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  1. Highly (100) oriented MgO growth on thin Mg layer in MTJ structure

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    Jimbo, K.; Nakagawa, S.

    2011-01-01

    In order to apply Stress Assisted Magnetization Reversal (SAMR) method to perpendicular magnetoresistive random access memory (p-MRAM) with magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) using MgO (001) oriented barrier layer, multilayer of Ta/ Terfenol-D/ Mg/ MgO and Ta/ Terfenol-D/ MgO were prepared. While the MgO layer, deposited directly on the Terfenol-D layer, did not show (100) orientatin, very thin metallic Mg layer, deposited prior to the MgO deposition, was effective to attain MgO (100) orientation. The crystalline orientation was very weak without Mg, however, the multilayer with Mg showed very strong MgO(100) peak and the MgO orientation was shifted depending on the Mg thickness.

  2. Beware of poor-quality MgO substrates: A study of MgO substrate quality and its effect on thin film quality

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    Schroeder, J. L.; Ingason, A. S.; Rosén, J.; Birch, J.

    2015-06-01

    Magnesium oxide (MgO) substrates are widely used for fundamental research of a large variety of materials. Our motivation is to make the research community aware of poor-quality MgO substrates. We acquired thirty MgO substrates from six different vendors and demonstrate that 'single-crystal' MgO substrates are not always single crystal, but can consist of multiple domains. These multiple-domain MgO substrates can have a significant impact on research results as demonstrated by a one-to-one correlation between the domain structure of MgO substrates and titanium nitride (TiN) thin films (i.e. poor-quality MgO substrates result in poor-quality TiN films). Poor-quality MgO substrates are shown to be a widespread problem with over 70% of the evaluated substrates exhibiting multiple domains, essentially disqualifying them as substrates for epitaxy. MgO substrate vendors and researchers are encouraged to work together to resolve the problem of inconsistent MgO substrate quality and the research community is encouraged to perform quality control of MgO substrates prior to thin film deposition. Quality control by vendors and/or researchers can be achieved by acquiring X-ray diffraction omega-phi maps in batch processes, as detailed in this paper. We also propose a simple quality grading system to differentiate MgO substrates of varying quality.

  3. YBCO thin film evaporation on as-deposited silver film on MgO

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    Azoulay, J.

    1999-11-01

    YBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ (YBCO) thin film was evaporated on as-deposited Ag buffer layer on MgO substrate. A simple, inexpensive vacuum system equipped with one resistively heated source was used. The subsequent heat treatment was carried out under low oxygen partial pressure at a relatively low temperature and short dwelling time. The films thus obtained were characterized for electrical properties using DC four-probe electrical measurements and inspected for structural properties and chemical composition by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). It is shown that YBCO thin film can grow on as-deposited thin silver layer on MgO substrate.

  4. Splitting methanol on ultra-thin MgO(100) films deposited on a Mo substrate.

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    Song, Zhenjun; Xu, Hu

    2017-03-08

    The dissociation reaction of methanol on metal-supported MgO(100) films has been studied by employing density functional theory calculations. As far as we know, the dissociation of a single methanol molecule over inert oxide insulators such as MgO has not yet been successfully realized without the introduction of defects or low coordinated atoms. By depositing ultra-thin oxide films on a Mo substrate, we have successfully proposed the dissociative state of methanol. The dissociation reaction is energetically exothermic and nearly barrierless. The lattice mismatch between ultra-thin MgO(100) films and metal substrates plays a crucial role in the heterolytic dissociation of adsorbates, while the electronic effect of the Mo(100) substrate plays a non-ignorable role in the homolytic dissociation of methanol. The metal-supported ultra-thin oxide films studied herein provide a versatile approach to enhance the surface reaction activity and properties of oxides.

  5. A comparison study of Co and Cu doped MgO diluted magnetic thin films

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    Sarıtaş, S.; ćakıcı, T.; Muǧlu, G. Merhan; Kundakcı, M.; Yıldırım, M.

    2017-02-01

    Transition metal-doped MgO diluted magnetic thin films are appropriate candidates for spintronic applications and designing magnetic devices and sensors. Therefore, MgO:Co and MgO:Cu films were deposited on glass substrates by Chemical Spray Pyrolysis (CSP) method different thin film deposition parameters. Deposited different transition metal doped MgO thin films were compared in terms of optic and structural properties. Comparison optic analysis of the films was investigated spectral absorption and transmittance measurements by UV-Vis double beam spectrophotometer technique. Comparison structural analysis of the thin films was examined by using XRD, Raman Analysis, SEM, EDX and AFM techniques. The transition metal-doped; MgO:Co and MgO:Cu thin films maybe have potential applications in spintronics and magnetic data storage.

  6. Magnetism of Amorphous and Nano-Crystallized Dc-Sputter-Deposited MgO Thin Films

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    Mahadeva, Sreekanth K.; Fan, Jincheng; Biswas, Anis; Sreelatha, K.S.; Belova, Lyubov; Rao, K.V.

    2013-01-01

    We report a systematic study of room-temperature ferromagnetism (RTFM) in pristine MgO thin films in their amorphous and nano-crystalline states. The as deposited dc-sputtered films of pristine MgO on Si substrates using a metallic Mg target in an O2 containing working gas atmosphere of (N2 + O2) are found to be X-ray amorphous. All these films obtained with oxygen partial pressure (PO2) ~10% to 80% while maintaining the same total pressure of the working gas are found to be ferromagnetic at room temperature. The room temperature saturation magnetization (MS) value of 2.68 emu/cm3 obtained for the MgO film deposited in PO2 of 10% increases to 9.62 emu/cm3 for film deposited at PO2 of 40%. However, the MS values decrease steadily for further increase of oxygen partial pressure during deposition. On thermal annealing at temperatures in the range 600 to 800 °C, the films become nanocrystalline and as the crystallite size grows with longer annealing times and higher temperature, MS decreases. Our study clearly points out that it is possible to tailor the magnetic properties of thin films of MgO. The room temperature ferromagnetism in MgO films is attributed to the presence of Mg cation vacancies.

  7. First-principles calculations of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in Fe1-x Co x /MgO(001) thin films.

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    Cai, Guanzhi; Wu, Zhiming; Guo, Fei; Wu, Yaping; Li, Heng; Liu, Qianwen; Fu, Mingming; Chen, Ting; Kang, Junyong

    2015-01-01

    The perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) of Fe1-x Co x thin films on MgO(001) was investigated via first-principles density-functional calculations. Four different configurations were considered based on their ground states: Fe/MgO, Fe12Co4/MgO, Fe10Co6/MgO, and Fe8Co8/MgO. As the Co composition increases, the amplitude of PMA increases first from Fe/MgO to Fe12Co4/MgO, and then decreases in Fe10Co6/MgO; finally, the magnetic anisotropy becomes horizontal in Fe8Co8/MgO. Analysis based on the second-order perturbation of the spin-orbit interaction was carried out to illustrate the contributions from Fe and Co atoms to PMA, and the differential charge density was calculated to give an intuitive comparison of 3d orbital occupancy. The enhanced PMA in Fe12Co4/MgO is ascribed to the optimized combination of occupied and unoccupied 3d states around the Fermi energy from both interface Fe and Co atoms, while the weaker PMA in Fe10Co6/MgO is mainly attributed to the modulation of the interface Co-d xy orbital around the Fermi energy. By adjusting the Co composition in Fe1-x Co x , the density of states of transitional metal atoms will be modulated to optimize PMA for future high-density memory application.

  8. Defect structure of epitaxial CrxV1-x thin films on MgO(001)

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    Kaspar, Tiffany C.; Bowden, Mark E.; Wang, Chongmin; Shutthanandan, V.; Manandhar, Sandeep; van Ginhoven, Renee M.; Wirth, Brian D.; Kurtz, Richard J.

    2014-01-01

    Epitaxial thin films of CrxV1-x over the entire composition range were deposited on MgO(001) by molecular beam epitaxy. The films exhibited the expected 45° in-plane rotation with no evidence of phase segregation or spinodal decomposition. Pure Cr, with the largest lattice mismatch to MgO, exhibited full relaxation and cubic lattice parameters. As the lattice mismatch decreased with alloy composition, residual epitaxial strain was observed. For 0.2 ≤ x ≤ 0.4 the films were coherently strained to the substrate with associated tetragonal distortion; near the lattice-matched composition of x = 0.33, the films exhibited strain-free pseudomorphic matching to MgO. Unusually, films on the Cr-rich side of the lattice-matched composition exhibited more in-plane compression than expected from the bulk lattice parameters; this result was confirmed with both x-ray diffraction and Rutherford backscattering spectrometry channeling measurements. Although thermal expansion mismatch in the heterostructure may play a role, the dominant mechanism for this phenomenon is still unknown. High resolution transmission electron microscopy was utilized to characterize the misfit dislocation network present at the film/MgO interface. Dislocations were found to be present with a non-uniform distribution, which is attributed to the Volmer-Weber growth mode of the films. The CrxV1-x / MgO(001) system can serve as a model system to study both the fundamentals of defect formation in bcc films and the interplay between nanoscale defects such as dislocations and radiation damage.

  9. Competition between (001) and (111) MgO thin film growth on Al-doped ZnO by oxygen plasma assisted pulsed laser deposition

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    Xiao, Bo; Yang, Qiguang; Walker, Brandon; Gonder, Casey A.; Romain, Gari C.; Mundle, Rajeh; Bahoura, Messaoud; Pradhan, A. K.

    2013-06-07

    We report on the study of epitaxial MgO thin films on (0001) Al-doped ZnO (Al: ZnO) underlayers, grown by oxygen plasma assisted pulsed laser deposition technique. A systematic investigation of the MgO thin films was performed by X-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy, along with the current-voltage characteristics. A distinguished behavior was observed that the preferred MgO orientation changes from (111) to (001) in the films as the growth temperature increases. Two completely different in-plane epitaxial relationships were also determined from X-ray diffraction as: [110]MgO//[1120]Al: ZnO and [110]MgO//[1100]Al: ZnO for (001) MgO with 60 Degree-Sign rotated triplet domains, and [110]MgO//[1120]Al: ZnO for (111) MgO with 180 Degree-Sign rotated twin. The pronounced temperature dependence indicates a reconciliation of the nucleation driving forces among surface, interfacial, and strain energy for heteroepitaxy of cubic MgO on hexagonal Al: ZnO. The related interfacial atomic registry is considered to be important to the formation of unusual (001) MgO on hexagonal crystals. In addition, the electrical characterization revealed a dramatic reduction of the leakage current in (001) MgO thin films, whereas the small grain size of (111) MgO is identified by atomic force microscopy as a main cause of large leakage current.

  10. Microstructure and magnetic properties of FeCo epitaxial thin films grown on MgO single-crystal substrates

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    Shikada, Kouhei; Ohtake, Mitsuru; Futamoto, Masaaki; Kirino, Fumiyoshi

    2009-04-01

    FeCo epitaxial films were prepared on MgO(100), MgO(110), and MgO(111) substrates by ultrahigh vacuum molecular beam epitaxy. FeCo thin films with (100), (211), and (110) planes parallel to the substrate surface grow on respective MgO substrates. FeCo/MgO interface structures are studied by high-resolution cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy and the epitaxial growth mechanism is discussed. Atomically sharp boundaries are recognized between the FeCo thin films and the MgO substrates where misfit dislocations are introduced in the FeCo thin films presumably to decrease the lattice misfits. Misfit dislocations are observed approximately every 9 and 1.4 nm in FeCo thin film at the FeCo/MgO(100) and the FeCo/MgO(110) interfaces, respectively. X-ray diffraction analysis indicates that the lattice spacing measured parallel to the single-crystal substrate surfaces are in agreement within 0.1% with those of the respective bulk values of Fe{sub 50}Co{sub 50} alloy crystal, showing that the FeCo film strain is very small. The magnetic anisotropies of these epitaxial films basically reflect the magnetocrystalline anisotropy of bulk FeCo alloy crystal.

  11. Formation of Catalyst Model Dispersed of Pd on a thin MgO(100)

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    Baara, F.; Chemam, A.

    2016-04-01

    The nucleation kinetics or the formation of a catalyst model dispersed for the system Pd/thin MgO (100) are calculated by developing many programs using Fortran software. This simulation is based upon parameters studied in situ by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), related to the first quantitative study on the nucleation and the growth. Palladium nanoparticles deposited on thin MgO are tested in the temperature range 573-1073 K and deposition time of 1000 s. The nucleation kinetics are interpreted according to the theory of random nucleation. The general scheme is consisting of three stages namely, nucleation, growth and coalescence. The saturation density of clusters decreases when the substrate temperature increases following Arrhenius law. This behavior is in agreement with a recent AFM study for Ag/MgO and Au/MgO. The phenomenon of coalescence is explained via island migration process. It is shown that the coalescence occurs more rapidly when the substrate temperature is high.

  12. Acetylene trimerization on Ag, Pd and Rh atoms deposited on MgO thin films.

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    Judai, Ken; Wörz, Anke S; Abbet, Stéphane; Antonietti, Jean-Marie; Heiz, Ueli; Del Vitto, Annalisa; Giordano, Livia; Pacchioni, Gianfranco

    2005-03-07

    The acetylene trimerization on the group VIII transition metal atoms, Rh and Pd, as well as on Ag atoms supported on MgO thin films has been studied experimentally and theoretically. The three metal atoms with the atomic configurations 4d(8)5s1 (Rh), 4d10s0 (Pd) and 4d(10)5s1 (Ag) behave distinctly differently. The coinage metal atom silver is basically inert for this reaction, whereas Pd is active at 220 and 320 K, and Rh produces benzene in a rather broad temperature range from 350 to ca. 430 K. The origins of these differences are not only the different electronic configurations, leading to a weak interaction of acetylene with silver due to strong Pauli repulsion with the 5s electron but also the different stability and dynamics of the three atoms on the MgO surface. In particular, Rh and Pd atoms interact differently with surface defects like the oxygen vacancies (F centers) and the step edges. Pd atoms migrate already at low temperature exclusively to F centers where the cyclotrimerization is efficiently promoted. The Rh atoms on the other hand are not only trapped on F centers but also at step edges up to about 300 K. Interestingly, only Rh atoms on F centers catalyze the trimerization reaction whereas they are turned inert on the step edges due to strong steric effects.

  13. Electron quantization in arbitrarily shaped gold islands on MgO thin films

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    Stiehler, Christian; Pan, Yi; Schneider, Wolf-Dieter; Koskinen, Pekka; Häkkinen, Hannu; Nilius, Niklas; Freund, Hans-Joachim

    2013-09-01

    Low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy has been employed to analyze the formation of quantum well states (QWS) in two-dimensional gold islands, containing between 50 and 200 atoms, on MgO thin films. The energy position and symmetry of the eigenstates are revealed from conductance spectroscopy and imaging. The majority of the QWS originates from overlapping Au 6p orbitals in the individual atoms and is unoccupied. Their characteristic is already reproduced with simple particle-in-a-box models that account for the symmetry of the islands (rectangular, triangular, or linear). However, better agreement is achieved when considering the true atomic structure of the aggregates via a density functional tight-binding approach. Based on a statistically relevant number of single-island data, we have established a correlation between the island geometry and the gap between the highest-occupied and the lowest-unoccupied molecular orbital in the finite-sized islands. The linear eccentricity is identified as a suitable descriptor for this relationship, as it combines information on both island size and island shape. Finally, the depth of the confinement potential is determined from the spatial extension of QWS beyond the physical boundaries of the Au islands. Our paper demonstrates how electron quantization effects can be analyzed in detail in metal nanostructures. The results may help elucidating the interplay between electronic and chemical properties of oxide-supported clusters as used in heterogeneous catalysis.

  14. Effect of Si, Sc, Cr doping on the structural, optical and discharge characteristics of MgO thin films as protective layer for plasma display panels

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    Singh, Chandra Bhal; Barik, U. K.; Sarkar, Surajit; Singh, Vandana; Ram, Sanjay K.; Dwivedi, Harish K.; Kumar, Satyendra

    2012-10-01

    We report the effect of Si, Cr, Sc doping in the crystalline structure, optical and discharge characteristics of MgO thin films. Silicon and multiple (Si, Cr, Sc) doped MgO thin films demonstrate higher secondary electron emission (SEE). Si doping with Cr and Sc doping in MgO films shows much higher SEE as compared to pure and only Si doped MgO films. The importance of optimum amount of Sc doping is seen in our study where SEE reduced with further increase in Sc doping. The structural attributes of MgO films are correlated to the observed changes in discharge characteristics in the context of varying amount of Si, Sc, and Cr doping.

  15. Morphology of TiN thin films grown on MgO(001) by reactive dc magnetron sputtering

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    Ingason, A. S.; Magnus, F.; Olafsson, S.; Gudmundsson, J. T.

    2010-07-15

    Thin TiN films were grown by reactive dc magnetron sputtering on single-crystalline MgO(001) substrates at a range of temperatures from room temperature to 600 deg. C. Structural characterization was carried out using x-ray diffraction and reflection methods. TiN films grow epitaxially on the MgO substrates at growth temperatures of 200 deg. C and above. The crystal coherence length determined from Laue oscillations and the Scherrer method agrees with x-ray reflection thickness measurements to 6% and within 3% for growth temperatures of 200 and 600 deg. C, respectively. For lower growth temperatures the films are polycrystalline but highly textured and porous.

  16. Ultrathin magnetite in Fe3O4/MgO superlattices: Investigating the enhanced thin film magnetic moment

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    Mauit, Ozhet; Fleischer, Karsten; O'Coileáin, Cormac; Bulfin, Brendan; Fox, Daniel S.; Smith, Christopher M.; Mullarkey, Daragh; Sugurbekova, Gulnar; Zhang, Hongzhou; Shvets, Igor V.

    2017-03-01

    The electrical, crystallographic, and magnetic properties of ultrathin magnetite (Fe3O4 ) have been studied in detail, by employing superlattice structures of Fe3O4 /MgFe2O4 and Fe3O4 /MgO on a variety of substrates. By careful analysis of their properties, the influence of substrate stoichiometry, Fe3O4 thin film thickness, antiphase boundaries on the magnetic properties can be separated. In particular, the controversial enhanced magnetic moment in ultrathin films (<5 nm) was confirmed to be related to the substrate stoichiometry, specifically the migration of oxygen vacancies into the Fe3O4 thin films. The multilayer concept can be employed with many other such systems and offers methods of tuning the properties of thin magnetic oxides.

  17. Application of ion scattering spectroscopy to measurement of surface potential of MgO thin film under ion irradiation

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    Nagatomi, T.; Kuwayama, T.; Takai, Y.; Yoshino, K.; Morita, Y.; Kitagawa, M.; Nishitani, M.

    2008-02-25

    An experimental approach was proposed for the measurement of the surface potential (SP) induced on an insulator surface during ion irradiation by ion scattering spectroscopy (ISS). The resultant ISS spectra obtained for a MgO thin film of 600 nm thickness on a Si substrate under 950 eV He{sup +} irradiation revealed that the surface is positively charged by approximately 230 V. In addition, the onset energy of a secondary ion peak indicated a SP of approximately 205 V. The present results confirmed that ISS is an effective technique for measuring the SP during ion irradiation.

  18. Orthorhombic polar Nd-doped BiFeO3 thin film on MgO substrate.

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    Leontyev, I N; Yuzyuk, Yu I; Janolin, P-E; El-Marssi, M; Chernyshov, D; Dmitriev, V; Golovko, Yu I; Mukhortov, V M; Dkhil, B

    2011-08-24

    A Nd-doped BiFeO(3) thin film deposited on MgO substrate was studied by synchrotron diffraction. The ferroelectric nature of the film is proven by in-plane remanent polarization measurement. The highest possible symmetry of the film is determined to be orthorhombic, within the Fm2m space group. Such a structure is rotated by 45° with respect to the substrate and is consistent with tilts of oxygen octahedra doubling the unit cell. This polar structure presents a rather unusual strain-accommodation mechanism.

  19. Characterization of two different orientations of epitaxial niobium thin films grown on MgO(001) surfaces

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    Beringer, D. B.; Lukaszew, R. A.; Roach, W. M.; Clavero, C.; Reece, C. E.

    2013-12-14

    Epitaxial Nb thin films deposited onto the same crystalline insulating surface can evolve in very different fashions depending on specific deposition conditions, thereby affecting their microstructure, surface morphology and superconducting properties. Here, we examine and compare the microstructure and ensuing surface morphology from two distinct Nb/MgO series each with its own epitaxial registry—namely Nb(001)/MgO(001) and Nb(110)/MgO(001)—leading to distinct surface anisotropy and we closely examine the dynamical scaling of the surface features during growth. We compare our findings with those in other metal/MgO epitaxial systems and for the first time, general scaling formalism is applied to analyze anisotropic surfaces exhibiting biaxial symmetry. Further, Power Spectral Density is applied to the specific problem of thin film growth and surface evolution to qualify the set of deposition conditions leading to smoother surfaces. We find good correlation between the surface morphology and microstructure of the various Nb films with superconducting properties such as their residual resistance ratio and lower critical field.

  20. Characterization of two different orientations of epitaxial niobium thin films grown on MgO(001) surfaces

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    Beringer, Douglas B.; Roach, William M.; Clavero Perez, Cesar; Reece, Charles E.; Lukaszew, Rosa

    2013-12-01

    Epitaxial Nb thin films deposited onto the same crystalline insulating surface can evolve in very different fashions depending on specific deposition conditions, thereby affecting their microstructure, surface morphology and superconducting properties. Here, we examine and compare the microstructure and ensuing surface morphology from two distinct Nb/MgO series each with its own epitaxial registry?namely Nb(001)/MgO(001) and Nb(110)/MgO(001)?leading to distinct surface anisotropy and we closely examine the dynamical scaling of the surface features during growth. We compare our findings with those in other metal/MgO epitaxial systems and for the first time, general scaling formalism is applied to analyze anisotropic surfaces exhibiting biaxial symmetry. Further, Power Spectral Density is applied to the specific problem of thin film growth and surface evolution to qualify the set of deposition conditions leading to smoother surfaces. We find good correlation between the surface morphology and microstructure of the various Nb films with superconducting properties such as their residual resistance ratio and lower critical field.

  1. Interplay of uniaxial and cubic anisotropy in epitaxial Fe thin films on MgO (001) substrate

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    Mallik, Srijani; Chowdhury, Niru; Bedanta, Subhankar

    2014-09-01

    Epitaxial Fe thin films were grown on annealed MgO(001) substrates at oblique incidence by DC magnetron sputtering. Due to the oblique growth configuration, uniaxial anisotropy was found to be superimposed on the expected four-fold cubic anisotropy. A detailed study of in-plane magnetic hysteresis for Fe on MgO thin films has been performed by Magneto Optic Kerr Effect (MOKE) magnetometer. Both single step and double step loops have been observed depending on the angle between the applied field and easy axis i.e. along ⟨100⟩ direction. Domain images during magnetization reversal were captured by Kerr microscope. Domain images clearly evidence two successive and separate 90° domain wall (DW) nucleation and motion along cubic easy cum uniaxial easy axis and cubic easy cum uniaxial hard axis, respectively. However, along cubic hard axis two 180° domain wall motion dominate the magnetization reversal process. In spite of having four-fold anisotropy it is essential to explain magnetization reversal mechanism in 0°< ϕ < 90° span as uniaxial anisotropy plays a major role in this system. Also it is shown that substrate rotation can suppress the effect of uniaxial anisotropy superimposed on four-fold anisotropy.

  2. Thermoelectric study of Y-Ba-Cu-O thin film on MgO substrate prepared by resistive evaporation

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    Pekala, M.; Pekala, K.; Lapsker, I.; Verdyan, A.; Azoulay, J.

    1993-04-01

    Thermoelectric measurements were carried out on Y-Ba-Cu-O thin film deposited on MgO substrate by resistive evaporation technique. A pulverized mixture of Y, BaF 2 and Cu weighed in the atomic proportion was evaporated from resistively heated source onto a MgO substrate kept at 400°C using a simple vacuum system. The substrate temperature was then raised to 700°C for insitu heat treatment. Oxygen was injected through a nozzle placed close to subtrate surface, thus raising the pressure to about 7 Pa during the heat treatment, which lasted for about 15 minutes. The film was then gradually cooled down to room temperature and the pressure raised to atmospheric pressure. The films thus obtained were measured and the values of thermoelectric power measurements in the plane of the film were found to be close to the typical thermoelectric power values of crystalline Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors. As expected, vanishing values of the thermoelectric power have been observed below 80 K. If the relation observed for sintered Y-Ba-Cu-O is applied for thin films, it suggests an extremely low oxygen deficiency.

  3. Real-time observation of the melting process of YBCO thin film on MgO substrate

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    J, Hu; X, Yao; L, Rao Q.

    2003-11-01

    In order to study the mechanism of the liquid phase hetero-epitaxial growth, the melting process of YBa2Cu3O7-dgr (YBCO) thin films was observed by high-temperature optical microscopy. During the heating from room temperature to a temperature above the YBCO peritectic temperature (Tp), we surprisingly find that the YBCO thin film with a MgO substrate can be substantially superheated above the Tp of the YBCO oxide (at least 50 °C) at a heating rate of 5 °C min-1. This is a novel superheating phenomenon involved in a peritectic reaction and an oxide material, which is different from one reported in systems of metals and their alloys. After the melting process, x-ray diffraction analysis was performed, which shows that Y2BaCuO5 (Y211) grains are in good alignment on the MgO substrate. The superheating mechanism of the YBCO oxide is discussed.

  4. Layer-by-layer epitaxial growth of polar FeO(111) thin films on MgO(111)

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    Gurgul, Jacek; Młyńczak, Ewa; Spiridis, Nika; Korecki, Józef

    2012-04-01

    We report on the structural properties of epitaxial FeO layers grown by molecular beam epitaxy on MgO(111). The successful stabilization of polar FeO films as thick as 16 monolayers (ML), obtained by deposition and subsequent oxidation of single Fe layers, is presented. FeO/MgO(111) thin films were chemically and structurally characterized using low-energy electron diffraction, Auger electron spectroscopy and conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy (CEMS). Detailed in situ CEMS measurements as a function of the film thickness demonstrated a size-effect-induced evolution of the hyperfine parameters, with the thickest film exhibiting the bulk-wüstite hyperfine pattern. Ex situ CEMS investigation confirmed existence of magnetic ordering of the wüstite thin film phase at liquid nitrogen temperature.

  5. Superconducting YBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ thin film grown on metallic film evaporated on MgO

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    Verdyan, A.; Azoulay, J.; Lapsker, I.

    2001-03-01

    At present it is commonly accepted that thin film formation of YBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ (YBCO) on conducting substrate is one of the keys to further development of advanced devices in the microelectronic and other applications. We have grown YBCO thin films by resistive evaporation technique on MgO coated with metallic layers (Ni or Ag). A simple inexpensive vacuum system equipped with resistively heated boats for metal and precursor mixture of yttrium, copper and barium fluoride powders was used. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy techniques were used for texture, morphology and surface analyses respectively. Electrical and magnetical properties were determined by a standard dc four-probe method. The way of heating process is shown to be critical parameter in the film quality. The physical and electrical properties of the YBCO films are discussed in light of the fact that XRD measurements done on the metallic buffer layers have revealed a multicrystalline structure.

  6. Large-area thin self-supporting carbon foils with MgO coatings

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    Stolarz, Anna; Maier-Komor, Peter

    2002-03-01

    Large area self-supporting carbon foils in the thickness of range of 8-22 μg/cm 2, coated with approximately 4 μg/cm 2 MgO have been prepared by e-gun evaporation. They were mounted on frames with apertures of 130 cm 2. Problems related to the parting agent preparation, floating procedure, and mounting onto frames are discussed. Special precautions necessary to avoid damage during foil drying, storage and transportation are suggested.

  7. Magnetic properties of Sm-Co thin films grown on MgO(100) deposited from a single alloy target

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    Verhagen, T. G. A.; Boltje, D. B.; Ruitenbeek, J. M. van; Aarts, J.

    2014-08-07

    We have grown epitaxial Sm-Co thin films by sputter deposition from a single alloy target with a nominal SmCo{sub 5} composition on Cr(100)-buffered MgO(100) single-crystal substrates. By varying the Ar gas pressure, we can change the composition of the film from a SmCo{sub 5}-like to a Sm{sub 2}Co{sub 7}-like phase. The composition, crystal structure, morphology, and magnetic properties of these films have been determined using Rutherford Backscattering, X-ray diffraction, and magnetization measurements. We find that we can grow films with, at room temperature, coercive fields as high as 3.3 T, but with a remanent magnetization which is lower than can be expected from the texturing. This appears to be due to the Sm content of the films, which is higher than expected from the content of the target, even at the lowest possible sputtering pressures. Moreover, we find relatively large variations of film properties using targets of nominally the same composition. At low temperatures, the coercive fields increase, as expected for these hard magnets, but in the magnetization, we observe a strong background signal from the paramagnetic impurities in the MgO substrates.

  8. Island growth and surface topography of epitaxial Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films on MgO

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    Krebs, H.U.; Krauns, C. ); Yang, X.; Geyer, U. )

    1991-10-21

    High-quality epitaxial Y{sub 1}B{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub {ital x}} thin films ({ital T}{sub {ital c},{ital o}} {ge} ({ital R}18) 90 K, {ital j}{sub {ital c}} (77 K){ge} (R18)3 {times}10{sup 6}A/cm{sup 2}) were {ital in} {ital situ} grown on MgO by KrF excimer laser ablation. The combination of {ital in} {ital situ} resistance measurements, x-ray diffraction experiments, {ital T}{sub {ital c}} measurements, scanning electron microscopy and scanning tunneling microscopy gives clear indications for an island growth on these substrates and shows growth steps and spirals at the film surface.

  9. Superconducting YBCO thin film on multicrystalline Ag film evaporated on MgO substrate

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    Azoulay, Jacob; Verdyan, Armen; Lapsker, Igor

    Superconducting YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ films were grown by resistive evaporation on multicrystalline silver film which was evaporated on MgO substrate. A simple inexpensive vacuum system equipped with resistively heated boat was used for the whole process. Silver film was first evaporated on MgO substrate kept at 400°C during the evaporation after which with no further annealing a precursor mixture of yttrium small grains and Cu and BaF2 in powder form weighed in the atomic proportion to yield stoichiometric YBa 2Cu 3O 7 was evaporated. The films thus obtained were annealed at 740°C under low oxygen partial pressure of about 1Pa for 30 minutes to form the superconducting phase. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy techniques were used for texture and surface analysis. Electrical properties were determined using a standard dc four-probe for electrical measurements. The physical and electrical properties of the YBCO films are discussed in light of the fact that X-ray diffraction measurements done on the silver film have revealed a multicrystalline structure

  10. Heteroepitaxial growth of Pt and Au thin films on MgO single crystals by bias-assisted sputtering

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    Tolstova, Yulia; Omelchenko, Stefan T.; Shing, Amanda M.; Atwater, Harry A.

    2016-03-17

    The crystallographic orientation of a metal affects its surface energy and structure, and has profound implications for surface chemical reactions and interface engineering, which are important in areas ranging from optoelectronic device fabrication to catalysis. However, it can be very difficult and expensive to manufacture, orient, and cut single crystal metals along different crystallographic orientations, especially in the case of precious metals. One approach is to grow thin metal films epitaxially on dielectric substrates. In this work, we report on growth of Pt and Au films on MgO single crystal substrates of (100) and (110) surface orientation for use as epitaxial templates for thin film photovoltaic devices. We develop bias-assisted sputtering for deposition of oriented Pt and Au films with sub-nanometer roughness. We show that biasing the substrate decreases the substrate temperature necessary to achieve epitaxial orientation, with temperature reduction from 600 to 350 °C for Au, and from 750 to 550 °C for Pt, without use of transition metal seed layers. Additionally, this temperature can be further reduced by reducing the growth rate. Biased deposition with varying substrate bias power and working pressure also enables control of the film morphology and surface roughness.

  11. Heteroepitaxial growth of Pt and Au thin films on MgO single crystals by bias-assisted sputtering

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    Tolstova, Yulia; Omelchenko, Stefan T.; Shing, Amanda M.; ...

    2016-03-17

    The crystallographic orientation of a metal affects its surface energy and structure, and has profound implications for surface chemical reactions and interface engineering, which are important in areas ranging from optoelectronic device fabrication to catalysis. However, it can be very difficult and expensive to manufacture, orient, and cut single crystal metals along different crystallographic orientations, especially in the case of precious metals. One approach is to grow thin metal films epitaxially on dielectric substrates. In this work, we report on growth of Pt and Au films on MgO single crystal substrates of (100) and (110) surface orientation for use asmore » epitaxial templates for thin film photovoltaic devices. We develop bias-assisted sputtering for deposition of oriented Pt and Au films with sub-nanometer roughness. We show that biasing the substrate decreases the substrate temperature necessary to achieve epitaxial orientation, with temperature reduction from 600 to 350 °C for Au, and from 750 to 550 °C for Pt, without use of transition metal seed layers. Additionally, this temperature can be further reduced by reducing the growth rate. Biased deposition with varying substrate bias power and working pressure also enables control of the film morphology and surface roughness.« less

  12. Heteroepitaxial growth of Pt and Au thin films on MgO single crystals by bias-assisted sputtering

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    Tolstova, Yulia; Omelchenko, Stefan T.; Shing, Amanda M.; Atwater, Harry A.

    2016-03-01

    The crystallographic orientation of a metal affects its surface energy and structure, and has profound implications for surface chemical reactions and interface engineering, which are important in areas ranging from optoelectronic device fabrication to catalysis. However, it can be very difficult and expensive to manufacture, orient, and cut single crystal metals along different crystallographic orientations, especially in the case of precious metals. One approach is to grow thin metal films epitaxially on dielectric substrates. In this work, we report on growth of Pt and Au films on MgO single crystal substrates of (100) and (110) surface orientation for use as epitaxial templates for thin film photovoltaic devices. We develop bias-assisted sputtering for deposition of oriented Pt and Au films with sub-nanometer roughness. We show that biasing the substrate decreases the substrate temperature necessary to achieve epitaxial orientation, with temperature reduction from 600 to 350 °C for Au, and from 750 to 550 °C for Pt, without use of transition metal seed layers. In addition, this temperature can be further reduced by reducing the growth rate. Biased deposition with varying substrate bias power and working pressure also enables control of the film morphology and surface roughness.

  13. Realization of Al2O3/MgO laminated structure at low temperature for thin film encapsulation in organic light-emitting diodes

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    Li, Min; Xu, Miao; Zou, Jianhua; Tao, Hong; Wang, Lei; Zhou, Zhongwei; Peng, Junbiao

    2016-12-01

    A laminated structure of Al2O3 and MgO deposited by atomic layer deposition (ALD) is used to realize a thin film encapsulation technology in organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). This film was targeted to achieve an excellent barrier performance. As the thickness of MgO layer increased from 0 nm to 20 nm, its physical properties transformed from the amorphous state into a crystalline state. The optimized cyclic ratio of ALD Al2O3 and MgO exhibited much lower water vapor transmission rate (WVTR) of 4.6 × 10-6 gm-2/day evaluated by Calcium (Ca) corrosion at 60 °C&100% RH, owing to the formation of a terrific laminated structure. Top-emitting OLEDs encapsulated with laminated Al2O3/MgO show longer operating lifetime under rigorous environmental conditions. These improvements were attributed to the embedded MgO film that served as a modified layer to establish a laminated structure to obstruct gas permeation, as well as a scavenger to absorb water molecules, thus alleviating the hydrolysis of bulk Al2O3 material.

  14. Realization of Al2O3/MgO laminated structure at low temperature for thin film encapsulation in organic light-emitting diodes.

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    Li, Min; Xu, Miao; Zou, Jianhua; Tao, Hong; Wang, Lei; Zhou, Zhongwei; Peng, Junbiao

    2016-12-09

    A laminated structure of Al2O3 and MgO deposited by atomic layer deposition (ALD) is used to realize a thin film encapsulation technology in organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). This film was targeted to achieve an excellent barrier performance. As the thickness of MgO layer increased from 0 nm to 20 nm, its physical properties transformed from the amorphous state into a crystalline state. The optimized cyclic ratio of ALD Al2O3 and MgO exhibited much lower water vapor transmission rate (WVTR) of 4.6 × 10(-6) gm(-2)/day evaluated by Calcium (Ca) corrosion at 60 °C&100% RH, owing to the formation of a terrific laminated structure. Top-emitting OLEDs encapsulated with laminated Al2O3/MgO show longer operating lifetime under rigorous environmental conditions. These improvements were attributed to the embedded MgO film that served as a modified layer to establish a laminated structure to obstruct gas permeation, as well as a scavenger to absorb water molecules, thus alleviating the hydrolysis of bulk Al2O3 material.

  15. Band gap and defect states of MgO thin films investigated using reflection electron energy loss spectroscopy

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    Heo, Sung; Cho, Eunseog; Lee, Hyung-Ik; Park, Gyeong Su; Kang, Hee Jae; Nagatomi, T.; Choi, Pyungho; Choi, Byoung-Deog

    2015-07-15

    The band gap and defect states of MgO thin films were investigated by using reflection electron energy loss spectroscopy (REELS) and high-energy resolution REELS (HR-REELS). HR-REELS with a primary electron energy of 0.3 keV revealed that the surface F center (FS) energy was located at approximately 4.2 eV above the valence band maximum (VBM) and the surface band gap width (E{sub g}{sup S}) was approximately 6.3 eV. The bulk F center (F{sub B}) energy was located approximately 4.9 eV above the VBM and the bulk band gap width was about 7.8 eV, when measured by REELS with 3 keV primary electrons. From a first-principles calculation, we confirmed that the 4.2 eV and 4.9 eV peaks were F{sub S} and F{sub B}, induced by oxygen vacancies. We also experimentally demonstrated that the HR-REELS peak height increases with increasing number of oxygen vacancies. Finally, we calculated the secondary electron emission yields (γ) for various noble gases. He and Ne were not influenced by the defect states owing to their higher ionization energies, but Ar, Kr, and Xe exhibited a stronger dependence on the defect states owing to their small ionization energies.

  16. Magneto-transport and thermoelectric properties of epitaxial FeSb{sub 2} thin film on MgO substrate

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    Duong, Anh Tuan; Rhim, S. H. Shin, Yooleemi; Nguyen, Van Quang; Cho, Sunglae

    2015-01-19

    We report magneto-transport and thermoelectric properties of FeSb{sub 2} thin film epitaxially grown on the MgO substrate using molecular beam epitaxy. The film exhibits compressive strain of 1.74% owing to large lattice mismatch, whose physical consequences are nontrivial. Magnetic phase has been changed from diamagnetic in bulk, as evidenced by anomalous Hall effect (AHE) and negative magneto-resistance (MR). The FeSb{sub 2} film is semiconducting without any metallic transition unlike the bulk counterpart. In particular, hysteresis in MR with distinct feature of AHE is evident with coercive field of 500 and 110 Oe for T = 20 and 50 K, respectively. Furthermore, from the Seebeck coefficients and temperature dependence of the resistivity, it is evident that the film is semiconducting with small band gap: 3.76 meV for T < 40 K and 13.48 meV for T > 40 K, respectively, where maximum thermoelectric power factor of 12 μV/cm·K at T = 50 K.

  17. Giant perpendicular magnetocrystalline anisotropy of 3d transition-metal thin films on MgO

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    Nakamura, Kohji Ikeura, Yushi; Akiyama, Toru; Ito, Tomonori

    2015-05-07

    Magnetocrystalline anisotropy (MCA) of the Fe-based transition-metal thin films was investigated by means of first principles full-potential linearized augmented plane wave method. A giant perpendicular MCA (PMCA), up to 3 meV, was confirmed in a 7-layer Fe-Ni film/MgO(001), where an Fe{sub 2}/Ni/Fe/Ni/Fe{sub 2} atomic-layer alignment with a bcc-like-layer stacking and the Fe/MgO interfaces play key roles for leading to the large PMCA. Importantly, we find that the PMCA overcomes enough over the magnetic dipole-dipole anisotropy that favors the in-plane magnetization even when the film thickness increases.

  18. Co{sub 2}FeAl Heusler thin films grown on Si and MgO substrates: Annealing temperature effect

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    Belmeguenai, M. Tuzcuoglu, H.; Zighem, F.; Chérif, S. M.; Moch, P.; Gabor, M. S. Petrisor, T.; Tiusan, C.

    2014-01-28

    10 nm and 50 nm Co{sub 2}FeAl (CFA) thin films have been deposited on MgO(001) and Si(001) substrates by magnetron sputtering and annealed at different temperatures. X-rays diffraction revealed polycrystalline or epitaxial growth (according to CFA(001)[110]//MgO(001)[100] epitaxial relation) for CFA films grown on a Si and on a MgO substrate, respectively. For these later, the chemical order varies from the A2 phase to the B2 phase when increasing the annealing temperature (T{sub a}), while only the A2 disorder type has been observed for CFA grown on Si. Microstrip ferromagnetic resonance (MS-FMR) measurements revealed that the in-plane anisotropy results from the superposition of a uniaxial and a fourfold symmetry term for CFA grown on MgO substrates. This fourfold anisotropy, which disappears completely for samples grown on Si, is in accord with the crystal structure of the samples. The fourfold anisotropy field decreases when increasing T{sub a}, while the uniaxial anisotropy field is nearly unaffected by T{sub a} within the investigated range. The MS-FMR data also allow for concluding that the gyromagnetic factor remains constant and that the exchange stiffness constant increases with T{sub a}. Finally, the FMR linewidth decreases when increasing T{sub a}, due to the enhancement of the chemical order. We derive a very low intrinsic damping parameter (1.1×10{sup −3} and 1.3×10{sup −3} for films of 50 nm thickness annealed at 615 °C grown on MgO and on Si, respectively)

  19. ZnO-Based Transparent Thin-Film Transistors with MgO Gate Dielectric Grown by in-situ MOCVD

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    Zhao, Wang; Dong, Xin; Zhao, Long; Shi, Zhi-Feng; Wang, Jin; Wang, Hui; Xia, Xiao-Chuan; Chang, Yu-Chun; Zhang, Bao-Lin; Du, Guo-Tong

    2010-12-01

    ZnO transparent thin-film transistors with MgO gate dielectric were fabricated by in-situ metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) technology. We used an uninterrupted growth method to simplify the fabrication steps and to avoid the unexpectable contaminating during epitaxy process. MgO layer is helpful to reduce the gate leakage current, as well as to achieve high transparency in visible light band, due to the wide band gap (7.7eV) and high dielectric constant (9.8). The XRD measurement indicates that the ZnO layer has high crystal quality. The field effect mobility and the on/off current ratio of the device is 2.69 cm2 V-1s-1 and ~ 1 × 104, respectively.

  20. Growth of Ni and Ni-Cr alloy thin films on MgO(001): Effect of alloy composition on surface morphology

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    Ramalingam, Gopalakrishnan; Reinke, Petra

    2016-12-01

    The effects of substrate treatment, growth temperature, and composition on the surface morphology of Ni-Cr thin films grown on MgO(001) are studied by scanning tunneling microscopy and atomic force microscopy. We demonstrate that a combination of acid-etched substrates and high temperature deposition (400 °C) will result in smooth films with well-defined terraces (up to 30 nm wide) that are suitable for the study of progression of chemical reactions on the surface. Two different treatments are used to prepare the MgO substrates for deposition and they introduce characteristic differences in film surface morphology. Thin films that are grown on the phosphoric acid-treated substrates present reduced nucleation density during the initial stages of film growth which results in long and wide terraces. Due to the ≈16% lattice mismatch in the Ni(001)/MgO(001) system, film growth at 400 °C yields discontinuous films and a two-step growth process is necessary to obtain a continuous layer. Ni films are deposited at 100 °C and subjected to a post-growth annealing at 300 °C for 2 h to obtain a smoother surface. The addition of just 5 wt. % Cr drastically changes the film growth processes and yields continuous films at 400 °C without de-wetting in contrast to pure Ni films. With increasing Cr content, the films become progressively smoother with wider terraces. Ni5Cr alloy thin films have an rms surface roughness of 3.63 ± 0.75 nm, while Ni33Cr thin film is smoother with an rms roughness of only 0.29 ± 0.13 nm. The changes in film growth initiated by alloying with Cr are due to changes in the interfacial chemistry which favorably alters the initial adsorption of the metal atoms on MgO surface and suggests a reduction of the Ehrlich-Schwoebel barrier. The growth of smooth Ni-Cr thin films with a well-defined surface structure opens up a new pathway for a wide range of surface science studies related to alloy performance.

  1. Annealing stability of magnetic tunnel junctions based on dual MgO free layers and [Co/Ni] based thin synthetic antiferromagnet fixed system

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    Devolder, T.; Couet, S.; Swerts, J.; Liu, E.; Lin, T.; Mertens, S.; Furnemont, A.; Kar, G.

    2017-03-01

    We study the annealing stability of bottom-pinned perpendicularly magnetized magnetic tunnel junctions based on dual MgO free layers and thin fixed systems comprising a hard [Co/Ni] multilayer antiferromagnetically coupled to thin a Co reference layer and a FeCoB polarizing layer. Using conventional magnetometry and advanced broadband ferromagnetic resonance, we identify the properties of each sub-unit of the magnetic tunnel junction and demonstrate that this material option can ensure a satisfactory resilience to the 400 °C thermal annealing needed in solid-state magnetic memory applications. The dual MgO free layer possesses an anneal-robust 0.4 T effective anisotropy and suffers only a minor increase of its Gilbert damping from 0.007 to 0.010 for the toughest annealing conditions. Within the fixed system, the ferro-coupler and texture-breaking TaFeCoB layer keeps an interlayer exchange above 0.8 mJ/m2, while the Ru antiferrocoupler layer within the synthetic antiferromagnet maintains a coupling above -0.5 mJ/m2. These two strong couplings maintain the overall functionality of the tunnel junction upon the toughest annealing despite the gradual degradation of the thin Co layer anisotropy that may reduce the operation margin in spin torque memory applications. Based on these findings, we propose further optimization routes for the next generation magnetic tunnel junctions.

  2. Structure-Property Relationships in W Doped (Ba,Sr)TiO(3) Thin Films Deposited by Pulsed Laser Deposition on (001) MgO

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    2003-04-03

    UNCLASSIFIED Defense Technical Information Center Compilation Part Notice ADP013347 TITLE: Structure-Property Relationships in W Doped [Ba,Sr]TiO[3... Doped (Ba,Sr)TiO 3 Thin Films Deposited by Pulsed Laser Deposition on (001) MgO N. Navi1’*, J.S. Horwitz, H.-D. Wu2 and S.B. Qadri, Naval Research...oscillators, delay lines and phase shifters [1]. These devices will reduce the size and the operating power of the current semiconducting and ferrite based

  3. Frequency modulated atomic force microscopy on MgO(001) thin films: interpretation of atomic image resolution and distance dependence of tip-sample interaction.

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    Heyde, M; Sterrer, M; Rust, H-P; Freund, H-J

    2006-04-14

    Atomically resolved images on a MgO(001) thin film deposited on Ag(001) obtained in ultrahigh vacuum by frequency modulated atomic force microscopy at low temperature are presented and analysed. Images obtained in the attractive regime show a different type of contrast formation from those acquired in the repulsive regime. For the interpretation of the image contrast we have investigated the tip-sample interaction. Force and energy were recovered from frequency shift versus distance curves. The derived force curves have been compared to the force laws of long-range, short-range and contact forces. In the attractive regime close to the minimum of the force-distance curve elastic deformations have been confirmed. The recovered energy curve has been scaled to the universal Rydberg model, yielding a decay length of l = 0.3 nm and ΔE = 4.2 aJ (26 eV) for the maximum adhesion energy. A universal binding-energy-distance relation is confirmed for the MgO(001) thin film.

  4. Effect of deposition pressure on the microstructure and thermoelectric properties of epitaxial ScN(001) thin films sputtered onto MgO(001) substrates

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    Burmistrova, Polina V.; Zakharov, Dmitri N.; Favaloro, Tela; Mohammed, Amr; Stach, Eric A.; Shakouri, Ali; Sands, Timothy D.

    2015-03-14

    Four epitaxial ScN(001) thin films were successfully deposited on MgO(001) substrates by dc reactive magnetron sputtering at 2, 5, 10, and 20 mTorr in an Ar/N2 ambient atmosphere at 650 °C. The microstructure of the resultant films was analyzed by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. Electrical resistivity, electron mobility and concentration were measured using the room temperature Hall technique, and temperature dependent in-plain measurements of the thermoelectric properties of the ScN thin films were performed. The surface morphology and film crystallinity significantly degrade with increasing deposition pressure. The ScN thin film deposited at 20 mTorr exhibits the presence of <221> oriented secondary grains resulting in decreased electric properties and a low thermoelectric power factor of 0.5 W/m-K² at 800 K. ScN thin films grown at 5 and 10 mTorr are single crystalline, yielding the power factor of approximately 2.5 W/m-K² at 800 K. The deposition performed at 2 mTorr produces the highest quality ScN thin film with the electron mobility of 98 cm² V⁻¹ s⁻¹ and the power factor of 3.3 W/m-K² at 800 K.

  5. Effect of deposition pressure on the microstructure and thermoelectric properties of epitaxial ScN(001) thin films sputtered onto MgO(001) substrates

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    Burmistrova, Polina V.; Zakharov, Dmitri N.; Favaloro, Tela; ...

    2015-03-14

    Four epitaxial ScN(001) thin films were successfully deposited on MgO(001) substrates by dc reactive magnetron sputtering at 2, 5, 10, and 20 mTorr in an Ar/N2 ambient atmosphere at 650 °C. The microstructure of the resultant films was analyzed by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. Electrical resistivity, electron mobility and concentration were measured using the room temperature Hall technique, and temperature dependent in-plain measurements of the thermoelectric properties of the ScN thin films were performed. The surface morphology and film crystallinity significantly degrade with increasing deposition pressure. The ScN thin film deposited at 20 mTorr exhibitsmore » the presence of <221> oriented secondary grains resulting in decreased electric properties and a low thermoelectric power factor of 0.5 W/m-K² at 800 K. ScN thin films grown at 5 and 10 mTorr are single crystalline, yielding the power factor of approximately 2.5 W/m-K² at 800 K. The deposition performed at 2 mTorr produces the highest quality ScN thin film with the electron mobility of 98 cm² V⁻¹ s⁻¹ and the power factor of 3.3 W/m-K² at 800 K.« less

  6. In situ oxygen conditioning of /001/ MgO thin film substrates for film growth studies by electron microscopy

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    Moorhead, R. D.; Poppa, H.

    1979-01-01

    It was found that the in situ treatment of 001-plane single-crystal films of MgO (prepared by epitaxial growth from the vapor phase) at high temperatures with a jet of oxygen will produce a surface that is almost equivalent, for epitaxial studies, to surfaces with the same orientation prepared by vacuum cleavage of bulk single crystals. The effectiveness of the process is demonstrated by its impact on the epitaxy of silver.

  7. Enhancement of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in FeB free layers using a thin MgO cap layer

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    Kubota, Hitoshi; Ishibashi, Shota; Saruya, Takeshi; Nozaki, Takayuki; Fukushima, Akio; Yakushiji, Kay; Ando, Koji; Suzuki, Yoshishige; Yuasa, Shinji

    2012-04-01

    We prepared magnetic tunnel junction films with PtMn/CoFe/Ru/CoFeB/MgO tunnel barrier/FeB free layer/MgO cap layer/Ta multilayers using sputtering and measured magnetic and magnetoresistive properties of the films at room temperature. The magnetization curves of the FeB plane film measured under perpendicular-to-plane magnetic fields showed much smaller saturation fields (Hs) than those expected from the demagnetizing field. Hs decreased from 4 to 0.4 kOe with increasing MgO cap layer thickness. The small Hs is due to the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) induced at both MgO barrier-FeB and FeB-MgO cap interfaces. After microfabrication, the small free layer cells having a 1.6 nm thick MgO cap layer showed a magnetization easy axis in the perpendicular-to-plane direction. By inducing PMA from both upper and lower interfaces, we can stabilize the magnetization of the relatively thick (2 nm) FeB free layer in the perpendicular-to-plane direction.

  8. Modifying magnetic properties of ultra-thin magnetite films by growth on Fe pre-covered MgO(001)

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    Schemme, T. Krampf, A.; Kuepper, K.; Wollschläger, J.; Bertram, F.; Kuschel, T.

    2015-09-21

    Iron oxide films were reactively grown on iron buffer films, which were deposited before on MgO(001) substrates to analyze the influence of the initial iron buffer layers on the magnetic properties of the magnetite films. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and low energy electron diffraction showed that magnetite films of high crystalline quality in the surface near region were formed by this two-step deposition procedure. The underlying iron film, however, was completely oxidized as proved by x-ray reflectometry and diffraction. The structural bulk quality of the iron oxide film is poor compared to magnetite films directly grown on MgO(001). Although the iron film was completely oxidized, we found drastically modified magnetic properties for these films using the magnetooptic Kerr effect. The magnetite films had strongly increased coercive fields, and their magnetic in-plane anisotropy is in-plane rotated by 45∘ compared to magnetite films formed directly by one step reactive growth on MgO(001)

  9. Epitaxial growth of dielectric Ba{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}TiO{sub 3} thin film on MgO for room temperature microwave phase shifters

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    Chen, C. L.; Shen, J.; Chen, S. Y.; Luo, G. P.; Chu, C. W.; Miranda, F. A.; Van Keuls, F. W.; Jiang, J. C.; Meletis, E. I.; Chang, H. Y.

    2001-01-29

    Dielectric Ba{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}TiO{sub 3} thin films were epitaxially grown on (001) MgO by using pulsed laser ablation. Microstructure studies from x-ray diffraction and electron microscopy suggest that the as-grown films are c-axis oriented with an interface relationship of <100>BSTO//<100>MgO. A room temperature coupled microwave phase shifter has been developed with a phase shift near 250{sup o} at 23.675 GHz under an electrical field of 40 V/{mu}m and a figure of merit of {approx}53{sup o}/dB. The performance of the microwave phase shifter based on the epitaxial Ba{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}TiO{sub 3} thin films on (001) MgO is close to that needed for practical applications in wireless communications.

  10. Growth of InFeCoO 4 thin films on SrTiO 3 and MgO substrates

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    Matvejeff, M.; Lippmaa, M.

    2010-08-01

    We have studied the effect of deposition conditions and strain on the phase stability, grain structure, grain orientation, crystallinity, and magnetism of InFeCoO 4 spinel thin films grown on single-crystal (0 0 1) SrTiO 3 (STO) and (0 0 1) MgO substrates. The growth window for good-quality films exhibiting uniform orientation was observed to be very narrow with deviations from optimal conditions resulting in highly disordered growth characterized by mixed (0 0 1) and (1 1 1) type orientations, expanded out-of-plane lattice constants, and reduced symmetry for the (0 0 1) oriented grains. Bulk-like magnetic properties could be obtained in films grown on STO under optimal conditions, whereas significantly lower values for saturation magnetization and TC were observed for the disordered samples. The absence of frequency-dependent components in AC-magnetization measurements indicates the absence of a glassy state previously observed in bulk InFeCoO 4. The significantly smaller grain size of the samples grown on MgO at optimal conditions resulted in depressed TC in addition to a strong superparamagnetic effect below 20 K.

  11. Epitaxial growth of fcc-Co{sub x}Ni{sub 100-x} thin films on MgO(110) single-crystal substrates

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    Ohtake, Mitsuru; Nukaga, Yuri; Sato, Yoichi; Futamoto, Masaaki; Kirino, Fumiyoshi

    2009-12-15

    Co{sub x}Ni{sub 100-x} (x=100, 80, 20, 0 at. %) epitaxial thin films were prepared on MgO(110) single-crystal substrates heated at 300 deg. C by ultrahigh vacuum molecular beam epitaxy. The growth mechanism is discussed based on lattice strain and crystallographic defects. CoNi(110) single-crystal films with a fcc structure are obtained for all compositions. Co{sub x}Ni{sub 100-x} film growth follows the Volmer-Weber mode. X-ray diffraction analysis indicates that the out-of-plane and the in-plane lattice spacings of the Co{sub x}Ni{sub 100-x} films are in agreement within +-0.5% with the values of the respective bulk Co{sub x}Ni{sub 100-x} crystals, suggesting that the strain in the film is very small. High-resolution cross-sectional transmission microscopy shows that an atomically sharp boundary is formed between a Co(110){sub fcc} film and a MgO(110) substrate, where periodical misfit dislocations are preferentially introduced in the film at the Co/MgO interface. The presence of such periodical misfit dislocations relieves the strain caused by the lattice mismatch between the film and the substrate.

  12. Preparation and characterization of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ thin films on MgO single crystal substrates by chemical solution deposition

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    Grivel, J.-C.; Kępa, K.; Hlásek, T.; Andersen, N. H.; Rubešová, K.

    2013-03-01

    Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 thin films have been deposited on MgO single crystal substrates by spin-coating a solution based on 2-ethylhexanoate precursors. Pyrolysis takes place between 200 °C and 450 °C and is accompanied by the release of 2-ethylhexanoic acid, CO2 and H2O vapour. Highly c-axis oriented Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 films were obtained after heat treatment at 840 °C in air. The highest Tc of 81 K was measured in a 10-layer film. Subsequent post-annealing in Ar and pure O2 did not improve the superconducting properties of the films and resulted in the appearance of Bi2CaCuO5 or Bi2(Sr, Ca)2CuO6 impurities.

  13. Electronic and crystalline structures of zero band-gap LuPdBi thin films grown epitaxially on MgO(100)

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    Shan, Rong; Ouardi, Siham; Fecher, Gerhard H.; ViolBarbosa, Carlos E.; Felser, Claudia; Gao, Li; Kellock, Andrew; Roche, Kevin P.; Samant, Mahesh G.; Parkin, Stuart S. P.; Ikenaga, Eiji

    2013-04-29

    Thin films of the proposed topological insulator LuPdBi-a Heusler compound with the C1{sub b} structure-were prepared on Ta-Mo-buffered MgO(100) substrates by co-sputtering from PdBi{sub 2} and Lu targets. Epitaxial growth of LuPdBi films was confirmed by X-ray diffraction and reflection high-energy electron diffraction. The root-mean-square roughness of the films was as low as 1.45 nm, even though the films were deposited at high temperature. The film composition is close to the ideal stoichiometric ratio. The valence band spectra of the LuPdBi films, observed by hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, correspond very well with the ab initio-calculated density of states.

  14. Magnetic and transport properties of epitaxial thin film MgFe2O4 grown on MgO (100) by molecular beam epitaxy.

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    Wu, Han-Chun; Mauit, Ozhet; Coileáin, Cormac Ó; Syrlybekov, Askar; Khalid, Abbas; Mouti, Anas; Abid, Mourad; Zhang, Hong-Zhou; Abid, Mohamed; Shvets, Igor V

    2014-11-12

    Magnesium ferrite is a very important magnetic material due to its interesting magnetic and electrical properties and its chemical and thermal stability. Here we report on the magnetic and transport properties of epitaxial MgFe2O4 thin films grown on MgO (001) by molecular beam epitaxy. The structural properties and chemical composition of the MgFe2O4 films were characterized by X-Ray diffraction and X-Ray photoelectron spectroscopy, respectively. The nonsaturation of the magnetization in high magnetic fields observed for M (H) measurements and the linear negative magnetoresistance (MR) curves indicate the presence of anti-phase boundaries (APBs) in MgFe2O4. The presence of APBs was confirmed by transmission electron microscopy. Moreover, post annealing decreases the resistance and enhances the MR of the film, suggesting migration of the APBs. Our results may be valuable for the application of MgFe2O4 in spintronics.

  15. Correlations between film properties and microwave surface resistance for YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 minus. delta. thin films on MgO

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    Young, K.H.; Sun, J.Z. )

    1991-10-01

    Epitaxial YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} thin films grown by laser ablation on MgO (100) substrates were investigated for microwave applications. By systematically varying the growth conditions, we obtained films with various microstructures, low-frequency superconducting properties, and microwave performance. The surface resistances were determined from a measured unloaded quality factor in a 8.6-GHz microstrip resonator. Surface resistance was found to correlate most directly with the degree of grain alignment as revealed by electron channeling and x-ray diffraction studies. Films grown at optimal conditions gave a scaled surface resistance of 0.6 m{Omega} at 77 K and 10 GHz.

  16. Structural phase diagram for ultra-thin epitaxial Fe3O4 / MgO(0 01) films: thickness and oxygen pressure dependence

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    Alraddadi, S.; Hines, W.; Yilmaz, T.; ...

    2016-02-19

    A systematic investigation of the thickness and oxygen pressure dependence for the structural properties of ultra-thin epitaxial magnetite (Fe3O4) films has been carried out; for such films, the structural properties generally differ from those for the bulk when the thickness ≤10 nm. Iron oxide ultra-thin films with thicknesses varying from 3 nm to 20 nm were grown on MgO (001) substrates using molecular beam epitaxy under different oxygen pressures ranging from 1 × 10-7 torr to 1 × 10-5 torr. The crystallographic and electronic structures of the films were characterized using low energy electron diffraction (LEED) and x-ray photoemission spectroscopymore » (XPS), respectively. Moreover, the quality of the epitaxial Fe3O4 ultra-thin films was judged by magnetic measurements of the Verwey transition, along with complementary XPS spectra. We observed that under the same growth conditions the stoichiometry of ultra-thin films under 10 nm transforms from the Fe3O4 phase to the FeO phase. In this work, a phase diagram based on thickness and oxygen pressure has been constructed to explain the structural phase transformation. It was found that high-quality magnetite films with thicknesses ≤20 nm formed within a narrow range of oxygen pressure. An optimal and controlled growth process is a crucial requirement for the accurate study of the magnetic and electronic properties for ultra-thin Fe3O4 films. Furthermore, these results are significant because they may indicate a general trend in the growth of other oxide films, which has not been previously observed or considered.« less

  17. Thermal and irradiation induced interdiffusion in Fe 3O 4/MgO(0 0 1) thin film

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    Kim-Ngan, N.-T. H.; Balogh, A. G.; Meyer, J. D.; Brötz, J.; Hummelt, S.; Zając, M.; Ślęzak, T.; Korecki, J.

    2009-05-01

    The interface reactions in an epitaxial 10 nm-thick Fe3O4/MgO(0 0 1) film were investigated by using Rutherford Backscattering spectrometry (RBS), channeling (RBS-C) and X-ray reflectometry (XRR). The as-grown film had a good crystallinity indicated by the minimum yield and the half-angle value for Fe, respectively, χmin(Fe) = 22% and ψ1/2(Fe) = 0.62°. Annealing the films under partial argon pressure up to 600 °C led to a large enhancement of Mg out-diffusion into the film forming a wustite-type phase, but the total layer thickness did not change much. Ion irradiation of the film by 1 MeV Ar ion beam caused a strong Fe ion mixing resulting in a large interfacial zone with a thickness of 23 nm.

  18. Domain wall pinning on strain relaxation defects (stacking faults) in nanoscale FePd (001)/MgO thin films

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    Hsiao, C. H.; Ouyang, Chuenhou E-mail: houyang@mx.nthu.edu.tw; Yao, Y. D.; Lo, S. C.; Chang, H. W. E-mail: houyang@mx.nthu.edu.tw

    2015-10-05

    FePd (001) films, prepared by an electron beam deposition system on MgO(100), exhibit a perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (1.7 × 10{sup 7 }erg/cc) with a high order parameter (0.92). The relation between stacking faults induced by the strain relaxation, which act as strong domain wall pinning sites, and the perpendicular coercivity of (001) oriented L1{sub 0} FePd films prepared at different temperatures have been investigated. Perpendicular coercivity can be apparently enhanced by raising the stacking fault densities, which can be elevated by climbing dissociation of total dislocation. The increased stacking fault densities (1.22 nm{sup −2}) with large perpendicular coercivity (6000 Oe) are obtained for samples prepared at 650 °C. This present work shows through controlling stacking fault density in FePd film, the coercivity can be manipulated, which can be applied in future magnetic devices.

  19. Roughness analysis applied to niobium thin films grown on MgO(001) surfaces for superconducting radio frequency cavity applications

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    Beringer, D. B.; Roach, W. M.; Clavero, C.; Reece, C. E.; Lukaszew, R. A.

    2013-02-05

    This paper describes surface studies to address roughness issues inherent to thin film coatings deposited onto superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavities. This is particularly relevant for multilayered thin film coatings that are being considered as a possible scheme to overcome technical issues and to surpass the fundamental limit of ~500 MV/m accelerating gradient achievable with bulk niobium. In 2006, a model by Gurevich [ Appl. Phys. Lett. 88 012511 (2006)] was proposed to overcome this limit that involves coating superconducting layers separated by insulating ones onto the inner walls of the cavities. Thus, we have undertaken a systematic effort to understand the dynamic evolution of the Nb surface under specific deposition thin film conditions onto an insulating surface in order to explore the feasibility of the proposed model. We examine and compare the morphology from two distinct Nb/MgO series, each with its own epitaxial registry, at very low growth rates and closely examine the dynamical scaling of the surface features during growth. Further, we apply analysis techniques such as power spectral density to the specific problem of thin film growth and roughness evolution to qualify the set of deposition conditions that lead to successful SRF coatings.

  20. Post annealing induced magnetic anisotropy in CoFeSi thin films on MgO(0 0 1)

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    Guo, X. B.; Zuo, Y. L.; Cui, B. S.; Li, D.; Yun, J. J.; Wu, K.; Wang, T.; Xi, L.

    2017-03-01

    Co61Fe26Si13 (CoFeSi) thin films were deposited on MgO(0 0 1) substrates by magnetron sputtering and were annealed at different temperatures (T a). X-ray diffraction revealed that the crystal structure varies from the as-deposited amorphous phase to the cubic phase when T a  =  800 °C, indicating the re-crystallization process after annealing treatment. The static magnetic property measurements show a gradually four-fold cubic anisotropy dominating the magnetic anisotropy with the increasing T a. The ferromagnetic resonance technique based on vector network analyzer was utilized to analyze the dynamic magnetic properties. CoFeSi film annealed at 600 °C presents an obvious in-plane uniaxial magnetic anisotropy, and it presents a low effective damping constant of around 0.011 with a natural resonance frequency of around 3.4 GHz. However, the CoFeSi film annealed at 800 °C showed a strong cubic magnetocrystalline anisotropy and full-in-plane-direction workable natural resonance frequency at around 2.5 GHz.

  1. Magnetic and transport properties of epitaxial thin film MgFe2O4 grown on MgO (100) by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Wu, Han-Chun; Mauit, Ozhet; Coileáin, Cormac Ó; Syrlybekov, Askar; Khalid, Abbas; Mouti, Anas; Abid, Mourad; Zhang, Hong-Zhou; Abid, Mohamed; Shvets, Igor V.

    2014-01-01

    Magnesium ferrite is a very important magnetic material due to its interesting magnetic and electrical properties and its chemical and thermal stability. Here we report on the magnetic and transport properties of epitaxial MgFe2O4 thin films grown on MgO (001) by molecular beam epitaxy. The structural properties and chemical composition of the MgFe2O4 films were characterized by X-Ray diffraction and X-Ray photoelectron spectroscopy, respectively. The nonsaturation of the magnetization in high magnetic fields observed for M (H) measurements and the linear negative magnetoresistance (MR) curves indicate the presence of anti-phase boundaries (APBs) in MgFe2O4. The presence of APBs was confirmed by transmission electron microscopy. Moreover, post annealing decreases the resistance and enhances the MR of the film, suggesting migration of the APBs. Our results may be valuable for the application of MgFe2O4 in spintronics. PMID:25388355

  2. Structural and magnetic properties of ferrimagnetic ε-phase Mn4N and antiferromagnetic ζ-phase Mn10N thin films on MgO(001)

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    Foley, Andrew; Corbett, Joseph; Richard, Andrea L.; Alam, Khan; Ingram, David C.; Smith, Arthur R.

    2016-07-01

    Single phase ε-Mn4N and ζ-Mn10N thin films are grown on MgO(001) using molecular beam epitaxy. The films are identified and characterized using reflection high-energy electron diffraction, x-ray diffraction, back scattered electron scanning electron microscopy, atomic/magnetic force microscopy and Rutherford backscattering spectrometry. These films are found to be highly smooth with root-mean-squared roughnesses 3.39 nm and below. The quality of ε-Mn4N grown is strongly dependent on substrate temperature during growth. Epitaxial growth of substantial grains composed of the antiferromagnetic η-phase Mn3N2 side by side with ferrimagnetic ε-phase grains is observed when growth temperature is below 480 °C. Ising domains isolated within areas roughly 0.5 μm across are observed in the ferrimagnetic ε-phase grains of samples consisting of a mix of η- and ε-phase grains. Magnetic domains following semi-continuous paths, which are 0.7-7.2 μm across, are observed in single phase ε-Mn4N. Measurements of the ζ-phase detail the structure and magnetism of the material as high Mn content γ-type ζ-phase with a regular surface corrugation along the [100]-direction and antiferromagnetic.

  3. Crystallinity of YBCO thin films on an MgO substrate using an amorphous buffer layer deposited at a low temperature

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    Nakamura, Y.; Kudo, S.; Mukaida, M.; Ohshima, S.

