of graphene layer were measured. The direct growth of the carbon-based materials with free of the transfer process provides a promising application at nanoelectronics. PMID:24810224

  2. Direct growth of self-crystallized graphene and graphite nanoballs with Ni vapor-assisted growth: from controllable growth to material characterization.

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    Yen, Wen-Chun; Chen, Yu-Ze; Yeh, Chao-Hui; He, Jr-Hau; Chiu, Po-Wen; Chueh, Yu-Lun

    2014-05-09

    A directly self-crystallized graphene layer with transfer-free process on arbitrary insulator by Ni vapor-assisted growth at growth temperatures between 950 to 1100 °C via conventional chemical vapor deposition (CVD) system was developed and demonstrated. Domain sizes of graphene were confirmed by Raman spectra from ~12 nm at growth temperature of 1000 °C to ~32 nm at growth temperature of 1100 °C, respectively. Furthermore, the thickness of the graphene is controllable, depending on deposition time and growth temperature. By increasing growth pressure, the growth of graphite nano-balls was preferred rather than graphene growth. The detailed formation mechanisms of graphene and graphite nanoballs were proposed and investigated in detail. Optical and electrical properties of graphene layer were measured. The direct growth of the carbon-based materials with free of the transfer process provides a promising application at nanoelectronics.

  3. Regimes of Helium Burning

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    Timmes, F. X.; Niemeyer, J. C.

    2000-07-01

    The burning regimes encountered by laminar deflagrations and Zeldovich von Neumann Döring (ZND) detonations propagating through helium-rich compositions in the presence of buoyancy-driven turbulence are analyzed. Particular attention is given to models of X-ray bursts that start with a thermonuclear runaway on the surface of a neutron star and to the thin-shell helium instability of intermediate-mass stars. In the X-ray burst case, turbulent deflagrations propagating in the lateral or radial direction encounter a transition from the distributed regime to the flamelet regime at a density of ~108 g cm-3. In the radial direction, the purely laminar deflagration width is larger than the pressure scale height for densities smaller than ~106 g cm-3. Self-sustained laminar deflagrations traveling in the radial direction cannot exist below this density. Similarly, the planar ZND detonation width becomes larger than the pressure scale height at ~107 g cm-3, suggesting that steady state, self-sustained detonations cannot come into existence in the radial direction. In the thin helium shell case, turbulent deflagrations traveling in the lateral or radial direction encounter the distributed regime at densities below ~107 g cm-3 and the flamelet regime at larger densities. In the radial direction, the purely laminar deflagration width is larger than the pressure scale height for densities smaller than ~104 g cm-3, indicating that steady state laminar deflagrations cannot form below this density. The planar ZND detonation width becomes larger than the pressure scale height at ~5×104 g cm-3, suggesting that steady state, self-sustained detonations cannot come into existence in the radial direction.

  4. Regimes of Helium Burning

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    Timmes, F. X.; Niemeyer, J. C.

    2000-07-10

    The burning regimes encountered by laminar deflagrations and Zeldovich von Neumann Doering [ZND] detonations propagating through helium-rich compositions in the presence of buoyancy-driven turbulence are analyzed. Particular attention is given to models of X-ray bursts that start with a thermonuclear runaway on the surface of a neutron star and to the thin-shell helium instability of intermediate-mass stars. In the X-ray burst case, turbulent deflagrations propagating in the lateral or radial direction encounter a transition from the distributed regime to the flamelet regime at a density of {approx}108 g cm-3. In the radial direction, the purely laminar deflagration width is larger than the pressure scale height for densities smaller than {approx}106 g cm-3. Self-sustained laminar deflagrations traveling in the radial direction cannot exist below this density. Similarly, the planar ZND detonation width becomes larger than the pressure scale height at {approx}107 g cm-3, suggesting that steady state, self-sustained detonations cannot come into existence in the radial direction. In the thin helium shell case, turbulent deflagrations traveling in the lateral or radial direction encounter the distributed regime at densities below {approx}107 g cm-3 and the flamelet regime at larger densities. In the radial direction, the purely laminar deflagration width is larger than the pressure scale height for densities smaller than {approx}104 g cm-3, indicating that steady state laminar deflagrations cannot form below this density. The planar ZND detonation width becomes larger than the pressure scale height at {approx}5x10{sup 4} g cm-3, suggesting that steady state, self-sustained detonations cannot come into existence in the radial direction. (c) 2000 The American Astronomical Society.

  5. Improving Mesoscale Prediction of Shallow Convection and Cloud Regime Transitions in NRL COAMPS

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    2013-09-30

    continuum of cloud regimes from stratocumulus to trade cumulus , with particular emphasis on cloud regime transitions. OBJECTIVES Accurate prediction...of cloud -topped marine boundary layers regional forecast models is currently hindered the ability of the models to represent shallow cumulus ... cloud regime transitions, exist in between stratocumulus and trade cumulus . These cloud regimes are typically characterized by one of the following

  6. Evaluating temperature regimes for protection of brown trout

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    Armour, Carl L.

    1994-01-01

    Geographic distribution and population success of brown trout (Salmo trutta) are affected by temperature regimes. Concepts are presented for evaluating alternative temperature regimes for brown trout based on published temperature information and professional judgment. Temperature information from the literature is included for spawning runs, spawning, egg and larval development, growth, and other subjects. The objective is to aid biologists in evaluating alternative temperature regimes so as to select those that will protect and enhance environmental quality for brown trout.

  7. Characterization of epidermal growth factor receptors on plasma membranes isolated from rat gastric mucosa

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    Hori, R.; Nomura, H.; Iwakawa, S.; Okumura, K. )

    1990-06-01

    The binding of human epidermal growth factor (hEGF), beta-urogastrone, to plasma membranes isolated from rat gastric mucosa was studied to characterize gastric EGF receptors. The binding of ({sup 125}I)hEGF was temperature dependent, reversible, and saturable. A single class of binding sites for EGF with a dissociation constant of 0.42 nM and maximal binding capacity of 42 fmol/mg protein was suggested. There was little change in the binding of ({sup 125}I)hEGF upon addition of peptide hormones (secretin, insulin), antiulcer drugs (cimetidine), or an ulcer-inducing reagent (aspirin). Cross-linking of ({sup 125}I)hEGF to gastric plasma membranes with the use of disuccinimidyl suberate resulted in the labeling of a protein of 150 kDa. These results indicate the presence of EGF receptors on plasma membranes of rat gastric mucosa.

  8. Characterization of growth and lipid production by Chlorella sp. PCH90, a microalga native to Quebec.

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    Abdelaziz, Ahmed Elsayed Mohamed; Ghosh, Dipankar; Hallenbeck, Patrick C

    2014-03-01

    Microalgae are being investigated as potential candidates for biodiesel production since they can be grown without competition with food production, have an inherently fast growth rate, and can have a high lipid content under different nutrient limiting conditions. However, large scale production will best be carried out with indigenous strains, well adapted to local conditions. This study reports on the characterization of the novel microalga Chlorella sp. PCH90, isolated in Quebec. Its molecular phylogeny was established and lipid production studies as a function of the initial concentrations of nitrate, phosphate, and sodium chloride were carried out using response surface methodology. Under the appropriate conditions this microalga could produce up to 36% lipid and grew well in both synthetic medium and secondary effluent from a wastewater treatment plant at both 22 and 10°C. Thus, this strain is promising for further development as a potential biofuels producer under local climatic conditions.

  9. Synthesis, growth and characterization of L-Phenylalanine-4-nitrophenol (LPNP) single crystal

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    Rajalakshmi, M.; Indirajith, R.; Gopalakrishnan, R.

    2012-06-01

    Single crystals of L-Phenylalanine-4-nitrophenol (LPNP) were synthesis and grown by slow cooling solution growth technique. The grown crystals have been subjected to various characterization techniques such as single crystal X-ray diffraction and Powder X-ray diffraction studies to confirm the lattice parameters. Transmittance of the grown crystals was analysed and optical band gap calculated to be 1.54 eV. Thermogravimetric analysis and differential thermal analysis showed that the compound decomposes beyond 170°C. Mechanical behavior of the grown LPNP crystal was analyzed by Vicker's microhardness test. The relative second harmonic efficiency of the compound is found to be 0.3 greater than that of KDP.

