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  1. Patterning via optical saturable transitions

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    Cantu, Precious

    For the past 40 years, optical lithography has been the patterning workhorse for the semiconductor industry. However, as integrated circuits have become more and more complex, and as device geometries shrink, more innovative methods are required to meet these needs. In the far-field, the smallest feature that can be generated with light is limited to approximately half the wavelength. This, so called far-field diffraction limit or the Abbe limit (after Prof. Ernst Abbe who first recognized this), effectively prevents the use of long-wavelength photons >300nm from patterning nanostructures <100nm. Even with a 193nm laser source and extremely complicated processing, patterns below ˜20nm are incredibly challenging to create. Sources with even shorter wavelengths can potentially be used. However, these tend be much more expensive and of much lower brightness, which in turn limits their patterning speed. Multi-photon reactions have been proposed to overcome the diffraction limit. However, these require very large intensities for modest gain in resolution. Moreover, the large intensities make it difficult to parallelize, thus limiting the patterning speed. In this dissertation, a novel nanopatterning technique using wavelength-selective small molecules that undergo single-photon reactions, enabling rapid top-down nanopatterning over large areas at low-light intensities, thereby allowing for the circumvention of the far-field diffraction barrier is developed and experimentally verified. This approach, which I refer to as Patterning via Optical Saturable Transitions (POST) has the potential for massive parallelism, enabling the creation of nanostructures and devices at a speed far surpassing what is currently possible with conventional optical lithographic techniques. The fundamental understanding of this technique goes beyond optical lithography in the semiconductor industry and is applicable to any area that requires the rapid patterning of large-area two or three

  2. The Multi Optical Transition Radiation System

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    Faus-Golfe, A.; Alabau-Gonzalvo, J.; Blanch Gutierrez, C.; McCormick, D.; Cruz, J.; Woodley, M.; White, G.; /SLAC

    2012-04-19

    The determination and monitoring of the transverse phase space in ATF2 is crucial in order to meet their performances specifications. Since the beam sizes at the Interaction Point (IP) depend strongly on the aberrations in the Final Focus System (FFS), accurate measurement upstream of the FFS is required to tune the beam sizes at the IP. The beam sizes as well as the emittance are measured in several locations in the beam diagnostic section of the Extraction Line (EXT line) of ATF2. The vertical beam sizes in the diagnostic section are of the order of 10 {mu}m this means that the devices have to image spot sizes as small as 5 {mu}m, with 10% accuracy a 2 {mu}m resolution device is necessary. The ATF2 EXT line is a beam line with low power and low repetition rate that make usable devices using solid targets. In contrast to a ring machine, where an individual bunch can be measured many times as it passes around the ring, the beam size and the emittance measurement in the LC or in the beam lines have to be performed in a single pass. This requires that the wire scan device types (laser or solid) sample across successive bunches within a train, often with an over-estimation of the beam size due to beam position and intensity jitter, and can take up to half a minute to complete the measurement. Although some of these effects could be corrected, as the jitter effect could be subtracted by using the nearby BPMs signals, this can be avoided by using Optical Transition Radiation (OTR) Monitors. These monitors are based on the transition radiation effect, a light cone emitted when the charged particle crosses a metallic interface. This light is emitted in a specular fashion so it can be focused on to a CCD and produces an image of the beam. OTRs are able to take many fast measurements and therefore to measure the emittance with high statistics, giving a low error and a good understanding of the emittance jitter. In this article, simulations of the expected beam sizes and

  3. Black Hole Advective Accretion Disks with Optical Depth Transition

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    Artemove, Y.V.; Bisnovatyi-Kogan, G.S.; Igumenshchev, I.V.; Novikov, I.D.

    2006-02-01

    We have constructed numerically global solutions of advective accretion disks around black holes that describe a continuous transition between the effectively optically thick outer and optically thin inner disk regions. We have concentrated on models of accretion flows with large mass accretion rates, and we have employed a bridging formula for radiative losses at high and low effective optical depths.

  4. Aqueous medium induced optical transitions in cerium oxide nanoparticles

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    Inerbaev, Talgat M.; Karakoti, Ajay S.; Kuchibhatla, S. V. N. T.; Kumar, Amit; Masunov, Artem E.; Seal, Sudipta

    2015-03-07

    Experimental and theoretical investigations were performed to investigate the effect of water on optical properties of nanoceria as a function of Ce3+ concentration. Theoretical studies based on density functional plane-wave calculations reveal that the indirect optical transitions in bare ceria nanoparticles are red-shifted with an increase in the concentration of Ce3+. However, ceria nanoparticles model with adsorbed water molecules show a blue shift in the indirect optical spectra under identical conditions. Direct optical transitions are almost independent of Ce3+ concentration but show a pronounced blue shift in the aqueous environment relative to the bare nanoparticles. The theoretical study is consistent with our experimental observation in difference of shift behaviour in bare and aqueous suspended ceria nanoparticles. This change from red- to blue-shift in indirect optical transitions is associated with the polarization effect of water molecules on f-electron states.

  5. Aqueous medium induced optical transitions in cerium oxide nanoparticles.

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    Inerbaev, Talgat M; Karakoti, Ajay S; Kuchibhatla, Satyanarayana V N T; Kumar, Amit; Masunov, Artëm E; Seal, Sudipta

    2015-03-01

    Experimental and theoretical investigations were performed to investigate the effect of water on optical properties of nanoceria as a function of Ce(3+) concentration. Theoretical studies based on density functional plane-wave calculations reveal that the indirect optical transitions in bare ceria nanoparticles are red-shifted with an increase in the concentration of Ce(3+). However, ceria nanoparticles model with adsorbed water molecules show a blue shift in the indirect optical spectra under identical conditions. Direct optical transitions are almost independent of Ce(3+) concentration but show a pronounced blue shift in the aqueous environment relative to the bare nanoparticles. The theoretical study is consistent with our experimental observation in difference of shift behaviour in bare and aqueous suspended ceria nanoparticles. This change from red- to blue-shift in indirect optical transitions is associated with the polarization effect of water molecules on f-electron states. PMID:25655842

  6. Optical feshbach resonance using the intercombination transition.

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    Enomoto, K; Kasa, K; Kitagawa, M; Takahashi, Y

    2008-11-14

    We report control of the scattering wave function by an optical Feshbach resonance effect using ytterbium atoms. The narrow intercombination line (1S0-3P1) is used for efficient control as proposed by Ciuryło et al. [Phys. Rev. A 71, 030701(R) (2005)10.1103/PhysRevA.71.030701]. The manipulation of the scattering wave function is monitored with the change of a photoassociation rate caused by another laser. The optical Feshbach resonance is especially efficient for isotopes with large negative scattering lengths such as 172Yb, and we have confirmed that the scattering phase shift divided by the wave number, which gives the scattering length in the zero energy limit, is changed by about 30 nm. PMID:19113335

  7. Electric tuning of direct-indirect optical transitions in silicon.

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    Noborisaka, J; Nishiguchi, K; Fujiwara, A

    2014-01-01

    Electronic band structures in semiconductors are uniquely determined by the constituent elements of the lattice. For example, bulk silicon has an indirect bandgap and it prohibits efficient light emission. Here we report the electrical tuning of the direct/indirect band optical transition in an ultrathin silicon-on-insulator (SOI) gated metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) light-emitting diode. A special Si/SiO2 interface formed by high-temperature annealing that shows stronger valley coupling enables us to observe phononless direct optical transition. Furthermore, by controlling the gate field, its strength can be electrically tuned to 16 times that of the indirect transition, which is nearly 800 times larger than the weak direct transition in bulk silicon. These results will therefore assist the development of both complementary MOS (CMOS)-compatible silicon photonics and the emerging "valleytronics" based on the control of the valley degree of freedom. PMID:25377598

  8. Electric tuning of direct-indirect optical transitions in silicon.

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    Noborisaka, J; Nishiguchi, K; Fujiwara, A

    2014-11-07

    Electronic band structures in semiconductors are uniquely determined by the constituent elements of the lattice. For example, bulk silicon has an indirect bandgap and it prohibits efficient light emission. Here we report the electrical tuning of the direct/indirect band optical transition in an ultrathin silicon-on-insulator (SOI) gated metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) light-emitting diode. A special Si/SiO2 interface formed by high-temperature annealing that shows stronger valley coupling enables us to observe phononless direct optical transition. Furthermore, by controlling the gate field, its strength can be electrically tuned to 16 times that of the indirect transition, which is nearly 800 times larger than the weak direct transition in bulk silicon. These results will therefore assist the development of both complementary MOS (CMOS)-compatible silicon photonics and the emerging "valleytronics" based on the control of the valley degree of freedom.

  9. Isotropically sensitive optical filter employing atomic resonance transitions

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    Marling, John B.

    1981-01-01

    An ultra-high Q isotropically sensitive optical filter or optical detector employing atomic resonance transitions. More specifically, atomic resonance transitions utilized in conjunction with two optical bandpass filters provide an optical detector having a wide field of view (.about.2.pi. steradians) and very narrow acceptance bandwidth approaching 0.01 A. A light signal to be detected is transmitted through an outer bandpass filter into a resonantly absorbing atomic vapor, the excited atomic vapor then providing a fluorescence signal at a different wavelength which is transmitted through an inner bandpass filter. The outer and inner bandpass filters have no common transmission band, thereby resulting in complete blockage of all optical signals that are not resonantly shifted in wavelength by the intervening atomic vapor. Two embodiments are disclosed, one in which the light signal raises atoms contained in the atomic vapor from the ground state to an excited state from which fluorescence occurs, and the other in which a pump laser is used to raise the atoms in the ground state to a first excited state from which the light signal then is resonantly absorbed, thereby raising the atoms to a second excited state from which fluorescence occurs. A specific application is described in which an optical detector according to the present invention can be used as an underwater detector for light from an optical transmitter which could be located in an orbiting satellite.

  10. Observation of Coherent Optical Transition Radiation in the LCLS Linac

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    Loosy, H.; Akre, R.; Brachmann, A.; Decker, F.-J.; Ding, Y.; Dowell, D.; Emma, P.; Frisch, J.; Gilevich, S.; Hays, G.; Hering, Ph.; Huang, Z.; Iverson, R.; Limborg-Deprey, C.; Miahnahri, A.; Molloy, S.; Nuhn, H.-D.; Turner, J.; Welch, J.; White, W.; Wu, J.; /SLAC /Stanford

    2008-09-18

    The beam diagnostics in the linac for the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) X-ray FEL project at SLAC includes optical transition radiation (OTR) screens for measurements of transverse and longitudinal beam properties. We report on observations of coherent light emission from the OTR screens (COTR) at visible wavelengths from the uncompressed and compressed electron beam at various stages in the accelerator.

  11. Hyper-Ramsey spectroscopy of optical clock transitions

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    Yudin, V. I.; Taichenachev, A. V.; Oates, C. W.; Barber, Z. W.; Lemke, N. D.; Ludlow, A. D.; Sterr, U.; Lisdat, Ch.; Riehle, F.

    2010-07-15

    We present nonstandard optical Ramsey schemes that use pulses individually tailored in duration, phase, and frequency to cancel spurious frequency shifts related to the excitation itself. In particular, the field shifts and their uncertainties can be radically suppressed (by two to four orders of magnitude) in comparison with the usual Ramsey method (using two equal pulses) as well as with single-pulse Rabi spectroscopy. Atom interferometers and optical clocks based on two-photon transitions, heavily forbidden transitions, or magnetically induced spectroscopy could significantly benefit from this method. In the latter case, these frequency shifts can be suppressed considerably below a fractional level of 10{sup -17}. Moreover, our approach opens the door for high-precision optical clocks based on direct frequency comb spectroscopy.

  12. Isotropically sensitive optical filter employing atomic resonance transitions

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    Marling, J.B.

    An ultra-high Q isotropically sensitive optical filter or optical detector is disclosed employing atomic resonance transitions. More specifically, atomic resonance transitions utilized in conjunction with two optical bandpass filters provide an optical detector having a wide field of view (approx. 2 ..pi.. steradians) and very narrow acceptance bandwidth approaching 0.01A. A light signal to be detected is transmitted through an outer bandpass filter into a resonantly absorbing atomic vapor, the excited atomic vapor than providing a fluorescence signal at a different wavelength which is transmitted through an inner bandpass filters have no common transmission band, therby resulting in complete blockage of all optical signals that are not resonantly shifted in wavelength by the intervening atomic vapor. Two embodiments are disclosed, one in which the light signal raises atoms contained in the atomic vapor from the ground state to an excited state from which fluorescence occurs, and the other in which a pump laser is used to raise the atoms in the ground state to a first excited state from which the light signal then is resonantly absorbed, thereby raising the atoms to a second excited state from which fluorescence occurs. A specific application is described in which an optical detector according to the present invention can be located in an orbiting satellite.

  13. Optical properties of transition metal oxide quantum wells

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    Lin, Chungwei; Posadas, Agham; Choi, Miri; Demkov, Alexander A.

    2015-01-21

    Fabrication of a quantum well, a structure that confines the electron motion along one or more spatial directions, is a powerful method of controlling the electronic structure and corresponding optical response of a material. For example, semiconductor quantum wells are used to enhance optical properties of laser diodes. The ability to control the growth of transition metal oxide films to atomic precision opens an exciting opportunity of engineering quantum wells in these materials. The wide range of transition metal oxide band gaps offers unprecedented control of confinement while the strong correlation of d-electrons allows for various cooperative phenomena to come into play. Here, we combine density functional theory and tight-binding model Hamiltonian analysis to provide a simple physical picture of transition metal oxide quantum well states using a SrO/SrTiO{sub 3}/SrO heterostructure as an example. The optical properties of the well are investigated by computing the frequency-dependent dielectric functions. The effect of an external electric field, which is essential for electro-optical devices, is also considered.

  14. Optical Properties in Non-equilibrium Phase Transitions

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    Ao, T; Ping, Y; Widmann, K; Price, D F; Lee, E; Tam, H; Springer, P T; Ng, A

    2006-01-05

    An open question about the dynamical behavior of materials is how phase transition occurs in highly non-equilibrium systems. One important class of study is the excitation of a solid by an ultrafast, intense laser. The preferential heating of electrons by the laser field gives rise to initial states dominated by hot electrons in a cold lattice. Using a femtosecond laser pump-probe approach, we have followed the temporal evolution of the optical properties of such a system. The results show interesting correlation to non-thermal melting and lattice disordering processes. They also reveal a liquid-plasma transition when the lattice energy density reaches a critical value.

  15. Clock Shifts of Optical Transitions in Ultracold Atomic Gases

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    Yu Zhenhua; Pethick, C. J.

    2010-01-08

    We calculate the shift, due to interatomic interactions, of an optical transition in an atomic Fermi gas trapped in an optical lattice, as in recent experiments of Campbell et al.[Science 324, 360 (2009)]. Using a pseudospin formalism to describe the density matrix of atoms, we derive a Bloch equation which incorporates both spatial inhomogeneity of the probe laser field and interatomic interactions. Expressions are given for the frequency shift as a function of pulse duration, detuning of the probe laser, and the spatial dependence of the electric field of the probe beam. In the low temperature semiclassical regime, we find that the magnitude of the shift is proportional to the temperature.

  16. Resolved Atomic Interaction Sidebands in an Optical Clock Transition

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    Bishof, M.; Lin, Y.; Swallows, M. D.; Ye, J.; Rey, A. M.; Gorshkov, A. V.

    2011-06-24

    We report the observation of resolved atomic interaction sidebands (ISB) in the {sup 87}Sr optical clock transition when atoms at microkelvin temperatures are confined in a two-dimensional optical lattice. The ISB are a manifestation of the strong interactions that occur between atoms confined in a quasi-one-dimensional geometry and disappear when the confinement is relaxed along one dimension. The emergence of ISB is linked to the recently observed suppression of collisional frequency shifts. At the current temperatures, the ISB can be resolved but are broad. At lower temperatures, ISB are predicted to be substantially narrower and useful spectroscopic tools in strongly interacting alkaline-earth gases.

  17. Optical characterization of phase transitions in pure polymers and blends

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    Mannella, Gianluca A.; Brucato, Valerio; La Carrubba, Vincenzo

    2015-12-01

    To study the optical properties of polymeric samples, an experimental apparatus was designed on purpose and set up. The sample is a thin film enclosed between two glass slides and a PTFE frame, with a very thin thermocouple placed on sample for direct temperature measurement. This sample holder was placed between two aluminum slabs, equipped with a narrow slit for optical measurements and with electrical resistances for temperature control. Sample was enlightened by a laser diode, whereas transmitted light was detected with a photodiode. Measurements were carried out on polyethylene-terephtalate (PET) and two different polyamides, tested as pure polymers and blends. The thermal history imposed to the sample consisted in a rapid heating from ambient temperature to a certain temperature below the melting point, a stabilization period, and then a heating at constant rate. After a second stabilization period, the sample was cooled. The data obtained were compared with DSC measurements performed with the same thermal history. In correspondence with transitions detected via DSC (e.g. melting, crystallization and cold crystallization), the optical signal showed a steep variation. In particular, crystallization resulted in a rapid decrease of transmitted light, whereas melting gave up an increase of light transmitted by the sample. Further variations in transmitted light were recorded for blends, after melting: those results may be related to other phase transitions, e.g. liquid-liquid phase separation. All things considered, the apparatus can be used to get reliable data on phase transitions in polymeric systems.

  18. Optical characterization of phase transitions in pure polymers and blends

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    Mannella, Gianluca A.; Brucato, Valerio; La Carrubba, Vincenzo

    2015-12-17

    To study the optical properties of polymeric samples, an experimental apparatus was designed on purpose and set up. The sample is a thin film enclosed between two glass slides and a PTFE frame, with a very thin thermocouple placed on sample for direct temperature measurement. This sample holder was placed between two aluminum slabs, equipped with a narrow slit for optical measurements and with electrical resistances for temperature control. Sample was enlightened by a laser diode, whereas transmitted light was detected with a photodiode. Measurements were carried out on polyethylene-terephtalate (PET) and two different polyamides, tested as pure polymers and blends. The thermal history imposed to the sample consisted in a rapid heating from ambient temperature to a certain temperature below the melting point, a stabilization period, and then a heating at constant rate. After a second stabilization period, the sample was cooled. The data obtained were compared with DSC measurements performed with the same thermal history. In correspondence with transitions detected via DSC (e.g. melting, crystallization and cold crystallization), the optical signal showed a steep variation. In particular, crystallization resulted in a rapid decrease of transmitted light, whereas melting gave up an increase of light transmitted by the sample. Further variations in transmitted light were recorded for blends, after melting: those results may be related to other phase transitions, e.g. liquid-liquid phase separation. All things considered, the apparatus can be used to get reliable data on phase transitions in polymeric systems.

  19. Optical Sensor for Characterizing the Phase Transition in Salted Solutions

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    Claverie, Rémy; Fontana, Marc D.; Duričković, Ivana; Bourson, Patrice; Marchetti, Mario; Chassot, Jean-Marie

    2010-01-01

    We propose a new optical sensor to characterize the solid-liquid phase transition in salted solutions. The probe mainly consists of a Raman spectrometer that extracts the vibrational properties from the light scattered by the salty medium. The spectrum of the O – H stretching band was shown to be strongly affected by the introduction of NaCl and the temperature change as well. A parameter SD defined as the ratio of the integrated intensities of two parts of this band allows to study the temperature and concentration dependences of the phase transition. Then, an easy and efficient signal processing and the exploitation of a modified Boltzmann equation give information on the phase transition. Validations were done on solutions with varying concentration of NaCl. PMID:22319327

  20. Advanced simulations of optical transition and diffraction radiation

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    Aumeyr, T.; Billing, M. G.; Bobb, L. M.; Bolzon, B.; Bravin, E.; Karataev, P.; Kruchinin, K.; Lefevre, T.; Mazzoni, S.

    2015-04-01

    Charged particle beam diagnostics is a key task in modern and future accelerator installations. The diagnostic tools are practically the "eyes" of the operators. The precision and resolution of the diagnostic equipment are crucial to define the performance of the accelerator. Transition and diffraction radiation (TR and DR) are widely used for electron beam parameter monitoring. However, the precision and resolution of those devices are determined by how well the production, transport and detection of these radiation types are understood. This paper reports on simulations of TR and DR spatial-spectral characteristics using the physical optics propagation (POP) mode of the Zemax advanced optics simulation software. A good consistency with theory is demonstrated. Also, realistic optical system alignment issues are discussed.

  1. Optical response of Al/Ti bilayer transition edge sensors

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    Zhang, Qing-Ya; Wang, Tian-Shun; Liu, Jian-She; Dong, Wen-Hui; He, Gen-Fang; Li, Tie-Fu; Zhou, Xing-Xiang; Chen, Wei

    2014-11-01

    We report the optical response characteristics of Al/Ti bilayer transition edge sensors (TESs), which are mainly comprised of Al/Ti bilayer thermometers and suspended SiN membranes for thermal isolation. The measurement was performed in a 3He sorption refrigerator and the device's response to optical pulses was investigated using a pulsed laser source. Based on these measurements, we obtained the effective recovery time (τeff) of the devices at different biases and discussed the dependence of τeff on the bias. The device with a 940 μm × 940 μm continuous suspended SiN membrane demonstrated a fast response speed with τeff = 3.9 μs, which indicates a high temperature sensitivity (α = T/R · dR/dT = 326). The results also showed that the TES exhibits good linearity under optical pulses of variable widths.

  2. Stimulated electronic transition concept for an erasable optical memory

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    Albin, Sacharia; Satira, James D.; Livingston, David L.; Shull, Thomas A.

    1992-01-01

    A new concept for an erasable optical memory is demonstrated using stimulated electronic transition (SET). Large bandgap semiconductors are suitable materials for the SET medium. The properties of MgS:Eu,Sm and SrS:Eu,Sm as possible media for the SET process are investigated. Quantum storage is achieved in the form of charges in deep levels in the medium and stimulated radiative recombination is used as the reading process. Unlike magneto-optic (M-O) and phase change (PC) processes, optical writing, reading and erasing are achieved without localized heating. The SET process will have an inherently faster data transfer rate and a higher storage density, and the medium will be more durable than the M-O and PC media. A possible application of the SET process in neural networks is also discussed.

  3. High power beam profile monitor with optical transition radiation

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    Denard, J.C.; Piot, P.; Capek, K.; Feldl, E.

    1997-06-01

    A simple monitor has been built to measure the profile of the high power beam (800 kW) delivered by the CEBAF accelerator at Jefferson Lab. The monitor uses the optical part of the forward transition radiation emitted from a thin carbon foil. The small beam size to be measured, about 100 {mu}m, is challenging not only for the power density involved but also for the resolution the instrument must achieve. An important part of the beam instrumentation community believes the radiation being emitted into a cone of characteristic angle 1/{gamma} is originated from a region of transverse dimension roughly {lambda}{gamma}; thus the apparent size of the source of transition radiation would become very large for highly relativistic particles. This monitor measures 100 {mu}m beam sizes that are much smaller than the 3.2 mm {lambda}{gamma} limit; it confirms the statement of Rule and Fiorito that optical transition radiation can be used to image small beams at high energy. The present paper describes the instrument and its performance. The authors tested the foil in, up to 180 {mu}A of CW beam without causing noticeable beam loss, even at 800 MeV, the lowest CEBAF energy.

  4. Evolution of molecular crystal optical phonons near structural phase transitions

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    Michki, Nigel; Niessen, Katherine; Xu, Mengyang; Markelz, Andrea

    Molecular crystals are increasingly important photonic and electronic materials. For example organic semiconductors are lightweight compared to inorganic semiconductors and have inexpensive scale up processing with roll to roll printing. However their implementation is limited by their environmental sensitivity, in part arising from the weak intermolecular interactions of the crystal. These weak interactions result in optical phonons in the terahertz frequency range. We examine the evolution of intermolecular interactions near structural phase transitions by measuring the optical phonons as a function of temperature and crystal orientation using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy. The measured orientation dependence of the resonances provides an additional constraint for comparison of the observed spectra with the density functional calculations, enabling us to follow specific phonon modes. We observe crystal reorganization near 350 K for oxalic acid as it transforms from dihydrate to anhydrous form. We also report the first THz spectra for the molecular crystal fructose through its melting point.

  5. Direct band gap carbon superlattices with efficient optical transition

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    Oh, Young Jun; Kim, Sunghyun; Lee, In-Ho; Lee, Jooyoung; Chang, K. J.

    2016-02-01

    We report pure carbon-based superlattices that exhibit direct band gaps and excellent optical absorption and emission properties at the threshold energy. The structures are nearly identical to that of cubic diamond except that defective layers characterized by five- and seven-membered rings are intercalated in the diamond lattice. The direct band gaps lie in the range of 5.6-5.9 eV, corresponding to wavelengths of 210-221 nm. The dipole matrix elements of direct optical transition are comparable to that of GaN, suggesting that the superlattices are promising materials as an efficient deep ultraviolet light emitter. Molecular dynamics simulations show that the superlattices are thermally stable even at a high temperature of 2000 K. We provide a possible route to the synthesis of superlattices through wafer bonding of diamond (100) surfaces.

  6. Optical lattice polarization effects on hyperpolarizability of atomic clock transitions.

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    Taichenachev, A V; Yudin, V I; Ovsiannikov, V D; Pal'chikov, V G

    2006-10-27

    The light-induced frequency shift due to hyperpolarizability (i.e., terms of second-order in intensity) is studied for a forbidden optical transition, J = 0 --> J = 0. A simple universal dependence on the field ellipticity is obtained. This result allows minimization of the second-order light shift with respect to the field polarization for optical lattices operating at a magic wavelength (at which the first-order shift vanishes). We show the possibility for the existence of a magic elliptical polarization, for which the second-order frequency shift vanishes. The optimal polarization of the lattice field can be either linear, circular, or magic elliptical. The obtained results could improve the accuracy of lattice-based atomic clocks.

  7. Optical superfluid phase transitions and trapping of polariton condensates.

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    Cristofolini, P; Dreismann, A; Christmann, G; Franchetti, G; Berloff, N G; Tsotsis, P; Hatzopoulos, Z; Savvidis, P G; Baumberg, J J

    2013-05-01

    Semiconductor microcavities are used to support freely flowing polariton quantum liquids allowing the direct observation and optical manipulation of macroscopic quantum states. Incoherent optical excitation at a point produces radially expanding condensate clouds within the planar geometry. By using arbitrary configurations of multiple pump spots, we discover a geometrically controlled phase transition, switching from the coherent phase-locking of multiple condensates to the formation of a single trapped condensate. The condensation threshold becomes strongly dependent on the programmed superfluid geometry and sensitive to cooperative interactions between condensates. We directly image persistently circulating superfluid and show how flows of light-matter quasiparticles are dominated by the quantum pressure in such configurable laser-written potential landscapes.

  8. Resolution of Transverse Electron Beam Measurements using Optical Transition Radiation

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    Ischebeck, Rasmus; Decker, Franz-Josef; Hogan, Mark; Iverson, Richard H.; Krejcik, Patrick; Lincoln, Melissa; Siemann, Robert H.; Walz, Dieter; Clayton, Chris E.; Huang, Chengkun; Lu, Wei; Deng, Suzhi; Oz, Erdem; /Southern California U.

    2005-06-22

    In the plasma wakefield acceleration experiment E-167, optical transition radiation is used to measure the transverse profile of the electron bunches before and after the plasma acceleration. The distribution of the electric field from a single electron does not give a point-like distribution on the detector, but has a certain extension. Additionally, the resolution of the imaging system is affected by aberrations. The transverse profile of the bunch is thus convolved with a point spread function (PSF). Algorithms that deconvolve the image can help to improve the resolution. Imaged test patterns are used to determine the modulation transfer function of the lens. From this, the PSF can be reconstructed. The Lucy-Richardson algorithm is used to deconvolute this PSF from test images.

  9. Optical transition radiation interferometry for the A0 photoinjector

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    Kazakevich, G.; Edwards, H.; Fliller, R.; Nagaitsev, S.; Ruan, J.; Thurman-Keup, R.; /Fermilab

    2008-06-01

    Optical Transition Radiation Interferometry (OTRI) is a promising diagnostic technique and has been successfully developed and used for investigation of relativistic beams. For mid-energy accelerators the technique is traditionally based on thin polymer films (the first one is being transparent for visible light), which causes beam multiple scattering of about 1 mrad. A disadvantage of those films is unacceptable vacuum properties for photoinjectors and accelerators using superconducting cavities. We have studied the application of thin mica sheets for the OTRI diagnostics at the A0 Photoinjector in comparison with 2.5 {micro}m thick Mylar films. This diagnostic is also applicable for the ILCTA-NML accelerator test facility that is planned at Fermilab. This report discusses the experimental setups of the OTR interferometer for the A0 Photoinjector and presents comparisons of simulations and measurements obtained using Mylar and mica-based interferometers.

  10. Multi Optical Transition Radiation System for ATF2

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    Alabau-Gonzalvo, Javier; Blanch Gutierrez, Cesar; Civera, Jose Vicente; Faus-Golfe, Angeles; Garcia-Garrigos, Juan; Cruz, Juan; McCormick, Douglas; White, Glen; /SLAC

    2012-07-13

    In this paper we describe the design, installation and first calibration tests of a Multi Optical Transition Radiation System in the beam diagnostic section of the Extraction (EXT) line of ATF2, close to the multi wire scanner system. This system will be a valuable tool for measuring beam sizes and emittances coming from the ATF Damping Ring. With an optical resolution of about 2 {micro}m an original OTR design (OTR1X) located after the septum at the entrance of the EXT line demonstrated the ability to measure a 5.5 {micro}m beam size in one beam pulse and to take many fast measurements. This gives the OTR the ability to measure the beam emittance with high statistics, giving a low error and a good understanding of emittance jitter. Furthermore the nearby wire scanners will be a definitive test of the OTR as a beam emittance diagnostic device. The multi-OTR system design proposed here is based on the existing OTR1X.

  11. The Older Persons’ Transitions in Care (OPTIC) study: pilot testing of the transition tracking tool

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    2013-01-01

    Background OPTIC is a mixed method Partnership for Health System Improvement (http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/34348.html) study focused on improving care for nursing home (NH) residents who are transferred to and from emergency departments (EDs) via emergency medical services (EMS). In the pilot study we tested feasibility of concurrently collecting individual resident data during transitions across settings using the Transition Tracking Tool (T3). Methods The pilot study tracked 54 residents transferred from NHs to one of two EDs in two western Canadian provinces over a three month period. The T3 is an electronic data collection tool developed for this study to record data relevant to describing and determining success of transitions in care. It comprises 800+ data elements including resident characteristics, reasons and precipitating factors for transfer, advance directives, family involvement, healthcare services provided, disposition decisions, and dates/times and timing. Results Residents were elderly (mean age = 87.1 years) and the majority were female (61.8%). Feasibility of collecting data from multiple sources across two research sites was established. We identified resources and requirements to access and retrieve specific data elements in various settings to manage data collection processes and allocate research staff resources. We present preliminary data from NH, EMS, and ED settings. Conclusions While most research in this area has focused on a unidirectional process of patient progression from one care setting to another, this study established feasibility of collecting detailed data from beginning to end of a transition across multiple settings and in multiple directions. PMID:24330805

  12. Determination of the liquid crystals phase transition temperatures using optical rotation effect

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    Niu, Xiao-ling; Liu, Wei-guo; Liu, Peng; Cai, Chang-long

    2011-11-01

    Using optical rotation effect, a sensitive, simple optical analytical system is developed for determining the phase transition temperatures of liquid crystals (LCs). When a monochromatic polarized light passes through LCs sample and analyzer, the light intensity changes with temperature. Especially, during the phase transition process, the intensity varies greatly due to optical rotation effect. The variation of light intensity versus variation of temperature curve shows the phase transition temperatures of LCs clearly. The phase transition temperatures of three cholesteric liquid crystals (ChLCs) and a nematic liquid crystals (NLCs) were detected by this method, and compared with those of the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and polarized light microscope (PLM) methods.

  13. Optical lattice polarization effects on magnetically induced optical atomic clock transitions

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    Taichenachev, A. V.; Yudin, V. I.; Oates, C. W.

    2007-08-15

    We derive the frequency shift for a forbidden optical transition J=0{yields}J{sup '}=0 caused by the simultaneous actions of an elliptically polarized lattice field and a static magnetic field. We find that a simple configuration of lattice and magnetic fields leads to a cancellation of this shift to first order in lattice intensity and magnetic field. In this geometry, the second-order lattice intensity shift can be minimized as well by use of optimal lattice polarization. Suppression of these shifts could considerably enhance the performance of the next generation of atomic clocks.

  14. Optical Properties of Vanadium Dioxide Film during Semiconductive-Metallic Phase Transition

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    Kakiuchida, Hiroshi; Jin, Ping; Nakao, Setsuo; Tazawa, Masato

    2007-02-01

    The optical constants of vanadium dioxide (VO2) films were determined at visible and near-infrared wavelengths at various temperatures during a semiconductive-metallic phase transition by ellipsometric analysis with Lorentz-oscillator formulae. The reversible changes in optical constants against temperature due to thermochromism were observed at around 70 °C. The wavelength dispersions of the optical constants were well expressed by the sum of three oscillators and their oscillating energies were attributed to photon-excited transitions. The variation in band structure during the phase transition was monitored, and the relationship between the band structure and optical properties was discussed.

  15. Theory of optical transitions in conjugated polymers. I. Ideal systems

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    Barford, William; Marcus, Max

    2014-10-01

    We describe a theory of linear optical transitions in conjugated polymers. The theory is based on three assumptions. The first is that the low-lying excited states of conjugated polymers are Frenkel excitons coupled to local normal modes, described by the Frenkel-Holstein model. Second, we assume that the relevant parameter regime is ℏω ≪ J, i.e., the adiabatic regime, and thus the Born-Oppenheimer factorization of the electronic and nuclear degrees of freedom is generally applicable. Finally, we assume that the Condon approximation is valid, i.e., the exciton-polaron wavefunction is essentially independent of the normal modes. Using these assumptions we derive an expression for an effective Huang-Rhys parameter for a chain (or chromophore) of N monomers, given by S(N) = S(1)/IPR, where S(1) is the Huang-Rhys parameter for an isolated monomer. IPR is the inverse participation ratio, defined by IPR = (∑n|Ψn|4)-1, where Ψn is the exciton center-of-mass wavefunction. Since the IPR is proportional to the spread of the exciton center-of-mass wavefunction, this is a key result, as it shows that S(N) decreases with chain length. As in molecules, in a polymer S(N) has two interpretations. First, ℏωS(N) is the relaxation energy of an excited state caused by its coupling to the normal modes. Second, S(N) appears in the definition of an effective Franck-Condon factor, F0v(N) = S(N)vexp ( - S(N))/v! for the vth vibronic manifold. We show that the 0 - 0 and 0 - 1 optical intensities are proportional to F00(N) and F01(N), respectively, and thus the ratio of the 0 - 1 to 0 - 0 absorption and emission intensities are proportional to S(N). These analytical results are checked by extensive DMRG calculations and found to be generally valid, particularly for emission. However, for large chain lengths higher-lying quasimomentum exciton states become degenerate with the lowest vibrational excitation of the lowest exciton state. When this happens there is mixing of the

  16. Theory of optical transitions in conjugated polymers. I. Ideal systems

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    Barford, William; Marcus, Max

    2014-10-28

    We describe a theory of linear optical transitions in conjugated polymers. The theory is based on three assumptions. The first is that the low-lying excited states of conjugated polymers are Frenkel excitons coupled to local normal modes, described by the Frenkel-Holstein model. Second, we assume that the relevant parameter regime is ℏω ≪ J, i.e., the adiabatic regime, and thus the Born-Oppenheimer factorization of the electronic and nuclear degrees of freedom is generally applicable. Finally, we assume that the Condon approximation is valid, i.e., the exciton-polaron wavefunction is essentially independent of the normal modes. Using these assumptions we derive an expression for an effective Huang-Rhys parameter for a chain (or chromophore) of N monomers, given by S(N) = S(1)/IPR, where S(1) is the Huang-Rhys parameter for an isolated monomer. IPR is the inverse participation ratio, defined by IPR = (∑{sub n}|Ψ{sub n}|{sup 4}){sup −1}, where Ψ{sub n} is the exciton center-of-mass wavefunction. Since the IPR is proportional to the spread of the exciton center-of-mass wavefunction, this is a key result, as it shows that S(N) decreases with chain length. As in molecules, in a polymer S(N) has two interpretations. First, ℏωS(N) is the relaxation energy of an excited state caused by its coupling to the normal modes. Second, S(N) appears in the definition of an effective Franck-Condon factor, F{sub 0v}(N) = S(N){sup v}exp ( − S(N))/v! for the vth vibronic manifold. We show that the 0 − 0 and 0 − 1 optical intensities are proportional to F{sub 00}(N) and F{sub 01}(N), respectively, and thus the ratio of the 0 − 1 to 0 − 0 absorption and emission intensities are proportional to S(N). These analytical results are checked by extensive DMRG calculations and found to be generally valid, particularly for emission. However, for large chain lengths higher-lying quasimomentum exciton states become degenerate with the lowest vibrational excitation of the

  17. Observation of an optical Stark effect on vibrational and rotational transitions

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    Rahn, L.A.; Farrow, R.L.; Koszykowski, M.L.; Mattern, P.L.

    1980-08-25

    Vibrational and rotational Raman transitions are shown to be shifted to lower frequencies in the presence of a nonresonant, high-intensity optical field. Experimental results using coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy for hydrogen and nitrogen are presented. The magnitude of the observed shift is in agreement with a calculation which considers the coupling of the optical field to the internuclear separation via the molecular electronic polarizability. The magnitude of the shift is predicted to be proportional to the optical field intensity.

  18. Non-local Optical Topological Transitions and Critical States in Electromagnetic Metamaterials

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    Ishii, Satoshi; Narimanov, Evgenii

    2015-01-01

    Just as the topology of the Fermi surface defines the properties of the free electrons in metals and semiconductors, the geometry of the iso-frequency surface in the phase space of the propagating electromagnetic waves, determines the optical properties of the corresponding optical materials. Furthermore, in the direct analog to the Lifshitz transition in condensed matter physics, a change in the topology of iso-frequency surface has a dramatic effect on the emission, propagation and scattering of the electromagnetic waves. Here, we uncover a new class of such optical topological transitions in metamaterials, induced by the non-locality of the electromagnetic response inherent to these composites. PMID:26670600

  19. Non-local Optical Topological Transitions and Critical States in Electromagnetic Metamaterials.

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    Ishii, Satoshi; Narimanov, Evgenii

    2015-01-01

    Just as the topology of the Fermi surface defines the properties of the free electrons in metals and semiconductors, the geometry of the iso-frequency surface in the phase space of the propagating electromagnetic waves, determines the optical properties of the corresponding optical materials. Furthermore, in the direct analog to the Lifshitz transition in condensed matter physics, a change in the topology of iso-frequency surface has a dramatic effect on the emission, propagation and scattering of the electromagnetic waves. Here, we uncover a new class of such optical topological transitions in metamaterials, induced by the non-locality of the electromagnetic response inherent to these composites. PMID:26670600

  20. Polishing-To-Figuring Transition In Turned Optics

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    Brown, Norman J.; Baker, Phillip C.; Parks, Robert E.

    1982-03-01

    The spatial frequency response of elastic backed flexible lapping belts is examined. The transition from planing off to propagating sinusoidal ripple is shown to be extremely sensitive to ripple frequency.

  1. Active Optical Metasurfaces Based on Defect-Engineered Phase-Transition Materials.

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    Rensberg, Jura; Zhang, Shuyan; Zhou, You; McLeod, Alexander S; Schwarz, Christian; Goldflam, Michael; Liu, Mengkun; Kerbusch, Jochen; Nawrodt, Ronny; Ramanathan, Shriram; Basov, D N; Capasso, Federico; Ronning, Carsten; Kats, Mikhail A

    2016-02-10

    Active, widely tunable optical materials have enabled rapid advances in photonics and optoelectronics, especially in the emerging field of meta-devices. Here, we demonstrate that spatially selective defect engineering on the nanometer scale can transform phase-transition materials into optical metasurfaces. Using ion irradiation through nanometer-scale masks, we selectively defect-engineered the insulator-metal transition of vanadium dioxide, a prototypical correlated phase-transition material whose optical properties change dramatically depending on its state. Using this robust technique, we demonstrated several optical metasurfaces, including tunable absorbers with artificially induced phase coexistence and tunable polarizers based on thermally triggered dichroism. Spatially selective nanoscale defect engineering represents a new paradigm for active photonic structures and devices.

  2. Feasibility study of optical boundary layer transition detection method

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    Azzazy, M.; Modarress, D.; Trolinger, J. D.

    1986-01-01

    A high sensitivity differential interferometer was developed to locate the region where the boundary layer flow undergoes transition from laminar to turbulent. Two laboratory experimental configurations were used to evaluate the performance of the interferometer: open shear layer, and low speed wind tunnel turbulent spot configuration. In each experiment, small temperature fluctuations were introduced as the signal source. Simultaneous cold wire measurements were compared with the interferometer data. The comparison shows that the interferometer is sensitive to very weak phase variations in the order of 0.001 the laser wavelength. An attempt to detect boundary layer transition over a flat plate at NASA-Langley Unitary Supersonic Wind Tunnel using the interferometer system was performed. The phase variations during boundary layer transition in the supersonic wind tunnel were beyond the minimum signal-to-noise level of the instrument.

  3. Theory of optical transitions in π-conjugated macrocycles.

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    Marcus, Max; Coonjobeeharry, Jaymee; Barford, William

    2016-04-21

    We describe a theoretical and computational investigation of the optical properties of π-conjugated macrocycles. Since the low-energy excitations of these systems are Frenkel excitons that couple to high-frequency dispersionless phonons, we employ the quantized Frenkel-Holstein model and solve it via the density matrix renormalization group (DMRG) method. First we consider optical emission from perfectly circular systems. Owing to optical selection rules, such systems radiate via two mechanisms: (i) within the Condon approximation, by thermally induced emission from the optically allowed j = ± 1 states and (ii) beyond the Condon approximation, by emission from the j = 0 state via coupling with a totally non-symmetric phonon (namely, the Herzberg-Teller effect). Using perturbation theory, we derive an expression for the Herzberg-Teller correction and show via DMRG calculations that this expression soon fails as ħ ω/J and the size of the macrocycle increase. Next, we consider the role of broken symmetry caused by torsional disorder. In this case the quantum number j no longer labels eigenstates of angular momentum, but instead labels localized local exciton groundstates (LEGSs) or quasi-extended states (QEESs). As for linear polymers, LEGSs define chromophores, with the higher energy QEESs being extended over numerous LEGSs. Within the Condon approximation (i.e., neglecting the Herzberg-Teller correction) we show that increased disorder increases the emissive optical intensity, because all the LEGSs are optically active. We next consider the combined role of broken symmetry and curvature, by explicitly evaluating the Herzberg-Teller correction in disordered systems via the DMRG method. The Herzberg-Teller correction is most evident in the emission intensity ratio, I00/I01. In the Condon approximation I00/I01 is a constant function of curvature, whereas in practice it vanishes for closed rings and only approaches a constant in the limit of vanishing curvature. We

  4. Theory of optical transitions in π-conjugated macrocycles

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    Marcus, Max; Coonjobeeharry, Jaymee; Barford, William

    2016-04-01

    We describe a theoretical and computational investigation of the optical properties of π-conjugated macrocycles. Since the low-energy excitations of these systems are Frenkel excitons that couple to high-frequency dispersionless phonons, we employ the quantized Frenkel-Holstein model and solve it via the density matrix renormalization group (DMRG) method. First we consider optical emission from perfectly circular systems. Owing to optical selection rules, such systems radiate via two mechanisms: (i) within the Condon approximation, by thermally induced emission from the optically allowed j = ± 1 states and (ii) beyond the Condon approximation, by emission from the j = 0 state via coupling with a totally non-symmetric phonon (namely, the Herzberg-Teller effect). Using perturbation theory, we derive an expression for the Herzberg-Teller correction and show via DMRG calculations that this expression soon fails as ħ ω/J and the size of the macrocycle increase. Next, we consider the role of broken symmetry caused by torsional disorder. In this case the quantum number j no longer labels eigenstates of angular momentum, but instead labels localized local exciton groundstates (LEGSs) or quasi-extended states (QEESs). As for linear polymers, LEGSs define chromophores, with the higher energy QEESs being extended over numerous LEGSs. Within the Condon approximation (i.e., neglecting the Herzberg-Teller correction) we show that increased disorder increases the emissive optical intensity, because all the LEGSs are optically active. We next consider the combined role of broken symmetry and curvature, by explicitly evaluating the Herzberg-Teller correction in disordered systems via the DMRG method. The Herzberg-Teller correction is most evident in the emission intensity ratio, I00/I01. In the Condon approximation I00/I01 is a constant function of curvature, whereas in practice it vanishes for closed rings and only approaches a constant in the limit of vanishing curvature. We

  5. Doubly Magic Optical Trapping for Cs Atom Hyperfine Clock Transitions

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    Carr, A. W.; Saffman, M.

    2016-10-01

    We analyze doubly magic trapping of Cs hyperfine transitions including previously neglected contributions from the ground state hyperpolarizability and the interaction of the laser light and a static magnetic field. Extensive numerical searches do not reveal any doubly magic trapping conditions for any pair of hyperfine states. However, including the hyperpolarizability reveals light intensity insensitive traps for a wide range of wavelengths at specific intensities. We then investigate the use of bichromatic trapping light fields. Deploying a bichromatic scheme, we demonstrate doubly magic red and blue detuned traps for pairs of states separated by one or two single photon transitions.

  6. Systematic Study of the {sup 87}Sr Clock Transition in an Optical Lattice

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    Ludlow, Andrew D.; Boyd, Martin M.; Zelevinsky, Tanya; Foreman, Seth M.; Blatt, Sebastian; Notcutt, Mark; Ido, Tetsuya; Ye Jun

    2006-01-27

    With ultracold {sup 87}Sr confined in a magic wavelength optical lattice, we present the most precise study (2.8 Hz statistical uncertainty) to date of the {sup 1}S{sub 0}-{sup 3}P{sub 0} optical clock transition with a detailed analysis of systematic shifts (19 Hz uncertainty) in the absolute frequency measurement of 429 228 004 229 869 Hz. The high resolution permits an investigation of the optical lattice motional sideband structure. The local oscillator for this optical atomic clock is a stable diode laser with its hertz-level linewidth characterized by an octave-spanning femtosecond frequency comb.

  7. Optically decomposed near-band-edge structure and excitonic transitions in Ga₂S₃.

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    Ho, Ching-Hwa; Chen, Hsin-Hung

    2014-08-21

    The band-edge structure and band gap are key parameters for a functional chalcogenide semiconductor to its applications in optoelectronics, nanoelectronics, and photonics devices. Here, we firstly demonstrate the complete study of experimental band-edge structure and excitonic transitions of monoclinic digallium trisulfide (Ga₂S₃) using photoluminescence (PL), thermoreflectance (TR), and optical absorption measurements at low and room temperatures. According to the experimental results of optical measurements, three band-edge transitions of EA = 3.052 eV, EB = 3.240 eV, and EC = 3.328 eV are respectively determined and they are proven to construct the main band-edge structure of Ga₂S₃. Distinctly optical-anisotropic behaviors by orientation- and polarization-dependent TR measurements are, respectively, relevant to distinguish the origins of the EA, EB, and EC transitions. The results indicated that the three band-edge transitions are coming from different origins. Low-temperature PL results show defect emissions, bound-exciton and free-exciton luminescences in the radiation spectra of Ga₂S₃. The below-band-edge transitions are respectively characterized. On the basis of experimental analyses, the optical property of near-band-edge structure and excitonic transitions in the monoclinic Ga₂S₃ crystal is revealed.

  8. Optically decomposed near-band-edge structure and excitonic transitions in Ga2S3

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    Ho, Ching-Hwa; Chen, Hsin-Hung

    2014-01-01

    The band-edge structure and band gap are key parameters for a functional chalcogenide semiconductor to its applications in optoelectronics, nanoelectronics, and photonics devices. Here, we firstly demonstrate the complete study of experimental band-edge structure and excitonic transitions of monoclinic digallium trisulfide (Ga2S3) using photoluminescence (PL), thermoreflectance (TR), and optical absorption measurements at low and room temperatures. According to the experimental results of optical measurements, three band-edge transitions of EA = 3.052 eV, EB = 3.240 eV, and EC = 3.328 eV are respectively determined and they are proven to construct the main band-edge structure of Ga2S3. Distinctly optical-anisotropic behaviors by orientation- and polarization-dependent TR measurements are, respectively, relevant to distinguish the origins of the EA, EB, and EC transitions. The results indicated that the three band-edge transitions are coming from different origins. Low-temperature PL results show defect emissions, bound-exciton and free-exciton luminescences in the radiation spectra of Ga2S3. The below-band-edge transitions are respectively characterized. On the basis of experimental analyses, the optical property of near-band-edge structure and excitonic transitions in the monoclinic Ga2S3 crystal is revealed. PMID:25142550

  9. Measurement of Sub-Picosecond Electron Bunches via Electro-Optic Sampling of Coherent Transition Radiation

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    Maxwell, Timothy John

    2012-01-01

    Future collider applications as well as present high-gradient laser plasma wakefield accelerators and free-electron lasers operating with picosecond bunch durations place a higher demand on the time resolution of bunch distribution diagnostics. This demand has led to significant advancements in the field of electro-optic sampling over the past ten years. These methods allow the probing of diagnostic light such as coherent transition radiation or the bunch wakefields with sub-picosecond time resolution. We present results on the single-shot electro-optic spectral decoding of coherent transition radiation from bunches generated at the Fermilab A0 photoinjector laboratory. A longitudinal double-pulse modulation of the electron beam is also realized by transverse beam masking followed by a transverse-to-longitudinal phase-space exchange beamline. Live profile tuning is demonstrated by upstream beam focusing in conjunction with downstream monitoring of single-shot electro-optic spectral decoding of the coherent transition radiation.

  10. Extreme nonlinear response of ultranarrow optical transitions in cavity QED for laser stabilization

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    Martin, M. J.; Meiser, D.; Ye Jun; Holland, M. J.; Thomsen, J. W.

    2011-12-15

    We explore the potential of direct spectroscopy of ultranarrow optical transitions of atoms localized in an optical cavity. In contrast to stabilization against a reference cavity, which is the approach currently used for the most highly stabilized lasers, stabilization against an atomic transition does not suffer from Brownian thermal noise. Spectroscopy of ultranarrow optical transitions in a cavity operates in a very highly saturated regime in which nonlinear effects such as bistability play an important role. From the universal behavior of the Jaynes-Cummings model with dissipation, we derive the fundamental limits for laser stabilization using direct spectroscopy of ultranarrow atomic lines. We find that, with current lattice clock experiments, laser linewidths of about 1 mHz can be achieved in principle, and the ultimate limitations of this technique are at the 1 {mu}Hz level.

  11. Robust Light State by Quantum Phase Transition in Non-Hermitian Optical Materials.

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    Zhao, Han; Longhi, Stefano; Feng, Liang

    2015-11-23

    Robust light transport is the heart of optical information processing, leading to the search for robust light states by topological engineering of material properties. Here, it is shown that quantum phase transition, rather than topology, can be strategically exploited to design a novel robust light state. We consider an interface between parity-time (PT) symmetric media with different quantum phases and use complex Berry phase to reveal the associated quantum phase transition and topological nature. While the system possesses the same topological order within different quantum phases, phase transition from PT symmetry to PT breaking across the interface in the synthetic non-Hermitian metamaterial system facilitates novel interface states, which are robust against a variety of gain/loss perturbations and topological impurities and disorder. The discovery of the robust light state by quantum phase transition may promise fault-tolerant light transport in optical communications and computing.

  12. Robust Light State by Quantum Phase Transition in Non-Hermitian Optical Materials

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    Zhao, Han; Longhi, Stefano; Feng, Liang

    2015-01-01

    Robust light transport is the heart of optical information processing, leading to the search for robust light states by topological engineering of material properties. Here, it is shown that quantum phase transition, rather than topology, can be strategically exploited to design a novel robust light state. We consider an interface between parity-time (PT) symmetric media with different quantum phases and use complex Berry phase to reveal the associated quantum phase transition and topological nature. While the system possesses the same topological order within different quantum phases, phase transition from PT symmetry to PT breaking across the interface in the synthetic non-Hermitian metamaterial system facilitates novel interface states, which are robust against a variety of gain/loss perturbations and topological impurities and disorder. The discovery of the robust light state by quantum phase transition may promise fault-tolerant light transport in optical communications and computing. PMID:26592765

  13. Impedance Calculations of Non-Axisymmetric Transitions Using the Optical Approximation

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    Bane, K.L.F.; Stupakov, G.; Zagorodov, I.; /DESY

    2007-03-06

    In a companion report, we have derived a method for finding the impedance at high frequencies of vacuum chamber transitions that are short compared to the catch-up distance, in a frequency regime that--in analogy to geometric optics for light--we call the optical regime. In this report we apply the method to various non-axisymmetric geometries such as irises/short collimators in a beam pipe, step-in transitions, step-out transitions, and more complicated transitions of practical importance. Most of our results are analytical, with a few given in terms of a simple one dimensional integral. Our results are compared to wakefield simulations with the time-domain, finite-difference program ECHO, and excellent agreement is found.

  14. Robust Light State by Quantum Phase Transition in Non-Hermitian Optical Materials

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    Zhao, Han; Longhi, Stefano; Feng, Liang

    2015-11-01

    Robust light transport is the heart of optical information processing, leading to the search for robust light states by topological engineering of material properties. Here, it is shown that quantum phase transition, rather than topology, can be strategically exploited to design a novel robust light state. We consider an interface between parity-time (PT) symmetric media with different quantum phases and use complex Berry phase to reveal the associated quantum phase transition and topological nature. While the system possesses the same topological order within different quantum phases, phase transition from PT symmetry to PT breaking across the interface in the synthetic non-Hermitian metamaterial system facilitates novel interface states, which are robust against a variety of gain/loss perturbations and topological impurities and disorder. The discovery of the robust light state by quantum phase transition may promise fault-tolerant light transport in optical communications and computing.

  15. Multispectral optical metasurfaces enabled by achromatic phase transition

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    Zhao, Zeyu; Pu, Mingbo; Gao, Hui; Jin, Jinjin; Li, Xiong; Ma, Xiaoliang; Wang, Yanqin; Gao, Ping; Luo, Xiangang

    2015-10-01

    The independent control of electromagnetic waves with different oscillating frequencies is critical in the modern electromagnetic techniques, such as wireless communications and multispectral imaging. To obtain complete control of different light waves with optical materials, the chromatic dispersion should be carefully controlled, which is however extremely difficult. In this paper, we propose a method to control the behaviors of different light waves through a metasurface which is able to generate achromatic geometric phase. Using this approach, a doughnut-shaped and a solid light spot were achieved at the same focal plane using two light sources with different wavelengths as used in the stimulation emission depletion (STED) microscope system. In order to reveal the full capacity of such method, tight focusing at multiple wavelengths is also represented, where the focal spots of different wavelengths are located at the same position. The results provided here may open a new door to the design of subminiature optical components and integrated optical system operating at multiple wavelengths.

  16. Multispectral optical metasurfaces enabled by achromatic phase transition

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    Zhao, Zeyu; Pu, Mingbo; Gao, Hui; Jin, Jinjin; Li, Xiong; Ma, Xiaoliang; Wang, Yanqin; Gao, Ping; Luo, Xiangang

    2015-01-01

    The independent control of electromagnetic waves with different oscillating frequencies is critical in the modern electromagnetic techniques, such as wireless communications and multispectral imaging. To obtain complete control of different light waves with optical materials, the chromatic dispersion should be carefully controlled, which is however extremely difficult. In this paper, we propose a method to control the behaviors of different light waves through a metasurface which is able to generate achromatic geometric phase. Using this approach, a doughnut-shaped and a solid light spot were achieved at the same focal plane using two light sources with different wavelengths as used in the stimulation emission depletion (STED) microscope system. In order to reveal the full capacity of such method, tight focusing at multiple wavelengths is also represented, where the focal spots of different wavelengths are located at the same position. The results provided here may open a new door to the design of subminiature optical components and integrated optical system operating at multiple wavelengths. PMID:26503607

  17. Multispectral optical metasurfaces enabled by achromatic phase transition.

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    Zhao, Zeyu; Pu, Mingbo; Gao, Hui; Jin, Jinjin; Li, Xiong; Ma, Xiaoliang; Wang, Yanqin; Gao, Ping; Luo, Xiangang

    2015-10-27

    The independent control of electromagnetic waves with different oscillating frequencies is critical in the modern electromagnetic techniques, such as wireless communications and multispectral imaging. To obtain complete control of different light waves with optical materials, the chromatic dispersion should be carefully controlled, which is however extremely difficult. In this paper, we propose a method to control the behaviors of different light waves through a metasurface which is able to generate achromatic geometric phase. Using this approach, a doughnut-shaped and a solid light spot were achieved at the same focal plane using two light sources with different wavelengths as used in the stimulation emission depletion (STED) microscope system. In order to reveal the full capacity of such method, tight focusing at multiple wavelengths is also represented, where the focal spots of different wavelengths are located at the same position. The results provided here may open a new door to the design of subminiature optical components and integrated optical system operating at multiple wavelengths.

  18. Magneto-optical spectra of transition metal dichalcogenides: A comparative study

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    Ho, Yen-Hung; Chiu, Chih-Wei; Su, Wu-Pei; Lin, Ming-Fa

    2014-12-01

    Following our previous work [Ho et al., Phys. Rev. B 89, 155316 (2014)], we systematically calculate the magneto-optical properties of various transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers. The intrinsic spin-orbit coupling gives rise to the spin-split electronic states, while a perpendicular magnetic field further induces a valley splitting. In magneto-optical spectra with linearly polarized light, spectral features are spin and valley-polarized. Compounds are different from one another in terms of transition energies and appearance of twin peaks. Our numerical results can serve as a guide for future experimental identification.

  19. Excitonic optical transitions characterized by Raman excitation profiles in single-walled carbon nanotubes

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    Tran, H. N.; Blancon, J.-C.; Huntzinger, J.-R.; Arenal, R.; Popov, V. N.; Zahab, A. A.; Ayari, A.; San-Miguel, A.; Vallée, F.; Del Fatti, N.; Sauvajol, J.-L.; Paillet, M.

    2016-08-01

    We examine the excitonic nature of the E33 optical transition of the individual free-standing index-identified (23 ,7 ) single-walled carbon nanotube by means of the measurements of its radial-breathing-mode and G -mode Raman excitation profiles. We confirm that it is impossible to determine unambiguously the nature of its E33 optical transition (excitonic vs band to band) based only on the excitation profiles. Nevertheless, by combining Raman scattering, Rayleigh scattering, and optical absorption measurements on strictly the same individual (23 ,7 ) single-walled carbon nanotube, we show that the absorption, Rayleigh spectra, and Raman excitation profiles of the longitudinal and transverse G modes are best fitted by considering the nature of the E33 transition as excitonic. The fit of the three sets of data gives close values of the transition energy E33 and damping parameter Γ33. This comparison shows that the fit of the Raman excitation profiles provides with good accuracy the energy and damping parameter of the excitonic optical transitions in single-walled carbon nanotubes.

  20. Optically pumped gas laser using electronic transitions in the NaRb molecule

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    Kaslin, V.M.; Yakushev, O.F.

    1983-12-01

    Laser superradiance was achieved for the first time as a result of an electronic transition in a diatomic heteronuclear molecule as a result of direct optical pumping. This superradiance was observed in the region of 670 nm due to a transition to the ground state X/sup 1/..sigma../sup +/ of the intermetallic alkali molecule NaRb pumped by radiation from a pulsed copper vapor laser (lambda = 510.6 nm).

  1. Inner-shell magnetic dipole transition in Tm atoms: A candidate for optical lattice clocks

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    Sukachev, D.; Fedorov, S.; Tolstikhina, I.; Tregubov, D.; Kalganova, E.; Vishnyakova, G.; Golovizin, A.; Kolachevsky, N.; Khabarova, K.; Sorokin, V.

    2016-08-01

    We consider a narrow magneto-dipole transition in the 169Tm atom at the wavelength of 1.14 μ m as a candidate for a two-dimensional-optical lattice clock. Calculating dynamic polarizabilities of the two clock levels [Xe] 4 f136 s2(J =7 /2 ) and [Xe] 4 f136 s2(J =5 /2 ) in the spectral range from 250 to 1200 nm, we find a "magic" wavelength for the optical lattice at 807 nm. Frequency shifts due to black-body radiation (BBR), the van der Waals interaction, the magnetic dipole-dipole interaction, and other effects which can perturb the transition frequency are calculated. The transition at 1.14 μ m demonstrates low sensitivity to the BBR shift corresponding to 8 ×10-17 in fractional units at room temperature which makes it an interesting candidate for high-performance optical clocks. The total estimated frequency uncertainty is less than 5 ×10-18 in fractional units. By direct excitation of the 1.14 μ m transition in Tm atoms loaded into an optical dipole trap, we set the lower limit for the lifetime of the upper clock level [Xe] 4 f136 s2(J =5 /2 ) of 112 ms which corresponds to a natural spectral linewidth narrower than 1.4 Hz. The polarizability of the Tm ground state was measured by the excitation of parametric resonances in the optical dipole trap at 532 nm.

  2. Anchoring Transitions of Liquid Crystals for Optical Amplification of Phospholipid Oxidation Inhibition by Ascorbic Acid.

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    Zhang, Minmin; Jang, Chang-Hyun

    2015-01-01

    There is considerable evidence that the antioxidant property of ascorbic acid (AH) is effective for reducing oxidative stress of phospholipids. Herein, a liquid crystals (LCs)-based method was developed for the optical amplification of resistance to phospholipid oxidation by AH. Phospholipid peroxidation initiated by free radicals was monitored from a homeotropic-to-planar anchoring transition of LCs via polarized optical microscopy. Alternatively, consistent homeotropic anchoring of LCs was observed when the oxidation caused by free radicals was blocked by AH.

  3. Phase-Transition Mastering of High-Density Optical Media

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    Meinders, Erwin R.; Rastogi, Ruchi; van der Veer, Mark; Peeters, Patrick; El Majdoubi, Hamid; Bulle, Herman; Millet, Antoine; Bruls, Dominique

    2007-06-01

    A new phase-transition mastering (PTM) process was developed for Blu-ray Disc read-only memory (BD-ROM) mastering. Results obtained with both a 266 and 405 nm laser beam recorder (LBR) are discussed in this paper. The feasibility of BD-ROM mastering was successfully demonstrated on both LBRs. With the insight that 25 Gbytes BD-ROM can be mastered with a 405 nm wavelength LBR, the availability of the 266 nm wavelength LBR opened the route to explore PTM of near-field data densities. First experiments indicate that the PTM process is also suitable for mastering data densities beyond 25 Gbytes data density.

  4. Optical properties of VO2 films at the phase transition: Influence of substrate and electronic correlations

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    Peterseim, Tobias; Dressel, Martin; Dietrich, Marc; Polity, Angelika

    2016-08-01

    Thin films of VO2 on different substrates, Al2O3 and SiO2/Si, have been prepared and characterized from room temperature up to 360 K. From the band structure in the rutile metallic phase and in the monoclinic insulating phase, the optical properties are calculated and compared with reflection measurements performed as a function of temperatures. Various interband transitions can be assigned and compared with previous speculations. We extract the parameters of the metallic charge carriers that evolve upon crossing the insulator-to-metal phase transition and find effects by the substrate. The influence of electronic correlations becomes obvious at the phase transition.

  5. Optical properties of transition metal oxide quantum wells

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    Demkov, Alexander; Choi, Miri; Butcher, Matthew; Rodriguez, Cesar; He, Qian; Posadas, Agham; Borisevich, Albina; Zollner, Stefan; Lin, Chungwei; Ortmann, Elliott

    2015-03-01

    We report on the investigation of SrTiO3/LaAlO3 quantum wells (QWs) grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) on LaAlO3 substrate. Structures with different QW thicknesses ranging from two to ten unit cells were grown and characterized using x-ray photoemission spectroscopy, reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED), scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). Optical properties (complex dielectric function) were measured by spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) in the range of 1.0 eV to 6.0 eV at room temperature. We observed that the absorption edge was blue-shifted by approximately 0.39 eV as the STO quantum well thickness was reduced to two unit cells (uc). Density functional theory and tight-binding are used to model the optical response of these heterostructures. Our results demonstrate that the energy level of the first sub-band can be controlled by the QW thickness in a complex oxide material. We acknowledge support from Air Force Office of Scientific Research (FA9550-12-10494).

  6. Superlubric-pinned Aubry transition of two dimensional monolayers in optical lattices

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    Mandelli, Davide; Vanossi, Andrea; Manini, Nicola; Tosatti, Erio

    Two-dimensional (2D) crystalline colloidal monolayers sliding over a laser-induced optical lattice ``corrugation'' potential emulate friction between ideal crystal surfaces. Static friction is always present when the monolayer and the optical lattices are commensurate, but when they are incommensurate the presence or absence of static friction depends upon the system parameters. In 1D, at the Aubry dynamical phase transition the static friction goes continuously from zero (superlubricity) to finite as the periodic corrugation strength is increased. We look for the Aubry-like transition in the more realistic 2D case of a monolayer in an incommensurate periodic potential using molecular dynamics simulations. Results confirm a clear and sharp 2D superlubric-pinned transition upon increasing corrugation strength. Unlike the 1D Aubry transition which is continuous, the 2D transition is first-order, with a jump of static friction. At the 2D Aubry transition there is no change of symmetry, a sudden rise of the colloid-colloid interaction energy, and a compensating drop of the colloid-corrugation energy. The observability of the superlubric-pinned colloid transition is proposed and discussed. This work has been supported by ERC Advanced Grant N. 320796 MODPHYSFRICT.