    2002-10-01

    We have investigated crystallinity of YBCO films on an MgO substrate using an amorphous buffer layer. The evaluated films are obtained as follows: an amorphous YBCO buffer layer is deposited on the MgO substrate at a low temperature (200 °C); and then, an amorphous buffer layer is crystallized by the thermal annealing at a high temperature from 910 to 1030 °C; finally, main YBCO film is grown on the crystalline YBCO buffer layer over the MgO substrate. A significant improvement in the crystalline quality of the YBCO films was achieved, when amorphous buffer layers of 100 nm in thickness were crystallized by annealing temperature 950 °C and then annealing is continued for 1 h in air atmosphere. We confirmed that YBCO films grown on a well-crystallized buffer layer had better crystallinity than ones on bare MgO substrate, which has substantially large lattice mismatch.

  4. Room temperature ferromagnetic properties of epitaxial (111) Y0.225Sr0.775CoO3-δ thin film grown on single crystalline (111) MgO substrate

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    Seo, Jeongdae; Ahn, Yoonho; Yeog Son, Jong

    2015-08-01

    Epitaxial (111) Y0.225Sr0.775CoO3-δ (YSCO) thin films were deposited on single crystalline (111) MgO substrates by a pulsed laser deposition method. The YSCO thin film exhibited room temperature ferromagnetism with a remanent magnetization of 1.5×10-5 emu. The magnetic force microscopy (MFM) study revealed that the YSCO thin film had a mosaic MFM domain structure. The comparison of domain wall energy for the YSCO and PZT indicates that the large domain wall energy induce the large domain size, though the large magnetization value reduce the magnetic domain size in the case of Co. According to the optical conductivity analysis by spectroscopic ellipsometry, it is inferred that the transition from the intermediate spin state to the high spin state of the YSCO thin film is attributed to the ferromagnetism of the Co4+ ion.

  5. In situ measurement of surface potential developed on MgO thin film surface under ion irradiation using ion scattering spectroscopy

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    Nagatomi, T.; Kuwayama, T.; Takai, Y.; Yoshino, K.; Morita, Y.; Kitagawa, M.; Nishitani, M.

    2009-11-15

    The application of ion scattering spectroscopy (ISS) to the in situ measurement of the surface potential developed on an insulator surface under positive ion irradiation was investigated. The ISS spectra measured for a MgO film of 600 nm thickness on a Si substrate by the irradiation of 950 eV He{sup +} ions revealed that the surface is positively charged by approximately 180 V. For accurate measurement of the surface potential, a correction to take into account the angular deflection of primary ions induced by the high surface potential is required. The dependence of the surface potential on the sample temperature revealed that no charging is induced above 700 deg. C, indicating that accumulated charges can be removed by heating to 700 deg. C. From the measurement of the ion-induced secondary electron yield using a collector electrode located in front of the sample surface, the surface potential and ion-induced secondary electron yield were found to be strongly affected by the experimental setup. Secondary electrons produced by the impact of slow positive secondary ions, the maximum energy of which corresponds to the surface potential, play an important role when the bias voltage applied to the collector electrode is positively high for the present experimental setup. The surface potential developed on the surface of MgO films of 600 and 200 nm thickness was measured in situ, revealing that the amount of accumulated charges and the time required to attain the steady state of charging are slightly dependent on the beam current of primary ions and strongly dependent on the thickness of the MgO film. The present results confirmed that the application of ISS has high potential for investigating charging phenomena and the secondary electron emission from insulator surfaces under positive ion irradiation.

  6. Enhancement of order degree and perpendicular magnetic anisotropy of L10 ordered Fe(Pt,Pd) alloy film by introducing a thin MgO cap-layer

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    Noguchi, Youhei; Ohtake, Mitsuru; Futamoto, Masaaki; Kirino, Fumiyoshi; Inaba, Nobuyuki

    2016-07-01

    Fe50PtxPd50-x (at%, x=0-50) alloy films of 10 nm thickness with and without 2-nm-thick MgO cap-layers are prepared on MgO(001) single-crystal substrates by employing a two-step method consisting of low-temperature deposition at 200 °C followed by high-temperature annealing at 600 °C. The influences of MgO cap-layer on the structure and the magnetic properties are investigated. Fe50PtxPd50-x films epitaxially grow on the substrates at 200 °C. The Fe50Pd50 and the Fe50Pt12.5Pd37.5 films are respectively composed of (001) single-crystals with disordered fcc-based (A1) and bcc-based (A2) structures. The films with x>25 consist of mixtures of A1 and A2 crystals. The volume ratio of A2 to A1 crystal decreases with increasing the x value from 25 to 50. The in-plane and out-of-plane lattices are respectively expanded and shrunk due to accommodation of lattice mismatch between film and substrate. When the films are annealed at 600 °C, phase transformation to L10 ordered phase takes place. L10 phase transformation of Fe50PtxPd50-x film is promoted for a sample with MgO cap-layer and the order degree is higher than that without cap-layer. Furthermore, L10 ordering with the c-axis perpendicular to the substrate surface is enhanced for the film with cap-layer. The cap-layer is considered to be giving a tension stress to the magnetic film in lateral direction which promotes L10 ordering with the c-axis perpendicular to the substrate. Deposition of cap-layer is shown effective in achieving higher order degree and in enhancing perpendicular magnetic anisotropy with Fe(Pt,Pd) films.

  7. Structural phase diagram for ultra-thin epitaxial Fe3O4 / MgO(0 01) films: thickness and oxygen pressure dependence

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    Alraddadi, S.; Hines, W.; Yilmaz, T.; Gu, G. D.; Sinkovic, B.

    2016-02-19

    A systematic investigation of the thickness and oxygen pressure dependence for the structural properties of ultra-thin epitaxial magnetite (Fe3O4) films has been carried out; for such films, the structural properties generally differ from those for the bulk when the thickness ≤10 nm. Iron oxide ultra-thin films with thicknesses varying from 3 nm to 20 nm were grown on MgO (001) substrates using molecular beam epitaxy under different oxygen pressures ranging from 1 × 10-7 torr to 1 × 10-5 torr. The crystallographic and electronic structures of the films were characterized using low energy electron diffraction (LEED) and x-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS), respectively. Moreover, the quality of the epitaxial Fe3O4 ultra-thin films was judged by magnetic measurements of the Verwey transition, along with complementary XPS spectra. We observed that under the same growth conditions the stoichiometry of ultra-thin films under 10 nm transforms from the Fe3O4 phase to the FeO phase. In this work, a phase diagram based on thickness and oxygen pressure has been constructed to explain the structural phase transformation. It was found that high-quality magnetite films with thicknesses ≤20 nm formed within a narrow range of oxygen pressure. An optimal and controlled growth process is a crucial requirement for the accurate study of the magnetic and electronic properties for ultra-thin Fe3O4 films. Furthermore, these results are significant because they may indicate a general trend in the growth of other oxide films, which has not been previously observed or considered.

  8. Thin Film Ba(x)Sr(1-x)TiO3 Ku- and K-Band Phase Shifters Grown on MgO Substrates

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    VanKeuls, F. W.; Mueller, C. H.; Miranda, F. A.; Romanofsky, R. R.; Horwitz, J. S.; Chang, W.; Kim, W. J.

    1999-01-01

    We report measurements of gold circuits fabricated on four Ba(x)Sr(1-x)TiO3 films doped with 1% Mn grown on MgO substrates by laser ablation. Low frequency measurements of epsilon(sub r) and tan(delta) on interdigital capacitors are compared with high frequency measurements of phase shift and insertion loss on coupled microstrip phase shifters done on the same films. The variation in temperature of both high and low frequency device parameters is compared. Annealed and unannealed films are compared. Room temperature figures of merit of phase shift per insertion loss of up to 58.4 C/dB at 18 GHz and 400 V dc bias were measured.

  9. Growth and characterization of thin Cu-phthalocyanine films on MgO(001) layer for organic light-emitting diodes.

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    Bae, Yu Jeong; Lee, Nyun Jong; Kim, Tae Hee; Cho, Hyunduck; Lee, Changhee; Fleet, Luke; Hirohata, Atsufumi

    2012-11-26

    Surface morphology and thermal stability of Cu-phthalocyanine (CuPc) films grown on an epitaxially grown MgO(001) layer were investigated by using atomic force microscope and X-ray diffractometer. The (002) textured β phase of CuPc films were prepared at room temperature beyond the epitaxial MgO/Fe/MgO(001) buffer layer by the vacuum deposition technique. The CuPc structure remained stable even after post-annealing at 350°C for 1 h under vacuum, which is an important advantage of device fabrication. In order to improve the device performance, we investigated also current-voltage-luminescence characteristics for the new top-emitting organic light-emitting diodes with different thicknesses of CuPc layer.

  10. L10 ordered phase formation in FePt, FePd, CoPt, and CoPd alloy thin films epitaxially grown on MgO(001) single-crystal substrates

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    Ohtake, Mitsuru; Ouchi, Shouhei; Kirino, Fumiyoshi; Futamoto, Masaaki

    2012-04-01

    The FePt, FePd, CoPt, and CoPd epitaxial thin films are prepared on MgO(001) single-crystal substrates by ultrahigh vacuum RF magnetron sputtering. The effects of the magnetic material and the substrate temperature on the film growth, the film structure, and the magnetic properties are investigated. The L10 ordered phase formation is observed for FePt, FePd, and CoPt films prepared at temperatures higher than 200, 400, and 600 °C, respectively, whereas that is not recognized for CoPd films. The L10-FePd(001) single-crystal films with the c-axis normal to the substrate surface are formed, whereas the FePt and CoPt epitaxial films include L10(100) crystals whose c-axis is parallel to the substrate surface, in addition to the L10(001) crystals. Upon increasing the substrate temperature, the ordering degree increases. A higher ordering parameter is observed in the order of FePd > FePt > CoPt. The magnetic properties are influenced by the crystal structure, the crystallographic orientation of the L10 crystal, and the ordering degree.

  11. Aging of magnetic properties in MgO films

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    Balcells, Ll.; Konstantinovic, Z.; Martinez, B.; Beltran, J. I.; Martinez-Boubeta, C.; Arbiol, J.

    2010-12-20

    In this work we report on the magnetic behavior of MgO thin films prepared by sputtering. A severe aging process of the ferromagnetic properties is detected in magnetic samples exposed to ambient atmosphere. However, ferromagnetism can be successively switched on again by annealing samples in vacuum. We suggest this behavior reflects the key role played by defects in stabilizing ferromagnetism in MgO films and is likely to be closely related to the hydrogen-driven instability of V-type centers in this material.

  12. Optical properties of epitaxial CaxBa1-xNb2O6 thin film based rib-waveguide structure on (001) MgO for electro-optic applications.

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    Vigne, Sébastien; Hossain, Nadir; Fesharaki, Faezeh; Kabir, S M Humayun; Margot, Joëlle; Wu, Ke; Chaker, Mohamed

    2016-12-12

    In this work, optical properties of epitaxial CaxBa1-xNb2O6, CBN (x = 0.28) thin film based waveguides are studied at 1550 nm optical communications wavelength. CBN thin films are deposited epitaxially on MgO substrates using Pulsed Laser Deposition and characterized by prism coupling to extract the refractive index and propagation loss. It is shown that the 2 µm-thick epitaxial CBN thin films have a refractive index close to the bulk form and the CBN planar waveguides have a propagation loss of 4.3 ± 0.5 dB/cm. 1 cm-long rib waveguide structures were fabricated using a high density plasma etching. Their propagation losses were measured by the cutback method at 8.4 ± 0.6 dB/cm.

  13. Ultrathin MgO diffusion barriers for ferromagnetic electrodes on GaAs(001).

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    Sarkar, Anirban; Wang, Shibo; Grafeneder, Wolfgang; Arndt, Martin; Koch, Reinhold

    2015-04-24

    Ultrathin MgO(100) films serving as a diffusion barrier between ferromagnetic electrodes and GaAs(001) semiconductor templates have been investigated. Using Fe as an exemplary ferromagnetic material, heterostructures of Fe/MgO/GaAs(001) were prepared at 200 °C with the MgO thickness ranging from 1.5 to 3 nm. Structural characterization reveals very good crystalline ordering in all layers of the heterostructure. Auger electron spectroscopy depth-profiling and cross-sectional high-resolution transmission electron microscopy evidence diffusion of Fe into MgO and-for too thin MgO barriers-further into GaAs(001). Our results recommend a MgO barrier thickness larger than or equal to 2.6 nm for its application as a reliable diffusion barrier on GaAs(001) in spintronics devices.

  14. Microwave absorption studies on high-T sub c superconductors and related materials 7--ESR of DPPH coated on a thin BiSrCaCuO film fabricated on MgO(100) substrate

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    Sugawara, K.; Sugimoto, T.; Shiohara, Y.; Tanaka, S. )

    1992-05-10

    In this paper, ESR of DPPH coated on a Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O (BSCCO) film (350 {Angstrom} thick) fabricated on MgO(100) substrate by MOCVD is studied. Temperature dependence of the ESR peak-to-peak linewidth, {Delta}H{sub pp}, and the effect of applied magnetic field on {Delta}H{sub pp} are below about 100 K. The results are compared with those of ESR of DPPH coated on ceramic Y-Ba-Cu-O samples (powder and bulk) made by the MPMG method. The DPPH ESR for the BSCCO film reveals that {Delta}H{sub pp} was independent of applied magnetic field up to about 9 kG. In addition, no similarity between the temperature dependence of the excess ESR linewidth of the DPPH and that of critical current density was found for the BSCCO film. These results for the BSCCO film are different from those for the MPMG YBCO samples.

  15. In situ small-angle x-ray and nuclear resonant scattering study of the evolution of structural and magnetic properties of an Fe thin film on MgO (001)

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    Sharma, Gagan; Gupta, Ajay; Gupta, Mukul; Schlage, Kai; Wille, H.-C.

    2015-12-01

    Growth of magnetron sputtered Fe films on clean single crystalline MgO (001) substrate has been studied using in situ grazing incidence small angle x-ray scattering (GISAXS) and grazing incidence nuclear resonant scattering (GINRS) measurements. While GISAXS provides information about morphological changes, GINRS provides information about structural and magnetic properties, thus making it possible to correlate the evolution of magnetic properties with that of morphology and structure of the film. The film exhibits a Volmer-Weber type growth, with percolation transition occurring around 2 nm film thickness. Presence of a finite quadrupole splitting, as seen in GINRS measurements, suggests a significant distortion from cubic symmetry up to a film thickness of 3.5 nm, which can be attributed to hybridization between Fe 3 d and O 2 p orbitals at the interface as well as in-plane tensile strain induced as a result of coalescence of islands. Initially Fe islands exhibit superparamagnetic relaxation, while finite magnetic moment appears upon formation of macroscopic percolation islands. The film exhibits a weak perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA), which vanishes concurrently with disappearance of structural distortion, suggesting that the observed PMA at least partly originates from inherent strain in the film. No presence of any known oxide of Fe was detected at the interface. More precise information about topological and magnetic structure of the interfaces between Fe and MgO layers is obtained using combined x-ray reflectivity and nuclear resonance reflectivity measurements on a 57Fe/MgO multilayer. Measurements show that about two monolayers of Fe at the interface have a reduced hyperfine field, providing evidence for hybridization with O atoms, as predicted by theory.

  16. Epitaxial Pb(Zr{sub x}Ti{sub 1{minus}x})O{sub 3}/SrRuO{sub 3} (x = 0, 0.35, 0.65) multilayer thin films on SrTiO{sub 3}(100) and MgO(100) prepared by MOCVD and RF sputtering

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    Foster, C.M.; Csencsits, R.; Baldo, P.M.; Bai, G.R.; Li, Z.; Rehn, L.E.; Wills, L.A.; Hiskes, R.

    1995-02-01

    Epitaxial SrRuO{sub 3} thin films were deposited on SrTiO{sub 3}(100) and MgO(100) substrates by RF sputtering for use as bottom electrodes and epitaxial buffer layers. On these conductive substrates, epitaxial Pb(Zr{sub x}Ti{sub 1{minus}x})O{sub 3} (PZT; x = 0.35,0.65) and PbTiO{sub 3} (PT; x = 0) thin films were deposited by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). X-ray diffraction (XRD), RBS channeling (RBS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and optical waveguiding were used to characterize the phase, microstructure, defect structure, refractive index, and film thickness of the deposited films. The PZT and PT films were epitaxial and c-axis oriented. 90{degree} domains, interfacial misfit dislocations and threading dislocations were the primary structural defects, and the films showed as high as a 70% RBS channeling reduction. Ferroelectric hysteresis and dielectric measurements of epitaxial PZT ferroelectric capacitor structures formed using evaporated Ag top electrode showed: a remanent polarization of 46.2 {mu}C/cm{sup 2}, a coercive field of 54.9 kV/cm, a dielectric constant of 410, a bipolar resistivity of {approximately}5.8 {times} 10{sup 9} {Omega}-cm at a field of 275 kV/cm, and a breakdown strength of >400 kV/cm. Cyclic fatigue measurements showed that the remanent polarization was maintained for >10{sup 9} cycles.

  17. Rapid Gel Cast Prototyping of Complex Paraelectric (Ba,Sr)TiO(3)/MgO Composites

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    2003-04-03

    40 wt% BaO. 55Sro.45TiO 3 / 60 wt% MgO (see ref. 1) MgCO 3 (Alfa Aesar, MA) + 3 wt% oxalic acid (Fisher Scientific, NY) MgO (Alfa Aesar, MA...the particles with oxalic acid to produce a thin surface layer of magnesium oxalate (cf. Figure 3b). Figure 3. Green body interior a) 40wt% Ba

  18. Heteroepitaxial growth of TiN film on MgO (100) by reactive magnetron sputtering.

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    Chen, Wei-Chun; Peng, Chun-Yen; Chang, Li

    2014-01-01

    TiN thin films were deposited on MgO (100) substrates at different substrate temperatures using rf sputtering with Ar/N2 ratio of about 10. At 700°C, the growth rate of TiN was approximately 0.05 μm/h. The structural and electrical properties of TiN thin films were characterized with x-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and Hall measurements. For all deposition conditions, XRD results show that the TiN films can be in an epitaxy with MgO with cube-on-cube orientation relationship of (001)TiN // (001)MgO and [100]TiN // [100]MgO. TEM with selected-area electron diffraction pattern verifies the epitaxial growth of the TiN films on MgO. SEM and AFM show that the surface of the TiN film is very smooth with roughness approximately 0.26 nm. The minimum resistivity of the films can be as low as 45 μΩ cm.

  19. The study of origin of interfacial perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in ultra-thin CoFeB layer on the top of MgO based magnetic tunnel junction

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    Li, Zhi-Peng; Li, Shaoping; Zheng, Yuankai; Fang, Jason; Chen, Lifan; Hong, Liang; Wang, Haifeng

    2016-10-01

    A comprehensive microstructure study has been conducted experimentally for identifying the origin or mechanism of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) in the ultra-thin (10 Å) CoFeB layer on the top of magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ). The high resolution transmission electron microscopy reveals that the feature of crystal structure in 10 Å-CoFeB layer is localized in nature at the CoFeB-MgO interface. On the other hand, the strain-relaxed crystalline structure is observed in the thick CoFeB (20 Å) layer at the CoFeB-MgO interface, associated with a series of dislocation formations. The electron energy loss spectroscopy further suggests that the local chemical stoichiometry of the ultra-thin 10 Å-CoFeB layer is notably changed at the CoFeB-MgO interface, compared with an atomic stoichiometry in a thick 20 Å-CoFeB layer. The origin of PMA mechanism is therefore identified experimentally as an interface effect, which can be attributed to a change of local atom bonding or lattice constant of the transition metal at the CoFeB-MgO based MTJ interface. Furthermore, such a local interfacial atom bonding change is seemly induced by the localized anisotropic strain and consistent with previous theoretical speculations and calculations. The observed experimental findings provide some perspective on microstructure and chemistry on PMA in ultra-thin CoFeB film at the MTJ interface, then deepening our understanding of the mechanism of PMA within MTJ stack and thus facilitating advancement for emerging spintronics technology.

  20. Investigating and engineering spin-orbit torques in heavy metal/Co{sub 2}FeAl{sub 0.5}Si{sub 0.5}/MgO thin film structures

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    Loong, Li Ming; Deorani, Praveen; Qiu, Xuepeng; Yang, Hyunsoo

    2015-07-13

    Current-induced spin-orbit torques (SOTs) have the potential to revolutionize magnetization switching technology. Here, we investigate SOT in a heavy metal (HM)/Co{sub 2}FeAl{sub 0.5}Si{sub 0.5} (CFAS)/MgO thin film structure with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA), where the HM is either Pt or Ta. Our results suggest that both the spin Hall effect and the Rashba effect contribute significantly to the effective fields in the Pt underlayer samples. Moreover, after taking the PMA energies into account, current-induced SOT-based switching studies of both the Pt and Ta underlayer samples suggest that the two HM underlayers yield comparable switching efficiency in the HM/CFAS/MgO material system.

  1. Effect of MgO spacer and annealing on interface and magnetic properties of ion beam sputtered NiFe/Mg/MgO/CoFe layer structures

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    Bhusan Singh, Braj; Chaudhary, Sujeet

    2012-09-15

    The effect of variation in the thickness of ion assisted ion beam sputtered MgO spacer layer deposited at oxygen ion assisted energy of 50 eV on the extent of magnetic coupling of NiFe and CoFe layers in Si/NiFe(10 nm)/Mg(1 nm)/MgO(2,4,6 nm)/CoFe(10 nm) sandwich structure is investigated. At MgO spacer layer thickness of 4 nm, the separate reversal of magnetizations of the two ferromagnetic layers is observed in the hystresis loop recorded along easy direction. This results in a 3.5 Oe wide plateau like region during magnetization reversal, which became 4.5 Oe at 6 nm thin MgO. At 2 nm thin MgO, the absence of plateau during magnetization reversal region revealed ferromagnetic coupling between the two ferromagnetic layers, which is understood to arise due to the growth of very thin and low density (1.22 gm/cc) MgO spacer layer, indicating the presence of pinholes as revealed by x-ray reflectometry. After vaccum annealing (200 Degree-Sign C/1 h), the plateau region for 4 and 6 nm thin MgO case decreased to 1.5 Oe and 2.0 Oe, respectively, due to enhanced interface roughness/mixing. In addition, an enhancement of the in-plane magnetic anisotropy is also observed.

  2. Resputtering effect during MgO buffer layer deposition by magnetron sputtering for superconducting coated conductors

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    Xiao, Shaozhu; Shi, Kai; Deng, Shutong; Han, Zhenghe; Feng, Feng Lu, Hongyuan; Qu, Timing; Zhu, Yuping; Huang, Rongxia

    2015-07-15

    In this study, MgO thin films were deposited by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering. The film thickness in the deposition area directly facing the target center obviously decreased compared with that in other areas. This reduction in thickness could be attributed to the resputtering effect resulting from bombardment by energetic particles mainly comprising oxygen atoms and negative oxygen ions. The influences of deposition position and sputtering pressure on the deposition rate were investigated. Resputtering altered the orientation of the MgO film from (111) to (001) when the film was deposited on a single crystal yttria-stabilized zirconia substrate. The density distribution of energetic particles was calculated on the basis of the measured thicknesses of the MgO films deposited at different positions. The divergence angle of the energetic particle flux was estimated to be approximately 15°. The energetic particle flux might be similar to the assisting ion flux in the ion beam assisted deposition process and could affect the orientation of the MgO film growth.

  3. Biaxial Texture Evolution in MgO Films Fabricated Using Ion Beam-Assisted Deposition

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    Xue, Yan; Zhang, Ya-Hui; Zhao, Rui-Peng; Zhang, Fei; Lu, Yu-Ming; Cai, Chuan-Bing; Xiong, Jie; Tao, Bo-Wan

    2016-07-01

    The growth of multifunctional thin films on flexible substrates is important technologically, because flexible electronics require such a platform. In this study, we examined the evolution of biaxial texture in MgO films prepared using ion beam-assisted deposition (IBAD) on a Hastelloy substrate. Texture and microstructure developments were characterized through in situ reflection high-energy electron diffraction monitoring, x-ray diffraction, and atomic force microscopy, which demonstrated that biaxial texture was developed during the nucleation stage (~2.2 nm). The best biaxial texture was obtained with a thickness of approximately 12 nm. As MgO continued to grow, the influence of surface energy was reduced, and film growth was driven by the attempt to minimize volume free-energy density. Thus the MgO grains were subsequently rotated at the (002) direction toward the ion beam. In addition, an approach was developed for accelerating in-plane texture evolution by pre-depositing an amorphous MgO layer before IBAD.

  4. Preparation and characterization of MgO nanorods coated with SnO2.

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    Kim, Hyunsu; Jin, Changhyun; Kim, Hyoun Woo; Lee, Chongmu

    2012-05-01

    MgO nanorods have been grown by thermal evaporation of Mg3N2 powders on Si (100) substrates coated with gold (Au) thin films. The MgO nanorods grown on Al2O3 (0001) were 0.1-0.2 microm in diameter and up to a few tens of micrometers in length. MgO/SnO2 coaxial nanorods have also been prepared by atomic layer deposition (ALD) of SnO2 onto the nanorods. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis results indicate that the MgO-cores and the SnO2 shells of the annealed coaxial nanorods are of a single crystalline nature with cubic and orthorhombic structures, respectively. The photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy analysis results show that SnO2 coating slightly increases the PL emission intensity of MgO nanorods. The PL emission of the SnO2-coated MgO nanorods is found to be considerably enhanced by thermal annealing and to strongly depend on the annealing atmosphere. The PL emission intensity of the MgO/SnO2 coaxial nanorods has been significantly increased by annealing in a reducing atmosphere. The origin of the PL enhancement by annealing in a reducing atmosphere is discussed on the basis of energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analyses.

  5. Surfactant assisted growth of MgO films on GaN

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    Paisley, Elisibeth A.; Shelton, T C; Mita, S; Gaddy, Brian E.; Irving, D L; Christen, Hans M; Sitar, Z; Biegalski, Michael D; Maria, Jon Paul

    2012-01-01

    Thin epitaxial films of <111> oriented MgO on [0001]-oriented GaN were grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) and pulsed laser deposition (PLD) using the assistance of a vapor phase surfactant. In both cases, surfactant incorporation enabled layer-by-layer growth and a smooth terminal surface due to stabilizing the {111} rocksalt facet. MBE growth of MgO in water terminates after several monolayers, and is attributed to saturation of surface active sites needed to facilitate the Mg oxidation reaction. MgO films prepared by PLD grow continuously, this occurs due to the presence of excited oxidizing species in the laser plasma eliminate the need for catalytic surface sites. Metal-insulator-semiconductor capacitor structures were fabricated on n-type GaN. A comparison of leakage current density for conventional and surfactant-assisted growth reveals a nearly two order of magnitude reduction in leakage current density for the smoother surfactant-assisted samples. Collectively, these data verify numerous predictions and calculations regarding the role of H-termination in regulating the habit of MgO crystals.

  6. Autocatalytic Surface Hydroxylation of MgO(100) Terrace Sites Observed Under Ambient Conditions

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    Newberg, J.T.; Starr, D.; Yamamoto, S.; Kaya, S.; Kendelewicz, T.; Mysak E.R.; Porsgaard, S.; Salmeron, M.B.; Brown, Jr., G.E.; Nilsson, A.; Bluhm, H.

    2011-06-01

    We have investigated the reaction of water vapor with the MgO(100) surface using ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (AP-XPS), which permits the study of the chemical composition of the MgO/water vapor interface at p(H{sub 2}O) in the Torr range. Water dissociation on thin MgO(100) films of 4-5.5 monolayers (ML) grown on Ag(100) was studied under isobaric conditions at p(H{sub 2}O) ranging from 0.005 to 0.5 Torr and temperatures from 380 to -10 C, up to a maximum relative humidity (RH) of 20%. At RH < 0.01% dissociative adsorption occurs only at defect sites (0.08 ML), while terrace sites remain unreactive toward water dissociation. In the range 0.01 < RH < 0.1% there is an abrupt onset of dissociative adsorption at terrace sites which saturates at 1 ML at 0.1% RH, and is accompanied by an increase in molecular water adsorption. At 20% RH there is 1 ML of molecularly adsorbed water interacting with a fully hydroxylated interface on MgO(100). The observed onset of hydroxylation near 0.01% RH is suggested to be due to water molecules aggregating at the surface, leading to an autocatalytic dissociation of water at MgO(100) terrace sites.

  7. Spray pyrolysis of MgO templates on Hastelloy C276 and 310-austenitic stainless steel substrates for Y Ba2Cu3O7 (YBCO) deposition by pulsed laser deposition

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    Khateeb, Shadi Al; Button, T. W.; Abell, J. S.

    2010-09-01

    MgO thin films were deposited on Hastelloy C276 (HC) and 310 austenitic stainless steel by the spray pyrolysis technique, using magnesium nitrate and magnesium acetate as precursors. Thermogravimetrical analysis of the decomposition of the precursors was used to provide a guideline temperature for the thin film deposition. It was suggested that an amorphous MgO thin film was deposited on both 310-stainless steel and Hastelloy C-276 when using low concentration of the magnesium nitrate precursor. Higher concentrations were needed to obtain (200) oriented MgO films on C276. However, 310-stainless steel was found to not be a suitable substrate for MgO thin film deposition due to surface instability. A (200) oriented MgO thin film was grown on Hastelloy C276 using a magnesium acetate precursor at a much lower concentration compared to the nitrate precursor. The characterization of the thin films was done using scanning electron microscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, x-ray diffraction 2θ-scans, rocking curves (ω-scans), and pole figure measurements. MgO was found to have a very weak in-plane texture.

  8. Formation mechanism, degradation behavior, and cytocompatibility of a nanorod-shaped HA and pore-sealed MgO bilayer coating on magnesium.

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    Li, Bo; Han, Yong; Qi, Kai

    2014-10-22

    A novel bilayer coating (HT24h) was fabricated on magnesium using microarc oxidation (MAO) and hydrothermal treatment (HT). The coating comprises an outer layer of narrow interrod spaced hydroxyapatite (HA) nanorods and an inner layer of MgO containing Mg(OH)2/HA-sealing-pores. The hydrothermal formation mechanism of HA nanorods on MAO-formed MgO was explored. Also, evolution of structure and bonding integrity of HT24h coating with immersion in physiological saline (PS) for 0-90 days, corrosion resistance and cytocompatibility of the coating were investigated, together with MgO containing Mg(OH)2-sealing-pores (HT2h) and porous MgO (MAO) coatings. Corrosion resistance was identified by three-point bending and electrochemical tests in PS, while cytocompatibility was determined by MTT, live/dead staining, and vinculin-actin-nucleus tricolor staining assays of hFOB1.19 cells. Immersion tests indicate that cracking rather than delamination is a common feature in most areas of the coatings up to day 90 and degradation is the reason for thinning in thickness of the coatings. MAO and HT2h coatings exhibit a significant thinning due to fast degradation of MgO. However, HT24h coating shows a quite small thinning, owing to the fact that the HA nanorods underwent quite slow degradation while the underlying MgO only underwent conversion to Mg(OH)2 without dissolution of the Mg(OH)2. Scratch tests reveal that HT24h coating still retains relatively high bonding integrity, although the failure position changes from the MgO interior to a point between the HA and MgO layers after 90 days of immersion. HT24h coating appears far more effective than MAO and HT2h coatings in reducing degradation and maintaining the mechanical integrity of Mg, as well as enhancing the mitochondrial activity, adhesion, and proliferation of osteoblasts.

  9. Report on the sintering and properties of MgO and MgO-5% TiC

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    Bengisu, M.; Inal, O.T.

    1992-07-01

    Sintering of technical grade MgO yields higher fractional densities compared to pure MgO. TiC reacts with MgO under sintering of MgO-TiC composites in air, yielding Mg{sub 2}TiO{sub 4} and CO or CO{sub 2}. This can be suppressed in vacuum by plasma sintering. Plasma sintering of MgO at 1300 C and short times does not produce satisfactory results. 5 vol% TiC increases the sinterability of MgO during conventional air sintering; larger additions (50 vol%) decrease sinterability due to macropores formed by gaseous reaction product. Microwave sintering of MgO is possible. Mechanical properties of MgO are improved by additions of small amounts of TiC to starting powders.

  10. Evidence for boron diffusion into sub-stoichiometric MgO (001) barriers in CoFeB/MgO-based magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Harnchana, V.; Hindmarch, A. T.; Sarahan, M. C.; Marrows, C. H.; Brown, A. P.; Brydson, R. M. D.

    2013-04-01

    Evidence of boron diffusion into the MgO barrier of a CoFeB/MgO based magnetic tunnel junction has been identified using analytical scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Structures were deposited by DC/RF-magnetron sputtering, where defective, sub-stoichiometric MgO barriers degrading device performance have been previously mitigated against by deposition of thin Mg layers prior to MgO deposition. We show that despite the protection offered by the Mg layer, disorder in the MgO barrier is still evident by STEM analysis and is a consequence of the oxidation of the Co40Fe40B20 surface during MgO deposition. Evidence of boron diffusion from CoFeB into the MgO barrier in the as-deposited and annealed structure is also presented, which in the as-deposited case we suggest results from the defective structures at the barrier interfaces. Annealing at 375 °C results in the presence of B in the trigonal coordination of [BO3]3- in the MgO barrier and partial crystallization of the top electrode (we presume there is also some boron diffusion into the Ta capping layer). The bottom electrode, however, fails to crystallize and much of the boron is retained in this thicker electrode. A higher annealing temperature or lower initial boron content is required to crystallize the bottom electrode.

  11. Evidence for boron diffusion into sub-stoichiometric MgO (001) barriers in CoFeB/MgO-based magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Harnchana, V.; Hindmarch, A. T.; Marrows, C. H.; Sarahan, M. C.; Brown, A. P.; Brydson, R. M. D.

    2013-04-28

    Evidence of boron diffusion into the MgO barrier of a CoFeB/MgO based magnetic tunnel junction has been identified using analytical scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Structures were deposited by DC/RF-magnetron sputtering, where defective, sub-stoichiometric MgO barriers degrading device performance have been previously mitigated against by deposition of thin Mg layers prior to MgO deposition. We show that despite the protection offered by the Mg layer, disorder in the MgO barrier is still evident by STEM analysis and is a consequence of the oxidation of the Co{sub 40}Fe{sub 40}B{sub 20} surface during MgO deposition. Evidence of boron diffusion from CoFeB into the MgO barrier in the as-deposited and annealed structure is also presented, which in the as-deposited case we suggest results from the defective structures at the barrier interfaces. Annealing at 375 Degree-Sign C results in the presence of B in the trigonal coordination of [BO{sub 3}]{sup 3-} in the MgO barrier and partial crystallization of the top electrode (we presume there is also some boron diffusion into the Ta capping layer). The bottom electrode, however, fails to crystallize and much of the boron is retained in this thicker electrode. A higher annealing temperature or lower initial boron content is required to crystallize the bottom electrode.

  12. First stage of reaction of molten Al with MgO substrate

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    Morgiel, J.; Sobczak, N.; Pomorska, M.; Nowak, R.

    2015-05-15

    The Al/MgO couple was produced in vacuum (~ 5 × 10{sup −} {sup 4} Pa) by contact heating from RT up to 1000 °C and holding at that temperature for 1 h of a small 4 × 4 × 4 mm aluminium (5 N) sample placed on the [100] MgO single crystal substrate. TEM observations backed with electron diffraction analysis indicated that the interaction between liquid aluminium and MgO starts from a redox reaction producing a continuous layer of MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel on the substrate surface. Its growth is controlled by solid state out-diffusion of magnesium and oxygen towards the surface being in contact with liquid metal. The thickening of spinel layer is accompanied by its cracking and infiltration with aluminium. The above process enables local dissolution of the MgO substrate and formation in it of a thin region of interpenetrating metallic channels walled with spinel. The removal of dissolved magnesium through open aluminium channels towards the drop and to vacuum locally produces areas of aluminium enriched with dissolved oxygen, which results in the nucleation of α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} at spinel clad walls. The growth of α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} is controlled only by the dissolution rate of MgO by aluminium, liquid state diffusion of Mg to drop/vacuum and oxygen to the front of the of α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} crystallites growing into MgO substrate. - Highlights: • New unique evidence of first stages of interaction of liquid Al with MgO substrates • Interaction of liquid Al with MgO starts with the formation of a layer MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}. • Growth of MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} is slow as controlled by solid state out-diffusion of Mg and O. • MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} serves as a nucleation site for Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and consumed by it soon after. • Growth of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} is fast as controlled by diffusion in liquid state.

  13. Origin of Perpendicular Magnetic Anisotropy and Large Orbital Moment in Fe Atoms on MgO.

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    Baumann, S; Donati, F; Stepanow, S; Rusponi, S; Paul, W; Gangopadhyay, S; Rau, I G; Pacchioni, G E; Gragnaniello, L; Pivetta, M; Dreiser, J; Piamonteze, C; Lutz, C P; Macfarlane, R M; Jones, B A; Gambardella, P; Heinrich, A J; Brune, H

    2015-12-04

    We report on the magnetic properties of individual Fe atoms deposited on MgO(100) thin films probed by x-ray magnetic circular dichroism and scanning tunneling spectroscopy. We show that the Fe atoms have strong perpendicular magnetic anisotropy with a zero-field splitting of 14.0±0.3  meV/atom. This is a factor of 10 larger than the interface anisotropy of epitaxial Fe layers on MgO and the largest value reported for Fe atoms adsorbed on surfaces. The interplay between the ligand field at the O adsorption sites and spin-orbit coupling is analyzed by density functional theory and multiplet calculations, providing a comprehensive model of the magnetic properties of Fe atoms in a low-symmetry bonding environment.

  14. Process for growing a film epitaxially upon a MGO surface and structures formed with the process

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    McKee, Rodney Allen; Walker, Frederick Joseph

    1998-01-01

    A process and structure wherein optical quality perovskites, such as BaTiO.sub.3 or SrTiO.sub.3, are grown upon a single crystal MgO substrate involves the epitaxial build up of alternating planes of TiO.sub.2 and metal oxide wherein the first plane grown upon the MgO substrate is a plane of TiO.sub.2. The layering sequence involved in the film build up reduces problems which would otherwise result from the interfacial electrostatics at the first atomic layers, and these oxides can be stabilized as commensurate thin films at a unit cell thickness or grown with high crystal quality to thicknesses of 0.5-0.7 .mu.m for optical device applications.

  15. Process for growing a film epitaxially upon a MgO surface

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    McKee, Rodney Allen; Walker, Frederick Joseph

    1997-01-01

    A process and structure wherein optical quality perovskites, such as BaTiO.sub.3 or SrTiO.sub.3, are grown upon a single crystal MgO substrate involves the epitaxial build up of alternating planes of TiO.sub.2 and metal oxide wherein the first plane grown upon the MgO substrate is a plane of TiO.sub.2. The layering sequence involved in the film build up reduces problems which would otherwise result from the interfacial electrostatics at the first atomic layers, and these oxides can be stabilized as commensurate thin films at a unit cell thickness or grown with high crystal quality to thicknesses of 0.5-0.7 .mu.m for optical device applications.

  16. Origin of Perpendicular Magnetic Anisotropy and Large Orbital Moment in Fe Atoms on MgO

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    Baumann, S.; Donati, F.; Stepanow, S.; Rusponi, S.; Paul, W.; Gangopadhyay, S.; Rau, I. G.; Pacchioni, G. E.; Gragnaniello, L.; Pivetta, M.; Dreiser, J.; Piamonteze, C.; Lutz, C. P.; Macfarlane, R. M.; Jones, B. A.; Gambardella, P.; Heinrich, A. J.; Brune, H.

    2015-12-01

    We report on the magnetic properties of individual Fe atoms deposited on MgO(100) thin films probed by x-ray magnetic circular dichroism and scanning tunneling spectroscopy. We show that the Fe atoms have strong perpendicular magnetic anisotropy with a zero-field splitting of 14.0 ±0.3 meV /atom . This is a factor of 10 larger than the interface anisotropy of epitaxial Fe layers on MgO and the largest value reported for Fe atoms adsorbed on surfaces. The interplay between the ligand field at the O adsorption sites and spin-orbit coupling is analyzed by density functional theory and multiplet calculations, providing a comprehensive model of the magnetic properties of Fe atoms in a low-symmetry bonding environment.

  17. Interstitial Fe in MgO

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    Mølholt, T. E. Gislason, H. P.; Ólafsson, S.; Mantovan, R.; Gunnlaugsson, H. P.; Svane, A.; Weyer, G.; Masenda, H.; Naidoo, D.; Bharuth-Ram, K.; Fanciulli, M.; Johnston, K.; Sielemann, R.

    2014-01-14

    Isolated {sup 57}Fe atoms were studied in MgO single-crystals by emission Mössbauer spectroscopy following implantation of {sup 57}Mn decaying to {sup 57}Fe. Four Mössbauer spectral components were found corresponding to different Fe lattice positions and/or charge states. Two components represent Fe atoms substituting Mg as Fe{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+}, respectively; a third component is due to Fe in a strongly implantation-induced disturbed region. The fourth component, which is the focus of this paper, can be assigned to Fe at an interstitial site. Comparison of its measured isomer shift with ab initio calculations suggests that the interstitial Fe is located on, or close to, the face of the rock-salt MgO structure. To harmonize such an assignment with the measured near-zero quadrupole interaction a local motion process (cage motion) of the Fe has to be stipulated. The relation of such a local motion as a starting point for long range diffusion is discussed.

  18. Calcium adsorption on MgO(100): energetics, structure, and role of defects.

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    Zhu, Junfa; Farmer, Jason A; Ruzycki, Nancy; Xu, Lijun; Campbell, Charles T; Henkelman, Graeme

    2008-02-20

    The adsorption of Ca on the MgO(100) surface at 300 K has been studied using microcalorimetry, in combination with LEED, AES, ISS, work function, sticking probability measurements, and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The MgO(100) thin films (approximately 4 nm thick) were grown epitaxially on a 1 microm thick Mo(100) single-crystal. The sticking probability of Ca on MgO(100) at 300 K is unity. On the basis of AES and ISS measurements, it was determined that Ca grows mainly as 3D particles on the MgO(100) surface with a density of approximately 1 x 10(12) islands/cm2. Ca adsorbs initially at defect sites with a very high heat of adsorption (approximately 410 kJ/mol). DFT calculations attribute this high initial heat to Ca binding to kink sites (376 kJ/mol), step sites (205 kJ/mol), and lower concentrations of stronger binding sites. The heat of adsorption decreases rapidly with coverage, reaching a minimum of 162 kJ/mol at approximately 0.3 ML, where Ca is mainly adding to small 3D Ca clusters. Afterward, it increases to the value of bulk Ca heat of sublimation (178 kJ/mol) at approximately 1.2 ML, attributed to the increase in stability with increasing Ca particle size. A 1.0 eV decrease of the work function with Ca coverage from 0 to 0.3 ML indicates that Ca adsorbed at defects is cationic, in agreement with calculations showing that Ca donates electron density to the MgO. Light ion sputtering of the MgO(100) surface generates point defects, but these do not change the heat of adsorption versus coverage, implying that they do not nucleate Ca particles. Oxygen vacancies are a likely candidate; DFT calculations show that F and F+ center vacancies bind Ca more weakly than terrace sites. More extensive sputtering creates extended defects (such as steps and kinks) that adsorb Ca with heats of adsorption up to approximately 400 kJ/mol, similar to that at the intrinsic defect sites.

  19. WIPP Magnesium Oxide (MgO) - Planned Change Request

    EPA Pesticide Factsheets

    On April 10, 2006, the DOE submitted a planned change request pertaining to the amount of MgO emplaced in the WIPP repository. MgO is an engineered barrier that DOE included as part of the original WIPP Certification Decision.

  20. TELEVISION, RADIO AND FILMS--A SURVEY.

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    SKORNIA, HARRY J.

    THE AUTHOR BEMOANS THE LACK OF RIGOROUS RESEARCH IN EDUCATIONAL MEDIA, ATTRIBUTING IT TO POOR RESEARCH STANDARDS. HE IS CHEERED, HOWEVER, BY THE RECOGNITION OF RESEARCH AS A NEED. TV, RADIO, AND FILMS ARE EACH TREATED SEPARATELY, REFERRING TO HISTORICAL AND TECHNICAL MATTERS, AND THEN TOGETHER WITH REFERENCE TO COMMON PROBLEMS. THE AUTHOR URGES…

  1. Women's Films--A Critical Guide.

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    Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Audio-Visual Center.

    Annotations of 192 recent films which address themselves to subjects of particular interest to women are presented in this reference guide. The guide is intended for use by women's film festivals, consciousness-raising groups, women's studies programs, and guidance programs. Issues considered by the feminists, professional television film crews,…

  2. Antioxidant status in MgO nanoparticle-exposed rats.

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    Kiranmai, G; Reddy, A Rama Narsimha

    2013-11-01

    In this present study, antioxidant status was evaluated in rat serum following exposure to magnesium oxide (MgO) nanoparticles. The lungs of rats were intratracheally instilled with (single dose) phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) + 1% of Tween 80 (solvent control) or MgO or carbonyl iron (negative control) or quartz particles (positive control) at a dose of 1 and 5 mg/kg of body weight. The blood samples were collected at 1, 7, and 30 days of postinstillation of nanoparticles after their exposure, and different parameters were estimated to assess the oxidative stress induced by the instillation of MgO. Exposure of rats to MgO produced a significant (p < 0.05) dose-dependent reduction in blood total antioxidant capacity, superoxide dismutase, and catalase activity levels than PBS + 1% Tween 80 control group. This reduction in the antioxidant capacity in MgO nanoparticle-exposed rats indicates the reduction in antioxidant defense mechanisms due to the instillation of MgO. These results indicate that exposure to MgO nanoparticles induces oxidative stress by reducing the total antioxidant capacity in rats. The findings suggest possible occupational health hazard in chronic exposures.

  3. Interaction of free-base tetraphenylporphyrin with magnesium oxide: Influence of MgO morphology on metalation

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    Di Filippo, Gianluca; Classen, Andrej; Pöschel, Rebecca; Fauster, Thomas

    2017-02-01

    Using x-ray photoemission spectroscopy, we investigated the self-metalation of free-base tetraphenylporphyrin (2HTPP) on thin MgO(100) films on Ag(100). The deposition of one monolayer 2HTPP on MgO results in the formation of magnesium(ii) tetraphenylporphyrin (MgTPP) at room temperature. We demonstrate that the efficiency of the reaction drastically depends on the morphology of the oxide layers. The latter is changed by varying the substrate temperature during the oxide growth. We observe the complete metalation of the 2HTPP monolayer when the MgO films are grown at 393 K. The increase of the growth temperature to 573 K leads to the reduction of the percentage of metalated molecules to ˜50 % . We ascribe these results to the fact that MgTPP formation takes place through the hydroxilation of steps and defects on the MgO surface, which leads to an increase of the OH component in the O 1s line.

  4. Interaction of free-base tetraphenylporphyrin with magnesium oxide: Influence of MgO morphology on metalation.

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    Di Filippo, Gianluca; Classen, Andrej; Pöschel, Rebecca; Fauster, Thomas

    2017-02-14

    Using x-ray photoemission spectroscopy, we investigated the self-metalation of free-base tetraphenylporphyrin (2HTPP) on thin MgO(100) films on Ag(100). The deposition of one monolayer 2HTPP on MgO results in the formation of magnesium(ii) tetraphenylporphyrin (MgTPP) at room temperature. We demonstrate that the efficiency of the reaction drastically depends on the morphology of the oxide layers. The latter is changed by varying the substrate temperature during the oxide growth. We observe the complete metalation of the 2HTPP monolayer when the MgO films are grown at 393 K. The increase of the growth temperature to 573 K leads to the reduction of the percentage of metalated molecules to ∼50%. We ascribe these results to the fact that MgTPP formation takes place through the hydroxilation of steps and defects on the MgO surface, which leads to an increase of the OH component in the O 1s line.

  5. On Interpreting the Photoelectron Spectra of MgO

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    Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Partridge, Harry; Arnold, James (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    The (sup 2)Sigma(+) and (sup 2)Pi states of MgO(-) and the (sup 1)Sigma(+), (sup 1)Pi, and (sup 3)Pi states of MgO are studied using the averaged coupled-pair functional (ACPF) approach. The computed spectroscopic constants are in good agreement with the available experimental data. The computed Franck-Condon factors and photodetachment overlaps are compared with experiment.

  6. Interlayer exchange coupling, dipolar coupling and magnetoresistance in Fe/MgO/Fe trilayers with a subnanometer MgO barrier

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    Kozioł-Rachwał, A.; Skowroński, W.; Frankowski, M.; Chęciński, J.; Ziętek, S.; Rzeszut, P.; Ślęzak, M.; Matlak, K.; Ślęzak, T.; Stobiecki, T.; Korecki, J.

    2017-02-01

    Fe/MgO/Fe trilayers with a subnanometer MgO tunnel barrier were grown by molecular beam epitaxy. Longitudinal magnetooptic Kerr effect measurements confirmed the existence of the antiferromagnetic interlayer exchange coupling (IEC) between the Fe layers for 2 ÅMgO buffer layer, and its IEC constant was estimated to be -3.3 erg/cm2 at a MgO thickness of 2.7 Å. After magnetic characterization, the sample was patterned into circular-shaped pillars with diameters ranging from 200 nm to 520 nm. We showed that the dipolar coupling that appeared after the nanofabrication process modified the effective coupling between layers, and we determined dependence of the dipolar coupling on the pillar diameter. Finally, magnetoresistance (MR) was measured as a function of MgO thickness (dMgO), and a non-zero MR was found for the MgO as thin as 3.4 Å. Extrapolation of the MR (dMgO) dependence to MR=0 allowed us to determine the length of the pinholes in our sample, which was estimated to be (3.2±0.5) Å.

  7. Soft x-ray appearance potential spectroscopy study of MgO (100) and α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (100) single crystals

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    Fukuda, Yasuo Sanada, Noriaki; Mochizuki, Sachie; Yatsuzuka, Ikuko

    2013-11-15

    Soft x-ray appearance potential spectroscopy (SXAPS) measurements was used to measure on MgO (100) and α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (100) single crystals. Mg 1s, Al 1s, and O 1s SXAPS self-deconvoluted (SD) spectra were obtained. The features of the Mg 1s and O1s SD spectra are in fair agreement with those of the near-edge x-ray absorption fine structure spectra for an MgO thin film (3 ML) on Ag (100). This suggests that the SXAPS spectra reflect electronic states of the relaxed MgO (100) surface. The features of the Al 1s and O 1s SD spectra are in qualitative agreement with those of the electron energy-loss spectroscopy. The SXAPS SD spectra are discussed in terms of antibonding states and partial density of empty states obtained by theoretical calculations for MgO and α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3,} respectively. The present result suggests that the “approximate dipole selection rule” is applicable to the SXAPS spectra of MgO and α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, as well as 3d transition metal oxides.

  8. Size effects in MgO cube dissolution.

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    Baumann, Stefan O; Schneider, Johannes; Sternig, Andreas; Thomele, Daniel; Stankic, Slavica; Berger, Thomas; Grönbeck, Henrik; Diwald, Oliver

    2015-03-10

    Stability parameters and dissolution behavior of engineered nanomaterials in aqueous systems are critical to assess their functionality and fate under environmental conditions. Using scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction, we investigated the stability of cubic MgO particles in water. MgO dissolution proceeding via water dissociation at the oxide surface, disintegration of Mg(2+)-O(2-) surface elements, and their subsequent solvation ultimately leads to precipitation of Mg(OH)2 nanosheets. At a pH ≥ 10, MgO nanocubes with a size distribution below 10 nm quantitatively dissolve within few minutes and convert into Mg(OH)2 nanosheets. This effect is different from MgO cubes originating from magnesium combustion in air. With a size distribution in the range 10 nm ≤ d ≤ 1000 nm they dissolve with a significantly smaller dissolution rate in water. On these particles water induced etching generates (110) faces which, above a certain face area, dissolve at a rate equal to that of (100) planes.1 The delayed solubility of microcrystalline MgO is attributed to surface hydroxide induced self-inhibition effects occurring at the (100) and (110) microplanes. The present work underlines the importance of morphology evolution and surface faceting of engineered nanomaterials particles during their dissolution.

  9. Multifunctional MgO Layer in Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Guo, Xudong; Dong, Haopeng; Li, Wenzhe; Li, Nan; Wang, Liduo

    2015-06-08

    A multifunctional magnesium oxide (MgO) layer was successfully introduced into perovskite solar cells (PSCs) to enhance their performance. MgO was coated onto the surface of mesoporous TiO(2) by the decomposition of magnesium acetate and, therefore, could block contact between the perovskite and TiO(2). X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and infrared spectroscopy showed that the amount of H(2)O/hydroxyl absorbed on the TiO(2) decreased after MgO modification. The UV/Vis absorption spectra of the perovskite with MgO modification revealed an enhanced photoelectric performance compared with that of unmodified perovskite after UV illumination. In addition to the photocurrent, the photovoltage and fill factor also showed an enhancement after modification, which resulted in an increase in the overall efficiency of the cell from 9.6 to 13.9 %. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) confirmed that MgO acts as an insulating layer to reduce charge recombination.

  10. Electronic structure of Gd-doped MgO

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

    2016-02-01

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

  11. CVD synthesis of graphene nanoplates on MgO support

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    Jugade, Ravin M.; Sharma, Shalini; Gokhale, Suresh

    2014-06-01

    Synthesis of graphene directly on MgO has been carried out and the structural properties of the obtained material have been investigated. Few-layered graphene was produced by simple thermal decomposition of methane over MgO powder at 950 °C in a CVD reactor. The samples were purified by 10 N HNO3 treatment, and studied by TEM, Raman spectroscopy, EDAX and SEM. TEM clearly indicated the formation of graphene. EDAX showed that the purified sample contained only carbon and no traces of MgO. The characteristic Raman features of graphene were also seen as D-band at 1316 cm-1, G-band at 1602 cm-1, and a small 2D-band at 2700 cm-1 in the Raman spectra. The strong D-band suggests that the graphene possess large number of boundary defects. The small 2D-band indicates the formation of few-layered graphene.

  12. Fabrication of Single Crystal MgO Capsules

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    Danielson, Lisa

    2012-01-01

    A method has been developed for machining MgO crystal blocks into forms for containing metallic and silicate liquids at temperatures up to 2,400 C, and pressures up to at least 320 kilobars. Possible custom shapes include tubes, rods, insulators, capsules, and guides. Key differences in this innovative method include drilling along the crystallographic zone axes, use of a vibration minimizing material to secure the workpiece, and constant flushing of material swarf with a cooling medium/lubricant (water). A single crystal MgO block is cut into a section .5 mm thick, 1 cm on a side, using a low-speed saw with a 0.004 blade. The cut is made parallel to the direction of cleavage. The block may be cut to any thickness to achieve the desired length of the piece. To minimize drilling vibrations, the MgO block is mounted on a piece of adhesive putty in a vise. The putty wad cradles the bottom half of the entire block. Diamond coring tools are used to drill the MgO to the desired custom shape, with water used to wet and wash the surface of swarf. Compressed air may also be used to remove swarf during breaks in drilling. The MgO workpiece must be kept cool at all times with water. After all the swarf is rinsed off, the piece is left to dry overnight. If the workpiece is still attached to the base of the MgO block after drilling, it may be cut off by using a diamond cutoff wheel on a rotary hand tool or by using a low-speed saw.

  13. Strain-enhanced tunneling magnetoresistance in MgO magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Loong, Li Ming; Qiu, Xuepeng; Neo, Zhi Peng; Deorani, Praveen; Wu, Yang; Bhatia, Charanjit S.; Saeys, Mark; Yang, Hyunsoo

    2014-01-01

    While the effects of lattice mismatch-induced strain, mechanical strain, as well as the intrinsic strain of thin films are sometimes detrimental, resulting in mechanical deformation and failure, strain can also be usefully harnessed for applications such as data storage, transistors, solar cells, and strain gauges, among other things. Here, we demonstrate that quantum transport across magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) can be significantly affected by the introduction of controllable mechanical strain, achieving an enhancement factor of ~2 in the experimental tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR) ratio. We further correlate this strain-enhanced TMR with coherent spin tunneling through the MgO barrier. Moreover, the strain-enhanced TMR is analyzed using non-equilibrium Green's function (NEGF) quantum transport calculations. Our results help elucidate the TMR mechanism at the atomic level and can provide a new way to enhance, as well as tune, the quantum properties in nanoscale materials and devices. PMID:25266219

  14. Electrical conductivity of MgO crystals implanted with lithium ions

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    Tardío, M.; Ramírez, R.; González, R.; Chen, Y.; Alves, E.

    2002-05-01

    MgO single crystals were implanted with a fluence of 1×10 17 Li +/cm 2 with 175 keV. Using ac and dc techniques, the electrical conductivity of these crystals was investigated in the temperature range 296-440 K. The electrical conductivity of the implanted region was 14 orders of magnitude higher than the unimplanted area. Measurements at different temperatures suggest a thermally activated process with an activation energy of about 0.33 eV. In the implanted area, electrical contacts are found to be ohmic whereas contacts are blocking in unimplanted crystals. Removal of thin layers of the implanted region by immersing the crystal in hot phosphoric acid suggests that the enhancement in conductivity in the implanted region is associated with the intrinsic defects created by the implantation, rather than with the Li ions.

  15. Enhanced moments in bcc Co1-xMnx on MgO(001)

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    Snow, R. J.; Bhatkar, H.; N'Diaye, A. T.; Arenholz, E.; Idzerda, Y. U.

    2016-12-01

    A 40% enhancement of the Co magnetic moment has been found for thin films of bcc Co1-xMnx grown by molecular beam epitaxy on a 2 nm bcc Fe buffer layer on MgO(001). Although the bcc phase cannot be stabilized in the bulk, we confirm that it is stable as an epitaxial film in the composition range x=0-0.7. Using X-ray absorption spectroscopy and X-ray magnetic circular dichroism, we show that the Co moment is a maximum of 2.38 μB at x=0.24, while the net Mn moment remains roughly constant until x=0.24, then drops steadily. Mn is found to align parallel with Co for all ferromagnetic concentrations, up to x=0.7, where the total moment of the film abruptly collapses to zero, most likely due to the onset of the observed structural instability.

  16. Lectin coated MgO nanoparticle: its toxicity, antileishmanial activity, and macrophage activation.

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    Jebali, Ali; Hekmatimoghaddam, Seyedhossein; Kazemi, Bahram; Allaveisie, Azra; Masoudi, Alireza; Daliri, Karim; Sedighi, Najme; Ranjbari, Javad

    2014-10-01

    The purpose of this research was to evaluate toxicity of uncoated magnesium oxide nanoparticles (MgO NPs), MgO NPs coated with Peanut agglutinin (PNA) lectin, and PNA alone on the promastigotes of Leishmania major (L. major) and macrophages of BALB/c mice. On the other hand, antileishmanial property of uncoated MgO NPs, lectin coated MgO NPs, and PNA lectin alone was evaluated, and also macrophage activation was investigated after treatment with these materials by measurement of nitrite, H2O2, and some interleukins. This study showed that PNA lectin and lectin coated MgO NPs had approximately no toxicity on L. major and macrophages, but some toxic effects were observed for uncoated MgO NPs, especially at concentration of 500 µg/mL. Interestingly, lectin coated MgO NPs had the highest antileishmanial activity and macrophage activation, compared with uncoated MgO NPs and PNA lectin.

  17. Enhanced boron adsorption onto synthesized MgO nanosheets by ultrasonic method.

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    Li, Ping; Liu, Chuang; Zhang, Li; Zheng, Shili; Zhang, Yi

    2017-01-01

    MgO nanosheets with high adsorption performance were fabricated by an ultrasonic method. It was revealed that, nest-like MgO was formed from the magnesium salt solution precipitation and further calcination. Then the nest-like MgO was exfoliated by ultrasonic waves to obtain MgO nanosheets with approximately a lateral of 200-600nm and a thickness of 10nm. Adjusting the ultrasonic time and power, the specific surface areas of MgO nanosheets could be tuned in a range of 79-168m(2)/g. The synthesized MgO nanosheets were used as adsorbents to remove boron from aqueous solution, and the maximum boron adsorption capacity of these MgO nanosheets reached 87mgg(-1). The high uptake capability of the MgO nanosheets makes it potentially adsorbent for the removal of boron from wastewaters.

  18. Origin of steps in magnetization loops of martensitic Ni-Mn-Ga films on MgO(001)

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    Laptev, Aleksej; Lebecki, Kristof; Welker, Gesa; Luo, Yuansu; Samwer, Konrad; Fonin, Mikhail

    2016-09-01

    We study the temperature dependent magnetization properties of (010)-oriented Ni-Mn-Ga epitaxial films on MgO(001) substrates. In the martensitic phase, we observe pronounced abrupt slope changes in the magnetization loops for all studied samples. Our experimental findings are discussed in conjunction with the micromagnetic simulations, revealing that the characteristic magnetization behavior is governed solely by the magnetization switching within the specific martensitic variant pattern, and no reorientation of twin variants is involved in the process. Our study emphasizes the important role of the magnetostatic interactions in the magnetization behavior of magnetic shape memory alloy thin films.

  19. Nano-cube MgO formed on silicon substrate using pulsed laser deposition.

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    Kaneko, Satoru; Ito, Takeshi; Akiyama, Kensuke; Yasui, Manabu; Hirabayashi, Yasuo; Soga, Masayasu; Miyake, Yumiko; Yoshimoto, Mamoru

    2012-03-01

    Nano-cube MgO particles were formed on Si substrates by deposition of an MgO target using pulsed laser deposition method. An epitaxial film grows on Si(001) substrate with its contraction of lattice constants. In this study, expecting high quality MgO film, the MgO film prepared in the oxygen pressure ranging from 75-400 mTorr at the high temperature of -750 degrees C. The deposited MgO showed the growth of (001) preferred orientation on the Si(001) substrate. However, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) indicated the MgO film did not form a continuous film on the Si surface. Interestingly, the surface morphology observed by an Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) showed nano-cube MgO particles scattered on the smooth surface of Si substrate. After annealing the nano-cube MgO, the shape of MgO particles were changed from nano-cube to round shaped particles. The AFM image of the surface showed round shaped MgO nanoparticles scattered on rough surface. X-ray Diffraction (XRD) revealed the epitaxial growth of MgO(001) with cubic on cubic arrangement on the Si(001) substrate (MgO[100] parallel to Si[100]).

  20. Influence of an MgO interfacial layer on the properties of Pb(Zr,Ti)O3/ZnO ferroelectric-semiconductor heterostructures

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    Xiao, Bo; Walker, Brandon; Pradhan, Aswini K.

    2014-05-01

    We report on the study of high quality Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 thin films grown by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering on (0 0 0 1) ZnO with an MgO interfacial seed layer. A systematic investigation of the heterostructures has been performed by x-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy (AFM) and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy for the structural and optical properties, along with the electrical characterization and simulation. (0 1 1)-oriented perovskite phase was observed in Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 thin films which used the MgO seed layer, whereas the pyrochlore phase was dominant in the films deposited directly on ZnO. The surface morphology measured by AFM indicated that the introduction of the MgO interfacial seed layer promoted formation of a smooth surface and uniform grain structures in the thin films. The transmission spectra also showed an increase of the optical transmittance measured by ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy. The capacitance-voltage measurements exhibited butterfly-shaped capacitance curves which bear a resemblance to those of the typical metal-ferroelectric-metal structures. The characteristics of the polarization versus electric field were investigated by a simulation to understand the behaviour of the hysteresis loops in this metal-ferroelectric-insulator-semiconductor structure.

  1. Carbon monoxide MgO from dispersed solids to single crystals: a review and new advances

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    Spoto, G.; Gribov, E. N.; Ricchiardi, G.; Damin, A.; Scarano, D.; Bordiga, S.; Lamberti, C.; Zecchina, A.

    2004-10-01

    In this review we describe 30 years of research on the surface properties of magnesium oxide, considered as the model prototype oxide of cubic structure. The surface properties of single crystals, thin films and powdered samples (sintered at progressive higher temperatures) are considered and compared, with the aim of demonstrating that the gap between “believed perfect” single crystal surfaces, typical of “pure” Surface Science, and high surface area samples, typical of Catalysis Science, can be progressively reduced. The surface features considered in this review are the structural (morphological), optical, absorptive and reactive properties. As the carbon monoxide molecule is able to probe the surface properties of both anions and cations, it can give a complete information of the surface structure of MgO samples. For this reason the adsorption and spectroscopy of this molecule is preferentially considered in this review. Particular emphasis is given in reviewing results obtained by high resolution transmission microscopy and in situ IR spectroscopy of adsorbed species (in both reflection and transmission modes), but also UV-Vis diffuse reflectance, photoluminescence, TDS, EPR, electron based techniques are mentioned. Reviewed experimental results are also commented in view of the important theoretical literature available on this topic and are complemented by new transmission IR data concerning CO adsorbed, down to 60 K, on powdered MgO samples with increasing surface area. These innovative experiments allow us to perform, on powdered samples, the adsorption experiments typical of single crystals (or films) Surface Science, with an increase of the S/N of the vibrational features higher than two order of magnitude. As far the new results (never published before) are concerned, we report IR spectra of CO dosed at 60 K on polycrystalline MgO samples with different surface area obtained by Mg(OH) 2 decomposition and progressive sintering at high temperature

  2. Ultraintense short-wavelength emission from ZnO-sheathed MgO nanorods induced by subwavelength optical resonance cavity formation: verification of previous hypothesis.

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    Jin, Changhyun; Kim, Hyunsu; Lee, Chongmu

    2012-03-01

    A recent paper reported that intense emissions with a range of wavelengths over a wide spectral range, from ultraviolet to infrared light, might be possible by sheathing MgO nanorods with a semiconducting material with an optimal sheath thickness. In addition, the paper hypothesized that an ultraintense short-wavelength emission could be obtained by sheathing MgO nanorods with a ~17 nm ZnO thin film in the paper. In this study, we found that the intensity ratio of the near-band edge emission to the deep level emission (I(NBE)/I(DL)) of the MgO-core/ZnO-shell nanorods with a mean shell layer thickness of 17 nm was as high as ~30, whereas the I(NBE)/I(DL) ratio of the bare-MgO nanorods was 0. This near-band edge emission intensity enhancement by sheathing the MgO nanorods with ZnO is by far more significant than that by sheathing the ZnO nanorods with other materials including MgO. This is because subwavelength optical resonance cavities form in the MgO-core/ZnO-shell nanorods with faceted surfaces, whereas they do not form in the ZnO-core/MgO (or other material)-shell nanorods with no faceted surfaces.

  3. Recovery of SO2 and MgO from By-Products of MgO Wet Flue Gas Desulfurization.

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    Yan, Liyun; Lu, Xiaofeng; Wang, Quanhai; Guo, Qiang

    2014-11-01

    An industrial demonstration unit using natural gas as a heat source was built to calcine the by-products of MgO wet flue gas desulfurization from power plants; influencing factors on the SO2 content in calciner gas were comprehensively analyzed; and an advantageous recycling condition of MgO and SO2 from by-products was summarized. Results showed that the SO2 content in the calciner gas was increased by more than 10 times under a lower excess air coefficient, a higher feed rate, a lower crystal water in by-products, and a higher feed port position. For the tests conducted under the excess air coefficient above and below one, the effect of the furnace temperature on the SO2 content in the calciner gas was reversed. Results of activity analysis indicate that particles of MgO generated under the calcination temperature of 900-1,000°C had a high activity. In contrast, due to the slight sintering, MgO generated under the calcination temperature of 1,100°C had a low activity. To recycle SO2 as well as MgO, a temperature range of 900-927°C for TE103 is proposed. These studies will prompt the desulfurization market diversification, reduce the sulfur's dependence on imports for making sulfuric acid, be meaningful to balance the usage of the natural resource in China, and be regarded as a reference for the development of this technology for other similar developing countries.

  4. Recovery of SO2 and MgO from By-Products of MgO Wet Flue Gas Desulfurization

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    Yan, Liyun; Lu, Xiaofeng; Wang, Quanhai; Guo, Qiang

    2014-01-01

    Abstract An industrial demonstration unit using natural gas as a heat source was built to calcine the by-products of MgO wet flue gas desulfurization from power plants; influencing factors on the SO2 content in calciner gas were comprehensively analyzed; and an advantageous recycling condition of MgO and SO2 from by-products was summarized. Results showed that the SO2 content in the calciner gas was increased by more than 10 times under a lower excess air coefficient, a higher feed rate, a lower crystal water in by-products, and a higher feed port position. For the tests conducted under the excess air coefficient above and below one, the effect of the furnace temperature on the SO2 content in the calciner gas was reversed. Results of activity analysis indicate that particles of MgO generated under the calcination temperature of 900–1,000°C had a high activity. In contrast, due to the slight sintering, MgO generated under the calcination temperature of 1,100°C had a low activity. To recycle SO2 as well as MgO, a temperature range of 900–927°C for TE103 is proposed. These studies will prompt the desulfurization market diversification, reduce the sulfur's dependence on imports for making sulfuric acid, be meaningful to balance the usage of the natural resource in China, and be regarded as a reference for the development of this technology for other similar developing countries. PMID:25371652

  5. Sustain and address discharge characteristics of AC-PDP with MgO surface coated by MgO nano crystal powders.

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    Kim, J H; Park, C S; Park, H D; Tae, H S; Lee, S H

    2013-05-01

    This paper examined the sustain and address discharge characteristics of ac-PDPs with MgO surface coated by MgO nano crystal powders. The MgO nano crystal powder was deposited by about 5% on the MgO surface by using the spray method. To investigate the effects of the partial addition of MgO nano crystal powders on the sustain discharge as well as the address discharge, the luminance, IR spectra of 823, 828 nm, cathodoluminance, and firing voltage were measured with the measurement of the address delay times and wall voltage variation in the 42-inch ac-PDP module with a high Xe content of 17%. As a result, the statistical delay characteristics were improved considerably especially under the low panel temperature of -5 degrees C for the MgO surface with MgO nano crystal powder. However, both MgO surfaces with and without the MgO nano crystal powder showed almost similar sustain and address discharge characteristics except the statistical delay characteristics.