  10. Real time quantitative imaging for semiconductor crystal growth, control and characterization

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    Wargo, Michael J.

    1991-01-01

    A quantitative real time image processing system has been developed which can be software-reconfigured for semiconductor processing and characterization tasks. In thermal imager mode, 2D temperature distributions of semiconductor melt surfaces (900-1600 C) can be obtained with temperature and spatial resolutions better than 0.5 C and 0.5 mm, respectively, as demonstrated by analysis of melt surface thermal distributions. Temporal and spatial image processing techniques and multitasking computational capabilities convert such thermal imaging into a multimode sensor for crystal growth control. A second configuration of the image processing engine in conjunction with bright and dark field transmission optics is used to nonintrusively determine the microdistribution of free charge carriers and submicron sized crystalline defects in semiconductors. The IR absorption characteristics of wafers are determined with 10-micron spatial resolution and, after calibration, are converted into charge carrier density.

  11. Growth and characterization of N,N-diethyl anilinium picrate (NNDEAP) single crystals

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    Subramaniyan, R.; Anandha, G. Babu; Ramasamy, P.

    2013-02-01

    Crystalline substance of N,N-diethyl anilinium picrate (NNDEAP) has been synthesized and single crystals of NNDEAP were successfully grown for the first time by the slow evaporation solution growth technique at room temperature with dimensions 14×14×10 mm3. The formation of new crystal has been confirmed by single crystal X-ray diffraction. The grown crystals were characterized by HRXRD and UV-Vis NIR transmission analysis. The third order nonlinear optical parameters (nonlinear refractive index and nonlinear absorption coefficient) were determined by the Z-scan technique. It was found to be in the order of -7.91×10-8cm2/W and -5.71×10-4cm/W.

  12. Large-scale growth and characterizations of nitrogen-doped monolayer graphene sheets.

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    Jin, Zhong; Yao, Jun; Kittrell, Carter; Tour, James M

    2011-05-24

    In-plane heteroatom substitution of graphene is a promising strategy to modify its properties. Doping with electron-donor nitrogen heteroatoms can modulate the electronic properties of graphene to produce an n-type semiconductor. Here we demonstrate the growth of monolayer nitrogen-doped graphene in centimeter-scale sheets using a chemical vapor deposition process with pyridine as the sole source of both carbon and nitrogen. High-resolution transmission microscopy and Raman mapping characterizations indicate that the nitrogen-doped graphene sheets are uniformly monolayered. The existence of nitrogen-atom substitution in the graphene planes was confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Electrical measurements show that the nitrogen-doped graphene exhibits an n-type behavior, different from pristine graphene. The preparation of large-area nitrogen-doped graphene provides a viable route to modify the properties of monolayer graphene and promote its applications in electronic devices.

  13. Real time quantitative imaging for semiconductor crystal growth, control and characterization

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    Wargo, Michael J.

    1991-01-01

    A quantitative real time image processing system has been developed which can be software-reconfigured for semiconductor processing and characterization tasks. In thermal imager mode, 2D temperature distributions of semiconductor melt surfaces (900-1600 C) can be obtained with temperature and spatial resolutions better than 0.5 C and 0.5 mm, respectively, as demonstrated by analysis of melt surface thermal distributions. Temporal and spatial image processing techniques and multitasking computational capabilities convert such thermal imaging into a multimode sensor for crystal growth control. A second configuration of the image processing engine in conjunction with bright and dark field transmission optics is used to nonintrusively determine the microdistribution of free charge carriers and submicron sized crystalline defects in semiconductors. The IR absorption characteristics of wafers are determined with 10-micron spatial resolution and, after calibration, are converted into charge carrier density.

  14. Growth and characterization of ErAs:GaBix As1-x

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    Bomberger, Cory C.; Nieto-Pescador, Jesus; Lewis, Matthew R.; Tew, Bo E.; Wang, Yuejing; Chase, D. Bruce; Gundlach, Lars; Zide, Joshua M. O.

    2016-10-01

    We explore the growth and characterization of ErAs:GaBiAs as a candidate material for terahertz generation and detection via photoconductive switches. Spectrophotometry shows that the incorporation of small amounts of bismuth causes a reduction in the band gap, making these materials compatible with fiber-coupled lasers. ErAs pins the Fermi level within the band gap, causing high dark resistance while maintaining high mobility, shown by Hall effect measurements. Finally, transient absorption (optical pump, optical probe) measurements show that the ErAs provides a carrier recombination pathway, causing short carrier lifetimes. These material properties make ErAs:GaBiAs an interesting choice for fiber-coupled photoconductive switches.

  15. Synthesis, growth and characterization of a nonlinear optical crystal: Bis l-proline hydrogen nitrate.

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    Selvaraju, K; Kirubavathi, K

    2013-11-01

    The single crystals of bis l-proline hydrogen nitrate (BLPHN) belonging to non-centrosymmetric space group were successfully grown by the slow evaporation solution growth technique. The BLPHN crystals of size 10×7×3mm(3) were obtained in 35days. Initially, the solubility tests were carried out for two solvents such as deionized water and mixed of deionized water-acetone. Among the two solvents, the solubility of BLPHN was found to be the highest in deionized water, so crystallization of BLPHN was done from its aqueous solution. As grown, crystals were characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction studies and optical transmission spectral studies. Infrared spectroscopy, thermo gravimetric analysis and differential thermal analysis measurements were performed to study the molecular vibration and thermal behavior of the grown BLPHN crystals. Nonlinear optical (NLO) behavior of BLPHN crystal was studied by Kurtz and Perry powder method. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Growth and characterization of ZnO nanostructures for UV sensor applications

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    Sood, Ashok K.; Egerton, E. James; Puri, Yash R.; Zeller, John; Manzur, Tariq; Polla, Dennis L.; Dhar, Nibir K.; Zhou, Jun; Xu, Sheng; Zhang, Su; Wang, Zhong L.; Anwar, A. F. Mehdi

    2011-02-01

    E-O Sensors are being developed for a variety of Military Systems Applications. These include UV, Visible, SWIR, MWIR and LWIR Nano Sensors. In this paper, we will discuss growth and characterization of ZnO Nanowires on a variety of substrates that include Silicon, ZnO and flexible substrates. The critical technologies being developed include ZnO nanostructures with wide band gap for UV detection for a variety of threat warning applications. We will present experimental results on the structural, electrical and optical properties of ZnO nanowire for UV detectors. Experimental results on ZnO based nanostructures demonstrate enhanced UV sensitivity and path forward for larger arrays.

  17. Growth and characterization of β-Ga2O3 crystals

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    Nikolaev, V. I.; Maslov, V.; Stepanov, S. I.; Pechnikov, A. I.; Krymov, V.; Nikitina, I. P.; Guzilova, L. I.; Bougrov, V. E.; Romanov, A. E.

    2017-01-01

    Here we report on the growth and characterization of β-Ga2O3 bulk crystals and polycrystalline layer on different substrates. Bulk β-Ga2O3 crystals were produced by free crystallisation of gallium oxide melt in sapphire crucible. Transparent single crystals measuring up to 8 mm across were obtained. Good structural quality was confirmed by x-ray diffraction rocking curve FWHM values of 46″. Young's modulus, shear modulus and hardness of the β-Ga2O3 crystals were measured by nanoindentation and Vickers microindentation techniques. Polycrystalline β-Ga2O3 films were deposited on silicon and sapphire substrates by sublimation method. It was found that structure and morphology of the films were greatly influenced by the material and orientation of the substrates. The best results were achieved on a-plane sapphire substrates where predominantly (111) oriented films were obtained.

  18. Divalent europium doped and un-doped calcium iodide scintillators: Scintillator characterization and single crystal growth

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    Boatner, L. A.; Ramey, J. O.; Kolopus, J. A.; ...