  7. Optical studies of the ferroelastic phase transitions in KFe(MoO4)2

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    Zapart, W.; Zapart, M. B.

    2016-08-01

    The ferroelastic phase transitions in KFe(MoO4)2 have been studied by means of polarized light microscopy. The crystal undergoes a sequence of ferroelastic phase transitions. It has been found that the second transition consists of two transitions separated by the temperature interval of about 0.4 K. Both these transitions are of the first order and are evidenced through a phase front passing, without the domain structure rebuilding. The disposition of optical indicatrix axes ng, nm has been established, and the birefringence has been measured in the plane (0001) in the temperature range covering all ferroelastic phases. From temperature studies of the morphic birefringence, a critical exponent of the order parameter has been estimated.

  8. Direct frequency comb optical frequency standard based on two-photon transitions of thermal atoms

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    Zhang, S. Y.; Wu, J. T.; Zhang, Y. L.; Leng, J. X.; Yang, W. P.; Zhang, Z. G.; Zhao, J. Y.

    2015-01-01

    Optical clocks have been the focus of science and technology research areas due to their capability to provide highest frequency accuracy and stability to date. Their superior frequency performance promises significant advances in the fields of fundamental research as well as practical applications including satellite-based navigation and ranging. In traditional optical clocks, ultrastable optical cavities, laser cooling and particle (atoms or a single ion) trapping techniques are employed to guarantee high stability and accuracy. However, on the other hand, they make optical clocks an entire optical tableful of equipment, and cannot work continuously for a long time; as a result, they restrict optical clocks used as very convenient and compact time-keeping clocks. In this article, we proposed, and experimentally demonstrated, a novel scheme of optical frequency standard based on comb-directly-excited atomic two-photon transitions. By taking advantage of the natural properties of the comb and two-photon transitions, this frequency standard achieves a simplified structure, high robustness as well as decent frequency stability, which promise widespread applications in various scenarios. PMID:26459877

  9. Direct frequency comb optical frequency standard based on two-photon transitions of thermal atoms.

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    Zhang, S Y; Wu, J T; Zhang, Y L; Leng, J X; Yang, W P; Zhang, Z G; Zhao, J Y

    2015-10-13

    Optical clocks have been the focus of science and technology research areas due to their capability to provide highest frequency accuracy and stability to date. Their superior frequency performance promises significant advances in the fields of fundamental research as well as practical applications including satellite-based navigation and ranging. In traditional optical clocks, ultrastable optical cavities, laser cooling and particle (atoms or a single ion) trapping techniques are employed to guarantee high stability and accuracy. However, on the other hand, they make optical clocks an entire optical tableful of equipment, and cannot work continuously for a long time; as a result, they restrict optical clocks used as very convenient and compact time-keeping clocks. In this article, we proposed, and experimentally demonstrated, a novel scheme of optical frequency standard based on comb-directly-excited atomic two-photon transitions. By taking advantage of the natural properties of the comb and two-photon transitions, this frequency standard achieves a simplified structure, high robustness as well as decent frequency stability, which promise widespread applications in various scenarios.

  10. Direct frequency comb optical frequency standard based on two-photon transitions of thermal atoms.

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    Zhang, S Y; Wu, J T; Zhang, Y L; Leng, J X; Yang, W P; Zhang, Z G; Zhao, J Y

    2015-01-01

    Optical clocks have been the focus of science and technology research areas due to their capability to provide highest frequency accuracy and stability to date. Their superior frequency performance promises significant advances in the fields of fundamental research as well as practical applications including satellite-based navigation and ranging. In traditional optical clocks, ultrastable optical cavities, laser cooling and particle (atoms or a single ion) trapping techniques are employed to guarantee high stability and accuracy. However, on the other hand, they make optical clocks an entire optical tableful of equipment, and cannot work continuously for a long time; as a result, they restrict optical clocks used as very convenient and compact time-keeping clocks. In this article, we proposed, and experimentally demonstrated, a novel scheme of optical frequency standard based on comb-directly-excited atomic two-photon transitions. By taking advantage of the natural properties of the comb and two-photon transitions, this frequency standard achieves a simplified structure, high robustness as well as decent frequency stability, which promise widespread applications in various scenarios. PMID:26459877

  11. Simultaneous infrared and optical observations of the transiting debris cloud around WD 1145+017

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    Zhou, G.; Kedziora-Chudczer, L.; Bailey, J.; Marshall, J. P.; Bayliss, D. D. R.; Stockdale, C.; Nelson, P.; Tan, T. G.; Rodriguez, J. E.; Tinney, C. G.; Dragomir, D.; Colon, K.; Shporer, A.; Bento, J.; Sefako, R.; Horne, K.; Cochran, W.

    2016-09-01

    We present multi-wavelength photometric monitoring of WD 1145+017, a white dwarf exhibiting periodic dimming events interpreted to be the transits of orbiting, disintegrating planetesimals. Our observations include the first set of near-infrared light curves for the object, obtained on multiple nights over the span of one month, and recorded multiple transit events with depths varying between ˜20 to 50 per cent. Simultaneous near-infrared and optical observations of the deepest and longest duration transit event were obtained on two epochs with the Anglo-Australian Telescope and three optical facilities, over the wavelength range of 0.5 to 1.2 μm. These observations revealed no measurable difference in transit depths for multiple photometric pass bands, allowing us to place a 2σ lower limit of 0.8 μm on the grain size in the putative transiting debris cloud. This conclusion is consistent with the spectral energy distribution of the system, which can be fit with an optically thin debris disc with minimum particle sizes of 10^{+5}_{-3} μm.

  12. Magnetic field-induced spectroscopy of forbidden optical transitions with application to lattice-based optical atomic clocks.

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    Taichenachev, A V; Yudin, V I; Oates, C W; Hoyt, C W; Barber, Z W; Hollberg, L

    2006-03-01

    We develop a method of spectroscopy that uses a weak static magnetic field to enable direct optical excitation of forbidden electric-dipole transitions that are otherwise prohibitively weak. The power of this scheme is demonstrated using the important application of optical atomic clocks based on neutral atoms confined to an optical lattice. The simple experimental implementation of this method--a single clock laser combined with a dc magnetic field--relaxes stringent requirements in current lattice-based clocks (e.g., magnetic field shielding and light polarization), and could therefore expedite the realization of the extraordinary performance level predicted for these clocks. We estimate that a clock using alkaline-earth-like atoms such as Yb could achieve a fractional frequency uncertainty of well below 10(-17) for the metrologically preferred even isotopes.

  13. Electronic structures and optical properties of realistic transition metal dichalcogenide heterostructures from first principles

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    Komsa, Hannu-Pekka; Krasheninnikov, Arkady V.

    2013-08-01

    We calculate from first principles the electronic structure and optical properties of a number of transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) bilayer heterostructures consisting of MoS2 layers sandwiched with WS2, MoSe2, MoTe2, BN, or graphene sheets. Contrary to previous works, the systems are constructed in such a way that the unstrained lattice constants of the constituent incommensurate monolayers are retained. We find strong interaction between the Γ-point states in all TMD/TMD heterostructures, which can lead to an indirect gap. On the other hand, states near the K point remain as in the monolayers. When TMDs are paired with BN or graphene layers, the interaction around the Γ-point is negligible, and the electronic structure resembles that of two independent monolayers. Calculations of optical properties of the MoS2/WS2 system show that, even when the valence- and conduction-band edges are located in different layers, the mixing of optical transitions is minimal, and the optical characteristics of the monolayers are largely retained in these heterostructures. The intensity of interlayer transitions is found to be negligibly small, a discouraging result for engineering the optical gap of TMDs by heterostructuring.

  14. Exciton scattering approach for branched conjugated molecules and complexes. IV. Transition dipoles and optical spectra.

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    Li, Hao; Malinin, Sergey V; Tretiak, Sergei; Chernyak, Vladimir Y

    2010-03-28

    The electronic excitation energies and transition dipole moments are the essential ingredients to compute an optical spectrum of any molecular system. Here we extend the exciton scattering (ES) approach, originally developed for computing excitation energies in branched conjugated molecules, to the calculation of the transition dipole moments. The ES parameters that characterize contributions of molecular building blocks to the total transition dipole can be extracted from the quantum-chemical calculations of the excited states in simple molecular fragments. Using these extracted parameters, one can then effortlessly calculate the oscillator strengths and optical spectra of various large molecular structures. We illustrate application of this extended ES approach using an example of phenylacetylene-based molecules. Absorption spectra predicted by the ES approach show close agreement with the results of the reference quantum-chemical calculations. PMID:20370110

  15. Magnetic-dipole transitions in highly charged ions as a basis of ultraprecise optical clocks.

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    Yudin, V I; Taichenachev, A V; Derevianko, A

    2014-12-01

    We evaluate the feasibility of using magnetic-dipole (M1) transitions in highly charged ions as a basis of an optical atomic clockwork of exceptional accuracy. We consider a range of possibilities, including M1 transitions between clock levels of the same fine-structure and hyperfine-structure manifolds. In highly charged ions these transitions lie in the optical part of the spectra and can be probed with lasers. The most direct advantage of our proposal comes from the low degeneracy of clock levels and the simplicity of atomic structure in combination with negligible quadrupolar shift. We demonstrate that such clocks can have projected fractional accuracies below the 10^{-20}-10^{-21} level for all common systematic effects, such as blackbody radiation, Zeeman, ac-Stark, and quadrupolar shifts.

  16. Magnetic-dipole transitions in highly charged ions as a basis of ultraprecise optical clocks.

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    Yudin, V I; Taichenachev, A V; Derevianko, A

    2014-12-01

    We evaluate the feasibility of using magnetic-dipole (M1) transitions in highly charged ions as a basis of an optical atomic clockwork of exceptional accuracy. We consider a range of possibilities, including M1 transitions between clock levels of the same fine-structure and hyperfine-structure manifolds. In highly charged ions these transitions lie in the optical part of the spectra and can be probed with lasers. The most direct advantage of our proposal comes from the low degeneracy of clock levels and the simplicity of atomic structure in combination with negligible quadrupolar shift. We demonstrate that such clocks can have projected fractional accuracies below the 10^{-20}-10^{-21} level for all common systematic effects, such as blackbody radiation, Zeeman, ac-Stark, and quadrupolar shifts. PMID:25526127

  17. The impact of quantum dot filling on dual-band optical transitions via intermediate quantum states

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    Wu, Jiang; Passmore, Brandon; Manasreh, M. O.

    2015-08-28

    InAs/GaAs quantum dot infrared photodetectors with different doping levels were investigated to understand the effect of quantum dot filling on both intraband and interband optical transitions. The electron filling of self-assembled InAs quantum dots was varied by direct doping of quantum dots with different concentrations. Photoresponse in the near infrared and middle wavelength infrared spectral region was observed from samples with low quantum dot filling. Although undoped quantum dots were favored for interband transitions with the absence of a second optical excitation in the near infrared region, doped quantum dots were preferred to improve intraband transitions in the middle wavelength infrared region. As a result, partial filling of quantum dot was required, to the extent of maintaining a low dark current, to enhance the dual-band photoresponse through the confined electron states.

  18. Dual-axis vapor cell for simultaneous laser frequency stabilization on disparate optical transitions

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    Jayakumar, Anupriya Plotkin-Swing, Benjamin; Jamison, Alan O.; Gupta, Subhadeep

    2015-07-15

    We have developed a dual-axis ytterbium (Yb) vapor cell and used it to simultaneously address the two laser cooling transitions in Yb at wavelengths 399 nm and 556 nm, featuring the disparate linewidths of 2π × 29 MHz and 2π × 182 KHz, respectively. By utilizing different optical paths for the two wavelengths, we simultaneously obtain comparable optical densities suitable for saturated absorption spectroscopy for both the transitions and keep both the lasers frequency stabilized over several hours. We demonstrate that by appropriate control of the cell temperature profile, two atomic transitions differing in relative strength across a large range of over three orders of magnitude can be simultaneously addressed, making the device adaptable to a variety of spectroscopic needs. We also show that our observations can be understood with a simple theoretical model of the Yb vapor.

  19. Magneto-optics in transition metal diselenide monolayers

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    Wang, G.; Bouet, L.; Glazov, M. M.; Amand, T.; Ivchenko, E. L.; Palleau, E.; Marie, X.; Urbaszek, B.

    2015-09-01

    We perform photoluminescence experiments at 4 K on two different transition metal diselenide monolayers (MLs), namely MoSe2 and WSe2 in magnetic fields Bz up to 9 T applied perpendicular to the sample plane. In MoSe2 MLs the valley polarization of the neutral and the charged exciton (trion) can be tuned by the magnetic field, independent of the excitation laser polarization. In the investigated WSe2 ML sample the evolution of the trion valley polarization depends both on the applied magnetic field and the excitation laser helicity, while the neutral exciton valley polarization depends only on the latter. Remarkably, we observe a reversal of the sign of the trion polarization between WSe2 and MoSe2. For both systems we observe a clear Zeeman splitting for the neutral exciton and the trion of about ±2 meV at {{B}z}\\mp 9 T. The extracted Landé-factors for both exciton complexes in both materials are g≈ -4.

  20. The metal-insulator transition in vanadium dioxide explored by optical methods

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    Qazilbash, M. M.; Burch, K. S.; Basov, D. N.; Chae, B. G.; Kim, H. T.

    2006-03-01

    The nature of the metal-insulator transition (MIT) in vanadium dioxide (VO2) remains a matter of debate. At the center of the debate is the relative importance of electron-electron correlations to the MIT. We study the MIT with spectroscopic ellipsometry on VO2 films grown on sapphire substrates, and determine the optical constants in the insulating and metallic states from 50 meV to 5.5 eV. The changes in the optical constants with temperature in the metallic state have been tracked from 360 K up to 500 K. The redistribution of spectral weight in the real part of the optical conductivity as a result of the MIT will be discussed with emphasis on the changes to the interband transitions. This work has been supported by Department of Energy Grant No.DE-FG03-00ER45799.

  1. Terahertz radiation associated with the impurity electron transition in quantum wells upon optical and electrical pumping

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    Firsov, D. A. Vorobjev, L. E.; Panevin, V. Yu.; Sofronov, A. N.; Balagula, R. M.; Makhov, I. S.; Kozlov, D. V.; Vasil’ev, A. P.

    2015-01-15

    Radiation in the terahertz (THz) spectral range from structures with GaAs/AlGaAs doped quantum wells is investigated under conditions of the interband optical excitation of electron-hole pairs in n-type structures and impurity breakdown in a longitudinal electric field in p-type structures. The emission spectra are obtained. Emission is observed at low temperatures and shown to be determined by optical transitions between impurity states and transitions between the band and impurity states. Upon optical interband pumping, the impurity states are depopulated due to the recombination of electron-hole pairs with the involvement of impurities, while, in an electric field, the impurity states are depopulated due to impact ionization.

  2. Single-shot electro-optic sampling of coherent transition radiation at the A0 Photoinjector

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    Maxwell, T.J.; Ruan, J.; Piot, P.; Thurman-Keup, R.; /Fermilab

    2011-08-01

    Future collider applications and present high-gradient laser plasma wakefield accelerators operating with picosecond bunch durations place a higher demand on the time resolution of bunch distribution diagnostics. This demand has led to significant advancements in the field of electro-optic sampling over the past ten years. These methods allow the probing of diagnostic light such as coherent transition radiation or the bunch wakefields with sub-picosecond time resolution. Potential applications in shot-to-shot, non-interceptive diagnostics continue to be pursued for live beam monitoring of collider and pump-probe experiments. Related to our developing work with electro-optic imaging, we present results on single-shot electro-optic sampling of the coherent transition radiation from bunches generated at the A0 photoinjector.

  3. Optical Strong Coupling between near-Infrared Metamaterials and Intersubband Transitions in III-Nitride Heterostructures

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    Benz, Alexander; Campione, Salvatore; Moseley, Michael W.; Wierer, Jonathan J.; Allerman, Andrew A.; Wendt, Joel R.; Brener, Igal

    2014-08-25

    We present the design, realization, and characterization of optical strong light–matter coupling between intersubband transitions within a semiconductor heterostructures and planar metamaterials in the near-infrared spectral range. The strong light–matter coupling entity consists of a III-nitride intersubband superlattice heterostructure, providing a two-level system with a transition energy of ~0.8 eV (λ ~1.55 μm) and a planar “dogbone” metamaterial structure. Furthermore, as the bare metamaterial resonance frequency is varied across the intersubband resonance, a clear anticrossing behavior is observed in the frequency domain. We found that this strongly coupled entity could enable the realization of electrically tunable optical filters, a newmore » class of efficient nonlinear optical materials, or intersubband-based light-emitting diodes.« less

  4. Optical Strong Coupling between near-Infrared Metamaterials and Intersubband Transitions in III-Nitride Heterostructures

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    Benz, Alexander; Campione, Salvatore; Moseley, Michael W.; Wierer, Jonathan J.; Allerman, Andrew A.; Wendt, Joel R.; Brener, Igal

    2014-08-25

    We present the design, realization, and characterization of optical strong light–matter coupling between intersubband transitions within a semiconductor heterostructures and planar metamaterials in the near-infrared spectral range. The strong light–matter coupling entity consists of a III-nitride intersubband superlattice heterostructure, providing a two-level system with a transition energy of ~0.8 eV (λ ~1.55 μm) and a planar “dogbone” metamaterial structure. Furthermore, as the bare metamaterial resonance frequency is varied across the intersubband resonance, a clear anticrossing behavior is observed in the frequency domain. We found that this strongly coupled entity could enable the realization of electrically tunable optical filters, a new class of efficient nonlinear optical materials, or intersubband-based light-emitting diodes.

  5. Current-modulated optical properties of vanadium dioxide thin films in the phase transition region

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    Zhang, Shuyan; Kats, Mikhail A.; Cui, Yanjie; Zhou, You; Yao, Yu; Ramanathan, Shriram; Capasso, Federico

    2014-11-24

    Vanadium dioxide (VO{sub 2}) is a correlated electron material which undergoes an insulator-metal transition proximal to room temperature. The large change of optical properties across this phase transition is promising for tunable optical and optoelectronic devices especially at infrared frequencies. We demonstrate the ability to locally tune the optical properties on the micron scale through a simple design consisting of two electrodes patterned on a VO{sub 2} thin film. By current injection between the electrodes, a localized conducting path (metallic phase) can be formed within the insulating background. The width of the conducting path can be controlled by varying the applied current. Fourier transform infrared imaging shows that this current-modulated reflectance changes significantly over a distance on the order of the wavelength in the mid-infrared spectral range.

  6. Optical and Near-UV Observations of the Transiting Extrasolar Planet TrES-4b

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    Smith, Carter-Thaxton; Turner, J.; Carleton, T.; Crawford, B.; Guvenen, B.; Hardegree-Ullman, K.; Small, L.; Towner, A. P.; Walker-LaFollette, A.; Henz, T.

    2013-01-01

    Using the Steward Observatory 61” Kuiper Telescope, The University of Arizona Astronomy Club conducted photometric observations of the transiting extrasolar planet TrES-4b as part of the Exoplanet Observation Project. Observations were made in the Bessell U, Harris B, and Harris R filters. Initial observations were made in 2009, with follow up observations in 2011. Basic data reduction and photometry was done using IRAF and determination of transit parameters was done using Transit Analysis Package (TAP) and JKTEBOP transit modeling code. We present an updated planetary mass, radius, density, surface gravity, Safronov number, equilibrium temperature, orbital distance, and orbital inclination for TrES-4b. In addition, we also searched for asymmetries between the near-UV and optical light curves. This project, started in spring 2009, has introduced many undergraduate students to research and given them valuable experience with data reduction and observation techniques.

  7. Band structure and optical transitions in LaFeO3: theory and experiment.

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    Scafetta, Mark D; Cordi, Adam M; Rondinelli, James M; May, Steven J

    2014-12-17

    The optical absorption properties of LaFeO(3) (LFO) have been calculated using density functional theory and experimentally measured from several high quality epitaxial films using variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry. We have analyzed the calculated absorption spectrum using different Tauc models and find the model based on a direct-forbidden transition gives the best agreement with the ab initio band gap energies and band dispersions. We have applied this model to the experimental data and determine the band gap of epitaxial LFO to be ∼2.34 eV, with a slight dependence on strain state. This approach has also been used to analyze the higher indirect transition at ∼3.4 eV. Temperature dependent ellipsometry measurements further confirm our theoretical analysis of the nature of the transitions. This works helps to provide a general approach for accurate determination of band gaps and transition energies in complex oxide materials. PMID:25406799

  8. All-optical materials design of chiral edge modes in transition-metal dichalcogenides

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    Claassen, Martin; Jia, Chunjing; Moritz, Brian; Devereaux, Thomas P.

    2016-10-01

    Monolayer transition-metal dichalcogenides are novel materials which at low energies constitute a condensed-matter realization of massive relativistic fermions in two dimensions. Here, we show that this picture breaks for optical pumping--instead, the added complexity of a realistic materials description leads to a new mechanism to optically induce topologically protected chiral edge modes, facilitating optically switchable conduction channels that are insensitive to disorder. In contrast to graphene and previously discussed toy models, the underlying mechanism relies on the intrinsic three-band nature of transition-metal dichalcogenide monolayers near the band edges. Photo-induced band inversions scale linearly in applied pump field and exhibit transitions from one to two chiral edge modes on sweeping from red to blue detuning. We develop an ab initio strategy to understand non-equilibrium Floquet-Bloch bands and topological transitions, and illustrate for WS2 that control of chiral edge modes can be dictated solely from symmetry principles and is not qualitatively sensitive to microscopic materials details.

  9. Quantum confinement effects on optical transitions in nanodiamonds containing nitrogen vacancies

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    Petrone, Alessio; Goings, Joshua J.; Li, Xiaosong

    2016-10-01

    Colored nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers in nanosize diamonds (d ˜5 nm) are promising probe materials because their optical transitions are sensitive to mechanical, vibrational, and spin changes in the surroundings. Here, a linear response time-dependent density functional theory approach is used to describe the optical transitions in several NV-doped diamond quantum dots (QDs) in order to investigate size effects on the absorption spectra. By computing the full optical spectrum up to band-to-band transitions, we analyze both the localized "pinned" midgap and the charge-transfer excitations for an isolated reduced NV center. Subband charge-transfer excitations are shown to be size dependent, involving the excitation of the dopant s p3 electrons to the diamond conduction band. Additionally, the NV-doped systems exhibit characteristic s p3-s p3 excitations whose experimental energies are reproduced well and do not depend on QD size. However, the NV position and global cluster symmetry can affect the amount of the energy splitting of the vertical excitation energies of the midgap transitions.

  10. All-optical materials design of chiral edge modes in transition-metal dichalcogenides

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    Claassen, Martin; Jia, Chunjing; Moritz, Brian; Devereaux, Thomas P.

    2016-01-01

    Monolayer transition-metal dichalcogenides are novel materials which at low energies constitute a condensed-matter realization of massive relativistic fermions in two dimensions. Here, we show that this picture breaks for optical pumping—instead, the added complexity of a realistic materials description leads to a new mechanism to optically induce topologically protected chiral edge modes, facilitating optically switchable conduction channels that are insensitive to disorder. In contrast to graphene and previously discussed toy models, the underlying mechanism relies on the intrinsic three-band nature of transition-metal dichalcogenide monolayers near the band edges. Photo-induced band inversions scale linearly in applied pump field and exhibit transitions from one to two chiral edge modes on sweeping from red to blue detuning. We develop an ab initio strategy to understand non-equilibrium Floquet–Bloch bands and topological transitions, and illustrate for WS2 that control of chiral edge modes can be dictated solely from symmetry principles and is not qualitatively sensitive to microscopic materials details. PMID:27721504

  11. Giant Zeeman shifts in the optical transitions of yttrium iron garnet thin films

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    Vidyasagar, R.; Alves Santos, O.; Holanda, J.; Cunha, R. O.; Machado, F. L. A.; Ribeiro, P. R. T.; Rodrigues, A. R.; Mendes, J. B. S.; Azevedo, A.; Rezende, S. M.

    2016-09-01

    We report the observation of giant Zeeman shifts in the optical transitions of high-quality very thin films of yttrium iron garnet (YIG) grown by rf sputtering on gadolinium gallium garnet substrates. The optical absorption profile measured with magneto-optical absorption spectroscopy shows dual optical transition in the UV-visible frequency region attributed to transitions from the O-2p valence band to the Fe-3d conduction band and from the O-2p valence band to Fe-2p53d6 excitonic states at the Γ-symmetry point of the YIG band structure. The application of a static magnetic field of only 0.6 kOe produces giant Zeeman shifts of ˜100 meV in the YIG band structure and ˜60 meV in the excitonic states corresponding to effective g-factors on the order of 104. The giant Zeeman effects are attributed to changes in energy levels by the large exchange fields of the Fe-3d orbitals during the magnetization process.

  12. Optically induced metal-to-dielectric transition in Epsilon-Near-Zero metamaterials

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    Kaipurath, R. M.; Pietrzyk, M.; Caspani, L.; Roger, T.; Clerici, M.; Rizza, C.; Ciattoni, A.; Di Falco, A.; Faccio, D.

    2016-01-01

    Epsilon-Near-Zero materials exhibit a transition in the real part of the dielectric permittivity from positive to negative value as a function of wavelength. Here we study metal-dielectric layered metamaterials in the homogenised regime (each layer has strongly subwavelength thickness) with zero real part of the permittivity in the near-infrared region. By optically pumping the metamaterial we experimentally show that close to the Epsilon-Near-Zero (ENZ) wavelength the permittivity exhibits a marked transition from metallic (negative permittivity) to dielectric (positive permittivity) as a function of the optical power. Remarkably, this transition is linear as a function of pump power and occurs on time scales of the order of the 100 fs pump pulse that need not be tuned to a specific wavelength. The linearity of the permittivity increase allows us to express the response of the metamaterial in terms of a standard third order optical nonlinearity: this shows a clear inversion of the roles of the real and imaginary parts in crossing the ENZ wavelength, further supporting an optically induced change in the physical behaviour of the metamaterial. PMID:27292270

  13. Optical transition radiation from a thin carbon foil: a beam profile monitor for the SLC

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    Jenkins, E.W.

    1983-11-01

    This memo considers placement of an ultra thin carbon foil into the SLC beam. Transition radiation light would be emitted from the surface of the foil. The optical spot from the foil could be viewed with a microscope objective lens and registered with an image detector. Multiple scattering for the foil thicknesses necessary will not affect the beam emittance. Calculations show that a thin carbon foil can withstand the electron beam if the electron beam is larger than 10 ..mu..m in size. There are many possible radiation mechanisms from a foil - bremsstrahlung, black body temperature radiation, Cerenkov light, scintillation light, and transition radiation. Transition radiation is apparently dominant. It is proposed to use thin carbon foils, 75 to 150 A thick. Calculations indicate that 5 x 10/sup 10/ beam electrons will radiate a useable number of optical photons. Specifically with 150 A foils the fractional yield of useful optical photons is 10/sup -3/ photons per incident electron 5 x 10/sup +7/ optical photons imaged upon an image plane. Spread these photons over a 32 x 32 pixel CCD and one has the readout system of a monitor.

  14. Optically induced metal-to-dielectric transition in Epsilon-Near-Zero metamaterials

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    Kaipurath, R. M.; Pietrzyk, M.; Caspani, L.; Roger, T.; Clerici, M.; Rizza, C.; Ciattoni, A.; di Falco, A.; Faccio, D.

    2016-06-01

    Epsilon-Near-Zero materials exhibit a transition in the real part of the dielectric permittivity from positive to negative value as a function of wavelength. Here we study metal-dielectric layered metamaterials in the homogenised regime (each layer has strongly subwavelength thickness) with zero real part of the permittivity in the near-infrared region. By optically pumping the metamaterial we experimentally show that close to the Epsilon-Near-Zero (ENZ) wavelength the permittivity exhibits a marked transition from metallic (negative permittivity) to dielectric (positive permittivity) as a function of the optical power. Remarkably, this transition is linear as a function of pump power and occurs on time scales of the order of the 100 fs pump pulse that need not be tuned to a specific wavelength. The linearity of the permittivity increase allows us to express the response of the metamaterial in terms of a standard third order optical nonlinearity: this shows a clear inversion of the roles of the real and imaginary parts in crossing the ENZ wavelength, further supporting an optically induced change in the physical behaviour of the metamaterial.

  15. Optically induced metal-to-dielectric transition in Epsilon-Near-Zero metamaterials.

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    Kaipurath, R M; Pietrzyk, M; Caspani, L; Roger, T; Clerici, M; Rizza, C; Ciattoni, A; Di Falco, A; Faccio, D

    2016-01-01

    Epsilon-Near-Zero materials exhibit a transition in the real part of the dielectric permittivity from positive to negative value as a function of wavelength. Here we study metal-dielectric layered metamaterials in the homogenised regime (each layer has strongly subwavelength thickness) with zero real part of the permittivity in the near-infrared region. By optically pumping the metamaterial we experimentally show that close to the Epsilon-Near-Zero (ENZ) wavelength the permittivity exhibits a marked transition from metallic (negative permittivity) to dielectric (positive permittivity) as a function of the optical power. Remarkably, this transition is linear as a function of pump power and occurs on time scales of the order of the 100 fs pump pulse that need not be tuned to a specific wavelength. The linearity of the permittivity increase allows us to express the response of the metamaterial in terms of a standard third order optical nonlinearity: this shows a clear inversion of the roles of the real and imaginary parts in crossing the ENZ wavelength, further supporting an optically induced change in the physical behaviour of the metamaterial. PMID:27292270

  16. Optical Limiting and Theoretical Modelling of Layered Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Nanosheets

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    Dong, Ningning; Li, Yuanxin; Feng, Yanyan; Zhang, Saifeng; Zhang, Xiaoyan; Chang, Chunxia; Fan, Jintai; Zhang, Long; Wang, Jun

    2015-01-01

    Nonlinear optical property of transition metal dichalcogenide (TMDC) nanosheet dispersions, including MoS2, MoSe2, WS2, and WSe2, was performed by using Z-scan technique with ns pulsed laser at 1064 nm and 532 nm. The results demonstrate that the TMDC dispersions exhibit significant optical limiting response at 1064 nm due to nonlinear scattering, in contrast to the combined effect of both saturable absorption and nonlinear scattering at 532 nm. Selenium compounds show better optical limiting performance than that of the sulfides in the near infrared. A liquid dispersion system based theoretical modelling is proposed to estimate the number density of the nanosheet dispersions, the relationship between incident laser fluence and the size of the laser generated micro-bubbles, and hence the Mie scattering-induced broadband optical limiting behavior in the TMDC dispersions. PMID:26415562

  17. Communication: generalization of Koopmans' theorem to optical transitions in the Hubbard model of graphene nanodots.

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    Sheng, Weidong; Luo, Kaikai; Zhou, Aiping

    2015-01-14

    Koopmans' theorem implies that the Hartree-Fock quasiparticle gap in a closed-shell system is equal to its single-particle energy gap. In this work, the theorem is generalized to optical transitions in the Hubbard model of graphene nanodots. Based on systematic configuration interaction calculations, it is proposed that the optical gap of a closed-shell graphene system within the Hubbard model is equal to its tight-binding single-particle energy gap in the absence of electron correlation. In these systems, the quasiparticle energy gap and exciton binding energy are found to be dominated by the long-range Coulomb interaction, and thus, both become small when only on-site Hubbard interactions are present. Moreover, the contributions of the quasiparticle and excitonic effects to the optical gap are revealed to nearly cancel each other, which results in an unexpected overlap of the optical and single-particle gaps of the graphene systems.

  18. Optical Limiting and Theoretical Modelling of Layered Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Nanosheets.

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    Dong, Ningning; Li, Yuanxin; Feng, Yanyan; Zhang, Saifeng; Zhang, Xiaoyan; Chang, Chunxia; Fan, Jintai; Zhang, Long; Wang, Jun

    2015-01-01

    Nonlinear optical property of transition metal dichalcogenide (TMDC) nanosheet dispersions, including MoS2, MoSe2, WS2, and WSe2, was performed by using Z-scan technique with ns pulsed laser at 1064 nm and 532 nm. The results demonstrate that the TMDC dispersions exhibit significant optical limiting response at 1064 nm due to nonlinear scattering, in contrast to the combined effect of both saturable absorption and nonlinear scattering at 532 nm. Selenium compounds show better optical limiting performance than that of the sulfides in the near infrared. A liquid dispersion system based theoretical modelling is proposed to estimate the number density of the nanosheet dispersions, the relationship between incident laser fluence and the size of the laser generated micro-bubbles, and hence the Mie scattering-induced broadband optical limiting behavior in the TMDC dispersions. PMID:26415562

  19. Effect of Annealing on the Optical Properties of Transition Metal Doped ZnO Thin Films

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    Mathew, Jijoy P.; Varghese, George; Mathew, Jacob

    2015-02-01

    A group of transition metal (Co,Cu,Ni) doped ZnO thin films were prepared by a low cost dip coating method. To study the effect of annealing temperature on the structural and optical properties of the grown films each film is subjected to three different annealing temperatures. From the calculation of structural parameters from the XRD spectrum, it was found that each film possesses a tensile strain and this tensile strain increases as the annealing temperature increases. This dominant behavior of tensile strain affects the optical properties of the grown film in a greater extent.

  20. Microwave transitions and nonlinear magneto-optical rotation in anti-relaxation-coated cells

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    Budker, Dmitry; Hollberg. Leo; Kimball, Derek F.; Kitching J.; Pustelny Szymon; Yashchuk, Valeriy V.

    2004-08-12

    Using laser optical pumping, widths and frequency shifts are determined for microwave transitions between ground-state hyperfine components of {sup 85}Rb and {sup 87}Rb atoms contained in vapor cells with alkane anti-relaxation coatings. The results are compared with data on Zeeman relaxation obtained in nonlinear magneto-optical rotation (NMOR) experiments, a comparison important for quantitative understanding of spin-relaxation mechanisms in coated cells. By comparing cells manufactured over a forty-year period we demonstrate the long-term stability of coated cells, an important property for atomic clocks and magnetometers.

  1. Investigation of microwave transitions and nonlinear magneto-optical rotation in anti-relaxation-coated cells

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    Budker, D.; Hollberg, L.; Kimball, D.F.; Kitching, J.; Pustclny, S.; Robinson, H.G.; Yashchuk, V.V.

    2004-06-04

    Using laser optical pumping, widths and frequency shifts are determined for microwave transitions between the components of the ground-state hyperfine structure for {sup 85}Rb and {sup 87}Rb atoms contained in vapor cells with alkane anti-relaxation coatings. The results are compared with data on Zeeman relaxation obtained in nonlinear magneto-optical rotation (NMOR) experiments, a comparison important for quantitative understanding of spin-relaxation mechanisms in coated cells. By comparing cells manufactured over a forty-year period we demonstrate the long-term stability of coated cells, which may be useful for atomic clocks and magnetometers.

  2. Microwave transitions and nonlinear magneto-optical rotation in anti-relaxation-coated cells

    SciTech Connect

    Budker, D.; Hollberg, L.; Kitching, J.; Kimball, D.F.; Pustelny, S.; Yashchuk, V.V.

    2005-01-01

    Using laser optical pumping, widths and frequency shifts are determined for microwave transitions between ground-state hyperfine components of {sup 85}Rb and {sup 87}Rb atoms contained in vapor cells with alkane antirelaxation coatings. The results are compared with data on Zeeman relaxation obtained in nonlinear magneto-optical rotation experiments, a comparison important for quantitative understanding of spin-relaxation mechanisms in coated cells. By comparing cells manufactured over a 40-year period we demonstrate the long-term stability of coated cells, an important property for atomic clocks and magnetometers.

  3. Influence of erbium doping on phase transition and optical properties of strontium barium niobate

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    Oprea, Isabella-Ioana; Voelker, Uwe; Niemer, Alexander; Pankrath, Rainer; Podlozhenov, Sergey; Betzler, Klaus

    2009-11-01

    The optical properties of erbium impurities in strontium barium niobate are investigated measuring optical absorption and emission in the visible and near infrared spectral region. For the main fluorescence band at 1.55 μm, an anomalous dependence of the fluorescence decay time on dopant concentration is found which, however, can be consistently explained by reabsorption effects. A Judd-Ofelt analysis of the absorption spectra together with an appropriate analysis of the reabsorption yields a radiative quantum efficiency of approximately 60%. In addition, erbium dopants are shown to efficiently influence the phase transition temperature of strontium barium niobate.

  4. Length optimization of an S-shaped transition between offset optical waveguides.

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    Marcuse, D

    1978-03-01

    We derive expressions for the radiation loss of an S-shaped waveguide transition used to connect two straight integrated optics waveguides that are offset with respect to each other. It is assumed that the diffused integrated optics waveguides are produced with the help of an electron beam machine that allows beam positioning in the y direction only in discrete steps. We thus must consider staircase approximations to the desired smooth S-shaped curves. A waveguide whose axis consists of a staircase suffers radiation losses due to the quasi-periodic deformation of its axis. A second loss contribution comes from the S-shape of the waveguide axis. The sum of these loss contributions assumes a minimum that defines the optimum length of the transition waveguide.

  5. Electronic wave functions and optical transitions in (In,Ga)As/GaP quantum dots

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    Robert, C.; Pereira Da Silva, K.; Nestoklon, M. O.; Alonso, M. I.; Turban, P.; Jancu, J.-M.; Even, J.; Carrère, H.; Balocchi, A.; Koenraad, P. M.; Marie, X.; Durand, O.; Goñi, A. R.; Cornet, C.

    2016-08-01

    We study the complex electronic band structure of low In content InGaAs/GaP quantum dots. A supercell extended-basis tight-binding model is used to simulate the electronic and the optical properties of a pure GaAs/GaP quantum dot modeled at the atomic level. Transitions between hole states confined into the dots and several XZ-like electronic states confined by the strain field in the GaP barrier are found to play the main role on the optical properties. Especially, the calculated radiative lifetime for such indirect transitions is in good agreement with the photoluminescence decay time measured in time-resolved photoluminescence in the µs range. Photoluminescence experiments under hydrostatic pressure are also presented. The redshift of the photoluminescence spectrum with pressure is also in good agreement with the nature of the electronic confined states simulated with the tight-binding model.

  6. Theory of edge-state optical absorption in two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenide flakes

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    Trushin, Maxim; Kelleher, Edmund J. R.; Hasan, Tawfique

    2016-10-01

    We develop an analytical model to describe sub-band-gap optical absorption in two-dimensional semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenide (s-TMD) nanoflakes. The material system represents an array of few-layer molybdenum disulfide crystals, randomly orientated in a polymer matrix. We propose that optical absorption involves direct transitions between electronic edge states and bulk bands, depends strongly on the carrier population, and is saturable with sufficient fluence. For excitation energies above half the band gap, the excess energy is absorbed by the edge-state electrons, elevating their effective temperature. Our analytical expressions for the linear and nonlinear absorption could prove useful tools in the design of practical photonic devices based on s-TMDs.

  7. Atomic force microscopy and near-field optical imaging of a spin transition.

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    Lopes, Manuel; Quintero, Carlos M; Hernández, Edna M; Velázquez, Víctor; Bartual-Murgui, Carlos; Nicolazzi, William; Salmon, Lionel; Molnár, Gábor; Bousseksou, Azzedine

    2013-09-01

    We report on atomic force microscopy (AFM) and near-field scanning optical microscopy (NSOM) investigations of single crystals of the spin crossover complex {Fe(pyrazine)[Pt(CN)4]} across the first-order thermal spin transition. We demonstrate for the first time that the change in spin state can be probed with sub-micrometer spatial resolution through various topographic features extracted from AFM data. This original approach based on surface topography analysis should be easy to implement to any phase change material exhibiting sizeable electron-lattice coupling. In addition, AFM images revealed specific topographic features in the crystals, which were correlated with the spatiotemporal evolution of the transition observed by far-field and near-field optical microscopies.

  8. Bragg scattering as a probe of atomic wave functions and quantum phase transitions in optical lattices.

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    Miyake, Hirokazu; Siviloglou, Georgios A; Puentes, Graciana; Pritchard, David E; Ketterle, Wolfgang; Weld, David M

    2011-10-21

    We have observed Bragg scattering of photons from quantum degenerate ^{87}Rb atoms in a three-dimensional optical lattice. Bragg scattered light directly probes the microscopic crystal structure and atomic wave function whose position and momentum width is Heisenberg limited. The spatial coherence of the wave function leads to revivals in the Bragg scattered light due to the atomic Talbot effect. The decay of revivals across the superfluid to Mott insulator transition indicates the loss of superfluid coherence.

  9. Bragg scattering as a probe of atomic wave functions and quantum phase transitions in optical lattices.

    PubMed

    Miyake, Hirokazu; Siviloglou, Georgios A; Puentes, Graciana; Pritchard, David E; Ketterle, Wolfgang; Weld, David M

    2011-10-21

    We have observed Bragg scattering of photons from quantum degenerate ^{87}Rb atoms in a three-dimensional optical lattice. Bragg scattered light directly probes the microscopic crystal structure and atomic wave function whose position and momentum width is Heisenberg limited. The spatial coherence of the wave function leads to revivals in the Bragg scattered light due to the atomic Talbot effect. The decay of revivals across the superfluid to Mott insulator transition indicates the loss of superfluid coherence. PMID:22107532

  10. Phase Transition and Optical Properties of DNA-Gold Nanoparticle Assemblies.

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    Sun, Young; Harris, Nolan C; Kiang, Ching-Hwa

    2007-08-01

    We review recent work on DNA-linked gold nanoparticle assemblies. The synthesis, properties, and phase behavior of such DNA-gold nanoparticle assemblies are described. These nanoparticle assemblies have strong optical extinction in the ultraviolet and visible light regions; hence, the technique is used to study the kinetics and phase transitions of DNA-gold nanoparticle assemblies. The melting transition of DNA-gold nanoparticle assemblies shows unusual trends compared to those of free DNA. The phase transitions are influenced by many parameters, such as nanoparticle size, DNA sequence, DNA grafting density, DNA linker length, interparticle distance, base pairing defects, and disorders. The physics of the DNA-gold nanoparticle assemblies can be understood in terms of the phase behavior of complex fluids, with the colloidal gold interaction potential dominated by DNA hybridization energies.

  11. Using a Semiconductor-to-Metal Transition to Control Optical Transmission through Subwavelength Hole Arrays

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    Donev, E. U.; Suh, J. Y.; Lopez, R.; Feldman, L. C.; Haglund, R. F.

    2008-01-01

    We describe a simple configuration in which the extraordinary optical transmission effect through subwavelength hole arrays in noble-metal films can be switched by the semiconductor-to-metal transition in an underlying thin film of vanadium dioxide. In these experiments, the transition is brought about by thermal heating of the bilayer film. The surprising reverse hysteretic behavior of the transmission through the subwavelength holes in the vanadium oxide suggest that this modulation is accomplished by a dielectric-matching condition rather than plasmon coupling through the bilayer film. The results of this switching, including the wavelength dependence, are qualitatively reproduced by a transfer matrix model.more » The prospects for effecting a similar modulation on a much faster time scale by using ultrafast laser pulses to trigger the semiconductor-to-metal transition are also discussed.« less

  12. Phase transitions in ensembles of solitons induced by an optical pumping or a strong electric field

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    Karpov, P.; Brazovskii, S.

    2016-09-01

    The latest trend in studies of modern electronically and/or optically active materials is to provoke phase transformations induced by high electric fields or by short (femtosecond) powerful optical pulses. The systems of choice are cooperative electronic states whose broken symmetries give rise to topological defects. For typical quasi-one-dimensional architectures, those are the microscopic solitons taking from electrons the major roles as carriers of charge or spin. Because of the long-range ordering, the solitons experience unusual super-long-range forces leading to a sequence of phase transitions in their ensembles: the higher-temperature transition of the confinement and the lower one of aggregation into macroscopic walls. Here we present results of an extensive numerical modeling for ensembles of both neutral and charged solitons in both two- and three-dimensional systems. We suggest a specific Monte Carlo algorithm preserving the number of solitons, which substantially facilitates the calculations, allows to extend them to the three-dimensional case and to include the important long-range Coulomb interactions. The results confirm the first confinement transition, except for a very strong Coulomb repulsion, and demonstrate a pattern formation at the second transition of aggregation.

  13. The excitonic insulator route through a dynamical phase transition induced by an optical pulse

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    Brazovskii, S.; Kirova, N.

    2016-03-01

    We consider a dynamical phase transition induced by a short optical pulse in a system prone to thermodynamical instability. We address the case of pumping to excitons whose density contributes directly to the order parameter. To describe both thermodynamic and dynamic effects on equal footing, we adopt a view of the excitonic insulator for the phase transition and suggest a formation of the Bose condensate for the pumped excitons. The work is motivated by experiments in donor-acceptor organic compounds with a neutral- ionic phase transition coupled to the spontaneous lattice dimerization and to charge transfer excitons. The double nature of the ensemble of excitons leads to an intricate time evolution, in particular, to macroscopic quantum oscillations from the interference between the Bose condensate of excitons and the ground state of the excitonic insulator. The coupling of excitons and the order parameter also leads to self-trapping of their wave function, akin to self-focusing in optics. The locally enhanced density of excitons can surpass a critical value to trigger the phase transformation, even if the mean density is below the required threshold. The system is stratified in domains that evolve through dynamical phase transitions and sequences of merging. The new circumstances in experiments and theory bring to life, once again, some remarkable inventions made by L.V. Keldysh.

  14. Visualizing Point Defects in Transition-Metal Dichalcogenides Using Optical Microscopy.

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    Jeong, Hye Yun; Lee, Si Young; Ly, Thuc Hue; Han, Gang Hee; Kim, Hyun; Nam, Honggi; Jiong, Zhao; Shin, Bong Gyu; Yun, Seok Joon; Kim, Jaesu; Kim, Un Jeong; Hwang, Sungwoo; Lee, Young Hee

    2016-01-26

    While transmission electron microscopy and scanning tunneling microscopy reveal atomic structures of point defect and grain boundary in monolayer transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), information on point defect distribution in macroscale is still not available. Herein, we visualize the point defect distribution of monolayer TMDs using dark-field optical microscopy. This was realized by anchoring silver nanoparticles on defect sites of MoS2 under light illumination. The optical images clearly revealed that the point defect distribution varies with light power and exposure time. The number of silver nanoparticles increased initially and reached a plateau in response to light power or exposure time. The size of silver nanoparticles was a few hundred nanometers in the plateau region as observed using optical microscopy. The measured defect density in macroscale was ∼2 × 10(10) cm(-2), slightly lower than the observed value (4 × 10(11) cm(-2)) from scanning tunneling microscopy. PMID:26645092

  15. Method of synthesizing a plurality of reactants and producing thin films of electro-optically active transition metal oxides

    DOEpatents

    Tracy, C.E.; Benson, D.K.; Ruth, M.R.

    1985-08-16

    A method of synthesizing a plurality of reactants by inducing a reaction by plasma deposition among the reactants. The plasma reaction is effective for consolidating the reactants and producing thin films of electro-optically active transition metal oxides.

  16. Optical absorption of gamma-irradiated lithium-borate glasses doped with different transition metal oxides

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    Marzouk, S. Y.; Elalaily, N. A.; Ezz-Eldin, F. M.; Abd-Allah, W. M.

    2006-06-01

    We have investigated the effect of gamma irradiation on the optical properties of Li 2O-B 2O 3 containing two concentrations (0.2 or 0.5 g) of each one of the following transition metals, V, Mn, Fe or Ni oxide glass samples. We studied the impacts of gamma irradiation in terms of the mechanism by which radiation-induced defects are generated. A resolution of the observed absorption spectra showed several bands which were induced by photo-reduction or photo-oxidation assumed to take place by photo-chemical reaction according to the type of transition metal oxide (TMO). Small deviations of these induced bands characteristic of the glass constituents were observed and explained in terms of the physical properties, in relation to different oxidation states of TMO in the glass matrix. The series Mn 2+, Fe 2+ and Ni 2+ ions shows a trend of increased photo-oxidation with increasing electronegativity or decreasing mass of the ions. The prepared samples were studied in terms of their dosimetric characteristics: calibration curves from 1.0524 to 42.096 kGy and fading at (25 and 50 °C). Thermal bleaching of irradiated glass was found to permit the reduction of the larger part of TMO ions in Li 2O-B 2O 3. Also, the results showed that the degeneration of the induced bands was faster at 50 than at 25 °C. The optical energy gap Eg was found to decrease with the increase of the radiation dose, and it is suggested that the mechanism of optical transition is forbidden by indirect transition.

  17. Photocurrent spectroscopy of exciton and free particle optical transitions in suspended carbon nanotube pn-junctions

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    Chang, Shun-Wen; Theiss, Jesse; Hazra, Jubin; Aykol, Mehmet; Kapadia, Rehan; Cronin, Stephen B.

    2015-08-03

    We study photocurrent generation in individual, suspended carbon nanotube pn-junction diodes formed by electrostatic doping using two gate electrodes. Photocurrent spectra collected under various electrostatic doping concentrations reveal distinctive behaviors for free particle optical transitions and excitonic transitions. In particular, the photocurrent generated by excitonic transitions exhibits a strong gate doping dependence, while that of the free particle transitions is gate independent. Here, the built-in potential of the pn-junction is required to separate the strongly bound electron-hole pairs of the excitons, while free particle excitations do not require this field-assisted charge separation. We observe a sharp, well defined E{sub 11} free particle interband transition in contrast with previous photocurrent studies. Several steps are taken to ensure that the active charge separating region of these pn-junctions is suspended off the substrate in a suspended region that is substantially longer than the exciton diffusion length and, therefore, the photocurrent does not originate from a Schottky junction. We present a detailed model of the built-in fields in these pn-junctions, which, together with phonon-assistant exciton dissociation, predicts photocurrents on the same order of those observed experimentally.

  18. Bose–Einstein condensation versus Dicke–Hepp–Lieb transition in an optical cavity

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    Piazza, Francesco; Strack, Philipp; Zwerger, Wilhelm

    2013-12-15

    We provide an exact solution for the interplay between Bose–Einstein condensation and the Dicke–Hepp–Lieb self-organization transition of an ideal Bose gas trapped inside a single-mode optical cavity and subject to a transverse laser drive. Based on an effective action approach, we determine the full phase diagram at arbitrary temperature, which features a bi-critical point where the transitions cross. We calculate the dynamically generated band structure of the atoms and the associated suppression of the critical temperature for Bose–Einstein condensation in the phase with a spontaneous periodic density modulation. Moreover, we determine the evolution of the polariton spectrum due to the coupling of the cavity photons and the atomic field near the self-organization transition, which is quite different above or below the Bose–Einstein condensation temperature. At low temperatures, the critical value of the Dicke–Hepp–Lieb transition decreases with temperature and thus thermal fluctuations can enhance the tendency to a periodic arrangement of the atoms. -- Highlights: •Atoms inside a driven cavity can undergo two transitions: self-organization and BEC. •The phase diagram has four phases which coexist at a bi-critical point. •Atom–cavity coupling creates a dynamical lattice for the atoms. •Finite temperature can enhance the tendency towards self-organization. •We calculate the detailed spectrum of the polaritonic excitations.

  19. Electronic and Optical properties of Vacancy Defects in two dimensional monolayer Transition metal Dichalcogenides

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    Khan, Mahtab; Erementchouk, Mikhail; Leuenberger, Michael

    Defects play an important role in tailoring electronic and optical properties of two-dimensional monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs). Recently it has been shown that the presence of vacancy defects (VDs) in two-dimensional monolayer MoS_2 induces localized states which give rise to extra resonance peaks in both in-plane χ∥ and out-of-plane χ⊥ susceptibilities.1 In-plane χ∥ and out-of-plane χ⊥ susceptibilities are related to the presence of even and odd states with respect to the Mo plane, respectively1. Moreover, monolayer TMDCs have a large spin orbit coupling (SOC), originating from d-orbitals of heavy transition metals and being of the order of a few 100 meV. We present a more general picture of the electronic and optical properties of defected monolayer TMDCs. In particular, we consider MoS2, MoSe2, WS2 and WSe2 with three types of VDs (i) Mo, W vacancy, (ii) S2, Se2 vacancy, and (iii) S, Se vacancy. In addition, we investigate the effects of SOC on the band structures and the optical susceptibilities of VDs in TMDCs. 1. Mikhail Erementchouk, M. A. Khan, and Michael N. Leuenberger, Phys. Rev. B 92, 121401(R) (2015).

  20. Pre-selection of optical transitions in rare-earth ions in crystals perspective for quantum information processing

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    Basiev, T. T.; Basieva, I. T.; Kornienko, A. A.; Osiko, V. V.; Pukhov, K. K.; Sekatskii, S. K.

    2012-01-01

    A systematic analysis of decoherence rates due to electron-phonon interactions for optical transitions of rare-earth dopant ions in crystals is presented in the frame of the point charge model. For this model, the large value of any one of the matrix elements of the unit tensor operator U ( k ) of rank k for transitions within the 4f-electronic configuration, viz. U2, U4 or U6, is enough to ensure the strong optical transition between different levels, while the Stark-Stark transitions within the multiplet can be characterized by the matrix element U2 alone, the influence of elements U4, U6 being of much smaller order of magnitude and neglected. The circumstance that exactly such Stark-Stark transitions within the multiplet define the efficiency of electron-phonon interaction and, consequently, the decoherence rate (except for the case of lowest, less than approximately 2-4 K, temperatures), enables selection of optical transitions which are strong enough and at the same time are characterized by relatively small decoherence rates. Correspondingly, these optical transitions, provided that they lie in an appropriate spectral range and the gap to the nearest neighboring energy level is large enough (>500 cm-1) to prevent eventual fast phonon-assisted relaxation, should be considered as prospective for subsequent use in quantum informatics processing and communication. The list of such pre-selected transitions is given; the applicability area and limitations of our approach are discussed.

  1. Observation of the 1S0-3P0 transition in atomic ytterbium for optical clocks and qubit arrays.

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    Hong, Tao; Cramer, Claire; Cook, Eryn; Nagourney, Warren; Fortson, E N

    2005-10-01

    We report an observation of the weak 6 1S0-6 3P0 transition in (171,173)Yb as an important step to establishing Yb as a primary candidate for future optical frequency standards, and to open up a new approach for qubits using the 1S0 and 3P0 states of Yb atoms in an optical lattice.

  2. Method of synthesizing a plurality of reactants and producing thin films of electro-optically active transition metal oxides

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    Tracy, C. Edwin; Benson, David K.; Ruth, Marta R.

    1987-01-01

    A method of synthesizing electro-optically active reaction products from a plurality of reactants by inducing a reaction by plasma deposition among the reactants. The plasma reaction is effective for consolidating the reactants and producing thin films of electro-optically active transition metal oxides.

  3. Optical properties of beta-iron silicide, ruthenium silicide and osmium silicide: Semiconducting transition metal silicides

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    Birdwell, Anthony Glen

    2001-09-01

    Various optical techniques were used to study the semiconducting transition metal silicides of β- FeSi2, Ru2Si3, and OsSi2. The Raman spectra of ion beam synthesized (IBS) β-FeSi 2 were shown to provide evidence of a net tensile stress in these IBS materials. Possible origins of the observed stress were suggested and a simple model was proposed in order to calculate a value of the observed stress. A correlation between the tensile stress, the nature of the band gap, and the resulting light emitting properties of IBS β-FeSi2 was suggested. The photoreflectance (PR) spectra of IBS β- FeSi2 reveals a direct gap at 0.815 eV and were shown to agree with the band gap value obtained by photoluminescence (PL) once the adjustments for the temperature difference and trap related recombination effects were made. This provides very convincing evidence for intrinsic light emission from IBS β- FeSi2. Furthermore, a model was developed that helps to clarify the variety of inconsistent results obtained by optical absorption measurements. When the results of PL and PR were inserted into this model, a good agreement was obtained with our measured optical absorption results. We also obtained PR spectra of β-FeSi 2 thin films grown by molecular beam epitaxy. These spectra reveal the multiple direct transitions near the fundamental absorption edge of β-FeSi 2 that were predicted by theory. We suggest an order of these critical point transitions following the trends reported in the theoretical investigations. Doping these β-FeSi2 thin films with small amounts of chromium was shown to have a measurable effect on the interband optical spectra. We also report on the effects of alloying β- FeSi2 with cobalt. A decrease in the critical point transitions nearest the fundamental absorption edge was observed as the cobalt concentration increased. Finally, Raman spectroscopy was used to study the vibrational properties of β-FeSi2. The measured Raman spectra agreed very well with the

  4. Rheological, optical, and thermal characterization of temperature-induced transitions in liquid crystal ferrosuspensions

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    Diestra-Cruz, Heberth; Rinaldi, Carlos; Acevedo, Aldo

    2012-04-01

    Liquid crystal ferrosuspensions (LCFs) were obtained by inclusion of magnetic microparticles in a nematic liquid crystal (NLC) at mass fractions of up to 20%. The phase transition of the NLC promotes the formation of a space filling particle network and an enhancement of the mechanical properties. Polarized optical microscopy (POM) and differential scanning calorimetry were used to study microparticle network formation. POM images show that an anisotropic particle structure formed when an external magnetic field was applied, whereas a quasihomogeneous cellular network is obtained in the absence of the field. A jump in the viscoelastic moduli at the isotropic-nematic transition temperature of the NLC was observed for all particle concentrations and applied magnetic fields. Experimental results also showed that the rheological response of the LCFs increased with magnetic field and tend to saturate at high fields. A linear relation between the particle mass fraction and the saturation value of the storage modulus was found.

  5. Magneto-electronic and optical properties of transition metal dicalcogenide monolayers

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    Ho, Yen-Hung; Chiu, Chih-Wei; Lin, Ming-Fa; Su, Wu-Pei

    2015-03-01

    A generalized tight-binding model is utilized to study the Landau level spectra of various transition metal dicalcogenide monolayers. The intrinsic spin-orbit coupling effectively gives rise to multiple splitting of Landau levels. With a close inspection of wavefunction characteristics, these levels can be classified into specific groups in terms of their orbital, spin and valley signatures. In the calculation of magneto-absorption spectra, the physical origins of optical selection rules are clearly resolved. Compounds are different from one another in terms of transition energies and appearance of twin peaks. Our numerical results clearly demonstrate the magnetic control of spin and valley charge carriers and provide a basis for future experiments. Robert A. Welch Foundation (E-1070); National Science Council of Taiwan (NSC 101-2112-M-003-005-MY3); NTHU Start-Up Grant (103H11I4).

  6. Carrier lifetime in exfoliated few-layer graphene determined from intersubband optical transitions.

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    Limmer, Thomas; Feldmann, Jochen; Da Como, Enrico

    2013-05-24

    We report a femtosecond transient spectroscopy study in the near to middle infrared range, 0.8-0.35 eV photon energy, on graphene and few layer graphene single flakes. The spectra show an evolving structure of photoinduced absorption bands superimposed on the bleaching caused by Pauli blocking of the interband optically coupled states. Supported by tight-binding model calculations, we assign the photoinduced absorption features to intersubband transitions as the number of layers is increased. Interestingly, the intersubband photoinduced resonances show a longer dynamics than the interband bleaching, because of their independence from the absolute energy of the carriers with respect to the Dirac point. The dynamic of these intersubband transitions reflects the lifetime of the hot carriers and provides an elegant method to access it in this important class of semimetals.

  7. Carrier Lifetime in Exfoliated Few-Layer Graphene Determined from Intersubband Optical Transitions

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    Limmer, Thomas; Feldmann, Jochen; Da Como, Enrico

    2013-05-01

    We report a femtosecond transient spectroscopy study in the near to middle infrared range, 0.8-0.35 eV photon energy, on graphene and few layer graphene single flakes. The spectra show an evolving structure of photoinduced absorption bands superimposed on the bleaching caused by Pauli blocking of the interband optically coupled states. Supported by tight-binding model calculations, we assign the photoinduced absorption features to intersubband transitions as the number of layers is increased. Interestingly, the intersubband photoinduced resonances show a longer dynamics than the interband bleaching, because of their independence from the absolute energy of the carriers with respect to the Dirac point. The dynamic of these intersubband transitions reflects the lifetime of the hot carriers and provides an elegant method to access it in this important class of semimetals.

  8. Acoustical and optical investigations of the size effect in nematic-isotropic phase transition in liquid crystal microemulsions

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    Maksimochkin, G. I.; Pasechnik, S. V.; Lukin, A. V.

    2015-07-01

    The absorption of ultrasound (at a frequency of 2.7 MHz) and the depolarized light transmission and scattering (at a wavelength of 630 nm) in liquid crystal (LC) emulsions have been studied during the nematic-isotropic (N-I) phase transition in LC droplets with radii ranging from 150 to 2300 nm. The obtained acoustical and optical data are used to determine the influence of the droplet size on characteristics of the N-I phase transition. It is shown that the acoustical and optical characteristics of LC emulsions have good prospects to be used for the investigation of phase transitions in submicron samples.

  9. Time-Resolved Emittance Characterization of an Induction Linac Beam using Optical Transition Radiation

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    Le Sage, G P

    2002-11-05

    An induction linac is used by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to perform radiographic testing at the Flash X-ray Radiography facility. Emittance characterization is important since x-ray spot size impacts the resolution of shadow-graphs. Due to the long pulse length, high current, and beam energy, emittance measurement using Optical Transition Radiation is an attractive alternative for reasons that will be described in the text. The utility of OTR-based emittance measurement has been well demonstrated for both RF and induction linacs. We describe the time-resolved emittance characterization of an induction linac electron beam. We have refined the optical collection system for the induction linac application, and have demonstrated a new technique for probing the divergence of a subset of the beam profile. The experimental apparatus, data reduction, and conclusions will be presented. Additionally, a new scheme for characterizing the correlation between beam divergence and spatial coordinates within the beam profile will be described.

  10. Flow restrictor silicon membrane microvalve actuated by optically controlled paraffin phase transition

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    Kolari, K.; Havia, T.; Stuns, I.; Hjort, K.

    2014-08-01

    Restrictor valves allow proportional control of fluid flow but are rarely integrated in microfluidic systems. In this study, an optically actuated silicon membrane restrictor microvalve is demonstrated. Its actuation is based on the phase transition of paraffin, using a paraffin wax mixed with a suitable concentration of optically absorbing nanographite particles. Backing up the membrane with oil (the melted paraffin) allows for a compliant yet strong contact to the valve seat, which enables handling of high pressures. At flow rates up to 30 µL min-1 and at a pressure of 2 bars, the valve can successfully be closed and control the flow level by restriction. The use of this paraffin composite as an adhesive layer sandwiched between the silicon valve and glass eases fabrication. This type of restrictor valve is best suited for high pressure, low volume flow silicon-based nanofluidic systems.

  11. Optical Coherence in Atomic-Monolayer Transition-Metal Dichalcogenides Limited by Electron-Phonon Interactions.

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    Dey, P; Paul, J; Wang, Z; Stevens, C E; Liu, C; Romero, A H; Shan, J; Hilton, D J; Karaiskaj, D

    2016-03-25

    We systematically investigate the excitonic dephasing of three representative transition-metal dichalcogenides, namely, MoS_{2}, MoSe_{2}, and WSe_{2} atomic monolayer thick and bulk crystals, in order to gain a proper understanding of the factors that determine the optical coherence in these materials. Coherent nonlinear optical spectroscopy and temperature dependent absorption, combined with theoretical calculations of the phonon spectra, indicate electron-phonon interactions, to be the limiting factor. Surprisingly, the excitonic dephasing, differs only slightly between atomic monolayers and high quality bulk crystals, which indicates that material imperfections are not the limiting factor in atomically thin monolayer samples. The temperature dependence of the electronic band gap and the excitonic linewidth combined with "ab initio" calculations of the phonon energies and the phonon density of states reveal a strong interaction with the E' and E" phonon modes.

  12. Indirect optical transitions in hybrid spheres with alternating layers of titania and graphene oxide nanosheets.

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    Bao, Shanshan; Hua, Zheng; Wang, Xiaoyong; Zhou, Yong; Zhang, Chunfeng; Tu, Wenguang; Zou, Zhigang; Xiao, Min

    2012-12-17

    In this report, we studied the optical properties of hybrid spherical structures consisting of alternating nanosheets of titania (TiO(2)) and graphene oxide (GO) prepared by a layer-by-layer self-assembly technique. Compared to samples with only TiO(2) spheres or GO nanosheets, a blue-to-red light emission band emerges and persists in this novel composite material even after it was further reduced through microwave irradiation. From detailed time-resolved measurements and energy-level structure modeling, this unexpected fluorescent feature was attributed to the indirect optical transitions between TiO(2) and the localized sp(2) domains of GO in a charge-separated configuration.