  6. Bulk and surface properties of magnesium peroxide MgO2

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    Esch, Tobit R.; Bredow, Thomas

    2016-12-01

    Magnesium peroxide has been identified in Mg/air batteries as an intermediate in the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) [1]. It is assumed that MgO2 is involved in the solid-electrolyte interphase on the cathode surface. Therefore its structure and stability play a crucial role in the performance of Mg/air batteries. In this work we present a theoretical study of the bulk and low-index surface properties of MgO2. All methods give a good account of the experimental lattice parameters for MgO2 and MgO bulk. The reaction energies, enthalpies and free energies for MgO2 formation from MgO are compared among the different DFT methods and with the local MP2 method. A pronounced dependence from the applied functional is found. At variance with a previous theoretical study but in agreement with recent experiments we find that the MgO2 formation reaction is endothermic (HSE06-D3BJ: ΔH = 51.9 kJ/mol). The stability of low-index surfaces MgO2 (001) (Es = 0.96 J/m2) and (011) (Es = 1.98 J/m2) is calculated and compared to the surface energy of MgO (001). The formation energy of neutral oxygen vacancies in the topmost layer of the MgO2 (001) surface is calculated and compared with defect formation energies for MgO (001).

  7. Annealing behaviour of defects in helium implanted MgO

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    Schut, H.; Van Veen, A.; Labohm, F.; Fedorov, A. V.; Neeft, E. A. C.; Konings, R. J. M.

    1999-01-01

    Virgin MgO (1 1 0) single crystals have been implanted with 30 keV 3He + ions to a dose of 5 × 10 15 cm -2. After implantation the samples have been annealed under air for 30 min in a tube oven. The annealing behaviour of the defects and 3He has been monitored by three experimental techniques: positron beam Doppler broadening, neutron depth profiling (NDP) and optical absorption in the UV to near-IR region. The observations in MgO lead to the conclusion that below 1000 oC the vacancy like defects are stabilised by the implanted He atoms. Above this temperature He may dissociate from these small defects, allowing the formation of larger vacancy clusters.

  8. Defective non-planar surfaces of MgO

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    Colbourn, E. A.; Kendrick, J.; Mackrodt, W. C.

    1983-03-01

    Defect lattice and ab initio SCF calculations are reported for defective non-planar surfaces of MgO. It is suggested that the concentration of free vacancies and Ca 2+ will be much lower at non-planar irregularities than at planar surfaces and in the bulk, whereas the level of Li + and trapped holes will be higher. The binding of H atoms and CO to three-coordinated comer sites is found to be appreciably higher than to the five-coordinated {001} surface. Thus it is concluded that calcium doping of MgO will affect neither CO chemisorption nor the dissociative chemisorption of hydrogen whereas lithium doping will influence both.

  9. Collisional excitation of MgO by He

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    Mogren Al Mogren, M.; Ajili, Y.; Almania, S.; Ben Abdallah, D.; Hochlaf, M.

    2015-09-01

    Using a well-established ab initio methodology to generate the potential energy surface of the MgO-He interacting system and a quantum close-coupling treatment of nuclear motion, we give the rotational (de-)excitation cross-sections and the collision rate coefficients for the first 16 rotational levels of the MgO molecule and He for temperatures ranging from 10 up to 300 K. A clear propensity rule in favour of Δj = 1 rotational transitions is observed. These data are compared with previous works on astrophysical oxygen-bearing diatomic species. This work should be useful for the eventual detection of the key metal-oxide MgO molecule in the circumstellar and interstellar media with current and future high-resolution telescopes.

  10. Oxygen-vacancy driven tunnelling spintronics across MgO

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    Halisdemir, U.; Schleicher, F.; Kim, D. J.; Taudul, B.; Lacour, D.; Choi, W. S.; Gallart, M.; Boukari, S.; Schmerber, G.; Davesne, V.; Panissod, P.; Halley, D.; Majjad, H.; Henry, Y.; Leconte, B.; Boulard, A.; Spor, D.; Beyer, N.; Kieber, C.; Sternitzky, E.; Cregut, O.; Ziegler, M.; Montaigne, F.; Arabski, J.; Beaurepaire, E.; Jo, W.; Alouani, M.; Gilliot, P.; Hehn, M.; Bowen, M.

    2016-10-01

    The conservation of an electron's spin and symmetry as it undergoes solid-state tunnelling within magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) is thought to be best understood using MgO-based MTJs1. Yet the very large experimental values of tunnelling magnetoresistance (TMR) that justify this perception are often associated with tunnelling barrier heights well below those suggested by the MgO optical band gap. This combination of high TMR and low RA-product, while spawning spin-transfer/spin-orbit torque experiments and considerable industrial interest, cannot be explained by standard theory. Noting the impact of a tunnel barrier's altered stoichiometry on TMR2, we reconcile this 10+year-old contradiction between theory and experiment by considering the impact of the MgO barrier's structural defects3-5. We find that the ground and excited states of oxygen vacancies can promote localized states within the band gap with differing electronic character. By setting symmetry- and temperature-dependent tunnelling barrier heights, they alter symmetry-polarized tunnelling and thus TMR. We will examine how annealing, depending on MgO growth conditions, can alter the nature of these localized states. This oxygen vacancy paradigm of inorganic tunnelling spintronics opens interesting perspectives into endowing the MTJ with additional functionalities, such as optically manipulating the MTJ's spintronic response.

  11. Grain boundary mobility in anion doped MgO

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    Kapadia, C. M.; Leipold, M. H.

    1973-01-01

    Certain anions OH(-), F(-) and Gl(-) are shown to enhance grain growth in MgO. The magnitude of their effect decreases in the order in which the anions are listed and depends on their location (solid-solution, second phase) in the MgO lattice. As most anions exhibit relatively high vapor pressures at sintering temperatures, they retard densification and invariably promote residual porosity. The role of anions on grain growth rates was studied in relation to their effect on pore mobility and pore removal; the atomic process controlling the actual rates was determined from observed kinetics in conjunction with the microstructural features. With respect to controlling mechanisms, the effects of all anions are not the same. OH(-) and F(-) control behavior through creation of a defect structure and a grain boundary liquid phase while Cl(-) promotes matter transport within pores by evaporation-condensation. Studies on an additional anion, S to the minus 2nd power gave results which were no different from undoped MgO, possibly because of evaporative losses during hot pressing. Hence, the effect of sulphur is negligible or undetermined.

  12. Cytotoxic effects of MgO nanoparticles on human umbilical vein endothelial cells in vitro.

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    Ge, S; Wang, G; Shen, Y; Zhang, Q; Jia, D; Wang, H; Dong, Q; Yin, T

    2011-06-01

    The MgO nanoparticles are widely used in many fields. However, the toxicity of these nanoparticles to cells and organs remains fairly undiscovered. In this study, the cytotoxicity of MgO nanoparticles on human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) in vitro was examined. The morphology and size of MgO nanoparticles were analysed by the transmission electron microscope (TEM) and nanoparticle size analyser. MTT (3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyl-2 h-tetrazolium bromide) assay, 4',6-diamidino-2-phenylindole (DAPI) staining analysis, NO release and total antioxidation competence (T-AOC) assay were used to evaluate the cytotoxicity of MgO nanoparticles. The results showed that most MgO nanoparticles were spherical with agglomerated state and the diameter of single particle was about 100 nm. Meanwhile, low concentration (below 200 [micro sign]g/ml) of MgO nanoparticles suspension showed no cytotoxicity by MTT assay. However, once the concentration of MgO nanoparticles was higher than 500 [micro sign]g/ml, the relative growth rate was lower than the control. The DAPI staining analysis results showed no significant difference of the cells morphology between the groups with or without MgO nanoparticles. In addition, the MgO nanoparticles significantly enhanced the NO release and T-AOC content of the HUVECs. The testing results indicated that low concentration of MgO nanoparticles exhibited non-cytotoxicity.

  13. Integration of Ferroelectric/Semiconductor Thin Films for SLM and Photorefractive Applications

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    1993-08-09

    multilayer devices is excellent. In another approach, doped grain oriented PLZT and BaTiO3 thin films have been fabricated on SBN substrates. Because of the...films on (a) SrTiO3 and (b) MgO substrates with an intervening LSC layer ................................... 12 3.7 Temperature dependence of the...Films ........................................... 10 3.4 Properties of PZT Films Grown on SBN, SrTiO3 and MgO Substrates... 15 Oil% Rockwell Intemational

  14. High-rate deposition of MgO by reactive ac pulsed magnetron sputtering in the transition mode

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    Kupfer, H.; Kleinhempel, R.; Richter, F.; Peters, C.; Krause, U.; Kopte, T.; Cheng, Y.

    2006-01-15

    A reactive ac pulsed dual magnetron sputtering process for MgO thin-film deposition was equipped with a closed-loop control of the oxygen flow rate (F{sub O2}) using the 285 nm magnesium radiation as input. Owing to this control, most of the unstable part of the partial pressure versus flowrate curve became accessible. The process worked steadily and reproducible without arcing. A dynamic deposition rate of up to 35 nm m/min could be achieved, which was higher than in the oxide mode by about a factor of 18. Both process characteristics and film properties were investigated in this work in dependence on the oxygen flow, i.e., in dependence on the particular point within the transition region where the process is operated. The films had very low extinction coefficients (<5x10{sup -5}) and refractive indices close to the bulk value. They were nearly stoichiometric with a slight oxygen surplus (Mg/O=48/52) which was independent of the oxygen flow. X-ray diffraction revealed a prevailing (111) orientation. Provided that appropriate rf plasma etching was performed prior to deposition, no other than the (111) peak could be detected. The intensity of this peak increased with increasing F{sub O{sub 2}}, indicating an even more pronounced (111) texture. The ion-induced secondary electron emission coefficient (iSEEC) was distinctly correlated with the markedness of the (111) preferential orientation. Both refractive index and (111) preferred orientation (which determines the iSEEC) were found to be improved in comparison with the MgO growth in the fully oxide mode. Consequently, working in the transition mode is superior to the oxide mode not only with respect to the growth rate, but also to most important film properties.

  15. Antibacterial activities of magnesium oxide (MgO) nanoparticles against foodborne pathogens

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    Jin, Tony; He, Yiping

    2011-12-01

    The antibacterial activities of magnesium oxide nanoparticles (MgO NP) alone or in combination with other antimicrobials (nisin and ZnO NP) against Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella Stanley were investigated. The results show that MgO NP have strong bactericidal activity against the pathogens, achieving more than 7 log reductions in bacterial counts. The antibacterial activity of MgO NP increased as the concentrations of MgO increased. A synergistic effect of MgO in combination with nisin was observed as well. However, the addition of ZnO NP to MgO NP did not enhance the antibacterial activity of MgO against both pathogens. Scanning electron microscopy was used to characterize the morphological changes of E. coli O157:H7 before and after antimicrobial treatments. It was revealed that MgO NP treatments distort and damage the cell membrane, resulting in a leakage of intracellular contents and eventually the death of bacterial cells. These results suggest that MgO NP alone or in combination with nisin could potentially be used as an effective antibacterial agent to enhance food safety.

  16. Solution-processed high-k magnesium oxide dielectrics for low-voltage oxide thin-film transistors

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    Jiang, Guixia; Liu, Ao; Liu, Guoxia; Zhu, Chundan; Meng, You; Shin, Byoungchul; Fortunato, Elvira; Martins, Rodrigo; Shan, Fukai

    2016-10-01

    Solution-processed metal-oxide thin films with high dielectric constants (k) have been extensively studied for low-cost and high-performance thin-film transistors (TFTs). In this report, MgO dielectric films were fabricated using the spin-coating method. The MgO dielectric films annealed at various temperatures (300, 400, 500, and 600 °C) were characterized by using thermogravimetric analysis, optical spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and atomic-force microscopy. The electrical measurements indicate that the insulating properties of MgO thin films are improved with an increase in annealing temperature. In order to clarify the potential application of MgO thin films as gate dielectrics in TFTs, solution-derived In2O3 channel layers were separately fabricated on various MgO dielectric layers. The optimized In2O3/MgO TFT exhibited an electron mobility of 5.48 cm2/V s, an on/off current ratio of 107, and a subthreshold swing of 0.33 V/dec at a low operation voltage of 6 V. This work represents a great step toward the development of portable and low-power consumption electronics.

  17. Adsorption of Ar on a nonuniform MgO surface

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    Hinman, D. C.; Halsey, G. D.

    1976-01-01

    Data are presented for the adsorption of Ar and N2 on a strongly heterogeneous MgO surface at 84 K and for Ar at a range of temperatures between 130 and 250 K. The high-temperature data are analyzed according to a model which separates the contributions to the potential into bulk and surface terms, providing a method for the determination of the surface area from parameters characteristic of the bulk material. A solid-gas energy parameter and parameters indicating the strength of the impurity sites are also evaluated.

  18. Enhanced Luminescence in Epitaxial Oxide Thin-Film Phosphors

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    Lee, Y.E.; Norton, D.P.; Budai, J.D.; Park, C.; Kim, M.; Pennycook, S.J.; Rack, P.D.; Potter, M.D.

    1999-11-08

    Undoped and Mn-doped ZnGa{sub 2}O{sub 4} thin-film phosphors were grown using pulsed laser ablation on (100) MgO single crystal and glass substrates. X-ray results showed the films on (100) MgO are well aligned both out-of plane and in-plane. Epitaxial films show superior photoluminescent intensity as compared to randomly oriented polycrystalline films, indicating that intragranular crystallinity strongIy influences luminescent properties. Li-doped ZnGa{sub 2}O{sub 4} exhibited significantly enhanced photoluminescence intensity.

  19. Growth of YBCO Thin Films on TiN(001) and CeO2-Coated TiN Surfaces

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    2012-02-01

    substrates. Thin CeO2 (~200 nm thick) and YBCO (~300 nm thick) layers were grown on TiN-coated MgO substrates, using pulsed laser deposition. While YBCO ...and YBCO (300 nm thick) layers were grown on TiN-coated MgO substrates, using pulsed laser deposition. While YBCO grown directly on TiN was of poor...grown on the TiN-coated MgO and then an 300 nm thick YBCO layers was subsequently depos- ited. For other samples, YBCO deposition directly on the

  20. Mechanisms of antibacterial activity of MgO: non-ROS mediated toxicity of MgO nanoparticles towards Escherichia coli.

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    Leung, Yu Hang; Ng, Alan M C; Xu, Xiaoying; Shen, Zhiyong; Gethings, Lee A; Wong, Mabel Ting; Chan, Charis M N; Guo, Mu Yao; Ng, Yip Hang; Djurišić, Aleksandra B; Lee, Patrick K H; Chan, Wai Kin; Yu, Li Hong; Phillips, David Lee; Ma, Angel P Y; Leung, Frederick C C

    2014-03-26

    The toxicity of metal oxide nanomaterials and their antimicrobial activity is attracting increasing attention. Among these materials, MgO is particularly interesting as a low cost, environmentally-friendly material. The toxicity of MgO, similar to other metal oxide nanomaterials, is commonly attributed to the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS). We investigated the toxicity of three different MgO nanoparticle samples, and clearly demonstrated robust toxicity towards Escherichia coli bacterial cells in the absence of ROS production for two MgO nanoparticle samples. Proteomics data also clearly demonstrate the absence of oxidative stress and indicate that the primary mechanism of cell death is related to the cell membrane damage, which does not appear to be due to lipid peroxidation.

  1. Pulsed laser deposition of novel nitride solid solution films Ni xTi 1- xN y on MgO(0 0 1)

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    Sakamoto, Koyo; Inumaru, Kei; Yamanaka, Shoji

    2002-10-01

    A novel nitride solid solution, Ni xTi 1- xN y (0≤ x≤0.31, 0.59≤ y≤1) was grown on MgO(0 0 1) using a pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method combined with RF nitrogen radical irradiation. Compressed disks made of mixtures of titanium hydride and nickel metal were used as the PLD targets. Simple Ti-Ni alloyed targets gave no crystalline nitride. High-resolution X-ray diffraction reciprocal space mapping revealed that the deposited films were epitaxially grown on MgO(0 0 1) and that the lattice of the films shrunk to fit the lattice of MgO(0 0 1) in the plane. The lattice constant perpendicular to the plane decreased linearly as the Ni content increased up to x=0.31, demonstrating the incorporation of Ni atoms into the crystal structure. These thin films were metallic conductors. X-ray photoelectron spectra showed that the substitution of Ti for Ni brought about the formation of large amounts of nitrogen vacancies.

  2. Ultrathin hexagonal MgO nanoflakes coated medical textiles and their enhanced antibacterial activity

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    Veeran Ponnuvelu, Dinesh; Selvaraj, Aravind; Prema Suriyaraj, Shanmugam; Selvakumar, Rajendran; Pulithadathail, Biji

    2016-10-01

    A facile hydrothermal method for development of ultrathin MgO nanoplates from different precursors and their enhanced antibacterial activity after coating onto medical textiles is reported. Ultrathin MgO nanoplates having hexagonal structure were characterized using UV-visible spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction and high resolution transmission electron microscopy. The formation of MgO nanoplates was found to exhibit profound anionic effect leading to ultrathin, planar structures with exposed MgO [111] facets, which may be responsible for enhanced antimicrobial activity. Medical fabrics (bleached 100% cotton) were coated with MgO nanoplates using pad-dry-cure method. The antibacterial activity of these fabrics was tested against Bacillus subtilis and Escherichia coli. The MgO nanoplates coated onto the fabric were found to have good adherence properties owing to their two-dimensional structure and were durable even after repeated washings without substantial reduction in the antimicrobial activity. The enhanced antibacterial activity may be attributed to the presence of oxygen vacancies, surface oxygen anions and hydroxyl groups on the surface of MgO nanoplates. This cost-effective functional finish (anti-microbial) to cotton fabric using MgO nanoplates may be suitable for many prospective medical applications and can serve as an alternative to the costlier silver based antimicrobial textiles.

  3. Influence of oxygen content on the crystallinity of MgO layers in magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Yongle, Lou; Yuming, Zhang; Daqing, Xu; Hui, Guo; Yimen, Zhang; Yuchen, Li

    2014-08-01

    With RF sputtering process, Si/SiO2/Ta/Ru/Ta/CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB/Ta/Ru structure has been grown on Si (100) substrate. Attempting different targets and adjusting the oxygen dose, the crystallization quality of the MgO layer is studied. The X-ray diffraction measurements demonstrate that crystal structure and crystallization quality of MgO layers are related to the type of target and concentration of oxygen in sputtering process. With the method sputtering Mg in an ambient flow of oxygen, not only the crystallization quality of a normal MgO layer with lattice constant of 0.421 nm is improved, but also a new MgO crystal with lattice constant of 0.812 nm is formed and the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy of CoFeB is enhanced. Also it is found that crystallization quality for both the normal MgO and new MgO is more improved with MgO target and same oxygen dose, which means that this new method is helpful to form a new structure of MgO with lattice constant of 0.812 nm. All of the samples were annealed at 400 °C in vacuum.

  4. Mangotoxin production of Pseudomonas syringae pv. syringae is regulated by MgoA

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    2014-01-01

    Background The antimetabolite mangotoxin is a key factor in virulence of Pseudomonas syringae pv. syringae strains which cause apical necrosis of mango trees. Previous studies showed that mangotoxin biosynthesis is governed by the mbo operon. Random mutagenesis led to the identification of two other gene clusters that affect mangotoxin biosynthesis. These are the gacS/gacA genes and mgo operon which harbors the four genes mgoBCAD. Results The current study shows that disruption of the nonribosomal peptide synthetase (NRPS) gene mgoA resulted in loss of mangotoxin production and reduced virulence on tomato leaves. Transcriptional analyses by qPCR and promoter reporter fusions revealed that mbo expression is regulated by both gacS/gacA and mgo genes. Also, expression of the mgo operon was shown to be regulated by gacS/gacA. Heterologous expression under the native promoter of the mbo operon resulted in mangotoxin production in non-producing P. syringae strains, but not in other Pseudomonas species. Also introduction of the mbo and mgo operons in nonproducing P. protegens Pf-5 did not confer mangotoxin production but did enhance transcription of the mbo promoter. Conclusions From the data obtained in this study, we conclude that both mbo and mgo operons are under the control of the gacS/gacA two-component system and that the MgoA product acts as a positive regulator of mangotoxin biosynthesis. PMID:24555804

  5. Antibacterial activities of magnesium oxide (MgO) nanoparticles against foodborne pathogens

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    The antibacterial activities of magnesium oxide nanoparticles (MgO NP) alone or in combination with other antimicrobials (nisin and ZnO NP) against E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella Stanley were investigated. The results show that MgO NP have strong bactericidal activity against the pathogens, achievin...

  6. Nucleation and growth of MgO atomic layer deposition: A real-time spectroscopic ellipsometry study

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    Wang, Han; Fu, Kan

    2013-11-15

    The atomic layer deposition (ALD) of MgO thin films from bis(cyclopentadienyl) magnesium and H{sub 2}O was studied using in-situ real-time spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE), ex-situ x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and grazing-incidence x-ray diffraction. It is found that the initial growth is not linear during the first ten cycles, and magnesium silicate forms spontaneously on the SiO{sub 2}/Si substrates at 250 °C. Submonolayer sensitivity of SE is demonstrated by the analysis of each half-cycle and self-limiting adsorption, revealing characteristic features of hetero- and homo-MgO ALD processes.

  7. Growth of MgO on multi-layered graphene and Mg in PVA matrix

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    Marka, Sandeep K.; Mohiddon, Md. Ahamad; Prasad, Muvva D.; Srikanth, Vadali V. S. S.

    2015-07-01

    An easy and low temperature in-situ growth of MgO micro-rods on multi-layered graphene (MLG) in poly vinyl alcohol (PVA) matrix is elucidated. MLG decked with nanosized fragments of MgO and PVA are used as the starting materials to form MgO micro-rods (width = ∼1 μm and length = ∼4 μm) and MLG filled PVA composite film. Simple solution mixing, spin coating and simple drying processes are used to obtain the PVA composite. The growth mechanism of MgO micro-rods and the role of PVA in the growth of MgO micro-rods are explained on the basis of the observed morphological, structural and phase characteristics and a further controlled synthesis experiment, respectively.

  8. Cellulose extraction from Zoysia japonica pretreated by alumina-doped MgO in AMIMCl.

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    Liu, Le; Ju, Meiting; Li, Weizun; Jiang, Yang

    2014-11-26

    In this study, alumina-doped MgO was produced as a solid alkali for lignocellulose pretreatment. Pretreatment with alumina-doped MgO disrupted the lignocellulose structure and significantly reduced the lignin content of the Z. japonica. After pretreatment, Z. japonica showed significant solubility in 1-allyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (AMIMCl). The similar high solubility of pretreated Z. japonica samples by original alumina-doped MgO and used alumina-doped MgO also proved that alumina-doped MgO had strong stability, which can be recycled and used repeatedly. The regenerated cellulose was similar to microcrystalline cellulose according to FTIR and NMR analyses. Compared to microcrystalline cellulose, only the crystallinity of the regenerated cellulose decreased.

  9. Evidence of martensitic phase transitions in magnetic Ni-Mn-In thin films

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    Sokolov, A.; Zhang, Le; Dubenko, I.; Samanta, T.; Ali, N.; Stadler, S.

    2013-02-18

    Ni{sub 50}Mn{sub 35}In{sub 15} Heusler alloy thin films (with thicknesses of about 10 nm) have been grown on single crystal MgO and SrTiO{sub 3} (STO) (100) substrates using a laser-assisted molecular beam epitaxy method. Films of mixed austenitic and martensitic phases and of pure martensitic phase have been detected for those grown on MgO and STO substrates, respectively. Thermomagnetic curves were measured using a SQUID magnetometer and are consistent with those of off-stoichiometric In-based bulk Heusler alloys, including a martensitic transition at T = 315 K for films grown on MgO. The differences in the properties of the films grown on MgO and STO are discussed.

  10. Grain Boundary Diffusion of Sulfur in MgO

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    Watson, H. C.; Watson, E. B.

    2013-12-01

    From being a candidate light element in the Earth's core to recording biosignatures on the surface, sulfur is a minor, but critical, element throughout the Earth. A deeper understanding the behaviour of sulfur under a wide scope of Earth relevant conditions will provide insight into geochemical cycles and reservoirs from the crust to the core. Sulfur isotope ratios in particular may be used to record specific geochemical processes such as ongoing core/mantle interaction, as well as shallower processes including cycling between the atmosphere/hydrosphere and lithosphere. The mobility of sulfur under these conditions will affect the reliability of using observed signatures to distinguish past processes and events. Grain boundary diffusion has often been shown to be orders of magnitude more rapid than diffusion through the crystal lattice of many materials. This effect is particularly important in cases where the diffusant is incompatible in the crystal lattice, and thus resides predominantly on grain boundaries. This is the case for sulfur and many of the minerals that comprise the interior of the Earth. If S diffusion is fast enough, the retention of some pristine signatures could be compromised. In other cases fast diffusion may allow for detection of signatures at large distances from their original source, as suggested by [1]. Experiments have been conducted in a piston-cylinder device at 1GPa and temperatures ranging from 1100°C to 1500°C to determine the rate of S grain boundary diffusion in an MgO matrix. A source-sink method similar to that used by [1] was employed using either FeS or FeS2 as a source and Mo foil as a sink separated by up to 3mm of pure MgO polycrystalline matrix. The foil sink was analyzed by electron microprobe and laser ablation ICP-MS for S content. Preliminary results show substantial diffusion of S through the MgO matrix. The results from these experiments, potential applications, and relevant numerical simulations will be presented

  11. Epitaxial growth of tungsten layers on MgO(001)

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    Zheng, Pengyuan; Ozsdolay, Brian D.; Gall, Daniel

    2015-11-15

    Smooth single crystal W(001) layers were grown on MgO(001) substrates by magnetron sputtering at 900 °C. X-ray diffraction ω–2θ scans, ω-rocking curves, pole figures, and reciprocal space maps indicate a 45°-rotated epitaxial relationship: (001){sub W}‖(001){sub MgO} and [010]{sub W}‖[110]{sub MgO}, and a relaxed lattice constant of 3.167 ± 0.001 nm. A residual in-plane biaxial compressive strain is primarily attributed to differential thermal contraction after growth and decreases from −0.012 ± 0.001 to −0.001 ± 0.001 with increasing layer thickness d = 4.8–390 nm, suggesting relaxation during cooling by misfit dislocation growth through threading dislocation glide. The in-plane x-ray coherence length increases from 3.4 to 33.6 nm for d = 4.8–390 nm, while the out-of-plane x-ray coherence length is identical to the layer thickness for d ≤ 20 nm, but is smaller than d for d ≥ 49.7 nm, indicating local strain variations along the film growth direction. X-ray reflectivity analyses indicate that the root-mean-square surface roughness increases from 0.50 ± 0.05 to 0.95 ± 0.05 nm for d = 4.8–19.9 nm, suggesting a roughness exponent of 0.38, but remains relatively constant for d > 20 nm with a roughness of 1.00 ± 0.05 nm at d = 47.9 nm.

  12. Electron-Induced Secondary Electron Emission Properties of MgO/Au Composite Thin Film Prepared by Magnetron Sputtering

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    Li, Jie; Hu, Wenbo; Wei, Qiang; Wu, Shengli; Hua, Xing; Zhang, Jintao

    2016-12-01

    As a type of electron-induced secondary electron emitter, MgO/Au composite thin film was prepared by reactive magnetron sputtering of individual Mg target and Au target, and the effects of key process parameters on its surface morphology and secondary electron emission (SEE) properties were investigated. It is found that to deposit a NiO buffer layer on the substrate is conducive to the subsequent growth of MgO grains owing to the lattice matching. The gold addition can raise the electrical conductivity of MgO film and further suppress the surface charging. However, the gold deposition would interfere with the MgO crystallization and increase the surface roughness of MgO/Au film. Therefore, MgO/Au composite thin film with a NiO buffer layer and proper deposition times of MgO and Au can achieve superior SEE properties due to good MgO crystallization, low surface roughness and reasonable electrical conductivity. The optimized MgO/Au composite thin film has a higher SEE coefficient and a lower 1-h SEE degradation rate under electron beam bombardment in comparison with MgO film.

  13. Electron-Induced Secondary Electron Emission Properties of MgO/Au Composite Thin Film Prepared by Magnetron Sputtering

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    Li, Jie; Hu, Wenbo; Wei, Qiang; Wu, Shengli; Hua, Xing; Zhang, Jintao

    2017-03-01

    As a type of electron-induced secondary electron emitter, MgO/Au composite thin film was prepared by reactive magnetron sputtering of individual Mg target and Au target, and the effects of key process parameters on its surface morphology and secondary electron emission (SEE) properties were investigated. It is found that to deposit a NiO buffer layer on the substrate is conducive to the subsequent growth of MgO grains owing to the lattice matching. The gold addition can raise the electrical conductivity of MgO film and further suppress the surface charging. However, the gold deposition would interfere with the MgO crystallization and increase the surface roughness of MgO/Au film. Therefore, MgO/Au composite thin film with a NiO buffer layer and proper deposition times of MgO and Au can achieve superior SEE properties due to good MgO crystallization, low surface roughness and reasonable electrical conductivity. The optimized MgO/Au composite thin film has a higher SEE coefficient and a lower 1-h SEE degradation rate under electron beam bombardment in comparison with MgO film.

  14. Interatomic forces and bonding mechanisms in MgO clusters

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    Wright, N.F.; Painter, G.S.

    1990-01-01

    We report results from a first-principles local spin density quantum mechanical study of the energetics and elastic properties of a series of magnesium-oxygen clusters of various morphologies. The role of quantum effects, e.g. covalency, in the bonding character of diatomic MgO is determined by comparison of classical and quantum restoring force curves. The dependence of binding properties on geometry and metal to oxygen ratio is determined by comparison of binding energy curves for a series of clusters. Results show that while gross features of the binding curves may be represented by simple interatomic potentials, details require the many body corrections of a full quantum treatment. 6 refs., 5 figs.

  15. A Redetermination of the Dissociation Energy of MgO(+)

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    Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Langhoff, Stephen R.; Partridge, Harry

    1994-01-01

    In 1986, we reported a dissociation energy (D(sub 0) of 2.31 eV for the X(sup 2)Pi ground state of MgO(+). This value was determined by computing the dissociation energy to the Mg(2+) + O(-) limit and adjusting the value to the Mg(+) + O limit using the experimental Ionization Potential (IP) of Mg(+) and the Electron Affinity (EA) of O. The success of this method relies on the assumption that there is little covalent contribution to the bonding. The very small (0.04 eV) correlation contribution to the binding energy was taken as corroboration for the validity of this approach. Our earlier theoretical value was estimated to be accurate to at least 0.2 eV. It is in excellent agreement with the subsequent value of 2.30 +/- 0.13 eV determined by Freiser and co-workers from photodissociation experiments. It is also consistent with the upper (less than 3.1 eV) and lower (greater than 1.1 eV) bounds determined by Rowe obtained by studying the reactions of Mg(+) with 03 and NO2. However, it is inconsistent with an upper bound of 1.7 eV reported by Kappes and Staley based on their failure to observe MgO(+) in the reaction of Mg(+) with N2O. The picture became somewhat clouded, however, by the recent guided-ion beam mass spectrometric studies of Dalleska and Armentrout. Their initial analysis of the reaction data for Mg(+) + O2 lead to a bond dissociation energy of 2.92 +/- 0.25 eV, which is considerably larger than the value of 2.47 +/- 0.06 eV deduced from their studies of the Mg(+)+NO2 reaction.

  16. Influence of different ions doping on the antibacterial properties of MgO nanopowders

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    Rao, Yuanyuan; Wang, Wei; Tan, Fatang; Cai, Yuncheng; Lu, Junwen; Qiao, Xueliang

    2013-11-01

    Compared with other inorganic antibacterial agents, magnesium oxide (MgO) nanopowders exhibit a unique antibacterial mechanism and various advantages in applications, having attracted extensive attention. In this study, MgO nanopowders doped with different ions (Li+, Zn2+ and Ti4+) were synthesized by a sol-gel method, respectively. The structures and morphologies of the as-obtained precursors and nanopowders were characterized and confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis. The influence of three metal ions doping on the antibacterial properties of MgO nanopowders was also investigated by their bactericidal activity against Escherichia coli (E. coli, ATCC 25922) using the broth microdilution method and the agar method. The results show that Li-doped MgO exhibits better antibacterial activity, Zn-doped and Ti-doped MgO display poorer antibacterial activity than pure MgO. It can be concluded that the influence of different ions doping on the antibacterial properties of MgO mainly lies on oxygen vacancies and basicity of nanopowders.

  17. Characterization of MgO powders for use in thermal batteries

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    Guidotti, R.A.; Reinhardt, W.

    1996-09-01

    Ten commercial MgO powders were evaluated for their suitability to act as a binder in the separator of thermal batteries to immobilize the electrolyte when it is molten. One brand in particular, Maglite S from Calgon, outperformed all the others. This report describes the results of a characterization study of this MgO as well as similar materials from other commercial vendors. The study objective was to define the critical properties of Maglite S MgO that are responsible for its superior performance in thermal-battery separators. Separator mixes were prepared with the various MgO powders and the resulting powders and pellets were characterized, to correlate key physical properties of these materials to select physical and chemical properties of the MgO powders used in their preparation. The MgO pore-size distribution was the only parameter that could be related to the deformation and electrolyte-leakage behavior of separator pellets. A potential replacement for the Maglite S is currently being qualified, since Maglite S MgO is no longer available.

  18. Microstructural, optical and magnetic properties study of nanocrystalline MgO

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    Choudhury, Biswajit; Choudhury, Amarjyoti

    2014-04-01

    Nanocrystalline MgO is prepared by precipitation method. It has a crystallite size of 13 nm. The particles are agglomerated with varied size ranges. N2 adsorption-desorption isotherm confirms the mesoporous structure of MgO nanoparticles with a surface area of 145 m2 g-1. MgO contains hydride related impurities as evidenced from the Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy results. The UV-vis absorption spectrum of MgO contains several visible absorption peaks mostly associated with oxygen vacancies. These oxygen vacancies trap electrons and form color centers such as F, F +, F 2+, F 2 2+, etc. Photoluminescence (PL) and photoluminescence excitation (PLE) results have revealed that the UV and visible emission peaks of MgO result from these color centers. MgO also exhibits room temperature ferromagnetism. Vacuum annealing, however, reduces the magnetization. Thus, the observed magnetism may not be associated with oxygen vacancies. It is the Mg vacancy which is most likely promoting ferromagnetism in nanoscale MgO.

  19. Synthesis and characterization of mesoporous MgO by template-free hydrothermal method

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    Cui, Hongmei; Wu, Xiaofeng; Chen, Yunfa; Boughton, R.I.

    2014-02-01

    Highlights: • A simple synthesis of porous MgO with diameter size from 3 to 10 μm without any templates. • Effect of temperature and time were investigated. • Systematic characterization by TG/DTA, XRD, SEM, TEM, and nitrogen adsorption–desorption isotherm of MgO. • A possible formation and crystal growth mechanism of mesopores MgO is proposed. - Abstract: Mesoporous MgO particles have been synthesized through a novel template-free hydrothermal co-precipitation method using a Mg(NO{sub 3}){sub 2} solution as the magnesium source and NaCO{sub 3} as precipitant. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and N{sub 2} adsorption–desorption analysis. The results indicate that the MgO samples have a disordered mesoporous structure, a large BET surface area, and a large pore volume. The effect of reaction temperature on the MgO product BET surface area was studied. A possible formation and crystal growth mechanism for mesoporous MgO is proposed.

  20. Temperature-Dependent Morphology, Magnetic and Optical Properties of Li-Doped MgO

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    Myrach, Philipp; Niklas, Nilius; Levchenko, Sergey; Gonchar, Anastasia; Risse, Thomas; Klaus-Peter, Dinse; Boatner, Lynn A; Frandsen, Wiebke; Horn, Raimund; Hans-Joachim, Freund; Schlçgl, Robert; Scheffler, Matthias

    2010-01-01

    Li-doped MgO is a potential catalyst for the oxidative coupling of methane, whereby surface Li+ O centers are suggested to be the chemically active species. To elucidate the role of Li in the MgO matrix, two model systems are prepared and their morphological, optical and magnetic properties as a function of Li doping are investigated. The first is an MgO film deposited on Mo(001) and doped with various amounts of Li, whereas the second is a powder sample fabricated by calcination of Li and Mg precursors in an oxygen atmosphere. Scanning tunneling and transmission electron microscopy are performed to characterize the morphology of both samples. At temperatures above 700 K, Li starts segregating towards the surface and forms irregular Li-rich oxide patches. Above 1050 K, Li desorbs from the MgO surface, leaving behind a characteristic defect pattern. Traces of Li also dissolve into the MgO, as concluded from a distinct optical signature that is absent in the pristine oxide. No electron paramagnetic resonance signal that would be compatible with Li+O centers is detected in the two Li/ MgO samples. Density-functional theory calculations are used to determine the thermodynamic stability of various Li-induced defects in the MgO. The calculations clarify the driving forces for Li segregation towards the MgO surface, but also rationalize the absence of Li+O centers. From the combination of experimental and theoretical results, a detailed picture arises on the role of Li for the MgO properties, which can be used as a starting point to analyze the chemical behavior of the doped oxide in future.

  1. Volume stabilization of high MgO cement: Effect of curing conditions and fly ash addition

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    Ali, M.M.; Mullick, A.K.

    1998-11-01

    Hydration of high MgO cement paste under autoclave condition causes the rapid formation and crystallization of magnesium hydroxide and leads to the creation of larger pore sizes. This results in the loss of mechanical strength and higher expansion values. Under ambient water curing, precipitation and distribution of gelatinous calcium silicate hydrates into the finer network causes a homogeneous morphology and the development of smaller pores. The resultant higher mechanical strength associated with partial hydration of MgO yields reduced expansion. High MgO cement paste containing fly ash also showed considerable pore refinement and improved hydrate morphology favoring volume stability under both autoclave and ambient water curing.

  2. Mesoporous MgO: Synthesis, physico-chemical, and catalytic properties

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    Maerle, A. A.; Kasyanov, I. A.; Moskovskaya, I. F.; Romanovsky, B. V.

    2016-06-01

    Mesoporous MgO was obtained via the hydrothermal synthesis using both ionogenic and non-ionogenic surfactants as structure-directing templates. The materials prepared were characterized by SEM, BET-N2, XRD, and TG-DTA techniques. MgO particles are spherical 20-μm aggregates of primary oxide particles well shaped as rectangular parallelepipeds. Magnesium oxide samples have the specific surface area of 290-400 m2/g and pore sizes of 3.3-4.1 nm. Their mesoporous structure remained unchanged after calcination up to 350°C. Catalytic activity of mesoporous MgO was studied in acetone condensation reaction.

  3. Polymorph transformation kinetics of Ca3SiO5 with MgO

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    Ma, Suhua; Zhou, Weiqiang; Wang, Shaopeng; Li, Weifeng; Shen, Xiaodong

    2015-09-01

    Tricalcium silicate (Ca3SiO5 (C3S)) is the primary cement phase in Portland cement. An understanding of its transformation kinetics is important to make use of its polymorphism. In this study, X-ray diffractometry and Rietveld refinement were used to qualitatively and quantitatively analyze the phase compositions of C3S with 2.0% MgO. The results show that C3S with 2.0% MgO is a monoclinic polymorph, M3. Heat treatment changes this monoclinic polymorph to a triclinic polymorph via the precipitation of MgO. The transformation kinetics follows the first-order exponential decay function ?.

  4. Preparation of (001)-oriented Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 thin films and their piezoelectric applications.

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    Fujii, Eiji; Takayama, Ryoichi; Nomura, Kouji; Murata, Akiko; Hirasawa, Taku; Tomozawa, Atsushi; Fujii, Satoru; Kamada, Takeshi; Torii, Hideo

    2007-12-01

    Preparation of (001)-oriented Pb(Zr,Ti)O(3) (PZT) thin films and their applications to a sensor and actuators were investigated. These thin films, which have a composition close to the morphotropic phase boundary, were epitaxially grown on (100)MgO single-crystal substrates by RF magnetron sputtering. These (001)-oriented PZT thin films could be obtained on various kinds of substrates, such as glass and Si, by introducing (100)-oriented MgO buffer layers. In addition, the (001) oriented PZT thin films could be obtained on Si substrates without buffer layers by optimizing the sputtering conditions. All of these thin films showed excellent piezoelectric properties without the need for poling treatment. The PZT thin films on the MgO substrates had a high piezoelectric coefficient, d(31), of -100 pm/V, and an extremely low relative dielectric constant, epsilon(r), of 240. The PZT thin films on Si substrate had a very high d(31) of -150 pm/V and an epsilon(r) = 700. These PZT thin films were applied to an angular rate sensor with a tuning fork in a car navigation system, to a dual-stage actuator for positioning the magnetic head of a high-density hard disk drive, and to an actuator for an inkjet printer head for industrial on-demand printers.

  5. Catalytic Cycle Employing a TEMPO-Anion Complex to Obtain a Secondary Mg-O2 Battery.

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    Shiga, Tohru; Hase, Yoko; Yagi, Yusuke; Takahashi, Naoko; Takechi, Kensuke

    2014-05-15

    Nonaqueous Mg-O2 batteries are suitable only as primary cells because MgO precipitates formed during discharging are not decomposed electrochemically at ambient temperatures. To address this problem, the present study examined the ability of the 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-oxyl (TEMPO)-anion complex to catalyze the decomposition of MgO. It was determined that this complex was capable of chemically decomposing MgO at 60 °C. A catalytic cycle for the realization of a rechargeable Mg-O2 electrode was designed by combining the decomposition of MgO via the TEMPO-anion complex and the TEMPO-redox couple. This work also demonstrates that a nonaqueous Mg-O2 battery incorporating acrylate polymer having TEMPO side units in the cathode shows evidence of being rechargeable.

  6. Process-Parameter-Dependent Optical and Structural Properties of ZrO2MgO Mixed-Composite Films Evaporated from the solid Solution

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    Sahoo, N. K.; Shapiro, A. P.

    1998-01-01

    The process-parameter-dependent optical and structural properties of ZrO2MgO mixed-composite material have been investigated. Optical properties were derived from spectrophotometric measurements. By use of atomic force microscopy, x-ray diffraction analysis, and energy-dispersive x-ray (EDX) analysis, the surface morphology, grain size distributions, crystallographic phases, and process-dependent material composition of films have been investigated. EDX analysis made evident the correlation between the oxygen enrichment in the films prepared at a high level of oxygen pressure and the very low refractive index. Since oxygen pressure can be dynamically varied during a deposition process, coatings constructed of suitable mixed-composite thin films can benefit from continuous modulation of the index of refraction. A step modulation approach is used to develop various multilayer-equivalent thin-film devices.

  7. Surface Plasmons in Silver Films--A Novel Undergraduate Experiment

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    Simon, H. J.; And Others

    1975-01-01

    Describes an experiment in which a 500-A-thick silver film is evaporated on the hypotenuse face of a right glass prism. The surface plasmon mode in the film is excited with a He-Ne laser. The dispersion relation for the surface plasmon and the reflectivity due to the excitation of this mode are calculated. (Author/MLH)

  8. Combustion synthesis of MgO nanoparticles using plant extract: Structural characterization and photoluminescence studies

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    Kumar, Danith; Chikkahanumantharayappa; Yadav, L. S. Reddy; Nagaraju, G.; Lingaraju, K.; Naika, H. Raja; Manjunath, K.; Suresh, D.; Prasad, Daruka; Nagabhushana, H.; Sharma, S. C.

    2015-06-24

    Magnesium oxide nanoparticles (MgO Nps) have been successfully synthesized via solution combustion method using Parthenium plant extract as fuel for the first time. Powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) pattern reveal that product belongs to the cubic phase (Periclase). FTIR spectrum shows the band at 822 cm{sup −1} indicates the formation of cubic periclase MgO. The optical band gap of MgO Nps estimated from UV –Vis spectrum was found to be in the range 5.40–5.45 eV. SEM images showed that, the product is agglomerated and particle in nature. Photoluminescence (PL) studies shows violet emission at 390 nm, blue emission at 470 nm and green emission at 550 nm. MgO Nps shows good photocatalytic activity for the degradation of methylene blue (MB) dye under UV/Sun light irradiation.

  9. Sol-gel synthesis and dilute magnetism of nano MgO powder doped with Fe

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    Nomura, Kiyoshi; Taya, Souichirou; Okazawa, Atsushi; Kojima, Norimichi

    2014-04-01

    Mg oxides doped with 1 % 57Fe were prepared by a sol-gel method, and annealed at various temperatures. Nano-size Mg oxides were characterized by Mössbauer spectrometry, magnetization and XRD measurements. The crystalline size of MgO increases with increase of annealing temperature. Samples annealed at 600 °C and 800 °C gave only doublet peaks of paramagnetic Fe3+ in Mössbauer spectra although Fe3+ doping into MgO induced a distorted structure and showed weak ferromagnetism. It is considered that the magnetic property is due to defect induced magnetism by doping Fe3+ into MgO. For a sample heated at 1000 °C, it is found from low temperature Mössbauer spectra that Fe3+ species are located at the core and shell of fine MgFe2O4 grains and diluted in MgO matrix.

  10. Regenerable MgO promoted metal oxide oxygen carriers for chemical looping combustion

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    Siriwardane, Ranjani V.; Miller, Duane D.

    2014-08-19

    The disclosure provides an oxygen carrier comprised of a plurality of metal oxide particles in contact with a plurality of MgO promoter particles. The MgO promoter particles increase the reaction rate and oxygen utilization of the metal oxide when contacting with a gaseous hydrocarbon at a temperature greater than about 725.degree. C. The promoted oxide solid is generally comprised of less than about 25 wt. % MgO, and may be prepared by physical mixing, incipient wetness impregnation, or other methods known in the art. The oxygen carrier exhibits a crystalline structure of the metal oxide and a crystalline structure of MgO under XRD crystallography, and retains these crystalline structures over subsequent redox cycles. In an embodiment, the metal oxide is Fe.sub.2O.sub.3, and the gaseous hydrocarbon is comprised of methane.

  11. Synthesis of MgO powder from magnesium nitrate using spray pyrolysis

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    Pradita, T.; Shih, S. J.; Aji, B. B.; Sudibyo

    2017-03-01

    A variety of advantages such as catalyst, paints, flame retardants, semiconductors, additives in refractory and solid adsorbent can be obtained from Magnesium Oxide (MgO) based material. Ultrasonic spray pyrolysis (SP) process was conducted to synthesize MgO from Mg(NO3)2.6H2O (MgN) precursor. The MgO particles were characterized using Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA), X-Ray Diffraction analysis (XRD) and Field Emission-Secondary Electron Microscopy (FE-SEM). In this study, Hollow spherical and irregular MgO particles were successfully obtained. It suggests that the particle size will decrease along with the increasing of the SP temperature, the smallest particle size obtained is in the range of 354±104 nm at 900°C SP temperature.

  12. Pumping laser excited spins through MgO barriers

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    Martens, Ulrike; Walowski, Jakob; Schumann, Thomas; Mansurova, Maria; Boehnke, Alexander; Huebner, Torsten; Reiss, Günter; Thomas, Andy; Münzenberg, Markus

    2017-04-01

    We present a study of the tunnel magneto-Seebeck (TMS)4 effect in MgO based magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs). The electrodes consist of CoFeB with in-plane magnetic anisotropy. The temperature gradients which generate a voltage across the MTJs layer stack are created using laser heating. Using this method, the temperature can be controlled on the micrometer length scale: here, we investigate, how both, the TMS voltage and the TMS effect, depend on the size, position and intensity of the applied laser spot. For this study, a large variety of different temperature distributions was created across the junction. We recorded 2D maps of voltages generated by heating in dependence of the laser spot position and the corresponding calculated TMS values. The voltages change in value and sign, from large positive values when heating the MTJ directly in the centre to small values when heating the junction on the edges and even small negative values when heating the sample away from the junction. Those zero crossings lead to very high calculated TMS ratios. Our systematic analysis shows, that the distribution of the temperature gradient is essential, to achieve high voltage signals and reasonable resulting TMS ratios. Furthermore, artefacts on the edges produce misleading results, but also open up further possibilities of more complex heating scenarios for spincaloritronics in spintronic devices.

  13. Studying some mechanical properties of MgO with used neon bulb glass

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    Issa, Tarik Talib; Khaleel, Saba Mahdi; Abdul Kareem, Noura Ammar

    2013-12-16

    Ceramic compact of MgO +WT% of UNBG were sintered at different sintering temperature (700, 900, 1100, 1300)°c, under static air for 3 hours. X-ray diffraction and some mechanical properties were conducted. The maximum sintered density, compression; fracture strength and hardness were indicated for the compilation of MgO −20 WT % UNBG, sintered at 1300 °c.

  14. Static and dynamic magnetic properties of epitaxial Co{sub 2}FeAl Heusler alloy thin films

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    Ortiz, G.; Gabor, M. S.; Petrisor, T. Jr.; Boust, F.; Issac, F.; Tiusan, C.; Hehn, M.; Bobo, J. F.

    2011-04-01

    Structural and magnetic properties of epitaxial Co{sub 2}FeAl Heusler alloy thin films were investigated. Films were deposited on single crystal MgO (001XS) substrates at room temperature, followed by an annealing process at 600 deg. C. MgO and Cr buffer layers were introduced in order to enhance crystalline quality, and improve magnetic properties. Structural analyses indicate that samples have grown in the B2 ordered epitaxial structure. VSM measures show that the MgO buffered sample displays a magnetization saturation of 1010 {+-} 30 emu/cm{sup 3}, and Cr buffered sample displays a magnetization saturation of 1032 {+-} 40 emu/cm{sup 3}. Damping factor was studied by strip-line ferromagnetic resonance measures. We observed a maximum value for the MgO buffered sample of about 8.5 x 10{sup -3}, and a minimum value of 3.8 x 10{sup -3} for the Cr buffered one.

  15. Effect of MgO nanofillers on burst release reduction from hydrogel nanocomposites.

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    Hezaveh, Hadi; Muhamad, Ida Idayu

    2013-06-01

    In this study, MgO nanoparticles are applied to control the initial burst release by modification of matrix structure, thereby affecting the release mechanism. The effects of MgO nanofiller loading on the in vitro release of a model drug are investigated. Surface topography and release kinetics of hydrogel nanocomposites are also studied in order to have better insight into the release mechanism. It was found that the incorporation of MgO nanofillers can significantly decrease the initial burst release. The effect of genipin (GN) on burst release was also compared with MgO nanoparticles, and it was found that the impact of MgO on burst release reduction is more obvious than GN; however, GN cross-linking caused greater final release compared to blanks and nanocomposites. To confirm the capability of nanocomposite hydrogels to reduce burst release, the release of β-carotene in Simulated Gastric Fluid and Simulated Intestinal Fluid was also carried out. Thus, the application of MgO nanoparticles seems to be a promising strategy to control burst release.

  16. Porphyrin Metalation at the MgO Nanocube/Toluene Interface.

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    Schneider, Johannes; Kollhoff, Fabian; Bernardi, Johannes; Kaftan, Andre; Libuda, Jörg; Berger, Thomas; Laurin, Mathias; Diwald, Oliver

    2015-10-21

    Molecular insights into porphyrin adsorption on nanostructured metal oxide surfaces and associated ion exchange reactions are key to the development of functional hybrids for energy conversion, sensing, and light emission devices. Here we investigated the adsorption of tetraphenyl-porphyrin (2HTPP) from toluene solution on two types of MgO powder. We compare MgO nanocubes with an average size d < 10 nm and MgO cubes with 10 nm ≤ d ≤ 1000 nm. Using molecular spectroscopy techniques such as UV/vis transmission and diffuse reflectance (DR), photoluminescence (PL), and diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier-transform (DRIFT) spectroscopy in combination with structural characterization techniques (powder X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy, TEM), we identified a new room temperature metalation reaction that converts 2HTPP into magnesium tetraphenyl-porphyrin (MgTPP). Mg(2+) uptake from the MgO nanocube surfaces and the concomitant protonation of the oxide surface level off at a concentration that corresponds to roughly one monolayer equivalent adsorbed on the MgO nanocubes. Larger MgO cubes, in contrast, show suppressed exchange, and only traces of MgTPP can be detected by photoluminescence.

  17. The effect of MgO(111) interlayer on the interface phase stability and structure of BaFe{sub 12}O{sub 19}/SiC(0001)

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    Lazarov, V. K.; Hasnip, P. J.; Cai, Z.; Ziemer, K. S.; Yoshida, K.

    2012-04-01

    We present a study on the effect of an interlayer of thin MgO(111) film on SiC(0001) on the interface phase stability and structure of the BaFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} (BaM). The 10 nm MgO(111) interlayer followed by the BaM film were grown by molecular beam epitaxy on 6H-SiC. Cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy shows the formation of a magnesium ferrite spinel phase at the interface, and after 25 nm, a well structured BaM film was observed. In addition to the two main phases (Mg-ferrite and BaM), a thin layer of SiOx (2-3 nm) is formed at the SiC interface. In spite of the formation of this amorphous layer, the diffraction studies show that the BaM film is epitaxially grown and it has a single crystal structure. The energy dispersive x-ray analysis from the interface region shows that the MgO layer prevents significant outdiffusion of the Si into the film. Total energy calculations by density functional theory were used to investigate the stability of the various phases and to explain the observed interfacial phases in the studied system.

  18. The perpendicular anisotropy of Co40Fe40B20 sandwiched between Ta and MgO layers and its application in CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB tunnel junction

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    Wang, W. X.; Yang, Y.; Naganuma, H.; Ando, Y.; Yu, R. C.; Han, X. F.

    2011-07-01

    Magnetic anisotropy of Co40Fe40B20 thin films sandwiched between Ta and MgO layers was investigated. Magnetic properties of CoFeB layers deposited on top and bottom of MgO layer are different. The thickness of the CoFeB layer and annealing temperature are the critical parameters to achieve and keep the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. The phase diagram of perpendicular anisotropic strength of CoFeB layers on annealing temperatures and thicknesses of CoFeB layers is observed. According to phase diagrams, perpendicular CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB tunnel junctions were fabricated, and tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR) ratio was higher than 30% at low temperatures.

  19. Micro and nano MgO particles for the improvement of fracture toughness of bone-cement interfaces.

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    Khandaker, Morshed; Li, Yanling; Morris, Tracy

    2013-03-15

    The objective of this study was to determine whether inclusion of magnesium oxide (MgO) in micro and nanoparticulate forms in poly methyl methacrylate (PMMA) cement has any influence on the fracture toughness of bone-cement interfaces. An interfacial fracture mechanics technique was used to compare the values of fracture toughness (KIC) among bone-PMMA, bone-PMMA with micro MgO particles and bone-PMMA with nano MgO particles interfaces. This study found that the values of KIC of bone-PMMA with micro MgO particles and bone-PMMA with nano MgO particles interfaces were significantly higher when compared to the values of KIC of the bone-PMMA interface (p<0.0001). Results indicated that the addition of the micro and nano MgO particles to PMMA improved the quality of bone-cement union.

  20. Functionalization of mesoporous carbon with superbasic MgO nanoparticles for the efficient synthesis of sulfinamides.

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    Chakravarti, Rajashree; Mano, Ajayan; Iwai, Hideo; Aldeyab, Salem S; Kumar, R Pradeep; Kantam, M Lakshmi; Vinu, Ajayan

    2011-06-06

    Highly basic MgO nanoparticles with different sizes have been successfully immobilized over mesoporous carbon with different pore diameters by a simple wet-impregnation method. The prepared catalysts have been characterized by various sophisticated techniques, such as XRD, nitrogen adsorption, electron energy loss spectroscopy, high-resolution TEM, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and the temperature-programmed desorption of CO(2). XRD results reveal that the mesostructure of the support is retained even after the huge loading of MgO nanoparticles inside the mesochannels of the support. It is also demonstrated that the particle size and dispersion of the MgO nanoparticles on the support can be finely controlled by the simple adjustment of the textural parameters of the supports. Among the support materials studied, mesoporous carbon with the largest pore diameter and large pore volume offered highly crystalline small-size cubic-phase MgO nanoparticles with a high dispersion. The basicity of the MgO-supported mesoporous carbons can also be controlled by simply changing the loading of the MgO and the pore diameter of the support. These materials have been employed as heterogeneous catalysts for the first time in the selective synthesis of sulfinamides. Among the catalysts investigated, the support with the large pore diameter and high loading of MgO showed the highest activity with an excellent yield of sulfinamides. The catalyst also showed much higher activity than the pristine MgO nanoparticles. The effects of the reaction parameters, including the solvents and reaction temperature, and textural parameters of the supports in the activity of the catalyst have also been demonstrated. Most importantly, the catalyst was found to be highly stable, showing excellent activity even after the third cycle of reaction.

  1. Effect of MgO Additive on Volumetric Expansion of Self-Degradable Cements

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    Sugama T.; Warren, J.; Butcher, T.

    2011-09-30

    We identified hard-burned magnesium oxide (MgO) as a suitable expansive additive for improving the plugging performance of self-degradable, temporary sodium silicate-activated slag/Class C fly ash (SSASC) blend cement sealers into rock fractures in Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGSs). MgO extended the volumetric expansion of sealers during their exposure to a hydrothermal environment at 200 C under pressures, ranging from 300 to 1500 psi. A great expansion ratc of 19.3% was observed by adding 3.0 wt% MgO under 300 psi pressure, thus promising to plug thoroughly inner fracture. When the pressure was increased from 300 psi to 1500 psi, the expansion rate of cement markedly reduced, corresponding to the formaLion of crack-free specimens and the improvement of compressive strength. However, with 3.0 wt% MgO, the specimens still engendered the generation of numerous visual cracks, although they were prepared under a high pressure of 1500 psi. The effective content of MgO in minimizing and eliminating the generation of cracks was 2.0 wt%, which provided a moderate expansion of {ge} 0.5%. The compressive strength of 2.0 wt% MgO specimens made under a pressure of 300 psi rose {approx} 1.7-fold to 4816 psi with an increasing pressure to 1500 psi. The in-situ growth of brucite crystal formed by the hydrothermal hydration of MgO was responsive for such an expansion of the SSASC cement; meanwhile. two crystalline hydrothermal reaction products, 1.1 nm tobermorite and calcium silicate hydrated, contributed to the development of the sealer's compressive strength. Thus, the increasing pressure seems to suppress and control a growth rate of brucite crystal in response to a lower extension of expansion. Furthermore, all MgO-conlaining SSASC sealers possessed the water-catalyzed self-degradable properties.

  2. First-principles study of the adsorption of MgO molecules on a clean Fe(001) surface

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    Wiśnios, Damian; Kiejna, Adam; Korecki, Józef

    2015-10-01

    The adsorption of MgO molecules on a Fe(001) surface was studied using density functional theory and projector augmented-wave methods. The energetically most favored configurations for different adsorption sites considered were identified. The most preferable adsorption geometry is when the MgO molecules are parallel to the surface, with Mg in the interstitial site and O in the on-top site of the Fe atom. During the adsorption of subsequent MgO molecules in this geometry, a sharp, nonoxidized interface is formed between the MgO adlayer and the Fe(001) surface. The adsorption of MgO perpendicular to the surface, with oxygen incorporated in the topmost Fe layer, is less probable, but it may lead to the formation of the FeO layer when stabilized with an excess of oxygen atoms. Structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of both interface types were examined for the MgO coverage from 1/9 to 1 monolayer (ML). Electronic and magnetic properties are sensitive to the MgO coverage. For lower coverage of MgO, clear hybridization between the Fe 3 d and O 2 p states is shown. The average magnetic moment of the surface Fe atoms is reduced with coverage, achieving 2.78 μB for 1 ML of MgO.

  3. Experimental Work Conducted on MgO Inundated Hydration in WIPP-Relevant Brines

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    Deng, H.; Xiong, Y.; Nemer, M. B.; Johnsen, S.

    2009-12-01

    Magnesium oxide (MgO) is being emplaced in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) as an engineered barrier to mitigate the effect of microbial CO2 generation on actinide mobility in a postclosure repository environment. MgO will sequester CO2 and consume water in brine or water vapor in the gaseous phase. Martin Marietta (MM) MgO is currently being emplaced in the WIPP. A fractional-factorial experiment has been performed to study the inundated-hydration of MM MgO as a function of its particle size, solid-to-liquid ratio, and brine type. MgO hydration experiments have been carried out with three MgO particle sizes and two solid-to-liquid ratios in three WIPP-related brines: ERDA-6, GWB and simplified GWB. ERDA-6 is a synthetic NaCl-rich brine typical of a Castile brine reservoir below the repository. GWB is a synthetic MgCl2- and NaCl-rich brine representative of intergranular brines from the Salado Formation at or near the stratigraphic horizon of the repository. Simplified GWB contains amounts of Mg, Na, and Cl similar to those in GWB without other minor constituents. The hydration products include brucite (Mg(OH)2) and phase 5 (Mg3(OH)5Cl4H2O). In addition to phase 5, MgO hydration in GWB or simplified GWB produces brucite, whereas MgO hydrated in ERDA-6 only produces brucite. The MgO particle size has had a significant effect on the formation of hydration products: small MgO particles have hydrated before the large particles. MgO has hydrated faster in simplified GWB than in the other two brines. In ERDA-6, the solid-to-liquid ratio has affected the brine pH due to the presence of CaO (~1 wt %) as an impurity in MM MgO. GWB has sufficient dissolved Mg to buffer pH despite small amounts of CaO. Both our results and thermodynamic modeling indicate that phase-5 is the stable Mg-OH-Cl phase in Mg-Na-Cl-dominated brines with ionic strengths and chemical compositions similar to that of GWB. In contrast, phase-3 (Mg2(OH)3Cl4H2O) is the stable phase in the MgCl2

  4. Ion beam assisted deposition of MgO barriers for magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Cardoso, S.; Macedo, R. J.; Ferreira, R.; Augusto, A.; Wisniowski, P.; Freitas, P. P.

    2008-04-01

    This work reports for the first time results on MgO tunnel junctions prepared by ion beam. The MgO barrier was deposited from a ceramic MgO target using an assisted beam, following the deposition and assisted beam phase diagram which relate the beam profile with the current and energy. The deposition rate for MgO is calculated with and without assisted beam, and compared with the experimental values. The MgO film growth on Ta/CoFeB/MgO simple stacks was optimized aiming at a (002) preferred orientation for the MgO growth, measured by x-ray diffraction. The optimum assist beam energy was tuned for each deposition beam condition (+800,+1000,+1200 V), using assist beams of 40 mA ({approx}130 {mu}A/cm{sup 2}) with 0 to +600 V. Without assist beam, no texture is observed for the MgO, while the (002) orientation appears for assisted deposition. The optimum range of assist voltages is large, being limited by the onset of etching at high voltages, reducing the deposition rate. Magnetic tunnel junctions were deposited with the structure Ta 50 A/Ru 200 A/Ta 50 A/Mn{sub 78}Ir{sub 22} 150 A/Co{sub 90}Fe{sub 10} 30 A/Ru 8 A/Co{sub 56}Fe{sub 24}B{sub 20} 40 A/MgO t/Co{sub 56}Fe{sub 24}B{sub 20} 30 A/Ru 30 A/Ta 50 A, with the MgO barrier deposited with the conditions optimized by x rays. The effect of the assist beam energy on the junction properties (magnetoresistance and magnetization) are discussed. Tunnel magnetoresistance values up to 110%, with RA products of 100-400 {omega} {mu}m{sup 2}, for 11 A thick MgO barriers are obtained using assisted deposition with a +100 V assist beam, which is a major improvement of the {approx}30% of TMR, if no beam is used.

  5. Preparation of [100] oriented SrTiO3 thin films on flexible polymer sheets

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    Nishikawa, Hiroaki; Morita, Yusuke; Kusunoki, Masanobu; Hontsu, Shigeki; Tanaka, Hidekazu; Endo, Tamio

    2014-01-01

    In this study, we prepared a uniaxially oriented oxide on a flexible polymer substrate. We first grew [100] oriented SrTiO3 (STO) on a MgO(100) substrate. After bonding the STO film to a poly(ethylene naphthalete) (PEN) sheet with a photoresist, we etched the MgO substrate with a phosphoric acid solution to transfer the oxide film to the PEN sheet. The thin (300 nm) STO films did not crack after release, even after bending the sheet around a rod with a 1 cm radius, while the thicker (800 nm) films did. Ultimately, this process could be adapted to prepare a flexible epitaxial oxide.

  6. Modeling the thickness dependence of the magnetic phase transition temperature in thin FeRh films

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    Ostler, Thomas Andrew; Barton, Craig; Thomson, Thomas; Hrkac, Gino

    2017-02-01

    FeRh and its first-order phase transition can open new routes for magnetic hybrid materials and devices under the assumption that it can be exploited in ultra-thin-film structures. Motivated by experimental measurements showing an unexpected increase in the phase transition temperature with decreasing thickness of FeRh on top of MgO, we develop a computational model to investigate strain effects of FeRh in such magnetic structures. Our theoretical results show that the presence of the MgO interface results in a strain that changes the magnetic configuration which drives the anomalous behavior.

  7. Formation of hydroxyl and water layers on MgO films studied with ambient pressure XPS

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    Newberg, John T.; Starr, David E.; Yamamoto, Susumu; Kaya, Sarp; Kendelewicz, Tom; Mysak, Erin R.; Porsgaard, Soeren; Salmeron, Miquel B.; Brown, Gordon E., Jr.; Nilsson, Anders; Bluhm, Hendrik

    2011-01-01

    To understand the interaction of water with MgO(100), a detailed quantitative assessment of the interfacial chemistry is necessary. We have used ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to measure molecular (H 2O) and dissociative (OH) water adsorption on a 4 monolayer (ML) thick MgO(100)/Ag(100) film under ambient conditions. Since the entire 4 ML metal oxide (Ox) film is probed by XPS, the reaction of the MgO film with water can be quantitatively studied. Using a multilayer model (Model 1) that measures changes in Ox thickness from O 1s (film) and Ag 3d (substrate) spectra, it is shown that the oxide portion of the MgO film becomes thinner upon hydroxylation. A reaction mechanism is postulated in which the top-most layer of MgO converts to Mg(OH) 2 upon dissociation of water. Based on this mechanism a second model (Model 2) is developed to calculate Ox and OH thickness changes based on OH/Ox intensity ratios from O 1s spectra measured in situ, with the known initial Ox thickness prior to hydroxylation. Models 1 and 2 are applied to a 0.15 Torr isobar experiment, yielding similar results for H 2O, OH and Ox thickness changes as a function of relative humidity.

  8. Formation of Hydroxyl and Water Layers on MgO Films Studied with Ambient Pressure XPS

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    Newberg, J.T.; Starr, D.; Yamamoto, S.; Kaya, S.; Kendelewicz, T.; Mysak, E.R.; Porsgaard, S.; Salmeron, M.B.; Brown Jr., G.E.; Nilsson, A.; Bluhm, H.

    2011-01-01

    To understand the interaction of water with MgO(100), a detailed quantitative assessment of the interfacial chemistry is necessary. We have used ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to measure molecular (H{sub 2}O) and dissociative (OH) water adsorption on a 4 monolayer (ML) thick MgO(100)/Ag(100) film under ambient conditions. Since the entire 4 ML metal oxide (Ox) film is probed by XPS, the reaction of the MgO film with water can be quantitatively studied. Using a multilayer model (Model 1) that measures changes in Ox thickness from O 1s (film) and Ag 3d (substrate) spectra, it is shown that the oxide portion of the MgO film becomes thinner upon hydroxylation. A reaction mechanism is postulated in which the top-most layer of MgO converts to Mg(OH)2 upon dissociation of water. Based on this mechanism a second model (Model 2) is developed to calculate Ox and OH thickness changes based on OH/Ox intensity ratios from O 1s spectra measured in situ, with the known initial Ox thickness prior to hydroxylation. Models 1 and 2 are applied to a 0.15 Torr isobar experiment, yielding similar results for H{sub 2}O, OH and Ox thickness changes as a function of relative humidity.