    2015-02-21

    Initially, the alkaline-earth scintillator, CaI2:Eu2+, was discovered around 1964 by Hofstadter, Odell, and Schmidt. Serious practical problems quickly arose, however, that were associated with the growth of large monolithic single crystals of this material due to its lamellar, mica-like structure. As a result of its theoretically higher light yield, CaI2:Eu2+ has the potential to exceed the excellent scintillation performance of SrI2:Eu2+. In fact, theoretical predictions for the light yield of CaI2:Eu2+ scintillators suggested that an energy resolution approaching 2% at 662 keV could be achievable. Like the early SrI2:Eu2+ scintillator, the performance of CaI2:Eu2+ scintillators has traditionally suffered due, atmore » least in part, to outdated materials synthesis, component stoichiometry/purity, and single-crystal-growth techniques. Based on our recent work on SrI2:Eu2+ scintillators in single-crystal form, we have developed new techniques that are applied here to CaI2:Eu2+ and pure CaI2 with the goal of growing large un-cracked crystals and, potentially, realizing the theoretically predicted performance of the CaI2:Eu2+ form of this material. Calcium iodide does not adhere to modern glassy carbon Bridgman crucibles - so there should be no differential thermal-contraction-induced crystal/crucible stresses on cooling that would result in crystal cracking of the lamellar structure of CaI2. Here we apply glassy carbon crucible Bridgman growth, high-purity growth-charge compounds, our molten salt processing/filtration technique, and extended vacuum-melt-pumping methods to the growth of both CaI2:Eu2+ and un-doped CaI2. Moreover, large scintillating single crystals were obtained, and detailed characterization studies of the scintillation properties of CaI2:Eu2+ and pure CaI2 single crystals are presented that include studies of the effects of plastic deformation of the crystals on the scintillator performance.« less

  19. Divalent europium doped and un-doped calcium iodide scintillators: Scintillator characterization and single crystal growth

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    Boatner, L. A.; Ramey, J. O.; Kolopus, J. A.; Neal, John S.

    2015-02-21

    Initially, the alkaline-earth scintillator, CaI2:Eu2+, was discovered around 1964 by Hofstadter, Odell, and Schmidt. Serious practical problems quickly arose, however, that were associated with the growth of large monolithic single crystals of this material due to its lamellar, mica-like structure. As a result of its theoretically higher light yield, CaI2:Eu2+ has the potential to exceed the excellent scintillation performance of SrI2:Eu2+. In fact, theoretical predictions for the light yield of CaI2:Eu2+ scintillators suggested that an energy resolution approaching 2% at 662 keV could be achievable. Like the early SrI2:Eu2+ scintillator, the performance of CaI2:Eu2+ scintillators has traditionally suffered due, at least in part, to outdated materials synthesis, component stoichiometry/purity, and single-crystal-growth techniques. Based on our recent work on SrI2:Eu2+ scintillators in single-crystal form, we have developed new techniques that are applied here to CaI2:Eu2+ and pure CaI2 with the goal of growing large un-cracked crystals and, potentially, realizing the theoretically predicted performance of the CaI2:Eu2+ form of this material. Calcium iodide does not adhere to modern glassy carbon Bridgman crucibles - so there should be no differential thermal-contraction-induced crystal/crucible stresses on cooling that would result in crystal cracking of the lamellar structure of CaI2. Here we apply glassy carbon crucible Bridgman growth, high-purity growth-charge compounds, our molten salt processing/filtration technique, and extended vacuum-melt-pumping methods to the growth of both CaI2:Eu2+ and un-doped CaI2. Moreover, large scintillating single crystals were obtained, and detailed characterization studies of the

  20. MOCVD growth and characterization of ZnO nanowire arrays for advanced ultraviolet detectors

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    Rivera, Abdiel; Zeller, John; Manzur, Tariq; Sood, Ashok; Anwar, Mehdi

    2012-10-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) provides a unique wide bandgap biocompatible material system exhibiting both semiconducting and piezoelectric properties, and is a versatile functional material that has a diverse group of growth morphologies. Bulk ZnO has a bandgap of 3.37 eV that corresponds to emissions in the solar blind ultraviolet (UV) spectral band (240-280 nm). We have grown highly ordered vertical arrays of ZnO nanowires (NWs) and nanorods using a metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) growth process on Si(111), SiO2, and sapphire substrates. The structural and optical properties of the grown vertically aligned ZnO nanostructure arrays were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and photoluminescence (PL) measurements. The unique diffraction pattern for ZnO(002) concurred with the SEM inspection indicating vertical orientation of the NWs and nanorods. UV detectors based on ZnO NWs offer high UV sensitivity and low visible sensitivity for applications such as missile plume detection and threat warning. An analytical model that can predict sensor performance with and without gain for a desired UV band of interest has also been developed that has the potential for substantial improvements in sensor performance and reduction in size for a variety of threat warning applications. In addition, testing and characterization of photomultiplier tubes (PMTs) exposed to eight individual UV LEDs having peak wavelengths ranging from 248 nm to 370 nm has been performed to provide a relative UV detection performance benchmark. Compared to PMTs, the NW arrays are expected to exhibit low noise, extended lifetimes, high quantum efficiency, and very low power requirements.

  1. ZnO nanowire growth and characterization for UV detection and imaging applications

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    Rivera, Abdiel; Mazady, M. Anas; Zeller, John; Anwar, Mehdi; Manzur, Tariq; Sood, Ashok

    2013-06-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) is a unique wide bandgap biocompatible material system exhibiting both semiconducting and piezoelectric properties that has a diverse group of growth morphologies. Bulk ZnO has a bandgap of 3.37 eV that corresponds to emissions in the ultraviolet (UV) spectral band. Highly ordered vertical arrays of ZnO nanowires (NWs) have been grown on substrates including silicon, SiO2, GaN, and sapphire using a metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) growth process. The structural and optical properties of the grown vertically aligned ZnO NW arrays were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and photoluminescence (PL) measurements. Compared to conventional UV sensors, detectors based on ZnO NWs offer high UV sensitivity and low visible sensitivity, and are expected to exhibit low noise, high quantum efficiency, extended lifetimes, and have low power requirements. The photoresponse switching properties of NW array based sensing devices have been measured with intermittent exposure to UV radiation, where the devices were found to switch between low and high conductivity states at time intervals on the order of a few seconds. Furthermore, NW based UV sensors and focal plane arrays (FPAs) show promise for imaging in the near marine boundary layer, an area extending up to about six meters above the ocean surface characterized by a relatively high degree of aerosols and turbulence. Envisioned applications for such sensors/FPAs potentially integrated into submarine photonic masts (which would maintain their effectiveness even in bright daylight conditions) include threat detection and threat warning.

  2. Sub 2 nm Particle Characterization in Systems with Aerosol Formation and Growth

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    Wang, Yang

    Aerosol science and technology enable continual advances in material synthesis and atmospheric pollutant control. Among these advances, one important frontier is characterizing the initial stages of particle formation by real time measurement of particles below 2 nm in size. Sub 2 nm particles play important roles by acting as seeds for particle growth, ultimately determining the final properties of the generated particles. Tailoring nanoparticle properties requires a thorough understanding and precise control of the particle formation processes, which in turn requires characterizing nanoparticle formation from the initial stages. The knowledge on particle formation in early stages can also be applied in quantum dot synthesis and material doping. This dissertation pursued two approaches in investigating incipient particle characterization in systems with aerosol formation and growth: (1) using a high-resolution differential mobility analyzer (DMA) to measure the size distributions of sub 2 nm particles generated from high-temperature aerosol reactors, and (2) analyzing the physical and chemical pathways of aerosol formation during combustion. Part. 1. Particle size distributions reveal important information about particle formation dynamics. DMAs are widely utilized to measure particle size distributions. However, our knowledge of the initial stages of particle formation is incomplete, due to the Brownian broadening effects in conventional DMAs. The first part of this dissertation studied the applicability of high-resolution DMAs in characterizing sub 2 nm particles generated from high-temperature aerosol reactors, including a flame aerosol reactor (FLAR) and a furnace aerosol reactor (FUAR). Comparison against a conventional DMA (Nano DMA, Model 3085, TSI Inc.) demonstrated that the increased sheath flow rates and shortened residence time indeed greatly suppressed the diffusion broadening effect in a high-resolution DMA (half mini type). The incipient particle