  13. Bose-Einstein quantum phase transition in an optical lattice model

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    Aizenman, Michael; Lieb, Elliott H.; Seiringer, Robert; Solovej, Jan Philip; Yngvason, Jakob

    2004-08-01

    Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC) in cold gases can be turned on and off by an external potential, such as that presented by an optical lattice. We present a model of this phenomenon which we are able to analyze rigorously. The system is a hard core lattice gas at half of the maximum density and the optical lattice is modeled by a periodic potential of strength {lambda}. For small {lambda} and temperature, BEC is proved to occur, while at large {lambda} or temperature there is no BEC. At large {lambda} the low-temperature states are in a Mott insulator phase with a characteristic gap that is absent in the BEC phase. The interparticle interaction is essential for this transition, which occurs even in the ground state. Surprisingly, the condensation is always into the p=0 mode in this model, although the density itself has the periodicity of the imposed potential.

  14. Identification of volume phase transition of a single microgel particle using optical tweezers

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    Karthickeyan, D.; Gupta, Deepak K.; Tata, B. V. R.

    2016-10-01

    Poly (N-isopropyl acrylamide-co-acrylic acid) (PNIPAM-co-Aac) microgel particles are pH responsive and exhibit volume phase transition (VPT) upon variation of pH. Dynamic light scattering (DLS) is used conventionally to identify VPT and requires a dilute suspension with particle concentration ˜107 particles cm-3 and if particles are polydisperse in nature, DLS data interpretation is relatively difficult. Here we show that optical tweezers allow one to measure the VPT of a single microgel particle by measuring the optical trap stiffness, κ of trapped particle as a function of pH. We report here a sudden change in κ at VPT, which is shown to arise from a sudden decrease in particle diameter with a concomitant increase in the refractive index of the particle at VPT.

  15. Optical Properties of Fluid Hydrogen at the Transition to a Conducting State

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    McWilliams, R. Stewart; Dalton, D. Allen; Mahmood, Mohammad F.; Goncharov, Alexander F.

    2016-06-01

    We use fast transient transmission and emission spectroscopies in the pulse laser heated diamond anvil cell to probe the energy-dependent optical properties of hydrogen at pressures of 10-150 GPa and temperatures up to 6000 K. Hydrogen is absorptive at visible to near-infrared wavelengths above a threshold temperature that decreases from 3000 K at 18 GPa to 1700 K at 110 GPa. Transmission spectra at 2400 K and 141 GPa indicate that the absorptive hydrogen is semiconducting or semimetallic in character, definitively ruling out a first-order insulator-metal transition in the studied pressure range.

  16. Theory of magic optical traps for Zeeman-insensitive clock transitions in alkali-metal atoms

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    Derevianko, Andrei

    2010-05-15

    Precision measurements and quantum-information processing with cold atoms may benefit from trapping atoms with specially engineered, 'magic' optical fields. At the magic trapping conditions, the relevant atomic properties remain immune to strong perturbations by the trapping fields. Here we develop a theoretical analysis of magic trapping for especially valuable Zeeman-insensitive clock transitions in alkali-metal atoms. The involved mechanism relies on applying a magic bias B field along a circularly polarized trapping laser field. We map out these B fields as a function of trapping laser wavelength for all commonly used alkalis. We also highlight a common error in evaluating Stark shifts of hyperfine manifolds.

  17. Transverse beam shape measurements of intense proton beams using optical transition radiation

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    Scarpine, Victor E.; /Fermilab

    2012-03-01

    A number of particle physics experiments are being proposed as part of the Department of Energy HEP Intensity Frontier. Many of these experiments will utilize megawatt level proton beams onto targets to form secondary beams of muons, kaons and neutrinos. These experiments require transverse size measurements of the incident proton beam onto target for each beam spill. Because of the high power levels, most beam intercepting profiling techniques will not work at full beam intensity. The possibility of utilizing optical transition radiation (OTR) for high intensity proton beam profiling is discussed. In addition, previous measurements of OTR beam profiles from the NuMI beamline are presented.

  18. Progress on the Flash X-Ray Optical Transition Radiation Diagnostic

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    Tang, V; Houck, T; Brown, C

    2008-03-30

    This document summarizes the Flash X-Ray accelerator (FXR) optical transition radiation (OTR) spot-size diagnostics efforts in FY07. During this year, new analysis, simulation, and experimental approaches were utilized to interpret OTR spot data from both dielectric foils such as Kapton (VN type) and metal coated foils. Significant new findings of the intricacies involved in the diagnostic and of FXR operational issues were achieved. Geometry and temperature based effects were found to affect the beam image profiles from the OTR foils. These effects must be taken into account in order to deduce accurately the beam current density profile.

  19. Transitions.

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    Field, David; And Others

    1992-01-01

    Includes four articles: "Career Aspirations" (Field); "Making the Transition to a New Curriculum" (Baker, Householder); "How about a 'Work to School' Transition?" (Glasberg); and "Technological Improvisation: Bringing CNC to Woodworking" (Charles, McDuffie). (SK)

  20. Electronic structure and optical signatures of semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenide nanosheets.

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    Zhao, Weijie; Ribeiro, Ricardo Mendes; Eda, Goki

    2015-01-20

    CONSPECTUS: Two-dimensional (2D) crystals derived from transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) are intriguing materials that offer a unique platform to study fundamental physical phenomena as well as to explore development of novel devices. Semiconducting group 6 TMDs such as MoS2 and WSe2 are known for their large optical absorption coefficient and their potential for high efficiency photovoltaics and photodetectors. Monolayer sheets of these compounds are flexible, stretchable, and soft semiconductors with a direct band gap in contrast to their well-known bulk crystals that are rigid and hard indirect gap semiconductors. Recent intense research has been motivated by the distinct electrical, optical, and mechanical properties of these TMD crystals in the ultimate thickness regime. As a semiconductor with a band gap in the visible to near-IR frequencies, these 2D MX2 materials (M = Mo, W; X = S, Se) exhibit distinct excitonic absorption and emission features. In this Account, we discuss how optical spectroscopy of these materials allows investigation of their electronic properties and the relaxation dynamics of excitons. We first discuss the basic electronic structure of 2D TMDs highlighting the key features of the dispersion relation. With the help of theoretical calculations, we further discuss how photoluminescence energy of direct and indirect excitons provide a guide to understanding the evolution of the electronic structure as a function of the number of layers. We also highlight the behavior of the two competing conduction valleys and their role in the optical processes. Intercalation of group 6 TMDs by alkali metals results in the structural phase transformation with corresponding semiconductor-to-metal transition. Monolayer TMDs obtained by intercalation-assisted exfoliation retains the metastable metallic phase. Mild annealing, however, destabilizes the metastable phase and gradually restores the original semiconducting phase. Interestingly, the

  1. Adaptive Optics Images. II. 12 Kepler Objects of Interest and 15 Confirmed Transiting Planets

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    Adams, E. R.; Dupree, A. K.; Kulesa, C.; McCarthy, D.

    2013-07-01

    All transiting planet observations are at risk of contamination from nearby, unresolved stars. Blends dilute the transit signal, causing the planet to appear smaller than it really is, or producing a false positive detection when the target star is blended with an eclipsing binary. High spatial resolution adaptive optics images are an effective way of resolving most blends. Here we present visual companions and detection limits for 12 Kepler planet candidate host stars, of which 4 have companions within 4''. One system (KOI 1537) consists of two similar-magnitude stars separated by 0.''1, while KOI 174 has a companion at 0.''5. In addition, observations were made of 15 transiting planets that were previously discovered by other surveys. The only companion found within 1'' of a known planet is the previously identified companion to WASP-2b. An additional four systems have companions between 1'' and 4'': HAT-P-30b (3.''7, ΔKs = 2.9), HAT-P-32b (2.''9, ΔKs = 3.4), TrES-1b (2.''3, ΔKs = 7.7), and WASP-P-33b (1.''9, ΔKs = 5.5), some of which have not been reported previously. Depending on the spatial resolution of the transit photometry for these systems, these companion stars may require a reassessment of the planetary parameters derived from transit light curves. For all systems observed, we report the limiting magnitudes beyond which additional fainter objects located 0.''1-4'' from the target may still exist. Based on observations obtained at the MMT Observatory, a joint facility of the Smithsonian Institution and the University of Arizona.

  2. All-Optical Materials Design of Dissipationless Chiral Edge Modes in Transition-Metal Dichalcogenides

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    Claassen, Martin; Jia, Chunjing; Moritz, Brian; Devereaux, Thomas

    Spurred by the recent progress in transient melting, enhancement and induction of electronic order, a particularly tantalizing prospect concerns the possibility to instead access dynamical steady states with distinct non-equilibrium phase transitions, to affect electronic transport. Here, we show that the interplay of crystal symmetry and optical pumping of monolayer transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) provides a novel avenue to engineer topologically-protected chiral edge modes, facilitating optically-switchable conduction channels that are insensitive to disorder. Intriguingly, while TMDCs are canonically described as condensed-matter realizations of massive relativistic fermions, here we predict from first principles that circularly-polarized pumping instead accesses the intrinsic three-band nature near the band edges to selectively photo-induce topological band inversions at low pump intensities, while simultaneously limiting absorption for sub-gap pump frequencies. The results presented provide a new strategy to predict and design topological materials out of equilibrium, and should be readily applicable to other classes of semiconductors.

  3. Thermal stability and optical transitions of Er 3+/Yb 3+-codoped barium gallogermanate glass

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    Xiao, Kai; Yang, Zhongmin

    2007-07-01

    Er3+/Yb3+-codoped barium gallogermanate glass that is suitable for use in fiber lasers and optical waveguide devices has been fabricated and characterized. The differential scanning calorimetry, absorption spectra, infrared fluorescence and upconversion luminescence spectra of the glass have been measured. The spontaneous radiative transition probability, branching ratio, and radiative lifetime of the optical transitions have been calculated by using the Judd-ofelt theory. Differential scanning calorimetry result suggests that it is suitable to be a potential candidate for fiber drawing. Intense infrared fluorescence at 1531 nm and bright visible upconversion luminescence have been observed under 980 nm laser diode excitation at room temperature. The quadratic dependence of the upconversion emission on the excitation power indicates that two-photon steps are involved for the three visible emission bands. The possible upconversion mechanisms have also been discussed. All the results reveal that the Er3+/Yb3+-codoped barium gallogermanate glass fabricated in our work could be a suitable candidate for upconversion and infrared applications.

  4. Optical gain for the interband optical transition in InAsP/InP quantum well wire in the influence of laser field intensity

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    Saravanan, S.; Peter, A. John

    2016-05-01

    Intense high frequency laser field induced electronic and optical properties of heavy hole exciton in the InAs0.8P0.2/InP quantum wire is studied taking into account the geometrical confinement effect. Laser field related exciton binding energies and the optical band gap in the InAs0.8P0.2/InP quantum well wire are investigated. The optical gain, for the interband optical transition, as a function of photon energy, in the InAs0.8P0.2/InP quantum wire, is obtained in the presence of intense laser field. The compact density matrix method is employed to obtain the optical gain. The obtained optical gain in group III-V narrow quantum wire can be applied for achieving the preferred telecommunication wavelength.

  5. Surface phase transitions in liquid Ga-Bi alloys studied by optical second harmonic generation

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    Wang, Cong; Nattland, Detlef; Freyland, Werner

    2000-07-01

    Optical second harmonic generation (SHG) as a particularly surface sensitive technique was employed for the first time to investigate the surface phase behaviour of a liquid alloy, BixGa1-x, in different heating and cooling cycles up to 280 °C. The aim of these experiments is to establish a relatively simple experimental access to the surface phase diagrams of liquid alloys. Measurements of the characteristic changes of the SH signal have been performed on pure Bi and different Ga-rich alloys (xBi≤0.367). In pure bismuth the melting and freezing of the surface is indicated by a distinct polarization dependent variation of the SH intensities. Of particular interest is the characterization of the wetting transition found in Ga-Bi recently at the monotectic phase transition (xm = 0.085, Tm = 222 °C). Surprisingly, on first heating of the Ga-rich alloys up to 280 °C the SHG signals give no indication of the dramatic compositional change at the surface induced by the wetting transition. From these observations we conclude that the main source for the nonlinear polarization is the outermost layer of the alloy which in the wet and the non-wet state consists of an adsorbed Bi-rich monolayer. It is shown that SHG is very sensitive to structural changes at the surface. Most interestingly, on cooling of the Ga-rich alloys a Bi-rich film crystallizes on top of the bulk liquid alloy.

  6. Potential of electric quadrupole transitions in radium isotopes for single-ion optical frequency standards

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    Versolato, O. O.; Wansbeek, L. W.; Jungmann, K.; Timmermans, R. G. E.; Willmann, L.; Wilschut, H. W.

    2011-04-15

    We explore the potential of the electric quadrupole transitions 7s {sup 2}S{sub 1/2}-6d {sup 2}D{sub 3/2}, 6d {sup 2}D{sub 5/2} in radium isotopes as single-ion optical frequency standards. The frequency shifts of the clock transitions due to external fields and the corresponding uncertainties are calculated. Several competitive {sup A}Ra{sup +} candidates, with A= 223-229, are identified. In particular, we show that the transition 7s {sup 2}S{sub 1/2} (F=2,m{sub F}=0)-6d {sup 2}D{sub 3/2} (F=0,m{sub F}=0) at 828 nm in {sup 223}Ra{sup +}, with no linear Zeeman and electric quadrupole shifts, stands out as a relatively simple case, which could be exploited as a compact, robust, and low-cost atomic clock operating at a fractional frequency uncertainty of 10{sup -17}. With more experimental effort, the {sup 223,225,226}Ra{sup +} clocks could be pushed to a projected performance reaching the 10{sup -18} level.

  7. Potential of electric quadrupole transitions in radium isotopes for single-ion optical frequency standards

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    Versolato, O. O.; Wansbeek, L. W.; Jungmann, K.; Timmermans, R. G. E.; Willmann, L.; Wilschut, H. W.

    2011-04-01

    We explore the potential of the electric quadrupole transitions 7s2S1/2-6d2D3/2, 6d2D5/2 in radium isotopes as single-ion optical frequency standards. The frequency shifts of the clock transitions due to external fields and the corresponding uncertainties are calculated. Several competitive ARa+ candidates, with A= 223-229, are identified. In particular, we show that the transition 7s2S1/2(F=2,mF=0)-6d2D3/2(F=0,mF=0) at 828 nm in Ra223+, with no linear Zeeman and electric quadrupole shifts, stands out as a relatively simple case, which could be exploited as a compact, robust, and low-cost atomic clock operating at a fractional frequency uncertainty of 10-17. With more experimental effort, the Ra223,225,226+ clocks could be pushed to a projected performance reaching the 10-18 level.

  8. Indirect interband transition induced by optical near fields with large wave numbers

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    Yamaguchi, Maiku; Nobusada, Katsuyuki

    2016-05-01

    Optical near fields (ONFs) have Fourier components with large wave numbers that are two or three orders of magnitude larger than those of far-field propagating light owing to their nonuniformity in space. By utilizing these large wave numbers, the ONF is expected to induce an indirect interband transition between Bloch states having different wave numbers and directly generate an electron-hole pair without electron-phonon coupling. We perform time-dependent dynamics calculations of a one-dimensional periodic potential with an indirect band-gap structure and demonstrate that the ONF definitely induces an indirect interband transition. Instead of using the general Bloch boundary condition, which is usually imposed in conventional band structure calculations, we adopt an alternative boundary condition, the Born-von Kármán boundary condition, to appropriately treat indirect interband transitions. The calculated absorption spectra for the far-field and ONF excitations show different absorption edges and spectral patterns. We argue that this difference can be experimentally measured as evidence of the effects of the large wave numbers of the ONF.

  9. Optical transitions in a single CdTe spherical quantum dot

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    Prado, S. J.; Trallero-Giner, C.; Alcalde, A. M.; López-Richard, V.; Marques, G. E.

    2003-12-01

    We discuss different aspects of the optical properties in a single CdTe spherical quantum dot after performing a systematic study of the eigenvalues, wave functions, and their dominant symmetries within the 8×8 kṡp Kane-Weiler Hamiltonian derived from the conduction-valence band coupling and the mixing of the valence states. The analysis of the inherent symmetries in the Hamiltonian leads to basis function sets separated into two Hilbert subspaces. A detailed discussion of the symmetries associated with the electronic levels and the selection rules for optical transitions are derived by considering circular polarization for the incident light. We also calculated the optical oscillator strengths and the corresponding absorption spectra in the dipole approximation. Also, we discuss the roles of nonparabolicity, valence-band admixture, and symmetry signatures of the involved states. We compare the numerical results for the electronic dispersions in a zinc-blende based quantum dot when the spherical or the axial approximations are used inside the 8×8 multiband Hamiltonian.

  10. Prediction of direct band gap silicon superlattices with dipole-allowed optical transition

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    Kim, Sunghyun; Oh, Young Jun; Lee, In-Ho; Lee, Jooyoung; Chang, K. J.

    While cubic diamond silicon (c-Si) is an important element in electronic devices, it has poor optical properties owing to its indirect gap nature, thereby limiting its applications to optoelectronic devices. Here, we report Si superlattice structures which are computationally designed to possess direct band gaps and excellent optical properties. The computational approach adopts density functional calculations and conformational space annealing for global optimization. The Si superlattices, which consist of alternating stacks of Si(111) layers and a defective layer with Seiwatz chains, have either direct or quasi-direct band gaps depending on the details of attacking layers. The photovoltaic efficiencies are calculated by solving Bethe-Salpeter equation together with quasiparticle G0W0 calculations. The strong direct optical transition is attributed to the overlap of the valence and conduction band edge states in the interface region. Our Si superlattices exhibit high thermal stability, with the energies lower by an order of magnitude than those of the previously reported Si allotropes. We discuss a possible route to the synthesis of the superlattices through wafer bonding. This work is supported by Samsung Science and Technology Foundation under Grant No. SSTF-BA1401-08.

  11. Molecular-Based Optical Measurement Techniques for Transition and Turbulence in High-Speed Flow

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    Bathel, Brett F.; Danehy, Paul M.; Cutler, Andrew D.

    2013-01-01

    photogrammetry (for model attitude and deformation measurement) are excluded to limit the scope of this report. Other physical probes such as heat flux gauges, total temperature probes are also excluded. We further exclude measurement techniques that require particle seeding though particle based methods may still be useful in many high speed flow applications. This manuscript details some of the more widely used molecular-based measurement techniques for studying transition and turbulence: laser-induced fluorescence (LIF), Rayleigh and Raman Scattering and coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS). These techniques are emphasized, in part, because of the prior experience of the authors. Additional molecular based techniques are described, albeit in less detail. Where possible, an effort is made to compare the relative advantages and disadvantages of the various measurement techniques, although these comparisons can be subjective views of the authors. Finally, the manuscript concludes by evaluating the different measurement techniques in view of the precision requirements described in this chapter. Additional requirements and considerations are discussed to assist with choosing an optical measurement technique for a given application.

  12. Interplay of Cu and oxygen vacancy in optical transitions and screening of excitons in ZnO:Cu films

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    Darma, Yudi; Rusydi, Andrivo; Seng Herng, Tun; Marlina, Resti; Fauziah, Resti; Ding, Jun

    2014-02-24

    We study room temperature optics and electronic structures of ZnO:Cu films as a function of Cu concentration using a combination of spectroscopic ellipsometry, photoluminescence, and ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy. Mid-gap optical states, interband transitions, and excitons are observed and distinguishable. We argue that the mid-gap states are originated from interactions of Cu and oxygen vacancy (Vo). They are located below conduction band (Zn4s) and above valence band (O2p) promoting strong green emission and narrowing optical band gap. Excitonic states are screened and its intensities decrease upon Cu doping. Our results show the importance of Cu and Vo driving the electronic structures and optical transitions in ZnO:Cu films.

  13. Optical transitions in highly charged californium ions with high sensitivity to variation of the fine-structure constant.

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    Berengut, J C; Dzuba, V A; Flambaum, V V; Ong, A

    2012-08-17

    We study electronic transitions in highly charged Cf ions that are within the frequency range of optical lasers and have very high sensitivity to potential variations in the fine-structure constant, α. The transitions are in the optical range despite the large ionization energies because they lie on the level crossing of the 5f and 6p valence orbitals in the thallium isoelectronic sequence. Cf(16+) is a particularly rich ion, having several narrow lines with properties that minimize certain systematic effects. Cf(16+) has very large nuclear charge and large ionization energy, resulting in the largest α sensitivity seen in atomic systems. The lines include positive and negative shifters.

  14. Optical Transitions in Highly Charged Californium Ions with High Sensitivity to Variation of the Fine-Structure Constant

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    Berengut, J. C.; Dzuba, V. A.; Flambaum, V. V.; Ong, A.

    2012-08-01

    We study electronic transitions in highly charged Cf ions that are within the frequency range of optical lasers and have very high sensitivity to potential variations in the fine-structure constant, α. The transitions are in the optical range despite the large ionization energies because they lie on the level crossing of the 5f and 6p valence orbitals in the thallium isoelectronic sequence. Cf16+ is a particularly rich ion, having several narrow lines with properties that minimize certain systematic effects. Cf16+ has very large nuclear charge and large ionization energy, resulting in the largest α sensitivity seen in atomic systems. The lines include positive and negative shifters.

  15. Distinct Length Scales in the VO{sub 2} Metal–Insulator Transition Revealed by Bi-chromatic Optical Probing

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    Wang, Lei; Novikova, Irina B.; Klopf, John M.; Madaras, Scott E.; Williams, Gwyn P.; Madaras, Eric; Lu, Liwei; Wolf, Stuart A.; Lukaszew, Rosa A.

    2014-01-01

    Upon a heating-induced metal–instulator transition (MIT) in VO{sub 2}, microscopic metallic VO{sub 2} puddles nucleate and coarsen within the insulating matrix. This coexistence of the two phases across the transition spans distinct length scales as their relative domain sizes change. Far-field optical probing is applied to follow the dynamic evolution of the highly correlated metallic domains as the MIT progresses.

  16. Emittance and Energy Measurements of Low-Energy Electron Beam Using Optical Transition Radiation Techniques

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    Sakamoto, Fumito; Iijima, Hokuto; Dobashi, Katsuhiro; Imai, Takayuki; Ueda, Toru; Watanabe, Takahiro; Uesaka, Mitsuru

    2005-03-01

    Emittance and energy of an electron beam in the range of 8 to 22 MeV were measured via optical transition radiation (OTR) techniques. The beam divergence effect on observations of the far-field OTR image at low energies was studied by means of numerical analysis. The numerical analysis indicates that if the beam divergence is under 1.5 mrad, a simultaneous single-shot measurement of emittance and energy is possible. The results of the single-shot experiment agree with independent measurements conducted using the quadrupole scan method and an electron spectrometer. The experiments were performed with an S-band linac at the Nuclear Engineering Research Laboratory, The University of Tokyo (UTNL).

  17. Magnetic phase transitions of spin-1 ultracold bosons in a cubic optical lattice

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    Li, Yongqiang; He, Liang; Hofstetter, Walter

    2016-03-01

    We investigate strongly correlated spin-1 ultracold bosons with antiferromagnetic interactions in a cubic optical lattice, based on bosonic dynamical mean-field theory. Rich phase diagrams of the system are mapped out at both zero and finite temperature, and in particular the existence of a spin-singlet condensate is established. Interestingly, at finite temperature, we find that the superfluid can be heated into a Mott insulator with even (odd) filling via a first- (second-) order phase transition, analogous to the Pomeranchuk effect in 3He. Moreover, for typical experimental setups, we estimate the critical temperature (entropy) for different ordered phases and our results suggest that direct experimental observation of these phases is promising.

  18. Extended Coherence Time on the Clock Transition of Optically Trapped Rubidium

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    Kleine Buening, G.; Will, J.; Ertmer, W.; Rasel, E.; Klempt, C.; Arlt, J.; Ramirez-Martinez, F.; Rosenbusch, P.; Piechon, F.

    2011-06-17

    Optically trapped ensembles are of crucial importance for frequency measurements and quantum memories but generally suffer from strong dephasing due to inhomogeneous density and light shifts. We demonstrate a drastic increase of the coherence time to 21 s on the magnetic field insensitive clock transition of {sup 87}Rb by applying the recently discovered spin self-rephasing [C. Deutsch et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 020401 (2010)]. This result confirms the general nature of this new mechanism and thus shows its applicability in atom clocks and quantum memories. A systematic investigation of all relevant frequency shifts and noise contributions yields a stability of 2.4x10{sup -11{tau}-1/2}, where {tau} is the integration time in seconds. Based on a set of technical improvements, the presented frequency standard is predicted to rival the stability of microwave fountain clocks in a potentially much more compact setup.

  19. Phonon sideband studies of the spin-triplet optical transition in diamond nitrogen-vacancy centers

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    Alkauskas, Audrius; Toyli, David M.; Buckley, Bob B.; Awschalom, David D.; van de Walle, Chris G.

    2013-03-01

    In the past decade, the nitrogen-vacancy center in diamond has emerged as a promising solid-state system for quantum-information processing, and also for nanoscale magnetic, electric, and thermal sensing. All of these applications are partly enabled because the spin of the center can be measured through photoluminescence. This calls for a deeper understanding of the photoluminescence spectrum, in particular its phonon side-band. In this work we study the coupling of lattice vibrations to the triplet (3E -->3A2) optical transition from first-principles electronic structure calculations. Our formulation includes both quasi-localized and bulk phonons, and leads to an excellent agreement of the calculated and the measured photoluminescence lineshape. This good agreement enables the application of the developed methodology to other defects in semiconductors that are currently being investigated as viable quantum bits. This work has been supported by the NSF, AFOSR, and the Swiss NSF.

  20. Reentrant BCS-BEC crossover and a superfluid-insulator transition in optical lattices.

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    Shen, Zhaochuan; Radzihovsky, L; Gurarie, V

    2012-12-14

    We study the thermodynamics of a two-species Feshbach-resonant atomic Fermi gas in a periodic potential, focusing in a deep optical potential where a tight binding model is applicable. We show that for a more than half-filled band the gas exhibits a reentrant crossover with decreased detuning (increased attractive interaction), from a paired BCS superfluid to a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) of molecules of holes, back to the BCS superfluid, and finally to a conventional BEC of diatomic molecules. This behavior is associated with the nonmonotonic dependence of the chemical potential on detuning and the concomitant Cooper-pair or molecular size, larger in the BCS and smaller in the BEC regimes. For a single filled band we find a quantum phase transition from a band insulator to a BCS-BEC superfluid, and map out the corresponding phase diagram. PMID:23368340

  1. Reentrant BCS-BEC Crossover and a Superfluid-Insulator Transition in Optical Lattices

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    Shen, Zhaochuan; Radzihovsky, L.; Gurarie, V.

    2012-12-01

    We study the thermodynamics of a two-species Feshbach-resonant atomic Fermi gas in a periodic potential, focusing in a deep optical potential where a tight binding model is applicable. We show that for a more than half-filled band the gas exhibits a reentrant crossover with decreased detuning (increased attractive interaction), from a paired BCS superfluid to a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) of molecules of holes, back to the BCS superfluid, and finally to a conventional BEC of diatomic molecules. This behavior is associated with the nonmonotonic dependence of the chemical potential on detuning and the concomitant Cooper-pair or molecular size, larger in the BCS and smaller in the BEC regimes. For a single filled band we find a quantum phase transition from a band insulator to a BCS-BEC superfluid, and map out the corresponding phase diagram.

  2. Line shapes of optical Feshbach resonances near the intercombination transition of bosonic ytterbium

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    Borkowski, M.; Ciurylo, R.; Tojo, S.; Enomoto, K.; Takahashi, Y.

    2009-07-15

    The properties of bosonic ytterbium photoassociation spectra near the intercombination transition {sup 1}S{sub 0}-{sup 3}P{sub 1} are studied theoretically at ultralow temperatures. We demonstrate how the shapes and intensities of rotational components of optical Feshbach resonances are affected by mass tuning of the scattering properties of the two colliding ground-state atoms. Particular attention is given to the relationship between the magnitude of the scattering length and the occurrence of shape resonances in higher partial waves of the van der Waals system. We develop a mass-scaled model of the excited-state potential that represents the experimental data for different isotopes. The shape of the rotational photoassociation spectrum for various bosonic Yb isotopes can be qualitatively different.

  3. Optical Properties of Fluid Hydrogen at the Transition to a Conducting State.

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    McWilliams, R Stewart; Dalton, D Allen; Mahmood, Mohammad F; Goncharov, Alexander F

    2016-06-24

    We use fast transient transmission and emission spectroscopies in the pulse laser heated diamond anvil cell to probe the energy-dependent optical properties of hydrogen at pressures of 10-150 GPa and temperatures up to 6000 K. Hydrogen is absorptive at visible to near-infrared wavelengths above a threshold temperature that decreases from 3000 K at 18 GPa to 1700 K at 110 GPa. Transmission spectra at 2400 K and 141 GPa indicate that the absorptive hydrogen is semiconducting or semimetallic in character, definitively ruling out a first-order insulator-metal transition in the studied pressure range. PMID:27391733

  4. Transits

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    Gilliland, Ronald L.

    Transits of the planets Mercury and especially Venus have been exciting events in the development of astronomy over the past few hundred years. Just two years ago the first transiting extra-solar planet, HD 209458b, was discovered, and subsequent studies during transit have contributed fundamental new knowledge. From the photometric light curve during transit one obtains a basic confirmation that the radial velocity detected object is indeed a planet by allowing precise determination of its mass and radius relative to these stellar quantities. From study of spectroscopic changes during transit it has been possible to probe for individual components of the transiting planets atmosphere. Planet transits are likely to become a primary tool for detection of new planets, especially other Earth-like planets with the Kepler Discovery Mission. Looking ahead, the additional aperture of the James Webb Space Space Telescope promises to allow the first possibility of studying the atmosphere of extra-solar Earth-analogue planets, perhaps even providing the first evidence of direct relevance to the search for signs of life on other planets.

  5. Characterization and mitigation of coherent-optical-transition-radiation signals from a compressed electron beam

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    Lumpkin, A. H.; Sereno, N. S.; Berg, W. J.; Borland, M.; Li, Y.; Pasky, S. J.

    2009-08-01

    The Advanced Photon Source (APS) injector complex includes an option for rf photocathode (PC) gun beam injection into the 450-MeV S-band linac. At the 150-MeV point, a four-dipole chicane was used to compress the micropulse bunch length from a few ps to sub-0.5 ps (FWHM). Noticeable enhancements of the optical transition radiation (OTR) signal sampled after the APS chicane were then observed as has been reported in the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) injector commissioning. A far-infrared (FIR) coherent transition radiation detector and interferometer were used to monitor the bunch compression process and correlate the appearance of localized spikes of OTR signal (5 to 10 times brighter than adjacent areas) within the beam-image footprint. We have performed spectral-dependency measurements at 375 MeV with a series of bandpass filters centered in 50-nm increments from 400 to 700 nm and with an imaging spectrometer and observed a broadband enhancement in these spikes. Mitigation concepts of the observed coherent OTR, which exhibits an intensity enhancement in the red part of the visible spectrum as compared to incoherent OTR, are described.

  6. Optically induced metal-insulator transition in gold::vanadium dioxide hybrid structures

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    Ferrara, Davon W.; Macquarrie, Evan R.; Nag, Joyeeta; Kaye, Anthony; Haglund, Richard F., Jr.

    2010-03-01

    Vanadium dioxide (VO2) is a strongly-correlated electron material with a well-known semi-conducting to metallic phase transition that can be induced thermally, optically, or electrically. By coating lithographically prepared arrays of gold nanoparticles (NPs) of diameters up to 200 nm with 60 nm thick films of VO2 via pulsed laser deposition, hybrid Au::VO2 structures were created. Due to the sensitivity of the Au particle-plasmon resonance (PPR), a temperature dependent shift in the PPR can be generated by switching the VO2 from one phase to another, creating a tunable plasmonic metamaterial. To study the low-power switching characteristics of these structures, transient absorption measurements were made using a chopped 780 nm pump laser, corresponding to the PPR resonance of the Au NPs, and 1550 nm CW probe. Additionally, pump-probe measurements were conducted on the structures using a Ti:sapphire oscillator with 100-fs pulses. Results show that the presence of Au NPs lowers the threshold laser power required to induce the phase transition. Finite element modeling was performed to better understand the complex thermodynamics of the structure.

  7. Characterization and mitigation of coherent optical transition radiation signal from a compressed electron beam.

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    Lumpkin, A. H.; Sereno, N. S.; Berg, W.; Borland, M.; Li, Y.; Pasky, S. )

    2009-01-01

    The Advanced Photon Source (APS) injector complex includes an option for rf photocathode (PC) gun beam injection into the 450-MeV S-band linac. At the 150-MeV point, a four-dipole chicane was used to compress the micropulse bunch length from a few ps to sub-0.5 ps (FWHM). Noticeable enhancements of the optical transition radiation (OTR) signal sampled after the APS chicane were then observed as has been reported in the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) injector commissioning. A far-infrared (FIR) coherent transition radiation detector and interferometer were used to monitor the bunch compression process and correlate the appearance of localized spikes of OTR signal (5 to 10 times brighter than adjacent areas) within the beam-image footprint. We have performed spectral-dependency measurements at 375 MeV with a series of bandpass filters centered in 50-nm increments from 400 to 700 nm and with an imaging spectrometer and observed a broadband enhancement in these spikes. Mitigation concepts of the observed coherent OTR, which exhibits an intensity enhancement in the red part of the visible spectrum as compared to incoherent OTR, are described.

  8. Impact of local compressive stress on the optical transitions of single organic dye molecules

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    Stöttinger, Sven; Hinze, Gerald; Diezemann, Gregor; Oesterling, Ingo; Müllen, Klaus; Basché, Thomas

    2014-03-01

    The ability to mechanically control the optical properties of individual molecules is a grand challenge in nanoscience and could enable the manipulation of chemical reactivity at the single-molecule level. In the past, light has been used to alter the emission wavelength of individual molecules or modulate the energy transfer quantum yield between them. Furthermore, tensile stress has been applied to study the force dependence of protein folding/unfolding and of the chemistry and photochemistry of single molecules, although in these mechanical experiments the strength of the weakest bond limits the amount of applicable force. Here, we show that compressive stress modifies the photophysical properties of individual dye molecules. We use an atomic force microscope tip to prod individual molecules adsorbed on a surface and follow the effect of the applied force on the electronic states of the molecule by fluorescence spectroscopy. Applying a localized compressive force on an isolated molecule induces a stress that is redistributed throughout the structure. Accordingly, we observe reversible spectral shifts and even shifts that persist after retracting the microscope tip, which we attribute to transitions to metastable states. Using quantum-mechanical calculations, we show that these photophysical changes can be associated with transitions among the different possible conformers of the adsorbed molecule.

  9. Linac-beam characterizations at 600 MeV using optical transition radiation diagnostics

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    Lumpkin, A. H.; Berg, W. J.; Yang, B. X.; White, M.

    1998-12-01

    Selected optical diagnostics stations were upgraded in anticipation of low-emittance, bright electron beams from a thermionic rf gun or a photoelectric rf gun on the Advanced Photon Source (APS) injector linac. The upgrades include the installation of optical transition radiation (OTR) screens, transport lines, and cameras for use in transverse beam size measurements and longitudinal profile measurements. Using beam from the standard thermionic gun, tests were done at 50 MeV and 400 to 650 MeV. Data were obtained on the limiting spatial (σ˜200 μm) and temporal resolutions (300 ms) of the Chromox (Al2O3:Cr) screen (250 μm thick) in comparison to the OTR screens. Both charge-ecoupled device (CCD) and charge-injection device (CID) video cameras were used, as well as a Hamamatsu C5680 synchroscan streak camera operating at a vertical deflection rate of 119.0 MHz (the 24th subharmonic of the S-band 2856 MHz frequency). Beam transverse sizes as small as σx=60 μm for a 600 MeV beam and micropulse bunch lengths of στ<3 ps have been recorded for macropulse-averaged behavior with charges of about 2 to 3 nC per macropulse. These techniques are applicable to linac-driven, fourth-generation light source R&D experiments, including the APS's SASE FEL experiment.

  10. Rapid, all-optical crystal orientation imaging of two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers

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    David, Sabrina N.; Zhai, Yao; Zande, Arend M. van der; O'Brien, Kevin; Huang, Pinshane Y.; Chenet, Daniel A.; Hone, James C.; Zhang, Xiang; Yin, Xiaobo

    2015-09-14

    Two-dimensional (2D) atomic materials such as graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) have attracted significant research and industrial interest for their electronic, optical, mechanical, and thermal properties. While large-area crystal growth techniques such as chemical vapor deposition have been demonstrated, the presence of grain boundaries and orientation of grains arising in such growths substantially affect the physical properties of the materials. There is currently no scalable characterization method for determining these boundaries and orientations over a large sample area. We here present a second-harmonic generation based microscopy technique for rapidly mapping grain orientations and boundaries of 2D TMDCs. We experimentally demonstrate the capability to map large samples to an angular resolution of ±1° with minimal sample preparation and without involved analysis. A direct comparison of the all-optical grain orientation maps against results obtained by diffraction-filtered dark-field transmission electron microscopy plus selected-area electron diffraction on identical TMDC samples is provided. This rapid and accurate tool should enable large-area characterization of TMDC samples for expedited studies of grain boundary effects and the efficient characterization of industrial-scale production techniques.

  11. Symmetries and optical transitions of hexagonal quantum dots in GaAs/AlGaAs nanowires

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    Svendsen, Guro K.; Skaar, Johannes; Weman, Helge; Dupertuis, Marc-André

    2015-11-01

    We investigate the properties of electronic states and optical transitions in hexagonal GaAs quantum dots within Al0.3Ga0.7As nanowires, grown in axial direction [111]. Such dots are particularly interesting due to their high degree of symmetry. A streamlined postsymmetrization technique based on class operators (PTCO) is developed which enables one to benefit from the insight brought by the maximal symmetrization and reduction of fields (MSRF) approach reported by Dalessi et al. [Phys. Rev. B 81, 125106 (2010), 10.1103/PhysRevB.81.125106], after having solved the Schrödinger equation. Definite advantages of the PTCO are that it does not require modification of existing code for the calculation of the electronic structure, and that it allows to numerically test for elevated symmetries. We show in the frame of a four-band k .p model that despite the fact that the D6 h symmetry of the nanostructure is broken at the microscopic level by the underlying zinc-blende crystal structure, the effect is quite small. Most of the particularities of the electronic states and their optical emission can be understood by symmetry elevation to D6 h and the presence of approximate azimuthal and radial quantum numbers.

  12. Investigation of Two-Dimensional Transition Metal Dichalcogenides by Optical and Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopy

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    Rigosi, Albert F.

    The goal of this dissertation is not only to present works completed and projects initiated and accomplished, but to also attempt to teach some of the material to readers who have limited exposure to condensed matter. I will offer an introduction to two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenide materials (2D TMDCs) and the mathematics required to understand the research conducted. Some effort will be given on explaining the experimental setups and preparations. Projects that required elaborate sample fabrication and the yielded results will be summarized. These results have heavy implications for the science behind bound electron-hole pairs, the effects of magnetic fields on such pairs, and extracting the useful optical properties from the material systems in which these pairs reside. Specialized fabrication techniques of samples for longer term projects that I led will also be presented, namely those of constructing heterostructures by stacking various 2D TMDCs for exploring the modulated properties of these novel arrangements. The latter portion of this dissertation will cover the nanoscopic dynamics of TMDC heterostructures. The Kramers-Kronig relations will be derived and discussed in detail. Data and results regarding the electronic structure of these materials, their heterostructures, and their custom alloys measured via scanning tunneling microscopy will be presented. Coupled with the measured optical properties, significant numerical quantities that characterize these materials are extracted. There will be several appendices that offer some supplementary information and basic summaries about all the projects that were initiated.

  13. Exciton formation assisted by longitudinal optical phonons in monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides

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    Thilagam, A.

    2016-09-01

    We examine a mechanism by which excitons are generated via the longitudinal optical (LO) phonon-assisted scattering process after optical excitation of monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides. The exciton formation time is computed as a function of the exciton center-of-mass wavevector, electron and hole temperatures, and carrier densities for known values of the Fröhlich coupling constant, LO phonon energy, lattice temperature, and the exciton binding energy in layered structures. For the monolayer MoS2, we obtain ultrafast exciton formation times on the sub-picosecond time scale at charge densities of 5 × 1011 cm-2 and carrier temperatures less than 300 K, in good agreement with recent experimental findings ( ≈0.3 ps). While excitons are dominantly created at zero center-of-mass wavevectors at low charge carrier temperatures ( ≈30 K), the exciton formation time is most rapid at non-zero wavevectors at higher temperatures ( ≥120 K) of charge carriers. The results show the inverse square-law dependence of the exciton formation times on the carrier density, consistent with a square-law dependence of photoluminescence on the excitation density. Our results show that excitons are formed more rapidly in exemplary monolayer selenide-based dichalcogenides (MoSe2 and WSe2) than sulphide-based dichalcogenides (MoS2 and WS2).

  14. Phonon coupling in optical transitions for singlet-triplet pairs of bound excitons in semiconductors

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    Pistol, M. E.; Monemar, B.

    1986-05-01

    A model is presented for the observed strong difference in selection rules for coupling of phonons in the one-phonon sideband of optical spectra related to bound excitons in semiconductors. The present treatment is specialized to the case of a closely spaced pair of singlet-triplet character as the lowest electronic states, as is common for bound excitons associated with neutral complexes in materials like GaP and Si. The optical transition for the singlet bound-exciton state is found to couple strongly only to symmetric A1 modes. The triplet state has a similar coupling strength to A1 modes, but in addition strong contributions are found for replicas corresponding to high-density-of-states phonons TAX, LAX, and TOX. This can be explained by a treatment of particle-phonon coupling beyond the ordinary adiabatic approximation. A weak mixing between the singlet and triplet states is mediated by the phonon coupling, as described in first-order perturbation theory. The model derived in this work, for such phonon-induced mixing of closely spaced electronic states, is shown to explain the observed phonon coupling for several bound-exciton systems of singlet-triplet character in GaP. In addition, the observed oscillator strength of the forbidden triplet state may be explained as partly derived from phonon-induced mixing with the singlet state, which has a much larger oscillator strength.

  15. Robotic Transit Follow-up: Adaptive Optics Imaging of Thousands of Stars

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    Law, Nicholas M.; Morton, T.; Baranec, C.; Riddle, R. L.; Tendulkar, S. P.; Johnson, J. A.; Bui, K.; Burse, M.; Chordia, P.; Das, H.; Dekany, R.; Kulkarni, S. R.; Punnadi, S.; Ramaprakash, A. N.; Robo-AO Collaboration

    2013-01-01

    Stars that host transiting exoplanet candidates may have close companions. If undetected, these companions can produce false-positive planets or affect the measured exoplanet characteristics. High-angular-resolution imaging is required to resolve these systems. Up to now, it has been impossible to obtain adaptive optics images of all the thousands of candidates generated by large surveys like Kepler because of the faintness of the targets and the excessive observing time required. The Robo-AO robotic laser adaptive optics system, newly-commissioned on the Palomar 60-inch telescope, is the first system capable of rapidly observing thousands of targets at high resolution. Robo-AO routinely images 200+ targets per night and produces 0.1" FWHM images in visible wavelengths similar to the Kepler passband. We are using Robo-AO to perform a stellar companion search of unprecedented size, including every Kepler planet candidate and 3,000 nearby planet-search stars. In our first observing season we have imaged over 1,000 Kepler objects of interest and 75% of the Northern stars within 25pc. We will describe the system and discuss its use for future exoplanet surveys such as TESS. We will also present the first results from the survey: a comprehensive assessment of stellar multiplicity among Kepler exoplanet hosts and the discovery of new close stellar companions around Kepler objects of interest.

  16. Multisectional linear ion trap and novel loading method for optical spectroscopy of electron and nuclear transitions.

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    Sysoev, Alexey A; Troyan, Victor I; Borisyuk, Peter V; Krasavin, Andrey V; Vasiliev, Oleg S; Palchikov, Vitaly G; Avdeev, Ivan A; Chernyshev, Denis M; Poteshin, Sergey S

    2015-01-01

    There is a growing need for the development of atomic and nuclear frequency standards because of the important contribution of methods for precision time and frequency measurements to the development of fundamental science, technology, and the economy. It is also conditioned by their potential use in optical clocks and quantum logic applications. It is especially important to develop a universal method that could allow one to use ions of most elements effectively (including ones that are not easily evaporated) proposed for the above-mentioned applications. A linear quadrupole ion trap for the optical spectroscopy of electron and nuclear transitions has been developed and evaluated experimentally. An ion source construction is based on an ultra-high vacuum evaporator in which a metal sample is subjected to an electron beam of energy up to 1 keV, resulting in the appearance of gaseous atoms and ions of various charge state. The linear ion trap consists of five successive quadrupole sections including an entrance quadrupole section, quadrupole mass filter, quadrupole ion guide, ion-trap section, and exit quadrupole section. The same radiofrequency but a different direct current voltage feeds the quadrupole sections. The instrument allows the mass and energy selected trapping of ions from ion beams of various intensities and their localization in the area of laser irradiation. The preliminary results presented show that the proposed instrument and methods allow one to produce effectively up to triply charged thorium ions as well as to trap ions for future spectroscopic study. The instrument is proposed for future use in optical clocks and quantum logic application development. PMID:25906029

  17. Multisectional linear ion trap and novel loading method for optical spectroscopy of electron and nuclear transitions.

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    Sysoev, Alexey A; Troyan, Victor I; Borisyuk, Peter V; Krasavin, Andrey V; Vasiliev, Oleg S; Palchikov, Vitaly G; Avdeev, Ivan A; Chernyshev, Denis M; Poteshin, Sergey S

    2015-01-01

    There is a growing need for the development of atomic and nuclear frequency standards because of the important contribution of methods for precision time and frequency measurements to the development of fundamental science, technology, and the economy. It is also conditioned by their potential use in optical clocks and quantum logic applications. It is especially important to develop a universal method that could allow one to use ions of most elements effectively (including ones that are not easily evaporated) proposed for the above-mentioned applications. A linear quadrupole ion trap for the optical spectroscopy of electron and nuclear transitions has been developed and evaluated experimentally. An ion source construction is based on an ultra-high vacuum evaporator in which a metal sample is subjected to an electron beam of energy up to 1 keV, resulting in the appearance of gaseous atoms and ions of various charge state. The linear ion trap consists of five successive quadrupole sections including an entrance quadrupole section, quadrupole mass filter, quadrupole ion guide, ion-trap section, and exit quadrupole section. The same radiofrequency but a different direct current voltage feeds the quadrupole sections. The instrument allows the mass and energy selected trapping of ions from ion beams of various intensities and their localization in the area of laser irradiation. The preliminary results presented show that the proposed instrument and methods allow one to produce effectively up to triply charged thorium ions as well as to trap ions for future spectroscopic study. The instrument is proposed for future use in optical clocks and quantum logic application development.

  18. Frequency ratio of two optical clock transitions in 171Yb+ and constraints on the time variation of fundamental constants.

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    Godun, R M; Nisbet-Jones, P B R; Jones, J M; King, S A; Johnson, L A M; Margolis, H S; Szymaniec, K; Lea, S N; Bongs, K; Gill, P

    2014-11-21

    Singly ionized ytterbium, with ultranarrow optical clock transitions at 467 and 436 nm, is a convenient system for the realization of optical atomic clocks and tests of present-day variation of fundamental constants. We present the first direct measurement of the frequency ratio of these two clock transitions, without reference to a cesium primary standard, and using the same single ion of 171Yb+. The absolute frequencies of both transitions are also presented, each with a relative standard uncertainty of 6×10(-16). Combining our results with those from other experiments, we report a threefold improvement in the constraint on the time variation of the proton-to-electron mass ratio, μ/μ=0.2(1.1)×10(-16)  yr(-1), along with an improved constraint on time variation of the fine structure constant, α/α=-0.7(2.1)×10(-17)  yr(-1). PMID:25479482

  19. The Influence of the Aspheric Profiles for Transition Zone on Optical Performance of Human Eye After Conventional Ablation

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    Fang, L.

    2014-12-01

    The analysis in the impact of transition zone on the optical performance of human eye after laser refractive surgery is important for improving visual correction technology. By designing the ablation profiles of aspheric transition zone and creating the ablation profile for conventional refractive surgery in optical zone, the influence of aspheric transition zone on residual aberrations was studied. The results indicated that the ablation profiles of transition zone had a significant influence on the residual wavefront aberrations. For a hyperopia correction, the profile #9 shows a larger induced coma and spherical aberration when the translation of the centre of pupil remains constant. However, for a myopia astigmatism correction, the induced coma and spherical aberration in profile #1 shows relatively larger RMS values than those in other profiles. Therefore, the residual higher order aberrations may be decreased by optimizing ablation profiles of transition zone, but they cannot be eliminated. In order to achieve the best visual performance, the design of ablation pattern of transition zone played a crucial role.

  20. Optically controlled waveplate at a telecom wavelength using a ladder transition in Rb atoms for all-optical switching and high speed Stokesmetric imaging.

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    Krishnamurthy, Subramanian; Tu, Y; Wang, Y; Tseng, S; Shahriar, M S

    2014-11-17

    We demonstrate an optically controlled waveplate at ~1323 nm using the 5S(1/2)-5P(1/2)-6S(1/2) ladder transition in a Rb vapor cell. The lower leg of the transitions represents the control beam, while the upper leg represents the signal beam. We show that we can place the signal beam in any arbitrary polarization state with a suitable choice of polarization of the control beam. Specifically, we demonstrate a differential phase retardance of ~180 degrees between the two circularly polarized components of a linearly polarized signal beam. We also demonstrate that the system can act as a Quarter Wave plate. The optical activity responsible for the phase retardation process is explained in terms of selection rules involving the Zeeman sublevels. As such, the system can be used to realize a fast Stokesmetric imaging system with a speed of ~3 MHz. When implemented using a tapered nano fiber embedded in a vapor cell, this system can be used to realize an ultra-low power all-optical switch as well as a Quantum Zeno Effect based all-optical logic gate by combining it with an optically controlled polarizer, previously demonstrated by us. We present numerical simulations of the system using a comprehensive model which incorporates all the relevant Zeeman sub-levels in the system, using a novel algorithm recently developed by us for efficient computation of the evolution of an arbitrary large scale quantum system. PMID:25402129

  1. Dynamic contrast optical coherence tomography: quantitative measurement of microvascular transit-time distributions in vivo (Conference Presentation)

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    Merkle, Conrad W.; Srinivasan, Vivek J.

    2016-03-01

    Transit time is a fundamental microcirculatory parameter that is critical in determining oxygen delivery from capillaries to surrounding tissue. Recently, it was demonstrated theoretically that capillary transit-time heterogeneity potentially leads to non-uniform oxygen extraction in micro-domains. However, in spite of its importance, capillary transit-time distribution has been challenging to quantify comprehensively and efficiently at the microscopic level. Here, we introduce a method, called Dynamic Contrast Optical Coherence Tomography (DyC-OCT), based on dynamic cross-sectional OCT imaging of the kinetics of an intravascular tracer during its passage through the field-of-view. DyC-OCT is used to quantitatively measure the transit-time distribution in microvascular networks in cross-section at the single-capillary level. Transit-time metrics are derived from analysis of the temporal characteristics of the dynamic scattering signal, related to tracer concentration, using indicator-dilution theory. Since DyC-OCT does not require calibration of the optical focus, quantitative accuracy is achieved even deep in highly scattering brain tissue where the focal spot degrades. After direct validation of DyC-OCT against the dilution curves measured using a fluorescent plasma label in the surface pial vessels of a mouse brain, imaged through a thinned-skull, glass coverslip-reinforced cranial window, the laminar transit-time distribution was investigated in microvasculature across the entire depth of the mouse somatosensory cortex. Laminar trends were identified, with the earliest transit times in the middle cortical layers, and the lowest heterogeneity in cortical layer 4. The new DyC-OCT technique affords a novel perspective of microvascular networks, with the unique capability of performing simultaneous measurements of transit-time distributions across cortical laminae.

  2. Intensity modulated optical transmission in a non-linear dielectric environment with an embedded mono-layer transition metal dichalcogenide

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    Sengupta, Parijat; Bellotti, Enrico

    2016-09-01

    We study the optical behavior of an arrangement in which the interface between a linear and non-linear dielectric media is covered by an embedded mono-layer of transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDC). The optical behavior is qualitatively obtained through transmission and reflection coefficients which are a function of the third order non-linear susceptibility of the Kerr-type dielectric and the inter-band optical conductivity of the TMDC mono-layer. The inter-band optical conductivity of the TMDC mono-layer is calculated using the Kubo formalism from the linear response theory. In particular, we theoretically demonstrate that the optical response of this structure can be switched between the total internal reflection and a normal transmission regime by controlling the intensity of the incident radiation. The reflection and transmission functions are shown to be amenable to further control by altering the inter-band optical conductivity of the embedded TMDC mono-layer. The optical conductivity is directly related to its energy dispersion. We specifically choose two TMDC mono-layers, MoS2 and WSe2, which have nearly identical dispersion parameters apart from a much stronger spin-orbit coupling in the latter. The stronger spin-orbit coupling in WSe2 does not significantly alter the inter-band optical conductivity to manifest as an enhanced reflection spectrum. However, we find that application of an external perturbation such as strain could be effectively used to modulate the overall optical response. We conclude by discussing briefly the phenomenon of optical bistability which arises in materials exhibiting optical non-linearity via an intensity-dependent refractive index.

  3. Frequency stabilization of a 1083 nm fiber laser to {sup 4}He transition lines with optical heterodyne saturation spectroscopies

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    Gong, W.; Peng, X. Li, W.; Guo, H.

    2014-07-15

    Two kinds of optical heterodyne saturation spectroscopies, namely, frequency modulation spectroscopy (FMS) and modulation transfer spectroscopy (MTS), are demonstrated for locking a fiber laser to the transition lines of metastable {sup 4}He atoms around 1083 nm. The servo-loop error signals of FMS and MTS for stabilizing laser frequency are optimized by studying the dependence of the peak-to-peak amplitude and slope on the optical power of pump and probe beams. A comparison of the stabilization performances of FMS/MTS and polarization spectroscopy (PS) is presented, which shows that MTS exhibits relatively superior performance with the least laser frequency fluctuation due to its flat-background dispersive signal, originated from the four-wave mixing process. The Allan deviation of the stabilized laser frequency is 5.4 × 10{sup −12}@100 s with MTS for data acquired in 1000 s, which is sufficiently applicable for fields like laser cooling, optical pumping, and optical magnetometry.

  4. Frequency stabilization of a 1083 nm fiber laser to 4He transition lines with optical heterodyne saturation spectroscopies

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    Gong, W.; Peng, X.; Li, W.; Guo, H.

    2014-07-01

    Two kinds of optical heterodyne saturation spectroscopies, namely, frequency modulation spectroscopy (FMS) and modulation transfer spectroscopy (MTS), are demonstrated for locking a fiber laser to the transition lines of metastable 4He atoms around 1083 nm. The servo-loop error signals of FMS and MTS for stabilizing laser frequency are optimized by studying the dependence of the peak-to-peak amplitude and slope on the optical power of pump and probe beams. A comparison of the stabilization performances of FMS/MTS and polarization spectroscopy (PS) is presented, which shows that MTS exhibits relatively superior performance with the least laser frequency fluctuation due to its flat-background dispersive signal, originated from the four-wave mixing process. The Allan deviation of the stabilized laser frequency is 5.4 × 10-12@100 s with MTS for data acquired in 1000 s, which is sufficiently applicable for fields like laser cooling, optical pumping, and optical magnetometry.

  5. Optical signatures of electric-field-driven magnetic phase transitions in graphene quantum dots

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    Basak, Tista; Shukla, Alok

    2016-06-01

    Experimental challenges in identifying various types of magnetic ordering in graphene quantum dots (QDs) pose a major hurdle in the application of these nanostructures for spintronic devices. Based upon phase diagrams obtained by employing the π -electron Pariser-Parr-Pople (PPP) model Hamiltonian, we demonstrate that the magnetic states undergo phase transition under the influence of an external electric field. Our calculations of the electroabsorption spectra of these QDs indicate that the spectrum in question carries strong signatures of their magnetic state (FM vs AFM), thus suggesting the possibility of an all-optical characterization of their magnetic nature. Further, the gaps for the up and the down spins are the same in the absence of an external electric field, both for the antiferromagnetic (AFM) and the ferromagnetic (FM) states of QDs. But, once the QDs are exposed to a suitably directed external electric field, gaps for different spins split and exhibit distinct variations with respect to the strength of the field. The nature of variation exhibited by the energy gaps corresponding to the up and down spins is different for the AFM and FM configurations of QDs. This selective manipulation of the spin-polarized gap splitting by an electric field in finite graphene nanostructures can open up new frontiers in the design of graphene-based spintronic devices.

  6. Ferroelectric phase transition and optical performance of PLZnNZT transparent ceramics

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    Chu, Kaibin; Shi, Yue; Li, Kun; Fang, Bijun; Ding, Jianning

    2015-06-01

    Lead-based Pb0.97La0.02(Zn1/3Nb2/3)0.3(Zr0.53Ti0.47)0.7O3 (PLZnNZT) transparent ceramics with the addition of 2 wt% excess PbO were prepared by hot-pressing sintering method. The hot-pressing sintered PLZnNZT ceramics exhibit dense and large-grained microstructure, and perovskite structure with distorted cubic-like symmetry. The ceramics exhibit normal ferroelectric-like dielectric behavior with slightly diffused ferroelectric phase transition characteristic. The PLZnNZT ceramics exhibit fully developed, symmetric and saturated P-E hysteresis loop and large piezoelectric constant d33, being 468 pC/N. The ceramics with 120 μm thickness exhibit maximum transmittance of 53% at 850 nm when Fresnel losses was not included, almost totally transparent in the mid IR region (2500-5600 nm), and low-lying optical band gap energy Eg of 3.23 eV. Three diffused Raman bands centering around 240 cm-1, 560 cm-1 and 750 cm-1 are observed by micro-Raman spectroscopy, which can be attributed to F2g [BO6] bending vibration, A1g [BO6] stretching vibration and "soft mode" mixed by the bending and stretching vibrations, respectively, confirming the normal ferroelectric-like characteristic.

  7. Quasi-Direct Optical Transitions in Silicon Nanocrystals with Intensity Exceeding the Bulk.

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    Lee, Benjamin G; Luo, Jun-Wei; Neale, Nathan R; Beard, Matthew C; Hiller, Daniel; Zacharias, Margit; Stradins, Paul; Zunger, Alex

    2016-03-01

    Comparison of the measured absolute absorption cross section on a per Si atom basis of plasma-synthesized Si nanocrystals (NCs) with the absorption of bulk crystalline Si shows that while near the band edge the NC absorption is weaker than the bulk, yet above ∼ 2.2 eV the NC absorbs up to 5 times more than the bulk. Using atomistic screened pseudopotential calculations we show that this enhancement arises from interface-induced scattering that enhances the quasi-direct, zero-phonon transitions by mixing direct Γ-like wave function character into the indirect X-like conduction band states, as well as from space confinement that broadens the distribution of wave functions in k-space. The absorption enhancement factor increases exponentially with decreasing NC size and is correlated with the exponentially increasing direct Γ-like wave function character mixed into the NC conduction states. This observation and its theoretical understanding could lead to engineering of Si and other indirect band gap NC materials for optical and optoelectronic applications. PMID:26898670

  8. Numerical simulations of the optical gain of crystalline fiber doped by rare earth and transition ion

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    Daoui, A. K.; Boubir, B.; Adouane, A.; Demagh, N.; Ghoumazi, M.

    2015-02-01

    A fiber laser is a laser whose gain medium is a doped fiber, although lasers whose cavity is made wholly of fibers have also been called fiber lasers. The gain media in a fiber laser is usually fiber doped with rare-earth ions, such as erbium (Er), neodymium (Nd), ytterbium (Yb), thulium (Tm), or praseodymium (Pr), which is doped into the core of the optical fiber, similar to those used to transmit telecommunications signals. Fiber lasers find many applications in materials processing, including cutting, welding, drilling, and marking metal. To maximize their market penetration, it is necessary to increase their output power. In this work, we present a detailed study based on the numerical simulation using MATLAB, of one of the principal characteristics of a fiber laser doped with rare earth ions and transition ion. The gain depends on several parameters such as the length of the doped fiber, the density, the pump power, noise, etc.). The used program resolves the state equations in this context together with those governing the light propagation phenomena. The developed code can also be used to study the dynamic operating modes of a doped fiber laser.

  9. Dynamical quantum phase transition of a two-component Bose-Einstein condensate in an optical lattice

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    Collin, Anssi; Martikainen, Jani-Petri; Larson, Jonas

    2010-01-15

    We study the dynamics of a two-component Bose-Einstein condensate where the two components are coupled via an optical lattice. In particular, we focus on the dynamics as one drives the system through a critical point of a first-order phase transition characterized by a jump in the internal populations. Solving the time-dependent Gross-Pitaevskii equation, we analyze the breakdown of adiabaticity, impact of nonlinear atom-atom scattering, and role of a harmonic trapping potential. Our findings demonstrate that the phase transition is resilient to both contact interaction between atoms and external trapping confinement.

  10. Interband optical transition energy and oscillator strength in a lead based CdSe quantum dot quantum well heterostructure

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    Saravanamoorthy, S. N.; Peter, A. John

    2015-06-24

    Binding energies of the exciton and the interband optical transition energies are studied in a CdSe/Pb{sub 1-x}Cd{sub x}Se/CdSe spherical quantum dot-quantum well nanostructure taking into account the geometrical confinement effect. The core and shell are taken as the same material. The initial and final states of energy and the overlap integrals of electron and hole wave functions are determined by the oscillator strength. The oscillator strength and the radiative transition life time with the dot radius are investigated for various Cd alloy content in the core and shell materials.

  11. Doppler-free two-photon absorption spectroscopy of rovibronic transition of naphthalene calibrated with an optical frequency comb

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    Nishiyama, A.; Nakashima, K.; Matsuba, A.; Misono, M.

    2015-12-01

    We performed Doppler-free two-photon absorption spectroscopy of naphthalene using an optical frequency comb as a frequency reference. Rotationally resolved rovibronic spectra were observed, and absolute frequencies of the rovibronic transitions were determined with an uncertainty of several tens of kHz. The resolution and precision of our system are finer than the natural width of naphthalene. We assigned 1466 lines of the Q (Ka) Q (J) transition and calculated molecular constants. We attribute systematic spectral line shifts to the Coriolis interaction, and discuss the origin of the spectral linewidths.

  12. Magneto-optical measurement of anisotropy energy constant(s) for amorphous rare earth, transition metal alloys

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    Uber, R.E.; Mansuripur, M.

    1988-11-01

    Optical investigation of magneto-optical films is complementary to conventional torque and VSM magnetometry. In the authors' laboratory, they are now measuring anisotropy energy constants of RE-TM thin films at temperatures from ambient to 150/sup 0/C. An in-plane magnetic field (up to 16.5 KOe) is applied to a saturated sample with perpendicular magnetization. The movement away from the perpendicular direction is monitored using the polar Kerr effect. At the HeNe wavelength, the Kerr effect is principally due to the top 500 angstroms of the transition metal subnetwork in the films.

  13. Identifying and discriminating phase transitions along decaying shocks with line imaging Doppler interferometric velocimetry and streaked optical pyrometry

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    Millot, Marius

    2016-01-01

    Ultrafast line-imaging velocity interferometer system for any reflector and streaked optical pyrometry are now commonly used to obtain high precision equation of state and electronic transport data under dynamic compression at major high energy density science facilities. We describe a simple way to improve distinguishing phase transformation signatures from other signals when monitoring decaying shock waves. The line-imaging capability of these optical diagnostics offers additional supporting evidence to the assignment of particular anomalies—such as plateaus or reversals—to the occurrence of a phase transition along the Hugoniot. We illustrate the discussion with two example datasets collected during laser driven shock compression of quartz and stishovite.

  14. On the size-dependent magnetism and all-optical magnetization switching of transition-metal silicide nanostructures

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    Glushkov, G. I.; Tuchin, A. V.; Popov, S. V.; Bityutskaya, L. A.

    2015-12-15

    Theoretical investigations of the electronic structure, synthesis, and all-optical magnetization switching of transition-metal silicide nanostructures are reported. The magnetic moment of the nanostructures is studied as a function of the silicide cluster size and configuration. The experimentally demonstrated magnetization switching of nanostructured nickel silicide by circularly polarized light makes it possible to create high-speed storage devices with high density data recording.

  15. Bio-optical profile data report coastal transition zone program, R/V Point Sur, June 15-28, 1987

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    Davis, Curtiss O.; Rhea, W. Joseph

    1990-01-01

    Twenty vertical profiles of the bio-optical properties of the ocean were made during a research cruise on the R/V Point Sur, June 15 to 28, 1987, as part of the Coastal Transition Zone Program off Point Arena, California. Extracted chlorophyll values were also measured at some stations to provide calibration data for the in situ fluorometer. This summary provides investigators with an overview of the data collected. The entire data set is available in digital form.

  16. Bio-optical profile data report coastal transition zone program, R/V Thomas Washington, June 24 - July 21, 1988

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    Davis, Curtiss O.; Rhea, W. Joseph

    1990-01-01

    Twenty-three vertical profiles of the bio-optical properties of the ocean were made during a research cruise on the R/V Thomas Washington, June 24 to July 21, 1988, as part of the Coastal Transition Zone Program off Point Arena, California. A summary is given, to provide investigators with an overview of the data collected. The entire data set is available in digital form for interested researchers.