  9. Synthesis and characterization of isolated iron oxide nanoparticle dispersed in MgO matrix

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    Choa, Yong-Ho; Yang, Jae-Kyo; Yang, Won-Jae; Auh, Keun-Ho

    2003-10-01

    γ-Fe 2O 3/MgO nanocomposite powders, which can be used for biomedical, magnetic and the catalytic applications, were fabricated by means of spray pyrolysis using an ultrasonic atomizer. The liquid source was prepared using Fe and Mg nitrates dissolved in pure water. The liquid was atomized using an ultrasonic atomizer and carried into a pre-heated chamber (500-800°C) by air carrier gas. The mist was then decomposed into γ-Fe 2O 3 and MgO nanopowders. The entire operation was performed at 1 atm. The γ-Fe 2O 3/MgO powder was found to be perfectly crystallized at 800°C. The particle size of γ-Fe 2O 3/MgO nanocomposite powders prepared at 800°C was about 10 nm for γ-Fe 2O 3 and MgO, which were calculated by XRD using Scherrer's formula and measured by TEM observation. The samples indicate the presence of superparamagnetic properties and a blocking temperature ( TB) of 125 K.

  10. A novel approach for arsenic adsorbents regeneration using MgO.

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    Tresintsi, Sofia; Simeonidis, Konstantinos; Katsikini, Maria; Paloura, Eleni C; Bantsis, Georgios; Mitrakas, Manassis

    2014-01-30

    An integrated procedure for the regeneration of iron oxy-hydroxide arsenic adsorbents by granulated MgO is proposed in this study. A continuous recirculation configuration, with a NaOH solution flowing sequentially through the saturated adsorbent (leaching step) and the MgO (adsorption step) column beds, was optimized by utilizing the high arsenic adsorption efficiency of MgO at strong alkaline environments. Experimental results indicated that the total amount of leached arsenic was captured by MgO whereas the regenerated iron oxy-hydroxide recovered around 80% of its removal capacity upon reuse. The improved adsorption capacity of MgO for As(V), which is maximized at pH 10, is explained by the intermediate hydration to Mg(OH)2 and the following As(V) oxy-anions adsorption on its surface through the formation of monodentate inner sphere complexes, as it is deduced from the AsK-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) analysis. In addition to the economical-benefits, corresponding tests proved that the solid wastes of this process, namely spent MgO/Mg(OH)2, can be environmentally safely disposed as stable additives in cement products, while the alkaline solution is completely detoxified and can be recycled to the regeneration task.

  11. The effect of toxic malachite green on the bacterial community in Antarctic soil and the physiology of malachite green-degrading Pseudomonas sp. MGO.

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    Jung, Jaejoon; Seo, Hyoju; Lee, Se Hee; Jeon, Che Ok; Park, Woojun

    2013-05-01

    The effects of malachite green (MG) on the bacterial community in Antarctic soil were assessed. Culture-independent community analysis using 16S rRNA gene pyrosequencing showed that, in the presence of MG, the relative abundance of Pseudomonas dramatically increased from 2.2 % to 36.6 % (16.6-fold), and Pseudomonas became the predominant genus. The reduction in bacterial biodiversity was demonstrated by diversity indices and rarefaction curves. MG-degrading Pseudomonas sp. MGO was isolated from Antarctic soil. MG tolerance and decolorization activity were confirmed by growth, spectrophotometric, high-performance liquid chromatography, and thin-layer chromatography analyses in high MG concentrations. Our data showed that the decolorization process occurred via biodegradation, while biosorption also occurred after some time during the fed-batch decolorization process. Significant inductions in laccase, nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide-2,6 dichlorophenol indophenol reductase, and MG reductase activities suggested their involvement in the decolorization process. We also showed that the high tolerance of strain MGO to toxic MG might be mediated by upregulation of oxidative stress defense systems such as superoxide dismutase and protease. Collectively, these results demonstrated the response of the Antarctic soil bacterial community to MG and provided insight into the molecular mechanism of MG-tolerant Pseudomonas strains isolated from Antarctic soil.

  12. Preparation of MgO Films by Atmospheric Metal-Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition as a Protective Layer in AC Plasma Display Panels

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    Okada, Takeru; Komaki, Toshihiro

    2008-03-01

    MgO thin films were fabricated by atmospheric metal-organic chemical vapor deposition as a protective layer of AC plasma display panels. The deposition conditions and the discharge properties of the films were evaluated. Among four Mg precursors tested, Mg(C11H19O2)2 [Mg(DPM)2] was the most suitable source material in film growth properties and discharge characteristics. The deposition rate increased with increasing vaporizing temperature and substrate temperature, and the maximum deposition rate reached 3.3 nm/s (5.1 min/µm). The films had (200) main orientations, and highly crystalline square-pyramid structures were observed in high deposition-rate films. Under the high-rate deposition condition, the firing voltage and the discharge delay of the film were comparable to those of conventional vacuum-evaporated MgO film. The discharge delay was shorter when the crystal size was larger, the work function was smaller, and the concentrations of impurities were lower.

  13. Improved transport properties of polycrystalline YBCO thin-films

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    Azoulay, J.; Verdyan, A.; Lapsker, I.

    1994-12-01

    Resistive evaporation technique was used to fabricate polycrystalline YBaCuO and YBaNaCuO thin films on MgO substrates. Heat treatment was carried out in a low oxygen partial pressure. Polycrystalline YBCO and Na doped YBCO thin films samples were thus obtained using the same technique and conditions. The critical current density of Na doped YBCO sample was measured to be significantly higher than that of the undoped YBCO one. The results are discussed in terms of the Na contribution to the intragrain conductivity.

  14. Damage Processes In MgO Irradiated With Medium-energy Heavy Ions

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    Moll, Sandra J.; Zhang, Y.; Debelle, A.; Thome, Lionel; Crocombette, J.-P.; Zhu, Zihua; Jagielski, Jacek; Weber, William J.

    2015-04-01

    The micro-structural modifications produced in MgO single crystals exposed to medium-energy heavy ions (1.2-MeV Au) were investigated using Rutherford backscattering spectrometry in channeling geometry coupled to Monte-Carlo analyses, secondary ion mass spectrometry, X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The damage accumulation and the elastic strain variation were interpreted in the framework of the multi-step damage accumulation (MSDA) model. Both build-ups follow a multi-step process similar to that recently observed for ion-irradiated yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) single crystals. However, in MgO, an unexpectedly high disorder level occurs far beyond the theoretical damage distribution. These results strongly suggest that the migration of defects created in the near-surface layer is most likely at the origin of the broadening of the damage depth distribution in MgO.

  15. Electronic states of MgO: Spectroscopy, predissociation, and cold atomic Mg and O production

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    Maatouk, A.; Ben Houria, A.; Yazidi, O.; Jaidane, N.; Hochlaf, M.

    2010-10-14

    We used multiconfigurational methods and a large basis set to compute the potential energy curves of the valence and valence-Rydberg electronic states of MgO molecule. New bound electronic states are found. Using these highly correlated wave functions, we evaluated their mutual spin-orbit couplings and transition moment integrals. For the bound electronic states of MgO, we deduced an accurate set of spectroscopic constants that agree remarkably well with experimental results. Moreover, our potentials, transition moments, and spin-orbit coupling evolutions are incorporated into Fermi golden rule calculations to deduce the radiative lifetimes of MgO(B {sup 1}{Sigma}{sup +}) rovibrational levels and the natural lifetimes of MgO(A {sup 1}{Pi}) vibrational levels, where a good agreement is found with experimental values. Finally, we suggest new routes for the production of cold Mg and O atoms and cold MgO molecules.

  16. Damage processes in MgO irradiated with medium-energy heavy ions

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    Moll, Sandra; Zhang, Yanwen; Debelle, Aurelien; Thomé, Lionel; Crocombette, Jean-Paul; Zihua, Z.; Jagielski, Jacek; Weber, William J.

    2015-01-01

    In this research, the micro-structural modifications produced in MgO single crystals exposed to medium-energy heavy ions (1.2-MeV Au) were investigated using Rutherford backscattering spectrometry in channeling geometry coupled to Monte-Carlo analyses, secondary ion mass spectrometry, X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The damage accumulation and the elastic strain variation were interpreted in the framework of the multi-step damage accumulation (MSDA) model. Both build-ups follow a multi-step process similar to that recently observed for ion-irradiated yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) single crystals. However, in MgO, an unexpectedly high disorder level occurs far beyond the theoretical damage distribution. In conclusion, these results strongly suggest that the migration of defects created in the near-surface layer is most likely at the origin of the broadening of t he damage depth distribution in MgO.

  17. Synthesis of MgO granule and its precursors via common ion effect.

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    Choi, Se-Bum; Lee, Dong-Kyu; Yu, Hyunung

    2012-07-01

    It is well known that the shape and size of inorganic nanostructures have much influence on their optical, electrical and physical properties. MgO is a promising material with potential applications in a variety of fields such as catalyst support, reinforcing reagent and good component in superconductors. In this study, flower-like Mg(OH)2 and cubic MgCO3 have been successfully prepared via hydrolysis control of magnesium salt and alkaline solution with common ions under hydrothermal condition by the formation of nano-platelets assembly. Subsequent calcination converts both Mg(OH)2 and MgCO3 into the corresponding MgO granules of similar flower-like and cubic morphology and size to each precursor. The physical and chemical properties of MgO and its precursors of Mg(OH)2 and MgCO3 are investigated by SEM, XRD, FT-IR, and TGA analysis.

  18. Antibacterial effects of biosynthesized MgO nanoparticles using ethanolic fruit extract of Emblica officinalis.

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    Ramanujam, Kalimuthan; Sundrarajan, Mahalingam

    2014-12-01

    Magnesium oxides nanoparticles were successfully synthesized from Mg(NO3)(2)·6H2O through a simple greener route using fruit extract (Emblica officinalis). The synthesized samples were characterized by different techniques such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) analysis. The XRD pattern shows the face centered cubic structure with 27 nm of crystalline size of MgO nanoparticles was confirmed by the Debye-Scherrer's Formula. The spherical in shape of MgO nanoparticles is confirmed by SEM analysis. MgO nanoparticles treated cotton fabric produced stronger antibacterial activity. These types of treated fabrics are used in medical application.

  19. Multi-particle assembled porous nanostructured MgO: its application in fluoride removal

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    Gangaiah, Vijayakumar; Siddaramanna, Ashoka; Thimanna Chandrappa, Gujjarahalli

    2014-12-01

    In this article, a simple and economical route based on ethylene glycol mediated process was developed to synthesize one-dimensional (1D) multiparticle assembled nanostructured MgO using magnesium acetate and urea as reactants. Porous multiparticle chain-like MgO has been synthesized by the calcination of a solvothermally derived single nanostructured precursor. The prepared products were characterized by an x-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern, thermogravimetry, scanning/transmission electron microscopy (SEM/TEM) and N2 adsorption (BET). As a proof of concept, the porous multiparticle chain-like MgO has been applied in a water treatment for isolated and rural communities, and it has exhibited an excellent adsorption capability to remove fluoride in waste water. In addition, this method could be generalized to prepare other 1D nanostructures with great potential for various attractive applications.

  20. Tunnel magnetoresistance properties and film structures of double MgO barrier magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Gan, H. D.; Ikeda, S.; Shiga, W.; Hayakawa, J.; Miura, K.; Yamamoto, H.; Hasegawa, H.; Matsukura, F.; Ohkubo, T.; Hono, K.; Ohno, H.

    2010-05-01

    The authors fabricated double MgO barrier magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) with 3-nm-thick Co40Fe40B20 free layer. When annealed at 350 °C, tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) ratio at room temperature was 130%, much lower than that (297%) of single MgO barrier MTJs processed and annealed under the same condition. The middle CoFeB free layer sandwiched between the two MgO barriers was found to be mostly amorphous. Replacement of the Co40Fe40B20 free layer by a highly oriented Co50Fe50 layer and a composite Co50Fe50/Co40Fe40B20 layer led to the enhanced TMR ratios up to 165% and 212% at annealing temperature of 350 °C, respectively.

  1. Fabrication of a New Pyroelectric Infrared Sensor Using MgO Surface Micromachining

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    Kotani, Tokumi; Nakanishi, Tsutomu; Nomura, Koji

    1993-12-01

    A new La-modified PbTiO3 (PLT) pyroelectric infrared sensor with a microcavity has been successfully fabricated by MgO surface micromachining. A microcavity under the sensing element is formed by etching the front surface of the substrate in order to improve the thermal properties. To precisely control the fabrication of a microcavity, process conditions were investigated in detail. As the concentration in phosphoric acid decreased and Pt diffusion into MgO substrate increased, the side etch rate of the MgO substrate increased from 1.9 to 3.4 μm/min at 80°C. The sizes of the fabricated sensor, sensing area, and etching holes were 1× 2 mm2, 200× 240 μm2, and 60× 120 μm2, respectively. Pyroelectric coefficients of 4.0× 10-8C/cm2 K were obtained.

  2. The reactivity of CO2 with K atoms adsorbed on MgO powders.

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    Preda, Gloria; Pacchioni, Gianfranco; Chiesa, Mario; Giamello, Elio

    2009-10-01

    In this combined quantum chemical and EPR study we have investigated the formation of CO(2)(-) radicals by contact of CO(2) molecules with a K precovered MgO surface. K atoms have been deposited on polycrystalline MgO samples, and then exposed to CO(2). The typical EPR signal of the isolated K atoms disappears when the reaction with CO(2) takes place and a new paramagnetic species attributed to CO(2)(-) is observed. DFT cluster model calculations show that there is a spontaneous electron transfer from the adsorbed K atom to the CO(2) molecule, with formation of K(+)CO(2)(-) surface complexes. These species have the same electronic characteristics and spin distribution of gas-phase M(+)CO(2)(-) (M = Li, Na, K) molecules, but are stabilized by the presence of the ionic surface. The most stable MgO sites where the adsorption of CO(2) occurs and the computed EPR properties are discussed.

  3. Molecular dynamics study on low-energy sputtering properties of MgO surfaces

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    Ahn, Hyo-Shin; Kim, Tae-Eun; Cho, Eunae; Ji, Miran; Lee, Choong-Ki; Han, Seungwu; Cho, Youngmi; Kim, Changwook

    2008-04-01

    In an effort to understand microscopic processes occurring between MgO protective layers and impinging plasma ions in a discharge cell of plasma-display panel, sputtering properties of MgO(100) surface by He, Ne, and Xe atoms are studied with molecular dynamics simulations. Interatomic potentials between constituent atoms are fitted to first-principles data sets for representative configurations. Various incident directions of ions are considered with kinetic energies under 100 eV. It is found that sputtering yields for the Ne atom are largest among tested noble gases. The angle dependence of sputtering yields indicates that (111)-oriented MgO films are much more vulnerable to ion attacks than (100)-oriented layers. A surface model including the monolayer step is also studied and it is found that the yields increase substantially for grazing-angle incidence.

  4. Structural and optical properties of MgO doped ZnO

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    Verma, Kavita; Shukla, S.; Varshney, Dinesh; Varshney, M.; Asthana, A.

    2014-04-24

    Samples of ZnO, Zn{sub 0.5}Mg{sub 0.5}O and MgO were prepared by co-precipitation method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern infers that the sample of ZnO is in single-phase wurtzite structure (hexagonal phase, space group P6{sub 3}mc), MgO crystallizes in cubic Fd3m space group and Zn{sub 0.5}Mg{sub 0.5}O represents mixed nature of ZnO and MgO lattices. Similar features were observed from Raman spectroscopy. The energy band gaps estimated from UV-Vis spectroscopy are found to be 4.21 and 3.42 eV for ZnO and Zn{sub 0.5}Mg{sub 0.5}O samples respectively.

  5. Grain boundaries at the surface of consolidated MgO nanocrystals and acid-base functionality.

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    Vingurt, Dima; Fuks, David; Landau, Miron V; Vidruk, Roxana; Herskowitz, Moti

    2013-09-21

    The increase of the surface basicity-acidity of MgO material by factors of 1.8-3.0 due to consolidation of its nanocrystals was demonstrated by the indicator titration. It was shown that the parallel increase of surface acidity and basicity is attributed to the formation of grain boundaries (GB) after MgO aerogel densification. A simple model predicting the increase of surface acidity-basicity of MgO that correlates with the results of direct measurements was proposed. The model is based on the study of the fine atomic structure at GB surface areas in consolidated MgO nanocrystals in the framework of Density Functional Theory. It is found that the displacements of coordinatively unsaturated surface ions near the GB are significant at the distances ~3-4 atomic layers from the geometrical contact plane between nanocrystals. The detailed analysis of atomic positions inside GB demonstrated the coordination deficiency of surface atoms at the GB areas leading to the formation of stretched bonds and to creation of low coordinated surface ions due to splitting of coordination numbers of surface atoms belonging to GB areas. Density of states for electrons shows the existence of additional states in the band gap close to the bottom of the conduction band. The adsorption energy of CO2 molecules atop oxygen atoms exposed at surface GB areas is of the same order of magnitude as that reported for oxygen atoms at crystallographic edges and corners of MgO crystals. It provides additional options for bonding of molecules at the surface of nanocrystalline MgO increasing the adsorption capacity and catalytic activity.

  6. Nanodomain induced anomalous magnetic and electronic transport properties of LaBaCo2O5.5+δ highly epitaxial thin films

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    Ruiz-Zepeda, F.; Ma, C.; Bahena Uribe, D.; Cantu-Valle, J.; Wang, H.; Xu, Xing; Yacaman, M. J.; Chen, C.; Lorenz, B.; Jacobson, A. J.; Chu, P. C. W.; Ponce, A.

    2014-01-01

    A giant magnetoresistance effect (∼46% at 20 K under 7 T) and anomalous magnetic properties were found in a highly epitaxial double perovskite LaBaCo2O5.5+δ (LBCO) thin film on (001) MgO. Aberration-corrected Electron Microscopy and related analytical techniques were employed to understand the nature of these unusual physical properties. The as-grown film is epitaxial with the c-axis of the LBCO structure lying in the film plane and with an interface relationship given by (100)LBCO || (001)MgO and [001]LBCO || [100]MgO or [010]MgO. Orderly oxygen vacancies were observed by line profile electron energy loss spectroscopy and by atomic resolution imaging. Especially, oxygen vacancy and nanodomain structures were found to have a crucial effect on the electronic transport and magnetic properties. PMID:24453381

  7. Nanodomain induced anomalous magnetic and electronic transport properties of LaBaCo{sub 2}O{sub 5.5+δ} highly epitaxial thin films

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    Ruiz-Zepeda, F.; Ma, C.; Bahena Uribe, D.; Cantu-Valle, J.; Wang, H.; Xu, Xing; Yacaman, M. J.; Ponce, A.; Chen, C.; Lorenz, B.; Jacobson, A. J.; Chu, P. C. W.

    2014-01-14

    A giant magnetoresistance effect (∼46% at 20 K under 7 T) and anomalous magnetic properties were found in a highly epitaxial double perovskite LaBaCo{sub 2}O{sub 5.5+δ} (LBCO) thin film on (001) MgO. Aberration-corrected Electron Microscopy and related analytical techniques were employed to understand the nature of these unusual physical properties. The as-grown film is epitaxial with the c-axis of the LBCO structure lying in the film plane and with an interface relationship given by (100){sub LBCO} || (001){sub MgO} and [001]{sub LBCO} || [100]{sub MgO} or [010]{sub MgO}. Orderly oxygen vacancies were observed by line profile electron energy loss spectroscopy and by atomic resolution imaging. Especially, oxygen vacancy and nanodomain structures were found to have a crucial effect on the electronic transport and magnetic properties.

  8. Preparation and characterization of MgO surfaces by reflection electron microscopy.

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    Crozier, P A; Gajdardziska-Josifovska, M; Cowley, J M

    1992-02-15

    We have employed several different methods to prepare (100) and (111) surfaces of MgO crystals. (100) surfaces prepared by simple cleaving give good reflection high energy electron diffraction (RHEED) patterns and surfaces with a high density of coarse steps. Chemical polishing of this surface results in a roughening of the topography whilst annealing in oxygen considerably smoothens the surfaces although they appear to be contaminated. Under certain conditions we find that the MgO crystals will cleave along the (111) plane. Both cleaved and mechanically polished (111) surfaces are atomically flat and reconstructed after oxygen annealing.

  9. New optical properties of MgO after MeV metal ion implantation

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    Zimmerman, R. L.; Ila, D.; Williams, E. K.; Sarkisov, S. S.; Poker, D. B.; Hensley, D. K.

    1999-06-01

    The implantation of metal ions into single crystals of MgO(100) followed by thermal annealing leads to an increase in absorption of ultra violet and visible light. Metal ions of Au, Sn, Ag, Cu and Ti were implanted at a depth of a few thousand Angstroms followed by thermal annealing. MgO samples implanted with He and Si ions at greater depths were used to study the optical effects and thermal annealing of radiation damage. The influence of bombardment fluence and heat treatment on the size of the metal clusters and on the fraction of atoms in clusters were measured using absorption photospectrometry.

  10. Noncatalytic dissociation of MgO by laser pulses towards sustainable energy cycle

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    Yabe, T.; Mohamed, M. S.; Uchida, S.; Baasandash, C.; Sato, Y.; Tsuji, M.; Mori, Y.

    2007-06-01

    We succeeded in dissociating MgO using laser pulses without a reducing agent. The energy efficiency from laser to magnesium reaction energy exceeded 42.5%. Although 1kW CO2 cw laser and Nd-YAG pulse laser are used in this experiment, the laser can be pumped by natural resources such as solar light or wind power. Thus natural resources are stored in the form of magnesium, which can be used through the reaction with water whenever we need the energy, and thus a renewable energy system will be established. This paper reports the preliminary experiments of MgO reduction toward a sustainable energy cycle.

  11. Preparation of nanocrystalline MgO by surfactant assisted precipitation method

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    Rezaei, Mehran; Khajenoori, Majid; Nematollahi, Behzad

    2011-10-15

    Highlights: {yields} Nanocrystalline magnesium oxide with high surface area. {yields} MgO prepared with surfactant showed different morphologies compared with the sample prepared without surfactant. {yields} MgO prepared with surfactant showed a plate-like shape. {yields} Refluxing temperature and time and the surfactant to metal molar ratio affect the textural properties of MgO. -- Abstract: Nanocrystalline magnesium oxide with high surface area was prepared by a simple precipitation method using pluronic P123 triblock copolymer (Poly (ethylene glycol)-block, Poly (propylene glycol)-block, Poly (ethylene glycol)) as surfactant and under refluxing conditions. The prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), N{sub 2} adsorption (BET) and scanning and transmission electron microscopies (SEM and TEM). The obtained results revealed that the refluxing time and temperature and the molar ratio of surfactant to metal affect the structural properties of MgO, because of the changes in the rate and extent of P123 adsorption on the prepared samples. The results showed that the addition of surfactant is effective to prepare magnesium oxide with high surface area and affects the morphology of the prepared samples. With increasing the P123/MgO molar ratio to 0.05 the pore size distribution was shifted to larger size. The sample prepared with addition of surfactant showed a plate-like shape which was completely different with the morphology of the sample prepared without surfactant. The formation of nanoplate-like MgO was related to higher surface density of Mg ions on the (0 0 1) plane than that on the other planes of the Mg(OH){sub 2} crystal. The (0 0 1) plane would be blocked preferentially by the adsorbed P123 molecules during the growing process of Mg(OH){sub 2} nanoentities and the growth on the (0 0 1) plane would be markedly restricted, and the consequence is the generation of nanoplate-like MgO. In addition, increase in refluxing temperature and time

  12. Y1Ba2Cu3O7-δ thin films grown by magnetron sputtering

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    Takano, Satoshi; Hayashi, Noriki; Okuda, Shigeru; Hitosuyanagi, Hajime

    1989-12-01

    Y1Ba2Cu3O7-δ thin films were grown on (100)MgO and polycrystalline YSZ substrates by RF magnetron sputtering. We measured the magnetic field dependence of Jc of these films. The films grown on MgO with Jc of 4.0x106, 2.9 x106 and 1.5x104 A/cm2 at OT showed 7.1x105 A/cm2 at 8T, 1x104 A/cm2 at 20T and 1.1x103 A/cm2 at 5 T, respectively . We could attain a c-axis oriented film with a Jc of 1.2x104 A/cm2 on YSZ polycrystalline substrate, however, it showed greater degradation than the films grown on MgO in Jc with magnetic field.

  13. Y 1Ba 2Cu 3O 7-δ thin films grown by magnetron sputtering

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    Takano, Satoshi; Hayashi, Noriki; Okuda, Shigeru; Hitosuyanagi, Hajime

    1989-12-01

    Y 1Ba 2Cu 3O 7-δ thin films were grown on (100)MgO and polycrystalline YSZ substrates by RF magnetron sputtering. We measured the magnetic field dependence of Jc of these films. The films grown on MgO with Jc of 4.0x10 6, 2.9 x10 6 and 1.5x10 4 A/cm 2 at OT showed 7.1x10 5 A/cm 2 at 8T, 1x10 4 A/cm 2 at 20T and 1.1x10 3 A/cm 2 at 5 T, respectively . We could attain a c-axis oriented film with a Jc of 1.2x10 4 A/cm 2 on YSZ polycrystalline substrate, however, it showed greater degradation than the films grown on MgO in Jc with magnetic field.

  14. Growth, structure, and magnetic properties of γ-Fe2O3 epitaxial films on MgO

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    Gao, Y.; Kim, Y. J.; Thevuthasan, S.; Chambers, S. A.; Lubitz, P.

    1997-04-01

    Single-crystal epitaxial thin films of γ-Fe2O3(001) have been grown on MgO(001) using oxygen-plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. The structure and magnetic properties of these films have been characterized by a variety of techniques, including reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED), low-energy electron diffraction (LEED), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and x-ray photoelectron/Auger electron diffraction (XPD/AED), vibrating sample magnetometry, and ferromagnetic resonance. Real-time RHEED reveals that the film growth occurs in a layer-by-layer fashion. The γ-Fe2O3(001) film surface exhibits a (1×1) LEED pattern. The growth of γ-Fe2Ooverflow="scroll">3 films at 450 °C is accompanied by significant Mg outdiffusion. AED of Mg KLL Auger emission reveals that Mg substitutionally incorporates in the γ-Fe2O3 lattice, occupying the octahedral sites. Magnetic moments are ˜2300 G and ˜4500 G for γ-Fe2O3 films grown at 250 °C and 450 °C, respectively. The high magnetic moment for the films grown at 450 °C could be attributed to the high degree of structural order of the films and Mg substitution at octahedral sites.

  15. Enhancement of the Co magnetic moment in bcc Co1-xMnx on MgO

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    Snow, Ryan; Bhatkar, Harsh; N'diaye, Alpha; Arenholz, Elke; Idzerda, Yves; Montana State University Team; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratries Team

    Using X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (MCD), we show that the elemental Co moment for MBE grown thin films of bcc Co1-xMnx grown on MgO(001) is enhanced by 40% to a maximum value of 2.1 μB at x =0.24. The net Mn moment is found to align parallel with Co for all concentrations and remains roughly constant until x =0.3, then drops steadily, up to x =0.7, where the total moment of the film abruptly collapses to zero. Using a low-concentration Mn moment of 3.0 μB, the average magnetization lies directly on the Slater-Pauling (SP) curve for concentrations up to about x =.25, where it reaches a maximum moment of 2.3 μB /atom. This peak is slightly shifted and the slope is steeper on the high-Mn concentration side of the peak relative to the standard SP curve. This is in stark contrast to the fcc CoMn and hcp CoCr bulk behavior which shows only a rapid total moment reduction with Mn concentration. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant ECCS-1542210. The Advanced Light Source is supported by the Director, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, of the U.S. Department of Energy under Con.

  16. Study of the Verwey transition of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} films and Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/MgO multilayers grown by MBE

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    Veerdonk, R.J.M. van de; Heijden, P.A.A. van der |; Gijs, M.A.M.; Wolf, R.M.; Jonge, W.J.M. de

    1996-11-01

    Thin magnetite (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) films and Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/MgO multilayers have been epitaxially grown by Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) on MgO(100) and MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}(100) substrates. The epitaxial growth on MgO(100) substrates, with a slightly larger bulk lattice parameter than that of magnetite, resulted in an in-plane expansion of the magnetite lattice, accompanied by a perpendicular compression. For films grown on MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}(100), with a smaller lattice parameter, the substrate misfit is relaxed by the incorporation of misfit dislocations at the interface. It is shown that the substrates have a large effect on the magnetic and electronic properties of the films. The characteristic Verwey transition is shifted towards lower temperatures, broadened, and reduced in amplitude, more so for thinner films. This can not be quantitatively explained by substrate induced stress alone, but is more likely due to a rigid structural coupling between the magnetite film and the cubic lattice of the substrate. Hereby the orthorhombic deformation accompanying the Verwey transition may be suppressed. When growing at reduced oxygen pressure, the length scale for the rigid coupling will be reduced by the introduction of vacancies. This leads to more bulk-like resistivity and Verwey transition characteristics, but also to deviations from stoichiometry, as suggested by magnetization and Ferromagnetic Resonance (FMR) experiments.

  17. Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy of Mn{sub 4}N films on MgO(001) and SrTiO{sub 3}(001) substrates

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    Yasutomi, Yoko; Ito, Keita; Sanai, Tatsunori; Toko, Kaoru; Suemasu, Takashi

    2014-05-07

    We grew Mn{sub 4}N epitaxial thin films capped with Au layers on MgO(001) and SrTiO{sub 3}(001) substrates by molecular beam epitaxy. Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) was confirmed in all the samples at room temperature from the magnetization versus magnetic field curves using superconducting quantum interference device magnetometer. From the ω-2θ x-ray diffraction (XRD) and ϕ-2θ{sub χ} XRD patterns, the ratios of perpendicular lattice constant c to in-plane lattice constant a, c/a, were found to be about 0.99 for all the samples. These results imply that PMA is attributed to the in-plane tensile strain in the Mn{sub 4}N films.

  18. Electronic and magnetic structure of epitaxial Fe3O4(001 ) /NiO heterostructures grown on MgO(001) and Nb-doped SrTiO3(001 )

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    Kuepper, K.; Kuschel, O.; Pathé, N.; Schemme, T.; Schmalhorst, J.; Thomas, A.; Arenholz, E.; Gorgoi, M.; Ovsyannikov, R.; Bartkowski, S.; Reiss, G.; Wollschläger, J.

    2016-07-01

    We study the underlying chemical, electronic, and magnetic properties of a number of magnetite-based thin films. The main focus is placed onto Fe3O4 (001)/NiO bilayers grown on MgO(001) and Nb-SrTiO3(001) substrates. We compare the results with those obtained on pure Fe3O4 (001) thin films. It is found that the magnetite layers are oxidized and Fe3 + dominates at the surfaces due to maghemite (γ -Fe2O3 ) formation, which decreases with increasing magnetite layer thickness. For layer thicknesses of around 20 nm and above, the cationic distribution is close to that of stoichiometric Fe3O4 . At the interface between NiO and Fe3O4 we find the Ni to be in a divalent valence state, with unambiguous spectral features in the Ni 2 p core level x-ray photoelectron spectra typical for NiO. The formation of a significant NiFe2O4 interlayer can be excluded by means of x-ray magnetic circular dichroism. Magneto-optical Kerr effect measurements reveal significant higher coercive fields compared to magnetite thin films grown on MgO(001), and an altered in-plane easy axis pointing in the <100 > direction. We discuss the spin magnetic moments of the magnetite layers and find that a thickness of 20 nm or above leads to spin magnetic moments close to that of bulk magnetite.

  19. Synergistic effect of MgO nanoparticles for electrochemical sensing, photocatalytic-dye degradation and antibacterial activity

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    Reddy Yadav, L. S.; Lingaraju, K.; Manjunath, K.; Raghu, G. K.; Sudheer Kumar, K. H.; Nagaraju, G.

    2017-02-01

    MgO nanoparticles (NPs) have been synthesized by a simple and eco-friendly route using watermelon juice as a novel fuel. The synthesized MgO NPs have been subjected to detailed characterization using various analytical techniques. The XRD pattern confirms the crystal structure of MgO which is composed of cubic phase of periclase. The FTIR spectrum gave another manifest for the presence of Mg–O bonding at 552 cm‑1. The surface structure, morphology and particle size have been studied using SEM and TEM which show the MgO NPs are in agglomerated form, almost spherical in shape and average size is about 30–50 nm. Finally, the multidimensional studies have been examined by subjecting MgO NPs as a catalyst for the photodegradation of methylene blue dye (one of the most commonly encountered environmental pollutants), antibacterial activities and electrochemical sensing for the detection of hydrazine at trace level concentration.

  20. First-principles study of B, C, N and F doped graphene-like MgO monolayer

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    Wu, Ping; Huang, Min; Cheng, Wenjing; Tang, Fuling

    2016-07-01

    Based on the first-principles calculations, we have investigated the stable geometries, electronic and magnetic properties of the graphene-like MgO monolayer with O atom substituted by B, C, N, and F atoms. The formation energy decreases in the order of B>C>N>F, which may be influenced by the different electronegativities. The band gaps of p-type doped MgO monolayers are tunable due to the emergence of impurity states within the band gap, while F-doped MgO monolayer realizes the transition from semiconductor to metal. The results show that p-type doped MgO monolayer exhibit magnetic behaviors due to polarizations of dopants and surrounding Mg or O atoms near the dopants, while no magnetism is observed in the case of F doped MgO monolayer. These results are potentially useful for spintronic applications and the development of magnetic nanostructures.

  1. Optical properties of MgO doped near-stoichiometric LiTaO 3 single crystals

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    Hu, Pengchao; Zhang, Lianhan; Xiong, Jing; Yin, Jigang; Zhao, Chengchun; He, Xiaoming; Hang, Yin

    2011-09-01

    Comparative study of the optical properties of undoped and 1-3 mol% MgO doped near-stoichiometric LiTaO 3 (SLT) crystals were undertaken. It was observed that the red shift in the absorption edge occurred with the increasing MgO doping concentration. The infrared absorption spectrum of the OH-stretch-mode in SLT was measured for crystals of undoped and 1-3 mol% MgO doped compositions. The coercive field for the crystals was measured to be 0.913, 0.610 and 0.735 kV/mm for 1-3 mol% MgO doped SLT, respectively. Photorefractive damage of SLT single crystals with 1-3 mol% MgO doping levels was measured to be 136.29, 180.25 and 222.54 MW/cm 2.

  2. Influence of MgO on structure and optical properties of alumino-lithium-phosphate glasses

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    Jlassi, I.; Elhouichet, H.; Ferid, M.

    2016-07-01

    MgO doped lithium alumino phosphate glasses (PLA: P2O5+Li2O+Al2O3+MgO) were prepared by melt quenching technique. Raman spectra display three significant peaks at 698, 1164 and 1383 cm-1 attributed to: symmetric stretching vibrations of the bridging oxygen (BO) in the P-O-P chains, symmetric stretching vibrations of the PO2 groups, and the asymmetric vibrations vas(PO2) of the non-bridging oxygen (NBO) atoms, respectively. Also, the density, molar volumes and ion concentration have been discussed and correlated with the structural changes within the glassy matrix. Some optical constants such as refractive index and dispersion parameters (Eo: single-oscillator energy and Ed: dispersive energy) of the glasses were determined. Finally, the values of the optical band gap for direct and indirect allowed transitions have been determined from the absorption edge studies. It is deduced that the values of Eopt increase with increasing MgO content. It was assigned to structural changes induced from the formation of non-bridging oxygen. The Urbach energy (ΔE) was found to decrease from 0.578 to 0.339 eV with increasing MgO content from 0.5 to 2 mol.

  3. 1/f noise in linearized low resistance MgO magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Almeida, J. M.; Ferreira, R.; Freitas, P. P.; Langer, J.; Ocker, B.; Maass, W.

    2006-04-01

    Low RA MgO magnetic tunnel junctions prepared at Singulus (Ta 3/CuN 30/Ta 5/PtMn 20/CoFe 2.5/Ru 0.7/CoFeB 3/MgO 1.2/CoFeB 3/Ta 5 (thickness in nanometers) were microfabricated at INESC-MN. The junctions were patterned into micron-sized sensors (5-20 μm2) with controlled shape anisotropy (aspect ratio ranging from 2 to 20). A small external longitudinal bias field (15-30 Oe) was further used to improve sensor linearity. The MgO junctions have a resistance-area product of 150 Ω μm2 and a maximum tunnel magnetoresistance of 130%. Noise measurements were done in linearized sensors, from dc to 500 kHz. The magnetic and nonmagnetic contributions to the 1/f noise were determined. From the data fitting, Hooge parameters of ~2.20×10-9 μm2 were obtained for the nonmagnetic 1/f noise. Analysis of direct experimental data revealed the possibility to detect variations of magnetic fields in the order of 10-10 T/Hz0.5 with these MgO junctions, demonstrating their potential for ultralow-field detection.

  4. Efficient removal of fluoride by hierarchical MgO microspheres: Performance and mechanism study

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    Jin, Zhen; Jia, Yong; Luo, Tao; Kong, Ling-Tao; Sun, Bai; Shen, Wei; Meng, Fan-Li; Liu, Jin-Huai

    2015-12-01

    Hierarchical MgO microspheres assembled by numerous porous nanoplates were successfully obtained by annealing the precursors of magnesium carbonate hydroxide hydrate synthesized through a facile and cost-effective hydrothermal process at low temperature. The as-prepared products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller measurements. The fluoride removal performance of the hierarchical MgO microspheres was investigated. The adsorption isotherm could be well fitted in Freundlich model, and the adsorption capacity was over 115.5 mg/g at pH 7. The absorbent also showed high fluoride removal ability in a wide pH range of 2-10, which is favorable for practical application. The effect of co-existing anions on fluoride removal was also investigated. The result indicated that the fluoride adsorption capacity was influenced when carbonate, bicarbonate and phosphate existed above the concentration of 50 mg/g. In addition, the adsorption mechanism was investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. A novel hydroxyl and carbonate co-exchange mechanism has been proposed for the first time. It can be found that fluoride ions could replace the surface carbonates which formed by the reaction of MgO and the adsorbed CO2 molecules, and then anchored on the MgO surface.

  5. FeO and MgO in plagioclase of lunar anorthosites: Igneous or metamorphic?

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    Phinney, W. C.

    1994-01-01

    The combined evidence from terrestrial anorthosites and experimental laboratory studies strongly implies that lunar anorthosites have been subjected to high-grade metamorphic events that have erased the igneous signatures of FeO and MgO in their plagioclases. Arguments to the contrary have, to this point, been more hopeful than rigorous.

  6. SO2 Initiates the Efficient Conversion of NO2 to HONO on MgO Surface.

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    Ma, Qingxin; Wang, Tao; Liu, Chang; He, Hong; Wang, Zhe; Wang, Weihao; Liang, Yutong

    2017-04-04

    Nitrous acid (HONO) is an important source of hydroxyl radical (OH) that determines the fate of many chemically active and climate relevant trace gases. However, the sources and the formation mechanisms of HONO remain poorly understood. In this study, the effect of SO2 on the heterogeneous reactions of NO2 on MgO as a mineral dust surrogate was investigated. The reactivity of MgO to NO2 is weak, while coexisting SO2 can increase the uptake coefficients of NO2 on MgO by 2-3 orders of magnitude. The uptake coefficients of NO2 on SO2-aged MgO are independent of NO2 concentrations in the range of 20-160 ppbv and relative humidity (0-70%RH). The reaction mechanism was demonstrated to be a redox reaction between NO2 and surface sulfite. In the presence of SO2, NO2 was reduced to nitrite under dry conditions, which could be further converted to gas-phase HONO in humid conditions. These results suggest that the reductive effect of SO2 on the heterogeneous conversion of NO2 to HONO may have a significant contribution to the unknown sources of HONO observed in polluted areas (for example, in China).

  7. Synthesis and characterization of one-dimensional MgO nanostructures.

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    Kar, Soumitra; Chaudhuri, Subhadra

    2006-05-01

    Magnesium oxide (MgO) nanowire arrays, nanoribbons, two- and three-dimensional network like nanostructures were prepared by the simple thermal evaporation of Mg powder with and without using catalyst at a relatively low temperature. The non-catalytic approaches favor the formation of network like nanoforms whereas the catalytic approaches favors the formation of one-dimensional nanowire arrays and quasi one-dimensional nanoribbons depending on the temperature and vapor concentrations of the growth site. The diameter and length of the MgO network like columns varied within 40-50 nm and approximately 200 nm respectively. The MgO nanowires produced by the catalytic approach had diameter within 20-30 nm and length approximately 2 microm. Whereas the widths of the nanoribbons varied within 50-100 nm and their length were of the order of a few hundred micrometers. The nanoforms were single crystalline and cubic in phase. The products were characterized by the X-ray diffraction study, energy dispersive analysis of X-ray study, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, and photoluminescence measurements to explore the structural, compositional, morphological, and physical properties of the MgO nanoforms.

  8. Nanocrystal Ghosting: Extensive radiation damage in MgO induced by low-energy electrons

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    Sawyer, William; Frankenfield, Zachery; Kane, Kenneth

    Radiation damage in magnesium oxide has been an ongoing source of investigation. Early work was motivated by its simple cubic structure and its excellent electrical insulating properties over a wide range of temperatures and mechanical conditions. The goal was to determine its suitability as an electrical insulator in radiation intense environments including nuclear reactors and proposed nuclear fusion devices. During this period experimental results for irradiation of MgO using electrons with energies less than 500 keV produced very limited damage. These results, supported by theoretical arguments, lead to the conclusion that MgO was relatively impervious to damage from electrons with energies below this threshold. More recently its excellent insulating properties and relative mechanical stability combined with an increased interest in nanomaterials applications have created renewed interest in MgO. In this paper direct evidence is presented for extensive radiation damage in MgO nanocrystals from intense irradiation by electrons (2 x 10 4electrons/nm2 sec) with beam energies between 120 keV and 60 keV.

  9. Nanocrystal ghosting: Extensive radiation damage in MgO induced by low-energy electrons

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    Frankenfield, Zackery; Kane, Kenneth; Sawyer, William H.

    2017-03-01

    We report direct evidence of extensive radiation damage in MgO nanocrystals due to intense bombardment (2 × 10 electrons/nm sec) by electrons with beam energies between 60 keV and 120 keV. Based upon a minimum intensity necessary to produce the observed damage, we present an explanation based on the Knotek-Feibelman process.

  10. Effect of gold nanorods in an MgO protective layer of AC plasma display panels.

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    Cho, Seok Ho; Lee, Seong Min; Kim, Woo Hyun; Choi, Kyung Cheol

    2015-04-15

    We propose a modified MgO protective layer for alternating current plasma display panels. The modified MgO protective layer of the panel tested here has a structure that incorporates silica-coated Au nanorods (NRs), leading to localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) in the near-infrared (IR) region. The silica-coated Au NRs were synthesized by a simple chemical method and inserted into an MgO protective layer using an air-spray method. The operating voltage of the proposed structure was decreased by 10 V. The luminance and luminous efficacy of the test panel part with the silica-coated Au NRs both increased by about 15%. According to the measured results of the IR response time, the sustain discharge time lag was reduced. In addition, by inserting the silica-coated Au NRs into the MgO protective layer, a decrease of the IR emission proceeding from the plasma discharge was acquired. Finally, we investigated the LSPR effect of the silica-coated Au NRs in a simulation with a finite-difference time domain method.

  11. Efficient activation of peroxymonosulfate by magnetic Mn-MGO for degradation of bisphenol A.

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    Du, Jiangkun; Bao, Jianguo; Liu, Ying; Ling, Haibo; Zheng, Han; Kim, Sang Hoon; Dionysiou, Dionysios D

    2016-12-15

    A heterogeneous manganese/magnetite/graphene oxide (Mn-MGO) hybrid catalyst was fabricated through the reduction of KMnO4 by ethylene glycol in the presence of magnetite/GO (MGO) particles. The Mn-MGO catalyst exhibited high efficacy and long-term stability in activating peroxymonosulfate (PMS) to generate sulfate radicals for the removal of bisphenol A (BPA) from water. The results of the batch experiments indicated that an increase in the catalyst dose and solution pH could enhance BPA degradation in the coupled Mn-MGO/PMS system. Regardless of the initial pH, the solution pH significantly dropped after the reaction, which was caused by catalytic PMS activation. The production of sulfate radicals and hydroxyl radicals was validated through radical quenching and electron paramagnetic resonances (EPR) tests. BPA degradation pathways were proposed on the basis of LC-MS and GC-MS analyses. Finally, a possible mechanism of catalytic PMS activation was proposed that involved electron transfer from MnO or Mn2O3 to PMS with the generation of sulfate radicals, protons and MnO2, as well as the simultaneous reduction of MnO2 by PMS.

  12. Assessment of pulmonary toxicity of MgO nanoparticles in rats.

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    Gelli, Kiranmai; Porika, Mahendar; Anreddy, Rama Narsimha Reddy

    2015-03-01

    In this study, we have evaluated the pulmonary toxicity of MgO nanoparticles (MgO NPs) in rats following their exposure. NPs in phosphate buffered saline + 1% Tween 80 were exposed via intratracheal instillation at a doses of 1 mg/kg or 5 mg/kg into rat lungs and evaluated for various tissue damage markers like alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid and histopathology of lungs at 1, 7, and 30 days of post-exposure intervals. A dose-dependant increase in ALP and LDH activity was observed in BAL fluids of rat lungs than sham control at all post-exposure periods (P <0.05), and a dose-dependant infiltration of interstitial lymphocytes, peribronchiolar lymphocytic infiltration, and dilated and/or congested vessels at 1 day post-exposure period, worsened at 1 week period, and were reduced at 1 month at histology, indicating the pulmonary toxicity of MgO NPs. In conclusion, MgO NPs exposure produced a dose-dependent pulmonary toxicity in rats and was comparable with that of Quartz particles.

  13. Preparation of highly dispersed MgO and its bactericidal properties

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    Huang, L.; Li, D.-Q.; Evans, D. G.; Duan, X.

    2005-07-01

    Samples of layered double hydroxides (LDHs) were prepared by a method involving separate nucleation and aging steps recently developed in our laboratory, using varying [ Mg2+] /[ Al3+] ratios and different aging conditions. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), FT-IR spectroscopy and laser granulometry. The results showed that LDHs with different particle sizes could be obtained by controlling the reaction temperature and degree of supersaturation. Calcination of these materials affords mixtures of highly dispersed MgO and mixed metal oxides. Bactericidal experiments against Bacillus subtilis var. niger and Staphylococcus aureus were carried out using materials formed by calcination of the LDHs at 500 circC. The mechanism of bactericidal activity was also investigated. It is known that MgO is very readily hydrated and that reaction with dissolved oxygen affords superoxide anions O{2}-, which attack the secondary amide structure of proteins leading to destruction of the bacteria. The bactericidal activity of the MgO increases with specific surface area because this leads to an increased number of surface hydroxyl groups and higher concentrations of O{2}- in solution. The bactericidal ability of MgO therefore increases with decreasing particle size.

  14. Transient Cataluminescence on Flowerlike MgO for Discrimination and Detection of Volatile Organic Compounds.

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    Xu, Honglin; Li, Qiuyan; Zhang, Lichun; Zeng, Binrong; Deng, Dongyan; Lv, Yi

    2016-08-16

    Methodologies for simple and rapid identification of gas compounds are needed in the fields of environmental and security. Here, a new and simple method for the discrimination of gas compounds was designed through an interesting transient cataluminescence (TRCTL) phenomenon on the highly efficient MgO materials. The flowerlike MgO with high CTL activity was controllably synthesized via a facile and time-saving aqueous precipitation route and characterized by scanning electron microscopy, powder X-ray diffractometry, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, and N2 adsorption measurements, etc. With flowerlike MgO working as the sensing material, the newly developed CTL gas sensor exhibited highly active, ultrafast, and characteristic responses toward many analytes; the TRCTL curves thus were obtained and 10 VOCs have been successfully identified. Parallel experimental results show that the controllable synthesis of flowerlike MgO can greatly enhance the discrimination capacities for VOCs. Further, the TRCTL of CHCl3 and C2H5OC2H5 were taken as typical examples to illustrate the possible sensing mechanism, which could contribute to explaining processes of catalytic oxidations. We expect this novel TRCTL concept will be of practical importance for applications including gas detection, gas discrimination, and research of chemical kinetics processes.

  15. Gallium-assisted growth of flute-like MgO nanotubes, Ga2O3-filled MgO nanotubes, and MgO/Ga2O3 co-axial nanotubes.

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    Jie, Jiansheng; Wu, Chunyan; Yu, Yongqiang; Wang, Li; Hu, Zhizhong

    2009-02-18

    Flute-like MgO nanotubes were successfully synthesized via a simple thermal evaporation method by using Mg(3)N(2) and Ga(2)O(3) as the source materials. The nanotubes are single-crystal cubic MgO, and have [100] orientation. In contrast to conventional nanotubes with intact walls, the flute-like MgO nanotubes possess a unique porous structure. On the nanotubes there are series of holes aligned along the nanotube length with approximate equidistance. Ga(2)O(3)-filled MgO nanotubes and MgO/Ga(2)O(3) co-axial nanotubes were also found in the product. Further investigation confirms that the inner beta-Ga(2)O(3) has an epitaxial growth relation with the outer MgO nanotube due to their perfect lattice matching. A gallium-assisted growth mechanism was proposed to interpret the growth of the flute-like MgO nanotubes. The thermal expansion and evaporation of the filled liquid gallium in MgO nanotubes are likely responsible for the formation of the hole structures on the side walls.

  16. Subsurface Synthesis and Characterization of Ag Nanoparticles Embedded in MgO

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    Vilayur Ganapathy, Subramanian; Devaraj, Arun; Colby, Robert J.; Pandey, Archana; Varga, Tamas; Shutthanandan, V.; Manandhar, Sandeep; El-Khoury, Patrick Z.; Kayani, Asghar N.; Hess, Wayne P.; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai

    2013-03-08

    Metal nanoparticles exhibit localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) which is very sensitive to the size and shape of the nanoparticle and the dielectric medium surrounding it. LSPR causes field enhancement near the surface of the nanoparticle making them interesting candidates for plasmonic applications. In particular, partially exposed metallic nanoparticles distributed in a dielectric matrix form hotspots which are prime locations for LSPR spectroscopy and sensing. This study involves synthesizing partially buried Ag nanoparticles in MgO and investigating the characteristics of this material system. Ag nanoparticles of different shapes and size distributions were synthesized below the surface of MgO by implanting 200 keV Ag+ ions followed by annealing at 10000C for 10 and 30 hours. A detailed optical and structural characterization was carried out to understand the evolution of Ag nanoparticle microstructure and size distribution inside the MgO matrix. Micro x-ray diffraction (MicroXRD) was employed to investigate the structural properties and estimate the crystallite size. The nanoparticles evolved from a spherical to faceted morphology with annealing time, assuming an octahedral shape truncated at the (001) planes as seen from aberration corrected transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images. The nanoparticles embedded in MgO were shown to be pure metallic Ag using atom probe tomography (APT). The nanoparticles were partially exposed to the surface employing plasma etch techniques to remove the overlaying MgO. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) were employed to study the surface morphology and obtain a height distribution for the partially exposed nanoparticles.

  17. Theoretical study of oxidation-reduction reaction of Fe2O3 supported on MgO during chemical looping combustion

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    Qin, Wu; Chen, Qiuluan; Wang, Yang; Dong, Changqing; Zhang, Junjiao; Li, Wenyan; Yang, Yongping

    2013-02-01

    We applied density-functional theory (DFT) in periodic system to investigate the two reactions (CO + Fe2O3/MgO → CO2 + Fe2O2/MgO, O2 + Fe2O2/MgO → O + Fe2O3/MgO) in chemical looping combustion system. While Fe2O3 was supported on MgO(1 0 0) surface Fe2O3 gathered together to form a cluster shape on MgO(1 0 0), denoted as Fe2O3/MgO, where the Fe2O3 was activated by MgO(1 0 0). Then CO interacted with Fe2O3/MgO and carbonate generated during a stepwise reaction with the calculated maximum barrier energy of 0.95 eV, far less than that of the reaction between CO and the pure Fe2O3 cluster (2.59 eV). CO was oxidized by Fe2O3/MgO and then Fe2O3/MgO transformed into the reduced state Fe2O2/MgO, corresponding to the reaction in the fuel reactor in the CLC system. Then the breaking of the adsorbed O2 molecule on Fe2O2/MgO made an O atom bind to a Fe site with the barrier energy of 0. 20 eV, which played as the key step for the oxidizing of Fe2O2/MgO by O2 into Fe2O3/MgO, corresponding to the reaction in the air reactor in the CLC system.

  18. X-ray diffraction study of the optimization of MgO growth conditions for magnetic tunnel junctions

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    O, Se Young; Lee, Chan-Gyu; Shapiro, Alexander J.; Egelhoff, William F.; Vaudin, Mark D.; Ruglovsky, Jennifer L.; Mallett, Jonathan; Pong, Philip W. T.

    2008-04-01

    We have carried out a systematic study optimizing the MgO growth via preparation and sputtering conditions and underlayer structures. It was found that to prevent water vapor which is detrimental to MgO (200) growth, the chamber pressure needs to be reduced below 10-8Torr. Simple underlayers such as 5nm CoFeB tend to give better MgO, but we have also succeeded in growing MgO on more complicated underlayers such as 1 Ta/20 Au/5 Co40Fe40B20 and 1 Ta/20 conetic (Ni77Fe14Cu5Mo4)/1.5 Co40Fe40B20 (units in nanometers). We accomplished this by extensive baking of the deposition chamber and use of Ti-getter films. Short sputtering distance and high sputtering power were found to optimize MgO deposition. We found that both preparation and sputtering conditions have important effects on the MgO growth. X-ray diffraction analysis was used as the characterization tool for optimizing the MgO growth conditions.

  19. Niobium Thin Film Characterization for Thin Film Technology Used in Superconducting Radiofrequency Cavities

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    Dai, Yishu; Valente-Feliciano, Anne-Marie

    2015-10-01

    Superconducting RadioFrequency (SRF) penetrates about 40-100 nm of the top surface, making thin film technology possible in producing superconducting cavities. Thin film is based on the deposition of a thin Nb layer on top of a good thermal conducting material such as Al or Cu. Thin film allows for better control of the surface and has negligible response to the Earth's magnetic field, eliminating the need for magnetic shielding of the cavities. Thin film superconductivity depends heavily on coating process conditions, involving controllable parameters such as crystal plane orientation, coating temperature, and ion energy. MgO and Al2O3 substrates are used because they offer very smooth surfaces, ideal for studying film growth. Atomic Force Microscopy is used to characterize surface's morphology. It is evident that a lower nucleation energy and a long coating time increases the film quality in the r-plane sapphire crystal orientation. The quality of the film increases with thickness. Nb films coated on r-plane, grow along the (001) plane and yield a much higher RRR compared to the films grown on a- and c-planes. This information allows for further improvement on the research process for thin film technology used in superconducting cavities for the particle accelerators. National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Jefferson Lab, Old Dominion University.

  20. Enhanced dielectric and piezoelectric responses in Zn1-xMgxO thin films near the phase separation boundary

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    Kang, Xiaoyu; Shetty, Smitha; Garten, Lauren; Ihlefeld, Jon F.; Trolier-McKinstry, Susan; Maria, Jon-Paul

    2017-01-01

    Dielectric and piezoelectric properties for Zn1-xMgxO (ZMO) thin films are reported as a function of MgO composition up to and including the phase separation region. Zn1-xMgxO (0.25 ≤ x ≤ 0.5) thin films with c-axis textures were deposited by pulsed laser deposition on platinized sapphire substrates. The films were phase pure wurtzite for MgO concentrations up to 40%; above that limit, a second phase with rocksalt structure evolves with strong {100} texture. With increasing MgO concentration, the out-of-plane (d33,f) and in-plane (e31,f) piezoelectric coefficients increase by 360% and 290%, respectively. The increase in piezoelectric coefficients is accompanied by a 35% increase in relative permittivity. Loss tangent values fall monotonically with increasing MgO concentration, reaching a minimum of 0.001 for x ≥ 0.30, at which point the band gap is reported to be 4 eV. The enhanced piezoelectric response, the large band gap, and the low dielectric loss make Zn1-xMgxO an interesting candidate for thin film piezoelectric devices, and demonstrate that compositional phase transformations provide opportunities for property engineering.

  1. Enhanced dielectric and piezoelectric responses in Zn1-xMgxO thin films near the phase separation boundary

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    Kang, Xiaoyu; Shetty, Smitha; Garten, Lauren; ...

    2017-01-23

    Dielectric and piezoelectric properties for Zn1-xMgxO (ZMO) thin films are reported as a function of MgO composition up to and including the phase separation region. Zn1-xMgxO (0.25 ≤ x ≤ 0.5) thin films with c-axis textures were deposited by pulsed laser deposition on platinized sapphire substrates. The films were phase pure wurtzite for MgO concentrations up to 40%; above that limit, a second phase with rocksalt structure evolves with strong {100} texture. With increasing MgO concentration, the out-of-plane (d33,f) and in-plane (e31,f) piezoelectric coefficients increase by 360% and 290%, respectively. The increase in piezoelectric coefficients is accompanied by a 35%more » increase in relative permittivity. Loss tangent values fall monotonically with increasing MgO concentration, reaching a minimum of 0.001 for x ≥ 0.30, at which point the band gap is reported to be 4 eV. As a result, the enhanced piezoelectric response, the large band gap, and the low dielectric loss make Zn1-xMgxO an interesting candidate for thin film piezoelectric devices, and demonstrate that compositional phase transformations provide opportunities for property engineering.« less

  2. Thermal and irradiation induced interdiffusion in magnetite thin films grown on magnesium oxide (0 0 1) substrates

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    Kim-Ngan, N.-T. H.; Balogh, A. G.; Meyer, J. D.; Brötz, J.; Zając, M.; Ślęzak, T.; Korecki, J.

    2009-05-01

    Epitaxial Fe 3O 4(0 0 1) thin films (with a thickness in the range of 10-20 nm) grown on MgO substrates were characterized using low-energy electron diffraction (LEED), conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy (CEMS) and investigated using Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS), channeling (RBS-C) experiments and X-ray reflectometry (XRR). The Mg out-diffusion from the MgO substrate into the film was observed for the directly-deposited Fe 3O 4/MgO(0 0 1) films. For the Fe 3O 4/Fe/MgO(0 0 1) films, the Mg diffusion was prevented by the Fe layer and the surface layer is always a pure Fe 3O 4 layer. Annealing and ion beam mixing induced a very large interface zone having a spinel and/or wustite formula in the Fe 3O 4-on-Fe film system.

  3. Processing-thermal conductivity relationships in MGO-pyrochlore composite inert matrix materials

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    Yates, Samantha J.

    2009-12-01

    Inert matrix (IM) materials are proposed to act as non-fertile matrices to burn excess plutonium and minor actinides in nuclear reactors. MgO is a good IM candidate because of its high thermal conductivity, good radiation resistance, and high temperature stability, but its hot water corrosion resistance is poor limiting its use in light water reactors. A composite approach has been suggested to improve the hydration resistance of the MgO by adding a pyrochlore phase to act as a hydration barrier while maximizing the effective thermal conductivity of the composite. In this work, MgO-Nd 2Zr2O7 composites are fabricated using four different processing methods to deliberately vary the microstructure thus enabling the investigation of processing-microstructure-thermal conductivity relationships in the composites. The first processing-microstructure-property relationship that is developed is the effect of the composite processing method on the sample-to-sample variation in the thermal diffusivity. The processing method affects the formation of agglomerates in the mixed composite powders, and these agglomerates are the source of MgO and Nd2Zr2O7 heterogeneities in the sintered composites. Differential sintering occurs in some of the agglomerates, resulting in the formation of circumferential cracks between the heterogeneity and the matrix. The presence of the circumferential cracks cause sample-to-sample variations of up to +/- 2 Wm-1K-1 in the thermal conductivity between composites fabricated from the same batch of mixed composite powder. This variation makes it more difficult to accurately and reliably predict the thermal conductivity of the composites. The second processing-microstructure-property relationship developed describes the effect of the contiguity of the MgO on the average thermal conductivity of the composites. The processing method is found to affect the contiguity of the MgO in the composites. Lower MgO contiguity values cause the average thermal

  4. All magnesium diboride Josephson junctions with MgO and native oxide barriers

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    Costache, M. V.; Moodera, J. S.

    2010-02-01

    We present results on all-MgB2 tunnel junctions, where the tunnel barrier is deposited MgO or native-oxide of base electrode. For the junctions with MgO, the hysteretic I-V curve resembles a conventional underdamped Josephson junction characteristic with critical current-resistance product nearly independent of the junction area. The dependence of the critical current with temperature up to 20 K agrees with the [Ambegaokar and Baratoff, Phys. Rev. Lett. 10, 486 (1963)] expression. For the junctions with native-oxide, conductance at low bias exhibits subgap features while at high bias reveals thick barriers. As a result no supercurrent was observed in the latter, despite the presence of superconducting-gaps to over 30 K.

  5. Martensitic transformation thermodynamic calculation of ZrO2-MgO system

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    Li, Jing; Peng, Jinhui; Guo, Shenghui; Qv, Wenwen; Chen, Guo; Li, Wei; Zhang, Libo

    2012-11-01

    The phase transformation of different polymorphs in zirconia is very important for the processing and mechanical properties of zirconia ceramics. In this work, thermodynamic description of ZrO2-MgO system is investigated using the related thermodynamic parameters. Special attention is paid to the calculation of the Gibbs free energy change between tetragonal and monoclinic phases in ZrO2-MgO, namely t → m phase transformation driving force, as a function of composition and temperature. Furthermore, in 8.7 mol% MgO-ZrO2, the equilibrium temperature between tetragonal and monoclinic phases, T0, was obtained as 1107.8 K and martensitic transformation start temperature (Ms) for t → m of this ceramic with a mean grain size of 1.15 mm was also calculated to be as 737.7 K, which is in good agreement with experiment one of 689.5 K with 7.0% residual.

  6. Products of hydratation in fine grained mixtures MgO - SiO2

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    Szczerba, J.; Prorok, R.; Madej, D.; Sniezek, E.

    2013-12-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of time of ageing on phase evolution of paste from MgO-SiO2-H2O phase system. The paste was composed of fine grained sintered magnesia and microsilica in 1:2 molar ratio and water, with water to solid ratio equal 0,5. After preparation the paste was ageing during specified time up to 180 days in temperature 20° C. Phase composition of mixture of MgO and SiO2 with water was studied by XRD, DTA-TGA. The analysis revealed that product of reaction in mixture of MgO, SiO2 and water was a probably poorly crystalline magnesium silicate.

  7. Influence of MgO doping in hot-pressing tricalcium phosphate

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    Acchar, W.; Costa, A. C. S.; Cairo, C. A. A.

    2011-10-01

    Tricalcium phosphate ceramics (TCP) has been widely investigated. The main advantage of this bioceramic is its bioresorbable behavior. The factor that still limits the application of these materials as temporary implants is the low strength resistance of the TCP sintered material. The tricalcium phosphate presents an allotropic transformation β to α phase around 1250 °C that degrades its resistance, limiting the sintering temperature of the compacted samples. The objective of this work is to study the physical and mechanical properties of hot-pressed tricalcium phosphate with MgO additions. The results obtained have shown that the hot-pressed process increases significantly the mechanical properties of TCP materials. The addition of MgO has not improved the sintering process and the properties of hot-pressed tricalcium phosphate.

  8. Influence of Basicity and MgO on Fluidity and Desulfurization Ability of High Aluminum Slag

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    Wang, Ping; Meng, Qing-min; Long, Hong-ming; Li, Jia-xin

    2016-08-01

    The viscosity of experimental slag, which was mixed based on the composition of a practical blast furnace slag, was measured in this paper. The influence of Al2O3 and MgO content, basicity R2 = w(CaO)/w(SiO2) on the fluidity of slag was studied. The stepwise regression analysis in SPSS was used to reveal the relationship between sulfur distribution coefficient LS and slag composition as well as furnace temperature. The results show that increasing of MgO up to 12% can decrease the slag viscosity. The w(MgO) should be controlled below 8% when there is 20% Al2O3 in the slag. Temperature of hot metal and content of CaO in slag are the two dominant factors on the desulfurization capacity of slag.

  9. Ion beam mixing effects in Ag precipitates embedded in MgO crystals

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    Fuchs, G.; Abouchacra, G.; Treilleux, M.; Thevenard, P.; Serughetti, J.

    1988-05-01

    MgO single crystals have been implanted at room temperature with 8 × 10 16 Ag cm -2 of 180 keV energy. After 973 K thermal annealing, Ag atoms precipitate in the MgO matrix. The MgOAg samples were then irradiated at 77 K with 800 keV xenon up to 1.7 × 10 16 ions cm -2. The modification of the metallic precipitated phase induced by such ionic bombardment, has been characterized by optical absorption spectroscopy (OAS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The evolution of the optical spectra with xenon bombardment has been interpreted in terms of silver precipitate dispersion induced by ion beam mixing effects. The inhibition of atomic diffusion or radiation induced diffusion, due the low sample temperature during irradiation, increases the efficiency of atomic mixing effects. TEM observations confirm this assumption.

  10. Influence of adsorbed fluids on the rolling contact deformation of MgO single crystals

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    Dufrane, K. F.

    1977-01-01

    Basic phenomena associated with rolling contact deformation were studied using MgO as a model bearing material. A hardened steel ball was rolled on MgO single crystals in slow-speed reciprocating motion and in high-speed circular motion. The resulting deformation was studied by dislocation etch-pit techniques. The presence of adsorbed fluids, such as silicone oil, white mineral oil, and toluene, with slow-speed sliding caused a dramatic change in slip mode and premature surface spalling compared with similar experiments in air or under water. In contrast, dimethyl formamide inhibited these slip processes. The results are consistent with the dependence of dislocation mobility on adsorbed species. High-speed hydrodynamic rolling with mineral oil lubrication produced a different slip phenomena entirely from the slow-speed rolling. The slip bands resembled those produced in tensile tests, and all slip apparently initiated at subsurface sites.

  11. Calculated elastic and thermal properties of MGO at high pressures and temperatures

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    Isaak, Donald G.; Cohen, Ronald E.; Mehl, Michael J.

    1990-05-01

    Using the potential-induced breathing model, we calculate the pressure and temperature dependence of the thermoelastic properties of MgO. These calculations represent the first attempt to obtain a consistent set of thermodynamic elastic moduli for an oxide from an ab initio model over a wide range of pressure and temperature. By assuming the quasi-harmonic approximation for the free energies, we find excellent agreement between the temperature dependence of calculated elastic moduli and those obtained from experiments. Comparison of the calculated athermal and isothermal elastic moduli shows approximations using athermal values to be unreliable at high temperature. The elastic moduli for MgO are presented for pressures and temperatures appropriate for the lower mantle, a regime in which elastic moduli cannot be obtained by direct measurement.

  12. A comparative study of equations of state for MgO

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    Kushwah, S. S.; Shanker, J.

    1998-10-01

    The pressure-volume-temperature relationship, isothermal bulk modulus KT and pressure derivative of KT have been evaluated for MgO in the temperature range 300-2000 K and down to a compression of V/ V0=0.60 using six different phenomenological forms for the isothermal equation of state (EOS). The results are discussed and compared with the values for MgO obtained by Isaak et al. using the potential induced breathing electron gas model based on the first principles approach. It is found that phenomenological isothermal equations are applicable even at a high temperature if the input parameters ( K0 and K0‧) corresponding to that temperature are used. The results obtained from the Vinet EOS and the Shanker EOS are very similar and also close to the ab initio values determined by Isaak et al.

  13. Very low 1/f barrier noise in sputtered MgO magnetic tunnel junctions with high tunneling magnetoresistance

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    Feng, J. F.; Chen, J. Y.; Kurt, H.; Coey, J. M. D.

    2012-12-15

    Low frequency 1/f barrier noise has been investigated in sputtered MgO magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) with a tunneling magnetoresistance ratio of up to 330% at room temperature. The lowest normalized noise parameter {alpha} of the tunnel barrier reaches 2.5 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -12}-2.1 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -11} {mu}m{sup 2}, which is comparable to that found in MTJs with the MgO barrier grown by MBE or electron-beam evaporation. This normalized barrier noise is almost bias independent in the voltage range of up to {+-}1.2 V. The low noise level and high voltage stability may reflect the high quality of the sputtered MgO with a uniform distribution of defects in the MgO layer.

  14. First-principles investigation of magnetocrystalline anisotropy at the L 21 full Heusler |MgO interfaces and tunnel junctions

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    Vadapoo, Rajasekarakumar; Hallal, Ali; Yang, Hongxin; Chshiev, Mairbek

    2016-09-01

    Magnetocrystalline anisotropy at Heusler alloy |MgO interfaces has been studied using first-principles calculations. It has been found that Co-terminated Co2FeAl |MgO interfaces show perpendicular magnetic anisotropy up to 1.31 mJ/m2, while those with FeAl termination exhibit in-plane magnetic anisotropy. Atomic layer-resolved analysis indicates that the origin of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in Co2FeAl |MgO interfaces can be attributed to the out-of-plane orbital contributions of interfacial Co atoms. At the same time, Co2MnGe and Co2MnSi interfaced with MgO tend to favor in-plane magnetic anisotropy for all terminations.

  15. Crystalline Structure of MgO Prepared by the Sol-Gel Technique with Different Hydrolysis Catalysts

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    Bokhimi; Morales, A.; Lopez, T.; Gomez, R.