  3. Immanent conditions determine imminent collapses: nutrient regimes define the resilience of macroalgal communities

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    Arthur, Rohan; Alonso, David; Pagès, Jordi F.; Pessarrodona, Albert; Oliva, Silvia; Ceccherelli, Giulia; Piazzi, Luigi; Romero, Javier; Alcoverro, Teresa

    2017-01-01

    Predicting where state-changing thresholds lie can be inherently complex in ecosystems characterized by nonlinear dynamics. Unpacking the mechanisms underlying these transitions can help considerably reduce this unpredictability. We used empirical observations, field and laboratory experiments, and mathematical models to examine how differences in nutrient regimes mediate the capacity of macrophyte communities to sustain sea urchin grazing. In relatively nutrient-rich conditions, macrophyte systems were more resilient to grazing, shifting to barrens beyond 1 800 g m−2 (urchin biomass), more than twice the threshold of nutrient-poor conditions. The mechanisms driving these differences are linked to how nutrients mediate urchin foraging and algal growth: controlled experiments showed that low-nutrient regimes trigger compensatory feeding and reduce plant growth, mechanisms supported by our consumer–resource model. These mechanisms act together to halve macrophyte community resilience. Our study demonstrates that by mediating the underlying drivers, inherent conditions can strongly influence the buffer capacity of nonlinear systems. PMID:28330920

  4. Epitaxial Growth and Characterization of Iron Chalcogenide/Bismuth Chalcogenide Heterostructures

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    Flanagan, Thomas; Kandala, Abhinav; Lee, Joon Sue; Kempinger, Susan E.; Richardella, Anthony; Samarth, Nitin

    Heterostructures consisting of topological insulators (TIs) interfaced with superconductors and with ferromagnets have been predicted to give rise to phenomena of both fundamental and applied interest. With superconductors, the region of proximity-induced superconductivity should have px + ipy symmetry, and vortices in this region have been predicted to host Majorana modes, which may be useful as quantum bits. With ferromagnets, such phenomena as the topological magnetoelectric effect have been predicted. Iron chalcogenides, such as iron selenide and iron telluride, are ideal candidates for combining with TIs, since, with only minor changes to growth conditions, they can be superconducting, ferromagnetic, or antiferromagnetic. We describe the growth and characterization of heterostructures that combine thin films of the iron and bismuth chalcogenides, focusing on low temperature magnetoresistance measurements. Our measurements reveal a transient hysteretic magnetoresistance with surprisingly long relaxation times (minutes). This phenomenon appears to be a generic characteristic of all heterostructures that interface TIs with magnetic spins, albeit with structure-specific relaxation times. We discuss possible origins of this unusual phenomenon. Funded by ARO/MURI.

  5. Preparation and characterization of recombinant dolphin fish (Coryphaena hippurus) growth hormone.

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    Paduel, A; Chapnik-Cohen, N; Gertler, A; Elizur, A

    1999-08-01

    Dolphin fish (Coryphaena hippurus) growth hormone (dfGH) cDNA encoding the mature protein was cloned in a pET11a expression vector and expressed in Escherichia coli BL21 cells upon induction with isopropyl-1-thio-beta-d-galactopyranoside as an insoluble protein. The expressed protein, contained within the inclusion-body pellet, was solubilized in 4.5 M urea, refolded at pH 11.3 in the presence of catalytic amounts of cysteine, and purified to homogeneity, as evidenced by SDS-PAGE. Gel filtration on a Superdex column under nondenaturing conditions and amino-terminal analysis showed the purified protein to be monomeric methionyl-dfGH. Binding assays of the (125)I-labeled dfGH to dolphin fish liver microsomal fraction resulted in high specific binding characterized by a K(a) of 0.77 nM(-1) and a B(max) of 285 fmol/mg microsomal fraction protein. The purified dfGH was capable of stimulating proliferation of FDC-P1-B9 cells transfected with rabbit growth hormone (GH) receptor. The maximal effect of dfGH was identical to that of human GH but their respective EC(50) values were 28 nM versus 0.095 nM.

  6. Characterization of Xylanolytic Enzymes in Clostridium cellulovorans: Expression of Xylanase Activity Dependent on Growth Substrates

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    Kosugi, Akihiko; Murashima, Koichiro; Doi, Roy H.

    2001-01-01

    Xylanase activity of Clostridium cellulovorans, an anaerobic, mesophilic, cellulolytic bacterium, was characterized. Most of the activity was secreted into the growth medium when the bacterium was grown on xylan. Furthermore, when the extracellular material was separated into cellulosomal and noncellulosomal fractions, the activity was present in both fractions. Each of these fractions contained at least two major and three minor xylanase activities. In both fractions, the pattern of xylan hydrolysis products was almost identical based on thin-layer chromatography analysis. The major xylanase activities in both fractions were associated with proteins with molecular weights of about 57,000 and 47,000 according to zymogram analyses, and the minor xylanases had molecular weights ranging from 45,000 to 28,000. High α-arabinofuranosidase activity was detected exclusively in the noncellulosomal fraction. Sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis analysis revealed that cellulosomes derived from xylan-, cellobiose-, and cellulose-grown cultures had different subunit compositions. Also, when xylanase activity in the cellulosomes from the xylan-grown cultures was compared with that of cellobiose- and cellulose-grown cultures, the two major xylanases were dramatically increased in the presence of xylan. These results strongly indicated that C. cellulovorans is able to regulate the expression of xylanase activity and to vary the cellulosome composition depending on the growth substrate. PMID:11717260

  7. Waste Water Derived Electroactive Microbial Biofilms: Growth, Maintenance, and Basic Characterization

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    Gimkiewicz, Carla; Harnisch, Falk

    2013-01-01

    The growth of anodic electroactive microbial biofilms from waste water inocula in a fed-batch reactor is demonstrated using a three-electrode setup controlled by a potentiostat. Thereby the use of potentiostats allows an exact adjustment of the electrode potential and ensures reproducible microbial culturing conditions. During growth the current production is monitored using chronoamperometry (CA). Based on these data the maximum current density (jmax) and the coulombic efficiency (CE) are discussed as measures for characterization of the bioelectrocatalytic performance. Cyclic voltammetry (CV), a nondestructive, i.e. noninvasive, method, is used to study the extracellular electron transfer (EET) of electroactive bacteria. CV measurements are performed on anodic biofilm electrodes in the presence of the microbial substrate, i.e. turnover conditions, and in the absence of the substrate, i.e. nonturnover conditions, using different scan rates. Subsequently, data analysis is exemplified and fundamental thermodynamic parameters of the microbial EET are derived and explained: peak potential (Ep), peak current density (jp), formal potential (Ef) and peak separation (ΔEp). Additionally the limits of the method and the state-of the art data analysis are addressed. Thereby this video-article shall provide a guide for the basic experimental steps and the fundamental data analysis. PMID:24430581

  8. Characterization of AE from fatigue crack growth in steel bridge components

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    Mejia, Felipe; Nemati, Navid; Nanni, Antonio

    2012-04-01

    Early detection of fatigue crack-growth in steel structures is an ongoing challenge. Furthermore, characterization of the different stages of the fatigue lifecycle using NDE techniques is particularly difficult. AE systems have been shown to serve as early damage detection mechanisms in bridge structures. This technology, however, is fraught with noise problems and complex datasets that are difficult to interpret. This paper attempts to design and implement a data mining scheme that can classify raw AE datasets into discrete clusters using an improved variant of the popular k-means clustering algorithm. The datasets are then augmented with the class label found during clustering, and a series of rules are inferred using a C4.5 decision tree classification algorithm. An implementation of the data mining scheme is coded in MATLAB®, with data from PAC® AE systems as the input. In order to validate this procedure, data from a pencil lead break test with a concurrent noise source is fed into the data mining program. Classification using the decision tree is compared to manual classification of the pencil lead break hits. The resulting decision tree is then applied to a similar dataset in order to evaluate the generality of the resulting rule sets. Once validated, the data mining program is applied to data belonging to a steel fatigue crack-growth test. Results of this classification are discussed, and possible improvements to the data mining scheme are suggested.