  17. Interaction of optical phonons with magnons in orthorhombic crystals. Effect of a magnetic field on structural phase transitions

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    Men'shenin, V. V.

    2007-05-01

    Interaction of polar optical phonons with magnons in manganates RMn2O5 (where R is a rare-earth ion) has been studied in the approximation of collinear antiferromagnetic ordering of manganese sublattices. It is shown that such interaction takes place only in multisublattice antiferromagnets in which exchange magnetic structures exist that are both even and odd with respect to space inversion. Effect of a magnetic field on the structural phase transitions in these oxides is analyzed.

  18. EPR and optical spectroscopy of structural phase transition in a Rb2NaYF6 crystal

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    Falin, M. L.; Gerasimov, K. I.; Latypov, V. A.; Leushin, A. M.; Khaidukov, N. M.

    2013-03-01

    The structural phase transition has been observed for the first time in the Rb2NaYF6 crystal and studied by EPR and optical spectroscopy. EPR spectra of Dy3+ and Yb3+ ions present as unintentional dopants in the nominally undoped crystal and forming tetragonal paramagnetic centers have been identified. A characteristic splitting of some optical lines has been observed in the temperature dependence of the Yb3+ optical spectra. It indicates the splitting of the cubic quartet energy levels of Yb3+ ions by the tetragonal crystal field. The empirical schemes of the energy levels for cubic and tetragonal paramagnetic centers of Yb3+ ions have been established and parameters of the corresponding crystal fields have been determined. The latter have been used for analyzing the crystal lattice distortions occurring in the vicinity of the Yb3+ ion during the phase transition. It has been established using the superposition model that the nearest octahedral environment of the Yb3+ ion is distorted as follows: the fluorine ions are rotated by the angle of 2.1° around the fourfold axis; the F- ions located symmetrically in the plane perpendicular to the rotation axis approach the dopant by 0.0014 nm, whereas the F- ions located on the rotation axis move away by 0.0028 nm. It has been concluded that the studied phase transition includes the critical rotations of the octahedral F groups and noncritical displacement of atoms in the rotated fluorine octahedra.

  19. Native defects as sources of optical transitions in MgAl2O4 spinel

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    Borges, P. D.; Cott, J.; Pinto, F. G.; Tronto, J.; Scolfaro, L.

    2016-07-01

    The outstanding physical and chemical properties of the magnesium aluminate (MgAl2O4) spinel makes it an important material for novel technological applications. Considering that a presence of native defects can promote important changes in those properties, in this work we present a study of the structural, electronic and thermodynamic properties of the MgAl2O4 spinel. The calculated formation energy for isolated defects, such as the vacancies of magnesium (V Mg), aluminum (V Al) and oxygen (V O), oxygen interstitial (Oi), magnesium and aluminum antisites (MgAl, AlMg), as well as some complex defects (V O + Oi, V O + AlMg, V O + MgAl, MgAl + AlMg) in the most stable charge states are shown. Through experimental data, we obtained that complex defects centers, such as V O , V O + Oi, V O + AlMg and VO + MgAl at different charge states are good candidates for the observed optical transitions at 4.75, 5.3, and 6.4 eV. Our findings were obtained from ab initio electronic structure calculations performed by using density functional theory. The Perdew–Burke–Ernzerhof generalized gradient approximation was used for the exchange-correlation potential. Furthermore, a modified Becke-Johnson exchange potential (GGA-mBJ) correction to the exchange potential were used to obtain a suitable value for the band gap energy, 7.40 eV, in accordance with the experimental one of 7.8 eV.

  20. Native defects as sources of optical transitions in MgAl2O4 spinel

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    Borges, P. D.; Cott, J.; Pinto, F. G.; Tronto, J.; Scolfaro, L.

    2016-07-01

    The outstanding physical and chemical properties of the magnesium aluminate (MgAl2O4) spinel makes it an important material for novel technological applications. Considering that a presence of native defects can promote important changes in those properties, in this work we present a study of the structural, electronic and thermodynamic properties of the MgAl2O4 spinel. The calculated formation energy for isolated defects, such as the vacancies of magnesium (V Mg), aluminum (V Al) and oxygen (V O), oxygen interstitial (Oi), magnesium and aluminum antisites (MgAl, AlMg), as well as some complex defects (V O + Oi, V O + AlMg, V O + MgAl, MgAl + AlMg) in the most stable charge states are shown. Through experimental data, we obtained that complex defects centers, such as V O , V O + Oi, V O + AlMg and VO + MgAl at different charge states are good candidates for the observed optical transitions at 4.75, 5.3, and 6.4 eV. Our findings were obtained from ab initio electronic structure calculations performed by using density functional theory. The Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof generalized gradient approximation was used for the exchange-correlation potential. Furthermore, a modified Becke-Johnson exchange potential (GGA-mBJ) correction to the exchange potential were used to obtain a suitable value for the band gap energy, 7.40 eV, in accordance with the experimental one of 7.8 eV.

  1. Optical conductivity of visons in Z2 spin liquids close to a valence bond solid transition on the kagome lattice

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    Huh, Yejin; Punk, Matthias; Sachdev, Subir

    2013-06-01

    We consider Z2 spin liquids on the kagome lattice on the verge of a valence bond solid (VBS) transition, where vortex excitations carrying Z2 magnetic flux—so-called visons—condense. We show that these vison excitations can couple directly to the external electromagnetic field, even though they carry neither spin nor charge. This is possible via a magnetoelastic coupling mechanism recently identified. [Potter, Senthil, and Lee, arXiv:1301.3495; Hao, Phys. Rev. BPRBMDO1098-012110.1103/PhysRevB.85.174432 85, 174432 (2012)] For the case of transitions to a 36-site unit cell VBS state, the corresponding finite ac conductivity has a specific power-law frequency dependence, which is related to the crossover exponent of the quantum critical point. The visons’ contribution to the optical conductivity at transitions to VBS states with a 12-site unit cell vanishes, however.

  2. Surface alignment, anchoring transitions, optical properties, and topological defects in the thermotropic nematic phase of organo-siloxane tetrapodes.

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    Kim, Young-Ki; Senyuk, Bohdan; Shin, Sung-Tae; Kohlmeier, Alexandra; Mehl, Georg H; Lavrentovich, Oleg D

    2014-01-21

    We perform optical, surface anchoring, and textural studies of an organo-siloxane "tetrapode" material in the broad temperature range of the nematic phase. The optical, structural, and topological features are compatible with the uniaxial nematic order rather than with the biaxial nematic order, in the entire nematic temperature range -25 °C < T < 46 °C studied. For homeotropic alignment, the material experiences surface anchoring transition, but the director can be realigned into an optically uniaxial texture by applying a sufficiently strong electric field. The topological features of textures in cylindrical capillaries, in spherical droplets and around colloidal inclusions are consistent with the uniaxial character of the long-range nematic order. In particular, we observe isolated surface point defects - boojums and bulk point defects - hedgehogs that can exist only in the uniaxial nematic liquid crystal. PMID:24651889

  3. Variation of optical conductivity spectra in the course of bandwidth-controlled metal-insulator transitions in pyrochlore iridates

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    Ueda, K.; Fujioka, J.; Tokura, Y.

    2016-06-01

    We spectroscopically investigate a series of pyrochlore iridates R2Ir2O7 (R : rare-earth and Y ions) where the metal-insulator transitions are induced by systematic bandwidth control via chemical substitutions of R ions. We establish the phase diagram of R2Ir2O7 , as endorsed by the variation of the optical conductivity spectra, in which the competing phases including paramagnetic insulator (PI), paramagnetic metal (PM), and antiferromagnetic insulator (AFI) show up as a function of bandwidth and temperature. For small R -ionic radius (R = Y-Sm), i.e., strongly correlated region, pronounced peaks on the edge of the optical gap are discerned below the magnetic transition temperature TN, which is attributable to exciton and magnon sideband absorptions. It turns out that the estimated nearest-neighbor exchange interaction increases as R -ionic radius increases, whereas TN monotonically decreases, indicating that the all-in all-out magnetic order arises from the interplay among several exchange interactions inherent to extended 5 d orbitals on the frustrated lattice. For larger R -ionic radius (R = Sm-Pr), i.e., relatively weakly correlated region, the optical conductivity spectra markedly change below 0.3 eV in the course of PM-AFI transition, implying that the magnetic order induces the insulating state. In particular, we have found distinct electrodynamics in the composition of R =Nd0.5Pr0.5 which is located on the boundary of the quantum PM-AFI transition, pointing to the possible emergence of unconventional topological electronic phases related possibly to the correlated Weyl electrons.

  4. Genomic Design of Strong Direct-Gap Optical Transition in Si/Ge Core/Multishell Nanowires

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    Zhang, L.; d'Avezac, M.; Luo, J. W.; Zunger, A.

    2012-02-08

    Finding a Si-based material with strong optical activity at the band-edge remains a challenge despite decades of research. The interest lies in combining optical and electronic functions on the same wafer, while retaining the extraordinary know-how developed for Si. However, Si is an indirect-gap material. The conservation of crystal momentum mandates that optical activity at the band-edge includes a phonon, on top of an electron-hole pair, and hence photon absorption and emission remain fairly unlikely events requiring optically rather thick samples. A promising avenue to convert Si-based materials to a strong light-absorber/emitter is to combine the effects on the band-structure of both nanostructuring and alloying. The number of possible configurations, however, shows a combinatorial explosion. Furthermore, whereas it is possible to readily identify the configurations that are formally direct in the momentum space (due to band-folding) yet do not have a dipole-allowed transition at threshold, the problem becomes not just calculation of band structure but also calculation of absorption strength. Using a combination of a genetic algorithm and a semiempirical pseudopotential Hamiltonian for describing the electronic structures, we have explored hundreds of thousands of possible coaxial core/multishell Si/Ge nanowires with the orientation of [001], [110], and [111], discovering some 'magic sequences' of core followed by specific Si/Ge multishells, which can offer both a direct bandgap and a strong oscillator strength. The search has revealed a few simple design principles: (i) the Ge core is superior to the Si core in producing strong bandgap transition; (ii) [001] and [110] orientations have direct bandgap, whereas the [111] orientation does not; (iii) multishell nanowires can allow for greater optical activity by as much as an order of magnitude over plain nanowires; (iv) the main motif of the winning configurations giving direct allowed transitions involves

  5. Steady-state linear optical properties and Kerr nonlinear optical response of a four-level quantum dot with phonon-assisted transition

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    Yan-Chao, She; Ting-Ting, Luo; Wei-Xi, Zhang; Mao-Wu, Ran; Deng-Long, Wang

    2016-01-01

    The linear optical properties and Kerr nonlinear optical response in a four-level loop configuration GaAs/AlGaAs semiconductor quantum dot are analytically studied with the phonon-assisted transition (PAT). It is shown that the changes among a single electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) window, a double EIT window and the amplification of the probe field in the absorption curves can be controlled by varying the strength of PAT κ. Meanwhile, double switching from the anomalous dispersion regime to the normal dispersion regime can likely be achieved by increasing the Rabi energy of the external optical control field. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the group velocity of the probe field can be practically regulated by varying the PAT and the intensity of the optical control field. In the nonlinear case, it is shown that the large SPM and XPM can be achieved as linear absorption vanishes simultaneously, and the PAT can suppress both third-order self-Kerr and the cross-Kerr nonlinear effect of the QD. Our study is much more practical than its atomic counterpart due to its flexible design and the controllable interference strength, and may provide some new possibilities for technological applications. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61367003), the Scientific Research Fund of Hunan Provincial Education Department, China (Grant No. 12A140), and the Scientific Research Fund of Guizhou Provincial Education Department, China (Grant Nos. KY[2015]384 and KY[2015]446).

  6. Optical studies of spin dynamics and hole transitions in ferromagnetic semiconductor (gallium,manganese)arsenic

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    Wang, Daimian

    The ferromagnetic semiconductor (Ga,Mn)As has been a focus of much research prompted by its potential applications in semiconductor spintronics. In this thesis, studies of the defect configuration and spin dynamics in this material are reported. The technique of resonant Raman scattering was used to study the defect configuration. Insulating nano-islands consisting of substitutional Mn Ga acceptors and interstitial MnI donors were observed in ferromagnetic (Ga,Mn)As from resonant Raman spectra. As indicated by a sharp Raman transition from the 1S3/2-2 S3/2 hole levels at 703 cm-1, holes bound to MnGa acceptors inside the islands are partially isolated from the outside ferromagnetic environment. The MnGa ions inside the islands can interact with the ferromagnetic environment through bound excitons, as suggested by the presence of magnon-related side peaks. The radius of the nano-islands is inferred to be 5-10 nm. The islands disappear after annealing due to the removal of the MnI ions. Furthermore, the technique of pump-probe magneto-optical Kerr spectroscopy was used to study the spin dynamics in (Ga,Mn)As. Coherent oscillations associated with magnetization precessions were observed. Using a comprehensive theoretical description of the processes by which light couples to the magnetization, the anisotropy and spin stiffness constants were gained from the experimental data. Results reveal a relatively large negative contribution to the energy due to surface anisotropy leading to excitations that are a mixture of bulk waves and surface modes. The dependence of the spin wave oscillations on magnetic field direction and temperature is also discussed. Finally, the pump-probe technique was used to study interlayer coupling in (Ga,Mn)As-based superlattices. A coupled spin precession mode was observed in two layers of (Ga,Mn)As seperated by two-monolayers of AlAs. The spin wave spectra on superlattices with GaAs as spacer layers imply that Mn ions diffuse from (Ga,Mn)As to

  7. Effects of carbon nanotubes on liquid crystal order parameter and Freedericksz transition in electro-optic cells

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    Georgiev, Georgi; Gombos, Erin; McIntyre, Michael; Mattera, Michael; Gati, Peter; Cabrera, Yaniel; Cebe, Peggy

    2010-03-01

    We studied the effects of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCTs) at low concentrations (0.01 wt %) on the Freedericksz transition of a 4-Cyano-4'-pentylbipenyl (5CB) liquid crystal using transmission ellipsometry. In addition, we calibrated the altitudinal angle of CNTs as a function of the electric field and directed the azimuthal angle which gave us complete control of the 3D orientation of the CNTs. Our results show that in the presence of CNTs the voltage and width for the Freedericksz transition are reduced by a factor of 1.8 as compared to the control electro-optic cell without CNTs. The shift in transition voltage correlates with increase in order parameter of the electro-optic cell as measured by our polarized UV/Vis absorption spectroscopy results. Research supported by: Assumption College Faculty Development Grant, funding for students' stipends, instrumentation and supplies, the NSF Polymers Program of the DME, grant (DMR-0602473) and NASA grant (NAG8-1167).

  8. Millimagnitude Optical Photometry for the Transiting Planetary Candidate OGLE-TR-109

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    Fernández, José Miguel; Minniti, Dante; Pietrzynski, Grzegorz; Gieren, Wolfgang; Ruíz, María Teresa; Zoccali, Manuela; Udalski, Andrzej; Szeifert, Thomas

    2006-08-01

    We present precise V-band photometry for the low-amplitude transit candidate star OGLE-TR-109. This is an extreme case among the transiting candidates found by the OGLE group because of the early spectral type of the star (F0 V), the low transit amplitude (AI=0.008 mag), and the very short period (P=0.58909 days) of the orbiting companion. Using difference image photometry, we are able to achieve millimagnitude errors in the individual data points. One transit of this star is well defined in our light curve. This confirms the OGLE detection and rules out the possibility of a false positive. The measurement of this transit allows us to refine the transit amplitude (AV=0.006+/-0.001 mag) and the ephemerides for this interesting system, as well as the radius of the possible orbiting companion (RP=0.90RJ+/-0.09RJ) and the inclination of the orbit (i=77deg+/-5deg). Two other transits observed at lower S/N confirm the period of this system measured by OGLE. There is no evidence for a blend of the F-type main-sequence star with a redder eclipsing binary or for secondary transits in the present observations. The absence of ellipsoidal modulation in the light curve of the primary rules out a low-mass star companion or brown dwarf with M>14MJ+/-8MJ. The remaining possibilities for OGLE-TR-109 are a blend between the F-type star and a binary with a bluer primary star, or a new transiting extrasolar planet. Based on observations collected with the Very Large Telescope at Paranal Observatory [ESO Program 075.C-0427(A), J. M. F. and D. M. visiting observers].

  9. Interaction-driven Lifshitz transition with dipolar fermions in optical lattices

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    van Loon, E. G. C. P.; Katsnelson, M. I.; Chomaz, L.; Lemeshko, M.

    2016-05-01

    Anisotropic dipole-dipole interactions between ultracold dipolar fermions break the symmetry of the Fermi surface and thereby deform it. Here we demonstrate that such a Fermi surface deformation induces a topological phase transition—the so-called Lifshitz transition—in the regime accessible to present-day experiments. We describe the impact of the Lifshitz transition on observable quantities such as the Fermi surface topology, the density-density correlation function, and the excitation spectrum of the system. The Lifshitz transition in ultracold atoms can be controlled by tuning the dipole orientation and, in contrast to the transition studied in crystalline solids, is completely interaction driven.

  10. Multicriticality and interaction-induced first-order phase transitions in mixtures of ultracold bosons in an optical lattice

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    Anufriiev, S.; Zaleski, T. A.

    2016-10-01

    We study a critical behavior of mixtures of two species of ultracold bosons trapped in an optical lattice. Using mean-field approximation, we determine the ground-state phase diagram of the system for a wide range of parameters. The introduction of interactions between different species of atoms strongly renormalizes the phase diagram. It can alter the critical behavior modifying multicriticality of crossing points and order of phase transitions in their vicinity between mixed and superfluid states. For selected values of model parameters, the behavior of the system falls out of the X Y model universality class, which usually is a hallmark of superfluid phase transition. We supplement our analysis with analytical calculations to explain the observed scenario.

  11. Molecular Dynamics at Electrical- and Optical-Driven Phase Transitions: Time-Resolved Infrared Studies Using Fourier-Transform Spectrometers

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    Peterseim, Tobias; Dressel, Martin

    2016-06-01

    The time-dependent optical properties of molecular systems are investigated by step-scan Fourier-transform spectroscopy in order to explore the dynamics at phase transitions and molecular orientation in the milli- and microsecond range. The electrical switching of liquid crystals traced by vibrational spectroscopy reveals a rotation of the molecules with a relaxation time of 2 ms. The photo-induced neutral-ionic transition in TTF-CA takes place by a suppression of the dimerization in the ionic phase and creation of neutral domains. The time-dependent infrared spectra, employed to investigate the domain-wall dynamics, depend on temperature and laser pulse intensity; the relaxation of the spectra follows a stretched-exponential decay with relaxation times in the microsecond range strongly dependent on temperature and laser intensity. We present all details of the experimental setups and thoroughly discuss the technical challenges.

  12. Ultra-thin and flexible endoscopy probe for optical coherence tomography based on stepwise transitional core fiber

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    Lee, Jangbeom; Chae, Yugyeong; Ahn, Yeh-Chan; Moon, Sucbei

    2015-01-01

    We present an ultra-thin fiber-body endoscopy probe for optical coherence tomography (OCT) which is based on a stepwise transitional core (STC) fiber. In a minimalistic design, our probe was made of spliced specialty fibers that could be directly used for beam probing optics without using a lens. In our probe, the OCT light delivered through a single-mode fiber was efficiently expanded to a large mode field of 24 μm diameter for a low beam divergence. The size of our probe was 85 μm in the probe’s diameter while operated in a 160-μm thick protective tubing. Through theoretical and experimental analyses, our probe was found to exhibit various attractive features in terms of compactness, flexibility and reliability along with its excellent fabrication simplicity. PMID:26137380

  13. Investigation of optical transitions in InAs/GaAs(Sb)/AlAsSb quantum dots using modulation spectroscopy

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    Bittner, Zachary S. Hellstroem, Staffan; Polly, Stephen J.; Hubbard, Seth M.; Laghumavarapu, Ramesh B.; Liang, Baolai; Huffaker, Diana L.

    2014-12-22

    InAs quantum dots (QDs) were grown in an AlAs{sub 0.56}Sb{sub 0.44}/GaAs matrix in the unintentionally doped (uid) region of an In{sub 0.52}Al{sub 0.48}As solar cell, establishing a variety of optical transitions both into and out of the QDs. The ultimate goal is to demonstrate sequential absorption, where one photon is absorbed, promoting an electron from the valence band into the QD, and a second photon is absorbed in order to promote the trapped electron from a QD state into the host conduction band. In this study, we directly investigate the optical properties of the solar cell using photoreflectance and evaluate the possibility of sequential absorption by measuring spectral responsivity with broadband infrared illumination.

  14. Using bound exciton transitions to optically resolve neutral donor hyperfine states of various donor species in Silicon-28

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    Salvail, Jeff; Dluhy, Phillip; Saeedi, Kamyar; Szech, Michael; Riemann, Helge; Abromisov, Nikolai; Becker, Peter; Pohl, Hans-Joachim; Thewalt, Michael

    2014-03-01

    Phosphorus in silicon is established as a promising resource for use in quantum information processing tasks. The neutral donor hyperfine states have been shown to have record long coherence times, high fidelity gates via RF pulses, and projective readout via optical bound exciton transitions. As Shannon's theory of information tells us, we can process more information in an alphabet of more symbols, so there is motivation to look at donors with higher nuclear spin than the I = 1 / 2 of 31P, which provide access to Hilbert spaces of dimension greater than two. In this talk I will describe optical studies of the donors 75As (I = 3 / 2), 121Sb (I = 5 / 2), and 209Bi (I = 9 / 2) in 28Si.

  15. Ultra-thin and flexible endoscopy probe for optical coherence tomography based on stepwise transitional core fiber.

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    Lee, Jangbeom; Chae, Yugyeong; Ahn, Yeh-Chan; Moon, Sucbei

    2015-05-01

    We present an ultra-thin fiber-body endoscopy probe for optical coherence tomography (OCT) which is based on a stepwise transitional core (STC) fiber. In a minimalistic design, our probe was made of spliced specialty fibers that could be directly used for beam probing optics without using a lens. In our probe, the OCT light delivered through a single-mode fiber was efficiently expanded to a large mode field of 24 μm diameter for a low beam divergence. The size of our probe was 85 μm in the probe's diameter while operated in a 160-μm thick protective tubing. Through theoretical and experimental analyses, our probe was found to exhibit various attractive features in terms of compactness, flexibility and reliability along with its excellent fabrication simplicity.

  16. Transition from two-dimensional photonic crystals to dielectric metasurfaces in the optical diffraction with a fine structure.

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    Rybin, Mikhail V; Samusev, Kirill B; Lukashenko, Stanislav Yu; Kivshar, Yuri S; Limonov, Mikhail F

    2016-01-01

    We study experimentally a fine structure of the optical Laue diffraction from two-dimensional periodic photonic lattices. The periodic photonic lattices with the C4v square symmetry, orthogonal C2v symmetry, and hexagonal C6v symmetry are composed of submicron dielectric elements fabricated by the direct laser writing technique. We observe surprisingly strong optical diffraction from a finite number of elements that provides an excellent tool to determine not only the symmetry but also exact number of particles in the finite-length structure and the sample shape. Using different samples with orthogonal C2v symmetry and varying the lattice spacing, we observe experimentally a transition between the regime of multi-order diffraction, being typical for photonic crystals to the regime where only the zero-order diffraction can be observed, being is a clear fingerprint of dielectric metasurfaces characterized by effective parameters. PMID:27491952

  17. Transition from two-dimensional photonic crystals to dielectric metasurfaces in the optical diffraction with a fine structure

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    Rybin, Mikhail V.; Samusev, Kirill B.; Lukashenko, Stanislav Yu.; Kivshar, Yuri S.; Limonov, Mikhail F.

    2016-08-01

    We study experimentally a fine structure of the optical Laue diffraction from two-dimensional periodic photonic lattices. The periodic photonic lattices with the C4v square symmetry, orthogonal C2v symmetry, and hexagonal C6v symmetry are composed of submicron dielectric elements fabricated by the direct laser writing technique. We observe surprisingly strong optical diffraction from a finite number of elements that provides an excellent tool to determine not only the symmetry but also exact number of particles in the finite-length structure and the sample shape. Using different samples with orthogonal C2v symmetry and varying the lattice spacing, we observe experimentally a transition between the regime of multi-order diffraction, being typical for photonic crystals to the regime where only the zero-order diffraction can be observed, being is a clear fingerprint of dielectric metasurfaces characterized by effective parameters.

  18. Transition from two-dimensional photonic crystals to dielectric metasurfaces in the optical diffraction with a fine structure

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    Rybin, Mikhail V.; Samusev, Kirill B.; Lukashenko, Stanislav Yu.; Kivshar, Yuri S.; Limonov, Mikhail F.

    2016-01-01

    We study experimentally a fine structure of the optical Laue diffraction from two-dimensional periodic photonic lattices. The periodic photonic lattices with the C4v square symmetry, orthogonal C2v symmetry, and hexagonal C6v symmetry are composed of submicron dielectric elements fabricated by the direct laser writing technique. We observe surprisingly strong optical diffraction from a finite number of elements that provides an excellent tool to determine not only the symmetry but also exact number of particles in the finite-length structure and the sample shape. Using different samples with orthogonal C2v symmetry and varying the lattice spacing, we observe experimentally a transition between the regime of multi-order diffraction, being typical for photonic crystals to the regime where only the zero-order diffraction can be observed, being is a clear fingerprint of dielectric metasurfaces characterized by effective parameters. PMID:27491952

  19. Time-domain separation of optical properties from structural transitions in resonantly bonded materials.

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    Waldecker, Lutz; Miller, Timothy A; Rudé, Miquel; Bertoni, Roman; Osmond, Johann; Pruneri, Valerio; Simpson, Robert E; Ernstorfer, Ralph; Wall, Simon

    2015-10-01

    The extreme electro-optical contrast between crystalline and amorphous states in phase-change materials is routinely exploited in optical data storage and future applications include universal memories, flexible displays, reconfigurable optical circuits, and logic devices. Optical contrast is believed to arise owing to a change in crystallinity. Here we show that the connection between optical properties and structure can be broken. Using a combination of single-shot femtosecond electron diffraction and optical spectroscopy, we simultaneously follow the lattice dynamics and dielectric function in the phase-change material Ge2Sb2Te5 during an irreversible state transformation. The dielectric function changes by 30% within 100 fs owing to a rapid depletion of electrons from resonantly bonded states. This occurs without perturbing the crystallinity of the lattice, which heats with a 2-ps time constant. The optical changes are an order of magnitude larger than those achievable with silicon and present new routes to manipulate light on an ultrafast timescale without structural changes.

  20. Effective collision strengths for optically allowed transitions among degenerate levels of hydrogenic ions with 2{<=}Z{<=}30

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    Hamada, K.; Aggarwal, K.M.; Akita, K.; Igarashi, A.; Keenan, F.P.; Nakazaki, S.

    2010-09-15

    The Coulomb-Born approximation is used to calculate electron-impact excitation collision strengths and effective collision strengths for optically allowed transitions among degenerate fine-structure levels of hydrogenic ions with 2{<=}Z{<=}30 and n{<=}5. Collision strengths are calculated over a wide range of energies up to E{sub j}/Z{sup 2}=10Ryd. Effective collision strengths are obtained over a wide temperature range up to 10{sup 8}K by integrating the collision strengths over a Maxwellian distribution of electron velocities.

  1. Phase transition, order parameter, and their manifestation in optical spectra of Hg2Cl2

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    Markov, Yu. F.; Roginskii, E. M.; Yurkov, A. S.

    2012-06-01

    This paper reports on a high-precision study of the effects induced by the phase transition in Raman spectra of Hg2Cl2 crystals. The odd (acoustic and IR-active) phonons, including the soft modes, from the Brillouin zone (BZ) X points of the paraphase of these crystals, which are induced by the phase transition, unit cell doubling, and the X → Γ BZ folding, have been investigated both theoretically and experimentally. The temperature dependences of the intensities of these phonons, complemented by a theoretical analysis, have yielded the first information on the behavior of the transition order parameter. The corresponding critical exponents have been derived, which correlate in magnitude with the data obtained from X-ray diffraction measurements and, thus, imply the closeness of the phase transition in these crystals to the tricritical point.

  2. Structural phase transition and erasable optically memorized effect in layered γ-In{sub 2}Se{sub 3} crystals

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    Ho, Ching-Hwa; Chen, Ying-Cen; Pan, Chia-Chi

    2014-01-21

    We have grown In{sub 2}Se{sub 3} layered-type crystals using chemical vapor transport method with ICl{sub 3} as the transport agent. The as-grown crystals show two different color groups of black shiny for α-phase In{sub 2}Se{sub 3} and red to yellow for γ-phase In{sub 2}Se{sub 3}. High-resolution transmission electron micro scopy verifies crystalline state and structural polytype of the as-grown In{sub 2}Se{sub 3}. The results indicate that the α-In{sub 2}Se{sub 3} crystals present more crystalline states than those of the other amorphous γ-In{sub 2}Se{sub 3}. The amorphous effect on the advancing of optoelectronic property of γ-In{sub 2}Se{sub 3} shows erasable optical-memorized effect in the disordered and polycrystalline γ-In{sub 2}Se{sub 3} layers. Laser-induced photodarkening and annealed-recovery test verified that a reversible structural-phase transition of γ↔α can occur inside the γ-In{sub 2}Se{sub 3}. Thermoreflectance and Raman scattering measurements are carried out to identify the inter-phase transformation of the γ-In{sub 2}Se{sub 3} polycrystals using different heat treatments. Direct band gaps and Raman vibration modes for the γ- and α-In{sub 2}Se{sub 3} crystalline phases are, respectively, characterized and identified. The character of γ↔α inter-phase transition promotes feasible optical and optoelectronic applications of the γ-In{sub 2}Se{sub 3} material in optical memory, optics, and solar-energy devices.

  3. Structural phase transition and erasable optically memorized effect in layered γ-In2Se3 crystals

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    Ho, Ching-Hwa; Chen, Ying-Cen; Pan, Chia-Chi

    2014-01-01

    We have grown In2Se3 layered-type crystals using chemical vapor transport method with ICl3 as the transport agent. The as-grown crystals show two different color groups of black shiny for α-phase In2Se3 and red to yellow for γ-phase In2Se3. High-resolution transmission electron micro scopy verifies crystalline state and structural polytype of the as-grown In2Se3. The results indicate that the α-In2Se3 crystals present more crystalline states than those of the other amorphous γ-In2Se3. The amorphous effect on the advancing of optoelectronic property of γ-In2Se3 shows erasable optical-memorized effect in the disordered and polycrystalline γ-In2Se3 layers. Laser-induced photodarkening and annealed-recovery test verified that a reversible structural-phase transition of γ↔α can occur inside the γ-In2Se3. Thermoreflectance and Raman scattering measurements are carried out to identify the inter-phase transformation of the γ-In2Se3 polycrystals using different heat treatments. Direct band gaps and Raman vibration modes for the γ- and α-In2Se3 crystalline phases are, respectively, characterized and identified. The character of γ↔α inter-phase transition promotes feasible optical and optoelectronic applications of the γ-In2Se3 material in optical memory, optics, and solar-energy devices.

  4. Momentum-Transfer-Resolved Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy of BaBiO3: Anisotropic Dispersion of Threshold Excitation and Optically Forbidden Transition

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    Wang, Y. Y.; Dravid, V. P.; Bulut, N.; Han, P. D.; Klein, M. V.; Schnatterly, S. E.; Zhang, F. C.

    1995-09-01

    Momentum-transfer-resolved electron energy loss spectroscopy of the valence band transitions in BaBiO3 has revealed for the first time that dispersion of the excitation at the optical gap \\(~2 eV\\) and an optically forbidden transition at 4.5 eV are all anisotropic along [100] and [110]. The anisotropic dispersion of the threshold excitation cannot be described by a simple charge density wave picture but can be explained by a small exciton model proposed in this paper. The optically forbidden transition is found to agree well with a proposed molecular orbital model, where the transition is assigned as the excitation from the O 2pσ nonbonding states to the empty Bi 6s state.

  5. Optical and Magnetooptical Studies on the Electronic Structures of Transition Metal Chalcogenides

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    Sato, Katsuaki

    1993-03-01

    The following sections are included: * Introduction * Electronic Structures of Fe Atoms in Chalcopyrite-Type Compounds[41] * Introduction * Origin of Coloration of CuGaS2 and CuAlS2 Single Crystals Grown by Chemical Transport * Assignment and Characterization of Fe-related Infrared Luminescent Centers in CuGaS2 and CuAlS2[16] * Optical Spectrum of Cu-III-S2 with High Iron Concentration * Optical Properties of CuFeS2 * Summary * OPTICAL REFLECTIVITY SPECTRA AND ELECTRONIC STRUCTURES IN Fe7Se8 AND Co7Se8[42] * Introduction * Experimental * Results * Discussion * VUV-REFLECTIVITY, MAGNETO-OPTICAL SPECTRA AND BAND STRUCTURE IN SINGLE CRYSTALS OF Cr3Te4[43] * Introduction * Experimental * Results * Discussion * Conclusion * References

  6. Theory of optical spectra in a magnetic field in doped semiconductor quantum wells: Impurity-induced broadening and transitions

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    Lyo, S. K.

    1989-10-01

    The effect of carrier-impurity interactions on luminescence- and excitation-spectroscopy line shapes and the Landau-level spectral density in a strong quantizing magnetic field is examined in modulation-doped semiconductor quantum wells. The line-shape function is obtained by summing the ``ladder diagrams,'' extending our previous ``one-rung'' approximation. Apart from yielding a line broadening, the carrier-impurity interaction is found to induce off-diagonal transitions (ODT) (n-->n' n'≠n) between the Landau levels in the conduction and valence bands, breaking the usual n-->n selection rule. Here the first and second integers indicate the Landau quantum numbers in the conduction (valence) and valence (conduction) bands, respectively, for luminescence (excitation), for example, in an n-type system. The Landau-level spectral density (essential for obtaining the line-shape functions) is investigated by a self-consistent Born approximation which includes inter-Landau-level impurity scattering. The theory is applied to an n-type strained InxGa1-xAs/GaAs quantum well, where optical transitions arise between the conduction band and the strain-split in-plane ``light-hole'' band. For excitation spectra, the theory predicts that ODT introduce lines below the usual nF-->nF threshold transition as well as satellite lines between the usual main n-->n lines above the threshold (i.e., n>=nF). Here nF is the quantum number of the lowest-lying empty or partially filled conduction-band Landau level. The luminescence line shape is dominated by ODT 1, 2,...-->0 (in addition to the main 0-->0 transition) at low temperatures and by the usual n-->n transitions at high temperatures. The accuracy of the ``one-rung'' approximation is assessed.

  7. Optical conductivity measurements of GaTa4Se8 under high pressure: evidence of a bandwidth-controlled insulator-to-metal Mott transition.

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    Ta Phuoc, V; Vaju, C; Corraze, B; Sopracase, R; Perucchi, A; Marini, C; Postorino, P; Chligui, M; Lupi, S; Janod, E; Cario, L

    2013-01-18

    The optical properties of a GaTa(4)Se(8) single crystal are investigated under high pressure. At ambient pressure, the optical conductivity exhibits a charge gap of ≈0.12 eV and a broad midinfrared band at ≈0.55 eV. As pressure is increased, the low energy spectral weight is strongly enhanced and the optical gap is rapidly filled, pointing to an insulator to metal transition around 6 GPa. The overall evolution of the optical conductivity demonstrates that GaTa(4)Se(8) is a Mott insulator which undergoes a bandwidth-controlled Mott metal-insulator transition under pressure, in remarkably good agreement with theory. With the use of our optical data and ab initio band structure calculations, our results were successfully compared to the (U/D, T/D) phase diagram predicted by dynamical mean field theory for strongly correlated systems.

  8. Optical properties of TiN thin films close to the superconductor-insulator transition.

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    Pfuner, F.; Degiorgi, L.; Baturina, T. I.; Vinokur, V. M.; Baklanov, M. R.; Materials Science Division; ETH Zurich; Inst. Semiconductor Physics; IMEC Kapeldreef

    2009-11-10

    We present the intrinsic optical properties over a broad spectral range of TiN thin films deposited on an Si/SiO{sub 2} substrate. We analyze the measured reflectivity spectra of the film-substrate multilayer structure within a well-establish procedure based on the Fresnel equation and extract the real part of the optical conductivity of TiN. We identify the metallic contribution as well as the finite energy excitations and disentangle the spectral weight distribution among them. The absorption spectrum of TiN bears some similarities with the electrodynamic response observed in the normal state of the high-temperature superconductors. Particularly, a mid-infrared feature in the optical conductivity is quite reminiscent of a pseudogap-like excitation.

  9. Giant magneto-optical Raman effect in a layered transition metal compound

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    Ji, Jianting; Zhang, Anmin; Fan, Jiahe; Li, Yuesheng; Wang, Xiaoqun; Zhang, Jiandi; Plummer, E. W.; Zhang, Qingming

    2016-01-01

    We report a dramatic change in the intensity of a Raman mode with applied magnetic field, displaying a gigantic magneto-optical effect. Using the nonmagnetic layered material MoS2 as a prototype system, we demonstrate that the application of a magnetic field perpendicular to the layers produces a dramatic change in intensity for the out-of-plane vibrations of S atoms, but no change for the in-plane breathing mode. The distinct intensity variation between these two modes results from the effect of field-induced broken symmetry on Raman scattering cross-section. A quantitative analysis on the field-dependent integrated Raman intensity provides a unique method to precisely determine optical mobility. Our analysis is symmetry-based and material-independent, and thus the observations should be general and inspire a new branch of inelastic light scattering and magneto-optical applications. PMID:26884198

  10. Thermal Emission from Transiting Very Hot Jupiters: Prospects for Ground-based Detection at Optical Wavelengths

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    López-Morales, Mercedes; Seager, Sara

    2007-10-01

    Very hot Jupiters (VHJs) are defined as Jupiter-mass extrasolar planets with orbital periods shorter than 3 days. For low albedos the effective temperatures of irradiated VHJs can reach 2500-3000 K. Thermal emission from VHJs is therefore potentially strong at optical wavelengths. We explore the prospects of detecting optical-wavelength thermal emission during secondary eclipse with existing ground-based telescopes. We show that OGLE-TR-56b and OGLE-TR-132b are the best-suited candidates for detection and that the prospects are highest around z' band (~0.9 μm). We also speculate that any newly discovered VHJs with the right combination of orbital separation and host star parameters could be thermally detected in the optical. The lack of detections would still provide constraints on the planetary albedos and reradiation factors.

  11. Giant magneto-optical Raman effect in a layered transition metal compound.

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    Ji, Jianting; Zhang, Anmin; Fan, Jiahe; Li, Yuesheng; Wang, Xiaoqun; Zhang, Jiandi; Plummer, E W; Zhang, Qingming

    2016-03-01

    We report a dramatic change in the intensity of a Raman mode with applied magnetic field, displaying a gigantic magneto-optical effect. Using the nonmagnetic layered material MoS2 as a prototype system, we demonstrate that the application of a magnetic field perpendicular to the layers produces a dramatic change in intensity for the out-of-plane vibrations of S atoms, but no change for the in-plane breathing mode. The distinct intensity variation between these two modes results from the effect of field-induced broken symmetry on Raman scattering cross-section. A quantitative analysis on the field-dependent integrated Raman intensity provides a unique method to precisely determine optical mobility. Our analysis is symmetry-based and material-independent, and thus the observations should be general and inspire a new branch of inelastic light scattering and magneto-optical applications.

  12. A composite fibre optic catheter for monitoring peristaltic transit of an intra-luminal bead.

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    Arkwright, John W; Underhill, Ian D; Dodds, Kelsi N; Brookes, Simon J H; Costa, Marcello; Spencer, Nick J; Dinning, Phil G

    2016-03-01

    A fibre optic motion sensor has been developed for monitoring the proximity and direction of motion of a ferrous bead travelling axial to the sensor. By integrating an array of these sensors into our previously developed fibre optic manometry catheters we demonstrate simultaneous detection of peristaltic muscular activity and the associated motion of ferrous beads through a colonic lumen. This allows the motion of solid content to be temporally and spatially related to pressure variations generated by peristaltic contractions without resorting to videoflouroscopy to track the motion of a radio opaque bolus. The composite catheter has been tested in an in-vitro animal preparation consisting of excised sections of rabbit colon. Cut-away image of the fibre optic motion sensor showing the location of the fibre Bragg gratings and the rare earth magnet. PMID:26616543

  13. LINKING Lyα AND LOW-IONIZATION TRANSITIONS AT LOW OPTICAL DEPTH

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    Jaskot, A. E.; Oey, M. S.

    2014-08-20

    We suggest that low optical depth in the Lyman continuum (LyC) may relate the Lyα emission, C II and Si II absorption, and C II* and Si II* emission seen in high-redshift galaxies. We base this analysis on Hubble Space Telescope Cosmic Origins Spectrograph spectra of four Green Pea (GP) galaxies, which may be analogs of z > 2 Lyα emitters (LAEs). In the two GPs with the strongest Lyα emission, the Lyα line profiles show reduced signs of resonant scattering. Instead, the Lyα profiles resemble the Hα line profiles of evolved star ejecta, suggesting that the Lyα emission originates from a low column density and similar outflow geometry. The weak C II absorption and presence of non-resonant C II* emission in these GPs support this interpretation and imply a low LyC optical depth along the line of sight. In two additional GPs, weak Lyα emission and strong C II absorption suggest a higher optical depth. These two GPs differ in their Lyα profile shapes and C II* emission strengths, however, indicating different inclinations of the outflows to our line of sight. With these four GPs as examples, we explain the observed trends linking Lyα, C II, and C II* in stacked LAE spectra, in the context of optical depth and geometric effects. Specifically, in some galaxies with strong Lyα emission, a low LyC optical depth may allow Lyα to escape with reduced scattering. Furthermore, C II absorption, C II* emission, and Lyα profile shape can reveal the optical depth, constrain the orientation of neutral outflows in LAEs, and identify candidate LyC emitters.

  14. Optical birefringence and its critical behavior in the vicinity of nematic-smectic A phase transition in a binary mixture

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    Sarkar, Sudipta Kumar; Barman, Purna Chandra; Das, Malay Kumar

    2014-08-01

    Optical birefringence (Δn) measurements as a function of temperature have been performed for binary mixtures of octyloxy cyanobiphenyl (8OCB) and octyl cyanobiphenyl (8CB) liquid crystals by means of a high resolution temperature scanning technique. The temperature dependence of the birefringence (Δn) was determined from the transmitted intensity data for wavelengths λ=532 nm. Using a fitting procedure consistent with the mean field theory and the first order nature of nematic-isotropic (N-I) phase transition, the order parameter critical exponent β has been determined. The critical behavior of the nematic-smectic A (N-SmA) phase transition has been investigated from the high resolution birefringence data and the nature of this transition in the mixtures has been assessed. From the evolution of the critical exponent α, it has been possible to predict the limiting value of the McMillan ratio for the tricritical point (TCP) as well as the 3D-XY universality class.

  15. Atomic loss and gain as a resource for nonequilibrium phase transitions in optical lattices

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    Everest, B.; Marcuzzi, M.; Lesanovsky, I.

    2016-02-01

    Recent breakthroughs in the experimental manipulation of strongly interacting atomic Rydberg gases in lattice potentials have opened an avenue for the study of many-body phenomena. Considerable efforts are currently being undertaken to achieve clean experimental settings that show a minimal amount of noise and disorder and are close to zero temperature. A complementary direction investigates the interplay between coherent and dissipative processes. Recent experiments have revealed a glimpse into the emergence of a rich nonequilibrium behavior stemming from the competition of laser excitation, strong interactions, and radiative decay of Rydberg atoms. The aim of the present theoretical work is to show that local incoherent loss and gain of atoms can in fact be the source of interesting out-of-equilibrium dynamics. This perspective opens up paths for the exploration of nonequilibrium critical phenomena and, more generally, phase transitions, some of which so far have been rather difficult to study. To demonstrate the richness of the encountered dynamical behavior we consider here three examples. The first two feature local atom loss and gain together with an incoherent excitation of Rydberg states. In this setting either a continuous or a discontinuous phase transition emerges with the former being reminiscent of genuine nonequilibrium transitions of stochastic processes with multiple absorbing states. The third example considers the regime of coherent laser excitation. Here the many-body dynamics is dominated by an equilibrium transition of the "model A" universality class.

  16. Optical absorption and heating rate dependent glass transition in vanadyl doped calcium oxy-chloride borate glasses

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    Dahiya, M. S.; Khasa, S.; Agarwal, A.

    2015-04-01

    Some important results pertaining to optical and thermal properties of vanadyl doped oxy-halide glasses in the chemical composition CaCl2-CaO-B2O3 are discussed. These glasses have been prepared by conventional melt quench technique. From X-ray diffraction (XRD) profiles the amorphous nature of the doped glasses has been confirmed. The electronic polarizability is calculated and found to increase with increase in chloride content. The optical absorption spectra have been recorded in the frequency range of 200-3200 nm. Recorded spectra are analyzed to evaluate cut-off wavelength (λcut-off), optical band gap (Eg), band tailing (B), Urbach energy (ΔE) and refractive index (n). Thermal analysis has been carried out for the prepared glasses at three different heating rates viz. 5, 10 and 20 °C/min. The glass transition temperature (Tg) along with thermal activation energy (Ea) corresponding to each heating rate are evaluated from differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) thermographs. It is found that Ea decrease and Tg increase with increase in heating rate. The variation in Tg is also observed with the substitution of calcium chloride in place of calcium oxide. The increasing and higher values of Ea suggest that prepared glasses have good thermal stability. Variation in Tg and Eg suggests that Cl- anions enter into the voids of borate network at low concentrations (<5.0%) and contribute to the network formation at high concentration (>5.0%).

  17. Changes of the optical characteristics of radiochromic films in the transition from EBT3 to EBT-XD films

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    Schoenfeld, Andreas A.; Wieker, Soeren; Harder, Dietrich; Poppe, Bjoern

    2016-07-01

    A new type of radiochromic film, the EBT-XD film, has been introduced with the aim to reduce the orientation effect and the lateral response artifact occurring in the use of radiochromic films together with flatbed scanners. The task of the present study is to quantify the changes of optical characteristics involved with the transition from the well-known EBT3 films to the new EBT-XD films, using the optical bench arrangement already applied by Schoenfeld et al (2014 Phys. Med. Biol. 59 3575-97). Largely reduced polarization effects and the almost complete loss of the anisotropy of the scattered light produced in a radiation-exposed film have been observed. The Rayleigh-Debye-Gans theory is used to understand these optical changes as arising from the reduced length-to-width ratio of the LiPCDA polymer crystals in the active layer of the EBT-XD film. The effect of these changes on the flatbed scanning artifacts will be shortly addressed, but treated in more detail in a further paper.

  18. Investigation of high-contrast velocity selective optical pumping resonance at the cycling transition of Cs using fluorescence technique

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    Dey, Saswati; Ray, Biswajit; Ghosh, Pradip Narayan; Cartaleva, Stefka; Slavov, Dimitar

    2015-12-01

    A high contrast (∼48%) Velocity Selective Optical Pumping (VSOP) resonance at the closed transition Fg=4→Fe=5 of Cs-D2 line is obtained in the fluorescence signal under co-propagating pump-probe configuration. We use a 5.2 μm cell operating at reduced temperature (∼55 °C) and the intensity of the pump-laser is kept lower than that of the probe-laser. The observed sharp narrow structure is suitable for side-arms frequency-locking of the cooling- (i.e. probe-) laser in a cold atom experiment, with possibility for "-Γ" to "-4Γ" red-detuning and "+Γ" to "+10Γ" blue-detuning using the standard properties of the commercially available electronics. We have developed a theoretical model corresponding to the thin cell, incorporating the atomic time-of-flight dependent optical pumping decay rate to describe the dimensional anisotropy of the thin cell. The model shows good qualitative agreement with the observation and simulates as well the cases of cells with smaller thickness. It also describes correctly the temperature dependence of the line broadening and shows the potential for further optimization and red-shift detuning above "-4Γ". It may be of interest for further development of miniaturized modules, like the recently developed portable small magneto-optical traps.

  19. Anisotropic optical properties of few-layer transition metal dichalcogenide ReS2

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    Li, Zhenglu; Cao, Ting; da Jornada, Felipe H.; Wu, Meng; Louie, Steven G.

    We present first-principles (DFT, GW and GW-BSE) calculations of the electronic and optical properties of few-layer rhenium disulfide (ReS2). Monolayer ReS2 shows strong many-electron effects with a fundamental quasiparticle band gap of 2.38 eV based on G0W0 calculation and a large exciton binding energy of 690 meV based on solving the Bethe-Salpeter equation. Highly anisotropic linear-polarized optical absorptions are revealed for few-layer and bulk ReS2. The band gap shows a decreasing trend with the optical polarization direction near the absorption edge gradually rotating from around 67 degree in the monolayer to 85 degree in the bulk, referencing to the Re-chain. Our calculations are consistent with recent experimental data and theoretical studies, and provide a systematic understanding of the electronic and optical properties in few-layer ReS2. This work was supported by National Science Foundation Grant No. DMR15-1508412 and the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231. Computational resources have been provided by DOE at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's NERSC facility.

  20. Pressure coefficients for direct optical transitions in MoS2, MoSe2, WS2, and WSe2 crystals and semiconductor to metal transitions.

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    Dybała, F; Polak, M P; Kopaczek, J; Scharoch, P; Wu, K; Tongay, S; Kudrawiec, R

    2016-01-01

    The electronic band structure of MoS2, MoSe2, WS2, and WSe2, crystals has been studied at various hydrostatic pressures experimentally by photoreflectance (PR) spectroscopy and theoretically within the density functional theory (DFT). In the PR spectra direct optical transitions (A and B) have been clearly observed and pressure coefficients have been determined for these transitions to be: αA = 2.0 ± 0.1 and αB = 3.6 ± 0.1 meV/kbar for MoS2, αA = 2.3 ± 0.1 and αB = 4.0 ± 0.1 meV/kbar for MoSe2, αA = 2.6 ± 0.1 and αB = 4.1 ± 0.1 meV/kbar for WS2, αA = 3.4 ± 0.1 and αB = 5.0 ± 0.5 meV/kbar for WSe2. It has been found that these coefficients are in an excellent agreement with theoretical predictions. In addition, a comparative study of different computational DFT approaches has been performed and analyzed. For indirect gap the pressure coefficient have been determined theoretically to be -7.9, -5.51, -6.11, and -3.79, meV/kbar for MoS2, MoSe2, WS2, and WSe2, respectively. The negative values of this coefficients imply a narrowing of the fundamental band gap with the increase in hydrostatic pressure and a semiconductor to metal transition for MoS2, MoSe2, WS2, and WSe2, crystals at around 140, 180, 190, and 240 kbar, respectively. PMID:27215469

  1. Pressure coefficients for direct optical transitions in MoS2, MoSe2, WS2, and WSe2 crystals and semiconductor to metal transitions

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    Dybała, F.; Polak, M. P.; Kopaczek, J.; Scharoch, P.; Wu, K.; Tongay, S.; Kudrawiec, R.

    2016-01-01

    The electronic band structure of MoS2, MoSe2, WS2, and WSe2, crystals has been studied at various hydrostatic pressures experimentally by photoreflectance (PR) spectroscopy and theoretically within the density functional theory (DFT). In the PR spectra direct optical transitions (A and B) have been clearly observed and pressure coefficients have been determined for these transitions to be: αA = 2.0 ± 0.1 and αB = 3.6 ± 0.1 meV/kbar for MoS2, αA = 2.3 ± 0.1 and αB = 4.0 ± 0.1 meV/kbar for MoSe2, αA = 2.6 ± 0.1 and αB = 4.1 ± 0.1 meV/kbar for WS2, αA = 3.4 ± 0.1 and αB = 5.0 ± 0.5 meV/kbar for WSe2. It has been found that these coefficients are in an excellent agreement with theoretical predictions. In addition, a comparative study of different computational DFT approaches has been performed and analyzed. For indirect gap the pressure coefficient have been determined theoretically to be −7.9, −5.51, −6.11, and −3.79, meV/kbar for MoS2, MoSe2, WS2, and WSe2, respectively. The negative values of this coefficients imply a narrowing of the fundamental band gap with the increase in hydrostatic pressure and a semiconductor to metal transition for MoS2, MoSe2, WS2, and WSe2, crystals at around 140, 180, 190, and 240 kbar, respectively. PMID:27215469

  2. Influence of transition metal atoms doping on structural, electronic and nonlinear optical properties of Mg12O12 nanoclusters: A DFT study

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    Shamlouei, Hamid Reza; Nouri, Amin; Mohammadi, Asghar; Tehrani, Abbas Dadkhah

    2016-03-01

    Using density functional theory, we investigated the effect of transition metal doping on structural, electronic, energetic, linear and nonlinear optical properties of Mg12O12 nanocluster. The result revealed that transition metal atoms doping lead to reduce the Eg and increase the dipole moment. The doping of transition metal atom on Mg12O12 nanocluster enhances its polarizability value. Also polarizability values for doped nanoclusters decrease as the atomic number of transition metal increase. The first hyperpolarizability value dramatically increases as substitute a magnesium atom with a transition metal atom. Among the transition metal atom doped nanocage, scandium has the largest first hyperpolarizability value (β◦≈47,872 au). The stability and remarkable values of β◦ (for Sc, Ti and V doped of nanocage) suggest that these compounds may be applicable as NLO material in industrial.

  3. Interplay between low-energy optical phonon modes and structural transition in PrT2Zn20 (T=Ru and Ir)

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    Wakiya, K.; Onimaru, T.; Tsutsui, S.; Matsumoto, K. T.; Nagasawa, N.; Baron, A. Q. R.; Hasegawa, T.; Ogita, N.; Udagawa, M.; Takabatake, T.

    2015-03-01

    Atomic dynamics of PrT2Zn20 for T=Ru with a structural transition at Ts=138 K and T=Ir without such a transition have been studied by inelastic X-ray scattering (IXS) measurements. The IXS spectra for T=Ru reveal an optical phonon excitation at 3 meV. We assign it to low-energy vibration of the Zn atom at the 16c site by taking account of the first principles calculation [Hasegawa et al. 2012 J. Phys.: Conf. Proc. 391 012016]. For T=Ir, on the other hand, the optical excitation at 3 meV was not observed. The contrasting results indicate that the low-energy optical phonon mode has a role in the structural transition in PrRu2Zn20 and isostructural La counterparts.

  4. Forbidden optical transition in Ti-like Xe, Ba, and Ir

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    Bekker, H.; Windberger, A.; Binder, M.; López-Urrutia, J. R. Crespo; Versolato, O. O.; Klawitter, R.

    2015-01-09

    We present measurements of the (3d{sup 4}){sup 5}D{sub 2}−{sup 5}D{sub 3} transitions in the Ti-like ions Xe{sup 32+}, Ba{sup 34+}, and Ir{sup 55+} produced and trapped in the Heidelberg electron beam ion trap. The obtained wavelengths have a precision at the few ppm-level and are thereby the most precise measurements of these transitions up to date. For Z=60−75 semi-empirical calculations have shown excellent agreement, however our measurements combined with data from other works shows that outside this range predictions quickly deviate. The value obtained for Ir{sup 55+} 357.434(2) nm confirms the linear mismatch to ab initio calculations for Z > 70, as hypothesized in Utter et al., Phys. Rev. A 67, 012508 (2003)

  5. Linking Lyα and Low-ionization Transitions at Low Optical Depth

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    Jaskot, A. E.; Oey, M. S.

    2014-08-01

    We suggest that low optical depth in the Lyman continuum (LyC) may relate the Lyα emission, C II and Si II absorption, and C II* and Si II* emission seen in high-redshift galaxies. We base this analysis on Hubble Space Telescope Cosmic Origins Spectrograph spectra of four Green Pea (GP) galaxies, which may be analogs of z > 2 Lyα emitters (LAEs). In the two GPs with the strongest Lyα emission, the Lyα line profiles show reduced signs of resonant scattering. Instead, the Lyα profiles resemble the Hα line profiles of evolved star ejecta, suggesting that the Lyα emission originates from a low column density and similar outflow geometry. The weak C II absorption and presence of non-resonant C II* emission in these GPs support this interpretation and imply a low LyC optical depth along the line of sight. In two additional GPs, weak Lyα emission and strong C II absorption suggest a higher optical depth. These two GPs differ in their Lyα profile shapes and C II* emission strengths, however, indicating different inclinations of the outflows to our line of sight. With these four GPs as examples, we explain the observed trends linking Lyα, C II, and C II* in stacked LAE spectra, in the context of optical depth and geometric effects. Specifically, in some galaxies with strong Lyα emission, a low LyC optical depth may allow Lyα to escape with reduced scattering. Furthermore, C II absorption, C II* emission, and Lyα profile shape can reveal the optical depth, constrain the orientation of neutral outflows in LAEs, and identify candidate LyC emitters. Based on observations made with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, obtained at the Space Telescope Science Institute, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under NASA contract NAS 5-26555. These observations are associated with programs GO-13293 and GO-12928.

  6. Optical absorption by Dirac excitons in single-layer transition-metal dichalcogenides

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    Trushin, Maxim; Goerbig, Mark Oliver; Belzig, Wolfgang

    2016-07-01

    We develop an analytically solvable model able to qualitatively explain nonhydrogenic exciton spectra observed recently in two-dimensional (2D) semiconducting transition-metal dichalcogenides. Our exciton Hamiltonian explicitly includes additional angular momentum associated with the pseudospin degree of freedom unavoidable in 2D semiconducting materials with honeycomb structure. We claim that this is the key ingredient for understanding the nonhydrogenic exciton spectra that was missing so far.

  7. Population inversion on vibrational transitions of molecules under nonresonant optical excitation

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    Parkhomenko, A. I. Shalagin, A. M.

    2010-09-15

    The possibility of obtaining a population inversion on vibrational transitions of molecules through nonlinear effects when the pump radiation is absorbed in the wings of spectral lines is investigated theoretically. We show that a population inversion can be produced in molecules on vibrational transitions when intense pump radiation is absorbed in the blue wing of the R branch of the vibrational-rotational molecular spectrum. This effect is related to inequality of the probabilities of the absorption and stimulated emission of radiation and is attributable to collisional transitions between rotational levels. We have ascertained that the larger the rotational constant of the molecule and the higher the pump radiation intensity, the higher the effective frequency of the collisions that give rise to a population inversion. Using the carbon monoxide (CO) molecule as an example, we show that when intense ({approx}1010 W cm{sup -2}) pump radiation is absorbed in the blue wing of the R branch, a noticeable population inversion can be produced and the gain at the center of the R and P branches of the molecular spectrum can reach 0.011 and 0.250 cm{sup -1} at temperatures T = 300 and 100 K, respectively.

  8. Fluctuation-driven topological transition of binary condensates in optical lattices

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    Suthar, K.; Roy, Arko; Angom, D.

    2015-04-01

    We show the emergence of a third Goldstone mode in binary condensates at phase separation in quasi-one-dimensional (quasi-1D) optical lattices. We develop the coupled discrete nonlinear Schrödinger equations using Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov theory with the Popov approximation in the Bose-Hubbard model to investigate the mode evolution at zero temperature, in particular, as the system is driven from the miscible to the immiscible phase. We demonstrate that the position exchange of the species in the 87Rb-85Rb system is accompanied by a discontinuity in the excitation spectrum. Our results show that, in quasi-1D optical lattices, the presence of the fluctuations dramatically changes the geometry of the ground-state density profile of two-component Bose-Einstein condensates.

  9. Optical Design of the Camera for Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS)

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    Chrisp, Michael; Clark, Kristin; Primeau, Brian; Dalpiaz, Michael; Lennon, Joseph

    2015-01-01

    The optical design of the wide field of view refractive camera, 34 degrees diagonal field, for the TESS payload is described. This fast f/1.4 cryogenic camera, operating at -75 C, has no vignetting for maximum light gathering within the size and weight constraints. Four of these cameras capture full frames of star images for photometric searches of planet crossings. The optical design evolution, from the initial Petzval design, took advantage of Forbes aspheres to develop a hybrid design form. This maximized the correction from the two aspherics resulting in a reduction of average spot size by sixty percent in the final design. An external long wavelength pass filter was replaced by an internal filter coating on a lens to save weight, and has been fabricated to meet the specifications. The stray light requirements were met by an extended lens hood baffle design, giving the necessary off-axis attenuation.

  10. Transition operators in electromagnetic-wave diffraction theory. II - Applications to optics

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    Hahne, G. E.

    1993-01-01

    The theory developed by Hahne (1992) for the diffraction of time-harmonic electromagnetic waves from fixed obstacles is briefly summarized and extended. Applications of the theory are considered which comprise, first, a spherical harmonic expansion of the so-called radiation impedance operator in the theory, for a spherical surface, and second, a reconsideration of familiar short-wavelength approximation from the new standpoint, including a derivation of the so-called physical optics method on the basis of quasi-planar approximation to the radiation impedance operator, augmented by the method of stationary phase. The latter includes a rederivation of the geometrical optics approximation for the complete Green's function for the electromagnetic field in the presence of a smooth- and a convex-surfaced perfectly electrically conductive obstacle.

  11. Optical design of the camera for Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS)

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    Chrisp, Michael; Clark, Kristin; Primeau, Brian; Dalpiaz, Michael; Lennon, Joseph

    2015-09-01

    The optical design of the wide field of view refractive camera with a 34 degree diagonal field for the TESS payload is described. This fast f/1.4 cryogenic camera, operating at -75°C, has no vignetting for maximum light gathering within the size and weight constraints. Four of these cameras capture full frames of star images for photometric searches of planet crossings. The optical design evolution, from the initial Petzval design, takes advantage of Forbes aspheres to develop a hybrid design form. This maximizes the correction from the two aspherics resulting in a reduction of average spot size by sixty percent in the final design. An external long wavelength pass filter has been replaced by an internal filter coating on a lens to save weight, and has been fabricated to meet the specifications. The stray light requirements are met by an extended lens hood baffle design, giving the necessary off-axis attenuation.

  12. Single-Slit Diffraction: Transitioning from Geometric Optics to the Fraunhofer Regime

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    Panuski, Christopher L.; Mungan, Carl E.

    2016-01-01

    Suppose a red laser beam (of wavelength ? equal to 0.660 µm) is expanded using an optical telescope into a collimated, approximately plane wave that is 5.68 mm in diameter. Pass that beam through a tall rectangular slit whose width "a" is gradually reduced from 3.30 to 0.100 mm. Look at its image on a screen located at a distance…

  13. Applicability of the aero-optic linking equation to a highly coherent, transitional shear layer.

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    Hugo, R J; Jumper, E J

    2000-08-20

    We investigate the validity of applying a simplified (under the assumptions of isotropic and homogeneous turbulence) aero-optic linking equation to a flow field that is known to consist of anisotropic and nonhomogeneous turbulence. The investigation is performed in the near-nozzle region of a heated two-dimensional jet, and the study makes use of a conditional-sampling experiment to acquire a spatiotemporal temperature field database for the heated-jet flow field. After compensating for the bandwidth limitations of constant-current wire temperature measurements, the temperature field database is applied to the computation of optical degradation through both direct and indirect methods, relying on the aero-optic linking equation. The simplified version of the linking equation was found to provide good agreement with direct calculations, provided that the length scale of the density fluctuations was interpreted as being the integral scale, with the limits of integration being the first two zero crossings of the covariance coefficient function. PMID:18350028

  14. Applicability of the Aero-Optic Linking Equation to a Highly Coherent, Transitional Shear Layer

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    Hugo, Ronald J.; Jumper, Eric J.

    2000-08-01

    We investigate the validity of applying a simplified (under the assumptions of isotropic and homogeneous turbulence) aero-optic linking equation to a flow field that is known to consist of anisotropic and nonhomogeneous turbulence. The investigation is performed in the near-nozzle region of a heated two-dimensional jet, and the study makes use of a conditional-sampling experiment to acquire a spatiotemporal temperature field database for the heated-jet flow field. After compensating for the bandwidth limitations of constant-current wire temperature measurements, the temperature field database is applied to the computation of optical degradation through both direct and indirect methods, relying on the aero-optic linking equation. The simplified version of the linking equation was found to provide good agreement with direct calculations, provided that the length scale of the density fluctuations was interpreted as being the integral scale, with the limits of integration being the first two zero crossings of the covariance coefficient function.

  15. The manganese effect on the magnetism and optical properties especially interband transitions of zinc sulphide

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    Aimouch, D. E.; Meskine, S.; Hayn, R.; Zaoui, A.; Boukortt, A.

    2016-10-01

    The electronic, magnetic and optical properties of Mn doped zinc sulphide (ZnS:Mn) were calculated with the FP-LAPW method by using the LSDA and LSDA+U approximations. The latter one is shown to be necessary to account for the strong electron correlation in the Mn 3d shell. With the increase of Mn2+ concentration, the band gap is decreased for the spin-up channel and increased for the spin-down channel. Furthermore, to calculate the correct exchange couplings d-d and sp-d of Mn-doped ZnS, we have applied the Hubbard U parameter on Mn-d states. The influence of this Hubbard U parameter on the optical, electronic and magnetic properties of ZnS:Mn is investigated. We found that U=6 eV gives good results for exchange couplings and optical properties close to the experimental ones. The magnetic coupling between neighboring Mn impurities in ZnS is found to be antiferromagnetic.