    1995-03-01

    We have prepared MgO by the sol-gel technique using different hydrolysis catalysts that control the size of the particle and its evolution with temperature. The phases in the sample were identified by X-ray diffraction. The evolution in the temperature range between 150 and 900°C of the MgO crystalline structure was studied by Rietveld refinement technique. As a profile for the diffraction peaks we used a modified pseudo-Voigt function with the average particle size as one of its fitting parameters. This allowed us to follow the evolution of particle size with temperature for the different hydrolysis catalysts. From the Mg deficiency in the MgO lattice we find Mg:O molar ratios between 3.56(2):4.00 and 3.85(3):4.00 depending on the average particle size.

  16. A comparative study of the number and mass of fine particles emitted with diesel fuel and marine gas oil (MGO)

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    Nabi, Md. Nurun; Brown, Richard J.; Ristovski, Zoran; Hustad, Johan Einar

    2012-09-01

    The current investigation reports on diesel particulate matter emissions, with special interest in fine particles from the combustion of two base fuels. The base fuels selected were diesel fuel and marine gas oil (MGO). The experiments were conducted with a four-stroke, six-cylinder, direct injection diesel engine. The results showed that the fine particle number emissions measured by both SMPS and ELPI were higher with MGO compared to diesel fuel. It was observed that the fine particle number emissions with the two base fuels were quantitatively different but qualitatively similar. The gravimetric (mass basis) measurement also showed higher total particulate matter (TPM) emissions with the MGO. The smoke emissions, which were part of TPM, were also higher for the MGO. No significant changes in the mass flow rate of fuel and the brake-specific fuel consumption (BSFC) were observed between the two base fuels.

  17. Effects of high temperature and e-beam irradiation on the stability of refractory thin films

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    Lee, E. H.; Poppa, H.

    1977-01-01

    Refractory thin films of Al2O3, ZrO2, MgO, ThO2, and BN have been investigated in situ in an UHV transmission electron microscope. The electron transparent refractory films were prepared by electron-beam evaporation, anodization, RF sputtering, and thinning of bulk crystal materials. The study concentrates on monitoring the thermal and mechanical stability of the films, phase and structural changes, and electron irradiation effects as a function of film-preparation conditions. With increasing temperatures, five different crystallographic phases were observed for both anodized and electron-beam-evaporated alumina films. Zirconia films exhibited two phase transitions upon heating to 1200 C and electron-irradiation-induced crystallization of ZrO2 even at room temperature. MgO, ThO2, and BN films did not undergo any noticeable phase transformation but ruptured due to sintering below 1200 C.

  18. Investigations of LBMO thin films deposited on different substrates by electron beam evaporation

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    Seshendra Reddy, Ch.; Ashoka Reddy, Ch.; Sivasankar Reddy, A.; Sreedhara Reddy, P.

    2016-04-01

    La0.7Ba0.3MnO3 (LBMO) thin films were prepared on different substrates such as Si, MgO, and c-ZrO2 substrates at substrate temperature 1023 K using electron beam evaporation technique for first time. Through optimizing the preparation condition, the better film uniformity of thickness, composition, and temperature was achieved. To find the influence of substrates, we studied the structural, compositional, morphological, and electrical properties of LBMO thin films. All the LBMO films exhibited a single phase and good crystallinity with no impurity phases. Films deposited on MgO have high temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) value with low transition temperature (245 K). Better TCR (4.09 %/K) value at room temperature is observed in LBMO films deposited on Si substrate.

  19. O(minus 2) grain boundary diffusion and grain growth in pure dense MgO

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    Kapadia, C. M.; Leipold, M. H.

    1973-01-01

    Grain growth behavior in fully dense compacts of MgO of very high purity was studied, and the results compared with other similar behaving materials. The activation energy for the intrinsic self-diffusion of Mg(2minus) is discussed along with the grain boundary diffusion of O(2minus). Grain boundary diffusion of O(2minus) is proposed as the controlling mechanism for grain growth.

  20. Modelling the chemistry of Mn-doped MgO for bulk and (100) surfaces.

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    Logsdail, Andrew J; Downing, Christopher A; Keal, Thomas W; Sherwood, Paul; Sokol, Alexey A; Catlow, C Richard A

    2016-10-19

    We have investigated the energetic properties of Mn-doped MgO bulk and (100) surfaces using a QM/MM embedding computational method, calculating the formation energy for doped systems, as well as for surface defects, and the subsequent effect on chemical reactivity. Low-concentration Mn doping is endothermic for isovalent species in the bulk but exothermic for higher oxidation states under p-type conditions, and compensated by electrons going to the Fermi level rather than cation vacancies. The highest occupied dopant Mn 3d states are positioned in the MgO band gap, about 4.2 eV below the vacuum level. Surface Mn-doping is more favourable than subsurface doping, and marginally exothermic on a (100) surface at high O2 pressures. For both types of isovalent Mn-doped (100) surfaces, the formation energy for catalytically important oxygen defects is less than for pristine MgO, with F(0) and F(2+)-centres favoured in n- and p-type conditions, respectively. In addition, F(+)-centres are stabilised by favourable exchange coupling between the Mn 3d states and the vacancy-localised electrons, as verified through calculation of the vertical ionisation potential. The adsorption of CO2 on to the pristine and defective (100) surface is used as a probe of chemical reactivity, with isovalent subsurface Mn dopants mildly affecting reactivity, whereas isovalent surface-positioned Mn strongly alters the chemical interactions between the substrate and adsorbate. The differing chemical reactivity, when compared to pristine MgO, justifies further detailed investigations for more varied oxidation states and dopant species.

  1. Observation of radio frequency ring-shaped hollow cathode discharge plasma with MgO and Al electrodes for plasma processing

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    Ohtsu, Yasunori Matsumoto, Naoki

    2014-05-15

    Various high-density plasma sources have been proposed for plasma processing. Especially, the hollow cathode discharge is one of the powerful ones. In this work, radio-frequency (RF) driven ring-shaped hollow cathode discharges with high secondary-electron emission have been investigated, using an aluminum (Al) cathode, coated or not with magnesium oxide (MgO). The thickness of MgO thin film is approximately 200 nm. The RF discharge voltage for the coated cathode is almost the same as that for the uncoated one, in a wide range of Ar gas pressure, from 5.3 to 53.2 Pa. The results reveal that the plasma density has a peak at an Ar gas pressure of 10.6 Pa for both cathodes. The plasma density for the coated cathode is about 1.5–3 times higher than that for the uncoated one, at various gas pressures. To the contrary, the electron temperature for the coated cathode is lower than temperature obtained with the uncoated cathode, at various gas pressures. Radial profiles of electron saturation current, which is proportional to plasma flux, are also examined for a wide range of gas pressure. Radial profiles of electron temperature at various axial positions are almost uniform for both cathodes so that the diffusion process due to density gradient is dominant for plasma transport. The secondary electrons emitted from the coated cathode contribute to the improvement of the plasma flux radial profile obtained using the uncoated cathode.

  2. Spin pumping in magnetic trilayer structures with an MgO barrier

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    Baker, A. A.; Figueroa, A. I.; Pingstone, D.; Lazarov, V. K.; van der Laan, G.; Hesjedal, T.

    2016-10-01

    We present a study of the interaction mechanisms in magnetic trilayer structures with an MgO barrier grown by molecular beam epitaxy. The interlayer exchange coupling, Aex, is determined using SQUID magnetometry and ferromagnetic resonance (FMR), displaying an unexpected oscillatory behaviour as the thickness, tMgO, is increased from 1 to 4 nm. Transmission electron microscopy confirms the continuity and quality of the tunnelling barrier, eliminating the prospect of exchange arising from direct contact between the two ferromagnetic layers. The Gilbert damping is found to be almost independent of the MgO thickness, suggesting the suppression of spin pumping. The element-specific technique of x-ray detected FMR reveals a small dynamic exchange interaction, acting in concert with the static interaction to induce coupled precession across the multilayer stack. These results highlight the potential of spin pumping and spin transfer torque for device applications in magnetic tunnel junctions relying on commonly used MgO barriers.

  3. Spin pumping in magnetic trilayer structures with an MgO barrier.

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    Baker, A A; Figueroa, A I; Pingstone, D; Lazarov, V K; van der Laan, G; Hesjedal, T

    2016-10-18

    We present a study of the interaction mechanisms in magnetic trilayer structures with an MgO barrier grown by molecular beam epitaxy. The interlayer exchange coupling, Aex, is determined using SQUID magnetometry and ferromagnetic resonance (FMR), displaying an unexpected oscillatory behaviour as the thickness, tMgO, is increased from 1 to 4 nm. Transmission electron microscopy confirms the continuity and quality of the tunnelling barrier, eliminating the prospect of exchange arising from direct contact between the two ferromagnetic layers. The Gilbert damping is found to be almost independent of the MgO thickness, suggesting the suppression of spin pumping. The element-specific technique of x-ray detected FMR reveals a small dynamic exchange interaction, acting in concert with the static interaction to induce coupled precession across the multilayer stack. These results highlight the potential of spin pumping and spin transfer torque for device applications in magnetic tunnel junctions relying on commonly used MgO barriers.

  4. Spin pumping in magnetic trilayer structures with an MgO barrier

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    Baker, A. A.; Figueroa, A. I.; Pingstone, D.; Lazarov, V. K.; van der Laan, G.; Hesjedal, T.

    2016-01-01

    We present a study of the interaction mechanisms in magnetic trilayer structures with an MgO barrier grown by molecular beam epitaxy. The interlayer exchange coupling, Aex, is determined using SQUID magnetometry and ferromagnetic resonance (FMR), displaying an unexpected oscillatory behaviour as the thickness, tMgO, is increased from 1 to 4 nm. Transmission electron microscopy confirms the continuity and quality of the tunnelling barrier, eliminating the prospect of exchange arising from direct contact between the two ferromagnetic layers. The Gilbert damping is found to be almost independent of the MgO thickness, suggesting the suppression of spin pumping. The element-specific technique of x-ray detected FMR reveals a small dynamic exchange interaction, acting in concert with the static interaction to induce coupled precession across the multilayer stack. These results highlight the potential of spin pumping and spin transfer torque for device applications in magnetic tunnel junctions relying on commonly used MgO barriers. PMID:27752117

  5. Lattice thermal conductivity of MgO at conditions of Earth's interior.

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    Tang, Xiaoli; Dong, Jianjun

    2010-03-09

    Thermal conductivity of the Earth's lower mantle greatly impacts the mantle convection style and affects the heat conduction from the core to the mantle. Direct laboratory measurement of thermal conductivity of mantle minerals remains a technical challenge at the pressure-temperature (P-T) conditions relevant to the lower mantle, and previously estimated values are extrapolated from low P-T data based on simple empirical thermal transport models. By using a numerical technique that combines first-principles electronic structure theory and Peierls-Boltzmann transport theory, we predict the lattice thermal conductivity of MgO, previously used to estimate the thermal conductivity in the Earth, at conditions from ambient to the core-mantle boundary (CMB). We show that our first-principles technique provides a realistic model for the P-T dependence of lattice thermal conductivity of MgO at conditions from ambient to the CMB, and we propose thermal conductivity profiles of MgO in the lower mantle based on geotherm models. The calculated conductivity increases from 15 -20 W/K-m at the 670 km seismic discontinuity to 40 -50 W/K-m at the CMB. This large depth variation in calculated thermal conductivity should be included in models of mantle convection, which has been traditionally studied based on the assumption of constant conductivity.

  6. Elasticity of Single Crystal MgO to 8 Gigapascals and 1600 Kelvin

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    Chen,G.; Liebermann, R.; Weidner, D.

    1998-01-01

    The cross pressure (P) and temperature (T) dependence of the elastic moduli (C{sub ij}) of single-crystal samples of periclase (MgO) from acoustic wave travel times was measured with ultrasonic interferometry: {partial_derivative}{sup 2}C{sub 11}/{partial_derivative}P{partial_derivative}T = (-1.3 {+-} 0.4) x 10{sup -3} per kelvin; {partial_derivative}{sup 2}C{sub 110}/{partial_derivative}P{partial_derivative}T = (1.7 {+-} 0.7) x 10{sup -3} per kelvin; and {partial_derivative}{sup 2}C{sub 44}/{partial_derivative}P{partial_derivative}T = (-0.2 {+-} 0.3) x 10{sup -3} per kelvin. The elastic anisotropy of MgO decreases with increasing pressure at ambient temperature, but then increases as temperature is increased at high pressure. An assumption of zero cross pressure and temperature derivatives for the elastic moduli underestimates the elastic anisotropy and overestimates the acoustic velocities of MgO at the extrapolated high-pressure and high-temperature conditions of Earth's mantle.

  7. MGO3 and GIP1 act synergistically for the maintenance of centromeric cohesion.

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    Batzenschlager, Morgane; Schmit, Anne-Catherine; Herzog, Etienne; Fuchs, Joerg; Schubert, Veit; Houlné, Guy; Chabouté, Marie-Edith

    2017-01-02

    The control of genomic maintenance during S phase is crucial in eukaryotes. It involves the establishment of sister chromatid cohesion, ensuring faithful chromosome segregation, as well as proper DNA replication and repair to preserve genetic information. In animals, nuclear periphery proteins - including inner nuclear membrane proteins and nuclear pore-associated components - are key factors which regulate DNA integrity. Corresponding functional homologues are not so well known in plants which may have developed specific mechanisms due to their sessile life. We have already characterized the Gamma-tubulin Complex Protein 3-interacting proteins (GIPs) as essential regulators of centromeric cohesion at the nuclear periphery. GIPs were also shown to interact with TSA1, first described as a partner of the epigenetic regulator MGOUN3 (MGO3)/BRUSHY1 (BRU1)/TONSOKU (TSK) involved in genomic maintenance. Here, using genetic analyses, we show that the mgo3gip1 mutants display an impaired and pleiotropic development including fasciation. We also provide evidence for the contribution of both MGO3 and GIP1 to the regulation of centromeric cohesion in Arabidopsis.

  8. Structural properties of Au and Ag nanoclusters embedded in MgO

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    van Huis, M. A.; Fedorov, A. V.; van Veen, A.; Falub, C. V.; Eijt, S. W. H.; Kooi, B. J.; De Hosson, J. Th. M.; Hibma, T.; Zimmerman, R. L.

    2002-05-01

    Gold and silver nanoclusters embedded in MgO were created by means of ion implantation of 1.0 MeV Au or 600 keV Ag ions to a dose of 10 16 cm -2 into single crystals of MgO(1 0 0) and subsequent annealing at 1473 K for a period of 22 h. The structural properties of the nanoclusters were characterised by optical absorption spectroscopy (OAS), high-resolution X-ray diffraction (XRD) and cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy (XTEM). Nanocluster sizes are estimated using three different methods: using the Doyle formula for the broadening of the optical absorption peak associated with Mie plasmon resonance; using the Scherrer formula for the broadening of the Au and Ag XRD peaks, and from direct observation of TEM images. For the Au clusters, the methods are in excellent agreement with mean cluster sizes of 4-5 nm. For the Ag clusters, the optical Doyle method yields a mean nanocluster size of 5 nm while the XRD and XTEM methods yield 10-11 nm. The XRD and XTEM results reveal a cube-on-cube orientation relationship of the Au and Ag nanoclusters with respect to the MgO matrix.

  9. Two-band luminescence from an intrinsic defect in spherical and terraced MgO nanoparticles

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    Pikhitsa, Peter V. E-mail: mchoi@snu.ac.kr; Kim, Changhyuk; Chae, Sukbyung; Shin, Seungha; Jung, Sekwon; Choi, Mansoo E-mail: mchoi@snu.ac.kr; Kitaura, Mamoru; Kimura, Shin-ichi; Fukui, Kazutoshi

    2015-05-04

    Luminescent defect centers in wide bandgap materials such as MgO are of great interest for science and technology. Magnesium oxide nanocubes obtained by the self-combustion of Mg metal have long exhibited only a broad 2.9 eV cathodoluminescence band owing to oxygen vacancies (F centers). However, in this work, a room-temperature ultraviolet 4.8 eV cathodoluminescence band has been observed coincident with a 2.5 eV band of the same intensity from an unexplored intrinsic defect in MgO terraced nanocubes and nanospheres produced from Mg metal combustion in an H{sub 2}/O{sub 2} flame. Synchrotron radiation excitation spectra reveal that the excitation energy at the onset of both bands is just above the bandgap energy of 7.7 eV, where electrons and holes are generated. We determine that a defect, responsible for both emission bands, creates proximal anion-cation vacancy pairs named P centers that may appear instead of F centers because of changes in the MgO nanoparticle growth conditions.

  10. Reel-to-reel deposition of epitaxial double-sided MgO buffer layers for coated conductors

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    Xue, Yan; Xiong, Jie; Zhang, Yahui; Zhang, Fei; Zhao, Rui-Peng; Hui, Wang; Wang, Quiling; Cheng, Guo; Zhao, Xiao-Hui; Tao, Bo-Wan

    2016-06-01

    We have successfully employed a double-sided process to deposit MgO buffer layers on both sides of amorphous Y2O3 surface for double-sided YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) coated conductors (CCs) for the first time, the structure of which is of great prospect to improve the performance and cut the production cost. The biaxial textures of MgO buffer layer are noticeably affected by the ion energy and film thickness, which is demonstrated by X-ray diffraction. The best biaxial texture of double-sided MgO films shows ω-scan of (002) MgO and Φ-scan of (220) MgO yield full width at half maximum values of 4° and 7.8° for one side, respectively, as well as 3.5° and 6.7° for the other side. The subsequent double-sided YBCO films are deposited on the as-prepared MgO template with entire critical current of over 300 A/cm for both sides.

  11. Assimilation Behavior of Calcium Ferrite and Calcium Diferrite with Sintered Al2O3 and MgO

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    Long, Hongming; Wu, Xuejian; Chun, Tiejun; Di, Zhanxia; Yu, Bin

    2016-10-01

    In this study, the assimilation behaviors between calcium ferrite (CF), calcium diferrite (CF2) and sintered Al2O3, and MgO were explored by an improved sessile drop technique, and the interfacial microstructure was discussed. The results indicated that the apparent contact angles of CF slag on Al2O3 and MgO substrate were 15.7 and 5.5 deg, and the apparent contact angles of CF2 slag on Al2O3 and MgO substrate were 17.9 and 7.2 deg, respectively. Namely, CF and CF2 slag were wetting well with Al2O3 and MgO substrate. The dissolution of Al2O3 substrate into the CF and CF2 slag was found to be the driving force of the wetting process. For the CF-MgO and CF2-MgO substrate systems, CaO contrarily distributed with MgO after wetting. For the CF-MgO system, after wetting, the slag was composed of CF and C2F, and most of the Fe2O3 permeated into substrate and formed two permeating layers.

  12. Enhancement of electric-field-induced change of magnetic anisotropy by interface engineering of MgO magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Bonaedy, Taufik; Choi, Jun Woo; Jang, Chaun; Min, Byoung-Chul; Chang, Joonyeon

    2015-06-01

    Electric-field-induced modification of magnetic anisotropy is studied using tunnel magnetoresistance of the Co40Fe40B20/ MgO/ Co40Fe40B20 and Co40Fe40B20/ Hf (0.08 nm)/ MgO/ Co40Fe40B20 magnetic tunnel junctions. In both systems, the interfacial perpendicular magnetic anisotropy is increased with increasing electron density at the MgO interface. A quantitative comparison between the two systems reveals that the change of magnetic anisotropy energy with electric field is significantly enhanced in Co40Fe40B20/ Hf/ MgO/ Co40Fe40B20 compared to Co40Fe40B20/ MgO/ Co40Fe40B20. The sub-monolayer Hf insertion at the Co40Fe40B20/MgO interface turns out to be critical to the enhanced electric field control of the magnetic anisotropy, indicating the interface sensitive nature of the effect.

  13. Structural, electronic, magnetic and chemical properties of B-, C- and N-doped MgO(001) surfaces.

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    Pašti, Igor A; Skorodumova, Natalia V

    2016-01-07

    Doping of simple oxide materials can give rise to new exciting physical and chemical properties and open new perspectives for a variety of possible applications. Here we use density functional theory calculations to investigate the B-, C- and N-doped MgO(001) surfaces. We have found that the investigated dopants induce magnetization of the system amounting to 3, 2 and 1 μB for B, C and N, respectively. The dopants are found to be in the X(2-) state and tend to segregate to the surface. These impurity sites also present the centers of altered chemical reactivity. We probe the chemisorption properties of the doped MgO(001) surfaces with the CO molecule and atomic O. The adsorption of CO is much stronger on B- and C-doped MgO(001) compared to pure MgO(001) as the impurity sites serve as potent electron donors. The situation is similar to the case of atomic oxygen, for which we find the adsorption energy of -8.78 eV on B-doped MgO(001). The surface reactivity changes locally around the dopant atom, which is mainly restricted to its first coordination shell. The presented results suggest doped MgO as a versatile multifunctional material with possible use as an adsorbent or a catalyst.

  14. Nanoplough-constrictions on thin YBCO films made with atomic force microscopy.

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    Elkaseh, A A O; Büttner, U; Meincken, M; Hardie, G L; Srinivasu, V V; Perold, W J

    2007-09-01

    Utilizing atomic force microscope (AFM) with a diamond tip, we were able to successfully plough nano-constrictions on epitaxially grown YBa2Cu3O(7-x) thin films deposited on MgO substrates. The thickness, width, and length of the obtained constrictions were in the range of a few 100 nm. Furthermore, we managed to produce a new S-type constriction, of which the dimensions are easier to control than for conventional constrictions.

  15. YSZ thin films with minimized grain boundary resistivity

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    Mills, Edmund M.; Kleine-Boymann, Matthias; Janek, Juergen; Yang, Hao; Browning, Nigel D.; Takamura, Yayoi; Kim, Sangtae

    2016-03-31

    In recent years, interface engineering of solid electrolytes has been explored to increase their ionic conductivity and improve the performance of solid oxide fuel cells and other electrochemical power sources. It has been observed that the ionic conductivity of epitaxially grown thin films of some electrolytes is dramatically enhanced, which is often attributed to effects (e. g. strain-induced mobility changes) at the heterophase boundary with the substrate. Still largely unexplored is the possibility of manipulation of grain boundary resistivity in polycrystalline solid electrolyte films, clearly a limiting factor in their ionic conductivity. Here we report that the ionic conductivity of yttria stabilized zirconia thin films with nano-­ columnar grains grown on a MgO substrate nearly reaches that of the corresponding single crystal when the thickness of the films becomes less than roughly 8 nm (smaller by a factor of three at 500°C). Using impedance spectroscopy, the grain boundary resistivity was probed as a function of film thickness. The resistivity of the grain boundaries near the film- substrate interface and film surface (within 4 nm of each) was almost entirely eliminated. This minimization of grain boundary resistivity is attributed to Mg2+ diffusion from the MgO substrate into the YSZ grain boundaries, which is supported by time of flight secondary ion mass spectroscopy measurements. We suggest grain boundary “design” as an attractive method to obtain highly conductive solid electrolyte thin films.

  16. YSZ thin films with minimized grain boundary resistivity.

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    Mills, Edmund M; Kleine-Boymann, Matthias; Janek, Juergen; Yang, Hao; Browning, Nigel D; Takamura, Yayoi; Kim, Sangtae

    2016-04-21

    In recent years, interface engineering of solid electrolytes has been explored to increase their ionic conductivity and improve the performance of solid oxide fuel cells and other electrochemical power sources. It has been observed that the ionic conductivity of epitaxially grown thin films of some electrolytes is dramatically enhanced, which is often attributed to effects (e.g. strain-induced mobility changes) at the heterophase boundary with the substrate. Still largely unexplored is the possibility of manipulation of grain boundary resistivity in polycrystalline solid electrolyte films, clearly a limiting factor in their ionic conductivity. Here we report that the ionic conductivity of yttria stabilized zirconia thin films with nano-columnar grains grown on a MgO substrate nearly reaches that of the corresponding single crystal when the thickness of the films becomes less than roughly 8 nm (smaller by a factor of three at 500 °C). Using impedance spectroscopy, the grain boundary resistivity was probed as a function of film thickness. The resistivity of the grain boundaries near the film-substrate interface and film surface (within 4 nm of each) was almost entirely eliminated. This minimization of grain boundary resistivity is attributed to Mg(2+) diffusion from the MgO substrate into the YSZ grain boundaries, which is supported by time of flight secondary ion mass spectroscopy measurements. We suggest grain boundary "design" as an attractive method to obtain highly conductive solid electrolyte thin films.

  17. Detecting properties of YBaCuO thin film bridges

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    Tavkhelidze, A.N.; Kuzmin, L.S.; Soldatov, E.S. ); OkhrimenKo, V.N.; Kovalev, A.S.; Seleznev, B.V.; Pirogov, V.G. )

    1991-03-01

    The paper studies the properties of YBaCuO superconducting microbridges. They were fabricated by both direct photolithographic techniques and focused laser beam patterning. The YBaCuO thin films were deposited onto ZrO{sub 2}, MgO, and SrTiO{sub 3} substrates by laser ablation of a massive YBaCuO target. Josephson effect was observed in the bridges by detecting Shapiro steps and selective response under irradiation with the signal frequency of 27-36 GHz.

  18. Multifunctional ferrimagnetic-ferroelectric thin films for microwave applications

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    Heindl, R.; Srikanth, H.; Witanachchi, S.; Mukherjee, P.; Heim, A.; Matthews, G.; Balachandran, S.; Natarajan, S.; Weller, T.

    2007-06-01

    Ferrimagnetic and ferroelectric structures based on barium strontium titanate and barium hexaferrite are investigated for potential applications in tunable microwave devices. Thin film bilayers were grown on MgO and sapphire, and their underlying crystallographic, microstructural, and magnetic properties were analyzed and compared. Microcircuits were fabricated using optical lithography, and microwave properties and electrical tunability were measured in the range of 1-50GHz. Overall, the studies demonstrate the possibility of realizing high quality multifunctional microwave materials that combine tunable magnetic and dielectric properties.

  19. Ion-beam-induced texturing in oxide thin films and its applications

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    Wang, Pin-Chin Connie

    1999-11-01

    Ion-beam-assisted deposition (IBAD) has been demonstrated to be one of the most promising methods to artificially control thin films' texture. Recent years, much research has been conducted to try to control the in-plane alignment in oxide films for the high Tc superconductor YBa 2Cu3O7-x (HTS YBCO) power applications. The IBAD films deposited on engineering substrate can potentially replace the single crystal substrates, enabling large area and economical applications of the YBCO film. Thus far, the focus has been on IBAD YSZ and CeO2. However, both need to be thick to achieve good in-plane alignment. This requirement makes the IBAD process too costly for production. The IBAD MgO work started at Stanford several years ago. In contrast to YSZ, we demonstrated that the MgO texture started from the nucleation stage and we were able to obtain 7° in-plane alignment in a 100A IBAD MgO film. This reduces the processing cost by orders of magnitude as compared with IBAD YSZ. We studied the MgO texture development process using in-situ RHEED and ex-situ TEM and XRD. The results showed that the IBAD MgO film formed small rectangular islands, which coalesced to form a continuous film. We discussed the MgO texture as functions of key parameters, such as ion energy, ion angle, ion beam divergence, ion-to-molecule ratio, deposition temperature, etc. The ion angle study supported the differential sputtering yield/ion channeling type of ion-selecting-texture mechanism. The results of IBAD MgO were compared with that of the IBAD YSZ, suggesting that the different crystalline structures between the two materials can be used to explain the differences. This thesis also discusses our attempt to substitute single crystal substrates with the IBAD MgO in practical systems. In the HTS YBCO application, we obtained YBCO films on alpha-SiN coated poly-Alumina with in-plane misalignment less than 4° and Jc of 2.5MA/cm2. In the magnetic spin valve device applications, we obtained Ni

  20. Experimental and DFT studies of gold nanoparticles supported on MgO(111) nano-sheets and their catalytic activity.

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    Li, Zhi; Ciobanu, Cristian V; Hu, Juncheng; Palomares-Báez, Juan-Pedro; Rodríguez-López, José-Luis; Richards, Ryan

    2011-02-21

    A wet chemical preparation of MgO with the (111) facet as the primary surface has recently been reported and with alternating layers of oxygen anions and magnesium cations, this material shows unique chemical and physical properties. The potential to utilize the MgO(111) surface for the immobilization of metal particles is intriguing because the surface itself offers a very different environment for the metal particle with an all oxygen interface, as opposed to the typical (100) facet that possesses alternating oxygen anion and magnesium cation sites on the surface. Gold nanoparticles have demonstrated a broad range of interesting catalytic properties, but are often susceptible to aggregation at high temperatures and are very sensitive to substrate effects. Here, we investigate gold-supported on MgO(111) nanosheets as a catalyst system for the aerobic oxidation of benzyl alcohol. Gold nanoparticles deposited on MgO(111) show an increased level of activity in the solvent-free benzyl alcohol aerobic oxidation as compared to gold nanoparticles deposited on a typical MgO aerogel. TEM studies reveal that the gold nanoparticles have a hemispherical shape while sitting on the main surface of MgO(111) nanosheets, with a large Au-MgO interface. Given that the gold nanoparticles deposited on the two types of MgO have similar size, and that the two types of unmodified MgO show almost the same activities in the blank reaction, we infer that the high activity of Au/MgO(111) is due to the properties of the (111) support and/or those of the gold-support interface. To understand the binding of Au on low-index MgO surfaces and the charge distribution at the surface of the support, we have performed density functional theory (DFT) calculations on all low-index MgO substrates (with and without gold), using a model Au(10) cluster. Due to similar lattice constants of Au(111) and MgO(111) planes, the Au cluster retains its structural integrity and binds strongly on MgO(111) with either

  1. Strain induced room temperature ferromagnetism in epitaxial magnesium oxide thin films

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    Jin, Zhenghe; Kim, Ki Wook; Nori, Sudhakar; Lee, Yi-Fang; Narayan, Jagdish; Kumar, D.; Wu, Fan; Prater, J. T.

    2015-10-28

    We report on the epitaxial growth and room-temperature ferromagnetic properties of MgO thin films deposited on hexagonal c-sapphire substrates by pulsed laser deposition. The epitaxial nature of the films has been confirmed by both θ-2θ and φ-scans of X-ray diffraction pattern. Even though bulk MgO is a nonmagnetic insulator, we have found that the MgO films exhibit ferromagnetism and hysteresis loops yielding a maximum saturation magnetization up to 17 emu/cc and large coercivity, H{sub c} = 1200 Oe. We have also found that the saturation magnetization gets enhanced and that the crystallization degraded with decreased growth temperature, suggesting that the origin of our magnetic coupling could be point defects manifested by the strain in the films. X-ray (θ-2θ) diffraction peak shift and strain analysis clearly support the presence of strain in films resulting from the presence of point defects. Based on careful investigations using secondary ion mass spectrometer and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy studies, we have ruled out the possibility of the presence of any external magnetic impurities. We discuss the critical role of microstructural characteristics and associated strain on the physical properties of the MgO films and establish a correlation between defects and magnetic properties.

  2. Dynamical Interplay Between Intrinsic Defects and Impurity Ions in Very Dilute Fe-doped MgO Thin Films

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    Wang, Yung Jui; Kapilashrami, Mukes; Li, Xin; Glans, Per-Anders; Fang, Mei; Riazanova, Anastasia V.; Belova, Lyubov M.; Rao, K. V.; Luo, Yi; Barbiellini, B.; Lin, Hsin; Markiewicz, R. S.; Hussain, Zahid; Guo, Jinghua; Bansil, A.

    2015-03-01

    The nature of intrinsic defects and impurities in the dielectric layer of a typical magneto tunneling junction is of great interest to understand tunneling of spin-polarized currents. In this connection, we have carried out studies of the electronic and magnetic properties of Mg1-xFexO. In particular, we have compared results from first principles calculations based on Density Functional Theory with highly accurate experiments. The measurements were performed with a Quantum Interference Device and by using soft x-ray absorption spectroscopy. Our study reveals basic defect units composed a Fe impurity coupled to one or two Mg vacancies. The trimer unit (i.e. Fe with two Mg vacancies) produces a magnetic net spin opposed to the dilute magnetism present in the oxide matrix. These findings could pave a way for engineering dielectric layers with high endurance and optimal tunneling properties by controlling the concentration of impurities and defects in the oxide matrix. Work supported by the US DOE.

  3. Thin Clouds

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    2013-04-18

    ... one of a new generation of instruments flying aboard the NASA Earth Observing System's Terra satellite, views Earth with nine cameras ... of thin cirrus minutes after MISR imaged the cloud from space. At the same time, another NASA high-altitude jet, the WB-57, flew right ...

  4. Effect of TiO2 on Sintering and Grain Growth Kinetics of MgO from MgCl2·6H2O

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    Huang, Qiong-Zhu; Lu, Gui-Min; Sun, Ze; Song, Xing-Fu; Yu, Jian-Guo

    2013-04-01

    The effect of TiO2 on the grain growth kinetics of MgO prepared from MgCl2·6H2O was studied by the tradition phenomenological rate equation. The results showed that the addition of TiO2 decreased the activation energy of MgO grain growth, accelerated the growth rate of MgO grain, and markedly promoted the sintering of MgO. Without TiO2 addition, the MgO grain growth exponent n was 3, the grain growth activation energy Q was 556.9 kJ·mol-1, and the process was considered as volume diffusion controlled. With 0.2 wt pct TiO2 addition, the MgO grain growth exponent n was 2, the grain growth activation energy Q was 272.8 kJ·mol-1, and the process was considered as interface diffusion controlled. The apparent and closed porosities of MgO-0.2 wt pct TiO2 sample were decreased significantly, and the bulk density increased to 3.49 g·cm-3 (relative density is 97.5 pct). The main mechanism of TiO2 promoting the sintering of MgO was that TiO2 solubilized in MgO to form unequivalence substitutional solid solutions and cation vacancies that were favorable to cation diffusion.

  5. Interaction between bimetal cluster Ni2Co2 and MgO and its effect on H adsorption and H2 dissociation: A DFT study

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    Li, Kai; Liu, Hongyan; Zhang, Riguang; Ling, Lixia; Wang, Baojun

    2016-12-01

    It is investigated for the interactions of bimetal NiCo with MgO as well as its effects on the H adsorption and H2 dissociation using a density functional theory method. Two models, Ni2Co2 cluster supported on perfect MgO(001) and oxygen-vacancy MgO(001) are used to represent bimetal NiCo deposited on MgO catalysts. The results show that the Ni2Co2/MgO catalyst with oxygen-vacancy exhibits stronger metal-support interaction compared to the perfect Ni2Co2/MgO, however, it has the weaker H adsorption ability as well as the better H2 dissociation activity. Compared with Ni4/MgO, the interaction between metal and support is weaker on the corresponding Ni2Co2/MgO, and H adsorption is stronger as well as the H2 dissociation is accelerated. The results indicate that both addition of a second metal Co and modification the support MgO can tune the metal-support interaction, further to change the H adsorption ability, meanwhile improve the activity of H2 dissociation. This work finely identifies the experimental result that tune the metal-support interaction can improve the catalyst's performance.

  6. Properties of YBCO on LaMnO3-capped IBAD MgO-templates without Homo-epitaxial MgO layer.

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    Aytug, Tolga; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Kim, Kyunghoon; Zhang, Yifei; Cantoni, Claudia; Zuev, Yuri L; Goyal, Amit; Thompson, James R; Christen, David K

    2009-01-01

    Previously, it has been well established that in an IBAD architecture for coated conductors, (1) LaMnO3 (LMO) buffer layers are structurally and chemically compatible with an underlying homo-epitaxial MgO layer and (2) high current density YBCO films can be grown on these LMO templates. In the present work, the homo-epi MgO layer has been successfully eliminated and a LMO cap layer was grown directly on the IBAD (MgO) template. The performance of the LMO/IBAD (MgO) samples has been qualified by depositing 1 m-thick YBCO coatings by pulsed laser deposition. Electrical transport measurements of YBCO films on the standard (with homo-epi MgO) and simplified (without homo-epi MgO) IBAD architectures were carried out. The angular dependencies of critical current density (Jc) are similar for both IBAD architectures. XRD measurements indicate good, c-axis aligned YBCO films. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images reveal that microstructures of YBCO/LMO/IBAD (MgO) and YBCO/LMO/homo-epi MgO/IBAD (MgO) templates are similar. These results demonstrate the strong potential of using LMO as a single cap layer directly on IBAD (MgO) for the development of a simplified IBAD architecture.

  7. Mechanisms of absorption and desorption of CO2 by molten NaNO3-promoted MgO.

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    Jo, Seung-Ik; An, Young-In; Kim, Kang-Yeong; Choi, Seo-Yeong; Kwak, Jin-Su; Oh, Kyung-Ryul; Kwon, Young-Uk

    2017-02-22

    In order to realize carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), a technology proposed to circumvent the global warming problem while maintaining the present level of economic activity, the development of efficient carbon-capturing agents is of prime importance. In addition to the prevailing amine-based agents that operate at temperatures lower than 200 °C, agents that can operate at higher temperatures are being considered to reduce the cost of CCS. For the mid-temperature (200-500 °C) operation, alkali nitrate-promoted MgO is a promising candidate; whose detailed reaction mechanisms are not yet fully understood, however. In the present study, we have performed a comprehensive investigation on the mechanisms of CO2 absorption and desorption of NaNO3-promoted MgO. Highly efficient CO2 absorbents were obtained by decomposing Mg5(CO3)4(OH)2·4H2O with NaNO3 intimately mixed with it. Our collective data, including isothermal CO2 uptake curves, MgO solubility in molten NaNO3, and observations on the reaction of MgO wafers with CO2, indicate that the absorption takes place in the molten NaNO3 medium in which both CO2 and MgO are dissolved. MgCO3 is formed inside the molten promoter through the nucleation and growth steps. The decomposition of MgCO3 back to MgO, that is desorption of CO2, is also facilitated by molten NaNO3, which we attribute to the decreased relative stability of MgCO3 with respect to MgO when in contact with molten NaNO3. The relative affinity of molten nitrate to MgO and MgCO3 was estimated by measuring the 'contact angles' of nitrate on them. Implications of our findings for the real applications of alkali nitrate-promoted MgO absorbents with numerous repeated cycles of absorption and desorption of CO2 are discussed.

  8. Effect of MgO and MnO on Phosphorus Utilization in P-Bearing Steelmaking Slag

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    Lin, Lu; Bao, Yan-Ping; Wang, Min; Li, Xiang

    2016-04-01

    In order to recycle the phosphorus in P-bearing converter slag and make it used as slag phosphate fertilizer, the effect of MgO and MnO in P-bearing steelmaking slag on phosphorus existence form, P2O5 solubility and magnetic separation behavior were researched systematically. The results show that the phosphorus in slag is mainly in the form of n2CaO · SiO2-3CaO · P2O5 (for short nC2S-C3P) solid solution in the P-rich phase for CaO-SiO2-FetO-P2O5-X (X stands for MgO and MnO, respectively). And the increasing of MgO and MnO content has no influence on precipitation of nC2S-C3P solid solution in slag, MnO and MgO mainly enter into RO phase and base phase to form MnFe2O4 and MgFe2O4, which has little effect on the P2O5 content of P-rich phase, so which has little effect on the degree of phosphorus enrichment and phosphorus occurrence form of the P-bearing slag. And adding MgO and MnO into CaO-SiO2-P2O5-Fe2O3 slag system can break the complex net structure formed by Si-O on certain degree, and also hinder the precipitation of β-Ca3(PO4)2 crystal with low citric acid solubility during the melting-cooling process. Therefore, adding appropriate MgO and MnO content into slag can improve the slag P2O5 solubility, but the effect of different amounts of MgO and MnO on the P2O5 solubility has little difference. Meanwhile, adding MgO and MnO into slag can improve the metallization of slag and magnetism of iron-rich phase, make the magnetic substances content increase and separation of phosphorus and iron incomplete, so it is adverse to phosphorus resources recovery from P-bearing slag by magnetic separation method. In order to recycle the phosphorus in P-bearing converter slag, the MgO and MnO content in the P-bearing slag should be controlled in the steelmaking process.

  9. Electric breakdown in ultrathin MgO tunnel barrier junctions for spin-transfer torque switching

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    Schäfers, M.; Drewello, V.; Reiss, G.; Thomas, A.; Thiel, K.; Eilers, G.; Münzenberg, M.; Schuhmann, H.; Seibt, M.

    2009-12-01

    Magnetic tunnel junctions for spin-transfer torque (STT) switching are prepared to investigate the dielectric breakdown. Intact and broken tunnel junctions are characterized by transport measurements prior to transmission electron microscopy analysis. The comparison to our previous model for thicker MgO tunnel barriers reveals a different breakdown mechanism arising from the high current densities in a STT device: instead of local pinhole formation at a constant rate, massive electromigration and heating leads to displacement of the junction material and voids are appearing. This is determined by element resolved energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and three dimensional tomographic reconstruction.

  10. Preparation and properties of amorphous MgB2/MgO superstructures: Model disordered superconductor

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    Siemons, W.; Steiner, M. A.; Koster, G.; Blank, D. H. A.; Beasley, M. R.; Kapitulnik, A.

    2008-05-01

    In this paper, we introduce a unique method for fabricating MgB2/MgO multilayers and demonstrate the potential for using them as a new model for disordered superconductors. In this approach, we control the annealing of the MgB2 to yield an interesting new class of disordered (amorphous) superconductors with relatively high transition temperatures. The multilayers appear to exhibit quasi-two-dimensional superconductivity with controlled anisotropy. We discuss the properties of the multilayers as the thickness of the components of the bilayers vary.

  11. Rectangular nanovoids in helium-implanted and thermally annealed MgO(100)

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    Kooi, B. J.; van Veen, A.; De Hosson, J. Th. M.; Schut, H.; Fedorov, A. V.; Labohm, F.

    2000-02-01

    Cleaved MgO(100) single crystals were implanted with 30 keV 3He ions with doses varying from 1×1019 to 1×1020m-2 and subsequently thermally annealed from 100 to 1100 °C. Transmission electron microscopy observations revealed the existence of sharply rectangular nanosize voids at a depth slightly shallower than the helium-implantation range. Monitoring of the defect depth profile and the retained amount of helium was performed by positron-beam analysis and neutron depth profiling, respectively.

  12. Peculiarities of post-irradiation annealing of MgO crystals

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    Kvatchadze, V. G.; Kalabegishvili, T. L.; Abramishvili, M. G.; Akhvlediani, Z. G.; Galustashvili, M. V.; Garibashvili, K. I.

    The influence of high-temperature annealing on absorption spectra of nominally pure and impure MgO crystals irradiated in a nuclear reactor has been investigated. In nominally pure crystals, as a whole, the accumulation of defect aggregates of non-monotonous character takes place during the whole cycle of the action of radiation plus post-irradiation annealing: the creation of defects in the process of irradiation, their destruction by annealing at 700 °C and repeated creation at higher annealing temperature. In irradiated impure crystals, where the mentioned defects exist in larger quantities, their thermal reanimation is not observed after the decay at 700 °C.

  13. In situ investigation of the mobility of small gold clusters on cleaved MgO surfaces

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    Metois, J. J.; Heinemann, K.; Poppa, H.

    1976-01-01

    The mobility of small clusters of gold (about 10 A in diameter) on electron-beam-cleaved MgO surfaces was studied by in situ transmission electron microscopy under controlled vacuum and temperature conditions. During the first 10 min following a deposition at room temperature, over 10 per cent of the crystallites moved over short distances (about 20 A) discontinuously, with a velocity greater than 150 A/sec. Eighty per cent of the mobility events were characterized by the avoidance of proximity of other crystallites, and this was tentatively explained as the result of repulsive elastic forces between the interacting crystallites.

  14. The emission of atoms and molecules accompanying fracture of single-crystal MgO

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    Dickinson, J. T.; Jensen, L. C.; Mckay, M. R.; Freund, F.

    1986-01-01

    The emission of particles due to deformation and fracture of materials has been investigated. The emission of electrons (exoelectron emission), ions, neutral species, photons (triboluminescence), as well as long wavelength electromagnetic radiation was observed; collectively these emissions are referred to as fractoemission. This paper describes measurements of the neutral emission accompanying the fracture of single-crystal MgO. Masses detected are tentatively assigned to the emission of H2, CH4, H2O, CO, O2, CO2, and atomic Mg. Other hydrocarbons are also observed. The time dependencies of some of these emissions relative to fracture are presented for two different loading conditions.

  15. Band structure and thermodynamic properties of He atoms near a MgO surface

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    Schwartz, Carey; Karimi, Majid; Vidali, Gianfranco

    1989-06-01

    The energy-band structure and thermodynamic properties of a single He atom adsorbed upon MgO are computed numerically. The bound-state energy eigenvalues, wave functions, and matrix elements were obtained by solving the single-particle Schrödinger equation using the recently developed semi-empirical potential of Karimi and Vidali as input. We find at the center of the Brillouin zone an effective mass enhancement {m ∗}/{m} =1.081 that agrees well with the predictions of a perturbation theory. The heat capacity and isosteric heat of adsorption are calculated and compared to the data of Sullivan et al. [Surface Sci. 162 (1985) 461].

  16. Band structure and thermodynamic properties of He atoms near a MgO surface

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    Schwartz, Carey; Karimi, Majid; Vidali, Gianfranco

    The energy-band structure and thermodynamic properties of a single He atom adsorbed upon MgO are computed numerically. The bound-state energy eigenvalues, wave functions, and matrix elements were obtained by solving the single-particle Schrödinger equation using the recently developed semi-empirical potential of Karimi and Vidali as input. We find at the center of the Brillouin zone an effective mass enhancement m ∗/m = 1.081 that agrees well with the predictions of a perturbation theory. The heat capacity and isosteric heat of adsorption are calculated and compared to the data of Sullivan et al. [Surface Sci. 162 (1985) 461].

  17. Atomically Resolved Site-Isolated Catalyst on MgO: Mononuclear Osmium Dicarbonyls formed from Os3(CO)12

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    Aydin, Ceren; kulkarni, Apoorva; Chi, Miaofang; Browning, Nigel D.; Gates, Bruce C.

    2012-01-01

    Supported triosmium clusters, formed from Os{sub 3}(CO){sub 12} on MgO, were treated in helium at 548 K for 2 h, causing fragmentation of the cluster frame and the formation of mononuclear osmium dicarbonyls. The cluster breakup and the resultant fragmented species were characterized by infrared and X-ray absorption spectroscopies, and the fragmented species were imaged by scanning transmission electron microscopy. The spectra identify the surface osmium complexes as Os(CO){sub 2}{l_brace}O{sub support}{r_brace}{sub n} (n = 3 or 4) (where the braces denote support surface atoms). The images show site-isolated Os atoms in mononuclear osmium species on MgO. The intensity analysis on the images of the MgO(110) face showed that the Os atoms were located atop Mg columns. This information led to a model of the Os(CO){sub 2} on MgO(110), with the distances approximated as those determined by EXAFS spectroscopy, which are an average over the whole MgO surface; the results imply that these complexes were located at Mg vacancies.

  18. Analysis of Waste Isolation Pilot Plan (WIPP) Underground and MGO Samples by the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL)

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    Young, J.; Ajo, H.; Brown, L.; Coleman, C.; Crump, S.; Diprete, C.; Diprete, D.; Ekechukwu, A.; Gregory, C.; Jones, M.; Missimer, D.; O'Rourke, P.; White, T.

    2014-12-31

    Analysis of the recent WIPP samples are summarized in this report; WIPP Cam Filters 4, 6, 9 (3, 7, 11 were analyzed with FAS-118 in a separate campaign); WIPP Drum Lip R16 C4; WIPP Standard Waste Box R15 C5; WIPP MgO R16 C2; WIPP MgO R16 C4; WIPP MgO R16 C6; LANL swipes of parent drum; LANL parent drum debris; LANL parent drum; IAEA Swipe; Unused “undeployed” Swheat; Unused “undeployed” MgO; and Masselin cloth “smears”. Analysis showed that the MgO samples were very pure with low carbonate and water content. Other samples showed the expected dominant presence of Mg, Na and Pb. Parent drum debris sample was mildly acidic. Interpretation of results is not provided in this document, but rather to present and preserve the analytical work that was performed. The WIPP Technical Analysis Team is responsible for result interpretation which will be written separately.

  19. Superconducting tunnel junctions on MgB2 using MgO and CaF2 as a barrier

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    Sakoda, Masahito; Aibara, Masato; Mede, Kazuya; Kikuchi, Motoyuki; Naito, Michio

    2016-11-01

    We report the fabrication of superconducting tunnel junctions, both of superconductor-insulator-normal metal (SIN) and superconductor-insulator-superconductor (SIS), on MgB2 using MgO and CaF2 as a barrier. The SIN junctions fabricated using an MgO barrier showed excellent quasi-particle characteristics, including a large superconducting gap (Δ) of 2.5-3 meV and a low zero-bias conductance. We have also fabricated SIS junctions with an MgO barrier, but the quasi-particle characteristics of the SIS junctions are not as good as those of the SIN junctions, namely a reduced superconducting gap and a high zero-bias conductance. It appears that top MgB2 electrodes do not grow well on an MgO barrier, which is also suggested from in-situ RHEED observation. The SIN junctions fabricated using a CaF2 barrier showed less sharp quasi-particle characteristics than using an MgO barrier. However, the SIS junctions using a CaF2 barrier showed a fairly large IcRN value at 4.2 K over 1 mV and also exhibited finite Josephson current up to almost the film's Tc (∼30 K). The RHEED observation revealed that top MgB2 electrodes grow well on a CaF2 barrier.

  20. Atomically Resolved Site-Isolated Catalyst on MgO: Mononuclear Osmium Dicarbonyls formed from Os3(CO)12.

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    Aydin, Ceren; Kulkarni, Apoorva; Chi, Miaofang; Browning, Nigel D; Gates, Bruce C

    2012-07-19

    Supported triosmium clusters, formed from Os3(CO)12 on MgO, were treated in helium at 548 K for 2 h, causing fragmentation of the cluster frame and the formation of mononuclear osmium dicarbonyls. The cluster breakup and the resultant fragmented species were characterized by infrared and X-ray absorption spectroscopies, and the fragmented species were imaged by scanning transmission electron microscopy. The spectra identify the surface osmium complexes as Os(CO)2{Osupport}n (n = 3 or 4) (where the braces denote support surface atoms). The images show site-isolated Os atoms in mononuclear osmium species on MgO. The intensity analysis on the images of the MgO(110) face showed that the Os atoms were located atop Mg columns. This information led to a model of the Os(CO)2 on MgO(110), with the distances approximated as those determined by EXAFS spectroscopy, which are an average over the whole MgO surface; the results imply that these complexes were located at Mg vacancies.

  1. Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy of the A1Π- X1Σ + System of MgO

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    Kagi, E.; Hirano, T.; Takano, S.; Kawaguchi, K.

    1994-11-01

    The gas-phase infrared absorption spectrum of the A1Π- X1Σ + system of MgO was observed in the 2700-5400 cm -1 region with a high-resolution Fourier transform infrared spectrometer. The MgO molecule was produced in a reaction of Mg vapor with N 2O. The observed 501 spectral lines were assigned to five vibrational bands, vA- vX = 1-0 2-0, 3-0, 2-1, and 0-1 of 24MgO. These lines were analyzed to determine the band origins, the rotational, centrifugal distortion, and Λ-type doubling constants in the A1Π state. The term value Te of the A1Π state was derived to be 3563.8377 (74) cm -1, with one standard deviation in parentheses. The rotational levels in the A1Π state were found to be perturbed by those of the vibrational levels of the X1Σ + state through rotational-electronic interaction, and the analysis of the perturbation was carried out to determine the interaction constants. The spectra of the vA- vX = 1-0 bands of the isotopic species, 25MgO and 26MgO, wer also observed and analyzed.

  2. Structural and optical characterization of Er-alkali-metals codoped MgO nanoparticles synthesized by solution combustion route

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    Sivasankari, J.; Selvakumar Sellaiyan, S.; Sankar, S.; Devi, L. Vimala; Sivaji, K.

    2017-01-01

    Pure MgO, rare-earth (Er) doped MgO (MgO:Er), and alkali metal ions (Li, Na and K) co-doped MgO:Er [i.e. MgO: Er+X (X=Li, Na, and K)] nanopowders were synthesized by solution combustion method and characterized. The XRD analysis reveals the cubic structure and the substitution of dopants and co-dopants in MgO. Annealing at 800 °C, increases the sizes of nano-crystallites of all samples appreciably, indicating the grain growth and the improvement in crystallinity of all the samples. Increase in lattice parameter, d spacing and band gap were observed after annealing. Structural and morphological analysis using scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) studies has shown that the samples contain structures like agglomerated clusters. FT-IR spectra confirm the stretching mode of hydroxyl groups, carbonate and presence of MgO bonding. The characteristic wavelength ranging from 2600 cm-1 to 3000 cm-1 were assigned to transition of 4S3/2→4I13/2 and 4I11/2→4I15/2 of Er3+.

  3. Absence of low temperature phase transitions and enhancement of ferroelectric transition temperature in highly strained BaTiO{sub 3} epitaxial films grown on MgO Substrates

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    Kumar, Satish; Kumar, Dhirendra; Sathe, V. G.; Kumar, Ravi; Sharma, T. K.

    2015-04-07

    Recently, a large enhancement in the ferroelectric transition temperature of several oxides is reported by growing the respective thin films on appropriate substrates. This phenomenon is correlated with high residual strain in thin films often leading to large increase in the tetragonality of their crystal structure. However, such an enhancement of transition temperature is usually limited to very thin films of ∼10 nm thickness. Here, we report growth of fully strained epitaxial thin films of BaTiO{sub 3} of 400 nm thickness, which are coherently grown on MgO substrates by pulsed laser deposition technique. Conventional high resolution x-ray diffraction and also the reciprocal space map measurements confirm that the film is fully strained with in-plane tensile strain of 5.5% that dramatically increases the tetragonality to 1.05. Raman measurements reveal that the tetragonal to cubic structural phase transition is observed at 583 K, which results in an enhancement of ∼200 K. Furthermore, temperature dependent Raman studies on these films corroborate absence of all the low temperature phase transitions. Numerical calculations based on thermodynamical model predict a value of the transition temperature that is greater than 1500 °C. Our experimental results are therefore in clear deviation from the existing strain dependent phase diagrams.

  4. X-ray diffraction residual stress calculation on textured La 2/3Sr 1/3MnO 3 thin film

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    Meda, Lamartine; Dahmen, Klaus H.; Hayek, Saleh; Garmestani, Hamid

    2004-03-01

    Residual stresses and texture in La2/3Sr1/3MnO3 (LSMO) thin films have been investigated. The films were deposited on (1 0 0) LaAlO3 (LAO) and (1 0 0) MgO single crystals by liquid delivery-metal organic chemical vapor deposition (LD-MOCVD). X-ray diffraction (XRD) pole figures showed (0 0 1)LSMO//(0 0 1)LAO and (0 0 1)LSMO//(0 0 1)MgO preferred orientation. Residual stresses were calculated using a modified sin2 ψ method, crystallite group method (CGM), assuming a biaxial stress state. Compressive stresses on the order of 224 and 1150 MPa were obtained for LSMO films deposited on LAO (LSMO/LAO) and MgO (LSMO/MgO), respectively.

  5. Growth and investigation of the Slater-Pauling behavior by X-ray characterization of single crystal bcc FexMn1-x on MgO(001)

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    Bhatkar, Harshawardhan Ramesh

    Magnetic memory storage industry is always searching for materials that can store, read, and write data ever so faster, with lower power, with accuracy and on denser packaging. The material research was spurred with discovery and successful implementation of Giant Magnetoresistance phenomena into critical components of devices. GMR devices essentially were multilayered thin films of a set of magnetically ordered metals. Fe-Mn thin films were used to create one of its moment pinning layers. Fcc Fe-Mn thin films were studied enthusiastically for their AFM properties but very little was known about the rare bcc structured single crystals. Bcc Fe-Mn was found to be ferromagnetic in parts of phase diagram of Fe-Mn. The magnetic moment of alloys usually follows a regular linear trend based upon electronic configuration of constituent elements, known as Slater-Pauling curve. While most alloys follow the trend, bcc Fe-Mn binary alloys show a dramatic collapse in the bulk magnetic moment, as concentration of Mn is varied. In this work, we successfully fabricate bcc single crystal thin film of Fe-Mn on MgO(001) substrate by Molecular Beam Epitaxy method. We confirm using Reflection High Energy Electron Diffraction that, the bcc phase of Fe-Mn thin film is achieved, albeit being a forced structure, stable up to 35% of Mn concentration. X-ray absorption spectra of individual elements were used to confirm the compositions of Fe-Mn films and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism was used to track the elemental magnetic moment as the composition was varied. We found that the magnetic moment of Fe drops faster than expected and Mn has very small identical moment in all compositions. We also successfully created a compositionally graded Fe-Mn sample in MBE and spatially mapped its Fe moment by around the critical composition. The mechanism for collapse of magnetic moment over a spread of composition of Mn is a very complex problem yet we provide our experimental findings of

  6. Removal of scratch on the surface of MgO single crystal substrate in chemical mechanical polishing process

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    Kang, R. K.; Wang, K.; Wang, J.; Guo, D. M.

    2008-05-01

    Etching and chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) experiments of the MgO single crystal substrate with an artificial scratch on its surface are respectively performed with the developed polishing slurry mainly containing 2 vol.% phosphoric acid (H 3PO 4) and 10-20 nm colloidal silica particles, through observing the variations of the scratch topography on the substrate surface in experiments process, the mechanism and effect of removing scratch during etching and polishing are studied, some evaluating indexes for effect of removing scratch are presented. Finally, chemical mechanical polishing experiments of the MgO substrates after lapped are conducted by using different kinds of polishing pads, and influences of the polishing pad hardness on removal of the scratches on the MgO substrate surface are discussed.

  7. Al embedded MgO barrier MTJ: A first principle study for application in fast and compact STT-MRAMs

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    Yadav, Manoj Kumar; Gupta, Santosh Kumar; Rai, Sanjeev; Pandey, Avinash C.

    2017-03-01

    The first principle comparative study of a novel single Al sheet embedded MgO and pure MgO barrier having Fe electrodes magnetic tunnel junction has been presented. Al embedded MgO is reported to provide enhanced spin polarised tunnelling current due to increase of spin-polarized density of states at Fermi energy in the barrier region. This novel MTJ provides a current density and resistance area (RA) product of 94.497 ×107 A / cm2 and 0.105  Ω - μm2 respectively. With such a low RA product; it allows higher deriving current due to which switching time of magnetization reversal reduces without inducing barrier related breakdowns in non-volatile magnetic random access memories. The low RA product and high current density of the proposed MTJ may have possible applications in integration with existing MOS circuits.

  8. Measurements of Sound Velocity and Grüneisen Parameter in CH and MgO Shocked to Mbar Pressures

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    McCoy, C. A.; Gregor, M. C.; Polsin, D. N.; Boehly, T. R.; Meyerhofer, D. D.; Fratanduono, D. E.; Celliers, P. M.

    2015-11-01

    We present sound velocity measurements using an unsteady wave analysis to relate acoustic perturbations in a sample to those in a standard with known sound velocity and Grüneisen parameter. The contraction and dilation of perturbations in the shock velocities in each material provide information on the sound velocity. Experiments measured the sound velocity and Grüneisen parameter in shocked CH and MgO (periclase) relative to a quartz standard. Hugoniot measurements were also made for MgO shocked to the fluid state; a modified Us -up relation is presented. The results are compared to SESAME and LEOS tables for CH and MgO. This material is based upon work supported by the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration under Award Number DE-NA0001944.

  9. Dielectric Properties of BaTiO3 Codoped with Er2O3 and MgO

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    Hwang, Jin Hyun; Choi, Sang Keun; Han, Young Ho

    2001-08-01

    The effect of Er2O3 and MgO addition on the dielectric properties of BaTiO3 ceramics was studied in a reduced atmosphere. MgO effectively prevented the material from being reduced and suppressed grain growth. An X7R material with moderate temperature dependence was developed by the addition of MgO with higher than 2.0 mol% Er2O3 to BaTiO3, which is ascribed to the decrease in grain size and the grain core-grain shell structure. In the presence of equimolar amount of B-site metal ions, there was no evidence to support the incorporation of Er ions into the octahedral and dodecahedral cation sites.

  10. Thin Film?

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    Kariper, İ. Afşin

    2014-09-01

    This study focuses on the critical surface tension of lead sulfite (PbSO3) crystalline thin film produced with chemical bath deposition on substrates (commercial glass).The PbSO3 thin films were deposited at room temperature at different deposition times. The structural properties of the films were defined and examined according to X-ray diffraction (XRD) and the XRD results such as dislocation density, average grain size, and no. of crystallites per unit area. Atomic force microscopy was used to measure the film thickness and the surface properties. The critical surface tension of the PbSO3 thin films was measured with an optical tensiometer instrument and calculated using the Zisman method. The results indicated that the critical surface tension of films changed in accordance with the average grain size and film thickness. The film thickness increased with deposition time and was inversely correlated with surface tension. The average grain size increased according to deposition time and was inversely correlated with surface tension.

  11. High temperature annealing of MgO based perpendicular MTJ with Co/Pd multilayers

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    Tofizur Rahman, M.; Lyle, Andrew; Zhao, Hui; Wang, Jian-Ping

    2010-03-01

    MgO based perpendicular MTJ (pMTJ) are becoming increasing demanded due to their thermal stability and unlimited cell aspect ratio [1]. Promising results are reported for pMTJs with TbFeCo or Co/Pt (Pd,Ni) MLs but these materials could not withstand high temperature annealing above 250^oC. However, annealing at or above 300^oC is required to fully crystallize the MgO. We fabricated Sub/Pd/(Co/Pd)n/CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB/Pd/(Co/Pd)n/Pd pMTJ structure by engineering the exchange coupling between CoFeB and (Co/Pd)n and the interface morphology of Co and Pd in (Co/Pd)n layers and annealed at different temperatures up to 350^oC. To clarify the thermal effects on free layer completely, we also studied the annealing of free layer only. The perpendicular squareness of the free layer and the full stack after annealing at 350^oC are 0.90 and 1, respectively. The existence of good perpendicular anisotropy at high temperature is ascribed to the sharp and defect free interfaces. Field and spin torque switching results will also be presented.[4pt] [1] H.Meng, APL, 88, 172506 (2006),]M. Nakayama, JAP, 103, 07A710.

  12. Synthesis of MgO nanoparticle loaded mesoporous Al2O3 and its defluoridation study

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    Dayananda, Desagani; Sarva, Venkateswara R.; Prasad, Sivankutty V.; Arunachalam, Jayaraman; Parameswaran, Padmanabhan; Ghosh, Narendra N.

    2015-02-01

    MgO nanoparticle loaded mesoporous alumina has been synthesized using a simple aqueous solution based cost effective method for removal of fluoride from water. Wide angle powder X-ray diffraction, nitrogen adsorption desorption analysis, transmission electron microscopy techniques and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy were used to characterize the synthesized adsorbents. Synthesized adsorbents possess high surface area with mesoporous structure. The adsorbents have been thoroughly investigated for the adsorption of F- using batch adsorption method. MgO nanoparticle loading on mesoporous Al2O3 enhances the F- adsorption capacity of Al2O3 from 56% to 90% (initial F- concentration = 10 mg L-1). Kinetic study revealed that adsorption kinetics follows the pseudo-second order model, suggesting the chemisorption mechanism. The F- adsorption isotherm data was explained by both Langmuir and Freundlich model. The maximum adsorption capacity of 40MgO@Al2O3 was 37.35 mg g-1. It was also observed that, when the solutions having F- concentration of 5 mg L-1 and 10 mg L-1 was treated with 40MgO@Al2O3, the F- concentration in treated water became <1 mg L-1, which is well below the recommendation of WHO.

  13. Spin relaxation mechanism in silver nanowires covered with MgO protection layer

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    Idzuchi, H.; Fukuma, Y.; Wang, L.; Otani, Y.

    2012-07-01

    Spin-flip mechanism in Ag nanowires with MgO surface protection layers has been investigated by nonlocal spin injection using permalloy/Ag lateral spin valves. The spin flip events mediated by surface scattering are effectively suppressed by the MgO capping layer. The spin relaxation process was found to be well described in the framework of Elliott-Yafet mechanism (R. J. Elliott, Phys. Rev. 96, 266 (1954); Y. Yafet, in Solid State Physics, edited by F. Seitz and D. Turnbull (Academic, New York, 1963), pp. 1-98) and then the probabilities of spin-filp scattering for phonon or impurity mediated momentum scattering is precisely determined in the nanowires. The temperature dependent spin-lattice relaxation follows the Bloch-Grüneisen theory (V. F. Bloch, Z. Phys. 59, 208 (1930); V. E. Grüneisen, Ann. Phys. 5, 530 (1933)) and falls on to a universal curve of Ag as in the conduction-electron-spin resonance data for bulk.

  14. Damage accumulation in MgO irradiated with MeV Au ions at elevated temperatures

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    Bachiller-Perea, Diana; Debelle, Aurélien; Thomé, Lionel; Behar, Moni

    2016-09-01

    The damage accumulation process in MgO single crystals under medium-energy heavy ion irradiation (1.2 MeV Au) at fluences up to 4 × 1014 cm-2 has been studied at three different temperatures: 573, 773, and 1073 K. Disorder depth profiles have been determined through the use of the Rutherford backscattering spectrometry in channeling configuration (RBS/C). The analysis of the RBS/C data reveals two steps in the MgO damage process, irrespective of the temperature. However, we find that for increasing irradiation temperature, the damage level decreases and the fluence at which the second step takes place increases. A shift of the damage peak at increasing fluence is observed for the three temperatures, although the position of the peak depends on the temperature. These results can be explained by an enhanced defect mobility which facilitates defect migration and may favor defect annealing. X-ray diffraction reciprocal space maps confirm the results obtained with the RBS/C technique.

  15. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of low energy recoil events in MgO

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    Petersen, B. A.; Liu, B.; Weber, W. J.; ...

    2017-01-11

    In this paper, low-energy recoil events in MgO are studied using ab initio molecular dynamics simulations to reveal the dynamic displacement processes and final defect configurations. Threshold displacement energies, Ed, are obtained for Mg and O along three low-index crystallographic directions, [100], [110], and [111]. The minimum values for Ed are found along the [110] direction consisting of the same element, either Mg or O atoms. Minimum threshold values of 29.5 eV for Mg and 25.5 eV for O, respectively, are suggested from the calculations. For other directions, the threshold energies are considerably higher, 65.5 and 150.0 eV for Omore » along [111] and [100], and 122.5 eV for Mg along both [111] and [100] directions, respectively. These results show that the recoil events in MgO are partial-charge transfer assisted processes where the charge transfer plays an important role. Finally, there is a similar trend found in other oxide materials, where the threshold displacement energy correlates linearly with the peak partial-charge transfer, suggesting this behavior might be universal in ceramic oxides.« less

  16. Theoretical characterization of divacancies at the surface and in bulk MgO

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    Ojamäe, Lars; Pisani, Cesare

    1998-12-01

    Two types of divacancy at the (001) surface of MgO are theoretically studied and compared with the corresponding defect in the bulk: the pit, where a surface magnesium and the oxygen ion underneath are removed, and the tub, where both removed ions are at the surface. All calculations have been performed by means of the EMBED program which adopts an embedded-cluster approach in the frame of the Hartree-Fock (HF) approximation [C. Pisani F. Corà, R. Nada, and R. Orlando, Comput. Phys. Commun. 82, 139 (1994); C. Pisani and U. Birkenheuer, ibid. 96, 152 (1996)]; the semi-infinite host crystal for the study of the surface defects has been simulated with a four-layer slab. The energy released on formation of the divacancy from the two charged isolated vacancies is very high, almost 300 kcal/mol. The tub divacancy is the most stable, both as a neutral and as a singly charged defect. For the paramagnetic center (one electron trapped in the cavity), spin density data are provided and discussed with reference to results from electron paramagnetic resonance experiments and molecular cluster calculations [E. Giamello M. C. Paganini, D. Murphy, A. M. Ferrari, and G. Pacchioni, J. Phys. Chem. 101, 971 (1997)]. It is suggested that the tub divacancy is a common defect, if not the most common, at the highly dehydrated MgO surface.

  17. A vinyl acetate sensor based on cataluminescence on MgO nanoparticles.

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    Wu, Chen Chou; Cao, Xiaoan; Wen, Qiang; Wang, Zehua; Gao, Qianqian; Zhu, Huichang

    2009-10-15

    A novel cataluminescence (CTL) sensor using nanosized MgO as the sensing material for determination of the trace of vinyl acetate in air was proposed in the present study. Eight catalysts were examined and the results showed that the CTL intensity on MgO nanoparticles was the strongest. Under the optimized conditions, the linear range of the CTL intensity versus the concentration of vinyl acetate vapor was 2-2000 ppm with a detection limit of 1.0 ppm (3sigma) and a relative standard deviation (R.S.D.) of 1.18% for five times determination of 1000 ppm vinyl acetate. There were no CTL emissions when foreign substances, including ammonia, benzene, acetic acid, formaldehyde and ethyl acetate, passed through the sensor. CTL emissions were detected for methanol, ethanol and acetaldehyde at levels around 5.5%, 10.1% and 13.4% compared with the responsed vinyl acetate. The sensor had a long lifetime more than 100 h.

  18. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of low energy recoil events in MgO

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    Petersen, B. A.; Liu, B.; Weber, W. J.; Zhang, Y.