  9. Component Overpressure Growth and Characterization of High Resistivity CdTe Crystals for Radiation Detectors

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    Mandal, Krishna; Kang, Sung Hoon; Choi, Michael; Wei, Jiuan; Zheng, Lili; Zhang, Hui; Jellison Jr, Gerald Earle; Groza, Michael; Burger, Arnold

    2007-01-01

    Spectrometer-grade CdTe single crystals with resistivities higher than 10{sup 9} {Omega} cm have been grown by the modified Bridgman method using zone-refined precursor materials (Cd and Te) under a Cd overpressure. The grown CdTe crystals had good charge-transport properties ({mu}{tau}{sub e} = 2 x 10{sup -3} cm{sup 2} V{sup -1}, {mu}{tau}{sub h} = 8 x 10{sup -5} cm{sup 2} V{sup -1}) and significantly reduced Te precipitates compared with crystals grown without Cd overpressure. The crystal growth conditions for the Bridgman system were optimized by computer modeling and simulation, using modified MASTRAPP program, and applied to crystal diameters of 14 mm (0.55'), 38 mm (1.5'), and 76 mm (3'). Details of the CdTe crystal growth operation, structural, electrical, and optical characterization measurements, detector fabrication, and testing using {sup 241}Am (60 keV) and {sup 137}Cs (662 keV) sources are presented.

  10. Functional characterization of a soybean growth stimulator Bradyrhizobium sp. strain SR-6 showing acylhomoserine lactone production.

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    Ali, Amanat; Ayesha; Hameed, Sohail; Imran, Asma; Iqbal, Mazhar; Iqbal, Javed; Oresnik, Ivan J

    2016-09-01

    A soybean nodule endophytic bacterium Bradyrhizobium sp. strain SR-6 was characterized for production of acyl homoserine lactones (AHLs) as quorum sensing molecules. Mass spectrometry analysis of AHLs revealed the presence of C6-HSL, 3OH-C6-HSL, C8-HSL, C10-HSL, 3oxoC10-HSL, 3oxo-C12-HSL and 3OH-C12-HSL which are significantly different from those reported earlier in soybean symbionts. Purified AHL extracts significantly improved wheat and soybean seedling growth and root hair development along with increased soybean nodulation under axenic conditions. A positive correlation was observed among in vivo nitrogenase and catalase enzyme activities of the strain SR-6. Transmission electron microscopic analysis showed the cytochemical localization of catalase activity within the bacteroids, specifically attached to the peribacteroidal membrane. Root and nodule colonization proved rhizosphere competence of SR-6. The inoculation of SR-6 resulted in increased shoot length (13%), plant dry matter (50%), grain weight (16%), seed yield (20%) and N-uptake (14%) as compared to non-inoculated soybean plants. The symbiotic bacterium SR-6 has potential to improve soybean growth and yield in sub-humid climate of Azad Jammu and Kashmir region of Pakistan. The production and mass spectrometric profiling of AHLs as well as in vivo cytochemical localization of catalase enzyme activity in soybean Bradyrhizobium sp. have never been reported earlier elsewhere before our these investigations.

  11. Characterization of microsatellite markers and their correlations with growth traits in Mandarin fish (Siniperca chuatsi).

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    Yi, T L; Fang, L; Liang, X F; Sun, L F; Li, J; Luo, X N; Guo, W J; Dou, Y Q; Sun, J

    2015-08-07

    Mandarin fish (Siniperca chuatsi) is a traditionally cultured freshwater fish with high commercial value in China. To facilitate marker-assisted selection for genetic improvement of this species, 100 microsatellite markers identified in previous studies were characterized in the 25 largest and 25 smallest individuals. Twenty polymorphic loci were used to genotype 200 individuals, and the associations between their genotypes and growth traits were examined. We found that 9 genotypes at 8 loci (SC-10, Sin 135, Sin 166, AP 34-23, AP 38-11, AP 37-22, AP 37-08, and AP 37-37) were positively correlated with growth traits (body weight, body length, body height) in the mandarin fish population. The average of observed and expected heterozygosities were 0.71 and 0.59, respectively, and the average polymorphism information content value was 0.54, indicating that the population had high genetic diversity. The markers developed in this study are useful for selection of genetic breeding in this species and its related species.

  12. Waste water derived electroactive microbial biofilms: growth, maintenance, and basic characterization.

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    Gimkiewicz, Carla; Harnisch, Falk

    2013-12-29

    The growth of anodic electroactive microbial biofilms from waste water inocula in a fed-batch reactor is demonstrated using a three-electrode setup controlled by a potentiostat. Thereby the use of potentiostats allows an exact adjustment of the electrode potential and ensures reproducible microbial culturing conditions. During growth the current production is monitored using chronoamperometry (CA). Based on these data the maximum current density (jmax) and the coulombic efficiency (CE) are discussed as measures for characterization of the bioelectrocatalytic performance. Cyclic voltammetry (CV), a nondestructive, i.e. noninvasive, method, is used to study the extracellular electron transfer (EET) of electroactive bacteria. CV measurements are performed on anodic biofilm electrodes in the presence of the microbial substrate, i.e. turnover conditions, and in the absence of the substrate, i.e. nonturnover conditions, using different scan rates. Subsequently, data analysis is exemplified and fundamental thermodynamic parameters of the microbial EET are derived and explained: peak potential (Ep), peak current density (jp), formal potential (E(f)) and peak separation (ΔEp). Additionally the limits of the method and the state-of the art data analysis are addressed. Thereby this video-article shall provide a guide for the basic experimental steps and the fundamental data analysis.

  13. Growth, Crystal Structure and Magnetic Characterization of Zn-Stabilized CePtIn4

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    Carnicom, Elizabeth M.; Klimczuk, Tomasz; von Rohr, Fabian; Winiarski, Michal J.; Kong, Tai; Stolze, Karoline; Xie, Weiwei; Kushwaha, Satya K.; Cava, Robert J.

    2017-08-01

    The growth and characterization of CePtIn4, stabilized by 10% Zn substitution for In, is reported. The new material is orthorhombic, space group Cmcm (No. 63), with lattice parameters a = 4.51751(4) Å, b = 16.7570(2) Å, and c = 7.36682(8) Å, and the refined crystal composition has 10% of Zn substituted for In, i.e., the crystals are CePt(In0.9Zn0.1)4. Crystals were grown using a self-flux method: only growths containing Zn yielded CePtIn4 crystals, while Ce3Pt4In13 crystals formed when Zn was not present. Anisotropic temperature-dependent magnetic susceptibilities for single crystals show that Zn-stabilized CePtIn4 orders magnetically at ˜1.9 K. High-temperature Curie-Weiss fits indicate an effective moment of ˜2.49 μB/Ce and a directionally averaged Weiss-temperature of approximately -31 K. Specific heat data shows a peak consistent with the ordering temperature seen in the magnetic susceptibility data. Zn-stabilized CePtIn4 is metallic and displays no superconducting transition down to 0.14 K.

  14. Cellular characterization of epidermal growth factor-expanded free-floating neurospheres.

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    Lobo, Maria V T; Alonso, F Javier M; Redondo, Carolina; López-Toledano, Miguel A; Caso, Enrique; Herranz, Antonio S; Paíno, Carlos Luis; Reimers, Diana; Bazán, Eulalia

    2003-01-01

    Neural stem cells proliferate in liquid culture as cell clusters (neurospheres). This study was undertaken to characterize the epidermal growth factor (EGF)-expanded free-floating neurospheres derived from rat fetal striatum. We examined the ultrastructural and antigenic characteristics of these spheres. They consisted of two cell types, electron-dense and electron-lucent cells. Lucent cells were immunopositive to actin, vimentin, and nestin, whereas dense cells were immunopositive to actin, weakly positive to vimentin, and nestin-negative. Neurospheres contained healthy, apoptotic, and necrotic cells. Healthy cells were attached to each other by adherens junctions. They showed many pseudopodia and occasionally a single cilium. Sphere cells showed phagocytic capability because healthy cells phagocytosed the cell debris derived from dead cells in a particular process that involves the engulfment of dying cells by cell processes from healthy cells. Sphere cells showed a cytoplasmic and a nuclear pool of fibroblast growth factor (FGF) receptors. They expressed E- and N-cadherin, alpha- and beta-catenin, EGF receptor, and a specific subset of FGF receptors. Because sphere cells expressed this factor in the absence of exogenous FGF-2, we propose that they are able to synthesize FGF-2.