  16. High-resolution magneto-optical spectroscopy of LiYF74:3+167Er, 3+166Er and analysis of hyperfine structure of ultranarrow optical transitions

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    Gerasimov, K. I.; Minnegaliev, M. M.; Malkin, B. Z.; Baibekov, E. I.; Moiseev, S. A.

    2016-08-01

    We performed high-resolution magneto-optical spectroscopy of the hyperfine transitions from 15/2 4I to the 13/2 4I and 9/2 4I multiplets of 3+167Er and 3+166Er in an isotopically purified LiYF74 crystal in various external magnetic fields up to 0.7 T. The obtained experimental results are interpreted in the framework of the generalized theoretical approach. The derived model successfully explains all the experimentally observed optical hyperfine transitions by using a single set of basic parameters found for the crystal-field interaction, magnetic dipole and electric quadrupole hyperfine interactions, together with Zeeman interactions at different orientations of the external magnetic field. A number of the studied quantum transitions appears to be promising for use in Raman quantum storage at optical telecommunication wavelengths.

  17. Observations of a mode transition in a hydrogen hollow cathode discharge using phase resolved optical emission spectroscopy

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    Dixon, Sam Charles, Christine; Dedrick, James; Boswell, Rod; Gans, Timo; O'Connell, Deborah

    2014-07-07

    Two distinct operational modes are observed in a radio frequency (rf) low pressure hydrogen hollow cathode discharge. The mode transition is characterised by a change in total light emission and differing expansion structures. An intensified CCD camera is used to make phase resolved images of Balmer α emission from the discharge. The low emission mode is consistent with a typical γ discharge, and appears to be driven by secondary electrons ejected from the cathode surface. The bright mode displays characteristics common to an inductive discharge, including increased optical emission, power factor, and temperature of the H{sub 2} gas. The bright mode precipitates the formation of a stationary shock in the expansion, observed as a dark region adjacent to the source-chamber interface.

  18. Optical properties of monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides probed by spectroscopic ellipsometry

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    Liu, Hsiang-Lin Shen, Chih-Chiang; Su, Sheng-Han; Hsu, Chang-Lung; Li, Ming-Yang; Li, Lain-Jong

    2014-11-17

    Spectroscopic ellipsometry was used to characterize the complex refractive index of chemical-vapor-deposited monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs). The extraordinary large value of the refractive index in the visible frequency range is obtained. The absorption response shows a strong correlation between the magnitude of the exciton binding energy and band gap energy. Together with the observed giant spin-orbit splitting, these findings advance the fundamental understanding of their novel electronic structures and the development of monolayer TMDs-based optoelectronic and spintronic devices.

  19. Peculiarities of the spontaneous emission from a laser oscillating on two optically connected transitions

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    Alipieva, E.; Karavasilev, P.; Todorov, G.

    1985-12-01

    This paper presents a theoretical investigation of some peculiarities of alignment signals from laser levels carried out in simultaneous oscillation of two transitions connected by spontaneous emission. An expression is obtained for a spontaneous emission part caused by the oscillation originating from the lower laser level. It is shown that the population transfer exceeds the coherence transfer significantly. That is why the spontaneous emission part has opposite signs in two orthogonal polarizations under certain conditions. The more important results are verified experimentally at 1152.3 and 1161.4 nm He-Ne laser oscillation.

  20. Single-Slit Diffraction: Transitioning from Geometric Optics to the Fraunhofer Regime

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    Panuski, Christopher L.; Mungan, Carl E.

    2016-09-01

    Suppose a red laser beam (of wavelength λ equal to 0.660 μm) is expanded using an optical telescope into a collimated, approximately plane wave that is 5.68 mm in diameter. Pass that beam through a tall rectangular slit whose width a is gradually reduced from 3.30 to 0.100 mm. Look at its image on a screen located at a distance L from the slit equal to 0.656 m. As the slit is narrowed, you predict that the width of the pattern will: (A) smoothly increase, (B) smoothly decrease, (C)increase and then decrease, or (D) decrease and then increase.

  1. Statistically induced phase transitions and anyons in 1D optical lattices.

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    Keilmann, Tassilo; Lanzmich, Simon; McCulloch, Ian; Roncaglia, Marco

    2011-01-01

    Anyons--particles carrying fractional statistics that interpolate between bosons and fermions--have been conjectured to exist in low-dimensional systems. In the context of the fractional quantum Hall effect, quasi-particles made of electrons take the role of anyons whose statistical exchange phase is fixed by the filling factor. Here we propose an experimental setup to create anyons in one-dimensional lattices with fully tuneable exchange statistics. In our setup, anyons are created by bosons with occupation-dependent hopping amplitudes, which can be realized by assisted Raman tunnelling. The statistical angle can thus be controlled in situ by modifying the relative phase of external driving fields. This opens the fascinating possibility of smoothly transmuting bosons via anyons into fermions and of inducing a phase transition by the mere control of the particle statistics as a free parameter. In particular, we demonstrate how to induce a quantum phase transition from a superfluid into an exotic Mott-like state where the particle distribution exhibits plateaus at fractional densities.

  2. Understanding Electronic, Optical and Thermal Properties of Transition Metal Chalcogenides (TMCs)

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    Ataca, Can; Raghunathan, Rajamani; Tongay, Sefaattin; Wu, Junqiao; Grossman, Jeffrey C.

    2014-03-01

    The fundamental properties of a material depend on their atomic structure, nature of bonding and elemental/chemical composition. Confinement of electrons in 2 dimensional planar structures leads to realization of several intriguing properties that are not seen in the bulk 3-dimendional counterparts. In this work, we explore the properties of single and few layer MX (M:Transition metal, X: chalcogen atom) both theoretically and experimentally. Using state of art density functional theory (DFT) we carried out a stability analysis through phonon and electronic, magnetic and elastic structure calculations where M =Cu, and X =S, Se, Te. The stacking of transition metal chalcogenide (TMC) monolayers is of the type MX-M2X2 instead of the usual X-M-X stacking found in TMDs. The differences in geometric structure result in many different stable monolayer forms with different electronic and magnetic properties. Depending on the number of layers, MX structures can be found in 2, 3, 4 and 6 MX layer stable configurations. These dimensionality effects predicted by DFT such as energy band structures and Raman active modes are confirmed by experiments. Various different monolayers of MX possess a number of properties that make them highly promising materials for future nanoscale applications.

  3. Experimental study for the detection of the laminar/turbulent aerodynamic transition on a wing aircraft, using fiber optic sensors

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    Molin, S.; Dolfi, D.; Doisy, M.; Seraudie, A.; Arnal, D.; Coustols, E.; Mandle, J.

    2010-09-01

    We demonstrate the feasibility of detection of the nature (laminar/turbulent/transitional) of the aerodynamic boundary layer of a profile of a wing aircraft model, using a Distributed FeedBack (DFB) Fiber Laser as optical fiber sensor. Signals to be measured are pressure variations : ΔP~1Pa at few 100Hz in the laminar region and ΔP~10Pa at few kHz in the turbulent region. Intermittent regime occurring in-between these two regions (transition) is characterized by turbulent bursts in laminar flow. Relevant pressure variations have been obtained in a low-speed research-type wind tunnel of ONERA Centre of Toulouse. In order to validate the measurements, a "classical" hot film sensor, the application and use of which have been formerly developed and validated by ONERA, has been placed at the neighborhood of the fiber sensor. The hot film allows measurement of the boundary layer wall shear stress whose characteristics are a well known signature of the boundary layer nature (laminar, intermittent or turbulent) [1]. In the three regimes, signals from the fiber sensor and the hot film sensor are strongly correlated, which allows us to conclude that a DFB fiber laser sensor is a good candidate for detecting the boundary layer nature, and thus for future integration in an aircraft wing. The work presented here has been realized within the framework of "Clean Sky", a Joint Technology Initiative of the European Union.

  4. Direct Excitation of the Forbidden Clock Transition in Neutral {sup 174}Yb Atoms Confined to an Optical Lattice

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    Barber, Z.W.; Hoyt, C.W.; Oates, C.W.; Hollberg, L.; Taichenachev, A.V.; Yudin, V.I.

    2006-03-03

    We report direct single-laser excitation of the strictly forbidden (6s{sup 2}){sup 1}S{sub 0}{r_reversible}(6s6p){sup 3}P{sub 0} clock transition in {sup 174}Yb atoms confined to a 1D optical lattice. A small ({approx}1.2 mT) static magnetic field was used to induce a nonzero electric dipole transition probability between the clock states at 578.42 nm. Narrow resonance linewidths of 20 Hz (FWHM) with high contrast were observed, demonstrating a resonance quality factor of 2.6x10{sup 13}. The previously unknown ac Stark shift-canceling (magic) wavelength was determined to be 759.35{+-}0.02 nm. This method for using the metrologically superior even isotope can be easily implemented in current Yb and Sr lattice clocks and can create new clock possibilities in other alkaline-earth-like atoms such as Mg and Ca.

  5. Fractional Mott insulator-to-superfluid transition of Bose-Hubbard model in a trimerized Kagomé optical lattice

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    Chen, Qi-Hui; Li, Peng; Su, Haibin

    2016-06-01

    By generalizing the traditional single-site strong coupling expansion approach to a cluster one, we study the zero-temperature phase diagram of bosonic atoms in a trimerized Kagomé optical lattice. Some new features are present in this system. Due to the strong intra-trimer hopping interaction, there will be a new Mott insulator (MI), which is by definition incompressible but with a fractional filling per trimer. This is different from the traditional MI, which has an integral filling and originates only from the repulsive interaction between particles. We investigate the MI-to-superfluid transition and the nature of the fractional MI by calculating the critical exponents of phase transitions and the low-lying energy excitation spectra of quasiparticles (quasihole). We will show how the low-energy properties of this system can be understood qualitatively as a Bose-Hubbard model in triangular lattice from the point of view of the cluster strong coupling expansion. We also discuss how our results are related to experiment by studying the Bragg spectroscopy.

  6. Fractional Mott insulator-to-superfluid transition of Bose–Hubbard model in a trimerized Kagomé optical lattice

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    Chen, Qi-Hui; Li, Peng; Su, Haibin

    2016-06-01

    By generalizing the traditional single-site strong coupling expansion approach to a cluster one, we study the zero-temperature phase diagram of bosonic atoms in a trimerized Kagomé optical lattice. Some new features are present in this system. Due to the strong intra-trimer hopping interaction, there will be a new Mott insulator (MI), which is by definition incompressible but with a fractional filling per trimer. This is different from the traditional MI, which has an integral filling and originates only from the repulsive interaction between particles. We investigate the MI-to-superfluid transition and the nature of the fractional MI by calculating the critical exponents of phase transitions and the low-lying energy excitation spectra of quasiparticles (quasihole). We will show how the low-energy properties of this system can be understood qualitatively as a Bose–Hubbard model in triangular lattice from the point of view of the cluster strong coupling expansion. We also discuss how our results are related to experiment by studying the Bragg spectroscopy.

  7. Electronic structures and enhanced optical properties of blue phosphorene/transition metal dichalcogenides van der Waals heterostructures

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    Peng, Qiong; Wang, Zhenyu; Sa, Baisheng; Wu, Bo; Sun, Zhimei

    2016-08-01

    As a fast emerging topic, van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures have been proposed to modify two-dimensional layered materials with desired properties, thus greatly extending the applications of these materials. In this work, the stacking characteristics, electronic structures, band edge alignments, charge density distributions and optical properties of blue phosphorene/transition metal dichalcogenides (BlueP/TMDs) vdW heterostructures were systematically studied based on vdW corrected density functional theory. Interestingly, the valence band maximum and conduction band minimum are located in different parts of BlueP/MoSe2, BlueP/WS2 and BlueP/WSe2 heterostructures. The MoSe2, WS2 or WSe2 layer can be used as the electron donor and the BlueP layer can be used as the electron acceptor. We further found that the optical properties under visible-light irradiation of BlueP/TMDs vdW heterostructures are significantly improved. In particular, the predicted upper limit energy conversion efficiencies of BlueP/MoS2 and BlueP/MoSe2 heterostructures reach as large as 1.16% and 0.98%, respectively, suggesting their potential applications in efficient thin-film solar cells and optoelectronic devices.

  8. Electronic structures and enhanced optical properties of blue phosphorene/transition metal dichalcogenides van der Waals heterostructures.

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    Peng, Qiong; Wang, Zhenyu; Sa, Baisheng; Wu, Bo; Sun, Zhimei

    2016-01-01

    As a fast emerging topic, van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures have been proposed to modify two-dimensional layered materials with desired properties, thus greatly extending the applications of these materials. In this work, the stacking characteristics, electronic structures, band edge alignments, charge density distributions and optical properties of blue phosphorene/transition metal dichalcogenides (BlueP/TMDs) vdW heterostructures were systematically studied based on vdW corrected density functional theory. Interestingly, the valence band maximum and conduction band minimum are located in different parts of BlueP/MoSe2, BlueP/WS2 and BlueP/WSe2 heterostructures. The MoSe2, WS2 or WSe2 layer can be used as the electron donor and the BlueP layer can be used as the electron acceptor. We further found that the optical properties under visible-light irradiation of BlueP/TMDs vdW heterostructures are significantly improved. In particular, the predicted upper limit energy conversion efficiencies of BlueP/MoS2 and BlueP/MoSe2 heterostructures reach as large as 1.16% and 0.98%, respectively, suggesting their potential applications in efficient thin-film solar cells and optoelectronic devices.

  9. Electronic structures and enhanced optical properties of blue phosphorene/transition metal dichalcogenides van der Waals heterostructures.

    PubMed

    Peng, Qiong; Wang, Zhenyu; Sa, Baisheng; Wu, Bo; Sun, Zhimei

    2016-01-01

    As a fast emerging topic, van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures have been proposed to modify two-dimensional layered materials with desired properties, thus greatly extending the applications of these materials. In this work, the stacking characteristics, electronic structures, band edge alignments, charge density distributions and optical properties of blue phosphorene/transition metal dichalcogenides (BlueP/TMDs) vdW heterostructures were systematically studied based on vdW corrected density functional theory. Interestingly, the valence band maximum and conduction band minimum are located in different parts of BlueP/MoSe2, BlueP/WS2 and BlueP/WSe2 heterostructures. The MoSe2, WS2 or WSe2 layer can be used as the electron donor and the BlueP layer can be used as the electron acceptor. We further found that the optical properties under visible-light irradiation of BlueP/TMDs vdW heterostructures are significantly improved. In particular, the predicted upper limit energy conversion efficiencies of BlueP/MoS2 and BlueP/MoSe2 heterostructures reach as large as 1.16% and 0.98%, respectively, suggesting their potential applications in efficient thin-film solar cells and optoelectronic devices. PMID:27553787

  10. Electronic structures and enhanced optical properties of blue phosphorene/transition metal dichalcogenides van der Waals heterostructures

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    Peng, Qiong; Wang, Zhenyu; Sa, Baisheng; Wu, Bo; Sun, Zhimei

    2016-01-01

    As a fast emerging topic, van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures have been proposed to modify two-dimensional layered materials with desired properties, thus greatly extending the applications of these materials. In this work, the stacking characteristics, electronic structures, band edge alignments, charge density distributions and optical properties of blue phosphorene/transition metal dichalcogenides (BlueP/TMDs) vdW heterostructures were systematically studied based on vdW corrected density functional theory. Interestingly, the valence band maximum and conduction band minimum are located in different parts of BlueP/MoSe2, BlueP/WS2 and BlueP/WSe2 heterostructures. The MoSe2, WS2 or WSe2 layer can be used as the electron donor and the BlueP layer can be used as the electron acceptor. We further found that the optical properties under visible-light irradiation of BlueP/TMDs vdW heterostructures are significantly improved. In particular, the predicted upper limit energy conversion efficiencies of BlueP/MoS2 and BlueP/MoSe2 heterostructures reach as large as 1.16% and 0.98%, respectively, suggesting their potential applications in efficient thin-film solar cells and optoelectronic devices. PMID:27553787

  11. Optical conductivity of Weyl semimetals and signatures of the gapped semimetal phase transition

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    Tabert, C. J.; Carbotte, J. P.

    2016-02-01

    The interband optical response of a three-dimensional Dirac cone is linear in photon energy (Ω ) . Here, we study the evolution of the interband response within a model Hamiltonian which contains Dirac, Weyl, and gapped semimetal phases. In the pure Dirac case, a single linear dependence is observed, while in the Weyl phase, we find two quasilinear regions with different slopes. These regions are also distinct from the large-Ω dependence. As the boundary between the Weyl (WSM) and gapped phases is approached, the slope of the low-Ω response increases, while the photon-energy range over which it applies decreases. At the phase boundary, a square root behavior is obtained which is followed by a gapped response in the gapped semimetal phase. The density of states parallels these behaviors with the linear law replaced by quadratic behavior in the WSM phase and the square root dependence at the phase boundary changed to |ω| 3 /2. The optical spectral weight under the intraband (Drude) response at low temperature (T ) and/or small chemical potential (μ ) is found to change from T2 (μ2) in the WSM phase to T3 /2 (|μ |3/2) at the phase boundary.

  12. Magnetic and natural optical activity of f- f transitions in multiferroic Nd0.5Gd0.5Fe3(BO3)4

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    Malakhovskii, A. V.; Sukhachev, A. L.; Leont'ev, A. A.; Temerov, V. L.

    2016-05-01

    Spectra of absorption, magnetic circular dichroism, and natural circular dichroism of the f-f transitions 4 I 9/2 → 4 F 3/2, 2 H 9/2 + 4 F 5/2, 4 S 3/2 + 4 F 7/2, 2 G 7/2 + 4 G 5/2, 2 K 13/2 + 4 G 7/2, and 4 G 9/2 in the Nd3+ ions in the Nd0.5Gd0.5Fe3(BO3)4 crystal have been measured as a function of the temperature in the interval of 90-300 K. Temperature dependences of the magneto-optical activity (MOA) and natural optical activity (NOA) of the transitions have been obtained. It has been found that, in contrast to allowed transitions, the temperature dependence of the MOA of the f-f transitions does not obey the Curie-Weiss law and the NOA depends on temperature. The NOA of some transitions changes the sign with variation in temperature. These phenomena have been explained by the presence of three contributions to the allowance of the f-f transitions, which lead to three contributions of different signs to the MOA and NOA. The range of the MOA of the f-f transitions in the Nd3+ ion has been predicted theoretically and confirmed experimentally.

  13. Effect of optical purity on the critical heat capacity at the smectic-A-(chiral)-smectic-C transition in an antiferroelectric liquid crystal

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    Ema; Kanai; Yao; Takanishi; Takezoe

    2000-02-01

    High resolution ac calorimetric measurements have been carried out near the smectic-A-chiral-smectic-C phase transition in the antiferroelectric liquid crystal 4-(1-methylheptyloxycarbonyl)phenyl 4(')-octyloxybiphenyl-4-carboxylate (MHPOBC). Data on samples with different optical purities have been analyzed in detail using a renormalization-group expression with corrections-to-scaling terms. The chiral-smectic-C(alpha)-chiral-smectic-C phase transition is first order, while the smectic-A-chiral-smectic-C(alpha) phase transition is second order. A direct smectic-A-chiral-smectic-C phase transition, which occurs in near-racemic mixtures, was found to be quasitricritical and weakly first order. This implies that the smectic-A-smectic-C transition in the racemate locates at a special point where four critical lines intersect.

  14. Topological Optical Waveguiding in Silicon and the Transition between Topological and Trivial Defect States.

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    Blanco-Redondo, Andrea; Andonegui, Imanol; Collins, Matthew J; Harari, Gal; Lumer, Yaakov; Rechtsman, Mikael C; Eggleton, Benjamin J; Segev, Mordechai

    2016-04-22

    One-dimensional models with topological band structures represent a simple and versatile platform to demonstrate novel topological concepts. Here we experimentally study topologically protected states in silicon at the interface between two dimer chains with different Zak phases. Furthermore, we propose and demonstrate that, in a system where topological and trivial defect modes coexist, we can probe them independently. Tuning the configuration of the interface, we observe the transition between a single topological defect and a compound trivial defect state. These results provide a new paradigm for topologically protected waveguiding in a complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor compatible platform and highlight the novel concept of isolating topological and trivial defect modes in the same system that can have important implications in topological physics.

  15. Optical Transitions and Electronic Band structure of Cuprous Oxide Thin Films

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    Lee, Hosun; Park, Jun-Woo; Jang, Hyungkeun; Kim, Sung; Choi, Suk-Ho; Kang, Joongoo; Wei, Su-Huai

    2012-02-01

    Cu2O thin films were grown on Si and SiO2/Si substrates via RF sputtering deposition at various temperatures. The Cu2O thin films had a smooth surface when grown at RT, but developed grain boundaries when grown at 300 ^oC. We observed the high-energy photoluminescence (PL) peaks at 3.18 eV (Ep) and 3.27 eV (Eq). The dielectric functions of the Cu2O thin films were measured using spectroscopic ellipsometry. To estimate the critical point (CP) energies, we applied the standard critical point (SCP) model to the second derivative spectra of the dielectric functions (d^2ɛ/dE^2). We also calculated the electronic band structure of bulk Cu2O by using the screened HSE hybrid density functional. Based on the band structure, the CP was estimated as 2.05 eV (E0A(E0B)), 2.77 eV (E0C(E0D)) at the γ point, 4.17 eV (E1A) and 6.10 eV (E2) at the X point, 4.94 eV (E1B) at the R point. The experimental CP energies are consistent with the HSE results, but are systematically smaller than the calculated values by 0.3-0.8 eV due to large electron-hole interaction in CuO2 that was not included in the simulations. The high-energy peaks in the PL spectra at 3.18 eV (Ep) and 3.27 eV (Eq) were attributed to the quasi-direct transitions between the γ valence band and the M and X conduction bands, respectively. The physical origin of the quasi-direct transitions was attributed to the grain boundaries.

  16. Pressure Sensor via Optical Detection Based on a 1D Spin Transition Coordination Polymer

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    Jureschi, Cătălin M.; Linares, Jorge; Rotaru, Aurelian; Ritti, Marie Hélène; Parlier, Michel; Dîrtu, Marinela M.; Wolff, Mariusz; Garcia, Yann

    2015-01-01

    We have investigated the suitability of using the 1D spin crossover coordination polymer [Fe(4-(2′-hydroxyethyl)-1,2,4-triazole)3]I2·H2O, known to crossover around room temperature, as a pressure sensor via optical detection using various contact pressures up to 250 MPa. A dramatic persistent colour change is observed. The experimental data, obtained by calorimetric and Mössbauer measurements, have been used for a theoretical analysis, in the framework of the Ising-like model, of the thermal and pressure induced spin state switching. The pressure (P)-temperature (T) phase diagram calculated for this compound has been used to obtain the P-T bistability region. PMID:25621610

  17. Theoretical study of intraband optical transitions in conduction band of dot-in-a-well system

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    Chaganti, Venkata R.; Apalkov, Vadym

    2014-02-15

    We study numerically absorption optical spectra of n-doped InAs/In{sub 015}Ga{sub 085}As/GaAs quantum dot-in-a-well systems. The absorption spectra are mainly determined by the size of a quantum dot and have weak dependence on the thickness of quantum well and position of the dot in a well. The dot-in-a-well system is sensitive to both in-plane and out-of-plane polarizations of the incident light with much stronger absorption intensities for the in-plane-polarized light. The absorption spectrum of in-plane-polarized light has also a multi-peak structure with two or three peaks of comparable intensities, while the absorption spectrum of out-of-plane polarized light has a single well-pronounced peak.

  18. Nanoimprinting-induced nanomorphological transition in polymer solar cells: enhanced electrical and optical performance.

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    Jeong, Seonju; Cho, Changsoon; Kang, Hyunbum; Kim, Ki-Hyun; Yuk, Youngji; Park, Jeong Young; Kim, Bumjoon J; Lee, Jung-Yong

    2015-03-24

    We have investigated the effects of a directly nanopatterned active layer on the electrical and optical properties of inverted polymer solar cells (i-PSCs). The capillary force in confined molds plays a critical role in polymer crystallization and phase separation of the film. The nanoimprinting process induced improved crystallization and multidimensional chain alignment of polymers for more effective charge transfer and a fine phase-separation between polymers and [6,6]-phenyl-C71-butyric acid methyl ester (PC71BM) to favor exciton dissociation and increase the generation rate of charge transfer excitons. Consequently, the power conversion efficiency with a periodic nanostructure was enhanced from 7.40% to 8.50% and 7.17% to 9.15% in PTB7 and PTB7-Th based i-PSCs, respectively. PMID:25688838

  19. Optical Transients Powered by Magnetars: Dynamics, Light Curves, and Transition to the Nebular Phase

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    Wang, Ling-Jun; Wang, S. Q.; Dai, Z. G.; Xu, Dong; Han, Yan-Hui; Wu, X. F.; Wei, Jian-Yan

    2016-04-01

    Millisecond magnetars can be formed via several channels: core collapse of massive stars, accretion-induced collapse of white dwarfs (WDs), double WD mergers, double neutron star (NS) mergers, and WD-NS mergers. Because the mass of ejecta from these channels could be quite different, their light curves are also expected to be diverse. We evaluate the dynamic evolution of optical transients powered by millisecond magnetars. We find that the magnetar with a short spin-down timescale converts its rotational energy mostly into the kinetic energy of the transient, while the energy of a magnetar with a long spin-down timescale goes into radiation of the transient. This leads us to speculate that hypernovae could be powered by magnetars with short spin-down timescales. At late times the optical transients will gradually evolve into a nebular phase because of the photospheric recession. We treat the photosphere and nebula separately because their radiation mechanisms are different. In some cases the ejecta could be light enough that the magnetar can accelerate it to a relativistic speed. It is well known that the peak luminosity of a supernova (SN) occurs when the luminosity is equal to the instantaneous energy input rate, as shown by Arnett. We show that photospheric recession and relativistic motion can modify this law. The photospheric recession always leads to a delay of the peak time {t}{pk} relative to the time {t}× at which the SN luminosity equals the instantaneous energy input rate. Relativistic motion, however, may change this result significantly.

  20. Elimination of the Stark shift from the vibrational transition frequency of optically trapped {sup 174}Yb{sup 6}Li molecules

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    Kajita, Masatoshi; Gopakumar, Geetha; Abe, Minori; Hada, Masahiko

    2011-08-15

    Transition frequencies of cold molecules must be accurately evaluated to test the variance in the proton-to-electron mass ratio. Measuring the X {sup 2}{Sigma}(v,N)=(0,0){yields}(1,0) transition frequency of optically trapped {sup 174}Yb{sup 6}Li molecules is a promising method for achieving this goal. The Stark shifts induced by trap and probe (for the Raman transition) lasers are eliminated by choosing appropriate frequencies (magic frequencies) during the construction of the optical lattice. In the far-off resonance region, the Stark shift is found to be less than 10{sup -16} even when the laser frequencies are detuned from the magic frequencies by {approx}1 MHz.

  1. SEEDS ADAPTIVE OPTICS IMAGING OF THE ASYMMETRIC TRANSITION DISK OPH IRS 48 IN SCATTERED LIGHT

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    Follette, Katherine B.; Close, Laird M.; Grady, Carol A.; Swearingen, Jeremy R.; Sitko, Michael L.; Champney, Elizabeth H.; Van der Marel, Nienke; Maaskant, Koen; Min, Michiel; Takami, Michihiro; Kuchner, Marc J; McElwain, Michael W.; Muto, Takayuki; Mayama, Satoshi; Fukagawa, Misato; Russell, Ray W.; Kudo, Tomoyuki; Kusakabe, Nobuhiko; Hashimoto, Jun; Abe, Lyu; and others

    2015-01-10

    We present the first resolved near-infrared imagery of the transition disk Oph IRS 48 (WLY 2-48), which was recently observed with ALMA to have a strongly asymmetric submillimeter flux distribution. H-band polarized intensity images show a ∼60 AU radius scattered light cavity with two pronounced arcs of emission, one from northeast to southeast and one smaller, fainter, and more distant arc in the northwest. K-band scattered light imagery reveals a similar morphology, but with a clear third arc along the southwestern rim of the disk cavity. This arc meets the northwestern arc at nearly a right angle, revealing the presence of a spiral arm or local surface brightness deficit in the disk, and explaining the east-west brightness asymmetry in the H-band data. We also present 0.8-5.4 μm IRTF SpeX spectra of this object, which allow us to constrain the spectral class to A0 ± 1 and measure a low mass accretion rate of 10{sup –8.5} M {sub ☉} yr{sup –1}, both consistent with previous estimates. We investigate a variety of reddening laws in order to fit the multiwavelength spectral energy distribution of Oph IRS 48 and find a best fit consistent with a younger, higher luminosity star than previous estimates.

  2. Comparison of the optical responses of O-poor and O-rich thermochromic VOX films during semiconductor-to-metal transition

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    Luo, Zhenfei; Wu, Zhiming; Wang, Tao; Xu, Xiangdong; Li, Weizhi; Li, Wei; Jiang, Yadong

    2012-09-01

    O-poor and O-rich thermochromic vanadium oxide (VOX) nanostructured thin films were prepared by applying reactive direct current magnetron sputtering and post-annealing in oxygen ambient. UV-visible spectrophotometer and spectroscopic ellipsometry were used to investigate the optical properties of films. It was found that, when the O-poor VOX thin film underwent semiconductor-to-metal transition, the values of optical conductivity and extinction coefficient in the visible region increased due to the existence of occupied band-gap states. This noticeable feature, however, was not observed for the O-rich film, which showed a similar optical behavior with the stoichiometric crystalline VO2 films reported in the literatures. Moreover, the O-poor VOX film exhibits consistent variations of transmission values in the visible/near-infrared region when it undergoes semiconductor-to-metal transition.

  3. Subkilohertz comparison of the single-ion optical-clock 2S1/2-2D5/2 transition in two 88Sr+ traps

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    Barwood, G. P.; Huang, G.; Klein, H. A.; Gill, P.; Clarke, R. B. M.

    1999-05-01

    A simultaneous observation of the optical-clock 2S1/2-2D5/2 transition at 674 nm, in two separately trapped single 88Sr+ ions, is reported. Two nominally identical miniature rf Paul traps were used together with a 674-nm sideband-injection-locked extended-cavity diode laser. This ``slave'' laser was optically phase locked about 650 MHz away from a ``master'' diode laser, which was itself locked to a high-finesse, ultra-low-expansion (ULE) cavity. The ULE cavity was temperature-stabilized and suspended in an evacuated enclosure, and provided an ``optical flywheel'' reference standard with a relative drift rate of better than 1 part in 1011 per hour. The difference between center frequencies of the single 88Sr+-ion 674-nm (445-THz) transition multiplet in two traps was 120(90) Hz (one standard uncertainty). Thus the two trap center frequencies agree to 3 parts in 1013.

  4. Independent Control of Optical and Explosive Properties: Pyrazole-Tetrazine Complexes of First Row Transition Metals.

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    Myers, Thomas W; Chavez, David E; Hanson, Susan K; Scharff, R Jason; Scott, Brian L; Veauthier, Jacqueline M; Wu, Ruilian

    2015-08-17

    Complexes of 3-amino-6-(3,5-dimethylpyrazole)tetrazine) (NH2TzDMP, 1) and 3-(3,3'-dinitroazetidine)-6-(3,5-dimethylpyrazole)tetrazine) (DNAZTzDMP, 2) with first row transition metal centers were synthesized. Reactions of Fe(II)(H2O)6(BF4)2 and Fe(NO3)3·9H2O with 1 and 2 both led to complexes of the form [(RTzDMP)3Fe]X2 (X = BF4, R = NH2 (3), DNAZ (4); X = NO3, R = NH2 (5), DNAZ (6)), which showed intense MLCT bands in the visible region of the spectrum. Ligands 1 and 2 also reacted with Cu(II)(NO3)2·5/2H2O to form [(RTzDMP)2Cu(NO3)][NO3] (R = NH2 (7), DNAZ (8)) in addition to reacting with Cu(I)(CH3CN)4(PF6) to form [(RTzDMP)2Cu][PF6] (R = NH2 (9), DNAZ (10)). Lastly reactions of 1 and 2 with Co(NO3)2·6H2O and Ni(NO3)2·6H2O led to [(NH2TzDMP)2Co(H2O) (NO3)][NO3] (11), [(DNAZTzDMP)2Co(H2O)2][NO3]2 (12), [(NH2TzDMP)3Ni][NO3]2 (13), and [(DNAZTzDMP)2Ni(H2O)2][NO3]2 (14). The complexes display rich electrochemical and photophysical properties that are unaffected by derivation with explosive groups.

  5. Impact of monsoon transitions on the physical and optical properties of aerosols

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    Corrigan, C. E.; Ramanathan, V.; Schauer, J. J.

    2006-09-01

    Project Atmospheric Brown Cloud (ABC-Asia) has focused on measuring the anthropogenic influence of aerosols, including black carbon, to determine the extent of sunlight dimming and radiative forcing over the Asian region. As part of this project, an observatory was built in the Republic of Maldives for the long-term monitoring of climate. An inaugural campaign was conducted to investigate the influence of the shifting monsoon seasons on aerosols and climate change. The presence of black carbon and other anthropogenic aerosols over the Indian Ocean varies with the cyclic nature of the Indian Monsoon. Roughly every 6 months, the winds change directions from southwest to northeast or vice versa. From June to October the wet monsoon brings clean air into the region from the Southern Hemisphere. Conversely, the dry monsoon brings polluted air from the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia from November through April. As a result, the region becomes charged with black carbon and other anthropogenic pollutants during the dry monsoon. In 2004 the transition between the clean and polluted seasons resulted in nearly an order of magnitude increase of scattering and absorbing aerosols. The change was foreshadowed with small events over a 1 month period prior to the abrupt arrival of pollution over a period of a few days as air from India and Southeast Asia arrived in the Maldives at the surface level. The new, polluted aerosol was characteristically darker since the black carbon concentration increased more substantially than the overall aerosol scattering. As a result, the aerosol coalbedo at a wavelength of 550 nm showed an increase from an average of 0.028 to 0.07. Black carbon mass concentrations increased by an order of magnitude from 0.03 to 0.47 μg/m3. These measurements suggest a large increase in the aerosol radiative forcing of the region with the arrival of the dry monsoon.

  6. Renormalization of optical transition strengths in semiconductor nanoparticles due to band mixing

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    Velizhanin, Kirill A.

    2016-05-25

    We report that unique optical properties of semiconductor nanoparticles (SN) make them very promising in the multitude of applications including lasing, light emission and photovoltaics. In many of these applications it is imperative to understand the physics of interaction of electrons in a SN with external electromagnetic fields on the quantitative level. In particular, the strength of electron–photon coupling determines such important SN parameters as the radiative lifetime and absorption cross section. This strength is often assumed to be fully encoded by the so called Kane momentum matrix element. This parameter, however, pertains to a bulk semiconductor material and, asmore » such, is not sensitive to the quantum confinement effects in SNs. In this work we demonstrate that the quantum confinement, via the so called band mixing, can result in a significant suppression of the strength of electron interaction with electromagnetic field. Within the envelope function formalism we show how this suppression can be described by introducing an effective energy-dependent Kane momentum. Then, the effect of band mixing on the efficiencies of various photoinduced processes can be fully captured by the conventional formulae (e.g., spontaneous emission rate), once the conventional Kane momentum is substituted with the renormalized energy-dependent Kane momentum introduced in here. Lastly, as an example, we evaluate the energy-dependent Kane momentum for spherical PbSe and PbS SNs (i.e., quantum dots) and show that neglecting band mixing in these systems can result in the overestimation of absorption cross sections and emission rates by a factor of ~2.« less

  7. Electric field-assisted metal insulator transition in vanadium dioxide (VO2) thin films: optical switching behavior and anomalous far-infrared emissivity variation

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    Crunteanu, Aurelian; Fabert, Marc; Cornette, Julie; Colas, Maggy; Orlianges, Jean-Christophe; Bessaudou, Annie; Cosset, Françoise

    2014-03-01

    We present the vanadium dioxide (VO2) thin films deposition using e-beam evaporation of a vanadium target under oxygen atmosphere on different substrates (sapphire, Si, SiO2/Si…) and we focus on their electrical and optical properties variations as the material undergoes a metal-insulator transition under thermal and electrical stimuli. The phase transition induces extremely abrupt changes in the electronic and optical properties of the material: the electrical resistivity increases up to 5 orders of magnitude while the optical properties (transmission, reflection, refractive index) are drastically modified. We present the integration of these films in simple planar optical devices and we demonstrate electrical-activated optical modulators for visible-infrared signals with high discrimination between the two states. We will highlight a peculiar behavior of the VO2 material in the infrared and far infrared regions (2- 20 μm), namely its anomalous emissivity change under thermal- end electrical activation (negative differential emittance phenomenon) with potential applications in active coatings for thermal regulation, optical limiting or camouflage coatings.

  8. Growth evolution and phase transition from chalcocite to digenite in nanocrystalline copper sulfide: Morphological, optical and electrical properties.

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    Quintana-Ramirez, Priscilla Vasthi; Arenas-Arrocena, Ma Concepción; Santos-Cruz, José; Vega-González, Marina; Martínez-Alvarez, Omar; Castaño-Meneses, Víctor Manuel; Acosta-Torres, Laura Susana; de la Fuente-Hernández, Javier

    2014-01-01

    Copper sulfide is a promising p-type inorganic semiconductor for optoelectronic devices such as solar cells, due its small band gap energy and its electrical properties. In this work nanocrystalline copper sulfide (Cu x S), with two stoichiometric ratios (x = 2, 1.8) was obtained by one-pot synthesis at 220, 230, 240 and 260 °C in an organic solvent and amorphous Cu x S was obtained in aqueous solution. Nanoparticle-like nucleation centers are formed at lower temperatures (220 °C), mixtures of morphologies (nanorods, nanodisks and nanoprisms) are seen at 230 and 240 °C, in which the nanodisks are predominant, while big hexagonal/prismatic crystals are obtained at 260 °C according to TEM results. A mixture of chalcocite and digenite phases was found at 230 and 240 °C, while a clear transition to a pure digenite phase was seen at 260 °C. The evolution of morphology and transition of phases is consistent to the electrical, optical, and morphological properties of the copper sulfide. In fact, digenite Cu1.8S is less resistive (346 Ω/sq) and has a lower energy band gap (1.6 eV) than chalcocite Cu2S (5.72 × 10(5) Ω/sq, 1.87 eV). Low resistivity was also obtained in Cu x S synthesized in aqueous solution, despite its amorphous structure. All Cu x S products could be promising for optoelectronic applications. PMID:25247136

  9. Growth evolution and phase transition from chalcocite to digenite in nanocrystalline copper sulfide: Morphological, optical and electrical properties

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    Quintana-Ramirez, Priscilla Vasthi; Santos-Cruz, José; Vega-González, Marina; Martínez-Alvarez, Omar; Castaño-Meneses, Víctor Manuel; Acosta-Torres, Laura Susana; de la Fuente-Hernández, Javier

    2014-01-01

    Summary Copper sulfide is a promising p-type inorganic semiconductor for optoelectronic devices such as solar cells, due its small band gap energy and its electrical properties. In this work nanocrystalline copper sulfide (CuxS), with two stoichiometric ratios (x = 2, 1.8) was obtained by one-pot synthesis at 220, 230, 240 and 260 °C in an organic solvent and amorphous CuxS was obtained in aqueous solution. Nanoparticle-like nucleation centers are formed at lower temperatures (220 °C), mixtures of morphologies (nanorods, nanodisks and nanoprisms) are seen at 230 and 240 °C, in which the nanodisks are predominant, while big hexagonal/prismatic crystals are obtained at 260 °C according to TEM results. A mixture of chalcocite and digenite phases was found at 230 and 240 °C, while a clear transition to a pure digenite phase was seen at 260 °C. The evolution of morphology and transition of phases is consistent to the electrical, optical, and morphological properties of the copper sulfide. In fact, digenite Cu1.8S is less resistive (346 Ω/sq) and has a lower energy band gap (1.6 eV) than chalcocite Cu2S (5.72 × 105 Ω/sq, 1.87 eV). Low resistivity was also obtained in CuxS synthesized in aqueous solution, despite its amorphous structure. All CuxS products could be promising for optoelectronic applications. PMID:25247136

  10. Growth evolution and phase transition from chalcocite to digenite in nanocrystalline copper sulfide: Morphological, optical and electrical properties.

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    Quintana-Ramirez, Priscilla Vasthi; Arenas-Arrocena, Ma Concepción; Santos-Cruz, José; Vega-González, Marina; Martínez-Alvarez, Omar; Castaño-Meneses, Víctor Manuel; Acosta-Torres, Laura Susana; de la Fuente-Hernández, Javier

    2014-01-01

    Copper sulfide is a promising p-type inorganic semiconductor for optoelectronic devices such as solar cells, due its small band gap energy and its electrical properties. In this work nanocrystalline copper sulfide (Cu x S), with two stoichiometric ratios (x = 2, 1.8) was obtained by one-pot synthesis at 220, 230, 240 and 260 °C in an organic solvent and amorphous Cu x S was obtained in aqueous solution. Nanoparticle-like nucleation centers are formed at lower temperatures (220 °C), mixtures of morphologies (nanorods, nanodisks and nanoprisms) are seen at 230 and 240 °C, in which the nanodisks are predominant, while big hexagonal/prismatic crystals are obtained at 260 °C according to TEM results. A mixture of chalcocite and digenite phases was found at 230 and 240 °C, while a clear transition to a pure digenite phase was seen at 260 °C. The evolution of morphology and transition of phases is consistent to the electrical, optical, and morphological properties of the copper sulfide. In fact, digenite Cu1.8S is less resistive (346 Ω/sq) and has a lower energy band gap (1.6 eV) than chalcocite Cu2S (5.72 × 10(5) Ω/sq, 1.87 eV). Low resistivity was also obtained in Cu x S synthesized in aqueous solution, despite its amorphous structure. All Cu x S products could be promising for optoelectronic applications.

  11. Ultracold fermions in a one-dimensional bipartite optical lattice: Metal-insulator transitions driven by shaking

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    Di Liberto, M.; Malpetti, D.; Japaridze, G. I.; Morais Smith, C.

    2014-08-01

    We theoretically investigate the behavior of a system of fermionic atoms loaded in a bipartite one-dimensional optical lattice that is under the action of an external time-periodic driving force. By using Floquet theory, an effective model is derived. The bare hopping coefficients are renormalized by zeroth-order Bessel functions of the first kind with different arguments for the nearest-neighbor and next-nearest-neighbor hopping. The insulating behavior characterizing the system at half filling in the absence of driving is dynamically suppressed, and for particular values of the driving parameter the system becomes either a standard metal or an unconventional metal with four Fermi points. The existence of the four-Fermi-point metal relies on the fact that, as a consequence of the shaking procedure, the next-nearest-neighbor hopping coefficients become significant compared to the nearest-neighbor ones. We use the bosonization technique to investigate the effect of on-site Hubbard interactions on the four-Fermi-point metal-insulator phase transition. Attractive interactions are expected to enlarge the regime of parameters where the unconventional metallic phase arises, whereas repulsive interactions reduce it. This metallic phase is known to be a Luther-Emery liquid (spin-gapped metal) for both repulsive and attractive interactions, contrary to the usual Hubbard model, which exhibits a Mott-insulator phase for repulsive interactions. Ultracold fermions in driven one-dimensional bipartite optical lattices provide an interesting platform for the realization of this long-studied four-Fermi-point unconventional metal.

  12. Few cycle optical pulse studies of the transition state process in myoglobin

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    Armstrong, Michael Robert

    Requisite to the detection of high frequency nuclear motions in biological molecules presented in this work was the development of very stable high power amplified laser systems and a reliable method to accurately manipulate the phase of broadband, ultrashort pulses. These systems include a novel two-head laser design providing up to 25 W of TEM00 output and a unique compressed disk design which produces up to 20 W of TEM00 output. The compressed disk design in particular represents a fundamental advance in the development of high power, high beam quality laser design and has the potential to scale to greater than 50 W output power. Also presented are the details of the development and construction of a versatile, sub-10 fs pulse generation and phase manipulation technique. This technique includes the generation of very broadband (as much as 150 nm) 150 fs duration visible pulses via noncollinear optical parametric amplification. These broadband pulses are then compressed to 7 fs pulse duration in a compact, glassless combination of static negatively chirped mirrors and a zero dispersion stretcher with a deformable mirror at the focal plane for the manipulation of the spectral phase. These ultrashort pulses are then used to investigate with very high resolution the early time dynamics of deoxyand carboxymyoglobin after the photoinitiated dissociation of the carbonmonoxide ligand. Using time domain pump-probe spectroscopy, we observe known oscillations of the heme in the MbCO photoproduct at frequencies corresponding to the deoxyMb species, indicating that these oscillations are driven by the dissociation event, not field driven wavepacket propagation due to Raman prepared ground state vibrational motion of MbCO. Furthermore, we measure the phase of these oscillations and find it to be consistent with a very fast (with 20--30 fs) crossing from the excited state of MbCO to the photoproduct ground state deoxyMb, with strong channeling of the excited state wavepacket

  13. Variability and dust filtration in the transition disk J160421.7-213028 observed in optical scattered light

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    Pinilla, P.; de Boer, J.; Benisty, M.; Juhász, A.; de Juan Ovelar, M.; Dominik, C.; Avenhaus, H.; Birnstiel, T.; Girard, J. H.; Huelamo, N.; Isella, A.; Milli, J.

    2015-12-01

    Context. Protoplanetary disks around young stars are the birth-sites of planets. Spectral energy distributions and direct images of a subset of disks known as transition disks reveal dust-depleted inner cavities. Some of these disks show asymmetric structures in thermal submillimetre emission and optical scattered light. These structures can be the result of planet(s) or companions embedded in the disk. Aims: We aim to detect and analyse the scattered light of the transition disk J160421.7-213028, identify disk structures, and compare the results with previous observations of this disk at other wavelengths. Methods: We obtained and analysed new polarised intensity observations of the transition disk J160421.7-213028 with VLT/SPHERE using the visible light instrument ZIMPOL at R'-band (0.626 μm). We probed the disk gap down to a radius of confidence of 0.1'' (~15 AU at 145 pc). We interpret the results in the context of dust evolution when planets interact with the parental disk. Results: We observe a gap from 0.1 to 0.3'' (~15 to 40 AU) and a bright annulus as previously detected by HiCIAO H-band observations at 1.65μm. The radial width of the annulus is around 40 AU, and its centre is at ~61 AU from the central star. The peak of the reflected light at 0.626 μm is located 20 AU inward of the cavity detected in the submillimetre. In addition, we detect a dip at a position angle of ~46.2 ± 5.4°. A dip was also detected with HiCIAO, but located at ~85°. If the dip observed with HiCIAO is the same, this suggests an average dip rotation of ~12°/year, which is inconsistent with the local Keplerian angular velocity of ~0.8°/yr at ~61 AU. Conclusions: The spatial discrepancy in the radial emission in J160421.7-213028 at different wavelengths is consistent with dust filtration at the outer edge of a gap carved by a massive planet. The dip rotation can be interpreted as fast variability of the inner disk and/or the presence of a warp or circumplanetary material of a

  14. Absolute optical frequency measurements of the cesium D1 transitions and their effect on alpha, the fine-structured constant

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    Calkins, Keith Gordon

    The fine-structure constant or electromagnetic coupling constant, alpha e, is a dimensionless ratio which unites many physics subfields. Although known precisely via experiments in each subfield, there is disagreement within and between subfields. In particular, precise values obtained via electron ge - 2 experiments which depend heavily on QED calculations have not always been in agreement with those obtained via muon g mu - 2 experiments. Also, solid state measurements (quantum hall effect and AC Josephson effect) often disagree with neutronic hmn measurements. alphae is often said to vary with energy but the question remains as to whether or not its low energy value is stable now or has been stable over the history of the universe. Improved precision helps resolve these issues as they relate to physics, possibly beyond the standard model. The Optical Frequency Measurements group in the Time and Frequency Division at the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST, Boulder, CO) developed and maintains a femtosecond laser frequency comb which is calibrated with respect to the cesium fountain clock implementation of the second. A single frequency component of the femtosecond laser comb is used together with a solid state diode laser and cesium thermal beam to precisely measure the cesium D1 F ∈ {3,4} transition frequencies. The value of fD1centroid = 335 116 048 748.1(2.4) kHz obtained for the transition centroid is over fifteen times more precise than the most recent previous measurement. A precise value for the cesium D1 hyperfine splitting fHFe = 1 167 723.6(4.7) kHz is reported as well. This value is also over fifteen times more precise than the most recent previous measurement. These new neutral 133Cs 6s 2 S½ → 6p 2 P½ transition (D1) frequencies, when combined with the 2002 CODATA values of the Rydberg, proton/electron mass ratio, cesium atomic mass, and cesium recoil frequency, provide an almost QED-free value of alpha: alphae = 1/137.036 0000

  15. Optical transition radiation used in the diagnostic of low energy and low current electron beams in particle accelerators

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    Silva, T. F.; Bonini, A. L.; Lima, R. R.; Maidana, N. L.; Malafronte, A. A.; Pascholati, P. R.; Vanin, V. R.; Martins, M. N.

    2012-09-15

    Optical transition radiation (OTR) plays an important role in beam diagnostics for high energy particle accelerators. Its linear intensity with beam current is a great advantage as compared to fluorescent screens, which are subject to saturation. Moreover, the measurement of the angular distribution of the emitted radiation enables the determination of many beam parameters in a single observation point. However, few works deals with the application of OTR to monitor low energy beams. In this work we describe the design of an OTR based beam monitor used to measure the transverse beam charge distribution of the 1.9-MeV electron beam of the linac injector of the IFUSP microtron using a standard vision machine camera. The average beam current in pulsed operation mode is of the order of tens of nano-Amps. Low energy and low beam current make OTR observation difficult. To improve sensitivity, the beam incidence angle on the target was chosen to maximize the photon flux in the camera field-of-view. Measurements that assess OTR observation (linearity with beam current, polarization, and spectrum shape) are presented, as well as a typical 1.9-MeV electron beam charge distribution obtained from OTR. Some aspects of emittance measurement using this device are also discussed.

  16. IRAS F13308+5946: A POSSIBLE TRANSITION PHASE FROM TYPE I ULTRALUMINOUS INFRARED GALAXY TO OPTICAL QUASAR

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    Meng Xianmin; Wu Hong; Wang Jing; Gu Qiusheng; Cao Chen

    2010-08-01

    We present a stellar population synthesis study of a type I luminous infrared galaxy: IRAS F13308+5946. It is a quasar with absolute magnitude M{sub i} = -22.56 and has the spectral feature of a Seyfert 1.5 galaxy. Optical images show characteristics of later stages of a merger. With the help of the stellar synthesis code STARLIGHT and both Calzetti et al.'s and Leitherer et al.'s extinction curves, we estimate the past infrared (IR) luminosities of the host galaxy and find that it may have experienced an ultraluminous infrared galaxy (ULIRG) phase for nearly 300 Myr, so this galaxy has probably experienced a type I ULIRG phase. Both nuclear starburst (SB) and active galactic nuclei contribute to the present IR luminosity budget, with the SB contributing {approx}70%. The mass of the supermassive black hole is M{sub BH} = 1.8 x 10{sup 8} M{sub sun} and the Eddington ratio L{sub bol}/L{sub Edd} is 0.12, both of which are approximate typical values of Palomar-Green QSOs. These results indicate that IRAS F13308+5946 is probably at the transitional phase from a type I ULIRG to a classical QSO.

  17. Coherent optical transition radiation and self-amplified spontaneous emission generated by chicane-compressed electron beams

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    Lumpkin, A.H.; Dejus, R.J.; Sereno, N.S.; /Argonne

    2009-02-01

    Observations of strongly enhanced optical transition radiation (OTR) following significant bunch compression of photoinjector beams by a chicane have been reported during the commissioning of the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) accelerator and recently at the Advanced Photon Source (APS) linac. These localized transverse spatial features involve signal enhancements of nearly a factor of 10 and 100 in the APS case at the 150-MeV and 375-MeV OTR stations, respectively. They are consistent with a coherent process seeded by noise and may be evidence of a longitudinal space charge (LSC) microbunching instability which leads to coherent OTR (COTR) emissions. Additionally, we suggest that localized transverse structure in the previous self-amplified spontaneous emission (SASE) free-electron laser (FEL) data at APS in the visible-UV regime as reported at FEL02 may be attributed to such beam structure entering the FEL undulators and inducing the SASE startup at those structures. Separate beam structures 120 microns apart in x and 2.9 nm apart in wavelength were reported. The details of these observations and operational parameters will be presented.

  18. Optical transition radiation used in the diagnostic of low energy and low current electron beams in particle accelerators.

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    Silva, T F; Bonini, A L; Lima, R R; Maidana, N L; Malafronte, A A; Pascholati, P R; Vanin, V R; Martins, M N

    2012-09-01

    Optical transition radiation (OTR) plays an important role in beam diagnostics for high energy particle accelerators. Its linear intensity with beam current is a great advantage as compared to fluorescent screens, which are subject to saturation. Moreover, the measurement of the angular distribution of the emitted radiation enables the determination of many beam parameters in a single observation point. However, few works deals with the application of OTR to monitor low energy beams. In this work we describe the design of an OTR based beam monitor used to measure the transverse beam charge distribution of the 1.9-MeV electron beam of the linac injector of the IFUSP microtron using a standard vision machine camera. The average beam current in pulsed operation mode is of the order of tens of nano-Amps. Low energy and low beam current make OTR observation difficult. To improve sensitivity, the beam incidence angle on the target was chosen to maximize the photon flux in the camera field-of-view. Measurements that assess OTR observation (linearity with beam current, polarization, and spectrum shape) are presented, as well as a typical 1.9-MeV electron beam charge distribution obtained from OTR. Some aspects of emittance measurement using this device are also discussed.

  19. Development of an optical transition radiation detector for profile monitoring of antiproton and proton beams at FNAL

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    Scarpine, V.E.; Lindenmeyer, C.W.; Tassotto, G.R.; Lumpkin, A.H.; /Argonne

    2005-05-01

    Optical transition radiation (OTR) detectors are being developed at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL) as part of the collider Run II upgrade program and as part of the NuMI primary beam line. These detectors are designed to measure 150 GeV antiprotons as well as 120 GeV proton beams over a large range of intensities. Design and development of an OTR detector capable of measuring beam in both directions down to beam intensities of {approx}5e9 particles for nominal beam sizes are presented. Applications of these OTR detectors as an on-line emittance monitor for both antiproton transfers and reverse-injected protons, as a Tevatron injection profile monitor, and as a high-intensity beam profile monitor for NuMI are discussed. In addition, different types of OTR foils are being evaluated for operation over the intensity range of {approx}5e9 to 5e13 particles per pulse, and these are described.

  20. Plastic Transition to Switch Nonlinear Optical Properties Showing the Record High Contrast in a Single-Component Molecular Crystal.

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    Sun, Zhihua; Chen, Tianliang; Liu, Xitao; Hong, Maochun; Luo, Junhua

    2015-12-23

    To switch bulk nonlinear optical (NLO) effects represents an exciting new branch of NLO material science, whereas it remains a great challenge to achieve high contrast for "on/off" of quadratic NLO effects in crystalline materials. Here, we report the supereminent NLO-switching behaviors of a single-component plastic crystal, 2-(hydroxymethyl)-2-nitro-1,3-propanediol (1), which shows a record high contrast of at least ∼150, exceeding all the known crystalline switches. Such a breakthrough is clearly elucidated from the slowing down of highly isotropic molecular motions during plastic-to-rigid transition. The deep understanding of its intrinsic plasticity and superior NLO property allows the construction of a feasible switching mechanism. As a unique class of substances with short-range disorder embedded in long-range ordered crystalline lattice, plastic crystals enable response to external stimuli and fulfill specific photoelectric functions, which open a newly conceptual avenue for the designing of new functional materials. PMID:26619244

  1. Pressure dependence of optical transitions in In{sub 0.15}Ga{sub 0.85}N/GaN multiple quantum wells

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    Shan, W.; Ager, J.W. III, and; Walukiewicz, W.; Haller, E.E. |; McCluskey, M.D.; Johnson, N.M.; Bour, D.P.

    1998-10-01

    The effects of hydrostatic pressure on optical transitions in In{sub 0.15}Ga{sub 0.85}N/GaN multiple quantum wells (MQW{close_quote}s) have been studied. The optical transition associated with confined electron and hole states in the MQW{close_quote}s was found to shift linearly to higher energy with pressure but exhibit a significantly weaker pressure dependence compared to bulklike thick epitaxial-layer samples. Similar pressure coefficients obtained by both photomodulation and photoluminescence measurements rule out the possibility of the transition involving localized states deep in the band gap. We found that the difference in the compressibility of In{sub x}Ga{sub 1{minus}x}N and GaN induces a tensile strain in the compressively strained In{sub x}Ga{sub 1{minus}x}N well layers, partially compensating the externally applied hydrostatic pressure. This mechanical effect is primarily responsible for the smaller pressure dependence of the optical transitions in the In{sub x}Ga{sub 1{minus}x}N/GaN MQW{close_quote}s. In addition, the pressure-dependent measurements allow us to identify a spectral feature observed at an energy below the GaN band gap. We conclude that this feature is due to transitions from ionized Mg acceptor states to the conduction band in the {ital p}-type GaN cladding layer rather than a confined transition in the MQW{close_quote}s. {copyright} {ital 1998} {ital The American Physical Society}

  2. An amorphous-to-crystalline phase transition within thin silicon films grown by ultra-high-vacuum evaporation and its impact on the optical response

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    Orapunt, Farida; Tay, Li-Lin; Lockwood, David J.; Baribeau, Jean-Marc; Noël, Mario; Zwinkels, Joanne C.; O'Leary, Stephen K.

    2016-02-01

    A number of thin silicon films are deposited on crystalline silicon, native oxidized crystalline silicon, and optical quality fused quartz substrates through the use of ultra-high-vacuum evaporation at growth temperatures ranging from 98 to 572 °C. An analysis of their grazing incidence X-ray diffraction and Raman spectra indicates that a phase transition, from amorphous-to-crystalline, occurs as the growth temperature is increased. Through a peak decomposition process, applied to the Raman spectroscopy results, the crystalline volume fractions associated with these samples are plotted as a function of the growth temperature for the different substrates considered. It is noted that the samples grown on the crystalline silicon substrates have the lowest crystallanity onset temperature, whereas those grown on the optical quality fused quartz substrates have the highest crystallanity onset temperature; the samples grown on the native oxidized crystalline silicon substrates have a crystallanity onset temperature between these two limits. These resultant dependencies on the growth temperature provide a quantitative means of characterizing the amorphous-to-crystalline phase transition within these thin silicon films. It is noted that the thin silicon film grown on an optical quality fused quartz substrate at 572 °C, possessing an 83% crystalline volume fraction, exhibits an optical absorption spectrum which is quite distinct from that associated with the other thin silicon films. We suggest that this is due to the onset of sufficient long-range order in the film for wave-vector conservation to apply, at least partially. Finally, we use a semi-classical optical absorption analysis to study how this phase transition, from amorphous-to-crystalline, impacts the spectral dependence of the optical absorption coefficient.

  3. Effects of fullerene addition on the thermo-optical properties of smectic liquid crystals at the vicinity of the nematic-smectic-A phase transition.

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    Omena, Lidiane; de Melo, Pedro B; Pereira, Maria S S; de Oliveira, Italo N

    2014-05-01

    The present work is devoted to the study of the thermo-optical properties of liquid crystals doped with traces of fullerene C(60) at the vicinity of the nematic-smectic-A phase transition. By using the time-resolved Z-scan technique, we measure the temperature dependence of the thermo-optical coefficient and the thermal diffusivity. Our results reveal that the critical behavior of the thermal diffusivity is strongly affected by the fullerene addition. We provide a detailed discussion under the light of the distinct mechanisms behind the thermal transport in liquid-crystal samples.

  4. An optical transmission spectrum of the transiting hot Jupiter in the metal-poor WASP-98 planetary system

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    Mancini, L.; Giordano, M.; Mollière, P.; Southworth, J.; Brahm, R.; Ciceri, S.; Henning, Th.

    2016-09-01

    The WASP-98 planetary system represents a rare case of a hot Jupiter hosted by a metal-poor main-sequence star. We present a follow-up study of this system based on multiband photometry and high-resolution spectroscopy. Two new transit events of WASP-98 b were simultaneously observed in four passbands (g', r', i', z'), using the telescope-defocusing technique, yielding eight high-precision light curves with point-to-point scatters of less than 1 mmag. We also collected three spectra of the parent star with a high-resolution spectrograph, which we used to remeasure its spectral characteristics, in particular its metallicity. We found this to be very low, [Fe/H] = -0.49 ± 0.10, but larger than was previously reported, [Fe/H] = -0.60 ± 0.19. We used these new photometric and spectroscopic data to refine the orbital and physical properties of this planetary system, finding that the stellar and planetary mass measurements are significantly larger than those in the discovery paper. In addition, the multiband light curves were used to construct an optical transmission spectrum of WASP-98 b and probe the characteristics of its atmosphere at the terminator. We measured a lower radius at z' compared with the other three passbands. The maximum variation is between the r' and z' bands, has a confidence level of roughly 6σ and equates to 5.5 pressure scale heights. We compared this spectrum to theoretical models, investigating several possible types of atmospheres, including hazy, cloudy, cloud-free, and clear atmospheres with titanium and vanadium oxide opacities. We could not find a good fit to the observations, except in the extreme case of a clear atmosphere with TiO and VO opacities, in which the condensation of Ti and V was suppressed. As this case is unrealistic, our results suggest the presence of an additional optical-absorbing species in the atmosphere of WASP-98 b, of unknown chemical nature.

  5. Optical Imaging of Mesenchymal Epithelial Transition Factor (MET) for Enhanced Detection and Characterization of Primary and Metastatic Hepatic Tumors

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    Esfahani, Shadi A.; Heidari, Pedram; Kim, Sun A.; Ogino, Shuji; Mahmood, Umar

    2016-01-01

    Purpose: To assess optical imaging of Mesenchymal-Epithelial Transition factor (MET) for delineation and characterization of intrahepatic models of human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and metastatic colorectal cancer (CRC), and thereby demonstrate its potential use in precision oncology. Materials and Methods: MET expression in human CRC and HCC was assessed in tissue microarrays. We used GE-137, a modified cyanine 5-tagged peptide for MET targeting. HepG2 and Huh-7 (HCC) and HT-29 (CRC) cells with MET overexpression, and LNCaP cells (negative control) with minimal MET expression were incubated with the probe. Correlation between the relative fluorescence signal intensity and cellular MET expression level was assessed. Flow cytometry was used to assess probe specific binding and dissociation constant (Kd). Orthotopic xenograft models of human HCC and metastatic CRC were generated in nu/nu mice by subcapsular implantation of cells. Epifluorescence imaging was performed to capture the changes in deferential probe accumulation at different time points after injection. Target-to-liver background ratio (TBR) was calculated and the probe biodistribution within different organs was assessed. Histopathologic analysis of extracted xenografts was performed to correlate the tumors MET expression with probe uptake by cancer cells. Results: Approximately 91.5% of HCC and 81% of CRC microarray cores showed MET expression. HCC and CRC cells incubated with the probe showed substantial fluorescence compared to control LNCaP, with strong correlation between fluorescence signal and MET expression (R2 = 0.99, p < 0.001). Probe binding affinity to MET (Kd) was measured to be 2.9 ± 0.36 nM. Epifluorescence imaging showed intense uptake in subcapsular tumors with peak TBR of 5.46 ± 0.46 in Huh-7, 3.55 ± 0.38 in HepG2, and 15.93 ± 0.61 in HT-29 orthotopic xenografts at 4 hours post-injection (mean ± standard deviation). We demonstrated that in vivo probe uptake in xenografts is

  6. Optical Imaging of Mesenchymal Epithelial Transition Factor (MET) for Enhanced Detection and Characterization of Primary and Metastatic Hepatic Tumors

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    Esfahani, Shadi A.; Heidari, Pedram; Kim, Sun A.; Ogino, Shuji; Mahmood, Umar

    2016-01-01

    Purpose: To assess optical imaging of Mesenchymal-Epithelial Transition factor (MET) for delineation and characterization of intrahepatic models of human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and metastatic colorectal cancer (CRC), and thereby demonstrate its potential use in precision oncology. Materials and Methods: MET expression in human CRC and HCC was assessed in tissue microarrays. We used GE-137, a modified cyanine 5-tagged peptide for MET targeting. HepG2 and Huh-7 (HCC) and HT-29 (CRC) cells with MET overexpression, and LNCaP cells (negative control) with minimal MET expression were incubated with the probe. Correlation between the relative fluorescence signal intensity and cellular MET expression level was assessed. Flow cytometry was used to assess probe specific binding and dissociation constant (Kd). Orthotopic xenograft models of human HCC and metastatic CRC were generated in nu/nu mice by subcapsular implantation of cells. Epifluorescence imaging was performed to capture the changes in deferential probe accumulation at different time points after injection. Target-to-liver background ratio (TBR) was calculated and the probe biodistribution within different organs was assessed. Histopathologic analysis of extracted xenografts was performed to correlate the tumors MET expression with probe uptake by cancer cells. Results: Approximately 91.5% of HCC and 81% of CRC microarray cores showed MET expression. HCC and CRC cells incubated with the probe showed substantial fluorescence compared to control LNCaP, with strong correlation between fluorescence signal and MET expression (R2 = 0.99, p < 0.001). Probe binding affinity to MET (Kd) was measured to be 2.9 ± 0.36 nM. Epifluorescence imaging showed intense uptake in subcapsular tumors with peak TBR of 5.46 ± 0.46 in Huh-7, 3.55 ± 0.38 in HepG2, and 15.93 ± 0.61 in HT-29 orthotopic xenografts at 4 hours post-injection (mean ± standard deviation). We demonstrated that in vivo probe uptake in xenografts is

  7. Transition of radiative recombination channels from delocalized states to localized states in a GaInP alloy with partial atomic ordering: a direct optical signature of Mott transition?