    2017-04-01

    Low-energy recoil events in MgO are studied using ab intio molecular dynamics simulations to reveal the dynamic displacement processes and final defect configurations. Threshold displacement energies, Ed, are obtained for Mg and O along three low-index crystallographic directions, [100], [110], and [111]. The minimum values for Ed are found along the [110] direction consisting of the same element, either Mg or O atoms. Minimum threshold values of 29.5 eV for Mg and 25.5 eV for O, respectively, are suggested from the calculations. For other directions, the threshold energies are considerably higher, 65.5 and 150.0 eV for O along [111] and [100], and 122.5 eV for Mg along both [111] and [100] directions, respectively. These results show that the recoil events in MgO are partial-charge transfer assisted processes where the charge transfer plays an important role. There is a similar trend found in other oxide materials, where the threshold displacement energy correlates linearly with the peak partial-charge transfer, suggesting this behavior might be universal in ceramic oxides.

  19. Ab Initio Modeling of Transition-Metal Impurities in MgO

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    Levchenko, Sergey V.; Alarcon Villaseca, Sebastian; Mazheika, Aliaksei; Scheffler, Matthias

    Fe- and Ni-doped MgO are promising materials for the catalytic conversion of methane and CO2. However, theoretical studies of these materials are scarce. The self-interaction error (SIE) in approximate DFT leads to an incorrect description of the electron localization and hybridization between d states of Ni or Fe and the oxide electronic bands. Replacing a fraction α of the (semi-)local exchange by the exact exchange reduces the SIE, but α remains a parameter depending on the target property. We explore the dependence of the formation energies of NiMg and FeMg substitutional defects in MgO on α in the Heyd-Scuseria-Ernzerhof hybrid functional (HSE), and compare the results to CCSD(T) embedded-cluster calculations. For NiMg defects HSE(α = 0.3) reproduces CCSD(T) formation energies and CO adsorption energies on NiMg. However, α = 0.48 is needed in the case of FeMg. For both NiMg and FeMg, α = 0.44-0.50 satisifies best the exact DFT condition that the HOMO does not depend on occupation. Contrary to PBE and HSE06, HSE(α ~ 0.5) reproduces the experimentally observed Oh -->D4 h (oblate) Jahn-Teller distortion for FeMg. We thank CoE UniCat for financial support.

  20. Measurement of FeO activity and solubility of MgO in smelting slags

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    Liu, Shih-Hsien; Fruehan, R. J.; Morales, A.; Ozturk, B.

    2001-02-01

    In bath smelting, the FeO activity of the slag must be known to predict the equilibrium of slag-metal reactions and for effective control of the rate of reduction in the system. Also, knowledge of the solubility of MgO in these slags is useful for reducing refractory consumption. A series of measurements of the FeO activity in simulated bath smelting slags (CaO-SiO2-Al2O3-MgOsat-FeO) were conducted by the electromotive force (EMF) technique. The influence of the slag composition on the relationship between the FeO activity coefficient and FeO content was studied. It has been found that the measured FeO activity coefficient decreases with increasing FeO content in the slag and increases slightly with increasing slag basicity, which is defined as (CaO + MgO)/(SiO2 + Al2O3) on a mole fraction basis. The measured values of the FeO activity coefficient are in reasonable agreement with previously published data. The solubility of MgO was also measured and found to rang from 16 to 30 pct and decrease with increasing basicity.

  1. Annealing Effects on the Surface Plasmon of MgO Implanted with Gold

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    Ueda, A.; Mu, R.; Tung, Y. -S.; Henderson, D. O.; White, C. W.; Zuhr, R. A.; Zhu, Jane G.; Wang, P. W.

    1997-01-01

    Gold ion implantation was carried out with the energy of 1.1 MeV into (100) oriented MgO single crystal. Implanted doses are 1, 3, 6, 10 x 10(exp 16) ions/sq cm. The gold irradiation results in the formation of gold ion implanted layer with a thickness of 0.2 microns and defect formation. In order to form gold colloids from the as-implanted samples, we annealed the gold implanted MgO samples in three kinds of atmospheres: (1)Ar only, (2)H2 and Ar, and (3)O2 and Ar. The annealing over 1200 C enhanced the gold colloid formation which shows surface plasmon resonance band of gold. The surface plasmon bands of samples annealed in three kinds of atmospheres were found to be at 535 nm (Ar only), 524 nm(H2+Ar), and 560 nm (02+Ar), The band positions of surface plasmon can be reversibly changed by an additional annealing.

  2. Growth of oriented diamond on nickel wafers and thin films

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    Liu, Wei

    2000-10-01

    Growth of highly oriented diamond thin films on nickel was achieved by a multi-step process involving seeding, high temperature carbon dissolution, and growth. This process is very sensitive to the substrate temperature and requires accurate timing of both the nucleation and growth steps. It was observed that the surface morphology changed dramatically during the nucleation process and that in-situ monitoring of the surface morphology could provide valuable feedback for process control. An optical monitoring system developed under this study has significantly improved both the reproducibility and overall quality of the oriented diamond films grown on Ni substrates. However, since a significant fraction of carbon diffused into the bulk, as confirmed by Auger carbon depth profiling, the highest nucleation density on the bulk Ni substrate was 107 cm-2. To prevent carbon diffusion away from the surface and to maintain a supersaturated surface region, epitaxial nickel and iridium thin films were deposited by electron-beam evaporation on MgO which acted as a carbon diffusion barrier. A multi-layer structure with 100 A iridium and 1 mum nickel grown epitaxially on an MgO (100) wafer by electron-beam evaporation was used as a substrate. The 100 A thick Ir interlayer was used to overcome the delamination of Ni from the MgO substrate during processing. Oriented diamond was successfully deposited on these substrates and yielded nucleation densities of 3 x 108 cm-2, that resulted in faster coalescence of diamond particles. Coalesced diamond thin films on Ni/Ir/MgO substrates were grown in about six hours of growth, as compared to about 25 hours for the bulk Ni substrates. However, a much narrower process widow on Ni thin films made reproducible growth of oriented diamond more challenging. Cross-sectional high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (XHRTEM) was used to investigate the interfacial microstructure formed during hot filament chemical vapor deposition (HFCVD

  3. NO2 interaction with Au atom adsorbed on perfect and defective MgO(100) surfaces: density functional theory calculations.

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    Ammar, H Y; Eid, Kh M

    2013-10-01

    The interactions of nitrogen dioxide molecule (NO2) on Au atom adsorbed on the surfaces of metal oxide MgO (100) on both anionic (O2-) and defect (F(s) and F(s)(+)-centers) sites have been studied using the Density Functional Theory (DFT) in combination with embedded cluster model. The adsorption energies of NO2 molecule (N-down as well as O-down) on O(-2), F(s) and F(s)(+)-sites were considered. Full optimization for the additive materials and partial optimization for MgO substrate surfaces have been done. The formation energies were evaluated for F(s) and F(s)(+) of MgO substrate surfaces. Some parameters, the Ionization Potential (IP) and electron Affinity (eA), for defect free and defect containing surfaces have been calculated. The interaction properties of NO2 have been analyzed in terms of the adsorption energy, the electron donation (basicity), the elongation of N-O bond length and the charge distribution by using Natural Bond Orbital (NBO) analysis. The adsorption properties were examined by calculation of the Density of State (DOS). The presence of the Au atom increases the surface chemistry of the anionic O(2-)-site of MgO substrate surfaces. On the other hand, the presence of the Au atom decreases the surface chemistry of the F(s) and F(s)(+)-sites of MgO substrate surfaces. Generally, the NO2 molecule is strongly adsorbed (chemisorption) on the MgO substrate surfaces containing F(s) and F(s)(+)-centers.

  4. Ligand/cluster/support catalytic complexes in heterogeneous ultrananocatalysis: NO oxidation on Ag3/MgO(100).

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    Sementa, Luca; Barcaro, Giovanni; Negreiros, Fabio R; Fortunelli, Alessandro

    2014-12-28

    In the present work we explore via first-principles simulations whether the ligand/cluster/support catalytic complex generated by CO oxidation over silver trimers deposited on the regular MgO(100) surface - i.e. a Ag3/carbonate or Ag3(CO3)/MgO(100) species - can be used as a catalyst in a different reaction: the selective oxidation of NO to NO2 (or NOox). The Ag3(CO3)/MgO(100) complex is first shown to be reasonably stable at room temperature in terms of both disaggregation and sintering, and that it can be generated from Ag3 adsorbed onto an oxygen vacancy defect of the regular MgO(100) surface under oxidation conditions. It is then found that the Ag3(CO3)/MgO(100) species transforms under NOox conditions into an even more complex aggregate, a mixed carbonate/double-nitrite Ag3(CO3)(NO2)2/MgO(100) species, which can then act as an efficient catalyst of NOox. It is noteworthy that under NOox reaction conditions a different ligand/cluster/support catalytic complex is formed with respect to the original COox one. These findings prove the diversity of the catalytic chemistry of subnanometer (or ultranano) metal clusters deposited on oxide substrates, associated with the formation of many different ligand/cluster/support aggregates, the vast amount of combinatorial possibilities thus opening, and the need for computational approaches to perform systematic structural and stoichiometric searches in order to cope with such a multiform diversity.

  5. Strong electric fields at a prototypical oxide/water interface probed by ab initio molecular dynamics: MgO(001).

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    Laporte, Sara; Finocchi, Fabio; Paulatto, Lorenzo; Blanchard, Marc; Balan, Etienne; Guyot, François; Saitta, Antonino Marco

    2015-08-21

    We report a density-functional theory (DFT)-based study of the interface of bulk water with a prototypical oxide surface, MgO(001), and focus our study on the often-overlooked surface electric field. In particular, we observe that the bare MgO(001) surface, although charge-neutral and defectless, has an intense electric field on the Å scale. The MgO(001) surface covered with 1 water monolayer (1 ML) is investigated via a supercell accounting for the experimentally-observed (2 × 3) reconstruction, stable at ambient temperature, and in which two out of six water molecules are dissociated. This 1 ML-hydrated surface is also found to have a high, albeit short-ranged, normal component of the field. Finally, the oxide/water interface is studied via room-temperature ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) using 34 H2O molecules between two MgO(001) surfaces. To our best knowledge this is the first AIMD study of the MgO(001)/liquid water interface in which all atoms are treated using DFT and including several layers above the first adsorbed layer. We observe that the surface electric field, averaged over the AIMD trajectories, is still very strong on the fully-wet surface, peaking at about 3 V Å(-1). Even in the presence of bulk-like water, the structure of the first layer in contact with the surface remains similar to the (2 × 3)-reconstructed ice ad-layer on MgO(001). Moreover, we observe proton exchange within the first layer, and between the first and second layers - indeed, the O-O distances close to the surface are found to be distributed towards shorter distances, a property which has been shown to directly promote proton transfer.

  6. Substrate dependent structural and magnetic properties of pulsed laser deposited Fe3O4 thin films.

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    Goyal, Rajendra N; Kaur, Davinder; Pandey, Ashish K

    2010-12-01

    Nanocrystalline iron oxide thin films have been deposited on various substrates such as quartz, MgO(100), and Si(100) by pulsed laser deposition technique using excimer KrF laser (248 nm). The orientations, crystallite size and lattice parameters were studied using X-ray diffraction. The XRD results show that the films deposited on MgO and Si substrates are highly oriented and show only (400) and (311) reflections respectively. On the other hand, the orientation of the films deposited on quarts substrate changed from (311) to (400) with an increase in the substrate temperature from 400 degrees C to 600 degrees C, indicating thereby that the film growth direction is highly affected with nature of substrate and substrate temperature. The surface morphology of the deposited films was studied using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and spherical ball like regular features of nanometer size grains were obtained. The magnetic properties were studied by Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID) magnetometer in the magnetic field +/- 6 Tesla. The magnetic field dependent magnetization (M-H) curves of all the Fe3O4 thin films measured at 5 K and 300 K show the ferrimagnetic nature. The electrochemical sensing of dopamine studied for these films shows that the film deposited on MgO substrate can be used as a sensing electrode.

  7. Using polarity for engineering oxide nanostructures: structural phase diagram in free and supported MgO(111) ultrathin films.

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    Goniakowski, Jacek; Noguera, Claudine; Giordano, Livia

    2004-11-19

    Using an ab initio total energy approach, we study the stability of free and Ag(111)-supported MgO(111) ultrathin films. We unravel a novel microscopic mechanism of stabilization of polar oxide orientations, based on a strong modification of the MgO structural phase diagram with respect to the bulk material. We predict that, at low thickness, films which are either unsupported or deposited on Ag(111) display a graphitelike Bk structure rather than the expected rocksalt one. Our results provide a consistent interpretation of recent experimental findings, exemplify the efficiency of this novel stabilization mechanism, and suggest new methods to engineer oxide nanostructures.

  8. Deposition of epitaxial Cu 2O films on (100) MgO by laser ablation and their processing using ion beams

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    Ogale, S. B.; Bilurkar, P. G.; Mate, Nitant; Parikh, Nalin; Patnaik, B.

    1993-03-01

    Epitaxial thin films of Cu2O have been deposited on (100) MgO substrates by pulsed excimer laser ablation technique. Chemical polishing of the substrates by etching them in hot phosphoric acid prior to film deposition is found to be a critical step in realizing epitaxy. A KrF excimer laser operating at 248 nm wavelengths was used for ablation. The depositions were carried out at the laser energy density of 2 J/cm2 and the pulse repetition rate of 5 Hz. The substrate temperature was held at 700°C and the oxygen partial pressure during deposition and cooling was 10-3 Torr. The epitaxial nature of the deposited films was established via X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Rutherford back-scattering (RBS) channelling measurements. The epitaxial films thus obtained were then subjected to ion bombardment for studies of damage formation. Implantations were carried out using 110 keV Ar+ ions over a dose range between 5 x 1014 and 1.5 x 1016 ions/cmz. The as-grown and implanted samples were subjected to resistivity versus temperature measurements in view of the importance of the Cu-O system in the context of the phenomenon of high temperature superconductivity.

  9. Growth, structure, and magnetic properties of {gamma}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} epitaxial films on MgO

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    Gao, Y.; Kim, Y.J.; Thevuthasan, S.; Chambers, S.A.; Lubitz, P.

    1997-04-01

    Single-crystal epitaxial thin films of {gamma}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}(001) have been grown on MgO(001) using oxygen-plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. The structure and magnetic properties of these films have been characterized by a variety of techniques, including reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED), low-energy electron diffraction (LEED), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and x-ray photoelectron/Auger electron diffraction (XPD/AED), vibrating sample magnetometry, and ferromagnetic resonance. Real-time RHEED reveals that the film growth occurs in a layer-by-layer fashion. The {gamma}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}(001) film surface exhibits a (1{times}1) LEED pattern. The growth of {gamma}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} films at 450 {degree}C is accompanied by significant Mg outdiffusion. AED of Mg KLL Auger emission reveals that Mg substitutionally incorporates in the {gamma}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} lattice, occupying the octahedral sites. Magnetic moments are {approximately}2300 G and {approximately}4500 G for {gamma}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} films grown at 250{degree}C and 450{degree}C, respectively. The high magnetic moment for the films grown at 450{degree}C could be attributed to the high degree of structural order of the films and Mg substitution at octahedral sites. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  10. Investigation of reaction mechanisms of NO with CO on Pd1/MgO and Pd4/MgO catalysts

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    Yin, Zhenfen; Li, Chaoqun; Su, Yanwei; Liu, Yongfei; Wang, Yan; Chen, Guangju

    2012-02-01

    The stepwise and concerted reaction mechanisms of NO with CO on Pd1 atom and Pd4 cluster adsorbed on the MgO surface have been studied by using the DFT/B3LYP method with the embedded cluster model. The reaction barriers have been calculated by using the IMOMO method at the CCSD level. The results suggest that the rate-controlling step barrier of the NO dissociation on the supported Pd4 cluster for the stepwise reaction mechanism is about 57 kcal/mol and lower by about 33 kcal/mol than that on the single supported Pd atom. However, the concerted reaction pathways on the single supported Pd atom and four supported Pd atoms are energetically unfavorable with the barriers of about 98 kcal/mol and 71 kcal/mol, respectively. Compared to the concerted reaction mechanism, the stepwise reaction mechanism of NO + CO is a possible pathway of CO2 molecule formation on the supported Pd catalysts.

  11. Evaluation of Heterogeneous Options: Effects of MgO versus UO2 Matrix Selection for Minor Actinide Targets in a Sodium Fast Reactor

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    M. Pope; S. Bays; R. Ferrer

    2008-03-01

    The primary focus of this work was to compare MgO with UO2 as target matrix material options for burning minor actinides in a transmutation target within a sodium fast reactor. This analysis compared the transmutation performance of target assemblies having UO2 matrix to those having specifically MgO inert matrix.

  12. Epitaxial TiN(001) wetting layer for growth of thin single-crystal Cu(001)

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    Chawla, J. S.; Zhang, X. Y.; Gall, D.

    2011-08-15

    Single-crystal Cu(001) layers, 4-1400 nm thick, were deposited on MgO(001) with and without a 2.5-nm-thick TiN(001) buffer layer. X-ray diffraction and reflection indicate that the TiN(001) surface suppresses Cu-dewetting, yielding a 4 x lower defect density and a 9 x smaller surface roughness than if grown on MgO(001) at 25 deg. C. In situ and low temperature electron transport measurements indicate that ultra-thin (4 nm) Cu(001) remains continuous and exhibits partial specular scattering at the Cu-vacuum boundary with a Fuchs-Sondheimer specularity parameter p = 0.6 {+-} 0.2, suggesting that the use of epitaxial wetting layers is a promising approach to create low-resistivity single-crystal Cu nanoelectronic interconnects.

  13. Interfacial electronic transport phenomena in single crystalline Fe-MgO-Fe thin barrier junctions

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    Gangineni, R. B.; Negulescu, B.; Baraduc, C.; Gaudin, G.

    2014-05-05

    Spin filtering effects in nano-pillars of Fe-MgO-Fe single crystalline magnetic tunnel junctions are explored with two different sample architectures and thin MgO barriers (thickness: 3–8 monolayers). The two architectures, with different growth and annealing conditions of the bottom electrode, allow tuning the quality of the bottom Fe/MgO interface. As a result, an interfacial resonance states (IRS) is observed or not depending on this interface quality. The IRS contribution, observed by spin polarized tunnel spectroscopy, is analyzed as a function of the MgO barrier thickness. Our experimental findings agree with theoretical predictions concerning the symmetry of the low energy (0.2 eV) interfacial resonance states: a mixture of Δ{sub 1}-like and Δ{sub 5}-like symmetries.

  14. TiO2 as an electrostatic template for epitaxial growth of EuO on MgO(001) by reactive molecular beam epitaxy

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    Swartz, Adrian; Wong, Jared; Pinchuk, Igor; Kawakami, Roland

    2012-02-01

    Interfacial electrostatics play a key role in determining epitaxial quality in the heteroepitaxy of ionic rock salt materials. We investigate the initial growth modes and the role of interfacial electrostatic interactions of EuO epitaxy on MgO(001) by reactive molecular beam epitaxy. A TiO2 interfacial monolayer is employed to alleviate electrostatic interactions between the ions of the EuO and MgO to produce high quality epitaxial growth of EuO on MgO(001) with a 45 degree in plane rotation. For comparison, direct deposition of EuO on MgO, without the TiO2 layer, is discussed. A key difference of EuO epitaxy on TiO2/MgO is the ability to form EuO by substrate assisted oxidation and without the introduction of external oxygen to the interface. Such ultrathin films are shown to have bulk like magnetic properties

  15. The electronic and magnetic properties of La{sub 0.85}Zr{sub 0.15}MnO{sub 3} deposited on SrTiO{sub 3} and MgO substrates

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    Deshpande, N. G.; Weng, C. H.; Wang, Y. F.; Shao, Y. C.; Cheng, C. Q.; Ling, D. C. E-mail: wfpong@mail.tku.edu.tw; Hsueh, H. C.; Du, C. H.; Pong, W. F. E-mail: wfpong@mail.tku.edu.tw; Tsai, H. M.; Pao, C. W.; Lin, H. J.; Lee, J. F.; Chiou, J. W.; Tsai, M. H.

    2014-06-21

    The electronic and magnetic properties of tetravalent-ion-doped La{sub 0.85}Zr{sub 0.15}MnO{sub 3} (LZMO) thin films that were epitaxially grown on SrTiO{sub 3} (STO) and MgO substrates were studied using temperature-dependent x-ray diffraction (XRD), x-ray absorption near-edge structure, x-ray linear dichroism, and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism at the Mn L{sub 3,2}- and K-edge. XRD studies reveal that the LZMO thin films have compressive and tensile strains (along the c-axis) on the STO and MgO substrates, respectively. As the temperature is reduced from room temperature to below magnetic transition temperature, the preferentially occupied Mn majority-spin e{sub g} orbital changes from the in-plane d{sub x}{sup 2}{sub -y}{sup 2} to the out-of-plane d{sub 3z}{sup 2}{sub -r}{sup 2} orbital for LZMO/STO, and vice versa for LZMO/MgO. Experimental results suggest that the new hopping path that is mediated by the Mn{sup 2+} ions triggers a stronger d{sub 3z}{sup 2}{sub -r}{sup 2} orbital ordering of Mn{sup 3+} ions and enhances the ferromagnetic coupling between the Mn spin moments of t{sub 2g} electrons in LZMO/STO, whereas the strong tensile strain stabilizes the d{sub x}{sup 2}{sub -y}{sup 2} orbital by inducing lattice distortions of the MnO{sub 6} octahedra in LZMO/MgO.

  16. Chemical Solution Derived Planarization Layers for Highly Aligned IBAD MgO Templates

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    Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Aytug, Tolga; Stan, Liliana; Jia, Quanxi; Cantoni, Claudia; Wee, Sung Hun

    2014-01-01

    The main goal of this research is to develop a chemical solution derived planarization layer to fabricate highly aligned IBAD-MgO templates for the development of high temperature superconductor (HTS) based coated conductors. The standard IBAD-MgO template needs an additional electrochemical polishing step of the mechanically polished 50- m-thick Hastelloy C-276 substrates to ensure a flat and smooth surface for subsequent growth of multi-layer buffer architectures, which include: sputtered 80-nm Al2O3; sputtered 7-nm Y2O3; IBAD 10-nm MgO; sputtered 30-nm homo-epi MgO; and sputtered 30-nm LaMnO3 (LMO) layers. We have successfully developed a solution planarization layer that removes the electrochemical polishing step and also acts as a barrier layer. Crack-free, smooth Al2O3 layers were prepared on mechanically polished Hastelloy substrates using a chemical solution process. A nearly 10-15-nm thick Al2O3 layer was formed with each coating and the coating was repeated several times to achieve the desired film thickness with intermediate heat-treatments after each coating. The Al2O3 planarization layer significantly reduced the surface roughness of the substrate. The average surface roughness value, Ra for a starting substrate was 9-10 nm. After 8 coatings of Al2O3 layer, the Ra was reduced to 2 nm. Highly aligned IBAD-MgO layers with out-of-plane and in-plane textures comparable to the standard IBAD-MgO layers were successfully deposited on top of the solution planarization Al2O3 layers with an Y2O3 nucleation layer using a reel-to-reel ion-beam sputtering system. Both homo-epi MgO and LMO layers were subsequently deposited on the IBAD-MgO layers using rf sputtering to complete the buffer stack required for the growth of HTS films. YBa2Cu3O7- (YBCO) films with a thickness of 0.8 m deposited on these IBAD-MgO templates by pulsed laser deposition showed a high self-field critical current density, Jc of 3.04 MA/cm2 at 77 K and 6.05 MA/cm2 at 65 K. These results

  17. Roles of MgO release from polyethylene glycol 6000-based solid dispersions on microenvironmental pH, enhanced dissolution and reduced gastrointestinal damage of telmisartan.

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    Tran, Phuong Ha-Lien; Tran, Thao Truong-Dinh; Lee, Seung Aeon; Nho, Vo Hong; Chi, Sang-Cheol; Lee, Beom-Jin

    2011-05-01

    The roles of magnesium oxide (MgO) release from solid dispersions (SDs) in simulated gastric fluid (SGF), simulated intestinal fluid (SIF) and water were investigated to elucidate the enhanced dissolution and reduced intestinal damages of telmisartan as a model drug. The polyethylene glycol 6000 (PEG 6000) was used to prepare the SDs. Three SDs were prepared: SD1 (PEG, MgO, TEL), SD2 (PEG 6000, TEL), SD3 (MgO, TEL). The physical mixture (PM) consisting of SD2 and MgO was also prepared. A binary SD without MgO (SD2) was also prepared for comparison in microenvironmental pH (pH(M)) modulation. The faster MgO released, the less control of pH(M) and the less enhanced dissolution of TEL were in consequences. SD3 increased dissolution in SIF and water (about 67%). Interestingly, ternary SD1 showed almost complete dissolution in all three media but dissolution of PM was the lowest due to the fast release of MgO and poor modulation of pH(M). MgO did not change the drug crystallinity but did have a strong molecular interaction with the drug. Additionally, the SD3-bearing tablet quickly increased pH(M) but then gradually decreased due to faster release of MgO while the SD1-bearing tablet gradually increased pH(M) at all fractional dimensions of the tablet by the MgO slowly released. The pH(M) of PM-bearing tablets was not varied as a function of time. Thus, the MgO-bearing SD1 also minimized gastrointestinal tissue damage caused by the model drug.

  18. Self-healing of drying shrinkage cracks in cement-based materials incorporating reactive MgO

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    Qureshi, T. S.; Al-Tabbaa, A.

    2016-08-01

    Excessive drying shrinkage is one of the major issues of concern for longevity and reduced strength performance of concrete structures. It can cause the formation of cracks in the concrete. This research aims to improve the autogenous self-healing capacity of traditional Portland cement (PC) systems, adding expansive minerals such as reactive magnesium oxide (MgO) in terms of drying shrinkage crack healing. Two different reactive grades (high ‘N50’and moderately high ‘92-200’) of MgO were added with PC. Cracks were induced in the samples with restraining end prisms through natural drying shrinkage over 28 days after casting. Samples were then cured under water for 28 and 56 days, and self-healing capacity was investigated in terms of mechanical strength recovery, crack sealing efficiency and improvement in durability. Finally, microstructures of the healing materials were investigated using FT-IR, XRD, and SEM-EDX. Overall N50 mixes show higher expansion and drying shrinkage compared to 92-200 mixes. Autogenous self-healing performance of the MgO containing samples were much higher compared to control (only PC) mixes. Cracks up to 500 μm were sealed in most MgO containing samples after 28 days. In the microstructural investigations, highly expansive Mg-rich hydro-carbonate bridges were found along with traditional calcium-based, self-healing compounds (calcite, portlandite, calcium silicate hydrates and ettringite).

  19. Methylglyoxal (MGO) inhibits proliferation and induces cell death of human glioblastoma multiforme T98G and U87MG cells.

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    Paul-Samojedny, Monika; Łasut, Barbara; Pudełko, Adam; Fila-Daniłow, Anna; Kowalczyk, Małgorzata; Suchanek-Raif, Renata; Zieliński, Michał; Borkowska, Paulina; Kowalski, Jan

    2016-05-01

    Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most malignant and invasive human brain tumor and it is characterized by a poor prognosis and short survival time. Current treatment strategies for GBM using surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy are ineffective. Thus new therapeutic strategies to target GBM are urgently needed. The effect of methylglyoxal (MGO) on the cell cycle, cell death and proliferation of human GBM cells was investigated. The T98G and U87MG cell lines were cultured in modified EMEM supplemented with 10% fetal bovine serum and maintained at 37°C in a humidified atmosphere of 5% CO2 in air. Cells were exposed to methylglyoxal (0.025mM) per 72h. The influence of MGO on T98G and U87MG cell cycle, proliferation and apoptosis was evaluated as well. Cell cycle phase distribution, proliferation, apoptosis were analyzed by flow cytometry. MGO causes changes in cell cycle and induces accumulation of G1/G0-phase cells and reduced fraction of cells in S and G2/M phases. We have also observed inhibition of cell proliferation and induction of apoptosis in cancer cells. We have also revealed that MGO induces senescence of U87MG but not T98G cells, but further studies are necessary in order to clarify and check mechanism of action of methylglyoxal and it Is a positive phenomenon for the treatment of GBM.

  20. Using Variable Temperature Powder X-Ray Diffraction to Determine the Thermal Expansion Coefficient of Solid MgO

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    Corsepius, Nicholas C.; DeVore, Thomas C.; Reisner, Barbara A.; Warnaar, Deborah L.

    2007-01-01

    A laboratory exercise was developed by using variable temperature powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) to determine [alpha] for MgO (periclase)and was tested in the Applied Physical Chemistry and Materials Characterization Laboratories at James Madison University. The experiment which was originally designed to provide undergraduate students with a…

  1. The Dissolution Kinetics of MgO into CaO-MgO-Fe2O3 Slag

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    Wei, Ruirui; Lv, Xuewei; Yue, Zhiwen; Xiang, Shenglin

    2017-02-01

    Calcium ferrite is the main binding phase for high-basicity sinter. The production and structure of calcium ferrite greatly influence the quality of the sinter. With the change in gangue composition, MgO becomes an important factor in the generation of calcium ferrite. In this study, the rotating cylinder method was used to study the dissolution kinetics of MgO into CaO-MgO-Fe2O3 melt. The experimental variables included the temperature, the initial composition of the melt, the Fe2O3/CaO mass ratio, the rotation time, and the rotation speed. The results indicate that the dissolution rate increases with increasing dissolution time, temperature, and rotation speed but decreases with increasing MgO content and Fe2O3/CaO mass ratio in the initial slag. The dissolution rate was observed to increase and then decrease with the addition of SiO2 in the initial slag. The activation energy and diffusion coefficient for MgO dissolution were found to range from 117.31 to 234.24 kJ mol-1 and from 1.03 × 10-6 to 1.18 × 10-5 cm2 s-1, respectively. The concentration difference between the solid and liquid phases is the main driving force for dissolution, but the viscosity and magnesium ion diffusivity of the melt also affect the process.

  2. The determination of step heights on the non-uhv heat-treated MgO (100) surface by CBED

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    King, S.; McKernan, S.; Carter, C.B.

    1992-12-31

    Conditions are established whereby step heights may be measured in the acid-washed and air-annealed MgO single-crystals currently employed as substrates for pulsed-laser-deposition. Preliminary data indicates that the steps are typically a few nanometers in height.

  3. Facile synthesis of MgO and Ni-MgO nanostructures with enhanced adsorption of methyl blue dye

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    Mohamed, R. M.; Shawky, Ahmed; Mkhalid, I. A.

    2017-02-01

    Nanostructured Magnesium oxide (MgO) was prepared by a simple method using a non-ionic block copolymer as surfactant. Ni was introduced to MgO to improve surface properties. The effect of Ni loading on the MgO crystalline structure, surface morphology and magnetic properties was observed by powder X-ray diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy and a vibrating sample magnetometer, respectively. Textural properties of produced samples were investigated by nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms and the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller method. The as-prepared samples were employed as an adsorbent for the removal of Methyl blue (MeB) dye. The adsorption isotherms were studied using the Langmuir model. The results show a high adsorptive behavior for relatively high concentrated MeB with a maximum adsorption capacity of 367 mg g-1 indicating the enhanced adsorption performance of our produced structures. A mechanism for adsorption of MeB molecules on the prepared MgO is proposed.

  4. Novel Approach for the Reduction of ZnO and MgO Using a Direct Diode-Laser

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    Mahmoud, M. S.; Yabe, T.; Iida, E.

    2017-02-01

    In this work, we present the results of using the diode laser with an energy density of 6.6 × 1011 W/m3 for reducing ZnO to Zn in vacuum as a first step. Subsequently, we use the diode laser for the reduction of MgO using Zn as the reducing agent. Although Zn is one of the candidates proposed for the renewable energy cycle, it is more auspicious to use it as a recyclable reducing agent. Herein, the reduction efficiency was measured in terms of moles of Zn or Mg obtained per moles of ZnO or MgO ablated. The energy efficiency is measured in terms of mass of Zn or Mg produced per energy consumed by diode laser. For the first part, the largest reduction rate was 15.8 mg/s, corresponding to reduction and energy efficiencies of 76.6 pct and 16.14 mg/kJ, respectively. The yield for the process was 8.8 pct of the theoretically calculated one, which is only better than the solar ZnO reduction process. For the second part, the reduction of MgO with Zn was attainable by diode laser, the resultant Mg was associated with Zn traces, and the electron probe micro analysis results showed that the MgO reduction efficiency fluctuates between 14.4 and 26.6 pct. Different scenarios were suggested for the mechanism of the reaction.

  5. Effect of hot extrusion, other constituents, and temperature on the strength and fracture of polycrystalline MgO

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    Rice, R.W. )

    1993-12-01

    Improved agreement was confirmed between the Petch intercept and single-crystal yield stresses at 22 C. Hot-extruded MgO crystal specimens stressed parallel with the resultant axial texture (1) gave the highest and least-scattered strength-grain size results at 22 C, (2) showed direct fractographic evidence of microplastic initiated fracture at 22 C and showed macroscopic yield at 1,315 and especially 1,540 C, and (3) fractured entirely via transgranular cleavage, except for intergranular failure initiation from one or a few grain boundary surfaces exposed on the subsequent fracture surface, mainly at 1,540 C. Hot-extruded, hot-pressed MgO billets gave comparable strength when fracture initiated transgranularly, but lower strength when fracture initiated from one or especially a few grain boundary surfaces exposed on the fracture. The extent and frequency of such boundary fracture increased with test temperature. While oxide additions of [<=] 5% or impurities in hot-pressed or hot-extruded MgO can make limited strength increases at larger grain sizes, those having limited solubility can limit strength at finer grain sizes, as can coarser surface finish. Overall, MgO strength is seen as a balance between flaw and microplastic controlled failure, with several parameters shifting the balance.

  6. Simulation Study on Understanding the Spin Transport in MgO Adsorbed Graphene Based Magnetic Tunnel Junction

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    Raturi, Ashish; Choudhary, Sudhanshu

    2016-11-01

    First principles calculations of spin-dependent electronic transport properties of magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) consisting of MgO adsorbed graphene nanosheet sandwiched between two CrO2 half-metallic ferromagnetic (HMF) electrodes is reported. MgO adsorption on graphene opens bandgap in graphene nanosheet which makes it more suitable for use as a tunnel barrier in MTJs. It was found that MgO adsorption suppresses transmission probabilities for spin-down channel in case of parallel configuration (PC) and also suppresses transmission in antiparallel configuration (APC) for both spin-up and spin-down channel. Tunnel magneto-resistance (TMR) of 100% is obtained at all bias voltages in MgO adsorbed graphene-based MTJ which is higher than that reported in pristine graphene-based MTJ. HMF electrodes were found suitable to achieve perfect spin filtration effect and high TMR. I-V characteristics for both parallel and antiparallel magnetization states of junction are calculated. High TMR suggests its usefulness in spin valves and other spintronics-based applications.

  7. Atomic structure and electronic properties of MgO grain boundaries in tunnelling magnetoresistive devices

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    Bean, Jonathan J.; Saito, Mitsuhiro; Fukami, Shunsuke; Sato, Hideo; Ikeda, Shoji; Ohno, Hideo; Ikuhara, Yuichi; McKenna, Keith P.

    2017-01-01

    Polycrystalline metal oxides find diverse applications in areas such as nanoelectronics, photovoltaics and catalysis. Although grain boundary defects are ubiquitous their structure and electronic properties are very poorly understood since it is extremely challenging to probe the structure of buried interfaces directly. In this paper we combine novel plan-view high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and first principles calculations to provide atomic level understanding of the structure and properties of grain boundaries in the barrier layer of a magnetic tunnel junction. We show that the highly [001] textured MgO films contain numerous tilt grain boundaries. First principles calculations reveal how these grain boundaries are associated with locally reduced band gaps (by up to 3 eV). Using a simple model we show how shunting a proportion of the tunnelling current through grain boundaries imposes limits on the maximum magnetoresistance that can be achieved in devices. PMID:28374755

  8. Vibrational infrared spectrum of NH 3 adsorbed on MgO(100). I. Ab initio calculations

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    Allouche, A.; Corà, F.; Girardet, C.

    1995-12-01

    The perturbed cluster approach, previously devoted to the calculation of the stable adsorption site and energy for ammonia adsorbed on MgO(100), is used to determine the frequency and the intensity of the main peaks associated with the normal vibrational modes of the admolecule. The ab initio model based on a cluster embedded in an array of point charges is then compared to the perturbed cluster approach and used to investigate different molecular orientations and associations on the surface in order to give an interpretation to the occurrence of the infrared signals. Six normal modes for each admolecule are calculated due to the removing of internal degeneracy by adsorption. The characteristics of the calculated spectrum are compared to the experimental infrared data and it is shown that the set of selected situations is able to explain almost every band in the spectrum without implication of NH 3 dissociation on the surface.

  9. Effects of superparamagnetism in MgO based magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Shen, Weifeng; Schrag, Benaiah D.; Girdhar, Anuj; Carter, Matthew J.; Sang, Hai; Xiao, Gang

    2009-01-01

    We have investigated the magnetic and transport behavior of MgO based magnetic tunnel junctions incorporating Co40Fe40B20 free layers with thicknesses in the vicinity of 15Å . The magnetic response of the free layer changes rapidly as its thickness decreases. Linear and hysteresis-free switching is obtained when the CoFeB free layer thickness is thinner than a critical thickness of ˜15Å . The tunneling magnetoresistance and hysteresis properties of the free layer change abruptly around the critical thickness. We have analyzed the transfer curves of junctions below the critical thickness and show that they agree well with the Langevin equation describing superparamagnetism. At even lower thicknesses, the total magnetic moment of the magnetic clusters decreases rapidly, possibly due to the reduction in the magnetic ordering temperature to below room temperature.

  10. Electric field effect on a double MgO CoFeB-based free layer

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    Huang, Jiancheng; Sim, Cheow Hin; Naik, Vinayak Bharat; Tran, Michael; Lim, Sze Ter; Huang, Aihong; Yap, Qi Jia; Han, Guchang

    2016-03-01

    We study the electric field (EF) effect on MgO/CoFeB/Ta/CoFeB/MgO free layers by varying the thickness of the top MgO layer. The two CoFeB/MgO interfaces oppose the change in magnetic anisotropy from each other and this can be understood by considering the voltage drop as well as the efficiency of the anisotropy modulation from both interfaces. These results are proven by monitoring both coercivity and anisotropy field as a function of the applied EF. From the fit to the model, we show that the bottom CoFeB/MgO interface has a higher EF efficiency than the top interface.

  11. Atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy study of MgO(110) surface faceting

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    Giese, D. R.; Lamelas, F. J.; Owen, H. A.; Plass, R.; Gajdardziska-Josifovska, M.

    2000-06-01

    Phosphoric- and nitric-acid etching of the MgO(110) surface generates vicinal faceting in both the <001> and <110> directions. Vacuum annealing (to 1000°C) does not introduce thermal faceting, and does not alter the chemical-etch morphology. Three types of acid-induced faceting (early-stage pits, later-stage grooves, and inverted trapezoidal pyramids) are seen as a function of etching time. Facet-angle analysis by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) shows the etch morphology to be vicinal, with angles in the range of 9° to 23°, not the low-energy {100} planes expected from minimization of surface energy.

  12. Time-dependent dielectric breakdown of MgO magnetic tunnel junctions and novel test method

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    Kim, Kyungjun; Choi, Chulmin; Oh, Youngtaek; Sukegawa, Hiroaki; Mitani, Seiji; Song, Yunheub

    2017-04-01

    Time-dependent dielectric breakdown (TDDB), which is used to measure reliability, depends on both the thickness of the tunnel barrier and bias voltage. In addition, the heat generated by self-heating in a magnetic tunneling junction (MTJ) affects TDDB. Therefore, we investigated TDDB with the self-heating effect for a MgO tunnel barrier with thicknesses of 1.1 and 1.2 nm by the constant voltage stress (CVS) method. Using the results of this experiment, we predicted a TDDB of 1.0 nm for the tunnel barrier. Also, we suggested the use of not only the CVS method, which is a common way of determining TDDB, but also the constant current stress (CCS) method, which compensates for the disadvantages of the CVS method.

  13. Structure and electromagnetic properties of FeSiAl particles coated by MgO

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    Zhang, Yu; Zhou, Ting-dong

    2017-03-01

    FeSiAl particles with a layer of MgO surface coating have excellent soft magnetic and electromagnetic properties. In order to obtain the FeSiAl/MgO composites, Mg(OH)2 sol prepared by sol-gel process was well-mixed with FeSiAl flake particles, and then treated by calcination at 823 K in vacuum. The microstructural, morphological and electromagnetic parameters of FeSiAl/MgO particles were tested. Accordingly, the electromagnetic wave reflection loss in the frequency range of 0.5-18 GHz was calculated. The results show that the surface coating increases coercivity Hc and decreases complex permittivity, leading to a good impedance matching. When the coating amount was 7.5%, reflection loss of the composite particles can reach to -33 dB.

  14. Dual anisotropic character in Fe/Pt multilayer grown on (001) MgO substrate

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    Pandey, Himanshu; Rakshit, R. K.; Gupta, Anurag; Maurya, K. K.; Dalai, M. K.; Budhani, R. C.

    2014-04-24

    The multilayers of [Fe(5Å)/Pt(25 Å)]{sub ×15} were prepared by dc magnetron sputtering on 50 Å Pt-buffered MgO substrates. The structural characterization of the multilayers was carried out using X-ray diffraction, X-ray reflectivity. The Secondary ion mass spectroscopy measurement reveals the depth profile and compositional modulations of the multilayer films as per our design specifications. Room temperature magnetic measurements were carried out by using SQUID both in-plane and out-of-plane sample geometry. Magnetization measurements show similar M-H loops for both in-plane and out-of-plane directions of external magnetic field with a coercivity of 190 Oe. These measurements indicate that our samples are magnetically soft and have multifunctional character which is important for making magnetic tunnel junctions.

  15. A compact and high efficiency diode pumped green laser based on MgO doped PPLN

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    Zheng, X. S.; Ji, B.; Jia, F. Q.; Cai, Z. P.; Xu, H. Y.; Xu, C. Q.

    2011-11-01

    In this work, an efficient intra-cavity second harmonic generation of green laser in a periodically poled MgO doped LiNbO3 (MgO:PPLN) bulk crystal using a compact Nd:YVO4 laser as a fundamental laser source is reported. Different length, different working temperature MgO:PPLN crystals are tested and investigated in the SHG experiments. The maximum output power at 532 nm is 6.2 W at the absorbed pump power at 808 nm of 14 W, the optical to optical conversion efficiencies from 808 to 532 nm and 1064 to 532 nm are 43 and 77%, respectively, the instability in 2 hours is less than 5%.

  16. In vitro reactivity of Na2O MgO SiO2 glasses

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    Roy, Debdas

    2007-12-01

    A variety of bioactive glasses have been investigated over the last two decades as substitute material for diseased or damaged tissues in a human body. In this investigation, three different melt derived bioactive glasses, each having 55% by mole SiO2 and ratio of MgO to Na2O varying from 1:8 to 8:1, were prepared by melting various oxides at temperature >1250 °C. After microstructure evolution, vitro reactivity of these glasses was examined by keeping them in simulated body fluid (trans buffered pH 7.25 at 25 cc). The surface reactivity of these glasses gradually increased with increasing Na2O/MgO ratio.

  17. Shock response and phase transitions of MgO at planetary impact conditions

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    Root, Seth; Shulenburger, Luke; Lemke, Raymond W.; ...

    2015-11-04

    The moon-forming impact and the subsequent evolution of the proto-Earth is strongly dependent on the properties of materials at the extreme conditions generated by this violent collision. We examine the high pressure behavior of MgO, one of the dominant constituents in Earth’s mantle, using high-precision, plate impact shock compression experiments performed on Sandia National Laboratories’ Z Machine and extensive quantum calculations using density functional theory (DFT) and quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) methods. The combined data span from ambient conditions to 1.2 TPa and 42,000 K, showing solid-solid and solid-liquid phase boundaries. Furthermore our results indicate that under impact the solidmore » and liquid phases coexist for more than 100 GPa, pushing complete melting to pressures in excess of 600 GPa. Furthermore, the high pressure required for complete shock melting has implications for a broad range of planetary collision events.« less

  18. Shock response and phase transitions of MgO at planetary impact conditions

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    Root, Seth; Shulenburger, Luke; Lemke, Raymond W.; Dolan, Daniel H.; Mattsson, Thomas R.; Desjarlais, Michael P.

    2015-11-04

    The moon-forming impact and the subsequent evolution of the proto-Earth is strongly dependent on the properties of materials at the extreme conditions generated by this violent collision. We examine the high pressure behavior of MgO, one of the dominant constituents in Earth’s mantle, using high-precision, plate impact shock compression experiments performed on Sandia National Laboratories’ Z Machine and extensive quantum calculations using density functional theory (DFT) and quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) methods. The combined data span from ambient conditions to 1.2 TPa and 42,000 K, showing solid-solid and solid-liquid phase boundaries. Furthermore our results indicate that under impact the solid and liquid phases coexist for more than 100 GPa, pushing complete melting to pressures in excess of 600 GPa. Furthermore, the high pressure required for complete shock melting has implications for a broad range of planetary collision events.

  19. The interaction of Fe on MgO(1 0 0) surfaces

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    Fetzer, Cs.; Dézsi, I.; Szűcs, I.; Tanczikó, F.; Balogh, A. G.

    2009-10-01

    The atomic interaction and magnetic properties of ultrathin Fe films grown on cleaved and polished MgO(1 0 0) surfaces were studied by conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy (CEMS). 57Fe layers were deposited as probe atoms in different layer positions in 10 ML thick Fe films. Fe layers of different thicknesses were formed on polished and cleaved substrate surfaces at RT deposition. The analysis of the spectra showed no Fe-O interaction in MgO/Fe interface. FeO phase formation was excluded. The Mössbauer spectrum of 5 ML 57Fe sample showed enhanced internal magnetic field at 80 K. No interdiffusion of 57Fe and 56Fe atoms was observed between the layers at room temperature.

  20. Theoretical study of AuCu nanoalloys adsorbed on MgO(001)

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    Cerbelaud, M.; Barcaro, G.; Fortunelli, A.; Ferrando, R.

    2012-06-01

    The structures of AuCu clusters adsorbed on the (001) face of MgO are searched for by a two-step methodology. In a first step, the relevant structural motifs are singled out by global optimization searches within an atomistic model. In a second step, the lowest energy structures of each motif are relaxed by density-functional calculations. Three different sizes (30, 40 and 50 atoms) are considered. For each size, three compositions are analyzed. For size 30, a competition between fcc pyramids and a new motif (the daisy structure) is found. For 40 and 50 atoms, icosahedral fragments prevail. The results are discussed in connection with experimental data related to clusters of larger sizes.

  1. Transmission electron microscopy of epitaxial Au on (001) MgO

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    Hoel, R. H.

    1986-04-01

    Au islands have been grown epitaxially on MgO in a cube-cube orientation. Although misfit dislocations are not directly observed, the moiré fringes are distorted, and this distortion can be associated with the creation of such dislocations, in agreement with a model described by Vincent and Matthews. The phase boundary is found to consist of coherent domains bounded by incoherent bands running in the <110> directions. Such a structure is consistent with the "lock-in" model recently suggested by Fecht and Gleiter. Applying the geometrical O-lattice model and the coherency strain energy model suggested by Matthews, it is shown that the theoretical dislocation spacings may differ by up to several percent.

  2. Shock Response and Phase Transitions of MgO at Planetary Impact Conditions.

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    Root, Seth; Shulenburger, Luke; Lemke, Raymond W; Dolan, Daniel H; Mattsson, Thomas R; Desjarlais, Michael P

    2015-11-06

    The moon-forming impact and the subsequent evolution of the proto-Earth is strongly dependent on the properties of materials at the extreme conditions generated by this violent collision. We examine the high pressure behavior of MgO, one of the dominant constituents in Earth's mantle, using high-precision, plate impact shock compression experiments performed on Sandia National Laboratories' Z Machine and extensive quantum calculations using density functional theory (DFT) and quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) methods. The combined data span from ambient conditions to 1.2 TPa and 42 000 K, showing solid-solid and solid-liquid phase boundaries. Furthermore our results indicate that under impact the solid and liquid phases coexist for more than 100 GPa, pushing complete melting to pressures in excess of 600 GPa. The high pressure required for complete shock melting has implications for a broad range of planetary collision events.

  3. Atomic structure and electronic properties of MgO grain boundaries in tunnelling magnetoresistive devices.

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    Bean, Jonathan J; Saito, Mitsuhiro; Fukami, Shunsuke; Sato, Hideo; Ikeda, Shoji; Ohno, Hideo; Ikuhara, Yuichi; McKenna, Keith P

    2017-04-04

    Polycrystalline metal oxides find diverse applications in areas such as nanoelectronics, photovoltaics and catalysis. Although grain boundary defects are ubiquitous their structure and electronic properties are very poorly understood since it is extremely challenging to probe the structure of buried interfaces directly. In this paper we combine novel plan-view high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and first principles calculations to provide atomic level understanding of the structure and properties of grain boundaries in the barrier layer of a magnetic tunnel junction. We show that the highly [001] textured MgO films contain numerous tilt grain boundaries. First principles calculations reveal how these grain boundaries are associated with locally reduced band gaps (by up to 3 eV). Using a simple model we show how shunting a proportion of the tunnelling current through grain boundaries imposes limits on the maximum magnetoresistance that can be achieved in devices.

  4. Optical, scintillation and dosimeter properties of MgO translucent ceramic doped with Cr3+

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    Kato, Takumi; Okada, Go; Yanagida, Takayuki

    2016-04-01

    We have investigated the photoluminescence (PL), scintillation and thermally-stimulated luminescence (TSL) dosimeter properties of MgO translucent ceramic doped with Cr3+ ion (0.001, 0.01 and 0.1%). The ceramic samples were synthesized by a Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) technique. The broad and sharp emission peaks appeared around 600-850 nm in all the samples. The PL decay time constants of all the samples were a few ms which were on the typical order of Cr3+ doped phosphors. As with the PL, the peak resulted from Cr3+ ion was detected in the scintillation spectra. The TSL glow curves showed the main peak around 140 °C. The TSL response was confirmed to be linear to the irradiation dose over the dose range from 0.1 to 1000 mGy.

  5. On the low-lying states of MgO. II

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    Bauschlicher, C. W., Jr.; Lengsfield, B. H., III; Silver, D. M.; Yarkony, D. R.

    1981-01-01

    Using a double zeta plus polarization basis set of Slater orbitals, full valence MCSCF (FVMCSCF) calculations were performed for the low-lying states of MgO. For each state the FVMCSCF calculations were used to identify the important configurations which are then used in the MCSCF calculation and subsequently as references in a single and double excitation CI calculation. This approach is found to treat all states equivalently, with the maximum error in the computed transition energies and equilibrium bond lengths of 800/cm and approximately 0.03 A, respectively. The b 3 Sigma + state which has yet to be characterized experimentally is predicted to have a transition energy of approximately 8300/cm and a bond length of 1.79 A. A spectroscopic analysis of the potential curves indicates that their shapes are in quite reasonable agreement with the range of experimental results.

  6. Elemental moment variation of bcc FexMn1-x on MgO(001)

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    Bhatkar, H.; Snow, R. J.; Arenholz, E.; Idzerda, Y. U.

    2017-02-01

    We report the growth, structural characterization, and electronic structure evolution of epitaxially grown bcc FexMn1-x on MgO(001). It is observed that the 20 nm thick FexMn1-x alloy films remained bcc from 0.65≤x≤1, much beyond the bulk stability range of 0.88≤x≤1. X-ray absorption spectroscopy and X-ray magnetic circular dichroism show that both the Fe and Mn L3 binding energies slightly increase with Mn incorporation and that the elemental moment of Fe in the 20 nm crystalline bcc alloy film remain nearly constant, then shows a dramatic collapse near x 0.84. The Mn MCD intensity is found to be small at all compositions that exhibit ferromagnetism

  7. Fabrication of stable, wide-bandgap thin films of Mg, Zn and O

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    Katiyar, Ram S.; Bhattacharya, Pijush; Das, Rasmi R.

    2006-07-25

    A stable, wide-bandgap (approximately 6 eV) ZnO/MgO multilayer thin film is fabricated using pulsed-laser deposition on c-plane Al2O3 substrates. Layers of ZnO alternate with layers of MgO. The thickness of MgO is a constant of approximately 1 nm; the thicknesses of ZnO layers vary from approximately 0.75 to 2.5 nm. Abrupt structural transitions from hexagonal to cubic phase follow a decrease in the thickness of ZnO sublayers within this range. The band gap of the thin films is also influenced by the crystalline structure of multilayer stacks. Thin films with hexagonal and cubic structure have band-gap values of 3.5 and 6 eV, respectively. In the hexagonal phase, Mg content of the films is approximately 40%; in the cubic phase Mg content is approximately 60%. The thin films are stable and their structural and optical properties are unaffected by annealing at 750.degree. C.

  8. Beta (β) tungsten thin films: Structure, electron transport, and giant spin Hall effect

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    Hao, Qiang; Chen, Wenzhe; Xiao, Gang

    2015-05-01

    We use a simple magnetron sputtering process to fabricate beta (β) tungsten thin films, which are capable of generating giant spin Hall effect. As-deposited thin films are always in the metastable β-W phase from 3.0 to 26.7 nm. The β-W phase remains intact below a critical thickness of 22.1 nm even after magnetic thermal annealing at 280 °C, which is required to induce perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) in a layered structure of β-W/Co40Fe40B20/MgO. Intensive annealing transforms the thicker films (>22.1 nm) into the stable α-W phase. We analyze the structure and grain size of both β- and α-W thin films. Electron transport in terms of resistivity and normal Hall effect is studied over a broad temperature range of 10 K to at least 300 K on all samples. Very low switching current densities are achieved in β-W/Co40Fe40B20/MgO with PMA. These basic properties reveal useful behaviors in β-W thin films, making them technologically promising for spintronic magnetic random access memories and spin-logic devices.

  9. Beta (β) tungsten thin films: Structure, electron transport, and giant spin Hall effect

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    Hao, Qiang; Chen, Wenzhe; Xiao, Gang

    2015-05-04

    We use a simple magnetron sputtering process to fabricate beta (β) tungsten thin films, which are capable of generating giant spin Hall effect. As-deposited thin films are always in the metastable β-W phase from 3.0 to 26.7 nm. The β-W phase remains intact below a critical thickness of 22.1 nm even after magnetic thermal annealing at 280 °C, which is required to induce perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) in a layered structure of β-W/Co{sub 40}Fe{sub 40}B{sub 20}/MgO. Intensive annealing transforms the thicker films (>22.1 nm) into the stable α-W phase. We analyze the structure and grain size of both β- and α-W thin films. Electron transport in terms of resistivity and normal Hall effect is studied over a broad temperature range of 10 K to at least 300 K on all samples. Very low switching current densities are achieved in β-W/Co{sub 40}Fe{sub 40}B{sub 20}/MgO with PMA. These basic properties reveal useful behaviors in β-W thin films, making them technologically promising for spintronic magnetic random access memories and spin-logic devices.

  10. Growth mechanism of single-crystalline NiO thin films grown by metal organic chemical vapor deposition

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    Roffi, Teuku Muhammad; Nozaki, Shinji; Uchida, Kazuo

    2016-10-01

    Nickel oxide (NiO) thin films were grown by atmospheric-pressure metal organic chemical vapor deposition (APMOCVD). Growth was carried out using various growth parameters, including the growth temperature, the input precursor (O2/Ni) ratio, and the type of substrate material. Effects of the growth parameters on the structural and electrical properties of the films were investigated. X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that the crystal structure and quality were strongly affected by the growth temperature and the type of substrate material. At an optimized growth temperature, single-crystalline NiO films were grown on MgO(100) and MgO(111) substrates in a cube-on-cube orientation relationship, while on an Al2O3(001) substrate, the film was grown in the NiO[111] direction. The use of MgO substrates successfully suppressed the formation of twin defects, which have been frequently reported in the growth of NiO. The difference in the formation of the twin defects on MgO and Al2O3 substrates was discussed. It was observed that the resistivity dependence on crystal quality was affected by the choice of substrate material. The effects of the precursor ratio on the transmittance and resistivity of the films were also investigated. Improved transparency in the visible wavelength region and higher conductivity were found in films grown with higher O2/Ni ratios.

  11. X-ray absorption spectroscopy and magnetic circular dichroism studies of L10-Mn-Ga thin films

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    Glas, M.; Sterwerf, C.; Schmalhorst, J. M.; Ebke, D.; Jenkins, C.; Arenholz, E.; Reiss, G.

    2013-11-01

    Tetragonally distorted Mn3-xGax thin films with 0.1MgO is problematic due to oxide formation, we examined the influence of a CoFeB interlayer and of two different deposition methods for the MgO barrier on the formation of interfacial Mn-O for Mn62Ga38 by element specific X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD). A highly textured L10 crystal structure of the Mn-Ga films was verified by X-ray diffraction measurements. For samples with e-beam evaporated MgO barrier no evidence for Mn-O was found whereas in samples with magnetron sputtered MgO, Mn-O was detected, even for the thickest interlayer thickness. Both XAS and XMCD measurements showed an increasing interfacial Mn-O amount with decreasing CoFeB interlayer thickness. Additional element specific full hysteresis loops determined an out-of-plane magnetization axis for the Mn and Co, respectively.

  12. X-ray absorption spectroscopy and magnetic circular dichroism studies of L1{sub 0}-Mn-Ga thin films

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    Glas, M. Sterwerf, C.; Schmalhorst, J. M.; Reiss, G.; Ebke, D.; Jenkins, C.; Arenholz, E.

    2013-11-14

    Tetragonally distorted Mn{sub 3−x}Ga{sub x} thin films with 0.1MgO is problematic due to oxide formation, we examined the influence of a CoFeB interlayer and of two different deposition methods for the MgO barrier on the formation of interfacial Mn-O for Mn{sub 62}Ga{sub 38} by element specific X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD). A highly textured L1{sub 0} crystal structure of the Mn-Ga films was verified by X-ray diffraction measurements. For samples with e-beam evaporated MgO barrier no evidence for Mn-O was found whereas in samples with magnetron sputtered MgO, Mn-O was detected, even for the thickest interlayer thickness. Both XAS and XMCD measurements showed an increasing interfacial Mn-O amount with decreasing CoFeB interlayer thickness. Additional element specific full hysteresis loops determined an out-of-plane magnetization axis for the Mn and Co, respectively.

  13. Moment Mapping of bcc Fe1-xMnx Alloy Films on MgO(001)

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    Idzerda, Yves; Bhatkar, Harsh; Arenholz, Elke

    2015-03-01

    The magnetic moments of ~ 20 nm single crystal films of compositionally graded Fe1-xMnx films (0.1 <= x <= 0.2) grown on MgO(001) are determined by spatially resolved moment mapping using X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and magnetic circular dichroism (MCD). RHEED measurements confirmed that the growth of Fe1-xMnx films remained epitaxial and in the bcc phase up to x =0.35 but, like Fe growth, is rotated 45 degree with respect to the MgO(001) surface net. This is beyond the bulk bcc stability limit of x =0.12. Both magnetometry and XMCD measurements show that the net magnetic moment of these alloy films behave similarly to the bulk behavior, with a gradual moment reduction at low Mn concentrations followed by an abrupt departure from the Slater-Pauling curve and disappearance of the moment at x =0.15. By generating a compositional variation around this critical concentration and subsequently using spatially resolved mapping of the X-ray absorption at the Fe and Mn L3-edge using linear and circular polarized soft X-rays, the local composition and elemental moments can be simultaneously mapped across the surface of the sample. The Fe moment is found to gradually reduce with increasing Mn content with a very abrupt decline at x =0.15. Surprisingly, the Mn moment shows a very small net moment (<0.1 muB) at all compositions, suggesting a complicated Mn spin structure.

  14. Thermoelectric properties of Bi2Te2.7Se0.3 nanocomposites embedded with MgO nanoparticles

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    Joo, Sung-Jae; Son, Ji-Hee; Min, Bok-Ki; Lee, Ji-Eun; Kim, Bong-Seo; Ryu, Byungki; Park, Su-Dong; Lee, Hee-Woong

    2016-10-01

    Bi2Te2.7Se0.3 bulk materials containing x vol% MgO nanoparticles (average particle size ≈ 100 nm, x = 0, 0.5, 1.0, 1.5) were synthesized by using high-energy ball milling and plasma- activated sintering (PAS) without any special process for nanoparticle dispersion. A microstructure investigation using a scanning electron microscope (SEM) confirmed that MgO nanoparticles were properly dispersed in the Bi2Te2.7Se0.3 matrix and that the grain size was smaller in MgO-containing samples due to suppressed grain growth. The resistivity and the maximum Seebeck coefficient of Bi2Te2.7Se0.3 increased with increasing MgO content whereas the thermal conductivity decreased in the measurement temperature range of 298 K - 573 K. As a result, the maximum dimensionless figure of merit, ZT max, increased about 8.5% in this study, from 0.806 for pristine Bi2Te2.7Se0.3 to 0.875 when x = 1.5. The ZT max was observed to shift to lower temperature, the electron concentration to decrease, and the electron mobility to increase with increasing x, which were explained using a hypothesis that the Te Bi antisite defect concentration decreased as the MgO content increased. In summary, the addition of MgO nanoparticles has been shown to be a simple and effective method to improve the low-temperature thermoelectric properties of n-type Bi2Te3 materials.

  15. Periodic DFT study of acidic trace atmospheric gas molecule adsorption on Ca- and Fe-doped MgO(001) surface basic sites.

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    Baltrusaitis, Jonas; Hatch, Courtney; Orlando, Roberto

    2012-08-02

    The electronic properties of undoped and Ca- or Fe-doped MgO(001) surfaces, as well as their propensity toward atmospheric acidic gas (CO2, SO2, and NO2) uptake was investigated with an emphasis on gas adsorption on the basic MgO oxygen surface sites, O(surf), using periodic density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Adsorption energy calculations show that MgO doping will provide stronger interactions of the adsorbate with the O(surf) sites than the undoped MgO for a given adsorbate molecule. Charge transfer from the iron atom in Fe-doped MgO(001) to NO2 was shown to increase the binding interaction between adsorbate by an order of magnitude, when compared to that of undoped and Ca-doped MgO(001) surfaces. Secondary binding interactions of adsorbate oxygen atoms were observed with surface magnesium sites at distances close to those of the Mg-O bond within the crystal. These interactions may serve as a preliminary step for adsorption and facilitate further adsorbate transformations into other binding configurations. Impacts on global atmospheric chemistry are discussed as these adsorption phenomena can affect atmospheric gas budgets via altered partitioning and retention on mineral aerosol surfaces.

  16. Polyethylene Nanocomposites for the Next Generation of Ultralow-Transmission-Loss HVDC Cables: Insulation Containing Moisture-Resistant MgO Nanoparticles.

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    Pourrahimi, Amir Masoud; Pallon, Love K H; Liu, Dongming; Hoang, Tuan Anh; Gubanski, Stanislaw; Hedenqvist, Mikael S; Olsson, Richard T; Gedde, Ulf W

    2016-06-15

    The use of MgO nanoparticles in polyethylene for cable insulation has attracted considerable interest, although in humid media the surface regions of the nanoparticles undergo a conversion to a hydroxide phase. A facile method to obtain MgO nanoparticles with a large surface area and remarkable inertness to humidity is presented. The method involves (a) low temperature (400 °C) thermal decomposition of Mg(OH)2, (b) a silicone oxide coating to conceal the nanoparticles and prevent interparticle sintering upon exposure to high temperatures, and (c) heat treatment at 1000 °C. The formation of the hydroxide phase on these silicone oxide-coated MgO nanoparticles after extended exposure to humid air was assessed by thermogravimetry, infrared spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction. The nanoparticles showed essentially no sign of any hydroxide phase compared to particles prepared by the conventional single-step thermal decomposition of Mg(OH)2. The moisture-resistant MgO nanoparticles showed improved dispersion and interfacial adhesion in the LDPE matrix with smaller nanosized particle clusters compared with conventionally prepared MgO. The addition of 1 wt % moisture-resistant MgO nanoparticles was sufficient to decrease the conductivity of polyethylene 30 times. The reduction in conductivity is discussed in terms of defect concentration on the surface of the moisture-resistant MgO nanoparticles at the polymer/nanoparticle interface.

  17. Investigating and comparison of electronic and optical properties of MgO nanosheet in (100) and (111) structural directions based on the density functional theory

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    Akhtar, A.; Pilevarshahri, R.; Benam, Mohammad Reza

    2016-12-01

    In this paper, we investigate the electronic and optical properties of MgO nanosheet in (100) and (111) directions. Our calculations carried out under the framework of density functional theory (DFT) exploiting WIEN2K code with Full potential, periodic boundary conditions, augmented plane-wave basis sets and GGA approximation. Electronic results indicate that MgO(111) nanosheet has an indirect band gap of 3.67 eV and MgO(100) nanosheet has a direct band gap of 3.14 eV. MgO(100) nanosheet exhibit more ionic bonding than MgO(111) and MgO(111) has more covalent bonding than MgO(100) nanosheet. Moreover, the optical results indicate that variation of dielectric function in x direction is more than the z direction. DOS and imaginary part of the dielectric function survey confirm semiconductor properties with different bang gap for structures. Comparing the imaginary part of dielectric functions in x and z directions for two structures, blue and red shift have been observed respectively. Our results indicate that these two nanostructures are transparent in a wide range of energy spectra and have low reflectivity.

  18. Characterization of the MgO nano powder synthesized by using a liquid phase precursor method for plasma display panels protecting layer.

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    Jungo, C H; Lee, J Y; Yoon, D H

    2012-02-01

    The characterization of MgO nano powders that were synthesized using a conventional firing liquid phase precursor, rapid firing liquid phase precursor and rapid cooling firing liquid phase precursor were investigated as a function of the heating and cooling rates and the concentration of the impregnated Mg(NO3)2 x 6H2O solution from 1 to 20%. The relative intensity of diffraction peak in the MgO nano powder increased with increasing firing temperature from 800 to 1200 degrees C, indicating a higher crystalline MgO nano powder. In addition, the relative intensities of the MgO nano powder synthesized at the designated temperature showed similar behavior regardless of the impregnated Mg(NO3)2 x 6H2O solution concentration from the XRD analysis. The field emission scanning electron microscope and high resolution transmission electron microscope analysis showed that the size and shape of the MgO nano powder can be controlled by the temperature, the firing and cooling processes, and the impregnated Mg(NO3)2 x 6H2O solution concentration. Moreover, the CL spectra of the synthesized MgO nano powders showed a higher luminance efficiency than commercial MgO nano powder.

  19. Diffusion and solubility of argon in forsterite, enstatite, quartz, corundum and MgO

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    Thomas, J. B.; Cherniak, D. J.; Watson, E. B.

    2006-12-01

    The geochemistry of argon has proven important in geochronology and for the development of models for terrestrial accretion, mantle structure, outgassing and atmosphere formation. In order to develop models of geochemical processes using noble gases, their diffusivities and solubilities must be known. Many studies during the last several decades have increased our understanding of noble gas diffusion and solubility in glasses and melts. Fewer studies have measured these properties in minerals, and existing noble gas solubility measurements in minerals are highly variable and inconclusive. We determined argon diffusivities and solubilities in forsterite, enstatite, quartz, corundum and MgO from experiments conducted at 1230 to 1550 bars Ar pressure and temperatures from 400°C to 1020°C. Single, gem-quality crystals of each mineral were cut into ~3 mm2 wafers and polished prior to loading them into unsealed ceramic containers, which were then inserted into cold-seal reaction vessels for pressurization with Ar. Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy was used to measure diffusive uptake concentration gradients that developed in the crystals, from which solubilities and diffusivities were extracted. The temperature dependence of argon diffusion is described by Arrhenius relationships. The D0 values range from 1.45x10^{-20} to 8.05x10^{-20} for forsterite, enstatite, corundum and quartz. Activation energies (Ea) range from 30 to 47 kJ/mol for all the minerals except MgO, which preliminary results suggest has a significantly higher D0 and Ea for diffusion of argon. The results for quartz are in agreement with a previously determined Arrhenius relation (Watson and Cherniak, 2003). Our results indicate that argon is retained in these minerals (except perhaps MgO) through protracted, high temperature thermal events. Fractional loss calculations show that a forsterite crystal with a 1 mm radius would retain ~20% of its argon for >106 years at 1300°C. The solubility of

  20. Strain induced giant magnetism in epitaxial Fe16N2 thin film

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    Ji, Nian; Lauter, Valeria; Zhang, Xiaowei; Ambaye, Hailemariam; Wang, Jian-Ping

    2013-02-01

    We report a direct observation of giant saturation magnetization in Fe16N2. By exploiting thin film epitaxy, which provides controlled biaxial stress to create lattice distortion, we demonstrate that giant magnetism can be established in Fe16N2 thin film coherently grown on MgO (001) substrate. Explored by polarized neutron reflectometry, the depth-dependent saturation magnetic induction (Bs) of epitaxial Fe16N2 thin films is visualized, which reveals a strong correlation with the in-plane lattice parameter and tensile strain developed at near substrate interface. With controlled growth process and dimension adjustment, the Bs of these films can be modulated over a broad range, from ˜2.1 Tesla (T) (normal Bs) up to ˜3.1 T (giant Bs).