  15. Nucleation, growth and characterization of semiorganic nonlinear optical crystal sodium acetate doped L-tyrosine.

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    Arthi, D; Anbuselvi, D; Jayaraman, D; Arul Martin Mani, J; Joseph, V

    2015-02-05

    Sodium acetate doped L-tyrosine single crystal with dimensions 47×15×8 mm(3) was grown by slow evaporation solution growth technique. Nucleation kinetics of the growth of the material was studied to optimize the growth conditions. The grown doped crystal was then characterized using single crystal XRD, UV-vis-NIR, FTIR, NMR, SEM-EDAX and NLO studies. XRD study reveals that the grown crystal belongs to monoclinic system with space group P21. Lattice parameters of the grown crystals are found to be a=5.096 Å, b=8.966 Å, c=11.088 Å, α=β=90° and γ=92.035°. The transparent range of the grown crystal was measured as 260-1100 nm with 260 nm as lower cut off wavelength using UV-vis-NIR absorption spectrum and the optical band gap was evaluated as 3.24 eV from the Tauc's plot. The various functional groups were identified using FTIR spectral analysis. The thermal behavior of the title compound has been analyzed using TGA/DTA and DSC thermal curves. From the thermal study, the material is found to possess thermal stability up to 158°C. The microstructure of the grown crystal and the presence of various elements in the crystal were analyzed using SEM and EDAX techniques. NMR spectral analysis confirms the molecular structure of the grown compound. The nonlinear optical property was tested using Kurtz Perry powder technique and SHG efficiency was measured nearly same as that of KDP. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Molecular characterization and expression patterns of myogenin in compensatory growth of Megalobrama amblycephala.

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    Zhu, Kecheng; Chen, Liping; Zhao, Jinkun; Wang, Huijuan; Wang, Weimin; Li, Zhong; Wang, Huanling

    2014-04-01

    Myogenin (myog) is a muscle-specific basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) transcription factor that plays an essential role in regulating skeletal muscle development and growth. To investigate molecular characterization of myog and the effect of starvation/refeeding on the gene expression, we isolated the myog cDNA sequence and analyzed the expression patterns using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction in Megalobrama amblycephala. Sequence analysis indicated that M. amblycephala myog shared an analogous structure with the highly conserved His/Cys-rich, bHLH and C-terminal helix III domains with other vertebrates. Sequence alignment and phylogenetic tree showed that M. amblycephala myog had the highest identity with the homologues of Ctenopharyngodon idella and Cyprinus carpio. Spatio-temporal expression patterns revealed that myog mRNA levels at the segmentation period and 12 h post-hatching (hph) were significantly higher than at other development stages (P<0.05). Furthermore, the highest myog expression level was predominantly observed in white muscle compared with the other types of muscle. Fish body weight continuously decreased during 21-day starvation and then significantly increased after 7days of refeeding and reached the similar level to the control at 21days of refeeding, indicating that the pattern of complete compensatory growth possibly occurred in M. amblycephala; meanwhile, the relative somatic growth rate after refeeding was also dramatically higher than the control group. In addition, the myog expression decreased during 21days of starvation and then exhibited a strong rebound effect after 7days of refeeding and subsequently declined gradually to the control level by 21days of refeeding.

  17. Molecular Characterization of Babesia bovis M17 Leucine Aminopeptidase and Inhibition of Babesia Growth by Bestatin.

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    Aboge, Gabriel Oluga; Cao, Shinuo; Terkawi, Mohamad Alaa; Masatani, Tatsunori; Goo, Younkyoung; AbouLaila, Mahmoud; Nishikawa, Yoshifumi; Igarashi, Ikuo; Suzuki, Hiroshi; Xuan, Xuenan

    2015-10-01

    The M17 leucine aminopeptidase (M17LAP) enzymes of the other apicomplexan parasites have been characterized and shown to be inhibited by bestatin. Though Babesia bovis also belongs to the apicomplexan group, it is not known whether its M17LAP could display similar biochemical properties as well as inhibition profile. To unravel this uncertainty, a B. bovis M17LAP (BbM17LAP) gene was expressed in Escherichia coli , and activity of the recombinant enzyme as well as its inhibition by bestatin were evaluated. The inhibitory effect of the compound on growths of B. bovis and Babesia gibsoni in vitro was also determined. The expression of the gene fused with glutathione S-transferase (GST) yielded approximately 81-kDa recombinant BbM17LAP (rBbM17LAP). On probing with mouse anti-rBbM17LAP serum, a green fluorescence was observed on the parasite cytosol on confocal laser microscopy, and a specific band greater than the predicted molecular mass was seen on Western blotting. The Km and Vmax values of the recombinant enzyme were 139.3 ± 30.25 and 64.83 ± 4.6 μM, respectively, while the Ki was 2210 ± 358 μM after the inhibition. Bestatin was a more potent inhibitor of the growth of B. bovis [IC50 (50% inhibition concentration) = 131.7 ± 51.43 μM] than B. gibsoni [IC50 = 460.8 ± 114.45 μM] in vitro. The modest inhibition of both the rBbM17LAP activity and Babesia parasites' growth in vitro suggests that this inhibition may involve the endogenous enzyme in live parasites. Therefore, BbM17LAP may be a target of bestatin, though more studies with other aminopeptidase inhibitors are required to confirm this.

  18. Crystal growth and characterization of Hg-based chalcogenide compounds (Conference Presentation)

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    He, Yihui; Lin, Wenwen; Syrigos, Jonathan C.; Wang, Peng Li; Islam, Saiful M.; McCall, Kyle M.; Kostina, Svetlana S.; Liu, Zhifu; Wessels, Bruce W.; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G.

    2016-09-01

    In this work, two Hg-based chalcogenides were investigated in detail to reveal their potential capability of radiation detection at room temperature (RT). Cs2Hg6S7, with a bandgap of 1.63 eV, which is designed by the dimensional reduction theory proposed by our group, were prepared and characterized. α-HgS, with a bandgap of 2.10 eV, as a precursor used for the ternary compound synthesis, was also proposed and further investigated. For Cs2Hg6S7, the crystals tended to crystallize into needle form with small grains. Here, the conditions of Bridgman melt growth were optimized to obtain relatively large single crystals. The slight excess of Cs2S as a fluxing agent during growth was found to facilitate better crystallization and large grains. Interestingly, no inclusion or secondary phase was found in the as-grown single crystals. The improvement of bulk resistivity from 10^6 Ωcm to 10^8 Ωcm was also achieved through the control of stoichiometry during crystal growth. For α-HgS crystals, both physical vapor transport and chemical vapor transport methods have been applied. By modifying the transport temperature and transport agent, single crystal with size about 3x1.5 mm^2 was grown with resistivity higher than 10^11 Ωcm. Photoluminescence (PL) revealed that multiple peaks observed in the 1.6-2.3 eV range and excitonic peak from for α-HgS single crystals were observed indicating good crystalline quality. Finally, the planar detectors for both crystals were tested under Co57 gamma ray source. Both of the crystals showed reasonable gamma ray response, while α-HgS crystals could respond at a relatively higher counting rate.

  19. Nucleation, growth and characterization of semiorganic nonlinear optical crystal sodium acetate doped L-tyrosine

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    Arthi, D.; Anbuselvi, D.; Jayaraman, D.; Arul Martin Mani, J.; Joseph, V.