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    Su, Z. C.; Ning, J. Q.; Deng, Z.; Wang, X. H.; Xu, S. J.; Wang, R. X.; Lu, S. L.; Dong, J. R.; Yang, H.

    2016-03-01

    Anderson localization is a predominant phenomenon in condensed matter and materials physics. In fact, localized and delocalized states often co-exist in one material. They are separated by a boundary called the mobility edge. Mott transition may take place between these two regimes. However, it is widely recognized that an apparent demonstration of Anderson localization or Mott transition is a challenging task. In this article, we present a direct optical observation of a transition of radiative recombination dominant channels from delocalized (i.e., local extended) states to Anderson localized states in the GaInP base layer of a GaInP/GaAs single junction solar cell by the means of the variable-temperature electroluminescence (EL) technique. It is found that by increasing temperature, we can boost a remarkable transition of radiative recombination dominant channels from the delocalized states to the localized states. The delocalized states are induced by the local atomic ordering domains (InP/GaP monolayer superlattices) while the localized states are caused by random distribution of indium (gallium) content. The efficient transfer and thermal redistribution of carriers between the two kinds of electronic states was revealed to result in both a distinct EL mechanism transition and an electrical resistance evolution with temperature. Our study gives rise to a self-consistent precise picture for carrier localization and transfer in a GaInP alloy, which is an extremely technologically important energy material for fabricating high-efficiency photovoltaic devices.

  8. Transition of radiative recombination channels from delocalized states to localized states in a GaInP alloy with partial atomic ordering: a direct optical signature of Mott transition?

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    Su, Z C; Ning, J Q; Deng, Z; Wang, X H; Xu, S J; Wang, R X; Lu, S L; Dong, J R; Yang, H

    2016-04-01

    Anderson localization is a predominant phenomenon in condensed matter and materials physics. In fact, localized and delocalized states often co-exist in one material. They are separated by a boundary called the mobility edge. Mott transition may take place between these two regimes. However, it is widely recognized that an apparent demonstration of Anderson localization or Mott transition is a challenging task. In this article, we present a direct optical observation of a transition of radiative recombination dominant channels from delocalized (i.e., local extended) states to Anderson localized states in the GaInP base layer of a GaInP/GaAs single junction solar cell by the means of the variable-temperature electroluminescence (EL) technique. It is found that by increasing temperature, we can boost a remarkable transition of radiative recombination dominant channels from the delocalized states to the localized states. The delocalized states are induced by the local atomic ordering domains (InP/GaP monolayer superlattices) while the localized states are caused by random distribution of indium (gallium) content. The efficient transfer and thermal redistribution of carriers between the two kinds of electronic states was revealed to result in both a distinct EL mechanism transition and an electrical resistance evolution with temperature. Our study gives rise to a self-consistent precise picture for carrier localization and transfer in a GaInP alloy, which is an extremely technologically important energy material for fabricating high-efficiency photovoltaic devices. PMID:26960547

  9. Composition-dependent behavior of Co(d7) optical transitions in Cd1-x Cox Ga2S4 mixed crystals

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    Kim, Young-San; Park, Hyun; Hyun, Seung-Cheol; Jin, Moon-Seog; Park, Gye-Choon; Kim, Chang-Dae; Jang, Kiwan; Choi, In-Hwan; Kim, Wha-Tek

    2006-09-01

    The optical transitions due to the cobalt transition metal impurity centers with composition x in Cd1-k Cox Ga2S4 mixed crystals were investigated by optical absorption spectroscopy. The optical absorption spectra showed three crystal-field transitions between the ground state 4A2(4F) and the excited states 4T2(4F), 4T1(4F), and 4T1(4P) of substitutional Co2+ ions that were similar for all the investigated compositions. The crystal-field parameter (Dq ) and the Racah parameter (B ) obtained from the observed absorption bands showed a composition dependence such that the Dq parameter increases; on the other hand, the B parameter decreases with increasing composition x, which implies that the Racah parameter (B ) depends strongly on the host crystal. Also, the total splitting between the highest and the lowest states of the 4T1(4P) state split due to spin-orbit coupling showed a composition dependence varying from 1576 cm-1 to 1232 cm-1 with increasing x . The spin-orbit coupling parameter γ varied from 394 cm-1 to 308 cm-1 with composition x .

  10. Lasing on the electronic B--X transition of the I/sub 2/ molecule optically pumped by a copper-vapor laser

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    Kaslin, V.M.; Petrash, G.G.; Yakushev, O.F.

    1980-04-01

    It is proposed to use pulsed metal-vapor lasers for optical pumping of gas lasers based on electronic transitions of molecules. This uncovers prospects for the development of effective lasers with high average and peak power, which are tunable in the visible and in the infrared. The first step in this direction are experiments on optical pumping of molecular iodine by a copper-vapor laser (lambda=5106 and 5782 A). Results of spectroscopic investigations are reported. It was found that the pumping is by five absorption lines of the X/sup 1/..sigma../sub g//sup +/-B/sup 3/Pi/sub 0//sup +//sub u/ system of the I/sub 2/ molecule, three of which give rise to lasing. The principal pumping was by the 5782 A line. Lasing was obtained on 14 vibrational transitions of the B/sup 3/Pi/sub 0//sup +//sub u/X/sup 1/..sigma../sub g//sup +/ system in the region 1.016--1.342 ..mu..m region. The average generation power in the multifrequency regime was 7 mW at an optical-energy conversion efficiency 4%. It was observed that a noticeable competition takes place between the pump channels of the 5106 and 5782 A lines, and leads to a decrease in the total lasing power. Prospects are discussed of using gas lasers on electronic transitions of molecules optically pumped by metal-vapor vapors, particularly for the development of frequency-tunable optical systems with intensity amplifiers.

  11. Electro-optic and dielectric study of the de Vries-type smectic-A* phase exhibiting transitions to smectic-C*A and smectic-C* phases.

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    Manna, U; Song, Jang-Kun; Panarin, Yu P; Fukuda, Atsuo; Vij, J K

    2008-04-01

    Mixtures of different compositions of an antiferroelectric liquid crystal compound that exhibits direct smectic-A*(Sm-A*)-smectic-C*(A) (Sm-C*(A)) transition with a ferroelectric liquid crystal compound that exhibits Sm-A*-smectic-C*(Sm-C*) transition are studied using electro-optics and dielectric spectroscopy. The results of optical texture, birefringence, and the tilt angle suggest that a part of the Sm-A* phase is of de Vries type, since an increase in the tilt angle with decreasing temperature results in a reduction in the value of the birefringence in the Sm-A* phase, whereas the birefringence at Sm-A* to Sm-C* transition goes up by 12.7%. The soft mode relaxation strength, the Landau coefficient of the temperature dependent term, and the other related parameters of the de Vries-type Sm-A-Sm-C*(A) and Sm-A*-Sm-C* transitions are determined using the Landau theory of the second-order phase transition. For the Sm-A*-Sm-C* transition, we find that the soft mode relaxation strength decreases, the Landau coefficient increases, and the Curie-Weiss temperature range decreases with an increased ferroelectric composition in the mixture. These observations can be explained by assuming that with increased ferroelectric composition in the mixture, the layer shrinkage at the de Vries Sm-A*-Sm-C* transition increases. On comparing the results of de Vries-type Sm-A* to Sm-C*(A) and Sm-C* transitions, we find that the soft mode dielectric strength and the other related Landau parameters of the de Vries Sm-A* phase are of the same order of magnitude for transitions from Sm-A* to Sm-C* and to Sm-C*(A) except for the composition of the mixture where both Sm-C* and Sm-C*(A) transitions are stable and the phase diagram shows phase sequence Sm-A* to Sm-C* to Sm-C*(A).

  12. Particularities of optical pumping effects in cold and ultra-slow beams of Na and Cs in the case of cyclic transitions

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    Bruvelis, M.; Cinins, A.; Leitis, A.; Efimov, D. K.; Bezuglov, N. N.; Chirtsov, A. S.; Fuso, F.; Ekers, A.

    2015-12-01

    The time-dependent population dynamics of hyperfine (HF) levels of n 2 p 3/2 states is examined for cyclic transitions in alkali atoms. We study a slow and cold atomic beam of Na ( n = 3) and Cs ( n = 6), taking into account the long interaction time of light with atoms (~200 μs) inside the resonant laser beam. Simple analytical expressions for the populations of the excited states and for the intensities of the absorption lines are derived for a three-level system model. We show that at moderate pump laser power the mixing of HF levels is sufficient to form a flow of population from a cyclic transition to partially open transitions. We discuss various phenomena associated with the evolution of optical pumping that cannot be explained by general analysis of two-level system model.

  13. Probing Interlayer Interactions in Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Heterostructures by Optical Spectroscopy: MoS2/WS2 and MoSe2/WSe2.

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    Rigosi, Albert F; Hill, Heather M; Li, Yilei; Chernikov, Alexey; Heinz, Tony F

    2015-08-12

    We have applied optical absorption spectroscopy to investigate van der Waals heterostructures formed of pairs of monolayer transition metal dichalcogenide crystals, choosing MoS2/WS2 and MoSe2/WSe2 as test cases. In the heterostructure spectra, we observe a significant broadening of the excitonic transitions compared to the corresponding features in the isolated layers. The broadening is interpreted as a lifetime effect arising from decay of excitons initially created in either layer through charge transfer processes expected for a staggered band alignment. The measured spectral broadening of 20 meV - 35 meV implies lifetimes for charge separation of the near band-edge A and B excitons in the range of 20-35 fs. Higher-lying transitions exhibit still greater broadening.

  14. Observation and Absolute Frequency Measurements of the {sup 1}S{sub 0}-{sup 3}P{sub 0} Optical Clock Transition in Neutral Ytterbium

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    Hoyt, C.W.; Barber, Z.W.; Oates, C.W.; Fortier, T.M.; Diddams, S.A.; Hollberg, L.

    2005-08-19

    We report the direct excitation of the highly forbidden (6s{sup 2}){sup 1}S{sub 0}{r_reversible}(6s6p){sup 3}P{sub 0} optical transition in two odd isotopes of neutral ytterbium. As the excitation laser frequency is scanned, absorption is detected by monitoring the depletion from an atomic cloud at {approx}70 {mu}K in a magneto-optical trap. The measured frequency in {sup 171}Yb (F=1/2) is 518 295 836 591.6{+-}4.4 kHz. The measured frequency in {sup 173}Yb (F=5/2) is 518 294 576 847.6{+-}4.4 kHz. Measurements are made with a femtosecond-laser frequency comb calibrated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology cesium fountain clock and represent nearly a 10{sup 6}-fold reduction in uncertainty. The natural linewidth of these J=0 to J=0 transitions is calculated to be {approx}10 mHz, making them well suited to support a new generation of optical atomic clocks based on confinement in an optical lattice.

  15. Optical diagnostic techniques in tribological analysis: Applications to wear film characterization, solid lubricant chemical transition, and electrical sliding contacts

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    Windom, Bret C.

    Friction and wear have undisputedly huge macroscopic effects on the cost and lifetime of many mechanical systems. The cost to replace parts and the cost to overcome the energy losses associated with friction, although small in nature, can be enormous over long operating times. The understanding of wear and friction begins with the understanding of the physics and chemistry between the reacting surfaces on a microscopic level. Light as a diagnostic tool is a good candidate to perform the very sensitive microscopic measurements needed to help understand the fundamental science occurring in friction/wear systems. Light's small length scales provide the capabilities to characterize very local surface phenomena, including thin transfer films and surface chemical transitions. Light-based diagnostic techniques provide nearly instantaneous results, enabling one to make in situ/real time measurements which could be used to track wear events and associated chemical kinetics. In the present study, two optical diagnostic techniques were investigated for the analysis of tribological systems. The first technique employed was Raman spectroscopy. Raman spectroscopy was investigated as a possible means for in situ measurement of thin transfer films in order to track the wear kinetics and structural transitions of bulk polymers. A micro-Raman system was designed, built, and characterized to track fresh wear films created from a pin-on-disk tribometer. The system proved capable of characterizing and tracking wear film thicknesses of ˜2 mum and greater. In addition, the system provided results indicating structural changes in the wear film as compared to the bulk when sliding speeds were increased. The spectral changes due to the altering of molecular vibrations can be attributed to the increase in temperature during high sliding speeds. Raman spectroscopy was also used to characterize the oxidation of molybdenum disulphide, a solid lubricant used in many applications, including high

  16. Infrared spectrum involving forbidden transitions & coriolis interaction and identification of optically pumped far infrared laser lines in asymmetrically mono-deuterated methanol (Methanol-D1)

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    Mukhopadhyay, Indra

    2016-05-01

    In this paper new type of ΔK = 2 and 0 transitions have been identified in the Fourier Transform spectrum of Methanol-D1 (CH2DOH). These transitions are normally forbidden but a "Coriolis" type interaction with nearby states is believed to be contributing sufficient transition strength through intensity borrowing effect. This is the first time such forbidden transitions are reported to be identified in the excited states, in this molecule. The present conjecture is supported by observation of a many strong allowed transitions to upper terminating levels which are seen to be highly perturbed. This conclusion has been reached by comparing calculated energy levels using known molecular parameters (Pearson et al., 2012; Coudert et al., 2014; El Hilali et al., 2011; Quade et al., 1998; Richard Quade, 1998, 1999; Mukhopadhyay, 1997) and the actually observed FIR lines. The upper levels are seen to be upshifted from expected position. A closer look at the calculated energy values seems to indicate a possible interaction between the above states and other proximate torsional-rotational states could occur. The possible candidates for the interacting level manifolds are narrowed down through the presence of the forbidden transition. We also take the opportunity to propose alternate rotational quantum numbers for some of the assignments recently reported in the literature (El Hilali et al., 2011). Some ambiguities are pointed out on the data and the reported analysis. There remain too many such irregularities and we propose to gather a large body assigned transitions in a future catalog. Assignments and relevant comments on optically pumped FIR laser radiation are also made.

  17. Quantum mechanics on a Möbius ring: Energy levels, symmetry, optical transitions, and level splitting in a magnetic field

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    Li, Zehao; Ram-Mohan, L. R.

    2012-05-01

    We investigate the quantum mechanical energy levels of an electron constrained to motion on a nanoscale Möbius ring by solving the Schrödinger equation on the curved surface. The dimensions of the ring in terms of the lateral and transverse parameters {u,v} for the Möbius ring allow us to identify the quantum numbers for the levels by (nu,nv). We show that the energy levels can still be labeled using the quantum numbers of the cylindrical ring of the same dimensions. While the Hamiltonian has invariance under parity in parameter space, the rotational symmetry about any axis in configuration space is lost, so that the double degeneracy of energy levels for azimuthal quantum number nu≥1, that exists in cylindrical rings, is lifted by a small amount in the Möbius ring. The pattern of level splitting has been identified in terms of the number of twists σ to be 2nu=sσ where s is an integer. The scaling properties of the energy levels with respect to the dimensions of the ring are derived; using these properties, our numerical results which are given for a specific geometry can be extended to rings of other commensurate dimensions. The absence of rotational invariance for the Möbius ring manifests itself through the orbital angular momentum Lz not commuting with the Hamiltonian. Its expectation values are found to have nearly integral as well as half-integral values of ℏ, and its variances are small. The energy levels with half-integral azimuthal quantum numbers (nu) are also close to the approximate formula for the equivalent cylindrical ring, provided such half-integral quantum numbers are allowed for the cylindrical geometry. The Zeeman splitting of the energy levels in an external magnetic field is displayed, together with wave functions at a level anticrossing. The optical transitions between electronic states on the Möbius ring are obtained, and a table of oscillator strengths is provided. The results for energy levels for rings with multiple twists are

  18. Optical Transitions in Hybrid Perovskite Solar Cells: Ellipsometry, Density Functional Theory, and Quantum Efficiency Analyses for CH3NH3PbI3

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    Shirayama, Masaki; Kadowaki, Hideyuki; Miyadera, Tetsuhiko; Sugita, Takeshi; Tamakoshi, Masato; Kato, Masato; Fujiseki, Takemasa; Murata, Daisuke; Hara, Shota; Murakami, Takurou N.; Fujimoto, Shohei; Chikamatsu, Masayuki; Fujiwara, Hiroyuki

    2016-01-01

    Light-induced photocarrier generation is an essential process in all solar cells, including organic-inorganic hybrid (CH3NH3PbI3 ) solar cells, which exhibit a high short-circuit current density (Jsc ) of approximately 20 mA /cm2 . Although the high Jsc observed in the hybrid solar cells relies on strong electron-photon interaction, the optical transitions in the perovskite material remain unclear. Here, we report artifact-free CH3NH3PbI3 optical constants extracted from ultrasmooth perovskite layers without air exposure and assign all of the optical transitions in the visible and ultraviolet region unambiguously, based on density-functional theory (DFT) analysis that assumes a simple pseudocubic crystal structure. From the self-consistent spectroscopic ellipsometry analysis of the ultrasmooth CH3NH3PbI3 layers, we find that the absorption coefficients of CH3NH3PbI3 (α =3.8 ×104 cm-1 at 2.0 eV) are comparable to those of CuInGaSe2 and CdTe, and high α values reported in earlier studies are overestimated seriously by the extensive surface roughness of CH3NH3PbI3 layers. The polarization-dependent DFT calculations show that CH3NH3 + interacts strongly with the PbI3 - cage, modifying the CH3NH3PbI3 dielectric function in the visible region rather significantly. In particular, the transition matrix element of CH3NH3PbI3 varies, depending on the position of CH3NH3 + within the Pb—I network. When the effect of CH3NH3 + on the optical transition is eliminated in the DFT calculation, the CH3NH3PbI3 dielectric function deduced from DFT shows an excellent agreement with the experimental result. As a result, distinct optical transitions observed at E0(Eg)=1.61 eV , E1=2.53 eV , and E2=3.24 eV in CH3NH3PbI3 are attributed to the direct semiconductor-type transitions at the R , M , and X points in the pseudocubic Brillouin zone, respectively. We further perform the quantum efficiency (QE) analysis for a standard hybrid-perovskite solar cell incorporating a mesoporous TiO2

  19. Parity- and spin-forbidden optical transitions of Cr{sup +3} in GdAlO{sub 3}

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    Basso, H.C.

    1997-10-01

    In this paper, the electric-dipole transition induced by exchange is used to explain the strong dependence of spin- and parity-forbidden transitions of Cr{sup +3} on the sublattice magnetization of an antiferromagnet host. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  20. Miscible-immiscible quantum phase transition in coupled two-component Bose-Einstein condensates in one-dimensional optical lattices

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    Zhan, Fei; Sabbatini, Jacopo; Davis, Matthew J.; McCulloch, Ian P.

    2014-08-01

    We study the miscible-immiscible quantum phase transition in a linearly coupled binary Bose-Hubbard model in one dimension that can describe the low-energy properties of a two-component Bose-Einstein condensate in optical lattices. With the quantum many-body ground state obtained from the density matrix renormalization group algorithm, we calculate the characteristic physical quantities of the phase transition controlled by the linear coupling between the two components. Furthermore we calculate the Binder cumulant to determine the critical point and construct the phase diagram. The strong-coupling expansion shows that in the Mott insulator regime the model Hamiltonian can be mapped to a spin-1/2 XXZ model with a transverse magnetic field.

  1. Laser-Induced Optical Pumping Measurements of Cross Section for Fine- and Hyperfine-Structure Transitions in Sodium Induced by Collisions with Helium and Argon Atoms

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    Dobson, Chris C.; Sung, C. C.

    1999-01-01

    Optical pumping of the ground states of sodium can radically alter the shape of the laser-induced fluorescence excitation spectrum, complicating measurements of temperature, pressure, etc., which are based on these spectra. Modeling of the fluorescence using rate equations for the eight hyperfine states of the sodium D manifolds can be used to quantify the contribution to the ground state pumping of transitions among the hyperfine excited states induced by collisions with buffer gas atoms. This model is used here to determine, from the shape of experimental spectra, cross sections lor DELTA.F transitions of the P(sub 3/2) state induced by collisions with helium and argon atoms, for a range of values assumed for the P(sub 1/2), DELTA.F cross sections. The hyperfine cross sections measured using this method, which to our knowledge is novel, are compared with cross sections for transitions involving polarized magnetic substates m(sub F) measured previously using polarization sensitive absorption. Also, fine-structure transition cross sections were measured in the pumped vapor, giving agreement with previous measurements made in the absence of pumping.

  2. Laser Induced Optical Pumping Measurements of Cross Sections for Fine and Hyperfine Structure Transitions in Sodium Induced by Collisions with Helium Argon Atoms

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    Dobson, Chris C.; Sung, C. C.

    1998-01-01

    Optical pumping of the ground states of sodium can radically alter the shape of the laser induced fluorescence excitation spectrum, complicating measurements of temperature, pressure, etc., which are based on these spectra. Modeling of the fluorescence using rate equations for the eight hyperfine states of the sodium D manifolds can be used to quantify the contribution to the ground state pumping of transitions among the hyperfine excited states induced by collisions with buffer gas atoms. This model is used here to determine, from the shape of experimental spectra, cross sections for (Delta)F transitions of the P(sub 3/2) state induced by collisions with helium and argon atoms, for a range of values assumed for the P(sub 1/2), (Delta)F cross sections. The hyperfine cross sections measured using this method, which is thought to be novel, are compared with cross sections for transitions involving polarized magnetic substates, m(sub F), measured previously using polarization sensitive absorption. Also, fine structure transition ((Delta)J) cross sections were measured in the pumped vapor, giving agreement with previous measurements made in the absence of pumping.

  3. Cluster dynamical mean field theory study of antiferromagnetic transition in the square-lattice Hubbard model: Optical conductivity and electronic structure

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    Sato, Toshihiro; Tsunetsugu, Hirokazu

    2016-08-01

    We numerically study optical conductivity σ (ω ) near the "antiferromagnetic" phase transition in the square-lattice Hubbard model at half filling. We use a cluster dynamical mean field theory and calculate conductivity including vertex corrections and, to this end, we have reformulated the vertex corrections in the antiferromagnetic phase. We find that the vertex corrections change various important details in temperature and ω dependencies of conductivity in the square lattice, and this contrasts sharply the case of the Mott transition in the frustrated triangular lattice. Generally, the vertex corrections enhance variations in the ω dependence, and sharpen the Drude peak and a high-ω incoherent peak in the paramagnetic phase. They also enhance the dip in σ (ω ) at ω =0 in the antiferromagnetic phase. Therefore, the dc conductivity is enhanced in the paramagnetic phase and suppressed in the antiferromagnetic phase, but this change occurs slightly below the transition temperature. We also find a temperature region above the transition temperature in which the dc conductivity shows an insulating behavior but σ (ω ) retains the Drude peak, and this region is stabilized by the vertex corrections. We also investigate which fluctuations are important in the vertex corrections and analyze momentum dependence of the vertex function in detail.

  4. Band-edge optical transitions in a nonpolar-plane GaN substrate: exciton–phonon coupling and temperature effects

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    Wang, M. Z.; Xu, S. J.

    2016-09-01

    We present a detailed investigation of the band-edge optical transitions involving the interacting exciton–phonon system, especially first-order longitudinal optical (LO) phonon-assisted luminescence of bound and free excitons in m- and c-plane GaN substrates in a low temperature range from 4 K to 40 K. The main luminescence features of all of the three kinds of excitons can be well described by the theoretical models that take exciton-LO-phonon coupling into account. The effective Bohr radii of the excitons play a key role in determining the Huang–Rhys factor characterizing the exciton-LO-phonon coupling strength in GaN. An interesting oscillatory structure is found to appear in the low-temperature luminescence spectra of the nonpolar-plane GaN substrate, which needs to be clarified by further investigations.

  5. Band-edge optical transitions in a nonpolar-plane GaN substrate: exciton-phonon coupling and temperature effects

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    Wang, M. Z.; Xu, S. J.

    2016-09-01

    We present a detailed investigation of the band-edge optical transitions involving the interacting exciton-phonon system, especially first-order longitudinal optical (LO) phonon-assisted luminescence of bound and free excitons in m- and c-plane GaN substrates in a low temperature range from 4 K to 40 K. The main luminescence features of all of the three kinds of excitons can be well described by the theoretical models that take exciton-LO-phonon coupling into account. The effective Bohr radii of the excitons play a key role in determining the Huang-Rhys factor characterizing the exciton-LO-phonon coupling strength in GaN. An interesting oscillatory structure is found to appear in the low-temperature luminescence spectra of the nonpolar-plane GaN substrate, which needs to be clarified by further investigations.

  6. Energy transfer and non-linear optical properties at near ultraviolet wavelengths: Rare earth 4f yields 5d transitions in crystals and glasses

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    Hamilton, D.S.

    1992-08-01

    The following topics were studied: two-photon transitions from 4f ground state to 5d excited states in Ce{sup 3+}:CaF{sub 2}; optical absorption and photoionization measurements from excited state of Ce{sup 3+}:Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12}; excited state photoionization of Ce{sup 3+} ions in Ce{sub 3+}:CaF{sub 2}; optical gain and loss studies in Ce{sup 3+}:LiYF{sub 4}; Gd {yields}Cr energy transfer in Cr{sup 3+}:GSGG, Cr{sup 3+}:GSAG and Cr{sup 3+}:GGG crystals; nonradiative relaxation in Ce{sup 3+} doped crystals and glasses; and grating formation in impurity doped crystals.

  7. Doppler-free approach to optical pumping dynamics in the 6S_1/2‑5D_5/2 electric quadrupole transition of cesium vapor

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    Chan, Eng Aik; Aljunid, Syed Abdullah; Zheludev, Nikolay I.; Wilkowski, David; Ducloy, Martial

    2016-05-01

    The $6S_{1/2}-5D_{5/2}$ electric quadrupole transition is investigated in Cesium vapor at room temperature via nonlinear Doppler-free 6P-6S-5D three-level spectroscopy. Frequency-resolved studies of individual E2 hyperfine lines allow one to analyze optical pumping dynamics, polarization selection rules and line intensities. It opens the way to studies of transfer of light orbital angular momentum to atoms, and the influence of metamaterials on E2 line spectra.

  8. Doppler-free approach to optical pumping dynamics in the 6S_1/2-5D_5/2 electric quadrupole transition of cesium vapor

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    Chan, Eng Aik; Aljunid, Syed Abdullah; Zheludev, Nikolay I.; Wilkowski, David; Ducloy, Martial

    2016-05-01

    The $6S_{1/2}-5D_{5/2}$ electric quadrupole transition is investigated in Cesium vapor at room temperature via nonlinear Doppler-free 6P-6S-5D three-level spectroscopy. Frequency-resolved studies of individual E2 hyperfine lines allow one to analyze optical pumping dynamics, polarization selection rules and line intensities. It opens the way to studies of transfer of light orbital angular momentum to atoms, and the influence of metamaterials on E2 line spectra.

  9. Spectroscopy of ^1S0 -- ^3P1^88Sr Atomic Transition in a 1.06 μm Optical Dipole Trap

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    Martinez de Escobar, Y. N.; Mickelson, P. G.; Traverso, A. J.; Killian, T. C.

    2008-05-01

    We studied the effects of laser light near-resonant with the ^1S0-- ^3P1^88Sr transition in an optical dipole trap (ODT). We observe laser cooling of our ODT atomic sample as the atoms collide in the presence of red-detuned 689 nm light. Heating of the atoms was also observed at a different range of frequency detunings while performing spectroscopy. Both processes were accompanied with atom loss, but the increase of phase space density observed during 689 nm laser cooling could aid pursuits of quantum degeneracy with Sr.

  10. The Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment. Planetary and Low-Luminosity Object Transits in the Carina Fields of the Galactic Disk

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    Udalski, A.; Szewczyk, O.; Zebrun, K.; Pietrzynski, G.; Szymanski, M.; Kubiak, M.; Soszynski, I.; Wyrzykowski, L.

    2002-12-01

    We present results of the second "planetary and low-luminosity object transit" campaign conducted by the OGLE-III survey. Three fields (35' X 35' each) located in the Carina regions of the Galactic disk (l ≈ 290°) were monitored continuously in February-May 2002. About 1150 epochs were collected for each field. The search for low depth transits was conducted on about 103 000 stars with photometry better than 15 mmag. In total, we discovered 62 objects with shallow depth (≤ 0.08 mag) flat-bottomed transits. For each of these objects several individual transits were detected and photometric elements were determined. Also lower limits on radii of the primary and companion were calculated. The 2002 OGLE sample of stars with transiting companions contains considerably more objects that may be Jupiter-sized (R < 1.6 R_Jup) compared to our 2001 sample. There is a group of planetary candidates with the orbital periods close to or shorter than one day. If confirmed as planets, they would be the shortest period extrasolar planetary systems. In general, the transiting objects may be extrasolar planets, brown dwarfs, or M-type dwarfs. One should be, however, aware that in some cases unresolved blends of regular eclipsing stars can mimic transits. Future spectral analysis and eventual determination of the amplitude of radial velocity should allow final classification. High resolution spectroscopic follow-up observations are, therefore, strongly encouraged. All photometric data are available to the astronomical community from the OGLE INTERNET archive.

  11. Understanding ferromagnetism and optical absorption in 3d transition metal-doped cubic ZrO{sub 2} with the modified Becke-Johnson exchange-correlation functional

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    Boujnah, M.; Zaari, H.; El Kenz, A.; Labrim, H.; Benyoussef, A.; Mounkachi, O.

    2014-03-28

    The electronic structure, magnetic, and optical properties in cubic crystalline phase of Zr{sub 1−x}TM{sub x}O{sub 2} (TM = V, Mn, Fe, and Co) at x = 6.25% are studied using density functional theory with the Generalized Gradient Approximation and the modified Becke-Johnson of the exchange-correlation energy and potential. In our calculations, the zirconia is a p-type semiconductor and has a large band gap. We evaluated the possibility of long-range magnetic order for transition metal ions substituting Zr. Our results show that ferromagnetism is the ground state in V, Mn, and Fe-doped ZrO{sub 2} and have a high value of energy in Mn-doped ZrO{sub 2}. However, in Co-doped ZrO{sub 2}, antiferromagnetic ordering is more stable than the ferromagnetic one. The exchange interaction mechanism has been discussed to explain the responsible of this stability. Moreover, it has been found that the V, Mn, and Fe transition metals provide half-metallic properties considered to be the leading cause, responsible for ferromagnetism. Furthermore, the optical absorption spectra in the TM -doped cubic ZrO{sub 2} are investigated.

  12. Confocal absorption spectral imaging of MoS2: optical transitions depending on the atomic thickness of intrinsic and chemically doped MoS2.

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    Dhakal, Krishna P; Duong, Dinh Loc; Lee, Jubok; Nam, Honggi; Kim, Minsu; Kan, Min; Lee, Young Hee; Kim, Jeongyong

    2014-11-01

    We performed a nanoscale confocal absorption spectral imaging to obtain the full absorption spectra (over the range 1.5-3.2 eV) within regions having different numbers of layers and studied the variation of optical transition depending on the atomic thickness of the MoS2 film. Three distinct absorption bands corresponding to A and B excitons and a high-energy background (BG) peak at 2.84 eV displayed a gradual redshift as the MoS2 film thickness increased from the monolayer, to the bilayer, to the bulk MoS2 and this shift was attributed to the reduction of the gap energy in the Brillouin zone at the K-point as the atomic thickness increased. We also performed n-type chemical doping of MoS2 films using reduced benzyl viologen (BV) and the confocal absorption spectra modified by the doping showed a strong dependence on the atomic thickness: A and B exciton peaks were greatly quenched in the monolayer MoS2 while much less effect was shown in larger thickness and the BG peak either showed very small quenching for 1 L MoS2 or remained constant for larger thicknesses. Our results indicate that confocal absorption spectral imaging can provide comprehensive information on optical transitions of microscopic size intrinsic and doped two-dimensional layered materials.

  13. Angle-dependent study of a direct optical transition in the sp bands of Ag(111) by one- and two-photon photoemission

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    Winkelmann, Aimo; Sametoglu, Vahit; Zhao, Jin; Kubo, Atsushi; Petek, Hrvoje

    2007-11-01

    We have measured angle-dependent photoemission spectra for one-photon and two-photon excitation from Ag(111). The observed dispersion of the sp -band transition of Ag(111) can be reproduced using a nearly-free-electron model for the initial and final states involved. The observed dispersion agrees with the known band structure. We illustrate how the strong refraction of low-energy electrons becomes a limiting factor to obtain quantitative band-structure information. Conversely, low-energy electrons of a well-defined direct optical interband transition can provide a sensitive probe of the inner potential. We observe asymmetric two-photon photoelectron intensity distributions with respect to detection along the surface normal. These intensity distributions can be well described by a phenomenological model which employs the Fresnel equations to calculate the electric field components of the incident radiation inside the sample. Very good agreement is found using tabulated optical constants and a momentum matrix element, which is oriented along the surface normal. In contrast, the observed intensity distribution for one-photon photoemission from Ag(111) does not fit the simple Fresnel model. We interpret this as the influence of surface photoemission. By comparison to Cu(001), we show that the expected intensity distributions of the Fresnel model for one-photon photoemission and two-photon photoemission are valid for an orientation of the momentum matrix element along the surface normal if the influence of additional effects like surface photoemission can be neglected.

  14. A non-typical sequence of phase transitions in (NH4)3GeF7: optical and structural characterization.

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    Mel'nikova, S V; Molokeev, M S; Laptash, N M; Misyul, S V

    2016-03-28

    Single crystals of germanium double salt (NH4)3GeF7 = (NH4)2GeF6·NH4F = (NH4)3[GeF6]F were grown and studied by the methods of polarization optics and X-ray diffraction. The birefringence Δn = (no - ne), the rotation angle of the optical indicatrix ϕ(T) and unit cell parameters were measured in the temperature range 100-400 K. Three structural phase transitions were found at the temperatures: T1↓ = 279.2 K (T1↑ = 279.4 K), T2↑ = 270 K (T2↓ = 268.9 K), T3↓ = 218 K (T3↑ = 227 K). An unusual sequence of symmetry transformations with temperature change was established: P4/mbm (Z = 2) (G1) ↔ Pbam (Z = 4) (G2) ↔ P21/c (Z = 4) (G3) ↔ Pa3[combining macron] (Z = 8) (G4). The crystal structures of different phases were determined. The experimental data were additionally interpreted by a group-theoretical analysis of the complete condensate of order parameters taking into account the critical and noncritical atomic displacements. Strengthening of the N-HF hydrogen bonds can be a driving force of the observed phase transitions. PMID:26903439

  15. Photo-ESR and optical studies of Cr photoionization transition in CdZnSe:Cr crystals

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    Swiatek, K.; Godlewski, M.; Surkova, T. P.

    2004-02-01

    Photoionization transitions of chromium ions in CdxZn1-xSe:Cr bulk crystals (0 x 0.3) were studied in wide temperature range (4-300 K). By monitoring changes of the Cr1+ electron spin resonance signal under external illumination, we are able to determine energies of Cr2+ Cr1+ + hVB transition in different CdxZn1-xSe host crystals. At low temperature we observe metastable population of photo-excited Cr1+ centres.

  16. Absolute measurement of the 1S0 − 3P0 clock transition in neutral 88Sr over the 330 km-long stabilized fibre optic link

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    Morzyński, Piotr; Bober, Marcin; Bartoszek-Bober, Dobrosława; Nawrocki, Jerzy; Krehlik, Przemysław; Śliwczyński, Łukasz; Lipiński, Marcin; Masłowski, Piotr; Cygan, Agata; Dunst, Piotr; Garus, Michał; Lisak, Daniel; Zachorowski, Jerzy; Gawlik, Wojciech; Radzewicz, Czesław; Ciuryło, Roman; Zawada, Michał

    2015-01-01

    We report a stability below 7 × 10−17 of two independent optical lattice clocks operating with bosonic 88Sr isotope. The value (429 228 066 418 008.3(1.9)syst (0.9)stat Hz) of the absolute frequency of the 1S0 – 3P0 transition was measured with an optical frequency comb referenced to the local representation of the UTC by the 330 km-long stabilized fibre optical link. The result was verified by series of measurements on two independent optical lattice clocks and agrees with recommendation of Bureau International des Poids et Mesures. PMID:26639347

  17. Absolute measurement of the 1S0 - 3P0 clock transition in neutral 88Sr over the 330 km-long stabilized fibre optic link.

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    Morzyński, Piotr; Bober, Marcin; Bartoszek-Bober, Dobrosława; Nawrocki, Jerzy; Krehlik, Przemysław; Śliwczyński, Łukasz; Lipiński, Marcin; Masłowski, Piotr; Cygan, Agata; Dunst, Piotr; Garus, Michał; Lisak, Daniel; Zachorowski, Jerzy; Gawlik, Wojciech; Radzewicz, Czesław; Ciuryło, Roman; Zawada, Michał

    2015-01-01

    We report a stability below 7 × 10(-17) of two independent optical lattice clocks operating with bosonic (88)Sr isotope. The value (429 228 066 418 008.3(1.9)(syst) (0.9)(stat) Hz) of the absolute frequency of the (1)S(0) - (3)P(0) transition was measured with an optical frequency comb referenced to the local representation of the UTC by the 330 km-long stabilized fibre optical link. The result was verified by series of measurements on two independent optical lattice clocks and agrees with recommendation of Bureau International des Poids et Mesures. PMID:26639347

  18. Spatially direct and indirect optical transitions observed for AlInAs/AlGaAs quantum dots

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    Neffati, R.; Saïdi, I.; Ben Radhia, S.; Ben Daly, A.; Maaref, M. A.; Boujdaria, K.; Lemaître, A.; Bernardot, F.; Testelin, C.

    2016-09-01

    The effects of the Aluminium concentration on the emission of Al0.45In0.55As/AlyGa1-y As quantum dots (QDs) are investigated by photoluminescence (PL), with the excitation power density as a variable parameter. The influence of a varying barrier composition on the QD emission is investigated theoretically and discussed with respect to PL measurements. For the highest barrier composition value (y = 0.77), we interpret the QD emission as originating from indirect type-II transitions involving electrons in the barrier X valley and heavy holes (HH), with S and P symmetry, in Al0.45In0.55As QDs. The PL spectra of the y = 0.38 sample exhibits three lines: two of them are related to indirect type-II transitions, in which the electron ground state belongs to the indirect gap (L and X) minima in the barrier conduction band, whereas the third transition is attributed to a direct type-I transitions.

  19. Microstructural and Optical properties of transition metal (Cu) doped ZnO diluted magnetic semiconductor nano thin films fabricated by sol gel method

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    Ozturk, Ozgur; Asikuzun, Elif; Tasci, A. Tolga; Arda, Lutfi; Demirozu Senol, Sevim; Celik, Sukru; Terzioglu, Cabir

    Undoped and Cu (Copper) doped ZnO (Zn1-xCuxO) semiconductor thin films were produced by using sol-gel method. Cu was doped 1%, 2%, 3%, 4% and 5% ratio. Methanol and monoethanolamine (MEA) were used as solvent and stabilizer. In this study, the effect of Cu doping was investigated on microstructural and optical properties of ZnO DMS thin films. XRD, SEM, AFM and UV-VIS spectrometer measurements were performed for the microstructural and optical characterization. XRD, SEM and AFM results were showed that all of Cu doped ZnO based thin films have a hexagonal structure. The grain size of Cu doped ZnO thin films and morphology of surface were changed with increasing Cu doping. The optical transmittance of transition metal (Cu) doped ZnO thin films were decreased with doping. Keywords:Diluted Magnetic Semiconductor (DMS), Thin Film, Cu-doping, Bandgap Energy, ZnO. This research has been supported by the Kastamonu University Scientific Research Projects Coordination Department under the Grant No. KU-BAP-05/2015-12 and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) Project No. 114F259.

  20. A high resolution electro-optical approach for investigating transition of soluble proteins to integral membrane proteins probed by colicin A.

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    Honigmann, Alf; Pulagam, Lakshmi Padmavathi; Sippach, Michael; Bartsch, Philipp; Steinhoff, Heinz-Jürgen; Wagner, Richard

    2012-10-19

    The transition from water soluble state to an integral membrane protein state is a crucial step in the formation of the active form of many pore-forming or receptor proteins. Albeit this, high resolution techniques which allow assay of protein membrane binding and concomitant development of the final active form in the membrane await further development. Here, we describe a horizontal artificial bilayers setup allowing for simultaneous electrical and optical measurements at a single molecule level. We use the membrane binding and subsequent channel formation of colicin A (ColA) a water soluble bacteriocin secreted by some strains of Escherichia coli to demonstrate the potential of the combined electro-optical technique. Our results expand the knowledge on ColA molecular details which show that active ColA is monomeric; membrane binding is pH but not membrane-potential (Δϕ) dependent. ColA is at Δϕ=0 permeable for molecules ≥1 nm. Although ColA exhibits low ion conductance it facilitates permeation of large molecules. Our electro-optical recordings reveal ColA monomeric state and the chimeric character of its pore. PMID:23000162

  1. Optical band gap transition from direct to indirect induced by organic content of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite films

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    Ke, Xiaohan; Yan, Jun; Zhang, Ao; Zhang, Bing; Chen, Yunlin

    2015-08-01

    Most of the systematic studies on tuning the band gap in the family of organolead halide perovskites have focused on changing the compositions of halogens. Here, the effects of varying the organic content on the band gap of CH3NH3PbI3 were studied. The methylammonium lead iodide (CH3NH3PbI3) films were fabricated with different molar ratios of CH3NH3I to PbI2. We found that the films become compact and the crystalline size decreased from 6.0 to 0.2 μm and the optical band gap of CH3NH3PbI3 could be transferred from direct to indirect with increasing CH3NH3I content in the precursor. The experimental results demonstrated that the existence of the indirect band gap in CH3NH3PbI3 film and the CH3NH3I content plays a key role in adjusting the film morphology and optical band. The investigation of the optical band transition induced by changing organic content could provide a different view on studying CH3NH3PbI3 materials.

  2. Free-Surface Optical Scattering as an Indicator of the Shock-Induced Solid-Liquid Phase Transition in Tin

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    Stevens, G. D.; Lutz, S. S.; Marshall, B. R.; Turley, W. D.; Veeser, L. R.; Furlanetto, M. R.; Hixson, R. S.; Holtkamp, D. B.; Jensen, B. J.; Rigg, P. A.; Wilke, M. D.

    2008-07-01

    When highly polished metal surfaces melt upon release after shock loading, they exhibit features that suggest significant surface changes accompany the phase transition. The reflection of light from such surfaces changes from specular (pre-shock) to diffuse upon melting. A familiar manifestation of this phenomenon is the loss of signal light in VISAR measurements, which occurs at pressures high enough to melt the free surface. Unlike many other potential material phase-sensitive diagnostics (e.g., reflectometry, conductivity) that show relatively small (1%–10%) changes, the specularity of reflection provides a more sensitive and definitive indication of the solid-liquid phase transition. Data will be presented that support the hypothesis that specularity changes indicate melt in a way that can be measured easily and unambiguously.

  3. Efficient Thermal-Light Interconversions Based on Optical Topological Transition in the Metal-Dielectric Multilayered Metamaterials.

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    Zhou, Jing; Chen, Xi; Guo, L Jay

    2016-04-20

    Metal-dielectric multilayered metamaterials are proposed to work as wideband spectral-selective emitters/absorbers due to the topological change in isofrequency contour around the epsilon-near-zero point. By setting the transition at the border between the visible and IR ranges, the metal-dielectric multilayered metamaterials become good absorbers/emitters for visible light and good reflectors for IR light, which are desirable for efficient thermal-light interconversions.

  4. Assignment of the /Li-7/2 optically pumped laser transitions pumped by Ar/+/ and Kr/+/ laser lines

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    Verma, K. K.; Stwalley, W. C.; Zemke, W. T.

    1981-01-01

    Welling and Wellegehausen (1977) have reported a list of Na2 and Li2 lines (belonging to B-X and A-X systems) which lase when vapors of these dimers are pumped with an Ar(+) or Kr(+) laser. A description is presented of a fluorescence study of the A-X system of the (Li-7)2 molecule excited by a Kr(+) laser (6471 A). The optically pumped laser lines are identified as P and R doublets in two different fluorescence series. The conditions which favor lasing action of these lines are pointed out. All but one of the known optically pumped laser lines of (Li-7)2 along with their assignments are presented in a table. For each pumping line, several additional wavelengths are listed which satisfy the condition for laser oscillations and which might well lase well under slightly improved conditions.

  5. Phase-transition thresholds and vaporization phenomena for ultrasound phase-change nanoemulsions assessed via high-speed optical microscopy.

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    Sheeran, Paul S; Matsunaga, Terry O; Dayton, Paul A

    2013-07-01

    Ultrasonically activated phase-change contrast agents (PCCAs) based on perfluorocarbon droplets have been proposed for a variety of therapeutic and diagnostic clinical applications. When generated at the nanoscale, droplets may be small enough to exit the vascular space and then be induced to vaporize with high spatial and temporal specificity by externally-applied ultrasound. The use of acoustical techniques for optimizing ultrasound parameters for given applications can be a significant challenge for nanoscale PCCAs due to the contributions of larger outlier droplets. Similarly, optical techniques can be a challenge due to the sub-micron size of nanodroplet agents and resolution limits of optical microscopy. In this study, an optical method for determining activation thresholds of nanoscale emulsions based on the in vitro distribution of bubbles resulting from vaporization of PCCAs after single, short (<10 cycles) ultrasound pulses is evaluated. Through ultra-high-speed microscopy it is shown that the bubbles produced early in the pulse from vaporized droplets are strongly affected by subsequent cycles of the vaporization pulse, and these effects increase with pulse length. Results show that decafluorobutane nanoemulsions with peak diameters on the order of 200 nm can be optimally vaporized with short pulses using pressures amenable to clinical diagnostic ultrasound machines. PMID:23760161

  6. Measurement of the optical properties of lunar rocks in the transition zone, resulting from observations made by Lunokhod 2

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    Lipskiy, Y. N.; Shevchenko, V. V.

    1977-01-01

    Photometric measurements were carried out directly on the lunar surface with the aid of a calibration device, a plate with fields of different brightness, placed in the field of view of the panoramic telephotometers. The brightness of the fields of the calibration plate were measured in preliminary studies, relative to the brightness of a magnesia screen. This permitted determination of the reflectance features of the surficial lunar material relative to the standard most widely used in brightness studies of natural substances. The total brightness of sections a few centimeters across was recorded in direct proximity to the apparatus. The total area investigated in one panorama was about one square meter. Several areas in the mare and highland regions were studied. The albedos of various surface objects were obtained. A comparison of the brightness measurements with data from the RIFMA-M instrument discloses a correlation of the albedo change with change in chemical composition of the surface rock. Direct photometric studies of the lunar surface in the "mare-highland" transition zone assist in tracing the transition from one type of rock to another, and in obtaining information on the processes of material exchange between these two types of lunar landscape.

  7. Influence of transition metal doping on the structural, optical, and magnetic properties of TiO2 films deposited on Si substrates by a sol–gel process

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    2013-01-01

    Transition metal (TM)-doped TiO2 films (TM = Co, Ni, and Fe) were deposited on Si(100) substrates by a sol–gel method. With the same dopant content, Co dopants catalyze the anatase-to-rutile transformation (ART) more obviously than Ni and Fe doping. This is attributed to the different strain energy induced by the different dopants. The optical properties of TM-doped TiO2 films were studied with spectroscopic ellipsometry data. With increasing dopant content, the optical band gap (EOBG) shifts to lower energy. With the same dopant content, the EOBG of Co-doped TiO2 film is the smallest and that of Fe-doped TiO2 film is the largest. The results are related to electric disorder due to the ART. Ferromagnetic behaviors were clearly observed for TM-doped TiO2 films except the undoped TiO2 film which is weakly magnetic. Additionally, it is found that the magnetizations of the TM-doped TiO2 films decrease with increasing dopant content. PMID:24350904

  8. Substrate-induced renormalization of the quasiparticle and optical gaps in monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides from GW and GW-BSE calculations

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    da Jornada, Felipe H.; Ong, Chin Shen; Qiu, Diana Y.; Louie, Steven G.

    There has been a considerable effort to experimentally characterize the electronic and optical properties of novel atomically thin 2D semiconductors, such as mono- and few-layer transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs). However, the role that different substrates play in these experiments still remains unclear. From a theoretical perspective, it is hard to include the substrate in an ab initio framework, while in experiments, it is often difficult to suspend these samples. Here, we present a new method to compute the substrate effect on the quasiparticle and optical properties of quasi-2D materials based on state-of-the-art ab initio GW and GW plus Bethe-Salpeter equation (GW-BSE) methods. We compute the effects of different metallic and semiconducting substrates, and show that the quasiparticle gap and exciton binding energy can be dramatically reduced even with semiconducting substrates. This work was supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DMR15-1508412 and the DOE under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231.

  9. A comparative study of optical absorption and photocatalytic properties of nanocrystalline single-phase anatase and rutile TiO{sub 2} doped with transition metal cations

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    Kernazhitsky, L.; Shymanovska, V.; Gavrilko, T.; Naumov, V.; Kshnyakin, V.; Khalyavka, T.

    2013-02-15

    The effect of nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} doping with transition metal cations (Cu{sup 2+}, Fe{sup 3+}, Co{sup 2+}, Cr{sup 3+}) on their optical absorption and photocatalytic properties was investigated. The obtained metal-doped TiO{sub 2} samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and UV-vis absorption spectroscopy. It is shown that doping effect on anatase (A) and rutile (R) properties is quite different, being much stronger and complicated on A than on R. Contrary to doped R, doped A revealed a significant red shift of the absorption edge along with the band gap narrowing. Photocatalytic activity of anatase increases upon doping in the order: AR/Co>R/Cu>R/Fe>R/Cr, indicating the inhibitory effect of impurity cations. This fact correlates with the decrease in the UV absorption of the doped rutile in the region of the Hg-lamp irradiation at 4.88 eV. - Graphical abstract: A red shift of the absorption edge of nanocrystalline single-phase anatase after doping with transition metal cations. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Single-phase anatase and rutile powders surface-doped with transition metal cations. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Absorption edge and band gap of rutile do not change with surface doping. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Band gap of surface-doped anatase reduces being the lowest for A/Fe. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The surface-doping improves photocatalytic activity of anatase. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The surface-doping inhibits photocatalytic activity of rutile.

  10. Optical Temperature Sensing Behavior Through Stark Sublevels Transitions of Green and Red Upconversion Emissions for Er3+-Yb3+-Li+ Codoped TiO2 Phosphors.

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    He, Y Y; Wu, J L; Wang, X H; Feng, Z Q; Dong, B

    2016-04-01

    The Er3+-Yb3+-Li+ codoped TiO2 phosphors have been prepared by sol-gel method. The green and red upconversion emissions were observed under a 976 nm laser diode excitation, which were ascribed to 2H11/2 --> 4I15/2, 4S3/2(I)/4S3/2(II) -->4I15/2, and 4F9/2(I)/4F9/2(II) -->4I15/2 transitions of Er3+ Stark sublevels. The fluorescence intensity ratios (FIR), which are corresponding to the transitions of 2H11/2/(4S3/2(I)+4S3/2(II))--> 4I5/2, 4S3/2(I)/4S3/2(II) -->4I15/2, and 4F9/2(II)/4F9/2(II) -->4I15/2, have been studied as a function of temperature in the range of 303 673 K. The temperature sensitivities have been calculated at the maximum value of 0.0020 K-1, 0.0015 K-1, and 0.0011 K-1 at the temperatures of 427 K, 350 K, and 273 K for the three coupled energy level transitions, respectively. The Er3+-Yb3+-Li+ codoped Ti02 phosphor with different temperature sensitivities by Stark sublevels indicated that it is a promising material for application in optical temperature sensing at a wide range of temperature. PMID:27451706

  11. Optical Kerr-effect study of trans- and cis-1,2-dichloroethene: liquid-liquid transition or super-Arrhenius relaxation.

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    Turton, David A; Martin, David F; Wynne, Klaas

    2010-04-28

    The evidence that a molecular liquid in its thermodynamically-stable state can undergo a liquid-liquid transition (LLT) is still uncertain. Therefore, trans-1,2-dichloroethene is of interest due to reports of a LLT above the melting point [S. Kawanishi, T. Sasuga and M. Takehisa, J. Phys. Soc. Jpn., 1982, 51, 1579-1583; S. Rzoska, J. Ziolo, A. Drozd-Rzoska, J. L. Tamarit and N. Veglio, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter, 2008, 20, 244124; K. Merkel, A. Kocot, R. Wrzalik and J. Ziolo, J. Chem. Phys., 2008, 129, 074503-074508]. Ultrafast optical Kerr-effect (OKE) spectroscopy enables accurate measurement of the low-frequency modes arising from interactions in liquids and therefore should be sensitive to the change in liquid structure inherent in such a transition. In the OKE data presented here, no sharp transitions are discernible, nor are there any in calorimetry data. However, the same data do reveal that neither trans- nor cis-1,2-dichloroethene is a simple liquid: in each case, a non-Arrhenius temperature dependence (with a Debye lineshape) is observed for the alpha relaxation. This dependence can be fitted by the Vogel-Fulcher-Tammann (VFT) law over the measurable temperature range suggesting that at low temperature, cooperative relaxation, due to the formation of clusters or structure, is present. Accurate analysis of the OKE spectrum in the terahertz region is generally limited by approximations inherent in the models. Here the diffusional modes are convoluted with librational modes to give a more physically meaningful approximation to the inertial response.

  12. Transition metal (Fe, Co and Ni) oxide nanoparticles grafted graphitic carbon nitrides as efficient optical limiters and recyclable photocatalysts

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    Sridharan, Kishore; Kuriakose, Tintu; Philip, Reji; Park, Tae Joo

    2014-07-01

    A single-step pyrolysis assisted route towards the large scale fabrication of metal oxide nanoparticles (Fe2O3, Co3O4 and NiO) ingrained in graphitic carbon nitride (GCN) is demonstrated. Urea, an abundantly available precursor, plays a dual role during the synthesis: while it acts as a reducing agent, it also gets converted to GCN. The formation of GCN and the in-situ growth and embedment of oxide nanoparticles are discussed on the basis of the experimental results. The wide absorption of the samples in the visible light region makes them suitable for nonlinear transmission and photocatalytic activity studies. Visible light photocatalytic activities of the samples are studied by monitoring the degradation of Rhodamine B dye. Optical limiting properties of the prepared samples are studied through the open aperture z-scan technique using 5 ns laser pulses at a wavelength of 532 nm. The cost-efficient and time saving synthetic approach is complemented by the magnetic behaviour of the samples, which enables their use as recyclable photocatalyst and magnetically controllable optical limiters.

  13. Finding consistency between different views of the absorption enhancement of black carbon: An observationally constrained hybrid model to support a transition in optical properties with mass fraction

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    Coe, H.; Allan, J. D.; Whitehead, J.; Alfarra, M. R. R.; Villegas, E.; Kong, S.; Williams, P. I.; Ting, Y. C.; Haslett, S.; Taylor, J.; Morgan, W.; McFiggans, G.; Spracklen, D. V.; Reddington, C.

    2015-12-01

    The mixing state of black carbon is uncertain yet has a significant influence on the efficiency with which a particle absorbs light. In turn, this may make a significant contribution to the uncertainty in global model predictions of the black carbon radiative budget. Previous modelling studies that have represented this mixing state using a core-shell approach have shown that aged black carbon particles may be considerably enhanced compared to freshly emitted black carbon due to the addition of co-emitted, weakly absorbing species. However, recent field results have demonstrated that any enhancement of absorption is minor in the ambient atmosphere. Resolving these differences in absorption efficiency is important as they will have a major impact on the extent to which black carbon heats the atmospheric column. We have made morphology-independent measurements of refractory black carbon mass and associated weakly absorbing material in single particles from laboratory-generated diesel soot and black carbon particles in ambient air influenced by traffic and wood burning sources and related these to the optical properties of the particles. We compared our calculated optical properties with optical models that use varying mixing state assumptions and by characterising the behaviour in terms of the relative amounts of weakly absorbing material and black carbon in a particle we show a sharp transition in mixing occurs. We show that the majority of black carbon particles from traffic-dominated sources can be treated as externally mixed and show no absorption enhancement, whereas models assuming internal mixing tend to give the best estimate of the absorption enhancement of thickly coated black carbon particles from biofuel or biomass burning. This approach reconciles the differences in absorption enhancement previously observed and offers a systematic way of treating the differences in behaviour observed.

  14. Characterization by combined optical and FT infrared spectra of 3d-transition metal ions doped-bismuth silicate glasses and effects of gamma irradiation.

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    ElBatal, F H; Abdelghany, A M; ElBatal, H A

    2014-03-25

    Optical and infrared absorption spectral measurements were carried out for binary bismuth silicate glass and other derived prepared samples with the same composition and containing additional 0.2% of one of 3d transition metal oxides. The same combined spectroscopic properties were also measured after subjecting the prepared glasses to a gamma dose of 8 Mrad. The experimental optical spectra reveal strong UV-near visible absorption bands from the base and extended to all TMs-doped samples and these specific extended and strong UV-near visible absorption bands are related to the contributions of absorption from both trace iron (Fe(3+)) ions present as contaminated impurities within the raw materials and from absorption of main constituent trivalent bismuth (Bi(3+)) ions. The strong UV-near visible absorption bands are observed to suppress any further UV bands from TM ions. The studied glasses show obvious resistant to gamma irradiation and only small changes are observed upon gamma irradiation. This observed shielding behavior is related to the presence of high Bi(3+) ions with heavy mass causing the observed stability of the optical absorption. Infrared absorption spectra of the studied glasses reveal characteristic vibrational bands due to both modes from silicate network and the sharing of Bi-O linkages and the presence of TMs in the doping level (0.2%) causes no distinct changes within the number or position of the vibrational modes. The presence of high Bi2O3 content (70 mol%) appears to cause stability of the structural building units towards gamma irradiation as revealed by FTIR measurements.

  15. Properties of bosons in a one-dimensional bichromatic optical lattice in the regime of the pinning transition: A worm-algorithm Monte Carlo study

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    Sakhel, Asaad R.

    2016-09-01

    The sensitivity of the pinning transition (PT) as described by the sine-Gordon model of strongly interacting bosons confined in a shallow, one-dimensional, periodic optical lattice (OL), is examined against perturbations of the OL. The PT has been recently realized experimentally by Haller et al. [Nature (London) 466, 597 (2010), 10.1038/nature09259] and is the exact opposite of the superfluid-to-Mott-insulator transition in a deep OL with weakly interacting bosons. The continuous-space worm-algorithm (WA) Monte Carlo method [Boninsegni et al., Phys. Rev. E 74, 036701 (2006), 10.1103/PhysRevE.74.036701] is applied for the present examination. It is found that the WA is able to reproduce the PT, which is another manifestation of the power of continuous-space WA methods in capturing the physics of phase transitions. In order to examine the sensitivity of the PT, it is tweaked by the addition of the secondary OL. The resulting bichromatic optical lattice (BCOL) is considered with a rational ratio of the constituting wavelengths λ1 and λ2 in contrast to the commonly used irrational ratio. For a weak BCOL, it is chiefly demonstrated that this PT is robust against the introduction of a weaker, secondary OL. The system is explored numerically by scanning its properties in a range of the Lieb-Liniger interaction parameter γ in the regime of the PT. It is argued that there should not be much difference in the results between those due to an irrational ratio λ1/λ2 and those due to a rational approximation of the latter, bringing this in line with a recent statement by Boers et al. [Phys. Rev. A 75, 063404 (2007), 10.1103/PhysRevA.75.063404]. The correlation function, Matsubara Green's function (MGF), and the single-particle density matrix do not respond to changes in the depth of the secondary OL V1. For a stronger BCOL, however, a response is observed because of changes in V1. In the regime where the bosons are fermionized, the MGF reveals that hole excitations are

  16. Investigation on the quantum-to-classical transition by optical parametric amplification: Generation and detection of multiphoton quantum superposition

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    De Martini, Francesco; Sciarrino, Fabio

    2015-02-01

    We review an extended research carried out on the theoretical and experimental realization of a macroscopic quantum superposition (MQS) made up with photons. The described scheme is based on a nonlinear process, the quantum injected optical parametric amplification, that transforms the quantum coherence of a single particle state, i.e. a Micro-qubit, into a Macro-qubit, consisting in a large number M of photons in quantum superposition. Since the adopted scheme was found resilient to decoherence, the MQS demonstration was carried out experimentally at room temperature with M ≥104. This result elicited an extended study on quantum cloning, quantum amplification and quantum decoherence. The MQS interference patterns for large M were revealed in the experiment and the bipartite Micro-Macro entanglement was also demonstrated for a limited number of generated particles. At last, the perspectives opened by this new method are considered in the view of further studies on quantum foundations and quantum measurement.

  17. Definition of Shifts of Optical Transitions Frequencies due to Pulse Perturbation Action by the Photon Echo Signal Form

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    Lisin, V. N.; Shegeda, A. M.; Samartsev, V. V.

    2015-09-01

    A relative phase shift between the different groups of excited dipoles, which appears as result of its frequency splitting due to action of a pulse of electric or magnetic fields, depends on a time, if the pulse overlaps in time with echo-pulse. As а consequence, the echo waveform is changed. The echo time form is modulated. The inverse modulation period well enough approximates Zeeman and pseudo-Stark splitting in the cases of magnetic and, therefore, electrical fields. Thus the g-factors of ground 4I15/2 and excited 4F9/2 optical states of Er3+ ion in LuLiF4 and YLiF4 have been measured and pseudo-Stark shift of R1 line in ruby has been determined.

  18. A Real-Time Orbit Determination Method for Smooth Transition from Optical Tracking to Laser Ranging of Debris.

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    Li, Bin; Sang, Jizhang; Zhang, Zhongping

    2016-01-01

    A critical requirement to achieve high efficiency of debris laser tracking is to have sufficiently accurate orbit predictions (OP) in both the pointing direction (better than 20 arc seconds) and distance from the tracking station to the debris objects, with the former more important than the latter because of the narrow laser beam. When the two line element (TLE) is used to provide the orbit predictions, the resultant pointing errors are usually on the order of tens to hundreds of arc seconds. In practice, therefore, angular observations of debris objects are first collected using an optical tracking sensor, and then used to guide the laser beam pointing to the objects. The manual guidance may cause interrupts to the laser tracking, and consequently loss of valuable laser tracking data. This paper presents a real-time orbit determination (OD) and prediction method to realize smooth and efficient debris laser tracking. The method uses TLE-computed positions and angles over a short-arc of less than 2 min as observations in an OD process where simplified force models are considered. After the OD convergence, the OP is performed from the last observation epoch to the end of the tracking pass. Simulation and real tracking data processing results show that the pointing prediction errors are usually less than 10″, and the distance errors less than 100 m, therefore, the prediction accuracy is sufficient for the blind laser tracking. PMID:27347958

  19. A Real-Time Orbit Determination Method for Smooth Transition from Optical Tracking to Laser Ranging of Debris

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    Li, Bin; Sang, Jizhang; Zhang, Zhongping

    2016-01-01

    A critical requirement to achieve high efficiency of debris laser tracking is to have sufficiently accurate orbit predictions (OP) in both the pointing direction (better than 20 arc seconds) and distance from the tracking station to the debris objects, with the former more important than the latter because of the narrow laser beam. When the two line element (TLE) is used to provide the orbit predictions, the resultant pointing errors are usually on the order of tens to hundreds of arc seconds. In practice, therefore, angular observations of debris objects are first collected using an optical tracking sensor, and then used to guide the laser beam pointing to the objects. The manual guidance may cause interrupts to the laser tracking, and consequently loss of valuable laser tracking data. This paper presents a real-time orbit determination (OD) and prediction method to realize smooth and efficient debris laser tracking. The method uses TLE-computed positions and angles over a short-arc of less than 2 min as observations in an OD process where simplified force models are considered. After the OD convergence, the OP is performed from the last observation epoch to the end of the tracking pass. Simulation and real tracking data processing results show that the pointing prediction errors are usually less than 10″, and the distance errors less than 100 m, therefore, the prediction accuracy is sufficient for the blind laser tracking. PMID:27347958

  20. Magneto-optical activity of f-f transitions in ErFe3(BO3)4 and ErAl3(BO3)4 single crystals

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    Malakhovskii, A. V.; Sukhachev, A. L.; Sokolov, V. V.; Kutsak, T. V.; Bondarev, V. S.; Gudim, I. A.