  1. Oxygen-deficient GdK2Nb5O15 ferroelectric epitaxial thin film

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    Allouche, B.; Gagou, Y.; Le Marrec, F.; Fremy, M.-A.; El Marssi, M.

    2016-12-01

    The ferroelectric compound GdK2Nb5O15 (GKN) thin film with tetragonal-tungsten-bronze–type structure was grown by pulsed-laser deposition on (001)SrRuO3/La0.5Sr0.5CoO3/MgO substrate. Using X-ray diffraction analysis we demonstrate that the phase transition temperature in the GKN thin film was shifted to high temperatures due to substrate-induced stress. Impedance spectroscopy investigations show Maxwell-Wagner–type conduction at low frequencies, which leads to resistive switching. Oxygen vacancies and temperature effects were studied to highlight the stability of the resistive switching behavior in the GKN thin film.

  2. Pd Diffusion on MgO(100): The Role of Defects and Small Cluster Mobilit.

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    Xu, Lijun; Henkelman, Graeme A.; Campbell, Charles T.; Jonsson, Hannes

    2006-02-09

    The research described in this product was performed in part in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, a national scientific user facility sponsored by the Department of Energy's Office of Biological and Environmental Research and located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Density functional theory is used to explore the energy landscape of Pd atoms adsorbed on the terrace of MgO(10 0) and at oxygen vacancy sites. Saddle point finding methods reveal that small Pd clusters diffuse on the terrace in interesting ways. The monomer and dimer diffuse via single atom hops between oxygen sites with barriers of 0.34 eV and 0.43 eV respectively. The trimer and tetramer, however, form 3D clusters by overcoming a 2D–3D transition barrier of less than 60 meV. The trimer diffuses along the surface either by a walking or flipping motion, with comparable barriers of ca. 0.5 eV. The tetramer rolls along the terrace with a lower barrier of 0.42 eV. Soft rotational modes at the saddle point lead to an anomalously high prefactor of 1.3 · 1014 s!1 for tetramer diffusion. This prefactor is two order of magnitude higher than for monomer diffusion, making the tetramer the fastest diffusing species on the terrace at all temperatures for which diffusion is active (above 200 K). Neutral oxygen vacancy sites are found to bind Pd monomers with a 2.63 eV stronger binding energy than the terrace. A second Pd atom, however, binds to this trapped monomer with a smaller energy of 0.56 eV, so that dimers at defects dissociate on a time scale of milliseconds at room temperature. Larger clusters bind more strongly at defects. Trimers and tetramers dissociate from monomer-bound-defects at elevated temperatures of ca. 600 K. These species are also mobile on the terrace, suggesting they are important for the ripening observed at P600 K during Pd vapor deposition on MgO(100) by Haas et al. [G. Haas, A. Menck, H. Brune, J.V. Barth, J.A. Venables, K. Kern, Phys. Rev. B 61 (2000) 11105].

  3. Thin Sections

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    Peachey, Lee D.

    1958-01-01

    Knowledge of the thickness of sections is important for proper interpretation of electron micrographs. Therefore, the thicknesses of sections of n-butyl methacrylate polymer were determined by ellipsometry, and correlated with the color shown in reflected light. The results are: gray, thinner than 60 mµ; silver, 60 to 90 mµ; gold, 90 to 150 mµ; purple, 150 to 190 mµ; blue, 190 to 240 mµ; green, 240 to 280 mµ; and yellow, 280 to 320 mµ. These results agree well with optical theory and with previous published data for thin films. Sections, after cutting, are 30 to 40 per cent shorter than the face of the block from which they were cut. Only a small improvement results from allowing the sections to remain in the collecting trough at room temperature. Heating above room temperature, however, reduces this shortening, with a corresponding improvement in dimensions and spatial relationships in the sections. When the thickness of the section is considered in interpreting electron micrographs instead of considering the section to be two-dimensional, a more accurate interpretation is possible. The consideration of electron micrographs as arising from projections of many profiles from throughout the whole thickness of the section explains the apparent lack of continuity often observed in serial sections. It is believed that serial sections are actually continuous, but that the change in size of structure through the thickness of one section and the consideration of only the largest profile shown in the micrograph can account for the lack of continuity previously observed. PMID:13549493

  4. Textured ferroelectric thin films: Synthesis, characterization, and influence of compositional grading on the dielectric behavior

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    El-Naggar, Mohamed Y.

    This dissertation focuses on two topics concerning the connections between structure and property in ferroelectric thin films. First, the synthesis of highly oriented ferroelectric thin films is addressed, where the texture is needed to generate high strains that rely on electromechanical domain switching. The ferroelectric films are integrated with oxide electrodes onto single crystal MgO and Si substrates using biaxially-textured MgO as buffer layers. The second topic focuses on modeling the dielectric behavior of compositionally graded ferroelectrics. The functional ferroelectric PbxBa1- xTiO3 films are deposited by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). SrRuO3, grown by pulsed laser deposition (PLD), is a lattice-matching electrode. Both the ferroelectric and oxide electrode layers are found to inherit the biaxial texture of the underlying MgO template, which can be deposited by ion beam assisted deposition (IBAD) directly on Si-based substrates. In addition, we demonstrated control of the ferroelectric film stoichiometry using a spectroscopic control loop that monitors the ultraviolet spectra of the gas-phase MOCVD precursors during growth. Detailed studies of the microstructural details of these films will be presented. The second topic of this thesis explores the dielectric behavior of functionally graded ferroelectric thin films. Homogenous ferroelectrics offer the possibility of engineering a tunable dielectric response for components in microwave circuits. However, this approach often leads to an undesired temperature sensitivity. Compositionally-graded BaxSr1- xTO3 ferroelectric films have been explored as a means of redressing this sensitivity, but experimental observations vary depending on geometry and other details. A continuum model is presented to calculate the capacitive response of graded ferroelectric films with realistic electrode geometries by accurately accounting for the polarization distribution and long-range electrostatic

  5. Growth of thin Fe(0 0 1) films for terahertz emission experiments

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    Meserole, C. A.; Fisher, G. L.; Hilton, D. J.; Averitt, R. D.; Funk, D. J.; Taylor, A. J.

    2007-06-01

    The electrical and magnetic properties of thin iron (Fe) films have sparked significant scientific interest. Our interest, however, is in the fundamental interactions between light and matter. We have discovered a novel application for thin Fe films. These films are sources of terahertz (THz) radiation when stimulated by an incident laser pulse. After intense femtosecond pulse excitation by a Ti:sapphire laser, these films emit picosecond, broadband THz frequencies. The terahertz emission provides a direct measure of the induced ultrafast change in magnetization within the Fe film. The THz generation experiments and the growth of appropriate thin Fe films for these experiments are discussed. Several criteria are used to select the substrate and film growth conditions, including that the substrate must permit the epitaxial growth of a continuous, monocrystalline or single crystal film, yet must also be transparent to the emitted THz radiation. An Fe(0 0 1) film grown on the (0 0 1) surface of a magnesium oxide (MgO) substrate makes an ideal sample. The Fe films are grown by physical vapor deposition (PVD) in an ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) system. Low energy electron diffraction (LEED) and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) are used to characterize the Fe(0 0 1) films. Two substrate surface preparation methods are investigated. Fe(0 0 1) films grown on MgO(0 0 1) substrates that are used as-received and films grown on MgO(0 0 1) substrates that have been UV/ozone-cleaned ex vacuo and annealed in vacuo produce the same results in the THz generation experiments. Either substrate preparation method permits the growth of samples suitable for the THz emission experiments.

  6. Interface-driven noncollinear magnetic structure and phase transition of Fe thin films

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    Kawauchi, Taizo; Miura, Yoshio; Zhang, Xiaowei; Fukutani, Katsuyuki

    2017-01-01

    We investigate the magnetic structure and its temperature dependence of Fe thin films grown on MgO(001) and Al2O3 (0001) surfaces by means of nuclear resonant x-ray scattering. By fabricating Fe films δ -doped with 57Fe at the interface and middle of the film, depth-resolved analysis of the magnetic structure is performed. On MgO(001), the magnetization is dominantly out-of-plane at the interface, whereas it is mainly in-plane at the middle of the film, indicating that the Fe film has a noncollinear magnetic structure. On Al2O3 (0001), on the other hand, the magnetization is mainly in-plane in the entire film. The noncollinear magnetic structure on MgO(001) is confirmed to be energetically stable with the aid of first-principles calculations. We also investigate the temperature dependence of the internal magnetic field in a depth-resolved way. The experimental data suggest the internal magnetic field at the interface is smaller than that of the middle of the film on both substrates, suggesting that the magnetic phase transition starts at the interface at a lower temperature than the entire film.

  7. Structural characterization of epitaxial Cr(x)Mo(1-x) alloy thin films.

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    Kaspar, T C; Bowden, M E; Varga, T; Wang, C M; Shutthanandan, V; Joly, A G; Wirth, B D; Kurtz, R J

    2012-03-07

    To develop a model system containing regularly spaced misfit dislocations for studies of the radiation resistance of nanoscale defects, epitaxial thin films of Cr, Mo, and Cr(x)Mo(1-x) alloys were deposited on MgO(001) by molecular beam epitaxy. Film compositions were chosen to vary the lattice mismatch with MgO. The film structure was investigated by x-ray diffraction (XRD), Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) and scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). Epitaxial films with reasonably high crystalline quality and abrupt interfaces were achieved at a relatively low deposition temperature, as confirmed by STEM. However, it was found by XRD and RBS in the channeling geometry that increasing the Mo content of the CrMo alloy films degraded the crystalline quality, despite the improved lattice match with MgO. XRD rocking curve data indicated that regions of different crystalline order may be present within the films with higher Mo content. This is tentatively ascribed to spinodal decomposition into Cr-rich and Mo-rich regions, as predicted by the Cr(x)Mo(1-x) phase diagram.

  8. PZT thin films for piezoelectric MEMS mechanical energy harvesting

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    Yeager, Charles

    This thesis describes the optimization of piezoelectric Pb(ZrxTi 1-x)O3 (PZT) thin films for energy generation by mechanical energy harvesting, and self-powered micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS). For this purpose, optimization of the material was studied, as was the incorporation of piezoelectric films into low frequency mechanical harvesters. A systematic analysis of the energy harvesting figure of merit was made. As a figure of merit (e31,ƒ)2/epsilon r (transverse piezoelectric coefficient squared over relative permittivity) was utilized. PZT films of several tetragonal compositions were grown on CaF2, MgO, SrTiO3, and Si substrates, thereby separating the dependence of composition on domain orientation. To minimize artifacts associated with composition gradients, and to extend the temperature growth window, PZT films were grown by metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). Using this method, epitaxial {001} films achieved c-domain textures above 90% on single crystal MgO and CaF2 substrates. This could be tailored via the thermal stresses established by the differences in thermal expansion coefficients of the film and the substrate. The single-domain e31,ƒ for PZT thin films was determined to exceed -12 C/m2 in the tetragonal phase field for x ≥ 0.19, nearly twice the phenomenologically modeled value. The utilization of c-domain PZT films is motivated by a figure of merit above 0.8 C2/m4 for (001) PZT thin films. Increases to the FoM via doping and hot poling were also quantified; a 1% Mn doping reduced epsilonr by 20% without decreasing the piezoelectric coefficient. Hot poling a device for one hour above 120°C also resulted in a 20% reduction in epsilonr ; furthermore, 1% Mn doping reduced epsilonr by another 12% upon hot poling. Two methods for fabricating thin film mechanical energy harvesting devices were investigated. It was found that phosphoric acid solutions could be used to pattern MgO crystals, but this was typically accompanied by

  9. Effect of Relative Humidity and CO2 Concentration on the Properties of Carbonated Reactive MgO Cement Based Materials

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    Bilan, Yaroslav

    Sustainability of modern concrete industry recently has become an important topic of scientific discussion, and consequently there is an effort to study the potential of the emerging new supplementary cementitious materials. This study has a purpose to investigate the effect of reactive magnesia (reactive MgO) as a replacement for general use (GU) Portland Cements and the effect of environmental factors (CO2 concentrations and relative humidity) on accelerated carbonation curing results. The findings of this study revealed that improvement of physical properties is related directly to the increase in CO2 concentrations and inversely to the increase in relative humidity and also depends much on %MgO in the mixture. The conclusions of this study helped to clarify the effect of variable environmental factors and the material replacement range on carbonation of reactive magnesia concrete materials, as well as providing an assessment of the optimal conditions for the effective usage of the material.

  10. Surface reactivity enhancement by O2 dissociation on a single-layer MgO film deposited on metal substrate

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    Li, Cequn; Fan, Jing; Xu, Bin; Xu, Hu

    2016-10-01

    Improving reactivity on an insulating surface is crucial due to its important applications in surface catalytic reactions. In this work, we carried out first-principles calculations to investigate the adsorption of O2 on a single-layer MgO(100) film deposited on a metal substrate. The adsorption configurations, reaction pathways, molecular dynamics simulations, and electronic properties are reported. We reveal that O2 can completely dissociate on the surface, which is in sharp contrast to that on MgO(100) films thicker than one monolayer. The dissociated O2 tends to penetrate into the interfacial region, behaving like a switch to trigger subsequent chemical reactions. As an example, the interplay between water and the interfacial oxygen results in the formation of hydroxyl radicals. This study paves an avenue to accomplish the desired surface catalytic reactions, especially those involving oxygen.

  11. Fast and accurate approximate quasiparticle band structure calculations of ZnO, CdO, and MgO polymorphs

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    Ataide, C. A.; Pelá, R. R.; Marques, M.; Teles, L. K.; Furthmüller, J.; Bechstedt, F.

    2017-01-01

    We investigate ZnO, CdO, and MgO oxides crystallizing in rocksalt, wurtzite, and zincblende structures. Whereas in MgO calculations, the conventional LDA-1/2 method is employed through a self-energy potential (VS), the shallow d bands in ZnO and CdO are treated through an increased amplitude (A ) of VS to modulate the self-energy of the d states to place them in the quasiparticle position. The LDA+A -1/2 scheme is applied to calculate band structures and electronic density of states of ZnO and CdO. We compare the results with those of more sophisticated quasiparticle calculations and experiments. We demonstrate that this new LDA+A -1/2 method reaches accuracy comparable to state-of-the-art methods, opening a door to study more complex systems containing shallow core electrons to the prize of LDA studies.

  12. Phenomenological in-situ TEM gas exposure studies of palladium particles on MgO at room temperature

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    Heinemann, K.; Poppa, H.; Osaka, T.

    1983-01-01

    It has been found that very small vapor-deposited catalytically active metal particles in the 1-2 nm size range on metal oxide substrates can undergo significant changes when they are exposed to gases such as oxygen or air, or even when allowed to 'anneal' at room temperature (RT) under vacuum conditions. The present investigation is concerned with continued in-situ gas exposures of as-deposited, 1 to 2 nm size palladium particles on MgO to air, oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, CO, and water vapor at RT. It is found that the low-pressure exposure to various gases at RT can significantly affect small palladium particles supported on MgO surfaces. Exposure to oxygen for 3 min at 0.0002 m bar produces a considerable amount of coalescence, flattening of the particles, and some distinct crystallographic particle shapes.

  13. UHV and Ambient Pressure XPS: Potentials for Mg, MgO, and Mg(OH)2 Surface Analysis

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    Head, Ashley R.; Schnadt, Joachim

    2016-12-01

    The surface sensitivity of x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) has positioned the technique as a routine analysis tool for chemical and electronic structure information. Samples ranging from ideal model systems to industrial materials can be analyzed. Instrumentational developments in the past two decades have popularized ambient pressure XPS, with pressures in the tens of mbar now commonplace. Here, we briefly review the technique, including a discussion of developments that allow data collection at higher pressures. We illustrate the information XPS can provide by using examples from the literature, including MgO studies. We hope to illustrate the possibilities of ambient pressure XPS to Mg, MgO, and Mg(OH)2 systems, both in fundamental and applied studies.

  14. Tunnel magnetoresistance in epitaxially grown magnetic tunnel junctions using Heusler alloy electrode and MgO barrier

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    Tsunegi, S.; Sakuraba, Y.; Oogane, M.; Telling, N. D.; Shelford, L. R.; Arenholz, E.; van der Laan, G.; Hicken, R. J.; Takanashi, K.; Ando, Y.

    2009-07-01

    Epitaxially grown magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) with a stacking structure of Co{sub 2}MnSi/MgO/CoFe were fabricated. Their tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) effects were investigated. The TMR ratio and tunnelling conductance characteristics of MTJs were considerably different between those with an MgO barrier prepared using sputtering (SP-MTJ) and those prepared using EB evaporation (EB-MTJ). The EB-MTJ exhibited a very large TMR ratio of 217% at room temperature and 753% at 2 K. The bias voltage dependence of the tunnelling conductance in the parallel magnetic configuration for the EB-MTJ suggests that the observed large TMR ratio at RT results from the coherent tunnelling process through the crystalline MgO barrier. The tunnelling conductance in the anti-parallel magnetic configuration suggests that the large temperature dependence of the TMR ratio results from the inelastic spin-flip tunnelling process.

  15. Effects of MgO Doping on DC Bias Aging Behavior of Mn-Doped BaTiO3

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    Hahn, Dong Woo; Hong, Jeong Oh; Han, Young Ho

    2008-07-01

    The capacitance aging of multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) based on BaTiO3 dielectrics under DC electric fields has been studied. At a DC field of 1 V/µm, the capacitance of MLCC specimens decreased immediately in a very short period (<10 s, the first stage) and then decreased continuously with time (the second stage). Substitution of Mn ions markedly increased the slope of aging curves in the second stage. MgO doping significantly decreased the second stage aging rate of Mn-doped specimens. This aging rate decreased in the second stage with increasing MgO content. This may be due to the existence of a stable defect complex (MgTi''-VO••) inhibiting domain wall motion. MgO-doped specimens showed a small decrease in capacitance in the first stage, which may be due to small grain size and low dielectric permittivity.

  16. Possibility of a 2D SiC monolayer formation on Mg(0001) and MgO(111) substrates

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    Kuzubov, A. A.; Eliseeva, N. S.; Krasnov, P. O.; Tomilin, F. N.; Fedorov, A. S.; Tolstaya, A. V.

    2013-08-01

    The geometrical characteristics of a 2D SiC monolayer on Mg(0001) and MgO(111) plates regarded as potential materials for growing two-dimensional silicon carbide were studied. The most favorable positions of the atoms of 2D SiC on the substrates were determined. In the 2D SiC/Mg(0001) system, unlike in 2D SiC/MgO(111), the deviation of the carbon atom from the silicon carbide monolayer was insignificant (0.08 Å). Consequently, magnesium can be used as a substrate for growing two-dimensional silicon carbide. The use of MgO(111) is not recommended because of a significant distortion of the 2D SiC surface.

  17. Dependency of Tunneling-Magnetoresistance Ratio on Nanoscale Spacer Thickness and Material for Double MgO Based Perpendicular-Magnetic-Tunneling-Junction

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    Lee, Du-Yeong; Hong, Song-Hwa; Lee, Seung-Eun; Park, Jea-Gun

    2016-01-01

    It was found that in double MgO based perpendicular magnetic tunneling junction spin-valves ex-situ annealed at 400 °C, the tunneling magnetoresistance ratio was extremely sensitive to the material and thickness of the nanoscale spacer: it peaked at a specific thickness (0.40~0.53 nm), and the TMR ratio for W spacers (~134%) was higher than that for Ta spacers (~98%). This dependency on the spacer material and thickness was associated with the (100) body-centered-cubic crystallinity of the MgO layers: the strain enhanced diffusion length in the MgO layers of W atoms (~1.40 nm) was much shorter than that of Ta atoms (~2.85 nm) and the shorter diffusion length led to the MgO layers having better (100) body-centered-cubic crystallinity. PMID:27929031

  18. Dependency of Tunneling-Magnetoresistance Ratio on Nanoscale Spacer Thickness and Material for Double MgO Based Perpendicular-Magnetic-Tunneling-Junction

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    Lee, Du-Yeong; Hong, Song-Hwa; Lee, Seung-Eun; Park, Jea-Gun

    2016-12-01

    It was found that in double MgO based perpendicular magnetic tunneling junction spin-valves ex-situ annealed at 400 °C, the tunneling magnetoresistance ratio was extremely sensitive to the material and thickness of the nanoscale spacer: it peaked at a specific thickness (0.40~0.53 nm), and the TMR ratio for W spacers (~134%) was higher than that for Ta spacers (~98%). This dependency on the spacer material and thickness was associated with the (100) body-centered-cubic crystallinity of the MgO layers: the strain enhanced diffusion length in the MgO layers of W atoms (~1.40 nm) was much shorter than that of Ta atoms (~2.85 nm) and the shorter diffusion length led to the MgO layers having better (100) body-centered-cubic crystallinity.

  19. Dependency of Tunneling-Magnetoresistance Ratio on Nanoscale Spacer Thickness and Material for Double MgO Based Perpendicular-Magnetic-Tunneling-Junction.

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    Lee, Du-Yeong; Hong, Song-Hwa; Lee, Seung-Eun; Park, Jea-Gun

    2016-12-08

    It was found that in double MgO based perpendicular magnetic tunneling junction spin-valves ex-situ annealed at 400 °C, the tunneling magnetoresistance ratio was extremely sensitive to the material and thickness of the nanoscale spacer: it peaked at a specific thickness (0.40~0.53 nm), and the TMR ratio for W spacers (~134%) was higher than that for Ta spacers (~98%). This dependency on the spacer material and thickness was associated with the (100) body-centered-cubic crystallinity of the MgO layers: the strain enhanced diffusion length in the MgO layers of W atoms (~1.40 nm) was much shorter than that of Ta atoms (~2.85 nm) and the shorter diffusion length led to the MgO layers having better (100) body-centered-cubic crystallinity.

  20. Structural Properties of Alternate Monatomic Layered [Fe/Co]n Epitaxial Films on MgO Substrate

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    Chu, In Chang; Saki, Yoshinobu; Kawasaki, Shohei; Doi, Masaaki; Sahashi, Masashi

    2008-06-01

    Body-centered-cubic (bcc) Fe50Co50 material is reported to show a high bulk spin scattering coefficient on current perpendicular to plane-giant magneto-resistance (CPP-GMR) system. But the origin of that phenomenon does not make sure yet. We prepared artificially alternate monatomic layered (AML) [Fe/Co] 41 MLs epitaxial films (Ts: 75, 250 °C) by monatomic deposition method and investigated the topology of AML [Fe/Co]n epitaxial films on MgO substrate with different orientation (001), (011) by the scanning tunnel microscopy (STM) and reflection high energy electron diffraction (RHEED), which we could confirm Frank-van der Merwe (FM) growth mode for AML [Fe/Co]n on MgO(001) and Volmer-Weber (VW) growth mode for that on Mg(011). The roughness of surface, Ra (0.20 nm) of AML [Fe/Co] 41 MLs epitaxial film grown at 75 °C on MgO(001) is smaller than that (0.46 nm) of AML [Fe/Co] grown at 250 °C on MgO(001), which has the large terraces of over 50 nm (Ra: 0.17 nm), even though there are some valleys between large terraces. Moreover we confirmed the structural properties of trilayered epitaxial films with AML [Fe/Co]n (Ra: 0.18 nm) and Fe50Co50 alloy epitaxial film on Au electrode by RHEED before confirming the characteristics of CPP-GMR devices.

  1. Shock-Induced Melting and Vaporization of MgO by Multi-Mbar Shock and Release Experiments

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    Kraus, R. G.; Root, S.; Desjarlais, M. P.; Stewart, S. T.; Shulenburger, L.; Knudson, M. D.; Lemke, R.; Dolan, D. H.; Seagle, C. T.; Jacobsen, S. B.; Flicker, D. G.; Mattsson, T.

    2012-12-01

    The thermal state of the Earth after the final giant impact event is uncertain due to the lack of accurate wide-ranging equations of state for mantle minerals. In particular, current models for shock-induced melting and vaporization of the refractory phases within the Earth's mantle are poorly constrained due to the difficulty in reaching and measuring states in the relevant regions of the phase diagram. Using the Z-machine at Sandia National Laboratory, we performed high velocity (15-25 km/s) planar impact experiments onto MgO. We use a novel shock, release, and stagnation technique to determine the density of MgO along the liquid branch of the liquid-vapor dome. This region of the phase diagram is inaccessible to most static techniques and these experiments represent the first measurements of their kind. We will present our measurements of the temperature and density along the liquid-vapor dome of MgO and discuss the utility of these measurements in developing wide-ranging multi-phase equation of state models. We will also present a new model for the entropy along the principal Hugoniot of MgO, which we use to derive the criteria for shock-induced melting and vaporization and to address the commonly made assumption that the Moon-forming impact event melted Earth's entire mantle. We acknowledge support from NNSA SSGF, NNSA HEDLP, and the Z Fundamental Science User Program. We also thank the Z facility staff and technicians. Sandia National Laboratories is a multiprogram laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  2. Enhancing photocatalytic activity by using TiO{sub 2}-MgO core-shell-structured nanoparticles

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    Jung, Hyun Suk; Lee, Jung-Kun; Nastasi, Michael; Kim, Jeong-Ryeol; Lee, Sang-Wook; Kim, Jin Young; Park, Jong-Sung; Hong, Kug Sun; Shin, Hyunho

    2006-01-02

    Hygroscopic Mg(OH){sub 2} gel was topotactically decomposed on TiO{sub 2} particle surfaces, resulting in highly nanoporous MgO-coated TiO{sub 2} particles. The highly hygroscopic and nanoporous MgO shell absorbed more water molecules and hydroxyl groups from the environment to yield an improved photocatalytic property of the core-shell particles as compared to the uncoated TiO{sub 2} counterpart.

  3. Improved virus removal in ceramic depth filters modified with MgO.

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    Michen, Benjamin; Fritsch, Johannes; Aneziris, Christos; Graule, Thomas

    2013-02-05

    Ceramic filters, working on the depth filtration principle, are known to improve drinking water quality by removing human pathogenic microorganisms from contaminated water. However, these microfilters show no sufficient barrier for viruses having diameters down to 20 nm. Recently, it was shown that the addition of positively charged materials, for example, iron oxyhydroxide, can improve virus removal by adsorption mechanisms. In this work, we modified a common ceramic filter based on diatomaceous earth by introducing a novel virus adsorbent material, magnesium oxyhydroxide, into the filter matrix. Such filters showed an improved removal of about 4-log in regard to bacteriophages MS2 and PhiX174. This is explained with the electrostatic enhanced adsorption approach that is the favorable adsorption of negatively charged viruses onto positively charged patches in an otherwise negatively charged filter matrix. Furthermore, we provide theoretical evidence applying calculations according to Derjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek theory to strengthen our experimental results. However, modified filters showed a significant variance in virus removal efficiency over the course of long-term filtration experiments with virus removal increasing with filter operation time (or filter aging). This is explained by transformational changes of MgO in the filter upon contact with water. It also demonstrates that filter history is of great concern when filters working on the adsorption principles are evaluated in regard to their retention performance as their surface characteristics may alter with use.

  4. Single-Site Osmium Catalysts on MgO: Reactivity and Catalysis of CO Oxidation.

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    Yang, Dong; Zhang, Shengjie; Xu, Pinghong; Browning, Nigel D; Dixon, David A; Gates, Bruce C

    2017-02-21

    MgO-supported osmium dioxo species, described as Os(=O)2 {-Osupport }1 or 2 (the brackets denote O atoms of the MgO surface), formed from Os3 (CO)12 via supported Os(CO)2 , and characterized by spectroscopy, microscopy, and theory, react with ethylene at 298 K to form osmium glycol species or with CO to give osmium mono- and di-carbonyls. Os(=O)2 {-Osupport }1 or 2 is the precursor of a CO oxidation catalyst characterized by a turnover frequency of 4.0×10(-3) (molecules of CO)/(Os atom×s) at 473 K; the active species are inferred to be osmium monocarbonyls. The structures and frequencies calculated at the level of density functional theory with the B3LYP functional bolster the experimental results and facilitate structural assignments. The lowest-energy structures have various osmium oxidation and spin states. The results demonstrate not only new chemistry of the supported single-site catalysts but also their complexity and the value of complementary techniques used in concert to unravel the chemistry.

  5. Formation of islands of substitutional Li defects on the MgO (001) surface

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    Levchenko, Sergey V.; Scheffler, Matthias

    2010-03-01

    We use density functional theory (DFT) calculations to evaluate electronic structure and formation energies of the substitutional Li defects in the (001) surface, subsurface, and bulk MgO. We analyze the sensitivity of the results to the approximations in the exchange-correlation functional by comparing semi-local (GGA PBE) and non-local (PBE0 and B3LYP) approximations. Calculated formation energies indicate that the Li defects prefer to form islands with molar concentration 50% at the top layer, but not in the deeper layers. The formation energy of an isolated substitutional Li defect increases with the depth of the layer in which the defect is formed. We perform an ab initio atomistic thermodynamics [1] analysis to determine the average island size under realistic conditions. The analysis shows that, despite the loss in the configurational entropy due to the island formation, the islands containing 10-20 Li defects are present on the surface at relevant temperatures (900- 1000 K). Within the islands, the oxygen vacancy formation energy is greatly decreased due to an electron transfer from the O vacancy state to the lower energy states near the top of the valence band, associated with the Li defects.---[1] K. Reuter and M. Scheffler, Phys. Rev. B 65, 035406 (2001); C. M. Weinert and M. Scheffler, Mat. Sci. Forum 10-12, 25 (1986); M. Scheffler and J. Dabrowski, Phil. Mag. A 58, 107 (1988)

  6. The formation of microvoids in MgO by helium ion implantation and thermal annealing

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    van Veen, A.; Schut, H.; Fedorov, A. V.; Labohm, F.; Neeft, E. A. C.; Konings, R. J. M.

    1999-01-01

    The formation of microvoids in metal oxides by helium implantation and thermal annealing is observed under similar conditions as has been shown earlier for silicon. Cleaved MgO (1 0 0) single crystals were implanted with 30 keV 3He ions with doses varying from 10 15 to 10 16 cm -2 and subsequently thermally annealed from RT to 1500 K. Monitoring of the defect depth profile and the retained amount of helium was performed by positron beam analysis and neutron depth profiling, respectively. For a dose larger than 2 × 10 15 cm -2 annealing of the defects was observed in two stages: at 1000 K helium filled monovacancies dissociated, and other defects still retaining the helium were formed, and at 1300 K all helium left the sample while an increase of positron-valence-electron annihilations was observed, indicating an increase of the volume available in the defects. The voids of nm size were located at shallower depth than the implanted helium. At lower dose no voids were left after high temperature annealing. Voids can also be created, and even more effectively, by hydrogen or deuterium implantation. The voids are stable to temperatures of 1500 K. The use of the nanovoids as a precursor state for nanoprecipitates of metals or other species is discussed.

  7. Predicted vacancy cluster structures in MgO and their interaction with helium

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    Busker, G.; van Huis, M. A.; Grimes, R. W.; van Veen, A.

    2000-12-01

    Atomistic simulation calculations were performed to predict defect energies of vacancy clusters and dissociation energies of clusters with helium. The computation technique was based on pair potentials and the Mott-Littleton methodology was used as implemented in the CASCADE code. Both the full charge and the partial charge model were employed. The partial charge model shows better agreement with experimental data reported in the literature. The energetically most favourable spatial configurations for clusters composed of up to eight vacancies were determined and the associated formation energies calculated. The results indicate that the three-dimensional growth of vacancy clusters in MgO is energetically favourable. Next, the activation energies for dissociation of helium atoms from these vacancy clusters were calculated. The activation energy for dissociation of a helium atom from vacancy clusters larger than a monovacancy is approximately 3.6 eV for the partial charge model. Remarkably, the activation energy for dissociation of a helium atom from a monovacancy was found to be higher, 3.9 eV for the partial charge model. This last energy is enhanced by lattice relaxation around the monovacancy. The dissociation energies from large vacancy clusters is in good agreement with the permeation energy of 3.3 ± 0.3 eV obtained experimentally with a permeation experiment in which helium release was monitored with neutron depth profiling (NDP).

  8. Selective radiative cooling with MgO and/or LiF layers

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    Berdahl, P.H.

    1984-09-14

    A selective radiation cooling material which is absorptive only in the 8 to 13 microns wavelength range is accomplished by placing ceramic magnesium oxide and/or polycrystalline lithium fluoride on an infrared-reflective substrate. The reflecting substrate may be a metallic coating, foil or sheet, such as aluminum, which reflects all atmospheric radiation from 0.3 to 8 microns, the magnesium oxide and lithium fluoride being nonabsorptive at those wavelengths. <10% of submicron voids in the material is permissible in which case the MgO and/or LiF layer is diffusely scattering, but still nonabsorbing, in the wavelength range of 0.3 to 8 microns. At wavelengths from 8 to 13 microns, the magnesium oxide and lithium fluoride radiate power through the ''window'' in the atmosphere, and thus remove heat from the reflecting sheet of material and the attached object to be cooled. At wavelengths longer than 13 microns, the magnesium oxide and lithium fluoride reflects the atmospheric radiation back into the atmosphere. This high reflectance is only obtained if the surface is sufficiently smooth: roughness on a scale of 1 micron is permissible but roughness on a scale of 10 microns is not. An infrared-transmitting cover or shield is mounted in spaced relationship to the material to reduce convective heat transfer. If this is utilized in direct sunlight, the infrared transmitting cover or shield should be opaque in the solar spectrum of 0.3 to 3 microns.

  9. Adsorption of Ponceau S from aqueous solution by MgO nanoparticles

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    Venkatesha, T. G.; Nayaka, Y. Arthoba; Chethana, B. K.

    2013-07-01

    Ponceau S or Acid Red 112 is a widely used dye with versatile applications whose biotransformation products are toxic and is a suspected carcinogen. In the present work, magnesium oxide (MgO) nanoparticles were synthesized by precipitation method and used for the sorption of Ponceau S from aqueous solution. The effects of parameters like contact time, pH and temperature on the adsorption capacity were studied. The adsorption isotherm studies were carried out using Langmuir, Freundlich and Temkin models, of which Langmuir model was found more suitable. Pseudo-second-order model fitted well with good agreement with the experimental values of qe (equilibrium adsorption capacity). The values of thermodynamic parameters like enthalpy (ΔH°) and entropy (ΔS°) were found to be 35.71 kJ/mol and 0.127 J/K/mol, respectively. The negative values of standard free energy (ΔG°) suggested that the adsorption process is spontaneous with the energy of activation equal to 28.58 kJ/mol.

  10. Quantum Monte Carlo simulations of a single iron impurity in MgO

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    Driver, Kevin; Zhang, Shuai; Militzer, Burkhard; Cohen, R. E.

    2014-03-01

    Ferropericlase [(Mg,Fe)O] is the second most abundant mineral in Earth's lower mantle. A high-spin to low-spin transition in Fe2+ that occurs in the middle of the lower mantle has been observed in diamond anvil experiments and confirmed within density functional theory (DFT). The spin transition has significant influence on the physical properties and behavior of the lower mantle. However, details on the mechanism of spin transition are still being understood in both experiment and DFT. Here, we aim to benchmark the high-spin to low-spin transition of a single iron atom impurity in MgO using quantum Monte Carlo (QMC). High-spin and low-spin equations of state are initially computed using density functional theory within the LDA+U approximation, which provide trial Slater-Jastrow wave functions for QMC. Equations of state are then computed with variational and diffusion Monte Carlo in 8- and 64-atom cells using the QMCPACK code.. QMC results are in general agreement with experiment and DFT studies. Grants: Funding provided by the NSF (DMS-1025370, DMS-1025392). Computational resources provided by the NCAR and LBL.

  11. Phase transition of iron doped MgO under high pressure by first-principles study

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    Yang, K. S.; Li, S. L.; Zhang, J.; Zeng, Z.; Qin, X. Y.; Zhou, X. M.

    2015-07-01

    The (Mg, Fe)O solid solution is one of the major lower mantle minerals, and studying its properties and structures under high pressure is a fundamental step toward understanding Earth's deep interior. Here within the framework of density functional theory, we first discuss the relationship between the total energy and iron doped positions of (Mg, Fe)O, and find that the doped iron favors to be dispersive. Then the pressure-induced phase transitions of (Mg, Fe)O from NaCl-type (B1) to CsCl-type (B2) are probed. It is found that the phase transition pressure of (Mg, Fe)O decreases with damped oscillation, as the increase of iron concentration. This phenomenon is essentially determined by the iron concentration as well as iron doped positions. The electronic structures of MgO and (Mg0.75Fe0.25)O at 436 GPa are calculated, and the results show that the doped irons play a crucial role in the metallicity of (Mg0.75Fe0.25)O. Our results are in agreement with the experimental counterparts. This study would provide some useful information for understanding the behavior of pressure-induced phase transition and geoscience.

  12. Phase transition of iron doped MgO under high pressure by first-principles study

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    Yang, K. S.; Li, S. L.; Zhang, J.; Zeng, Z.; Qin, X. Y.; Zhou, X. M.

    2014-07-01

    The (Mg, Fe)O solid solution is one of the major lower mantle minerals, and studying its properties and structures under high pressure is a fundamental step toward understanding Earth's deep interior. Here within the framework of density functional theory, we first discuss the relationship between the total energy and iron doped positions of (Mg, Fe)O, and find that the doped iron favors to be dispersive. Then the pressure-induced phase transitions of (Mg, Fe)O from NaCl-type (B1) to CsCl-type (B2) are probed. It is found that the phase transition pressure of (Mg, Fe)O decreases with damped oscillation, as the increase of iron concentration. This phenomenon is essentially determined by the iron concentration as well as iron doped positions. The electronic structures of MgO and (Mg0.75Fe0.25)O at 436 GPa are calculated, and the results show that the doped irons play a crucial role in the metallicity of (Mg0.75Fe0.25)O. Our results are in agreement with the experimental counterparts. This study would provide some useful information for understanding the behavior of pressure-induced phase transition and geoscience.

  13. Pure and Zn-doped Pt Clusters go Flat and Upright on MgO(100)

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    Shen, Lu; Dadras, Mostafa J.; Alexandrova, Anastassia N.

    2014-12-28

    Pure and doped sub-nanoclusters can exhibit superb catalytic activity, which, however, strongly depends on their size, shape, composition, and the nature of the support. This work is about surface-deposited sub-nano Pt-based clusters, which are promising catalysts for the reactions of dehydrogenation. Using density functional theory and ab initio calculations, and an ab initio genetic algorithm for finding the global minima of clusters, we found a peculiar effect that Pt₅ and Pt₄Zn clusters exhibit upon deposition on MgO(100). Both of them change shapes from the gas phase 3-D form to a planar form, and they stand upright on the support. Several reasons are responsible for this behaviour. In part, clusters go flat due to the electron transfer from the support. Indeed, the anionic Pt₅- and Pt₄Zn- species are flat also in the gas phase. Charging induces the second-order Jahn–Teller effect (or partial covalency) facilitated by the recruitment of the higher-energy 6p atomic orbitals on Pt into the valence manifold, and that is the reason for the planarization of the anions. Secondly, clusters maximize interactions with the surface O atoms (resulting in further favouring of 2-D structures over 3-D), and avoid contacts with surface Mg atoms (resulting in upright morphologies).

  14. First-principles calculations of the indigo encapsulation and adsorption by MgO nanotubes

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    Sánchez-Ochoa, F. Cocoletzi, Gregorio H.; Canto, Gabriel I.; Takeuchi, Noboru

    2014-06-07

    We have performed ab-initio calculations to investigate the structural and electronic properties of (m,m) chiral magnesium oxide nanotubes, (m,m)MgONTs, to explore the encapsulation, inclusion, and adsorption of dyes (organic molecules) such as Indigo (IND). Studies start by determining the structural parameters of the MgO nanotubes with different diameters and the IND. The indigo encapsulation into the MgONT is studied considering four (m,m) chiralities which yield 4 different NT diameters. In the endohedral functionalization, the indigo is within the NT at a tilt angle as in previous theoretical studies of organic molecules inside carbon and boron-nitride nanotubes. Results show that the encapsulation is a strong exothermic process with the m = 6 case exhibiting the largest encapsulation energy. It is also explored the indigo adsorption on the NT surface in the parallel and perpendicular configurations. The perpendicular configuration of the IND adsorption on the (8,8)MgONT exhibits the largest energy. The indigo inclusion within the NTs meets a potential barrier when m < 6, however this barrier diminishes as the index increases. Additionally, we have determined the total density of states (DOS), partial DOS, electron charge redistributions, and the highest occupied molecular orbital–lowest unoccupied molecular orbital levels for the NTs with m = 6. Very strong binding energies and electron charge transfer from the IND to NTs is present in the atomic structures.

  15. Electric field modulation of thermopower for transparent amorphous oxide thin film transistors

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    Koide, Hirotaka; Nagao, Yuki; Koumoto, Kunihito; Takasaki, Yuka; Umemura, Tomonari; Kato, Takeharu; Ikuhara, Yuichi; Ohta, Hiromichi

    2010-11-01

    To clarify the electronic density of states (DOS) around the conduction band bottom for state of the art transparent amorphous oxide semiconductors (TAOSs), InGaZnO4 and In2MgO4, we fabricated TAOS-based transparent thin film transistors (TTFTs) and measured their gate voltage dependence of thermopower (S). TAOS-based TTFTs exhibit an unusual S behavior. The |S|-value abruptly increases but then gradually decreases as Vg increases, clearly suggesting the antiparabolic shaped DOS is hybridized with the original parabolic shaped DOS around the conduction band bottom.

  16. IR surface polariton spectroscopy as a method for studying the optical properties of ultra thin films

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    Vinogradov, E. A.

    2016-12-01

    Experimental results of investigation of optical properties of MgO thin films (thickness 10, 30, 100 i 300 nm) and AlN films (thickness 40 i 400 nm) on sapphire substrate are discussed. The optical phonon frequencies of these films are located in frequency region of surface polariton of sapphire. Due to the resonance between them the splitting and the shift of absorption spectra of sapphire surface polariton appear. From these experimental data it is possible to reconstruct all constants of the permittivity of both the film and substrate, the film thickness, and to specify its structure.

  17. Transverse spin Seebeck effect versus anomalous and planar Nernst effects in Permalloy thin films.

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    Schmid, M; Srichandan, S; Meier, D; Kuschel, T; Schmalhorst, J-M; Vogel, M; Reiss, G; Strunk, C; Back, C H

    2013-11-01

    Transverse magnetothermoelectric effects are studied in Permalloy thin films grown on MgO and GaAs substrates and compared to those grown on suspended SiN(x) membranes. The transverse voltage along platinum strips patterned on top of the Permalloy films is measured versus the external magnetic field as a function of the angle and temperature gradients. After the identification of the contribution of the planar and anomalous Nernst effects, we find an upper limit for the transverse spin Seebeck effect, which is several orders of magnitude smaller than previously reported.

  18. Localization Correction to Anomalous Hall Effect in the Perpendicular CoFeB Thin Films

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    Ding, Jinjun; Yang, Xiaofei; Zhu, Tao

    2015-12-01

    In this paper, we reported an obvious weak localization (WL) effect in perpendicular CoFeB sandwiched by Ta and MgO layers. The WL correction to the anomalous Hall effect (AHE) arises when the sheet resistance is larger than 1.5kΩ. Furthermore, it is found that the mechanism of AHE is strongly related to the characteristic of the granularity in the MgO/CoFeB/Ta thin films. Both skew scattering and side jump mechanisms will give comparable contribution in the high disorder regime.

  19. Nano SiO2 and MgO improve the properties of porous β-TCP scaffolds via advanced manufacturing technology.

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    Gao, Chengde; Wei, Pingpin; Feng, Pei; Xiao, Tao; Shuai, Cijun; Peng, Shuping

    2015-03-25

    Nano SiO2 and MgO particles were incorporated into β-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) scaffolds to improve the mechanical and biological properties. The porous cylindrical β-TCP scaffolds doped with 0.5 wt % SiO2, 1.0 wt % MgO, 0.5 wt % SiO2 + 1.0 wt % MgO were fabricated via selective laser sintering respectively and undoped β-TCP scaffold was also prepared as control. The phase composition and mechanical strength of the scaffolds were evaluated. X-ray diffraction analysis indicated that the phase transformation from β-TCP to α-TCP was inhibited after the addition of MgO. The compressive strength of scaffold was improved from 3.12 ± 0.36 MPa (β-TCP) to 5.74 ± 0.62 MPa (β-TCP/SiO2), 9.02 ± 0.55 MPa (β-TCP/MgO) and 10.43 ± 0.28 MPa (β-TCP/SiO2/MgO), respectively. The weight loss and apatite-forming ability of the scaffolds were evaluated by soaking them in simulated body fluid. The results demonstrated that both SiO2 and MgO dopings slowed down the degradation rate and improved the bioactivity of β-TCP scaffolds. In vitro cell culture studies indicated that SiO2 and MgO dopings facilitated cell attachment and proliferation. Combined addition of SiO2 and MgO were found optimal in enhancing both the mechanical and biological properties of β-TCP scaffold.

  20. Promoting alkali and alkaline-earth metals on MgO for enhancing CO2 capture by first-principles calculations.

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    Kim, Kiwoong; Han, Jeong Woo; Lee, Kwang Soon; Lee, Won Bo

    2014-12-07

    Developing next-generation solid sorbents to improve the economy of pre- and post-combustion carbon capture processes has been challenging for many researchers. Magnesium oxide (MgO) is a promising sorbent because of its moderate sorption-desorption temperature and low heat of sorption. However, its low sorption capacity and thermal instability need to be improved. Various metal-promoted MgO sorbents have been experimentally developed to enhance the CO2 sorption capacities. Nevertheless, rigorous computational studies to screen an optimal metal promoter have been limited to date. We conducted first-principles calculations to select metal promoters of MgO sorbents. Five alkali (Li-, Na-, K-, Rb-, and Cs-) and 4 alkaline earth metals (Be-, Ca-, Sr-, and Ba-) were chosen as a set of promoters. Compared with the CO2 adsorption energy on pure MgO, the adsorption energy on the metal-promoted MgO sorbents is higher, except for the Na-promoter, which indicates that metal promotion on MgO is an efficient approach to enhance the sorption capacities. Based on the stabilized binding of promoters on the MgO surface and the regenerability of sorbents, Li, Ca, and Sr were identified as adequate promoters among the 9 metals on the basis of PW91/GGA augmented with DFT+D2. The adsorption energies of CO2 on metal-promoted MgO sorbents for Li, Ca, and Sr atoms are -1.13, -1.68, and -1.48 eV, respectively.

  1. Nano SiO2 and MgO Improve the Properties of Porous β-TCP Scaffolds via Advanced Manufacturing Technology

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    Gao, Chengde; Wei, Pingpin; Feng, Pei; Xiao, Tao; Shuai, Cijun; Peng, Shuping

    2015-01-01

    Nano SiO2 and MgO particles were incorporated into β-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) scaffolds to improve the mechanical and biological properties. The porous cylindrical β-TCP scaffolds doped with 0.5 wt % SiO2, 1.0 wt % MgO, 0.5 wt % SiO2 + 1.0 wt % MgO were fabricated via selective laser sintering respectively and undoped β-TCP scaffold was also prepared as control. The phase composition and mechanical strength of the scaffolds were evaluated. X-ray diffraction analysis indicated that the phase transformation from β-TCP to α-TCP was inhibited after the addition of MgO. The compressive strength of scaffold was improved from 3.12 ± 0.36 MPa (β-TCP) to 5.74 ± 0.62 MPa (β-TCP/SiO2), 9.02 ± 0.55 MPa (β-TCP/MgO) and 10.43 ± 0.28 MPa (β-TCP/SiO2/MgO), respectively. The weight loss and apatite-forming ability of the scaffolds were evaluated by soaking them in simulated body fluid. The results demonstrated that both SiO2 and MgO dopings slowed down the degradation rate and improved the bioactivity of β-TCP scaffolds. In vitro cell culture studies indicated that SiO2 and MgO dopings facilitated cell attachment and proliferation. Combined addition of SiO2 and MgO were found optimal in enhancing both the mechanical and biological properties of β-TCP scaffold. PMID:25815597

  2. The influence of mineralogical, chemical and physical properties on grindability of commercial clinkers with high MgO level

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    Souza, Vladia Cristina G. de

    2008-08-15

    This research investigates various methods able to identify possible mineralogical, physical and chemical influences on the grindability of commercial clinkers with high MgO level. The aim of the study is to evaluate the hardness and elastic modulus of the clinker mineral phases and their fracture strength during the comminution processes, comparing samples from clinkers with low MgO level (0.5%) and clinkers with elevated MgO levels (> 5.0%). The study of the influence of mineralogical, chemical and physical properties was carried out using several analytical techniques, such as: optical microscopy, X-ray diffraction with Rietveld refinement (XRD) and X-ray fluorescence (XRF). These techniques were useful in qualifying the different clinker samples. The drop weight test (DWT) and the Bond ball mill grindability test were performed to characterize the mechanical properties of clinkers. Nanoindentation tests were also carried out. Results from the Bond ball mill grindability test were found to be related to the hardness of the mineral phase and to mineralogical characteristics, such as type and amount of inclusions in silicates, belite and alite crystals shape, or microcracked alites. In contrast, the results obtained by the DWT were associated to the macro characteristics of clinkers, such as porosity, as well as to the hardness and mineralogical characteristics of belite crystals in clusters. Hardness instrumented tests helped to determine the Vickers hardness and elastic modulus from the mineral phases in commercial clinkers and produced different values for the pure phases compared to previous publications.

  3. Synthesis and luminescence properties of MgO: Sm3+ phosphor for white light-emitting diodes

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    Kiran, Nallamala; Baker, A. P.; Wang, Gui-Gen

    2017-02-01

    MgO: xSm3+ (0.02 ≤ x ≤ 0.08) red phosphors are prepared by low temperature solution combustion method. The MgO: XSm3+ phosphor characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), FT-IR, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), luminescence and decay time measurements. The results of XRD and FE-SEM show that resultant samples are single phase. The vibration properties MgO phosphor was studied by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The luminescence spectra exhibits four emission bands at 566, 603, 651 and 708 nm corresponding to the various transition from 4G5/2 ground state to lower lying levels 6H5/2, 6H7/2, 6H9/2 and 6H11/2 states, with an excitation wavelength at 404 nm. The chromaticity coordinates have been estimated from the emission spectra and the suitability of title phosphor for white light applications. The lifetime corresponding to the 4G5/2 level of the title phosphor has been found to decrease with the increase in Sm3+ ion concentration.

  4. Addition of MgO Nanoparticles to Carbon Structural Steel and the Effect on Inclusion Characteristics and Microstructure

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    Gao, Xiangzhou; Yang, Shufeng; Li, Jingshe; Liao, Hang; Gao, Wei; Wu, Tuo

    2016-04-01

    An innovative approach for pre-dispersing MgO nanoparticles with AlSi alloy nanoparticles was established, and the nanoparticles were dispersed well in carbon structural steel. After adding different mass fractions of MgO nanoparticles in steel, the majority of inclusions contained MgO·Al2O3 spinel and MgO-Al2O3-bearing hybrid inclusion, and these inclusions promoted acicular ferrite (AF) formation. With increasing amount of added nanoparticles, the average inclusion size increased from 0.90 to 1.50 μm and the inclusion size was considerably refined, but the ability of inclusions to induce AF was greatly declined. It was revealed that the inclusion size was the decisive factor influencing the inducing ability of inclusions for AF, which also got a solid support from the nucleation thermomechanical and dynamic analyses. When the mass fraction of MgO nanoparticles reached 0.05 pct, the proportion of AF in microstructure is relatively larger and the degree of interlocking of the AF within the microstructure was optimized. The ferrite grains also got refined and the average grain size decreased by more than 94 pct compared with that of the original steel.

  5. Influence of Humidity, Volume Density, and MgO Impurity on Mg2Si Thermoelectric-Leg

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    Mito, Y.; Ogino, A.; Konno, S.; Udono, H.

    2017-02-01

    We have studied the influence of humidity on the production yield of Mg2Si thermoelectric (TE)-legs synthesized by spark plasma sintering (SPS) and also the influence of sintered density and MgO impurity on the oxidation resistance of the Mg2Si sintered compacts. We observed a strong correlation between the humidity in air atmosphere and the yield rate of Mg2Si TE-legs. The Mg2Si TE-legs sintered from the raw material powder that was exposed to an atmosphere with humidity >60% contained relatively high density of voids and cracks due to the reaction of adsorbed moisture and Mg2Si during SPS. We found that the Mg2Si sintered density strongly affected the oxidation resistance, whereas a small amount of MgO concentration in the initial sintered compacts had no significant effect on the oxidation resistance. Sb-doped Mg2Si with a high sintered density showed an excellent oxidation resistance in air atmosphere when subjected to an oxidation-resistance test at 600°C for 800 h, which is presumed to be due to the formation of a dense MgO layer on the surface.

  6. Enhanced field emission from ZnO nanowire arrays utilizing MgO buffer between seed layer and silicon substrate

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    Chen, Si; Chen, Jiangtao; Liu, Jianlin; Qi, Jing; Wang, Yuhua

    2016-11-01

    Field emitters based on ZnO nanowires and other nanomaterials are promising high-brightness electron sources for field emission display, microscopy and other applications. The performance of a ZnO nanowire field emitter is linked to the quality, conductivity and alignment of the nanowires on a substrate, therefore requiring ways to improve these parameters. Here, ZnO nanowire arrays were grown on ZnO seed layer on silicon substrate with MgO buffer between the seed layer and Si. The turn-on field and enhancement factor of these nanowire arrays are 3.79 V/μm and 3754, respectively. These properties are improved greatly compared to those of ZnO nanowire arrays grown on ZnO seed layer without MgO buffer, which are 5.06 V/μm and 1697, respectively. The enhanced field emission properties can be attributed to better electron transport in seed layer, and better nanowire alignment because of MgO buffer.

  7. Visible Color Tunable Emission in Three-Dimensional Light Emitting Diodes by MgO Passivation of Pyramid Tip.

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    Kim, Ji-Hyun; Ye, Byeong Uk; Park, Joonmo; Yoo, Chul Jong; Kim, Buem Joon; Jeong, Hu Young; Hur, Jin-Hoe; Kim, Jong Kyu; Lee, Jong-Lam; Baik, Jeong Min

    2015-12-23

    We demonstrated visible color tunable three-dimensional (3D) pyramidal light emitting diodes by depositing the MgO on and near the tip of the pyramid as an insulating layer. Here, we show that the degradation of the materials (i.e., p-GaN) crystallinity and the built-in electric field due to the nanoscale geometry of the tip region is responsible for the large leakage current observed in LEDs. Confocal scanning electroluminescence microscopy images clearly showed that the intensity of the light emitted out of the side facet of the pyramid is much higher than that of the light extracted out of the tip surface, indicating that the MgO layer prohibited the carrier injection to the MQWs layer, suppressing the leakage occurring at or near the tip region of the pyramids. The color range of the LEDs can be also tuned by using the MgO layer, a blue-shift by 10.3 nm in the wavelength. This technique is simple and scalable, providing a promising solution for developing 3D pyramidal LEDs with low leakage current and controllable light emission.

  8. Effects of MgO Nanoparticle Additions on the Structure and Mechanical Properties of Continuously Cast Steel Billets

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    Gao, Xiangzhou; Yang, Shufeng; Li, Jingshe; Yang, Yindong; Chattopadhyay, Kinnor; McLean, Alex

    2016-01-01

    A new approach for pre-dispersing MgO nanoparticles and adding them to molten steel during continuous casting operations was established. The influence of different mass fractions of MgO nanoparticles on inclusion characteristics, steel microstructure, and the ability of inclusions to induce acicular ferrite (AF) formation, was investigated. The results revealed that after adding different mass fractions of nanoparticles, the majority of inclusions contained MgO-Al2O3, and the inclusion size was considerably refined. These inclusions promoted AF formation, and with increasing inclusion size from 1.0 to 1.8 μm, the proportion of AF progressively increased. The ability of inclusions to induce AF was greatly reduced when the inclusion size reached 7.0 μm. This was primarily due to the relationship between the ferrite nucleation rate and inclusion size. It was also found that the size of inclusions that functioned as pinning particles was larger than that of inclusions that served as AF nucleation cores. When the mass fraction of MgO nanoparticles reached 0.05 pct, the degree of interlocking of AF within the microstructure of billet specimens was maximized and this was associated with optimal values for strength and impact properties.

  9. The influence of an MgO nanolayer on the planar Hall effect in NiFe films

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    Li, Minghua; Zhao, Zhiduo; Ma, Lin; Yu, Guoqiang; Lu, Xiangan; Teng, Jiao; Yu, Guanghua; Zhou, Wenping; Amiri, Pedram Khalili; Wang, Kang L.

    2015-03-01

    The Planar Hall Effect (PHE) in NiFe films was studied using MgO as the buffer and capping layer to reduce the shunt effect. The thermal annealing was found to be effective in increasing the sensitivity. The sensitivity of the magnetic field reached as high as 865 V/AT in a MgO (3 nm)/NiFe (5 nm)/MgO(3 nm)/Ta(3 nm) structure after annealing at 500 °C for 2 h, which is close to the sensitivity of semiconductor Hall Effect (HE) sensors. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) were used to study the sample. The results show that the top crystallization of MgO and NiFe (111) texture were improved by proper annealing. The smooth and clear bottom MgO/NiFe and top NiFe/MgO interface is evident from our data. In addition, the shunt current of Ta was decreased. These combined factors facilitate the improvement of the sensitivity of the magnetic field.

  10. MgO nano-pyramids structure for enhancement of light extraction efficiency in vertical light-emitting diodes.

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    Son, Jun Ho; Yu, Hak Ki; Lee, Jong-Lam

    2010-09-13

    We demonstrate novel method for improving light extraction efficiency for n-side-up vertical InGaN/GaN light-emitting diodes (V-LEDs) using MgO nano-pyramids and ZnO refractive-index modulation layer. The MgO nano-pyramids structure is successfully fabricated on n-GaN/ZnO surface using electron-beam evaporation. The light output power of n-GaN/ZnO/MgO V-LEDs is enhanced by 49% compare to that of n-GaN V-LEDs. The angular-dependent far-field emission shows the significant increase of side emission for the n-GaN/ZnO/MgO V-LEDs due to the increase of critical angle for total internal reflection as well as the roughened surface by MgO pyramids structure. These experimental results indicate the critical role of surface texturing in improving the light extraction efficiency of the V-LEDs for solid-state lighting.

  11. The influence of an MgO nanolayer on the planar Hall effect in NiFe films

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    Li, Minghua; Zhao, Zhiduo; Ma, Lin; Lu, Xiangan; Teng, Jiao; Yu, Guanghua; Yu, Guoqiang; Amiri, Pedram Khalili; Wang, Kang L.; Zhou, Wenping

    2015-03-28

    The Planar Hall Effect (PHE) in NiFe films was studied using MgO as the buffer and capping layer to reduce the shunt effect. The thermal annealing was found to be effective in increasing the sensitivity. The sensitivity of the magnetic field reached as high as 865 V/AT in a MgO (3 nm)/NiFe (5 nm)/MgO(3 nm)/Ta(3 nm) structure after annealing at 500 °C for 2 h, which is close to the sensitivity of semiconductor Hall Effect (HE) sensors. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) were used to study the sample. The results show that the top crystallization of MgO and NiFe (111) texture were improved by proper annealing. The smooth and clear bottom MgO/NiFe and top NiFe/MgO interface is evident from our data. In addition, the shunt current of Ta was decreased. These combined factors facilitate the improvement of the sensitivity of the magnetic field.

  12. Evaluation of novel reactive MgO activated slag binder for the immobilisation of lead and zinc.

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    Jin, Fei; Al-Tabbaa, Abir

    2014-12-01

    Although Portland cement is the most widely used binder in the stabilisation/solidification (S/S) processes, slag-based binders have gained significant attention recently due to their economic and environmental merits. In the present study, a novel binder, reactive MgO activated slag, is compared with hydrated lime activated slag in the immobilisation of lead and zinc. A series of lead or zinc-doped pastes and mortars were prepared with metal to binder ratio from 0.25% to 1%. The hydration products and microstructure were studied by X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis and scanning electron microscopy. The major hydration products were calcium silicate hydrate and hydrotalcite-like phases. The unconfined compressive strength was measured up to 160 d. Findings show that lead had a slight influence on the strength of MgO-slag paste while zinc reduced the strength significantly as its concentration increased. Leachate results using the TCLP tests revealed that the immobilisation degree was dependent on the pH and reactive MgO activated slag showed an increased pH buffering capacity, and thus improved the immobilisation efficiency compared to lime activated slag. It was proposed that zinc was mainly immobilised within the structure of the hydrotalcite-like phases or in the form of calcium zincate, while lead was primarily precipitated as the hydroxide. It is concluded, therefore, that reactive MgO activated slag can serve as clinker-free alternative binder in the S/S process.

  13. Chemistry at corners and edges: Generation and adsorption of H atoms on the surface of MgO nanocubes

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    Sterrer, Martin; Berger, Thomas; Diwald, Oliver; Knoezinger, Erich; Sushko, Peter V.; Shluger, Alexander L.

    2005-08-08

    We used UV light to generate site-selective O{sup -} hole centers at three-coordinated corner oxygen sites on MgO nanocubes. These highly reactive O{sup -} radicals split H{sub 2} homolytically and, in the course of this reaction, become hydroxylated and produce hydrogen atoms. The hydrogen atoms adsorb predominantly at cube edges and dissociate into surface-trapped electrons and protons. We propose that the experimentally observed (H{sup +})(e{sup -}) centers are formed adjacent to the hydroxyl groups generated in the homolytic splitting process and can be defined as (H{sup +}){sub 3C}{center_dot}{center_dot}{center_dot}(e{sup -})(H{sup +}){sub NC} centers where 3C and NC refer to the coordination numbers of the corresponding hydroxylated oxygen sites. Our ab initio embedded cluster calculations reveal that the electronic properties of (H{sup +}){sub 3C}{center_dot}{center_dot}{center_dot}(e{sup -})(H{sup +}){sub 4C} centers situated along MgO nanocube edges are consistent with both the electron-paramagnetic-resonance signal parameters and the reported optical-absorption properties. The transformation of corner O{sup -} centers into the (H{sup +}){sub 3C}{center_dot}{center_dot}{center_dot}(e{sup -})(H{sup +}){sub NC}-type centers prevents their recombination with electronic surface centers and, hence, significantly alters the electronic structure of MgO nanocubes by introducing shallow electron traps.

  14. Theoretical study on influence of CaO and MgO on the reduction of FeO by CO

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    Zhong, Hong; Er, Dequan; Wen, Liangying

    2017-03-01

    Coating of CaO or MgO on the particle surface can prevent the sticking among iron ore particles effectively during fluidization process. However, CaO and MgO promote the formation of iron whiskers at high temperature, leading to the catastrophic defluidization. The density functional theory (DFT) calculations were implemented to investigate the influence of CaO and MgO on reduction of FeO/Fe2O2 by CO. Our results show that the CO molecule tends to bind to FeO/Fe2O2 on CaO(100) and MgO(100) surfaces through newly formed C-Fe and Csbnd O bonds. The CaO(100) surface will accelerate the reduction reactions which occur on it, in particular, in the initial stage of reactions, however, will slow down the reactions in the posterior stage. For the MgO(100) surface, the reduction reactions which occur on it will be promoted. The positive roles displayed by CaO and MgO in promoting the reduction of FeO by CO accelerate the precipitation of fresh iron and therefore, leading to the formation of iron whiskers.

  15. The improvement of discharge characteristics and lifetime of alternate current plasma display panel by MgO deposition on the phosphor

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    Ha, Chang Hoon; Kim, Jae Sung; Jeong, Dong Chul; Whang, Ki Woong

    2004-11-01

    An alternate application of MgO film for the improvement of discharge characteristics and lifetime in an ac plasma display panel (PDP) is suggested. In the normal ramp reset, the accumulated wall charges on the phosphor surface just after the reset period are different as to their color (red, green, blue) of each phosphor, which reduces the common voltage margin of ac PDP. In general, MgO is used for the protective layer of dielectrics from ion sputtering and the improvement of secondary electron emission which affects the driving voltage in an ac PDP. In this research, we deposited MgO on the phosphor to get the same addressing characteristics irrespective to the color of each phosphor, high speed addressing, and prolonged lifetime of phosphor despite the vacuum ultraviolet irradiation and ion bombardment. An optimized MgO thickness was used to avoid the excessive luminance and luminous efficacy degradation by the MgO deposition on the phosphor. Results showed that PDP with MgO coated phosphor has more uniform formative delays in address discharges and improved degradation characteristics.

  16. Theoretical aspects of methyl acetate and methanol activation on MgO(100) and (501) catalyst surfaces with application in FAME production

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    Man, Isabela-Costinela; Soriga, Stefan Gabriel; Parvulescu, Vasile

    2017-01-01

    Density functional theory (DFT) calculations were carried out to study the activation of methyl acetate and methanol on MgO(100) and MgO(501) surfaces and integrated in the context of transesterification, interesterification and glycerolysis reactions used in biodiesel industry. First results indicate the importance of including of dispersion forces in the calculations. On MgO(100) the reverse reactions steps of Csbnd O and Csbnd H dissociations and on MgO(501) the same reverse reaction step of Csbnd H dissociations of methyl acetate are energetically favorable, while the dissociation of Csbnd O bond into methoxide and acetate fragments on the edge of MgO(501) was found to be exothermic with a low activation energy. For methanol, the dissociation of Osbnd H bond on MgO(100) surface in the presence of the second coadsorbed methanol molecule becomes more energetically favoured compared to the isolated molecule, due to the fact that the methoxide fragment is stabilized by intermolecular hydrogen bonding. This is reflected by the decrease of the activation energy of the forward reaction step and the increase of the activation energy of the backward reaction step, increasing the probability to have dissociated molecules among the undissociated ones. These results represent a step forward for better understanding from atomistic point of view the paths of these reactions on these surfaces for the corresponding catalytic processes.

  17. Effect of MgO content in sinter on the softening-melting behavior of mixed burden made from chromium-bearing vanadium-titanium magnetite

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    Liu, Zheng-gen; Chu, Man-sheng; Wang, Hong-tao; Zhao, Wei; Xue, Xiang-xin

    2016-01-01

    The effect of sinter with different MgO contents on the softening-melting behavior of mixed burden made from chromium- bearing vanadium-titanium magnetite was investigated. The results show that with increasing MgO content in the sinter, the softening interval and melting interval increased and the location of the cohesive zone shifted downward slightly and became moderately thicker. The softening-melting characteristic value was less pronounced when the MgO content in the sinter was 2.98wt%-3.40wt%. Increasing MgO content in the sinter reduced the content and recovery of V and Cr in the dripped iron. In addition, greater MgO contents in the sinter resulted in the generation of greater amounts of high-melting-point components, which adversely affected the permeability of the mixed burden. When the softening-melting behavior of the mixed burden and the recovery of valuable elements were taken into account, proper MgO contents in the sinter and slag ranged from 2.98wt% to 3.40wt% and from 11.46wt% to 12.72wt%, respectively, for the smelting of burden made from chromium-bearing vanadium-titanium magnetite in a blast furnace.

  18. Melting of thin films of alkanes on magnesium oxide

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    Arnold, T.; Barbour, A.; Chanaa, S.; Cook, R. E.; Fernandez-Canato, D.; Landry, P.; Seydel, T.; Yaron, P.; Larese, J. Z.

    2009-02-01

    Recent incoherent neutron scattering investigations of the dynamics of thin alkane films adsorbed on the Magnesium Oxide (100) surface are reported. There are marked differences in the behaviour of these films, as a function of temperature and coverage, compared to similar measurements on graphite. In particular, it has previously been shown that adsorbed multilayer films on graphite exhibit an interfacial solid monolayer that coexists with bulk-like liquid, well above the bulk melting point. In contrast, these studies show that the alkane films on MgO exhibit no such stabilization of the solid layer closest to the substrate as a function of the film thickness, even though the monolayer crystal structures are remarkably similar. These studies are supported by extensive thermodynamic data, a growing body of structural data from neutron diffraction and state of the art computer modelling

  19. Investigation of heteroepitaxial growth of magnetite thin films.

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    Sterbinsky, G. E.; Cheng, J.; Chiu, P. T.; Wessels, B. W.; Keavney, D. J.; X-Ray Science Division; Northwestern Univ.

    2007-07-01

    Epitaxial magnetite (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) thin films were deposited by molecular beam epitaxy using molecular oxygen as the oxidant. Films deposited on (001) SrTiO{sub 3}, (001) MgO, and (001) BaTiO{sub 3} surfaces are epitaxial with the film (001) parallel to the substrate (001) and the film <100> parallel to the substrate <100>. X-ray magnetic circular dichroism was used to determine the relative Fe{sup 2+}/Fe{sup 3+} stoichiometry of the magnetite films, which was nearly independent of oxygen partial pressure over the range studied. All films show no in-plane magnetic anisotropy. Coercive fields ranged from 0.019 to 0.039 T and depended on film roughness.

  20. Thermochemical and pressure-volume-temperature systematics of data on solids, examples: Tungsten and MgO

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    Saxena, S. K.; Zhang, J.