    2015-02-01

    Sodium acetate doped L-tyrosine single crystal with dimensions 47 × 15 × 8 mm3 was grown by slow evaporation solution growth technique. Nucleation kinetics of the growth of the material was studied to optimize the growth conditions. The grown doped crystal was then characterized using single crystal XRD, UV-vis-NIR, FTIR, NMR, SEM-EDAX and NLO studies. XRD study reveals that the grown crystal belongs to monoclinic system with space group P21. Lattice parameters of the grown crystals are found to be a = 5.096 Å, b = 8.966 Å, c = 11.088 Å, α = β = 90° and γ = 92.035°. The transparent range of the grown crystal was measured as 260-1100 nm with 260 nm as lower cut off wavelength using UV-vis-NIR absorption spectrum and the optical band gap was evaluated as 3.24 eV from the Tauc's plot. The various functional groups were identified using FTIR spectral analysis. The thermal behavior of the title compound has been analyzed using TGA/DTA and DSC thermal curves. From the thermal study, the material is found to possess thermal stability up to 158 °C. The microstructure of the grown crystal and the presence of various elements in the crystal were analyzed using SEM and EDAX techniques. NMR spectral analysis confirms the molecular structure of the grown compound. The nonlinear optical property was tested using Kurtz Perry powder technique and SHG efficiency was measured nearly same as that of KDP.

  20. Epigenetic Characterization of CDKN1C in Placenta Samples from Non-syndromic Intrauterine Growth Restriction

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    López-Abad, Miriam; Iglesias-Platas, Isabel; Monk, David

    2016-01-01

    The cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK)-inhibitor 1C (CDKN1C) gene is expressed from the maternal allele and is located within the centromeric imprinted domain at chromosome 11p15. It is a negative regulator of proliferation, with loss-of-function mutations associated with the overgrowth disorder Beckwith–Wiedemann syndrome. Recently, gain-of-function mutations within the PCNA domain have been described in two disorders characterized by growth failure, namely IMAGe (intra-uterine growth restriction, metaphyseal dysplasia, adrenal hypoplasia congenita and genital abnormalities) syndrome and Silver–Russell syndrome (SRS). Over-expression of CDKN1C by maternally inherited microduplications also results in SRS, suggesting that in addition to activating mutations this gene may regulate growth by changes in dosage. To determine if CDKN1C is involved in non-syndromic IUGR we compared the expression and DNA methylation levels in a large cohort of placental biopsies from IUGR and uneventful pregnancies. We observe higher levels of expression of CDKN1C in IUGR placentas compared to those of controls. All placenta biopsies heterozygous for the PAPA repeat sequence in exon 2 showed appropriate monoallelic expression and no mutations in the PCNA domain were observed. The expression profile was independent of both genetic or methylation variation in the minimal CDKN1C promoter interval and of methylation of the cis-acting maternally methylated region associated with the neighboring KCNQ1OT1 non-coding RNA. Chromatin immunoprecipitation revealed binding sites for CTCF within the unmethylated CDKN1C gene body CpG island and putative enhancer regions, associated with the canonical enhancer histone signature, H3K4me1 and H3K27ac, located ∼58 and 360 kb away. Using 3C-PCR we identify constitutive higher-order chromatin loops that occur between one of these putative enhancer regions and CDKN1C in human placenta tissues, which we propose facilitates expression. PMID:27200075

  1. Growth and characterization of pure and Cadmium chloride doped KDP Crystals grown by gel medium

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    Kalaivani, M. S.; Asaithambi, T.

    2016-10-01

    Crystal growth technology provides an important basis for many industrial branches. Crystals are the unrecognized pillars of modern technology. Without crystals, there is no electronic industry, no photonic industry, and no fiber optic communications. Single crystals play a major role and form the strongest base for the fast growing field of engineering, science and technology. Crystal growth is an interdisciplinary subject covering physics, chemistry, material science, chemical engineering, metallurgy, crystallography, mineralogy, etc. In past few decades, there has been a keen interest on crystal growth processes, particularly in view of the increasing demand of materials for technological applications. Optically good quality pure and metal doped KDP crystals have been grown by gel method at room temperature and their characterization have been studied. Gel method is a much uncomplicated method and can be utilized to synthesize crystals which are having low solubility. Potassium dihydrogen orthophosphate KH2PO4 (KDP) continues to be an interesting material both academically and industrially. KDP is a representative of hydrogen bonded materials which possess very good electro - optic and nonlinear optical properties in addition to interesting electrical properties. Due to this interesting properties, we made an attempt to grow pure and cadmium chloride doped KDP crystals in various concentrations (0.002, 0.004, 0.006, 0.008 and 0.010) using gel method. The grown crystals were collected after 20 days. We get crystals with good quality and shaped. The dc electrical conductivity (resistance, capacitance and dielectric constant) values were measured at frequencies in the range of 1 KHZ and 100 HZ of pure and cadmium chloride added crystal with a temperature range of 400C to 1300C using simple two probe setup with Q band digital LCR meter present in our lab. The electrical conductivity increases with increase of temperature. The dielectric constants of metal doped KDP

  2. Growth and spectroscopic characterization of monolayer and few-layer hexagonal boron nitride on metal substrates

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    Feigelson, Boris N.; Bermudez, Victor M.; Hite, Jennifer K.; Robinson, Zachary R.; Wheeler, Virginia D.; Sridhara, Karthik; Hernández, Sandra C.

    2015-02-01

    Atomically thin two dimensional hexagonal boron nitride (2D h-BN) is one of the key materials in the development of new van der Waals heterostructures due to its outstanding properties including an atomically smooth surface, high thermal conductivity, high mechanical strength, chemical inertness and high electrical resistance. The development of 2D h-BN growth is still in the early stages and largely depends on rapid and accurate characterization of the grown monolayer or few layers h-BN films. This paper demonstrates a new approach to characterizing monolayer h-BN films directly on metal substrates by grazing-incidence infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (IRRAS). Using h-BN films grown by atmospheric-pressure chemical vapor deposition on Cu and Ni substrates, two new sub-bands are found for the A2u out-of-plane stretching mode. It is shown, using both experimental and computational methods, that the lower-energy sub-band is related to 2D h-BN coupled with substrate, while the higher energy sub-band is related to decoupled (or free-standing) 2D h-BN. It is further shown that this newly-observed fine structure in the A2u mode can be used to assess, quickly and easily, the homogeneity of the h-BN-metal interface and the effects of metal surface contamination on adhesion of the layer.

  3. Growth and characterization of CdS buffer layers by CBD and MOCVD

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    Morrone, A.A.; Huang, C.; Li, S.S.

    1999-03-01

    Thin film CdS has been widely used in thin-film photovoltaic devices. The most efficient Cu(In,&hthinsp;Ga)Se{sub 2} (CIGS) solar cells reported to date utilized a thin CdS buffer layer prepared by a reactive solution growth technique known as chemical bath deposition (CBD). Considerable effort has been directed to better understand the role and find a replacement for the CBD CdS process in CIGS-based solar cells. We reported a low temperature ({approximately}150&hthinsp;{degree}C) Metalorganic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) CdS thin film buffer layer process for CIGS absorbers. Many prior studies have reported that CBD CdS contains a mixture of crystal structures. Recent investigations of CBD CdS thin films by ellipsometry suggested a multilayer structure. In this study we compare CdS thin films prepared by CBD and MOCVD and the effects of annealing. TED and XRD are used to characterize the crystal structure, the film microstructure is studied by HRTEM, and the optical properties are studied by Raman and spectrophotometry. All of these characterization techniques reveal superior crystalline film quality for CdS films grown by MOCVD compared to those grown by CBD. Dual Beam Optical Modulation (DBOM) studies showed that the MOCVD and CBD CdS buffer layer processes have nearly the same effect on CIGS absorbers when combined with a cadmium partial electrolyte aqueous dip. {copyright} {ital 1999 American Institute of Physics.}

  4. Fire regime in Mediterranean ecosystem

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    Biondi, Guido; Casula, Paolo; D'Andrea, Mirko; Fiorucci, Paolo