    2015-06-01

    Absorption, magnetic circular dichroism and natural circular dichroism spectra of ErFe3(BO3)4 and ErAl3(BO3)4 single crystals were measured as a function of temperature in the range of 90-293 K. It was found out that magneto-optical activity of the same f-f transitions in the studied crystals substantially differed and their temperature dependences did not follow the Curie-Weiss law in contrast to the properties of allowed transitions. The observed phenomena were accounted for by the nature of f-f transitions allowance. Properties of the transition 4I15/2→4S3/2 were studied in detail. In particular, the Zeeman splitting and the natural optical activity of the absorption lines composed of the transition were determined. The vibronic line with the very large natural optical activity was revealed and identified. Two nonequivalent Er3+ ion positions with the opposite chirality were found out in one of the excited states. Polarization properties of the 4I15/2→4S3/2 transition in the ErFe3(BO3)4 crystal have shown that the local symmetry of Er3+ ion in this crystal in the range of 90-293 K is lower than the D3 one. From the heat capacity measurements it was revealed, that the first order structural phase transition to lower symmetry occurred in ErFe3(BO3)4 at 433-439 K.

  1. A study of structural phase transition, vibration, optical, and magnetic properties of Fe-doped PbTiO3 nanostructured powders

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    Oanh, Le Thi Mai; Do, Danh Bich; Van Minh, Nguyen

    2016-07-01

    Crystal structure, surface morphology, vibration, optical, and magnetic properties of PbTi1- x Fe x O3 ( x = 0.00, 0.02, 0.04, 0.06, 0.08, and 0.10) nanoparticles prepared by sol-gel method have been investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, scanning electron microscopy, Raman scattering, ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) absorption spectroscopy, and magnetization measurements. PbTi1- x Fe x O3 nanoparticles exhibit a structural phase transition from tetragonal to cubic structure as Fe concentration increases from 0 to 10 %mol. This leads to the reduction in tetragonal c/a ratio from 1.052 for un-doped PbTiO3 to 1.017 for PbTi0.9Fe0.1O3 sample. Grain size of the PbTi1- x Fe x O3 nanoparticles decreases with increasing Fe content and obviously increases with increasing calcination temperature. Raman spectra not only indicate the structural phase transition, but also confirm the replacement of Ti cations by Fe in the host PbTiO3 crystal lattice. Moreover, PbTi1- x Fe x O3 presents a narrowed band gap, much smaller than that of pure PbTiO3, which even remarkably reduces with increasing calcination temperature. PbTi1- x Fe x O3 shows a decrease in room temperature ferromagnetism as calcination temperature increases which can be explained by the decrease in surface oxygen vacancy. Furthermore, high tetragonality PbTi1- x Fe x O3 nanocrystals calcined at 900 °C exhibit a rapid increase in saturation magnetization M s when Fe concentration exceeds 4 %mol. This reveals the major role of magnetic-polaron interaction in magnetism of high tetragonality PbTi1- x Fe x O3 nanocrystals.

  2. Method of optical self-mixing for pulse wave transit time in comparison with other methods and correlation with blood pressure

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    Meigas, Kalju; Lass, Jaanus; Kattai, Rain; Karai, Deniss; Kaik, Juri

    2004-07-01

    This paper is a part of research to develop convenient method for continuous monitoring of arterial blood pressure by non-invasive and non-oscillometric way. A simple optical method, using self-mixing in a diode laser, is used for detection of skin surface vibrations near the artery. These vibrations, which can reveal the pulsate propagation of blood pressure waves along the vasculature, are used for pulse wave registration. The registration of the Pulse Wave Transit Time (PWTT) is based on computing the time delay in different regions of the human body using an ECG as a reference signal. In this study, the comparison of method of optical self-mixing with other methods as photoplethysmographic (PPG) and bioimpedance (BI) for PWTT is done. Also correlation of PWTT, obtained with different methods, with arterial blood pressure is calculated. In our study, we used a group of volunteers (34 persons) who made the bicycle exercise test. The test consisted of cycling sessions of increasing workloads during which the HR changed from 60 to 180 beats per minute. In addition, a blood pressure (NIBP) was registered with standard sphygmomanometer once per minute during the test and all NIBP measurement values were synchronized to other signals to find exact time moments where the systolic blood pressure was detected (Korotkoff sounds starting point). Computer later interpolated the blood pressure signal in order to get individual value for every heart cycle. The other signals were measured continuously during all tests. At the end of every session, a recovery period was included until person's NIBP and heart rate (HR) normalized. As a result of our study it turned out that time intervals that were calculated from plethysmographic (PPG) waveforms were in the best correlation with systolic blood pressure. The diastolic pressure does not correlate with any of the parameters representing PWTT. The pulse wave signals measured by laser and piezoelectric transducer are very similar

  3. Temperature-Triggered Dielectric-Optical Duple Switch Based on an Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Phase Transition Crystal: [C5N2H16]2SbBr5.

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    Mao, Chen-Yu; Liao, Wei-Qiang; Wang, Zhong-Xia; Zafar, Zainab; Li, Peng-Fei; Lv, Xing-Hui; Fu, Da-Wei

    2016-08-01

    Molecular optical-electrical duple switches (switch "ON" and "OFF" bistable states) represent a class of highly desirable intelligent materials because of their sensitive switchable physical and/or chemical responses, simple and environmentally friendly processing, light weights, and mechanical flexibility. In the current work, the phase transition of 1 (general formula R2MX5, [C5N2H16]2[SbBr5]) can be triggered by the order-disorder transition of the organic cations at 278.3 K. The temperature-induced phase transition causes novel bistable optical-electrical duple characteristics, which indicates that 1 might be an excellent candidate for a potential switchable optical-electrical (fluorescence/dielectric) material. In the dielectric measurements, remarkable bistable dielectric responses were detected, accompanied by striking anisotropy along various crystallographic axes. For the intriguing fluorescence emission spectra, the intensity and position changed significantly with the occurrence of the structural phase transition. We believe that these findings might further promote the application of halogenoantimonates(III) and halogenobismuthates(III) in the field of optoelectronic multifunctional devices. PMID:27414504

  4. Optical and infrared absorption spectra of 3d transition metal ions-doped sodium borophosphate glasses and effect of gamma irradiation.

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    Abdelghany, A M; ElBatal, F H; Azooz, M A; Ouis, M A; ElBatal, H A

    2012-12-01

    Undoped and transition metals (3d TM) doped sodium borophosphate glasses were prepared. UV-visible absorption spectra were measured in the region 200-900nm before and after gamma irradiation. Experimental optical data indicate that the undoped sodium borophosphate glass reveals before irradiation strong and broad UV absorption and no visible bands could be identified. Such UV absorption is related to the presence of unavoidable trace iron impurities within the raw materials used for preparation of this base borophosphate glass. The TMs-doped glasses show absorption bands within the UV and/or visible regions which are characteristic to each respective TM ion in addition to the UV absorption observed from the host base glass. Infrared absorption spectra of the undoped and TMs-doped glasses reveal complex FTIR consisting of extended characteristic vibrational bands which are specific for phosphate groups as a main constituent but with the sharing of some vibrations due to the borate groups. This criterion was investigated and approved using DAT (deconvolution analysis technique). The effects of different TMs ions on the FTIR spectra are very limited due to the low doping level (0.2%) introduced in the glass composition. Gamma irradiation causes minor effect on the FTIR spectra specifically the decrease of intensities of some bands. Such behavior is related to the change of bond angles and/or bond lengths of some structural building units upon gamma irradiation.

  5. Geometric, electronic and optical properties of zinc/tin codoped In2O3 modulated by the bixbyite/corundum phase transition

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    Lu, Ying-Bo; Li, Y. H.; Ling, Z. C.; Cong, Wei-Yan; Zhang, Peng; Xin, Y. Q.; Yang, T. L.

    2016-02-01

    As transparent conducting oxides (TCOs), In2O3 in the high pressure phase attracts extensive research interests. Because physical properties are determined by the geometric structures, we investigate the electronic and optical properties of Zn/Sn codoped In2O3 materials (IZTO) being modulated by the bixbyite/corundum phase transition via Density Functional Theory calculations. For IZTO in high pressure phase, i.e. corundum phase, Sn/Zn dopant pair tends to form face-sharing ZnO6 and SnO6 octahedrons. The radius differences between Zn2+/Sn4+ dopants and In3+ host cations make Jahn-Teller effect occur and IZTO transform from bixbyite to corundum phase under a slight higher pressure than that of pure In2O3. Although Zn/Sn cosubstitution of In ions may increase the free carrier effective mass m * near the band edge, when IZTO crystal transforms to corundum phase, the more dense packing structure results in stronger cation s-orbital overlaps than in bixbyite phase, which makes m * recover to a smaller value. In addition, corundum IZTO has a larger indirect band gap and a high dopant solubility. So these investigations may open a new way to search for TCOs materials with low indium content.

  6. Fischer carbene mediated covalent grafting of a peptide nucleic acid on gold surfaces and IR optical detection of DNA hybridization with a transition metalcarbonyl label

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    Srivastava, Pratima; Ghasemi, Mahsa; Ray, Namrata; Sarkar, Amitabha; Kocabova, Jana; Lachmanova, Stepanka; Hromadova, Magdalena; Boujday, Souhir; Cauteruccio, Silvia; Thakare, Pramod; Licandro, Emanuela; Fosse, Céline; Salmain, Michèle

    2016-11-01

    Amine-reactive surfaces comprising N-hydroxysuccinimide ester groups as well as much more unusual Fischer alkoxymetallocarbene groups were generated on gold-coated surfaces via self-assembled monolayers of carboxy- and azido-terminated thiolates, respectively. These functions were further used to immobilize homothymine peptide nucleic acid (PNA) decamer in a covalent fashion involving the primary amine located at its N-terminus. These stepwise processes were monitored by polarization modulation reflection - absorption infrared spectroscopy (PM-RAIRS) that gave useful information on the molecular composition of the organic layers. PNA grafting and hybridization with complementary DNA strand were successfully transduced by quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) measurements. Unfortunately, attempts to transduce the hybridization optically by IR in a label-free fashion were inconclusive. Therefore we undertook to introduce an IR reporter group, namely a transition metalcarbonyl (TMC) entity at the 5‧ terminus of complementary DNA. Evidence for the formation of PNA-DNA heteroduplex was brought by the presence of ν(Ctbnd O) bands in the 2000 cm-1 region of the IR spectrum of the gold surface owing to the metalcarbonyl label.

  7. Optical evaluation of multichannel radiative transitions originating from 4G5/2 level of Sm3+ in heavy-metal-gallate glasses

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    Zhang, J.; Yang, D. L.; Pun, E. Y. B.; Gong, H.; Lin, H.

    2010-06-01

    Conventional visible and novel infrared (IR) emissions of Sm3+ in heavy-metal-gallate glasses (Li2O-K2O-BaO-PbO-Bi2O3-Ga2O3, LKBPBG for short) with low phonon energy have been observed. Judd-Ofelt parameters Ω2 (3.00×10-20 cm2), Ω4 (5.19×10-20 cm2), and Ω6 (1.69×10-20 cm2) indicate a higher asymmetry and stronger covalent environment in the optical glasses. For the visible fluorescence bands peaked at 564, 601, 648, and 710 nm, the maximum stimulated emission cross-sections (σe) were derived to be 1.35×10-22, 9.21×10-22, 9.58×10-22, and 3.91×10-22 cm2, respectively, the values are larger than those in phosphate, oxyfluoroborate, tellurite, and calibo glasses obviously. The observed 1185 nm IR emission lies in the low-loss window of telecommunication system, and the maximum value of σe for this band was obtained to be 6.09×10-23 cm2. The characterization of multichannel radiative transitions of Sm3+ in LKBPBG glasses is beneficial in exposing its potential applications in visible and IR optoelectronic devices.

  8. Electronic band gaps and exciton binding energies in monolayer M oxW1 -xS2 transition metal dichalcogenide alloys probed by scanning tunneling and optical spectroscopy

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    Rigosi, Albert F.; Hill, Heather M.; Rim, Kwang Taeg; Flynn, George W.; Heinz, Tony F.

    2016-08-01

    Using scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) and optical reflectance contrast measurements, we examine band-gap properties of single layers of transition metal dichalcogenide (TMDC) alloys: Mo S2 , M o0.5W0.5S2 , M o0.25W0.75S2 , M o0.1W0.9S2 , and W S2 . The quasiparticle band gap, spin-orbit separation of the excitonic transitions at the K /K' point in the Brillouin zone, and binding energies of the A exciton are extracted from STS and optical data. The exciton binding energies change roughly linearly with tungsten concentration. For our samples on an insulating substrate, we report quasiparticle band gaps from 2.17 ± 0.04 eV (Mo S2) to 2.38 ± 0.06 eV (W S2) , with A exciton binding energies ranging from 310 to 420 meV.

  9. Structural, optical and transport properties of transition metals doped (A: Co, Ni and Cu) BiFe{sub 0.9}A{sub 0.1}O{sub 3}

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    Parveen, Azra Agrawal, Shraddha; Naqvi, A. H.

    2015-06-24

    Nanoparticles of pure and Transition metals doped (Co, Ni and Cu) BiFeO{sub 3} of the composition BiFe{sub 0.9}A{sub 0.1}O{sub 3} (A = Co, Ni and Cu) have been successfully synthesized by sol gel auto combustion method using citric acid as a chelating agent and calcinated at 300°C. Microstructural analyses were done by XRD, TEM and SEM techniques. The crystallite size was resolute by powder X-ray diffraction technique whereas, UV-VIS technique was used to study the optical properties and band gap (Eg) of all samples. The variation of a. c. conductivity has been studied as function of frequency. It was observed that doping causes decreases in the ac conductivity of the nanoparticles as compared with the pure nanoparticles. It was also observed that doping of Transition Metals affects the optical properties effectively and band gaps were also increased.

  10. Optical evaluation of multichannel radiative transitions originating from {sup 4}G{sub 5/2} level of Sm{sup 3+} in heavy-metal-gallate glasses

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    Zhang, J.; Yang, D. L.; Gong, H.; Lin, H.; Pun, E. Y. B.

    2010-06-15

    Conventional visible and novel infrared (IR) emissions of Sm{sup 3+} in heavy-metal-gallate glasses (Li{sub 2}O-K{sub 2}O-BaO-PbO-Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Ga{sub 2}O{sub 3}, LKBPBG for short) with low phonon energy have been observed. Judd-Ofelt parameters {Omega}{sub 2} (3.00x10{sup -20} cm{sup 2}), {Omega}{sub 4} (5.19x10{sup -20} cm{sup 2}), and {Omega}{sub 6} (1.69x10{sup -20} cm{sup 2}) indicate a higher asymmetry and stronger covalent environment in the optical glasses. For the visible fluorescence bands peaked at 564, 601, 648, and 710 nm, the maximum stimulated emission cross-sections ({sigma}{sub e}) were derived to be 1.35x10{sup -22}, 9.21x10{sup -22}, 9.58x10{sup -22}, and 3.91x10{sup -22} cm{sup 2}, respectively, the values are larger than those in phosphate, oxyfluoroborate, tellurite, and calibo glasses obviously. The observed 1185 nm IR emission lies in the low-loss window of telecommunication system, and the maximum value of {sigma}{sub e} for this band was obtained to be 6.09x10{sup -23} cm{sup 2}. The characterization of multichannel radiative transitions of Sm{sup 3+} in LKBPBG glasses is beneficial in exposing its potential applications in visible and IR optoelectronic devices.

  11. Doppler-Free Spectroscopy of the {sup 1}S{sub 0}-{sup 3}P{sub 0} Optical Clock Transition in Laser-Cooled Fermionic Isotopes of Neutral Mercury

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    Petersen, M.; Chicireanu, R.; Dawkins, S. T.; Magalhaes, D. V.; Mandache, C.; Le Coq, Y.; Clairon, A.; Bize, S.

    2008-10-31

    We report direct laser spectroscopy of the {sup 1}S{sub 0}-{sup 3}P{sub 0} transition at 265.6 nm in fermionic isotopes of neutral mercury in a magneto-optical trap. Measurements of the frequency against the LNE-SYRTE primary reference using an optical frequency comb yield 1 128 575 290 808.4{+-}5.6 kHz in {sup 199}Hg and 1 128 569 561 139.6{+-}5.3 kHz in {sup 201}Hg. The uncertainty, allowed by the observation of the Doppler-free recoil doublet, is 4 orders of magnitude lower than previous indirect determinations. Mercury is a promising candidate for future optical lattice clocks due to its low sensitivity to blackbody radiation.

  12. Absolute frequency measurement of 1S0(F = 1/2)-3P0(F = 1/2) transition of 171Yb atoms in a one-dimensional optical lattice at KRISS

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    Park, Chang Yong; Yu, Dai-Hyuk; Lee, Won-Kyu; Eon Park, Sang; Kim, Eok Bong; Lee, Sun Kyung; Cho, Jun Woo; Yoon, Tai Hyun; Mun, Jongchul; Jong Park, Sung; Kwon, Taeg Yong; Lee, Sang-Bum

    2013-04-01

    We measured the absolute frequency of the optical clock transition 1S0(F = 1/2)-3P0(F = 1/2) of 171Yb atoms confined in a one-dimensional optical lattice and it was determined to be 518 295 836 590 863.5(8.1) Hz. The frequency was measured against Terrestrial Time (TT; the SI second on the geoid) using an optical frequency comb of which the frequency was phase-locked to an H-maser as a flywheel oscillator traceable to TT. The magic wavelength was also measured as 394 798.48(79) GHz. The results are in good agreement with two previous measurements of other institutes within the specified uncertainty of this work.

  13. Giant, ultrafast optical switching based on an Insulator-to-MetalTransition in VO2 Nano-particles: Photo-activation of shape-controlledplasmons at 1.55 mu-m

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    Rini, M.; Cavalleri, A.; Schoenlein, R.W.; Lopez, R.; Feldman,C.; Haglund, R.; Boatner, L.A.; Haynes, T.E.

    2004-07-01

    A new generation of devices where the electronic, optical or magnetic state of a system can be controlled optically on the ultrafast timescale is one of the most compelling technological ramifications of the rapidly advancing field of strongly correlated electrons. However, for real-world applications it is also necessary to incorporate these compounds in appropriate environments (e.g. optical fibers or silicon-based electronics), to ensure compatibility with existing technologies (e.g. telecom wavelengths), room temperature operation and limited power densities. Here, we report on the study of the photo-activated optical switching in nanorods of strongly correlated VO{sub 2}. The particles are grown by ion-implantation and self-assembly within a Silica matrix or an optical fiber, operate at room temperature and can be switched between the insulating and metallic phase within less than 100 fs. The energy threshold to achieve switching corresponds to approximately 500 pJ within the core of a single mode fiber and is compatible with current diode technologies. Tailoring of the spherical/cylindrical geometry results in control of the spectral response of the system, which is dominated by the impulsive formation of a surface plasmon upon the insulator-to-metal transition. The response at the technologically important 1.55 {micro}m wavelength is in this way maximized.

  14. Enhancement of the third-order nonlinear optical properties in open-shell singlet transition-metal dinuclear systems: effects of the group, of the period, and of the charge of the metal atom.

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    Fukui, Hitoshi; Inoue, Yudai; Yamada, Taishi; Ito, Soichi; Shigeta, Yasuteru; Kishi, Ryohei; Champagne, Benoît; Nakano, Masayoshi

    2012-06-01

    Metal-metal multiply bonded complexes in their singlet state have been predicted to form a novel class of "σ-dominant" third-order nonlinear optical compounds based on the results of dichromium(II) and dimolybdenum(II) systems (H. Fukui et al. J. Phys. Chem. Lett.2011, 2, 2063) whose second hyperpolarizabilities (γ) are enhanced by the contribution of the dσ electrons with an intermediate diradical character. In this study, using the spin-unrestricted coupled-cluster method with singles and doubles as well as with perturbative triples, we investigate the dependences of γ on the group and on the period of the transition metals as well as on their atomic charges in several open-shell singlet dimetallic systems. A significant enhancement of γ is observed in those dimetallic systems composed of (i) transition metals with a small group number, (ii) transition metals with a large periodic number, and (iii) transition metals with a small positive charge. From the decomposition of the γ values into the contributions of dσ, dπ, and dδ electrons, the γ enhancements are shown to originate from the dσ contribution, because it corresponds to the intermediate diradical character region. Furthermore, the amplitude of dσ contribution turns out to be related to the size of the d(z(2)) atomic orbital of the transition metal, which accounts for the dependence of γ on the group, on the period, and on the charge of the metal atoms. These dependences provide a guideline for an effective molecular design of highly efficient third-order nonlinear optical (NLO) systems based on the metal-metal bonded systems.

  15. Noise-immune cavity-enhanced optical heterodyne molecular spectrometry on N₂O 1.283 μm transition based on a quantum-dot external-cavity diode laser.

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    Chen, Tzu-Ling; Liu, Yi-Wei

    2015-09-15

    To access the wavelength within the 1.1-1.3 μm region, we have developed a quantum-dot (QD) laser with an external-cavity configuration and a linewidth of kilohertz at a 1 ms integration time. The residual electroluminescence, due to the inhomogeneous broadening of the QD gain medium, was observed and filtered out using a grating. While a fiber-coupled electro-optical modulator was employed, this laser system was locked to a high-finesse (F∼18,500) optical cavity, and noise-immune cavity-enhanced optical heterodyne molecular spectroscopy was used to observe weak transitions. The Doppler-broadened spectra of a weak N(2)O transition at 1.283 μm are obtained with a signal-to-noise ratio of 30 for a gas pressure of 54 mTorr. The minimum noise-equivalent absorption coefficient is 5.3×10(-10)  cm(-1) Hz(-1/2). This system can be a powerful and stable light source for atomic parity nonconservation measurements using thallium, ytterbium, lead, and iodine. PMID:26371934

  16. Energy transfer and non-linear optical properties at near ultraviolet wavelengths: Rare earth 4f {yields} 5d transitions in crystals and glasses. Final report, June 1, 1984--May 31, 1992

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    Hamilton, D.S.

    1992-08-01

    The following topics were studied: two-photon transitions from 4f ground state to 5d excited states in Ce{sup 3+}:CaF{sub 2}; optical absorption and photoionization measurements from excited state of Ce{sup 3+}:Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12}; excited state photoionization of Ce{sup 3+} ions in Ce{sub 3+}:CaF{sub 2}; optical gain and loss studies in Ce{sup 3+}:LiYF{sub 4}; Gd {yields}Cr energy transfer in Cr{sup 3+}:GSGG, Cr{sup 3+}:GSAG and Cr{sup 3+}:GGG crystals; nonradiative relaxation in Ce{sup 3+} doped crystals and glasses; and grating formation in impurity doped crystals.

  17. Doppler-free approach to optical pumping dynamics in the 6S1/2-5D5/2 electric quadrupole transition of cesium vapor.

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    Chan, Eng Aik; Aljunid, Syed Abdullah; Zheludev, Nikolay I; Wilkowski, David; Ducloy, Martial

    2016-05-01

    The 6S1/2-5D5/2 electric quadrupole transition is investigated in cesium vapor at room temperature via nonlinear Doppler-free 6P-6S-5D three-level spectroscopy. Frequency-resolved studies of individual E2 hyperfine lines allow one to analyze the optical pumping dynamics, polarization selection rules, and line intensities. It opens the way to studies of transfer of light orbital angular momentum to atoms and the influence of metamaterials on E2 line spectra. PMID:27128060

  18. Optical transitions in Cd{sub x}Hg{sub 1-x}Te-based quantum wells and their analysis with account for the actual band structure of the material

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    Bazhenov, N. L. Shilyaev, A. V.; Mynbaev, K. D.; Zegrya, G. G.

    2012-06-15

    Quantum-confinement levels in a Cd{sub x}Hg{sub 1-x}Te-based rectangular quantum well are calculated in the framework of the four-band Kane model taking into account mixing between the states of electrons and three types of holes (heavy, light, and spin-split holes). Comparison of the calculation results with experimental data on the photoluminescence of Cd{sub x}Hg{sub 1-x}Te-based quantum wells suggests that optical transitions involving the conduction and light-hole bands are possibly observed in the spectra.

  19. Transition Planning

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    Statfeld, Jenna L.

    2011-01-01

    Post-school transition is the movement of a child with disabilities from school to activities that occur after the completion of school. This paper provides information about: (1) post-school transition; (2) transition plan; (3) transition services; (4) transition planning; (5) vocational rehabilitation services; (6) services that are available…

  20. Anisotropy of inter-band transitions and band structure of Cs3Zn6B9O21 nonlinear optical crystals

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    Bovgyra, O. V.; Kurlak, V. Y.; Chrunik, M.; Majchrowski, A.; Jaroszewicz, L. R.; Ozga, K.

    2016-06-01

    Polarized optical functions near the fundamental absorption edge of novel Cs3Zn6B9O21 nonlinear optical crystals possessing a wide UV transparency down to 190 nm were investigated. The anisotropy of optical functions is not well studied yet which restrains the further strategy of the formation on its base of solid state compounds with desirable properties. The studies were performed using a band structure calculations as well as the experimental measurements of fundamental polarized UV absorption edge and X-ray photoelectron spectra of the studied crystals. The experimental data were used for evaluation of scissor factors of the band structure. The results of the calculations were compared with the XPS and polarized absorption optical spectra of the investigated crystals. The introduction of the scissor factor was performed in order to obtain a sufficient agreement with experiment. The observed anisotropy of absorption may be explained by the anisotropy of carrier effective masses.

  1. Optical performance of an ultra-sensitive horn-coupled transition-edge-sensor bolometer with hemispherical backshort in the far infrared.

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    Audley, Michael D; de Lange, Gert; Gao, Jian-Rong; Khosropanah, Pourya; Hijmering, Richard; Ridder, Marcel; Mauskopf, Philip D; Morozov, Dmitry; Trappe, Neil A; Doherty, Stephen

    2016-04-01

    The next generation of far infrared space observatories will require extremely sensitive detectors that can be realized only by combining extremely low intrinsic noise with high optical efficiency. We have measured the broad-band optical response of ultra-sensitive transtion edge sensor (TES) bolometers (NEP≈2aW/Hz) in the 30-60-μm band where radiation is coupled to the detectors with a few-moded conical feedhorn and a hemispherical backshort. We show that these detectors have an optical efficiency of 60% (the ratio of the power detected by the TES bolometer to the total power propagating through the feedhorn). We find that the measured optical efficiency can be understood in terms of the modes propagating through the feedhorn with the aid of a spatial mode-filtering technique.

  2. Optical performance of an ultra-sensitive horn-coupled transition-edge-sensor bolometer with hemispherical backshort in the far infrared.

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    Audley, Michael D; de Lange, Gert; Gao, Jian-Rong; Khosropanah, Pourya; Hijmering, Richard; Ridder, Marcel; Mauskopf, Philip D; Morozov, Dmitry; Trappe, Neil A; Doherty, Stephen

    2016-04-01

    The next generation of far infrared space observatories will require extremely sensitive detectors that can be realized only by combining extremely low intrinsic noise with high optical efficiency. We have measured the broad-band optical response of ultra-sensitive transtion edge sensor (TES) bolometers (NEP≈2aW/Hz) in the 30-60-μm band where radiation is coupled to the detectors with a few-moded conical feedhorn and a hemispherical backshort. We show that these detectors have an optical efficiency of 60% (the ratio of the power detected by the TES bolometer to the total power propagating through the feedhorn). We find that the measured optical efficiency can be understood in terms of the modes propagating through the feedhorn with the aid of a spatial mode-filtering technique. PMID:27131650

  3. Latching micro optical switch

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    Garcia, Ernest J; Polosky, Marc A

    2013-05-21

    An optical switch reliably maintains its on or off state even when subjected to environments where the switch is bumped or otherwise moved. In addition, the optical switch maintains its on or off state indefinitely without requiring external power. External power is used only to transition the switch from one state to the other. The optical switch is configured with a fixed optical fiber and a movable optical fiber. The movable optical fiber is guided by various actuators in conjunction with a latching mechanism that configure the switch in one position that corresponds to the on state and in another position that corresponds to the off state.

  4. Electromagnetically induced absorption and electromagnetically induced transparency for optical transitions F{sub g} → F{sub e} in the field of elliptically polarized waves

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    Lazebnyi, D. B. Brazhnikov, D. V.; Taichenachev, A. V.; Basalaev, M. Yu. Yudin, V. I.

    2015-12-15

    Nonlinear laser spectroscopy is considered in the scheme of two collinear waves with arbitrary elliptical polarizations. Emphasis is placed on investigating the nonlinear corrections in the absorption spectrum of one of the waves. The spontaneous transfer of low-frequency Zeeman coherence is shown to affect the sign of the subnatural-width resonance. For a closed transition, the direction of the resonance profile has been found to depend only on the angular momenta F{sub e} and F{sub g}. On this basis, a classification has been developed for various transitions by the direction of the subnatural-width resonance profile.

  5. An ultra-stable optical frequency standard for telecommunication purposes based upon the 5S1/2 → 5D5/2 two-photon transition in rubidium

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    Terra, Osama; Hussein, Hatem

    2016-02-01

    In this study, we report the development of a frequency standard for optical fiber communication applications based on a two-photon transition in rubidium at 385.2 THz. This standard kills two birds with one stone in the sense it is capable of providing us with two highly stable serviceable wavelengths at 778.1 and 1556.2 nm. In this system, we exploit the narrow line-width of a fiber laser emitting at 1556.2 nm in conjunction with an erbium-doped fiber amplifier to generate a sufficient second harmonic laser beam at 778.1 nm in a periodically polled lithium niobate waveguide mixer in order to probe and frequency-lock the laser to the 5S1/2 ( F g = 3)-5D5/2 ( F e = 5) hyperfine two-photon transition component in 85Rb. The metrological performance of the standard is evaluated with the aid of an optical frequency comb synthesizer. Allan variance measurement shows a stability of 4 × 10-12 at 1 s (limited by the comb stability), reaching a floor of 6.8 × 10-13 at 1000 s. After correction of all the major systematic frequency shifts including the light shift, the absolute frequency is found to be 385 285 142 374.0 (5.0) kHz. Moreover, the absolute frequencies of most of the hyperfine components of the 5S1/2-5D5/2 transition of the two naturally existing rubidium isotopes are measured using a femtosecond frequency comb synthesizer after stabilizing a laser on each component.

  6. Measurement of Isotope Shifts, Hyperfine Splittings and Stark Shift for the Ytterbium (6S)2 SINGLET-S(0) to (6S6P) TRIPLET-P(1) Transition Using AN Acousto-Optically Modulated Laser Beam.

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    Li, Jian

    1995-11-01

    Accurate measurements of isotope shifts, hyperfine splittings and Stark shifts are of interest for studying atomic structure. This thesis reports a new method to precisely measure small frequency intervals. This was done using an acousto-optic modulator to frequency shift part of a laser beam. The frequency shifted and unshifted laser beams were then superimposed and excited an atomic beam. The laser frequency was scanned across the transition while fluorescence produced by the radiative decay of the excited state was detected by a photomultiplier. Each transition generated two peaks in the spectrum separated by the acousto-optic modulation frequency, which permitted the frequency to be calibrated. This method was tested by measuring the isotope shifts and hyperfine splittings of the ytterbium rm (6s)^2 ^1S_0to(6s6p) ^3P_1 transition at 555.6 nm. The shifts (MHz) relative to ^{176} Yb are: ^{173}Yb {it F}=7/2,-1432.1+/-1.2; ^{171}Yb {it F}=1/2, -1176.9+/-1.1; ^{174}Yb, 953.8+/-1.0; ^{172}Yb 1953.9+/-1.6; ^{170}Yb 3240.4+/-2.8; ^{173}Yb {it F}=5/2,3265.8+/-2.8; ^ {168}Yb, 4611.9+/-4.4; ^ {171,173}Yb {it F}=3/2,4760.1 +/-3.7 where the negative sign indicates that the transition occurs at a lower frequency than in ^{176}Yb. The magnetic dipole (a) and electric quadrupole (b) hyperfine coupling constants (MHz) of the (6s6p) ^3P_1 state for ^{171,173}Yb were determined to be a_{171}=3959.1 +/-3.0, a_{173}=-1094.44+/-0.84 and b_{173}=-827.89+/-0.85. These results were in agreement with the most accurate data found in the literature that were obtained by measuring frequency shifts using a Fabry Perot etalon whose length was stabilized with a helium neon laser locked to an iodine line. In contrast, our method uses cheaper and simpler apparatus. Next, the Stark shift of the ytterbium rm (6s)^2 ^1S_0to(6s6p) ^3P_1 transition was measured by passing the atomic beam through a uniform electric field. The Stark shift rate was found to be -15.419+/-0.048 kHz/(kV/cm)^2. No

  7. Transiting Exoplanets

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    Haswell, Carole A.

    2010-07-01

    1. Our solar system from afar; 2. Exoplanet discoveries by the transit method; 3. What the transit lightcurve tells us; 4. The transiting exoplanet population; 5. Transmission spectroscopy and Rossiter-McLaughlin effect; 6. Secondary eclipses and phase variations; 7. Transit timing variations and orbital dynamics; 8. Brave new worlds: the future; Index.

  8. A DFT study of the structural, electronic and optical properties of transition metal doped fluorite oxides: Ce0.75M0.25O2 (M=Fe, Co, Ni)

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    Tian, Dong; Zeng, Chunhua; Fu, Yunchang; Wang, Hua; Luo, Hongchun; Xiang, Chao; Wei, Yonggang; Li, Kongzhai; Zhu, Xing

    2016-04-01

    The structural, electronic and optical properties of Ce1-xMxO2 (M=Fe, Co, Ni; x=0, 0.25) fluorite type oxides are studied by using the method of density functional theory (DFT) + U method. The calculated equilibrium lattice parameter, cell volume, bulk modulus and optical properties for CeO2 are in good agreement with the available experimental data and other theoretical results. The lattice parameter, cell volume, bulk modulus and bond length of Ce-O decreased after substituting Ce atom with Fe (or Co, Ni). Meanwhile, the band-gap (Eg) reduction is observed. It is interesting to find that doping of Fe (or Co, Ni) in CeO2 obviously decreases the O 2p-Ce 4f transition intensity and the covalent character of the Ce-O bond. On the contrary, the static dielectric constant ε0 and refractive index n0 for the doped system increased. Compared with the undoped CeO2, the doped system has steep absorption peaks ranging from 1.0 eV to 2.0 eV at lower energy, and it can be used for visible light absorption applications. The Ce0.75Co0.25O2 has a high refractive index and reflectivity, therefore it is suitable as a high-refractive index film material in single and multilayered optical coatings.

  9. Case study of ECG signal used as a reference signal in optical pulse transit time measurement of blood flow: the effect of different electrode placements on pulse transit time

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    Myllylä, Teemu S.; Vihriälä, Erkki V.; Korhonen, Vesa O.; Sorvoja, Hannu S. S.

    2013-02-01

    The electrocardiography (ECG) signal is often used as a reference signal when calculating pulse transit times (PTT) measured by photoplethysmographic (PPG) sensors. In addition, ECG measurements are widely used in clinical health monitoring. In clinical measurements, small changes in the time delays of R waves in relation to blood flow pulsations between each ECG measurement are not relevant. In most cases, they would not even be observed, due to the rather low sampling rates used in clinical ECG devices. However, in PTT measurements, where time delays are measured with an accuracy of milliseconds, the placement of ECG electrodes can have a distinct effect on the results. This paper presents case studies of ECG signals measured simultaneously and independently by two ECG devices. We explore what effect different placements of ECG electrodes have on the R wave of the QRS complex and how it should be taken into account when used as a reference signal in pulse transit time measurements of blood flow. Additionally, we study what kind of ECG electrode placements are most suitable for PTT measurements.

  10. Magneto-optical Signatures of a Cascade of Transitions in La 1.875Ba 0.125CuO 4

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    Karapetyan, Hovnatan; Hucker, M.; Gu, G.D.; Tranquada, J.M.; Fejer, M.M.; Xia, Jing; Kapitulnik, A.

    2012-09-14

    Recent experiments on the original cuprate high temperature superconductor, La{sub 2-x}Ba{sub x}CuO{sub 4}, revealed a remarkable sequence of phase transitions. Here we investigate such crystals with polar Kerr effect which is sensitive to time-reversal-symmetry breaking. Concurrent birefringence measurements accurately locate the structural phase transitions from high-temperature tetragonal to low temperature orthorhombic, and then to lower temperature tetragonal, at which temperature a strong Kerr signal onsets. Hysteretic behavior of the Kerr signal suggests that time-reversal symmetry is already broken well above room temperature, an effect that was previously observed in high quality YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6+x} crystals.

  11. Polarization selection rules and optical transitions in terbium activated yttrium tantalate phosphor under x-ray, vacuum-ultraviolet, and ultraviolet excitations

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    Nazarov, Mihail; Tsukerblat, Boris; Byeon, Clare Chisu; Arellano, Ivan; Popovici, Elisabeth-Jeanne; Noh, Do Young

    2009-01-01

    The terbium-activated yttrium tantalite (YTaO4:Tb{sup 3{sup +}}) phosphor is of great interest due to the interesting spectroscopic properties of rare earth ions in crystals and also practical use in x-ray imaging. Using the group-theoretical approach, we analyze the selection rules for the transition between Stark components of Tb{sup 3{sup +}} in symmetry of the actual crystal field and the polarization for the allowed transitions. The luminescence upon UV, vacuum-ultraviolet (VUV), and x-ray excitation is presented and discussed. The YTaO4:Tb{sup 3{sup +}} phosphors are found to be efficient VUV-excited luminescent materials that could be used not only in x-ray intensifying screens, but also in mercury-free fluorescent lamps or plasma display panels.

  12. Effective medium based optical analysis with finite element method simulations to study photochromic transitions in Ag-TiO2 nanocomposite films

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    Abhilash, T.; Balasubrahmaniyam, M.; Kasiviswanathan, S.

    2016-03-01

    Photochromic transitions in silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) embedded titanium dioxide (TiO2) films under green light illumination are marked by reduction in strength and blue shift in the position of the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) associated with AgNPs. These transitions, which happen in the sub-nanometer length scale, have been analysed using the variations observed in the effective dielectric properties of the Ag-TiO2 nanocomposite films in response to the size reduction of AgNPs and subsequent changes in the surrounding medium due to photo-oxidation. Bergman-Milton formulation based on spectral density approach is used to extract dielectric properties and information about the geometrical distribution of the effective medium. Combined with finite element method simulations, we isolate the effects due to the change in average size of the nanoparticles and those due to the change in the dielectric function of the surrounding medium. By analysing the dynamics of photochromic transitions in the effective medium, we conclude that the observed blue shift in LSPR is mainly because of the change in the dielectric function of surrounding medium, while a shape-preserving effective size reduction of the AgNPs causes decrease in the strength of LSPR.

  13. Optical transitions, absorption intensities, and intermanifold emission cross sections of Pr3+(4f2) in Ca5(PO4)3F crystal host

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    Sardar, Dhiraj K.; Russell, Charles C.

    2004-05-01

    A spectroscopic Judd-Ofelt investigation has been performed on Pr3+ ions doped in calcium fluorapatite, Ca5(PO4)3F, belonging to the apatite structure family. The standard Judd-Ofelt analysis was applied to the room temperature absorption intensities of Pr3+ transitions to determine the phenomenological intensity parameters: Ω2, Ω4, and Ω6. Values of the intensity parameters were subsequently used to determine the decay rates (emission probabilities), radiative lifetimes, and branching ratios of the principal intermanifold transitions of Pr3+ from the 3P2, 1D2, and 3P0 manifold states to the lower-lying manifolds. In addition, the room temperature fluorescence lifetimes and emission cross sections of the 3P2→3H5, 1D2→3H4, and 3P0→3F2 transitions were measured; these values were compared with those of Nd3+:yttritium-aluminum-garnet and Pr3+:Sr5(PO4)3 (known as S-FAP).

  14. Tensile-strain and doping enhanced direct bandgap optical transition of n{sup +} doped Ge/GeSi quantum wells

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    Fan, W. J.

    2013-11-14

    Band structures of tensile strained and n{sup +} doped Ge/GeSi quantum wells (QWs) are calculated by multiple-band k·p method. The energy dispersion curves of the Γ and L conduction subbands are obtained. The effects of tensile strain and n{sup +} doping in Ge on direct bandgap optical gain and spontaneous radiative recombination rate spectra are investigated including the electron leakage from Γ to L conduction subbands. Our results show that the optical gain and spontaneous radiative recombination rate can be significantly increased with the tensile strain, n-type doping concentration, and injection carrier density in the Ge QW. The free carrier absorption is calculated and cannot be ignored because of the heavily doped Ge. The pure TM mode polarized net optical gain up to 1153 cm{sup −1} can be achieved for the Ge/Ge{sub 0.986}Si{sub 0.014} QW with tensile strain of 1.61% and n-type doping concentration of 30 × 10{sup 18} cm{sup −3}.

  15. A molecular-beam optical Stark study of lines in the (1,0) band of the F4delta(7/2)-X4delta(7/2) transition of iron monohydride, FeH.

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    Steimle, Timothy C; Chen, Jinhai; Harrison, Jeremy J; Brown, John M

    2006-05-14

    A supersonic molecular beam of iron monohydride, FeH, has been generated using a laser ablation/chemical reaction scheme and probed at near-natural linewidth resolution by optical Stark spectroscopy utilizing laser-induced fluorescence detection. The observed Stark splitting in Q(3.5) and R(3.5) lines of the F4delta(7/2) <-- X4delta(7/2) (1,0) transition were analyzed to determine values for the magnitudes of the permanent electric dipole moments, absolute value(mu), which were found to be 2.63(3) and 1.29(3) D for the X4delta (v = 0) and F4delta (v = 1) states, respectively. A comparison with ab initio theoretical predictions is made. The lambda doubling in the low-J levels of the F4delta(7/2) (v = 1) state is also modeled.

  16. Optical measurements in the North Sea-Baltic Sea transition zone. III. Statistical analysis of bio-optical data from the Eastern North Sea, the Skagerrak and the Kattegat

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    Aarup, T.; Holt, N.; Højerslev, N. K.

    1996-08-01

    Bio-optical measurements (downward and upward spectral irradiance, beam attenuation, yellow substance absorption, Chi- a, CTD and nutrients) were gathered in the Eastern North Sea, the Skagerrak and the Kattegat during nine cruises over the years 1990-1992. The light data were used to describe the spatial and seasonal variations of the underwater light climate in the region and to develop ocean color models for estimation of water quality parameters. Empirical relations were established between the vertical attenuation coefficients Kd( λ) and Kd(488) which showed good agreement with the results obtained by Austin and Petzold ( Optical Engineering, 25, 471-479, 1986). Local ocean color algorithms for estimating zq(10%), the depth of the 10% downward quanta irradiance level and Kd(488) were derived and showed fair agreement with previously established expressions from the literature. irradiance reflectance measurements were subjected to principal component analysis that showed that more than 95% of the variance in the reflectance spectra for Danish coastal waters was explained by the first two eigenvectors. The model by Kirk ( Limnology & Oceanography, 29, 350-356, 1984) was used to determine the inherent optical properties a (light absorption) and b (light scattering) from irradiance and reflectance measurements. The results were in accordance with the few historic measurements that exist from the area though the scattering estimates were slightly higher than previous measurements. Concentrations of Chl- a and suspended matter and yellow substance absorption were estimated by the inverse method of Jain and Miller ( Applied Optics, 15, 886-890, 1976). The results showed fair agreement with in situ measurements and the model tended to overestimate the concentrations of suspended matter and yellow substance absorption.

  17. A unified derivation of Hamiltonian and optical transition matrix elements for open shell diatomic and polyatomic molecules using transformation tools of modern quantum mechanics.

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    Schwenke, David W

    2015-04-14

    In this work, we systematically derive the matrix elements of the nuclear rotation operators for open shell diatomic and polyatomic molecules in a parity adapted Hund's case (a) basis. Our expressions are valid for an arbitrary number of electrons and arbitrary electronic configurations. The common ad hoc sign changes of angular momentum operators are shown to be equivalent to a change in phase of basis functions. We show how to relate this basis to that required for scattering calculations. We also give the expressions for Einstein A coefficients for electric dipole, electric quadrupole, and magnetic dipole transitions.

  18. A unified derivation of Hamiltonian and optical transition matrix elements for open shell diatomic and polyatomic molecules using transformation tools of modern quantum mechanics

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    Schwenke, David W.

    2015-04-14

    In this work, we systematically derive the matrix elements of the nuclear rotation operators for open shell diatomic and polyatomic molecules in a parity adapted Hund’s case (a) basis. Our expressions are valid for an arbitrary number of electrons and arbitrary electronic configurations. The common ad hoc sign changes of angular momentum operators are shown to be equivalent to a change in phase of basis functions. We show how to relate this basis to that required for scattering calculations. We also give the expressions for Einstein A coefficients for electric dipole, electric quadrupole, and magnetic dipole transitions.

  19. Electronic structure, optical properties and the mechanism of the B3-B8 phase transition of BeSe: insights from hybrid functionals, lattice dynamics and NPH molecular dynamics.

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    Dutta, Rajkrishna; Alptekin, Sebahaddin; Mandal, Nibir

    2013-03-27

    We have investigated the electronic structure and the mechanism of the pressure induced phase transition of beryllium selenide (BeSe) by employing a first-principles pseudopotential method within the framework of density functional theory. Our study demonstrates that use of the hybrid PBE0 functional (PBE stands for Perdew, Burke and Ernzerhof) leads to significant improvement in the band gap calculations, compared to those using either of the common density functionals (local density approximation (LDA) and generalized gradient approximation (GGA)), which severely underestimate the band gap of BeSe. The band gap obtained from the hybrid PBE0 functional shows excellent agreement with available experimental data. A constant-pressure (NPH) first-principles molecular dynamics (FPMD) approach has been adopted to characterize the first-order pressure induced phase transition from the zinc blende (ZB) to the nickel arsenide (NiAs) structure. We have shown that the FPMD simulation overestimates the transition pressure P(T) (compared to static enthalpy and experimental data) due to overpressure in the simulation box. The MD simulation reveals the structural pathway (cubic → orthorhombic → monoclinic → hexagonal), leading from the ZB phase to the NiAs phase. To find an explanation for the phase transition we calculated the vibrational and elastic properties under pressure. Negative Grüneisen parameters were obtained for the transverse acoustic phonon modes at the X and L high symmetry points. However, no mechanical instability or imaginary frequencies were found at pressures near P(T). Thus the transition results from a thermodynamic instability rather than an elastic/dynamical one. We have also calculated the optical properties of both the B3 and B8 phases, such as the real and imaginary parts of the dielectric constant, reflectivity, loss function and refractive index, and compared them with the existing experimental and theoretical data. An abrupt decrease is

  20. Optical supercavitation in soft matter.

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    Conti, C; DelRe, E

    2010-09-10

    We investigate theoretically, numerically, and experimentally nonlinear optical waves in an absorbing out-of-equilibrium colloidal material at the gelification transition. At a sufficiently high optical intensity, absorption is frustrated and light propagates into the medium. The process is mediated by the formation of a matter-shock wave due to optically induced thermodiffusion and largely resembles the mechanism of hydrodynamical supercavitation, as it is accompanied by a dynamic phase-transition region between the beam and the absorbing material.

  1. Relating C-band Microwave and Optical Satellite Observations as A Function of Snow Thickness on First-Year Sea Ice during the Winter to Summer Transition

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    Zheng, J.; Yackel, J.

    2015-12-01

    The Arctic sea ice and its snow cover have a direct impact on both the Arctic and global climate system through their ability to moderate heat exchange across the ocean-sea ice-atmosphere (OSA) interface. Snow cover plays a key role in the OSA interface radiation and energy exchange, as it controls the growth and decay of first-year sea ice (FYI). However, meteoric accumulation and redistribution of snow on FYI is highly stochastic over space and time, which makes it poorly understood. Previous studies have estimated local-scale snow thickness distributions using in-situ technique and modelling but it is spatially limited and challenging due to logistic difficulties. Moreover, snow albedo is also critical for determining the surface energy balance of the OSA during the critical summer ablation season. Even then, due to persistent and widespread cloud cover in the Arctic at various spatio-temporal scales, it is difficult and unreliable to remotely measure albedo of snow cover on FYI in the optical spectrum. Previous studies demonstrate that only large-scale sea ice albedo was successfully estimated using optical-satellite sensors. However, space-borne microwave sensors, with their capability of all-weather and 24-hour imaging, can provide enhanced information about snow cover on FYI. Daily spaceborne C-band scatterometer data (ASCAT) and MODIS data are used to investigate the the seasonal co-evolution of the microwave backscatter coefficient and optical albedo as a function of snow thickness on smooth FYI. The research focuses on snow-covered FYI near Cambridge Bay, Nunavut (Fig.1) during the winter to advanced-melt period (April-June, 2014). The ACSAT time series (Fig.2) show distinct increase in scattering at melt onset indicating the first occurrence of melt water in the snow cover. The corresponding albedo exhibits no decrease at this stage. We show how the standard deviation of ASCAT backscatter on FYI during winter can be used as a proxy for surface roughness

  2. Kinetics of an oxygen - iodine active medium with iodine atoms optically pumped on the 2P1/2 - 2P3/2 transition

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    Zagidullin, M. V.; Malyshev, M. S.; Azyazov, V. N.

    2015-08-01

    The kinetics of the processes occurring in an O2 - I2 - He - H2O gas flow in which photodissociation of molecular iodine at a wavelength close to 500 nm and excitation of atomic iodine on the 2P1/2 - 2P3/2 transition by narrow-band radiation near 1315 nm are implemented successively has been analysed. It is shown that implementation of these processes allows one to form an oxygen - iodine medium with a high degree of dissociation of molecular iodine and a relative content of singlet oxygen O2(a1Δ) exceeding 10%. Having formed a supersonic gas flow with a temperature ~100 K from this medium, one can reach a small-signal gain of about 10-2 cm-1 on the 2P1/2 - 2P3/2 transition in iodine atoms. The specific power per unit flow cross section in the oxygen - iodine laser with this active medium may reach ~100 W cm-2.

  3. Dynamics of the magneto structural phase transition in La(Fe{sub 0.9}Co{sub 0.015}Si{sub 0.085}){sub 13} observed by magneto-optical imaging

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    Kuepferling, M. Basso, V.; Bennati, C.; Laviano, F.; Ghigo, G.

    2014-05-07

    We investigate the temperature induced ferromagnetic to paramagnetic phase transition in Co substituted La(Fe{sub x}Co{sub y}Si{sub 1−x−y}){sub 13} with x = 0.9 and low Co content of y = 0.015 (T{sub c}≃200 K) by means of magneto-optical imaging with indicator film and by calorimetry at very low temperature rates. We were able to visualize the motion of the ferromagnetic (FM)/paramagnetic (PM) front which is forming reproducible patterns independently of the temperature rate. The average velocity of the FM/PM front was calculated to be 10{sup −4} m/s during the continuous propagation and 4×10{sup −3} m/s during an avalanche. The heat flux was measured at low temperature rates by a differential scanning calorimeter and shows a reproducible sequence of individual and separated avalanches which occurs independently of the rate. We interpret the observed effects as the result of the athermal character of the phase transition.

  4. Pressure-induced interband optical transitions in an InAs0.8P0.2/InP quantum wire

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    Saravanan, S.; Peter, A. John; Lee, Chang Woo

    2015-12-01

    Hydrostatic pressure-induced exciton binding energy in an InAs0.8P0.2/InP quantum well wire is investigated taking into account the geometrical confinement effect. Numerical calculations are carried out using variational approach within the single-band effective-mass approximation. The compressive strain contribution to the confinement potential is included throughout the calculations. The energy difference of the ground and the first excited state is found with the consideration of spatial confinement effect in the influence of pressure. The second-order susceptibility of harmonic generation is carried out using the compact density method. The optical gain as a function of incident photon energy is computed in the presence of the hydrostatic pressure. The result shows that the range of wavelength for the potential applications of telecommunications (1.3-1.55 μm) can be obtained by the application of the hydrostatic pressure. We believe that the obtained results can be applied for tuning the ranges of fibre optical wavelength in telecommunications.

  5. Nonlinear and time-resolved optical study of the 112-type iron-based superconductor parent Ca1 -xLaxFeAs2 across its structural phase transition

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    Harter, J. W.; Chu, H.; Jiang, S.; Ni, N.; Hsieh, D.

    2016-03-01

    The newly discovered 112-type ferropnictide superconductors contain chains of As atoms that break the tetragonal symmetry between the a and b axes. This feature eliminates the need for uniaxial strain that is usually required to stabilize large single domains in the electronic nematic state that exists in the vicinity of magnetic order in the iron-based superconductors. We report detailed structural symmetry measurements of 112-type Ca0.73La0.27FeAs2 using rotational anisotropy optical second-harmonic generation. This technique is complementary to diffraction experiments and enables a precise determination of the point-group symmetry of a crystal. By combining our measurements with density functional theory calculations, we uncover a strong optical second-harmonic response of bulk electric dipole origin from the Fe and Ca 3 d -derived states that enables us to assign C2 as the crystallographic point group. This makes the 112-type materials high-temperature superconductors without a center of inversion, allowing for the possible mixing of singlet and triplet Cooper pairs in the superconducting state. We also perform pump-probe transient reflectivity experiments that reveal a 4.6-THz phonon mode associated with the out-of-plane motion of As atoms in the FeAs layers. We do not observe any suppression of the optical second-harmonic response or shift in the phonon frequency upon cooling through the reported monoclinic-to-triclinic transition at 58 K. This allows us to identify C1 as the low-temperature crystallographic point group but suggests that structural changes induced by long-range magnetic order are subtle and do not significantly affect electronic states near the Fermi level.

  6. Polarized optical sensing and band-edge transitions in Ag(In0.5Al0.5)S2

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    Ho, Ching-Hwa; Pan, Chia-Chi; Huang, Ying-Sheng

    2015-02-01

    The polarization dependence of band-edge excitonic transitions in Ag(In0.5Al0.5)S2 has been characterized using polarized thermoreflectance (PTR). The polarization-sensitive behavior of the E\\text{A}\\text{ex} and E\\text{B}\\text{ex} band-edge excitons was detected and characterized by angle-dependent PTR measurements from θ = 0 [E\\parallel < 11\\bar{1}> ] to 90° [E \\perp < 11\\bar{1}> ] with respect to the chalcopyrite crystal’s needle axis. The polarized photoconductivity of Ag(In0.5Al0.5)S2 has also been characterized using an array of white light-emitting diodes with the polarization angles ranging from 0 to 360°. The experimental results demonstrate that Ag(In0.5Al0.5)S2 is a suitable material for the fabrication of polarization-sensitive photodetectors applied in the visible region.

  7. Dependence of the ground-state transition energy versus optical pumping in GaAsSb/InGaAs/GaAs heterostructures

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    Morozov, S. V.; Kryzhkov, D. I. Aleshkin, V. Ya.; Yablonsky, A. N.; Krasilnik, Z. F.; Zvonkov, B. N.; Vikhrova, O. V.

    2014-01-13

    In this work, we report on the time-resolved photoluminescence studies of a double quantum well In{sub 0.2}Ga{sub 0.8}As/GaAs{sub 0.8}Sb{sub 0.2}/GaAs heterostructure which, in contrast to the GaAsSb/GaAs structures, is expected to provide effective confinement of electrons due to additional InGaAs layer. The studies at 4.2 K have revealed a complicated nonmonotonic dependence of the ground-state transition energy on the concentration of nonequilibrium charge carriers in the quantum well. The effect observed in this work is important in terms of creating sources of radiation, including stimulated emission, on the basis of InGaAs/GaAsSb/GaAs structures.

  8. Optic glioma

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    Glioma - optic; Optic nerve glioma; Juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma; Brain cancer - optic glioma ... Optic gliomas are rare. The cause of optic gliomas is unknown. Most optic gliomas are slow-growing ...

  9. Acoustic phonon assisted free-carrier optical absorption in an n-type monolayer MoS{sub 2} and other transition-metal dichalcogenides

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    Bhargavi, K. S.; Patil, Sukanya; Kubakaddi, S. S.

    2015-07-28

    The theory of free-carrier absorption (FCA) is given for monolayers of transition-metal dichalcogenides, particularly for molybdenum disulphide (MoS{sub 2}), when carriers are scattered by phonons. Explicit expressions for the absorption coefficient α are obtained and discussed for acoustic phonon scattering via screened deformation potential and piezoelectric coupling taking polarization of the radiation in the plane of the layer. It is found that α monotonously decreases with the increasing photon frequency Ω, increases with the increasing temperature T, and linearly depends on two-dimensional electron concentration n{sub s}. Effect of screening, which is ignored in all the earlier FCA studies, is found to reduce α significantly, attributing to the larger effective mass of the electrons. Results are also obtained in the classical and quantum limit giving the power laws α ∼ Ω{sup −2} and T. Comparison of the results is made with those in bulk semiconductors and semiconductor quantum wells.

  10. Strong temperature-dependent crystallization, phase transition, optical and electrical characteristics of p-type CuAlO2 thin films.

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    Liu, Suilin; Wu, Zhiheng; Zhang, Yake; Yao, Zhiqiang; Fan, Jiajie; Zhang, Yiqiang; Hu, Junhua; Zhang, Peng; Shao, Guosheng

    2015-01-01

    We report here a reliable and reproducible single-step (without post-annealing) fabrication of phase-pure p-type rhombohedral CuAlO2 (r-CuAlO2) thin films by reactive magnetron sputtering. The dependence of crystallinity and phase compositions of the films on the growth temperature was investigated, revealing that highly-crystallized r-CuAlO2 thin films could be in situ grown in a narrow temperature window of ∼940 °C. Optical and electrical property studies demonstrate that (i) the films are transparent in the visible light region, and the bandgaps of the films increased to ∼3.86 eV with the improvement of crystallinity; (ii) the conductance increased by four orders of magnitude as the film was evolved from the amorphous-like to crystalline structure. The predominant role of crystallinity in determining CuAlO2 film properties was demonstrated to be due to the heavy anisotropic characteristics of the O 2p-Cu 3d hybridized valence orbitals. PMID:25406672

  11. Trapped Ion Optical Clocks at NPL

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    Margolis, H. S.; Barwood, G. P.; Hosaka, K.; Klein, H. A.; Lea, S. N.; Walton, B. R.; Webster, S. A.; Gill, P.; Huang, G.; Stannard, A.

    2006-11-07

    Forbidden transitions in single laser-cooled trapped ions provide highly stable and accurate references for optical frequency standards. This paper describes recent progress on strontium and ytterbium ion optical frequency standards under development at NPL.

  12. Transitional Care

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    Naylor, Mary; Keating, Stacen A.

    2008-01-01

    Transitional care encompasses a broad range of services and environments designed to promote the safe and timely passage of patients between levels of health care and across care settings. High-quality transitional care is especially important for older adults with multiple chronic conditions and complex therapeutic regimens, as well as for their…

  13. Newborn transition.

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    Graves, Barbara W; Haley, Mary Mumford

    2013-01-01

    The transition from intrauterine to extrauterine life is a complex adaptation. Although, in a sense, the entire time in utero is in preparation for this transition, there are many specific anatomic and physiologic changes that take place in the weeks and days leading up to labor that facilitate a healthy transition. Some, including increasing pulmonary vasculature and blood flow, are part of an ongoing process of maturation. Others, such as a reversal in the lung from secreting fluid to absorbing fluid and the secretion of pulmonary surfactant, are associated with the hormonal milieu that occurs when spontaneous labor is impending. Interventions such as elective cesarean birth or induction of labor may interfere with this preparation for birth. Postnatal interventions such as immediate clamping of the umbilical cord and oropharyngeal suction may also compromise the normal process of newborn transition. This article reviews the physiology of the fetal to newborn transition and explores interventions that may facilitate or hinder the optimal process.

  14. Optical Coherence Tomographic and Visual Results at Six Months after Transitioning to Aflibercept for Patients on Prior Ranibizumab or Bevacizumab Treatment for Exudative Age-Related Macular Degeneration (An American Ophthalmological Society Thesis)

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    Chan, Clement K.; Jain, Atul; Sadda, Srinivas; Varshney, Neeta

    2014-01-01

    Purpose: To study optical coherence tomographic (OCT) results and vision at 6 months after transition (post-Tx) from intravitreal bevacizumab and/or ranibizumab to aflibercept for treatment of neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD). The null hypothesis was the lack of improvements in OCT metrics and vision outcome in study eyes at 6 months after transitioning from bevacizumab or ranibizumab to aflibercept. Methods: This retrospective study assessed 6 monthly OCT (Cirrus) data after transitioning to aflibercept for eyes on prior Legacy-ranibizumab, Legacy-bevacizumab, or mixed treatment for nAMD. Outcome measures were subretinal fluid (SRF), cystoid macular edema (CME), pigment epithelial detachment (PED) heights and volumes, central 1- and 3-mm subfield, Macular Volume, and best spectacle and pinhole visual acuity (VA). A single masked investigator performed all OCT measurements. Results: One hundred eighty-nine eyes in 172 patients in Legacy-bevacizumab (95 eyes), Legacy-ranibizumab (84 eyes), or Mixed Group(10 eyes) were switched to aflibercept and followed for 6 months. Significant post-Tx reductions were noted in SRF/CME heights and volumes (all P<.001). Similar findings were noted for PED heights (122.8 μm vs 79.4 μm) and PED volumes (all P<.001). Post-Tx VA was better (20/43 vs 20/51, P<.001). There were no differences between Legacy-bevacizumab and Legacy-ranibizumab groups in OCT and VA changes. Post-Tx VA, SRF/CME, and PED heights and volumes were improved for Nonresponders (suboptimal response to bevacizumab/ranibizumab) (P=.001 to <.001), but not Responders (good responses to same). The only adverse event was a retinal pigment epithelial tear in one eye. Conclusions: Significant improvements in vision and OCT metrics developed in Nonresponders but not in Responders. Post-Tx VA and OCT measures were similar for eyes on prior bevacizumab or ranibizumab. Post-Tx adverse events were uncommon. PMID:25646034

  15. Optic neuritis

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    Retro-bulbar neuritis; Multiple sclerosis - optic neuritis; Optic nerve - optic neuritis ... The exact cause of optic neuritis is unknown. The optic nerve carries visual information from your eye to the brain. The nerve can swell when ...

  16. STELLAR TRANSITS IN ACTIVE GALACTIC NUCLEI

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    Beky, Bence; Kocsis, Bence E-mail: bkocsis@cfa.harvard.edu

    2013-01-01

    Supermassive black holes (SMBHs) are typically surrounded by a dense stellar population in galactic nuclei. Stars crossing the line of site in active galactic nuclei (AGNs) produce a characteristic transit light curve, just like extrasolar planets do when they transit their host star. We examine the possibility of finding such AGN transits in deep optical, UV, and X-ray surveys. We calculate transit light curves using the Novikov-Thorne thin accretion disk model, including general relativistic effects. Based on the expected properties of stellar cusps, we find that around 10{sup 6} solar mass SMBHs, transits of red giants are most common for stars on close orbits with transit durations of a few weeks and orbital periods of a few years. We find that detecting AGN transits requires repeated observations of thousands of low-mass AGNs to 1% photometric accuracy in optical, or {approx}10% in UV bands or soft X-ray. It may be possible to identify stellar transits in the Pan-STARRS and LSST optical and the eROSITA X-ray surveys. Such observations could be used to constrain black hole mass, spin, inclination, and accretion rate. Transit rates and durations could give valuable information on the circumnuclear stellar clusters as well. Transit light curves could be used to image accretion disks with unprecedented resolution, allowing us to resolve the SMBH silhouette in distant AGNs.

  17. Stellar Transits in Active Galactic Nuclei

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    Béky, Bence; Kocsis, Bence

    2013-01-01

    Supermassive black holes (SMBHs) are typically surrounded by a dense stellar population in galactic nuclei. Stars crossing the line of site in active galactic nuclei (AGNs) produce a characteristic transit light curve, just like extrasolar planets do when they transit their host star. We examine the possibility of finding such AGN transits in deep optical, UV, and X-ray surveys. We calculate transit light curves using the Novikov-Thorne thin accretion disk model, including general relativistic effects. Based on the expected properties of stellar cusps, we find that around 106 solar mass SMBHs, transits of red giants are most common for stars on close orbits with transit durations of a few weeks and orbital periods of a few years. We find that detecting AGN transits requires repeated observations of thousands of low-mass AGNs to 1% photometric accuracy in optical, or ~10% in UV bands or soft X-ray. It may be possible to identify stellar transits in the Pan-STARRS and LSST optical and the eROSITA X-ray surveys. Such observations could be used to constrain black hole mass, spin, inclination, and accretion rate. Transit rates and durations could give valuable information on the circumnuclear stellar clusters as well. Transit light curves could be used to image accretion disks with unprecedented resolution, allowing us to resolve the SMBH silhouette in distant AGNs.

  18. Progress in linear optics, non-linear optics and surface alignment of liquid crystals

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    Ong, H.L.; Meyer, R.B.; Hurd, A.J.; Karn, A.J.; Arakelian, S.M.; Shen, Y.R.; Sanda, P.N.; Dove, D.B.; Jansen, S.A.; Hoffmann, R.

    1989-01-01

    We first discuss the progress in linear optics, in particular, the formulation and application of geometrical-optics approximation and its generalization. We then discuss the progress in non-linear optics, in particular, the enhancement of a first-order Freedericksz transition and intrinsic optical bistability in homeotropic and parallel oriented nematic liquid crystal cells. Finally, we discuss the liquid crystal alignment and surface effects on field-induced Freedericksz transition. 50 refs.