    1990-01-01

    Data systematization using the constraints from the equation Cp = Cv + α _P {}^2V_T K_T T where C p, C v, α p, K T and V are respectively heat capacity at constant pressure, heat capacity at constant volume, isobaric thermal expansion, isothermal bulk modulus and molar volume, has been performed for tungsten and MgO. The data are K_T (W) = 1E - 5/(3.1575E - 12 + 1.6E - 16T + 3.1E - 20T^2 ) α _P (W) = 9.386E - 6 + 5.51E - 9T C_P (W) = 24.1 + 3.872E - 3T - 12.42E - 7T^2 + 63.96E - 11T^3 - 89000T^{ - 2} K_T (MgO) = 1/(0.59506E - 6 + 0.82334E - 10T + 0.32639E - 13T^2 + 0.10179E - 17T^3 α _P (MgO) = 0.3754E - 4 + 0.7907E - 8T - 0.7836/T^2 + 0.9148/T^3 C_P (MgO) = 43.65 + 0.54303E - 2T - 0.16692E7T^{ - 2} + 0.32903E4T^{ - 1} - 5.34791E - 8T^2 For the calculation of pressure-volume-temperature relation, a high temperature form of the Birch-Murnaghan equation is proposed P = 3K_T (1 + 2f)^{5/2} (1 + 2ξ f) Where K_T = 1/(b_0 + b_1 T + b_2 T^2 + b_3 T^3 ) f = (1/2)\\{ [V(1,T)/V(P,T)]^{2/3} - 1\\} ξ = ({3 4})[K'_0 + K'_1 ln ({T {300}}} - 4] where in turn V(1,T) = V_0 [exp (intlimits_{300}^T {α dT)]} . The temperature dependence of the pressure derivative of the bulk modulus (K'1) is estimated by using the shock-wave data. For tungsten the data are K'0 = 3.5434, K'1 = 0.032; for MgO K'0 = 4.17 and K'1 = 0.1667. For calculating the Gibbs free energy of a solid at high pressure and at temperatures beyond that of melting at 1 atmosphere, it is necessary to define a high-temperature reference state for the fictive solid.

  1. Magnesium Vacancy Segregation and Fast Pipe Diffusion for the ½<110>{110} Edge Dislocation in MgO

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    Walker, A. M.; Zhang, F.; Wright, K.; Gale, J. D.

    2009-12-01

    The movement of point defects in minerals plays a key role in determining their rheological properties, both by permitting diffusional creep and by allowing recovery by dislocation climb. Point defect diffusion can also control the kinetics of phase transitions and grain growth, and can determine the rate of chemical equilibration between phases. Because of this, and the difficulties associated with experimental studies of diffusion, the simulation of point defect formation and migration has been a subject of considerable interest in computational mineral physics. So far, studies have concentrated on point defects moving through otherwise perfect crystals. In this work we examine the behavior of magnesium vacancies close to the core of an edge dislocation in MgO and find that the dislocation dramatically changes the behavior of the point defect. An atomic scale model of the ½<110>{110} edge dislocation in MgO was constructed by applying the anisotropic linear elastic displacement field to the crystal structure and subsequently minimizing the energy of the crystal close to the dislocation core using a parameterized potential model. This process yielded the structure of an isolated edge dislocation in an otherwise perfect crystal. The energy cost associated with introducing magnesium vacancies around the dislocation was then mapped and compared to the formation energy of an isolated magnesium vacancy in bulk MgO. We find that the formation energy of magnesium vacancies around the dislocation mirrors the elastic strain field. Above the dislocation line σxx and σyy are negative and the strain field is compressional. Atoms are squeezed together to make room for the extra half plane effectively increasing the pressure in this region. Below the dislocation line σxx and σyy are positive and the strain field is dilatational. Planes of atoms are pulled apart to avoid a discontinuity across the glide plane and the effective pressure is decreased. In the region with a

  2. Sputtered Thallium-Barium Superconducting Thin Films

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    Wu, Changyao

    Thin films, a necessary form of materials for most sensors and electronic applications, of Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu -O have been studied. The samples were prepared by the precursor method. Precursor films of Ba-Ca-Cu-O were first deposited on the single crystal substrates of MgO, LaAlO _3, and SrTiO_3 by rf-magnetron sputtering. The following heat-treatment facilitated the incorporation of thallium into the precursor films and proper phase formation. Processing variables were systematically studied and the resulting films were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Superconducting microbridges patterned by photolithography and wet chemical etching were used for R-T and I-V characteristics measurements. The resistive broadening of superconducting transition under magnetic fields was discussed in the framework of Anderson -Kim flux-creep theory. The activation energy for the flux -creep appears to be of functional form rm U_{o}~(1-T/ rm T_{c})/B^{1/2}. .

  3. Solidification/stabilisation of electric arc furnace waste using low grade MgO.

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    Cubukcuoglu, B; Ouki, S K

    2012-02-01

    This study aims to evaluate the potential of low grade MgO (LGMgO) for the stabilisation/solidification (S/S) of heavy metals in steel electric arc furnace wastes. Relevant characteristics such as setting time, unconfined compressive strength (UCS) and leaching behaviour assessed by acid neutralisation capacity (ANC), monolithic and granular leaching tests were examined in light of the UK landfill Waste Acceptance Criteria (WAC) for disposal. The results demonstrated that all studied mix designs with Portland cement type 1 (CEM1) and LGMgO, CEM1-LGMgO 1:2 and 1:4 at 40% and 70% waste addition met the WAC requirements by means of UCS, initial and final setting times and consistence. Most of the ANC results met the WAC limits where the threshold pH values without acid additions were stable and between 11.9 and 12.2 at 28d. Granular leaching results indicate fixation of most of the metals at all mix ratios. An optimum ratio was obtained at CEM1-LGMgO 1:4 at 40% waste additions where none of the metals leaching exceeded the WAC limits and hence may be considered for landfill disposal. The monolithic leaching test results showed that LGMgO performed satisfactorily with respect to S/S of Zn, as the metal component present at the highest concentration level in the waste exhibited very little leaching and passed the leaching test requirement at all mix ratios studied. However, its performance with respect to Pb, Cd and Cr was less effective in reducing their leaching suggesting a higher cumulative rate under those leaching regimes.

  4. Ligand-free osmium clusters supported on MgO. A density functional study

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    Goellner, J.F.; Neyman, K.M.; Mayer, M.; Noertemann, F.; Gates, B.C.; Roesch, N.

    2000-03-21

    The interactions of Os{sub 4}, Os{sub 5}, and Os{sub 5}C clusters with various sites of a MgO(001) support were investigated theoretically with the aid of a scalar-relativistic density functional cluster model method. Adsorption geometries of C{sub 4{upsilon}} clusters centered above a magnesium cation and the Os atoms oriented either to the nearest surface oxygen anions (A) or between them (B) were considered. The influence of surface V{sub s} and V{sub s}{sup 2{minus}} defects on the adsorption of the clusters was also investigated. The calculated base Os-Os distances in supported Os{sub 5} and Os{sub 5}C square-pyramidal clusters are at most 0.1 {angstrom} longer (2.5--2.6{angstrom}) than the values calculated for the corresponding free osmium cluster but about 0.4{angstrom} (or more) shorter than the values determined by EXAFS spectroscopy for MgO-powder-supported clusters formed by decarbonylation of [Os{sub 5}C(CO){sub 14}]{sup 2{minus}} and shown to retains the Os{sub 5}C frame. The experimental Os-Os distances characterizing the supported clusters are close to the experimental and calculated bond lengths for coordinatively saturated osmium carbonyl clusters; the result favors the suggestion that the supported clusters characterized by EXAFS spectroscopy were not entirely ligand-free. The models reported here are inferred to be too simplified to capture all the pertinent structural details of MgO-powder-supported osmium clusters, but they are sufficient to indicate a significant role of defect sites in the adsorption of supported osmium clusters and, the authors infer, other transition metal clusters.

  5. Microstructure of Thin Films

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    1990-02-07

    optical properties ." (Final text in preparation). John Lehan, "Microstructural analysis of thin films by Rutherford Backscattering...correlation of optical properties and micro- Ion assisted deposition (IAD) is known to produce structure of IAD thin films with ion beam parameters thin films ...1.5-eV interband absorption. P (eV) R (%) P (, -V) R %) Optical properties of metal thin films in the spectral 0 98.3 0 88.8 range of

  6. FeO2/MgO(1 0 0) supported cluster: Computational pursual for a low-cost and low-temperature CO nanocatalyst

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    Zamora, A. Y.; Reveles, J. U.; Mejia-Olvera, R.; Baruah, T.; Zope, R. R.

    2014-09-01

    CO oxidation of only 0.23 eV.Regarding the CO catalytic activity of iron oxide species at low-temperatures, it has been experimentally observed that thin oxide films on metals may indeed exhibit greatly enhanced catalytic activity compared to the underlying metal substrate under the same conditions [24]. In addition to the above studies, low temperature CO oxidation over Ag supported ultrathin MgO films was recently reported [17]. In this case, the activation barrier (0.7 eV) resulted lower than the corresponding barrier of CO oxidation on Pt(1 1 1) of 0.9 eV. The gas phase reaction (½O2 + CO → CO2) was calculated to present an overall exothermicity of 3.2 eV. Importantly, this study showed the possibility to generate a catalyst in which the CO adsorption energy of only 0.4 eV is low enough to prevent CO poisoning, therefore enabling a low temperature CO oxidation route, and addressing the cold start problem [25].Despite the above mentioned studies, the development of active and stable catalysts, without noble metals, for low-temperature CO oxidation under an ambient atmosphere remains a significant challenge. Earlier reports, as mentioned above, indicate that the Fe2O3 is the most active iron oxide surface toward CO oxidation at high temperatures (∼300 °C) [8]. Furthermore, a number of theoretical and experimental cluster studies have also shown that selected iron oxide compositions and charge states are the most reactive toward CO oxidation, i.e. FeO2, Fe2O3, FeO2- Fe2O3- FeO+, FeO2+, Fe2O+, Fe2O2+ and Fe2O3+[26,27].The aim of the proposed work is to carry out a detailed investigation that will provide information about the electronic, geometrical, and catalytic properties of the iron oxide FeO2 cluster adsorbed on defect-free MgO(1 0 0) surfaces on the quest for a low-cost and low-temperature CO nano-catalysts. Note that thin oxide films have been found more active at low temperature [24] as compared to the iron oxide surfaces [14]. Our objective is to show

  7. Pyrolyzed thin film carbon

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    Tai, Yu-Chong (Inventor); Liger, Matthieu (Inventor); Harder, Theodore (Inventor); Konishi, Satoshi (Inventor); Miserendino, Scott (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    A method of making carbon thin films comprises depositing a catalyst on a substrate, depositing a hydrocarbon in contact with the catalyst and pyrolyzing the hydrocarbon. A method of controlling a carbon thin film density comprises etching a cavity into a substrate, depositing a hydrocarbon into the cavity, and pyrolyzing the hydrocarbon while in the cavity to form a carbon thin film. Controlling a carbon thin film density is achieved by changing the volume of the cavity. Methods of making carbon containing patterned structures are also provided. Carbon thin films and carbon containing patterned structures can be used in NEMS, MEMS, liquid chromatography, and sensor devices.

  8. Increase of Compact Bone Thickness in Rat Tibia after Implanting MgO into the Bone Marrow Cavity

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    Nygren, Håkan; Chaudhry, Mobina; Gustafsson, Stefan; Kjeller, Göran; Malmberg, Per; Johansson, Kjell-Erik

    2014-01-01

    The effect of implanting MgO paste into the bone marrow of rat tibia, was studied by light microscopy, time of flight-secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS), and environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM), and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis. After three weeks of implantation, the thickness of compact bone increased by 25% compared to sham-operated controls, while no effect was seen on the trabecular bone. In order to further elucidate the mechanism of the Mg-induced increase in bone mass, EDX and ToF-SIMS analysis of the bone samples was made at two weeks. At this time-point, no detectable difference in the thickness of the compact bone in Mg-treated and non-treated animals was observed. The Mg-content of the bone marrow and bone tissue of the Mg-exposed animals did not differ from that of sham-operated controls, implying that there are no traces of the implanted MgO when the mass of compact bone increases, between two and three weeks after surgery. The ratio of Mg/Ca content was higher in the bone of Mg-treated animals, indicating an altered structure of the bone mineral, which was confirmed by the ToF-SIMS analysis, showing increased levels of MgCO3, phosphate ions and CaF in the bone of MgO-exposed animals. Possible cellular activities behind the effect of MgO on compact bone thickness are discussed. PMID:25215425

  9. Comparing van der Waals DFT methods for water on NaCl(001) and MgO(001)

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    Kebede, Getachew G.; Spângberg, Daniel; Mitev, Pavlin D.; Broqvist, Peter; Hermansson, Kersti

    2017-02-01

    In this work, a range of van der Waals type density functionals are applied to the H2O/NaCl(001) and H2O/MgO(001) interface systems to explore the effect of an explicit dispersion treatment. The functionals we use are the self-consistent vdW functionals vdW-DF, vdW-DF2, optPBE-vdW, optB88-vdW, optB86b-vdW, and vdW-DF-cx, as well as the dispersion-corrected PBE-TS and PBE-D2 methods; they are all compared with the standard PBE functional. For both NaCl(001) and MgO(001), we find that the dispersion-flavoured functionals stabilize the water-surface interface by approximately 20%-40% compared to the PBE results. For NaCl(001), where the water molecules remain intact for all overlayers, the dominant contribution to the adsorption energy from "density functional theory dispersion" stems from the water-surface interactions rather than the water-water interactions. The optPBE-vdW and vdW-DF-cx functionals yield adsorption energies in good agreement with available experimental values for both NaCl and MgO. To probe the strengths of the perturbations of the adsorbed water molecules, we also calculated water dipole moments and found an increase up to 85% for water at the MgO(001) surface and 70% at the NaCl(001) surface, compared to the gas-phase dipole moment.

  10. The effect of CuO and MgO impurities on the optical properties of lithium potassium borate glass

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    Mustafa Alajerami, Yasser Saleh; Hashim, Suhairul; Saridan Wan Hassan, Wan Muhamad; Ramli, Ahmad Termizi

    2012-07-01

    Previous study proved the efficiency of copper as one of the most luminescent activators. In this work, Li2CO3-K2CO3-H3BO3 (LKB) glasses co-doped with copper oxide (CuO) and magnesium oxide (MgO) have been prepared by chemical quenching technique. Two techniques have been applied to investigate the effect of co-dopants on the physical and optical properties of the new glass network. The X-ray Diffraction (XRD) results showed the amorphous nature of the sample. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra, energy band gap, density, ion concentration, molar volume, Polaron radius and inter-nuclear distance have been analyzed in the light of the different oxidation states of co-doped ions in the glass matrix. The exchange in the concentration of magnesium and copper ions illustrated the great effect of magnesium as a co-dopant on the Photoluminescence (PL) emission of LKB doped with copper oxide. Due to the change in the copper concentration, a broad green emission with intensity of around 300 (a.u) has been observed. Enhancement of about three times has been shown with the increment of 0.1 mol% of CuO and MgO as a co-dopant technique. It is well known that magnesium oxide alone does not show strong-luminescence, but during this increment, MgO acted as activator (co-dopant) for Cu ions. This enhancement may contribute to the energy transfer from Mg2+ ions to monovalent Cu+ ion. The current results are discussed and compared with other related studies.

  11. Comparing van der Waals DFT methods for water on NaCl(001) and MgO(001).

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    Kebede, Getachew G; Spångberg, Daniel; Mitev, Pavlin D; Broqvist, Peter; Hermansson, Kersti

    2017-02-14

    In this work, a range of van der Waals type density functionals are applied to the H2O/NaCl(001) and H2O/MgO(001) interface systems to explore the effect of an explicit dispersion treatment. The functionals we use are the self-consistent vdW functionals vdW-DF, vdW-DF2, optPBE-vdW, optB88-vdW, optB86b-vdW, and vdW-DF-cx, as well as the dispersion-corrected PBE-TS and PBE-D2 methods; they are all compared with the standard PBE functional. For both NaCl(001) and MgO(001), we find that the dispersion-flavoured functionals stabilize the water-surface interface by approximately 20%-40% compared to the PBE results. For NaCl(001), where the water molecules remain intact for all overlayers, the dominant contribution to the adsorption energy from "density functional theory dispersion" stems from the water-surface interactions rather than the water-water interactions. The optPBE-vdW and vdW-DF-cx functionals yield adsorption energies in good agreement with available experimental values for both NaCl and MgO. To probe the strengths of the perturbations of the adsorbed water molecules, we also calculated water dipole moments and found an increase up to 85% for water at the MgO(001) surface and 70% at the NaCl(001) surface, compared to the gas-phase dipole moment.

  12. Effects of MgO buffer annealing on optical and electrical quality of P-MBE grown ZnO films on c-sapphire

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    Setiawan, A.; Yao, T.

    2016-04-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) has been attracting much attention because of its potential applications in photonic and optoelectronic devices. In this present study, we investigated the effect of MgO buffer annealing on the optical and electrical quality of P-MBE grown ZnO films on c-sapphire with MgO buffer layer. The optical quality was observed by low-temperature PL (photoluminescence) measurement in the near band edge emission region measured at 10K and at 77K. The emission line located at 3.368eV dominates the spectrum in both samples (ZnO with and without MgO buffer annealing) at 10K and 77K. This emission can be divided into two peaks, 3.367eV and 3.363eV and assigned as I2 (ionized donor bound excitons emission) and I4 (Hydrogen donor related emission), respectively. The relative intensity of these donor bound exactions to free exaction emission of the sample without MgO buffer annealing is greater than that of the sample with MgO buffer annealing. Comparison of the PL spectra of ZnO with and without annealing revealed that the intensity of free exciton emission from the sample with MgO buffer annealing is twice of that from the sample without annealing. We also found that the intensity of deep-level broad emission is reduced by about 1/3 by MgO-buffer annealing. Hence, the decrease of deep level emission intensity and the increase of free exciton emission intensity by annealing of MgO buffer corresponds to the reduction of defects of the ZnO film. The PL properties also suggest that there are fewer nonradiative recombination centers in ZnO layers with MgO buffer annealing than those in ZnO layers grown without MgO buffer annealing. The electrical quality was measured by room temperature Hall measurements. We found that the samples have a background n-type carrier concentration. The ZnO samples with MgO buffer annealing has a carrier concentration of 1.17×1017 cm-3 and Hall mobility of 120 cm2/V.s, while the ZnO sample without MgO buffer annealing has a carrier

  13. Growth of monocrystalline Cu(1 1 1) films on MgO(1 1 1) by pulsed laser deposition

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    Aweke, F.; Antoni, F.; Hulik, J.; Morvan, G.; Speisser, C.; Veis, P.; Le Normand, F.

    2015-05-01

    Copper (Cu) films with a minimal thickness of 300 nm were grown on MgO(1 1 1) substrates in high vacuum by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) at various temperatures to achieve a single crystal Cu film with flat terraces without grain boundaries. We investigated the effect of the substrate temperature, the pulse repetition rate, the deposition time and the laser fluence. A temperature threshold is observed above which the growth mode is changed from a uniform flat mode to a three dimensional mode. A combined process involving a germination step at moderate temperature followed by a growth step at higher temperature yields a 450 nm almost continuous film.

  14. Electrical Properties of Sol-Gel MgO - ZrO2 Insulation Coatings under Compression for Magnet Technology

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    Cakiroglu, O.; Arda, L.; Aslanoglu, Z.; Akin, Y.; Dur, O.; Kaplan, A.; Hascicek, Y. S.

    2004-06-01

    The high temperature compatible MgO - ZrO2 insulation coatings were applied on Stainless-Steel-304 (SS) ribbons by sol-gel process for magnet technologies. SS ribbons did not considerably oxidize, even though the coating process occurs in an oxidation atmosphere. Electrical properties of the samples such as high voltage breakdown (HVbd), electrical strength and dielectric constant under varying stress, at Room Temperature (RT) and 77 K were investigated. The measurements were carried out with and without epoxy impregnation. Surface morphologies of insulated samples were examined by using Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope (ESEM), after high voltage breakdown test.

  15. Preparation and properties of amorphous MgB2/MgO superstructures: A new model disordered superconductor

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    Siemons, W.

    2010-04-05

    In this paper we introduce a novel method for fabricating MgB{sub 2}/MgO multilayers and demonstrate the potential for using them as a new model for disordered superconductors. In this approach we control the annealing of the MgB{sub 2} to yield an interesting new class of disordered (amorphous) superconductors with relatively high transition temperatures. The multilayers appear to exhibit quasi-two-dimensional superconductivity with controlled anisotropy. We discuss the properties of the multilayers as the thickness of the components of the bilayers vary.

  16. Synthesis and Study of Optical properties of MgO based TM oxide (TM=Cu, Mn and Zn) nanocomposites

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    Tamizh Selvi, K.; Alamelumangai, K.; Priya, M.; Rathnakumari, M.; Kumar, P. Suresh; Sagadevan, Suresh

    2016-11-01

    A nanocomposite of MgO based transition metal (TM) oxide (TM=Zn, Mn, and Cu) was synthesized using sol-gel method. The powder x-ray diffraction confirmed the phase purity and particle size. The surface morphology and elemental composition were examined by High resolution scanning electron microscopy and energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. The change in optical band gap of the synthesized nanocomposites, by increasing the Mg content was determined using UV-vis spectra and the luminescent properties were analyzed using photoluminescence spectra.

  17. Electrical Properties of Sol-Gel MgO - ZrO2 Insulation Coatings under Compression for Magnet Technology

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    Cakiroglu, O.; Arda, L.; Aslanoglu, Z.; Dur, O.; Hascicek, Y.S.; Akin, Y.; Kaplan, A.

    2004-06-28

    The high temperature compatible MgO - ZrO2 insulation coatings were applied on Stainless-Steel-304 (SS) ribbons by sol-gel process for magnet technologies. SS ribbons did not considerably oxidize, even though the coating process occurs in an oxidation atmosphere. Electrical properties of the samples such as high voltage breakdown (HVbd), electrical strength and dielectric constant under varying stress, at Room Temperature (RT) and 77 K were investigated. The measurements were carried out with and without epoxy impregnation. Surface morphologies of insulated samples were examined by using Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope (ESEM), after high voltage breakdown test.

  18. A model for the computation of thermal expansivity at high compression and high temperatures - MGO as an example

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    Anderson, Orson L.; Oda, Hitoshi; Isaak, Donald

    1992-10-01

    The value of the thermal expansivity, alpha, over a wide range of compression, eta, and temperature is computed. Values of alpha for MgO over V,P,T conditions including those of the earth's lower mantle are suggested using a simple equation relating alpha to eta along isochores. The ab initio database is used to evaluate the parameters in the equation. The thermal expansivity is found to vary from about 1.40 alpha(a) to 0.40 alpha(a) along a geotherm through the upper and lower mantle, where alpha(a) is alpha at ambient conditions.

  19. Organic-inorganic interface-induced multi-fluorescence of MgO nanocrystal clusters and their applications in cellular imaging.

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    Xie, Shuifen; Bao, Shixiong; Ouyang, Junjie; Zhou, Xi; Kuang, Qin; Xie, Zhaoxiong; Zheng, Lansun

    2014-04-25

    Surface functionalization of inorganic nanomaterials through chemical binding of organic ligands on the surface unsaturated atoms, forming unique organic-inorganic interfaces, is a powerful approach for creating special functions for inorganic nanomaterials. Herein, we report the synthesis of hierarchical MgO nanocrystal clusters (NCs) with an organic-inorganic interface induced multi-fluorescence and their application as new alternative labels for cellular imaging. The synthetic method was established by a dissolution and regrowth process with the assistance of carboxylic acid, in which the as-prepared MgO NCs were modified with carboxylic groups at the coordinatively unsaturated atoms of the surface. By introducing acetic acid to partially replace oleic acid in the reaction, the optical absorption of the produced MgO NCs was progressively engineered from the UV to the visible region. Importantly, with wider and continuous absorption profile, those MgO NCs presented bright and tunable multicolor emissions from blue-violet to green and yellow, with the highest absolute quantum yield up to (33±1) %. The overlap for the energy levels of the inorganic-organic interface and low-coordinated states stimulated a unique fluorescence resonance energy transfer phenomenon. Considering the potential application in cellular imaging, such multi-fluorescent MgO NCs were further encapsulated with a silica shell to improve the water solubility and stability. As expected, the as-formed MgO@SiO2 NCs possessed great biocompatibility and high performance in cellular imaging.

  20. Preferential activation of primary C-H bonds in the reactions of small alkanes with the diatomic MgO(+*) cation.

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    Schröder, Detlef; Roithová, Jana; Alikhani, Esmail; Kwapien, Karolina; Sauer, Joachim

    2010-04-06

    The C-H bond activation of small alkanes by the gaseous MgO(+*) cation is probed by mass spectrometric means. In addition to H-atom abstraction from methane, the MgO(+*) cation reacts with ethane, propane, n- and iso-butane through several pathways, which can all be assigned to the occurrence of initial C-H bond activations. Specifically, the formal C-C bond cleavages observed are assigned to C-H bond activation as the first step, followed by cleavage of a beta-C-C bond concomitant with release of the corresponding alkyl radical. Kinetic modeling of the observed product distributions reveals a high preference of MgO(+*) for the attack of primary C-H bonds. This feature represents a notable distinction of the main-group metal oxide MgO(+*) from various transition-metal oxide cations, which show a clear preference for the attack of secondary C-H bonds. The results of complementary theoretical calculations indicate that the C-H bond activation of larger alkanes by the MgO(+*) cation is subject to pronounced kinetic control.

  1. Building of CoFe2/CoFe2O4/MgO architectures: Structure, magnetism and surface functionalized by TiO2

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    Wang, M.; Ma, Y. Q.; Sun, X.; Geng, B. Q.; Wu, M. Z.; Zheng, G. H.; Dai, Z. X.

    2017-01-01

    Well-dispersed uniform CoFe2O4 nanoparticles were prepared and then coated by MgO through thermal decomposition of a metal-organic salt in organic solvent. Then CoFe2O4/MgO were reduced in a H2/N2 mixture gas and subsequently oxidized in an ambient atmosphere in order to build CoFe2/CoFe2O4/MgO architectures with high magnetization, good chemical stability and dispersivity, which are useful in some practical applications. MgO can be dissolved by the HCl solution. The surfaces of CoFe2O4, CoFe2/MgO, CoFe2 and CoFe2/CoFe2O4 magnetic particles were functionalized by TiO2 to prepare the magnetically separable photocatalysts. The rattle-type particles were obtained without the assistance of template and etchant. The photocatalytic activity of these photocatalysts in degradation of methylene blue and the magnetic separability were investigated: The nanosheet-shaped TiO2 and rattle-type particles exhibited good photocatalytic performance; The highest degradation efficiency reaches 93% for the CoFe2/TiO2 sample which has the highest magnetization value of 42 emu/g, beneficial for the recovery of catalyst after degradation.

  2. Controlled co-deposition of FePt nanoparticles embedded in MgO: a detailed investigation of structure and electronic and magnetic properties

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    D'Addato, S.; Grillo, V.; di Bona, A.; Luches, P.; Frabboni, S.; Valeri, S.; Lupo, P.; Casoli, F.; Albertini, F.

    2013-12-01

    Films of FePt nanoparticles (NPs) embedded in MgO were obtained by controlled co-deposition of FePt NPs pre-formed by a gas aggregation source and of Mg evaporated in an oxygen atmosphere. Assemblies of core-shell FePt@MgO NPs and films of FePt NPs embedded in MgO matrix could be obtained by varying FePt and Mg deposition rates. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high resolution-TEM revealed the core-shell structure of the NPs, with an FePt core (of average diameter = 4.75 nm) presenting a multitwinned icosahedral structure, and MgO partially in crystalline form. The functional effect of the MgO shell in shielding the FePt core from external oxidation was shown with XPS. Upon controlled annealing, a transition from A1 to L10 ordering could be obtained, with structural and morphological re-arrangement. The magnetic hysteresis loops obtained from alternating gradient field magnetometry at room temperature show a ‘wasp-waist’ shape, with small values of coercive field (Hc = 300-1400 Oe), decreasing at increasing amounts of co-deposited MgO.

  3. Controlled co-deposition of FePt nanoparticles embedded in MgO: a detailed investigation of structure and electronic and magnetic properties.

    PubMed

    D'Addato, S; Grillo, V; di Bona, A; Luches, P; Frabboni, S; Valeri, S; Lupo, P; Casoli, F; Albertini, F

    2013-12-13

    Films of FePt nanoparticles (NPs) embedded in MgO were obtained by controlled co-deposition of FePt NPs pre-formed by a gas aggregation source and of Mg evaporated in an oxygen atmosphere. Assemblies of core-shell FePt@MgO NPs and films of FePt NPs embedded in MgO matrix could be obtained by varying FePt and Mg deposition rates. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high resolution-TEM revealed the core-shell structure of the NPs, with an FePt core (of average diameter (d) = 4.75 nm) presenting a multitwinned icosahedral structure, and MgO partially in crystalline form. The functional effect of the MgO shell in shielding the FePt core from external oxidation was shown with XPS. Upon controlled annealing, a transition from A1 to L10 ordering could be obtained, with structural and morphological re-arrangement. The magnetic hysteresis loops obtained from alternating gradient field magnetometry at room temperature show a 'wasp-waist' shape, with small values of coercive field (Hc = 300-1400 Oe), decreasing at increasing amounts of co-deposited MgO.

  4. Investigation on the efficiency and mechanism of Cd(II) and Pb(II) removal from aqueous solutions using MgO nanoparticles.

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    Xiong, Chunmei; Wang, Wei; Tan, Fatang; Luo, Fan; Chen, Jianguo; Qiao, Xueliao

    2015-12-15

    In this study, the removal of Cd(II) and Pb(II) from aqueous solutions using MgO nanoparticles prepared by a simple sol-gel method was investigated. The efficiency of Cd(II) and Pb(II) removal was examined through batch adsorption experiments. For the single adsorption of Cd(II) and Pb(II), The adsorption kinetics and isotherm data obeyed well Pseudo-second-order and Langmuir models, indicating the monolayer chemisorption of heavy metal ions. The maximum adsorption capacities calculated by Langmuir equation were 2294 mg/g for Cd(II) and 2614 mg/g for Pb(II), respectively. The adsorption process was controlled simultaneously by external mass transfer and intraparticle diffusion. In the binary system, a competitive adsorption was observed, showing preference of adsorption followed Pb(II) >Cd(II). Significantly, the elution experiments confirmed that neither Cd(II) nor Pb(II) could be greatly desorbed after water washing even for five times. XRD and XPS measurements revealed the mechanism of Cd(II) and Pb(II) removal by MgO nanoparticles was mainly involved in precipitation and adsorption on the surface of MgO, resulting from the interaction between active sites of MgO and heavy metal ions. Easy preparation, remarkable removal efficiency and firmly adsorptive ability make the MgO nanoparticles to be an efficient material in the treatment of heavy metal-contaminated water.

  5. Nanostructure and strain effects in active thin films for novel electronic device applications

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    Yuan, Zheng

    2007-12-01

    There are many potential applications of ferroelectric thin films that take advantage of their unique dielectric and piezoelectric properties, such as tunable microwave devices and thin-film active sensors for structural health monitoring (SHM). However, many technical issues still restrict practical applications of ferroelectric thin films, including high insertion loss, limited figure of merit, soft mode effect, large temperature coefficients, and others. The main theme of this thesis is the advanced technique developments, and the new ferroelectric thin films syntheses and investigations for novel device applications. A novel method of additional doping has been adopted to (Ba,Sr)TiO 3 (BSTO) thin films on MgO. By introducing 2% Mn into the stoichiometric BSTO, Mn:BSTO thin films have shown a greatly enhanced dielectric tunability and a reduced insertion loss at high frequencies (10-30 GHz). A new record of a large tunability of 80% with a high dielectric constant of 3800 and an extra low dielectric loss of 0.001 at 1 MHz at room-temperature was achieved. Meanwhile, the new highly epitaxial ferroelectric (Pb,Sr)TiO3 (PSTO) thin films have been synthesized on (001) MgO substrates. PSTO films demonstrated excellent high frequency dielectric properties with high dielectric constants above 1420 and large dielectric tunabilities above 34% at room-temperature up to 20 GHz. In addition, a smaller temperature coefficient from 80 K to 300 K was observed in PSTO films compared to BSTO films. These results indicate that the Mn:BSTO and PSTO films are both good candidates for developing room-temperature tunable microwave devices. Furthermore, crystalline ferroelectric BaTiO3 (BTO) thin films have been deposited directly on metal substrate Ni through a unique in-situ substrate pre-oxidation treatment. The highly oriented nanopillar structural BTO films were grown on the buffered layers created by the pre-oxidation treatment. No interdiffusion or reaction was observed at the

  6. Boron segregation in crystallized MgO/amorphous-Co40Fe40B20 thin films

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    You, C. Y.; Ohkubo, T.; Takahashi, Y. K.; Hono, K.

    2008-08-01

    We have investigated the crystallization process of an amorphous Co40Fe40B20 ribbon and a MgO/amorphous-Co40Fe40B20 thin film to simulate the segregation of B in the magnetic tunneling junctions that use CoFeB ferromagnetic electrodes and a MgO tunneling barrier. Both types of samples show the same crystallization sequence: a primary crystallization of bcc-FeCo from an amorphous precursor followed by boride crystallization at a higher annealing temperature. Three-dimensional atom probe analysis has shown that very little boron is dissolved in the bcc-FeCo crystals (˜1 at. %). A transmission electron microscopy observation of an annealed MgO/Co40Fe40B20 bilayer thin film has shown clear evidence of MgO serving as heterogeneous nucleation sites for bcc-FeCo grains. Energy filtering transmission electron microscopy has shown strong boron segregation at the MgO/FeCo interface after the crystallization of the MgO/amorphous-Co40Fe40B20 bilayer film.

  7. Optical and mechanical properties of MgO crystals implanted with lithium ions

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    Savoini, B.; Cáceres, D.; Vergara, I.; González, R.; da Silva, R. C.; Alves, E.; Chen, Y.

    2004-03-01

    Defect profile induced by implantation of Li+ ions with an energy of 175 keV and a fluence of 1×1017ions/cm2 in MgO single crystals was characterized by Rutherford backscattering and optical absorption measurements. Several absorption bands at 5.0, 3.49, 2.16, and 1.27 eV, identical to those found in neutron irradiated crystals, were observed and have been previously associated with oxygen vacancies and higher-order point defects involving oxygen vacancies. Despite the high fluence of Li+ ions, no evidence was found for the formation of Li nanocolloids during implantation. Nanoindentation experiments demonstrated that both the hardness and Young's modulus were higher in the implanted layer than in the sample before implantation. The maximum values were H=(17.4±0.4) and E=(358±9) GPa, respectively, at a contact depth of ≈165 nm. Thermal annealings in flowing argon at increasing temperatures improved the crystalline quality of the implanted layer. After annealing at 500 K, two extinction bands at ≈2.75 and 3.80 eV emerged. These bands are attributed to Mie scattering from metallic lithium nanocolloids with either a face-centered- or a body-centered-cubic structure. The latter band was almost absent by 950 K. The former reached a maximum intensity after the thermal treatment at 1050 K and disappeared by 1250 K. The behavior of these bands can be satisfactorily explained by the Maxwell-Garnett theory. The decrease in hardening cannot be correlated with the thermal destruction of the absorption bands at 5.0, 3.49, 2.16, and 1.27 eV, but rather with the annihilation of both lithium and oxygen interstitials. Lithium outdiffusion from the implanted region takes place at temperatures of ≈1100 K. It is concluded that the hardening observed in the implanted region was primarily due to the extraordinarily large concentration of both lithium and oxygen interstitials.

  8. High rate buffer layer for IBAD MgO coated conductors

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    Foltyn, Stephen R.; Jia, Quanxi; Arendt, Paul N.

    2007-08-21

    Articles are provided including a base substrate having a layer of an oriented material thereon, and, a layer of hafnium oxide upon the layer of an oriented material. The layer of hafnium oxide can further include a secondary oxide such as cerium oxide, yttrium oxide, lanthanum oxide, scandium oxide, calcium oxide and magnesium oxide. Such articles can further include thin films of high temperature superconductive oxides such as YBCO upon the layer of hafnium oxide or layer of hafnium oxide and secondary oxide.

  9. Nanowires of Fe/multi-walled carbon nanotubes and nanometric thin films of Fe/MgO

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    Newman, Alexander; Khatiwada, Suman; Neupane, Suman; Seifu, Dereje

    2015-04-14

    We observed that nanowires of Fe grown in the lumens of multi-walled carbon nanotubes required four times higher magnetic field strength to reach saturation compared to planar nanometric thin films of Fe on MgO(100). Nanowires of Fe and nanometric thin films of Fe both exhibited two fold magnetic symmetries. Structural and magnetic properties of 1-dimensional nanowires and 2-dimensional nanometric films were studied by several magnetometery techniques. The θ-2θ x-ray diffraction measurements showed that a (200) peak of Fe appeared on thin film samples deposited at higher substrate temperatures. In these samples prepared at higher temperatures, lower coercive field and highly pronounced two-fold magnetic symmetry were observed. Our results show that maximum magnetocrystalline anisotropy occurred for sample deposited at 100 °C and it decreased at higher deposition temperatures.

  10. Metallic transport and large anomalous Hall effect at room temperature in ferrimagnetic Mn{sub 4}N epitaxial thin film

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    Shen, Xi; Shigematsu, Kei; Chikamatsu, Akira Fukumura, Tomoteru; Hirose, Yasushi; Hasegawa, Tetsuya

    2014-08-18

    We report the electrical transport properties of ferrimagnetic Mn{sub 4}N (001) epitaxial thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition on MgO (001) substrates. The Mn{sub 4}N thin films were tetragonally distorted with a ratio of out-of-plane to in-plane lattice constants of 0.987 and showed perpendicular magnetic anisotropy with an effective magnetic anisotropy constant of 0.16 MJ/m{sup 3}, which is comparable with that of a recently reported molecular-beam-epitaxy-grown film. The thin films exhibited metallic transport with a room temperature resistivity of 125 μΩ cm in addition to a large anomalous Hall effect with a Hall angle tangent of 0.023.

  11. Metallic transport and large anomalous Hall effect at room temperature in ferrimagnetic Mn4N epitaxial thin film

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    Shen, Xi; Chikamatsu, Akira; Shigematsu, Kei; Hirose, Yasushi; Fukumura, Tomoteru; Hasegawa, Tetsuya

    2014-08-01

    We report the electrical transport properties of ferrimagnetic Mn4N (001) epitaxial thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition on MgO (001) substrates. The Mn4N thin films were tetragonally distorted with a ratio of out-of-plane to in-plane lattice constants of 0.987 and showed perpendicular magnetic anisotropy with an effective magnetic anisotropy constant of 0.16 MJ/m3, which is comparable with that of a recently reported molecular-beam-epitaxy-grown film. The thin films exhibited metallic transport with a room temperature resistivity of 125 μΩ cm in addition to a large anomalous Hall effect with a Hall angle tangent of 0.023.

  12. Structure determination of thin CoFe films by anomalous x-ray diffraction

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    Gloskovskii, Andrei; Stryganyuk, Gregory; Ouardi, Siham; Fecher, Gerhard H.; Felser, Claudia; Hamrle, Jaroslav; Pistora, Jaromir; Bosu, Subrojati; Saito, Kesami; Sakuraba, Yuya; Takanashi, Koki

    2012-10-01

    This work reports on the investigation of structure-property relationships in thin CoFe films grown on MgO. Because of the very similar scattering factors of Fe and Co, it is not possible to distinguish the random A2 (W-type) structure from the ordered B2 (CsCl-type) structure with commonly used x-ray sources. Synchrotron radiation based anomalous x-ray diffraction overcomes this problem. It is shown that as grown thin films and 300 K post annealed films exhibit the A2 structure with a random distribution of Co and Fe. In contrast, films annealed at 400 K adopt the ordered B2 structure.

  13. Pulsed laser deposition of air-sensitive hydride epitaxial thin films: LiH

    SciTech Connect

    Oguchi, Hiroyuki; Isobe, Shigehito; Kuwano, Hiroki; Shiraki, Susumu; Hitosugi, Taro; Orimo, Shin-ichi

    2015-09-01

    We report on the epitaxial thin film growth of an air-sensitive hydride, lithium hydride (LiH), using pulsed laser deposition (PLD). We first synthesized a dense LiH target, which is key for PLD growth of high-quality hydride films. Then, we obtained epitaxial thin films of [100]-oriented LiH on a MgO(100) substrate at 250 °C under a hydrogen pressure of 1.3 × 10{sup −2} Pa. Atomic force microscopy revealed that the film demonstrates a Stranski-Krastanov growth mode and that the film with a thickness of ∼10 nm has a good surface flatness, with root-mean-square roughness R{sub RMS} of ∼0.4 nm.

  14. Electrical properties of Y-Ba-Na-Cu-O high Tc superconductors thin films

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    Verdyan, A.; Lapsker, I.; Azoulay, J.; Sackler, Raymond; Sackler, Beverly

    1993-04-01

    Y-Ba-Na-Cu-O high Tc superconductors thin films deposited on MgO substrate by resistive evaporation technique were found to have improved electrical properties as compared to pure Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films similarly prepared. A simple conventional inexpensive vacuum system housing a single resistively tungsten heated source was used for the deposition. Pulverized mixture of Y, BaF 2, NaF and Cu in the appropriate atomic proportion was evaporated onto the substrates whose temperature was held constant at 400°C during the evaporation. In situ heat treatment has been carried out at 700°C under oxygen partial pressure of 7 pa. The films thus obtained were found to have the normal superconductors orthorhombic phase at room temperature without any further ex situ heat treatment. The films were characterized and analyzed by x-ray diffraction auger electron spectroscopy and four point dc electrical measurements.

  15. Fabrication of L10-MnAl perpendicularly magnetized thin films for perpendicular magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Hosoda, Masaki; Oogane, Mikihiko; Kubota, Miho; Kubota, Takahide; Saruyama, Haruaki; Iihama, Satoshi; Naganuma, Hiroshi; Ando, Yasuo

    2012-04-01

    Structural and magnetic properties of MnAl thin films with different composition, growth temperature, and post-annealing temperature were investigated. The optimum condition for fabrication of L10-MnAl perpendicularly magnetized thin film deposited on Cr-buffered MgO single crystal substrate was revealed. The results of x ray diffraction indicated that the MnAl films annealed at proper temperature had a (001)-orientation and L10-ordered structure. The L10-ordered films were perpendicularly magnetized and had a large perpendicular anisotropy. In addition, low surface roughness was achieved. For the optimized fabrication condition, the saturation magnetization Ms of 600 emu/cm3 and perpendicular magnetic anisotropy Ku of 1.0 × 107 erg/cm3 was obtained using the Mn48Al52 target at deposition temperature of 200 °C and post-annealing temperature of 450 °C.

  16. Large Area Nanolithographic Templates by Selective Etching of Chemically Stained Block Copolymer Thin Films

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    Olayo-Valles, Roberto; Lund, Michael S.; Leighton, C.; Hillmyer, Marc A.

    2004-03-01

    Block copolymer thin films have been employed as effective template precursors for the preparation of inorganic nanostructure arrays. We have prepared nanoscopic templates from polystyrene-polylactide (PS-PLA) diblock copolymer thin films where the minor PLA component forms cylinders in a matrix of PS. Controlled thickness, large area PS-PLA films were spin coated on a variety of substrates (MgO, Al_2O_3, GaAs, Al, Cu, SiO_2). In all cases, annealing the films above the glass transition temperature of both blocks induced spontaneous perpendicular orientation of the cylinders. Selectively staining the PS phase with RuO4 followed by oxygen reactive ion etching produced a corresponding nanoporous template. Metal nanodot arrays were then prepared by deposition of a metal layer on the template followed by liftoff of the polymer mask. The generic nature of this methodology allows for the growth of magnetic nanostructures on single crystal substrates.

  17. The field induced e{sub 31,f} piezoelectric and Rayleigh response in barium strontium titanate thin films

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    Garten, L. M. Trolier-McKinstry, S.

    2014-09-29

    The electric field induced e{sub 31,f} piezoelectric response and tunability of Ba{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}TiO{sub 3} (70:30) and Ba{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}TiO{sub 3} (60:40) thin films on MgO and silicon was measured. The relative dielectric tunabilities for the 70:30 and 60:40 compositions on MgO were 83% and 70%, respectively, with a dielectric loss of less than 0.011 and 0.004 at 100 kHz. A linear increase in induced piezoelectricity to −3.0 C/m{sup 2} and −1.5 C/m{sup 2} at 110 kV/cm was observed in Ba{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}TiO{sub 3} on MgO and Ba{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}TiO{sub 3} on Si. Hysteresis in the piezoelectric and dielectric response of the 70:30 composition films was consistent with the positive irreversible dielectric Rayleigh coefficient. Both indicate a ferroelectric contribution to the piezoelectric and dielectric response over 40–80 °C above the global paraelectric transition temperature.

  18. High-RRR thin-films of NB produced using energetic condensation from a coaxial, rotating vacuum ARC plasma (CEDTM)

    SciTech Connect

    Enrique Francisco Valderrama, Colt James, Mahadevan Krishnan, Xin Zhao, Larry Phillips, Charles Reece, Kang Seo

    2012-07-01

    We have recently demonstrated unprecedentedly high values of RRR (up to 542) in thin-films of pure Nb deposited on a-plane sapphire and MgO crystal substrates. The Nb films were grown using a vacuum arc discharge struck between a reactor grade Nb cathode rod (RRR {approx} 30) and a coaxial, semi-transparent Mo mesh anode, with a heated substrate placed just outside it. The substrates were pre-heated for several hours prior to deposition at different temperatures. Low pre-heat temperatures (<300 C) and deposition temperatures (<300 C) give low RRR (<50) films, whereas higher pre-heat (700 C) and coating temperatures (500 C) give RRR=214 on a-sapphire and RRR=542 on MgO. XRD (Bragg-Brentano scans and Pole Figures), EBSD and SIMS data reveal several features: (1) on asapphire, higher temperatures show better 3D registry for epitaxial growth of Nb; the crystal structure evolves from textured, polycrystalline (with twins) to single-crystal; (2) on MgO, there is a transition from {l_brace}110{r_brace} planes to {l_brace}100{r_brace} as the temperature is increased beyond 500 C. The dramatic increase in RRR (from {approx}10 at <300 C to {approx}500 at >600 C) is correlated with better epitaxial crystal structure in both a-sapphire and MgO substrate grown films. However, the SIMS data reveal that the most important requirement for high-RRR Nb films on either substrate is the reduction of impurities in the film, especially hydrogen. The hydrogen content in the MgO grown films is 1000 times lower than in bulk Nb tested as a reference from SRF cavity grade Nb. This result has potential implications for SRF accelerators. Coating bulk Nb cavities with an MgO layer followed by our CEDTM deposited Nb films, might create superior SRF cavities that would avoid Q-slope and operate at higher peak fields.

  19. Magnetic tunnel junctions for magnetic field sensor by using CoFeB sensing layer capped with MgO film

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    Takenaga, Takashi; Tsuzaki, Yosuke; Yoshida, Chikako; Yamazaki, Yuichi; Hatada, Akiyoshi; Nakabayashi, Masaaki; Iba, Yoshihisa; Takahashi, Atsushi; Noshiro, Hideyuki; Tsunoda, Koji; Aoki, Masaki; Furukawa, Taisuke; Fukumoto, Hiroshi; Sugii, Toshihiro

    2014-05-01

    We evaluated MgO-based magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) for magnetic field sensors with spin-valve-type structures in the CoFeB sensing layer capped by an MgO film in order to obtain both top and bottom interfaces of MgO/CoFeB exhibiting interfacial perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA). Hysteresis of the CoFeB sensing layer in these MTJs annealed at 275 °C was suppressed at a thickness of the sensing layer below 1.2 nm by interfacial PMA. We confirmed that the CoFeB sensing layers capped with MgO suppress the thickness dependences of both the magnetoresistance ratio and the magnetic behaviors of the CoFeB sensing layer more than that of the MTJ with a Ta capping layer. MgO-based MTJs with MgO capping layers can improve the controllability of the characteristics for magnetic field sensors.

  20. Electron diffraction study of the plastic relaxation of MgO epitaxially grown on BCC FeV(001) alloys by varying the lattice mismatch

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    Bonell, Frédéric; Andrieu, Stéphane

    2017-02-01

    The epitaxial growth of MgO on Fe1 - xVx buffer layers with adjustable lattice parameter is studied by electron diffraction (RHEED) in real time. At the onset of plastic relaxation in the MgO layer, a clear splitting of the diffraction rods is observed in <110> directions, as well as an increase in their length in the <100> directions. Splitting along <100> is also made visible through image background subtraction. These features originate from the surface strain above misfit dislocations, as previously proposed to account for satellite spots in LEED measurements. This explanation is supported by simulations of the diffraction patterns using kinematic diffraction theory. Observation of the diffraction rods splitting is shown to be a powerful way to check the presence of dislocations in MgO tunnel barriers and to accurately determine the critical thickness of plastic relaxation.

  1. TiO2 as an electrostatic template for epitaxial growth of EuO on MgO(001) by reactive molecular beam epitaxy

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    Swartz, Adrian G.; Wong, Jared J. I.; Pinchuk, Igor V.; Kawakami, Roland K.

    2012-04-01

    We investigate the initial growth modes and the role of interfacial electrostatic interactions of EuO epitaxy on MgO(001) by reactive molecular beam epitaxy. A TiO2 interfacial layer is employed to produce high quality epitaxial growth of EuO on MgO(001) with a 45° in plane rotation. For comparison, direct deposition of EuO on MgO, without the TiO2 layer shows a much slower time evolution in producing a single crystal film. Conceptual arguments of electrostatic repulsion of like-ions are introduced to explain the increased EuO quality at the interface with the TiO2 layer. It is shown that ultrathin EuO films in the monolayer regime can be produced on the TiO2 surface by substrate-supplied oxidation and that such films have bulk Curie temperatures.

  2. Raman spectra of ethane adn ethylene adsorbed of surface of catalyst Sm 2 O 3/MgO at high temperatures

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    Bobrov, A. V.; Plate, S. E.; Kadushin, A. A.; Kimel'feld, Ya. M.; Seleznev, V. A.; Tulenin, Yu. P.

    1992-03-01

    Raman spectroscopy has been applied for the investigation in situ of catalytic transformations of ethane ethylene and deuterated ethylene on the surface of catalyst Sm 2O 3/MgO at high temperatures (up to 980 K). Ethane and ethylene are the products of the oxidation dehydration of methane. For the understanding of mechanism of this process it is interesting to study of the spectra of ethane and ethylene in the conditions of the real process at high temperature. In the previous paper [1] we have shown that during the flowring of mixture methane with oxygen through the catalyst Sm 2O 3/MgO methane dissociates on CH 3 and CH 2 groups. It has been confirmed by experiment with deuterated methane. The purpose of this work is to study the interaction of ethane and ethylene with Sm 2O 3/MgO in similar conditions by Raman spectroscopy.

  3. The study of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in CoFeB sandwiched by MgO and tantalum layers using polarized neutron reflectometry

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    Zhu, T.; Yang, Y.; Yu, R. C.; Ambaye, H.; Lauter, V.; Xiao, J. Q.

    2012-05-01

    The perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) in CoFeB sandwiched by MgO and tantalum layers was investigated using anomalous Hall effect and polarized neutron reflectometry. It was found that a large PMA in the CoFeB above MgO layer was related to its low magnetization compared to the case of CoFeB under MgO layer. Using the sensitivity of neutrons to the absorption cross-section of boron, we unambiguously determined the depth profile of the boron distribution and showed that after annealing, most of the boron diffused to form a 2-nm-thick interface layer between the CoFeB and tantalum layers.

  4. Structure-dependent magnetoresistance and spin-transfer torque in antiferromagnetic Fe |MgO |FeMn |Cu tunnel junctions

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    Jia, Xingtao; Tang, Huimin; Wang, Shizhuo; Qin, Minghui

    2017-02-01

    We predict large magnetoresistance (MR) and spin transfer torque (STT) in antiferromagnetic Fe |MgO |FeMn |Cu tunnel junctions based on first-principles scattering theory. MR as large as ˜100 % is found in one junction. Magnetic dynamic simulations show that STT acting on the antiferromagnetic order parameter dominates the spin dynamics, and an electronic bias of order 10-1mV and current density of order 105Acm-2 can switches a junction of three-layer MgO, they are about one order smaller than that in Fe |MgO |Fe junction with the same barrier thickness, respectively. The multiple scattering in the antiferromagnetic region is considered to be responsible for the enhanced spin torque and smaller switching current density.

  5. Enhancement of Jc in MgB2 thin films on Si substrate with pinning centers introduced by deposition in O2 atmosphere

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    Haruta, M.; Fujiyoshi, T.; Kajita, R.; Yonekura, K.; Sueyoshi, T.; Doi, T.; Kitaguchi, H.; Awaji, S.; Watanabe, K.

    2007-10-01

    As-grown MgB2 thin films on Si substrates with high Jc under magnetic fields were prepared by electron-beam evaporation. The value of Jc has been enhanced by the deposition of MgB2 thin film in an O2 atmosphere. The MgB2 thin film deposited in the O2 atmosphere (O2-doped film) has exhibited considerably higher Jc in magnetic fields among MgB2 thin films reported before. It has been found that the high Jc of the O2-doped film is attributable to the flux pinning with grain boundaries strengthened by an introduction of MgO along grain boundaries. In a high magnetic field, a peculiar behavior of E-J characteristics where E-J curves vary in two stages was observed. This behavior also originates from the flux pinning with strengthened grain boundaries.

  6. Swelling under irradiation of MgO pellets containing americium oxide: The ECRIX-H irradiation experiment

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    Lamontagne, J.; Béjaoui, S.; Hanifi, K.; Valot, Ch.; Loubet, L.

    2011-06-01

    The ECRIX-H irradiation experiment studied the behaviour of pellets containing americium dispersed in MgO. The purpose of the irradiation was to demonstrate the capacity of magnesia to provide an efficient support matrix. After fabrication, the sintered pellets contained 16.65 wt.% of Am microdispersed in the inert matrix. The ECRIX-H pellets were irradiated under a locally moderated neutron flux in the Phénix sodium-cooled fast reactor (SFR) for 318 Effective Full Power Days (EFPD). Post-test calculations indicated that the fission and transmutation rates of americium at the maximum flux plane reached 33.9% and 92.6% respectively at the end of the irradiation phase. The results of the post-irradiation examinations - both non-destructive and destructive - are discussed in this paper. These results indicate a satisfactory behaviour of the MgO matrix. Particularly, a moderate swelling occurs in the pellets under irradiation even with significant quantities of helium generated and at high transmutation rate.

  7. Effect of pressure on the thermal expansion of MgO up to 8.2 GPa

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    Zhang, J.

    Isobaric volume measurements for MgO were carried out at 2.6, 5.4, and 8.2 GPa in the temperature range 300-1073K using a DIA-type, large-volume apparatus in conjunction with synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction. Linear fit of the thermal expansion data over the experimental pressure range yields the pressure derivative, (∂α/∂P)T, of -1.04(8)×10-6GPa-1K-1 and the mean zero-pressure thermal expansion α0,T= 4.09(6)×10-5K-1. The α0,Tvalue is in good agreement with results of Suzuki (1975) and Utsumi etal. (1998) over the same temperature range, whereas (∂α/∂P)T is determined for the first time on MgO by direct measurements. The cross-derivative (∂α2/∂P∂T) cannot be resolved because of large uncertainties associated with the temperature derivative of α at all pressures. The temperature derivative of the bulk modulus, (∂KT/∂T)P, of -0.025(3)GPaK-1, obtained from the measured (∂α/∂P)T value, is in accord with previous findings.

  8. Influence of the MgO barrier thickness on the lifetime characteristics of magnetic tunnelling junctions for sensors

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    Conca, A.; Casper, F.; Paul, J.; Lehndorff, R.; Jakob, G.; Kläui, M.; Hillebrands, B.; Leven, B.

    2016-06-01

    Magnetic tunnelling junctions increasingly enter the market for magnetic sensor applications. Thus, technological parameters such as the lifetime characteristics become more and more important. Here, an analysis of the lifetime characteristics of magnetic tunnelling junctions using the Weibull statistical distribution for CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB junctions is presented. The Weibull distribution is governed by two parameters, the characteristic lifetime η of the population and the shape parameter β, which gives information about the presence of an infant mortality. The suitability of the Weibull distribution is demonstrated for the description of dielectric breakdown processes in MgO-based tunnelling junctions at different voltages. A study of the dependence of the characteristic lifetime extrapolated to the low voltage regime, and the β parameter on the nominal barrier thickness and the resistance  ×  area product of the MgO barrier is shown. The influence of the RF deposition power for the MgO barrier and an annealing step on the Weibull parameters is also discussed.

  9. X-ray magnetic circular dichroism study of epitaxial magnetite ultrathin film on MgO(100)

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    Liu, W. Q.; Xu, Y. B. E-mail: rzhang@nju.edu.cn; Song, M. Y.; Lin, J. G.; Maltby, N. J.; Li, S. P.; Samant, M. G.; Parkin, S. S. P.; Bencok, P.; Steadman, Paul; Dobrynin, Alexey; Zhang, R. E-mail: rzhang@nju.edu.cn

    2015-05-07

    The spin and orbital magnetic moments of the Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} epitaxial ultrathin film synthesized by plasma assisted simultaneous oxidization on MgO(100) have been studied with X-ray magnetic circular dichroism. The ultrathin film retains a rather large total magnetic moment, i.e., (2.73 ± 0.15) μ{sub B}/f.u., which is ∼70% of that for the bulk-like Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}. A significant unquenched orbital moment up to 0.54 ± 0.05 μ{sub B}/f.u. was observed, which could come from the symmetry breaking at the Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/MgO interface. Such sizable orbital moment will add capacities to the Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-based spintronics devices in the magnetization reversal by the electric field.

  10. Biodiesel production from waste cooking oil catalyzed by TiO2-MgO mixed oxides.

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    Wen, Zhenzhong; Yu, Xinhai; Tu, Shan-Tung; Yan, Jinyue; Dahlquist, Erik

    2010-12-01

    Mixed oxides of TiO(2)-MgO obtained by the sol-gel method were used to convert waste cooking oil into biodiesel. Titanium improved the stability of the catalyst because of the defects induced by the substitution of Ti ions for Mg ions in the magnesia lattice. The best catalyst was determined to be MT-1-923, which is comprised of an Mg/Ti molar ratio of 1 and calcined at 923 K, based on an assessment of the activity and stability of the catalyst. The main reaction parameters, including methanol/oil molar ratio, catalyst amount, and temperature, were investigated. The catalytic activity of MT-1-923 decreased slowly in the reuse process. After regeneration, the activity of MT-1-923 slightly increased compared with that of the fresh catalyst due to an increase in the specific surface area and average pore diameter. The mixed oxides catalyst, TiO(2)-MgO, showed good potential in large-scale biodiesel production from waste cooking oil.

  11. Coherent tunnelling conductance in magnetic tunnel junctions of half-metallic full Heusler alloys with MgO barriers.

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    Miura, Yoshio; Uchida, Hirohisa; Oba, Yoshihiro; Nagao, Kazutaka; Shirai, Masafumi

    2007-09-12

    We have carried out electronic structure and transport calculations for magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJ) composed of MgO and a half-metallic full Heusler alloy Co(2)MnSi on the basis of the density functional theory and the Landauer formula. We find that the density of states of Co atoms at the Co(2)MnSi/MgO(001) interface shifts toward the higher energy side due to the reduced symmetry, leading to a reduction of the spin polarization at the interface. Furthermore, we show that the majority-spin transmittance as a function of the in-plane wavevector [Formula: see text] has a broad peak centred at [Formula: see text] due to the tunnelling from the Δ(1) channel of Co(2)MnSi, while the transmittance from the Δ(5) channel is three orders of magnitude smaller than that of the Δ(1) channel. These results indicate that coherent tunnelling through the Δ(1) band is dominant also in an MTJ with Co(2)MnSi and an MgO barrier, like in Fe/MgO/Fe(001) MTJ and related systems.

  12. Adsorption and diffusion of Mg, O, and O2 on the MgO(001) flat surface

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    Geneste, Grégory; Morillo, Joseph; Finocchi, Fabio

    2005-05-01

    A thorough investigation of the adsorption and diffusion of Mg, O, and O2 on MgO(001) terraces is performed by first-principles calculations. The single Mg adatom weakly binds to surface oxygens, diffuses, and evaporates easily at room temperatures. Atomic O strongly binds to surface oxygens, forming peroxide groups. The diffusion of the O adatom is strongly influenced by the spin polarization, since energy barriers are significantly different for the singlet and triplet states. The crossing of the two Born-Oppenheimer surfaces corresponding to the distinct spin states is also analyzed. Although the O2 molecule does not stick to the perfect surface, it chemisorbs on surface nonstoichiometric point defects such as O vacancies or Mg adatoms, forming in the latter case new chemical species on the surface. We show that the oxidation rate limiting factor in an O2 atmosphere is the concentration of point defects (O vacancies and Mg adatoms) in the growing surface. The simulated O core-level shifts for the various adsorption configurations enable a meaningful comparison with the measured values, suggesting the presence of peroxide ions on growing surfaces. Finally, the computed energy barriers are used to estimate the Mg and O surface lifetimes and diffusion lengths, and some implications for the homoepitaxial growth of MgO are discussed.

  13. Banyan latex: a facile fuel for the multifunctional properties of MgO nanoparticles prepared via auto ignited combustion route

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    Kumar, M. R. Anil; Nagaswarupa, H. P.; Anantharaju, K. S.; Gurushantha, K.; Pratapkumar, C.; Prashantha, S. C.; Shashishekar, T. R.; Nagabhushana, H.; Sharma, S. C.; Vidya, Y. S.; Daruka Prasad, B.; Vivek Babu, C. S.; Vishnu Mahesh, K. R.

    2015-09-01

    MgO nanoparticles (MNPs) were prepared by a solution combustion route using banyan tree (BT) latex and glycine as fuels. The powder x-ray diffraction results indicate the formation of a single cubic phase and the crystallite size obtained from transmission electron microscopy was found to be ˜10-15 nm. Scanning electron microscopy result reveals spherical-shaped particles obtained with BT latex. However, in a chemical route, porous and agglomerated particles were obtained. The energy band gap of MNPs obtained using BT latex and a chemical route were found to be in the range 4.85-5.0 eV. Photoluminescence peaks observed at 473, 514, and 588 nm when excited at 433 nm, which were attributed to surface defects. The enhanced photocatalytic activities of spherical MgO were due to smaller crystallite size, higher surface defects, dye sensitization, and capability to reduce the electron-hole pair recombination. Further, green-synthesized MNPs exhibit superior antifungal activity against various plant pathogens. The present studies demonstrated a green engineering route for the synthesis of multifunctional MNPs using BT latex.

  14. Magnesite formation from MgO and CO2 at the pressures and temperatures of Earth's mantle

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    Scott, Henry P.; Doczy, Vincent M.; Frank, Mark R.; Hasan, Maggie; Lin, Jung-Fu; Yang, Jing

    2013-08-02

    Magnesite (MgCO3) is an important phase for the carbon cycle in and out of the Earth’s mantle. Its comparably large P-T stability has been inferred for several years based on the absence of its decomposition in experiments. Here we report the first experimental evidence for synthesis of magnesite out of its oxide components (MgO and CO2) at P-T conditions relevant to the Earth’s mantle. Magnesite formation was observed in situ using synchrotron X-ray diffraction, coupled with laser-heated diamond-anvil cells (DACs), at pressures and temperatures of Earth’s mantle. Despite the existence of multiple high-pressure CO2 polymorphs, the magnesite-forming reaction was observed to proceed at pressures ranging from 5 to 40 GPa and temperatures between 1400 and 1800 K. No other pressure-quenchable materials were observed to form via the MgO + CO2 = MgCO3 reaction. This work further strengthens the notion that magnesite may indeed be the primary host phase for oxidized carbon in the deep Earth.

  15. AnGa{sub 2}O{sub 4} Thin-Film Phosphors Grown by Pulsed Laser Ablation

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    Lee, Y.E.; Rouleau, C.M.; Park, C.; Norton, D.P.

    1999-04-05

    The growth and properties of undoped and Mn-doped ZnGa{sub 2}O{sub 4} thin-film phosphors on (100) MgO and glass substrates using pulsed laser ablation were investigated. Blue-white and green emission were observed for as-deposited undoped and Mn-doped films, respectively. Luminescent properties as well as crystallinity were considerably affected by processing conditions and film stoichiometry. Films with enhanced luminescent characteristics were obtained on single crystal substrates without post-annealing.

  16. Microstructural, Magnetic Anisotropy, and Magnetic Domain Structure Correlations in Epitaxial FePd Thin Films with Perpendicular Magnetic Anisotropy

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    Skuza, J. R.; Clavero, C.; Yang, K.; Wincheski, B.; Lukaszew, R. A.

    2009-01-01

    L1(sub 0)-ordered FePd epitaxial thin films were prepared using dc magnetron sputter deposition on MgO (001) substrates. The films were grown with varying thickness and degree of chemical order to investigate the interplay between the microstructure, magnetic anisotropy, and magnetic domain structure. The experimentally measured domain size/period and magnetic anisotropy in this high perpendicular anisotropy system were found to be correlated following the analytical energy model proposed by Kooy and Enz that considers a delicate balance between the domain wall energy and the demagnetizing stray field energy.

  17. Reducing spin-torque switching current by incorporating an ultra-thin Ta layer with CoFeB free layer in magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Liu, R. S.; Meng, H.; Naik, V. B.; Sim, C. H.; Yap, S.; Luo, P.

    2014-12-01

    We studied the spin torque switching in dual MgO layer based magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) by incorporating an ultra-thin (0.5 nm) Ta layer at the CoFeB free layer/top MgO layer interface. The Ta incorporated MTJ showed a significant reduction (˜30%) in critical switching current density (JC0 ) as compared to that of the control MTJ whilst maintaining the same tunneling magnetoresistance as well as thermal stability. The reduction of JC0 can be attributed to the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy arising from the incorporation of an ultrathin Ta layer with the MgO|CoFeB structure. This scheme of reducing JC0 without degrading other properties may contribute to the development of spin-transfer-torque magnetic random access memory for low power applications

  18. Spin-polarized current effects in disordered La0.7Ba0.3MnO3 half-metal thin films

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    Barone, C.; Aruta, C.; Galdi, A.; Orgiani, P.; Quaranta, O.; Maritato, L.; Pagano, S.

    2010-06-01

    We have investigated by means of noise spectroscopy the transport properties of half-metal La0.7Ba0.3MnO3 (LBMO) thin films deposited on MgO substrates. A reduced metal-insulator transition temperature and a peculiar noise behaviour are observed in the films grown on MgO substrates, when compared with similar films grown on SrTiO3 substrates. In particular, a large increase in noise is observed below the metal-insulator transition temperature, associated with a current induced reduction in the excess noise level. This finding is explained in terms of the spin torque effect between regions with depressed Curie temperatures among the ferromagnetic metallic domains. The proposed theoretical model, taking into account the half-metal character of manganites, describes well the experimental data.

  19. Increased grain boundary critical current density Jcgb by Pr-doping in pulsed laser-deposited Y1-xPrxBCO thin films

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    Irjala, M.; Huhtinen, H.; Awana, V. P. S.; Falter, M.; Paturi, P.

    2011-12-01

    A comparative study has been performed on Pr-doped Y1-x PrxBCO (x =0-0.20) thin films deposited by pulsed laser deposition on MgO and buffered NiW substrates to study the effect of Pr-doping on the grain boundary critical current density (Jcgb). Our earlier work on bulk materials and SrTiO3 substrates indicated that, whereas Pr increases Jc in bulk samples, it does not increase Jc in film samples without grain boundaries. In this work, we present increased Jc in low concentrations of Pr3+-doping (x < 0.04) at temperatures above 60 K in film samples on MgO substrates and at all temperatures and fields in film samples on buffered NiW substrates. Results indicate that Pr segregates into grain boundary regions, improving the local hole concentration and carrier density, hence, increasing Jcgb.

  20. Large anisotropic Fe orbital moments in perpendicularly magnetized Co2FeAl Heusler alloy thin films revealed by angular-dependent x-ray magnetic circular dichroism

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    Okabayashi, Jun; Sukegawa, Hiroaki; Wen, Zhenchao; Inomata, Koichiro; Mitani, Seiji

    2013-09-01

    Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) in Heusler alloy Co2FeAl thin films sharing an interface with a MgO layer is investigated by angular-dependent x-ray magnetic circular dichroism. Orbital and spin magnetic moments are deduced separately for Fe and Co 3d electrons. In addition, the PMA energies are estimated using the orbital magnetic moments parallel and perpendicular to the film surfaces. We found that PMA in Co2FeAl is determined mainly by the contribution of Fe atoms with large orbital magnetic moments, which are enhanced at the interface between Co2FeAl and MgO. Furthermore, element specific magnetization curves of Fe and Co are found to be similar, suggesting the existence of ferromagnetic coupling between Fe and Co PMA directions.