    2010-05-01

    The analysis of burnt areas time series in Mediterranean regions suggests that ecosystems characterising this area consist primarily of species highly vulnerable to the fire but highly resilient, as characterized by a significant regenerative capacity after the fire spreading. In a few years the area burnt may once again be covered by the same vegetation present before the fire. Similarly, Mediterranean conifer forests, which often refers to plantations made in order to reforest the areas most severely degraded with high erosion risk, regenerate from seed after the fire resulting in high resilience to the fire as well. Only rarely, and usually with negligible damages, fire affects the areas covered by climax species in relation with altitude and soil types (i.e, quercus, fagus, abies). On the basis of these results, this paper shows how the simple Drossel-Schwabl forest fire model is able to reproduce the forest fire regime in terms of number of fires and burned area, describing whit good accuracy the actual fire perimeters. The original Drossel-Schwabl model has been slightly modified in this work by introducing two parameters (probability of propagation and regrowth) specific for each different class of vegetation cover. Using model selection methods based on AIC, the model with the optimal number of classes with different fire behaviour was selected. Two different case studies are presented in this work: Regione Liguria and Regione Sardegna (Italy). Both regions are situated in the center of the Mediterranean and are characterized by a high number of fires and burned area. However, the two regions have very different fire regimes. Sardinia is affected by the fire phenomenon only in summer whilst Liguria is affected by fires also in winter, with higher number of fires and larger burned area. In addition, the two region are very different in vegetation cover. The presence of Mediterranean conifers, (Pinus Pinaster, Pinus Nigra, Pinus halepensis) is quite spread in

  5. The growth and characterization of alkylphosphonic acid self-assembled nanofibers

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    Salmon, Michael Edward

    The focus of this research was to investigate the formation and properties of novel Self-Assembled Nanofibers (SANs) created by the treatment of aluminum with solutions of short chain-length alkylphosphonic acids (APAs) in ethanol. A special emphasis was placed on the creation of APA SANs isolated from the immersed aluminum source and development of analysis techniques for artifact reduced characterization of as-grown individual SANs. Novel immersion growth techniques were devised for the reproducible creation of supported and unsupported isolated methylphosphonic acid (C1), propylphosphonic acid (C3), and pentylphosphonic acid (C5) SANs on Si3N4 and aluminum coated ProtoChips(TM) DuraSiN(TM) Si3N 4 meshes respectively. Additionally, a novel biased immersion growth technique was developed, increasing growth rates as well as allowing for APA SAN deposition onto a variety of substrates including Au microelectrodes. A combination of complementary analysis techniques including: Atomic force microscopy (AFM), Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM), Energy Dispersive Spectrometry (EDS), X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), and Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (EELS) were utilized to characterize the morphology, composition and chemistry of isolated individual APA SANs. STEM and AFM revealed individual APA SANs are actually composed of layered fibril bundles. Qualitative compositional analysis showed APA SANs were primarily composed of oxygen, carbon, phosphorus, and aluminum with phosphorus:aluminum ratios determined to be between 1.5 and 4.2. Quantitative XPS and EELS analysis provided further evidence that the detected aluminum was non-metallic and likely oxidized. STEM with EELS was utilized to definitively correlate the presence of aluminum, phosphorus, oxygen, and carbon to a 5 nm region of several overlapping unsupported C1 SANs. Thermal analysis of APA SANs on Al as well as isolated on Si3N 4 revealed a nearly 5X increase in thermal stability as

  6. The growth and characterization of Group IV alloys for near to mid-infrared detectors

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    Hart, John Thomas

    Near infrared and mid infrared optoelectronic devices have become increasingly important for the telecommunications, security, and medical imaging industries. An infrared system fully integrated in a silicon chip manufactured in a high-volume CMOS foundry is therefore a much desired technology. Such a technology would allow the integration of mid-IR technology with new functionality, lower costs, smaller size, weight and power, and higher reliability. The focus of this dissertation is on the advancement of low temperature Group IV epitaxy of tin containing alloys for use in near to mid- infrared technologies. To that end, various epitaxial techniques and improvements were made and several detector device structures were characterized. Low temperature epitaxy is vital to achieve Sn containing Group IV films, and both ultra-high vacuum chemical vapor deposition (UHV-CVD) and molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) were utilized to this end. New precursors are needed in CVD to maintain film growth at reduced temperatures. The novel precursors tetrasilane and digermane were studied for their low temperature compatibility. Crystalline silicon and silicon germanium alloys were deposited and characterized, finding high quality, bulk-like films. Tin-chloride was investigated as a possible Sn precursor, but was found to etch Ge. Multiple innovations in GeSn epitaxy in MBE were made, including both n- and p-type doping and higher Sn concentrations than those previously achieved for devices. While careful consideration needed to be taken into account for the growth of GeSn, normal clean room processing was not found to have any adverse effect on the material. Photoconductive and photodiode type detectors of GeSn films on Si substrates were fabricated. The wavelength response of the material was measured to continually increase into the mid-infrared as the Sn content was increased, reaching almost 4microm for a 15.6% Sn device at room temperature. The responsivity of the detectors was

  7. Adaptation in Collaborative Governance Regimes

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    Emerson, Kirk; Gerlak, Andrea K.

    2014-10-01

    Adaptation and the adaptive capacity of human and environmental systems have been of central concern to natural and social science scholars, many of whom characterize and promote the need for collaborative cross-boundary systems that are seen as flexible and adaptive by definition. Researchers who study collaborative governance systems in the public administration, planning and policy literature have paid less attention to adaptive capacity specifically and institutional adaptation in general. This paper bridges the two literatures and finds four common dimensions of capacity, including structural arrangements, leadership, knowledge and learning, and resources. In this paper, we focus on institutional adaptation in the context of collaborative governance regimes and try to clarify and distinguish collaborative capacity from adaptive capacity and their contributions to adaptive action. We posit further that collaborative capacities generate associated adaptive capacities thereby enabling institutional adaptation within collaborative governance regimes. We develop these distinctions and linkages between collaborative and adaptive capacities with the help of an illustrative case study in watershed management within the National Estuary Program.

  8. Adaptation in collaborative governance regimes.

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    Emerson, Kirk; Gerlak, Andrea K

    2014-10-01

    Adaptation and the adaptive capacity of human and environmental systems have been of central concern to natural and social science scholars, many of whom characterize and promote the need for collaborative cross-boundary systems that are seen as flexible and adaptive by definition. Researchers who study collaborative governance systems in the public administration, planning and policy literature have paid less attention to adaptive capacity specifically and institutional adaptation in general. This paper bridges the two literatures and finds four common dimensions of capacity, including structural arrangements, leadership, knowledge and learning, and resources. In this paper, we focus on institutional adaptation in the context of collaborative governance regimes and try to clarify and distinguish collaborative capacity from adaptive capacity and their contributions to adaptive action. We posit further that collaborative capacities generate associated adaptive capacities thereby enabling institutional adaptation within collaborative governance regimes. We develop these distinctions and linkages between collaborative and adaptive capacities with the help of an illustrative case study in watershed management within the National Estuary Program.

  9. Food crises, food regimes and food movements: rumblings of reform or tides of transformation?

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    Holt Giménez, Eric; Shattuck, Annie

    2011-01-01

    This article addresses the potential for food movements to bring about substantive changes to the current global food system. After describing the current corporate food regime, we apply Karl Polanyi's 'double-movement' thesis on capitalism to explain the regime's trends of neoliberalism and reform. Using the global food crisis as a point of departure, we introduce a comparative analytical framework for different political and social trends within the corporate food regime and global food movements, characterizing them as 'Neoliberal', 'Reformist', 'Progressive', and 'Radical', respectively, and describe each trend based on its discourse, model, and key actors, approach to the food crisis, and key documents. After a discussion of class, political permeability, and tensions within the food movements, we suggest that the current food crisis offers opportunities for strategic alliances between Progressive and Radical trends within the food movement. We conclude that while the food crisis has brought a retrenchment of neoliberalization and weak calls for reform, the worldwide growth of food movements directly and indirectly challenge the legitimacy and hegemony of the corporate food regime. Regime change will require sustained pressure from a strong global food movement, built on durable alliances between Progressive and Radical trends.

  10. Estimation of Staphylococcus aureus growth parameters from turbidity data: characterization of strain variation and comparison of methods.

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    Lindqvist, R

    2006-07-01

    Turbidity methods offer possibilities for generating data required for addressing microorganism variability in risk modeling given that the results of these methods correspond to those of viable count methods. The objectives of this study were to identify the best appro