  19. Wetting Transition in Water

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    Friedman, S. R.; Khalil, M.; Taborek, P.

    2013-11-01

    Optical images were used to study the wetting behavior of water on graphite, sapphire, and quartz along the liquid vapor coexistence curve from room temperature to 300°C. Wetting transitions were identified by the temperature at which the contact angle decreased to zero and also by the disappearance of dropwise condensation. These two methods yielded consistent values for the wetting temperatures, which were 185°C, 234°C, and 271°C for water on quartz, sapphire, and graphite, respectively. We compare our results with the theoretical predictions based on a simplified model of the water-substrate potential and sharp interfaces.

  20. Wetting transition in water.

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    Friedman, S R; Khalil, M; Taborek, P

    2013-11-27

    Optical images were used to study the wetting behavior of water on graphite, sapphire, and quartz along the liquid vapor coexistence curve from room temperature to 300 °C. Wetting transitions were identified by the temperature at which the contact angle decreased to zero and also by the disappearance of dropwise condensation. These two methods yielded consistent values for the wetting temperatures, which were 185 °C, 234 °C, and 271 °C for water on quartz, sapphire, and graphite, respectively. We compare our results with the theoretical predictions based on a simplified model of the water-substrate potential and sharp interfaces.

  1. Atomic homodyne detection of weak atomic transitions.

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    Gunawardena, Mevan; Elliott, D S

    2007-01-26

    We have developed a two-color, two-pathway coherent control technique to detect and measure weak optical transitions in atoms by coherently beating the transition amplitude for the weak transition with that of a much stronger transition. We demonstrate the technique in atomic cesium, exciting the 6s(2)S(1/2) --> 8s(2)S(1/2) transition via a strong two-photon transition and a weak controllable Stark-induced transition. We discuss the enhancement in the signal-to-noise ratio for this measurement technique over that of direct detection of the weak transition rate, and project future refinements that may further improve its sensitivity and application to the measurement of other weak atomic interactions.

  2. Optical profile determining apparatus and associated methods including the use of a plurality of wavelengths in the reference beam and a plurality of wavelengths in a reflective transit beam

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    Montgomery, Robert M. (Inventor)

    2006-01-01

    An optical profile determining apparatus includes an optical detector and an optical source. The optical source generates a transmit beam including a plurality of wavelengths, and generates a reference beam including the plurality of wavelengths. Optical elements direct the transmit beam to a target, direct a resulting reflected transmit beam back from the target to the optical detector, and combine the reference beam with the reflected transmit beam so that a profile of the target is based upon fringe contrast produced by the plurality of wavelengths in the reference beam and the plurality of wavelengths in the reflected transmit beam.

  3. Metric transition

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1992-01-01

    This report describes NASA's metric transition in terms of seven major program elements. Six are technical areas involving research, technology development, and operations; they are managed by specific Program Offices at NASA Headquarters. The final program element, Institutional Management, covers both NASA-wide functional management under control of NASA Headquarters and metric capability development at the individual NASA Field Installations. This area addresses issues common to all NASA program elements, including: Federal, state, and local coordination; standards; private industry initiatives; public-awareness initiatives; and employee training. The concluding section identifies current barriers and impediments to metric transition; NASA has no specific recommendations for consideration by the Congress.

  4. Bi-stable optical actuator

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    Holdener, Fred R.; Boyd, Robert D.

    2000-01-01

    The present invention is a bi-stable optical actuator device that is depowered in both stable positions. A bearing is used to transfer motion and smoothly transition from one state to another. The optical actuator device may be maintained in a stable position either by gravity or a restraining device.

  5. Profound Understanding of Effect of Transition Metal Dopant, Sintering Temperature, and pO2 on the Electrical and Optical Properties of Proton Conducting BaCe0.9Sm0.1O3-δ.

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    Handal, Hala T; Hassan, Azfar; Leeson, Ryan; Eloui, Sherif M; Fitzpatrick, Martin; Thangadurai, Venkataraman

    2016-01-19

    This study reports the effect of transition metal (TM) substitution on the electrical and optical properties of BaCe0.9Sm0.1O3-δ (BCS). Concentrations of 5-10 mol % of each of Fe and Co have been doped for the B-site of BCS by citric acid autocombustion method. Powder X-ray diffraction has revealed the formation of an orthorhombic perovskite-type structure. FTIR confirmed a distortion in the lattice upon TM-doping in BCS. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images of 1400 °C sintered samples have manifested a higher densification in BaCe0.8Sm0.1Co0.1O3-δ (BCSC10) with a grain size ∼11 μm compared to the parent compound BCS (∼2 μm). Thermogravimetric (TG) analysis showed a water uptake in case of BaCe0.85Sm0.1Co0.05O3-δ (BCSC5), while BaCe0.85Sm0.1Fe0.05O3-δ (BCSF5) did not show a noteworthy uptake of water. TG has also proved that the incorporation of Fe and Co in BCS did not improve the chemical stability in CO2 at elevated temperature. The band gap estimated using Kubelka-Munk model based on the diffuse reflectance data was found to be the lowest for BCSC5 (2.47 eV). However, it increases upon lowering oxygen partial pressure (pO2), which was interpreted by a band structure modifications. Among the samples investigated, BCSC10 sintered at 1400 °C showed the highest electrical conductivity of 0.02 S cm(-1) in air at 600 °C, while its proton mobility appears to be negligible under the investigated humidity atmosphere.

  6. Optical atomic clocks

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    Poli, N.; Oates, C. W.; Gill, P.; Tino, G. M.

    2013-12-01

    In the last ten years extraordinary results in time and frequency metrology have been demonstrated. Frequency-stabilization techniques for continuous-wave lasers and femtosecond optical frequency combs have enabled a rapid development of frequency standards based on optical transitions in ultra-cold neutral atoms and trapped ions. As a result, today's best performing atomic clocks tick at an optical rate and allow scientists to perform high-resolution measurements with a precision approaching a few parts in 1018. This paper reviews the history and the state of the art in optical-clock research and addresses the implementation of optical clocks in a possible future redefinition of the SI second as well as in tests of fundamental physics.

  7. Superlattice optical device

    DOEpatents

    Biefeld, Robert M.; Fritz, Ian J.; Gourley, Paul L.; Osbourn, Gordon C.

    1986-01-01

    A semiconductor optical device which includes a superlattice having direct transitions between conduction band and valence band states with the same wave vector, the superlattice being formed from a plurality of alternating layers of two or more different materials, at least the material with the smallest bandgap being an indirect bandgap material.

  8. Superlattice optical device

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    Biefeld, R.M.; Fritz, I.J.; Gourley, P.L.; Osbourn, G.C.

    A semiconductor optical device which includes a superlattice having direct transitions between conduction band and valence band states with the same wave vector, the superlattice being formed from a plurality of alternating layers of two or more different materials, at least the material with the smallest bandgap being an indirect bandgap material.

  9. Optical and infrared lasers

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    Javan, A.

    1978-01-01

    Quantum mechanical predictions for the gain of an optically pumped CW FIR laser are presented for cases in which one or both of the pump and FIR transitions are pressure or Doppler broadened. The results are compared to those based on the rate equation model. Some of the quantum mechanical predictions are verified in CH3OH.

  10. Phase control of nonadiabatic optical transitions

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    Hashmi, F. A.; Bouchene, M. A.

    2009-02-01

    We theoretically study the interaction of two time delayed, phase-locked, and nonresonant pulses with a two-level system in the strong field regime. The population transfer is shown to be extremely sensitive to the phase shift ϕ between the pulses, with efficient population transfer taking place only for ϕ close to π . This effect is explained in terms of nonadiabatic jump and rapid adiabatic passage phenomena.

  11. [Humanitarian transition].

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    Mattei, Jean-François; Troit, Virginie

    2016-02-01

    In two centuries, modern humanitarian action has experienced several fractures often linked to crises. Although its professionalism and intervention force remain indisputable, it faces, since the 2000s, a new context that limits its ability to act and confronts it with new dilemmas, even though it must deal with needs for aid of unprecedented scale. These difficulties reveal a humanitarian transition period that was not anticipated. This transition period reflects the change from a dominant paradigm of North-South solidarity of Western origin to a much more complex model. This article provides a summary of the current mutations that are dominated by the States' assertion of sovereignty. Among the possible solutions, it argues for an ethical approach and a better integration of the research carried out in the Global South, prerequisites for building a true partnership and placing the victims at the heart of the operations which involve them. PMID:26936180

  12. Eliminating Transitions

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    Gallick, Barb; Lee, Lisa

    2010-01-01

    Adults often find themselves transitioning from one activity to another in a short time span. Most of the time, they do not feel they have a lot of control over their schedules, but wish that they could carve out extended time to relax and focus on one project. Picture a group of children in the block area who have spent 15 or 20 minutes building…

  13. Polarization dependence of double-resonance optical pumping and electromagnetically induced transparency in the 5S{sub 1/2}-5P{sub 3/2}-5D{sub 5/2} transition of {sup 87}Rb atoms

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    Moon, Han Seb; Noh, Heung-Ryoul

    2011-09-15

    The polarization dependence of double-resonance optical pumping (DROP) in the ladder-type electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) of the 5S{sub 1/2}-5P{sub 3/2}-5D{sub 5/2} transition of {sup 87}Rb atoms is studied. The transmittance spectra in the 5S{sub 1/2}(F=2)-5P{sub 3/2}(F'=3)-5D{sub 5/2}(F''=2,3,4) transition were observed as caused by EIT, DROP, and saturation effects in the various polarization combinations between the probe and coupling lasers. The features of the double-structure transmittance spectra in the 5S{sub 1/2}(F=2)-5P{sub 3/2}(F'=3)-5D{sub 5/2}(F''=4) cycling transition were attributed to the difference in saturation effect according to the transition routes between the Zeeman sublevels and the EIT according to the two-photon transition probability.

  14. Hydrothermal synthesis, structure, and optical properties of two nanosized Ln26 @CO3 (Ln=Dy and Tb) cluster-based lanthanide-transition-metal-organic frameworks (Ln MOFs).

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    Zhang, Yu; Huang, Lian; Miao, Hao; Wan, Hong Xiang; Mei, Hua; Liu, Ying; Xu, Yan

    2015-02-16

    Two Ln26 @CO3 (Ln=Dy and Tb) cluster-based lanthanide-transition-metal-organic frameworks (Ln MOFs) formulated as [Dy26 Cu3 (Nic)24 (CH3 COO)8 (CO3 )11 (OH)26 (H2 O)14 ]Cl ⋅3 H2 O (1; HNic=nicotinic acid) and [Tb26 NaAg3 (Nic)27 (CH3 COO)6 (CO3 )11 (OH)26 Cl(H2 O)15 ]⋅7.5 H2 O (2) have been successfully synthesized by hydrothermal methods and characterized by IR, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), elemental analysis, and single X-ray diffraction. Compound 1 crystallizes in the monoclinic space group Cc with a=35.775(12) Å, b=33.346(11) Å, c=24.424(8) Å, β=93.993(5)°, V=29065(16) Å(3) , whereas 2 crystallizes in the triclinic space group P$\\bar 1$ with a=20.4929(19) Å, b=24.671(2) Å, c=29.727(3) Å, α=81.9990(10)°, β=88.0830(10)°, γ=89.9940(10)°, V=14875(2) Å(3) . Structural analysis indicates the framework of 1 is a 3D perovskite-like structure constructed out of CO3 @Dy26 building units and Cu(+) centers by means of nicotinic acid ligand bridging. In 2, however, nanosized CO3 @Tb26 units and [Ag3 Cl](2+) centers are connected by Nic(-) bridges to give rise to a 2D structure. It is worth mentioning that this kind of 4d-4f cluster-based MOF is quite rare as most of the reported analogous compounds are 3d-4f ones. Additionally, the solid-state emission spectra of pure compound 2 at room temperature suggest an efficient energy transfer from the ligand Nic(-) to Tb(3+) ions, which we called the "antenna effect". Compound 2 shows a good two-photon absorption (TPA) with a TPA coefficient of 0.06947 cm GM(-1) (1 GM=10(-50)  cm(4)  s photon(-1) ), which indicates that compound 2 might be a good choice for third-order nonlinear optical materials.

  15. Active Faraday optical frequency standard.

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    Zhuang, Wei; Chen, Jingbiao

    2014-11-01

    We propose the mechanism of an active Faraday optical clock, and experimentally demonstrate an active Faraday optical frequency standard based on narrow bandwidth Faraday atomic filter by the method of velocity-selective optical pumping of cesium vapor. The center frequency of the active Faraday optical frequency standard is determined by the cesium 6 (2)S(1/2) F=4 to 6 (2)P(3/2) F'=4 and 5 crossover transition line. The optical heterodyne beat between two similar independent setups shows that the frequency linewidth reaches 281(23) Hz, which is 1.9×10(4) times smaller than the natural linewidth of the cesium 852-nm transition line. The maximum emitted light power reaches 75 μW. The active Faraday optical frequency standard reported here has advantages of narrow linewidth and reduced cavity pulling, which can readily be extended to other atomic transition lines of alkali and alkaline-earth metal atoms trapped in optical lattices at magic wavelengths, making it useful for new generation of optical atomic clocks. PMID:25361349

  16. Active Faraday optical frequency standard.

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    Zhuang, Wei; Chen, Jingbiao

    2014-11-01

    We propose the mechanism of an active Faraday optical clock, and experimentally demonstrate an active Faraday optical frequency standard based on narrow bandwidth Faraday atomic filter by the method of velocity-selective optical pumping of cesium vapor. The center frequency of the active Faraday optical frequency standard is determined by the cesium 6 (2)S(1/2) F=4 to 6 (2)P(3/2) F'=4 and 5 crossover transition line. The optical heterodyne beat between two similar independent setups shows that the frequency linewidth reaches 281(23) Hz, which is 1.9×10(4) times smaller than the natural linewidth of the cesium 852-nm transition line. The maximum emitted light power reaches 75 μW. The active Faraday optical frequency standard reported here has advantages of narrow linewidth and reduced cavity pulling, which can readily be extended to other atomic transition lines of alkali and alkaline-earth metal atoms trapped in optical lattices at magic wavelengths, making it useful for new generation of optical atomic clocks.

  17. Electronic Transitions of Yttrium Monoxide

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    Ng, Y. W.; Wang, Na; Clark, Andrew B.; Cheung, A. S.-C.

    2013-06-01

    The electronic transition spectrum of yttrium monoxide (YO) in the spectral region between 284nm and 307nm has been recorded using laser ablation/reaction free-jet expansion and laser induced fluorescence (LIF) spectroscopy. The YO molecule was produced by reacting laser-ablated yttrium atoms with O_{2} seeded in argon. Twenty transition bands were observed in that region and a few bands were selected for further study using optical-optical double resonance (OODR) spectroscopy. The excited C^{2} Π state has been reached via the intermediate B^{2} Σ^{+} state from the ground X^{2} Σ^{+} state. The excited sub-states observed so far have Ω = 0.5 and 1.5. A least squares fit of the measured rotational lines yielded molecular constants for the newly observed excited states.

  18. Optically switchable photonic metasurfaces

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    Waters, R. F.; MacDonald, K. F.; Hobson, P. A.; Zheludev, N. I.

    2015-08-24

    We experimentally demonstrate an optically switchable gallium-based metasurface, in which a reversible light-induced transition between solid and liquid phases occurring in a confined nanoscale surface layer of the metal drives significant changes in reflectivity and absorption. The metasurface architecture resonantly enhances the metal's “active plasmonic” phase-change nonlinearity by an order of magnitude, offering high contrast all-optical switching in the near-infrared range at low, μW μm{sup −2}, excitation intensities.

  19. Arbitrary unitary transformations on optical states using a quantum memory

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    Campbell, Geoff T.; Pinel, Olivier; Hosseini, Mahdi; Buchler, Ben C.; Lam, Ping Koy

    2014-12-04

    We show that optical memories arranged along an optical path can perform arbitrary unitary transformations on frequency domain optical states. The protocol offers favourable scaling and can be used with any quantum memory that uses an off-resonant Raman transition to reversibly transfer optical information to an atomic spin coherence.

  20. Optical extensometer

    DOEpatents

    Walker, Ray A.; Reich, Fred R.; Russell, James T.

    1978-01-01

    An optical extensometer is described using sequentially pulsed light beams for measuring the dimensions of objects by detecting two opposite edges of the object without contacting the object. The light beams may be of different distinguishable light characteristics, such as polarization or wave length, and are time modulated in an alternating manner at a reference frequency. The light characteristics are of substantially the same total light energy and are distributed symmetrically. In the preferred embodiment two light beam segments of one characteristic are on opposite sides of a middle segment of another characteristic. As a result, when the beam segments are scanned sequentially across two opposite edges of the object, they produce a readout signal at the output of a photoelectric detector that is compared with the reference signal by a phase comparator to produce a measurement signal with a binary level transition when the light beams cross an edge. The light beams may be of different cross sectional geometries, including two superimposed and concentric circular beam cross sections of different diameter, or two rectangular cross sections which intersect with each other substantially perpendicular so only their central portions are superimposed. Alternately, a row of three light beams can be used including two outer beams on opposite sides and separate from a middle beam. The three beams may all be of the same light characteristic. However it is preferable that the middle beam be of a different characteristic but of the same total energy as the two outer beams.

  1. Interband Transitions

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    Varma, Shikha

    We have studied thin (1-7 monolayer) overlayers of Hg on Ag(100) and Cu(100) using angle-resolved photoemission and low energy electron diffraction. We have investigated the electronic states of well ordered, disordered and the liquid overlayers of mercury. We show that the electronic structure of the well ordered overlayers is very different than that of the disordered and the liquid overlayers. The well ordered overlayers of Hg on Ag(100) exhibit a new electronic state which is absent for the disordered overlayers of mercury as well as for gaseous mercury. We will argue that this new Hg state is a result of the interaction among the Hg-Hg atoms, when adsorbed on Ag(100). The strain among adlayer atoms also plays a crucial role in the development of the new electronic state. We have used the synchrotron radiation to study the partial cross-section and the branching ratio of the 5d electronic state of Hg. We have measured the partial cross-section and branching ratio of the well-ordered, disordered and liquid overlayers of mercury on Ag(100) and Cu(100). We have observed resonances in the photoemission intensities of the mercury 5d orbitals for thin films of mercury for incident photon energies near the 5p _{3/2}, 4f_{7/2 } and 4f_{5/2} thresholds. The results indicate that interband transitions from the 5p and 4f levels to the 5d orbitals can occur for a thin overlayer of mercury, as a result of final state 5f contributions, though such interband transitions are forbidden for the free isolated Hg atom. These resonances are attributed to the formation of a solid state band structure incorporating new itinerant mercury electronic state. These resonances are absent when the mercury film is disordered or melted. We have measured the branching ratio of the 5d orbital for thin mercury overlayers in the photon energy range between 26 to 105 eV. The branching ratios deviate from the nonrelativistic statistical value of 1.5, reaching values of 8.0. These results indicate

  2. Optical microspectrometer

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    Sweatt, William C.; Christenson, Todd R.

    2004-05-25

    An optical microspectrometer comprises a grism to disperse the spectra in a line object. A single optical microspectrometer can be used to sequentially scan a planar object, such as a dye-tagged microchip. Because the optical microspectrometer is very compact, multiple optical microspectrometers can be arrayed to provide simultaneous readout across the width of the planar object The optical microspectrometer can be fabricated with lithographic process, such as deep X-ray lithography (DXRL), with as few as two perpendicular exposures.

  3. Gallium arsenide deep-level optical emitter for fibre optics.

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    Pan, Janet L; McManis, Joseph E; Osadchy, Thomas; Grober, Louise; Woodall, Jerry M; Kindlmann, Peter J

    2003-06-01

    Fibre-optic components fabricated on the same substrate as integrated circuits are important for future high-speed communications. One industry response has been the costly push to develop indium phosphide (InP) electronics. However, for fabrication simplicity, reliability and cost, gallium arsenide (GaAs) remains the established technology for integrated optoelectronics. Unfortunately, the GaAs bandgap wavelength (0.85 microm) is far too short for fibre optics at 1.3-1.5 microm. This has led to work on materials that have a large lattice mismatch on GaAs. Here we demonstrate the first light-emitting diode (LED) that emits at 1.5 microm fibre-optic wavelengths in GaAs using optical transitions from arsenic antisite (As(Ga)) deep levels. This is an enabling technology for fibre-optic components that are lattice-matched to GaAs integrated circuits. We present experimental results showing significant internal optical power (24 mW) and speed (in terahertz) from GaAs optical emitters using deep-level transitions. Finally, we present theory showing the ultimate limit to the efficiency-bandwidth product of semiconductor deep-level optical emitters.

  4. Cu nanoshells: effects of interband transitions on the nanoparticle plasmon resonance.

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    Wang, Hui; Tam, Felicia; Grady, Nathaniel K; Halas, Naomi J

    2005-10-01

    The optical properties of metals arise both from optical excitation of interband transitions and their collective electronic, or plasmon, response. Here, we examine the optical properties of Cu, whose strong interband transitions dominate its optical response in the visible region of the spectrum, in a nanoshell geometry. This nanostructure permits the geometrical tuning of the nanoparticle plasmon energy relative to the onset of interband transitions in the metal. Spectral overlap of the interband transitions of Cu with the nanoshell plasmon resonance results in a striking double-peaked plasmon resonance, a unique phenomenon previously unobserved in other noble or coinage metal nanostructures. PMID:16853342

  5. Different ways to active optical frequency standards

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    Pan, Duo; Xue, Xiaobo; Zhang, Xiaogang; Chen, Jingbiao

    2016-06-01

    Active optical frequency standard, or active optical clock, is a new concept of optical frequency standard, where a weak feedback with phase coherence information in optical bad-cavity limitation is formed, and the continuous self-sustained coherent stimulated emission between two atomic transition levels with population inversion is realized. Through ten years of both theoretical and experimental exploration, the narrow linewidth and suppression of cavity pulling effect of active optical frequency standard have been initially proved. In this paper, after a simple review, we will mainly present the most recent experimental progresses of active optical frequency standards in Peking University, including 4-level cesium active optical frequency standards and active Faraday optical frequency standards. The future development of active optical frequency standards is also discussed.

  6. Transitions: A Personal Perspective.

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    Wood, Ann Stace

    1995-01-01

    Distinguishes between unchosen transitions (children maturing and leaving, parents aging, companies downsizing) and chosen ones (moving, divorce, marriage, career changes). Describes the steps one goes through: uneasiness, renewed energy, complaining, exploration, partial transition, and the completed transition. (JOW)

  7. Optical probe

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    Hencken, Kenneth; Flower, William L.

    1999-01-01

    A compact optical probe is disclosed particularly useful for analysis of emissions in industrial environments. The instant invention provides a geometry for optically-based measurements that allows all optical components (source, detector, rely optics, etc.) to be located in proximity to one another. The geometry of the probe disclosed herein provides a means for making optical measurements in environments where it is difficult and/or expensive to gain access to the vicinity of a flow stream to be measured. Significantly, the lens geometry of the optical probe allows the analysis location within a flow stream being monitored to be moved while maintaining optical alignment of all components even when the optical probe is focused on a plurality of different analysis points within the flow stream.

  8. Optical Communications

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    Young, Matt

    1973-01-01

    Describes the characteristics and operational problems of optical waveguides, and concludes that the wide use of optical communications can be expected if difficulties in commercial production of components can be eliminated. (CC)

  9. Method and apparatus for bistable optical information storage for erasable optical disks

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    Land, Cecil E.; McKinney, Ira D.

    1990-01-01

    A method and an optical device for bistable storage of optical information, together with reading and erasure of the optical information, using a photoactivated shift in a field dependent phase transition between a metastable or a bias-stabilized ferroelectric (FE) phase and a stable antiferroelectric (AFE) phase in an lead lanthanum zirconate titanate (PLZT). An optical disk contains the PLZT. Writing and erasing of optical information can be accomplished by a light beam normal to the disk. Reading of optical information can be accomplished by a light beam at an incidence angle of 15 to 60 degrees to the normal of the disk.

  10. Method and apparatus for bistable optical information storage for erasable optical disks

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    Land, C.E.; McKinney, I.D.

    1988-05-31

    A method and an optical device for bistable storage of optical information, together with reading and erasure of the optical information, using a photoactivated shift in a field dependent phase transition between a metastable or a bias-stabilized ferroelectric (FE) phase and a stable antiferroelectric (AFE) phase in a lead lanthanum zirconate titanate (PLZT). An optical disk contains the PLZT. Writing and erasing of optical information can be accomplished by a light beam normal to the disk. Reading of optical information can be accomplished by a light beam at an incidence angle of 15 to 60 degrees to the normal of the disk. 10 figs.

  11. Optical keyboard

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    Veligdan, James T.; Feichtner, John D.; Phillips, Thomas E.

    2001-01-01

    An optical keyboard includes an optical panel having optical waveguides stacked together. First ends of the waveguides define an inlet face, and opposite ends thereof define a screen. A projector transmits a light beam outbound through the waveguides for display on the screen as a keyboard image. A light sensor is optically aligned with the inlet face for sensing an inbound light beam channeled through the waveguides from the screen upon covering one key of the keyboard image.

  12. Electronic structure of f{sup 1} actinide complexes. 1. Nonrelativistic and relativistic calculations of the optical transition energies of AnX{sub 6}{sup q{minus}} complexes

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    Kaltsoyannis, N.; Bursten, B.E.

    1995-05-10

    The ground-state electronic structures of PaX{sub 6}{sup 2{minus}} (X = F, Cl, Br, I), UX{sub 6}{sup {minus}} (X = F, Cl, Br), and NpF{sub 6} have been calculated, using both nonrelativistic implementations of the discrete-variational X{alpha} (DV-X{alpha}) method. A significant amount of metal-ligand covalent bonding is found, involving both 6d and 5f metal orbitals. The 5f contribution to the bonding levels increases significantly from PaX{sub 6}{sup 2{minus}} to UX{sub 6}{sup {minus}} to NpF{sub 6} but remains approximately constant as the halogen is altered in PaX{sub 6}{sup 2{minus}} and UX{sub 6}{sup {minus}}. In contrast, the 6d atomic orbital character of the halogen-based levels increases from UF{sub 6}{sup {minus}} to UBr{sub 6}{sup {minus}} and a similar, through less marked, trend is observed in PaX{sub 6}{sup 2{minus}}. The electronic transition energies have been calculated using the transition state method. The relativistic calculations are far superior to the nonrelativistic ones in both qualitatively and quantitatively describing the electronic spectra. The stabilization of the metal 5f atomic orbitals with respect to the halogen np levels from protactinium to neptunium results in the more energetic f {yields} f transitions in NpF{sub 6} being masked by the onset of a ligand-to-metal charge-transfer band. In the remaining molecules, the f {yields} F transitions in NpF{sub 6} being masked by the onset of a ligand-to-metal charge-transfer band. In the remaining molecules, the f {yields} f transitions occur well removed from charge-transfer bands.

  13. Adaptive atom-optics in atom interferometry

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    Marable, M. L.; Savard, T. A.; Thomas, J. E.

    1997-02-01

    We suggest a general technique for creating virtual atom-optical elements which are adaptive. The shape and position of these elements is determined by the frequency distribution for optical fields which induce transitions in a high gradient potential. This adaptive method is demonstrated in an all-optical atom interferometer, by creating either a variable optical slit or a variable optical grating which is scanned across the atomic spatial patterns to measure the fringes. This method renders mechanical motion of the interferometer elements unnecessary.

  14. System for testing optical fibers

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    Davies, Terence J.; Franks, Larry A.; Nelson, Melvin A.

    1981-01-01

    A system for nondestructively determining the attenuation coefficient, .alpha.(.lambda.), of low-loss optical fiber wave guides. Cerenkov light pulses are generated at a plurality of locations in the fiber by a beam of charged particles. The transit times of selected spectral components and their intensities are utilized to unfold the .alpha.(.lambda.) values over the measured spectrum.

  15. Optical Micromachining

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1998-01-01

    Under an SBIR (Small Business Innovative Research) with Marshall Space Flight Center, Potomac Photonics, Inc., constructed and demonstrated a unique tool that fills a need in the area of diffractive and refractive micro-optics. It is an integrated computer-aided design and computer-aided micro-machining workstation that will extend the benefits of diffractive and micro-optic technology to optical designers. Applications of diffractive optics include sensors and monitoring equipment, analytical instruments, and fiber optic distribution and communication. The company has been making diffractive elements with the system as a commercial service for the last year.

  16. PT symmetry in optics

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    Christodoulides, Demetrios

    2015-03-01

    Interest in complex Hamiltonians has been rekindled after the realization that a wide class of non-Hermitian Hamiltonians can have entirely real spectra as long as they simultaneously respect parity and time reversal operators. In non-relativistic quantum mechanics, governed by the Schrödinger equation, a necessary but not sufficient condition for PT symmetry to hold is that the complex potential should involve real and imaginary parts which are even and odd functions of position respectively. As recently indicated, optics provides a fertile ground to observe and utilize notions of PT symmetry. In optics, the refractive index and gain/loss profiles play the role of the real and imaginary parts of the aforementioned complex potentials. As it has been demonstrated in several studies, PT-symmetric optical structures can exhibit peculiar properties that are otherwise unattainable in traditional Hermitian (conservative) optical settings. Among them, is the possibility for breaking this symmetry through an abrupt phase transition, band merging effects and unidirectional invisibility. Here we review recent developments in the field of -symmetric optics.

  17. The nature of transition blazars

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    Ruan, J. J.; Anderson, S. F.; Plotkin, R. M.; Brandt, W. N.; Schneider, D. P.; Burnett, T. H.; Myers, A. D.

    2014-12-10

    Blazars are classically divided into the BL Lacertae (BLL) and flat-spectrum radio quasar (FSRQ) subclasses, corresponding to radiatively inefficient and efficient accretion regimes, respectively, largely based on the equivalent width (EW) of their optical broad emission lines (BELs). However, EW-based classification criteria are not physically motivated, and a few blazars have previously transitioned' from one subclass to the other. We present the first systematic search for these transition blazars in a sample of 602 unique pairs of repeat spectra of 354 blazars in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, finding six clear cases. These transition blazars have bolometric Eddington ratios of ∼0.3 and low-frequency synchrotron peaks, and are thus FSRQ-like. We show that the strong EW variability (up to an unprecedented factor of >60) is due to swamping of the BELs from variability in jet continuum emission, which is stronger in amplitude and shorter in timescale than typical blazars. Although these transition blazars appear to switch between FSRQ and BLL according to the phenomenologically based EW scheme, we show that they are most likely rare cases of FSRQs with radiatively efficient accretion flows and especially strongly beamed jets. These results have implications for the decrease of the apparent BLL population at high redshifts, and may lend credence to claims of a negative BLL redshift evolution.

  18. Electric modulation of optical absorption in nanowires

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    Sakr, M. R.

    2016-11-01

    We have calculated the effect of an external electric field on the intersubband optical absorption of a nanowire subjected to a perpendicular magnetic field and Rashba effect. The absorption peaks due to optical transitions that are forbidden in the absence of the intersubband coupling experience strong amplitude modulation. This effect is quadratic in electric fields applied along the direction of quantum confinement or perpendicularly to tune the Rashba parameter. The electric field also induces frequency modulation in the associated spectrum. On the other hand, transitions that are normally allowed show, to a large extent, a parallel band effect, and accordingly they are responsible for strong optical absorption.

  19. A potassium Faraday anomalous dispersion optical filter

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    Yin, B.; Shay, T. M.

    1992-01-01

    The characteristics of a potassium Faraday anomalous dispersion optical filter operating on the blue and near infrared transitions are calculated. The results show that the filter can be designed to provide high transmission, very narrow pass bandwidth, and low equivalent noise bandwidth. The Faraday anomalous dispersion optical filter (FADOF) provides a narrow pass bandwidth (about GHz) optical filter for laser communications, remote sensing, and lidar. The general theoretical model for the FADOF has been established in our previous paper. In this paper, we have identified the optimum operational conditions for a potassium FADOF operating on the blue and infrared transitions. The signal transmission, bandwidth, and equivalent noise bandwidth (ENBW) are also calculated.

  20. Hydrothermal synthesis, structure and optical properties of two novel nanosized Ln26 @CO3 (Ln=Dy and Tb) cluster-based lanthanide-transition-metal organic frameworks (Ln MOFs).

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    Zhang, Yu; Huang, Lian; Miao, Hao; Wan, Hong Xiang; Mei, Hua; Liu, Ying; Xu, Yan

    2015-02-16

    Invited for the cover of this issue is the group of Hua Mei and Yan Xu at Nanjing Tech University, China. The image depicts star-like {Tb26 } clusters, which are simplified as blue balls, and Ag atoms, which are distributed in the MOF structure uniformly to give a lanthanide-MOF structure with good optical properties. Read the full text of the article at 10.1002/chem.201405178.

  1. Hydrothermal synthesis, structure and optical properties of two novel nanosized Ln26 @CO3 (Ln=Dy and Tb) cluster-based lanthanide-transition-metal organic frameworks (Ln MOFs).

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    Zhang, Yu; Huang, Lian; Miao, Hao; Wan, Hong Xiang; Mei, Hua; Liu, Ying; Xu, Yan

    2015-02-16

    Invited for the cover of this issue is the group of Hua Mei and Yan Xu at Nanjing Tech University, China. The image depicts star-like {Tb26 } clusters, which are simplified as blue balls, and Ag atoms, which are distributed in the MOF structure uniformly to give a lanthanide-MOF structure with good optical properties. Read the full text of the article at 10.1002/chem.201405178. PMID:25470812

  2. Quantum Optics

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    Orvil Scully, Marlan; Zubairy, Muhammad Suhail

    1997-09-01

    Quantum optics has witnessed significant theoretical and experimental developments in recent years. This book provides an in-depth and wide-ranging introduction to the subject, emphasizing throughout the basic principles and their applications. The book begins by developing the basic tools of quantum optics, and goes on to show the application of these tools in a variety of quantum optical systems, including lasing without inversion, squeezed states, and atom optics. The final four chapters discuss quantum optical tests of the foundations of quantum mechanics, and particular aspects of measurement theory. Assuming only a background of standard quantum mechanics and electromagnetic theory, and containing many problems and references, this book will be invaluable to graduate students of quantum optics, as well as to researchers in this field.

  3. Geometrical Optics

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    Lindlein, Norbert; Leuchs, Gerd

    This chapter shall discuss the basics and the applications of geometrical optical methods in modern optics. Geometrical optics has a long tradition and some ideas are many centuries old. Nevertheless, the invention of modern personal computers which can perform several million floating-point operations in a second also revolutionized the methods of geometrical optics and so several analytical methods lost importance whereas numerical methods such as ray tracing became very important. Therefore, the emphasis in this chapter is also on modern numerical methods such as ray tracing and some other systematic methods such as the paraxial matrix theory.

  4. Optical trapping

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    Neuman, Keir C.; Block, Steven M.

    2006-01-01

    Since their invention just over 20 years ago, optical traps have emerged as a powerful tool with broad-reaching applications in biology and physics. Capabilities have evolved from simple manipulation to the application of calibrated forces on—and the measurement of nanometer-level displacements of—optically trapped objects. We review progress in the development of optical trapping apparatus, including instrument design considerations, position detection schemes and calibration techniques, with an emphasis on recent advances. We conclude with a brief summary of innovative optical trapping configurations and applications. PMID:16878180

  5. Magic Wavelength for the Hydrogen 1S-2S Transition

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    Kawasaki, Akio

    2016-05-01

    The state of the art precision measurement of the transition frequencies of neutral atoms is performed with atoms trapped by the magic wavelength optical lattice that cancels the ac Stark shift of the transitions. Trapping with magic wavelength lattice is also expected to improve the precision of the hydrogen 1S-2S transition frequency, which so far has been measured only with the atomic beam. In this talk, I discuss the magic wavelength for the hydrogen 1S-2S transition, and the possibility of implementing the optical lattice trapping for hydrogen. Optical trapping of hydrogen also opens the way to perform magnetic field free spectroscopy of antihydrogen for the test of CPT theorem.

  6. Magnetic hyperbolic optical metamaterials

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    Kruk, Sergey S.; Wong, Zi Jing; Pshenay-Severin, Ekaterina; O'Brien, Kevin; Neshev, Dragomir N.; Kivshar, Yuri S.; Zhang, Xiang

    2016-01-01

    Strongly anisotropic media where the principal components of electric permittivity or magnetic permeability tensors have opposite signs are termed as hyperbolic media. Such media support propagating electromagnetic waves with extremely large wave vectors exhibiting unique optical properties. However, in all artificial and natural optical materials studied to date, the hyperbolic dispersion originates solely from the electric response. This restricts material functionality to one polarization of light and inhibits free-space impedance matching. Such restrictions can be overcome in media having components of opposite signs for both electric and magnetic tensors. Here we present the experimental demonstration of the magnetic hyperbolic dispersion in three-dimensional metamaterials. We measure metamaterial isofrequency contours and reveal the topological phase transition between the elliptic and hyperbolic dispersion. In the hyperbolic regime, we demonstrate the strong enhancement of thermal emission, which becomes directional, coherent and polarized. Our findings show the possibilities for realizing efficient impedance-matched hyperbolic media for unpolarized light. PMID:27072604

  7. Transition Handbook: Valley Transitional School Program.

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    Virginia State Dept. of Rehabilitation Services, Richmond.

    The handbook was developed by the 3-year Valley Transitional School Project, serving Augusta, Staunton, and Waynesboro schools, all located in Augusta County, Virginia. The purpose of the project was to develop and validate a model which would assist school youth with severe disabilities to make the transition from school to employment, in the…

  8. Optical latches using optical amplifiers

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    Li, Wenbo; Hu, Hongyu; Dutta, Niloy K.

    2013-05-01

    Optical latches are important for a wide range of applications including communication systems, optical logic systems, optical random access memory (RAM) and encryption. All optical logic operations using quantum dot (QD) based semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) and Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) have been studied. The building block of an optical latch such as NAND gate has been fabricated and their operation experimentally demonstrated at ~ 80 GHz. A rate equation model has been developed for the QD-SOA-MZI and it has been used to analyze the Boolean logic operation. The model has been used to analyze the Set-Reset (S-R) latch and the D-Flip-Flop (DFF) devices. The DFF is the basic device for building larger logic circuits. The results show that the latches would work to speeds of ~ 250 Gb/s.

  9. QUANTUM OPTICS. Universal linear optics.

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    Carolan, Jacques; Harrold, Christopher; Sparrow, Chris; Martín-López, Enrique; Russell, Nicholas J; Silverstone, Joshua W; Shadbolt, Peter J; Matsuda, Nobuyuki; Oguma, Manabu; Itoh, Mikitaka; Marshall, Graham D; Thompson, Mark G; Matthews, Jonathan C F; Hashimoto, Toshikazu; O'Brien, Jeremy L; Laing, Anthony

    2015-08-14

    Linear optics underpins fundamental tests of quantum mechanics and quantum technologies. We demonstrate a single reprogrammable optical circuit that is sufficient to implement all possible linear optical protocols up to the size of that circuit. Our six-mode universal system consists of a cascade of 15 Mach-Zehnder interferometers with 30 thermo-optic phase shifters integrated into a single photonic chip that is electrically and optically interfaced for arbitrary setting of all phase shifters, input of up to six photons, and their measurement with a 12-single-photon detector system. We programmed this system to implement heralded quantum logic and entangling gates, boson sampling with verification tests, and six-dimensional complex Hadamards. We implemented 100 Haar random unitaries with an average fidelity of 0.999 ± 0.001. Our system can be rapidly reprogrammed to implement these and any other linear optical protocol, pointing the way to applications across fundamental science and quantum technologies. PMID:26160375

  10. Gas turbine combustor transition

    DOEpatents

    Coslow, B.J.; Whidden, G.L.

    1999-05-25

    A method is described for converting a steam cooled transition to an air cooled transition in a gas turbine having a compressor in fluid communication with a combustor, a turbine section in fluid communication with the combustor, the transition disposed in a combustor shell and having a cooling circuit connecting a steam outlet and a steam inlet and wherein hot gas flows from the combustor through the transition and to the turbine section, includes forming an air outlet in the transition in fluid communication with the cooling circuit and providing for an air inlet in the transition in fluid communication with the cooling circuit. 7 figs.

  11. Gas turbine combustor transition

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    Coslow, Billy Joe; Whidden, Graydon Lane

    1999-01-01

    A method of converting a steam cooled transition to an air cooled transition in a gas turbine having a compressor in fluid communication with a combustor, a turbine section in fluid communication with the combustor, the transition disposed in a combustor shell and having a cooling circuit connecting a steam outlet and a steam inlet and wherein hot gas flows from the combustor through the transition and to the turbine section, includes forming an air outlet in the transition in fluid communication with the cooling circuit and providing for an air inlet in the transition in fluid communication with the cooling circuit.

  12. Phase diagram and incommensurate antiferroelectric structure in (Pb{sub 1−1.5x}La{sub x})(Zr{sub 0.42}Sn{sub 0.40}Ti{sub 0.18})O{sub 3} ceramics discovered by band-to-band optical transitions

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    Ding, X. J.; Xu, L. P.; Hu, Z. G. Chu, J. H.; Chen, X. F.; Wang, G. S.; Dong, X. L.

    2014-09-29

    Optical properties and phase transitions of (Pb{sub 1−1.5x}La{sub x})(Zr{sub 0.42}Sn{sub 0.40}Ti{sub 0.18})O{sub 3} (PLZST 100x/42/40/18) ceramics with different compositions have been investigated by temperature dependent spectroscopic ellipsometry. Two interband critical points (E{sub cp1} and E{sub cp2}) located at about 3.9 and 5.1 eV can be obtained by fitting standard line shapes to the second derivatives of the complex dielectric functions. Based on the band-to-band transitions, the phase diagram of PLZST ceramics can be well presented. Moreover, a peculiar incommensurate antiferroelectric state has been found to exist above the temperature of the normal commensurate antiferroelectric tetragonal structure. It can be stable below Curie temperature, evolving slowly with decreasing temperature towards the commensurate structure, which is due to strong pinning of incommensurate domain walls. The phenomena can result from a competition between ferroelectric ordering and antiferroelectric ordering caused by the lanthanum modification.

  13. Optically pumped microplasma rare gas laser.

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    Rawlins, W T; Galbally-Kinney, K L; Davis, S J; Hoskinson, A R; Hopwood, J A; Heaven, M C

    2015-02-23

    The optically pumped rare-gas metastable laser is a chemically inert analogue to three-state optically pumped alkali laser systems. The concept requires efficient generation of electronically excited metastable atoms in a continuous-wave (CW) electric discharge in flowing gas mixtures near atmospheric pressure. We have observed CW optical gain and laser oscillation at 912.3 nm using a linear micro-discharge array to generate metastable Ar(4s, 1s(5)) atoms at atmospheric pressure. We observed the optical excitation of the 1s(5) → 2p(9) transition at 811.5 nm and the corresponding fluorescence, optical gain and laser oscillation on the 2p(10) ↔ 1s(5) transition at 912.3 nm, following 2p(9)→2p(10) collisional energy transfer. A steady-state kinetics model indicates efficient collisional coupling within the Ar(4s) manifold. PMID:25836515

  14. A time-dependent density functional theory investigation on the nature of the electronic transitions involved in the nonlinear optical response of [Ru(CF3CO2)3T] (T = 4'-(C6H4-p-NBu2)-2,2':6',2''-terpyridine).

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    De Angelis, Filippo; Fantacci, Simona; Sgamelotti, Antonio; Cariati, Franco; Roberto, Dominique; Tessore, Francesca; Ugo, Renato

    2006-02-14

    We report a theoretical study based on density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent DFT (TDDFT) calculations on the nature and role of the absorption bands involved in the nonlinear optical response of the complexes [Ru(CF3CO2)3T] (T = T1, T2; T1 = 4'-(C6H4-p-NBu2)-2,2':6',2''-terpyridine, T2 = 4'-(C6H4-p-NMe2)-2,2':6',2''-terpyridine). Geometry optimizations, performed without any symmetry constraints, confirm a twisting of the -C6H4-p-NBu2 moiety with respect to the plane of the chelated terpyridine. Despite this lack of strong pi interaction, TDDFT excited states calculations of the electronic spectrum in solution provide evidence of a relevant role of the NBu2 donor group in the low-energy LMCT band at 911 nm. Calculations also show that the two bands at higher energy (508 and 455 nm) are not attributable only to LMCT and ILCT transitions but to a mixing of ILCT/MLCT and ILCT/pi-pi* transitions, respectively. The 911 nm LMCT band, appearing at lower wavelength of the second harmonic (670 nm) of the EFISH experiment, controls the negative value of the second-order NLO response. This is confirmed by our calculations of the static component beta0(zzz) of the quadratic hyperpolarizability tensor, showing a large positive value. In addition we have found that the increase of the dipole moment upon excitation occurs, in all the characterized transitions, along the dipole moment axis, thus explaining why the EFISH and solvatochromic experimental values of the quadratic hyperpolarizability agree as sign and value. PMID:16437181

  15. Camera Optics.

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    Ruiz, Michael J.

    1982-01-01

    The camera presents an excellent way to illustrate principles of geometrical optics. Basic camera optics of the single-lens reflex camera are discussed, including interchangeable lenses and accessories available to most owners. Several experiments are described and results compared with theoretical predictions or manufacturer specifications.…

  16. Optical testing

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    Wyant, James; Hochberg, Eric; Breault, Robert; Greivenkamp, John; Hunt, Gary; Mason, Pete; Mcguire, James; Meinel, Aden; Morris, Mike; Scherr, Larry

    1992-01-01

    Optical testing is one of the most vital elements in the process of preparing an optical instrument for launch. Without well understood, well controlled, and well documented test procedures, current and future mission goals will be jeopardized. We should keep in mind that the reason we test is to provide an opportunity to catch errors, oversights, and problems on the ground, where solutions are possible and difficulties can be rectified. Consequently, it is necessary to create tractable test procedures that truly provide a measure of the performance of all optical elements and systems under conditions which are close to those expected in space. Where testing is not feasible, accurate experiments are required in order to perfect models that can exactly predict the optical performance. As we stretch the boundaries of technology to perform more complex space and planetary investigations, we must expand the technology required to test the optical components and systems which we send into space. As we expand the observational wavelength ranges, so must we expand our range of optical sources and detectors. As we increase resolution and sensitivity, our understanding of optical surfaces to accommodate more stringent figure and scatter requirements must expand. Only with research and development in these areas can we hope to achieve success in the ever increasing demands made on optical testing by the highly sophisticated missions anticipated over the next two decades. Technology assessment and development plan for surface figure, surface roughness, alignment, image quality, radiometric quantities, and stray light measurement are presented.

  17. Optical Detectors

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    Goushcha, Alexander; Tabbert, Bernd

    Optical detectors are applied in all fields of human activities - from basic research to commercial applications in communication, automotive, medical imaging, homeland security, and other fields. The processes of light interaction with matter described in other chapters of this handbook form the basis for understanding the optical detectors physics and device properties.

  18. Optical Detectors

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    Tabbert, Bernd; Goushcha, Alexander

    Optical detectors are applied in all fields of human activities from basic research to commercial applications in communication, automotive, medical imaging, homeland security, and other fields. The processes of light interaction with matter described in other chapters of this handbook form the basis for understanding the optical detectors physics and device properties.

  19. Optical Disks.

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    Gale, John C.; And Others

    1985-01-01

    This four-article section focuses on information storage capacity of the optical disk covering the information workstation (uses microcomputer, optical disk, compact disc to provide reference information, information content, work product support); use of laser videodisc technology for dissemination of agricultural information; encoding databases…

  20. Optical biosensors

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    Damborský, Pavel; Švitel, Juraj

    2016-01-01

    Optical biosensors represent the most common type of biosensor. Here we provide a brief classification, a description of underlying principles of operation and their bioanalytical applications. The main focus is placed on the most widely used optical biosensors which are surface plasmon resonance (SPR)-based biosensors including SPR imaging and localized SPR. In addition, other optical biosensor systems are described, such as evanescent wave fluorescence and bioluminescent optical fibre biosensors, as well as interferometric, ellipsometric and reflectometric interference spectroscopy and surface-enhanced Raman scattering biosensors. The optical biosensors discussed here allow the sensitive and selective detection of a wide range of analytes including viruses, toxins, drugs, antibodies, tumour biomarkers and tumour cells. PMID:27365039

  1. GREAT optics

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    Wagner-Gentner, Armin; Graf, Urs U.; Philipp, Martin; Rabanus, David; Stutzki, Jürgen

    2004-10-01

    The German REceiver for Astronomy at Terahertz frequencies (GREAT) is a first generation PI instrument for the SOFIA telescope, developed by a collaboration between the MPIfR, KOSMA, DLR, and the MPAe. The first three institutes each contribute one heterodyne receiver channel to operate at 1.9, 2.7 and 4.7 THz, respectively. A later addition of a e.g. 1.4 THz channel is planned. The GREAT instrument is developed to carry two cryostats at once. That means that any two of the three frequencies can be observed simultaneously. Therefore, we need to be able to quickly exchange the optics benches, the local oscillator (LO) subsystems, and the cryostats containing the mixer devices. This demands a high modularity and flexibility of our receiver concept. Our aim is to avoid the need for realignment when swapping receiver channels. After an overview of the common GREAT optics, a detailed description of several parts (optics benches, calibration units, diplexer, focal plane imager) is given. Special emphasis is given to the LO optics of the KOSMA 1.9 THz channel, because its backward wave oscillator has an astigmatic output beam profile, which has to be corrected for. We developed astigmatic off-axis mirrors to compensate this astigmatism. The mirrors are manufactured in-house on a 5 axis CNC milling machine. We use this milling machine to obtain optical components with highest surface accuracy (about 5 microns) appropriate for these wavelengths. Based on the CNC machining capabilities we present our concept of integrated optics, which means to manufacture optical subsystems monolithically. The optics benches are located on three point mounts, which in conjunction with the integrated optics concept ensure the required adjustment free optics setup.

  2. Conceptualizing Transitions to Adulthood

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    Wyn, Johanna

    2014-01-01

    This chapter provides an overview of theories of the transition to young adulthood. It sets out the argument for conceptual renewal and discusses some implications of new patterns of transition for adult education.

  3. The Managerial Transition.

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    Kneeland, Steven J.

    1980-01-01

    Having identified the problem of managerial transition in a previous article (CE 510 277), the author outlines a strategy for change which includes performance appraisal, definition of the management structure, and counselling for the individual in transition. (SK)

  4. Atomistic tight-binding study of electronic structure and interband optical transitions in GaBi{sub x}As{sub 1−x}/GaAs quantum wells

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    Usman, Muhammad; O'Reilly, Eoin P.

    2014-02-17

    Large-supercell tight-binding calculations are presented for GaBi{sub x}As{sub 1−x}/GaAs single quantum wells (QWs) with Bi fractions x of 3.125% and 12.5%. Our results highlight significant distortion of the valence band states due to the alloy disorder. A large full-width-half-maximum (FWHM) is estimated in the ground state interband transition energy (≈33 meV) at 3.125% Bi, consistent with recent photovoltage measurements for similar Bi compositions. Additionally, the alloy disorder effects are predicted to become more pronounced as the QW width is increased. However, they are less strong at the higher Bi composition (12.5%) required for the design of temperature-stable lasers, with a calculated FWHM of ≈23.5 meV at x = 12.5%.

  5. On the nature of the Mn-related states in the band structure of (Ga,Mn)As alloys via probing the E{sub 1} and E{sub 1} + Δ{sub 1} optical transitions

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    Gluba, L. Yastrubchak, O.; Kulik, M.; Żuk, J.; Sęk, G.; Rudno-Rudziński, W.; Misiewicz, J.; Sadowski, J.; Rzodkiewicz, W.; Andrearczyk, T.; Wosinski, T.

    2014-07-21

    The dilute (Ga,Mn)As became a model ferromagnetic semiconductor, however there is still a disagreement on the source of its magnetism. In this paper, we verify the ellipsometric results and compare them with more precise photoreflectance method, which gives an important insight into the interaction of the Mn-related states with the ones of GaAs valence band. No spectral shifts observed for the E{sub 1} and E{sub 1} + Δ{sub 1} interband transitions in highly doped and annealed (Ga,Mn)As epitaxial layers indicate that the coupling between a detached Mn impurity band and the valence band does not occur. Our findings are supported by the characterizations of the (Ga,Mn)As epitaxial layers with the high resolution transmission electron microscopy and magnetization measurements.

  6. Transition in Turbines

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    1985-01-01

    The concept of a large disturbance bypass mechanism for the initiation of transition is reviewed and studied. This mechanism, or some manifestation thereof, is suspected to be at work in the boundary layers present in a turbine flow passage. Discussion is presented on four relevant subtopics: (1) the effect of upstream disturbances and wakes on transition; (2) transition prediction models, code development, and verification; (3) transition and turbulence measurement techniques; and (4) the hydrodynamic condition of low Reynolds number boundary layers.

  7. Cosmological phase transitions

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    Kolb, E.W. |

    1993-10-01

    If modern ideas about the role of spontaneous symmetry breaking in fundamental physics are correct, then the Universe should have undergone a series of phase transitions early in its history. The study of cosmological phase transitions has become an important aspect of early-Universe cosmology. In this lecture I review some very recent work on three aspects of phase transitions: the electroweak transition, texture, and axions.

  8. Phase Transition of DNA Coated Nanogold Networks

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    Kiang, Ching-Hwa; Sun, Young; Harris, Nolan; Wickremasinghe, Nissanka

    2004-03-01

    Melting and hybridization of DNA-coated gold nanoparticle networks are investigated with optical absorption spectroscopy and tansmission electron microscopy. Single-stranded DNA-coated nanogold are linked with complementary, single-stranded linker DNA to form particle networks. Network formation results in a solution color change, which can be used for DNA detection. Compared to free DNA, networked DNA-nanoparticle systems result in a sharp melting transition. Melting curves calculated from percolation theory agree with our experimental results(1). (1) C.-H. Kiang, ``Phase Transition of DNA-Linked Gold Nanoparticles,'' Physica A, 321 (2003) 164--169.

  9. Novel photoinduced phase transitions in transition metal oxides and diluted magnetic semiconductors

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    2012-01-01

    Some transition metal oxides have frustrated electronic states under multiphase competition due to strongly correlated d electrons with spin, charge, and orbital degrees of freedom and exhibit drastic responses to external stimuli such as optical excitation. Here, we present photoemission studies on Pr0.55(Ca1 − ySry)0.45MnO3 (y = 0.25), SrTiO3, and Ti1 − xCoxO2 (x = 0.05, 0.10) under laser illumination and discuss electronic structural changes induced by optical excitation in these strongly correlated oxides. We discuss the novel photoinduced phase transitions in these transition metal oxides and diluted magnetic semiconductors on the basis of polaronic pictures such as orbital, ferromagnetic, and ferroelectric polarons. PMID:23092248

  10. Origins of evolutionary transitions.

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    Clarke, Ellen

    2014-04-01

    An 'evolutionary transition in individuality' or 'major transition' is a transformation in the hierarchical level at which natural selection operates on a population. In this article I give an abstract (i.e. level-neutral and substrate-neutral) articulation of the transition process in order to precisely understand how such processes can happen, especially how they can get started. PMID:24736161

  11. Transitivity of Preferences

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    Regenwetter, Michel; Dana, Jason; Davis-Stober, Clintin P.

    2011-01-01

    Transitivity of preferences is a fundamental principle shared by most major contemporary rational, prescriptive, and descriptive models of decision making. To have transitive preferences, a person, group, or society that prefers choice option "x" to "y" and "y" to "z" must prefer "x" to "z". Any claim of empirical violations of transitivity by…

  12. Fiber optic coupled optical sensor

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    Fleming, Kevin J.

    2001-01-01

    A displacement sensor includes a first optical fiber for radiating light to a target, and a second optical fiber for receiving light from the target. The end of the first fiber is adjacent and not axially aligned with the second fiber end. A lens focuses light from the first fiber onto the target and light from the target onto the second fiber.

  13. LINEAR OPTICS DURING THE RHIC 2001 - 2 RUN.

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    SATOGATA,T.; CARDONA,J.; PTITSYN,V.; TEPIKIAN,S.; VAN ZEIJTS,J.

    2002-06-02

    The RHIC 2001-2 Au and polarized proton runs used several different low-beta optics configurations. Low-beta squeezes were routinely performed through the Au acceleration ramp to optimize injection and transition optics; the polarized proton run injected and accelerated with constant low-beta optics to optimize polarization preservation. This paper summarizes tools, methods and results for linear optics measurement and correction during these runs as well as future plans.

  14. Ultracold lanthanides: from optical clock to a quantum simulator

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    Vishnyakova, G. A.; Golovizin, A. A.; Kalganova, E. S.; Sorokin, V. N.; Sukachev, D. D.; Tregubov, D. O.; Khabarova, K. Yu; Kolachevsky, N. N.

    2016-02-01

    We review the current research on precision spectroscopy and quantum optics applications of laser-cooled lanthanides. We discuss the specific electronic structure of hollow atoms, which determine prospects for application in optical frequency standards and in quantum simulators based on spin interactions in optical lattices. Using the example of the thulium atom, we describe the specifics of laser cooling, optical lattice trapping techniques, and clock transition spectroscopy using spectrally narrow lasers.

  15. The Young Exoplanet Transit Initiative (YETI)

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    Neuhäuser, R.; Errmann, R.; Berndt, A.; Maciejewski, G.; Takahashi, H.; Chen, W. P.; Dimitrov, D. P.; Pribulla, T.; Nikogossian, E. H.; Jensen, E. L. N.; Marschall, L.; Wu, Z.-Y.; Kellerer, A.; Walter, F. M.; Briceño, C.; Chini, R.; Fernandez, M.; Raetz, St.; Torres, G.; Latham, D. W.; Quinn, S. N.; Niedzielski, A.; Bukowiecki, Ł.; Nowak, G.; Tomov, T.; Tachihara, K.; Hu, S. C.-L.; Hung, L. W.; Kjurkchieva, D. P.; Radeva, V. S.; Mihov, B. M.; Slavcheva-Mihova, L.; Bozhinova, I. N.; Budaj, J.; Vaňko, M.; Kundra, E.; Hambálek, Ľ.; Krushevska, V.; Movsessian, T.; Harutyunyan, H.; Downes, J. J.; Hernandez, J.; Hoffmeister, V. H.; Cohen, D. H.; Abel, I.; Ahmad, R.; Chapman, S.; Eckert, S.; Goodman, J.; Guerard, A.; Kim, H. M.; Koontharana, A.; Sokol, J.; Trinh, J.; Wang, Y.; Zhou, X.; Redmer, R.; Kramm, U.; Nettelmann, N.; Mugrauer, M.; Schmidt, J.; Moualla, M.; Ginski, C.; Marka, C.; Adam, C.; Seeliger, M.; Baar, S.; Roell, T.; Schmidt, T. O. B.; Trepl, L.; Eisenbeiß, T.; Fiedler, S.; Tetzlaff, N.; Schmidt, E.; Hohle, M. M.; Kitze, M.; Chakrova, N.; Gräfe, C.; Schreyer, K.; Hambaryan, V. V.; Broeg, C. H.; Koppenhoefer, J.; Pandey, A. K.

    2011-07-01

    We present the Young Exoplanet Transit Initiative (YETI), in which we use several 0.2 to 2.6-m telescopes around the world to monitor continuously young (≤100 Myr), nearby (≤1 kpc) stellar clusters mainly to detect young transiting planets (and to study other variability phenomena on time-scales from minutes to years). The telescope network enables us to observe the targets continuously for several days in order not to miss any transit. The runs are typically one to two weeks long, about three runs per year per cluster in two or three subsequent years for about ten clusters. There are thousands of stars detectable in each field with several hundred known cluster members, e.g. in the first cluster observed, Tr-37, a typical cluster for the YETI survey, there are at least 469 known young stars detected in YETI data down to R=16.5 mag with sufficient precision of 50 millimag rms (5 mmag rms down to R=14.5 mag) to detect transits, so that we can expect at least about one young transiting object in this cluster. If we observe ˜10 similar clusters, we can expect to detect ˜10 young transiting planets with radius determinations. The precision given above is for a typical telescope of the YETI network, namely the 60/90-cm Jena telescope (similar brightness limit, namely within ± 1 mag, for the others) so that planetary transits can be detected. For targets with a periodic transit-like light curve, we obtain spectroscopy to ensure that the star is young and that the transiting object can be sub-stellar; then, we obtain Adaptive Optics infrared images and spectra, to exclude other bright eclipsing stars in the (larger) optical PSF; we carry out other observations as needed to rule out other false positive scenarios; finally, we also perform spectroscopy to determine the mass of the transiting companion. For planets with mass and radius determinations, we can calculate the mean density and probe the internal structure. We aim to constrain planet formation models and

  16. A cloaking device for transiting planets

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    Kipping, David M.; Teachey, Alex

    2016-06-01

    The transit method is presently the most successful planet discovery and characterization tool at our disposal. Other advanced civilizations would surely be aware of this technique and appreciate that their home planet's existence and habitability is essentially broadcast to all stars lying along their ecliptic plane. We suggest that advanced civilizations could cloak their presence, or deliberately broadcast it, through controlled laser emission. Such emission could distort the apparent shape of their transit light curves with relatively little energy, due to the collimated beam and relatively infrequent nature of transits. We estimate that humanity could cloak the Earth from Kepler-like broad-band surveys using an optical monochromatic laser array emitting a peak power of ˜30 MW for ˜10 hours per year. A chromatic cloak, effective at all wavelengths, is more challenging requiring a large array of tunable lasers with a total power of ˜250 MW. Alternatively, a civilization could cloak only the atmospheric signatures associated with biological activity on their world, such as oxygen, which is achievable with a peak laser power of just ˜160 kW per transit. Finally, we suggest that the time of transit for optical Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) is analogous to the water-hole in radio SETI, providing a clear window in which observers may expect to communicate. Accordingly, we propose that a civilization may deliberately broadcast their technological capabilities by distorting their transit to an artificial shape, which serves as both a SETI beacon and a medium for data transmission. Such signatures could be readily searched in the archival data of transit surveys.

  17. Optical Network Testbeds Workshop

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    Joe Mambretti

    2007-06-01

    This is the summary report of the third annual Optical Networking Testbed Workshop (ONT3), which brought together leading members of the international advanced research community to address major challenges in creating next generation communication services and technologies. Networking research and development (R&D) communities throughout the world continue to discover new methods and technologies that are enabling breakthroughs in advanced communications. These discoveries are keystones for building the foundation of the future economy, which requires the sophisticated management of extremely large qualities of digital information through high performance communications. This innovation is made possible by basic research and experiments within laboratories and on specialized testbeds. Initial network research and development initiatives are driven by diverse motives, including attempts to solve existing complex problems, the desire to create powerful new technologies that do not exist using traditional methods, and the need to create tools to address specific challenges, including those mandated by large scale science or government agency mission agendas. Many new discoveries related to communications technologies transition to wide-spread deployment through standards organizations and commercialization. These transition paths allow for new communications capabilities that drive many sectors of the digital economy. In the last few years, networking R&D has increasingly focused on advancing multiple new capabilities enabled by next generation optical networking. Both US Federal networking R&D and other national R&D initiatives, such as those organized by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) of Japan are creating optical networking technologies that allow for new, powerful communication services. Among the most promising services are those based on new types of multi-service or hybrid networks, which use new optical networking

  18. Modeling the transition region

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    Singer, Bart A.

    1993-01-01

    The current status of transition-region models is reviewed in this report. To understand modeling problems, various flow features that influence the transition process are discussed first. Then an overview of the different approaches to transition-region modeling is given. This is followed by a detailed discussion of turbulence models and the specific modifications that are needed to predict flows undergoing laminar-turbulent transition. Methods for determining the usefulness of the models are presented, and an outlook for the future of transition-region modeling is suggested.

  19. Gifts from Exoplanetary Transits

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    Narita, Norio

    2009-08-01

    The discovery of transiting extrasolar planets has enabled us to do a number of interesting studies. Transit photometry reveals the radius and the orbital inclination of transiting planets, which allows us to learn the true mass and density of the respective planets by the combined information from radial velocity (RV) measurements. In addition, follow-up observations of transiting planets, looking at such things as secondary eclipses, transit timing variations, transmission spectroscopy, and the Rossiter-McLaughlin effect, provide us information about their dayside temperatures, unseen bodies in systems, planetary atmospheres, and the obliquity of planetary orbits. Such observational information, which will provide us a greater understanding of extrasolar planets, is available only for transiting planets. Here, I briefly summarize what we can learn from transiting planets and introduce previous studies.

  20. Conceptual Optics

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    Paesler, Michael

    1997-11-01

    Conceptual Physics courses are a staple of the curriculum in many colleges and universities. Such courses stress the development of conceptual understanding without appeal to calculational demonstration of that understanding. We have developed a Conceptual Optics course with a similar thrust but a more focused subject matter: the study of light. The course differs from similar courses typically titled Light or Color in that it attempts to cover most topics taught in more conventional optics courses rather than sampling from the variety of topics among those falling under the optics rubric. The course features an extramural laboratory in which student teams are given equipment, a lab manual, and a notebook and are expected to perform various optics experiments in everyday surroundings. This and other features of the course will be discussed.